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Mayport HistoryGoing Into the 80s Page 8 Ships Head OutFor Deployment, COMPTUEX Page 10-11 Military Saves Week -Photo by Paige GnannNaval Station Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. David Yoder, signs a proc lamation declaring the week of Feb. 26-March 3 as Military Saves Week. Military Saves Week is an annual oppor tunity for installations and organiza tions to promote good savings behavior and a chance for servicemembers and their families to assess their own saving status. Fleet and Family Service Center financial specialists plan workshops and classes to help give service members and their families the tools to be fiscally sound. See Page 10 -Photo by MC2 Stacy M. Atkins Ricks Lt. Commander Heather Flores, assigned to U.S. Fleet Forces Command, poses in the Improved Fire Retardant Variant (IFRV) coverall onboard Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads. The IFRV, made of a light weight, tri-fabric blend, is flame resistant and will replace the current flame retardant variant coverall in use by the fleet.Ready, Set, Wear: Guidelines For IFRV Wear AnnouncedFrom U.S. Fleet Forces Public AffairsEffective immedi ately, commands can now order the Improved Flame Resistant Variant (IFRV) cover all. Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) announced manner and occasion of wear guid ance for the IFRV Feb. 5. The approval of the IFRV as a fleet organi zational clothing item to replace the legacy Flame Resistant Variant (FRV) coverall was announced in early January 2017 after the completion of a series of afloat wear tests. The IFRV address es comfort and durabil ity issues found with the original FRV coverall. The original FRV was rapidly introduced to the fleet because Sailor safety is our top prior ity, said CAPT Mark Runstrom, director, Fleet Supply Operations/ Services, USFF. However, we recognized immediately that we needed a coverall that is more durable, function al, and comfortable as well as safe. That is what the IFRV is all about. Sailors stationed aboard ships and sub marines will be issued a minimum of two IFRV coveralls with units authorized to procure name tags using unit operating target funds. The manner of wear will be the same as the FRV coveralls, prescrib ing wearers to don full sleeves and secured fas tenings. The current 9-inch black, steel-toed boot and Navy or com mand ball caps are authorized for wear with the coverall. Approved belts include a black cotton web belt for E1-E6, a khaki cotton web belt for chief petty officers and officers and; riggers belts are autho rized at command dis cretion. Rank tabs and insig nia are authorized to be sewn or pinned on the coverall based on the wearers duties and unit preference. Rectangular, VelcroSee Uniform, Page 9 -Photo by AO3 Rebecca IbarraCapt. Jake Douglas, left, relieves Capt. Dan Gillen, right, as commanding officer of USS Hue City during a change of command ceremony on Feb. 2. Guest speaker for the event was Rear. Adm. Stephen Evans, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two.Hue City Holds Change Of CommandBy Ensign Nicholas VandiverUSS Hue City Public AffairsCapt. Jacob B. Douglas relieved Capt. Daniel J. Gillen as com manding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guid ed-missile Cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) dur ing a change of com mand ceremony held on the flight deck on February 2nd. The events official party includ ed guest speaker Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two Under Gillens leader ship, USS Hue City com pleted numerous under way certifications and deployed to the 5th and 6th fleets from Jan. 21, 2017, to Aug. 21, 2017. To culminate his com mand of Hue City, Gillen and her crew also took Hue City to Capt. Gillens hometown of New York City, in November of 2017 for Veterans Day. It was such an honor to serve as Hue Citys 14th Commanding Officer for almost 2 years, said Gillen at his change of command ceremony. She is a great ship, with and even bet ter crew who I could not be more proud of. The Golden Dragons of Hue City are hard-work ing professionals who were an honor to lead. Evans, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, presented Capt. Gillen with the Legion of Merit for his exceptional duties as USS Hue Citys Commanding Officer. Capt. Gillen will con tinue his career as the Maritime Operations CenterDirector, at US Southern Command/ US Fourth Fleet Naval Station Mayport, in Mayport, Fl. Douglas, originally from Palestine, Texas, enlisted in the Navy in 1984 as a Fire Control Technician. In 1996, Douglas was commissioned an Ensign in the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) program and converted from LDO to Unrestricted Surface Line Officer. Douglas is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Douglas sea duty assignments include USS Belknap (CG 26) as a Terrier Missile Systems Technician, USS OBrien See Hue City, Page 9 Give Blood, Save LivesNS Mayport hosts Blood Drive on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Building One.


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 See Cup, Page 3Magnet Deadline Is ApproachingDuval County Public Schools offer a wide range of options for a public school system. Offerings include diverse programs in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the district. Military families com ing from much smaller school districts with many smaller offerings are often overwhelmed with all of the choices. Part of my job, as School Liaison Officer, is to help you under stand these education al choices. This article explains your magnet option, other than your neighborhood school. Remember, Im here to assist you through the process! MAGNET PROGRAMS A magnet program focuses on a single theme throughout the school. Students living in the schools atten dance boundary are eligible to attend this school and take part in the magnet program. However, a dedicated magnet requires that all students wishing to attend this school apply for acceptance through the magnet lottery. For more information visit this page: https:// Domain/4417 Please take the time to visit the schools you are interested in. Getting the feel of the schools cli mate and seeing learning in progress is an impera tive indicator to deter mine that is the best fit for your child. MAGNET APPLICATIONS For information on how to apply go to this link for more information: https://dcps. Page/7284 This year applica tions are submitted on line. Directions for creating a parent por tal are in the link above. Magnet applications for the 2018-2019 school year must be submitted by Wednesday February 28th at 1630. Online access will close at mid night on 28 February. If your child meets the eli gibility rules for a mili tary dependent student listed below, you must submit an additional application and required proof in person. The person to contact with questions for the mili tary transfer option and who accepts your hand delivered application and proof is: Pauline Akauola Andrews Duval County Public Schools School Choice Office 2nd Floor 1701 Prudential Drive Jacksonville, Florida 32207 AkauolaP@ If you submit a late application, it will be filed according to the date it is received. If there is space in the school requested or if space becomes avail able later in the summer, notification will be sent. MAGNET-MILITARY TRANSFER OPTION ELIGIBILITY RULES Students seeking a transfer as a military dependent student must meet the following criteria plus sub mit a Military Transfer Option Application with required documentation. full-time active duty member of the uni formed service of the United States, includ ing National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders; and, dent in kindergarten through 12th grade who resides in the household of the active-duty member; and, from one duty station to another duty station. A student is eligible for a period of 12 months after a school assignment is impacted by the transfer. Or, a student is eligible for one month before a deployment and up to six months after return to the home station after a deployment. Visit this page for more information on the Military Transfer Option: https://dcps. Page/7281 The option to transfer as a transitioning mili tary dependent student may be exercised only one time per change of duty station. Need more informa tion? Please contact me; Im here to help! Sharon Kasica is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions or feedback about this article, she can be reached via email at sharon.kasica@ or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 2193894 [cell]. Or you can use this contact information to schedule a meeting with her in Building One. KNOWINGTHE ROPES Sharon Kasica School Liaison OfficerSpiritual Readiness Is A Key Element To Have When Dealing With Any Emergency SituationFrom Jan. 29 to Feb. 9, Naval Station Mayport conducts an annual Solid Curtain and Citadel Shield force protection exercise. The exercise aims to enhance the col laboration and prompt ness of first responders in responding to emer gency event when and where it occurs. The drills in the exercise involve many scenari os. Some scenarios also include the injured and/ or dead victims. In any such emergency event that Solid Curtain and Citadel Shield force protection exercise is prepared for, we can be sure that it will trigger our psychological and spiritual reactions. When that happens, we need to also be ready to respond spiritually to our reac tions. So, how can we, first responders and possible affected people alike, be well prepared spiritually to cope with our reactions? I would like to offer some sugges tions below. Practice and main tain our spiritual fitness and resilience at optimal levels. Make praying and devotional life as our daily habits and worship regularly. Know how to pray for self and be comfortable to pray for or with others. Know the resources and how to obtain them in time of need. We have religious ministry team (RMT) usually compris es of one Navy Chaplain and one Religious Program Specialist (RP) embedded within the unit and stand ready to respond to your need, your familys or your fellow Shipmates need. Chaplains and RPs are available at the Base Chapel, at the Operations Ministry Center (CNSS 14s Trailers #1 and #3), on board the ships, and at the air wing. Also remember this: The Chaplain Corps four core capabilities are to facilitate the reli gious requirements of authorized personnel, to provide faith-specific ministries, to care for all, and to advise com mands. (SECNAV INSTRUCTION 1730.10) In addition to being available during nor mal working hours, Chaplains are also on call 24/7/365. That Duty Chaplain phone number is: (904) 219-8004. Go ahead, store it in your cell phone, post it on your fridge door, or keep the number in your wal let. Use it whenever you need it. We are also very responsive during emer gency events. You can surely count on your Navy Chaplains to respond promptly to your spiritual need, your familys need, or your Shipmates need dur ing any lifes event or at emergency events like those that are included in the drills of the annual Solid Curtain and Citadel Shield force protection exercise. Chaplains are here for you and for your spiritu al fitness and readiness during both time of crisis and time of celebration. CHAPLAINSCORNERChaplain Pon Chanthaphon CNSS 14 Chaplain CenterIs Your Cup Half Full Or Half Empty?My mother, a retired first-grade teacher, has always put a posi tive spin on things that appeared to be sad, unjust, terrifying or disgusting. Ive always admired her capacity to see the good in all things, but there are times when this ability seems out of reach. On a mud-splattered, dreary Monday morning in February, my mother would hear birds sing ing. Along a litter-strewn highway dotted with decrepit strip malls, my mother would spy Queen Annes Lace growing in a nearby ditch. If I served my mother a revolting casserole made from two weeks of mediocre left overs, she would delight at the colorful pimentos. My mother could encounter a great big pile of excrement, and chanc es are, she would point out the skats scien tific benefits fertiliza tion, seed distribution, or composting. I know, because shes actually done this. Many times. Having been a military spouse for 24 years, I found it difficult to chan nel my mothers relent less positivity. Military moves, separations and inadequate pay were like big piles of excrement plopped down into our path. As far as I could tell, there were no benefits. These inevitable hardships were the sac rifices of military service. But just because I couldnt see a bright side doesnt mean there wasnt one. Take PCS moves, for example. After I packed up my entire house hold, left my job and everything I had come to know, said good-bye to good friends and our favorite pizza joint, was I supposed to see rain bows and unicorns? No, because there were no unicorns and rain bows, but there were certain hidden benefits of PCS moves. A fresh start, a clean slate, or a reset was sometimes just what our family needed. Our first move overseas gave my hus band and I an opportu nity to travel together, rather than spending all our vacations with extended family. Our orders to move from England were a ticket out of my tedious obliga tions as Parliamentarian of the Spouses Club. When we moved away from Virginia, we were relieved to get our son out of the school where he had been bullied. Our move from Germany enabled me to break up with the hairdresser who had turned my hair an unnatural shade of yellow-orange. During our move to Florida, the movers finally broke that microwave cart I always hated anyway. With each move, we were given a unique opportunity to reinvent ourselves, our routines and our living situations. And in that way, mov ing was actually a good thing. Lets face it, mili tary pay grades are not the stuff that dreams are made of. My mini van with 215,000 miles on it and interior car peting that smells like pickled eggs is proof that military families arent wealthy. However, receiving military pay that is a matter of public record has its benefits, too. We never had to wonder how we stacked up to our military peers. Minivans, pot lucks, and bill-splitting were never frowned upon. There was no competition or pre tentiousness. And in that way, military pay was actually a good thing. Believe it or not, even military separa tions offer something positive. Aside from the Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist MEAT & POTATOSOF LIFE 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 AO3 Rebecca Ibarra ............................................................................. 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. 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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 3 Mayport Sailor Of The Week Name (rate/rank, first and last name): IT2 Taylor Czapp Job: Information Systems Technician Age: 24 Hometown: Detroit, MI Favorite Hobby: Rugby, Softball, Video Games Hero: My mom Best Piece of Advice Received: The more you know, the better equipped youll be for the future. Goal for the Navy: To learn as much as I can from the people around me. How has the Navy Improved Your Life? The Navy has taught me I can be ready for anything that life throws at me. Why was this Sailor Chosen to be Highlighted?: IT2 Czapp was chosen for recogni tion due to her particu lar skill as a network operations technician for CNSS-14. IT2 Czapp leads network trouble shooting for CNSS-14 and coordinates video teleconferences for numerous organizations in Mayport. She also led the way in CNSS-14s recent computer network tech refresh, increas ing the network capa bility of the command. IT2 Czapp also volun teers her time, spending numerous off duty and leave hours tutoring ele mentary school children in the Centerline Public School in the region of her hometown, Detroit, MI. IT2 Taylor Czappobvious absence makes the heart grow fonder phenomenon, theres also crumbs, click ers and communication to appreciate. Men are crumb-producing machines, and during the times that my hus band was deployed or on travel, I relished my crumb-free existence. I also savored full reign over the television click er. But best of all, my husband and I commu nicated best when he was away. We emailed and called often, and never forgot to say, I love you. And in that way, military separations were a very good thing. Artists say that the lump of plaster is a masterpiece because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Real estate agents will tell you that the old shack is a charming Cape Cod. And my mother will tell you that the dog doo you just stepped in is an essential element of the circle of life. Families enduring the challenges of military life can put a positive spin on their world. No mat ter how dark it seems, as long as the sun shines, there will always be a bright side. For more wit and wit ticism from Lisa, go to www.themeatandpota toesoflife.comFrom Page 2Cup DoD Launches Initiative To Inform Americans of Mil LifeBy Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media ActivityIt is a sign of Americas discon nect with its military that there are those who believe that when a per son joins the military, that person cannot have a spouse or children or pets, said Amber Smith, the deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for outreach. This misperception may be extreme, but there are other and its one reason why DoD is launch ing an outreach program on Feb. 1 called This Is Your Military. The program is designed to inform and educate the American public on who is serving in the military today, Smith said during a Pentagon news conference today. Less than 1 percent of Americans serve in the military and the number of Americans with firsthand experi ence with service members or veterans has declined precipitously since the beginning of the all-volunteer military in 1973. A Force for Good We want to show [Americans] how the military is relevant to their everyday lives; we want to show how innovative the military is and how we are a force for good, she said. The initiative will highlight the lives of those serve and give a balanced view of military service and life, said Smith, noting the initiative will be primarily a digital program. Smith said she wants to reach out to people who know little about the military. The department already has a robust social media presence and she expects to use that to get the information, articles, videos, tweets and more to the 99 percent of Americans who havent served in the armed forces. We are working very closely with the services and some of the pro grams that they have in place that reach all the way to the installation and community level programs that have been successful, she said. Some of the community level pro grams she hopes to piggyback on include Fleet Week, Marine Week and Know Your Army. It has always been in the best interests of DoD to engage with the American public, Smith said. Recent surveys demonstrate the divide between the military and the public it serves is growing. This dis connect threatens the viability and sustainability of the all-volunteer force, which does pose some longterm national security risks, Smith said. In 1995, 40 percent of young adults had a direct connection to a service member or a veteran in their families. Today, it is around 15 per cent. Correcting some of the mispercep tions will be one part of the Know Your Military initiative, she said. One of the most pernicious is the majority of American youth think if a person serves in the military a person will leave with a physical, psychological or emotional issue.


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 Mayport Commands Train Real World Scenarios During SC/CS From StaffAn active shooter sce nario at Naval Station Mayport Chapel kicked off the Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2018, an annual twopart anti-terrorism/force protection exercise con ducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all CONUS Navy installations. This annual exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy secu rity forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services, and agen cy partners. Exercise SC-CS18 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise. Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield continues through Feb. 9. Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. -Photo by MC2 Michael Lopez Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Kevin Mosley takes a suspects weapon during an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. -Photo by MC2 Michael Lopez Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Marcus Perkins, right, gives evacuation instructions during an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. SC-CS is an annual anti-terrorism force protection exercise designed to train Navy security forces to respond to the changing and dynamic threats to installations and units. -Photo by MC2 Michael LopezSailors and police officers respond to an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. -Photo by MC2 Michael LopezMaster-at-Arms 2nd Class Marcus Perkins gives commands during an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. -Photo by MC2 Michael LopezSenior Chief Master-at-Arms Javier Santiago, middle, proctors an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid CurtainCitadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. -Photo by Paige GnannNS Mayport Executive Officer, Cmdr. Patricia Tyler, talks with Sailors about lessons learned from the drill.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 5 -Photo by MC2 Michael Lopez Sailors and police officers respond to an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SCCS) 2018. -Photo by MC2 Michael LopezFiremen assigned to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue escort a Sailor to safety during an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. -Photo by MC2 Michael LopezMaster-at-Arms 3rd Class Kevin Mosley searches the area during an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. -Photo by MC2 Michael Lopez Sailors and Firemen assigned to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, and police officers assigned to Jacksonville Beach Police Department respond to an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid CurtainCitadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. -Photo by MC2 Michael Lopez Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Kevin Mosley responds to an active shooter drill at Naval Station Mayports base chapel as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. -Photo by Paige Gnann Security goes over strategies with emergency personnel at a command center set up during the active shooter drill. -Photo by Paige GnannActive shooter victims hold cards that list their injuries as part of the active shooter drill. -Photo by Paige Gnann Base security debriefs victims of an active shooter drill held last week on board Naval Station Mayport as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield.


6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 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. 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. Space is limited, sign up today! 270-7198. 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. Feb. 10: UFC 221: Whittaker vs Rockhold. 10 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in Loggerheads. Undercard starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 13: Kids Storytime. Every second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Ribault Bay Community Center (located off base). FREE. 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 MWR Entertainment 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 progressive jackpot and two $5,000 jackpots. Mayport Bowling Center Childrens Bowling Birthdays : Looking for a fun and unique birthday party experi ence? 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). Military Appreciate Day: Wednesdays Open to Close. $1 Games, $1 Shoes, and $1 Hot Dogs and $1 Soft Drinks (till 5pm). 270-5377 A Valentines TraditionBy Terra DowneyMWR Marketing Technician Naval Station Mayports Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will hold its annual Valentines Bingo event on Feb. 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Valentines Bingo is a long-stand ing tradition for the program. It seemed that the sailors were always out to sea for Valentines Day, Said June Till, MWR Program Coordinator. The women were lonely so we started saying bring a partner instead of a sweetheart. Participants who bring partners will receive a free package to play bingo. Other specials include an extra game where the payout is $1,000. Some games will offer double payouts where a $100 game will award $200. There will also be drawings for things like coffee makers, household goods, and bags by Michael Kors and Coach. Finally, the Valentine of the Year will receive 52 packages to play bingo for whole year. Tills love for bingo started when she was a little girl. My father was in the Royal Canadian Navy in Newfoundland, and he would bring all eight of us kids to bingo with him when he volunteered at the Royal Canadian Legion. He would tell us to behave or we couldnt come back, so we would sit as good as gold. Till added, The bingo participants would give us candy or tips, 5 cents or so, to bring them a soda or snack. Till has been the MWR Program Coordinator for bingo in Mayport since 2003. Till runs one of the few bingo programs in the Navy. Her program is success ful because she cares for her customers and offers great programing like Valentines Bingo. MWR Sponsors Bridal Expo -Photos courtesy of MWRBrides get a chance to taste some of the food available through Ocean Breeze Conference Center catering ser vices during the MWR TRi-Base Bridal Expo held Saturday at Ocean Breeze. Military brides meet with vendors from various wedding and party industries during the MWR Tri-Base Bridal Expo held at Ocean Breeze Conference Center on Feb. 3. Attendees also got a chance to win one of eight wedding dresses donat ed by USO.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 7 Get Fit With MWR Aquatics Family Swim. Saturdays 10 a.m. 12 p.m. FREE. Family Swim is a great way for children and their families to spend a morning in our indoor pool. 2703275 Mayport Swim Club. Open hours at the Natatorium. FREE. Build up your cardio strength and endurance while earning great incentives. 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 program that meets the needs of all swimmers from beginners to former Olympians. Our workouts are designed to help each swimmer met their individ ual goals ranging from improving their swimming skills, learning new strokes, prepping for the Navy PFA, qualifying for special warfare programs, getting ready for swimming competitions and Triathlons or just to add variety to their workout regimen. 2703275 Feb 27: Learn-to-Swim Level 1. Tuesdays 4 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:15 10:45 a.m. $45 per child per session. Learn-to-Swim Level 2. Tuesdays 4:45 5:15 p.m. and Saturdays 11 11:30 a.m. Register at the Natatorium on Friday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. 12 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Please bring cash or charge. Our Learn-to-Swim winter program is a 4-week program consisting of 8 half-hour lessons. Classes begin Feb. 27. 270-3275 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 head band. 270-3274 Intramural Sports Feb. 28: Womens Soccer Organizational Meeting. 5 p.m. in the Fitness Center Conference Room. Open to active duty, retirees, DOD depen dents 18 +. Season begins March 23. 270-7719 March 9 11: March Maddness Basketball Tournament. Registration deadline March 1. Entry fee $250 per team. Open to active duty, dependents, retirees, and DOD 18 years and older. 270-7719 Mayport Liberty Center The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the monthly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events.*** Mondays: Billiards Tournaments. 6 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Prize for 1st place. 270-7204 Feb. 9: Movie Trips. Van departs the Liberty Center at 6 p.m. Transportation only. 2707204 Feb. 12: How to use the MWR Digital Library 24/7/365. 4 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon. FREE. All hands wel come. 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 program. Digital customers enjoy e-books and audiobooks, 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 understand ing of Photoshop. 270-7204 Feb. 14: Anti-Valentines 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). 2707204 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 provided but you must have a valid FL Shore Fishing license, available at 2707204 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 workshop. 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 introduc tion to selling goods and services 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. 2707204 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 Feb 28: Ice Skating. Van departs from the Liberty Center at 7:30 p.m. All hands welcome over 18+. Transportation only. Sign up by Feb. 26 at the Liberty Center inside the Mayport Beacon. 270-7204 Child and Youth Programs Feb. 9: #We Own Family Peanut Butter Jelly Time. 7 9 p.m. at the Teen Center. Open to Middle and High School stu dents. Feb. 10: Feeding the Homeless. 9 a.m. 12 p.m. Keystone Club Community Service. Permission slip required. Open to Middle and High School students. Feb. 10: Cookies and Canvas. 1 5 p.m. in the Kids Club. Valentines Day Theme. Wear something you wont mind getting paint on. Children in Elementary School are eligible for the Recreation School-Age Program at the Youth Activities Center. Feb. 16: Top Golf Trip. 7 11 p.m. Cost is $20. Permission slip required. Open to Middle and High School stu dents. Feb. 23: Silent Library. 7 9 a.m. at the Teen Center. Open to Middle and High School students. Feb. 24: Teen Choice Movie Night. 5 9 p.m. Join us for popcorn to watch at the Teen Center. Open to Middle and High School students.MWR Liberty Center Has Activites For You


8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 The Final Chapter Comes To A CloseBy 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. It was first published on Aug. 9, 1991 From humble begin nings as a Frontier Section Base in World War II to what it is today, the Naval Station Mayyport complex has had a 75-year history of growth. The station has seen many chang es of command. But an old military adage says, Commanders come and commanders go, but the organization remains the same. This is not true of Mayport. The station has not remained the same. From her beginnings of a few hundred acres and a couple of hundred personnel, by 1991 the sta tion had expanded to 3,289 acres with approximately 18,000 person nel serving aboard ships, at aviation facilities and in tenant activities. There were more than 36 tenant activities, and the station was homport for 33 ships. The British Royal Navys aircraft carrier HMS Bulwark opened the decade of the 1980s in Mayport when the ship paid a visit in January 1980. And her month-long visit was followed by a succession of visits by warships of foreign nations for the next 10 years. Forexample, 40 ships, of which sev eral were foreign navy vessels, spent a week end in February 1980 prior to participating in the NATO exercise Safe Pass . One can safely imagine that Mayports facilities were sorely taxed to accommodate so many ships at one time, in addition to the sta tions own homeported vessels. During the decade, new construction con tinued to provide ser vices and facilities for personnel and ships. When ground was bro ken on a new $10 mil lion Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity now Southeast Regional Maintenance Activity (SERMC) on Massey Avenue it set off a wave of new construction that included a 17,000-square-foot training facility for the Fleet Training Center, at the end of Baltimore near the Jetties. In 1982, it was announced that $3.5 million had been released by the Department of Defense to the Federal Highway Administration to improve Mayport Road, the principle access route to the naval station. In 1983, USS Jack Williams was the first ship to tie up to the new SIMA pier (Echo Pier). Another $20 mil lion was approved for new construction pur poses this time for a new helicopter hangar and an Intermediate Maintenance Facility to support the Light Airborne Multipurpose System (LAMPS) MK III helicopter. There was plenty of other activity involv ing ships homeported at Mayport. Destroyer Squadron Eight was reactivated, and car riers and escort vessels were deployed to the Mediterranean and other parts of the world. Here at home, several ships were involved in human itarian ventures. In April 1980, two rescues occurred in which one of our ships and a Mayport-based LAMPS helicopter were involved. The first rescue was accomplished by the Impervious and her crew when they rescued two fisherman who had been adrift in the Atlantic for two days. The second rescue took place when the helicopter and crew pulled three fishermen from a sinking boat off the coast of Mayport. In 1981, personnel of the Naval Stations Port Services Department, Fire Department and the Branch Dispensary were commended for their actions in an extraordi nary rescue of a downed pilot. The pilot was flying a jet aircraft on a night training mission from USS Forrestal off the coast of Mayport when the aircraft developed engine trouble. After attempting an emer gency landing at the base airfield, the pilot was forced to crash land his aircraft in the ocean, just short of the beach. Luckily, the pilot was not injured. That same year, USS Dale rescued a stranded fishing boat and crew. In another rescue at sea, while deployed to the Mediterranean, USS Luce recovered a Sailor who had fallen over board from Forrestal. And the fleet tug Paiute recovered an H-3 heli copter and its crew after there were forced to land in the ocean off Ponte Vedra Beach, a few miles south of Mayport. Navy women got their wish to be assigned to ships n 1979. Although Navy WAVES were at Mayport in 1944 and 1945, none served aboard ships neither here nor anywhere else in the Navy. The exception to this policy were nurses aboard hospital ships. However, in September 1979, four female officers report ed for duty aboard USS Yosemite. And in March 1982, the first contin gent of female enlisted personnel reported for assignment aboard USS Yosemite. Since then, female personnel not only serve on the destroyer tender, but also on Mayports harbor tugs. In 1991 when this article was written, the Mayport naval complex is also included Naval Air Station Mayport. From 1943 to 1945, and again in the 1950s, Mayport was a Naval Auxiliary Air Station. In 1959, the station was designated a Naval Air Station. By 1991, the Naval Air Station consisted of several tenant activities, included five LAMPS MK III heli copter squadrons, one LAMPS MK I helicopter squadron, the Defense Property Disposal Office, Helicopter Sea Control Wing Three, the naval Electronics Engineering Center, a Naval Security Group Detachment, Naval Rework Facility and a Naval Oceanography Command Detachment. The second half of the decade opened with a tragedy that would leave a lasting impression on America. In January 1986, the shuttle Challenger lifted off for what was supposed to be a routine space mission. Seconds later, before the eyes of millions of television viewers, the rocket carrying the shut tle exploded, plunging Challenger and its occu pants into the ocean 17 miles off the East Coast of Florida. Mayports salvage ship, Preserver, and her crew had the sad duty of recovering the shuttle and its astro nauts. There have been many rescues made by the men, ships and heli copters homeported at Mayport and there will be more. The 1980s saw us in Grenada and other trouble spots through out the world. Early on, yet another attempt was made to assassinate a president of the United States. We saw the destruction of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of East and West Germany, and finally, perhaps, the breakup of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. In 1990, we saw Mayports ships and helicopters deployed to the Middle East in an operation called Desert Shield that culiminated in 1991 in a hundredhour war called Desert Storm. During its first 50 years that Mayport has been on the Navys map, the old girl has seen it all. Youve come a long way, baby! U.S. Navy PhotoFrontier Section Base Mayport consisted of a few hundred acres and a couple of hundred personnel to a complex of 3,289 acres with approximately 18,000 per sonnel, homeport to 33 ships and more than 36 tenant commands.No Dough Dinner Mayport USO will hold a No Dough Dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 12 for active duty service members and their immedi ate families. The NAS Jacksonville USO Center will host a No Dough Dinner on Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at FRA #91 located at 5391 Collins Road. This is free for Active Duty, National Guard and Reservists on active orders, and their dependents. Jacksonville Icemen 2017-18 Hockey Season The Jacksonville IceMen are a minor league ice hockey team in the ECHL in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Icemen has teamed up with your Greater Jacksonville Area USO for the 201718 season. With the support of the Jacksonville Icemen, Greater Jacksonville USO will have 25 tickets for each home game during this years 36-game season. The intent of these free tickets is for use as a command social, evenly spread out throughout all ranks, with the hope of fostering unity and morale. Vintage USO Stars And Stripes Dinner And Dance Come in your best 1940s attire! Friday Musicale presents a Vintage USO Stars and Stripes Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 6 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online at or call 904-355-7584. The cost is $75 per person with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. New VA Veterans ID Card Veterans with honor able service will be able to apply for the new VA ID card. This card will provide proof of mili tary service and may be accepted by retail ers in lieu of the stan dard DD-214 form to obtain promotional dis counts and other services offered to Veterans. To request a VIC, Veterans must visit www.vets. gov, click on Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card on the bottom left of page and sign in or cre ate an account. Cards should be received with in 60 days and delivery status is available at Family Financial Fitness Dinner And Certificate Series Real Sense Prosperity Place, in partner ship with Junior Achievement, now offers FREE family-friend ly financial education workshops. Parents, bring your children grades three through 12, and improve your money management skills as a family. Workshops are held on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. Space is limited. Call 904-3303957 to register or visit: SAT/ACT PREP The eKnowledge Donation Project with the Greater Jacksonville Area USO is entering its 13th years assisting students and families with SAT/ACT prep. See attached flyer for more information or visit USOJax. Military Spouse COMPASS Program COMPASS is a spouseto-spouse mentoring program that introduces participants to all aspects of the mili tary lifestyle. COMPASS offers military spouses the opportunity to estab lish a peer network, acquire knowledge and develop skills neces sary to successfully meet future challenges of military life. Please come join us! Well be sure to make you smile, help you meet other spouses, pro vide you with YUMMY Dinners, and even reim burse you for babysitting fees (please inquire with a Compass Mentor for more info). Registration is required! Please visit to find a Session near you. Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old maga zines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fun draiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. Help support the troops with your unwanted paper! United Through Reading program makes it possible to share in the enjoyment of reading to the children in your life, even while thousands of miles apart. The Mayport Center and NAS Center can record you reading a book to your children and send it to them after you have gone on deployment. It is a great way to make them smile on their spe cial day even when you can not be there with them. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service members with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary service is also available. Watch TV or a movie from the video library. Service members can also enjoy video games or use the sports equipment. There is a full kitch en, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. The USO is available for meetings, support groups, recep tions, parties and predeployment briefs. For more information, call 246-3481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. Sign up for the USO newsletter by emailing USONEWS


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 9 backed name tags will be worn centered, 1/4-inch above the left breast pocket-similar in size, shape and content to the V-neck sweater name tag. Embossed leather name tags or fabric embroidered unit specific name tags similar to those worn on the green Nomex flight jacket will be authorized for wear at the discre tion of unit commanders. Blue or brown undershirts are authorized for wear with the IFRV, although blue undershirts are being phased out with the introduction of the Navy Working Uniform Type III. Members will not be authorized to stencil or serialize any portion of outer fabric of the IFRV nor attach unit or flag patches due to the risk of degrading the flame resistant fabric. However, Sailors are allowed to stencil the inner parts for identification purposes. The IFRV will be prescribed as an underway uni form and the appropriate attire for events such as sea and anchor detail. Commands can authorize the IFRV for wear ashore or in-port and when working in conditions where excessive wear to the uniform could occur or when needing arc or flash protection. The IFRV coverall is made from a flame resistant, tri-fiber blend designed to offer arc flash protection and provide improved moisture management by allowing the fiber to breathe more efficiently. The IFRV coverall is also designed for sustained durabil ity lasting nearly twice as long as the FRV. Additionally, feedback during fleet testing of the IFRV revealed a desire for a two-piece FRV. USFF has developed several versions with varying design features that will be tested in the spring of 2018.From Page 1Uniform(DD 975) as a Close In Weapons System Technician, USS Ford (FFG 54) as Electronics Material Officer, PCU/ USS Howard (DDG 83) as Operations Officer, USS Yorktown (CG 48) as Operations Officer (DDG 92) as Executive Officer, Destroyer Squadron 50 as Chief Staff Officer, USS Dewey (DDG 105) as Commanding Officer and Patrol Coastal Squadron One as Commodore. Douglas has serve dashore at Navy Training Center Great Lakes as a Firecontrol A School instructor, Tactical Training Group Pacific in San Diego, Calif., as an instructor for sur face warfare tactics and planning, Naval Surface Forces Pacific as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for readiness and train ing and Afloat Training Group San Diego as Commanding Officer. It is great to return to sea as the Commanding Officer of USS Hue City. Capt. Gillen has a fine ship and crew that I could not be happier to lead. USS Hue City is a part of the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) and is homeported in Mayport, Florida. From Page 1 Hue City Take Command: Urgent Care Is Now Easier to Access! As of Jan. 1, 2018, most 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 previous policy, which waived referrals for the first two urgent care visits per year. Active duty service members (ADSMs) should con tinue to visit military hospitals and clinics for care. ADSMs enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote who do not live near a military hospital or clin ic do not need a referral when seeking an urgent care visit. We wanted our ser vice members fami lies and others to have easier access to urgent care, explained Mr. Ken Canestrini, act ing director, TRICARE Health Plan within the Defense Health Agency. Beneficiaries can go visit an urgent care cen ter 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. Urgent care is care you need for a nonemergency illness or injury requiring treat ment within 24 hours. Examples of urgent care conditions include a sprain, rising tempera ture or sore throat. It is not an emergency and doesnt threaten life, limb or eyesight. If you are unsure whether to seek urgent care, call the 24/7 Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-TRICARE (8742273)Option 1. You will speak with a reg istered nurse who can answer your questions and give advice. The nurse can also assist you with finding a pro vider and scheduling an appointment. If you need care after hours, while traveling, or if your primary care manager is unavail able, urgent care is a great option. Contact Humana Military, the East regional contractor, at 1-800-444-5445 to help you find an appro priate urgent care facility or provider. You can also use the TRICARE pro vider search tool online at FindDoctor. Any TRICARE Overseas Prime enroll ees requiring urgent care while TDY or on leave status in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, may access urgent care without a referral or an authori zation, but the ADSMs must follow-up with their PCM in accordance with applicable DoD and Service regulations con cerning ADSM care out side MTFs. This is your benefit. Visit changes to learn more about the changes and take command of your health!


10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 Mayport Commands Join Truman Strike Group For COMPTUEXBy MC3 Thomas Bonaparte Jr.USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public AffairsThe Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) took another step in its pre-deploy ment work-up cycle by commencing the com posite training unit exer cise (COMPTUEX) Feb 1. COMPTUEX is an intensive, month-long exercise designed to fully integrate units of HST CSG, while testing the strike groups abil ity as a whole to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea. Ships, squadrons and staffs will be tested across every core war fare area within their mission sets through a variety of simulated and live events, including air warfare, strait transits, and responses to surface and subsurface contacts and electronic attacks. Completing these assessments effectively certifies Truman as a deployment-ready fight ing force capable of com mencing missions over seas. COMPTUEX tests our ability to combine all units and capabili ties within the strike group into a cohesive, multi-mission fight ing force that can per form sustained combat operations at sea, said Rear Adm. Gene Black, HST CSG commander. Performing this critical evolution now, before deployment, allows our strike group to find out its strengths, but more importantly to pin-point where we can better inte grate as a team. During the exercise, trainers, mentors and assessors from Carrier Strike Group 4, the U.S. Fleet Forces Command formation charged with training and men toring Atlantic Fleet Carrier Strike Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups, and indepen dently deploying surface ships for deployment, will embark with partici pating units to provide training through care fully planned, realistic scenarios. More than anything, COMPTUEX gets us into the right state of mind, said Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Horstead. The things we do are essential. It prepares us for a variety of sce narios we may encoun ter on deployment. COMPTUEX is the sym bolic battle between our adversaries and coalition forces. HST CSG is sched uled to deploy later this year. Strike group ele ments participating in COMPTUEX include USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and embarked Carrier Air Wing One; staffs from Carrier Strike Group 8 and Destroyer Squadron 28, guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60); guided-missile destroy ers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farrragut (DDG 99), USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and embarked NS Mayport-based HSM-48, USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), the Royal Norwegian Navy frig ate HNoMS Roald Amundsen (F 311) and the Sachsen-class German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221). COMPTUEX is the final stage of pre-deploy ment workups for the strike group. For USS Harry S. Truman, the evolution caps off more than seven months of training to ensure the ship and crew are ready to deploy. -Photo by MC3 Thomas Bonaparte Jr.The guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) conducts a replenish ment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting Tailored Shipboard Test Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) in preparation for future operations. DoD Studying Wearable Devices Giving Too Much InfoBy Lisa FerdinandoDoD News, Defense Media ActivityThe safety and security of Defense Department members and their families is Defense Secretary James N. Mattis top prior ity as he reviews the use of electronic devices at DoD locations worldwide, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said today. White said a heat map from the Strava fit ness application provided an opportunity to see a possible vulnerability. The heat map showed the routes of exercise enthusiasts who used the app to track their fitness activities, including at military installations worldwide. You have to also consider the fact that we have been attacked, bases have been attacked, White said at a Pentagon news conference. Information is power and our adversaries have used information to plan attacks against us. Mattis is taking into consideration the total ity of the DoD enterprise, not just at the Pentagon, White explained. She said the review extends beyond cellphones and includes a wide array of electronic devices. We always are thinking about how do we enhance and adapt our security procedures, she said, adding and thats whats happening now. Comprehensive Look at Electronic Devices White had no timeframe on when a deci sion would come out of the review, which she described as a comprehensive look at the use of electronic devices. Technology is very dynam ic, she said. It is important that we always adapt our security procedures. Mattis primary interest is to ensure that we are all safe and that we are all secure, White said. Operational security is his priority, she added. The secretary is looking across the DoD enterprise, she said. Hes taking a comprehen sive look at our security measures, what we can do, mitigating factors, and of course he will also consider the concerns of the workforce. She said the Strava incident and other inci dents allowed Mattis to take a bigger look at what are we doing and how are we doing it.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, ursday, February 8, 2018 11 From TRICAREChances are you know someone that only gets their teeth cleaned every few years. You may even be that person. But, fre quent and regular clean ings are more important than most people think. Beyond helping to main tain a bright and clean smile, regular cleanings help your overall health in many ways. If youre enrolled in the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP), TDP covers yearly diag nostic and preventive services, giving you even more reasons to visit the dentist. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 percent of all adults in America live with untreated tooth decay. When tooth decay isnt treated, it can lead to cavities and even tooth loss, said U.S. Army Col. James Honey, chief of the TRICARE Dental Care Section at the Defense Health Agency. During a 12-month period, the TDP covers two routine teeth clean ings. If noted on the claim form that youre pregnant or have a registered, covered chronic medical condition, then a third routine teeth clean ing is covered during a 12-month period. Normal dental clean ing visits generally fol low a similar format. First, a dentist or hygien ist reviews your medi cal history with you. If youre due for X-rays, these images will help detect decay or changes in your mouth. Next, the dentist or hygienist will remove plaque, tar tar and stains from your teeth. Polishing the teeth and applying fluoride are the final steps. If youre age 18 or younger, the dentist may consider placing seal ants onto the back teeth to help prevent cavities on the chewing surfaces. The TDP covers sealants for permanent molars through age 18. A healthy mouth may lower your risk for some serious medical issues, including stroke and heart disease. Early signs of certain medical con ditions may be visible in the mouth, includ ing oral cancers. For these reasons, the den tist inspects your mouth, lips, jaw and throat. The dentist will also look for signs of gum disease, also called peri odontal disease. Gum disease is an infection in the tissues that hold teeth in place. Nearly half of all adults age 30 or older show signs of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Finally, the dentist checks for proper tooth alignment and biting, chewing and swallowing patterns. Dont let another year pass. Make an appoint ment for your next cleaning now. Do it for your teeth, your wallet and your health. For more information about the TDP, download the TRICARE Dental Program Handbook For infor mation about all den tal plans, visit Dental Plans on the TRICARE website. USS Iwo Jima and USS New York Leave For 6-Month DeploymentFrom StaffOn Wednesday, February 7, more than 4,500 Sailors and Marines from the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Naval Station Mayport on a scheduled sixmonth deployment. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to conduct maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation, while also providing a forward naval presence in Europe and the Middle East. Our Sailors and Marines have been conducting exercis es and integrating with each other since last summer in preparation for this moment, said Capt. Jack Killman, com modore, IWO ARG. The training has made us a stron ger, more effective team, and we look forward to providing military commanders a versatile, amphibious presence able to accomplish a variety of missions at anytime and any where. The Iwo Jima ARG embarks the 26th MEU and consists of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 4 and FST-8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, components of Naval Beach Group 2 and the embarked staff of Amphibious Squadron 4. NMCRS Celebrates Birthday-Photo by Paige GnannDana Richardson, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson helps Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Mayport Director Bill Kennedy cut a birthday cake to celebrate 114 years of the non-profit orga nization. Mrs. Richardson was in town with her husband during a visit to Naval Station Mayport all hands call on USS Iwo Jima.Sailors Urged To Take Navy SurveyFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsThe Navys biennial Personal and Professional Choices Survey is avail able for selected Sailors until Feb. 23. This Secretary of the Navy-directed 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 development, work-life balance, adoption 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 select ed active duty Sailors. Notification emails will be sent to participants from both the Chief of Naval Personnel and the survey platform, urg ing Sailors to use this opportunity to provide their feedback to the Navy. Participation is anonymous and com pletely voluntary, but Navy leadership strongly encourages selected Sailors to participate. If you were selected to participate, please take advantage of this opportu nity 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_AND_ Cleanings Can Save Time, Money, Life rf


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