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Desert Storm ‘MiG killer’ aircraft arrive at museum
combat histories recently arrived at the National Naval Aviation Museum for restoration and eventual display. On Jan. 17, 1991, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Fox and Lt. Nick Mongillo of Strike Fighter Squadron Eighty-One (VFA-81) were flying the airplanes on a combat mission over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. The pair engaged two Iraqi MiG-21 fighters, shooting them both down, and then carried out a successful bombing mission against a hangar, fuel stores and a control station. These represented the first kills of enemy aircraft by naval aviators during the Gulf War.
NASP Religious Ministries hosts professional training workshopNaval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola’s Religious Ministries Department hosted a four-day Professional Development Workshop June 3 to 6 at the All Saint’s Chapel and Navy Gateway Inn and Suites onboard NAS Pensacola. The workshop, organized by NAS Pensacola Religious Ministries Department Deputy Chaplain Lt. Richard Tiff and attended by more than 100 U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Chaplains and Religious Programs Specialists (RPs), included various presentations on issues currently impacting the Chaplain Corps (CHC).
Educational benefits for family members: Just askActive-duty service members have many options for assistance in furthering their education, but military spouses and dependents are also eligible for benefits. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Education Assistance Program offers interest-free loans and grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 per academic year to spouses of active-duty and retired service members for undergraduate programs at an accredited two- or four-year institution.
Hunter Hayes free concert onboard NASP tonight, June 21NAS Pensacola MWR and Air Force Reserves invites you to a free Tour For The Troops concert June 21 at the NASP Portside Complex lawn. The concert features Hunter Hayes with special guests Brandon Ratcliff and Jessie Ritter starts at 6:30 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome, federal rules apply: bags and items subject to search, no guns, knives, recording devices, alcohol, food, drinks or pets allowed. For more visit NavyMWRPensacola/events.
CNP visits Naval Education and Training Command
Vice Adm. John Nowell, the Navy’s 59th chief of naval personnel (CNP) concluded a two-day visit to Pensacola where he was able to extend his appreciation to the workforce of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), Navy’s force development command, June 13. Nowell spent time visiting local commands and recognizing Sailors and civilians who contribute to the Navy’s “street-to-fleet” team responsible for Navy recruiting, education and training.
June 2019 SRB and ‘Pay for Performance’ pilot update announced
The Navy updated the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan for Active Component and Full Time Support Sailors and announced the continuation of an incentivized performance program in NAVADMIN 129/19, released June 11. Updates include the decrease of award levels for 88 skills in 20 ratings and removing award levels for 14 skills in 10 ratings from the SRB plan announced in NAVADMIN 305/18, Dec. 17, 2018.
Junior Navy technologists develop integration for electric weapons
It has all the trappings of a bestselling Navy technological thriller – six junior scientists and engineers overcame the odds to develop a new capability that enables the integration of electric weapons aboard Navy ships. The recent college graduates – Navy civilian employees selected for a special workforce development program known as Sly Fox – verified the veracity of their research and demonstrated that their Power and Energy Generation Analysis SimUlation System (PEGASUS) is not fiction.
Airfield management: ‘Keeping aviation training running safely’
Directly responsible for the 12 different outlying landing fields in Alabama and Florida, and two airfields on the base used for naval aviation training at Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF), one would be surprised to learn that airfield management has only existed officially in the Navy since 2012.
Law enforcement officers team up for Operation Dry Water
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.
Gulf Breeze girl is 455th FTS’s ‘Pilot for a Day’A local girl had the opportunity recently to become a U.S Air Force “Pilot for a Day” at NAS Pensacola’s 455th Flying Training Squadron (FTS). After a car accident in 2015, doctors were not sure if 7-year-old Layla Vogt would be able to move, speak or see normally.
Blood drive for service members, families held at NATTCAOAN Christopher Hayes from Greensboro, North Carolina donates blood during an Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) blood drive at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) onboard NAS Pensacola. The ASBP provides quality blood products for service members, veterans and their families. Photos by Lt. Ian Loomis
OFF DUTY: Real men wear tutusA spotlight, a stage, music, perhaps a little to drink, and, most importantly, a tutu. And of course, grown men wearing said tutu. This is not your average dinner and a show. Ballet Pensacola has unveiled plans for their latest fundraiser, the Mr. Tutu Competition, to be held June 28 at Seville Quarter in Phineas Phogg’s. Approximately twenty competitors will strut their stuff down a runway while wearing, you guessed it, a pink tutu. Guests can donate for their favorite competitor, one of which will be crowned the 2019 Mr. Tutu.