Vol. 65 No. 24 Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Floyd Retires After 30 Years Honorable Service
Master Chief Thanks Family/Friends for Support Over the Years
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
A full auditorium of family, friends and shipmates
gathered together June 12 to say "fair winds and following
seas" to a mainstay at Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
"We have come today to bid farewell to a shipmate,"
said Command Master Chief Hari Singh. "This ceremony
should convey a grateful nation's appreciation for a job well
With those traditional words, Singh opened the cer-
emony to honor the accomplishments during Master Chief
Aviation Boatswain's Mate John Floyd's distinguished 30-
year career. A career that saw him make 15 major deploy-
ments including five combat deployments, sail five oceans,
and visit more than 20 countries on five continents. He has
sailed on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Midway (CV- Master Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate John Floyd walks through
41), USS New Orleans (LPH-11), USS America (CV-66) and the sideboys ending his 30-year Navy career, June 12. Floyd has seen
a lot of change during his career, however, his transition to the retired
USS Bataan (LHD-5). Floyd also served two tours in Japan ranks will mark only a small one as he will continue to serve as NAS
(Cont. on Page 5) Whiting Field's Training Officer. U. S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
Whiting Field Frocks Sailors to New Ranks
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field recognized
the accomplishments of soon-to-be-advanced Sailors during
a frocking ceremony Tuesday, June 2 at the base auditori-
The frocking ceremony is a Navy tradition that pro-
vides the selected Sailors an opportunity to wear the uni-
form and take on the responsibilities of their new rank before
they are formally advanced. Second Class Petty Officers
were frocked to First Class, Third Class Petty Officers will
be frocked to Second Class and Airmen will be frocked to
"It is a great day today," said Capt. Enrique Sadsad,
commanding officer NAS Whiting Field to the selected Sail-
ors. "My two favorite events are frocking and reenlistments.
Congratulations. I know you put a lot of work into making
today happen. If you aren't up here today, keep working.
Newly frocked Air Traffic Controller Third Class James Sampang There will continue to be many opportunities for you in the
receives his frocking letter from Capt. Enrique Sadsad designating future."
his ability to assume the responsibilities of his new rank. U. S. Navy Eight Sailors from NAS Whiting Field were se-
photo by Jay Cope. (Cont. on Page 5)
Force Stabilization Measures
Taken Carefully Says CNO
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah
Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO)
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safety issues in an interview with Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
Rebekah Blowers. The interview will be used to produce upcoming podcasts,
which will be available for download on www.navy.mil. U.S. Navy photo by
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jhi Scott (Released)
fleet about force stabilization.
Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, discussed changes in the
selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) program, special duty assign-
ment pay (SDAP) program and an update on permanent change
of station (PCS) moves. The purpose of the podcast was to assure
Sailors and their families that the Navy is taking the rights steps to
size, stabilize and structure the force now and in the future.
"What we do with regard to our pay and bonuses and
special duty assignment pays is to make sure that we retain the
very best Sailors with the right skills that our Navy needs today
and will need in the future. It's to keep the force balanced with the
right seniority, the right experience and the right skill sets. And it's
also to focus on performance and advancing the careers of our top
performers," Roughead said.
CNO referenced the SRB NAVADMIN 176/09 released
June 10, as well as the SDAP program, PCS moves and several
other related messages available at http://www.npc.navy.mil/Refer-
To listen to the podcast, visit http://www.navy.mil/media/
News and Notes
Commissary Happenings Throughout the summer, the
commissary will hold monthly sidewalk sales with prices up to 70
percent off normal costs. This month's sale will be June 18 & 19.
Products are expected to include: cereals, granola, fiber bars, box
potatoes, Mexican foods, soups, sodas and more.
The commissary also is now stocking salads for the health con-
scious consumer. Ceasar, Waldorf, Garden and Chicken salads
with dressings are available.
DEFY Sign Ups For everyone's convenience, Staff andYouth
applications for the 2009 DEFY Program, as well as flyers about
the program, are now available to download from the new NAS
Whiting Field website at: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/WhitingField/
index.htm. Please contact HM1 Clara Davis at the Branch Health
Clinic at 452-8970 ext 120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers' Market The Riverwalk Farmers' Market will be
held behind the Santa Rosa County Courthouse Thursdays, Sat-
urdays and Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The event is on N.
Willing St. in Milton and artists and crafters may purchase one-day
slots for $10. Call 626-6246 or visit 222.mainstreetmilton.org for
Zoo Tots The Zoo Northwest Florida on Gulf Breeze Parkway
offers a train ride, story time and animal encounters for children 5
and under Tuesdays. Punch cards for eight visits are $40 for adult
with toddler, and $7 for individual sessions. Call 932-2229 for
Information Tickets and Travel New Home Just a
reminder that the MWR ITT Office has moved from the Bowl-
ing Center and is now located in Building 1417, Room 182 (same
building as the Atrium). Hours of operation are Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5
p.m.. New telephone number is 623-7032. The ITT office now is
able to help with rental cars as well. Call for details.
Sunsets at Plaza de Luna Every Thursday through Oct. 29, Pla-
za de Luna comes to life with music, entertainment, and sunsets.
This week featurs music from Bella Orange and an appearance by
Barbie. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free. Call 435-1603 for
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AZC(AW) David Tillman receives his reenlistment certificate from
LCDR Donald Hartsell at the CNATT Detachment Milton, AMO
School, June 8. Tillman re-upped for three years which will take him
to 22 years of service. Photo courtesy of CNATT Det Milton.
years ago as a way to promote family fishing. This year, the tour-
nament will issue prizes in 12 different categories of fish in the
open division and 32 fish categories in the junior division. Prizes
will total more than $8,000. The rodeo begins June 18 with a cap-
tains' meeting at 6 p.m. Call 607-7569 for information.
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Welcome to Whiting! Every Thursday 1000 1200
If you are new to NAS Whiting Field or just want to learn more about the Milton Pensacola area, this class is for you! Come find
out about MWR and other recreational facilities, hurricane preparedness, the FFSC and other support services available! Children are
welcome and this is a great opportunity to meet new friends! Join us at the Whiting Pines Community Center any Thursday or call the
FFSC at 623-7177 for more information.
VA Appointments (Call to schedule) Friday, June 19, 0800 1200
Anger Management Wednesday, June 17, 1300 1400
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 information,
contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Home Buying Tuesday, June 23, 0900 1100
A home is one of the most complicated and costly purchases you'll ever make. Getting the best deal at the time of purchase can reduce
"life of the loan" by thousands of dollars. Let us show you how. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information,
contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Interviewing Skills Monday, June 29, 0800 1000
This workshop will discuss ten ways to conduct yourself in a job interview, how to organize your self for an interview, and how to pre-
pare for expected interview questions. Participants will also be given tips on how to end an interview. For more information, contact a
Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
New 'Access to Care' Rules Instituted at All Military Treatment Facilities
In February, the federal government mandated new
rules regarding "access to care" (ATC) for all Department of
Defense (DoD) eligible beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE
Prime except for Active Duty service members. The new
'ATC' rules apply to all existing non-military beneficiaries
enrolled in the Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Whiting
Field and with Civilian Network Providers.
The new rules state that TRICARE Prime enrollees
should expect to drive no more than 30 minutes for primary
care and no more than 60 minutes for specialty care.
Under the new rules, each Military Treatment Facil-
ity (MTF) is authorized to determine if they want to accept
enrollments from beneficiaries residing greater than a 30-
minute drive from the facility. NBHC Whiting Field does
accept enrollments outside the 30-minute window, but does
not require enrollment of those beneficiaries.
The TRICARE Regional Office must approve all
enrollments beyond 100 miles.
DoD eligible beneficiaries who live further than 30
minutes from NBHC Whiting Field and are requesting en-
rollment to this MTF must sign an "Access to Care" waiver.
When signed, the beneficiary acknowledges the drive time
may exceed 30 minutes to primary care.
TRICARE Prime enrolled DoD beneficiaries, who
live more than 30 minutes from NBHC Whiting Field will
be receiving letters and/or telephone calls asking for a deci-
sion as to whether or not they want to remain enrolled at
the Branch Health Clinic or with their civilian TRICARE
network health-care provider.
For questions or concerns related to this policy
change, contact our Health Benefits Advisor at 623-7508
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and one in Virginia Beach, Va. in addi-
tion to his final tour at Whiting Field.
His tour at Whiting Field saw
him take on challenges that were far out
of the ordinary for an Aviation Boat-
swain's Mate. While he started in the
more traditional role of the Air Opera-
tions Leading Chief Petty Officer, he was
reassigned to the post of security officer
after the security officer performed an In-
dividual Augmentee tour. His dedication
to the job and superb leadership led to his
receiving the Meritorious Service Medal
at the ceremony.
"He developed and implement-
ed major security plans and long lasting
training programs that challenged ju-
niors, improved readiness, and increased
personnel and operational effectiveness,"
read a portion of his award citation.
Cmdr. Lynne Chapman present-
ed the award and also served as the guest
speaker for the event. Chapman is noto-
rious for her "less than enthusiastic" re-
sponse to public speaking, and she joked
that Floyd never really asked her to be his
speaker...he told her.
"And do you know what I said?
I said 'Yes, Master Chief,"' Chapman
stated, pretending to be meek. "...Be-
cause, while I may be a Commander in
the United States Navy, a battle-hard-
ened, helicopter flying, flight student
surviving war hero, the fact is that when
Master Chief Floyd talks, people do what
he says. That is an essential quality of
And it was that leadership that
she praised during the rest of her speech.
She called him one of the finest leaders
she had the pleasure to serve with during
her career, and she cited examples from
how he improved the security department
after his transfer there. She credited him
for improving morale, increasing ad-
vancement within the ranks, and creating
a cohesive unit.
"Military people don't try to de-
fine leadership. We know it when we see
it...," she said. "Our security department
is the best in the business now. Their
professionalism is regularly noted on stu-
dent course critiques and is a source of
great pride for the commanding officer.
And it is a direct result of the leadership
of Master Chief Floyd."
Floyd received the traditional
mementos of a retiree his shadowbox,
retirement certificate, plaque and more,
and then the floor was his.
"Thank you for helping me close
out the greatest adventure a boy from
Pine View, Mo. could have. Serving my
country for 30-years has not just been an
honor, but a privilege as well," he said.
During a speech that detailed
many of his career highlights and thanked
current friend and family, his obvious
pride in the Navy never faltered. Floyd
even called out many of his past ship-
mates to thank them for their impact on
his career. Finally, as he neared the end,
he presented flowers to his four sisters in
the audience, flags to his brothers, home-
coming Sailor statues to his kids, and the
Order of the Crystal Heart to his wife.
They were meaningful mo-
ments for a man who continued a family
tradition of service to country. Floyd's
father, two uncles and two brothers were
all combat veterans. It was an inspira-
tion to him, and he parted with some
inspiring words to the young Sailors in
"If you can dream, if you can
believe, then you can achieve," he said.
"Don't stop dreaming, and the world is
out there for you."
AGREEMENT ALLOWS TRICARE BENEFICIARIES TO CONTIN-
UE PARTICIPATION IN NCI CANCER TRIALS
TRICARE beneficiaries have more options for cancer care and greater
access to advances in cancer prevention and treatment through clinical
trials. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Cancer Insti-
tute (NCI) have renewed their agreement for a continued partnership in
cancer clinical trials.
The agreement allows TRICARE-eligible cancer patients to take part in
NCI-sponsored Phase II and Phase III cancer clinical trials as well as
cancer prevention trials. Phase II trials typically study the effectiveness
of new drugs or therapies against a specific type of cancer. Phase III
trials compare new treatments to existing therapies.
In cancer prevention trials, patients take medications or supplements or
participate in certain activities that doctors believe will lower their
cancer risk. Patient safety is stressed.
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lected for advancement including: Air Traf-
fic Controller Airman Kelsy Balcom, Air
Traffic Controller Airman James Sampang,
Air Traffic Controller Airman Joseph Wells,
Air Traffic Controller Airman Christopher
Witzleben, Air Traffic Controller Airman
Kayleigh Woodfin, Air Traffic Controller
Third Class Tiena Lee, Aviation Boatswain's
Mate Second Class Jerry Lowe, and Aviation
Boatswain's Mate Second Class Philip Wat-
Each Sailor received a frocking letter
from Sadsad which reads in part, "Your ap-
pointment carries with it the obligation that
you exercise increased authority and willing-
ly accept greater responsibility. Occupying
now a position of greater authority, you must
strive with a renewed dedication toward the
valued ideal of service with honor."
Achievements Recognized Across TAW-5 and NASWF
Service Members'Performances Praised by Commands
Above Left: Aviation Boatswain's Mate First Class Dwight Lemon
receives his Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal from Capt.
Enrique Sadsad, NAS Whiting Field commanding officer.
Above Right: A lucky thirteen students stand tall with their academic
achievement awards from Training Air Wing FIVE June 5. In no par-
ticular order are: Ens. Paul Bridgers, USN; Ens. Ian Culver, USCG;
It Lt. Brian Fredo, USMC; Ens. Scott Kennicott, USN; 1st Lt. Stu-
art Wheeler, USMC (Academic Achievement Awards); Ens. Adriano
Silva, USN (Commodore's List); 1st Lt. Patrick Butler, USMC; Lt.
Nelson Cable, USCG; Lt. j.g. Nicholas Holman, USN; Lt. j.g. Stephen
Hutchings, USN; 1st Lt. Adam Popplewell, USMC; 1st Lt. Nathan
Ruffing, USMC; and Lt. j.g. Matthew Spence, USN (Advanced Aca-
demic Achievement Awards).
Right: Capt. James Vandiver recognizes Training Air Wing FIVE's
top students May 27. In no particular order are: Academic Achieve-
ment Award recipients 1st Lt. Jarrod D. Allen, USMC; Ens. Denny L.
East Jr., USN; Lt. j.g. David L. Tarr, USN; and Ens. Vaughn A. Villar-
real, USN. Advanced Academic Achievement Awards were presented
to Ens. Adam J. Barreras, USN; 2nd Lt. Madeline Boe, USMC; and
1st Lt. Jason W Stapleton, USMC.
Below right: Air Traffic Controller Thrid Class Brandon Smith re-
enlists June 12 in the operations auditorium. Retired Navy Lt. Randy
Roy, served as the reenlisting officer.
Below: Aviation Boatswain's Mate First Class Aaron Wetzel proudly
recieves his shadow box from past shipmates June 9, during his retire-
ment ceremony at NAS Whiting Field.
Photos by Jay Cope and Mac Bizzell.
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