Vol. 65 No. 50 Wednesday, December 16, 2009
NASWF Achieves Tree City USA Designation for 18th Year
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
For the 18th consecutive year, Naval Air Station
(NAS) Whiting Field has achieved designation from the Na-
tional Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for its dedi-
cation to conservation and urban renewal. The base planted
a Live Oak tree to recognize its completion of the require-
ments and to celebrate the accomplishment Thursday, Dec.
10 at 2:30 p.m. at the command building for the base.
The Arbor Day Foundation presented a proclama-
tion and banner to the command to recognize the achieve-
ment. Capt. Pete Hall, NAS Whiting Field commanding of-
ficer read the proclamation to the assembled Whiting Field
team members and the Skipper threw in the first shovelful of
dirt along with Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Leaf Ballast
and Environmental Program Manager Ron Cherry.
The ceremony is only the final step in the process.
Throughout the year, the NAS Whiting Field Natural Re-
sources team has to: ensure an allocated cost is directed to-
ward forestry projects (this has to exceed $2 per person on
the base), maintain an Urban Forestry Ordnance, and have a
board with regular meetings. All of the requirements serve
to raise the awareness of how important trees are to our so-
ciety. Not only do they provide a natural beauty, but trees
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Works Officer Leaf Ballast, and Environmental Programs Manager
Ron Cherry left shovels full of dirt to help plant a live oak tree. The
tree planting ceremony was the final step in the Tree City USA certi-
fication process. U.S. Navy photo by Jay Cope.
also give shade, help to lower temperatures in urban areas,
increase the oxygen level in their areas, and help to cleanse
pollutants from groundwater and the air.
Base forestry programs in 2009 nearly reached
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Lipscomb to Turn Over Command of VT-2 to McGuire
Cmdr. Timothy M. Mc- allied nations aviators receive
Guire, USCG, will assume the training at NAS Whiting Field.
duties of Commanding Officer, VT-2 alternates commanding of-
Training Squadron TWO (VT-2) ficers from Navy to Coast Guard
from Commander Warren N. Lip- every two year cycle. The next
scomb, III, USN Dec. 18. The VT-2 Executive Officer will be
Change of Command ceremony, Commander John C. Hensel, II,
a time-honored Navy tradition, USN.
will take place in the Naval Air During Lipscomb's 30-
Station Whiting Field Audito- month tour as Executive Officer
rium at 11 a.m. Col. John S. and then Commanding Officer,
Walsh, Commodore of Training the VT-2 Doerbirds flew more
Cmdr. Warren Lipscomb Air Wing FIVE will be the guest Cmdr. Timothy McGuire than 57,000 mishap-free flight
speaker for the event. hours producing 564, Navy, Ma-
Training Squadron TWO is one of the three primary rine, Coast Guard and international flight training graduates.
flight training squadrons based at NAS Whiting Field, in Under his tenure, overall student production was increased
Milton, FL. It is a sign of the joint nature of the squadron on average 3 percent of assigned mission, making VT-2 the
for a Coast Guard officer to assume command from a Naval top squadron in operations efficiency. His leadership and
officer. Navy, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard and several (Cont. on Page 2)
NATTC Det Milton Officers Receive PAMO Pin
Cnlel VVarrant IuLIcer i nree 1onn Lmnzer, Lt. mLL.m
Don Hartsell, Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Chown, and Lt. Mike
Phillips stand together shortly after receiving their
Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer warfare
designators. U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Joanna Clark.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM
THE FLU THIS WINTER
With fall giving away to winter,
all persons, including school-aged chil-
dren, who want to reduce the risk of be-
coming ill with influenza or spreading it
to others should be vaccinated.
Ask your primary care manager
if you need a flu vaccine, which he or
she may provide for you. Military treat-
ment facilities may also offer flu vac-
TRICARE covers flu shots for
beneficiaries age 6 months and older,
and FluMistR, the nasal-spray flu vac-
cine. The use of FluMist is limited to
health people ages 2 through 49 years
who are not pregnant.
For more information about
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"flu" or go to our Health and Well-
ness page at http://www.humana-mili-
By Joanna Clark, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Aviation Maintenance Officers have a new way to be recognized for
their professionalism and knowledge with the availability of a new warfare
pin. Ten Aviation Maintenance Officers from Naval Air Station Pensacola
and NAS Whiting Field were among the second group of sailors Navy-wide
to receive the Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer wings on Dec.
Four officers from the Center of Naval Aviation Technical Train-
ing Detachment Milton, Lt. Cmdr Jeff Chown, Lt. Cmdr Don Hartsell, Lt.
Mike Phillips, and Chief Warrant Officer John Linzer, were among those to
receive their wings.
"At the end of the day, if the planes aren't running to the point where
they are safely in the air, lives are in danger," Rear Adm. Joseph Kilkenny,
Commander Naval Education and Training Command said. "Without the
maintainers, we don't fly. It's a pretty simple rule."
Kilkenny, who served as the guest speaker of the ceremony, recol-
lected memories of his days as a young Naval Flight Officer and collateral
"We're writing a new chapter today in Naval Aviation. This is
showing you how significant your contributions are to Naval Aviation," he
said. "There was many a day or night in my career where my maintenance
officer bailed me out."
The warfare insignia is similar in appearance to the wings of gold
that Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers wear, with a silver eagle and
shield superimposed. A gold banner on the bottom of the wings indicates
According to OPNAVINST. 1412.11, The Professional Aviation
Maintenance Officer Qualification And Designation Program, the officer
must complete a personal qualification standard, pass an oral board, and
have completed 24 months in both an organizational and intermediate level
maintenance activity with one deployment in an operational billet of at
least 90 days to earn these wings.
VT-2 Change of Command
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commitment to safety Malacca, and Philippine dation Medal (three
inspired the squadron Sea. He has completed awards), Navy Achieve-
to earn the 2008 Chief shore tours at the Pen- ment Medal (three
of Naval Operations tagon, Naval Test Pi- awards) and various unit
Naval Aviation Safety lot School, Naval War commendations.
Award. His next tour College and Whiting McGuire as-
of duty will be serving Field. He logged hours sumes command after
as Air Boss aboard USS in greater than 30 fixed his tour as the Execu-
ESSEX (LHD-2), "The and rotary wing aircraft tive Officer for the unit.
Iron Gator," based in and has held qualifi- He was commissioned
Sasebo, Japan. cations in the SH-2F, in July 1981, has been
Lipscomb's SH-60B/R, MH-60S, with VT-2 since Sep-
career spans over 19 HH-65, TH-6B, T-34C tember 2008 and has ac-
years and includes de- and C-12. Commander cumulated in excess of
ployments around the Lipscomb's career has 5,700 hours in various
world in the Mediterra- earned him multiple fleet aircraft including
nean Sea, Persian Gulf, awards including the the CH-53 A/E, HH-65
Red and Adriatic Seas, Meritorious Service A as well as the HU-25
Sea of Japan, Strait of Medal, Navy Commen- A/B/C.
News and Notes
Branch Health Clinic Upcoming Closings -The follow-
ing clinic closures will be observed during the rest of this week and
the holiday season for the Naval Air Station Whiting Field Branch
Health Clinic Thursday & Friday, Dec. 24 & 25 and Dec. 31 &
Jan. 1 for Holiday/base closures
Zoo Lights on Display Throughout the month of Decem-
ber, Pensacola Beach will display holiday lights from the Zoo of
Northwest Florida. More than three dozen displays are included.
Come between 5 and 9 p.m. for the free event. Call 932-1500 for
Embry Riddle Registrations The Pensacola Campus of
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is holding registration for
the January Term from December 1- January 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays in Bldg.
634, Suite 033, 250 Chambers Avenue, NAS Pensacola and on
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bldg, 1417, Room
163 on NAS Whiting Field. Add and drop for a full refund will be
held January 11-17, 2010. New Student Orientation will be held
Saturday, January 9, 8 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 634, Suite 033. Ev-
eryone is encouraged to register early. All ERAU offices will be
closed from Dec. 23 until Jan. 3.
Lacrosse in the South The City of Gulf Breeze Sports As-
sociation is looking for lacrosse coaches for the upcoming Spring
lacrosse season and any interested youth players (NO EXPERI-
ENCE REQUIRED). We should have enough participants to field
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Capt. Pete Hall, NAS Whiting Field commanding officer, presents Lt.
Robin Brooks, the base security officer, with a Navy Commendation
Medal for his accomplishments during his tour, Dec. 14. U.S. Navy
photo by Jay Cope.
3 boys teams (Ull, U15, High School JV) and 2 girls teams (Ull,
U15). Signups are currently underway and practices will begin
the first week of January. Please see the following website for
further information or contact LCDR Joe Costello (VT-3) at (850)
Rudolph's Holiday Stroll Let Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer guide you through the Seville neighborhood on a brisk
evening stroll 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 20. Neighbors com-
pete to decorate their houses for the season, and you'll meet many
holiday characters. The one-hour walking tour begins at the court-
house and is a great way to see the neighborhood up close with a
tour guide, songs and stories. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Cost:
$10.50 for adults; $6.50 for kids.
Flu Vaccines The Santa Rosa County Health Department is
now offering the H1N1 Flu vaccine to all individuals over the age
of six months, and is extending its hours of operation at all three
clinic locations to provide additional opportunities to those who
want the vaccine, on a walk-in basis only. Expanded hours of op-
eration for the H1N1 vaccinations are as follows; Milton Office
(850) 983-5200, 5527 Stewart Street, Monday Friday: 7:00 a.m.
to 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. -- Midway Office
(850) 934-4074, 5840 Gulf Breeze Highway Monday Friday:
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. -- Jay
Office (850) 675-4211, 14122 Alabama Street, Wednesdays: 8:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to noon. Please note: These
offices will be closed for the following holidays; Christmas De-
cember 24 27. Continue to review the website, http://www.doh.
state.fl.us/chdSantaRosa/index.htm for up-to-date information.
'Tow to Go' A Partnership Between AAA Auto Club South &
Budweiser, Tow to Go provides rides to people who have celebrat-
ed past the point of being safe to drive. Since its inception in 1998,
"Tow to Go" has safely removed more than 8,600 drunk drivers
from the roads and is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The ser-
vice is FREE and open to both AAA members and non-members
(100% confidential). Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357)
-- the call will be directed to a ERS Call Center, and an AAA tow
truck takes the vehicle and the driver safely home. The 2009 Tow
to Go Holiday Schedule for Thanksgiving to New Year's Day is
Nov 26, 2009 through Jan 2, 2010. For additional information,
please visit http://www.aaasouth.com/acs_news/towto_go.asp.
leet and Family Support Center Classes
Anger Management Wednesday, December 16, 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.
Couple's Communication Wednesday, December 16, 1800 2000
Are you newly married? Are you in a serious relationship? Have you been married a long time? If yes, then this workshop is for you.
During this class, we will discuss the "Speaker/Listener Technique", a structured way to communicate effectively. This technique
helps couples to talk about tough issues without resorting to fighting. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. Participants
must register in advance for all EVENING classes by calling the FFSC before noon on the day the class is being held. If the date and
times listed are not convenient for you, you may call to schedule a time that fits better with your schedule. For more information,
contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
VA Representative (Call for Appointment) Friday, December 18, 0800 1200
FFSC Helps Kids Deal with Separation from Deployments
The NASWF Fleet and Family Support Center held a
Kids of Deployment Support Group on Dec. 7 with nine chil-
dren and their parents in attendance. The support group pro-
vides opportunity for families of deployed military members
to meet each other, interact with support staff and most of all,
to stay connected with the absent parent and the installation
while the service member is deployed. Each event is unique and
involves positive, fun and educational activities. The activity
for this night was "Cookies in a Jar". Each parent brought an
ingredient to use in the project and actively participated in the
After introductions and some welcoming activities staff
diligently began explaining to the children about the mechan-
ics of "cookies in a jar" and the need for accurate measuring.
How 2 half cups fit into 1 cup, a teaspoon versus a tablespoon
and so on. They received a great math lesson and didn't even
know it! They carefully measured out the proper amounts for
the first ingredient and cautiously poured it into their quart jars.
They continued to layer flour, brown sugar, white sugar, oats,
chocolate chips and topped them off with generous portions of
crispy rice cereal. After sealing and decorating with snowmen
on top of the jar they added an instruction tag on how to make
the cookies. Everyone had a wonderful time and all took great
pleasure in the activities.
The next event will take place on Jan. 25 and will be
held at the NASFW Gym. If you would like to sign up or wish
to obtain more information contact the FFSC at 623-7177.
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4BH2 Andrew McDougle, AC2 Eric Rhodes, and AC2 Adriana AyaLabarcellos. Middle Left: The new Third Class Petty Officers were
Rocked one day earlier, Dec. 9. The Sailors with Hall are: AC3 Timothy Egerdahl, AC3 Glory Peak, and AC3 Jermaine Roby. Above Right:
Col. Scott Walsh, Training Air Wing FIVE commander, presents a retirement certificate to Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Barker. He retired after more
than 22 years of service Dec. 7. Middle Right: MA1 Lynn Hults takes the reenlistment oath, Dec. 7 from Brian Bossenberger in the Security
classroom. He signed up for six more years. Below: Training Squadron TWO hosts Cody Brown, 10, for his Pilot of the Day events. Lt. Jefi
Heilman takes him for a taxi ride around the airfield (below right) and Cmdr. Warren Lipscomb, III, takes a pose with Cody as he takes him
to the flightline. U.S. Navy photos by Jay Cope, MA1 Russell Nunn, Training Air Wing FIVE, and Training Squadron TWO.
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Skipper Responds to Captain's Call Questions
Editor's Note: Capt. Pete Hall held his first the 'suggestion box' to voice concerns and
Captain's Calls Dec. 9-11. Here are answers recommendations. You may also make your
to some of the many questions he received, recommendations in any of the MWR facili-
Thanks for the participation and dia- ty's suggestion boxes or email Ashley Platts at
logue during Captain's Call last week. Re- Ashley.email@example.com.
member, we can't fix what we don't know 6. Paperwork is taking too long. Yes,
about. Here are a few of your questions. In it is. But our Admin staff is undermanned
future editions of the Tower, I'll continue to an- and overworked. Fortunately, by the time the
swer more. Thanks, Skipper paperwork gets to the Executive suite, it is
1. We need better communications to generally so well-researched and thoroughly
know when the last aircraft on deck is. Yes, staffed, that I can make a quick decision. This
we do. I'll talk with the Wing and we'll work to is usually a case of it being better to do things
make our communications better and quicker. I right the first time than to have to go answer
do understand that this is a huge quality of life the CO's questions. But, we'll try to speed it
issue. Our job is to put aviators in the fleet. up and get things on and off each desk in the
Your support directly affects that. Keeping the process as quickly as possible.
fields open provides much-needed flexibility 7. POOW Can we make this watch
for the Instructors and often they do not know Capt. Pete Hall responds to a question go away? Can we wear digital cammies?
that they don't need the field until they are ac- during his first Naval Air Station Whit- Can we make the hours better? POOW is
tually done with their flight. That being said, ing Field CO's call.
we'll do all we can to get you off the OLF and Jay Cope.
home as soon as you are no longer needed.
2. E-4's and below checking out on leave via a phone
call versus checking in and out in person. With increased rank
comes greater responsibility but also greater privileges. We allow
E-5's to check in and out on leave via telephone because they have
earned that privilege. Want to check out via phone? Study hard
3. Can we have ESPN back at the barracks and OLF's?
ESPN is available at the Q if you want to pay out of pocket for
that service. As for the OLF's, no, the TV's are not broken. Un-
fortunately, the current cable contract just does not include ESPN,
which was a 50% cost savings. Saving money is a good thing,
but I hear your Outcry. Apparently, we don't have too many Di-
vorce Court fans out at the OLF's. So, we will look into other
Cable package options which include ESPN. This is obviously a
huge QOL issue with the ABs and we'll do what we can to get the
needed funding from the Region.
4. Can we have the CDC stay open later to match shift /
field hours? We'd love to! It's just a matter of money and man-
ning. Beginning this week, the Chiefs will be polling their people
to determine exactly what hours the CDC needs to be open. If we
can demonstrate a legitimate need, then we can try to get addi-
tional funding to provide that service. Back in the spring, the CDC
did conduct a base-wide survey asking how many people required
evening child care. There was one response. Obviously, it is not
financially viable for the CDC to employ personnel (minimum
two) to provide child care services one person. If the Chiefs' poll
shows the need, then we can pursue extended hours.
5. Can we have hours at the liberty center match shift
hours + a little so we can use the computers? The Liberty Cen-
ter's current hours of operation are as follows: Mon-Thur: 0900-
1900; Fri: 0900-2200; Sat: 1100-2200 and Sun: 1100-1900
The Center had numerous requests to open earlier, so this month
they began opening on weekdays at 0900, vice 1100. Depending
on demand, we can alter operating hours as required. The Center
also offers trips to football games and other activities in the sur-
rounding area. Recommend personnel visit the Center and utilize
U.S. Navy photo by not going away. Love it or leave it standing
watch is just part of being in the United States
Navy. (I'll spare you my sea stories about all
the crummy watches I've stood, on the deck in freezing snow and
driving rain, walking uphill both ways....). Anyway, the watch
stays but yes, you can wear cammies. I think CMC has already
made that change. We did look at changing the hours of the watch-
es, but a three-shift rotation basically takes two people out of work
the next day. The 12-0n/12-Off rotation only takes one person out
of work the next day. We simply do not have the manning to pro-
vide three people per day for the watch and then lose two people
the next day for post-watch recovery. And you don't want to be the
guy who gets off watch at 2300, gets to bed at 2400, and is back in
the tower the next morning at 0600.
8. Can CDO's sleep at the BEQ or, even better, at home?
Nope. Sorry. Bad stuff always happens at 0200. And when bad
stuff happens, the CDO is acting as the direct representative of the
Commanding Officer and needs to be present to handle that bad
stuff. SITREPS should be sent out within 5 minutes, which is not
enough time to wake up, put on your khakis and drive in to base.
The CDO used to sleep in the Q. But, when the cost of the CDO
bunkroom went up from $5.00 per night to $40.00 per night, the
command could no longer afford to pay for the room. Providing
a CDO bunkroom within Bldg 1401 saves this command about
$15,000 per year. If the CDO would like to pay out of pocket to
sleep in the Q instead of the Bunkroom, that is acceptable.
9. Can PO3s get BAH and move out of the barracks?
What? And leave this lovely installation? Actually, E-4s may
already move off base, provided they can demonstrate they have
the fiscal responsibility to pay for their rent, utilities and gas to get
back and forth to work, plus eat occasionally. If you can do this,
route a chit.
10. Can we get a PSD person on base? We've been work-
ing on it for two and a half years and will continue to work on it.
I, for one, would really like to have a PSD person close enough
to choke. Meanwhile, the Navy has implemented the Electronic
Service Record (ESR) which allows Sailors to review their record
online. If you need to make any corrections or insertions to your
record, our ADMIN office can do that for you.
Commands at NAS Whiting Field Recognized at CFC Luncheon
By Ens. Joanna Clark, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
The EscaRosa Combined Federal Campaign reached the highest
donation amount it has seen since 2001 and celebrated that achieve-
ment during their Victory Celebration Luncheon Dec. 10 at the Mus-
tin Beach Officers Club at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The cam-
paign raised $821,831, an 11% increase over the 2008 contribution
The campaign includes all federal (military and civilian) person-
nel from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, including Corry Station,
NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field, Saufley Field, and the down-
Of the 51 offices from the campaign that earned the Command
Gold Certificate, awarded to those commands that surpass their goal,
Stan Harper from the Naval Air Station Whiting Field Navy 11 offices from NAS Whiting Field exceeded their donation amount
Exchange receives the Menard Award from Rear Adm. Jo- from last year. These commands were Center for Naval Air and Tech-
seph Kilkenny, Commander, Naval Education and Training nical Training Detachment Whiting Field, Defense Commissary
Command. Harper received the award as the outstanding
Combined Federal Campaign volunteer for 2009. U.S. Navy Agency Whiting Field, Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT, Mor-
photo by Michael O'Connor. al Welfare and Recreation Whiting Field, NASWF Medical/Dental
(NHBC), NASWF Security, NASWF Inns & Suites, Navy Exchange
Whiting Field, Public Works Department Whiting Field, Training Air Wing FIVE, and Training Squadron SIX.
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Congratulations TRAWING-5 Wingers and Scholars
Back Row: Ens. Brett Ballard, USN; Ens. Robert Winfield, USN; Ens. Nicolas Moreno, USN, Ens. Ian Braun, USN; 1st Lt. Christopher
Fox, USMC; 1st Lt. Ronald Eavers II, USMC; and Lt.j.g. Scott Martin, USN
Third Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN, CO HT-18; 1st Lt. James McBride, USMC; Lt.j.g. John St. Amant, USN; Lt.j.g. Alex Cutting,
USN; 1st Lt. James Butland, USMC; 1st Benjamin Steed, USMC; Ens. Adam Schmidt, USN; and Cmdr. Hans Sholley, USN, XO HT-8
Second Row: Cmdr. Mathew Frost, USN, CO HT-8; 1st Lt. Steven Brickham, USMC; 1st Lt. Matthew Turner, USMC; Ens. Kevin Koenig,
USN; 1st Lt. Ronald Dagenhart, USMC; Ens. Brian Lee, USN; 1st Lt. Brandon Kelly, USMC; and Lt.j.g. Simone Pitto, Italian Navy
Front row: Col. John Walsh, USMC, Commander TW-5; Ens. Robert Zierdon, USN; 1st Lt. Joseph McConnell, USMC; Lt.j.g. Kristen
Smith, USN; 1st Lt. Sarah Smith, USMC; Ens. Stephen DeFazio, USN; Ens. Martin Setiawan, USN; and Master Chief Ray Adams, USN,
Left Photo: Commodore Training Air Wing FIVE congratulates Lt. Rajiv P. Ravi of the Indian Navy for achieving Commodore's List
status during flight training. He was presented the award Dec. 9.
Right Photo: Ens. Andrew M. Newman, USN; 2nd Lt. Michael B. Manna, USMC; and Ens. William B. Harvey IV, USN stand with their
TRAWING-5 Academic Achievement awards Dec. 11 for their scholastic success during flight training at Naval Air Station Whiting
Santa Claus Says "Hello" to Child Development Center
By Ens. Joanna Clark, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Santa Claus visited the children at Naval A
Station Whiting Field's Child Development Center in a Rol
Royce 250C-20J, 317 horse-power, hovering capable "sleigh
Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT delivered Santa to th
site in his TH-57 helicopter, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.
Cmdr. Michael Fisher, USN, the squadron's Con
manding Officer, and Maj. Adam McArthur, USMC played th
role of Santa's reindeer as they flew him across the base, lane
ing him safely in a field across from the school.
The squadron's Executive Officer, Cmdr. Hans Sho
ley, acted as Santa. Exiting the helicopter in Santa's persona
ized helmet, he waved to the assembled children, said a fe'
hellos and handed out some candy. Santa was then ushered i
to each of the classrooms where the kids could meet with Sant
He also handed out a gift to each student.
The children were waiting eagerly for Santa to arriv
Joyce Gallagher, the Child and Youth Programs Lead for th
center, explained that the children anticipate the fly-in eac
"We look forward to it every year. They [the children
usually start talking about it at the beginning of the week. Ever
year is a unique experience."
The event is one of many throughout the year that th
parents of the children are invited to attend. Florida Ortiz, th
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Sots rom helicopter raining quaron e, ever anta
n safely to the kids at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field Child De-
a. velopment Center. Santa visited with the children, gave them candy,
and handed out presents during his stay. For more Christmas pho-
e. tos see page 10. U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Joanna Clark.
Le center's Operations Clerk, shed light on the idea that this is one
;h of the memories the children and parents can share together.
"This is an experience not only for the child, but also
i] for the parents that get to be a part."
y The Child Development Center offers enrichment and
development programs to the children of civilian and military
Le employees of NAS Whiting Field. The attending children's
Le ages ranged from six weeks to five years.
$90,000 of maintenance for existing woodlands and more
than 300 pine seedlings were planted with the help of local
Boy Scouts. Similar seedlings will continue to be planted
in 2010. The amount invested in maintenance was approxi-
mately 10 times the necessary amount to qualify for the pro-
"Whiting Field will continue to annually celebrate
Tree Awareness Week...," Hall said as he read the proclama-
tion, "and recognize the importance of preserving and man-
aging our trees throughout the year, improving our environ-
ment and demonstrating our responsibility as public lands
Training Air Wing FIVE ex-
ceeded their goal the most of any com-
mand in the campaign by raising 301%
of their goal.
Stan Harper, campaign chairper-
son for NAS Whiting Field's Navy Ex-
change, received the CFC Volunteer of
the Year (Menard Award) for his efforts
that not only exceeded his office's goal,
but also implemented a new canister and
star program that allowed people shop-
ping at the Navy Exchange to donate in
"I was caught off guard," Harper
said about receiving the award. "I was not
expecting it. I took a lot of ideas from my
past work with fundraising for the Amer-
ican Diabetes Association. It's been a
challenge with the economic downturn."
The campaign allows federal
employees to donate once per year to
the charity of their choice or give a gen-
eral donation to all charities on a list of
thousands of agencies and organizations
found locally, nationally, and interna-
tionally. The program was established in
1961 by a Presidential Executive Order to
save time in the office by avoiding indi-
vidual charities interrupting the workday
in throughout the year to ask for money
and allowing all charities to be presented
once per year.
CNO Records Holiday Message
CNO Adm. Gary Roughead and his spouse Ellen
wished Sailors, civilians and their families a warm holiday
season and thanked them for their service and their contin-
ued effort as a global force for good.
To view the video, visit www.navy.mil/navydata/
featurePlay.asp?id=56. For more news from the CNO orto
view other holiday messages from SECNAV and MCPON,
Happy Holiday Happenings
Above: Mary Marcoux, Child Development Center Director, raises
Joshua to place his ornament on the tree during Naval Air Station Whit-
ing Field's annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, Dec. 10. Above
Right: Jack, in his reindeer regalia, enjoys a cookie with some hot choc-
olate following the tree lighting ceremony. Below Right: Santa gives
out some candy during his visit to the Child Development Center Dec.
10. He also visited each classroom and handed out presents. Below:
PRI/DJI employees string up the Christmas lights on the NAS Whiting
Field command building to prepare for the holdays.