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WWII veterans receive Legion of Honor from French consulate
Two Pensacola World War II Army Air Forces veterans received France’s highest recognition for military or civil merits during a ceremony June 13 at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Edwin Stewart and Edward Kaminski were presented the Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur — or National Order of the Legion of Honour — by Clement Leclerc, the Consulate General of France in Miami, during the hour-long ceremony.
Blue Angels help renovate local elementary schoolSailors from the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, volunteered at C.A. Weis Elementary School June 15. The team members helped with cleaning and pressure washing the school’s cafeteria, bathrooms, classrooms and parking lots, as well as painting murals throughout the school.
NAS Pensacola presented with environmental awardIn April, it was announced that NAS Pensacola was a recipient of the 2017 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation (small installation). Base military and civilian officials were congratulated in a video teleconference presentation with Navy leadership June 13. Photo by Mike O’Connor
New women’s clinic coming to naval hospitalBeginning in July, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) will have a clinic dedicated to women’s health. The Comprehensive Women’s Health Center, will replace the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic. NHP will transition to an ambulatory care model with robust same-day ambulatory surgical capabilities and a focus on outpatient care July 1.
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) onboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook page and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month). PWD’s Jeff Harrison was last weeks winner.
Active shooter exercise on board NAS Pensacola
RPC Larosa Johnson was “OPFOR No.1” outside Bldg. 634 in an active shooter exercise held near the base chapel June 19. Police negotiators engaged the “shooter” in dialog to surrender. Look for more photos in next week’s Gosport!
Jackson assumes the reins of VT-2 at Whiting Field
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Zachariah Aperauch turned over command of Training Squadron Two (VT-2) to U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Mark Jackson, during a change of command ceremony June 15 at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) North Field hangar. U.S. Marine Corps Colonel David Morris served as the guest speaker for the time-honored tradition that allows for the assembled crew, staff, friends and guests to welcome in the new commander, while also recognizing the achievements of the outgoing leader.
TraWing-5 XO Lt. Col. Jeff Hubley retires
NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) bids the traditional “fair winds and following seas” to U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jeff “Hubs” Hubley, Training Air Wing Five (TraWing- 5) operations officer recently. He retired after 26 years of dedicated service to the corps and the nation. Marine Col. Trey Meadows (left) presents Lt. Col. Hubley with a certificate of appreciation from President Donald Trump at his retirement ceremony. “Hubs” accumulated 2,000 night vision goggle flying hours, more than anyone at TraWing-5, and more than 5,500 flying hours throughout his career. NAS Whiting Field photo
Operation Dry Water heightens from June 29 to July 1
Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a year-round boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign. The mission of ODW is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.
NAS Pensacola Sailors at Fiesta of Five FlagsNAS Pensacola sailors rode upon their float at the Fiesta of Five Flags parade held downtown Pensacola recently. Fiesta of Five Flags (often abbreviated simply Fiesta) is an annual celebration, similar to Mardi Gras, that commemorates Pensacola’s foundation as the first European settlement in America and rich history under five governments (represented by the eponymous flags). The Fiesta was founded in 1950. Photo by NAS Pensacola Public Affairs Office
Local honor student nominated for SciTechLeadersJacquelyne Therrien, a 10th grade student at East Hill Christian School of Pensacola is a delegate of the congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders (SciTechLeaders) in Lowell, Mass. June 29 to July 1. The congress is an honorsonly program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
OFF DUTY: Gulf Island National Park programsSeveral summer ranger programs are being offered at Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas and the Naval Live Oaks areas of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. There are also Mississippi events. All programs are free and subject to change or cancellation based on staffing or weather conditions. There is an entrance fee for the Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas areas.