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New Pensacola-area Chief Petty Officers join the Mess
Seventy Sailors from commands at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP), NASP Corry Station and NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) officially joined the chief petty officer (CPO) ranks in two pinning ceremonies Sept. 15. At NAS Pensacola, AZCS Shawn Fleming said a plan that started 10 months ago with over 400 chiefs from 16 Chiefs Messes in a “true to form” team effort provided a meaningful and challenging initiation experience for the chief selects.
NASP ombudsmen honored at luncheonThere was a big turnout for the Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) ombudsman appreciation luncheon Sept. 19 at the Mustin Beach Club. The assemblage included more than 80 guests representing 20 commands including Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard units. Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), and his wife Amy were seated at the head table with NASP Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Martin and his wife Catherine who also served as the guest speaker.
359th TRS Det 1 hosts POW/MIA RunNearly 300 Pensacolaarea Airmen, Sailors and Marines took part in the 359th Training Squadron (TRS)-sponsored Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) 24-hour Vigil Run Sept. 15 onboard NAS Pensacola (NASP). The run, designed to keep the POW/MIA Flag in motion for 24 hours to honor service members who were prisoners of war or missing in action, involved nearly 20 tenant commands aboard NASP, something 359th TRS Commanding Officer U.S. Air Force Capt. Patrick Britton said is important to his command’s training mission.
32nd Annual International Coastal CleanupPersonnel from NAS Pensacola, as well as NASP Sea Cadets from “Independence Squadron,” participated in the 32nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup Sept. 16. Volunteers picked up approximately 1,550 pounds of trash across four miles of beach onboard NAS Pensacola. The NASP Public Works Department organized the event with representatives from the Navy Mustang Association, Society of American Military Engineers and Sea Cadets. (Above left) Deputy Public Works Officer Jim Kane and his wife Margie help clean up the beach. Photo by Victoria Simek. (Center) Volunteers comb the beach; (right) Sea Cadets carry a pipe that washed ashore near Lake Frederic. With Hurricane Irma’s passage only a week before, there was plenty of debris. Photos by AC3 Christian Klos-Dunn
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).
Navy celebrates 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month
The Navy joins the nation in celebrating Hispanic Americans during Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. AlNav 006/17 encourages participation in all the heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year. This year, Navy commands are encouraged to celebrate and reflect on the theme “Shaping the Bright Future of America.” The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, it was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to cover a 30-day period, paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. The unique dates of this heritage month were chosen to encompass the Independence Day anniversaries for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.
T-45 pilots train aboard USS Truman
Instructors from Training Air Wing (TraWing) 1 and TraWing-2 concluded carrier qualifications flying Boeing T-45C Goshawks aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Sept. 16 and 17. This evolution allowed Truman Sailors to practice launching and recovering aircraft while preparing instructors, and instructors under training, to teach the Navy’s newest pilots. “This is the instructors’ initial carrier qualification in the T-45 as an instructor,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ronnie Dale Stahl Jr.
TraWing-5 changes command, Morris new commodore
Capt. Mark Murray turned over command of Training Air Wing Five (TraWing-5) to Marine Col. David Morris Sept. 15 during a change of command ceremony at NAS Pensacola’s National Naval Aviation Museum. Morris assumed command of the Navy’s largest training wing. The guest speaker for the event, retired Capt. Wayne Tunick, spoke about Murray’s accomplishments. “It’s appropriate we take the time to acknowledge the career of an outstanding naval officer and his family,” Tunick said. “What got Mark here today? It’s about his dedication, courage, motivation and commitment.”
NAS Whiting Field has four brand-new CPOs
Their covers were placed, anchors pinned and salutes rendered, with the introduction of their new rank and name as new chiefs passed through the side boys in the NATTC Charles E. Taylor Hangar onboard NAS Pensacola, four NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) chief petty officers were indoctrinated during the chief petty officer pinning ceremony Sept. 15. ACC(AW/SW) Jeffrey Allen, ABHC(AW/SW) Andrew McDougle, MAC Joseph Pellicano and MAC (SW/AW) Justin Schultz were pinned among forty-eight fellow new chief petty officers.
POW recounts Operation Linebacker II
It was Dec. 26, 1972. The vibration from bombs exploding in the distance resonated through the walls of the North Vietnamese prison. In his cell, an American pilot peered through the barred windows where he saw the silhouette of a B-52 Stratofortress in flames. He could only watch as the same fate that lead him to his prison cell was handed over to his fellow Airmen. This American pilot is retired Col. Peter Giroux, a B-52 pilot and a captain at the time, who now resides in Kansas. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese Dec. 22, 1972, while supporting Operation Linebacker II.
CIWT pins newest chief petty officersTwenty-eight Sailors from across the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain donned their chief petty officer (CPO) anchors during pinning ceremonies, Sept. 15. The pinning ceremonies concluded CPO 365 Phase II training, which began when the CPO selectees were announced. Families, friends and shipmates joined the selectees as they officially put on the coveted gold fouled anchors of a chief petty officer.
Finding a better way to forecast hurricane strengthAs Hurricane Irma approached U.S. shores, researchers sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) used airdropped autonomous sensors to compile real-time ocean observations to help forecasters predict the strength of future tropical storms. This marks the first time a new, specialized version of the sensors, called ALAMO (Air-Launched Autonomous Micro Observer) sensors, was used in hurricane-prediction research. While standard computerized prediction models rely on atmospheric data like air temperature, humidity, altitude and wind speed and direction, the ALAMO sensors use sophisticated instruments to gauge water temperature, salinity and pressure beneath the sea surface.
OFF DUTY: Festival season in full swing with seafoodThe annual Pensacola Seafood Festival takes over Seville Square, Fountain Park and waterfront Bartram Park in historic Downtown Pensacola Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 this year. Each fall, the festival attracts more than 100,000 attendees during the three-day event. From fried mullet – a local delicacy – to world-famous shrimp and grits, Pensacola’s seafood is some of the best in the world. Not only is it fresh from the Gulf, but it also has the benefit of the area’s wide range of culinary influences, from traditional southern and Cajun to the area’s French and Spanish flavors to the international flair brought to the area by the globe-trotting military population. Local chefs do not mind mashing them up for the perfect, unexpected culture combination that leaves the mouth watering.