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. 02 January 25, 2018 (Pg 2) Dr. King Honored at NAS Whiting Field (Pg 3) Navy Installations and Commands Exercise Force Protection (Pg 4) NASWF Participates in Navy-wide Advancement Exam
2 The Whiting Tower Capt. Paul Bowdich Cmdr. Don Gaines Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field News ENS Nick Spaleny Jamie Link Dr. King Honored at NAS Whiting Field 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 Cover Photo: Guest speaker Rev. Jamie Smith receives recognition the base chapel. The event was held on Jan. 12 in conjunction with a viewing of MLK items from the Dr. King Museum via Mrs. Jawana Jackson. Photo by Ens. Caroline Ready, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff Naval Air Station Whiting Field held a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service on Jan 12 in the NAS Whiting Field base chapel with special guests Rev. Jamie Smith and Mrs. Jawana Jackson. Photo by Ens. Caroline Ready, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff Naval Air Station Whiting Field Chapel held a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service on Jan. 12. This service featured special guests with direct ties to cance. Among these special guests was Mrs. Jawana Jackson, who had a close connection to Dr. King. On March 25, 1965 Rev. Marin Luther King Jr. and a crowd of 25,000 marched on Montgomery Ala. in support of voting rights for African Americans. The night before that event Mrs. Jackson, then a six year-old little girl played around her childhood home as the men and women who would become leaders of the Civil Rights Movement dis cussed the logistics and plans for that historical march. It was a normal occurrence for Dr. King himself to visit and even stay in her childhood home in the months leading up to the march. Jackson was in attendance at NAS Whiting Field Chapel during the MLK commemorative service, ready to tell some of her story and display some of the items of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his journey that lead to his legacy. There were people staying in this house that were dedicated to the progressive movement of African Americans from the early 1900s, says Mrs. Jackson, the daughter of Sullivan and Richie Jean Jackson. The house was built in 1906, and has a long history connected to the Civil Rights movement. Booker T. Washington visited the home prior to his death in 1915. Later, in the 1960s, many prominent Civil Rights leaders stayed at the home while attending leadership training at nearby Selma Uni versity. The Selma house (Jawana Jacksons childhood home) is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heri tage. Jacksons childhood home became ground-zero for the voting rights campaign focused on Selma, Ala bama. Civil Rights proponents such as Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, and C.T. Vivian were frequently found meeting, strategizing and even sleeping in the home. At times, particularly in the days and weeks leading up to the marches, there were up to 30 people staying in the home. Jackson even recalled times Cont. on Page 6
3 Across the Fleet Sailors and civilians assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Com mand (NECC) along with the Virginia Beach Police Department participate in an active shooter training exercise on board Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story as part of the annual Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016. This annual exercise is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security forces. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Wooddy. The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrives at the port of Pascagoula, Miss., Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 aboard the heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf. Fitzgerald will begin restoration and modernization work at Huntington Ingalls Indus tries shipyard in Pascagoula. U.S. Navy photo by David L. Stoltz. USS Fitzgerald Arrives in Pascagoula for Restoration WASHINGTON (NNS) The Arleigh Burkeclass guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Jan. 19, aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf inward bound from Yokosuka, Japan. Fitzgerald is expected to spend several days in the Port of Pascagoula as the heavy lift ship will commence the reverse operation of unfastening, lowering and guid ing the ship off the platform. The ship will then be taken to its designated pier space at Huntington Ingalls Indus tries shipyard. Due to the extent and complexity of the restora tion, both repair and new construction procedures will be used to accomplish the restoration and modernization ef forts. Various Hull Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E); Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence; and Combat System Cont. on page 7 Navy Installations and Commands Exercise Force Protection By Navy Installations Command Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) Navy installations with in the continental United States (CONUS) will conduct Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 Jan. 29 Feb. 9. Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 is a two-part anti-terrorism force protection exercise conducted by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) in conjunction with Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Com mand (USFFC) on all CONUS Navy installations. Citadel Shield is a Field Training Exercise led by CNIC from Jan. 29 Feb. 4. Solid Curtain is a Command Post Exercise portion co-led by USFFC and CNIC from Feb. 5-9. This annual exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy Security Forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners. This exercise is a regularly-scheduled Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 is of vital im portance to our ability to execute the Navy's mission in support of homeland defense and to Cont. on page 7
Whiting Field News 4 Naval Air Station Whiting Field participated in the Navy-wide advancement examination for all Sailors who are eligible to advance to the paygrade of E7, on Jan. 18. Those interested in the limited duty The Navy advancement examination consists of 25 professional military knowledge questions and process for E7. The Sailor must score within the top 60 percent and then must compete against their peers at an E7 selection board. 37 NAS Whiting Field Sailors were eligible to take the test this year. The Sailors rates varied from Councelor Chief Winkler, the NAS Whiting Field NAS Whiting Field Participates in Navy-wide Advancement Examination By ENS Caroline Ready, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff wide advancement examination. for Chief have to take this exam just to be Board eligible, said Chief Winkler. From there, the 1st classes have to submit a packet to be reviewed by the Master Chiefs in the corresponding rating to actually becoming a Chief. Chief Winkler stresses the importance of this test and how it shouldnt be taken lightly. "They are about to embark on the next phase of their career, said Chief Winkler. This test is just passed the test and become Board eligible and subse quently selected to become a Chief, they will be in a unique position to serve both as mentors and leaders The test results will be released in March. For more information about the Navy Advancement Center and NEAS, visit www.facebook.com/NavyAdvancement-Center-213190711299/. Additional information on the Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center can be found via www.netc.navy.mil/netc/netpdc/Default. htm. NAS Whiting Field participated in the Navy-wide advancement exam on January 18. 37 Sailors from multiple ratings took the three-hour test. Photo by ENS Caroline Ready, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff.
Whiting Field News 5 Scholarship for Military Children Deadline is Feb. 16 By Mike Perron, DeCA Public Affairs Specialist FORT LEE, Va. Having put 2017 in the rear Military Children applications in time for the programs Feb. 16 application cutoff. Applying for one of the 700 available $2,000 scholarship grants is straightforward. Requirements in clude providing a completed two-page application; the lative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for high school applicants, or college transcript indicating a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for students already enrolled in college; and a typewritten or comput er-printed essay of 500 words or less, and no longer than two pages. This years essay question addresses the effect of the internet on modern society and the family: With the development of high speed internet, you are now living in a world that is completely different than 20 years ago. What are the pluses and minuses for society and the fam ily? How would you address the minuses?" The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in 2001 to recognize the contributions of mili celebrate the role of the commissary in the military fam ily community. The program is administered by Fisher assistance to service members and their families. With the deadline to submit your application for the Fisher House Scholarship for Military Children fast approaching, make sure you double-check the list of items required to be submitted to be eligible for the schol arship, said Marye Dobson, the Defense Commissary Agencys scholarships program liaison. The two-page application, your high school or college transcripts and the short, typed essay all have to be submitted in one package. Eligibility for the program is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System da tabase. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military dependent ID card. The applicant must also be planning to attend or already Cont. on Page 8
Whiting Field News 6 there were people sleeping in the bathtub. Jackson hosted a small group of NAS Whiting Field personnel at her current home in Milton just weeks before her visit the Navy base. There, she relayed the sto ry of how Dr. King had made a phone call to his friend Sullivan Jackson (Jawanas father) for help with his idea to have a major march in support of voting rights which was to be staged at Selma. He (King) told my dad how much he felt that our democracy was so tied to voting rights, and how America could not be the best it could be without every citizen obtaining and having the right to votewould you allow me to use your house as a platform to stage the march? Jackson recalled. went home to discuss it with my mom. They looked at me (I was four at the time) and they knew what was going to happen-my dad went back to work and called Uncle Mar tin and said, in essence, Jawana is four years old. She, and other children in this nation and around our world deserve a better shot, they deserve to grow up in a place full of justice, peace and freedom, Mrs. Jackson said. The service, held in the base chapel, consisted of the traditional ceremonial components, including the pre sentation of the colors by Milton High School NJROTC unit, the National Anthem sung by Tracy Johnson, the in vocation by NAS Whiting Field Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Michael Griggs and the benediction by Chaplain Lt. Roy Fondren. The event also included an Old and New Testa Cmdr. Donald Gaines and closing remarks by Training Air Wing FIVE Commodore Col. David Morris and a guest speaker. The guest speaker for the service was Reverend Jamie K Smith, pastor of Mt. Pilgrim African Baptist Church, Pensacola Fla., who spoke about Kings legacy. The legacy lives on with this great man and all that he has doneand I encourage you today to keep the message of Dr. King alive, Smith said. Some of the historic items Jackson brought to the base chapel included a pair of Kings pajamas and cop ies of a childrens book King autographed for Jawana. She recalled the story of how King had spelled her name his attention, he then came back with a second copy with her name spelled correctly, also autographed by Jackie Robinson. She also brought photos, including a photo of Dr. King sitting in her living room in her Selma house watch ing President Johnson announcing signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on television. In addition, Mrs. Jackson brought copies of Life magazine with King on the front cover, and a coat and books belonging to Dr. King. After the Selma march King said in part, Like an idea whose time has come, not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. We are moving to the land of freedom, King said in an address to a crowd. King ended his March 25, 1965 speech in Mont gomery by addressing the question of how long the strug gle for equality would take. How long? Not long, be cause the arc of the morale universe is long but it bends toward justice, King said. Jackson resides in Milton Fla., less than 30 min utes from NAS Whiting Field, and has been invited to at tend another NAS Whiting Field event on Feb. 6 to share more of her story. For more information regarding Mrs. Jacksons book (co-written with her mother), or the Selma house museum please visit www.jacksonfoundationmuseum. com. Dr. King Honored -Cont. from page 2 Mrs. Jawana Jackson of the Jackson Foundation Museum in Selma Ala. shows photos and tells the story of her childhood up-bringing and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. connection to Naval Air Station Whiting Field personnel in her home in Milton Fla. Photo by Jamie
7 Whiting Field News January 25 1945 USS McLanahan (DD 615) shells the German command post on the Italian Rivera and silences the shore battery. January 26 1953 place in the Chapel of the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. January 27 1973 The Paris Peace Accords are signed, ending U.S. partici pation in the Vietnam War. January 28 1865Confederate torpedo boat St. Patrick strikes the sidewheel gunboat USS Octorara, off Mobile Bay, but her spar tor pedo fails to explode. This Day in Naval History Airial Photo of NAS Whiting Field, May 15, 1943. U.S. Navy Of equipment, including the electronic warfare suite, ra dar, switchboard, gas turbine generator and air condition plant, require repair and/or replacement. Fitzgerald will also receive HM&E; Combat System; and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration and Intelligence; upgrades that were originally planned for in Work on the ship is expected to occur on a land level facility throughout 2018 and one to two quarters of 2019, followed by an extensive test and trials period to protect our people, equipment and facilities in situations Measures have been taken to minimize disrup tions within local communities and base operations but there may be times when the exercise causes increased also see or hear security activities associated with the ex ercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local conveniences. Navy Installations Command's 53,000 military and civilian employees provide infrastructure manage installations around the world. For more information about Navy shore installa tions visit www.cnic.navy.mil. For more news from Commander, Navy Installa tions Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cni/. USS Fitzgerald Restoration -Cont. from page 3 Force Protection -Cont. from page 3 ensure all systems and spaces are restored to full func tionality and operational capability. The entire restoration and modernization effort is expected to complete approxi mately 24-months post work commencement on the ship. Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with the lost their lives and the ship was damaged on the starboard side above and below the waterline. The Navy released a comprehensive review of the incident Nov. 1.
Whiting Field News 8 be attending an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2018 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program. Applicants who are awarded a full scholarship to attend a college or university or receive an appointment tory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses. All rules and requirements for the program, as well as links to frequently asked questions and the down loadable application are available at the Scholarships for Military children website. Fisher House also recently added a custom scholarship search engine to the site, tailored to military families, called Scholarships for Service. Its free, easy to use, and available on mobile devices or computers at mili taryscholar.org. Students enter brief background information and educational goals and the search tool will identify mili Scholarship Deadline -Cont. from page 4 on their input. Once the search is complete, students re ceive a list of scholarships with a summary of eligibility requirements, points of contact and links to the scholar ship providers website. Students can elect to have a PDF selecting which scholarships to apply for. According to Brian Gawne, vice president of community relations for Fisher House, the Scholarships for Service search engine is never used to collect data for marketing purposes. Were not using this to collect data and then send email or other solicitations, he said. The Scholarships for Military Children program is managed by Scholarship Managers, a national, non scholarship program application, they should call Schol arship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at mili email@example.com. No government funds are used to support the Scholarships for Military Children Program. Commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the gen eral public donate money to fund the program.
Winery Tour Saturday 27 January, depart at 8:30am return 4:30pm. Visit Northwest Floridas local wineries and leave the driving to US! Well visit three local wineries, one dis tillery and make new friends and enjoy the day tasting & toasting together. $20 per person and seating is limited so reserve your space now! Call Community Recreation at 850-665-6250 to sign up! West (Main) Gate Improvement Notice Expect to see additional signage and barriers similar to the lane will be reduced from 12 feet to 10 feet and occasion construction activities. Please use caution and consider use of the East Gate when possible and allot some ex tra time into your commute as we work to improve NAS Whiting Field. ASIST Work shop February 6 and 7 0800-1600 at NAS Pensacola. The ASIST work shop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfort and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million care givers have par ticipated in this two-day, highly interactive, prac tical, practiceoriented work shop. Participation in the full two days is required. Enjoy small group dis cussions and skills prac tice that are based upon adult learning principles and experience powerful videos on suicide inter vention. Feel challenged and safe. Learn suicide military, DoD and NAS Pensacola, Corry Station, Field civilian employees. To register, contact Mr. Tony Bradford or Chapel Staff (850) 452-2342 or email tony.bradford.ctr@ navy. Volunteer at East Mil ton Elementary School They are hosting a book fair on January 31st. Ms. Kathy Cowell is asking for 3-4 bodies to meet at the front desk of school at 1200 that day to help take down the exhibit. This event should only take 1 hour with the bodies that are provided. If you are interested in this event, and would like to volunteer, please contact ABH1 Clark or ABH1 Sauber at 850-623-7220. Education Fair The NAS Whiting Field Education Fair has been re scheduled for 30 Jan 0900-1500 in the Atrium. Open to military members, their families, and base staff, Colleges and University representatives will be here to talk about ate programs. The VOLED (voluntary education) region advisor will be on site! News & Notes 9
Whiting Field News 10 Congratulations to TRAWING-5 Wingers Top Row: Cdr Robert Dulin, USN, CO HT-28; Lt. j.g. Philip Deford, USN, HT-8; Lt. j.g. Bradley Foster, USN, HT-28; Lt. j.g. Jonathan Gates, USN, HT-8; Lt. j.g. Daniel Vandegriff, USN, HT-18; Col David Morris, USMC, Commodore TW5 Middle Row: LtCol Aaron Brunk, USMC, CO HT-18; Lt. j.g. Andrew Schwalbenberg, USCG, HT-18; Lt. j.g.Carlo Conte, ITN, HT-18; Lt. j.g. Michael Twardy, USN, HT-18; 1st Lt. Matthew Tate, USMC, HT-18 Bottom Row: Cdr Stephen Audelo, USN, CO HT-8; 1st Lt. Amanda Millard, USMC, HT-8; Lt. j.g. Kristen Cox, USN, HT-8; Lt. j.g. Kristin Manson, USN, HT-18; Guest Speaker: Capt Timothy McGuire, USCG (Ret.), T6-B Simulator Instructor.