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CHINFO Award Winner Mayport ChildrenEnjoy Week At VBS Pages 4-5 Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com New System To Appraise DoD Civilian PerformanceBy Jim GaramoneDoD News, Defense Media ActivityPentagon officials July 29 delivered a report to Congress on the progress the Defense Department has made over the last six months in redesigning per sonnel authorities. The biggest change is in designing a new civilian employee appraisal system and putting in place steps to implement it, officials said. The vast majority of the departments 748,000 civilian employees will come under the system. An implementation timeline has not yet been deter mined, a defense official said, but the department anticipates a phased implementation. Congress ordered the department to exam ine the system as part of the fiscal 2010 Defense Authorization Act. That act abolished the National Security Personnel System. The legislation calls for DoD to develop a new per formance appraisal system that is fair, credible and transparent. Appraisals would be directly linked to awards of employee bonuses and would be the basis for regular, ongoing feedback throughout the appraisal cycle. Currently, a myriad of systems is in place for the departments different services and agencies. Some are pass/fail, and others use threeor five-tiered rat ing systems. Some tie bonuses to appraisals, while others do not. The Defense Department has opted for a threetiered performance appraisal system, officials said. The system will be characterized by a uniform appraisal period for covered employees, they added, and it will strongly link the employees appraisals to Check Your EmailFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsA Workplace and Gender Relations Survey (WGRS) begins hitting the email inboxes of active duty and reserve Sailors today (Aug. 7). The Department of Defense-hosted survey is designed to help better understand dynamics in the military workplace to include the work environment, cultural and personal interactions. It will also gather information on Sailors sexual assault-related experiences, to include sexual assault response systems. Data gathered will be categorized by gender, ser vice and other subgroups, while remaining a confi dential survey for those who participate. Twenty-five percent of males in the Navy and 100 percent of females will be contacted via email. Sailors who receive the survey are highly encouraged to participate. The survey results are critical to inform future Navy policies, programs, training and resources. This will lead to a workplace environment that is more professional and effective for all. Sailors can complete the survey on government computers during working hours or off-duty on their smart phones or home computers. The survey will be available until mid-September. For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.Workplace and Gender Relations Survey Hits Sailors Inboxes NS Mayport Remembers Victims of USS Forrestal FireBy MC1 Michael WissNavy Public Affairs Support Element East, Detachment SoutheastThe Naval Station Mayport First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) held a Navy History presentation to mark the 47th anniversary of the devastating events on board aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA 59) at the base chapel July 31. On July 29, 1967, while operating off the coast of Vietnam in the Tonkin Gulf, an accidental firing of a Zuni rocket from an F-4 Phantom struck an armed A-4 Skyhawk causing one of the worst losses of life in naval history. One hundred thirty-four crew members lost their lives and 67 were seriously injured. The damage to Forrestal totaled more than $70 million. The guest speaker for the event was former USS Forrestal crewmember, USN (Retired) Gunners Mate 1st Class Richard Campany, who -Photo by MC2 Damian BergGuest speaker Machinist's Mate 1st Class (Ret.) Richard Campeny, a former crewmember of the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA 59), recounts the deck fire that took place aboard the ship during a Forrestal memorial ceremony held during Naval Station Mayports command quarters. The ceremony was held in memory of the 134 heroic shipmates who lost their lives on July 29, 1967 in the Gulf of Tonkin while conducting combat operations against North Vietnam. See Performance, Page 13 See Forrestal, Page 11 -Photo courtesy of USS Samuel B. RobertsSeaman Recruit Sol Andino 0f USS Samuel B. Roberts stands watch as a look-out while the sun sets in the Mediterranean Sea. Samuel B. Roberts deployed to the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in April. This is the last deployment before her decommissioning in 2015.
2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 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. 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Families have been enrolling students in school throughout the summer and will continue to do so throughout August and maybe into September. When you do go to the school to enroll your child, make sure you have with you all of the information youll need for enroll ment. This information can be found on the dis tricts website. For Duval it is www. duvalschools.org St. Johns, it is www. stjohns.k12.fl.us Clay, it is www.clay. k12.fl.us Nassau, it is www. edline.net/pages/ Nassau_County_ School_District. ORIENTATIONS : Orientations are designed to help the stu dent become acclimated to the school, the teach er, and the teachers and schools requirements. has scheduled its ori entations as follows: Thursday, Aug. 14th, 8:30 10:30 for students in grades 3 > 5 and on Friday, Aug. 15th, 8:30 10:30 for students in grades K > 2. has scheduled both ori entations on Thursday, Aug. 14th with students in grades K > 2 attend ing from 9:00 10:00; students in grades 3 > 5 attending from 2:00 3:00. has scheduled orienta tion for all students Aug. 15th from 10:00 11:30. SCHOOL SITE LOCATOR: A stu dents street address determines the school of attendance, unless cised a school choice option. Every residen tial address has a School Feeder Pattern, which assigns students to an Elementary School (Kindergarten through Grade 5) Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12) For most of these dis tricts, the locator is on the sites homepage. ENROLLMENT INFORMATION: Physicals and Immunizations cal (school-entry health one year of the date of enrollment. If the child er state, the base clinic can transfer this info to a Florida card. immunizations (Florida certification of immuni zation, DH Form 690) or in another state, the base clinic can transfer this info to a Florida card. Florida law requires all school children have the and immunization docu mentation. A physical performed by a health care provider licensed to perform physical pleted within the past 12 months. (This is not (form DH 3040) is a requirement for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade who are making their ini tial entry into a Florida school. A new entrant is a child entering a school in Florida for the first time or entering after having been absent from a school for more than 12 months or one school year. You have up to one year prior to entering the Florida school sys tem in which to obtain the school entry health A certificate of immu nization (form DH 680) is also a requirement for all children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade for entry and attendance in Florida schools. The form is valid until the child enters seventh grade, at which time a new form will be issued when additional immunization requirements are met. If you have already met these require ments, you can take your documenta tion to Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, to have the records transferred to the appropriate Florida form NBHS Mayport is one of Naval Hospital health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. And this month the clinic is open on Saturdays for school entry physicals and immunizations. Call (904) 542-4677 to sched ule an appointment. Proof of Home Address Duval requires 2 proofs of residential address. Proof of Age for Kindergarten and First Grade Students A cer tified birth record is required. Academic Records When a child has been enrolled in another school district, parents are asked to provide the latest report card from that district and transcript if applicable. Most schools will accept an unofficial record (a hand-carried report card, tration, but the school will then request official records from the previ ous school Special Needs Records If you have a child who is a special needs student, the receiving school will often need to make a special request for the childs special education records. Many school districts require a sep arate form for those record requests. If the receiving school forgets to ask that question at the time of enrollment, those records may be Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KNOWINGTHE ROPESIf Silence Is Golden, Talking Is PricelessI talk too much. Im the kind of person who has to fill awkward silences. Who cant tell a story without all the chats endlessly at base social gatherings, then ing, slaps her forehead and says, Me and my big mouth. why Im this way, but considering that every human personality trait from narcissism to roots in childhood, Im guessing thats when it all started. My father, who was shipped off to Fork Union Military School at the tender age of seven, was determined to be a more hands-on par ent than his own. If my brother or I disobeyed my father, he simply selected from a vari ety of corporal punish ments that were consid ered perfectly appropri ate, if not advisable, in the 1970s. No one would have batted a powderblue frosted eyelid back then if a parent gave his kid a whack on the tush for saying that she didnt walk the dog because she was in the middle of a particularly rivet ing episode of Diffrent Strokes or if she called her brother a ginormous butt-face while in line at Mister Donut Our father also select ed from the myriad of non-corporal punish ments such as sitting at the table until you finish every last bite of that succotash, ground ing for coming home 20 minutes after Mom rang the bell, and knocking on the neighbors door to confess that you dug for worms in her front lawn. But there was one form of punishment that I considered worse than a lashing with my fathers Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist The Meat&PotatoesOF LIFEOn This Day...Remembering The HeroLets face it, this digi tal age with its I-Pads, I-Phones, kindles, note books and tablet com puters make good, old fashioned, hard cover books more and more of a commodity. My wife and I are preparing to PCS in a month and half, covers books stacked across a back wall of our home. When I was in seminary, it was nor mal to acquire not just shelves, but bookcases of reference and theological books (this was before the advent of e-books and Kindles). One of the books tucked away title On This Day. It is a historical reference for everyday day of the year. Some of the dates reflect historical battles, milestone legislature, or events that shaped the world. Forty years ago I was entering the 5th grade and was intro duced to On This Day each morning in my Elementary School homeroom. It was part Current Events but was more of a like the NPR news quiz, Wait, Wait, Dont Tell Me. After being drilled on the daily headlines, we would hear what was recorded for that date from the pages of On This Day in History. In honor of USS Halyburtons upcom ing decommissioning I felt that it is only right to have you consider a date in history that has touched our ser vice and the men and women who have served aboard USS Halyburton (FFG 40). William David Halyburton, Jr. was born on 2 August 1924 in Canton, North Carolina. As World War II raged on, just two days after his nineteenth birthday, he enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserve as an apprentice seaman on 4 August 1943 in Raleigh, North Carolina. One week later, he transferred to the Naval Training Station, Bainbridge, Maryland, where he advanced to seaman second class and later completed Hospital Corps School, and was advanced to Pharmacists Mate Third Class. Before his twentieth birthday he was advanced to Pharmacists Mate Second Class. After completing combat training at Camp Pendleton, California, (the equiva lent of Field Medicine Service School) PhM2c Halyburton deployed with the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, in Okinawa. His biography shares, Pharmacists Mate Second Class Halyburton landed with the Marines during the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945. On 10 May, as his com pany attacked a signifi cant objective, he moved in the open through deadly enemy machine gun, mortar, and small arms fire to reach the wounded. In order to protect a badly wound ed patient, PhM2c Halyburton shielded the Marine with his own body despite the danger of incoming rounds and shell fragments. He continued to administer aid until he himself suf fered a mortal wound. For heroically sacrificing his life so that Marines might live, he was post humously awarded the Medal of Honor. The ships of our basin are a wonderful resource for learning our Navys history. Every name that graces those hulls is linked to an act of cour age, valor, and/or lead ership. Imagine if every day were considered an opportunity to learn more about who we are as a Navy by consider ing one story at a time? May you be encour aged, strengthened, and blessed in your pursuits today and every day. Chaplain Tom Bingol CNSL Ministry Center CHAPLAINSCORNERSee SLO, Page 3infamous three-inch white vinyl belt. It was the dreaded Silent Treatment. When my father would refuse to acknowledge my presence for a peri od of hours or days, I had time to ponder the offense for which I was being punished, but also, I had plenty of time to feel regret for the 37 other things Id screwed up in the past. It was sheer agony. I would have volunteered to walk barefoot over a bed of bumble bees, run through a thicket of thorn bushes or take a carrot peeler to my shins if only my father would just speak to me. Now, as an adult, I cant stand silence. So, when my Navy husband and I stopped speaking to each other right before a 12-hour drive home from vacation last week, I found it particularly difficult. We had both had it. Hed family who wed been liv ing with in a small North Carolina beach cottage for two weeks, and Id had it with him for hav -See Silence, Page 3
Mayport Sailor of the WeekName: STGC Kelli Hanson Job: ASW Trainer/ Assessor Age: 38 Hometown: Boca Raton, FL Favorite Hobby: Archery Hero: Cant pick just one. Best Piece Of Advice Received: Remember: Just because you cant change the job that needs to be done, doesnt mean you cant positively affect the atmosphere in which it must be done. Goal for Navy: Successfully complete my final sea tour and retire. How has the Navy improved your life?: So many ways..... the people I have met all over the world, all of the plac es I have been and the experiences I have had. Some were good, some were bad but none of which would have hap pened had I not joined the Navy.STGC Kelli Hanson delayed several weeks possibly not allowing the receiving school to provide the necessary accommodations needed for the childs academic and behavioral success. Make sure the counsel or or clerk assisting you with enrollment realizes that you have a special needs child and to deter mine if you need to sign a special request form for the receiving school to receive those records. Social Security Card (OPTIONAL) Federal law does NOT allow schools to require a social security number for school enrollment. You may certainly provide a copy at the time of registration, but the school cannot make it a requirement for enroll ment. BUS INFORMATION: State law requires bus transpor tation for students who live two miles or more from the schools they currently attend. The school district also pro vides special bus services for students in certain Exceptional Education programs, regardless of distance under spe cific guidelines. For more information, con tact the Transportation Department at Duval: 904-858-6200. St. Johns: 904-5477810 Clay: 904-284-6526 Nassau: 904-225-9404 If you have addition al questions concern ing enrollment, school choice, special needs, or any other educational issue, please contact me at the email or phone numbers below. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or ques tions about enrolling in another local school dis trict, she can be reached via email at judith. firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (904) 2706289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One. ing had it with my fam ily. Wed gone to bed angry the night before, backs to each other, vow ing, See how s/he likes this -Im not going to say a word! The next morning at 6 a.m., we hit the road in silence. The kids, oblivious to our temporary marital dis course, slept soundly. Through North Carolina, I sat, arms crossed, staring bitterly out the passengers side window. In Virginia, I kept quiet, comforting myself with a small neck pillow. In Maryland, I dozed off. In Delaware, I couldnt specifically recall why we stopped talking to each other in the first place. In New Jersey, I just wanted us to be normal again. Are we going to get something to eat? I croaked weakly, my vocal cords showing signs of atrophy after 6 hours of silence. Yeah, in just a few minutes, he said, his soft tone indicating that he wanted normalcy too. After hoagies off the Garden State Parkway, we climbed back into our luggage-laden mini van for the remainder of our trip home to Naval Station Newport. In New York, we chatted about the news a little bit. In Connecticut, we were quiet again, only because we were tired. Finally in Rhode Island, it was clear that our Silent Treatment had been a blessing rather than a punishment. In the absence of words, we had time to have regrets, and to miss each other. And I learned that talk ing doesnt always make things better. Sometimes, silence is golden. Read more wit and wisdom from Lisa at www.themeatandpota toesoflife.comFrom Page 2SLOFrom Page 2Silence 5 Things You Need to Know About Bystander InterventionBy U.S. NavyFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsAt various All Hands Calls across the Navy, Sailors contin ue to criticize the boredom and ineffectiveness of large-group, computer-based training. Instead, they ask for small group, peer-led, interactive training. Navy leaders have heard those requests and are moving forward with a new, asser tive effort to prevent destructive behaviors and decisions. Most Sailors are aware of what bystander intervention is, but how to execute it is a little more dif ficult in certain situations. The upcoming training will provide Sailors with the skills to act to help a shipmate. Here are five things you need to know about Bystander Intervention Training: cial to making this effective. You wouldnt hesitate to intervene if you saw a shipmate about to fall overboard or walk into a propel ler arc why wouldnt you do the same when a shipmate is about to drive after a night of drinking? This training seeks to build on the same idea of being a shipmate. ing is often associated with sex ual assault prevention training. However, this new training goes beyond just stopping a potential sexual assault. It covers the entire range of destructive behav iors, from alcohol abuse to hazing, harassment and suicide. tion training is a direct result of Sailor feedback you asked for more interactive and hands-on training. It will be led by your peers in groups of no more than 30 Sailors. No more boring power points. duced this summer and Sailors can expect to begin receiving it at their commands this fall. All Sailors must complete this training by September 2015. enable you to help and protect your shipmates and prevent them from making a destructive deci sion that could end their career, or worse, their life. Fleet problems demand fleet solutions you, the Sailor, are going to be the solution to helping a shipmate in need. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014 3
4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014 -Photos by Paige GnannChildren work on team building skills while having fun at this years Mayport Chapel Vacation Bible School. Children ages 4-12 enjoyed a week of fun and fellowship Youth Minister Kevin Burgess tells children a story before heading outside for an activity. Kids decorate a cross during arts and crafts time at VBS. Bryce Grady, 4, enjoys snack time, a favorite of the kids day.VBS Gangway To FunFrom StaffAround 80 kids from Naval Station Mayport enjoyed a week of fel lowship and fun at the Chapels Vacation Bible School (VBS). This years event was held last week with a presentation for the parents and luncheon held on the last day. Children ages 4-12 played crafts and games centered around this years theme Gangway to Galilee -Amazing Grace Adventures. The days included differ ent centers where they learned songs, watched skits, created crafts and played games. Seven-year-old twins Christopher and Melia Walker both agreed, however, that snack time was one of their favorite times of the day. Because I eat deli cious stuff, Christopher said. Everything is my favorite part too, added Melia. Because every thing is fun. Grace and Emma Stotlemyer, 15, lead a class during their skit and song practice during one of the stations at this years VBS. A preschooler looks at his reflection in the fire truck as VBS volunteer Alline Zwanycz leads his class around the truck. VBS teen volunteer Mariah Blamo joins other VBS volunteers, kids and parents in a sing-a-long during the last days performance. Above, parents and VBS kids enjoy a luncheon on the last day. Below, preschoolers sing for their par ents. A preschooler looks at his reflection in the fire truck as VBS volunteer Alline Zwanycz leads his class around the truck. Kids form a conga line as they leave a station during VBS.
THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014 5 A teen volunteer feeds his group snacks during Vacation Bible School. Children listen for heartbeats during a presentation by Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Cader Brown. NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, stands with the children during the parents performance on Friday, Aug. 1. Master-at-Arms 1st Class Sam Lopez talks with children about his job with base Security. Kid reenact Jesus walk on water during a skit at Vacation Bible School. Children perform for their parents during the last days events.
Auto Skills Center Aug. Special: 10% off lift fees and 4-Wheel Brake Job $140. 2705392 Beachside Bingo Wednesdays: Lunchtime Bingo Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 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 Aug. 8: Poker Tournament 7:30 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Test your card shark abilities for great prizes. Free to enter. 270-7205 Aug. 22: XBOX 360 Madden 25 Tournament 7 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. FREE! Great prize for winner. 270-7205 Aug. 30: UFC 177Dillashaw vs. Barao II. 9 p.m. at Castaways. 270-7205 Community Activities Aug. 8: Outdoor MoviesPeabody and Sherman (PG). Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 15: Outdoor MoviesThe Nut Job (PG). Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 29: Outdoor MoviesCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (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.-1:30 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy an all-you-caneat Fried Chicken Buffet with side for just $8.00. 270-5431 Italian Buffet Fridays: Every Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy salad, pasta, sauces, meatballs and garlic bread for only $8. Liberty Call The following activi ties 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. Aug. 6: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Aug 5. Aug. 7: Liberty Programmer Meeting. 4:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center. This is a chance to tell the programmer what you want on YOUR Liberty Calendar. Stop by and bring your ideas! Aug. 8: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Van Departs 5:30 p.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $5. Sign up by Aug. 6. Aug. 9: Movie Trip: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Intramural Sports Aug. 12: Intramural Flag Football Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. Season begins Sept. 2; ends Oct. 3. 270-5451. Aug. 12: Summerfest 5K/10K Run. 8:10 a.m. in front of the Fitness Center. Aug. 25-28: PreSeason Flag Football Tournament. Sign up by Aug. 18. 270-5452 Aquatics All Summer: Pool Open for Recreation Swim Open Full Time. TuesdaysFridays12-6 p.m. Saturdays 11 a.m.6 p.m. Sundays and holidays 1-6 p.m. Active Duty and chil dren 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. 2705101/5425 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 vid eos, light show and col ored 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) 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014
Child and Youth Programs Aug. 13: Teen Adventure Landing Water Park Trip. 9 am-3:30 p.m. $ 15; permission slip required. Please sign up and pay in advance. Space is limited; Bring money for food and drinks Aug. 16: Youth Sponsorship Event Back to School Splash Bash. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Pool. Free event with great back to school information for families. Children 10 and under must be with a guardian at all times. Aug. 29: Freedom Friday Rock n Glow. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $10 advanced sign-up and $12 day of, space permitting. 270-5680-Photo courtesy of YACChildren from MWRs Sand Dollar Summer Camp visit the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Fla., during a recent field trip. The camp is part of the Youth Activities Centers Summer program. For more information about YAC, call 270-5680.Learning About Alligators THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014 7
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From 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. Aug. 6, 2014 09001300 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 effective independent job search, and how to build their own network of peers for continued support. Aug. 6, 2014 11001200 Banking and Financial Services, BLDG 1, RM 719 Financial institutions offer a wide array of products and services to meet your needs. From basic checking accounts to complex investments and loans, todays finan cial institutions have it all. This program will help you understand all the products and services available. Aug. 7, 2014 09001100 Relationship Communication, BLDG 1, RM 702 Participants learn how to master the skills of understanding nonverbal cues, constructive criticism, and active lis tening. They also learn to explore the differences that affect communica tion as a couple, as well as how they can deepen their relationship. Aug. 4-8, 2014 0730-1630 Transition GPS Separatee Workshop, BLDG 1, RM 1616 The class is designed for military person nel who are within 24 months of retiring or 90-180 days of separat ing from completion of military services. It helps Service members understand the overall Transition GPS program, the requirements to meet Career Readiness Standards, and to iden tify common issues Service members and their families experience during the transition process. Aug. 9, 2014 08001700 FRG Basic Training, BLDG 1, RM 1616 Training custom ized to fit your FRG, whether the command is starting a group or reenergizing an existing group. Discuss the FRG Instruction/policy, lead ership structure, com munication techniques, team-building ideas, fundraising guidelines, and ideas for fun activities. Aug. 11, 2014 13301500 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 apply ing for. Aug. 11-12, 2014 0730-1630 Boots to Business, BLDG 1, RM 702 We will assist partici pants in understand ing the steps related to business ownership as a post-military career, understanding how business ownership might align with personal strengths & life goals, and introduces funda mental tools & strategies associated with execut ing plans for launching & growing a small busi ness. Aug. 12-13, 2014 0730-1630 Technical Track, BLDG 1, RM 1616 Conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist service members and spouses in transitioning to Civilian life, while navigat ing through the choices and decisions involved in selecting a techni cal career. Participants will receive assistance in identifying required cre dentials and investigat ing training options to pursue those qualifica tions. Aug. 13, 2014 09001300 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 effective independent job search, and how to build their own network of peers for continued support. Aug. 13, 2014 11001200 Money and Move, BLDG 1, RM 719 Transfers are a fact of life for most military ser vice members and their families. This workshop will help you prepare financially for an upcom ing move due to a trans fer to a new duty station or a transition out of the military. Aug. 14, 2014 0900-1100 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 Packup/Pick-up. Aug. 14, 2014 13001500 What About the Kids, BLDG 1, RM 607 The purpose of this program is to educate parents on the effects of domestic violence on children as encompass ing behavior, emotion, development and social ization. Aug. 18, 2014 13301500 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 apply ing for. Aug. 20, 2014 0900-1300 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 effective independent job search, and how to build their own network of peers for continued support. Aug. 20, 2014 11001230 Car Buying Strategies, BLDG 1, RM 702 Feel like a winner after the purchase of your next car by develop ing the knowledge and skills that will empower you to research the pur chase, ask the right ques tions during the sale, and practice negotiation techniques to get a great deal. Make your dream car a reality! Aug. 18-22, 2014 0730-1630 Transition GPS Retiree Workshop, BLDG 1, RM 1616 The class is designed for military person nel who are within 24 months of retiring or 90-180 days of separat ing from completion of military services. It helps Service members understand the overall Transition GPS program, the requirements to meet Career Readiness Standards, and to iden tify common issues Service members and their families experience during the transition process. Aug. 25, 2014 13301500 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 apply ing for. Aug. 25, 2014 1800-1900 IA Family Connection Group, USO, Mayport RD Open discussions where spouses and fam ily members can ask questions and connect with other family mem bers of deployed IA service members. This group meets once a month and child care is provided for free! Aug. 27, 2014 08001200 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 Aug. 27, 2014 09001300 Organizing Your Job Search and Networking, BLDG 1FFSC Workshops Available For Sailors, Families -Photo by QM3 Sharlaysha PowersMembers of USS Farraguts family readiness group hold a bake sale outside of Navy Federal Credit Union to raise money for the FRG. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014 9
Dont Forget Harassment Of Protected Species On Mayport Is Punishable By LawFrom NS Mayport Public WorksThere have been two recent incidents on Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport property involving harassment of feder al and state protected species. It is unlawful to take, possess, disturb, harm, shoot, kill, trap or capture a protected species. Violation of anti-harassment laws carries potential fines up to $100,000 and imprison ment. The first incident occurred a few weeks ago when an indi vidual was found illegally trapping an American Alligator in off-base housing. Capturing an alligator in Florida is a first degree misdemeanor and pun ishable by up to $1,000 fine. If a nuisance / threatening alligator is observed, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) Office at 1-888-404FWCC. Only trained and licensed personnel are permitted to trap and relocate alli gators. Visit FWCs website at myfwc.com to learn more about this and other species in Florida. The second incident occurred in the last few days on our beach. Sea turtles nest on Florida beaches each year between April and the end of October. At NAVSTA Mayport, surveys are conduct ed every morning and nests are always marked with wood en stakes and orange netting, chicken wire is installed on top of the nest to prevent animals from digging, and signs are posted that clearly inform beach-goers that the nest is protected by both State and Federal law. Unfortunately, a nest was disturbed this week footprints inside the nest boundary, protective chicken wire and orange net ting moved / torn. Any action like this that impacts sea turtle nests, sea turtle hatchlings or adult sea turtles is a felony violation and punishable by up to $100,000 fine and up to 1 year imprisonment. Only person nel that obtain a Marine Turtle Permit are authorized to han dle sea turtles or work around sea turtle nests. Heres what you can do to help us protect the sea turtles: If you see an adult sea tur tle or hatchlings on the beach, contact the NAVSTA Mayport Natural Resources (NR) Manager at 904-509-6842. If you see a person disturbing a marked nest or sea turtle, contact FWCC at 1-888-404FWCC. Dont disturb any of the marked nests. These markings help us identify the nests so that we can monitor them and report statistics on the nests to the State. If you find a hatchling, dont pick it up or put it in the water. The hatchlings need to travel from the nest to the water on their own so that they imprint the beach in their memory. This will help them return to the same beach to nest when they are adults. Call the NR Manager if the hatchling appears disoriented. Dont touch the turtles; only marine turtle permit holders are authorized to handle sea turtles. This is the law! When on the beach at night, dont use flashlights and avoid the use of flash photog raphy. These types of lights could disorient sea turtle hatchlings and cause them to move in the wrong direction or could cause adults to abandon nesting. Sea turtle nesting season runs from April 1st to October 31st. And just because a turtle is on the beach, that doesnt mean it is a SEA turtle! We do have gopher tortoises, a State protected species, nesting on the western side of the dune and sometimes they travel too far outside the dune and get on the beach. So please, just remember not to touch any turtles and call the NR Manager if you see any turtle on the beach. Enjoy the beach and the great area we live in, but be respectful of the wildlife and obey State and Federal regu lations. If you see a wild or nuisance animal, leave it alone and contact NAVSTA Mayport Security and allow those who are trained professionals to manage the situation. Phil SeaPutting Out The Fire Improvements To Blues Selection Process, Says Navys Air BossFrom Commander, Naval Air Forces Public AffairsThe commander of Naval Air Forces announced July 22 sev eral policy and procedur al changes designed to strengthen the selection process for future Blue Angel teams. The process improve ments are being made and codified in both gov erning instructions and practice for the future. I am committed to upholding the highest standards of profession alism while preserving the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of the Blue Angels, said Vice Adm. David Buss, commander, Naval Air Forces. My focus is on ensuring that the Blue Angels team, our Navy and Marine Corps elite Flight Demonstration Squadron, is made up of the most qualified and professional aviators. One of the organiza tional changes that Vice Adm. Buss has directed is the establishment of an executive officer (XO) billet for the Blue Angels. As part of the leadership command triad in Navy operational squadrons, the XO is second-incommand, a near peer for solid backup to the commanding officer. The XO ensures that Navy policies are carried out properly and day-today business is executed smartly. The XO will be a naval aviator but will not be a flying member of the demonstration team. A new XO will be named with the announcement of the 2015 Blue Angels Team. The Command Triad is the leadership core of any Navy ship or squad ron, consisting of the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Command Master Chief, who support, reinforce, and challenge, when appropriate, each other in all aspects of leading a unit. The Blue Angels have never had a complete Triad as theyve never had a dedicated XO; we are seizing this opportunity to fix that, said Rear Adm. Roy J. Kelley, command er, Naval Aviation and Training. Additionally, changes to the application and selection process have been implemented to assure the team continues to be made up of the best Naval Aviation has to offer. Specifically, additional oversight has been included so that Navy Personnel Command will review finalists and the Chief of Naval Aviation Training will have final approval authority of the team. The new selection pro cess changes are being used during the selection of the 2015 team. I am fully confident in the current Blue Angels team and that future teams will continue the proud tradition of excel lence, discipline, and teamwork, as they represent our Navy and Marine Corps around the nation and around the globe, said Vice Adm. Buss. -Photos by MC2 Abe McNattAbove, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Eber Barraza super vises during a simulated fire aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Right, Barraza inspects the firefighting mask on a Sailor during a simulated fire. 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. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014
From Page 1ForrestalSBR Returns To MediterraneanBy Ensign Evan AlbrightUSS Samuel B. Roberts Public Affairs OfficerThe Oliver Hazard Perryclass frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) depart ed Naval Station Mayport, June 16, for a deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. Following the ships transatlantic voyage to the Mediterranean, Samuel B. Roberts first port visit was Augusta Bay, Sicily. While in Augusta Bay, crew mem bers took the opportunity to explore nearby towns like Sigonella and Catania. Additionally, Samuel B. Roberts Chief Petty Officers Mess organized a social event and basketball tournament on the pier. Despite her busy schedule patrolling the Mediterranean, crew members are taking part in various Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) while underway. Events to date include: flight deck movie night, trivia competition, bingo and a bean bag toss tournament. This deployment has already been a great success, said Ensign Jordan Gilmore, the ships newly-appointed MWR Officer. I look forward to what it has in store for the future. Samuel B. Roberts deployed to the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in April. This is the last deployment before decommissioning. -Photos courtesy of USS Samuel B. RobertsA view from the flight deck of USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58), with the American Flag and Augusta Bay, Sicily in the background. Combat Systems Department fakes out mooring lines while pulling into Augusta Bay, Sicily aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58). -Photo by MC2 Damian BergGuest speaker Machinist's Mate 1st Class (Ret.) Richard Campeny, talks about lessons learned by the future crews of USS Forrestal (CVA 59), after the 1967 fire aboard the aircraft carrier. served aboard the air craft carrier from 19841992. He stated that those who lost their lives that day will always be membered in the rich history of the ship. The leadership made sure everyone was aware of the sacrifice these members made to help save the ship and other shipmates< Campany said. We learned the importance of fire fighting safety and the leader ship always backed us up and gave us the training we needed. Today, the US Navy commonly refers to the fire aboard Forrestal when teaching damage control and ammunition safety. The navy circulated the lessons which the men of Forrestal re-learned at such cost, throughout the fleet, and the flight deck film of the flight operations, subsequently entitled Learn or Burn, became mandatory viewing for fire fighting train ees for years. The Farrier Fire Fighting School Learning Site in Norfolk is named for Chief Aviation Boatswains Mate Gerald W. Farrier, the Sailor who died in the initial explosion in an attempt to extinguish the fire with a single PKP extin guisher. According to Company, there is a reminder on the Forrestal of what Farrier and others sacrificed for their country. Every day when you walk aboard the ship, there is a plaque with the names of all those that died that fateful day, he said. We learned how important safety is toward weapon han dling. We dont want this to happen again. All new navy recruits are required to view a training video titled, Trial by Fire: A Carrier Fights for Life produced from footage of the fire and damage control efforts, both success ful and unsuccessful. On the one hand there were damage control teams spraying fire fight ing foam on the deck to contain the flames, which was the correct procedure, while on the other hand, crewmen on the other side of the deck sprayed seawater, washing away the foam and worsening the situa tion by washing burning fuel through the hole in the flight deck into the decks below; the burning fuel was not easily extin guished, and was spread by water. Due to the first bomb blast, which killed near ly all of the specially trained firefighters on the ship, the remaining crew, who had no formal firefighting training, was forced to improvise. In response, a wash down system, which floods the flight deck with foam or water, was incorporated into all carriers. Many other fire safe ty improvements also stemmed from this inci dent, including making sure everyone receives basic damage control training during basic training and duirng your INDOC period when reporting to a ship. If a fire happens at sea and the people who primarily fight fires, like those in my rate go down, you only have you, the water and your shipmates to save the ship, said Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW/AW) Jessica Kreps. It doesnt matter what rate you are or what rank you are, everyone is a fire fighter at sea. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014 11
Immunization Awareness Month Kicks OffBy Terri Moon CronkDoD News, Defense Media ActivityAugust is National Immunization Awareness Month, and while vaccines are important for peo ple of all ages, theyre vital to the Defense Departments fighting force, the director of the Military Vaccine Agency, Vaccine Healthcare Centers Networks said. Army Col. (Dr.) Margaret Yacovone emphasized that vaccina tions are safe and effec tive, and without them, debilitating diseases and even death can occur. [About] 46,000 Americans ... and 1.5 million children die from vaccine-preventable ill nesses each year, she said. Studies also have found there is evidence that vaccinating children causes autism, Yacovone pointed out. Failing to inoculate children for childhood diseases also puts other children at risk, Yacovone added. Vaccines have had tremendous success, Yacovone said. And while many diseases have been eradicated from the United States, some, such as measles and pertussis, have reappeared because of com placency and people who choose to not vaccinate, she said, noting that measles still accounts for 169,000 deaths each year worldwide. Pertussis also called whooping cough has also made resurgence for the same reasons. And because of complacency, vaccine manufacturers have added the pertussis vaccine to the inocula tions for diphtheria and tetanus, she said. Yacovone noted that its important for preg nant women, health care and daycare workers to get the Tdap tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccination. While infants and chil dren have developing immune systems and need early childhood vaccinations, the older population should con sider getting the shingles shot to prevent or less en the potential for the painful resurgence of the virus that causes chicken pox, she noted. Another shot for older people or those with compromised respiratory systems is for pneumo nia. In addition, there are immunizations for ado lescents such as the vac cine for meningitis and the human papillomavi rus. Most critical is the need for all age groups to get the annual influenza vaccine, Yacovone said. [Everyone] 6 months and older should get flu vaccine. [Influenza] mutates rapidly and develops new strains. Its particularly imporNBHC Mayport Now Offering School PhysicalsBy Lt. Chasity Y. Reid Branch Health Clinic Mayport Primary Care Clinic Manager Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayports Immunizations and Pediatric Clinics are currently offering back-to-school physicals for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year, allowing parents to beat the rush with early scheduling plus additional clinic days in July and August. Florida law requires that all school children have the appro priate health exam and immu nization documentation. A school entry health exam (Form DH 3040) is required for stu dents, grades kindergarten through 12th grade, who are entering a Florida school for the first time or after being absent for more than 12 months. Students can obtain the exam up to one year prior to entering the Florida school system. For students transferring to a Florida school, a comparable form from another state would be acceptable, if completed within the previous year. A certificate of immuniza tion (Form DH 680) is also required by the schools. The form is valid until the child enters seventh grade, at which time a new form will be issued when additional immunization requirements are met. Children who will be 11-years-old while attending sixth grade do not need to wait until they enter the seventh grade to receive the additional required immuniza tions. Once required immuni zations are met, a new certif icate of immunization will be issued and will remain effec tive until graduation from high school. School physicals for children ages five through 11 are covered by TRICARE if required in connection with school enrollment, unlike annual sport physicals which are not a covered benefit. NBHC Mayports Immunization Clinic is a walkin clinic, but children age five and under must first see their Medical Home Port pri mary care manager. Parents should bring all immunization records during the clinic visit. Immunization Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the NBHC Mayport appointment line at (904) 2703248 to schedule a school or sport physical. For immuniza tion questions call (904) 2704305. Additionally, NBHC Mayport will conduct special school physical clinics every Saturday from July 19 to August 23, from 8 a.m. to noonby appoint ment only. Contact NBHC Mayport Family Medicine for any questions or concerns at (904) 270-4220/4270. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient popula tionabout 163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their familiesalmost 70,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more about NBHC Mayport, visit the command website at www.med.navy.mil/sites/ NavalHospitalJax. tant for pregnant women to get the flu shot to pro tect themselves and their unborn babies, Yacovone added. Without being prop erly up-to-date on vac cinations, countless days are lost from school and work, she added. And in a global society where traveling from country to country is common, unvaccinated travelers can contract U.S.-eradicated diseases and bring them back home, Yacovone said. Its important for peo ple to consult with their health care providers to determine which immu nizations are best for them, she said. Develop Lasting Good Nutrition & Weight HabitsFrom Mayport Health PromotionNaval Branch Health Clinic Mayport Health Promotion will be offer ing a free 8 week long nutrition and weight management course starting on Aug. 19 from 9-11 a.m. The class runs two hours for eight con secutive weeks. The classes are open to active duty, retirees, and dependents, 17 years of age and older. Call 2705251 for more informa tion. We are located at Building 2050, Marshal Couch Drive, next to Surfside Fitness Center. A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. Ice Cream Social To Welcome Families -Photo courtesy of FFSCRepresentatives from Fleet and Family Support Center join other service organizations from Naval Station Mayport in providing information to incoming USS Iwo Jima and USS Ft. McHenry families during a recent Ice Cream Social at USO Mayport.Have Health Questions? Call TRICARE Nurse Advice LineFrom TRICARESometimes its hard to know when to seek medi cal help for urgent health problems. Having access to a trusted medical professional at a moments notice is invaluable. The new TRICARE Nurse Advice Line (NAL) does just that. Starting April 25, 2014, all TRICARE beneficiaries in the con tinental United States, Alaska and Hawaii can get health advice by calling the NAL, toll-free and 24/7. The NAL number is 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273). The NAL is a team of registered nurses who answer urgent healthcare questions. They give beneficiaries professional medical advice to help decide whether self-care is the best option, or they should see a healthcare provider. They will recommend if its ok to wait for care, or if beneficia ries should seek urgent or emergency care. There is always a live person on the line to answer health questions. The NAL has pedi atric nurses to answer childrens health ques tions. If follow-up to the childs care is needed or requested, the NAL will call back to check on them a few hours later. The NAL can also help beneficiaries find the closest medical care if they need it. When beneficiaries call the NAL, a rep resentative checks their eligibility in the Defense Enrollment and Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Beneficiaries with an urgent health care con cern or question speak to a registered nurse who asks the beneficiary a series of standard ques tions to recommend the next steps and give them best advice possible. The NAL can also make appointments at military hospitals and clinics for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries enrolled to those facili ties. The appointment feature of the NAL is being phased in for Prime enrollees to mili tary hospitals and clin ics between April 25 and June 27, 2014. If you are a Prime MTF enrollee, please consult your MTF for the date you can use this feature of the NAL. Prime MTF enrollees can currently use the health advice feature of the NAL. Beneficiaries can still call their PCM or clin ic for medical advice and appointments. The NAL is a new and easy option for ben eficiaries to access care quickly at any time. To access the NAL dial 1-800-TRICARE (8742273) and select option 1. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014
THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014 13 Summer 2014 Uniform Matters UpdateBy Rear Adm. Fritz RoeggeDirector, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (N13) and Director, Total Force Requirements Division (N12)In this update, I want to provide the results of the 2013 Womens Uniform Survey and share a number of uni form changes that are in the works. First, Id like to thank you for your participa tion and for the wide range of views expressed. The executive summa ry of the 2013 women uniform survey can be found on the Uniform Matters website. Some of the survey highlights include: 1. The survey asked for the satisfaction rating of various uni forms. your satisfaction with how professional uni form garments appear on you, over 50% of respondents answered uniform items. your satisfaction with the comfort of uniform garments, over 50% of respondents answered uniform items. your satisfaction with the fit of uniform garments, over 50% of responitems. 2. When asked what changes to womens uni forms were desired, the changes most requested by women would be to improve the comfort, fit, and/or function of: waist lower, and adding or increasing the size of pockets) shoulder area and arm hole of SDB and SDW, and adding pockets) hemline narrower and the waist lower) more length to the bot tom of the shirt and to add room in the shoulder area) satin lining on the inside of the collar and add more room in the shoulder for both the SK and SW shirts) the scope of work for each recommendation; well pursue those things that have the best return on investment and address the rest in a long range campaign plan. Three of the items that we will begin work on are: and hip design of the khaki slacks and providing belted and beltless options functional pocket for the line of the khaki and white skirts to have a design similar to the SDB skirt. This fall, we plan to begin an anthropomet ric correlation study on body sizing to improve our uniforms patterns and consequently our uniforms fit. have concluded that study, we will explore possible additional changes to female uni form designs that could incorporate some of the other survey findings. on additional uniform issues and big picture changes. Fleet indicates a need for clearer grooming standards that encompass a broader range of womens hairstyles. In response, we are rewrit guidance and to better define authorized and unauthorized female hairstyles. I expect a revision to female grooming standards to be promulgated this fall. expand the wear test of below service dress blue uniform for women with ly 300 Sailors in the Norfolk area. This test will incorporate feed back received from the Preliminary Evaluation conducted earlier during the spring. change to uniforms to improve fit, function, or appearance, our goal remains to have uni forms that our Sailors will wear proudly at sea and ashore and that project our proud Navy changes being pursued: minimizing cost; in fact, some initiatives will save money impact on the sea bag feedback right to improve fit and function; for example, we wont issue a mans uniform to a woman; well design a womans uniform. We take feedback from the Fleet seriously and look forward to hearing whats on your mind. Email umo_cmc@navy. mil for feedback on uniform matters and usn email@example.com for feedback on other per sonnel matters. -Photo by MC2 Armando GonzalesSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, center, helps place a ceremonial solar panel during a ground breaking and blessing ceremony at the USS Nevada Memorial at Hospital Point. The ceremony signifies the start of the Navys largest solar power generation system project in Hawaii. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific and Africa Command areas of responsibility. SECNAV Announces Contract For Navy Photovoltaic Array ProjectBy the Navy Chief of Information OfficeSecretary of the Navy today that Naval Facilities Engineering Pacific awarded a con tract to Pacific Energy procurement of electrici ty produced from renew able energy generation systems. Pacific Energy Solutions, based out of design, construct, own, operate and maintain various solar photovoltasystems that will provide renewable electricity to The total amount of power generated is anticipated to be about ing current that will be shared between the Navy with 10 roof top photo voltaic systems and four ground-based or ele vated systems, built on three different bases, said Secretary of the the first year alone we expect that these systems will save the taxpayers equivalent of the electric ity that can be generated oil here in Hawaii. Its the amount of electric ity needed to power more than 5,000 aver thats just in the first year. This program will be generating those sav ings for decades. The work we are doing here will serve as a model for other projects around the world. The sites under this task order include: three roof tops and one ground mount location on Waipio Peninsula at Joint Base Pearl Harbor roof tops and two ele Hawaii; and one roof the Navys largest pho tovoltaic array in the Pacific, and a significant step toward achieving our renewable energy tiatives are paramount to enabling the Navy and energy security and effi ciency ashore, and oper ational reach afloat. In addition, we are very proud to be partner ing with Pacific Energy Solutions as we work to execute this substantial investment. renewable energy for a term of 25 years. The systems is expected to take 12 months.Shore Up To Withstand Any DisasterFrom Commander, Navy Installations Command Ready Navy ProgramWhether serving advance notice alone is not enough to protect your family and prop erty during hurricane/ typhoon season. You increase your chances through active prepara tion: being and staying informed, making a plan, and building an emer gency supply kit. These steps are applicable whether you are preparing for a hur ricane, typhoon, or any hazard. They save lives, property, and time when seconds count in a man dated evacuation and when sheltering at home. ability to withstand a hurricane/typhoon, and regionally specific names cyclone. These lowpressure systems, which originate in the tropics, bring violent winds, tor rential rains, storm surges, and flooding. tropical cyclone in the the Northeast Pacific line, or the South Pacific son lasts from June 1 to November 30, with the peak season from midThe Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends Nov. 30. cyclone in the Northwest International Date Line with sustained winds of can happen at any time of year, the season typi cally runs from July 1 to Sept. 30. Be/Stay Informed The following are some resources to find tips and information to be and stay informed before, during, and after a hur ricane/typhoon. www.ready.navy.mil www.cni.navy.mil/ navycni/groups/pub lic/documents/docu www.nhc.noaa.gov/ disasters/hurricanes/ Department of Homeland Security www.ready.gov/hurri canes stations Make a Plan Every member of the family should under stand what to do, where to go, how to communi cate with each other, and what to take if a hurri cane is predicted in your area. Be sure to learn and include community evacuation routes and an out-of-town contact everyone can call if sepa rated. Plan how you will protect your property and home, giving your self plenty of time to fin ish before the storm. Build an Emergency Supply Kit Together make a por table kit with enough water, non-perishable food, medicine, and supplies for every family member to survive at least three days. Include a battery or crank pow ered all-weather radio, extra batteries, and cash in case power goes out. Last, but not least, follow the direction of emergency management and local authorities. Never ignore an evacu ation order. If told to evacuate, do it imme diately and take only essential items and your emergency kit; discon nect all appliances; and turn off gas, electricity, and water. Be Hurricane/Tsunami For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane/typhoon, visit http://www.ready. navy.mil/BeInformed/ NaturalHazards/ Hurricane/index.htm mission and organizational goals. ability to make meaningful dis tinctions in levels of performance. ed tool that will facilitate perfor mance planning, communication and the appraisal cycle processes. DoD officials have notified unions of the three-tiered appraisal system. The new system will not apply to Senior Executive Service employ Intelligence Personnel System and employees in the Demonstration Lab system, officials said. 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14 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 7, 2014 Aug. 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 28 The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Florida Master Naturalist Program Freshwater Wetlands Module sponsored by the St. Johns County Recreation and Parks and Duval County Extension will be offered throughout August. Classroom sessions will be held at Trout Creek Park, 6795 Collier Road, Orangedale, Florida. This program is for adults who want to learn more about Floridas environment. Individuals as well as educators and those in the eco-tourism business can benefit. Teachers may receive up to 40 hours continuing edu cation credits. Topics include: ecosystems (swamps, marshes, and permanent wetlands), key plants and wildlife, and the role of humans in shaping the envi ronment. Each mod ule includes classroom presentations, videos, field trips, and prac tical interpretation. Advance registration is required. Course fee is $225. Course instruc tors are Ayolane Halusky and Carol Wyninger. Student requirements include attendance, par ticipation, and enthusi asm! For registration and program informa tion contact the web site www.masternatu ralist.org. For further questions contact Carol Wyninger at (904)2200232 or wyninger@ comcast.net, or Ayolane Halusky at (904) 2090348 or ahalusky@sjcfl. us. Saturday, Aug. 9 Christ United Methodist Church invites the community to an old-fashioned fish fry, hosted by the United Methodist Men from 5-7 p.m. Dinners will include fish, french fries and all the trimmings, all for only $7. Only 150 meals will be served on a first come, first served basis. Meet us in Wilson Hall of the church at 5 p.m. at 400 Penman Road, Neptune Beach to reel yours in! Need info? Call the church at 249-5370. Well see you there. Ever dreamed of get ting the perfect shot of a great blue heron in flight or a bumble bee nestled on a flower? Join a pho tographer at 10 a.m. and nature enthusiast for a leisurely stroll on the Fairway Loop Trail and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and salt marsh on film. Please bring your own camera and photography sup plies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the pro gram is free. Why are we fascinat ed with monsters and the mysterious? They creep into our dreams and thoughts; we seek out souvenirs and keep our eyes on the horizon for a glimpse of them. Come learn about these mysterious creatures of the deep with a Park Ranger. Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. for a discussion on the differ ent types of shark teeth that can be found on the areas beaches. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Saturday, Aug. 10 Whether you write, sing, play or simply enjoy good music, plan on being with us for Songwriters Night from 6-8 p.m. at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theater; corner of East Coast Drive and 7th Street. The musical host, Mike Shackelford, and his fellow talented performers from the region will transform the Atlantic Beach Theater into a magical space for two hours of original musical creations for neighbors and friends. Seating is first come/first served for this admis sion-free/alcohol-free event. Bring a friend...or three! Performers should e-mail or call Mike Shackelford at (904)6107461. Visit www.coab.us/ recreation for info. Outin TownBack To School Drive Your Greater Jacksonville Area USO is collecting school supplies for our deserving junior families to help get their children ready for school this year. If you can help, please bring your donated school sup plies to either Mayport or NAS Jax USO centers between now and Aug. 4. We are asking for any school necessities such as pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, back packs, glue/sticks, two pocket three prong folders, rul ers, lunch boxes, etc. Bone Marrow Match Searching For A Match A service member and his family are search ing for a bone marrow match for their child. The members child was recently diagnosed with a rare form of leu kemia and BeTheMatch. org has set up an online bone marrow match drive specifically for the child. Anyone who is NOT active duty mili tary can sign up online in the childs honor via this link: http://join.bethematch.org/. Though active duty military are unable to join via this link, family members, friends, and other extended networks can (as long as they are willing to donate to any patient in need and are in good general health and between the ages of 18 and 44). U.S. military personnel can partici pate in the drive as well and are asked to regis ter for the Be The Match Registry through the Department of Defense (DoD) using one of the options listed below: (NOTE: Military person nel is defined as active duty U.S. military per sonnel and their depen dents, reservists, retir ees, National Guard, Coast Guard and DoD civilian personnel.) 1) Attend a DoD donor drive 2) Call 1-800MARROW-3 3) Visit a walk-in regis tration center Greater Jacksonville Area USO Bike Night Give Back Stop by the Chilis at 12987 Atlantic Blvd. on Monday, Aug. 4 from 4-11 p.m. and let Chilis do the cooking while you support your Greater Jacksonville Area USO. Present the attached flyer to your server and 10 percent of your bill will be donated back to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. Military Spouse COMPASS Program COMPASS is a spouseto-spouse mentoring program that introduces participants to all aspects of the mili tary lifestyle. COMPASS offers military spouses the opportunity to estab lish a peer network, acquire knowledge and develop skills neces sary to successfully meet future challenges of military life. Please come join us! Well be sure to make you smile, help you meet other spouses, provide you with YUMMY Dinners, and even reimburse you for babysitting fees** (please inquire with a Compass Mentor for more info). Registration IS REQUIRED! Please visit www.gocompass. org to find a Session near you. Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old maga zines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fun draiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. United Through Reading program makes it possible to share in the enjoyment of reading to the children in your life, even while thousands of miles apart. The Mayport Center and NAS Center can record you reading a book to your children and send it to them after you have gone on deployment. It is a great way to make them smile on their spe cial day even when you can not be there with them. Please contact your local USO center for more information. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service members with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary service is also available. Watch TV or a movie from the video library. Service members can also enjoy video games or use the sports equipment. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. The USO is available for meetings, support groups, recep tions, parties and predeployment briefs. A TV, VCR and overhead pro jector are available for use. For more information about activities or meeting availabilities, call 246-3481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. Sign up for the USO newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org USONEWSConsumer Tips on Avoiding ScammersBy Terri Moon CronkDoD News, Defense Media ActivityService members and their families can be easy targets for scammers, and financial education is key to prevention, the deputy director of the Pentagons office of family policy and children and youth. In an interview with DoD News, Navy Cmdr. Peter Hoegel noted that July 16 is Military Consumer Protection Day. Todays observance is part of the long-term Financial Readiness Campaign, in which DoD, the Federal Trade Commission and many other organizations highlight efforts to protect service members and their families. Military members are trustworthy and trust ing members of society who work hard, have a regular income, and they want to be helpful and serve, Hoegel said. Unfortunately, it makes them a target for unscrupulous people who are trying to get into their pockets. Other service member vulnerabilities include frequent relo cation, separation from family and friends, and deployment stresses. Identity theft is the No. 1 crime affecting service members and their families, Hoegel said. We want to make sure folks understand the scope of the problem and just how cunning some [scammers] are, try ing to get their hands on personal and financial information, he added. [Identity theft] can be a tremendous drain. You have to understand how scammers come at you and how to protect your self. Hoegel cited the following statistics from the Federal Trade Commission: In the past 12 months, 43 percent of service members or their spouses experienced a financial shortfall; this number was 51 percent in the E-1 to E-4 ranks; 21 percent of E-1s to E-4s have no emergency savings fund, and anoth er 9 percent have less than $100 in emergency savings; 33 percent of ser vice members describe their financial condition as difficult, and 20 per cent say their condition is worse than it was 12 months ago; A recent study shows financial education had positive results for ser vice members retire ment savings and other financial issues; and In 2013, the Federal Trade Commission received nearly 73,000 complaints from mili tary consumers. Identity theft topped the list with 22,00 complaints, and others concerned debt collection, impos ter scams, bank, lender and credit bureau issues, information furnishers and report users, and auto-related complaints. The Military Consumer website con tains resources to raise awareness and explain the details of scams and other things service members and families can fall prey to, and how to avoid them, Hoegel said, noting that finan cial scammers can harm military families state side and overseas, par ticularly where language and cultural barriers exist. Financial stability is a DoD priority, he added, and leaders believe that a service members sound financial readiness is critical to mission readi ness. The departments financial readiness resources are available to help service members and families plan budgets, spend accord ingly, save for retirement and emergencies, and get ahead of the curve to give people the tools and knowledge they need before theyre scammed or taken advantage of, Hoegel said. We want to make sure theyre think ing ahead and getting their financial affairs in order before scamming becomes an issue, he added. NEX Gives Back to StudentsFrom NEXCOMThe Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) has been offering students a chance to help pay for college through its A-OK Student Reward Program since 1997. The A-OK Student Reward Program offers all qualified students to participate in a quarterly drawing for monetary awards of $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 or $500 for a total of $5,500 per quarter. The next drawing will be held at the end of August 2014. Any eligible full-time student that has a B-grade point average equivalent or better, as determined by their school system, may enter the drawing. Homeschooled students can also qualify with acknowledgement that the student has a B average or equivalent record of accomplishment. Eligible students include dependent chil dren of active duty military members, reservists and military retirees enrolled in 1st through 12th grade. Dependent children without an individual Dependent Identification Card must be accompa nied by their sponsor to submit their entry. Each student may enter only once each grading period and must re-enter with each qualifying report card. To enter the drawing, stop by any NEX with a current report card or progress report and have a NEX associate verify the eligibility. Then fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID which entitles the student to19 discount coupons for NEX products and services. Along with the award, each winner will receive a lapel pin, certificate and medallion ribbon In Honor of Academic Excellence. Since the programs inception, NEXCOM has awarded over $640,000 to students with the help of its generous vendor partners. Resident of the Week-Photo courtesy of Balfour BeattyBalfour Beatty Communities would like to con gratulate Christopher and Veronaka Evans who is the Resident of the Week! We appreciate the Evans 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 904-2708870.
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