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Spring Fun, Fitness With MWR Pages 6-7 Iwo Jima ARG Trains Pages 4-5 What Can We Do For You? From MWR The annual MWR Expo and Travel Show will be held on March 16 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. This free, yearly event features all the latest information from regional travel destinations includ ing resorts, hotels and theme parks, along with MWR Mayport programs and services. In addition to travel and recre ation information booths, the Expo will also have popular base services on hand such as FFSC, Navy College, NEX, Commissary, Navy Lodge, The Mirror and Navy Federal Credit Union. Event participants will enjoy free food and beverage samples from vendors as they visit the various information booths. Giveaway items, to include hotel stays, theme park tickets, recreation equipment, gift cards and baskets, will be available to those attending. The MWR Expo and Travel Show is open to everyone with access to Naval Station Mayport. For more information, call MWR Customer Service at 270-5228. CNSF Visits The Sullivans, LCSRON Two By MC2 Michael Lopez NPASE Detachment Southeast Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), held a commanders call, March 9, aboard guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport to engage with the ships leadership. Brown is using face-toface dialogues with lead ers in the fleet to discuss the future of the surface warfare community, the importance of command, and his command phi losophy on how the force remains the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest naval sur face force in the world. The commanders call aboard The Sullivans also provided a special opportunity for Brown who had commanded the ship earlier in his career. In 2003, I was hon ored to be assigned as the command ing officer of USS The Sullivans, named after the five Sullivan brothers George, Frank, Joe, Matt and Al, from Waterloo, Iowa, said Brown. I was the fifth command ing officer of a ship named for five broth ers. My mothers maiden name is Sullivan. Her mothers maiden name is Sullivan. I was the first Irish commanding officer of the ship, and the first to take the ship to Ireland. It seems like I was destined to com mand that ship. Brown expressed to CNOs Naval History Essay Contest: The Influence of History Upon Seapower From Naval History and Heritage Command The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has announced the requirements for the 2018 Naval History Essay Contest with a sub mission deadline of June 30. The essay requires entrants to elaborate on a naval history topic of their choice that relates a lesson from history that applies to establishing and maintain ing maritime superiority in todays environment. Specific requirements can be found in NAVADMIN 029/18. There are a number of prizes at stake, includ ing $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for the second place entry, and $1,500 for third place. According to the message, the CNO directed the contest to fur ther our understanding of how lessons from history inform our way ahead. The goal of the con test is to inspire insight and dia log from across the widest spec trum of academic, operational, military and civilian personnel both from within the naval ser vices and those with a sincere interest in the history of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The essay contest is open to professional and amateur histo rians alike, whether theyre in the Navy or not; whether theyre U.S. citizens or not. The selections will be screened by the United States Naval Institute (USNI) and the finalists will be presented to a joint committee comprised of senior staff from USNI (1 per son), the U.S. Naval Academy (1), the Naval War College (1), the Naval History and Heritage Command (1), the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (2), and one distinguished naval his torian from outside the Navy. Historys impact on the mod ern age can be a pretty broad question, so essay entries should be able to cut across an enormous array of answers. Maybe Capt. John Paul Jones or Adm. Chester Nimitzs leadership inspires you as a model when discharging your duties. Or perhaps the suc cessful effort, in the face of over whelming odds, of the crew of USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) in saving their ship after it struck a mine emboldens you to hone your damage control abilities. The contest is not limited to specific subjects like those. You can also think more strategically, such as how the Navy has pro jected power differently across time. Unintended consequences of actions good or bad are also fair game. If it has to do with his tory, today, and the sea serviceswrite about it! Were looking for subjects that study the history of the U.S. Navy, for sure, but any other historical, maritime history that relates to our maritime strategy, said Cmdr. Ryan Ahler, Naval History and Heritage Commands (NHHC) assistant director for the Volunteers Needed Clean Up Mayports Waterway 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 provid ed. Community service 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. See Essay, Page 10 -Photo by MC3 Kristopher S. Haley Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and com mander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), conducts a command ers call aboard guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68). Brown initiated the face-toface dialogue with the leaders to discuss the future of the surface warfare community, the importance of command, and his command philosophy on how the force remains the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest Naval Surface Force in the world. Easter Egg Hunt At Chapel March 17 at 10 a.m. at Chapel Grounds. Call 270-5212 for more information. See Brown, Page 10


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 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: 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 Moving Resources For Military Children Moving is a neces sary and inevitable part of military life. It is also a very large emotional and physical challenge not only for the active duty member but for the entire family. A few weeks ago I wrote about strategies to assist your children through the moving process. Here are some wonderful books to help! Were Moving! by Heather Maisner and Kristina Stephenson When Amy and her family move into a new house, it takes some effort to make it feel like home. Great book for infants and toddlers. Alexander, Whos Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst Angry Alexander refuses to move away if it means having to leave his favorite friends and special places. The Berenstain Bears Moving Day by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain The Bear family tells their story of when they moved to their tree house in Bear County. The Moving Book: A Kids Survival Guide by Gabriel Davis This practi cal handbook is divid ed into three sections: before the move, dur ing the move, and after the relocation. It con tains useful tools for children to stay in touch with their friends, such as an address book and change-of-address post cards. Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Familys Transition to a New Home By Lori Burgan A nononsense, compassion ate guide to helping chil dren deal with the stress, trauma, and potential excitement of relocat ing. Easy to read and eminently useful, this is the ideal parents helper when faced with a move across town or across the world. Big Ernies New Home: A Story for Young Children Who Are Moving by Teresa Martin Big Ernies New Home gently affirms the nor mal sadness, anger, and anxiety that young chil dren feel after a move. And as Big Ernie gradu ally discovers familiar comforts and exciting adventures in his new home, young readers may be encouraged to do the same in theirs. Piper Reed, Navy Brat by KimberlyWillis Holt Its not easy being the middle child, espe cially when your dad is a Navy Chief. Meet Piper Reed, a spunky nineyear-old who has moved more times than she can count on one hand. From Texas to Guam, wherever Piper goes, adventure follows, inspired by her active imagination, freewheeling spirit, and a bit of sister magic. Unlike her older sister, Tori, Piper loves being part of a Navy family, and unlike her little sister, Sam, Piper is no prodigy fearless and full of life Web Resources Military Youth on the Move http://www.militaryo tary-youth-on-the-move Department of Defense Helpful ideas and advice for students and par ents on everything from deployment, to moving, to finding a job. http://www.mili http://www.mili moving Being proactive can minimize your time spent struggling with incidents related to move anxiety. Starting the move with positive com munication and continu ing with efforts to estab lish reliability, routine, and relationships will ensure a smoother move. 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 Who Do You Think You Are? When you look in the mirror what do you see? How do oth ers view you? For many, we want to be loved and accepted. Some think, if I could just be good enough, if I could work hard enough, if I could achieve a cer tain status, then oth ers would accept and love me. And for some of us, its really difficult to accept our selves. The things of this world can really be distracting-you might be trying to get more stuff like that brand new vehicle, a bigger and better home, that new posi tion or bigger promo tion in your career. Maybe youre feel ing a bit depressed about your appearance and youre comparing yourself with others, whatever it might be-and you come to the conclusion that youre just not measuring up. You see, when you only pursue the things of this world, you will quickly discover that they will never sat isfy that need in your heart. What you need to remember is the voice of your creator who loves you and created you to be known and loved And then by faith, you just need to accept yourself. This life is knowing not only who we are but whose we are. My question for you is: Whose are you? CHAPLAINS CORNER Chaplain Travis Jewell CNSS 14 Chaplain Center Turns Out Civilians Are People Too I never imagined that our familys old minivan the budgetfriendly 2005 Toyota with embarrassing filth ground into her carpets, a spider infestation, and a pizza box once taped over a broken window would one day teach me a profound lesson about the innate goodness of the human race. But it happened last week. Despite the fact that our minivan has safely transported our fam ily during many tours of duty, Ive been long ing for an upgrade. She served us faithfully, never quitting when the kids upchucked onto her upholstery or dropped sticky fruit snacks between her seats. Her dashboard sometimes lit up like a Christmas tree, but her engine never quit. She never left us stranded, whether nego tiating the pristine auto bahns of Stuttgart or the dicey inner-city streets near our kids school in Jacksonville. But when we got orders to the Naval War College in fancyschmancy Newport, Rhode Island, our mini van stuck out like a sore thumb. Our public school kids were offered scholarships to become day students at a pres tigious local boarding school. As the military kids among mostly privileged students, they were a novelty at first, but they soon fit in just like everyone else. Well, almost. Id show up to school drop offs in our bedrag gled minivan, making a scene among the shiny european imports driven by the other parents. To make matters worse, the doors froze shut on cold mornings, requiring our kids to climb in and out of the hatchback door. So when news of Winter Storm Riley hit last week, I parked our minivan under a big tree in our front yard, and prayed for Mother Nature to put her out of our misery. But, alas, not so much as a twig fell on her dull, pitted hood. The next day, my husband, Francis, and I drove to the school to watch the semi-final bas ketball game. Driving past Audis, Range Rovers, and BMWs, we found the only parking spot left in a grassy area behind the field house. When the game was over, we snuck out a back door to our waiting van. Oh crap, Francis barked from the drivers seat, shes stuck in the mud! Sure enough, when Francis pressed the gas, the wheels oozed deeper into the storm-saturated earth. Francis got out to push, but this only aggravated his sciatica. I pitched handfuls of grav el into the sloppy ruts, and shoved an aban doned two-by-four under the wheel. But nothing worked. Francis and I were mortified. Not only did we own the most unsightly vehicle in the Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist MEAT & POTATOS OF LIFE See Civilians, Page 3


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 15, 2018 3 parking lot, but we were also making a scene, revving the old heaps engine, splattering mud, and gouging the pristine grounds of the historic campus. Regardless of our shame, we needed help. The useless revving of the engine finally attract ed other parents, and soon four couples were pushing our front bum per with all their might. One, two, three! I bellowed. They groaned and shoved against mushy turf while I hit the gas. Strangers brought bundles of sticks, sheets of plywood, and rubber floor mats for traction. But after many attempts to free our heap from the sludge, our makeshift team had nothing to show for itself but destroyed shoes and soil-splattered clothing. Defeated but touched by our fellow parents kindness, we called for a tow-truck, and bid the good Samaritans adieu. Driving home after the fiasco, I was ashamed that Id thought the parents at our school would avoid helping us. I knew about the mil itary-civilian divide and Id assumed it was all their fault. Civilians dont understand us. Civilians wont give us a chance. Civilians dont respect our sacrifices, Id thought. Perhaps its not fair to place all the blame on them. Military com munities can be insular, and we often behave as if weve cornered the mar ket on service and honor. However, our civilian neighbors deserve the same understanding and compassion that we demand from them so vehemently. It took our minivan 216,370 odometer miles to teach us that respect is a two-way street, but I gratefully patted her dashboard, as we parked her back under the big tree to await the next storm. For more wit and wit ticism from Lisa, go to www.themeatandpota From Page 2 Civilians Mayport Sailor Of The Week Name (rate/rank, first and last name): Electricians Mate 1st Class Amber Hartman Command: LCS 11 USS Sioux City Blue. Job: In charge of the maintenance and upkeep of all electrical systems onboard USS Sioux City. Age: 24 Hometown: Born and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts Favorite Hobby: Softball and taking my rescue dogs to the beach. Hero: My great-grand father, he was in the Navy during WW2. Best Piece Of Advice Received: Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. Goal For Navy: Become top snipe or LDO. How Has The Navy Improved Your Life?: he Navy has shown me that you are capable of more than you think and how important it is to take advantage of the opportunities that are all around you. (Command Answer) Why was this Sailor/ Officer Chosen To Be Highlighted? EM1 has been a consistent superi or performer since join ing the crew, she stepped up when the opportu nity arose for her to support the crew of the USS Detroit. The crew is currently enduring a 2 month availability while making preparations for Light of assessment and DCMA. She corrected 8 discrepancies for LOA and repaired the galley oven. She also spent two weeks correcting mate rial checks and main tenance gaining qual ity hands on experience on the latest shipboard equipment. Additionally she led Sioux City crew in successful PMS and equipment validations in support of the upcoming crew move aboard. She is currently representing LCS community and her crew as the Griffin of the Month. Fleet Forces Announces 2017 USFF Fleet Sea, Shore Sailors of the Year From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) announced the 2017 USFF Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League at the Half Moone Cruise Center in Norfolk, March 8. Naval Air Crewman (Operator) 1st Class John Herrman, of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, was named the 2017 Sea Sailor of the Year and Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Sheldon Hunter, of Fleet Readiness Center MidAtlantic Det., Patuxent River, was selected as Shore Sailor of the Year. You all are the best of the best. When you return to your units, whether you are the Sea or Shore Sailor of the Year, I hope you take back what you learned this week and work dili gently at trying to make a better team out of your unit, and all the teams that will make up that unit going forward. Units that are focused on the mission; communicate up, down and across the chain of command; and function and perform as a team are the most suc cessful, said Davidson. During the ceremony all of the nominees were recognized for their success and awarded Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal. First of all I would like to thank the other candidates, I didnt see this week as a competi tion, but as an opportu nity, said Hunter. Any one of us could have been standing here at this moment and Im humbled to be selected to represent the Shore Sailor of the Year. Over the course of the week the candidates par ticipated in board inter views, nomination pack age reviews, and leader ship courses taking place at military installations across the Hampton Roads area. The SOY finalists also participated in tours of local histori cal landmarks, training at area commands and team-building exercises. If I have learned anything through this journey it is that there is nothing exceptional about me. Every step along the way Ive been surrounded by excep tional individuals like the people I have the privilege to share the stage with now, said Herrman. I can tell each and every one of you that I look forward to this career of service because I know these are people that I get to serve with daily. Herrman will travel to Washington, D.C., and be meritoriously promoted to chief petty officer by the chief of naval operations. Hunter will advance to the final selection process for the Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year. The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and then-Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recog nize high-performing E-4 through E-6 Sailors across the fleet. The intent of the competition is to recognize individu al Sailors who best rep resent the ideals of the professional Sailor and the Navy. Initially only Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Sailors on sea duty were recognized. Within 10 years, however, the SOY program was expand ed to include shore duty and Navy Reserve Sailors. Finalists for Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year included HM1 Luis Figueroa USS Detroit (LCS 7) and finalists for Fleet Shore Sailor of the Year: IC1 Ronnie F. Byrd Commander, Naval Surface Squadron 14 LCSRON Gets Running -Photos from COMLCSRON 2 COMLCSRON2 Sailors recently volunteered with the local non-profit group Marathon High. Two were pace coaches for the 11 mile run, others cooked, served pancakes, and passed out medals to over 200 high school students. EM1 Amber Hartman


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 15, 2018 Iwo Jima ARG Trains At Sea Aviation Aerographers Mate 3rd Class Danielle Rizzo, assigned to Fleet Weather Center Norfolk, takes weather read ings aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). -Photo by MC3 Daniel C. Coxwest Seaman Benjamin Adams, from Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, reports a surface contact to the combat infor mation center while standing forward-lookout watch aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), March 3, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval opera tions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. Patten Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Isaac Aparicio, from Taylor, Texas, removes a heater blan ket from a pendulum damper aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). -Photo by MC1 Kristin M. Schuster Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Shiek Gayares, from Burbank, California, por tions rice for a meal in the wardroom galley aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). -Photo by MC3 Daniel C. Coxwest Marine Cpl. Zack Barkley, from Statesville, North Carolina, fires an M4 rifle during a 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit live-fire exercise on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) March 4, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MC1 David Holmes The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) steams behind the Henry J. Kaiserclass fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201), left, and the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). -Photo by MC1 David Holmes -Photo by MC3 Joe J. Cardona Gonzalez Sailors aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) hold a safety brief before a replenishment-at-sea.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 15, 2018 5 -Photo by MC1 David Holmes The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits the Mediterranean Sea, March 2, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is con ducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MC3 Daniel C. Coxwest Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Sean Donovan, from Stafford, Virginia, drives an AS3232A spotting dolly in the hangar bay of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), March 2, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MC1 David Holmes The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits the Mediterranean Sea, March 2, 2018. -Photo by MC1 David Holmes Seaman Jeff Bookaloo, master helmsman, steers the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201), March 3, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MCSN Dary M. Patten Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 install bifilar assemblies in the main rotor of an MH-60S Sea Hawk in the hangar bay of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), March 4, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo by MC1 Kristin M. Schuster U.S. Marine Cpl. Alexander Flaa, from Denver, and assigned to the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watches the readout as he runs a test on a demand oxygen regulator CPU-103 aboard USS Iwo Jima. -Photo by MC1 Kristin M. Schuster Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jennifer Rand, right, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, assigned to Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 8, checks for pelvic stability on a man nequin during trauma training in medical aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).


6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 15, 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 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. March 23: Mayport Movies: Ferdinand (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 24: Movies at Mayport: Downsizing (R). 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 25: Topgolf 5 8 p.m. Cost is $50. Enjoy 3 hours of Topgolf, a Fajita Fiesta buffet and transportation from the Beacon (if needed). Open to all authorized patrons 18+. Sign up at the Liberty Center by March 19. March 29: Basic Jewelry Making. 9 11 a.m. Cost is $18 and all supplies are provid ed. Sign up by March 27. Receive professional instruction to learn the basics of jewelry mak ing and create your own beaded necklace. 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 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. 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! April 12: Crabbing. 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Join MWR and learn crab bing techniques to catch blue crabs. Cost is $5 and includes bait, line and nets. Bring your own bucket or cooler if you plan on keep ing your catch. Sign up at Outdoor Adventures by April 10. All skill lev els are 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 Tickets and Travel Blue Man Group at Universal Florida. Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind. and unleash your spirit. Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey filled with music, laughter and surprises. Get your tick ets for more than off the gate price at Tickets and Travel. 2 shows daily. Great discounts for kids. 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. 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. Sundays: Family Golf. Sundays after 3 p.m. Families play 9 holes of golf on a short ened course, no more than 125 yds per hole. $8.00 for adults, $4.00 per child (ages 8 and older). $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. March 21: Intramural Golf. 11:00 a.m. information al meeting and 12:00 p.m. shot gun start. Join the Intramural Golf Captains Cup League. Season runs weekdays through August. Open to all active duty, reserv ists and DoD employees attached to a command. Cost is $22 per week and includes cart, green fees, intramural fee, range balls and premier hour after at Bogeys. Players and teams must regis ter at the Pro Shop by March 19. April 4 18: Drive, Chip and Putt Three consecutive Wednesdays in April from 4 6 p.m at Windy Harbor Golf Club. Cost is $15 per person. Compete in this unique competition and demonstrate all three skills (drive, chip, and putt) for points! The par ticipant with the most accumulated points in all three areas will be the champion of their divi sion (Mens, Womens, and Youth divisions available; minimum 10 players per division). 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 $8.50 at lunch.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 15, 2018 7 The following activi ties target single or unac companied Sailors. For more information, call 904-270-7788 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 1 st place. 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. March 24: Collective Con. Van departs at 9:30 a.m. $30 at the door. Join the Liberty Center in this pop culture event featur ing comics, music, enter tainment, art, cosplay and more! Sign up by March 22. March 26: Liberty Committee Meeting. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Tell us what you want to see on the calendar. March 29: Easter Egg Scramble. 8:30 p.m. Join the Liberty Center in their Easter celebration. The after dark Easter egg hunt, prizes, free food, fun starts at 8:30 p.m. (Liberty Patrons only) Ask about our White Water Rafting Trip com ing in May! Spend Liberty Time With MWR 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 mili tary 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 informa tion on how to become a CDH Provider please call the Child Development Center at 904-270-7740. June 4 August 10: Summer Camp 5:30 a.m. 7 p.m. at the Youth Activities Center. Are you ready for Summer? Parents can request care at mili Meals and snacks are provided. Open to children ages 6 (if attending kindergar ten in the 2017/2018 school year) to 12 years old. Child & Youth Programs -Photo courtesy of MWR Winter programming at the Natatorium is in full swing. Children are getting ready for summer in our Learn-to-Swim program (pictured) and everyone is welcome to join us for Family Swim on Saturdays from 12 p.m. 2 p.m. Swim Time With MWR Family Swim. Saturdays 12 2 p.m. FREE. Family Swim is a great way for children 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 incentives. Swimmers can track their mileage in our binder on the pool deck. Awards will be given at 50 miles, 100 miles, 200 miles, 300 miles, 400 miles and 500 miles inter vals. 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. March 19 23: American Red Cross Lifeguard Course 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Cost is $165 for military, dependents and DoD, and $195 for civil ians. 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. Fitness 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 fit ness session featuring a wide sampling of class es offered at the Fitness Center, from cardio and strength to CORE and recovery. Intramural Sports April 4: Captains Cup Flag Football Organizational Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. Open to active duty, retirees, family mem bers and DoD ages 18+. Season begins April 16. April 10: Captains Cup Celebrity Awards Banquet Luncheon 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. at Ocean Breeze Catering and Conference Center. April 18: Captains Cup 2v2 Beach Volleyball Organizational Meeting 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. Open to active duty, retirees, family members and DoD ages 18+. Season begins May 7 and ends June 28.


8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 15, 2018 CNRSE Bolivar Speaks to Girls, Inc. By MC1 Brian G. Reynolds Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southeast, provided remarks as the keynote speaker dur ing the second annu al Women of Vision Celebration Luncheon, sponsored by Girls Inc., at the WJCT television studio March 8. The luncheon helped raise awareness regard ing the challenges affect ing at-risk girls through out the Jacksonville and Duval County areas. During her speech, Bolivar praised the work that the Girls Inc. non profit organization has done to empower young females to lead fulfilling and productive lives. You are part of a pro gram that is focused on helping girls, said Bolivar. You are help ing girls avoid risky behaviors, graduate from high school and have the best success of stepping into their own power to achieve their goals and dreams. Robin Rose, the CEO of Girls Inc., emphasized the importance of her organizaitons mission, and the impact that the organization has on both the local and national level. Girls Inc. is the game changer for so many girls here in Jacksonville and at the 85 affiliates within the United States and in Canada. We give them the hope, confidence, and the knowledge and skills to beat the odds, and to overcome any obstacle in their lives that could derail them from achieving the life they want to claim for themselves, said Rose. Bolivar used her expe rience as a female lead er to advise the girls in attendance. As young people, it is so important to become leaders in your own lives, Bolivar said. What Im saying is, if any of us cannot become powerful leaders in our own lives first, then how can we ever think we can lead other people and organizations successful ly? Being involved with Girls Inc., you already have a good start. Bolivar also empha sized the importance of mentorship in mold ing these at-risk girls to become strong, smart and bold. It is so important to invest in a girls future, said Bolivar. When one makes that invest ment, the rewards can go beyond your wildest dreams. Emphasizing the importance of strong leadership, Bolivar said, Each one of you here can be a leader. You can be that leader with selfawareness, passion and purpose. It is a choice that only you can make. As females, we have definitely contributed to making this country a better place to be. The network of Girls Inc. nonprofit orga nizations serves girls 6-10 years old in more than 1,400 cities across the United States and Canada. Its researchbased programming is delivered by trained pro fessionals who focus on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring and guiding girls in an affirming progirl environment. -Photo by MC1 Brian G. Reynolds Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southeast, receives an award from emcee Endia Lewis during the second annual Women of Vision Celebration Luncheon, sponsored by Girls Inc., at the WJCT television studio. The luncheon helped raise awareness regarding local, national and glob al challenges affecting at-risk girls throughout the Jacksonville and Duval County areas. CNRSE Goes Golden Chief Navy Career Counselor Brian Shelton and Senior Chief Navy Career Counselor Yenier Ramirez raise the Golden Anchor Retention Excellence pennant in front of Commander, Navy Region Southeast headquarters. -Photos by MC1 Brian G. Reynolds Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE), and the CNRSE retention team pose for a group photo before they raise the Golden Anchor Retention Excellence. Golden Anchor Retention Excellence Awards are given to select commands by the Department of the Navy for sus taining superior levels of military retention. Noms For Batchelder Awards Extended From Navy Office of Information The nominations dead line for the Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder Awards announced in ALNAV 073/17 has been extended until Friday, March 30. The Navy League of the United States spon sors the annual Sea Service Awards in rec ognition of outstanding individual achievements in leadership, maritime affairs, scientific prog ress, engineering excel lence, logistics compe tence, excellence in intel ligence, and service to community and country. The Navy League offers these awards to active and Reserve Sailors and Marines, and civilians. Established in 1983, the Vice Adm. Robert F. Batchelder Awards, rec ognizes five officers in the Supply Corps who have made the most sig nificant personal con tributions to the supply readiness of the U.S. Navys operating forces. Formal award pre sentations are tenta tively scheduled to be presented at the annual Navy League Convention on June 8, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. Additional information regarding the awards and nomination pro cess may be found on the Navy League web site, www.navyleague. org, under programs/ awards/sea services awards. Junior Officers Sought As White House Aides From Navy Office of Information Navy junior officers interested in serving as White House social aides are invited to apply for acceptance into the pro gram through April 9. White House social aides have supported presidents and first ladies since the admin istration of President Theodore Roosevelt and are represented by all branches of the mili tary. They help manage guests who attend social functions at the White House, facilitate interac tions with the president and first lady and escort dignitaries. Unmarried naval offi cers in the paygrades of O-2 through O-4 who are currently stationed in the National Capital Region are eligible to apply to the program, which is a collateral duty, not a permanent change of station. Due to a lengthy clearance process, appli cants must have 18-24 months remaining on current orders within the National Capital Region. The program also requires the signed endorsement of an appli cants commanding offi cer articulating support for participation in the program to include a time commitment of one full morning, afternoon or evening per week. Selected aides in good standing are eligible to remain in the program until they are no longer assigned to a command in the National Capital Region, become married or promote to O-5. Applicants interested in this program must be comfortable interacting with the public, possess the highest levels of tact and discretion, and have demonstrated sustained superior performance in their careers as naval officers. Those selected represent the Navy, and must possess impeccable appearance and military bearing. Applications must be requested via email from the navy service pro gram manager, Lt. John Harry, at john.harry@


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 15, 2018 9 Mayport Civilian Tells Story Of Barrier-Breaking EODC Father From Staff Friends, family and former co-workers gath ered at the Mayport Chief Petty Officers Mess to celebrate a book launch honoring the late Master Chief Boatswains Mate Sherman Byrd, the first African American Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) tech nician. Cynthia Byrd Conner, Byrds young est daughter and recent ly retired civil servant from Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC), worked on the project for many years. Conner and her sib lings werent aware of their fathers distinctions and accomplishments because he tended to keep his experiences to himself, and he passed away at the age of 40, when Conner was just 14-years old. More than three decades later, a representative from an EOD training facility tracked down the Byrd family so he could invite them to a dedication to their father. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit 2 dedi cated a plaque in honor of Byrd in 2009, for breaking the color barri er in 1958 to join an elite group of EOD techni cians that can disarm an explosive anywhere and at any time. The dedication cer emony was so beauti ful, and they all spoke so highly of dad, Conner said. He meant a lot to a lot of people. While researching the book, Conner spoke with Carl Brashear, who became famous after the Cuba Gooding, Jr. role in the Men of Honor movie. He called to offer support and encourage ment, and told me he never told the writers or movie producers that he was the first African American EOD, only he was the first African American to achieve the Master Diver recogni tion, as well as being the first amputee Master Diver. Many people believe Carl Brashear was the first African American in the EOD community, but it was Dad, Sherman Byrd, said Conner. With only an eighth grade education, (the highest level of educa tion available to African Americans at that time), Byrd served on 10 ships, served during Korea and Vietnam, and sup ported the Secret Service by protecting four Presidents of the United States. The book also deals with some tough issues like drug and alcohol abuse. Quiet Strong is geared toward the teen age demographic or anyone who has taken a wrong turn in life, Conner said. All proceeds from the sale of the book ben efitted the Mayport Chief Petty Officers Association. Cynthia Byrd Conner shares a story about her father, Master Chief Boatswains Mate Sherman Byrd. Family, friends and former co-workers filled the Medal of Honor Room for the launch of the book Quiet Strong, a biography of her father. Cynthia Byrd Conner signs a book for a patron at her book launch. Conner is Master Chief Sherman Byrds youngest daughter, and recently retired civil servant from Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC). Defense Advisory Committee On Women In The Services Releases 2017 Annual Report By Department of Defense March 1, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) released its 2017 annual report on matters relating to women serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. DACOWITS pro vides the Department of Defense with advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to women in the Armed Forces. The com mittee provides these recommendations to the Secretary of Defense via a comprehensive annual report, based on information gathered throughout the year. For 2017, DACOWITS studied 13 topics. The committee gathered information from mul tiple sources including briefings and written responses from DOD, service-level military representatives and sub ject matter experts; data collected from focus groups and interactions with service members during installation vis its; and peer-reviewed literature. DACOWITS collected qualitative data during their vis its to multiple installa tions representing the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. Based upon the data collected and analyzed, the committee submitted 17 recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on the following topics: accession and market ing, recruiting strate gies, propensity to serve, mid-career retention, dual-military co-location policies, gender integra tion, key opportunities and assignments, gender integrated boxing, physi ological gender differ ences, parent leave poli cies, childcare resources, family care plan policies, and the impacts of social media and sexual harass ment online. The report is available online and includes detailed reason ing supporting each rec ommendation addressed by the committee. Established in 1951, DACOWITS is one of the oldest DOD federal advisory committees. The committee was cre ated following the sign ing of the 1948 Womens Armed Services Integration Act. The law enabled women to serve as permanent, regular members of the Armed Forces in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. Over the years, DACOWITS has been instrumental to the DOD and has made significant contributions on top ics including opening career fields, specialties, schooling and training to women; developing gen der neutral occupational standards; improving to the health of deployed servicewomen; and increasing marketing, accessions and recruit ing. Electronic copies of the committees annual reports and addition al information about DACOWITS can be found at http://dacowits. Pay, Personnel Administrators Receive New Opportunities For Training, Counsel & Collaboration From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Improving the qual ity of pay and personnel services across the Navy is a cornerstone of Sailor 2025, the Navys largest personnel modernization effort ever undertaken, and thus remains one of our top priorities for increasing Sailors qual ity of life. Timely and accu rate pay and personnel transactions are a criti cal enabler of warfight ing readiness. In order to fulfill those services, a strong partnership is required between com mands and their person nel support detachments (PSD). The Sailors and civilians at the front line of this effort are the Command Pay and Personnel Administrators (CPPA). The role and impor tance of CPPAs cannot be overstated, because CPPAs serve as the link between individual Sailors, their commands, and the supporting PSDs. With that thought in mind, we developed sev eral policy changes and resources to increase the knowledge base of CPPAs and provide them with essential tools for their pay and personnel toolkits. In accordance with NAVADMIN 235/16, the CPPA Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) code of 95AD was estab lished to ensure that Navy personnel are properly trained and cer tified in the pay and per sonnel policies and pro cedures. We have also updated the CPPA toolbox and other CPPA resources that reside on the Navy Personnel Command website. This one stop resource repository provides a wealth of information to help new CPPAs learn their roles and respon sibilities and for expe rienced CPPAs to hone their skills. Newly designated CPPAs can learn pay and personnel management fundamentals and specif ics of the Pay/Personnel Administrative Support System (PASS) in an interactive web-based course available through My Navy Portal (MNP) via Navy e-Learning (course number PERS2PAYPERS-CPPACPPATRAINING-V1.0). Our library of 41 CPPA standard operat ing procedures provides detailed step-by-step guidance on the proper execution of common Navy pay and personnel transactions. In order to keep skills fresh and share local best practices across commands, CPPAs are strongly encouraged to take part in monthly training opportunities hosted by local PSDs. The Navy added a new user role to the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) enabling CPPA personnel to initiate activity gains, reenlist ments, extensions, and other non-pay impacting transactions at the local command and leading to improved timeliness and accuracy for these trans actions. CPPAs and other CAC holders can find a helpful Smart Sheet explaining the user role change from Command PASS Coordinator (CPC) to CPPA on the NSIPS login page, by click ing Whats New for You under the User Information section. The Smart Sheet and other useful documents highlight new features and reports for the CPPA user role. Local command veri fication is required to ensure Sailors receive their due pay and enti tlements. CPPAs must gain this NSIPs access to enable accurate pay and personnel processing. Finally, in order to reinforce a sense of com munity among CPPA professionals and facili tate an environment of collaborative thought, shared insights and pro fessional experiences, we have launched a CPPA forum on Facebook. New CPPAs should take full advantage of this forum to ask ques tions and build their corporate knowledge by directly corresponding with experienced CPPAs. Pay and personnel matters affect each and every Sailor serving our country around the world, and we owe it to our Sailors to get pro cesses done promptly and correctly the first time. We are committed to ensuring they receive the benefits and entitle ments they have earned. Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You!


10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, March 15, 2018 Luke Combs Booked For THE PLAYERS Military Appreciation Day Concert In May From THE PLAYERS Public Affairs Continuing a PGA TOUR tradition of hon oring men and women in uniform, THE PLAYERS Championship today unveiled a full slate of military appreciation activities and programs for the 2018 event, including a special per formance by 2017 break out artist Luke Combs on Tuesday, May 8, during Military Appreciation Day. New this year, the Military Appreciation Day Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Concert will kickoff at 6 p.m. on the 17th hole when the tourna ment returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, May 8-13. Combs joins an impressive list of coun try music stars who have performed on Military Appreciation Day includ ing Tim McGraw (2010), Darius Rucker (2011), Luke Bryan (2012), Dierks Bentley (2013), Jake Owen (2014), Big & Rich (2015), Toby Keith (2016) and Sam Hunt (2017). The Military Appreciation Day Ceremony and Concert is free to any Tuesday ticket holder; a Tuesday Stadium Pass starts at just $25. Parking is also free on Tuesday and Wednesday of tourna ment week. In addition to Military Appreciation Day, THE PLAYERS provides all career military (active duty, Reserve, military retirees and depen dents) with complimen tary admission to the tournament all week and discounted admis sion for veterans. To obtain vouchers, go to ets and click REDEEM in the Military Ticket section. Parking is not included with the free, or discounted, tick et Thursday through Sunday. All parking on Tuesday and Wednesday is free. Throughout tourna ment week, all active duty and Reserve mili tary members, mili tary retirees, veterans and their dependents will have access to the Birdies for the Brave Patriots Outpost, a hos pitality tent reserved exclusively for the mili tary which offers compli mentary food, beverages and activities. Located near the tee at No. 16, the Patriots Outpost is financially supported by THE PLAYERS and Jacksonville-area com panies and individu als. United Rentals is the lead sponsor of the Birdies for the Brave Patriots Outpost. In 2017, THE PLAYERS issued more than 35,000 complimentary military tickets and more than 19,000 military mem bers and their fami lies were hosted in the Patriots Outpost. Prior to tournament week, THE PLAYERS will welcome active duty, Reserve, retired military, veterans, and military spouses to TPC Sawgrass on Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots Outpost, to participate in its sev enth-annual Military Job Fair, in partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition and sponsored by United Rentals. The Military Job Fair is free and open to military personnel, veterans and military spouses who are seek ing employment. There will be approximately 50 companies on hand, all with open hiring oppor tunities. On Sunday, May 6, THE PLAYERS and Birdies for the Brave will again partner with Operation Shower to host a group baby show er for 40 military momsto-be. Scheduled to be held from 12-2 p.m. in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots Outpost, the event will be hosted by Jim and Tabitha Furyk, and sponsored by United Rentals, and will fea ture Operation Showers signature Shower-In-ABox, gifts of high-quality products for the moms and babies that have been provided by spon sors and donors. Volunteering at THE PLAYERS is a unique avenue for not only golf fans, but also those look ing to support an event that gives millions of dol lars back to the commu nity, Those that wish to apply to be a volunteer or more information, can visit 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 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 encompass ing behavior, emotion, development and social ization. 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 associated 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 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. March 26, 2018 6-7 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! March 29, 2018 4:30-5:30 p.m. Car Buying Strategies, BLDG 1, RM 702 Feel like a winner after the purchase of your next car by develop ing the knowledge and skills that will empower you to research the pur chase, ask the right ques tions during the sale, and practice negotiation techniques to get a great deal. Make your dream car a reality! 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 completion of CRS is ver ified and recorded on the ITP checklist (DD Form 2958). Directors Action Group. I think this is a really good opportunity for us to take a look at the long history of lessons learned and apply them to the present and how we maintain maritime superiority. The Navy is really looking for entries from a full spectrum of writ ers, not just professional historians and people who do this for a liv ing, but also for entries from those on the deck plates, said Ahler. The hardest part will be get ting amateur historians and Sailors out in the fleet to submit, but hon estly I think thats where a lot of the best stuff will come from. Submissions may not exceed 3,500 words (excluding footnotes/ endnotes/sources), nor may you include your name on the entry. All submissions will be judged blind, so in addi tion to the essay, please create a separate attach ment including your biography, phone num ber and mailing address. Your submission pack age should be emailed to cnoessaycontest@ with the subject heading the title of your essay. For more details, see the NAVADMIN, or go to https://www. html. For more details about this contest, please visit the NHHC CNO Naval History Essay Contest web page, or email The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analy sis, and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage. It pro vides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining histori cally relevant resources and products that reflect the Navys unique and enduring contributions through our nations his tory, and supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering profes sional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities includ ing the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histo ries, nine museums, USS Constitution repair facil ity and the historic ship Nautilus. leaders that his memo ries on The Sullivans are some of his most cher ished. I have a deep affin ity for this ship, said Brown. I knew when I was coming to NAVSTA Mayport, I had to make a point to come to this ship too. Brown focused his discussions on leader ship responsibilities and encouraged the group to identify ways in which they can improve all around to build a tacti cally and technically pro ficient force. To be the most effec tive leader, you not only have to know your job, but you need to know your bosss job and the jobs of those you lead so we are as efficient as possible, said Brown. Brown also visited Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 while at NAVSTA Mayport, and recently visited several other ships and facilities on board Naval Base Coronado and NAVSTA Norfolk, with plans to visit as many ships as he can throughout 2018. Brown assumed com mand of CNSF and CNSP, Jan. 18, and is visiting waterfront lead ers and crews aboard their ships and facili ties to allow command ing officers an opportu nity to provide him with updates regarding sur face-related recommen dations of the Strategic Readiness Review and Comprehensive Review, and to receive direct feedback on how to pro vide the fleet with the support it expects and needs. From Page 1 Brown From Page 1 Essay Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You!


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