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MWR Outdoor Additions Means More Fun, Fitness Page 7 Easter Egg Hunt At Chapel March 17 at 10 a.m. at Chapel Grounds. Call 270-5212 for more information. -Photo by MC1 David Holmes Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced) work on an MV-22B Osprey aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) while the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), left, and the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), right, conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12), Feb. 25, 2018. Iwo Jima ARG Awarded For Humanitarian Service During Hurricanes By Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group Public Affairs Sailors and Marines attached to the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group were awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal for providing ini tial disaster relief in 2017 following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and trans port dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) steamed off the coast of Key West, Florida, providing imme diate aid to locals until federal and state authori ties could take over long-term operations in Irmas aftermath. From Sept. 11 to 16, the efforts of the two ships, 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 com mander, Amphibious Squadron 4 left a posi tive impact on the dev astated city. The Iwo Jima ARG and Marines from the 26 th Marine Expeditionary Unit cleared debris from roadways, distributed food and water, repaired generators and other critical infrastructure, such as water-pumping stations. Im proud of the determination and pas sion our Sailors and Marines showed in help ing our fellow Americans during a time of hard ship and tragedy, said Capt. Jack Killman, com modore, PHIBRON 4. They worked long days on short rest and always showed a commitment to do more. USS Oak Hills (LSD 51) crew also received awards for their response to the damage left by Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The dock landing ship and embarked 26th MEU spent September and most of October at sea helping move routeclearing equipment ashore to assist in open ing roads that allowed basic necessities to reach people across the terri tories. The Iwo Jima ARG is deployed to U.S. 6th Fleet in support of mari time security opera tions and theater secu rity cooperation efforts. The Iwo Jima ARG embarks the 26th MEU and includes Iwo Jima, New York, Oak Hill, FST 4 and 8, HSC-28, TACRON 22, compo nents of NBG 2 and the embarked staff of com mander, PHIBRON 4. Detroit Blue Holds Change of Command By Ensign Brandon Cravey USS Detroit (LCS 7) Blue Crew Public Affairs USS Detroit (LCS 7) Blue held a change of command on board USS Detroit (LCS 7) at Naval Station Mayport on Friday, February 23. Cmdr. Chadrick O. Withrow relieved Cmdr. David J. Adams as Commanding Officer of USS Detroit (LCS 7) Blue. Capt. Shawn Johnston, Commodore, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron TWO served as the pre siding officer while Capt. (Ret.) Randy Garner gave the ceremonys key note address. Johnston present ed Adams with the Meritorious Service Medal as an end-of-tour award. Adams noted that the award was achieved due to the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of his crew. Adams began his final remarks in the same fashion as when he assumed command by saying, Positive, Proactive, and Enduring equals success. Through Adams ten ure as Commanding Officer of the crew, the crew assumed command of USS Detroit (LCS 7) from its commission ing crew, completed Detroits Final Contract Trials (FCT), execut ed multiple PACFIRE 57mm Deck Gun shoots, a successful Hellfire mis sile firing of the Surface Ship Mission Module, completed the ships Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials, and brought the hull through its Post-Shakedown Availability. In addi tion, Adams and his crew successfully man aged to keep the ship safe as the hull weath ered Hurricane Irma, a -Photo submitted Cmdr. Chadrick Withrow relieves Cmdr. David Adams as commanding officer of USS Detroit Blue Crew during a cermony on Feb. 23 on board the ship. See Detroit, Page 9 -Photo courtesy of SERMC Capt. Dave Gombas, Commanding Officer (back row, second from left); Capt. Gary Martin (front row, second from right), Executive Officer, Bob Wright (back row, first on left), Executive Director; and Command Master Chief Wayne Welch (far right) at Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) surround Navy Counselor Chief Shanika Jones (front row, 3rd from left) and most of the SERMC Command Career Development Team, who are the back bone of SERMCs successful Sailor programs that form the foundation of a successful retention effort. SERMC Earns 3rd Golden Anchor By Scott Curtis SERMC Public Affairs Naval Sea Systems Commander Vice Adm. Thomas J. Moore recent ly recognized Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) as a winner of the Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2017. This marks the third year in a row SERMC will proudly display its Golden Anchors in front of the building. The Retention Excellence Award, also known as the Golden Anchor award, is presented annually to ships, squadrons, staffs and shore commands that achieved a score of 90 points or higher on their annu al Command Career Information Program review. In addition, bench marks must be met indicating com mands have effective programs that strengthen support for Sailors. SERMC separated itself from its peers by these meeting benchmarks that indicate SERMC continues to provide superior support to its Sailors who are the Force Behind the Fleet. Our job as career counselors is to give SERMC Sailors a whole-per son, objective look at whats avail able for them within the Navy today, and what exciting possibilities open in the future. The Navy is an enor mous organization with so many dif ferent opportunities, so its especially important to spend time with our first-term Sailors, who arent famil iar with all of the different opportu nities available to them, said Navy Counselor Chief Shanika Jones, SERMC Command Career Counselor. Informing Sailors of their options and involving their entire Chain of Command are key to maintain ing high retention. This award is attributed to my dedicated Career Development Team, without them I See SERMC, Page 8


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 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: 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 More Spring Break Ideas For Families Spring Break for Duval County is almost here. No school for students from 19-23 of March. St. Johns is 26-30 of March. What are your plans to make family memories? Here are some more ideas. Ideas for Getting Out and About this Spring Break: Tree Hill Nature Center Discover Floridas ecosystems at Tree Hill Nature Centers inter active, natural experi ence. Explore 50 acres of trails, a Florida natural history museum, but terfly and hummingbird gardens and live animal displays. Adults, $4; seniors/students/mili tary, $3; children $2. National, State, and City Parks With the largest urban parks system in the country, Jacksonville offers outdoor experi ences for every level of adventure. From bird watching on the Great Florida Birding Trail at Huguenot Memorial Park to kayaking the creeks and tributar ies winding through the Talbot Island State Parks and hiking the trails of the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve. Most parks offer free admis sion. Some entrance fees required, but are less than $5. Ideas with a Cooler Setting: Have you heard about Blue Star Museums? **FREE Admission** Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nations active-duty military personnel and their families, includ ing National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Here are the par ticipating locations in Jacksonville. Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens Mandarin Museum & Historical Society MOCA Jacksonville Traveling elsewhere this summer? Check out their website for loca tions in other states. https://www.arts. gov/national/blue-starmuseums Sally Corporation Factory Tour For those of you inter ested in animations and amusement parks, The Sally Corporation Factory Tour is a mustsee. Along the tour you will explore several aspects of the company including the theatre, sculpture room, par take in various interac tive demonstrations, and potentially encoun ter Rex, the companys large, animatronic dino saur pet. Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM through 1 PM. Sally Corporation does not hold tours in the months of July and August, and require that all tour participants be at least seven years or older. For more infor mation, or to make a reservation, call (904) 355-7100, or visit www. tours/. Downtown Tunnels The tunnels located in downtown Jacksonville are there for those of you who want to let your inner Indiana Jones loose. The tun nels are remnants of old bank and vault systems that existed downtown, and secretly extended underground. Though most of the tunnels are now sealed off, a two block section that con tains a few restaurants, offices and galleries, stretches underground between 121 West Forsyth Street and the BB&T Bank Building. If you want to check out a closed off section of the old tunnel system, AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportations Jacksonvilles Top to Bottom Tour is offered every Tuesday and Thursday for an afford able price. http://adlib Sharon Kasica is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions or feed back 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 informa tion to schedule a meet ing with her in Building One. KNOWING THE ROPES Sharon Kasica School Liaison Officer Lent, Not Just Giving Up Chocolate Well, we are a couple weeks into the Christian season of Lent now and if I had a dollar every time I heard someone say they have given up chocolate for Lent my TSP would be ready to have a significant increase. Joking aside why is it that people give up things for Lent any way? Its simple (and its not to eat healthier). These items are given up so that the individual can make time for reflection, serious reflection. This practice of self-reflection though should not just be practiced by those who observe Lent, nor should it be confined to Lent. This practice of self-reflection can help all of us to see things that need to be worked on in our lives to make us a better person. Now, I must caution you. When we earnestly look inside ourselves in this way we may not like some of what we see. If that is the case, dont worry because you can make changes in your self. In fact I believe we then have a duty to ourselves to try to make the necessary changes in our lives so we begin to like what we see. I liken it to our physique. We examine ourselves in the mirror almost every day and make not of what we like and dont like. Then we can go to the gym or track and begin to work on losing weight or add ing muscle. We make it a point, sometimes out of necessity, to physically better ourselves. So why dont we do the same thing mentally, emotion ally, and spiritually? This April 1 st when Easter rolls around and Lent is over there is often a tendency to get lax in whatever disciple and reflection we have start ed. This does not have to be the case. In real ity we should always be examining ourselves to become better in every way, especially in the places others cant see and call us on. So here is my challenge to you; spend time in reflection every day and try to find something that you can improve upon. Maybe its your attitude, self talk, thoughts toward others, etc. Once you find that thing begin working on it that day. If you stick to it I believe you will turn yourself into a better person and a better Sailor. CHAPLAINS CORNER Chaplain Tyler Hopkins CNSS 14 Chaplain Center Youd think, after being married to a Navy guy for so many years, Id know military time jargon by now. But when my husband, Francis, tells me hes got a dentist appointment at sixteenthirty, I start counting on my fingers and mum bling, Subtract two Although I did man age to memorize Francis social security num ber (its seared into my psyche like a tattoo), Ive never been one of those military spouses who internalized acronyms and military idioms. To this day, I still get con fused. This Sunday, Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins, which further complicates time-telling for military folks. DST sounds simple sets the clocks forward one hour in March and back one hour in November to take advantage of early daylight. We pronounce spring forward, and fall back as if were reading from a rudimentary Dick and Jane book, but in reality, calculating time in different parts of the world is a mind-boggling task when you take into account time zones, local time, universal time, solar time, longitude, and the tilt of the Earths axis. To start, only 48 of the 50 states recognize DST. Hawaii, Arizona, and the USs tropical territories dont change clocks. However, Navajo Americans on native res ervations in Arizona use DST. Go figure. Most industrialized nations recognize DST, but the majority of the worlds population do not, since China, India and most countries in Africa never change clocks. Conversely, Argentina, Chile, Iceland, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Turkey and Northern Cyprus use DST yearround. Add to that quag mire the 25 time zones across the world, each one based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Greenwich, England, a suburb of London, hap pens to be zero degrees longitude and has a royal observatory that tracks the position of the sun. Noon GMT is when the sun is direct ly over the Greenwich meridian, but since the Earths rotational vari ables cause discrepan cies, GMT noon is the annual average of those times. Struggling to wrap your brain around GMT? Dont bother, because Coordinated Universal Time (which, for reasons too compli Losing Sleep Over Daylight Savings Time cated to explain here, is abbreviated as UTC rather than CUT) has replaced GMT as the pri mary standard for world time. UTC is more pre cise than GMT (although it is criticized for includ ing leap seconds dont ask) and has been recognized since 1960 as the true basis from which all time is calcu lated. GMT and UTC start with Z or Zulu time zone, with 12 zones to the east, and 12 to the west, end ing at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean. For every time zone east of Zulu, an hour is added. For every time zone west of Zulu, an hour is subtracted. But brace yourself, because in the zones on either side of the International Date Line, time is exactly the same, only one day apart. Which means that if there were two different boats floating on either side of the International Date Line within sight of each other, it can be noon on Monday in one boat, and noon on Tuesday in the other. *BOOM* If your brain hasnt exploded by now, con sider that the US military uses a 24-hour scale for local time zones, using DST where recognized (ex., 3:30 pm = 1530), but uses a 24-hour scale for Zulu time for opera tional communications across time zones. For example, the time to begin an airstrike might be communicated as 1850Z, which is 6:50 pm UTC. Which, by the way, is 1:50 pm Eastern Standard Time, unless it is Daylight Savings Time, which will make it 12:50 pm Eastern Standard Time. Make sense? I didnt think so. So, this Sunday, if you are sta tioned in Germany which recognizes DST, and your spouse is on a ship somewhere off the coast of Japan, which doesnt recognize DST, and you agree to call each other at exactly 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, then what time should you make the call? I have no flipping clue. I would recommend call ing every five minutes until someone picks up. Or just send an email. There is only one thing I know for certain: At O-dark-thirty on Sunday, Ill be losing an hour of sleep. For wit and witticism from Lisa, go to www. themeatandpotatoesofli Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist MEAT & POTATOS OF LIFE


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 2018 3 Mayport Sailor Of The Week Name: HM3 Daniela Guerra of CNSS 14 Age: 24 Hometown: Miami, FL Favorite Hobby: Practicing make-up tech niques Hero: Mother and sis ter Best Piece of Advice Received: Keep moving forward Goal for the Navy: Continue education How has the Navy Improved Your Life?: Stability and education opportunities Why was this Sailor Chosen to be Highlighted?: HM3 Guerra was chosen for recognition for her exceptional skill in her job at the CNSS-14 medical clinic. Besides the regular duties of a Corpsman, such as assisting in medical pro cedures and ordering medical supplies, she manages the schedules of four doctors who pro vide critical waterfront support to all of the Mayport ships. HM3 Daniela Guerra Mayport Civilians Of Quarter -Photos by AO3 Rebecca Ibarra Above, Naval Station Mayport Commanding Officer presents base Public Affairs Officer Bill Austin with a plaque after he is named Senior Civilian of the Quarter, First Quarter. Below, Capt. Jerry Syrek receives a plaque after being named Civilian of the Quarter, First Quarter.


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 2018 Iwo Jima ARG Conducts First Major RAS of Deployment By USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Public Affairs The three ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed the first largescale replenishment-atsea (RAS) of its 2018 deployment Feb. 25, with the Lewis and Clarkclass dry cargo ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12). Each of the shipsthe Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the San Antonio-class amphibi ous transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and the Harpers Ferryclass dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) executed a RAS as the Iwo Jima ARG begins conducting naval opera tions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. A RAS like this takes lots of planning and effort, said Cmdr. Thomas Jenkins, Iwo Jimas supply officer. This was our larg est RAS in more than a year and really prepares us for our mission as a whole. Receiving the neces sary supplies, food and fuel that are vital to our success throughout deployment lets us better execute the task at hand and provide our Sailors and Marines with the tools they need to suc ceed. The Iwo Jima ARG took on a combined 425 pallets of supplies and more than one million gallons of fuel for ships and aircraft. The highlight of the replenishment for many of the 4,500 Sailors and Marines was receiving the first set of care pack ages of deployment. It may only have been a couple weeks since we left, but its important for everyone aboard to receive those packages, said Marine Cpl. Jeremy Newsome, assigned to the 26 th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and serving as a postal clerk aboard Iwo Jima. I think that mail is the number one morale booster while on deploy ment. The Iwo Jima ARG is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of opera tions. It embarks the 26th MEU and includes Iwo Jima, New York, Oak Hill, Fleet Surgical Teams 4 and 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 22, components of Naval Beach Group 2 and the embarked staff of Amphibious Squadron 4. -Photo by MC1 David Holmes MH-60S Sea Hawks, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, transport supplies and mail from the Lewis and Clarkclass dry cargo ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12), to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during a replenishment-at-sea, Feb. 25, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MC2 Lyle Wilkie Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Benjamin Kimbrough, from St. Louis, signals an MH-60S Sea Hawk, attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, from the flight deck of the San Antonio-Class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) Feb. 25, 2018. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. Patten Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Shaun Wildestein fires a shot line from the the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) to the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) during an under way replenishment, Feb. 25, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MC2 Andrew Murray Sailors and Marines aboard the Wasp-class amphib ious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) move pallets from the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) during an underway replenishment, Feb. 25, 2018. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. Patten Sailors and Marines move boxes of food aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during an underway replenishment, Feb. 25, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is con ducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 2018 5 -Photo by MC2 Andrew Murray The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) receives supplies from the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) during an underway replenishment, Feb. 25, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of opera tions. -Photo by MC2 Andrew Murray A Marine assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) fast-ropes onto the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during training, Feb. 26, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, and the 26th MEU are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MC3 Daniel C. Coxwest The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits the Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 27, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MC3 Daniel C. Coxwest Aviation Machinists Mate Airman Carson Jones operates the aviation bridge crane in the hangar bay of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Feb. 28, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conduct ing naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MC3 Daniel C. Coxwest Sailors and Marines use an aviation bridge crane to lower the wings of an AV-8B Harrier II jet, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162, in the hangar bay of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Feb. 28, 2018. -Photo by MC1 David Holmes Sailors aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) locate surface contacts as the ship transits the Strait of Gibraltar, Feb. 28, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.


6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 2018 About MWR Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) for Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, FL provides a variety of programs and activities for the local community. More information about our programs can be found at www.navymwrmay, on www.face, or by calling 904-2705228. Community Recreation March 8: Intermediate Crochet & Pattern Reading. 6 8 p.m. Cost is $25 and all supplies are provided. Register my March 6. Learn the ins and outs of crochet pattern reading and be on your way to creating a beautiful cro cheted hat. Some crochet experience required. March 9: Mayport Movies: Coco (PG). 6 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in the Tortuga Room. FREE. Bring the whole family to watch a great movie on our 20 ft. screen. March 10: Movies at Mayport: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13). 8 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in the Tortuga Room. FREE for all hands ages 18+. Enjoy a thrilling movie on our 20 ft. screen. March 12: How to use the MWR Digital Library 24/7/365! 4 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon. FREE. All hands welcome. Sign up by March 11. We will assist you with logging on to the Digital Library for the first time and will help you navigate the program. Digital custom ers enjoy e-books and audiobooks, foreign lan guage learning, test prep, and research resources that support lifelong learning, and profes sional and recreational reading. March 13: Kids Story Time. Every second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Ribault Bay Community Center (located off base). FREE. Join MWR for a great kids story and activities. March 15: 2018 MWR Expo & Travel Show. 10 a.m. 1 p.m at Ocean Breeze Catering and Conference Center. FREE. Learn about all MWR has to offer from hotels, resorts and vaca tion destinations to local attractions and MWR programing. Plus get lots of giveaways! March 16: Mayport Movies: Thor Ragnarok (PG-13). 6 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in the Tortuga Room. FREE. Bring the whole family to watch a great movie on our 20 ft. screen. March 17: Movies at Mayport: Jumanji (PG-13). 8 p.m. at the Mayport Beacon in the Tortuga Room. FREE for all hands ages 18+. Enjoy a thrilling movie on our 20 ft. screen. Auto Skills Center March Special: 4 wheel brake job only $140 (for most vehicles). Auto Skills Center Safety Classes Tuesdays Fridays 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. The Auto Skills Center conducts safety classes for all DIY patrons. This one-time class is required for all DIY Auto Skills Patrons. 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. Outdoor Adventures Bouncy House Rental: $80 per day. Reactor Dive Watches: 50% off. 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 (904) 270-5221! March 8: Surf Fishing. 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Join MWR and learn the basic skills to surf fishing. Cost is $5 and equipment is provid ed or you can bring your own. Sign up at Outdoor Adventures by March 6. All skill levels welcome! *A Shore Fishing License is required from the state of Florida. The license can be obtained for free from the local tax col lectors office or can be purchased for a small fee online at 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! 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. March 16: Luck o the Irish Bingo. Join Beachside Bingo for Luck o the Irish Bingo! Doors open at 4 p.m. Specials include double payouts on all warm ups and hard cards, a Pot o Gold coin game and priz es for wearing the best St. Patricks gear! 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. 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). Friday and Saturday Nights: Xtreme Red Pin Bowling. 8-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Mayport Bowling Center. $3.50 per game. $3 shoe rental. Strike when the head pin is red and win a free game of bowling for your next visit. 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. March 10: Saturday Bowling League Every other Saturday from 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Cost is $15 per week for 15 nonconsecutive weeks. Shoes not included. Bowl every other week and receive a free sports team bowling ball of your choice. Open to all MWR patrons and guests. 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. 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! Save on gas, save the envi ronment and make your afternoon more enjoy able. 9 holes and a cart for just $11. Mondays and Tuesdays: All play. 18 Holes and a Cart Only $25. 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. March 11: Family Golf. Sundays after 3 p.m. Families play 9 holes of golf on a shortened course, no more than 125 yds per hole. $8.00 for adults, $4.00 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). $2.00 for pull cart rental, no charge for kids golf club rental (if available). Electric cart rental is available at $8. March 16: Navy Marine Corps Open. 12:30 p.m. at Windy Harbor Golf Club. Join PGA Tour Player Jim Furyk in a golf tourna ment to benefit the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. Teams will be organized as a 4-person killer scramble and mul ligans will be for sale for $5 (up to 4 per person). Cost is $75 per player and includes cart, greens fees, range balls, box lunch, prizes, gift certifi cate for return round of golf and a banquet. Sign up by March 12. 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. Wednesdays: Fried Chicken Special. Enjoy three pieces of specialty fried chicken and two sides for $8 at lunch. Thursdays: Blue Plate Special. Enjoy the chefs special of the day at lunch. Liberty Center Has All Types Of Fun ***The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more informa tion, call 904-270-7788 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 1 st place. March 8: Surf Fishing Fishing will start at 2 p.m. behind the Liberty Center. Have you ever wanted to learn to fish, or are you already a pro? Join Liberty & Outdoor Adventures for a day of fishing behind the Liberty Center. All equipment will be pro vided but you must have a valid FL Shore Fishing license, avail able at http://myfwc. com/license. Please sign up by March 6. (Liberty Patrons only) March 9: Movie Trip. Van departs at 6 p.m. to head to your favorite movie or enter tainment venue in town. March 11: St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival. Van departs at 9 a.m. Join Liberty for Celtic music and fun in St. Augustine. Dont for get to wear your green! Sign up by March 8. March 13: Ice Skating. 7:30 p.m. Transportation only. All hands welcome 18+. Sign up by March 12. March 15: REI Presents Backpacking Basics. 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. FREE. REI will take the mystery out of backpack ing with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn how to choose a park, select proper clothing and foot wear. Open to all hands 18+. Join us there or take the van at 5:30 p.m. Sign up by March 13. March 16: Town Center Trip. Need a ride? Join us for a trip to the Town Center. Van departs the Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Transportation only. March 18: Paintball. Join the Liberty Center and GTF Paintball for a day of epic battles. Trip includes transportation. Van departs the Liberty Center at 9am. No gear, no problem! GTF offers all of your paintball equipment, safety gear, field fees and 500 mark ers for only $15 (pay at GTF). (All hands wel come, 18+). Sign up by March 16. March 21: Bowling Clinic. 5 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Do you need a little help on your game? Are you a little rusty? Join the Liberty Center for 3 FREE games of bowl ing at Mayport Bowling Center. This trip includes games and shoe rent al. Sign up dead line is March 20. (Liberty Patrons only) March 22: Surf Fishing. Fishing will start at 2 p.m. behind the Liberty Center. Liberty Patrons only. Have you ever wanted to learn to fish, or are you already a pro? Join Liberty & Outdoor Adventures for a day of fishing behind the Liberty Center. All equipment will be pro vided but you must have a valid FL Shore Fishing license, available at license. Please sign up by March 20. March 23: Movie Trip. Van departs at 6 p.m. to head to your favorite movie or enter tainment venue in town. March 23: Volunteer Opportunity. Help Feeding Northeast Florida and do some thing good for the com munity. Van departs at 11:30 a.m. Sign up by March 19.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 2018 7 Skate On MWR Outdoor Additions By Terra Downey MWR Marketing Technician Naval Station Mayport will gain new outdoor recreation facilities this summer. Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is currently con structing several outdoor facilities in an effort to provide outdoor activi ties for every MWR cus tomer. The new facilities will include a skate park, a high intensity training facility, and additional basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. The skate park is a no cost opportunity for the Sailor, stated Lee Bell, MWR Director. Bell contacted other MWR programs in order to repurpose underuti lized equipment. The equipment for MWR Mayports new skate came from MWR Ft. Worth. The skate park will be located by Lake Wonderwood on Moale Ave. A basketball court will be located adjacent to the skate park and a grass volleyball court will be located on the west side of the lake. The Fitness Center will gain outdoor basketball courts and a high inten sity outdoor workout area. The high intensity training area will be pro tected from the sun by shades and can be used year-round for command PT, exercise classes and personal use. The area will be part NOFFS, part Ninja Warrior Course, part Muscle Beach, said Steve Carman, MWR Fitness Programs Director. We will have the space to do all the stuff that is difficult to do inside like sled pushes, tire flips and sledgeham mers. Additionally, tennis courts will be located by the Focsle CPO club and the Navy Lodge while more basketball courts will be located behind the Bowling Center. The new facilities will be spread across Naval Station Mayport and are targeted at all MWR customers; from single Sailors to Sailors with families. -Photo courtesy of MWR Skate ramps are being installed in a new skate parks in the parking lot of the bowling alley/Mayport Beacon. The park is one of several outdoor additions to the base, including new basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. 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 enterprises operated by Navy certified military fam ily 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 904-270-7740. March 19 23: Spring Camp 5:30 a.m. 7 p.m. at the Youth Activities Center. Are you ready for Spring Break? Parents can request care at mili Parents already enrolled in the program do not need to register. Meals and snacks are provided. A non-school Day Care option will be offered on March 16 and March 30 (daily rate). Hourly Care will be offered based on availability at $4 per hour. Open to Kindergarten through age 12. MWR Child and Youth Programs 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. Mayport Swim Club. Open hours at the Natatorium. FREE. Build up your cardio strength and endurance while earning great incen tives. Swimmers can track their mileage in our binder on the pool deck. Awards will be given at 50 miles, 100 miles, 200 miles, 300 miles, 400 miles and 500 miles intervals. 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 for mer Olympians. Our workouts are designed to help each swimmer met their individual goals ranging from improving their swimming skills, learning new strokes, prepping for the Navy PFA, qualifying for spe cial warfare programs, getting ready for swim ming competitions and Triathlons or just to add variety to their workout regimen. 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 during the Natatorium hours of operation. Fitness Zumba. Mondays at 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m., Thursdays at 5 p.m., Fridays at 9:15 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. Join the ultimate dance party! This highenergy, motivating class is a fusion of hot, sexy, explosive Latin American and International music. No dance experience required! March 20: The Meltdown. 11:00 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Fitness Center. Get ready to strut your stuff this summer and get a jump start on that beach body! Join MWR Fitness for a 2 hour, calorie-destroying fitness session featuring a wide sampling of class es offered at the Fitness Center, from cardio and strength to CORE and recovery. Intramural Sports March 9 11: March Maddness Basketball Tournament. Registration deadline March 1. Entry fee $250 per team. Open to active duty, dependents, retir ees, and DOD 18 years and older. -Photos submitted Participants in the annual MWR Color Run are blasted with color as they start off this years event on board Naval Station Mayport on March 3. Below, some younger participants show off their new colors after getting blasted with color at the run. The Colorful Side Of MWR


8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 2018 Truman SG Completes COMPTUEX By MC3 Thomas Bonaparte Jr. Carrier Strike Group Eight Public Affairs The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) March 1, certifying the strike group ready for deployment. HSTCSG got underway Feb. 1, to participate in COMPTUEX a series of training scenarios that tested the strike groups abilities in multiple cat egories including air warfare, strait transit ing, visual information, responses to surface and subsurface contacts, electronic attacks and more. According to Rear Adm. Kenny Whitesell, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, which mentored and assessed HSTCSG throughout the exercise, COMPTUEX provided dynamic learning oppor tunities for the strike group. Every COMPTUEX is a little bit different, said Whitesell. We are a learning organiza tion. Unfortunately, our threats are adapting as fast as we learn. This requires us to increase the complexity, the vol ume, and the difficulty of the exercise so that we prepare the Harry S. Truman Strike Group and its coalition partners for deployment. COMPTUEX demon strates that Sailors are ready for deployment by evaluating their skills in a variety of scenarios while building cohesive ness with the other units involved. Although the team trains for specific tasks, the familiarity will allow the strike group to be ready for a variety of potential threats or situ ations. This crew has been tested under the most difficult environment, the toughest scenarios and against the most threatening enemy, said Whitesell. This strike group can perform any where in the world. They are world-wide deploy able and will be success ful as a carrier strike group based on what they have accomplished over the last 28 days. Throughout this exercise, Ive seen all elements of our strike group the flag ship, the air wing, the destroyer squadron and USS Normandy come together as one team to tackle even the most complex warfighting sce narios, said HSTCSG Commander Rear Adm. Gene Black. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is trained, and we are ready to answer our nations call. Truman is currently moored at Naval Station Norfolk conducting preparations for deploy ment. would not be successful as the Command Career Counselor. This award signifies the dedication that they have to help ing their shipmates Stay Navy. said Jones. People will look at those anchors and understand SERMC is an attractive command for Sailors when it comes time to change duty sta tions, Jones added. Navy leadership con tinues to rely on the commitment of Sailors as a cornerstone of fleet readiness to achieve the mission of the Navy. The award-winning contribu tions of SERMCs career counselor team not only strengthen SERMC, but also provide experienced and talented Sailors when they return to the fleet. From Page 1 SERMC -Photo by MC1 Stephen Oleksiak Sailors stand watch on the bridge of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) as the ship prepares for a low-light replen ishment-at-sea. Farragut is underway as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group 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 strike group for deployment. -Photo by MC2 Tyrell K. Morris Lt. Erik Dahl, assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 48 Squadron, prepares to lift off during flight quarters aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). Forrest Sherman is underway as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) during a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which evaluates the strike groups ability as a whole to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea, ultimately cer tifying the HSTCSG for deployment. Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You!


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 2018 9 FRCSE Detachment Mayport Sailors Celebrate Black History Month By Clifford Davis Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Public Affairs A veritable banquet with a side of motiva tion was served up at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport on Friday to celebrate Black History Month. Command Master Chief Robert Florentino of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 40 spoke to the group of FRCSE Det. Mayport Sailors on his own struggles coming up through the ranks, and the importance of treat ing fellow Sailors with the love and respect of a family member. Treat every individ ual who comes across your path like you treat your kids at home, like you treat your family, Florentino said. Do that and youre going to be one of the most success ful leaders in the United States Navy. I promise you that. He challenged the Sailors make a difference in the world, starting with their families. You are going to teach your children, he said. Please dont teach your kids to hate; teach your kids how to love. After Florentino spoke, the detachments diver sity team gave a presen tation recounting the lives of several influen tial African Americans, as well as their contri butions to the United States. FRCSE Commanding Officer Capt. Trent DeMoss also addressed the audience of young Sailors. We dont just do events like this so that you can get a history les son, he said. We do it because diversity and inclusion make us better. They make us bet ter people, better citi zens out in the commu nity and they make us a better team inside the Navy. -Photo by Clifford Davis Command Master Chief Robert Florentino address es Sailors at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayports Black History Month Event. Florentino spoke to the Sailors about showing mutu al respect to each other. -Photo by Clifford Davis Sailors line up to get their meals at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayports Black History Month event Friday. Navy Celebrates Womens History Month From Navy Office of Information The Navy joins the nation in celebrating Womens History Month throughout the month of March 2018. ALNAV 007/18 encourages participa tion in all the heritage celebrations and special observances through out the year. This year, Navy commands are encouraged to celebrate and reflect on the theme Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination. Women have served in the Navy as nurses dat ing back to the 1800s, most notably during the Civil War when the Sisters of the Holy Cross served aboard USS Red Rover, the Navys first hospital ship. In 1948, women gained per manent status in the Navy with the passage of the Womens Armed Services Integration Act. Womens History Month is a time to reflect on and express gratitude to the trailblazers who demonstrated unparal leled courage, tenacity and vision, sometimes in the face of systemic headwinds, to chart a course for todays women who proudly and honorably serve in the U.S. Navy, said Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare/ director of naval intelli gence. Over the last centu ry, women have served aboard auxiliary ships beginning in 1978 and on combatant ships beginning in 1994. In 2016, the Department of Defense opened all military occupations and positions to women. Female Sailors and civilians play an inte gral role in the success of the Navy as part of the One Navy Team. Women serve in every rank from seamen to admiral and hold nearly every job from naval aviator to deep-sea diver. Twenty percent of the Navys enlisted force is women, including eight percent of all senior and master chiefs. Nineteen percent of the officer force and 10 percent of all admirals are comprised of women. In the Navys civilian workforce, 27 percent are women and 26 per cent are Senior Executive Service members. According to the September 2016 One Navy Team memo from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, active ly being inclusive and open to diverse perspec tives will produce lead ers and teams who learn and adapt to achieve maximum possible per formance, who achieve and maintain high stan dards, and are ready for decisive operations and combat. Diversity also influ ences various thoughts, ideas, skill sets and expe riences which ultimately helps increase the effec tiveness of the Navy. Integrating Sailors and civilians from diverse backgrounds enables the Navy to recruit and retain the nations top talent from a wide pool of skilled personnel. A complete educa tional presentation, including a download able educational poster on Womens History month, can be request ed from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) by email at Category III Storm. Many distinguished guests attended the ceremo ny including members of the Detroit Metropolitan Council of the Navy League, and its President, Ms. Janina Jacobs. The Ships Sponsor, Mrs. Barbara Levin, who christened the vessel, was also in atten dance. The Airwolves of helicopter squadron HSM40 provided a flyover during the ceremony. Adams will now depart to become the Reactor Officer onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Prior to assuming command of the crew, Withrow served as the ships executive officer. For more information, visit, http://www.public. From Page 1 Detroit Tips To Stay Safe During Warmer Months From Mayport Security As the warm spring weather approaches, the NS Mayport Security Department would like to remind you of some tips to keep yourself and your home safe during the spring and summer months. Keep doors locked at all times. If you are working in the backyard, keep your front door and garage door closed and locked; and lock your back door when you are in the front yard. Always lock your doors when you leave, even if you only plan to be gone for a few minutes. During the spring weather, many people open windows or slid ing glass doors while they are at home. Always remember to close and lock your windows and sliding doors when you go to bed or leave the house. If possible, install motion-activated lights in your front and back yards, so when someone approaches your home, the lights automatically come on, illuminating that person. Put all ladders, lawn care equipment etc. back into a secure storage area after you use them. Dont forget to secure your bicycles, golf clubs and any other recreational items when they are not in use. Always lock any storage unit or shed you have on your property. Be aware of home improvement scams. If you did not solicit the contractor or salesman who shows up at your door unannounced, do not do business with that person and notify the appropriate police department immediately. If a utility representa tive comes to your house, request identification. True representatives will carry their identification and they will gladly show it to you. Call their com pany for verification. Always remember to roll up your car windows, take any valuables out of your car, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway. Being a good neigh bor can be one of the best crime prevention tools. Watchful, atten tive neighbors can spot criminals and alert the police and the commu nity to their presence. Get involved in your community, and help us keep your neighborhood a happy and safe place to reside.


10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 2018 A Little Can Be Just Enough When Fertilizing Your Lawns From NS Mayport Environmental With spring approach ing and the weather starting to warm up, for many, our minds turn to getting our lawns back into shape. We are rar ing to go to green up our grass and have it look its summer best. However, for the sake of the health of our lawns and the environment it would be best to slow down and keep a few things in mind. A healthy lawn is an important part of our homes landscape which increases both its visu al appeal and property value. Healthy lawns also reduce soil erosion, filter stormwater runoff, and cool the air. It effectively filters and traps sedi ment and pollutants that could otherwise contami nate surface waters and groundwater. Lawns require nutri ents to stay healthy. Nutrients are provided to lawns through the appli cation of fertilizer, which normally contains nitro gen, phosphorus and potassium. Applying the proper amount of fertil izer at the appropriate times of year can have a profound effect both on how the lawn responds and on whether the fer tilizer contributes to pol lution in our streams and rivers. Turf grass stops grow ing and its root system sloughs off during the winter, which makes it less able to take up fertil izer. Therefore, fertilizer should not be applied to lawns in the winter as this can increase the possibility of nutrients leaching through the soil into ground water or running off in storm water. We are all prob ably aware of the effects excess fertilizer has on lakes and rivers, result ing in algal blooms and decreased oxygen levels in the water. In north Florida, as a general rule, the first fer tilizer application of the year should be approxi mately mid-April and the last application should be around the middle or end of September. The amount of fertil izer applied also affects the health of the lawn and the environment. The State of Florida mandates that fertilizer application rates can not exceed one pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet for any application. Further, the University of Florida has published recommended annual application rates for nitrogen for various turf grasses. For example, St. Augustine grass should receive two to four pounds of nitrogen fer tilizer each year. More than the recommended amount of fertilizer will not benefit the health of your lawn and will con tribute to pollution of our waters. Labeling requirements in Florida make it easier for homeowners to pur chase appropriate lawn fertilizers. Labels now often provide informa tion to match the size of your lawn to the percent age of nitrogen in your fertilizer bag to find the amount of fertilizer you need to apply. Other practices home owners should adopt to reduce fertilizer pol lution in waterways includes sweeping up fertilizer particles that have landed on streets and sidewalks. Also, when applying fertilizer, use a drop spreader and leave a three foot buffer along ponds and other water bodies. For a rota ry spreader, expand the buffer to at least ten feet if a deflector shield is not used. These practices are designed to maintain healthy lawns and reduce any potential pollution of water resources that might result from lawn fertilization. For more information, check out Homeowner Best Management Practices for the Home Lawn by the University of Florida at: http://edis.ifas.ufl. edu/ep236 Vouchers Enable Advanced Education For Senior Enlisted Members By Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Professional Development Public Affairs An expedited path to higher educa tion opportunities for senior enlisted person nel was announced, March 1, via Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 052/18, the call for applications for the FY-19 Advanced Education Voucher (AEV) program. The AEV program offers post-secondary, Navy-relevant education at the baccalaureate and masters level and pro vides financial assistance to chief, senior chief, and master chief petty offi cers. Senior Chief Machinists Mate (SW/ AW) Joshua Rice, AEV program coordinator for the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), said this pro gram is a significant investment in the future of enlisted leadership, offering a fully-funded education. For senior enlisted members interested in or currently pursuing their degree in Navy-approved areas of study, the AEV program is an extremely valuable resource, said Rice. Were looking to attract superior perform ing E-7-9s with strong upward mobility poten tial that understand the value of an advanced degree. Examples of approved, Navy-relevant degrees include strategic foreign languages, construction management, security management, emergency and disaster manage ment, human resources, engineering, information technology, nursing, and business administration, among others. Degree programs other than those specifically listed by the NAVADMIN must be validated by the AEV program coordinator at NETC. Financial assis tance for baccalaureate degrees covers 100 per cent of tuition, books, and related fees up to $6,700 per year for a maximum of three years, with the total program cost capped at $20,000. For masters degrees, it provides 100 percent of tuition, books, and relat ed fees up to $20,000 per year for a maxi mum of two years, with the total program cost capped at $40,000. Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Holly Gray, the public affairs senior enlisted lead er for the U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu, used the AEV program to receive her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from National University. AEV is a tremen dous secret that I share with my fellow chiefs every chance I get. It never hurts to apply and its free money just for senior enlisted to com plete their education, said Gray. Its better than just using tuition assistance (TA), since AEV pays for the full degree, books, and fees. By using AEV, I was able to complete my degree faster and with zero out-of-pocket expenses. I fully intend to apply again when Im ready to start my masters degree. Eligible applicants include E-7s with no more than 17 years timein-service (TIS), E-8s with no more than 19 years TIS, and E-9s with no more than 23 years TIS. TIS is computed to Oct. 1, 2018. At a minimum, bac calaureate program applicants must have an associate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning or the equivalent amount of college credits already earned. Masters pro gram applicants must have a bachelors degree from an accredited insti tution of higher learning. AEV is available to personnel transfer ring to, or currently on shore duty with suf ficient time ashore to complete the degree pro gram. Prospective appli cants on sea duty may still apply if they pro vide an education plan that shows their abil ity to complete the pro gram as specified in the NAVADMIN. Selectees are expected to enroll in the fall 2018 term. If an applicant is already invested in fur thering their education through TA or other financial assistance pro grams, they may still apply for AEV. However, AEV and TA benefits may not be combined, nor may AEV be used to earn more than one degree at a time. Lower division or prerequisite courses may be autho rized if they are part of the approved education plan. A service obligation of three times the num ber of months of educa tion completed or three years, whichever is less, is incurred upon comple tion of or withdrawal from the AEV program. This obligation is dis charged concurrently with any other service obligation the partici pant may have already incurred. Use of AEV does not obligate the Navy to retain a member on active duty. Applications for AEV are currently being accepted by NETC (N523). The deadline for submission for the FY-18 program is May 25 and the selection board will convene in June 2018. An endorsement by both the applicants commanding officer and command master chief must be included in the application. Application details, format, and more infor mation can be found at the Navy College Program website at http://www.navycollege. htm. Help Clean Up Mayports Water From Mayport Environmental Naval Station Mayport Environmental is look ing volunteers in support of The 23rd Annual St. Johns River Celebration & Cleanup, to collect lit ter and debris on the beach and along the St John River waterfront at Naval Station Mayport. Participants should plan to meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at Jetties Pavilion #3 (the eastern-most covered pavilion) east of Pelican Roost RV Park on Bon Homme Richard Street. This event will run until approximately 11 a.m. Volunteers are wel come to participate for part or all of that time frame. Gloves and gar bage bags will be pro vided. Community ser vice hours may be earned from participation in this event. To learn more, call Keep Jacksonville Beautiful at (904) 2558276; visit www.coj. net/KJB or contact Naval Station Mayport Water Quality Program Manager, Barron Feit at 270-3191. Preregistration is not required.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 8, 2018 11 FFSC Classes For Sailors, Families 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. March 8, 2018 11 a.m.-noon Developing Your Spending Plan, BLDG 1, FFSC Designed to help par ticipants get control of their financial affairs, develop financial goals, and develop a budget that will get them on the road to wealth. March 8, 2018 5-6 p.m. Resume Writing, BLDG 1, RM 702 During this workshop various types of resumes and some resume-writ ing best practices will be discussed. You will also learn strategies for an effective interview. March 9-11, 2018 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Ombudsman Basic Training, BLDG 1, RM 702 OBT is a standard ized and mandatory multi-day training for all Ombudsmen, in accor dance with OPNAVINST 1750.1G CH-2. Command leadership and their spouses are also welcome to attend all or part of the train ing. Pre-registration is required. March 12-13, 2018 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Higher Education Track, BLDG 1, RM 1616 Designed to guide transitioning service members through the process of choosing a degree program, pre paring for the college admissions application process, and finding the funds to attend school. March 13, 2018 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Understanding Anger, BLDG 1, RM 702 Participants learn the skills to take control of their anger and direct it in ways that will make them more effective and productive at work and at home. March 13, 2018 10 a.m.-noon Active Parenting (ages 1-5), BLDG 1, RM 702 March 13, 2018 4-5 p.m. EFMP Support Group, BLDG 1, RM 607 Would you like gen eral information about the EFM program and its benefits? Are you interested in learning about local community resources for special needs families? Would you like to connect with other special needs families? Are you look ing for a comfortable environment to share resources and experi ences with other special needs families? March 14, 2018 9-11 a.m. 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 attor ney, and know the dates you want to request for your Pack-up/Pick-up. March 29, 2018 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 com pletion of CRS is veri fied and recorded on the ITP checklist (DD Form 2958). March 15, 2018 10 a.m.-noon 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 encom passing behavior, emo tion, development and socialization. March 19-23, 2018 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. SAPR Victim Advocate Training, BLDG 1, RM 1616 This mandatory train ing provides commandappointed VAs with the necessary information to support, inform, and empower victims. Prior to attending this train ing, all SAPR VA candi dates must successfully complete a screening interview. March 20, 2018 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 asso ciated with prolonged stress, and participants also learn positive ways to deal with stress. March 22, 2018 11 a.m.-noon Raising Financially Fit Kids, BLDG 1, FFSC Studies show that the single most important please where children learn about money is in the home and the most important teachers are their parents. Join us and learn how to raise financially fit kids. March 26-30, 2018 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Transition GPS Separatee Workshop, BLDG 1, RM 1616 The class is designed for military person nel who are within 24 months of retiring or 90-180 days of separat ing from completion of military services. It helps Service mem bers understand the overall Transition GPS program, the require ments to meet Career Readiness Standards, and to identify common issues Service members and their families expe rience during the tran sition process. March 26, 2018 6-7 p.m. IA Family Connection Group, USO, Mayport RD Open discussions where spouses and family members can ask questions and con nect with other family members of deployed IA service members. This group meets once a month and child care is provided for free! March 29, 2018 4:30-5:30 p.m. Car Buying Strategies, BLDG 1, RM 702 Feel like a win ner after the purchase of your next car by developing the knowl edge and skills that will empower you to research the purchase, ask the right ques tions during the sale, and practice negotia tion techniques to get a great deal. Make your dream car a reality! No Dough Dinner Mayport USO will host its No Dough Dinner on March 12 from 5-7 p.m. The NAS Jacksonville USO Center will host a No Dough Dinner on March 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 depen dents. 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 or jschellhorn@uso 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 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 sup port 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. 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 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 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 to find a Session near you. 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. 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 newsletter by email ing USO NEWS


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