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CHINFO Award Winner Caselot SaleGoing On At Commissary Page 3 Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com LCS To MayportSECNAV Identifies Six Ships to Homeport In 2016From the Office of the Chief of InformationSecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus officially announced Aug. 7 that six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) will be homeported at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Florida beginning in 2016. The decision to homeport the ships in Mayport follows previous discussions to expand training and infra structure to support the continued development of the pro gram. LCS was designed for naval operations today and tomor row, and will be a key component of our fleet for a long time to come, Mabus said. The assignment of these six ships underscores just how important the First Coast is to our national defense, and how committed we are to the strate gic dispersal of our Fleet. Mayport will soon be a hub for small surface combat ships, and will continue to serve as an important Navy partner. Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures or anti-submarine warfare. The LCS Class consists of two variants, the monohull design Freedom variant and the trimaran design Independence variant. The ships are designed and built by two industry teams, led by Lockheed Martin and Austal USA, respectively. Central, South America Partners Gather For PANAMAX 2014 At NS MayportBy MC1 Andre N. McIntyreU.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsMore than 320 military personnel, including 80 members of partnernation navies, assembled Aug. 4 on Naval Station Mayport for PANAMAX 2014, an exercise aimed at developing strong working relationships between multination al forces to ensure the defense of the Panama Canal. The exercise, which is scheduled to run Aug. 8-15, includes partici pants from 15 nations: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the United States. This exercise allows countries to create friendships and come together as a multina tional force while com bating common threats, said Colombian Rear Adm. Benjamin Calle, -Photo by MC2 Tim D. GodbeeSix Freedom class littoral combat ships will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport beginning in 2016. -Photo by MC2 Adam HendersonMore than 300 military personnel from 15 nations gather together for a commemorative photo for this years 2014 PANAMAX exercise held at NS Mayport. See PANAMAX, Page 8 See LCS, Page 8 -Photo by Paige GnannSavannah Sanders, 4, yells for her father as USS Taylor returns from its final deployment on Aug. 9.


2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 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: School Starts Soon. . .Are You Ready?School starts Aug. 18 in Duval and St. Johns and August 13th in Clay. Nassau schools started Aug. 6. Families have been enrolling students in school throughout the summer and will contin ue 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 students 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 system 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 addi tional 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 Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KNOWINGTHE ROPESCharacter Grows With Attention, NourishingOver the past week or so I was engaged in rereading some articles on CHARACTER. One of the insights reaffirmed was that great men and women of his tory were just regular folks who met difficult challenges head on and overcame them based on the strong fundamentals of their character. Their character helped them to respond nobly to those Several years ago, an organization called Character First held a training event for Navy Chaplains to reinforce the idea that good char acter can be built and can make a positive dif ference in the lives of Sailors and their fam ily members. During the workshop they introduced four ways that character can be built. First, character can be built by identifying spe cific attributes that make you a person of charac ter. Second, by focusing on one character qual ity at a time in order to understand its nature, importance, and ben efits. be built by relating each quality to the workplace or family situation and discovering how you can rewards. Last, by recognizing how your fellow Sailors or family members dem onstrate the character you need in your life, praising them for specific qualities, and learning from them. Some high lighted statements from the training were: the most powerful benefit of building character is the positive impact on your response to pressures in everyday life. When a Sailor or family member increases their under standing of character it helps predict the results of words, actions, and attitudes. Observing the character of others helps you understand them, how they think and how you can relate to them. Also discussed was the difference between character and achieve ment and the impor tance of differentiating between the two. The workshop lead ers stated, achievement is the fruit that rewards those who plant seeds of character. the nature and quality of your character will deter mine the type of achieve your life. Character is the causative force in decision-making and accomplishments are the effects of those decisions. Think of it this way. Having a productive garden means the selecting, planting and watering of good seeds. You also need to remove unwant ed weeds that try to interfere with having a good garden. That takes vigilance and a good work ethic to keep on top of that. Good seeds that turn into good plants need continual attention and nourishment. Therefore, it will be less fruitful to motivate accomplishments in yourself, your Sailors or family members with out first and foremost encouraging the root of good character. praise the character rep resented instead of only praising the accomplish ment. Rather than telling a child, I am thrilled you got an A on your math test, try praising char acter by saying, I am thrilled with your atten tion in class and the good study habits you used to earn that A. Simple change, but very impactful as charac ter is built. Chaplain Steven Souders CNSL Ministry Center CHAPLAINSCORNERHow do I look? my husband asked, putting his hands on his hips and strutting down the marine supply store isle snuggly strapped into a new life vest. As if he was on a runway in Milan, he stopped, pivoted, and looked at me with a come hither stare. Youll be the envy of everyone in our sailing class, I lied. Along with our new life jackets, we bought sail ing gloves, non-marking deck shoes, sunglasses straps, waterproof phone pouches, and a humongous chart of the entire Narragansett Bay. At home, we assembled the rest of the recommend ed sailing apparel: hats, quick dry shorts, breath able collared shirts, waterproof watches, and gadgetry like pocket knives and compasses that would never see the light of day. We had no idea how to sail, but Goshdarnit, we were going to look the part. Besides, when military folks like us move some where new, we try our local customs. Before the end of our tour of duty in Rhode Island, we will guzzle gallons of chow dah, stuff ourselves with stuffies (stuffed clams), and learn to love lobstah rolls. We will hike rocky coastlines, wade through cranberry bogs, and snap photos of squatty lighthouses. We might even start saying things like, Hey, I have an idearlets go down city for a gagga and a beah. (Locals way of suggesting hot dogs and beers in Providence.) And in a state like Rhode Island, where there are more boats than human beings, we must learn how to sail. Last week, we showed up at the Naval Station Newport Base Marina on the first night of Basic Sail Training Class, with nave visions of cruising on the Narragansett Bay in a 40-footer named something like Moon Dancer, my husband at the helm in his polo sweater, and me loung ing in the cockpit with a glass of chardonnay like Jackie O. About 20 of us mostly middle-aged with a smattering of 20-some thing single sailors -mustered on the deck of the tiny marina office. Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist The Meat&PotatoesOF LIFESee School, Page 3 We sized each other up while we waited for the instructors to show. One by one, the vol unteers appeared to give us instruction. They were all older, seasoned gentlemen, one of which smoked a calabash pipe and seemed the incarnation of Hemmingways Santiago from The Old Man and the Sea They broke us into Going Overboard: Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks?-Photo by Lisa Smith MolinariLisa Smith Molinari takes a selfie of herself and her husband, Capt. Francis Molinari, sailing last night.See Sailing, Page 13


immunizations. Call (904) 542-4677 to schedule an appointment. Proof of Home Address Duval requires 2 proofs of residential address. Proof of Age for Kindergarten and First Grade Students A certified birth record is required. Academic Records When a child has been enrolled in another school district, parents are asked to pro vide the latest report card from that district and transcript if applicable. Most schools will accept an unofficial record (a hand-carried report card, for example) for registration, but the school will then request official records from the previous school Special Needs Records If you have a child who is a special needs student, the receiving school will often need to make a spe cial request for the childs special education records. Many school districts require a separate form for those record requests. If the receiving school forgets to ask that question at the time of enrollment, those records may be delayed several weeks possibly not allowing the receiving school to pro vide the necessary accom modations needed for the childs academic and behavioral success. Make sure the counselor or clerk assisting you with enrollment real izes 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. (OPTIONAL) Federal law does NOT allow schools to require a social security number for school enroll ment. You may certainly provide a copy at the time of registration, but the school cannot make it a require ment for enrollment. BUS INFORMATION: State law requires bus transportation for stu dents 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 pro grams, regardless of dis tance under specific guide lines. For more information, contact the Transportation Department at Duval: 904-858-6200. St. Johns: 904-547-7810 Clay: 904-284-6526 Nassau: 904-225-9404 If you have addition al questions concerning 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 questions about enrolling in another local school dis trict, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@ navy.mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One. From Page 2SchoolMayport Sailor of the WeekIT2 Peter W. Matla Job: Information Systems Technician/ Network Administrator for USS Simpson Age: 27 Hometown: Port Clinton, OH Favorite Hobby: Basketball Hero: Mother. She has been a mentor for my entire life. She is an amazing woman and taught me the true meaning of determina tion and drive to succeed when fought breast can cer and won. My mother will always be my hero. Best Piece of Advice Received: Strive for greatness. Goal for Navy: Continue my education and make LDO. I would like to serve as an officer and technical expert in the Navy. How has the Navy improved your life?: It has provided me a knowledge base and opportunity to suc ceed within the Navy, in College, and my personal life. Why was this Sailor/ Officer chosen to be highlighted?: IT2 Matla is an exceptional sailor and performer within the division and com mand, displaying the aptitude and respon sibility of a First Class petty officer. He has trained two new Work Center Supervisors and three Information Watch Supervisors, displaying his outstanding leader ship. IT2 Matla is the driving force in ensur ing that USS Simpsons network is secure and updated to mitigate all Information Assurance Vulnerabilities in prep aration for a looming, rigorous Cyber Security Inspection. He exempli fies the high standards, hard work, and dedica tion to duty expected of a Petty Officer in the Navy. IT2 Peter W. Matla Commissary Holds Case Lot SaleBy Jessica RouseDeCA public affairs specialist Back by popular demand are the commissaries case lot sales. This time theyre called Commissary Customer Appreciation Sales, and they offer savings of 50 percent or more on club pack and full case items. Mayport Commissary is sched uled to have our sale from Aug. 15-17. Customers can go to www.commissaries.com/stores/html/store. cfm?dodaac=N&page=case_lot_ dates to find sale information on their stores Web page: Just log on to the commissary website, click the Locations link, access the Alphabetical Listing link from the drop down menu and choose the store. Overseas stores may hold substitute events such as sidewalk sales. Its been nearly two years since our last case lot sale, and we are really excited to bring these back since they are so popular with customers, said Randy Chandler, the Defense Commissary Agencys director of sales. These events can help families stock up for back to school, and theyre also a great way to get your everyday bulk items at great prices. Customers have a variety of options to choose from. The list includes: ages, such as trail mix, nuts, fruit bars, 100 percent juice, peanut butter, sports drinks and kids complete meals and canned food, treats, and cat litter ments ding supplies such as bathroom tissue, fabric sheets and laundry deter gent. diapers, shampoo, conditioner THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014 3


4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014 USS Taylor (FFG 50)Returns From Final DeploymentBy Lt.j.g. David J. HancockUSS Taylor Public AffairsThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 Detachment 1 returned to Naval Station Mayport Aug. 9, following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet and 4th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR). Taylor began her final deployment Jan. 8 to support theater secu rity cooperation, mari time security operations and conduct partnerbuilding exercises in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and then traveled to the Caribbean in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South counter-illicit trafficking mission. While in the Mediterranean, the ship made port visits to Funchal, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Cagliari, (Sardinia), Gaeta and Naples, Italy; Samsun and Marmaris Turkey; and Souda Bay, Greece. In Barcelona, the crew hosted a recep tion for foreign digni taries and military offi cers and in Souda Bay, the crew participated in a community relations project, painting and refurbishing a commu nity center for children with autism. While deployed to the Black Sea, the ship vis ited Constanta, Romania and Batumi, Georgia as well as conducting maneuvering and pass ing exercises with the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and Romanian Naval Vessels FF Regina Maria and FF Regel Ferdinand. Passing exercises allowed us an oppor tunity to train and strengthen alliances with other navies of our NATO allies, said Cmdr. Murzban Murz Morris, Taylor commanding offi cer. Upon arrival in Constanta, the crew was treated to a welcome luncheon and reception hosted by the Romanian Chapter of the Navy League of the United States, and during their stay, hosted a reception and tours for military officials. In Batumi, the crew conducted Maritime Interception Operations training as well as navi gational and tactical maneuvering training with the Georgian Coast Guard. During the visit, the crew hosted a reception and tours for the Georgian Coast Guard, local officials, -Photo by MC2 Damian BergChief Gas Turbine System Technician Mechanical Nicholas Burnworth, assigned to the guided-missile frig ate USS Taylor (FFG 50), proposes to his girlfriend Tiffany Patterson during the ship's homecoming celebra tion at Naval Station Mayport.See Taylor, Page 5 -Photo by MC2 Damian BergGas Turbine System Technician Mechanical 1st Class Christopher Genster kisses his wife after returning from an seven-month deployment. -Photo by Paige GnannBoatswain Mate 2nd Class Maurice Wilson-Richardson, meets his son for the first time during the ship's homecoming celebration at Naval Station Mayport.-Photo by Paige GnannEnsign Ted Pease is welcomed home by his girlfriend Diana Rubin after returning with USS Taylor.-Photo by Paige GnannA Sailor gets welcome home kisses after returning to Naval Station Mayport with USS Taylor.-Photo by Paige GnannDamage Controlman Fireman (SW) Jonathan Lorenzo is welcomed home by his wife, Jordan, after returning from deployment Saturday.-Photo by Paige GnannFamily and friends hold up signs and yell welcomes to their Sailors as they pull into NS Mayport.-Photo by Paige GnannSailors wait to disembark USS Taylor after it returns to NS Mayport from a seven-month deployment.-Photo by Paige GnannFriends and family members of USS Taylor search for their Sailors as the ship pulls pierside.


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014 5 -Photo by MC2 Damian BergFamily members and friends of the Guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) Sailors gather on the pier at Naval Station Mayport to greet the crew after a sevenmonth deployment. Taylor was deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility in support of theater security cooperation, maritime security and counter-piracy operations in support of 5th Fleet, 6th Fleet and NATO requirements.U.S. Embassy person nel and the American Ambassador to Georgia, Amb. Richard Norland. Upon exiting the Black Sea, the Taylor team worked with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 and 2 conducting maritime patrols in support of Operation Active Endeavour in the Eastern Mediterranean region. In early July, the frig ate moved to the U.S. 4th fleet AOR to par ticipate in Operation Martillo, a counter-nar cotics mission. While in the Caribbean Sea, the ship visited Oranjestad, Aruba and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Law Enforcement Detachment was excited to have the opportu nity to deploy with the Taylor to interdict illicit narcotics and help pre vent drug smugglers from reaching U.S. territory, said Lt. Andrew C. Sheehy, officer in charge, Law Enforcement Detachment 406, based out of Miami, Fla. During their time at sea, seven Sailors earned their Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist quali fication, 54 earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification, 13 Sailors reenlisted and 27 advanced in rate. Commissioned December 1, 1984, Taylor is named for Cmdr. Jesse Junior Taylor who was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions during a rescue attempt of a downed pilot near the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong in November 1965. Taylor is due to decommission in the spring of 2015. From Page 4Taylor -Photo by MC2 Damian BergSailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor man the rails as the ship returns to Naval Station Mayport after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. -Photo by Paige GnannGas Turbine System Technician Mechanical 2nd Class Aran Marquez, assigned to the guided-missile frig ate USS Taylor (FFG 50), is greeted by his pregnant wife during the ship's homecoming celebration at Naval Station Mayport. Taylor was deployed to the to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility in support of theater security cooperation, maritime security and counter-piracy operations in support of 5th Fleet, 6th Fleet and NATO requirements. -Photo by Paige GnannChief Personnel Specialist Raphael Diaz brings goodies off the ship to give to his family after returning Saturday from deployment with USS Taylor.-Photo by Paige GnannCrewmembers of USS Taylor search for the friends and family members on the pier as the ship moors in Naval Station Mayport.-Photo by Paige GnannFriends and family members hold signs and yell to welcome home their Sailors from a seven-month deployment on board USS Taylor.


6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014 Auto Skills Center August 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 pay outs 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. 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. 15: Outdoor MoviesThe Nut Job (PG). Film begins at Sunset behind Beachside Community Center. FREE. 270-7205 Aug. 22: Outdoor MoviesFree Birds (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 $8.00. 270-5431 ITT Jaguars Football Tickets on Sale Now Purchase tickets for the 2012 Jaguars Football Season. Section 149 $70.00. 270-5145 Jacksonville Suns Baseball. Ticket of sale now. Tickets run $5.50$11.50. 270-5145 Catty Shack Ranch Tickets Available: Adult Day Time Tickets (1-4 pm) $8.50. Child Ticket can be purchased at gate for $5.00 for ages 3-11, 2 & under free. Adult Night time tick ets (after 6 pm) $13.50. Child Ticket can be pur chased at gate for $10.00 for ages 3-11, 2 & under free. 270-5145. Liberty Call The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. Aug. 15: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. 5 .m. FREE. Aug. 16: Paintball. Van departs 9 a.m. Transportation only, you pay for your paint. Sign up by Aug 14. Aug. 17: Ichnetuckee Springs Tubing Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 7 a.m. Cost $5; sign up by Aug 14. Aug. 20: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Aug 19. Aug. 21: Dinner Trip: Hooters Van departs 5 p.m. Transportation only. Aug. 22: Movie Trip: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Van departs 5:30 p.m. Transportation only. Aug. 23: Starlight Movie. At Liberty Center. Enjoy a movie under the stars! Starts at 8 p.m. Aug. 24: A Day at the BeachHuguenot Park. Van departs 9 a.m. FREE. Aug. 26: Billiards Tournament. 4 p.m. at Liberty Center. Aug. 28: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons. Van Departs 4:30 p.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Sign up by Aug. 26. Aug. 29-31: DragonCon. Trip includes transporta tion and hotel; Cost $55; guests $75 (must be 18+).Van departs 4:30 p.m. Child and Youth Programs Aug. 16: Youth Sponsorship Event Back to School Splash Bash. 6:308:30 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


Intramural Sports 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 children ages 2 or under free. 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 dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sunday Nights: Bowling Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $10 per person and includes your choice of a lb hamburger or a hotdog with fries and a soda, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored headpin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 Windy Harbor Golf Club Wednesdays: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $18. -Photos by MC2 Salt CebeLocal children of military families take part in swimming lessons. Lessons are available at the Naval Station Mayport outdoor pool.Learning How To SwimCG Sinks Navy In BasketballBy PO3 Anthony SotoCoast Guard Seventh District Public Affairs Detachment JacksonvilleMembers of the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville basketball team defeated their Naval Station Mayport opponents July 30 during a game at the Naval Station Mayport gymnasium. The final score between the two teams 62 to 41. At the beginning of the game, the Coast Guard took the lead, scoring six points within the first ten minutes of the game. Members from both teams played fiercely, suffering numerous slips, trips and tumbles throughout the court. The Navy team scored several steals, slowly catching up. By the end of the first half, the Navy tied with the Coast Guard. Beginning in the second half, the Navy accomplished several more steals. The tie was broken with the Navy in the lead, but only for a short time. The Coast Guard came through with more steals of their own, ulti mately scoring more up until the final blast of the horn. For more information contact the Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Detachment Jacksonville at 305-3181864. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014 7


They operate with a core crew of 50, a composite aviation detachment of 23, and a mission mod ule crew of 15 to 20 depending on the assign ment. Due to Mayports exist ing pier structure and layout, six Freedomvariant ships were chosen to be based at Mayport. The ships are the future Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11), Wichita (LCS 13), Billings (LCS 15), Indianapolis (LCS 17) and LCS 19 (name pend ing). The homeporting will eventually bring an esti mated 900 Sailors and support personnel to the Mayport area. The 900 personnel will be part of the LCS Squadron (LCSRON), LCS crews, mission module detach ments, Afloat Training Group Mayport, Center for Surface Combat Systems detachment Mayport, Damage Control School and the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center. NS Mayport has a long history as a strategic hub for the Navy. On Dec. 27, 1938 a congressionally appointed board recom mended establishing a major base at Mayport as the location offered a prime setting for two carrier groups with room to expand aircraft facili ties and complete plane and engine overhaul facilities. NS Mayport, today, covers 3,409 acres, is now the third largest naval facility in the continental United States and remains dedi cated to providing The Finest Service to the Finest Fleet.From Page 1LCSthe Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander for the exercise. This training will ensure that region al security and stability work for the prosperity of our nations. Under the exercise sce nario, a multinational force has formed to exe cute a United Nations Security Council resolu tion calling for defense of the canal. The force includes air, land and special-forces compo nents, in addition to the maritime component, which will plan and conduct simulated opera tions in and around the canal and its surround ing waters in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The highlight of this exercise is to develop interoperability between our units and have the opportunity to face very close to our real ity regional threats, said Calle. By working together, we prevent actions that threaten maritime security and are intended to prevent the free navigation and destabilize the region. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John Matheson, the dep uty commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, is serving as Calles deputy commander dur ing the exercise. One of the most valuable components of this exercise is that we come together from differ ent nations, with many different perspectives, said Matheson. That is the power of a coalition force and it is normal to occasionally have spir ited discussions in order to work through com plex problems. But at the end of this exercise, the relationships that have been established and the mutual understand ing attained will serve us extremely well in the event we have to put together a coalition force for a real-world event. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, the exercise host, sup ports U.S. Southern Commands joint and combined military operations by employ ing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperabil ity, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional secu rity and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.From Page 1PANAMAXPartner-Nations Visit USS New YorkBy MC1 Andre N. McIntyreU.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsMembers of partner navies visited USS New York (LPD 21) Aug. 7, 8 and 9, on Naval Station Mayport while partici pating in PANAMAX 2014, an exercise aimed at developing strong working relationships between multination al forces to ensure the defense of the Panama Canal. The exercise, which is scheduled to run through Aug. 15, includes participants from 15 nations: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the United States. Many of participants had never been aboard a U.S. Navy warship, let alone an amphibious transport dock ship. I like the fact that the ship was built in remem brance of those who died on 9-11, said Capt. Dennis Azmitia of the El Salvadoran navy, who is serving as an operations officer for the exercise. There is great honor to serve on this ship. Azmitia said serving alongside Americans is a privilege because of their moral conviction. I admire U.S. armed forces, he said. There is always a reason for what you do. Capt. Marcela Vergara of Chile, who is serving in the legal cell for the exercise, said she was amazed to see that USS New York was built with steel from the original World Trade Center in New York City. Who would have ever thought to make a memorial out of a war ship to remember those who lost (their lives), Vergara said. This has truly been the best part of the visit. The U.S. Navy has been very hos pitable to us by opening their arms and allowing us to feel at home even though we are far away from our loved ones. Experiencing Americas HeritageBy MC1 Andre N. McIntyreU.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsApproximately 50 members of partner nation navies traveled to St. Augustine, Florida, to experi ence Americas Spanish heritage before the start of PANAMAX 2014, an exercise held at Naval Station Mayport Aug. 4. After a morning of briefings at Mayport, the part ner nation participants boarded buses for a 55-min ute trip to Americas oldest city. Cmdr. Chris Schenck of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, the exercise director, arranged the event. This is a great experience for multi-national forces as they take part in the American culture, said Schenck. Many have never visited the United States. On their arrival in St. Augustine the visitors were invited to a luncheon at A1A Ale Works Restaurant, where they were treated to southern cuisine. We want them to get a feel for the flavor of the south and a little southern hospitality, said Erin DAgostino, the group-sales manager of the restau rant. We served fried chicken, pulled pork, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, corn bread, sweet tea, chocolate cake, key lime pie and more. The food was great, said Lt. Maria Del Pilar Jaramillo, a lieutenant in the Columbian navy who is serving as the deputy public affairs officer for the exercise. I really enjoyed the cornbread, because it is not much different from arepa. Arepa, a staple food of Columbian cuisine, is a flat bread made of ground maize dough or flour. I really enjoyed the relaxed setting and the oppor tunity to mingle with friends from other countries, said Jaramillo. After lunch, the visitors were given the rest of the afternoon and part of the evening off to enjoy sight seeing and shopping. Jaramillo said she was struck by what she saw. St. Augustine is such a beautiful place, she said. The building and architecture are influenced by the Spanish culture, and it feels like home. I really wished we had more time to experience it all. Thomas Fromage, a lieutenant commander in the French navy, is working as a maritime planning officer during PANAMAX. He went on the trip, and was impressed by the fortress and the influence the Spanish had left on the region. It was surprising for me because I didnt imagine that in the U.S. I could find such an old city, said Fromage. I realized that Florida was part of Spain during the 16th Century. I was surprised by the num ber of people who spoke Spanish here, but I can understand. -Photos by MC1 Andre N. McIntyreU.S. Navy Lt.j.g Daniel Minter, operations officer, U.S. Navy Operations Specialist 1st Class Gavin Hawthorne, Chilean navy Capt. Allan Nettle, Commander of Command Task Force and Peruvian Capt. Christian Ponce (left right), members of Command Task Force 801, discuss high value target locations dur ing PANAMAX 2014 on Naval Station Mayport Aug.10. PANAMAX is an annual U.S. Southern Commandsponsored Exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. -Photo by MC2 Adam HendersonColombian Captain Cesar Pineda, Maritime Operations Center Director for PANAMAX 2014, briefs multinational service members Aug. 8 in the temporary office facilities during PANAMAX 2014 on Naval Station Mayport. 8 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014


Beach Soccer Tournament Builds Camaraderie Among PANAMAX ParticipantsFrom U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs What organizers described as the original PANAMAX Soccer Challenge was held Aug. 6 on the beach at Naval Station Mayport, with five players to a side, 3-foot by 4-foot goals and cones marking playing areas about the size of the heli copter pad on a frigate. All things considered, the quality of play was good. The camaraderie was even better. Theres definitely talent, said. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Carlos Figueroa, a U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet staff member who is serving as a maritime opera tions planner with PANAMAX 2014, the 15-nation exercise being held at Naval Station Mayport through Aug. 15. You can tell there are people who grew up with soccer being the national sport. Lt. Andrew Neuwirth of 4th Fleet and Cmdr. Jose Fuentes, a liaison officer from Chile, put together the tournament on the sugges tion of Rear Adm. Benjamin Calle of Colombia, the exer cise commander. Participants were placed on four teams according to the temporary office facilities to which they were assigned for the exer cise. They played two games each with free substitutions. Fuentes, who refereed the games, said he saw some good athletes. Some of them are fast, he said. Some of them are not so fast but have good abilities. Put another way, said Neuwirth, Its just like the World Cup. We represent the playing styles of our nations, only slower. Among the 30 or so spec tators was Calle himself. The senior player was Rear Adm. Jon Matheson, the deputy commander of the exer cise and of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. Matheson, who was a wrestler, not a soccer player in college, said he missed a couple of chances to score but had great fun. He also spotted an opportunity for the United States. I think if the USA pursues sand soccer, well have a much better chance of competing with our brothers and sisters from Latin America, because the ball bounces strange for everyone, he said. The first goal of the cham pionship match was scored by U.S. Navy Lt. Tim Cox, who happened to grow up in Brazil. Cox, of the exercises cur rent operations directorate, stopped a pass with his chest and shot with his left foot, just as Mario Goetze did for Germany in the recent World Cup. The insurance goal came from Lt. Hector Gonzales of Colombia. He had some dif ficulty explaining how he managed to head the ball into a goal no higher than his waist, but he did say he started play ing soccer when he was 4. Lt. Cmdr. Gonzalo Perez, also of Colombia, represented the communications direc torate on the opposing team. Events such as the soccer challenge are good for exer cise participants because they help them relax and get to know one another before the hard work begins, he said. In fact, he said, if he knows that friends he made in one exercise are going to partic ipate in another, he is more likely to sign up. -Photos by MC1 Andre N. McIntyreMultinational service members from PANAMAX 2014 participate in a Soccer Challenge held on Naval Station Mayport Aug.6. PANAMAX is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored Exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. This event was held as a partnership activity to build stronger relationship between the multinational service members as they prepare for the start of PANAMAX 2014. U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Eric Hulbert (1) and Colombian navy Capt. Edwin Feria work together as the compete in the championship match during a Soccer Challenge held on NS Mayport Aug. 6. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014 9


USS Fort McHenry Reconnects With Baltimore Namesake Before Heading To MayportBy MC1 Gretchen M. AlbrechtUSS Ft. McHenry Public AffairsSailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) spent three days in Baltimore, Maryland, giving back to the local community dur ing a visit to the ships namesake, July 31-Aug. 2. With USS Fort McHenry preparing for deployment and a homeport change to Mayport, Florida, 12 Sailors volunteered their last weekend in Norfolk, Virginia. They paid homage to their namesake and connected with the commu nity by learning about its historical importance, refurbishing the fort, visiting with children at a local hospital, present ing colors at Orioles Park at Camden Yards and helping restock a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. My crew did a won derful job in the few days we had here and I am very proud of them and their willingness to give up their last weekend in Norfolk to support this, said Cmdr. Thomas Ulmer, Fort McHenrys commanding officer. I have been told by a lot of people that they went above and beyond expec tations and have truly impacted the community in a positive way. Sailors were also posi tively impacted during several events, to include a visit with children at Mount Washington Pediatrics Hospital. Smiles were abundant as Sailors hugged and played with the young patients. We came out here to teach the kids about our ship and spend some time telling them about what we do, said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Jorge Vargas. It was a great experience to spend time with the kids and watch their faces light up as we told them stories. It was a very rewarding experience. Sabrina Denson, Child Life Specialist, organized the visit in an effort to expose the children to different people and experiences, as well as to raise their spirits. I think the event went wonderfully and you could tell the kids really enjoyed it, said Denson. It is important for the kids to be exposed to new people and things so they see what is out there waiting for them. Hull Technician 2nd Class Dustin Crawford is a Baltimore native who especially enjoyed giving back to his hometown. He and his shipmates spent time repairing shutters at the fort as well as stocking shelves and arraying inven tory at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I really enjoyed working at the fort and being a part of the his tory, said Crawford. It has been a great chance to show the community that we care and you can see the positive impact we have been able to have almost immediate ly. The visit ended with Tattoo, a military cere mony at Fort McHenry reenacting the era when drums signaled Taps, the time when local taps were shut off in taverns and troops were required to return to their bar racks for the rendering of honors at sunset. I am excited about our ships opportunity to participate in Fort McHenrys Tattoo and was honored to serve as Honorary Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard, said Ulmer. It has been a wonderful opportunity to connect the ship with her namesake it is a very humbling experi ence. The event featured performances by the Navy Ceremonial Band and Drill team as well as the Fort McHenry Guard, donned in period attire of September 1814 defense of Baltimore against enemy inva sion. It was the defense of Fort McHenry that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem of the same name, which when set to music, was renamed the StarSpangled Banner. Following an inspec tion of the performers, Ulmer lit off a cannon salute ending the festivi ties. USS Fort McHenry is currently underway in preparation for an upcoming deployment as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Amphibious Ready Group. -Photo by MC1 Gretchen M. AlbrechtCmdr. Thomas Ulmer, commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), lights off a canon during the military ceremony Tattoo at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Tattoo is a mili tary ceremony mimicking the era when the drums would signal Taps, the time when local taps were shut off in taverns and troops would be required to return to their barracks for the rendering of honors at sunset. Fort McHenry is conducting a namesake visit to the area promoting goodwill with the community while par ticipating in events before the ships homeport shift from Norfolk to Mayport, Fla. -Photo by MC3 Edward Guttierrez IIISonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Kenneth Peer, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), monitors undersea contacts during an anti-submarine warfare drill held as part of the Bulgarian-led Exercise Breeze. Vella Gulf is conducting naval operations with partners and allies in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in order to advance security and stability in Europe.Vella Gulf, HSM-48 Arrives In RomaniaBy MC3 Weston JonesNavy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment EuropeThe Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruis er USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), with embarked NS Mayport-based HSM48 Detachment Two, arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a sched uled port visit, Aug 11. Vella Gulfs presence in Romania and the Black Sea reaffirms the United States commit ment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutu al goals of promoting peace and stability in the region. During Vella Gulfs second port visit to Constanta, the Romanian chapter of the Navy League will hold a barbeque for vis iting Sailors. The port visit also coincides with Romanian Navy Day. Vella Gulf looks for ward to a second port visit to Constanta, especially during Romanian Navy Day, said Capt. Robert Katz, Vella Gulfs commanding officer. A dedicated relationship with partners, such as Romania, demonstrates our commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies. Following her depar ture from Constanta, Vella Gulf is scheduled to participate in the atsea portion of Romanian Navy Day. Vella Gulf and HSM48 Detachment Two are conducting naval opera tions with allies in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and sta bility in Europe. U.S. 6th Fleet, head quartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014


Phil Sea Congratulates Chief SelectsBy MC2 Abraham Loe McNattUSS Philippine Sea Public Affairs Five first class petty officers assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), were selected for advancement to chief petty officer (CPO), August 5. Gunners Mate 1st Class Nicholas Christman, Damage Controlman 1st Class Mark Hughner, Fire Controlman 1st Class Jason Lauver, Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Angela Scardino and Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Inthasone Siharath were the Sailors selected for advance ment. Id like to congratu late my shipmates who have been named chief selects, said Command Master Chief Lewis Jackson, the ships senior enlisted leader. Becoming a Navy chief is a very big accomplish ment and responsibil ity. We have a fantastic Chiefs Mess ready to guide these future chiefs to a successful future. Selectees aboard Philippine Sea will wear a Chief Selectee badge and will soon assume the title Chief, for ever changing their naval careers. Before the advancement to chief petty officer, they will begin the multi-week final phase of the CPO 365 training process. I feel overwhelmed and cant wait to learn a new way of life, said Hughner, who has been stationed at four commands, and complet ed three deployments in his 12-year career. Thanks to my wife, my three daughters and my two sons for support ing me thus far through my career. And thanks to all my shipmates for helping me get here. If it wasnt for you I could have never made it this far. The selectees receive physical training, men toring, and training in the various new respon sibilities they will take on with their gold fouled anchors. Im very nervous, anx ious, intimidated; mostly because you dont know what to expect until its your time standing tall in front of the mess, said Lauver, who has been stationed at three commands and done four deployments dur ing his 15-year career. I would like to thank my wife and kids for all of their support and moti vation from the home front, as well as my par ents for keeping me in good spirits in the hard times. I would like to thank all the men and women that Ive worked for or who have worked for me to get me to this point today. I cant wait to learn more. 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 respon sibility. -Photo by MC2 Abraham Loe McNattFirst class petty officers who have been selected to chief pose for a photo 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 mar itime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Improving lives. Curing type 1 diabetes (T1D). THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014 11


DoD Offers Absentee Voting TipsBy Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DoD News, Defense Media Activity The Defense Departments top voting official provided absentee voting tips and reemphasized the importance of registering, requesting ballots and voting early in the process. The most important thing to remember when deal ing with absentee voting is to start the process early, Matt Boehmer, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program said in an interview with DoD News. You can use the federal postcard application, or FPCA, to both register to vote and to request your absentee ballot, Boehmer said. And you can use our online assistant tools that walk you through the process. Boehmer discussed why it is important to notify election officials of where to send bal lots and how to do so. You actually have to tell them, he said. Your address isnt updated when you move, so we strongly suggest that you fill out a new federal postcard application when you move. There are also a few things to keep in mind when dealing with the absentee voting pro cess. Dont use the federal post card application if you plan on voting in person at the polls. Instead, use your state form. Also, dont forget to check your inbox for your ballot if youve requested to receive it by e-mail. Also, dont forget to send in your ballot as soon as pos sible, Boehmer said. When you get your ballot, vote it, sign it and send it. In the event that a service member or family member doesnt receive their ballot in time, Boehmer said a backup ballot can be used. If, by the first of October, you havent seen your state ballot, use our backup ballot, and you can get that at www. fvap.gov. If the state ballot comes in after you have sent in your backup ballot, simply fill out the state ballot, Boehmer con tinued, [and] send it in, but dont worry your vote will only count once. There is also help available for those wishing to vote who may feel overwhelmed by the process. Thats why FVAP is here, Boehmer said. We know that the process of absentee voting can seem overwhelming, but the tools that we have avail able at www.fvap.gov help make the process easier. Other options for assistance include contacting a voting assistance officer, calling 1-800-438-VOTE or sending an e-mail with any questions to vote@fvap.gov. Boehmer also shared how service members can help raise awareness about the FVAP. Simply spreading the word is the best way that service members can help. You can find us on Facebook [and] on Twitter. Also, sharing information with your unit and family members is a great way to help out. FVAP is here to help throughout the 2014 election cycle, Boehmer said. For those service members and their families who want to vote, we want to make sure that they can vote and know how to do it. CNRSE Visits NS Mayport -Photo by Paige GnannNS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, back right, introduces Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, to department representatives during her first official visit to Naval Station Mayport on Aug. 6. Jackson assumed command of CNRSE on July 18.Your Family Emergency Plan At HandExcerpt from the NS Mayport Hazard Information HandbookYour individual plan should be based on two phases of action. One is for those things that need to be addressed prior to Hurricane Season because of the time elements that they entail, and the second phase is based upon an actual threat to your location. The following are points you may want to consider for each. Remember the following are only general suggestions. Learn the storm surge history and elevation of your area. Map all designated evacuation routes. Where will you go if evacuation becomes necessary? If you plan to go to a friends/relatives home, discuss this with them now and be sure to re-verify the arrange ment prior to your leav ing your residence. Map all local designat ed Red Cross shelters. Establish a commu nication plan for con tact with relatives and friends. Where will you locate your boat, trailer, etc.? Trim back dead wood from trees. Check for loose rain gutters and down spouts. If shutters do not protect windows, stock plywood, press-board, nails/screws and mask ing tape. Take an inventory of your personal property for insurance purposes and store it in a water proof place. Take pictures of your home (both inside and out) to include yard and any other special items (pool, gazebo, trees, etc.) for insurance purposes. Review your insur ance policies, making sure that you are covered both for wind and water damage. Prepare a disaster kit for your family and pets. Keep vehicle in good repair. If you require trans portation during an evacuation, arrange it. Purchase a portable generator or fill your propane gas tank. Buy a water tight secu rity box for important papers.NHJax Holds Change of CommandBy Yan KennonNaval Hospital Jacksonville Senior WriterCapt. Gayle Shaffer turned over leadership of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvillecomprised of its hospital and five branch health clinics (BHCs)to Capt. John Le Favour during a change of command ceremony Aug. 8. Approximately 400 guests (military and civilians) attended the timehonored Navy tradition at the All Saints Chapel aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, presided over by Rear Adm. Terry Moulton, commander of Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Moulton present ed Shaffer with the Legion of Merit Award, on behalf Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, Navy surgeon general and chief of Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), for her excep tional meritorious con duct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The past two years have been an incredible journey and the highlight of my naval adventure, said Shaffer. We have witnessed a whirlwind of change, improve ment and excellence all of which could not have happened without each and every member of the Naval Hospital Jacksonville team. I leave here proud, hum bled and grateful of the men and women (mili tary, civil service, con tract employees and volunteers) of whom I have served with every day for the past two years. Capt. Le Favour, I can confi dently say that Naval Hospital Jacksonville is poised for greatness. And like me, you too will have the privilege of commanding a highperformance team that thrives on challenges and is committed to provid ing superb care to our nations heroes, past and present, and their fami lies. During Shaffers two-year tour, NH Jacksonville set the standard of excellence within Navy Medicine, achieving numerous awards and certifications for health care qual ity such as: The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval accredi tation; the National Committee for Quality Assurance Level III (highest level possible) Recognition for all 14 Medical Home Port teams; 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Scholarly Activity Award; 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and the Navy Surgeon Generals Health Promotion and Wellness Blue H Award (all six facilities and reserve Operational Health Support Unit detachments). Additionally, NH Jacksonville won the Captain Joan Dooling Award for IT Professional Excellence and passed inspections by the Navy Medical Inspector General, College of American Pathologists, Navy Supply Fleet Logistics Center, and the American Association of Blood Banks (achieving a 2-year reaccreditation with an overall compli ance rate of 99 percent). And in response to Hurricane Isaac, its BHC aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany extended health and dental care services to an additional 4,000 relocated Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) students and Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG) Pensacola. Shaffer has been noted as the driving force in the success of the com mand over the past two years, during a period of extraordinary challenges that included sequestra tion, civilian furloughs and a government shut down. Under her lead ership, Shaffer improved overall primary care provider continuity (from 43 to 75 percent) and expanded medical treat ment facility enrollment across its facilities result ing in the recapture of 14,000 patients back into the direct care sys tem. Shaffer will embark on a new assignment at BUMED as the Assistant Deputy Chief for Medical Operations, where she will be focusing primar ily on Navy Medicines global approach to delivering outstanding care. Le Favour, a Medical Service Corps officer and NH Jacksonvilles new est commanding officer, most recently served as executive officer of NH Camp Pendleton, Calif. He is board certified in health care manage ment and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Le Favour acknowl edged the exception ally high standard set by Shaffer, observing that the heroes of our nation can rest easy and focus on their mission because they and their families are receiving the best care a grateful nation can give. He finished his remarks by telling those in attendance, I am ready to go to work! -Photo by Yan KennonCapt. Gayle Shaffer (left) turns over command of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville to Capt. John Le Favour (right) as Rear Adm. Terry Moulton, com mander of Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth acknowledges during a change of command ceremony at All Saints Chapel aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. NH Jacksonville is comprised of the Navy's third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 14, 2014 13 smaller groups, and after discussing rigging, points of sail, knots and right of way, our minds were swimming with new terminology. Clew, Cleat, Cunningham, Close-hauled. Halyard, Heel, Helm, Hull. Batten, Beating, Boom, Beam-reach. Leeward, Leech, Luff. Starboard, Stern, Spreader. Shackle, Shroud, Sheet. By the end of the first night, the only term I could remember was S.O.S. I wondered, After 20 years as a Navy wife, am I too old to learn something new? Our next lesson was on the water, but thanks to torrential downpours, it was more like a reenactment of The Perfect Storm. Although I had faith fully read my instruction manual and practiced my square knots, cleat hitch es, and bowlins with a length of rope while watching Deadliest Catch, my waterlogged brain went blank when I took the helm. I yelled Jibe Ho! while tacking, I shouted Helms-a-lee! while jibing, I let my sails out while close-hauled, I sheeted the sails in on a broad reach. And during the man overboard drill, I ran right over the float ing dummy. My husband and I thought our instructors might ban us from the marina, but interesting ly, they kept showing up to teach us, and eventually, we learned to sail. Sure we went a little overboard with our sail ing attire, and we had to let go of our dream of Kennedy-esque yachts, Egyptian cotton sweat ers and fine wines. But my husband and I are now qualified to rent a small boat from the base marina, and sail like real Rhode Islanders. We may not be salty, but theres no denying it: these old dogs have learned a new trick. For more wit and wit ticism from Lisa, visit www.themeatandpota toesoflife.com.From Page 2Sailing Do not accept defeat. F ight deadly childhood diseases.St. Jude Childrens Research HospitalA CFC Participant provided as a public service. Resident of the Week-Photo courtesy of Balfour BeattyBalfour Beatty Communities would like to con gratulate Michael Chavez who is the Resident of the Week! We appreciate the Chavez 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. FFSC Classes AvailableAug. 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 (DD Form 2958). Aug. 27, 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. 27, 2014 1100-1230 Raising Financially Fit Kids, BLDG 1, RM 719 Studies show that the single most important place where children learn about money is in the home and the most important teachers are their parents. Join us and learn how to raise financially fit kids. Aug. 28, 2014 0900-1100 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 cre dentials and receive the latest SAPR Program updates. Back 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 supplies to either Mayport or NAS Jax USO centers between now and Aug. 4. We are asking for any school necessities such as pen cils, pens, paper, notebooks, back packs, glue/ sticks, two pocket three prong folders, rulers, lunch boxes, etc. Deweys Back To School Celebration Come to Deweys Friday, Aug. 15, 4 8 pm. Deweys will be open for dinner & beverages. There will be a magician, face paint ing, inflatables, rock climbing, back to school goodies, & appearances by Clifford & Curious George Characters! 10th Annual Jason Burnett Memorial Ride Join us on Sept. 12-13 for the 10th Annual Jason Burnett Motorcycle Ride. Ride registrations benefit the USO care package cam paign. Participants can enjoy food, raffles, live music and a silent auc tion after the ride to benefit the Greater Jacksonville USO. For more information, visit usobenefitride.com. 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. Help support the troops with your unwanted paper! United Through Reading program makes it possible to share in the enjoyment of reading to the children in your life, even while thousands of miles apart. The Mayport Center and NAS Center can record you reading a book to your children and send it to them after you have gone on deployment. It is a great way to make them smile on their 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. 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 lquinn@usojax.com USONEWSAug. 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. Friday, Aug. 15 Join us for this years first outdoor theater under the stars to enjoy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs II. Come out and watch what happens next when Inventor Flint Lockwood and his friends plunge into a foodilicious adventure to stop his most infa mous invention from taking over their town of Swallow Falls. Free and open to the Public at Jack Russell Park. There will be free pop corn starting at 8 pm. Movie starts at dusk. **Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, Aug. 16 This interpretive pro gram explores the snakes that are native to Florida and live at the Talbot Islands State Parks. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are neces sary and the program is free. Saturday, Aug. 23 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. This free program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are neces sary. Outin Town


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