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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com Public Works will con duct a complete water outage in the Bennett Shores West housing area from 10 p.m. pm Dec. 4 to 6 a.m. on Dec. 5. Residents should expect noise in the vicinity of Everglades Court and Eversole Avenue, England and Everglades streets; and also Essex Avenue and Everglades Street due to the construction. A boil water notice will be issued for 48 hours following restoration of water, and is expected to be cleared on Dec. 7. The work is being con ducted to replace mul tiple fire hydrants and valves in need of repair to ensure resident safety. If there are any questions or concerns please con tact the housing office at (904)270-5738.Boil Water Notice For Dec. 5-7 -Photo by Paige GnannA young boy looks at all the food being served at the annual Naval Station Mayport Chapel Thanksgiving Luncheon held Nov. 24 at Beachside Community Center. More than a 100 military families, members of the congregation and guests enjoyed food and fellowship thanks to the Chapel. For all the pictures, go online to www.mayportmirror.com. 4th Fleet, Chilean Navy Participate In Operational Naval CommitteeDelegates from U.S. 4th Fleet met with members of the Chilean navy Nov. 25-26 during the annual Operational Naval Committee (ONC) conference hosted by 4th Fleet at Naval Station Mayport. The purpose of the ONC to discuss and plan upcoming maritime operations, exercises, and theater security cooperation events that the U.S. and Chile intend to conduct. The ONC brings together rep resentatives from the U.S. and Chilean navy so they may meet in person and share insights on their countries mutual goals of maritime security in Latin America. Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ Commander U.S. 4th Fleet wel comed the Chilean delegates and talked about the importance of the ONC. This is a great opportunity for our navies to continue building on the close friendship, strong cooperation and mutual respect that is essential in our partner ship of equals. Our navies have a very long history together in the Americas and beyond. And we are committed to enhancing stability and prosperity for both our nations, Harris said. The U.S. and Chile have a strong maritime partnership and have conducted several multinational exercises and operations together. In 2010, Chile hosted the Pacific phase of UNITAS 52, where USS Boone (FFG 28) and USS Thach (FFG 43) along with ships from four other countries participated in the two-week long multinational exercise designed to enhance security cooperation and improve coali tion operations. Teamwork South, a biannu al exercise focusing heavily on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) was also conducted in 2010 off the coast of Chile. The exercise allowed for joint ASW opera tions utilizing surface, air and underwater assets from the Chilean, French, Royal and U.S. navies. Additionally in October, a four-man team from MDSU 2 assisted Chilean officials as they searched for a Chilean aircraft that crashed off the coast of Chile. In Feb. of 2013, the U.S. and Chilean navy participated in the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) and CHILEMAR IV. DESI is a partnership that allows the United States and other partner navies to work together to train and test under-Mayport Vet Clinic Relocates The Naval Station Mayport Veterinary Clinic has temporarily relocated during a renovation proj ect at Building 708B. The renovation will provide the clinic with a room for minor proce dures as well as dental cleanings. The front area is also being renovated to provide a better flow the animals and their owners. During the renova tion, the clinic has shift ed operation to Building 708A and is operating normal business hours. The renovation is schedule to be finish by mid February. For more information, or to sched ule an appointment, call 270-7004. Fleet and Family Support Center representatives visit USS Hu City last week to thank the crew for having the most participants to take the pledge against domestic violence in October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Oct. 7, Hu City welcomed FFSC staff on board the ship to brief Sailors on domestic violence prevention and pledge to create and foster peaceful environments within their homes and relationships. Free USO Pal Day At St. Augustine AttractionsDec. 7 marks the 56th anniversary of USO Pal Day in St. Augustine. Since 1957, the attractions in St. Augustine have shown their support and appreciation to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by opening their doors free of charge. In addition, the members of Elks Lodge #829 (1420 A1A South) pre pare and serve a free lunch spon sored by the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. Parking in the free Public Parking Garage across the street from Ripleys Believe it or Not is rec ommended. All public buses and trains will be free for the day, and will transport service members and their families to the Elks Lodge for lunch. Lunch is served from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Horse carriages are not free. Attractions open to all military I.D. card carrying members; active duty, retired, Reserves, National Guard, One spouse per family must present military I.D. Card prior to entering an attraction. Uniforms are not required. Civilian attire authorized however command/ unit ballcap is encouraged. See Pal Day, Page 14 See 4th Fleet, Page 12


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 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 If you have a junior or senior in high school, it is important to be knowl edgeable about the financial aid process. Parents of juniors get the opportunity to have time to research all their options and make sure they are aware of the various deadlines for apply ing for aid. Senior par ents must make sure they DO NOT miss a deadline which could mean miss ing out on money which could help pay for their childs college education. If you are the parent of a high school senior, you need to begin gathering the information you will need to complete your taxes in order to com plete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may be wondering what is the rush since you dont even have your W-2 yet? What you may not know is that many schools award aid on a first-come, firstserved basis. Therefore, the student may not be eligible for state aid in Florida if the FAFSA isnt submitted until April. Many state aid dead lines are early in the cal endar year (calendar year 2014 for the 2014-15 award year). While stu dents are responsible for filling out the FAFSA, parents must also pro vide financial information if the student is their dependent. The form requires the previous years tax return and other tax information for the student and parents. Military OneSource has a great article online which clearly describes the process in laymans terms. For example their article describes the two main forms of financial aid as either gift money, which doesnt have to be repaid and is usually in the form of grants and scholarships, and loans, which must be repaid, with interest. Grants and scholarships can be awarded on the basis of a students achievement or on a familys financial need. They can come from a variety of sources, including colleges and univer sities, community service organizations, employ ers, or other groups, such as the Lions Club, the Gates Millennium Scholars program, or a labor union. Work-Study money, which is money a student earns by working on campus, is also considered to be gift money. A student with work-study is eligible to earn up to an allotted amount each year by working a campus job. The student receives a paycheck; the money is not granted up front in a lump sum. Loans must be repaid. Loans can be from the federal government, a college or university, or a private bank. Student loans tend to have compelling interest rates. Some do not accrue interest while the student is in school, and they offer grace peri ods upon graduation. To apply for any fed eral financial aid, includ ing Pell Grants, Perkins and Stafford loans, and work-study, you will need to fill out the FAFSA, a form which the govern ment uses to determine financial aid eligibility. All states and many school financial aid programs also require the FAFSA which has strict dead lines. Missing a deadline may mean that there is less financial aid available for your child because it has already been distributed. Be sure to check with each colleges web site or call the financial aid office to see what forms are required and when they are due. You should complete and submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa. ed.gov The online application speeds up the process and reduces errors. Some states may require applicants to fill out a separate form in addition to the FAFSA. Many colleges also have their own financial aid form which they use to give out their own funds. Check with your state scholarship or grant agency and the individual colleges to find out what their requirements are. Allow plenty of time for filling out the FAFSA. It requires detailed finan cial information and may take more time than an afternoon to complete the form. Many families fill it out over the course of several weeks. Start by gathering the necessary documents before slowly tackling the form to make sure that you arent mak ing mistakes or missing important information. Worried about wheth er you will be able to do this yourself? You can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-4-FED-AID (800-4333243; 800-730-8913 TDD) from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. You can also click on the live help icon on its Web site at www.fafsa.ed.gov. On the other hand, the online Florida Financial Aid Application, required for state aid including Bright Futures, is a selfreported document. The student can use his tran script from June 2013 to complete the application. All information will be verified when the district uploads his first semes ter grades and courses in January of 2014. That web site goes live each year on December 1. To get help with the ins and outs of completing the FAFSA and the Florida Financial Aid Application, plan to attend the NS Mayports Parent Program on Financial Aid. This program is scheduled for January 30th from 6:30 pm 8:00 pm. It will be held at the USO, 2560 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. You DO NOT have to register for this FREE event. Clarence Richardson, a retired US Navy Lt. Commander and enroll ment specialist for FSCJ, is the area expert on all aspects of financial aid. He will explain the pro cess for completing the FAFSA and answer any questions. I will provide additional information on the Florida Financial Aid Application and monies available to military dependents. This special program on financial aid is offered for military parents and students as part of Duval County Public Schools Financial Aid Nights. If you are unable to attend the presentation on Jan. 30, you can attend any of DCPS Regional Financial Aid Nights. This schedule is included. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational 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.Get Help With Applying For Financial AidJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer 3239 Norman E. Thagard Blvd., 32254, (904) 693-7583


What Are You Thankful For This Season?The family is the prototype for all other relationships. By the examples of our parents or authority figures we learn, by example, what it means to live a life of honor, courage and commitment. We also learn the importance of gratitude. I can remem ber as a child my mother giving me something to drink and saying, what are you supposed to say? I would reply thank you and of course she would say, You are welcome. This invaluable life lesson was probably passed down from her parents but its origins flow from the early settlers of our country. The first American Thanksgiving didnt occur in 1621 when a group of Pilgrims shared a feast with a group of friendly Indians. The first record ed thanksgiving took place in Virginia more than 11 years earlier, and it wasnt a feast. The winter of 1610 at Jamestown had reduced a group of 409 settlers to 60. The survivors prayed for help, without knowing when or how it might come. When help arrived, in the form of a ship filled with food and supplies from England, a prayer meeting was held to give thanks to God. In 1779, our first president, George Washington, rendered the first National Thanksgiving Proclamation. In this address he encouraged our nation to acknowl edge the providence of Almighty God and to be thankful for all of His benefits. He also recom mended that our nation set aside a day for public thanksgiving and prayer. This day was to be a time in which we pay homage to our great and glorious God, who is the benefi cent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be, that we may then all unite in render ing unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protec tion of the people of this country. Clearly, my mother and our former late presidents understood that our will ingness to be thankful for and to one another is tied to our gratitude toward God. In other words, the premise of being thank ful for and to one another is based upon our thank fulness and gratitude toward God. When God blesses us, it produces an inward heart of thanks giving. That inward heart of thanksgiving is made known to all we come into contact with because we are able to say Thank You when someone has shown us kind ness. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving season, may we reflect upon this sea sons origins of our coun try, express our thank fulness to others, and remember to Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all genera tions (Psalms 100:1-5). Chaplain Calvin B. Gardner Sr. CNSL Ministry Center Cmon everybody! I bellowed from our living room, Lets get this over with! KIDS!? HONEY!? I yelled from behind my camera, which was precariously perched on top of an Anthonys Seafood matchbook, two beer coasters, three National Geographic magazines, Rogets Thesaurus, and our coffee table; at the precise trajectory need ed to capture a centered image of our family of five and the dog in front of the fireplace. Knowing that the tini est slip of the hand (or the dogs tail) might ruin my painstakingly cali brated line of sight, I was reluctant to abandon my post. But when no one responded to my wails, I marched off to find them. Twenty minutes later, I had managed to drag the resistant members of my family into the liv ing room. My husband was miffed that I forced him to abandon a par ticularly riveting rerun of House Hunters. My son was annoyed that he had to pause Dragon Warrior VII just as he was about to master Ranger class. My daughter couldnt fath om what was so impor tant that she had to stop texting the cute boy from her chemistry class. My youngest was pouting about being torn away from her latest Snapchat creation. They were all sporting major attitudes, but it was now or never. Listen! I dont like this anymore than you do, but our family and friends have come to expect a Molinari family photo Christmas card every year, so -Backs straight! Stomachs tight! And get happy, Dammit! My moping gaggle huddled together on the fireplace hearth, in shared irritation over being forced to pose for a fam ily photo. Leave a spot for me on the left, and get ready! I ordered from behind my camera. I gingerly jabbed the cameras timer button, careful not to knock the lens from its matchbookcoaster tripod, then leapt like an aging overweight gazelle, across our faux Oriental rug, and into my designated position. Mom, the cameras blinking. Honey, when do you want us to smile? Are you sure you pressed the button, Mom? I dont KNOW! I screeched through my grinning clenched teeth, Just keep smiling! But, isnt it supposed to fl . . *FLASH* It took two more takes before we realized that the camera flashed after a prescribed series of slow and fast blinks. My son sneezed in the middle of take number four. The phone rang during take number five. I blinked in take number six. We all got the giggles in take number seven, when my husband belched up a pungent odor reminiscent of aged salami. We finally realized that we forgot to include the dog, and it took two takes, three pieces of cheese, and a ten nis ball before he would agree to sit. Somewhere along the way, I inadver tently nudged the June 2009 issue of National Geographic, and it took me twenty minutes and three more ruined takes to get the family centered in the viewfinder again. On take number thir teen, we were so desper ate to end our torturous holiday photo odyssey, we all agreed to cooperate to take one final, flawless shot. With my last ounce of patience, I tapped the button with catlike pre cision, and pounced into position, tipping my jaw forward to hide my double chin. The kids replaced their rebelliously fake grins with genuine sparkling smiles. My husband leaned behind me The 12 Takes Of ChristmasLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist See Pictures, Page 9 THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013 3


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013 CNO, MCPON Take Spirit Of Thanksgiving To USS Gettysburg Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens visited Sailors aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) Nov. 28 to mark the Thanksgiving holiday. During the visit, Greenert reenlisted 15 Sailors on the ships flight deck and joined Stevens in congratulating 37 Sailors on obtaining their enlisted surface warfare specialist devices. Fifteen shipmates reenlisting and 37 of my shipmates pinned for ESWS, all in one day, all recognized by the Chief of Naval Operations, said Sonar Technician Seaman(SW) Richard Masi, who helped prepare Thanksgiving dinner that day. This once a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. Stevens thanked the Sailors for their commit ment to the Navy. Thank you for every thing you do, said Stevens. For those Sailors that raised their right hands today and reenlisted, it is Sailors like you that continue to make this the greatest Navy in the world. During the all-hands call, Greenert spoke about the importance of team work and looking out for each other. You own each other and you own your ship, said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert dur ing the ceremony held aboard for Sailors reenlisting. You are doing very important work out here in a critical part of the world. Keep looking out for each other and take care of your ship. Together, you are the tip of the spear. Mrs. Darleen Greenert, who joined CNO and MCPON on the trip, offered her blessings to the crew. It is an honor and a privilege for me, specifically, to be here, she said. I want to let you know that all of you I see in front of me and your families have our blessing. The Greenerts and MCPON joined the crew for a Thanksgiving meal on the mess decks where they spent more time speaking one-on-one with Sailors. Quartermaster 3rd Class (SW) Marlesha Parker, Gettysburgs junior sailor of the quar ter, said it was exciting to see the Navys top admi ral. It meant a lot that Admiral Greenert was able to take time out of his schedule to see how we were doing on deployment, said Parker. I know the entire crew appreciates him taking the time to address our concerns. I hope that what we have shown him during his visit will help shape his future deci sions. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting mari time security opera tions and theater secu rity cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. -Photo by MCC Peter D. LawlorChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert meets with Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) for lunch and an all-hands call on Thanksgiving Day. Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens wanted to spend time with members of their Navy-Marine Corps family during the Thanksgiving holiday period to show their support and appreciation for the many men and women who serve in the military. -Photo by MCC Peter D. LawlorMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens has lunch with the chiefs mess aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) after an all-hands call with Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert on Thanksgiving Day. -Photo by MCC Peter D. LawlorMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert talk with Sailors aboard the guidedmissile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) during an all-hands call on Thanksgiving Day. Greenert and Stevens also shared lunch with the Gettysburg Sailors on the holiday to show their support and appreciation for the many men and women who serve in the military. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens reenlist Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) during a visit where the two had lunch and held an all-hands call on Thanksgiving Day.


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013 5 Darleen Greenert, wife of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, has lunch with Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) on Thanksgiving Day. Adm. Greenert, Mrs. Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens wanted to spend time with members of their NavyMarine Corps family during the Thanksgiving holiday period to show their support and appreciation for the many men and women who serve in the military.-Photo by MCC Peter D. LawlorChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens meet with Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) for lunch and an all-hands call on Thanksgiving Day.-Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonSailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) move supplies during a vertical replenishment with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). -Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonSailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) prepare to attach pogo sticks to a MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) 22 during a vertical replenishment with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). -Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonGunners Mate 3rd Class Jeremie Ferdelman performs a daily inspection on a 50.cal gun mount onboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). -Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. Burleson Lt. j.g. Richard Laffoon removes pizzas from the oven during pizza and wings night aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64).-Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonSailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) perform maintenance on the close-in weapons system. -Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonLt. j.g. Joe Gramata operates the landing signal officer station during the recovery of an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). -Photo by MCC Peter D. Lawlor -Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonLt. j.g. Joe Gramata operates the landing signal officer station during the recovery of an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64).


Deployed Service Members Receive Free Phone Cards Courtesy of NEXCOM The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced Dec. 2 that Sailors and Marines in 40 ships and submarines deployed away from their homeports and those forward deployed to overseas ports during the holiday season will be given a free $10 phone card to call loved ones back home. This is just one small way that we can thank our ser vice members for their dedi cated service to our coun try, said Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program. We hope this phone card will bring them closer to their families and friends dur ing the holiday season. The $10 AT&T prepaid phone cards can be used via the Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service system, the ships Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) system or ashore in the United States or any foreign port where AT&T has a presence. NEXCOM expects to distribute nearly 35,000 free phone cards during the holidays. Ships from Naval Station Mayport that will receive the free phone cards include USS Carney (DDG-64), USS Gettysburg (CG-64), USS Simpson (FFG-56), USS The Sullivans (DDG-68). Other ships receiving a phone card are USS Bainbridge (DDG96), USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), USS Mason (DDG-87), USS Monterey (CG-61), USS Nitze (DDG-94), USS Ramage (DDG61), USS San Jacinto (CG-56), USS Stout (DDG-55), USS USS Truman (CVN-75), USS Mt Whitney (LCC-20), USS Boxer (LHD-4), USS Cowpens (CG-63), USS Freedom (LCS1), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD49), USS Hopper (DDG-70), USS New Orleans (LPD-18), USS Rentz (FFG-46), USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705), USS Houston (SSN-713), USS North Carolina (SSN-777), USS Santa Fe (SSN-763), USS Sea Wolf (SSN-21), USS Tucson (770), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS John S McCain (DDG-56), USS Lassen (DDG-82), USS McCampbell (DDG-85), USS Mustin (DDG-89), USS Stethem (DDG-63), USS Ashland (LSD48), USS Bon Homme Richard (LHD-6), USS Denver (LPD-9) and USS Germantown (LSD42).CG, Fla. Fish and Wildlife Rescue 2 Adults, 5 Kids A Coast Guard heli copter crew and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boatcrew rescued two adults and five children after the fishing boat the family was aboard became disabled in Nassau Sound, Fla., Saturday. Rescued were Keith Geiger, of Darian, Ga., Geigers brother-in-law, James Lee, also of Darian, and Lees five children, ages 15, 14, 11, 9 and 2 years old. The original press release is available here. Rough weather and the location of fishing equipment on board the 58-foot trawler initially made helicopter hoist operations too danger ous to conduct, and shoal water and breaking surf made it too dangerous for response boats to come alongside. A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Mayport in Atlantic Beach and a Nassau County Marine Unit boatcrew respond ed and remained nearby throughout the evening to monitor the situation. Later in the day a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boatcrew was able to come along side the trawler to remove the four youngest chil dren and transfer them to the Coast Guard boat. Immediately after the four children were removed from the trawl er, a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah, Ga., hoisted Geiger, Lee, and the 15-year-old boy and took them to Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. The family was later reunited at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in Atlantic Beach. There were no injuries reported. -U.S. Coast Guard photoA Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two men and a 15-year-old boy after the fishing boat the family was aboard became disabled in Nassau Sound, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boatcrew rescued four other children from the vessel as well. Navy Reserve Ready Mobilization Pool Disestablished Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the Reserve Ready Mobilization Pool (RMP) will no longer be used to involuntarily recall Reserve Sailors. The RMP is being eliminated due to the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan and the extremely high mobi lization volunteer rate throughout the Navy Reserve Force. Although our imme diate need for a large forward deployed force has been reduced in correlation with the drawdown in Afghanistan, our Reserve Sailors will continue to stand, Ready. Anytime, Anywhere, said Rear Adm. Bryan Cutchen, commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command. Across the force, the volunteer rate has con sistently remained near 75 percent, with a September 2013 volun teer rate of 87.7 percent. This high volunteer rate is projected to continue due to the opportuni ties mobilizations pro vide for valuable career growth in a variety of joint and specialized billets. The Ready Mobilization Pool (RMP) was first imple mented in 2009 to manage the mobilization of Reserve Officers. In 2010, Reserve Enlisted personnel were added to the pool, coinciding with an increase in the number of mobiliza tions across the entire Reserve Force which had reached their high est level since 2003. The mission of the Navy Reserve is to deliver strategic depth and operational capability to the Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Forces 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013


USS De Wert Helps Celebrate Armistice Day During a port visit to Victoria, Seychelles, Sailors from USS De Wert planted trees at the Cascade School. The tree planting was part of the schools Armistice Day Ceremony. The Sailors dug the holes for the trees and prepped them each with mulch before the trees could be placed. The kids bounced outside when assembly was called and lined up quickly. The Armistice Day Ceremony started with a prayer and then the children sang a song to celebrate the ceasing of hostility. Three of the students were awarded medals for their singing skills. When the ceremony was complete, everyone split up to plant the trees. The kids jumped right in, helping the Sailors place the trees and then covering them with dirt. The students quickly bonded with the Sailors, some even trying to teach the Sailors how to count in French. The Sailors enjoyed the interaction and the opportunity to show that the Navy is truly a Global force for good. Once they saw me with the camera I was mobbed. I am surprised all the pictures arent blurry. Cryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Kerby Duckett mentioned when talking about his experi ence at Cascade school. Its funny too how shy some of them are initially but when they warm up to you, you have a shadow for the day. Its awesome. The projects at Cascade School only lasted for one morning; but for those who live, work and attend Cascade School the trees represent a time of rejoicing and peace that will last for decades to come. -Photo by Cmdr. Chris DickersonSailors from the USS De Wert sit with students during the Seychelles Armistice Day Ceremony held at Cascade School. -Photo by CTT2 Kerby Duckett Machinery Repairman 2nd Class Gerad Wood helps students plant a tree during the Seychelles Armistice Day Ceremony held at Cascade School.-Photo by CTT2 Kerby Duckett Chief Fire Controlman Dennis Fairbanks looks on as students from Cascade School finish filling in the hole of a tree planted for Seychelles Armistice Day Celebration. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013 7


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Florida Defense Task Force Tours MayportTwelve members and staffers from the Florida Defense Support Task Force spent time aboard USS Vicksburg (CG 69) at Naval Station Mayport on Nov. 21. Hosted by Mayports Skipper, Capt. Wes McCall, the Task Force members toured Naval Station Mayport and the Mayport Village. The group toured Vicksburg after comple tion of the their Florida Defense Support Task Force meeting in Jacksonville. The meet ing began with an open session scheduled, fol lowed by a session closed to the public. Open session agenda items included a leg islative update from the Florida Defense Alliance, Task Force member reports, and refresh of the recently complet ed Florida Installation Strategic Study provid ed by the Hon. Anthony Principi, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Chair of the Principi Group. Florida Defense Support Task Force grants are discussed during the closed session. The Florida Defense Support Task Force is a legislatively-mandat ed council (created by Florida Statues 288.987 in 2011) with a mission to preserve, protect, and enhance Floridas military missions and instal lations. Members include retired Flag Officers, State Legislators, and distin guished Florida Citizens. Retired Rear Adm. Kevin Delaney is on the Task Force representing Navy Region Southeast and Floridas Military. Earlier this November, Governor Rick Scott awarded more than $2 million in the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF) Grant initiatives to local commu nity organizations, which support Florida military installations. These grants will be utilized to protect, preserve and enhance Floridas military missions and installations, while maintaining Floridas reputation as the most military friendly state in the nation. Additionally, these grants will strengthen Floridas military bases ahead of any poten tial U.S. Department of Defense realignment or closure actions. This will protect more than $73 billion in investments and nearly 760,000 jobs the defense industry supports in Florida. Governor Scott said, Florida continues to be the best place in the nation for military ser vice members and their families to live and work. The $2 million from the Florida Defense Support Task Force will help keep vital missions at Floridas military installations, fos ter positive relationships between the military and the community, and sup port jobs for Florida families. The 2013-14 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants, totaling $2.029 million, have been awarded to seven wor thy projects that serve to protect military instal lations across the state. This year, awards were given to the Clay County Development Authority (two projects), the City of Niceville, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, the National Simulation Center in Orlando, the Economic Development Alliance of Bay County and Tampa Bay Defense Alliance. Matt Schellhorn, Community Plans and Liaison Officer for Naval Station Mayport, arranged the tour for FDSTF members. This tour is important because it allows FDSTF members to see firsthand the working end of the Navy, the Mayport waterfront, a soon to be deployed Guided Missile Cruiser, and the Mayport Village compatibility buffering project, Schellhorn said. We are always excited to give our Florida Friends a close look at Navy operations. -Photo submittedMembers of the Florida Defense Support Task Force stand with USS Vicksburg Commanding Officer, Capt. Lyle Hall, sixth from left, and CMDCM Michael Bates, far right, and NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, fifth from left, during a tour of the cruiser while visiting Naval Station Mayport on Nov. 21.From Page 3Pictures to hide his now sweat-stained armpit, and mustered a charm ing pose. The dog sat, in perfect obe dience, his ears handsomely perked. Like the townspeople of Bethlehem, we looked for the bright light that would finally bring us salvation. . Why didnt it flash? my hus band whispered. After another minute, our daughter extracted herself from our frozen pose, to check the camera. Peering at the digital display, she read aloud, Change battery pack. Realizing that a awless fam ily photo was never going to happen, we decided that one of the 12 takes would have to do, because reality is as perfect as a family gets. Get more wit and observa tions from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesoflife.com THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013 9


10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013 -Photo by Rita HammerstadUSS Vicksburg Flag Football Playoff Champions and League Champion FRCSE will represent the Navy during the Army VS Navy football event Dec. 14. Flag football games begin at 1 p.m. & 2 p.m., followed by a tailgate party at Beachside Community Center at 2:45 p.m. Army VS Navy kickoff is at 3 p.m., shown on a 20-foot screen. There will be free food and t-shirts while supplies last. For more information, call Rita at 904-270-7719. Holiday Activities Planned For DecemberNaval Station Mayport is on the look out for Santa Claus with sev eral special appearances already scheduled in December. Bring the whole fam ily out from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to the Sea Otter Pavilion on Dec. 5 for NS Mayports annual Magical Christmas. Make sure to bring a cam era to get pictures with Santa. While you are there, enjoy music by the Navy Band Southeast Dixieland Jazz, as well as performances by the children from the Child Development Centers and Youth Activity Center. There will also be games, prizes, crafts, Polar Express train rides and sweet treats for everyone. For more informa tion, call 270-5228. MWR is also sponsoring its Jingle Bell 5k/10k run on Dec. 10 starting at 8:10 a.m. in front of the new Mayport Fitness Center. Each runner will get a jingle bell for their shoe and a shirt. For more information, call 270-5452. Dont forget to sign you kids up for this years Kids Christmas Bingo on Dec. 15 at Beachside Bingo, beside Mayport Bowl. The event is open to children ages 2-15. Children ages 2-9 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Each person requires a ticket. The cost is $10 per person, including Bingo, hot dogs,chips, soda, cookies and prize drawing. Prizes will be awarded to both children and adults. Every child will go home with a holiday goodie bag. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., games start at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at ITT and at Beachside Bingo during regular Bingo hours only. For more information, call 270-7204 or 270-5145. Intramural Sports Dec. 10: Jingle Bell 5K/10K Run 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Dec. 14: Army Navy Football Party. Free tailgating. Flag football behind the gym. 12:30 p.m. Mayport vs. Army. 1 p.m. Mayport Gold vs. Army. Army vs. Navy College Football Game at 3 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. 2705451. 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 rental, 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 headpin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 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) SN Spencer Bartlett from USCGC Hammer stationed at Sector JAX was recently selected to participate in ALL NAVY Softball. Bartlett was selected out of 24 applicants to represent the Navy as one of six outfielders. During his experience on the team Bartlett went 10 for 13 at bat with a .769 bat ting average for the tour nament. In Game 2 against the Air Force he went 4-for4 with 2 triples a double and a single. He pulled off 2-for-3 against the Army with 2 singles in Game 3 and A triple in Game 5 against the Air Force and another Single in Game 7 also against the Air Force. Getting to travel and play softball was an experience of a lifetime, he said. I would suggest it to anybody that has the chance to take it! It was great to see people from all over the world and branches of the Military come together. The ALL NAVY team also had the opportu nity to participate in the WSL C World Series in Panama City. The talent on the team was of the highest standard and to be selected is an honor and an experience he will talk about for years. Go Navy! Go Goats! For more information on how you can partici pate in ALL NAVY Sports Contact Rita Hammerstad at 904-270-7719.-Photo courtesy of MWRSN Spencer Bartlett from USCGC Hammer has been selected to participate in ALL NAVY Softball. Dec. 5: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans. Van Departs 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Dec. 7: USO PAL Day in St. Augustine. Van Departs 8 a.m. at Liberty Center. Free; transporta tion only. Dec. 9: 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! Dec. 11: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Dec. 15: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Dec. 16: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 4 p.m; transportation only. Dec. 18: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 2:30 p.m. Sign up dead line Dec. 17. Dec. 19: Billiards Tournament. 6 p.m. Child and Youth Programs Dec. 6: Youth Basketball Registration Ends. Open to military, DOD and civilians chil dren ages 5-15 (age determined as of Jan. 1, 2012). Registration can be done at the Youth Center Mon.Fri. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Dec. 6. For more information, call (904) 270-5680 or email victor.e.miller@ navy.mil.


Auto Skills Center Dec. Special: 10% off deluxe oil change. 270-5392 Dec. 3-13: Free Pre-Leave Vehicle Inspection at the Auto Skills Center. Dec. 3-13 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Before you head home on leave, stop by the Auto Skills Center for a vehicle inspection. 270-5392 Tire Special: Buy four tires and receive free rotation on those tires for life (must show receipt to receive rotation). Castaways Lounge Every Weekday: Castaways After Work, At Ease: Stop into Castaways every MondayFriday 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 14th and last day of 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! 2707205 Every Sunday: NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flat-screens. 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 all-you-candrink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 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. Dec. 11: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at CPO Club. For tickets, call 270-5940 x1228. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013 11


USS Monterey, HSL-48 Visits CyprusGuided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), with embarked HSL-48 Detachment 5, returned to her mission of sup porting maritime secu rity operations and the ater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations after completing a scheduled port visit in Limassol, Nov. 21. The first day in port, Monterey conducted a change of command cer emony where Capt. Rick Cheeseman relieved Capt. Thomas Kiss as the ships commanding officer. Monterey had a very successful port visit in Limassol, said Cheeseman. An impor tant aspect of deployed forces is the fact that liberty is a mission. Montereys Sailors por trayed themselves as per fect ambassadors for the U.S. Taking full advantage of the time in port, person nel improved the material condition of the ship by preserving and painting parts of the ships hull. Throughout the rest of the visit, Sailors engaged in community events and enjoyed some much deserved liberty. Over two dozen of Montereys Sailors vol unteered their time par ticipating in a commu nity service (COMSERV) project at the Theotokos Foundation, a school for children with special needs. Sailors spent five hours cutting grass and cleaning up areas in and around the school. Being able to give back to these commu nities is always a great feeling, especially when we are in a foreign port, said Boatswains Mate 1st Class Shane Tiffany, the COMSERVs coordi nator and a participant. Monterey Sailors had done a great job mak ing the surrounding areas of the Theotokos Foundation looks more appealing than it had been. While in port, the ships Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) pro vided the crew with many affordable tours to explore the cultures and scenery, to relax and recharge for the next underway period. Crew morale goes hand in hand with this mission, said Cheeseman. Monterey Sailors are leaving this port refreshed and ready to meet any mission requirements put forth to them. Monterey is deployed in support of maritime security operations and the ater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. -Photo courtesy of CSADD MayportLeft, members of CSADD Mayport help an injured pelican on the beach of Naval Station Mayport Sunday during a beach clean up community relations event. The pelican had fishing hooks and weights attached to its body that prevented it from flying. The team was able to remove the two hooks and weights and release the pelican back on the beach. Above, members of CSADD Mayport hold up a sign reminding their shipmates to help each other make smart decisions. -Photo by MC3 Billy HoSailors perform line handling on the fantail aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) as the ship pulls out of Limassol after a scheduled port visit. Monterey is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.water warfare capabili ties through engagement tactics, weapon system tests and close encoun ter operations. This par ticular training evolution helps the American and Peruvian navies train their crews and test capabili ties while helping foster bilateral cooperation and further improve joint interoperability. CHILEMAR is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Chile, which is designed to demonstrate interop erability between U.S. submarine rescue sys tems and Chilean submarines. The exercise also promotes greater under standing and coopera tion between the U.S. and Chile. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet employ maritime forces in coop erative maritime securi ty operations in order to maintain access enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships that foster regional secu rity in the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility.From Page 14th Fleet 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013


Navy Celebrates Return Of Right Whales The Navy helped cel ebrate the annual return of the right whale to its calving grounds in Florida and Georgia waters at the Right Whale Festival held Nov. 23 at the Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. According to Rob Kalin, an operations environmental coordina tor for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the festival has grown every year. Its a great way to engage kids and parents in a dialogue, and to show them what we do. We do a lot! The Navy is the largest spon sor of marine mammal research in the world. Georgiana Herzberg lives in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville and said this is the first time she has been to the Right Whale Festival. I think its important to be aware of the world and our impact on it, Herzberg said. Im con cerned about the Navys impact on marine spe cies. Herzberg was impressed with the research the University of North Florida is doing. The UNF booth taught me a lot, and I think the Navy should link up with UNF for research. I know the Navy does research out in California, but linking up with other people is good, she added. The Navy has been here every year since the festival started, said Nancy Allen, a marine research special ist for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast. Allen and Steve Biemiller, a NAVFAC SE biologist, are regulars at the festival, as is Kalin,. Under blue skies and mild tempera tures, adults and chil dren perused the many booths at the festival that is sponsored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the Sea and Shore Alliance. The festival celebrates the return to Florida and Georgia waters of the right whale to its annual calving grounds. Many people are unaware that the Navy, along with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard, pays for aerial right whale surveys and sightings, Allen said. We also like to explain the mitigation measures the Navy has in place to prevent ship strikes, which are major cause of whale fatalities. According to Allen, the Navy is a leader in whale protection. We care about our whales and other marine species absolutely! Biemiller said, Its good to let people know what the Navy is doing and to show them the environmental side of the Navy. Kalin has been out at the Right Whale Festival for the last four years to let people know what the Navy is doing. I enjoy it, Kalin said. Its a great opportunity to meet people who dont know what we do. We show them we have a plan in place, and that we work closely with other agencies to help ensure that the right whale will be around for generations to come. For those who took the time to visit the fes tival, they had a chance to see what many agen cies and organizations are doing to protect the endangered right whale. For Kalin, The more we do this, the more we get to show our support for the marine environment. For Biemiller, he likes the giveaways they have for kids. I enjoy making hats! -Photo by Steve StricklandRob Kalin, left, Nancy Allen, and Steve Biemiller look up from making hats as give aways at the annual Right Whale Festival. Kalin, of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and Allen and Biemiller of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast are annual fixtures at the festival, showing the public the Navys efforts to protect the endangered right whale.Residents Reminded Of Watering RestrictionsThe City of Jacksonville Neighborhoods Department reminds Duval County residents that they should reduce lawn and landscape irri gation to no more than one day per week. Designed to conserve Jacksonvilles water supply and reduce the amount of nutrients flowing into the St. Johns River, Chapter 366 of the citys Ordinance Code limits watering to one day a week during Eastern Standard Time. During this period of cooler weather, lawns and land scapes need less water. Residential proper ties with an address that ends in an odd number or places without an address may water on Saturday and addresses that end in an even number may water on Sunday. Non-residential irriga tion is only permitted on Tuesday. Watering is allowed only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. year-round. Some exceptions to the restrictions apply, such as using a hand-held irriga tion tool, micro-irrigation systems, maintenance and repair, or watering to establish new landscaping. Violators of the irriga tion schedule and fertil izer ordinance require ments will be issued a warning ticket for the first observed offense and tickets for $50 and $250 for the second and third violations, respectively. Violators may also be subject to other enforcement. Lawn watering will resume to two designated days per week beginning March 9, 2014. To learn more about the restrictions, visit the City of Jacksonville Neighborhoods Department at http:// www.coj.net/depart ments/neighborhoods/ environmental-quality/ irrigation-and-fertilizer. aspx or visit the St. Johns River Water Management District at www.sjrwmd. com/wateringrestrictions. Residents are also reminded that the University of Florida Extension program offers Florida-friendly land scaping programs and assistance. The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program provides edu cational outreach oppor tunities to homeowners, landscaping profession als, builders and developers on low maintenance and native plants and environmentally sustain able practices to enhance landscapes while reduc ing water consumption and saving money, time and energy. To learn more or register, visit http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/ or call (904) 387-8850. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013 13


14 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Saturday, Dec. 7 Isle of Faith United Methodist Church will hold Breakfast With Santa at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a pancake break fast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets at the door cost $5 for adults, $3 for children. All proceeds benefit the Dominican Republic Medical Mission Trip in June 2014. Join us at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort for the 40th Anniversary Big Event Gala to join Amelia Island Montessori School in cel ebrating their 40th year educating young minds. All proceeds will go to supporting this non-profit school. This Ruby Jubileethemed event will include dinner, open bar, dancing with a live band, and over 200 live and silent auc tion items. Reservations for tables can be made on the website at: www. ameliaislandmontessori. com or by calling 904261-6610. Tables of 10 are $1000, individual tickets are $125. Space is limited, make reservations today! Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. to learn about the difference between a conch and a whelk, or a cockle and a clam? Discover how to identify many of the frequently found shells that wash up on the Talbot Islands State Parks shores. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reserva tions are necessary and the program is free. The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Clinch State Park will host a Civil War Jollification event from 7-9 p.m. This pro gram will allow visitors to step back in time and celebrate a Civil War holiday, also called Jollification, complete with crackling fires, carolers, popcorngarland strung trees and candlelight. The Friends of Fort Clinch State Park will offer hot coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to make it the perfect night of festivity. Park entrance fees are waived for this special celebration. Event admission is one canned food item per visitor to be donated to the commu nity through the Barnabas Food Pantry. For infor mation, call at (904) 277-7274 or visit www. FloridaStateParks.org. The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Clinch State Park will host a Union Garrison event from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday, Dec. 8. This program will allow visitors to inter act with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cook ing and daily activities. Ladies in their dress es will be preparing a Christmas tree and deco rating the mantles for the holiday season. Sutlers display their wares, fife players and drummer boys project the sounds of the civil war era. Fees include the $6 per vehicle park entrance fee plus $2 per person Fort admission. For information, contact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit www. FloridaStateParks.org.Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDARHoliday 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 Christmas meals to service members in need as well as toy donations. Pal Day In St. Augustine The 56TH USO Pal Day will be Saturday, Dec. 7 in St. Augustine, Florida. Since 1957, the attrac tions in St. Augustine have shown their support and appreciation to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by opening their doors free of charge. In addition, the members of Elks Lodge #829 (1420 A1A South) prepare and serve a free lunch from 10:30 a.m.3 p.m. sponsored by the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. Participating attrac tions open to ALL military I.D. card carrying mem bers; active duty, retired, Reserves, National Guard, etc. One spouse per fam ily must present military I.D. Card prior to entering an attraction. Uniforms are NOT required civil ian attire authorized. However, command/unit ball cap is encouraged. NOT all attractions in St. Augustine are open, free of charge to military I.D. card carrying members. NOSA Holiday BazaarDec. 7 Join NOSA at the Mayport USO for their annual holiday bazaar. There will be food, vendors, 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. Mayport USO No Dough Dinner Monday, Dec. 9 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 pizza, salad, and dessert. Thank you Navy League! Author Heather Ashby will be signing copies of her military-themed nov els. JCPenney Round Up Beginning Dec. 1-31, JCPenney customers, instore and on-line, will be asked to round up for the troops. Lets say your purchase is $14.67, if you round up, that 33 cents will go to the USO. A little goes along way. As you do your holiday shopping this year (Dec. 1-Dec. 31), please consider purchas ing at least one gift from JCPenney or jcp.com and rounding up for the troops. Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Founded more than 60 years ago, this criticallyacclaimed company has been praised for its incredible authenticity, strong emotion, and aweinspiring technique and is credited with the revi talization of Hungarian folkloric dance and music. The NAS JAX USO has a limited number of com plimentary tickets to see this performance on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the ThrasherHorne Center for the Arts. Tickets are open to Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retirees, and Dependents. Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old magazines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. United Through Reading program makes it possible to share in the enjoyment of reading to the children in your life, even while thousands of miles apart. The Mayport Center and NAS Center can record you reading a book to your children and send it to them after you have gone on deployment. Please contact your local USO center for more information. 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. 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. For more information about activities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. Learn Family Life Skills With FFSCThe 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 call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is locat ed in Building One on Massey Avenue. Dec. 5, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, Healthy Family, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 5, 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. Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m., Christmas Party for IA Children, USO Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-noon, Point of Contact Bldg. 1, Room 1615 Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m., Data Collection Coordinator Bldg. 1, Room 1615 Dec. 9, 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. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irrational beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means. Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m., PFM Forum FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Dec. 11, 9-11 a.m., Car Buying Strategies FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 11, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Dec. 12, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, Healthy Family, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 16-20, 7:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., Transition GPS Separatee Workshop FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 18, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Dec. 19, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, Healthy Family, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 25, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 St. Augustine attrac tions are open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Attractions open for the day include: Tours of St. Augustine (Trolley Tour) -Complimentary Trolley Tour; compli mentary visit to Old Jail Museum, -Old Store Experience, St. Augustines History Museum Museum Museum St. Augustine Tours Not Museum Hospital Museum House/Historic Museum and Gardens sion (does not include Crocodile Crossing or zip line adventure) attractions) Historic Houses, 149 Cordova Street Adventure, 9600 Oceanshore Blvd. (open 9 a.m.-4:30p.m.) -Photos courtesy of NEXNS Mayport Navy Exchange hosted a Holiday Fashion Show recently with more than 60 participants from the Mayport community. Kids, ladies and men of all ages displayed stylish garments and accessories sold at the Navy Exchange. The audience got to see the latest most fashionable outfits for the Fall and Winter season. Donovan McKay, Patricia Tompkins-Hairston and Richard Harris hit the runway with one-of-a-kind stylish moves. From Page 1Pal Day


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