Vol. 65 No. 10 Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Students Get a Glimpse of the Future of Aviation
the future of military aviation March 9 and 10 when repre-
sentatives from Lockheed Martin brought a demonstration
of the F-35 Lightning II technology to the base.
The cockpit simulator and future training tools
were a big draw for the students and more than 200 of them
showed up to test the equipment. With digital multi-color
readouts, push screens controls, and computer like operabil-
ity; the equipment has the feel of a high-tech video game, but
is really a giant leap forward in aviation technology.
"It was completely different," said 2nd Lt. Philip
Becker an Air Force officer attending primary flight training
at NASWF after his turn in the simulator. Just by using the
finger and data management scroll controls you can pull up
2nd Lt. Philip Becker works the controls on the F-35 Lightning II ngs so quickly. It was awesome. Very intuitive, but a lot
flight simulator brought to NAS Whiting Field March 9 and 10. The more advanced than what we are learning now. I would love
simulator is a roving display taken to Naval Air Stations across the to fly one though."
country to educate pilots on the new Joint Strike Fighter. U. S. Navy The F-35 Lightning II is a joint service fighter that
photo by Jay Cope. will have variants used by the Air Force, Navy and Marine
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Corps. All will have stealth capability along with integrated
Training Air Wing FIVE student pilots at Naval Air avionics for true 360-degree situational awareness for the
Station Whiting Field (NASWF) had the opportunity to see (Cont. on Page 5)
Navy Updates Physical Readiness Policy Pilot For A Da
From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs i
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy an-
nounced additional changes to the Physical Readi-
ness Program (PRP) March 11, which remains fo-
cused on performance and enhances the culture of
fitness for Sailors.
"These changes underscore the importance of all
Personnel Specialist 1st Class our Sailors remaining fit and able to meet the de-
Brandon Norman performs push- mands of Navy service. I see this as an opportunity Miason Eads had an opportunitN to
ups during a Navy Personnel for us to build upon the finest Navy in the world see whNt it's like to be "Pilot For a Da N with
Command mock physical fitness by creating a Navy that is better, stronger and more Training Sq(adron SIX (VT-6) "Shooters" at
assessment. (U.S. Navy photo by NAS iti Fild, 3. Pilt F
Chief Mass Communication Spe- capable," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of ,NS Whiin Field, MaCh n Pi I Fo a
cialist Maria Yager/Released) naval personnel. with medical problems to see first hand what
According to NAVADMIN 073/09, effective it takes to fly for the Na'y.
immediately, active-duty Sailors with three or more physical fitness assessment The Beulah Elementary student got
(PFA) failures in the last four years may not transfer, reenlist or extend without a a chance to taxi around the runway in a T-34,
earning his wings and a certificate designat-
waiver from Navy Personnel Command.
ing him an honorary pilot. He also toured
Effective Oct. 1, Physical Readiness Information Management System various locations on Whiting Field. He wa~
(PRIMS) data will be reviewed as part of the advancement and promotion pro- checked-out on a helicopter flight simula-
cess. According to the current policy, Sailors who failed their most recent PFA tor, night ision goggles, and a ride in one of
Whiting Field's fir engines. Photo b YN
(Cont. on Page 2) Naomi Black.
From the Archive: PFA Changes
"Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor ev- n f m Pa 1
erywhere, who bravely bears his country's
cause. Abraham Lincoln. cannot be advanced or promoted until they are within PFA
American service ersostandards. This has been enforced at the command level,
American service persons are taught to sa-
lute from their very first days in training. (Re- but the new change will allow equal enforcement across
member right upper arm parallel to the deck, the fleet.
elbow 45 degree angle, thumb and forefinger "Overall fitness levels Navywide have improved
With nearly 96 percent of Sailors passing the Fall 2008
straight and joined, palm down and fingers to
the right corner of the eye and touching or s PFA, according to the NAVADMIN, said Ferguson.
Jay Cope just Command justification is required in PRIMS
below the headgear) I certainly remember it be-
Whiting Tower Editor ll for Sailors who do not complete a PFA. All Sailors must
ing drilled into me. Whether it is showing re-
meet body fat standards in order to pass semi-annual re-
spect for ranks obtained or achievements earned, honor is at the heart
of why we salute. quirements. Sailors who cannot complete physical por-
We all know that Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen sa- tions of the PFA due to medcal wavers must still pass a
lute when they meet an officer of higher rank and the salute is returned ody composition assessment unless (BCA) is medically
Waived. Additionally, no progress waivers may be granted
as a similar gesture of respect. We also know that we are supposed to n rre a
salute the flag during colors, salute when we cross the brow of the ship er une 30, 2009.
The message now designates dates, defined as
(both to the flag and the Officer of the Deck), and when we make an The esse nw dt eea
official report. However, it can be more obscure that we salute when cycles, in which commands must conduct the semi-an-
nual PFA. Cycle 1 is Jan. 1 through June 30. Cycle 2 is
the Pledge of Allegiance is recited outdoors, when meeting officers of
friendly foreign countries or Medal of Honor recipients, and that it is July 1 through Dec. 31.
"Command leadership has a responsibility to en-
permissible to salute when it would otherwise cause embarrassment.Command leadership has a responsibility to en-
It is also interesting to note that the salute varies between the sure records are properly updated and reflect Sailors' PFA
performance. The PRP is another performance-based mea-
services. Sailors do not salute indoors or while seated. Both are ac- performance. The PRP is another performance-based mea-
ceptable in the Army and Air Force, and Navy personnel should return sure to ensure we're retaining our top Sailors, said Rear
such salutes after coming to attention Adm. Dan Holloway, director, Military Personnel, Plans
such salutes after coming to attention .
There isn't any true understanding of the evolution of the sa- and Policy Division.
lute. We know that American forces developed the salute thanks to FELLOW EMPLOYEES NEED
our British heritage. It was a custom that was carried over from their HELP
military forces (although the open handed salute of the British Army Ms. r
Ms. Eva Leatherwood, Equal Employment
is not part of our practice). Queen Victoria dictated the salute as the
form of respectful salutation, supposedly due to her anger at officers Specialist at CNRSE FDD Pensacola office, has
being uncovered when being honored tipping the hat, uncovering in been approved for the Leave Recipient Program.
front of a superior and saluting were all acceptable signs of respect Leatherwood will be required to be out of work un-
until that time. til approximately April 6, 2009 and has exhausted
Where the British salute evolved from is murkier. Current all of her leave.
wisdom indicates that it is derived from the chivalric practice of junior Ms. Erica Milton, Program Analyst of
knights raising their visors to more senior knights as a way of showing CNRSE Family Readiness Program at NAS Jack-
,. CNRSE Family Readiness Program at NAS Jack-
that they are unarmed. The senior knight would presumably then raise
his own. There are also thoughts that the even more ancient Roman sonville, has been approved for the Leave Recipi-
practice of approaching a public official with your right hand open ent Program. Ms. Milton will be required to be out
and raised to show that you were not armed (perhaps a precursor to of work for approximately six to eight weeks and
a modem hello or goodbye wave) originated the salute. The practice will exhaust all of her leave very
was due to an inordinate amount of assassinations during the time. soon.
Regardless of the true origins, the salute is a time-honored Anyone wishing to donate annual leave
custom of greeting. It means, essentially, "I greet you." And yet, u i p m i
under this program may contact Jim Harbaugh at
due to the shared experiences, trials and traditions of the Navy, Ma-
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is unique to those of us who have served our country and a mark of 0041. Thank you for your participation.
respect for our sacrifices and patriotism. A salute should never be a The following forms would need to be com-
burden, but a celebration of who we are and the honor that we carry pleted by the donor OPM 630-A Inside Agency
for our country every day. (Anyone employed in Department of Navy) or
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News and Notes
Advancement Exams The Navy advancement exams for
E4 and E5 candidates will occur on the following schedule: E5
- Mar. 12; and E4 Mar. 19. The E4 test will be held in the Wings
Club Ballroom while the E5 exam is scheduled in Sikes Hall. All
participants must have the uniform of the day on with their military
ID card. No cell phones or watches are allowed during the test.
Disney for the Troops Disney parks celebrate the U. S. mili-
tary with free multi-day admisions to theme parks in 2009. Disney
is granting active duty, reserve members on active duty, and mili-
tary retirees a free five-day hopper pass. This includes members of
the U. S. Coast Guard and National Guard. Eligible patrons may
also purchase up to five additional five-day (non-hopper) passes
for $99 each. Tickets are valid up through June 12 for the Califor-
nia park and until Dec. 23 for the Florida parks. See www.disney-
world.com/military or your ITT office for more information.
Riverwalk Arts Festival Historic Downtown Milton will
host the 21st Annual Riverwalk Arts Festival March 14-15 from 10
a.m. 5 p.m.. The event will feature fine art, folk art, multi-cultur-
al music, and other entertainment. There will also be festival foods
and childrens games. The event is sponsored by the Santa Rosa
Arts and Culture foundation in partnership with the City of Milton.
Call 850-623-8493 or 3117 or see www.sracf.org for details.
March Badness Tickets are on sale for the fight card featur-
ing Roy Jones, Jr. March 21 at the Pensacola Civic Center. Jones
will square off against Light Heavyweight contender Omar Sheika.
IBF number 2 Cruiserweight B. J. Flores will be featured on the
card along with three Mixed Martial Arts contests. Tickets range
from $28 to $128 and are available at all Ticketmaster locations
and the Pensacola Civic Center Box Office.
Military Discount Recanati's Italian Restaurant's two loca-
tions, on Avalon Highway and Berryhill Road, now offers anyone
with a military ID a 10 percent discount on foods purchased. All
items delivered to the base will receive the same discount with a
$10 minimum purchase. Call 850-626-2778 for information.
Fishin' With a Mission The United Way of Santa Rosa
County will host their "Fishin' With a Mission" bass tournament
and family festival April 11 at Carpenter's Park. Registration be-
gins Feb. 17 at the United Way offices at 6576 Caroline St or 6479
Highway 90 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
etaining ur est an rig test
BHC Eric Tomczack presents ABH2 Christian Santana his Honor-
able Discharge Certificate during his reenlistment ceremony March
. Santana reenlisted at the Mid-Field Hangar for five more years. U.
S. Navy photo by Jay Cope..
Ketaining uur nest ana nrigntest limes inree
ABH1(AW/SW) Alson E.J. Alfred, ABH2 James F Bowles and
ABH2(AW) Dustin R. Shead reenlist together in the Mid-Field Han-
gar March 10.Lt. j.g. Sirjoo recited the oath nd served as the reenlist-
ing officer for the three Sailors. U. S. Navy photo by Jay Cope..
Top prize is anticipated to be $3,000. Call 623-4507 or check out
firstname.lastname@example.org. Rusty Whitfield will be the pre-
miere performer for the family day at the park.
Youth Soccer and Baseball Registrations are being taken
at the Naval Air Station Pensacola Youth Center until March 15
from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Bldg 3690 for youth Spring Soccer
and Baseball. Cost is $40 per child which includes shirt, shorts
and socks for soccer and shirt, hat and socks for baseball. Soccer
will have four divisions for ages 4 to 15 while baseball will have
three groups for children between the ages of 4 and 11. For more
information call 452-3810 or 452-2417.
On Golden Pond The play, "On Golden Pond," made fa-
mous by the movie with Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, will
be presented by the Panhandle Community Theatre March 26, 27
and 28 at the Milton High School auditorium. Cost is $12 with a
portion of the proceeds to be presented to the Pace H. S. and Mil-
ton H. S. drama departments. The play is a fun, sentimental look at
growing older and the importance of family. Call (850) 450-2566
to make reservations or for more details.
CHS Fun Run Central High School will host a 5 K Fun Run/
Walk Saturday March 21 at the school. Advance registration is
available until March 16 for $20 and early registrants will receive
a race T-shirt. Same day registration begins at 6 a.m. for $25. Call
983-5640 for more information.
Troy University Classes Troy University will begin teach-
ing Spring semester courses March 16 at Whiting Field including:
American National Government, Organizational Behavior, and U.
S. History to 1877. Classes will be taught via VTC, however future
classes may be taught live if class sizes will support. Troy Univer-
sity requires at least 10 students registered to bring an instructor
on-site. The Spring classes will be taught in Bldg. 1471(old Ops
bldg) but will move to the new Atrium Bldg once it is complete.
If you have never utilized Tuition Assistance (TA), you will need
to have a TA brief prior to it being approved. Registration is in
progress. Call 981-0333 for more information.
Golf Tournament Training Air Wing FIVE will hold a golf
tournament March 26 to support theNavy and Marine Corps Relief
Society fund drive. Forms can be picked up in the TW5 STUCON
office. The deadline for registration is March 23.
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Job Search Strategies Monday, March 16, from 8:00 10:00 am
Are you new to the area and having a hard time finding employment in this tough economy? In this informative class, we will give
you several techniques and resources that will help you with your job. Bring a copy of your resume if you would like our Work and
Family Life Staff to review it after the class.
Anger Management Wednesday, March 18, from 1:-00 2:00 pm
Is anger affecting your health, your relationships or your work performance? Learn to understand the causes and effects of unhealthy
anger and how to express and release that anger in a healthy way! Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more informa-
tion, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Your Insurance Needs Thursday, March 19, from 1:00 3:00 pm
A 60 90 minute interactive program suitable for all audiences, designed to develop knowledge and skills that will enable participants
to make informed consumer decisions on the basic types of insurance, and to determine their personal need for life insurance. Class
will be held in the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Ten Steps to a Federal Job Monday, March 23, from 8:00 10:00 am
"Is it worth your while to invest your time and effort in searching and applying for a Federal Job?" If your answer is "yes", then you
need to attend this class in order to learn how to prepare the best application possible. You will learn how to read an announcement,
analyze core competencies for language, analyze vacancy listings for keywords, and how to apply forjobs. Class will be held at the
FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177
Consumer Awareness Tuesday, March 24, from 1:00 3:00 pm
According to the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, fraud cost consumers over 40 billion dollars every year. We are constantly ap-
proached by people trying to take our money. Some offers are truly fraudulent and are illegal, most however, are simply rip-offs and
misrepresentations. Don't be a victim! Class will be held in the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and
Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Navy Solicits "Spirit of Hope" Award Nominations
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy is
looking for an individual or organization
that embodies the core values of the men
and women of the military: duty, honor,
courage, loyalty, commitment, and integ-
rity for nomination for the Spirit of Hope
Since 2005, the Navy has nomi-
nated one outstanding individual or support
organization that epitomizes the values of
the late Bob Hope to receive the distin-
guished Spirit of Hope Award.
"The individual or organization
nominated must have contributed selflessly
to the improvement of Sailors' quality of
life for an extended period of time," said
Millie King, program analyst, Personal
Readiness and Community Support Branch,
Chief of Naval Personnel who is coordinat-
ing Navy's nominations. "Nominations
should describe extraordinary achievement
and contributions during 2008."
Originally commissioned by the
USO, the Spirit of Hope Award was inspired
by Bob Hope's dedication to the men and
women of the United States Armed Forces.
Since 1997, the award has been formally
presented by the Wiegand Foundation, Inc.
in an annual ceremony held in the Wash-
ington area. The Spirit of Hope Award is
open to active duty, Reserve, veteran and
civilian Navy employees or organizations.
Members of the civilian community or
nongovernmental organizations supporting
the Navy and embodying Navy core values
are also eligible.
James H. Gaff, Jr., a World War
II Normandy invasion Navy landing craft
coxswain, was the Navy's first nominee and
recipient of the award in 2005. Gaff spent a
lifetime working with the Navy League in
Florida to make it a model organization.
The Navy's most recent recipi-
ent for 2007 was Chief Aviation Support
Equipment Technician Giovanni D. Balin-
git nominated by Fleet Readiness Center
Southwest. He was recognized for his coor-
dination of numerous volunteer efforts and
the countless community service hours he
has dedicated throughout his Navy career,
significantly contributing to Sailor's qual-
ity of life.
"These individuals followed in
the footsteps of Mr. Hope's service to the
spiritual, social, welfare, education, and
entertainment needs of our Sailors," said
Nomination packages for the 2008
award must be submitted by commands
no later than April 30 to Deputy Chief of
Naval Operations (Manpower, Person-
nel, Training and Education) through
OPNAV 135D. Detailed information can
be found in NAVADMIN 032/09 or vis-
Students Get Glimpse
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pilots, information collection and communication tools that
link with other military and homeland defense units, in-
creased maneuverability, and reduced operation and mainte-
The Navy version will be carrier capable while the
Marine Corps version is vertical take-off and landing capa-
Roll out of the fighters will begin in 2010 with op-
erational units being established by 2012 according to Lock-
heed Martin representatives. That makes it imperative to
educate forthcoming pilots on the aircraft.
"The F-35 is not that far away from being opera-
tional," said Rob Rubino, the F-35 Business Development
Manager for Lockheed Martin. "These young men and
women will be flying soon and we want them to understand
the capabilities this aircraft will bring to the fleet."
Training improvements were highlighted as well.
Since simulator and flight time is so expensive, Lockheed
Martin devised a laptop computer training tool that simu-
lates the simulator. Using flight and thrust controls identical
to those in the aircraft, the laptop will display the same types
of touch-screen technology as in the cockpit. This enables
the pilots to actively learn the controls in simulated flying
situations at a fraction of the cost of simulator time.
While Lockheed Martin admits they aren't showing
everything the aircraft can do, the advances are impressive.
The digital technology removes most of the switches and
dials from the cockpit. The heads-up display is no longer
limited to the front of the pilots view, but fed directly to his
helmet. Exterior cameras feed visual information to the pilot
allowing unobstructed 360-degree views of the surrounding
area, and voice activated controls reduce the need for the
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simulator instructor, Kicn Koyer explains now tne toucn screen con-
trols work to 2nd Lt. Philip Becker before he starts his run in the F-35
cockpit simulator. U. S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
Becker admits that flying the simulator was a "lot of fun,"
but he was most impressed with the how well the controls
allow the pilot to focus on the mission.
"You can designate targets so quickly. The flight
controls are very easy to use and they enhance the situational
awareness so the pilot can concentrate on more important
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Sesame I V Special Spotlights IVllitary Struggles
On April 1, 2009, "Coming Home: Military Families Cope
with Change" will air nationwide on PBS at 8 pm. This primetime
special, presented by Sesame Workshop and featuring Queen Lati-
fah and John Mayer, tells the stories of service members return-
ing home with injuries-both visible and invisible-and explores the
heroic struggles their families face on the path to finding a "new
normal." With help from Elmo, Rosita and their Sesame Street
"Coming Home" gives voice to the children as they play
a central role in the family's adjustment process, and encourages
them to be what they are: kids. Additionally, the program features
coping strategies and powerful real stories aimed to help these fam-
ilies and others find ways to be there for each other.
"Coming Home" is part of Sesame Workshop's military
families initiative, Talk, Listen, Connect, which provides valuable
resources to children and families facing deployments, multiple de-
ployments, and changes due to combat-related injury. The televi-
sion special seeks to bring awareness of the challenges faced by
injured soldiers and their families to the public through national
broadcast, and also encourage people to support service members in
their communities. Check out "Coming Home" on April 1st, 2009
on PBS at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 7 p.m. Central and Mountain
Time (check your local listings).
Note: This family television special is about coping with
combat-related injuries, focusing on the courage of service mem-
bers and their families. This is a sensitive topic that is often hard to
talk about. It is highly recommended that children watch "Coming
Home" with a parent or caregiver who can answer any questions
children may have.
V'I-J Sponsors tun Run for NNICKS
Training Squadron THREE (VT-3) will hold a 5K
run/walk Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. to benefit the Navy
& Marine Corps Relief Society fund drive.
Check-in for the event will start at 8:15 a.m. at the
soccer complex onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
The event is open to all persons who have authorized Whit-
ing Field base access. Entry fee is $15.00 minimum dona-
tion per person. Prizes will be awarded. Water bottles and
t-shirts will be provided to the first 200 participants.
Transportation can be arranged for those traveling
from NAS Pensacola/Corry Station to NAS Whiting Field.
This will be a family event with a hamburgers/hot
dog cookout immediately following the race/walk. Air
jumpers will be set up for the kids to enjoy.
Contact Krystal Herrera, via email at krystal.her-
email@example.com, or by phone 850-452-2300.
FFSC Holds Naming Contest
The Naval Air Station Whiting Field's Fleet and
Family Support Center is looking for a few good names.
The center would like to rename their newsletter and they
are asking your help.
Submit your idea along with your contact infor-
mation to the FFSC in person; e-mail to shelley.lutz.ctr@
navy.mil; or enter by Phone at (850) 623-7177 by March
16, 2009. The winner will be announced March 20.
The winning submission will receive: dinner for
two ($40 voucher) at Texas Roadhouse or Chili's (winner's
choice); plus: one free round of golf and golf cart; three
free games of bowling and one pair rental shoes; one free
lunch at Wings Club; and one free day of pontoon boat
rental courtesy of NASWF MWR facilities.
Congrats to TAW-5 Wingers and Scholars
Front Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; 1st Lt. Andrea Neagle, USMC; 1st Lt. Tina Terry, USMC; 1st Lt. Camille Lampert, USMC; Lt. j.g.
Leonel Robles, Jr., USCG; Lt. j.g. Barbara Pippi, IT NAV; Ens. Jenna Corter, USN; Lt. j.g. Marco Epifanio, IT NAV; Lt. William Dennis,
USN; Capt. Richard Catone, USN (Ret.) Second Row: Cmdr. Christopher Heaney, USN; Ens. Matthew Cousins, USN; Lt. j.g. Richard Hill,
III, USN; 1st Lt. Elizabeth Laquidara, USMC; 1st Lt. Phillip Wiktor, USMC; 1st Lt. Evan Osborn, USMC; Lt. j.g. Bret Nichols, USCG;
Ens. Brendan Rok, USN; Lt. j.g. Timothy Nicholas, USN; Ens. Matthew Williamson, USM; Col. Scott Walsh, USMC. Third Row: Lt.
Col. C. A. Stackhouse, USMC; Ens. Timothy Washburn, USN; 1st Lt. Owen Sisbarro, USMC; 1st Lt. Christopher Faires, USMC; Lt. j.g.
Padraic Doran, USN; 1st Lt. Cliff Campbell, USMC; 1st Lt. Celidon Pitt, USMC; 1st Lt. Sean Hanson, USMC. Photo courtesy of Training
Air Wing FIVE.
Above Left: Lt. j.g. David Farrell, USN receives his commendation for Outstanding Academic Achievement for his scholastic success
during Advanced Helicopter Flight Training. Col. Scott Walsh, Commander Training Air Wing FIVE presented the award as he did to
Ens. Samuel Clement, USN and Ens. Aaron Szechtman, USN (Below). Ens. Marco Mion of the Italian Navy (Above Right) is awarded the
commendation for his efforts during Primary Flight Training. Photos courtesy of Training Air Wing FIVE.