Vol. 65 No. 44
By Jay Cope, NAS
Field Public Affairs
Capt. Pete f
relieve Capt. Enrique
as commanding of
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Field Thursday, Nov
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Turns Over Reins of Whiting to Hall
Whiting with the com- Santa Rosa County Chamber
munities, mak- of Commerce's Man of the
Tall will ing the Whiting Year for 2008 and the Alli-
Sadsad Field Santa ance of Defense Communi-
ficer of Rosa County ties' Military Leader of the
Whiting team a model Year for 2009.
. 5 at 10 of cooperation During his 32 year
building across the south- Navy career, Sadsad has
east region. He served as an enlisted Avia-
lminates worked diligent- tion Machinist's Mate for
term. Capt. Enrique Sadsad ly to help make Capt. Pete Hall Helicopter Anti-Submarine
ty, Whit- the Aviation Squadron TEN and Helicop-
ized as the world's Commerce Park a reality. And he re- ter Combat Support Squadron THREE.
tation, accounting newed many lagging community rela- After six years, he was transferred to
000 aircraft flight tionship programs encouraging military Aviation Officer Candidate School
an 4 million flight and civilian base personnel to get in- and designated a Naval Flight Officer
greatest contribu- volved with the area's outreach efforts. in 1984. Since then he has completed
erships he formed For his contributions, he was named the (Cont. on Page 5)
Whiting Field /Air Force Team Up for SUAS Training
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs and Don-
ald Arias, AFSOC Public Affairs
One of Naval Air Station Whiting Field's outlying
fields became the official site of a joint training mission
Thursday, Oct. 29 when a ceremony was held to dedicate the
site for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Many military
dignitaries and civilian VIP's from across the state assem-
bled at Navy Outlying Field Choctaw to witness the ribbon
cutting to celebrate the new mission for the site.
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or SUAS, like
the Small Battlefield Air Targeting Micro Vehicle, or BAT-
MAV, give tactical battlefield situational awareness and
target information to ground forces and Battlefield Airmen
with two on-board cameras. The one-pound BATMAV is
also equipped with a global positioning system, an inertial
navigation system and autopilot. The highly portable sys-
tems give "eyes in the sky" information to Air Commandos
on the ground to help locate adversaries on the battlefield.
"The demand for the joint unmanned aerial system
training is an increasing one, and we have the assets avail-
able here to help. And we will provide any assistance we
can to make this joint training evolution a successful one,"
Captain Enrique Sadsad, NAS Whiting Field commanding
Maj. Gen. Kurt Cichowski, vice commander of Air Force Special Op-
erations Command, enjoy the day at Navy Outlying Field Choctaw
following the ribbon cutting for the dedication of the Small Unmanned
Aircraft Systems training. Military personnel from all branches of
service will be trained at the site for operating the unmanned aerial
reconnaissance vehicle. U.S. Navy photo by Lori Aprilliano.
Whiting Field will work with the Air Force to pro-
vide the SUAS students berthing, food service, airfield ac-
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Branch Medical Clinic Looking for
a Little Help from Some Friends
Communication tools are changing rapidly, and old
standbys like telephones, letters, and newspapers are fast be-
coming obsolete as Social Media sites "franchise" the internet.
Twitter, texting, IM and other social networking media provide
the near-immediate contact that people today desire.
To encourage readily accessible and fast information
flow, the Naval Air Station Whiting Field Branch Health Clinic
launched a Facebook page in late October. The page will pro-
vide important news on programs at the clinic such as health
alerts, facility closings, special services, new doctors, and
The Whiting Field Facebook presence is the first one
started for patients by any medical facility in the Navy.
"We truly feel that Social Media like Facebook are how
people today stay connected and communicate; we want to be
right there with them," Capt. Jeff Plummer, Branch Medical
Clinic Officer in Charge said.
Plummer added that the clinic will use the site to post
messages of interest to active duty service members, military
retirees, and their families. Clinic beneficiaries are encour-
aged to visit www.facebook.com, search for the Branch Health
Clinic Whiting Field and "Become a Fan."
"We strive every day to deliver the best health care ser-
vice possible to our nation's most deserving patriots and their
families. Facebook is just one more way to get connected to
and better serve America's best."
TRICARE ECHO (Extended Care
Health Option) is a supplemental program to
the basic TRICARE program that provides
financial assistance to Active Duty Family
Members (ADFMs) with specific or physi-
cal disabilities. It is only available to ADFMs
with qualifying conditions.
There is no enrollment fee for ECHO, how-
ever family members must:
Have an ECHO-qualifying condi-
Enroll in the Exceptional Family
Member Program (EFMP) as provided by
the sponsor's branch of service
Register in ECHO through ECHO
case managers in each TRICARE region
For more information and assistance,
call 800-444-5445 (ask to speak to your area's
ECHO case manager) or visit www.humana-
County in Final Stage of Mitigation Planning
Public Meeting Being Held November 10 to Review Plans
Santa Rosa County is in the final step of drafting
two mitigation plans, a five year comprehensive update to
the local mitigation strategy multi-hazard plan and the flood
mitigation plan. A public presentation of both plans will be
made on Tuesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. in the board room
of the Santa Rosa County Administrative Center located at
6495 Caroline Street in Milton. The public is encouraged
to attend this meeting to comment and make recommenda-
tions on the draft plans. Both plan drafts will be available
on the county's Website beginning Friday, November 6 at
santarosa.fl.gov/lmsc/index.html> After final public input
is collected, the plans will be submitted and reviewed by the
state and FEMA. Once approved, the plans will be adopted
and implemented by the county.
The flood mitigation plan, which will be integrated
into the multi-hazard plan, was developed by the flood miti-
gation plan task force with CRS Max Consultants. It is the
county's first ever stand alone flood mitigation plan. The lo-
cal mitigation strategy task force worked to complete the up-
date to the local mitigation strategy multi-hazard plan. Plan-
ning efforts have been underway since November 2008.
Both plans were developed using FEMA's 10-step
1. Organize to prepare the plan
2. Involve the public
3. Coordinate with other agencies
4. Assess the hazard
5. Assess the problem
6. Set goals
7. Review possible activities
8. Draft an action plan
9. Adopt the plan
10. Implement, evaluate and revise
For more information about the county's mitiga-
tion planning efforts, please contact Sheila Harris, Grants &
Special Projects Coordinator at (850) 983-1848 or sheilah@
News and Notes
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.
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
Taking a Hike...For the Cancer Society
[nstructors and students from NAS Whiting Field's Women in Avia.
:ion chapter participated in the American Cancer Society's Making
Strides breast cancer walk on Saturday October 31st. The TW-5 avi-
itors joined over 6,000 other walkers in an effort to promote breast
:ancer awareness in our local community. The walk, which raised
nore than $350,000, started at University Mall and ended at Cordova
riluL jur a nay
Lt. Cmdr. Ben Boyer takes Pilot for a Day Cody Forster (back seat)
for a taxi ride around North Field. The sixteen-year-old enjoyed a
day with Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT seeing the helicopter
simulators, TH-57 static displays, fire fighting equipment and more.
Photo courtesy of Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT.
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
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.
Call (850) 626-7292 or (850)313-6637 or the Santa Rosa County
Chamber of Commerce at (850)623-2339 for details.
Military Prayer Breakfast Olive Baptist Church is invit-
ing military personnel to a Prayer Breakfast Friday, Nov. 13 from
7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Wings Club Ballroom. All retired and ac-
tive duty military on the base will receive a free complimentary
breakfast. For additional information, please contact the Base
Chaplain's Office at 623-6110.
Golf Lessons A.C. Read golf Club is offerring free golf les-
sons to authorized military dependents between the ages of 8 and
13. Registration is being held at the youth center, Bldg. 3690.
Lessons will be provided between Nov. 3 and Dec. 19 on the fol-
lowing schedule. Ages 10 & 11 Tuesdays 3 to 4:30 p.m.; Ages 8
& 9 Thursdays 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and Ages 12 & 13 Saturdays 10
to 11:30 a.m.. Call 452-2417 for more information.
Tree Planting Covenant Hospice will be holding a tree dedi-
cation ceremony Thursday, Nov. 5 at noon. The event will be held
at the United Way of Santa Rosa County Covenant Hospice will
be dedicating a Chinese Fire Tree to United Way in honor of Na-
tional Hospice Month. Call (850) 623-4507 for more details
leet and Family Support Center Classes
VA Representative (Call for Appointment) Friday, November 6, 0800 1200
Money & the Move Tuesday, November 10, 1300 1500
APermanent 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 Thursday, November 12, 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 informa-
tion, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Ten Steps to a Federal Job Monday, November 16, 1000 1200
"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 forjobs. Class will be held at the
FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Car Buying Strategies Tuesday, November 17, 0900 1100
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. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, call 623-7177.
Pen Air Brings Operation Best Wishes
Pen Air Federal Credit Union is inviting the military and their
families to webcast special holiday messages to family members back
home or deployed loved ones during Operation Best Wishes. This free
service will be offered from 9:30 a.m. 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 at
Pen Air FCU's corporate office on 1495 East Nine Mile Road, Pensaco-
Operation Best Wishes sets up a mobile webcast studio at the
Credit Union and gives military personnel or family members up to 10
minutes each to record and send special greetings. Families or deployed
loved ones can either watch the webcast message live or access the ar-
chived recording over and over again from a secured website.
Military families and personnel interested in taking advantage of
this offer are encouraged to sign up and register for a webcast recording
session on www.operationbestwishes.com. Select the Pen Air Federal
Credit Union location and a recording time that is convenient for your
schedule. And don't forget, be sure to make it even more special by
showing up attired in your finest holiday outfit!
"We are excited to host this program and help boost the spirits
of our military personnel that have to be apart from family and friends
during the holidays," Patty Veal, VP of Pen Air FCU said. "We want to
do everything in our power to remind them that we appreciate what they
are doing for us and to wish them a safe return."
Operation Best Wishes is offered free to families by America's
credit unions through the Defense Credit Union Council. During its 2009
national tour, Operation Best Wishes will be visiting many other credit
unions and military families across the country. For details on reserving
a recording time or next location, visit www.operationbestwishes.com
and get registered today!
Honor Flight to Sponsor
Golf Tourney on Base
The Emerald Coast Honor Flight Santa
Rosa County Initiative Golf Tournment will be
held on Friday, Nov. 13, at the NAS Whiting
Field Golf Course.
Registration begins at 10 a.m., with a
shotgun start at 11 a.m.. Cost is $400 per team
or $100 per player. The price includes dinner,
three beverage tickets, a goodie bag, two door
prize tickets, two mulligans per player and one
tee-buster per person.
Cash prizes are $100 per play for first
place $50 per player for second place, and $25
per player for third. Prizes will also be given for
Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and a Putting
There will also be a golf ball drop with
the top prize being as much as $2,500. Tickets
for the drop are $10 per ball. If more than one
ball drops in the hole, the prize will be divided
equally. If no ball drops in the hole, the clos-
est ball to the hole wins. Prize will be adjusted
proportionally to the total number of balls sold.
Winner need not be present to win.
To sign up or for additional information,
please contact Wendell Hall (850) 232-0891,
Margaret Porter (850) 255-9795, or Cinnamon
Holderman (850) 232-8191.
Change of Command
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aviation related tours in California, Hawaii, Italy and Iceland; earned
his Master's Degree; served on the USS Constellation (CV-64); and
performed his command tour with Training Squadron FOUR when the
unit received the Chief of Naval Air Training Award as the best primary
flight training squadron.
He has also recently served as the Senior U.S. Navy representa-
tive and the Commander Sixth Fleet Liaison Officer for Commander,
Striking and Support Forces NATO and as the Chief of Staff for Com-
mander Maritime Air Naples prior to assuming command at NAS Whit-
His next tour of duty will be as the Commanding Officer Naval
Support Activity Bahrain.
Maj. Warren Bair and Capt. Enrique Sadsad stand beside
Hall comes to Whiting Field from the Air Warfare division Ofthe helicopter in which Sadsad flew his last flight before
the Director of the Operational Test and Evaluation for the Office of thethe Change of Command Ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by
Secretary of Defense. While there, he served as the Action Officer over-AC1 Tracey Morgan
seeing the testing of airborne electronic warfare systems. Previously, Hall has completed tours of duty aboard USS John C.
Stennis (CVN-74) as the "Air Boss;" Training Squadron EIGHTY-SIX as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer;
the Air Command and Staff College where he earned his Master's Degree; and various other commands in Florida, Wash-
ington State and the Pentagon.
He has also completed deployments with the
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and the USS Sara-
toga (CV-60) as well as having been forward de-
ployed to Aviano, Italy. During his 22-year career,
Hall has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours
and 500 carrier arrest landings.
Rear Adm. Townsend Alexander, Commander
Navy Region Southeast, will serve as the guest
speaker for the event.
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cess, and through the air traffic controllers use
of the air space around Choctaw. Cooperation
through the different assets, skill sets, and in-
formational backgrounds should strengthen the
training program considerably.
Ii A Combining training methods and lessons
Between the services will standardize instruction,
p Rm Stlcd M t rays improve safety procedures and enhance mission
effectiveness. Additionally, a recent study indi-
C ,., T,>,,, g, 4B,,, W, Ippi, S,, SC6.1/ottp cated the training unit will operate at a significant
d ms .. cost savings over current training arrangements.
SUAS operators from all branches of
the military services will now receive a variety
of courses in a number of systems in one central
location at Choctaw.
"In supporting this new mission at Choc-
taw, we have the ability to contribute significantly
to warfighting capabilities, help reduce the dan-
ger to battlefield troops, and save lives," Sadsad
Congrats to TRAWING-5's Wingers and Scholars
Oct. 9 Winging First Row: Capt. Neil Karnes, USN; 1st Lt. Zebulon Barth, USMC; Lt. j.g. Michael Hearon, USN; Lt. Daniel Eyer, USCG;
Lt. j.g. Milton Cochran, Jr., USN; 1st Lt. Nicholas Teach, USMC; and Lt. j.g. Richard Wilson, II, USN. Second Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray,
USN; Lt. Augustino, Albanese, USCG; Lt. j.g. Michael Yost, USN; 1st Lt. Michael Stewart, USMC; Lt. j.g. Maximo Angeles, USN; 1st Lt. Eric
Duchene, USMC; and Lt. j.g. Kathryn Monti, USN. Third Row: Cmdr Michael Fisher, USN; Lt. Dominic Bucciarelli, USCG; Lt. Kenneth
Ingram, USCG; Lt. j.g. Douglas Templeton, USN; Lt. j.g. Joshua Murphy, USCG; and Lt. j.g. Rabb Muhammad, USN. Fourth Row: Lt. Col.
Clay Stackhouse, USMC; Lt. j.g. Terrance Herliska, USCG; Lt. Matthew Austin, USCG; 1st Lt. John Rankin, USMC; Lt. j.g. John Lewis,
USN; Lt. j.g. Brandon Oswald, USN; 1st Lt. Joseph Dotson, USMC; and Col. John Walsh, USMC.
Left Photo: Lt. j.g. Benjamin J. Berman, USCG; SLt. Saurav Kothiyal, Indian Navy; Lt. j.g. Simone Pitto, Italian Navy; Ens. Terrence M.
Kline, USN; and Ens. Robert U. Tuohy IV, USN receive their TRAWING-5 Academic Achievement Awards Oct. 9 at the wing command build-
Right Photo: Oct. 16 awardees are: (listed left to right) 2nd Lt. John A. Smyrski IV, USAF; Ens. Andrew M. Newman, USN; 2nd Lt. Brian T.
Flanigan, USAF; 2nd Lt. Ryan A. Cunningham, USMC; and Lt. j.g. Adam L. Mullins, USCG.
Congrats to TRAWING-5's Wingers and Scholars
Oct. 23 Winging Ceremony Front Row: 1st Lt. Holly Zabinski, USMC; Lt. j.g. Emily Vaughn, UNS; Lt. j.g. Michele Dierks, USN; Ens. Court-
ney French, USN; 1st Lt. Mark Xue, USMC; 1st Lt. Robert Volack, USMC; 1st Lt. Aaron Okun, USMC; and Capt. Frank Harrison, USN.
Second Row: Cmdr. Mathew Frost, USN; Lt. j.g. Justin Wash, USN; 1st Lt. Matthew Bagley, USMC; 1st Lt. Thomas Gallagher, USMC; Lt.
j.g. Kevin Steadele, USN; 1st Lt. Matthew Thompson, USMC; 1st Lt. Erik Whitt, USMC; and Lt. j.g. Kenneth Petkunas, USN. Third Row:
Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; Lt. j.g. Ross Thomas, USN; Lt. j.g. Daniel Farnoly, USN; Lt. j.g. Benjamin Young, USN; Ens. John Martin, USN;
Ens. Philip Saulnier, USN; Lt. j.g. Ryan Marino, USN; and Col. John Walsh, USMC. Fourth Row: Emdr. Michael Fisher, USN; 1st Lt. Timo-
thy Ford, USMC; 1st Lt. Kyle Sparling, USMC; 1st Lt. James Everett, USMC; 1st Lt. Joseph Babajan, USMC; 1st Lt. Grant Covey, USMC;
and 1st Lt. Harrison Bradford, USMC.
Left Photo: TRAWING-5 presents academic awards to Ens. Jeremy M. Cappalo, USN; Ens. MarkA. Morgart, USN; Lt. Colleen M. Minihan,
USN; Lt. Luke J. Grant, USCG; Ens. Justin P Waskey, USN; and Ens Lassen L. Loop, USN, Oct. 30 at the Training Air Wing FIVE command
building. Right Photo: Lt. j.g. Andrew R. Wilsnack, USN; Ens. Jeffrey T. Hill, USN; 2nd Lt. Matthew R. Tiemann, USMC; 2nd Lt. Michael
B. Manna, USMC; Lt. j.g. Joseph P. Plunkett, USCG; Lt. j.g. George R. Matthews III, USCG; Ens. David M. Burkett, USN; Lt. j.g. Alessandro
Dell'Isola, Italian Navy; and Lt. Rajiv P. Ravi, Indian Navy receive their academic awards from TRAWING-5 Oct. 23.