Seventy-four Years of Aviation Training News Discamus vincere in caelum Learn to Conquer the Sky Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. Forging Wings for the Fleet Vol. 74 No. 01 January 11, 2018 (Pg 2) Bahlau Turns Command of NAS Whiting Field to Bowdich (Pg 3) The Future of the Surface Fleet (Pg 4) Naval Air Station Whiting Field Selects Sailor of the Year
2 The Whiting TowerCapt. Paul Bowdich Cmdr. Don Gaines Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field News ENS Nick SpalenyJamie LinkBahlau Turns Command of NAS Whiting Field to Bowdich 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 ENS Caroline Ready Whiting Field, shakes hands with Capt. Todd Bahlau, offgoing Naval Air Station Whiting Field observed a timehonored Navy tradition Monday, Dec. 18 at the Clyde E. Lassen Auditorium at 2 p.m. when command of the air Capt. Paul Bowdich accepted command of NAS Whiting Field from Capt. Todd Bahlau following Bahlaus three year tour at the helm. The change of command cer formally exchange duties in front of the assembled military and civilian staff. It is also a time to recognize the accomplishments of the outgoing Skipper in front of his family and friends. Bahlaus leadership of the installation has had a large impact to support the aviation training mission of Training Air Wing FIVE. Under his guidance, NAS tenance to more than 13,000 acres of property and 4,500 nautical square miles of airspace, supporting the safe execution of hours, and four million as classroom and simulator training/support for 3,945 student naval aviators. Productivity at the Bahlaus direct control supported Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and allied forces operations, equating to 65 percent of the entire Chief of Naval Aviation Training (CNATRA) an-Capt. Paul Bowdich, Commanding mie Link, NAS Whiting Field PAO. leadership, NAS Whiting Field was Cont. on Page 6
was carrying 11 crew and passengers when it crashed. Eight personnel were recovered immediately by U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC 12). For the next three days, Ronald Reagan led combined search and rescue for three Sailors with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), covering nearly 1,000 square nautical miles before ending the search. An investigation is in progress.3 Across the Fleet Two C-2A Greyhounds, assigned to the Providers of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, position for take off from USS TheoSpecialist 3rd Class Victoria Foley. Surface Force Commander Directing the Future of the Surface FleetYOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) U.S. Navys Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) deployed the team to Japan in December to embark a contracted salvage vessel and proceed to the crash site at sea. Once on station, highly skilled operators searched for the aircrafts emergency relocation pinger with a U.S. Navy-owned towed pinger locator (TPL-25) system. The TPL uses passive sensors to listen for the pingers frequency. Initially delayed by poor weather conditions, the team deployed the TPL to optimal search depths of 3,000 crafts location, the search team returned to port. The C-2A rests at a depth of about 18,500 feet, making the salvage phase of this operation the deepest recovery attempt of an aircraft to date. In the coming weeks, the team will return to the site with a side-scan-sonar (SSS) and attach heavy lines for lifting the aircraft to the surface. Despite very challenging conditions, every effort will be made to recover the aircraft and our fallen Sailors. Assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC 30) forward deployed to Japan, the C-2A aircraft Downed C-2A Greyhound Located in Philippine Sea John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it steers towards Changi Naval Base, Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and SingaSAN DIEGO (NNS) -Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF), Vice Adm. Tom Rowden is taking a holistic approach to implementing recommendations from the Comprehensive Review of Surface Force Incidents (CR) to ensure safe and effective ship operations at sea, the safety of our Sailors and the readiness of our surface forces. In the wake of three collisions and one grounding involving U.S. Navy ships this year, Vice Chief of Naval (VCNO) Operations Adm. Bill Moran assigned Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, to lead a thorough review of surface ship mishaps over the last decade in order to inform improvements Navywide. "The comprehensive review found that over a sustained period of time, rising presCont. on page 8
Whiting Field News 4Naval Air Station Whiting Field Selects Sailor of the YearBy Ens. Caroline Ready, Public Affairs Staff Naval Air Station Whiting Field recently announced Sailor of the Year (SOY) as Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 1st class Terrance Wever. Wever is the assistant chief of training at NAS Whiting Field Fire and Emergency Services, Milton, where he managed 89 personnel and his efforts ensured 10 Navy Outlying Landing Fields, reaching two states nel for Training Wing FIVE and SIX operations. He exsonal, managed 14 ACFLs in conducting 72 sessions of ment program sessions. Wever has created an environment conducive to advancement, retention, and morale. Under his leader ship, there was advancement of six of his junior Sailors, three being meritorious promotions. He assisted in the ABH 1 Terrance Wever with Capt. Todd Bahlau, previous ComStaff. selection of four Blue Jacket of the Quarters and has chaired one Junior SOY board. If they need resources I make sure that I am able to provide them the resources that they are looking for, said Wever. If they need career advice I make sure to know the programs they are eligible for and provide the run.Cont. on Page 7
Health and Fitness Corner 5Making it StickBy Raylyn Latchaw, NASWF MWR Fitness Specialist According to a Statistic survey taken by Americans in 2016, 85% of those polled plan to make New Years This pledge is made year after year, but unfortunately is only to be sustained through January and then old habits tend to creep back in. It is possible to make long term changes, but how? Here are a few tips to push you along to long term success and a new way of living: Dont think diet, think fueling your body. As Americans we are big on food indulgence and have lost touch with the true purpose of foodsimply to fuel our body to meet the nutritional and energy needs so we can function optimally. While it might be great in the moment to consume that brownie ala mode, the results can stick with us long after that last bite was taken. It is often our thinking that makes that desert seem that much more alluring as we tell ourselves we can NEVER eat this or that food again. This way of thinking sets us up for failure. Retrain your thought process and remind yourself you arent depriving yourself, you are strengthening yourself! fueling your self and making choices that will make you physically, mentally and emotionally stronger. 2. Educate yourself! Spend some time and energy learning about what healthy eating looks like. Go to credible sources like the American Dietetics Association website (https://www.diet.com/g/american-dieteticassociation) or speak with a Dietitian and get your facts straight. The internet can be a great resource, but beware of plans that steer you from a diet of balance to a regimented and limited food plan. A healthy diet includes lean protein, whole grains, veggies, fresh fruits and dairy. Remind yourself that weight loss isnt the only goal, long term health is what you want to shoot for thats what is sustainable! 3. Foster and develop relationships that support your new way of living. Dont try to be a lone ranger. Start a work health focused team or invite friends with similar desires to join you and hold each other accountable. half marathon, or squat 150 pounds to get healthy. Speak with one of our Fitness Specialists and expand your options, take a class and open your mind to something new. 5. Make small changes over time and celebrate your accomplishments. Rome wasnt built in a day and your eating and exercise habits wont change overnight either. Begin with a few achievable goals and celebrate with healthy rewards as you hit those markers. Be careful to not overwhelm yourself with a giant goal. Break it down so you can experience some success! 6. Stick with it! Write yourself a letter. Take a little time to write out the whys of what you are doing for example: I want to have more energy to do the things I love. I want to be proactive with my health and do everything -I can to avoid family predispositions to heart disease or high blood pressure. -I want to not just live long, but live a quality life. These tips arent conclusive by any means, but will hopefully inspire you to get started on your new jour ney to healthy living! The MWR Fitness Center is here to help you achieve those goals and transition into the healthier ver sion of you! Come and check out all that we have to offer and let us help cheer you onto success! To your health!
Whiting Field News 6 Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander Navy Region Southeast, joins Capt. Todd Bahlau and Capt. Paul Bowdich, Commanding Bahlau to Bowdich -Cont. from page 2honored with 50 higher headquarter awards, to include CNIC and Association of Defense Communities Installation Excellence Awards, CNO Retention and Environmental awards, and the USS Brainbridge (CGN 25) Navy Community Service Overall Excellence Award. NAS Whiting Field will be one of the last duty stations in Bahlaus career as he will move on to his last assignment with Miami University ROTC Unit in Oxford, Ohio. Previous commands include: the Grandmasters of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 46 (HSL-46), the Airwolves of HSL-40, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12 (CCDG-12), Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., USCENTCOM, the Dragons of the 33rd Flying Training Squadron at Vance AFB, Headquar ters International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Kabul, Afghanistan, and United States Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Bowdich became the installations 42nd coman aviator. A native of Berkley, Michigan, he is a 1994 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, and designated a Naval aviator in April 1997. the Fleet Angels of HC-2 with two deployments to Manama, Bahrain, following this assignment he completed detachments with Commander Second Fleet onboard the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and the USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Other assignments include; Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC-2) with detachments to the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) for Operation Strong Resacola SAR and NAS Key West SAR, USS Ogden (LPD 5) San Diego, California, Air Boss during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, the Merlins of HSC-3 and a deployment to Barking Sands, Hawaii. Bowdich reported to the Naval War College to earn a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He reported to the Coalition Coordination Center (J5-CCC) U.S. Central command, following this assignment he reported to Training Air Wing FIVE as execuApril 2013. Bowdich then reported to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVJN 71) with a deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. His last assignment prior to taking over command with NAS Whiting Field was to Naval Education and Training Command, Pensacola Fla. Commander Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar served as the guest speaker for the change of command.
7 Whiting Field News January 11 1905 ship to enter Pearl Harbor, then Territory of Hawaii, by way of a newly-dredged channel. January 12 1953 Aircraft landings begin operational tests, day and night, carrier. January 13 1964 Destroyer Manley (DD-940) evacuates 54 Americans and 36 allied nationals after the Zanzibar government is over thrown.This Day in Naval History Wever dedicated over 100 off-duty hours with the Pace Athletics Recreation Association helping local kids foster their social skills and understand the importance of teamwork. He volunteered 12 hours at Santa Rosa County lecting half a ton of debris. He also assisted with the Santa Rosa County Kids House and coordinated four fundraisers and two command events as the treasurer of the First Field, Capt. Todd Bahlau, recognized Wevers dedication to his job, as second to none. Sailor of the Year -Cont. from page 4accepts increased responsibility, no matter how complex, producing outstanding results and ahead of schedule, said Bahlau. His dedication to the Navy Core Values and overall excellence is beyond reproach. The SOY must embody a history of sustained superior performance, command impact, mission contribution, proven leadership, dedication to self-improvement, outstanding professionalism, and superior personal appearance, according to OPNAVINST 1700.10N. SOY candidates consistently demonstrate exceptional perfor mance and personal standards. They exhibit passion for improving the lives of those around them, both within the workplace and the community.
Whiting Field News 8 sure to meet operational demands led those in command to rationalize declining standards standards in fundamental seamanship and watchstanding skills, teamwork, operational safety, assessment and a professional culture. This resulted in a reduction of operational safety mar gins," said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson during a November press conference when he announced the release of the CR. Davidson's report states, "Going forward, the force generation and employment systems to guard against a slide in standards." Based on the recommendations, Rowden and his staff continue to take decisive acmore effective. Many of the CR recommendations fall within the scope of CNSF and are connected with the surface warfare community. However, the CR Oversight Board Future of the Surface Fleet -Cont. from page 3(OSB) is not only focused on implementing the recommended changes from the CR, but also broader initiatives This process will enhance the readiness of surface combatants. Rowden serves as one of the members of the OSB, which the CNO tasked the VCNO to lead. "The oversight board is going to make sure that we properly prioritize the recommendations in a framework that gets after the great includes senior leaders like Davidson and Rowden, meets monthly to evaluate the progress toward implementing the CR recommendations. Taking this holistic approach, the Navy and its Surface Warfare community are moving quickly to implement immediate actions, as well as moving midand long-term initiatives into planning Cont. on Page 9
Whiting Field News 9 Future of the Surface Fleet -Cont. from page 8phases for the entire Surface Force. The efforts made today will set the surface warfare community on the right "I owe it to our Sailors to provide them the tools possible," said Rowden. A combined effort between Naval Surface Force, implementation of recommended changes and track those sist of representatives from Naval Sea Systems, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Personnel Command, Naval Education and Training Command, and other commands that have a role in making changes for and CNSL serve as the central node for both realizing recommendations on the deckplates and relaying progress to senior leadership. At the time this article was submitted for publication, 11 CR recommendations had been accomplished by the Navy. The Surface Force continues to focus on completing all CR initiatives. Examples of other initiatives under consideration are a bridge resource management workshop, a junior ofpoint assessments. These initiatives were framed using the CR recommendations as well as Sailor feedback from when Rowden visited with commands and ship crews in Japan, Singapore, and Everett, Washington, following the incidents. "We need to revisit basics and these initiatives are a look at how to do and train the fundamentals correctly," said Rowden. "If we can't master the basics, it will be el." While the CR was gathering its information, Adm. Scott Swift, took immediate action to address needopportunity. Following an operational pause directed by dence and competence in the surface Navy. To that end, the CNSF commander issued guidance directing a concerted focus on the basics upon which safe navigation rests: contact management; bridge resource management; subject to the cognizant policies of rhythm watchbill and shipboard routine implementation; and ready for sea assessments. Additionally, subordinate as ensuring more personal involvement with manning, ensure increased safety and readiness of their units and ships at sea and in port. "We've already implemented a number of the recommendations from the CR, and we will continue to address all of the remaining recommendations, ensur ing all our initiatives put sharp focus on building better mariners, enhancing our ability to safely operate at sea said Rowden. "The one thing that remains constant as we implement these initiatives is the dedication of the young Sailors that serve aboard our warships. They take great pride in their profession, as they should." destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) as the ship pulls in to Odessa, munication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Turner.
Whiting Field News 10 Year in Review: Whiting Tower in 2017
West (Main) Gate Improvement Construction activities will increase this week. Expect to see additional signage and barriers similar to the attached depiction at the West Sunday, 14 January 2018, the contractor will be removing bollards from the main gate. In order to perform this work, the center inbound lane will be closed. The main gate will be congested during construction; please use caution, consider use of the East Gate when possible and allot some extra time into your commute as we work to improve NAS Whiting Field. MWR Tickets & Travel Our discount ticket sales to various attractions throughout the country and local attractions. We also offer lodging, cruises, bus tours, airfare packages all over the world, and other special services. Pensacola Veterinarian Clinic at Whiting Field The Veterinary Clinic will be at Whiting Field on Wednesday the 17th of January. We are there from 0830 to 1530 as long as we have the appointments to Please contact the Corry Station Veterinari an clinic at 850-452-6882 to book your appoint ments now! Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Service 10 Jan 2018 at 0900 in the Chapel. Our Guest Speaker will provide a wonderful word picture of the lifes work and legacy of Dr. King. Following the ser vice, well open our mini Museum of Dr. Kings pictures and belongings; an experience sweetened by cake and refreshments. All are highly encour aged to join the celebra tion. Employees Marijuana remains illegal under Federal law, regardless of state laws, as a Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana is therefore illegal for Federal employees unless or until there is further marijuana use in some (or any) situations. Those employ ees subject to random testing, or any other testing (appli cant, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, or follow-up), remain subject to the consequences for illegal drug use. In other words, nothing changes for us as Federal employees based on state laws and we remain accountable to comply with Federal law unless there are changes at the Federal level. Things to Know is a weekly publication from the PAO. Please submit your entries to whtg_naswf_pao.fct@navy. mil by Tuesday at 1200 to make that weeks issue. News & Notes 11
Whiting Field News 12Congratulations to TRAWING-5 Wingers TW-5 Academic Award Recipients recieve recognition at TRAWING-5 Headquarters on January 8. Top Row: Cdr Robert Dulin, USN, CO HT-28; 1st Lt. Steven Maire, USMC, HT18; Lt. j.g. Isaac Babcock, USCG, HT-28; Lt. j.g. Conor Cross, USN, HT-18; Lt. j.g. Tyler Pryor, USCG, HT-8; Ensign Nathan Hochstetler, USN, HT18; Lt. j.g. Thomas Zu Hone, USN, HT-8, Lt. j.g. Christopher Cavender, USN; HT-28; Lt. j.g. Joseph Bullington, USN, HT18; Col David Morris, USMC, Commodore TW5 Middle Row: LtCol Aaron Brunk USMC, CO HT-18; 1st Lt. David Schwab, USMC, HT-18; Lt. j.g. Zachary Pennington, USN, HT-28; 1st Lt. Daniel Pacheco, USMC, HT18; 1st Lt. Nicholas Portera, USMC, HT-18; 1st Lt. John Ruck, USMC, HT-28; Lt.j.g. Charles Bongiovanni, USN, HT28; Lt. j.g. Daniel Butler, USN, HT-8; Lt. j.g. Travis Rhea, USCG, HT-8; Guest Speaker: Capt Matthew Coughlin, USN (Ret.), Assistant County Administrator, Escambia County, FL Bottom Row: Cdr Stephen Audelo, USN, CO HT-8; Lt. Catherine Schmitz, USCG, HT-18; 1st Lt. Jared Wilkins, USMC, HT18; Lt. j.g. Adam Hawker, USN, HT8; Ensign Alexander Thill, USN, HT-18; Ensign Cameron Baxter, USN, HT-28; 1st Lt. Adam Fisher, USMC, HT-8; Lt. j.g. Eamonn Crumblish, USN, HT-28; Lt. j.g. Paolo Chiuri, ITN, HT-28Congratulations to TRAWING 5 Academic Award Recipients