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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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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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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. 23 November 16, 2017 (Pg 2) The Hidden Gems of Whiting Field (Pg 3) Life Saving Kearsarge Returns Home (Pg 7) MWR Kicks Off the Holiday Season


2 The Whiting TowerCapt. Todd Bahlau Cmdr. Don Gaines Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field News T6-B Texan II displaying the Yellow Peril paint scheme as a part of the U.S. Navy Heritage Paint Project. NASWF PAO Photo. ENS Tom NesslerJamie LinkThe Hidden Gems of Whiting Field By Ens Kyle Muka, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs 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 The busy daily life of Naval Air Station Whiting Field can cause one to overlook some of the great oppor tunities that this base has to offer. A closer look at the support services and history surrounding NAS Whiting Field reveal numerous hidden gems to be taken advantage of by all who work and visit this installation. NAS Whiting Field activities are supported by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) staff and facilities. Some of the excellent resources and facilities offered by MWR are more well-known than others. MWR offers a wide variety of food choices around the base but a true gem is located inside the Helicopter Training Squadron 8 and Helicopter Training Squadron 18 building on the South Field side of the base. The South Field Snack Bar, also known as the Greasy Spoon, serves up a delicious lineup to keep students and instructors fueled. The South Field Snack Bar is also the only food estabyou through your morning. The South Field Snack Bar is open Monday through Friday from 6am to 7pm and is just one of many places to eat at NAS Whiting Field. MWR offers numerous activities on and off base that could be taken advantage of more, just ask NAS Whiting Field MWR Marketing Manager Lenny Nor dmann. One of MWRs hidden gems is the Disc Golf Course, nicknamed the Gopher Holes due to the prevalence of Gopher Tortoises in the surrounding area, Nordmann said. Gopher Holes is located adjacent to the Clear Creek RV Park outside of the west gate. The course is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is free to play. Nordmann added, A downloadable score card is posted on the MWR website or a hard copy can be obtained at the Liberty Center. Whiting Park, located at 5499 Old River Road in Milton, is a goldmine for recreation and outdoor enthusiasts. Whiting Park is a beautiful outdoor area along caters exclusively to base personnel. There is something for the whole family, including boat rental, sand volleyball courts, basketball, horseshoes, corn hole, and a wading area and playground for the kids, Nordmann said. Whiting park is open Friday to Monday from 9am to 4pm. Whiting Park also offers picnic pavilions with BBQ stations that are available for rent and is an excellent location for parties and weekend relaxation. Nor dmann is right, Whiting Park is truly an MWR gem! For more information on all that MWR has to offer, go Cont. on Page 6 Cover Photo: NAS Whiting Field South Tower circa 1945. U.S. Students in line to order at the South Field Snack Bar. Photo by Ens Kyle Muka, PAO Staff.


3 Across the FleetLife Saving Kearsarge Returns Home By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dana D. Legg, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public AffairsNORFOLK (NNS) -The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) returned home to Norfolk Nov. 6, after 68 days of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Kearsarge, the staff of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, along with the 26th and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU); Commander, Amphibious Squadron 6; Tactical Air Control Squadron 22; Fleet Surgical Team 4; and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7, departed for Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey Aug. 31, after approximately 30 hours in port following a 10-day under Besides delivering combat power from the sea, amphibious assault ships are ideally suited to deliver assistance and aid, said Kearsarges Commanding Ofamounts of manpower and supplies to areas in need using our small boats, landing craft and helicopters. With the collaboration of all-hands, prior to departing Naval Station Norfolk, Kearsarge took on more than 200 pallets containing items such as baby food and formula, diapers, bedding, water bottles, coolers, batter ies, towels, canned and dry food items and food service supplies. Shortly after their arrival off the coast of Florida, Kearsarge and her crew received word of Hurricane Irma and were redirected to the Caribbean to be ready to immediately respond. As soon as the storm passed the U.S. Virgin Islands, Kearsarge was on station to render aid. The crew has been extremely adaptable, said Kearsarges Command Master Chief Jason Knupp. You would think somewhere between less than two days in port, dodging and then following hurricanes, there would be a hiccup along the way. Between the crew and all the embarked units--Marines, Seabees, squadrons--their work and got it done. Just two weeks after Irma ravaged the U.S. Vir gin Islands, Kearsarge, along with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) were again redirected and temporarily departed the area to prepare for impending Hurricane Maria. As soon as Maria passed, helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft from Kearsarge and her units sions over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. After the initial delivery of life-sustaining commodities to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the mission then added a focus on road and route clearance. While still maintaining regular deliveries of supplies to points of distribution as well as hard-to-reach locations NORFOLK (Nov. 6, 2017) The amphibious assault ship USS Ke arsarge (LHD 3) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk following Hur ricane Maria relief efforts. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Special ist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released) Cont. on Page 5


Across the Fleet 4Navy to Christen Guided-Missile Destroyer Delbert D. Black Cont. on Page 5Three-Carrier Strike Force Exercise to Produced by U.S. 7th Fleet Public AffairsYOKOSUKA (NNS) -The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in international waters in order to demonstrate the U.S. Navys unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort. It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with Swift. Multiple carrier strike force operations are very and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region. While at sea, the strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneu-Produced by the Department of Defense Cont. on Page 8 USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Groups transit in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) during exercise Valiant Shield 2007. The aerial formation consists of aircraft from the carrier strike groups as well as Air Force aircraft. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe.WASHINGTON (NNS) -The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), Saturday, Nov. 4, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. of 1941. After completing recruit training, he reported to bor, where he witnessed the Japanese attack that drew the United States into World War II. Over the next 26 years, he rose through the ranks to Gunner's Mate Master Chief The MCPON is the senior enlisted leader in the Navy and serves as an advisor to the CNO and to the chief of naval personnel in matters dealing with enlisted Sailors and their families. MCPON Steven S. Giordano, 14th and current principal speaker during the ceremony. During the event, Mrs. Ima Black, MCPON Black's widow and a World WASHINGTON (Nov. 2, 2017) An artist rendering of the future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). The Arleigh


5 Across the Fleet rier strike groups have operated together in the Western the coast of Guam. Both exercises focused on the ability to rapidly bring together forces from three strike groups in response to any regional situation. Ronald Reagan took part in VS 2006 and Nimitz took part in VS 2007. More recently, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have conducted dual cluding in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea. These opportunities typically occur when strike groups deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations from the West Coast of the United States are joined with the forward deployed carrier strike group from Japan. been a persistent and stabilizing presence conducting opmitted to maintaining those security commitments for the next 70 years. Carriers -Cont. from page 4 in Puerto Rico, Marines and Seabees were on the ground removing debris, enabling federal and Puerto Rican government employees and volunteers to begin service and infrastructure restoration. Kearsarge also took on the mission to repair generators at hospitals in Puerto Rico where teams from Kearsarge assessed the status of generators at 51 hospitals on the island, 49 of which were in dire need of fuel. In some cases, the teams were able to perform immediate repairs and get broken (or almost broken) generators working, said Guluzian. In other cases, teams were able to relay a message to responders who could deliver the right assistance. While at sea, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Kearsarge Oct. 3, to discuss operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trump commended the crew for their efforts. This is some ship, said Trump. It has done a tremendous service for Puerto Rico and for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, Kearsarge Sailors who had family in Puerto Rico had the opportunity to participate in a family ashore to reconnect with their loved ones and to document and survey the extent of relief efforts in their neighbor hood and ascertain local infrastructure information. Operations Specialist Seaman Zabrina Adorno was happy to see her family and the town they live in were doing well, considering the circumstances. and water, said Adorno. They were fortunate to prepare well by getting gas and boarding up their windows before the storm. As of Nov. 5, in both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, more than 4,500 Sailors from the Kearsarge, USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and Marines from the 26th and 24th MEUs conducted 244 medical evacuations, delivered more than 4.6 million pounds of relief supplies, cleared approximatehours for defense support to civil authorities and treated 1,250 patients aboard Comfort, with operations ongoing. Additionally, during the 68-day period, Kearsarge would be completed in a routine six-month deployment. Im extremely proud of the Sailors and Marines who were prominent among the initial responders responsible for providing tangible lifesaving and relief support for fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during Hurricanes Irma and Maria, said Rear Adm. Jeffrey Hughes, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2. This team of Sailors and Marines from numerous commands in various stages of readiness came together to brilliantly support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and partner with other federal, territory and local responders in an unprecedented response effort. These Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) operations demonstrated the effectiveness of our amphibious force and made a lasting impression on those affected by these devastating storms. The Department of Defense is supporting FEMA, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by hur ricanes Irma and Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort.Kearsarge -Cont. from page 3 Reduce your energy usage by: be away for more than 20 minutes and turning off your CPU and monitor if you will not use the PC for more than 2 hours. power usage when you are not using your devices. the temperature between 35-38*F For more eneregy saving tips go to: www.


NAS Whiting Field is also rich with history. On loan from the Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola are items commemorating the namesake of NAS Whiting Field, Kenneth Whiting. The dress uniform of Whiting, Naval Aviator number 016, can be found in a display case behind the Quarterdeck of the Command Building, building 1401. Accompanying the uniform in the display are various other items from Whitings military career. These include Whitings photo from the Naval Academy taken in 1905 along with a photo of Whiting August of 1914. The display is both a window into the life of the namesake of Whiting Field as well as the very early years of Naval Aviation. North Field at NAS Whiting Field is home to a piece of living history. Amid the orange and white T6Bs stands a single T-6B that does not look like the others. Tail number 064 is the sole T-6B pained in yellow. cance of the aircraft is not widely known. 064 is part of a Navy wide Heritage Paint Project that pays tribute to aircraft in the schemes of previous aircraft. 064 is painted in Yellow Peril, the paint scheme for Navy primary trainers from 1930 to 1950. 064 is one of a series of U.S. Navy aircraft that have been painted with a particular paint scheme as a part of the Heritage Paint Project. Around every corner, there is something to see and do at NAS Whiting Field. From breakfast burritos, Whiting Park and living history, NAS Whiting Field ofyourself with a moment to spare, try one of the many opportunities available at NAS Whiting Field. 6 Whiting Field News November 16 1776by a foreign power is rendered by the Dutch at St. Eustatius, West Indies in reply to a salute by the Continental ship Andrew Doria. November 17 1917USS Fanning (DD 37) and USS Nicholson (DD 52) sink upon entering World War I. November 18 1922In a PT seaplane, Cmdr. Kenneth Whiting catapult launching from an aircraft carrier at anchor, USS Langley (CV 1), in the York River. November 19 1969Navy astronauts Cmdr. Charles Conrad, Jr. and Cmdr. Alan L. Bean become the third and fourth men to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 12 mission.This Day in Naval HistoryArial photo of NAS Whiting Field on July 1, 1943 during the Hidden Gems -Cont. from page 2


7 Whiting Field News MWR Kicks Off the Holiday SeasonBy Ens Kyle Muka, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Naval Air Station Whiting Field Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) has a lineup of events and activities on December 9 to kick off the holiday season. The festivities are set to be jam-packed with fun and holiday spirit for children of all ages. The events begin at 8am with the Dont be a Grinch 10K and 1 mile kids run, starting and ending at Mulligans. The Dont be a Grinch 10K is a free event and all runners will receive a medallion for participation. Following the Dont be a Grinch 10K, MWR will be hosting the NAS Whiting Field Kids Christmas Party. The event runs from 9am to 12pm at the Atrium. NAS Whiting Field MWR Marketing Manager, Lenny Nordmann notes, There will be games, crafts, pictures, free toys, and more for all to enjoy! The Kids Christmas Party would not be complete without a special guest. Santa will arrive at the Atrium at 10am to greet the children and take pictures. Santa will also lead the lighting of the NAS Whiting Field Christmas Tree. Santa will also participate the in the judging of the Giant Holiday Card Contest sponsored by NAS Whiting Field MWR. Every unit at NAS Whiting Field is encouraged to submit a giant holiday card to display on receive a free 4x8 plywood sheet to decorate. SubmisCont. on Page 8


Whiting Field News 8 sions for judging will be accepted until December 9 but all submissions before and after will be used to decorate the base for the holidays. NAS Whiting Field MWR is excited to host these events and help the NAS Whiting Field community kick off the holiday season with good cheer and activities for all to enjoy. MWR -Cont. from Page 7Delbert Black -Cont. from Page 4War II Navy veteran herself, will serve as the ship's sponsor and will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow to formally christen the ship, a time-honored Navy tradition. the tone for all of us to follow as authentic, competent and courageous leaders," Giordano said. "This ship represents the enlisted force perhaps more than any other ship in the Navy." Delbert D. Black will be the 69th Arleigh Burkerently under contract for the DDG 51 program. The ship power projection, forward presence and escort operations Delbert D. Black will be equipped with the Navy's Aegis Combat System, the world's foremost integrated naval weapon. The ship will also incorporate Cooperative Engagement Capability that when combined with the Aegis Combat System, will permit groups of ships and aircraft to link radars to provide a composite picture of the battle space-effectively increasing the theater space. The capability is designed to provide the Navy with a 21st The nearly 9,500-ton Delbert D. Black is 509.5 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots. Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips from the Red Cross mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtainsaway from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat. kitchen. ing the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off. Junior Sailor of the Quarter, ABE2 (AW) Angela Vasquez reBahlau for the recent announcement of earning Junior Sailor for the 4th Quarter. Photo by Jamie Link NAS Whiting Field


MWR Happenings-Dont be a Grinch 10K and kids 1 mile: December 9th MWR is hosting a free 10K and kids 1 mile run at Mulligans starting at 8am. All participants will get a medallion. Kids Christmas Party: December 9th from 9 to 12am, MWR is hosting the Kids Christmas Party in the Atrium. Santa arrives at 10am and will light the Christmas tree! ere will be games, cras, pictures with Santa and free toys! MWR BrickfestMWR Community Recreation and the Library are hosting the rst ever Brickfest to jump-start the future Library Lego Club on November 18th. Join us in the Atrium from 0900 until 1100 for a fun Lego lled adventure. Build on your own or follow the instructions, test yourself on our Walk of Fire, make your face as a Lego Character and enjoy the Lego Movie! So many options and so little time! SAPR EventsSAPR Initial Victim Advocate training, a 40 hour course, will be held on December 4-8, 2017. Please contact Dora Ford at (850)665-6392 or for the registration packet, which needs to be completed in advance. SAPR POC training will be held on December 7th in the Atrium. Please RSVP with Dora Ford at (850)665-6392 or SAPR-C will be provided December 6th at 1400 in the Atrium classroom. MWR Tickets & Travel Our oce oers a variety of leisure travel ser vices 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. Kidde Recall of Fire ExtinguishersKidde Fire Extinguishers have recalled two styles of re extinguishers, the plastic handle re extinguishers and push-button Pindicator re extinguishers, for safety reasons. e re extinguishers were manufactured between 1973 and August of 2017. e company has become aware of numer ous instances of these re extinguishers failing to operate properly and recommends replacing the eected units. Please inspect your personal extinguishers and replace them as necessary. For more details and a complete recall list, visit PAO ings to Know Submissions ings 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