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Museum Symposium: Naval aviators in space
The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation held its annual symposium, Symposium ’19, at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola May 8 to 10. Session I (May 9) held a panel discussion on space exploration with a focus on working, living and conducting research in space.Astronauts Cmdr. Reid Wisemen, Marine Major Jasmin Moghbeli and retired Marine Col. Randy Bresnik; Wisemen describes NASA’s plans for a return to the moon.
Navy announces exercise training precautionsNavy released NAVADMIN 108/19 May 10 alerting Sailors and command leadership of the importance of universal training precautions (UTP) to reduce the risk of exercise-related collapse and death during physical exercise, to include the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and command physical training. As part of military readiness, Sailors are expected to maintain a high level of fitness. With PRT season on- going throughout the Navy, this guidance is especially critical to ensure the safety of all Sailors.
NAS Pensacola observes Military Spouse Appreciation DayDuring a two-hour event at the Navy Exchange (NEX) May 10, military spouses were presented Military Spouse Appreciation Day proclamations, various gifts and flowers. “We felt it extremely important to recognize the military spouses here,” Stacy Leach, an NAS Pensacola (NASP) Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Work and Family Life Specialist said. “Naval Air Station Pensacola is one of the largest facilities in the southeast and and there are so many spouses here. Working together with the NEX and Navy Lodge to help celebrate and recognize the job and sacrifices military spouses have in the United States Armed Forces is important to us.”
NAVSCOLEOD holds change of command ceremonyCapt. Maxine Goodridge, Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) commanding officer, (left) discusses training with Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander, Naval Air Forces (right) during a May 6 visit. NATTC is part of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, which provides single site management for Navy and Marine Corps aviation technical training. Photo by Lt. Ian Loomis
MyNavy Family App focuses on stronger families and fleet
Navy families navigating military life can now find support by downloading the MyNavy Family application which was released in the days leading up to Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 10. The MyNavy Family App was developed as a result of the Navy asking spouses about their experiences and how the Navy could help make it better. Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson has often commented on the important role Navy families play in mission success.
Navy jet flyover kick starts NASCAR Gander RV 400
Two Navy T-45 Goshawk trainer jets flew over Dover International Speedway to help kick off the NASCAR Gander RV 400 May 6 in honor of National Military Appreciation Month. The jets screamed over the one-mile concrete oval race track just as the national anthem came to a close to the delight of thousands of cheering spectators below.
Pace naval officer earns wings onboard NAS Whiting Field
Ens. Jordan Davis, a graduate of Pace High School, earned his Wings of Gold at Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) May 10. Growing up in a Navy family Davis has lived in Jacksonville, Pensacola, Seattle, Key West and Virginia Beach before finally settling in Pace, Fla. When Davis was only two, his mother remarried a young Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Lamar Bradley, who rose through the ranks to become a chief petty officer. He then went on to become a Limited Duty Officer and retired as a lieutenant commander in 2009.
Military Spouse Appreciation celebrated at Whiting Field
NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) honored military spouses last week with a cake cutting and certificates for families onboard the installation. (Above) NASWF Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Bowdich, cuts a cake with one of the children who attended the event. Photo by Lt.j.g. Chase Dowell
Termite season: When destruction takes wing
Termites. That single word should send a shiver up your spine. If it doesn’t, here’s a phrase that will: “It’s termite swarming season.” And they are swarming in our area right now. Here on the Gulf Coast, we are home to several species of the destructive house-eating insects. In the spring, established colonies of termites send out reproductive alates or “swarmers,” so named since they can cover a home in thousands.
CIWT civilian, Navy veteran commissions sonA civilian employee at the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) in Pensacola commissioned his son as a naval officer during a ceremony at the Navy’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) May 3. Mark Stephens serves as a program analyst and job duty task analysis/training requirements review manager at CIWT. The retired Navy chief warrant officer 4 served on active duty for more than 29 years.
NMCRS’ Carolyn Phoebus recognizedNAS Pensacola’s Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) recently awarded Carolyn Phoebus its Grace Glenwood Higgenson Lifetime Achievement award – the highest award a volunteer can receive from the NMCRS. In addition, she volunteers at Naval Hospital Pensacola for American Red Cross, and also volunteers as a Guardian ad litem for the children of Pensacola. (Left) Carolyn Phoebus and NMCRS Director Mark Harden. Photo from Amanda Shadden
OFF DUTY: Annual Fiesta of Five Flags returnsThe annual Fiesta of Five Flags is coming back to Pensacola May 29 through June 7. Taking its name from the five flags that have flown over Pensacola in its history, the fiesta elevates the city’s rich history and culture for 10 days of Pensacola pride. In the late 1940’s, a group of community leaders began to develop the idea of an annual summer festival to promote tourism in the Pensacola area. That idea developed into the Fiesta of Five Flags Celebration, and it may have been the first community attempt to recognize and develop tourism as an industry.