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NAS Pensacola conducts emergency management training
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)/Incident Management Team (IMT) training was recently conducted in the Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Command EOC, Jan. 9-11. NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin opened the training session, emphasizing the important role of team members should a catastrophic event occur.
Blue Angels announce change to 2018 air show scheduleThe U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced an update to its 2018 air show schedule, Jan. 12. The update adds the Luke Air Force Base Air Show, Ariz., to replace the open weekend, March 17-18. With the changes to the schedule, the Blue Angels are now scheduled to perform 60 demonstrations at 31 locations in 2018.
Elementary Students write to recruits at boot campschool will help recruits just starting Navy boot camp keep their motivation, according to Capt. Kertreck Brooks, commanding officer of the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC), who visited Beulah Elementary School to say thanks to the students Jan. 12. Allison Rhodes’ fourth-grade class took on the project as part of a class
Partnerships matter at IWTC Corry StationMaritime security challenges require cooperative solutions and strong partnerships. They require navies, like the United Kingdom’s, that are willing to patrol international waters and share critical information with regional partners to combat criminal activities around the globe. We must continue to work as a unified team, and when this occurs, the world’s waters become a safer place. One example of this type of strong partnership between the U.S. Navy and Royal Navy is evident everyday at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station.
NASP History in Focus: Identify this photo
NASP History in Focus is a photo feature designed to draw attention to the rich historical legacy of the base. A photo or photos will be published each week showing an interesting, obscure or historically significant feature of NAS Pensacola. The first person who e-mails Gosport to correctly identify the object and its location will win a $5 coupon good toward food or beverages purchased at the Navy Exchange (NEX) aboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com.
Trump signs order for mental health resources for veterans
Transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department after discharge from the service, according to an executive order President Donald J. Trump signed Jan. 10. The order, “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life,” directs the Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments to develop a joint action plan to ensure the 60 percent of new veterans who now do not qualify for enrollment in health care – primarily because of a lack of verified service connection related to the medical issue at hand – will receive treatment and access to services for mental health care for one year following their separation from service.
Rev. King honored at NAS Whiting Field
Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Chapel held a Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service Jan. 12 featuring special guests with direct ties to King who shared their stories of his historic significance. Among these special guests was Jawana Jackson, who had a close connection to King. On March 25, 1965 King and a crowd of 25,000 marched on Montgomery, Ala. in support of voting rights for African Americans. The night before that event Jackson, then a sixyear- old girl, played around her childhood home as the men and women who would become leaders of the civil rights movement discussed the logistics and plans for that historical march. It was a normal occurrence for King himself to visit and even stay in her childhood home in the months leading up to the march.
Use the gift of life this winter: Give blood
A lot of military families give to charity during certain times of the year, like the holidays, but one they should always be thinking about is giving in a way that is crucial to injured service members – blood donations. The winter months are slow for blood donation centers, but it is actually a key time to donate. That is why January is National Blood Donor Month.
Navy JROTC director Smith retiresThe director of the Navy’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program was recognized for his 17 years of leadership during his retirement ceremony held at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola, Jan. 5. Dr. J.D. Smith was presented with the Distinguished Civilian Service Award by the commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) Rear Adm. Mike Bernacchi, to honor his service to the Navy and JROTC.
Purple Heart recipients sought for recognitionThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is a New York State Historic Site administered by the New York State Park Commission. Dedicated on November 10, 2006, the Hall’s mission is to collect, preserve, and share with the public the stories of Purple Heart recipients. It is the first and only facility in the nation dedicated to honoring this country’s Purple Heart recipients.
OFF DUTY: Madama Butterfly enters the stageOn Jan. 26 and 28, Pensacola Opera will present Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, as its first production in the 35th season at the Historic Saenger Theatre. Puccini’s opera, whose plot inspired the modern retelling of Broadway’s Miss Saigon, weaves a story of love, betrayal and sorrow. A Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio San, falls in love with American naval officer, Lt. B.F. Pinkerton, against her family’s wishes. Filled with passion and romance, love turns to tragedy when the young Butterfly must make the ultimate sacrifice.