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NAS Pensacola CO takes in Blue Angels practice
NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin watches as Lt. Lance Benson is strapped into the front seat with help from No.4 Crew Chief AM2 Robert Fitzpatrick. Martin flew in the back seat of Blue Angels jet No.7 during a Blue Angels practice session at Forrest Sherman Field onboard NAS Pensacola July 12. Photo by Ens. Kristina Wiedemann
Lake Frederic restoration project under wayContractors and crews from NAS Pensacola’s Public Works Department (PWD) and Regal Select Services Inc. (RSSI) began work July 14 to control erosion and restore access to NAS Pensacola’s Lake Frederic beach. Lake Frederic’s access to the intracoastal waterway – a local favorite for recreational use – has been closed since early June due to safety concerns. Severe dune and beach erosion, combined with deep underwater drop-offs and unpredictable currents, led to the closure. The area is currently prohibited to wading, swimming and fishing.
January 2018 E-7 advancement exam cycle announcedThe January 2018 Navywide enlisted examination (Cycle 238) testing date for active-duty and full time support (FTS) Sailors who are advancement eligible to the paygrade of E-7 was recently announced in Naval Administrative Message (NavAdmin) 175/17, released July 14. Each Navy advancement examination consists of 25 professional military knowledge and 150 job-specific rating technical questions. The Navywide examination date is Jan. 18 for USN and FTS Sailors eligible to advance to chief petty officer, as well as E-6s who are required to take the E-7 exam for the limited duty officer program.
ASTC Pensacola Sailor trains alongside SoldiersAviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) Pensacola recently sent one of its instructors to the Army’s Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., to learn and share parachute training practices. Lt. Joshua Muffett, Department Head of Aviation Water Survival at ASTC Pensacola, recently completed the Army’s Basic Airborne Course (BAC), a three-week class designed to teach Soldiers the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safety.
NAS Pensacola 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) aboard NASP. E-mail your answer to NASPGosport@gmail.com. Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NASPPAO and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month).
Team Navy celebrates close of 2017 DoD Warrior Games
After all the fanfare, the crowds and the cameras, Team Navy joined their fellow competitors July 8 at a small event at Navy Pier in Chicago to celebrate the conclusion of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games, hosted by the Navy. The event was closed to the public. Only the athletes and their loved ones gathered to say goodbye to new friends and to share the new memories they have made.
Navy announces review of all collateral duties
The Navy eliminated seven shipboard collateral duties in NavAdmin 168/17, released July 11, and tasked a working group to further review all collateral duties for the potential to be eliminated or consolidated. The seven collaterals identified for immediate elimination were selected from a review of fleet units and will have minimal impact to mission: Athletics Officer, Library Officer, Health Benefits Advisor, Community Relations Project Officer, Enlisted Safety Committee (Safety petty officers have not been
NAS Whiting Field’s HT-18 changes command
Cmdr. Brian Sanderson officially turned over command of Helicopter Training Squadron Eighteen (HT-18) to Marine Lt. Col. Aaron J. Brunk June 29 with squadron instructors, students, friends and family witnessing the exchange in leadership. The speech Sanderson gave expressed thanks to the long list of those that have helped the squadron throughout his command years, giving special recognition and thanks to his wife April and sons Todd and Scott. Sanderson closed his speech with how he felt about the honor of his opportunity of command with a quote from President George Washington.
When thunder roars, go indoors: lightning facts, figures and safety
Our beaches are the best. It starts and ends right there. A day at the beach in Northwest Florida has never looked better. And after you’ve had your fill of sun and surf, we’re fortunate to also have a number of worthwhile entertainment destinations, all onboard or within a reasonable driving distance of NAS Pensacola.
NETC analyst named BBBS Volunteer of the YearNaval Education and Training Command (NETC) financial analyst Elana Garvin received the Escambia County “Big of the Year” award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBS) July 10. Six case managers from Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Northwest Florida Pensacola and her Little Sister Tymeisha surprised Garvin when they arrived at NETC headquarters with balloons and cupcakes to honor her volunteer work as a Big Sister. The Big of the Year award is presented to the Big Brother or Big Sister who has gone above and beyond as a positive role model.
OFF DUTY: Blues on the Bay swings at Maritime ParkJune 25 marked the halfway point in both the summer and the Blue Angels Blues on the Bay Concert Series. The annual concert series is hosted at Hunter Ampitheater at Pensacola’s Community Maritime Park on nights when the Blue Wahoos baseball team is not playing. This week on July 23, the Blues on the Bay returns with local band The Mulligans set to play. Other concerts will be July 30 featuring The Astronauts and Aug. 6 featuring Reunion Band. The final concert will be Aug. 20, with the band Not Quite Fab finishing off the summer