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MWR Fall Kid Sports Registration Begins Page 11 Clinic Appointment Reminder Makes It Easier To Cancel Page 6 New Commodore For SURFRON 14 -Photo by Paige Gnann Capt. Matthew P. Roberts salutes Rear Adm. Jesse Wilson Jr., Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, after relieving Capt. Dale Maxey as Commander, Naval Surface Squadron 14 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, Fl. on July 19. By CNSL Public Affairs Commander, Naval Surface Squadron (COMNAVSURFRON) 14 held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Mayport July 19. Capt. Matthew Roberts relieved Capt. Dale Maxey as the COMNAVSURFRON 14 commodore. Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, was the guest speaker and highlight ed the importance of readiness, warfighting, ownership and partner ship. You must be ready for the fight, you must be ready when you are called upon, and you must prevail when test ed, said Wilson. The surface force is a team of warfighters and we are stronger thanks to COMNAVSURFRON 14s vision and leader ship. He added, strict adherence to watch standing principles increases warfighting readiness, safety and effectiveness. Maxey took charge of COMNAVSURFON 14 in April 2017, and dur ing his command he helped to ensure the readiness of Mayportbased Sailors, ships and civilians. On any given day, COMNAVSURFRON 14 has staff members operating on land and at sea in numerous cor ners of the globe, said Maxey. Its the incred ible dedication of our Sailors that allows us to provides exceptionally valuable services to the Surface Navy. Maxey said he feels confident the squad ron will have continued success in the hands of Roberts. Roberts most recent ly served as the depu ty commodore for the squadron. I am honored and humbled to take the helm at COMNAVSURFRON 14. It has been a great experience to learn from Capt. Maxey dur ing my time as the Deputy, said Roberts. Maxey will next head to the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington, D.C. as a student. Maxey enlisted in the Navy in 1982 and was select ed for the Enlisted Commissioning Program then graduat ed from the University of Illinois in December 1991. Roberts is a native of Sydney, Australia and grew up south of Issaquah, Washington. He is a 1993 graduate of The University of Arizona where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned via the Naval ROTC program. COMNAVSURFRON 14 serves as the Type Commander Executive Agent and provides readiness support for fourteen Mayport based ships. The com mand ensures Mayport ships and Sailors are manned, trained, equipped and main tained in accordance with Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic policies and direction. SUW 21 Command Established By Commander Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (COMLCSRON) Two Public Affairs Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) leadership, Sailors, and regional supporting personnel gathered to for mally recognize the establishment of Commander Surface Division (SUW) 21, July 18. The new division will support four LCS ships in Mayport; USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), USS Detroit (LCS 7), USS Little Rock (LCS 9), and the future USS Sioux City (LCS 11). Surface Division 21 is the second division in the LCS fleet designated to the surface warfare focus. The first, Surface Division 11, was established ear lier this year in San Diego. Other divisions will eventually be established to focus on mine warfare and antisubmarine warfare. Today is a great day in the continuing evolu tion of the LCS program as we stand up the first Division under LCS Squadron Two, said Capt. Cory R. Applebee, commanding officer of Surface Division 21. I look forward to leading this division and its outstanding sailors. Commander, LCS Squadron Two will main tain its operational control of all LCS class ships homeported in Mayport. The new structure sim ply allows the individual divisions to focus on the overall readiness of the hulls, while the squadron focuses on program and policy requirements. -Photo by MC2 Devin Bowser Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., left, Capt. Cory Applebee and Engineman Fireman Apprentice Teria Nicole cut a cake during the stand up ceremony of Surface Division 21. The stand up is a ceremony used to offi cially recognize the establishment of the new command. PANAMAX 2018 Kicks off In Mayport By U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/ FOURTHFLT) is host ing the Combined Force Maritime Component Command (CFMCC) por tion of the annual exercise PANAMAX from July 30 through Aug. 10. PANAMAX began in 2003 with three countries, Chile, Panama and the United States, and origi nally focused solely on the maritime security of the Panama Canal. Since that time, the exercise has grown to become the regions largest coalition Command Post Exercise, ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal, which is one of the most strate gically and economically crucial pieces of infra structure in the world. Since inception, partner nations have continued to take increased leadership roles in the exercise. This year, Colombia will lead the Combined Force Land Component Command (CFLCC), Brazil will lead the CFMCC, and Argentina will lead the Combined Force Special Operations Component Command (CFSOCC). The main focus of PANAMAX 2018 is to exercise a variety of responses to fulfil requests from the government of Panama to protect and guarantee safe passage of traffic through the Panama Canal, ensure its neutrality, and respect national sovereignty. This exercise is designed to conduct stability opera tions under in support of a fictitious United Nations Security Council Resolution, provide interoperability training for the participating mul tinational staffs, and build participating nation capa bility to plan and conduct complex multinational operations. Joining the U.S., 98 par ticipants from 17 partner nations will participate in exercise PANAMAX 2018 including: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago. The exercise provides unique simulated training opportunities that incor porate scripted, eventdriven scenarios to pro vide the maximum oppor tunity to improve interop erability. These simulated training scenarios address key aspects of multination and combined operations such as technology stan dardization and common operating procedures. USNAVSO/ FOURTHFLT supports U.S. Southern Commands joint and combined fullspectrum military opera tions by providing prin cipally sea-based, for ward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain coop erative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional secu rity and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 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. PWOC 2nd Saturday 9:30 a.m. PMOC 3rd Saturday Prayer Breakfast 9 a.m. For more information, call 270-5212. Back to School, Save These Dates! Although it is hard to believeSummer is winding down. Time to get your mind wrapped around Back to School. Here are some events to put on your calendar. A Military Family Back-to-School Splash and Resource Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 from 1800-2030 at the installations out door pool and Sea Otter Pavilion. Back-to-School Splash will feature food, fun, and information from local resources. Join other families for burgers, hot dogs, music and a dip in the pool! This event will take place Rain or Shine! Resources for parents will also be available. Some include Bowling Center, Youth Center, American Red Cross, Blue Star Families, Fleet and Family, Military OneSource and Florida Virtual School. A few local schools and Military Family Life Counselors will be avail able to answer questions and help ease childrens back to school worries. The organizations rep resentatives will answer questions and share resources available to support the transitioning student and the student of a deployed parent. New families might not be aware of all the servic es NS Mayport and the surrounding community has to offer them. The goal of each program is to improve the quality of life of military families and the overall effective ness of the military com munity. Resources for deployment and separa tion, building confidence and resiliency, and sup porting children through trauma and loss will be featured by many of the organizations present. KNOWING THE ROPES Sharon Kasica School Liaison Officer What Do You Hope For? Is It Worthy? Years ago, I was at a ministry conference in Chicago, buried under what the locals con sidered to be one of the worst blizzards in Chicago history. The Windy City has seen its share of snow storms, so it was really something to be in the middle of a record-set ting snowfall. On one hand, things were mis erable. We were snowed in and unable to eat at some of Chicagos finest eating establishments (there are many). And it was bloody cold, the wind chill was -20 on one of the days. On the other hand, over a thousand pastors were gathered together, worshipping every morn ing and evening, attend ing workshops and mak ing the most of the situ ation. I overheard one pastor remark, Its a little like a big slumber party with a thousand of your closest friends. Some might say that this is simply the glass half-full versus the glass half-empty type of comparison. The pes simist compared to the optimist. But I think at the center of it is hope. Our view of the world is shaped by hope or the lack of it. When things do not go according to plan, or when God seems to throw us a curveball, hope is what keeps us grounded on the things that actually matter. Where does your hope come from? What do you hope for? Hope is more than wishful thinking! You may have hoped for something special for Christmas or hoped that a loved one survived a disease or injury, or even hoped that wed go avoid any hurricanes this sum mer. Authentic hope has a more secure founda tion than that. True hope is centered on knowing that God is faithful. Hope is con fident in Gods will and secure in knowing that nothing is unknown to the Lord. When our hope is solid, our challenges become more bearable. You may suffer from physical or emotional pain and hope can renew strength. You may have dark days right where in your workspace or home, or have confusing weeks where everything seems out of control, but hope provides sure ground to walk upon and a vision for the future. Isaiah 40:31 is a verse you might already be famil iar with, and it deals precisely with the neces sity of hope, but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. My hope for you today is that you know the peace of the Lord. That you are fully mindful of the grace and love that he gives you. And that you are able to be a light for others whose hope has been lost. Chaplain Jason Ulven HSMWL CHAPLAINS CORNER The Politics of Marriage: What Congress Might Learn From Husbands And Wives In theory, marriage should be the perfect bal ance of power between two parties. A husband is the yin to his wifes yang. Spouses are each others better halves. Couples are like planets exerting complimentary gravi tational pulls, caught in each others orbits, circling together in one planetary system. Romantic, right? But in reality, marriage is often an adversarial system, requiring the two parties to regularly negotiate resolutions to conflicts. Sound familiar? All the talk of divi siveness in Washington these days has me won dering if the politicians might learn a few things from how typical hus bands and wives man age to make decisions on everything from buying a new couch to whose mother is coming for Thanksgiving. When I met my Navy husband, Francis, he was a bit of a dark horse can didate. He came from out of nowhere, in a time in my life when I wasnt looking for a running mate. But much to my surprise, we had one of those goofy love at first sight kind of meetings, and after a brief court ship, we tied the knot and I became a military spouse. Weve spent the last 24 years working together to make our union run smoothly. Thankfully, we found out that we have very similar platforms on big ticket items such as politics, morality, mili tary duty stations, NFL teams, and whether John Candy movies are the best (they are, in case you didnt know). Certainly, there are some conflicts with out an absolute major ity opinion. Whether its Thai food or pizza, come dy or suspense, lights on or lights off sometimes a married couple has to hold a special session before they can come to an accord that each party can live with. It certainly isnt easy. Theres often lengthy debate, and sometimes filibuster which, by the way, husbands complete ly tune out while their minds wander to things like cars, womens body parts, and peanuts. When bargaining on whether to stay home and watch the base ball game on Sunday or go blueberry picking with the family, a wife might try to negotiate a continuing resolution requiring her husband to give her a foot rub on the couch during the seventh inning stretch. While perusing the fam ilys Netflix watch list on Friday night, a hus band might try to log roll the swing voters (a.k.a., the kids) to vote for Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood instead of The Notebook. During debate over whose inlaws should get first dibs on Christmas, a husband might propagate fake news that his mothers recent attack of gout was arguably life-threatening and therefore entitles her to priority status. Both husbands and wives will make shame less attempts to pro pagandize the family, promising pork barrel spending on sugared cereals, brand name clothing, expensive elec tronics, and puppies to garner support for their personal agendas. Theres muckraking and mudslinging, dissent and demagoguery, tyranny and totalitarianism. But in the end, even if it takes cloture, hus bands and wives do something that our gov ernment just cant seem to do these days: they compromise. Wives give in on golf outings as long as hus bands help with dishes. Husbands give in on MEAT & POTATOES OF LIFE Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist Fletcher High School fhs Monday, 30 July Tuesday, 31 July Wednesday, 01 Aug Thursday, 02 August Friday, 03 August Seniors 0800-1200 Juniors 0800-1200 Sophomores 08001200 Freshman 0800-1200 Make-ups 0800-1100 Mayport Middle dle Friday, 03 August (all grades) Report to Gymnasium Last Name Starts With: A-B -1300 C-D -1330 E-G -1400 H-J 1430 K-L 1500 M-N 1530 O-R -1600 S-T U-Z -1700 Oceanway Middle school Thursday, 09 August Friday, 10 August 6 th 0830-1000 7 th 1330-1500 8 th 0830-1000 Finegan Elementary Thursday, 09 August PK 0900 K 0930 1st 1000 2nd 1030 3rd 1100 4th 1130 5th 1200 Mayport Elementary Friday, 10 August PK-K 09000930 1 st -2 nd 09301000 3 rd -5 th 10001030 Oceanway Elementary Friday, 10 August PK & K 09001000 1 st -6 th 10001100 See Schools, Page 6 See Marriage, Page 3


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 3 Mayport Sailor Of The Week Name: YN2(SW) Vashon L. Warren Job: Administrative Clerk Age: 32 Hometown: Camden, NJ Favorite Hobby: Traveling Hero: Michael Jordan Best Piece of Advice Received: Be yourself. Goal for the Navy: Be the best Yeoman that I can be. How has the Navy Improved Your Life? The navy has given so many opportunities. I never thought I would travel outside of the US. I have traveled to eight different countries and embraced many cultures. The navy has given me a chance attend col lege and receive my first Degree. Additionally, the navy has taught me to be a professional, out standing person and help me achieve my goals. Why this Sailor was selected: With only six months onboard as a newly cross-rated yeo man, YN2 Warren has become the departmen tal expert in the gaining process. She recently implemented a thor ough tracking system that enabled her to track and complete 6 inbound Sailors during the month of November and process all related gain and trav el claim documentation accurately and within a timely manner. As the primary awards PO, YN2 reviewed, formatted, and finalized 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 1 NCMs, 3 NMs, and 5 FLOCs. YN2 Warren has become a huge asset to the Admin team and her infectious attitude greatly contributes to the daily departmental morale. YN2(SW) Vashon L. Warren mani-pedis, as long as wives make meatballs. Whatever the terms of compromise, most mar ried couples do what they need to do to keep their system of govern ment running smoothly, just like Francis and I have done for the last 24 years. That being said, I must confess, there is one thing in our mar riage that Francis and I have yet to agree upon. You see, Francis insists that the toilet paper roll must be placed such that the edge of the paper hangs on the side of the roll closest to the wall; whereas, I firmly believe that toilet paper rolls are meant to hang so that the edge of the paper hangs on the side of the roll away from the wall. This is our Cold War, our Berlin Wall, our 38th Parallel. I fear we will never achieve detente, because getting Francis and I to compromise on toi let paper roll place ment would take an Act of Congress, and thats something we know isnt going to happen any time soon. For more wit and wit ticism from Lisa, go to www.themeatandpota From Page 2 Marriage NEX Offers Mobile Coupons From NEXCOM The NEX is now able to deliver coupons right to its customers fin gertips by sending text messages to their wireless device. NEX customers in the continen tal United States can now sign up to connect with the NEX through their mobile device which will give them access to special offers and coupons through SMS messages as well as special online offers. Customers can sign up for the mobile information by texting JOIN to 57662.* We are excited to be able to com municate with our valued NEX customers with this new service, said Rich Honiball, Navy Exchange Service Commands (NEXCOM) Executive Vice President, Global Merchandising and Marketing Officer. Our goal is to be able to communicate with our customers 24/7. As we continue to enhance our digital capabilities, it was only natu ral that we engage our customers from a mobile perspective because as for many of them, this is their pre ferred way of connecting with us. Upon signing up, customers will receive via text message a one-timeuse mobile welcome coupon for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more. The welcome coupon is valid for 14 days from time of signup and is valid in store or online at myNavyExchange. com. Subscribers must be authorized NEX customers in order to redeem coupons. To sign up, customers must have a text messaging-enabled mobile device provided by a supported carrier including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Boost, Cellular South, Midwest Wireless, MetroPCS, nTe los, Suncom, Virgin Mobile, Sprint or T-Mobile. *Message and data rates may apply. Customers will receive one message each time JOIN is texted to 57662 and then monthly recurring messages after sign up is completed. Terms, conditions and privacy can be found at: https://www.mynavyex Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You!


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 USS Iwo Jima Arrives In Malaga From Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group Public Affairs The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and com ponents of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Malaga, Spain, July 21. Nearly 2,500 embarked Sailors and Marines are visiting the Mediterranean coastal city during a regularly scheduled deployment. The stop is an opportuni ty for U.S. service mem bers to deepen the stra tegic relationship with their Spanish allies on a personal level by social izing and experiencing the hospitality, beaches and historic venues. This visit to Spain will be one that those aboard will never forget, said Capt. Joseph OBrien, commanding officer of Iwo Jima. Spain is a major ally to the U.S. and the Navy, with a base just a few hours away in Rota. Pulling into Malaga will be an outstanding opportunity for the crew to experi ence the Spanish culture and give us an opportu nity to continue growing a relationship that has been building over the past 70 years through our shared values, expe riences and vision. This is Iwo Jimas third visit to a U.S. 6th Fleet port since depart ing Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Feb. 7. The ship has also made stops in Haifa, Israel, and Limassol, Cyprus. Once I heard we were pulling into Spain, I have been extremely excited, said Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Matthew Sherwood. I have heard so much about Spain from my shipmates that have been there the food, the lifestyle, the his tory that being able to experience that myself will be something I will never forget and is welldeserved after being at sea for so long. During their deploy ment, Iwo Jima and the 26th MEU have played a critical role in bring ing a ready, versatile amphibious assault capability and vigi lant maritime presence to the Mediterranean in addition to working with partner nations to achieve the mutual goal of a peaceful and pros perous region. The Marines and Sailors continue to work hard throughout our deployment and are eager to visit one of the premier coastal cities in the Mediterranean, said U.S. Marine Col. Farrell Sullivan, com manding officer of, the 26th MEU. Malaga is a picturesque, ancient city with a rich history and vibrant culture. The Marines and Sailors are excited to experience the many historical, cultural, and enriching opportuni ties that Malaga offers. They are ready to serve as ambassadors of the United States and are appreciative of the gen erous reception they have received from the people of Malaga. -Photo by MCSA Travis Baley The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) arrives in Malaga, Spain July 21, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in 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. -Photo by MC3 Dominick A. Cremeans Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Michael Cundiff throws a mooring line from the flight deck aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) as the ship arrives in Malaga, Spain, for a scheduled port visit, July 21, 2018. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Ships Serviceman 1st Class Herbert Wills, from Nashville, Tenn., speaks with the training department to reserve the ships classroom to hold an upcoming Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist board in the S-3 office 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 hangs a danger tag for maintenance in the laundry room 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 opera tions 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 Dominick A. Cremeans Machinist Mate Fireman Richard Hall corrects a leak on the stern gate machin ery pump aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 14, 2018. -Photo by MC3 Joe J. Cardona Gonzalez Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit hoist an MV-22 Osprey engine in the hangar bay aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 16, 2018. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Support personnel assigned to the Italian Navys Grouppo Aerei Imbarcati (GRUPAER) cross the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 17, 2018.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 5 -Photo by MC3 Dominick A. Cremeans The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) team celebrates receiving the EAWS pennant, July 17, 2018. Iwo Jima, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security inter ests in Europe and Africa. Iwo Jima, 26th MEU Complete MDVR By MC3 Kevin C. Leitner USS Iwo Jima The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and embarked Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Aqaba, Jordan, after complet ing a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) maintenance availability, July 13. MDVRs are scheduled availabilities to com plete repairs and mainte nance, allowing a ship to continue to be fully mis sion capable through out the remainder of its deployment. The MDVR gave us the opportunity to take seven days to focus on getting maintenance done and make sure that we remain ready to respond as required, said Capt. Joseph R. OBrien, Iwo Jimas commanding officer. It also gives us the opportunity to prepare the ship to come back home by doing an agri cultural wash-down of all the vehicles and all the equipment that was brought on board. Contractors came aboard the ship from locations such as Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center Bahrain and Southeast Regional Maintenance Center Mayport, Florida, to assist the crew with repairs. Marines and Sailors spent the week washing down vehicles, equip ment and containers in wash racks aboard the Royal Jordanian Naval Base for agricul tural inspections. They washed approximately 300 major end-items and cleaned, inventoried and inspected thousands of additional items. Some of the other tasks conducted by Sailors and Marines during the MDVR included repairs to vital radars and the ships mast, engineering plant upkeep and ship preser vation. Before pulling in to Aqaba, the crew knew the great amount of work that was in store for them and prepared to get it done safely and efficiently. Preparation for the MDVR was an all-hands effort, said Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Andrew Frasca, a member of Iwo Jimas Deck Department. From undesignated sea man all the way to the commanding officer, we were well prepared to complete the tasks at hand with zero mishaps. Marines assigned to the 26th MEU also took part in sustain ment training during the port visit, with elements of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (BLT 2/6) and Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 26 conducting live-fire ranges at Camp Titin. The BLT complet ed a live fire portion of their team leader course, which trains the young Marines who will be team leaders for the next deployment. This range allowed them to sustain proficiency in all weap on systems in the rifle squad, said Maj. Brian Hinrichs, commander of Echo Company, BLT 2/6. Also, the Combat Engineer Battalion detachment and CLB maintained breaching skills with a demolition range. Overall, the train ing allowed the MEU to sustain critical skills and increased the morale of the Marines. Additionally, the Maritime Raid Force conducted combat dive, military freefall, close quarters tactics, and team tactics training at Camp Titin and King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. While the port call was a working port focused on maintenance and training, Sailors and Marines had the oppor tunity to participate in tours to Petra and Wadi Rum, which included an off-road scenic tour and a hike up Burda Mountain. 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 MEU and is com prised of Iwo Jima, 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 hoist lightning pods onto the aft mezzanine in the hangar bay aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). -Photo by Lt. John J. Mike Jordanian Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Alnaimat, deputy naval commander, Royal Jordanian Navy, discusses the importance of the U.S.-Jordanian military relationship with Capt. Joseph OBrien, commanding officer, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) (right); Col. Farrell Sullivan, commanding officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (second from right); and Capt. Jack Killman, commander, Amphibious Squadron 4, July 8, 2018. -Photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner Legalman 1st Class Kenneth Traylor, right, notarizes a document for Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class James Almon, in the Legal office aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), July 14, 2018.


6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 Have you been reading this summer? Signed up for the Reading Takes You Everywhere read ing program? Log your reading minutes to qual ify for prizes to collect at the Splash. www.may portlibrary.beanstack. org/reader365 Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School Shark Bites Transition Camp Attention incoming 6th graders! This FREE transition camp helps prepare your child for the 18-19 school year at MCSMS! Shark Bites is from 30 Julyto 03 August. For more details, click here. Registration must be completed online. For further information or registra tion assistance, please contact Ms. Smith, Camp Director (904) 247-5977 ext. 1208 or smithl7@ School Orientations Here is a list of a few local school ori entation dates. If your school is not listed you may visit http://www. and/ or contact your school directly. *Please double check schools website for last minute changes. 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. From Page 2 Schools An Appointment Missed By You Is An Appointment Missed By Two By Rodney Foushee Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs Naval Hospital Jacksonville has launched a new ser vice to make it easier for patients to cancel appointments in time to allow another patient to take their slot. An appointment missed by you is really missed by two, said Cmdr. Gerard White, NH Jacksonvilles direc tor of health care busi ness. This new phone reminder system makes it easier for patients to cancel their appointment in a timely manner to allow other patients to take their time slot. We also plan to launch a text reminder system in the coming months to allow patients to cancel or reschedule their appoint ment via their smart phone. Patients at the hospi tal and its five branch health clinics receive an automated appoint ment-reminder phone call two days before their scheduled appointment. This reminder call now allows patients to can cel their appointment directly from the phone calls menu. Patients can also cancel or reschedule by calling the appoint ment line or using www. Patients should cancel an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. When you miss or are a no-show for a medi cal or dental appoint ment, it keeps another Sailor, Marine, family member, or retiree from using that appointment slot for the care they need, which also impacts the medical and dental readiness of the Navy fighting force. When a patient does not cancel in time, or does not show up, the provider cannot shift the remaining appoint ments on that day to fill the void. The time slot goes unused and is wasted for the provider, staff, and another patient who could have used the appointment. When a patient does not show up, it prevents another patient (who might have an urgent need) from being seen at that time. Although some can cellations are inevitable, in the private sector providers can some times charge a no-show fee (up to $50) for noshows or cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance. While mili tary treatment facilities does not function this way, no-shows do have a negative impact. Without advance notice, staff are unable to re-book no-shows, but opera tional expenses are still incurred. Go to www. (available 24/7), or respond to the reminder phone call, or call the appointment line (at the hospital: 904-542-4677, or at Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville: 904546-7094), Monday Friday, 7 a.m. 4 p.m. Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles prior ity, since its founding in 1941, is to heal the nations heroes and their families. The command is the Navys third larg est medical treatment facility comprised of a hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient popula tion (163,000 active and retired Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Guardsmen, and their families), about 84,000 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. -Photo by Jacob Sippel William Kay, a medical support assistant, checks in a sailor for an appointment. NBHC Mayport has launched a new service to make it easier for patients to cancel appointments in time to enable someone else to take their slot. Patients can also call the appointment line or use to cancel appointments at least 24 hours in advance. DeCA Scholarships For Military Children By Mike Perron DeCA public affairs specialist Seven hundred stu dents from military families each received a $2,000 scholarship this year, thanks to the 2018 Scholarships for Military Children program. The program, cre ated in 2001, recogniz es the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fight ing force and celebrates the commissarys role in enhancing military qual ity of life. Its adminis tered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that pro vides assistance to ser vice members and their families. This year, we ended with fewer applicants than last year, said Marye Dobson, the Defense Commissary Agencys scholar ships program liaison. However the quality of the applications submit ted really exceeded prior years submissions. Qualifying to be con sidered for selection for one of the scholar ship grants is straight forward. Requirements include completing the application; submission of the students official transcript indicating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for high school applicants, or college transcript indicating a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for students already enrolled in col lege; and an essay of 500 words or less, no longer than two pages. While in years past application packages were delivered through the mail or by package delivery service, going forward the process will be entirely webbased, according to Jim Weiskopf, Fisher House vice president. The program has now completed its 18th year, and in those 18 years, we have been able to award scholarship grants of more than $18 million to nearly 11,000 military children, he said. For year 19 and beyond, we plan to have the entire program web-based, totally eliminating paper applications and sup porting documents. The system has been tested and refined and will be ready to roll-out in December. Eligibility for the pro gram is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System data base. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a cur rent military dependent ID card. The applicant must also be planning to attend or already be attending an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2019 or be enrolled in a pro gram of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program. Applicants who are awarded a full scholar ship to attend a college or university or receive an appointment to one of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholar ship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses. All rules and require ments for the program, as well as links to fre quently asked ques tions are available at the Scholarships for Military children web site, as is the full list of this years winners. Fisher House also recently added an addi tional custom schol arship search engine to the site, tailored to military families, called Scholarships for Service. Its free, easy to use, and available on mobile devices or com puters at militaryscholar. org. The window to apply for the 2018-2019 Fisher House Scholarships for Military Children will open in December and close in February, but the exact dates have not yet been determined said Dobson. Be sure to check the scholarship page in mid-December for the opening of the 2018-2019 program. Registered Dietitians Now Available Throughout the Fleet From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs The Navy announced an initiative 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 command ers to request dietitians to temporarily join their commands, in order to increase Sailors knowl edge about nutrition and health resources. This initiative makes registered dietitians available to assume a temporary additional duty (TAD) status to commands, providing education on perfor mance nutrition, healthy eating habits, hydration, and safe dietary supple ment use. Bringing reg istered dietitians direct ly to the fleet greatly enhances Sailor access to nutrition education, which in turn increases medical readiness. Before this initia tive, Sailors had to take time away from work to travel to a medical treat ment facility for preven tative treatment, said Navy Nutrition Program Manager Lt. Pamela Gregory. Now this can be done at the command which will increase pro ductivity and decrease time away from work. In their TAD role, reg istered dietitians will advise command leader ship and Sailors on the importance and benefits of diet modifications, food selection and food preparation in prevent ing disease, sustaining health and improving quality of life. They will also be an on-hand asset to the medical depart ment. This initiative opens up access for more Sailors to registered dietitians who know the most about creating and sustaining energy, rapid recovery 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 healthier, better bal anced diet. Registered dietitians will also be available to counsel individuals and groups on the impor tance of timing meals and snacks, what foods provide the most energy, help with physical recov ery, and how nutrition monitoring can optimize Sailors quality of life. Additionally, they can collaborate with com mand food service offi cers and culinary staff on increasing the qual ity and nutrients of food service, menu develop ment, budgeting, evalu ation of food service facilities and developing nutrition programs. Having registered dietitians in the fleet is going to create a para digm shift in the cul ture of nutrition shift ing from a focus on disease treatment to one of disease preven tion, said Bill Moore, director, Navy Physical Readiness Program. And this initiative pro vides our Sailors access to a resource that allows them to take greater con trol over their personal health. To learn more about nutrition education resources available to you, visit www.nutrition. Support Your Print And Digital Advertisers! They Support You!


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 7 Navy Helicopter Weapons School Conducts Record Setting Training By Lt. Colin Price HSMWSL PAO On June 23, HSM-46 and crews from HSM-79 completed Helicopter Advanced Readiness Training (HARP) class 18-02, facilitated by Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Atlantic (HSMWSL). This rigorous curricu lum begins with class room instruction and advanced flight simu lation focused on tacti cal employment of the MH-60R in its diverse mission sets to include Surface Warfare (SUW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Electronic Warfare (EW). The course culminates at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) on Andros Island, Bahamas, where aircrews apply their warfighting skills in the aircraft against targets simulating real world threats. HSMWSL instructors teach and evaluate MH-60R tac tics, techniques, and pro cedures (TTPs), focusing on AGM-114 HELLFIRE, lightweight torpedo (LWT), and crew served weapons employments. Over the course of eight weeks, HSM-46 and HSM-79 expended a combined 16 missiles, 12 torpedoes, 10,900 rounds of ammunition, and 511 sonobuoys at various mobile training targets. HARP 18-02 also pro vided the opportunity for HSM crews to inte grate with crews from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5 (HSC5) during Helicopter Visit Board Search and Seizure (HVBSS) and Restricted Waters Transit (RWT) train ing events. HSC-5 com pleted concurrent HARP training, facilitated by Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Atlantic (HSCWSL). HARP 18-02 was highlighted by a recordsetting 15 helicopters at the AUTEC heliport on Andros Island, Bahamas, from HSM-46, HSM-79, HSC-5, New Hampshire Army National Guard, and local range service helicopters. The New Hampshire Army National Guard conducted operations with three UH-60L heli copters for Operation Trade Winds 18, an international exercise with Bahamian forces. The AUTEC heliport consists of four landing spots and eight ramp spots, along with two tenant H-3 range sup port helicopters. Despite the volume of aircraft and different unit training objectives, operations were con ducted safely and effec tively due to proactive and flexible coordination of all units involved. HSMWSL, in coor dination with nine additional commands including the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC), HSM-40 and FRC Mayport, facilitat ed the execution of 235 hours and 106 sorties at AUTEC. On the success of this HARP, Cmdr. Andrew Mopey Miroff, HSMWSL command ing officer, comment ed, I am very proud of the entire staff here at the Weapons School. Several hurdles were overcome to provide valuable training both here in the local area and down at AUTEC, namely the unprecedented num ber of aircraft and coor dination with supporting units. It takes the entire team working hard together to accomplish HARP. I want to thank everyone, because every staff member had a part to play. HSM-46 and HSM79 will now begin inte grated training with their assigned Carrier Strike Group and associated Air Wing and ships. HSMWSL is located at Naval Station Mayport. -Photos courtesy of HSMWSL MH-60R helicopters from HSM-46 and HSM-79 arrive at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center on Andros Island, Bahamas during an advanced training exercise hosted by Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Atlantic -Photos courtesy of HSMWSL MH-60R helicopters from HSM-46 and HSM-79 try to hit mobile targets during training at AUTEC.


8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 Milestone MQ-8C Fire Scout Initial Operational Test, Eval Complete By Lt. j. g. Caroline Zotti Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One Public Affairs USS Coronado (LCS 4) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, June 29. Results from this IOT&E will inform deci sion-makers on how best to integrate the Navys newest unmanned heli copter with littoral com bat ships (LCS) and other platforms. During the IOT&E, the MQ-8C Fire Scout performed several mis sion scenarios aboard Coronado off the coast of southern California. These operations are an important milestone for the LCS and Fire Scout programs, and demon strated cohesion between the surface and aviation platforms. The results, lessons learned, and recommen dations reported on fol lowing this underway test period are abso lutely invaluable to the future of the MQ-8C Fire Scouts mission effective ness and suitability to perform that mission, said Lt. Cmdr. Seth Ervin, the lead for the VX-1 detachment aboard Coronado. Coronado and VX-1 conducted simulated engagements to evaluate Fire Scouts role in tar get identification, intelli gence gathering and sur face warfare operations. The testing also focused on developing practices for simulta neously operating and maintaining both the MQ-8C Fire Scout and the MH-60S Seahawk. Results confirmed that while it requires exten sive planning and coor dination across the ship, simultaneous operations can be conducted. It has been challeng ing and rewarding to be one of the first maintain ers afforded the oppor tunity to take both air craft aboard the ship. Working together, we made the overall prod uct more functional and efficient for the fleet, said Aviation Machinists Mate Second Class Salvatore Greene, a member of VX-1. The chance to con tribute to technological and tactical improve ments within the LCS community creates a notable opportunity for Coronados experienced crew. My crew is excited to build upon their past experiences operat ing with Fire Scout and continue to improve our proficiency as a warfighting team, said Cmdr. Lawrence Repass, the commanding officer of Coronado. The first ship-based flight of the MQ-8C Fire Scout occurred aboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) in December 2014, and previous underway testing was also conducted with USS Montgomery (LCS 8) in April 2017. Pierside testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout will continue onboard Coronado throughout mid-July with a focus on maintenance and cyber. Coronado is one of four designated LCS testing ships homeported in San Diego. LCS is a high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or with in a network of surface combatants. Fleet Forces Visits Mayport Adm. Christopher Grady, commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, tours the pier during a visit to Naval Station (NS) Mayport. Gradys visit to NS Mayport included hurricane readiness discussions and meetings with local leadership in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season. -Photos by EN1 Nathaniel Broughton Adm. Christopher Grady, commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, tours the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) during a visit to Naval Station (NS) Mayport.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 9 -Photo by MC3 Jonathan Clay Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Thomas Hall, right, and Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Michael Maye, assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48, prepare to load an AGM-114 Hellfire missile onto an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109). Jason Dunham 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. HSM-48 Supports 5th Fleet Operations on USS Jason Dunham -Photo by MC3 Jonathan Clay An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to HSM48 lifts off from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109). -Photo by AWS2 Michael Allred Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Parker Thompson fires a .50-caliber machine gun at a killer tomato inflatable target from an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter assigned to HSM-48, attached to USS Jason Dunham. LCS ASW Mission Package Completes Testing Milestones From Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants Public Affairs Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) announced the successful completion of two Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package testing mile stones, July 16. The first was a 10-day Dockside-1 test event on the Dual-mode ARray Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and associated launch-and-recovery assembly components in Fort Pierce, Florida. The second was a fullpower, in-water test of the active array at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Seneca Lake Detachments test facility in Dresden, New York. The Seneca Lake Test was a huge step forward for the DART System and the ASW Mission Package as a whole. This revolutionary technol ogy is critical to counter ing the rising submarine threats worldwide, said LCS Mission Module Program Manager Capt. Ted Zobel. The array previously was tested at Raytheons shallow-water facilities in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. This test on Seneca Lake was the first opportunity for the new technology to be demon strated in an open-water test environment, which allows better under standing of how the sys tem will perform when deployed on an LCS. The successful completion of this test event provided Navy officials and indus try partners valuable information on perfor mance specifications and options for future modi fications. DART development includes incremental testing of the individual system components fol lowed by progressively more inclusive integra tion and testing until the full ASW Mission Package has been tested. The Dockside-1 test a week prior to the Seneca Lake event had LCS Sailors overseeing and actively engaging in the operation of the DART Mission System at the Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institutes waterside product integration, assembly and test com plex. Dockside-2 testing, planned for autumn 2018, will expand the scope of DART system integration to add three additional Raytheon mission modules to com plete the system. The Navy will take delivery of the DART Mission System from Raytheon later this year and plans to take the system to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center early next year for addi tional testing. PEO USC is affili ated with the Naval Sea Systems Command and provides a single pro gram executive respon sible for acquiring and sustaining mission capabilities of the LCS class, from procurement through fleet employ ment and sustainment. The combined capability of the LCSs and LCS mis sion systems is designed to dominate the littoral battle space and provide U.S. forces with assured access to coastal areas.


10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 Events July 26: Summer Game Night. Join us at 6 p.m. at the Beacon for games and FREE sandwiches! Grab a bev erage at Loggerheads Pub next door and relax. Sandwich and Game Night is sponsored by First Command. No federal endorsement implied. 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. 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+. 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. Join MWR for Kids Arts and Crafts this summer! Each class will focus on a different art or craft and will be held every other Wednesday from 3-4pm at the Pelican Roost. Classes are open to chil dren ages 5 and older and all children need to bring their parents. Sign up by the Tuesday before each class at the Pelican Roost (904) 270-7808. Aug. 9: Surf Fishing. 3:30 5 p.m. Join MWR and learn basic skills of surf fish ing. Cost is only $5 and equipment is provided, or you can bring your own. Sign up at Outdoor Adventures by Aug. 7. All skill levels are wel come! *A Shore Fishing License is required from the State of Florida. A license can be obtained for free from the local tax collectors office or can be purchased for a small fee online at myFWC. com 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! Aug. 10: Mayport Movies: Monsters University (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. Aug. 11: Back to School Splash. 6:00 8:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Pool. Celebrate the end of summer and get all the resources you need for the upcoming school year. Enjoy free use of the outdoor pool, music, food and fun while learn ing about educational resources on and off base. Aug. 12: Ichetucknee River Tubing. 7 a.m. crystal line Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. This is a great day trip to just sit back and relax while you tube the crystal clear river. The cost is $10. Please register by Aug. 9 at the Liberty Center (all hands welcome 18+). 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. 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 Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. and tickets cost $5. No matter who you are, we have a program for you! Bowling Center There is always some thing fun 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. 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 only $8 per adult and $4 per child. 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. Tuesdays: Billiards Tournaments. 6 p.m. at the Liberty Center. Prize for 1 st place. 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 noo dles 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 bowl ing 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 with the Liberty Center. Aug. 23: Surf Fishing. 2 p.m. behind the Liberty Center. Learn how to surf fish! All equipment is provided 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. Aug. 27: Liberty Committee Meeting. 4 5 p.m. Tell us what you would like to see on the Liberty calendar! Aug. 29: 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 rental. Sign up dead line is Aug. 27. 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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 11 Fall Youth Sports At MWR By Terra Downey MWR Marketing Technician MWR Youth Sports is gearing up for fall with two great programs that offer benefits on and off the field. Start Smart is available for children ages 3 5, while soccer is offered for youth ages 4 17. Parents can join the fun too, by volunteering to coach. Children can get an early start learning the fundamentals and ben efits of all sports with Start Smart. It is a free sports development program where parents work one-on-one with children over a six-week period to help them learn the basics of throw ing, catching, kicking and batting. The goal is to get children prepared for organized sports and to get them active. Its an outstanding program, explained Victor Miller, Youth Sports Coordinator. Parents learn the foun dations with their chil dren, which can help with almost any sport in the future. Start Smart is open to children ages 3 5 as of July 1, 2018. Registration is available now until August 14. The program will be held at the Youth Activities Center (YAC) for six consecutive Tuesdays, August 21 September 25, from 5 6 p.m. The Parent Organization Meeting is on Thursday, August 16 at 5 p.m. Youth can also meet new friends and learn the benefits of an active lifestyle with Youth Fall Soccer. Registration is available now until August 17 and is only $50 per child. Children who are born between the years of 2001 and 2013 can participate. The season begins Sept. 22, and parents can attend the Parent Organization Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. or Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at YAC. Soccer has become our most popular sport, stated Miller. It tends to hold the attention of the smaller kids better and is less technical than some of our other sports. Volunteers are role models and help teach children leadership, compassion and team work. The Youth Sports Program depends on vol unteers to be successful. The number of children the program can support is directly related to the number of coaches who volunteer. Not many people real ize that the registration fee is waived for children whose parents decide to volunteer, explained Miller. Youth Sports pro motes a healthy lifestyle and provides children with the opportunity to play soccer, bowling, flag football, baseball, basketball and cheer leading throughout the year. Karate is offered year-round and dance is offered during the school year at YAC. For more information about Youth Sports visit our website at www.navymwrmay or call YAC at 904-270-5421. -Photo by Wendy Sawyer Participants in the Crabbing Class July 19 at Lake Wonderwood. MWR offers a vari ety of activities through Outdoor Adventures. Upcoming events include, Surf Fishing Aug. 9 and the Great Navy Campout Sept. 15-16. Crabbing Class 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, reservists 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 chicken, 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 full-service restaurant, a full-service 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 clas sic 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 all-hands and features a full-service bar, monthly 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. MWR Sports, Fitness Program For Sailors And Their Families 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 fami ly to practice their swim ming skills. 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. 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 8 13 and the Mayport Mud Run starts at 9 a.m. for ages 14 or older. The fun continues with an after party featuring live music, bounce houses, food and refreshments. 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. Intramural Sports Aug. 8: Captains Cup Tennis Organizational Meeting. 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. MWR Offers Food Options


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