Vol. 65 No. 33 Wednesday, August 19, 2009
T-6 Simulator in Place to Prepare for Aircraft Rollout
By Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno, NAS Whiting Field
As Naval Air Station Whiting Field prepares to begin
receiving the first new airframe at the base in 30 years, train-
ing for the instructors and students on the aircraft becomes
important. To that end, Training Air Wing FIVE accepted
two T-6B simulators in July -- a significant milestone in the
T-34C to T-6B transition process. These multimillion dollar
simulators are bringing some of the newest visual and avion-
ics technology to Whiting Field.
One of the new simulators, the Operational Flight
Trainer (OFT), consists of a T-6B cockpit inside of a large
dome. A simulated environment is projected onto the inside
of the dome so that when seated in the cockpit, the pilot is im-
mersed in a realistic visual representation of the sky, terrain,
structures, and other aircraft. Ens. Austin Nasca sits in the cockpit of the new T-6B simulator Train-
"The visual projection system in the OFT is state of ing Air Wing FIVE (TRAWING-5) operates to prepare the instruc-
the art," said Cmdr. Mark Kekeisen, TRAWING-5 future op- tors for the rollout of the T-6b aircraft coming to Naval Air Station
erations officer. "Pilots experienced in flying around NAS Whiting Field in late August. The stationary simulator uses satellite
ield an eetiel naiate imagery to create a lifelike feel of flying and true to life landmarks
t for visual navigation. This Operational Flight Trainer is the first of
the visual displays alone." eight TRAWING-5 will receive. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Daniel
(Cont. on Page 2) Ammons-Moreno.
Obama Pledges Support for Troops, Veterans
By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- America's men and women in uniform have done their duty
and fulfilled every responsibility that's been asked of them, President Barack Obama said
"And now," he said, "a grateful nation must fulfill ours."
Obama offered high praise for the troops, calling them the heart and soul of the
world's best military during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' annual convention
"It's not the powerful weapons that make our military the strongest in the world.
It's not the sophisticated systems that make us the most advanced," he told the veterans.
"No, the true strength of our military lies in the spirit and skill of our men and women in
Obama said he recognizes his responsibility to "America's most precious re-
source" and vowed to be deliberate in how he commits them.
"I will only send you into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary," he said.
"When I do, it will be based on good intelligence and guided by a sound strategy. And I
Part of History will give you a clear mission, defined goals and the equipment and support you need to
Congressman Jeff Miller congratulates Capt. get the job done."
nrique Sadsad after presenting him with Obama promised to ensure troops have the resources, equipment and strategies
copy of the Congressional Record honoring they need to succeed in the current conflicts as well as future ones.
nhe Skipper's accomplishments at NAS Whit-
ng Field. US. Navy photo by Jay Cope. (Cont. on Page 7)
-(Cont. from Page 1)
The OFT, valued at approximately three "Because
million dollars, brings new training capa-
bilities to TRAWING-5. The current T- abilities, w
34C simulators are not capable of produc- ransfer mor
ing immersive visual environments. The ing syllabus
student pilots will be able to gain familiar-ar
ity with the operational training zones, the
landing pattern at NAS Whiting Field, and
the greater Pensacola regional area before -Cmdi
their first flight. Prospective O
"Because of the OFT's capabili-
ties, we are able to transfer more of the
training syllabus into the simulator blocks,"
Additionally, a computer attached to the OFT can
record the entire simulated flight-allowing instructors to
debrief an entire flight in real time. For example, instruc-
tors can refer to a precise moment in the flight and correct
an improper control movement or show a better way to ac-
complish the specific task at hand. The flight records can
be saved and reviewed by students at any time during their
training, thus allowing students to reflect and study a wide
range of flight conditions.
This recording capability is new to primary training
here at TRAWING-5, and Kekeisen estimates that we have
not yet realized the full extent of how useful it will be for
"The debrief stations will
show the entire flight, control move-
ments used by the student, the aircraft
attitude, and gauge readings among
other information," he said. "The '
T-34C simulators have nothing like -
The other simulator received
in July is the Unit Training Device
(UTD). This simulator is simply the
T-6B cockpit and is identical to the
cockpit inside of the OFT. The UTD
has the same training capabilities as
the OFT, but it has no visual environ-
ment simulation. Ultimately TRAW-
ING-5 will purchase seven UTDs and
eight OFTs to accommodate student
pilot training at the base.
And even though the first
OFT is still being tested and evalu-
ated, instructors from the T-6B Tran-
sition Office have already started
flying it and creating a syllabus for
primary training. These instructors
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ie O)Ts ca- have already trained in the T-6A and they
are also flying the T-6B in coordination
are able to with Hawker Beechcraft, the company
of the train- who makes the aircraft.
nto the simu- The civilian flight instructors who
operate the simulators for primary training
are also working in the OFT. And while
the pace of training on this new simulator
Mark Kekeisen seems quick, it is all for a good reason-
erations Officer TRAWING-5 plans to have flight instruc-
TRAWING-5 tors from Training Squadron THREE (VT-
3) in the OFT and T-6B by mid-September
and students from VT-3 flying the new air-
craft in April.
The instructors in the T-6B Transition Office will be
joining the Fixed Wing Instructor Training Unit (FITU) at
the end of the month. At the FITU, they will become the ini-
tial training cadre for all T-6B flight training at NAS Whiting
All the work done to bring the T-6B to NAS Whit-
ing Field will pay off shortly. Kekeisen speaks highly of the
plane and assures that this is the best training platform new
aviation students can fly in.
"The T-6B, with its multi-function display, brings
primary training in line with the fleet. This aircraft is the
proper training platform for student pilots entering aviation
in this era."
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News and Notes
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-
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.
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.
Military Discount August brings fun times at the Black-
water Bistro! This is the month when the restaurant recognizes
all Military Personnel, Defense Contractors, those who work on
base and serve in any capacity to support and defend the freedoms
Americans share. The Bistro will honor all Military Personnel and
Defense Contractors with $1.00 Cold Draft Beer EVERYDAY,
ALL DAY, ALL MONTH in August.
Golf Tournament The 9/11 golf tournament is seeking play-
ers and teams for their inauguaral event. The tournament at Ti-
ger Point Country Club costs $75 per individual in advance of the
event and $85 Friday, Sept. 11. The ticket includes green fees, cart,
banquet, with guest speakers, prizes and more. The contest is a 4-
man scramble with a noon shotgun start. Call 850-758-6698/529-
8682 or email: 91109WWPGolf@resallc.com for details.
Office Closure The MWR ITT Office will be closed on Fri,
21 Aug 09, and Mon, 24 Aug 09.
Working at the Car Wash The NAS Whiting Field Secu-
rity Department will be holding a car wash from 1000-1400, Fri,
Aug. 21, in the NEX parking lot.
Walking the Dog The Blackwater Heritage State Trail will
host its annual Fall Dog Walk on the Blackwater Heritage Trail in
Congrats to the Grads
Naval Air Station Whiting Field hosted a Lean Six Sigma green bell
course at the Wings Club Ballroom recently. Employees from across
Navy Region Southeast and from Washington D.C. including: Lori
Aprilliano, Sue Bodenhemier, Laura Davis (all three second row
right), Randy Smith (third row second from right), Larry Fischer
(red shirt center) and John Floyd (center in the back). U.S. Navy
photo by Ens. Autin Nasca.
Vilton on Saturday Sept. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m.. The walk typical
traverses about 1 mile of the trail at a leisurely pace. All partici-
pating dogs must be licensed and on a six foot leash. It is highly
recommended to bring water for yourself and your dog. The walk
will begin from the Trail visitor's center located at 5533 Alabama
St. next to the Milton Library. For more information, call Brett
Williams at 850-758-5305.
Odd Couple The Panhandle Community Theatre will present
the female version of "The Odd Couple" Aug. 21-23 and 28-30 at
the Storage Masters retail complex 4636 Woodbine Rd. in Pace.
Neil Simon's comedy of Florence Unger and Olive Madison is just
as hilarious as the original. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Call 450-2566 for reserva-
Sports of All Sorts All kinds of Captain's Cup sporting ac-
tivities are ongoing, and here are a few of the highlights. Volley-
ball is going on now. Tuesday's and Thursday's in the Gym. 5, 6,
and 7 p.m. game times.
There will be a Horseshoes tournament on Wednesday Aug. 26 at 5
p.m.. It will be held at the Sports Complex at the Horseshoe pits.
There will be a Flag Football coaches meeting Wednesday Sept. 9
in the MWR conference room at 1300. Flag football will begin
There will be a Billiards tournament Wednesday Sept. 30 in the
Liberty Center at 1700.
L-3 is the Softball Champions
HT-18 is the 4 on 4 Beach Volleyball Champions
Hasardous Waste Center The Santa Rosa County Envi-
ronmental Department is offering a new service that will provide
citizens an environmentally safe way to dispose of hazardous
household waste. The center is located at the entrance of the Cen-
tral Landfill at 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton. Residents of Santa
Rosa County can bring in items such as: household cleaners, motor
oils, gasoline, car batteries, propane tanks, pool chemicals, pesti-
cides, and much more to be properly disposed or recycled. This
service is provided Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free
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.
VA Representative (Call for appointment) Friday, August 28, 0800-1200
Anger Management Wednesday, August 19, 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.
Developing Your Spending Plan Friday, August 21, 1300 1500
This class is not designed to tell you what to do with your money; this class will challenge you to think before you spend. There is no
patent on the "right" way to handle your money, but there are better ways to get your dollar's worth. Class will be held at the FFSC
conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Common Sense Parenting for Ages 2 5 Thursday, August 27, 1800 2000
Common Sense Parenting: 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
Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
I.D. Theft Prevention Friday, August 28, 1300 1500
There were more than 3.25 million victims last year. Costs average $4,800 $10,200 per crime. Loss to businesses and financial insti-
tutions is greater than 50 billion. Attend this class to learn ways to lessen your chances of becoming a victim. Class will be held at the
FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT WWW.TRICAREDENTALPROGRAM.COM
If you haven't visited the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) Web site lately, you may be missing out. For
the latest in benefit, policy and dental health information, check out www.TRICAREdentalprogram.com
There is a lot of great information on the Web site. For starters, you can view and download past issues
of the TRICARE Dental Health Matters newsletter by clicking on "TDP Member Newsletters" under the
Additionally, the Dental Health Tab features articles pertinent to both adults and children on a variety of
Antibiotics and Your Heart
Osteoporosis Medications and the Risk of Developing Jaw Complications
Fluoride: Nature's Cavity Fighter
Eating Habits that Can Harm Teeth
Log On to NFAAS as Part of Disaster Preparedness
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search Laboratory in Monterey, Calif. shows tropical depressions
Claudette and Ana and Hurricane Bill at 3:15 p.m. EST Sunday, Aug.
16, 2009. U.S. Navy file graphic.
By Bruce Moody, Commander, Navy Installations Com-
mand Fleet and Family Support
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As meteorologists continue to track
Hurricane Bill, Sailors and Navy families are reminded to be-
come familiar with the Navy Family Accountability and As-
sessment System (NFAAS) -- and to update personal informa-
BBC Holds Housing Survey
The Annual CEL Housing Survey time is
upon NAS Whiting Field once again. In a few weeks,
family housing residents will be receiving the CEL
Resident Satisfaction Survey. Balfour Beatty Com-
munities encourages residents to fill them out and re-
By completing and handing surveys in, resi-
dents will qualify for weekly drawings.
The survey is part of a performance assess-
ment program. Balfour Beatty Communities ranks
"extremely" satisfied and "very good" a passing grade
on the survey and any score that is less than this is
"We truly strive to exceed our resident's ex-
pectations and hope that every resident enjoyed their
home and the services that we provided," explained
Jessica Heilman, Community Manager for Balfour
Once residents complete their surveys and
seal them in the postage paid envelopes provided, they
can simply bring it to the Balfour Beatty Communi-
ties Management Office and drop it in the authorized
locked mailbox. Only CEL employees will open the
returned envelopes. Survey results are completely
confidential and anonymous.
"The survey allows us to see where we are
succeeding and where there is room for improve-
ment," said Heilman, "it's important for residents to
fill them out honestly."
The survey deadline date is October 7, 2009
If a Navy community is evacuated because of Hurri-
cane Bill, the Navy will use NFAAS to account for evacuated
Sailors and Navy families. The Navy will also use NFAAS to
find out if Sailors and families are okay, where they are and
how to reach them if they need help. NFAAS is also used to
manage and monitor their well-being and recovery process.
The Navy calls an area affected by a disaster a geo-
graphic area of interest (GAOI). After a disaster, all Navy
personnel and their families residing, deployed to or working
within a GAOI are required to check in at the first available op-
portunity. There are three options available to check in.
Sailors can check in directly with their commands and
provide their family's status and whereabouts. This is the pri-
mary way to account. Commands will upload the information
into NFAAS. If they unable to reach their command, Sailors
can muster on NFAAS at https://navyfamily.navy.mil. If un-
successful, the third option is to account by phone through the
Navy Emergency Coordination Center at 1-877-414-5358 or 1-
866-827-5672 (TDD 1-866-297-1971).
After mustering, it is equally important that Sailors
complete a needs assessment in NFAAS if they are impacted
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First Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; 1st Lt. Kyle Stuart, USMC; 1st Lt. Nicholos Staiton, USMC; 1st Lt. Brian Spillane, USMC; Lt. j.g. Ta-
mara Whalen, USCG; Lt. j.g. Brittany Manley, USN; Lt. j.g. MIchal Roselli, USN; and RearAdm. Paul Grosklags, USN. Second Row: Cmdr.
Michael Fisher, USN; Lt. Amy Harmel, USCG; 1st Lt. Karla Lazenby, USMC; Lt. Brian Ward, USCG; Lt. j.g. Chris Schneider, USN; and 1st
Lt. David Carpenter, USMC. Third Row: 1st Lt. Joseph Whittaker, USMC; 1st Lt. John Hohnson, USMC; 1st Lt. Adam Jimenez, USMC; 1st
Lt. Brett Michaud, USMC; Lt. j.g. Michael Chalfant, USN; 1st Lt. Mitchell Kusterer, USMC; and Col. Scott Walsh, USMC. Fourth Row: Lt.
Col. C. A. Stackhouse, USMC; 1st Lt. Michael Rogers, USMC; 2nd Lt. Christopher Stoddard, USMC; 1st Lt. Wade Gauthier, USMC; 1st Lt.
Donald Kelly, USMC; and Lt. j.g. Patrick Magno, USN.
Lt. j.g. Sean T Groark, USCG; 1st Lt. Jonathan C. Putney, USMC; 1st Lt. John B. Little, USAF(Commodore's List); Lt. j.g. Jerod A. Taber,
USN; 2nd Lt. Jesse B. Rosal, USAF; 1st Lt. Kyle A. Holsey, USMC; 1st Lt. Peter F Callahan, USMC; 1st Lt. Nicholas A. Teach, USMC; Ens.
Andrew S. Myers, USN; 2nd Lt. Alexander W Denton, USAF receive their academic awards from Training Air Wing FIVE Aug. 7 for their
scholastic achievements during flight training.
NFAAS Log On
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by the event.
If a Sailor or Navy family need help following a de-
clared disaster, the Navy has resources that can support them
during the emergency. NFAAS has a user-friendly assessment
tool to coordinate and prioritize disaster-related needs. The sys-
tem allows families to assess their needs in 19 categories in-
cluding, medical, missing family locator, transportation, hous-
ing and personal property, financial, employment, child care,
education, legal services, counseling and mortuary and funeral
Once disaster-related needs are identified, a case man-
ager from a Fleet and Family Support Center is assigned. The
case manager will contact the Navy family member to assist
them with support that ranges from the urgent to the informa-
Access to the assessment information is restricted. De-
tails of the assessment will not be provided to anyone outside
the case management team without the provider's approval.
"This is the ideal time to log on," said Pam McClel-
land, the Navy Family Emergency Response and Preparedness
manager. "It's calm; no flooding or winds. Nobody is stressed
from having to evacuate their home. People can log on, have
a look at the site and see where they'll check in their family,
where they'll conduct their needs assessment. It's also a good
idea to see if their contact information needs updating."
It is an official source of current storm information,
and it is an official source of base evacuation announcements.
The site also provides a significant amount of information about
how to prepare for a disaster.
NFAAS was developed by Task Force Navy Family
following the major hurricane season of 2005. The task force
identified the need for a single reporting system for Navy fam-
ily members to inform the Navy regarding their status after a
declared emergency or catastrophic event.
President Addresses Troops
(Cont. from Page 1)
"We need to keep our military the best-
trained, best-led, best-equipped fighting force in
the world," he said.
The president outlined some of the ini-
tiatives under way to support this goal:
-- Growing the Army and Marine Corps
and halting reductions in the Navy and Air Force
to increase time between deployments, reduce
stress on the force and bring an end to the Army's
stop-loss, an involuntary extension program;
-- Providing more assets to support cur-
rent operations: helicopters and crews; intel-
ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capa- President]
bilities; special operations forces; and armored
vehicles and protective gear;
-- Conducting a top-to-bottom review of military
priorities and posture to develop a new blueprint for the 21st
century military the United States will need;
-- Balancing military capabilities to face unconven-
tional as well as conventional threats;
-- Modernizing the force by investing in new skills and spe-
cialties as well as new technologies; and
-- Reforming the way the Pentagon does business
to reduce waste and get the most capability out of every de-
Obama also recognized the country's responsibility
to take care of its men and women in uniform, as well as
He noted that his fiscal 2010 budget funds "increas-
ing military pay, building better family housing and funding
more childcare and counseling to help families cope with the
stresses of war."
In addition, big increases will be devoted
to providing wounded warriors treatment cen-
ters, case managers and better medical care,
he said. These resources, he told the veterans,
will ensure wounded warriors get the care they
need so they "can recover and return to where
they want to be: with their units."
Obama also noted the billions of dollars in
the new budget that will go toward treating
post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic
brain injuries that have become the defining
wounds of today's wars.
rack Obama Increased funding will provide more treat-
ment and mental-health screening to reach
troops on the front lines and more mobile and
rural clinics to reach veterans who have returned home, he
"We are not going to abandon these American he-
roes," Obama said. "We will do right by them."
America's commitment to its troops will continue when they
become veterans, he said, noting significant funding increas-
es for Department of Veterans Affairs programs.
"Whether you left the service in 2009 or 1949, we
will fulfill our responsibility to deliver the benefits and care
that you earned," the president promised the veterans.
Even during tough economic times, Obama said the
country can't shirk from its responsibilities to service mem-
bers and veterans.
"Let me be clear," he said. "America's commitments
to its veterans are not just lines in a budget.
"They are bonds that are sacred a sacred trust that
we are honor-bound to uphold."