Vol. 65 No. 28 Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Heaney to Turn Over Command of HT-8 to Fisher
By Capt. Matthew Spro- squadron, He- upholding the Squadron
at, HT-8 Public Affairs licopter Train- motto that "the finest he-
Cmdr. Michael ing Unit One, licopter pilots in the world
Fisher will relieve Cmdr. e established are trained here."
Christopher Heaney as the December 3, Heaney's career spans
Commanding Officer of 1950. 19 years and tours of duty
Helicopter Training Squad- D u r i n g at North Island, Norfolk,
ron Eight (HT-8) on Thurs- Heaney's 13- and two at Whiting Field.
day, July 23rd, at 10 a.m. month tenure He has deployed multiple
in the National Museum as Command- times onboard ships to
of Naval Aviation onboard ing Officer, the the Pacific, Indian, and
Naval Air Station Pensaco- Eightb al lers Atlantic Oceans, includ-
la, Florida. Cmdr. Christopher Heaney have flown more Cmdr. Michael Fisher ing a deployment to the
The change of
command ceremony is a time-honored
Naval tradition that provides the assem-
bled unit the opportunity to witness the
transfer of authority from one officer
to another. Passing the command in
HT-8 has added historical significance
because the Squadron traces its heri-
tage back to the Navy's first helicopter
flight hours and completed more than
14,800 syllabus events.
While serving as Commanding Offi-
cer of "America's Squadron," the unit
amassed 82,000 Class "A" mishap-
free flight hours, and 191 Navy, Ma-
rine Corps, Coast Guard, and Allied
aviators earned their Wings of Gold,
Arabian Gulf in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Winged
in January 1992, Heaney has since ac-
cumulated more than 2,985 flight hours
in the CH-46D, MH-60S, and TH-57.
This includes over 540 hours in the Jet
Ranger as the XO/CO. More than a pi-
lot, Heaney holds a Master of Arts De-
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NAVFAC Awards ARRA Contract for Solar Energy in the Southeast
System Expected to Save Upwards of $3.5 Million Per Year at Each Base
Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Jacksonville, Fla. Naval Facilities
Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
Southeast awarded a $69.3 million
American Reinvestment and Recovery
Act (ARRA) funded contract on June 29
to Atlantic Contingency Constructors,
LLC (a joint venture between Shaw's
Environment and Infrastructure Group
and AECOM Government Services), of
Baton Rouge, La. for a renewable (so-
lar) energy systems at installations in
"This project will reduce over-
all recurring utility costs at Naval shore
facilities," said Lynwood Taylor, NAV-
FAC Southeast electrical engineer.
"The systems will improve the effi-
ciency and cost effectiveness of energy
production, delivery and/or utilization
The project modernizes exist-
ing facilities by installing integrated
photovoltaic (PV), renewable energy
systems at sites throughout the South-
east Florida, Texas and Mississippi.
Facilities identified for the
Rooftop Building Integrated Photo-
voltaic systems are: Naval Air Station
(NAS) Key West, Naval Support Ac-
tivity (NSA) Orlando, NAS Whiting
Field, NAS Pensacola, NSA Panama
City, NAS Jacksonville, NAS Merid-
ian, Naval Construction Battalion Cen-
ter Gulfport, NAS Kingsville, and NAS
ACC will perform building and
lighting efficiency surveys to optimize
the performance of various PV systems
that will be designed and constructed.
The systems may include rooftop- car-
port- and ground-mounted systems, as
well as solar ventilation preheat and
other solar energy systems.
Taylor said "cost savings are
[calculated to be] about $3.5 million
per year," based on average energy
The planning and execution
phase has begun. Construction is set
to begin June 2010 with an expected
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From the Archive
Anyone who has served in the
Navy knows we have a language all
our own. Even the other branches of
the armed services, don't have a clue
when we start talking about heads,
bulkheads, decks, and scuttlebutts.
Most of these terms come down from
the history and the equipment termi-
nology of old sailing vessels. While
Jay Cope many of them are still unique to the
Whiting Tower Editor Navy, Coast Guard, and other mari-
time entities, a surprising number
have become commonly used in everyday language with
people probably unaware of the history surrounding the
terms. Here are a few examples as cited from various Navy
history and customs websites.
Devil to Pay
Today the expression "devil to pay" is used primar-
ily to describe having an unpleasant result from some ac-
tion that has been taken, as in someone has done something
they shouldn't have and, as a result, "there will be the devil
to pay." Originally, this expression described one of the un-
pleasant tasks aboard a wooden ship. The "devil" was the
wooden ship's longest seam in the hull. Caulking was done
with "pay" or pitch (a kind of tar). The task of "paying the
devil" (caulking the longest seam) by squatting in the bilges
was despised by every seaman.
He "Knows the Ropes"
In the very early days, this phrase was written on a
seaman's discharge to indicate that he was still a novice. All
he knew about being a sailor was just the names and uses of
the principal ropes (lines). Today, this same phrase means
the opposite and that the person fully knows and understands
the operation (usually of the organization).
One of the hazards faced in days of sailing ships has
been incorporated into English to describe someone who has
been jolted by unpleasant news. We say that person has been
"taken aback." The person is at a momentary loss; unable to
act or even to speak. A danger faced by sailing ships was for
a sudden shift in wind to come up (from a sudden squall),
blowing the sails back against the masts, putting the ship in
grave danger of having the masts break off and rendering the
ship totally helpless. The ship was taken aback.
Took the Wind Out of His Sails
Often we use "took the wind out of his sails" to de-
scribe getting the best of an opponent in an argument. Origi-
nally it described a battle maneuver of sailing ships. One
ship would pass close to its adversary and on its windward
side. The ship and sails would block the wind from the sec-
ond vessel, causing it to lose headway. Losing motion meant
losing maneuverability and the ability to carry on a fight.
The Bitter End
As any able-bodied seaman can tell you, a turn of
a line around a bitt, those wooden or iron posts sticking
through a ship's deck, is called a bitter. Thus the last of the
line secured to the bitts is known as the bitter end. Nautical
usage has somewhat expanded the original definition in that
today the end of any line, secured to bitts or not, is called a
bitter end. The landlubbing phrases "stick to the bitter end"
and "faithful to the bitter end" are derivations of the nautical
term and refer to anyone who insists on adhering to a course
of action without regard to consequences.
"To Be Three Sheets in the Wind"
In the days of sailing ships, this is a phrase which
refers to the lines used to control the sails of sailing vessels.
When these sheets are cast to the wind (let go), it would
cause the old sailing ships to shudder and stagger. The re-
sulting track would be the same as that of a drunken Sailor,
out of control, and hence "three sheets in the wind."
Of course I had to have one drinking reference in
The history of our service, and the history of sailing
vessels as a whole, is fascinating. To see how the common
phrases of yesteryear have managed to stay alive makes for
interesting study, and I hope you enjoy these references as
much as I do.
Waiving TRICARE access standards for primary care
may be required if you live far from the MTF.
If you are a non-active duty TRICARE beneficiary using
TRICARE Prime, a military treatment facility (MTF)
may be your first choice when it comes to where you and
your family receive health care.
TRICARE has access standards in place to help ensure
you receive timely health care. The drive-time access
standard states that your PCM should not be located
more than 30 minutes' drive time from your home ad-
A signed waiver must be approved by the MTF if you
are a non-active duty beneficiary in the 50 United States
and live more than 30 minutes' travel time from the MTF
where you want to enroll.
Enroll through the Beneficiary Web Enrollment Web
Site at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/bwe/, which con-
firms that you waive your access standards. Submit a
DD Form 2876 TRICARE Prime Enrollment Application
and PCM Change Form and sign sections V and VI.
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 now of-
fers additional legal assistance hours. A legal 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
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, Plaza de Luna comes to life with music, entertainment, and
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-
A Cut Above
Ens. Ever Garay, USN; looks on as Lt. Cmdr. Jesse McGinnis,
USCG; cuts his tie in half. The tie-cutting ceremony is an event to
:ommemorate the successful first solo flight for a student-pilot. The
student and the instructor take turns telling stories about each other
luring the ceremony. The stories may be true, but the catchphrase
'Don't ever let the truth get in the way of a good story" applies. Pho-
:o courtesy ofVT-6 public affairs.
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Lt. Cmdr. John Grebeta receives the Navy and Marine Corp Com-
mendation Medal from Training Air Wing FIVE Commander Col.
Scott Walsh. Grebeta received the award in recognition of his out-
standing contributions as a primary production task group officer.
Grebeta retired from service July 1 after 22 years Naval Service.
Photo courtesy of Training Air Wing FIVE.
sonous snakes (Water Moccasins) have been spotted around both
of the ponds and can be aggressive.
The Navy League To Honor Military Spouses The
Navy League, Santa Rosa County Council will hold their 1st An-
nual Spouse Appreciation Luncheon, Thursday, July 16 at the Na-
val Air Station Whiting Field Atrium. The luncheon will run from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The event is free for all military spouses,
and other guests are invited to purchase tickets for $15. The guest
speaker for the event is retired Vice Adm. Gerald hoewing. There
will also be door prizes, a fine menu and more. Call 623-2339
Challenger Sports Soccer Camp Pensacola Naval Air
station will host a Challenger Sports British Soccer camp Aug 3-
7.at the youth complex on the base. The camp has sessions avail-
able for all youth ages from three to teens. The British coaches not
only stress techniques, but strive to teach positive character traits
as well. Check www.challengersports.com for more information.
Fall Soccer Leagues Register now for the youth fall soccer
leagues at NAS Pensacola's youth center bldg. 3690. Registration
Fee is $50. Call 452-2417 or 452-3810 for more information.
ITT now has tickets to the Pensacola Pelicans games. Cost for tick-
ets is $5.50.
From Liberty and ITT A poolside showing of JAWS is
scheduled for July 18th at the Wings Club Pool. Movie starts at 8
p.m.. Free tickets available at the Liberty Center. Snack bar will be
open. Four on four beach volleyball tournament on July 29. Con-
tact Todd Mooneyham @ 665-6102 for more information. Wild
Adventures trip: August 15. Contact ITT at 623-7032 for details.
Babysitting Class The American Red Cross will be provid-
ing FREE Babysitter's Training courses for military family mem-
bers, ages 11-15: Jul 20 NAS Pensacola 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.;
Jul 25 Eglin AFB 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Aug 3 NAS Whiting
Field, Fleet and Family Support Center 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.;
and Aug 8 Eglin AFB 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants will
receive: Babysitter's Training Certificate, Babysitter's Training
Handbook with CD-ROM, and Babysitter's Training Portfolio.
Pre-registration is required by calling 800-773-7620, ext. 0.
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.
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.
Common Sense Parenting for Ages 6 18 Wednesday, July 15, 1800 2000
Unfortunately, children do not come with instruction manuals. As a result, FFSC is holding a class that will provide you with tools that
will equip you with the skills for raising responsible and well-adjusted children. This class is for any parent who wants to "brush up" on
their parenting skills or new parents that are not sure of where to begin. For more information, contact a 623-7177.
Car Buying Strategies Friday, July 17, 1000 1200
Many people begin the car buying process by visiting a dealership, which should be one of the last things you do. Come find out how to
research and compare for the best prices, when and how to negotiate your trade-in, how insurance fits in, and your best option for financ-
ing. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Ten Steps to a Federal Job Monday, July 20, 0800 1000 & Monday, July 27, 0800 1000
"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 for jobs. Class will be held at the
FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
FFSC Celebrates 30 Years of Supporting the Military
Pre-1970: Chaplains care for individual and family needs and still do
1970: Navy Ombudsman Program begins
1972: Personal Service Ctrs. are established for information and referral
1976: Family Advocacy Program (FAP) begins
1978: The Navy's first Family Awareness Conf. convenes in Norfolk
1979: The first Family Service Centers (FSC) open in Norfolk and San
1980: Norfolk FSC cites 6,000 information and referral contacts and 556
social work cases opened in its first year
1982: FSC begins at NAS Whiting Field under Human Resource Detach-
ment through contract with University of West Florida
1982: The first overseas FSC opens in Naples, Italy. Deployment Support
and Information and Referral (I&R) programs established
1985: Main section of current NASWF FFSC facility is built
1985: FSC initiates Spouse Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)
1991: Congress passes Public Law 101-510 formally establishing Transi-
tion Assistance and Relocation Assistance Programs
1995: FAP is realigned from medical services into FSC 0 ee e ee s. ome. ea
2000: USS Cole: FSC establishes a 24-hour crisis line and Family As- Navy Fleet and Family Support Centers have been practicing
sistance Center (FAC) in Norfolk that motto for 30 years. In 1979, the first Family Service Cen-
ter opened its doors at Norfolk in response to the Navy Family
2001: FSC changes its name to Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Awarenes Conference's realization of the need to support Sail-
Awareness Conference's realization of the need to support Sail-
to demonstrate care for single war fighters ors' families. NAS Whiting Field celebrated this birthday with
Sept. 11: FFSC activates 24-hour crisis line and Emergency FAC (EFAC) cake, punch, and a visit from Mrs. Dell Smith. Mrs. Smith was
at the Pentagon among the first Family Services providers at NASWF in 1983.
- Navy News -
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits Available to Navy Members
By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Train- program for training or education pursued
ing Command Public Affairs "The new Post-9/l prior to this date. The Department of Veterans
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of Na- GI bill is a compre- Affairs is responsible for final determination
val Personnel announced on June 23, specific hensivepackage that of eligibility for benefits under this program.
guidance detailing eligibility and benefits, in- e sinifan General eligibility criteria requires service
cluding transferability for the Post-9/11 Veter-f s members to have aggregate qualifying active
ans Education Assistance Act, or GI Bill. benefits to Sailors, duty service on or after Sept. 11, 2001 of be-
With college prices soaring, the new tween 90 days and 36 months or more, or at
GI Bill supporting veterans education, signed --Ann Hunter, Navy least 30 days of continuous active duty ser-
into law June 2008, has the potential to make Voluntary Education vice if discharged sooner due to a service-con-
advanced education more affordable to Sailors Service Chief. nected disability. The member must receive
and their families. Sailors should consider GI an honorable discharge at the conclusion of
Bill eligibility when planning their Navy ca- service.
reer and family education needs.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a significant benefit that
provides not only tuition and fees for college, but may also
include funding for books, supplies and a monthly stipend
that may be used to offset living expenses. The new GI Bill
also includes the provision for members of the Armed Forc-
es to transfer benefits to a spouse and/or children, and is ex-
pected to improve both recruiting and retention for the Navy
"The new Post-9/11 GI bill is a comprehensive
package that offers significant benefits to Sailors," said Ann
Hunter, the Navy's voluntary education service chief.
"Our team is actively engaged with the Department
of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to understand
the bill and provide policy that will best meet the needs of
the Navy and our Sailors."
The effective date for the Post-9/11 GI Bill entitle-
ment is Aug. 1, and no benefits will be paid under the new
Change of Command
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gree in Diplomacy from Norwich University. His personal
decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal,
the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three
Gold Stars), and the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement
Medal (with two Gold Stars).
Commander Fisher assumes command of HT-8 after
serving as the Executive Officer. The 25-year Navy veteran
and Mustang has been an Eightballer since June 2008. Dur-
ing his career, he has flown over 2,000 hours in the CH-46D.
Fisher's personal decorations include the Defense Meritori-
ous Service Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Commenda-
tion Medal (with two Gold Stars), the Navy & Marine Corps
Achievement Medal (with two Gold Stars) as well as numer-
ous unit and campaign awards.
Colonel Scott Walsh, Commander Training Air
Wing Five, will serve as the guest speaker for the event.
Qualifying active duty service is defined as active
duty served in the regular component of the Navy, or for se-
lected Reserve members, time served under orders to active
duty in support of contingency operations, i.e. mobilization.
Members who have completed a minimum of 36
months aggregate qualifying service are generally entitled
to 100 percent of the benefit under the new program. Lesser
amounts of aggregate qualifying service are prorated down
to a 40 percent entitlement for 90 days of qualifying ser-
For Naval Academy graduates and Navy ROTC
scholarship recipients, the statutory minimum active duty
service requirement for these programs does not count to-
ward qualifying active duty. Only time served after comple-
tion of the service obligation will be considered as quali-
fying active duty service. Clarifying details and definitions
concerning the calculation of qualifying service to include
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oipcima l v iam
Firefighter Peter DeRoy waves to the children of Kamp Karuso as
"Sparky" the fire house dog. The Naval Air Station Whiting Field
Fire Department hosted the campers July 10. The campers learned
to use the fire hoses, sound the sirens, and use a fire extinguisher tc
put out a fire. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno.
9/11 GI Bill NAVFAC Solar Contract
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initial training time spent in boot camp and A school completion date in June 2011.
are outlined in Navy Administrative Message (NAV- ARRA projects are intended to modernize Navy and Marine
ADMIN) 187-09. Corps shore infrastructure, enhance America's energy independence
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is non-contributory and sustain a steady and robust Maritime Force for decades.
(does not require a buy-in). Members eligible for ei-
e t uire -Me r For information on other ARRA projects, or presolicita-
ther the current Montgomery GI Bill, or Reserve Edu- .
cationa A tance Program and who ao u or tion notices, go online and visit the Federal Business Opportu-
cational Assistance Program and who also qualify for
the Post-9/11 GI Bill, may elect to convert remaining nities (FedBizOpps) website, www.fbo.gov. Future announce-
entitlement under those programs to the new program. ments will include the word RECOVERY as the first word in
Members have 15 years from the date of their last the title field prior to the actual title of the notice to identify its
discharge or separation from active duty of 90 days association with the act.
or longer, to use their entitlement under the new GI Contract vehicles for projects will include stand alone
Bill. competitive contracts, competitive Multiple Award Contracts
Payment for tuition and fees can not exceed (MACCs), competitive 8(a) and non-competitive 8(a) procure-
the highest established rate for in-state undergraduate ments as authorized under the Small Business Act.
studies at a public institution of higher learning (IHL) Contractors interested in participating in this work
in the state in which the member is attending school.
St s i w t m i a s should closely monitor the Navy Electronic Commerce Online
Tuition and fees are paid directly to the IHL. For those
Sailors no longer on active duty, a monthly stipend for (NECO) website at www.neco.navy.mil, which automatically
hniinoc estahlished at the F-5 with denendents rnte posts on the FedBizOpps website.
is payable to the Sailor based on the zip code in which
the member is attending school. Reimbursement for
books, supplies and equipment is payable to the Sail-
or, up to $1,000 per school year. Reimbursement for
one licensing or certification test is also available, not
to exceed a total of $2,000.
One new facet of the new bill is the ability for
members of the Armed Forces (active duty and select-
ed Reserves) to transfer benefits to family members.
All or a portion of the service member's remaining
entitlement may be transferred to their spouse, eli-
gible children, or combination of both, provided the
member agrees to serve four additional years in the
Armed Forces from the date they are eligible and elect
to transfer. Only family members listed in the Defense
Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System are eligible
to receive transferred benefits. The ability to transfer
entitlement to dependents is effective Aug. 1.
Additional details on benefit transfer require-
ments are available in NAVADMIN 187-09. Of sig-
nificant importance to service members considering
retiring within the next several months, is the option
to transfer entitlement will be lost if the retirement
date is prior to Aug. 1.
For additional information on the Post-9/11
GI Bill, including details on qualifying service and ex-
ceptions, refer to NAVADMIN 187-09, or go to Navy
Knowledge Online at https://www.nko.navy.mil, visit
the Veteran's Affairs Web site at www.gibill.va.gov or
contact Navy Personnel Command Customer Service
Center at 1-866-827-5672.
DIVE IN MOVIE
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
FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE LIBERTY CENTER
*Limited tickets available. Deadline for ticket pickup Friday, July 17th
Congrats to TRAWING-5's Wingers and Scholars
First Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; 1st Lt. Matthew Palumbo, USMC; Lt. j.g. Patrick Gutierrez, USN; Lt. j.g. Naotomo Gibson, USN; 1st
Lt. Chapman Spring, USMC; 1st Lt. John Crutchfield, USMC; 1st Lt. Kara Larsen, USMC; Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Hale, USN; 1st Lt. Joshua Gates,
USMC; and Col. John Walsh, USMC. Second Row: Cmdr. Michael Fisher, USN; 1st Lt. Sean Hicks, USMC; 1st Lt. Nolan Dean, USMC;
Lt. j.g. Keith Satorius, USN; 1st Lt. Kevin Semler, USMC; 1st Lt. Lance Oliaro, USMC; Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Gonzales, USN; Lt. j.g. Patrick Miller,
USN; and 1st Lt. Justin Topping, USMC. Third Row: Lt. Col. C. A. Stackhouse, USMC; 1st Lt. George Cummings IV, USMC; 1st Lt. Ryan
Pallas, USMC; 1st Lt. Ryan O'Roarke, USMC; 1st Lt. Daniel Dynys, USMC; 1st Lt. Daniel Seiders, USMC; 1st Lt. Mark Schroth, USMC; 1st
Lt. Ryan McNaughton, USMC; 1st Lt. Christopher Willis, USMC; and Cmdr Terence Hoeft, USN. Photos by Marc Bizzell.
A large crowd of academic award recipients gathered July 2 at Training Air Wing FIVE headquarters. Awardees include (listed in no particu-
lar order): Academic Achievement Awards Ens. Ryan Culbertson, USN; Ens. Erik Dill, USN; Lt. Kenneth Hollon, USN; Ens. Scott Lindahl,
USN; Lt. j.g. Jonathan Mason, USN; Lt. j.g. John Sgarlata, Jr., USCG; and 2nd Lt. Jonathan Zier, USMC. Advanced Academic Achievement
Awards Ens. Amanda Cullen, USN; Lt. j.g. Alex Drake, USCG; Lt. j.g. Thomas Henery, USN; Lt. Brian Ward, USCG; and 1st Lt. Samuel
Wuornos, USMC. Commodore's List Ens. James Parker, USN; 2nd Lt. Daniel Wynn, USAF; and Lt. Kenneth Hollon, USN.
goodPeople Doing goodDeeds at TWhiting
Above Left: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida awards USMC
Capt. Kimberly Narvid with the "Military Big of the Year" award for 2009.
Paula Shell (left) and Lauren Boitnott (right) presented the award to Narvid
at her squadron's safety stand down on July 2. Narvid introduced her little
sister to girl scouts, arts and crafts, nature tours, and many other activities in
the past year that they have been together. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Daniel
Above Right: Kimberly Tharp, President of the VT-6 Officer's Spouses Club,
presents a check to Debra Bridges of the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.
The VT-6 OSC conducted donut sales earlier and other fund raisers this year
in support of NMCRS to raise money in support of the service members and
their families. More information can be found at www.nmcrs.org. U.S. Navy
9 photo by Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno.
Left: NAS Whiting Field's Crash team helps Walker Rich, a contract main-
tenance employee for the base, move to a new home. Chief Chris Perry (cen-
ter), ABH2 Robert Moore (right), ABH2 Matthew Newell (top), and ABH3
Timothy Giles (left) loaded and unloaded for over two hours July 1. U.S. Navy
photo by Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno.
Below Left: Capt. Enrique Sadsad congratulates ABH2 John Bloomberg and
his wife, Kelly, during his reenlistment, June 30. Bloomberg signed on for
another six years to bring him up to 14 years total. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g.
Below: Sadsad presents a Letter of Appreciation to ACAN Jermaine Roby.
It was one of two awards he received during the July 2 Whiting Field awards
ceremony at Sikes Hall. U.S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.