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CHINFO Award Winner NS Mayport Joins FightAgainst Suicide Pages 9, 14 Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com -Photo by Paige GnannEngineman 2nd Class John Diaz and Quartermaster 3rd Class Sharlaysha Powers go through a check list during Naval Station Mayports Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kick off event Monday in Building One. Command CFC coordinators picked up materials to distribute during this years campaign season. CFC Season BeginsBy Paige GnannEditorGot 5 bucks in your pocket? What are you planning on spending it on? A soda and chips or maybe a coffee? It doesnt take long for you to spend $5 nowadays and it defi nitely doesnt go far when you do. But in the hands of a non-profit organiza tion, it could mean feed ing a family, clothing children or buying medi cine supplies for the sick, said Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Regional Director John Smith dur ing a CFC training ses sion held at Naval Station Mayport on Sept. 8. A dollar in the hands of non profits goes a lot far ther than in your pocket, he told command CFC coordinators and key workers in attendance at the training. And dona tors can give as little as $5 a month. Imagine what kind of good that could do. CFC gives service mem bers and federal civilians the opportunity to donate to any of more than 2,000 pre-screened charities, including several local charities that directly benefit Naval Station Mayport. MWR Youth Activities and Child Development Centers, Greater Jacksonville USO and the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross are just a few of the local Mayport Awarded Grant To Create 2 School Transition CentersFrom SLOJudy Cromartie, School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport, wrote and was awarded a $20,000 grant to create two elementary school transition centers for military families. Finegan Elementary and Mayport Elementary will be the sites for the two centers. These school-based transition centers will serve the schools with the greatest number of military dependents. Changing school may be the most stressful part of a familys relocation process, especially if it happens during the school year. These centers will be designed to assist students and their military families with the relocation process as it relates to school. Relocation can cause mixed emotions for children, including stress, excitement and anxiety. There is the dread of leaving old friends behind, military parents being deployed, and the uncertainty of trying to establish new relationships in an unfamiliar place. The schools Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) have been trained to recognize and address the problems of military-connected students. The centers will be set up to ease the students shift to a new school and environment, helping to make the relocation process a more posi tive experience. The vision behind these transitions cen ters is to cultivate an environment sup portive of transitioning families. The mis sion of the centers is to provide a physi cal space specifically designed to ease the transition into the school and community for new military families and students. Each center will be equipped with comput ers for researching the area and schools. Resources will also be available to provide information on supporting agencies onand off-base. The center will allow the MFLCs to have office hours in the centers, hold military Mayport Bids Farewell To FFG 40 See Story/Photos Page 10 -Photo by Paige GnannCommand CFC coordinators look through new campaign material during the kick off on Monday.See Centers, Page 9 See CFC, Page 9 -Photo by MC2 Salt Cebe The official party stands and salutes during the decommissioning ceremony of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40). The ship is being decommissioned after 30 years of naval service.


2 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014 Command Chaplain Chap. Steven Souders 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 earlier, easing traffic congestion at the main gate. If you qualify for the sticker, 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 cer tainly 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 CAPTAINSCORNERSecDef Hagel: Suicide Prevention Means Watching Out For Each OtherThe Courage of Heroes Continues OnI, like most people old enough at the time, still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It is amazing how something so horrible can burn the details of a moment into your memory forever. At the time I was teaching religious classes to High School students. Class had not yet started, but another teacher came into the classroom and told me to turn on the television. I remem ber the flurry of emo tions I felt and those the students expressed as we watched the news throughout the day. Abandoning the lesson I had prepared, we just talked about the event and what it meant to our country and to us as individuals. There was a lot of fear and uncer tainty about what it all meant. But more than anything else there was a lot of anger and deter mination. I dont know how many of those stu dents went on to join the military, but that day many resolved that they would. Over the next Chaplain Justin Top CNSL Ministry Center CHAPLAINSCORNERweeks and months I saw that same determination and resolve unite the whole nation. As stories came out of bravery and heroism exhibited by the first responders, those on flight 93, and many others, we, as a nation vowed that we would honor their memory and right the wrongs com mitted against us. The world has changed a lot because of those events. The war on terror has been ongoing since that day and many have sacrificed their lives to keep such attacks away from our soil. In 2001, watching the television with my students, I could have never imagined that I would serve in the military and contribute to the same fight that began on that day. Thirteen years later, I still get emotional when the images are replayed on TV. I still feel that same anger at evil. I still swell with pride when I hear the stories of courage. Courage seems to be a core desire of each person. We love stories of bravery in the face of overwhelming opposition. They seem to con nect with something inside us that longs to be greatto do the right thing no matter the cost. We all wonder if we would react with the same courage as the heroes of 9-11. The truth is that great courage comes as a result of small, daily choices. Every day we face attacks on our own character, our relation ships, and our families. We choose between doing what is right and what is easy. Moral courage is developed one day at a time, one choice at a time. When you face adversity in your life, will you retreat in fear to what is most comfortable and con venient for you, or will you choose what is right, putting the greater good ahead of your own desire? While it is good that we honor those who have courageously made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country, it is important to remem ber that we all have the opportunity to show courage, service and sacrifice in our daily deci sions. Though our small acts of daily moral cour age may never be made into movies, and they probably wont get you a lot of praise, they are just as important (probably more important) to the success of the nation and our future than a duel to the death with an enemy. It is a great honor to die for your country and those you love, but it is even more important (and in some ways more difficult) to live for them. From DoD News, Defense Media ActivityWatching out for each other every day is a collective responsi bility for the Defense Departments military and civilian workforce, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sept. 2 in a message marking DoDs observance of Suicide Prevention Month. Here is the text of the secretarys message: To the men and women of the Department of Defense: Preventing military suicide is one of DoDs highest priorities, and something Im person ally committed to as Secretary of Defense. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, we must rededicate our selves to actively working not only every month, but every day to fulfill our collective respon sibility to watch out for each other and take care of each other. Human beings are fragile, and suicide is a complex and devastat ing event that affects us all. The painful loss of life and its heartbreaking aftermath spread beyond the individual and immediate family, taking a toll on fellow service members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and society itself. While prevent ing suicide takes all of us working together, it begins with a personal commitment. When someone is going through chal lenges and comes to you for help, it doesnt make them weak. It means theyre strong, because asking for help when you need it takes courage and strength. What we need to remember what our entire country needs to remember is that these brave individuals shouldnt be avoided or stigmatized. They need to be embraced. Whether youre a service member, a veteran, a DoD civil ian, or a friend or family member of someone who is, you have the power to make a difference. It only takes one person to ask one question or make one call and that single act can save a life. If you need help, if you know someone who is, or even if you just need someone to talk to, con tact the Military Crisis Line via phone, online chat, or text message. Just call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; visit http:// www.militarycrisisline. net; or text 838255. Its free, easy, confidential, and trained professionals are always there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The battle to prevent suicide cannot be waged on a single front. It will only be won if we stand together and take every opportunity in our homes, at our duty sta tions, and in conversations with friends and mentors to support each other and be there for those in our communi ties who need our help. By fighting as one team, we will help prevent suicide. Thank you, and your families, for all that you do for our country.Mayport Chapel Offers ClassesFrom Mayport ChapelNaval Station Mayport Chapel is registering now for its 2014/2015 Religious Education programs. Protestant Sunday School has classes for Elementary age through adult. Classes are held each Sunday at 9:15 am. Protestant worship follows at 10:30 a.m. with Childrens Church the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays. Nursery is available for ages 6 months thru 4yrs old during Sunday School and Chapel Services. Catholic Religious Education has classes for K through Confirmation. There is also a RCIA class for inquirers as well as an adult bible study group. All classes are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Nursery is available for ages 6 months thru 4yrs old during Mass, CCD, & RCIA. You may register for either program by con tacting the Director of Religious Education, Alline Zwarycz, either before or after Sunday worship services or by contacting the Chapel during regular work ing hours Monday thru Friday at 270-5212.


Mayport Sailor of the WeekName (rate/rank, first and last names): AO1 Matthew Bader Job: HSM Weapons School Instructor Age: 30 Hometown: Ste. Genevieve, MO Favorite Hobby: Coaching and watching my kids play sports. Best Piece Of Advice Received: When upset or down about something Every cloud has a silver lining. Goal for Navy: My goal is to make Chief and get picked up for Warrant. How has the Navy improved your life?: The Navy has helped me earn a college education and see the world. Two things I would of never done without the Navy. Why was this Sailor/Officer cho sen to be highlighted?: AO1 provides seven Expeditionary/CVW squadrons with out standing classroom and lab instruction during Conventional Weapons Load Courses and Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspections. As White Hat Association President, hes highly engaged with JSOQ boards, FCPOA, fund raising and mentoring junior Sailors. AO1 is an outstanding leader, gift ed instructor and true professional on and off duty. AO1 Matthew Bader DoN Releases Energy SurveyFrom The Office of the Chief of InformationThe Navy opened an online energy sur vey to service members throughout the Navy, Aug. 25, to gain a better understanding on how the Fleet views the role of energy in the Navys mission. Participants in the survey are chosen via ran dom selection among service members. The survey results will be used to help guide ongo ing planning efforts with the Department of the Navys (DON) ener gy program. The sur vey will be available for 30 days and the results are expected back in October. In October 2009 the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus laid out five aggressive energy goals to improve the Navys energy security and efficiency, increase the Navys energy indepen dence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy. The Department is achieving several initia tives through the energy goals and views the sur vey as a critical step to continue in the process. It is critical that we understand how Sailors perceive energy, both from an aware ness standpoint and in how energy relates to the performance of their daily duties, said Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45). Our goal is to leverage energy technologies and behav ioral change to achieve the Navys goals and enhance combat capabil ity. Changing our culture today will better prepare Sailors to operate weapons of the future, such as directed energy weapons, that depend on energy instead of explosives to achieve their kinetic effect. Energy enables warfare, but we need Sailors to see value for these types of changes to become the new nor mal. If you are a ser vice member who has received the survey and have questions, contact Dr. Kimberly Whittam Kimberly. whittam@navy.mil or Geoffrey Patrissi Geoffrey.a.patrissi@ navy.mil. For more information on the Department of the Navys energy program visit, http://greenfleet. dodlive.mil/energy. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014 3


4 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014 Mayport Kids Partying On The BlockFrom StaffApproximately130 youth from Naval Station Mayport headed down the block to the base Youth Activities Center to enjoy an evening of fun with Club Beyond and MWR. Middle and high school students from 9 different area schools attended the event, according to Kevin Burgess, Command Religious Program Youth/Community Director. We estimate that half of them are new to our community. The Block Party was a joint effort by sev eral agencies that serve youth and families here at Mayport including; the Teen/Youth Center (Navy Child and Youth Programs), Balfour Beatty Communities, the USO, the Chapel, MWR, the Military Family Life Counselors from local high schools and middle schools, the School Liaison and Club Beyond. Adrienne Wakefield, a school counselor at Mayport Middle School braved the dunk tank and had a great time encouraging and cheer ing on dozens of her stu dents who attended the event. The hope was that kids who were new to the base community would have an opportu nity to meet and spend time with current kids already plugged into our programs so they would in turn feel comfortable and start participating in programs being offered on Mayport, he said. -Photos by Lt.j.g. Melanie ArdenKids throw bags filled with flour at each other during one of several games held at a teen Block Party event on Sept. 6 at the base Youth Activities Center. Morgan Hillis takes his shot while Laine Lardin looks on during one of several games held at the Block Party. Jessica Garza, 16, tries to get her bean bag in the hole dur ing a game of Cornhole. Chaplain Karen Rector braves the dunk tank during the Block Party at YAC on Saturday. Teens race around throwing bags of flour at each other during one of the games held at the teen Block Party Saturday. If a teen was dry, its because they werent playing. Middle and High Schoolers from around Naval Station Mayport get soaked during a game of water balloons. Flour flies through the air as the teens heave the bags at each other after being soaked during an earlier water balloon fight.


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014 5 A teenage girl tops off a human pyramid during one of the Block Party games on Saturday. Its boys versus girls during the human pyramid, one of several games planned for the Saturday teen Block Party. Boys test out their strength and balancing skills as they build a large human pyramid. Teens attending the first Block Party gather together for a photo after the a flour fight held at Youth Activities Center. A middle schooler looks for his next victim during the flour fight. Teens try to stay out of the line of fire of water balloons being lobbed at them during a water balloon fight at the Youth Activities Center. A teenager picks the next victim during one of the several games planned at the Block Party. It was every teen for themselves during the flour fight at the Block Party.


USS Gettysburg Celebrates LifeBy Ensign Tommy ChangarisUSS Gettysburg (CG 64) Public AffairsThe guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) hosted a bap tism utilizing the ships bell on Aug. 28. Approximately 80 guests, civilians and military alike, came to wit ness the ceremony. Six-month-old Anastasia Annie Grace Williams was baptized by Pastor Eric Watkins with water from the Gettysburgs bell. The nearly 500-pound bell was flipped upside down, placed in a wood en stand, and filled with water. After the cere mony, Annies name was etched into the inside of the bell, an integral part of the tradition that solidifies her place in the ships history. We are just so thank ful that our Church and Navy families can come together for this occa sion. Baptisms are a significant part of a per sons life and Gettysburg has always had a special place in my heart said Lt. Buster Williams, Annies father and him self a Navy Chaplain who previously deployed with the Gettysburg. The tradition of bap tizing children using the ships bell, mounted on the forecastles for ward superstructure of the ship, as a baptismal font comes from British naval tradition of the 18th century. Children born while a ship was underway would be bap tized using the bell upon the ships return to port. The inscription of the childs name into the bell signifies the connec tion between the Navy and the citizens they are charged to protect. Despite the traditions long history, it is a rela tively uncommon sight in todays Navy. Lt. Williams and his wife, Christa, attend Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida, and young Annie was baptized in the Presbyterian tradition. After the ceremony, a reception to celebrate the occasion was held at the Naval Stations base chapel. Homeported in Mayport, Florida, Gettysburg recently returned from a nine month deployment with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to the 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. During the deployment, the award-winning crew actively participated in sustained operations with foreign navies, provided humanitarian aid for multiple strand ed mariners and wrote several standard oper ating procedures currently in use by Navy forces deployed overseas. Gettysburg is currently in the beginning phases of an 11-month main tenance period which will include significant upgrades to its hull and engineering plant. -Photo courtesy of USS Gettysburg Lt. Buster Williams (far left), his wife Christa Williams (center left), Pastor John Olson (center right), and Pastor Eric Watkins (far right) participate in a baptism using the bell of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Anastasia Grace Williams, daughter of Lt. Williams and his wife, Christa, was baptized on board Gettysburg on Aug. 29. ABHs Can Handle It On USS Iwo JimaBy MCSN Shelby M. TuckerUSS Iwo JimaWhite clouds waft in the summer winds. The sun burns through them, beaming down to the roaring waves against the ships sides. The crashing ocean sprays a mist of salted water into the air over the flight deck. The mist rests itself on the deck only to be dumbfounded by the torrent of wind from the MV-22 Osprey overhead. The winds punch through the air, pushing back the man in yellow standing firm against them. This man is an Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) (ABH) in the United States Navy. Naval aviation is a fast paced and diverse com munity. ABHs play an important role in the success of flight deck safety aboard many types of ships. With this weight on their shoul ders, ABHs need to make sure they are team players and work hard to ensure that the entire flight deck is running smoothly and safely. I wouldnt say its a simple job, said ABH Airman Apprentice (AA) Shane Mintcher. Anything you do on the flight deck you need to get qualified to do. Its a lot of hard work. ABHs play an impor tant role on the flight deck in keeping every body out of harms way. We have to make sure the flight deck is safe, said ABH AA Ryan Parr. There is ABH Crash and Salvage, ABH LSEs [Landing Signal Enlisted] and ABH Chain and Chockers. ABHs on the Crash and Salvage team wear red shirt and respond in the event of a fire on the flight deck. LSEs wear yellow shirts and are responsible for guid ing aircraft onto the flight deck and direct ing other Sailors. Chain and Chockers wear blue shirts and ensure the landed aircraft are properly secured. As a blue shirt, we have to chain and chock the [aircraft] to make sure none of them fall over the edge, said Parr. Crash and Salvage are the first ones onscene [when a casualty happens on the flight deck]. They are basi cally topside Damage Controlmen. With the safety of bringing in the aircraft are the yellow shirts. They are the peo ple with the authority of bringing in people and keeping everything safe on the flight deck. Through all of the safety precautions taken on the flight deck one of the most important is the people themselves, said Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) Petty Officer 1st Class Lajuane Lindo. Working on the flight deck requires close attention and keeping your head on a swivel. When youre out on the flight deck, you want to take notes and make sure that your doing your job correctly, said Parr. Though the flight deck can be intense and intimidating it can be exciting and enjoyable. Being on the side of it as its landing, you get an adrenaline rush, said Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) Airman Samantha Vasquez. I absolutely love it [being on the flight deck]. Through thick and thin on the flight deck the ABHs take great pride in their work and love every moment of it. I wouldnt give up my rate for anything, said Lindo. Ive been doing this for 14 years and I love what I do. USS Iwo Jima is underway executing Amphibious Readiness Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. For further information about the USS Iwo Jima, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ USSIwoJimaLHD7. 6 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014


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USS Farragut Earns Sweet Success-Photo by Paige GnannAbove, Judges check out the cupcake display created by SERMC Mayports First Class Petty Officers Association during the Navy Exchanges 4th annual Cupcake Wars held Friday. Right, USS Farragut took home this years first place prize for their over-the-top display and carnival inspired pumpkin cupcake fried in funnel cake batter with powder sugar and caramel drizzle. SERMC placed second, followed closely by Branch Health Medical Clinic Mayport. 8 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014


charities vetted to participate in this years campaign. Every one of us has either utilized a non profit charity, has had a family member, or knows someone who has used a non profit charity, said Mayport CFC coordinator MCC William Townsend. We can all reach out and touch somebody who has utilized this. Most people dont realize the things these charities do. The local American Red Cross, thats how we get messages out to the ships in emergencies. The USO helps out, especially our young Sailors who move here from far away. DoD and civilians dont often recognize what all these charities do. Important as CFC coordinators to educate them on that. Last year, commands throughout the base raised more than $200,000 with the donations coming from just 16 percent of the eligible contributors. This years campaign is really focusing on upping the amount of donors and getting people to understand that even little is a lot. This years campaign theme is Make It Possible. Smith told the coordinators and key workers that the best way to make this years campaign possible is by reaching out to each and every person in their com mand. I believe every American loves to help that is what our nation does, help, Townsend said. I believe that through education of CFC and reaching out to everyone at Naval Station Mayport that in our own individual ways, well be able to help out in ways that benefit local, national and even internationally. Last year, Mayport raised more than $200,000 and thats with a base population at one of the lowest points in its history. This fiscal year, we have added five new ships and thousands of new Sailors to Mayport. And we want each and everyone of them to have the opportunity to contribute to this years campaign. To find out more or to look at the approved charities list, go to www.nefl-sega-cfc.org or contact your CFC coordinator.From Page 1CFC NS Mayport Joins Fight Against Suicide-Photo by Lt.j.g. Melanie ArdenCommanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, signs a proclamation declaring September as Suicide Prevention Month on Naval Station Mayport.-Photo by Kris EdmondsonVolunteers tie 50 yellow ribbons on trees along Maine Street on Naval Station Mayport as a visual reminder of the 50 service members who have committed suicide this year. parent coffees, and run childrens deployment groups there. With the available computer access, the centers will allow deployed parents to Skype with their chil dren during the school day. In the past students may have had to get to school late, leave during the day, or leave early in order to participate in a Skype session with a deployed parent. With the centers, this will no longer be necessary. The center will also be able to facilitate school meetings such as IEP, 504, and parent-teacher conferences. The Skype resource will allow the deployed parent to be in the parent-teacher conference or the IEP meeting. Outside agencies which partner with the school could also provide parents with briefs and available resources. This will give the centers even more exposure! A library of resources will be available. Parents can use the library to research the area for resources in the com munity. Parenting and military childrens books will also be housed in the center. Transition centers typically focus on the students academic suc cess and the ability to adapt to their new envi ronment. Information of events and activities within the military com munities are available and military students are encouraged to mingle with others to explore what their new commu nity has to offer. If you have ques tions or concerns about an educational issue, email Judy at judith. cromartie@navy.mil or by phone at 270-6289 X1305 or 993-5860. Or you can schedule a meeting in Building One. From Page 1Centers THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014 9


USS Halyburton (FFG 40) DecommissionsBy Lt.j.g. Stephanie SantarelliUSS Halyburton Public Affairs OfficerCrew members, more than 100 plankowners, family members, and friends gathered at Naval Station Mayport to bid farewell to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frig ate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) during a decommissioning cere mony September 6. The ship completed its final deployment to the 4th Fleet area of respon sibility in support of Operation Martillo on June 4 after more than 30 years of naval service. Halyburtons keel was laid 26 September 1980 by the Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Seattle Division, Seattle, Wash. She was launched on 13 October 1981, and com missioned on 7 January 1984. Among the guests were retired Cmdr. Porter Halyburton, a Silver Star recipient who spent seven and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and is the neph ew of the ships namesake. You have risen to every challenge as only frigate Sailors can do, said Cmdr. David Fowler, commanding officer of USS Halyburton. When I look at the ship right now, I see each of you carrying on the ships legacy. I see future lead ers, in the military and civilian sector. Embrace the motto not for self, but for country. Make the decision to do what is best for our country. Lets carry forth the leg acy of Halyburton as our own. The ship was named for William David Halyburton, Jr. (2 October 1924 10 May 1945). He was a native of Canton, N.C. and a graduate of New Hanover High School in Wilmington. His enrollment at Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., where he planned to pre pare himself for the ministry, was put aside to enter the United States Navy during World War II. Petty Officer 2nd Class Halyburton was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the Marine Rifle Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, during the Battle of Okinawa. He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. -Photo by MAC Dennis MattinglyEx-USS Halyburton is towed out of the Mayport basin Monday morning after being decommissioned on Saturday. -Photo by MC2 Salt CebeFowler addresses the crew members, plank owners, fam ily members, and friends during a decommissioning cer emony.-Photo by MC2 Salt CebeThe crew of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) debarks the ship during the ship's decommissioning ceremony. Fowler, receives the command pennant from Friedlander during the ship's decommissioning ceremony.-Photo by Paige GnannCMDCM Lee Friedlander presents the ships flag to USS Halyburton Commanding Officer, Cmdr. David E. Fowler. Also pictured is Squadron 14 Commodore Capt. Ryan Tillotson, guest speaker Porter Halyburton and Chaplain Tom Bingol. Crew members, approximately 100 plankowners, family members, and friends gathered at Naval Station Mayport to bid farewell to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) during a decommissioning ceremony. The ship is being decommissioned after 30 years of naval service. 10 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014


Fleet, Force Master Chiefs Visit-Photos by Paige GnannAbove, SURFLANT FORCM Susan A. Whitman, U.S. Fleet Forces Command FLTCM(AW/SW/IDW) Charles Clarke, along with Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet FORCM (AW) Kenneth J. Daniels and Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, FORCM (SS) Wes Koshoffer, visit with CPO Selectees and the Chiefs of USS Carney during a visit to Naval Station Mayport on Sept. 3. Below, Clarke participates in an All Hands Call at the Base Chapel with local chief petty officers during his visit with the FORCMs. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014 11


What To Do In An Emergency A firefighter from Naval Station Mayport Fire and & Rescue Services assesses the scene during an aviation mishap exercise last week. Fire and Emergency crews, Environmental, Security along with family and chaplain services participated in the exercise, which included a simulated downed helicopter at the C12 hangar.-Photos by Paige GnannParamedics treat a patient during an aviation mishap exercise at Naval Station Mayport on Sept. 4 at the C12 hangar area. Members of Mayports Fire & Emergency crews set up an on site emergency command center to help coordinate ser vices during the exercise. Their response was evaluated by a team from CNRSE. Command Chaplain Steven Souders speaks with a vic tim at the aviation mishap exercise held on Sept. 4. During an emergency, representatives from the chapel and Family Service Center would respond to help with victim and family crisis services. NS Mayport Executive Officer, Cmdr. Bo Palmer, checks the time line of events as the aviation mishap exercise gets underway. Firefighters check on the status of victims while they wait for paramedics to arrive at the scene during the exercise. 12 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014


Child and Youth Programs Sept. 12: Freedom Friday Out of This World. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $10 advanced sign-up and $12 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 Sept. 20: BGCA Day for Kids. 10 am-2 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Great activities, games and more in conjunc tion with Nickelodeons Worldwide Day of Play. Auto Skills Center September Special: Free electrical system test and no charge on all air tools all month. 2705392 Beachside Bingo Wednesdays: Lunchtime Bingo Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 pay outs every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 Sept. 26: Bingo Extravaganza. 6:30 pm at Beachside Bingo. Over $43,000 in pay outs. Only 225 packages available; multiple pack ages may be purchased. Advanced purchase required. 270-7204. Focsle Lounge CPO Club Every Tuesday: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 50-cent wings, drink specials and all-you-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 2705431 Chicken Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy an all-you-caneat Fried Chicken Buffet with side for just $8.00. 270-5431 Italian Buffet Fridays: Every Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy salad, pasta, sauces, meatballs and garlic bread for only $8.00. 270-5431 Sept. 24: Seafood Boil Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the NAVSTA CPOA. For tickets, call GMC Heather Scott (904) 270-7441 ext 14 ITT Halloween Horror Nights Now On Sale. Tickets are now available for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando select nights from Sept. 19Oct. 30. Prices range from $47.25-$75.50. 270-5145 Catty Shack Ranch Tickets Available: Adult Day Time Tickets (1-4 pm) $8.50. Child Ticket can be purchased at gate for $5.00 for ages 3-11, 2 & under free. Adult Night time tick ets (after 6 pm) $13.50. Child Ticket can be pur chased at gate for $10.00 for ages 3-11, 2 & under free. 270-5145. 2015 Daytona 500 Tickets Now on Sale : Tickets for Sprint Fanzone start at $70.00. 270-5145 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. Sept. 12: Starlight Movie. At Liberty Center. Enjoy a movie under the stars! Starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 13: Jacksonville Tattoo Convention. Van departs Liberty Center at 10 a.m. $20 at the door; sign up by Sept 11. Sept. 14: Paintball. Van departs 9 a.m. Cost $15; includes transportation, 500 paintballs, field fees and gear. Sign up by Sept 12. Sept. 19: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Trip. Cost $47; Van departs 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20: Latitude 30 Trip. Van departs 4 p.m. Transportation only. Sept. 21: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Sign up by Sept. 18. Sept. 22: Billiards Tournament. 4 p.m. at Liberty Center. Sept. 25: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Sept 24. Sept. 26: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. FREE. Sept. 28: A Day at the BeachDaytona Beach. Van departs 9 a.m. FREE. Sept. 29: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Intramural Sports Sept. 20: Mens Beach Volleyball Tournament. Sign up by Sept. 13. 270-5451 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) CPO Selects Go Golfing-Photo by Paige GnannCPO Selectees from Naval Station Mayport join chief petty officers, past and present, for 18 holes of golf at the annual CPO Golf Tournament held at Windy Harbor Golf Course on Sept. 10. 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! A CFC participant provided as a public service.Do not accept defeat. Fight deadly childhood diseases.800-822-6344 stjude.org THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014 13


14 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, September 11, 2014 Ombudsman Recognized In SeptemberBy Twilla SmithNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsRear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, signed a proclamation in support of the Navy Family Ombudsman Program (NFOP) on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sept. 2. The proclamation signing commemorated the 44th anniversary of the NFOP and declared Sept. 14 as Ombudsman Appreciation Day throughout the region. The NFOP was launched Sept. 14, 1970, by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt to assist com mands in maintaining the morale, health and welfare of Navy families. Ombudsmen are military spouses who understand the challenges that often come with the military lifestyle. Although they do not wear military uni forms, they stand firmly beside Sailors and their families to help any way they can. According to Dianne Parker, Navy Region Southeast deployment support program man ager and ombudsman program coordinator, the importance behind the proclamation is that it acknowledges the efforts of ombudsmen not only throughout the region, but throughout the Navy. When Navy families are dealing with everyday life issues, it is always great to know you have someone in your corner, Parker said. That is what an ombudsman does and why she or he is an important part of the command support team. The daily efforts in ensuring families know where to find the resources available to them is invaluable. For more informa tion about the Navy Ombudsman Program, including how to contact your command ombuds man, visit http://www. cnic.navy.mil/ffr/fami ly_readiness/fleet_and_ family_support_pro gram/ombudsman_pro gram/ombudsman_pro gram_overview.htmlCNRSE Signs Suicide Prevention Month ProclamationBy Twilla SmithNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsRear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, signed a suicide preven tion awareness procla mation on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sept. 2. The proclamation recognizes September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and is intended to raise suicide awareness prevention throughout the Southeast Region. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the United States, one person dies by sui cide every 13.3 minutes. Annually, more than 30,000 lives are lost in our country, making death by suicide one of the most disruptive and tragic events a fam ily and a community can experience. It is estimated that for every suicide, there are from eight to 25 attempted suicides. The Navys choice of Every Sailor, Every Day as the theme for Suicide Prevention Month emphasizes that the loss of one Sailor to suicide is one loss too many, Jackson said. The Navy has a great tradition of looking out for ship mates, but we can always do more. We should always be looking for ways to help Sailors help themselves and come to their aide any time when they show signs of distress, not just dur ing Suicide Prevention Month. The proclamations theme highlights the importance of taking action as individuals and to recognize the impact of stressors in our dayto-day lives, as well how to develop protective measures against stress and suicide. According to Dianne Parker, Navy Region Southeast assistant sui cide prevention outreach coordinator, continu ously providing program information to all per sonnel that explain pre vention tips and how to recognize indicators is a sure way to have a successful program. Unfortunately, suicide is one of the top issues military members and their families deal with, she said. Our goal is to be proactive in reducing the number of suicides within the Navy through education and awareness initiatives, and this proclamation serves as the kickoff of suicide preven tion month. The Navys 21st Century Sailor and Marine Program initia tive encourages Sailors, commands, families, and civilian employees to empower themselves by taking personal respon sibility for their health, wellness and growth the important step in building resilience. I Pledge to Act, a Webbased effort encouraging all Sailors, families and members of the Navy community to take steps to build personal resil ience, support their ship mates and intervene if they notice signs of dis tress, is one way to help with suicide prevention and awareness. The program recog nizes that in the military community, suicide has been the second or third leading cause of death for the last decade, Parker said. The goal is to try to recognize warning signs and help our fellow Sailors, their family member and civilians. Despite great strides in our country to under stand mental illness and encourage improve ments in conversa tion surrounding it, too many people still suf fer in silence. Cmdr. William Stallard, direc tor of Navy Region Southeasts Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operations explains, Suicide has been one of the most challenging problems throughout the ages. Professionally, I have studied this phenom enon for 25 years; also I have had countless interactions with persons who were suicidal. Last year as duty chaplain, I responded to 5 suicides and 1 homicide, so I know firsthand how dif ficult it is on the families of those who kill them selves, the impact on the commands morale and the unplanned loss; plus the toll it takes on the first responders and caregivers. The Navys 2014 sui cide prevention message Every Sailor, Every Day stresses the neces sity of the Navy com munity to strengthen their connections with those around them and to make sure open communication, individ ual responsibility, peer support and bystander intervention are a part of everyday activities. Completed suicide has second and third order effects such as moral and psychological injury to family and friends; thus it is imperative we do the best job possible as suicide prevention coordinators, ASIST and SAFE TALK facilitators and leaders in order to strive to ameliorate this traumatic social problem within the military and beyond, Stallard said. For more informa tion about the Navys 21st Century Sailor and Marine Program and Suicide Prevention Month, go to http:// www.public.navy. mil/bupers-npc/ support/21st_Century_ Sailor/suicide_preven tion/spmonth/Pages/ default.aspx -Photo by Twilla SmithRear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, surrounded by personnel from Navy Region Southeast Fleet and Family Support program, signs Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation on Sept. 2, 2014, on board NAS Jacksonville.FFSC Workshops For Sailors, FamiliesFrom FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and child care 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. Sept. 11, 2014 9-11 a.m. Active Parenting, BLDG 1, RM 702 Over the course of six sessions, parents learn discipline techniques and effective communi cation and encourage ments skills to build a solid foundation for the upcoming teen years. Sept. 12, 2014 1 p.m.-3 p.m. What About the Kids, BLDG 1, RM 702 The purpose of this program is to educate parents on the effects of domestic violence on children as encompass ing behavior, emotion, development and social ization. Sept. 15-19, 2014 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. SAPR Victim Advocate Training, BLDG 1, RM 1616 This mandatory train ing provides commandappointed VAs with the necessary information to support, inform, and empower victims. Prior to attending this train ing, all SAPR VA candi dates must successfully complete a screening interview. Sept. 15, 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 apply ing for. Sept. 16, 2014 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Healthy YOU, Health Family!, BLDG 1, RM 702 This 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. 16-17, 2014 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Million Dollar $ailor, BLDG 1, RM 104 A two day course designed to teach sound financial practices and basic concepts. Topics include money man agement, banking and financial services, car buying, home buying, and saving & investing. Sept. 17, 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. 18, 2014 9-11 a.m. Active Parenting, BLDG 1, RM 702 Over the course of six sessions, parents learn discipline techniques and effective communi cation and encourage ments skills to build a solid foundation for the upcoming teen years. Sept. 19, 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. Sept. 22, 2014 6-7 p.m. IA Family Connection Group, USO, Mayport RD Open discussions where spouses and family members can ask questions and connect with other family mem bers of deployed IA ser vice members. Resident of the Week-Photo courtesy of Balfour BeattyBalfour Beatty Communities would like to congrat ulate Mrs. Morton who is the Resident of the Week! We appreciate the Morton Family and all of our res idents who live with Balfour Beatty Communities! Will you be the next Resident of the Week? For more details about the program, please call 904-2708870.


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