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CHINFO Award Winner USS ZephyrPuts Pause On Patrol Page 7 Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Iwo Jima, Ft McHenry Shift To Mayport -Photo by Katie CallawayTugs push USS Iwo Jima pierside as the amphibious assault ship joins USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), pictured in the background, in completing its homeport shift to Naval Station Mayport on Sunday. See Story/ Photos, Pages 4-5Gain Career Knowledge Through PACTFrom Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsThe Professional Apprenticeship Career Track (PACT) program provides unique career opportunities for some first-term Sailors through apprentice-level for mal and on-the-job training within a 24-month period. The main purpose of PACT is to provide Sailors who are unsure about which Navy career fields interest them an opportunity to learn about different Navy jobs without having to make a decision at the time of enlistment. The PACT program has three apprentice tracks encom passing career fields within aviation (A-PACT), engineer ing (E-PACT) and surface (S-PACT). PACT places the Sailor in a better position to choose from a variety of ratings and gives them a chance to see a rating in its entirety, said Chief Navy Counselor (SW/EXW/AW) Jesse Reed, Navy Personnel Command Force career coun selor. The Sailor is provided an opportunity to learn more about a particular rate in order to better make a decision about what path they would like to follow. Soon after checking aboard their first command, PACT Sailors will meet with their command career counselor and immediate chain of com mand to discuss personal and professional goals. They will also discuss rating or job eligi bility for potential ratings via the Career Waypoint (C-WAY) system, conduct required Career Development Boards (CDB), PACT designation quotas, and potential time-in-rate eligibility for participation in the Navywide advancement See PACT, Page 14 From StaffTo help ease the transition of Naval Station Mayports newest ships, USS Iwo Jima and USS Ft. McHenry, the city of Jacksonville and the base are working together to provide ear lier access to the base through Hanna Park. During a home port shift celebration Sunday, Mayor Alvin Brown and NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, announced that the gate to the adjacent Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park will now open an hour earlier to provide base access to military per sonnel and earlier entry for patrons to enjoy the park. We are honored to be the new homeport of the USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry, said Mayor Brown. We welcome the ship crew and their families as our new neighbors. Jacksonville plays a key role in support ing our nations secu rity posture and the United States Navy is a vital part of our community. The arrival of these two impres sive ships and mission capabilities highlights the renewed growth of the Navys presence in Jacksonville. As a con venience to military personnel and an added benefit to park lov ers, we are taking this opportunity to expand access to Hanna Park. USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry join USS New York, which arrived late last year, to complete the change of port for the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) from Norfolk, Va. In total, the ARG brings near ly 2,000 Sailors and marines to Jacksonville. To help alleviate an increase in traffic at the bases Main Gate on Mayport Road, the City and the Navy have agreed to open base access through Hanna Park at 6 a.m. The early access begins on Monday, Aug. 18, and will be avail able Monday through Friday. The agreement also allows the public to enjoy Hanna Park for an additional hour dur ing the week. Naval Station Mayport is thankful for the level of support that the City of Jacksonville gives to its military neighbors. By opening this gate an hour earlier, we will be able to alleviate a large amount of traffic con gestion at our main gate on Mayport Road and enhance the quality of life at the base and sur rounding communities, said McCall. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is Jacksonvilles premier oceanfront park. Hanna Park Opens Earlier For Base Traffic-Photo by Katie CallawayTugs push USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) to the pier as it officially shifts homeports to Naval Station Mayport on Sunday. The shift of Fort McHenry and USS Iwo Jima includes 1,300 additional Sailors commuting to the base. DoD Drivers Must Have Hanna Park Sticker To Use Hanna Park Gate

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2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 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. Bo Palmer ...................................................................................................... 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: SLO Promotes Back-to-School Information, Fun, and Games For Mayport StudentsThe week of Aug. 11 found the School Liaison Officer at Finegan Elementarys and Mayport Elementarys Back-to-School Orientations. Finegan held their Orientations from 8:30 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14 for grades 3-5 and Friday, Aug. 15 for grades K-2. All grades reported on Thursday, Aug. 14 for Orientation at Mayport Elementary. Grades K-2 attended from 9 a.m. and grades 3 5 attended from 2-3 p.m. Sarah Kadis, SLO intern for the summer, helped man the tables at both locations. On Friday, Aug. 14, the School Liaison Officer sponsored the Military Families Backto-School Resource Fair from 11 a.m.-2 pm at the Commissary on Friday, Aug. 15. Over 150 Sailors, spouses, and children stopped by the various organizations booths to pick up program infor mation, give-a-ways, and tips on Back-to-School success. The goal of each pro gram is to improve the quality of life of military families and the overall effectiveness of the mili tary community. The programs featured at the Resource Fair included the following: American Red Cross Chapel/Club Beyond Child & Youth Programs Communities in Schools: D.R.E.A.M. Project Duval County Public Schools: Guidance, School Choice, Student Services, and Transportation depart ments Fleet & Family Support Center Housing Military Family Life Counselors Military OneSource MWR School Liaison Officer USO NS Mayports out door pool was rockin Saturday night August 16th with the sounds of cool tunes from DJ Jerome Brisbane and screams of excitement from the students par ticipating in the frozen t-shirt contest. The School Liaison and the Youth Activities Center co-sponsored the Backto-School Splash from 6:30 8:30 pm. Over 200 youth and par ents were in attendance for this free event. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks were consumed while the students participated in the games and the parents enjoyed watching it all from poolside. Each child received a CYP tote. The elemen tary students received a pencil pouch filled with a pencil, sharpener, glue stick, and eraser. The high school students received a pen and a spiral notebook while the middle school students could choose between the filled pouch or the pen/notebook combina tion. It is hoped that the Resource Fair and the Splash will become annual events to among students, military families, and the instal lation, Sponsorship program and the School Liaison program to new fami lies, and ease the back-to-school transition. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@ navy.mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 9935860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One. Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KNOWINGTHE ROPESClick Like To Learning How To Love YourselfAs a father of three children, to include one teenager, I am watching day by day how tech nology has quite dra matically changed how we experience life on a daily basis. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Chaplain Stephen Cloer CNSL Ministry Center CHAPLAINSCORNER -Photos courtesy of Judy CromartieLeft, NS Mayport School Liaison Officer Judy Cromartie meets a parent of a Finegan Elementary student during school orientation. Judy was at the school to answer questions and address concerns of NS Mayport families during the tran sition back to school. Above, kids participate in a frozen tshirt event at the Youth Activities Center Back-to-School Splash at the outdoor pool.Netflix delivered via cell phones and tablets make up a lot of our daily down time. It was not too long ago that hav ing a cell phone was just a phone, and a desktop computer with a dial up connection would get you on the internet and connected to email. Oh how times have changed. The modern day cell phone has literally turned into a personal production studio where a person can create the All about me channel on facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. We all have the ability to post daily selfies, things we like, and more. I have watched young people taking to this technology to see how many Likes they can get in a given day from something they have posted. I hear kids say, Yea, I got 100 likes! or I got 1,000 fol lowers as they cheer in victory over their accomplishment. When I ask them, hey how do you know 1000 people, they quickly admit they dont, but that they have that many people following them. Lean too much on the approval of people, and it becomes a bed of thorns Tehyi Hsieh While it is indeed fun to post something and see how many of our friends click Like, and we can feel good when we reach more and more followers, but in doing so I would say that we need to watch out for liking the likes too much. Here is what I mean. We as human beings have in inner desire to feel connected to other people. To put it simply, we like to be liked! As a matter of fact we will purpose ly hang out with people that we know like us and accept us for who we are. With that being said, people can eas ily get addicted to seeing how many likes they get, and how many followers they have. We are quickly watching as the Selfie becomes a part of our daily life, as peo ple post them in search of daily approval. Care about what other people think, and you will always be their pris oner. Lao Tzu Approval addiction is a very real thing, and in the land of cell phone cyberspace we can eas ily get drawn into the virtual interactions to gain approval of others when they click like or Follow. So, if you find yourself drifting in the direction of internet approval addiction, take a week or even a month break from that website or app. Pull away and focus more on the daily face to face interactions you have with people by going to lunch together, taking extended time to talk, etc. Do some read ing on Approval addic tion by doing an inter net search for articles, or visit your local book store. Learn to keep life in balance and build quality relationships with people who will build you up in life! To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved Ephesians 1:6 God BlessService Members Receiving RAND Military Workplace SurveyDoD News, Defense Media ActivityAbout 580,000 ser vice members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department offi cials said. Active and reserve component members in all military branches and the Coast Guard are being invited to partici pate. The survey is unprecedented in its scale and will influence policies that affect everyone in the services, defense officials said. The survey is volun tary and confidential. No one at the Defense Department will ever see how an individual service member responds, offi cials stressed. No service member may be ordered or pres sured to complete the survey or not to complete it, officials said. Survey respondents can forward the survey to their personal email addresses and they can complete the survey on smart phones. Service members can use duty time to complete the survey. Service members will not all see the same sur vey questions. The study will help commanders at all levels evaluate current military workplace relations, professionalism and personal safety, officials said. It will have important implications for how the military operates. It can have implica tions on military train ing, justice and services. The survey is being conducted independent ly of the Department of Defense by experts at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. A full and public report of the RAND findings will be available in May 2015.

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Mom?! Where r u?! my daughter texted at the end of her first Drivers Ed class. I pulled up to the community college parking lot ten minutes late thanks to a long line at the commissary, only to find Anna standing there with three other teens, looking mortified. O-M-G Mom! What took you so long?! she said, hurriedly hopping into our old minivan. Never-mind that, so how was Drivers Ed? I asked. Re-Donk! Im going to die if I have to sit in that class all week... it is SO boring. The instructor is like a million years old and all he talked about was how to hold a steer ing wheel. Eight hours of hand and over hand? Like, seriously? Well, Im sure the material will get more complex as the week progresses, and besides, the other kids in the class looked nice, I offered in a feeble attempt to retrieve Anna from her free-fall into an abyss of negativity. NO, Mom. Most of the boys wear those flatbilled hats way up on the top of their heads, and other than one dweeby kid, the rest of the boys just look dumb. One girl is my age and has a baby. Another girl keeps say ing shes going to cut someone, and the rest are kind of awkward. Now, I was worried. But this was the last summer session of Drivers Ed before the start of the school year, so Anna had no choice but to go. In the days that fol lowed, Anna became more entrenched in the micro-society that was developing out of her Drivers Ed class. The forces of small group dynamics combined with the psychological effects of confinement, created an ironic camaraderie among the classmates. Having identified the teacher as their common enemy, the teen captives formed an underground alliance, hell bent on graduating and getting the heck outta there. At four-o-clock every day, while I waited for Anna to be released from class, I would see the Drivers Ed teacher, with a permanent smirk on his face, saunter out of the building toward his nondescript gold sedan. He wore drab Hawaiianstyle shirt with khakis, and had a wispy combover that was an unnatural shade of Grecian Formula black. Clearly, he saw him self as a sort of celebri ty amongst the Drivers Ed students. Nothing but a scurvy little spider in the grand scheme of things, in the realm of the Community College, this teacher had power, control, influence and his own parking space. Every day on our drive home, Anna would report what had hap pened in class. The first couple of days, she ranted about excruciat ing boredom. But things heated up mid-week, when at lunch, one of the girls admitted her romantic interest in one of the boys. The sopho moric revelation was welcome relief from the daily tedium, so the girls exploited this little tidbit of drama to make it last, going so far as writing the boy a giggly anony mous note from his secret admirer. Werr is u, Boo? I texted Anna from the parking lot on the last day of class. I got no response, but a few minutes later, like some kind of reenactment of the final scene in The Breakfast Club, the teens came streaming out of the Community College entrance with their final test results in hand. I realized that, although they had initially defined each other in the simplest terms, the most convenient defini tions -The Dweeb, The Cutter, The Teen Mom, The Dumb Jocks, The Awkward Girls, The Boys with High Hats, and our daughter, The Goofy Military Kid these uncommon teens discovered that they shared a common goal. And by accepting their suffer ing and each other, they found what they were looking for in the first place: freedom. For more wit and wit ticism from Lisa, visit www.themeatandpota toesoflife.com Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist The Meat&PotatoesOF LIFEMayport Sailor of the WeekName: FC2 Alvarenga of USS Simpson Job: Fire Controlman Second Class (Surface Warfare) CF02 Work Center Supervisor and Lead Display Technician Age: 30 Hometown: Las Vegas, NV Favorite Hobby: Maintaining Peak Physical Fitness Hero: Father, for showing me how to be the man I should be. Best Piece Of Advice Received: Dont let the tough things in life effect how you work towards your future. Goal for Navy: See the world and gain life experience How has the Navy improved your life?: It has given me the opportunity to learn skills that I may not have been given the chance to learn outside of the Navy. Why was this Sailor/Officer chosen to be highlighted?: Petty Officer Alvarenga is the example of what todays Sailor should look like and act. He is always putting others before himself and con stantly taking the opportunity to learn and pass on his experiences to junior Sailors. As a Work Center Supervisor and techni cian, he has an unwavering dedication to main taining his equipment and correcting all defi ciencies within Combat Systems. He has made numerous repairs to consoles in the equip ment and can boast that he maintains a fully functional Combat Information Center, a feat not normal to a Frigate in recent years. As one of two 2M technicians, he has saved the Navy over $10,000 in repairs dur ing his time on board. He is also Simpsons primary Ammunition Administration Petty Officer maintaining with 100 percent accuracy accountability of every single round of ammu nition and reportable material to the Navy.FC2 Alvarenga THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014 Bring On The Ships!USS Iwo Jima, USS Fort McHenry Complete ARG Homeport Shift To NS Mayport BasinBy Lt.j.g. Lily HinzAmphibious Squadron 8 Public Affairs OfficerNaval Station Mayports pier was filled with friends, families and the local community to welcome the newest ships to the basin. More than 1,300 Sailors can officially call Mayport and Jacksonville home as of Sunday after noon when USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) changed home port from Naval Station Norfolk to Naval Station Mayport on Aug. 17. All three ships that make up the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) have made the shift to NS Mayport after much preparation and planning. USS New York (LPD 21) was the first to make the move in December and received a similar welcome from the Mayport and Jacksonville communi ties. Excitement filled the air as Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry arrived in the Mayport basin Sunday afternoon. The two ships moored with in a couple hours of each other, and the events culminated with a ceremony on the pier to honor the ARGs Sailors and their fami lies. We have been excited about this move since we found out about it in the summer of 2012, and it is great to finally be here. We received a warm welcome from the base and it has been a very positive expe rience thus far, said Capt. Jim McGovern, USS Iwo Jima Commanding Officer. Not only did Mayport facilities help to make the homeport shift day a success, but they were also on board first thing Monday morning to pro vide technical assistance which had been request ed prior to the arrival of the two ships. We have only been here about fif teen hours and I am already overwhelmingly impressed by the support Southeastern Regional Maintenance Facility, or SERMC, has provided. I could not believe that we got the support we requested in such a time ly and efficient manner. I love SERMC!, said Lt.j.g. Grade Waigei Yau, Fire Control Officer on board Iwo Jima. Both Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry have been busy all summer preparing for the shift, passing inspections and assess ments and conducting training in preparation for deployment, but for many, the shift was truly a light at the end of the tunnel. For Iwo Jima Sailors like Interior Communications Specialist Seaman Andrew Bradley from -Photo by MC2 Damian BergSailors from Naval Station Mayport moor the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) after it arrives at its new homeport Naval Station Mayport. The homeport change is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group homeport change in support of strategic dispersal and two viable East Coast sur face ship homeports as well as the preservation of the ship repair industrial base in those areas.-Photo by MC2 Damian BergThe Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) arrives at its new homeport at Naval Station Mayport. The homeport change is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group homeport change in support of strategic dispersal and two viable East Coast surface ship homeports as well as the preservation of the ship repair industrial base in those areas.See ARG, Page 5 -Photo by MC2 Adam HendersonAviation Boatswains Mate Handling 2nd Class Melisa Hawkins assigned to Naval Station Mayport signals to An MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365, about passengers being walked to the rear of the aircraft. The Passengers are headed to USS Iwo Jima in preparation for the homeport shift. -Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Cate CookFriends and families of USS Iwo Jima line the pier while local media films the arrival of the amphibi ous assault ship during its homeport shift to Naval Station Mayport on Sunday.-Photo by Katie CallawaySailors aboard USS Iwo Jima get a glimpse of their new homeport as the ship pulls into Naval Station Mayport on Sunday.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014 5 -Photo by MC1 Barry Abbott Sailors and Marines of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) depart the flight deck after manning the rails as the amphibious assault ship pulls into its new homeport of Naval Station Mayport. Iwo Jima is the first big-deck ship to be stationed in Mayport since USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) was decommissioned in 2007. -Photo by MC1 Barry Abbott Captain James McGovern, Commanding Officer USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), speaks at the arrival cer emony. -Photo by MC1 Barry Abbott Sailors and Marines of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) depart the flight deck after manning the rails as the amphibious assault ship pulls into its new homeport of Naval Station Mayport. Chickamauga, Ga., the homeport shift has brought them closer to their families. I am closer to my hometown now, which is nice, but I am honestly pretty excited about being closer to these awesome beaches, Bradley said. Amphibious ships like USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry provide the nation a crisis response capability and demonstrate the Navy-Marine Corps team in action. Now together with USS New York, the Iwo Jima ARG is finally together, ready to expertly respond to national tasking alongside their Marine brothers and sisters from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. For more information about the ships of the Iwo Jima ARG, check out the ships Facebooks at: https://www.facebook.com/USSIwoJimaLHD7 www.facebook.com/uss-new-york-LPD-21 www.facebook.com/uss-fort-mchenry-LSD-43From Page 4ARG -Photo by MC2 Damian BergCmdr. Michael Johnson, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), hugs his sons after Fort McHenry arrives at its new home port at Naval Station Mayport. -Photo by MC2 Damian BergFamily members and friends of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) Sailors and Marines gather on the pier at Naval Station Mayport to greet the crew as they arrive at its new homeport at Naval Station Mayport. -Photo by MC2 Damian BergCapt. Wes McCall, commanding officer Naval Station Mayport, speaks during the USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) homeport change ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. -Photo by MC2 Adam HendersonRear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, welcomes family members of USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) sailors Aug. 17, at Naval Station Mayport. -Photo by MC2 Damian BergThe amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrives at its new homeport at Naval Station Mayport.

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ATG Mayport Cleans Up Hanna ParkBy Lt.j.g. John RosaATG PAOAfloat Training Group Mayport volunteers banded together to help clean up Hanna Park recently. Located out outside Naval Station Mayport, Hanna Park is enormous and has beaches, a fresh water lake, a water play ground with fountains, kayaking, fishing, and campsites. The 450-acre park is 17 miles east of Jacksonville and is also known for excellent surf ing. Chief Ships Serviceman Bernard Jones was the lead for the ATG staff on this volunteer project. I feel blessed having the ability to have a posi tive impact in our com munity, said Jones. As a native of Jacksonville and frequent visitor to Hanna Park with my family, it was a pleasure to clean the park up with my fellow service mem bers. Chief Electronics Technician Tyrone Matthews from Afloat Training Group said, It was a nice day out. I real ly do enjoy helping clean up a place where I bring my family. It is beauti ful out here and I want to ensure I am doing my part to preserve the gor geous parks and beach front located in Hanna Park. I am privileged to be able to have a group of Sailors who want to make a difference, said Cmdr. Adam Aycock, Afloat Training Group Mayports command ing officer. Here at ATG, we have all served at sea and now have a unique opportunity as a Command to make a dif ference. Hanna Park is a family favorite for locals and the many Sailors stationed in the area. We will continue to do our best to leave a positive footprint and continue to support our community the best we can. -Photo courtesy of ATGMVolunteers from Afloat Training Group Mayport (ATGM) stand together after completing a community relations project cleaning up Hanna Park. Mayport Rolls Up Their Sleeves -Photo by Paige GnannAmerican Red Cross representative Liz Smith presents the Mayport Challenge Blood Drive trophy to NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall and one of the command blood drive coordina tors, Electronic Technician 3rd Class Catherine Gist, after NAVSTA had the most participation in this quarters blood drive. The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. To schedule a donation appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. TRICARE Website: Easier to UseFrom TRICARETRICARE.mil unveiled a new design to give TRICAREs 9.6 mil lion beneficiaries clear and easy access to ben efit information on July 26. Users now have more ways to browse our site. Weve added easier navigation, a login but ton for quicker access to our partners secure ser vices, and a section on the homepage dedicated to life-changing events. Weve also streamlined and reorganized our content so users can find what theyre look ing for in the way theyre expecting. Were listening to our beneficiaries. Our new design is the result of an ongoing review about what beneficiaries are looking for when they visit TRICARE.mil. We are using satisfaction surveys, analytics, and user feedback to high light key information. We are also closely mon itoring our most visited pages and our most fre quent search terms on TRICARE.mil. Some of the most popular things that beneficiaries look for include: We paired these findings with an extensive review of 34 government and private sector health insurance plan websites. This allowed us to apply common industry prac tices of website naviga tion, organization, con tent, naming convention, and readability. TRICARE.mil is a pow erful educational tool for beneficiaries to learn about their health ben efits and stay updated on the latest changes.TRICARE Set To Cover Laboratory Developed TestsFrom Health.milBeginning in September, TRICARE will cover certain laboratory developed tests under the Defense Health Agency Evaluation of NonUnited States Food and Drug Administration Approved Laboratory Developed Tests Demonstration Project. The demonstration also allows TRICARE to cover approved laboratory developed tests retro actively if the coverage guidelines for the specif ic test are met. If a TRICARE benefi ciary has paid for a lab oratory developed test since Jan. 1, 2013, and it is now included in the demonstration, they may be eligible for reimburse ment. Beneficiaries will have to file a claim with their regional contractor to receive payment. To find out which lab oratory developed tests are covered, and which are eligible for retroac tive reimbursement, visit the TRICARE covered services section to see the full list. Most tests must be preauthorized by the regional contrac tor before they can be covered. Tests approved for the demonstration must be offered by an authorized provider. The demonstra tion allows the Defense Department to perform its own evaluation of a laboratory developed test, establish a list of these tests deemed safe and effective, and estab lish a process to add new tests to that list. TRICARE will main tain and publish a list of approved tests, and will continually update it as new tests are reviewed and approved for cover age.Final Rule Offers Broader Mental Health Care CoverageBy Amaani Lyle DoD News, Defense Media ActivityTRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counsel ors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said here today. In an interview with DoD News, Dr. John Davison, DHAs behav ioral health branch chief, said the so-called Final Rule, published yester day, will go into effect Aug. 18 and is a followon to an interim rule published in 2011. This will help ensure that no matter where our beneficiaries may be living, they can access the services of either a supervised mental health counselor or a TRICARE-certified men tal health counselor and still receive high-quality mental health care, he said. The changes, Davison explained, came about as the result of TRICARE goals to standardize care despite license criteria variation across states. Many beneficiaries elect to keep their current supervised mental health counselors, he added, and TRICARE will con tinue to authorize such treatment indefinitely. TRICARE-certified mental health counselors differ from supervised mental health counselors in that the former have the education and train ing experience that meet Institute of Medicine recommendations, enabling them to prac tice independently to diagnose and treat men tal illness without physi cian oversight, Davison said. Beneficiaries can access the services of both types of men tal health counselors through TRICAREs managed care support contractors: United HealthCare, HealthNet Federal Services and Humana ValueOptions. These managed care support contractors also provide services of other mental health prac titioners such as psy chiatrists, clinical psy chologists, clinical social workers and psychiat ric nurse specialists, Davison said. Davison also empha sized that the Final Rule creates no disruption to beneficiaries cur rent care or services. If theyre receiving care from a supervised men tal health counselor and they like that counselor, he said, they may continue to do so, and TRICARE will reimburse those claims. Ultimately, Davison said, beneficiaries have ongoing, high-quality mental health care with access to a robust pool of counselors. 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014

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From USS Zephyr Public AffairsThe Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Zephyr (PC 8) was lift ed out of the water at Colonnas Shipyard Aug. 8 to undergo a projected 347-day, dry-docking phased maintenance availability. Throughout the course of the next year Zephyr will have extensive maintenance performed on the hull and several other areas of the ship. It was a sad day for me to watch Zephyr exit ing the water because I will not get the chance to put the ship through its paces upon comple tion, said Zephyr Commanding Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Follett. At the same time, I know the ship will come out of the yards fit to fight and fully capable to be an asset for 4th Fleet. The crew has done a phe nomenal job preparing the ship for this main tenance period, Follett added. They are by far the best and most cohe sive crew I have had the pleasure to lead. Refurbishments and upgrades will be completed on the ships fin stabilizers, gearboxes, reverse osmosis units, anchor windlass, combat craft retrieval system, communications suite, and messing and berth ing facilities. Im really looking forward to the new berth ing spaces on the ship, said Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Anthony Hester. Gaining more locker space for our per sonal gear will be a great improvement in our quality of life on board for our deployments. Some of the ships crewmembers will take advantage of the time ashore to attend train ing courses, while others will work alongside ship yard workers to ensure Zephyr completes this dry-dock period as mis sion ready as possible. This maintenance peri od will reset the ships service life and, upon completion, Zephyr will return to her homeport of Mayport, Fla. as part of Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet. Patrol craft support maritime security opera tions in order to main tain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring part nerships that foster regional security in the area of operations which includes South America, Central America, the Caribbean and surrounding waters. USS Zephyr Puts Pause On Patrols-Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Daniel FollettThe Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Zephyr (PC 8) is lifted out of the water by a travelift at Colonnas shipyard. Zephyr will receive extensive maintenance, upgrades and refurbishments during a scheduled 347day dry-docking phased maintenance availability. HSM-48 Det, Vella Gulf Arrive In GeorgiaBy MC3 Weston JonesNavy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment EuropeThe Ticonderogaclass guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), with embarked HSM-48 Detachment Two, arrived in Batumi, Georgia, for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 18. While in Georgia, Vella Gulf is scheduled to participate in a joint train ing exercise with the Georgian Navy focusing on signaling and visit, board, search and sei zure tactics. Vella Gulf will also host a reception onboard for Georgian dignitaries. Vella Gulfs mission in the Black Sea is to work with NATO allies and European part ners, demonstrating the United States commit ment to strengthening and improving interop erability while working toward mutual goals in the region. In addition to experi encing Georgian culture, Vella Gulf sailors will also participate in a soc cer match against the Georgian Coast Guard. Visiting Georgia is sure to be a rewarding experience for the entire crew, said Capt. Robert D. Katz, command ing officer of Vella Gulf. Vella Gulf is committed to regional stability and maritime security with our partners in the Black Sea. We are honored to host a reception, spend a day training together, and see the unique sights of Georgia, Katz added. Upon departing Georgia, Vella Gulf will continue its deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. 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. A CFC Participant provided as a public service. While he works to defend our country, St. Jude works to save his son from a deadly disease.St. Jude patient, Aaron, with his father Lieutenant Commander, Scott THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014 7

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CNO, MCPON Talk Navy LeadershipFrom Chief of Naval Operations Public AffairsChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens discuss leadership in the latest chapter of Conversation with a Shipmate. During a trip to the Pacific Northwest region the two lead ers sat for an interview with Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Fred Gray to talk about an essen tial aspect of military service. For well over the two hundred years of this great Navy of ours somebody has to lead, has to define the reality to people, their reality and why they are doing what they are doing and what the mission is, said Greenert. Leadership is the foundation of the Navy and its heritage, Greenert added. During the interview Greenert made two main points about leadership, integrity and character. He said integ rity is the foundation of leadership and Sailors have to believe and trust each other. Number two, leaders must have character with a foundation of good ethical behavior. And MCPON high lighted during the interview the need to develop leaders calling it his number one priority. If we hope to continue to get bet ter as a Navy, said Stevens, we have a responsibility to always seek ways to improve leadership and leadership opportunities. Greenert and Stevens gave the interview Aug. 6, the day after the FY2015 Chief Petty Officer advancement list came out. They welcomed the oppor tunity to discuss senior enlisted leader ship development. Speaking on the controversy sur rounding the changes made to the Chiefs training process with the incep tion of CPO365; MCPON thanked the world-wide Chiefs mess for imple menting the program so effectively. I never asked it to be easy, I want it to be hard, testing and challeng ing, said Stevens. I believe we can accomplish that while also treating one another with the dignity and respect I often talk about. Greenert recalled three Chief Petty Officers he has encountered in his over 40 years of naval service as instrumental leaders and mentors, as he called them out by name. You ask any officer, somebody sat them down at some time and brought them along, said Greenert. The CPO Mess takes care of our officer corps, the lead the vast majority of the Navy and directs the work that gets done day in and day out. Both leaders stressed the fact that though senior enlisted and officers need to set the moral example, lead ership is something that needs to be cultivated throughout every rank in a military members career. Where there are two Sailors, there will always be at least one leader, said Stevens. So to me leadership has no rank. Leadership is something that everyone is responsible for, and must embrace. I need our E-1s and O-1s to under stand the foundational pieces, number one integrity. They have to understand integrity and understand the basics, said Greenert who went on to high light the importance of integrity, trust and good character in the Navy when people are watching and not watching. You cant go to sea, with 200 to 300 people and not have trust in them, he said. Revitalizing incremental leader ship such as the Petty Officer leader ship and the Senior Enlisted Academy requirements has been a priority for both Greenert and Stevens during their tenures as the top Navy leaders. Lastly, both leaders answered the question, are leaders born or bred? You take someone who can com municate and you give them a foun dation of character, understanding of integrity, teach them the importance of a professional skill and youve got a nice mixture of a great leader, said Greenert. To watch the entire video: http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo. asp?id=19733. CPO Selects Get It Clean -Photo by Paige GnannAbove, Chief Petty Officer Selects from around Naval Station Mayport hold a car wash to raise funds for the CPO Ball on Friday. Below, Chief Select Quartermaster Brissetta Gunner of USS Hu City cleans a windshield dur ing a Gas and Glass fundraiser. 8 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014

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USS Halyburton Chiefs Keep Legacy Alive -Photo by Paige GnannUSS Halyburton Command Master Chief CMDCM Lee Friedlander and the USS Halyburton Decommissioning Chiefs Mess presents a plaque with the United States Navy Chief Petty Officer Creed to NS Mayport Command Master Chief Ross Cramer on behalf of the Naval Station Mayport Chief Petty Officer Club last week. The plaque will be displayed in the Focsle Lounge as a lasting memorial to the decommissioning frigate. ducks.org 800-45-DUCKS A CFC participant provided as a public service 13 MILLION ACRES AND COUNTING Help us conserve another 13 Million acres. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014 9

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10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014 -Photo by MC2(SW/AW) Adam Henderson Navy Reservists filled 161 billets and Marine Corps Reservists filled four others on the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) staff during PANAMAX 2014, held from Aug. 4 through Aug. 15 at six locations, including Naval Station Mayport. Rear Adm. George W. Ballance, seated at left, commands U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/4th Fleet), which hosted CFMCC for the exercise. Rear Adm. Jon Matheson, also seated, is the USNAVSO/4th Fleet deputy commander and served as deputy CFMCC commander. Reservists Play Major Role In PANAMAXBy MC1 Andre N. McIntyreU.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs Navy Reservists from across the coun try played a major role in PANAMAX 2014, filling 161 billets on the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) staff at Naval Station Mayport and 52 billets at Multi-National Forces South (MNFS) head quarters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The purpose of PANAMAX is to exercise a variety of responses to any request from the government of Panama to protect and guaran tee safe passage of traf fic through the Panama Canal while respecting national sovereignty. Rear Adm. Benjamin Calle of the Colombian navy served as CFMCC commander for the exercise, which ran from Aug. 4-15 and included more than 1,200 participants at six locations, with Rear Adm. Jon Matheson of the U.S. Navy as his deputy commander. Matheson, the depu ty commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/4th Fleet), is a Navy Reservist. This exercise is a large one, and in order to make it work we have to staff the manning docu ment appropriately, said Matheson. It would have been impossible to execute this mission utilizing just the staff from the USNAVSO/4th Fleet team. In order to meet the objectives for this exercise, we need ed to rely on augmen tees, many of whom were from the Reserve Component, and the wealth of knowledge that they bring from previous experiences and their civilian skill sets. The exercise involved more than 340 mili tary members at Mayport, where Navy Reservists filled near ly half of the billets. Lt. Monica Iannacone, a Navy Reservist on active duty as the operation al support officer and deputy personnel offi cer for USNAVSO/4th Fleet, was responsible for filling the joint manning document. Her staff members were the human resource manag ers. We screened each reserve billet to make sure we had the best candidate in place, said Iannacone. The Reservists that we brought aboard are experts in their fields, which made them key role players to com pleting the mission, as they held many leader ship roles. This exer cise depended heavily on them in order for PANAMAX to succeed. For example, Capt. Steven Grover, the chief staff officer of Navy Reserve (NR) Information Dominance Corps Region Southeast, served as the lead plan ner for CFMCC fires. Cmdr. Eric Denis, the executive offi cer of NR U.S. Cyber Command, directed information operations. For all of the Reservists, PANAMAX represented an opportunity to refresh and sharpen military skills. This is the bread and butter for us, said Information Systems Technician 1st Class James Lane, a mem ber of NR Commander Destroyer Squadron 40, Detachment Bravo, and an account execu tive in civilian life. We dont get 365 days a year to get hands on training like this, said Lane. We have to do it in two weeks. So, we have a lot of initiative to step up our game when we report to our Navy jobs. During the exercise, Lane was leading petty officer for the commu nications cell, which maintained CENTRIXS systems CFMCC used for much of the work it did. The communica tions unit is the back bone of the operation, said Lane. Without us, orders could not be passed and instruc tion cant be received. For the exercise, 80 military members from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Jamaica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru participated on the CFMCC staff. I had a preconceived notion before this exer cise, but that has all changed, said Lane. I have always thought that the U.S. military is the brightest and sharp est tack on the wall, but we all have something to bring to the table. MNFS was command ed by Maj. Gen. Joseph DiSalvo of U.S. Army South, the Army compo nent for U.S. Southern Command. Capt. Joey Dodgen, the com manding officer of the USNAVSO/4th Fleet reserve unit, was among the Navy members attached to the MNFS headquarters staff. Due to the complex maritime environ ment surrounding the Panama Canal, it was imperative to have the right naval representa tives available to advise the commander and to liaise with the other land and air compo nents to create a synergy of effort, said Dodgen. The commanders staff relied heavily on their expertise, and the Navy members succeeded in transferring a great deal of knowl edge to U.S. and part ner-nation participants, but the work wasnt easy, Dodgen said. Integrating with the U.S. Army-led head quarters in a maritimecentric environment provided many challenges, he said. Add to that 17 partner nations and a language barrier, and you see how complex this operation really is. Our active and Reserve Sailors really answered the call and gained the respect of their U.S. and partner nation peers. I was very proud of their strong, professional rep resentation of CFMCC and as naval warfare subject matter experts. An important goal of PANAMAX was to develop and sustain relationships that improve the capacity of emerg ing partners security forces to achieve com mon desired goals while fostering friendly coop eration and understand ing among participating forces. This is an exercise in which many challenges intersect, but in the end we worked through them, said Matheson. By integrating, we became better. Some of the things we worked through were differ ent languages, national caveats, perspectives and capabilities, but during the exercise we learned a lot and also got the best from one another. PANAMAX is a fan tastic opportunity for all of us to understand the challenges that are going to exist, said Matheson. It is important because in the event of a humani tarian assistance or natural disaster effort in our hemisphere, we will need to come together quickly and be effective. -Photos by Andre McIntyreAbove, Lt. Tim Cox, of Navy Operational Support Center Louisville, Ky., con sults with a Colombian navy officer in the Fleet Combat Center on Aug. 14 during PANAMAX. Below, Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Adriana Nuevo, of Navy Operational Support Center Puerto Rico. breaks down communications equipment Aug. 14 at the conclusion of PANAMAX 2014. Operations Specialist 1st Class Gavin Hawthorne, right, of Navy Operational Support Center Pensacola, Fla., talks with Chilean navy Capt. Allan Nettle, the commander of Combined Task Force 801, about high value target locations Aug. 14 during PANAMAX 2014 on Naval Station Mayport.

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CNP Talks Service, Stability, LeadershipBy MC3 Jeffrey MadlangbayanUSS George H.W. Bush Public AffairsThe chief of naval personnel (CNP) and fleet master chief respon sible for manpower in the Navy visited for ward deployed units in the Arabian Gulf to meet with Sailors, Aug. 9 and 10. Vice Adm. William Moran, CNP, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, Morans senior enlisted advisor, spoke to the crew of the aircraft car rier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) during a televised all-hands call on Site TV where they addressed Sailors ques tions. Its great to be here, and weve been here all day talking to a lot of Sailors from many departments, said Moran. We got a lot of great feedback during our conversations with them, and we appreciate it. Moran and Beldo received questions from Sailors and discussed topics such as retirement plans, benefits, advance ment policy, rating bil lets, and sea and hazard ous pay. Were trying to sta bilize advancement opportunities for all of the rates in the Navy, said Moran. There are some rates that are really tough. We are try ing to figure out ways to increase opportunities so when Sailors take the exam they have a better chance to advance to the next pay grade. Recently, more than 50 1st class petty officers throughout the strike group were selected to advance to chief petty officer. Moran took time to acknowledge and congratulate the chief selects for their hard work and dedication to the Navy. Id like to give a shout out to all of the chief selects out there who made it just recently, youve earned it, said Moran. There are 52 chief selects across the strike group and that is outstanding. I saw many of them down at the mess decks and Im really proud you all for mak ing it to this milestone of your career. I look forward to seeing you all with anchors on your uniform in September. Moran offered words of wisdom to Sailors who still endeavor to make chief some day. For those of you that want to make chief our opportunity is still above historic norms and we dont see that chang ing in the future, said Moran. So continue to work hard, test well and youll see some great results in the future. During their visit, Moran and Beldo vis ited many of the ships departments and squad rons, dined with service members and viewed the ships daily opera tions. Moran later met with the chief petty offi cers during a visit to the chiefs mess, and also spoke with officers dur ing an officers call in the wardroom. In addi tion to his visit to George H.W. Bush, Moran also took time to visit Sailors aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Moran added that he wanted to remind Sailors that their country con tinues to stand by them, and he personally appre ciated what the crew does in support of opera tions. Thank you for the great questions you all sent in, said Moran. We really appreciate the opportunity to get around and talk with you. I couldnt be more proud of the work youre doing. Keep up the great work. Beldo offered her appreciation to the crew of George H.W. Bush for their kindness and ser vice to their country. Thank you so much for the hospitality from the crew, said Beldo. We had a great visit during the past few days. Were really impressed with the work and the tone of the fleet force out here. Youre doing a great job out here. CNP is responsible to the chief of naval opera tions for the Navys manpower readiness, and also serves as deputy chief of naval operations (manpower, personnel, training and education) and oversees the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command and the Navy Manpower Analysis Center. Commanded by Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) is com prised of the aircraft car rier George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, guidedmissile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroy er USS Truxtun (DDG 108) and guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). GHWB CSG deployed Feb. 15 and is supporting maritime security opera tions and theater secu rity cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. -Photos by MC2 Justin WolpertChief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. William "Bill" Moran answers a sailor's question during a tour aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) 2nd Class Delicia Bartee gives Moran a tour of an engineering space during hip tour aboard USS Roosevelt. Roosevelt is deployed as a 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. Moran speaks with Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Jeff Straus about visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team gear during a tour aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014 11

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MWR Runners Celebrate End Of SummerSailors, Soldiers, Coast Guardsmen and their families hold up their 2014 Summer Fest 5K Run t-shirts after the 5K held on Naval Station Mayport. -Photos by MC2 Damian BergSailors, Soldiers, Coast Guardsmen and their fami lies run during the 2014 Summer Fest 5K Run at Naval Station Mayport. The annual run is one of 12 5Ks hosted by Moral Welfare and Recreation fitness Center. Command Master Chief Ross Cramer, Naval Station Mayport, signs up for the 2014 Summer Fest 5K Run at Naval Station Mayport. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014 13 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. 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 transportation and hotel; Cost $55; guests $75 (must be 18+).Van departs 4:30 p.m. Child and Youth Programs 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 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 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 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 prizes Aug. 30: UFC 177Dillashaw vs. Barao II. 9 p.m. at Castaways. Community Activities 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. 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. 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 for ages 3-11, 2 & under free. Adult Night time tick ets (after 6 pm) $13.50. Child Ticket $10 for ages 3-11, 2 & under free. 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. 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)

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FFSC Workshops AvailableAug. 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. 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, shredded 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 fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. Help support the troops with your unwanted paper! 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 mem bers 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 informa tion 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@uso jax.com USONEWS Aug. 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 continu ing education credits. Topics include: ecosys tems (swamps, marshes, and permanent wet lands), key plants and wildlife, and the role of humans in shaping the environment. Each module includes classroom presentations, videos, field trips, and practical interpretation. Advance registration is required. Course fee is $225. Course instructors 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. 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 and learn techniques to help capture the beauty of the maritime forest and salt marsh on film. Please bring your own camera and photography supplies, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen and water. 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. Join a park ranger and learn about the lifecy cle of the sea turtle and the importance of these creatures. This pro gram will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. and learn about the lifecycle of the sea turtle and the impor tance of these creatures. 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. Monday, Aug. 25 Duval County Cooperative Extension Service, in coopera tion with BEAM, will be holding monthly education classes for the general public on various gardening sub jects. The classes will be at BEAM in the con ference room from 6-7 p.m. BEAM is located at 850 6th Avenue, South, Jacksonville Beach 32250. Although classes are free, space is lim ited so participants are asked to call Jeannie at 255-7450 to register and obtain directions, if needed. Saturday, Aug. 30 Want to find out how to lawn bowl or play cro quet? Join a ranger at 2 p.m. on the green to learn about these fun outdoor games. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary. Sunday, Aug. 31 Now that the Summer Boating Season is in full swing, its the perfect time to learn how to boat safely. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-2 is present ing the About Boating Safely Class at the Fort Caroline Community Club located at 4131 Ferber Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32277. Class starts at 7:30 a.m. Cost of the class is $20 for individuals or $30 for 2 persons that can share materials. Passing the class will earn you NASBLA cer tification as well as the Florida State Boating Education Card, which is required for all persons born after January 1st, 1988 in order to operate a recreational vessel in the state of Florida. To sign up contact: Charles Hayes, charles.s.hayes@ gmail.com, (904) 6527767 before Aug. 28. Saturday, Sept. 6 A Canning Workshop Beautyberry Jelly come learn to make and take home some of the product made at Duval County Canning Center, from 9:00 AM 1 PM. Cost is $20 with limit ed space; with pre-reg istration and pre-pay ment being required. Please contact Jeannie Crosby @ 255-7450. Make checks payable to: DCOHAC and mail to: Duval County Extension Office, Attention: Jeannie. Outin Townexams. It is detrimental to the Sailor if com mands are not engaging with the progression of their PACT designated Sailors, added Reed. PACT Sailors who are not designated into a specific rating within 12-months on board their first duty station may apply for an avail able Navy A school quota provided that they have maintained PACT program and A school eligibility. If a Sailor has not received a quota into a new rating within the original 24-month win dow, their projected rotation date will extend to their end of active obligated service. If they dont pick up a rating by their EAOS, they will be separated. For more information about PACT informa tion visit the following sites: http://www.pub lic.navy.mil/bupers-npc/ enlisted/detailing/shore specialprograms/Pages/ PACTDetailing.aspx, and https://www.cool.navy. mil/enlisted/pact.htm.From Page 1PACT Resident of the Week-Photo courtesy of Balfour BeattyBalfour Beatty Communities would like to con gratulate Ronald Staffelli who is the Resident of the Week! We appreciate the Staffelli 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. 14 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 21, 2014

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