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CNATRA flight students help with Hurricane Michael recovery
When Hurricane Michael hit Florida’s Gulf Coast Oct. 10, Gary Churchwell, a division head at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla., and his family evacuated to Mobile, Ala., to wait out the storm. When it was safe to return, they came home to fallen trees, downed power lines, their roof and ceilings collapsed and their family home devastated. Beginning the cleanup process seemed a monumental task; heavy furniture had to be moved, soaking wet carpet had to be ripped out and all of that in 90 degree weather with limited, if any, emergency services available.
NAS Pensacola remembers Armistice DayNaval Air Station Pensacola’s (NASP) Aviation Memorial Chapel hosted a ceremony Nov. 11 recognizing the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Seventy-five service members and community members attended the Armistice ceremony, which was designed to recognize the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I as well as express appreciation and gratitude for service members from all eras of the United States Armed Forces.
MacDill hosts NAS Pensacola flight training squadronSince the end of October 2018, the skies above MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. roar a little louder than normal. On any given day, the Tampa Bay community can look to the skies to see the robust KC-135 Stratotanker fly overhead en route to fuel warfighters around the world. However, their buzz is currently drowned out by the U.S. Navy’s visiting fleet of training jets. Members of the Navy’s Training Squadron 86, also known as the VT-86 Sabrehawks, journeyed to MacDill to complete pilot training in lieu of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels’ homecoming at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Corry honors 100th anniversary of the end of World War IInformation Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station staff and students participated in a bell-ringing ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Nov. 11. On Nov. 11, 1918, 100 years ago, the armistice that was signed between Germany and the Allied nations went into effect, marking the end of World War I. The tolling of bells is a traditional expression of honor and remembrance. IT1 Sopheareth Sao, an IT “A” School instructor, began the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance.
Don’t stand in line: TSA Precheck open to military, DoD civilians
Service members are trusted to defend the nation, surely they can be trusted when boarding a plane. This is the thinking of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is pushing to ensure that service members and DoD civilians know they can use the TSA Precheck program.
Navy Celebrates American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage
The Navy honors National American Indian Heritage Month in November celebrating achievements of American Indians and Alaska Natives and recognizing the central role they have played in the nation’s history. The theme for the month this year is “Sovereignty, Trust and Resilience.”
Hurricane Michael: Before, during and after the storm
Naval Support Activity (NSA) Panama City was severely impacted by Hurricane Michael and Navy bases responded to provide immediate assistance. This is the story of before, during, and after of the impact of the deadly storm. Before the storm: We knew it was coming and we prepared for impact. NAS Whiting Field began to increase its Conditions of Readiness (COR) from COR 5, early precautions, to the highest condition, COR 1. As the storm continued its approach, NSA Panama City began their COR countdown as well.
Great American Smokeout emphasizes why you should quit
Health personnel at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., advocate tobacco and electronic cigarette users kick the habit for good in recognition of the Great American Smokeout the week of Nov. 15. The American Cancer Society established The Great American Smokeout as a day to encourage tobacco cessation throughout the U.S.
NETC employee earns Meritorious Civilian Service AwardRear Adm. Kyle Cozad, commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), presented Robert Monette with the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, during an all-hands call with NETC’s Virginia Beach staff Nov. 6. As the deputy director of NETC’s Fleet Integration, Learning and Development Division (N7), Monette played a key role as a primary architect for Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) as part of Sailor 2025, the Navy’s program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow.
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: Holiday cheer at WinterfestEvery December, downtown Pensacola transforms into a winter wonderland through the magic of Pensacola Winterfest. This year, the festival will start with the Elf Parade Nov. 23 at 4:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. No, Pensacola doesn’t see a lot of snow, and yes, we’ve been known to wrap palm trees in strings of colored lights. None of that means we can’t appreciate a good cup of hot chocolate, holiday cheer and celebrating the winter season – we simply do it the Pensacola way with Winterfest.