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PAGE 1 ACKSONVILLE F LA THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014 I I D E NMCRS New Fund Raising RecordPage 4 BASEBALL Little League Playoffs Page 6 MEMORIAL RIDE Remember Jim WarmowskiPage 15Check us out Online! By Lt. Brian Morgan VP-30 Public Affairs Officer VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Curt Phillips and AM1 William Harnisch were recent ly presented the 2013 Golden Wrench Award by Chuck Martello of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Officially known as the AVCM Donald M. Neal Aircraft Maintenance Award, the Golden Wrench was initiated in 1965 by the Chief of Naval Operations and sponsored by Lockheed Martin. It is presented annually to the VP, VQ or VPU Squadron that demonstrate the highest levels of maintenance excellence. The competition this year was keen. Winning this prestigious award demands professional ism, leadership, and teamwork at all levels. Squadrons demon strated superb technical exper tise and an all hands dedica tion to the mission of mainte nance readiness. The VP-30 Maintenance Department exceeded CNATRAs ready for tasking rate for all 12 months while operat ing both P-3C and P-8A aircraft. Their maintenance depart ment is characterized by aggres sive leadership, personal dedi cation and exceptional stan dards of performance. VP-30 Maintenance Officer Cmdr. Kevin Andersen, cred ited the men and women of the squadrons maintenance department for their dedication and performance. The Golden Wrench Award is verification of the strict quality maintenance practices that all Pros Nest maintainers adhere to. Our by-the-book mainte nance philosophy, coupled with unmatched professionalism, kept VP-30 aircraft maintained to the highest standards, said Andersen. Im real proud of this dedicat ed maintenance team as theyve worked very hard, are deserv ing, and have definitely earned this award. The Pros Nest main tenance team, which is com prised of both Sailors and CFT civilians, is second to none. In addition to winning the Golden Wrench Award, VP-30 also received the 2013 Commander Theodore G. Ellyson Aviator Production Excellence Award that was pre sented by Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Rear Adm. Matthew Carter to VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Curt Phillips. The 2013 Ellyson Award for training production and the Golden Wrench Award for main tenance excellence are under pinned by a safety culture that has been stewarded by leader ship through the ranks. They did not happen without tremen dous effort, leadership and com mitment. These awards are tes taments to that, said Phillips. The award is named in honor of Cmdr. Theodore G. Ellyson, USN, who was the first Naval Officer to undergo aviation training and who was designat ed Naval Aviator No.1 in January 1914. Throughout his career, Ellyson was instrumental in the development of all facets of naval aviation, including the establishment of the first flight training sites. The Ellyson award is spon sored by CACI Corporation and is awarded to three Fleet Replacement Squadrons one CNAP, one CNAL, and one USMC and two Chief of Naval Air Training squadrons, one pri mary and one advanced. This years winners demonstrated the greatest production efficien cy in training the right num ber of pilots, naval flight offi cers and naval aircrewmen on schedule to meet requirements within CNO-approved syllabus time. VP-30 is the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the P-3C Orion and the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. Pros Nest earns top CNO awardsPhoto courtesy of VP-30 (From left) Chuck Martello, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, AM1 William Harnisch and VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Curt Phillips at a recent awards ceremony in NAS Jacksonville Hangar 30. By Lt. Alec VeroneVP-45 Public AffairsVP-45 Combat Aircrew 2, Combat Aircrew 4, and maintenance person nel arrived recently at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii to par ticipate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. The biennial event, which includes participants from 22 countries, is the worlds largest maritime warfare exer cise. The Pelican team flew a P-8A Poseidon, the Navys newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, to participate in the exercise. RIMPAC 2014 is a great opportunity for the international fleet to work with a P-8A on-station during tactical mis sions, said Lt. Cmdr. Carl White, officer in charge of the VP-45 detachment. He added that dissimilar air, sea and land assets will able to familiarize them selves with the Poseidons numerous new capabilities during multiple sorties. The Pelicans are scheduled to partici pate in at least 14 events including the unique opportunity to live-fire an AGM84D Harpoon missile in a Coordinated Time-On-Top event with a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) P-3C Orion. The VP-45 detachment will return to its home base of NAS Jacksonville in early August. Pelicans arrive in Hawaii for RIMPAC 2014Photo courtesy of VP-45VP-45 Pelicans stand with Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) P-3C Orion aircrewmen after a RIMPAC 2014 mission briefing. (From left) Lt. Cmdr. Carl White, Lt. Donnell Exum, Lt. Justin Rogers and Lt. John Leeds. From VP-16 Public AffairsOn Nov. 29, 2013 two P-8A Poseidons from VP-16 lifted off from NAS Jacksonville, marking the beginning of a dynamic seven-month deployment for the War Eagles and the first opera tional deployment of the Navys P-8A Poseidon. On July 16, the squadrons final air craft touched down in Jacksonville, sig nifying the successful end to their his toric deployment. Families and friends were on hand to welcome the Sailors and aircrew home with smiles, hugs and kisses. Operating out of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, the War Eagles sup ported Commander, Task Force 72 (CTF-72), flying anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare; intelligence, sur veillance, and reconnaissance; mar itime domain awareness; search and rescue; carrier strike group coordina tion; and theater security coopera tion missions throughout the Western Pacific area of responsibility (AOR). The squadron assumed responsibility as Commander, Task Group 72.2 (CTG 72.2), one of two forward-deployed task groups for CTF-72. Sister squad ron VP-46 from Whidbey Island, Wash. formed the other. Our men and women have worked tirelessly the last seven months, Cmdr. Daniel Papp, the squadrons command ing officer, commented. As the first squadron to deploy with the P-8A, we were faced with chal lenges that the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) commu nity has not seen in over 50 years since VP-8 first deployed with the P-3 Orion and, I am proud to say, our Sailors and aircrews flexibility and diligent work ethic allowed us to handle these trials effectively. Papp noted the important role VP-16 Sailors played in shaping a positive per ception of the MPRF community and the P-8A, stating, From static displays and community service projects, to dayto-day interactions with host nations, our Sailors handled themselves with the utmost integrity and discipline. Our War Eagle team unquestionably rep resented the U.S. Navy, and the United States, admirably. VP-16 home from historic deploymentPhoto by MCC Keith DeVinney Members of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 fuel up a P-8A Poseidon on the flight line at Perth Airport, Australia, before a mission to assist with the international effort to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. VP-16 was deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.See VP-16, Page 18


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorIts been a while since weve been in the market for a new car. In fact, now that our youngest boy is 7, this would be our first new car in 14 years that wed buy without thinking about car seats. And, oh yes, vehicles have changed a lot. Let me summarize the current market: everything works with the touch of a button. Yes, even the ignition. I thought my minivan that weve driven for five years was state-of-the art because it had flip-down movie screens for the kids. But apparently movie screens are so 2009 because now the driver has a touch screen. When my minivan was in the shop for four days, I rented several cars. A Jeep Grand Cherokee, was so loaded with features, I had to pull off to the side of the road just to figure out how to turn off the air-condi tioned seats. Yes, the seats were vented. If youve never felt freezing cold air blown through the seat of your pants, well, youre not missing much. It was kind of like landing bottom first in a snowbank. The Jeep had a screen for controlling the climate, the navigation, the stereo (the finest Ive ever heard, by the way), and even my cellphone. The point is, in just five years, cars have advanced far beyond my minivans snazzy, but seriously dated, movie screens. Dustin didnt think we needed a new car. After all, while hes in D.C. during the week, he doesnt have a car. This discrepancy between Dustins big-city relationship with his (non) automobile and my haulthe-kids-to-and-from relationship with my van would make the task of buying a car even more difficult that it usually is for us. Dustin doesnt like to spend money. Ever. The van would have to lose a wheel before hed agree to a new car. (Spoiler: two days after Dustin said, lets wait a while longer before we get a new car, the van did lose a tire.) Dustins fond ness for never giving a few grand to a dealership is why the Smiley car rotation goes like this: Sarah gets a new car, Dustin takes the old one. The first time we shopped for a car together (15 years ago), I told Dustin, in front of the salesman, to be nicer to said salesman by refrain ing from asking him to go any lower on the price. Ever since, Ive been banned from big-purchase negotiations. I usually get the car I want, however, only after Dustin makes me test drive five others that I know I wont like. This is why I say Im the heart of the opera tion, and he is the brain. I fall in love with a car and he balks. (He once asked, Why do you need a new pair of shoes if you already have one pair?) In the end, we usually end up with my love-at-firstsight choice at his wont-break-the-bank price. This is a roundabout way of saying that without Dustin Id be broke, and without me, hed get by with sneakers from 1985. Our week of car rentals and car shopping got the boys thinking about all of this, too. The idea that someone goes to a dealership and buys a car was for eign to them. Dont cars just show up? And now all three sons were witnessing firsthand how decisions happen in our family. In the back of our (rented) car one night, their con versation went like this: Owen: When I get older Im going to buy a Ford. Probably a truck, but maybe an Explorer. Lindell: Why? Owen: Because I like those cars, so I will get them. Lindell: You cant just say that, Owen. Especially if youre going to have a wife. Owen: Well, Ill make sure I make my own money so I can choose the car. Ford: I dont think it works that way, either, Owen. I mean, look at mom and dad. After laughing until I cried, I took the moment to tell the boys how lucky we are that Dustin can provide cars (and a house, clothes and furniture) for us. Were even more fortunate that Dustin often goes without in order to give us the things we need or want. Sure, some of his selflessness comes from a desire not to spend money, but mostly it comes from wanting us to be safe, happy and healthy. Fortunate indeed. And someday I hope to repay Dustin by gifting him whichever car we end up buying after I am done with it and want a new one. 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 U.S. Navy photosAn E-1B Tracer aircraft of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 12 in 1964. A derivative of the C-1 Trader, The E-1 featured folding wings for compact storage aboard aircraft carriers. Unlike the S-2 and C-1 in which the wings folded upwards, the radome atop the fuselage necessitated the E-1 to fold its wings along the sides of the fuselage. of VS-28 returned from deployment to their new homeport of NAS Cecil Field, where they transitioned from the S-2E to the S-3A Viking aircraft. The last An S-2F Tracker with its MAD (magnetic anomaly detector) boom extended. The Stoof as it was known, was a carrier-based antisubmarine warfare aircraft. It was the first aircraft design to combine the detection equipment and armament to hunt and destroy submarines. The first production deliveries started in 1953. A total of 1,342 aircraft were built in 16 configurations that included the S-2 Tracker, the C-1 Trader and the E-1B Tracer. From StaffJuly 17 1858 U.S. sloop Niagara departs Queenstown, Ireland, to assist in laying first trans-Atlantic tele graph cable. 1898 Santiago, Cuba surrenders to U.S. Naval forc es. 1927 First organized dive bombing attack in combat by Marine Corps pilots against bandits who were surrounding U.S. Marine garrison at Ocotal, Nicaragua. 1944 Ammunition explosion at Naval Magazine in Port Chicago, Calif. kills 320, wounds 390. 1970 The P-3C began deployed operations as VP-49 took over patrol responsibilities at Keflavik, Iceland. 1975 Docking in space of the U.S. Apollo 18 and Soviet Soyuz 19 space crafts. This was the first manned space flight conducted jointly by the two nations and the final flight of the Apollo spacecraft. Former naval aviator Vance Brand was the Apollo command module pilot. The Apollo craft was in space for 9 days and 7.5 hours. Recovery was by USS New Orleans (LPH-11). July 18 1775 Continental Congress resolves that each colo ny provide armed vessels. 1779 Commodore Abraham Whipples squad ron captures 11 ships in largest prize value of Revolutionary War. 1792 John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France. 1920 Naval aircraft sink ex-German cruiser Frankfurt in target practice. 1943 German submarine shoots down K-74, the first and only U.S. airship lost during WW II. 1966 Launch of Gemini 10 with Lt. Cmdr. John Young as Command Pilot. Mission involved 43 orbits at an altitude of 412 nautical miles and lasted two days, 22 hours and 46 minutes. Recovery was by HS-3 helicopter from USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7). 1973 Task Force 78, a mine countermeasures force, departs waters of North Vietnam after completing minesweeping operations of 1,992 tow hours at the cost of $20.39 million. July 19 1812 The heavy frigate USS Constitution escapes from British squadron after three-day chase off New Jersey. 1886 USS Atlanta, one of the first steel-hulled American cruisers armed with breech-loading rifled guns, is commissioned. 1897 Lt. Robert Peary departs on yearlong Arctic Expedition that makes many important discoveries, including one of largest meteorites, Cape York. 1918 Armored cruiser USS San Diego sunk off Fire Island, N.Y. by a mine laid by U-156. July 20 1846 First visit of U.S. warships (USS Columbus and USS Vincennes) to Japan is unsuccessful in nego tiating a treaty. 1960 USS George Washington (SSBN 598) success fully fires the first two operational Polaris missiles while submerged off Florida. 1969 Former Navy pilot Neil Armstrong is first man to set foot on the moon. While taking the first step, he said, Thats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Armstrong was Commander of Apollo 11, which during its 8-day mission landed on the Sea of Tranquility. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Hornet (CVS-12). July 21 1823 After pirate attack, Lt. David G. Farragut leads landing party to destroy pirate stronghold in Cuba. 1944 Invasion and recapture of Guam begins. 1946 In first U.S. test of adaptability of jet aircraft to shipboard operations, XFD-1 Phantom makes land ings and takeoffs without catapults from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42). July 22 1802 The heavy frigate Constellation defeats nine Corsair gunboats off Tripoli. 1905 Body of John Paul Jones moved to Annapolis, Md. for reburial. 1964 Four Navy divers (Lt. Cmdr. Robert Thompson, GM1 Lester Anderson, QMC Robert Barth and HMC Sanders Manning) submerge in SeaLab I for 10 days at a depth of 192 feet, 39 miles off Hamilton, Bermuda. They surfaced on July 31. July 23 1947 The first all-jet Navy squadron (VF-17A) receives its first aircraft, the FH-1 Phantom. 1950 USS Boxer (CV-21) sets record crossing of Pacific to bring aircraft, troops and supplies to Korea at start of the conflict. 1958 USS Nautilus (SSN-571) departs Pearl Harbor for first submerged transit of North Pole. 1993 Sarah Deal becomes first woman Marine selected for naval aviation training. This Week in Navy History From The HomefrontCar shopping with the SmileysSmiley


Ball cap wear policy to expandFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs OfficeThe Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) announced July 11 a change to uniform regulations giving command ing officers discretion to authorize the wear of com mand ball caps with Navy Working Uniforms (NWU) Type I, II and III beginning Sept. 1. Initiated by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, this change is a result of Sailor feedback received at all hands calls and is part of Navys efforts to further empower command triads. Currently ball caps can only be worn with the physi cal training uniform, coveralls and flight suits; with NWUs only when standing bridge watch and by com mand training teams during a training evolution. The 8-point cover remains part of a Sailors sea bag. The change in wear rules for the ball caps, which will include Fleet leadership input, will be released in a NAVADMIN later this summer and will include occasion of wear rules. Sailors can provide feedback on uniforms to umo_ or U.S. Navy photoQMC James Kuroski (center) supervises Sailors plotting navi gational points on the bridge aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Currently ball caps can only be worn when standing bridge watch. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 NH Jacksonville and reserve units awarded Navy Blue H Health Promotion and Wellness awardBy Yan KennonNH Jacksonville Public Affairs Senior WriterNaval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville, comprised of its hospital and five naval branch health clin ics (NBHCs); Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Jacksonville; and seven Navy Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) detachments have been awarded the Navy Surgeon Generals Health Promotion and Wellness Blue H Award for 2013. This award symbolizes the resiliency of Naval Hospital Jacksonvilles military, civilian and volun teer staff, said Capt. Gayle Shaffer, NH Jacksonville commanding officer. This is a direct reflection of a military treatment facility and its medical reserve units working to provide continuous world-class care to our nations heroes and their families while meeting or exceeding all clinical standards of excellence. NH Jacksonvilles hospital, NBHC Jacksonville, NOSC Jacksonville and OHSU detachments each received the highest recognition Gold Star level. NBHC Key West, NBHC Kings Bay and NBHC Mayport received the Silver Eagle and OHSU detachments received the Bronze Anchor. The Blue H Award recognizes excellence in clinical primary prevention services, community health promotion and medical staff health. The award assesses health topics such as alcohol abuse prevention, injury prevention, nutrition, physical activity, psychological health, sexual health, tobac co cessation and weight management. A total of 281 Navy and Marine Corps active and reserve units were selected for the Blue H Award. To find out more about Navy wellness programs, contact your local Wellness Center or Health Promotions. For additional information on the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center visit Photo by Kaylee LaRocqueFRCSE admin officer retiresLt. Cmdr. June Velez, former Fleet Readiness Center Southeast administrative officer, salutes her sideboys as she is piped ashore after her retirement ceremony at the NAS Jacksonville Officers' Club on July 10. Velez retired from the U.S. Navy after 28 years of dedicated service. NMCRS fund drive sets recordFrom StaffThe official check presentation of the 2014 Active Duty Fund Drive in support of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) took place July 14 in the office of Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Rick Williamson. Serving our country has always pre sented unique challenges to our men and women in uniform, their fam ilies, widows and survivors. For 100 years, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has always been there, help ing Sailors and Marines to help them selves. Contributing to Navy-Marine Corps Relief will keep this mission alive, said Williamson. This year, VP-30 was the host coor dinator of the campaign for the second year in a row, under the leadership of Lt. Fred Pacifico. Despite a difficult year in campaign fundraising across the board, the active duty members aboard NAS Jacksonville went above and beyond to show their support of NMCRS raising a whopping $339,156. This beat last years fund raising amount by more than $30,000, said Pacifico. NMCRS Jacksonville Director Monika Wood said, The support we received from the top from our honor ary chairman of the board, Rear Adm. Williamson to VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. C.K. Phillips, and each commands fund drive representative, was crucial to this years success. Wood said commands whose Sailors went above and beyond for the fund drive included VP-30, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, NAS Jacksonville, Naval Hospital Jacksonville and VP-45. The Navy Exchange also participated in a coupon program that raised almost $13,000. VP-30 hosted its annual golf tournament in support of the drive and brought in $32,800. Many other commands came togeth er to raise financial support for NMCRS a private, non-profit charitable organi zation sponsored by the Department of the Navy that exists to take care of our own. The support shows the true comrad ery of the service members aboard NAS Jacksonville. NMCRS is not funded by the U.S. government or the military, but relies on donations of service members. Typically every dollar donated may be recycled over and over again as a true gift that continues to give. Last year, nearly 2,000 individ ual cases were processed at NAS Jacksonville, with a small staff and a large cadre of committed volunteers, the aim is to be there for service mem bers when in need. For more than 110 years, NMCRS has helped Sailors and Marines and their families deal with crisis, prepare for the future, solve problems and find peace of mind through financial assistance and education. In 2013, Jacksonvilles NMCRS office provided more than $1.5 million in local assistance, while NMCRS at large deliv ered nearly $50 million to service mem bers in crisis around the globe. This assistance eases the burden so that the members may focus on their mission at hand. In addition to financial services, NMCRS offers Budget for Baby classes, Babys First Sea Bag, Visiting Nurses and Combat Casualty Assistance nurs es. Photo by MC2 Stacy LaseterNavy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Jacksonville Director Monika Woods, accepts a check for $39,156.68 from Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Rick Williamson and VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. C.K. Phillips. NMCRS provides financial assistance and education to Sailors and Marines, as well as their eligible family members. Naval Hospital awardsCapt. Gayle Shaffer (left), Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville com manding officer, presents the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Cmdr. Julie Lundstad dur ing an awards cer emony at the hos pital on July 11. Other award recip ients included: Lt. Cmdr. Margaret Reynolds (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); Lt. Erica Diamond (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); Lt. Vincent Jones (Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal); CS1 Jonathan Wilson (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); PS2 Darah Turner (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); HM2 Michelle Tracey (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal); and HN Steven Scriveri was frocked to HM3. Photo by Jacob Sippel


By LT. j.g. Joseph BayoVP-26 Public Affairs OfficerThe Tridents of VP-26 welcomed an enthusiastic group of students and their parents from Mandarin Christian Homeschoolers July 7 for a tour of the squadrons hangar space, along with a P-3C Orion. While the Tridents host guests regu larly, what made this group unique is that they are taught their schoolwork at home. The Mandarin Christian Homeschoolers, established in 2002, consists of grades kindergarten through 12. The tour was attended by partici pants ages 7 and older. As part of their visit to the squadron, the group was given the opportunity to tour the inside of one of the P-3C Orions parked in hangar 1000 at NAS Jacksonville. Inside the Orion, the students were taken from the main cabin door to the flight station, stopping by the different crew stations. In the flight station, the students were able to sit in the pilot and flight engineer seats and handle the controls. After that they were guided to the galley located in the back of the aircraft. Outside the aircraft, several air crew men demonstrated the different fea tures of the flight gear and survival equipment worn on every flight. The students were then allowed to try on equipment, giving them a glimpse into the life of a naval aviator. AWF1 VanDyke, a senior instructor flight engineer who led the events of the day, noted: It was great to host such an energetic and lively group of students. VP-26 hopes the Mandarin Christian Homeschoolers enjoyed their visit and looks forward to welcoming them again in the future. By Lt. j.g. Brendan McGoeyVP-10 PAOAZ1 Roy McDuffie is this weeks recipient of VP-10s Red Lancer of the Week award. On June 3, McDuffie dis covered that the server used to track flight information was losing data and eventually crashed. The support cen ter in Norfolk, Va. informed him that it would take numerous days to rebuild the server and reload the lost data plus another day for back fitting purposes. Instead of accepting this delay, McDuffie took it into his own hands and dedicated 16 hours of his time to rebuilding the home guard server and reloading all the aircraft, more than 800 support equipment and survival gear components and 368 personnel. In addition, he updated the server with the latest antivirus software to prevent the issue from rearing its head again. Thanks to his exemplary efforts, the job was completed in minimum time and the flight schedule needs were met the very next day with all data com pletely recovered and back fitted. McDuffie exhibited qualities toward which every Red Lancer should strive including leadership, initiative, com mitment to the mission and dedication. From StaffVeterans in Northeast Florida now have a new source of assistance for pre paring compensation claims to sub mit to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for disability. The next VA Claims Preparation Workshop is July 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Building 1 aboard NAS Jacksonville. Subsequent workshops are scheduled for Aug. 8 and Sept 26. Provided by AMVETS, the disability claims workshop is designed to expe dite VA processing by cutting through the red tape. Getting VA paperwork submit ted correctly the first time is critically important to receiving your disabil ity ratings in a timely manner, said AMVETS National Service Officer David Sanders. Our primary purpose is to intercede on behalf of veterans with the VA at no charge to the veteran. He added that participation in the workshop will require the service mem ber to solicit command support. Seating is limited, so pre-reg istration is required via email to: Sanders added that attending the VA Claims Preparation Workshop increases the prospect of getting disability ratings back in a timely manner within the 90 to 180 days projected by the VA.VA disability claims workshop July 24Red Lancer of the Week: AZ1 Roy McDuffie AZ1 Roy McDuffie Homeschoolers visit VP-26 TridentsPhotos courtesy of VP-26VP-26 Sailors describe surveil lance equipment to students in the cramped quarters of a P-3C Orion. (At left) Students and par ents from Mandarin Christian Homeschoolers wait to see the inside of a P-3C Orion at the VP-26 hangar space. AWF1 James VanDyke answers questions from students and parents of Mandarin Christian Homeschoolers outside of the VP-26 P-3C Orion aircraft. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 5


By Lt. j.g. Anthony MontesVP-45 Public AffairsLast month saw the pro motion of nine VP-45 offi cers at Bragan Field, home of the Jacksonville Suns Baseball Team, in downtown Jacksonville. Before the first pitch was thrown that sunny afternoon, the VP-45 Pelicans Wardroom gathered near home plate for the time-honored ritual. Lt. Lindsey Pifer, Lt. Jeff Clauser, Lt. John Falzetta, Lt. Gregory Stewart, Lt. j.g. Chris Roberts, Lt. Chris Duncan, Lt. Andrew Lee, Lt. Jarred Tate, and Lt. Alec Verone were sworn in to their newly promoted ranks by VP-45 skipper Cmdr. T.J. Grady. Family and friends gath ered with the newly promoted at Jax Sports Tavern across the street from the ballpark before the ceremony for another val ued tradition among Navy commands, a hail and fare well where the Pelicans offi cially welcomed Lt. j.g. Caroline Lockett, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and Lt. j.g. Michael Buck, a prior rescue swimmer (AWR) as the new est members of the Pelican Wardroom. The wardroom also bid fare well to three of its senior mem bers. Lt. Donnel Exum and Lt. John Leeds will be training the next generation of P-8A pilots and NFOs at the Pros Nest (VP30), while Lt. Michael Lehman will help stand up VUP-19, to develop the MQ-4C Triton. By Yan KennonNH Jacksonville Public Affairs Senior WriterNaval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville hosted its first Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) symposium June 26-27 at its hospital. Twenty-five fleet and shore IDCs from across the southeast region attended the event. The two-day symposium provided education and training on the latest medical practices and tactics. Topics ranged from dermatology and cardiolo gy to dental emergencies, hypertension diagnosis and eye trauma. Capt. Gayle Shaffer, NH Jacksonville commanding officer, kicked-off the event by reflecting on the importance of Navy IDCs and their accomplishments over the last decade. Independent Duty Corpsmen are a big part of what Navy Medicine does, said Shaffer. Without what you do as Independent Duty Corpsmen, the Navy would not be able to meet its mission. The IDCs participated in classroom and some hands-on workshops, and toured the different hospital areas where their patients would likely end up after being consulted. This symposium was not only a training platform, but also an avenue that allowed the Independent Duty Corpsmen to network, share personal experiences and foster espirit de corps with others in their community, said HMC Noel Martinez, symposium pro gram manager. The symposium also allowed attending corpsmen to acquire continuing medical education cred its towards their annual IDC require ments. Navy IDCs are the subject matter experts for the hospital corpsman rating and often experience the most diverse duty stations surface ships, Seabees, special warfare units (SEALs or expedi tionary warfare units) and billets with the fleet marine force. To become a Navy IDC, selected hospital corpsmen (pay grades E5-E7) attend 12 months of intensive class room and clinical training. Upon completion, corpsmen earn the Navy enlisted classification surface force IDC (8425), deep sea diving IDC (8494), submarines IDC (8402) or recon IDC (8403). Programs such as the IDC sympo sium, Hospital Corpsman University and Tactical Combat Casualty Care are just three of the more than 100 medical training, research and support collabo rations that NH Jacksonville has within the public-private sector throughout Florida and Georgia. Its exceptionally skilled surgeons, physicians, nurses, corpsmen and other health care staff, and the ability to offer an array of specialty services, contin ue to make NH Jacksonville a leader in Navy Medicine. By Lt. Chris Reintjes, JAGC, USNLegal Assistance Attorney, NAS JacksonvilleFor most people estate planning seems like something only the rich need to worry about. However, there is more to planning your estate than just deciding who gets your money when you die. For instance, who is going to take care of your children? What if you remarry and you have children from a previous relationship? Do you want your ex han dling your childs money when youre gone? Do you have stepchildren you are raising as your own and wish to plan for as if they were your own biologi cal children? Is there someone in your life who would be the last person in the world you would want getting any of your money when youre gone? All of these issues and more can be discussed, for free, by scheduling an appointment with your local legal assistance office and meeting with an attorney. Most Americans have very little sav ings in the bank, live paycheck to pay check, average $15,000 in credit card debt, $154,000 in mortgage debts, and $33,000 in student loans. If your finan cial situation is like this, you might be thinking that you dont have anything to give away except debts. It is true that the value of your estate when you die is calculated by taking the value of what you own minus the value of what you owe. So, that being said, what is the value of your estate? First, we have to figure out what you own. If youre like most military members, you have elected the stan dard $400,000 from your Service Group Members Life Insurance (SGLI). If you were to die on active duty, or in cer tain reserve statuses, the federal gov ernment provides an additional $100K death gratuity to help provide for the immediate needs of your surviving family members. Thus youre looking at a minimum of a half a million dollars in assets immediately upon your death. By keeping your SGLI form up-todate, you have planned for this to pay out to your surviving spouse. However, in the event he/she dies before you, it is directed to go to your children. Can a minor child be given $400,000? No, your child can not be given that money directly. The solution is a trust fund. Lastly, there is someone out there who has read this far into this article and is thinking, Oh, I am just going to give everything to my brother, he knows what I want him to do with my money. Although your brother is prob ably very trustworthy, circumstances that neither of you could have foreseen, such as an unexpected illness or hard financial times could befall him and the money you intended your brother to use to care for your children could be sub ject to your brothers creditors. Instead, tell your money where to go. Plan your estate today, because you do have one. For more information on estate plan ning, contact the Region Legal Service Office Southeast at NAS Jacksonville at 542-2565.Learning about estate planning Photo courtesy of VP-45 VP-45 Commanding Officer Cmdr. T.J. Grady administers the Navy oath of enlistment to (from left) Lt. j.g. Chris Roberts, Lt. John Falzetta, Lt. Jeff Clauser, Lt. Gregory Stewart, Lt. Chris Duncan, Lt. Lindsey Pifer, Lt. Andrew Lee, Lt. Alec Verone, and Lt. Jarred Tate before the start of a Jacksonville Suns baseball game.Field promotions at VP-45NH Jacksonville hosts its first IDC Symposium 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014


From Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsDue to inconsistent advance ment opportunities for select Naval Aircrewman (AW) communities during a period of platform transition, Navy Personnel Command has established a Senior Enlisted Aircrew Advisory Board (SEAAB) to develop a plan for the future of the rate. According to Capt. Bruce Deshotel, head enlisted community manager, the AWF (Mechanical) and AWV (Avionics) communities have a planned 60 percent reduction in manning between now and 2020. This outlook has impacted advancement opportunities. While the community manag ers successfully developed a num ber of mitigation plans that increased advancement opportunity, we still need to look at developing a long-term solu tion to best support the Sailors and the commands, Deshotel said. In 2005, a SEEAB was also convened to address Aircrew advancement opportunity that resulted in all Naval Aircrewmen being consolidated into the AW rating. It took three years for the first SEAAB to consolidate the Aircrew. We do not want to rush any options, but rather come to a logical conclusion which will benefit our personnel and AW commu nities. The experts from all aspects of the ratings, as well as aviation leader ship, will work together for a beneficial outcome, said Deshotel. The board held its first meeting July 11 and brought together stakeholders from Naval Air Forces, Navy Air Force Reserve, Naval Education and Training Command, Center for Naval Aviation and Technical Training, Naval Air Technical Training Center, and more. We will come to leadership with courses of action that all stakeholders feel best support their Sailors as well as their commands by the middle of September, Deshotel said. We dont think the solution will be simple but our goal is to develop an actionable plan that best supports all concerned.Advisory board formed to assess future of AW rate JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 9


By Lt. Brian Morgan VP-30 Public Affairs OfficerVP-30 recently opened its doors to staff and volunteers from Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) at NAS Jacksonville, NS Mayport, and NSB Kings Bay for a tour of its facilities and aircraft. The group was welcomed by VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. C.K. Phillips, and fol lowed by a presentation high lighting the missions of the VP-30 War Eagles and the Navys Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF). The tour highlighted static training weapons employed by MPRF, followed by a tour of a P-3C Orion aircraft and a walkthrough of the P-8A Integrated Training Center. During the tour, the group tested their skills flying the P-8A Poseidon flight simulator, as well as donning actual surviv al gear that is worn by aircrew during missions. Monika Woods, director of NMCRS NAS Jacksonville, said, This hands-on tour of the P-3 Orion helped us to fully rec ognize the scope, mission and complexity of the aircraft. Each station requires experts in their field to function as a whole unit and come together as a team. She added, Our peek into the P-8 Integrated Training Center was amazing. Ive no doubt the students training through this command are receiving top-notch instruction on the very latest technology. Volunteers from Jacksonville, Kings Bay and Mayport NMCRS came away with a new appre ciation for Navy aviation and the focused training that it requires. A special thank-you goes to VP-30 for their hospitality The tour was VP-30s way of saying thank-you for the incred ible work that NMCRS does and provides for Navy and Marine Corps personnel, as well as their families. VP-30 is the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the P-3C Orion and the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. Photo courtesy of VP-30VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. C.K. Phillips (left) greeted staff and volunteers from Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) at NAS Jacksonville, NS Mayport, and NSB Kings Bay. VP-30 is the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the P-3C Orion and the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.VP-30 hosts Tri-Base NMCRS gathering Photo by AE2(AW) Samantha JonesSearching air field for FODU.S. Naval Sea Cadets team up with NAS Jax Sailors to search for foreign object damage (FOD) during the base wide FOD walk down held on July 9. 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 The Childrens Corner Learning Cen ter and Daycare in Orange Park was estab lished in 1988 by Nancy Mitchell based on the philosophy that each child is unique and develops at his or her own rate. We operate on the principle that children learn best when they are having fun, Mitch ell said. And weve created a safe, com fortable environment where children can ex press their individuality, socialize with other children and their adult caregivers and have a lot of fun learning. The fully-accredited Childrens Corner consistently ranks as one of the top schools based on school readiness scores by the state of Florida. Mitchell, who taught in Clay County schools for 10 years and has a masters de gree in elementary and early childhood edu cation, and her staff take great care to ensure that their facility will remain the top-ranked daycare center in Orange Park. Our staff sees to it that preschool, daycare and VPK children are involved in activities appropriate for their ages and de velopmental levels, she said. We have a loving, caring and supporting staff who en courage the academic and overall wellbeing of the children in our care. The staff is ded icated to providing your child with a unique learning experience. They are highly trained in early childhood development. They take pride in The Childrens Corner Learning Center. The stability of the staff gives the children a sense of continuity. The fact the facility is privately owned gives parents the reassur ance that everything possible will be done to accommodate their needs and their chil drens needs. We have the advantage of being able to give one-on-one consideration and person alize the program to meet parents and chil drens needs within the requirements of the regulatory guidelines we must follow. The Childrens Corner welcomes mili tary families with a 10 percent discount for each child enrolled. Its proximity to Naval Air Station Jacksonville is an added plus for families stationed there. The year-around schedule includes a va riety of summer camps in addition to the programs offered during the school year. The facility has programs for children from 18 months through the sixth grade (about 12 swimming, and other interesting pursuits designed to keep children busy, happy and having fun. Free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is avail able at The Childrens Center during the school year. Transportation is provided to and from lo cal Clay County schools, including Fleming Island, Montclair, Lakeside, Grove Park and nearby Orange Park Elementary. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fulland part-time schedules are offered. Children can receive a full week of services or a few hours of socialization activities each day or all day several days a week multiple part-time options are available. In addition to meeting state guidelines Parents are welcome to visit the center at any time, Mitchell said. We have an open-door policy and encourage parent vol unteering. The Childrens Corner, 1720 Smith St., Orange Park, invites you to call (904 2788651), visit the website at www.thechil Or stop by and see for yourself how children who are comfortable, relaxed, well cared for and having fun thrive at The Childrens Corner. The Childrens Corner: More than a place to go its a place to grow A fully equipped playground provides exercise, fun and fresh air for The Childrens Corners youngsters. Water tables and sprinklers delight and cool on a hot summer day.


Naval Hospital Jacksonville surgeons correct debilitating injury for teenage girlBy Yan Kennon NH Jacksonville Public Affairs Senior WriterNaval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville surgeons teamed up to provide a more promising future to 12-year-old Madelyn Ofchinick three years after suffering a debilitating injury that put future physical activities in jeopardy. In October 2011 while playing with friends, Ofchinick, an active duty fam ily member, sustained a severe right patella (knee) injury during a fall. She was taken to her primary care manager (PCM) at NH Jacksonville. Ultimately she was referred to a civil ian TRICARE network provider because NH Jacksonvilles orthopedic clinic was operating at maximum capacity. During this timeframe about 200 of the hospitals military staff were deployed to support operational needs, affecting manning levels throughout its hospital. For the next two and a half years Ofchinick underwent treatment and physical therapy, through the TRICARE network, being assured that the condi tion diagnosed as a dislocated knee cap would improve with time. It was so frustrating to not be able to play with my friends or participate in sports because of my knee, said Ofchinick. Her injured knee did not improve. After recurring setbacks and little prog ress, she revisited her PCM hoping for a new avenue to treatment. She was referred to the hos pitals orthopedic clinic for treatment, that now had the capacity to see new patients. The severity of Ofchinicks injury and past treatments received were exam ined from a new perspective by NH Jacksonville surgeons Capt. William Todd, director for surgical services and pediatric orthopedic surgeon; Cmdr. Craig Randall, associate director for surgical services and sports medicine orthopedic surgeon; and Lt. Cmdr. Paul Shupe, orthopedic clinic department head and general orthopedic surgeon. After examination, it was clear that surgery would be needed to correct the problem, said Todd. Every time Madelyn moved her knee, the knee cap would laterally dislocate and cause severe pain and articular surface dam age. And the threat of additional dam age would incur each time the patient attempted to run. At first I did not want to have surgery or experience a painful recovery pro cess, explained Ofchinick. But when Dr. Todd explained the surgery and its expected outcome, I was anxious to get started. Upon reviewing previous case notes and conducting physical examinations, the diagnosis of advanced chronic patella instability with a medial patel lofemoral ligament (MPFL) tear was made. The condition was considered advanced due to the full dislocation of the knee cap. Todd recommended MPFL reconstruction surgery with patella tendon shortening as the best course of action for the patient. While MPFL reconstruction surgery is com mon in adults, it is not typically per formed on growing children. To assist with this challenging surgery, Todd relied on Shupe for his vast experience in selective hamstring harvesting a technique that would be used in this surgery. During the three-hour surgery, Shupe selectively dissected and harvested the smaller of two hamstrings in the patients right leg for use in the patella reconstruction procedure. By using the smaller hamstring, the patient would retain the larger hamstring, which could be used in the future, if needed to support any future orthopedic injuries. The concern was not just for the physical health of the patient right now, but also the future, said Shupe. Our goal was to provide surgical care that would last the lifetime of the child without removing options for future sports-related injuries such as an ante rior cruciate ligament tear or similar. The surgeons worked together to repair the injury, first reconstructing the MPFL the ligament that acts as a restraint for the knee cap, preventing lateral dislocation of the knee when bending. Then the sur geons shortened the existing patel la tendon, since she has a condition known as patella alta (high riding patel la). This condition causes the knee cap to become very mobile from side to side, predisposing the patient to frequent knee cap dislocations during physical activities. The challenge was to finetune the patella tension so the knee cap and femur would glide without dislocat ing; too much tension would cause the knee cap to grind away her articular cartilage, said Todd. The patient is expected to have a full recovery, with little to no effect on preinjury abilities and no foreseen limita tions. Because she is skeletally imma ture at age 12, there is the real possibil ity of an additional surgery to adjust the patella location on the femur in the future, said Todd. This future decision will depend on the patients growth and any future concerns that may arise. Post-surgery, at-home therapy began one week later and formal physical therapy followed one month after sur gery. Capt. Todd has been on top of the situation since first seeing Ofchinick, and the care to this point has just been phenomenal, said Karen Ofchinick, Madelyns mother. When asked what she most looks forward to after recov ery, 12-year-old Ofchinick replied, Volleyball, running, swimming and playing with friends. NH Jacksonville is home to 32 sur geons across eight specialty areas, from urology to orthopedics where it has seven fellowship trained orthope dic surgeons in sports medicine, foot/ ankle, total joint, hand, hip preserva tion and pediatrics. Within its six high tech operating rooms, surgeons per form approximately 20 surgeries a day. The command is involved in more than 100 medical training, research and sup port collaborations, in the public-pri vate sector, with universities and medi cal organizations throughout Florida and Georgia. Its exceptionally skilled surgeons, physicians, nurses and other health care staff, and the ability to offer an array of specialty services, contin ue to make NH Jacksonville a leader in Navy Medicine. Madelyn Ofchinick is flanked by par ents AWVCS Christopher Ofchinick and wife Karen during a follow-up appointment at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles orthopedic clinic. Madelyn, a 12-year-old junior high school student, is rehabilitating from surgery to correct a knee injury.Photos by Yan Kennon Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville Director for Surgical Services and Pediatric Surgeon, Capt. William Todd, examines the right knee of 12-yearold patient Madelyn Ofchinick, an active duty family member. Ofchinick is recovering from successful knee surgery performed by a team of NH Jacksonvilles top orthopedic surgeons. Lt. Cmdr. Paul Shupe, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles orthopedic clinic depart ment head and general orthopedic surgeon, adjusts the protective knee brace of 12-yearold patient Madelyn Ofchinick during a follow-up appointment at the hospitals ortho pedic clinic. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 11


By Lt. Joel MartinezMPRWS Public AffairsThe Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS) and VP-30, in conjunction with squadrons assigned to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) -11, combined forces to execute four flight events that employed 40,000 pounds of ordnance in support of a twoday mining exercise (MINEX). The MK 65 Quickstrike is a shallow-water, aircraft-laid mine used primarily against surface and subsurface vessels. Two years ago, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Class 1102 presented a capstone brief that recommended an advanced mining tactic in response to a critical operational capability gap. This mining tactic capital ized on the unique capabilities of the P-3C Orion to provide fleet commanders the options and resources needed to main tain battle space dominance. Lt. Chuck Lewis, MPRWS mining exercise coordinator, worked closely with CPRW-11 squadrons and VP-30 to resolve identification of a suitable ord nance range and methods to accurately determine postmining locations. The range off the coast of NAS Jacksonville was the saf est option, ferrying 20 MK-65 quick strike mines on target. Lewis continued to research mine recovery options and through mere coinci dence EOD Mobile Unit Six was simultaneously seeking options to recover shapes in support of their TAC D & E. The proposed MINEX proved to be a viable solution sup porting their recovery require ments, while concurrently pro viding the MPRWS with precise post-employment mine loca tion data that was required for their validation tests. Mobile Mine Assembly Group (COMOMAG) trans ported the 20 MK-65 mines and provided technical assistance by uncrating and installing the mines onto skids. The VP-30 maintenance department delivered excep tional support as they con figured and corrected online functionality issues in both air craft over the two-day event. Executing the flight sched ule for both VP-30 events and VP-10/VP-26 events, their efforts were instrumental to the successful completion of all four sorties. VP-30s aviation ord nancemen (AO) were equally engaged in this monumental task. They worked for several months to plan mine delivery and equipment requirements. Realizing the potential for unforeseen loading and employment problems, the AOs coordinated with CPRW-11 and received ten BDU 45 practice bombs to stage practice tests prior to the arrival of the MK 65 Quickstrike mines. Their initiative ensured mis sion success from the onset. With mission systems exer cised and wing stations loaded, they planned for all contingen cies and executed flawlessly. Two VP-30 crews, along with crews from VP-10 and VP-26, simulated the mining profile in the P-3C Tactical Operational Readiness Trainer (TORT). This simulation generated a thor ough discussion that identified issues and limitations that ulti mately led to an adjustment of the mining profile. This level of teamwork across four aircrews from three squadrons allowed the mining tactic to be reviewed and opti mized to better meet testing parameters and provide accu rate data for mining tactic vali dation. The two-day MINEX was completed with the employment of all 20 MK 65 Quickstrike mines. This was truly an exercise in planning, teamwork and coordina tion that was evident by the resounding success of all four flight events. The demand for continued P-3C support as a premier ASW platform has never been greater. The increasing threat, capabilities and emerging tac tics by surface and subsurface combatants has emphasized the need to validate new tactics supporting fleet commanders around the world. The combined efforts, com munication and coordination between the MPRWS, VP-30, CPRW-11, COMOMAG and EOD Mobile Unit Six were essential to successful MINEX execution and to further ensure the MPRF community maintains ASW and warfight ing excellence. Unprecedented MINEX validates new P-3C tacticsThis P-3C Orion, assigned to VP-30, takes off from NAS Jacksonville with a full load of practice MK 65 Quickstrike mines attached to underwing pylons and the fuselage.Photo courtesy of VP-30 Image courtesy of CPRW-11A camera on board a P-3C Orion views launched MK 65 Quickstrike mines as they descend by parapack into the ocean. 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014


Photos by Clark PierceAssigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8, this P-3C Orion (No. 215) was the squadron's final aircraft to return July 8 to its home base of NAS Jacksonville after a 7-month deployment.Turning out for 'last plane back'Families and friends of VP-8 Sailors swarm the final P-3C Orion to return from deployment at NAS Jacksonville Hangar 117. Hugs and kisses were liberally exchanged. After leave, the squadron personnel will begin their transition to the P-8A Poseidon in August. Lt. j.g. John Baker and his wife, Regina, agreed, First plane out and last plane back can be tough, but today, that doesnt matter. (Left) Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW)-11 Capt. Sean Liedman congratulates VP-8 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Derek Adametz on the squadron's successful 7-month, multi-site deployment to the 4th and 5th Fleets. Adametz's P-3C aircraft was the final "Fighting Tigers" flight to touch down at NAS Jacksonville on July 8. After landing at NAS Jacksonville, VP-8 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Derek Adametz gets his arms around his wife, Kelley, and their children, Fletcher (11) and Jordyn, who cel ebrated her 9th birthday on July 8. VP-8 Executive Officer Cmdr. Andrew Barlow and his wife Katrina were at NAS Jax Hangar 117 on July 8 to welcome the squadron's final aircraft from deployment. Their daughters Sage (12), Layne (9) and Reid (7) shared in the anticipation of the homecoming event. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 13


DeweysCall 542-3521 Free Texas Holdem Tournaments Monday & Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday Social Hour 59 p.m., live entertainment, $.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 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, tick ets are $20 at the door. *Show is for 18 and olderFreedom 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 July 26, 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 recreation 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 ITT current ticket promotions include the following: Monster Jam Tickets Feb. 21, 2015 Everbank Field $21 $47.50 FCCJ Broadway Series on sale now! Tampa Lowry Zoo $15.75 $19.75 Orlando Shopping Trip July 26 $20 St. Augustine Scenic Cruise August 30 $20 Mt. 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(includes dinner) $40$57.75 Wild Adventures $30 $70 while supplies 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 Summer Waves (Jekyll Island, GA) $15.50 Book Shades of Green, Disneyworld Hotel properties, Universal Hotels and off property hotels near attrac tions at ITT!The Vault Liberty Recreation CenterTrips, activities and costs may be restricted to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members. Call 542-1335 for information. Jacksonville Suns Game July 17 at 6 p.m. Movie in the Yard July 22 at 8:30 p.m. featuring X-Men: Days of Future Past Indoor Rock Climbing Trip July 30 at 6 p.mNAS 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 applicable on holi days. Command Party Swing into savings & book your command golf tourna ment Military Appreciation Days Play 18-holes with cart for $18 Active duty July 23 Retirees, DoD and sponsored guests July 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 including instrument, complex and commercial 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 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 room in Building 1 at noon. Commands whose athletic 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 room in Building 1 at noon. Commands whose athletic 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 room in Building 1 at noon. Commands whose athletic discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork. Open to active duty, selective reservists, dependents over 18, DoD civilians, and DoD Contractor personnel assigned conference room in Building 1 at 12:30 p.m. Commands 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 room in Building 1 at noon. Commands whose athletic discuss rules and obtain the required paperwork. For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 542-2930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@ Visit the MWR Web site at or nasjaxmwr. StandingsAs of July 11 VP-62 Broadarrows 1 0 VP-26 1 0 VP-45 0 0 FRCSE 0 1 NBHC ya later 0 1 NCTS 5 1 HS-11 4 2 CNATTU B 3 2 HSM-74 3 2 1 VP-45 3 3 CNATTU A 2 3 VP-30 2 3 NAVHOSP 2 3 1 SERCC 1 4 FACSFAC 0 4 FRCSE Gold 5 0 HS-11 5 0 VP-45 4 0 NAVHOSP Galley 4 1 FRCSE Blue 2 2 NAVHOSP 2 3 VP-26 1 3 FACSFAC/NOSC 0 4 HSM-72 0 4 NAS Jax 0 4 VP-62 BroadArrows 0 4Singles Badminton Brown 2 0 Garrett 2 0 Nathan 2 0 Kubalewski 1 0 Rajendran 1 0 Bonser 1 1 Bradshaw 0 2 Drost 0 2 Sperry 0 2 Tenchavez 0 2 Hot ShotFrom StaffNAS Jacksonville Golf Club reported the following Hot Shot: John Serrentino shot a Hole-in-One on July 11. He was playing White Course hole 7, a 136-yard, par 3. He hit a 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014


By Miriam S. GalletLast Sunday, more than 102 cyclists and friends honored fallen cyclist and naval officer Lt. Cmdr. James Warmowski who was killed on Highway 17, south of Green Grove Springs 12 years ago. The 16-mile ride, commonly known as the Share the Road Memorial Ride, was sponsored by the North Florida Bicycle Club (NFBC) and Team Navy Jax. This year the NFBC and Team Navy Jax decided to call this important cycling event the One Road Memorial Ride in support of the NFBC and Flagler College One Road Campaign to educate drivers and bicyclists alike on the rules of sharing the road in order to prevent crashes from occurring, and bring awareness to what can happen when drug-impaired drivers get behind the wheel of a vehicle, something Warmowski would have endorsed. At the time of his death, on July 14, 2002, the 44-year-old Warmowski was a dynamic decorated naval offi cer and avid athlete who was training for the 2002 Kona IronMan Triathlon. He was stationed at Medicine Support Command aboard NAS Jax and resided in Middleburg. The day he was fatally hit by a drugimpaired driver was a perfect Florida sunny day with clear blue skies, dry and nearly emptied roads. However, the impaired driver lost control of his vehi cle and struck Warmowski and his bicy cle so hard that the strong athlete died at the scene. Ultimately, the impaired driver was found guilty and sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison. The cycling community of North Florida and Team Navy Jax continue to celebrate Warmowskis life with the annual ride in order to keep the impor tance of cyclists and motorists coexist ing in our nations roads and the need for harsh penalties for those who violate the traffic codes. Mark Atkins, president of the NFBC said, Events like this remind us of our responsibilities whenever we take to the road, be we motorist or bicyclist. Whether drivers see 102 or a sin gle cyclist, they must recognize that cyclists have a right to be on the road and give us at least three feet of clear ance while passing. Cyclists must rec ognize we are vehicles and follow all the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws. Team Navy Jax co-captain Lt. Cmdr. Victor Feal of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, said, This was my first time participating in the memorial ride and it was a humbling experience. I feel it is a beautiful way to keep alive the mem ory of a fellow cyclists and naval offi cer, and also raise the awareness of all cyclists and motorists to be safe on the road. I look forward to participating in the event next year and honoring the memory of fallen cyclists. The saddest moment of the memo rial ride was when two Team Navy Jax members laid the wreath and Navy Band Southeast MU3 Stephen Weninger played Taps. However, all participants agreed they will participate in the event again next year. Warmowski was a member of the Navy South Regional Triathlon Team and truly a shining light to his family and friends, and continues to be missed by all. One Road memorial ride remembers fallen cyclist, naval officerPhoto by Miriam S. GalletTeam Navy Jax members lead the peloton en route to the memorial marker to honor the memory of Lt. Cmdr. Jim Warmowski during the North Florida Bicycle Club 2014 Lt. Cmdr. Jim Warmowski One Road Memorial Ride on July 13.Photo by Joann Mason Team Navy Jax members Lt. Cmdr. Victor Field of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast and retired Air Force Major Jerry Dryden laid the wreath and stand at the memorial marker as MU3 Stephen Weninger of Navy Band Southeast plays Taps. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 15


16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 By Cheryl PellerinDoD News, Defense Media ActivityDuring a visit to the East Coast homeport for six Ohio-class fleet bal listic-missile and two guided-missile submarines July 9, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with 14 female sub mariners, toured the ballistic-missile submarine USS Tennessee, and took questions at an event with 180 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. The secretarys stop here was the on first day of a two-day trip that includes visits today to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, home to the Air Forces first full squadron of F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft, and a stop at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the home of Army aviation. Hagel is traveling to these southeast ern U.S. bases to ensure the depart ment stays focused on long-term con cerns affecting American interests and allies in Asia, Europe and worldwide, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said earlier this week in announcing the trip. The submarine base is home to Submarine Group 10, Submarine Squadrons 16 and 20, the Trident Training Facility, the Trident Refit Facility, the Strategic Weapons FacilityAtlantic, and other support-providing commands. More than 8,000 personnel work at the base, including nearly 5,000 active-duty Navy personnel, 2,322 civil ian employees and 1,298 contractors. At the Kings Bay troop event, Hagel greeted an auditorium full of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard service members, bringing them greetings from President Barack Obama and everyone at the Defense Department. We thank you for what youre doing [and] what you have been doing here. I know occasionally you might won der if anybody is paying attention or cares, the secretary said. We are pay ing attention. We know what you do. We appreciate what you do. Hagel also sent thanks to their fami lies and said the department appreci ates their sacrifices. We understand their sacrifices and we dont take those sacrifices for granted, he told the ser vice members. Hagel has made it one of his highest priorities to ensure the United States maintains a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. This includes com mitments to modernizing the nuclear enterprise infrastructure and maintain ing a highly capable, skilled and moti vated force. In early January, Hagel traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for brief ings at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Air Force Materiel Commands Nuclear Weapons Center, whose responsibilities include nuclear system program acqui sition, modernization and sustainment for the Defense and Energy depart ments. While there, he visited Sandia National Laboratories, where scientists and engineers develop, engineer and test non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons. The next day in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he visited the Missile Alert Facility and Launch Control Center, where he received briefings and had lunch with missile combat crew members and security forces. Afterward, at nearby F.E. Warren Air Force Base, where the 90th Missile Wing operates 150 Minuteman III inter continental ballistic missiles, he held a troop event for 200 service members. I think its very important that all of us who have some responsibility for the national security of this country pay attention to every aspect of that respon sibility, Hagel said in Cheyenne, and certainly the nuclear component of our defense capabilities the deterrence capabilities that nuclear gives us. Also in January, Hagel also called for an independent review of the strate gic deterrence enterprise as it relates to Defense Department personnel, and he since has continued to meet direct ly with officers and enlisted person nel who have day-to-day responsibil ity for carrying out that mission, senior defense officials said. I think you all know that I ordered an . internal and external review of the nuclear forces a few months ago, Hagel said here yesterday. Those internal and external reviews have come back. Ive been briefed on the reviews. The secretary added that he is work ing with DoD leaders to decide which recommendations the department will adopt to strengthen the health of the nuclear workforce, strengthen the nuclear enterprise and ensure that those involved in the enterprise have the resources they need to do their jobs. Over the last 13 years as the United States was involved in two large land wars, we let our focus on the nuclear deterrence aspect of our national secu rity drift a little, Hagel acknowledged. Because of that, he added, priority was put on those wars in funding, lead ership [and] attention. The nation, Hagel said, must now prioritize the importance of the nuclear enterprise and what you rep resent and the importance of what you do every day to deter aggression in the world and protect our country and pro tect our interests around the world. I want you to know that. The secretary also told the service members about the hour he spent in a private discussion with 14 female sub marine officers. In 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that for the first time in Navy history, women would be assigned to serve aboard Navy submarines. The first contingent of 24 women who com pleted the Navys nuclear submarine program met in May 2012 with the pres ident and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. Today, more than 60 female officers serve aboard 14 crews on seven submarines, typically with at least three female officers per crew. It was really a tremendous experi ence for me to listen to these young offi cers talk about their experiences how proud they are to serve on submarines, Hagel said. The Navy has broken through on so much of this over the last three or four years, he added, and as you know, were in the process now of preparing to integrate enlisted females on sub marines. In May, the Enlisted Women in Submarines Task Force began plan ning to introduce enlisted women into the submarine force over the next few years, officials said. The submarine force also is in the process of assigning female officers to four Virginia-class submarines. In 2015, USS Illinois and USS Minnesota are scheduled to become the first attack submarines with female offices on board, DoD officials said. Hagel is the first defense secretary to visit a ballistic missile submarine since women began serving aboard them in November 2011. Before he shook hands and took pictures with the troops, he invited them to step up to the micro phones in the audience and speak their minds. A Navy recruiting instructor from the Naval Submarine Support Center asked if sequestration budget cuts, sched uled to return in fiscal year 2016 unless Congress acts to stop them, would allow the department to continue to devel op the replacement for the Ohio-class submarine. A senior chief petty officer from the Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit asked Hagel what kept him up at night, given all the threats facing the United States. The topics differed, but Hagels answers arrived at the same destina tion. DoDs plans call for 12 Ohio replace ment ballistic-missile submarines to replace the 14 Ohio-class submarines now in commission. Because the new submarines will have shorter mainte nance cycles and more capability, 12 new ships will replace the original 14. The presidents budget request meets DoD near-term needs, defense officials say, but it will be difficult, and perhaps impossible, to execute the shipbuilding plan if the harsh budget cuts of sequestration are implemented. A key element of the shipbuilding plan is the Ohio-class replacement sub marine. We have every commitment to the projections to bring on that new class of submarines, Hagel told the recruiting instructor. Yes, its forcing us to make some hard choices in our budget. But Ive been clear on this, the presidents been clear all of our senior leaders that we need a new generation of Ohioclass submarines, and were going to prioritize that. The naval submarine base and the expertise it represents will continue to be important for the nations strategic interests, the secretary said. But the budget cuts are presenting big problems, he added. Theres only so much to go around, he said. You cant get any more. So its forcing us ... to prioritize. If we had more time to prioritize, . it would be more responsible. But unfortunately, that hasnt been the case, and it will not be the case if sequestration continues to hold. But we are continuing to be committed to a new generation of Ohioclass submarines. To answer the up-at-night question, Hagel went back to the budget. There are threats everywhere in the world, and many are external, he said. But [were dealing with] a lot of inter nal dimensions as well. The senior chief had mentioned the National Defense Authorization Act when ask ing his question. Hagel mentioned the defense budget in his answer. Sequestration has been devastating to this institution. Its something that our leaders and I work with every day trying to convince Congress to change, the secretary said. Weve got a year or so to help inform and educate and try to persuade the Congress to change that, he continued. If they dont change that, we are going to be faced with deeper and bigger cuts. Were continuing to be faced with deep cuts now. Thats what I refer to when I talk about an internal challenge when you ask me what keeps me up at night. Photo by MC1 Rex NelsonSecretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel is saluted by sideboys prior to boarding the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) dur ing his visit to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Hagel toured Kings Bay as one of three installations in the Southeast United States to highlight key investments the Department of Defense is making for the future.Hagel discusses nuclear deterrence, modernizationSecretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel speaks with Cmdr. Christopher Bohner, commanding officer of the Gold crew of the ballistic missile sub marine USS Tennessee (SSBN 734), during a tour of Tennessee at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel addresses Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen during an all-hands call at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.


By Terri Moon CronkDoD News, Defense Media ActivityA permanent-change-ofstation move prompts its own challenges, but family mem bers with special-needs chil dren face another complex ity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said July 3. Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DoDs special needs program, told DoD News that service members and their families can find a comprehen sive tool in the newly updat ed Education Directory for Children with Special Needs, which addresses opportunities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Available on the Military OneSource website, the direc tory gives parents guidance to make informed decisions on new school districts, programs and services for special-needs children. DoD is supportive of all families with special needs, Tyner emphasized. The directory has been avail able for about four years. It ini tially covered 15 states with the largest military populations and certain special needs, such as autism, intellectual defi cits and behavioral concerns, Tyner said. In addition to those needs, the new directory includes the whole gamut, from speech and language to learning disabili ties to physical impairments, he said. The new directory, Tyner said, is much more compre hensive. Tyner noted that the directory is an education resource thats also useful to families without special-needs chil dren. Navigational tools provide family members with tips on transitioning between schools by providing questions to ask and offering forms to down load. Its organized in a way that makes it very [user-friendly]. The feedback weve gotten from families has been great, Tyner said. The directory comprises two components: one on early intervention for children up to age 2, and another for schoolaged children and young adults up to age 22, and both provide a substantive guide of tools and resources to make education transitions easier during a PCS move. While the directory on Military OneSource neither compares nor rates schools, it will walk family members through school districts near the new installation and lists what schools offer for specialneeds education opportuni ties and services, as well as enrollment numbers, Tyner explained. Contacts are listed so family members know who to call for more information, he said. Other tools in the directo ry include a checklist to give family members questions to ask at the new school and tips for organizing school records and other advice to help in the transition. A common theme is that families look for special-needs education opportunities that are comparable to the school resources from which theyre moving, Tyner said. Laws ensure that specialneeds education must pro vide comparable services, he added. Parents need to be sure the individualized needs, goals and objectives for their child are being met, he said, even though the new school might be organized differently. The directory has been designed to help parents make better decisions, and it gives them information and tools as they work with their fam ily members special needs, Tyner said. It shows the commitment by DoD to really put resources where they need to be for these families.New school directory guides parents of special-needs children From Navy Personnel Command Public AffairsRevisions to Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) for eligible enlisted Sailors were announced in NAVADMIN 156/14 released July 7. The SDAP program enhances the Navys ability to size, shape and stabi lize the force by encouraging qualified Sailors to serve in designated Special Duty Assignments (SDAs) for a mone tary incentive ranging from $75 to $450 a month. The update incorporates two addi tions and several increases to exist ing SDAPs. Increases to existing SDAP levels are effective upon release of NAVADMIN 156/14. Eligible Sailors serving in the following duty assign ments and at the commands listed will receive back pay to March 25, 2013 to cover lost pay due to administrative errors: Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), at Afloat Training Group Mayport, Fla., Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Fla., and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, Patuxent River, Md. In order to qualify for SDAP, a service member must be assigned to and work ing in a valid billet on the commands Enlisted Distribution Verification Report (EDVR), hold a matching Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC), must be working in the authorized billet, and. the billet must be authorized by the Bureau of Naval Personnel in the latest SDAP NAVADMIN as an SDA billet. Commanding officers must cer tify that service members meet all the qualifying criteria established by OPNAVINST 1160.6B, DODINST 1304.27 and NAVADMIN 156/14 prior to a Sailor receiving SDAP. A Sailor must complete all qualifica tions, including Personal Qualification SDAP certification. The annual re-certification required by commands with SDAP billets will begin upon release of the recertification NAVADMIN which will provide guid ance for the re-certification process. For more information, speak with your Enlisted Community Manager or read the message at By Lindsay ChurchU.S. Naval War College Public Affairs relieved Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., as the 55th president and first Navy War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, during a change of command ceremony with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, July 8. I am very happy with the job [Carter] refined the curriculum and moved it in a direction that is refocused towards the fleet. During the ceremony, Greenert noted Carters accomplishments in com pleting the initial phases of the Naval Leadership Continuum, establishing the Navy Leadership and Ethics Center, and examining the future naval war at sea. Carter was the right leader at the right place at the right time, said Greenert. Thank you for setting the stage for future analysis, for future planning, and for future development. Well deep dive into the war at sea, Gardner will take it from here. Carter departs the NWC following his appointment to vice admiral and assignment as superintendent of the Maryland. Today I relinquish the most signif icant assignment of my career, said Carter. This past weekend I came back here to the hallways of the NWC. There was nobody here and I just wanted to walk through and soak in the flavor of the NWC. I reflected on the naval giants who have come before me. Their portraits are hanging all over the campus here such history, such passion, and such success in shaping the Navys future. Carter, a Rhode Island native, took command of NWC as the 54th president and first naval flight officer in history to hold the position. While appointed as president, he refined the colleges educational and research programs and worked to reconnect NWC with the fleet. For the first time in the 130 year history of the NWC, this institution will be led by a member of the naval special warfare community, better known as the SEALs. Their motto is; Ready to lead, ready to follow, never quit, the only easy day was yesterday, sure you are ready to lead, and the last 12-months have shown me that every member of this remarkable command is ready to follow, and they will never quit. Postgraduate School and National War College graduate, holds dual Master of Arts degrees in national secu rity and reports from his most recent assignment as commander of Special Operations Command, Pacific. I am incredibly humbled, honored and excited to be standing in front of you as the 55th president of the NWC, you for your stalwart leadership over the last year at the NWC, the Navys home of strategic thought. A son of Rhode Island and clearly a rising star in the Navy, you have advanced this institution with intellectual initiative and relevance, and as you promised last year, you have respected, protected and promoted the institution. First SEAL takes helm as Naval War College presidentPhoto by MCC James Foehl Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III addresses students, staff, faculty and guests as president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, following a change of command ceremony with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. During the ceremony, Howe relieved Rear Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr., and became the 55th president and first Navy SEAL in command of the NWC.Revised SDAP rates announced JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 17


Most notable was the War Eagles participation in the multi-national search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Over the course of two months, VP-16 supplied two aircraft for the search and rescue effort, with mul tiple aircrews rotating through Perth, Australia to support daily flight opera tions. It was the first time the P-8A was used in a search and rescue operation, Lt. Cmdr. Adam Schantz, the detach ment officer in charge, noted. As a result, our aircrew was tasked with determining how best to effectively employ the aircraft for the assignment. We were able to develop a comprehen sive search plan, allowing us to cover thousands of miles of open-ocean in a single mission. And although we were regrettably unable to locate the missing plane, the performance of our aircrew and the aircraft itself was commend able. In addition to the search effort, the War Eagles conducted multiple detach ments, participating in international exercises, strengthening partnerships, and improving interoperability with U.S. friends and allies throughout the theater. During the deployment, VP-16 completed 16 detachments to seven countries, including Japan, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, Guam, and the Republic of Korea. The War Eagles participated in exercises with both U.S. and interna tional partners including Snapdragon exercises, Operation FOAL EAGLE (Ssang Yong 2014), Operation TROPIC THUNDER, CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) Malaysia, CMPOP (Coordinated Maritime Patrol Operational Procedures) exercises, and Operation RAI BALANG. Introducing the Poseidons capa bilities to both our sister services as well as partner nations, friends, and allies has been a great honor for VP-16, Lt. Timothy Bierbach, a Weapons and Tactics Instructor and Tactical Coordinator in the command, com mented. There is always excitement bring ing a new platform online for the first time. The MPRA community is taking a huge leap with the addition of the P-8A Poseidon, opening doors to addition al mission sets not seen with the P-3C Orion. Thanks to the dedicated support of the maintenance professionals, VP-16 aircrews flew over 3,500 mishap-free flight hours among 600 sorties. Despite this high operational tempo, many War Eagles still managed to achieve per sonal milestones, with 67 personnel qualifying and receiving the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist pin, 15 being selected for advancement dur ing the most recent exam cycle, and 26 choosing to reenlist throughout the course of the deployment. The War Eagles kept themselves busy when off-duty as well. VP-16s MWR committee organized and sponsored eight tours to various cultural and his torical sites throughout the island, allowing 160 Sailors to explore the various attractions Okinawa had to offer. In addition, over 60 Sailors con tributed off-duty time in support of the Okinawa, Japan area assisting the Hijagawa no Sato Retirement Home, Stearley Heights Elementary School, and the Yaro Youth Center volunteering 206 hours to the community. As we return home to NAS Jacksonville, our team is looking for ward to some well-deserved time off to reconnect with family and friends. We had an extremely successful deploy ment and are now shifting our focus to the inter-deployment readiness cycle. I know that our Sailors are looking for ward to tackling the training, exercises, and evaluations here at home in pre pare for our next deployment, Papp concluded. The War Eagles were relieved by the Mad Foxes of VP-5. VP-16From Page 1 Photo by MC2 Eric A. Pastor Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, a naval avia tor assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, pilots a P-8A Poseidon during a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 18 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014


By Lt. Sonny LorriusNaval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Naval Station (NS) Mayport is making preparations for the arrival of one of the new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and support staff. NS Mayport has begun building the infrastructure to support and homeport the new LCS class ships. The growth will eventually bring upwards of 700 Sailors and personnel by 2016 to the LCS Squadron (LCSRON), multiple LCS crews and Mission Module detachments, Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) detachment Mayport, and the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC). The ramp up in infrastructure will be conducted in phases that cover everything from the groundwork to the first LCS ships deploying from the Mayport Basin. The bottom floor of Bldg. 448 (under DESRON 14) is being refurbished for the first staff and crew arriv als. The base will add an LCS Support Facility (LSF) that will be LCSRONs headquarters, LCS Training Facility (LTF), an Integrated Tactical Trainer (ITT), and a Mission Module Readiness Center (MMRC). LCSRON Two will bring the same cutting edge technology and flexibility that is currently being fos tered in San Diego to Mayport, said Lt. Cmdr. Pete Blameuser, LCSRON Two operations officer. LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet-diesel submarines and fast surface craft. They operate with a core crew of 50, a composite aviation detachment of 23, and a mission module crew of 15, 19, or 20 depending on the mission. LCS ships lack the traditional office space or admin istrative ratings aboard the sea frame. The crews rely heavily on reach back to the LCSRON and other shore-based organizations, who serve as extensions of the crew ashore, enabled by distance support methods and technologies to assume or assist the crew in performing training, maintenance, man ning and logistics processes. Over 250 processes that are normally performed onboard ships are performed ashore for the LCS. The LCS ship class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). The Independence variant team is being led by General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works (LCS 2 and LCS 4) and Austal USA (for the subsequent even-numbered hulls). Both variants will be able to be maintained on sta tion for extended periods by swapping three crews on a rotational basis among two seaframes, one seaframe of which is deployed at all times (called a 3:2:1 rota tional crewing plan.) This rotation results in a dramatic increase in for ward deployed presence compared to traditional ship deployment rotations. The LCS ships that will be ultimately stationed at NS Mayport are all the Freedom variant (single hull), USS Little Rock (LCS 9), USS Sioux City (LCS 11), USS Wichita (LCS 13), USS Billings (LCS 15), USS Indianapolis (LCS 17), LCS 19, LCS 21 and LCS 23 still to be named. NS Mayport preps for arrival of LCSPhoto by MC3 Johans ChavaroThe littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) under way in the Pacific in 2013. Photo by MC1 James EvansAn aerial view of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in 2013, conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern California. Freedomis the lead ship of the Freedom variant of LCS that will soon be based at NS Mayport. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014 19


By Mark MatsunagaU.S. Pacific Fleet Public AffairsShips and aircraft in the next Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise could be running on biofuels, and they wont even need to know it, according to speakers at an Alternative Fuels Overview briefing for RIMPAC 2014 participants. The briefing drew more than 40 officers and offi cials from seven nations Australia, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Mexico and the United States. Joelle Simonpietri, U.S. Pacific Commands opera tional manager for energy and contingency basing, spelled out the need to develop alternative fuels in order to reduce a major driver of conflict. This is espe cially true in the Pacific, which has the worlds largest energy demand and lowest fossil energy resources; where the tyranny of distance is most acute, and everything must travel long distances. She also noted that only a handful of the 36 nations in the Indo-AsiaPacific region are petroleum exporters. Fossil fuel price volatility has meant that in several of the past 10 years, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has had to do significant budget machinations, Simonpietri said. Development of alternative fuels closer to operations shortens and diversifies supply lines. It can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and foster good neighbor cooperation among nations. Simonpietri said DoD Alternative Fuel Policy requires that replacement fuels must be drop-in fuels and meet existing fuel specifications. The biofuels must utilize existing transportation and distribution infra structure and require no modifications to weapons platforms. Moreover, these alternative fuels must be cost-competitive with petroleum fuel and have life cycle greenhouse gas emissions that are no worse than conventional fuels while also complying with exist ing procurement, energy, health and safety laws and regulations. Biofuels can be made from a variety of feedstocks, including crop residues, woody biomass, dedicated energy crops, vegetable oils, animal fats, and algae. Simonpietri also made the important point that biofuel production must complement rather than com pete with food crops. The drop-in biofuel the DoD wants is not the same as the familiar ethanol and biodiesel -firstand sec ond-generation biofuels -that are used in cars and trucks. What the DoD is pursuing is third-generation biofuel drop-in replacements for diesel and jet fuels that are used in aircraft and ships. These biofuels are much more advanced, have far less oxygen than etha nol and biodiesel, and contain the same energy density as their petroleum-based counterparts. Chris Tindal, director for operational energy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, said that in RIMPAC 2012 the Navy successfully demonstrated the Great Green Fleet, operating a carrier strike groups surface ships and aircraft with a biofuel blend without incident. In fact, the Great Green Fleet 2012 demonstration was a significant milestone of the Navys testing and cer tification program for drop-in biofuels derived from used cooking oils and algae. The next milestone, Tindal said, is 2016, when the Navy intends to sail the Great Green Fleet 2016. Rather than one group of ships, he said, the Navy plans for biofuels to comprise up to 50 percent of the fuel used by deploying ships and aircraft throughout the fleet in calendar year 2016. Procurement has already begun for advanced drop-in biofuels. Selection of platforms and locations for the 2016 effort will happen later. However, biofuel use in the Navy will not end at the conclusion of 2016 after the sailing of the Great Green Fleet, as it will mark the start of the Navys New Normal, Tindal said. Leading up to that milestone, the Navy has already issued solicitations for operational quantities of alter native fuel in the Western U.S. and Western Pacific. Alternative fuels could be purchased and distributed through Navy oilers as early as January 2015. He and Simonpietri stressed that in order to be accepted for Defense Department use, biofuels or biofuel blends must be virtually indistinguishable from their fos sil fuel equivalents. Because of that, participants in RIMPAC 2016 could very well be operating on biofuels without needing to be aware of it. Tindal and Simonpietri encouraged the foreign members of the audience to facilitate government cooperation, and offered to share U.S. test and certifi cation data for alternative fuels. They also encouraged the officers to consider future possibilities where their nation could both supply fuel to the U.S. Department of Defense and produce it for their own military and avia tion use. RIMPAC is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian islands and Southern California. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 person nel are participating in the biennial exercise from June 26 Aug. 1. The worlds largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security in the worlds oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (MOAA) N.E. Florida Chapter 18 will meet July 16, @ 6 is open to active duty and retired 14. 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Thursday at 8 p.m., 390 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. Call 246-6855. Westside Jacksonville 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. meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 187 Arora Blvd., Orange Park. Call 276-5968. Community CalendarPhoto by MCC Sam Shavers(From left) In this 2012 photo, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus observe as the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), background, transfers biofuel to the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) during a July 18 replenishment at sea. The fueling was part of the U.S. Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration portion of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise.Great Green Fleet coming in 2016Navy photo by Kelly SchindlerIn this 2011 photo, a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 based at NAS Patuxent River, Md., conducts a test flight using a biofuel blend of JP-5 jet fuel and plant-based camelina oil. 20 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, July 17, 2014


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