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New mosquito virus threatens Florida residents: Combating chikungunyaBy HM2 Kevin JusticeNavy Entomology Center of ExcellenceIt is summer in Jacksonville and that means it is time for some fun in the sun accompanied by the increased risk of mosquito-borne illness. Perhaps mosquito-borne illness is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of summer fun but it is important to be aware of diseasetransmitting mosquitoes especially given the new threat of chi kungunya virus to the United States. The word chikungunya sounds a bit like a south ern stew, however it represents something not nearly as comforting. Chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes and the symp toms generally begin three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Fever and joint pain are the most common symptoms, however one may also experience muscle pain, joint swelling head ache or a rash. Chikungunya means contorted referring to the arthritis-like pain associated with the disease that causes those affected to curl up in a twisted posi tion. This illness rarely results in death and most patients will feel better in a week. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a total of 130,941 cases of chikunguyna have been reported this year from 17 countries with 4,486 confirmed cases. As of June 10, a total of 39 cases were reported in the United States, and none have been locally acquired. The high levels of annual travelers to the Americas has the potential for increasing the chance of a spread to the U.S., said Lt. Mathew Yans, ento mologist, Navy Entomology Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE) at NAS Jacksonville. So early detection of the virus and immediate implication of control efforts are going to be essen tial. Historically NECE has been tasked to be subject matter experts for surveillance and control of mos quito vectored disease, such as West Nile virus, said Capt. Eric Hoffman, officer in charge, NECE. Since 1999, the Navy and DoD partners have conducted a multidisciplinary vector surveillance and response effort to protect force health and readiness. One of the best ways to avoid contracting the chikungunya virus is to avoid contact with mosqui toes as much as possible, said Lt. Hanayo Arimoto, a NECE entomologist. As well as to keep up to date with the most recent travel information from the CDC or World Health Organization. Applying 25-30 percent DEET or 20 percent pica radin (you can find both for sale online) on exposed skin and treating clothing with permethrin are two methods to prevent mosquito bites. Moreover, be sure to wear long-sleeve light col ored shirts and pants whenever outdoors or in plac es where mosquitoes may be present. Stay indoors at peak mosquito activity times such as dawn and dusk and be sure to check that screens on windows and doors are in good repair. In order to keep mosquitoes away from your home, find and empty any containers containing water. It is especially important during the rainy season since many disease-carrying mosquitoes prefer to breed in small containers that hold water only temporarily. More information can be found at the CDC web site: For questions concerning mosquitoes, ticks or other pests, contact NECE by emailing ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014 I I D E 4TH FLEET CO Ballance Visits VP-8 Page 3 HOSPITAL MENT ORS Local Students Learn The RopesPage 4 SAFETY AWARD VR-58, Blount Island Win Check us out Online! Photo by Lt. Jen WrightLt. Cmdr. Jinaki Gourdine checks water samples for mosquito larvae at NAS Jacksonville. Monitoring mosquito populations is critical for disease such as chikungunya, West Nile virus and dengue fever. Lt. j. g. Mark BadenVP-8 Public Affairs OfficerThe VP-8 Fighting Tigers recently returned home to eagerly awaiting families and friends at NAS Jacksonville after a seven-month, multi-site deploy ment to the 4th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR). Following their turnover with the VP-10 Red Lancers, the final crew of Fighting Tigers arrived home July 8, completing the squadrons last flight in a P-3C Orion before the squadron transitions to the P-8A Poseidon. The Fighting Tiger Sailors, chiefs and officers performed brilliantly during a spectacular and high ly successful seven-month deployment, said VP-8 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Derek Adametz. I am extremely proud of their constant and con tinued focus on the operational mission and the job at hand, especially in some challenging environmen tal conditions. Throughout the deployment, squadron aircrew, maintenance and combat support personnel demon strated operational excellence by achieving an excep tional 96 percent mission completion rate while fly From Defense Media ActivityThe United States Navy promoted Michelle Howard to the rank of four-star admiral July 1 during a cer emony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presided over the ceremony and administered the oath of office. Adm. Howard is the first female four-star in the 238-year history of the United States Navy. Michelle Howards promotion to the rank of admi ral is the result of a brilliant naval career, one I fully expect to continue when she assumes her new role as vice chief of naval operations, but also it is a historic first, an event to be celebrated as she becomes the first female to achieve this position, said Mabus. Her accomplishment is a direct example of a Navy that now, more than ever, reflects the nation it serves a nation where success is not borne of race, gender or religion, but of skill and ability. Michelles many trailblazing accomplishments in her 32 years of naval service are evidence of both her fortitude and commitment to excellence and integ rity, said Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). I look forward to many great things to come from the Navys newest 4-star Admiral! Howard, the Deputy CNO for Operations, Plans, and Strategy, will relieve Adm. Mark Ferguson III as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) later this afternoon. Howard is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School Photos by MC2 Amanda CabasosAWV2 Esteban Moreno of VP-8 and his wife, Yara, walk together to NAS Jacksonville Hangar 117, after he arrived home from a seven-month deployment. VP-8 home againJalen Shepherd, 13, holds his little brother Brantley, 1, while they patiently wait for the arrival of their father during the VP-8 home coming celebration on June 30.Photo by MCC Peter LawlorSecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert applaud Adm. Michelle Howard on her promotion to the rank of admiral at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Howard is the first woman to be promoted to the rank of admiral in the history of the Navy and will assume the duties and responsibilities as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations from Adm. Mark Ferguson. Navy promotes Howard to 4-star admiralSee VP-8, Page 7 See Page 7


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014 SAPR Assistance Available 24/7The DOD Safe Helpline may be reached by phone 1-877-995-5247, text 55-247 or via the app on iOs. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Civilian SAPR Victim Advocate 24/7 Duty phone is (904) 910-9075. The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-7789. The Naval Station Mayport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Duty phone is (904)548-8392. Civilian Community Sexual Assault Services may be obtained by calling (904) 721-RAPE or 721-7273. Commands are encouraged to post their Unit SAPR Victim Advocates name and after hours Duty phone number visible in the commands to be accessible to sexual assault victims. Chaplains may be reached for support (904) 542-3051 or Duty phone (904) 614-7385 Fleet and Family Support Center may be reached for counseling services 1-866-293-2776 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 From StaffJuly 10 1934 Heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) takes Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the first visit of a U.S. president to South America. 1943 Naval gunfire help Allied troops land on Sicily. It was first extensive use of LSTs (Landing Ship Tank) and small er landing craft to deliver heavy equipment over the beach. 1945 Fourteen carriers from 3rd Fleet carriers begin air strikes on Japanese Home Islands, until Aug. 15. July 11 1798 Reestablishment of Marine Corps under the Constitution. 1918 Henry Ford launches first of 100 Eagle boats. 1943 Gunfire from U.S. cruisers and destroyers stop German and Italian tank attack against Army beachhead at Gela, Sicily. July 12 1836 Commissioning of Charles Haswell as first regu larly appointed Engineer Officer. 1916 North Carolina is first Navy ship to carry and operate aircraft. 1921 Congress creates Bureau of Aeronautics to be in charge of all matter pertaining to naval aeronautics. 1951 Ninth Naval District forces assist in flood relief work in Kansas City. 1953 United Nations Fleet launches heavy air and sea attack on Wonsan; Maj. John Bolt, becomes first jet ace in Marine Corps. 1988 Secretary of Defense approves opening Navys Underwater Construction Teams, fleet oilers, ammuni tion ships, and combat stores ships to women. 1990 Cmdr. Rosemary Mariner becomes first woman to command an operational aviation squadron (VAQ-34). July 13 1863 USS Wyoming battled Japanese warlords forces. 1939 Appointment of Rear Adm. Richard Byrd as com manding officer of 1939-1941 Antarctic Expedition. 1943 During Battle of Kolombangara in Solomon Islands, The Navy lost USS Gwin (DD-433) while Japanese lost light cruiser Jintsu. July 14 1813 Lt. John Gamble, the first marine to command a ship in battle (prize vessel Greenwich in capture of British whaler Seringapatam) 1853 Commodore Matthew Perry lands and holds first meeting with Japanese at Uraga, Japan. 1882 Sailors and Marines from four U.S. ships land to help restore order at Alexandria, Egypt. 1945 U.S. warships bom bard Kamaishi, Japan; first naval gunfire bombardment of Japanese Home Islands. 1950 U.S. Marines sail from San Diego for Korean Conflict. 1952 Laying the keel of USS Forrestal, the first 59,900-ton aircraft carrier. July 15 1942 First photographic interpretation unit set up in the Pacific. 1958 In response to request by President of Lebanon, 6th Fleet lands 1,800 Marines at Beruit to support Lebanese gov ernment against Communist rebels. July 16 1862 Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral. 1915 First Navy vessels, battleships Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin, transit Panama Canal. 1945 First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, N.M. By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorI often get messages and letters from readers asking a variety of questions. Unfortunately, I cant always respond to them, as the family tends to want dinner, but I do read everything, and today Ill provide some answers. Is Smiley your real name or a pseudonym? Smiley would be a great pseudonym, but it is my real, married name. I first met my husband, Dustin, when I was a baby, but during the 10 years that our families lived in separate states, Dustins last name was pretty much all that I remembered about him. (That and his braces.) When we started dating, friends said, His last name is Smiley? Well, you have to marry him. And so I did (although not just for the name.) My three sons are just beginning to understand the power of their last name. At a baseball game recent ly, a cute girl asked Owen, Your last name is really Smiley? Owen looked a little embarrassed as he said, yes. Soon enough, however, he will learn to use this force for good with the ladies: Names Smiley, Owen Smiley. But the name Smiley is kind of ironic when Im writing about depression or Im making a complaint at a store. Me: Im really disappointed in this service. In fact, Im very, very angry. Them, flatly: Ill take your name and tell the man ager. Me, sheepishly: My name is SarahSmiley. Them: [giggles] Smiley also raises red flags when we make dinner reservations. Sure, Smiley party of five or when I make a dentist appointment My name is Sarah Smiley and I think I have a cross-bite. What do your kids think about you writing about them for the past 14 years? I began writing this column when Ford was a baby, so the kids know nothing else. The first newspaper to publish me was in Florida; the second, the Times Record in Brunswick, Maine. Those readers have liter ally watched Ford grow up in 800 words weekly. Ford is used to people saying things like, Oh, I remember when your dad took you to the wrong Chik-fil-A for your fifth birthday party, or I was so sad when you aged out of Little League. As Ford has gotten older, however, Ive become more careful about the stories I choose to tell about him. I recognize some things are private and off-limits to the public when youre a kid going through the awkward teenage years. Gone are the days that I can tell you about his Superman pajamas. But for the most part, Ford, who is an excellent writ er and reads a book a week, understands the art of sto rytelling, and often he will say, after reading my draft, Thats kind of embarrassing for me, but the story is flat without it, so you have to include it. And Lindell, well, he loves being in the column. In fact, hes angry if hes not. Hes proud that I told you about his invisible robot friend, Bob, and that he wants to marry a girl named Buckachewey. Some day, I hope all my boys appreciate that my column is essentially a written record of their child hoods. Although some day is still a long way away for Owen. (See next question) You must like your oldest and youngest sons (Ford and Lindell) better than your middle child (Owen) because you write about them more. Many years ago, I wrote an unfortunate column about my boys affinity for frozen waffles and what a personal crisis it was when there was a national short age of Eggos. (Note: readers criticism of that column was that I serve my boys frozen waffles but let it be known that I toasted them first.) Owen took the brunt of the infamous waffle col umn, and after some teasing from friends, he stormed through the door and said, Never write about me again! And so I didnt. If you dont know much about Owen, theres a reason for it. While Ford and Lindell argue about who got more playing time in my 800 words, Owen sighs with relief each time hes absent from them. Until recently. In my first draft of last weeks column, in which I wrote a letter to my future daughters-in-law, I was intentionally vague about Owen. I only gave him two sentences that were general enough that they could have been about anyone. But when Owen heard Ford reading the draft aloud (Ford is my first editor), he said, Could you write a little more about me? You always poke fun of Ford and Lindell, but not me. Apparently, that wasnt fair. Which leads to my final question for you, my read ers. Can a mother ever win? From The Homefront This Week in Navy HistoryReaders burning questions(Left) Commissioned on June 23, 1933, the USS Macon (ZRS-5) was based at Lakehurst, N.J. In this photo, the airship conducts initial operations with her Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk fighter aircraft over New Jersey on were piloted by Lt. Ward Harrigan and Lt. j.g. Frederick Kivette. (Below) Hanging from a trapeze of USS Macon (ZRS-5) during flight operations in 1933 was the F9C-2 Sparrowhawk fighter of Lt. Ward Harrigan. In February 1935, while returning to Moffett Field from an operation over the Pacific Ocean, USS Macon encountered a violent storm that brought her down into the sea. Though all but two of her crew were rescued, the accident effectively ended the Navys troubleplagued program of rigid airship operations.U.S. Navy photos


By Lt. j.g. Mark BadenVP-8 Public Affairs OfficerRear Adm. George Balance, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet, visited CTG 47.1, which included VP-8 person nel at Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa, El Salvador on July 1. For his visit, VP-8 Fighting Tigers aircrew and mainte nance personnel created a P-3C Orion aircraft static dis play. Six Sailors were on hand to show Ballance around the air craft and explain the capabili ties of the maritime patrol and reconnaissance platform. The crew was excited for the opportunity to demon strate the tools we bring to the fight against illicit trafficking and narco-terrorism, said Lt. Michael Marschall, a mission commander with VP-8. We explained how our plat form is utilized in this area of operations to aid in Counter Trans-national Organized Crime missions. Ballance is currently the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet, headquartered at Naval Station Mayport. As a Surface Warfare Officer, he previously served as vice commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and U.S. 6th Fleet direc tor, Maritime Partnership Program. AWO2 Scott Cavanaugh remarked on the aircraft tour, Rear Adm. Ballance seemed very interested in our array of sensors and how we employ them to accomplish our mission. The Fighting Tigers of VP-8 are deployed to the 4th and 5th fleet areas of responsibil ity, assisting in Counter Transnational Organized Crime missions, as well as providing humanitarian assistance. The squadron is current ly returning from deploy ment to its home base of NAS Jacksonville. Ballance visits Fighting Tigers in El SalvadorU.S. Navy photosRear Adm. George Ballance, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, checks out the P-3C Orion cockpit array on July 1 during his visit to CSL Comalapa, El Salvador. (From left) Rear Adm. George Ballance talks with VP-8 OIC Lt. Cmdr. Bernie Dennison and VP-8 Mission Commander Lt. Michael Marschall about the capabilities of a P-3C Orion maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. By MC3 Cory BoothU.S. Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs The guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), intercepted approximately two tons of cocaine being smug gled aboard two fishing vessels June 25 while on routine patrol in the Pacific, off the coast of Central America. The Coast Guard LEDET on board directed the Vandegrifts Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team in boarding the first fishing vessel, finding approximately 1,000 individually wrapped packages of cocaine hidden within the hull of the ship. The seamless integration of Vandegrifts crew, air detachment, and Coast Guard LEDET was simply amaz ing, said Cmdr. Luis Alva, commanding officer of Vandegrift. I am humbled and honored to serve with such an excep tional team. Following the first recovery operation, Vandegrift launched an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, piloted by air crew of HSL-49 Detachment 3, in search of additional smugglers in the area. Within 24 hours Vandegrift was underway to anoth er interception and under the guide of the Coast Guard LEDET, stopped another smuggling vessel. Hidden within the hull, the VBSS team discovered 35 large burlap sacks containing substances that tested positive for cocaine. After making our first drug seizure of the deployment, our team was able to quickly reset and make a second sei zure the very next day, said Lt. Cmdr. Daryl Robin, execu tive officer of Vandegrift. Back to back busts are rare occurrences, but our team was up for the challenge and performed flawlessly. Operation Martillo, a joint operation involving the U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner-nations, targets illicit trafficking routes in the waters off Central America. U.S. Southern Command leads the U.S. military involvement in the Joint Operation Task Force. Overall Coordination of counter-drug patrols and sur veillance in the Eastern Pacific is done by a joint agency task force headquartered in Key West. U.S. maritime law enforcement and the interdiction phase of operations in the region occurs under the tactical control of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered in Alameda, California. The first fishing vessel, which was taking on water with no functioning bilge pumps, was declared unseaworthy and was safely sunk. Being seaworthy, the second vessel was towed to Costa Rican waters and turned over to the possession of the Costa Rican Coast Guard.USS Vandegrift scores back-to-back busts in Central America JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014 Naval Hospital Jacksonville mentors local high school studentsBy Yan KennonNH Jacksonville Public Affairs Senior WriterStudents from Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts participated in Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program June 16-20 at the hospital. The 10 selected students engaged in workshops and job shadowing with NH Jacksonville clinicians (phy sicians, surgeons, nurses and physician assistants), rotating through various hospital areas and receiving real-world experiences in patient care from anesthesiology and surgery to cardiology and the Maternal Infant Unit. Being a part of Navy medicine can be one of the most rewarding things one can ever achieve in their lifetime, said Capt. Gayle Shaffer, NH Jacksonville com manding officer. This program gives us the opportunity to spark student interest in the career path of medi cine and nurture that next generation of health care profession als. S2M2 is an intense five-day outreach program where stu dents participate in panel discussions and hands-on medical applications with NH Jacksonville clinicians (physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and psychologists). The hospitals simulation laboratory allowed the students the opportunity to practice basic medical procedures such as administering intravenous thera py and checking vital signs. This week has been amazing, said Elizabeth Mauch, a Darnell-Cookman sophomore. We were able to witness a simulated birth, and I was even allowed to swaddle a baby. This experience has helped me decide what field of medicine I want to pursue. Mauch plans to pursue a career as a pediatri cian or forensic anthropologist. The goal of NH Jacksonvilles S2M2 program is to encourage, nurture, and enhance high school stu dents commitment to science and medicine in a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environ ment. The S2M2 partnership with Darnell-Cookman complements the schools focus on equipping highperforming students with the skills and experiences to pursue advanced medical degrees. Developed in 2004 by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and launched in 2010 by NH Jacksonville, S2M2 is aimed at cultivat ing the next generation of physicians and scientists. It includes two activities each academic year: a kickoff event at the beginning of the academic year at Darnell-Cookman and the weeklong immersion pro gram at NH Jacksonville. Ensign Larissa Hoehn, a registered nurse at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles Maternal Infant Unit, explains the post-birth procedures of a newborn baby to Matthew Alderman. Alderman, along with nine other Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts students participated in the hospitals Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program June 16-20. S2M2 is a week-long immersion program, at NH Jacksonville, that allows students to receive real-world experiences in patient care areas from the operating room and emergency department to pharmacy and physical and occupational therapy. HM3 Shawn Lucas, a Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville staff education and training instructor, demonstrates the proper procedure for applying a tourniquet on the arm of Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts student Kyle Campbell during the hospitals annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring program. Students from Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts observe Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville Family Medicine physician Vanessa McNair conduct a skin biopsy on a patient during the hospitals week-long Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program. S2M2 is an intense five-day outreach program where students participate in panel discussions, hands-on medical applications, workshops and job shadowing with NH Jacksonville clinicians (physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and psycholo gists). HN Marnae Behlo, of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles Maternal Infant Unit, explains the process of drawing blood from a newborn to Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts students (left to right) Ting Wang, Zi Lin and Borica Chhem on June 19. Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts stu dent Rashay Jenkins Jr. pays close attention during a briefing on Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles operating room capabilities June 18 as part of the hospitals annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) pro gram.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014 5 Photos by Jacob SippelZi Lin (right), a student from Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts, attends to fellow student Rashay Jenkins Jr. during a mock combat casualty care exercise as part of Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program. As part of the week-long program, ten selected Darnell-Cookman students attended basic medical skills classes and wit nessed first-hand the combat casualty training used by Navy corpsmen deployed on battlefield front lines. Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts students (left to right) Ciera Jarrett, Matthew Alderman and Gabriel Claverie observe HM2 Merrian Calzado, a car diovascular technician at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, conduct an echocardio gram on a patient. HM2 Simon Stewart, a Naval Hospital Jacksonville (NH) staff education and training instructor, briefs Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts students on combat casualty care while the schools Principal Carol Daniels (left) and Dean or Students Trevor Clayton (right) look on June 20. Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts students Ting Wang (right) and Ciera Jarrett (left) participate in an interactive orthopedic workshop during Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program. NH Jacksonvilles partnership with Darnell-Cookman complements the schools focus on equipping high-performing students with the skills and experi ences to pursue advanced medical degrees. Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts student Natalia Rodriguez identi fies a simulated patient risk during a patient safety workshop at Naval Hospital Jacksonville during its week-long annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program. The workshop was designed to test the students abil ity to recognize potential patient safety issues. S2M2s goal is to encourage, nur ture and enhance high school students commitment to science and medicine in a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment. Borica Chhem (right) of Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts pays close attention during a mock combat casualty care course as part of Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring program. During a mock exercise, HM2 Simon Stewart, a Naval Hospital Jacksonville (NH) staff education and training instructor, simulates checking a patients pulse after applying a tourniquet during the hospitals annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program. During the week-long S2M2 program, students from Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts received real-world experience in patient care areas from the operating room to family medicine. Three Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts students (center) and Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville staff members observe an in-progress surgery at the hospital during its annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) pro gram on June 18. Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts students and Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville staff wrap up the week-long Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) immersion program June 20 with a special lunch (courtesy of NH Jacksonvilles Commanding Officer Gayle Shaffer). During the program, the students partici pated in workshops and job shadowing with NH Jacksonville clinicians (physicians, surgeons, nurses and physician assistants), rotating through various hospital areas receiving real-world experiences in patient care.


From Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Safety Public AffairsSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced his Safety Excellence Award recipients for 2014, continuing the tradition of former SECNAV, Gordon England, who established the Award in 2002. These awards were created to show case Navy and Marine Corps com mands that exemplify exceptional and sustained safety excellence. The 2014 Safety Excellence Awards recognize the Navy and Marine Corps commands and programs that have gone above and beyond normal duties to ensure the safety of Sailors, Marines, civilians, and resources. The Secretary of the Navys Safety Excellence Awards winners for 2014 are: For the Industrial Awards category which includes shipyards, shore inter mediate maintenance activities, region al maintenance centers, ordnance sta tions, public works centers, depots, and logistics bases: than 1,000: Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Blount Island Command, Fla. greater: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va. For the Non-Industrial Awards cat egory which includes stations, bases, training facilities, research and devel opment laboratories, and Navy medi cine facilities: than 1,000: Naval Support Activity Monterey, Calif. Barstow, Calif. greater: Marine Corps Installations-East For the Fleet Operational and Fleet Support Award category which includes deployable units located ashore not eligible for ship or aviation safety awards: For the Afloat Awards category which includes commissioned afloat Navy units and civil service manned ships: For the Aviation Awards category which includes active duty and reserve units operating under aircraft control ling custodians: Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) Support Squadron (VR) 58 Fighter Attack Squadron 112 (VMFA112) (VT) 21 For the Safety Integration in Acquisition Award category which recognizes teams or offices that have an acquisition mission and have made a significant impact by integrating safety tems: Warfare Center, Va. For the Emerging Center of Excellence Award category which rec ognizes exceptional promise for future safety excellence leadership: Support Implementation Team, Marine Corps Systems Command, Va. The award winners receive a plaque, citation and the SECNAV Safety Excellence flag, as well as the honor of flying the Safety Excellence flag for one year. Commands with units show ing exceptional commitment to safe ty should nominate these units for the 2015 Secretary of the Navys announcing the application process will be released in 2015. SECNAV announces Safety Excellence Award winnersVR-58 and Blount Island Command among selectees Navy Wives Clubs of America Jax No. 86 supported Special Olympians in medal questThe Super Bowlers of Clay County were part of Team Florida competing at the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games in New Jersey June 14-21. They received silver medals and have the honor of being the second-best bowling team in the nation. Team Florida came home with 69 medals from various sports. From left, Athlete Nicole Stanley, Unified Partner Derek Freitag, Athlete Mike Woods and Unified Partner Katarina Zeigler. If anyone would like to volunteer as a unified partner or athlete, contact your local Special Olympics county office or visit courtesy of Wilma Stanley 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014


ing almost 800 sorties encompassing more than 5,100 mishap-free flight hours. Based out of Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain in the 5thFleet AOR, the Fighting Tigers distinguished them selves as the premier fighting force and leader in the primary mission areas of anti-submarine warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in sup port of Operation Enduring Freedom. Simultaneously, in the 4thFleet AOR, VP-8 operated out of Comalapa, El Salvador, conducting counter transnational organized crime missions in support of Operations Martillo, Caper Focus, and Carib Shield. Their efforts directly resulted in the interdiction and seizure of 12,400 kilograms of cocaine valued at more than $220 million. Despite their high operational tempo, the Fighting Tigers still found time for professional development, with 22 Sailors earning naval aircrew wings and 76 earning their enlisted aviation warfare specialist wings. Fighting Tigers volunteered more than 1,300 hours in support of 25 community relations projects across both AORs. Their charitable efforts supported local orphanages and homeless shelters in El Salvador and nurseries in Bahrain. I am excited to see each and every Fighting Tiger reunite with their families and friends after this long yet very successful deployment, said VP-8 Executive Officer Cmdr. Andrew Barlow. VP-8 will commemorate a successful deployment and the departure of flight engineers and in-flight technicians with a Tiger Tribute Day on July 17. VP-8From Page 1in Aurora, Colo. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Armys Command and General Staff College in 1998, with a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences. Howards initial sea tours were aboard USS Hunley (AS 31) and USS Lexington (AVT 16). While serving on board Lexington, she received the secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins award in May 1987. This award is given to one woman officer a year for outstanding leadership. She reported to USS Mount Hood (AE 29) as chief engineer in 1990 and served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She assumed duties as first lieutenant on board the USS Flint (AE 32) in July 1992. In January 1996, she became the executive officer of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and deployed to the Adriatic in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, a peacekeeping effort in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Sixty days after returning from the Mediterranean deployment, Tortuga departed on a West African training cruise, where the ships Sailors, with embarked Marines and U.S. Coast Guard detachment, operated with the naval services of seven African nations. She took command of USS Rushmore (LSD 47) on March 12, 1999, becoming the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. Howard was the commander of Amphibious Squadron Seven from May 2004 to September 2005. Deploying with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, operations included tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia and mari time security operations in the North Arabian Gulf. She commanded Expeditionary Strike Group Two from April 2009 to July 2010. In 2009, she deployed to CENTCOM theater, where she commanded Task Force 151, Multi-national Counter-piracy effort, and Task Force 51, Expeditionary Forces. In 2010, she was the Maritime Task Force commander for BALTOPS, under 6th Fleet. She was the 2011 USO Military Woman of the Year, and the 2013 NAACP Chairmans Image Award recipi ent. HOWARDFrom Page 1 Photo by MCC Peter LawlorSecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (left) and Wayne Cowles, husband of Adm. Michelle Howard, put four-star shoulder boards on Howard's service white uniform during her July 1 promotion ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Howard is the first woman to be promoted to the rank of admiral in the history of the Navy and will assume the duties and responsibilities as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations from Adm. Mark Ferguson. Family and friends of VP-8 Sailors await the arrival of their loved ones on June 30 at Hangar 117. (From right) Sydney, 11, Liam, 3, Jalen, 11, and Brantley, 1, anxiously await the arrival of their father. Photos by MC2 Amanda CabasosAE2 John Chaves of VP-8 is greeted by his wife, Brigit, after arriving home from a seven-month deployment. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014 7


Commissaries partner with food banksBy Cherie Huntington,DeCA Public Affairs SpecialistThe Defense Commissary Agency has established a formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks. The program now involves 109 stateside commissaries that will divert qualifying food to 76 food banks approved by the Department of Defense, but both numbers will con tinue to rise During fiscal year 2013, DeCA donated 638,582 pounds, said Randy Eller, deputy director of DeCAs logistics division. Already in fiscal 2014, we have donated more than 1 million pounds, so our donations this year could approach 1.5 million pounds, he continued. This may sound like a lot, and the food banks are certainly grateful, but edible, unsellable product amounts to less than 1 percent of what we sell worldwide. We strive for as little loss as possible to remain efficient and effective. Following the government shutdown in 2013, DeCA and government officials recognized the need for a formal program for diverting unsellable but wholesome food. Once stateside commissaries returned to normal oper ations after the Oct. 2-6 shutdown, DeCA received a one-time exception from the Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness to authorize local food banks to receive food donations. With that exception, DeCA turned over approxi mately $250,339 in grocery, meat and produce mer chandise to 72 food banks throughout the United States, preventing entry into the waste stream. Turning that one-time project into an ongoing program involved nearly six months of work. DeCA headquarters staff contacted all U.S. commissaries and established procedures to gain approval for participating food banks. This system differs from the annual Feds Feed Families campaign that runs June through August. Under Feds Feed Families, commissaries serve as collec tion points for their installations, and all donations come from DeCA customers. Photos by Earl BittnerVP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Curt Phillips (right), briefs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Roger Natsuhara (seated in cockpit) and Commander Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic, Rear Adm. Louis Cariello (left) inside a P-8A Poseidon simulator at NAS Jacksonville on June 26. Officials visit NAS JaxVP-45 Executive Officer Cmdr. John Weidner (second from right), briefs Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic, Rear Adm. Louis Cariello (left); Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Roger Natsuhara (second from left); NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander (center) and NAVFAC Atlantic Business Director Frank Strike inside P-8A Poseidon Hangar 511. 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014 Ronnie Munsey knows the restaurant business. Hes been in it for 27 years. And, Ronnie Munsey knows wings. He prepares and sells wings at three locations: Green Cove Springs, Orange Park and his newest location at Cecil Com merce Center. Weve got the best wings in the state, Munsey said. I put the best quality I can on the table, beginning with wings and including everything on the menu. And, we are happy to serve the folks who live and work around Cecil. Were a short ride, and weve got food ready when you get here. Munsey has been in the Cecil Commerce Center location at 13715 Lake Newman St. for only four months, and hes eager to serve military personnel and civilians in the area. To accommodate shorter lunch periods, Munsey has intro duced a hot-lunch buffet. We understand the need to get in and get out quickly, he said. By having the fresh-cooked hot lunch already on the within minutes of entering the restaurant. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers wings on Monday, a taco bar on Tuesday, baked spaghetti on Wednesday, pork chops price for the buffet. Even though diners may need to eat quickly, they do so Course. The atmosphere inside is relaxed, friendly and en joyable, and the view through the expanse of windows is the well-kept greens of the golf course. every day in your choice of mild, medium, hot, krypton and honey barbecue. Sandwiches, items from the grill, salads, appetizers and sides round out the menu. Beverage selec tions include soft drinks, fresh iced tea and a full bar, wine and beer. Munsey puts a high premium on quality. You keep customers coming back by making sure the food is the highest quality possible, he said. People may want to eat quickly, but they dont necessarily want fast our high standards of quality. Ronnies Wings is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Military Phone your order in advance or for take-out at 778-5272. eat wings on Mondays, Munsey said. Simply the best wings at the best price it doesnt get any better than that. *Hot-lunch buffet available only at Cecil Commerce Cen ter location. Ronnies Wings: Ready when you are Ronnies Wings Cecil Commerce Center location offers the best wings in the state, a hot-lunch buffet, inviting surroundings and a scenic golf course view. Convenience and fresh food ready to serve Enjoy Ronnies Wings at these three locations: Ronnies at Fiddlers Green/Cecil Commerce Center* 13715 Lake Newman 778-5272 Ronnies in Orange Park 2141 Loch Rane Blvd. 272-0064 Ronnies in Green Cove Springs 232 Walnut St. 284-4728


Red Lancer of the WeekBy Lt. j.g. Brendan McGoey VP-10 PAOAT1 Jeffrey Dahlgren is this weeks recipient of the Red Lancer of the Week award for VP-10. During a rigorous week of flying numerous anti submarine warfare (ASW) events in the squadron, Dahlgren set the tone for his work center with his diligent work manship and ability to lead from the front. Two of the pri mary ASW air craft were hav ing computer and avionics issues that could have prevented the squadron from attaining much needed qualifications for deployment. Through his astute knowl edge of the systems along with his thorough communication between both the aircraft and maintenance con trol, Dahlgren brought the systems back online so that the mission events could be completed as scheduled with great success. His positive and resilient attitude coupled with his by the book approach proved to be contagious within his work center as he continues to set the example. TO DONATE, AT1 Jeffrey Dahlgren Photo by MC2 Amanda CabasosTop Sailors recognized for achievementsNAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander (far left) and NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Teri Mcintyre (far right) stand with Sailors who were recognized for their outstanding work and received various awards at an all hands call held on July 2. Recognized Sailors were, CSCS Wendell Heyward Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Military Outstanding Service Medal, CS1 Marnika Ash Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, AM1 Sean Nelson Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, AO1 Kendric Stockdale Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Letter of Appreciation, MA2 Jesse Gallo Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, ABH2 Vincent Kubat Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, MM2 Marieo Miniel Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, BM2 Brandon Sanderson Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, ET3 Drake Delcambre Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, IC3 Christy Rabell Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, CS3 Michael Grimmage Frocking to CS2. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014 9


By Jim Garamone Defense Media ActivityThe United States has sent troops back to Iraq because it is in Americas interest for the country to remain stable and to counter Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said July 3. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told a Pentagon news conference that Iraqs leaders must form an inclusive gov ernment that respects the rights of all groups. Iraq can and should be a U.S. part ner in countering terrorism, Dempsey said. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has captured large sec tions of the countrys north and west over the past few weeks, is a region al threat, Dempsey said, but could become a transnational and global threat in the future. They have made some pretty significant and rapid advances. Yet theyre stretched right now, the chairman said, stretched to control what they have gained and stretched across their logistics lines of communi cation. There are currently nearly 800 American service members in Iraq, with some protecting the American embassy and other facilities. Other U.S. troops are assessing the situation on the ground and have now opened a second joint operations center in Erbil in northern Iraq after establishing one in Baghdad last month. President Barack Obama ordered up to 300 U.S. spe cial forces to the country last month to provide advice on how best to assist the Iraqi military in their fight against Sunni militants. Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces have stiffened resistance in face of the mili tants gains. I dont have the assessment teams exact language, but some ini tial insights are that the ISF is stiffen ing, that theyre capable of defending Baghdad, Dempsey said. Iraqi forces would be challenged however, if they went on the offensive against the militants, he added. Dempsey emphasized the ability of Iraqs military to defend the country depends on political leaders in Baghdad uniting to form a government of nation al unity. In addition, what role the United States will play in Iraq going forward, he said, depends on the conclusions of the U.S. military assessment teams, as well as Iraqs political progress. Currently, U.S. advisors in Iraq are not involved in combat operations, Dempsey said, but he did not rule that out. If the assessment comes back and reveals that it would be beneficial to this effort and to our national security interests to put the advisors in a dif ferent role, I will first consult with the secretary, we will consult with the pres ident, he said. Well provide that option and we will move ahead. Even so, he said U.S. involvement in Iraq does not amount to mission creep. Choosing to characterize it instead as mission match. We will match the resources we apply with the authorities and respon sibilities that go with them based on the mission we undertake, and that is to be determined, the chairman said. Chairman describes U.S. interests in IraqDoD photo by MC1 Daniel HintonSecretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey brief the press on July 3 at the Pentagon concerning the security situation in Baghdad, Iraq. NAVFAC employee honoredCommanding Officer Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Capt. Christopher Kiwus presents NAVFAC Southeast Community Manager and Personnel Resources Program Manager Dr. Diana Shider with the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Civilian Service Award June 16. Shider was recognized for her exceptional leadership, enthusiasm and extraordinary work ethic from December 2007 through April 2013 serving as a key leader and innovator for personnel issues during the NAVFAC Southeast official standup. The Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award is the third-highest civilian employee honor in the Department of the Navy for service and highly beneficial contributions to the Department. Photo by Matt Simons 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014


By MC2 (SW/AW/EXW) Stacy LaseterNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsSailors assigned to Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) volunteered their time to assist the staff at the Ronald McDonald House in Jacksonville, on June 27. Throughout the project Sailors reorganized a play area, cleaned common areas, and deep-cleaned several bed rooms in the three-floor facil ity. The Ronald McDonald House Charities have been in operation since 1974 and help provide lodging and support services for critically ill, chron ically ill and seriously injured children and their families. This is a 30-room facility with only one full-time house keeper and one full-time main tenance man, so the commu nity and the volunteer groups really keep us going, said Josh Harling, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville facility maintenance coordina tor. Any little bit helps us here. The volunteer event was a great opportunity for CNRSE Sailors to give back to the local community, according to YN1 Gary Sutton. Our community relations are just as important as our world-wide assignments, Sutton said. The house asks guests to donate $10 per night, but no family is turned away if they cannot afford it. With the houses location about a block away from Wolfson Childrens Hospital and Nemours Childrens Clinic, it is easy to receive treatment and return to the house without having to stay in a hospital. The average stay for a fam ily is around six to eight weeks, according to Harling, although some families may stay longer depending on their needs and the duration of their childrens treatment. We have volunteers who come here and cook dinner every night, said Harling. Families dont have to worry about going to the grocery store and they can connect while all dining together. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville has been open since 1988, and has served more than 32,000 families, providing lodging, reduced travel expenses and an ability to connect with other families who may be going through similar situations. The first house opened in Philadelphia and was funded by McDonalds restaurant pro ceeds donated by local owners. Today, there are 336 houses in 58 countries worldwide which serve nearly nine million fami lies every year. CNRSE Sailors help at local Ronald McDonald HousePhoto by MC2 Stacy LaseterIT1 Paul Voight assists YN1 Serge Kabanda with placing dirty linens in a garbage bag dur ing a Commander, Navy Region Southeast volunteer effort at the Ronald McDonald House in Jacksonville. FRCSE internJessica Wilson (left) a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in chemistry and physics, works in an FRCSE materials engineering laboratory as her mentor, Chemist Kellie Carney looks on June 17. Wilson is working as a summer intern at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), the largest tenant command on NAS Jacksonville. The facility's highly trained staff supports the Navy's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program and provides about 700 high school and college students with training and mentoring opportunities each year.Photo by Victor Pitts JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014 11


By Bill BonserNAS Jax Sports CoordinatorThe NAS Jacksonville Captains Cup Soccer League finished with a bang June 26. HSM-72 played Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) for the soccer championship. HSM-72 was defeated by FRCSE 6-1 in their first meeting of the playoffs to send them to the losers bracket in the dou ble elimination playoff format. HSM-72 fought through the losers bracket to meet FRCSE again for the base championship. FRCSE started with a goal to take a 1-0 lead. HSM-72 scored a goal to tie the game at half time. HSM-72 went on the attack in the second half scoring four goals. FRCSE did not have an answer for HSM-72 as they defeated FRCSE 5-1 to give FRCSE their first loss in the playoffs. With the HSM-72 win, FRCSE and HSM-72 had to play again to determine the 2014 NAS Jacksonville Captains Cup Soccer Championship. FRCSE scored first again and then added a second goal to take a 2-0 lead. HSM-72 scored one goal before FRCSE scored again to take a 3-1 lead. FRCSE began to sit on the lead and HSM-72 came firing back with three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead. With time running out, FRCSE sc ored a goal to tie the game 4-4 with the game ending in regulation. The teams played a five-minute sud den death overtime period and neither team scored by the end of the peri od. With the game still being tied at the end of overtime, the game would be decided by three penalty kicks for each team. FRCSE won the coin toss and decided to let HSM-72 take the first penalty kicks. The first player for HSM-72 hit the post and did not score a goal. FRCSE made their first goal to take a 1-0 lead. The next two players scored for each team giving FRCSE a 2-1 lead. HSM-72 scored again to tie the score at 2-2. The third player for FRCSE was team captain Soroush Kalhour who put the nail in the cof fin to win the game and the 2014 NAS Jacksonville Captains Cup Soccer Championship. Photo by Bill BonserMembers of the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Soccer Team gather after winning the 2014 NAS Jacksonville Captain's Cup Soccer Championship on June 26. (Front row, from left) AS2 Robert Cannon, AE2 Zachary Watson, Erik Koenig, PR2 Soroush Kalhor, Mike Noe and AEAN Robin Bosiacki. (Back row, from left) AS3 Ulrich Acka, LSSN Edwin Arisi, AM3 Austin Ogundahunsi, AM3 Zachary Neptune, AT3 Matthew Lowdermilk and AMAN Babatunde Adepoju. (Not pictured) LS3 Joseph Burgess, AS2 Kyle Amstead and AS2 Vinny Segatto.FRCSE takes soccer championship Photo by Jacob SippelHospital holds awards quartersCapt. Gayle Shaffer, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer, presents the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Combat Distinguishing Device) to HM3 Joshua Hunter during the awards ceremony at the hospital on June 27. Other award recipients included: Cmdr. Jorge Brito (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal), Sharon Orr (30-year Length of Service Award) and HN Terrence Bolton (Letter of Appreciation, Commanding Officer, Operational Support Hospital Unit Jacksonville). NH Jacksonville Hospital Corpsmen Terrence Bolton, Alberto Cordoba and Christian Snyder were frocked to HM3. Photo courtesy of David SandersVA claims preparation workshopNAS Jacksonville-based American Veterans (AMVETS) National Services Officer David Sanders discusses the procedures for filing Veterans Affairs claims during a workshop for retiring and separating military service members June 27 in the NAS Jax Safety conference room in Building 1. For more information on filing claims and to make an appointment for assistance, call Sanders at 542-2834 or e-mail According to Sanders these types of workshops provide information and assist the service members in preparing their VA claims properly and prevent unnecessary delays. OPERATIO N: I DENTIFICATIO NCancer is one of our children's biggest enemies; but if identied early, a child's chances of survival are greatly enhanced.Parents, please be aware of these warning signs: Call 800-822-6344 or visit to learn more.A CFC Participant provided as a public service. 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014


DeweysCall 542-3521 Free Texas Holdem Tournaments Monday & Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday Social Hour 59 p.m., live enter tainment, $.50 wings and $7.95 pizza your way Family Night Third Friday of the month, 58 p.m., balloon artist and karaoke Friday Night Live Entertainment July 11 Take Cover Band, July 13 Karaoke, July 25 Kenny Holliday Solo Lunch bingo Monday through Friday begins at 11:15 a.m. Comedy Live! at Deweys featuring Collin Moulton and Josh Sneed July 19, cocktail hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at ITT prior to the show for $15, tickets are $20 at the door. *Show is for 18 and older Freedom Lanes Bowling CenterCall 542-3493. Mondays: All you can bowl for $5, 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays: All you can bowl for $5.95, 4-10 p.m. Thursdays: Free bowling for active duty 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Saturdays: Family Extreme Bowling $8, 4-6 p.m., Party Extreme $10, 8 p.m. midnight (up to 2 hours of play). Shoes Included. Sunday: Family Day $1.50 all day, per person, per game Scratch Sweeper June 28, 1 4 p.m., $30 *Please note, the specials do not include shoes unless stated otherwise*Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 Learn to Swim 2014 Register at the base gym $40 military, $45 DOD Session III: July 21 31 Outdoor Pool Hours Monday Friday Lap swim 6 8 a.m., Swim lessons 8 11 a.m., open recre ation swim 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Open recreation swim 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Dive In Movie featuring Rio 2 July 25, pool opens at 7 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m.I.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318 E-mail them directly at jaxs_nas_ ITT current ticket promotions include the following: Orlando Shopping Trip July 26 $20 St. Augustine Scenic Cruise August 30 $20 Mt. Dora Trip October 25 $20 Jacksonville Jaguar tickets on sale now (section 147 $70) Adventure Landing Waterpark seasonal $85.50 Daytona Lagoon $19 waterpark Alhambra Dinner show $38 $50.50 Jacksonville Sharks $25 Jacksonville Suns $5.50 $11.50 Jacksonville Zoo $8.50 $17 Rivership Romance in Sanford, FL. (includes dinner) $40$57.75 Motley Crew Concert, Oct. 19 Club seats $63.50 Wild Adventures $30 $70 while sup plies last Disney World Orlando Armed Forces Salute ticket FL (Expires Sept.27, 2014) $166 $194.50 Jacksonville Symphony $27.50 Armed Forces Vacation Club Resort Condo Rentals installation $349-$369 Amelia Island Museum of History $4 $10 MOSH $7 $12 Pirates Museum St. Augustine $4 $21.75 St Augustine Alligator Farm Nile Zipline $35.25 (free admission with reservation) St Augustine Alligator Farm $6.75 $13.50 Half Hour Boggy Creek Airboat Rides $15.50 $20 Wild Florida Airboats (Kenansville, FL) $18 $46.75 Florida Ecosafaris $22.75 $52.75 Trapeze High (Fleming Island) all ages $35 Summer Waves (Jekyll Island, GA) $15.50 Book Shades of Green, Disneyworld Hotel properties, Universal Hotels and off property hotels near attractions at ITT! Comedy Live! at Deweys featuring Collin Moulton and Josh Sneed July 19, cocktail hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at ITT prior to the show for $15, tickets are $20 at the door. *Show is for 18 and olderThe 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. Jacksonville Beach Trip July 12 at 9 a.m. Comedy Zone Showcase July 15 at 7 p.m. Jacksonville Suns Game July 17 at 6 p.m.NAS Jax Golf ClubGolf course info: 542-3249 Mulligans info: 542-2936 Golf Course Construction Special Play 18-holes with cart and green fees Monday Friday for only $20! Not appli cable on holidays. Command Party Swing into savings & book your com mand golf tournament Military Appreciation Days Play 18-holes with cart for $18 Active duty July 23 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests July 11 & 25Mulberry Cove MarinaCall 542-3260. Free kayak & canoe rental Every Thursday for active duty Free stand-up paddleboard lessons Every Thursday 11 a.m. 1 p.m. *Weather dependent Skipper B Sailing Classes availableAuto Skills CenterCall 542-3227 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding ASE certified mechanic onsiteYouth Activities CenterCall 778-9772 Family Fitness Center hours Monday Friday, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Bring your child to work out with you!Flying ClubCall 777-8549 Learn to fly at NAS Jax Call for introduction flight Additional ratings are available includ ing instrument, complex and commer cial Find more info. online at 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 third place. Sign up by July 14. 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 third place. Sign up by July 21. Tournament takes place at 5 p.m. at the NAS Jacksonville Fitness, Sports and Aquatics Center. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. Call the NAS Jax Fitness, Sports, and Aquatics Center at 542-2930 or e-mail to sign up by July 18. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. The meeting will be in the or designated representative attend the Attend the meeting to discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jackor designated representative attend the Attend the meeting to discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. The meeting will be in the or designated representative attend the Attend the meeting to discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork. Open to active duty, selective reservists, dependents over 18, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to NAS Jacksonville. The meeting will be in 1 at 12:30 p.m. Commands whose athletic points. Attend the meeting to discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork. Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned to a command at NAS Jacksonville. The meeting will be in the or designated representative attend the Attend the meeting to discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork. For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail Visit the MWR website at mil or nasjaxmwr. 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From Staff Camille Farley retired from the NAS Jax IT Department July 3 at a ceremony held at the NAS Jacksonville Officers Club surrounded by her coworkers, friends and family. Farley began her 40-year career at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a GS-04, clerk typist and rose to the rank of GS-11. I started on June 26, 1974, which was two weeks after my high school gradua tion, said Farley, who was encouraged by her father to begin a civil service career because he had begun a second career with NAS Jax following his retire ment from the U.S. Marine Corps. I worked for the Army Corps for more than six years before I decided to apply for a more advanced position at NAS Jax. During her time as a clerk typist with the Corps, she met Wallace Byron Farley who was a civil engineer intern straight out of the University of Florida. He popped his head in to say that he would be working with the operations division soon, Farley said, foundly. I knew the moment I saw him that I was going to marry him. Farley transferred from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the NAS Jax Supply Department, Personal Property Office in 1980, and discovered how much our service men and women and their families sacrifice in order to keep America free. While serving in this position, I real ized the hardships that military fami lies go through when they transfer to a new base, said Farley, who enjoyed the direct interaction with the public as a personal property claims adjudicator. This was a big moment for me at a really young age, and I was inspired by the dedication of our sailors and their families. Shortly into serving in this posi tion, another advancement opportu nity became available with the Navy Regional Data Automation Center (NARDAC). She was selected for a department secretary position and went on to become the technical directors sec retary a short six months later. Two years later Farley applied for an upward mobility position during a major data processing project that was acquired by the command. She was selected, and from 1982 to 1986, she was promoted from a GS-5 to a GS-11 while working as a computer programmer analysis at NARDAC. She served as the LAN/WAN team leader and coordinated numerous ADP projects for various tenant com mands, as well as other Navy customers in the Southeast Region. At this point each of the separate tenant commands had developed their own separate LANs/WANs. And, loom ing on the horizon was the big push to standardize the network and thus the Navy Marine Corps Internet (NMCI) was born, recalled Farley. She further explained that NARDAC was then reorganized and became the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Command (NCTS). At this point in time, she became a member of the Pentagon IT Service Center, where she served as a contract ing officers technical representative who wrote service contracts for custom ers that needed to hire contractors to perform their data processing require ments. However, business opportuni ties began to run short and NCTS was reorganized again and downsized to become a detachment of SPAWAR Charleston. The detachment was noti fied that they would be shut-down with in the next two years. Only four days before I was going to be discontinued service retired, I received a phone call from the busi ness manager at NAS Jax who told me I had been hired to fill an IT Specialist position within the NAS Jax IT Department, said Farley. According to Farley this opportunity was the result of having prayed and of having faith that God was going to open another door for her. Since 2007, Farley has served as an NMCI assistant contract technical rep resentative, managing more than 800 user email accounts for NAS Jax, as well as the government purchase cardholder and information assurance coordinator. The day to day interaction with our military community has been so rewarding, said Farley who believes meeting new people every day made her job special. My coworker, Terri Hicks, and I have Farley retires after 40 yearsPhoto by Sherman TurnerNAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander presents the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal to Camille Farley of the NAS Jax IT Department during her retirement cer emony on July 3.Photo by MC2 Amanda CabasosCivilian and military personnel watch as SN Brian Ramunno (left) and BM2 Theodore Marion prepare to raise the American flag on June 26 in front of NAS Jacksonville Headquarters Building 1, in honor of IT Department Camille Farley who retired on July 3 after 40 years of honorable civil service. See FARLEY, Page 16 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014


By Lt. Ryan Kilpatrick, JAGC, USNRLSO SE BROFF Kings Bay The Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) pays a portion of your active duty or retirement income to your sur viving spouse, former spouse or dependent child in the event that they outlive you. Colloquially, this is often referred to as a widows pension. For many retirees whose retirement income consists of their military retirement and social security, not electing SBP cover age can impoverish your spouse if he or she outlives you, as he or she only has social security to live off. If you die on active duty, your spouse will collect SBP automatically. If you wish to retain this benefit into retirement, however, you must enroll at the time of retirement and pay monthly premiums. How much will SBP cost? The cost of SBP depends on the level of coverage you choose. If you elect full coverage, the cost of SBP coverage will be based on 6.5 percent of your full gross pay. For example, if you receive $1,000 of retired pay each month, and elect full SBP coverage, your monthly cost to cover your spouse under the plan will be $65 each month. You can also elect a lower level of SBP coverage. For example, if you receive $1,000 of retired pay each month, you can elect to have your coverage based only on $700 of your pay. In this case, we would calculate 6.5 percent of $700, and the monthly cost to cover a spouse under SBP would be $45.50. There is, however, a minimum level of coverage required and that the amount is unique to each retiree. What are the advantages of SBP? You will leave a guaranteed income to your beneficiary. Eligible beneficiaries under the plan will receive 55 percent of the retirees elected amount of cover age. SBP benefits are inflation indexed, and coverage and cost are not affected by illness or age. Unlike many private life insur ance policies, SBP coverage will not be cancelled or revoked due to any illness you may have or your age. Whether you retire at age 45 or 80, you or your spouses age or health will never be considered a liability and never impact the cost of the program. In addition, the receipt of survivor benefits will not be affected by Social Security bene fits. Finally, the SBP annuity is pro tected against inflation, increas ing each December with a Cost of Living Adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index. You can pay for SBP benefits with a pre-tax payroll deduction. For nearly all retirees, Survivor Benefit Plan premiums are auto matically deducted from your gross pay prior to the deduction of federal income tax. This decreases your total taxable income, and thus your overall tax liability. What are the disadvantages of SBP? A monthly deduction is taken from your retirement income to pay for your SBP coverage. This can be as much as, but no more than, 6.5 percent of your gross retired pay. You might consider the relationship between the cost of the program and its benefits. To earn an even return on your investment, your beneficiary typically must receive payment for seven months for every five years you pay SBP premiums. Once you enroll, changing your election is difficult. Although it may seem unnecessary to consider providing for your loved ones until later on in life, please be aware that the decisions you make at retirement regarding your SBP can be difficult to change. For example, if, at retirement, you have an eligible spouse or children and decide not to have them cov ered under the plan, it will be very difficult to have your current or any future spouse or children covered under the plan in the future. If you fail to elect SBP at the time of retirement, you may not be able to elect it in the future. One of the only exceptions to this rule is if you were not married at the time of retirement and you get married later and wish to elect SBP for your spouse. Enrolling in the SBP may be one component of your overall estate plan. When making decisions about your estate you may choose to consult with an accountant, a financial advisor or an attorney for additional assistance.For more information on SBP, visit: tary/provide/sbp.html. For questions regarding VA pay, benefits and dis ability ratings, you should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 800-827-1000. For more informa tion, contact the Region Legal Service Office Southeast at NAS Jacksonville at 542-2565.What is the Survivor Benefits Plan? NRD Jax volunteersRecruiters from Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville, vol unteered their time and labor, June 20 to the City Rescue Mission, a local charity that provides food, clothing, shel ter, emergency services and residential recovery programs to homeless men, women and families. Financial support of City Mission comes from donations made generously by concerned individuals, churches, businesses, civic orga nizations and foundations. 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always tried to make our mili tary feel like they are welcome by providing excellent service and keeping our candy dish full. We would always have people come back in to say thank you for the candy and for making them feel so welcome as they came aboard. It was always nice to hear them say it was the best office on the base, she added. As Farley begins her retire ment, she plans to spend more quality time with her husband of 32 years, and hopes to make many visits to Gainesville to see her daughter . and the Gators!!!! Although I was a little unsure about retiring, because Ive loved my position and the people Ive worked with for the past seven years, Im ready to learn how to relax and slow down, she said. I cant wait to plan vacations to the Grand Canyon, Turks and Caicos, and a cruise to Alaska. Farley said her success comes from having a goal in mind and seeking out every opportunity for advancement. You have to have a goal in your life and be willing to follow that path. Dont ever give up . reach for the stars! said Farley. Over the past 40 years Ive stuck to my commitments, Ive gone the miles and Ive always done the very best job that I could do, she added. Its paid off thanks for the memories! FARLEYFrom Page 14 From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public AffairsA newly released scientific report demonstrates the viabil ity of a new method to estimate received sound levels during real scenarios and analyzes movements of satellite-tagged individuals of three species of marine mammals exposed to Navy mid-frequency active sonar around Kauais Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). This is exciting news in sev eral ways, not least of which is the promise this new integrat ed approach holds for learning how sonar affects marine mam mals, said Julie Rivers, natural and marine resources program manager for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which funded the study as part of its Marine Mammal Monitoring Program. The report is co-authored by Robin Baird and Daniel Webster of Cascadia Research, Brandon Southall of Southall Environmental Associates, and Stephen Martin of the U.S. Navy. Morgan Richie, the Navy technical representative at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, provided technical oversight for the proj ect. On five occasions preced ing Navy training events the researchers tagged a total of 23 marine mammals. The data from the satellite tags enabled them to track points along the animals path and, in some cases, due to more sophisticat ed tags, their dive movements. The range facilitys hydro phones, on the ocean floor northwest of Kauai, were used to record data on the actual levels of sound energy from sonar transmissions. That data enabled the scientists to use mathematical modeling to pro duce estimates of the range of sound levels to which some of the animals were exposed and to assess their responses. Some tags didnt provide enough information, as often happens, and many of the tagged animals were not on or near the range during the brief periods when sonar was being used. Nonetheless, received sound levels were compiled and movements tracked for four animals: two rough-toothed dolphins, a bottle-nose dolphin and a short-finned pilot whale. The researchers found that the bottlenose dolphin showed no large-scale movements out of the area during sonar expo sures, and a short-finned pilot whale actually moved toward areas of higher sonar levels during the third day of a 3-day period of regular mid-frequen cy active sonar use. While the data from the rough-toothed dolphins are more limited than those for the bottlenose dol phin and the short-finned pilot whale, results are similar in that the animals did not make broad scale movement into areas where received sound levels would have been lower. The sample is obviously small, but we are encouraged by the prospects for using this integrated approach to learn more about the behavior of sound in the water and how it affects marine life, said Rivers. (MOAA) N.E. Florida Chapter 18 will meet MOAA is open to active duty and retired info on MOAA, email Johnnie.walsh@gmail. com or call 282-4650. for adults is sponsored by St. Johns County Recreation & Parks and Duval County Extension Aug. 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 and 28 at Trout Creek Park in Orangedale. For details and registration, go to: www.masternaturalist. org or call 904-220-0232. Aug. 27-31 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jacksonville. Call 757-723-0317 or http:// meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Jacksonville Urban at 542-2518 or meets the 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 composed of combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to or call 276-5968. at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist military retirees 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 Helping others help themselves. Visit for more info. meets the second Thursday of each month at to the Thrift Store at the NAS Jax Yorktown gate. 246-6855. meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Murray Hill United Methodist Church, (Fellowship Hall 7083. meets the meets the second From StaffThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) offers the Military Gold Sportsmans license to active duty and retired members of the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserve, Florida National Guard, United States Coast Guard or United States Coast Guard Reserve who are sta tioned in Florida or claim Florida as their primary residence. The reduced-fee $20 annual license offers the same privileges as the tradi tional Gold Sportsmans license. The Military Gold Sportsmans license includes hunting, saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing licenses; and the deer, wildlife management area, archery, muzzle loading gun, crossbow, turkey, Florida waterfowl, snook and lobster per mits. The license does not include tarpon tags, alligator trapping licenses, limited entry hunt permits, migratory bird per mit or the federal duck stamp. Hunter education requirements apply to military personnel. The Military Gold Sportsmans licenses are only available at tax collectors offic es. You must show your military identi fication card to the clerk, therefore the license is not available online, by phone or at other license agencies. For more information, go to: license/recreational/military-gold U.S. Navy file photoAri Friedlaender, a Duke University Marine Laboratory research er, attaches a D-TAG to a pilot whale off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Friedlaender is collaborating with scientists at The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to study the effects of sound on marine mammals. The D-TAG is a digital acoustic recording tag issued to study marine mammal behavior.Navy marine mammal project breaks new ground Military hunting/fishing licenses available Community Calendar 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 10, 2014


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