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Give Blood, Save LivesNS Mayport hosts Blood Drive on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Building One. Mayport HistoryChanges Come In 60s Page 11 CNO, MCPONSpeak At NS Mayport Pages 4-5 Flu? What To Do By Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public AffairsIts that time of year, when colds and influenza spread across the country, bringing discomfort to many. And the flu is peaking earlier this year than usual, with widespread cases report ed in every state across the continental U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. First, lets talk about colds. Then well talk about flu. There is no cure for the common cold, which is caused by a virus. Antibiotics wont help; they dont work against viruses. Taking unnecessary antibiotics can also make it harder for your body to fight future bacterial infections. To feel better when you have a cold, get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. (Yep, just like your mom told you.) Over-the-counter medi --Photo courtesy of NH JacksonvilleMany people are sick with colds and flu this season.See Flu, Page 10Sailors Urged To Take SurveyFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsThe Navys biennial Personal and Professional Choices Survey is available for selected Sailors until Feb. 23. This Secretary of the Navydirected survey collects data and comments from Sailors across the Fleet to gauge the overall readiness of the Navy and the present-day impact of policies on Sailors. The survey touches on issues such as career develop ment, work-life balance, adop tion leave and family planning. Participation is anonymous and completely voluntary, but highly encouraged by Navy leadership. The 2018 survey began Jan. 17 and will close on Feb. 23. The survey has been sent to 80,000 randomly selected active duty Sailors. Notification emails will be sent to participants from both the Chief of Naval Personnel and the survey platform, urging Sailors to use this oppor tunity to provide their feed back to the Navy. Participation is anonymous and completely voluntary, but Navy leadership strongly encourages selected Sailors to participate. If you were selected to partici pate, please take advantage of this opportunity to provide the Navy feedback. Survey results are expected to be released in August and will be posted on Navys Inclusion and Diversity website. Questions on the survey may be addressed to the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OPNAV N1D) at ALTN_USN_INCLUSION_ Are You Signed Up For Emergency Alerts?By MC1 Michael WissNavy Public Affairs Support Element East, Det. SoutheastA small purple globe icon located at the bottom of your computer screen is respon sible for warning personnel at Naval Station Mayport of impending danger during an emergency. Commander, Navy Installations Command in 2008 deployed The Wide Area Alert Notification (WAAN) system to allow local commanders to pass critical information to affected personnel, military, civilians and their fami lies. According to Mayport Installation Emergency Management Officer Steven Millican, early notification is crucial to protect personnel and their families. Anytime you can have an early notification message to protect yourself and your family is critical, he said. We have been working to educate personnel about the system and maintain that education on how important this is for them. The WAAN system is a four-prong approach. Computer Desktop Notification System (CDNS), Automated Telephone Notification System (ATNS), Giant Voice (GV) and Interior Voice (IV). The primary system at Mayport is the AtHoc notification system. Every shore based military and civilian with Common access Card (CAC), assigned to Mayport address NMCI computer and valid in the Global Address Locator (GAL) has an AtHoc account automatically generated. The AtHoc system is the program that generates CDNS alerts. You can receive alerts via work/personal email, work/personal telephone and text. Sailors assigned to afloat units receive alerts via registration with the ship email and distribution lists by radio. When an alert is generated from the instal lation, the ship receives the alert and forwards the message via internal email and telephone text. A different system is used when the ship or unit is deployed, he added. When the ship is away from port, the ship does not receive AtHoc alerts; thus the Sailors are not notified and cannot notify their fami lies. Millican said that the ombudsman contact data has been included into the AtHoc server so they can receive the alert issued by the installa tion. According to Millican, it is essential that all person nel whether on ship or shore maintain updated information in your contact information account to make the sys tem run properly. The ombudsman serve a critical role to make this system work for deployed personnel, he said. All personnel need to make sure and have their family information updated [with their com mand ombudsman] so they can be contacted in case of an emergency. Instructions for adding and updating contact informa tion to the WAAN using the AtHoc self service client are: Self service client (Purple Globe) Icon in the desktop toolbar at the bottom of the computer screen from the pop-up menu open. Select the My info tab and update your last name, first name and dis play name, then save. Do not enter PIN information. and enter your contact information in the appropriate fields. -Photo by Paige GnannNS Mayport Safety Director Larry DeLong hands out safety glasses and eye protection during a safety brief for an active shooter scenario, part of Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield. Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 is a two-part anti-terrorism force protection exercise conducted by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) in conjunction with Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) on all CONUS Navy installations. Command personnel, residents and family members who are signed up for the AtHoc notifi cation system will be notified of training evolutions via email, phone and text messaging.


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 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. 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. 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. For more information, call 270-5212. Naval Station Mayport Capt. David Yoder ........................................................................................... Commanding Officer Cmdr. Patricia Tyler .................................................................................................. Executive Officer CMDCM Bill Houlihan .................................................................................. Command Master Chief Naval Station Mayport Editorial Staff Bill Austin ........................................................................................................... Public Affairs Officer MCC Robert Northnagle ......................................................................... Deputy Public Affairs Officer MC2 Megan Anuci ................................................................... Assistant Deputy Public Affairs Officer MM2 Christopher Stott ......................................................................... Assistant Public Affairs Officer AO3 Rebecca Ibarra ............................................................................. Assistant Public Affairs Officer GSM3 Ashley Wade ............................................................................. 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: 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: Resources for Deployment IssuesDeploymenta time of many emotions, adjust ments and change. The emotional effects may be impacting your child. While most military dependents are able to deal well with a deploy ment of a parent, other children may exhibit behavioral changes. While a military parent may understand a childs reactions to deployment and have learned to spot these reactions, the par ent may not know how to address them. First and foremost you need to seek help for the child. While emotional responses vary from child to child, there are some similarities in how children feel when their lives are impacted by a deployment, especially to a war zone. Some com mon responses include the following: Limiting exposure to media coverage of events in the area where the parent is deployed will help the child feel encouraged and safe at a time when the world seems a dangerous place. If the child is exhibit ing these responses and seems to need help beyond what you can provide or the school, there are resources avail able to the military fam ily to provide help for your child and you. Take advantage of existing supports which are provided by a num ber of organizations. The Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) offer various programs which range from crisis and information, to stress management and parenting workshops. Each center has profes sional counselors avail able for individual and family consultations. It is part of the Fleet and Family Support Centers mission to ensure that Navy families have the support they need to deal with a childs response to deployment. Contact the FFSC at NS Mayport by calling 904-270-6600. Military OneSource provides access to faceto-face counseling; short-term solutionfocused telephone con sultation; and online consultation for Active Duty, Guard, Reserve (regardless of activation status), and their fami lies. Contact Military OneSource 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-342-9647 or www. The Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) Program also provides short-term, situational, problem-solving coun seling services to Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and their families. The Department of Defense Educational Activity Fund has now provided MFLCs in several of Duval County and Clay County Public Schools. These counselors pro vide valuable services and support to military families at no additional cost to the families or the school district. These services are designed to offer extra support to assist with the unique challenges which mili tary families experience. MFLC counselors are licensed clinicians who have demonstrated expertise in working with children. They can provide support in a variety of different ways: indi vidual meetings with children, presentations about life skills issues, skill-building group dis cussions, and meetings with parents and families at the familys request for additional counsel ing/coaching support. While meeting with children, the MFLC counsel ors always remain in line of sight of a teacher, staff member, or a parent. But while you are pro viding extra help to your child, dont forget to take time for yourself. You, too, are dealing with your own reactions to the situation. The organi zations indicated above will also provide assis tance to you in dealing with not only your childs reactions but yours too. Self-care is one of the most important and often the most forgotten things you can do as a parent who is carrying the load while a spouse is deployed. When your needs are taken care of, your child will benefit as well. Sharon Kasica 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 sharon. or by phone at (904) 2706289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One. KNOWINGTHE ROPES Sharon Kasica School Liaison Officer The Rite Stuff Brings You Closer To God One of my favorite movies of all time is The Right Stuff. It is the biography of a group of pilots, including men from both the Navy and Marines, all working together to expand the limits of aeronautics and, in so doing, being chosen for the Mercury Project. The movie is set in the historical context of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. However, the drive and deter mination shown by the characters in this movie, those who were literally reaching for the stars, provide timeless insights. With each challenge, and each obstacle over come, the players in this drama expand their own sense of purpose and identity, develop a new sense of comradery and, in so doing, become national heroes. The title of this reflec tion is not a typo. Human history, across time and culture, has marked the development of identity, and the overcoming of obstacles, by various rites, or rituals. Some rites are formal (Baptism, Bar Mitzvah, Eagle Scout, and Oath of Office) while many others remain infor mal (first fishing trip, first touchdown, or first date). Rites of passage are true for those who are religious, spiritual, and for those who claim no religious affiliation at all. Though rituals of development may be diverse, I think what is common to most is the sense of overcoming and becoming. With each rite of passage the person involved marks a new moment in his or her maturation. In many ways, rites of pas sage define and direct us. Rites of passage involves struggle, sacrifice, and the sense of pride and belonging that is best shared in community. Is it any wonder that for most rites of passage there is some sort of party? Life in the Navy car ries with it many great opportunities for becom ing and belonging. Earning ones warfare device, the completion of a deployment, and advancement to a new grade all are genuine rites of passage. With each, there is struggle and sacrifice, as well as the rewarding experience of Navy life in new and deeper ways. The strength and motiva tion to push ones lim its comes from the deep spiritual well-spring within and I encour age you to consider the source of your strength and to connect with it regularly. Ones charac ter and sense of accomplishment really is forged by overcoming and achieving and both rarely occur without the support of community. And so, my encourage ment is for each of us to look forward to the chal lenges of life and ser vice as an opportunity to prove to ourselves that we do, indeed, have the right stuff! CHAPLAINSCORNERChaplain Phillip Webster CNSS 14 Chaplain CenterPork Chop Envy Only Gets You A Good Mealsealed pouch of pork chop coating may not have expired, but I had sentenced it to death. I grabbed the offending box from the shelf and headed for the rubbish bin. But wait, I thought. Why not use this as a teaching moment? The mixture seemed surprisingly fresh for being four years old. I followed the package instructions, throwing meat into the bag with the pouch ingredients, and laying the coated pieces out on a cookie sheet. When Francis arrived home, our Michelle Memorial Dinner was ready. While Francis changed out of his uniform, I eagerly anticipated his reaction to the meal. I envisioned the disap pointment that would most certainly appear on his face as he bit into the cheapened chop. I would ask innocently, Do you like it, Honey? I made it with that old box of crumb coating. Wasnt it oh, whats her name again Michelles Shake n Bake? Surely he would spit the bite into his napkin and declare the meal a culinary embarrassment. He would confess that I was a much better cook than Michelle. That I was the love of his life and Michelle was a mistake. Smells good, Francis said as I doled pork, green beans and potatoes onto his plate. He carved a particularly large bite of pork, plunged it into his potatoes and opened wide. I watched intently for a grimace, a groan, a gag. Mmm, Francis mum It was another gloomy winter afternoon in our working-class English village. Ever since wed been stationed at JAC Molesworth in the flat Cambridgeshire country side know as The Fens, Id found myself count ing the minutes until my husband, Francis, got home from work. At that latitude, the sun set around four oclock, leaving me with nothing to do but pop in a Barney video for our toddler it was the 90s after all and contem plate dinner. I wandered non chalantly to the pantry expecting to see the usual line up of canned vegetables, dried noo dles and jarred pickles. But there it was, star ing at me from between the peanut butter and salsa with smug indig nation. It had belonged to the woman who had come before me. She had bought it, presumably, for a cozy dinner with the man who was now my husband. It was her box of Shake n Bake. Michelle was Francis old girlfriend. Her Shake n Bake had, along with her gawd-awful dining room chairs and etched wine glasses, mingled with our joint marital property. After we mar ried, I moved in with Francis, and then we moved together three more times. Somehow, the Shake n Bake had survived. At first, I had thought the crumb mixture was Francis. But then Id remembered that when I met him, his diet con sisted of baloney sand wiches, cereal and take out. The Shake n Bake mustve been Michelles. I had put up with the chairs and glasses out of necessity we needed all the hand-me-downs we could get back in those early days but I didnt need this lousy box of Shake n Bake. I didnt use tawdry cooking shortcuts. It was cheap, just like Michelle with her frizzy red hair, overdone make-up and Boy George hats. I wanted rid of this relic of Francis past life, once and for all. The vacuum Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist MEAT & POTATOSOF LIFESee Pork Chop, Page 3


By MC3 Jason Meyer Defense Media Activity Tax season can be a hectic time of year and for some reading all the different forms can be difficult. Many people will simply drop their paperwork on a profes sionals desk and pay a pile of cash to get the job done as quickly as pos sible. If you are one of those people, save yourself money this tax season and learn a new skill in the process by tak ing advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) pro gram. VITA is a self-service program endorsed by the IRS and offered by Military One Source that pairs Sailors and their families up with expert volunteers and stream lined tax software to get the job done right. and a refund in the bank. It is truly Sailors helping Sailors, said Lt. Alexandra Marin, a VITA program manager at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. It is an oppor tunity to work with a fellow Sailor on how to educate yourself on pre paring your own taxes. Its a lifelong skill and starting out with a Sailor teaching you how to do this, so that the next year you can do it for your self and help your family members and shipmates, thats critical, and selfservice VITA taxes is the best way to go about doing that. Sailors helping Sailors is the main ingredient to VITA. The volunteers share their knowledge so Sailors can learn how to complete their taxes this year and in the future. In previous years there was a build-up of paying someone else to do my taxes, when I noticed it was super simple, said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Philljhon Ventura, a VITA volunteer at Naval Station Norfolk. I got tired of paying someone else to do my taxes when I can do it myself. People should be able to do their own taxes. Learning the how to file your own taxes isnt the only benefit of VITA. According to the National Society of Accountants, using this free service will save you on average $152 for returns without itemized deductions, and $273 on returns with itemized deductions. First of all its free, so you can save a few hundred dollars just by coming to a selfservice VITA office, said Marin. And it educates you on how to prepare your taxes on your own. So when your family and friends want to know how to do it, they can ask you and next year you can have your informa tion saved in the soft ware and you know how to do it yourself. Another added ben efit of VITA and learn ing how to do your taxes, is it will give you a new perspective on your own finances that can help you with your personal financial management. It actually lets you see it from the prepar ers way of doing it, said Ventura. Now you get a more in-depth look at your own finances. Ventura said that VITA allows Sailors to have a better understanding of their own finances, allowing them to opti mize their future returns. Finances for me are kind of a big thing, said Ventura. Knowing I helped someone financially brightens up my day. Doing your own taxes may not sound appealing but with VITA youll save hundreds of dollars, have the help of an expert in the same room whenever you need them and youll walk away empowered to do your own taxes in the future. You also have the option of doing your taxes online at www. financial-and-legal/taxes and for help you can call 800-342-9647. bled, shoveling forkfuls into his mouth. I waited patiently for my oppor tunity to blame Michelle for his inevitable disgust. This is delicious, hon, Francis said, spearing a second chop. I nibbled a bite myself, and had to concede that he was right. The Shake n Bake wasnt half bad after all. I realized that I was the only culinary embarrassment in our kitchen that night. My insecu rities had driven me to kill an innocent box of bread crumbs in effigy. The Shake n Bake hadnt been a threat to my marriage any more than Michelle had been. I was being silly. I confessed my Michelle Memorial Dinner plot, and we both laughed hard at my ridiculousness. I raised a glass to Michelle, giv ing credit where credit is due, and promised to make her signature reci pe again. After all, it wast a mis take, it was just Shake n Bake. For more wit and wit ticism from Lisa, go to www.themeatandpota toesoflife.comFrom Page 2Pork ChopMayport Sailor Of The Week Name (rate/rank, first and last name): Damage Controlman 2nd Class DMarcus Willingham of SERMC Mayport Job: Watertight Doors and Closures Craftsman Age: 26 Hometown: College Station, Texas Favorite Hobby: Playing and coach ing basketball Hero: Grandfather Best Piece of Advice Received: Have a strong work ethic and be on time. Even a person with zero talent who puts up the effort, has the right atti tude, and is coachable, they can become anything. Goal for the Navy: Make the Sailor working below me better than myself. I would also like to reach the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. How has the Navy Improved Your Life? If it wasnt for the Navy, I would never know what it actually means to be on time. Because if youre on time you are actually late. But, also learning if you dont actually work for some thing you will never get it. Why Petty Officer Willingham deserves? DC2 Willingham consistent ly shows a desire to improve himself, those around him, and leave SERMC a better place after he leaves. He is constantly training and mentoring his junior Sailors as well as volunteer ing to assist his superior leadership with their duties. As an Assistant Command Fitness Leader, he dedi cates time to improving the over all health and fitness levels of Sailors assigned to FEP. DC2 Willingham is always upbeat, positive and motivates all he encounters. He dedicates his off duty time to improving the lives of children in the Jacksonville area as well. He is youth basketball coach for Grace Lutheran Academy as well as the Jacksonville Police Athletic League. DC2 DMarcus Willingham VITA Program Is Here To HelpDeCA Scholarships Deadline Is Feb. 16 By Mike PerronDeCA public affairs specialistHaving put 2017 in the rear view mirror, some military families are turning to the first big deadline of 2018: finalizing their Scholarships for Military Children appli cations in time for the programs Feb. 16 appli cation cutoff. Applying for one of the 700 available $2,000 scholarship grants is straightfor ward. Requirements include providing a com pleted two-page applica tion; the students offi cial transcript indicating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for high school applicants, or college transcript indicating a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for students already enrolled in col lege; and a typewritten or computer-printed essay of 500 words or less, and no longer than two pages. This years essay question addresses the effect of the internet on mod ern society and the fam ily: With the development of high speed internet, you are now living in a world that is completely different than 20 years ago. What are the pluses and minuses for society and the family? How would you address the minuses? All rules and require ments for the program, as well as links to fre quently asked questions and the downloadable application are available at the Scholarships for Military children web site. The Scholarships for Military Children pro gram is managed by Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit organization. If students have questions about the scholarship pro gram application, they should call Scholarship Managers at 856-6169311 or email them at militaryscholar@ scholarshipmanagers. com. THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 3


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 CNO, MCPON Visits Mayport From USS Iwo Jima Public Affairs OfficeChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John M. Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SG/SW/IW) Steven S. Giordano held an all-hands call onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Jan. 24. While speaking with more than 1,100 Sailors and Marines assigned to commands homeported onboard Naval Station Mayport, Richardson and Giordano answered questions on topics such as paternity leave, train ing and the Sailor 2025 program. They also sent their best wishes to the crews of Iwo Jima and USS New York (LPD 21) well on their upcoming deployment. Over the past few months with your out standing hurricane relief efforts, you have shown how the Navy can be the best partner and friend you can choose, but now you are going to get the fighting part of the ships going so people under stand we are the worst possible enemy you can ever choose, said Richardson. I know that you will go out there and do a tremendous amount of good and show what the terms Navy Power and Uncommon Valor really mean. Be safe every day and make sure that every one of you who leave come back home as well. Richardson and Giordano also spoke about how they begin their jobs each day. As MCPON and I meet every day, we try to figure out the right deci sions to help make you a better Sailor and help you perform to the maximum of your potential, said Richardson. Many questions from Sailors regarded future advancements in the fleet. If you look at the numbers, you can see that quotas are con tinuing to go up, said Giordano. Its critical that we help afford you every opportunity to continue your upward mobility. One of the major themes of today is that our Navy is growing, said Richardson. We are building more ships, we are recruiting at record rates, we dont want peo ple to depart the Navy. We want to help build a stronger Navy for the future and that means more opportunity for each of you. The highlight of the call was the discussion of replacing Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I blue undershirts with the NWU Type III under shirts. This is the third time Ive gotten this ques tion, said Richardson. I think we can do away with the blue under shirts. Anybody have any use for the blue undershirt once we go to NWU Type IIIs? Anyone want to keep it? Okay, done, well kill it. Well go to brown in the near future. Following the allhands call Richardson and Giordano took time to shake hands and take personal photos with Sailors before departing the ship. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. PattenIntelligence Specialist 2nd Class Gregory Parker, assigned to 4th Fleet Maritime Operations Center, takes a selfie with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson following an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). During the call, Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano discussed Iwo Jimas upcoming deployment and answered questions on top ics including advancement, uniforms, shipboard readiness throughout the fleet, and the Sailor 2025 pro gram. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. PattenSailors assigned to commands on Naval Station Mayport listen to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). During the call, Richardson and Giordano discussed Iwo Jimas upcoming deployment and answered questions on topics including advancement, uniforms, shipboard readiness throughout the fleet, and the Sailor 2025 program. -Photo by MC2 Andrew MurrayChief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson takes a picture with Lt. Cmdr. Michelle M. Mayer following an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). -Photo by MC2 Andrew MurrayChief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson speaks with Sailors and Marines assigned to commands on Naval Station Mayport during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 5 -Photo by MCSN Dary M. PattenChief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson departs the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) following an all-hands call. -Photo by MC2 Andrew MurrayChief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson speaks with Sailors and Marines assigned to commands on Naval Station Mayport during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). -Photo by MC2 Andrew MurrayChief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson listens to a Sailors question during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). -Photo by MC2 Andrew Murray MCPON Giordano takes a picture with a Sailor fol lowing an all-hands call aboard USS Iwo Jima -Photo by MC Kristopher S. HaleyMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven S. Giordano speaks with Sailors at the Chief Petty Officers Club aboard Naval Station Mayport. Giordano met with Sailor of the year selectees, to have a dis cussion about readiness and the evolution of the U.S. Navy. -Photo by MC Kristopher S. HaleyMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven S. Giordano speaks with Sailors at the Chief Petty Officers Club aboard Naval Station Mayport.


6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 MWR Fitness Aquatics Family Swim. Saturdays 10 a.m. 12 p.m. FREE. Family Swim is a great way for chil dren and their families to spend a morning in our indoor pool. 270-3275 Mayport Swim Club. Open hours at the Natatorium. FREE. Build up your cardio strength and endurance while earning great incen tives. Swimmers can track their mileage in our binder on the pool deck. Awards will be given at 50 miles, 100 miles, 200 miles, 300 miles, 400 miles and 500 miles intervals. 270-3275 Masters Swim. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 5:30 7 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Masters Swimming is an Adult Swimming Fitness pro gram that meets the needs of all swimmers from beginners to former Olympians. Our work outs are designed to help each swimmer met their individual goals rang ing from improving their swimming skills, learn ing new strokes, prep ping for the Navy PFA, qualifying for special warfare programs, get ting ready for swim ming competitions and Triathlons or just to add variety to their workout regimen. 270-3275 Feb. 5 American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course Mondays and Wednesdays in February from 4 p.m. 9 p.m. Cost is $200.00. Candidates must pre-quali fy before making payment. Candidates must be at least 16 years old and complete 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, sidestroke and elementary backstroke, 15 yards of butterfly, tread water for 1 minute, and float on their back (supine position) for 1 minute. Proof of age required. The class is available for Military, dependents and DoD. For additional infor mation please call 2703275 /3276. Feb. 6 March 1: Swim Stroke Training: Session 2. Tuesdays 6 7 a.m. and Thursdays 4:30 5:30 p.m. at the Natatorium. FREE. Open to active duty only. Register at the Natatorium by Feb 2. Swim Stroke Training is designed to develop, improve, or refine stroke mechanics and improve swimming endur ance. Session will empower the active duty sailors with the swimming skills that are needed to pass 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Class swim test. Fitness March 3: Mayport Color Run 5K. 9:00 a.m. at the Fitness Center. Pre-register at the Fitness Center for $5 or register the day of the race for $10 (cash only). Get splashed in waves of color and become your own work of art in this one-of-a-kind event. Registration includes sunglasses, and custom headband. 270-3274 Zumba. Mondays at 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m., Thursdays at 5 p.m., Fridays at 9:15 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. Join the ultimate dance party! This highenergy, motivating class is a fusion of hot, sexy, explosive Latin American and International music. No dance experience required! 270-3274 Intramural Sports Feb. 7: Mens Captains Cup Softball Organizational Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. Open to active duty, retirees, DOD dependents 18 +. Season begins Feb. 20 and ends March 22. Auto Skills Center Saturdays: Auto Skills Center Safety Classes 10:30 a.m. This class is required for all DIY Auto Skills Patrons. 270-5392 Tuesdays thru Fridays: Auto Skills Center Safety Classes 3 p.m. This class is required for all DIY Auto Skills Patrons. 270-5392 March 17: Auto Skills Brake Class. 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Join the Auto Skills Center for this informa tive brake class taught by an ASE certified mechanic. The class is open to 8 active duty and their spouses. Register by calling the Auto Skill Center at 270-5392. Community Recreation Feb 2: Mayport Movies: My Little Pony (PG). 6 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in the Tortuga Room. FREE. Bring the whole family to watch on our 20 ft. screen. 270-7198 Feb. 3: MWR TriBase Bridal Expo. 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Ocean Breeze Conference and Catering Center at Naval Station Mayport. FREE. This is the perfect oppor tunity to meet all of the vendors you need for you special wedding day or formal event. There will be giveaways, plus every bride-to-be will be entered in a drawing to win a beautiful wedding dress. 270-5228 Feb. 3: Movies at Mayport: Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13). 8 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in the Tortuga Room. FREE for all hands ages 18+. Watch on our 20 ft. screen. 2707204 Feb. 4: The Big Game. 6:30 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon. Join the party! Watch the Big Game with us on our 20 ft screen. Enjoy all-you-caneat chili, wings and BBQ sliders until half time. Win door prizes and give aways. Grand prize is a pair of 2018 Jaguars Tickets! Purchase your tickets at Tickets and Travel, Windy Harbor Golf, Loggerheads and the CPO Club. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets include 1 domestic draft or nonalcoholic beverage. 2707198 Feb. 8: Valentine Cross Stich. 9 11 a.m. at the Mayport Beacon. Cost is $18. Register by Feb. 6 at the Tickets and Travel Office. Receive professional instruction to create a cross stich ornament. Space is lim ited, sign up today! 2707198. Feb. 8: Kids Valentine Cross Stich. 5 7 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon. Cost is $15. Register by Feb. 6 at the Tickets and Travel Office. Children under 12 must be accompa nied by an adult at all times. Receive profes sional instruction to cre ate a cross stich sampler. Space is limited, sign up today! 270-7198. Feb 9: Mayport Movies: Big Hero 6 (PG). 6 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in the Tortuga Room. FREE. Bring the whole family to watch on our 20 ft. screen. 270-7198 Feb. 10: UFC 221: Whittaker vs Rockhold. 10 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in Loggerheads. Undercard starts at 8 p.m. Come and watch the fight Live at Loggerheads with the Liberty Center. 270-7198 Feb. 13: Kids Storytime. Every second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Ribault Bay Community Center (located off base). FREE. Join MWR for a great kids story and activities. 270-7198. Outdoor Adventures Bouncy House Rental: $80 per day. 270-5221 Reactor Dive Watches: 50% off. 2705221 Equipment Rental: Enjoy the great outdoors with party and adventure rentals from the Outdoor Adventures. Youll find everything you need to host the perfect party canopies, tables, chairs, inflatables, grills, cool ers and more. Rent all of your outdoor needs including campers, boats, bikes, paddle boards, tents and more! We even have rentals for a day at the beach. Call us today! 270-5221 Beachside Bingo Lunchtime Bingo Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. $13.00 per pack. Buy two, get one free. Two $500 payouts every week! 270-7204 Bingo Night Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Test your luck at Beachside Bingo. We have 36 games with a $10,000 progres sive jackpot and two $5,000 jackpots. Play by computer or paper. *Thursday is paper only night. Play one or all twelve games and win up to a $1,000 progressive jackpot. 270-7204. Mayport Bowling Center Childrens Bowling Birthdays : Looking for a fun and unique birthday party experi ence? Host your childs next birthday at the Mayport Bowling Center! Available for kids ages 13 and under. Food and Bowling Package: Includes 2 hours of bowling with shoe rent al and kids meal for $11.75 per child. Bowling Package: Includes 2 hours of bowling with shoe rental for $9.75 per child. 270-5377 Lunchtime Bowling Special: Mondays 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays 10:30 a.m. 5 p.m. $6 for 2 games (includes shoes). 2705377 Military Appreciate Day: Wednesdays Open to Close. $1 Games, $1 Shoes, and $1 Hot Dogs and $1 Soft Drinks (till 5pm) Recycling Mondays Fridays. Open Hours 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Dont know where to throw away all those moving boxes? What about your old car bat tery? Bring your recy clable materials to The Recycling Center at building 412. 270-5095 Windy Harbor Golf Club Weekdays: Avoid the Crawl 9-Hole Escape. Starting at 3 p.m. at Windy Harbor Golf Club. 9 holes and a cart for just $11. 2705380 Mondays and Tuesdays: All play. 18 Holes and a Cart Only $25. 270-5380 Wednesdays: Military Appreciation Day. Wednesdays at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $20. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID). 2705380 Thursdays: Fill the Void. 10:28 11:53 a.m. 18 Holes and a Cart Only $22. 270-5380 Focsle Lounge CPO Club Monday Friday: All Hands Lunches. The CPO Club is open to all hands for lunch Monday Friday. Tuesdays: Wings and Trivia Night. Enjoy wings and trivia until 10 p.m. 270-5431 Wednesdays: Fried Chicken Special. Enjoy three pieces of specialty fried chicken and two sides for $8 at lunch. 270-5431 Win Big At Big GameBy Terra DowneyMWR Marketing TechnicianNaval Station Mayports Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will be giving away a pair of Jaguars Tickets at The Big Game Party on Feb 4 at 6:30 p.m. during the viewing of the annu al championship game of the National Football League (NFL) at the Mayport Beacon. We wanted to create an opportunity for sailors, their families and MWR patrons to get together for the Super Bowl, said Jon Fine, MWR Food and Beverage and Entertainment Director. The pair of Jaguars tickets will be awarded in a drawing at halftime along with other door prizes and giveaways throughout the game. The party will feature a theater-like viewing of the game on the 20 ft screen located in the Tortuga Room at the Mayport Beacon. Patrons will be able to grab beverages in Loggerheads located adjacent to the Tortuga Room and an all-you-can-eat buffet will be available during the first half. It will be an experience unlike sitting in your living room, Fine added, on a 20 ft screen with friends, prizes, food and fun. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Tickets and Travel, Windy Harbor Golf Club, Loggerheads Pub and the CPO Club. I am upset the Jags arent in it but I do enjoy watching the championship game, especially on the 20 ft screen. Fine concluded.


***The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 270-7788 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the monthly activity cal endar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events.*** Mondays: Billiards Tournaments. 6 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Prize for 1st place. 2707204 Feb. 2: Paintball Trip. Van departs the Liberty Center at 9am. All hands welcome over 18+. Transportation only. Paint and gear rental is $15 at GTF Paintball. Sign up by Feb. 1 at the Liberty Center inside the Mayport Beacon. 270-7204 Feb. 2: Town Center Trips. Van departs the Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. 270-7204 Feb. 3: Hoggetowne Medieval Fair. Van departs from the Liberty Center at 9 a.m. Cost is $7 at the gate. Sign up by Feb. 1. 270-7204 Feb. 6: Adobe Photoshop 1 Workshop. Van departs at 1:30 p.m. Class starts at 2 p.m. at the Beaches Branch Library. Sign up by Feb. 2. Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop. In this introduction we will learn how to use some of the more common tools, make basic changes to an image, gain familiarity with Adobes directory software, and make your great photos ever better. 270-7204 Feb. 7: Bowling Clinic. 5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 3 games and shoe rental FREE. Liberty patrons only. Sign up by Feb. 6. 270-7204 Feb. 9: Movie Trips. Van departs the Liberty Center at 6 p.m. Transportation only. 270-7204 Feb. 12: How to use the MWR Digital Library 24/7/365. 4 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon. FREE. All hands welcome. Sign up by Feb. 11. We will assist you with logging on to the Digital Library for the first time and will help you navigate the pro gram. Digital customers enjoy e-books and audio books, foreign language learning, test prep, and research resources that support lifelong learning, and professional and recreational reading. 2707204 Feb. 13: Adobe Photoshop 2. Liberty Van departs at 1:30 p.m. Class starts at 2 p.m. at the Beaches Branch Library. Sign up by Feb. 9. In this class, we will dig deeper into using Photoshop, as we learn about layers, masking, and selection tools. Students for this course should have taken Photoshop 1 or have a basic understanding of Photoshop. 270-7204 Feb. 14: AntiValentines Movies. 6 p.m. Watch two great anti-Valentines movies with us in the Tortuga Room on our 20 ft screen. War of the Roses (R) and How to be Single (R). 270-7204 Feb. 15: Surf Fishing. Fishing will start at 2 p.m. behind the Liberty Center. Liberty Patrons only. Sign up by Feb. 14 at the Liberty Center. Have you ever wanted to learn to fish, or are you already a pro? Join Liberty & Outdoor Adventures for a day of fishing behind the Liberty Center. All equipment will be pro vided but you must have a valid FL Shore Fishing license, available at license. 270-7204 Feb. 16: Town Center Trips. Van departs the Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. 270-7204 Feb. 16: Volunteer Opportunity: Feeding Northeast Florida. Van departs from the Liberty Center at 11:30 a.m. Sign up by Feb. 13. 270-7204 Feb. 20: Selling Items Online work shop. Liberty Van departs at 3 p.m. Class starts at 4 p.m. at the Mandarin Branch Library. Sign up by Feb. 16. This class is an introduction to sell ing goods and ser vices online via eBay, Craigslist, Etsy and Amazon Marketplace. Learn what skills are needed to sell online, how to create and man age accounts on these sites, and how to stay safe and avoid scams. 270-7204 Feb. 21: Bowling Clinic. 5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. 3 games and shoe rental FREE. Liberty patrons only. Sign up by Feb. 20. 270-7204 Feb. 23: Movie Trips. Van departs the Liberty Center at 6 p.m. Transportation only. 270-7204 Feb. 24: Seawalk Music Fest Van departs from the Liberty Center at 11 a.m. FREE. Sign up by Feb. 22. Transportation only. 270-7204 Feb. 26: Liberty Committee Meeting. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Tell us what you want to see on the calendar. 270-7204 MWR Child and Youth Programs Child and Youth Programs Feb. 2: Cupcake Wars. 5 9 p.m. at the Teen Center. Open to Middle and High School students. Feb. 3: Super Bowl Party. 1 5 p.m. in the Kids Club. Sign up to bring an item to share. Must be store bought and packaged. Children in Elementary School are eligible for the Recreation School-Age Program at the Youth Activities Center. Feb. 3: Speak Out Game Night 5 9 p.m. at the Teen Center. Open to Middle and High School students. Feb. 9: #We Own Family Peanut Butter Jelly Time. 7 9 p.m. at the Teen Center. Open to Middle and High School students. Feb. 10: Feeding the Homeless. 9 a.m. 12 p.m. Keystone Club Community Service. Permission slip required. Open to Middle and High School stu dents. Feb. 10: Cookies and Canvas. 1 5 p.m. in the Kids Club. Valentines Day Theme. Wear some thing you wont mind getting paint on. Children in Elementary School are eligible for the Recreation School-Age Program at the Youth Activities Center. Liberty Center Has Activites For You THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 7


8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 By Mark BurrellOffice of Civilian Human ResourcesIn the middle of nowhere, between Bradford and Union counties just west of Jacksonville, Florida, down a long, long washed-out dirt road, a recently-widowed elderly lady sat outside her log cabin, looking at her flooded vehicles. Historic flooding from Hurricane Irma took Jacksonville and near by towns by surprise. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials called the flooding epic, hit ting water levels not seen since 1846. Lynette George, a FEMA volunteer, found the elderly woman sitting outside. Immediately, George began to assess the damage but was unable to enroll her into the FEMA system due to connectivity issues. Fortunately, volun teers, like George, a federal civilian at the Department of the Navy (DON), raised their hands to deploy after this years hurricane season as a member of the Surge Capacity Force. The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act mandated the creation of a Surge Capacity Force (SCF) that will be capable of deploying rapidly and efficiently after acti vation to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disas ters, including cata strophic incidents. George found out that soon after Hurricane Irma, the ladys hus band died. The hurri cane destroyed most of her property and even her dog was missing. The only access to her home for five weeks was by boat, the long wind ing dirt road was impass able. How could I possi bly do 45 days of this? Its heart wrenching and I started crying, said George. This was her first day in the community. Yet, she carried on. George, a finance manager for the Navys Office of Civilian Human Resources Operations Center Silverdale, has carried on for more than 35 years with the Department of the Navy. My whole life has been volunteering from Sunday school to manag ing a non-profit its a lifetime passion for me because Ive been blessed with a wonderful job and family, George said. FEMA put out a call for volunteers shortly after hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, devastated the Southern U.S. and Puerto Rico in late August and September 2017. Like many of the almost 50 Department of the Navy volunteers, George arrived in Anniston, Alabama, for train ing with almost no idea of what this experience would entail. Before I left, I had a feeling like I wasnt coming back, George explained. That I was going into a disaster area but it was something that I knew I needed to do. There was no hesitation on my part and I was prepared for the worst. Even though she had spent four years on active duty in the Navy, she never spent time on the ground in a conflict or disaster zone. My family thought that I was crazy, George said. After meeting fellow Navy employees during training, she deployed to Jacksonville, Florida, to work with a FEMA crew on a Disaster Survivor Assistant Team going door-to-door to ensure the survivors were safe and help register people in the FEMA database. According to FEMA, the DSA mission is to build and sustain an expeditionary cadre to establish a timely pres ence in disaster impact ed areas. DSA primar ily focuses on addressing the needs of dispropor tionately impacted popu lations and disaster sur vivors. With the amount of damage caused in Bradford and Union counties, George and her team had their work cut out for them. Her supervisor, Tammy Johnson, said George is no stranger to getting out in the com munity. She has always been engaged in the giv ing community. She is the founder of the Blue Star Banner program in Kitsap County, Washington honoring those that served in the military. She routinely volun teers for other events such as Wreaths Across America for those vet erans we have lost. So, in my mind, George has always been an indi vidual who is engaged and giving, said Johnson, director of Office of Civilian Human Resources (OCHR) Silverdale. Johnson encouraged George as soon as she found out she was volun teering. Johnson said she knew George could make a difference by help ing people and have an unforgettable life experi ence. The FEMA surge deployment provided Lynette with increased appreciation for the things in her life -fam ily, friends, shelter, to name a few, said Johnson. It is such an honor to work with a person so empathetic to others. She truly cares and tries her best to Navy Civilian Learns Life Lessons In Jax DoD, VA Release Online Tool to Assist Vets with Discharge Process From Department of DefenseThe Department of Defense, through a joint initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is pleased to announce the launch of a web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge. We are thrilled to have partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs in develop ing this wonderful and easily-accessible tool, said Mr. Robert Wilkie, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. We support our veterans, whether they served recently or long ago, and we are excited to intro duce a tool that will individualize the guidance for those who desire an upgrade or change in their military discharge, he said. Over the years, some veterans have criticized the review process as daunting or difficult to understand. The issu ance of supplemental guidance over the past few years, while help ful to many, has the side effect of creating multi ple guidance documents that can be confusing to some. Furthermore, some veterans suf fer from mental health or other conditions that make tasks like these more difficult for them than for others. This innovative tool simplifies and custom izes the guidance. By answering a few short questions, veterans will know which board they need to go to, what form to fill out, any spe cial guidance applicable to their case, where to send their application, and some helpful tips for appealing their dis charge. Any veterans who believe their dis charge was unjust, erro neous, or warrants an upgrade are encouraged to use this tool and then apply for review. This tool can be found on at www.vets. gov/discharge-upgradeinstructions. The link is also available on Military OneSource (www.mili and each of the review boards websites (list ed below). The link has also been forwarded to a number of Veterans Service Organizations and Military Service Organizations in order to spread the news to as many Veterans as pos sible. This initiative was one of many in recent years aimed at improv ing the review process and guidance available to veterans who believe they may have been unfairly discharged or received an unfair dis charge characterization. The Department issued special guidance in 2011 for veterans dis charged under Dont Ask, Dont Tell or its predecessor policies. Also, the Department issued guidance related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2014. Most recently, in February 2016, the Department redoubled its efforts to ensure veterans received the benefit of the latest guidance and statutes of limitations were lib erally waived in such cases. Subsequently, in December 2016, the Department launched an internal review of its policies and procedures. That review disclosed some gaps and confusion in the previous guid ance. In August 2017, the Department issued sig nificant guidance clari fying how review boards will consider cases involving mental health conditions, includ ing PTSD, TBI, sexual assault or sexual harass ment. For information on a specific board, please contact the board direct ly or through its website at: Navy Board for Correction of Naval Records: Website: www.secnav. Pages/home.aspx Phone: 703-607-6111 E-mail: BCNR_ Navy Discharge Review Board: Website: www.secnav. Pages/NDRB/default. aspx Phone: 202-685-6600 E-mail: NDRB@navy. mil Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records Website: www. Phone: 240-612-5379 E-mail: usaf.pentagon. saf-mr.mbx.saf-mrbc@ Air Force Discharge Review Board: Website: www.afpc. Discharge-ReviewBoard/ Phone: 240-612-0995 E-mail: usaf.pentagon. saf-mr.mbx.saf-mrb@ Army Board for Correction of Military Records: Website: http://arba. E-mail: army.arbain Army Discharge Review Board: Website: http://arba. E-mail: army.arbain To submit feedback on related Department policies or processes: Send an e-mail to osd. pentagon.ousd-p-r.mbx. or mail your feedback to Office of Legal Policy at: Office of Legal Policy Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness) 4000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-4000 -Photo by Lynette GeorgeLynette George, a finance manager for the Navys Office of Civilian Human ResourcesOperation Center Silverdale, checks on a hurricane survivor after she volunteered to do an interagency deployment with the Federal Emergency Management Agency near Hastings, Fla.See Lessons, Page 9


help others. She is a role model for us all. George spent 45 days on a DSA crew using tablets and other mobile reporting tools to bring services directly to sur vivors who needed the most help. The technology regis ters survivors at home, work, shelters, hotels or wherever they may be. The Survivor Mobile Application Reporting Tool (SMART) uses mobile geo-tagging and photo-capable devices in the field to give FEMA leaders an instant pic ture of critical and emerging needs, as well as the overall pulse of impacted communities. Learning the meth ods and technologies of another agency ben efits all those involved, explained Lisa Jox, HR Operations director at OCHR. The benefit to the DON and OCHR of such interagency experiences is really two-fold: one, gaining new perspectives on how other agencies operate, their best prac tices and sharing that knowledge within the DON; and two, sharing DON best practices with our sister agencies, Jox said. Though the level of support for another fed eral agency was unprec edented, explained Jox, she wasnt surprised that OCHR employees were ready and willing to answer the call. While FEMA has had the ability to reach out to other federal agencies for assistance, this is the first time they request ed employee volunteers from those agencies, said Jox. Working with other agencies allows us to see how almost every federal agency relies, in some part, on the work the DON performs every day, including disaster and humanitarian assis tance. OCHR is a key partner in supporting the DON mission and seeing firsthand how the DON supports national inter ests abroad and at home enables us to be a more effective partner. Though some of the places George visited felt like they were conflict zones overseas, the peo ple were extremely grate ful even though they had lost so much. People were positive and they had nothing. Yet they were so will ing to help others and give and not take, said George. This was one of the most amazing experiences Ive ever encountered. I thought we were going to get greeted by angry people but, instead, it renewed my faith in humanity. A few weeks after Georges first day, she recognized one of the hurricane survivors at a FEMA community resource event. The elderly lady who lost her husband was able to make it to town to regis ter. George said she was happy to see her getting assistance from FEMA, but her missing dog was nowhere in sight. My goal is to write a letter to FEMA to help improve the process and help survivors even more, explained George after she returned home. I think Im actually going to volunteer for the FEMA Reserves when I retire. Though her fam ily might still think thats crazy, George is deter mined to continue living a life of service.From Page 8LessonsLCSRON 2 Hosts Annual Reserve Leadership Symposium Congressman John Rutherford, Floridas 4th con gressional district, dons protective gear before being lifted up in a fire ladder aboard Naval Station Mayport. -Photos by MC2 Michael Lopez Congressman John Rutherford, left, Floridas 4th congressional district, and Capt. David Yoder, middle, commanding officer of Naval Station Mayport, help operate a fire ladder during Rutherfords visit to the base. Rutherford met with fireman and Sailors assigned to base security to thank them for their service and gather their thoughts on how he can best represent them on congressional issues moving forward. Senior Chief Master-at-Arms Javier Santiago shakes hands with Congressman John Rutherford, Floridas 4th congressional district, at Naval Station Mayports fire station. Congressman Rutherford Meets With Mayport First Responders -Photo by MC2 Michael Lopez Lt. Caroline Stanton, an instructor at the Littoral Combat Ship Training Facility aboard Naval Station Mayport, teaches Sailors how to simulate navigating an LCS as part of a tour for the annual Reserve Leadership Symposium hosted by Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2. A primary goal of the sym posium was to provide an open forum for reservists to discuss continued strategies with active-component leadership regarding the success and future changes to the LCSRON program and the important role reserv ists currently play, and how they can best augment the community moving forward. Chief Engineman Nathaniel Farahkhan conducts a brief prior to a tour of the Freedom-class litto ral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) to U.S. Navy Reserve Sailors. -Photo by MC Kristopher S. HaleyRear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, speaks to U.S. Navy Reserve Sailors. THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 9


10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 cines might help ease your symptoms. But they wont make the cold go away any faster. Always read the label and use as directed. Be especially careful with children and cold medi cine. Some medicines have ingredients not recommended for children. Cold symptoms include sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches, and body aches. Most people recover within about seven to 10 days. But people with weakened immune systems, asthma, or respiratory conditions might develop serious illness, such as pneumonia. To reduce your risk of getting a cold: often with soap and onds. Help young chil dren do the same. If soap and water arent available, use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer. Viruses that cause colds can live on your hands. eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. ple who are sick. To protect others, if you have a cold: youre sick. with others, such as hug ging, kissing, or shaking hands. ple before coughing or sneezing. into a tissue, and then throw it away. Or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve. Either way, completely cover your mouth and nose. after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. objects that you touch often (such as toys, doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, key boards, and cell phones). Call your doctor, if you or your child has one or more of these: 100.4 F* more than 10 days severe or unusual. er than three months of age and has a fever, always call your doctor right away. Your doctor can determine if you or your child has a cold, and can recommend therapy to relieve symptoms. Now, on to influenza. You might have the flu, if you have some or all of these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Most people with the flu have mild illness, and dont need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symp toms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Stay home your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever medicine (like Tylenol). Stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings. flu: stay away from oth ers, wash your hands often, and cover coughs and sneezes with a tis sue. If you must leave home, wear a facemask if you have one. People who are only mildly ill shouldnt go to the emergency room. If you go to the ER and you dont have the flu, you might catch it from peo ple who do have it. If you have flu symp toms and are in a highrisk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your doctor. High-risk groups include: young children (age younger than five, and especially younger than age two), people age 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain medical condi tions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart dis ease). High-risk patients should contact your doctor early in your illness. Remind them of your high-risk status for flu, and ask about antiviral treatment. If anyone has any of these emergency warn ing signs of flu sickness, go to the ER: Children: trouble breathing fluids interacting the child doesnt want to be held improve, but then return with fever and worse cough Infants: in addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs: wet diapers than normal Adults: shortness of breath the chest or abdomen vomiting that improve, but then return with fever and worse cough cal advice, call the Nurse Advice Line at 800-TRICARE (800Its not too late to get your flu shot. 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From TRICARE TRICARE Prime enrollees no longer need a referral for urgent care visits and point of service charges no longer apply for urgent care claims. This change replaces the pre vious policy, which waived referrals for the first two urgent care visits per year. Active duty service mem ue to visit military hospitals enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote who do not live near a military hospital or clinic do not need a referral when seek ing an urgent care visit. members families and others to have easier access to urgent care, explained Mr. Ken Canestrini, acting director, TRICARE Health Plan within Beneficiaries can go visit an urgent care center right away anytime they have a need. If you use TRICARE Select or any other TRICARE plan, you may visit any TRICAREauthorized provider, network or non-network, for urgent care. for a non-emergency illness or injury requiring treatment urgent care conditions include a sprain, rising temperature or sore throat. 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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 1, 2018 11 By Joe PickettFormer Station LibrarianEditors note: The fol lowing article is part of a continuing series on the history of Naval Station Mayport in honor of its 75th anniversary. On June 7, 1965, General William Westmoreland requested 35 battalions of combat troops, plus another nine in reserve a request that would change the U.S. role and course of the war in Vietnam. On June 16, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announced that ,000more U.S. troops would be sent to Vietnam, and General Wetmoreland requested 125,000 more. On Aug. 16, 1965, troops of the First Calvary Division (Air Mobile) embarked on MSTS Kula Gulf. With their helicopters on USS Boxer, the troops departed Naval Station Mayport for combat in Vietnam. On Sept. 11, the division landed at Qui Nhon, where it was rede ployed to An Khe (The Golf Course). Between Oct. 23 and Nov. 20, while seeking to destroy enemy forces in Pleiku Province, the division fought a bit ter battle in the Iadrang Valley when retreating North Vietnamese army troops decided to pro tect an important stag ing area and supply base in the valley; 500 North Vietnamese ambushed a battalion, wiping out almost an entire com pany. When USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) cast off lines on June 21, 1966, she became the first Mayport homeport ed ship to be deployed for combat duty in the Western Pacific. The Rosie first steamed to the Puerto Rico operating area, where she con ducted training exercis es. The carrier also vis ited St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, from June 27-30, when she depart ed for the Pacific, via the Cape of Good Hope, on July 1. Eight months later to the day, Rosie returned to Mayport. On the day that the Roosevelt returned to Mayport, USS Royal (DD 872) and USS Ware (DD 865), departed for duty in the Far East. Commanding officers of the naval station had field days with ribboncutting ceremonies and official openings of rec reational and service facilities in the 1960s. Beginning in 1965, official openings includ ed the Ribault Bay Club restaurant near pier C-1, the Fleet Training Center, a new station chapel, six new bowling lanes with a snack bar, and a club for teenagers. The years 1967 through 1970 saw addi tional ribbon-cutting ceremonies that includ ed a new hotel/motel facility consisting of 16 house trailers, a fam ily services center, the Navy Exchange and Express Store opened, four new high explo sive magazines, and the Kavanaugh Field picnic area was dedicated. And more toward the rec reational needs of the Mayport naval commu nity were the opening of a remodeled library, a modernized lounge at the commissioned offi cers mess, a hobby shop complex, and a fourroom pediatric trailer clinic for examination and treatment of chil dren. During 1968, a 20-room bachelor officer quarters was completed at a cost of $274,000, and a contract was awarded to construct a three-story, 210-man bachelor enlisted mens quarters. A new air ter minal maintenance building was dedicated March 1. Also during the 1960s, hurricanes just seemed to have a thing for Naval Station Mayport. A cat egory two hurricane named Dora slammed into northeast Florida in September 1964, causing a considerable amount of damage to the station and surrounding areas. The damage was so extensive that, on Oct. 9, Under Secretary of the Navy Paul B. Fay Jr. toured the naval station to review the damage. And theres more! On June 8, 1966, all available tugs began clearing the basin of ships in preparation for a visit by Hurricane Alma. A few hours later, at 2 a.m. June 9, extremely bad weather was encoun tered by YTB-752 and YTM-749, which YD-204 in tow, as the vessels were heading up-river to hurricane moorings at Jacksonville. Upon arrival, and during efforts to moor to the sea land pier, the boom of YD-204 struck the pier and nearby high-voltage lines. In October of 1968, Hurricane Gladys dis rupted the naval stations routine activities when its oncoming presence forced the evacuation of fleet units and service craft from the carrier basin. Quick action and effec tive prevention mea sures by Naval Station Mayport and tenant command personnel kept storm damage to a minimum. By Oct. 20, all units had returned to port. During the decade, Naval Station Mayport hosted ships and crews from several differ ent countries Italy was represented by guided missile cruis ers Garibaldi in 1962, Caio Duileo in 1965, and Vittorio Veneto in 1970, and the destroy er Impavido in 1965; France sent her guid ed missile frigate Du Chayla in 1964 and the guided missile destroyer Bouevet in 1965; Holland was represented by the guided missile cruiser Dezeven Provincien in 1965; and Australias destroyer Hobart arrived in 1966. During 1970, Mayport had its share of dis tinguished visitors Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Secretary of the Navy John H. Chafee, Congressman Charles E. Bennett, exNavy astronaut Walter Schirra, Imogene Coca and Playboy queen June Wilkinson. On Feb. 15, 1969, USS Saratoga (CVA 60) returned to Mayport after a $40 million overhaul at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. A few months later, the Sara was ordered to the Mediterranean, where President Richard M. Nixon paid a visit to the ship in September 1970. In April 1972, the ship was deployed to the Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific Saratoga would find herself on Yankee Station off North Vietnam. The next article will cover the first five years of the 1970s, which were filled with anxi ety; fears for loved ones on board Mayport ships deployed to the war zone; happiness for safe returns; commis sioning and decommis sionings of ships; and a visit by President and Mrs. Nixon to see their son-in-law, Lt.j.g. David Eisenhower. All in all, Naval Station Mayport was the brightest star in the U.S. Navys constel lation of shore stations. The Navys Brightest Star Shines At Naval Station Mayport -Photos by Paige GnannUSS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) was the first Mayport ship to deploy for combat duty in the Western Pacific on June 21,1966 at the start of the Vietnam War.


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