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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com New York Comes To Mayport The Mayport com munity welcomed over 350 new neighbors to Northeast Florida when USS New York (LPD 21) changed homeport from Naval Station Norfolk to Naval Station Mayport on December 6. USS New York is one of three ships that make up IWO JIMA Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) the Navy is moving from Norfolk, Va., to Mayport, Fla. The other two ships USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD-45) are slated to arrive as early as 2014. The three ships will bulk up the Navys fleet at Mayport, as the stations frigates are retiring. USS Underwood and USS Klakring were decom missioned in March. According to U.S. Rep. Alder Crenshaw, R-Fla. The move is a win-win situation for the Navy and the Mayport community. As Congress deals with very difficult budget decisions, this is promising news for national secu rity and the First Coast, Crenshaw said in a state ment. This first phase of the amphibious ready group move to Mayport underscores the Navys commitment to a strate gic dispersal of assets a strategy I have long advocated on Capitol Hill. USS New York is not the first Navy ship to hold that states name, but never before has the name had so much meaning. The amphibious trans port dock was built with 7 tons of steel from the World Trade Center. USS New York is not the only ship that will be named to commemo rate the attacks, but it is the first. USS Somerset is under contract and the USS Arlington will fol low. According to USS New Yorks Commanding Officer Capt. Jon C. Kreitz, although leaving Hampton Roads was dif ficult, maritime strategy is the main job for the new ship. This is just the first of three ships going down there to make sure that Mayport remains that second strategic home port for the fleet, he said Theres a big part of us that didnt want to leave Hampton Roads, at the same time, were very Housing Shines For Base Holiday Lighting ContestTis the season for spending time with fam ily and friends! Balfour Beatty Communities has events planned for their residents to celebrate the holiday spirit! The Holiday Lighting Contest will be held on Dec. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in Bennett Shores East, Bennett Shores West, Ribault Bay and Marsh Cove. Outdoor holiday deco rations will be judged and one winner will be selected from each neighbor hood. Please have holiday lights/dcor turned on if you wish to participate. Winners will be presented with a contest winning yard sign on Dec. 18. Santa Clause is coming to town on Dec. 20! With help from NS Mayports Fire Department, Santa will be visiting all neigh borhoods between 1-3 p.m. Santa will be rid ing around in a fire truck beginning in Bennett Shores West. The route will take him down the main roads of the neigh borhoods with Bennett Shores East, Ribault Bay and Marsh Cove to follow. Be sure to be outside to give our visitor from the North Pole a warm Florida welcome! Following this event, please visit the Ribault Bay Community Center for some family-friendly Christmas Trivia from 4-6 p.m. Trivia questions will be holiday themed and milk and cookies will be served. Santa Clause USS Samuel B. Roberts Hosts Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Sailors, family and friends came together aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) for a ceremony to commemo rate the 72nd anniversa ry of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also in attendance was Charles Ellis, Duane Reyelts and Henry Griffin who served during that dreadful attack which lasted 90 minutes, tak ing the lives of more than 2,300 service members and wounding more than 1,200, immediate ly plunging the United States into World War II Dec 7, 1941. It feels wonderful just to be able to be here at this stage of my life, said Ellis. I am honored to represent those who lost their lives on that day at Pearl Harbor. This years historic commemoration, Sound the Alarm, exam ines how thousands of Americans answered the call to duty in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today these men are commemorated and we will never forget their sacrifice, said Cmdr. Erica L. Hoffman, Samuel B. Roberts commanding officer. We can still hear the accounts of those in their own words who answered the call when the alarm was sounded. Reading their words, lis tening to their voices and seeing their faces will forever connect us to them. During the ceremony everyone in attendance, -Photo by MC2 Adam HendersonUSS New York (LPD-21) enters the channel leading into Naval Station Mayport as part of the ships homeport shift from Naval Station Norfolk to Naval Station Mayport. Left, USS New York Commanding Officer, Capt. Jon Kreitz, talks to the crowd of welcoming Mayport contingency during the homeport shift.See New York, Page 8 See Lighting, Page 3 See Pearl Harbor, Page 9 -Photo by MC2 Marcus L. StanleyHarold Davis, the oldest veteran in Jacksonville, Florida, salutes after laying a wreath over the side of guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 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 would like to extend a warm wel come to the crew and families of USS New York (LPD 21) to Naval Station Mayport. As a relative newcomer to the area myself, I can assure you that you have just made the transition to the finest installation in the U.S. Navy and to the most military friendly city in the country. WELCOME HOME! I want to thank USS Samuel B. Roberts and her crew for hosting the annual Pearl Harbor Day ceremony on Dec. 7. It is important to remember that more than 70 years ago our nation was attacked without warning forcing us into war. Its easy to see the parallels of that day and the current war we are waging, especially as we welcome USS New York to our basin. Like many service members who joined after the attack on Pearl Harbor, I know many of you joined the Navy in response to the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. I am proud that the same fighting spirit and resiliency that was alive in 1941 is still alive and well in todays Navy. Congratulations to Machinists Mate 1st Class Bryan Pentlin for being selected as Naval Station Mayports Sailor of the Year. I am very proud to have someone of MM1 Pentlins work ethic and dedi cation on our team. He has shown time and time again, his willingness to give 100 percent for his department, Naval Station Mayport and the U.S. Navy. Bravo Zulu shipmate! The Army-Navy game is this Saturday afternoon, but prior to the big game, our MWR department is sponsoring its own Army-Navy flag football game on Dec. 14 on Field 7 behind the Fitness Center. USS Vicksburg and HSM-40 will face down teams from the Jacksonville Army Recruiting Battalion starting at 1 pm. Immediately following our flag football victories, MWR will set up a 20-foot TV screen at the Beachside Community Center and host a tailgate party starting at 2:45 p.m. There will be free food and t-shirts while supplies last. Its sure to be a great time! GO NAVY BEAT ARMY!!! For all of you Christmas light enthu siasts, its time for the annual Mayport Holiday Lighting Contest. Judges will be out on Dec. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in Bennett Shores East, Bennett Shores West, Ribault Bay and Marsh Cove. Outdoor holiday decorations will be judged and one winner will be selected from each neighborhood. We will present winners with a contest winning yard sign on Dec. 18. I know a lot of you have already put up great displays. I cant wait to see the winning homes. Speaking of Christmas lights, Reyna and I had a great time at the annual Magical Christmas festival hosted by MWR. Santa arrived at Mayport in style riding the Polar Express and I saw a lot of smiling faces as I walked around Sea Otter Pavilion that night. I especially enjoyed the performance from the chil dren at the Youth Activities Center. We certainly have a lot of talented children here at Mayport! Since this will be my last column of the year for The Mirror, I want to stress to each and every one of you how very important it is to make wise choices over the holidays. This is a time for joy and happiness. Dont let one stupid decision ruin the rest of your life. If youre going to drink, dont drive. Have a very happy and safe holiday! 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 Homeschooling is an educational option which military families are choosing more and more frequently. Since a typical military family moves every two to four years, homeschooling can provide continuity in education and eliminate the stress of leaving one school district and mov ing to another. The goal for the home schooling parent is to identify how and when their child learns best and to adapt the teaching style to the child. Finding that special curriculum which works best for the child can sometimes be challenging. Also the costs associated with homeschooling may vary depending on the method and/or curriculum selected by the family. Listed below are few examples of the most popular types of homeschooling programs available to families: Internet Homeschooling: Online curriculum programs, public and private dis tance learning, and homeschooling support academies are avail able via the internet. Depending upon the program or tutors, expert advice and resources may be found to assist the parent with homeschooling their children. Montessori Method: The Montessori Method emphasizes error-less learning in which chil dren learn at their own pace to develop their full potential. The Montessori homeschooling curricu lum emphasizes beauty and avoids things which are confusing or clut tered. Learning material is kept well-organized and ready to use. Although Montessori materi als are available for high school students, most homeschoolers use the Montessori Method for younger children. School-at-Home: Most families follow the schoolat-home approach which comes with textbooks, study schedules, grades, and record keeping. Also School-at-Home is the style most often portrayed in the media because it is so easy to understand and can be accompanied by a photo of the chil dren studying around the kitchen table. This pro gram is the most expen sive, and it also requires much more work on the part of the parent in fol lowing a study schedule and maintaining records. Recently, many states have enacted legislation requiring public school access for homeschool ers. Related services such as speech and language, physical therapy, or assistance in traditional aca demic areas such as math and reading may be available in Florida. Parents should check with the individual district. So how do you know which type of curriculum to select for your child and what the state you will be moving to requires for home school enroll ment? The HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) website at www.hslda.org is a great resource for providing information about the legal options for home schooling in every state, federal and state leg islation relating to home schooling, curriculum informa tion and resources, homeschool organizations in your state, and resources and an online form to contact Florida HLDA staff for help. When you start out, you may tend to bring the classroom into your home as that is what you expe rienced in school. The HSLDA website stresses that its okay to simply create a learning environment within your home and to enjoy learning along with your children. Education begins with the parent! 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.Are You Thinking About Homeschooling?Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer It is that special time of year again. That annual season that our culture revolves around. That momentous occasion that harkens the begin ning of the most magical time of year. A marquee event that has come to represent all that we are and what we hold most dear. I am referring of course to Black Friday. But wait! There is more this year, for this first time ever, we saw the birth of Grey Thursday as major stores and vendors across this great nation of ours brought their employ ees back in after a quick turkey lunch to open their doors for us even before the famous mid night shopping rush of Black Friday began. But what if you didnt have the chance to whip out the ol credit card and try to single handedly stimulate the economy on Grey Thursday or Black Friday? Have no fear, Cyber Monday is here! From the warm confines of your home, (or cool if you are experiencing a JAX win ter), you can shop, shop, shop in your P.J.s and slippers. Who needs Santa? Amazon, Target, Walmart, and more will deliver toys, straight to your door. It wasnt always this way. Once upon a time, less than a generation ago, the Christmas sea son drew people back to family traditions. Oh, there were still presents and gifts to be sure, but it seems to me there was more. And I am sure for many, maybe even most, in the intimacy and privacy of your home you work hard to preserve your most cherished Christmas and holiday traditions. But what is reflected in our culture? I few years ago I had the unique experience of being stationed in Singapore. A remark able country, a city state, that has a hybrid of major world religions repre sented in its demograph ics. As a chaplain, and a religious minister, I was frankly very impressed in how their government was able to recognize and allow each faith repre sentation to celebrate the most meaningful days on their religious calendars. Ramadan, Deepavali, Hanukkah, to name a few but alsoyes, Christmas. It was a surreal experi ence to go to shopping malls and hear traditional Christmas carols being playednot just jingle bells or Santa Baby. Nativity scenes on public property, floats down the street, scripture verses on bill boards, and it wasnt weirdeven in a country whose predominant religions are Buddhist, Muslim, Taoism with a smattering of Christian and Hindu. No lawsuits, no religious hostility, just mutual respect and the freedom to recognize why this time of year is so special for many. And it really isnt about Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday or shopping. Whatever your reli gious affiliation, I hope you would agree with me that we need our faith. Especially at this time of year. We need to be reminded that life, liber -Chaplain Darin Dunham CHSMWL Chaplain Remember Christmas Is More Than A Good Reason To Shop CorrectionDue to a reporting error, guest speaker at the Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Atlantic change of command was misidentified in the Nov. 28, 2013 edition of The Mirror. Guest speaker for the event was Capt. Daniel E. Boyles, Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. We apologize for any confu sion this may have caused.See Chaplain, Page 3


ty and the pursuit of happiness does not begin nor end with ourselves. As we elbow fellow shop pers away from the last deal on display, we need to be reminded that there are greater treasures in life, and most of them do not come in boxes, but rather in relationships. Our faith helps us to remember. As we rack up debt on things we want, we need to be reminded that real peace and last ing joy dont come from material possessions. Our faith helps us to remember. Even when faith seems to contra dicts our culture, there is a value there, as it brings balance to our outlook on life. Faith helps return meaning and substance to a holiday season. Faith accentuates and encour ages the most precious and beloved of family traditions. Faith takes the focus off of meand you and puts it on us. As you bravely battle through the hustle and the bustle, the mad ness and mayhem of the shopping malls this year, remember to share in the prayer and promise of peace on earth, and good will to men. And as you dream about what gift you want most this year, take time to turn to your faith and ask what God wants for a Christmas gift. The answer of course, is you. From Page 2ChaplainU.S. 4th Fleet Speaks At SOY luncheon Rear Adm. Jon Matheson, Deputy Commander U.S. 4th Fleet spoke to Sailors of the Year (SOY), Sailors of the Quarter (SOQ) and Blue Jackets of the Quarter (BJOQ), during a lun cheon held aboard Naval Station Mayport Dec. 5th. The Sailors in atten dance were from U.S. 4th Fleet and other various commands throughout the base. The event was sponsored by the Mayport Navy League. Matheson talked to the Sailors and expressed his gratitude about speaking at the event. Standing here just looking out at this incredible crowd of talent ed shipmates you just look fantastic and I am extremely proud and privileged to be here speaking to all of you. Among the Sailors in attendance was Information Systems Technician 1st Class Faith Elbert, Operations Specialist 1st Class Ronald Fogle, Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Phil Dalupang, Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Kathleen Parker and Electronics Technician 2nd Class Melinda Lumpkin. Elbert talked about being recognized as 4th Fleets senior SOY, and what a great honor it has been to mentor her junior Sailors that work for her. I think it important to be a good example to the junior Sailors in the command, and that is what I strive for. This lunch is great opportunity to be recognized and to interact with other Sailors from various commands. 4th Fleet Command Master Chief David Tellez attended the luncheon and talked about how proud he was of the 4th Fleet Sailors. These Sailors repre sent our command well and I am pleased that the Navy League and Naval Station Mayport have held this luncheon for them be recognized not only be senior leadership but their peers as well. 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. -Photo by MC2 Adam HendersonForce Master Chief Susan Whitman speaks to the enlisted community at U.S. 4th Fleet during on office call Dec. 6.will be making a special appearance, so be sure to bring your cameras! Other events host ed at the Ribault Bay Community Center will be Christmas Movie Night on Dec. 18 from 5-7 p.m. and Christmas Craft Day on Dec. 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. If you have any ques tions regarding these or other events host ed by Balfour Beatty Communities, please call 904-372-4702 or visit our Facebook page at www. facebook.com/maypo rthomes. From Page 1LightingCommissary Christmas Store Hours ScheduleSanta will visit the Mayport Commissary on Dec. 21 at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cookies and hot choco late will be available (on a first come, first serve basis). There will be drawing for give-a-ways including $25 gift cards, IPAD mini, toddlers bas ketball hoop, etc. come on out and enjoy yourself while picking up those last minute items needed for your holiday meal. Commissary will be open: Dec. 29, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 30, Closed Dec. 31, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 1, Closed Jan. 2-4, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 2013 3


4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 2013 Mayport Families Enjoy FestivitiesMWR Hosts Annual Magical Christmas EventFamilies of Naval Station Mayport Sailors bun dled up and kept warm with fun activities at the annual MWR Magical Christmas on Dec. 5 at the Sea Otter Pavilion. This years festivities included music by the Navy Southeast Holiday Brass Band and performances by the Youth Activities Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus listened to the childrens Christmas wish lists. The kids also got a chance to enjoy free arts and crafts and mini-games at the event. For more information about events happening throughout 2012, call MWR at 270-5228. Lilah Gillespie, 3, enjoys a marsh mallow off the stick at the Magical Christmas event hosted by MWR on Dec. 5.-Photos by Paige GnannFamilies gather around a fire pit to roast marshmallows at the annual MWR Magical Christmas. Isabella Casanova, 1, is fascinated with Raggedy Ann as her father, Machinists Mate 3rd Class Fernando Casanova of USS Farragut, poses for a picture at Santas Workshop. Evan Torres, 8, spins the holiday wheel to win a prize. Santa Claus holds 16-month-old Ralph Seibel and poses for a picture after visiting with children during the annual MWR Magical Christmas. Magical Christmas included several different arts and crafts activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Children design their own Christmas cards with stickers and construction paper.


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 2013 5 Xaiden Quillon, 4, and his sister, Heaven, 3, get their picture taken in front of an inflatable igloo. Leone Butler, 4, watches as her sister, Layla, 2, sticks her head in a elf cut out at the Magical Christmas holiday event sponsored by MWR Mayport. Families get a sweet treat at the hot chocolate and cookie tent. Kids make special reindeer food for Christmas night. Children from the Child Development Center perform with Frosty the Snowman in front of the crowds attending the annual MWR Magical Christmas Dec. 6 at Sea Otter Pavilion. A snowstorm hits Naval Station Mayport during Magical Christmas as flurries fill the air thanks to a snow machine provided by MWR. Kenneth Velasquez, 7, waits for the performances to begin at the annual Magical Christmas.


Truman CSG Passes Deployment Midpoint The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) passed the approximate midway point of its 2013-2014 deployment Dec. 6. HST CSG deployed from Norfolk, Va., and Mayport, Fla., in late July and after transiting the Atlantic Ocean and U.S. 6th Fleet area of respon sibility (AOR), entered the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR Aug. 18 to conduct mari time security operations, support theater secu rity cooperation efforts and support Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). HST CSG is currently the only continental U.S.based carrier strike group forward-deployed. I could not be more proud of the perfor mance of our Sailors and Marines, said Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, com mander, HST CSG. Their efforts in supporting coalition warfighters on the ground in Afghanistan and maritime operations throughout the region have been the key to building trust and con fidence with our partner nations. HST CSG includes the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), the guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS San Jacinto (CG 57), the guidedmissile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Mason (DDG 87); Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3; and embarked Carrier Strike Group 10 and 1st Combined Destroyer Squadron staffs. Harry S. Truman, the strike groups flagship, has teamed up with CVW-3 to launch more than 7,000 sorties, amassing more than 19,700 flight hours, since departing for deployment. Nine days after entering the 5th Fleet AOR, an F/A18C Hornet, assigned to the Checkerboards of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, piloted by Marine Lt. Col. Joseph Reedy, command ing officer of VMFA-312, launched from Harry S. Truman in support of OEF Aug. 27. Since that time, CVW-3 squadrons have flown more than 8,900 hours and 1,500 sorties in support of OEF. Squadrons assigned to CVW-3 include the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126, the Zappers of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, the Ragin Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron 37, the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron 105, the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron 32, the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7 and the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 74. Its inspiring to watch the young men and women of Truman and Carrier Air Wing 3 work so closely together, said Capt. Bob Roth, Harry S. Trumans commanding officer. Its their hard work and tireless dedica tion to the mission that keep the jets launching, in the air, and support ing the warfighters on the ground in Afghanistan. Capt. Sara Joyner, com mander, CVW-3, also spoke of the teamwork that makes HST CSGs support of OEF a success. Whether from the air wing or from Truman, every Sailor and Marine understands the impor tance of what were doing out here and how vital teamwork is to our suc cess, she said. The ship and air wing team work side by side, every day for hours on end, in all sorts of conditions, to make sure we can get support to those who need it on the ground. Each ship in the strike group has made an impact on regional security and safety by providing assistance and medical support to fishermen and merchants on multiple occasions, and by partici pating in theater security cooperation exercises. Other major high lights of the deployment thus far include port vis its to Marseille, France; Manama, Bahrain; and Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; a Thanksgiving Day visit by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens; and the advancement of approximately 350 Sailors. During the first 136 days of the deployment, Sailors and Marines con sumed more than 15,175 gallons of milk, 52,718 lbs. of beef, 134,203 lbs. of chicken, 5,560 lbs. of hot dogs, 108,435 lbs. of fresh vegetables and 10,975 dozens of eggs. Im proud of my Ney Award-winning Sailors for being able to feed a crew of over 5,000 Sailors and Marines four times a day, seven days a week, said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian Armstrong, Harry S. Trumans food service officer. They work long hours to prepare enjoy able meals while keeping the galleys to the highest standard of cleanliness to ensure the good health of the crew and maintain the Truman standard. Theyve done an incred ible job for the first half of this deployment and I know theyll continue their stellar performance till the end. To date, Harry S. Truman has completed 16 underway replenishments (UNREP), during which more than 11.4 million gallons of JP-5 fuel was received, 9.5 million gal lons of which was issued to aircraft for flight operations. UNREPs also supplied the ship with essential food and repair parts required for daily opera tions of an aircraft car rier. Harry S. Truman also processed a combined 259,051 lbs. of incoming and outgoing mail. Over the past fourand-a-half months, this ship has done amazing things from supporting OEF, completing a physi cal readiness test while on a combat deployment, had numerous Sailors advanced, Sailors getting multiple warfare qualifi cations, and Sailors con tinuing their education, said Harry S. Truman Sailor of the Year Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Ryan Smith. -Photo by MC3 Class Lorenzo J. BurlesonSailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), operate a rigid hull inflatable boat in the Gulf of Oman. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. 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excited to be a part of the Mayport family. Many Navy fami lies had the daunt ing task of moving from Norfolk to Mayport in a short amount of time. According to Operations Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Devore, it was tough moving suddenly but the many activities offered on Naval Station Mayport and the sur rounding areas are worth the stress of moving to a new area. We were able to get base housing in only two days, he said. The help from the Fleet and Family Support Center was fan tastic. It was a little hec tic moving two small children, but we made it work, said Angela Devore. I am look ing forward to the many beaches in the area. When the kids get a little older, we are definitely going to Disney World. The San Antonio Class LPD (USS New York) ships are used to trans port and land Marines, their equipment and supplies. These ships sup port amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions and can serve as secondary aviation plat forms for amphibious ready groups. Amphibious ships like USS New York provide the nation a crisis response capability and demon strate the Navy-Marine Corps team in action. The Navy is commit ted to strategic dispersal and at least two viable East Coast surface ship homeports as well as the preservation of the ship repair industrial base in the Mayport area. According to Naval Station Mayport Commanding Officer Capt. Wesley McCall the addition of up to 2,000 families to the area after all is said and done will be a boost for national defense and to the economy of Mayport. I think were going to see some significant growth with USS Fort McHenry and USS Iwo Jima coming next year and the new littoral combat ships soon to follow, he said. You bring 2,000 new families here; the benefits are going to be pretty substantial. The Sailors and their families aboard USS New York are the ones who will benefit the most. Jacksonville and especially the Mayport area are huge military supporters. From Page 1New York -Photo by Paige GnannSailors from USS New York (LPD 21) salute the flag before boarding the ship after it shifts homeport to Naval Station Mayport on Dec. 6. The ship was welcomed to its new home by local politicians, Navy leadership, as well as friends and family of the crew. See all the photos online at www.mayportmirror.com.-Photo by Michael LegerSailors and Marines man the rails of USS New York as it pulls into the basin at NS Mayport during its homeport shift on Dec. 6.-Photo by Paige GnannFriends, families and dignitaries welcome USS New York to Naval Station Mayport during its homeport shift on Dec. 6.-Photo by Paige GnannAiden Duggan, 4, along with mom Tracey, and sister, Maddison, 2, look for Chief Engineman Jeremy Duggan as he pulls into the Mayport basin on board USS New York. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 2013


beginning with the Pearl Harbor survivors, was given the opportunity to lay a wreath or flowers over the side of the ship. It is an honor for us to be here to pay tribute to those who served before and laid the groundwork for all of us in uniform today, said Capt. Wes R. McCall, command ing officer Naval Station Mayport. It was a won derful ceremony and we thank the Capt. Hoffmann and her crew for doing such a fantastic job.Pearl HarborFrom Page 1 -Photos by MC2 Marcus L. StanleyIn honor of the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Sailors, family, friends and survivors of the attack laid flowers and wreaths over the side of guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). This years historic commemoration, Sound the Alarm, examined how thousands of Americans answered the call to duty in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Capt. Wes R. McCall, commanding officer Naval Station Mayport shakes hands with Pearl Harbor survivor Henry Griffin after a ceremony aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). Cmdr. Erica L. Hoffman, commanding officer USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) gives a challenge coin to Pearl Harbor survivor Henry Griffin during a ceremony commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. USS Samuel B. Roberts, Cmdr. Erica Hoffman, COMDESRON 14, Capt. Ryan Tillotson, and NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, stand with Pearl Harbor survivors after a memorial ceremony held aboard SBR on Dec. 7. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 2013 9


The following activities target single or unaccom panied 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. 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. at Liberty Center. Dec. 21: Movie Trip. Van departs Liberty Center at 5:30 p.m; trans portation only. Dec. 22: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Dec. 26: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Dec. 27 Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. 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. Call ahead for an appointment. 270-5392 Tire Special: Buy four tires and receive free rotation on those tires for life (must show receipt to receive rotation). 2705392 Beachside Bingo Wednesdays: Lunchtime Bingo Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 Dec. 15: Kids Christmas Bingo 12:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. $10 per person (includes bingo, hot dogs, soda, cook ies, and prize drawing). Special appearance by Santa. 270-7204 or 270-5145 Dec. 31: New Years Eve Bingo Special 6:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. Computers $99 5-pack; paper $30 on all hard cards, food provided by MWR. 270-7204. 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 the 14th and last day of every month! 270-7205 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. Drink specials throughout the day and oppor tunity to win prizes every Sunday. 270-7205 Dec. 18: Game Night 7:30 p.m. at Castaways Lounge Enjoy a nigh of your favorite games: Life-Sized Jenga, Twister & more. 270-7205 Dec 31: New Years Eve 2014. 8 p.m.-2 p.m. at Castaways Lounge. Ring in the New Year at Castaways with music, dancing, prizes, champagne toast at midnight, a post-midnight breakfast buffet and more! 270-7205 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). 2705431 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. 2705431 Dec. 11: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. Cost is $12 per person. Purchase tickets in advance; limited tickets avail able at the door. Sponsored by the Mayport Area CPOA. For tickets, call MAC Dennis Mattingly (904) 270-5940 x1228. ITT Disney Jr Live: Pirates and Princesses. Tickets are now on sale for Monster Jam on March 8, 2014 at the Times Union Moran Center. Tickets $15 each; available only at ITT on base. 270-5145 Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus. Special military discount tickets available for shows Jan. 17-19. $15 per ticket. 270-5145 A CFC participant. Provided as a public service. Please visit JDRF.org today. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 2013


Intramural Sports 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 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 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) -Photo by Paige GnannPlayers from the ex-USS Klakring take on the Army last year during the annual Army vs. Navy flag football game during some good spirited competition prior to the college match up. This years game will feature USS Vicksburg and HSM-40 against teams from Jacksonville Army Recruiting Battalion starting at 1 p.m. Afterwards, MWR will set up a 20-foot TV screen at the Beachside Community Center and host a tailgate party starting at 2:45 p.m. There will be free food and t-shirts while supplies last. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 2013 11


Learn Life SkillsThe following classes and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey Avenue. Dec. 12, 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. 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 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. 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 Dec. 25, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 26, 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. 26, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, Healthy Family FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607VA Warns of Marketing ScamThe Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam target ing veterans. A marketing compa ny has purchased tele phone numbers that dif fer by one digit from the VAs national call center and the GI Bill call cen ter. Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will be offered a gift card in exchange for personal and financial information including credit card information. According to the warn ing, after the callers information is obtained, they may even be transferred to the VA number they were attempting to reach. The VA will never ask for credit card or bank ing information over the phone. Law enforcement authorities have been notified of the situation. The VAs national call center number is 800-8271000, and the GI Bill call centers number is 888442-4551. VAs customer service numbers can be verified online at https:// iris.custhelp.com/. 12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 2013


Thursday, Dec. 12 Beaches Museum & History Park will host an exhibit reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for its new exhibit featuring Bernardo de Galvez, who was a significant con tributor in the fight for our independence during the American Revolution. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for museum members. Friday, Dec. 13 The Duval County Extension Offices/UF IFAS will be offering a Winter Workshop from 9:30-noon at the Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N McDuff Ave. The cost is $10 to attend. Topics include Repotting Orchids, Winter Garden Tips, and Make and Take Seed Starting. To pre-reg ister, please call Becky at 904-255-7450 or email her at beckyd@coj.net with your name and phone number then mail payment to Winter Workshop, 1010 N McDuff Ave. Jacksonville, Fla., 32254. Make check payable to DCOHAC. Deadline for payment is Tuesday, Dec. 10. Class is limited. Saturday, Dec. 14 Join a Park Ranger at 2 p.m. for a leisurely paced hike to discover the islands natural com munities. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free. The Beaches Museum & History Park announc es the arrival of the Polar Express at Pablo Station from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children can meet Santa and the Conductor on a real steam engine and receive their own golden bell. Letters to Santa can be written and posted on the Polar Express. Santa will reply to each letter via email. Crafts, games, and refreshments will also be available. The event is free, but donations are encouraged to help support family events at the museum. The Polar Express will also be available: Sunday, December 15, from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, December 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, December 22, from noon-3 p.m. Pablo Station is located in the Pablo Historical Park in front of Beaches Museum at 381 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. Florida. More information can be found at www. BeachesMuseum.org Sunday, Dec. 15 Isle of Faith United Methodist Church will hold FX Family Worship, at 10 a.m. FX is a fam ily oriented, fun, outside the box worship service. Drama, comedy, music! All welcome. Celebrate Christmas at the Christ United Methodist Church annu al Family Christmas Celebration and Cookie Cantata at 11:30 a.m. at 400 Penman Road, Neptune Beach. Crafts and fun activities will be available for children and their families and a visit from the jolly old elf himself will highlight the day. Call the church office at 249-5370 for information. www.neptunebeach-umc. orgOut in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR Holiday Food Baskets And Giving TreeTaking Donations Now Help local service members in need this holiday season. The Mayport and NAS Jacksonville USO centers are in need of food donations for our holiday food basket program to help provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to ser vice members in need as well as toy donations. 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. Project St. Nick Hands on Jacksonville is in need of volunteers to help with Project St. Nick, in which they visit various schools in Duval County and provide the children a backpack with reading books and toys. We are in need of volunteers for this project. For more infor mation or to volunteer, visit: www.handsonjack sonville.org. For groups interested in volunteer ing, please contact Jenny ODonnell at jenny@ handsonjacksonville.org. Harlem Globetrotters Enjoy a military dis count on tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday, February 28th at 7:00PM at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Please see attached flyer for more information on ticket prices and ordering. Calling All Chili Cooks Join us for the 3rd annual Jax USO Chili Cook Off on March 15 from noon-5 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Association on Collins Road. Visit jaxusochilicookoff.com for more information on rules and sign ups. Military Spouse COMPASS Program COMPASS is a spouseto-spouse mentoring program that introduces participants to all aspects of the military lifestyle. COMPASS offers mili tary spouses the oppor tunity to establish a peer network, acquire knowl edge and develop skills necessary to successfully meet future challenges of military life. Please come join us! Registration IS REQUIRED! Please visit www.gocompass.org to find a Session near you. Are You Ready For Some Football? Jaguar Ticket sales will begin at noon. Price is $15 per ticket (cash only). All active duty members, including Florida National Guard, Reserve personnel who are on current active duty orders and dependents are eligi ble to purchase/use these tickets. Tickets are first come, first served. 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. Help sup port the troops with your unwanted paper! There is a computer resource center avail able to all service mem bers with email, Internet and word processing. Fax, copy and free notary service 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 or meet ing availabilities, call 2463481 or stop by the center at 2560 Mayport Road. -Photo by Paige GnannShoppers check out the wares at the annual Naval Officers Spouses Club of Mayport Holiday Bazaar held Dec. 7 at the Mayport USO. Local artisans and vendors helped shoppers with their Christmas lists while supporting NOSAs charitable fundraising. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, December 12, 2013 13


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