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. 21 October 19, 2017 (Pg 2) Navy Ball for NAS Whiting Field on the 242nd Navy Birthday (Pg 3) USS Ponce Decommissioned After 46 Years of Service (Pg 7) NAS Whiting Field Prepared for Hurrican Nate
Naval Air Station Whiting Field celebrated the 242nd Navy Birthday on Friday, October 13 with a traditional Navy Ball at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola Fla. The 242nd Navy birthday theme was Sea Power to Protect and Promote. The United States Navy continues to honor the brave men and women who conduct a wide range of combat, training, humanitarian, rescue and other missions worldwide, protecting our interests, promoting our security, and helping to shape our nations history and culture. The Navy Ball celebrated the 242 years of naval history with a ceremony that included a POW/MIA reading, dinner, traditional toasts and a cake cutting. Guest speaker for the event was retired Rear Adm. Donald P. Quinn. He spoke to the crowd of NAS Whiting Field and Training Air Wing FIVE personnel. I would like you to consider the meaning inher ent in two words, American Warrior, began Quinn. American, recall the oath that each of you that wear or wore the cloth of the nation swore upon entering your service, I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States of America. This simple phrase makes you unique throughout the world. You have sworn to defend even at the cost of your life, the idea, a concept that essentially declares that we the people can govern ourselves inherent in the principles of our constitution of personal responsibilities and freedoms Quinn said Quinn was presented with a plaque by Comhis time and words during the event. The guest speaker left the audience with thoughts of why the word warrior is important and the reminder in the idea of the need for service. While the circumstances demanding your ser vice may differ, what endures is the need for American citizens who serve, guaranteeing our extraordinary freedoms regardless of the political shaft surrounding those operations My point is that, there is no more fundamental underpinning to the existence of our nation then your service, in her defense Quinn said 2 The Whiting TowerCapt. Todd Bahlau Cmdr. Don Gaines Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field News Col. Morris presides over the Navy Ball held at the National Naval Aviation Musuem on the 242nd Navy Birthday on Friday October 13th, 2017. U.S. Navy Photo by Jamie Link Ensign Tom NesslerJamie LinkNAS Whiting Field Navy Ball on the 242nd Navy Birthday Like us on Facebook: www.facebook. com/naswhitingfield Follow us on Twitter: @naswf Follow us on Instagram: @naswhitingfield By Jamie Link, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs NAS Whiting Field Navy Ball was celebrated at the National Naval Aviation Museum on the 242nd Navy Birthday, Friday October 13, 2017. 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.
3 Across the FleetUSS Ponce Decommissioned after 46 Years of Service From SURFLANT Public Affairs(Cont. on Page 4)NORFOLK (NNS) -Following more than 46 years of hontime-honored ceremony, Oct. 14. Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., provided keynote remarks. Other notable speakers included Commander, Military Sealift Command, Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne; Commander, ditionary Brigade, Brig. Gen. Francis L. Donovan; Maritime Administration Associate Administrator for Strategic Sealift, Christopher Wells. It is truly an honor to participate in this momentous and time honored naval tradition, as we remember the acacy of the USS Ponce and its Sailors over the last 46 years, said Wilson. During the ceremony, Wells spoke about the ships naval service and recent mission. After exceptional service to the Navy and nation for nearly half a century, it is bittersweet that the Proud Lion has returned to its homeport here in Norfolk for one last event, its decommissioning, said Wells. It is quite an honor for me and also for the whole hybrid crew, made up of dedicated, professional Sailors and civilian mariners, to take Ponce to sea and bring it home for the last time. I cant praise this team enough for the job they have done these last years, aboard this aged warrior, in the hot and hostile seas in Fifth Fleet. The ship, commissioned in 1971, was the 12th and last ship in the Austin-class of amphibious transport dock Lion returned to its homeport in September and was decommissioned Oct. 14. Named for the Puerto Rican city of the same name, Ponce served mostly in the Atlantic Fleet, completing 27 deployments in the North Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. Originally slated for decommissioning in 2011, cial operations staging base during Operation Enduring crew provided vital support to U.S. and allied forces in ing mine countermeasures operations, but also in inter national maritime command and control roles. In doing so, the crew launched, recovered and sustained multiple aircraft, riverine and other vessels. Their actions led to the ship and its crew being awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, presented to Wells during the ceremony by Donovan. In the Navy and Marine Corps, one award clearly stands out, said Donovan. It is the award that recognizes service in combat against an enemy. I am extremely proud, honored and humbled years of service. They were well trained, knew their ship and her combat systems and were well led by a superior Navy captain and MSC master. They were ready. They represented the absolute best of our nation operating at the very tip of the spear. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns
Across the Fleet 4 Whiting Fields CO Addresses Energy Consumption Improvementsby the expeditionary sea base ship USS Lewis B. Puller In 2014, Ponce successfully deployed and operatNavys viability of directed every weapons in an operational environment, something which will offer increased creased cost. You heeded the call of duty and had the remarkable opportunity to not just witness history, but to make history, said Wilson as he highlighted Ponces commitment to innovation. I cannot be more proud of your accomplishments, what you achieved together and of your unyielding American resolve. The legacy of this ship will live on in our Sailors, our Marine brothers and sisters, and our civilian mariners. During its 46-year journey, Ponce and its crews were lauded for their outstanding service, earning numer ous individual and unit awards. Ponce now joins the inacTeam Whiting Field, Energy Action Month is upon us. This year's theme is Energy Action = Mission Success. We've made great strides in our energy reduction and resiliency since this time last year. Some examples: REPO project In partnership with Gulf Power, we completed the installation of 800,000 Solar panels covering 336 acres at NOLF Holey in August 2017. The site now powers over 6,000 homes. As a result of this, the installation will receive an alternate electrical feeder in 2018 that will greatly increase the resiliency of our electrical distribution system. annual savings of $76K. lent progress towards reaching our goals. However, your continued support and collaborative efforts are necessary to Despite our strides in advancing technology, we must renew our commitment to using energy more effectively at our duty stations and in our homes. We are transforming our energy culture, making the Navy more energy Here's what you can do: Cont. from Page 3(Cont. on Page 7)
5 Whiting Field News October 16 1861 The Union screw steamer South Carolina captures the schooner Edward Barnard, with a cargo of turpentine on board, at Southwest Pass, Mississippi River. October 17 1943 October 18 1977 at Norfolk, Va. The Ike, named after the nations 34th president, is the third nuclear-powered and second Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. October 191915 The Naval Submarine Base at New London, Conn. is established.This Day in Naval HistoryWrecked Army Air Corps B-17C (serial # 40-2074) bomber near Hangar # 5 at Hickam Air Field, following the end of the Japanese raid. This plane, piloted by Captain Raymond T. Swenand burned in half. Note Note bicycle parked by the plane. Pith helmet by the case in the left foreground indicates that the photographer was Tai Sing Loo. Bahlau observes the cake for the 242nd Navy Birthday at the Base Commissary. U.S. Navy Photo By Jamie Link. Monsignor Michael Reed resets the wings for the winging ceremony immediately following the Blessing of the Wings Ceremony at the Base Chapel. U.S. Navy Photo By Jamie Link
6 Whiting Field News 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. Congratulations to TRAWING 5 ScholarsCongratulations to the TRAWING-5s Student Aviators who earned the Academic Acheivement Award which was presented at the TRAWING-5 Headquarters building. Photo courtesy of Training Air Wing FIVE.
Whiting Field News 7 Cont. from Page 4NAS Whiting Field prepared for Hurricane Nate By Jaime Link, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Hurricane Nate hit Florida as a Category 1 storm, threaten Navy assets. Naval Air Station Whiting Field prepared for Hurricane Nates arrival last week with the implementation of procedures that protect base personnel and their families along with the safeguarding of Navy facilities and aircraft. The majority of the aircraft assigned to NAS Whiting Field were hangered and the T-6 aircraft that NAS Whiting Field climbed slowly up the Conditions of predicted local impact. The NAS Whiting Field emergency management team worked to keep current information accessible for base leadership and the base population.Personnel were also encouraged to have a travel and communication plan. Additionally, personnel were advised to monitor the base social media sites for current base updates. NAS Whiting Field personnel worked in conjunction with Santa Rosa Emergency Management to ensure a seamless line of communication off base population on and off the installation. NAS Whiting Field reported no major damage to the installation after Hurricane Nate and the base was able to resume normal operations quickly after the base assessment team completed all required assessment checks. This hurricane served as a reminder that last month was National Preparedness Month sponsored by The awareness campaign encouraged Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes businesses, schools, and communities. This years theme was Disasters Dont Plan Ahead. You Can. For more information on emergency preparation please visit www.ready.navy.mil. If you notice a light or electronic device is left on but not in use, turn it off. If a window or door is open while the AC or heat is on, close it. If a faucet or showerhead is leaking, report it. readiness. at 0800. Throughout the month there will be energy articles and energy saving tips in the Whiting Tower, as well as energy messages on the NEX and main gate marquees. Get involved, get energized, and I'll see you at the starting line on OCT 19th!V/r, Skipper Bahlau Whiting Fields CO Addresses Energy Consumption Improvements
8 Whiting Field News Every year in the second week of October we discuss Fire Prevention and ways to protect yourself and your life. In local communities throughout the United States it is a different story it is sad to report that we aver when it averaged almost 9 per day it is far from good enough. Ladies and Gentlemen this is 2017 and with all the technology available with the various types of smoke & heat detectors, installed systems for residential and business to include residential/home sprinkler systems that are available the numbers are still too high. ing this week and throughout this month to ask other family members and friends if they have a WORKING smoke alarm in their home, if not strongly encourage them to get one and not to delay it could save their life and the lives of their family. Lets get back to the basics: Have a Working smoke detector and test it at least monthly if it beeps get a new battery before removing the old one that is what that annoying beep is for a reminder there have been many cases where people have not replaced the battery and it resulted in death dont be a statistic! Know and Plan Two Ways Out of your home and place of business everyone Every Second does Count do not hesitate evacuate immediately and dont go back in for personal items Over the next few weeks we shall have other articles concerning you and Fire Safety if you have any quesThank You Craig Lewis Fire Prevention Chief Fire & Emergency Services Gulf Coast Fire Prevention Week
Kayak Classes at Whiting Park Trail Life USA of Milton is looking for Volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year. This Christian centric outdoor adventure program is looking to partner with gentlemen that desire to mentor and develop godly young men in various Troop Level Positions. For those interested, the point of contact is Mr. Aaron Brunk at Aaron.firstname.lastname@example.org. Paint Ball is Here 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! New Uniform Guidance A new NAVADMIN is out which revises or provides new guidance on uniform regulations pertaining to womens hair requirements, approvMaternity 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 HUGE 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. 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, air fare 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. Navy Language Testing Opportunities Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB), Defense Language Prociency Test (DLPT), and Oral Prociency Interviews (OPI) are now being oered onboard NASP in BLDG 634, every Wednesday by appointment only. Brewery Tour Saturday, 21 October: Leave the driving to us as we take you on an all-day adventure tasting and toasting at semi-local breweries. Well travel out to other towns, departing at 10:00am, stopping for lunch on your own, and returning to Whiting around 6:30pm. The tour brewery and samples before you purchase your favorite. This trip is open to ages 21 and over. Availability is limit ed to 12, be sure to call or stop by Community Recreation Trunk Donations Needed Trunk & Treat Bring the little ones out on Saturday, 28 October to the Navy Exchange / Commissary parking lot for our Trunk & Treat event between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Well have Hay Rides to the Pumpkin Patch along with a Bounce House, Music, a Costume Contest and Trunks of Treats. News & Notes 9
Whiting Field News 10Congratulations to TRAWING-5 Wingers