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                Welcome Home USS Underwood, Samuel B. Roberts And Detachments, Pages 4-5

                                                          2008 CHINFO Award Winner
    Vol. 52 • Issue 14                                                               THURSDAY, April 9, 2009

                                       Mayport Dedicates New BEQ
                                       Building 2105 Now MCPON Del Black Barracks
                                             By MC3 Sean Allen
    Antwone Fisher                     Navy Public Affairs Support Element
                                       East Detachment Southeast
    To Speak At                           What better way to celebrate
                                       the birth of the Navy Chief Petty
    NS Mayport                         Officer than to name a barracks
                                       after the first Master Chief Petty
       Fleet and Family Support        Officer of the Navy (MCPON).
    Center (FFSC) Mayport will         Naval Station Mayport (NS)
    host screenwriter/speak-           dedicated their newest barracks
                                       in honor of the first MCPON,
    er and U.S. Navy veteran
                                       the late Delbert D. Black, in a
    Antwone Fisher on April 16 in
                                       ceremony held April 1.
    conjunction with Child Abuse          Black enlisted in the Navy in
    Prevention Month activities        March 14, 1941 and completed
    scheduled in April.                a career which spanned thirty
       A New York Times Best           years. He assumed the duties of
    Seller, Fisher is best-known       MCPON on Jan. 13, 1967 and
    for the major motion picture       held the title four years, retir-
    based on his life and pro-         ing on April 1, 1971. Black
    duced and starring Denzel          served as a Gunner ’s Mate
    Washington. He is also an          aboard nine warships, including
    accomplished speaker, who          USS Maryland (BB 46) in Pearl
    tours the United States to         Harbor when Japan struck Pearl
    talk about his life in the fos-    Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
    ter care system, child abuse          Ima Black, Delbert’s wife,
    and overcoming adversity.          attended the ceremony and spoke
    Lunch tickets are available        about her husband’s career.
    for purchase at ITT for $8.           “When my husband became
    The presentation will be held      the MCPON, I said my husband
                                       is the top enlisted man in the
    from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ocean
                                       Navy, and some 40 years later I
    Breeze Conference Center.
                                       still believe that holds true.”
    Tickets must be purchased             Guest Speaker for the event
    by April 10.                       was retired MCPON John                                                                                                         -Photo by Paige Gnann
       According to his biography,     Hagen, who held that position from
    Fisher was born in prison          1992 to1998.
    to a teenaged mother. He              “Del Black was a true leader, a Pearl Harbor
    became a ward of the state         survivor, and battle tested Sailor, who cared
    of Ohio and was placed in          deeply for our junior enlisted and wanted to do
    foster care immediately. He        everything in his power to improve their quality
    spent two years in a lov-          of life,” said Hagen. “It is truly fitting that a bar-
    ing foster home, but when it       racks which will improve our Sailor’s quality of
    was apparent that the fos-         life is being named after him.”
    ter mother had become too             The new barracks is part of the Navy’s
    attached to Antwone, deem-         Homeport Ashore Program (HPA) which gives
    ing a reunion with his birth       junior personnel who are on sea duty, and not
    mother too difficult for the       eligible to receive housing allowance, the oppor-
    child, he was placed in a          tunity to live in a barracks when their ship is in
    foster home where he would         port.
    suffer 12 years of abuse at           “It is all for the motivation of our young
                                       Sailors, to show them how successful they can
    the hands of the foster fam-
                                       be. MCPON Black is a great example of this,
    ily.                               and we are pleased that we could dedicate this
       He survived the cruelties of    building to him,” said Capt. Aaron Bowman,
    foster care and the brutalities    Commanding Officer of Naval Station Mayport.
    of homelessness and set on            “I wish I could have met him,” said NS
    a course of healing after join-    Mayport CMC Deborah Davidson. “What a
    ing the United States Navy         presence he commanded through his hands-on
    where he served his country        approach and his words. When he took office,
    for 11 years. 

                                                         See Black, Page 9                                                              -Photo by MC1 Heather Ewton
       At age seventeen,
    Antwone made the critical
    decision to join the United
    States Navy.
 G raduating as
    an official recruit of the U.S.
                                                                                                                     Taking Step Against Child Abuse
    Navy, Fisher experienced a
    purity of feeling he’d never
    felt before: pride.
“My life was
    beginning,” he writes. “Not
    another chapter in my sad
    history, but another book,
    another life entirely, with
    every possibility of every
    good fortune ahead of me.”

       In the course of his 11
    years, with the Navy, every
    ship and every station pro-
    vided him with essential
 H e learned how
    to walk with his head high,                                    -Photo courtesy of USS Stephen W. Groves
    literally. He learned to trust
    others and came to under-
    stand that others could rely
    on him.
 H e also befriend-
    ed a navy psychiatrist,
    Commander Williams, who
    listened to Fisher’s story and
    helped him see that his life
    had not begun as a foster
                                       Gettins Takes

    Free Hamburgers
                                       Groves Helm
                                       From USS Stephen W. Groves Public      staff tour at the Pentagon’s
    At NEX Mayport                     Affairs Office
                                          USS Stephen W. Groves
                                                                              Assessment Division and                                                     -Photo by MC1 Heather Ewton
                                                                              an individual augmentation
      The main NEX Mayport             (FFG 29) held a change of com-
    will host the Char-Broil tour      mand ceremony on April 2 at            deployment to Iraq as a Brigade
    sponsered by Miller Lite,          Naval Station Mayport. Cmdr.           Electronic Warfare Officer.
    which will be stopping at the      Dan A. Starling was relieved by          Starling will proceed to the
    NEX parking lot on April 10        Cmdr. Edward S. Gettins.               Bureau of Naval Personnel in
                                          Capt. Glenn W. Zeiders,
    from 3-6 p.m. Stop by and                                                 Millington, Tennessee, where
                                       Commander of Destroyer
    enjoy the festivities and look     Squadron 14, was guest speak-          he will assume duties as the
    at the latest models of cook-      er.                                    director for Full-Time Support
    ing grills and accessories.           Gettins arrives from a              Enlisted Detailing.

    2   THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009

      Welcome back goes out
    to the men and women of the
                                                                                Deb Davidson and EVERYONE
                                                                                                         O Column
                                                                                who had a hand in last week’s
                                                                                                                    and sea turtles are a big part of
                                                                                                                    that. In fact, the current “All
                                                                                                                                                                        for practice rounds Mon-Wed
                                                                                                                                                                        May 4-6th. During the com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to give a belated “Happy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Birthday” to all of our Chief
    USS Underwood, HSL-48                                                       naming of building 2105 in          Hands” magazine has a feature                       petition rounds, active duty                            Petty Officers. This year marks
    Detachment Two and U.S.                                                     honor of our first MCPPON           in it about our turtles, staring                    and retirees will be allowed in                         116 years that you as a mess
    Coast Guard Law Enforcement                                                 Delbert Black. The barracks that    our own Art Burt!                                   free after 1500 till completion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                have provided the leadership
    Detachment 101. They came                                                   now bears his name is an excel-        We have kicked-off this year’s                   of the round. Children sixteen
    home last week after six months                                             lent example of what MCPON          Navy and Marine Corps Relief                        and under will be allowed in                            and mentorship that is needed
    of conducting counter illicit                                               Black was all about. He was         Society fund drive and the chal-                    free with adults. For everyone                          just as much now as it did back
    drug traffic deployment to the                                              a ringleader who fought for         lenge is on. The drive ends                         else, TPC is now selling Prime                          then. Your Sailors might not
    Eastern Pacific. While deployed,                                            quality of life for Sailors and     April 17 and this year our goal                     Time tickets for admission after                        often express it, but they appre-
    this amazing team seized more                                               his legacy lives on as we more      is $200,000. Last year, Mayport                     1500 for $25 per day. If those                          ciate your sage advice and the
    than 53,000 pounds of contra-                                               and more enjoy the benefits of      assisted nearly 1,500 clients and                   tickets are purchased through                           expertise you give as they make
    band worth an estimated street                                              improved quality of life here at    provided loans and grants total-                    the Navy Marine Corps Relief                            their own way up the ladder to
    value of more than $1.6 billion                                             the station and in the Navy. He     ing more than $925,000. Each                        website (http://www.nmcrs-                              success. Thank you so much for
    from drug smugglers.                                                        would be proud. Again, thank        and every dollar donated will             , TPC will donate
      Welcome is also in order for                                              you to everyone who made this       go to help a shipmate or family                     $22 per ticket to NMCRS.                                what you do and happy birthday
    the crew of the USS Samuel                                                  a truly special occasion.           get through a tough time. Those                     TPC is also having 6 May be                             Chief.
    B. Roberts and HSL 60                 against drugs. Through Inter-            Our sea turtle season            tough times can range from get-                     Military appreciation day and                             Please keep an eye out while
    Detachment Two who arrived            agency cooperation, high-speed        begins on May 1 and ends            ting help with car repairs, emer-                   is recognizing President George                         you go through your day and
    just a couple of days after           pursuits, and plenty of true grit,    30 September. There will be         gency travel, rent, utility pay-                    Herman Walker Bush with a                               don’t hesitate to let me know if
    Underwood. They too were on           Sammy B was able to make five         a meeting on May 1 at 1900          ment or groceries on the table.                     lifetime achievement Award--                            you see a better (or safer way)
    a Counter Narcotic Terrorism          separate drug busts, capturing        here in building one to dis-        Please participate in this very                     -Navy Volunteers will line the                          to do business around the base.
    deployment. Operating under           more than 7.9 metric tons of          cuss the next nesting season.       worthy program.                                     18th fairway for the presenta-                          Your concerns are my concerns,
    the tactical control of Joint         cocaine, with a street value of       The meeting is open to anyone          Speaking of Navy Marine                          tion. Please get the word out
                                          approximately $557 million.                                                                                                                                                           so keep those suggestions roll-
    Inter-Agency Task Force-South,                                              that spends time on our beaches     Corps Relief Society (NMCRS),                       on purchasing tickets and make
    Sammy B traveled the high seas        Again, well done and welcome          and may want to volunteer with      the TPC this year is doing some                     sure you thank the TPC for such                         ing in to the CO’s suggestion
    in support of the Department          back to everyone.                     this year’s season. We have an      great things for the military.                      hospitality and recognition of                          box located at the base galley,
    of Defense and U. S. Southern           My special thanks goes out          exceptional environmental pro-      Active Duty and retirees will                       your service.                                           or email them to aaron.bow-
    Command’s role in the fight           to our Command Master Chief           gram here and our pristine coast    be allowed in free for all day                         Last but not least, I want                 

       What does Easter mean to
    you? It can mean many differ-
                                                                                       C         haplain’s Corner
                                                                                and definitive statement that
                                                                                The Almighty has offered us a
                                                                                                                    Wanting to save his own neck,
                                                                                                                    he personally betrayed a most
                                                                                                                                                                        single heart captured by the
                                                                                                                                                                        power of God’s eternal source
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                story reminds me that there is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                no dream so lost that I can’t get
    ent things to a variety of people.                                          second chance at life, (of both     cherished friendship. Finally,                      of power for living. Yes, I am                          it back. God is the rebuilder of
    To be sure, like so many other                                              the temporal and eternal vari-      realizing the depravity of his                      confident that we can expect                            broken dreams. While life may
    holidays, Easter has taken on a                                             ety).                               act, Simon Peter begins to weep                     a great deal out of Easter. I                           have dealt me a bad hand I just
    commercial flavor in our cul-                                                  This reality is beautiful-       bitterly. They were tears of                        believe that God wants us to!                           need to hang in long enough to
    ture. The seasonal marketing                                                ly illustrated in the biblical      sorrow and regret overflowing                          I guarantee you that we are                          experience the restorative power
    of the ubiquitous Easter Bunny                                              account of the very first Easter.   from the deepest crevices of his                    not expecting too much out of                           of God’s grace. Don’t give up!
    increases the profit margin                                                 It is a most human story about      soul.                                               Easter if we ask God to help                            The Easter account informs us
    for many retail shops. Easter                                               friendship, betrayal, forgiveness      I don’t know about you, but                      us overcome all that is hinder-                         that there’s no pain so great
    fashions mark the changeover                                                and renewal. Its two principal      I can identify with this man. I                     ing our lives. The gospel of the                        that we can’t endure it. I do
    from winter to spring and the                                               players are Jesus of Nazareth       can identify with this struggle                     second chance restored a man                            not know much about pain but
    all-important Easter-egg hunt                                               and Simon Peter, Jesus’ most        of faith and loyalty to the things                  broken and despairing over his                          I have had some experiences.
    brings smiles to the faces of                                               stalwart follower. In Simon         of God. But, I too am prepared                      personal act of betrayal. Simon                         In retrospect I have learned that
    countless children. As Easter                                               Peter we may see a character        and open to embrace God’s                           Peter embraced God’s offer of                           when life is at its worst, God
    ushers in the season of spring                                              that we can identify with. He       unconditional offer for a sec-                      forgiveness and restoration and                         has put an invisible net under
    it brings a sense of freshness                                              will touch our hearts with his      ond chance. The miracle of the                      his life was changed. I submit                          me. I have found myself stand-
    and renewal that inspires many        is to believe in life itself. The     very human and imperfect qual-      resurrected life is God’s way                       that it is not too much to expect                       ing when I would rather run.
    to reaffirm the goodness of life      Easter story and its claim of res-    ities. Known for his bold, out-     of saying “I’m here for you!”                       the same miracle for us. Surely,                        God’s unrelenting promise has
    itself.                               urrected life is God’s way of         spoken and courageous nature,       It is God’s way of giving us a                      nothing, nothing is impossible                          been to give me what I need in
       However Easter, in its very        saying “I forgive you.” If the        Peter possessed great potential     hand and inviting us to personal                    with God!!                                              order to get through the experi-
    essence, is a spiritual expres-       historical claim of Easter is true,   for greatness. More than once,      renewal and hope.                                      The gospel of the second                             ence.
    sion born in an historical event      and I believe it is, then it shows    he promised never to disown his        I must admit that as an                          chance teaches me that there                               So, this is the day to be
    so magnificent in its nature that     me how far God is willing to go       master and leader. Yet, when        ordained minister I have a ten-                     is no rock so deep that I can’t                         renewed and be rebuilt (inside
    to this day challenges the imag-      to extend his forgiveness and         the moment of truth came, not       dency to expect too much of                         move it (with God’s help). That                         and out) by God’s resurrection
    ination and faith of numerous         grant me peace of mind about          only did he disown Jesus once,      Easter. After all, it is Easter!                    is, I can change for the better. I                      power. This is the day that the
    people. For to believe in Easter      the future. Easter is God’s great     but he denied him three times.      My expectation is to see every                      can start life over. The Easter                         Lord has made. Happy Easter!

    Holy Week At Chapel                                                                                                                            NWCA Installs Officers
        By Chaplain Rita Love             the Latin “mandatum” a new              Catholic
    NS Mayport Chapel                     command. “A new command                 Sacred Triduum
       About 2000 years ago an            Jesus said I give you: Love one         April 9, Holy Thursday, 7
    event occurred in the Middle          another. As I have loved you, so      pm
    East that changed the world, and      you must love one another. By           April 10, Good Friday, 12
    the world would never be the          this will all people know that        p m and 7 p m.
    same again. In fact, we date our      you are my followers, if you            April 11, Holy Saturday, 8
    calendars by this event. Every        love one another” John 13:34-         p m.
    time we write a date, we are          36. In other words-Jesus is not         April 12, Easter Sunrise, 7
    using the death and resurrec-         interested in what we achieve         a.m, Ocean Breeze Conference
    tion of Jesus Christ as the focal     or what we do but rather in our       Center Gazebo, breakfast fol-
    point. A.D. and B.C. History          motivation to love.                   lowing at the Oasis Galley ;
    was split by this one event.             Holy Week is a marvel-             Sunday Worship Service,
       Holy Week is just as impor-        ous opportunity for Christian         10:30 a.m.                                                                                                                                           -Photo courtesy of NWCA
    tant. We know the events hap-         growth. It offers incred-               Protestant
    pened to Jesus (e.g., the pro-        ible potential to satisfy spiri-        April 9, “Maundy”
    cession into Jerusalem (Palm          tual hunger and to remind us to       Thursday,” 5:30 p m
    Sunday), the Last Supper              love one another through acts           April 10, Good Friday, 5:30
    (Maundy Thursday), His death          of kindness, forgiveness and          pm
    on the cross (Good Friday), His       understanding. What affects one         April 12, Easter Sunrise
    resurrection (Easter), so why         eventually impacts us all-just        Mass, 7 a.m., Sea Otter
    should we continue to observe         turn on the news.                     Pavilion, breakfast following
    Holy Week? When we think                 While Christians anticipate        at the Oasis Galley; Sunday
    about the state of our economy,       the events of Holy Week; the          Mass, 9 a m.
    in particular the escalation of       Jews will begin preparing for           Greek Orthodox
    violence in our communities           the Passover which begins April         April 12, Palm Sunday, 10
    and near our borders, we tend         8 at sundown until April 9. This      a.m.
    to ask the question why? There        commemorates the fact when              April 17, Good Friday, 7
    are many current stories that         the Jews left Egypt in a hurry,       p.m., April 19, Easter, 11:30
    convey the answer; I believe          and did not have time to allow        a.m.
    this story captures the essences      their bread to rise. Passover
    of why the observance of Holy         can also be a symbolic way of
    Week is important for such a          removing “arrogance and pride”
    time as these.                        from one’s life.
       On Dec. 14, 1878, Prime               Greek Orthodox observance                                                                                                             Naval Station Mayport
    Minister, William Gladstone,                                                                                             Capt. Aaron Bowman ......................................................................................... Commanding Officer
                                          of Holy Week begins April 12                                                       Cmdr. Mike Watson.................................................................................................. Executive Officer
    in announcing the death of            and ends on April 19. I think one                                                  CMDCM Deborah Davidson .......................................................................... Command Master Chief
    Princess Alice to the House of        of the main differences between                                                                                               Naval Station Mayport Editorial Staff
    Commons, told this touching           the Eastern Orthodox Easter,              Roman Catholic Mass                      Bill Austin ...........................................................................................................Public Affairs Officer
                                                                                        Sunday 9 a.m.                        MC1 Heather Ewton............................................................................... Deputy Public Affairs Officer
    story. The little daughter of the     and the Western date concern-                                                      FC1Price Clay ...................................................................................... Assistant Public Affairs Officer
    Princess was seriously ill with       ing Easter is; Eastern Orthodox,        Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                             IC2 Paul Fenn ....................................................................................... Assistant Public Affairs Officer
    diphtheria. And so the doc-           or Greek Orthodox Christians            Confessions: before & after                Paige Gnann...............................................................................................................................Editor
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                                                                                                                     THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009 3

    Hue City Sailor Qualifies OOD Underway
                                                                                                                  By SA Rochelle Cole               time, it is a great privilege and
                                                                                                              USS Hue City                          honor.”
                                                                                                                 Quartermaster 1st Class (SW)         He plans on staying in the
                                                                                                              Eric Parrish recently became the      Navy for as long as he can
                                                                                                              first First Class Petty Officer to    serve, and doing any job they
                                                                                                              qualify Underway Officer of the       have for him.
                                                                                                              Deck (OOD) in USS Hue City’s
                                                                                                                 After months of preparation
                                                                                                              and studying, Parrish completed
                                                                                                              his Officer of the Deck board,
                                                                                                              expertly fielding questions from
                                                                                                              the commanding officer, execu-
                                                                                                              tive officer, and all depart-
                                                                                                              ment heads. The board lasted
                                                                                                              approximately three hours and
                                                                                                              included questions relating to
                                                                                                              every facet of USS Hue City,
                                                                                                              from the Engineering Plant to
                                                                                                              Combat Systems. In order to
                                                                                                              pass the board, the OOD must
                                                                                                              know about all aspects of the
                                                                                                              ship and be an expert in sea-
                                                                                                              manship, navigation, and shiph-
                                                                                                                 In addition to passing the
                                                                                                              Officer of the Deck board, he
                                                                                                              also recently became board eli-
                                                                                                              gible for Chief Petty Officer,
                                                                                                              which means his record can
                                                                                                              now be reviewed and sent up
                                                                                                              for approval.
                                                                                                                 When asked how he felt about
                                                                                                              the recent developments in his
                                                                                                              professional career, he stated,
                                                                            -Photo courtesy of USS Hue City   “It is a lot of responsibility, and
                                                                                                              a heavy load, but at the same

                                      -Photo courtesy of USS Hue City

    USS Hue City Celebrates
    Women’s History Month
                By Ensign Nicholas Watts-Fernandez
    USS Hue City PAO
       USS Hue City spent the month of March commemorating
    Women’s History.
       The theme of this year’s observance was Women Taking the
    Lead in Environmentalism, which featured discussions focusing on
    renowned environmentalist and author Rachel Carson.
       In addition to an Ice Cream Social/Movie Night held during a
    recent underway, USS Hue City held an all hands celebration on
    the mess decks.
       Lt.j.g. Kaitlyn O’Connor officiated the festivities and introduced
    the speakers. Yoeman 2nd Class Leshonta Williams spoke about the
    Grimké Sisters, 19th Century abolitionists and women’s rights activ-
    ists. Information Systems Technicians 1st Class Jermaine Profit
    discussed Rear Adm. Michelle Howard, the first African-American
    woman to command a ship and the first female Naval Academy
    graduate to attain the rank of Admiral.
       Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class Rebecca Love commented
    on Carrie Chapman Catt, woman suffrage leader and founder
    of the League of Women Voters. Chief Cryptologic Technician
    Maintenance Jason Roberts discussed Master Chief Hospital
    Corpsman Jacqueline DeRosa, and CMC Kevin Blade educated the
    crew on the effect of Tailhook on the role of women on combatant
       The celebration was concluded by Culinary Specialist Seaman
    Recruit Ryan Ramsey explaining the three periods of Women’s
    History in the Navy demonstrated on the cake he decorated for the

    4   THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009

    Underwood, HSL-48 Det 2 Is Back
    From USS Underwood Public Affairs                                                                                                                                            and a 3 year old girl. Once on
       USS Underwood (FFG 36)                                                                                                                                                    board, each survivor was docu-
    pulled back into homeport at                                                                                                                                                 mented and processed before
    Naval Station Mayport April 4                                                                                                                                                being medically screened. The
    after a six-month counter illicit                                                                                                                                            following morning, through a
    trafficking (CIT) deployment                                                                                                                                                 combination of helicopter oper-
    to the Eastern Pacific with                                                                                                                                                  ations and small boat transfers,
    embarked Helicopter Anti-                                                                                                                                                    the 43 survivors were trans-
    Submarine Squadron Light                                                                                                                                                     ferred over to the USNS Saturn
    48 Detachment Two, and U.S.                                                                                                                                                  which had been supporting
    Coast Guard Law Enforcement                                                                                                                                                  Underwood during her Eastern
    Detachment (LEDET) 101.                                                                                                                                                      Pacific CIT deployment.
       Underwood departed Mayport                                                                                                                                                   Several community relations
    Oct. 5, 2008, and transited                                                                                                                                                  (COMREL) projects were con-
    through the Panama Canal en                                                                                                                                                  ducted throughout the deploy-
    route to the Eastern Pacific.                                                                                                                                                ment. In Golfito, Underwood
    The primary mission throughout                                                                                                                                               Sailors helped build classroom
    the deployment was drug inter-                                                                                                                                               walls for a local elementary
    diction in the Eastern Pacific,                                                                                                                                              school, painted walls for a local
    and throughout the deployment                                                                                                                                                library, and distributed medi-
    Underwood seized and disrupt-                                                                                                                                                cal supplies to the local retire-
    ed more than 53,000 pounds of                                                                                                                                                ment home. In Panama, proj-
    contraband worth an estimated                                                                                                                                                ects included the renovation
    street value of more than $1.6                                                                                                                                               of Casco Viejo, a poverty and
    billion.                                                                                                                                                                     crime-stricken area in Panama,
       The first three months of                                                                                                                                                 as well as the refurbishment
    deployment resulted in several                                                                                                                                               of a Panamanian schoolhouse
    drug busts for Underwood as                                                                                                                                                  located in the San Felipe area.
    well as an extremely successful                                                                                                                                              Towards the end of deployment
    Theater Security Cooperation                                                                                                                                                 Underwood visited a Colombian
    (TSC) port visit to Golfito,                                                                                                                                                 school in the Ternera neigh-
    Costa Rica Nov. 18, 2008. In                                                                                                                                                 borhood of Cartagena, where
    an attempt to strengthen inter-                                                                                                                                              Sailors donated equipment
    national relations between the                                                                                                                                               towards the school’s recreation
    Costa Rican government and                                                                                                                       -Photos by Paige Gnann      department as well as attend-
    the United States, Underwood                                                                                                                                                 ed a ceremony hosted by the
    hosted a reception onboard with                                                                                                                                              Colombian National Police
    the U.S. Ambassador to Costa                                                                                                                                                 (CNP).
    Rica and several Costa Rican                                                                                                                                                    Underwood Sailors achieved
    military and government offi-                                                                                                                                                success on all levels, as a unit
    cials. The guests took a tour of    liberty and the opportunity to     sea fishing, city tours and       recovered 43 SOLAS (Survival     these passengers had been adrift   and individually. During the
    the ship and attended a frocking    interact with the host nations.    shopping, and volcano climb-      of Life at Sea) survivors. As    for over a week with minimal       deployment 48 Sailors earned
    ceremony. Following the recep-      Underwood’s Morale, Welfare,       ing. Other port visits included   Underwood approached the         food and supplies. After it was    their Enlisted Surface Warfare
    tion onboard the Costa Rican        and Recreation (MWR) set           Panama City, Panama, Puerto       vessel suspected of drug smug-   deemed that the fishing vessel     Specialists (ESWS) pins.
    government held their own           up numerous trips during the       Quetzal, Guatemala, Acapulco,     gling, Underwood’s boarding      lacked sufficient fuel or food        “I’m very proud of the crew’s
    reception at a local hotel and      port visits for the crew to get    Mexico, and Cartagena,            team discovered many battered    to return to port, Underwood       performance during the deploy-
    invited members of the ward-        a chance to experience differ-     Colombia.                         passengers whose nationali-      executed its AMIO (Alien           ment. Even though this was the
    room and crew.                      ent aspects of the host nations.     On Dec. 30, 2008, a potential   ties ranged from Ecuadorian,     Migrant Interdiction Operation)    first CIT deployment for many
       The port visits also provid-     These trips included scuba div-    drug interdiction turned into a   Columbian and Chinese (PRC).     plan, embarking all 43 survivors
    ed Underwood Sailors with           ing, white-water rafting, deep     rescue at sea when Underwood      It was later determined that     including 14 females, 28 males,       See Underwood, Page 10

                                                                                                                                                       THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009 5

    SBR, HSL-60 Det 2 Return To Mayport
    From USS Samuel B. Roberts’ Public Affairs
       Family and friends of Sailors aboard
    USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)
    gathered on the pier to welcome the
    Sammy B back home April 6 from their
    2008-2009 Counter Narcotic Terrorism
       Operating under the tactical con-
    trol of Joint Inter-Agency Task Force-
    South, Sammy B. traveled in support
    of the Department of Defense and U.
    S. Southern Command’s role in the
    fight against drugs. Their assistance
    came in the form of support in intelli-
    gence, detection and monitoring, train-
    ing, planning, and communications
       To aid with the counter illicit
    trafficking mission, the “Smooth
    Operators” of HSL-60 Detachment 2
    from Mayport embarked on Sammy
    B. Also embarked were three separate
    U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement
    Detachments (LEDET) from Miami,
    Florida; LEDETs 402, 403, and 408.
       The first half of Sammy B’s deploy-
    ment began with a transit from
    Mayport down to Panama, through
    the Panama Canal, earning the crew
    the Order of the Ditch citation. Once
    through the canal, Sammy B imme-
    diately began patrolling the Eastern
    Pacific with great success.
       By way of keen lookouts, inter-agen-
    cy cooperation, high speed pursuits,
    and the partnering of capable pilots and
    Sailors, Sammy B. was able to make
    five separate drug busts, capturing over
    7.9 metric tons of cocaine, with a street
    value of approximately $557 million.
       In the process of patrolling, Sammy
    B. received word of a vessel in dis-                                                                                                                                                 -Photos by Paige Gnann
    tress, and thanks to some quick reac-
    tion time, was able to safely recover
    four Mexican fishermen whose vessel
    had swamped. The fishermen were              off in the liberty port of Vasco Nunez   flooding in Panama. The “Smooth          became honorable shellbacks as they      comed Cmdr. Chuck L. Sellers as its
    later delivered to USCG authorities for      de Balboa, Panama City on multiple       Operators” stepped up to the plate and   crossed the equator, in an arduous and   new commanding officer. Sellers,
    further transport back to Mexico.            occasions.                               flew multiple surveillance missions to   time-honored ceremony. This was a        whose most recent assignment was
       During the first two and a half             In November, one such port visit       help determine the extent of the dam-    proud moment for every Sammy B           as a student at the Industrial College
    months of deployment in the Pacific,         was abruptly cut short as Sammy B        age.                                     crew member.                             of the Armed Forces, quickly became
    from Oct. 5- Dec. 12, the crew was           was ordered underway in support of          On Nov. 21, at 084° 39.0’ West,         As the first half of deployment came
                                                 the humanitarian effort from severe      the pollywogs of Samuel B. Roberts       to a close, Samuel B. Roberts wel-                 See SBR, Page 10
    able to enjoy some well deserved time

    6   THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009

                                                                                                                USS Underwood Sailors
                                                                                                                Participate In COMREL
                                                                                                                  By YN1(SW/AW) Jeremy A. Campbell                       This COMREL project marks the culmination
                                                                                                                USS Underwood                                         of six months of arduous, rewarding, and historic
                                                                                                                  On March 27, Underwood Sailors embarked on          achievements for Underwood. Their presence
                                                                                                                the final Community Relations (COMREL) proj-          in the Cartagena community serves to further
                                                                                                                ect of their 2008-2009 counter illicit trafficking    strengthen the relationship between the United
                                                                                                                                                                      States and neighboring countries. Underwood
                                                                                                                  Underwood Sailors delivered sports equip-
                                                                                                                ment to the Colombian National Police’s (CNP)         Sailors have displayed the highest qualities of
                                                                                                                Cartagena office. The CNP sponsors the Colegio        professionalism and demonstrated the utmost
                                                                                                                Nuestra Senora De Fatima School, which is com-        respect towards host nations during the deploy-
                                                                                                                prised of over 200 students ages 5 to 17. Located     ment. They have been fine representatives of the
                                                                                                                in the Ternera neighborhood of Cartagena, the         Navy and continue to be a shining light in com-
                                                                                                                school’s primary focus is to provide an alternative   munities abroad; making differences and chang-
                                                                                                                to drugs, violence and crime for the students.        ing lives.
                                                                                                                  “The equipment Underwood provided for the              Underwood, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is
                                                                                                                school’s sports and recreation department will go     currently deployed in Latin America under the
                                                                                                                a long way for the underprivileged students and
                                                                                                                                                                      operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern
                                                                                                                will help provide healthy and fun activities for
                                                                                                                them,” said Information Systems Technician 1st        Command (NAVSO) and U.S. 4th Fleet, conduct-
                                                                                    -Photo by Colleen Scott     Class (Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare) Flores.      ing counter illicit trafficking operations in support
                                                                                                                “I am humbled and honored to be able to provide       of Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S),
                                                                                                                to the children and truly applaud the CNP for         U.S. Law Enforcement and U.S. and participating
                                                                                                                their efforts in providing alternatives to crime.”    nations drug control policy.

    SBR Strong Partners In Honduras                                                                                                                   Underwood Sailors
    From USS Samuel B. Roberts Public     “We are out here on deploy-       toys, including bikes, roller-      ship. The U.S. Ambassador to
       During a port visit in
                                        ment helping to protect
                                        America’s interest abroad; how-
                                                                            blades and yard games were
                                                                            donated to the Honduran
                                                                                                                Honduras, Hugo Llorens; the
                                                                                                                Deputy of the Honduran Joint
                                                                                                                                                      Enjoy Liberty In
    Honduras, Sailors deployed with
    USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG
                                        ever, this project allowed us
                                        to expand our boundaries and
                                                                            Department of Education for
                                                                            use in local schools such as
                                                                                                                Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Estado
                                                                                                                Cuellar; the Deputy Chief of
                                                                                                                                                      Cartagena, Columbia
    58) conducted several commu-        give the children of Honduras a     Elfreda Brooks Primary School.      the Honduran Navy, Capt. Ivis         From USS Underwood Public Af-        A city rich with history,
    nity relations (COMREL) proj-       better environment in which to         Samuel B. Roberts also par-      Moreno; Roatan Mayor Dale             fairs                             Cartagena offered sailors
    ects March 10-12.                   learn and grow,” said Kutchak.      ticipated in several other events   Jackson and many staff mem-              Sailors from USS               numerous opportunities for
       Samuel B. Roberts and              The school, Elfreda Brooks        to improve community relations      bers from the U.S. military           Underwood (FFG 36)                sight-seeing and souvenir
    embarked helicopter detach-         Primary School in Coxen Hole,       with the people of Honduras.                                              enjoyed a three-day port          shopping. There was no
                                                                                                                group were all guests on board
    ment, Helicopter Anti-subma-        is a community-based public         On March 10, a group of 11                                                visit to Cartagena, Colombia      shortage of top-dining estab-
                                                                                                                Samuel B. Roberts. While on
    rine Squadron Light (HSL) 60,       bilingual school with 278 chil-     Honduran Sailors came aboard                                              March 26-29 prior to com-         lishments to choose from,
                                                                                                                board, the guests were taught
    Detachment 2, lent their servic-    dren in grades 1 to 6. The school   the ship to compare and dis-                                              pleting a highly successful       many of which were located
                                                                                                                about the ship’s history to learn
    es to a local elementary school     has expanded in recent years        cuss each country’s shipboard                                             counter illicit trafficking       in the historical Old City. In
    in Coxen Hola, a small island                                                                               a bit more about the guided-
                                        from two to four classrooms         lifestyle. Members of Samuel                                              (CIT) deployment in the           the evening, street vendors,
    off the coast of Roatan. The vol-                                                                           missile frigate.
                                        thanks to the contributions from    B. Roberts’ visit, board, search                                          Latin America.                    musicians, and performers
    unteers painted four classrooms,    local and international groups,     and seizure (VBSS) teams gave         “It was a pleasure to have
                                                                                                                                                         Cartagena, the largest         would flood the Old City,
    installed multiple ceiling fans     including other U.S. Navy ships     demonstrations of their boarding    these distinguished guests on
                                                                                                                                                      and most secure harbor on         selling souvenirs or danc-
    and assisted with general clean-    deployed in the area who have       techniques while the repair divi-   board to see our fine ship and        the north coast of Colombia,      ing to traditional Colombian
    ing and repairs in the elemen-      conducted similar projects.         sion had an open house of dam-      meet some of her crew,” said          is located on the Caribbean       music.
    tary school during the two-day        Additionally, Samuel B.           age control gear and fire fight-    Cmdr. Chuck L. Sellers, Samuel        coast of Colombia and is             Underwood Sailors had
    project.                            Roberts’ crew donated to the        ing evolutions. The Honduran        B. Roberts’ commanding offi-          the country’s main getaway        the option of spending a day
       One of the participants,         community Project Handclasp         Sailors even stayed overnight to    cer. “I am very proud of our          for sea trade. While in port,     at the beach, enjoying vol-
    Ensign Nicholas Kutchak,            medical items and toys for the      experience more of the Samuel       Sailors and glad that Samuel          Sailors participated in a com-    leyball, music, and snor-
    Samuel B. Roberts’ combat           children. Medical and first         B. Roberts way of life.             B. Roberts was able to play a         munity relations project,         keling thanks to the MWR
    information center officer, felt    aid supplies were delivered to         On March 12, the ship opened     role in building closer relations     Morale Welfare Recreation         team’s dedicated service.
    the community relations project     Clinica Esperanze and Little        its brow to many officials of       between the United States and         (MWR) tours, and some well        Boatswain’s Mate Seaman
    was very successful.                Friends Foundation. Children’s      Honduras for a tour of the          Honduras.”                            deserved liberty.                 Juan Cano stated “It was
                                                                                                                                                         Supporting the local com-      great having time to relax

    SBR Sailors Lend                                                                                                                                  munity, Sailors volunteered
                                                                                                                                                      at a low-income school,
                                                                                                                                                      COLEGIO NUESTRA
                                                                                                                                                                                        and enjoy the beach.” An
                                                                                                                                                                                        overall outstanding port visit
                                                                                                                                                                                        for Underwood, Cartagena

    Helping Hands                                                                                                                                     SEÑORA DE FATIMA,
                                                                                                                                                      donating much needed sports
                                                                                                                                                      equipment and supplies.
                                                                                                                                                                                        offered the crew a chance
                                                                                                                                                                                        to relax and enjoy South
                                                                                                                                                                                        American culture one last
    From USS Samuel B. Roberts Public   to the Honduran Department
    Affairs                                                                                                                                           From the Colombian Navy,          time prior to making her jour-
                                        of Education, for use in local
       During a port visit in                                                                                                                         the wardroom and crew of          ney home.
                                        schools such as Elfreda Brooks
    Honduras, Sailors deployed with                                                                                                                   A.R.C. Antioquia (FM-53)             Underwood, homeported
                                        Primary School.
    USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG                                                                                                                        extended their hospital-          in Mayport, Fla., was cur-
                                           Samuel B. Roberts also par-
    58) conducted several commu-                                                                                                                      ity to Underwood’s ward-          rently deployed in Latin
                                        ticipated in several other events
    nity relations (COMREL) proj-                                                                                                                     room by allowing an officer       America under the opera-
                                        to improve community relations
    ects March 10-12.                                                                                                                                 function to be held in their      tional control of U.S. Naval
                                        with the people of Honduras.
       Samuel B. Roberts and                                                                                                                          Officer’s Club. Lt. Cmdr.         Forces Southern Command
                                        On March 10, a group of eleven
    embarked helicopter detach-                                                                                                                       Cory Applebee, Underwood’s        (NAVSO) and U.S. 4th Fleet,
                                        Honduran Sailors came aboard
    ment, HSL-60, Detachment                                                                                                                          Executive Officer, men-           conducting counter illicit
                                        the ship to compare and discuss
    Two, lent their services to a                                                                                                                     tioned, “The gracious hospi-      trafficking operations in sup-
                                        each country’s shipboard life-                                            -Photo by DCC Stephen Gant
    local elementary school in                                                                                                                        tality of A.R.C. Antioquia’s      port of Joint Interagency Task
                                        style. Members of Samuel B.
    Coxen Hola, a small island off                                                                                                                    crew indicated the strong         Force-South (JIATF-S), U.S.
                                        Roberts’ Visit, Board, Search
    the coast of Roatan. The volun-                                                                                                                   relationship we share with        Law Enforcement and U.S.
                                        and Seizure (VBSS) teams gave
    teers painted four classrooms,                                                                                                                    Colombia’s Navy.”                 drug control policy.
                                        demonstrations of their board-
    installed multiple ceiling fans     ing techniques while the Repair
    and assisted with general clean-    Division had an open house
    ing and repairs in the elemen-
                                        of Damage Control gear and
    tary school March 11-12.
                                        fire fighting evolutions. The
       One of the participants,
                                        Honduran Sailors even stayed
    Ensign Nicholas Kutchak,
                                        overnight to experience more
    Samuel B. Roberts’ Combat
                                        of the Samuel B. Roberts way
    Information Center Officer, felt
                                        of life.
    the community relations project
                                           On March 12, the ship opened
    was very successful.
        “We are out here on deploy-     its brow to many officials of
    ment, helping to protect            Honduras for a tour of the
    America’s interest abroad; how-     ship. The U.S. Ambassador to
    ever, this project allowed us       Honduras, Hugo Llorens, the
    to expand our boundaries and        Deputy of the Honduran Joint
    give the children of Honduras a     Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Estado
    better environment in which to      Cuellar, the Deputy Chief of
    learn and grow,” said Kutchak.      the Honduran Navy, Capt. Ivis
       The school, Elfreda Brooks       Moreno, Roatan mayor Dale
    Primary School in Coxen Hole        Jackson, and many staff mem-
    is a community-based public         bers from the U.S. Military
    bilingual school with 278 chil-     Group were all guests onboard
    dren, grades 1-6. The school        Samuel B. Roberts. While on
    has expanded in recent years        board, the guests were taught
    from two to four classrooms,        about the ship’s history to learn
    thanks to the contributions from    a bit more about the guided-
    local and international groups,     missile frigate that they had
    including other U.S. Navy ships     welcomed to their city.
    deployed in the area, who have          “It was a pleasure to have
    conducted similar projects.         these distinguished guests
       Additionally, Samuel B.          onboard to see our fine ship and
    Roberts’ crew provided the com-     meet some of her crew,” said
    munity Project Handclasp medi-      Cmdr. Chuck L. Sellers, Samuel
    cal items and toys for the chil-    B. Roberts’ Commanding
    dren. Medical and first aid sup-    Officer. “I am very proud of our
    plies were delivered to Clinica     Sailors and glad that Samuel
    Esperanze and Little Friends        B. Roberts was able to play a
    Foundation. Children’s toys,        role in building closer relations
    including bikes, rollerblades,      between the United States and
    and yard games were donated         Honduras.”

                                                                                                                                                                       THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009 7

      On Base                             Park. Festivities begin at 10
                                          a.m. with bounce houses, egg
                                                                                     at 11 p.m. on April 18. Please
                                                                                     wear dress whites or military
                                                                                                                          SOUL FOOD DINNER from
                                                                                                                          5-8 p.m. at the Branch Home,
                                                                                                                                                                and cover bands bring classic
                                                                                                                                                                hits to life. For more details,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Duval County Extension
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Agency, 1010 N McDuff Ave.,
                                          hunt for children 12 and under,            equivalent (officer/enlisted) as     390 Mayport Road, Atlantic            visit www.wingandrockfest.           will hold a Make and Take Rain
      Tuesday, April 21                   games, crafts, and refreshments.           part of the Honor guard for our      Beach, FL. A donation of $8           com,, or           Barrel Workshop from 10 a m.-
      The USS Hue City Family             Be sure to bring a basket and              Lord’s resurrection.                 is requested for each dinner.                 2 p m. Come learn water con-
    Readiness Group will meet             your camera for this fun day at               Easter Sunrise Service host-      Carry-out orders are accepted.           Sunday, April 19                  servation tips and make your
    from 6-7 p.m. at Ribault Bay          the park. Jordan Park is located           ed by Christ United Methodist        Happy Hour precedes the din-             Mayport Chapter MOAA              own rain barrel to take home.
    Community Center in off base          off Mayport Rd at 1671 Francis             Church, 400 Penman Road,             ner from 4-6 p m.; all bar drinks     is proud to introduce Capt.          Please mail a check made pay-
    housing every third Tuesday of        Avenue. For directions or more             Neptune Beach, will take place       are 50¢ off. After dinner, enjoy      Gregory Streeter, USN Ret.           able to DCOHAC for $50 to
    the month.                            events visit our website at www.           at 6:30 a m. on the beach at the     the music of Doug Bracey from         as the guest speaker at the          Rain Barrel Workshop, 1010 N.

      Out in Town                or call 247-4038
                                          or 247-5828.
                                                                                     end of Atlantic Boulevard, next
                                                                                     to the Ocean One Hotel (for-
                                                                                                                          9 p.m. to 1 a.m. As always, the
                                                                                                                          public is invited to attend.
                                                                                                                                                                Amelia Island National Golf
                                                                                                                                                                and Country Club at 12:30
                                                                                                                                                                                                     McDuff Ave. Jacksonville, Fl
                                                                                                                                                                                                     32254. For questions, please
                                             Christ United Methodist                 merly Sea Turtle). Pastor Nancy        Saturday, April 18                  for a Social Hour and Brunch.        call 387-8850.
       Thursday, April 9                  Church, 400 Penman Road,                   Stiles will offer an uplifting,        New Friendship Baptist              Streeter is Commander General           Saturday, April 25
       Christ United Methodist            Neptune Beach, will have fun,              spiritual service. All in our        Church is having a Fish Fry,          (elect) of the Naval Order of           Join a park ranger at 1 p m. to
    Church, 400 Penman Road,              food, bounce house and games               coummunity are welcomed. All         Spaghetti Dinner and Bake             the United States, which is the      learn about the many common
    Neptune Beach, Maundy                 for kids of all ages at Easter             are cordially invited back to        Sale from 11 a m. - 2 p m. Fish       driving force in the creation and    species that inhabit the natural
    Thursday Communion Service            Eggstravaganza. Easter Egg                 our church fellowship hall for       Sandwich is $4, Fish Dinner           dedication of a monument to the      communities of the undevel-
    will be held in the Church            hunt begins at 10 a.m. and the             a free community Easter break-       and Spaghetti Dinners are $6          USN at Normandy. All Officers        oped barrier islands of northeast
    Sanctuary at 7 p m. For infor-        Easter Bunny will visit for pic-           fast from 7:30 - 9 a.m. Join us      each. Eat in or take out. New         and their wives are encouraged       Florida. The program will take
    mation contact the office at          tures with the kids. For infor-            at 10:15 a.m. for a traditional      Friendship Baptist Church is          to attend by calling 646-0944,       place at pavilion one on Little
    249-5370; www.neptunebeach-           mation contact the office at               Easter Service in our church         located at 1996 Mayport Road          or on line, at for        Talbot Island.                               249-5370; www neptunebeach-                sanctuary. For information           in Atlantic Beach. For more           their reservations.                     Thursday, April 30
       Friday, April 10                                             contact the office at 249-5370;      information, call Kaye at 241-           The Northeast Florida A&M            Duval County Extension
       Christ United Methodist               Palm Valley Baptist Church,             www             3609.                                 Club invites you to join us for      A g e n c y , We s t B r a n c h
    Church, 400 Penman Road,              4890 Palm Valley Road in Ponte                Easter Service at Isle of Faith     Bring the whole family for          an Aggie Muster at 1 p.m. at         Library,1425 Chaffee Road S.,
    Neptune Beach, will hold its          Vedra Beach, will host an Easter           United Methodist Church, 1821        a great dinner and a movie            Millhouse, 1341 Airport Rd.,         will hold a Butterfly Gardening
    Good Friday Service Tenebrae          egg hunt from 10 a m.-noon. All            San Pablo Rd., will feature the      at Christ United Methodist            Jacksonville. The deadline           Workshop from 6-8 p m. Come
    Service at 7 p m. This service        children bring an empty basket.            Easter Praise Musical “East to       Church, 400 Penman Road,              is April 7. Cost is $16.50 per       hear staffers from the Duval Co.
    of lessons accompanied by the         There will be a hot dog lunch              West, From One Scarred Hand          Neptune Beach. Join us for a          adult, $3.50 per child 12 &          Extension Office teach about
    gradual extinguishing of lights       following the hunt. Individually           to Another.” Come experience         spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m.,        under. Please send checks to         what plants to plant to attract
    in remembering the events from        wrapped candy and plastic eggs             the Resurrection presented by        $4 for adult, $3 for children.           Debby Scerno, 11543 Apostle       butterflies and how to maintain
    the Last Supper to Crucifixion.       are greatly appreciated. There is          the 55-member choir. Services        The movie starts at 7 p m. and        Island Trail, Jacksonville, FL       them. Please call 387-8850 to
    For information contact the           a collection box in the fellow-            are held at 9 and 10:30 a.m.         is free. Bring your chairs and        32256                                pre-register. Class is free.
    office at 249-5370; www.nep-          ship hall.                                 with coffee in the Fellowship        blankets to watch the movie.             904-232-2805, dscerno@               Saturday, May 2                        Join a park ranger at 1 p m.            Hall between services. Child         Call the office at 249-5370 for Muster will be               Skater registration for the
       The Fleet Reserve Association      for a discussion on the differ-            care is available at both servic-    details! www.neptunebeach-            “family friendly.” Remember          City of Atlantic Beach 4th
    Branch 290 is hosting a “Grilled      ent types of shark teeth that can          es. For directions go to www.                               to stay connected by checking        Annual Bowl Bash is now open
    Chicken Dinner” from 5-8 p.m.,        be found on the area’s beaches.                              Drop your ear buds and get          out the NEW web tool www.            for the skate competition at the
    at the Branch Home at 390             The program will take place at                Wednesday, April 15               ready for your taste buds to It’s free         Oceanside Rotary Skatepark.
    Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach.         pavilion one on Little Talbot                 The Fleet Reserve                 be tickled, The New 96.9 The          for Aggie former students and        Skaters, in age-groups and pro,
    A donation of $8 is requested         Island.                                    Association, Branch 290, invites     Eagle Wing & Rock Fest is             allows you to post emails, arti-     can register at the Department
    for each dinner. Carry out               Sunday, April 12                        you to participate in its “Wings-    bringing live classic rock trib-      cles and even have a blog. Sign-     of Recreation and Special
    orders are accepted. The pub-            Greek Orthodox Holy Week is             N-Things” from 5-8 p m., at the      ute bands and tasty chicken           up and check out what’s new for      Events office located at Bull
    lic is always invited to dinner.      April 11-18. St. John the Divine           Branch Home, 390 Mayport             wings to the grounds of the           Aggies in NE FL.                     Park, 7th Street and Ocean
    Starting at 9 p.m., the music of      Greek Orthodox Church, 3850                Road, Atlantic Beach. Snacks         Jacksonville Veterans Memorial           Join a park ranger at 1 p.m.      Blvd. Skaters will compete for
    DOUG BRACEY will entertain            Atlantic Blvd., will hold a Palm           will be available for a donation     Arena on. From noon-8 p m.,           for a walk on the beach as they      awards and cash prizes. Age
    until 1 a.m. Happy hour pre-          Sunday service at 10 a.m. on               of $1.50 to $5. Watch the Dart       festival-goers of all ages will       explain the importance of unde-      groups - eight and under, 9-12,
    cedes the dinner from 4-6 p.m.,       April 12. Good Friday service              League competition; then stay        enjoy hot wings, cold beer and        veloped beach habitat, including     13-15, and 16 plus - can register
    all drinks are 50¢ off.               will be April 17 at 6:30 p m.              and enjoy the music of Doug          great music. This free all-           many interesting facts about sea     for $20; open pro registration
       Saturday, April 11                 Please wear dress blues or mili-           Bracey from 9 p.m. to 1 a m.         day outdoor festival will be          creatures and common shells          is $40. Registration after April
       The City of Atlantic Beach         tary equivalent (officer/enlist-              Friday, April 17                  held on Duval Street and the          found in the area. The program       24th is $25 and $45 per skater.
    Annual Easter Egg Hunt and            ed) as part of the Honor guard                The Ladies Auxiliary of the       grounds surrounding the arena.        will take place at pavilion one      Registration forms are available
    Fun Day will be held at Jordan        for our Lord’s burial. Holy                Fleet Reserve Association,           The entertainment lineup              on Little Talbot Island.             online at
                                          Saturday service will be held              Branch 290, is hosting a             will comprise of four tribute            Tuesday, April 21                 ation.

    FFSC Classes, Workshop Schedule Set
    From FFSC                                                                                                             ing a legacy for their child of       This group is designed for           Parenting Class (8 Steps),
       The following classes and                Learn how to establish a sound                                            learned violent behavior. The         moms new to the area or moms         FFSC
    activities are offered by the                                                                                         purpose of this program is not        who want their child to interact       The program is based
    Fleet and Family Support                   family budget from 9-11 a.m. on                                            to shame parents for events           with other children their child’s    on Dinkmeyer & McKay’s
    Center (FFSC) and are free
    of charge. Pre-registration is
                                               April 10 at FFSC Building One.                                             that have already happen, but         age. All children age four and       S y s t e m a t i c Tr a i n i n g f o r
                                                                                                                          to instill hope that things can       below are invited to attend.         Effective Parenting (8 STEPS).
    required and childcare is not                                                                                         change. The knowledge that the          April 22-23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,        The program is designed to
                                          S y s t e m a t i c Tr a i n i n g f o r   Management, FFSC
    available. For more information                                                                                       violence, which many parents          SAVI Refresher Training,             assist you and your family put
                                          Effective Parenting (8 STEPS).                April 16, 9-11 a.m., Resume
    about the classes or to register                                                                                      incorrectly believe is unseen         Building 460                         into practice the skills learned
                                          The program is designed to                 Walk-in Review Assistance,
    call 270-6600, ext. 110. FFSC                                                                                         by their children, is negative-         April 23, 9-11 a.m., Resume        in the class. Specific parent-
                                          assist you and your family put             FFSC
    is located in Building One on                                                                                         ly impacting their children’s         Walk-in Review Assistance,           ing skills that are discussed as
                                          into practice the skills learned              April 17, 9-11 a.m., Credit
    Massey Avenue.                                                                                                        growth and development and            FFSC                                 well as the challenges that are
                                          in the class. Specific parent-             Report, FFSC
       April 9, 9-11 a.m., Resume                                                                                         may provide an additional moti-         April 24, 9-11 a.m., Home          faced by all families include:
                                          ing skills that are discussed as              April 20, 9 a.m.-noon, What
    Walk-in Review Assistance,                                                                                            vator for ending the violence         Buying, FFSC                         understanding yourself and
                                          well as the challenges that are            About The Kids?, FFSC
    FFSC                                                                                                                  and seeking intervention.               April 27, 6-7 p.m.,                your child, the four goals of
                                          faced by all families include:                Children who witness fam-
       A p r i l 1 0 , 9 - 11 a . m . ,                                                                                     April 21, 9-11 a m., Resume         Ombudsman Assembly, USO              misbehavior, beliefs and feel-
                                          understanding yourself and                 ily violence are often forgot-
    Establishing A Sound Family                                                                                           Walk-in Review Assistance,              April 27, 8 a.m.-noon, FERP-       ings, encouraging and listening
                                          your child, the four goals of              ten as the unintended victims.
    Budget, FFSC                                                                                                          FFSC                                  Career & Job Readiness               to your child, helping children
                                          misbehavior, beliefs and feel-             A wide range of child adjust-
       April 13, 1-3:30 p.m.,                                                                                               April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,           Class, FFSC                          cooperate, discipline that makes
                                          ings, encouraging and listening            ment problems has been found
    Smooth Move, FFSC                                                                                                     Tottletyme Playgroup, USO               April 27, 1-2:30 p m., FERP-       sense, and how to choose your
                                          to your child, helping children            to be associated with exposure
       This workshop is designed                                                                                            Parents and children together       Federal Employment Class,            approach. Each week a differ-
                                          cooperate, discipline that makes           to domestic violence. Parent’s
    for inexperienced, as well as                                                                                         meet to share parenting con-          FFSC                                 ent topic is thoroughly covered
                                          sense, and how to choose your              need to see and understand the
    experienced military members                                                                                          cerns, ideas, and fun! The group        April 27-30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,        via discussion, video vignettes,
                                          approach. Each week a differ-              effects of domestic violence
    on permanent change of station                                                                                        invites professionals to address      TAP Separatee Workshop,              and handbook information.
                                          ent topic is thoroughly covered            on children as encompassing
    (PCS) orders. The Personal                                                                                            specific areas of concern such        Building One Room 104                Participation in all 8 sessions is
                                          via discussion, video vignettes,           behavior, emotion, development
    Property Shipping Office will                                                                                         as nutrition, toilet training, etc.     April 28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.,        required.
                                          and handbook information.                  and socialization. Parents need
    provide information on how to                                                                                         We even take field trips sev-         Leadership Life Skills for E5          April 28, 9-11 a m., Resume
                                          Participation in all 8 sessions is         to understand that there is an
    deal with movers and personal                                                                                         eral times a year to local parks,     & E6, Base Chapel                    Walk-in Review Assistance,
                                          required.                                  intergenerational cycle of vio-
    property entitlements. The trav-                                                                                      museums and playgrounds.                A p r i l 2 8 , 9 - 11 a . m . ,   FFSC
                                            April 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,                lence and they may be creat-
    el section of Personnel Support       Tottletyme Playgroup, USO
    Detachment (PSD) will pres-             Parents and children together
    ent a section on travel pay and       meet to share parenting con-
    allowances. FFSC staff will           cerns, ideas, and fun! The group
    discuss the emotional cycles of       invites professionals to address
    relocation, budgeting for a PCS       specific areas of concern such
    move and provide some strate-         as nutrition, toilet training, etc.
    gies for families.                    We even take field trips sev-
       April 13-16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,        eral times a year to local parks,
    TA P R e t i re e Wo r k s h o p ,    museums and playgrounds.
    Building One Room 104                 This group is designed for
       April 14, 9-11 a.m., Resume        moms new to the area or moms
    Walk-in Review Assistance,            who want their child to interact
    FFSC                                  with other children their child’s
       April 14, 1-4 p.m.,                age. All children age four and
    Leadership Life Skills for E7         below are invited to attend.
    & Above, Base Chapel                    April 15, 8-11:30 a.m., Stress
       A p r i l 1 4 , 9 - 11 a . m . ,   Management, Wellness Center
    Parenting Class (8 Steps),              April 15, noon-4 p.m.,
    FFSC                                  Leadership Life Skills for E4
       The program is based               & Below, Base Chapel
    on Dinkmeyer & McKay’s                  April 16, 8-11 a m., Anger

      Group Wants Ship Museum
        The non-profit ADAMS Class Veterans Association (ACVA)
      may have found a home in Jacksonville for the soon-to-be
      Naval Ship Museum of the ex-USS Charles F. Adams.
        The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA)
      has become the ultimate “owner and operator” of the ADAMS
      Naval Ship Museum.
        This museum will be a major tourist attraction, but will
      also be educational tool for the Duval County Public Schools,
      ROTC/JROTC and others.
         Bert Watson, President of the JHNSA and board member
      of the ACVA has stated that although financial participation is
      needed; there is much still required to be completed, but the
      museum also will require participation from volunteers.
        If you would like to find out more info about the ADAMS
      Class Museum in Jacksonville, please visit the ACVA website or contact Bert Watson at 904-

    8   THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009

    USS Halyburton Hosts NATO Admiral
     By Ensign Michael Hanna                                                                                                                   tives and mission of SNMG-         to know we’re all on the same
    USS Halyburton Public Affairs                                                                                                              1 while they were conducting       team.”
       USS Halyburton, assigned                                                                                                                their out of area deployment,
    to Standing NATO Maritime                                                                                                                  and how Halyburton fit in as a       Halyburton’s Department
    Group – 1 (SNMG-1), was priv-                                                                                                              true force multiplier.             Heads and the Senior SNMG
    ileged to host the Commander                                                                                                                  Cunha expressed his appre-
                                                                                                                                                                                  Staff members worked dili-
    of SNMG-1 while two of                                                                                                                     ciation for the hard work
    Halyburton’s Sailors were                                                                                                                  Halyburton had already execut-     gently during the visit to further
    exchanged for a visit of the                                                                                                               ed and wished Halyburton the       develop a robust plan that max-
    NRP Corte Real, a Portuguese                                                                                                               best as he set her out on task.
    frigate.                                                                                                                                      All the while, two of           imized all the groups’ assets.
       SNMG-1 Commander, Rear                                                                                                                  Halyburton’s own, Information      The result not only fully sup-
    Adm. Jose Domingos Pereira                                                                                                                 Systems Technician 1 st Class      ported the SNMG-1 out-of-area
    da Cunha was transported                                                                                                                   John Hunt and Information
    from the Corte Real by HSL-                                                                                                                Systems Technician 2nd Class       deployment requirements, but
    46 Detachment Two Grand                                                                                                                    Melvin Scott cross-decked for      also those of the Commander,
    Masters Air Detachment to USS                                                                                                              the afternoon and visited the
                                                                                                                                                                                  FIFTH Fleet.
    Halyburton.                                                                                                                                Corte Real.
       Commanding Officer, Cmdr.                                                                                                                  Halyburton’s Sailors were         Lt. Cmdr. Tony Mortimer,
    Mike Huck, Executive Officer,                                                                                                              given a tour of the ship and       Halyburton’s Operations officer,
    Cmdr. Eric Lindfors, and                                                                                                                   experienced the differences
    CMDCM Mickey Riley greeted                                                                                                                 between the Spanish Navy’s         stated that, “the visit facilitated
    the SNMG-1 commander and                                                                                                                   way of life and our own while      an easy solution with all the key
    his staff upon arrival.                                                                                                                    out to sea. Our Sailors were       parties in the same room and
       Cunha and his staff were                                                                                                                served a delicious Spanish style
    given a tour of the ship fol-                                                                                                              lunch and then flown back to       not trying to kluge together an
    lowed by a catered lunch pre-                                                                            -Photo by Ensign Michael Hanna    Halyburton.                        operation via message traffic or
    pared by Halyburton’s culi-                                                                                                                   Scott expressed, “I was
                                                                                                                                                                                  email and chat.”
    nary specialists. During lunch                                                                                                             truly grateful for the opportu-
    the Halyburton Wardroom and                                                                                                                nity to experience something         Halyburton continues to sup-
    SNMG-1 staff discussed mutual                                                                                                              so unique. Even though the         port Standing NATO Maritime
    mission objectives, shared sea     far to explain that his love for    dragon on his commands crest.      all hands call with the SNMG-1   everyday workings onboard the
    stories, and exchanged casual      the Portuguese football club FC       After lunch, the crew assem-     Commander. Cunha introduced      Corte Real was different in so     Group (SNMG-1) in the FIFTH
    conversation. Cunha went as        Porto was the inspiration for the   bled on the flight deck for an     himself, explained the objec-    many ways, it’s a great feeling    Fleet AOR.

    Halyburton Foils Pirates
          By Ensign Michael Hanna
    USS Halyburton Public Affairs
       USS Halyburton, a Mayport, Florida
    based frigate, assigned to Standard Nato
    Maritime Group – 1 (SNMG-1), foiled a
    piracy attack in the Gulf of Aden while
    deployed in support of C5F operations.
       Halyburton received a late-evening dis-
    tress call from a civilian yacht, reporting
    that they were being attacked by pirates.
    A group of seven pirates, armed with
    AK-47s and a Rocket Propelled Grenade
    (RPG) Launcher fired several shots in an
    attempt to capture the vessel.
       Within minutes of receiving the distress
    call, one of Halyburtons SH-60B heli-
    copters, piloted by HSL 46 Det 2 Grand
    Masters Air Detachment, was launched to
    assess the developing situation while the
    ship made best speed to arrive on scene.
                                                                                                                       -Photo by Paul Farley
    Halyburton’s Visit, Board, Search, and
    Seizure (VBSS) team prepared to board
    and apprehend the suspect vessel if the
    need arose.
       HMDS Absalon, a Danish warship,
    supported the mission by also quickly
    launching one of their helicopters and
    closing in on the position of the attack.                                 -Photo by Lt.j.g. Mike Price
       The prompt action, excellent teamwork,
    and clear communication by all units in
    SNMG-1, convinced the group of pirates
    to give up their attack and flee the scene.

                                                                               THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009 9

    Klakring Hosts President of Republic of Georgia
                         By Ensign Peter Goodman
    USS Klakring Public Affairs
       USS Klakring (FFG 42) welcomed the President of Georgia,
    Mikheil Saakashvili, for a recent shipboard April 2 while in port at
    Batumi, Republic of Georgia.
       The visit gave the president, a supporter of the United States, a
    chance to visit with the crew and discuss the importance of a strong
    United States - Georgia relationship. Eight side-boys piped the
    president aboard, where he was greeted by Klakring’s Commanding
    Officer, Cmdr. Scott M. Smith.
       Along with the president, the United States Ambassador to the
    Republic of Georgia, the Honorable John F. Tefft, and his wife
    Mariella, visited the ship. The president and the ambassador dis-
    cussed the importance of the ship’s visit to Georgia and the grow-
    ing relationship between the two countries.
       “Our relationship with the United States is very important to us,”
    said Saakashvili.
       While in Batumi, the ship is hosting visits and participating in
    theater security cooperation activities - activities which develop
    both nations’ abilities to operate against common threats and create
    a safer maritime environment.
       Klakring, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is currently in the U.S.
    Sixth Fleet area of responsibility during a regularly scheduled
    deployment. It is assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 14.

    RGB Enjoys Port
    Liberty In Italy
             By MCSA                        “My liberty buddies and I          -Photo by Ensign Peter Goodman
           Whitfield Palmer              went to the Spanish Steps, the
    USS Robert G. Bradley                Coliseum, and the Vatican,”
       Sailors on deployment to          said Aerographers Mate 3rd
    Africa with USS Robert G.            Class Jonathan Graham. “It’s a
    Bradley (FFG 49) arrived in          beautiful country, and I’d like to
    Civitavecchia, Italy April 1         come back here because there is
    for a four-day liberty port visit    so much to see.”
    after recently circumnavigating         Robert G. Bradley has
    Africa.                              been deployed to the Africa
       “Sailors were free to explore     Command area of responsibil-
    the city on their own and do
                                         ity since Nov. 21 and has made
    whatever they chose to do,”
                                         numerous port visits across
    said Ensign Jeffrey Taves, the
                                         the African continent and the
    ship’s Morale, Welfare, and
    Recreation (MWR) officer.            Mediterranean Sea in support
    “About 95 percent of the crew        of Africa Partnership Station
    chose to spend at least part of      (APS) and Theater Security
    that time in Rome.”                  Cooperation (TSC).
       Sailors enjoyed Italy by visit-      After Rome, Robert G.
    ing many historical sites such       Bradley will continue the
    as the Coliseum and St. Peter’s      remaining two months of the
    Basilica in Vatican City. Many       deployment with further TSC
    took advantage of open-air bus       engagements and multinational
    tours that stopped at many of        exercises in the Mediterranean
    Italy’s famous landmarks and         Sea before crossing the
    allowed them to get on and off       Atlantic Ocean and returning to
    at sites as they chose.              Mayport.

                                    -Photo by Ensign Peter F. Goodman

    US Strengthens
    Ukraine Partnership
    By Ensign Peter Goodman              Chief of Naval Operations, Vice
    USS Klakring Public Affairs          Admiral Ihor Tenyukh, dis-
       USS Klakring (FFG 42) com-        cussed his country’s hopes for
    pleted a scheduled port visit        expanding the Ukraine Navy.
    here with a luncheon and recep-        During the awards ceremo-
    tion held on board her flight        ny, the ambassador presented
    deck and hosted by the United        Enlisted Surface Warfare
    States Ambassador to Ukraine,        Specialist (ESWS) pins to
    the Honorable William Taylor,        Information Systems Technician
    on March 27.                         1st Class Raymond Doyle and
       The visit to the Black Sea port   Cryptologic Technician 2nd
    city strengthened the partnership    Class (AW) Richard Howell,
    between these two countries and      and the Navy and Marine
    was intended to help maintain        Corps Achievement Medal to
    regional maritime stability and      Operations Specialist 3rd Class
    security, a vital component of       Timothy Tingle.
    the Chief of Naval Operations          For Howell, a Richmond,
    (CNO) Maritime Strategy.             Virginia native, receiving his
       Beginning with a tour for the     pin was the reward for months
    ambassador and several senior        of hard work.
    members of the Ukrainian               “It was nice to be recognized,
    Navy, the ship hosted a lun-         [especially] with the ambas-
    cheon, award ceremony, and           sador presenting the awards in
    an evening reception where the       front of our divisions,” he said.
    Ambassador Taylor and Ukraine        “I am just thrilled.”

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    he had to figure it out from         and refrigerator.
    scatch. No one was really sure          “[Black] was quoted as saying
    what to make of this position.       ‘The Navy is and always will
    He was responsible for initiat-      be a part of my family. I never
    ing the Command Master Chief         consider myself retired from the
    program throughout the Navy to       Navy, just less active. Anything
    ensure proper enlisted leader-
                                         I can do to help Sailors, it is my
    ship and representation.”
                                         privilege to do, and I always
      Once the barracks is at full
    capacity, they will house more       will,’” Davidson said. “For the
    than 500 Sailors. Occupants will     Sailors that live in this barracks,
    have their own bedroom and           we hope they feel his presence.”
    share a common area with one            Personnel are currently being
    other person, which will feature     transitioned from the ships’
    a television, microwave, stove       berthing to the barracks.

    10   THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009

    Underwood                                                                                 From Page 4      SBR                                                                                        From Page 5
    of the Sailors, their performance   their accomplishments over the      N AV S O , t h e N a v a l         accustomed to Sammy B, and          boarding two vessels, which         minated in a friendly soccer
    was nothing short of outstand-      last six months.”                 Component Command of                 embraced her legacy of “No          was a great opportunity for the     game and ceremony, at which
    ing,” said Command Senior             During the deployment,          SOUTHCOM, directs U.S.               Higher Honor.”                      VBSS team to assist in counter-     time Sammy B, donated many
    Chief Matthew T. Miesle.            Underwood was under opera-        Naval Forces operating in the           In December, the Sammy           ing the drug traffic in the west-   Project Handclasp items to local
    “They were highly success-          tional control of U.S. Naval      Caribbean, Central and South         B returned to Mayport for a         ern Caribbean and strengthen        schools and clinics.
    ful with the drug seizures and      Forces Southern Command           American regions and inter-          planned maintenance period,         their boarding skills.                 The port visit also included a
    humanitarian rescues represent-     (NAVSO)/U.S. 4 th Fleet con-      acts with partner nation navies      which allowed the ship to be           Additionally, Sammy B host-      visit and tour of the ship by the
    ed Underwood in a highly pro-       ducting counter-illicit traf-     within the maritime environ-         outfitted with the necessary        ed U.S. Army aviators from          U.S. Ambassador to Honduras,
    fessional manner in every port      ficking operations for Joint      ment. Various operations             tools to ensure a successful sec-   Joint Task Force-Bravo onboard      several officials, members of
    visit; many volunteering their      Interagency Task Force-South      include counter-illicit traffick-    ond half of its deployment.         to support the unit in their deck   the Honduran Navy, the Mayor
    free time to help several coun-     in the U.S. Southern Command      ing, theater security coopera-          On Dec. 27, Sammy B once         landing qualifications and giv-     of Roatan, and members of
    tries during multiple commu-        (SOUTHCOM) Area of Focus          tion, humanitarian assistance        again began the trek south to       ing the flight deck crew of         the U.S. Military Group in
    nity relation projects. These are   (AOF). Once the ship returned     and disaster relief, military-to-    interdict drug runners, remain-     Sammy B. the opportunity to         Honduras. Sammy B was truly
    great Americans serving their       to Mayport, U.S. 2nd Fleet took   military interaction and bilateral   ing in the Western Caribbean to     hone their skills by diversifying   honored by the visit and proudly
    country, and should be proud of     over operational control.         and multinational training.          conduct its operations.             their flight deck evolutions.       showed off the hard work of the
                                                                                                                  Throughout the second half          Sammy B. continued her           crew to keep her in top shape.
                                                                                                               of deployment, Sammy B              work in the Caribbean until it      She beamed with pride as she
                                                                                                               enjoyed port visits in Colon,       was time to pull into Roatan,       displayed her rich history and
                                                                                                               Panama, Cozumel, Mexico, and        Honduras for some well-             top notch crew.
                                                                                                               Cartagena, Columbia. While in       deserved liberty. While at             During the lingering weeks
                                                                                                               Cartagena, the Sammy B. host-       anchor, Sailors spent two days      of deployment, Sammy B, ven-
                                                                                                               ed the Director of the Columbia     engaged in a community rela-        tured north for one last liberty
                                                                                                               Naval Academy, Adm. Ordonez         tions project with Elfreda          port visit in the Grand Cayman
                                                                                                               onboard for a tour with 12          Brooks Primary PROHECO              Islands, a welcome reward
                                                                                                               Columbian Ensigns.                  School in Coxen Hole, Roatan,       for six long months at sea. On
                                                                                                                  Throughout the second half,      a community-based public            April 4, 42 Tigers, comprised
                                                                                                               Sammy B. worked closely with        bilingual school for 278 chil-      of crew friends and fam-
                                                                                                               the Columbian Navy on several       dren grades 1-6.                    ily members, joined the ship in
                                                                                                               occasions which was rewarding          In addition to community         Port Everglades, Florida for a
                                                                                                               and helped to strengthen U.S.       service, Sammy B, hosted 12         two day Tiger Cruise that gave
                                                                                                               relations with Columbia.            Sailors from the Honduran           Tigers the opportunity to sam-
                                                                                                                  Each nation was able to assist   Navy aboard for two days of         ple the life on board the Sammy
                                                                                                               the other in the detainment of      VBSS demonstrations, Damage         B. Six months and one day
                                                                                                               narcotics, as well as support       Control practicals, and the abil-   after departing Naval Station
                                                                                                               multiple search and rescue oper-    ity to experience what life is      Mayport, the Sailors and Tigers
                                                                                                               ations.                             like as a Sammy B, Sailor.          of Samuel B. Roberts manned
                                                                                                                  Samuel B. Roberts’ Visit            The strengthened relation-       the rails for an emotional and
                                                                                                               Board Search and Seizure Team       ship developed between the          much anticipated homecoming
                                                                                                               directly assisted the LEDET in      Honduran and U,S, Navy cul-         ceremony.

                                                                                  -Photo by Paige Gnann                                                                                        -Photo by Paige Gnann

                                                                                                                                                           THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009 11

       Retirement                        by one of MA1’s friends, Mr.
                                                                             CA and served on the USS St.
                                                                                                                 Detachment Mayport, Florida         reported to Naval Air Station      Five, “VP-5 Mad Foxes”. In
       Popola                            Kevin McCaw. Both spoke of          Louis (LKA 116) out of Sasebo,      honored Aviation Electrician’s      Oceana, Virginia for 10 weeks      June 2000, Rhodes reported to
       Master-at-Arms 1st Class          MA1’s dedication to serving         Japan; at Naval Air Facility,       Mate 1st Class (AW) Lucretia        of instruction on Electrical/
    (SW/AW) Thomas J. Popola             others and of his commitment        Masawa, Japan; and at Naval         V. Rhodes as she retired after 20   Instrument/Automated Flight        AIMD Jacksonville, Florida as
    retired from the Fleet in a cer-     to his shipmates, friends and       Training Center Orlando, FL.        years of faithful naval service.    Control System Organizational      workcenter supervisor of 62A/
    emony held at the Navy Legal         family. After the remarks, the      He then went to MA “A” school       Rhodes has been with FRCSE          Maintenance and connector          E. In June 2003 Rhodes reported
    Service Office on March 27. In       traditional ceremony included       and served aboard USS John F.       Detachment Mayport since June       repair on A-6 aircraft. Upon       to Patrol Squadron Eight, “VP-
    attendance were his wife Patty       passing the flag from junior        Kennedy, Mayport, FL; Naval         2007; her positions included        completion she reported to
    and daughter Meghan, as well         to senior sailors. The Surface      Airstation Keflavik, Iceland;       Production Control Chief and        Attack Squadron 42.                8 Fighting Tigers” Brunswick,
    as close family and friends.         Warfare shadowbox was pre-          Naval Station Police, Mayport,      600 Division’s Leading Petty          In October 1994, Rhodes          Maine. Rhodes reported to Fleet
    USS Farragut Commanding              sented by USS Farragut First        FL; and USS Farragut (DDG           Officer.                            checked into Helicopter            Readiness Center Southeast
    Officer, Cmdr. Philip Sobeck,        Class Petty Officers Association    99), Mayport, FL.                     She began her naval career        Squadron One (HS-1). In Nov
    presided over the ceremony,          President, FC1 (SW) Wall.             Popola intends to stay in the     on June 6, 1989 and attended        1995, Rhodes reported to Framp     Detachment Mayport, Florida in
    while the Master of Ceremonies          MA1 began his career in 1985     Jacksonville area and become        boot camp at Recruit Training       at NAS Jacksonville and com-       June 2007.
    was Senior Chief Gas Turbine         in the Florida Army National        a law enforcement officer with      Center, Orlando, Florida. In        pleted 8 weeks of Electrical         Rhodes plans on residing in
    System Technician (SW) Bruce         Guard. He enlisted in the Navy      the JSO.                            March 1990, Rhodes reported         Organizational Maintenance         Jacksonville with her daugh-
    Robbins. Remarks were given          in 1989. Following recruit train-     Rhodes                            to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto          training for the P-3 aircraft.
    by Farragut’s Navigation             ing in Great Lakes, IL, he went       On March 27, 2009, Fleet          Rico to Composite Squadron          Upon completion of training        ter, Venee’ Rhodes & her son,
    Officer, Lt.j.g. Fitz-Gerald, and    to MS “A” school in San Diego,      Readiness Center Southeast          Eight. In October 1992, Rhodes      she reported to Patrol Squadron    Fernando Casanova.

    CWO5 Hicks Retires After 31 Years Of Service
    From Staff                                                               the advice they gave me was         happens in the civilian com-        TACAMO, (VQ-3) “Ironmen”           and after attending Mustang
       Chief Warrant Officer Lana                                            key to my success.”                 munity. One of the things I’ll      in Barber’s Pt, HI. During this       University, Pensacola, FL she
    Hicks, the Navy’s first African                                             Those mentors and the Navy       really miss about the Navy is       tour of duty she advanced to       reported to (VQ-2) Rota Spain.
    American female CWO5 retired                                             have taught her several life        the camaraderie.”                   First Class Petty Officer and      While assigned she served as
    April 3 after 31 years of naval                                          lessons, including discipline,         Hicks enlisted in the United     obtained several maintenance
    service.                                                                 teamwork, goal setting and con-     States Navy as a Hospital           qualifications.                    Detachment Maintenance
       Hicks said that during her                                            fidence.                            Corpsman in February 1978,            In 1988 she transferred to       Officer and Avionics and
    tenure in the Navy, the big-                                                “I’ve learned that when we       she attended Recruit Training       NAS Moffett, AIMD where she        Aircraft
    gest change she has seen is                                              work together any task can be       Command (RTC), Orlando              was a Work Center                     Division Officer and did mul-
    the opportunities available for                                          accomplished. You can’t do it       Fla. After RTC, she attended          Leading Petty Officer, Quality   tiple deployments throughout
    women.                                                                   alone,” she said.                   and graduated with honors from      Assurance Representative,          Europe. In
       “When I joined in 1978 there                                             “Being a mentor and know-        Hospital Corps “A” School.          Micro-miniature                       1998 she reported to USS
    were very few non administra-                                            ing that I may have contributed     Later that year, she reported to      Repair Tech, and earned
    tive rates open to women,” she                                           to the success of Sailors that      Naval Regional Medical Center,      her designation as an Enlisted     Tarawa (LHA-1) home ported
    said. “We were not allowed into                                          I’ve served with [is the most       Portsmouth Va. In February          Aviation Warfare                   at Naval Station 32nd St, San
    ratings that involved combat.                                            rewarding aspect of being in the    1980 she transferred to Naval         Specialist. In 1991 she          Diego.
    There was very limited oppor-                                            Navy],” she said. “What I think     Hospital Roosevelt Roads,           reported to (VQ-1), World             She reported to HSL-47 in
    tunity for us to go to sea. I        Sailors should take advantage       is rewarding is being able to       PR where she qualified as an        Watchers, where she qualified      2001. During the tour she com-
    started out as a Corpsman and        of “every opportunity the Navy      help a Sailor get the orders they   Emergency Medical Technician        as Maintenance Control Chief       pleted a Bachelor’s of Arts
    had to change rates because the      has to offer,” including educa-     want, helping good performers       and worked in the Emergency         and earned her Safe for Flight     degree at National University.
    rating was overmanned with           tion.                               get promoted by giving career       Room. She was discharged            designation. She was select-
    women. In the early 80s, we             “Decide early if the Navy is     advice and being the kind of        in March 1982 and reported          ed and pinned as a Chief Petty     In 2004, Hicks reported to HS-7
    couldn’t go to ships or with         going to be your career,” she       officer that Sailors want to ask    to MEDCRU 119 as an active          Officer in 1992.                   “Dusty Dogs.” In 2008 she was
    the Marines so I had to change       said. “If you decide to Stay        for help or advice. What the        reservist in April 1982.              In 1993 she reported for         assigned to the “Airwolves” of
    rates. That’s why I became an        Navy find out what’s required       Navy gave to me, I was able to         In 1982 she came back on         another year tour at NAF Diego     HSL-40, where she served as
    Aviation Electrician’s Mate. I       to be successful in your field      give back.”                         active duty and reported to RTC,    Garcia, AIMD which was cut         Assistant Maintenance Officer
    can remember when the first          and do it. The Navy is downsiz-        Another rewarding aspect of      Orlando as a NAVET. After           short when she was selected as     and Material Control Officer.
    women went to aircraft carri-        ing and keeping only the best       the Navy is the relationships she   attending Aviation Electrician’s    a Chief Warrant Officer. She       While assigned she completed
    ers and the Navy opened more         people. Advancement is very         has developed, she said.            Mate “A” School in Millington,      reported to AIMD Key West,
    rates for us. Now women fly          competitive and it requires extra      “When you are deployed or        TN, she was assigned to NAF         FL for eight months while she      a Master of Arts degree and
    in combat; are CO’s of fighter       effort to get promoted. Find        stationed overseas the Sailors      Diego Garcia, AIMD where            awaited her commissioning          was recognized as HSL-40’s
    squadrons and ships.”                a good mentor. Listen to what       you work with are like family,”     she completed a one year tour.      date.                              Maintenance Officer of the
       Hicks said that she thinks        they say. I’ve had several and      Hicks added. “I don’t think that    In 1985 she was assigned to           In 1995, Hicks commissioned      Year.

    DESRON 14 Bids ‘Fair Winds’ To Capt. Madden
             By Bill Austin              Officer where he completed          transportation operations.
    PAO                                  a UNITAS deployment and a              Madden reported as Deputy
       “This is a day 35 years in the    West African Training Cruise.       Commander and subsequently
    making that culminates a career      He then transferred to Navy         Commander, Afloat Training
    of selfless sacrifice, honor,        Recruiting District, New Jersey     Group, Mayport in 1997. In
    courage and commitment,”             and served as Officer Programs      2001, he reported to Fleet
    said DESRON 14 Commodore             Officer until 1986.                 Training Center, Mayport as
    Glenn Zeiders, as he spoke to             Upon completion of             Commanding Officer.
    a packed room of family and          Department Head School, he             In May 2003, he transferred
    friends at the retirement cer-       was assigned as Operations          to Commander Naval Surface
    emony of Captain John L.             Officer on the USS Elmer            Group Two as Operations
    Madden III on April 3.               Montgomery (FF 1082) where          Officer and then as Chief
       Zeiders spoke about his retir-    he completed a Persian Gulf         of Staff. In August 2004,
    ing Deputy Commander with            deployment that included com-       he reported to Destroyer
    words that rang with sincer-         bat action against Iranian Naval    Squadron Fourteen as Deputy
    ity and gratitude for a job well     Forces.                             Commander.
    done. “I relied daily on his            He transferred to the staff         The ceremony, as in other
    advice, and I can honestly say       of Destroyer Squadron Eight         naval ceremonies, was filled
    that the ships in the squadron       in 1988 as Operations Officer       with plenty of pomp and cir-
    are in a higher state of readiness   and Scheduler. He reported to       cumstance appropriate for a
    thanks to Captain Madden,”           USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34) as        man who attributed his success
    said Zeidrers.                       Executive Officer in 1992 and       in the Navy to the Sailors he
       Madden, who hails from            deployed on an extended coun-       served with along the way.
    Livingston, New Jersey, began        ter-drug operation.                    “Collectively, everyone in
    his journey to his retirement           Upon completion of his           this room and countless others
    ceremony with an education           Executive Officer tour he           are the reason I am standing
    from the Naval Academy where         attended the Naval War College      here today,” said Madden. “I                                                                                         -Photo by Bill Austin
    he earned a Bachelor of Science                                          can now leave the Navy know-
                                         and received a Master’s degree
    degree in International Security                                         ing it’s in good hands.”
                                         in Security and Strategic
    Affairs and earned his commis-                                              Before closing his remarks
    sion in 1979.                        Studies.                            at the podium, Madden looked          “The legacy he leaves behind
       After school, he reported to         In 1994 he was assigned          to his two children Sean and        is his mentorship and tireless
    the USS Butte (AE 27) where he       to the U. S. Transportation         Emily and paid an emotional         dedication to his shipmates,”
    served as Combat Information         Command where he served             tribute to his late wife by say-    said Chief Staff Officer Cmdr.
    Officer and Second Division          as CINC briefer and Team            ing, “Although your mother          Pat Pickard. “He will always
    Officer in Deck Department.          Chief in the J3/J4 Operations/      cannot physically be here today,    be a mentor and friend to me
       In 1982, he reported to the       Logistics Directorate, respon-      her presence here is undeniable.    and he will be greatly missed
    USS Jessie L. Brown (FF 1089)        sible for planning, coordinating    She will always be your guard-      and never forgotten here at the
    as Combat Information Center         and monitoring global strategic     ian angel.”                         squadron.”

    Farragut Celebrates Women’s History
          By Ensign Melanie Stolzenberg                 After she got out of the Air Force,          commitment to the students as a keystone
    USS Farragut PAO                                 McCray earned a Bachelor of Science             for her success as a leader.
       USS Farragut (DDG 99) held a program          in Electronic Engineering and became              McCray believes that she is saving the
    to celebrate Women’s History Month on            employed by Hughes Aircraft Missile             planet one child at a time, by striving to
    March 25 at the Ocean Breeze Conference          Systems Division, where she served as a         improve her school and the community her
    Center.                                          member of the Space Defense Initiative          students live in.
       This year’s Women’s History Month             Star Wars program. She later earned a             Farragut Commanding Officer, Cmdr.
    theme is “Women Taking the Lead to Save          Master of Science degree in Elementary          Philip Sobeck, reminded the crew that
    Our Planet.”                                     Education and taught mathematics at Twin        he holds a similar philosophy for USS
       Chief Culinary Specialist Wendell             Lakes Academy Middle School, where she          Farragut: that we are all leaders and are all
    Heyward, USS Farragut Command                    was selected as Teacher of the Year, and at     committed to each individual Sailor’s suc-
    Managed Equal Opportunity Officer, invit-        Fletcher High School.                           cess.
    ed Katrina E. McCray, the principal of              In 2005 she earned a Master of Education       McCray’s life story and discussion of
    Mayport Middle School, to be guest speak-        in Education Leadership and became              leadership and values was entertaining and
    er for this event.                               Assistant Principal at Fletcher High School,    motivational, and the crew of USS Farragut
       McCray, originally from Monrovia,             then went on to become Principal of             looks forward to strengthening the ties with
    California, enlisted in the Air Force after      Mayport Middle School.                          the local community and Mayport Middle
    high school as an Aircrew Life Support              In light of women’s history, McCray’s life   School.
    Specialist. This rating allowed her to train     and career illustrate many of the challenges
    aircrew members on land and water sur-           women have faced since the early 1970s,
    vival techniques.                                which is when women were first allowed to
       She said her favorite memory of her time      join the Armed Services.
    in the Air Force was when she participated          She discussed the difficulties of being
    in “Operation Babylift” during the evacua-       both a mother and holding down a career;
    tion from Vietnam, when she helped trans-        eventually she made the choice to leave
    port orphaned children from Vietnam and          her highly competitive job as an engineer
    process them for adoption in the United          to be a full-time mom. When she became
    States. She said she enjoyed the feeling of      involved with her second career as a teach-
    having a direct impact on someone else’s         er, she chose to pursue advanced degrees so
    life and looked for similar opportunities in     that she could take on more leadership roles
    her future careers.                              in the education system. She stressed her

    12   THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009

      April 9: CPO Weekly Social Hour. Free hors          All divisions welcome. Cost is $245 per team.      Special. 1-8 p m. at Mayport Bowling Center. $25       April 17 & 18: Live Band, Neurotic Butterfly.
    d’oeuvres every Thursday 3-5 p.m. at Foc’sle          270-5451                                           lane rental special includes shoes and two hours
    CPO Club. Drink specials available plus all-you-         April 11: Saturday Cinema – Double Feature.     of bowling for up to five people. Bowl a strike      9 p m.-1 a.m. both days at Castaway’s Lounge.
    can-drink soft drinks for only $1. Weekly social      The Pink Panther 2 (PG) at 7 p.m. Taken (PG-13)    with a colored head pin and win a free game pass.    Free admission. www
    hour is reserved for active and retired Chief Petty   at 9 p.m. Movies will be shown in the Main Hall    Bowling must be completed between 1-8 p.m.
    Officers and their guests. 270-5432                   at Beachside Community Center on the mega          270-5377                                             terflyrocks 270-7205
      April 10: Deadline for USSSA Military Softball      20-foot screen. Light refreshments available for     April 12: No Bingo (Easter Sunday). 270-7204         April 18-19: USSSA Military Classic Softball
    Tournament. Tournament is April 18-19 at Naval        purchase. 270-7198                                   April 14: 5K Run and 3K Walk. 8 a m. start in
    Station Mayport. Sign up online at            April 12: Easter Sunday Colored Pin Bowling     front of the Gym. Free. 270-5451                     Tournament. 270-5451

         Mayport Stand Out At City Tourney
                                                                                                               The following activities tar-
                                                                                                                                                L     iberty Call
                                                                                                                                                Build your own sundae at Planet     Tournament. This free, single
                                                                                                             get single or unaccompanied        Mayport starting at 1 p.m.,         elimination tournament starts at
                                                                                                             Sailors. For more information,     while supplies last.                6:15 p m. at Planet Mayport.
                                                                                                             call 270-7788/89 or stop by          April 13: Barracks Break             April 16: Jax Suns Baseball
                                                                                                             Planet Mayport Single Sailor       In. Free pizza and a movie in       Game. Van departs Planet
                                                                                                             Center and pick up the monthly     the lounge of Bldg. 2105 start-     Mayport at 6:15 p.m.
                                                                                                             activity calendar with a com-      ing at 6 p.m. every Monday.
                                                                                                                                                                                       April 18-19: Universal
                                                                                                             plete listing of all upcoming        April 14: Texas Hold ‘Em.
                                                                                                             Liberty events.                    This free, progressive tour-        Orlando (Mardi Gras) Trip.
                                                                                                               April 9: Nacho Day. Free         nament starts at 6 p.m. every       Hip Hop artist, Nelly, performs
                                                                                                             nacho bar, while supplies last,    Tuesday in April at Castaway’s      live at the park. Cost is $50 and
                                                                                                             at Planet Mayport starting at 5    Lounge (Beachside Community         includes transportation, admis-
                                                                                                             p.m.                               Center).                            sion and one night lodging. Pre-
                                                                                                               April 12: Sundae Sunday.           April 15: Four Corners Pool       registration is required.

                                                                                                               April 11: Saturday Cinema
                                                                                                                                                 K         id Zone
                                                                                                                                                  April 13-17: Career Launch.       weekly sessions, June 8 through
                                                                                                             – Double Feature. The Pink         Program offered at 5 p.m. all       August 21. Fees are based on
                                                                                                             Panther 2 (PG) at 7 p m. Taken     week at Club Teen for teens         total family income. 270-5680
                                                                                                             (PG-13) at 9 p m. Movies will      looking for a job. 270-5680 or         April 17: Freedom Friday.
                                                                                                             be shown in the Main Hall at       246-0347                            7-11 p m. at the Youth Activities
                                                                                                             Beachside Community Center           April 15: Summer Camp
                                                                                                                                                                                    Center for grades K-fifth. Cost
             -Photos courtesy of MWR                                                                         on the mega 20-foot screen.        Open Registration Begins.
                                                                                                                                                                                    is $7 in advance; $9 day of (if
                                                                                                             Light refreshments available for   9 a.m.-6 p m. Monday-Friday
                                                                                                             purchase. 270-7198                 at the Youth Activities Center      space). 270-5680
                                                                                                               April 11: Teen Easter Party.     until all spaces are filled. Camp      April 17: Teen Movie Night.
                                                                                                             5-9 p.m. at Club Teen for mid-     ages are 6-12 (age 5 if attend-     7-10 p m. at Club Teen for mid-
                                                                                                             dle and high school ages. 270-     ed Kindergarten in the 08/09        dle and high school ages. 270-
                                                                                                             5680 or 246-0347                   school year). Camp is offered in    5680 or 246-0347

                                               THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, April 9, 2009 13

    Families Come Out For ‘Eggstravaganza’

                                                                              From Staff
                                                                                Hundreds of Mayport
                                                                              families showed up early
                                                                              on Saturday to participate
                                                                              in the base’s annual Easter
                                                                              Egg hunt at MWR’s 2009
                                                                              Easter Eggstravaganza
                                                                              (formerly Mayport-Go-
                                                                                This year’s event was
                                                                              held at the Sea Otter
                                                                              Pavilion and kicked off at
                                                                              10 a.m. with an egg hunt
                                                                              for 0-2 year olds. Egg
                                                                              hunters up to 9 years old
                                                                              made quick escapes with
                                                                              their bounties during the
                                                                                After the egg hunts,
                                                                              families could enjoy free
                                                                              carnival games, prizes and
                                                                                The Easter Bunny was
                                                                              also on hand to take pic-
                                                                              tures with children, along
                                                                              with Mayport’s Sparky
                                                                              the Fire Dog.

                                                -Photo by Stephanie Edwards

                       -Photo by Paige Gnann                                     -Photo by Paige Gnann

                 -Photo by MC1 Heather Ewton                             -Photo by Stephanie Edwards

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