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NAS Pensacola hosts children’s holiday party
Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola hosted its annual Selected Children’s Holiday Party Dec. 7 at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) youth center gym onboard NAS Pensacola. The party, sponsored by the NAS Pensacola First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) and designed to provide selected Pensacola-area elementary school-aged children a holiday event including gifts, arts and crafts and lunch, has become a mainstay for the NAS Pensacola FCPOA and something extremely well-received by the more than 100 children attending.
NAS Pensacola marks 24th Tree City USA plantingNaval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola held its 24th annual Tree Planting Ceremony Dec. 7. This puts NAS Pensacola one step closer to its 24th consecutive year as a member of Tree City USA. Tree City USA is a program created by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This program has been working to manage and expand communities’ public trees since 1976. In order to meet Tree City USA status, the community must meet the four core standards of urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
Pensacola-area petty officers hold Pearl Harbor RemembranceTwo Pearl Harbor survivors participated in a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola at the Barrancas National Cemetery (BNC) Dec 7. Pearl Harbor survivors retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Francis Emond, assigned to USS Pennsylvania (BB 38) at the time of the early morning surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service, and retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bill Braddock attended the hour-long event as guests of honor at the Pensacola-area Chief Petty Officer’s Association (PACPOA) and NAS Pensacola First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA)-sponsored event.
Deadline approaching to opt into Blended Retirement SystemApplause was the order of the day as an overflowing crowd turned out to recognize veterans and their families during a World War II remembrance ceremony Dec. 7 at the National Naval Aviation Museum. A veteran of Pearl Harbor who was present – William Braddock was the focus of attention, but other World War II veterans were not forgotten
Bush’s legacy includes decisive military action
His background was a little different than most who joined the military at the age of 18, but his warmth, love of country and drive to serve made him a leader respected up and down his chains of command. Service members who worked with former President George H.W. Bush, first as Ronald Reagan’s vice president and, later, during his presidential term, spoke of the way he remembered their names and would ask about their families. They were loyal to him and he was loyal right back.
NAS Whiting Field names Sailors of the Year
NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) and the Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Whiting Field have announced their selectees for Sailor of the Year (SoY), Junior Sailor of the Year (JSoY) and Blue Jacket of the Year (BJoY) for 2018. NASWF recognized AC1 Michael Hein for SoY, ABH2 Dominic Caviness for JSoY and AC3 Omer Dubose for BJoY. NBHC selected HM2 Glen Merrill as SoY, HM3 Lyndsay Robinson as JSoY and HN Nia Allen for BJoY.
NAS Whiting Field holds Tree City USA planting
Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Public Works Department (PWD) held its 27th annual Tree City USA tree planting last week on the installation with a planting of a live oak tree. NAS Whiting Field Executive Officer Cmdr. Jim Brownlee helped plant the tree along with NASWF Natural Resources Manager Christina Malitz. Malitz heads the program that enables NASWF to continue to support the commitment to sustaining a healthy environmental footprint on and around the base. Photo by Lt.j.g. Ashley Koenig
AOCS Class 41-68 holds its 50th reunionMore than 20 members of Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) Class 41-68 came together Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 at Pensacola’s Downtown Holiday Inn for a 50th class reunion. AOCS Class 41-68 reported onboard NAS Pensacola (NASP) Nov. 19, 1968. The strong bond that developed among the 40-odd members of the class has lasted 50 years, and in early November we came back to Pensacola for a reunion which included a private tour of the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) and VIP seating at the 2018 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show.
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 Nov. 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: The Nutcracker in PensacolaEvery family has their own Christmas traditions – whether it is hand-picking this year’s Christmas tree or driving around town to see Christmas lights. For many in Pensacola, Christmas means seeing The Nutcracker at least once. For a ballet made in 1892, The Nutcracker remains an American classic. Although The Nutcracker and ballet in general is beautiful and classical, ballet can sometimes be hard to follow for those not immersed in the form. However, Richard Steinert, Ballet Pensacola’s artistic director, makes an effort to liven up this traditional piece and make it more accessible to a variety of audiences.