Vol. 65 No. 31 Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Whiting Field Signs Agreement With
County to Reduce Encroachment
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Santa Rosa
County, Fla. signed an agreement Friday, July 31 to help spur
economic growth in the county while protecting the base from
The Limited Access Use Agreement provides the
county with restricted use of base runways for a proposed com-
mercial aviation park located near the air station's east gate.
The signing also guarantees that the county's nearly 270 acre
plot will never be used for residential building which could
have been detrimental to the base's aviation training mission.
The signing culminates nearly 10 years of ongoing ne-
gotiations between the county, the base, Navy Region South-
east and ultimately the Chief of Naval Operations.
"I am excited about this historic moment," Santa Rosa
County Commissioner Don Salter said. "This is a great day Capt. Enrique Sadsad, commanding officer Naval Air Station Whit-
for Santa Rosa County and Whiting Field and is another step ing Field and Santa Rosa County Board of Commissions Chairman
in the great partnership we have had for more than 50 years." Don Salter shake hands after signing an agreement allowing Santa
-in the great partnership we have had f(Cont. on Page 5)rs. Rosa County restricted use of the base's airfield. U.S. Navy photo by
(Cont. on ge 5) Jay Cope.
Squadron Employee Wins $30K Sports Car
By Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno
It was a simple phone call--one of dozens he receives ev-
ery day--and since he didn't recognize the number, he didn't
answer. Fortunately, the caller was persistent and after four
messages, Arnold Ochoa finally returned his call. Seconds
later, he was jumping for joy.
The call was from a Dr. Pepper representative informing
him that he was a winner in the company's nationwide mili-
tary promotion to give away two new, 2010 Chevrolet Cama-
ros. One car was given away on each side of the country, and
Ochoa won the one for the eastern half of the U.S.
Ochoa, a retired Navy Chief worked for Helicopter Train-
ing Squadron EIGHTEEN, Training Squadron THREE and
Training Air Wing FIVE before retiring in the area. Now he
Arnold Ochoa, an administrative supervisor for Training Squadron
serves as an administrative supervisor for Training Squadron
TWO jumps for joy when handed the keys to a 2010 Chevy Camaro.
Ochoa won one of the two cars given away at commissaries across the TWO. The 15 year local resident still has trouble believing
country. Although used for the presentation ceremony, the car in the he won the $30,000 car.
background is not his. Ochoa should receive his car in three to four "When I put the slip in the box, I remember asking myself,
months and it will be painted a dark red Dr. Pepper like color. U.S.
Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno. (Cont. on Page 2)
MyCAA Financial Assistance FFSC Holds Spouse Support Class
Offered to Military Spouse By Lt. Daniel Ammons-Moreno, NAS Whiting Field Public
Offered to Military Spouses Affairs
By Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno, NAS Whiting Field
The Department of Defense's Military Spouse
Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program is pro-
viding $6,000 for military spouses interested in pursuing
degree programs, licenses, or credentials leading to high
growth and high demand portable career fields. Spouses
of active duty and activated National Guard and Reserve
service members are eligible.
The MyCAA funds will cover expenses such as
secondary and post-secondary education and training pro-
grams, tuition, licensing and credentialing fees. Some ex-
amples include: degree programs, Bar and CPA exams,
certifications for teachers, and continuing education class-
"MyCAA has provided me with an opportunity to
complete my degree much sooner-thanks to their fund-
ing," said Sandra Plocharczyk, a spouse of an active duty
service member. "The MyCAA money was easy to apply
for and was paid directly to the college. It could not have
Plocharczyk used the funds to complete her tuition
costs for her Master's degree from Troy University. Plo-
charczyk, also an Academic Advisor for Troy University,
estimates that the $6000 funds from MyCAA would cover
roughly half of the cost for a 15 month Master's degree
program from Troy University online at current tuition
The MyCAA money can be used for online uni-
versities such as Troy-making the funds attractive for all
military spouses facing varying PCS moves, transfers, and
deployments. For more information, and also to apply for
the funds, visit https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa.
(Cont. from Page 1)
'Does anybody really win these things?' Well yes someone
does win," he said.
The National Account Executive for Dr. Pepper and
Snapple Group was on hand Tuesday, Aug. 5 to ceremoni-
ally present the keys to Ochoa, his wife, Vickie, and their
daughter, Allison Boggs.
The promotion to provide two cars to military bases
is part of a larger program to give away 23 Camaros across
the country. The two cars were a way to say "thank you" to
the military communities who defend the country Dollarhide
"We're excited to support the men and women of
the military and the base personnel who make their mission
Fleet and Family Support Center unveiled its newest class
to support Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The Spouse Orientation
class parallels the indoctrination new pilots receive except that it
focuses on opportunities and services available to the spouse.
Ten spouses attended the first class July 27. These spous-
es received briefs from Col. John Walsh, Commodore Training Air
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Chapman, NAS Whiting Field executive officer, as well as infor-
mation from the Chaplain, MWR, and Troy University.
"The goal of the class was to distribute information geared
toward military spouses about Whiting Field directly to the spouse,"
said Laura McLaughlin of FFSC. "All too often we hear spouses
comment about services and facilities they didn't know they had
access to use."
These classes will become a regular part of the FFSC class
schedule on the last Monday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon.
Call FFSC at (850) 623-7177 to reserve a seat or for more details.
"The success of the all-volunteer force is predicated on
the support of the all-volunteer family," Walsh said. "These young
families need to know that this is not just idle talk and that we truly
do sport the families."
Last year's prize for a similar promotion was a Har-
ley Davidson motorcycle. Ochoa considered himself luckier
to win the car.
"I still can't believe I won the whole thing. Sitting
in it, it is a lot of car."
The car still has to be special ordered and delivered
to Ochoa because local dealers cannot keep many of them
in stock. The car used in the presentation ceremony was
loaned to the dealership by a recent purchaser. Although he
isn't expected to receive it for about three months, Ochoa's
car is on special order and will be dark red--almost the same
color as a Dr. Pepper bottle.
News and Notes
Price of Peace Family Fun Day Free family fun day
for all military members and families who have been impacted
by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Activities include rock
wall, carnival games, face painting, and door prizes. Please RSVP
with Shana Hamilton at email@example.com. Please provide
active duty military member's name, military branch, tour date,
unit number, number of family attending with ages, and a family
NHP Accepting New Enrollees Naval Hospital Pensaco-
la's Primary Care Clinics (Family Medicine and Internal Medicine)
are now accepting new enrollees. This enrollment opportunity is
open to all Retirees and Retiree Family Members. Please note:
Medicare and TRICARE for Life beneficiaries are not included.
However, these programs will remain unchanged.
To enroll, please stop by Naval Hospital Pensacola's TRICARE
Service Center (TSC) located on the first floor of the hospital in
Room D-1051, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may also call Naval Hospital Pensacola's
Health Benefits Office at (850) 505-6709 for questions or any fur-
Military Wives Host Art Show Clara's Angels, anAmer-
ican Red Cross volunteer group made up of local military wives,
will host an Art Show and Wine Tasting event at the Pensacola
Naval Air Station Officers' Club on August 15, 2009.
"We are excited to be partnering with the local Red Cross for this
year's event," said Karin Feagles, the event coordinator. "The Red
Cross provides a valuable service to the military families in North-
west Florida and to the entire community when disaster strikes,"
Artwork including photography, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, paint-
ings and unique crafts from local artisans will be displayed and
available for purchase.
A local beverage distributor, Southern Wine & Spirits, will have a
variety of wines available for tasting and appetizers will be served
during the evening.
The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is open to the
public. Tickets can be purchased at www.YourRedCross.org or at
developing me r uture
kydan Smith (right) and Siena Ward (left) graduated from preschoo
Friday, July 31 at the Child Development Center. The occasion wa!
narked by a ceremony with teachers, parents and even a visit front
Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Enrique Sadsad. U.S
Navy photo by Ensign Austin Nasca.
Onward and Upward
Capt. Jeff Plummer and his family cut the cake commemo-
rating his promotion to Captain Friday, July 31. Seeing the crowd
gathered to witness his promotion, Plummer joked, "It's amazing
what happens when word gets out about free cake."
Plummer's first promotion also occurred at NAS Whiting
Field, "No one served me cake back then however."
His promoting officer, Col. John Powell (pictured left), said
that Plummer was a fine officer and that he was proud to be a part of
Plummer credited the people he served with and his family
for his success, "My wife makes this Navy family work. Upon return-
ing from Iraq, I noticed my kids had received more medals than I
had." U.S. Navy photo by HM1 Nathan Antonio.
Marriage Enrichment Retreats The Chaplain's Reli-
gious Development Operation (CREDO) will host two Marriage
Enrichment retreats within the next two months. The first will
be at the Renaissance Hotel in Mobile, Ala., Aug. 28-30 and the
second will be at Perdido Bay Resort, Sept. 11-13. Both retreats
are free and open to active duty, reserve, and retired personnel.
The Marriage Enrichment sessions are designed to help couples
understand expectations, explore personality differences, improve
communication skills and provide quality fun time together to help
strengthen relationships. For more information or to sign up, call
the spiritual fitness division southeast at (904) 542-3923. Interest-
ed personnel may also call Chaplain Ray Summerlin at 623-7211.
Get Back to Nature New Orleans has proclaimed military
travel month through Sept. 30. The city is rolling out the red,
white, and blue carpet for all military visitors. The Audubon Na-
ture Institute is providing a military promotion of "buy one get
one free" coupons. Valid for up to four admissions, the coupons
may be used for the Audubon Zoo, Insectarium or Aquarium. Visit
auduboninstitute.org for details or contact ITT at 7032.
Book Signing The Navy Exchange will host a book signing
by Martha LaGuardia-Kotite Aug. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
She is the author of the book "So Others May Live," a feature
about Coast Guard rescue swimmers. The author is a Niceville,
Fla. resident and a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
9-Pin No Tap The NAS Whiting Field Bowling Alley hosts
9-Pin No Tap evenings on the first Saturday of each month. Begin-
ning at 7 p.m. the event features prizes for red and blue headpin
strikes and 300 no tap games. Call 623-7313 for details.
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.
Financial Planning for Deployment Friday, August 7, 1300 1500
The purpose of this program is to raise or refresh our financial awareness in order to decrease the financial stress of deployment. For
more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Resume Writing Monday, August 10, 0800 1000
This class will assist you in efficiently creating an effective resume. Learn how to handle sticky resume situations like military-to-civil-
ian transition, age, employment gaps, layoffs, and career change. Learn to use your resume as a marketing tool. Class will be held at
the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
VA Representative (Call for appointment) Friday, August 14, 0800 1200 & Friday, August 28, 0800 1200
Home Buying Friday, August 14, 1300 1500
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.
Navy Rolls Out F-35C Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Re-
bekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs
FORT WORTH, Texas (NNS) -- The chief of Naval Opera-
tions (CNO) welcomed the Navy's first Joint Strike Fighter,
the F-35C Lightning II, to the fleet in a ceremony July 28.
The F-35C is the Navy's first stealth fighter and en-
ables the Navy to decrease the time from threat to response at
sea. The aircraft possesses uncompromised carrier suitability
and low-maintenance stealth materials designed for long-term
durability in the carrier environment.
Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, said this aircraft adds
tremendous capability to the fleet.
"Our Sailors will never be in a fair fight because this
airplane will top anything that comes its way. It will give our Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks with
Sailors and pilots the tactical and technical advantage in the Jeff "Slim" Knowels, an F-35C Lightning II test pilot, while touring
skies and it will relieve our aircraft as they age out," Roughead the F-35 Production Operations and Integrated Testing Lab in Fort
said. Worth, Texas. Roughead was in the Southwest region participating in
the rollout ceremony for the F-35C Lightning II, the Navy's first-ever
stealth fighter. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist
Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines, nor on the ships and 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst/Released.
aircraft they rely on. He said the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is
essential to addressing the Navy, and more importantly the nation's, strike fighter needs.
"It is most exciting for me to think about the young men and women who look to this uniform, who look to naval
aviation and see a fulfillment in their lives and an excitement in their lives that is unmatched in any other profession in the
world," Roughead said. "I thank you for what you have done and thank you for what you are going to do."
The F-35C is on schedule to meet the Navy's initial operational capability in 2015, and combines stealth with
supersonic speed and high agility. The Lightning II employs the most powerful and comprehensive sensor package ever
incorporated into a fighter.
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In addition to promoting development of the land
that is compatible to Whiting Field's training, the park is ex-
pected to attract businesses related to aviation maintenance.
It is hoped that the project will bring high paying employ-
ment to Santa Rosa County while reducing the time it takes
to complete complex maintenance procedures that require
aircraft be moved to other facilities.
Future steps to the development of the aviation park
include meeting with potential lessees and exploring fund-
ing opportunities including State of Florida Economic De-
velop Infrastructure Grants, public/private partnerships and
economic development bonds.
"Not only is Whiting Field here to complete the mis-
sion, but also to contribute to Santa Rosa County's economic
development," Capt. Enrique Sadsad, NAS Whiting Field
commanding officer, said. "It is a momentous day for us,
and it is the tremendous partnership between the base and
the county that has made this possible."
NEW TRICARE REGIONAL MANAGED CARE SUP-
PORT CONTRACTORS SELECTED
The DoD announced last month the selection of
the new TRICARE Managed Care Support (MCS) con-
tractors for the North, South and West TRICARE Re-
gions in the United States.
This is the third generation (T-3) of managed
care support contracts and transition from the current
contracts is scheduled to begin immediately. The start of
health care delivery under the new contracts will antici-
pate being 1 April 2010.
UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services,
Minnetonka, MN is selected for the South Region where
Humana Healthcare Services is the current contractor.
Aetna Government Health Plans, Hartford, CN is se-
lected for the North Region where Health Net Federal
Services is the current contractor. The TRICARE West
region retains its current contractor, TriWest Healthcare
Under T-3, some prime service areas may be
discontinued, and as a result some beneficiaries will no
longer be offered Prime. These beneficiaries still retain
TRICARE coverage under the Standard or Extra Plan.
States included in each region and other contract
information can be found at a special web page at http://
Closing a Chapter of Commissary
Service for Verder Daniels
Photo and story by Ensign Austin Nasca, NAS Whiting
Field Public Affairs
Goodbyes are -- never easy, and that makes it
tough week for the commissary family as they say farewell
o retiring Commissary Support Clerk Verder Daniels.
"Verder could do any job in the store," Former
Store Director Margaret Harpel, said "...her customers
Customers and fellow employees alike had great things to
say about Daniels.
"Her whole personality is about helping people,"
according to store secretary Linda Masraum, the store sec-
etary said. "We wish we could hire her back on as the
commissary greeter," she added.
"Nobody is a stranger, that's just the way I was
brought up," Daniels said. "If I can make them smile, that
akes me smile."
Daniels served in many different commissaries in
the course of her 32-year career with the Defense Com-
missary Agency. She has worked in Orlando; Langley Ail
orce Base, V.A.; NAS Bermuda and here in the Pensacola
area. This has all been accomplished in conjunction wit
the career of her husband, retired Master Chief Petty Of-
icer Ivory Daniels.
This Day in Navy History:
The Battle of Mobile Bay
The Battle of Mobile Bay began on Aug. 5, 1864, when
Rear Adm. David Farragaut's 14 wooden ships and four monitors
entered Mobile Bay.
The Union ships took a heavy barrage from Confederate
entrenchments at Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan. After some resis-
tance, Adm. Franklin Buchanan's three gunboats and one ironclad
were forced to surrender. Union forces were eventually able to
capture Fort Morgan as well. This left the Port of Mobile Bay ef-
The Battle of Mobile Bay is supposedly when Rear Adm.
Farragaut made his famous order, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed
Congrats TRAWING-5 Wingers and Scholars
First Row: 1st Lt. Christopher Munguia, USMC, 1st Lt. Malcolm Pope, USMC, 1st Lt. Andrew Stanfield, USMC, Lt. Scott Koser, USCG, Lt.
j.g. Robert Dalton, USN, Lt. j.g. Jayme Bromley, USN, 1st Lt. James Slocum, USMC, Lt. j.g. Johnathan Bosch, USN, Lt. j.g. Kimberly Rudzis,
USN, 1st Lt. Timothy O'Keefe, USMC, 1st Lt. Brett Bishop, USMC, and Col. John Walsh, USMC. Second row: Lt. Col. Shawn Coakley,
USMC, 1st Lt. Jonah Warren, USMC, Lt. j.g. Ernest Saponara, USCG, Lt. j.g. Matthew Kania, USN, Lt. j.g. Matthew Spence, USN, Ens. Da-
vid Nostro, USN, 1st Lt. Joshua Bosworth, USMC, 1st Lt. Patrick Butler, USMC, 1st Lt. Madeline Boe, USMC, 1st Lt. Ryan Morrison, USMC,
Lt. Nelson Cable, USCG, and 1st Lt. Adam Popplewell, USMC. Third row: Cmdr. Michael Fisher, USN, 1st Lt. Marin Matijevic, USMC, Lt.
Gregory Lynch, USCG, 1st Lt. Jason Stapleton, USMC, Lt. j.g. Brendan McGunigle, USN, Lt. j.g. Nicholas Holman, USN, Lt. Hector Ramos,
USCG, Lt. j.g. Adam Barreras, USN, 1st Lt. Michael Golchert, USMC, and Lt. j.g. Stephen Hutchings, USN. Fourth row: Lt. Col. C. A. Stack-
house, USMC, Lt. j.g. Matthew Henrich, USN, 1st Lt. Carll Burr, VI, USMC, 1st Lt. Nathan Ruffing, USMC, Lt. j.g. Mark Rothschild, USN,
Lt. j.g. Nathan Stein, USN, 1st Lt. Thomas Reese, USMC, Lt. j.g. Brett Gillies, USN, Lt. j.g. Cameron Bouton, USN, 1st Lt. Olaitan Adesanya,
USMC, and Lt. Col. Scott Jensen, USMC. U.S. Navy photo by Marc Bizzell.
Left Photo: Lt. j.g. Michael J. Buehler, USN; 1st Lt. Michael T. Spoja, USMC; 2nd Lt. Raliene F Hernandez, USAF; Ens. Travis B. Thomas,
USN; 1st Lt. Michael C. Oates, USMC; Lt. j.g. Bernie C. Garrigan, USCG; and Lt. Dominic N. Bucciarelli, USCG are presented their academic
awards by Cmdr. LeifE. Bergey July 24. Right Photo: Ens. Scot M Paterson, USN; Ens. Richard L. LeFills, JR., USN; Ens. George M Yacus
II, USN; 2nd Lt. Andrew J. Mettler, USMC; 2nd Lt. Andrew J. Mettler, USMC; 2nd Lt. Russell K Maben, USMC (Right Side) Lt. j.g. Allison
B. Mabrey, USN; 1st Lt. Edmund M. Romagnoli, USMC; 1st Lt. Christopher M Schwamberger, USMC; 2nd Lt. Matthew D. Welch, USMC;
Ens. Christopher R. Kucala, USN; 1st Lt. Andrew J. Dulik, USMC; and Lt. John F Stuber, USN are all smiles after they receive their academic
awards July 31. Photos courtesy of Traning Air Wing FIVE.