Vol. 65 No. 35 Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Future Has Arrived
First T-6Bs Land at NAS Whiting Field to Fanfare
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Station Whiting Field in more than 30 years. The aircraft will be used to replace the venerable T-34C Turbo Mentor plane in flight training
for student pilots. U.S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Inclement weather may have darkened the skies,
but failed to dim the enthusiasm of the pilots, maintenance
teams, community members, VIPs, aircraft businessmen and
others waiting to see the first new airframe at Naval Air Sta-
tion Whiting Field in more than 30 years. More than 150
people assembled in the North Field hangar at the base to see
the first two T-6B Texans roll down the runway.
The arrival of the Texan signals the official start of
the turnover from the venerable T-34C Turbo Mentor to the
T-6B for primary flight training under Training Air Wing
FIVE. To mark the occasion, TRAWING-5 hosted a fly-in
ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the hangar, followed by a reception
at the Joint Primary Air Training System (JPATS) building
on the base.
The event featured a flyby of the new aircraft, arriv-
al of the T-6Bs to the hangar, brief speeches, a cake cutting
at the reception, and a demonstration of the T-6 simulators.
Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, the Chief of Naval Air Train-
ing Command, served as the featured speaker.
"It is an excellent time to be involved in Naval avia-
tion," he stated. "These modem digital systems are unlike
any other flown before and surpass anything here in the U.S.
or other countries. Our Naval and Marine Corps pilots will
continue to be the best ever because of training in the T-
TRAWING-5, NAS Whiting Field's major tenant
command, provides primary flight training to nearly 60 per-
cent of all Navy and Marine Corps aviators as well as to U.
S. Coast Guard aviators, select Air Force pilots and flight
students from Allied foreign countries. The T-34C training
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NEX Celebrates One Year at New Package Store Location
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Pub-
After a year in business, the
Navy Exchange package store has over-
come some initial jitters and is running
smoothly and well. The NEX and Naval
Air Station Whiting Field celebrated that
success with a "First Anniversary" cel-
ebration Aug. 28 and 29.
The package store moved to its
current location near the coffee shop at
the request of Capt. Enrique Sadsad, NAS
Whiting Field commanding officer, to
provide a larger venue which could pro-
vide a greater selection of beverages. Ini-
tially, the store saw a drop in sales after
the move since there was less crossover
traffic from the NEX main store and un-
Capt. Enrique Sadsad, commanding officer NAS Whiting Field, cuts the cake with NEX certainty in the customer base in where
package store employee Renee Faris. The cake is part of the store's first anniversary celebra- the store was located.
tion, marking one-year at the new facility. The site is much larger than the old site adjacent
to the main NEX at NAS Whiting Field, and allowed more than 100 additional items be added NEX Manager Linda Larrabee
to the store's inventory. U.S. Navy photo by Jay Cope. says that is all behind them now, and cred-
its the store's quick turnaround to employ-
ees Renee Faris, Crystal O'Quendo, and Connie Young.
"This is their baby and they take great pride and ownership and it shows. The store has been a huge success. It has
exceeded our expectations. The increase in inventory has definitely offset the inconvenience of driving to the new loca-
According to Larrabee, the pack-
age store is expected to exceed $1.2
million in sales next year. The roughly A
$100,000 in sales per month creates an
inventory turnover about every three
months. It took nearly eight months for
the store to see those levels, but the solid
numbers and the "phenomenal" customer
feedback is a reason to celebrate.
"This has turned out to be a huge FREE ADMISSION
win-win situation for the base and the e e
NEX," Larrabee said. TICKET FOR ACTIVE
The anniversary celebration MILITARY PERSONNEL
featured a cake cutting ceremony with
Sadsad, Friday at 10 a.m. The rest of the August 17 September 7, 2009
next two days were highlighted by give-a- military ID must be preented at Guest Relations to receive free
entrance into the park. Family and friends may purchase
ways, drawings, free hot dogs and chips, discounted tickets through your TTI/MWR Office. Thesetickets
ways, cannot be purchased at the main gates.
beverage tastings, and special sales. The
grand prize winners were C. Willett who
won the Apple I-Pod and Anthony Breaux
who won the Keystone battery powered
"The customers had a ball," Faris
said. "They really, really enjoyed the
event. I. 1007 US Highway 98 East Destin, Florida 32541 850-837-8319
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.
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.
Walking the Dog The Blackwater Heritage State Trail will
host its annual Fall Dog Walk on the Blackwater Heritage Trail in
Milton on Saturday Sept. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m.. The walk typically
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.
Hazardous Waste Center The Santa Rosa County Envi-
ronmental Department is offering a free service to provide citizens
an environmentally safe way to dispose of hazardous household
waste. The center is located at the entrance of the Central Landfill
at 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton. Mon. Sat. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pizza Sale The Navy Ball Committee will be selling pizza,
Thursday, Sept. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. across from the NEX.
Two slices of pizza and a soda will cost $5. Whole large Pepperoni
or Cheese pizzas are available for $9. Pre-orders will be taken by
AC3 Charles Scheytt at 623-7624 until noon Wednesday.
Splash & Dash MWR is hosting a "Splash and Dash" Biath-
lon at 8:00 a.m. at the NAS Whiting Field Training Pool Saturday,
Oct. 3, 2009. The Biathlon will consist of two legs, a 500 yard
swim and a 5K run. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second and
Third Place winners in the Men and Women Divisions. This event
is free and refreshments will be provided after the event. If you
are interested, signups are being taken through the day of the event
at the following MWR facilities: The Liberty Center, Wings Club,
Fitness Center and MWR Athletics Office. For more information,
please contact Todd Mooneyham at (850) 665-6102.
Parenting Conference Dan Seaborn and Mark Harris will
be holding a parenting conference at 6 p.m., Sept. 12 at First Bap-
tist Church, 6797 Caroline Street, Milton, FL 32570. Tickets are
$15/person or $10/person for groups of 10 or more and may be
purchased from First Baptist Church (850-623-3122), Pine Ter-
race Baptist Church (850-623-3954), Lifeway Christian Store in
Pensacola, or through Wayne Forbush. Military personnel may
purchase tickets for $10.
Shave and a Hair Cut... The NEX is proud to announce
that a new Barber Shop is now open in Whiting Pines (same build-
ing as NEX Mini-Mart) every Thursday and Friday, from 9:30
a.m. 6 p.m.
Leave Donor Program Max Tinsley, Supervisory Security
Specialist at CNRSE Jacksonville office, has been approved for
the Leave Recipient Program. Tinsley will be required to be out
of work for approximately four to six weeks and will exhaust all
of his leave very soon. Anyone wishing to donate annual leave
under this program may contact Jim Harbaugh at CNRSE DSN
942-0041, or Commercial (904)542-0041. Thank you for your
Run the Bridge The 2nd Annual Mediacom Garcon Point
Bridge Run/Walk is seeking participants for the 4.8 mile trek
across the bridge Oct. 17. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and
post race activities will include hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks
for participants. Advance registration is encouraged. Entry fees
are $20 for children under 18 and $25 for adults. After Oct. 13th,
all registration fees are $30. The first 300 registered participants
will receive an official T-shirt. Registration is available online at
www.active.com or forms may be downloaded at www.santarosa.
kl2.fl.us/sref. For more information call 850-983-5043.
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For the months of September, 2009 active
and retired military personnel
receive a free admission to the show.
SYou must bring valid military
identification to the door to receive
your free admission.
Additional tickets can be purchased
at your ITT office.
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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.
Money & the Move Tuesday, September 8, 1300 1500
A Permanent 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.
Anger Management Wednesday, September 9, 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.
Parenting: 6-18 y.o. Thursday, September 10, 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.
VA Representative (Call for appointment) Friday, September 11 & 25, 0800 1200
Consumer Awareness Tuesday, September 15, 0900 1100
According to the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, fraud cost consumers over 40 billion dollars every year. We are constantly ap-
proached by people trying to take our money. Some offers are truly fraudulent and are illegal, most however, are simply rip-offs and
misrepresentations. Don't be a victim! Class will be held in the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and
Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
TRICARE BENEFICIARIES PUT PHAR-
MACY COSTS ON THE CHOPPING
TRICARE is actively informing beneficiaries
of the savings they can experience with the TRICARE
Mail Order Pharmacy (TMOP). One easy call to the
Member Choice Center (MCC) at 877-363-1433 can
start a home delivery. A customer service representa-
tive will explain the program and offer to process a
new 90-day prescription from the beneficiary's pro-
vider through TMOP.
Beneficiaries can also register for TMOP at
http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE -- with-
out downloading or mailing forms.
Go to the prescriptions tab at http://www.
tricare.mil for more details about TMOP and other
CNRSE Endorses Energy Conservation
Jacksonville, Fla. With his Energy Council present for its
first meeting, Rear Adm. Townsend G. Alexander, Command-
er, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE), signed the new energy
instruction that establishes the energy policy for installations.
CNRSE will lead by example with a comprehensive and robust
energy strategy to meet all new laws and policies set forth for
Energy and Water Conservation with the issuance of this new
"Leadership in conservation will be achieved and sus-
tained with awareness, training and implementation of suitable
technologies in energy and water conservation," said Alexan-
der. "As a culture, our behavior will have to change."
Legislation passed in the Energy Independence and
Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) requires a 30 percent reduc-
tion in energy intensity by 2015, a 20 percent reduction in water
intensity by 2015, and an audit each year of one quarter of the
facilities identified as the top 75 percent of energy consuming
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2007
(NDAA 2007) states that 25 percent of electric consumption
must come from renewable sources. Executive Order (E.O.
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aircraft was implemented in 1977 and is aging. TRAWING-
5 will continue receiving new aircraft at the rate of about
one per week until the transition is completed in 2015. The
training wing will have 156 of the new aircraft at that time.
With the preponderance of new fleet aircraft utilizing digital
technology, it was deemed vital to train with similar sys-
"As our students train to operate more sophisticated
fleet aircraft, the more modem cockpit design of the T-6B
will enable our students to receive their "Wings" and better
transition to modem fleet aircraft," Col. Scott Walsh, Train-
ing Air Wing FIVE commander said. "It is imperative that
we position our students for success."
The T-6B is a faster, stronger, more efficient aircraft
The first T6B Texan to arrive at Naval Air Station Whiting Field pulls
in front of the North Field hangar to the excitement of the awaiting that features an enhanced cockpit design and avionics that
crowd. The plane is the first of more than 150 aircraft Training Air make it a good first step in teaching students before they
Wing FIVE will receive to replace the T-34C Turbo Mentor. TRAW-
ING-5 hosted a ceremony to recognize the occasion. U.S. Navy photo
by Jay Cope.
Following its flyby of NAS Whiting Field's North Field, a T-6B Texan
lines up its approach to the base to kick-off the arrival ceremony. U.S.
Navy photo by Jay Cope..
begin their fleet tours. The heads-up displays and digital
readouts are an impressive improvement in technology from
Initially, the new aircraft will be used for training
instructor pilots. Student pilots from Training Squadron
THREE are expected to begin flying the new aircraft in April
2010. The new aircraft already has a fan in Lt. Cmdr. Dave
Hoten, USCG, one of the instructors who will be training the
instructor pilots for TRAWING-5.
Hoten was one of the two pilots who flew the aircraft
for the ceremony and was excited to play such an important
role in the ceremony.
"With the T-6B, there will no longer be a gap be-
Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, Chief of Naval Air Training, speaks tween primary training and stepping into a fleet aircraft. It
to the crowd during the Fly-In Ceremony for the first new training is a lot of fun to fly, and the magnitude of the day was pretty
aircraft. Guadagnini made the trip from Texas to serve as the guest amazing," he said. "It is incredible to be in on the ground
speaker for the occasion. U.S. Navy photo by Jay Cope. floor of saying goodbye to a 30-year old proven aircraft."
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13423) for Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and
Transportation Management mandates that 15 percent of the
existing Federal buildings incorporate sustainable practices by
Additional policies detail guiding principles for sus-
tainable design and establish a LEED Green Building Rating
System for incorporating sustainable principles into new facili-
ties and major renovations on existing structures. The Strategy
Precepts vital to this effort are to raise personnel awareness
and participation, train energy and utility personnel, imple-
ment new conservation based technology, implement life cycle
cost effective projects, establish Energy Star rated buildings,
integrate energy efficiency into leases and Base Operations
Services contracts, increase renewable energy use, and reduce
petroleum consumption. Naval Facilities Engineering Com-
mand (NAVFAC) Southeast developed a tool kit for conserva-
tion that incorporates technology, identification and training of
pivotal personnel, building tools, communication and recog-
nition programs, measurement mechanisms and planning for
installation commanding officers in the southeast.
'Energy Star' certification will be required on all ap-
pliances. Diligence will be paid on addressing and implement-
ing alternative fuels for vehicles and infrastructure. Personnel
will be certified annually on strategies, construction and sus-
tainment of energy and water conservation best practices.
NAVFAC will be monitoring progress closely with a
comprehensive web-based metrics program established, main-
tained, and available for review by leadership on the CNRSE
portal. Measurements for success commenced with fiscal
year (FY) 2008. The metrics for reporting establish a cumula-
tive target that the fiscal year actual is evaluated against.
"We are on our way," said NAVFAC Southeast Com-
manding Officer Capt. Doug Morton. Financed Energy Proj-
ects awarded during FY 2008 included seven Utility Energy
Services Contracts (UESC) at four installations and one En-
ergy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC).
FY2009 continues the trend of energy projects with
six UESCs at four installations; three ESPCs at three instal-
lations; and three Energy Conservation Investment Programs
(ECIP) at Kingsville, Meridian, and Charleston. Future plans
are on track for FY 2010 calls for 19 projects at eight different
installations totaling $64 million. Region Southeast will see
over $100 million in ARRA Energy funding. ARRA Energy
Projects to install Photovoltaic Systems and Advanced Meter-
ing are set for Florida, Texas and Mississippi.
"It will take the collaborative effort of sailors, family
members, personnel and contractors at each of our installations
to reach the goals outlined by the President," said Rear Admi-
ral. Alexander. "We all share the responsibility of environmen-
tal stewardship do your part, think smart, conserve energy,
and save our precious resources."
Balfour Beatty Communities Strives for
5 in Annual Housing Survey
The Annual CEL Housing Survey time is upon NAS
Whiting Field once again. By now, family housing residents
should have received the CEL Resident Satisfaction Survey.
Balfour Beatty Communities encourages residents to fill them
out and return them.
By completing and handing surveys in, residents will
qualify for weekly drawings and early bird drawing specials,
so don't delay!
The survey is part of a performance assessment pro-
gram. Balfour Beatty Communities ranks "extremely" satis-
fied and "very good" a passing grade on the survey and any
score that is less than this is considered unacceptable.
"We truly strive to exceed our resident's expectations
and hope that every resident enjoyed their home and the ser-
vices that we provided," explained Jessica Heilman, Commu-
nity Manager for Balfour Beatty Communities.
Once residents complete their surveys and seal them
in the postage paid envelopes provided, they can simply bring
it to the Balfour Beatty Communities Management Office and
drop it in the authorized locked mailbox. Only CEL employ-
ees will open the returned envelopes. Survey results are com-
pletely confidential and anonymous.
"The survey allows us to see where we are succeed-
ing and where there is room for improvement," said Heilman,
"it's important for residents to fill them out honestly."
The survey deadline date is October 7, 2009
Congrats Win gers and Scholars
First Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; Lt. j.g. Alex Drake, USCG; 1st Lt. Jacinto Guevara, USMC; 1st Lt. Kenneth Hampshire, USMC;
Lt. j.g. Lauren Cole, USN; 1st Lt. Kristi Reule, USMC; Lt. j.g. Pete Hudson, USN; Capt. Jakob Saade, USMC; and Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman,
USMC. Second Row: Lt. j.g. Patrick Dunn, USN; 1st Lt. Joshua Showalter, USMC; Capt. Thomas Kershul, USMC; Lt. j.g. Charles Mor-
ris, USN; 1st Lt. Kevin Hayles, USMC; and 1st Lt. Christopher Driscoll, USMC. Third Row: Cmdr. Michael Fisher, USN; Lt. j.g. Steven
Aspholm, USN; Lt. j.g. Bernard Garrigan, USCG; 1st Lt. ZellRobinson, USMC; Capt. Jakob Waade, RDAF; 1st Lt. Michael Christy, USMC;
and Lt. j.g. Amanda Cullen, USN. Fourth Row: Lt. Col. Clay Stackhouse, USMC; 1st Lt. Alexis Ramirez, USMC; Lt. j.g. Christopher Kofoed,
USN; Ens. Ali Al-Busaily, RSNF; 1st Lt. Megan Bustin, USMC; Lt. j.g. Thomas Henery, USN; Lt. Zachary Fuentes, USCG; and Col. Scott
Left Photo: Ens. Daniel C. Hodges, USN; Lt. j.g. Jeffrey A. Dawson, USN; and 2nd Lt Clayton R. Cruickshank, USAF; receive their academic
awards Friday, Aug. 21.
Right Photo: 1st Lt. Matthew P. Bagley, USMC; 1st Lt. Christopher M. Schwamberger, USMC; 2nd Lt. Thomas W. Aseltine, USAF; Ens.
Mark W. Boniface, USN; Ens. Christopher C. Short, USN; stand with their Academic Achievement Awards and Commodore's List awards
shortly after receiving them Friday, Aug. 28.