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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Tim McGraw To Perform HereCountry superstar Tim McGraw is set to perform a special concert Naval Station Mayport on Nov. 10 for military members and their families to celebrate Veterans Day. Chase Presents Live From The HomeFront: Tim McGraw will also be broadcast live on the Pentagon Channel and online at www.timmcgraw.com and http://www.youtube.com/ user/timmcgraw starting at 8:45 p.m., bringing the concert to fans worldwide. The concert will be held at the Foxtrot/Echo Parking lot behind SERMC on Massey Avenue; gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:15 pm. No one under the age of 10 will be allowed at the event. This is a free event, but tickets will be required. Tickets will be avail able to active duty military and their family members on Friday, Oct. 25 and Monday Oct. 28 at your local ITT Main Office (Limit 4 per family, must show valid military ID). Additional tickets will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and onward to eligible members of the military community while supplies lasts (limit 4 per family, must show valid military ID/DOD). For further information, please call (904) 270-5228. Its easy for me to show up and play music to honor the men and women who have the really tough jobs, said McGraw. To me, its just one small thing I can do to help show how much we appreciate what they put on the line and what these families sacrifice every single day. Since we started this program 18 months ago, I have had the privilege of meeting many servicemembers and their families and have heard many inspiring stories. Its something Im proud to do and want to take it as far as we can! Its an honor for us to part ner with Tim McGraw and the Navy to thank our service men and women, past and present, and their families, said Mel Martinez, chair man of JPMorgan Chase in the Southeast U.S. We are happy to be able to give back through this concert as well as through our firms military programs to a community that has given so much to us. On the eve of Veterans Day, this concert is a gift and tribute to the brave men and women of our military who have served their country. This is an opportunity to say thank you to our servicemembers and their families who wear the cloth of this great nation and to those who have gone before us defend -Tim McGraw, Chase And U.S. Navy Bring Free Concert To Jacksonville For Military Members And Their Families To Celebrate Veterans Day -Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongGuided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) pulls out of the Naval Station Mayport basin on a seven-month deployment to the U .S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.Carney Deploys For 7 MonthsThe guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), led by Cmdr. Eddie Crossman, departed Naval Station Mayport today on a sevenmonth deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Carneys mission is to protect U.S. allies and forces against current and emerging threats by conducting theater security and ballistic missile defense operations in Europe and the Middle East. Carneys crew has been through an intensive year, said Crossman. From a compressed basic train ing phase to INSURV (Board of Inspection and Survey) and IDCERTEX (Independent Deployer Certification Exercise), the crew has proven to be more than ready to conduct operations in the Middle East. They have shown amazing flex ibility and operational commitment to get to this point and are eager to serve our nation. The ship last deployed in August 2011 and played a key role in NATOs Operation Ocean Shield. Carney conducted counter-piracy missions and maritime security operations alongside other coalition forces. Commissioned April 13 1996, Carney was named after Adm. Robert B. Carney, who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower administration. During his years of duty, Carney earned the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Gold Stars, the Legion of Merit with Combat V, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V and various other individual and unit awards. -Photo by Ensign Jackie SmithOutgoing HSM-40 Commanding Officer, Capt. William Walsh, speaks at the squadron change of command ceremony before he is relieved of com mand by Cmdr. Sil Perrella, also pictured.New CO At HSM-40Cmdr. Sil Perrella relieved Capt. William Walsh as command ing officer of HSM40 during a change of command cer emony on Oct. 18 at the squadron han gar. Capt. Glenn C. Doyle, Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, was guest speaker at the event. A native of Fresno, California, Walsh graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and received his commis sion in 1991. At the completion of flight training in 1993, Walsh was designated a Naval Aviator and reported to HSL-41 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California, for LAMPS MK III flight training in the SH-60B Seahawk. Following training, he report ed to the Warlords of HSL-51 stationed in Atsugi, Japan. There, he deployed as Detachment Operations Officer for Det SIX in USS Hewitt (DDG 966) and Maintenance Officer for Det Four in USS Curts (FFG 38). Walsh then returned to HSL-41 in 1998 to serve as an Instructor Pilot in the SH-60B Fleet Replacement Squadron. In 2000, Walsh was selected to attend the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course. Following graduation, he reported to the Saberhawks of HSL47. During this tour, Captain Walsh was a member of the first Carrier based LAMPS MK III detachment in USS Constellation (CV 64) and deployed to the Arabian Gulf. Walsh next reported to the Scorpions of HSL-49 and served Officer-In-Charge Detachment FIVE deployed aboard USS Valley Forge (CG 50) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Walsh later served as the Squadron Operations Officer. In March 2004, Walsh was then ordered to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island where See McGraw, Page 13 See HSM-40, Page 13Tickets will be available to active duty military and their family members on Friday, Oct. 25 and Monday Oct. 28 at your local ITT Main OfficeVolunteer, Festival On SaturdayNaval Station Mayport and MWR will partner up with First Coast News and True Blue Navy Family Benefactors, Inc. on Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The volunteer team will be working on the Lake Wonderwood Renovation Project. Volunteers will clear brush along the lake as part of the project, which will include a mile-long recre ation path around the lake, picnic pavilion and playground renova tions. This project is being funded through monies gifted by True Blue Navy Benefactors, Inc., an all-vol unteer nonprofit 501(C)3 formed in January 2012. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for local Jacksonville military and their fami lies. All members of the Mayport community, ages 16 and up, are invited to volunteer for this event. First Coast News will be on-site filming segments for Good Morning Jacksonville and their evening news broadcast. To volunteer for Make a Difference Day or for more information, call (904) 270-5228 or email MWRMayport@navy.mil. Following the event, MWR will host a Festival Celebration (formerly Fall Fest) at the Lake Wonderwood Field from 1-5 p.m. This event will feature, games, rides, bouncy hous es, free food provided by Sea Breeze Food Service, arts and crafts vendors, a haunted house, a pumpkin patch for photo opportunities, carnival food for purchase, and more.


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013 Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Jerome Cayangyang Roman Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. Holy Day of Obligation (call chapel for schedule) Confessions: before & after mass or upon request CCD, RCIA & Adult Ed: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Baptisms 3rd Sunday of month 10:30 a.m. Catholic Youth Group 2nd & 4th Sunday 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Protestant Worship Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Choir: Wednesday 7 p.m. Baptism: For information, contact your chaplain Womens Bible Study Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Protestant Youth Group 1st Friday Youth Quak Trip 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Friday at Chapel 5-8:30 p.m. PWOC 2nd Saturday 9:30 a.m. PMOC 3rd Saturday Prayer Breakfast 9 a.m. MOPS 1st & 3rd Thursday, 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 270-5212. The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror Shipmates, Id like to begin this weeks column by congratulating our Sailors of the Quarter: MA1 Brad Hayes, SH2 Antoine Mathews, MA3 Gerardo Gonzalez and MASN Dane Gonzalez. Their hard work, dedication to mission and outstanding personal example warrant our recogni tion and Im proud to have them as a part of our team. CONGRATS! I hope that many of you have had the opportunity to visit our new fitness center. It is an absolutely amazing facili ty. I owe a debt of gratitude to the crew at Mayport MWR and Public Works for their hard work in putting together the best Navy fitness center Ive ever seen. This project has been in the works since the 1980s and I am proud that the hard working men and women of Naval Station Mayport finally have the opportunity to fully utilize all this amazing facility has to offer. A full list of MWRs fitness classes is included in this weeks The Mirror. Make sure to check it out on page 5. There is definitely something for everyone. I want to extend an invitation to the entire Naval Station Mayport family to come out this Saturday (Oct. 26) for MWRs Festival Celebration from 1-5 p.m. at Lake Wonderwood Field. The celebration will commence immediately following Make a Difference Day activities taking place at the exact same location from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Speaking of Make a Difference Day, youre also invited to join volunteers from True Blue Navy Family Benefactors, Inc., CSX and First Coast News as part of the Lake Wonderwood Renovation Project to clean up and add a mile-long recreation path around the lake. Plans for the project also include a picnic pavilion and playground. I hope to see a lot of you out there! Thanks to everyone who gave blood Tuesday during our quarterly blood drive here in Building One. Youre donations are critical, especially with the holiday season coming up. Traditionally, the holiday season experiences the lowest donation rates, but it is during the holi days that we need it the most. Fair winds and following seas to the crew of USS Carney (DDG 64) who departed on Oct. 17 for a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. Carney will be tasked with protecting our regional partners against current and emerging threats by conducting theater security and ballistic missile defense operations in Europe and the Middle East. Welcome back to the crew of USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) and HSM-46 Detachment 9 who returned Oct. 23 after a successful comple tion of a six-month deployment to the Central Mediterranean. The ship and Detachment 9 deployed on April 23rd of this year and traveled to the U.S. 6th Fleet to support Maritime Security Operations and Theater Security Cooperation as well as Operation Active Endeavor. Before I close, I want to take a moment to remember Captain Paul A. Andy Anderson, former Commanding Officer of Naval Station Mayport (1971-1974.) Captain Anderson passed away on Oct. 5 and will be interned on Oct. 25 following a church service held at the Naval Station Mayport Chapel. After retiring from Naval Station Mayport, he and his lovely wife Rosi made a home in Atlantic Beach, running a successful outdoor furniture store here in town. My thoughts and prayers are with Rosi and his many family and friends. AndI want to personally thank him for laying the firm groundwork that allowed all that fol lowed to make Mayport the homeport of choice for our Sailors and our fami lies. Your legacy will live on as long as Naval Station Mayport has Sailors man ning its watch. Please continue sending your suggestions to wesley.mccall@navy.mil.Capt. Wesley McCall NS Mayport Commanding Officer Cyber Bullying is a pervasive and invasive form of bullying which uses the internet. A new study by cyber bullying experts, authors, and Profs. Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin has created new awareness and accompanying help for the only age group (1019) showing an upward trend in suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it. Other studies suggest that cyber bullying alone is affecting a significant number of school-age children, with nearly 25 percent to 35 percent of respondents claiming to have been bullied in chat rooms, through email, and via text messages. About 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online with one in four being verbally attacked more than once. About 35 percent of kids have been threatened online. Just last week two Florida girls aged 12 and 14 were arrested on felony charges for cyber bulling. They allegedly harassed 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick at school and then followed her online. After being tormented for a year Sedwick jumped to her death a month ago. The arrests were made after the 14-yearold suspect boasted on the Internet about the bullying. Cyberbullying is a complex problem. These are examples of how students bully each other in the high-tech world. Email: A student will send a threatening email to another, then forward it to other people. Harassment: Sending severe or persistent hurtful text or email messages to someone. Impersonation: A student may impersonate another student to make unpopular online comments. These comments can lead to the impersonated student being ostracized or further bullied in a more traditional way. Outing: This is the public display, posting, or forwarding of personal communication or images which contain sensitive personal information or images which are sexual in nature. Cell phone or laptop cameras are used as part of outing bullying. Exclusion: This is the process of designating who is in and who is out of a particular group at school. Frequently girls will exclude certain other girls from email lists or chat room conversations. As a result of their study, Patchin and Hinduja believe that [e]Cyber Bullying Doesnt Have To End In SuicideJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer A young man went into a drugstore to buy three boxes of chocolate: small, medium, and large. When the pharma cist asked him about the three boxes, he said, Im going over to a new girl friends house for supper. Then were going out. If she only lets me hold her hand, Ill give her the small box. If she lets me kiss her on the cheek, Ill give her the medium box. But if she really lets me smooch seriously, Ill give her the big box. He made his purchase and left. That evening as he sat down at dinner with his girlfriends family, he asked if he could say the prayer before the meal. He began to pray, and he prayed an earnest, intense prayer that lasted for almost five minutes. When he finished his girlfriend said, You never told me you were such a religious person. He said, And you never told me your dad was a pharmacist! Its a good thing to praywhatever the cir cumstances! Jesus had a great deal to say about prayer. In Luke 18:1-8 He shared a parable with his disciples about prayer to show them they should always pray and not give up. Basically, the parable is about a poor widow that has been wronged. The woman is determined to have justice served, so she persistently goes to the judge, a man that admits he could really care less about anyone except, perhaps, himself, but this widow just hounds him day in and day outshe is always there. The judge decides, for his own peace of mind, to grant this womans request. He doesnt do it out of any sense of jus tice, or feeling sorry for the woman; he grants it to keep her from driving him crazy. The most effective prayers in the Bible are those that were prayed persistently. In Psalm 55:16-17, David wrote: I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. Even Jesus prayed per sistently. On the night before the crucifixion, He was in the Garden of Gethsemane pouring out His heart to His Father. He prayed so intensely there were drops of blood, like sweat on His forehead. He prayed, Father, take this cup from mebut not my will but yours be done! He prayed it again and again. Three times He cried out to His Father and His Father heard Him and gave Him the strength and resolved to face the cross. Paul had some kind of painful affliction he called a thorn in the flesh. He begged God to remove the pain. He asked not once, not twice, but three times before the God answered, and when God answered, it wasnt the answer Paul wanted. God didnt take away the thorn; instead He gave him the grace to cope with the pain, so Paul began to give God glory in the midst of his pain. Persistence is an important factor in prayer. But persistence is a valuable commodity for every area of your life, not just prayer. God blesses those who persist. So whatever you may be facing right now, dont give up!Chaplain Karen Rector NS Mayport Chapel Praying Is A Good Thing In Every Situationxperience with peer harassment (most often as a target but also as a perpetrator) contributes to depression, decreased self worth, hopelessness, and loneliness all of which are precursors to suicidal thoughts and behavior. So prevention and intervention must focus on the student much more than the technology. For they have found in a survey of 2,000 randomly selected middle-schoolers in one of the USs largest school districts that Traditional bullying victims were 1.7 times more likely and traditional bullying offenders were 2.1 times more likely to have attempted suicide than those who were not traditional victims or offenders. Cyber bullying victims were 1.9 times more likely and cyber bullying offenders were 1.5 times more likely to have attempted suicide than those who were not cyber bullying victims or offenders (note the vulnerability of bullies as well as targets, school counselors, and the need to care for both). While the authors of the study concluded that suicide prevention and intervention should be included in schools bullying and cyber bullying response programs, parents can also assist with prevention and intervention. Parents who notice changes in their childs behavior should pay particular attention to the following: *The child appears upset after internet use. *The child is using his computer late at night more than usual. *There is some evidence that the child is covering his online tracks. *The childs school life is suffering (declining grades, poor attendance, reported misbehavior). Here are some tips to help parents if they suspect their child is being cyber bullied. *Maintain calm and open communication. Let them know that you trust them and that you are willing to help with whatever problem they are dealing with. *Explain that revenge will not solve the problem and could make it worse. *Help your child keep records of chat transcripts, photos, or emails for evidence. *Report the abuse to the perpetrators internet service provider or cell phone service provider. *Communicate the abuse to the schools designated administrator. If the child will not share the problem with you, call the childs school counselor and ask if she will talk to your child about your concerns. It is important to stop the bullying and the suicides. The Duval County School Board has adopted an anti-bullying policy to address bullying in the district. If your child tells you he has been bullied, the incident should be reported to the school principal or another trusted adult. See Bully, Page 3


This report can be done anonymously on paper at www.duvalschools.org or by phone at (904) 390CALL. An investigation will be conducted by the school principal or his/her designee. Consequences will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. If necessary, individuals involved will be referred for appropriate services. For More Information www.netfamilynews.org articles: Parenting & the digital drama overload Cyberbullying & bullyingrelated suicides: 1 way to help our digital-age kids community.norton.com/ t5/Ask-Marian/Increased Media Consumption and Impact on Youth: 7 Steps for Controlling Runaway Media Use www.connectsafety.org articles: Tips to Prevent Sexting; Online Safety 3.0: Empowering and Protecting Youth Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article or concerns about an educational issue impacting your child, she can be reached via email at Judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.From Page 2BullyCOMNAVSURFLANT Addresses Current, Future Surface Warfare Leaders Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (COMSURFLANT), recently discussed his five major points of emphasis with current and future waterfront leaders during two separate evens held at Naval Station Norfolk. His remarks at his first SURFLANT Waterfront leadership Commanders Call and at the Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC) graduation will be a recurring drum beat that will be heard throughout the east coast surface forces in months to come. Surface warfare offi cers have an ethos of producing results, often in spite of insurmountable obstacles. It is a trait that makes our community great, he said. During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, I need your help in checking that trait in favor of a deliber ate and questioning atti tude that ensures safe operations and training. Gumataotaos fervent focus is to produce and deliver combat ready ships to safeguard national security and protect the lives and property of our Nations citizens while preserving the Fleet Readiness Training Plan progression. Am I enthusiastic about things? Yes! I focus my enthusiasm on the deckplates. I focus my enthusiasm on Sailors. I focus my enthusiasm on the leadership that leads Sailors; thats where my enthusiasm lies, said Gumataotao. Displaying this enthu siasm during the grad uation ceremony, Gumataotao expressed his pride for the graduates and challenged them to maximize their potential for themselves, for their command, and for the Navy. Find the discipline to be very good at your pro fession, he urged. Youre not just an ensign. Youre a surface warfare profes sional. Elaborating on the teamwork required to achieve success, he dis cussed the importance of trust, reminding the BDOC graduates that a team cannot succeed without trust, and that there is no trust without competency. His five priorities are based on this principle. Gumataotaos first four priorities are to improve the tactical and technical competence of Sailors by utilizing as many resources as possible, to pro duce combat ready ships by taking care of people and systems, to manage wholeness, and to syn chronize lines of effort between all surface war fare stakeholders. Being a good division officer is not just about ship handling. Its not just about engineering. It is also about your charac ter, he explained. I need your help, because at the end of the day, after all your training and all your certifications are done, were going to send you out there to do our coun trys work. Youre going to execute that. Are you going to be ready? The admirals fifth point of emphasis is to promote Navy family wellness. He asked that everyone remember the civilian workforce who, as part of the Navy family, took hits for the team during the recent summer furlough and government shut down. He asked for a 360 degree perspective from the fleet on how best to support them and seam lessly reintegrate them as they return. Addressing sexual assault in the Force, Gumataotao echoed the message being heard throughout the Navy, that assault against one, affects all and will not be tolerated. He tasked the wardroom and chiefs messes to tune in on the message and not let it become background stat ic. The impact of one case affects the victim, the advocate, the crew, the ship, he said. The admiral also dis cussed the fiscally chal lenging environment SURLFANT faces this year as the Navy forges ahead. His advice to wardrooms and chiefs messes is to remind Sailors of the value they bring to this country and of their responsibility to maintain the greatest Navy in the world. He encouraged leaders to be patient, to commu nicate with each other, stressing that SURFLANT is here to support the waterfront. Were gonna be fine; there is a plan. But this is not business as usual not anymore. Continue to make us proud in all you do by maintain ing high standards, said Gumataotao. Live our Navy core values. Dont just talk about it; always strive to be better. Guard against complacency and mediocrity. Finally, treat each other with mutual respect. Work as a team and take care of each other.Chapel Hosts Harvest FestNaval Station Mayport Chapel will hold its annual Harvest Festival on Nov. 2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Chapel grounds. Sponsored by the Protestant Women of the Chapel, there will be food, fun, games and prizes for the family. There will also be a moonwalk, cake walk, crafts and games. All DoD cardholders and dependents are invited to attend. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013 3


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013 NS Mayport Gets Physical!Patrons didnt wait for the official ribbon cut ting of the new Mayport Fitness Center on Oct. 16 to get in their work outs. By the time the newly renovated gym opened its doors at 5 a.m., people were filing in to get sweaty and stay fit. Years in the making, the new 100,000 square foot fitness center incor porates all elements of a full-fledged fitness program into a single facil ity in a centralized loca tion. It includes more than 18,000-square-feet of strength training and car dio floor area, three group exercise rooms, a cycling studio, two basketball courts, two racquetball courts, a family fitness room, and a 50-meter indoor pool. Later in the morn ing, representatives from MWR, Public Works, Naval Station Mayport and contracting company Sauer Inc. were joined by guests and patrons to celebrate the completion of the gym. This project dates back to a 1985 program when the helicopter squad rons were established at Mayport, according to Public Works Officer, Cmdr. Phillip LaVallee. Because of the squad rons, the naval station was required to have an indoor training pool for search and rescue qualification requirements. Over the next 28 years, the scope of the project grew to include renovat ing the existing gym and adding additional square footage of fitness space. The Navy is committed to establishing Fitness for Life for all members of the Navy communi ty, said Mayport MWR Director Lonnie Kenney. The primary goal is to help people make healthy lifestyle decisions. The campaign slo gan for this campaign is Exercise Your Options, along with the motto: Stay Healthy Stay Fit Stay Navy, Kenney added. The goal of the Navys Fitness program is to create a total fitness program for all members of the Navy Community. Our servicemen and women and their fami lies deserve the very best training to support them as they support the nation at home and abroad. Thats why I fought so hard on Capitol Hill to make sure Naval Station Mayport had the funds it needed to move forward with plans to upgrade and add to its gymna sium. The coaching and discipline available through weight rooms, cardio machines, and other areas of the facil ity will keep our military strong, and the state-ofthe-art indoor pool will provide rescue swimmer training for helicopter squadrons completing a long standing, but unful filled training require ment. Families and the entire base community will benefit from the new facility as well an effec tive use of resources and a winning combination for all, said Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Funding for the new Fitness Center was provided through the FY10 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill as a congressional add by Crenshaw. The fitness center will support Navy training requirements and offer multiple opportuni ties for self-directed and group led physical fit ness options for its entire patron base. The fitness centers facility spaces were designed to serve multi ple purposes, and include systems that extend the buildings service life far beyond traditional proj ects. For more information, please call (904) 270-5228. -Photos by Paige GnannMWR Sports Coordinator Rita Hammerstad leads a tour of the new facility during the centers grand opening on Oct. 16. Left, Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Joe Drab of HSL-60 works out on one of several weight machines in the strength training floor area of the new gym. Above, Swimmers take advantage of the 50-meter indoor pool. The new cycling studio is a popular addition to the new fitness center. Electricians Mate 2nd Class Scott Grant of SERMC spots Lt. Cmdr. Ian Brown of COMDESRON 40 during a work out. Sailors finish up a game of basketball on the newly renovated courts. Sailors lift weights in the strength training and cardio floor area.


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013 5 -Photos by Paige GnannPictured from left, NS Mayport Fitness Coordinator Emily Deason, Congressman Ander Crenshaw representatives Jackie Smith and Erica Striebel, MWR Fitness and Athletics Director John Aimone, MWR Director Lonnie Kenney, NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, Public Works Officer Cmdr. Phillip LaVallee and Operations Manager Ronnie Jones of Sauer Inc. cut the ribbon to the newly renovated Mayport Fitness Center on Oct. 16. The center now houses a new 18,000 square foot strength training and cardio floor area, three group exercise rooms, a cycling studio, two basketball courts, two racquentball courts, a family fitness room and a 50-meter indoor pool. Above, runners take advantage of the large window view at the new fitness center. New rowing machines provide a whole body work out. Elliptical machines provide a low impact work out. Nadia Schmidt works on her core at the newly renovated fitness center.


Flu Vaccine Available At BHMC Mayport Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport is now providing annual influenza (flu) vaccine to service members, retirees and families. The flu vaccine is required for all active duty military personnel, selected reserves and healthcare workers, and is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for everyone age six months and up. Its the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. According to CDC, sea sonal epidemics of influ enza occur every year in the United States, usu ally between October and April. Typically, epi demics cause thousands to tens of thousands of deaths and about 200,000 hospitalizations each year in the U.S. A vaccine to prevent influenza has been avail able since the 1940s, yet some patients dont take the time to get the vac cine, even after the recent 2009 H1N1 global pan demicthe first such pandemic in more than 40 years. The flu can be very dangerous, especially to the young and elder ly, said Cmdr. Michael Service, NBHC Mayport officer in charge. Vaccination is the pri mary means of reducing seasonal flu illness and its complications. Vaccine protects both the individ ual and the community as a whole, by reducing and preventing the spread of the disease. Influenza is a virus that infects the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs. It is highly contagious, spreading from person to person by coughing, shaking hands, sneez ing or talking closely with another person. Typical flu symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, congestion, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing. Flu can lead to more severe infections like pneumo niaespecially in the elderly and the immuno compromised. H1N1 flu virus has similar symp toms, sometimes also including vomiting and diarrhea, and can cause severe infections in younger patients, preg nant women and chil dren. NBHC Mayport offers two kinds of flu vaccine. Flu mistan intranasal vaccine that is squirted into the nosecan be given to healthy patients ages two to 49. The injectable vaccine (flu shot) is given to pregnant moms, diabetic patients, asthmatics and anyone with a chronic medical condition such as emphysema. The shot is safe for pregnant women at any time during pregnancy. Since babies arent able to get the vaccine until age six months, mom is babys best protection. Breastfeeding also helps protect babies, thanks to the protective flu antibodies that appear in moms milk about two weeks after immunization. Potential side effects are usually mild. The flu mist can cause mild conges tion and a runny nose, but it cant grow in the lungs and cant cause pneu monia. The flu shot can cause some redness and pain at the injection site, muscle ache, and a low grade feverbut because the virus is completely inactivated, it cannot possibly cause influenza. At NBHC Mayport, patients can walk-in for flu vaccine Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Other important immunizations include human papillomavirus (HPV), pneumococcal and the entire spectrum of child hood vaccines. For more information, visit www. cdc.gov. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient populationabout 163,000 active and retired sail ors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their familiesmore than 57,000 are enrolled with a primary care manag er at one of its facilities. To find out more about NBHC Mayport, visit the command website at www.med.navy.mil/sites/ NavalHospitalJax. -Photo by MCC William TownsendHospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jessica Keene administers the flu vaccine in mist form to Naval Station Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall. The vaccine is available for patients by walking in Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prescription Drug Take-back Day On Oct. 26 Beneficiaries of the TRICARE military health plan have a safe and easy way to dispose of excess prescription drugs. During the Drug Enforcement Agencys semiannual National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, collection sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 for peo ple to bring excess pre scription drugs that oth erwise could be misused or abused or could cause environmental contami nation. According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations National Survey on Drug Use and Health, twice as many Americans regu larly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucino gens, heroin and inhal ants combined. The same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescrip tion pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the fam ily medicine cabinet. During DEAs take-back day in April, more than 371 tons of unneeded prescription medications were collected at more than 5,800 locations. The last six take-back days have collected and removed from circula tion more than 2.8 million pounds of prescription medications. Prescription and overthe-counter solid dos age medications tablets and capsules are accepted, but intravenous solu tions, injectable medica tions and needles are not. Illicit substances such as marijuana or metham phetamine are not a part of this program, officials said. 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013


Above, the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), with embarked HSL-48 Detachment 5, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203). Seaman Randy Tuff signals to rise a rigid-hull inflatable boat during a man overboard drill aboard USS Monterey. Monterey and HSL-48 Detachment 5 are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. -Photos by MC3 Billy Ho THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013 7


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SERMC Celebrates Navy Birthday Military and civil ian members from the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) gathered on Friday, October 11 to celebrate the U.S. Navys birthday. SERMCs Commanding Officer, Capt. Dave Gombas, opened the cer emony with remarks to commemorate the Navys 238th birthday. From our humble beginnings 238 years ago, we became and continue to still be the most pow erful navy in history, he said. None of that could have been possible without people to main tain and fix those ships throughout the years. From the original wood ships that relied on wind and sails for power to todays gas turbines, diesel engines and nucle ar propulsion plants, the one thing they have had in common is the neces sity for maintenance and repairs by people like us. said Gombas. Following the remarks, the Navy birthday cake was cut with a Navy sword with the most and least seasoned members of the command, a traditional part of a Navy birthday celebration. Chief Warrant Officer Deborah Eady, Reynaldo Gabe Gabriel, Boatswains Mate Seaman Recruit Jimmy Edwards, and Natalie Fitch repre sented the command in the cake cutting. The origins of the Navy are traced back to October 13, 1775, when the 2nd Continental Congress approved the purchase of two armed vessels to intercept British ships in the lead up to the American Revolutionary War. During the Revolutionary War, Americas young navy grew to include 50 ships and played an important role in winning the war. Following the war, Congress authorized the construction of six frig ates, including the USS Constitution, which still holds an active com mission and is current ly moored in Boston, Massachusetts. -Photo courtesy of SERMCAbove, SERMC command members, Reynaldo Gabe Gabriel and Boatswains Mate Seaman Recruit Jimmy Edwards (center), participated in SERMCs Navy birth day celebration on Oct. 11. SERMCs Commanding Officer, Capt. Dave Gombas (left), presided over the ceremony. Right, SERMC command members, Natalie Fitch and Chief Warrant Officer Deborah Eady (center), cut a birthday cake in celebration of the Navys 238th birthday. Attendees enjoy good food and company at Naval Station Mayports Navy Ball held at Ocean Breeze Conference Center on Oct. 18. NS Mayport celebrated the 238th birthday of the U.S. Navy.-Photo by AC2 Shavon Armstrong THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013 9


The Sullivans Provides Safety Of Life At Sea The guided-mis sile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) pro vided assistance to a distressed fishing dhow while operating in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 24. The Sullivans, posi tioned 70 miles away from the dhow, proceeded toward the ship to provide assistance until further aid could arrive. Before The Sullivans arrived on scene, the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) dispatched their visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team to make ini tial contact with the adrift vessel. They provided food and water to the fishermen on board but had to continue on a transit. Upon reaching the dhow, The Sullivans deployed a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) with a small crew of security personnel, two engi neers, an electrician and a translator. An initial investigation determined the dhows engine was inoperable due to mechanical failure. The Sullivans helped the dhow anchor and con tacted the United Arab Emirates Coast Guard to help provide further assistance. We were able to suc cessfully integrate with a U.A.E. Coast Guard heli copter and surface assets to ensure the safety of the dhows crew, said Lt. Erin Connor, tactical action officer aboard The Sullivans. Providing assistance to mariners is what makes this job and this deploy ment worth it for me, said Gunners Mate 3rd Class Nicholas Tiger, The Sullivans search and res cue swimmer. The Sullivans is deployed in support of maritime security opera tions and theater securi ty cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. -Photos courtesy of USS The SullivansA stranded dhow floats off the port side of USS The Sullivans. A USS The Sullivans VBSS team member hands over food and water to a crew member of an adrift dhow. A USS The Sullivans crew member assists a crew mem ber of a distressed fishing dhow with engine repairs after coming to the ships rescue while operating in the Arabian Gulf. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013


Military Reduces Community, Public OutreachPentagon officials announced a plan Oct. 18 that will enable the mili tary services to resume conducting commu nity and public outreach activities in the new fis cal year, but at a signifi cantly reduced capacity. This cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal year 2014. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the Pentagons new strategic approach to community outreach in an internal memorandum to service chiefs and other military leaders. Many activities, including the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds air demonstration teams, will resume, but at a more limited frequency than in previous years. Even given the aus tere fiscal climate, Secretary Hagel believes the Defense Department must preserve vital links between service mem bers and communities across the country, said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. Little said that the new guidelines are part of a careful balancing act and demonstrate the Departments determina tion to make the most efficient use of resources. Community out reach brings Americans together in communi ties across the nation and helps inspire some to serve, builds support at home for those deployed in harms way, and helps to ensure education, employment and wellness initiatives evolve to serve veterans, Hagel noted in the memo directing these changes. Community engagements have tan gible value in that they showcase our superior combat power, demon strate readiness to defend the nation, and help to preserve the all-volunteer force, Hagel wrote. It is unfortunate that sequestration restric tions have kept us from connecting with nearly a half-billion people worldwide over the last six months, and required us to withdraw support from more than 2,800 events throughout the country, the secretary wrote. A senior defense official noted that this plan rein states at a 45% reduced capacity: the jet and parachute demonstration teams, band and ceremonial unit appearances, port visits, service weeks, and nonprofit and corpo rate leader outreach. The connections between U.S. service members and the civil ians they defend are important to active and reserve service members, their families, and veter ans, the secretary said in his memo. Community and public outreach is a crucial Departmental activity that reinforces trust and confidence in the United States Military and in its most important assetpeople, Hagel asserted. It is our obligation to sustain that trust well into the future.FFSC Classes For Sailors, FamiliesThe following class es 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. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey Avenue. Oct. 24, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., FAP Key Personnel Training, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Command Financial Specialist Training, FFSC Bldg. 1 Oct. 28, Anger Management Workshop FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Ages 5-12 FFSC Building 1, Room 607 Oct. 30, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Military Family Employment Orientation FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 30, 1:30-3 p.m., Military Family Employment Resume Writing FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Oct. 30, 4:30 -5:30 p.m., Home Buying, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616NCIS Works To Break The SilenceNCIS Mayport is part nering with the Fleet and Family Support Center for the fight against Domestic Violence. An awareness and education program spearheaded by NCIS unites law enforcement and community service organizations in educat ing Sailors, Marines, and DON civilians about common threats to their safe ty. Operational stress can lead to domestic violence. Education helps sailors identify their stressors and ways to cope with them before they escalate into criminal behavior. Its not easy to leave work at the office. Too often we bring problems from our job home with us or bring the stressor from our pri vate lives to work. The awareness campaign will help victims and potential victims understand what resources are available to them. Domestic violence directly impacts sailors and in turn erodes operational readiness and mili tary morale and welfare. For these reasons, it is to everyones benefit to promote stable family relationships. Working to prevent domestic violence helps sustain healthy families and assure mission readiness! Remember: if you See Something WrongDo Something Right: Text NCIS + your tip info to CRIMES (274637) More information is available at www.ncis. navy.mil. Agents assigned to the NCIS Resident Agency Mayport, Fl are available 24 hrs/ 7 days a week to provide assis tance. Information brought to you by Supervisory Special Agent, Sabrina Friday, NCIS Resident Agency Mayport, FL; Office Number: 9042702237 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013 11


Auto Skills Center Oct. Special: 10% off open stall fees and 4-wheel brake job, turn rotors, tire rotation and balance $225 (most vehi cles). 270-5392 Tire Special: Buy four tires and receive free rotation on those tires for life (must show receipt to receive rotation). 2705392 Beachside Bingo Wednesdays: Lunchtime Bingo Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 2707204 Oct. 18: Bingomania. 6:30 pm at Beachside Bingo. Over $17,000 in prizes, drawings, prize wheel, dessert table & more! call and sign up; no tickets required. 5 pack Computers $99.00 All Paper Packs $30.00; No Coupons to be used on this day. 270-7204 Castaways Lounge Every Weekday: Castaways After Work, At Ease: Stop into Castaways every Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. for our great nightly specials! Enjoy Margarita Monday, Tuesdays Pint Glass Night, Around-theWorld Wednesday, BOGO Thursday and Five Dollar Friday! Plus, Last Buck Bottles on the 14th and last day of every month! 2707205 Every Thursday: Trivia on Tap. 6 p.m. at Castaways. Test your general trivia knowledge! the winning team of four takes home awesome prizes! 270-7205 NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flatscreens. Drink specials throughout the day and opportunity to win prizes every Sunday. 270-7205 Oct. 25: Liberty Halloween Party. 8 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. Be prepared to be scared to death. DJ, food, costume contest, prizes, games and more. 2707205 Community Events Oct. 26: Make a Difference Day 8 a.m.1 p.m. True Blue Navy Family Benefactors has partnered with First Coast News to assist in Naval Station Mayports Lake Wonderwood Project. We are inviting volunteers from the Naval Station Mayport Community to assist in this event focus ing on helping our base community. We will fol low this event with our annual Fall Fest. 270-5228 Oct. 26: Fall Fest 2013. 1-5 p.m. at Sea Otter Pavilion. Free activities include a haunted house, games, rides, bounce houses, take your own pictures in the pump kin patch and more. Food and beverages will be available. A variety of vendors will be on-hand selling arts and crafts, baked goodies, and more. Purchase your seasonal pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. 270-5228 Focsle Lounge CPO Club Every Tuesday: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink specials and allyou-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 270-5431 Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a twopiece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 270-5431 ITT Monster Jam Tickets Now On Sale. Tickets are now on sale for Monster Jam on Feb. 22, 2014 at Everbank Stadium. 200s section is $22 and 100s is $42. 270-5145 Halloween Horror Nights Now On Sale. Tickets are now available for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando select nights from Sept. 20Oct. 31. Prices range from $44.25-$74.25. 270-5145 Jacksonville Zoo Halloween Spooktacular Tickets on Sale. Dates available Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-31. Tickets are $9.00, ages 3 and up (under 3 are free) 2705145 The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. Oct. 27: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Francisco 49ers. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15; Sign up by Oct. 21. Oct. 29: Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Oct. 30: Call of Duty Black Ops Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, October 24, 2013 13 he earned his Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Following graduation, he reported to United States Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska. There he served as Chief, Strategic Mobile Communication Center Management Branch under the C4I Systems Directorate. In 2009, Walsh became the first Commanding Officer of the Spartans of HSM-70. Following command, he report ed to Director of Naval Air Warfare on the OPNAV staff working as the SH-60B/MH-60R Requirements Officer. Walsh has served as HSM40s Commanding Officer since May 2012. Walsh has accumulat ed more than 4,000 flight hours in naval aircraft. Perrella enlisted in the Navy in 1985 from Fountain Valley, Calif., and served as an Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Technician (AX) in HSL41 and HSL-47 located at NAS North Island, Calif. He was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator through the Naval Aviation Cadet Program (NAVCAD) in December 1992. Upon completion of his SH-60B Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training, Perrella reported in January 1994 to the Warlords of HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces. He deployed as Detachment Operations Officer aboard USS Hewitt (DD 963) and as Detachment Maintenance Officer aboard USS Thach (FFG 43) both in support of Operation Southern Watch. His next assignment was as a FRS Flight Instructor with HSL-41 from March 1997 to June 1999 were he served as the Training Schedules Officer, Personnel Officer, and SH-60B Curriculum Model Manager. In July 1999, he report ed to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) as the Mini Boss and completed a Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment. While deployed, Tarawa par ticipated in humanitar ian relief operations off East Timor and Operation Determined Response following the terrorist attack against USS COLE (DDG 67) in Aden Harbor, Yemen. After earning a M.S. Degree in Information Systems Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Perrella returned to HSL-41 serving as the Training Officer and MH-60R FRS Transition Team Leader. He was named the 2003 HSL-41 Officer of the Year. In July 2004, Perrella joined the Easy Riders of HSL-37 in Kaneohe Bay, HI. He deployed as Detachment Four Officer-in-Charge aboard USS CHOSIN (CG 65) as part of the Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group and conduct ed Maritime Security Operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Upon his return, he served as the squadron Maintenance Officer. Following his Department Head tour, he reported to Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN in October 2006 where he served as the HSM/TYCOM Placement Officer and PERS 43 Deputy Director. In December 2008, Perrella returned to the Forward Deployed Naval Forces as HSL 51s Executive Officer and assumed command of the Warlords in May 2010. During this tour, the Warlords earned two consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards and participated in Operation TOMODACHI disaster relief and contingency management efforts as part of Carrier Air Wing Five and 14. Perrella was the recipient of the 2010 Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award. In July 2011, Perrella reported to the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J5 where he served as a Western Hemisphere/Homeland Defense politico-mili tary planner and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director. Perrella has accumulat ed more than 2,600 rotary wing flight hours. From Page 1HSM-40ing freedom and democ racy around the world, said Capt. Wes McCall, Naval Station Mayport Commanding Officer. I extend my heart-felt thanks to Chase and Tim McGraw for choosing Naval Station Mayport as the location to share their time and talents in honor of Americas fighting forces. Since McGraw part nered with Chase and Operation Homefront over a year ago to create the HomeFront program, they have awarded more than 70 mortgage-free homes to wounded war riors and military mem bers in need and will give another to a deserving family on Nov. 10. With one million servicemem bers projected to transi tion out of the military by 2016, the HomeFront program helps returning vet erans successfully transi tion back to civilian life and build a solid foundation for the future.Chase has provided more than 600 mortgage-free homes to military families through its nonprofit partners as part of an initia tive to award 1,000 homes to deserving veterans and their families. Awarding homes is one part of a broader pro gram JPMorgan Chase launched in 2011 aimed at positioning transition ing servicemembers, vet erans and their families for successful and happy post-service lives. The bank is a founding mem ber of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of 120 leading companies work ing together to collectively hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. In less than three years, the coalition mem bers have already hired more than 77,000 U.S. military veterans. McGraws latest sin gle, Southern Girl, off his current album TWO LANES OF FREEDOM is quickly climbing up the Top 10 on the radio charts and comes on the heels of his 34th career No. one hit. Herecently received three nomina tions for Novembers CMA Awardsfor his PLATINUM certified No. one single Highway Dont Care, an allstarcollaboration with Taylor Swift, featuring Keith Urban on guitar. Over hiscareer, McGraw has sold over 40 mil lion albums, won three GRAMMYs, 15 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards and 10 AMAs, while simultaneously main taining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as the Oscar nominated The Blind Side Country Strong Friday Night Lights and theupcoming Disney production, Tomorrowland starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird,scheduled for release in theaters late 2014.From Page 1McGraw FRA 290 Halloween Carnival-Oct. 26 Come out to Fleet Reserve 290 on Mayport Road for the Halloween Carnival. It is free and open to military families. There will be food and games for the children, a costume contest, bounce house, and pictures. You must preregister for this event. You can register by calling (904) 629-4444 and via email: fra290car nival@yahoo.com. No Dough Dinner Monday, Oct. 28 from 5-7 p.m., the Mayport USO Center will host a No Dough Dinner. This is free for Active Duty Service Members and their immediate fami lies. The wonderful staff and volunteers will serve soup night, grilled cheese, salad, and dessert. Military Spouse Vendor Show Looking for holiday gift ideas? Are you a military spouse with a small busi ness? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the Military Spouse Vendor Show at the Mayport USO on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. is for you. Please email milwivesbusinessande vents@gmail.com for more information or to become a vendor. Vendor slots fill fast, so sign up today. Americas Heroes CelebrationNov. 15 Nov. 15, Grammy award winner T-Pain will celebrate the local mili tary and their families in the greater Jacksonville area. In an effort to raise awareness and support our troops and families through the Greater Jacksonville USO, T-Pain will perform at a special event at the Times Union Center. Partnered with Mildeals.com, Budweiser, Ernie Palmer Toyota Scion, and Pepsi; the T-Pain & Friends Concert will salute Jacksonvilles military community and the mission of the Greater Jacksonville USO. A por tion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. For the musicians out there, keep an eye on the blast to find out how you can open the show. Legends Of HockeyTickets On Sale Now The Mayport and NAS Jacksonville USO centers are selling discounted tickets to the Legends of Hockey. On Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena will play host to its first-ever NHL Legends Hockey Game, as part of a weekend of sports-related activities. The NHL stars will be joined by for mer Jacksonville hockey pros representing three teams from the citys hockey history. Former Bullets, Lizard Kings, and Barracudas players will compete in an exhibi tion game against NHL Legends Ray Bourque, Ron Duguay, Rick Middleton, Gary Leeman, Stephane Richer, Mike Krushelnyski, and oth ers. Tickets are $22 each ( a $3 savings)/cash only and are open to Active Duty, Retirees, Reservists, National Guard, DOD, and Veterans. NOSA Holiday BazaarDec. 7 Join NOSA at the Mayport USO for their annual holiday bazaar. There will be food, ven dors, and fun for all. NOSA will provide free holiday photos so come dressed in your holiday best. For vendor reg istration, please email Jennifer.wilsnack@gmail. com. See attached flyer for more information. Military Spouse COMPASS Program COMPASS is a spouseto-spouse mentoring program that introduces participants to all aspects of the military lifestyle. COMPASS offers mili tary spouses the oppor tunity to establish a peer network, acquire knowl edge and develop skills necessary to successfully meet future challenges of military life. Please come join us! Well be sure to make you smile, help you meet other spouses, pro vide you with YUMMY Dinners, and even reim burse you for babysitting fees** (please inquire with a Compass Mentor for more info). Registration IS REQUIRED! Please visit www.gocompass.org to find a Session near you. Holiday Food Baskets And Giving TreeTaking Donations Now Help local service members in need this holiday season. The Mayport and NAS Jacksonville USO centers are in need of food donations for our holiday food basket program to help provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to ser vice members in need as well as toy donations. Are You Ready For Some Football? Jaguar Ticket sales will begin at noon. Price is $15 per ticket (cash only). All active duty mem bers, including Florida National Guard, Reserve personnel who are on current active duty orders and dependents are eligi ble to purchase/use these tickets. Tickets are first come, first served. There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary ser vice is also available. Watch TV or a movie from the video library Service members can also enjoy video games or use the sports equipment. There is a full kitchen, showers, a quiet reading room and a meeting room available at the USO. The USO is available for meetings, support groups, receptions, parties and pre-deployment briefs. A TV, VCR and overhead projector are available for use. For more information about activities or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. Thursday, Oct. 24 Saturday, Oct. 26 The Friends of the Beaches Branch Library will hold their semiannual book sale start ing Thursday, October 24 between 3-5p.m. This is for members only. Membership will be sold at the door with individual cost starting at $5. Light refreshment is offered. All books are priced at $2 or less. Friday, Oct. 25 the Community Room opens at 10 a.m. free to the public and closes at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 is Bag Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at $10.00 per bag and indi vidual books half price. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Beaches Branch Library at 600 N. Third Street, Neptune Beach. Friday, Oct. 25 The UF/IFAS Extension Duval County Office will be offering a class on Food Preservation from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The pro gram will focus mainly on the proper techniques in canning foods safely, however freezing and drying will also be covered. Come and learn the newest rules and techniques for keeping your family safe while preserving your favorite foods all year long. All participants will receive the newest food preservation information and will have the oppor tunity to make their own homemade jelly. Cost is $10 per person. Space is limited, pre-registration and pre-payment are required by Wednesday, Oct. 23. Please contact Sandra or Melanie at 904255-7450 to register. Tuesday, Oct. 29 The Duval County Extension Offices/UF IFAS will be offering a Fall Gardening Workshop from 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the Beaches Branch Library, 600 3rd St. Neptune Beach. This free workshop will cover fall gardening tips along with maintaining and sharpening your gardening tools. To pre-reg ister, please call Becky at 904-255-7450 or email her at beckyd@coj.net with your name and phone number. Saturday, Nov. 2 The University Of Florida Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program will present a program on Cooking Healthy for the Holidays at the Duval County Extension Office, 1010 North McDuff Avenue on at 10 A.M. Come deco rate and bake using fresh herbs of the season. Sample a variety of tasty dishes using herbs as the centerpiece. Reserve your spot and take home recipes and ideas to make your holiday one to remember. All ages are encouraged to par ticipate in this workshop! Reservations and prepayment are necessary by Tuesday, Oct. 29. You may pre-register at: https:// cookinghealthyforfall. eventbrite.com or con tact Sandra at 255-7450 to schedule your reserva tion. Sunday, Nov. 3 Put on your walk ing shoes and spend an hour following Johnny Woodhouse, The Beaches Leader resident his tory detective, as he leads a tour of two his toric Beaches cemeteries on at 1 p.m. Tour goers will hear the historic tid bits and tales behind H. Warren Smith and Lee Kirkland cemeteries and the Beaches com munity intriguing past. Tickets are $10 and $7 for Beaches Museum mem bers and are available for purchase at the Beaches Museum, 381 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach. The tour is limited to 40 people. For information about the tour, please visit BeachesMuseum.org Saturday, Nov. 9 To honor local veterans and raise awareness and funding for JU student veterans, Jacksonville Universitys Student Veterans of America chapter is holding a Color Run at 10 a.m. Veterans and non-veterans alike are invited to take part in the weekend, as par ticipants or spectators. All proceeds from the run will help fund JU student veteran services, includ ing helping with a new Student Veterans Center in the Founders Building on the JU campus. Visit http://www.ju.edu/ VA/Pages/5K-ColorRun.aspx, or contact JU SVA Chapter President Danielle DAmato at (240) 577-0836 or SVA@jack sonville.edu. Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Penman Road, Neptune Beach, is hosting its annual Veterans Day Dinner Dance at 6 p.m. Dinner, including cornish game hen, will be followed by entertainment. Tickets are limited and a great value at only $15 per person. Call the church office at 249-5370 today to reserve yours today!Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR


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