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NSA Panama City evacuees to work onboard NAS Pensacola
Civilian and military employees of Naval Support Activity (NSA) Panama City who have evacuated due to Hurricane Michael will report to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Oct. 22. Some members of the reconstitution team for the installation have been called back to NSA Panama City, but the lack of utilities, as well as essential community services such as schools and hospitals, is expected to prevent most employees from returning for an extended period of time.
Hispanic heritage event hosted onboard NAS PensacolaMore than 50 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola service members and civilian employees gathered at Bldg. 1504 to celebrate the command’s Hispanic Heritage Month observance Oct. 15. The event, hosted by the NAS Pensacola Diversity Committee, included opening remarks from AC1 Chad Bradley, the committee president, and featured a speech from NAS Pensacola Command Career Counselor NCC Luis Diaz.
NAS Pensacola designated as the new remote safe havenCommander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar has designated the area within 150 miles of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola as the new remote safe haven for Naval Support Activity Panama City personnel and families who evacuated due to Hurricane Michael. The new safe haven becomes effective today, Oct. 19. By today, installation personnel and families who are currently staying at a safe haven within 150 miles of Naval Construction Battalion Command Gulfport, Miss., must ensure they are within the new safe haven area.
NEX Pensacola Mall ‘Special Care Package’ eventMembers of the Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) Executive Steering Committee (ESC), responsible for integrating the individual efforts of stakeholders as RRL is implemented, came together formally for the first time as a group Oct. 3. RRL is one of three pillars for Sailor 2025, which is the Navy’s program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. The initiative’s goal is to provide Sailors the right training at the right time and in the right way.
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) onboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at www. facebook.com/NASPPAO and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month).
Dept of Defense responds to Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael has made landfall in the Florida panhandle. In preparation for this Category 4 hurricane, the Defense Department pre-positioned active- duty and National Guard members to help civilians during the storm. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, briefed reporters at the Pentagon on the Defense Department’s preparations to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the states affected by Hurricane Michael.
Naval aircrewmen play a vital role at NASWF
An aircrewman’s job is one of the toughest in the U.S. Navy, but according to PO1 William R. Ranum, it’s the best job in the Navy. These enlisted service members serve in aviation squadrons and are responsible for rescue swimming, weapon systems and the overall operations of the aircraft. At Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF), the Helicopter Training Squadrons (HT) HT-8, HT-18 and HT-28 have enlisted aircrew that assist in three of the flights in the training syllabus for flight students.
Ghost tales, haunted history aboard NAS Pensacola
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) is taking the opportunity to educate patients about the dangers of breast cancer and the importance of getting checked. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making breast cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. Yet breast cancer also has one of the highest survival rates, largely thanks to early detection services such as screening mammograms.
FMC honor grad comes from humble beginningThe recent honor graduate of the Flight Medic Course (FMC) at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) is no stranger to accomplishing his goals. HM2 Scott Barder, a Grand Terrace, Calif., native, began his Naval career as an undesignated Seaman assigned to USS Ross (DDG 71). Soon after settling in, Barder requested to attend the Surface Rescue Swimmer course in Jacksonville, Fla.
Homecoming Air Show at NASP in NovemberThe Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will close the 2018 season at their annual Homecoming Air Show onboard NAS Pensacola Nov. 2 and 3. Gates open both days at 8 a.m. and admission and parking for all shows are free. Areas will be reserved for the physically challenged. Food and memorabilia will be available at numerous concession stands. Pets and coolers are not permitted. Security personnel and signs will direct spectators to parking areas near the show site. For additional information on the show and reserved seating, go to www.naspensacolaairshow.com.
OFF DUTY: Barktoberfest: Finding a new homeAnimal lovers and doggie costume enthusiasts gather every year for the annual Barktoberfest hosted by the Pensacola Humane Society. With the event going on 17 years, it has grown out of Seville Square and will be hosted at Community Maritime Park, Oct. 27. With the change in venue, Barktoberfest is set to be bigger than it has ever been, with new events and more rescues.