Discamus vincere in caelum Seventy-three Years of Aviation Training News Learn to conquer the sky Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. Forging Wings for the Fleet Vol. 73 No. 18 September 7, 2017 (Pg 2) Bells Across America (Pg 4) Suicide Prevention Month (Pg9) Emergency Supply Kit
The peals of ceremonial bells broke the silence in the Lassen auditorium, as the dedicated service of fortythree fallen service members were recognized and remembered. Naval Air Station Whiting Field Fleet and Family Support Center hosted the Navy Gold Star Programs Bells Across America ceremony on September 1, recogfamilies. Following the invocation, each of the forty-three service members names was honored with a ringing of a ships bell as their name was read aloud. Additionally, a volley of four rings was sounded to honor all other Navy It is important that we always remember our fallen shipmates because they dedicated their lives to service to our great country. Ceremonies like the Bells Across America event not only allow us to honor those who have given all, but it also allows us to reassure the family members of those who died while on active duty, that they are not forgotten and they are always a part of the Navy FamBefore the events closing prayer, the Marine Aviamembers 2nd Lt Andrew Johnson, 2nd Lt Doug Conwell, 2 The Whiting TowerCapt. Todd Bahlau Cmdr. Don Gaines Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field News Cover Photo: Cmdr. Eric Seib, Naval Air Station Whitboard NAS Whiting Field. Photo by Ensign Joshua S. Choung. Lt. J.G. Benjamin Lascurain Ensign Joshua Choung Ensign Chelsea DietlinJay Cope Jamie LinkBells Across America Honors Fallen Service Members(Cont. on Page 5) family in attendance at the Bells Across America Ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field Lassen auditorium on September 1. U.S. Navy Photo by Jamie Link. The Whiting Tower is an authorized publication for members of the Naval Air Station Whiting Field team, tenant commands, their family members and retir ees in the surrounding area. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Navy, and do not imply endorsement thereof. The editorial content is prepared, edited and provided by the Public Affairs Office of Naval Air Station Whiting Field. Prevention Month 2017 Proclamation onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field on September 1 during a safety stand down event. During the safety stand down, NAS Whiting Field Fleet and Family Support Center staff members briefed resources for suicide prevention like the 800-273-TALK helpline and the Ask-Careif scenarios. Photo by Jamie Link, NAS Whiting Field Public
3 Across the FleetNaval Bases in the State of Florida Prepare for Irma From Navy Region Southeast Public AffairsATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2017) A GOES satellite image taken Sept. 6, 2017 at 8:46 a.m. EST shows Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean about 15 miles west of St. Martin. The category 5 hurricane has sustained winds of more than 185 mph and is moving west-northwest at 16 mph. U.S. Navy photoJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. Their safety and security is a top priority, Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maintain essential functions on the installation. Naval Air Station Key West personnel have a designated safe haven area of within 300 miles of Atlanta. Personnel and family members need to muster with the installation, their command or through the Navy Family Accountability and Assistance System (NFAAS) website upon arrival to the safe haven area. At the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, 166 non-essential personnel and family members and 97 pets are being airlifted from the facility off the Florida coast. They will be headed to their designated safe haven. Additionally, Bolivar said, Ive directed that when mandatory orders are issued by competent civilian authorities in Florida counties that could be impacted by Hurricane Irma, non-essential active duty military, civilian employees, drilling reservists and authorized dependents residing in those counties are authorized to evacuate. Personnel and family members who evacuate must be placed on evacuation orders issued by their parent command. For Navy Installations Command personnel and families, the safe haven is within 300 miles of Atlanta. For personnel and family members assigned to other commands, they should proceed to their commands designated safe haven. Personnel and families will be reimbursed for lodging and per diem at the approved rate for their designated safe haven. U.S. Fleet Forces, Navy Installations Command and Navy Region Southeast are providing support to the installations. Personnel and family members should check installation and Navy Region Southeast social media and websites and stay tuned to local radio and television stations for updates and additional information. Please keep safety in mind when traveling to your safe haven, Bolivar said. The interstate highway and other roads will be congested with other Flor ida residents moving away from the storm. Be patient, (Cont. on Page 4)
All Navy personnel are encouraged to update emergency contact information through the NFAAS, which can be accessed at www.navyfamily.navy.mil, or through the NFAAS smartphone app available for both iOS or Android. If personnel need support, they can complete a needs assessment through the site or the app on their smartphone and a Navy counselor will make contact to provide assistance. Emergency Family Assistance Centers will open after storm passage. Personnel and family members are encouraged to check Facebook pages for their installation or Navy Region Southeast for the latest information and updates. Across the Fleet 4 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 22, 2017) Sailors form a human ribbon in support of Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month (CVN 77). The ship and its carrier strike group are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Gaither. (Cont. on Page 7)Irma Prep Navy Observes the Month of September as Suicide Prevention MonthFrom Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Cont. from Page 2WASHINGTON (NNS) -The Navy joins the nation in observing Suicide Prevention throughout the month of September. Since the launch of the Every Sailor, Every Day campaign and the Small ACT message, Navys Suicide Prevention Branch, OPNAV N171, has seen outstanding participation across the Fleet in sharing the simple everyday actions that can save lives. This year, the Navy continues to use Small ACT to enlist all members of the Navy community in Navy Suicide Prevention Month is a time to refocus on the entire team, said Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, in keeping psychological health in open conversation, eliminating mental health stigmas by encouraging those that need help to receive it, and educating our Sailors on suicide warning signs so they have the courage to recognize and seek help for their peers and themselves. Here is some useful information to get involved during the month of September. New tools: To help generate the conversation at your command, the Every Sailor, Every Day campaign promotes new tools that empower Sailors and their families to better recognize warning signs, start conversations, take the right actions to intervene, and practice ongoing safety. Posters, graphics and tips are available in the FY18 1 Small ACT Toolkit to help identify warning signs, decrease risk during times of increased stress, and promote new resources to help Sailors recover from psychological or emotional crisis, like the Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL) program. These tools are designed not only to help others, but also to help yourself. You can access the toolkit at http://www.public.navy.mil/ bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/suicide_prevention/spmonth/Pages/Get-Involved.aspx. 1 Small ACT photo gallery: The 1 Small ACT photo gallery, hosted on the Every Sailor, Every Day campaigns Flickr page, remains open for submissions. To date, Sailors and their families have contributed over support their shipmates and themselves as individuals. installations, units and commands. 1 Small ACT signs
5 Whiting Field News September 7 1797 USS Constellation, the second of the original six frigates, is launched. Notable service includes the battles between the French frigate, LInsurgente and Vengeance, during the Quasi-War with France; participation in the Barbary Wars where she helps capture the Algerian frigate, Mashuda in 1815; and service in the West Indies Squadron against piracy and slavery. September 8 1923 At Honda Point, Calif., seven destroyers are run aground due to bad weather, strong currents, and faulty navigation. Twenty-three lives are lost during the disaster. September 9 1841 signed by Samuel Hart, USS Michigan launches in December 1843 and serves to protect the Great Lakes. September 101944 Japanese merchant tanker, Chihaya Maru, east of Quelpart Island.This Day in Naval History1951 Men of the First Marine Division crowd the rail as the transport docks at Treasure Island, California, 26 September. They are returning to the U.S. under the Korean War rotation National Archives. Bells Across AmericaCont. from Page 2 September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Every Sailor, Every Day campaign continues to serve as the Navys core Suicide Prevention and Operational Stress Control campaign. The campaign seeks to empower behavior change by providing Sailors and families with tips to support themselves and each other by promoting ongoing and active engagement to enable early recognition of risk, proactive intervention and champion seeking help. 1 Small Act was introduced as the campaigns newest message, encour aging simple actions that can make a difference in the lives of others while leveraging relationships between peers and community members. #NationalSuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth #BeTheredance at the ceremony. The vision of the Navys Gold Star Program is to acknowledge families of service members who died while on active duty, ensure families know their service members are not forgotten, and that they are always part of the Navy Family, Darryl Johnson, NAS Whiting Field Fleet and Family Support Center staff member said. Bells Across America is a nation-wide event sponsored by the United States Navy Gold Star Program. According to their newsletter Survivors Link, the program is a comprehensive Navy Survivor assistance program designed for families of service members who die while on active duty. The program was launched on Oct. 1, 2014 and provides a level of long-term assistance and support not previously available. The mission of the Navy Gold Star Program is to deliver Survivor assistance programs and services. For additional information on the Survivors Link newsletter, please visit the website at www.navygoldstar.com/additional-resources/navy-gold-starnewsletter. For more information on NAS Whiting Fields support for the Gold Star Program, please contact Mr. Darryl Johnson at 850-623-7451.
6 Whiting Field News Like us on Facebook: www.facebook. com/naswhitingfield Follow us on Twitter: @naswf Follow us on Instagram: @naswhitingfield When possible, use fans to keep cool instead of an air conditioner. Fans consume only a small fraction of the energy of an air conditioner.
Across the Fleet 7SeptemberCont. from Page 3 and details are available at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/suicide_prevention/ spmonth/Pages/1-Small-ACT-.aspx. co-host a webinar with Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Centers Health Promotion and Wellness Department to share lessons learned from Navy Suicide Prevention Branchs annual cross disciplinary case reviews. The webinar is intended for all levels of leadership, Suicide Prevention Coordinators, health promotion coordinators, providers, chaplains and all personnel who have frequent contact with Sailors who may be at increased risk of suicide. To register, visit https://survey.max.gov/933674. For more help in generating the conversation at your command, use the latest resources from the Suicide Prevention branch. days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.militarycrisisline.net or send a text message to 838255. CNIC Encourages Sailors, Families to Prepare for EmergenciesFrom Navy Installations Command Public AffairsWASHINGTON (NNS) -September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Commander, Navy Installations Command's (CNIC) Ready Navy Program educates Sailors and their families on how to be prepared when an emer gency occurs. This year's overall theme is "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." Each week in September will have a focused theme: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends; Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community; Practice and Build Out Your Plans; and Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger. "National Preparedness Month educates us all to be informed, make a plan, build a kit, and stay informed, not just for a month, but every day," said Jeff Sanford, CNIC emergency management specialist. "Ready Navy provides a road map and creates a state of mind for Navy personnel and families to be and stay prepared for any potential hazard throughout the year something leadership takes very seriously." Ready Navy is a proactive Navy-wide emergency preparedness, public awareness program. It is designed for the Navy community, to increase the ability of every person and family on or near Navy installations to meet today's challenges head on and plan and prepare for all types of hazards, ranging from hurricanes and earthquakes to terrorist attacks. By exploring the links on the Ready Navy site, you will: Be informed of potential hazards and what to do before, during, and after an emergency, Understand the steps to make an emergency plan that includes what to do, where to go, and what to take with you. Learn to build a kit to support basic needs for a minimum of three days, and Access tools and resources to help you and your family prepare for emergency situations that could arise at any time with no warning.Navy Personnel and families are strongly encouraged to strengthen emergency planning at home, as well as at work, by reading and following the tips and information found at www.Ready.Navy.mil.
8 Whiting Field News IF YES, please read below: Effective 14 August 2017, NCACS credentials will no longer be accepted for base access. PRIOR to 17 April 2017, your NCACS credential will remain in effect for base access through 14 August 2017, when NCACS credentials will no longer be accepted. BETWEEN 17 April and 31 May 2017 you will also be required to obtain a DBIDS credential in order to obtain base access. AFTER 31 May no new NCACS applications will be accepted. All new contractors, vendors and/or suppliers requesting base access will be required to obtain a DBIDS credential. AFTER 14 August 2017 only DBIDS credentials will be accepted for base access. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/om/dbids.html ARE YOU A CONTRACTOR, VENDOR, OR SUPPLIER WHO NEEDS BASE ACCESS?
Family Craft Night -Rockin It with MWR: Join us in the Atrium on Friday, 15 September at 5:30pm. Well have fun together by creating decorative colorfully painted rocks which are fun give away as surprise gifts. The cost is just $5 per person. Call Community Recreation to reserve your pallet ... 850-665-6250. Kayak Classes at Whiting ParkOnly $5 per person every Sunday beginning at 4:00pm through September. Youll learn basic safety and maneuvering techniques taught by one of our skilled guides. This course is open to all ages. Berryhill Road SafetyThe Milton Police Department has made a special emphasis of slowing down the speeds of cars transiting Berryhill Road. The road is heavily residential in nature, and homeowners have expressed repeated concerns about the unsafe nature of the speeds that cars are often travelling down the street. Some of the offenders have been noted wearing military uniforms. Please adhere to the listed speed limits around Berryhill and Hamilton Bridge Roads both for the safety of the residents as well as to protect your hard earned income from a potential ticket. Paint Ball is HereOur Morale Welfare and Recreation team held a grand opening 8 JUL for the new Community Recreation Paint Ball program at NAS Whiting Field. The course is located on what used to be the golf driving range and will provide the opportunity for weekend entertainment on the base for families and service members. The course is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come on out and have some fun! Bon Fest 2017 Enjoy the culture of Japan Saturaday, Sept. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. with the 12th annual Bon Fest. There will be authentic Japanese food, Dancing, and fun activities for all ages. the event will feature the Matsuriza Taiko Drummers from Epcot Center. The event will be held at Booker T. Washington high School, 6000 College Pkwy., Pensacola, FL. New Uniform Guidance A new NAVADMIN is out which revises or provides new guidance on uniform regulations pertaining to womens hair requirements, approval to wear two new Joint es, an update on Navy Working Uniform Type I (NWU I) Mater nity Uniform availability, and the Standard Prisoner Uniform. See NAVADMIN 146/17 for details. Renters Insurance No Longer Provided As detailed in para 3.a of NAVADMIN 198/17, Current and future residents of PPV housing are advised that, as a result of this amendment to the business agreements, they will no longer automatically receive renters insurance in PPV housing. Military residents are encouraged, but not required, to obtain renters insurance once current insurance coverage expires. Monday Night Football The Liberty Center will show the games on their HUGH 80 HDTV with Bose Surround Sound! Free popcorn and lots of excitement are in store. The Liberty Center is open to active duty 18+ only. Call 850-623-7274 for details. MWR Tickets & Travel Our oce oers a variety of leisure travel services including discount ticket sales to various attractions throughout the country and local attractions. We also oer lodging, cruises, bus tours, airfare packages all over the world, and other special services. Active Duty Military, Retired, Dependents, DoD civilians and all MWR authorized patrons can purchase tickets. All prices are inclusive of our surcharge. VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. News & Notes 9
Whiting Field News 10Congratulations to TAW-5 Wingers and ScholarsTopRow: CDR Robert A. Dulin, USN, CO HT-28; LTJG Erik R. Boudart, USN HT-28; 1st Lt. Chistopher S. Melton, USMC HT-28; LTJG Samuel H. Friddle, USN HT-8; 1st LT Joshua I. Vaughan, USMC HT-8; LTJG Blake M. Nixon, USN HT-28; 1st LT Paul K. Westland, USMC HT-18; Guest Speaker: RADM Kyle Cozad, USN, Commander NETC; Middle Row: USN HT-28; LTJG Thomas J. Sykes, USN HT-8; LTJG Ahmed B. Alnsser, RSNF HT-18; LTJG Connor C. Hendi, USN HT-8; LTJG Ilia F. Reyes, USN HT-28; CAPT Mark Murray, USN, Commodore TW5; Front Row: CDR Stephen A. Audelo, USN, CO HT-8; LT Jonathan W. Kelly USCG HT-18; LTJG Christopher E. Joseph USN HT-18; LTJG Alexandra N. Hyrkas, USN HT-8; 1st LT Kyle J. Courtney, USMC HT-28; LTJG Angelique Sawick USN HT-28; LTJG Hayley P. Hobbs USN HT-28; LTJG Kayla R. Alexander, USN HT-8 Commodores List Award Recipients for Aug. 28 pose for a shot at NASWF headquarters.