NASWF Executive Officer Retires Onboard NAS Whiting Field Pg 2 Pensacola Local Earns Her Wings of Gold PG 4 MWR Program Awarded Highest Accreditation Ranking PG 6 Griffitt Family Continues Tradition of Naval Aviation PG 7 Cmdr. Jackson Assumes Reins of VT-2 PG 9 ACC Rachael Kempston Retires PG 10 Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. Vol. 74 No. 09 July 6, 2018 Forging Aviators for the Fleet
served as the branch head for enlisted aviation distribution (PERS 404). He then completed a tour at BUPERS 3 where he served as aviation enlisted community manager and the dep uty enlisted commu nity manager before reporting to NAS Whiting Field as the Gaines de loyments included USS Boxer (LHD-4), USS Camden (AOE-2), Second tour-USS Camden, and the USNS Bridge (TAOE10). During his retirement speech, Gaines shared a story of how he became an aviator. Prior enlisted as a hospital corpsman, he applied for a special opportunity to Program. 50 Sailors. I was one of them. After my tour in HC-11, I went to the University of San Diego as a full lieutenant. The great thing was I had awesome study habits that I do at least 20 years so why not enjoy those years. That Gaines said. the former XO shared a number of memorable moments water in an H-46 helicopter during a search and rescue mission. He was junior pilot that day when the senior pi lot experienced vertigo. Gaines pulled on the collective (the power) just in time to save the aircraft from hitting have been a more dire situation. I learned several lessons that day one, trust 2 The Whiting Tower Capt. Paul D. Bowdich Cmdr. Jim Brownlee Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field News 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. Lt. j.g. Harrison Garrett Lt. j.g. Luke Rague Ens. Matt Lembo Cover: U.S, Navy Chaplain Lt. Fondren is drenched in water fol lowing his Last Flight Flown in a T-6B Texan II on June 7. (Photo by Julie Ziegenhorn Jamie Link Naval Air Station Whiting Field bid farewell to Cmdr. Don Gaines in a retirement ceremony on June 8 Field. June 2015, culminating with his retirement and ending a three-year tour at NAS Whiting Field. Squadron 11 (HC-11) in San Diego, Calif. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of San Diego, and after a deployment, transitioned to Heli Gaines reported to the pre-establishment unit for HSC-23 U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Droopy Gaines, former NAS Whiting Field
your crew. Everyone has a vested interest in living. Two and I assumed they were capable of spotting when they had vertigo and thought wrong. Finally, I learned to ap The former XO gave credit to his wife, Eling Gaines, as the person who supported him throughout his entire Naval career. No way I could be here without her support. She done without her. Gaines concluded his address to the crowd in the Lassen auditorium for the very last time with apprecia tion. NAS Whiting Field. The last three years have been won derful. You all will hold a special place in my heart. You best that I could be because you are the best out there. Every one of you are true professionals, and I wish you all nothing but the fairest of winds and following seas as we part ways. But it is now time for me to step aside and let these young men Whiting Field News 3 Cmdr. Don Droopy Gaines, former NAS Whiting Field Executive Master Chief Lee Stephens after Gaines Last Flight Flown in a Navy aircraft, the TH-57 Sea Ranger on May 31 at South Field. (Photo by Lt. j.g. Luke Rague, NASWF Public Affairs Staff)
mary Flight Training in Training Squadron Two (VT-2), was selected to stay at NAS Whiting Field to begin Heli in Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8). with daily in the training squadrons that helped her through the rigors of aviation. The students I met and see every day in the ready lane recalls. Also, the instructors in advanced [training] ter. person when her contract with the Navy ends and she gets to choose to stay in or pursue other avenues. cant predict what I will want seven years from now, but High School, earned her Wings of Gold at Naval Air Sta tion (NAS) Whiting Field on Friday, June 8. School in 2012, where she was surrounded by aviation, but not initially drawn to it. I never really paid much attention to [aviation] Angels every summer and I thought it was amazing what older sister started at the United States Naval Academy with her sister, and her sisters experiences at the Naval After graduating from Pensacola High School, she pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanogra phy, graduating and commissioning as an Ensign in 2016. It wasnt until she was at the Naval Academy and roots. Thats when growing up in Pensacola swayed me all Naval Aviators begin NAS Pensacola for Aviation 4 Whiting Field News Pensacola Local Earns Her Wings of Gold By Lt. j.g. Harrison Garrett, NASWF Public Affairs Staff Ens. Zoe Mcfarlane being winged by her mother, Cindy Wasem. Also on stage is her father, Russell Macfarlane (left), and Rear Adm. White, ret. (middle). (Photo by Lt. j. g. Luke Rague, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff) (left), mother, Cindy Wasem (center right), and father, Russell Macfarlane (right), during the winging ceremony. (Photo by Lt. j.g. Luke Rague, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff)
peoples lives. If any sailors are having professional or personal problems, I will be there to help and support them complete missions and do what I have been training to ac diverse group of individuals to achieve our squadron and become a winged aviator. her training in her Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) where her new helicopter assignment. Whiting Field News 5 Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 1st Class Jamal Stewarts wife and children (above) are recognized by NAS Whiting Field for their continued support of Stewarts Navy career at a small ceremo ny on July 2 presided by Chaplain Lt. j.g. Tillotson. Stewart, who re-enlisted (below) for an additional six years of Naval service, with the goal of serving for more than 20 years. (Photo by Lt. j. g. Luke Rague, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff)
When it comes to helping personnel relax, un The Commander Navy Installations Command base is judged on the quality of personnel, facilities, pro gramming, equipment and administration. You have to go above and beyond to be recognized as Navy Capt. Paul Bowdich said, I am extremely proud ties and offerings, I can say this is one of the best installa 2010 and each year, directors throughout the enterprise describe whether they met or did not meet various pro fessional program standards through an on-line data base. The accreditation program determines compliance development, customer satisfaction, and facility manage ment. tion process, excluding Child and Youth Programs, which have their own accreditation program. Once information is entered into the database, a pre-visit score is provided. Then, every three years, an independent accreditation team from CNIC visits the installation to validate their scores on program standards. titude of recreation programs and facilities to include a and aquatics center, a community recreation and single-sailor pro outdoor recreation area, because they are designated as essential to military mis During their visit, the accreditation team noted ing facility that not only offers programs and services to families and singles, but a great place for commands to host picnic and outdoor events. In addition, the team noted during their visit that gether and communicates to develop services and pro grams for our community members. To receive this rating means two things. It means that the team is professional and dedicated, and it means that each of them is doing everything possible to bring qual ity services and programs to our Active Duty members, their families, to our retirees and their families and to the Bottom line with or without the award 6 Whiting Field News NAS Whiting Fields MWR Program Awarded Highest Accred itation Ranking Possible By NAS Whiting Field MWR
Whiting Field News 7 receives his wings of gold onboard NAS Whiting Field. The three generations of men all received aviation training at NAS Whiting father in the 1990s. (Photo by Lt. j.g. Luke Rague, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff) Three generations of naval aviators who trained at NAS Whiting Field stand in front of a T-28 static aircraft Friday prior to U.S. he received his wings of gold. Grandfather, Navy Capt. Larry at the base in the 1990s. (Photo by Julie Ziegenhorn, NAS Whiting Naval aviation students train at Naval Air Sta successfully complete their training, they get to experi ence a winging ceremony whereby they are pinned with their wings of gold, signifying they are now trained naval aviators. It is a memorable event for the new aviators, and one that family often participates in and enjoys. Every once in a while, NAS Whiting Field and Training Air Wing Five (TW-5) witness a family with two generations of Naval aviators at its winging ceremonies during which new aviators receive their wings of gold. The newly minted helicopter pilots may have a father or form and send them to their next assignment for advanced helicopter training. But its rarer to witness three genera tions of naval aviators at a winging ceremony. That happened onboard NAS Whiting Field on ing Field to celebrate with him. commander, pinned his son, Zach, with his own wings re test pilot for Patuxent River Squadron and was then se lected for a test pilot program in England. He retired from naval service in 2011. Zachs grandfather, retired U.S. Navy Reserve He would later become the executive and commanding Pentagon in the Naval Aviation department. He retired following 28 years of naval service. be more proud of my grandsons accomplishments, and I of the U.S. Naval Academy and hails from Fort Collins, Colo. He has per helicopter.
8 Whiting Field Photos July 6, 1944 July 7, 1944 July 8, 1944 Charles Turner Joy, begin daily bombardment of Japanese defenses on Guam. Battleships join the bombardment group on July 14. July 9, 1944 July 11, 1944 USS Sealion (SS 315), in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea, near July 14, 1944 This Day in Naval History July 16, 1945 TOP LEFT: (TW-5) at NAS Whiting Field after 26 years of dedicated service in the Corps. During his career, which began as an enlisted member, he was promoted TOP RIGHT: BOTTOM LEFT: NASWF Sailors volunteering at the Blueberry Bash Festival hosted by The Arc of the Emerals Coast Saturday, June 23. The Whit BOTTOM RIGHT:
operations involving aircraft aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1). Cmdr. Aperauch offered the following parting thoughts to his squadron. Its been my lifes honor to every success that you set your heart to. Your willingness to serve unwaveringly to protect our freedoms around the dom is nothing short of heroic. I am truly humbled to have served with you and I can offer you nothing but my high draw upon his 22 years of Coast Guard service and experi His career began after graduating from the Coast he has served tours at Coast Guard Stations in Elizabeth Dominion University. Cmdr. Wesley Barnes, U.S. Navy, will re Whiting Field News 9 Cmdr. Jackson Assumes the Reins of VT-2 U.S. Navy Cmdr. Zachariah Aperauch turned over command of Training Squadron Two (VT-2) to Cmdr. mand ceremony Friday, June 15, at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field North Field hangar. lows for the assembled crew, staff, friends and guests to welcome in the new commander, while also recognizing the achievements of the outgoing leader. than 23,350 sorties. This dedication to training enabled complete the Primary Flight Training syllabus during his command tour. His commitment to professionalism and instruction were also evidenced in the units selection for Operations Aviation Safety Award. Commanding VT-2 was the latest stop for Aper auch on an 18-year military aviation career that began after graduating from Old Dominion University and earning his tional Security and Strategic Studies from the Joint Forces Staff College. He is now headed to Sasebo, Japan where he will serve as the air boss, responsible for all aspects of Cmdr. Mark Jackson, USCG is piped ashore to become the com Training Squadron TWO onboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field on Friday. (Photo by Jamie Link, NAS Whiting Field, Public Affairs Naval Air Station Whiting Field color guard performs colors for Training Squadron TWO (VT-2) Change of Command Ceremony onboard the installation. From left to right; Chaplain Frank Til lotson, Training Air Wing FIVE Commodore Col. David Morris, beginning of the ceremony last Friday. (Photo by Jamie Link, NAS
trol Squadron Twelve in San Diego, where she accom plished two deployments aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2), earning the coveted enlisted aviation warfare specialist and enlisted surface warfare also assigned to Naval Air Technical Training center in In 2012, Kempston was selected for Chief Petty sonnel achieve, according to Pierce. You have a better chance of becoming an NFL reported to NAS Whiting Field in 2013 as the leading Pierce commented that she wanted to ensure she could provide for you boysshe deployed, not once, but twice, and that is not an easy decision for a mother and a Sailor. have a tough job. It is a very intense job. You have to that ship and surrounding areas, as well as pilots, will tell Naval Air Station Whiting Field bid farewell to in a ceremony rich in Navy tradition. Presiding over the retirement was Lt. Cmdr. Lance went on to serve in assignments at Naval Auxiliary Land ing Field San Clemente Island, Calif., at Naval Base Coronado, and aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. 10 Whiting Field News Robyn Peirce for PCU USS Tripoli (LHA-7) salute during presen tation of the colors at the beginning of Kempstons retirement cer emony at the National Naval Aviation Museum on June 28. Pierce was the guest speaker for her sisters retirement ceremony. (Photo Chief Kempston thanks her mother for her support throughout a 20year Naval career during her retirement ceremony June 28. (Photo
Pierce also applauded her sisters commitment to those she trained and mentored, and the lives of the Sail ors she touched through the years, saying that she led by In an emotional farewell speech, Kempston said that the Navy is a familyits absolutely true. I can call have done what she did in the Navy without her family, singling out her mother and friends who cared for her boys through numerous assignments and deployments. or and single mom throughout much of her career, she her fellow Chiefs for their friendship, mentorship, and for At the conclusion of the ceremony, and symbol the traditional ceremonial bullets. In honor of Kempstons service and friendship, all retired and active duty Chief salute and well wishes to Kempston and her family. 11 Whiting Field News Old Glory is read for the Flag Detail during Chief Kempstons re tirement ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum on June recognition of their support during her 20-year Navy career. (Photo
By Raelyn Latchaw, Fitness Center Team 12 Whiting Field Fitness Corner Mixing it Up Although many of us are creatures of habit, there good mentally, and it can be good for us physically as few new offerings. Our Water Fitness Classes debuted in June, and now were throwing two more options into the and a doorbell? Have you been doing the deadlift forever, ther case, weve got you covered in the new Power House Class on Wednesdays. The course will cover all the base lifting moves, from squats to chest presses and deadlifts, and many more. Instruction will be given for all abilities from the novice to the seasoned with a focus on pushing the limits to what you can lift safely. with the encouragement and motivation offered in a class setting on Tuesdays. Youll be offered up a variety of ex ready. In addition to all these new offerings, weve still got you covered with Spin, our variety of Yoga Classes, and then join in and start mixing it up.
Cyber Awareness Challenge Training-2018: requirement for Cyber Awareness training Awareness Challenge v5. The training re DOD CYBER AWARENESS CHALLENGE Sep 2018. Per CNRSE, in order to meet this timeline, all CNRSE personnel shall complete the Cyber Awareness Challenge NLT 31 Aug personnel time to verify employees with no access to Navy IT and accommodate those this is the recommended choice and comple tion status reports will be generated regularly from this system. Following is 4) Select FY18 DOD CYBER AWARE Voting *Primary Elections Are in Full Swing Register and request your absentee ballots for all 2018 elections now at FVAP.gov* This year, the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate are up for election. Dont miss your opportunity to vote in your states primary election as it will determine who is on the November 2018 general election ballot. To register and request your absentee ballot, visit FVAP.gov to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). General elections July 17: Alabama. July 24: Georgia. News & Notes 13 SCUBA Regulator Recall drowning-hazard Sister Cities: Pensacola, Florida Gero, Japan Celebration Friday, July 13, 2018, 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. You are cordially invited to attend the Welcoming Reception host ed by the City of Pensacola and organized by the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida. This event is free and open to the NAS Whiting Field Medical Home Department holds School/Sports Physical Rodeo, 30 & 31 July: The Branch Health Clinic at NAS the school and sports forms neces sary for schools in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties in Florida, but if a school requires a special form, par ents may bring it in at the time of the appointment. Call now to schedule 2017 Annual Drinking Water Qual ity Report (CCR)
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Whiting Field Awards and Recognition 15 TW-5 Academic Award and Commodores List Recipients receive recognition at TRAWING-5 Headquarters on June 8 and June 22. Congratulations to Training Air Wing Five Academic Award and Commodores List Recipients Congratulations to the NASWF Frocking Recipients left to right: Capt. Paul Bowdich, AC2 Rogers, AC2 Martinez, ABH2 Charette, ABE2 Barahona, ABH2 Cruz, AC3 Toledo, AC3 Ingersoll, AC3 Holland, AC3 Dubose, AC3 Diggs-Johnson, ABE1 Fruge, ABH1 Hawse, ABH1 Hefty, ABH1 Rozier, CMDCM Lee Congratulations to the NASWF MAP Recipients promotions through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP). ABE1 Angela Vasquez (left) and SH1 Galen Dornbusch (right)