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2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 From StaffMay 22 1958 Naval aircraft F4D-1 Skyray sets five world speed-to-climb records. 1967 New York City reaches agree ment to purchase Brooklyn Navy Yard, ending 166 years of construction and repair of naval vessels. 1968 USS Scorpion (SSN-589) lost with all hands. May 23 1850 Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklins expedition that was lost in Arctic. 1939 USS Squalus (SS-92) sinks off Postsmouth, N.H., with loss of 26 lives. May 24 1917 First U.S. convoy to cross North Atlantic during World War I leaves Hampton Roads, Va. 1918 USS Olympia drops anchor at Kola Inlet, in Murmansk, Russia, to protect refugees during Russian Revolution. 1939 First and only use of Vice Adm. Allan McCanns rescue chamber to res cue 33 men from sunken USS Squalus (SS-192). 1945 Fast carrier task force aircraft attack airfields in southern Kyushu, Japan. 1945 Nine Navy ships damaged by concentrated kamikaze attack off Okinawa. 1962 Launch of Aurora 7 (Mercury 7), piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Malcolm Scott Carpenter, who completed three orbits in 4 hours, 56 minutes at an altitude of 167 statute miles at 17,549 mph. He was picked up by HSS-2 helicopters from USS Intrepid (CVS-11). The capsule was recovered by USS John R. Pierce (DD753). May 25 1952 USS Iowa bombards Chongjin, Korea. 1954 A ZPG-2 airship, commanded by Cmdr. Marion Eppes, landed at NAS Key West, Fla., after a record-breaking flight of more than eight days. The flight began at NAS Lakehurst, N.J., ranged over the Atlantic to Nova Scotia, then south to Bermuda and Nassau and onto the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. 1973 Launch of Skylab 2 mission that was first U.S. manned orbiting space station. It had an all-Navy crew of Capt. Charles Conrad Jr., Cmdr. Joseph Kerwin and Cmdr. Paul Weitz. During the 28-day mission of 404 orbits, the craft rendezvoused with Skylab to make repairs and conduct science experi ments. Recovery by USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14). May 26 1944 USS England sinks fifth Japanese submarine in one week. 1952 Tests from 26-29 May demon strate feasibility of the angled-deck con cept conducted on simulated angled deck on USS Midway. 1990 USS Beaufort rescues 24 Vietnamese refugees in South China Sea. May 27 1805 Naval forces capture Derne, Tripoli and raise U.S. flag over foreign soil. 1813 American joint operations against Fort George, Canada. 1919 Navy NC-4 flying boat com pletes trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Lisbon, Portugal. May 28 1813 USS Frigate Essex and prize capture five British whalers. 1917 Navys first underway fuel ing, as USS Maumee fuels six destroy ers in North Atlantic. Lt. Cmdr. Chester Nimitz served as Maumees executive officer and chief engineer. 1957 First of 24 detonations in Operation Plumb Bob nuclear test. 1980 First women graduates (55) at the U.S. Naval Academy. The JAX AIR NEWS is an authorized publication for members of the Military Services. Contents of the JAX AIR NEWS do not necessarily reflect the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, or The Florida Times-Union, of the products and services advertised. Everything advertised in the publication S hall 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. If a violation or refraction of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The deadline for all story and photo submissions is close of business the Friday before publication, and can be sent to jaxairnews@ The deadline for classified submissions is noon Monday. Questions or comments can be directed to the editor. The JAX AIR NEWS can be reached at (904) 542-3531, fax (904) 542-1534, e-mail JaxAirNews@ or write the JAX AIR NEWS, Box 2, NAS Jacksonville, Fla., 32212-5000. The JAX AIR NEWS is published by The Florida Times-Union, a private firm in no way connected with the U. S. Navy under exclusive written agreement with the U. S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. It is published every Thursday by The Florida Times-Union, whose offices are at 1 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Estimated readership over 32,000. Distribution by The Florida Times-Union. Advertisements are solicited by the publisher and inquiries regarding advertisements should be directed to: Ellen S. Rykert, Publisher 904-359-4168Advertising Sales Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Teri McIntyre Public Affairs Officer Miriam S. Gallet Editor Clark Pierce Staff Writer MC2 Amanda Cabasos AE2 Samantha Jones Design/Layout George Atchley This North American SNJ-3 Texan (BuNo 6836) was used for intermediate pilot training at NAS Jacksonville in early 1942. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney R-1340-49 Wasp radial engine, it had a maximum speed of 205 U.S. Navy photosTraining aircraft on the NAS Jacksonville apron, June 21, 1942. Planes closest to the camera are North American SNJ Texan intermediate flight trainers.Those beyond include the Stearman N2S primary flight trainers and the Ryan NR-1 pri mary flight trainers. By 1942, the station was assigned 85 SNJ-3 Texans, 208 N2S Stearmans and 100 NR-1 Ryans. Through 1943, the airfield averaged two takeoffs and landings every minute of every day. By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorEntomologist James Dill and I serve on a board at United Technologies Center, a technical school in Bangor, Maine. He also is a state representative. That much Iknew. However, when Jim casually mentioned during a meeting that he used to keep bed bugs as pets, I was curious. Okay, I was stunned. I was curious and stunned in the way that I amwhen I watch a scary movie with one hand ready to cover my eyes or ears or both. Bed bugs as pets? How did he feed them? I couldnt wrap my mind around it. And thats when I knew we had to invite Dr. Dill to aDinner with the Smileys. Even though my husband is now home from deploy ment, which was the original setup for Dinner with the Smileys (our weekly dinner guests filled Dustins empty seat at thetable), the boys and I grew so accus tomed to getting to know someone over a shared meal that the tradition has continued. In the past few months, weve had dinner with a Djiboutian thatDustin worked with overseas; Major David Cote, who spearheads The Summit Project to honor fallen soldiers; and a brother and sister who are both blind. Whenever the boys meet someone interesting, they ask, Can we have that person to dinner? Currently on their bucket list of invitees are: someone from L.L. Bean, a farmer (becauseLindell, 7, wants to be one), and Will Farrell (naturally). The boys had not met Jim yet, but once he started talking about snakes, turtles and chinchillas, I knew they had to. We met at The Family Dog in Orono first, because, as Ford, 13, pointed out, if were going to look at bugs, I need to eat first. Over baskets of hotdogs and French fries, Jim told the boys about his job. Through the Cooperative Extension at the University of Maine, Jim and his coworkers help farmers identifyand control pests that might destroy crops. Even the smallest of insects the teeny ones wed see in vials in Jims office later can cost farmers thousands of dollars. But Owen, 11, wanted to know about something else, something that can cause grown men to cry those spiders found on docks that are so big, they look like they need to be shot, notsquished. According to Jim, those are Fisher spiders. The name is not a misnomer. They actually eat fish. If youve ever seen one, you believe this. After dinner, we followed Jim to his office. Almost immediately, my skin began to crawl. The boys delighted in tickling my arm and making me jump. Near the door, we met residentturtles, hand ed over by people who once kept them as pets. The Cooperative Extension gets many surrendered insects and reptiles, some of them coming from the Game Warden Service. Next we met Lola the chinchilla, a rodent native to the Andes.So far, so good everything seemed rela tively normal. Then Jim took us into the insect room, which I smelled before the door opened. Later, when Jim put a hissing cockroach under my nose, I learned the odor was roach feces. (I hopeyou werent eating breakfast.) But dont get too excited I was not going to hold a cockroach. At one point, the cockroach flew out of Jims hand andonto photographer Andrea Hands back. Theres a great picture of that online, too. Owen held a stick insect, and all the boys pet a liz ard. Ford, however, made frequent trips to the hall way, where he doused his hands in antibacterial gel. Ford does not want to be afarmer. We also saw preserved butterflies that date back to the 1800s, and we got to look at ticks under a micro scope. Wait, what about Jims pets? Well, they are dead now, saved in a regular Tupperware dish with DO NOT OPEN BED BUGS written on the outside. When they were alive, the bedbugs stayed in vials with a mesh screen on one end. Jim put the mesh against his skin to let them feed on his blood. He never got bites. But how do you get someone to, um, bug sit whenyou go on vacation? Turns out no one else wanted to feed Jims bed bugs, so he had to let the colony die. I cant say I was disappointed. I survived the insect room and the lab where pre served tarantulas float in bottles of liquid, but before we said goodbye to Jim, the boys had one more fun surprise. They put aplastic spider on my head and let it fall into the back of my shirt. If you heard screams echoing from Orono it was me. I hope my boys will always remember Jims mes sage about saving crops and preventing tick bites. So far, their take-home is this: Dr. Dill is a really fun and smart guy with themost unusual pets. Also, roach poo smells. From the HomefrontDinner with an entomologist This Week in Navy HistoryPhoto by MC2 Damian BergYN2 Demario Smith places a wreath at the USS Stark Memorial at Naval Station Mayport May 16, during the


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By Lt. j.g. Joseph JohannesVP-45 Public AffairsThe Pelicans of VP-45 were all present at historic Hanger 117, aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville May 15 at the squadrons change of command ceremony. Steeped in naval his tory, the time-honored tradition saw Cmdr. John Brabazon pass the reigns to his executive offi cer, Cmdr. T. J. Grady. Since assuming com mand during the Pelicans most recent 7th fleet deploy ment to Kadena Airbase in Okinawa, Japan, Brabazon led the Pelicans through a chal lenging last month, of deploy ment, completing all objectives set before the team during an extremely high operational tempo. Upon their return to NAS Jax, the squadron said good-bye to the venerable P-3C Orion and began their transition to the Navys newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon. It has been a high privilege to serve in the Pelican Family for the past two years. To serve at this level, with a good friend whom Ive known since the sec ond grade, has been tremen dous, said Brabazon. Cmdr. Grady will lead the Pelicans to new heights as they prepare for their upcoming deployment to 7th Fleet. I wish him, and his bride Christine, all the success in the future, he added. Grady will not only see the Pelicans through the remain der of their Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle, but also lead the Pelicans on their next deployment as they return to Okinawa in early 2015. It has been an honor to serve with John over the past year, said Grady, Assignments such as these can be fast and furious, so it was great having that base friendship to fall back on when challenges arose. Joining Gradys leadership team as executive officer will be Cmdr. John Weidner, who will help to prepare the Pelicans for the challenges that await them on deployment. The Pelicans wish the Brabazon family fair winds and following Seas as they move on to their next tour of duty. From the NAS Jax All Officers Spouses ClubThe NAS Jax All Officers Spouses Club is sponsoring three $1,000 scholarships based on scholarship merit and community service. Eligibility: U.S. Navy active/ reserve duty and active/reserve duty dependents who are currently in their senior year of high school or a high school graduate, attached to NAS Jacksonville and planning to attend an accredited college in the fall of 2014 or spring of 2015. Scholarships are to be used only for tuition and tuition-based fees charged by the college and will be sent to the college. Three scholarships will be awarded; each in the amount $1,000 one active duty, one offi cer dependent, and one enlisted dependent. Criteria: Recipients will be selected on scholarship merit and community service. Deadline for application is June 7. Selection of recipients will be made by June 30. Scholarship application may be picked up at NAS Jacksonville Navy College Office or found on-line at: tent/uploads/CHP-ScholarshipApplication3-14.pdf. You may submit the application by mail to: NAS Jax All Officers Spouses Club, c/o Mrs. Pam Undersander, 5065 Mustin Road, Jacksonville FL 32212. Questions may be sent to nasjax aosc@gmail.comNeither the NAS Jacksonville, U.S. Navy, nor any other part of the fed eral government officially endorses any company, sponsor or its products or services. From StaffThe local Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) chapters are hosting a Physical Fitness Jamboree event May 28 from 1 3 p.m. at Sea King Park on Allegheny Road near the NAS Jax Birmingham gate. Events will include Frisbee football, soccer, corn hole, tug-o-war, and more. Navy Fitness will also be demonstrating fitness pro grams and exercises. CSADD is all about Shipmates Helping Shipmates. Learn what you can do to develop our Navys junior Sailors by supporting your chapter of CSADD. Grady takes command at VP-45Photos courtesy of VP-45 Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 Capt. Sean Liedman congratulates Cmdr. John Brabazon and Cmdr. T. J. Grady at their May 15 change of command aboard NAS Jacksonville. New Pelican Commanding Officer Cmdr. T.J. Grady has his command pin put on his uniform by his wife, Christine.CSADD fitness event at Sea King Park May 28College scholarships deadline is June 7 4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014


By MC1 Greg JohnsonNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsPatrick Powers and Kathy Johnson accepted the 2013 Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Senior and Junior Civilian of the Year awards, respec tively, during a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville May 14. As the regions deputy mission sustainment officer, Powers plays a leadership role in encroachment pre vention, mitigation and operational assurance. Throughout the year, he led multiple initiatives central to the success of the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Readiness Divisions Compatibility, Readiness and Sustainment Team, the South Texas Wind Turbine Mitigation Response Team, the Navy Region Southeast/DoD Energy Clearing House Regional Coordination Team, and the Space Florida Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Team. His efforts led to the development and implementa tion of flowcharts defining team tasks, sequencing and deliverables. Mr. Powers exemplary performance of tasks beyond expectations and his professional attitude toward self and others is universally recognized by juniors, seniors and peers, said Dave Dahl, Powers supervisor. His professionalism and dedication are reflected in his actions across all echelons and throughout the entire region. He is highly deserving of this honor, and I could not ask for a better teammate. Powers said it was a privilege to accept the award. I am truly humbled by the honor of this selection, Powers said. There are so many outstanding performers on the CNRSE staff. I am blessed to work for an immediate supervisor who sets a superb example, and gives me total support in my efforts. I am also surrounded in the office by a group of unequalled professionals, who not only demonstrate great technical expertise, but are enjoyable to work with as well, which makes each day a pleasure. Johnson is a police academy instructor at the Regional Training Academy. Throughout the past year, she was instrumental in writing a sexual assault response lesson plan and a suicide response lesson plan designed to raise aware ness about warning signs. This education was approved and adopted through out all of Commander, Navy Installations Command. Kathy Johnson is one of those employees that you hope and pray gets assigned to you, said Max Tinsley, Johnsons supervisor. She has the highest standards for herself and any one who works around her. The care and attention she gives her students is reflected in the praise she receives on student comment sheets. Her profession alism and desire for others to succeed reflect credit upon her, the region and the Navy. Johnson said it was an honor to receive the award and attributed much of her success to her supervisors. I feel truly honored to be chosen as the CNRSE Junior Civilian of the Year, Johnson said. As a police officer instructor at the Regional Training Academy, Im able to combine the two things that I enjoy: law enforcement and teaching. I am also very fortunate to work for supervisors that have sup ported me as I have challenged myself to improve the training that we provide at the academy. I sincerely appreciate having been recognized for my efforts to help others. Individual selection criteria for the awards was based upon exemplary performance of tasks, contri butions that enhanced organization accomplishment of command objectives, mission, teamwork or public image, and ones professional attitude toward self and others. CNRSE honors civilians of the year Kathy Johnson Patrick Powers Improving lives. Curing type 1 diabetes (T1D). JOIN TODAY! 800-45-DUCKS A CFC participant provided as a public serviceContinental Conservation: You Make it Happen JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 5


6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 By Kaylee LaRocqueFleet Readiness Center Southeast Public AffairsArtisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment (DET) Mayport are diligently overhauling sev eral MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAV) to meet the deploy ment needs of the fleet. The U.S. Navy currently has an inventory of 23 Fire Scouts based at Webster Field Annex, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The aircraft, assigned to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Commander, Naval Air Forces, deploy on board guided missile frigates providing intelligence, sur veillance and reconnaissance (ISR). The MQ-8B will also deploy on littoral combat ships (LCS) as part of the anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface warfare/ mine countermeasures mis sion package. Navy requirements call for four Fire Scouts being deployed on frigates and one on the LCS, said Jon Stafford, FRCSE business operations manager. The fleet will deploy one Fire Scout at a time on board the LCSs during their 16-month deployments and swaps them out at the eight-month mark for a material condition and air craft corrosion inspection. Stafford explained that the program office and Fleet Support Team are working to repackage the current depot specification to better integrate with the LCS 16-month deploy ment concept of operation. This will likely include depot field teams to perform assess ments in-theater and evaluate the aircraft for continued oper ation at sea. Currently, the ship pulls in, the aircraft are sent to the depot for a full aircraft con dition inspection (ACI), said Stafford. Having the Fleet Readiness Centers close to the operator and ships, expedites the ACI process. To date, artisans at FRCSE DET Mayport have overhauled four Fire Scouts and have com pleted stand-alone modifica tions on 10 other aircraft since June 2013. The program was first intro duced here in early 2013 when Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) needed help in sup porting field modification work in the Indian Ocean aboard deployed ships, said FRCSE Vertical Lift Integrated Product Team Deputy Manager Bill McGorty. After working with Program Manager Air 266 on that sup port, we were asked to perform ACIs on the Fire Scouts, con tinued McGorty. We expect to work on up to eight aircraft each year at Naval Station (NS) Mayport for ACI and associated modifications. Upon arrival at the NS Mayport hangar, artisans dis assemble the aircraft to deter mine the depth of rework needed. The aircraft is broken up into four different zones including the engine, propul sion, drive train and avion ics. All major components are removed by field experts, inspected, tagged and docu mented for storage. After fur ther inspection by aircraft examiners and evaluators, they are either reissued back to the aircraft or deemed unusable and new parts are ordered. If the parts arent available, they must be specifically made for the Fire Scout, explained FRCSE DET Mayport Site FRCSE KEEPS FI RE SC OUT S RE A D Y F O R CR U C IAL M I SS ION S Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport Electonic Integrated Systems Mechanic Robert Roselle (right) and Juan Lega, electronic integrated systems technician, conduct electrostatic discharge as they inventory, tag and prepare parts for long-term storage during the overhaul on March 13. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport Sheet Metal Aircraft Examiner Tony Vazquez inspects a sponson (housing unit to carry pods or weapons) for corrosion on the MQ-8B Fire Scout. Mike Salinas, a sheet metal mechanic at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport, repairs a fire shield for the MQ-8B Fire Scout. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport Aircraft Mechanic Murphy Murray wraps parts removed from the MQ-8B Fire Scout which are stored or shipped for further inspection during the overhaul process. Anthony Rini, a sheet metal mechanic at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport, drills a skin panel to fix a corro sion area on the aircraft. See FIRE SCOUT, Page 7


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 7 Manager Noel Green. Our inspectors [sheet metal, avionics, electrical and mechanic] check each individual part on the air craft for corrosion, broken parts and bad wiring. The Fire Scouts have many hours of flying time at sea, so we are finding many corrosion issues. Artisans reas semble the aircraft once everything passes inspection. Then we test the wiring and ship it back to Webster Field for ground and flight testing. According to McGorty, the process is set to take 120 days. The fleet, with so few assets, has put a great deal of demand on FRCSE, as well as FRCE, to provide assets for deployment, he said. Our folks at Mayport have risen to the challenge and worked within the required turnaround time to get the fleet what it needs. Recent short turnaround times required seven-days-a-week work schedules through the Christmas break and our team came through with flying colors to meet the challenge. Another challenge for the artisans was to learn the intricate components of the new aircraft. PMA-266 contracted with Northrup Grumman Corporation which built the Fire Scouts to provide technical advice and training to the FRCSE team. We normally work on the H-60 helo line and have had to learn a whole new system, said Green. When we were tasked with this requirement, we put together a special team to work specifically on the Fire Scout. Tech reps from Northrup Grumman came in to give us familiarization classes and on-the-job training. It worked well getting hands-on training while overhauling our first Fire Scout. Our counterparts at FRCE have worked on these aircraft longer than we have, so we also collaborate with them when issues arise and we need assistance, he added. In May, the team expects to earn their declaration of capability, which according to McGorty means that FRCSE has the capability to perform ACI and modifi cation work on the MQ-8B Fire Scout and have a pro cess in place to meet fleet requirements when called upon. The aircraft have since been deployed to Afghanistan and Africa for ISR purposes. During the 2011 military intervention in Libya, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42 (now Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 72 based at NAS Jacksonville operated two Fire Scouts on board USS Halyburton (FFG-40) as part of Operation Unified Protector. Between 2006 and 2013, the Fire Scouts flew more than 8,000 hours, with more than half in real-world operations on ships and land. Photos by Kaylee LaRocqueFleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport Supervisor Noel Green (right) discusses the workload with Aircraft Mechanic William Stewart. Green oversees all aspects of repairs for the MQ-8B Fire Scout and SH-60 helicopters. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport Sheet Metal Mechanic Alex Harbelis drills out rivets on a panel off the MQ-8B Fire Scout. Aircraft worker Bruce Grimes removes a gear box from the MQ-8B Fire Scout during the overhaul. Jaime DeJesus, a machinist with Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport, measures a transmission shaft from one of the MQ-8B Fire Scouts for wear and tolerance limits. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport Sheet Metal Mechanic Anthony Rini works on one of the two MQ-8B Fire Scouts aircraft being completely overhauled by the FRCSE Team at Naval Station Mayport. FIRE SCOUTFrom Page 6Les Huber, an aircraft examiner at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport, inspects components and wiring on the MQ-8B Fire Scout for corrosion and wear and tear. FRCSE Detachment Mayport Aviation Electrician Sully Baudelaire searches for discrepancies in the wiring of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. He then heat shrinks tubing to protect the harnesses to provide insulation to the wiring. Larry Decaires, an aircraft mechanic at FRCSE Detachment Mayport, removes a tailpipe from the MQ-8B Fire Scout. Decaires' job is to remove all external parts on the fuselage, so the aircraft examiners can check for corro sion inside the aircraft.


our service members the recognition they deserve. I think every day should be military appreciation day, Crenshaw continued. We thank you not only for what you do in foreign lands but thank you for your leadership and involvement in your com munities. Thank you for the work you do coaching that little league team, volun teering as a mentor or assisting an elderly veteran. Id also like to pay tribute to those quiet unsung heroes, said Crenshaw. The folks who work on the tanks, drive the trucks, stand the watch, cook the food, those who make sure the planes are in the air and the ships are on the seas. The work they do allows those people on the pointy end of the spear to perform their jobs well. Dont ever think that goes unrecognized. When Crenshaw concluded his remarks, Gibson and West announced AM1(AW) Jared White of VP-45 and YN1 Kathie Scott of HSM-72 as the recipients of this years VyStar Award for Military Excellence. This is such a great honor, said Scott. This also recognizes the hard work and dedication of my team and all weve accomplished. Also recognized were 25 Sailors from NAS Jacksonville and its tenant com mands, as well as a Marine from Blount Island Command and several Soldiers from Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. Each received a plaque and gifts from Clay County area businesses in appreciation for their outstanding service. I think its a great day to recognize and acknowledge all those who put forth efforts overseas and here at home, said AWV2(NAC/AW) Amanda Johnson of VP-30. I really appreciate Clay County honoring us for our contributions. AE3 Christina Jenkins of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast echoed that sentiment. Im really excited about this. Its really nice to be here today and to be recognized by Clay County, she said.worst weather conditions and mitigate any damage to navy faciltities that may occur. During the 2014 HURREX we will exercise command and control (C2) from a central Emergency Operations Center at our headquarters aboard NAS Jacksonville and in the field, which this year is NAS Jacksonville standing in for NAS Corpus Christi and NAS Kingsville for this exercise, said Vargas. We deployed a CERT here locally to practice deployment procedures. NAVFAC CERTs are a key part of the overall base recovery efforts after a storm, Vargas stated. CERTs consist of one or more DATs as well as construction support teams to administer contingency contracts, if any. DATs are made up of personnel who enable installation facility repair efforts. The teams consist of active duty civil engineer corps officers, civilian engineers, architects, project manag ers, facilities managers and contract specialists. The CERT is a compilation of experts and capabilities resident within NAVFAC Southeast, said Vargas. Before the assembled team deployed to the Public Works Department at NAS Jacksonville, NAVFAC Southeast Contingency Engineer Don Maconi, offered words of encouragement and focus to the CERT members. As you deploy, first and foremost, be safe, said Maconi. The intent today is to get as much training accomplished as we can. This is a great training opportunity. So as you go about your assessments if you think of something that can improve our processes, document it and include it in your after-action reports. The CERT deploys with some pretty high tech equipment including handheld repeater radios, GPS-enabled dig ital cameras and a bus outfitted as a mobile command post (MCP) filled with laptops, a fax machine, weather equip ment and other items. We use several communications means through our MCP to relay criti cal damage assessment information, said Vargas. We have satellite abilities, wireless communications, facsimile, scanning, NMCI (Navy Marine Corps Internet) and commercial Internet and email capabilities. The C2 features streamline the pro cess of getting engineering assessment data of damage to headquarters offi cials, allowing NAVFAC leadership to make engineering recommendations to CNIC with the end goal of getting the damaged base repaired and fully mis sion capable in short order. As CERT members, we are charged with the responsibility to support installation and combatant command ers response efforts and work to ensure the affected installation can return to normal operations as quickly as pos sible, said Maconi. These tools help us complete our mission. CERT capabilities have been dem onstrated as teams were sent to Navy installations in the Gulf Coast Region after Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. Members of the team also deployed to assist with disaster assessments in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and after Hurricane Isaac impacted Louisiana in August 2012 and most recently for the torrential storms that impacted NAS Pensacola April 29-30. CERTFrom Page 1 Photo by Earl BittnerNaval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Damage Assessment Team Blue team lead Eric Cannon (left) briefs his team as they get ready to assess simulated damage to Building 952. Pictured from the left are Cannon, Electrical Engineer Chris Duguid, Civil Engineer Fred Burns and IPT South Atlantic Architect Bruce Phillips as they go out on mission during the hur ricane exercise conducted May 5-15. CLAY COUNTYFrom Page 1 Photo by Kaylee LaRocqueVyStar Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer Terry West (right) presents YN1 Kathie Scott of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 72 with the VyStar Credit Union Award for Military Excellence dur ing the annual Clay County Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Luncheon. Photo by MC1 Greg JohnsonTracking severe weather threatsEllis Bowler, Navy Region Southeast current operations officer, speaks to the region's Crisis Action Team during a daily operations brief as part of HURREX/ Citadel Gale 2014 on board NAS Jacksonville. HURREX/Citadel Gale is an annual U.S. Fleet Forces Command/Commander, Navy Installations Command exercise designed to test the region's ability to track, prepare for and respond to hurricanes should they threaten installations in the Southeast. Photo by MC2 Amanda CabasosNavy College Office celebratesNAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker and NAS Jax Navy College Office Director Vicki OToole participate in a cake-cutting ceremony held at the base Navy College Office to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Voluntary Education (VOLED) Program. Navy College Offices around the world are having education fairs and other celebrations to mark the anniver sary. OToole said, "The event is important because it recognizes that VOLED Program brought together education services and education benefits to help Sailors meet their personal and professional goals. We are celebrating 40 years of helping Sailors navigate their education. We also help spouses with their educational goals. 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014


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By Twilla SmithNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsYN1(SW/AW) Abdul Beyah and YN3(SW/AW) Reaunta Evans were awarded Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Senior and Junior Sailor of the Second Quarter 2014 at an awards cer emony on May 14. As regional operations sup port assistant yeoman in the CNRSE Navy Mobilization and Processing Site (NMPS) depart ment, Beyah is responsible for regional reserve unit assign ment billets. During the quar ter, he completed five reserve unit personnel move requests and ensured required reserve billets were filled. As the command Drug and Alcohol Program Adviser, he manag es the commands substance abuse prevention program. In addition, Beyah is working toward an associates degree of applied science in criminal justice. YN1 Beyah is one of my top Sailors. I appreciate his will ingness to step into roles of leadership and to take on any task, said AZC(AW) Scott Battle, Beyahs supervisor. He has earned the title of Senior Sailor of the Quarter, second quarter, and it is welldeserved. Beyah said his depart ments continued support have been instrumental to his suc cess. I am truly honored to have been selected SOQ. It gives me great pleasure in having the opportunity to represent N1 and CNRSE, he said. This opportunity was only possible because of the dedi cated Sailors and civilians that I work beside each and every day. So, I accept this selection on behalf of them. In addition to his primary duties, Beyah is also the First Class Petty Officer Association president. Throughout the quarter, he helped organize monthly fundraisers to help support command morale activities throughout the year. Evans serves as a yeoman in the Navy Region Southeast flag admin, where she is the awards clerk for the command. In addition to her flag admin duties, Evans was recent ly selected to be the regional command master chiefs exec utive assistant. Evans planned five tempo rary active duty trips to various installations throughout the region as a part of her executive assistant duties. Recently, she completed the Big Brother/Big Sister registration process and is waiting for the assignment of her Little Sister. Although only on board for five months, petty officer Evans has rapidly established herself as a valued member of the Flag Admin Team, said YNCS(SW/ AW) Yolanda Walls, Evans supervisor. She has proven that I can rely upon her to independent ly resolve customer requests with pride and professional ism. Her performance has made an immediate impact on the staff and the 17 installa tions assigned throughout the region. Evans said it was an honor to be selected for such an award, and that receiving it motivates her to keep striving higher. Being selected as Junior Sailor of the Quarter is a direct reflection of my leadership, she said. When you have great lead ers it provides a good path to follow in becoming a great leader in the future. Individual selection crite ria for the awards was based upon exemplary performance of tasks, contributions that enhanced organization accom plishment of command objec tives, mission, teamwork or public image, and ones profes sional attitude toward self and others. By Ensign Mark BadenThe Fighting Tigers of VP-8, on deployment to Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa, El Salvador, supported the Love and Hope Childrens Home in San Salvador during a May 10 com munity outreach event. The Sailors took 21 children to a local movie theatre for a matinee and lunch. The Fighting Tigers also delivered 300 pounds of dona tions from VP-47 that included school supplies, clothes and toys for the children. It was a joy to spend an afternoon with the kids from Love and Hope, said Lt. j.g. Paxie Cordova, a pilot with VP-8. You could see that they really enjoyed the movies, as well as the new clothes and toys. Love and Hope was estab lished in 2003 after outreach workers discovered abused, abandoned and neglected children with nowhere safe to live. Since then, deployed VP squadrons have regularly pro vided food, shelter, education, and love to more than 30 chil dren. The movie outing was a special treat for the kids, said Rachel Sanson, director and founder of the home. We greatly appreciate their gener ous donations and continued support for the Love and Hope Childrens Home. During their current deploy ment, VP-8 has raised more than $5,000 for community outreach events and donated over 2,000 pounds of clothes and supplies. Lt. Joel Pena, VP-8 com munity relations coordina tor, commented, This is our eighth visit with the Love and Hope children, and each visit is as much fun for us as it is for them. We cherish the oppor tunity to reach out to the local community and make a differ ence. The Fighting Tigers, home based at NAS Jacksonville, are currently deployed to the 4th and 5th Fleet areas of respon sibility, assisting in Counter Transnational Organized Crime efforts and providing humanitarian assistance. From the Office of the Chief of InformationGeneral Courts-Martial Chad Jeffrey, USN pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. On April 10, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-3, and confinement for 7 months. was tried for sexual contact and assault consummated by a battery. On April 23, a panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty. Special Courts-Martial Donald Hudson, USN was tried for unauthorized absences, failure to obey orders, and wrongful use of marijuana. On April 1, the military judge returned a verdict of guilty for an unauthorized absence, failure to obey orders, and wrongful use of marijuana. The military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge and confinement for 45 days. CNRSE announces Senior, Junior Sailors of the QuarterYN1(SW/AW) Abdul Beyah YN3(SW/AW) Reaunta EvansVP squadrons reach out with love and hope in El SalvadorPhoto by Ensign Mark Baden Sailors from VP-8 took 21 children of Love and Hope Children's Home to a movie matinee and lunch on May 10. Also, 300 pounds of school supplies, clothes and toys from VP-47 were donated to the home. Navy Region Southeast Special and General Courts-Martial for April From StaffVyStar Credit Union recently donated $15,000 to Appreciation Night May 28 at Adventure Landing on Beach Blvd. near the Intracoastal waterway. This is the eighth year that VyStar has been the title sponsor of his event for Sailors and family members, said USO Executive Director Mike OBrien at his office near the main gate of NAS Jacksonville. We cant do what we do without companies like VyStar that step forward and make a difference for area service members. And thats important to orga nizations like USO that is completely self-funded. OBrien said the gates will open at 6 p.m. for military fun seekers who can enjoy go-carts, miniature golf, laser tag, video games and much more.USO Night at Adventure Landing May 28 A CFC Participant provided as a public service. While he works to defend our country, St. Jude works to save his son from a deadly disease.St. Jude patient, Aaron, with his father Lieutenant Commander, Scott 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014


24/7 Nurse Advice Line availableBy Jeanne CaseyNaval Hospital Jacksonville Deputy Public Affairs Officer A new 24/7 Nurse Advice Line is now available. Call 800-TRICARE (800-8742273) and select option 1 for help with urgent care, day or night including holidays. A registered nurse (RN) assesses symptoms, can direct patients to care, and assist with selfcare. Nurses can advise par ents about childrens medi cal issues, as well. The Nurse Advice Line is staffed by nurses who give medical advice and cus tomer service staff who verify TRICARE eligibility. If needed, staff can connect the patient with the mili tary treatment facility for an urgentcare appointment, or make a referral to urgent care in the TRICARE network. The Nurse Advice Line works togeth er with our Medical Home Port teams existing resources our local appoint ment lines and secure email to con nect you to the care you need, when you need it, said Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Gayle Shaffer. Our care teams are wholly focused on meeting all of your health needs: preventive, routine and urgent. Appointment lines remain the same. At the hospital, call 904-542-4677 or 800-529-4677, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Branch Health Clinic (BHC) Jacksonville for active duty, call 904546-7094/7095, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hospital is open extended hours in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics: Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patients can securely email their doctor for non-urgent issues, with RelayHealth. Sign up at www.relay or the command web site. To see photos of the doc tors at the hospital and branch clinics, go to the command website click on Medical Home Port and select a team. NH Jacksonville is an early adopter of the Nurse Advice Line, which is rolling out across the military health system in the U.S. this spring. Most TRICARE beneficiaries are eligible to use the Nurse Advice Line including TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, TRICARE Prime Remote for Active Duty Family Members, TRICARE Standard and Extra, TRICARE Young Adult, TRICARE For Life, TRICARE Reserve Select and TRICARE Retired Reserve. To find out more about NH Jacksonville, visit the command web site at NavalHospitalJax Ideal for teen driversFrom Cape Fox Professional ServicesStatistically speaking, new drivers are more likely to be involved in an acci dent or receive a ticket within the first 12 months of obtaining their drivers license. As a parent of a new driver, that can cause a lot of worry and sleepless nights. What can you do about it? NAS Jax Safety Office has set aside a Driver Improvement Class specifically for dependent, young drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 years old. They do not have to have a drivers license to attend. This class will offer safety tips, how to respond to driving emergencies, bring awareness to risks of driving and much more. There will be videos and driver quizzes concluding with a multiplechoice drivers test. There will not be any time behind the wheel of a vehicle, only a classroom ses sion. Participants receive AAA Driver Improvement Class completion certifi cates. Drink and snack machines are available. If you feel your teen can benefit from driving tips presented by professional instructors, sign them up for this Driver Improvement Class. Call Linda at the base safety office 542-3082 or Cindy at 542-2584. The class will take place at NAS Jax Building 1, on June 13, from 8 a.m. 1 p.m. Driver improvement class June 13 Photo by Jacob Sippel Navy Nurse Corps birthdayCapt. Brenda Baker (right) and Ensign Larissa Hoehn, representing Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles most senior and junior nurses, cut the ceremonial cake during the Navy Nurse Corps' 106th Birthday celebration May 13 at the hospi tal. Each year, Navy Nurse Corps birthday celebrations coincide with National Nurses Week celebrated May 6-12 in commemoration of the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing. Photo by Jacob SippelNaval Hospital awards quartersCapt. Gayle Shaffer (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding offi cer, presents the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal to HM3 Jonathan Blue during an awards ceremony at the hospital on May 16. Other award recipients included: Lt. Kyleigh Hupfl (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); Cmdr. Andy Steczo (Joint Service Achievement Medal); HM1 Almonetta Jackson (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); HM1 Patrick Lumas (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); and HM2Matthew Murch (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal). JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 11


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NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander assists the base MWD K9 unit with bite work training. He played the bad guy during an inspection of the NAS Jax Kennel facility as Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler MA2 Andrew Barnhart of the base security department monitors the training scenario. Undersander said, MWD teams are a true force multiplier to the base in regard to security. The handlers are consummate professionals who aid Jacksonville personnel and forces abroad. We are fortunate to have them as part of our base security team, he added. Photos by Shannon LeonardWoof and Walk (Above) On a breezy and beautiful Saturday morning 27 dogs and their owners participated in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sponsored Woof and Walk on May 10. The two-mile fun walk/run took place near the base Veterinary Treatment Facility. Water, dog treats and prizes were provided by MWR. (Right) Army Spc. Lee Dean and his furry family member, Pedro, cross the finish line first during the annual MWR Woof and Walk. Pedro received a bucket full of dog treats and toys for leading the pack. Photos by MC2 Amanda CabasosMA1 Andrew Barnhart of NAS Jax Security Department assists NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander with putting on a bite suit at the base kennel on May 12. (Standing left) NAS Jax CMDCM(AW/SW) Teri Mcintyre and NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander (3rd from right) gather with the base MWD K9 unit after an inspection of the NAS Jax kennel facility. NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander experiences a takedown by Military Working Dog (MWD) Doly, as MWD handlers MA1(EXW) Keith Danalewich (right) and MA2 Andrew Barnhart (left) of NAS Jax Security Department monitor the scene.Skipper trains with NAS Jax Military Working Dogs JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 13


Photos by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesCO welcomes Navy wives(Above) NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander greets 46 delegates from Navy Wives Club of America during their Eastern Region Convention held at the Officers Club on May 15. (At right) The Navy Wives Club of America presented NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander with an appreciation award for inviting the organization to host their annual eastern region conference on the installation. Photos by Jacob SippelPRAN Darson Patel (left), assigned to Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles phar macy department, and Capt. Gayle Shaffer, NH Jacksonville commanding officer, cut a ceremonial cake on May 14, celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The month recognizes the challenges faced by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians for their vital contributions to the American story.Celebrating Asian-Pacific cultureMembers of Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles diversity committee perform musical selections during the May 14 Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month celebration of the culture, traditions and history of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. By Lt. Kym Murphy, JAGCLegal Assistance Attorney, Pensacola Legal Assistance Office, RLSO SEIf you have debt, you should be aware of your rights and the rules that debt collectors have to follow when trying to collect a debt from you under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Mainly designed to elim inate abusive, deceptive and unfair collection practices by debt collectors under the FDCPA, a debt collector is someone who regularly collects debts owed to others. This includes collec tion agencies, lawyers who collect debts on a regular basis, and compa nies that buy delinquent debts and then try to collect them. What types of debts are covered? The FDCPA specifically covers debt you incurred for personal, fam ily, or household purposes. This means things like a personal credit card account, an auto loan, a medical bill, and your mortgage, but it doesnt cover debts you incurred to run a business. What are my protections? Once youve figured out that your debt qualifies under the FDCPA, and that the person/company trying to collect from you is regulated by the FDCPA, then you know that that per son/company has to play by the fol lowing rules: 1) Communications. A debt col lector may not communicate with you or your spouse at any unusu al time (before 8 a.m.or after 9 p.m. in your time zone) or at any place that is inconvenient to you. This includes your place of employment. Furthermore, if the debt collector knows you have hired an attorney, then all contact has to be with your attorney and not you. If you refuse to pay a debt or request that the debt col lector stops contacting you in writing, then the debt collector must cease all further communication. 2) Validation of Debts. A debt col lector must provide you with certain basic information within 5 days of first contacting you. This information specifically includes the amount of the debt, the name of the creditor you owe, that you have 30 days to dispute Debt collectors are calling How does the FDCPA help me?See DEBT, Page 15 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014


the debt before it is assumed valid, that if you dispute in writing they will send you a verification of the debt, and that if the original creditor is different from the current creditor (i.e. your debt was sold), then you can request in writing to know the identity of the original creditor. 3) Prohibited Practices. A debt collector may not harass, oppress, or abuse any person. This specifically includes using obscene or profane language, threat ening violence, repeatedly calling your phone, or not identifying themselves. Also, a debt collector may not use any false, deceptive, or misleading representa tions. This includes claiming to work for the govern ment, claiming to be an attorney, using a fake name, or an inaccurate representation of what you owe. Last, a debt collector may not use unfair means to collect a debt from you. This means that a debt collector can not collect any additional interest not permitted by law, ask for a postdated check, call you collect or use a postcard to contact you. Where do I report a debt collector for a violation? You can submit a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at http://www.consum or with the Better Business Bureau at You can also report any problems to your state Attorney Generals Office, or you can sue them in court.For more information or to find the legal assistance office closest to you, contact any of our offices listed at east.htm. DEBTFrom Page 14 CNO explains Navys compensation reform at congressional hearingBy MCC Julianne MetzgerChief of Naval Operations (CNO) testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee encouraging Congress to accept and implement the Department of Defense (DoD) bud get proposal recommendation to slow growth of service members pay and compensation. We cannot sustain our current per sonnel cost trajectory, said Greenert. We need to address this problem sooner rather than later. Greenert stated both he and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens heard in their travels around the fleet, a vast major ity of Sailors and families believe that their compensation matches well with their civilian counterparts. Since 2001, Navy manpower has shrunk significantly due to the elim ination of 25 ships from the fleet. Meanwhile, rising personnel costs have spiked which have been a burden on the Navys ability to balance invest ments, said Greenert. Our Sailors and families are not enthusiastic about compensation reform, said Greenert. However, he added, they were clear that their quality of service their work environ ment needs to improve. The DoD proposed compensation reforms are estimated to generate a savings to the Navy of $123 million in fiscal year 2015 and $3.1 billion over the Future Years Defense Plan. I intend to reinvest any and all of these savings into Sailor Quality of Service enhancements, Greenert said. He said quality of service enhance ments resulting from proposed budget savings include: increasing sea pay, critical skills incentive pays; improv ing and constructing barracks, train ing buildings, MWR and fitness cen ters; providing school and trainings; purchasing tactical trainers and simu lators; purchasing spare parts, tools and providing more maintenance opportunities. All of these reinvestments address dissatisfiers in our Sailors qual ity of service, said Greenert. These enhancements help Sailors get their jobs done effectively and safely, while addressing our critical manning, training and equipping challenges. If Congress denies authority for the DoD compensation savings propos als, the Navy would be unable to enact Sailor quality of service improvements. There would also be an addition al bill of $4 billion resulting from pay raises. Greenert said that would com pel the Navy to reduce readiness, ship building and aircraft procurement even further. Our Navy would be less ready, less modern and less able to execute the missions outlined in the Defense Strategic Guidance, said Greenert. During the hearing it was evident these budget decisions are tough, but necessary, Greenert explained. Under the current budget these choices are necessary to better balance Sailors needs to ensure the Navy remains for ward and ready, he said. Photo by MC2 Martin CareyChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert (center) testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 6 on the proposed Department of Defense budget and the potential slowing of growth to service members pay and compensation. With Greenert are Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos (left) and Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Photos by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesSailors spend time with eldersNAS Jax Sailors talk with residents at All Saints Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center during their visit for National Nursing Home Week. BM2 Miguel Sardinas (left) of NAS Jax Boat House, thanks Nobel Scrottins (right) for his 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy during a visit to the All Saints Nursing Home on May 12. NAS Jax Boat House Sailors, BM2 Miguel Sardinas (left) and BM3 Brandon Harrison (right) enjoy live music along with an All Saints Nursing Home resident. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 15


The cost Americans veterans have paid for us to be free, It is a price that should be so precious to you and me, When I see aSailor, Marine, Soldier, Airman or Coast Guard gal or guy, I get a tear in my eye, because defending our freedom is their big why. When we count all the wars that our American veterans have fought, Can todays Americans ever measure the freedom they have bought? Their sacrifice gave us the unbelievable lifestyle we enjoy today, Our veterans were there to serve, no matter the price they had to pay. I met a World War II veteran at the drugstore, As we talked, I could not wait for him to tell me more, When he talked about his buddies and I heard what he had to say, Wiping the tears from my eyes, thinking of the price they had to pay. I thanked him and his buddies for the sacrifice they gave, Fighting for our freedom, they were committed to save. Do we have this commitment for our freedom today? Does this truly reflect what we Americans do and say? Have we become weak through politicians hunger for power? While feeding us all the politically correct talk hour after hour. Are we giving up the battle for freedoms that our veterans have fought? Is trashing our American principles, what we have bought? Americas constitution is the foundation of our freedom, We all know this is something from which we must never deviate, We must honor our servicemen and women who fight, To protect our freedom and keep Americas light shining bright.~ By Billy Joe CateA salute to Americas veterans Seatbelt safety tips(From left) Patrolman Kenneth Mack, MA3 Orin Olds, and Danielle Kessenger, Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor from Wolfson Children's Hospital, manned an informational booth outside of the NAS Jax Commissary Courtyard May 14 to raise awareness for the "Click It or Ticket" seatbelt campaign and children car seat guidelines.Photo by AE2(AW) Samantha Jones 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 Lighthouse Property Management and Realty has a goal: to be your go-to company for all things related to buying, selling and renting real estate. Thats a lofty goal for a small group and a newly formed company. Owner and President of Lighthouse Property Management and Realty Chris Middlebrooks bought out the interests of other principals of PAR Property Management, a company for which he served as president. Middlebrooks recruited Charlie Henricks to come on board to grow their existing rental portfolio, to expand the scope of services offered and head up home sales for the reorganized company. Henricks had a working relationship with PAR as an agent for another brokerage firm. When Middlebrooks bought the company, the two men realized they had the same philosophy and goals. Charlie was very successful at renting properties for us, Middlebrooks said. When we sat down together to discuss where I want to take Lighthouse in terms of expanding our services, it was a good fit. We both have a genuine desire to help our clients. Charlie heads up our Real Estate Division and Business Development, adding that sales component to the property management services we already offered. As a leading property management company in Jacksonville, services offered by Lighthouse are extensive: Fill vacancies, advertise rentals, handle tenant inquiries, conduct background and credit history investigations, process applications, obtain signatures for leases, perform full-service repairs, collect rent, provide accounting and coordinate evictions. With the addition of Henricks to the team last September, Lighthouse now offers home sales services. Our Realty Division allows us to assist sellers and buy ers, Henricks said. We can help you sell your home, and we will help you purchase your home from short sales to first-time buyers to investment properties and everything in between. We also offer property management service for residential properties, too. And, if youre looking for a home to rent, we can help with that. Henricks, who has a degree in Civil Engineering, worked in the construction industry before deciding to transfer his people skills and negotiation expertise to the real estate sector. I had a desire to work one-on-one with people to help them achieve their goals of owning a home or investing in real estate, he said. I know the market and what it takes to get deals done. Ive worked hard to earn a reputation for doing what I say I will do. I believe in walking the walk. The overriding operating philosophy of Lighthouse Property Management and Realty is basically the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would want to be treated. We will do what it takes to earn the respect of those we serve, Middlebrooks said. When the papers are signed and the deal is complete, we want to be known as the company that got the job done to your complete sat isfaction, the company you will come back to when you need our services again. And, what makes that possible is that we take pride in what we do, and we respect our cli ents. We stand on our reputation and our integrity. For your property management and real estate needs, call Charlie Henricks at Lighthouse Property Management and Realty at (904) 531-4765. Let Lighthouse be your real estate guide Chris Middlebrooks Charlie Henricks


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 17 DeweysCall 542-3521 Freedom Lanes Bowling CenterCall 542-3493. Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 I.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318 The Vault Liberty Recreation CenterTrips, activities and costs may be restrict ed to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members. Call 542-1335 for information. NAS Jax Golf ClubGolf course info: 542-3249 Mulligans info: 542-2936 Mulberry Cove MarinaCall 542-3260. Auto Skills CenterCall 542-3227 Youth Activities CenterCall 778-9772 Flying ClubCall 777-8549 Photo by MWRWomen's tennis championLt. Cmdr. Vanessa Givens from Navy Region Southeast won the 2014 MWR Women's Open Singles Tennis Tournament April 29 at NAS Jacksonville. Morale, Welfare, Recreation Customer Survey Rolls OutBy Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press Service Intramural Golf Summer League forming Open to NAS Jax active duty, command DoD, DoD contractors and selective reservists. The league plays Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., beginning May 21. Contact base gym for rules and required paperwork. Intramural Basketball League FormingOpen to NAS Jax active duty, command DoD, DoD contractors and selective reservists. Contact base gym for rules and required paperwork.Wallyball League FormingOpen to active duty, DoD, DoD contractors and selective reservists assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Meet points, along with rules and required paperwork.Badminton Singles League Meeting May 28Open to active duty, DoD, DoD contractors and selective reservists assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. points, along with rules and required paperwork.Bean Bag Toss Singles Tournament June 23Tournament takes place at 5 p.m. in the NAS Jax Fitness, Sports and Aquatics Center. The tournament is open to active duty, DoD, DoD contractors and selective reservists assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Call the Fitness Center at 542-2930 or e-mail to sign up by June 13.Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractors assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points for their command toward Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractors assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Participants earn participation points for their command toward For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 542-2930/3239 or e-mail Visit the MWR website at or www.face nasjaxmwr. StandingsAs of May 16Team Wins Losses Caught Lookin 1 0 Hit it-n-Quit it 1 1 NAS-ty Slammers 1 1 Bad News Babes 1 1 Pitch Slaps 0 1Team Wins Losses FRCSE 6 0 HITRON 5 1 TPU/PCF 5 1 VP-30 Students 5 1 BHC Jax 5 2 HS-11 4 3 HSM-72 Proud Warriors 4 2 VP-26 3 4 VP-45 2 4 VR-62 1 4 FRCSE F-18 PMI 1 6 NAVFAC 1 6 NAVHOSP 0 5Team Wins Losses VR-62 3 0 NAVFAC Blue 3 1 TPU/PCF 3 1 VP-62 BroadArrows 3 1 NAVFAC Gold 2 1 NCTS Gold 2 1 Navy Band 1 2 VP-45 1 2 FACSFAC 1 3 NCTS Blue 1 3 VP-5 0 4Team Wins Losses NAVHOSP 10 1 VP-30 10 1 VP-26 8 1 FRCSE Rabid Possums 7 2 VP-45 Sluggers 7 2 VR-62 6 3 CNRSE/Navy Band 5 3 HS-11 6 4 HSM-74 2 1 FRCSE 900 4 4 CRS-10 3 5 NCTS 3 5 FACSFAC 3 5 AIR OPS 4 7 CBMU 202 2 6 FRCSE Thrusters 2 9 FRCSE Tweaks & Geeks 1 9 NBHC Honey Badgers 0 7 VP-45 Scared Hitless 0 9Team Wins Losses CNATTU 3 1 FACSFAC 2 1 VP-26 2 1 NAVFAC 1 2 NECE 0 3


From Purdue UniversityThe U.S. Department of the Navy (DoN) and Purdue University signed a statement of cooperation May 8, agreeing to work together to convert up to half of the Navy and Marine Corps energy consumption to alternative sources, including biofuels, by 2020. Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signed the agreement during a ceremony in Stewart Centers Fowler Hall. The document spells out how researchers will work with the Navy to help meet several alter native energy and environ mental targets Mabus first laid out in 2009. The DoN and Purdue have a deep interest in working together to reduce reliance on carbon-based fuels and energy sources, Mabus said. Not only does this help decrease our dependence on fossil fuel, it makes our Navy and Marine Corps a better warfighting force. Mabus also noted the state ment of cooperation will ben efit more than just Purdue and the DoN. By working together to achieve our energy goals, a partnership between the Navy and Purdue will help us maxi mize our reach, maintain our global presence, and make our Navy and Marine Corps more combat capable. In short, we as a Navy and we as a nation will have an edge. Teaming up with research centers is an important part of maintaining the strength of the partner ship between our Navy and the American people, he said. Through this agreement, Purdue and the Navy and Marine Corps will examine efforts designed to improve energy conservation, renew able-energy generation and the implementation of energy-effi cient technologies in all areas of application, Daniels said. Together, the Navy and Purdue will focus on promot ing more efficient production and refinement of advanced biofuels and sharing and discussing the results of testing and demonstration projects involving the certification of advanced alternative fuels in aviation and marine engines, Daniels said. We also will pursue agricul tural and other biobased feed stocks that will ensure the most economically viable produc tion of advanced alternative fuels. In addition, Purdue will establish the Purdue Military Research Initiative, an annu al, no-cost graduate education for up to 10 active-duty offi cers across all branches of the U.S. military. Areas of study will include renewable energy, alternative fuels and energy technologies. Mabus, who was appoint ed the 75th Secretary of the Navy in May 2009, immedi ately made energy and ener gy security a priority for the Department of the Navy and has directed the Navy and Marine Corps to change the way they use, produce and acquire energy. Upon assuming office, Mabus set a goal aimed at ensuring that, by no later than 2020, the Navy and Marine Corps would obtain at least 50 percent of their energy from alternative sources. He also pledged that by 2015, the Navy would cut in half the amount of petroleum used in its com mercial vehicle fleet through phased adoption of hybrid, electric and flex-fuel vehicles. Energy reform must inform and shape every decision we make during research, devel opment and procurement of our systems, he said. With a consolidated Navy and Marine Corps effort, we will reduce our reliance on fos sil fuels, reduce our tactical and strategic vulnerabilities, increase our combat capability, and make the DoN a govern ment leader in energy reform. Mabus is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $170 billion and the leadership of almost 900,000 people. Purdue scientists and engi neers are focused on devel oping future power sources, including methods that use solar and nuclear energy, clean-coal technology, bioen ergy and wind turbines. DoN and Purdue sign biofuel agreementPhoto by Steven Yang, Purdue UniversityPurdue University President Mitch Daniels (left) and U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus speak during a May 8 ceremony in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall to sign a statement of cooperation. Photo by Clark Pierce NMCRS top brass visit NAS Jax(From left) Retired Adm. Steve Abbot, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) president and CEO, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander, NMCRS Jacksonville Executive Director Monika Woods, and retired USMC Brig. Gen. Peter Collins, NMCRS vice president, gather a visit to NAS Jax Building 1 May 15. Their visit to Jacksonville coincided with the NMCRS golf fundraising event sponsored by VP-30. 18 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014


By MC3(SW/AW) Benjamin KellyUSS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Public AffairsThe aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) successfully completed its Maintenance and Material Management Inspection (3MI) while on deployment in the Arabian Sea, May 16. All personnel across the command performed phe nomenally, said BMCS (Equipment) Donavon Gray, 3M coordinator. Everyone did an outstanding job. They did what they do every day: con duct maintenance. It was an outstanding job by all hands. Certain Sailors were even pointed out by the inspectors for a Bravo Zulu. During the five-day event, 19 inspectors from Commander, Naval Air Forces conducted 250 supervised checks through out the ship to ensure the crew properly follows written pro cedures for required mainte nance. Training played a key role during this 3MI, said Gray. We prepared all of our Sailors on how to properly conduct spot checks, and how to main tain their equipment. All of the administrative effectiveness reviews (AER), spot checks and SKED 3.2 alert training was vital during this inspection. The inspection is conduct ed every 24 months aboard aircraft carriers to ver ify each ships ability to per form required maintenance throughout the ship using the Navys 3M system. The 3MI is important because it ensures the safety of personnel and equipment, both pivotal in maintaining the effectiveness of the war ship, said EMCM Jim Burke, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) lead 3M inspector. The 3M Inspection is part of a training cycle that con tinuously monitors and trains Sailors on the proper way to effectively maintain an aircraft carrier for its expected 50-year life span. Gray attributes the success of the inspection to the 3M train ing team (3MTT), the 3M assis tants (3MA) and the Sailors who were assigned spot checks during the 3MI. From the 3MTTs and 3MAs, to the wardroom and Chiefs Mess, all hands played an essential role in the suc cess of this 3MI, said Gray. Especially the junior Sailors who were assigned the task of successfully performing the spot checks. The 3M inspectors said the ships training was evident in the maintenance checks they performed. Our hard work and leader ship continues to pay big divi dends, said Command Master Chief David Carter. We are changing the cul ture to one of a maintenance mindset and we cannot afford to take our foot off the accelera tor. George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, conduct ing maritime security opera tions and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. By Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public AffairsSix flight crews from the Merlins of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 provided firefighting support to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) in response to wildfires throughout San Diego County May 15. At the request of CALFIRE, the six specially-equipped MH-60S Seahawks are supporting firefighting efforts in the vicinity of Camp Pendleton, Calif. by conducting aerial water drops. The critical part of our role is sup porting CALFIRE to help save lives, prevent human suffering and mitigate great property damage, said Lt. Cmdr. Todd Stansfield, C3F Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Lead. We have Navy personnel and their fami lies that live and work in the areas of San Diego threatened by the fires. Our efforts support both our people and the communities we live in. George H.W. Bush successfully completes 3M inspectionPhoto by Lt. Winston LikertAircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 fly in formation over the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Sea April 29. George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The HSM-70 "Spartans" based at NAS Jacksonville are currently deployed with CVW-8.Navy Seahawks assist in San Diego County firefightingAn MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 lifts off from Camp Pendleton, Calif., to assist the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. HSC-3 is providing aircrews flying speciallyequipped MH-60S helicopters to conduct aerial water drops against wildfires in San Diego County.Photo by MC1 Joan E. Jennings JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014 19


By Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public AffairsTwenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sched uled June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The VP-45 Pelicans, based at NAS Jacksonville, will rep resent Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (CPRG) 11 in the exercise. They will be flying the P-8A Poseidon, the Navys new Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force air craft. The worlds largest inter national maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the worlds oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2014 will be led by U.S. Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), who will serve as the Combined Task Force (CTF) Commander. Royal Australian Navy Rear Adm. Simon Cullen will serve as deputy commander of the CTF, with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Yasuki Nakahata as the vice commander. Other key leaders of the mul tinational force will include Rear Adm. Gilles Couturier of the Royal Canadian Navy, who will command the maritime component, Air Commodore Chris Westwood of the Royal Australian Air Force, who will command the air com ponent, and the land com ponent will be led by Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock. RIMPAC 2014 will also include for the first time a special operations component, to be led by U.S. Navy Capt. William Stevens. Two nations, Brunei and the Peoples Republic of China, will participate in RIMPAC for the first time. Also for the first time at RIMPAC this year, two hospital ships, USNS Mercy and PLA (N) Peace Ark, will participate in the exercise. The theme of RIMPAC 2014 is Capable, Adaptive, Partners. The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and dem onstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and mari time security operations to sea control and complex warfight ing. The relevant, realistic train ing syllabus includes amphibi ous operations, gunnery, mis sile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and sal vage operations. This years exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peoples Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States. By MCSN Eric CofferNavy Public Affairs Support Element WestFleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 celebrates 50 years of operating the C-2A Greyhound, marking a huge milestone for this versatile air craft platform. VRC-30 transports mail, personnel, aviation and ship board parts to aircraft carriers throughout the Pacific Fleet, contributing to mission com pletion. The C-2A is the life blood of the strike wing of car rier battle groups, said VRC30 Command Master Chief Shannon Williamson. We sup ply people, high-priority parts and equipment to the aircraft wing, which is a vital part of a carriers strike group. Williamson believes that every aircraft plays a vital role in our nations defense. Even though the C-2A does not carry weapons, the C-2A has been very important to the Navys mission for the past 50 years. Without the hard work from the maintainers of VRC-30, the C-2A would not have had as long a life as it has. Fifty years is a major mile stone in the history of this air craft, said Cmdr. Chad White, commanding officer of VRC30. It is significant because our Sailors work very hard to maintain the readiness of the aircraft. The hard work they put in every day has allowed us to reach this milestone and will continue to let us fly this airplane for the next 10 to 15 years. The mission of aircraft car riers would be negatively impacted if the Greyhound was no longer flown, according to C-2A community members. We provide all the on-board delivery for deployed aircraft carriers, we support the Navys mission, said White. I think aircraft carriers and air wings would have a hard time func tioning without the on-board delivery capabilities that the C-2A provides. There are 35 Greyhounds in existence, and ours the only Navy that operates this plat form, said White. Its a very unique mission we fulfill. The aircraft is capable of flying about 1,000 miles out to carri ers at sea, providing that last leg of logistics to maintain the readiness of the carrier air wing when they are on deploy ment. The C-2A Greyhound was operational in 1964, provid ing logistical support to many aircraft carriers throughout the world, and has helped in the success of Navy missions. It has proved to be important not only to aircraft carriers but to those who work on the aircraft everyday. Fifty years is a milestone to be noticed, because this anniversary is about knowing the Navys his tory and heritage. From StaffFor some veterans of the armed forces, the transi tion from the military to civilian life is a smooth and relatively effortless process. But for others, life outside the military can feel overwhelming, especially for job seekers learning how to apply skills they mas tered during their service to the civilian workplace is amongst the biggest obstacles veterans face. According to a press release from Crowley Maritime Corporation, as the unemployment rate among veter ans has steadily, albeit sluggishly, declined in recent years, more than 720,000 servicemen and women are still out of work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. maritime industrys goal is to pro vide those veterans with an opportunity to maximize their professional strengths and learn about exciting career possibilities in a dynamic industry. Together with the American Maritime Partnership, Propeller Club of Jacksonville, the City of Jacksonville, and many others, Crowley Maritime Corporation is helping to bring an informative Military to Maritime career event to Jacksonville June 4for current and former military personnel interested in transitioning into a maritime-related field. The free event, which will be heldat the JAXPORT cruise ter minal, will provide attendees theopportunity to speak with hiring, licensing and union representatives, tour vessels, and hear firsthand accounts from current employees and crewmembers about careers in the industry. I strongly encourage all transitioning servicemen and women to network with, learn from, and lean on those who have made the successful leap to civilian life, said Crowleys Capt. Jonathan Christian, marine personnel supervisor and a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. Finding a mentor will help you avoid many of the common stumbling blocks associated with tran sition from active service, and guide you in making the most out of every potential business contact and opportunity. As a Jacksonville-based marine solutions, transportation and logistics company, Crowley under stands the value that military personnel bring to civil ian businesses, and it is one of the reasons why we are helping to organize this event, said Margaret Reasoner, Crowleys director of marine personnel. Our industry needs the talent and expertise that current and former members of the armed forces have to fill open positions, as the industry continues to experience steady growth. The possibilities for military personnel to advance in the civilian world are only limited by the desire and drive of the individual, said Andrew Legge, Crowleys manager of operations and a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. It isnt necessary for a military member to have a high rank or be an officer to excel in the transition to civilian life.In the maritime field, the hands-on expe rience personnel of all ranks have is invaluable when transitioning. Crowley pricing specialist Rose Mueller, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, agrees. There are many aspects of the maritime industry that relate to the functions fulfilled inside the military and many of our colleagues are veterans, giving the entire experience both familiarity and exciting pos sibility. All interested current and former military personnel are invited to the JAXPORT cruise terminal on June 4, between 1 and 5 p.m., for the Military to Maritime career event. For more information, contact the American Maritime Partnership, (202) 661-3740, or email info(at)Americanmaritimepartnership(dot) com. The event is free, but for planning purposes, advance registration is highly recommended. To register online, visit time. 7 8:30 p.m. at Pablo Creek Library, 13295 Beach Blvd. Pre-register at 255-7450 or Aug. 27-31 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jacksonville. Call 757-723-0317 or (MOAA) Northeast Florida Chapter meets every third Wednesday, Johnnie. or call 282-4650. (NNOA) meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Jacksonville Urban League 903 Union Street West Jacksonville, FL. For information, contact Lt. Mark Jean-Pierre at 910-459-6858 or retired Lt. Cmdr. Paul Nix at 542-2518 or paul.nix@navy. mil of each month at 7:30 P.M. at Five Star Veterans Center at 40 Acme St in Arlington. For information visit https:// or call Dwayne Enos (904) 693-0280 meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Center on Collins Road. For information, visit www.aao9. com. (VFW) Post 5968 and its Auxiliary located at 187 Aurora Blvd. meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. VFW combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to www.vfwpost5968. org or call 276-5968. at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist military retirees and dependents. Work four hours a day, one day per week. Call 542-5790 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to volunteer. a breast cancer support group at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 542-7857 for more info. is open to active duty, reserve and retired military, plus, active or retired DoD civilians. Call 778-0805 or email Program. Helping others help themselves. Visit www. for more info. meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Lakeshore Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding Blvd. Call 272-9489. Wednesday at 7 p.m. next to the Thrift Store at the NAS Jax Yorktown gate. monthly meeting Beach. Call 246-6855. meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Murray Hill United Methodist Church, (Fellowship Hall Building) at 4101 College Street. Call 786-7083. meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Hall at 7673 Blanding Blvd. Call 772-8622. After 50 years, Greyhound still completes the Navys mission Community CalendarU.S. Navy photoA C-2A Greyhound assigned to the "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, lands on the flight deck of the air craft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic in 2013. Photos by Clark PierceMaintainers assigned to the VAW-120 "Greyhawks" approach a C-2A Greyhound to begin their pre-flight procedures on the NAS Jax flight line in 2012. The C-2A provides critical logistics sup port to carrier strike groups. Its primary mission is the transport of high-priority cargo, mail and passengers between shore bases and aircraft carriers.23 nations to participate in worlds largest maritime exerciseMilitary to maritime career event coming June 4 to JAXPORT cruise terminal 20 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, May 22, 2014


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