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PAGE 1 ACKSONVILLE , F LA I I D E ROADS CLOSING Learn Your Detours Page 6 AVID RUNNERS Captain Chuck Cornett Run EGG HUNTERS MWR Rocks Sweet Tooths Check us out Online! THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015 A message from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike StevensChief Petty Officers, on April 1, we will celebrate 122 years of excellence. One thing that CPOs have always excelled at, despite the challenges, is our ability to recognize and implement change. If I could coin one word for this year’s birthday theme, it would be ‘progress.’ Our Navy is 239 years old – could you imagine where our Navy would be without progress? We went from wind-powered sails to coal-powered steam. Now we sail under nuclear power. Our aircraft have gone from pro peller power to jet power. We went from CPO Initiation to Transition to Induction and now CPO 365. Without change, there is no progress. Change is not always easy, but that’s OK, because hard is what we do. President George Washington once said, “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” As CPOs, we have the responsibility to ensure our Navy continues to progress – we owe this to our Nation, our Navy and our people. Chiefs, I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of you. I’ve had the opportunity to be a member of our CPO Mess for two decades, and I can tell you today with great confidence that our CPO Mess has never been better. You should feel good about who you are, what you represent, and your ability to lead our Sailors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for maintaining122 years of excellence. For more photos of the CPO BIRTHDAY, see Page 9 Happy 122 Birthday, CPOs Photo by Miriam S. GalletNAS Jacksonville Chief Petty Officers conduct morning colors on April 1 as part of the base CPOs 122nd anniversary celebration of the establishment of the CPO rank. MC1 John ParkerNAVFAC Southeast Public AffairsThe Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Captain Steve Hamer presented six employees with the Department of the Navy’s third highest civilian service award, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, during a ceremony March 31. “Recognizing the outstanding superi or performance of these valuable mem bers of our command was extremely important to me,” said Capt. Steve Hamer, commanding officer NAVFAC Southeast. “Each of these employees has spent countless hours going above and beyond to make NAVFAC shine and I was honored to be a part of this cer emony.” The awardees received their medals, certificates, and citations in a decora tive framed arrangement in front of friends, family and coworkers. The presentations were read by their former supervisor and the author of the awards, NAVFAC Southeast Business Director Jeffrey Killian. Brad Clark, regional energy pro gram manager, was recognized for his exceptional management skills. He was instrumental in Navy Region Southeast’s reduction of energy con sumption and he authored the Region’s Energy Strategic Plan and Energy Management instruction. Danny Villafane, utilities product line coordinator, was commended for executing over $200 million in utilities infrastructure projects and becoming the first graduate of the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program from the NAVFAC Enterprise in 2010. He also successfully completed the Defense Enhanced Financial Management course in 2013. James Ray, facilities and service sup port contracts product line coordinator, was commended for his outstanding leadership. Ray assisted in the formu lation of a first ever NAVFAC ‘transi tion team.’ This team starts well before a contract is awarded to train on-site installation personnel, helps with con tractor phase-in, and assists in the ini tial contract modifications to address changes since initial inventory. The entire concept has been recognized as a ‘best practice’ within NAVFAC and is being emulated at other locations. Carol Welden, base support vehicles and equipment product line coordi nator, was acknowledged for working with a 30 percent reduction in staff and decreasing budget dollars. Her techni cal expertise and leadership was instru mental in an estimated cost savings to the Navy of $4.4 million annually. Teresa Daubendiek, an analyst with the financial management support line, demonstrated extraordinary customer support and personnel leadership over coming a diverse array of unique chal lenges. She had a direct impact to the realignment of more than $2 million in misaligned charges. Kevin Roye, facilities management and services product line coordinator, was recognized for his leadership in the implementation and the successful roll-out of over 15 initiatives in NAVFAC Southeast. Roye was praised for his role as the author and inventor of the Weekly Operational Risk Management (WORM) safety report briefed at the Commanding Officer’s weekly stand-NAVFAC Southeast employees earn civilian service awards Photo by Jeff HamlinNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Captain Steve Hamer presented six employees with the Department of the Navy’s third-highest civilian service award, the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, during a ceremony on March 31. This honorary award is given by a local Navy activity to employees for service or contributions resulting in high-value or ben efit to the Navy. Awardees (pictured from left) Kevin Roye, facilities management and services product line coordinator; Teresa Daubendiek, financial management support line analyst; James Ray, product line coordinator for facilities and service support contracts; Carol Welden, base support vehicles and equipment product line coordinator; Danny Villafane, utilities product line coordinator; and Brad Clark, regional energy program manager. ‘Red Lancers’ begin historic transitionBy Lt. Anthony BeresVP-10 Public Affairs OfficerMarch 2 marked a historic day for the “Red Lancers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 as they began the transition to their sixth aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon. Stationed at NAS Jacksonville, VP-10 started a new chapter in its rich naval aviation history – with their transition to one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft. This signals the first major transition for the squad ron since the Red Lancers received their first P-3A Orion back in 1965. Now, after 50 years of mishap-free service that has seen deployments and detachments all over the world, VP-10 will be saying farewell to the venerable P-3 Orion. The Orion’s versatility is the driving factor behind one of just a handful of U.S. military aircraft to fly more than 50 years in continuous use. The P-8A Poseidon has proven to be a stellar replace ment with its multi-mission sensors and high altitude capabilities. The P-8A also has proven to be a versatile aircraft that will be the new workhorse of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force for decades to come. VP-10 is the fifth operational squadron at NAS Jacksonville to undergo the six-month transition at the P-8A Integrated Training Center. Pilots, naval flight officers, aircrew and maintenance personnel will learn how to fly, operate, fight and fix the new aircraft. Once they receive their P-8A Safe for Flight designation, the Red Lancers will begin their 12-month Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle (IRDC) during which they prepare for their first deployment as a P-8A squad ron.For more photos of VP-10, see Page 7 Photo by Clark Pierce (From left) After completing their AD course work at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jacksonville (CNATTU Jax), AD1 Daniel Masaveg, AD1 Nick Tsicouris and AD2 Mauricio Granato are embedded with maintainers at VP-30 for hands on instruction.See Page 6


2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 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 From StaffApril 9 1861 Second relief convoy for Fort Sumter leaves New York City. 1941 Commissioning of USS North Carolina (BB-55), which carried nine 16-inch guns. 1943 Re-establishment of Commodore rank. 1959 Selection of the first seven Mercury astronauts includes four naval aviators. April 10 1941 USS Niblack (DD-424), used depth charges against a German U-boat while conducting rescue operations for a torpedoed Dutch freighter. This was the first action by an American naval vessel against the Axis Powers. 1963 During diving tests, USS Thresher (SSN-593) was lost with all hands (112 crew and 12 civilians) east of Cape Cod, Mass. 1966 River Patrol Boats of River Patrol Force commenced operations on inland waters of South Vietnam. April 11 1783 Congress declares end of war with Great Britain. 1900 Navy accepts its first subma rine, USS Holland. 1970 Launch of Apollo 13, com manded by Navy Capt. James Lovell Jr. Former naval aviator Fred Haise Jr. was the Lunar Module Pilot. While 200,000 miles from Earth there was an explo sion on board which forced Apollo 13 to circle the moon without landing. Mission duration was 5 days, 22 hours and 54 minutes. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2). 1991 U.N. ceasefire ends Persian Gulf War. April 12 1861 Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter, S.C. 1911 – Lt. Theodore Ellyson qualifies as first naval aviator. 1962 U.S. Navy demonstrates new landing craft with retractable hydro foils, LCVP(H). 1975 Operation Eagle Pull evacua tion from Cambodia. 1981 First launch of re-useable Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) with all-Navy crew. Retired Capt. John Young com manded and Lt. Cmdr. Robert Crippen was the pilot. Mission duration was two days, six hours and 20 minutes. Sixteen of the shuttle’s heat-shielding silicon tiles were lost and 148 damaged during reentry. 1993 Aircraft from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and NATO forces begin enforcing the no-fly zone over Bosnia in Operation Deny Flight. April 13 1847 Naval forces begin five-day bat tle to capture several towns in Mexico. 1861 Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. 1960 Navy navigation satellite, Transit, placed into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Fla. and demonstrates abil ity to launch another satellite. April 14 1898 Commissioning of USS Solace, the first post-Civil War hospital ship. 1969 Over the Sea of Japan, North Korean aircraft shoots down a Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft assigned to VQ-1. 1988 USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) strikes Iranian mine off Qatar. 1989 First Navy ship arrives to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. By Sarah SmileySpecial Contributor I was not a straight-A student in high school. Maybe that’s why I can tell you this story. Society only seems to accept success stories from people who have failed first. Except, I never truly failed. I just didn’t try that hard to succeed. I can’t say I improved much in college. This disap pointed me, too. I finally got serious during my last three semesters, but my average—and sometimes below-average—performance all the years before haunted me. I always knew, I could have done much better. In 2010, I had the opportunity to try again. I didn’t need to go to graduate school, because my profession doesn’t require it, and I had already been writing pro fessionally for more than a decade, but like a runner trying to improve her time, I was compelled to prove something to myself. I entered graduate school at the University of Maine and taught classes to help with tuition. It wasn’t easy because I had three small kids at home, but every time I felt burned out, a familiar vision came to me: those straight-A students in high school going across the graduation stage wearing their special sashes and ropes. I wanted to be them. I thought I should have been them. I knew I could have been them. But I never tried my hardest. I had walked the marathon instead of running it. My goal throughout graduate school was to finish with a 4.0 grade point average. I often worked 12-hour days just to keep the dream alive. All along, I pictured myself at graduation with those important sashes and ropes. And then I did it. I finished with a 4.0. If you are tempted to say I shouldn’t be telling people that, ask yourself why. Why can’t people be proud of something they worked so hard for? I beamed as I went into the campus bookstore to pick up my graduation robe. A student behind the counter rang up my purchase. It was just an ordinary day for her, but for me, this was the finish line. I was about to run through the red ribbon. I was also about 17 years older than the cashier, so it was exceptionally awkward when I said in the hushed voice of someone who is dying to tell a secret, “This is kind of embar rassing, and I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I finished with a 4.0, so I think maybe I get a sash and rope?” The look on the student’s face made me instantly realize that no one her age says, “toot my own horn.” She stared at me for a few moments and then said, “Oh, they don’t do that for graduate students.” In my mind, records screeched to a halt. Time froze. Car tires skidded. Windows shattered. “What?” “I’m sorry,” she said, “but congratulations anyway.” And she handed me my receipt. “But that ’ s the whole reason I did this,” I said. The 20-year-old next in line gently edged past me and said, “Sorry, ma’am.” I wanted the previous three years of my life back. A few years later, I told someone that story and they said, “I bet you were invited to join the honor society. If you had accepted you would have gotten a sash and rope.” In 2012, I was grading student papers up until one hour before graduation. So it’s entirely possible that I did not see said invitation, but it felt like maybe I had left the fair before my number was called in a raffle. Then last month, three years after my graduation, the invitation came again. I would be inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society as an alumna. I took Ford, 14, with me to the ceremony because I thought it would be good for him. Also, the other kids didn’t want to go. When my name was called, the president of the society did not mention my grades or academics as he had done for the undergraduate stu dents. He mentioned everything I have accomplished, including my work as a teacher, since first graduating in 1999. I got my medal, and off I went. Back at my seat, Ford asked me how I felt. “Proud,” I said. “Except, I feel like maybe this wasn’t for my grades.” And Ford said, “It wasn’t. It was for something bet ter. It was for who you are and what you do.” I was stunned—again, by a person much younger than myself. As we were leaving the ceremony, someone offered me a sash and rope even though I will not be at gradu ation in May. “Thank you,” I said, “but I’m all set.” Maybe Ford will wear a sash someday. Maybe he won’t. But that night, as I stood for a photo with my son, I realized that I had modeled for him something even more important: The act of pursuing a dream is sometimes sweeter than the reward itself. Hey, Money Chic! I have two children, ages 4 and 6. They have so much more than I did when I was a child, and some times I don’t think they appreciate what they have. I like being able to give my children nice clothes and toys, but how do I make sure that I am not spoiling them? Money Chic says: Your children are at an age where they naturally want more and more, and self-disci pline and gratitude have not fully developed yet. Your job is to help your kids get there. Providing for your children’s needs and treating them occasionally is not a problem as long as you are instilling in them a sense of appreciation and concern for others. Make sure that you are not buying them things just to put an end to whining or to quell a tantrum. As frustrating as these behaviors can be, giving in to them only perpetuates your children’s sense of entitlement when they put up a fuss. If you treat your children, make sure it is in response to good behavior or for a special occasion. Most importantly, try to actively encourage good manners, an “attitude of gratitude,” and a willingness to pitch in and help others. Always remind your chil dren to say please and thank you. Each day, whether in the form of a prayer or just a conversation at bed time, name the blessings in your lives for which you are thankful. Have conversations with your child about what you did without as a child, or how little some people have in other countries or even in our own, and then do something to help others. Have your child help fill a bag of canned goods to bring to a food pantry, or help your child choose a gift for Toys for Tots. Just drawing a picture to send to a grandparent or give to a neighbor helps children think of others instead of themselves and instills in them the joy of giving. Finally, make sure that you model self-discipline for your children and don’t put too much emphasis on buying stuff. Help them understand that you have to make decisions based on your budget, and don’t make a big deal over material items and brand names. If you would like to become more aware of your spending in the interest of being a better role model for your children, call 904-542-3515 to make an appointment to go over a budget with a caseworker at Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Hey, Money Chic! This Week in Navy History From The HomefrontWhen the pursuit is the reward Hanging from the “trapeze” of USS Macon (ZRS-5) during flight opera tions in 1933, is the Curtiss F9C-2 piloted by Lt. D. Ward Harrigan. Deployed with Macon, they turned the airship into a flying aircraft car rier. The Sparrowhawks, released and recovered in flight, were used for attack, as well as defense of the airship.U.S. Navy photosUSS Macon (ZRS-5) was completed in April 1933 at Akron, Ohio and com missioned at Lakehurst, N. J., where it made several development and training flights. In October, she flew to her new airship hangar at Moffett Field, Calif. With her Curtiss “Sparrowhawk” fight ers, the helium-filled Macon conducted strategic reconnaissance over the vast distances to be expected in a Pacific war. On Feb. 12, 1935, while returning to Moffett Field from an operation over the ocean, Macon encountered a storm near Point Sur – where a wind gust tore off her upper fin, causing damage that soon took her into the sea. All but two of her crew were rescued before the dirigible sank in deep water, effectively ending the Navy's controversial pro gram of rigid airship operations.See THIS WEEK IN NAVAL HISTORY, Page 3


This Week in Navy History (Contd. from Page 2)April 15 1885 Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution. 1912 – Scout cruisers USS Chester (CL-1) and USS Salem (CL-3) sail from Massachusetts to assist RMS Titanic survivors. 1918 First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, Fla. 1961 Launch of first nuclear-pow ered frigate, USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), at Quincy, Mass. 1962 USS Princeton (LPH-5) deliv ers first Marine Corps helicopters to Vietnam. This was first Marine advisory unit to arrive in South Vietnam. 1986 Navy aircraft from USS America (CV-66) and USS Coral Sea (CV-43) attack Libya in conjunction with USAF aircraft after Libya was linked to the terrorist bombing of a West Berlin discotheque that killed one American and injured 78 people. FCPOA ‘Sailor in the Spotlight’By AC1 Jeremy SaundersEach month, the NAS Jacksonville First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) recognizes Sailors’ accom plishments from the month prior. The recognition program is called “Sailor in the Spotlight.” They are nominated and voted by the FCPOA. For the month of March the two Sailors that best repre sented NAS Jacksonville are AC2 Barry from Air Operations and PS3 (SW) Cruz from the Command Judge Advocate Office. AC2 Barry is from Duncan, South Carolina and is a Facility Watch Supervisor, a fully qualified Sailor for ATC. He was selected for his outstand ing volunteer service for the month of March. He has learned to set goals and achieve them. He believes that NAS Jacksonville has given him room to grow as a Sailor. PS3 (SW) Cruz is a Florida native from Orlando. He was selected for his outstanding work as a legal clerk who makes everyone’s job easier in the Command Judge Advocate Office. Cruz enjoys helping people, and when given the opportunity, he would like to con tinue sharing the knowledge he has gained from his time so far in the Navy. Photo courtesy of FCPOA(From left) FCPOA President AC1(AW/ SW) Ayanna Gregg, PS3(SW) Ruben Cruz, AC2 Joseph Barry, and NAS Jacksonville CMDCM(AW/SW) Teri McIntyre. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 3


4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 By Shannon LeonardMWR Marketing DirectorOn a warm overcast morn ing more than 500 service members, retirees, civilians and family members turned out for the 10th Captain Chuck Cornett 10K Run and 5K Walk April 4 at NAS Jacksonville (NAS Jax). Those in attendance also witnessed the unveiling of the air station’s 75th anniversa ry logo designed by Jim Taylor of the NAS Jax Environmental Department. Immediately following morning colors, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker, a 10K race participant himself, wel comed all and said, “It is a great day for a run and to promote Navy Fitness. Also, I would like to thank the Cornett Family for attending. Mrs. Cornett you, your chil dren and grandchildren honor us with your presence here today. Runners, look around you, because two of the Cornett family members are running today and could be standing next to you.” Several of the Cornett fam ily members traveled to Jacksonville take part in this year’s 10th anniversary run, and included Cornett’s wife, Betty, daughters Sandi CornettCherry and Kathy Ray, and their husbands Clif Cherry, and Mike Ray, with grandson, Grey Ray, and his dog, Marly. “My husband would be proud to see this today. It gives me goose bumps being here to represent him and witness this great turnout. He loved to run,” said Betty Cornett. Wanamaker, joined by Taylor unveiled the 75th anniversary logo and went on to highlight the air station’s contribution to naval aviation and to the Navy during the past 75 years. “This year’s run also is sig nificant because we are cele brating the 75th anniversary of Naval Air Station Jacksonville,” said Wanamaker. “Standing next to me is Jim Taylor, the winner of the anniversary logo contest. We had about 10 entries and the judges selected his logo as the best representation of the past, present and future of NAS Jax. Congratulations Jim. “On Oct. 15, NAS Jacksonville will officially turn 75 years old. The base is alive and healthy, showcasing technically advanced aircraft and systems and will continue to do so in the future,” Wanamaker stated. “In the 1940’s the runway had hundreds of propelleddriven aircraft, today we have the P-8 Poseidon and will soon be opening the mission control center for the Triton MQ-4C unmanned aerial vehicle,” he added. The runners then applauded and congratulated Taylor who officially started the race with a shotgun start. A wave of run ners then took off down Child Street. Originally called the Navy Run, the event was renamed after the 2004 death of Cornett, a former NAS Jax executive officer and avid runner. The run-related events kicked-off on April 3 with a Zumba party in the Navy Exchange parking lot. On Saturday, in addition to the 10-kilometer competi tive run and 5-kilometer walk, there were other events going on. The Navy Exchange park ing lot became the hub for all sorts of activities, including a runners shoe and apparel fair, a Fleet & Family Support Center information table on sexual assault prevention and awareness, and an area were runners could get a post-race free massage courtesy of the NAS Jax Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department mas seuse Sally Burton. “This is my first Captain Chuck Cornett run as director of fitness at NAS Jax,” said Ric Pierce, who coordinated the run. “I am very impressed with the turnout. We had record attendance – 505 registered runners. Of course, we couldn’t pull this off without the help of our volunteers and spon sors. It’s a team effort to orga nize this event. We have about 40 volunteers out here help ing out to ensure everything runs smoothly. We also had to modify the parking plan due to the construction of the Navy Exchange and Commissary – but everything went smoothly,” continued Pierce. The first 500 competi tors crossing the finish line Andrea Freeman (right) leads enthusiastic Zumba patrons during the 10th Captain Chuck Cornett Navy Run Zumba Party on April 3 in the NAS Jax Navy Exchange parking lot. After observing morning colors, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker (right) welcomed Navy Run participants and unveiled the official 75th anni versary logo of Naval Air Station Jacksonville alongside logo design contest winner James Taylor. Betty Cornett and Kathy Ray present 9-year-old Chloe Whaley the 1st place medal for winning the 5K, female 13 and under division with an impressive time of 28:15 at the 10th Captain Chuck Cornett Navy Run on April 4 aboard NAS Jacksonville. Race volunteers greet runners after they cross the finish line – handing them their medals and col lecting their timing chips. 10th annual run draws record attendanceSee RUN, Page 5 Photo by James Wesley TaylorJim Taylor, NAS Jax 75th Anniversary logo design win ner, fires the gun that signaled the start of the 10th Captain Chuck Cornett 10K Navy Run.


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 5 Photos by Shannon Leonard And they're off! The 10th Captain Chuck Cornett 10K Navy Run April 4 drew record attendance of more than 500 participants. (From left) Kathy Ray, Betty Cornett, Sandi Cornett-Cherry and Clif Cherry, Grey and Mike Ray along with family pet Marly gather for the start of the race in honor of the late Capt. Chuck Cornett. Runner Brendan Lockard secures his race timer on his shoe prior to the start of the 10K race. Runners gather to look at the impressive lineup of medals and plaques presented to the top finishers at the annual Captain Chuck Cornett Navy Run event at NAS Jacksonville. Andy Shellgren wins 1st place overall with an impres sive time of 34:21. An avid running event participant, John Metzgar fin ishes in 2nd place overall with a time of 34:58. Leslie Manohar is all smiles as she races across the finish line at 40:56 to win 1st place overall in the female division. Belissa Del Valle finishes strong at 42:18 to place her 2nd overall in the female division. received a commemorative medal recognizing the 10th Annual Navy Run and the 75th Anniversary of NAS Jax. The first runner to cross the 5K finish line was Michelle Bader with a time of 24:18, followed by Janet Rhelos coming in at 25:40 and Devanae Bradley at 25:52. The overall winner and first male to cross the 10K finish line was Andy Shellgren at 34:21, followed by John Metzgar at 34:58 and Jesse Patterson at 37:42. The first woman to cross the 10K line was Leslie Manohar at 40:56. Belissa Del Valle placed second in women overall at 42:18 and Barbara Gowdy grabbed third at 44:04. Following the awards presenta tion, runners stayed around hop ing to win a prize provided by race sponsors. Prizes included, $150 ASICS shoe gift certificates, Jacksonville Suns admission tickets and merchandise, Armada FC game vouchers, Jacksonville Sharks tick ets and much more. “We really appreciate our Navy Run sponsors including the Navy Exchange, ASICS, VyStar Credit Union, Jacksonville Suns Baseball Club, Armada FC, Jacksonville Sharks, Holiday Inn & Suites Orange Park and USAA.. “This is my first year participat ing in this race and I had a great run. It was very well organized and I especially enjoyed the live music,” said BMSN Malcom Green from USS Taylor at Naval Station Mayport. RUNFrom Page 4


up meeting, an initiative adopted by most Facility Engineering Commands today. The Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award is an honorary award given by a local Navy activity to civilian employees for service or contributions resulting in high-value or benefit to the Navy. The award consists of a certif icate and citation signed by the activity head, a medal, and lapel emblem. NAVFAC AWARDSFrom Page 1 Be aware, road construction aheadFrom NAS Jax Public Works DepartmentThe NAS Jax Public Works Department will be exe cuting three roadway 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 intersec tion 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 intersec tions, 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 roadway 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 intersec tion of Ranger St. to Mustin Rd. This work includes new asphalt, curb/gutter, 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 inter sections, curb/gutter, sidewalks and include entranc es 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 construction, 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 per sonnel, the final product will be greatly appreciated by all.” Map courtesy of NAS Jax Public Works Department By Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public AffairsThe American Red Cross at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville is currently recruiting for this summer’s Junior Red Cross volunteers. This offers an excellent opportunity for students interested in health care careers to volunteer alongside highly-skilled Navy Medicine profes sionals—physicians, nurses, therapists and technicians—as well as contribute to a positive experience for patients at the hospital. The program is open to a limited number of high school students age 15 to 17 who have base access. Volunteers work four to 20 hours per week in locations throughout the hospital. Apply online by May 30, at At the website, click “youth volunteer application.” Fill out the application, select Northeast Florida Chapter (North Florida Region) and create a Volunteer Connection account. After submit ting the application, complete the online orientation and print and sign the parental consent, media release and confidential informa tion and intellectual property agreement (CIIPA) forms. All applicants are required to attend a kick-off event (which includes an inter view) on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon in the hospital’s 2nd floor conference room in the central tower (next to the chapel). Applicants must bring signed parental consent, media release and CIIPA forms. For more about this volunteer opportunity, call NH Jacksonville’s Junior Red Cross volunteer coordinators Terry Miles or Anne Owen at 904-542-7525/8770.Experience Navy Medicine first-hand as a Junior Red Cross volunteerApply by May 30 6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015


More photos from VP-10From Page 1 Hornet fuel system partsFleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Quality Assurance Specialists Kevin Ingwersen, left, and Kevin Moore inventory and organize fuel cell parts in the F/A-18 Hangar on April 1. The parts are removed during the F/A-18 Hornet overhaul process and stored in kits so artisans have access to them when aircraft are reassembled. Ingwersen and Moore came up with a new concept to save manpower by better organizing the parts as part of FRCSE's Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training. Green Belt training encourages employees to identify inefficient processes and find suitable solutions to save costs and time in real work center challenges.Photo by Kaylee LaRocque AD1 Daniel Masaveg checks the P-8A engine nacelle – the aerodynamic structure that surrounds a jet engine.Photos by Clark Pierce Boeing Instructor Ed Gambill intro duces VP-10 avia tion electronics technicians to the avionics sys tems of the P-8A Poseidon. AD2 Mauricio Granato unlatch es an engine panel on a P-8A Poseidon that is part of the air craft's pre-flight inspection. VP-10 pilots Lt. j.g. Brendan McGoey and Lt. Andrew Knott study their integrated courseware les son on propulsion systems in an electronic classroom aboard the P-8A Integraated Training Center (ITC) on March 30. Each lesson may range from 15 minutes to two hours, plus, a test. The goal of every every P-8A student pilot is to successfully complete their class room instruction and graduate to the Operational Flight Trainer (OFT). With his pointer at the ready, Boeing Instructor Eric Johnson introduces VP-10 aviation electrician mates to the P-8A Poseidon at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Jax. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 7


By Amaani LyleDoD News, Defense Media ActivityTo highlight the year-round contributions, courage and patriotism of the military community’s youngest mem bers, the Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child, a Pentagon official told DoD News. Established by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the month recognizes some 1.9 million U.S. military children ranging in age from infants to 18 years old who have one or both parents serv ing in the armed forces, said Barbara Thompson, the direc tor of DoD’s Office of Family Readiness Policy. “We want to highlight their sacrifices [and] support of the military member in their fami lies, so it behooves us to take time from the busy calendar of our events and recognize mili tary children,” she said. Permanent-change-ofstation moves, deployments and training activities, among other facets of military life, can present unique challenges to children who must constantly adjust to distance, unfamiliar ity and uncertain schedules, Thompson explained. “That can be a real sacrifice, because each parent is a very important part of that child’s makeup,” she said. “So we want to make sure that when they move or change schools, all of those transition times are sup ported with resources, pro grams and services.” DoD offers a variety of pro grams to help military children overcome these challenges, Thompson said.Available Programs Offer AssistanceFor example, the Child Development Program offers childcare up to age 12. Similarly, youth development programs offer older children opportunities for recreation, and character, social and emo tional development. Thompson reported that par ents, too, have resources to help best guide and nurture their children of all ages. The New Parents Support Program helps parents dur ing pregnancy and childbirth, and children up to 3 years of age, to reach their full poten tial through home visitations and parent support groups, she said. Military OneSource is anoth er resource available 24/7, 365 days a year, to support parents to learn more about parenting skills, as well as to find sup port for themselves, Thompson added. It also offers telephon ic, face-to-face, online and video nonmedical and finan cial counseling, which she described as “strengthening pillars” for military households separated from extended fam ily or settling into a new envi ronment. “On the installations, we have military family support centers,” she said, “where a multitude of services for transi tions and life skills are offered to make sure our families can be resilient and strengthen them in their efforts to be the parents they want to be.” Family support has evolved over the last 40 years to become the family readiness system, which is a collaborative net work of agencies, programs, services and professionals who promote the readiness and quality of life of military fami lies both on installations and in the community, Thompson said. “There is no ‘wrong’ door,” she said. “So regardless of where you’re seeking support, whether it’s with your pedia trician or with your chaplain, he or she will also know the resources to support you in your efforts to navigate the mil itary life course.”A Visual TributeAcross the services, Thompson said, parades, fairs, art and poetry contests will abound as installations develop engaging and amusing activi ties to solidify the bonds among families and communities. “We want to make sure that children’s voices are heard dur ing the Month of the Military Child,” she said. “It’s a fun time to be with their families [and] to take part in the vari ous activities that the services developed to recognize mili tary children.” Community outreach initia tives include partnerships with the Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s 4-H youth group to promote “Purple Up!” On April 15, Thompson said. Students, school sports team members, teachers and com munity leaders will wear pur ple as a visual tribute to mili tary children. “It is hard to be a military child, and they’re doing it super well,” Thompson said. From StaffAccording to NAS Jax Child Development Center (CDC) Director Mary Grenier, military children face many challenges that are unique to their situation, such as having a parent deployed for extended periods of time and moving frequently. “Deployments and family separations can be stressful times for children. “It is our pleasure to be part of the Navy Child and Youth Programs around the world that will be celebrating military children through events and special programs this entire month,” said Grenier.”The entire NAS Jax CDC staff works together to recognize military children for their contributions and the daily sacrifices that they make while serving alongside their military par ents.” “Here at NAS Jax we are all proud to be able to set aside one month a year to applaud our children and youth for their service. Also, we acknowledge our CDC staff and the whole MWR team who continue to provide quality pro grams – including recreational and edu cational opportunities that strengthen our military children and provide for their future,” Grenier added.April 9VPK Field Trip to NAS Jax Commissary 9 a.m.April 11Annual Month of the Military Child Family Carnival 11 a.m.-2 p.m.April 13Art ExhibitDisplay your masterpieces in the hallwayApril 14Delicious Dip Daysoft baked pretzels with 3 types of dipsApril 16Parent Involvement Day. Sign up to read a story, Show-N-Tell, play a musical instrument, play an outdoor gameApril 17Farm Animal Dayspecial visit from “Cookie” the guinea pigApril 20Spring Fling Dance 9 a.m. Music over intercom system, everybody dance!April 21Parent involvement board meeting 9 a.m.April 22Earth Day classroom garden plantingApril 23Bikes, balls, bubbles & bouncy houses!April 24Annual Ice Cream Social Teen Operation MegaphoneYouth Center starts 6:30p.m. CDH Annual Picnic 11 a.m.April 25Teen Operation Megaphone ends 7 a.m. at Youth CenterApril 28Art easels outside, sidewalk chalk Month of the Military Child recognizes young family members Marching for child abuse preventionNAS Jax Child Developement Center military children preprare for the annual Prevention of Child Abuse Walk aboard the base on April 1 as (from left) LaWanza Taylor, Fleet and Family child counselor; Myrna Wilson, director of Fleet and Family Support Center; NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker; Jacqueline Viola, Fleet and Family child counselor; and Mary Grenier, director of the Child Development Center, display the event banner.Photo by AN Otisa Williams Fight Deadly Childhood Diseases.800-822-6344 stjude.orgA CFC participant – provided as a public service. NAS Jax CDC serves young families Child Abuse Prevention Calendar 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015


More photos from CPO BirthdayFrom Page 1 Photos by Miriam S. GalletNAS Jacksonville Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Teri McIntyre (front row, fifth from left) and base Chief Petty Officers gathered together on April 1 for a group photo as part of the 122nd anniversary of the establishment of the CPO's rank. NAS Jacksonville Chief Petty Officers celebrated the 122nd anniversary of the establishment of the CPO's rank in style with a cake created by CS1(SW/SCW) Mario Urbina and CS2(SW) Anthony Roquealliers of the NAS Jax Flight Line Cafe. After admiring the cake, NAS Jax Command Master Chief CMDCM(AW/SW) Teri McIntyre said, "These two CSs went above and beyond to represent the birthday, the mess and the anchor, and I applaud their creativity and effort." Navy Region Southeast Command Master Chief CMDCM(SS/AW) Michael Jackson and HSM-72 ADC(AW) Chris Eastman cut the birthday cake on April 1 during a ceremony held at the NAS Jax CPO Mess in Dewey's. Jackson was the most senior chief with a rank date of September 1994 and Eastman was the most junior chief with a rank date of September 2014.Photo by AN Otisa WilliamsVP-62 CMDCM Michael T. Heisler and AVCM George Lean of VP-62 grill the chicken and hand it over to CS1(SW/SCW) Mario Urbina at the Flight Line Cafe galley to serve Sailors in honor of the CPO 122nd birthday on April 1.Photo by AN Otisa WilliamsFrom left FCC Josh Gaudin, AWVC J.J. Everett, AWSC Shawn Gray, ATC Jason Hersperger, ADC Rey Avundez, and ATC Mary Wilson proudly serve lunch to PO1 Joshua Saras at the NAS Jax Flight Line Cafe in honor of the CPO 122nd birthday on April 1. Navy Band Southeast performed a medley of patriotic songs during morning colors on April 1 aboard NAS Jacksonville as part of the CPO 122nd birthday cel ebration. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 9


Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Industrial Manufacturing Director Major Nimock (left) explains how artisans use new technologies to fabricate aeronautical components no longer available from the Naval Supply System or commercial vendors to Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Joseph Rodriguez (center) and Executive Officer Capt. Keith Nixon during their visit to the military depot on April 1. By MC2(SW/AW/EXW) Stacy Laseter Navy Region Southeast Public AffairsMembers of Leadership Jacksonville were aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Apr. 2 to gather informa tion about the air station’s role in the local community. Leadership Jacksonville develops youth and adult leaders to assume greater responsibility as community trustees who improve the quality of life for self, family and community, according to its website. NAS Jacksonville Operations Officer Cmdr. Mark McManus discussed the air station’s energy program, airfield upgrade, and other ongoing construc tion projects with the group, as well as community outreach efforts. Commander, Navy Region Southeast’s Comptroller Wade Rice gave a presentation about the role of the region. “We are a very influential base for the Navy,” McManus said. “We are very popular. Mayor Brown said he wants us to be the most military friendly city in America, and I think we are. We have a good relation ship. The military has a long historic partnership with Jacksonville, and Jacksonville grew up a military town. ” Leadership Jacksonville was formed in 1976 as a way to inspire the devel opment of leadership in the commu nity. “One of the biggest reasons today is important is that the Navy is such a significant part of our local econo my,” Leadership Jacksonville Program Coordinator Barbara Moulding said. “What’s gratifying to know is that the Navy is getting out in front of sus tainability efforts. So we were excited that, in alignment with our goals for the program, we could look at a key driver of the economy who is also tak ing steps to be more responsible about how we impact our planet.” By ET1 Todd DinwiddieSERCC Leading Petty OfficerThe Southeast Regional Calibration Center (SERCC) held its annual Women’s History Month program on March 28. Guest speakers were Green Cove Springs Mayor, the Honorable Felicia Hampshire, and Erica Bennett, an Action News Jax anchor and reporter. These two accomplished ladies spoke on the theme of “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”Both women gave a detailed life story of how they have effectively changed the lives of others by taking steps to change the public per ception of women as leaders. The obstacles and accomplish ments along each woman’s journey were shared – and a Q&A session was held after. Bennett, recalled her upbringing in Dallas, Texas and how she had always been outspoken. When she was deciding on which college to attend and what major to pur sue, she chose the top-ranked journalism program at the University of Missouri. As she recounted her college experiences, Bennett disclosed that she was sometimes the first black person some of the other students had ever seen and was often looked upon under negative racial stereo types. After being told by her pro fessors that the media influ ences the way people see oth ers, Erica decided to gain con trol over the process. Upon graduating with her journal ism degree, she moved to Jacksonville as a news anchor and reporter, under her moth er’s guidance. Her ultimate goal was to bring a voice to the “under dog” and to change the way the world viewed people in soci ety. Bennett’s most influen tial news story to date is MAD DADS linking up with the Merchant Marines to offer job training skills to at-risk youths. Mayor Hampshire told the story of her lifelong residency in Green Cove Springs. Coming from a large family and being the oldest sister, she has always felt compelled to take com mand and improve any situa tion she encountered. She said that in her child hood, the most likely path she would be able to go down, as a black woman, was the life of a maid. For generations, the females in her family had been maids and so she did, too, at first. When her daughters were negatively affected by street gangs,. Hampshire knew a change needed to be made. She stated that “politics wasn’t what she wanted to do – it was what she had to do.” She was determined to “make a change for the better.” She had to take care of her children and her community. The mayor stated that she was unfamiliar with several issues related to the politics of mak ing a change, but she had the heart for it. Later, she came to discov er that everyone on the city governing board had their strengths and collectively they did have all of the informa tion they needed to improve the lives of Green Cove Springs citizens. The mayor gave advice as to how to govern a city, “You have to be genuine with the city resi dents and have the best interest of the city at heart. You have to make tough decisions and bal ance the needs and wants of all of the residents.” Hampshire does not see her position as a stepping stone. Her recent challenge was reopening a community center in the urban core of her city, and even though some resi dents felt funding for the proj ect could be used better else where – she persevered. Women’s History Month: Stories of women’s livesPhoto courtesy of SECCGuest speakers at the Southeast Regional Calibration Center (SERCC) Women's History Month observance were (left) Green Cove Springs Mayor Felicia Hampshire, and Erica Bennett, an Action News Jax anchor and reporter.Photo by MC2 Stacy Lasiter NAS Jacksonville Operations Officer Cmdr. Mark McManus speaks to mem bers of Leadership Jacksonville during a presentation on April 2. Leadership Jacksonville is intended to advance youth and adult leaders in the area to accept accountability as community representatives who improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their community. ‘Leadership Jacksonville’ visits air station Photos by Kaylee LaRocqueFRCSE hosts FRC Mid-Atlantic leadersFleet Readiness Center Southeast Aircraft Mechanic Mark McCray explains how he inventories F/A-18 Hornet fuel system parts in storage kits during the overhaul process to Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Joseph Rodriguez who visited the military depot on April 1. Rodriguez toured the F/A-18 line to gain insight into critical chain project management (CCPM) strategies and discuss production processes used to extend the service life of the legacy aircraft. 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015


Command receives Gold Star Recognition for tobacco-free policies and practicesBy Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville was awarded the first Ambassadors for Health Gold Star recognition for achieving the highest national standards for a tobacco-free workplace during a ceremo ny March 31 with Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson and Prevention Partners. “Ensuring the health of our nation’s heroes—past and pres ent—and their families is not just an honor, it is our respon sibility. This care does not stop at the battlefield, it continues in facilities like Naval Hospital Jacksonville where disease pre vention and wellness must be prioritized to ensure our fight ing force is healthy and able to support operational contingen cies,” Dr. Woodson said. “Through programs like the Healthy Base Initiative and Ambassadors for Health, and through the long term strategy Operation Live Well, we sup port healthy lifestyles for not only our warfighters and their families, but the staff who care for them. As an Ambassador for Health Gold Star site, Naval Hospital Jacksonville is doing its part to support our national health strategy by setting the standard for workplace health.” The recognition under scores NH Jacksonville’s ongo ing commitment to encourage healthy lifestyles and choic es for its more than 70,000 enrolled patients and 2,300 staff throughout Florida and Georgia. NH Jacksonville’s par ticipation in Ambassadors for Health highlights the desire to create a healthier workplace and serve as wellness model for the rest of the Department of Defense (DOD) community. In addition to building a culture of health, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity for hospital staff, a key topic area for improvement in the initia tive is the area of tobacco-free policies and cessation systems for U.S. military hospital staff and patients. Tobacco utiliza tion in the military adds over $1.6 billion annually to the DOD’s budget—in health care costs and lost workdays. The Healthy Base Initiative (HBI) and Ambassadors for Health are some of the ways the DOD is helping address these costs—by focusing on encouraging good nutrition, active lifestyles and tobacco-free living. According to World Health Organization, tobacco kills up to half of its users—nearly 6 million people each year. More than five million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while more than 600,000 are the result of nonsmokers being exposed via sec ond-hand smoke. Smokers make eight to 11 quit attempts before success fully quitting, and most who try to quit unaided, or with out the use of medication and cessation counseling, fail. NH Jacksonville is provid ing the most evidence-based resources and support to its patients and employees to help them quit. Run by its Wellness Center (hospital) and Health Promotions (branch health clinics), the comprehensive program focuses on the nature of nicotine addiction and strat egies for behavior modification and stress management. “We congratulate Naval Hospital Jacksonville on its comprehensive tobacco-free efforts, which have been second to none,” said Annie Thornhill, Strategic Alliances Director at Prevention Partners—a non profit organization focused on building healthier places to change lives and partner with the Department of Defense in leading the Ambassadors for Health initiative. “The Ambassadors for Health Gold Star is proof that they are an elite military hospital doing the right things to help employees live tobacco-free lifestyles.” NH Jacksonville became the first Ambassadors for Health hospital to receive the Gold Star recognition, by scoring an “A” on its latest tobacco-free evalu ation—one of four evaluations conducted every six months to assess the culture of wellness, physical activity, nutrition, and the tobacco environment. NH Jacksonville is on its way to cre ating an environment where employee at its six facilities are supported in eating well, being physically fit and being tobacco free. “We are truly honored by this recognition as it signals we are providing the highest national standard for tobaccofree practices and policies,” said Capt. John Le Favour, NH Jacksonville commanding offi cer. “We continue to push for ward in our efforts to improve the health care environment and culture of wellness for our patients, their families and our staff.” The HBI—a demonstration program to inform DOD’s long term strategy, Operation Live Well—was launched in 2013, at 14 sites, to promote a healthy and fit force, which is essential to national security. It increas es awareness of the devastating impact of tobacco use, seden tary lifestyles, and poor nutri tional choices. Ambassadors for Health, one of many pilot programs within HBI, started in 2014 to specifically focus on encour aging healthy lifestyles for the health care providers and mili tary treatment facility staff who care for service members and their families, and serve as a wellness model for the rest of the DOD community. Other Ambassadors for Health facili ties include hospitals and health care centers at Fort Belvoir, Va., Fort Meade, Md., Submarine Base Groton, Conn., Fort Bragg, N.C., and Yokota Airbase, Japan. From the over-arching Operation Live Well, to medi cal treatment facility programs like Ambassadors for Health, making healthy living the easy choice for service members and their families is the ultimate goal. NH Jacksonville is in the process of implementing addi tional campus improvements for its patients and staff, to include: a weekly farmers mar ket, walking paths and healthi er dining choices. NH Jacksonville’s prior ity since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nation’s heroes and their families. The com mand 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 sail ors, soldiers, 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. From Naval Hospital JacksonvilleAccording to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women—regard less of race or ethnicity. It estimates that about 231,840 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2015. Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville’s breast can cer 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 com manding officer. Le Favour will address the current state of NH Jacksonville and its plans going forward. All are welcome. For more information on Ribbons & Roses group, call NH Jacksonville Breast Care Coordinator Nikki LevinsonLustgarten at (904) 542-7857. Don’t ask for a light at Naval Hospital JacksonvilleAssistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson, MD, addresses almost 100 staff and visi tors from Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville. Woodson joined members of Prevention Partners on March 31 in rec ognizing NH Jacksonville for achieving the highest nation al standards for tobacco-free policies and practices for its approximately 2,300 staff and 70,000 enrolled patients. Photos by Yan Kennon(From left) Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. John Le Favour, Ph.D.; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson, M.D.; Prevention Partners Strategic Alliances Director Annie Thornhill, M.P.H.; and NH Jacksonville Ambassadors for Health Champion Capt. Joseph McQuade, M.D., celebrate NH Jacksonville’s Ambassadors for Health Gold Star recognition on March 31 for achieving the highest national standards for a tobacco-free workplace. Check out Ribbons & Roses for breast cancer supportPhoto by Jacob SippelNaval Hospital Jacksonville Breast Care Coordinator Nikki LevinsonLustgarten (right) educates patient Elizabeth Jackson on how to iden tify early signs of breast cancer dur ing a routine checkup. Photo by Shannon LeonardExecutive tourNAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker discusses the recent fitness center renovations with MWR Athletic Director Richard Pierce during a facility tour on April 2. The renovations included a new Mono rubber floor installed throughout the fitness center and the refur bishing of the floor in the group exercise room. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 11


12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 Managing your electronic medical records – MID makes it happenBy Jacob Sippel, NH JacksonvilleNaval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville’s Management Information Department (MID) maintains electronic health records systems that connect patients and pro viders globally. MID manages more than 200 network devices, 190 servers and 2,400 workstations—physical and virtual. It’s responsible for maintaining critical health care software programs. This includes Composite Health Care System (CHCS)—the military’s medical informatics sys tem; Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA)—the military’s electronic health record system; and Healthcare Artifact and Image Management Solution (HAIMS)—which enables DoD and Veterans Affairs medical treatment facilities to view scanned patient information and images. MID provides a diverse array of information tech nology services to NH Jacksonville (its hospital and five branch health clinics), Aviation Survival Training Center, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s Jacksonville Detachment, Navy Entomology Center of Excellence, Navy Drug Laboratory, and Veteran Affairs clinical services aboard NAS Jacksonville and NS Mayport. MID’s technical support specialists processed 32,615 service requests in the past 12 months for more than 3,000 users. 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. There are 70,000 active and retired sail ors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their families enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more, visit the command website at Photos by Jacob Sippel Stephanie Riley, NH Jacksonville’s website developer, works on the command’s new mobile apps, which enable patients to access hospital and branch health clinic ser vices while on the go. Download the free apps from Google Play (for android phones) or Apple’s App Store (for iPhones). Bao Le, an NH Jacksonville network engineer, traces a patch panel connection to diagnose a network dis crepancy. Jessica Shirah, a MID customer service representa tive, assists Army Sgt. Jesus Gutierrez, of Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s Veterinary Treatment Facility, with a request for electronic dental sensors. NH Jacksonville's IT2 Jerome Weston and Network Specialist Ron Foreman use a network drop tester to analyze connectivity signal strength. Yvonne Cole, MID supply technician, verifies and documents staff training on the command’s online training portal. Jeff Wilson, NH Jacksonville’s senior configuration manager, uses a remote desktop program to fix a command intranet issue. Ken Dorenkott, a MID computer technician, replaces a video card power supply during a maintenance ser vice call at the hospital on March 20. John Andrews III, a MID computer technician, returns from a successful computer repair at the Naval Hospital. Michael Cofield, NH Jacksonville call center techni cian, walks a customer through trouble shooting steps to fix a computer issue. Mike Wood, an NH Jacksonville configuration man agement engineer, reimages a corrupt computer, returning it to a functional state.


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-topping Character Breakfast with Elsa, Anna and more! May 9, 9 – 11 a.m. at Dewey’s $10 per person Tickets are on sale now at ITTFreedom 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: April 25, 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. Group and private ten nis lessons are now available. Call the base gym for pricing information.I.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318 E-mail them directly at jaxs_nas_mwritt@navy. mil . ITT current ticket pro motions include the fol lowing: Jacksonville Sharks $14 & $22 Funk Fest on May 8, $58 $190 Alhambra Dinner Theater $38 $50.50 The Ritz Theatre & Museum great military pricing! Armed Forces Vacation Club Resort Condo Rentals www.afvclub. com/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-property hotels St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zipline $35.25, park admission $6.75 $13.50 St. Augustine Sight Seeing Train $4.50 $11.50 St. Augustine Old Town Trolley $7.50 $18.50 BOGO 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, Fla. 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 availableITT 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. Suns Baseball Game Trip April 17 at 6 p.m. Kayak Trip Jullington Creek April 18 at 9 a.m. Barracks Bash April 23, 4 – 8 p.m. Free food, entertainment and prizes!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, not applicable on holidays Military Appreciation Days Play 18-holes with cart for $18 Active Duty – April 21 Retirees and DoD – April 9 & 23 Beginners Golf Clinic Begins April 23, every Thursday 6 – 7 p.m., $15 per person Ladies Golf Clinic Begins April 24, every Friday 6 – 7 p.m., $15 per personMulberry 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 Center Call 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! 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 Month of the Military Child Carnival April 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Allegheny Softball Field Inflatables, activities and games! Movie Under the Stars featuring Paddington April 10 at 8 p.m. Patriots Grove ParkFlying ClubCall 777-8549 Learn to fly at NAS Jax Call for introduction flight Additional ratings are available including instrument, complex and commercial Find more info. online at Photos by Kaylee LaRocqueFRCSE wins NAS Jax Captain's CupNAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker (front, right) presents the 2014 NAS Jax Captain's Cup to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Jacksonville Officer in Charge Cmdr. Scott Carter during a short ceremony at Hangar 1000 on March 31 as FRCSE Sailors proudly display the championship banners. FRCSE Sailors competed in 26 out of 33 events – winning the award for the second consecutive year. Their first place wins include: wallyball, soccer, Greybeard basketball, ultimate frisbee, intramural summer basketball, fall bowling, winter golf, and men's winter singles racquetball tournament. Their runnerup accomplishments include: flag football, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, bean bag toss doubles tournament, and men's fall doubles tennis tournament. The Captain's Cup competition is open to all NAS Jax active duty, selective reservists, DoD federal civilians and DoD contractors. Players earn participation points for their command and can earn additional points for finishing first through third place. NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker address es Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Jacksonville Sailors after presenting them with the 2014 NAS Jax Captain's Cup at Hangar 1000. Wanamaker discussed such issues as gate traffic, safety concerns and how the upcoming runway closure will impact base operations. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 13


14 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 By Earl Bittner NAVFAC Southeast Public AffairsThe Naval Facilities Engineering Command Navy Reserve Contingency Engineering Unit (NAVFAC NR CEU) Contingency Engineering Response Team (CERT) con ducted damage assessment team training and certification exercise at NAS Jacksonville, March 22 through April 3. The NAVFAC NR CEU is a reserve unit based out of the Washington Navy Yard. Their mission includes main taining a trained and ready to deploy CERT to provide facili ties engineering support for disaster recovery at military installations and as needed by the Department of Defense. “You have to be prepared for a lot: tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding. We have a global reach,” said Capt. Fred Ray, readiness officer, NAVFAC NR CEU. During the two weeks, the NAVFAC NR CEU CERT trained to perform rapid building assessments of facilities that experienced simulated dam age due to a hurricane. The team evaluated and document ed building structural stabil ity, overall safety for use, and repair needs that NAS leader ship would use to help gain an operational capability picture in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The team worked close ly with and provided direct support to the local NAVFAC Southeast Disaster Prepardness Officer Lt. Cmdr. Ken Vargas. “A key for us is creating awareness of our capabilities to FECs (Facilities Engineering Commands) to ensure we are utilized as a resource as the need arises,” said Cmdr. James Marapoti, officer in charge, NAVFAC NR CEU CERT. “Multiple commands at NAS Jacksonville provided direct support to ensure our train ing was successful, includ ing NAVFAC Southeast, Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Jacksonville and NAS Jacksonville Naval Hospital,” explained Lt. Cmdr. Michael McSweeney, training officer, NAVFAC NR CEU CERT. All in all the exercise was a success and resulted in a CERT unit that is ready to support naval disaster recovery opera tions. Lt. Kevin Darmody of the CERT commented that the most important part of the evo lution was “Teamwork. We’ve formed a solid team.” The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) manages the planning, design, construction, contingency engineering, real estate, envi ronmental, and public works support for U.S. Navy shore facilities around the world. We provide the Navy’s forc es with the operating, expe ditionary, support and train ing bases they need. NAVFAC is a global organization with an annual volume of business in excess of $18 billion. As a major Navy Systems Command and an integral member of the Navy and Marine Corps team, NAVFAC delivers timely and effective facilities engineering solutions worldwide. CPO Ken Reed retiresFrom VP-10 Pubic AffairsA native of Folkston, Ga., LSC (AW/ SW) Ken Reed joined the Navy in July 1990. He went to Basic Training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando Fla. in July 1991. Reed’s history of assignments and duty stations include: “A” School at NTCSS Milllington, Tenn.; plane cap tain at Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS)-11, NAS Jacksonville; Aviation Support Detachment (ASD), NAS Jacksonville; Optar Manager, night shift supervisor, at Patrol Squadron (VP)-5, NAS Jacksonville; Program Management Unit (PMU) Supervisor, Component Control Section (CCS) Leading Petty Officer, at ASD NAS Jacksonville; Leading Petty Officer Main 1 Storeroom, SS-40, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), Norfolk, Va; Leading Chief Petty Officer, Medical Branch Quality Assurance, at Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Florida; Leading Chief Petty Officer, Supply on USS John L. Hall (FFG-42) (decomm) at NS Mayport, Fla.; and Leading Chief Petty Officer, Patrol Squadron (VP)-10), at NAS Jacksonville. Reed is a qualified Enlisted Aviation Warfare and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. He currently has his Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Operations from Florida State Community College at Jacksonville and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management in Logistics with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Chief Reed’s awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (second awards); Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (five awards); Good Conduct Medal (six awards); along with various other awards. Reed and his wife, Danita, have one son, Ken Jr. By Bill BonserNAS Jax MWR SportsFourteen tennis players competed in the 2015 Captain’s Cup Men’s Singles Tennis Tournament on March 30 at the Guy Ballou Tennis Complex. There were a total of 21 matches played during the one-day tournament. Each match was one pro set to 6 games with no ad scoring and a seven-point tie breaker if players were tied at five games. Marshall Knight of NAVFAC defeated his opponents 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1 to domi nate the tournament.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. Open 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. 3-on-3 Sand Volleyball League FormingThe 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 : 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 542-2930/3239 or e-mail . Visit the MWR website at or www.facebook. com nasjaxmwr. 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 calling (904) 5153481. Photos by Jeff Hamlin Lt. Cmdr. David McCoy, Lt. Cmdr. Michael McSweeney, Lt. Cogan Semler, and Lt. Cmdr. Paul Bridges of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Navy Reserve Contingency Engineering Unit (NAVFAC NR CEU), prepare to post their completed struc tural analysis on a building structure affected by a simulated hurricane during a Contingency Engineering Response Team Exercise (CERTEX), aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The team performed training March 2-April 3. Lt. Cogan Semler and Lt. Cmdr. Robert McDonald, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Navy Reserve Contingency Engineering Unit (NAVFAC NR CEU), load equipment into a vehicle prior to their designated team departing for areas on base affected by a simulated storm surge, onboard NAS Jacksonville. The team trained on performing rapid building assessments of facilities that experienced simulated damage due to a hurricane to document structural stability, overall safety for use and potential repair needs. Lt. Cmdr. Michael McSweeney, Lt. Cogan Semler, Lt. Cmdr. David McCoy, and Lt. Cmdr. Paul Bridges, of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Navy Reserve Contingency Engineering Unit (NAVFAC NR CEU), inspect a hangar affected by a simulat ed hurricane during a Contingency Engineering Response Team Exercise (CERTEX), aboard NAS Jacksonville.NAVFAC Navy Reserve Contingency Engineering Unit trains in Jacksonville LSC(AW/SW) Ken Reed Photo courtesy of MWR(From left) Jacob Walls of NAVFAC Southeast (3rd place); Marshall Knight of NAVFAC Southeast (1st place); and Tai Pham of FRCSE (2nd place) were the top finishers in the 2015 Captain's Cup Men's Singles Tennis Tournament on March 30.Captain’s Cup Tennis singles decided


JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 15 Photos by Morgan KehnertEager little egg huntersThe 2015 NAS Jax MWR Egg Hunt at the McCaffrey Softball Complex attracted more than 1,600 participants who hunted for 15,000 eggs, spread out by the base First Class Petty Officers Association. The event was emceed by NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker. Katie Geraghty (left) runs one of the MWR welcome tables and supplies patrons with egg hunt instructions, goody bags, free chil dren's books and complimentary bookmarks before the event at NAS Jax. Taylor Dallas holds his daughter, Nevalynn, as he stands with the Easter Bunny alongside his wife, Dannalynn, at the 2015 MWR Easter Egg Hunt aboard NAS Jacksonville. Aaron Gabbard helps his son, Jason, find Easter eggs in the grass of the softball field. On April 1, at the McCaffrey Softball Complex, Janiya Wilson and Semetrius Jones pose with the Easter Bunny just before the hunt begins. U.S. Naval Officers confer with their Brazilian coun terparts during a bi-lateral engagement March 26 at the Brazilian Naval War College. These meeting led into the Initial Planning Conference for UNITAS 2015 that will be held in Rio De Janeiro.Photos by MC2 Adam Henderson U.S. Navy Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, (right) stands at attention during an awards ceremony honoring Brazilian Rear Adm. Flavio A. V. Rocha for his time spent teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy. The award ceremony was held at the Brazilian Naval War College on April 1, in Rio De Janeiro. U.S. Navy photo USS Gary (FFG 51) (above) and USS Independence (LCS 2) conduct a photo exercise off the coast of Central America. Gary is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Naval officers from 10 countries prepare to sign the memorandum of understanding April 1 for UNITAS, a multinational exercise beginning this November in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, (left) and Brazilian Rear Adm. Renato Melo, director Brazilian Naval War College in Rio De Janeiro, shake hands after a gift exchange on March 30. Brazilian Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rodrigo Lazazo briefs U.S. Navy Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, (front left) and others about the progress that the Brazilian Navy is making towards planning the overall success of UNITAS 2015.Preparing for UNITAS 2015


16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, April 9, 2015 Retiree benefits seminarFrom StaffNAS Jacksonville Retired Activities Office held its 46th Retiree Seminar March 28 March at Dewey’s All Hands Club. The event was hosted by NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker, More than 200 retirees and their spouses, representing all the uni formed services attended. The seminar was organized for “Grey Area” Reservists who are attain ing retired pay status, regular senior retirees, and surviving spouses. Conducted in a “county fair” style, attend ees decided which parts of the event to attend. There were continuous presen tations throughout the day with exhibi tor tables, and knowledgeable represen tatives answering retirees’ questions. After the commanding officer’s welcom ing remarks, presentations included the recently reported Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission by Pat Ivory, the president of the Mayport Chapter of MOAA. An address by the Navy Retired Activities Program Deputy Director was followed by presentations on the Survivor Benefit Plan, VA issues, Social Security benefits, Tricare and Tricare-for-Life health care updates, the Military Treatment Facility (Hospital) services availabil ity, and Long Term Care Insurance. Participants’ comments showed the Seminar as a thorough success, with a number of retirees asking to be included in the next seminar. USNS Comfort deploys in support of Continuing PromiseFrom U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public AffairsThe Military Sealift Command hos pital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is set to deploy from Norfolk, Va. to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15) from April through October 2015. During CP-15’s mission, USNS Comfort will visit Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Panama. “Just as in previous years’ missions, the goal is to increase unity, secu rity and stability by fostering strong partnerships and working as a team to improve the lives of thousands of men, women and children from these countries,” said Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. “Continuing Promise focuses on real people with real needs. Working alongside local government officials and medical professionals from each of the host nations as well as volunteers from non-governmental agencies, our teams will work to meet the day-to-day needs of communities and prepare to respond together in disaster relief.” CP-15 is a U.S. Southern Commandsponsored, and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO)/ U.S. 4th Fleet conducted deployment, focused on civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assis tance, subject matter expert exchang es, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support, and disaster response to partner nations. USNS Comfort, a Military Sealift Command operated ship, will carry more than 1,000 U.S. Navy, partner nation and non-governmental agen cy (NGO) personnel to each country. This year’s mission includes more than 50 NGOs, a marked increase in global participation compared to previous years’ missions. CP-15 participants will work along side local government officials and medical professionals from the host nation to meet the day-to-day needs of communities and assist in natural disaster responsiveness. USNS Comfort’s shipboard hospital, the Military Treatment Facility (MTF), is configured with specialized medical equipment and staffed by a multi-spe cialty medical team of uniformed and civilian health care providers to offer a range of services ashore as well as on board the ship. During CP-15, an estimated 104,000 patients will be seen; more than 400 subject matter expert exchanges will take place, covering medical, veteri nary, engineering and environmental health topics; and more than 20 engi neering and building site projects will be completed. Hundreds of surgeries will be performed by teams of special ized medical personnel from the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and various NGOs. From NSWC IHEODTD Public AffairsThe Navy’s Tactical Tomahawk mis sile, underwent a successful produc tion acceptance test, March 19, using Functional Ground Test (FGT) capa bility at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division’s (NSWC IHEODTD) Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md. The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile managed by Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W)) is an all-weath er, long-range, sub-sonic cruise mis sile used for land attack warfare, and is launched from U. S. Navy surface ships and submarines. “This latest FGT which is the 84th we’ve conducted in the past 25 years was in support of the RGM-109E Block IV, Vertical Launch System (VLS) fullrate production lot acceptance,” said NSWC IHEODTD’s Michael Spriggs, senior engineer and FGT test conductor. “For the test, we used a single, rep resentative missile from the full-rate production line to demonstrate the capability of this lot to perform mission requirements. The data we collected from the test will be used to verify the manufacturing processes and quality of missiles produced.” During the test, the missile is exer cised at the system level as it would be in an operational flight through the det onation command, except that the mis sile is restrained in a specially designed test stand and is equipped with an inert warhead. “After ‘launch,’ real-time, six-degreeof-freedom accredited mission simu lation software provides inputs to the missile’s guidance system to mimic flight, targeting and detonation. The missile ‘flew’ for about an hour and 45 minutes before it successfully acquired the target,” said NSWC IHEODTD FGT software lead Mike Gardner. Because the missile remains intact, special instrumentation can be applied and thorough post-flight inspections can be conducted. “Preliminary assessment indicates this missile performed as expected and all test objectives were achieved,” said Spriggs. According to Spriggs, the FGT pro gram at NSWC IHEODTD began in 1990 as a basic test capability to support NAVAIR’s Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280), and has evolved along with the missile to sup port all variants. In addition to accep tance testing, FGTs are conducted to verify new missiles; assess service life of aged missiles; monitor stockpiled mis siles; or observe newly engineered com ponents. “We anticipate conducting the next FGT later this fiscal year to sample a Capsule Launching System variant,” said NSWC IHEODTD’s Phillip Vaughn, FGT Program Manager. NSWC IHEODTD is a field activ ity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and is part of the Department of the Navy’s science and engineering enter prise. The Division is the leader in energetics, energetic materials, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) knowledge, tools, equipment. The Division focuses on the research, devel opment, test, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal of energetics and energetic systems as well as works to provide Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen worldwide with the information and technological solutions they need to detect/locate, access, identify, ren der safe, recover/exploit, and dispose of both conventional and unconventional explosive threats. 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, . Marine Corps League Det. 059 meets the Five Star Veterans Center at 40 Acme St. in Arlington. For information visit https:// or call Dwayne Enos (904) 693-0280. Fleet Reserve Branch 91 meets at 7 p.m. the 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. N.E. Florida Chapter 18, membership is open military services. Call Johnnie Walsh at (904) 282-4650 for MOAA membership info. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 269-2945 or Email: davchapter38@comcast. net. (RAO) at NAS Jax Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) needs volunteers to assist military retirees and dependents. Work four hours a day, one day per week. Call 542-5790 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to volunteer. a breast cancer support group at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 542-7857 for more info. 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 Employees, Clay County Chapter1414, 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 772-8622. VFW Post 5968 meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 187 Arora Blvd., Orange Park. Call 276-5968. Community Calendar Navy Warfare Center Division conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missileU.S. Navy photo NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division team preps a Tomahawk missile for a functional ground test (FGT) at the Division's Large Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md. The event marks the 84th FGT the Division has conducted since the program began 25 years ago. Photo by MCSA Jesse HyattThe Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrives pierside at Naval Station Norfolk in 2013. Comfort is now scheduled to participate in Continuing Promise 2015 with the 4th Fleet. Photo by MCSN Deven Leigh EllisSailors and Soldiers wait in line for chow aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in support of Continuing Promise 2015.Photo by MC3 Andrew SchneiderHM3 Arwin Mejia, a blood bank lab technician, performs a blood plate let aphaeresis aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).


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