1. April 2012 VOLUME 1 ISSUE 6 THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS YOUR SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW, HOW YOU CAN ASK FOR MORE HELP, AND LEARNING TO FIND THE INFORMATION TO FIT YOUR NEEDS. Commanding Officer’s Corner Team FACSFACJAX, I have a lot of new faces in the command, which means that I have a lot of new families too – Welcome to FACSFACJAX. I truly aspire for this tour to be one of the very best for your military spouse and for you! Let me take a moment to say that with the unseasonably warm weather we are all experiencing, I am reminded that Hurricane Season is right around the corner [1 June through 1 November]. It is never too early to CDR Todd Abrahamson Write captions for the selected photos. prepare you and your family for the potential of a Hurricane Commanding Officer to hit the Jacksonville area. I highly recommend that you set out some time and discuss your hurricane preparedness Commanding Officer plan. The command is doing great as we find ourselves in the very busy season of supporting Carrier Strike Group CDR Todd Abrahamson . Training in my operational training area. No matter how busy we are, I encourage all families to stop by and tour the Executive Officer spaces and visit your significant others to see firsthand the super job they do and more importantly where they do it -- I will always have a coffee or water waiting for you. CDR Shawn Petre Warm Regards, Command Senior Chief CO ATCS(AW/NAC) Eric Elkin FLEET AREA CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE FACILITY Command Ombudsman JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA Mrs. Emily May Brownfacsfacjaxombudsman@gmail.com Commanding Officer FACSFAC Jacksonville email@example.com Box 40, 118 Albermarle Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32212-0040 904-229-7539
2. APRIL 2012 PAGE 2 THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS OMBUDSMAN CORNEROmbudsman Program OverviewThe Navy Family Ombudsman Program promotes healthy, self-reliant families.Why the word Ombudsman? The word Ombudsman originated in Scandinavian countries and referred to safeguarding therights of citizens. Today the concept of the Ombudsman is widely utilized in the fields of government, business andhealthcare.Navy Family Ombudsman ProgramHistoryIn 1970, Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Jr. then Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), created the Navy Family Ombudsman Program toimprove communication between commands and the families of Sailors who served in them.In 2006, Admiral Michael G. Mullen, CNO, re-emphasized the importance of the program and signed an updatedinstruction, highlighting the requirement that all Navy families have access to a Navy Family Ombudsman.Ombudsman RolesThe Ombudsman is a volunteer, appointed by the commanding officer, to serve as an information link between commandleadership and Navy families. Ombudsmen are trained to disseminate information both up and down the chain ofcommand, including official Department of the Navy and command information, command climate issues, local quality oflife (QOL) improvement opportunities, and “good deals” around the community.They also provide resource referrals when needed. They are instrumental in resolving family issues before the issuesrequire extensive command attention. The command ombudsman program is shaped largely by the commanding officer‟sperceived needs of his/her command. The command ombudsman is appointed by and works under the guidance of thecommanding officer who determines the priorities of the program, the roles and relationships of those involved in it, andthe type and level of support it will receive.Ombudsman Program Advisory Group (OPAG)The OPAG meets several times a year to discuss issues identified by Regional Ombudsman Advisory Board (ROAB) meetingsand to discuss policy, special projects and curriculum development for the Ombudsman Program. PLEASE NOTE: ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED TO OR REQUESTED FROM YOUR OMBUDSMAN IS COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL. HOWEVER, ANYALLEGATION OF CHILD OR SPOUSAL ABUSE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, OR SUICIDAL THREATS ARE REQUIRED TO BE REPORTED. THERE ARE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU IF YOU ARE IN DANGER, AND I CAN PROVIDE THEM TO YOU SO THAT YOU CAN GET THE HELP YOU NEED WITH THE CONFIDENTIALITY YOU DESERVE. PLEASE ASK ME IF YOU NEED MORE INFO. Search FACSFAC JAX Ombudsman and friend me! Search FACSFAC Jacksonville and “Like” us!
3. April 2012 PAGE 3 THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility 35th Anniversary The Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville (FACSFACJAX) celebrates its 35th anniversary 1 April 2012. Upon establishment of FACSFAC JAX, the mission assumed was initially assigned to Commander, Fleet Air Jacksonville (COMFAIRJAX) until 30 June 1973. On 1 July 1973, upon disestablishment of COMFAIRJAX, four members of COMFAIRJAX staff were transferred to the Naval Air Station Jacksonville for administrative support and co-located with the Navy Ground Control Intercept Site (NGCI) to continue the mission as the Jacksonville Operating Area Coordination Center (JOACC). This the first small step toward combining the individual functions associated with scheduling and control of the Jacksonville Fleet Operating Areas. Since 1973, the mission performed by JOACC steadily increased in scope and complexity. In July 1974, the Chief of Naval Operations verified the operational requirement for the establishment of a Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) at NAS Jacksonville and the JOACC and NGCI site were scheduled for expansion into an interim FACSFAC. To fulfill this ever increasing need for coordinating military and civilian use of the Jacksonville fleet areas, the Chief of Naval Operations directed in August 1976 that Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville be established as a separate command effective 1 April 1977. Today FACSFACJAX is responsible for the scheduling and control of offshore fleet operating areas, military special use airspace, land target and electronic warfare missions. FACSFACJAX is also the military coordinator with the Federal Aviation Administration and other cognizant agencies for fleet users during operations in the FACSFACJAX area of responsibility to assure safe and optimum use. FACSFACJAX has been designated by Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command, to be the southeast area coordinator and scheduler for Department of Defense/Navy offshore air and surface areas, and overland for special use airspace and military training routes. Operationally, FACSFACJAX has three components: SEALORD, which provides air traffic control services, BRISTOL, which provides surface unit tracking and air intercept control (AIC) services, and SCHEDULES, which provides scheduling services for special use airspace and targets in the Pinecastle Range Complex. FACSFACJAX has responsibility for the operating areas (OPAREA) and warning areas from Charleston, SC to Daytona Beach, FL and is a subordinate command of Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. FACSFACJAX is assigned additional duties by Commander, Navy Region Southeast. FACSFACJAX is dedicated to being the finest service provider for our military and civilian users. In so doing, we demand the highest degree of professionalism and integrity. Our mission success will only be met when we follow four principles - DO FOCUS ON THE BASICS; DO THE RIGHT THING; DO RESPECT YOURSELF/YOUR PEERS; AND DO ENJOY WHAT YOU DO.
4. APRIL 2012 PAGE 4 THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS Summer Safety TipsLeading Causes of Recreation Deaths and Injuries: Drowning Water Sports Falls Outdoor Recreation Team and Contact SportsThe beginning of summer means its time to play ball, go fishing, hike, camp, or just have a backyardbarbecue. Whatever your pleasure, apply risk management when planning those activities. Most of thethings that can hurt you or go wrong are easy to anticipate and avoid. A few smart decisions go a longway toward maintaining our Navy and Marine Corps personnel readiness. We all know that our Force isoperating at a high tempo, and it can be tempting to let off steam with high-risk activities during downtime. Just remember, our forces are just as affected by an off-duty mishap as by one occurring at work.Have fun, but be smart!Play Hard But Play to Win:Sports injuries often seem like an inevitable part of the game, but you can do some things to helpprevent them: Make sure you have the proper skills and training before participating in any sport. Use the proper protective gear for the particular sport you are playing. This will reduce the chances of being injured. Minimize the chance of muscle strain or other soft-tissue injury by warming up before starting. Cool down later to loosen the body‟s muscles. Apply sunscreen and wear a hat (where possible) to reduce the chance of sunburn. If a person receives a soft-tissue injury , immediately treat with RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Schedule frequent water breaks during practices and games and use misting sprays to keep the body cool.Say “Bug-Off” to Bugs[Mosquitoes] Mosquitoes deliver an itchy bite and can spread disease. They are most active at dawn and dusk. Protect yourself by following these protective measures: Use repellent with DEET. Read label before use and carefully follow directions. Take special care when using repellents on children.
5. APRIL 2012 PAGE 5 THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS Summer Safety Tips Say “Bug-Off” to Bugs [Mosquitoes cont.] When going out, wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and a hat. One way to prevent mosquitoes from spawning is to control the elements that provide breeding grounds for them: Fix leaky sprinklers and faucets. Repair or replace screens. Get rid of all standing water. Change water in birdbaths, fountains, wading pools, and animal troughs at least once a week. Learn Water-Survival Skills [In the Pool] Always have a first-aid kit and emergency phone contacts handy. Adults should be trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Always use approved personal floatation devices (life jackets). Barriers can offer added protection against drowning. Power or manual covers will completely cover a pool and block access to the water; however, be sure to drain any standing water from the surface of the pool cover as a child can drown in very small amounts of water. Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use. They can attract children to the pool. Never leave a child alone near water – at the pool, the beach or in the tub. Enroll children over age three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. But keep in mind that lessons dont make your child "drown-proof." Older children risk drowning when they overestimate their swimming ability or underestimate the water depth. Mind Those Sparks and Embers: Attend professional fireworks displays. If you decide to have a display, ensure fireworks are legal in your area. With the current dry conditions in Florida expect local ordinance to prevent firework use. Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned or discharged. Keep fireworks away from children. Check the package for instructions on storage and use. Keep a bucket of water in case of a malfunction or fire. REMEMBER TO CONTACT THE USO OR ITT TO GET YOUR DISCOUNTED DISNEY, UNIVERSALSTUDIOS AND OTHER TICKETS! HAVE A BLAST AND SAVE A TON WHILE SUPPORTING OUR USO AND ITT OFFICES! ITT: (904) 542-3318
6. APRIL 2012 PAGE 6 THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS WHATS HAPPENING AROUND JACKSONVILLE Jacksonville Suns vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Apr 27, 2012 May 4 – 6 2012 7:00 PM Roaming the Atlantic are just one of Amelia Island‟s tales that Come watch your hometown Jacksonville Suns take on the come to life at this year‟s Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Pensacola Blue Wahoos! Game time: 7:05 p.m. celebrating all things shrimp since 1964 – catching them, cooking Call (904) 358-2846 for tickets! them, eating them and even drawing them. The Southeast Tourism www.jaxsuns.com Society has named the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival a Top-20 event ten times. This year‟s line-up of fine arts and antiques, An Evening of Taste With Chef Matthew Medure delicious food and lively entertainment is sure to live up to that Apr 29, 2012 distinction. 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM www.visitjacksonville.com/events/view/isle-of-eight-flags-shrimp- Matthews Restaurant festival Join Childrens Home Society of Florida and Chef Matthew Medure for a fabulous evening of fine wine, fantastic food and fun times. Registration is $150. For more information, call 493-7739. Mothers Day Brunch www.chsfl.org/buckner May 06, 2012 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 20th Annual World of Nations Celebration Cafe Nola at MOCA Jax May 3-6, 2012 $25/adults, $8 children under 10 9:00 am Treat Mom to a special buffet brunch on her special day. Free Have you ever wanted to visit a foreign country? We have your Mimosas for all Moms! Reservations strongly suggested. passport ready! The City of Jacksonville and local multicultural (904) 366-6911, ext. 231 for reservations. friends will bring the world to you with this fascinating cultural www.mocajacksonville.org/cafe/ destination that showcases the unique diversity of our planet, and puts the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of different nations Mothers Day Tea Party within your reach. So pack your bags and bring your family, friends May 13, 2012 and neighbors to Metropolitan Park for an exciting adventure 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM around the world! Doing Dishes www.visitjacksonville.com/events/view/20th-annual-world-of- Doing Dishes is hosting a special Mother‟s Day Tea for Mothers and nations-celebration their children. Each mother will paint a teapot and each child will paint a tea cup and saucer. Cost is $55 for mother and one child, St. Lukes Annual Spring Festival $10 for each additional child. Tea and snacks will be provided! May 04, 2012 904.388.7088 5:00 PM www.doingdishes.com St. Lukes Catholic Church Free St. Lukes Spring Festival has been a favorite of our community for over 30 years. This year we are teaming up with St. Vincents Healthcare to provide the largest event in our history. Join us for a weekend of good food, live entertainment, FIREWORKS and much more! www.stlukesfestival.org REMEMBER TO CONTACT THE USO OR ITT TO GET YOUR DISCOUNTED DISNEY, UNIVERSALSTUDIOS AND OTHER TICKETS! HAVE A BLAST AND SAVE A TON WHILE SUPPORTING OUR USO AND ITT OFFICES! ITT: (904) 542-3318
7. APRIL 2012 PAGE 7 THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS WHATS HAPPENING AROUND JACKSONVILLEVerizon Wireless Kids 4 Kids Carnival Lavilla School of the Arts Summercamp 2012May 19, 2012 Jun 18, 201212:00 AM 7:00 AMMaliVai Washington Youth Center Lavilla School of the ArtsFree This is an arts and academic camp that has regular hours of 9am -It‟s that time of year again for the Verizon Wireless Kids 4 Kids 3pm and extended hours beginning at 7am and ending at 6pm. WeCarnival! The Carnival will take place Saturday, May 19th from have programs in Visual Art, Cooking, History, Drama, Vocal,10am-2pm at the MaliVai Washington Youth Center. This FREE Sewing, Crafts, Comics, Film, Circus, Musical Theatre, Dance,outdoor event is open to the public and has interactive activities Computer Graphics and more. Programs are available for ages 4for every age! Each year, hundreds of attendees come out and through 17. We serve the Federal Summer Lunch Program for Free.enjoy games, bounces houses & inflatables, contests, a live DJ, www.duvalschools.org/lavilla/mascots, arts & crafts, tennis clinics, prizes, special guestappearances, give-a-ways and more! Fireworks and Flipflops Sleepoverwww.malwashington.com Jun 22, 2012 7:00 PMJacksonville Jazz Festival Doing DishesMay 24, 2012 Were hosting another of our popular sleepovers! Well paint, eat,4:00 PM watch a movie and spend the night right here in the studio! All ourHeart of Downtown projects have a fun summer theme. Cost is $50 per child.Free www.doingdishes.comThe 2012 festival will continue the tradition of Jazz in Jacksonvillewith a variety of jazz genres and featured activities in the heart of Jacksonville Top to Bottom Walking Tourdowntown Jacksonville. Activities include the Jacksonville Jazz Every TuesdayPiano Competition, Art in the Heart Downtown Juried Art Show and 10:00 AMSale, Wine Down/Brew Town Tasting Experience, „Round Midnight Explore Jacksonville from "Top to Bottom" on this entertainingJazz Jams, jazz brunches, exhibits and more. walking tour. Professional tour guides take you along the river,(904) 630-3690 through buildings, on a rooftop, and even inside the old bankwww.Jaxjazzfest.com tunnels below the streets. We talk about the history, architecture, and culture of the city along the way. Meet at the bottom of the11th Annual Butterfly Festival Jacksonville Landing escalators. Rated Excellent by Trip Advisor.May 28, 2012 Distance walked about 1 mile. $15/p, children 5-12 years of age $5.10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Call 904-827-1845 to reserve. Departs every TuesdayTree Hill Nature Center – Amphitheater www.visitjacksonville.com/events/view/jacksonville-top-to-The 11th Annual Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival at Tree Hill bottom-walking-tourwill be April 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. livebutterfly release (weather permitting). We will have vendors, food& drinks, entertainment, crafts, live animal experiences, and so Jacksonville Landing Marketmuch more. 10:00 AM – 2:00PMwww.treehill.org Jacksonville Landing Market 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vendors set up throughout The Landing selling locally-grown produce, baked goods, plants, pottery, arts and crafts and more. Every Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Jacksonville Suns vs. Jackson Generals www.visitjacksonville.com/events/view/jacksonville-landing-Jun 07, 2012 market7:30 PMCome watch your hometown Jacksonville Suns take on the JacksonGenerals! Game time: 7:35 p.m.Call (904) 358-2846 for ticketswww.jaxsuns.com
8. April 2012 PAGE 8 THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS Crafts for Summer, and All Occasion Summer Fun Check list Crafts Ahh, the lazy days of summer. Whether you are going to the beach on vacation, or spending timebarbecuing with your friends, camping () Make Lemonade () Go to a Library program out in the wilderness or even taking () Giant Bubbles () Have a BBQthe family on a picnic, it is a great time () Make Ice Cream () Play Baseball of the year to enjoy the outdoors. But () Set up a tent outside () Make Chalk Paint if you happen to be at home, collect some craft supplies, get out on the () Have a picnic () Go to the Beachpatio in the fresh air and enjoy crafting () Play Hopscotch () Play on water slides a fun project for yourself or even with () Make kool aid play dough () Make Jello Boats (Google) the kids. () Paint Rocks () Fly Kites () Set up an obstacle course () Watch clouds Check out these websites for some creative ides. () Ride Bikes () Make popsicles () Run through sprinklers () Make handprint sunflowers 1) www.craftideas.info () Play in a pool () Go to the Museum () Watch a parade () Eat watermelon 2) www.crafts.kaboose.com () Blow some bubbles () Go to the Park 3) www.familyfun.go.com () Have an Ice Cream party () Walk along the waterfront () Plant a Vegetable Garden () Paint the fence with water 4) www.dltk-holidays.com () Watch fireworks () Make Mud Pies 5) www.freekidcrafts.com () Draw with chalk () Make milk carton boats 6) www.thelongthread.com () Throw a Frisbee () Color Scavenger hunt () Build a Sandcastle () Make a pizza 7) www.4kraftykidz.com () Go to the Zoo () Write a story 8) www.preschoolexpress.com () Host a sleepover () Have a Pajama Day () Build a Fort () Go to a movie 9) www.busybeekidscrafts.com () Walk a dog () Make a scrapbook 10) www.easy-child-crafts.com () Help make dinner () Plant flowers () Write and Mail a letter () Create Melted Crayon Art () Go Fishing () Make Root beer Floats () Make Smores () Make a T-Shirt
9. APRIL 2012 PAGE 9 THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS JUST JOKING AROUND!1.Q: What do you get if you cross a bee with a skunk? 2.Q: What does the bee Santa Claus say? 3.Q: What iscleverer than a talking cat? 4. Q: What do you get if you cross a tiger with a kangaroo? 5. Q. How do we knowthat insects are so clever?
10. THE FACSFAC FAST FACTS Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Tricare www.nmcrs.org TRICARE is the health benefit for all seven uniformed services. NMCRS is a private non-profit charitable organization providing South Region TRICARE Customer Service: (800) 444-5445 financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States. United Concordia (904) 542-3515 United Concordia covers basic dental care for the spouses and children of active duty military members for a monthly premium. American Red Cross (800) 866-8499 www.redcross.org The Red Cross helps prepare communities for emergencies and keep Exceptional Family Member Plan people safe every day thanks to caring people who support our work EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that provides detailers (904) 246-1395 information they need in order to assign families to duty stations that can support their special needs. Fleet and Family Support Center (904) 542-7348 www.ffs.navy.mil/ www.npc.navy.mil/channels FFSC provides information and referral, education and training, counseling and advocacy to facilitate personal self-sufficiency and Military One Source command readiness for sailors and their families. Please refer to their Military One Source is a "one stop" place to go whenever service SIGNAL publication for all offered classes. members or family members need assistance with any kind of problem. Phone: (904) 542-2766 www.militaryonesource.com Newsletter: https://www.nffsp.org (800) 342-9647 Moral Welfare and Recreation Navy Legal Service Center www.mwr.navy.mil/ The Navy Legal Service Center provides quality legal services The Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division administers a varied regarding personal civil legal matters to eligible persons; and to educate program of recreation, social and community support activities on U.S. eligible persons regarding their personal legal rights and Navy facilities worldwide. responsibilities. USO: (904) 542-3028 (904) 542-2133 MWR: (904) 542-3111 ITT: (904) 542-3318 Navy College Armed Forces Vacation Club: www.afvclub.com The Navy College mission is to enable Sailors to obtain a college Campsites: www.mwr.navy.mil/mwrprgms/cabin.htm degree while on active duty. https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/about.htm Chaplain (904) 542-2477 Chaplains are members of the clergy who provide moral support, lend Navy Knowledge online: https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil/portal/home advice to individuals facing personal or emotional difficulties, and THE FACSFAC KIDS Region Child Placement Programs: 1-866-628-9232 Navy Mid-Atlantic PAGE provide spiritual assistance to people from all walks of life. Child Care (904) 542-3051/3052 Web site: www.naccrra.org/militaryprograms Compass Child Development Center: (904) 542-5434 www.gocompass.org COMPASS provides classes that help military spouses understand the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System Navy lifestyle better and get to know their Navy community and what it Database to coordinate military family recall during times of has to offer. emergency. www.navyfamily.navy.mil 877-414-5358 JOKE ANSWERS 1. A: AN ANIMAL THAT STINKS AND STINGS! 2. A: HO HUM HUM! 3. A: A SPELLING BEE! 4. A: A STRIPEY JUMPER! 5. A. BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS KNOW WHEN YOU’RE EATING OUTSIDE!ITT Ticket Offices: Before hitting the area’s theme parks or planning your next vacation to Disney, check with your local MWR Information, Tickets & Tours (ITT) Office for discounted tickets. ITT offices offer tickets to parks, museums, movie theatres, concerts and central Florida theme parks to include Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. Military discounted rates are available to active duty, retirees, DoD civilians, reservists and family members presenting a Military ID card!