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Motorcycle safety “Meet and Greet” ... The NAS Pensacola Safety Department is featuring a Motorcycle Mentorship Meet and Greet event Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the parking lot off Radford Blvd. across from the coffee shop. Drop by at any time and meet your fellow riders. Show off your ride. Guest riders will be present. For more information, call 452-8167. Bells from page 1

death. The program serves survivors by providing support, information and services as long as they desire. “Today is an opportunity to remind all that the loss of those service men and women will never ever be forgotten,” added Cozad. Since 1936, the last Sunday in September has been designated as Gold Star Mother’s Day to recognize and honor those who have lost a child while serving the country in the United States armed forces. In 2009, fallen service members’ families were officially recognized and added by presidential proclamation, renaming the observance to Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day. Each year the president signs a proclamation reaffirming our commitment to honor the indi-

viduals “who carry forward the memories of those willing to lay down their lives for the United States and the liberties for which we stand.” NAS Pensacola FFSC asked all Gold Star survivors to participate in this event and solicited names from the local area to be recognized during the ceremony. Ninety-five names were collected and read, in order of date of death, as the bell was tolled. For those names not listed, the bell was rung four more times. Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) CCSCM Dwayne Beebe-Franqui is a Gold Star Family member whose brother, a U.S. Army chemical and biological warfare specialist, was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003. Beebe-Franqui said programs such as this highlight the impor-

tance of ensuring deceased service members are not forgotten and family members are given an opportunity for grieving and memorial. “The pain of losing a family member never goes away,” he said. “Gold Star Families have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country – they have lost their close loved ones in defense of our nation and its ideals. Memorials and ceremonies such as this ensure their memories live on, and demonstrate the importance of what we do every day to a generation of younger service members.” For more information on the Navy Gold Star Program or the location of Bells Across America for Fallen Service Members in your area, visit or or call 1 (888) 509-8759.

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and that team just needed an opportunity to do their job, be trusted and experiment a little,” said Eng. “To be honest, all the hard work is done before it gets to me. That work is happening inside the departments. That is leadership. That is the sign of a strong command and in our command, the leadership is occurring at all levels.” Eng’s next assignment is with Naval Information Operations Command Kunia, Hawaii. Smith, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., is coming to IWTC Corry Station from his most recent assignment at Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command, where he served as operations officer. “(IWTC Corry Station) has a great reputation for delivering world-class technical training, while simultaneously focusing on character development and taking care of its people,” said Smith. “I am humbled and honored to join this fantastic team. Information warfare is now more important than at any other time in our nation’s history, and I’m excited to be a part of this journey with you.” IWTC Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare (IW) across the full spectrum of military operations. For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training organization, visit

Winging onboard NAS Pensacola ... NAS Pensacola’s Training Squadron 4 (VT-4) and Training Squadron 86 (VT-86) held a winging ceremony Aug. 25 at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard the base. The new naval flight officers (NFOs) will go on to their respective fleet replacement squadrons and learn to fly their respective fleet aircraft – EA-18G Growler, FA-18D/F Hornet and Superhornet, E-2C/D Hawkeye, P-3C Orion, P-8A Poseidon, EP-3E Aries and E-6B Mercury. This winging class also graduated three students from the Norwegian Royal Air Force. 1st Lt. Ethan Clark is the recipient of the VT-86 TOP GRADUATE award, presented to the outstanding graduate from the advanced T-45 syllabus within each graduating class. The guest speaker was Capt. John D. Boone, officer in charge, Naval School of Aviation Safety. Photo from Lt. Carl Jones EHS from page 1

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our country, and we believe this effort will help relieve some of the pressure that comes with that separation.” The quarterdeck is the result of the DoD Education Activity Smooth Sailing Grant. Escambia High School is the first school in the district to open a quarterdeck and four other local schools are expected to build their own spaces for military children. “As a parent myself, I think the quarterdeck is a great thing for every kid who has an opportunity to be a part of this,” said Hickman. “This is going to be a wonderful program, and I’m grateful for everyone who could make this happen.” Two of Hickman’s children are students at Escambia High School. Principal Frank Murphy said that the ceremony served as an opportunity to celebrate the partnership and support shared between the local community and the military. IWTC Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare (IW) across the full spectrum of military operations. For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training organization, visit,, or

the importance of responsible alcohol use. This is the first time the installation has reached 900 days. “As leaders it is important to not only educate our Sailors on the importance of being responsible about their personal use of alcohol but also to engage and encourage them to be advocates and practitioners amongst their peers,” said Martin. “Our hope is that this impressive achievement will be an example for others to take greater ownership in their personal and professional lives.” Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) programs help Sailors be responsible with alcohol and assist some with alcoholism and recovery. Other programs such as “Keep What You’ve Earned” and “Who Will Stand Your Watch” encourage responsible drinking among Sailors by celebrating the achievements in their Navy careers, while educating Sailors

about the consequences of poor decisions regarding alcohol. “This milestone is proof that our efforts are effective,” said NAS Pensacola Command Drug and Alcohol Prevention Advisor, ABEC Kelsey Deer. “The prevention programs as well as the command contribute by educating Sailors about the effects of drugs and alcohol and by offering healthy alternatives. We also provide support for anyone with a drug or alcohol abuse problem and give them the help they need to be successful and productive.” For more information on NADAP programs, go to SUPPORT/21ST_CENTURY_SAILOR/ NADAP/Pages/default2.aspx For more news from NAS Pensacola, go to regions/ cnrse/installations/ nas_pensacola.html For more information, visit www. navy. mil, or www. twitter. com/ usnavy.

“NAS Pensacola: History in Focus” ... NASP History in Focus is a photo feature designed to draw attention to the rich historical legacy of the base. A photo or photos will be published each week showing an interesting, obscure or historically significant feature of NAS Pensacola. The first person who e-mails Gosport to correctly identify the object and its location will win a $5 coupon good toward food or beverages purchased at the Navy Exchange (NEX) aboard NASP. E-mail your answer to Winner and answer will be announced on NASP Public Affairs Facebook at and in the following week’s Gosport. (Readers can win once per month). Craig Lewis is the winner of 9/22’s "NASP: History in Focus." It’s the dog at the “World War II in the Pacific” exhibit on the second floor of the museum.

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Christopher T. Martin Public Affairs Officer — Patrick J. Nichols The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.

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Gosport - September 29, 2017  

Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola

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Weekly newspaper for Naval Air Station Pensacola