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www.cnic.navy.mil/jacksonville www.jaxairnews.com ACKSONVILLE , F LA THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015 I I D E SECDEF SAY S Outlines His Priorities Page 3 NEW LEADER NAS Jax Change of Command Pages 4-5 CPR G COC Daniels Relieves Carter Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com From Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers Public AffairsThe 2014 Retention Excellence Award (REA) winners were recently announced and several Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) commands were cited for their efforts. The award, previously known as the Golden Anchor Award, recogniz es commands whose rate of retention for enlisted personnel meet or exceed retention criteria set forth by the Chief of Naval Operations. COMFRC winners include Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southeast SEAOPDET, FRC West Sea Operations Detachment (SEAOPDET), FRC Northwest SEAOPDET, FRC Southeast Detachment Key West, FRC MidAtlantic Oceana SEAOPDET, FRCMA Norfolk SEAOPDET and FRCMA Detachment New Orleans. “I’m very proud of the efforts of our shipmates to help keep great Sailors in the Navy,” said COMFRC leader Rear Adm. Paul Sohl. “Being awarded the REA signifies that each FRC has made a conscious effort to retain skilled, talented Sailors during a time of operational and fiscal challeng es. Their accomplishments are a testa ment to the leadership’s commitment to fostering an environment Sailors want to remain a part of.” NC1 Class David Ferguson, FRC Southeast command career counsel or, said his retention team works hard to provide accurate and current infor mation to Sailors, so they can make informed career decisions. “The Command Retention Team is heavily invested in the development of our Sailors both personally and profes sionally,” Ferguson said. “When you take the time to help develop them not just as Sailors but as individuals, the response is positive retention results. “It feels very satisfying when a com mand you’re attached to earns the REA,” he said. “Recognition from receiving the award is very gratifying, and it is also motivating to not only maintain that level of success but to improve upon it.” The annual REA recognizes superior accomplishment in executing programs and policies that best enable Sailors to succeed in their Navy careers. Each command will have the right to fly a retention excellence pennant until the release of the following fiscal year award message. Photo by Kaylee LaRocqueFleet Readiness Center Southeast Command Retention Team Sailors gather Feb. 17 to celebrate the announcement of their team winning the Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers 2014 Retention Excellence Award for assisting members of the FRCSE Sea Operational Detachment "Stay Navy." The team prides themselves on providing current and accurate career information and investing in their Sailors' personal and professional development. COMFRC commands make retaining Sailors top priority By MC2(SW/AW/EXW) Stacy LaseterNavy Region Southeast Public AffairsA panel of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors, alongside their spous es, gathered at the Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Wounded Warrior Family Symposium Feb. 11, aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The symposium was hosted by Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) Safe Harbor, the Navy’s main support pro gram for wounded warriors and their caregivers. During her opening remarks, CNRSE Rear Adm. Mary Jackson thanked the panelists for sharing their stories before emphasizing the importance of learning and spreading the word about the NWW Safe Harbor program. “This is about having the opportunity to learn about how we can better pro vide services for our ill, injured and wounded warriors,” Jackson said. “We are very much looking forward to what you have to tell us, but I also ask that today be a dialogue. We need to learn.” The objective of the event was to hear directly from the families of enrollees about their experiences, trials and tri umphs. Their open feedback will devel op the delivery of non-medical servic es to current and future enrollees and their families. “We had people with the ability to effect change in the audience to hear the questions, comments and concerns of our recovering service members and their caregivers,” said Lt. Daniel Simonds, regional program director, NWW Safe Harbor. The panel of enrollees included Photo by MC2 Stacy LaseterCommander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Rear Adm. Mary Jackson deliv ers opening remarks during the inaugural CNRSE Navy Wounded WarriorSafe Harbor family symposium Feb. 11 aboard NAS Jacksonville. The purpose of the event was to hear directly from the families of enrollees about their experiences. Their open feedback will develop the delivery of non-medical services to current and future enrollees and their families. Wounded Warriors, families brought together during NRSE symposium Photo by Clark Pierce NAS Jacksonville Change of CommandThe official party salutes the colors. (From left) NAS Jax Command Chaplain (Cmdr.) Dennis Andrews, Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, outgoing NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander, incoming NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker, and NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Teri McIntyre. See Pages 4-5 for story and more photos. See Page 7

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2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 From StaffFeb. 26 1811 Congress authorizes first naval hospital. 1913 Approval of experi mental wind tunnel for Navy. 1944 Sue Sophia Dauser, Superintendent of the Navy’s Nurse Corps is first woman in Navy to achieve rank of Captain. Feb. 27 The seaplane tender USS Langley (AV-3), formerly the first aircraft carrier of the U.S. Navy, was sunk by Japanese air attack while ferrying 32 Army Air Force P-40s to Tjilatjap, Java. Feb. 28 1844 Explosion of the Peacemaker, an experimen tal 14-inch gun, on board USS Princeton. 1893 Launching of USS Indiana (BB-1), first true battle ship in U.S. Navy. 1980 Blue crew of USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) launches four Trident I (C-4) missiles in first operational test. March 1 1942 U-656 becomes the first German submarine of World War II to be sunk by naval air power (VP-82). 1954 – First of six detonations in Operation Castle nuclear test. March 2 1859 Launch of USS Saginaw at Mare Island (northeast of San Francisco), the first Navy ship built on America’s West Coast. 1867 Navy Civil Engineer Corps established . 1899 Act of Congress creates the rank “Admiral of the Navy” for George Dewey. 1973 Women begin pilot training to U.S. Navy. March 3 1776 First amphibious land ing operation. Continental naval squadron under Commodore Esek Hopkins lands Sailors and Marines, commanded by Capt. Samuel Nicholas, on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, to cap ture urgently needed ordnance and gunpowder. 1871 Navy Medical Corps established. 1883 Congress authorizes four modern ships of steel, three cruisers: Atlanta, Boston and Chicago, plus, dispatch boat Dolphin. 1915 Office of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) established. 1915 Congress creates Federal Naval Reserve. 1960 USS Sargo returns to Hawaii from arctic cruise of 11,000 miles, 6,003 miles under the polar ice. March 4 1911 The first funds for Naval Aviation are appropri ated, providing $25,000 to the Bureau of Navigation for “experimental work in the development of aviation for naval purposes.” 1925 Congress authorizes restoration of USS Constitution. 1947 Operation High Jump, air operations in Antarctica, ends. 1963 Navy C-130 Hercules aircraft completes 12-day res cue operation of critically ill Danish seaman from Danish freighter off the coast of Antarctica. 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@ comcast.net. 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@ comcast.net 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 MC1 John Smolinski Design/Layout George Atchley This Week in Navy HistoryU.S. Navy photoAs a twin-engine SH-3H Sea King helo flies by in 1996, this P-3 Orion of the Royal Thai Navy completed an engine check at Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP) Jacksonville.DoD photo (From left) A P-2V Neptune and a P-3A Orion of Patrol Squadron (VP) 6 fly in formation over the attack submarine USS Blackfin (SS-322) off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii in December of 1965. SAPR Assistance Available 24/7The DOD Safe Helpline may be reached by phone 1-877-995-5247, text 55247 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 7217273. 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) 5423051 or Duty phone (904) 614-7385 Fleet and Family Support Center may be reached for counseling services 1-866-293-2776 Hey, Money Chic! I’m moving to a new area where rents seem very high. Should I buy a home if the mortgage will be a lower monthly payment? Money Chic says: It’s true that in some markets, rents can run higher than mortgage payments. However, before you take the plunge into home ownership, con sider that you will take on other expenses and liabilities that you would not have if you rent. When you calculate the month ly mortgage payment, be sure to include in your loan the closing costs and fees that you will owe. Find out what the current home owners pay for utilities and taxes each month. Will you need lawn care? Pest control? Does the neighborhood have Community Development District (CDD) or Home Owners Association (HOA) fees? Also, be sure that you have sig nificant savings to pay for repairs and maintenance, which can cost thousands of dollars. In addition, being in the military can present unique hazards to homeowners. First, buying a home in a new area can be risky because you are not familiar with the housing mar ket and may not have the ability to view many homes and compare prices. Real estate agents are not always necessarily looking out for your best interests, so it is best to become familiar with home prices yourself and also to have a firm knowledge of what you can afford. Second, if you have to move, you must sell or rent your house, which can sometimes take months. In the meantime, you could be stuck paying the mortgage plus rent at your new duty station. Should the housing market tank like in recent years, you could find yourself underwater on your house and have to pay to sell the house if you cannot rent it. Being a landlord has its risks, as well. You are responsible for repairs and any damage tenants could potentially cause. If the tenants do not pay rent or break the lease early, it is often too costly to go to court to recoup lost funds, and you will have the bur den of the mortgage payment with no rental income to cover it. In short, you may be in a position to buy a home, but only if you have significant savings and are willing to take on all of the financial bur dens that come with home owner ship. Otherwise, paying a little more to rent could end up being a more sound financial decision and give you more peace of mind. To see how basic living expens es fit into your budget, call NavyMarine Corps Relief Society at 5423515 to make an appointment with a caseworker.Source: “Home-Sale Mistakes that Cost You Money.” Consumer Reports, March 2015. Hey, Money Chic! By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorI am not going to say this is a male trait, because between my husband and me, I am the one who doesn’t like to ask for directions. Maybe it is an introverted thing. I’d rather wander aimlessly through the hardware store aisles than ask for help, because then I might have to make conversa tion. Worse, I might get an overly helpful employee who wants to hand-deliver me to the correct place. Both instances strike fear and awkwardness in my heart. It would appear that I’ve passed along this trait to my sons, and because they are teenagers and I’m their mother, all of my previous personality traits have morphed and collapsed into this single one – I am an embarrassment. It doesn’t matter that I used to not ask for directions. Just because I’m a mother to teenagers, and my sub conscious goal (apparently) is to embarrass them, I now roll down the car window and stop strangers for help. Last week, I was driving Ford and Owen to a school competition held across town at the community col lege. I don’t know my way around the campus, but in true I-don’t-ask-for-directions fashion, I hoped there would be signs to guide me. No way. Also true to form – I was running late. The boys had about two minutes to get to their event. So we circled the campus once, searching for signs, and then I said those shocking words: “Should I ask for directions?” “What? No,” they said. “Absolutely not.” But they are teenagers, and I’m their mother. It’s pretty much in my job description to embarrass them. I started searching for passersby, despite my inner voice telling me “no” and the boys sinking into their seats and hiding their faces. I was, in fact, embarrassing myself. I spotted an unsuspecting college student walk ing much too far from the street to realistically give me directions. I rolled down the window anyway and screamed, “Excuse me.” Even my posture was embar rassing. I was almost leaning out the car window and craning my neck to make my scream reach the poor guy. “Mom, no,” the boys said. “Just stop. Roll up the win dow and stop.” I continued. The student walked closer to the car. “Can you help us find our way to this hall?” I held up a sheet of paper with the address scribbled on it. If the boys thought I was old and stupid, I felt even older and stupider. The nice young man explained the directions for me. Ford and Owen stared at their laps and mumbled things under their breath. For a moment, I completely remembered feeling just as embarrassed by my own mom. How did I get here? I thanked the college student for his help, then we peeled out of the parking lot. Except, I couldn’t remember if he said left or right at the next stop sign. I started to roll down the window again, this time to flag down a female student with ear buds in her ears. “Mom? No!” Ford said. “I will not let you ask for directions again.” So we drove off just as the girl was taking out her ear buds, and, honestly, that was way more awkward. Ford and Owen were both sunk so far down in their seats now, their heads were invisible through the win dows. I wanted to remind the boys that there was a time when I wasn’t this uncool. In fact, there was a time when even they thought I was the smartest, coolest person around. Of course, I never stopped to ask for directions back then either. When we finally got to the correct building, I didn’t see any other kids going inside. “Maybe I should come with you,” I said. “I could get you settled and make sure you’re in the right place.” “Mom,” Ford said, “You already asked for directions. I think you’ve done enough.” Then my two oldest boys, the ones who used to say they wanted to marry me, got out of the car, without looking back, and disappeared into the building. I, of course, stayed for several minutes to make sure they were in the right place, and that they didn’t come back out. I watched other teenagers get out of their mom’s cars without looking back either. Some of the moms looked quite stylish and smart. I knew their kids thought otherwise. We were all embarrassing moms hovering in the parking lot, won dering if we could help, and asking ourselves how we got to this place. When Ford and Owen didn’t come back out of the doors, I decided to leave. I switched the radio from their favorite channel to mine: the Elvis station. Then I sang like they never let me when they are in the car. And that’s when I realized, the transformation is complete. I really have become my mother. From The HomefrontWhen I was cool, I didn’t ask for directions

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Carter greets workforce, outlines priorities at all-hands meetingBy Cheryl PellerinDoD News, Defense Media ActivityDuring a standing-room-only, all-hands gathering in the Pentagon’s auditorium Feb. 19, Defense Secretary Ash Carter enthusiastically greeted those he will lead and discussed his priorities as the 25th secretary. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work introduced Carter, citing the defense secretary’s “deep under standing of our business, of our shared enterprise, of organizing and training and equipping an organiza tion [and] a fighting force that is ready for war and operating forward to preserve the peace.” Taking the podium, Carter said, “The first and most important commitment for me always has been and always will be to you I mean all of you -those who make up the greatest fighting force the world has ever known, and the finest and most decent fighting force the world has ever known.” The total national team includes soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. It includes civilians and contrac tors, he added, “and the fallen, the families of the fallen and wounded warriors. I think we have to start there.” Commitments and Priorities To those he will lead, Carter explained how he sees the job and what he’ll be doing, and detailed his com mitments and priorities. Carter said a critical responsibility for him as defense secretary is “to make sure we never put anyone and their family in [harm’s way] without the greatest care and reflection about why we’re doing it and what its purpose is and what the benefit is for our nation and for the future.” A primary role in the job, the secretary said, is to assist the president and the national leadership in making decisions that will keep the nation safe and protect the country and its friends and allies now and into the future. “We’re a large institution a beacon of quality, if I may say so, in the federal service, so we have a lot to offer our national leadership in helping them make decisions,” Carter said. DoD’s ‘Great Expertise’ “I intend to be very active in doing that,” he added, “and I will be counting on you to help me, and lift the great expertise of this department and all its people to the service of the country’s national security deci sions.” Carter summarized the multiple national security threats – old and new – facing the nation, but said the nation also has bright opportunities to explore. “We are not only the finest fighting force in the world, but I think we’re the brightest beacon of hope as a country in the world,” Carter said. “If you want evidence of that,” he added, “take a look at who has all the friends. The United States has friends and allies in every part of the world. No other country on earth can say that, [and] our antagonists have none or few.” Opportunities to Pursue Carter said the country has a lot to be proud of and many opportunities to pursue, “if only we can all come together and grab hold of them” for a better future. Today’s constrained budget and resource environ ment presents challenges, he acknowledged. “If we’re going to convincingly make the case to our people that they need to spend more on their defense -which I believe they do -we need to, at the same time, show them that we know we can do better at spending that money,” Carter said. Being open to change and to the wider worlds of technology and culture will help make the Pentagon better at spending money, and better at succeeding in the future, he added. Continuing to Excel “If we’re going to continue to be the best, we need to be open to the future and open to change. And you’ll see me challenging you all and myself to be open in that way,” the secretary said. For the Defense Department, succeeding in the future also means attracting young people to the department’s mission, he noted. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States were a “terrible” thing, Carter said. However, 9/11 also was a “galvanizing thing for our country,” he said, that “motivated many people” to come to the defense of the nation. Attracting the Next Generation There is something compelling about the commit ment, the mission and the excellence that those in DoD’s workforce represent and that those to come will find attractive, he added. “They’ll want to fol low, not in our footsteps, because . . . they’re going to want to do it in their own way, but in the same general direction that we came,” the secretary said. Carter said he’ll try in the best way he knows how to speak to the country as a whole “about us and who we are, and try to reflect who you are. And speak to the generation to come and appeal to them and challenge them to fill the shoes of the really excellent people I see in front of me.” He told the audience, “You are excellent. You mean everything to me. The people of this department are so very wonderful and my wife Stephanie and I are so very devoted to you.” That, Carter said, “is why I’m back. It’s that simple. It’s you. It’s the mission. And I look forward once again to being in your ranks and working with you.” DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz New Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to military and civilian employees at the Pentagon during an all-hands meeting on Feb. 19, where he greeted the workforce and discussed his priorities. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 3

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4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 By Clark PierceEditorHundreds of military and civilian well wishers braved mid-30s temperatures at NAS Jacksonville Hangar 117 when Capt. Howard Wanamaker relieved Capt. Roy Undersander as NAS Jacksonville commanding offi cer during the Feb. 20 change of command ceremony. Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson was the guest speaker. After exchanging the customary salute with Undersander to assume com mand, Wanamaker took to the microphone and shared his vision with the men and women of NAS Jacksonville. “It is an absolute honor and true privilege to stand before you today as NAS Jacksonville’s 46th commanding officer. My family and I joined this amaz ing community 18 months ago and we truly look forward to the next 18. “Today, I ask you to consider the idea that community — that is the values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with — has a profound effect on who we are. “Cesar Chavez – an American farmer, labor leader and renowned civil rights activist – understood the power of cul ture, saying, ‘we cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community . . . our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspira tions and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own,’” he said, enthusiastically. Wanamaker also mentioned Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, and one of the Forbes Magazine top-20 most powerful women in the world, whom he met during a ceremo ny at Jacksonville University (JU) where she received JU’s inaugural Presidential Global Citizen Award. “During her acceptance, she spoke about ‘creating a cul ture where every employee can bring their whole self to work and become true citizens of their community,’” he said. Wanamaker continued, “Drawing on her life lessons, Nooyi shared her tips for lead ership success. I want to leave you all with three that standout and just happen to connect to commander, navy installations command’s guiding principles: 1. Zoom out before you zoom in. “We can all relate to this. I spent many years providing command and control in the back of a Hawkeye and chang ing scope perspective is an extremely important technique and one of the first things you learn – improve your situation al awareness by recognizing the ‘bigger picture’ around you and your community. Be bril liant on the basics.” 2. Consider how your job impacts people around you and how you are linked to other people and depart ments. “You will address your job more realistically and richly. It is critical to mission success to fully understand the con nections and relationships between all stakeholders and citizens – leading to a culture of continuous improvement and efficiency.” 3. Do your job exceedingly well. “There is a meaningful speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that truly exemplifies this ‘can-do’ attitude best. He said, ‘If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven com posed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’” Wanamaker added, “Our mission here at NAS Jax is to be the world’s premier naval air station focused on warfighter readiness. We will accomplish this together through team work and mutual respect. Each of us can be a better citizen by looking out for one another.” He concluded, “As your com manding officer, I will strive for honesty, fairness and integrity in everything we do. Each one of you is part of this incred ible community called NAS Jacksonville. Your actions and service are with purpose and make us stronger every day. By working together, we can over come all obstacles and con straints through collaborative solutions and communication. Thank you. May God forever bless you and your family, our navy and the United Sates of America.” The Navy’s change of com mand tradition was briefly explained by Jackson, who said, “A change of command cer emony is a significant event, for it is a public demonstration of the continuity of leadership. . . and it allows all of us who are associated with this organiza tion to set aside a time to recog nize and reflect on the accom plishments of the whole team, as well as those of the outgoing and incoming commanding officers.” During her remarks Jackson also praised Undersander and his team. “Many things have changed over the years, but one thing remains the same. This naval installation enables our warf ighters to focus on the mission, because people like Capt. Roy Undersander and his team took care of everything else. From the airfield and runways, to security at the fence line, to the award-winning galley and the outstanding child devel opment center, as well as the many MWR (Morale, Welfare & Recreation) programs, to the equivalent of dorm rooms and hotels, to the Fleet & Family Service Center . . . Sailors and their families have everything they need in order to get the job done.” “I’ve spoken about a num ber of things that are critical to Navy leadership — including mission support, community relations, safety and the envi ronment. Lots of commands excel at one or more of these, but it takes a special brand of leadership for a command to excel in each of them simulta neously, which is exactly what Roy and his team have accom plished,” she stated. While serving as com manding officer, Undersander ensured the installation pro vided stellar warfighting readi ness support from the shore to its 14 operational squadrons and 110 tenant commands. He also worked closely with each tenant to improve pro cesses and remove bureaucrat ic red tape. Undersander also championed the relationship with schools and partnered with Duval and Clay county school districts to improve policies benefitting children of military families. Undersander also worked with the State of Florida and City of Jacksonville to con Photo by AN Otisa WilliamsCapt. Howard Wanamaker, NAS Jacksonville's 46th commanding officer, addresses a standing room only crowd during the station's change of command cermony Feb. 20 in Hanagar 117. (From left) As Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson looks on, Capt. Roy Undersander passes his responsibility and authority for NAS Jacksonville to Capt. Howard Wanamaker.Photos by Clark Pierce The Navy Band Southeast Ceremonial Band played marches and other patriotic favorites before and after the ceremony.Wanamaker takes command of NAS JacksonvilleHundreds of military and civilian admirers packed NAS Jacksonville Hangar 117 to congratulate the incoming and outgo ing commanding officers.See CHANGE OF COMMAND, Page 5

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JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 5 tinue being pro-active stewards of the St. Johns River and its sur rounding environment by oversee ing construction of the first “zero discharge” waste water treatment plant in Northeast Florida. Quality of life initiatives and showcasing NAS Jax through MWR programs was another of Undersander’s achievements. His strong support was evident by the success of the 2014 NAS Jax Air Show, enabling the base to expose and educate 297,000 people to the professionalism and com mitment of naval aviation and the U.S. military. Undersander thanked all those who supported him during his ten ure as commanding officer, and praised Wanamaker on his out standing support as his execu tive officer, saying, “It’s been my privilege and honor to lead the 1,000 military and civilian per sonnel of NAS Jacksonville. I was blessed to work with an unflap pable command triad, including Howie Wanamaker, former NAS Jax Command Master Chief Brad Shepherd and now, Command Master Chief Teri McIntyre. The chiefs’ mess has done everything asked of them, and is a valuable source of counsel as well.” During Undersander’s remarks, he revealed a highly personal chal lenge to his family. “Not long after I took over as commanding officer, our sons, Michael and Carl, were diagnosed with serious medical issues – and then, their mother, Pam, was diag nosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma. “As we were looking at her treat ment plan to beat the disease, I asked her if she needed me to refo cus my life – and hence my military career. She looked at me and said, ‘I’ve got this, you go take care of the base,” he remarked. Undersander’s wife, Pam, was recognized by Jackson with a Flag Letter of Commendation for exceptional support of the United States Navy’s mission in the great er Jacksonville area. Her passion ate concern for Department of the Navy families is indicative of her commitment to a lifetime of dedi cated service. Skipper Undersander was also recognized by Jackson, who pre sented him with the Legion of Merit medal on behalf of the President of the United States for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstand ing service as commanding officer, NAS Jacksonville from August 2013 to February 2015. U.S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw, in a letter read by his representative, Jackie Smith, also praised Undersander’s leadership. Another recognition came from Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown when City of Jacksonville Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Division Chief Victor Guillory presented him an appre ciation memento on behalf of the citizens of Jacksonville. NAS Jacksonville’s new executive officer is Capt. Sean Haley. Photos by Clark Pierce Officers, chief petty officers and Sailors assigned to NAS Jacksonville stand in ranks as the change of command ceremony begins on Feb. 20. (Left) 4th Fleet Command Master Chief CMDCM Mack Ellis talks with Navy Region Southeast Command Master Chief CMDCM Michael Jackson prior to the change of command ceremony.Photo by Miriam S. GalletNAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker (right) and new Executive Officer Capt. Sean Haley share congratulations at the conclusion of the change of command festivities. Photo by AN Otisa WilliamsRear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander, Navy Region Southeast, congratulates Capt. Howard Wanamaker, the new commanding officer of NAS Jacksonville dur ing the change of command reception held at the NAS Jax Officers' Club. New NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker addresses the audience. City of Jacksonville Director of Military Affairs and Veterans Department Victor Gillory presented an appreciation plaque to outgoing NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander. Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson (left) presented a Flag Letter of Commendation to Pam Undersander, wife of Capt. Roy Undersander.Photo by AN Otisa WilliamsCapt. Howard Wanamaker (right), the new com manding officer (CO) of NAS Jacksonville and outgo ing CO Capt. Roy Undersander, cut the ceremonial cake at the reception held at the Officers' Club. CHANGE OF COMMANDFrom Page 4

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6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 By Jenny CollinsNaval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control Public AffairsThe Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) in San Diego facili tates research and develops evidence-based programs that provide Sailors and Marines with important tools to build and maintain resilience. As service members build resilience, military couples can also take steps to boost their resilience as well. Military spouses and signifi cant others play an important part in offering encouragement and support to today’s service members. With a military career that often includes deployments and extended separations, mil itary couples must work hard er at being able to withstand, recover, and grow together in the face of stressors, adversity, and changing demands. Below are eight ways mili tary couples can improve their resilience. 1. Maintain Your Connection. Being apart can be tough. By figuring out a system of regular contact, couples can build a strong foundation of open communication. It’s best to time conversations about upsetting issues as to not over whelm your partner. Open con versations should still consist of an overall positive and sup portive tone. 2. Reshape Interpretation. Some highly stressful life events are inevitable in mili tary life. One cannot change when or how these events hap pen, but couples can certainly shape their attitudes to best react and respond. Use flexible thinking to place some per spective on the situation. 3. Remain Optimistic. Maintaining optimism in the face of stressors is a couple’s best chance to move forward during stressful times. Try to envision what you both want instead of worrying about what you’re both scared of. 4. Trust. Discuss in detail your expectations of one another on the homefront and while you are apart. Work together to find ways to main tain trust. Talk about concerns but don’t dwell on them. Focus on how to work past them. 5. Take Care of Yourself . . . and Each Other. Set aside a couple of minutes a day to decompress. Meditation is a great tool to alleviate stress. Make sure that your partner is doing the same or offer ways to help one another. Taking care of yourselves helps keep your minds ready to deal with situa tions that require resilience. 6. Understanding. If you and your partner are in the middle of a conflict, focus on what is upsetting you and vice versa. Try to disregard what caused the fight. Concentrate and work together to find the solu tion. This type of behavior con trol will be much more effec tive. 7. Create and Work Towards Goals Together. Couples who have common goals are often more successful in their rela tionship. Develop realistic goals with deadlines. Even completing small accomplish ments can help improve your relationship. 8. Professional Help. It’s important to recognize that unresolved relationship prob lems have the potential to impact a service member’s well-being and focus on the job. If the stress of military life becomes overwhelming for either party, don’t hesitate to seek help from a support group, counselor, clinician, or chap lain. Reaching out for support can help you manage any reac tion and boost your resilience. Resilience is very effective in helping our active duty popula tion manage operational and combat stress, both in their work life and their home life. At NCCOSC, we envision a future of innovative and rele vant research that will increase our knowledge of psychological health. The knowledge that is gained will ultimately contribute to the readiness and resilience of our Sailors and Marines as they face the future challenges of military service. By MC2 Tyler FraserVP-45 Public AffairsVP-45 Quality Assurance Representative AM2 Jonathan Harrod reenlisted for six more years of naval service Feb. 13, while on deployment at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. Harrod joined the Navy in March of 2007. After completion of boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., he reported to AM “A” School at NAS Jacksonville. Upon completion of “A” School, he received orders to VP-30, the P-3C/P8A fleet replacement squadron at NAS Jacksonville. In November of 2009, he moved up the flight line to Hangar 511 and joined the VP-45 “Pelicans.” Harrod said his decision to reenlist was an easy one. “I really enjoy working with this group of people and working with the new P-8A Poseidon aircraft,” said Harrod. “I’m lucky enough to see and work with things that just don’t exist in the civilian world.” Harrod said he enjoys his work as an aviation structural mechanic and plans to make the Navy a career. “I like the structure and interactions of working with people in naval aviation,” said Harrod. “The diversity of our Sailors makes life interesting.” Take part in base environmental survey From NAS Jacksonville Public AffairsNAS Jacksonville invites you, as a member of the Northeast Florida community, to partic ipate in a brief, online survey regarding the NAS Jacksonville Environmental Restoration Program. Your responses to the survey are confidential and will help facilitate future measures to improve environmental restora tion communications and com munity interaction (e.g., infor mational meetings or published updates). This survey and related com munity involvement activities undertaken by the Navy are intended to promote aware ness regarding environmen tal topics and activities at NAS Jacksonville. If you have not heard of the NAS Jacksonville Environmental Restoration Program but are interested in this topic, your participation in the survey is valuable. The online environmental restora tion community survey can be accessed via the following link: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/ jaxcip2015/ We appreciate your partici pation in the survey. The sur vey will be available until April 19, 2015. Feel free to share this survey with others. The Navy encourages you to stay informed and attend public meetings where your communi ty has an opportunity to review and discuss environmental top ics specific to NAS Jacksonville. Photo by MC2 Tyler Fraser AM2 Jonathan Harrod of VP-45 takes the oath of enlistment on Feb. 13 during quarters at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan.VP-45 ‘Pelicans’ retain QA Rep Harrod 8 ways to boost resilience between military couplesPhoto by Clark PierceSeahawks going and comingA pair of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters assigned to the HSM-70 "Spartans" meet on opposite approaches on Feb. 12 near the St. Johns River.

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By Lt. Justin MooreVP-30 Public Affairs OfficerVP-30 welcomed members of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for the annual review of the P-3C Orion NATOPS Manual Jan. 20-23. Lt. Cmdr. Yoichiro Sagawa and Lt. Cmdr. Keisuke Tatchi – pilots from Air Development Squadron 51 based in Atsugi, Japan – worked closely with VP-30’s Fleet NATOPS Team, headed by Lt. Cmdr. Trey Walden. The conference included an open forum ques tion and answer period concentrating on similari ties and differences within the two nations’ maritime patrol and reconnaissance force (MPRF) communities. After an extensive review of current P-3C NATOPS procedures, Lt. Trey Ross, a Fleet NATOPS Team pilot evaluator, said, “We enjoyed an extremely productive visit from our JMSDF counterparts. Their attendees leverage a considerable amount of P-3 flight hours and brought a wealth of knowledge to this conference. “We were able to provide them with insight into our operational risk management and crew resource man agement programs, as well as cover recent changes to our NATOPS manual. The Fleet NATOPS Team col lected constructive feedback on specific P-3 programs and procedural changes. We all look forward to future collaboration with our MPRF partners in the future,” concluded Ross.retired AN Brett Parks, who was injured in a shooting when he attempted to stop a rob bery while off duty; HN Herbert Peterson, who was injured after suf fering 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns in a liberty accident; AWOC Trevor Bowen, who was diag nosed with terminal cancer last year, but has since gone into remis sion; and MA2 Daniel Devine, who was injured during his third tour in Afghanistan when a vehi cle-borne improvised explosive device explod ed a mere 300 feet from him, causing a traumatic brain injury. “We had a broad spec trum of wounds, ill ness and injuries on our panel and I think a lot of times, people associate wounded warriors with combat, but our audience was able to see that it’s not just combat wounded Sailors who require assis tance,” said Simonds. “I thought that really drove home a nice point to the audience.” The program current ly has more than 1,640 enrollees, with more than 1,500 additional service members who have received assistance though they did not qual ify for enrollment. NWW Safe Harbor offers an extensive variety of ser vices, including assisting with employment and education opportuni ties, connecting them to benefits, hosting adap tive athletics events, and family and mental health resources. “My injury has changed everything,” said Devine. “I’m not able to play with my kids as much as I would like to. I require a lot of patience from my wife and I’ve lost a lot of memory. It’s been something that I’ve had to learn to deal with, but you learn and you push forward. We are fairly new to the program, but they have given us more resources than we know what to do with.” The NWW Safe Harbor program was formally established in 2008 and, since its foun dation, its mission has extended beyond offering support to service mem bers wounded in combat. Currently, of its enrolled service members, half are injured and half are ill. “It helped me have a complete turnaround from where I was when I woke up from my coma. I didn’t know what to do,” Parks said. “From the moment I woke up, Navy Safe Harbor was there with me and my wife, and they helped get the paper work together because we didn’t know about any thing. And they helped to push me to do sports and continue setting goals and get better.” For more information about NWW and how to enroll, call (855) NAVY WWP/ (855) 628-9997, or visit http://safeharbor. navylive.dodlive.mil or e-mail safeharbor@navy. mil. CNRSEFrom Page 1 Photo by MC2 Stacy LaseterDario Santana, (left) family programs and charitable resources coordinator of Navy Wounded WarriorSafe Harbor, leads the panel discussion during the inaugural NRSE Navy Wounded WarriorSafe Harbor family symposium aboard NAS Jacksonville. The purpose of the event was to hear directly from the families of enrollees about their experiences. Their open feedback will help develop the delivery of nonmedical services to current and future enrollees and their families. Japanese aviators review NATOPS at VP-30Photo courtesy of VP-30VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Curt Phillips (cen ter) accepts a framed photo of the JMSDF Kawasaki P-1, from Lt. Cmdr. Keisuke Tachi and Lt. Cmdr. Yoichiro Sagawa. The P-1 is a more modern platform than the P-3C Orion currently flown by the JMSDF. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 7

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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsRear Adm. Sandy Daniels relieved Rear Adm. Matthew Carter as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group/ Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific in a change of command cere mony Feb. 20 at the command’s headquarters at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Va. Daniels served as Reserve Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, since October 2014. She will assume the duties of CPRG/CPRGP until an active duty officer is assigned later this summer. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1980 and was designated a naval avi ator in January 1982. She has served in numerous worldwide aviation assignments involving oceanographic research flying specially configured research P-3 “Orion” aircraft. Daniels earned a space operations subspecialty des ignation while assigned to the Naval Research Laboratory and also was assigned to the Naval Space Surveillance Center in Dahlgren, Va., before tran sitioning to the Reserve com ponent in 1991. She has logged more than 2,000 flight hours. Carter has commanded CPRG/CPRGP since October 2013. His next assignment is Commander, Naval Forces Japan. CPRG/CPRGP provides over sight to more than 7,000 men and women operating the U.S. Navy’s maritime patrol aircraft including the P-8A Poseidon, P-3C Orion, EP-3 Aries II and MQ-4C Triton unmanned air craft system. The Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) is organized into three Patrol and Reconnaissance Wings at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., and NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Composed of 14 Patrol and Reconnaissance squad rons, one Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) and more than 45 subordinate com mands, the MPRF is the Navy’s premier provider for airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), and maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) opera tions. VA disability assistance availableFrom AMVETSIf you are retiring or separating from active duty and need assistance with submitting your claim for disability and compensation to the Veteran’s Administration (VA), you can start up to one year prior to retiring/separat ing with getting our medical information in order. AMVETS is the Veterans Service Organization advo cate for separating or retiring service members and their families providing assistance with sub mission of claims to the VA for benefits, disabilities and com pensation. AMVETS is a national Veterans Service Organization authorized to submit claims to the VA and advocate for veterans and their families with the VA nationwide. All assistance is free of charge and you are not required to become a member of AMVETS to use their services. For more information and to make an appointment, call AMVETS National Services Officer David Sanders at 904-6733664 or email amvetsjax@gmail.com . Patrol and Reconnaissance changes commandRear Adm. Sandy Daniels Rear Adm. Matthew Carter Photo by Victor Pitts'Bromeo' arrives at FRCSEA Royal Australian Navy (RAN) SH-60 'Bromeo' helicopter is delivered to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast and hoisted from a flatbed on Feb. 11. The helo is scheduled for stripping and paint before returning to RAN to be used as a maintenance trainer. 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015

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From NAS Jax Multi-Cultural Awareness CommitteeDr. Carter G. Woodson lived and wrote in a time when America considered itself to be Anglo-White. African-Americans were kept apart from the rest of American society. At best, they were treated as second-class citizens. Woodson, in combating such degradation and to promote the value of AfricanAmerican history, began publishing the Journal of Negro History in 1916. The observation of “Negro History Week,” an initia tive led by Woodson to recognize the contributions of African-Americans to our country, began in 1926. Its goal was to foster a better understanding of the African-American experience. He choose thesec ond week of February to coincide with the birth days of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln, two people who had dramatic impact on the lives of African-Americans. The observation was expanded to include the whole month in 1976, and has since become commonly referred to as Black History or African-American History Month. It is celebrated and recognized as a Department of Defense national observance. In Woodson’s book, The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933), he tenders information about his life experi ences with some of his fellow “educated negroes.” He decried that some of his fellow African-Americans would not buy goods and services from black busi nessmen, because the educated the African-American was taught that the black person had no value. Educated African-Americans went back to their com munity ill-equipped to teach each other, for they acquired a disdain for their own. Thus, they became “mis-educated.” Woodson saw the education that the AfricanAmerican practiced in his time as oppressive. He believed in self-reliance as a major component of selfrespect, making the black person rise above their situ ation by their own merit, and developing the AfricanAmerican’s natural gifts whatever they maybe. Only by becoming self-reliant and self-respecting would the black race be contributors to American society. The American culture and the military have made quite a transformation since Woodson published his first book in 1916. President Harry S. Truman imple mented Executive Order 9981 in 1948, which desegre gated the military. Today, the image of America is not a monolithic white-only culture – but a multicultural pluralistic society. Instead of melting other cultures into the melting pot to form one preferred culture, America has become a nation in which the various cultures are appreciated for their contributions to enhance our country. Now the American dream is open to all persons of various nationalities, races, cul tures and creeds. Carter G. Woodson had an impact on Black History Month Photos by MC2 Stacy LaseterRetired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander of the U.S. Central Command, speaks to members of the Association of Naval Aviation during a meeting at the NAS Jacksonville Officers' Club on Feb. 17. Zinni discussed the military and its role in the wars waged throughout the his tory of the United States. Retired USMC general and author speaksMembers of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation listen to retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni Feb. 17. Based on Zinni’s leadership experiences from the battlefield to the boardroom, he speaks on topics ranging from team building and mentoring to peace envoys, international affairs and Middle Eastern strategies. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 9

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George H.W. Bush awarded Battle “E’By MC3 Patrick Ian Crimmins USS George H.W. Bush Public AffairsCommander, Naval Air Forces awarded the 2014 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) for East Coast-based aircraft carriers to Sailors of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Feb. 13. The Battle “E” is designed to mea sure and recognize a command’s sustained superior performance and efficiency in an operational environ ment through the calendar year. “I could not be more proud of this ship and its crew,” said Capt. Andrew Loiselle, commanding offi cer, USS George H.W. Bush. “Our Sailors are some of the most dedi cated in the fleet. It’s a huge honor for me to have been a part of all their efforts.” Battle “E” is only achieved through meeting and exceeding multiple operational standards based on individual and community efforts. “This crew brings their ‘A’ game every day, and it’s truly exciting to watch,” said Loiselle. “They have set the standard for the rest of the fleet.” The recipient of the Battle ‘’E” award is decided through depart mental awards, which mark excel lence in the ship’s individual depart ments. George H.W. Bush received all 15 departmental awards. “Winning Battle “E” validates our hard work,” said Command Master Chief David Carter. “Every Sailor helped to win it, and that means something. I’ve been in the Navy 28 years and this is my first Battle “E.” It’s a testament of how good of a team we are.” This is George H.W. Bush’s second award for Battle “E” in three years. The USS George Washington (CVN 73), forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, won Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific’s Battle “E” on the West Coast. George H.W. Bush is currently conducting training exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. George H.W. Bush returns from underwayBy MC3 Patrick Ian CrimminsUSS George H.W. Bush Public AffairsThe Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) pulled into its homeport of Norfolk after an eightday underway, Feb. 18. The ship’s crew conducted vari ous training evolutions and flight exercises throughout the underway, including carrier qualifications (CQ) for three squadrons – Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 “Gladiators,” Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 “Grey Hawks,” and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 “Dragon Whales.” CQs train new pilots, and experi enced pilots returning to flying from non-flying assignments, for carrierbased launches and landings in prepa ration for assignments to operational squadrons. “VFA-106 is the fleet replacement squadron (FRS) for F-18 pilots,” said Lt. j.g. Shane Brady, attached to the Gladiators. “This underway was a lot of our first-times landing on a carrier.” FRS trains pilots and flight officers in their specific aircraft before being assigned to the fleet. During the under way, extreme weather conditions added to the difficulty of landing an aircraft at sea. “The pitching deck and high winds created a challenging situation,” said Brady. “We had rough seas and winds reaching 40 knots.” VAW-120 utilized this underway to train its pilots in transitioning from the E-2C Hawkeye to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. “We just finished the transition to the new E-2D, and this is the first time for our pilots operating this aircraft from a carrier,” said Lt. j.g. Patrick Flynn. “These CQs are great for maintaining pilot proficiency in both day and night conditions.” Photo by MCSN Magen WeatherwaxThe aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after a nine-month deployment in 2014 supporting Operations Active Endeavor, Inherent Resolve, and Enduring Freedom. Photo by MCSN Brianna BowensAn F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Feb. 11. George H.W. Bush is conducting training exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. Photos by MCSN Christopher GainesAn F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Gladiators" of VFA 106 takes off from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during heavy seas on Feb. 13. An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the “Bear Aces” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124 lands Feb. 3 on the flight deck aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 lands on the flight deck of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Feb.12. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 11

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By MC1 Michael WissNavy Public Affairs Support Element East, Detachment Southeast“Enhancing the lives of wounded warriors” was the underlying theme during the Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Adaptive Sports Clinic held Feb. 13-15 at Naval Station Mayport. The Adaptive Sports Center enhances the quality of life for people with dis abilities through exceptional sports activities. The successful programs the ASC provides are inclusive to families and friends, empower the participants in their daily lives and have a positive enduring effect on self-efficacy, health, independence and overall well-being. According to Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Director Capt. Brent Breining, the clinic provides a venue for the wounded warriors to get involved through athletic events. “The goal for this clinic is to expose athletes who have not formally partici pated in adaptive sports to these differ ent kinds of activities,” he said. “This event may lead to opportunities for them to compete in other athletic competitions that may not have been previously available to them. It also links them with other wounded war riors, and helps them to feel like they are part of a team again.” The athletes participated in various events, including shooting, archery, swimming, volleyball and wheelchair basketball. According to former MA3 Nathan DeWalt, who was paralyzed from the waist down in 2008, the games are a way to share your story and com pete with people who are going through the same issues as you. “Being able to come to these Wounded Warrior adaptive sports training camps gives athletes the opportunity and ability to let go and exercise and have a kind of rehabilita tive mindset,” he said. “These types of events give you a chance to share your story with others who have had the same injury. This also gives those who have been in the pro gram a while, the chance to be a mentor to new members.” The sports clinic followed another Wounded Warrior event, the Family Symposium, that was held Feb. 11 at NAS Jacksonville. It was a forum for wounded warrior caregivers to share their successes and frustrations, and to connect with others facing similar issues. In addition to providing them a platform for sharing their stories, the symposium also helped caregivers and families expand their networks of sup port. According to Breining, events like these are a way to make sure the hero ism and efforts of the wounded warriors will not be forgotten. “Any time that we are able to do a sports camp or trials or participate in a Photos by MC2 Sean La MarrWounded warriors learn proper form and movement methods for volleyball during the first day of the 2015 Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Introductory Adaptive Sports Clinic at Naval Station Mayport. The clinic teaches wounded warriors competitionstyle techniques for the upcoming tryouts for the 2015 Wounded Warrior Games and rehabilitation methods from injuries sustained while serving as active duty. Retired Lt. Steve Simmons participates in archery during the first day of the 2015 Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Introductory Adaptive Sports Clinic at Naval Station Mayport.Photo by MCSN Nathan LangSwimming instructor Erin Crabtree explains the proper form for a freestyle stroke to Tyler Matthews during the first day of the 2015 Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Introductory Adaptive Sports Clinic on Feb. 13 at Naval Station Mayport. Wounded Warrior athletes invade NS Mayport Former Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Joe Derbak participates in archery during the first day of the 2015 Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Introductory Adaptive Sports Clinic at Naval Station Mayport.See NWW, Page 13 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015

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JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 13 Greybeard Basketball League postponed until March the Fitness Center closure until March and the basketball court is being used at lunchtime for group exercise classes. There will be a playoff when the Fitness Center reopens. The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, dependent spouses age 30 and older assigned to a command at NAS Jax and retirees. Rosters and entry forms must be turned in by Feb. 27. Intramural Basketball League postponed until March due to the Fitness Center closure until March 7 and the basketball court is being used for group exercise classes. There will be a playoff in March when the Fitness Center reopens. The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, dependent spouses assigned to a command at NAS Jax and retirees. Rosters and entry forms must be turned in by Feb. 27. Soccer League Forming Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD Contractors, dependent spouses assigned to a command at NAS Jax and Retirees. Rosters and entry forms are due by Feb. 27. Intramural Softball League Forming Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, dependent spouses assigned to a command at NAS Jax and retirees. The games play in the evenings on conference room at Building 1 at 12:30 p.m. Commands Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, dependents at NAS Jacksonville and retirees. The games play in the evenings on Tuesday. Badminton Doubles League Forming Open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, and dependent spouses assigned to a command at NAS Jax. The games play at lunchtime. The cup points. 3-on-3 Sand Volleyball League Meeting March 11 The league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD Contractors, dependent spouses conference room at Building 1 at noon. Commands whose at lunchtime. Leprechaun Dash 5k March 17 at 7 a.m. cup points for their commands. Sign up at the NAS Jax Gymnasium or the Fitness Source prior to March 10. The race is held on Perimeter Road at the end of Mustin Road before the Antenna Farm at 7 a.m. Registration at the race site is from 6 6:45 a.m. Awards go to the top male and top female runner for age groups: 19 & under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; and 50 over. The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractor, and dependent spouse men assigned to a command at NAS Jax. Participants earn or third place. Sign up by March 16. The tournament is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor, dependent spouse women assigned to a command at NAS Jax. Participants earn participation points for their command toward the Open to active duty, selective reservists, dependent spouses, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor men assigned to a command at NAS Jax. The tournament starts at 5 p.m. and is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Players earn or third place. Sign up by March 23. Open to active duty, selective reservists, dependent spouses, DoD civilians, and DoD contractor men assigned to a command at NAS Jax. The tournament starts at 5 p.m. and is held at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts on the corner of Allegheny Road and Birmingham Road. Players earn or third place. Sign up by March 23. For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 542-2930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@ navy.mil . Visit the MWR Web site at www.cnic.navy.mil or www.facebook.com nasjaxmwr. StandingsAs of Feb. 194-on-4 Flag Football Final Standings VR-58 4 0 VR-62 4 0 HSM-70 Spartans 3 1 NMC/FACSFAC 3 1 NOSC 2 2 NBHC 2 2 CBMU202 2 2 FRCSE Show Me 1 3 ASD Jax 1 3 HSM-74 Swamp Foxes 0 4 VP-62 0 4Winter Golf Standings FRCSE I 2 0 HSM-74 Swamp Foxes 2 0 CV-TSC/PSD 2 1 FRCSE II 2 1 NCTS 2 1 NMC/FACSFAC 1 1 VP-30 1 2 CBMU202 0 3 CNATTU 0 3national-level wounded warrior competition, that exposes the broader community to the challenges that our wounded warriors and their families and caregivers face on a daily basis,” he said. “These events shed light on the enduring need to support service members that have given so much to our nation.” NWWFrom Page 12 Dewey’sCall 542-3521 Free Texas Hold’em Tournaments Monday & Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday Social Hour 4 9 p.m., $.50 wings and $7.95 pizza your way Lunch bingo: Monday through Friday begins at 11:15 a.m. Monday Pizza Madness Special 2 9 p.m. $6 large one-toppingFreedom Lanes Bowling CenterCall 542-3493. Mondays: All you can bowl for $6, 4 6 p.m. Wednesdays: All you can bowl for $6.95, 4 10 p.m. Thursdays: Free bowling for active duty 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Saturdays: Family Extreme Bowling $10, 4 6 p.m., Party Extreme $12, 9 p.m. midnight (up to 2 hours of play). Shoes Included. Sunday: Family Day $2.50 all day, per person, per game Monthly Handicap Single Tournament: March 21, 1 4 p.m., $20 per person Scratch Sweeper: Feb. 28 & March 28, 1 4 p.m., $30 *Please note, the specials do not include shoes unless stated otherwise*Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 Indoor Pool Hours Now through Mar. 31 Monday Friday Lap swimming 6 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Recreational swimming 4:30 7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Recreational swimming 11 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Fitness Center will be closed for improvement renovations through March 7 The base gym hours have also been adjusted to include additional hours on the weekend as follows due to the fitness center closure for renovations. Monday Thursday 5 a.m. 8 p.m. Friday 5 a.m. 7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 7 a.m. 5 p.m. Navy Run Zumba Party & Wellness Expo NEX Home & Garden Center Parking Lot Apr. 3, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 10th Annual Captain Chuck Cornett Navy 10K Run / 5K Walk NEX Home & Garden Center April 4, 8 a.m. Register online at: 1stplacesports.com/ calendar.html Group and private tennis lessons are now available. Call the base gym for pricing informa tion.I.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318 E-mail them directly at jaxs_nas_ mwritt@navy.mil . ITT current ticket promotions include the following: ITT Travel Fair March 14, 9:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Armed Forces Vacation Club Resort Condo Rentals www.afvclub.com instal lation $349 $369 Universal Special three-day park to park for the price of a one-day park to park until June 7 FSCJ Broadway Artist Series tickets available to purchase! Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts Broadway Shows, great military pricing! Disney Live March 7 $16 Monster Jam Tickets Feb. 21 Everbank Field $21 $47.50 AMC gold ticket $8.50 Disney World Orlando Armed Forces Salute ticket FL (through Oct. 3) $173.75 $ 203.25 ITT offers Shades of Green, Disney World Hotels, Universal Hotels and off property hotels St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zipline $35.25, park admission $6.75 $13.50 St. Augustine Sight Seeing Train $4.50 $11.50 St. Augustine Old Town Trolley $7.50 $18.50 BOGO Disney on Ice April 10 12, $15 Clay County Fair Tickets $4 $14 I Love Lucy Broadway Series March 21 $61 Alhambra Dinner Theatre $38 $50.50 Forever Florida Coach Adventure $12.25 $57.75ITT TripsKanapaha Botanical Gardens, April 25, $20 Scenic Cruise, June 13, $20 Orlando Shopping, Aug. 1, $25 Mt. Dora Fall Craft Fair, Oct. 24, $20The Liberty Recreation CenterTrips, activities and costs may be restrict ed to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members. Call 542-1335 for information. Paintball Trip Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. Professional Bull Riding Event March 7 at 6 p.m. Trivia Night March 17, 6:30 p.m. at Dewey’sNAS Jax Golf ClubGolf course info: 542-3249 Mulligan’s info: 542-2936 Monday – Friday play 18-holes with cart for only $16 after 1:30 p.m. Monday & Tuesday – Play 18-holes with cart for $20 Military Appreciation Days Play 18-holes with cart for $18 Active Duty – Feb. 24, March 10 & 24 Retirees and DoD – Feb. 26, March 12 & 26 Youth Golf and Life Skills Experience March 4, 11 & 25 April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Register at the youth center. For more information call (904) 778-9772Mulberry 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 $150 per person Begins in MarchAuto 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! Spring Break Camp March 16 20 Fees based on income Registration going on now Open Recreation Wednesday & Friday 6:30 8 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. 2 p.m. Free childcare for ages K – 18 years Full CYP registration is required Movie Under the Stars Featuring Big Hero 6 March 14 at 8 p.m. Patriot’s Grove ParkFlying 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 jaxnfc.net Photos by Shannon Leonard Spin instructors Maranda and Ebony lead a high-energy class during the MWRsponsored Heart Healthy Aerobathon on Feb. 21 at the base gym. Tony Tingsombutyout, certified ten nis instructor, shows 5-year-old Ava, proper form during the free tennis clinic offered by the NAS Jax Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department on Feb. 21 at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts. Group and private tennis les sons are now available – call 542-2930. Terry Crawford (right) leads enthusiastic Zumba dancers during the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department's Heart Healthy Aerobathon on Feb. 21 at the base gym.

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Military Saves campaign in full swingFrom NAS JAx Fleet and Family Support CenterFleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) on military installations worldwide are participating in the Military Saves Week Feb. 23-27. The campaign’s purpose is to develop a military command climate that supports sensible financial behavior by focusing on financial literacy education. The campaign encour ages service members and their families to take action by providing resources to help each family get on the path to financial success. This year’s opportunities for service members and their families include setting goals, making a plan and saving auto matically. All scheduled events this week at NAS Jax where derived from a needs assessment sur vey completed by service mem bers and their families. As a result, financial top ics include Debt Reductions Strategies, Basic Budgeting and Money Management, 2 Hours 2 Be a Million Dollar Sailor, Retirement Savings, Investing and TSP and Car Buying Strategies. The NAS Jax Family Night Event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6 – 8 p.m. This vendor-style fair aims to answer families’ important financial questions, including How can I introduce finance to my children?, Extreme Couponing: How do they do that?, We want to buy a home, how should we get started?, Is the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) really worth it?, How much money can I really save shop ping at the commissary?, and so many more! The event will also be pro viding a pizza dinner. Children are welcome to come along with their parents and stop by the specially crafted kid’s educational table where they can learn tips to help mom and dad save money and more importantly, how to save for something special that they want to buy (like a new bike). NAS Jax FFSC staff encourages all commands to utilize these opportunities throughout the week to educate their Sailors on financial health and well ness. For more information on NAS Jax’s Military Saves Week events, contact the FFSC at 542-5745, or go to: 2015 Military Saves Week Campaign visit http://www.militarysaves.org . NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker speaks with an audience member during the Military Saves Kick-Off event at the VP-30 Auditorium on Feb. 23. Photos by AN Otisa WilliamsInterested Sailors and civilians gathered in the VP-30 Auditorium Feb. 23 to learn from experts about financial opportunities avail able to them – from buying a vehicle or a home to planning their retirement. 14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015

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16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, February 26, 2015 By Dan Smithyman Southeast Regional Maintenance Center Public AffairsWhen the gas turbine engine that powers one of the genera tors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) failed, a fly-away team from Naval Station Mayport was dispatched from the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) with engine in-hand. The ship was deployed in the Caribbean when two of its three generators experi enced some issues and pulled into port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “Their number two generator had problems with an electri cal breaker, and number three had a bearing failure on the gas turbine engine that powers the generator, which is the engine we replaced,” said GSMC(SW) Maurice Waller. The seven-man fly-away team from SERMC consist ed of five active-duty Sailors and two civilians. GSM1(SW) Kristopher Mitchell, team lead er, saw this as an opportunity to bring to bear the capabilities of SERMC and his technicians. The team procured a new engine, gathered tools, and assigned the right person nel to travel to a remote loca tion for an urgent repair that would ultimately enable Jason Dunham to return to its regu larly scheduled deployment. “There was a lot of coor dination between the ship and SERMC before we left,” Mitchell said. “We had to make sure we had all the right tools, parts and people for this job. It’s not like here (in Mayport) where we can come back to the shop if we need more parts or tools.” The team left Feb. 8 via C-130 logistics aircraft from NAS Jacksonville loaded with a new engine, tools and rigging gear, plus, a special van to transport everything to the ship. By the evening of Feb. 11, the engine was replaced, operationally tested and the ship was under way again Thursday. “The ship’s force prepped everything for us before we arrived, meaning they removed the module wall to access the engine, and disconnected the fuel lines and electrical con nections,” Waller said. “We removed the broken engine and installed the new one,” said GSM2(SW) Nico Carter, one of the team mem bers. “We also changed out the PTO shaft.” He explained that the PTO shaft is a power take off shaft that connects the gas turbine engine to the reduction gear, which is connected to the actual generator. The team per formed troubleshooting on the entire system to ensure safe and optimum performance before they called the job suc cessful. “This was a good opportu nity for us, and a great experi ence for me,” said GSM2(SW) Eric Megargel, one of the tech nicians. Mitchell said the first day lasted more than 14 hours as the team worked to remove the broken engine, which weighs about 1,600 pounds and mea sures eight feet long. The greatest challenge, he said, was lifting the broken engine out from deep inside the bottom of the engineering room, through vertical trunks and narrow passages of the ship, and then bringing in the new engine in reverse order. “We do our own rigging,” Mitchell said. “It’s an owner ship thing. We want to make sure our engine is handled with care, and no damage occurs because of a chainfall banging a fuel nozzle or some thing like that.” GSM2 Matthew Ressler was heavily involved in the rigging evolution. “It took some creativity, but this is normal for a GSM,” he said. “It was a one-shot deal to get it right,” Mitchell said. “And we did.” The electrical breaker issue on the number two generator was repaired prior to the num ber three engine change-out. A sister team from Norfolk’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center made that repair. With all three generators back on line, Jason Dunham sailed out of Guantanamo Bay, and the SERMC fly-away team returned to NS Mayport in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their loved ones. By MC2 (SW/AW) Luke Meineke Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public AffairsIn 2015 the U.S. Navy Reserve will be 100 years old. Designed to “deliver stra tegic depth and operational capabil ity to the Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Forces in times of peace or war,” the Navy Reserve has provided support in areas from healthcare to special warfare and everything in between. First created in response to the out break of World War I, and through the efforts of then Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels and his assistant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, legislation for the creation of the Naval Reserve Force was passed on March 3, 1915. Since that time, reservists have served in every major war in which the United States has fought. As of December 2014, 107,687 reserv ists were serving as either the Selected Reserve (SELRES), or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) Sailors, providing vital naval warfighting and operational capabilities in myriad roles. SELRES, the largest and most relied upon of the Ready Reserve, consists of drill ing reservists and Full-Time Support (FTS) reservists. Drilling reservists are reservists who typically fulfill a service commitment of one weekend a month and two weeks a year of drilling and training. They are available for recall to active duty status and represent the Navy’s primary source of immediate manpower. FTS reservists serve full-time active duty service relating to the training and administration of the Navy Reserve pro gram. They are assigned to shore instal lations or operational units. IRR reservists are composed of former active duty or reserve military person nel. Though they typically receive no pay and are not obligated to drill, con duct annual training, or participate in any military activities, IRR personnel retain their status as uniformed mili tary personnel. They retain their mili tary specialty (i.e. rate) and rank, and receive benefits like entitlement to a military ID card, or NEX and commis sary benefits. Today, reservists assigned to Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA) contribute and help drive the command’s mission to pro vide efficient and effective shore service support to U.S. and allied forces in the Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia area of responsibility. Approximately 400 reservists from 20 different units spread through out the United States are assigned to CNREURAFSWA. Separated into boat support units (BSU), naval security force (NSF) units and regional units, the reserve unit locations stretch as far west as Las Vegas to as far east as Long Island, New York, as far south as Corpus Christi, Texas to as far north as Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reservists from these Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSC) are assigned to all the installations that comprise CNREURAFSWA, with the exception of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ) and Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu, Romania, which has not been officially commissioned. “The NSF units are security units, mostly made up of master-at-arms,” explained Regional Operational Support Officer Lt. Cmdr. Micah Weller. “They are dedicated units that can be brought in if there was an increase in the force protection condition (FPCON) level. The BSUs focus on port and air operations, so that would mean boat swain’s mates, operations specialists, aviation boatswain’s mates (handling), aviation boatswain’s mates (fuels) for example. They also provide Department of Defense (DoD) firefighters and our Regional Operations Center (ROC) is augmented from those units.” These service members are essen tial to the CNREURAFSWA mission. The ROC unit’s mission is emergency response and watch standing, as well as conducting the exercises necessary to ensure base personnel are prepared in case of an emergency. Weller added that the Operational Support Office does a good job of certi fying that the focus is on finding those billets that aren’t manned or locating areas where a command needs support and finding the right reservist or reserv ists to step in and provide that support and expertise. Most importantly, though, he says due to the training they receive both from the military and from the civilian sec tor, reservists arrive ready to contribute. “The training prepares them to be that support,” Weller said. “For exam ple, master-at-arms conduct all their gun training in the states, so they arrive prepared to augment and sup port immediately. However, reservists bring a unique set of added skills gained from their civilian jobs. For example, an information systems technician will have his training from the Navy, but after he transferred to the reserves, maybe he worked at a place like Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and gained this whole differ ent perspective and set of skills.” On any particular day, 25 percent of the Navy Reserve is delivering global operational support to the fleet and combat forces. The unique perspec tive and extensive training continues to make them an essential element of the U.S. Navy. On March 3, when the organization celebrates 100 years of dedicated service and sacrifice, reservists can be proud of their heritage and that they carry on a legacy of service with distinction both during peacetime and in times of war, and that they contribute significantly to the Navy’s overall mission to maintain, train and equip forces capable of win ning wars, deterring acts of aggression and engendering and sustaining free dom of the seas. By MC2 Tyler CaswellU.S. Naval Academy Public AffairsThe Midshipmen Black Studies Group hosted members of the first AfricanAmerican Marine Corps recruits, also known as the Montford Point Marines, at the United States Naval Academy, Feb. 19. The guests shared their personal sto ries of their integration into the Marine Corps, as well as their time serving in World War II, with midshipmen, faculty and staff. “We didn’t know what to expect, we didn’t really know what we would become or how hard the Marine Corps was,” said Franklin Beaird, a Montford Point Marine. “We learned, at least, you’d become a man of steel. You began to understand that if there was any obstacle, if you can’t go through it, you’re going to make sure that you’re going to go over it.” In 1942, Roosevelt established presi dential directive #8802, giving African Americans an opportunity to be recruited into the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the last of the U.S. mili tary services to be racially integrated. African-American Marines were segregated, attending basic train ing at Montford Point, North Carolina. Approximately 2,000 African-American Marines received basic training at Montford Point between 1942 and 1949. Exactly a year later, the first AfricanAmerican men volunteered to begin boot camp at the segregated Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Twelve hundred men began their new journey that day while knowing their nation was at war. “Life in my hometown was pretty dif ficult,” said Lee Douglas Jr., a Montford Point Marine. “You couldn’t do, couldn’t go and couldn’t belong to many things. I thank God that I volunteered to join the USMC and I served my country, and I made it back alive.” Between 1942 and 1949, Camp Montford Point trained more than 20,000 black recruits. “We all came together as a group, we were all drafted and didn’t think of the future.” said William Foreman, Montford Point Marine. “We knew there was a war, you see. We all stood tall and lived in the now. We didn’t think that we would be mak ing history. The times and the war; it changed us, and the USMC is an out standing part of us.” Midshipmen reflected on what the Montford Point Marines meant for not only African Americans, but all minori ties. “I think they have paved the way for diversity in general,” said Midshipman 1st Class Shakir Robinson. “Whether it’s race, gender or religious background, diversity is what makes America strong. To have these Marines come to the Academy to share their experiences really affects us all. One of the best things about celebrating Black History Month, along with all of the multicultural celebrations, is we all get to celebrate our individual differences, as one unit.” In July of 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981 negating segregation. In 2012, the Marine Corps honored more than 400 Montford Point Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal for their sacrifices for their nation. Fly-away team replaces gas turbine engine on USS Jason DunhamPhotos by MC3 Weston JonesTug boats transit alongside the Arleigh-Burke Class guided-missile Destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) to guide it into port in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Jason Dunham is underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations, in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Damage Controlman 2nd Class Neal Fierro and Gas Turbine Systems Mechanical 3rd Class Connor Russ man the shaft con trol unit aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109).U.S. Navy Reserve celebrates 100 yearsReady now: Anytime, anywhereUSNA hosts first African-American Marines

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