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CHINFO Award Winner USS Hu City SailorsBuilding Relationships Pages 4-5 Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Navy College Office Reopens -Photo by YNSN Andrew WrightKptLt Anika Herrmann, middle, gives training to a couple of junior officers on navigation fundamen tals and the speed triangle on the bridge of USS Hu City.USS Hu City Navigator Enters Uncharted WatersBy Ensign Raven StevensonUSS Hu City Public AffairsUSS Hu Citys Foreign Liaison Officer is making history at Naval Station Mayport and abroad. Kapitnleutnant (KptLt) Anika Herrmann has been the Foreign Liaison Officer (FLO) on board USS Hu City since her arrival in October 2013 through the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP). PEP allows for an exchange between the U.S. Navy and personnel from other military services in participating NATO countries. During her tour in Hu City, Herrmann was able to become the first woman in the German Navy to be qualified and desig nated as Navigator. She is also the first German officer to have completed the Surface Navigator course at SWOS Newport, and subsequently be designated as the Primary Navigator on board a U.S. warship. Women have been able to serve in the medical service of the Bundeswehr (German for Federal Defense) since 1975, but have only recently been allowed to access every other service of the unified German Military Force since 2001. Herrmann commissioned four years later on July 1, 2005. It would not have been pos sible for me to be the Navigator in my Navy, says Herrmann, after she explained that in order to be the Navigator in Germany, one must first achieve the enlist ed rank of Navigationsmeister, which is equivalent to a Chief Quartermaster (QMC) in the U.S. Navy. As a commissioned officer, KptLt Herrmann could not have fulfilled this prereq uisite. Also, the Navigator bil let on a German warship is typically for a second tour war rant officer. In the 13 years that women have had full access to the German Armed Forces, achieving the rank of Navigationsmeister and serving through at least one complete warrant officer tour would have By MC1 Michael WissNavy Public Affairs Support Element East, Detachment SoutheastThe Navy College Office Mayport is reopening effective immediately. Striving toward a col lege education is a major benefit of serving in the military. Most commands encourage their military members to use avail able tools such as tuition assistance (TA) while on active duty and the GI Bill after separating. Gaining the knowledge on how to apply for this has been limited for Sailors at Naval Station Mayport, but the Navy College Office is mak ing strides to make sure Sailors are given the proper resources to con tinue their education. The Naval Station Mayport Navy College Office has extended cus tomer service hours from two to four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 7a.m.3:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Command Indocs and NCPACE Orientation Services are conduct ed by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Naval Station Mayport office is not a fully staffed facil ity like Naval Air Station Jacksonville, but according to Navy College Office Director Mayport Bridget Pogue, no mat ter how big the office is, serving the Sailor is the top priority. Higher education is very beneficial for Sailors who want to stay in the military and is a key element to pursue a career in the civilian world, she said. A college degree can help with promotion, awarding points on the advancement exam and is important to have that degree to put on a resume for your second career after your military service ends. The facilitator per forms many tasks includ ing: given once a month to explain about what the base and community have to offer during your tour at Naval station Mayport. workshop (every Thursday) to explain how to apply and the rules and regulations involved in the TA sys tem. tors for the Program for Afloat College Education (PACE} for all shipboard commands at Naval Station Mayport. to help prepare a col lege schedule program to meet the customers col lege goals. According to Pogue, the extension of the hours will allow a more opportunities to help people with their ques tions and concerns with their college needs. This allows us more time to set up classes and more time to set up appointments for per sonal counseling, she said. We want to pro vide people the opportu -New Skipper For HSM-46By Lt.j.g. Hunter BrileyHSM-46Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR SIX (HSM-46) held a change of command ceremony on Aug. 14 at Naval Station Mayport. Cmdr. Grahame Dicks relieved Cmdr. Michael Weaver as the squad rons commanding offi cer. Originally established in 1988 as HSL-46, today HSM-46 trains and sup ports combat-ready detachments of pilots, aircrew, and mainte nance technicians for assignment and deploy ment aboard U.S. Fleet Forces surface combat ants. Weaver assumed command of the Grandmasters in May 2013. During his tenure as commanding officer, the squadron deployed four MH-60R helicop ter detachments and two MQ-8 Fire Scout detachments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and overseas contingency operations. Previously, Weaver deployed three times with HSL-42 over two tours and flawlessly led a detachment as Officerin-Charge. He complet ed his tour at HSL-42 as the Squadron Operations officer and was awarded the Commander, Naval Air Forces Award for Leadership. Previous assignments include various staffs in the Washington, D.C. area, TA Policy Changing In FY-15From Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs OfficeEffective immedi ately, commanding officers and offi cers-in-charge may approve waivers to the one-year requirement that Sailors must be on board their first permanent duty station (PDS) to be eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA) according to NAVADMIN 190/14 released Aug. 21. In addition to command triad waiver approval, Sailors must meet all existing require ments for participa tion eligibility. The NAVADMIN also detailed chang es to the grade and fee policy for TA for courses stating after 1 Oct. to align with recent Department of Defense TA policy. Successful course completion will be defined as a grade of C or higher for undergradu ate courses, a B or higher for gradu ate courses, and a Pass for Pass/See HSM-46, Page 6 See NCO, Page 10 See TA, Page 10 -Photo courtesy of HSM-46Cmdr. Grahame Dicks and Cmdr. Michael Weaver, salute Capt. Clayton Clay Conley, Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, after reading their orders during a change of command ceremony. Dicks relieved Weaver as the commanding officer of HSM-46.See Hu City, Page 9

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2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 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: Shipmates, Last week we welcomed USS wo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) to the Mayport basin. With their arrival, the transition of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) to Mayport is now complete. Hundreds of friends, family members and community leaders attended the ceremony on Aug. 18 to welcome the 1,500 Sailors to their new homeport, just as they had done for USS New Yorks homeport shift in December. I want to once again welcome the crews, as well as their Commanding Officers, Captain Jim McGovern and Commander Thomas Ulmer. The Iwo Jima ARGs transition from Norfolk to Mayport completes a long two-year process that has been carefully orches trated at many levels; however, the tenants that call Mayport home shoul dered the heaviest burden. Please accept my most sincere thanks for making this transition appear seam less. In the end, its the Sailors and their families that will benefit most from your efforts. Theres really no secret to why Mayport is the homeport of choice for todays Navy. Its the ser vice you provide daily to our nations warfighters and the incredible commu nity that supports us outside the fence line. Welcome Home USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry! With the arrival of the Iwo Jima ARG, the city of Jacksonville contrib uted their support by opening Hanna Park an hour earlier at 0600. This will allow DoD drivers with a Hanna Park sticker to access this gate an hour ear lier, easing traffic congestion at the main gate. If you qualify for the stick er, please stop by the Pass and Decal Office for issue. As we begin a new chapter in the history of Naval Station Mayport and transition to support the arrival of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Freedom Class to Mayport in early 2016, criti cal infrastructure upgrades will be taking place around the installation for the next few years. Beginning on Sept. 1, Public Works will begin the demolition of the old Bank of America Building across the street from our fitness facility to make room for the new LCS Support Facility. This future 60,000-square-foot multi-story build ing will house LCS Squadron Staff and off hull crews and includes con struction of classrooms, an operations watch work space, a reference library room, storage, administrative office space, video teleconference rooms, and a crew lounge. In the November timeframe, temporary office trailers will be located just south of the con struction site to house LCS staff and crews until the project completes in the fall of 2015. Tied to this project is the demolition of our old Unaccompanied Housing structures (B-1394, B-1368 and B-261) just north of the Galley. These two BEQs, Building 261 and the tennis courts will be the future site of the LCS Training Facility, a 70,000 square foot multi-story building that will house LCS mission bay trainers, associated operational trainers and additional classrooms. Construction should complete in 2017. This is truly an exciting time to be at Mayport. The growth is promising and certainly highlights Mayports strategic importance to our Navy and Nation, however, I ask for your patience as we go through this transition. There will undoubtedly be hazards associ ated with construction, noise, dust and parking and traffic concerns surrounding these construction sites. I also want to remind you to be cautious when driving around Naval Station Mayport, especially during the hours of 7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Now that school has started, we have children walking to Finegan Elementary School or waiting for buses to pick them up to take them to middle and high school. Please con tinue to be mindful that these children are out and about when we are either tired from the night before or tired after a hard day at work. Drive safe. Lastly, I want to congratulate all the Chief Petty Officer Selectees through out Naval Station Mayport and its ten ant commands. This is a great time in your naval career. No other branch of service has an upper enlisted com munity quite like the Navy Chief. It is a great responsibility and I look forward to seeing you join the ranks and call you Chief in September. Please continue sending your sug gestions to the COs suggestion box or email them to wesley.mccall@navy.mil. Capt. Wesley McCall NS Mayport Commanding Officer CAPTAINSCORNERBus Transportation Is Safe TransportationDid you know that the familiar yellow school bus is the safest way to and from school? Each year approximately 500 school-age chil dren are killed in the US during school trans portation hours while using OTHER modes of transportation. Only about two percent of the total deaths occur in or around school buses. Young drivers, ages 15-to-20 years old, are especially vulnerable to death and injury on the roads. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in America. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. Most of these fatalities are the responsibility of the young drivers and their passengers. So encourage your teens to take the bus to and from school! Schools are really care ful especially during the first two weeks of a new school year to make sure students get on the cor rect bus. For that reason buses frequently run late during this time. But note: if a driver leaves without being dismissed by the schools bus coordinator, he is responsi ble for coming back for any missed students. However, if the bus coordinator dismisses a bus and students are later found, the parents must be notified to come get their children as the bus will not return. The schools principal is responsible for desig nating a bus coordinator who serves as the liaison between the school and the bus company serving that school. The district also appoints a trans portation-based coor dinator. Their role is to serve as the link between the school and the bus companies. Problems associated with the buses (not arriving on time, crowded conditions on the bus, request for a bus video) should be directed to your transportationbased bus coordina tor. Check with your schools bus coordinator or an administrator for the name, phone num ber, and email of your schools assigned trans portation-based coordi nator. Every school day the transportation office is manned until 6:30 pm (except for early dismissal days). The office stays in contact with the bus companies until each bus run has been made. But what should you do if your child does not arrive home long after the school has closed? You call the Duval County Public Schools Transportation Office at (904) 858-6200 for immediate assistance. To avoid leaving a child at school, driv ers used seating charts. Seating charts also help in reducing behavior al issues. Frequently drivers ask the schools administrators or bus coordinator for advice on student placement on the bus. Youll note that kindergarten students as well as teen parents trav eling with their children will always occupy the front of the bus. Encourage your chil dren to follow these rules when riding the bus: drivers directions. driver from driving unless there is immedi ate danger to you or oth ers. keep the aisles clear. chewing gun while riding the bus are prohibited. unauthorized item onto the bus. belt if available. arms, legs, and head inside the bus. of the bus. for your fellow students. a reasonable level and remain quiet at railroad crossings. County Public Schools Student Code of Conduct applies in the bus as well as in the classroom. over the rules for bus riding, also share these tips with your children. the safest way to get to and from the assigned school bus stop. place at the stop to wait on the bus. and playing while wait ing for the bus to arrive. or the roadway while waiting on the bus. street to catch your bus or exit your bus. tantly, DO NOT speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into a car with the stranger. Determine with your children a code word that must always be used by an individual other than yourself who is picking up your children. If this individual does not know the code word, your child should imme diately find help. For additional infor mation on school bus safety, you can go to Florida School Bus Safety at http://www. floridaschoolbussafety. gov/. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at judith. cromartie@navy.mil or by phone at (904) 2706289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One. Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer KNOWINGTHE ROPESLet me ask you some thing; would you buy a house if you were only allowed to see one of its rooms? Would you buy a car if you saw only its tires and a taillight? Surely not. To make such a decision would require a bigger picture, would it not? When you fail at something, do you only see the failure or are you able to look back and see the blessings? Sometimes, there are those who fail, or who go through a storm and all they can see is the storm. To them, the Sun will never shine again, or smiles cross their face. Its all doom and gloom. Some people just cant see the big picture. What if I told you that one failure doesnt make a person a failure, just as one achievement doesnt make a person a success. Some wise person once wrote, The end of the matter is better than its beginning. Be patient in affliction, the Apostle Paul tells us. We only have a sliver of the story. Lifes mishaps and hor rors are only a page out of a grand book, so dont be too quick about drawing conclusions. We must reserve judgment on lifes storms until we know the whole story. Paul said in II Corinthians 4:16-18, Therefore we do not lose heart. Though out wardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eter nal glory that far out weighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eter nal. Listen to what Paul called light and momentarynot what Id have called them, and I think youll agree. Imprisoned. Beaten. Stoned. Shipwrecked three times. In constant dan ger. Hungry and thirsty. Light and momentary troubles? How could Paul describe endless trials with that phrase? He tells us. He could see an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. But Chaps, some days the road seems so long and difficult. Let me encourage you with this: God never said the jour ney would be easy, but he did say that the arrival would be worth it! Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. He should know. Hes the Author of the story, and he has already written the final chapter. Hes also the one that can calm the storms. Jesus also knows how you feel. Listen to Hebrews 4:15, For we do not have a high priest Chaplain Karen Rector NS Mayport CHAPLAINSCORNERHold On, Theres Always Light At The End Of The TunnelSee Light, Page 14

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Mayport Sailor of the WeekName: EMFA Moises Villegas Job: Maintenance Person Age: 19 Hometown: Covina, California Favorite hobby: Soccer Hero: Stepfather Best piece of advice received: Plan for the worst. Hope for the best. Goal for Navy: To make Chief Petty Officer How has the Navy improved your life: Maturity and experience Why was this Sailor/ officer chosen to be high lighted? EMFA Villegas has a can do attitude and is always willing to challenge himself daily. His level of maturity and engineering knowledge is far beyond his rate. His quality of work has helped ZEPHYR remain operationally ready.EMFA Moises Villegas Gator Navy Makes Debut In MayportBy Capt. Timothy Schorr Commodore Amphibious Squadron 8Its a lovely summer afternoon in Florida. What better time for near ly 2,000 Sailors with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group to officially call Mayport home? Sailors on USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS New York (LPD 21) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) have moved their families, their pets, their cars and their household goods from Hampton Roads to the Jacksonville/ Mayport area. I was fortunate enough to be part of this transition and I could not be prouder of the Sailors who professionally and grace fully took on this life-changing chal lenge. Both Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry recently passed the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), the largest and most critical navywide material inspection, just weeks before executing a ten-day Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON/ MEU) Integration exercise. These Sailors have been working long hours to ensure their equipment meets and exceeds technical standards, while balancing the demands of mov ing their families and belongings to Florida. Needless to say, they havent had much down time. To their great credit, they show no signs of being worn down by the demands placed upon them. When I walk down the passageways on board these ships, I am blown away by the motivation, charisma, and confidence that these Sailors exude. The Sailors on board these ships understand the big picture impli cations of this home port shift, but I am sure many people, whether Navy affiliated or not, are asking what does it all mean? This is a fair ques tion, and one that deserves a thor ough response. The presence of the ships of the Iwo Jima ARG in Mayport allows the Navy to have two viable East Coast surface ship homeports while also ensuring the preservation of the ship repair industrial bases in both Hampton Roads and Mayport/ Jacksonville. Additionally, it allows the Navy/Marine Corps team to suc cessfully use the ARG and amphibi ous vessels with embarked Marines to carry out diverse missions across a broad spectrum of operations. Naval Station Mayport is an ideal strategic base because of its proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean. The three ships of the IWOARG are capa ble of responding on short notice to a natural disaster, with a full Marine compliment. Some folks are concerned that this move may disrupt the training cycle for the three ARG ships, or that we may not be able to receive the same level of training, maintenance, and technical support provided in Norfolk. On the contrary, since its move to Mayport in December 2013, USS New York has received nothing but the finest support from its Florida hosts. All three ships in the ARG received outstanding care and support in Norfolk and I have the utmost con fidence that they will continue to receive equally outstanding sup port from the team in Mayport. Bottom line: the Navy holds its training, maintenance, and techni cal support teams to a high stan dard that is enforced across the Fleet. Transferring homeport for three ships has been a challenging enterprise for all parties involved. That being said, I would be remiss if I didnt point out that this successful transition was only made possible with the expert help of Fleet & Family Services in Norfolk and Mayport. I want to thank the community of Norfolk for their unwavering com mitment to our ships and the sin cere welcome Mayport has shown our Sailors and their families. The Sailors of the Iwo Jima ARG are eager to complete the homeport shift to Mayport. They look forward to settling into new homes, new schools, new communities. Theyve heard so much about the strong sup port the Jacksonville/Mayport com -See Gator, Page 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 2014 3

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4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 2014 -Photos by Paige GnannSailors from USS Hu City join the ships chief petty officer selectees in participating in a community relations project with Beaches Habitat for Humanity on Aug. 22.Hu City Sailors Get Out For A CauseBy Paige GnannNS Mayport EditorSixteen Sailors from USS Hu City braved the hot Florida sun last Friday to give a Mayport family the chance of homeownership. The volunteers included several chief petty officer selectees from the ship, along with junior Sailors and chief men tors. They worked several hours removing old windows, drywall and the roof of a foreclosed home off A1A that has been reclaimed by Beaches Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organiza tion that builds homes for people in need, was established to help eradicate homelessness throughout the country. Qualification for the program is dependent upon the level of the familys needs, willing ness to become a Habitat for Humanity partner and ability to repay the non-profit, no-interest loan. Volunteers are our lifeblood, said Sarah Jared, Beaches Habitat Volunteer Services Manager. If we didnt have volunteers there is no way that we would have the opportunity to build the homes that we do. Our goal for next year is 20 new homes, said said. Each home takes somewhere between 1200-1500 volunteer hours so we need a lot of volunteer hours to get a home built. The vol unteers help to spread donor dollars further. Rather than have to use paid professionals on site, we use volunteers. Volunteers do pretty much all of our fram ing work. They do all of our interior finish work, painting, installing trim. They do hanging siding, putting a roof on so vol unteers are involved in just about every part of the homebuild process. This is my first time [volunteering with Beaches Habitat], said Quartermaster 3rd Class Michelle Dotson. Ive been tearing down dry wall, first time. I like it. Its pretty awesome. Its different. Im a naviga tornavigate at sea, GPS, celestial stars. Not a lot of sweating. Its probably the first time Ive sweated since bootcamp or something. I enjoy it though. They said demo lition. It caught my attention. We have ships who come through fairly regularly and we always have a great experience, Jared said. Usually the Navy is the hardest working group we get out here. We love to have the enthusiasm. We are demolishing a last so that way we can fix it up, said Chief Select Machinery Repairman Ignacio Lopez. We are volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, which is a good cause. This is the first one I have done here at the Mayport area. Its always a good to come out here and help out the community. Not everybody can [volunteer] and not everybodys able to do things on their own, Dotson said. A little helping hand means a lot to somebody. Beaches Habitat has been building homes in the Beaches/Intracoastal West area since 1981. For more information about Beaches Habitat or to volunteer, go to beacheshabitat.org/vol unteer, call 9045955793 or email sarah@ beacheshabitat.org. Drywall falls down on Chief Operations Specialist Michael Postell as he ham mers out a wall in a house off of A1A in Mayport Road that will be converted into a new home by Beaches Habitat and its volunteers. Fire Controlman 1st(SW) Michael Blankenship and Ensign Adam Schalk take out windows in a house under renovation with Beaches Habitat. Chief Select Fire Controlman Russell Durbin looks for a plybar in the Beaches Habitat tool shed. Fire Controlman 1st(SW) Michael Blankenship and a volunteer remove window casings as they gut a house recently bought by Beaches Habitat for renovation. Ensign Adam Schalk and Quartermaster 2nd Class Gerold McGraw tear down drywall inside the home.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 2014 5 Quartermaster 1st Class Jose Alejo tears down a piece of drywall during a com munity relations project with USS Hu City and Beaches Habitat. Chief Select Fire Controlman Russell Durbin tears out the broken glass from a sliding glass door as part of renovations to a Beaches Habitat home off Mayport Road. Quartermaster 3rd Class Michelle Dotson gets sweaty pulling out drywall at a house under renovation for Beaches Habitat. Chief Gas Turbine System Technician Electrical Hernan Senoren throws out some debris as Sailors from USS Hu City work to help renovate a house off A1A for a family during a Beaches Habitat community relations project. Chief Select Quartermaster Brissetta Gunner of USS Hu City looks through the rafters of a house off A1A after the roof is removed. Machinists Mate 3rd Class Brady Arentz and a volunteer tear out more drywall and window casings during the renovation project. Durbin and Chief Select Fire Controlman Tristan Whitson take off a door jam as volunteers completely gut a house with Beaches Habitat. Durbin and Whitson carefully unhook a fan during the renovation of a house off A1A. It will be renovated into a five-bedroom home for a Beaches family. Chief Master-at-Arms Marlon Thomas and Chief Select Machinery Repairman Ignacio Lopez look through studs after they remove a large section of drywall.

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including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs (J-8) of Staff and the OPNAV staff (N78). Weavers next assignment will be to U.S. Southern Command in Miami, FL. Dicks is a native of La Canada, California and received his commis sioned from the United States Naval Academy in 1996. His career has included two deploy ments with HSL-46, a tour with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (where he partici pated in the successful Operational Evaluation of the MH-60R), and a tour as Flag Aide for Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic. More recently, he deployed with HSL-44 as detachment Officerin-Charge on board USS Monterey (CG 61) in support of the Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group. He was subsequently assigned to the Joint Staff (J-3) as Operations Officer for the Deputy Director for Regional Operations. Cmdr. Chris Richard, previously assigned to the Commanders Action Group (CAG) at U.S. Southern Command, will take over as Executive Officer for the Grandmasters. Gettysburg Assists Wounded WarriorBy USS Gettysburg Public AffairsSailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) along with temporarily assigned Midshipmen, participated in a Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor community ser vice event, Aug. 12. The Sailors and Midshipmen met with chief petty offi cers from the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jacksonville to help move Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician Wayne Downing. Downing was previously diagnosed with brain cancer and the community service event helped him and his family move from his mother-in-laws house to a house of their own. This project was more fulfilling than I could have anticipated, said Midshipmen 3rd Class Jared Hachmeister. Just being able to help someone in need, espe cially a great guy like Chief Downing is some thing I will never forget. The Fort Lauderdale Navy League also assist ed with the event by covering the cost of the rental truck utilized for the move. The event was coordi nated by Lt.j.g. Steven Lapid, Gettysburgs training officer. Volunteering builds upon an already strong relationship with the Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor orga nization and shows Gettysburgs dedication to help shipmates in need, he said. This was a great opportunity for our Sailors and Midshipmen to learn about service and volunteerism, said Lapid. We hope our midshipmen take the experience back to their parent units and find ways to provide service in their local communi ties. Photo by Ensign Tommy Changaris Lt.j.g. Steven Lapid, training officer aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), presents Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician Wayne Downing with a Gettysburg ball cap and coin. Lapid and midshipmen temporarily assigned to Gettysburg participated in a Navy Wounded Warrior Project-Safe Harbor community service event to help move Downing and his family to a new house. From Page 1HSM-46 SBR In Control-Photo by Ensign Evan AlbrightOperations Specialist 2nd Class Michael Childs talks with the helicopter control tower during flight quarters aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). Samuel B. Roberts is conducting naval opera tions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 2014

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been virtually impossi ble. Herrmann began her tour in Hu City as the Assistant Navigator, and has managed to fulfill the role as acting Operations Officer in her time on board. She successfully com pleted the Surface Navigator course on June 27, 2014, and has recently relieved Lt. Kelly Ebel as Hu Citys Navigator. The Surface Navigator course was built a few years ago fol lowing the 2009 grounding of Port Royal, and it is designed to provide training to prospective Surface Navigators in the knowledge and skills necessary to safely navigate all surface ships on all oceans of the world, under all shipboard readiness conditions. Incoming Navigators undergo 150 hours of navigation fundamen tals, shiphandling, case studies, and Voyage Management System (VMS) practical applica tion, which are all crucial to the billet. The training she received as a part of this courses curriculum is unlike anything other women in the German Navy have experienced. It is an honor to have achieved these things, and I realize that this opportunity is one of a kind, said Herrmann as she explained her feel ings on making history. When told of KptLt Herrmanns accom plishments, the univer sal reaction among her wardroom peers seemed to be a huge smile of amazement. She also has the approval and sup port of her Commanding Officer, Capt. Wyatt Chidester. I trust her implicitly with the safe navigation of Hu City, Chidester said. She is an outstand ing officer and I know she is looking forward to getting Hu City back to sea. KptLt Herrmanns unprecedented qualifica tion and designation as Navigator is only among the first of many mile stones in her career. -Photo by Lt. Jason BilbroKptLt Anika Herrmann, USS Hu City Navigator, receives her certificate of completion of the Surface Navigator course on June 27, 2014 at SWOS Newport.From Page 1Hu CityRoosevelt LTJGs Earn EOOW LetterBy Lt.j.g. Marycate WalshUSS Roosevelt Public AffairsLt.j.g. Beatriz E. Beach, a communica tions officer, and Lt.j.g. Joseph Washington III, a fire control officer both assigned to USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), earned their Engineer Officer of the Watch qualification (EOOW) letter this summer. EOOW is a notoriously difficult quali fication to attain, and for good reason, said Washington. Being in charge of the ships pro pulsion and electrical services and knowing that the ships maneu verability and ability to complete the mission is in my hands is an incred ible responsibility. It is an honor to be trusted by the commanding officer to run the plant. Beach and Washington found that assistance from shipmates and commitment to study were key in achieving the qualification. Roosevelts engi neering department is impressive, said Beach. Everyone from the sound and security watch standers to the top snipe cares deeply about what they do. I couldnt have earned my let ter without the endless hours of help I received from everyone in the plant. EOOW was difficult, it was much more detail focused than my SWO Pin, said Washington. I studied very hard, committing time both on and off watch to get into the spaces and fol low the engineers as they complete maintenance or their rounds. Beach earned her EOOW letter during her first division officer tour, she was eligible for a non-traditional second tour. She is slated for an assignment to Destroyer Squadron 23 upon Roosevelts return from deployment. Washington was asked to fleet-up to Fire Control Officer after only a few months aboard. Roosevelt is deployed as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting mari time security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility. NBHC Mayport will be closed from 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 until 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in observation of Labor day. WE BRING THE MILITARY TO YOUTogether, our communities of service members and their families, and your business, can spell SUCCESS. Not only will your business benet while the families are stationed here, many military families retire to the area, with NS Mayport being one of the most sought-after assignments in the U.S. Navy. To advertise, or to nd out more information, please call 904.359.4336. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 2014 9

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munity provides its Navy families and commands. Now, theyre ready to experience it for them selves. Its an exciting time for these Sailors. The future is bright for them and for the Jacksonville/Mayport community. For more news from Expeditionary Strike Group 2, visit www.navy. mil/local/esg2/.From Page 3GatorCNO Releases Annual Navigation PlanFrom Chief of Naval Operations Public AffairsThe Navys top leader released a detailed plan Tuesday that highlights the U.S. Navys intended track and investments for the next five fiscal years. This navigation plan defines the course and speed we will follow to organize, train and equip our Navy over the next several years, said Greenert in the docu ment. Despite likely sequestration in 2016, our priority is to operate forward where it mat ters, when it matters, and be ready to address a wide range of threats and contingencies. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenerts 2015-2019 Navigation Plan defines how the Navy will use its resources to safely and effectively pursue the vision detailed in Sailing Directions. Crafting this years budget included tough choices across a wide range of competing pri orities we focused first on building appropriate capability, then delivering it at a capac ity we could afford, said Greenert. Each year since Greenert released the Sailing Directions the Navigation Plan has described the annual Navys budget submis sion for the future years. The Navigation Plan has highlighted investments in support of DODs guidance and strategic documents as well as this years 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. In the plan Greenert explains how the Navy will acclimate to budget challenges, increas ing operational tempo while balancing current readiness with the need to build a highly capable future fleet. Pursuing the vision set in the Sailing Directions this plan lays out the investments that will allow the Navy to maintain its warfight ing edge, forward presence and keep Navy members prepared, con fident and proficient. This plan highlights how investments will support Navy missions through the lens of the three tenets, Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be ready. Greenert emphasizes in the document that everything sailors and civilians do must be grounded in the respon sibility of warfighting first. He says the Navy must be able to achieve access in any domain and possess the capa bility mix of kinetic and non-kinetic weapons to prevail today and be ready to win tomorrow. He provided a list of capabilities that center on this objective and fol lowed with a comparable list of items that support operate forward and be ready. Additionally, the Navigation Plan sum marizes the six program matic priorities that guided the Navys budget planning for the future of the fleet: maintaining sea based strategic deter rent, sustaining a global forward presence, pre serve the means for vic tory against aggressors, focus on readiness afloat and ashore, enhance asymmetric capabilities in physical domains as well as in cyberspace and electromagnetic spec trum and sustain a rel evant industrial base. This navigation plan was released by Greenert to Navys senior lead ers and distributed on Navys social media properties as a priority to be communicated at all levels. Greenert will release a Position Report later in the year that reviews the Navys progress over the last year in pursuing objectives laid out in the Sailing Directions and earlier Navigation Plans, which can be found on his leadership page. To view the CNOs Navigation Plan, http:// www.navy.mil/cno/ docs/140818_cno_navi gation_plan.pdf nity to get the information they need to suc ceed. Another program the Navy College offers is the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), which allows you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 introductory-level college subject examinations. Because the exams are funded by the United States gov ernment through the Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education Support (DANTES), you could save hundreds, even thousands, of dol lars toward your degree. According to Pogue, there are many programs offered, to further your education, it is the sail ors responsibility to use them. All active duty mili tary are authorized 16 college hours per year, it is free education, she said. It is available; everyone needs to take advantage of the many resources we provide. Due to staffing short ages, counselors may be on board ships or conducting command briefs. If the NCO staff is not in the office, Sailors may contact the Virtual Education Center at vec.navy.mil or 1-877838-1659 M-F from 6 a.m.-7:30.From Page 1NCOFail grades and must be attained to avoid reim bursement of TA fund ing. Reimbursement will also be required from Sailors who dont make up a grade of I (incomplete) by the educational institutions deadline or six months after the completion of the class, whichever comes first. Also changing Oct. 1, only tuition directly related to the course of instruction and not including fees will be paid with TA funds. Fees no longer covered by TA include equipment, sup plies, books/materials, exams, admissions, reg istration, fines and costs associated with distance learning. These changes align the Navys policy with Department of Defense Instruction 1322.25 for Voluntary Education (VOLED) programs cov ering policies for service members use of TA. Historically, more than 85 percent of Sailors satisfactorily complete and pass their undergraduate and/ or graduate level class es; this is a tribute to the focus and dedica tion of the Sailors using VOLED programs, said Ernest DAntonio, the Center for Personal and Professional Developments (CPPD) Navy VOLED program director. In Fiscal Year 2013, approximately 89 percent of courses paid for by TA were successful ly passed, with 72 per cent of those courses resulting in an A or B grade, according to DAntonio. Sailors not successfully completing courses using TA must reimburse the Navy for TA funds. For more information Sailors can contact their local Navy College Office, Virtual Education Center (VEC) or the Navy College Program website at https://www.navycol lege.navy.mil/. For more infor mation about the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), visit: https://www.netc. navy.mil/centers/cppd/. For more news from the Center for Personal and Professional Development, visit: www.navy.mil/local/ voledpao/. For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/ cnet/.From Page 1TA Self-Service Options For Stateside TRICARE BeneficiariesFrom TRICAREPermanent change of station (PCS) season is around the corner and there are many tasks to juggle before a move. Beyond just the basic packing, your health care options with TRICARE may change as well. Although walkin service at TRICARE Service Centers (TSCs) in the United States has ended, there are mul tiple, convenient online and telephone custom er service options for beneficiaries. Accessing your TRICARE benefit is easier than ever, and you can receive care when you need it. TRICAREs Moving Made Easy is a great program for active duty service members and their families that cur rently have a TRICARE Prime option. With this service, beneficia ries can easily transfer their Prime enrollment via telephone, online or mail. Learn more about Moving Made Easy at www.tricare.mil/mov ing. After your PCS move, you need to update your information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). You can change your DEERS information by logging-on to mil Connect (www.dmdc. osd.mil/milconnect). Through milCon nect, you can edit your address, email and phone number as well as access your health care eligibility. For more information on how to update DEERS, visit www.tricare.mil/ DEERS. TRICARE also pro vides a downloadable contact wallet card that beneficiaries can print and keep with them to have an instant ref erence to TRICARE health plan informa tion worldwide. To download the card, visit www.tricare.mil/ CallUs and click on TRICARE Contact Wallet Card. The TRICARE web site is a great resource as well. At www. tricare.mil, benefi ciaries can fill out a profile to get custom ized and immediate benefit information. Beneficiaries can also get answers to fre quently asked ques tions without call ing in, and can email TRICARE to ask a specific benefit ques tion. Theres also the I want to section with links to manage prescriptions, enroll or purchase a plan, find a doctor and much more. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 2014

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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. 28: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons. Van Departs 4:30 p.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Aug. 29-31: DragonCon. Trip includes transportation and hotel; Cost $55; guests $75 (must be 18+).Van departs 4:30 p.m. Mayport Liberty Center Volunteers To HelpBy MC1 Michael WissNavy Public Affairs Support Element East, Detachment SoutheastProviding a help ing hand was the theme as volunteers from the Naval Station Mayport Liberty Center held a Help Feed the Homeless event at the Jacksonville Mission House Compassion by the Sea. Volunteers from the Liberty Center hold this event twice a month and help stock food shelves, organize clothing areas and help attend to vari ous services for home less men and women in the Jacksonville Beach area. According to Naval Station Mayport Liberty Center Manager Melissa Dickerson, this offers a great opportunity to help those in need. The volunteers enjoy being able to help someone in their communi ty< she said. The volunteers can see it when the homeless are in line getting their meals. They feel they made a differ ence in somebody elses life. Mission House was formed in 1997 by four churches in Jacksonville and is the only day facil ity for homeless adult men and women in the beaches Area (Mayport to Jacksonville Beach). According to Lori Delgado Anderson, Mission House execu tive director, the num ber one goal is to get the homeless off the streets and back to a self-suf ficient productive life. When it started, fami lies and churches were feeding homeless people out of their cars and out of church auditoriums. And thats where the mission began, said Anderson. Our mission is to get people off the streets in Jacksonville Beach, and we are the only facility in the area that does this. Its all about finding out why they are here, and aim ing to meet their need. The Mission House is not a shelter, but more of a food kitchen. The basic services are they serve two meals Monday Friday and one meal on Saturday and Sunday. Two hours prior to each meal they offer shower services which include toiletries, towel and a new set of clothes. Volunteers come once a month to offer haircuts. All clients who are in the meal program for at least a week must see a case manager. The client is interviewed to discover the cause of their home less situation. If they are physically able the case manager will give them job referrals and work with low-income land lords to find everyone a permanent residence. Another important service is a free medi cal clinic twice a week. According to Dickerson the volunteers sacri fice their off duty time because it is the right thing to do and it also looks good for their military career. People who volunteer to help, feel like they are a part of the community and are helping to make this a better place, she said. By helping they are helping their career in the military. For pro motions the committees are looking for things that stand out and this is an opportunity for them to shine. All the services the Mission House receives are on a vol unteer basis. Anderson said Mission House couldnt be as effective an organization with out this kind of support. Mayport and Jacksonville Sailors have been a tremendous help, said Anderson. They are making us look good, so that we can be a good neighbor and a good community prop erty, and for this we are very grateful.FFSC Class Schedule SetFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to regis ter call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey Avenue.Aug. 28, 2014 9-11 a.m. SAPR Victim Advocate Refresher Training, BLDG 1, RM 104 Credentialed Victim Advocates must com plete 32 hours of refresher training every two years to main tain credentials and receive the latest SAPR Program updates. Sept. 3, 2014 9-1 p.m. Organizing Your Job Search and Networking, BLDG 1, RM 702 Participants will gain the tools and strategies necessary to map their career paths, organize and perform an effec tive independent job search, and how to build their own network of peers for continued support. Sept. 4, 2014 7 a.m. Suicide Awareness Proclamation Signing, Memorial Park NAVSTA Mayport Commanding Officer, CAPT McCall, will sign the Suicide Awareness Proclamation. Sept. 8-12, 2014 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Transition GPS Separatee Workshop, BLDG 1, RM 1616 The class is designed for military person nel who are within 24 months of retiring or 90-180 days of separat ing from completion of military services. It helps Service mem bers understand the overall Transition GPS program, the require ments to meet Career Readiness Standards, and to identify common issues Service members and their families expe rience during the tran sition process. Sept. 8, 2014 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Targeting Your Resume, BLDG 1, RM 702 Participants will learn how to highlight their skills and experiences as they directly relate to the each job they are applying for. Sept. 8, 2014 1 p.m.-4 p.m. New Dads Class, USO, Mayport RD Participants will look at being a father in the military, the care of newborns and toddlers, and how to grow with your child and become the Dad you really want to be. The program will also increase the par ticipants knowledge about child develop ment and will address relationship changes that accompany the birth of a child. Sept. 9, 2014 8 a.m.-10 a.m. & 10 a.m.-noon LinkedIn Workshop, BLDG 1, RM 702 Learn how to use the worlds No1 Professional Social Media Website to cre ate an abundance of leads for your transition into the civilian world! Students who enroll in this course will learn how to make an account with LinkedIn, how to organize LinkedIn presence, how to use LinkedIn in enhancing your brand and how to market themselves. Sept. 9, 2014 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Welcome to the Military, BLDG 1, RM 702 This one-day work shop provides valuable information on the military lifestyle, benefits, finances, and resources. Sept. 9, 2014 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Healthy YOU, Health Family!, BLDG 1, RM 702This program focuses on the woman herself and her power to change the course of her life. Participants are encour aged to set individual goals, complete a Myers Briggs Inventory, and to identify family roles. Sept. 9, 2014 2 p.m.-3 p.m. PFM Forum, BLDG 1, RM 719 The PFM Forum is a quarterly event designed to assemble area Command Financial Specialists and leaders together to network and discuss the most recent trends in the financial industry affecting our Sailors and their fami lies. Sept. 10, 2014 7 a.m. Life Counts Ceremony, Mayport Beach behind Beachside Community Center Please join us to remember our fallen Sailors who have lost their lives to SUICIDE. Sept. 10, 2014 9-1 p.m. Organizing Your Job Search and Networking, BLDG 1, RM 702 Participants will gain the tools and strategies necessary to map their career paths, organize and perform an effective independent job search, and how to build their own network of peers for continued support. Sept. 10, 2014 11 a.m.-noon Survivor Benefit Plan, BLDG 1, RM719 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 2014

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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 pay outs 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. 30: UFC 177Dillashaw vs. Barao II. 9 p.m. at Castaways. Community Activities 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). 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. 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) Former RDCs, DIs, and ROTC instruc tors needed ASAP to train a Drill Team after school at Mayport Middle School. The lead trainer will receive a receive a small salary. If interested contact Roy Fallon at rfal lon@cisjax.org 904-233-5008Drill Team Trainer Wanted! THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 2014 13

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who is unable to empa thize with our weak nesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet he did not sin. His eyes have grown weary. His heart has grown heavy. He knows how you feel. Not near ly; not to a large degree, but entirely! In all our experience, in every hurt and every ache, every struggle. Why? So that when you hurt, youll go to Himwho knows how you feel! If you are in the mid dle of a storm; I encour age you to hold. Theres a bigger picture waiting to be revealed, and bless ings to be had.From Page 2LightEx-USS Saratoga Departs NAVSTA Newport for Dismantling and RecyclingBy Lisa Woodbury RamaNaval Station Newport Public AffairsThousands of specta tors lined the shores of Narragansett Bay Aug. 21 to view the final depar ture from Newport of the ex-USS Saratoga (CV 60) as she left Pier 1, Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport, enroute to her final destination at a dismantling facility in Brownsville, Texas. The ship arrived in Newport Aug. 7, 1998 following 38 years of commissioned service from 1956 to 1994. She arrived to what was then the Naval Education and Training Center Aug. 7, 1998 fol lowing four years in storage at the Philadelphia shipyard. The Saratoga, the second carrier of the Forrestal class, complet ed 22 deployments dur ing her career, includ ing the service off the coast of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and in the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She was decommissioned Aug. 20, 1994 in Mayport, Florida. Its sad that she could not be turned into a museum, said Darryl Fern, 51, of Tatamy, Pennsylvania. Fern, a member of the USS Saratoga Association, was videotaping from the shoreline as the com mercial tugs guided her into the main channel of the bay. He served as an electricians mate second class aboard the Saratoga, 1982-1984. Like all the other older carriers, its time for her to meet her demise, he said. She served proud ly for a long time, said Mitchell Abood, 48, of Belchertown, Massachusetts. He served as an avionics technician third class with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 aboard Saratoga from 1985-1987. A ship like this shouldnt be taken apart piece by piece, he said. Abood served during the carriers Mediterranean deployments in 1985 and 1987. Joe Roberts, an explosives safety spe cialist at NAVSTA Newport, served aboard the Saratoga during Operation Desert Storm/ Desert Shield. Roberts recalled his service saying, there is a bit sadness that the Saratoga will never be seen again. Pier 1 berthed Navy ships until 1973, when the Shore Establishment Realignment program relocated all Newportbased ships to southern ports. The pier was leased to the State of Rhode Island for a period of time and remained vacant of ships between 1992 and 1998 until the Saratoga arrived. The Navy competitive ly awarded the contract May 8 to ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas, for the towing, disman tling and recycling of conventionally powered aircraft carriers stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. As part of the planning process for the reloca tion, teams from Naval Sea Systems Command Inactive Ships and ESCO Marine arrived at NAVSTA Newport to assess the condition of the vessel and prepare the work plan. Mother Nature was determined to have her way with this operation. It was verified that a pair of Peregrine falcons had yet again decided to start a family in a nest adja cent to the elevators on the ship and, after con sultation with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, any movement plans were put on hold until after Aug. 15 to be certain that any fledg lings would have ample time to learn to fly and move elsewhere. On Aug. 13, after view ing long range forecasts and performing final equipment checks, the date was set to relocate the ship Aug. 20. Excess safety lines were severed Aug. 19 when the Newport weather forecast called for clear skies with little wind. NOAA meteorolo gists checked the fore cast throughout the Atlantic seaboard since the ship would depart Newport then head south to Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico prior to her final destination. A low pressure system off the coast of West Africa caused the original plan to be delayed for safety. On the original day of the movement, the teams met again at 4 p.m. for an extensive review of weather patterns. A decision was made to reevaluate the forecast at 2 a.m. Checking that forecast proved the go for the operation as the weather system that was a con cern for the tug captain appeared to be weaken ing. At 5:30 a.m. this morning, the movement team arrived on station with the tugs arriving at 5:55 a.m., a safety brief was completed and the lines began to be pulled up alongside the ship to hold her on the pier as the Anaconda Lines, bow and stern chains and other tethers were dis connected. By 7:30 a.m. the last of the two tugs had arrived on site from Providence, the pilots were on board the ship and the mooring lines at the stern were released to clear the way for the last tug to make the stern connection. By 7:40 a.m. the last line was dropped and the connection that this ship has held to Newport for more than 16 years was severed. The tugs took control of the ship and eased her out to the middle of Narragansett Bays main shipping lane where the main tow ship, the Signet Warhorse III, was posi tioned to begin towing. Saratoga was under way to Texas at 9:31 a.m. The trip is expected to take approximately 16 days with an anticipated arrival Sept. 6. -Photo by Lindsay ChurchThe former aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV 60) prepares for her final voy age from Newport Naval Station to a dismantling facility in Brownsville, Texas, the aircraft carriers final resting place. The ship arrived in Newport on Aug. 7, 1998, after spending four years in storage following her decommissioning in 1994. Saratoga was the second carrier of the Forrestal class and completed 22 deployments in her 38-year career. 14 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, August 28, 2014

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