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Vol. 59 Issue 7 www.nsmayport.navy.mil www.mayportmirror.com THURSDAY, February 15, 2018 Get Study Tips For Advancement Exam Page 2 USS Iwo Jima Completes Missilex Pages 4-5 Mayport Sailors Named Top SURFLANT SOYs -Photo by MC2 Justin Wolpert Army Chief Warrant Officer Four Phillip Brashear, left, and Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, right, pose with Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) winners Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Luis Figuroa from NS Mayport-based USS Detroit (LCS 7) and Interior Communication Electrician 1st Class Ronnie Byrd of NS Mayport-based SURFRON 14 during a ceremony held at the Carl Brashear Conference Center at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. By Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Public Affairs Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) announced its fiscal year 2017 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony at the Carl Brashear Conference Center on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Feb. 9. Petty Officer First Class Luis Figuroa, from the littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7), was selected as the Sea SOY and Petty Officer First Class Ronnie Byrd, from Commander, Surface Squadron 14 (SURFRON 14), was selected as the Shore SOY. Leading up to todays announcement, 12 Sailors competed and participated in boards, leadership events and luncheons. Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., command er, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, spoke at the ceremony and recog nized their leadership, character and expertise. Each one of you should be extremely proud to have been nominated for this pres tigious awardyou are the heart and soul of the Atlantic Surface Force. I applaud all of you on your performance and look forward to hearing about the great thing you will continue to do dur ing your careers. Figuroa and Byrd will now participate in the U.S. Fleet Forces Command SOY com petition. The winner of that competition will be meritoriously promoted to the rank of chief petty officer and then com pete at the Chief of Naval Operations SOY level. Army Chief Warrant Officer Four Phillip Brashear, son of the late Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear, was the events guest speaker. He spoke about his love for the Navy and the pride he has in knowing the participants were bearing the legacy of excellence that was so important to his father. My father stood for so much, said Brashear. What these guys are doing here, what they are vying for to be the best is something my father did every day of his life. You guys are here prov ing that point and con tinuing that legacy. Sailors who partici pated and competed for SURFLANT Sea SOY included: Petty Officer First Class Daniel Cardigan, USS Sentry (MCM 3); Petty Officer First Class Gabriel Denson, USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81); Petty Officer First Class Luis Figuroa, USS Detroit (LCS 7); Petty Officer First Class Michael Mills, USS Bataan (LHD 5); Petty Officer First Class Aaron Smith, USS Ramage (DDG 61); and Petty Officer First Class Toni Walker, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) Sailors who partici pated and competed for SURFLANT Shore SOY included: Petty Officer First Class Ronnie Byrd, Commander Surface Squadron 14 (DESRON 14); Petty Officer First Class Krystal Byrd, USS San Antonio (LPD 7); Petty Officer First Class Sarina Celaya, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two (LCSRON 2); Petty Officer First Class Love Harris, Commander, Surface Squadron Five (DESRON 5); Petty Officer First Hours of Operation: Monday Friday 0730 -1530 appointments are strongly encouraged, walking in may result in an extended waiting time. Saturday: 0730-1100 (walk ins only) I.D. Cards/DEERS Appointment Website: https:// rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil Phone Number: (904) 270-7614 x 300/301/131/132 Need ID Card? Know PSD Hours See SOY, Page 3 DON Releases FY19 Budget From Navy Office of Information The Department of the Navy released its proposed $194.1 bil lion (Base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)) budget Feb. 12, for fiscal year (FY) 2019. This budget is part of the $716 billion (Base and OCO) defense bud get President Donald Trump submitted to Congress the same day. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget, Rear Adm. Brian Luther, briefed media during a Department of Defense press conference on the Navy and Marine Corps portion of the budget. Our ability to com plete our mission rests on the entire Navy and Marine Corps team Sailors and Marines, Active Duty and Reserve, our Civilian teammates and all our families, said Luther. The Department is grateful for the increased funding and has worked diligently in this request to ensure the funding provided protects and sustains the readiness gains of FY18 and creates a bal anced warfighting force with the capabilities needed for the fight and the capacity to win the fight. This years budget request is focused on restoring wholeness by growing the readi ness, capability and capacity of the Navy and Marine Corps in an effort to build a more lethal, resilient and agile force to deter and defeat aggression by great power competi tors and adversaries in all domains across the conflict spectrum. This force is necessary to fulfill the maritime responsibilities articu lated in the National Defense Strategy. Wholeness will be achieved by focusing on six specific dimensions: building a bigger, bet ter, networked, talent ed, agile and ready fleet. This budget includes By Kyle Malloy Marketing Account Manager, Navy Wounded Warrior, Commander, Navy Installations Command Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor (NWWSF) is hosting nearly 80 seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as their families and caregivers for the 2018 Team Navy adaptive sports trials in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 20 25. Participants hail from around the country; some are seasoned competitors, while others are new to adaptive sports. They are active-duty and retired service members with upper-body, lower body and spinal cord injuries, serious illnesses, trau matic brain injuries, visual impairment, and posttraumatic stress. All of the participants personify the word warrior regardless of their injuries. Throughout the trials, participants will go headto-head in archery, cycling, track and field, shoot ing, sitting volleyball, swimming, and wheelchair basketball during several days of intense, but good-natured competition. Those offered a place on Team Navy will advance to the Department of Defense Warrior Games, a national competition among wounded warriors from all branches of the military, which will be held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, June 2-9. NWW-SF is the Navys sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of serious ly wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and providing resources and sup port to their families. Through proactive leader ship, the program provides individually-tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warriors recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities. The events of the competition will be held on Naval Station Mayport, Hanna Park and Fletcher High School. Field trials start on Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. at Fletcher High School. Swimming trials will be held at Mayport Fitness Center from 1:15-4 p.m. On Feb. 21, Shooting trials will begin at 8 a.m. at Mayport Fitness Center, followed by Sitting Volleyball trials from 1:15-5:15 p.m. at Mayport Fitness. On Feb. 22, the Archery trials will begin at 8 a.m. at Mayport Fitness Center, followed by the Wheelchair Basketball trials from 1:15-5:15 p.m., also at the center. Feb. 23 will be Cycling trials Navy Wounded Warriors Head to Mayport For Spot In 2018 Warrior Games See Warrior, Page 6 See Budget, Page 8

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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 15, 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 3 rd 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: mayportmirror@comcast.net CO Actionline: 270-5589 or 1-800-270-6307 This DoD newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The Mirror are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Navy. Published by The Florida Times-Union, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Navy, under exclusive written contract with Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The appear ance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, U.S. Navy or The Florida Times-Union, of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Public Affairs Office. Advertisements are solicited by the publisher. Inquiries regarding advertising should be directed to: Ellen S.Rykert Publisher 1 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 359-4168 Advertising Sales (904) 359-4168 (800) 472-6397, Ext. 4168 FAX (904) 366-6230 Shelly Knaack, Territory Sales Representative (904) 465-1550 Get Tools To Be A Good Studier In approximately one month, well be starting the cycle of Navy Wide Advancement exams. Ive looked at last exams averages by department across Naval Station Mayports UICs and they are all very simi larly below what I, or you, would like to see. I attribute this, primar ily, to Sailors being sta tioned ashore. Studying at sea is just easier. You have more time on your hands and more access to the gear youll be asked about on the test. Your priorities ashore are divided between fam ily, work, liberty oppor tunities, working out, your phonesand your phones. Sailors at sea test bet ter. Thats a fact. But there is another contributing factor that I think we can tackle ashore. Id like to pres ent to you an opportuni ty today, to simply learn how to study better. Ive never been a good studier. Thankfully, I havent had to prove that in a long time. But back when I was taking advancement exams, Id score decently, but never really well. In fact, Im lucky in a lot of respects that my poor study hab its didnt hurt me in the long run. Notice I didnt use the phrase, poor test taker. Im not a believer in that word. When I ask Sailors about their exams and I get that in return, I immediately think, they didnt study hard enough. I do believe, obviously because I am one, that there are poor studiers. If you study well, youre confident when you sit down. Youre deliberate and you have information to draw from as you choose between similar choices. There arent too many obvious answers on our exams, as its designed to ensure youve made the effort to know your rat ing. But if you study well, you will be able to use a type of deductive rea soning that makes the answers a little less dif ficult to choose between. Those three para graphs are the extent of my advice. If pressed I could come up with something really deep like, use notecards, Shipmate. Frankly, Im tired of giving you that kind of advice, the poor kind. So, today (Feb. 15), at 1300 and 1400, were bringing in the experts. Sharon Kasica, our school liaison officer, will be joined by at least one (Im writing this on Monday so the numbers could change) civilian educator who will speak with us about the best way to create then hone good study habits. These two sessions (1300 and 1400) are open to all Sailors, PO1 and below. Ive asked the facilitators to tai lor their remarks to a group that will be tak ing an important exam in approximately three weeks. So theyll have ideas based on that time table, but also long-term study suggestions. Were going to do this today, and before Septembers exams, Ill be looking at other ways to help you prepare. Ill do my part, but I need you to do yours. Shore duty doesnt have to be the time you relax your initiative or your ambi tion. Listen to what the experts have to say today, then put their sug gestions to the best pos sible use. ANCHORS AWAY CMDCM Bill Houlihan NS Mayport CMC Strategic School for Students With Dyslexia Did you know: 1 in 10 children are dyslexic? 2.9 million Children in the US have a specific learning disability; dys lexia is by far the most common? 80% of students, who are placed in special edu cation for a learning dis ability, have dyslexia? there is a public school right here in Jacksonville that has a unique learning environ ment designed for the dyslexic learner? Given the proper tools, children with dyslexia can grow up to be very successful. Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Woopie Goldberg and Trevor Romain are all well-known dyslexics. What is the GRASP Academy? GRASP stands for Guiding, Remediating and Accelerating Student Performance. The school serves first through eighth-graders who show signs of dyslexia, dyscal culia, or dysgraphia. Dyscalculia describes a similar math impairment and dysgraphia deals with writing challenges They are located at 3101 Justina Road. This school incorporates proj ect based learning and enrichment with pre scriptive structured lan guage instruction and interventions. Eligibility is based on meeting cri teria that demonstrate a student has unmet potential and signs of dyslexia. This school is a public choice school offered by Duval County Public Schools. Why choose the GRASP Academy? The GRASP Academy is a unique learning environment designed for the dyslexic learn er. Enriched programs, structured language intervention, handson learning, and multisensory instruction are core components of the school program ming. They utilize gen eral education teachers, para-professionals, pre scriptive intervention ists and ESE teachers as appropriate in order to maximize the indi vidual approach for each student. The GRASP Academy supports the special learning needs of the dyslexic stu dent by utilizing OrtonGillingham methodology. How are students chosen to participate in the GRASP Choice Academy? Applications for the GRASP Academy will be scored on a rubric to assist them in finding the students that would best thrive in this unique school. Applications will be reviewed to identify students that demon strate signs of dyslexia, dyscalculia and/or dys graphia. The application process begins when the parent completes the GRASP application. Will transportation be provided to the GRASP Academy? Transportation has been provided free of charge to the GRASP Academy through Duval County Public Schools. Check with the school to verify. Transportation will NOT be provided to students outside of the Duval County Public Schools attendance zone. Teachers at the GRASP Academy receive special ized training in order to meet the needs of the students they serve. GRASP emphasizes on multi-sensory learning, children dont just read, write or listen to instruc tion. They physically handle their learning materials. They use different materials such as words, KNOWING THE ROPES Sharon Kasica School Liaison Officer For Gods Sake, Open Your Eyes Its always easier to see with your eyes open. Thats not the most profound state ment, but hear me out. If you want to challenge your prayer life, then try opening your eyes in prayer. A few years ago our churchs worship pastor and I were visit ing the homes of some of our members. As we got in the car to leave the last stop he casu ally said, Thank you Lord for letting us have a great visit with this fam ily. It wasnt really what he said but how he said it... as if Jesus had just climbed into the car with us. I literally, caught myself looking into the rear view mirror! It caught me off guard. I remember thinking to myself, You could have warned me that you were going to pray. I would have bowed my head and closed my eyes. Why is that? Where does that come from? Apart from some hints to a reverent posture, I cant find anything that suggests we ought close our eyes in prayer. Im sure there is some his torical root for it in the middle ages, but Im not aware of it. Nonetheless, it got me thinking and even experimenting with the idea of praying with my eyes open. Today, I rarely close my eyes when I pray. Ive found several benefits. Ill offer you just a couple. First, praying with your eyes open makes praying while walking or driving safer (sarcasm intended). Seriously thoughif we are called to pray without ceasing, then how else are we expected to fulfill that command if not with our eyes open? Practicing prayer with your eyes open allows for prayer in all kinds of moments that you might otherwise have missed. Mowing the lawn is one of my favorite times to pray. Jogging, hiking, paint ing, washing dishes... all great opportunities to spend time in prayer but all require your eyes remain engaged. I bet you are realizing that you already practice prayer with your eyes open, per haps, without even real izing it. Foremost, praying with your eyes open allows you to keep the conversation going beyond the Amen. I realized that my prayers had a hard start and end to them. They began when I bowed my head and closed my eyes then ended with my Amen. Afterward, I would rise and go about my day... as if I had an appointment with the presence of God that began and ended CHAPLAINS CORNER Chaplain Darrel Rewis CNSS 14 Chaplain Center Naval Station Mayport Chapel has released the Lenten and Easter schedule for Roman Catholics and Protestants, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Chapel will host its Easter celebration, including pictures with the Easter Bunny, on March 17 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. An Easter egg hunt will start at 10:30 a.m. on the Chapel grounds. Protestant Holy Week Palm Sunday service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on March 25. The annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held April 1 at 7:15 a.m. behind Ocean Breeze Conference Center. Easter morning service and Easter Cantata will be held in the main Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Roman Catholic services begin with Stations of the Cross on All Fridays of Lent in the small chapel at 6 p.m. Its followed by a pot luck in the Fellowship Hall each Friday. On March 16, Stations will be held at Eucharist Congress. Stations before Mass will be held at 8:40 a.m. on March 18. Holy Week schedule begins on Passion (Palm) Sunday Mass starting outside the Chapel on March 25 at 8:45 a.m. Holy Thursday Mass will be held on March 29 at 6 p.m. Good Friday Divine Mercy Chaplet and Confessions will be held at 2:30 p.m. on March 30 with a service at 3 p.m. and a fish fry. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass will be held on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Blessing of Easter food baskets will happen before Mass. Easter Sunday Resurrection of the Lord Mass will be held at the Sea Otter Pavilion on April 1 at 7 a.m. Easter Mass will be held at 9 a.m. at the Main Chapel. Divine Mercy Chaplet will be held at 8:45 a.m. on April 8. Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Chapel Services For Lenten, Easter See GRASP, Page 9 See Prayer, Page 10

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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 15, 2018 3 Mayport Sailor Of The Week Name (rate/rank, first and last name): MN1/E6 Justin Turner Job: LTF Instructor at CSCS Detachment Mayport Age: 31 Hometown: College Station, TX Favorite Hobby: Working on cars and trucks Hero: My grandfather Best Piece of Advice Received: Always have a map in your head of where you are going and what you need to do. Goals for the Navy: Obtain Master Training Specialist and maximize my opportunities to bet ter myself and my stu dents. How has the Navy Improved Your Life? The Navy has given me opportunities and expe riences that I could only dream of. Why was this Sailor Chosen to be Highlighted? MN1 Turner is a phenomenal Sailor and instructor at LCS Training Facility. He is an instructor for the 7 Meter Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) course and is currently teaching 6 Sailors in the operations and tactics of 7 Meter RIB opera tions. MN1s knowledge is crucial in the develop ment of the Deck course ware, creating and veri fying Deck Operations topics for the LCS-1 Freedom Class vari ant. He also operates the Launch, Recovery, Handling and Stowage System Overhead Crane Simulator at LTF, pro viding training for LCS Crew Sailors and during tours of the LCS Training Facility. Furthermore, MN1 spends off time managing the train ing records for all LTF Sailors. MN1 Justin Turner Class Renaldo Jenks, SURFLANT; and Petty Officer First Class Cory McIntyre, Afloat Training Group (ATG) The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recognize an individual Sailor who best repre sented the ever-growing group of dedicated pro fessional Sailors at each command and ultimate ly, in the Navy. When the program began, only the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Sailors were recog nized. Within 10 years, the Sailor of the Year program was expanded to include shore com mands. -Photo by MC2 Justin Wolpert Force Master Chief Kevin Goodrich and Sailor of the Year Participants, pose for a group photo with a portrait of Master Chief Carl Brashear. Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) announced its fiscal year 2017 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony at the Carl Brashear Conference Center on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. The Sea and Shore SOY winners, Hospital Corpsman First Class Luis Figuroa and Interior Communications Electrician First Class Ronnie Byrd will compete next for U.S. Fleet Forces Command SOY. From Page 1 SOY Important Info About Your Drinking Water From NS Mayport Public Works What happened? NS Mayport Public Works has released a Bacteriological Monitoring Public Notice after the naval stations water system did not meet the requirements of a drinking water rule. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contami nants on a regular basis. For community water systems, such as ours, monthly monitoring is required for Total Coliform. Results of regular monitoring are an indica tor of whether or not your drinking water meets health standards. During the December 2017 com pliance period, our system tested positive for Total Coliform bacteria in the distribution system. All repeat samples taken in the distribution system were satisfactory and were clear of any presence for Total Coliform; however, we did not monitor or test Total Coliform in the ground water within the required 24-hour window and therefore can not be sure of the quality of your drinking water at that time. What should I do? Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environ ment and are used as an indica tor that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Microbes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, head aches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. Any customers who are concerned about their exposure to Coliforms can choose alternative sources of water for ingestion. What does this mean? This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been noti fied immediately. What is being done? The failure to monitor or test Total Coliform in the ground water within the required 24-hour window was due to an oversight by the sampling technician. In order to prevent this error from occurring again, remedial train ing was provided and ground water sampling procedures were rein forced. These actions will help to ensure that all required locations are properly sampled in the event of another positive Total Coliform test result. The problem was resolved by Feb. 2, 2018. For more information, please con tact at Marcos Flores 904-270-3515.

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 15, 2018 -Photo by MC2 Andrew Murray A rolling airframe missile is launched from the forward missile battery of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during a missile exercise. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. The Iwo Jima ARG embarks the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and includes Iwo Jima, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), Fleet Surgical Team 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. Iwo Jima Completes Missile Exercise By USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Public Affairs The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) success fully completed a mis sile exercise (MISSILEX) off the coast of Virginia, Feb. 9. Following the detec tion of the simulated threat, Iwo Jima fired one Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), striking a remotely controlled, subsonic missile drone meant to simulate an anti-ship cruise missile. SSDS is Iwo Jimas pri mary defensive weapon, making maintenance on radars and weapons a top priority for the Combat Systems team. Year round, the crew tests the systems sen sors and missile cells, performs maintenance on its gears and motors, and conducts corrosion control checks. The sys tems daily exposure to sun and salt requires a higher level of attention to ensure the integrity of the unit is not compro mised. There have been countless hours of prepa ration for this exercise, said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Damian Blackwell. Thats every thing from scenario trainings throughout the entire year in the com bat information center (CIC) to a plethora of maintenance hours to include daily operability tests, bi-weekly checks, and monthly checks to ensure that the RAM launchers are perform ing at their best condi tion. Led by the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Groups (ARG) Air and Missile Defense Commander and Iwo Jima Commanding Officer, Capt. Joseph OBrien, the exercise also demonstrated the Navys continued efforts to train for todays warfighting environment. The RAM system is scheduled to fire once prior to deployment, ensuring Iwo Jima is ready for any aerial threat it might encoun ter. The MISSILEX will demonstrate the pro ficiency of our air-side combat watch team in CIC, said Blackwell. It will test the ability of our radars to track an inbound drone, assign a missile system and most importantly prove to the Navy that the Iwo Jima has the ability to defend its self when operating in our area of responsibil ity. Tracking an inbound target and ensuring its brought down involves more than just the fire controlmen. The entire watch team in CIC plays a very critical role. It is CICs job to suc cessfully identify and track the drone or mis sile as it is headed inbound so that we can safely and effec tively engage it, said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Tim Koester, a CIC watch supervisor. Without those efforts, we couldnt possibly take down a threat. While Combat Systems and bridge teams play a major role, every Iwo Jima department is a stakeholder in a success ful MISSILEX. This MISSLEX is the culmination of our training efforts prior to deployment, said OBrien. It really takes the entire crew to make this evolution safe, effi cient and effective. From the Fire Controlmen con ducting pre-fire main tenance and loading the weapons to the watch standers on the bridge and in the Combat Information Center tracking the drone to ensure a good missile intercept, Im proud of everyones efforts today. The Iwo Jima ARG is deployed in support of maritime security opera tions and theater securi ty cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. The Iwo Jima ARG embarks the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and includes Iwo Jima, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), Fleet Surgical Teams 4 and 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. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. Patten Sailors load an Evolved Seasparrow Missile into a NATO missile launcher on the aft missile deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. Patten Sailors wash down the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is deployed in sup port of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. -Photo by MC3 Michael H. Lehman Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Britnie Grey directs Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Joley Vessell as she positions an MH-60S Sea Hawk, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). -Photo by MC3 Daniel C. Coxwest The port anchor of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) sparks as its released during an anchoring evolution. -Photo by MC2 Lyle Wilkie Hull Technician 1st Class Daniel Patrick verifies a zebra card with Logistic Specialist 3rd Class Warren Orcales during a general quarters drill aboard USS New York (LPD 21). -Photo by MCSN Dary M. Patten Sailors load an Evolved Seasparrow Missile into a NATO missile launcher on the aft missile deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East.

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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 15, 2018 5 -Photo by MC2 Andrew Murray A Sailor arrives to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) in prepa ration to depart Naval Station Mayport for a deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. -Photo by MC3 Jessica L. Dowell Sailors man a line during well deck operations with Landing Craft Unit 1656 aboard the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). -Photo by MC3 Joe J. Cardona Gonzalez An AV-8B Harrier II jet, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162, takes off from the flight deck on the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Sailors and Marines man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departs Naval Station Mayport as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. -Photo by MC2 Mark Andrew Hays Family members observe as the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) departs Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled six-month deployment. The New York is deploying as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Assault Ready Group and with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to conduct maritime secu rity operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation, while also providing a forward naval pres ence in Europe and the Middle East. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Sailors and their families say a prayer prior to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departing Naval Station Mayport as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) deployment in support of maritime security operations and the ater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. Patten Aviation Boatswains Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Jeison Rosales says goodbye to his family as Sailors and Marines board the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) before it departs Naval Station Mayport for a deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Sailors families bid farewell as the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departs Naval Station Mayport. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. Patten Operations Specialist 2nd Class Kylee Rivera and Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Mollie Champions daughter watch Sailors and Marines board USS Iwo Jima before it departs Naval Station Mayport. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Quartermaster 2nd Class John Hughey raises the Ensign as USS Iwo Jima departs Naval Station Mayport.

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6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 8 a.m.-noon and 1:15-5:15 p.m. at Hanna Park. Track will end the session on Feb. 24 from 8 a.m.noon and 1:15-5:15 p.m. at Fletcher High School. Military personnel, families, loved ones and civil ians are encouraged to come out and support the wounded warriors during the competition. Civilians without a military sponsor may apply for a MWR Guest Card by calling 904-270-5228. Please visit https://www.navywoundedwarrior. com/news-events for the most current schedule of events. 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 endur ance while earning great incentives. Swimmers can track their mileage in our binder on the pool deck. 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. Feb 27: Learn-toSwim Level 1 and 2. Our Learn-to-Swim win ter program is a 4-week program consisting of 8 half-hour lessons. Classes begin Feb. 27. March 19 23: American Red Cross Lifeguard course 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Cost is $165 for military, dependents and DoD, and $195.00 for civilians. Participates in the Lifeguard Course must attend ALL the dates (No Exceptions). Candidates must prequalify before making payment. Candidates must be at least 15 years old and swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for 2 minutes and complete a 1 minute timed event. The prequalification test can be conducted anytime dur ing Natatorium hours of operation. 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. Intramural Sports Feb. 28: Womens Soccer Organizational Meeting. 5 p.m. in the Fitness Center Conference Room. Open to active duty, retirees, DOD dependents 18 +. Season begins March 23. March 9 11: March Maddness Basketball Tournament. Registration deadline March 1. Entry fee $250 per team. Auto Skills Center February Special: 10% off alignment. Free alignment with purchase of 4 tires. 270-5392 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 informative 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 2705392. Community Recreation Feb. 16: Family Formal. 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon. Tickets are $7.50 per person or reserve a table of 8 for $50. Purchase at Tickets and Travel. Enjoy hors doeuvres, a photo both, dancing and more. Semiformal dress required. Feb. 17: Movies at Mayport: Daddys Home (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. 270-5228 Feb 23: Mayport Movies: Justice League (PG-13). 6 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in the Tortuga Room. FREE. Bring the whole family to watch on our 20 ft. screen. 2705228 Feb. 24: Movies at Mayport: Justice League (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. 2705228 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, coolers and more. 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). 270-5377 Frid ay and Saturday N ights: Xtreme Red Pin Bowling. 8 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Mayport Bowling Center. $3.50 per game. $3 shoe rental. Sunday Nights: Xtreme Family Fun Night. 4 7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $13 per person (includes shoes and kids hot dog or hamburger meal). Bring the kids out for 3 hours of X-treme bowling. 270-5377 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. Dont get stuck in traffic leaving the base, swing by Windy Harbor on the way out for a quick game! 9 holes and a cart for just $11. 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 pro vide proper ID). 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 Thursdays: Blue Plate Special. From Page 1 Warrior Child and Youth Programs Become a Child Development Home Provider. The Child Development Home (CDH) Program is an extension of the Child Development Center Program. CDHs are independent business enter prises operated by Navy certified military family members in their own homes. The CDH program allows young children to receive the same early start in learning just as the CDC provides. For information on how to become a CDH Provider please call the Child Development Center at 904270-7740. Feb. 16: Top Golf Trip. 7 11 p.m. Cost is $20. Permission slip required. Open to Middle and High School students. 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 stu dents.

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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 15, 2018 7 Drop In Childcare Option At CDC, YAC From Staff Need a couple of hours to go grocery shop ping? Or youre regular childcare sitter called in sick and you have to get to work? Naval Station Mayports Child Development and Youth Activities Centers can help with their hourly care program. All Child Development Centers (CDC) and School Age-Care (SAC) programs offer hourly care for parents who need short-term care on an intermittent basis. The hourly care program ensures we are maximiz ing available program spaces to the greatest extent possible. DoD established a standard hourly care rate across all services and all fami lies who participate in hourly care pay the same fee of $4 per hour per child. CDCs and SACs charge parents the full per-child hourly fee for each child for any hour or portion of an hour of care provided. Families may make reservations up to 30 days in advance not to exceed 25 hours per week at CDCs and not to exceed 10 hours per week in SAC pro grams. Families using hourly care are assessed a no show fee for the entire reservation if they fail to show up or do not call the center to cancel their reservation. Parents who have had two no-shows may be prohibited from making any advance reservations for 30 days from the last no-show date. Hourly care families who pick up their child after the cen ter closes are assessed a late fee in addition to the hourly fee, which contin ues to accrue until the child is picked up. MWR Swim Focuses On Drowning Prevention By Terra Downey MWR Marketing Technician Summer is around the corner and drowning prevention is a top pri ority for Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Aquatics Coordinator Enyr Hoth. This is one of the reasons why MWR is offering an American Red Cross Learn-toSwim winter program at the Natatorium inside the Fitness Center. This will be the first time we have been able to offer winter swim les sons, said Hoth. In addition to drowning prevention, we are happy to respond the many requests we have had for winter swim lessons. The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim winter program will offer lessons for Level 1 and Level 2. Children between the ages of 5 and 8 are usually ready for this type of water instruction. Level 1 is an introduction to water skills where students will learn how to feel com fortable and safely enjoy the water. Level 2 teach es the fundamentals of aquatic skills where children will learn basic swimming skills like sep arate leg and arm move ments. Learn-to-Swim Level 1 and Level 2 are four week programs consist ing of eight half-hour swim lessons. Classes start Feb. 27. Level 1 lessons are on Tuesdays from 4 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:15 10:45 a.m. Level 2 lessons are on Tuesdays from 4:45 5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 11:30 a.m. Registration will be held at the Natatorium on Friday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. 12 p.m. The cost is $45 per child per session. My goal is to get children introduced to aquatics at an early age, said Hoth. That way they can get acclimated to the water with the ultimate goal being to break the cycle of drown ing. Mayport Liberty Center ***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. 270-7204 Feb. 16: Town Center Trips. Van departs the Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. 270-7788 Feb. 16: Volunteer Opportunity: Feeding Northeast Florida. Van departs from the Liberty Center at 11:30 a.m. Sign up by Feb. 13. 2707788 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 selling goods and services online via eBay, Craigslist, Etsy and Amazon Marketplace. Learn what skills are needed to sell online, how to create and manage accounts on these sites, and how to stay safe and avoid scams. 270-7788 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. 270-7788 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. 270-7788 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. 270-7788 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. 270-7788 MWR Liberty Center Has Activites For You rf rfntb n bn Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You! www.mayportmirror.com

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8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 15, 2018 a $63.4 billion (base and OCO) request for opera tion and maintenance, funding the maximum executable amounts for ship depot maintenance, aviation depot main tenance and the flighthour program. The oper ation and maintenance request represents an emphasis on the impor tance of restoring whole ness to build capacity and improve lethality in the future. The submission will build on current pro grams and invest in innovation to enable the Navy to compete in a fast-paced, complex global maritime environ ment today and in the future. The submission includes a $58.5 billion (base and OCO) pro curement budget that would buy 10 new ships and 54 ships across the Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP) and invest in high-tech systems including unmanned, cyber and directed ener gy weapons. The 10 new ships the budget would purchase include three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, two Virginia-class sub marines, one littoral combat ship and one expeditionary staging base to prioritize sta bility in major combat ant shipbuilding as the fleet continues to grow. Additionally, the budget funds the construction of 120 aircraft in FY19 and 655 aircraft across the FYDP By fully funding the Columbia-class SSBN program, the FY19 bud get maintains the Navys commitment to pro viding the nation with a credible and surviv able sea-based strategic deterrent. In order to meet dynamic changes in the security environment of today, this years sub mission includes $18.6 billion for research and development, support ing the Navy-Marine Corps team of the future through technological advantages designed to counter adversaries in all environments and across all spectrums. The budget supports our personnel by funding career-development ini tiatives and providing a 2.6 percent pay increase, while developing and procuring the most cut ting-edge platforms and weapons available. It also continues to invest in Sailor 2025, to pro mote the transformation of internal business pro cesses to improve ser vice to Sailors, increase organizational agility and responsiveness and reduce cost. Lastly and equal ly important, the Department of the Navy (DON) remains fully committed to the audit effort and transforming our business culture by adopting strong inter nal controls consistent with industry standards. Internal processes and programs were reviewed to achieve reform and funding savings over $5 billion across the FYDP. Our reform efforts con tinue to focus on improv ing organizational effec tiveness; eliminating, restructuring or merging activities; and workforce management. Highlights of the pro posed DoD budget are outlined at http://comp troller.defense.gov/ BudgetMaterials.aspx The entire fiscal 2019 DON budget proposal may be viewed at www. finance.hq.navy.mil/ fmb/PB/books.htm From Page 1 Budget Navy Submits 30-Year Ship Acquisition Plan From Navy Office of Information The Department of the Navy submitted the long-range ship acqui sition plan to Congress Feb. 12. The 30-Year Ship Acquisition Plan is a Congressionallymandated report which describes the Department of the Navys long-range ship building plans for 20192048. This years report focuses on meeting the Navys baseline acqui sition requirements needed to build the Navy the Nation Needs (NNN) and sustaining the domestic industrial base to meet that aim. In support of the National Defense Strategys stated goal of achieving a more lethal, resilient and agile force, the plan serves as a roadmap to reach a 355-ship fleet by the early FY2050s, potentially quicker with an aggressive invest ment of resources. The plan pursues acquisi tion strategies to build ships more quickly and affordably and places top priority on sustain ing the industrial base now and for the future. Ultimately, the plan supports the Navys overall effort to build the Navy the Nation Needs to protect the homeland, defend the interests of America and its allies abroad, and preserve Americas strategic influence around the world. This plan addresses the Navys most critical shipbuilding needs by: Building CVNs four years apart after CVN 82 instead of five to support a 12-ship CVN force. Building 12 Columbia-class SSBNs in support of the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and STRATCOM deterrence require ments. Establishing a sta ble profile of two per year Attack Submarines (SSN). Establishing a sta ble profile of 2.5 per year Large Surface Combatants (DDG), plus an additional ship in FY2022. Establishing a sta ble profile of two per year Small Surface Combatants (LCS, FFG) starting in FY2022, accommodating the transition to FFG(X). Increasing the pace for amphibious ship production to support a 12-ship LHD/LHA force and modernized lethality in FY2033, FY2036 and FY2039. Addresses the candidate long-term replacement for the NNN payload-based submarine, filled mid-term by Virginia Payload Module (VPM). The plan can be viewed in its entirety here: www.secnav.navy. mil/fmc/fmb/Pages/ Fiscal-Year-2019.aspx. -Photo by MC2 Anthony Flynn The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, from front to back, USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) participate in a strait transit exercise with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is underway conduct ing a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which evaluates the strike group's ability as a whole to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea, ultimately certifying the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group for deployment. USS Farragut Sailing Strait Time Almost Up On Navy Survey From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs The Navys biennial Personal and Professional Choices Survey is available 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, worklife balance, adoption leave and family planning. Participation is anonymous and completely volun tary, 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 random ly selected active duty Sailors. Notification emails will be sent to participants from both the Chief of Naval Personnel and the survey platform Max.gov, urging Sailors to use this opportunity 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 participate, 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_AND_DIVERSITY@ navy.mil. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www. facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. Mayport Comes Out For Wounded Warrior Project Ride -Photo by MC2 Amanda Battles Sailors cheer on bikers as they ride 13 miles through the streets of Naval Station Mayport during the Wounded Warrior Projects Soldier Ride. The Soldier Ride is a four-day cycling event that gives wounded warriors the unique opportunity to use cycling as a sense of camaraderie to overcome physical, mental and emotional injuries. -Photo by MC2 Amanda Battles Sailors cheer on bikers as they head out from the CPO Club parking lot to ride 13 miles through the streets of Naval Station Mayport during the Wounded Warrior Projects Soldier Ride. -Photo by Paige Gnann Sailors cheer on bikers as they pass Building One during the Wounded Warrior Projects Soldier Ride.

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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 15, 2018 9 letters and numbers on little plastic blocks that fit together like Legos. Students can better pro cess the sequences of letters, words or num bers by connecting them together. Principal Amanda Sauer shared that many GRASP students make a year and half to two years worth of progress each year. This means were closing some of the learning gaps they have in various subjects, while reading was the target, Sauer added. How do I apply for the GRASP Academy? Applications are initiat ed by the parent. Upon completion and once it is received by staff of the GRASP Academy, they will send the students teacher an online rat ing scale to complete. A student will then be scheduled for a required interview session which will include a short read ing assessment, writing assessment and learning observations/interview questions. The next tour of GRASP is tomorrow 16 February. Grades 1-4 at 0845, grades 5-8 at 1000. For more information and to access the applica tion visit the schools web site at http:// www.duvalschools.org/ domain/6502 Sharon Kasica can be reached at sharon.kasi ca@navy.mil or (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. From Page 2 GRASP USS Detroit Backdrops For Solid Curtain Small Boat Attack Scenario -Photo by MC3 Kristopher S. Haley Above, Senior Chief Fire Controlman Ernest Johnson secures the quarterdeck during a small boat attack drill onboard the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) as part of Exercise Solid CurtainCitadel 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. Left, a USS Detroit Sailor goes over his checklist during a damage control event after a small boat attack drill, part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2018. -Photo by MC3 Kristopher S. Haley A U.S. Navy Sailor mans a defensive post during a small boat attack drill onboard the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. -Photo by Paige Gnann -Photos by Paige Gnann Above, A Sailor performs a damage control drill in an enclosed space on USS Detroit. Right, a Sailor on board USS Detroit preps a water hose for damage control during a small boat attack drill. -Photo by Paige Gnann Below, emergency personnel from Naval Station Mayport respond to a small boat attack drill as part of Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2018. Over 2 million lives impacted! Over 2 million lives impacted!

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10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, February 15, 2018 From Staff The following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and child care is not available. For more information about the classes or to regis ter call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey Avenue. Jan. 9-13, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 14-15, 7:30 a.m.4 p.m. Million Dollar $ailor, BLDG 1, RM 1616 A two day course designed to teach sound financial practices and basic concepts. Topics include money man agement, banking and financial services, car buying, home buying, and saving & investing. Feb. 15, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. What About the Kids, BLDG 1, RM 702 The purpose of this program is to educate parents on the effects of domestic violence on children as encompass ing behavior, emotion, development and social ization. Feb. 20, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Stress Management, BLDG 1, RM 702 Participants learn how to identify stress and its causes, how to identify problems associated with prolonged stress, and participants also learn positive ways to deal with stress. Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Move.mil Workshop, BLDG 1, RM 1616 All military ser vice members or mili tary spouses in receipt of PCS, Separation, Retirement or Change of Homeport Certificate orders are encouraged to attend. Please bring a copy of your PCS orders, House Hold Goods power of attorney, and know the dates you want to request for your Packup/Pick-up. Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-noon Active Parenting (ages 1-5), BLDG 1, RM 702 Feb. 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. SAPR Point of Contact (POC) Training, BLDG 1, RM 1616 SAPR POCs implement and coordinate aware ness and prevention pro grams at the command, as well as maintaining current information on available resource agen cies. This training pro vides SAPR POCs with the tools to succeed. Feb. 22, 8 a.m.-noon Capstone Event (All Pay Grades), BLDG 1, RM 1616 The final component of Transition Goals, Plans, Success (TGPS). During Capstone, Individual Transition Plans (ITP) are reviewed and the completion of CRS is verified and recorded on the ITP checklist (DD Form 2958). Feb. 26 March 8, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Transition GPS Retiree Workshop, BLDG 1, RM 1616 The class is designed for military person nel who are within 24 months of retiring or 90-180 days of separat ing from completion of military services. It helps Service members understand the overall Transition GPS program, the requirements to meet Career Readiness Standards, and to iden tify common issues Service members and their families experience during the transition process. Feb. 26, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. IA Family Connection Group, USO, Mayport RD Open discussions where spouses and fam ily members can ask questions and connect with other family mem bers of deployed IA service members. This group meets once a month and child care is provided for free! Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Financial Leadership Seminar, ATG Auditorium Provides Senior Leadership (E-6 and above) with exposure to a wide array of financial ly related matters local ly. Open forum setting, topics of discussion to include: Common finan cial trends, PFM pro gram awareness, recent/ projected program updates etc.. Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-noon Active Parenting (ages 1-5), BLDG 1, RM 702 Feb. 27, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. TSP/Blended Retirement System, ATG Auditorium Training designed to educate about the new Blended Retirement System. The Fiscal Year 2016 Nation Defense Authorization Act creat ed a new military retire ment system that blends the traditional legacy retirement pension with a defined contribution to Service members Thrift Savings Plan account. The new Blended Retirement System goes into effect on January 1, 2018. Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m.6 p.m. Expectant Parents Workshop, BLDG 1, RM 702 Expecting a new baby can be a worrying time for expectant parents! You need to know what to expect with a new baby. Join us to meet and gain support from others and exchange new ideas. Feb. 27, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Financial Brief for Spouses, BLDG 1, Stark Memorial Classroom Feb. 28, 9 a.m.11 a.m. Paying for College, BLDG 1, ATG Auditorium This workshop pro vides information on sources of funding for higher education, focusing on financial aid resources, college savings plans and tax incentives. FFSC Classes Help With $ Goals 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. No appointments needed for individuals. Please send an email to ycoakley@usojax.com or jschellhorn@uso jax.com to schedule an appointment. Upward Flag Football And Cheerleading Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading has a special offer for mili tary families. Any mili tary dependent with a parent or legal guard ian deployed at any time during the season can participate free of charge. If a parent or legal guardian is not deployed during the sea son, participation fee is $65. For additional information, please call Beth or Bobby Grant at (904)616-9596 or email us at bgrant14@comcast. net Entrepreneurship Training For Veterans-Franchising All active duty mili tary, veterans and their spouses/business part ners are invited to attend a free, informative oneday workshop cover ing the basics of start ing a franchise business on Feb. 21. Parking, breakfast and lunch are included. This event is hosted by the University of North Florida Military and Veterans Resource Center and is sponsored by WWll veteran Robert Jacoby. No Dough Dinner 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. Entrepreneurship Training For Veterans-Franchising All active duty mili tary, veterans and their spouses/business part ners are invited to attend a free, informative oneday workshop cover ing the basics of start ing a franchise business on Feb. 21. Parking, breakfast and lunch are included. This event is hosted by the University of North Florida Military and Veterans Resource Center and is sponsored by WWll veteran Robert Jacoby. 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 www.vets.gov 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: unitedwaynefl.org/famfinance-series. 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 www.eknowledge.com/ USOJax. Sign-Up For Our Newsletter Email lquinn@usojax. com to sign up for the USO newsletter. Military Spouse COMPASS Program COMPASS is a spouseto-spouse mentoring program that intro duces 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 mili tary 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 www.gocompass.org 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! There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary service is also available. Watch TV or a movie from the video library Service mem bers can also enjoy video games or use the sports equipment. There is a full 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. A TV, VCR and overhead pro jector are available for use. For more informa tion about activities or meeting availabilities, call 246-3481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. Sign up for the USO newsletter by emailing lquinn@uso jax.com USO NEWS with my prayer. Listen, when you say Amen, God doesnt depart. He is ImmanuelGod with us. But when I pray with my eyes closed it is as if I paid God a visit in some other realm only to wake back up to the real world when I open my eyes once again. God would have the conversation continue unending. He desires to walk through your day, into your workplace and home with you again. For Gods sake (and yours), open your eyes when you pray. From Page 2 Prayer