Vol. 65 No. 43 Wednesday, October 28, 2009
NHA Fleet Fly-In Completes Training Mission
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
More than thirty Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard helicopters from across the country arrived to Na-
val Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field Oct. 20 for the 20th
annual Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) Fleet Fly-
In. The event is one of just two national gatherings held
by the organization each year.
The Fleet Fly-In has grown from just a few air-
craft to a multi-day event including several helicopter
communities and almost every type of helicopter in the
sea service inventory.
Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard aircraft from
around the country make their way to NAS Whiting
Field every year to take part in helicopter community
discussions. This event serves to give the flight students
in advanced helicopter training their first taste of which Two TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopters appear to stand guard for an SH-53 Sea
Stallion which is at Naval Air Station Whiting Field for the Naval Helicopter
aircraft they may be flying after they complete training. Association Fleet Fly-In. The annual event brings helicopters from all the
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dent flying. U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Robert Hooper, III.
Santa Rosa County Recognizes Oct. 22 as Sadsad Day
The Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners presents Capt.
Enrique Sadsad, NAS Whiting Field commanding officer, with a
copy of the proclamation naming Oct. 22 as his day. Photo courtesy
of Joy Tsobuka.
Editor's Note: The Santa Rosa County Board of Com-
missioners proclaimed Oct. 22 as Capt. Enrique L. Sadsad
Day in the county. Here is a copy of the proclamation to
WHEREAS, Captain Enrique L. (Rick) Sadsad has
served as the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station
Whiting Field since August of 2007 and is leaving to assume
a command position at Naval Support Activity Bahrain;
WHEREAS, Captain Sadsad is a "Mustang Offi-
cer," enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1977 as an Aviation Ma-
chinist Mate; and in 1984 upon completion of Aviation Of-
ficer Candidate School (AOCS) was commissioned a Naval
Flight Officer successfully completing progressively more
responsible and demanding command positions with com-
mensurate promotions in rank; and
WHEREAS, Captain Sadsad's military and com-
munity accomplishments are distinguished and many, the
most recent of which is his national recognition as the 2009
Military Leader of the Year by the Association of Defense
Communities for his outstanding leadership in building and
sustaining partnerships and relationships in the local com-
WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners is most
grateful for Captain Sadsad's determined leadership in cham-
pioning the Limited Access Use Agreement between the
U.S. Navy and Santa Rosa County which provides "through
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Whiting Field Brings Save-A-Life Tour to the Base
Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Kramer Edu-
tainment are teaming up to try and save some lives and it
could be yours.
The National Save-A-Life tour stops at Whiting
Field tomorrow and Friday to present an educational pre-
sentation about the dangers of drinking and driving. Using
a multi-faceted approach, the tour tries to bring home the
tragic possibilities inherent in driving while under the influ-
According to the organization's website, "the Save-
A-Life tour brings a shocking approach to alcohol awareness
with a tragic video, personal stories of the loss of loved ones
by peers, and a sobering drinking and driving simulation ex-
perience. This tour has earned itself national acclaim from
colleges, universities, high schools, and military events na-
tionwide." Students line up to take a turn at the driving simulators during a
The event kicks off with a message for Executive previous Save-A-Life tour event. The simulator shows the driver
how difficult it is to drive while impaired due to the use of alcohol or
Officer Cmdr. Lynne Chapman, and is followed by the Save- drugs. The tour comes to NAS Whiting Field's Atrium Building Oct.
(Cont. on Page 6) 29 & 30. Photo from www.savealife.com.
News and Notes
Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours The Pen-
sacola Historical Society hosts its annual Haunted House and Trol-
ley Tours Oct. 30, and 31. Walking tours leave every 30 minutes
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Trolley Tours leave at 6:30 p.m, 7:30 p.m, and
8:30 p.m. All tours will leave from the Pensacola Historical Mu-
seum and will last one hour. Tours go on rain or shine! Walking
Tour tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
Trolley Tour tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children 12 and
under. Call 595-1559 for details.
Job Fair Workforce EscaRosa Employ Florida, Hire Vets First
and Jobs Plus are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Northwest Florida
Veterans & Military Hiring Fair. The event specifically targets
Veterans, Active Duty Military and their family members and
more than 40 employers will attend. The fair will take place Nov.
13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Days Inn conference center at 8700
Navarre Parkway in Navarre, Fla. Check out www.employflorida.
com for more information.
Applebees Veterans Day Event In recognition of service
to our country, all veterans and active duty military personnel are
invited to eat free at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restau-
rants this Veterans Day. All U.S. veterans and active duty military
with proof of current or former military service will eat free at all
Applebee's nationwide on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Proof of service
includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform
Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings
Statement, Veterans Organization Card, or photograph in uniform
or wearing uniform. For additional details, visit: www.applebees.
Latin Festival Latino Gulf Coast Media Inc. and WSRE are
sponsoring Festival Latino Oct. 31 at Bayview Park from 10 a.m.
until 6 p.m.
Fall Festival at Historic P-Cola Historic Pensacola Vil-
lage will host a Fall Festival Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The
village will be open free to the public. The Fall Festival will focus
on Pensacola's Spanish history with living history interpretation
and continuous tours of the 1805 Lavalle House, a Spanish colo-
nial period home. Scavenger Hunts will be available for children
and local archaeologists will conduct tours at the T. T. Wentworth,
Jr. Florida State Museum. Also, the Museum of Commerce, Mu-
seum of Industry, Julee Cottage, Manuel Barrios Cottage, T T.
Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum and the Pensacola Historical
Museum will be open for self-guided tours and visitation. Historic
Pensacola Village is a house museum and museum complex in the
heart of Downtown Pensacola.
Military Discount Arby's, the fast food giant famous for
classic roast beef sandwiches, is offering a discount on all menu
items for military personnel. Presenting a military ID, active, re-
tired, spouse, reserve, or otherwise, gains a 10 percent discount
every day except Wednesday, when the discount increases to 20
"A Nightmare on Willing Street" Main Street Milton
presents "A Nightmare on Willing Street" Oct. 28-31 at 7 p.m.
The 3rd annual Haunting of Historic Downtown Milton remains
family friendly until 8 p.m. when the true terror begins. The walk
through a frightful two-story historic building along the chilling
Blackwater River. will have you quivering in suspense. Make sure
to get your tickets early, skip the line through www. 13thfloorhaun
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Cmdr. Leif Bergey, Chief of Staff for Training Air Wing FIVE re-
ceives the Meritorious Service Medal (Third Award) for his service
o the Wing. Bergey retired Oct. 16 and the award culminated a dis-
tinguished 20-year Naval career. The citation for the medal read in
part: "Displaying outstanding leadership, superior managerial ex-
pertise, and extraordinary personal initiative, Commander Bergey
expertly guided the largest TRAWING in the Naval Air Training
Command to unprecedented levels of excellence and productivity..."
Photo courtesy of Training Air Wing FIVE.
tedhouse.com/admission.html, and get your VIP tickets today for.
$5 a person! VIP tickets on sale at Copper Possum Antiques, Old
Post Office Antiques and Clarks Lock and Safe. Admission tickets
also on sale at the door.
Santa Rosa County Honors Veterans Santa Rosa
County residents are encouraged to attend the 2009 Veterans Day
Parade and Ceremony sponsored by the Community/Veterans Co-
ordinating Committee on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The annual parade
will kick off the festivities honoring those who have served our
country at 9:30 a.m., beginning at Milton High School and ending
at the Santa Rosa County Veterans Plaza at 5178 Willing Street,
Milton. The Veterans Day Ceremony will follow the parade at 11
a.m. in front of the Santa Rosa County Veterans Plaza. Colonel
Chris "Caveman" Holzworth will serve as both the parade grand
marshal and ceremony guest speaker. The day's events will con-
clude with a Veterans Day Picnic hosted by Santa Rosa County
4-H, also at the Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Plaza. Or-
ganizations who would like to participate in the parade are asked
to contact Ralph Nesenson at (850) 626-7292 or (850)313-6637 or
the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce at (850)623-2339.
Lifeguard Season at Navarre Beach Ends Lifeguard
season ends on Navarre Beach on Sunday, Nov. 1. Residents and
visitors are asked to exercise caution and use common sense when
enjoying Navarre's beaches, including heeding the warnings of
beach flags. Flags noting the beach conditions will continue to
be posted by county staff. The public beaches, including the ar-
eas next to the Navarre Beach Pier and the gulf side beaches of
Navarre Beach Park, are guarded each year from generally from
March 1 to October 31. The date was extended this year to accom-
modate the entire weekend. To date, lifeguards made 50 rescues in
the 2009 lifeguard season with no drownings.
leet and Family Support Center Classes
Resume Writing Monday, November 2, 1000 1200
This class will assist you in creating an effective resume. Learn how to handle sticky resume situations like military-to-civilian transi-
tion, age, employment gaps, layoffs, and career change. For more information, call 623-7177.
Ten Steps to a Federal Job Monday, November 2, 1600 1800
"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 attend
this class 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 forjobs. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For
more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
How to Survive the Holidays Financially Tuesday, November 3, 1300 1500
It's that time of year when stores display holiday decorations, increase their inventory, and gear up to convince you to spend money.
Attend this class to learn techniques to control your holiday spending. Class will be held in the FFSC conference room. For more in-
formation, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Parenting: 2-5 y.o. Tuesday, November 3, 1800 2000
Unfortunately, children do not come with instruction manuals. This class will provide the tools to equip you with skills for raising re-
sponsible and well-adjusted children. This class is for parents who want to "brush up" on their skills or new parents who are not sure
where to begin. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Library Hours Modified
Due to declining county revenues and a reduction of 59
percent in the state's aid to Santa Rosa County Libraries, commis-
sioners approved the county administrator's recommendation to
reduce library hours by five hours per week at the October 22 com-
mittee meeting. The major affect of the declining revenues caused
by the downturn in the economy, is reductions in staffing, includ-
ing two fulltime positions and nine student positions or 215 hours
Based on library usage statistics compiled over three
years and over 700 surveys recently completed by library users,
the following new library hours will be effective November 9 in
hopes of meeting both residents' needs and the manpower required
to operate the five county libraries:
The county library director, Linda Hendrix, explains,
"Many factors must be considered in making changes to library
hours. Our foremost library service goal is to provide the high-
est possible level of library service to the greatest number of our
citizens, while also considering the welfare and safety of library
employees, schedules for youth programs and community groups
who use library space for their meetings."
Thanks to technology, the impact of reducing library
hours is reduced by the availability of 24-hour, seven day a week
access to library materials via the library's Website. The library
offers access to more than 8,000 electronic sources. Students can
find authoritative coverage for biography, literature, history, so-
cial sciences and the consumer can find auto repair, test prepa-
ration, investment services, health, online book clubs, download-
able audio books and downloadable DVDs. All it takes is a Santa
Rosa County Library card, which can be obtained at any library or
through the mail by registering via the Library Website at no cost.
Find further information at www.santarosa.fl.gov/librar-
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Highlighting the event are the indoctrination flights where
many student aviators received their first chance at the con-
trols of a fleet aircraft.
"This is one of largest turn outs we've had in a long
time," said Cmdr. Michael Fisher, commanding officer Heli-
copter Training Squadron-EIGHT. "This is a great opportu-
nity for the students to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
It gets them focused on the big picture for the fleet and mo-
tivates them to have a goal and understand the importance of
being behind the controls of a fleet aircraft. It helps to make
them better pilots."
The four-day Fleet Fly-In began Tuesday afternoon,
as the helicopters landed at Whiting Field. helicopters which
participated in the Fleet Fly-Ins included the H-53 Sea Stal-
lion, the various versions of the H-60 Seahawk, the MH- One of Training Air Wing FIVE's TH-57 training helicopters taxis
60S Knighthawk, MH-60R, Marine Corps H-53 Sea Stallion past two Marine Presidential Unit helicopters during the 20th An-
- including three from the presidential squadron, the H-46 nual Naval Helicopter Association Fleet Fly-In Oct. 23. U.S. Navy
Sea Knight, and more photo by Jay Cope.
Students were afforded two windows of opportu-
nity to fly in the fleet aircraft, but other opportu-
nities through social and formal events enabled
them to ask questions and learn from the more ex-
The event also included industry displays,
briefs from community detailers for the students,
static display aircraft, and social events with the
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the fence" access to the 6000 ft. runway at south
field on board NAS Whiting Field which will
positively impact and enhance economic devel-
opment opportunities for generations.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
Sam g .1n RESOLVED that the Board of Santa Rosa
County Commissioners, in recognition of the
Lmp~ia Rmai S3iced Meat Tr ays superior leadership provided by Captain Sadsad,
Chlic,,n =r.~n~d ,,o Wp.J,~ S t,,ps both on base and in the community, does there-
fore proclaim October 22, 2009, as
Captain Enrique L. (Rick) Sadsad Day
in Santa Rosa County, Florida, and encourage
all its citizens to gratefully congratulate Cap-
tain Sadsad on a job well done and wish him
and his family Godspeed on his new assign-
EIGHT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH VISITS
ALLOWED WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION
If you or a family member is dealing with
stress, depression, grief or anxiety, help is available
to you in times of need. All TRICARE beneficiaries
except active duty service members may self-refer
to a civilian network behavioral health care pro-
vider for the first eight outpatient health visits per
fiscal year (1 OCT-30 SEP) without prior authori-
Certain provider types always require a referral
for behavioral health care services. To learn more
about this requirement and your behavioral health
care benefit, visit Humana Military's Behavioral
Health section at http://www.humana-military.
TRICARE SUSPENDS NEED FOR
H1N1 VACCINE REFERRALS
TRICARE: H1N1 Flu Vaccines TRICARE covers
the Seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines as long as the
vaccine is obtained from a TRICARE-authorized
provider. To ensure TRICARE Prime enrollees
can receive the vaccine as quickly as possible, TRI-
CARE is suspending requirement for them to have a
referral and authorization from their primary care
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A-Life presentation. Only 75 people per hour can use the
simulators, so departments are staggered throughout the
day. Participation is mandatory for military personnel and
civilian personnel are encouraged to attend sessions as
Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Eric Tomczack
began the planning for the event and his relief Chief Avia-
tion Boatswain's Mate Paul Jackson finished the schedul-
ing. The event is sponsored by the Navy Alcohol and Drug
Awareness Program (NADAP).
"This is a really cool event. There have been a lot
of positive reviews on the program," Jackson said.
Milton and Pace High Schools will be sending
about 60 students to the training as well.
Thursday's schedule is: Kick-off at 8 a.m., high
school students and Crash Division 9 a.m., high school stu-
dents and Crash Division 10 a.m., Air Traffic Control/Med-
ical/ Security at 11 a.m., Training Air Wing FIVE at 1 p.m.
and 2 p.m., and stragglers and civilians at 3 p.m.
Friday's schedule is: Kick-off at 8 a.m., Crash Di-
vision at 9 a.m., Air Traffic Control/Medical/ Security at 10
a.m., Training Air Wing FIVE at 11 a.m., and stragglers and
civilians at 1 and 2 p.m.
There will also be a cookout in front of atrium
sponsored by First Class Mess with burgers, hot dogs, soft
drinks and chips available for purchase. The food will be
available during much of the event.
"This is important for increased awareness for our
Sailors. Some people think it is okay to drive when they
think they aren't impaired. There are a lot of factors in how
Check out www.savealife.com for more details.
manager allowing them to receive the H1N1 vaccine Naval Hospital P-Cola Closed
from any TRICARE-authorized provider, includ-
ing non-network providers. The requirement is sus-
pended through April 30, 2010.
This will allow TRICARE Prime enrollees
to receive the H1N1 vaccine from any TRICARE-
authorized provider without being subject to point-
of-service charges for visiting a non-network pro-
vider. Please understand that pharmacists are not
recognized by TRICARE as authorized providers
to administer immunizations. For more information
about the seasonal and H1N1 flu and to learn about
preventing the flu, please visit the TRICARE Flu
Naval Hospital Pensacola will be closed NOV
20-22 for scheduled power outage If you have an emer-
gency, call 911 or visit the nearest civilian Emergency
Room since Naval Hospital ER will be closed.
Military and enrolled beneficiaries seeking non-
emergency care may go to the Naval Branch Health
Clinic at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC)
onboard NAS Pensacola.
NATTC hours are: Friday: 12 p.m.-7 p.m. and
Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Call 452-8970 ext
123 for info or directions.
The hospital will reopen Monday, November 23
at 7 a.m.
...And a Good Time Was Had By All
The NAS Whiting Field 66th Anniversary Celebra-
tion turned out to be a huge success with about 26,000
people attending the day's activities. Above Left:
2nd Lt. Ashley-Ann East of Training Squadron SIX
takes a picture while Katrina Gardner,4, gives a big
thumbs up for her turn in the cockpit of a T-34 Turbo
Mentor. Above: Cody Collins, a Pace High School
Grad and new lead singer for LONESTAR sings out
to the crowd of more than 10,000 people. Left: John
Bashore, 6, gets a little extra momentum to do his
flips from Harley Bundy on the bungee cords in the
kids play area. Below: Erica Rowe sings the national
anthem while M. D. Evans from Emerald Coast Sky-
dive flies the American Flag in the background. Be-
low Left: Lonestar played for more than an hour and
one-half for the base event. The band will release its
first album with Collins this spring. U.S. Navy photos
by Jay Cope..