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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Welcome PC Tornado, Zephyr-Photo by Paige GnannUSS Tornado (PC 14) pulls up beside USS Zephyr (PC 8) as the ships shift homeport to Naval Station Mayport on Oct. 31. The Patrol Coastal ships have a crew of 30 and are very agile, responsive and capable of performing a wide range of missions. Two new ships line the pier at Naval Station Mayport when Patrol Coastal ships, USS Tornado (PC 14) and USS Zephyr (PC 8) completed their homeport shift from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia to Naval Station Mayport on Oct 31. The crew of USS Tornado is excited to become a part of the Mayport family, said Lt. Cmdr. Mike Mullen, USS Tornado commanding officer. As a small, tight knit command similar to Naval Station Mayport, I believe our Sailors will fit in well. We look forward to joining the communi ty. It is a privilege to bring Zephyr to the Mayport waterfront, said Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Follett, USS Zephyr commanding offi cer. Our ship and crew is joining a great team in Mayport with the fin est shore support and the friendliest atmosphere imaginable. We look for ward to becoming part of such a welcoming and supportive community. The ships families are expected to move in December during winter break. Commissioned June 24, 2000, Tornado (PC 14) is the newest and most capable of the Cyclone Class Patrol Coastal ships. Her design focused on perfecting the deliverance of Navy Special Warfare forces ashore while con ducting various low and medium intensity con flict operations in littoral regions of the world. In January 2002, Tornado embarked on her maiden deployment an independent Maritime Homeland Security deployment to the Gulf of Mexico in support of Operation Noble Eagle and in support of U.S. Coast Guard District Seven. During this deployment Tornado and her crew safely trav eled over 10,000 nautical miles, conducted 26 SSBN escorts, 1 CVN escort, 6 cruise ship escorts, 16 Noble Eagle merchant vessel boarding operations, and 138 merchant vessel challenges for maritime domain awareness. Additionally, Tornado conducted security patrols in support of two space shuttle launches and participated in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida Annual Sea and Air Exposition. Shortly after returning from deploy -Photo by Paige GnannAir-Traffic Controller Airman Jared Wood, Air-Traffic Controller Airman Recruit Lauryn Lubenstein and Quartermaster 1st Class Angel Rivera give a new paint job to an anchor recently installed at Building One. The anchor used to sit across the street from the static display helicopter on Maine Street and had a long tradition of being decorated by family support groups to welcome home deployed ships. The anchor was moved in mid October to its current home, while another anchor was placed just north in Memorial Park.Commissaries To Begin Scanning IDsCommissaries will soon begin scanning custom ers Department of Defense ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency continues its pursuit to deliver a 21st century benefit. The commissary at Fort Lee, Va., became the first store to scan ID cards on Oct. 22 as the first part of an agency-wide rollout to all stores that begins Nov. 10 and will be completed by mid-January. Commissary shoppers are used to showing their ID cards to establish their eligibility to use the commissary. By scanning the ID at checkout, DeCA will no longer need to maintain any personal informa tion on customers in its computer systems, such as the system used for customers who write checks. Scanning will also help improve the commissary benefit for all patrons, according to Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. In addition to verifying customers as authorized commissary patrons, well gain information that will give us a better understanding of our patrons, allowing the agency to provide the commissary benefit more effectively and efficiently, Jeu said. Cross-referenced with other DOD data, the scan data will give DeCA useful information about patron See PCs, Page 9 See ID, Page 13


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 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, I want to begin this weeks column by extending a welcome to the crews of USS Tornado (PC 14) and USS Zephyr (PC 8) our newest additions to the finest homeport in the Navy. These Cyclone Class Patrol Coastal (PC) ships made the homeport shift to Mayport on Oct. 31 from Little Creek Virginia. These PCs are very agile, responsive and capable of performing a wide range of mis sions from search and rescue, special operations and maritime patrol. I had the honor of meeting the ships as they pulled pierside and both Commanding Officers stated their crews were excited to make the move. I know we are excited to have them. I also want to welcome Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Korody to Naval station Mayport. Korody is the supervising attorney for the Navy Victims Legal Counsel (VLC) Program within Navy Region Southeast. VLC is a new CNO initiative set up to provide military attorneys to victims of sexual assault. He and judge advo cates assigned to VLC Program units at NAS Jacksonville, NAS Pensacola, NCBC Gulfport, and Joint Base San Antonio will provide legal services to victims of sexual assault, including assistance and advo cacy in the investigative and military justice processes. To make an appoint ment to speak to a VLC, contact Korody at 270-6289 ext. 1213 or patrick.korody@ navy.mil or stop by his office located in Building 1 (RM 1104.) Congratulations to Mr. Edward Ramos of Naval Station Mayports Fire & Emergency Services for being awarded the Naval Station Mayport Employee of the Quarter (4th Quarter) on Oct. 31. The competition was extremely tight and each nominee truly is an outstanding member of the Mayport team. Thanks Mr. Ramos for your tireless efforts in keeping us safe here at Naval Station Mayport. I want to thank True Blue Navy Families Benefactors, Inc., First Coast News, CSX, MWR Mayport and all the Sailors and their families who spent their Saturday morning spreading mulch and clearing brush along Lake Wonderwood and the walking and bike trails in the area. The event was part of the True Blue Lake Wonderwood Renovation project which will eventually include a milelong recreation path around the lake, a picnic pavilion and playground renova tions. This project is a true partnership between the Navy and the Jacksonville community. Afterwards, the volunteers stuck around to participate in our fall festival for Mayport families. MWR had bounce houses, carnival games, a pumpkin patch and free food. It was really a great time and a great way to welcome fall to the base. Veterans Day is rapidly approach ing and I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your service. I also want to thank our families for sup porting us throughout our careers. Our families serve our country just as hon orably and proudly as any one of us in uniform today and we never say thank you enough. Thanks once again for your service and sacrifice. If you are in the local area on Veterans Day, Jacksonville and the surrounding areas have a lot of activities planned to honor the men and women who serve or who have served our country. If you are interested in attending a Veterans Day activity, here are a few options: the city of Jacksonville will hold its annual parade starting at 11 a.m. downtown. This years parade route will begin at EverBank Field down Bay Street, Newnan and Independent streets to Prime Osborn Convention Center. There will also be a celebration at the Beaches Veterans Memorial Park starting at 1:30 p.m. starting with area JROTC drill teams, followed by presentations from the Beaches Honor Guard and dignitar ies from the Beaches cities. Before I close this weeks article, I want to throw down the gauntlet and challenge all commands onboard Naval Station Mayport to send their best and brightest to compete in this years Fall Sports Challenge (Nov. 12-15.) Watch out HSM Weapons School, Im planning on bringing the canoe challenge trophy home to Mayport. And USS Vicksburg, the winner of the spring challenge, were coming for your title too. Please continue sending your suggestions to the COs suggestion box or email them to wesley.mccall@navy.mil. Capt. Wesley McCall NS Mayport Commanding Officer Through a collabo ration with The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, Duval County Public Schools, and NS Mayport and NAS Jax, Military Family Life Consultants (MFLCs) have been provided to 12 Duval County Public Schools. The consultants ser vices are designed to offer extra support to assist with the unique challenges which military families experience. The primary focus of the Military & Family Life Counseling Program is prevention, education, and counseling support. The services are provided confidentially and no case records or documentation is kept. The consultants do not assess or diagnose, and when they encounter more in depth issues/ diagnoses, they offer to connect military fami lies with other helping agencies available on the installation or in the community. While meet ing with children, MFLCs always remain in line of sight of a teacher, staff member, or a parent. The consultants are licensed clinicians who have demonstrated expertise in working with chil dren. They can provide short-term non-medical counseling support in a variety of different ways: individual meetings with children, presentations about life skills issues, skill-building group dis cussions, and meetings with parents and families at the familys request for additional counseling/ coaching support. Some of the common issues that CYB MFLCs help with include the fol lowing: and coping skills conflict resolution tegration issues with separation and divorce dence The seven MFLCs have been assigned to work in the following schools: Finegan Elementary with school counselor Donna Davis, Mayport Elementary and Jax Beach Elementary with school counselors Melissa Hammond and Carla Crumley-Forest, at Mayport Middle with school counselor Adrienne Wakefield, Cheryl Alvarado at Venetia Elementary and John Stockton Elementary with school counselors Natoria Campbell and Cheryle Roman, Oceanway Middle and San Mateo Elementary with school counsel ors Amelia Williams and Duane Monte, Berlin Elementary and Sheffield Elementary with school counselors Marisa Negron and Ginger Brown, and Enterprise Learning Academy and Chimney Lakes Elementary with school counselors Ellen Golden and Shelia Handress. The school program model is designed to provide an informal context in which children can access a behavioral con sultant in a non-threat ening and supportive environment. MFLCs circulate throughout the school facility making themselves available in classrooms, libraries, staff lounges, athletic events and other areas as iden tified. By virtue of these efforts to become inte grated into the day to day fabric of the school, the consultant becomes the friendly face on the play ground, the compassion ate listener in the lunch room, and an objective resource to teachers and staff alike. All military families will be given the opportunity to consent for their chil dren to participate in this free service or to opt-out. For more information about MFLC services, you can contact your school to request the direct number for the MFLC on campus. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this article, want a copy of the Un/Underfunded Mandates for Duval Schools, or have con cerns about an edu cational issue impact ing 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. Military Family Life Consultants In SchoolsJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer -Photo submittedNS Mayport School Liaison Officer Judy Cromartie, third from left, stands with Military Family Life Consultants working with Duval County Public Schools.As you pop that funsized candy bar you just rummaged from your kids dwindling Halloween booty into your gullet, consider this: You only have two weeks left. Two weeks before the commissary starts looking more like a Caligula-era Coliseum, when other wise mild-mannered citi zens try to scratch each others eyes out and gro cery carts become crash ing chariots in an epic battle just to get that last can of pumpkin on the shelf. Two weeks, before your sister-in-law pas sive-aggressively implies that her stuffing rec ipe is better than yours. Two weeks, before your father complains about the Thanksgiving sleep ing arrangements. Two weeks, before you have to inspect the fire extin guisher in case Uncle Pete starts another grease fire while frying the turkey. Two weeks, before your wallet begins its annual hemorrhage, as you fall prey to holiday shopping pressures, buying a gift for every Tom, Dick, Harry and school janitor. Two weeks, before you have to feel guilty, because you bought yourself two pairs of shoes and a handbag while out shopping for Aunt Gertrude. Two weeks, before your neighborhood begins an earlier-than-ever home decorating extravagan za, attempting to turn your street into the Las Vegas Strip. Two weeks, before everyone wraps their houses in more twinkle lights than the Andromeda Galaxy, lines Enjoying The Calm Before The Holiday StormLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist their sidewalks with plas tic decor, and fills their front yards with giant blow up snow globes. Two weeks, before lit tle kids you dont recog nize, but who claim to be from your neighborhood, and who wont take no for an answer, show up on your doorstep asking you to buy rolls of wrapping paper, tubs of cookie dough, tins of caramel corn, cans of ham, jars of scented candles, kitchen gadgets, poinsettias and wreaths. Two weeks, before you open the mailbox to find piles of holiday cards con-See Holidays, Page 7


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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013 Mayport Families Enjoy Harvest FestNaval Station Mayport families spent Saturday playing games, arts and crafts and dancing thanks to the Base Chapel, its staff and congregation. The Chapel spon sored a Harvest Festival for Mayport families with around 100 families com ing out for the the fall fun. The Chapels grounds were filled with inflatable bounce houses and slides and carnival games. The Chapel also offered arts and crafts, along with face painting and free hot dogs and snacks chil dren and their families in attendance. There was a lot of activities for the kids and a friendly, welcom ing environment, said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Autumn Devine. The kids were hilarious on the obstacle course. They had a great time! See more photos online at www.mayportmirror. com. -Photos by Paige GnannChildren enjoy an inflatable obstacle course set up at the NS Mayport Chapel Harvest Fest held Saturday on the Chapel grounds. McKinley Taylor, 19 months old, and Gerard, 3, get their faces painted by volunteer Georgia Maas at the Harvest Festival. Ashton Rivera, 8, takes a shot at one of the carnival games at this years festival. Adults and kids get their feet moving for the Cupid Shuffle. Brogan Gladston, 1, enjoys watching the older kids play on an inflatable obstacle course. Children play musical chairs during one of several games organized at this years Harvest Fest at the Base Chapel. Cotton candy was just one of the treats available to Mayport families at this years Harvest Festival.


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013 5 Conner Newman beats Noah Gann to the last seat during a game of Musical Chairs. Jael Reid, 2, takes a bite of cake from dad Machinists Mate 3rd Class Camden Reid as sister Eliana, 4, smiles for the camera. Aiden DePriest, 5, wins a prize at the Duck Pond, one of several carnival games set up at the festival. Three-year-old Ryder Gann is big smiles as he enjoys playing in a bounce house at the Chapel Harvest Festival on Nov. 2. Landon Devine, 4, and Piper Peet, 3, enjoy a stick of cotton candy at this years Harvest Festival. Children enjoy decorating leaves and candy corn at the Arts and Crafts table. Noah Gann, 5, slides down the inflatable obstacle course at the Harvest Festival. David Raulerson, 7, tries to make tic tac toe as his brothers, Bruce, 8, and Brandon, 6, watch him throw. The Reiniki siblings, Aiden, 8, Gaige, 6, and Luci, 3, show their best poses at the festival.


-Photot by Paige GnannEdward Ramos of Fire & Emergency Services is the new Employee of the Quarter (4th Quarter). Ramos was unable to attend the event so Fire Prevention Chief Tom Claudio, far right, accepted the award in his behalf from NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall. Also pictured from left are nominees Patricia Beasley, Housing; Peter Nickodem, MWR; Patricia Livingston, PWD/ NAVFAC; James Monroe, Security.-Photos submittedAbove, Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jose Pacheco and Master-at-Arms 1st Class Michael Eno are reenlisted by NS Mayport Deputy Security Officer, retired Cmdr. Ron Novak, on the EverBank stadium before a Jacksonville Jaguars game. Below, the friends and family of the Sailors join them on the field at the stadium. The Mayport Golf Association (MGA) is looking to expand its membership through active duty military personnel and other golfers with military ID or MWR Guest Card permit. The association meets regularly for golf at Windy Harbor. For more information, contact Bernard Ciamarichello at 270-5126 x3517Lets Go Golfing 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013


taining three-page update letters chronicling every significant and insignificant event in the lives of people and pets -you have not seen in years. Two weeks, before you have to juggle multiple invites to family holi day parties, school holi day parties, work holiday parties, neighborhood holiday parties, cookie exchanges, secret Santa gift exchanges, elemen tary school holiday choral concerts, high school holiday drama productions, and middle school holi day band concerts (ear plugs not included). Two weeks, before you find yourself stumbling through life in a leftover turkey tryptophan haze. Two weeks, before your body begins its slow transformation from rea sonably unhealthy to alarming levels of egg nog induced cholesterol and Christmas cookie induced diabetes. Two weeks, before your rapidly expanding thighs cause so much friction, you fear you might spontaneously combust if you walk too fast while wearing your favorite corduroys. Just. Two. Weeks. With such a short time left before the chaos begins, use this petit repose to preemptively rest, relax, and brace for the inevitable holiday onslaught we all know is just around the corner. Reduce your home dcor to a tranquil mini mum throw your skel etons back in the closet and your gnat-infested jack-o-lanterns in the trash. Let your intestines rest up for the impend ing month-long holiday smorgasbord by eating light meals that are easily digestible. Avoid holiday newspaper inserts, com mercials, emails offering shop-early discounts, and those gaudy in-store dis plays that went up before Halloween was even over. As for me, I plan to resist any urge to shop, decorate, celebrate, over indulge, photograph, or wear novelty sweat ers. Instead, Im going to hibernate with my fam ily of five in our little base house, and be thankful for the peace and quiet while it lasts. Ill take heed. Ill take stock. Ill take two weeks -and I wont call anyone in the morning. From Page 2HolidaysThe 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. Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, 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 inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Nov. 7, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Ages 5-12 FFSC Building 1, Room 607 The program is based on Dr. Michael Popkin, PH.D ACTIVE PARENTING NOW 6 classes. This program is designed to assist you and your family put into practice the skills learned in the class. Specific parenting skills that are dis cussed as well as some of the challenges that are faced by all families include understanding yourself and your child, the four goals of misbe havior, building courage and character in your child, and encourag ing and listening to your child. Each week a differ ent topic is thoroughly covered via discussion, video vignettes, and handbook information. Participation in all 6 sessions is required. Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Nov. 13, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-noon, Saving & Investing FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Nov. 14, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Nov. 14-15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Boots to Business FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Nov. 18-22, 7:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., Transition GPS Separatee Workshop FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Ages 5-12 FFSC Building 1, Room 607 Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Welcome to the Military FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Are you a new military spouse or new to the area, this one day workshop provides valuable infor mation on the military lifestyle, benefits, financ es and resources. Guest speakers from the military and civilian communities will present useful infor mation to help you have a pleasant tour here at Naval Station Mayport. Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Nov. 20, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Nov. 21, 1-3 p.m., Troops to Teachers FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Nov. 21, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Nov. 22, What About the Kids? 10 a.m.-noon, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Children who witness family violence are often forgotten as the unintended victims. A wide range of child adjustment problems has been found to be associated with expo sure to domestic violence. Parents need to see, understand the effects of domestic violence on children as encompass ing behavior, emotion, development and social ization. Parents need to understand that there is an intergenerational cycle of violence and they may be creating a legacy for their child of learned violent behavior. The pur pose of this program is not to shame parents for events that have already happened, but to instill hope that things can change. The knowledge that the violence, which many parents incorrectly believe is unseen by their children, is negatively impacting their childrens growth and development and may provide an additional motivator for end ing the violence and seeking intervention. Nov. 25, 9 a.m.noon, Resume Writing Workshop, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 This workshop is for those who are develop ing a rough resume and for those who are close to the perfecting theirs. We will work in a small group format to review and provide input on participants resumes. This unique learning method helps participants real ize that we can all be experts and that we can get great input from our peers. FFSC Staff will participate and provide input on individual resumes. A completed rough resume will be required. Nov. 25, Anger Management Workshop FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves many uses, but all too often, it is at a high cost, anger can effect ones relationship, career and friendship. If you would like to break out of the get angry/get even syndrome, come to this class. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irra tional beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means, and the roles of stress and forgiveness in anger. Managing your anger group is recom mended as well. Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Ages 5-12 FFSC Building 1, Room 607 Nov. 26, 9-11:30 a.m., Salary and Negotiations FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & N etworking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Nov. 27, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607Classes, Workshops Available At FFSC THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013 7


Carney Visits Rota, Future HomeportThe guided missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Rota, Spain on Oct. 28 for a regularly scheduled port visit. The visit serves to con tinue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global mari time partnerships with European nations and improve maritime safe ty and security. This is a particularly significant visit as Carney is sched uled to homeport shift to Rota in the summer of 2015. Carney, along with three other ballistic mis sile defense destroyers from Norfolk, will become forward deployed naval forces (FDNF), under COMDESRON 60. Millions of dollars have been dedicated to creat ing a better base for the Sailors and their families relocating to Rota. The refurbished bowling alley Pinz, golf course, gym nasium, and movie the atre were popular with the Sailors, as well as the lib erty centers Expeditions and La Plaza. Sailors were also able to take care of dental and medical appointments at Rotas top notch medical facilities. Carneys com manding officer, execu tive officer, and command master chief met with the Base CO, XO, and CMC of to discuss Carneys needs, the PCS move ment of families, and the overall plan for the homeport shift. Additionally, Carney was able to suc cessfully test many of the support capabilities of Rota, such as pier and synthetic training ser vices, to ensure Rota was prepared to sustain the incoming DDGs full time. Carneys Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Eddie Crossman, remarked, The base leadership, and Destroyer Squadron 60 have put a lot of work in preparing Rota for Carneys arrival. From ramping up Regional Maintenance Facilities (RMC), to upgrading and adding too housing and living amenities for Sailors and their fami lies, it truly is a first class operation. This is going to be a tour of choice for Sailors. Now that Carney Sailors have seen what Rota has to offer, I am expecting a lot more tour extension requests to take advantage of Carneys move! I was impressed with the base facilities and services, Lt. Cmdr. Ken Pickard, Carneys execu tive officer, added. Naval Base Rota offers every thing our Sailors and their families need to stay connected to home and provide for their needs while stationed here. I visited the cities of Rota and neighboring Puerto and loved the beauty and atmosphere of both areas. The people were friendly and the food was amazing. Our crew really enjoyed the hospitality of our Spanish hosts and we cant wait to make Rota, Spain our home. While in port, the crew was able to see the local region through multiple tours, coordinated by the base and ship MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation). Three different tours were organized to include the cities of Cadiz, Seville, and a can yon descent tour. The canyon descent tour was awesome! I would do it again in a heartbeatI am defi nitely looking forward to living here in Spain said Gas Turbine Systems Technician 3rd Class Syed Balkhi. Sailors were also able to see and experi ence all of the various facilities the base has to offer and interact with the local population at events such as a Halloween Zombie Run 5. Additionally, Sailors helped the local community through a com munity relations event (COMREL) at a nearby cathedral at Cartuja Monastery in Jerez De La Frontera. The Sailors spent the day helping the cathedral staff remove concrete slabs to repair a water leak, stain and seal tiles for the rooms inside the cathedral, and repair overhead lighting. Because I will still be on board Carney when we homeport shift to Rota, I tried to take advantage of this port visit to scope out the area. I really enjoyed interacting with locals during the community relations event at the Cartuja Monastery, which was not far from the naval station. It is rewarding to leave a foreign port knowing that we helped the host country out in some way said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Laura Perez, one of the Sailors who participated in the COMREL. USS Carney is currently operating in the 6th fleet area of responsibility as part of a seven-month ballistic missile defense deployment. Check out the Carney Facebook at www.facebook.com/ carneywarriors for more photos and information. -Photo by GSMC(SW) Roy Flores Carney Sailors take direction from staff at the cathedral during community relations event. -Photo by Lt.j.g. Lily Hinz Carney Sailors manning the rails during sea and anchor inbound Rota, Spain. -Photo by Lt.j.g. Lily Hinz Members of Carneys wardroom pose for a photo while touring Seville, Spain. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013


ment, Tornado made history as she became the first and only Patrol Coastal ship to be formally adopted by the Navy League of the United States. In the summer of 2002, Tornado participated in the one of the largest Naval Special Warfare Operational Readiness Exercises, conducting Patrol Coastal familiarization opera tions with representatives of the Philippine Navy. Tornado also served as school ship at the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, RI. Starting in the fall of 2002 Tornado conducted Maritime Homeland Security patrols in support of U.S. Coast Guard Districts One and Five in support of Operations Neptune Shield, Guarding Liberty, and Liberty Shield. In October 2002, Tornado transitioned from Naval Special Warfare to the Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, and was assigned to Commander, Amphibious Group Two. In September 2004 Tornado, along with four other Patrol Coastal ships, were transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard as part of an Inter-Service Transfer, and was placed in special commission as USCGC Tornado (WPC 14). On Sept. 30, Tornado was returned to U.S. Navy opera tion and re-commissioned USS Tornado (PC 14). Launched Dec. 3, 1993, and commissioned Oct. 15, 1994, USS Zephyr was the eighth Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal built by Bollinger Shipyard of Lockport, Louisiana for Naval Special Operations support. The Patrol Coastal class is based, in part, on the VosperThornycroft Ramadan class and are named for weather phenomena. A zephyr is a gentle breeze from the west. After commissioning, Zephyr was homeported in Coronado, California and conducted operations in support of Naval Special Warfare Command. On March 17, 2003, Zephyr was transferred to the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet for use in anti-terrorism force protec tion of USN ships and other maritime homeland security roles. Zephyr was loaned to the U.S. Coast Guard in an interservice transfer in September 2004 and commissioned as a Coast Guard Cutter October 2004 in Coronado, California. USCGC Zephyr (WPC 8) shifted homeport in August 2008, to Pascagoula, Mississippi in con tinued support to the U.S. Coast Guard. While transferred to the USCG, Zephyr confiscated almost 7 tons of cocaine and placed 17 suspected drug traffickers into custody. She was also the first cutter deployed in response to the Deepwater Horizion oil rig fire. On Sept. 30, 2011, Zephyr was returned to U.S. Navy cus tody and re-commissioned USS Zephyr (PC-8). From Page 1PCs-Photos by MC2 Marcus L. StanleySailor aboard USS Zephyr (PC 8) ties down lines as the ship moors alongside USS Tornado (PC 14) at Naval Station Mayport on Oct. 31 after the two ships shift homeport to the Florida base. Sailors aboard USS Tornado (PC 14) and USS Zephyr (PC 8) work to moor the ships side by side at Naval Station Mayport. The primary mission of these ships is coastal patrol and interdiction surveillance, an important aspect of littoral operations.4th Fleet/Coast Guard Wrap Up Grenada SupportThe Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Technical Assistance Field Team (CBSI TAFT) com pleted its first deployment to the island of Grenada to provide technical sup port to Coast Guard and local police forces recent ly. This week also marks the 30th anniversary of Operation Urgent Fury, the U.S. military operation used to restore democra cy to the Caribbean island of Grenada in October 1983. The CBSI TAFT is a joint U.S. Coast Guard/ Department of Defense team operating under the tactical control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. It is the newest iteration of a program dating back to Operation Urgent Fury. This team specializes in small boat repairs, devel opment of short and long term maintenance plans and the improvement of logistics and supply pro cesses, often serving as a conduit between U.S. Embassy staff, local forc es, and commercial and technical representatives. I believe our presence is a display to Grenada of the United States com mitment to the CBSI, Lt. Cmdr. William Winburn, team leader, said. The teams mission is to provide hands-on tech nical assistance to signa tories of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and focuses on the upkeep of U.S. purchased interceptor-type small boats used for combating transnational organized crime (C-TOC), and in particularly narco trafficking. This first visit, called a site survey, enabled the team to assess current status of all Grenadian ves sels, infrastructure as well as maintenance and logistics systems. I was very impressed by the ingenuity and professionalism, Senior Chief Machinery Technician Gilbert Page said. The team is comprised of nine Coast Guard members, with the arrival of six U.S. Army person nel by the spring of 2014. At full operating capac ity, the team will be able to provide local and long distance support to smaller Caribbean Coast Guards. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013 9


Important Info About Your Drinking WaterWhat happened? Our water system did not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drink ing water standards for Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs). TTHMs are a group of chemicals known as disinfection byproducts that form when chlorine used for disinfection reacts with naturally occurring organic material found in ground water. Although this is not an emergency, as our cus tomers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. As required by federal and state law, we moni tor quarterly for disinfec tion byproducts, includ ing TTHMs. Test results received from quarterly samples taken September 30, 2013, when averaged with quarterly results from the past year, show that our system exceeded the standard, or maxi mum contaminant level (MCL). The TTHM stan dard is 80 micrograms per liter (g/L), and the aver age level of TTHMs over the last year was 82 g /L. What does this mean? diate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. shows the isolated loca tions where test results were above the standard. drink water containing TTHMs in excess of the MCL over many years, may experience health issues, including prob lems with the liver, kid neys, or central nervous system, and an increased risk of cancer. that drinking two liters of water containing 100 g/L TTHMs daily for 70 years could result in three extra cases of cancer for every 10,000 people. This slight risk of cancer occurs only after decades of drinking water with elevated TTHMs. (http:// www.cdc.gov/safewater/ publications_pages/thm. pdf; http://www.deq. state.ok.us/factsheets/ water/thmfactsheet.See Water, Page 14 -SubmittedA map of the base highlights in pink the area that temporarily exceeded standard contaminant level for the water supplied to the north portion of the base, around Charlie Pier and the St. Johns River. All other base areas met EPA safe drinking water standards. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013


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Auto Skills Center November Special: Coolant flush $40 and free antifreeze check. 2705392 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 Nov. 29: Black Friday at Beachside Bingo. 6:30 p.m. Join us on Black Friday for specials, dou ble payouts and more. 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! 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 Every Sunday: 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 Nov. 20: Game Night 7:30 p.m. at Castaways Lounge Enjoy a nigh of your favorite games: LifeSized Jenga, Twister & more. 270-7205 Nov. 16: UFC 167-St. Pierre vs. Hendricks. 10 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. 270-7205 Community Events Nov. 10: Tim McGraw Live at Naval Station Mayport. Pier Echo/ Foxtrot parking lot. Enjoy one of the biggest acts in Country Music. Gates open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 7:15 p.m. No one under the age of 10 allowed at this event. Only ticket holders will be admitted to this event. 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 Nov. 13: All-Hands BBQ Pork Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $12 per person. Purchase tick ets in advance; limited tickets available at the door. Sponsored by the COMDESRON 14. For tickets, call ITCS Philip Smith (904) 270-5801 x148. Nov. 15: Freedom FridaySuperhero Party. Come dressed up as your favorite superhero. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. Cost is $8 advanced signup and $10 day of, space permitting. 270-5680 Nov. 15: Registration Opens for Jingle Bell Winter Camp. Open for children in Kindergarten through age 12. First Session: Dec. 23-27. Second Session: Dec. 30-Jan. 3. (904) 270-5680 -Photo by Paige GnannAbove, children at the Mayport Youth Activities Center watch a video on dealing with the separation of a military family member during a special With You All The Way! USO tour with author Trevor Romain (pictured above right) and special guest Julie Frost, a singer and actress with Disney Worlds Nemo. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013 13 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. Nov. 8: Movie Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 5:30 p.m; transportation only. Nov. 9: Jacksonville Fair. Van Departs 12 p.m. at Liberty Center. Free; transportation only. Nov. 13: Liberty Programmer Meeting. 4 p.m. at the Liberty Center. This is a chance to tell the programmer what you want on YOUR Liberty Calendar. Free Food! Stop by and bring your ideas! Nov. 15: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m; transportation only. Nov. 17: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Arizona Cardinals. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Nov. 20: Tipsy Turvy Turkey Derby. 4-7 p.m. behind Barracks bldg 1586 and 1587. Come by for games, free food, DJ, giveaways and more! Grand prize if a PS4. Nov. 25: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Nov. 26: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Nov. 25. Nov. 27 Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Nov. 29: Black Friday Shopping. Van departs Liberty Center at 11 p.m. on Nov. 28; transportation only. Intramural Sports Nov. 12-15: Fall Sports Challenge. Sign up your command at the Fitness Center for this bi-annu al, four-day, multi-event challenge. FREE. 270-5451 Nov. 19: Turley Trot 3K Walk/5K Run 8:10 a.m. in front of the Fitness Center. Mayport Bowling Center Friday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rent al, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Saturday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sunday Nights: Bowling Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $10 per person and includes your choice of a lb hamburger or a hot dog with fries and a soda, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored head pin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 Nov. 29: Day After Thanksgiving Bowling Specials. 3 different specials, all day at Mayport Bowling Center. Daytime Special: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 hours of Red Pin Bowling, plus a lb. burger or hot dog with chips and a soda $11. Evening Special: 5-8 p.m. 2 hours of Red Pin Bowling, plus one item of Fast Lanes Grille Menu and a soda $13. Late Night Special: 8-11 p.m. 2 hours of Xtreme Bowling, music videos, awesome laser light show, and special drink specials $10. 2705377 Windy Harbor Golf Club Wednesdays: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) DeCA Rewards Card Offers Mobile AppYour Commissary Rewards Card has an app. A mobile application will be released and available from the app store for customers who use the iPhone or iPad, said Marye Carr, DeCAs Rewards Card program manager. The app will allow you to access your account, select cou pons and review clipped, redeemed and expired coupons making it even easier to put your coupons to work for you. An Android version of the app will become available in the future. Carr said the app also allows shoppers to locate commissaries worldwide and access store information such as phone number and address. These added capabilities enhance the usefulness of the Commissary Rewards Card, which gives customers access to digital coupons redeemable at any commissary. The Commissary Rewards Card pro vides a great asset to our busy, budgetconscious customers, said Director of Sales Randy Chandler. Our shoppers want to save time, effort and money, plus reduce their reliance on paper coupons that have to be clipped and carried. More than 800,000 cards have been registered by shoppers, who have downloaded more than 8 million coupons so far. That means bigger savings for them, on top of the commissarys routine savings of 30 percent or more. Its not unusual for the Commissary Rewards Card to offer more than 120 coupons at any given time, said Carr. Check in daily for new coupons. Honestly, if youre not using your card, youre throwing money away. Carr said many customers find it handy to print a list of their coupons to help them keep track of their savings. The card provides another way to save, in addition to your paper coupons, she said. Commissary shoppers love cou pons, so this is another way to increase buying power. Using the card is simple: Pick up a card at the commissary, visit DeCAs website to register it and then select and load digital coupons. Then, when the cashier scans the card, the coupons are matched to items purchased and savings are deducted from the bill automatically. Rewards Card digital coupons dis appear from your account when they expire or are redeemed. Like paper coupons, they cant be combined with other coupons on the same item, and they have expiration dates and other redemption terms and conditions. Overseas, digital coupons will not be accepted for up to six months after expiration, as paper coupons are, because the coupons are instantly available to all customers worldwide. That means overseas cus tomers dont need extra time to use the coupons. To learn more about the card or sign up to be notified of updates, including new coupon alerts, go to http://www. commissaries.com/rewards_subscribe. cfm. A customer service hotline can be reached at 855-829-6219 or via email at commissarysupport@inmar.com. About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a world wide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save an average of 30 percent or more on their purchases compared to com mercial prices savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. usage, by military ser vice, along with customer demographics that does not identify specific per sonal data of an individ ual. This will eventually help the agency identify shopping needs and preferences information that is essential in todays retail business environ ment. It will also allow more accurate reporting to the military services on commissary usage. The demographic information DeCA will use is strictly limited to: card ID number, rank, military status, branch of service, age, household size and ZIP codes of residence and duty station. DeCA will not be using any personal information such as names, addresses or phone numbers. The methods, processes and information well use will not compromise our customers privacy they can be sure of that, Jeu said. Were putting technology to work to better understand our cus tomers. For more information on ID card scanning, go to http://www.commissar ies.com/documents/con tact_deca/faqs/id_card_ scanning.cfm.From Page 1ID


14 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 7, 2013 pdf; http://www.peabody-ma. gov/mayors/Tier_2-_TTHM_ General_Q_A-2011-07_For_ TTHM_PN_8-9-11_.pdf ) in the piping system. Extending the time that water remains in water for ingestion. What is being done? these tests were below the EPA Department of Environmental drinking water. Please share this information with other people who drink mail. From Page 10WaterSURFLANT Force Master Chief Turns Over headed with the Sailors the Navy is bringing in. today and how awesome they are and how bright of a The Navy is going to be 110% better as this new generation Senior Enlisted Advisor for the At the top of his list of Training as one of the programs was a gap in leadership training and we wanted to bridge that gap. Thats why we started it. from behind my desk and see Prior to reporting to more than 70 ships and near thing is wrong. I want them to emphasis on teamwork. -Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu. The Navys newest variant of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed its first day of flying Oct. 31 with two flights reaching 500 feet altitude. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability than the MQ-8B. Initial operating capability for the MQ-8C is planned for 2016, with the potential for an early deployment in 2014.Navys New Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter Takes Its First Flight The Navys newest and flew for seven min also flown in a pattern ment for the integrated team to fly this air vehi to operate at maxi MQ-8B as it phases in the from MQ-8B have been Smith said. potential for early deploySaturday, Nov. 9 a family-friendly festival nered with the Northeast and others of more per and vote for their favorite ognition of Veterans Day tables and a boardwalk to and flowering plants; installed a permanent waterless restroom; insti Step Out in Nature program; offered monthly fitness and more information on the page. p.m. on the green to learn games. This program will essary and the program is free. and raise awareness and and non-veterans alike are invited to take part ing helping with a new al Veterans Day Dinner The Florida Department of Environmental 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach 9 a.m. 5 p.m. a day filled with military history and displays from present day while inter strations will also high Admission into the fort donated to the Barnabas Food Pantry. Veterans FloridaStateParks.org.Out in Town COMMUNITY Holiday Food Baskets And Giving TreeTaking Donations Now members in need this holiday season. The Mayport and NAS are in need of food donabasket program to help provide Thanksgiving and well as toy donations. Jacksonville University Color Run aspx for more informa tion. Old City Music FestFree Tickets Americas Heroes CelebrationNov. 15 award winner T-Pain will tary and their families in area. In an effort to raise Ernie Palmer Toyota the mission of the Greater will be donated to the Legends Of HockeyTickets On Sale Now The Mayport and NAS Veterans Memorial Arena will play host to its weekend of sports-related pros representing three and Veterans. There is a computer resource center avail able Watch TV or a movie from the video library For more information


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