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CIWT recognized as top learning center
Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), visited Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) to congratulate the staff for winning the 2017 overall Training Excellence White “T” award, Feb. 20. “For the first time in recent or known history, CIWT is the first learning center to ever sweep all nine functional areas,” Cozad said. “It’s all about competition and becoming better every day. I now challenge you to continue to excel, think differently about how we train, and knock down the barriers for our Sailors.”
NATTC’s ABE1 Shannon wins Flowers civic awardThe Pensacola Council of the Navy League is proud to announce the winner of the Margaret Flowers Civic Award for 2017, Naval Air Technical Training Center’s (NATTC) ABE1 (AW/SW) Michael P. Shannon. The award was given yesterday, Feb. 22, at a luncheon held to honor all of the enlisted service members who volunteered their time in contribution of the local community.
Nurses, corpsmen honored with DAISY Award at NHPNaval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) held a ceremony to announce the winners of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses Feb. 2. The ceremony marked the first time the DAISY Award has been given at NHP.
Ash Wednesday celebrated onboard NAS PensacolaNaval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola chaplain Lt. Christopher Terrell, brought “ashes to go” for busy service members Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day for peace that falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of repentance before Easter. Ash Wednesday is observed by many Western Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics and some Baptists. Photo by Greg Mitchell
NASP 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.
Sisters in different services train together
Sisters and service members, Navy SN Michelle Panchana (left) and Air Force Airman 1st Class Gisella Panchana (right) are photographed as students together at the Medical Education and Training Campus at Joint Base San Antonio- Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Feb. 9. They attended school at the base from August 2017 to January 2018. Gisella graduated from the METC Radiology Program Jan. 30, while Michelle is scheduled to complete the METC Pharmacy Program in April. Photo by David DeKunder
NASWF’s Air Traffic Controller of the Year
NAS Whiting Field (NASWF) recently announced AC1 Justin Kersch as the Vice Adm. Robert B. Pirie Naval Air Traffic Controller of the Year. Kersch is the North Tower Branch chief/NATOPS instructor, a title normally held by a chief petty officer. He maintained regulations to control tower operations, operational continuity between watch teams, qualified personnel to individual operation positions, recommended personnel for supervisory positions and provided technical assistance in the development of procedures.
Black History Month event at Whiting Field
Jawana Jackson from the Selma House Museum returned to Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Feb 13 once more to share her memories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Artifacts and Dr. King-related items filled the foyer of the atrium onboard NASWF as Jackson shared stories of what it was like to be a child growing up around the influence of Dr. King, civil rights leaders and parents that were active supporters of the civil rights movement. The gathering began with an introduction of Jackson by director of the NASWF Diversity Committee, CPO Andrew McDougle. Jackson spoke to the audience and then opened the room for a question-and-answer period to learn more about her life and experiences with her father and Dr. King. She mentioned what Dr. King was like day to day, how Dr. King handled the stress of FBI surveillance and the challenge of remaining peaceful during such a crucial time in our country. Jackson was presented with flowers in appreciation for her efforts and time, and refreshments were served. She resides in Milton, but operates The Selma House Museum in Selma, Ala., which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. For more information regarding Jackson’s book or the Selma House Museum visit www.jacksonfoundationmuseum.com>. Photo by Ens. Luke Hague
March is National Women’s History Month
The 2018 Theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” As recently as the 1970s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K through 12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978.
CIWT recognizes Civilians of the QuarterCIWT Commanding Officer Capt. Bill Lintz commended the awardees for their hard work and steadfast effort supporting the Navy’s training mission. He went on to say that selecting only one candidate in each category was extremely challenging, as all nominees clearly exceeded expectations in all assigned duties.
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 on November 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. The primary way in which Purple Heart recipients are honored is through enrollment in The Roll of Honor electronic database which is accessible in The Hall’s main gallery and on its website, www.thepurpleheart.com. Purple Heart recipients are encouraged to become members of the Roll of Honor by completing an enroll form and submitting it to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Family members and friends may also enroll Purple Heart recipients, living or deceased, by completing an enrollment form and providing supporting evidence. Enrollment is voluntary and free of cost. Help us honor and preserve the stories of these deserving men and women by enrolling them today in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. To enroll a Purple Heart recipient or for more information, visit www.thepurpleheart.com.
OFF DUTY: Medieval festival returnsThe Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire and Pirate Festival (GCRFPF) returns to the Gulf Coast March 3 through 4 at the Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds. At GCRFPF, there are stages and performance areas set up for scheduled shows, such as plays in Shakespearean or commedia dell’arte tradition, as well as anachronistic audience participation comedy routines.