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PAGE 1 ACKSONVILLE , F LA I I D E CENT COM FUTURE Tough Choices Ahead Page 3 FLEET CENTRIC Sailors Doing Their Jobs Pages 4-5 ROAD DETOURS New Asphalt in the Works Page 8Check us out Online! THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015 Earl BittnerNAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs OfficerMaureen Sullivan, direc tor, Environment, Safety and Occupational Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense and Karnig Ohannessian, dep uty director, Energy and Environmental Readiness in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, visited the sites of some of the environ mental and safety initiatives aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville and Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Fla., March 24. Captain Steve Hamer, commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast; Camille Destafney, environmental director, NAVFAC Southeast; Kevin Gartland, NAS Jacksonville environmental director; Matt Schellhorn, NAS Jacksonville community planning and liai son officer and Max Bassett, NAS Jacksonville deputy safety officer, provided a tour and dis cussed the initiatives aboard NAS Jacksonville. “The station’s environmental program is effective because of the command’s strong com mitment to incorporating envi ronmental compliance, pol lution prevention and natural and cultural resources pro tection into day-to-day mis sion accomplishment,” said Gartland. He pointed out that there is a focus on continual process improvement and that the sta tion has strong partnerships with federal, state and local regulatory agencies and envi ronmental advocacy organiza tions in the community. The environmental staff By Yan KennonNaval Hospital Jacksonville Senior WriterAccording to the World Health Organization, as many as one in 10 patients are harmed while receiving hospital care — seven out of 100 hos pitalized patients acquire health careassociated infections. “Medicine, by its inherent nature, can presents risks on a daily basis,” said Kathleen Davitt, nurse edu cator assigned to Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Staff Education and Training (SEAT) department. “But through hands-on, life-like training from our simulation equip ment, our health care professionals are better prepared to mitigate those pro cedural and technical risks to maintain an increased environment of safety and quality within our facilities.” At Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville, health care professionals utilize stateof-the-art low-, medium-, and highfidelity human-like simulators to pro vide evidence-based simulations to develop and hone already acquired skills of its health care professionals — nurses, physicians, residents and corps men. The simulators, operated by simula tion technicians in the hospital’s SEAT department, are capable of creating a broad range of mock team and indi vidual training on a number of medical situations — such as childbirth, car diac arrest and perioperative compli cations — to enhance medical educa tion and training, and most importantly promote safe patient outcomes. And to complement the human-like simula tors, NH Jacksonville uses life-like body parts (medical task trainers) to simulate medical procedural tactics such as lum bar or epidural punctures, abdominal ultrasounds, injections and arterial line placements. For military and civilian staff who may deploy to combat zones or on humanitarian missions, NH Jacksonville utilizes specialized simula By Lt. Cmdr. Michael ChoeVP-26 CSOThe Sailors of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, started their deploy ment off strong after relieving VP-10 in February. Trident air crew and support personnel have accomplished 100 percent of their tasked missions thus far – executing overland intel ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria – as well as 5th Fleet maritime surveillance missions over the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Recently, the “Tridents” were visited by Commander Task Force 57, Capt. Brett Coffey, who is in charge of all the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) in the U.S. Central Command ( CENTCOM) area of responsibility. He gave the VP-26 Tridents a rousing welcome to the theater and challenged them to find ways of making the process and prod ucts even better. “Every day, your aircraft contribute directly to the 5th Fleet’s mission and to the security in the Arabian Gulf,” said Coffey. “Each of you contribute to the mission. Look at our current processes and procedures – then look at ways to make them better, more efficient. You are empowered to change the status quo. You are charged with making the task force better.” Currently, the MPRF community is transitioning from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon and the MQ-4C Triton. During the transition, P-3C Orions and EP-3 Aries IIs will continue to play a vital role in the Navy for another six to eight years. From improvements in communications suites, crosscueing capabilities, and even the ability to stream live video around the world, P-3s are at the peak of their operational capability and will continue to harness the latest technology despite their nearly 50-year-old airframe. The VP-26 Tridents are on a historic deployment as the last East Coast active duty P-3C squadron to deploy from Naval Air Station Jacksonville. When they return from their sevenmonth deployment, they will begin their transition to the new P-8A Poseidon aircraft. “These are exciting times for our community,” said VP-26 Executive Officer Cmdr. Mark Burns. “And it is fitting that the last operational deployment of an East Coast P-3 squad ron is supporting the Navy’s mission in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. It caps a nearly 50-year legacy of P-3s from Jacksonville operating forward in support of the Fleet and our allies.” VP-26 provides eyes in the 5th Fleet Area of ResponsibilityPhoto courtesy of VP-26A "Trident” plane captain directs one of the squadron's P-3C Orions to its parking spot on the apron of an unidentified airfield located in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Environmental leaders check NAS Jacksonville accomplishmentsPhoto by Jeff Hamlin (From left) Karnig Ohannessian, deputy director, Energy and Environmental Readiness in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Kevin Gartland, NAS Jax environmental director; Jody Smith, NAS Jax assistant hazardous waste manager; Maureen Sullivan, director, Environment, Safety and Occupational Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense; Camille Destafney, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast environmental director; Angela Glass, NAS Jax natural and cultural resources manager; John Young, NAS Jax storm water manager; Max Bassett, NAS Jax assistant safety manager; Billie Brownfield, NAS Jax assistant hazardous waste manager; and Jay Caddy, NAS Jax drinking and wastewater manager; spent the day discussing envi ronmental projects and initiatives aboard NAS Jax on March 24.Increasing patient safety through trainingU.S. Navy photoA Naval Hospital Jacksonville treat ment team intubates a mannequin dur ing a cardiac arrest drill in the hospital’s emergency room. NH Jacksonville regularly conducts simulations to enhance the critical care skills of its clinicians. High-tech mannequins, such as these, can breathe, bleed, secrete and give real-time feedback to the care team. See TOUR, Page 7 See Page 6


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 From StaffApril 2 1781 – U.S. Frigate Alliance cap tures two British privateers, Mars and Minerva. 1827 First Naval Hospital construc tion begun at Portsmouth, Va. 1947 UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trustee ship. 1951 First Navy use of jet aircraft as bombers, launched from the aircraft carrier USS Princeton (CV-37). 1960 USS Glacier (AGB-4) begins 12 days of relief operations, provid ing helicopter and boat transportation and emergency supplies to residents of Paramaribo, Suriname after floods. April 3 1797 – Capt. Thomas Truxtun issued first known American signal book using numerary system. 1942 – Adm. Nimitz named Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, a joint command, and retained his other title, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. 1992 First five coed recruit compa nies from Orlando, Fla. Naval Training Center graduate. April 4 1776 Continental Navy frigate Columbus captures HM Tender Hawke, first American capture of British armed vessel. 1854 Sailors and Marines from sail ing sloop Plymouth, protect U.S. citi zens at Shanghai. 1898 Mordecai Endicott is appoint ed first Civil Engineering Corps, Chief, Bureau of Yards and Docks. 1949 Establishment of NATO. April 5 1946 USS Missouri (BB-63) arrives in Turkey to return the body of Turkish ambassador to the U.S. and to show U.S. support and willingness to defend Turkey. April 6 1776 – Continental sloop-of-war Ranger, frigate Queen of France and frigate Warren capture British Hibernia and seven other vessels. 1862 Naval Gunfire from Tyler and Lexington help save Union troops at Battle of Shiloh. 1909 – Cmdr. Robert E. Peary reports reaching the North Pole. 1917 U.S. declares war on Germany. 1945 First heavy kamikaze attack on ships near Okinawa. 1968 USS New Jersey (BB-62) recom missioned for shore bombardment duty in Vietnam. 1989 President orders DoD to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. 1993 Branch Navy Hospital Adak responds to crash of civilian Chinese airline providing life-saving treatment and medical evacuation of 89 injured passengers. Only one passenger out of 265 passengers died. April 7 1776 Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward. 1917 Navy takes control of all wire less radio stations in the U.S. 1942 Navy accepts AfricanAmericans for general service. 1945 First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima), Ensign Jane Kendeigh and Lt. j.g. Ann Purvis. 1945 Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea). Yamato, the world’s largest battleship, and five other ships were sunk. 1979 Launch of first Trident subma rine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, Conn. April 8 1925 First night landings on a car rier, USS Langley (CV-1), by VF-1. 1950 Unarmed Navy patrol aircraft shot down over Baltic Sea by USSR. 1951 First of four detonations for Operation Greenhouse nuclear test. 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. Howard Wanamaker Executive Officer Capt. Sean Haley 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 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 By Sarah SmileySpecial ContributorBegin with the end in mind. That ’ s what the principal said at the orientation for next year ’ s incoming high school freshmen. He was talking about knowing your goals and how he and the staff are dedicated to supporting and guid ing you — our whole family, even — through the next phase of your education. But at that very moment, my mind went elsewhere, and I knew: I have done this all wrong. I pictured your face the day we went to kindergarten orientation — your big brown eyes and toothy grin — and the way you eagerly explored your new desk and the pencil box filled with crayons. I remember it like it was yesterday. You had wanted a dinosaur backpack, but I couldn’t find one, so you settled on a Tyrannesaurus Rex shirt instead. Your hair was fresh ly cut, and when you sat at your desk, your shoes didn’t even touch the ground. Nope, back then, I did not have this end in mind. I guess I believed you’d always be with me. For so many years, you were an extension of myself, always under foot or close behind. That’s why I had to send you to public kindergarten, after all. Six full hours of not needing to answer “Why”? Yes, please! I couldn’t wait for my free time (if “free time” is defined as stay ing home with your younger brother and being sevenmonths pregnant with another). The morning of your first day of kindergarten, you came to my room and cried. You didn’t want to leave me. You said you weren’t ready and suggested that you stay home instead. You promised to watch the History Channel and read important books. What I told you was, “You have to go because it’s the law.” What I was thinking was, I’ve been looking for ward to this day since the moment you learned to talk and never stopped asking “Why?” Now, for six hours each day, someone else would have to answer why the Earth has only one moon, why dogs see only black and white, why light bulbs get hot, why Richmond is the capitol of Virginia, and why — Wait, how did I not see this coming? Your new high school is the best big “small” school we could imagine for you. Here you will be supported and excel. The principal will know your name and welcome you with it each morning. But when I heard someone say “SATs” and “gradua tion,” suddenly I realized what all this means. And I’m not ready. I don’t want you to go. Not yet. I looked across the auditorium at the high school staff. There were teachers from every field: English, science, history, French, art, music, math. I thought of all the conversations you’d have with them, how you’d talk for hours about World War II. Suddenly, I felt jeal ous. Those teachers get to be with you six hours each day. They will answer all your “whys.” The coaches will see you in the afternoon. They will become your mentors, my partners in moving you closer to your goals. Still, I will wait at the kitchen table and beg you stay. I will never forget your red, teary eyes staring out the bus window as it drove away for your first day of school. We had never really been apart before that. But just as clearly as the moment is engraved in my mem ory, the image that haunts me regularly today, the one that can make me cry in an instant, is the one of you coming home on the bus later that afternoon. You stepped carefully down the large stairs of the bus, but once your feet were on the ground, you ran to me yelling, “Mommy! Mommy! I did it.” You wrapped your arms around me and said into my shirt, “Do I have to go back tomorrow, Mommy?” How did I miss this? How did I not notice the moment we went from you clinging to me, to me cling Hey, Money Chic! I am trying to control my spending each month so that I can put more into savings, but I always end up spending it all. Do you have tips for how I can regulate my spending more? Money Chic says: Just as with losing weight or mak ing any other resolution, wanting to change is usu ally not enough to transform behavior. Last month’s Money magazine offered several active steps to take for keeping spending in check. First, write down a specific plan, as in how much you want to save each week or month and how much you want to allocate to spending. In a study at Dominican University, Gail Matthews found that people who wrote down a plan were 42 percent more likely to stick to that plan. Second, get a financial fitness buddy. Similar to a workout buddy, this is someone who has similar goals who can help hold you accountable. Matthews found that people were 33 percent more likely to save if they shared updates weekly on their financial goals. Third, research has shown that reminder emails or texts also make most people put more into savings. Create your own daily or weekly calendar or task reminders, or use a website like FollowUpThen to cre ate reminders for yourself to reign in your spending and stay on track with your plan. An online budget Web site like can help to control your spending by emailing or texting when you have exceeded your budget for the month in cer tain categories of spending. Does competition motivate you, or are you a betting person? If you want to have a little fun and make sav ing money a game, try the website You can make a goal, sign a commitment contract, and make a bet with yourself, a friend, or even a rival, whatever motivates you the most. If you do not reach your goal, the money you bet will go to a char ity or person of your choice (that person also has to be signed up on Stickk). A caseworker at NMCRS would be happy to assist you in creating a budget and helping you find areas to trim spending. Call 542-3515 to make your appoint ment. Source: Kim and Donna Rosato, along with Ismat Sarah Mangla. “07 Steps to Total Financial Fitness.” Money . March 2015. Hey, Money Chic! This Week in Navy History From The HomefrontFile photoCivilian families gather around to learn about the Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina at the NAS Jacksonville Air Show in 1945. This "flying boat" patrol bomber was pro the iconic aircraft of today's maritime patrol and reconnaissance community, the Catalina could be equipped with depth charges, bombs, torpedos and .50 caliber machine guns. U.S. Navy photoA Consolidated PBY Catalina seaplane prepares to touch down on the St. Johns River near NAS Jacksonville. More than 4,000 of these versatile patrol-bomber flying boats were built between 1936 and 1945. There was scarcely a maritime battle in World War II in which they were not involved. Beginning in 1952, the Catalina was replaced by the Martin P5M Marlin.High school orientation emotionalSee HOMEFRONT, Page 3


ing to you? As we toured the high school, people said how quickly these four years will pass. “Before you know it, he’ll be grad uating,” they said. I wanted to punch a clock. I’m not ready. In the beginning, I never really thought about this end. Dad tells me that I should be happy you are growing up. Your best years, he says, are still ahead. How did I not know that my best years will always be when you were running through the grass to tell me about your day? I imagined your graduation as I sat in the auditorium. Maybe you have, too. But I bet we see it differently. I bet you excitedly pictured yourself embarking on your own and starting the rest of your life. Me? I saw myself waiting on the side walk, a pain in my heart, because I never wanted this time to end. HOMEFRONTFrom Page 2 By Claudette RouloDoD News, Defense Media ActivityU.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility is more volatile and chaotic than ever, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, Centcom commander, told Congress March 26. Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Austin said the stakes in the region have never been higher. Forces of evil thrive in the region’s poorly governed areas, the general said. “It is essential that we are present and engaged, and that we cultivate strong part nerships and continue to do our part to address emerging threats and to move the region in the direction of greater sta bility and security,” he said. “And we must be prop erly resourced to do what is required to effectively protect and promote our interests,” Austin added. Managing Future Outcomes, Current Crises Centcom forces are doing all they can to prevent problems while shaping future outcomes, and they concurrently manage real-world crises, the general said. “Over the past year, we dealt with conflicts in Iraq and Syria,” he said. “We transitioned com bat operations to a train, advise and assist and [coun terterrorism] mission focus in Afghanistan. At the same time, we’ve dealt with a number of difficult challenges in Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, and a host of other locations throughout our area of responsibility,” Austin said. Centcom troops in that area of responsibility pursued vio lent extremist groups and “took measures to counter the radical ideologies that are espoused by these groups,” the general said. “We also dealt with Iran, which continues to act as a destabilizing force in the region, primarily through its Quds forces and through sup port for proxy actors such as Lebanese Hezbollah,” he said. Despite the number of diffi cult issues in the region, Austin told the committee, he firmly believes that challenges pres ent opportunities. “And we make progress primarily by pursuing those opportunities,” he said. “And we do pursue them. And I am confident that our broad efforts are having a measurable impact.” ISIL Must, Will be Defeated The most immediate threat is posed by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the general said. “This barbaric organization must be defeated, and it will be defeated,” Austin told the senators. The U.S. and its allies and partners are making signifi cant progress against ISIL, he said. The group’s advance has been halted in Iraq, the general said. Iraq’s security forces are regenerating and its national borders are being re-estab lished, Austin said. The United States is helping its regional partners bolster their defenses against ISIL, and ground forces from the moder ate opposition will soon begin training to help fight ISIL in Syria, the general said. Austin said ISIL can no lon ger do what the group did at the outset, “which is to seize and to hold new territory.” The general said ISIL “has assumed a defensive crouch in Iraq,” and while the group has greater freedom of movement in Syria, it is “largely in a defensive there as well.” “[ISIL is] having a tough time governing and this is crucial to [their] claims of a caliphate,” Austin said. He said the group has begun to expand into other areas, namely North Africa, in part because ISIL is “losing in Iraq and Syria [and] needs to find other ways to maintain [their] legitimacy.” He added, “Going forward, we should expect to see this enemy continue to conduct limited attacks and to orches trate horrific scenes to dis tract and intimidate.” Though ISIL remains a dan ger, the terror group is being hard-pressed, Austin said. “But make no mistake: ISIL is losing this fight. And I am cer tain that [they] will be defeat ed,” the general said. All of this progress does not mean that the fight against ISIL is won, he told the committee members. “We intend to continue to execute the campaign as designed. And I say that because how we go about this is very important,” Austin said. “If we don’t first get things under control in Iraq, where there is a government that we can work with and some amount of reliable security forces -if we don’t get things right there first before expand ing our efforts in Syria, then we risk making matters worse in both countries,” the general said. “But done the right way, in light of the limitations that exist, I believe that we can and we will be successful in our efforts to defeat ISIL.” If the United States is deliber ate in its actions in the region, he said, it can “move this stra tegically important region in a direction of increased stability and security.” Tough Choices Ahead The nation will have to make tough choices going forward, Austin said. “We will need to find ways to do more, or at least as much with less, in the current fis cal environment,” the general said. “That said, I remain con cerned by the fact that capa bility reductions can and will impact our ability to respond to crisis, and especially in the highly volatile central region. The resulting loss of flexibility makes the U.S. and our inter ests increasingly vulnerable to external pressures.” He added, “And so, I would ask Congress to do its part to make sure that we avoid sequestration and other resourcing limitations that serve to degrade the readiness of America’s military forces.” Central Command region remains volatile, commander saysGen. Lloyd Austin III JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Jacksonville 900 Division Sailors gather in front of their new ground support vehicles on March 24 following a summer whites uniform inspection.Photo by Victor Pitts Photo by AN Otisa Williams MM3(SW/AW) Daquan Williams of NAS Jacksonville Recycling Division collects recy clable goods on March 19 from offices in Building 1. Photo by AN Otisa Williams ET2(SW) Chris Ragas of Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville, double checks radio transmitters on March 19 to make sure they broadcast on the correct frequencies.Photo by AN Otisa Williams AEC(AW) Jay Tkachuk (left) and ADC(AW) Justin Blanco carefully review the HSM-74 flight schedule on March 24 to ensure there are no conflicts and that each helicopter is mission ready. AD1(AW) Benjamin Boatright (left) and AD1(AW) Eugene Gustilo of HSM-74 review computer information relating to the squadron's maintenance performance on the MH-60R propulsion system.Photo by AN Otisa Williams


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 5 AM3 Stuart Kaestner of HSM-74 performs a pre-flight inspection to ensure everything is squared away with the rotor blades, as well as any other part of the helicopter, before its first flight of the day. Photo by AN Otisa Williams Photo by AN Otisa Williams AMAN Tracy Perry performs corrosion prevention in the nose section of an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter on March 24 in NAS Jax Hangar 1122. Assigned to the "Swamp Foxes" of HSM-74, Perry said, "When this Seahawk hovers 15 feet above the ocean, it becomes covered with salt spray that must be mitigated when it gets back to base."Photo by Jacob SippelHM1 Emanuel Floyd talks about the importance of having a mentor to Capt. Christine Dorr, Naval Hospital Jacksonville executive officer on March 27. Floyd expressed that all sailors should have a mentor and seek to be in a position to mentor somebody else. Photo by AN Otisa Williams PR1(AW) James Shoemaker builds an HGU-84 flight helmet according to the book so it will be ready for future flights by the "Proud Warriors" of HSM-72 based at NAS Jax. Photo by AN Otisa Williams Lt. Cmdr. Dave Bigay of HSM-72 checks in his flight gear after returning safely from a March 19 training flight. Photo by AN Otisa WilliamsET2(SW) Chris Ragas (left) and ET2(SW) Michael Galvano of Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville, check equipment on March 19 at the NAS Jax antenna farm. They made sure there were no problems that could cause a jammed radar.Photo by AN Otisa WilliamsKen Nichols of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast recently donated blood to the Blood Alliance. He said he gives blood because it makes him feel good that he can help save a life.Photo by AN Otisa WilliamsAS1 Mark Dial, assigned to NAS Jacksonville Security, stands sentry watch at the main Yorktown Gate and checks the ID cards of all personnel entering the air installation on March 6.


6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 By Navy Entomology Center of Excellence Public AffairsThe Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE) was the onsite host for the 200th meet ing of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB) and 20th Tri-service Pest Management Workshop held at NAS Jacksonville, March 22-27. More than 150 scientists and pest management experts from around the world, including representatives from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, United States Department of Agriculture, and non-govern mental organization partners, as well as representatives from private industry and academia were in attendance for the fourday event. According to Capt. Mark Beavers, AFPMB director, the workshop theme “Conquering Challenges and Seizing Opportunities at Home and Abroad,” was chosen to show case the wide range of issues that are now, or soon will be, impacting the Department of Defense (DoD) pest manage ment and medical entomology communities. “Examples of this include the reduction of U.S. forces in Southwest Asia, the DoD’s pivot to the Pacific, invasive species and biosecurity, malaria control and the increasing prevalence of insecticide resistance, cli mate change, and the increas ing pest management needs of our installations here in the U.S. and around the world,” said Beavers. The workshop provides a oneof-a-kind DoD forum that is solely focused on those vectorborne disease and pest manage ment issues impacting the warf ighter and other DoD personnel in the military’s unique opera tional, training, and garrison environments. “Of the top 15 disease threats facing our troops abroad the top two are insect borne diseases, malaria and dengue,” said Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, command surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), who gave a talk entitled “USPACOM: Global Health Security Overview.” Chinn’s presentation high lighted the importance of remaining diligent in our vector control strategies. “Malaria is not simply a Force Health Protection issue, but a public health responsibility,” added Chinn. A consistent theme through out the meeting was handling the challenges of responding to insect threats in the face of increased legislations and poli cies to reduce insecticide use in the environment. “In today’s world, accep tance of pesticides is shrink ing,” said Maureen Sullivan, director of Environment, Safety & Occupational Health Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. “The challenge we are facing is to find new environmentally sound tools to combat insects that are acceptable to the pub lic.” Sullivan challenged the attendees to think beyond immediate insect threats and look to address future risks that may affect our troops in the face of changing political and envi ronmental climates. “For almost 60 years, the Armed Forces Pest Management Board has encouraged DoD pest management and vector control professionals and our partners to proactively identify issues affecting warfighter readiness and define joint solutions,” said Capt. Eric Hoffman, NECE officer in charge and AFPMB Council chairman. “The AFPMB Workshop pro vides an exceptional opportu nity for our military and civilian colleagues to come together and actively engage in discussion addressing current and emerg ing concerns that impact mili tary operations and global pub lic health.”tors to replicate extensive trauma victims — like those that may be encountered while deployed. “To make training more realistic, we conduct scenarios in actual patient care areas, rather than a laboratory setting, to simulate a real environment and promote proficiency,” said Davitt. “This type of training can effectively reaffirm and fine-tune individual and team strengths, or identify and correct procedures or tactics — ultimately reduc ing errors and improving patient safety.” Everyone in the health care process plays a vital role in delivering safe care, and NH Jacksonville remains focused on patient safety 24/7/365. The command has been recognized for its ongoing safe ty efforts by consistently earning the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation in health care quality and safety, and it was recently awarded the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level III — the nation’s highest level — recognition for its PatientCentered Medical Home at the hospital and all five of its branch health clinics. NH Jacksonville’s priority since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nation’s heroes and their families. The command is comprised of the Navy’s third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient population — about 160,000 active and retired sailors, sol diers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their families — about 70,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. SAFETYFrom Page 1 By Thom SeithCID Public AffairsThe U.S. Navy’s first Information Dominance Basic Course (IDBC) con cluded March 20 at the Center for Information Dominance Unit Hampton Roads (CIDUHR) at Dam Neck Annex, Virginia Beach, Va. Guest speaker at the graduation ceremony was Rear Adm. Matthew Kohler, commander, Navy Information Dominance Forces. IDBC is a three-week pilot course for all new Information Dominance Corps (IDC) officers. The course is designed to expose new IDC officers – most of whom are new to the Navy – to the organizational structure and func tions unique to each of the IDC spe cialties: Information Professional (IP), Information Warfare (IW), Intelligence, Meteorology/Oceanography (METOC), and Space. “The IDBC is an important step for ward for the Information Dominance Corps,” Kohler said. “It sets the foun dation for all Information Dominance professionals, before they begin devel opment within their individual infor mation dominance tribes, by providing a comprehensive understanding of the collective strength of information dom inance capabilities, and the warfighting advantage it brings to the Navy.” The first IDBC iteration was a pilot and gave the CID team an opportunity for course development and to evaluate the course with actual students. The pilot consisted of four instructors and 14 students, with representatives from each of the IDC communities. “IDBC represents a paradigm shift for IDC training,” explained Capt. H. E. Williams, commanding officer of the CID Unit Hampton Roads. “While IDC officers will continue to be groomed as specialists and leaders in each of the IDC tribes METOC, Intelligence, IW, IP, and Space – the IDBC gives the new officers an understanding of capabili ties across the ID spectrum.” The Center for Information Dominance (CID), based at Corry Station in Pensacola, is the Navy’s learning center that leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint forces training in information operations, information warfare, information technology, cryp tology and intelligence. With nearly 1,300 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CID pro vides training for approximately 24,000 members of the U.S. armed services and allied forces each year. CID oversees the development and administration of 226 courses at four commands, two detach ments, and 14 learning sites throughout the United States and Japan.Navy’s first Information Dominance Basic Course (IDBC) graduates Worldwide experts discuss pest management strategies at DoD meetingU.S. Navy photoU.S. Navy Entomologists attended the 200th meeting of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board on March 23 at NAS Jacksonville.


showed Sullivan and Ohannessian examples of recent leadership in energy and environmental design facilities on the bases, including low-impact devel opment using brick pavers and bio-fil tration ponds, solar power and energy saving facilities, water conservation through wastewater reuse projects, con crete and asphalt recycling on a runway renovation project, bird air strike pre vention, spill response by squadrons, old contaminated site cleanup areas, mitigation for historic hangar demo lition and youth environmental edu cation at the Black Point Interpretive Center. The tour included the new Child Development Center, the new P-8A simulator training facility and the new hangar built to accommodate the replacement for the P-3 Orion, the P-8A Poseidon. The initial discussion focused on the use of “grated” park ing spots for vehicles. This new feature helps control water runoff, eliminating the need for a water removal system. Even the retention ponds around the runway near the new hangar were dug with extremely sloped sides. This keeps the birds from using them as a nesting area. Birds are an immediate danger to aircraft during takeoffs and landings. The tour stopped at the station’s chlo rination and de-chlorination facility. This complex system returns wastewa ter for irrigation to various areas of the base and is one of the main reasons NAS Jacksonville’s golf course stays so green year round. During the two-day visit, NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker, had the opportunity to discuss major energy and environmental projects aboard the base with Sullivan andOhannessian. That included NAS Jax’s aggressive energy conservation program and completion of the installation’s “zero discharge” wastewater treatment plant near the the St. Johns River this year. Also addressed were the number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) build ings aboard the station. Also discussed were the sea level rise vulnerability assessment, and NAS Jax status as an OSHA VPP awardee despite the aging infrastructure and facilities aboard the base. Sullivan was also briefed on planned improvements to the runway. The $59.1 million project will take approximately 18 months to complete and will feature many improvements that are both oper ationally necessary and environmental ly sound. The old runway lighting sys tem will be replaced with a new energy efficient LED system similar to those used at commercial airports across the country. Three old hangars will be demolished during the runway renova tions and the concrete residue will be crushed and reused for future projects. Sullivan was also shown the new MH-60R helicopter hangar that uses a unique water collection system. Rainwater is collected from the roof and stored for use at the helicopter wash rack, eliminating the need to tap into valuable resources. The tour also stopped at the new marina and the Black Point Interpretive Center. The marina had to be rebuilt due to damage caused by continuous storm surge and weather abuse over many years. The new marina incorpo rated a floating pier system. The Black Point Interpretive Center is used to educate local school students about the environment and indigenous Jacksonville wildlife. The last stop at NAS Jacksonville was at the motorcycle safety course that the Navy provides for free to active duty personnel, retirees and dependents. “There are significant life-saving benefits of the station motorcycle pro gram to sailors and their families,” said Bassett. “This program has helped sail ors better understand the dangers and operating procedures of a motorcycle.” Sullivan said the Air Force may use a similar program but charges their air man to take it. They must also take the course during off hours, something the Navy allows sailors to do at work. Shellhorn discussed the station’s strong encroachment partnership with the city of Jacksonville on poten tial encroachment activities on NAS Jacksonville and an outlying land ing field on Jacksonville’s west side called Whitehouse Field. He explained how his team is working closely with the state on traffic issues on U.S. 17 (Roosevelt Blvd.) which runs the full distance of the west side on the station. Sullivan said NAS Jacksonville “is set ting some wonderful examples of how we can do great environmental pro tection while reducing the cost and enhancing the mission.” Wanamaker was pleased to host Sullivan and Ohannessian and share with them the energy and environmen tal initiatives of NAS Jacksonville. “It was my distinct pleasure to welcome director Sullivan to NAS Jacksonville today, and share our progressive envi ronmental stewardship. She is an ardent supporter of everything NAS Jax and the tenants are doing in support of the DoD and DoN energy and envi ronmental policies. The one project she was most impressed with was the zero discharge into the St. Johns River and the impressive partnerships that we developed with state and local agen cies.” TOURFrom Page 1 Maureen Sullivan, director, Environment, Safety and Occupational Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, checks out an environmentally friendly solar-pow ered vehicle while visiting NAS Jax on March 24. This car was converted from electric to solar power in 2006 and has since traveled over 10,000 miles on green energy. Angela Glass, NAS Jax's natu ral and cultural resources manager, (left) and Maureen Sullivan, director, Environment, Safety and Occupational Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, look at a butter fly exhibit at the station's Black Point Interpretive Center March 24. The Center provides many fun activities for local students to learn about the area's natural resources and environment. Photos by Jeff Hamlin Sailors from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, conduct an aircraft wash on an MH-60R helicopter March 24. This environmentally friendly wash rack uses recycled rainwater collected from the roof of the H-60R Helicopter Hangar 1122, saving precious resources and shrinking the footprint on the envi ronment. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 7


8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 By AN Otisa WilliamsAbout two dozen Sailors attended the Women’s History Month observance at the NAS Jax Flight Line Caf on March 26. Women’s History Month started out as just a day, March 8, International Women’s Day, then it was a week and now, a month. Through the efforts of the founders of the National Women’s History Project, this is the time to talk about women’s contributions and whatwomen have accomplished throughout history. In 1980, only about three percent of text book content were devoted to women.In the same year, President Carter issued the first presidential proc lamation declaring the Week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month.Since then, a special presidential proclama tion is issued every year. According to AMC(AW/SW) Joanna Madrid, NAS Jax command climate spe cialist, this observance is an oppor tunity to raise awareness and educate service members on the diversity and strengthens of our Armed Forces. “Acknowledging and honoring the contributions of our predecessors and learning about inspirational people can motivate each and every one of us to do great things as well,” said Madrid. “These observances also encour age us to appreciate the differences and unique talents each member of the team brings to enhance the mis sion readiness of our force – as well as emphasize treating everybody with dignity and respect regardless of back ground, race, gender or religion. “ It is a great reminder that many women before us have paved the way and opened opportunities that women in the past could have only imag ined.Because of the strides, efforts and accomplishments of women before us, we have options and choices that would have never been available if not for their hard work and sacrifices,” she added. Below are Sailors who researched and spoke on the featured women: AC1 Ayanna Gregg FLTCM April Beldo and Condoleezza Rice; AC2 Colette Landreneau Joan of Arc and Mae C. Jemison; AC1 Walton Thomas Harriet Ida Pickens and Frances Wills; ABE2 John Lowry Rebecca Adamson and Sacagawea; ACC Eric English Eric Madeleine Albright and Danica Patrick; AC2 Joseph Barry Vice Adm. Howard and Hillary Clinton; ABE3 Joshua Leinart, Amelia Earhart and Mother Teresa; ABE2 Irvin Apontes Deborah Samson Gannett and Margaret Corbin; ET1 Todd Dinwiddie Mary Kay Ash and Clara Barton; AMC Joanna Madrid Dr. Megan Coffee and Ada Lovelace. Be aware, road construction aheadFrom NAS Jax Public Works DepartmentThe PWD will be executing three road way repair and expansion projects over the next several months to provide a more usable transportation system throughout the station. The three main roads that will be affected are Enterprise Avenue, Child Street and Birmingham Avenue. Enterprise Ave. will be upgraded from its intersection with Langley St. (near Building 1) to its intersection with Child St. (near NEX). This work includes new asphalt, the addition of turn lanes at major intersections, curb/gutter and sidewalks along the entire road. Work will be done in three phases to minimize impact to the Station. The first phase will be conducted from April 6 to May 10. During this phase, Enterprise Ave. will be closed from Langley St. to Ajax St. The second phase will be conducted from May 10 to June 30 to include the road way from Ajax St. to Mustin Rd. The final phase will be from July 10 to Sept. 30 and stretch from Mustin Rd. to Child St. This will not only be beneficial to vehicular traffic, but will greatly increase pedestrian mobility and safety. Birmingham Ave. will be repaired from the intersection of Ranger St. to Mustin Rd. This work includes new asphalt, curb/gut ter, large sidewalk, and a new overlook of Manatee Cove. This work will be done in two phases to minimize impact to the station. The first phase will be conducted from May 10 to June 30 and will close Birmingham Ave. from Ranger St. to Ajax St. The second phase will be from June 30 to Dec. 10 and will close the entire stretch of Birmingham Ave. from Ranger St. to Mustin Rd. Child St. will be upgraded from the intersection of Yorktown Ave. to Birmingham Ave. Work will include new asphalt, the addition of turn lanes at major intersections, curb/gutter, sidewalks and include entrances to the new Commisary/ NEX. This work will be done in three phases to minimize impact to the Station. The first phase will be conducted from April 20 to May 28 closing portions of Child St. from Yorktown Ave. to just south of the pharmacy entrance. The second phase, from May 28 to July 10, will close Child St. from south of the pharmacy entrance to south of Enterprise Ave. The final phase will be conducted from July 10 to Sept. 20. and will include south of Enterprise Ave to Birmingham Ave. NAS Jax Deputy Public Works Officer Dan Schickler said, “During construc tion, proper maintenance of traffic signs and directions will be provided to safely reroute traffic around the project sites. These projects will greatly enhance the level of service for vehicular traffic, as well as pedestrian traffic.” “Members of NAS Jax will enjoy new sidewalks, crosswalks, new road surfaces, and better drainage on all roads affected. Although it will be an inconvenience to station personnel, the final product will be greatly appreciated by all.” Women’s History Month: Why do we celebrate?AMC(AW/SW) Joanna Marid cuts the cake for observance of Women's History Month on March 26.Photos by AN Otisa WilliamsNAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker (left) congratu lates the speakers of the 2015 NAS Jax Women’s History Observance, who pre sented biographies of women who made a difference in civilian and military life. By MC1 John S. SmolinskiNaval Air Station Jacksonville host ed author, educator and founder of DATE SAFE Project, Inc. to talk to more than 600 Sailors about sexual assault and bystander intervention at Dewey’s conference room March 27. Speaker Mike Dormirtz uses his passion and drive to educate and dra matically improve society’s approach to healthy dating by creating a better understanding of how “consent” is obtained. “Our whole idea is that we want to transform the culture,” said Domitrz. “We want the culture to become about ‘asking first’.” Dormirtz engages the audience from the first moment he gets on stage to the very end of his talk by asking questions and making them think about situations in which sex ual assaults can happen and what actions people can take to avoid the awkward moments. “We always want the audience to be in their world, not mine,” said Domitrz. “If they are answer ing questions about their situation that applies to them, then it’s not an expert or someone telling them what to do. They are making their own dis coveries . . . . What’s most important is that the audience walks out of here wanting to use what they learned and make these lessons their own.” The name of the program became “Can I Kiss You?” and has gone onto to be presented in schools, universi ties, communities, military installa tions and at conferences throughout the world. “Every day can be different for me,” said Domitrz. “Sometimes I’m talking to leadership on a military base and sometimes I’m talking to students at a house. It can be all different kinds of situations, but the message is the same. We want people to learn here how to ask first. “If they go back and teach this to their partner, then they teach this to their family who then teaches this to their children, then we are transform ing the norm. That’s the transforma tion process.” Dormirtz started the one-person show using a powerful tool, humor, to open people’s minds. Once people were laughing, they were much more likely to listen. With everyone’s atten tion glued to the program, he would show the devastation and trauma caused by sexual assault. “The old-school approach would be to say, ‘Don’t rape’,” said Dormirtz. “What do you do with that? But, if I can teach you how to increase intima cy in your life, you can use that. You are going to want to use it, because it is a better way to live. If you give people the right thing to do, then they will want to do it.” While originally designing and pro ducing the “ Can I Kiss You? ” show as a college student in 1991, Dormirtz compiled extensive research from a diverse group of resources to insure his message was accurate, honest and delivering healthy lessons. “This was not the standard Navy training where they teach you policy and Navy guidance,” said YN1 Kerstin Dickerson, assigned to Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville. “Although that is important, this was a really positive and relatable presentation. One thing that I learned was that asking is not a bad thing. In fact, it showed how it can be more awkward not to ask.”For more information, resources or questions about the dangers of sexual abuse visit Speaker Mike Dormitrz poses a question to the audience during a "Can I Kiss you?" presentation at Dewey's conference room on March 27.NAS Jax hosts award-winning author who dares to ask, ‘Can I Kiss You?’Photos by MC1 John SmolinskiMore than 600 Sailors attended one of two sessions of the sexual assault prevention presentation called “Can I Kiss You?” by author and founder of DATE SAFE project, Inc., Mike Dormitrz.


By Kaylee LaRocqueFleet Readiness Center Southeast Public AffairsFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Sailors and civilian employees displayed their singing abilities dur ing several Karaoke lunchtime events in March as part of the command’s 75th anniversary celebration. Presented by the FRCSE 75th Anniversary Committee, Karaoke Kountdown events were held at com mand headquarters, Crinkley Engine Facility, Cecil Commerce Center and Hangar 1000. Audiences at each loca tion voted to select a finalist to compete in the grand finale, which was aired live on the command’s closed circuit TV system, March 25. The four finalists, Al Stallings, FRCSE Central Tool Room supervi sor, Scott Murray of Plant Services, Tricia Hamer from Cecil Commerce Center and Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class (AW) Joshua Graver of FRCSE Detachment Jacksonville 500 Division made the cut to perform in the grand finale. As FRCSE Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Shalonda Jackson introduced each contestant to the stage, the singers gave it their all in front of a packed audi ence and three judges who critiqued them on singing ability, stage presence and crowd response. Stallings dedicated his song, “I Believe in You and Me” by The Four Tops, to his wife, Laverne. His velvety, soulful voice and grip ping stage presence pushed him over the top to take home the “golden micro phone” plaque for winning the grand finale. “For me, participating in this event is all about the love of music and singing,” said Stallings. “We had a contest like this sev eral years ago called the NADEP Idol Contest. I won that one, too, with the same song. I had a great time partici pating in this event against some great competition.” Coming in a close second, was Graver who performed Billy Currington’s “Good Directions.” “I had a great time participating in this event,” he stated. “It was awesome to be able to come into the studio and practice the songs that we had lined up for the day. I’ve been singing ever since I can remember and was featured on TV every Sunday at my church years ago. I think those experiences prepared me for my short Karaoke career.” Graver continued, “My biggest fear is singing in front of my co-workers but they offered great support and I’ve had several emails from people giving me positive feedback. This event has given me the push I needed to get back into music.” Murray chose Toby Keith’s patriotic number, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.” “I chose to sing this song for all the men and women serving our great coun try,” he said. “I had a blast participating and it was a wonderful experience. Thank you to all the folks behind the scenes who worked so hard to make it a suc cess.” For Hamer, who went first, perform ing Katie Perry’s “Roar,” it was a little unnerving. “I’ve never sung in front of an audi ence before, so this was a unique expe rience,” she said. “I enjoyed singing with the best! I hope everyone had as much fun listen ing as we had singing.” According to one of the judges, FRCSE Executive Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart, the contestants did a superb job and the event was extremely successful. “I was thrilled to participate in this event,” said Stuart. “It was tough to choose a winner because all our contestants are so very talented. Karaoke Kountdown has been extremely popular and a great way to celebrate our command’s 75th anniver sary. I’ve been getting so many positive comments about this event and real ly appreciate all the hard work by our committee and the Public Affairs Office staff who made it so successful.” Photos by Victor PittsFleet Readiness Center Southeast Executive Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart (left) cen ter, gives the Karaoke Kountdown finalists some feedback after their performanc es from the judges table during the grand finale on March 25. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Karaoke Kountdown Grand Finale win ner Al Stallings sings, "I Believe in You and Me" originally performed by The Four Tops, during the grand finale. The event, held in conjunction with the military depot's 75th anniversary celebration, showcased the talents of employees at various locations throughout the month. Four contestants, Stallings, Scott Murray, Tricia Hamer and AW2 Joshua Graver advanced to the final competition. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Karaoke Kountdown judges (from left) FRCSE Business Office Director Dora Quinlan, Avionics/Components Administrative Assistant Lora Pender and Executive Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart tally their scores to determine a winner of the competition. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Shalonda Jackson announces Al Stallings (center) FRCSE Central Tool Room supervisor, as the winner of the Karaoke Kountdown Grand Finale and AW2 Joshua Graver as the runner-up during the event.Fleet Readiness Center Southeast employees sing off for gold micScott Murray of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Plant Services Division belts out "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" by Toby Keith at the military depot's Karaoke Kountdown Grand Finale. Tricia Hamer, a Fleet Readiness Center Southeast employee at Cecil Commerce Center, sings Katie Perry's "Roar" during the Karaoke Kountdown Grand Finale. At Fleet Readiness Center Southeast's Karaoke Kountdown Grand Finale March 25, AW2 Joshua Graver per forms "Good Directions" by Billy Currington for the judges and audi ence. Graver was the first runner-up of the event. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Executive Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart presents a golden microphone plaque to Karaoke Kountdown winner Al Stallings, FRCSE Central Tool Room supervisor, at the conclusion of the event. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 9


10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 From StaffThe second annual chili and pie cook off event for volun teers and employees took place March 27 at the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) in Building13 at the Yorktown Gate. “It’s a special time of team building and camaraderie where we lock the front door and give full attention to our exemplary volunteer corps,” said NMCRS Jacksonville Director Monika Woods. “Our people are so devoted to making a difference in the lives of Sailors, Marines and their families – taking this afternoon off to have some fun and learn more about each other is really special.” The three tasting judges were NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Teri McIntyre, VyStar Credit Union Vice President Brad Smith, and NAS Jax Command Chaplain (Cmdr.) Dennis Andrews. The judges went back for seconds on some entries, but finally came to decisions on the top chili cooks and pie bak ers. Woods concluded, “After today’s fun and fellowship, we’ll be even more energized to step up and help our Sailors, Marines and their families – whether it’s a no-interest Quick Assist Loan, financial educa tion or our Budget for Baby workshop.” To learn more about services or volunteer opportunities at NMCRS, call 542-3515. Photo by Clark PierceNavy-Marine Corps Relief Society staff and volunteers gather 'round as the three judges prepare to announce the winners of the chili and pie cookoffs. Homemade chili and pie brings volunteers together Tastiest Chili Tastiest Pie 1st Audrey McClune 1st Marcie Lewis 2nd Monika Woods 2nd Melissa Schade 3rd Melissa Schade 3rd Maca Schmidt From Naval Hospital JacksonvilleAccording to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most com mon cancer among American women— regardless of race or ethnicity. It esti mates that about 231,840 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2015. Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville’s breast cancer support group, Ribbons & Roses, meets the second Tuesday of each month (except July and August) to support those who have been affected by this disease. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s General Surgery Clinic, on the second floor of the east annex. Ribbons & Roses next meeting will be April 14. Guest speaker for the event will be Capt. John Le Favour, NH Jacksonville’s commanding officer. Le Favour will address the current state of NH Jacksonville and its plans going forward. All are welcome. For more informa tion on Ribbons & Roses group, call NH Jacksonville Breast Care Coordinator Nikki Levinson-Lustgarten at (904) 5427857. By Yan KennonNaval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs Senior WriterAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime and nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced other forms of sexual violence at some point in their lives. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). This year’s Department of Defense (DoD) and Navy theme is “Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know your part. Do your part.” The theme focuses on raising awareness and highlighting prevention of sexual violence with an emphasis on bystander intervention. “Sexual assault is a crime and destroys trust, morale, divides teams and degrades operational readi ness and effectiveness,” said Capt. John Le Favour, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville commanding officer. “There is zero-tolerance for sexual assault in the Navy, and it is everyone’s responsibility to join the ongoing efforts to eliminate sexual assault. Sexual assault is defined as intention al sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim doesn’t or can’t consent. It can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim. NH Jacksonville leverages April to increase awareness and prevention through educational outreach and events. NH Jacksonville will team with its Naval Air Station Jacksonville counterparts in numerous base-wide events in April, from Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) general military training and educational display booths (with SAPR victim advocates on-hand to answer questions) to a 10k run/5K walk, aimed at increasing awareness. Since its inception, SAAPM has become the highlight of the Navy’s SAPR Program—which helps prevent sexual assault involving service mem bers through training and education programs, treatment and support to vic tims of sexual assault Victims of sexual assault have two reporting options available — unre stricted and restricted. Unrestricted cases are reported through the chain of command, while restricted reports are made confidentially — allowing victims to get help without reporting it through their chains of command or law enforcement. According to Safe Helpline—the DoD’s crisis support service for mem bers affected by sexual assault—one of the most effective methods of prevent ing sexual assault is active bystander intervention. The active bystander intervention approach encourages people to identify situations that might lead to a sexual assault and then safely intervene to pre vent an assault from occurring. The three components to active bystander intervention are: recognizing when to intervene; considering whether the situ ation needs attention; and deciding if there is a responsibility to act. SAPR is an important element of the readiness aspect of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which con solidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combateffective force in the history of the Navy. Anyone in immediate danger should call 911 (in the U.S.). To report a sexual assault, call the DoD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247, NAS Jacksonville Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) at 904-548-7789, Naval Station Mayport SARC at 904-5488392, or your com mand SAPR vic tim advo cate. NH Jacksonville’s priority since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nation’s heroes and their families. The command is com prised of the Navy’s third largest hospi tal and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia.Photo by Jacob SippelNaval Hospital Jacksonville Breast Care Coordinator Nikki Levinson-Lustgarten (right) educates patient Elizabeth Jackson on how to identify early signs of breast cancer during a routine checkup. Seeking breast cancer support?Check out Ribbons & RosesApril is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention monthPhoto by Jacob Sippel HM3 Theresa Kuster (left), explains the importance of sexual assault prevention to Lt. j.g. Jose Poncevega and HM3 Kristen Earle during Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Day of Awareness observation. Day of Awareness provided a variety of information to staff members on topics such as sexual assault prevention, alcohol awareness and mentorship.


From StaffEight NAS Jacksonvillebased fire and rescue person nel were recognized March 25 by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Fire & Emergency Services (F&ES) as “life savers” for their proven ability to respond to an emergency medical call and intervene to prevent the death of a victim. Fire Chief Mark Brusoe, of First Coast Navy F&ES, said the life saver award recogniz es fire and rescue crews who answered an emergency call and intervened to provide lifesaving treatment to a seriously ill person. “These awards were for two medical situations in 2013 – one at the base gym and one in base housing,” said Brusoe. “Anytime we respond to an emergency medical situation, we send a full complement of firefighters, including two embedded paramedics who can provide advanced life-sus taining emergency care as the patient is placed in an ambu lance for transport to a local hospital.” NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker said, “Our mission is to sustain the Fleet, enable the Warfighter, and sup port the Family – and you guys are doing that 24/7. I want to thank you all and make sure you’re recognized for your advanced life-saving skills. “Congratulations to each of our award winners. You can be very proud of your CNIC Certificate of Life Saving. It’s a well-deserved professional achievement that exemplifies how the First Coast Navy F&ES continues to excel and stand among our nation’s most skilled firefighters,” said Wanamaker. He also informed the audi ence of firefighters and para medics that his base plan for the future includes a new fire station. “We’ll see how NAVFAC ranks our priority when it comes to replacing this old fire station. We hope to make an announcement soon.” CNIC ‘life saver’ certificates awardedPhoto by Clark Pierce Recognized by NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker as true life savers on March 24 at the base fire station were (from left) Engineer/EMT-B Robert Schooley, Station Chief/Paramedic Jeff Harrell, Deputy Fire Chief Jamie Sherer, Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Guerra, Wanamaker, Firefighter/Paramedic Gary Blaylock, Firefighter/Paramedic Devan Brown, Firefighter/Paramedic Nathan Hutchinson, and Firefighter/EMT-B Richard Lee. FRCSE recognizes women in the workforceFleet Readiness Center Southeast hosted a Women's History Month panel discussion on March 26 to recognize and reflect on women's contributions to the workforce. Panel members (from left) Erica Pearson of the FRCSE Equal Employment Office (EEO), Roger Anderson, Production Trades Division director, and Senior Chief Avionics Electronics Technician Shericka Mosley of FRCSE Detachment Jacksonville, right, listen as Industrial and Logistics Operations Deputy John Martin talks about the many advancement opportunities available to women within the FRC organization and the importance of mentorship during the discussion. The event was hosted by the FRCSE EEO. Photo by Kaylee LaRocque Photo by Morgan KenhertAccomplished womenAt the NAS Jacksonville Youth Activities Center on March 26, NAS Jax Command Climate Specialist AMC(AW/SW) Joanna Madrid teaches the chil dren about Women's History Month. To name a few famous women, Madrid spoke on the accom plishments of powerful women such as Cleopatra, Condoleezza Rice, Mary Kay Ash and Joan of Arc.Photo by Clark PierceSpring cleaning (From left) Theresa Sylvia, Samantha Golden and Linda Adams, of Costar Services, pluck dead vegetation from the storm water swale located near the Triton UAS Training Facility on Saratoga Ave. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 11


By Darryl OrrellCenter for Security Forces Public AffairsThe Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) announced the successful implementation of chang es to the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Boarding Officer course, March 20. “The changes to the course were nearly across the board from mission planning to the various types of boarding,” said William Goodnoh who serves as the course curriculum model manager for VBSS and advanced tactics. “This stems from major changes to the references that drive the fleet’s training require ments and to the biometric gear itself.” Goodnoh highlighted a new blended-learning aspect to the course, which keeps students actively engaged in the learning process. Rather than have boarding officers sit in a classroom for four days and then apply learned skills in a practical exercise, they now begin building their learned skills in lock step or sync with the course. “Take mission planning for example. Students will learn the structure of a warning order, its purpose and will then, based on the specific mission requirements, commander’s intent and bits of intelligence we pro vide for that mission profile, begin to build a mission plan,” explained Goodnoh. He pointed out that this blended-learning approach keeps the students engaged in the training and with the instructors. Instead of sharing old sea stories dur ing breaks, students now discuss course topics such as biometrics because of this new learning approach. “The biometrics equipment had a significant change to its software and so much so we had to completely rebuild those topics in the course. This fell in good timing because the last readiness review revealed that type commanders preferred board ing officers teach biometrics to his/her team,” said Goodnoh. The advantage, according to Goodnoh, is that a boarding officer can now pick from among the best of his/her team and train that person or personnel to perform the collection of biometrics when required by the mission task. “The course also fea tures homework assign ments whether it’s a five paragraph order for a mission, or an assign ment that relates to the current course topic dis cussed at the end of the class day,” said Goodnoh. “We also show a video that features lessons learned and this serves as quite an eye-opening experience for students.” The initial pilot took place at CENSECFOR Detachment Chesapeake, which is located in south east Virginia. The new course structure received high favor from the instructor staff and stu dents alike. It has since been incorporated at the remaining four school houses delivering this training that are located in the San Diego, Pearl Harbor and Mayport fleet concentration areas. Open to pay grades E-6 through O-4, the course consists of 12 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of labora tory instruction. Students are guided through the required procedures for boarding, the collec tion of biometrics, con duct while on board, and preparation of reports and evidence packaging. The Center for Security Forces provides specialized training to more than 28,000 students each year. It has 14 training locations across the United States and around the world where training breeds confidence. NAS Jacksonville Holy Week ScheduleSt. Edwards Chapel Holy Thursday Mass April 2 7 p.m. Good Friday Service April 3 7 p.m. Easter Mass Vigil April 4 8:15 p.m. Easter Sunday Mass April 5 9:30 a.m. All Saints Chapel Protestant Easter Service April 5 11 a.m. The Pavilion (Next to Officers’ Club) Protestant Easter Sunrise Service April 5 6:30 a.m. Protestant Easter Service April 5 11 a.m. VBSS Boarding Officer Course restructuredPhoto by MC2(SW0 Anthony MartinezMembers of a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team from the guided-mis sile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) board the Pakistan naval ship Aslat (FFG 254) Nov. 4, 2014 during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. A CFC Participant. Provided as a public service.Because of you, there is St. Jude.St. Jude patient Izarah with her father, Chief Warrant Ofcer 3 Isaac800-822-6344 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 13 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 Karaoke 6 p.m. Twist of Fun Balloon Artist, April 17, 5 – 8 p.m. 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. Rising Stars Youth League every Saturday 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 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: April 18, 1 4 p.m., $30 per person Scratch Sweeper: Feb. 28 & March 28, 1 4 p.m., $40 *Please note, the specials do not include shoes unless stated otherwise*Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 Indoor Pool Hours of operation Open year round Lap Swim Monday Friday 6 8 a.m. lap swim only 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. lap swim only 4 5 p.m. lap swim only Recreation Swim Monday Friday 5 7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Closed on holidays Outdoor Pool Opens on May 2, 2015 May 2 June 1 Recreation Swim Saturday & Sunday (& Memorial Day) 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Reservations available 7 9 p.m. June 1 Aug. 23 Recreation Swim Daily 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Daily reservations available 7 9 p.m. Navy Run Zumba Party 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: 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_ . ITT current ticket promotions include the following: Jacksonville Sharks $14 & $22 Funk Fest on May 8, $58 $190 Alhambra Dinner Theater $38 $50.50 The Ritz Theatre & Museum great mili tary pricing! Armed Forces Vacation Club Resort Condo Rentals installation $349 $369 Universal Special three-day park to park for the price of a one-day park to park until June 7 AMC gold ticket $8.50 FL resident Discover Disney Ticket $136.50 $185.75 ITT offers Shades of Green, Disneyworld Hotels, Universal Hotels and off prop erty 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 Clay County Fair Tickets $4 $14 Forever Florida Coach Adventure $12.25 $57.75 Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary $8.50 $13.50 St. Johns Rivership Co. in Sanford, FL includes dinner $44 $60.50 Wild Adventures Gold pass $70 while supplies last Wild Florida Airboats $17.50 $47.75 Pirates Museum St. Augustine $4 $21.75 Amelia Island Museum of History $4 $10 Half Hour Boggy Creek Airboat Rides $15.50 $20 Orlando Magic Basketball tickets avail ableITT 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 April 4 at 9 a.m. Universal Studios Weekend Trip April 10 – 12, $100 per person Includes 3 day park hopper and 2-nights hotel stay Kayak Trip Jullington Creek April 18 at 9 a.m.NAS 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 Twilight Golf League Every Tuesday at 5 p.m. April 7 – July 28 Rosters due March 31 $20 per player, per week Military Appreciation Days Play 18-holes with cart for $18 Active Duty – April 7 & 21 Retirees and DoD – April 9 & 23 Youth Golf and Life Skills Experience April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Register at the youth center. For more information call (904) 7789772Mulberry 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 April 18, 19, 25 & 26 May 16, 17, 23 & 24 June 6, 7, 13 & 14Auto 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! Easter Egg Hunt April 1, 7 p.m. McCaffrey Softball Field Summer Camp Registration Dates Current School Age Care Families: April 1 4 Single & Dual Active Duty Families: April 7 11 Other Active Duty Families: April 14 18 DOD Civilians: April 21 25 Retirees: April 28 May 2 *Open Enrollment begins May 4 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 Paddington April 10 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 includ ing instrument, complex and commer cial Find more info. online at Intramural Softball League FormingOpen 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 Tuesday and Thursday. League FormingOpen to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, dependents at NAS Jacksonville and retirees. The games play on Tuesday evenings. Badminton Doubles League FormingOpen 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 league is open to active duty, selective reservists, DoD civilians, DoD Contractors, dependent spouses assigned to a command at NAS Jax. The games play at lunchtime.Tennis Lessons Now Offered On BaseWe now have a professional tennis instructor on base for tennis lessons to all authorized MWR patrons. Contact the base gym at 542-2930 for information about the tennis lessons and to make an appointment for a lesson. Adults and Juniors: 60 minutes = $40 90 minutes = $60 Additional hours if person takes more than two hours per week = $25 taking lesson(s) together : Adults: 3-8 people (60 minutes for 3 people; 90 min for 4 or more people) = $15 per person Juniors (3-8 people): 3-5 years of age 30 minutes; $10 per person 6-12 years of age 45 minutes; $12 per person 13-17 years of age 60 minutes; $15 per person For more information about any of the sports articles, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail . Visit the MWR website at mil or nasjaxmwr. StandingsAs of March 27 Winter Golf Teams Wins Losses FRCSE II 6 1 FRCSE I 6 1 CV-TSC/PSD 5 3 NCTS 4 3 VP-30 4 3 HSM-74 Swamp Foxes 3 4 CBMU202 1 6 NMC/FACSFAC 1 6 CNATTU 1 6Ultimate Frisbee Final StandingsTeams Wins Losses FRCSE The Postmen 5 0 VUP-19 4 1 CPRW-11/MTOC-1 3 2 NMC/FACSFAC 3 2 VP-8 2 3 CNATTU 1 3 VP-62 1 3 NBHC 0 5Soccer Teams Wins Losses HITRON 2 0 NBHC 2 0 VP-30 Wardroom 2 0 FRCSE 2 1 HSM-72 2 1 FRCSE F-18 1 1 HSM-74 1 1 NAVHOSP 1 1 NAS Jax 1 1 VP-16 War Eagles 1 1 VP-30 1 1 FACSFAC/NMC 0 2 NAVFAC 0 2 VP-8 0 2 VR-58/VR-62 0 2Greybeard Basketball Final StandingsTeams Wins Losses CNATTU 4 0 VP-30 4 0 FRCSE 2 2 NRSE RCC 0 3 VR-62 0 3 NAVFAC 1 3Intramural Basketball Teams Wins Losses FRCSE Gold 5 0 VP-30 3 0 NAVHOSP Galley 3 1 VP-8 3 2 FRCSE Blue 3 2 HSM-74 Swamp Fox 2 2 VP-62 Broad Arrows 2 2 VR-58/VR-62 1 1 NAVHOSP 1 3 NAS Jax 1 4 VP-30 Super Saiyan 0 5 Photo by Miriam S. Gallet NAS JaxThe t-shirts and medals are in for the 10th Annual Captain Chuck Cornett Navy 10K Run/5K Walk, April 4 at 8 a.m. The run is open only to patrons with base access. BM3 Marvelous Brown proudly displays the medal and t-shirt that each participant will receive. Register online at 1stplaces


14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 By Terri Moon CronkDoD News, Defense Media ActivityTop Navy and Air Force officials told the House Armed Services subcommit tee on tactical air and land forces March 26 that the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 will support moderniz ing combat aviation programs. Navy Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, prin cipal military deputy to the assistant sec retary of the Navy for research, develop ment and acquisitions; Air Force Lt. Gen. James M. “Mike” Holmes, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and require ments, Air Force headquarters; and Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy M. Ray, director, global power programs, office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, all testified on the need for a modern force. Navy and Marine Corps aviation allows “sea-based and expeditionary naval forces to bring simultaneous influ ence over vast stretches of the maritime environment across the shoreline and deep inland,” Grosklags said. Aviation Must Stay Ready, Poised It is therefore critical that U.S. avia tion forces remain “always ready and poised to engage at a moment’s notice with required capacity and capability to influence events, and if necessary, to fight and win,” he said. As global threats and demands increase, the Navy’s budget grows more challenging, Grosklags said, adding that the Navy and Marine Corps depend on today’s modernization and readiness efforts. “Across the department, the strate gies for our development, procurement and sustainment of [existing] and future weapons systems are critically depen dent upon stable, and predictable fund ing at a level commensurate with [the president’s 2016 budget request],” he said. “The alternative has been made clear by our secretaries and service chiefs,” the admiral emphasized. “A smaller force, a force less forward deployed; a force slower to respond in a crisis, is a force, which, when it does respond, will be less capable and more vulnerable.” Budget Would Help Balance Air Force Needs The National Defense Strategy is increasingly at risk, Holmes said, and the proposed budget takes steps to balance the many challenges the Air Force faces. “The Air Force continues every day to deliver global vigilance,” he said. “However, [after] more than 25 years of sustained combat operations and years of constrained budgets, it is becoming more difficult to achieve our mission.” The first of many difficult capacity decisions before the Air Force is whether to divest itself of the A-10 fighter jet, he said. “There’s no question the A-10 has been a steady and stellar performer in recent conflicts,” Holmes told the panel. “Nevertheless, our force structure is sim ply unaffordable in today’s fiscal envi ronment.” Divesting the entire A-10 fleet would free up $4.7 billion for the Air Force’s future defense program, which would pay for priority capacity, capability and readiness needs, he said. But overall, the Air Force fighter jet fleet is facing an average age of 30 years, the oldest in the service’s history, Holmes said. “The fourth-generation F-15s and F-16s, that are the majority of our fighter fleet, require upgrades to extend their life span and provide the combat capa bility required to prevail in today’s increasingly contested environments,” he emphasized. Similarly, the advanced capabilities of the fifth-generation fighters – F-22s and F-35s – are critical to ensure the service’s ability to fight and win in contested envi ronments, he added. “The Air Force continues to be the world’s finest across the spectrum of conflict, but the gap is closing,” Holmes noted. “A return to sequestration-lev el funding would result in a less-ready, less-capable, less-viable Air Force that’s unable to fully execute the National Defense Strategy.” Sequestration is a provision of current budget law that mandates major acrossthe-board spending cuts in fiscal 2016, which begins Oct. 1. Global Security Complex Today’s global security environment is more complex than ever before, Ray told subcommittee members, and the Air Force “must continue to invest in science and technology to modernize our capa bilities.” The budget proposal continues to focus on modernizing Air Force capa bilities while exploring game-changing technologies for the future, Ray added. “Adversaries are developing technolo gies and capabilities to shape and deter our nation,” he pointed out. “[We] must continue to institute ser vicewide efficiencies that will capitalize on innovative concepts, keep weapons systems on track and build affordabil ity into new systems,” Ray said, adding that the president’s FY 16 budget propos al “reflects Air Force priorities in these areas.” By MC3 Victoria Kinney USS Constitution Public AffairsAfter delays brought on by Boston’s snowiest winter on record, USS Constitution is scheduled to enter Dry Dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard in the early hours of May 19, 2015. Old Ironsides’ move into dry dock, originally slated for March 20, will now commence at approximately 12 a.m. on May 19. The docking evolution was selected for a midnight start due to favorable predicted tidal conditions in Boston Harbor. Following a year of repairs to ready Dry Dock 1, the second-oldest opera tional dry dock in the United States, for Constitution’s impending arrival, the dock is now ready to be flooded and tested starting this week. Installation of new dry dock caisson: On March 31 at 9 a.m., Dry Dock 1 will be flooded for the first time since 2013 and the dock’s current caisson door will be removed. Starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, the dock’s new est caisson door, only the third caisson ever used in the dock’s 181-year history, will be installed, ballasted and seated to ensure a watertight fit and proper sta bility. The dock will then be dewatered that night and re-flooded at 6 a.m. the following morning. On April 7 at 8 a.m., the dock will once again be flooded and a team of inspec tors from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) will conduct a thorough inspection of the dock and its new 296 ton caisson to certify its ability to safely house the 217-year-old Constitution for the entirety of her 3-year stay there. Dry Dock 1 holds approximately 4.8 million gallons of water and takes approximately two hours to fill and 14 hours to empty. On June 24, 1833, Constitution became the first ship ever to enter the dock, which used a woodenconstructed caisson at that time. Changes to public tour hours From April 16 through April 26, Constitution will be shifting from win ter to summer public tour hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (closed on Mondays with the exception of Patriots Day on April 20). Beginning April 27, Constitution will temporarily close to the public while final preparations are made for enter ing dry dock on May 19. On June 9, once the ship is secure in Dry Dock 1, Constitution will reopen to the public with tour hours taking place Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (closed Mondays). USS Constitution enters dry dock for inspections, repairs and restorations roughly once every twenty years. While Constitution is in dry dock, visitors to Charlestown Navy Yard will have the rare opportunity of viewing the ship’s entire exposed hull, including her fabled copper plating and keel com prised of original wood utilized dur ing the ship’s initial construction from 1795-1797. During the ship’s public tour hours, visitors will have the opportunity to board Old Ironsides and tour the ship’s top (spar) deck. USS Constitution crew members will be stationed aboard the ship, dockside and inside the USS Constitution Museum adjacent to Dry Dock 1 to explain and answer questions about Constitution’s history, talk about the ongoing restoration and repair work, and share how Old Ironsides has been restored in the past. To coincide with Constitution’s upcoming dry docking, All Hands, the official magazine of the U.S. Navy, recently launched a specialized web page, “I Am Old Ironsides”, to enhance visitors’ virtual experience of America’s Ship of State. The page can be found at tion, and offers users a large range of information about the ship in an easily accessible format. The web page includes a virtual tour of Old Ironsides, a 360-degree view of the crew’s officer and enlisted 1813 uni forms, and includes various photo gal leries such as “Face of the Navy,” “Last Ride,” and “Sailing into History.” USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, active ly defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a fea tured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year. USS Constitution is scheduled to be dry docked in Charlestown Navy Yard in May 2015 for a three-year planned resto ration period. By MC3 Shane JacksonUSS Kauffman Public AffairsThe perception of a frigate Sailor goes back to centuries past when rough and tumble men sailed the seas in defense of our country in tall-masted sailing ships. This visage offers outsiders the chance to imagine that a little bit of the all-male, do-it-yourself “old Navy” still exists in today’s guided-missile frigate in the midst of a constantly evolving, technological fleet of today. For the most part, these ideas aren’t wrong. The frigate life isn’t an easy one. Frigate Sailors have to grow a thick skin and find ways to persevere in any adverse situation. Where this idea parts from reality is that while all the enlisted crew and most of the officers are male, a handful of female officers not only work aboard the last guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59), but lead its tough-as-nails crew through any situa tion the sea may throw at them. “It’s an end of an era in a lot of ways as far as all-male crews and frigates,” said Lt. Sarah Camarena, operations officer on board Kauffman. “I feel privileged to be a part of that experience because it’s something that other female surface warfare officers are never going to get to experience.” Camarena previously served on board the guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77), with an integrated crew of males and females, for two years before coming to Kauffman. She said that outside of adjusting to the culture of a new crew and platform, nothing, not even the enormous gender gap, jarred her during the transition. USS Constitution commencing final preparations for dry dock entryPhoto by MCSN Matthew FairchildSailors assigned to USS Constitution maintain watch as winter storm Juno arrives in the Boston area in January. Constitution is undergoing preparations to enter dry dock on March 20 for a three-year restoration period. Photo by MC3 Victoria KinneyUSS Constitution sets sail on Aug. 29, 2014, in Boston Harbor during the ship's second and final chief petty officer heritage week underway demonstration. More than 150 chief petty officer selects and mentors assisted the crew of Constitution with setting the ship's three topsails during the underway to conclude a week of sail training aboard Old Ironsides. Navy, Air Force advocate for modernizing combat aviationFrigate life: Made for men, run by womenSee FRIGATE LIFE, Page 15


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 15 “This is one of the most pro fessional, respectful and cour teous crews I have ever served with,” said Camarena. “It’s how they treat everyone regardless of gender.” According to Camarena and her counterparts, the professionalism doesn’t come from old time chivalry where a gentleman would pay his due respect to a lady. Rather, it comes from the same mission oriented mindset that puts the women frigate Sailors on an equal level of toughness as the men. “Older women always ask if it’s hard ‘being a lady’ on a ship,” said Ensign Renee Brilhante, electronic warfare officer on board Kauffman. “It really isn’t because we’re all here to do our job and we are filling a vital role in the ship. The Navy has evolved so much that we’re not really breaking any new molds.” ven though being in the minority on Kauffman doesn’t affect their performance, the fact that they are among the last to serve on an all-male ship isn’t lost on Kauffman’s female officers. “I’ve talked to a lot of older guys who have bragging rights from being on the last this or that, and I’m excited that I’ll have those bragging rights one day,” said Brilhante. The number of U.S. Navy ships with all-male crews, to include certain submarines, patrol craft and guided-mis sile destroyers, become fewer and fewer every year. With Kauffman’s upcoming decom missioning, this type of man ning comes one ship closer to extinction. The Navy heading in this direction can only be a good thing for future generations, explained Camarena. “What we’re experiencing today, in this greatest Navy the world has ever seen, is the opening up of more opportuni ties to women. This opportu nity for women will make our Navy stronger and more wellrounded for everyone,” said Camarena. “I hope it continues going in this direction.” FRIGATE LIFEFrom Page 14 By MC2 Ashley HedrickNaval Submarine Base Kings Bay Public AffairsNavy Nutrition Month is wrapping up, but it’s still a service member’s pre rogative to retain knowledge about ways to live a healthy life and stay in shape. According to the establishing NAVADMIN, the goal of Navy Nutrition Month is to increase awareness and transform food environments Navy wide to facilitate and maintain better food and beverage options. Also, better food choices enhance physical performance, and contribute to the Navy’s efforts to achieve a fit and ready force. For those who are having trouble staying consistent with a healthy diet, the ShipShape program may be just the tool needed in order to lose and main tain weight. “The curriculum is up-to-date with today’s eating habits,” said Joanne Rex, a registered nurse at the Kings Bay Fitness Complex. “With the new cur riculum, we tried to take away from the negative stigma of a weight manage ment class.” Rex said the whole purpose of the new curriculum is to help people make healthier choices. The ShipShape program is an offi cial Navy weight management program, established by the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, which focuses on three major components of weight loss: mindset, nutrition, and physical activity. “It basically involves three compo nents to a healthy lifestyle,” Kings Bay Registered Dietician Chris Schuff said. “We cover basic nutrition topics such as, how to calculate, maintain, and plan the nutrients you need. We also discuss how to overcome stressful and mindless eating, and what stressors cause it.” Led by professional facilitators, such as Schuff and Rex, the program helps by designing individualized plans while encompassing the three major compo nents. The program is highly recommended for active-duty personnel and reserve military members who have failed, or are at risk of failing, their body compo sition assessment. Rex, who has been teaching the ShipShape program for six years, said she has seen many people benefit from the class. “Last fall, we had an active-duty Sailor lose about forty pounds during our eight-week course,” she said. “With the tools we gave him, he was able to do this. It kept him from being discharged from the Navy.” ShipShape utilizes a total of eight group sessions, each taking one hour, which generally lasts eight weeks. Upon completion of the group sessions, there is a follow up between instructors and the individual participant on a monthly basis for six months in order to help sus tain newly established lifestyle goals. “We want to help track their main tenance and reinforce the behaviors learned during the program,” Schuff said. “We will basically obtain their height and weight for the consecutive months after the program is finished. We will offer ourselves if people have questions or need more help.” The ShipShape program at Kings Bay began March 4, and is currently in the fifth week of the course. Schuff said they plan to begin another eight-week course once there are a substantial number of participants. “When we find the need is high enough, we will start another course,” Schuff said. “We started this time with the intent of six people. It eventually increased to eight, and then to 12, and on to 15 people. However, we cannot allow more than 20 people per class.” For more information about the ShipShape program visit From StaffThe City of Jacksonville Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (JaxParks) announces its 2015 summer schedule. This year’s summer camps range from day-camp activities to sports skills to oceanfront experiences. JaxParks will host day-enrichment camps at 12 loca tions for ages 6 to 12, a Kids Camp for 5-year-olds, tennis camp for ages 6 to 13, Ocean Camp for ages 8 to 15 and Aqua Camp for ages 10 to 14. Most camps are offered in three twoweek sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, June 22. Extended day is avail able from 7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Registration for day-enrichment camps opens online at noon on Tuesday, May 12. Customers may reg ister online at or in per son from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the JaxParks Administration Office at 214 N. Hogan Street, Room 100. Dayenrichment camp fees are $75 for two weeks. There is also a $20 non-refund able activity fee per session. Tennis camp registration begins Monday, May 18 at JaxParks’ three tennis facilities; Boone Park Tennis Complex at 3700 Park St., Southside Tennis Complex at 1541 Hendricks Ave. and Clanzel T. Brown Tennis Complex at 4575 Moncrief Road. Sessions are offered by age categories as follows: through Thursday and Thursdays and Wednesdays Registration for Ocean Camp begins Monday, May 4 at the JaxParks Aquatics Office at 5130 Soutel Drive. Aqua Camp registration also begins Monday, May 4 at the Cecil Recreation Complex at 13611 Normandy Blvd. The fee for both camps is $150 for one two-week session plus $25 for extended day. JaxParks aquatics season begins with the opening of 34 outdoor pools on Saturday, May 23. Pools will remain open through Labor Day. Sept. 8. Swim lessons are offered in three two-week sessions for ages 6 months and up, beginning Monday, June 22. Session times vary by location. JaxParks swim teams practice June 22 through July 31. Registration for both swim lessons and swim teams opens May 4 at JaxParks Aquatics Office at 5130 Soutel Drive. Waterproof Jacksonville also returns this summer. The citywide drown ing prevention campaign provides free swim lessons to qualified youth whose families demonstrate financial need. Information about the campaign is available at the JaxParks Aquatics Office at 5130 Soutel Drive. Rec N’ Roll Jax expands its free activi ties to 18 parks this summer. The urban parks initiative runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 15 through Aug. 7. The program is designed to provide both structured and non-structured activities in a tradi tional park setting for ages 6 through 14. Summer Night Lights, JaxParks’ teen anti-crime, anti-violence initia tive, kicks off its summer activities on Thursday, June 18 at three hub sites and eight pool locations. Activities at the main sites focus on life skills, sports and swim. Sites are open Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. SNL wraps up on Saturday, Aug. 8.For information about JaxParks sum mer programs visit online at www.jax or call (904) 630-2489. JaxParks announces summer programsSailors stay on track with ShipShape program Photos by Kaylee LaRocqueMembers of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Jacksonville's Multicultural Committee perform the hymn, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," a histor ic American spiritual song, during a Black History Month presentation at Hangar 1000, March 26. The song is said to be an allusion to Harriett Tubman, who used the Underground Railroad to help escaping slaves during the 19th century. The group presented "A Walk through Time" using songs, video clips and speeches recognizing the contributions of African-Americans. AT2 Cornelius Sammons of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Jacksonville's Multicultural Committee, takes on the role of United States President Barack Obama during a Black History Month presentation at Hangar 1000. The Sailors offered "A Walk through Time," to recognize the contributions of African-Americans with a variety of songs, speeches and video clips. Photos by MC1(SW/AW) Nathan Laird Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert listens on March 10 as Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus testifies during a pos ture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee in support of the proposed budget for the Department of the Navy for Fiscal Year 2016 and the Future Years Defense Program. Greenert, Mabus and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford testified during the posture hearing and answered questions from the committee members about the status of the Navy and Marine Corps and how the budget will affect mission capabilities, per sonnel and infrastructure. News from the CNOChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies during a posture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee in support of the proposed budget for the Department of the Navy for Fiscal Year 2016 and the Future Years Defense Program. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun cut a cake on March 2 at the Centennial of the U.S. Navy Reserve celebration at the Pentagon.


16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 By MC2(SW/AW) Luke MeinekeCommander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public AffairsRomanian Army Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Nicolae Ciuca presented Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Vice Adm. Dixon Smith and Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA) Rear Adm. John Scorby with the Romanian Logistics Emblem of Honor award on March 25. The award was presented at the Palace of the National Military Circle in Bucharest, Romania. It honors the part nership between the U.S. and Romania as they continue work on the construction of Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu. “This award is a sign of appreciation for the exemplary efforts, commitment to excel lence and technical exper tise in the support of achiev ing mission success by the Romanian logistics military structures, particularly by the 99th Military Base,” Scorby said. Scorby expressed Smith’s sincere gratitude to all in atten dance who have helped make NSF Deveselu a reality – add ing that it couldn’t be achieved without the synchronized efforts of both countries. “Naval Support Facility Deveselu has been a signifi cant milestone in our nations’ long-standing cooperative relationship, reinforced by the successful development of this important facility, from the early stages of planning and breaking ground, through the current construction phase of this base,” Scorby said. “I look forward to the contin ued collaboration of our gov ernments and armed forces in the future.” NSF Deveselu is CNREURAFSWA’s latest instal lation for providing efficient and effective shore service sup port to U.S. and Allied Forces operating in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. Military Caregivers Peer-to-Peer Forum. Share practical information based on your personal experiences. Meet every last Thursday of the month from 2 4 p.m. at Fleet and Family Support Center. Call 542-5810. (NNOA) meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 Street West Jacksonville. For information, paul. . Marine Corps League Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M. at Five Star Veterans Center at 40 Acme St. in Arlington. For information visit or call Dwayne Enos (904) 693-0280. Fleet Reserve Branch 91 meets at 7 p.m. home, 5391 Collins Rd., Jacksonville 32246. Call 904-264-2833. Association of Aviation Ordnancemen meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Center, 5391 Collins Road. For information, visit Orange Park Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5968 and its Auxiliary located at 187 Aurora Blvd. meets on the second Wednesday veterans service organization composed of combat veterans and eligible service members from the Active, Guard or Reserve forces. Go to or call 276-5968. membership is open military services. Call Johnnie Walsh at (904) 282-4650 for MOAA membership info. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 38 269-2945 or Email: davchapter38@comcast. net. at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist military retirees and dependents. Work four hours a day, one day per week. Call 542-5790 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to volunteer. Ribbons & Roses , a breast cancer support group at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 542-7857 for more info. Navy Jacksonville Yacht Club is open to active duty, reserve and retired military, plus, active or retired DoD civilians. Call 778-0805 or email . COMPASS Spouse-to-Spouse Military Mentoring Program. Helping others help themselves. Visit for more info. Navy Wives Clubs of America DID No. 300 meets the second Thursday of each month at Blanding Blvd. Call 272-9489. Navy Wives Clubs of America No. 86 meets Store at the NAS Jax Yorktown gate. Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290 390 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. Call 2466855. National Active and Retired Federal meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each Kingsley. Guests welcome. Call 264-3486 for more info. National Active and Retired Federal Westside Jacksonville Chapter 1984 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. Retired Enlisted Association meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Hall at 7673 Blanding Blvd. Call 7728622. VFW Post 5968 meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 187 Arora Blvd., Orange Park. Call 276-5968. Photo by Lt. j.g. Alexander PerrienRear Adm. Katherine Gregory, chief of civil engineers for Naval Facilities Engineering Command, discusses construction plans and progress on Feb. 19 with U.S. Army Corps of Engineer representatives during a tour of the ongoing construction of permanent facili ties at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu, Romania. NSF Deveselu is Navy Region Europe Africa Southwest Asia's latest tool for providing efficient and effective shore service support to United States and allied forces operating in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. Gregory's visit included a tour of the temporary facilities, and ongoing ballistic missile defense construction site. CNIC and CNREURAFSWA receive Romanian logistics award Calendar U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 leads to nearly 2,200 pounds of cocaineKeith SmithCBP Public AffairsA U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine (OAM) aircrew tracked a sus picious vessel off the coast of Panama leading to 2,195 pounds of cocaine and the arrest of three suspects on Mar. 19. The estimated street value of the contraband is more than $164 million. An aircrew aboard a P-3 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft coordinated with inter agency partners to intercept a vessel in the waters southwest of Panama City. Suspected drug smugglers on the go-fast vessel began dumping cocaine overboard as part of an effort to escape. Panamanian authorities stopped the vessel, detained three individuals, and recovered the drugs from the water. The P-3 AEW aircraft patrolling during the operation is based at OAM’s National Air Security Operations Center in Jacksonville, Florida. “The vigilance of our agents to detect illegal activity on the high seas combined with the col laboration of partner nations and multi-nation al law enforcement agencies leads to interdic tions,” said Director of National Air Security Operations Center Jacksonville Doug Garner. “We’ll continue to deter maritime drug smug gling.” In Fiscal Year 2014, CBP’s P-3s operating out of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida, flew more than 5,900 hours in support of coun ternarcotic missions resulting in 135 interdic tion events of suspected smuggling vessels and aircraft. These events led to the total seizure or disruption of 126,489 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $9.47 billion. Counter smuggling operations in the region are conducted as part of Operation Martillo. The P-3s patrol in a 42 million-square mile area which includes more than 41 nations, the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and sea board approaches to the United States. Overall coordination of counter-drug patrols and surveillance in the Eastern Pacific is done by a joint interagency task force headquartered in Key West, Florida. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the manage ment, control and protection of our nation’s bor ders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and ter rorist weapons out of the country while enforc ing hundreds of U.S. laws. Free income tax prepFrom StaffReal Sense Tax Service is a United Way of Northeast Florida initiative. The NAS Jacksonville office located is on the second floor of Building 13 at the Yorktown Gate. The office is open Monday, Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free services include federal and state tax returns. Walk-in clients are welcome, but wait times vary. Appointments are recommended by call ing (904) 515-3481.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 2, 2015 17 By Lt. j.g. Christopher HansonNavy Office of Community Outreach Public AffairsA 2002 Sandlewood High School graduate and Jacksonville native is serving aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18), one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced amphibi ous ships, designed to deliver Marines and their equipment to and from war zones. FC2 Helen Chu is a fire controlman aboard the San Diego-based San Antonioclass amphibious transport dock ship. The ship is longer than two football fields at 684 feet, 105 feet wide and weighs more than 24 tons. Four die sel engines can push the ship through the water at more than 24 mph. USS New Orleans is the fourth Navy ship to be named for the city of New Orleans, and is the second vessel in the San Antonio-class of high-tech amphibious assault ships. As a 30-year-old with numer ous responsibilities, Chu said she is learning about herself as a leader, sailor and a person. She added that it is an excit ing time to be in the Navy, and serving aboard a ship has truly made him a better person. “The Navy provides me the opportunity to encounter expe riences that I wouldn’t have had access to back home. I’ve been able to see a wide range of new places and meet lots of people I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to encounter oth erwise,” said Chu. She also said she is proud of the work she is doing as part of the New Orleans’ crew, protect ing and defending America on the world’s oceans. “The Navy, more than any other institution or business, connects us to the global com munity via interaction and presence around the world,” Chu explained. Sailors’ jobs are varied aboard USS New Orleans. Approximately 46 officers and 381 enlisted men and women make up the ship’s company, which keeps all parts of the ship running smoothly — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the engines. Another 700 or so form the deployable Marine Corps bat talion and New Orleans is capable of transporting the battalion and landing them in hostile territory via helicop ters, vertical takeoff and land ing aircraft and air-cushioned landing craft. “New Orleans is truly a fine warship and it is our duty to bring her to life,” said Capt. Doug Verissimo, the ship’s commanding officer. “Our Sailors have been work ing very hard bringing her from a post-deployment repair period to our upcoming tacti cal integration with our Marine teammates. I feel an unparal lelled sense of pride working alongside our nation’s finest.” Collectively, the San Antonio-class ships will functionally replace more than 41 ships providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern sea-based plat forms. Amphibious transport dock ships are warships that embark, transport, and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary war fare missions. These ships sup port amphibious assault, spe cial operations or expedition ary warfare missions and can serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups. Because of their inher ent capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to also sup port humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice. As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s high-tech amphibi ous assault ships, Chu and other New Orleans sailors are proud to part of a warfight ing team that readily defends America at all times. “Every day is a new experi ence. No matter what my pri mary job is, each day presents me with different challenges and new and interesting things to learn,” said Chu. By MC1(SW) James GreenNavy Office of Community OutreachA 2010 Baker County Senior High School graduate and Jacksonville native works on one of the world’s largest war ships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). CS3 Johnathan Ford is a culi nary specialist aboard the San Diego-based ship, a Nimitzclass nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only ten operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today. “My job is to help prepare food for the crew,” said Ford Named in honor of former President Ronald Reagan, the carrier is longer than three football fields, at nearly 1,100 feet long. The ship is 252 feet wide and weighs more than 100,000 tons. Two nuclear reac tors can push the ship through the water at nearly 35 mph. As a sailor with numerous responsibilities, Ford said he is proud to serve his country aboard an aircraft carrier. “The best part is meeting new people and experiencing the Navy with them,” said Ford. Ford also said he is very proud of the work he is doing as part of USS Ronald Reagan’s nearly 3,000-member crew, helping protect America on the world’s oceans. Sailors’ jobs are highly var ied aboard USS Ronald Reagan. Nearly 3,000 men and women make up the ship’s company, which keeps all parts of the air craft carrier running smooth ly — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the nuclear reactors. Another 2,000 or so form the air wing, the people who actually fly and maintain the aircraft. “I never cease to be impressed with the type and quality of work that goes on aboard the carrier each day,” said Capt. Christopher E. Bolt, the carrier’s command ing officer. “Our team is filled with highly qualified young adults – in many cases, 19 and 20 years old – and they’re out here launching and recover ing aircraft, running a complex propulsion system safely, serv ing as air traffic controllers, operating sophisticated elec tronics, and keeping this float ing city alive and functioning. Their work ethic, enthusiasm, and esprit de corps are second to none. If you pick up a news paper in any city and examine what other 19and 20-yearolds are doing, there is no com parison to the level of respon sibility our Sailors hold. That caliber of Sailor is what has earned us the title of America’s Flagship.” USS Ronald Reagan is also a self-sustaining, mobile airport and, like each of the Navy’s air craft carriers, is designed for a 50-year service life. While underway, the ship carries more than 70 jets, helicopters and other aircraft, all of which take off from and land on the carrier’s 4.5-acre flight deck. Four powerful catapults launch aircraft off the bow of the ship. After lowering a tail hook that protrudes from the rear of the aircraft, jets and aircraft land by snagging a steel cable called an arresting wire. After an extended mainte nance period spent pier side in San Diego, USS Ronald Reagan is preparing for its move to Japan, as part of the first ever three-hull aircraft carrier crew and hull swap. It will replace USS George Washington in Japan and become part of the U.S. 7th Fleet forwarddeployed naval forces (FDNF) in Yokosuka, Japan. As part of this rebalance strategy to increase the Navy’s presence in the Pacific Fleet, USS Theodore Roosevelt will move from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego. In 2008, George Washington was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sent to Japan as part of the FDNF. Maintaining a FDNF capability supports the United States’ commitment to the defense of Japan and the security and stability of the vital Indo-Asia-Pacific. As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Ford and other USS Ronald Reagan sailors know they are part of an agile and skilled team standing ready to defend America. “The best part of being in the Navy for me is the experience I have received both profession ally and personally,” said Ford. From Navy Fact FileAn EP-3E (ARIES II) signals intelli gence reconnaissance aircraft. Description – Four-engine turboprop signals intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance aircraft based on the Lockheed P-3 Orion. Features – The EP-3E ARIES II (Airborne Reconnaissance Integrated Electronic System II) is the Navy’s only land-based signals intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft in the Navy’s inventory are based on the Orion P-3 airframe and provide fleet and theater commanders worldwide with near real-time tactical SIGINT. With sensitive receivers and highgain dish antennas, the EP-3E exploits a wide range of electronic emissions from deep within targeted territory. Background – During the 1990s, 12 P-3C Orions were converted to EP3-E ARIES II to replace older versions of the aircraft. The original ARIES I aircraft were converted in the late 1960s. The last EP-3E ARIES II aircraft was delivered in 1997. EP-3Es were heavily engaged in reconnaissance in support of NATO forces in Bosnia, joint forces in Korea and in Operation Southern Watch, Northern Watch and Allied Force. The most famous engagement was in 2001, when a mid-air collision occurred between an EP-3E and a J-8 fighter from the People’s Republic of China. The EP-3 was forced to make an emergency landing on Hainan Island, where the 24 Navy crew members were detained and interrogated by the Chinese authorities. After 10 days of negotiations, the crew was released. From Team Ships Public AffairsThe joint high speed vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) completed acceptance trials at the Austal USA shipyard March 13, the Navy announced March 24. The weeklong trials were held in the Gulf of Mexico and overseen by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). INSURV worked alongside the shipyard to demonstrate the ship’s equipment and system operation to ensure it is ready for delivery and fulfills all contractual requirements. “Trenton performed very well during these trials, said Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager Capt. Henry Stevens. “The rigorous testing each ship undergoes ensures the Navy receives the most capable and mission ready asset at delivery.” JHSVs are versatile, non-combatant ships capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. They are equipped with airline style seating for 312 embarked forc es, and fixed berthing for 104. Trenton will be used for the fast intra-theater trans portation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. The ship’s 15-foot shallow draft, ability to interface with roll-on/rolloff discharge facilities, and ease of access to austere and deteriorated piers will facil itate littoral operations and port access. Having completed acceptance trials, Trenton will now prepare for delivery to the Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) later this year. The ship will be capable of supporting a wide range of operations including non-combat ant evacuation operations, humanitar ian assistance and disaster relief. The first four ships of the class have delivered to the fleet. The first two ships of the class, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) and USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) have completed overseas deployments to Europe, West Africa and the Caribbean. As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality war fighting assets while balancing afford ability and capability is key to supporting the Navy’s Maritime Strategy. Jacksonville native serves aboard USS New OrleansU.S. Navy photo by MCSN Jamal McNeillFC2 Helen Chu is a fire controlman aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18). The ship is the fourth Navy vessel to be named for the city of New Orleans, and is the second vessel in the San Antonio-class of high-tech amphibious assault ships. Jacksonville native serves aboard USS Ronald ReaganU.S. Navy photo CS3 Johnathan Ford is a culi nary specialist aboard the San Diego-based nuclear-aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Photo by Clark Pierce The EP-3E ARIES II (parked on the tarmac of NAS Jacksonville) is a shore-based, long range aircraft that employs a complex combination of receivers, antennas, computers, displays and recording devices to accomplish its primary mission of Electronic Support. USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) completes acceptance trialsU.S. Navy Photo The future Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in preparation for launch in 2014 at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.


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