Discamus vincere in caelum Seventy-three Years of Aviation Training News Learn to conquer the sky (Pg 2) NASWF Hurricane Prep (Pg 4) Remember 9/11 (Pg7) FEMA Preparedness Forging Wings for the Fleet September 21, 2017 Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla Vol. 73 No. 19
2 The Whiting TowerCapt. Todd Bahlau Cmdr. Don Gaines Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field News Cover Photo: U.S. Navy Photo by Ensign Ben Lascurain. Col. David Morris USMC receives TRAWING5 pennant from Capt. Mark Murray during the Change of Command Ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Musuem. Lt. J.G. Benjamin Lascurain Ensign Joshua Choung Ensign Tom NesslerJamie LinkNAS Whiting Field Prepared for Hurricane Irma NAS Whiting Field Personnel meet for a weather brief in the Emer gency Operations Center two days prior to Hurricane Irma making landfall. Personnel planned emergency contingencies, to include protection of aircraft, facilities, and personnel and families for possible local impact on the base. 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. Hurricane Irma came barreling at Florida as a Catstorms in history and a threat to Navy assets across the state. Naval Air Station Whiting Field prepared for Hurricane Irmas arrival last week with the implementation of procedures that protect base personnel and their families along with the safeguarding of Navy facilities and aircraft. As the U.S. military ordered over 5,000 personnel on a mandatory evacuation in southern Fla. NAS Whiting Field climbed slowly up the Conditions of Readiness (COR) from cal impact. The NAS Whiting Field emergency management team worked to keep current information accessible for base leadership and the base population. Navy personnel and their families were encouraged to update emergency contact information on the Navy Family and Accountability System (NFAAS). Personnel were also encouraged to have a travel and communication plan. Additionally information about emergency supply kits and water storage was distributed. Another important aspect of storm preparedness was ensur ing important documents were gathered, protected, and accessible. Hurricane Irma is a major storm, with potential catastrophic impact. It is important that everyone is ready for the storm with an emergency kit a plan and being ready Rudy Mendiola, NAS Whiting Field emergency manager said. All personnel and their families should be prepared to evacuate on short notice if the need arises NAS Whiting Field personnel worked in conjunction with Santa Rosa Emergency Management to ensure a seamless line of communication of base population on and off the installation. With Irmas trajectory uncertain, Navy exchange and commissary actively monitored water, food, emergency supplies and fuel. The presence of a major hurricane looming of the coast of Fla. served as a reminder that September is National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The awareness campaign encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes businesses, schools, and communities. This years theme is Disasters Dont Plan Ahead. You Can.For more information on emergency preparation please visit www.ready.navy.mil.
3 Across the FleetUSS Abraham Lincoln and USS San Jacinto depart Florida Coast From US Fleet Forces Public AffairsATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 11, 2017) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Atlantic Ocean. The Department of Defense is supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Irma to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall wholeof-government response effort. U.S. Navy photo bSeaman Shane BryanNORFOLK -Sept. 14, 2017 (NNS) -The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) with embarked Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12) staff, and the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56) departed the coast of Key West, Fla., yesterday after turning over Navy sea-based support to civilian authorities in Florida to Carrier Strike Group 10 (CSG 10). CSG 10, embarked on the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), is operating with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Far ragut (DDG 99) off the coast of the Florida keys. The ships continue to bring unique military capabilities to support the civilian authorities in the affected areas. The three ships have 2,400 Sailors and Marines providing expeditionary logistic support, medium and heavy lift air support, medical support, maritime civil affairs, and maritime security. While off the coast of Florida, embarked hesupplies to Naval Air Station Key West, Marathon, Port Everglades, Homestead Air Reserve Base and USS Iwo Jima for further distribution ashore. Air crews also provided search and rescue and medical evacuation support. USS Abraham Lincoln departed its homeport of Norfolk, Va., Sept. 8, prior to Hurricane Irma makpartment of Defense responder on station to provide immediate search and rescue support to civil authorities in the wake of Irmas landfall. USS Abraham Lincoln with CSG 12 included 2,800 Sailors and 14 MH-60 helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron FIVE (HSC-5) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons (HSM) 70/72/74. USS Abraham Lincoln and USS San Jacinto are scheduled return home on Friday. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www. facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/clf/.
Across the Fleet 4 9/11: Too Young to RememberFrom 2nd Class Craig Rodarte, USS Pinckney Public AffairsNew York City, N.Y. (Sept. 9, 2004) As the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack approaches, a test of the Tribute in Light Memorial illuminates a passing cloud above lower Manhattan. The twin towers of light, made-up of 44 searchlights near Ground Zero, are meant to represent the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center. Depending on weather conditions, the columns of light can be seen for at least 20 miles around the trade center complex. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs 2nd Class Mike Hvozda .ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -The year was 2001; it was the 11th day of September. The weather was temperate and it was nearly cloudless in New York City. And then the unthinkable, unfathomable and unforgettable happened. But for some junior Sailors, the day's events aren't connected to anything but stories they've been told and the teachings they've received in history class. They were too young to comprehend what happened. Machinist's Mate Fireman Fitzroy Daniels, a Caribbean native, was born in 1997 and was only 4 years old when the U.S. was attacked that day. Daniels came to the United States when he was 7 years old and had no knowledge of the 9/11 attacks prior to about what happened that morning. "They showed us the videos, and reactions of people that were there and that were affected," said Daniels. "It was like a documentary." Daniels expressed how surprised he was to see the years later to where the 9/11 monuments stand and how strange it felt to be standing where once two skyscrapers had fallen. "As I got older I remember taking moments of silence every year in New York," said Daniels. "Now I know the whole story and I know how that attack impacted our country. I know how many heroes lost their lives, and how many heroes helped save lives." As the years pass, 2001 moves deeper into our memories and further into our history books. Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Jerome Ancheta, a Philippine native raised in Las Vegas, was born in 1995 and was only 6 years old when the attack occurred. on 9/11, I was in the third grade," said Ancheta. "I was born being taught about the terrorist attack on New York City. We read about it and talked about several articles presented to us in class." As children, the introduction to what happened on 9/11 can't all be encompassed and understood in one grade school lecture. from 9/11," said Ancheta. "Before then I had only seen stuff like that in the movies and it was still hard to believe it was real." 9/11 evokes a great deal of emotion and memories of what they were doing that day, and how their lives would never be the same. Americans, whether old enough to have lived attack started in a classroom, will never forget.
5 Whiting Field News September 21 1862 During the Civil War, the wooden screw gunboat USS Albatross, commanded by Cmdr. Henry French, captures the schooner Two Sisters off the Rio Grande River. The schooner later serves in the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. September 22 1989 After Hurricane Hugo, Sailors and Marines provide assistance to Charleston, S.C. through Oct. 10. September 23 1990 During Operation Desert Shield, the two hospital ships, USNS Mercy (T AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T AH 20), steam September 241864 The steam tug USS Fuschia and the sidewheel steamer Thomas Freeborn conduct a raid against a boat works above Milford Haven, Va., on Stutts Creek. Some three miles up stream a force of 40 sailors land, destroying four Confederate This Day in Naval HistoryPoint Mugu, California a porpoise is trained with underwater equipment. June 20, 1968. 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, encouraging simple actions that can make a difference in the lives of others while leveraging relationships between peers and community members. #NationalSuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth #BeThere NAS Whiting Field Chaplain Lt. Fondren leads a prayer at the ceremony. U.S. Navy photograph by Jamie Link, NASWF PAO.
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.
Capt. Mark Murray turned over command of Training Air Wing FIVE to Col. David Morris USMC Sept.15 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Pensacolas Naval Aviation Museum. Morris assumed command of the Navys largest training wing. The guest speaker, retired Capt. Wayne Tunick, USN spoke about Murrays accomplishments. Its appropriate we take the time to acknowledge the Mark here today? Its about his dedication, courage, motivation and commitment. Tunick said This tour culminated Murrays 27 years of service and change of command ceremony with a retirement from the United States Navy. Both Murray and Morris spoke about the people being the important glue that completes the mission. It includes every single person on this base. We talk about the mission and the team that gets it done every day and some of the credit goes to the COs who lead every day too, they are ones that make this happen on a daily basis. Murray graduated from University at Buffalo in 1990. He was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1992. He reported to HSL-40 Airwolves at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. assignment was with the HSL-44 Swamp Foxes at Naval Station Mayport where he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in May 1994 as Detachment NINEs Operations/ deployed to the Arabian Gulf a second time in May 1996 as De(FFG 39). He concluded his tour with HSL-44 by serving as the 60B Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor pilot he served as an in the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). His next assignments included; Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay and Training Air Wing FIVE, NAS Whiting Field. The off-going commodores exemplary leadership of three T-6B Primary Flight Training squadrons, three TH-57B/C Advanced Rotary-Wing Training squadrons and two Instructor Training Units culminated in the execution of more than 129,800 advanced training and designating 861 Naval Aviators for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and allied nations. The Commander of the Chief of Naval Air Trainings (CNATRA) largest Air Wing, he directed and coordinated the efforts of more than tently and safely executing the primary mission of training future military leaders and combat aviators. As the lead for CNATRAs Whiting Field News TRAINING WING 5 Change of Command7 NAS Pensacola Change of Command Ceremony, Col. Morris assumed command of the Navys largest training command.
Whiting Field NewsPrimary and Rotary Task Groups, Murray was responsible for the production of more than 1,900 Primary Student Naval the winging 861 aviators through three Advanced Rotary-Wing training squadrons. Morris completed four years of enlisted, active service in the United States Marine Corps in December 1989 and is a graduate of Fairmont State University (December 1992). He was then commissioned through the Platoon Leadership Class (PLC) as a Naval Aviator in March 1996. He reported to VMGR-253, NC and after holding many positions, was reassigned to 2d In August of 2000, Morris reported to the Naval Flight aircraft known as Fat Albert. Other duty assignments after the Blue Angels included; Camp Lejeune, NC, MCAS Cherry Pont once again, Marine Corps War College in Quantico and the Pentagon before heading to Training Air Wing FIVE. Morris will now be responsible for an estimated 43 per training through TRAWING -5 annually. Looking around we see gorgeous one-of-a-kind machines but its not the machines its about the people, the people that do amazing things. Morris said went back to the individuals. You think about, what is important, its all about the people, people are what matter most. Murray said Now I get to walk off this stage today and Col. Morris will be in command, I have no doubt of the great job he will do, its been a privilege to serve and lead and I am grateful. Thank you everyone. Murray concluded Capt. Douglas Rosa will become the new Deputy Commodore of Training Air Wing FIVE at NAS Whiting Field. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook. com/naswhitingfield Follow us on Twitter: @naswf Follow us on Instagram: @naswhitingfield 8 Naval Air Station Whiting Field personnel gather in front of the command building on Sept 13 for a remembrance ceremony to honor the
9 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?
Child Providers Needed for Child Development Homes Program -CDH Program is in need of providers that are willing to open their homes to provide quality care to the children we have on the waiting list. Child Development Homes (CDH) are an alternative to center based care. They hours of operation. They also offer 24/7 home, night care and extended hours for shift workers or any emergency care, and week-end care. The Child Development Home military and DOD civilians whose children are enrolled in the installation CDH program.On or off-base, military or civilian, providers have the opportunity to work in their own home and watch their children grow and develop while at the same time, caring for children of military or civilian families and earning an additional income. Some library, transferable, education and training. Command 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. 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. Volunteers Needed: Camp Fire Girls The Camp Fire Girls are seeking some volunteers to work as tutors, mentors, and activity coordinators (people with talents who want to organize a session to teach that skill). If you are interested and have the time to help out please contact ABH1 Bryan Nutter at Email: bryan.nutter@ navy.mil Work: 850-623-7220 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Join us for a workshop Oct 3-4 (TuesWed) from 0730 1600 in the Atrium Buildling, rm 169. For those that want to feel more comin helping during the wrestling with or immediate risk of suicide...ASIST is for you! This two-day, highly interactive, practical and practice-orientfor Instructors, Squadron Leadership, Dept Heads, Chiefs Mess, LPO/ALPO, Civilian Staff and so forth. New Uniform Guidance A new NAVADMIN is out which revises or provides new guidance on uniform regulations pertaining to womens hair requirements, approval update on Navy Working Uniform Type I (NWU I) Mater nity Uniform availability, and the Standard Prisoner Uniform. 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. News & Notes 10
Whiting Field News 11Congratulations to TAW-5 Wingers and ScholarsTop Row: Cmdr. Robert A. Dulin, USN, CO HT-28; 1st Lt. Ryan P. Garvey, USMC HT-18; 1st Lt. Sean P. Kierman, USMC HT-28; 1st Lt. Spencer T. Ernst, USMC HT-28; Lt. j.g. Brendan T. Gaine, USN HT-28; 1st Lt. Jonathon R. Barnes, USMC HT-18; Lt. j.g. Brendan N. Hanrahan USN HT-28; Guest Speaker: Col. David C. Forrest, USMC, CO MATSG-21;Middle Row: Lt. Col. Aaron J. Brunk USMC, CO HT-18; Lt. j.g. Geoffrey A. Fries, USN HT-28; 1st Lt. Benjamin D. Shuler, USMC HT-28; Lt. j.g. Richard M. Sanchez, USN HT-8; 1st Lt. William P. Nevinwoods, USMC HT-28; Lt. j.g. Adam P. Kumm, USN HT-8; 1st Lt. Seth M. Davis, USMC HT-28; Capt. Mark Murray, USN, Commodore TW5;Front Row: Cmdr. Stephen A. Audelo, USN, CO HT-8; Lt. j.g. Brooke E. Merchant, USN HT-18; Lt. j.g. Michael D. Garcia, USN HT-18; 1st Lt. Logan A. Bridgewater, USMC HT-8; Lt. George A. Thomas IV, USCG HT-8; Lt. j.g. Benjamin E. Banks, USN HT-18; Lt. j.g. Elliot A. Williams USCG HT-8; Lt. j.g. Ashley V. Strong, USN HT-28 Commodores List Award Recipients for September 12th pose for a shot at NASWF headquarters.