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Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field (Fla.)
Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field (Fla.)
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Milton Fla
Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field
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v. : ill. ; 35-58 cm.


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Newspapers -- Naval Auxiliary Air Station Whiting Field (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Santa Rosa -- Milton -- Naval Air Station Whiting Field
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Began in 1944?
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Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 24 (19 May 1945).

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University of Florida
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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. 22 November 2, 2017 (Pg 2) Gulf Coast Fleet Fly-In week onboard NAS Whiting Field (Pg 3) USS Ashland Assists Mariners in Pacific Ocean (Pg 7) Pensacola Native Earns Wings of Gold


Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Training Air Wing FIVE hosted Marine, Coast Guard and Navy helicopters Oct. 23-27 to participate in the annual Gulf Coast Fleet Fly-In, in conjunction with the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA). This is the 27th year for the The helicopters began arriving on the installation earlier this week for the event. The aircraft for this years Fleet Fly-In include various military and civilian aircraft. The schedule of events during the week includcareer briefs, and a variety of social engagements. students as they prepare to make career decisions on the are encouraged to attend the informational briefs and social events throughout the week to engage more with Fleet Fly-In week involves cooperation from NAS Whiting Field, Training Air Wing FIVE, corporate sponsors, military contract personnel and the Naval Helicopter Association. The Naval Helicopter Association is a memberbased organization dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard rotary wing aviation. The membership is comprised of active duty and retired U.S. Navy, US Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilots, aircrew and helicopter maintenance professionals. The association was to promote the development and use of naval vertical lift aircraft in the United State Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard according to the NHA website. 2 The Whiting TowerCapt. Todd Bahlau Cmdr. Don Gaines Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field News Students and instructors tour new helicopter designs as part of the 2017 Gulf Coast Fleet Fly-in. Photo by Jamie Link ENS Tom NesslerJamie LinkGulf Coast Fleet Fly-In Week Onboard NAS Whiting Field 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 as a part of the 2017 Gulf Coast Fleet Fly-In. Cover Photo: Students tour a static display of a AH-1 Cobra during the Fleet Fly-In. Photos 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 retirees in the sur rounding 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. ENS Kyle Muka


3 Across the FleetUSS Ashland Assists Mariners in Pacific Ocean From Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet Public AffairsPACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -The Sasebo-based amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) rendered assistance to two distressed mariners, Oct. 25, whose sailboat had strayed well off its original course. The mariners, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, both from Honolulu, and their two dogs had set sail from Hawaii to Tahiti this spring. They had an engine casualty May 30 during bad weather but continued on, believing they could make it to land by sail. Two months into their journey and long past when they originally estimated they would reach Tahiti, they began to issue distress calls. The two continued the calls daily, but they were not close enough to other vessels or shore stations to receive them. On Oct. 24, they were discovered 900 miles southvessel contacted Coast Guard Sector Guam who then coordinated with Taipei Rescue Coordination Center, the Japan Coordination Center, and the Joint Coordination Center in Honolulu to render assistance. Operating near the area on a routine deployment, Ashland made best speed to the location of the vessel in the early morning on Oct. 25 and arrived on scene at 10:30 a.m that morning. After assessing the sailboat unseawor thy, Ashland crew members brought the distressed mariners and their two dogs aboard the ship at 1:18 p.m. Im grateful for their service to our country. They saved our lives. The pride and smiles we had when we saw [U.S. Navy] on the horizon was pure relief, said Appel. Appel said they survived the situation by bringing primarily in the form of dry goods such as oatmeal, pasta and rice. Once on Ashland, the mariners were provided with medical assessments, food and berthing arrangements. The mariners will remain on board until Ashlands next port of call. The U.S. Navy is postured to assist any distressed mariner of any nationality during any type of situation, Part of U.S. 7th Fleets forward deployed naval forces out of Sasebo, Japan, Ashland has been on a routine PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 25, 2017) USS Ashland (LSD 48) Com mand Master Chief Gary Wise welcomes aboard Jennifer Appel, an American mariner who had received assistance from Ashland on a routine deployment, rescued two American mariners who had been in distress for several months after their sailboat had a motor failure and had strayed well off its original course while travers Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released) asset for any of contingency. Washing clothes in cold water can save up to $63 a year. work harder to keep you warm or cool. Reduce water heater temperature to 130 F to save energy and money on heating water. For more home energy tips go


Across the Fleet 4 Commissary Fast Facts November 2017MILITARY FAMILY MONTH: THANKS FROM YOUR COMMISSARY During Novembers celebration of Military Family Month, the Defense Commissary Agency acmembers and their families. There are many ways to show appreciation, whether on the job or at home. For instance, anyone may purchase either a $25 or $50 commissary gift card at every store worldwide and online at Also, consider these thoughtful ideas to thank a military family: A genuine thank you is always welcome Simply ask how you can help, whether it is a chore they need help with, an evening babysitter or a listening ear. Be patient with the military spouse who is on the phone with her deployed spouse in the commissary checkout line, understanding how important those precious minutes are for their family. Cont. on Page 6Navy Releases Collision Report for USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain Collisions WASHINGTON (NNS) -The Navy released Nov. 1, a report detailing the events and actions that led to the collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan June 17, and the collision of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21. "Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watch standers that contributed to the incidents," said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson. "We must do better." "We are a Navy that learns from mistakes and possible to prevent an accident like this from happening again. We must never allow an accident like this nation. "The vast majority of our Sailors are conducting their missions effectively and professionally protecting America from attack, promoting our interests and prosperity, and advocating for the rules that and in cyberspace. This is what America expects and deserves from its Navy. "Our culture, from the most junior sailor to the most senior Commander, must value achieving standards of performance and these standards must be embedded in our equipment, individuals, teams and "We will spend every effort needed to correct these problems and be stronger than before," said Richardson. For more ideas and information on Military Family ily-month/. COMMISSARIES CELEBRATE MILITARY WITH SPECIAL NOVEMBER EVENTS For November, commissaries worldwide are saluting the military community with special events and promotions including high-value coupon booklets for Kevin L. RobinsonPAO Specialist Defense Commissary Agency Capt. Bahlau joined the NASWF Commissary in a cake cutting for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. U.S. Navy Photo By Jamie Link.Cont. on Page 7


5 Whiting Field News October 30 1863 The wooden side-wheel steam ship Vanderbilt captures the bark Saxon, which was suspected of having rendezvoused with and taken cargo from CSS Tuscaloosa at Angra Pequena, Africa. October 31 1941 German submarine U-562 sinks USS Reuben James (DD 245) as she escorted Convoy HX 156, killing 115 of her in World War II. November 1 1952 During the Korean War, USS Vammen (DE 644) is taken ong. One man is wounded by a shell fragment, but there is no material damage.This Day in Naval HistoryAn air-to-air left side view of a Fighter Squadron 1 (VF-1) F-14A Tomcat aircraft escorting a Soviet Bear-D maritime patrol air NAS Whiting Field children participate in Trunk or Treat. The event included decroated trunks, a costume contest, bounce houses and pumpkin decorating. U.S. Navy Photo By Jamie Link. Congratulations to TRAWING 5 ScholarsCongratulations to the TRAWING-5s Student Aviators who earned the Academic Acheivement Award. Awards are presented at the TRAWING-5 Headquarters building. Photo courtesy of Training Air Wing FIVE.


6 Whiting Field News USS FITZGERALD: The collision between Fitzgerald and Crystal was avoidable and resulted from an accumulation of smaller errors over time, ultimately resulting in a lack cally, Fitzgerald's watch teams disregarded established norms of basic contact management and, more importantly, leadership failed to adhere to well-established protocols put in place to prevent collisions. In addition, the ship's triad was absent during an evolution where their experience, guidance and example USS JOHN S. MCCAIN: The collision between John S. McCain and Alnic MC was also avoidable and resulted primar procedural compliance. A major contributing factor to the collision was sub-standard level of knowledge regarding the operation of the ship control console. In watch teams in a timely fashion to ensure the safe and effective operation of the ship. With regard to procedures, no one on the Bridge watch team, to include properly trained on how to correctly operate the ship control console during a steering casualty. CHANGI, Singapore (Oct. 11, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departs Singapore on the heavy lift transport MV Treasure, Oct. 11, 2017. Treasure will transport John S. McCain to Fleet Activities Yokosuka for repairs. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the Singapore Ministry of Defense/Released)Collisions Cont. from Page 4


Whiting Field News 7 free frozen turkeys. Were recognizing our military and their families, and all veterans who have served Defense Commissary Agencys sales director. Were showing our great appreciation through military veterans commemoration ceremonies, Veterans Day holiday weekend sales and our seasonal promotions throughout the month of November. One of the months biggest promotions is the worldwide annual free turkey event worldwide included in high-value coupon booklets. The free turkey promotion coincides with special discounted fresh turkeys available in all stores. Patrons are reminded to check out the online Sales Flyer at or get a copy at the store entrance. Check your local commissaries for dates and times on these promotions: https://com-Commissary Fast Facts Cont. from Page 4 Hailing from just 33 miles from where his Wings of Gold were earned, a Pensacola local is now a Marine whose wings were pinned upon his uniform, marking him one of the services newest helicopter aviators. First Lt. Taylor Vanstraten earned his Wings of Gold in a winging ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field on Oct. 27 in front of family and friends as the 34,053rd aviator to be winged on the installation. Vanstraten is a graduate of Escambia High School, Pensacola, where he attended NJROTC. Upon graduation, he went on to pursue ROTC in college. apply for the ROTC scholarship and go to college, Sergeant Major Andre Francis USMC Ret was the reason I knew I wanted to be a Marine. I like how disciplined the Marines I met were and I knew it was the branch I belonged in Vanstraten said. fathers served the country, one as a pilot for a U.S. Government agency and the other a retired master chief in the Navy. Vanstraten took the stage at Fridays winging ceremony accompanied by his girlfriend Sara Sprout, his parents Jill and Halsey Rhodes, sisters Ashley and Shelby Vanstraten, grandpar ents Linda and Dale Gates along with friends. Sprout winged Vanstraten at the center of the stage during the ceremony as a projector displayed the new aviators name with future helicopter choice, the CH-53E. The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is a heavy-lift cargo helicopter that has been in service since 1981. She is the largest helicopter the Navy her! Vanstraten explained. Its hard not to feel Vanstratens enthusiasm copter pilot. thank-you-your-service. COMMISSARY BRANDS AVAILABLE AT DeCA STORES WORLDWIDE The era of the commissary store brand is in full swing with private label products now on commissary shelves. Commissary store brands are Freedoms Choice for food items and HomeBase for nonfood items such as paper products and other household items. Commissaries are also stocking a line of counter medications and beauty care items under the TopCare brand name. TopCare products are also sold by other retailers and are a high-quality, low-cost store brand option for commissary patrons.Pensacola Native Earns Wings of Gold1stLt. Vanstraten had his wings of gold pinned on by his girlfriend Sara Sprout at the October 27th Winging Ceremony. Photo by Jamie Link Cont. on Page 8


Whiting Field News 8 Like us on Facebook: www.facebook. com/naswhitingfield Follow us on Twitter: @naswf Follow us on Instagram: @naswhitingfield Wings of Gold Cont. from Page 7 I am most excited about mentoring Marines ward to seeing new places and traveling with Sara. I have wanted to join the Marines since high school and being from Pensacola, I knew I wanted to Vanstraten said. 1stLt. Vanstraten poses outside of CDR Clyde E. Lassen Auditorium at NAS Whiting Field with family and friends after the 27 October Wingin Ceremony. Photo by Jamie Link Northview High School NJROTC Unit visited NASWF on November 1st. The students had the opportunity to see a T-6B static display as


NWU Type IIIThe TYPE III uniform are aviaible at the NEX starting Monday 06 November. Name tapes can be ordered in advance. Driving Class Nov. 16There will be a AAA Driver Improvement Class held on Thursday, November 16 in the Atrium Classroom. This will be an all-day class starting at 0800 and ending at 1600. Safety Department personnel will be teaching the class. The max amount of people is 20. If you or any one of your personnel or a military dependent would like to attend call Ken Cube in Safety and get enrolled. This is an AAA sponsored class. 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 Paint Ball is Here The course is located on what used to be the golf driving range and will provide the oppor tunity 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! 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 insur ance coverage expires. 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. Captains Cup Events This month well have both individual and group competitions. Call the Fitness Center at 850-623-7412 to get involved. Flag Football: Games continue to be held every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm under the lights at the Sports Complex. Bring some snacks and watch the action as the teams battle it out over the season! 3on3 Basketball Tournament:Teams will play 3 on 3 halfcourt games. The tournament will be played at the Fitness Center on Wednesday, 29 Nov at 4:00pm. PAO Things to Know Submissions Things to Know is a weekly publication from the PAO. Please submit your entries to by Tuesday at 1200 to make that weeks issue. News & Notes 9


Whiting Field News 10Congratulations to TRAWING-5 Wingers