Title: Whiting tower
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Title: Whiting tower
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Language: English
Creator: Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field (Fla.)
Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field (Fla.)
Publisher: Naval Auxilary Air Station Whiting Field
Place of Publication: Milton Fla
Milton Fla
Publication Date: July 22, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Newspapers -- Milton (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Vol. 65 No. 29
Hendrix Hired On as V
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
As family members relayed problems with repeated
transfers to Navy officials, it became apparent that the hard-
ships of moving from school to school were stressing many
families and causing separations from service. Since trans-
ferring from location to location is often necessary for the
needs of the Navy, officials looked to ease the problems by
providing School Liaison Officers (SLOs) at each installa-
The SLOs serve as liaisons between families and the
schools and can help military members as a proven informa-
tion resource and referral agent when concerns arise.
Naval Air Station Whiting Field recently hired its
SLO, and while Chris Hendrix is still settling in to his new
job, he is already working on ways to help families coordi-
nate better with local schools.
He has created two new information packets to pro-
vide to military families. One was prepared to detail the
job of the SLO and another for people transferring with data
about the schools, enrollment processes, and more.
"Anything I can do to help the families with their
educational transitions, I will do," Hendrix said about the

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
{hiting Field's First SLO

Chris Hendrix, the new Schools Liaison Officer for NAS Whiting
Field, works at his desk in the MWR wing of the new Atrium build-
ing. Hendrix is part of MWR since his position is associated with the
child development center on the base. His job is, at least partially, to
help transitioning families ease their coordination with local schools.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno.
job. "This is a new program and it will evolve to meet the
needs of the people here."
(Cont. on Page 6)

Naval Aviaiton Physiologist of the Year Award
By Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno and Jay Cope,
NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Training Air Wing FIVE's Lt. Thomas Jones
was recently recognized as the Navy's Physiologist of
the Year. Jones earned the award for the 2008 calendar
The award annually recognizes the significant
contributions of an individual in the Naval aerospace
Physiology field. The selection criteria review impact
on the command's mission, leadership qualities and the
superior performance of the individual as well as those
under his command.
Jones earned the award based on his contribu-
tions to TRAWING-5's various flight missions.
"Single-handedly, Lieutenant Jones has driv-
Flying High en the Navy's premier night imagery threat evaluation
Lt. Thomas Jones receives the Naval Aerospace Physiology Program (NITE) laboratory to excellence, rated outstanding dur-
Physiologist of the Year Award from Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, ing all model manager inspections. His astute supervi-
Chief of Naval Air Training. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Training
AirWing FIVE. (Cont. on Page 5)

Navy Unveils Self-Apply
From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The latest upgrade to the
Navy's detailing system empowers Sailors by allowing them
to submit their own job applications when negotiating for
permanent change of station (PCS) orders, according to NA-
VADMIN 200/09, released July 7.
Career Management System Interactive Detail-
ing (CMS/ID), is a Web-based system that allows Sailors
to view available job assignments and make applications
through their command career counselors when looking for
PCS orders. Beginning with the July 9 CMS/ID application
cycle, many Sailors will have the ability to submit applica-
tions on their own.
"More senior Sailors already understand the detail-
ing system and know what they should be looking for. The
self-apply option is good for them. This frees up the career
counselor to work with junior Sailors who may have never
negotiated orders before and need help navigating the sys-
tem," said Chief Warrant Officer Samuel Kirkland, assigned
to OPNAV N16 Fleet Introduction team.
The OPNAV N16 Fleet Introduction Team tests and
validates manpower, personnel, training and education appli-
cations currently being used by Sailors. CMS/ID Self-Apply
option was tested at 15 different commands including ships,
shore units and squadrons during a five-month period.
"The feedback has been very positive. We found
that Sailors liked the empowerment," said Kirkland.

Option for PCS Orders
"Sailors have been asking for it, and the Navy re-
ally delivered," said Senior Chief Navy Counselor (SW)
Veronica Holliday, assigned to Navy Region Southwest in
San Diego. Holliday's command participated in the CMS/ID
Self-Apply operational test earlier this year.
"We love it. It is like what a lot of major businesses
already do, where you apply online or at an application ki-
osk," said Holliday.
While this new option allows Sailors to apply for
jobs on their own, the career counselor will still retain the
option to review and modify requests.
"It does not take the command out of the process be-
cause we have to review the applications to make sure Sail-
ors apply to the right jobs for their career path," said Hol-
liday, who verifies applicants at her command meet physical
readiness standards, sea-shore flow requirements and other
Before getting started, Sailors must meet Perform to Serve
requirements as outlined in NAVADMIN 017/09 and 161/09
and be within their orders negotiation window in order to
submit applications. Sailors can access CMS/ID online at
https://www.cmsid.navy.mil. A common access card (CAC)
and a card reader are required to log in.
Sailors without Internet access should continue to
communicate with their detailers through the career coun-
selor and the chain of command.
For more details read NAVADMIN 200/09.


TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) is a premium-based health plan that qualified National Guard and Reserve
members may purchase. TRS offers coverage similar to TRICARE Standard and Extra. It is available worldwide
to most Selected Reserve members (and families) when not on active duty orders or covered under the Transitional
Assistance Management Program (TAMP).
Who is eligible? National Guard and Reserve members may qualify to purchase TRS coverage if they are: a
member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve or not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employee Health
Benefits (FEHB) program. TRS is only available when you are not eligible for any other non-premium-based TRI-
CARE health coverage. Qualified members may purchase Member-Only or Member-and-Family coverage.
What does it cost? TRS Member-Only: $81 per month (Cost will change effective 2009 to: $47.51 per
month) or TRS Member-and-Family: $253 per month (Cost will change effective 2009 to: $180.17 per month).
How do I enroll? Mail or fax your completed TRS request form along with the first month's premium pay-
ment to Humana Military within the specified deadline. You must submit an initial payment equal to one month's
premium with your completed TRS Request Form to begin coverage. Premiums can be paid by check, money order
or cashier's check (payable to the regional contractor), or by Visa/MasterCard.
How do I pay my fees electronically? Once you are enrolled, you have three options for paying your monthly
premiums:. Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)/Automatic Bank Withdrawal, Automatic Credit/Debit Card With-
drawal, Direct Billing DD Form 2876 TRICARE Prime Enrollment Application and PCM Change Form and sign
sections V and VI.

News and Notes
ID Card Office Has New Home The ID card office has
officially moved! They are located in the Pass and Tag bldg
(48A) near the front gate. The office will open for business be-
ginning July 9. Please call the office at (850) 623-7159 with any
questions. Hours will be: Monday-Friday 0730-1500. They
will be closed July 23 and July 24 for maintenance of equip-
Legal Service The NAS Whiting Field Legal Office now of-
fers additional legal assistance hours. A legal assistance attorney
will be available for walk-ins on Mondays and appointments will
be made on two additional days each week. Call 623-7231 or 7232
for an appointment or more information.
Sounds of Summer Join us at the Quitewater Shell on Pen-
sacola Beach for free outdoor concerts! On Friday, July 24, Not
Guilty will be performing. On Saturday, July 25, After Hours takes
the stage, and on Sunday, July 26, Michelle West will finish out the
concerts. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome; sorry no pets or
glass containers. Concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m.. Call 932-2257
for more information.
UFO Tours! Ride the red trolley and see the sights that made
Gulf Breeze the UFO capital of the world! Tours are at 8 p.m. on
Saturdays through Sept. 5. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults and
$5 for children. Reservations required; call Denise Daughtry at
435-0917 or visit www.fiveflagstrolley.com.

Thwack! Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Carlos Segura
swings his red hammer against "the sled," one of several ob-
stacles that Crash Division trains on each week. Other obsta-
cles include carrying a 135 pound dummy and pulling approx-
imately 50 pounds of hose across 100 feet of rough pavement.
This obstacle course is one small part of a rigorous training
regime designed to keep rescuers at the highest levels of readi-
ness. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno.

Lvlnagiiin IIIiaIc u ln u a3 ~ ungI
Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Michael Hutchins in-
structs Sea Cadets in Navy damage control. The Sea Cadets
spent a week at Naval Air Station Whiting Field engaging in
activities such as boot camp, drill, and damage control. A spe-
ial thanks to divisions around the base such as Crash Division
or assisting with this successful endeavor. U.S. Navy photo by
t. j.g. Daniel Ammons-Moreno.
Information Tickets and Travel New Home Just a
reminder that the MWR ITT Office has moved from the Bowl-
ing Center and is now located in Building 1417, Room 182 (same
building as the Atrium). Hours of operation are Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5
p.m.. New telephone number is 623-7032. The ITT office now is
able to help with rental cars as well. Call for details.
Sunsets at Plaza de Luna Every Thursday through Oct.
29, Plaza de Luna comes to life with music, entertainment, and
sunsets. This week features music from Bella Orange and an ap-
pearance by Barbie. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free. Call
435-1603 for information or visit www.cityofpensacola.com/cra/
Challenger Sports Soccer Camp Pensacola Naval Air
station will host a Challenger Sports British Soccer camp Aug 3-
7.at the youth complex on the base. The camp has sessions avail-
able for all youth ages from three to teens. The British coaches not
only stress techniques, but strive to teach positive character traits
as well. Check www.challengersports.com for more information.
Fall Soccer Leagues Register now for the youth fall soccer
leagues at NAS Pensacola's youth center bldg. 3690. Registration
Fee is $50. Call 452-2417 or 452-3810 for more information.
ITT now has tickets to the Pensacola Pelicans games. Cost for tick-
ets is $5.50.
From Liberty and ITT Four on four beach volleyball tour-
nament on July 29. Contact Todd Mooneyham @ 665-6102 for
more information. Wild Adventures theme park trip: August 15.
Contact ITT at 623-7032 for details.
Babysitting Class The American Red Cross will be provid-
ing FREE Babysitter's Training courses for military family mem-
bers, ages 11-15: Jul 25 Eglin AFB 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.;
Aug 3 NAS Whiting Field, Fleet and Family Support Center -
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and Aug 8 Eglin AFB 9:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. Participants will receive: Babysitter's Training Certificate,
Babysitter's Training Handbook with CD-ROM, and Babysitter's
Training Portfolio. Pre-registration is required by calling 800-
773-7620, ext. 0

Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Welcome to Whiting! Every Thursday 1000 1200
If you are new to NAS Whiting Field or just want to learn more about the Milton Pensacola area, this class is for you!
Come find out about MWR and other recreational facilities, hurricane preparedness, things to do on the weekend, the FFSC
and other support services available! Children are welcome and this is a great opportunity to meet new friends! Call to sign
up at 623-7177.
Ten Steps to a Federal Job Monday, July 27, 0800 1000
"Is it worth your while to invest your time and effort in searching and applying for a Federal Job?" If your answer is "yes",
then you need to attend this class in order to learn how to prepare the best application possible. You will learn how to read
an announcement, analyze core competencies for language, analyze vacancy listings for keywords, and how to apply for
jobs. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at
Smooth Move Friday, July 31, 1000 1200 2) Develop A Plan of Action.
Make your next change of duty station move a smooth one. 3) Know Your Benefits.
Learn what resources are available to you and five key steps 4) Manage Your Moving Day.
to minimizing stress during the relocation and transition pe- 5) Make it a Family Affair.
nod: For more information, call NAS Whiting Field Fleet and Fam-
1) Get to Know Your FFSC Relocation Assistance Program ily Support Center at 623-7177.

Navy Standardizes Suitability Screening for IAs
Commands to Ensure Each Sailor Has an Individual Coordinator

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/
AW) Bleu Moore, U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Individual augmentee (IA) Sailors
continue to be an integral part of the Navy's support of
the country's wars and beginning July 20, each IA Sailor
reporting to Navy Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS)
will have to complete the new expeditionary screening
NAVADMIN 180/09, also called IA Gram 6 re-
leased June 2009, addresses the suitability screening re-
quirements for all IAs to include physical, mental, den-
tal and administrative readiness. The new expeditionary
screening checklist replaces the Expeditionary Combat
Readiness Command checklist currently in use.
With more than 14,000 Sailors presently on IA
orders, establishing standard expeditionary screening re-
quirements is imperative. Improper screening can cause
undue hardships on Sailors and their families, impose ad-
ditional burdens on commands, increase the number of
fallouts, and degrade the Navy's overall readiness.
An IA Sailor's parent command and the Navy
Operational Support Center (NOSC) must ensure all IAs

complete, within 30 days of receiving IA orders, the Expe-
ditionary Screening checking in regard to MILPERSMAN
1300 318 and BUMEDINST 1300.3. MILPERSMAN
1300 318 is the policy and procedures for GSA, IAMM,
and RC Mobilization assignments for all officers and en-
listed personnel. BUMEDINST 1300.3 is an instruction
that requires all IAs to be medically screened, including
specific medical requirements for a specific geographical
location or area of responsibility.
One major duty of parent commands and NOSC
is to ensure each IA Sailor has a command individual aug-
mentee coordinator (CIAC) assigned to them. The CIAC
provides personal, one-on-one information and support to
IA Sailors and their families before, during and after an IA
For further information on NAVADMIN 180/09,
visit www.ia.navy.mil and select "IA Grams." The Ex-
peditionary Screening checklist can be found at https://
For more news from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, visit

(Cont. from Page 1)
There are five major tasks that each SLO is expected to
achieve: be the subject matter expert for educational issues,
ease transition issues, help with deployment concerns, serve
as a home school liaison, and support post secondary aspira-
tions for military children. Hendrix is responsible for help-
ing military families within a 100 mile radius.
The first one is probably the most important, since
as people have questions about local educational programs
and opportunities, Hendrix is now the primary referral point
for questions.
His background leaves him uniquely suited for the
job given he has a military and education background as well
as local ties.
Hendrix grew up in Cantonment, Fla. and has nu-
merous family members who attended Milton High School.
He spent seven years serving honorably in the Army be-
fore leaving on a medical discharge. After some time spent
coaching school sports on a volunteer basis, Hendrix decided
that teaching was for him. He earned his teacher's certifi-
cate from University of West Florida through the Veterans'
Administration and spent more than six years teaching Alge-
bra and Geometry at Milton High School and West Florida
Combining that experience into one career gave

Hendrix what he called his "dream job."
"I have a great job where I get paid to help military
families with children," he said. "I love the military and
what they do for our country. And I love working with chil-
dren and doing what I can to help them succeed."
People who would like to learn more about the SLO
program or need assistance coordinating with local schools
should call Chris Hendrix at 850-665-6105 or email him at

Physiologist of the Year
(Cont. from Page 1)
sion of the highest volume NITE lab in Naval service has
enabled training of over 50 percent of all new Naval avi-
ators in this critical warfighting skill," according to the
award citation.
The citation also praised his contributions to sig-
nificantly reducing air sickness attrition rates at the train-
ing command and implementing over-water safety devic-
es for the T-6B aircraft.
Reducing air sickness attrition is mutually ben-
eficial to both the Navy and the pilot. Both instructors
and students can become a victim of air sickness, and the
work that Jones does enables the pilots to continue on in
their career and prevents the Navy from losing the money
spent on pilot training. In fiscal year 2008, Jones saved
the Navy $780,000 in pilot training.
Jones was ecstatic to learn of his selection for this
"The other physiologists that were in the running
for the award were of the highest caliber. I am extremely
honored to be the recipient."
Jones also praised Colonel John Walsh and retired
Colonel Wayne Forbush for enabling him to achieve this

"Without them, I wouldn't have accomplished
nearly as much."
Jones received a Navy and Marine Corps Com-
mendation Medal from TRAWING-5 in addition to the
Phvsi ol opi st of the Year award

U.,-I -^ ___ -- --- --____ -
Pictured left to right, Cmdr. Mark Murray, Cmdr. Jeffrey
Plummer, Capt. Enrique Sadsad, and Lt. Cmdr. Leaf Ballast
;ut the cake commemorating the 66th Anniversary of Naval
Mir Station Whiting Field. Sadsad praised the efforts of every-
mne aboard NASWF and stated the "work output of NASWF
is unparalleled." U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Daniel Ammons-

Congrats to TRAWING-5 Wingers and Scholars

First Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; 1st Lt. Bradley Gibson, USMC; Lt. j.g. Todd Galvin, USN; Lt. j.g. Nicole
Scherer, USN; 1st Lt. Daniel Murphy, USMC; Capt. Enrique Sadsad, USN. Second Row: Cmdr. Christopher
Heaney, USN; Lt. j.g. Ramon Purifoy, USN; Capt. Michael Rogers, USMC; 1st Lt. Robert Debeneadto, USMC;
Lt. j.g. Jeremy Hans, USN. Third Row: Lt. Col. Clay Stackhouse, USMC; Lt. j.g. Sam Dirickson, USN; Lt. j.g.
Roland Biehle, USN; 1st Lt. Christopher Fouts, USMC; Lt. j.g. Jeremy Severson, USN; Col. John Walsh, USMC.
r _

Left Photo: Academic Achievement Award recipient, Ens. Christopher M. Babcock, USN, stands with Advanced
Academic Achievement Award honorees, 1st Lt. Kenneth E. Hampshire, USMC; Lt. j.g. Charles G. Morris, USN;
1st Lt. Karla L. Lazenby, USMC; Lt. j.g. Christopher P. Kofoed, USN; and 1st Lt. Megan L. Bustin, USMC; shortly
after receiving their awards at TRAWING-5 headquarters July 10.

Right Photo: Academic Achievement Awards were presented to Ensign Robert Camsfield, USN; 1st Lt. DeWayne
Papandrea, USMC; 1st Lt. Matthew Dupre, USMC; Ensign Daniel Behrens, USN; Lt. j.g. Ryan Roy, USN; Ensign
Jeffrey Ryan, USN; Lt. j.g. Micheal Niemi, USN; Ensign Matthew Robinson, USN; Capt. Jakob Waade, RDAF on
July 17 at TRAWING-5 headquaters.

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