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New Americans sworn in at NAS Pensacola
Friends and family members gathered to witness the swearing in of 72 new Americans, including two U.S. Navy Sailors, during a Nov. 18 naturalization ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The Honorable M. Casey Rodgers, chief judge for the Northern District of Florida, presided over the special court session. Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin was the guest speaker
IWTC Corry Station graduates Saturday ScholarsFifty-eight students from New Warrington Elementary School graduated from the Saturday Scholars Program in a ceremony held at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola chapel Nov. 19. Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station continued a 33-year-old tradition of partnering with the Escambia County school district to have volunteers spend Saturday mornings mentoring students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts.
Pearl Harbor commemoration planned for Dec. 7The National Naval Aviation Museum will honor the World War II generation on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a commemoration ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 in the Blue Angels Atrium. The guest speaker will be retired Navy Capt. Sterling Gilliam, the museum’s director. Patriotic music and popular songs from the World War II era will be performed by the Northwest Florida State College Jazz Ensemble in Niceville and the Tate High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Pearl Harbor-themed PSC student art on display at NNAMPensacola State College (PSC) graphic design students are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor through their senior exhibit at the National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., aboard NAS Pensacola Nov. 11 through Jan. 1. The museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The groups’ extensive research on the events and aftermath of Dec. 7, 1941, are reflected in the exhibit. It also showcases their multifaceted interests in typography, graphic design, photography, digital art, multimedia, book arts and fine art.
Trader Jon’s exhibit open at T.T. Wentworth Museum
Courtesy of the University of West Florida, patrons of the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum are able to visit a unique piece of local history. A replica of Pensacola’s iconic bar, Trader Jon’s, is now on display, featuring more than 10,000 items amassed by its founder, Martin “Trader Jon” Weissman. For some, the exhibit offers a chance to relive fond memories of a popular Pensacola landmark once frequented by celebrities, aviators and tourists alike. The visit is made more authentic as the entryway and bar replication is accompanied by the voice of “Trader Jon” himself, via a short video in which he discusses how he acquired some of his many items.
Computer science legend receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, best known for her advancements in computer programming and data processing, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony Nov. 22. “If Wright is flight, and Edison is light, then Hopper is code,” Obama said of the innovator who he noted was a gutsy and colorful woman who, when she joined the Navy was 15-pounds below military guidelines, yet attained a long and prosperous career
NASWF service members participate in memorial unveil
Against the backdrop of sparkling Gulf waves, majestic oak trees and white-sand beaches, a bronze eagle now takes flight from an American flag in Navarre Park to memorialize the lives of 11 service members who lost their lives March 10, 2015. The new monument was unveiled to the public Nov. 18 to nearly 200 guests and dignitaries. The 35 members of Santa Rosa Leadership Class 29 took up the challenge more than one year ago to raise the funds, coordinate the creation, and plan the dedications to the four Soldiers and seven Marines who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter accident. The memorial pays tribute to their service to the nation and their sacrifice.
December 7, 1941: A day of infamy at Pearl Harbor
The Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was one of the defining moments in history. A single carefully planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy’s battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire’s southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into World War II as a full combatant.
NETPDC names 2016 Civilian of the YearThe Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) named Bruce Dietly as the 2016 Civilian of the Year (CoY) at an all-hands ceremony Nov. 17. Dietly serves as a program assistant for the Advancement Execution Division in the Navy Advancement Center (N3) at NETPDC, supporting the essential requirements associated with ordering, shipping, grading and processing Navywide advancement exams.
Postal Service prices scheduled to go up Jan. 22The U.S. Postal Service has filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for mailing and shipping services products to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season. The new prices, if approved, include a two-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was forced to reduce prices by the PRC as part of the exigent surcharge removal.
OFF DUTY: Drivers duel in Snowball DerbyRace fans will be gathering at Five Flags Speedway for the 49th annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. Dec. 4. But anyone who can’t make it to the track will be able to watch the race via a live, payper- view broadcast on Speed51.com. “We realize that not everyone can make it to Pensacola the first weekend of December, and the Speed51 TV broadcast provides the perfect platform for them to still enjoy the events,” said Tim Bryant, promoter of Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby.