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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com De Wert Returns For Last TimeThe guided-missile frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45) returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, Dec. 23. De Wert, along with embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 Det. 3 The Hooligans, played a key role in providing maritime security to the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa regions as part of NATOs counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield. The ship augment ed fleet operations by conducting Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) visits to small crafts in the Somali basin, collecting information and building coopera tive relationships with the local fishermen. De Wert operated from the Azores in the North Atlantic Ocean, across the Mediterranean Sea, to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The nations of Greece, Italy, Oman, Djibouti and Portugal each hosted the ship. In the course of traveling nearly 16,000 miles, the ships crew conducted 26 sea and anchor details, five connected replenishments and 10 replenish ment-at-sea details. The Hooligans conducted 136 sorties and logged 419 flight hours. More than 50 crewmembers quali fied as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists and four officers earned their Surface Warfare Officer Pins. After De Wert returns to Mayport; accompa nied by the guided-mis Mayport Clinic Gets SMART Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayports Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Team (SMART) Clinic now offers walk-in access for comprehensive diagnosis, man agement and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries to all TRICARE Prime enrollees. The SMART Clinic is a collaboration of a mul tidisciplinary Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy teamone physician, two physical therapists and four physical therapist assistants collectively under the same roof, to expedite efficient care. The SMART Clinic began as a pilot program in October to active duty TRICARE Prime members. It will now be available for all TRICARE Prime members as of Jan. 5, 2014. Eligible patients will have walk-in access to one of these specialty care providers. SMART Clinic is a great oppor tunity for our patients to be seen without the burden of waiting to be referred by their primary care manager, stated Lt. Peter Angell, a NBHC Mayport physical therapist. In the past, this process could take anywhere from 10 to 28 days for a Sports Medicine or Physical Therapy consult appointment; now it can be done on a walk-in basis twice a week. Patients with musculoskel etal injuries or conditions (acute or chronic) within the past three weeks can visit NBHC Mayports SMART Clinic to be seen on a first come first serve basis Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-11:30 a.m. Check in is at the Physical Therapy front desk, adjacent to the pharmacy. Wednesday walk-in availabil ity is reserved for Sports Medicine Gettysburg Sailor Receives Surprise Gift Three volunteers from the non-profit organiza tion Operation Gratitude visited Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) Dec. 12. Each Sailor aboard Gettysburg received a care package during the visit. The volunteers, includ ing the organizations founder, Carolyn Blashek, presented Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW) Brook Oekerman with their one-millionth care package assembled for donation to service members, veterans, wounded warriors and family members around the world. This was an event 10 years in the making, said Capt. Brad Cooper, commanding officer, USS Gettysburg. Its an incredibly selfless act for these individuals to vol unteer their time to travel around the world to pro vide for Sailors. The one-millionth care package included a new Ford F-150 pickup truck, a home entertainment system and various other gifts. This was truly unex pected; Im honored to be the one-millionth person to receive a care package from Operation Gratitude, said Oekerman. I know so many Sailors are deserv ing of this honor and such an amazing gift. Carolyn Blashek found ed Operation Gratitude in 2003. The non-profit organization sends nearly 100,000 care packages a year to deployed ser vice members, veterans, wounded warriors and families. Each care pack age contains snacks, hygiene products, let ters and entertainment. Blashek said the boxes serve to improve the -Photo by MC1 John ParkerLt. Jonathon Bothel kisses his wife Christine on the pier at Naval Station Mayport on Dec. 23 after returning from deployment with USS De Wert (FFG 45). This was the last deployment for the frigate, which will be decommissioned later this year. The ship and crew spent six months deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility to provide maritime security as part of NATOs counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield. See more photos online at www.mayportmirror.com-Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonHospital Corpsman 2nd Class Brook Oekerman hold up a gift presented by Operation Gratitude on board the guidedmissile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Oekerman was presented with the one-millionth care package from Operation Gratitude. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. See SMART, Page 14 See De Wert, Page 7 See Gratitude, Page 8


2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 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 The holidays have ended, and students have returned to school. With just two weeks remain ing in the second quarter, parents should encourage their children to quickly make the adjustment from a holiday schedule back to a school sched ule. Nine weeks testing begins soon, and end-ofcourse exams begin on January 6th for those stu dents taking semesterized high school courses. For example, Algebra I whether taken in middle or high school is a semesterized high school course. 1. When will second quarter report cards be issued? Elementary report cards go home on Jan. 29. Middle school and high school report cards go home on Jan. 27. 2. If your family has just moved to Florida, youll need the following documentation to reg ister your children for school. a. Results of a physi cal (school-entry health exam) performed within one year of the date of enrollment: This is a requirement for students in grades K 12 who are making their initial entry into a Florida school. A comparable form from another state can be transferred to the Florida form DH 3040 at the clinic. To make an appoint ment at the clinic, call (904) 542-4677. b. Proof of address: Acceptable documents include the following: i. a Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) bill, ii. a credit card state ment, iii. a mortgage agree ment, iv. a lease agreement (from a company, not a private individual) or v. a piece of mail for warded to the current address and containing a yellow U.S. Post Office forwarding address sticker. c. Proof of all required immunizations (Florida certification of immuni zation, DH Form 690) or an exemption: This is a requirement for all chil dren in grades K 12 for entry and attendance in Florida schools. The form is valid until the child enters seventh grade at which time a new form will be issued when additional immunization requirements are met and remain effective until gradua tion from high school. The Immunization Clinic here on base is a walk-in clinic; however, children through age 5 must see their primary care pro vider first. Parents should bring all immuniza tion records to the clinic visit. The clinics hours of operation are Monday Friday, from 7:30 am to 4 pm. For additional immunization questions, please call (904) 270-4305. d. Kindergarten and First Grade Students: Certified birth record. Acceptable birth records include the following: i. the original certified birth record; ii. a duly attested tran script of the childs birth record filed according to law by a public officer charged with recording births; iii. a duly attested tran script of a certificate of baptism showing the date of birth and place of baptism, accompanied by a sworn affidavit by the parents; iv. an insurance policy on the childs life that has been in force for at least two years; v. a bona fide contem porary Bible record of the childs birth, accompa nied by an affidavit sworn to by the parents; vi. a passport or cer tificate of arrival in the United States showing the age of the child; or vii. a transcript of record of age shown in the childs school record of a least four years prior to application and stating the date of birth. e. Previously enrolled in another school: When a child has been enrolled in another school district, parents are asked to pro vide the latest report card from that district. f. Optional: a Social Security number. Federal law does not allow a school to require this for enrollment. 3. Where can I find information about bus schedules? State law requires bus trans portation for students who live more than 1.5 miles from the school they attend. For bus stop information, con tact the Transportation Department for Duval schools at (904) 858-6200, St. Johns schools at (904) 547-7810, Clay schools at (904) 284-6521, and Nassau schools at (904) 225-9404. Special bus ser vices for students in Exceptional Education programs, regardless of distance, are provid ed by districts based on specific guidelines. For more information, con tact the Transportation Department number for the specific district indi cated above. The New Year affords parents the opportunity to either continue with an organized homework schedule or to establish now a homework sched ule to insure a successful year of learning. Parental involvement, a specific schedule for homework, and enthusiasm by may be all your child needs to finish out this school year with academic success! 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.Back Or Starting School, Holidays Are OverJudy Cromartie School Liaison Officer Resolve To Live Your Life With A PurposeHAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank God for blessing us to see another year. For some, 2013 was a year filled with obstacles and challenges; thus they are happy it is 2014. For others, it was a good year and they wish it would not end. Whatever our plight, we know that no challenge or victory is forever. Both the challenged and victor find peace in knowing that God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Deut. 31:6). He is with us always (Matt. 28:20). It is good to know that the God of 2013 is also the God of 2014 and although we do not know what this year will bring, we can take comfort in knowing that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Ps. 46:1). As with every New Year, the campaign to remind us that the new has come is evident in the sophisticated marketing and advertising tools. These word pictures help shape our resolutions. For instance, they remind us that we need to get into shape, eat healthier and file our taxes. Some of us will adopt resolutions and others will decide not to. Personal interviews with friends and family taught me that the latter of these base their decision on past failures. Sometimes we know the best thing to do, but fail to do it. New Years resolutions are often like that. We make resolutions because we know it would be better for us to lose weight, or get fit, or spend more time with our children. The problem is that a resolution is generally easier to break than it is to keep. There are many reasons that we do not keep our resolutions. But perhaps the two that I believe the most important to consider are lack of accountability and failure to consider the resolution in the context of our total being. Accountability means that we need a few trusted friends/family members to hold us accountable by asking us the hard questions. To consider the resolution in the context of our total being means exploring it in light of our body, soul and spirit. God is a God of resolutions. He wants us to succeed (3 John 1:2). He knows that in order for this to happen, we must consider our total being. In other words, in making a resolution concerning our body, we must also consider the soul (mental) and spiritual aspects of the resolution. As we move into 2014, let us consider a few spiritual resolutions: To live my life in the presence of God; under the authority of God; to the glory of God. To love my neighbor unconditionally. To examine my life against Scripture and make improvements. To live my life on purpose. To never do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. To never to speak evil of anyone. To make Scripture reading and prayer a priority.Chaplain Calvin Gardner Sr. CNSL Ministry Center Ive said it before, Ill say it again: I love my ShopVac. Typically, my love affair with this handy appliance is most intimate during the post-holiday clean up, after the decorations have been taken down, and a veritable minefield of dust bunnies, paper scraps, glitter, forgotten red and green M&Ms and, of course, pine needles is revealed. I normally find my ShopVac coyly hiding in my laundry room, playing hard-to-get. I tease him out into the kitchen and fondle his attachments. Hes a particularly hand some upright model with a tall slim canister and an extra long hose. After I plug him in, he domi nantly takes charge of the situation, powerfully wielding his raw horse power. My tor rid tryst with my ShopVac is nor mally a very brief encoun ter. But this year, we had a pro longed tte--tte, thanks to a most unfortunate Christmas tree. After two years of liv ing in Florida, buying our Christmas trees in dingy strip mall parking lots, my Navy family, now sta tioned in New England, was ready for the fullon, over the river and through the woods, dashing through the snow, holly-jolly experience. I imagined a happy fam ily outing to a local youcut tree farm with rows of lovely scotch pines and Let The Pine Needles Fall Where They MayLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist Frazier firs. I figured wed traipse off into the woods, perhaps while singing our favorite Christmas car ols, and find a gorgeously fragrant, well-tended tree to perfectly fit our base houses bay window. However, somehow, we ended up in a bumpy field dotted with wildly CNOs 2014 Message To The FleetHappy New Year, Shipmates! 2013 was a year of challenges, but it was a year of a lot of successes and you made those successes possible. And thats why Im look ing forward to 2014. Were going to be just fine. Now, our Navigation Plan is going to be our guide for 2014. And my resolution is stay on course. Our three tenets will guide us through the year. Warfighting First. We will bring you the capability and technology to get the job done. Operate Forward. Were going to continue that Asia-Pacific rebalance, but well maintain the course and speed if you will in the Middle East. And Be Ready. Well bring you the training that you need while at the same time getting away from those degraders from our readiness such as sexual assault or sub stance abuse. Throughout it all though, you are our asymmetric advantage. I need you to take care of each other. Look out for each other. And be safe. I want you back at work after the holiday period. And be fit physically, mentally and morally. In this 2014, were going to be where it matters, when it matters. You will be the difference. Ill see you out there in the Fleet. Happy New Year! Adm. Jonathan Greenert CNOSee Needles, Page 13


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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 The Sullivans Returns From Deployment The guided-mis sile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returned to her homeport of Mayport, Fla., Dec. 23, following the completion of a six-month deploy ment. The ship and her crew of more than 250 Sailors deployed June 24 to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). They conducted opera tions with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) car rier strike groups, con ducted maritime security operations, theater secu rity cooperation engage ments, and took part in a number of bilateral exer cises with partner nations. The Sullivans fulfilled roles as ballistic mis sile defense commander, alternate air and missile defense commander, and alternate information warfare commander for the carrier strike groups and as well as for 5th Fleet. The ship also operated under Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, under Combined Maritime Forces. The Sullivans supported CTF-152s mis sion by conducting visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations the team conducted 130 visits to fishing vessels operat ing in the Arabian Gulf, including four rescueand-assists for safety of life at sea (SOLAS) mis sions. The Sullivans partici pated in 22 fleet-wide ballistic missile defense exercises as a participant or host with other Navy ballistic missile defense ships and joint shore-based fleet assets. In addition, 40 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) exercises were conducted, launch ing 1,045 exercise mis siles. During the deploy ment, the ship made port visits to Iceland; Spain; Bahrain; France, and Portugal. While in Bahrain, sev eral Sailors volunteered their time to clean and renovate a home for mobility-stricken citizens that had been damaged by storms. The Bahrain Mobility International staff was so impressed, the Sailors were request ed to provide additional assistance during a fol low-on port visit. The crew also raised a combined $3,500 for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. Additionally, a group of 30 Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy joined The Sullivans crew at the beginning of the deployment as part of their summer training program. The last six months have seen a 39 percent advancement rate, four new chief petty offi cers, more than 60 new Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists pinned, and 16 new fathers aboard The Sullivans. Food service statistics show that the crew con sumed 606 dozen eggs, 2,023 loaves of bread, 1,320 gallons of milk, 1,430 pounds of burger meat, 1,563 pounds of steak, 780 pounds of crab legs, 100 pounds of lob -Photo by MC1 John ParkerSailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) greet their loved ones during a homecoming celebration at Naval Station Mayport. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returned to its homeport of Mayport, Fla., following the completion of a six-month deployment. See more photos online at www.mayportmirror.comSee The Sullivans, Page 5 -Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongThe crew of USS The Sullivans man the rails as the ship pulls pierside at Naval Station Mayport. The Sullivans was deployed for six months to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). -Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongCrewmembers search for friends and family as they wait to disembark USS The Sullivans.-Photo by Ensign Jackie BushSailors don Santa hats to show their festive spirits as they wait to present flowers to loved ones before disembarking USS The Sullivans.


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 5 ster tail, and 165 gallons of ice cream since leaving homeport. Commissioned in 1997, USS The Sullivans is the second U.S. ship named in honor of George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert Sullivan, five brothers who served and perished together when their ship, USS Juneau (CL52), was sunk by a Japanese submarine in November 1942 during the Battle of Guadalcanal. The ships motto hon ors the brotherhood of the men for whom she is named We stick together!From Page 4The Sullivans -Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongUSS The Sullivans pulls pierside on Dec. 23 after returning to NS Mayport from a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). -Photo by Ensign Jackie BushFriends and families of USS The Sullivans Sailors hold signs and take pictures as the ship pulls into port.-Photo by Ensign Jackie BushA Sailor holds his new son for the first time after returning to Naval Station Mayport with USS The Sullivans.-Photo by Ensign Jackie BushA Sailor holds his new daughter after returning to NS Mayport on Dec. 23, just in time for the holidays.-Photo by Ensign Jackie BushFriends and families hold up signs to welcome home their Sailors aboard USS The Sullivans.-Photo by Ensign Jackie BushFriends and families wait anxiously for their Sailors to disembark USS The Sullivans after it returned to NS Mayport following a six-month deployment.-Photo by Ensign Jackie BushA Sailor from USS The Sullivans holds his family close after reuniting with them pierside during the ships homecoming on Dec. 23.-Photo by Ensign Jackie BushA Sailor gives his son a big hug after returning to NS Mayport with USS The Sullivans after being deployed for six months to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.


6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 -Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongA Sailor from USS De Wert meets his new son on the pier after returning with the ship on Dec. 23, just in time for the holidays. -Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongA young woman holds a sign welcoming home Engineman 2nd Class Clayton Caswell from a deployment aboard USS De Wert. -Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongFriends and family members of USS De Wert hold up signs welcoming home the ship and crew from its final deployment before decommissioning later this year. -Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongA Sailor gets his first kiss after returning to NS Mayport with USS De Wert on Dec. 23.-Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongA new mom waits anxiously for her Sailor to return with USS De Wert.-Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongFriends and family members of USS De Wert wait pierside as the ship pulls into port after its final deployment before decommissioning.-Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongUSS De Wert Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Joseph Thomas, follows the crew off the ship to greet friends and family on the pier after the ship pulls into Naval Station Mayport following a six-month deployment with embarked HSM-46 Detachment Three.


sile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), its sister ship and compan ion back from the Gulf of Aden, its crew will take a post-overseas move ment (POM) leave period, before returning to pre pare the ship for decom missioning. The ship is slated to be decommissioned in April 2014 after more than 30 years of distinguished service. The ships crews have participated in the war against terrorism, counter piracy opera tions, narcotics interdic tion, rescue missions and provided humanitarian assistance throughout the world. As an ultimate tribute, the ship has ful filled ceremonial func tions for several burial at sea services. Cmdr. Joseph Thomas, De Werts final com manding officer, spoke to the crew. Take what you learned on FFG 45 and carry it with you the rest of your life into all that you do. Take these words to heart; we are the spirit of De Wert. Even after we say goodbye to her, we will carry the story and times of our frigate til the end of our days. We will tell our grandchil dren and wives what we did here. Tell them with pride. You were part of the best frigate Mayport has ever known. You can stand a little taller walk ing around, because you know what you did here. Carry that spirit onwards. The frigate was com missioned on Nov. 19, 1983. It was named after United States Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Richard David De Wert. Assigned to a Marine fire team that came under enemy fire during the Korean War, De Wert repeatedly rushed onto the battlefield to aid the wounded and to bring them to safety. Wounded himself, he refused treat ment. In the course of administering aid to a Marine, he was killed by enemy fire. For his valor and self-sacrifice, De Wert was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1951.From Page 1De Wert -Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongFriends and family of a USS De Wert Sailor hold up signs welcoming home the ship after it returned on Dec. 23 with embarked HSM-46 Detachment Three. This was the last deployment for the frigate, which will be decommissioned later this year. The ship and crew spent six months deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility to provide maritime security as part of NATOs counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 7


Gettysburg JO Selected For Prestigious Award A Sailor aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) was recognized as the winner of the 2013 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Copernicus Award, Dec. 5. Ensign Kiley Provenzano received the award for her outstanding duties as the information warfare officer (IWO) in charge of the first visual information division on board Gettysburg during its 2013-2014 deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The Copernicus award was established in 1997 and is awarded to recipi ents based on superior performance in com mand, control, commu nication, computers and intelligence (C4I) and information technology. She has made a lasting and impactful contribu tion to the advancement of information warfare, said Capt. Brad Cooper, commanding officer, USS Gettysburg. The significance of the award was not lost on Provenzano. I was completely floored when they told me I was receiving the award because it is often awarded to high ranking offi cers, she said. To even be considered for this award really means a lot to me. Provenzanos contributions led Gettysburg to receive the highestranking intelligence and public affairs group in the entire Harry S. Truman Strike Group. In all, she said it was the support of her team that has allowed her to accomplish so much. I have the best team; they are the reason any of this is possible, said Provenzano. I have the right people at the right time. They do great work and help to make my job as easy as possible. Provenzano said she hopes the award, along with all her experiences, can help advance her Navy career in the area of intelligence. I cant think of a bet ter way to be introduced into the intelligence community than with this award, said Provenzano. Hopefully this can help show that I have the experience and am capable of handling the job. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting mari time security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of respon sibility. moral of each servicemember. These care packages are a way for us to show support and gratitude to all our veterans, wound ed warriors and servicemembers protecting our freedoms and way of life in America, said Blashek. Our mission at Operation Gratitude is to lift the moral of each servicemember by providing them a care package as a small token of apprecia tion for all they do. Oekerman said she hopes that Operation Gratitude can continue the trend of providing for service-members and their families for years to come. Receiving a care pack age shows that someone cares, and thats impor tant when away from family, said Oekerman. I would tell them to keep doing what theyre doing because their contribu tions are making a differ ence within each branch of service. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting mari time security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of respon sibility. -Photo by MC3 Lorenzo J. BurlesonSailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) open care packages during a visit from Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volun teer-based organization that sends care packages and letters of support to deployed individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines; their children; veterans; military families; first responders; Wounded Warriors and their caregivers. From Page 1GratitudeGettysburg Qualifies First Surface Warfare Officer Of 2014The crew of guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) celebrated its first surface warfare officer (SWO) qualification of the new year, Jan. 1. Ensign Matthew Clark, Gettysburgs gunnery officer, passed the final board for the SWO qualification and received his warfare designation pin in the early morning of the first day of 2014. Clark attended Nuclear Power School, graduated, and was selected for Officer Candidate School in 2012, before reporting to Gettysburg in 2013. The lessons I learned through nuclear power school have carried over and given me an incredible attention to detail, said Clark. My experience in the Navy thus far truly helped me with the SWO training process. The SWO qualification is a culmina tion of various fields of study including navigation, combat systems, communi cations, engineering, seamanship and ship handling. We have an incredible program here that encourages the junior officers to work together to learn, said Lt. Lindsey Smith, Gettysburgs training officer. They study and train together maximizing time, lessons and experiences. Gettysburg runs a daily engineering and officer of the deck training program. The program consists of classroom les sons, hands-on training in the engineering plant and on the bridge. The handson training is supervised by qualified subject matter experts. It has become a goal of the command to push our junior officers to train while maximizing the time we have under way, said Smith. Gettysburg is currently deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. 8 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014


Mayport Establish First National Association Of Superintendents Chapter At RMC Seven personnel from Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) were sworn into the National Association of Superintendents of U.S. Naval Shore Establishments (NASNE) at Naval Station Mayport (NSM) on Dec. 19. NASNEs president, Jerry Piotrowski, was on hand to swear in the seven new members: Joe Novak, Phil Schmid, Joe Nettuno, Joey Cartwright, Henry Arato, Pat Shepler and Bob Wright. Our chapter was the first one ever estab lished at a Navy Regional Maintenance Center, said Cartwright, the chapters president. Traditionally, members of the Superintendents Association are the Naval Shipyards high est ranking civilians and are highly respected for their leadership roles and commitment to the Navy. This association of senior SERMC civilians will facilitate a coopera tive relationship among key departmental lead ers within the command, Cartwright said. The chapter at SERMC is open to GS-14 and GS-15 Department Heads. The members elected Cartwright as the chap ters first president and Schmid as vice president. Their terms run for 2 years. We are very proud to be a part of the Association and would like to thank NASNE for giving us the opportunity to become members of this historical and presti gious organization, said Cartwright. NASNE was created over a century ago, in April, 1912, when del egates representing mas ter workmen employed at Navy yards met in Brooklyn, New York to form an organization that would promote the wel fare of fellow workers and increase the efficiency of work at Navy yards and Naval Stations. For more information about Southeast Regional Maintenance Center, visit: http://www.navsea.navy. mil/CNRMC/SERMC/ default.aspx For more infor mation about the National Association of Superintendents of U.S. Naval Shore Establishments visit: http://nasnse.yolasite. com/ -Photo courtesy of SERMCSeven personnel from Southeast Regional Maintenance Center were sworn into the National Association of Superintendents of U.S Naval Shore Establishments (NASNE) by NASNEs president Jerry Piotrowski on Dec. 19. The chapter at SERMC is the first ever established at a Regional Maintenance Center. Pictured from left to right are: Joe Novak, Phil Schmid, Joe Nettuno, Joey Cartwright, Henry Arato, Pat Shepler, Bob Wright and Jerry Piotrowski.USS Roosevelt Sailors Complete COMPTUEX Guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) completed its final pre-deployment exer cise with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, Dec. 15. Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) is an eval uation that tests mis sion readiness of a car rier strike group in the execution of the nations maritime strategy while deployed. The test consisted of simulated scenarios which evaluated the abil ity of the strike group to engage hostile forces and respond to aggression. Sailors of Roosevelt honed their ability to board vessels, react to chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) attacks, and defend against small craft approaches. Every department was tested during the threeweek exercise. Whether it was the flight deck crew, the boat deck crew, the bridge team, Combat Information Center, or the engineers that keep the plants running, every single person on this ship did what they were supposed to do all contributing factors to Roosevelts success during COMPTUEX, said Cmdr. Jason Reller, Roosevelts executive offi cer. Cmdr. Jay Clark, Roosevelts commanding officer, also praised the Sailors Ive always found the Sailors on Roosevelt to take a lot of pride in what they do; its never just a job to them, said Clark. COMPTUEX has been a very good morale booster for the crew and a true team builder. Its just one more opportu nity for them to show how capable the Roosevelt is and thats how they approached it. This is Roosevelts first time in four years operat ing within a strike group. Roosevelt found her stride and the crew was firing on all cylinders, said Clark. The thing was, we didnt start off bad and get progressively better we maintained a constant performance level the whole way through. Roosevelts success was attributed to its motivated crew. Roosevelts Command Master Chief William Mullinax said, Every mission, every task that has been given to the ship, we were able to complete right the first time, and complete it on time. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 9


10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 US, French Navies Work TogetherHarry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) began combined operations with the French navys Task Force 473 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Dec. 29. HST CSG, comprised of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), guidedmissile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS Mason (DDG 87) is operating with the French navys Task Force 473 to enhance cooperation and interoperability in the region. This is a wonderful oppor tunity for our ships, Sailors and Marines to work together and gain a better understand ing of each other, said Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, com mander, HST CSG. Our opera tions with Task Force 473 will increase both of our maritime capabilities while helping pro mote long-term stability in the region. The French ships include aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91), destroyers FS Forbin (D 620) and FS Jean de Vienne (D 643) and replenish ment oiler FS Meuse (A 607). This mission is a big chal lenge, said Rear Adm. Eric Chaperon, commander, Task Force 473. France and the USA have been partners for a longtime, but with this new and rare opportunity to integrate two CSGs, our cooperation is becoming ever closer. All of our sailors are really proud to have a role to play in building the operational interoperability of our two nations. In addition to conducting combined maritime security operations, ships from the two navies have participated in a variety of training and opera tions together including visit, board, search and seizure training, live-fire gunnery exercises, small boat operations, decklanding qualifications, under way replenishments, combat search and rescue training and air defense exercises. U.S. and French personnel have also traveled to visit counterparts on the other ships, sharing tech niques and experiences. Not only is this a great opportunity to conduct opera tions with a close and trusted ally, this is a great time to learn from each other, said Sweeney. There are a lot of similarities in the way we operate across the different platforms, but there are also some differences. Understanding those differences will make both of us better, stronger, and enable us to operate with each other, and with other navies, more effectively. Our presence goes a long way in reassuring our regional partners and allies. The commanding officers of both aircraft carriers also rec ognize the opportunity the two navies have to learn from each other. This mission is a decisive opportunity to share knowledge and build upon our friendship in order to be able to success fully handle future contingen cies together, said Capt. Pierre Vandier, commanding officer, FS Charles de Gaulle. It is also an opportunity to check our interoperability that allows a lot of common procedures and aircraft exchanges. Capt. Bob Roth, commanding officer, Harry S. Truman, fully appreciates the opportunity to work closely with a longtime partner. Its a rare and very fulfill ing experience to sail alongside and operate closely with another aircraft carrier, especially a CVN from a navy with whom we have so many lasting personnel exchange programs, he said. I think were going to further develop our already deep trust and mutual operational under standing.Carney Takes Modern-Day Lessons from WWII USS Carney (DDG 64) Sailors honored the memory and heroism of the brave Americans who lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941, 72 years ago using a fullship training evolution to simulate the attack on Pearl Harbor. After a wake up call to the crew setting the scene for the days events, complete with news updates from December 1941, Carney launched into a set of well-planned drills corresponding to the actual events of the attack on USS Arizona (BB 39) on Dec. 7, 1941. The drill set began with a command from Carneys Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Eddie Crossman to fire upon simulated inbound Japanese Zeros with the fiveinch gun and crewserved weapons. Shortly thereafter, the ship responded to a series of shipboard fires, flood ing and personnel casualties resulting from simu lated air raids and torpe do strikes. Senior Chief Damage Controlman Richard Simpson led the evolu tion, planning each hit as it happened to the ARIZONA. I wanted today to be memorable; I wanted it to be more than just an all hands call, Simpson said. Sometimes the only way to truly respect something is to live it, so I decided on a reenactment. Just as the Arizona was struck without warn ing, Carneys drills were unannounced, test ing the crews ability to assess, react and over come the casualties as a team. The crew used the lessons learned from the attack on Pearl Harbor to enhance their training and improve their readi ness to defend the ship. Eventually battle dam age became irreparable, forcing the Captain to order abandon ship, sending the entire crew to the fantail where they were met by the inspiring, though chilling, words of President Frederick Delano Roosevelt in his famous Day of Infamy speech from Dec. 8, 1941. At the conclusion of the speech, Carney honored those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor by ringing eight bells, one for each ship hit during the attack; coming to attention for the playing of Taps; and standing reverently in prayer and thoughtful ness as Chaplain Stephen Cloer lead the crew in a moving and inspiring prayer. The mornings events left an impact on Carney Sailors, forcing every one to take a moment to reflect on the courage of and the sacrifice made by those who were injured and killed in service to our nation 72 years ago. After the playing of Taps, Executive Officer, Cmdr. Ken Pickard formed up the crew, all still dressed in remnants of their battle dress and fire-fighting gear. Lt. Harold Agurto, Lt. Kris Sousa, Lt.j.g. Lily Hinz and Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Donnelly were awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and 27 petty officers were advanced to the next rank in a surprise ceremony during the assembly. It was an honor to be frocked alongside my peers on such a histori cal and meaningful day, Operations Specialist 1st Class Ledric Neal remarked. These 27 Sailors accepted an increase in respon sibility and leadership with a renowned sense of pride for their naval heri tage and dedication to their nation. -Photos courtesy of USS CarneyTwenty-seven newly advanced Carney Sailors gather together after the meaningful frocking ceremony on Dec. 7. Dressed in khakis to set the scene for the simulated time period, The Triad, Command Master Chief Jonathan Londsdale, Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Eddie Crossman and Executive Officer, Cmdr. Ken Pickard, along with Senior Chief Damage Controlman Richard Simpson gather together after the ceremony. Lt. Kris Sousa and Lt.j.g. Fred Saporita manage the casualty control progress during the drills. Above, Simpson reads the 1941-Hawaii themed wake up call to the Carney crew, setting the stage for the mornings events. Left, Dressed in their firefighting gear and battle dress uniforms, the Carney crew stands reverently in thoughtfulness and prayer as Chaplain Stephen Cloer leads the crew in an inspiring prayer at the conclusion of the drills.


THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 11 Uniform ChangesUniformity, Fit, Functionality For Females Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced plans to evaluate and redesign elements of the female service dress uniform for both officers and enlisted beginning no later than May 2014. SECNAV approved a proposal by Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran to redesign the Service Dress Blue (SDB) uniform worn by female Sailors E1-E6 and to redesign the female combi nation cover for E7 and above. These changes ensure greater uniformity in our service and ceremonial dress, but more impor tantly, they send a clear signal that we are one in dress, one in standard and one in team. As you look out across a group of Sailors, you ought to see, not female and male Sailors, but Sailors, said Mabus. I asked the Chief of Naval Personnel to pres ent me a plan that bal anced the importance for uniformity with cost and functionality and he did just that. Its now over to his team to do the neces sary testing and get these uniforms rolled out to the Fleet as soon practical. The new E1-E6 ser vice dress blue female uniform blends unifor mity and tradition. The jumper and Dixie cup, tailored for female form and functionality, will match the recently redesigned (but not yet issued) male jumper -closely resem bling the iconic image of the Lone Sailor. Following completion of a fit evaluation on the female jumper style uni form and dixie cup, there will be a combined fleet introduction of the new female uniform and the previously approved male redesigned SDB uniform. The female combina tion cover for E-7 and above will be redesigned to more closely resemble the male version, but will fit a womans head in size and proportion. It was clear in the feedback from the recent test that sim ply issuing a male cover to females did not result in satisfactory fit or appear ance. Similarly, lessons learned from the fit eval uation will be used to inform the design of the female cover. New uniform items will be evaluated for fit, com fort and durability. Fleet introduction will begin following approval of the final design and comple tion of the manufacturing process. The final time line and costs of the new items will be determined following the wear test. We are moving out with our plan to test these new uniforms items this spring, said Moran. After a thorough testing, ele ments of these uniforms will begin to be intro duced. Feedback from a May 2013 uniform survey was instrumental in the development of these changes. More than 1,000 female officers and enlisted par ticipated in the internal study which looked at level of satisfaction when wearing the male combi nation cover, Dixie Cup and the winter jumper style uniform. Loud and clear we heard their feedback- dont simply put us in mens uniforms, said Moran. We are taking the needed time to develop and test uniforms that more closely resemble their male shipmates, but are designed to fit female Sailors. Uniform officials say that further changes to female uniforms are like ly, as the uniform board reviews and deliber ates additional ways to improve uniformity and functionality. For more information on uniforms and uni form policy, visit the Navy Uniform Matters website at http://www.public. navy.mil/bupers-npc/ support/uniforms/pages/ default2.aspx. -Photo by MC1 Elliott FabrizioLt. Heidi Boettger and Chief Yeoman Brianne Dentson model a prototype for the female combination cover, redesigned to more closely resemble the male version. This prototype includes several modifications from the standard male cover to accommodate a woman's head size and shoulder proportion and be compatible with standard female hair styles. This version of the cover will undergo further fit evaluations in the spring, and the results of that evaluation will determine if any further modifications are needed. The timeline for fleet introduction will begin following the approval of a final design. -Photo by Kelly SchindlerWith improved ballistic protection, superior load distribution and a new universal color for deployment in a wider variety of terrains, the Navy announced Dec. 18 that its redesigned Aircrew Endurance Survival Vest, attained initial operational capability Nov. 27, a key milestone for Naval Air Systems Commands Aircrew Systems Program Office (PMA-202) based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.Milestone For Navys Redesigned AE Survival Vest Lighter than its bulky predecessor, the Navys redesigned Aircrew Endurance (AE) Survival Vest recently attained initial operational capabil ity (IOC), a key milestone in the development of the life-saving equipment, the service announced Dec. 18. The upgraded AE survival vest provides improved ballistic-protection, superior load distri bution and a new univer sal color for deployment in a wider variety of ter rains, Navy officials said, adding that the improvements will decrease the physical burden on rota ry-wing aircrew during extended missions. IOC status, a pivotal gauge in the military procurement process, is achieved when a system or product can meet the operational capabilities for users before proceed ing to full operational capability (FOC). With IOC reached Nov. 27, the AE vest is scheduled to achieve FOC during the first quarter of 2016. The Aircrew Systems Program Office [PMA202] is focused on iden tifying solutions to improve performance and safety for the human element of the weapons system, said Capt. Nora Burghardt, program manager for PMA-202, which is aligned under the Naval Air Systems Command based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Under the Aircrew Endurance program, the Navy will field a family of products all focused on reducing physical fatigue and stress during lon ger missions now being conducted by Navy and Marine Corps aircrew. The new AE system resolves deficiencies existing in legacy aircrew survival vests and fields upgraded armor protec tion. Two configurations of the new AE system are being deployed, one for mobile aircrew and another for those aircrew who remain seated dur ing flight. The AE mobile aircrew vest weighs 29.6 pounds and the AE seat ed version 19.5 pounds about 7 pounds lighter than legacy AIRSAVE survival vests. Worn over the flight suit, the vest provides protection from shrapnel and bullets. The mobile crewman configuration provides an 80-inch tether connection to the aircraft allowing crewmembers to move freely about the cabin as they carry out normal duties. It prevents ejection from the aircraft in a crash and incorpo rates a quick-disconnec tion release from the air craft during an emergen cy egress. As a survival item, the vest provides locations to carry emergency-signaling devices, radios, medi cal kit, emergency under water breathing devices and an inflatable life pre server. In a rescue situa tion, the vest provides a harness used for hoisting the aircrew into a rescue helicopter. PMA-202 manages all systems that directly sup port the aircrew, troops and passengers in the performance of their missions. The program office supports more than 780 products common to many naval aircraft platforms and aircrew, including ejection seats, flight deck cranials, flight deck and aircrew clothing as well as chemical bio logical, nuclear protective equipment.Upcoming Changes To Imminent Danger Pay The Defense Department announced Jan. 3 changes in immi nent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters here. This is a process that began [in 2011], he said, and included in-depth threat assessment from the combatant com mands. It was made in coordination with the Joint Staff, combatant commands and military services. Warren noted this poli cy change was not a budget-driven decision, but part of a routine recerti fication that happens every couple of years its an ongoing process. According to a DOD news release announc ing the recertification, the combatant com mands conducted indepth threat assessments for countries within their areas of responsibility. Following the review, the release stated, it was determined that the imminent threat of physical harm to U.S. military personnel due to civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions is significantly reduced in many coun tries, resulting in the dis continuation of imminent danger pay in those areas. Periodic recertifica tion of IDP, according to the news release, ensures that imminent danger designations match the actual conditions of des ignated countries so that the department can pro vide fair entitlements and benefits. The last recerti fication was completed in 2007. The DOD news release noted the following areas would no longer be des ignated as imminent danger areas for IDP purpos es: of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. and airspace above Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro. the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, and the Red Sea. space above the Persian Gulf. Of specific note, Warren said, imminent danger pay will remain in effect for the follow ing: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and Egypt. Although 2013 statistics are not currently avail able, Warren noted the year prior, 194,189 per sonnel received imminent danger pay. 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12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 Auto Skills Center Jan. Special: $2 off of brake rotor turning and Extreme Oil Change $75.00 (most vehicles). 270-5392 Tire Special: Buy four tires and receive free rotation on those tires for life (must show receipt to receive rotation). 2705392 Beachside Bingo Wednesdays: Lunchtime Bingo Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 2707204 Castaways Lounge Every Weekday: Castaways After Work, At Ease: Stop into Castaways every Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. for our great nightly specials! Enjoy Margarita Monday, Tuesdays Pint Glass Night, Around-theWorld Wednesday, BOGO Thursday and Five Dollar Friday! Plus, Last Buck Bottles on the 14th and last day of every month! 2707205 Every Thursday, Returning Jan. 16: Trivia on Tap. 6 p.m. at Castaways. Test your general trivia knowledge! the winning team of four takes home awesome prizes! 270-7205 Every Sunday: NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flatscreens. Drink specials throughout the day and opportunity to win prizes every Sunday. 270-7205 Jan. 24: Madden 25 Pro Bowl Tournament. 7 p.m. Prizes for top players. 2707205 Feb. 1: UFC 169Cruz vs. Borao 10 p.m. at Castaways. 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 allyou-can-drink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). 270-5431 Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a twopiece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 270-5431 ITT Disney Jr Live: Pirates and Princesses. Tickets are now on sale for Disney Jrs Pirates and Princesses 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 The following activities target single or unaccompanied Sailors. For more information, call 2707788/89 or stop by the Mayport Liberty Center and pick up the month ly activity calendar with a complete listing of all upcoming Liberty events. Jan. 11: Disc Golf. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Equipment provided. Sign up by Jan. 9. Jan. 13: Liberty Programmer Meeting. 4 p.m. at the Liberty Center. This is a chance to tell the programmer what you want on YOUR Liberty Calendar. Free Food! Stop by and bring your ideas! Jan. 14: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Jan. 13. Jan. 15: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Jan. 17: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Sign up by Jan. 16; trans portation only. Jan. 18: Swampcon. Van departs 9 a.m. FREE. Sign up by Jan. 16. Transportation only. Jan. 21: Lets Go Fishing! 3 p.m. Free for active duty, $10 for guests; sign up by Jan. 20. Jan. 22: Ping Pong Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Jan. 26: Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Van departs 9 a.m. Transportation only; sign up by Jan. 23. Jan. 29: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 3:15 p.m. Sign up deadline Jan. 27. Jan. 31: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 5 p.m. Sign up by Jan. 30; trans portation only. Jan. 18: Pre-Teen and Teen Lock In. 7 p.m.-7 a.m. $18 advanced signup pr $20 day of, space permitting. Jan. 31: Freedom Friday. 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center. 270-5680 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) Golfers Wanted For Base LeagueThe Mayport Golf Association (MGA) is looking to expand its membership through active duty military personnel and other golfers with military ID or MWR Guest Card permit. The association meets regularly for golf at Windy Harbor. For more informa tion, contact Bernard Ciamarichello at 2705126 x3517Building A BodyMy interest in body building was initiated on a somewhat random note. I was working out one Sunday afternoon at L.A. Fitness and noticed a group of men and women in the group fitness room sporting true competition attire. They would wait in a long line and when it was their turn, they would do a posing routine. I was interested in what they were doing, but I was somewhat hesitant to watch them because I did not want people getting the wrong idea! I inquired about what was going on and was introduced to Don Long. Don believed I was already in condition enough to compete in a NPC Local level competi tion that was two weeks out. I hired Don as my posing coach and the rest is history. My first competition was the one Don rec ommended I compete in when I first met him. It was the 2013 NPC Jax Physique, a local level show. I competed in the Mens Physique class B group and came out First place in my division. I liked it. My second competition was another local level show I chose to do because I was interested in the winning the prize money to assist me with my next NPC National level qualifier. This was the 2013 OCB Beach Body Jax. I did very well in this competition placing first in my class as well as first overall. This set me up for the NPC National level quali fier, The 2013 Dexter Jackson Classic. At this point I felt extremely comfortable with the sport. I placed first in my class and second by a hair in the overall. This com petition qualified me to compete on the National level with the potential to attain my pro card. My coach thought it would be best to gear up for the 2013 NPC Nationals in Miami, FL so that I did. It was an amazing competition with over 1,000 of the best body building, physique, figure, and fitness athletes you have ever seen in your life. I did not do well at this competition and I was extremely disappointed with my loss. After getting over it, I took as much as I could away from the competition. Detail after detail after detail, and wrote it down. I believe having had this experience will set me up for success in future National level competitions which I will only compete from here on out. My next competition will be the 2014 USA Championships in Las Vegas, NV. I hope to attain my pro card here. Above, Aviation Electricians Mate 3rd Class Lorenzo Taylor holds a pose during a recent body building competition. Below, since taking up the sport, Taylor has placed high in most of the competitions. He has taken first in his division several times.


FFSC Schedule SetThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey Avenue. Jan. 9, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, Healthy Family, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Jan. 13, 1-2:30 p.m., Conflict Resolution for Women FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Jan. 13, 10 a.m.-noon, What About The Kids? FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Children who witness family violence are often forgotten as the unintended victims. A wide range of child adjustment problems has been found to be associated with expo sure to domestic violence. Parents need to see, understand the effects of domestic violence on children as encompass ing behavior, emotion, development and social ization. Parents need to understand that there is an intergenerational cycle of violence and they may be creating a legacy for their child of learned violent behavior. The pur pose of this program is not to shame parents for events that have already happened, but to instill hope that things can change. The knowledge that the violence, which many parents incorrectly believe is unseen by their children, is negatively impacting their childrens growth and development and may provide an additional motivator for end ing the violence and seeking intervention. Jan. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Car Buying, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Jan. 15, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Jan. 15, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Jan. 15, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves many uses, but all too often, it is at a high cost, anger can effect ones relationship, career and friendship. If you would like to break out of the get angry/get even syn drome, come to this class. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irrational beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means, and the roles of stress and forgiveness in anger. Jan. 16, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, Healthy Family, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Jan. 21, 1-2:30 p.m., Conflict Resolution for Women FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Jan. 22, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Jan. 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Home Buying, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Jan. 22, 3-4:30 p.m., Managing Anger Group FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves many uses, but all too often, it is at a high cost, anger can effect ones relationship, career and friendship. If you would like to break out of the get angry/get even syn drome, come to this class. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irrational beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means, and the roles of stress and forgiveness in anger. Jan. 23, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, Healthy Family, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Jan. 27, 6-7 p.m., IA Family Connection Group, USO Jan. 27, 1-2:30 p.m., Conflict Resolution for Women FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 All States Now Allow ID Cards to Eligible Military Spouses All eligible service members, dependents and retirees includ ing same-sex couples are now able to obtain Defense Department identification cards in every state, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Dec. 13. On Oct. 31, Hagel called on the chief of the National Guard Bureau to work with the adjutants general of several states to fully implement Defense Department policy by providing DOD ID cards to all eligible military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation. All military spouses and families sacrifice on behalf of our country, Hagel said in a statement today. They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law. The entire Defense Department is commit ted to pursuing equal opportunities for all who serve the nation, the secretary said. I will continue to work to ensure our men and women in uniform, as well as their fami lies, have full and equal access to the benefits they deserve, he added. misshapen blue spruces. But it was almost dusk, and we were determined to get our tree that after noon. As we searched the weedy, tangled grove, our standards dwindled with the remaining sunlight. Wanting to get the whole ordeal over with, we settled on a particularly painful blue spruce that we found down in a gulch at the edge of the farmers property. No sooner did we hand back the farm ers bowsaw, along with the agreed upon $35, than needles began to fall from our fresh cut tree. There were needles on our clothes, on the top of our minivan, inside our minivan, on our drive way, on our sidewalk, in our kitchen, down our hallway, across our liv ing room, and scattered on the floor under the bay window. Even after the lights, ornaments and angel were in place, our fresh cut tree continued to drop needles, which somehow made their way onto our dog, inside our presents, in our boots, on the bookshelf, imbedded into our oriental rug, and remarkably, into a pot of spaghetti sauce. By the time the holidays were over, and we took the decorations off our tree, there were more needles on our carpet than attached to the brittle, curled branches. We finally bid riddance to that most unfortunate tree at the curb outside our house a few days ago. Not wanting to appear too needy, I wondered whether I should betray my ShopVac, and tackle the mountain of needles with a snow shovel or a bulldozer. But I was only kidding myself I knew he was the only one who could give me satisfaction. Day after day, night after night, I faithfully rendezvoused with my beloved ShopVac until we found every needle in my haystack. Along with all those fuzz balls, dog hairs, peanuts, tinsel and pine needles, my ShopVac has sucked me in for good. Get more wit and observations from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.comFrom Page 2Needles THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 13


14 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, January 9, 2014 CNRSE Makes Appeal For Combined Federal Campaign Contributions For more than 50 years, military personnel and government employ ees have supported their favorite causes through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). In rec ognition that many CFC events were put on hold or cancelled during the government shutdown, the Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management extended the CFC solicitation peri od from December 15, 2013, until January 15, 2014. Rear Adm. Rick Williamson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast recently answered some questions about the sta tus of the CFC in the Southeast Region. What has your goal been for this years CFC campaign? Our goal is very simple. We want everyone to at least have the opportunity to contribute to charities of their choice through the CFC. For more than 50 years, the CFC has given us the opportunity to join together and help those in need, and to bring about dramatic change in the communities that need it most. The objec tive remains the same. This year has been different. While weve been faced with unprecedented budget challenges, but our commitment to public service and our community is still there. Many people say, when times are hard, expect to have a bad campaign. During my 28 years in the Navy, I have found this to be untrue. Each year weve always had good campaigns. I see no reason to expect that the trend will be reversed. I think its a great thing that the campaign has been extended for anoth er month, and with it, I expect that our campaign will be successful. Why is the CFC so important to you? There are a lot of differ ent charities that partici pate in CFC. If you want to contribute to medical research or disaster relief or programs for the homeless, you can do so through CFC. Ive always been drawn towards chari ties supporting educa tion because my parents always put a high value on a quality education. Thats the beauty of CFC the choices are in your hands. You can designate the type of charity you want to support, you can choose how much and you can choose how you want to pay. And through CFC, you are giving back to your community. For service members or government employees who havent yet had the chance to give, what should they do? I hope by now everyone has been approached by their CFC keyperson. The keyperson has the catalogs of charities who partici pate in CFC and the forms youll need to designate your contribution. Your keyperson can even help you fill out the paperwork. Not only do you have the flexibility to decide to which charity you give, you can also make one lump-sum payment or set up a payroll deduction. And dont forget, your donation is tax deduct ible. So if youve not heard from your keyper son, ask your supervisor who it is. And do is soon, as the campaign ends on January 15, 2014. The smallest donation can go a long way towards improving the lives of many. I hope that each of you will consider lending your valued support to this worthwhile campaign. Together we can continue the suc cess of CFC.From Page 1SMART -Photos by Jacob Sippel While the patient gives a thumbs up, Jackie Rowley, a dental hygienist at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, flosses the teeth of Damage Controlman 2nd Class Matt Campbell, a Sailor with USS Taylor (FFG 50), during a routine check-up to maintain dental readiness. Lt. Cmdr. John Hoyos (r), a dentist at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport, and Stephanie McCoy, dental assistant, perform a filling replacement on Operations Specialist 3rd Class Blair Arcardio. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient population-about 163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their families-more than 57,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager at one of its facilities. Are You Concerned About Cholesterol?Question: Im 25-yearsold. When should I be concerned about my cholesterol? Answer: Taking care of your cholesterol now will dramatically decrease your risk of developing heart disease and stroke later on and which is why we recommend screening at your age. Having high cholester ol can, and usually will, lead to heart disease and stroke if left untreated. If you have high cholesterol early in life, the choles terol can build-up in the arteries of your heart, brain and other organs. This build-up over time can lead to blockages causing heart attacks and stroke. Ask the Doc is writ ten by Naval Hospital Jacksonville providers from its hospital and five branch health clinics in Florida and Georgia. This column was written by Lt. Cmdr. John Steely, a Family Medicine physi cian from Naval Branch Health Clinic Key West. If you have a question for a physician, dentist, pharmacist or optome trist that youd like to see published, please send it to jaxpublicaffairs@med. navy.mil. Get Ship Shape In 2014Health Promotion, Building 2050 Marshall Couch Drive, is offer ing a free Nutrition and Weight Management Class starting on Jan. 21. The class runs for eight consecutive Tuesdays, from 9-11 a.m. It is open to active duty, adult dependents and retirees. Call 270-5251 for more information.TRICARE: Never More Than Click, Call AwayBeneficiaries who need information about their TRICARE benefit may not be aware of the infor mation available on the Internet. There are many services available that can be completed online, like enrolling in a health care plan or comparing plans. However, new or transi tioning beneficiaries may need to speak to some one for assistance and TRICARE has that covered too. TRICARE is managed through four geographic health service regions, North, South, West and Overseas, which coordi nate health care services for beneficiaries. Each of these regions not only has a website with beneficiary information, but also a toll-free customer service number. Health care services for beneficiaries in the North Region are managed by Health Net Federal Services, LLC. Help is available at www.hnfs. com or 1-877-874-2273. Beneficiaries in the South Region can reach out to Humana Military at www.humana-military. com or 1-800-444-5445. UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans man ages health care services for the West Region. The web address is www.uhc militarywest.com and the toll-free number is 1-877988-WEST (9378). Overseas beneficiaries can visit www.tricareoverseas.com/ContactUs and choose the region and country where theyre located for country-spe cific toll-free numbers. Keep in mind, beneficia ries should dial the numbers provided from with in the country they are located and also note that toll-free lines may not be available for all mobile phone carriers overseas. Beneficiaries can visit www.tricare.mil to explore the information available to them, including www.tricare.mil/FAQs for answers to the most frequently asked ques tions or to search for a specific category. When going online doesnt pro vide the answer, benefi ciaries also have toll-free customer service num bers to use. TRICARE strives to provide ben eficiaries answers to all questions and facilitate the best in health care service.Healthy Use of Prescription Drugs and Policy Most people take medicines only for the reasons their doctors prescribe them. However, an estimat ed 20 percent of people in the United States use prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. Understanding how to take prescription drugs correctly can not only keep a Sailor safe, but it can save their careers as well. The Navys zero tol erance policy regarding drug use are no surprise to Sailors, said LaNorfeia Parker, deputy director, Navy Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program. What some Sailors may not realize is that drug misuse and abuse not only includes the use of illegal drugs, but also any inappropriate use of pharmaceuticals, even if they are prescribed by a healthcare provider. Inappropriate use of pharmaceuticals includes: Use of prescription medication outside of its intended purpose. For example, taking a narcotic now for back pain when the medication was origi nally prescribed a year ago following knee sur gery. The prescribed medi cine is past the prescribed date. Read prescription labels, attached informa tion sheets, and only take the medication for the period of time prescribed. Do not take a prescription that has expired. If you are not sure ask your provider. Taking prescription medication in excess of the prescribed dosing regimen. Any variation of the prescribed dose can have serious health impacts. Taking medication that was prescribed for someone else, wheth er they are a shipmate, spouse or friend. Sailors who have a uri nalysis sample that is identified as positive for controlled substances, for which they dont have a valid prescription, may be subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and processed for administrative separation from the Navy. Sailors should take extra precaution to know all the facts and conse quences of the medicine they take, said Parker. And when you are not 100% sure, ask your healthcare provider. It is the Sailors responsibil ity to be fully aware of the proper use of any medication they are taking. For more information, see the fact sheet at www. nadap.navy.mil. and Thursday for Physical Therapy. Appointments can be made by calling the Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy depart ment front desk at (904) 270-4265. The goal of the walkin SMART Clinic is to improve access to care, efficiently manage inju ries, educate patients on ways to prevent future injuries and return patients back to their units and their regular lifestyles. For more information or to see if you meet the selection criteria for SMART Clinic, contact the Physical Therapy front desk, or see your Primary Care Manager. NBHC Mayport is one of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonvilles six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. Of NH Jacksonvilles patient populationabout 163,000 active and retired sail ors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen and their familiesmore than 57,000 are enrolled with a primary care manag er at one of its facilities. To find out more about NBHC Mayport, visit the command website at www.med.navy.mil/sites/ NavalHospitalJax.


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