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Under secretary explores Navy training at NASP
Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly received a firsthand look at training offered by Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and visited two naval aviation training commands during a visit to Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) May 10. Modly has initiated a cleansheet review of the Department of the Navy’s approach to education across the Navy and Marine Corps.
Canada’s Snowbirds perform onboard NAS PensacolaThe Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron teamed up this week with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, to provide aviation double-header practice sessions for fans at the National Naval Aviation Museum. (Above) The Snowbirds’ signature nineplane formation and element acrobatics over NASP’s Sherman Field May 15. Photos by Kaitlyn Peacock
NASP galley wins five-star accreditationNAS Pensacola Food Services has been awarded the five-star accreditation for food service excellence and have been nominated to represent Navy Region Southeast for further competition towards the Captain Edward F. Ney Award. The Ney award, which was established in 1958, is given each year to the galley that displays an attention to detail and excellence in food service such as general sanitation, administration, training documentation and service.
MWR hosts “Dinner on the Bayou” at NASPMorale, Welfare and Recreation patrons had a unique dining experience recently onboard NAS Pensacola – a five-course dinner on A.C. Read Golf Course along Bayou Grande. Music was provided by Cat Daddy on a pontoon boat. Photos by John Harvell.
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.
Rear Admiral speaks at PGA military appreciation event
Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southeast, spoke to golf fans and service members during the kickoff of the Professional Golfer’s Association of America’s (PGA) The Player’s Championship (TPC) Sawgrass tournament week at Ponte Vedra, Fla. May 8. The event, centered at the course’s famed 17th hole, highlighted service members with a special military appreciation day.
Retired master chief to receive Medal of Honor
President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor to retired Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Britt Slabinski for his heroic actions in March 2002 during the Battle of Takur Ghar while serving in Afghanistan. SOCM Slabinski will be awarded the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony May 24 for his actions while leading a team under heavy effective enemy fire in an attempt to rescue teammate Petty Officer First Class Neil Roberts during Operation ANACONDA in 2002.
Jay High School ‘Royal’ becomes naval aviator
Lt.j.g. Payden Roberts of Jay, Florida, formerly of Milton, earned his Wings of Gold onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) in a ceremony April 27. Roberts, who said both towns hold a special place in his heart, is deeply rooted in the areas surrounding NASWF. Roberts and his family lived in Milton for most of his childhood, where he attended the Pensacola Christian Academy, Bagdad Elementary School and Avalon Middle School. After sixth grade, they moved north to the small town of Jay, where Roberts played for the Jay High School “Royals” baseball team.
Termites: 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 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 recognizes Civilians of the QuarterThe Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) recognized its 2018 first quarter Civilians of the Quarter (CoQ) April 25. CIWT selected Joan Patty, an instructor at Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, as its Civilian Instructor of the Quarter (CIoQ), and Glenn Sircy, public affairs officer for the CIWT domain, as non-supervisor CoQ.
Navy League to host Spouse Recognition LuncheonThe Pensacola Council of the Navy League of the United States will host the 13th annual Military Spouse Recognition Luncheon May 24 at 11:30 a.m. at New World Landing in downtown Pensacola. The Military Spouse Recognition Luncheon honors the spouses of military members who have demonstrated significant contribution to their respective command and to the community.
OFF DUTY: Lionfish removal driveThe third annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day will be held May 20 to 21 and will feature a new incentive program for participants. At a previous Commission meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) gratefully acknowledged $25,000 in charitable donations. These funds will go to the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and will be used as cash prizes for a new and novel lionfish removal incentive program, rewarding harvesters who find and remove lionfish previously tagged by FWC staff.