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. 03 February 08, 2018 (Pg 2) Pensacola Native Earns Wings of Gold on Board NAS Whiting Field (Pg 3) The Future USS Michael Monsoor Completes Trials (Pg 3) Whiting Field Names Sailors of the Quarter
old wings that I had when I got winged, said Burns Sr. They are tarnished and bent from when my dad hit them and bent them, so thats meant a lot to me, being able to pass that on to my son. Spending most of his time in Pensacola while his father was an instructor, Burns Jr. realized that being an aviator would be interesting and exciting. Around the time I started applying to college is when I really started looking in to becoming a pilot, said they werent that much different than me, and I thought that could be me in a couple of years. His mother, Tess Burns, was still in shock that her son is following in her husbands footsteps as a helicopter pilot. Its beyond cool, said Tess Burns. I told RJ [Burns Jr.] youre going to have to pinch me later because I still cant believe youre an aviator and doing what your dad did. When he [Burns Sr.] was an instructor, I remember, he would come home and say if I could do this for the rest of my life, this would be the coolest job, and when RJ wanted to become a pilot I thought, hes going to love it. Burns Jr. took the stage at Fridays winging cer emony accompanied by parents Robert and Tess Burns, along with his two sisters. Burns father winged him at the center of the stage during the cer -2 The Whiting TowerCapt. Paul Bowdich Cmdr. Don Gaines Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field News ENS Nick SpalenyJamie LinkLocal Pensacola Resident Earns His Wings 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 Pass and Review Parade at Pace High School on January 31. Cmdr. Gaines also took part in the Formal Inspection of the Pace NJROTC Unit earlier that day. Photo by Ens. Caroline Ready, NAS Whiting Field PAO Staff. By Ens. Caroline Ready, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff Ensign Robert Burns Jr. is pinned by his father, Lt. Col. Robert Burns Sr. at the January 26 Winging at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. Photo by Ens. Nick Spaleny, NAS Whiting Field PAO Staff. Cont. on Page 7 Hailing from just 33 miles where his Wings of Gold were earned, a Pensacola local is now a naval aviator and one of the services newest helicopter pilots. Ens. Robert Burns Jr. earned his Wings of Gold during the winging ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field on Jan. 26 in front of family and friends as the 34,134th aviator to be winged on the installation. Burns Jr. is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned his commission and the opportunity to train to become a naval aviator. He graduated from Pensacola High School in 2012. His father, retired Lt. Col. Robert Burns Sr., was a Marine Cobra pilot who, like his son, earned his wings of gold out of Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 18. Burns Sr. later returned to NAS Whiting Field as an instructor at HT-8 for 10 years. Burns Sr. expressed how proud he is and how memorable it was to be able to wing his son. The main thing I was thinking was, those are my
operations and responded to 55 precautionary landings. Due to his leadership and professionalism, Eatons traintenants, that ensured 100 percent mission readiness. Eaton actively seeks out and volunteers for collateral duty. As a Muster Team Organizer, he streamlined the ed six command recalls. He is an active role model for the youth in the community by becoming a facilitator in the AWANA program at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Eaton personally devoted 20 hours to the organization, helping with the development of team building, family values and religious lessons for children ages four to seven. Eaton expressed the importance of incorporating oneself in the command and community as a way to become a better leader. Mentoring and helping progress the careers and lives of junior Sailors is one of the BATH, Maine (NNS) -The Navy's next generation destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), successfully completed acceptance trials Feb. 1. The U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations both pier side and underway, evaluating the tions. Many of the ship's onboard systems including navigation, damage control, mechanical, electrical, combat, communications and propulsion systems were tested tions. "DDG 1001 performed exceedingly well during acceptance trials," said Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG 1000 class program manager, Program 3 Across the Fleet By Team Ships Public Affairs The Navys next generation destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), successfully completed acceptance. The U.S. Navys Board of Inspection and Survey reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations both pier side and under way, evaluating the ships construction and compliance with Navy Cont. on page 4 Cont. on page 7 Future USS Michael Monsoor Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials Whiting Field Names Sailors of the QuarterBy Ens. Caroline Ready, NAS Whiting Field PAO Staff Naval Air Station Whiting Field recently selected ors were nominated by their departments and are rated on achievement, volunteer service, education and work performance by a panel of senior enlisted personnel. Anita Finnerty were named as the Sailor of the Quarter, Junior Sailor of the Quarter and Blue Jacket of the Quar ter, respectively. The Sailor of the Quarter and Blue Jacket of the Quarter programs were created to recognize superior performance of enlisted personnel with emphasis on outstanding achievements, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in the perfor mance of duty according to the OPNAVINST 1700.15B.
Whiting Field News 4 best parts of my job, said Eaton. As a LPO, I am able to increase my knowledge in the administrative aspect of my rating and I get to work with the chain of command directly so I can assist in the success of junior Sailors and create a smooth, day-to-day operations tempo. rectly responsible for initiating and documenting 58 National Fire Incident Reporting System reports with 100 percent accuracy. Sanchez has been an avid part of her community as a nonas a constant volunteer with the Shepard House. She has dedicated over 22 hours to help improve the community. pervisor in the air operations department. During this time, she led two teams of four Sailors which led to the Sailors of the Quarter -Cont. from page 3safe execution of 1,781 ground controlled approaches and ground controller she ensure the quick and safe handling of over 9,200 aircraft and vehicle ground movement operations. Finnerty helped TW-5 complete 21,251 mishaptions. Finnerty also provided detailed training from a Morale, Welfare, and Recreations Childrens Christmas Breakfast. Its always a pleasure to recognize our Sailors for their hard work and dedication to their jobs and to the mission. Congratulations are in order for our newest selectees for Sailor of the Quarter, Junior Sailor of the quarter and Blue Jacket of the quarter, NAS Whiting Field Command Master Chief Lee Stephens said.
Whiting Field News 5 tions to Forest and environmental services from Florida and Alabama. This annual Smoke Management Conference enhances collaborative efforts between these Military installations and the organizations who prescribe controlled burns for forestry management. Representatives from NAS Whiting Field, NAS Pensacola, and Eglin AFB presented at the 32nd annual Marty Martin Smoke Management Conference. Multiple agencies also attended including NAS Whiting Field U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), NAS Whiting Field Natural Resources-Public Works Division, Florida Forest Service, Longleaf Alliance, Alabama Forestry Fire Program, and Florida Forest Service. Other uses include disease control in young pines, wildlife habitat improvement, range management, preservation of endangered plant and aniThe goal of the conference is for these agencies to work collaboratively in support of each others missions while mitigating risks to order to support a more diverse Naval force. Photo by Ens. Nick Spaleny, NAS Whiting Field PAO Staff.
Whiting Field NewsFitness Corner 6Fitness Fallout...By Raelyn Latchaw, Fitness Center Team So February has a reputation for being the month we fall into lovehead over heels crazy love, celebrated physical activity that you can fall in love with this February. Jump on board with our Fitness Bingo promotion and the Run 5K. Or jump in on our Valentines Spin Ride where you can get your workout and have your chocolate too! So be sweet to yourself this month of love and get moving! See you at the Fitness Center!
emony as a projector displayed the new aviators name with future helicopter platform, the CH-53E. The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is a heavylift cargo helicopter that has been in service since 1981. Burns relayed his excitement for his future in aviation, serving as a pilot in the Navy, Burns Jr. said.7 Whiting Field News February 8 1984 Naval Aviator/Astronaut Bruce McCandless II makes vering Unit (MMU). February 9 1799 During the Quasi-War with France, USS Constellation, commanded by Capt. Thomas Truxtun, captures French frigate lInsurgente off Saint Kitts and Nevis Island. February 10 1991 During Operation Desert Storm, A-6 Intruders attack stroying both. February 11 1862Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles directs the formation of an organization to evaluate new inventions and technical development that eventually leads to National Academy of Science.This Day in Naval HistoryPrisoner of War Camp Dispensary at NAS Whiting Field in 1945. German POWs were sent to Whiting Field from 1945 to 1946 to aid team worked together to incorporate lessons learned from DDG 1000. The trials once again demonstrated how truly powerful and exceptional these ships are." Zumwalt class destroyers feature a state-of-theart electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design and are equipped with some of will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control and command and control missions while allowing the Navy to evolve with new systems and missions. Future USS Michael Monsoor -Cont. from page 3 DDG 1001 was christened in June 2016 and is scheduled to deliver in the coming months. Bath Iron Works is currently in production on the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), as well as future Arleigh Burke class destroyers Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) and John Basilone (DDG 122). As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships and special warfare craft.Winger -Cont. from page 2 NAS Whiting Field and TRAWING-5 leadership held a meeting on February 1 in the base command building to kick off the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for 2018. The Combined Federal Campaign offers the ability to donate both time and money to organizations enrolled with the CFC. Donations can be made at www.setristate.org. Photo by Ens. Caroline Ready, NAS Whiting Field PAO Staff. Congratulations NAS Whiting Field!2017 Navy Community Service Environmental Stewardship Flagship Award Winner Medium Shore Catagory
required and space is limited. Call 850623-7057 for more information. SAPR April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) and we are gearing up for some great events but our efforts to encourage a culture of dignity and respect continue to be strong throughout Voice for Prevention is our 2018 SAAPM call to action, lets start now! If you need assistance please call: DOD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247, Civilian Victim Advocate at 850-324-4818, Uniformed Victim Advocate at 850-554-5383. All of these numbers are answered 24/7. Friday Pub Fun at Aces Pub Bring your game face to Aces Pub every Friday at 4:30pm for lots of fun and bragging rights! Trivia Night is this Friday with 7 rounds of knowledge including the following categories: people, music, history, current events, wild card, and random theme. Every Friday will feature something fun like Friendly Competitions and movies too. Come join the fun! Aces Pub is located in the lobby of the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites. Junior Enlisted Association Bake Sale Tuesday February 13 from 0900-1300 in front of the commissary. Come out and support the Junior Enlisted Association. News & Notes 8 MWR FREE MOVIE IN FEBRUARY Join us for our FREE movie this month on Friday, 23 Feb in the CDR Clyde E. Lassen Auditorium at 6:00pm. Enjoy Thor: Ragnarok on the big screen! Bring some snacks and enjoy! Seating is available ... and, bring your favorite blankets and pillows if you want too. Fitness Fun Runs Two fun runs this month on Tuesday, 13 February our Love on the Run 5k begins at 12:30pm followed by the mile Cupid Dash at 12:50pm. Call the Fitness Center at 850-623-7412 for more information. Love Boat Rides FREE Canoe use on Saturday, 10 February at Whiting Park. Take a canoe on the Blackwater River at no charge! Well let you use one for an hour for FREE. There are only so many boats available so reserve your boat! Call 850-623-2383 for more information. LEGO Club There will be two sessions this month, Thursday, 8 February and Tuesday 20 February at 4:30pm in the Tower Books & Caf. We will use our creativity and innovation to build DC Comics themed creations. Parents must be present with their children for the duration of the program. All children ages 6 and up are welcome to attend. Registration
Whiting Field News 9Congratulations to TRAWING-5 Wingers TW-5 Academic Award and Commodores List Recipients receive recognition at TRAWING-5 Headquarters on February 5. Congratulations to TRAWING 5 Academic Award and Commodores List Recipients Top Row: Cmdr. Robert Dulin, USN, CO HT-28; Lt. j.g. Luca Levorato, ITNAV, HT-28; Lt. j.g. Anthony Vidal, USN, HT-28; Ensign Robert Burns, Jr., USN, HT18 Middle Row: Lt. Col. Aaron Brunk, USMC, CO HT-18; Lt. j.g. Jess Lubbe, USN, HT-18; Lt. j.g. Dillan Rice, USN, HT28; Guest Speaker: Capt. Mark Murray, USN; Col. David Morris, USMC, Commodore TW5 Bottom Row: Cmdr. Stephen Audelo, USN, CO HT-8; 1st Lt. Jeffrey Sauers, Jr., USMC, HT-8; 1st Lt. Derrick Garner, USMC, HT-8; Lt. j.g. Matthew Hinkson, USN, HT-28