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Give Blood, Save Lives NS Mayport will host a blood drive on July 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Building One Christmas In July At MWR Bowling Center Page 11 Iwo Jima Hoists EAWS Pennant Pages 4-5 -Photo by MC2 Cameron M. Stoner Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) lower the flag staff during the ships departure from Her Majestys Naval Base Clyde after a scheduled port visit July 12, 2018. Farragut, homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. By MC2 Cameron Stoner USS Farragut The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), departed Her Majestys Naval Base (HNMB) Clyde, July 12, after a scheduled port visit. The port visit served to reaffirm the partnership between the U.S. and U.K. as the two nations unite to work towards a secure, stable and prosperous Europe. During Farraguts visit, Sailors took the oppor tunity to meet the people of Scotland, while also conducting necessary maintenance, performing ship preservation, onloading stores and supplies, Navy Uniform Update Released From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs The Navy announced the expansion of hair styles for women along with several other uni form policy changes and updates in NAVADMIN 163/18, July 11. Among the several hair style changes is the authorization for women to wear locks. The NAVADMIN provides specific and detailed regula tion on how locks can be worn. Women are also authorized to wear their hair in a single braid, French braid, or single ponytail in service, working and physical training uniforms. The ponytail may extend up to three inches below the bottom edge of the of the shirt, jacket or coat collar. The accessory holding the ponytail must not be visible when facing forward, and be consistent with the color of the hair. The hair cannot be worn below the bottom of the uniform collar where there are hazards such as rotating gear. Women may now wear a hair bun that does not exceed or extend beyond the width of the back of the head. Other uniform changes include the approval of the Navy Optional Physical Training Uniform (OPTU) that consists of a navy blue high perfor mance shirt and five-inch running shorts. The uni form is expected to be available at Navy Exchange Uniform and Customer Care Centers starting October 2018. Navy is also developing a standard navy blue Physical Training Uniform (PTU) that will be phased into the seabag issue at Recruit Training Command in the next 12-18 months. The Black Relax-Fit Jacket (Eisenhower Jacket) has been designated a unisex item and Sailors can wear the men or womens jacket sizing that best suits their uniform requirements. To allow for greater visibility female Sailors have the option to wear identification badges on the right side above the pocket of their uniforms. Wear testing of the improved female officer and chief Service uniform skirts and slacks will be complete this summer. Improvements include a straight line Service skirt, and redesigned khaki and white Service slacks with lower waist and reduced rise (waist to top of the inseam). These items are expected to be available at Navy Exchange Uniform and Customer Care Centers at the end of the year. An improved Black Leather Safety Boot (I-Boot 4) for optional wear with all Navy working uni Navy Care App Enables Medical Appointments From Work, Home By Rodney Foushee Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Naval Hospital Jacksonville now offers a faster, innovative way to complete health visits without a trip to the hos pital or clinic: virtual vis its. These decrease time away from the mission, work, and family. The Navy Care app enables patients to have a live, virtual visit with a clinician, using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Its private, secure, and free. Navy Care catapults the military health sys tem into the 21st cen tury, said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Patrick Goldsmith, an independent duty corpsman at Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville. The app provides real-time access to care for Sailors and Marines in remote envi ronments, and decreas es the warfighters time away from the work place. Active duty, retir ees and families can also use the virtual app for follow-up medical visits. The Navy Care app allows Sailors and Marines to complete their Period Health Assessment (PHA) from their unit or home, decreasing the amount of time away from their job. Clinicians work from their office at the hospi tal or branch health clin ic, during a virtual visit. See Farragut, Page 6 See Uniform, Page 6 See Navy Care, Page 8 -Photo by Jacob Sippel Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Patrick Goldsmith, an independent duty corpsman at Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville, conducts a virtual periodic health assessment (ePHA) with a Sailor. The Navy Care app allows active and retired service members and families to have a virtual visit with a clinician on their smartphone, tablet, or computer. Changes Announced To Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferability From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Department of Defense released changes to department policy on the transfer by service mem bers in the Uniformed Services of Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to eligible family mem ber, July 12. Effective July 12, 2019, eligibility to transfer those benefits will be limited to service mem bers with less than 16 years of total service, active duty service and/ or selected Reserves as applicable. Previously, there were no restrictions on when service members could transfer education bene fits to their family mem bers. The provision for a Sailor to have at least six years of service to apply to transfer benefits remains unchanged. After a thorough review of the policy, we saw a need to focus on retention in a time of increased growth of the Armed Forces, said Stephanie Miller, Director of Accessions Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense. This change continues to allow career service members that earned this benefit to share it with their family mem bers while they contin ue to serve. She added this change is an impor tant step to preserve the distinction of trans ferability as a retention incentive. What does this mean for our Sailors? The change will allow Sailors to retain their eligibility to transfer education benefits even if they have not served the entirety of their obli gated service commit ment through no fault of their own. This means if a Sailor fails to fulfill their service obligation because of a force shap ing event (such as offi cers involuntarily sepa rated as a result of being twice passed over for promotion, or enlisted personnel involuntarily separated as a result of failure to meet minimum retention standards, such as high-year tenure) the transfer of benefits to a family member would not be impacted. Exceptions that per mitted service members with at least ten years of service to obligate less than four years if pre vented by statute or pol icy from doing so, such as enlisted high year ten ure, have been cancelled. All approvals for trans ferability of Post-9/11 GI bill require a fouryear commitment in the Armed Forces and, more importantly, the mem ber must be eligible to be retained for four years from the date of election. A NAVADMIN with Navys implantation guidance will be released shortly. For more on the poli cy, visit http://www.esd.


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 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 Command Chaplain Chap. Kevin Stanley 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. Stop Summer Learning Loss Studies show that by the end of fifth grade children without sum mer learning opportu nities are nearly three years behind their peers in reading. So what can you do to Stop Summer Learning Loss? To avoid Summer Slide that loss of learned skills and knowledge from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next year you need to make sure that your child is actively reading and learning through out the summer. Read ing Is Fundamental (RIF), the nations old est and largest childrens literacy organization, believes there is no bet ter time than this sum mer to begin helping our children bridge the gap in learning between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next one. Moti vating children to read throughout the year is essential to building life long readers, says Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. And read ing is the doorway to all other learning. Experts agree that chil dren who read during the summer gain read ing skills, while those who do not often slide backward. According to the authors of a Novem ber 2002 report from Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning A conservative esti mate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year.... Its common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills. Most children will ben efit from exposure to educational activities to help maintain their skills and get them started on the right foot come fall. Whether he is enrolled in a summer camp, par ticipating in online/vir tual learning, engaged in disguised learning, or enjoying a learning vaca tion, he can be learning. Websites which can pro vide free and fun sum mer online learning include the following: games-and-tools [K-12 fun games and activities for long summer days] [ all ages 2100 videos & self-paced exercises covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history] [fun games, puzzles, and more all related to math] [great vocabulary game which donates 10 grains of free rice to United Nations World Food Program for each answer you get right. Adults can play too!!!] {practice phonic skills KNOWING THE ROPES Sharon Kasica School Liaison Officer What Are Your Lifestyle Habits? We all have some hab its that we do every day. For some of us, these may include drinking alcohol, smoking, dip ping, vaping, gambling, spending money fool ishly, constantly doing physical trainings, and the like. The benefits and risks of some of these hab its are many. They are constantly new findings about the negative and positive effects these habits can do to a human person. The habit of drinking alcohol can pose many health risks and serious affects with the law and financial consequences. In the Navy, we even have suggestions for drinking alcohol like in moderation. Drink with responsibility. Or drink ing with a plan, a plan to get home safely both for you and those around you and along your way. In other words, Arrive alive. The habit of drinking a lot of coffee or energy drinks, or taking supple ments regularly can also pose serious physi cal effects to a human body. In fact, Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS) is a Department of Defense dietary sup plement resource for the military community. Some dietary supple ment products contain stimulants, steroids, hormone-like ingredi ents, controlled sub stances, or unapproved drugs. These are bad for the body. So, its best to check with our health care manager or doctor before we consume those things or too much of those things. Perhaps, consider changing your habit from drinking too much coffee or energy drinks, or taking supplements regularly to drinking tea every day for it is consid ered the best alternative choice for health, too. Other narcotic sub stances and nicotine con taining products avail able on the shelves for consumers out there are limitless. What is your flavor? There is one for you! But dont let those attractive colors and fla vors fool you into doing something that you dont need to stay positive and healthy. Dont let the design of the packages, tools or devices of these things destroy your wal let, health, properties, and even friends and loved ones. Gambling is anoth er bad habit including online gambling that people do. I have seen one senior enlisted per son in my career who lost his Navy career due to high gambling debts. He let his habit out of control. It destroyed his family. He slowly lost his personal belongings for he had to sell them in order to get the money for his bills. Eventually, lost his career over it. Spending money fool ishly is not advisable. Ah, I have heard of advices like these, Live within your means. Or Live with 80% of what you earned. Give 10% to charity. Save 10% and your life will be better. Spend money wisely. But why do most people dont? These are good advices. Maybe thats not the reality. It is tough to live with what we already have had and try to help others but it can be done. We need to tweak it a little bit. There is yet one more habit that, as a Chaplain, I would like my readers to do: spiritual habit. Often times, this last habit is the real habit that all human beings should have but yet many people lack. What are benefits and risks of having spiritual habit? What is so negative about it? What are some positive things about it? I know. I hope you, my readers, do too. Perhaps, Pray without ceasing is a good place to start a new habit. Make spiritual exercise part of your habit. It will do you good now and in the future. Chaplain Pon Chanthaphon CNSS 14 Ministry Center CHAPLAINS CORNER Totally Tubular: Memories Of Summer Fun You can call me Parent of the Year. I just gave my 17-year-old daughter permission to go cliff diving with her friends at a rocky outcrop over looking the bay. As counter-intuitive as this may seem for a parent, I smile when my children seek out the kind of old-fash ioned, risky fun I had when I was a kid. Back before the internet made screens our main focus in life, we spent sum mers trying to figure out what to do for entertain ment. Swimming holes, rope swings, junk yards and bridges were hot spots, but in a pinch, abandoned shopping carts, appliance boxes and other household objects would also do the trick. One summer in the 1970s, my older brother scored two large inner tubes. He called his friend, Tracy, to come over to help him fig ure out what to do with them. Tray was in junior high school and wanted nothing to do with little sisters like me. So, I trot ted barefoot up the hill to the neighbors backyard playhouse, picking new ly-sprouted dandelions along the way. About an hour later, there was a knock at the playhouse door. Hey, Lisa! Cmeer! Wanna do something fun with me and Tracy?! Flabbergasted by this unusual turn of events, I threw the baby doll I was nurturing into the spider-webbed corner and ran out the door. Whaddya wanna do?! I yelled excitedly. Tracy and Tray lead me to the side of the neighbors house where I saw the inner tubes lashed together, side by side, with twine. Grinning sideways at each other and down at me, my brother said, Lisa, if you climb inside the tubes, well roll you down the hill and itll be really fun! I couldnt see red flags or hear alarm bells. All I knew is that my big brother finally wanted to play with me. I crouched down and climbed into the center hole, gripping the metal valves like handles just as they instructed. With my chin on my chest and my legs criss-crossed, I fit snuggly into the tiny space. Assuring me that the ride would be better than the Scrambler at the County Fair, they care fully shoved me off down the hill. As the tubes took their first few rota tions, I squealed with excitement. But then, I reached the drop off at the front of the neigh bors property, and the cylinder spun wildly with the sudden acceleration. The natural undula tions of the lawn sent the tubes airborne, causing them to change shape as they bounced on the ground. The circle dis torted into an elongated oval with each impact, and my teeth clacked. As the contrap tion flew down the hill toward a border of blue spruces, my initial squeals of delight turned into breathy screams of terror, and then into the silence of survival mode. From my cramped vantage point, I could see flashes of blue sky, the approaching spruc es, grass, and Tray and Tracy screaming down the hill after me. I knew I had to save myself from certain disaster. As I slammed into the ground after a particularly high bounce, I allowed my foot to pop out of the ring. My toes immediately caught the grass, flipping the tubes like a quarter in a coin toss. My wheel of terror teetered to a stop just before the spruces, and I burst out of the confin ing hole onto the grass. The entire universe spun around me. I could hear faint yelling coming clos er, until Tracys silhou ette appeared against the blue sky above me. Lisa! Lisa! Are you okay?! Tracy panted, as a drop of spit began to ooze from his gap ing mouth. Just before the elongating globule could detach itself, Tracy slurped and swallowed in the nick of time. As the summers passed, my brother con tinued to bait me into painful judo flips, terri fying locked closets, and harebrained schemes, and I also found plenty of trouble all on my own. And now, as my teen age daughter goes to jump off cliffs, I say a little prayer that no one breaks an arm, I accept the natural order of the world, and I understand that some things never change. For more wit and wit ticism from Lisa, go to www.themeatandpota MEAT & POTATOES OF LIFE Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist See Learning, Page 7


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 3 By Scott Curtis SERMC Public Affairs Keeping the 7th Fleet well maintained and operationally ready to go into harms way is the responsibility of Ship Repair Facility (SRF) Yokosuka and the detachment in Sasebo, Japan. Together the repair facilities are responsible for main taining and repairing the 22 ships of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) serving in 7th Fleet, and ships home ported stateside operat ing in the 7th Fleet area of operation. The U.S. civil service (USCS) workforce is crit ical to the daily opera tions of SRF Yokosuka, providing engineering, technical, superviso ry, advisory, manage rial, financial, security and other services that cannot be delegated to foreign nationals. Additionally, USCS and military personnel pro vide most Fleet Tech Assist (FTA) support. To that end, Peggy Hough travelled from Japan to visit with SERMC personnel about civil service jobs avail able in Japan, and the unique pay and benefits that accompany these jobs. Working in Japan offers both the experi ence and opportunity of a lifetime, the pace is high speed youll per form within a tighter timeframe. Youll learn more, and youll learn it faster. Youll have more responsibility and authority. Serving in Japan can be good for your personal develop ment and good for your career, Hough said. SRF Yokosuka is a full-service, non-nuclear naval shipyard providing modernization, main tenance and repair to 7th Fleet ships through depot-level maintenance availabilities (includ ing dry-dockings), Continuous Maintenance Availabilities (CMAV), Fleet Technical Assistance (FTA), and emergent repairs. SRFJRMC has a large, organ ic Japanese National workforce in Yokosuka, supplemented by local private contractors. During a typical year, SRF Yokosuka plans and executes 400,000 to 450,000 man-days of depot-level work on FDNF ships and accom plishes approximately 80% of the port work load with its organic workforce. Of signifi cance, SRF Yokosuka has annual maintenance availabilities on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). SRF Yokosuka drydocking facilities can support timely drydocking of most ships in the U.S. Navy inven tory. Facilities include 6 graving docks with a combined displace ment of 530,000 tons, 19 wet berth locations, 10 industrial buildings with combined work shop space of 960,000 square feet, and 15,300 combined feet of pier to support maintenance, including a pier specifi cally designed for the carrier. SRF Yokosuka current ly employs nearly 120 U.S. military, more than 325 civilian personnel, and nearly 2,500 fulltime Japanese Nationals (including nearly 350 in the Sasebo Detachment) throughout the organiza tion. For more informa tion about ship repair facilities in Japan, visit: mil/ Mayport Sailor Of The Week Name: MM2 Paul Earl of Southeast Regional Maintenance Center Job: AC&R shop Repair Parts Petty Officer / Preventive Maintenance Availability (PMAV) Coordinator Age: 26 Hometown: Durham, NC Favorite Hobby: Listening to music Hero: My mother Best Piece of Advice Received: Dont worry about the things that are out of your control Goal for the Navy: College degree How has the Navy Improved Your Life? Help me mature as an individual. MM2 Earl is a consummate profes sional who consistently delivers posi tive and substantial results and always gives 100% to ensure mission accom plishment. He puts the Navy, SERMCs mission and Sailors before his own personal interests and is recognized as a technical expert in his field of work and as a leader. He willingly assumes all challenges with enthusiasm and determination, and completes assigned tasks with little to no supervision. MM2 Earl is self-motivated and dedicated to a team concept in the AC&R Shop. MM2 Earl is model of military bear ing and Navy tradition. Loyal, trust worthy, and dedicated, he is a role model for junior Sailors to follow. He strives daily to create a superior work relationship among his peers and sub ordinates alike. MM2 Earl is a role model Sailor and a prime example of what a Navy tech nical expert is within his field. He con stantly seeks self-improvement; and shows a willingness to grow, learn, and improve as a person, Sailor and leader. MM2 Paul Earl -Photo by Scott Curtis Peggy Hough, standing, explains how Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka is continu ally seeking dedicated ship maintenance experts to fill key positions in Japan to SERMC employees. Hough discussed pay, base privileges and the ease of travel to other countries throughout Southeast Asia as incentives to working overseas. Forward Deployed Naval Forces Road Show Visits SERMC -Photo courtesy of SERMC Pictured from left, Capt. John Lobuono, Commanding Officer, Hull Technician 1st Class Edward Pukdeesri, Machinists Mate 2nd Class Brandon Beverly, Damage Controlman 2nd Class Beau Bockenstette, Machinists Mate 2nd Class Ridge Hunt, Gas Turbine Systems Technician-Electrical 2nd Class Merysa Keller, Machinists Mate 2nd Class Ricky Vera, ND3 Stephen Mahn (advanced to 3rd Class) and CMDCM Wayne Welch. SERMC Frocks Sailors By Scott Curtis SERMC Public Affairs Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) recognized the accomplishments of six Sailors frocked to the next paygrade and one Sailor who received his appointment to 3rd Class Petty Officer here June 20. Frocked Sailors received a letter from Capt. John Lobuono, SERMC Commanding Officer, which reads in part, Your appointment carries with it the obli gation that you exer cise increased author ity and willingly accept greater responsibility. Occupying now a posi tion of greater author ity, you must strive with a renewed dedication toward the valued ideal of service with honor. Its a great day to see some of our Sailors get frocked, and one advanced to the next paygrade. Promoting Sailors is one of my favorite jobs as a Commanding Officer, Lobuono said. These Sailors standing in front of you today are exam ples of professionalism, and they are ready to take on the extra respon sibilities. The frocking ceremo ny is a Navy tradition that provides selected Sailors an opportunity to wear the uniform and take on the responsi bilities of their new rank before they are formally advanced. Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You! rf ntb fr f


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 Iwo Jima Hoists EAWS Pennant By MC2 Daniel C. Coxwest USS Iwo Jima The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) earned the right to fly the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) pennant June 30. To fly the EAWS pen nant, at least 75 percent of all aviation-rated Iwo Jima Sailors must be qualified to wear the sil ver wings and anchor on their chests. Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Kregg Griffiths, an EAWS program coordi nator aboard Iwo Jima, said more than 400 Sailors have earned or re-qualified as EAWS since the ship began its regularly sched uled deployment as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in February. To earn EAWS, Sailors are required to complete standardized common core and platform-spe cific qualification books, walk-throughs with sub ject matter experts, along with passing written and oral exams to demon strate their knowledge of aviation warfare. It felt really good when I finally got my EAWS pin after spend ing hours studying, said Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jose Alvarado, a Sailor stationed aboard Iwo Jima. It really helped me become more knowl edgeable of things that make the ship capable of completing its missions. While qualifying as a EAWS is mandatory for all aviation-rated Sailors, many who work outside of the aviation communi ty also took up the chal lenge and obtained it as their secondary warfare pin. Qualifying in your primary pin is not only mandatory but, its also essential to being well rounded in your war fare area, said Griffiths. When a Sailor goes above and beyond in achieving secondary and tertiary warfare pins, it proves that individuals commitment to excel lence and professional growth. The EAWS pennant will be flown from Iwo Jimas mast as a symbol of the achievements and level of knowledge of Iwo Jima Sailors. It signifies to every one on the waterfront that USS Iwo Jima is excelling in multiple warfare areas and has a proud and highly quali fied aviation community serving onboard, said Griffiths. Iwo Jima is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stabil ity and security in the Central region, connect ing the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strate gic choke points. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group embarks the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and is comprised of Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the transport dock ship USS New York (LPD-21), the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 4 and 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 22, components of Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2 and the embarked staff of commander, Amphibious Squadron 4. -Photo by MC3 Dominick A. Cremeans Sailors aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) raise the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist pennant, July 6, 2018. Iwo Jima is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the central region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three stra tegic choke points. -Photo by Lt. John J. Mike Col. Farrell Sullivan, commanding officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (right); Capt. Joseph OBrien, commanding officer, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) (second from right); and Capt. Jack Killman, commander, Amphibious Squadron 4, discuss the importance of the U.S.-Jordanian military relationship with Jordanian Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Alnaimat, deputy naval commander, Royal Jordanian Navy, July 8, 2018. Iwo Jima is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the central region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner U.S. Marine Sgt. Wesley Huntress and U.S. Marine Cpl. Tyler Worley, assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, put an MV-22 Osprey helicopter exhaust system back together the flight deck aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 8, 2018 during the ships mid-deployment voy age repair. -Photo by MCSA Travis Baley Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class Aaron Williams, from Columbus, Ind., assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, realigns the forward support tube on an MH-60S Sea Hawk engine in the hangar bay of the Waspclass amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 15, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is on deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 5 -Photo by MC3 Dominick A. Cremeans Seaman Eric Hughes conducts preservation on a deck aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 7, 2018. -Photo by MC3 Dominick A. Cremeans Machinist Mate 3rd Class Caleb Byrum updates the aft emergency diesel generator watch bill in the auxil iary shop aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 14, 2018. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Seaman Regina Almgren (left) and Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Alexis Smith wash the outside of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 8, 2018 during the ships mid-deployment voyage repair. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Joseph Espinoza washes a shipboard tow tractor on the flight deck aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 8, 2018 during the ships mid-deploy ment voyage repair. -Photo by MC3 Dominick A. Cremeans Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Maximiano Vallejo operates a scrubber in the han gar bay aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Legalman 1st Class Kenneth Traylor, from Nevada City, Calif., gives legal advice to a Sailor in the Legal office aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 14, 2018. -Photo by MC3 Dominick A. Cremeans Engineman 2nd Class Caleb Byrum and Engineman 2nd Class Keisha Chapman inspect a new temperature gauge in the auxiliary shop aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 14, 2018. -Photo by MC3 Dominick A. Cremeans Engineman 3rd Class Adam Salcedo writes references on danger tags for maintenance in the assault shop aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 14, 2018. Iwo Jima is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and secu rity in the central region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. -Photo by MC3 Daniel C. Coxwest U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Juan Rocha, from Denver, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 reinforced, logs serial num bers on the parts in the motor of a CH-53E Super Stallion in the hangar bay of the Wasp-class amphib ious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 15th, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is on deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reas sure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.


6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 USS Gettysburg crew visit Namesake To Commemorate Independence Day By Lt. j.g. Mckensey Cobb USS Gettysburg (CG 64) Public Affairs A crew contingent from USS Gettysburg (CG 64) visited their namesake borough July 4-6 to help commemo rate the Independence Day holiday. Highlighting the visit, the ships color guard, reestablished after four years specifically for this performance, debuted Wednesday at the 6th annual 4th of July Patriotic Pops Concert and Fireworks at Gettysburg College. With new equipment and little experience, the newlyformed team trained and rehearsed the profes sional execution of hon ors to our nation over the past two months. Then, during their inaugural performance, the Color Guard incorporated their Pennsylvania namesakes flag. We are proud to have the opportunity to contribute in such a special way, said Fire Controlman (Aegis) 1st Class Daren Baker, who led the color guard. The Borough of Gettysburg has treated us with unparalleled hospi tality and I could not imagine a better way to celebrate our nations Independence Day than supporting this event. In addition to per forming on stage, the Gettysburg crew con ducted flag raising and lowering ceremonies each day during their three-day visit. They also observed the 155th Gettysburg Anniversary Civil War Reenactment, where they met reenac tors of famous generals and learned lessons in strategy and leadership from the most pivotal battle of the Civil War. The Sailors also per formed maintenance and upkeep of the Company K Monument, located in the town square, and shined the Boroughs giant brass bell that sits in front of the local Fire Department. The crew is thankful for all the sup port the Borough has provided for nearly three decades, and look for every opportunity to give back to their namesake community. As the crew re-forms, it is important to con nect to our namesake community and leverage our experiences in the Borough of Gettysburg into all aspects of our growing command cul ture, said Capt. Corey Kenisten, the ships com manding officer. Gettysburg is one of six cruisers in the Navys Cruiser Modernization Program managed by Naval Sea Systems Command. Under the program, Gettysburg and the other cruisers will receive significant combat systems and engineering upgrades. Upon completion of the program, Gettysburg and her crew will return to the fleet with a sig nificantly enhanced air defense capable platform that is capable of meet ing operational demands for years to come. forms and coveralls will be for sale at designat ed fleet concentration locations beginning this October. The boots were selected based on Sailor feedback and the 2017 Navy Boot Study. New uniform policies are the result of fleet feedback and the ongo ing efforts to improve Navy uniforms, uni form policies and Sailor appearance. The Navy Uniform mobile app will be updated in late July. The update will include all of Navy Uniform regu lation illustrations, poli cies and NAVADMINs. The expanded uniform apps goal is to provide one-stop uniform policy access and ability to sub mit uniform questions links to Navy Exchange on-line uniform sales via the app. For complete on these uniform policy, details, guidance, and where to direct questions see NAVADMIN 163/18 at and refueling. Farragut, home ported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, is con ducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. From Page 1 Uniform From Page 1 Farragut -Photo by Lt. j.g. Mckensey Cobb Sailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) conduct morning colors at the town square in Gettysburg, Pa. The ship is visiting Gettysburg to celebrate the 155th Annual Battle of Gettysburg reenactment. Vouchers Available to Speed Officer Grad Ed By Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Public Affairs Naval officers unable to pursue full-time graduate studies now have an additional advanced education option with the FY-19 Graduate Education Voucher (GEV) program, announced June 21. Detailed in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 150-18, the GEV program offers eligible officers the opportunity to receive funded graduate edu cation during off-duty hours. Through GEV, unre stricted line (URL) officers can apply to receive funding for Navy-relevant graduate education meeting the requirements of at least one subspecialty code as specified by the Naval Postgraduate School. It can be challeng ing for many officers to maintain their career progression and simul taneously schedule fulltime education at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) or other institu tions, said Dr. Cheral Cook, graduate educa tion coordinator for Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). The GEV pro gram offers an acceler ated funding path to an off-duty masters degree with financial support of up to $20,000 per fiscal year, with a total limit of $40,000 for the entire course of study. All required fees nor mally charged by the university relating directly to student appli cation and enrollment, including mandatory health fees and health insurance, laboratory fees, vehicle registra tion, identification cards, and computer fees, are reimbursable. Other reimbursable expenses include the cost of text books and course materi als, and limited expendi tures for transcript and entry fees, and final the sis production. Lt. Chris Kohlskelley, a pilot and assistant opera tions officer/helicopter maritime strike opera tions for Carrier Airwing (CVW) 8 in Norfolk, recently completed his Master of Business Administration degree with the University of Florida Hough Graduate School of Business. The GEV program allowed me to stay in the cockpit and on career path in the Navy while broadening my skill set, said Kohlskelley. I chose GEV because it substantially paid for my degree compared to other options like Tuition Assistance (TA) and allowed me to pre serve my GI Bill benefits for my daughter. GEV applicants select a regionally-accredit ed school and choose a specific course of study meeting their com munitys subspecialty requirements. Education plans are reviewed and approved for the Navy subspecialty code by NPS. The GEV program is targeted at officers with demonstrated supe rior performance and upward career mobility who are transferring or have recently reported to shore duty, in order to allow sufficient time for completion of a graduate program. The GEV program is open to URL activeduty officers in pay grades O-3 through O-5, in designators 111X (Surface Warfare), 112X (Submarine Warfare), 113X (Special Warfare/ SEAL), 114X (Special Operations), and 13XX (Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer). For FY-19, there are 30 planned quo tas: Surface Warfare-9; Submarine-8; Special Warfare/Special Operations/Explosive Ordnance Disposal-3; Aviation-10. Details of quotas by degree pro gram/subspecialty and warfare areas are listed in the NAVADMIN, and additional informa tion can be found on the Navy College Programs GEV Web page at http:// mil/resources/gev.htm. Some restrictions apply and enrollment in the program carries a service obligation of three times the num ber of months of educa tion completed, with a minimum of 24, and a maximum of 36 months. Officers completing a degree using GEV should expect to serve one tour in a subspecialty bil let not later than the second tour following graduation. OPNAVINST 1520.37B contains additional informa tion on specific program requirements. Interested officers should submit written requests to their detailer, per the cur rent NAVADMIN and OPNAV instructions. Program-specific GEV questions should be addressed to GEV Program Manager Bryan Gromer at 850-4736061, DSN: 753 or via e-mail at bryan.gromer@ For those not qualify ing for the GEV program, educational assistance may be available through the Tuition Assistance program, G.I. Bill or other graduate education programs as listed on the Navy College website at http://www.navycollege. or through the Navy College Virtual Education Center at 877838-1659. A CFC participant. Provided as a public service.800-822-6344 Finding cures. Saving children.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 7 -Photos by MC2 Lyle Wilkie Sailors take part in a swim call aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) June 22, 2018. New York, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. through read along sto ries} {play games using math and reading skills) www.switcheroozoo. com (watch, listen and play games while learn ing all about animals) Disguised learning has been the hallmark of great parenting forever. Whether you are shop ping, cooking, working on the car, or attending a sports event, you can create learning experi ences for your child. Shopping allows you to teach about price com parison while cooking invites lessons on nutri tion and measurements dry and wet. Working on the car involves the use of new tools and measurements. Baseball has statistics galore. How is that ERA calcu lated? Taking a trip to the Grand Canyon or just down the road to Hanna Park? Use this vacation or day trip as an oppor tunity to teach plan ning, time management, internet resources, and maybe even calculating gas consumption. Prior to leaving, use the inter net to research the his tory of your destination and ask your child to report on various aspects of the site during your travel. Whatever you do to keep the learning active, have fun with it! Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Program happening right here on base? It is for children and ADULTS! Yes, everyone can sign up! Reading Takes You Everywhere brought to us by MWR Community Recreation, is a free program open to all ages. Log your read ing and qualify for prizes! Register today! www.mayportlibrary. Lets see home much reading Naval Station Mayport will accom plish this summer! Get READING! Sharon Kasica is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions, she can be reached via email at sharon.kasica@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 219-3894 [cell]. Or schedule a meet ing with her in Building One. From Page 2 Learning Above, Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Denilya Williams, from Conyers, Georgia, sets up a fishing reel in preparation for a steel beach picnic. Below, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kevin Carranza, from Los Angeles, juggles a soccer ball. Sailors move drinks in preparation for a steel beach picnic aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious trans port dock ship USS New York. USS New York Enjoys A Little Down Time Sailors and Marines particpate in a steel beach picnic aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) July 3, 2018. New York, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conduct ing naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.


8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 FFSC Classes For Sailors, Families From Staff The following classes and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. June 19, 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). July 25, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. Home Buying and Selling, ATG Auditorium Get the latest infor mation on purchasing a home if you are a firsttime homebuyer, or refresh your skills for your next home pur chase. July 30, 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! July 31, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. EFMP Point of Contact Training, BLDG 1, RM 702 Mandatory Training Learn how to manage an effective and effi cient command pro gram, in accordance with OPNAVINST 1754.2D program requirements, get best practices from other EFMP POCs, and learn about available resourc es. July 30 Aug. 3, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Command Financial Specialist Training, BLDG 1, RM 1616 This five-day train ing provides invaluable training to ensure CFSs have the latest tools to serve as effective finan cial specialists for their respective commands. Pre-registration is required. The patient and clini cian see and talk to each other in real time, using Navy Cares secure app or website, from any vid eo-enabled device (such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop com puter). The best thing is that its private, secure, and free. Patients simply schedule with their med ical provider and con nect. Navy Care virtual vis its are available for many types of follow-up visits in allergy, behavioral health, clinical phar macy, diabetes wellness team, family medicine, IDC clinic, neurology/ sleep medicine, nutri tion, orthopedics/podia try, and periodic health assessment (PHA). In addition, virtual visits are available for breast feeding support and chaplain services. Navy Care is an exten sion of value-based care, which focuses on improving health out comes and access for patients. The app deliv ers convenient care with the quality of a face-toface visit. If the patients medi cal needs are appropri ate for a virtual visit, the patients provider will discuss Navy Care with them. Hospital or branch clinic staff will create an account for the patient. Once an account has been cre ated, patients can access their accounts by visit ing, or by downloading the free Navy Care app (for iOS on the Apple App Store, or for Android phones at the Google Play Store). Patients receive an email confirming the appoint ment, and when its time for a virtual appoint ment, patients check-in either by using the link sent via email, or by log ging in to the app or website. A technical sup port team is available by phone (866-795-8900) or by email (navycare@ To use Navy Care, a patient needs a videoenabled device thats connected to a 3G, 4G LTE, or wireless (Wi-Fi) network. Each of the nearly 50 virtual health provid ers, at the hospital and branch health clinics, have completed spe cialized training to pro vide care through this service. The Navy Care app launched at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in February 2018. NH Jacksonvilles priority since its found ing in 1941 is to heal the nations heroes and their families. The com mand is comprised of the Navys third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient popula tion (163,000 active and retired sailors, sol diers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen, and their families), almost 85,000 are enrolled with a pri mary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more or down load the commands mobile app, visit www. alhospitaljax. From Page 1 Navy Care Navy Updates Pregnancy and Parenthood App From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs The Navy updated the Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app that pro vides Sailors with the latest informa tion and resources on Navys pregnan cy and parenthood policies, July 10. The app helps Sailors understand the personal and professional responsibili ties that come with parenthood while serving in the Navy. At the same time, the app offers command leadership and supervisors information regard ing their roles, appropriate expecta tions and required actions when speak ing with Sailors who are starting or expanding a family. The update also reflects the replace ment of the Pregnancy Counseling form with the admin remarks sec tion of NAVPERS 1070/613, com monly known as a Page 13. The app includes a prepopulated version with a statement of understanding that references the Navys Guidelines Concerning Pregnancy and Parenthood (OPNAVINST 6000.1D) released in March 2018. Available for both Android and Apple iOS devices, the app identifies regulations, instructions and referenc es from a wide variety of sources and offers them in one easy-to-use app. It also includes information regard ing assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and other useful information. Some of the topics included in the Pregnancy and Parenthood app are roles and responsibilities, planning, contraception, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, healthcare benefits, breastfeed ing, physical readiness, maternity uni forms, adoption, leave, operational deferment and separation from ser vice. The app also offers a selection of references and resources. Sailors and command leadership are responsible for understanding Navy policies and procedures regarding pregnancy and parenthood. This app is a resource to help all Navy personnel understand actions required by every one. The Navys app can be downloaded to mobile devices from the Navy App Locker or by searching Pregnancy and Parenthood in the iTunes and Google Play Store. Registered Dietitians Now Available Throughout Fleet From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs The Navy announced an initia tive to provide registered dietitians to units throughout the fleet in NAVADMIN 160/18, released July 10. The joint initiative between the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel and the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, authorizes commanders to request dietitians to temporarily join their commands, in order to increase Sailors knowledge about nutrition and health resourc es. This initiative makes registered dietitians available to assume a tem porary additional duty (TAD) status to commands, providing education on performance nutrition, healthy eating habits, hydration, and safe dietary supplement use. Bringing registered dietitians directly to the fleet greatly enhances Sailor access to nutrition education, which in turn increases medical readiness. Before this initiative, Sailors had to take time away from work to travel to a medical treatment facil ity for preventative treatment, said Navy Nutrition Program Manager Lt. Pamela Gregory. Now this can be done at the command which will increase productivity and decrease time away from work. In their TAD role, registered dieti tians will advise command leader ship and Sailors on the importance and benefits of diet modifications, food selection and food preparation in preventing disease, sustaining health and improving quality of life. They will also be an on-hand asset to the medical department. This initiative opens up access for more Sailors to registered dietitians who know the most about creating and sustaining energy, rapid recov ery for the physical demands and long hours of Navy life, said Navy Dietetic Specialty Leader Cmdr. Kelly Mokay. Our goal is to educate Sailors on what makes for a healthi er, better balanced diet. Registered dietitians will also be available to counsel individuals and groups on the importance of tim ing meals and snacks, what foods provide the most energy, help with physical recovery, and how nutrition monitoring can optimize Sailors quality of life. Additionally, they can collaborate with command food ser vice officers and culinary staff on increasing the quality and nutrients of food service, menu development, budgeting, evaluation of food service facilities and developing nutrition programs. Having registered dietitians in the fleet is going to create a para digm shift in the culture of nutrition shifting from a focus on disease treatment to one of disease preven tion, said Bill Moore, director, Navy Physical Readiness Program. And this initiative provides our Sailors access to a resource that allows them to take greater control over their personal health. To learn more about nutrition education resources available to you, visit Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You! Crime Prevention, Safety Tips For Your Summer Vacation From NS Mayport Security Before you head off on your trip, fol low these safety tips to keep your fam ily and home safe and secure Travel Safety While traveling, dont make yourself a target for thieves and pickpockets. Leave your jewelry and other expen sive belongings locked up at home. If you are in crowded, unfamiliar areas, keep your money in a money belt rather than in your purse. When traveling with kids, bring along an updated photo of each child in case you become separated with them. Talk with your family about who to call and what to do in case they get lost or another emergency arises while you are on vacation. Home Safety Keep quiet. You dont need to broad cast to everyone (especially on sites like Facebook) that you are going to be away. You never know who is going to be reading or listening. Instead, tell a few select people in your neighborhood so that they can keep an eye on your house. If you are going to be gone an extended period of time, consider shut ting off your utilities to avoid potential flooding, fire or gas leaks. Water Safety Water Safety is also very important in the summertime. Teach your kid(s) to swim at home before you leave on vacation. Young children should always have a swim vest not float ies. You should always be in the water with your children, not sitting on the deck or sand. Remember to stay just an arms length away. It takes a few sec onds fr a child to begin to drown. A CFC Participant. Provided as a public service. 800-822-6344 stjude.orgSt. Jude patient Natalie with her dad Mike, Technical Sergeant in the Air ForceFinding cures. Saving children.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 9 U.S. Marine Leadership Visit Gunston Hall as part of Southern Seas 2018 Deployment By Ensign Chelsea Dietlin USS Gunston Hall Maj. Gen. Helen G. Pratt, command ing general, 4th Marine Logistics Group (MLG), U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the U.S. Marines first female sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Lanette N. Wright, 4th MLG visited USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) to meet with embarked Marines from the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC), July 10. Gunston Hall is deployed support of Southern Seas 2018. The deployment focuses on strengthening our exist ing regional partner ships and encouraging the establishment of new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowl edge and expertise. The Marine Corps and Navy relation ship is what we are here to reinforce. The SPMAGTF-SCs mission crossing paths with the Southern Seas deploy ment demonstrates how natural our joint integra tion is, said Maj. Gen. Pratt. We work better when we work together. Amphibious operations are our roots and contin uous training and team integration are critical to every mission whether we are providing relief or we are under fire. Maj. Gen. Pratt and Sgt. Maj. Wright landed on Gunston Hall earlier this morning via CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. They spent roughly two hours on board touring the ship, speaking with Marines and Sailors and learning more about U.S. Navy assets built to sup port humanitarian assis tance and disaster relief. Gunston Hall crew members spoke about the various components of shipboard opera tions and how the Navy and Marine Corps have demonstrated the viabil ity and utility of jointly operated missions. The SPMAGTF is here to train to respond to natural disasters or crises. This is one of the many functions of the Marines, said Sgt. Maj. Wright. We cant thank our blue-green team onboard enough for all that they are doing. Cmdr. Fiona Halbritter, commanding officer of Gunston Hall added, We are honored to have Maj. Gen. Pratt and Sgt. Maj. Wright visit Gunston Hall and to have their SPMAGTFSC team with us under way. There is a lot to be learned from one anoth er as we train to respond to hurricanes and other natural disasters over the coming weeks. Southern Seas is a U.S. Southern Commandsponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deploy ment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation mili taries and security forces in the Caribbean, Central and South America. For more news about Southern Seas 2018, visit cusns/, on Facebook at NAVSOUS4thflt, or on Twitter at www.twitter. com/navsous4thflt. -Photo by MC3 Colbey Livingston U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Helen G. Pratt, commanding general, 4th Marine Logistics Group (MLG), U.S. Marine Corps Reserve is piped aboard the Whidbey Island-Class Dock Landing Ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Pratt is visiting the ship to meet with embarked Marines from the Special-Purpose Marine AirGround Task Force-Southern Command. Gunston Hall is on deployed in support of Southern Seas 2018. Rear Adm. John C. Ring, left, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Capt. Brian J. Diebold, commander of Task Force 48 and commodore of Destroyer Squadron 40, and Cmdr. Fiona Halbritter, commanding officer of the Whidbey Island-Class Dock Landing Ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), take part in a presentation of Textron Systems.


10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 July 19: Open Play. 5:30 7:30 p.m. at the Sea Otter Pavilion. Join us the third Thursday of the month for our sum mer play dates! July 19 we will enjoy outdoor fun and play family fames and activities for all ages! No registration needed, its free, just so up and play! July 19: 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 July 17. 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 July 20: Mayport Movies: Toy Story 3 (G). 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. July 21: Movies at Mayport: Super Troopers 2 (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. July 21: Beginner Car Care Class. 1:30 p.m. at the Auto Skills Center. Learn the basics of car care including fluid checks, weekly and monthly checks, and how to change a tire. Space is limit 8 active duty dependents only. Preregistration is required at the Auto Skills Center by July 20. July 22: Christmas in July. 4 7 p.m. to at the Mayport Bowling Center. Join MWR for this Christmas in July celebration at the Bowling Center! We will have 3 hours of Xtreme bowling which includes shoes, snacks, games and a special visit from Santa Claus! Plus, get photos with Santa! The cost is $5 per person in advance and $7 per person at the door (space available). July 25: Kids Art and Crafts. Every other Wednesday at 3pm, join us for Kids Arts and Crafts at Pelican Roost! Classes are open to kids ages 5 and older and all children need to come with their parents. Sign up by the Tuesday before each class. July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, Sept. 5 and *Monday, Sept. 17. Stop by Pelican Roost or call 904-270-7808 to Register. July 26: Summer Game Night. Every Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. at the Beacon! Grab a beverage at Loggerheads Pub and join us in the Tortuga Room for backyard games like cornhole, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and more! July 27: Mayport Movies: Finding Nemo (G). 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. July 28: Ginnie Springs Day Trip. Spend the day swim ming in clear water at Ginnie Springs. Enjoy the peaceful environ ment made up of natural Cypress and hardwood trees. Space is limited and the cost is only $15. Sign up at the Liberty Center before July 25 to join the fun! Open to all hands. July 28: Movies at Mayport: Truth or Dare (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. Aug. 2: Aquatica Orlando Trip 7 a.m. depart from the Beacon. Take advantage of one of the best water parks in the country, with special military weekday pric ing. Leave the driving to us. Just get your ticket at Tickets and Travel. Join us for a fun day in the sun before school starts, or a relaxing day with friends after deployment. Tickets are only $29.75, and all hands welcome. The trip departs at 7 am from the Mayport Beacon. Sign up at Liberty by July 31. Aug. 2: Back to School Embroidery. 12 2 p.m. Get into the back-to-school spirit with our next Embroidery Class! Join us on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 12 2 p.m. and learn how to embroider. The class is only $18 and includes professional instruction and sup plies. All MWR patrons are welcome, 14+. Save you spot at Tickets and Travel before July 31. Aug. 2: Summer Game Night. Every Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. at the Beacon! Grab a beverage at Loggerheads Pub and join us in the Tortuga Room for backyard games like cornhole, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and more! Aug. 3: Mayport Movies: Avengers: Infinity War (PG13). 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. Aug. 4: Summer Family Bingo. 1 3 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Summer Family Bingo is the perfect activity to stay cool in the summer! Join us Saturday July 14 and Aug. 4 at 1pm for some great family fun and a chance to win cool prizes! The cost is $5 per person and includes 10 games for children 5 and older. Aug. 4: UFC 227: Dillashaw vs Garbrandt 2. 8 p.m. at Loggerheads Pub. Enjoy a beverage and watch this pay-per-view event for FREE at Loggerheads Pub. Undercard starts at 8 p.m. and the main event starts at 10 p.m. Open to all authorized MWR patrons. Aug. 5: Paintball. Have fun playing paint ball with GTF and the Liberty Center. No gear? No problem! Rent all your equipment for $15 and make sure to bring extra cash for Paintballs. The van departs the Liberty Center at 9:00 a.m. Transportation is free. Stop by or call the Liberty Center to reserve your spot by the Wednesday before the trip. Open to all hands, 18 years and older. Aug. 8: Kids Arts and Crafts. 3 4 p.m. at Pelican Roost. Aug. 9: Summer Game Night. Every Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. at the Beacon! Grab a beverage at Loggerheads Pub and join us in the Tortuga Room for backyard games like cornhole, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and more! PROGRAMS Auto Skills Center The Auto Skills Center can perform routine maintenance on your vehicle and we offer equipment and space for the do-it-yourself (DIY) customer. Our Safety Class is a one-time class required for our DIY cus tomers, and are held on Tuesdays Fridays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Outdoor Adventures Whether youre an avid outdoors lover, complete novice, or somewhere in between, Outdoor Adventures has what you need to enjoy the great outdoors. We offer outdoor and party gear rental, clinics and class es to help you enjoy the area. Get outside with our rental camping gear, including Jon boats, boo gie boards, canoes, kay aks, tents, fishing gear, campers, sleeping bags and more! We also sup ply party rentals includ ing tables, chairs, BBQ grills, bouncy houses, coolers, canopies and more; available for your next party whether it be a retirement, reenlist ment, hail and farewell or childs birthday. Tickets and Travel The Tickets and Travel Office offers discounted tickets to many attrac tions in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. We also feature dis counted hotel reserva tions, cruise bookings and affordable Disney merchandise. Tickets and Travel has two loca tions. Our main office is on Naval Station Mayport and the Annex is in the Commissary parking lot. Currently, we are selling Lynyrd Skynyrd, Monster Jam, and Jaguars tickets. Tickets are limited so get yours soon! Beachside Bingo Test your luck at Beachside Bingo! We offer Bingo Nights, Lunchtime Bingo, monthly Bingo Specials and Summer Family Bingo. Lunchtime Bingo is on Wednesday at 11:30am and packs only cost $15. Night Bingo runs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6:30pm. Our Bingo Specials feature double payouts. Summer Family Bingo is Saturday June 9, July 14, Aug. 4 at 1pm and tickets cost $5. No matter who you are, we have a program for you! Bowling Center There is always something going on at the Bowling Center. Wednesday is $1 Military Appreciation where games, shoes are $1 all day and hot dogs and sodas are $1 until 5pm. Friday and Saturday night is Xtreme Red Pin Bowling from 8 11 p.m. where every game is just $3.50 and if you strike when the head pin is red you win a free game of bowling for your next visit. Sunday Funday is every Sunday with $2 games, $2 shoes and $1 soft drinks all day long. Recycling 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 from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Monday Friday. Windy Harbor Golf Club The Windy Harbor Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course locat ed on Naval Station Mayport, which includes a driving range and prac tice green. Our weekly specials include Avoid the Crawl on weekdays starting at 3pm which includes 9-holes of golf and a cart for only $11. Monday and Tuesday enjoy All Play where 18-holes and a cart is only $25. Wednesday is Military Appreciation Day where the military community can enjoy 18-holes and a cart for only $20. Thursday between 10:28am and 11:53am you can Fill the Void and play 18-holes and get a cart for only $22. Sunday is our Family Golf day where families can enjoy 9-holes of golf after 3pm with their children, over the age of 8, for $8 per adult and $4 per child. FOOD & BEVERAGE Focsle Lounge at the CPO Club Find great food and fun in the Focsle Lounge at the CPO Club which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The CPO Club is open Tuesday Friday for active duty, reserv ists and retired chief petty officers and their families. We are open to all hands Tuesday Friday for lunch from 11:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m. enjoy 3 pieces of fried chick en, mashed potatoes, green beans, a roll, and a water or iced tea for only $8.50. Bring your trivia team and test your knowledge at our weekly All-Khaki Trivia Night, every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Bogeys Restaurant at Windy Harbor Golf Club Bogeys Restaurant is dually named for a bogey, the term for one over par, and for Humphry Bogart. Our menu offers American classics themed around Bogarts career. We are open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. We offer a fullservice restaurant, a fullservice bar, and can cater any function at the Grove Conference Center. Fast Lanes Grille at the Bowling Center Fast Lanes Grille serves all of your classic American favorites in a diner-style restaurant. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Our Military Appreciation $1 hot dogs and sodas are served on Wednesday until 5 p.m. Grab a quick bite to eat or sit down with the whole family! Loggerheads Pub This Irish-style pub located in the Mayport Beacon is open to allhands and features a full-service bar, month ly Pay-Per-View UFC fights, ESPN College GameDay Football and the NFL Sunday Ticket. Open seven days a week at 5 p.m. for patrons 21 and up.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 11 MWR Fitness Aquatics Thursdays: Family Swim. 4 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Protect your skin and swim indoors! Enjoy Family Swim Thursdays from 4 p.m. 7:30 p.m. This non-structured activity allows your family to practice their swimming skills, play and enjoy our fabulous indoor pool. Now Aug. 12: Outdoor Pool Open Summer Hours. 12 p.m. 6 p.m. Tuesday Friday and 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Saturday Sunday and closed on Monday. July 20-21: Summer Swim Lessons Session 4 Registration. Friday 8 11 a.m. and Saturday 12 2 p.m at the Natatorium. Summer Swim Lessons run eight lessons Monday Thursday over a twoweek period. They are held in the mornings and are 45 minutes long. Registration is only $45 per child. Session 4 is July 23 Aug. 2 at the Outdoor Pool. Fitness 1,000 Pound Club: Put your strength to the test and become a member of the Mayport Fitness 1,000 Pound Club! Lifter must meet or exceed 1,000 pounds with any combination of the three lifts: bench press, back squat, and deadlift. Simply set up an appointment with a fitness specialist. Membership includes a certificate and lift ers name on the 1,000 Pound Club board in the Fitness Center. Aug. 18: The Mayport Mud Run Its time to get dirty! This years race will feature even more extreme chal lenges like the Hercules hoist, vertical walls and more! The Jr. Mud Run starts at 8 a.m. for ages 13 or older, and the Mayport Mud Run starts at 9 a.m. for ages 14 or older. The fun continues with a race after party with live music, bounce houses, food and refresh ments. Registration is only $15 per adult, $10 per youth, and $25 per guest until Aug. 17. Late registration is $20 per adult, $15 per youth, and $30 per guest on the day of the event *if available. Space is limited so sign up soon! Intramural Sports July 23: Mens Summer Basketball Starts. Open to active duty, retirees, family members and DoD ages 18+. Season begins July 23 and ends September 27. July 25: Mens Softball Organizational Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. Open to active duty, retirees, family members and DoD ages 18+. Season begins Aug. 6 and ends Sept. 27. Aug. 8: Captains Cup Tennis Organizational Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. Open to active duty, retirees, family members and DoD ages 18+. Season begins Aug. 20 and ends Oct. 18. MWR Sports, Fitness Program For Sailors And Their Families Xmas In July Returns To Mayport Bowling Center By Terra Downey MWR Marketing Technician The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Bowling Center is bring ing back its popular Christmas in July pro gram on Sunday, July 22 from 4 7 p.m. Families will enjoy 3 hours of Xtreme bowling, snacks and a visit from Santa. We create a party environment which we call Xtreme bowling, explained Joe Tusa, Program Manager. We turn on the disco lights, and make the lanes and pins glow. We also play momfriendly, upbeat music. The party starts when Santa arrives. He will visit with the children and hand out good ie bags. It will also be a great opportunity for children to take pictures with Santa. Its really fun to see how excited everyone is to see Santa. Tusa said. People can register for Christmas in July at the Bowling Center in advance for only $5 per participant. The cost is $7 at the door, if space is available. Last year the event sold out a week early. Tusa added, I advise people to sign up soon. The Bowling Center will provide snacks for the event, and Fast Lanes Grille will be open so people can purchase meals. All military, Department of Defense (DoD) employees, dependents and MWR Guest Cardholders can participate in Bowling Center programing like Christmas in July. For more information about Christmas in July, visit www.navymwrmayport. com. The following activities target single or unaccom panied Sailors. For more information, call 904-2707788 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the monthly activity calendar with a complete list ing of all upcoming Liberty events. Tuesdays: Billiards Tournaments. 6 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Prize for 1 st place. July 21: Liberty Lock-in The Liberty Center is staying open all night and we will have games, food, movies, and fun! July 23: Liberty Committee Meeting. 4 5 p.m. Tell us what you would like to see on the Liberty calendar! July 25: 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 bowling at Mayport Bowling Center. This trip includes games and shoe rental. Sign up dead line is July 23. (Liberty Patrons only) July 26: Microwave Magic. 4:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Living in the barracks or heading to college, learn to cook more than Ramen noodles in your microwave! Space is limited and free for Liberty patrons, $5 for all others. Deadline for registration is July 23. Aug. 8: 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 bowling at Mayport Bowling Center. This trip includes games and shoe rental. Sign up dead line is Aug. 6. (Liberty Patrons only) Aug. 9: Jaguars Preseason Game Join Liberty all football season with trips to see some of your favorite NFL football teams and players! It is only $25 and includes a ride to the game, ticket and a meal voucher. Sign up by Aug. 8. Space is limited to Liberty Center patrons only. Aug. 22: Camping 101. 4:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Learn the basics of camping. Aug. 23: Surf Fishing. 2 p.m. behind the Liberty Center. Learn how to surf fish! All equipment is pro vided but you must have valid FL Fishing License. The class is only $5, and is for Liberty Patrons only. Sign up by Aug. 21 at the Liberty Center inside the Mayport Beacon. Aug. 25: Jaguars Preseason Game Join Liberty all football season with trips to see some of your favorite NFL football teams and players! It is only $25 and includes a ride to the game, ticket and a meal voucher. Sign up by Aug. 24. Space is limited to Liberty Center patrons only. Spend Your Liberty With MWR


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