Title: Whiting tower
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Title: Whiting tower
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Language: English
Creator: Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field (Fla.)
Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field (Fla.)
Publisher: Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field
Place of Publication: Milton Fla
Milton Fla
Publication Date: July 8, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Vol. 65 No. 27 Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Base Says Fair Winds to Member of the Whiting Family
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
As friends and coworkers lauded Danny Cook's ac-
complishments during his 34 years working for Naval Air
Station Whiting Field, one consistent theme emerged fam-
ily. Capt. Enrique Sadsad, commanding officer for the base,
even reminded him that he is a part of the family and is
always "welcome home."
"This has been a good base to work for," Cook said.
"No other base I know of has this family atmosphere. I
couldn't have asked for better friends or a better place to
While he praised the base's staff for their close knit
relationships, others paid tribute to Cook's devotion to his
own family.
"I know public works comes somewhere after God,
country, and family for Danny," Lt. Cmdr. Leaf Ballast, the
Lt. Cmdr. Leaf Ballast, NAS Whiting Field public works officer, pres-
public works officer, said with a smile, "and that's how it ents Danny Cook with the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal dur-
should be... I could go on and on about his accomplish- ing his retirement ceremony July 2. U.S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
ments, but all you have to do is walk around the base. Dan- a career spent working up through the ranks. Cook started
ny has his hand in all of it, and his pride in how it looks is his career in 1975 as a woodcraftsman. A few years later he
obvious." earned advancement to carpenter foreman. Shortly thereaf-
The retirement ceremony served as the capstone for (Cont. on Page 6)

Performance is Key in Navy
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class "We're a world-class
(AW) LaTunya, Howard, Navy Personnel
Command Public Affairs Navy with word-clas
SCHAUMBURG, Ill (NNS) -- The direc- pay and benefits, and
tor of the Navy's Personnel, Plans and Policy we demand world-
Division spoke about the importance of per- lassperformance."
formance for Sailors in today's Navy during
the 21st annual Navy Counselor Association
(NCA) Symposium June 15. Rear Adm
"Performance matters to young Sailors Dan Holloway,
today," said Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, who Director, Navy Personnel
oversees policy and programs for the chief of Plans and Policy
naval personnel. "In our Navy we'd like to
think under 'Perform to Serve' that you have to compete to stay."
Perform to Serve is Navy's centralized reservation system used to
manage reenlistments of Sailors E-6 and below with less than 14 years of ser-
While most Sailors are permitted to reenlist in their current rate, Sail-
ors in overmanned ratings may be offered conversion to an undermanned rat-
(Cont. on Page 6)

CNO Places Summer Safety at Navy Forefront
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Re-
bekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)
released a podcast June 26 about the importance of summer
Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, said that the summer is
a busy time for Sailors and their families, as they make perma-
nent change of duty stations or take summer vacations.
"It's important as all of this is going on -- as we're
moving, as we're enjoying our time with our families -- that we
keep safety in mind and that we think about the risks associated
with what we're doing," Roughead said.
CNO talked about being safe in and around the water,
on the road and about the hazards of drinking and operating any
kind of motor vehicle whether it be a car, a boat or a motor-
cycle. He emphasized that operational risk management should
be at the forefront of every Sailor's mind.
"My goal, my desire is that when this summer is over,
we can look back on it and have had the safest summer we have
ever had, and that all of our shipmates that we started the sum-
mer with are still with us when we end it," CNO said.
Sw a s Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead is placing adde
To listen to the podcast, visit http://www.navy.mil/me- emphasis this summer on safety. "My goal, my desire is that whe
dia/audio/cno/6.25.09 CNO%20SUMMER%20SAFETY%20 this summer is over, we can look back on it and have had the safe
podcastWEB.mp3. summer we have ever had," Roughead said. U.S. Navy file photo.

Navy Working Uniform Now Authorized Off Base
By Senior Chief Mass Communication "Communication from the Force it before allowing it outside the lifeline
Specialist (SW/AW) Bill Houlihan, Mas- and Fleet Master Chiefs has been unani- of ships and bases. He also said he kept
ter Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Pub- mously positive. Our Sailors are ready to close eye on various regions to see how a
lic Affairs introduce this uniform to the American gressive leadership was in training the fle
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy Work- public," said West. "That's what CNO was to wear the NWU.
ing Uniform (NWU) is now authorized for waiting for and this decision is a direct re- "I watched Navy Region Mid-A
wear off-base, during routine stops and at sult of chief petty officer (CPO) feedback. lantic and I saw how the chiefs in that n
eating establishments during the prescribed It's been sincerely gratifying to be able to gion were engaged in getting this right froi
workday. watch this process work as well as it has." day one. The training was consistent and

In NAVADMIN 188/09, Chief
of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Gary
Roughead, expanded the occasion for wear
policy, which has been in place for six
Roughead consistently stated
that the possibility for changing the policy
hinged upon a timetable driven by the Na-
vy's chiefs' mess.
Once the leadership mess pro-
vided feedback to Master Chief Petty Of-
ficer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick
West, indicating that Sailors across the
Navy understood the correct manner to
wear the uniform, it was understood that
he would recommend to CNO and Chief of
Naval Personnel (CNP), Vice Adm. Mark
Ferguson, when the time was right to allow
the uniform off base.
According to West, that time is

The policy differs from the lan-
guage in NAVADMIN 343/08 in that, up to
now, routine stops were not allowed. That
meant Sailors were prohibited from visits
to child care centers, gas stations, brief
stops at convenience stores or banks. Now
those stops are authorized.
"Our Sailors are proud of this uni-
form," said MCPON. "This has been the
number one feedback item from the fleet
since I took office, (Dec. 12, 2008) and
they have not been shy about their wishes
to wear this uniform in town. Our Sailors
have been trained to wear it and will wear
it proudly."
West underscored the importance
of waiting for the right time to open up the
occasion for wear policy. He said that while
many wondered why the original wear
policy was put in place, it was important
to ensure every Sailor knew how to wear




was effective. They deserve a lot of credit
for the expanded policy, because they did it
the right way in the largest fleet concentra-
tion area. Leaderships engagement coupled
with Sailor feedback was what drove this
recommendation (to expand the policy) to
CNP and CNO."
The revision includes aligning the
NWU and Camouflage Utility Uniforms
(CUUs) occasion for wear policies and of-
fers more flexibility than the rules govern-
ing the wear of other working uniforms.
The transition to the NWU will
continue as stipulated in NAVADMIN
343/08. Multiple regions across the United
States and overseas are still not wearing the
NWU due to distribution constraints.
"I look forward to seeing the
public's reaction to our new uniform," said
West. "And I know our Sailors are eager to
get out there and show it off."

News and Notes
ID Card Office Has New Home The ID card office has
officially moved! They are located in the Pass and Tag bldg
(48A) near the front gate. The office will open for business be-
ginning July 9. Please call the office at (850) 623-7159 with any
questions. Hours will be: Monday-Friday 0730-1500.
Legal Service The NAS Whiting Field Legal Office will offer
additional legal assistance hours beginning Monday, July 6. A le-
gal assistance attorney will be available for walk-ins on Mondays
and appointments will be made on two additional days each week.
Call 623-7231 or 7232 for an appointment or more information.
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
more information.
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.

Restoring History
Flight students from Training Air Wing 5 stormed the historic Old
Bagdad Post Office and Museum for four days in June, restoring the
Post Office and several outbuildings. As part of community outreach
-fforts, 35 students cleared branches and debris from the property,
pressure washed and painted the buildings, and dug post holes for a
new sign and fence. Michael Johnson, of the Bagdad Village Preser-
vation Association stated that he was impressed with the help these
students provided: "I would do it all again next week just to hang
with the hope of America. Four days with 35 young men and one
young lady who is willing to give it all for our future. They have lifted
my spirit." Photo by Michael Johnson.

uiean up ,rew
As part of the 25th annual Rivers Clean-up, 16 students and 2 staf
members from Training Air Wing FIVE, including Lt. Lena Buettner
and Lt. j.g. Audrey Nicholson (pictured above), worked to clean the
Blackwater River and Coldwater Creek. The volunteers piloted nine
canoes down the rivers and returned with 17 bags of trash weighing
nearly 800 lbs. Along the way, the volunteers took time to cool of
by jumping in the pristine waters and swinging from a rope swing
on the banks of the Blackwater. The Rivers Clean-up is sponsored
by the Santa Rosa Clean Community Systems Rivers Watch Group.
Canoes were provided by Adventures Unlimited and the Navy Boat
Docks. Two more clean-ups are planned for July and August. Photo
b Ens. Melinda Montano.
9, Plaza de Luna comes to life with music, entertainment, anc
sunsets. This week featurs music from Bella Orange and an ap-
pearance by Barbie. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free. Call
435-1603 for information or visit www.cityofpensacola.com/cra/
Gone Fishing Base ponds located on the East of the base
(along the Golf Course Road) are now open for fishing for "Catch
and Release Only". You will be required to follow Florida state
fishing regulations, meaning a fresh water fishing license is re-
quired. Please be aware of wildlife around the area. Several poi-
sonous snakes (Water Moccasins) have been spotted around both
of the ponds and can be aggressive.
Navy Ball Theme Contest We are looking for ideas for
this year's NAS Whiting Field Navy Ball theme. If your idea is
selected, it will come with a free ticket to this year's ball. Please
forward your theme ideas directly to me via e-mail or at X7372.
Entries for the contest will close at 4 p.m. July 13. Good luck!
Marriage Enrichment There is a CREDO marriage enrich-
ment retreat in Mobile this weekend July 10-12 with spots still
available. Interested participants should register through CREDO
Southeast at 904-542-3923. The program begins on Friday eve-
ning and ends lunchtime Sunday. The setting enhances and sup-
ports the ability of a couple to get away from the distractions of
life to improve their marriage relationship. Activites will increase
a couple's ability to understand one another better and commu-
nicate on a more intimate level. Private rooms and bathrooms as
well as meals are provided free. Couples discover ways to: Better
handle conflicts, understand how they interact with their spouse,
build intimacy and communication, become closer by strengthen-
ing the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of their marriage,
and take time to have fun with one other. Chaplain Summerlein
(623-7211) can answer questions you may have about the retreat.

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, things to do on the weekend, the FFSC and other support services
available! Children are welcome and this is a great opportunity to meet new friends! Call to sign up at 623-7177.
Anger Management Wednesday, July 8, 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.
Couples Communication Thursday, July 9, 1800 2000
Are you newly married? Are you in a serious relationship? Have you been married a long time? If yes, then this workshop is for you.
During this class, we will discuss the "Speaker/Listener Technique", a structured way to communicate effectively. This technique helps
couples to talk about tough issues without resorting to fighting. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. Participants must
register in advance for all EVENING classes by calling the FFSC before noon on the day the class is being held. If the date and times
listed are not convenient for you, you may call to schedule a time that fits better with your schedule. For more information, contact a
Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Money & the Move Friday, July 10, 1000-1200
APermanent Change of Station (PCS) move can be one of the most exciting adventures of your career as well as one of the best benefits.
However, a PCS move can also become a financial disaster that can take months to recover from if not properly prepared for. Class will
be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Time Management Wednesday, July 15, 1300 1400
At the end of the day, do you ask yourself "where did the day go?" and feel like you have accomplished very little on your list of "things
to do?" If you answered "yes" to these questions, this class is for you. The information provided in this class will provide you with tools
that will help you make the most of your busy and demanding days. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more informa-
tion, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.

Embry-Riddle to Hold Classes Toward A&P License

Courses Will Prepare Students for Written, Oral, and Practical Exams
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Pensacola Campus is offering the courses
*f *' toward a certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology. The courses in the Aviation
Maintenance Technology program are designed to prepare students for the written,
oral and practical exams for the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license.
This six course series can be completed in just three terms and may be applied as
credit toward the Professional Aeronautics and Technical Management degree pro-
grams in addition to receiving the Aviation Maintenance Technology certificate and
preparing students for the A&P, Federal Aviation Regulation Part 65 license. The
j A&P license awards as much as 30 credit hours toward the Professional Aeronautics
1926' degree.
Students who wish to take the courses for A&P licensure must obtain authorization
to test from the Federal Aviation Administration. Experience requirements can found
in Part 65.77 of the FAA Regulations. Visit www.faa.gov/fsdo/bhm gov/fsdo/bhm> or call the FAA at (205) 731-1557 for more information or to obtain authorization. Embry-Riddle will pay
for the exams if successfully completed during the break in between terms.
The classes will begin August 15 and will be held Saturdays on NAS Whiting Field.
For more information, contact Carol Monroe at (850) 458-1098 or email Pensacola.center@erau.edu sacola.center@erau.edu>

- Navy News -

Sailors Encouraged to Participate in Sexual Assault Survey

By Bruce Moody, Fleet and Family Support Program,
Commander, Navy Installations Command
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy encourages active-
duty Sailors to participate in a sexual assault study to assess
the effectiveness of the Navy's Sexual Assault Victim Inter-
vention (SAVI) program.
The Office of the Naval Inspector General (IG) is
conducting the survey, which is available at www.ig.navy.
mil/sastudy.htm. The survey was designed for active-duty
personnel, is confidential, anonymous, and will be available
for participation through Sept. 30.
Naval IG teams are also visiting installations around
the fleet through the end of September. As part of the visits,
they are facilitating focus group discussions to gain more
insight from a fleet perspective, about the occurrences and
command support during incidences of sexual assault. Each
focus group will be composed of a cross-section of personnel
and consist of approximately 20 people from various ranks.
The Navy's SAVI Program is managed by Com-
mander, Navy Installations Command's Fleet and Family
Support Program. The FFSC manages a variety of programs,
including SAVI. These programs enhance Sailor and family
preparedness, contributing to mission readiness.
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a dedicated program for sexual assault awareness, preven-
tion, and intervention. Established in 1994, the program has
recently shifted more focus toward prevention and is incor-
porating new initiatives based on civilian best practices and
recent research.
"Sexual assault is a crime and will not be tolerated,"
said Paul Finch, SAVI's program manager. "It is a crimi-
nal act, incompatible with the Navy's core values; it dra-
matically affects morale and operational readiness. Senior
leadership is committed to an effective and responsive SAVI
program in order to ensure prevention, quality victim care
and response and to holding offenders accountable."
In working toward this commitment, the Navy is
sustaining a robust sexual assault prevention and response
policy, identifying and eliminating barriers to reporting,
ensuring that care is available and accessible to victims of
sexual assault, and providing continuous, relevant, and ef-
fective training and education to all service members. All
Navy commands have a 24/7 sexual assault response capa-
bility focused on victim support. Commanders ensure that
female and male sexual assault victims (or survivors) have
access to the assistance and resources to meet their needs
and to provide a safe and professional work environment.

BOOST Program Canceled
From Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- Broadened Opportunity for Of-
ficer Selection and Training (BOOST), a program intended to
help junior Sailors become officers, was officially disestab-
lished June 30, after being incorporated into the Seaman to
Admiral-21 Program (STA-21).
The original BOOST program was a nine-month
program that offered active duty enlisted men and women
between the ages of 18-24 the opportunity to receive 10
months of extensive academic preparation in order to become
more competitive for selection to the Naval Academy, Ma-
rine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and
Navy/Marine Corps Reserve Officers Training Corps scholar-
ship programs.
STA-21 is a commissioning program in which can-
didates maintain the pay, benefits, and privileges they enjoy
as an active duty Sailor and receive a scholarship to attend a
university. STA-21, now going into its ninth year, is a full-
time undergraduate education and follow-on commissioning
program, which provides selectees up to 36 month to com-
plete their bachelor's degree.
For more information about STA-21, including eligi-
bility requirements, visit https://www.sta-21.navy.mil/.

Whiting Field Says Fair Winds
(Cont. from Page 1)
ter, he assumed responsibility for the masonry shop as well. He began working as an inspector
in 1983 and was promoted to carpenter planner and estimator the next year. In 1993 Cook was
hired on as the P&E supervisor until he became the first deputy public works officer in 2001.
Cook achieved much during his 34 years, and those achievements were recognized
with the Meritorious Civilian Service award at the ceremony.
"Mr. Cook seamlessly provided superb facilities maintenance and support to Naval Air
Station Whiting Field, including 13 Navy Outlying Landing Fields, and the U.S. Naval School
Explosive Ordnance Disposal, with a combined plant replacement value of $1.14 billion...his
tenacious leadership ensure that public works products and services to supported commands
were not interrupted," stated the award citation.
But the greatest recognition of his service may have been a simple one sentence state-
ment from Sadsad.
"Danny, the Navy and the Nation are stronger for all you have done."
People from across the base then took time to present Cook with plaques and memen-
tos to remind him of his time at Whiting Field, before it was his turn at the podium.
He said, with a grin, that retirement will give him time to work on his house... and his
Capt. Enrique Sadsad, NAS Whit- children's homes. But he emphatically stated he will use the time to spoil his grandchildren. He
ing Field commanding officer, called working at Whiting Field a privilege and an honor. And while the audience was there to
presents Danny Cook with a base thank Cook for his years of service, he turned the tables and closed out his speech with a very
plaque on his last day of work prior humble eloquence.
to retiring. U.S. Navy photo by Jay "Thanks you so much for allowing me to be a part of this great organization."

Performance Is Key
(Cont. from Page 1)
ing and Sailors with a poor performance history may not
be granted permission to reenlist.
"We're a world-class Navy with world-class pay
and benefits, and we demand world-class performance,"
said Holloway. "Every Sailor needs to understand that
they're competing right now with the very best."
Holloway was one of many presenters at the
21st annual NCA Symposium where more than 600
Navy counselors, career counselors and command mas-
ter chiefs met June 15-19 for training on the latest per-
sonnel policies and programs.
Military personnel, planning, policy and selec-
tive reenlistment bonuses were topics of Holloway's
presentation. He also defined the career counselor's role
in educating the Sailor with the latest information.
"The key function of the career counselor, espe-
cially in supporting stabilization, is to take policy that is
put out in Washington, D.C., and take it to the deckplate
to where the Sailor can understand the policy and the
ramifications it has on his or her career," he said.
The Navy has introduced several measures this
year focused on stabilizing the force with the right Sail-
ors in the right jobs with the right experience. Perform
to Serve, which was first implemented in 2003, was ex-
panded this year from E-4s with less than six years to
E-6s with less than 14. The Navy also introduced the
senior enlisted continuation board this year, which is an
annual performance based review for time-in-grade eli-
gible members of the chief petty officer community with
more than 20 years of service.


Join us at the Wing's Club for a pool side movie!
Saturday, July 18th 2009 at 8:00pm*
Food & beverages available for purchase at snack bar
Must have ticket and ID for admission
Adults 18 years and older may attend this event


*Limited tickets available. Deadline for ticket pickup Friday, July 17th

Sports -

Whiting Field Teams Conquer Mosquito Bite Race
By Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno, NAS Whiting Field
Public Affairs
How does a 44-mile race over various terrains with
periodic obstacles and checkpoints sound? "A lot of fun," said
Lt. j.g. Joseph Plunkett, student pilot at Training Squadron SIX
Plunkett and his teammates, Sean and Sera Groark
started the first leg of their trek at 9 a.m. at the Mosquito Bite
Race hosted by Naval Air Station Pensacola. Plunkett's team
was one of several from NAS Whiting Field that competed in
the April 25 race.
His team finished first in the co-ed division of the race
with a time of nine hours and 18 minutes. The overall cham-
pion team also hails from NAS Whiting Field: Capt. Jarret
Stricker, USMC, an instructor pilot from VT-6; Lt. j.g. Bob
Homick, USCG, another instructor pilot from VT-6; and Lt. apt. arret tnc er oo s on as t. j.g. o ornic cares t. j.g.
Mike Flint in order to complete one of many obstacles for the Mos-
j.g. Mike Flint, USCG, a student from Helicopter Training quito Bite Adventure Race. Their team finished first place overall
Squadron EIGHTEEN. They earned overall and men's divi- with a time of seven hours and 11 minutes. Photo courtesy of NAS
sion titles with a time of seven hours and eleven minutes. Pensacola MWR Dept.
Stricker has competed in the competition before and
said that this year's competition was, "... clearly designed for the true adventure racer... it was legit."
The race consisted of a six and a one-half mile run, a nine mile bike ride, a nine mile canoe stretch, and finished with
another bike ride 27 miles. The worst of it Stricker reported, was the two and a half hours spent rowing the canoe. "We
didn't see that event coming," said Stricker.
The competition is more than just a distance race; there are checkpoints that can only be found by using a map and
random obstacles that must be overcome by each team. The obstacles ranged from a fireman's carry and a wall crossing to
a riddle describing the location of check points, and the final obstacle was the Marine Corps obstacle course located right
before the finish line. Additionally, team members must remain within 100 feet of each other at all times. Nearly thirty
teams of three competed in the race and not even half completed the full race.
Both Stricker and Plunkett are looking forward to the next competition later this year; however, Stricker jokingly
remarked that he will prepare for some canoeing this time around.

Captain's Cup Sports Calendar Updated

Here is the latest information about upcoming Captain's Cup sport-
ing events. VT T
Softball runs through July 27, 2009.
4 on 4 Beach Volleyball Tournament on July 29, 2009.
Indoor Volleyball Coaches meeting July 29 at 1 p.m. in the MWR
conference room, Bldg 1417.
Indoor Volleyball starts August 3, 2009.
Golf Coaches meeting August 19 at 1 p.m. at the Golf Course.
Golf begins the week of August 24, 2009.
Horse shoes tournament on August 26, 2009.
Flag Football Coaches meeting Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. in the MWR
Conference Room, Bldg 1417.
Flag Football starts September 8, 2009.
If you have any additional questions about the Captain's Cup sports
program contact Todd Mooneyham, the sports program coordinator, at 850-

Independence Day Celebratedcby [ASVWF
Left photo: A Marine from Training Air Wing FIVE lowers the Black-
water Pyrate flag and raises the national ensign after the pirate invasion
of Milton was turned away. Capt. Enrique Sadsad, NAS Whiting Field
commanding officer and seven enlisted crew members salute in the back-
Lower left photo: The Blackwater Pyrates push Sadsad off the plank and
into the drink during their invasion. Each year a prominent official from
Below photo: Aviation Boatswain's Mate (ABH) Third Class Elroy
Cooks, ABHAN Randal Stovall, ABH1 Jerry Lowe, and ABH1 Bradley
Johnson put some of the finishing touches on the "Aircraft Carrier" float
they helped build for entry into the Riverfest July 4th Boat Parade. The
"carrier" took third place in the event and was one of the more popular
displays pierside.
Bottom right: Sadsad directs the helm while taking charge of his first
afloat command. The USS Whiting Field (CV-66) honored the sixty-sixth
anniversary of NAS Whiting Field. The Skipper rode the "ship" during
the boat parade and for much of the afternoon. U.S. Navy photos by Jay
Cope and Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno.


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