Title: Mirror (Mayport, FL)
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Place of Publication: Jacksonville, FL
Publication Date: April 23, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Welcome Home USS The Sullivans, Pages 4-5


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CHINFO Award Winner

EOQ Lunch

On April 28
Naval Station Employee of
the Quarter for 1st Quarter
will be held on April 28 at
Ocean Breeze at 11:30 a.m.
The selectee, nominees
and Department Heads/
Supervisors should attend.
All Naval Station employees
are encouraged to attend to
support those nominated.
Please RSVP for the lun-
cheon by 4 p.m. on April 24
to Sandra Barrett at 270-
5228 or email sandra.bar-
rettl @navy.mil. Lunch is $7
at the door. The following
employees were nominated
Kenneth Swetman,
Thomas Wheeler, Air Ops
Lynn Cueva, MWR
Mark Anderson, IT Dept
Tommy Alford, Safety
Stevan Ames, Fire/

Tea Party For

Pregnant Moms
In honor of April's Child
Abuse Prevention Awareness
Month, the Fleet and Family
Support Center (FFSC)
will sponsor several events
throughout the month geared
towards parents and chil-
Make sure to sign up
quickly by calling 270-6600
ext. 1701 to register. On April
3, from 9a.m.-2p.m. the New
Parent Support Program will
be at the NEX with informa-
tion and resources for fami-
lies in honor of April's Child
Abuse Prevention Awareness
The New Parent Support
Program at FFSC is spon-
soring an English Tea for
Expectant Moms. The tea
will be held at the Chapel on
April 29 from 1-3p.m. Space
is limited and childcare will

not be provided.
is required.


Mayport Holds

Case Lot Sale
How do you improve on a
good thing? Offer more of the
same. That's exactly what
the Defense Commissary
Agency is doing in May with
its first worldwide case lot
sale of 2009.
This year's May case lot
event is shaping up to be the
biggest spring sale yet, offer-
ing about 100 more products
than last year's 260. Naval
Station Mayport will hold its
case lot sale on May 2 from
9 a.m.-7 p.m. and May 3
from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information,
check out the DeCA Web
page at http//www commis-
saries.com/case lot sale.
cfm. Also, because indi-
vidual commissaries have a
measure of flexibility in the
products offered at case lot
events, it's prudent for cus-
tomers who live near mul-
tiple commissaries to use the
DeCA Web site to frequent
all sales in their area.


-Photo by MCI Holly Boynton
Rear Adm. Joseph Kernan, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth Fleet, and the Commanding Officers of the partner nation ships partici-
pating in UNITAS Gold gathered for a courtesy call. Mayport hosted maritime forces from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Peru,
the United States and Uruguay for the 50th iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise, which will take place off the coast of Florida April 20-May 5.

UNITAS Gold Is Underway

By MCI(SW) Holly Boyn-
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command,
U.S. Fourth Fleet Public .
Representatives from eleven
countries participated in the
opening ceremony of UNITAS
Gold Apr. 20.
Mayport hosted maritime
forces from Argentina, Brazil,
Canada, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, Germany, Mexico,
Peru, the United States and
Uruguay for the 50' iteration of
the annual multinational mari-
time exercise, which will take
place off the coast of Florida
Apr. 20-May 5. UNITAS is the
longest running multilateral

maritime exercise. The exer-
cise's goal is to work together
with partner nation maritime
units and personnel during sev-
eral land and sea based sce-
narios. This year's exercise is
hosted by the United States and
executed by U.S. Naval Forces
Southern Command (NAVSO)
and U.S. 4'th Fleet.
"Through the years UNITAS
has evolved to fit the land-
scape, needs, and mutual naval
and maritime interests of the
Americas and Caribbean," said
Rear Adm. Joseph Kernan,
NAVSO and U.S. 4th Fleet
Commander. "As we move for-
ward together, I am confident

that future opportunities to work
with our partners will not only
strengthen our ability to oper-
ate together and provide for our
nations security but will also
build personal and professional
respect and friendships."
During this two-week exer-
cise, the United States, partner
nations and Latin American
countries will train together
in a realistic tactical training
environment featuring live-fire
exercises, undersea warfare,
shipboard operations, mari-
time interdiction operations, air
defense and surface warfare,
amphibious operations, elec-
tronic warfare, and special war-

fare. In all, more than 30 ships,
two submarines and 50 aircraft
will participate.
The U.S. Navy representa-
tion consists of the Amphibious
Transport Dock ship USS Mesa
Verde (LPD 19), Guided Missile
Destroyer USS Donald Cook
(DDG 75), USCGC Thetis
(WMEC 910) and Guided
Missile Frigates USS Doyle
(FFG 39) and USS Kauffman
(FFG 59).
U.S. 4th Fleet is the num-
bered fleet assigned to NAVSO,
exercising operational control
of assigned forces. Fourth Fleet
conducts the full spectrum of
Maritime Security Operations

(MSO) in support of U.S objec-
tives and security cooperation
activities that promote coalition
building and deter aggression.
Fourth Fleet acts in concert with
other U.S. Southern Command
(SOUTHCOM) components,
coalition forces, and Joint Task
Forces to promote peace, sta-
bility, and prosperity in the
SOUTHCOM area of focus.
For more information on
UNITAS Gold, go to http://

Flotilla Of Foreign Ships Arrive

By MCI Joseph J. Olivares
and MC3 Sean Allen Li.
Navy Public Support Element
East Detachment Southeast
Ships from nine different
nations arrived at Naval Station
Mayport on April 17 to partici-
pate in UNITAS Gold.
UNITAS is a multinational
exercise which brings part-
ner nations' navies to focus ....-
on logistics, communications, V-
combat doctrines, and other "'
interests. The exercise, which .. ..
began in 1959, represents the
continued effort to promote
partnerships and understanding .
between participants.
Among the ships arriving to
Mayport was the German ship
FGS Frankfurt AM Main, one
of three German ships to be
involved in this year's exercise.
Cmdr. Stefan Berger, com-
manding officer of the Frankfurt
remarked, "Our Navy has par-
ticipated in this event for sever-
al years. It is important for the
navies of these various countries
to perform these maneuvers and
cooperate with each other,"
Berger also stated terrorism
and piracy are among the most
pressing issues facing the the
German Navy. -Photo by MC1 Joseph J. Olivares
"We hope this exercise will
bring forth the importance of Submariners of BNS Tikuna from Brazil, prepare to secure pier side to participate in UNITAS Gold 2009. UNITAS is a multinational
exercise, which brings partner nations' navies together to focus on logistics, communications combat doctrines, and other interests. The
See UNITAS, Page 6 exercise, which began in 1959, represents the continued effort to promote partnerships and understanding between participants.

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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 23, 2009

CO Column

Welcome to all the partici-
pants of Unitas Gold. For 50
years, UNITAS Gold has served
as the primary naval security
engagement exercise amongst
the militaries of the Western
Hemisphere and has become
the U.S. Navy's longest-running
annual multilateral exercise.
I am honored that it is taking
place right here on the best base
in the Navy. If you see some of
the foreign sailors around base,
please take time to welcome
them and thank them for serv-
ing their country.
Welcome back goes out to
the men and women of USS
The Sullivans (DDG 68) who
returned Saturday after a suc-
cessful seven-month deploy-
ment with the USS Theodore
Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.
While deployed, the ship pro-
vided combat power from the
sea to fight alongside U.S. and
coalition forces in Afghanistan
and strengthened relationships

Capt. Aaron Bowman
with regional navies while
keeping the sea lanes safe for
peaceful use. Additionally,
the crew participated in the
first Navy monument dedica-
tion in Normandy, a historical
event attended by several WWII
Sailors from the Jacksonville
Congratulations to SERMC
for their win last week at

MWR's 2009 Spring Sports
Challenge. More than 16 com-
mands and 400 Sailors partici-
pated in the semi-annual event.
USS Carney and NS Mayport
came in second and third,
respectively. It was great seeing
all the fun-natured competitive-
ness that always accompanies
the Sports Challenge. Thanks
to MWR Sports Coordinator
Rita Hammerstad and all of
the MWR team for making this
another great event.
Our own USS Halyburton
was thrust into the internation-
al spotlight with their show of
force during the hostage situa-
tion of the captain of the Maersk
Alabama and Somali pirates.
The five-day stand off ended
thanks to the show of force by
Halyburton, USS Bainbridge,
and three precise rounds from
the steady hands of Navy Seals.
The Navy will remain engaged
in counter-piracy operations as
part of longstanding efforts to

combat crime on the high seas.
So far this year, there have been
65 piracy events, 19 success-
ful and 46 unsuccessful. The
area involved off the coast of
Somalia and Kenya as well as
the Gulf of Aden equals more
than 1.1 million square miles
roughly four times the size of
Texas. More than 23,000 ships
transit the Gulf of Aden annu-
TPC this year is doing some
great things for the military.
Active Duty and retirees will
be allowed in free for all day
for practice rounds Mon-Wed
May 4-6. During the compe-
tition rounds, active duty and
retirees will be allowed in free
after 3 p.m. till completion of
the round. Children sixteen
and under will be allowed in
free with adults. For everyone
else, TPC is now selling Prime
Time tickets for admission after
3 p.m. for $25 per day. If those
tickets are purchased through

the Navy Marine Corps Relief
website (http://www.nmcrsmay-
port.org), TPC will donate $22
per ticket to NMCRS. May 6
will be Military Appreciation
Day and TPC is recogniz-
ing President George Herman
Walker Bush with a lifetime
achievement Award Navy vol-
unteers will line the 18th fair-
way for the presentation. Please
get the word out on purchasing
tickets and make sure you thank
the TPC for such hospitality and
recognition of your service.
Earth Day takes place on
April 22 this year and to kick
it off, Public Works and the
barracks are participating in
Change Out. The goal of this
challenge is to switch out old
incandescent bulbs with newer,
more energy efficient compact
fluorescent lamps. Our goal is
to change out 3,000 bulbs at six
bachelor's quarters. This will
save the station $200,592 and

will reduce air pollution by
more than two million pounds
of C02 emissions, the equiva-
lent of taking 172 cars off the
road for a year. Going "green"
is a good thing and I highly
endorse this effort.
Navy College Learning
Center will hold an ACT Prep
Class from 6-9 p.m. on May
4. Sign up by the end of April.
For more information, contact
Bridget Pogue at 270-6341.
Please keep an eye out while
you go through your day and
don't hesitate to let me know if
you see a better (or safer way)
to do business around the base.
Your concerns are my concerns,
so keep those suggestions roll-
ing in to the CO's suggestion
box located at the base galley,
or email them to aaron.bow-

It was time for me to renew
my auto tag registration. But
this time I had waited too long.
I could no longer renew it
through the mail. In fact my
neighbor at the time, who was a
police officer, kindly, reminded
me that I was driving with an
expired tag. I suppose that his
reluctance in ticketing me was
his way of avoiding the wrath
of God. I rushed to the depart-
ment of motor vehicles and had
not anticipated all the people
that would be waiting in line
before me. I waited for nearly
one hour with the rest of this
pitiful mob of humanity that
found themselves in the same
dilemma as I. My frustration
level started shooting through
the roof. My patience was
wearing real thin. However, I
had no one to blame for this but
I made sure that all my paper-

Chaplain Joe Molina
CDS40 Staff Chaplain
work was in order to avoid an
additional trip back. I got up to
the counter and I see this huge
poster behind the attendant.
The poster reads: "THIS IS

Chaplain's Comer

AT ALL." The lady behind the can I learn to react? Hc
counter (resembling a dreaded I learn to respond with g
Marine Corps Drill Instructor those confrontational sit
in appearance and tone) said in which appear to be unfit
a forbidding voice "Can I help out of place? How do I r
you?!" and I thought "I hope to a world that from t
not." I transacted my business time flashes that big sign
and was treated by the clerk as HAVE IT OUR WAY 01
something to be disposed of. DON'T HAVE IT AT AL
As I left (with registration For starters, I believe Vw
renewal in hand thank God) I look beyond the particular
felt bothered by the experience tive experience and ke
and the message on the post- eyes on "end results." I
er. I guess I was disturbed by words, I have to keep m
the truth the poster expressed. on "The Big Picture."
Truth does have a way of dis- What's The Big Pictur
turbing us sometimes. I real- Big Picture is about kr
ized one thing...that life seems myself. It is about havin
to be filled with a sprinkling of in life. It is about underst
those confrontational moments, my place in the world. K
Those moments remind me that The Big Picture in sigh
much of life can't be my way. us through the conflicts
I have to do it "their way or and will give us a health
else." In the midst of that real- ance and perspective on 1
ity there is an inner struggle of A critical component
feelings and emotions. How Big Picture consists in

ow can
;race to
air and
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xe must
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ep our
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e? The
g goals
t helps
of life
ier bal-
to The

ing that we set reasonable and
achievable goals in life. I once
heard it expressed this way: "A
goal is a dream with a date on
it." How many of us have The
Big Picture? How many of us
have goals in life? Really? You
see, once a goal is achieved, a
new goal is set. It keeps The
Big Picture alive.
OK, but what does this have
to do with dealing with the
"nasties" that life deals us from
time to time? I think... every-
thing. You see if I possess The
Big Picture then the negative
events are simply hurdles or
obstacles that I must negotiate
through (and we all know about
obstacle courses).
If I can keep my eyes focused
on The Big Picture I'll under-
stand that there is a reason for
everything. I may not see that
in the midst of the moment
but down the road hindsight

will point out to me the les-
son I learned. Those negative
moments can be great learning
moments on the journey of life.
Those learning moments are
preparing and challenging us to
stay focused and keep our eyes
on The Big Picture.
While standing in that long
line at the auto tag agency
and dealing with this less than
friendly clerk with an attitude
and "the sign" I was learn-
ing something, mostly about
myself. I was learning about
the discipline of self-control. I
was learning about the disci-
pline of managing my personal
affairs on a timely basis. I was
learning about the discipline of
Patiently Yours (I think),

Jacksonville Collects

Unsafe Household Waste

From the city of Jacksonville
This weekend the City of
Jacksonville Solid Waste
Division will host the final
event in a series of household
hazardous waste and elec-
tronic waste (e-waste) mobile
collection events on April
25 at 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the
Atlantic Beach City Hall
parking lot, 800 Seminole
With the impending digital
television transition (DTV)
and the approaching holiday
season, the division is also
prepared to accept e-wastes
as residents replace older
televisions and other elec-
Residents are encour-
aged to utilize a mobile col-
lection or the Household
Hazardous Waste Facility,
2675 Commonwealth Ave.,
for the recycling of electronic
wastes. The HHW Facility
is open Monday through
Saturday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Types of waste which may
be brought to one of the
mobile events or to the HHW
Facility include:
Televisions, computer
monitors, computer termi-
nals, CPUs, keyboards, print-
ers, scanners, stereo equip-
ment, radios, VCRs, DVDs,
camcorders, desk and mobile
phones, pagers, power tools,
small kitchen appliances (i.e.
microwaves, toaster ovens),
health and beauty appliances.
There is a limit of 3 Cathode
Ray Tubes (CRTs) and televi-
sions per customer.
These items will be col-
lected as part of normal gar-
bage collection service if left

at the curb. However, once
these items enter the waste
stream with normal garbage
they cannot be recycled and
are disposed of in the land-
These items are only col-
lected from residences.
Businesses should check for
available recycling centers to
arrange for the recycling and/
or disposal of any e-wastes.
Household Hazardous
Household hazardous
wastes cannot be collected
curbside with regular trash.
Residents may bring these
items, however, to one of the
scheduled mobile collection
events or they may take items
to the Household Hazardous
Waste Facility located at
2675 Commonwealth Ave.
Types of waste which may
be brought to one of the
mobile events or to the HHW
Facility include: paint, paint
thinners and paint strippers,
rechargeable batteries, pho-
tographic chemicals, ther-
mometers and thermostats,
drain cleaners, pool chemi-
cals, aerosol cans, pesticides,
antifreeze, fertilizer, acids,
gun powder, ammunition and
fireworks, fluorescent bulbs
and tubes, including CFL
light bulbs
For more information or to
arrange for special handling
of unusual waste material,
call (904) 630-CITY (2489)
or visit www.coj.net keyword
search hazardous waste. For
more information on the
national transition to digital
television, visit www.coj.net
key word search DTV.

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H omefront in Focus

By Beth Wilson
Military Spouse Contributor
By the time you read this column I will
be on an airplane in route to meet the USNS
COMFORT on the first of three upcom-
ing embed-blogger opportunities I have
this year. As a military spouse I am eager
to view, blog and broadcast the mission of
these opportunities from a spouse perspec-
I thought my 'experience' would begin
when I actually set foot on the COMFORT.
I was shocked to realize as my departure
day drew near that I my 'experience' began
long before my first bag was packed.
The day my passport arrived in the mail
other things seemed to arrive with it. I was
so excited when it arrived, it was the one
thing that made these embeds seem 'real'.
Imagine my surprise when that excitement
gave way to other emotions.
Up till now I have focused on researching
the ship, the mission, international travel,
equipment and other 'exciting' things in
anticipation. My wonderful mother-in-law
is going to keep our 10-month-old Cocker
Spaniel during my trip. She loves my puppy
and Strydor loves her. She half joking/half
serious mentioned, "You know, I may not
give him back." At the time I laughed, but
holding my passport this fleeting thought

Roman Catholic Mass
Sunday 9 a.m.
Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.
Confessions: before & after
mass or upon request
CCD: Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Baptisms: class 3rd Sunday of
Protestant Worship
Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Sunday school 9:15 a.m.
Baptism: For information
contact your chaplain

Women's Bible Study
Wednesday 9:30 a.m.
Protestant choir
Wednesday 7 p.m.

MOPS (Mothers of
1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month
9:15 a.m.
For more information contact
MOPS coordinator at maypo-

Contact Chaplain 6 months
prior. PREP is required

For more information, calll

raced through my mind, "What if Strydor
bonds with her while I'm gone for so long?"
Oh, that was silly. Of course he'll bond with
'GiGi" as we call her, but he is totally 'my
In recent weeks health issues have
plagued my husband's grandmother.
"Grandma Terry" is a strong and gracious
woman who welcomed me into her fam-
ily with open arms and tremendous love.
During WWII she enlisted in as a Navy
Wave where she proudly served and mar-
ried her sailor. I love her deeply. My heart
is heavy with worry that 'something' might
happen to her while I'm gone. There are
moments that the knowledge that I can't
just leave the ship to come home for her has
gripped my heart with sadness.
I am madly in love with my Sailor. He
is my best friend, my soul mate, my hero.
My god-children tell us we're 'over the top'
with our affection for each other. We love
being together and treasure each day spent
together, especially since military service
requires so much time apart. Can I tell you
that I started thinking about all the time we
would spend apart, this time because I'm
the one leaving?
I am still motivated and excited about
this embed opportunity. But I was taken
aback by these feelings. As I talked with

my husband about them he smiled and said,
'Welcome to my world, honey. As deploy-
ment approaches I struggle with guilt for
leaving you. I know you're a strong woman
but I fear I won't be here if you really need
me or that something will happen to you
or my family while I'm gone. We all face
these feelings."
Being the one left behind as a spouse is
tough. And I know that it is hard for our
service members to leave us. I just didn't
fully comprehend or appreciate their chal-
lenge till standing in their shoes. Be sure to
tune into Navy Homefront Talk (www.blog-
talkradio.com/nht) to hear interviews and
updates from the ship as well as my blog at
Subscribe to Beth's embed journey feeds
by mailing her at beth@homefrontinfocus.


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C m dr. M ike W atson...................................... ................................ ...................... Executive O officer
CM DCM Deborah Davidson................................................ ..................... Command Master Chief
Naval Station Mayport Editorial Staff
Bill A ustin ................................................ ...................................................... Public A affairs O officer
MC1 Heather Ewton................... .................. Deputy Public Affairs Officer
FC1 Price Clay ...................................................................................... Assistant Public Affairs O officer
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THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, I 1 .. I, April 23, 2009 3

USS Klakring Visit Montenegro ,

By Ensign Peter Goodman
USS Klakring Public I" .
The majestic landscape of Bar,
Montenegro, played host to
USS Klakring (FFG 42) during
a brief port visit in Montenegro,
April 14.
The visit was highlighted by
a reception aboard Klakring
honoring the growing
partnership between the U.S.
and Montenegro. Adm. Mark
P. Fitzgerald, Commander,
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces




By Ensigns Peter Goodman
and Shannon Potter
USS Klakring Public -" .
USS Klakring (FFG 42) wel-
comed a U.S. Congressional
delegation during a port visit
here, April 9th.
Senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and
Representatives Jane Harmon
(D-36th, Calif), John Kline (R-
2nd Minn.), and Chris Carney
(D-10th Pa.) along with their
staffs, made up the delegation.
While aboard, the delegates
participated in a reenlistment
and an awards ceremony.
Senator Sessions officiated
the reenlistment for Hospital
Corpsman 1st Class Scott
Sassaman of Tuscaloosa, Ala.;
and Representative Carney
administered the oath of reen-
listment for Hospital Corpsman
2nd Class (SW) Harry Egleston
of Philadelphia, Pa.
For Egleston, it was a moment
he will not soon forget, "It was
an honor to have Representative
Carney perform the reenlist-
ment; having it onboard the
ship while forward deployed
made it that much more mean-
ingful for me," he said. "It was
just a real treat to talk about our
hometowns with Representative
Senator Kyl, Representatives
Kline and Harmon present-
ed Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medals to
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class
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Charles James, and Culinary
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hand, who they are representing
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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mayport Welcomes Back The Sullivans

By Ensign Kari Weniger
USS The Sullivans Public I" ,
Arleigh-Burke class guided
missile destroyer USS The
Sullivans pulled into Naval
Station Mayport on the after-
noon of April 18.
As it passed the St. John's
buoy and tied up the tugs, the
crew manned the rails in their
dress whites and prepared
to bring their ship alongside
a pier for the last time during
its seven month deployment.
The Sullivans had spent over
seven months traveling to the
far reaches of the globe. From
France and the United Kingdom
to Kuwait, Singapore, and
Japan, the crew saw some of
the most diverse cultures of the
world. Pulling into Mayport
marked the final port call on a
long list of historic moments.
On Sept. 12, The Sullivans
left Mayport to meet up with
the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier
Strike Group. However, no
one could have predicted the
journey that The Sullivans was
The first call to duty was
in Cherbourg, France. The
Sullivans participated in the
dedication of the first World
War II monument dedicated to
the U.S. Navy at Normandy.
As the U.S. representative, the
crew served as escorts for the
VIPs in attendance, including
Deputy Secretary of Defense,
Gordon England. Meeting the
true heroes of WWII reminded
everyone of the importance of
the next seven months. Being
able to represent those who
have served both past and pres-
ent was an event to remember
for a lifetime and was a great
start to the deployment.
After leaving France and
transiting through 6th Fleet,
The Sullivans met up with
the Standing NATO Maritime
Group-Two (SNMG-2). Ships
from the United Kingdom,
Greece, Italy, Turkey, and
Germany came together
for SNMG's first out of area
deployment. The group trav-
eled into 5'h Fleet, specifically

T '







-Photo by MC1 Joseph Olivares
Lt. Douglas Thompson is greeted by his family after USS The Sullivans returned to port in Mayport, Fla. The Sullivans returned to Mayport, Fla. after successfully com-
pleting a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

the Arabian Gulf, working to
spread NATO's message.
Gas Turbine System
Technician Mechanical Second
Class Randall Carmicheal
"learned in order to make it,
you need to have unity through-
out the command. Not only
does it help get work done, it
[also] makes you versatile to
work with all kinds of people,"
he said.
The Sullivans truly did come
together to work with oth-
ers. Cmdr. Ryan Tillotson,

Commanding Officer of The
Sullivans, led a task group that
stopped in Kuwait City, Kuwait,
Bahrain, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates. Each
stop forged stronger ties with
Gulf Cooperation Council
Nations. Serving with SNMG-2
allowed The Sullivans to see the
Gulf region in a new light and
create many bonds that spanned
across religions, races, and cul-
After detaching from SNMG-
2, The Sullivans was called on a

rare assignment for a Mayport-
based ship. The crew sailed
toward 71h Fleet and became a
key player in the WestPac Navy.
Whether hunting down vessels
of interest or taking a strong
stand for international law, The
Sullivans succeeded at every
assigned task.
As Command Master Chief
Rafael Rosado said "The ship
adapted to the missions and the
crew adapted to life in the fast
lane. [We] often had to learn
new skill sets on the fly to exe-

cute the task at hand. That 'We
Stick Together' motto transmit-
ted through the very heart of the
crew and allowed us to enjoy
countless successes."
The crew enjoyed liberty in
Japan, South Korea, Singapore,
and India before departing 7*h
On its way back to 5th Fleet,
The Sullivans worked with the
Indian Navy, promoting rela-
tions between the two coun-
tries and fostering their mutu-
ally held goals of peace in the

region. Once in 5'h Fleet, the
crew participated in an exten-
sive exercise with the Royal
Saudi Naval Force. The annual
exercise continues to improve
the tactical maneuvering of both
countries together on the seas.
By the end of the week, all
objectives were met strengthen-
ing the bond between the coun-
Wrapping up the deploy-
ment, The Sullivans stopped in

See The Sullivans, Page 5

N-. V

-Photo by Paige Gnann
Families search for their Sailors as USS The Sullivans pulls pier-
side at Naval Station Mayport on April 18. The ship was deployed
with Standing NATO Maritime Group-Two.

-Photo by Paige Gnann
Lisa Duran watches as Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Michael
Duran gets a big hug from his 4-year-old son Michael, Jr. during
their reunion pierside.

-Photo by Paige Gnann
Family members hold up a big "E"sign to welcome home their USS
The Sullivans Sailor Evan Huegel from a seven-month deploy-

-Photo by Paige Gnann

-Photo by Paige Gnann
Dozens of friends and family members line the pier Saturday during The Sullivans homecoming.

I .

L =

A.1ei decorates the bow of the ship as the ship moorspierside.


THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, I .... I, April 23, 2009 5

-Photo by Paige Gnann
Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Juan Allende is greeted by his fiancee Annette Izaguirre during
USS The Sullivans's homecoming.

-Photo by MCI Joseph Olivares
Shaylee Crisp, 2, and Ivy Crisp, 5, wait in anticipation for the arrival of their father, YNSN Marcell
Crisp who was aboard the USS The Sullivans. The Sullivans returned to Mayport, Fla. after success-
fully completing a seven-month deploymen in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

-Photo by Paige Gnann
New dads aboard USS The Sullivans were the first to disembark the ship and greet their families.


-Photo by Paige Gnann
Green was abundant on the pier as family members and friends wait for their Sailors aboard USS
The Sullivans to return.

The Sullivans
Portsmouth, United Kingdom and then quickly
got underway to start the trip across the Atlantic.
The ship's homecoming was threatened with
being delayed due to a large storm looming off
the coast of Europe so the crew was excited to be
returning home on time.
Specifically, the numerous new Dads were
looking forward to seeing their babies for the first
time. As tradition dictates, The Sullivans' nine
new Dads were allowed to depart the ship first to
meet their children on the pier. Before heading
off the brow, Operations Specialist Second Class
Rollin George said, "I can't wait to meet my son
for the first time."
His second son, Ryan Reginald George, was
born to Marnitta George on Nov. 5, 2008. George
said he looks forward to taking him to visit the
rest of his family and getting to know his likes
and dislikes.
Gunners Mate Seaman Joshua Street had a

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daughter, Suri Street, born on Sept. 25, 2008 to
his wife, Gina. Street said he is looking forward
to "staying up with its all hours of the night trying
to get its back to sleep."
Even the smallest things can be refreshing after
being away for seven months.
Looking back on all of the missions and
operations both sea and shore side, it is clear
that The Sullivans had an international impact.
Throughout all 17 port calls, the crew had zero
liberty incidents and returned to Mayport as one
cohesive group. As a 2nd Fleet ship operating in
6', 5th, and 7'1 Fleets, the crew carried the creden-
tials of the entire 2nd Fleet in their actions under-
way and while on duty ashore.
"[The Sullivans was] given widely varied,
short notice tasks throughout the deployment and
[the crew] pulled it all off sharply and profession-
ally," said Lt. Phil Amstutz.!

-Photo by Paige Gnann
Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW) James Martin is welcomed home by girlfriend Rachael Jones. ...

-Photo by Paige Gnann

Sailors wave at their loved ones before they are reunited pierside.

6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 23, 2009

! Midway Tickets On Sale

-Photo by MC1 Holly Boynton
Rear Adm. Joseph Kernan, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth
Fleet, speaks to the Commanding Officers of the partner nation ships participating in UNITAS
Gold. Mayport hosted maritime forces from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador,
Germany, Mexico, Peru, the United States and Uruguay for the 50th iteration of the annual multina-
tional maritime exercise, which will take place off the coast of li ida April20-May 5.

From Navy League I .
The Navy League of Mayport
is hosting the Battle of Midway
Commemoration Dinner.
Tickets are now on sale for
this year's Battle of Midway
Commemoration Dinner, which
will be held Saturday, June 6, at
the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Guest speaker General
James N. Mattis, NATO's
Supreme Allied Commander
for Transformation and
Commander, United States
Joint Forces Command and
other veterans of the Battle of
Midway will also attend this
year's dinner. Come meet these
"National Treasures" and hear
their adventures first hand.
Our guest speaker is the high-
est military authority in NATO,
for promoting and oversee-
ing the continuing transfor-
mation of Alliance forces and

capabilities and is dual-hat-
ted as Commander of the U.S.
Joint Forces Command, which
is responsible for maximiz-
ing future and present military
capabilities of the United States.
His command is exercised from
the Headquarters of Alliance
Command Transformation
in Norfolk, Virginia, United
States, which is also where U.S.
Joint Forces Command has its
The evening promises to be
emotional and patriotic, and
provides an excellent opportu-
nity to connect with survivors
of what historians call one of
the U. S. Navy's greatest sea
victories and the turning point
of World War II in the Pacific.
Ticket costs are: Active
Duty E-6 and below, $25; E-7
to 03, $35; 04 to 05, $45, 06
and above, civilians, and retir-
ees, $55. The evening includes

fine dining and entertainment.
Uniform will be 04 and above
- dinner dress white jacket;
03 and below dinner dress
white/dinner dress white jacket
optional and civilian is black
tie or business attire. Cocktails
begin at 1830, dinner at 1930.
Reserved seating.
Make checks payable to
Navy League Midway Dinner.
Tickets may be purchased from
the following locations:
*Navy League Mayport POC
Bill McLoughlin, Phone 904-
*USO Mayport, Phone 904-
*Navy League St. Augustine,
Phone 904-794-7814
*CMC Deborah Davidson,
Phone 904-270-5940 ext. 1201
or 1202

4th Fleet Commander

Stresses SPS Achievement

-Photo by MC2 Alan Gragg
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) and U.S. 4th Fleet Command Master Chief (Surface
Warfare/Aviation Warfare) Mauricio Rueda speaks to senior enlisted servicemembers from eleven
countries, welcoming them to Mayport for UNITAS Gold.

working together to fight piracy
and deter terrorism throughout
the world."
In addition to participating
in UNITAS, sailors on board
the Frankfurt will have the
opportunity to enjoy all that
Jacksonville has to offer.
"This is my first time in
Jacksonville; I plan on touring
the city and going to the beach,"
said Navigation Seaman Daniel
The exercise will last two
weeks and will involve some

20 ships from Brazil, Canada,
Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico,
Germany, and the United
States. This year's exer-
cise is being hosted by the
United States and executed
by Commander, U.S. Fourth
Numbered Fleet Commander
assigned to U.S. Naval Forces
Southern Command, exercising
operational control of assigned
conducts the full spectrum of

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Maritime Security Operations
(MSO) in support of U.S objec-
tives and security cooperation
activities that promote coalition
building and deter aggression.
COMFOURTHFLT acts in con-
cert with other U.S. Southern
components, coalition forces,
and Joint Task Forces to pro-
mote peace, stability, and pros-
perity in the USSOUTHCOM
area of focus.

By MC1 Daniel Ball
Southern Partnership Station Public

Commander, U.S. Naval
Forces Southern Command
(NAVSO)/ U.S. 4th Fleet, vis-
ited high speed vessel Swift
(HSV 2) and the Sailors and
Marines of Southern Partnership
Station (SPS) as they carried
out their mission in Jamaica,
April 15.
Rear Adm. Joseph D.
Kernan's visit began with an
awards ceremony followed by
a question-and-answer session
where he stressed the impor-
tance of missions such as SPS.
"These types of missions are
becoming incredibly important
in the Navy today," Kernan said.
"You are the face of America in
these countries and by working
hand-in-hand with their defense
forces you are building relation-
ships and showing them what
America stands for."
Afterwards, Kernan
observed training teams from
Navy Expeditionary Training
Command and Naval Criminal
Investigative Service as they

instructed Jamaica Defense
Force members in port security,
boarding operations, small boat
operations and junior enlisted
Over the last five months,
SPS grew from a concept to a
smooth-running reality.
"Like any good plan, things
change when the plan is imple-
mented," said Kernan. "But
the ability of Sailors to adapt
is what makes these missions
so successful. I was incredibly
impressed with the professional-
ism of the training team and the
students. They had great com-
munications with each other and
both sides were benefiting from
the interaction. It's been that
way throughout the entire mis-
sion and our Sailors are having
a great time because of it."
Jamaica is the 12th port visit
for SPS. During the course of
the mission, SPS also made port
visits in El Salvador, Panama,
Barbados, Nicaragua, Colombia
and the Dominican Republic.
Southern Partnership Station
is an annual deployment of
various specialty platforms to

the U.S. Southern Command
area of focus in the Caribbean
and Latin America. The mis-
sion goal is primarily informa-
tion sharing with navies, coast
guards, and civilian services
throughout the region. SPS is
comprised of Navy training and
support teams, Marine Corps
training teams, foreign naval
officers and civilian contract
mariners on a Military Sealift
Command platform.
The mission is coordinated
through NAVSO/ 4th Fleet with
partner nations to meet their
specific training requests. As
the naval component command
mission is to direct U.S.
Naval Forces operating in the
Caribbean, Central and South
American regions and interact
with partner nation navies with-
in the maritime environment.
Various operations include
counter-illicit trafficking,
Theater Security Cooperation,
Humanitarian Assistance and
Disaster Relief, military-to-mil-
itary interaction and bilateral
and multinational training.




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USS Hue City Takes Time To Read To Kids

By USS Hue City
On a recent port visit to the
island of St. Thomas, U.S.
Virgin Islands, USS Hue
City (CG 66) conducted two
days of community relations
(COMREL) with local school
and pre-school students.
The first COMREL was held
on Saturday just yards away
from the pier. Twenty Sailors,
chiefs and officers left USS Hue
City and walked to a nearby
pavilion to help beginning read-
ers expand their reading skills,
and help them become enthu-
siastic about what reading can
do for them as they grow older.
The event was sponsored by
the local chapter of the United
States Navy League.
Children came from all direc-
tions with their friends and par-
ents, and Sailors took two or
three of them at a time, selected
some books provided by the
local library, and then found
a place on one of the benches
around the pavilion.
Those who could read prac-
ticed by reading to the Sailors,
but mostly the children enjoyed
listening to the lively storytell-
ing given by the Sailors them-
selves. The Navy League pro-
vided a lunch of hotdogs, chips
and soda for all of the partici-
pants. By the end of the event,
25 children had been read to.
When asked how the event
affected him, Chief Culinary
Specialist Francisco Ramirez
stated, "It was a great experi-
ence for all of us to see how
some of their faces light off
when they seen us in uniforms.
This specific COMREL was
very important due to the fact
that there are a lot of kids who
are not reading at their appro-
priate age or grade. How bet-
ter to help them than showing
and explaining to them at a
young age the importance of
reading. I felt very proud of
my Shipmates, my ship and my
Country that day."

-Photos courtesy of USS Hue City
( IifGunner's Mate Tolitha Perez hugs a student at a local school in St. Thomas, US. Virgin Islands during a
community relations project. Sailors from USS Hue City read books to the children provided by a local library.

Chaplain Philip Bagrow
reported that this COMREL was
a complete success.
The following Monday, 12
Sailors, chiefs and officers from
USS Hue City went to the Saints
Peter and Paul Catholic Grade
School in Charlotte Amalie (the
capital of St. Thomas) to read
to some children there at least
that's what they thought.
Once there, they found them-
selves doing way more than
reading, although they did that,
too. They talked about their
jobs in the Navy, their home-
towns, and how they liked St.
Thomas. They described Hue
City to the students, and in
many cases, helped draw pic-
tures of the ship.
The Sailors were divided up
between the classes, ranging
from pre-kindergarten to fifth
grade, seven different class-

rooms, impacting roughly 150
children. They played games,
did art projects and sang songs.
During the visit, U.S. Virgin
Islands Governor John P de
Jongh, Jr. made a visit and
spoke with each Sailor, as well
as to the children.
Every single Sailor represent-
ed Hue City and the Navy in
top professional form; they gave
and gave to these kids, many of
whom hugged them and did not
want to let them go.
On the way back to the
ship, Chaplain Philip Bagrow,
the coordinator of the event,
reported that the conversation
on the bus was only that of the
COMREL, each and everyone
sharing what an amazing time
they had a true mark of per-
sonal fulfillment and time well
spent for the good of other peo-

Senior ( Ircf Storekeeper John Pruschen shares a snack with a preschooler during a community relations project
with USS Hue City.





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Gunner's Mate 1st Class Venicesuala Teague holds one of the children who
participated in the reading COMREL


8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 23, 2009

A4L Happenings

April 23: CPO Weekly Social Hour.
Free hors d'oeuvres every Thursday 3-
5 p.m. at Foc'sle CPO Club. Drink spe-
cials available plus all-you-can-drink
soft drinks for only $1. Weekly social
hour is reserved for active and retired
Chief Petty Officers and their guests.
April 24 & 25: Live Band, The

Shufflers. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. both days at
Castaway's Lounge. Free admission.
April 25: Saturday Cinema -
Double Feature. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
(PG) at 7 p.m. Defiance (R) at 9 p.m.
Movies will be shown in the Main Hall
at Beachside Community Center on

the mega 20-foot screen. Light refresh-
ments available for purchase. 270-7198
April 28: Intramural Darts. 11:30
a.m. at Mayport Bowling Center.
Format is cricket play; Captain's Cup.
April 28: Headhunters Bowling
League. League meets on Tuesdays at
7:15 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center.

April 29: Intramural Bowling
Begins. Lunchtime bowling league
meets at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at
Mayport Bowling Center. Captain's
Cup league. 270-5377
May 1: Deadline for Emergency
First Responder and Rescue Diver
Classes. EFR class ($49) is May 8.

Rescue Diver class ($224) is May 9-
10. Sign up at Outdoor Adventures.
For prerequisites, call 270-5541.
May 2: No Saturday Movies at
Beachside Community Center.
Family-friendly outdoor summer mov-
ies start on Friday, May 8 at Sea Otter
Pavilion. 270-7198

Liberty Call

The following activities tar-
get single or unaccompanied
Sailors. For more information,
call 270-7788/89 or stop by
Planet Mayport Single Sailor
Center and pick up the monthly
activity calendar with a com-
plete listing of all upcoming
Liberty events.
April 23: Comedy Zone
Trip. This free trip includes
transportation, admission and
appetizers. Open to those 18
years old and older. Trip departs
from Planet Mayport at 6:15

April 27: Barracks Break
In. Free pizza and a movie in
the lounge of Bldg. 2105 start-
ing at 6 p.m. every Monday.
April 28: Texas Hold 'Em.
This free, progressive tour-
nament starts at 6 p.m. every
Tuesday at Castaway's Lounge
(Beachside Community Center).
April 29: Rack Attack Pool
Tournament. This free, single
elimination tournament starts at
6:15 p.m. at Planet Mayport.
May 1: Comedy Zone Trip.

This free trip includes transpor-
tation, admission and appetiz-
ers. Open to those 18 years old
and older. Trip departs from
Planet Mayport at 6:15 p.m.
May 9: Funk Fest 2009.
This trip to Metro Park features
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Doug E Fresh, Alexander
O'Neal, and Midnight Starr.
Pre-registration is required.
Cost is $15.

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high school ages are invited to
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April 25: Ice Cream Social
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the Youth Activities Center for
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7 a.m., TRX with Ruthie and
9:30 a.m., Power Walking
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CENTCOM Maritime Group Comes To Mayport

From USS Mclnerney
USS McInerney FFG 8
recently hosted a unique, multi-
national group of visitors who
came aboard to tour and discuss
the challenges of global anti-
piracy and counter-narcotics
Cmdr. Keith Wheeler, com-
manding officer of the USS
McInerney, welcomed the mem-
bers of CENTCOM's Coalition
Maritime Working Group
aboard his ship and directed
them on an informative tour
while discussing the major chal-
lenges facing the global mari-
time community on March 13.
The members of the group
from CENTCOM includ-
ed, among others, Japanese
Naval and Air Force Officers,
Commanders from the Royal
Danish Navy and the Pakistan
Navy, a French Air Force pilot,
a Spanish Air Force Pilot, and
U.S. Army Officers. The tour
was arranged by CENTCOM
Maritime Operations Officer,
Capt. Bryan Kelley, USN, at the
Coalition Coordination Center
at McDill AFB in Tampa,
Florida, with the assistance of
Special Projects Officer, Lt.
Cmdr. Mike Jefferson.
Jefferson described the tour
as "an opportunity for coalition
officers considered to be senior
national representatives, who
have maritime interests from
their home countries, to view
and visit American Naval facili-
ties in this area."
The group members' reac-

-Photos courtesy of USS McInerney
Cmdr Keith Wheeler discusses anti-piracy and anti-narcotic operations with Cmdr. Roar Larsen of
the Royal Danish Navy while Cmdr. Iqbal Majid of Pakistan Navy listens. Also in the picture is Lt.
Col. Koji Takada and his wife Takako, as well as Lt. Cmdr. Mike Jefferson, Special Projects officer for
tions to their experiences operations. the age of the McInerney, but
aboard McInerney were all very Fukaya emphasized that we they were "very impressed with
positive and insightful. Several must all "bring the lessons we the mixing of old and new on
group members made it clear have learned to the table so that the ship" and with the "great
that they were impressed with we can learn from each other extent of effort" that had been
the excellent condition of the and potentially find new ways put into making it a "capable
ship in spite of its age and years to fight common enemies," such modem warship."
of service. Japanese submarine as terrorists and drug runners. The CENTCOM tour was
Capt. Katsuro Fukaya marveled Likewise, Lt. Col. Koji Takada French Air Force pilot Lt. Col.
at the "modernization" of the of the Japanese Air Force com- Laurent Bertheau's first time
ship and stressed the importance mented that both he and his on a US Navy ship. Bertheau
of joint missions in the areas of wife, Takako, who accompanied reminisced about time spent
anti-piracy and anti-narcotics him on the tour, were aware of on a French aircraft carrier


and showed great interest in
"Firescout," the unmanned heli-
copter program for which the
McInerney is the test platform,
concluding that it was "great to
see an old ship get something
new like that."
Cmdr. Iqbal Majid of the
Pakistan Navy expressed the
sentiment that, for a Naval
Officer, "coming on board a
ship is like coming home."
Majid was pleasantly sur-
prised to learn during the tour
that the McInerney is going to
be transferred to the Pakistan
Navy after decommissioning in
2010. The United States Army
also had representatives in the
group, including Reservist
Infantry Officer Major Phillip
Bernier, who was mainly inter-
ested in the differences in the
command structure that he was
accustomed to and the com-
mand structure of McInerney,
stating that "it is always good
to see how the other half lives."
After the day's events, includ-
ing lunch in the Wardroom, the
official tour of the ship, a trip to
the ship's store, and the presen-
tation of an impressive NATO
certificate to Wheeler, the visi-
tors each complimented the
excellent condition of the ship
and expressed gratitude for the
exceptional hospitality of the
crew of McInerney.
"It was an honor to host
the CENTCOM group aboard
McInerney," said Wheeler, and
he added that his discussions


with the group regarding the
piracy issue had revealed simi-
larities with the multi-nation-
al counter-narcotics efforts in
SOUTHCOM. Wheeler com-
mented, "One critical common-
ality certainly exists, whether
we are combating piracy on the
high seas or interdicting drug
shipments, the fact that con-
tinued dedication and focus
between coalition nations is
vital and we are proud to do our
part in furthering that commit-
For the ship's Public
Affairs Officer, Ensign Robert
Yawn, spending time with the
CENTCOM group was "infor-
mative and enlightening," and,
according to Yawn, the group's
praise was "a direct reflec-
tion of the dedication to duty
and great pride" with which
McInerney's crew maintains
the integrity of their ship.
In addition to USS McInerney,
the CENTCOM group also
visited a P-3 Squadron in the
area, and they indicated that
CENTCOM plans to organize
these types of tours at least four
times annually, with future pos-
sible destinations to include
Naval Air Station Key West and
Naval Air Station Pensacola.


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Pakistan Navy, Lt. Col. Koji Takada and his wife Takako.

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By MC2 Jeff Hopkins
CTF 151 Public I,
USS Gettysburg's (CG 64)
Damage Control Training Team
(DCTT) conducts regular train-
ing to ensure aviation crash and
salvage proficiency is main-
tained. A
On a particular day in April,
while operating in the Gulf of
Aden, the ship conducted what 1
is referred to on the deck plates
as a "crash and smash" drill.
The exercise serves as practice
for the ship's aviation fire-fight-
ing team in putting out the fire
resultant from a helicopter crash
and using cutting equipment to
rescue trapped personnel from
the wreckage while extinguish-
ing the associate fires.
Cmdr. Scott Robertson,
Gettysburg's Executive Officer,
also serves as the ship's DCTT
Leader, whose responsibilities
include oversight of the pro-
gram to ensure drills are con- The number one h
ducted safely and in accordance
with periodicity, and that the effective and en
training provided is of the high- team members to s
est quality. Robertson said the "They change
drills are an important compo- up with each drill,
nent of mission readiness for everybody's role,
the ship. own," Covington s
"Crash and salvage training is helps you exami
absolutely critical to ensure that need to focus on
if we did have an aircraft crash, better accomplish
our folks would respond to it of combating the f
on instinct," Robertson said. Covington said
"Training in crash and smash is process to become
very important because the situ- of the CST is thor
ation introduces combined haz- regular drills are
ards of ammunition and fuel." the readiness of th
Members of the Gettysburg's "We train regu
Crash and Salvage Team (CST), paring to fight a
such as Damage Controlman fire-fighting equ
Fireman Mario Covington, who ning exercises,a
serves as a nozzleman on the temperatures and
team, said the training is very Covington said. "
team, said the training is very

THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 23, 2009 11

Maintains DC Readiness At Sea

Damage Controlman s' Class Andre Thompson watches the tech-
niques of the Hot-suit men.

-Photos courtesy of USS Gettysburg

ose team advances towards the fire.
courage the get down to fighting the actual
self-assess. fire a lot quicker.
the positions During the course of the drill,
, so you learn three hose teams are manned,
not just your two with the mission of fight-
said. "It really ing the actual fire, and another
ne what you tasked with cooling any ord-
n in-depth to nance that may be attached to
h the mission the aircraft. In addition, two
ire." personnel dressed out in "hot
the training
ne a member
ough and that
a great aid to
e team.
larly in pre-
fire, through
uith different
This helps us

suits," designed to withstand
high temperatures, follow the
escape path set up by the hose
teams to rescue trapped person-
nel. Armed with a C02 extin-
guisher, they also sweep the air-
craft from all angles to ensure
all fires inside the craft are out.
Robertson said he was very
pleased with the outcome of

the drill, from the tactics dem-
onstrated to the attitude of the
"We had a very enthusiastic
team," Robertson said. "The
more experienced members of
the team helped coach and train
the newer folks, and were con-
stantly self-evaluating to deter-
mine what areas they them-
selves needed improvement in.
They really backed each other
up well as a seasoned team

USS Gettysburg (CG 64)
operates under the direction of
Combined Task Force 151, a
multinational task force con-
ducting counter-piracy opera-
tions to detect and deter piracy
in and around the Gulf of Aden,
Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and
Red Sea. CTF 151 was estab-
lished to create a lawful mari-
time order and develop security
in the maritime environment.

USS Gettysburg

Visits Muscat

-Photo courtesy of USS Gettysburg
Cmdr. Scott Robertson visits with guests.

By Lt.j.g. Dennis Panos
USS Gettysburg
USS Gettysburg pulled in
for its first 5th Fleet port visit,
Muscat, Oman on April 10.
After a month of patrolling
the Internationally Recognized
Transit Corridor (IRTC) for
Suspected Pirates, the Sailors of
the USS Gettysburg were ready
to enjoy Omani hospitality and
the Sultanate did not disappoint.
Muscat, Oman is the capital
of the Sultanate of Oman and
home of Sultan Qaboos bin Said
al-Said. Oman is a country of
2.5 million citizens and borders
Yemen to the Southwest, Saudi
Arabia to the West, and the Gulf
of Oman and Gulf of Aden on
its Southern and Eastern bor-
ders. Muscat is a traditional
seafaring capital and its well-
developed infrastructure and the
beaches contrasted starkly with
the arid and mountainous inte-
rior of the country that was vis-
ible from the port.
While in Muscat the crew of
Gettysburg was greeted warm-
ly by the Omani people to the
various restaurants, malls, and
beaches around the city. One
of the favorite activities of the
crew was visiting the traditional
Souq (market) where bargain-
ing over prices is a local art
practiced by the Omani ven-
dors. Sailors were also able to
try uniquely Middle Eastern
experiences such as sitting on
overstuffed pillows and smok-
ing flavored tobacco (hookah)
amongst the locals at the vari-
ous hookah bars throughout the
city. In addition, many mem-
bers of the crew "productively"
spent their time soaking up the
sun by the many hotel pools and
beaches in Muscat.
Gettysburg also held a recep-
tion in Muscat, Oman on April
13 as one of the key diplo-
matic events of the port visit.
Gettysburg and the United
States Ambassador to Oman,

Gary Grappo, hosted the recep-
tion. The distinguished guest
list included diplomats from
countries around the world as
well as honored Omani guests,
including an Omani princess.
The importance of the reception
to diplomatic relations in the
region cannot be overstated as
traditional visits between diplo-
matic entities in the region play
a large role in ensuring access
and stability of relationships
between governments.
Due the high profile nature
of the reception the entire crew
was utilized in the prepara-
tion of and execution of the
event. The reception required
a great deal of coordination
and hard work and everyone
from Culinary Specialist to
Boatswains Mates contributed
in making the event successful.
The Culinary Specialist team
led by Senior Chief Patrick
Campbell prepared food and
catered the extraordinary event
at a world-class level.
On the night of the reception
the flight deck was bathed in the
green light from helicopter han-
gar, soft Jazz music played from
a professional quartet, as expert-
ly prepared food and drinks
were served by a professional
team of Culinary Specialist and
attendants, all in the dramatic
backdrop of the rugged Muscat
skyline. The 250 guests in
attendance were impressed and
thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
USS Gettysburg had a very
successful port visit to Muscat,
Oman and would like to thank
the local Omani people for
their generous hospitality the
local embassy for their assis-
tance throughout the visit. The
Sailors of Gettysburg left Oman
on April 14 with fond memo-
ries and a greater understanding
of Middle Eastern culture that
will benefit the crew throughout
their 2009 deployment.


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TSC, Community

Relations, Sporting Events In Malta

By MCSA Whitfield M.
USS Robert G. Bradley
USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG
49) arrived in Valetta April 9 for
a Theater Security Cooperation
(TSC) mission to strengthen the
maritime partnership between
the U.S. and Malta.
On April 7 two days prior to
entering port, the ship embarked
members of the Armed Forces
of Malta (AFM) and Maltese
Sea Cadets. The guests partici-
pated in various TSC workshops
and training exercises involving
watchstanding, crash and sal-
vage operations, and flight deck
operations all while underway.
"Having the Sailors of the
Armed Forces of Malta and
these young cadets aboard
presents a unique opportunity
to enhance our professional
relationship in the interest of
maritime safety and security,"
said Cmdr. Clinton A. Carroll,
Commanding Officer of Robert
G. Bradley.
When the ship was moor-
ing to the pier, the Maltese Sea

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Sailors deployed with USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) to the Sixth Fleet Area ofResponsibility assist
volunteers from the Mellieha Local Council with clearing trash from a beach near Valletta April 11.

Cadets proudly hauled up the
Maltese flag on the port yardam
of the ship. The flag of the host
nation is traditionally flown on
the yardam of U.S. ships dur-
ing port calls. Additionally,
Bradley Sailors taught and then
played in a softball match with
the Maltese Sea Cadets.
During the visit, the ship
hosted further workshops with
the AFM including basic sea-
manship, flight deck operations,
watchstanding, and towing
Robert G. Bradley Sailors
participated in a community
relations project (COMREL)
involving the cleanup of a local
beach organized by the U.S.
Embassy and the Mellieha Local
Council. Volunteers from the
Mellieha Local Council joined
the Sailors on a 30 minute hike
through scenic farmland to the
clean-up site.
"This is a good experience for
the youngsters who volunteered
to come and help out today,"
said Mellieha deputy mayor,
Emvin Bartolo. "This is the first

time working with Americans,
and we hope to continue this
relationship with the U.S."
During the cleanup process
the Sailors and volunteers were
joined by local beach goers and
campers who also helped with
the clean-up process.
"Being able to interact with
the local population is always
interesting," said YNSN
Michael Taibbi. "Today, the
impact we make is clear because
these people on the beach joined
in the process on their own
Robert G. Bradley, an Oliver
Hazard Perry class frigate home
ported in Mayport, FL., is on
a regularly scheduled deploy-
ment to the Sixth Fleet area
of responsibility in support of
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces
Africa. The ship has been on
deployment since Nov 21.

RGB Sailors Attend Ney Award Ceremony

By Ensign Rajiv Seth
USS Robert G. Bradley PAO
USS Robert G. Bradley
(FFG 49) received the Captain
Edward F. Nev Memorial Award

onApril 4 in MIitiiu, Ga.
Senior Chief Culinary
Specialist John Palermo and
Culinary Specialist 1st Class
Mark St. Hilaire. who was also

RGBs 2008 Sailor of the Year,
represented RGB by receiving
the command's trophy at the
ceremony. The ceremony was a
three-day event involving semi-

nars on cake decorating, vegeta-
ble carving, and pasta making.
RGB earned the Ney Award
placing first among 30 frigates
in the entire Navy. The annual
award is co-sponsored by the
International Food Service
Executives Association (IFSEA)
and the Secretary of the Navy

to recognize excellence in food
service with the objective of
improving quality of life for
Navy personnel.
The news was initially
received while making a Theater
Security Cooperation port visit
to the country of Tanzania in
East Africa. The crew was

thrilled to learn about receiving
the award.
Robert G. Bradley is currently
deployed to the Sixth Fleet area
of responsibility in support of
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces

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Next-Generation Navy Destroyer Set

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
A recent agreement among the
Defense Department, the Navy
and shipbuilders will enable
more efficient construction of
the next-generation destroyer at
one shipyard instead of two, a
senior Defense Department offi-
cial announced hApril 17.
The "swap" agreement calls
for three DDG-1000 destroy-
ers to be built at the Bath Iron
Works in Maine, John J. Young
Jr., undersecretary of defense
for acquisition, technology and
logistics, told reporters at the
Pentagon. Work on the DDG-
1000 destroyers previously was
to be split between General
Dynamics' Bath Works and

Northrop Grumman's Ingalls
Shipyard in Mississippi, Young
said. As part of the new agree-
ment, the Ingalls shipyard,
which also builds some other
Navy vessels, will gain a con-
tract to build two more DDG-51
guided-missile destroyers.
The swap agreement, Young
said, is the result of months of
negotiations and is a reflection
of "unprecedented efforts by the
Navy and industry partners to
operate in a business-like man-
ner." The agreement, he added,
involved compromises by all
parties "to enable efficient con-
struction of naval vessels."
The DDG-1000 Zumwalt-
class vessel is a high-tech, guid-
ed-missile destroyer envisioned

to eventually replace the DDG-
51 Arleigh Burke class of war-
ships that were developed 30
years ago. Navy Adm. Arleigh
Burke was a famous destroyer
commander in the South Pacific
during World War II.
Named for Navy Adm. Elmo
Zumwalt Jr., who served as
chief of naval operations in the
early 1970s and died in January
2000, the DDG-1000 ships fea-
ture computer-aided design,
modular construction, high-tech
armaments and radar, as well
as a unique, streamlined hull
The DDG-1000's compli-
cated, high-tech content, Young
said, makes its design and con-
struction an admittedly expen-

sive endeavor. Cost of a first
prototype, or lead, DDG-1000
ship is estimated to be around
$3.2 billion, he said, with prices
of follow-on vessels likely to
decrease due to industrial econ-
omies of scale.
The design and development
of the DDG-1000 "has gone
well," Young said, noting that
the program has "gone to bud-
get [and] gone on schedule."
Initial plans were to build 32
of the DDG-1000-series ves-
sels at the Bath and Ingalls
shipyards. Today, the Defense
Department's proposed fiscal
2010 budget calls for build-
ing just three vessels. Defense
Secretary Robert M. Gates
today told members of the

Naval War College in Newport
R.I., that the United States will
require a naval presence in the
"But we cannot allow more
ships to go the way of the DDG-
1000," Gates told the Naval War
College audience. The DDG-
1000's rising cost per ship, he
noted, was among the reasons
for buying reduced numbers.
Gates has recommended build-
ing more Arleigh Burke-class
vessels and upgrading those
now in the fleet. Sixty-four
Arleigh Burkes have been built,
not counting the two new ones
slated for construction at the
Ingalls shipyard.
Gates also deemed the
arrangement for constructing

DDG-1000s at the two ship-
yards as inefficient and too cost-
ly to taxpayers, Young said.
"I think it was important to
him that we build these ships
efficiently," Young said of his
understanding of Gates' reason-
If the DDG-1000s couldn't be
efficiently produced, Gates "was
potentially prepared, even in the
face of clear political danger, to
go back and possibly cancel two
ships, and that would have cut
jobs in both shipyards," Young

Makin Island: Signed,

Sealed And Delivered

By Ensign Lauryn K.
Pre-Commissioning Unit Makin Island
Public!-" -
More than 900 crew mem-
bers from the future USS Makin
Island (LHD 8) marched aboard
their ship April 16 in a historic
delivery ceremony at Northrop
Grumman Shipbuilding
(NGSB), Gulf Coast.
The crew marched in a
two-company formation, the
Argonaut and Nautilus, to sym-
bolize the two submarines that
delivered the Marine Raiders
to Makin Island during World
War II.
After almost four years as
Prospective Commanding
Officer of Pre-Commissioning
Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD
8), Capt. Robert G. Kopas offi-
cially signed the DD-form 250,
granting custody of the ship to
the U.S. Navy.
Conceived in 2000, the cer-
emony was a culmination of
many years of hard work.
"Makin Island has seen three
different Presidents of the
United States, four Secretaries
of the Navy, four Chiefs of

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
Defending the Defense
Department's global information
grid from attacks cost the U.S.
military more than $100 million
over the past six months, U.S.
Strategic Command officials
said last week.
Air Force Gen. Kevin P.
Chilton, Stratcom command-
er, and Army Brig. Gen. John
Davis, deputy commander
of Joint Task Force Global
Network Operations, spoke
from a cyber security confer-
ence in Omaha, Neb.
Chilton said Stratcom -
charged with overseeing cyber
operations needs to treat com-
puter network operations just as
commanders treat operations on
the land, in the air or on the sea.
Defense Department networks
are attacked thousands of times
a day, he said.
The attacks run the gamut
from "bored teenagers to the
nation state with criminal ele-
ments sandwiched in there."
The motives of those attack-
ing the networks go from just
plain vandalism to theft of
money or information to espio-
nage. Protecting the networks
is a huge challenge for the com-
mand, Chilton said.
"Pay me now or pay me
later," Davis said in assessing
how to handle the threat. "In the
last six months, we spent more
than $100 million reacting to
things on our networks after the
fact. It would be nice to spend
that money proactively to put
things in place so we'd be more
active and proactive in posture
rather than cleaning up after the
Davis' command is responsi-
ble for defensive and offensive
operations in cyberspace. The
expenses were in manpower,
time, contractors, tools, technol-
ogy and procedures, he said.
Training is needed for person-

Naval Operations and four
presidents of NGSB, along with
hurdles during the process," said
Capt. Jeffrey Riedel, program
manager, Amphibious Warfare
"It's a great sense of accom-
plishment to finally deliver the
ship," said Jeff Davis, LHD 8
ship director. "It's a great ship,
and the last two years have been
very trying and very difficult.
We have had to work through
a lot of issues: materials, man-
power and natural disasters. The
men and women of NGSB have
done a great job completing this
quality ship."
NGSB personnel are not the
only ones who have had to deal
with the obstacles of build-
ing a revolutionary ship. The
ship's crew began reporting to
Pascagoula in late 2005.
After two years of pre-
paring and working toward
Makin Island's delivery, Gas
Turbine Systems Technician
(Mechanical) 2nd Class
Nicholas Ayres brought his fam-
ily along to thank them for their
patience in the process.
"As I told all my junior

nel to launch both defensive and
offensive operations, Chilton
"We need to train all our folks
and we need high-end skill
training," he said.
Stratcom operates the Defense
Department's global informa-
tion grid, Chilton noted.
"We also have the respon-
sibility to plan for and when
directed to conduct offensive
operations," he said. "As in all
domains, a good defense relies
on a good offense."
As in land, sea and air
domains, the United States
wants to retain freedom of
action in the cyber domain,
Chilton said.
"We need to have the tools,
skills and expertise in a time of
conflict so we can maintain our
freedom of action," he said.
Chilton said Defense
Department personnel need to
change the way they think about
"It's not just a convenience.
It's a dependency that we have,"
he said. "We need to change the
way we conduct ourselves in
cyberspace and hold our mili-
tary folks to the same high stan-
dards that we hold our air, land
and sea operators to."
A prohibition on using so-
called "thumb-drives" and other
portable data storage devices on
Defense Department comput-
ers will remain in effect, Davis
"I don't think anybody realiz-
es how much better shape we'd
be in if we just did the basics
right," he said. "People need to
just apply the basic rules and
procedures that have been put
in place to protect ourselves."
While this won't stop the
more sophisticated threats, "it
sure will get rid of the thou-
sands of things that clutter the
environment," Davis said.

Sailors, you know that lump you
get right here (in your throat),"
said Ayres.
"That's called pride and I've
got a lot of pride in Makin
Island. My wife and son have
seen all the long hours we've
worked and all the hard work
we've put in, and I wanted them
to be a part of history."
"With the delivery of Makin
Island, the crew and I look for-
ward with anticipation to com-
pleting the path of bringing
Makin Island to the fleet," said
Kopas. "We deeply appreci-
ate the support we've received,
and promise to all of you that
we will sail her as she was
designed, a warship ready for
any tasking our nation requires,
no matter where it is!"
The crew is now working and
living aboard the ship, while
preparing for sail-away, when
Makin Island will transit around
South America to its future
homeport of San Diego, where
it is scheduled to be commis-
sioned on Oct. 24, 2009.

of Christian

-U.S. Navy Photo
Pre- Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) departs the Northrop Grumman
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Out in Town

Friday, April 24
Fleet Reserve Association
Branch 290 is hosting "Pizza/
Calzone" dinners from 5-8
p.m., at the Branch Home at
390 Mayport Road, Atlantic
Beach. A donation of $5 to $8
is requested for each dinner,
and depends on what is ordered.
Carry out orders are accepted.
The public is always invited to
dinner. Happy hour precedes
the dinner from 4-6 p.m., all
drinks are 50 off. After dinner,
enjoy the Southern Rock music
of SOUTHBOUND from 9 p.m.
to 1 a.m.
Saturday, April 25
Sixty juried artists will exhib-
it fine arts and fine crafts at Arts
in the Park! 2009 on Saturday,
April 25th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in
Johansen Park, Atlantic Beach.
Enjoy a day in the park, with
musicians and dance performers
in this beautiful seaside commu-
nity. Original art will be avail-

able for purchase, but admis-
sion is free and open to the
public. Dance performances are
from 11 am to 2 pm and musi-
cians will perform throughout
the day. Bring blankets, lawn
chairs, and picnic baskets for a
family-friendly afternoon under
huge oaks and palm trees. Food
and beverages will be avail-
able for purchase. Johansen
Park is located on Seminole
Rd, between Park Terrace East
and West in Atlantic Beach.
This annual event is sponsored
by the Atlantic Beach Cultural
Arts & Recreation Advisory
Committee. For more infor-
mation see AB website www.
coab.us/artsinthepark or contact
Timmy Johnson at 904-247-
5828 or tjohnson@coab.us or
Jolyn Johnson at artsjolynjohn-
Guests can "Party for the
Planet!" during the Jacksonville
Zoo and Gardens' Earth Day
celebration from 10 a.m.-4
p.m. Environmental and animal
conservation experts will have

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learn and collect valuable infor- pencils, mur
mation on how to preserve our cone bird fe
earth and its wildlife for future with magazine
generations. They can also style craft tis
enjoy live entertainment, visits and kites tha
from Jazoo, the Zoo's friendly the arts fun.
lion mascot, and a children's music in the i
activity area that will include celebration ol
face painting, eco-friendly ends with the
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crafts, a bounce house, and an
inflatable slide for the kids.
Wednesday, April 29
The Fleet Reserve
Association, Branch 290,
invites you to participate in its
"Wings-N-Things" from 5-8
p.m., at the Branch Home, 390
Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach,
FL. Snacks will be available
for a donation of $1.50 to $5.
Watch the Dart League compe-
tition; then stay and enjoy the
music of Doug Bracey from 9
p.m. to 1 a.m.
Thursday, April 30
Duval County Extension
Agency, West Branch
Library,1425 Chaffee Road S.,
will hold a Butterfly Gardening
Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Come
hear staffers from the Duval Co.
Extension Office teach about

what plants to plant to attract
butterflies and how to maintain
them. Please call 387-8850 to
pre-register. Class is free.
Saturday, May 2
Skater registration for the
City of Atlantic Beach 4th
Annual Bowl Bash is now open
for the skate competition at the
Oceanside Rotary Skatepark.
Skaters, in age-groups and pro,
can register at the Department
of Recreation and Special
Events office located at Bull
Park, 7th Street and Ocean
Blvd. Skaters will compete for
awards and cash prizes. Age
groups eight and under, 9-12,
13-15, and 16 plus can register
for $20; open pro registration
is $40. Registration after April
24th is $25 and $45 per skater.
Registration forms are available
online at www.coab.us/recre-

FFSC Classes, Workshop Schedule Set

The following classes and
activities are offered by the
Fleet and Family Support
Center (FFSC) and are free
of charge. Pre-registration is
required and childcare is not
available. For more information
about the classes or to register
call 270-6600, ext. 110. FFSC
is located in Building One on
Massey Avenue.
April 23, 9-11 a.m., Resume
Walk-in Review Assistance,
April 24, 9-11 a.m., Home
Buying, FFSC
April 27, 6-7 p.m.,
Ombudsman Assembly, USO
April 27, 8 a.m.-noon, FERP-
Career & Job Readiness
Class, FFSC
April 27, 1-2:30 p.m., FERP-
Federal Employment Class,
April 27-30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,
TAP Separatee Workshop,
Building One Room 104
April 28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Leadership Life Skills for E5
& E6, Base Chapel
April 28, 9-11 a.m.,
Parenting Class (8 Steps),
The program is based
on Dinkmeyer & McKay's
Systematic Training for
Effective Parenting (8 STEPS).
The program is designed to
assist you and your family put
into practice the skills learned
in the class. Specific parent-
ing skills that are discussed as
well as the challenges that are
faced by all families include:
understanding yourself and
your child, the four goals of
misbehavior, beliefs and feel-
ings, encouraging and listening
to your child, helping children
cooperate, discipline that makes
sense, and how to choose your
approach. Each week a differ-
ent topic is thoroughly covered
via discussion, video vignettes,
and handbook information.
Participation in all 8 sessions is
April 28, 9-11 a.m., Resume
Walk-in Review Assistance,
April 28, 2-4 p.m., Overseas
Living, FFSC
Overseas Living is a class
designed to prepare you for liv-
ing in new and different setting.
This class will provide helpful
information about living on the
economy to dealing with poten-
tial terrorist activities. You will
have a chance to understand the
emotional cycles of overseas
living to making this tour the
best part of your Navy career.
Specific information about visas
and absentee voting will be dis-
April 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,
Tottletyme Playgroup, USO
Parents and children together
meet to share parenting con-
cerns, ideas, and fun! The group
invites professionals to address
specific areas of concern such
as nutrition, toilet training, etc.
We even take field trips sev-
eral times a year to local parks,
museums and playgrounds.
This group is designed for
moms new to the area or moms
who want their child to interact
with other children their child's
age. All children age four and
below are invited to attend.
April 29, 6-7 p.m., IA Family
Discussion Group, USO
April 29, 1-3 p.m., English
Tea For Expectant Moms,
Base Chapel

April 30, 9-11 a.m., Resume
Walk-in Review Assistance,
May 1, 9-11 a.m., Car
Buying Tips, FFSC
May 4-7, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,
SAVI Refresher Training,
Building 460, Room C
May 5, 1-3 p.m., Overseas
Living, FFSC
May 5, 9-11 a.m., Resume
Walk-In Review Assistance,
May 5, 9-11 a.m., Parenting
Class (8 Steps), FFSC
The program is based
on Dinkmeyer & McKay's
Systematic Training for
Effective Parenting (8 STEPS).
The program is designed to
assist you and your family put
into practice the skills learned
in the class. Specific parent-
ing skills that are discussed as
well as the challenges that are
faced by all families include:
understanding yourself and
your child, the four goals of
misbehavior, beliefs and feel-
ings, encouraging and listening
to your child, helping children
cooperate, discipline that makes
sense, and how to choose your
approach. Each week a differ-
ent topic is thoroughly covered
via discussion, video vignettes,
and handbook information.
Participation in all 8 sessions is
May 6, 9 a.m.-noon,
Tottletyme Playgroup, USO
Parents and children together
meet to share parenting con-
cerns, ideas, and fun! The group
invites professionals to address
specific areas of concern such
as nutrition, toilet training, etc.
We even take field trips sev-
eral times a year to local parks,
museums and playgrounds.
This group is designed for
moms new to the area or moms
who want their child to interact
with other children their child's
age. All children age four and
below are invited to attend.
May 7, 9-11 a.m., Resume
Walk-In Review Assistance,
May 8, 9-11 a.m., Credit
Report, FFSC
May 11, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.,
Military Spouse 101, FFSC
May 11-14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,
TAP Retiree Workshop,
Building 1 Room 1044
May 12, 9-11 a.m., Resume
Walk-In Review Assistance,
May 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m.,
FERP-Troops to Teachers,
May 12, 1-4 p.m., Leadership
Life Skills for E7 & Above,
Base Chapel
May 12, 9-11 a.m., Parenting
Class (8 Steps), FFSC
The program is based
on Dinkmeyer & McKay's
Systematic Training for
Effective Parenting (8 STEPS).
The program is designed to
assist you and your family put
into practice the skills learned
in the class. Specific parent-
ing skills that are discussed as
well as the challenges that are
faced by all families include:
understanding yourself and
your child, the four goals of
misbehavior, beliefs and feel-
ings, encouraging and listening
to your child, helping children
cooperate, discipline that makes
sense, and how to choose your
approach. Each week a differ-
ent topic is thoroughly covered
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Dispelling Myths On Renters Insurance

By Roni Beasley, Esq.
Legal Assistance Attorney
Are you a renter? Have you ever
taken an inventory of all the items in
your home and determined what it
would cost to replace them?
According to www.statefarm.com
the average two-bedroom home con-
tains more than $20,000 in personal
property. This amount accounts for the
obvious appliances, such as televisions
and computers, all the way down to the
smaller items we take for granted, like
pots and pans. Having an itemized list
of your possessions, including their
value and serial numbers, is a good
idea. An even better idea is having
renters insurance.

Renters insurance is just like any
other insurance in that it protects a
renter in the event of property loss
caused by fire, theft or a natural disas-
ter. While car insurance is a legal
necessity for anyone who operates an
automobile, renters insurance is a prac-
tical necessity for anyone who rents
their living quarters. This type of
insurance covers your goods while in
your home, and often extends to while
your goods are in transit. Despite the
essential need for this type of security,
many renters don't purchase coverage
because they fall victim to three myths.
First, it is assumed by many renters
that they don't need renters insurance
because their landlord has them cov-

ered. This is an inaccurate assump-
tion. Though most landlords do have
insurance, the coverage usually only
extends to the building and any struc-
tural damage caused to the building by
a storm or other natural disasters. For
the landlord, this type of coverage is
adequate. For the renter, this is insuf-
ficient. For instance, in the event of
a flood, fire or storm, the renter, not
the landlord, would be responsible for
the replacement cost of all damaged
household possessions.
Another inaccuracy associated with
renters insurance is that coverage is too
costly. This couldn't be further from
the truth. While your monthly pay-
ments will differ based on the amount

of coverage you purchase, agencies
like USAA and GEICO offer policies
for personal property starting as low as
$6 a month. This means that you could
use one week's worth of Coke money
to insure your property for one month.
Paying a few dollars each month is bet-
ter than a few hundred or thousands in
the event of loss.
The final assumption made by many
is that they don't need renters insur-
ance because their property has little
to no value. This is certainly not the
case. Even accounting for basic items
such as televisions, clothing and fur-
niture, the purchase of renters insur-
ance is warranted. It's worth the time
and effort to contact various insurance

carriers and shop around for the best
coverages, premiums and discounts for
bundling policies.
Legal assistance attorneys are avail-
able to help. Call them at the follow-
ing numbers: Jacksonville, Florida at
(904) 542-2565 ext. 3006; Mayport,
Florida at (904) 270-5445 ext. 3017;
Kings Bay, Georgia at (912) 573-3959;
Charleston, South Carolina at (843)
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(228) 871-2620; Pensacola, Florida
at (850) 452-3734. This article is not
intended to substitute for the personal
advice of a licensed attorney.

Are You Eligible For An Interest Rate Reduction?

By Lt. Ryan Charles
Servicemembers paying inter-
est rates in excess of 6 percent
per year may be entitled to relief
under federal law. Section 527
of the Servicemember's Civil
Relief Act (SCRA) provides
that "[a]n obligation or liabil-
ity bearing interest at a rate in
excess of 6 percent per year that
is incurred by a servicemember,
or the servicemember and the
servicemember's spouse joint-
ly, before the servicemember
enters military service shall not
bear interest at a rate in excess
of 6 percent per year during
the period of military service."
This means that if you incurred
a debt in the form of a mort-
gage, car loan, credit card bal-
ance, or just about any other
financial liability, prior to enter-
ing military service, you may be
entitled to reduce your interest
payments to 6 percent during
the entire period of active duty

service. Moreover, in the case
of a mortgage, the 6 percent
reduction applies not only dur-
ing active duty, but also for one
year after active duty service.
Please note, however, that the
reduction does not apply to fed-
erally guaranteed student loans.
A servicemember intending
to invoke the 6 percent interest
rate cap must strictly comply
with the SCRA's notification
procedures. The servicemem-
ber must provide the creditor
with written notice and a copy
of the military orders calling
the servicemember to military
service. Generally, the written
notice should be a letter to the
creditor setting forth: (1) the
basis of the servicemember's
qualification for the 6 percent
interest cap, (that the debt giv-
ing rise to the interest payment
was incurred before the service-
member went on active duty);
and (2) a request that the credi-
tor reduce the servicemember's

By Cynthia L. Catalan
Legal Assistance Attorney
Moving from one duty station to another is a
fact of life for all active duty military personnel.
For those families with minor children each move
requires early planning to assure that the children
have adequate housing, satisfactory child care and
advance school enrollments.
If the children are the subject of a custody,
visitation or time-sharing court order, the moving
parent has additional obligations to make certain
that they meet all requirements of the court order
and the laws of the state which rendered the order
before the move takes place. Even if the court
order does not address the possibility of a future
move, state law may require that the parents ful-
fill certain obligations prior to the move. Failure
to comply with these laws may not only result in
conflict between parents but also harsh legal con-
sequences for the offending parent.
Prior to moving your child, it is essential that
you are familiar with your state's relocation laws
and any court ordered obligations. Relocation
laws vary from state to state. Many parents are
unaware that a number of states have enacted
"Relocation", "Removal" or "Move-Away" stat-
For those that have not enacted statutes, case
law will govern whether or not a parent will be
permitted to permanently change a child's resi-
dence. Not all moves will trigger the relocation
Most statutes require that the relocation be a
certain distance from the previous residence or
out of state in order to prompt compliance. The

By Lt.j.g. Matthew Dursa
Clients often come to Legal
Assistance Offices because they
have been wronged and want to
sue. Sometimes it is necessary
to take someone to court to get
what you are owed. However,
there are disadvantages in going
to court. Going to court will
take time, as will the research
necessary to prepare your case.
A trip to the courthouse can be
expensive too: there are filing
fees and court costs, postage,
and other expenses that can
quickly add up.
How can you resolve a dis-
pute without going to court?
Let's look at one example.
Let's say you paid a contrac-
tor $2,000.00 to fix your leaky
roof, and he never even showed
up to try to repair it.
The first (and most often
overlooked) step is to talk to the
opposing party. Communicate
in writing what your dispute is
and what resolution would be
acceptable. "I paid $2,000.00,
and have yet to see any
improvement in the leak in my
roof. Please return my money
prlet me know when you can

interest rate to 6 percent pur-
suant to the SCRA. The mili-
tary orders must show that the
servicemember was called to
military service after the debt or
obligation was incurred.
A court may grant a credi-
tor relief from the interest rate
reduction if the creditor can
show that the servicemember's
ability to pay interest in excess
of 6 percent is not materially
affected by reason of the ser-
vicemember's military service.
However, the burden is on the
creditor to prove that this is the
case. Still, it is a good idea for
the servicemember to include a
statement in the written notice
to the creditor that his or her
ability to pay interest in excess
of 6 percent has been "materi-
ally affected" by reason of entry
into military service.
The SCRA imposes a timeline
within which requests for inter-
est rate reductions must be sub-
mitted. The servicemember has

statutes will delineate procedures that a relocat-
ing parent must follow prior to the move. They
also set forth standards or factors for the court to
consider in determining whether or not a move
should be permitted.
Most state relocation statutes require that
the primary residential or custodial parent send
notice to the other parent a set number of days in
advance of the actual move. The time frame for
the notice varies with each state. Likewise, the
information required in the notification also var-
ies from state to state.
In the state of Florida, for example, the mov-
ing parent must provide the other parent with
the location of the new residence, the date of the
intended move, the reasons for the move and a
proposed revised time-sharing schedule.
The notice must be sent by either certified mail
or by personal service of process. Upon receipt
of the notice, the statutes allow a time frame for
the other parent to respond and a procedure for
a court hearing should the other parent object to
the move. If a custodial or residential parent does
not comply with the relocation laws, that parent
may be held in contempt or may be compelled to
return the child.
If you have a child that is the subject of a court
order and a permanent change of station is in the
near future, legal assistance attorneys are avail-
able to help. Call them at the following numbers:
Jacksonville, Florida at (904) 542-2565 ext. 3006;
Mayport, Florida at (904) 270-5445 ext. 3017;
Kings Bay, Georgia at (912) 573-3959. This arti-
cle is not intended to substitute for the personal
advice of a licensed attorney.

make the repairs." Remember,
don't just state the problem;
offer an acceptable solution.
Another tool you can use
is professional organizations.
Almost every professional is
licensed or regulated by some
agency. Find out who the
appropriate agency is and file
a complaint. This helps in two
ways. First, too many unre-
solved complaints against that
person could result in loss of
professional accreditation.
Knowing that a complaint has
been filed with the state licens-
ing board will encourage the
contractor to resolve the dis-
pute. Second, some organiza-
tions provide free dispute reso-
lution services. In our example,
a neutral party with knowledge
of the contracting business
might listen to your side of the
story, then the contractor, and
offer a mediated resolution.
Additionally, you can con-
tact the Better Business Bureau
(BBB). The BBB is a network
of local organizations that
gather and report information
on business reliability, alert the
public to frauds against con-
sumers, and act as trusted inter-

mediaries between consumers
and businesses to resolve dis-
putes. Even if the contractor is
not a member of the BBB, they
may still be able to help resolve
the issue.
Finally, if you feel the busi-
ness dealing was not just unfair,
but illegal, you should contact
your state's Attorney General
(AG). The AG is the top law
enforcement officer and law-
yer for the state. The Attorney
General's office can investigate
crimes, including fraudulent
business practices, and tracks
all the complaints it receives. If
our contractor is driving around
the state collecting money with-
out doing any work, the AG
may press criminal charges.
Even if these tools don't
work, and you find yourself in
court, you will be able to tell the
judge that you tried everything
possible to resolve the case
without going to court, which
will help your case. "Your
honor, I didn't want to burden
the court with this problem, but
this contractor was unreason-
able about my complaint and
insisted we go to court!"

until 180 days after termination
or release from military service
to submit written notice to the
creditor. This means that the
interest rate reduction applies
retroactively where a service-
member has been paying inter-
est in excess of 6 percent after
being called to military service.
The creditor should account for
any interest payment in excess
of 6 percent made by a sevice-
member since the date of active
duty. However, it is prefer-
able to provide written notice
as soon as possible after being
called to active duty in order
to avoid disputes with creditors
and complications in calculating
over interest payments. Also, it
is the servicemember's obliga-
tion to inform a creditor if mili-
tary service is subsequently ter-

minated. Otherwise, the former
servicemember is liable for any
interest forgiven by the creditor
after being released from mili-
tary service.
The SCRA mandates that
interest in excess of 6 percent is
"forgiven," and cannot simply
be deferred until the period of
military service ends. Also, the
SCRA broadly defines "inter-
est" to include service charges,
renewal charges, fees, or any
other charges, except bona fide
insurance. This protects ser-
vicemembers from creditors
trying to cleverly disguise the
forgiven interest as "legitimate"
charges and fees. Moreover, the
SCRA forbids creditors from
taking adverse action against
a servicemember's credit
report for requesting an interest

rate reduction pursuant to the
Remember, the interest rate
reduction does not apply to debt
incurred by a spouse alone. As
a second practice point, some
creditors are willing to lower
interest rates below 6 percent
(even to 0 percent) for pre-mili-
tary debt. Therefore, service-
members should contact each
individual creditor to find out
its policy before sending writ-
ten notice and locking in the 6
percent cap. As a final word
of caution, debts incurred by a
servicemember after entering
military service are not subject
to the 6 percent interest cap and
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Lab Prom Mngr (f/t) -
Plan, direct, coord lab
tests, oversee & moni-
tor blood bank staff.
Maintain employee files.
Dev & train on new pro-
cedures & fed regs.
Address complaints &
troubleshoot problems.
Conduct BBCS reports &
programs. Maintain
SOPs annually. Check
inventory daily, order
supplies. Liaison w/ tech
depth w/ upgrades &
mainframe operational
system. BS Deg req'd
(Med Tech, Chem, Bio,
or related science field),
plus min 5 yrs progres-
sive exp (post-grad) in a
Med or Clinical Lab. FL
Clinical Lab Tec Lic &
knowledge of BBCS req.
Send resume, ref Itrs,
transcripts, & lic. to T.
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ance, 7595 Centurion
Pkwy Jax, FL 32256.

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personnel (or their dependents) and civilian employees assigned to Mayport Naval
2. Advertising in the Fleet Market is a free service provided by the publisher to help
qualified personnel dispose of unwanted personal articles. Service ads such
as sharing rides to work or on leave, announcing lost and found Items, and
garage sales will be accepted. ADS PERTAINING TO GUN SALES WILL NOT BE


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6. Ads appearing to be in the promotion of a business or which do not meet th
above requirements will be billed. The publisher reserves the right to omit ai
all ads.
7. Additional readership in other publications can be arranged for a nominal fe<
calling 366-6300 or 1-800-258-4637 (toll free), or enclosing your phone nur
8. Faxed ads will be accepted at 904-359-4180, however, they must be comply
on an original form.
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than one word (or abbreviation for one word) per block. (3) Only two free ads pi
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Apts. Studio $400. 1/1 ARLINGTON Twnhouse
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for a Fortune 500 home
improvement company.
We are looking for ener-
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appointment setters to
work in retail locations
in NE Fiorida. Appli-
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& pass a criminal back-
ground screening.
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Positions start
Call 224-1085

House Supervisor and
Direct Care Positions
Full and part time week-
end, weekday and week-
end overnight for
agency serving children
and adults with devel-
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Exp. pref'd. Fax
resumes 288-7260 or
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Outstanding opportunity
to work with an autho-
rized service provider
for a Fortune 500 home
improvement company.
We are looking for ener-
getic, motivated
appointment setters to
work in retail locations
in NE Florida. Appli-
cant must be drug free
& pass a criminal back-
ground screening.
*20-30 hour work week
*$10.00 hourly
*Outstanding Bonus
*Work Thur-Sun
Positions start
Call 224-1085

; Mosby Family
Home, Inc.
Offers FREE
ti lJ respite care to
Navy excep-
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category IvorY
904-573-0271. Lic.
SMosby Family
Day Care
Home, Inc.
is now a Navy
S provider Lic#
Call for details 868-6518
or 573-0271

Parks Brothers Self Storage
New Customers that are
military personnel will
receive a Permanent 50%
Discount off our monthly
storage rental rate.
10874 Lem Turner Rd.
Jax. Fl. 32218 904-766-9000



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9A & BAYMEADOWS. 493-0000

1736 Cassat Ave. 389-7792
1-95 Exit 129, Fern Bch.

2330 US1 South 3544421

10979 Atlantic Blvd. 904-642-0000

9A & BAYMEADOWS. 493-0000

Green Cove Sprngs 264-2416


1-95 Exit 129, Fern Bch.

1672 Cassat Ave. 384-6561

1-95 N. Exit 129 (Yulee)

Green Cove Springs 264-4502

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10720 Philips Hwy.

9650 Atlantic Blvd. 725-3060

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11503 Phillips Hwy 854-4826

Green Cove Springs

1325 Cassat Ave. 899-1900
11333 Phillips Hwy. 370-1300

4660 Southside Blvd. 642-6060

10980 Atlantic Blvd. 642-0200

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10979 Atlantic Blvd. 904-642-0000

Green Cove Springs

9A & BAYMEADOWS. 493-0000


1-95 Exit 129, Fern Bch.

10259 Atlantic Blvd. 721-5000

7040 Blanding Blvd. 777-5100

4620 Southside Blvd. 642-4100

7700 Blanding Blvd. 777-3673

9850 Atlantic Blvd. 725-0911

6916 Blanding Blvd. 779-0600

10231 Atlantic Blvd. 724-1080

7018 Blanding Blvd.


1810 Cassat Ave.

1565 Wells Rd. 269-9400

10600 Atlantic Blvd.

10859 Philips Hwy.

Green Cove Springs

2250 US1 South

11503 Phillips Hwy.

10100 Atlantic Blvd. 725-9155

10863 Philips Hwy. 262-7145

8105 Blanding Blvd.
8600 Atlantic Blvd. 725-8200
8600 Atlantic Blvd.

10800 Atlantic Blvd. 641-6455

6501 Youngerman Circle.
1310 CassatAve. 389-4561

9850 Atlantic Blvd. 725-0911
11401 Philips Hwy. 322-5100

2525 Philips Hwy. 396-5486

10231 Atlantic Blvd. 722-1694

6833 Beach Blvd.

10211 Atlantic Blvd.

10384 Atlantic Blvd.

9910 Atlantic Blvd.

9875 Atlantic Blvd.

10733 Philips Hwy.

11401 Philips Hwy.



Besides protecting our country, military

personnel stationed in our communities

donated 650,620 hours of volunteer

service in Northeast Florida and

Southeast Georgia last year. Their time

was given to community organizations,

church groups, youth activities, scouting

and more.

Thank you!

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