NAS Pensacola Community
Barrancas National Cemetery
The Barrancas National Cemetery is located aboard NAS Pensacola. Within its serenely landscaped grounds lie the men and women who served with dedication and courage in our country’s battles. The grounds offer solemn tribute to all of America’s veterans and their spouses. The cemetery’s first interment was in 1829, and it continues to offer a final resting place for those who have served in uniform.
During the early years of the Civil War, the dead were buried in fields and church yards or close to the hospitals where they died. The number of dead soon exceeded that of any previous conflict on the North American continent. On July 17, 1862, President Lincoln signed legislation that authorized the creation of 14 national cemeteries, “for the soldiers who shall die in the service of the country.” These cemeteries were the beginning of what is now known as the National Cemetery Administration.
With the subsequent merging of the adjoining Army and Navy military cemeteries in the 1860s, Barrancas, originally a small cemetery of the Marine Hospital located near the navy yard and Fort Barrancas during the 1820s, was designated a national cemetery Jan. 30, 1868.
The cemetery has expanded numerous times during its history. With the recent acquisition of land, it will now cover approximately 95 acres, with more than 39,000 individuals interred. The cemetery averages 100 burials each month. This rate of interment will fill the available gravesites by 2038.
Administered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, eligibility for burial is based on military service and public law. Those eligible are:
• Any U.S. armed forces veteran of active-duty service whose separation from service was not considered dishonorable and those who retired from the National Guard or Reserves.
• Any armed forces members who die on active duty.
• The spouse, remarried widow or widower, minor children and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children.
The following services are provided at government expense for those who are eligible: gravesite, opening and closing, grave liner, and headstone and marker, as well as care and maintenance of the cemetery.
The cemetery management and staff welcome visitors and encourage individual (self-guided) and group tours of the cemetery grounds. For more information, call 850-453-4846.
Points of interest within the cemetery include the various monuments honoring individuals and military and veteran’s organizations; the old town of Warrington cemetery surrounded by the national cemetery; the gravesite of GA-AH, wife of Apache Indian Geronimo; and the gravesites of three Medal of Honor recipients.
Formal ceremonies are conducted each Memorial Day with participation of the active military, veterans groups and the general public. Each individual gravesite is decorated with a miniature American flag with the assistance of the numerous Scout groups in the greater Gulf Coast area.
At Barrancas National Cemetery, the flag of the U.S. flies daily in silent vigil over the ordered rows of white marble headstones and granite markers honoring the lives and deeds of those who answered the call to duty. For each national cemetery, there is a shared tradition and a continuing obligation to see “that the resting place of the honored dead be kept sacred forever.”
Defense Service Office Detachment Pensacola (DSO SE, Det Pensacola)
Defense Service Office provides services assisting active-duty members facing adverse action, investigations, civilian arrest, security clearance revocation or denial, nonjudicial punishment (Captain’s Mast/Office hours), administrative separations, and courts-martial. Defense Counsel can also assist with the preparation of equal opportunity complaints, complaints of wrong within the command, and rebuttal statements to adverse evaluation/fitness reports. Defense Counsel will be assigned to service members facing administrative separation that has 6 or more years of service or facing an other-than-honorable discharge. Also Defense Counsel is assigned to defend accused service members facing courts-martial.
Officer in Charge 850-452-5572
Senior Enlisted Advisor 850-452-5577
Defense Paralegal 850-452-5577
Defense Department 850-452-3730
Region Legal Service Office Southeast, Detachment Pensacola, Legal Assistance Department
Legal Assistance personnel provide general advice and assistance with a variety of personal legal matters to aid in service member readiness. Legal Assistance personnel can assist with the preparation of personal wills, living wills and other basic estate planning; landlord-tenant disputes; general domestic relations issues including divorce, adoption and custody matters; debtor or creditor issues; home foreclosure; immigration and naturalization; private contract review; identity theft; Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act rights; and basic personal income taxes. These services are available free of charge to active-duty personnel, their military dependents and military retirees on an appointment basis, with general priority to active-duty personnel. Active-duty personnel, dependents of active-duty personnel, and military retirees may also take advantage of walk-in hours to speak with an attorney from 8 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis. Powers of attorney and notary services are available to all on a daily walk-in basis between the hours of 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
Fleet Weather Center Aviation Component
The Fleet Weather Center Aviation Component (FWC-AVNCOMP) Pensacola is in Building 1852 (Air Operations Terminal) at Sherman Field. The command provides a wide variety of Meteorological and Oceanographic support products and services to local area commands. These services include aviation weather forecasts for Training Air Wing 6 flight instructors and students (over 46,000 briefs a year). FWC-AVNCOMP is also responsible for weather safety of personnel and equipment for the Pensacola Area Complex, which includes Corry Station and Saufley Field. Phone: 850-452-3644/2386. Visit the PKI-enabled website at https://weather.navy.mil/AviationWeb/ViewNWSForecast?stationid=18.
Gulf Island National Seashore
High on a bluff overlooking the entrance to Pensacola Bay, Fort Barrancas stands as a monument to the legacy of America’s early homeland defense. Completed in 1844 and built with 6 million bricks, with walls 4 feet thick and 20 feet high, Fort Barrancas is an example of military engineering and a marvel of human ingenuity.
After the War of 1812, the U.S. Government constructed a system of brick, stone, mortar, and earthen forts near ports and shipyards along America’s coastline to defend against the potential for foreign invasion. Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt specifically provided comprehensive defense for the Navy Yard and the entrance to the deep harbor of Pensacola Bay. The bluff (or barrancas) overlooking the entrance to the bay was so strategic, the Army Corps of Engineers built Fort Barrancas over the ruins of other forts built by the Spanish, French and British as early as the 17th century.
Walking through the brick archways and vaulted ceilings, and staring down into the wide dry moat, one can start to feel the threat of this imposing structure. Built in the shape of a kite or diamond, the fort could withstand possible attacks on four faces, two seaward and two landward. Assaulting infantry entering the dry moat would suffer heavy casualties from muskets and cannon fire through the windows in the fort walls. Hot shot furnaces were included to provide for the heating of cannonballs which would be fired at ships in order to start fires, the most dreaded threat to wooden vessels.
Although Fort Barrancas was built to stop any foreign invasion and to protect the liberties and freedoms we hold dear today, the only time the fort saw actual combat was during the Civil War.
On Jan. 12, 1861, Alabama and Florida state militias occupied Fort Barrancas, Fort McRee, the Advanced Redoubt and the navy yard. Federal forces had moved to Fort Pickens two days earlier. This produced a tense stalemate at Pensacola that rivaled that at Charleston and Fort Sumter in the weeks before the Civil War began.
Gen. Braxton Bragg took command for the Confederate Army at Pensacola in March. A strict disciplinarian, Bragg banned alcohol within 5 miles of the camps and instituted a rigid schedule of drills and fatigue duties. Each officer was expected to be ready for an intelligent discharge of all the duties of his station, and all Soldiers were to devote themselves to the “acquirements of knowledge so essential to the success of the glorious cause on which we are engaged.” Drilling in the hot sun while closely laced up in heavy woolen uniforms was blamed for much sickness. Hundreds of Soldiers were also stricken by consumption, malaria and diarrhea.
Action came in September with a raid on the navy yard by about 100 Federal Marines and Sailors from Fort Pickens. Bragg responded on an October evening with about 1,000 men in a night attack on Santa Rosa Island, burning the camp of the 6th New York Infantry. Federal forces answered with a massive bombardment Nov. 22 and 23, heavily damaging Fort McRee and the navy yard. Confederates abandoned Pensacola in May 1862, and Barrancas saw no further combat.
Fort Barrancas was an integral part of the United States’ coast defense system until 1947, when coastal forts were declared surplus. In 1971, Fort Barrancas became part of the newly formed Gulf Islands National Seashore. Extensive restoration of the forts was completed by the National Park Service in 1980. Fort Barrancas has withstood not only the actions of war, but also of time and the elements. It continues to stand strong today as a monument to the country’s early national defense, to the workers and engineers who constructed it, and to the Soldiers that served within its massive walls.
Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt are located onboard NAS Pensacola, with entrance to both areas, off of Taylor Road. The visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, and a current listing of ranger-led programs can be found at www.nps.gov/guis and www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS or by calling 850-934-2629.
The National Park Service turns 100 in August 2016. Celebrate the Centennial with programs and activities throughout this year and next. Learn, discover, be inspired or simply have fun at Gulf Islands.
Navy Oil Analysis Program Management Office
The Navy Oil Analysis Program (NOAP) management office manages and provides support to the Navy’s 45 oil analysis laboratories, located worldwide. Laboratory support includes coordination of workload, technical services and resolution of problems with equipment, policy or customer support. The NOAP management office also provides coordination for intraservice and interservice oil analysis. This office represents the Navy on the Joint Oil Analysis Program Coordinating Group and coordinates all oil analysis support with the Army and Air Force.
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 (MATSG-21) administratively controls and supports all Marines assigned to the Pensacola Naval Complex and various other Gulf Coast bases, in addition to performing other tasks as directed by the commandant of the Marine Corps. MATSG-21 provides support for Marine flight instructors and Marines under flight instruction in the naval aviation-training pipeline. Aviation Maintenance squadrons 1 and 2 are under its command.
The MATSG-21 staff numbers 650 Marines and civilians and has more than 3,000 Marines under its administrative cognizance spread throughout 10 different Gulf Coast bases. Other functions performed by MATSG-21 include honor guards, ceremonial color guards within the local civilian and military communities, the annual Marine Corps Aviation Association 5K Run and participation in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.
The roots of MATSG-21 are among the oldest in the Marine Corps, dating back to Nov. 6, 1825. The “Pensacola Marines,” as the unit was called then, consisted of seven Marines who were transferred ashore from the frigate John Adams to guard the Pensacola Navy Yard. The unit’s association with aviation was not established until Jan. 23, 1914, when a Marine section of the Naval Flying School was established. The school consisted of two Marine aviators and 10 enlisted mechanics. The unit subsequently became known as the Marine Aviation Detachment and in 1972, became the Marine Aviation Training Support Group. On April 1, 1996, the first NATTC Marine students reported to MATSG for Air Traffic Control School, beginning a new chapter in MATSG’s history. On Oct. 1, 2000, MATSG was redesignated as MATSG-21. While MATSG-21’s mission is administrative in nature, this command also monitors the flow of Marines under instruction through the Naval Pensacola Complex and ensures the highest standards of Marine Corps associated training, discipline, fitness and performance are maintained. MATSG-21 was located in Building 52, which was dedicated as “Carl Hall” in memory of World War II Marine fighter ace, Maj. Gen. Marion E. Carl. The headquarters also occupied Building 18, its original home back in 1825, and Building 604. Unfortunately, in September 2004, Hurricane Ivan severely damaged all three buildings. Currently the MATSG-21 Headquarters is in Building 3450.
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 23
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 23 (MATSG-23) serves as the functional training advocate for all U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Logistics entry-level training, to include initial accession (A), primary MOS (C), Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Aviation Ordnance Officer Career Progression and Air Traffic Control Officer Schools. Additionally, MATSG-23 provides administrative and logistical support to regionally located units in order to prepare Marines for service in the Fleet Marine Force.
The MATSG-23 staff consists of 375 Marines and civilians and is responsible for more than 2,000 Marines under instruction at various schools. In addition to a headquarters element, MATSG-23 consists of two collocated subordinate units and two geographically separated subordinate units. Aviation Maintenance Squadron 1 (AMS1) and Aviation Maintenance Squadron 2 (AMS2) are located along with the group headquarters at NAS Pensacola, while Marine Detachment Keesler Air Force Base is in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron 1 is located aboard NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
On Sept. 5, 2014, MATSG-23 was relocated to NAS Pensacola from NAS Lemoore, California, and assumed its current training advocacy and support role. It is commanded by a Marine Aviation Logistics Colonel and is in Building 3450.
AVIATION MAINTENANCE SQUADRON 1
AMS1 provides initial job skill training to entry level marines and introduces them to the aviation combat element; and advanced specialized job skill training to enlisted Marines returning from the corps’ operating forces.
The squadron is responsible for providing highly trained and proficient Marines to the Marine Corps’ operating forces that are capable of supporting the flight and deployment needs required in today’s demanding world scenarios.
AMS1 is composed of a command element, a barracks division, eight aviation specialty schools and five advanced/follow-on maintenance schools. These schools include the enlisted aircrew candidate school, expeditionary airfield, aviation ordnance, aviation structural mechanic, aviation support equipment, aviation machinist’s mate, aircrew survival equipment and aviation structural mechanical safety equipment.
The advanced technical schools include the oxygen systems repair course, advanced sewing machine repair course, nondestructive inspection, defense joint oil analysis program and the naval aviation logistics command management information system. These schools provide noncommissioned officers (NCOs) and staff NCOs with more extensive training after having served in the operating forces.
The schools vary in length from four to 16 weeks. Many schools convene a new class every seven to 10 days, resulting in up to seven classes being run simultaneously. Despite the extreme turnover of Marines, the squadron maintains an average of 800 Marines under instruction and trains more than 2,900 annually, making AMS1 one of the largest squadrons in the Marine Corps.
AVIATION MAINTENANCE SQUADRON 2
AMS2 prepares entry-level Marines for successful follow-on aircraft specific training and tours in the operating forces and Marine Corps Reserve. Courses of instruction include air traffic control, air traffic control maintenance, aviation electrician and avionics technician at both the squadron and intermediate level of maintenance. AMS2 military occupational specialty schools range in duration from 14 to 45 weeks. Of the average 950 Marines assigned to AMS2, approximately 800 reported for initial MOS training immediately after completing recruit training and Marine combat training.
In addition, senior-enlisted Marines periodically report to AMS2 from the operating forces for advanced career level technical training in either air traffic control or air traffic control maintenance. Squadron staff billets include the command element, a troop handler element, and Marines who serve in key leadership roles within the NATTC.
Approximately 130 Marines from AMS2 serve as operational force tested expert instructors within their MOS training schools. Enjoying state-of-the-art training facilities, Marines assigned to AMS2 under training at the NATTC. Not only do they benefit from an impressive cadre of highly skilled joint service military and civilian instructors but also from computer-aided instruction and training devices.
Although the Marines of AMS2 are involved in a multitude of diverse training programs, one facet of the squadron’s mission remains constant. Specifically, staff and instructors focus extensive attention toward creating and maintaining a positive leadership environment that focuses on sustaining the transformation begun in recruit training. This principal effort encourages Marines to refine and apply the basic values of honor, courage and commitment that Marines have cherished and proudly upheld since 1775.
In doing so, the squadron prepares approximately 1,800 Marines annually to be both technically and professionally ready to meet the numerous challenges they will encounter as an integral part of Marine Corps aviation.
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 42
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 42 (MATSG-42) is the Reserve component MATSG aboard NAS Pensacola. MATSG-42 recruits Marine Corps Reservists, which augment and reinforce Marine Corps fleet replacement squadrons and the Naval Aviation Training Command. These Marines provide a pool of experienced personnel with advanced qualifications used as individual augments in support of Marine Corps Total Force requirements or for transfer to 4th Marine Aircraft Wing deployable units.
National Naval Aviation Museum
One of Florida’s most visited museums, the National Naval Aviation Museum is among the largest aviation museums in the world. The 350,000-square-foot facility is home to more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft, numerous artifacts and extensive archives that chronicle the history of U.S. NavalAviation.
Visitors can get a close-up view of a suspended flight of Blue Angel aircraft in their familiar diamond formation or walk the flight deck and visit the interior spaces of a World War II aircraft carrier. A South Pacific airfield provides a picture of life among combat Marines, while “Homefront USA” recreates a typical American street scene during World War II. An eerie underwater display portrays the sites of crashed aircraft and describes recovery efforts in Lake Michigan, where many World War II aircraft were lost during carrier qualifications.
The newest addition to the National Naval Aviation Museum is Hangar Bay One. The new hangar adds 55,000 square feet of exhibit space to the museum complex. Its facade, reminiscent of hangars of old, displays aircraft of the post-World War II era, including a Marine One presidential helicopter from the Nixon and Ford administrations and a full-scale replica of the Apollo 17 Lunar Excursion Module. It also contains exhibits devoted to women in Naval Aviation and Coast Guard Aviation.
Among the historic airplanes displayed in the museum is the original NC-4 seaplane, which became the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic in 1919. In addition, the chronological display of aircraft that outlines naval aviation in peace and war features an SBD Dauntless dive bomber that flew in the Battle of Midway and an N2S trainer flown by President George H.W. Bush during his World War II flight instruction.
The museum’s IMAX large-screen theater offers an exciting experience in film. Vivid images projected on a screen almost seven-stories tall combine with a 12,000-watt sound system to give the audience a feeling of being part of the action. The museum’s signature film, “The Magic of Flight,” shows daily along with other feature films.
Visitors can also experience the thrill of flight in the 3-D MaxFlight simulators that feature 360-degree, pitch-and-roll technology. Don’t miss a ride with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in the high-definition, motion-based flight simulator, and be sure to take home the spirit of naval aviation with a souvenir from the Flight Deck Store located inside the museum.
In 2012, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation opened the National Flight Academy, a world-class, aviation-based learning adventure for our nation’s youth. Professional development and corporate programs are also available. For more information, visit www.nationalflightacademy.com.
The National Naval Aviation Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to the museum is free. For information on the museum or the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, call 850-453-2389 or 800-327-5002, or visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org.
Naval Aviation Schools Command
“LEARNING TODAY LEADING TOMORROW”
In January 1914, nine Navy officers and 23 enlisted men disembarked from USS Mississippi to set up a flying school on the debris-strewn beach of Pensacola Navy Yard. Bringing with them seven primitive flying boats and other basic flight paraphernalia, each man held a firm conviction that aviation had a place in the U.S. Navy. In this setting, “The Cradle of Naval Aviation” was created, and through the dreams and conviction of those men, naval aviation became a reality. As part of this evolution, U.S. Naval School Preflight was formed in 1942. In 1966, U.S. Naval School Preflight became Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), and for the first time, a command was specifically designed to prepare officer candidates and commissioned officers for the rigors of flight training. Naval aviation’s future is determined at NASC, where tomorrow’s leaders take the first steps of their aviation careers.
NASC provides U.S. and international military officer students, as well as enlisted Navy and Marine Corps aircrew candidates, a wide range of academic and practical field training in support of the Naval Aviation Enterprise training continuum. Under direction of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, NASC instructs students, through study and practical application, in aeronautical subjects, personal and professional development, aviation safety, physical fitness, land and water survival training, search and rescue, and aviation leadership. By both precept and example, students are indoctrinated in the highest values of honor, courage and commitment.
Naval Aviation Schools Command is comprised of four schools:
• The Aviation Training School (ATS) is responsible for development and administration of academic and practical programs of instruction for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and international military officer aviation students in support of the aviation training pipeline. This includes Introductory Flight Screening (IFS), which is basic flight instruction at local civilian aviation schools to screen for aeronautical adaptability. ATS also manages the training of aviation prospective commanding officers (PCOs) and executive officers (PXOs) in various aviation command-specific topics.
• Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) is the first stop in a new aviation officer’s career and is focused on aviation academics (aerodynamics, engines, navigation, meteorology and weather), physiology, physical fitness, and land and water survival training through NASC’s aviation survival training school. After completing API, officers proceed to primary flight training at one of three sites: naval flight officers (NFOs) will transfer to Training Air Wing 6, co-located at NAS Pensacola; pilots will conduct primary flight training with Training Air Wing 4 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, or just up the road in Milton, Florida, with Training Air Wing 5 at NAS Whiting Field.
• The Aviation Enlisted Aircrew Training School (AEATS) provides naval aircrew candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet all requirements for becoming enlisted aircrewmen, including basic naval aviation knowledge, physiology, physical fitness, and land and water survival training through NASC’s aviation survival training school. AEATS also provides follow-on training to the most highly qualified aircrewmen who possess the motivation and skill to become aviation rescue swimmers. At the completion of AEATS, students transfer to subsequent schools for enlisted rating or MOS-specific training before heading to the fleet.
• NASC’s Aviation Survival Training School provides officer (pilot and NFO) and enlisted (aircrew) students basic swimming skills, as well as land and water survival techniques, needed to succeed in the naval aviation community. Physical training consists of cross-country running, Navy physical readiness testing, team sports and strength training. The school also manages the Navy wide swim program by establishing standards of instruction, qualifying water survival and swimming instructors, and managing the entire U.S. Navy swim curriculum. The aviation survival training school operates three remote swim qualification sites in Hawaii, California and Virginia.
Naval Education and Training Command
NETC is responsible for the education and training of Navy and Marine Corps personnel, both officers and enlisted. NETC oversees a network of training and education programs and activities that extend from coast to coast and to fleet units at sea.
This training includes recruit training, specialized skills training, pre-commissioning training for officers, warfare specialty training, and fleet individual and team training. Selected training is also conducted via the World Wide Web through NETC’s Navy e-Learning online system on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO). Advanced education initiatives including voluntary education programs, enlisted education programs, scholarships, and graduate and advanced voucher programs are coordinated through NETC. The command also provides support for Joint Professional Military Education and Navy Professional Military Education in conjunction with the chief of naval operations (CNO) staff and Naval War College.
Through Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) International Training Center, NETC is also involved in the education and training of students of allied foreign nations, ranging from enlisted skills training to officer flight training. Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL), offers Sailors the opportunity to earn civilian certifications and licenses corresponding to their Navy ratings, jobs and occupations (i.e., collateral duties and nonrating-specific work). Navy COOL is managed by the Center for Information Dominance (CID). Professional credentialing acts as an integral part of the Navy’s Enlisted Learning and Development Strategy (ELDS), moving the Navy toward the CNO’s vision of a “superbly trained and led team of diverse Sailors.” By improving force readiness through initiatives like Navy COOL, Sailors are presented with another key to career success that will benefit them while they’re in the Navy and beyond.
The vision of the ELDS is to assure that every Sailor is afforded the opportunity to develop and achieve their personal and professional goals while providing the Navy with the best fit in assignments to promote peace and prevail in conflict.
ELDS does not necessarily create new programs but provides visibility to the many outstanding Navy programs currently in use. It is an umbrella that contains the learning and development programs that enlisted Sailors need access to for a successful career.
The ELDS Team has created a Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR, pronounced ladder), which is available on NKO for Sailors in all Navy ratings to use. The LaDR provides the visual of that umbrella, giving Sailors a checklist to see where they are and where they need to head for personal and professional success. Providing a valuable link between shore-based training facilities and fleet training requirements is another responsibility of NETC. The NETC N-7 offices, located in Norfolk, Virginia, coordinate with the fleet to ensure alignment of training to fleet requirements. N-7 is charged with supporting, integrating and standardizing the training development and delivery for all Navy Sailors by building dynamic occupational, leadership and personal development continuums that are creating an environment of lifelong learning. These tasks are coordinated through the 15 learning and their associated schools and training sites throughout the world.
Under NETC, the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center at Saufley Field provides support services and administers the Navy’s enlisted advancement system. The NETC Security Assistance Program is administered by the NETSAFA to help America’s friends and allies develop appropriated defense capabilities of their own. Through the Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) in Great Lakes, Illinois, NETC has aligned enlisted and officer initial training programs under a single command structure. NSTC has the critical mission of transforming volunteers into naval service professionals. In addition to operating the Navy’s boot camp for enlisted Sailors, located at Great Lakes, NSTC is responsible for all the Navy’s initial training programs, less the United States Naval Academy.
NSTC coordinates the following programs:
• Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.
• 59 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps units at 71 colleges and universities throughout the country (includes consortiums and crosstown affiliates).
• Hundreds of Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs at high schools throughout the country, U.S. territories and Department of Defense dependent schools overseas.
• Officer Training Command, Newport, Rhode Island, which includes the following programs:
›› Officer Candidate School.
›› Officer Development School.
›› Direct Commission Officer School.
›› Limited Duty Officer and Warrant Officer School Officer Indoctrination School and Seaman to Admiral 21/Naval Science Institute.
One of the largest shore commands in the Navy, NETC is comprised of more than 19,000 military and civilian staff personnel at more than 230 subordinate activities and detachments in the U.S. and at remote sites overseas, providing training and education to more than 30,000 students on any given day. Feedback from the fleet, through an active training assessment and appraisal system, ensures the NETC activities provide fleet units the best trained personnel to serve as the nation’s leading edge in defense of freedom.
Naval Education and Training Command Human Resources Office
The Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) Headquarters and subordinate units receive HR servicing from its own command HRO located aboard NAS Pensacola in addition to three Site Offices strategically located to support its remote customers. The NETC leadership and workforce receive operational support and services from the Office of Civilian Human Resources Stennis Operations Center.
NETC HRO employs a diversified group of HR professionals assigned to support approximately 4,000 NETC civilian employees. The successful implementation of the NETC HRO mission is accomplished in partnership with management and employees, both of which are customers to the NETC HRO. The HR director exercises administrative and technical authority over personnel assigned to provide guidance, advice and interpret HR policy for Workforce Shaping (Recruitment/Classification), Labor and Employee Relations, Training and Employee Career Development, and Equal Employment Opportunity program matters set forth by the director of Civilian Human Resources, dual-hatted reporting to the Commander, NETC and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Civilian Human Resources.
NAVAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING SECURITY ASSISTANCE FIELD ACTIVITY
The NETSAFA is responsible for all aspects of the planning, programming, financial management and execution of the Navy’s international education and training accomplished under the Security Cooperation Education and Training Programs (SCETP). NETSAFA was established in 1986 under the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Security Cooperation is an important instrument of U.S. foreign policy, and includes those DOD activities conducted with allies and friendly nations in order to:
• Improve information exchange and intelligence sharing.
• Build defense relationships that support U.S. security.
• Provide U.S. forces with needed military access.
• Develop military capabilities for self-defense and coalition operations (including training).
Major activities under SCETP include:
• Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
• Foreign Military Financing.
• U.S. Grant programs.
›› International Military Education and Training.
›› Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program.
›› Counter Narcotics.
NETSAFA is the focal point of all actions between the U.S. Combatant Commands, the U.S. Security Cooperation Offices located in various countries world-wide and the various Department of the Navy (DON) training activities in the U.S. which educate and train over 6,000 military and civilian personnel from 150 nations annually, as well as courses conducted in the students’ home nation.
NETSAFA’s education and training offerings includes professional military education technical, maintenance, operational and personnel development.
NETSAFA is the principal management point-of-contact for the Navy’s international military student officers (IMSOs). The IMSO is a host, administrator, counselor, expeditor and diplomat who serves as the primary point-of-contact for international military students (IMS) undergoing courses of instruction at military installations in the U.S.
The program is led by a U.S. Navy Captain (O-6), and has a staff of five military members, 66 civilian employees, plus support from various contractors. NETSAFA also coordinates training under the respective countries’ FMS cases, and supports the Navy International Program Office (Navy IPO) in the training components of major FMS acquisition programs. The site closeout (SC) objectives are also applicable to all Navy Systems Command (SYSCOM) programs with international military students. To ensure that the training is conducted effectively and SC objectives are met, NETSAFA performs a variety of support responsibilities:
• Function as case administering office and case manager for all DON FMS training cases unless otherwise directed by Navy IPO.
• Prepare and submit data required by Navy IPO for preparation of LOAs for all DON-sponsored security cooperation training, to include supporting project management efforts for integration of training and material in major weapons systems sales and transfers conducted by the SYSCOMS.
• Provide price and availability data.
• Develop training plans supporting U.S. Navy equipment sales in concert with Navy IPO and SYSCOM.
• Ensure training plans are coordinated for disclosure prior to making commitments or programming training.
• Ensure training is time-phased with equipment delivery schedules for total package approach.
• Provide Security Assistance Network access and support to view IMS projection data.
• Authorize issuance of invitation travel orders.
• Coordinate U.S. Navy SCETP-sponsored orientation visits to continental U.S.
• Focal point for all obsolete curriculum, training aids and equipment.
• Establish procedures for the execution of the U.S. Navy’s SCETP.
NETSAFA is in Building 628, 250 Dallas St., Suite B, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, with its parent command, the NETC.
NETSAFA International Training Center
Along with its other responsibilities, NETSAFA is the parent command for the NETSAFA International Training Center (NITC), an international-only school which conducts preparatory, technical and specialized training courses for all military services.
NITC conducts preparatory, technical and specialized training courses for all military services, including:
• A wide range of courses includes aviation, technical, fundamental skills, specialized and leadership programs.
• Training is accomplished through group and individual tutoring, interactive multimedia and computer simulation.
• Course durations are tailored to student needs.
• Frequency and class convening dates are established based upon demand.
• Tailored courses can meet customer needs.
• Equipped with state-of-the-art computer labs, classrooms and study/work rooms, and specialized science laboratory classrooms.
CENTER FOR NAVAL AVIATION TECHNICAL TRAINING
Mission: To develop, deliver and support aviation training necessary to meet validated fleet requirements through a continuum of professional and personal growth for Sailors and Marines.
Vision: To provide a pathway of learning for development of the finest aviation professionals capable of an immediate and positive impact to the fleet.
Background: The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) is one of 12 learning centers of the NETC in Pensacola, Florida.
The center officially stood up Feb. 5, 2003. It is responsible for approximately 10,500 personnel (7,700 students and 2,900 staff) and manages a budget of more than $49 million, overseeing 27 learning sites throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and Japan; 667 electronic classrooms; and 38,511 Technical Training Equipment (TTE) items valued at $1.1 billion; 871 major trainers, and 61 facilities with total assets valued at over $5 billion. The two largest schools under CNATT, NATTC and Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), are located in Pensacola, Florida.
CNATT is responsible for defining curriculum and educational tools, as well as developing training solutions and professional development for all technical aviation ratings (ABE, ABF, ABH, AC, AD, AE, AG, AM, AME, AO, AS, ATI, ATO, AWO, AWR, AWF, AWS, AWV, AZ , PR and APACT); Marine Corps aviation MOS; and aviation officer training.
The Pensacola headquarters is comprised of seven directorates with a combined staff of 132 Navy, Marine Corps, civilian and contractor personnel. Each directorate is staffed with subject matter experts and specialists who work on various programs to enhance the overall quality of training within the aviation community. CNATT coordinates and manages 1,016 formal courses of instruction, ensures delivery of new training systems, and provides logistic support for simulators and training equipment. CNATT command has a throughput of more than 115,900 students annually and is responsible for 196 Navy enlisted classifications, 80 U.S. Marine Corps military occupational specialties and 17 officer designators.
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER, TRAINING SYSTEMS DIVISION
The Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division (NAWC TSD) headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is the principal Navy activity for analysis, research, acquisition and life-cycle support of training systems. The NAVAIR Orlando TSD Pensacola contingent consists of the following:
• The Pensacola Aviation In-Service Engineering Office (ISEO) at NAS Pensacola, with additional personnel at NAS Whiting Field, supporting T-34C/T6A/T6B/T44A T44C/TH-57C/TA-4J/T-45C and Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) training systems.
• The Pensacola Aviation ISEO at Naval Air Technical Training Center. This office also supports water survival and physiology training systems.
The NAWC TSD Pensacola ISEOs report to the NAVAIR Orlando TSD Engineering Competency Manager in Orlando and provide on-site engineering change support and configuration management for training services and simulators used by the NETC.
Naval Air Technical Training Center
The NATTC, commissioned originally as the Naval Training Station (Aviation Maintenance) on Sept. 23, 1942, has grown from three schools to the present 94 courses. The training command received its present name Feb. 6, 1943, as it continued to grow in size and importance. The training command today stands some 5,300 strong, including students, instructors and support personnel under the command of a Navy captain (limited duty officer).
NATTC graduates approximately 15,000 Navy and Marine students yearly. The largest part of this student body is comprised of enlisted personnel attending “A” Schools designed to provide them with the knowledge and skill levels required to perform as technicians at the third class petty officer level. Advanced schools provide higher level technical knowledge for senior petty officers and specialty schools offer specific skills not particular to any one rating. NATTC also conducts technical training for officers.
Technical experts from all the U.S. armed services, DOD civilians and international military students from allied countries attend courses at this modern facility.
Additionally, more than 40 advanced technical courses are taught at this facility, including carrier air traffic control, advanced avionics and data analysis.
There are 94 courses taught on the 265-acre complex. While designed much like a modern college campus, NATTC is a regimented military command comprised of five departments that house the various schools and support elements. These include:
• The Avionics Training Department provides instruction in maintenance and operation of complex aviation electronic equipment, including communications, radar and weapons. This department also houses the Aviation Warfare System Operator School, which teaches Sailors how to hunt and track submarines. Additionally, the Apprentice Technical Training (ATT) schoolhouse trains Sailors in basic aviation warfare and aviation skills they will need aboard aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.
• The Mechanical Training Department provides basic skills for aviation structural mechanics, aviation ordnanceman, aviation machinist’s mates, aviation support equipment technicians and aircrew survival equipment.
• The Air Traffic Control Training Department is comprised of both operations and maintenance schools in basic and advanced operational control of aircraft both at shore installations and aboard ships and the associated electronics equipment (radar and other tracking equipment). This department is also home to the Marine Corps training for air traffic controllers and electronic support technicians who work with expeditionary airfields.
• The Air Training Department trains Sailors in the aviation boatswain’s mate subspecialties of aircraft handling, fuels and equipment. Fleet Sailors also return to NATTC’s Air Training Department for aviation firefighting and crash and salvage training. Air Training Department is also home to the Expeditionary Airfield Equipment Training Division, which trains Marines to build and maintain runways under extreme conditions, and the Airman Professional Apprenticeship Career Track Division.
• The Training Support Department continues the general military training Sailors began in basic training. The “Sailor indoctrination” process includes ongoing training in watchstanding, military customs and courtesies, and instilling ideals of honor, courage and commitment. NATTC undergoes regular evaluation and is accredited by the Council of Occupational Education. This accreditation continues and has been maintained since 1979.
NATTC is also home to the performing units, which consist of the Flying Rifles Drill Team and Color Guard, Crackerjack Marching Unit and the Aviation Vocal Team.
Performing unit team members are A-School student volunteers who spend their free time rehearsing or performing. Participation in the team events, which include practices and performances, comes only after the member has completed their professional and military duties. The units perform throughout the region, including displays at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, NFL and numerous other professional sporting events, and a variety of southeastern U.S. official ceremonies.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service Resident Agency Pensacola
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is a worldwide organization that works for the secretary of the Navy and is responsible for conducting counterterrorism investigations and initiatives, counterintelligence investigations and felony-level criminal investigations for the DON, which includes the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the counterterrorism effort has become the primary mission focus of NCIS. NCIS currently has three strategic mission objectives:
• Preventing terrorism and related hostile acts against DON forces and installations.
• Protecting against the compromise of DON information and penetration of critical operational systems and technology that would cause unacceptable risk to the safety and security of personnel and strategic assets.
• Reducing criminal activity and mitigating its impact on Navy and Marine Corps operational readiness.
Counterterrorism and counterintelligence is the business of protecting DON facilities, personnel and information from terrorist acts, subversion, sabotage and espionage. In this age of rapidly advancing technology, the protection of classified DON information from unauthorized disclosure is vital to national security, as is the safeguarding of material and programs from compromise. The role of NCIS is to protect DON assets and personnel from acts of terrorism and compromise.
NCIS conducts criminal investigations regarding felony-level criminal acts that result in serious bodily injury, property damage impacting operational readiness or financial loss. Examples of investigations undertaken by NCIS include: homicide, aggravated rape, robbery, sexual assault, arson, child abuse, destruction of government property, narcotics violations, and Internet and computer crimes.
Over the years, NCIS special agents have served with distinction in areas of conflict, wherever the Navy and Marine Corps have gone, to include Vietnam, Kosovo, the Persian Gulf and most recently, Afghanistan and Iraq.
NCIS special agents are college-educated and receive a multitude of training from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia. Currently there are over 1,000 special agents on the job and providing support to Navy and Marine Corps commands at more than 150 locations throughout the U.S. and overseas.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service Resident Agency (NCISRA) Pensacola is aboard NAS Pensacola in Building 3813 and Building 544 aboard Corry Station and is part of the Central Field Office (CFO), which services a 21-state area from Northwest Florida to Texas, north to the Canadian border. The NCIS CFO has offices located in Pensacola, Florida; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Gulfport, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; Corpus Christi and Dallas, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; Crane, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Panama City, Florida; and Great Lakes, Illinois.
With the current war on terrorism at the forefront, initiatives to safeguard DON assets require teamwork and vigilance from everyone. In this time of increased vigilance, you can play an active role by being an extra pair of “eyes and ears” for law enforcement. Report any suspicious behavior immediately to your local NCIS office or base security. For more information, contact NCISRA Pensacola at 850-452-4211.
Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida
Older than 26 U.S. states, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) is in its second century of service and is one of the oldest and most respected military medical facilities in the country. It continues to provide health care to over 150,000 beneficiaries in its main facility and 10 branch clinics that span fivestates.
NHP began its service in January 1826. President Adams assigned the first surgeon and officer in charge, Navy surgeon Isaac Hulse, to establish a hospital at the Pensacola Navy Yard in support of the West Indies Squadron. Hulse established the naval hospital by renting a two-story house as a temporary medical facility, for $30 a month. Hulse would go on to spend 19 of his 33-year Navy career in Pensacola.
The staff at NHP fought yellow fever outbreaks in the early 19th century and endured to provide comfort during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Seventy-four commanding officers and literally thousands of staff members have compassionately helped the ill and injured in all of America’s struggles from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2003, the hospital manned and deployed Fleet Hospital 3 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the first fleet hospital to be deployed to a combat zone. NHP repeatedly deploys its military staff as individual augmentees in support of global operations. The quarterdeck honorably displays a bronzed pair of boots worn by Navy Seal HMC Matthew J. Bourgeois of Tallahassee, Florida, who was killed in 2002 while conducting small unit training in a remote site in Afghanistan. The “Muddy Boots” were originally awarded to NHP by the surgeon general of the Navy for its outstanding patient satisfaction and operational support in 2003.
Not only has the command supported America’s warriors, but they have been key players in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. They have supported the Gulf Coast region in responding to eight major hurricanes since 1975 and have been crucial in support of USNS Comfort’s reoccurring “continuing promise” missions to impoverished nations. This included vigorous support to the victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Since 1993, the hospital’s unit awards include four Meritorious Unit Citations and one Humanitarian Service Medal. Additionally, the command recently rated the No. 1 naval hospital for patient satisfaction in regards to child births and won the Military Health System Patient Safety Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012, a first within the DOD. The hospital was named a 2012 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. This was the first time a naval hospital was named as a top performer by the Joint Commission.
In addition to providing medical care at the main facility, the hospital is responsible for medical care at 10 naval branch health clinics (NBHC) in five states: Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Outside of the local area, the clinics extend eastward from Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida; north to Crane, Indiana, and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tennessee; and west to NAS Joint Reserve Base Belle Chasse, Louisiana; and CBC Gulfport and NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
Locally, there are NBHCs at: Naval Air Stations Pensacola and Whiting Field, Florida, Naval Air Technical Training Center and Corry Station. The Corry clinic is collocated within the Department of Veterans Affair’s Joint Ambulatory Care Center.
All beneficiaries eligible for care within the DOD health care system must register at the hospital. Registration forms may be obtained at the New Records Window in the Outpatient Clinic.
All visits require patients to prove eligibility for care. A military identification card must be presented at the time of care and one must have a DEERS check performed. TRICARE cards are not identification cards for the purpose of verifying eligibility.
Medical records are the property of the U.S. government. Copies of medical records may be requested by submitting a HIPAA compliant records request to the appropriate records office. Copies of adult dependents’ records must be requested by them or a power of attorney must be shown at the time of request. The most common form used by military facilities is the DD2870, which can be picked up at any military medical facility or downloaded from the internet. The time to complete requests varies according to the amount of information being requested and the number of other requests being processed at the same time. Most, if not all, documentation is in the electronic medical record. If the paper record is needed by a clinic, the records office staff will deliver the record upon request by the clinic.
If you are a nonactive duty beneficiary moving to a new area and your primary care provider will be in a military medical facility, they will request the record upon your arrival there. If you will have a nonmilitary primary care manager, request copies of your medical record. If you have children who will be going to school or in day care, be sure to request copies of all immunizations before you leave.
If you are an active duty beneficiary and have orders to a new duty station, hand-carrying your medical record to the new duty station depends on its location. If it is a state-side duty station and not remote, your record will be mailed there when you present a copy of your orders. The records will be sent via certified mail and you will receive a tracking number before you leave. If your new duty station will be overseas, remote or a deployable unit, you may hand carry your medical record after you sign for custody.
If you are an active duty beneficiary and separating or retiring you should request a copy of your record. The original must be turned into the records office along with your dental record before you separate/retire. All of the paper documents from the records will be scanned into the electronic record along with a certification document and this becomes your official Service Treatment Record and will have a retention period of 100 years. It will then be available to the Veterans Administration for viewing in their electronic medical record (VISTA) using an application called HAIMS. If the medical and dental records are not turned in to the records office it may adversely impact any disability claims made with the Veterans Administration.
Patients can request an appointment with their health care provider through Central Appointments at 850-505-7171 or through the various Medical Home Port Teams in family medicine and internal medicine.
Patients enrolled to one of the Family Medicine Medical Homeport Teams can call 850-505-7120.
• For the “Blue Team” select (or press) No. 1.
• For the “Gold Team” select (or press) No. 2.
• For the “Green Team” select (or press) No. 3.
Patients enrolled to the Internal Medicine Medical Homeport Team can call 850-505-7122.
TRICARE is an integrated health care delivery system utilizing military treatment facilities and civilian health care facilities to serve millions of beneficiaries across the world. It is designed to expand access to health care, control costs and improve medical readiness. It provides affordable program options (i.e., Prime, Extra and Standard) and comprehensive coverage and is available worldwide. Beneficiary categories are active duty, National Guard, Reserve or retired service member sponsors, their family members (spouses and unmarried children), TRICARE young adult (ages 23 through 26) and survivors (certain former spouses). Requirements to enroll in TRICARE are: registration in DEERS, a valid uniformed services ID card and Medicare Part B (if dual-eligible, except for active-duty family members).
TRICARE can be reached toll free at 800-444-5445. The hospital’s Health Benefits office is also available to assist at 850-505-6709.
Each clinical department has been assigned a customer relations representative whose name and photograph appears at the entrance to the department. If you have questions or suggestions, please ask to speak to the representative. A hospital wide customer relations representative is also available and can be reached by calling 850-505-6785/6434.
NAVAL HOSPITAL MINOR CHILDREN
With few exceptions, present laws do not permit medical personnel to treat minor children (under 18 years old) without the on-site, informed consent of a parent or legal guardian. If the parent or legal guardian is away, a notarized medical power of attorney is required for treatment. Medical power of attorney forms are available from Outpatient Records.
URGENT CARE CENTER
The Urgent Care Center (UCC) provides services for acute injuries and other nonemergency problems 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (including holidays). All TRICARE beneficiaries can utilize the UCC for symptoms such as minor lacerations and injuries, sore throats, fevers and colds. Beneficiaries in need of emergency services should call 911 or visit an emergency room. The Nurse Advice Line is also available 24/7 at 800-TRICARE, option 1. The Nurse Advice Line offers professional health care advice and can assist beneficiaries with deciding if they should visit an ER or the UCC, or schedule an appointment with their provider.
Obstetrics and gynecology is a top-quality specialty clinic dedicated to providing routine and complicated OB-GYN services to eligible adolescent, adult and geriatric clients. The clinic is staffed by an exceptional group of OB-GYN physicians, nurse midwives, residents, registered nurses, hospital corpsmen and clerical support staff. The clinic offers a whole suite of women’s health and surgical services.
ADDITIONAL NURSE-RUN PROGRAMS
The clinic is in the Outpatient Clinic building on the first floor and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. It is closed holidays and weekends. Call 850-505-6287 for more information. Some of the programs provided include:
• Injections for established patients (Depo-Provera, progesterone and Lupron) are provided daily on a walk-in basis 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
• New OB Appointments: Call the front desk, 850-505-6287, to schedule.
• Non-Stress Testing and AFI: Call the Nurse Help Line at 850-505-6028.
• Contact Labor and Delivery at 850-505-6789 or the Nurse Advise Line at 800-TRICARE, option 1.
• When in doubt, always call 911 or proceed to nearest emergency room.
• OB-GYN has a patient-oriented birthing center with 10 state-of-the-art birthing rooms, as well as monthly childbirth classes and tours, refresher courses and classes on breast-feeding. Fathers are able to room-in with “new moms.”
• OB-GYN is a specialty clinic that does not require a referral from your primary care manager.
The main pharmacy, on the first floor of the Outpatient Clinic, is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for routine prescriptions. It is closed Saturday, Sunday and all federal holidays.
The satellite pharmacy, located next to NASP Commissary, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (drive-thru 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (drive-thru 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). There are several options available for prescription refills:
• The automated phone-in line is 850-505-6459, or call the toll-free number if outside of Pensacola at 888-513-4164.
• Check the hospital website at www.med.navy.mil/sites/pcola for online pharmacy refills and a list of medications carried.
• Refill prescriptions may be picked up at the satellite pharmacy at the NEX shopping mall or the automated refill machines. The patient’s ID card (or photo copy) is required to pick up prescriptions for patients over the age of 16 regardless of relationship status to the sponsor.
• Prescriptions are also available through the TRICARE mail order pharmacy program. For more information, visit their website at www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE.
The Immunization Clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
SUBSTANCE ABUSE REHABILITATION PROGRAM (SARP)
The Navy’s early intervention and treatment of addictions and dependency is located at NBHC NAS Pensacola. The plan of treatment is a streamlined concept where a licensed independent practitioner and staff medically diagnose a client after an initial screening. This eliminates the need for commands to wait for a medical diagnosis prior to a determination of a treatment level. The process also allows for facilitation of IMPACT, a 20-hour early intervention course; a family information program; and a structured continuing care program.
HEALTH BENEFITS OFFICE
Health benefit advisers are available to provide sound, professional advice and recommendations regarding health care benefits. The office is located on the first floor, near the Radiology Clinic. For information on TRICARE, Medicare and other supplemental programs or a list of area providers, call 850-505-6709.
Ambulance services to NHP are not available. All beneficiaries being transported by ambulance will be taken to the nearest emergency room.
KEY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Main hospital information 850-505-6601
Central appointments 850-505-7171
Nurse Advise Line 800-TRICARE, option 1
NHP website: www.med.navy.mil/sites/pcola
NHP on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NavalHospPensacola?fref=ts
Download the Naval Hospital Pensacola phone app
Navy College Office
The Navy College Office is behind the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel at 250 Chambers Ave., Building 634 (east side), Suite 058. Customer service hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone numbers are: Director 850-452-2089; Counselor 850-452-4579 and 850-452-4510 for appointment, testing and general information. The fax number is 850-452-8704.
The Navy College Office staff is available to assist eligible customers with academic advising, degree planning and all components of the Navy College Program (NCP). Components include Tuition Assistance, Program for Afloat College Education, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC), the Distance Learning Partnership Program, high school completion, on-base colleges and universities. Additional components include the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership Program, Rating Roadmaps, Online Academic Skills Program (OASC) and the Joint Services Transcript and Degreeprocessing.
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) which includes testing, such as GED, ACT and SAT is also available. Navy foreign language testing (DLAP/DLPT) is also available.
The Navy College Office, in collaboration with Coastline Community College, established a National Testing Center (NTE) onboard NAS for computer-based tests. The following tests are free for all active duty personnel: electronic College-Level Examination Program, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests and Excelsior College Exams. Graduate Management Admission Test and professional certification exams from over 40 certification agencies in more than 29 different areas are also administered at the NTE. Many of these certifications are funded through Navy COOL. The National Test Center, operated by Coastline Community College, is in Building 634, Suite 023. For more information, call 850-455-9577.
Onbase Academic Institutions
Associate, bachelors and master’s degrees are available aboard NAS Pensacola from the following colleges and universities:
EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY
Offers associates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aviation concentrations.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
Workforce Education and Development
Health Care Management
The following NCP Distance Learning Partnership institutions have representatives aboard NAS Pensacola to provide academic counseling in their specific programs. Contact representatives directly for visiting days and customer service hours:
AMERICAN MILITARY UNIVERSITY
COASTLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
THOMAS EDISON STATE COLLEGE
Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, is based at NAS Pensacola. Each year, from January to mid-March, the team deploys to Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, to train pilots and new team members. From March to November, the squadron performs approximately 70 air shows at 35 locations across North America.
During the air show season, the Blue Angels fly practice demonstrations over the NAS Pensacola airfield twice per week. Practices can be viewed from behind the National Naval Aviation Museum. The squadron ends the show season with their annual homecoming performance at NAS Pensacola in earlyNovember.
The Blue Angels squadron is composed of 17 officers and approximately 110 enlisted Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Seven of the officers are tactical jet pilots, four of whom fly in the squadron’s renowned diamond formation; two are solo demonstrators; and one is the narrator for the aerial demonstrations. The narrator also provides orientation flights for select individuals at each show site. The Blue Angels jet pilots currently fly the F/A-18 Hornet, built by the Boeing Corporation. A naval flight officer fills the role of executive officer and an additional naval flight officer is responsible for air show coordination. Three officers are tactical transport aircraft pilots. The remaining officers include a maintenance officer, flight surgeon, administrative officer, public affairs officer and supply officer.
Alternating crews of about 45 enlisted maintenance and support personnel travel to each show site. Although each individual is highly skilled in a distinct job specialty, they work well beyond their specialties.
The Blue Angels Maintenance and Support Team travel aboard a Marine Corps C-130 aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” The C-130 is a tactical transport aircraft built by Lockheed Martin and is flown by an all-Marine crew consisting of three pilots and five enlisted aircrewmen. First integrated into the team in 1970, Fat Albert now flies more than 100,000 miles each season, carrying 45 maintenance and support personnel along with the specialized equipment needed to complete a successful air show.
The mission of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. They have performed precision flight demonstrations for more than 506 million spectators since their organization in 1946.
The Blue Angels are in Hangar 1854 at Sherman Field. For information on the show schedule or practice days, visit the command website, www.blueangels.navy.mil, or write the Blue Angels Public Affairs Office at 390 San Carlos Road, Suite A, Pensacola, FL 32508.
Navy Medicine Operational Training Center
The Navy Medicine Operational Training Center’s (NMOTC) mission is to ensure tactically proficient, combat-ready naval medical forces providing optimal force health protection to support the joint warfighter at any time and at any place along the full spectrum of operations.
NMOTC is composed of six detachments and nine training centers around the country. The detachments are the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI), the Naval Undersea Medical Institute (NUMI), the Surface Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI), the Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute (NEMTI), the Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI) and the Naval Special Operations Medical Institute (NSOMI). Operational Medicine is the field of medical care and survival training for the operational forces worldwide.
NMOTC also includes the Robert E. Mitchell Center (REMC). The REMC provides comprehensive, annual physical and psychological evaluations of repatriated prisoners of war (RPOW), their families and members of a matched comparison group. NMOTC assesses the long-term effects of the prisoner of war experience on the RPOWs and theirfamilies.
NAMI, headquartered at NAS Pensacola, is best known for its training programs that lead to designation as a naval flight surgeon, aerospace physiologist, aerospace experimental psychologist or aviation medicine technician. NAMI also offers a residency in Aerospace Medicine and sponsors an Aeromedical Problems Course annually. NAMI programs provide training opportunities to individuals with a wide range of educational and experience backgrounds. The institute conducts approximately 12,000 physical examinations each year for active-duty aviation personnel, aviation officer candidates and prospective aviation officer candidates, providing internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, ophthalmology and otolaryngology consultative services. NAMI operates a hyperbaric chamber facility in support of personnel involved in flying, hypobaric chamber operations and diving duties. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy performed in a clinical setting is also available at NAMI through services at NHP.
NUMI, headquartered in Groton, Connecticut, provides training and technical support in undersea medicine, radiation health and related matters to meet the requirements of Navy medicine. No one else in the world provides the unique combination of submarine, diving and radiation health medicine. NUMI’s training courses include the Undersea Medical Officer Candidate Course, Radiation Health Officer Course, Radiation Health Indoctrination Course and Independent Duty Corpsman “C” School (Submarine Force).
SWMI, headquartered in San Diego, California, provides global consultative services for surface forces, coordinates and provides operational readiness training and reference publications for the surface medical community, and provides curriculum revision and research direction in cooperation with the operational forces. SWMI also conducts Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman “C” School and provides training in advanced dental assistant techniques; clinical phase II for Navy physician assistants; and Navy drug and alcohol counselor to provide staffing for Navy Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Centers (SARC) and for afloat SARC counselors.
NEMTI, headquartered at Camp Pendleton, California, is responsible for providing just-in-time training for medical personnel scheduled to deploy to an expeditionary medical facility (EMF). Medical deployers are taught command structure and basic operations of an EMF and receive combatant commander-directed pre-deployment training. NEMTI serves as the Navy’s field test and evaluation center for deployable medical systems equipment and doctrine. The Naval Trauma Training Center department at NEMTI provides trauma experience and knowledge to naval medical personnel before they deploy. Students work in the emergency room, operating room and intensive care unit at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to learn about the wide range of situations they may encounter when sent to a battlefield. Some of the patient situations the students are exposed to in the program and train on include multiple gun-shot wounds, stabbings and injuries from high-speed motor vehicle crashes. The program consists of 21 days of intense, hands-on training and a variety of other life support courses for active-duty and Reserve Navy hospital corpsmen, doctors and nurses.
NSTI, headquartered at NAS Pensacola, is the execution arm of the CNO-mandated Naval Aviation Survival Training Program. NSTI provides safe and effective high-risk survival and human performance training to Navy and Marine Corps aviation personnel, ground forces and selected aircrew from other services. NSTI exists as a force enabler to assist the war-fighter in winning the fight, preventing losses due to hostilities and mishaps, and ensuring survival. Composed of a headquarters element and eight Aviation Survival Training Centers located in fleet concentration areas along the east, west and Gulf coasts, NSTI is staffed by 288 active-duty military and civil service personnel, providing survival training to over 20,000 warfighters annually.
NSOMI, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is responsible for the initiation, maintenance and enhancement of medical skills of those special operations forces medics and corpsmen who are required to perform the unique, global, multidiscipline joint missions of the Navy, Army and Air Force. NSOMI’s vision is to provide the best special operations medical training available in the world to Force Recon corpsmen and Navy Special Warfare and Navy Special Warfare combat crewmen.
Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) Headquarters
Commanding Officer 850-452-4554
Executive Officer 850-452-4555
Command Master Chief 850-452-4154
Information Technology Dept. 850-452-2444
Training Directorate 850-452-8436
Robert E. Mitchell Center (RPOW) 850-452-3195
Resources Management Directorate 850-452-3847/8143
Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI)
Officer in Charge 850-452-3915
Senior Enlisted Leader 850-452-2681
Aviation Survival Training Center 850-452-2141
Aviation Water Survival Training Dept. 850-452-2688
Naval Aerospace Medical Institute
OIC’s Secretary 850-452-2741
Training Director 850-452-2457
Flight Physicals 850-452-2933/2934/2935
Navy Public Works Department Pensacola
The Navy Public Works Department Pensa-cola provides major maintenance and repair, utilities and energy management, engineering and acquisition, planning, facilities management and transportation services for over 120 customer activities within the Pensacola Naval Complex at more than 2,200 operational facilities, totaling 11.318.6 million square feet located on more than 8,400 acres in five distinct sites.
• 433 NAS
• 132 Corry
• 78 Saufley
• 34 Bronson
• One Mobile Shipyard
• 1399 NAS
• 492 Corry
• 198 Saufley
• 149 Bronson
• One Mobile Shipyard
• 5809 NAS
• 674 Corry
• 895 Saufley
• 1,098 Bronson
• 12.47 kV system, 73 MW capacity
• Fed from Gulf power by two separate transmission lines
• 341 substations
• 177 miles of distribution line
• 10 wells
• Six elevated tanks
• Seven reservoirs
• 6-million gallon storage capacity
• 164 miles of distribution
• Three plants with 78 MBTU per hour capacities
• 71 lift stations
• 60-mile collection system
• Two ECUA lift stations on NASP
• Five plants
• 12 chillers
• 8,070-ton capacity
• 187 MBTU per hour average daily capacity, 4,500 MBTUs per day
• 37 miles of distribution
• One plant with four MBTU per hour capacities
• 444 units on board
• 364 Navy Owned/GFE
• 80 GSA leased
• 57 CAT III facility cranes (no CAT I, II or IV cranes)
Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit
The Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU) is the Navy’s sole recruiting schoolhouse responsible for the instruction of enlisted and officer personnel in professional sales, prospecting techniques, marketing, applicant processing, recruiting terminology, leadership, physical fitness, ethical behavior and activity analysis. It also provides continuum training for the Navy’s career recruiting force and prepares selected leaders for the challenges of operating a Navy Recruiting District. The command reports directly to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, Tennessee.
The NORU environment is unlike any most students have encountered. There are new terms to master, new skills to acquire and new shipmates from every walk of life with whom to share the experience. NORU’s student body includes officers from every community and Sailors from most Navy ratings, E-4 to O-5. More than 2,000 students come from sea duty and shore establishments annually to learn the skills to prepare them for success in today’s challenging recruiting environment.
NORU provides officer training assignments throughout the entire Navy Recruiting Command enterprise. Specifically, Prospective Commanding Officers, Prospective Executive Officers and department heads attend tailored courses of instruction to address the specific responsibilities and requirements of each position.
Students attending basic recruiting courses receive a healthy dose of public speaking, developing communications skills that will help them beyond recruiting throughout their naval careers. Students demonstrate what they learn in the classroom with prepared speeches, performing in a simulated sales environment, helping an applicant make an informed, mutually beneficial decision to join the Navy.
The school emphasizes the importance of focusing on the needs of future Sailors, facilitating an open exchange of information and ensuring mutual understanding and agreement throughout the recruiting process. These steps are critical to ensuring that prospective applicants fully understand what Navy service entails and that highly motivated and committed officers and Sailors serve in the fleet.
The key factor to NORU’s high success rate are its instructors, who are hand-picked from the top tier of the Career Recruiting Force. Students consistently cite these instructors as the best they’ve had in their career.
Students leaving NORU go on to support Navy Recruiting Command Headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions and 26 Navy Recruiting Districts nationwide with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. New recruiters are enthusiastic, motivated and ready for the hands-on training that will fine-tune skills developed at NORU and help them recruit the Navy of the 21st century.
NORU was established in Orlando, Florida, in 1978. In June 1990, NORU moved to NAS Pensacola where it is now in Building 3644 with a staff of 35 military and 12 civilian personnel. For more information, call 850-452-5401.
Personnel Support Activity Detachment (PSD) NAS Pensacola
PSD Pensacola is the fourth-largest PSD within the naval installations network. It is responsible for supporting 310 customer commands, approximately 15,000 naval personnel and their dependents. It also provides transportation to approximately 30,000 DOD travelers per year. PSD Pensacola operates with the guiding principle that customer service is our primary goal.
In order to meet that goal, we will provide commands with responsive pay, personnel and education, and transportation service within our capability, consistent with current regulations, order requirements and funding resources. We will answer your questions regarding pay, personnel and transportation administration to the best of our ability. If we don’t have the answer, we will contact the proper authority to resolve the issue.
We can promise that our answers to your questions will always be accurate and beneficial to each individual situation as the current laws and regulations allow. Our customers are always encouraged to complete a customer service survey to ensure quality and resolve concerns.
After Hours or Holidays
• All staff personnel reporting to commands aboard NAS Pensacola should report to the NAS Pensacola Quarterdeck, Building 1500, 150 Hase Road. Phone: 850-452 4785/4786.
• Naval Air Technical Training Center students should report to the NATTC BEQ, Building 3460, just off Chevalier Field Avenue.
• Naval Aviation Schools Command students should report directly to Building 633, 181 Chambers Ave.
• Personnel reporting to NAS Whiting Field should report to Base Administration or their respective commands (e.g., TRAWING 5, HT-8).
PSD Admin 850-452-3011/4459
Deputy Disbursing Officer 850-452-3032
Transient, Legal, LIMDU Department Head 850-452-4284
Staff Department Head 850-452-2751
Student Department Head 850-452-3071
Educational Services Officer 850-452-3117
Travel, Liquidation, Advances 850-452-3113
Regional Transportation Director, Navy Passenger Transportation Office 850-452-2390
ID Cards 850-452-3617, ext. 1
Training Air Wing 6
Commander, Training Air Wing Six (CTW-6) is headquartered in the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” aboard NAS Pensacola. Responsible for all Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) NFO training and production; CTW-6 graduates approximately 300 U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and international students annually. Our mission is to safely train the world’s finest combat quality NFOs, committed to global security and prosperity, and projecting Naval Air Power worldwide.
Primary, intermediate and advanced NFO training is conducted in three training squadrons: Training Squadron Ten (VT-10), Training Squadron Four (VT-4), and Training Squadron 86 (VT-86). Additionally, the 2nd German Air Force Training Squadron (2nd GAF) is an integral part of the CTW-6 International Military Training program. The entire CTW-6 team works daily to instill and re-enforce the heroic legacy and attributes of our past Naval Aviation heroes, as well as the core values and qualities our Navy and country demand of today’s naval officers and future naval leaders.
UNDERGRADUATE MILITARY FLIGHT OFFICER TRAINING
The UMFO training program supports Chief of Naval Operations guidance to increase efficiency through the reduction of aircraft type model series while simultaneously taking advantage of new training technology and simulation capabilities. The UMFO curriculum provides the knowledge, skills and experience required to operate a new generation of tactical aircraft and reduce total training costs by leveraging emerging technology.
The training program consists of the T-6A Texan II, the T-45C Goshawk, and high-fidelity ground-based training systems. The T-45C, upgraded with the Virtual Mission Training System (VMTS) embedding a synthetic radar system in the aircraft, provides focused strike fighter training to student NFOs selected for duty in the FA-18D/F, EA-18G, and EA-6B.
In conjunction with T-6A/T-45C simulators and high-quality part-task trainers, the new multi-crew simulator (MCS) was procured to conduct all Maritime Patrol, Airborne Early Warning, Electronic Warfare, and Take Charge and Move Out undergraduate NFO training. The MCS provides focused training on crew resource management, communications and sensor integration to student NFOs selected for duty in the P-3, P-8, EP-3, E-6 and E-2C/D.
TRAINING SQUADRON 4
VT-4 is the oldest squadron in Training Air Wing 6. It was commissioned May 1, 1960, and assigned the mission of providing basic flight instruction in the jet-training syllabus using the T-2A Buckeye. Training consisted of basic aviation procedures, formation, night flying, air-to-air gunnery and carrier qualification. In 1965, VT-4 transitioned to the T-2B aircraft and changed its mission to become the Naval Air Training Command’s (NATRACOM) sole site for providing student pilots basic jet flight instruction in aerial gunnery and carrier qualification. In 1971, the squadron’s mission expanded to include all phases of the basic jet-training syllabus.
The squadron acquired the TF-9J Cougar in September 1972 and used it for both basic and advanced jet training. During this era, student pilots remained in VT-4 from their first flight in a jet until they were designated Naval Aviators. In November 1973, the TA-4J Skyhawk replaced the aging TF-9J for advanced flight training. In December 1975, the VT-4 training mission again expanded to include flight instruction for allied foreign military pilots to include Kuwait, Spain, Singapore and Indonesia. From 1973 to 1978, in addition to pilot training, VT-4 also provided summer jet orientation flights for midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy and the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC). Over 5,000 young men and women were introduced to Naval Aviation through this program. For a period from 1975 to 1979 and since 2001, VT-4 has also been responsible for training over 230 naval flight surgeons in basic flight orientation. In December 1985, VT-4’s mission was changed from strike training to E-2/C-2 intermediate training. Six years later, VT-4 assumed the role of the Navy’s only E-2/C-2 Advanced training site flying the T-2C. On Sept. 30, 1996, the last VT-4 naval pilots earned their wings. At the end of this period, VT-4 tallied more than 42,000 carrier landings and successfully trained over 8,400 student naval aviators. The squadron then underwent another monumental change as the squadron’s mission converted to joint primary and intermediate naval flight officer/navigator (NFO/NAV) training as a sister squadron to VT-10. The annual student output grew seven-fold from 36 pilots per year to 400 NFO/NAVs. Instructor ranks grew five-fold from 14 Navy pilots to 71 Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force pilots and NFO/NAVs.
The squadron transitioned from flying the T-2C to flying the T-34C “Turbo Mentor” and the T-1A Jayhawk. In August 1999, VT-4 began training students in a third type aircraft, the T-39G/N Saberliner. In 2002, VT-4’s instructors, in conjunction with personnel from Training Wing 6 and their sister squadron, VT-10, revised the primary and intermediate syllabus in preparation for the introduction of the T-6A Texan II, the Navy’s next-generation Joint Primary Aircraft Training System. July 2003 marked the beginning of a new era when the first T-6A student took to the skies. The T-6A provides students a modern trainer with advanced avionics and superior performance. VT-4’s training mission included flight instruction of Student Navigators from Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
Recently, all NFO students flew the intermediate phase of flight training in the T-39. This phase of training offered the students their first exposure to jet flight as they flew multiple airway and low-level navigation flights at faster speeds and lower altitudes. At the end of the intermediate phase, some students were selected for the E-2C platform and transferred to VAW-120 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, where they completed advanced training and earned their wings. The remaining students transferred to VT-86 at NAS Pensacola where they completed advanced training that included formation, low-level, RADAR Navigation and RADAR intercept flight profiles. Upon completion, students received their wings and are selected to fly the FA-18F, EA-18G, EA-6B, F-15E, F-16D or Tornado platforms.
With the sundown of the T-39, training at VT-4 today includes E-2, P-3, EP-3, P-8 and E-6 student NFOs being trained in a MCS, gaining critical early exposure to operating weapons systems in an aviation environment. The students are divided into their selected aircraft platform and are exposed to sensor employment and tactical communications with a strong emphasis on Crew Resource Management. The MCS uses a combination of features from the P-3 Orion, P-8 Poseidon, E-6 Mercury, E-2 Hawkeye, and the EP-3 Aries. This facilitates specific training for a specific fleet platform, all on the same simulator. These students will receive their Wings of Gold at VT-4 and continue on to their platform specific training. VT-4 continues to excel in training excellence.
TRAINING SQUADRON 10
In 1960, Training Squadron 10 (VT-10) was established as a division of the Training Department of NAS Pensacola and was known as the Basic Naval Aviation Officers (BNAO) School. It was strictly a ground training operation until the school was assigned nine UC-45J Navigators and six T-2A Buckeyes in February 1962. The T-2As were soon replaced with nine T-1A Sea Star aircraft. In 1965, naval aviation observers were redesignated as NFOs, and in 1968, BNAO School was officially commissioned as VT-10.
By November 1970, VT-10 had trained over 6,000 student NFOs. In 1971, VT-10 transitioned to the T-39D Sabreliner jet trainer and the TF-9J Cougar, which was replaced two years later by the newer T-2C Buckeye.
The squadron doubled in size between 1972 and 1974 to accommodate an increased training requirement, maintaining 40 aircraft: 10 T-39Ds and 30 T-2Cs. During the 1970s several flight ground trainers were introduced to the syllabus, including the 1D23 NAV/comm trainer, the 2F90 instrument trainer and the 2F101 flight simulator. In 1981, a reassignment of aircraft within NATRACOM replaced VT-10’s T-2C aircraft with T-2Bs. The squadron revised its training in 1984 and acquired 20 T-34C Turbo Mentors. Cessna T-47As replaced the T-39Ds in 1985.
During 1991, revolutionary changes were made to the NFO syllabus. To improve NFO air sense and situational awareness, 40 additional flight hours were placed in the curriculum, allowing instruction in basic piloting skills including aerobatics, takeoffs and landings. The same year, the squadron replaced the T-47A with the T-39N Sabreliner, which had upgraded avionics and radar. The T-2Bs and the air combat maneuvering syllabus were transferred to VT-86. At the same time, VT-10 acquired 20 additional T-34Cs and two new 2B37 instrument trainers for primary and intermediate training.
In 1994, the first U.S. Air Force instructors and student navigators (NAVs) reported to VT-10 under a joint memorandum of agreement between the services. The agreement included the 1996 transition from the T-39N to the Air Force T-1A Jayhawk as the training platform for the intermediate syllabus events. In April 1996, VT-10 split instructor and student assets to assist in the establishment of VT-4 as a second NFO/NAV primary and intermediate training squadron. VT-10 consisted of Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps staff, which trained over 400 Navy and Air Force student navigators annually. From 1997 until 2009, command of VT-10 alternated between the Navy and Air Force.
In fall 2002, VT-10 received the first T-6A Texan, which replaced the aging T-34C, and began upgrading instructors for the new aircraft. This more capable aircraft was a significant upgrade from the T-34 and brought training into the 21st century. By June 2003, VT-10 had flown its first student in the T-6 and began instruction in the new curriculum. The squadron flew its last T-34 sortie in June 2005.
In 2009 the Air Force established the Combat Systems Officer School in Pensacola, which took over the Air Force navigator training, and VT-10 returned to an all Navy-Marine Corps Squadron. In 2010, VT-4 was incorporated into VT-10 in a cadre status wherein VT-4’s squadron personnel and equipment were integrated into VT-10. This change was put in place to facilitate the new UMFO syllabus’ transition.
In 2012, VT-10’s UMFO Department began an incredibly robust endeavor in the complete rewrite of the ground syllabus for the advanced multicrew simulator. This rewrite resulted in new courseware, which included over 258 hours of integrated courseware. In June 2013, the VT-4 “Warbucks” emerged from cadre status to fly the remaining year of T-39 intermediate jet NFO training and house the multicrew simulator training device. In summer 2014, along with the “sundown” of the venerable T-39, VT-4 will become the Navy’s first simulator-only training squadron. VT-4 will consist of naval flight officers and conduct advanced naval flight officer training in the multicrew simulator. Primary and intermediate flight training under the new UMFO syllabus at VT-10 began in April 2013.
VT-10 has been awarded six Meritorious Unit Commendations and five chief of naval education and training “Shore/Technical Training Excellence” awards, the most recent in 2008. “Wildcat” safety initiatives have earned the squadron 27 Chief of Naval Operations Safety awards, most recently in 2011. Additionally, because of the squadron’s incredible safety record, it has received the Adm. John H. Towers Award for safety in 1978, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. VT-10’s training and production is also well-recognized. The squadron received the Cmdr. Theodore G. Ellyson Aviation Production Excellence Award in 2004, 2006 and 2010 and the Vice Adm. Robert Goldthwaite Award for Training Excellence six times. The squadron’s safety publication, The Scratching Post, garnered VT-10 the Grampaw Pettibone Media Award in 2011. VT-10 squadron awards for 2013 are the SECNAV Safety Excellence Award, CNO Safety “S” Award and CNATRA Training Excellence (Primary Training) Award.
VT-10 has and will continue to aggressively meet the challenges of a changing training environment and continues to proudly serve as the “NFO gateway to the fleet.”
TRAINING SQUADRON 86
VT-86 is known as the Sabrehawks, a name derived from the combination of the squadron’s first aircraft names, the T-39 Sabreliner and the TA-4J Skyhawk. The squadron was commissioned June 5, 1972, under the operational control of Commander Training Air Wing 8, Naval Air Station, Glynco, Georgia. The mission of the new squadron was to conduct advanced NFO training which had previously been overseen by the NATTC in Glynco. The training was in four areas: Radar Intercept Operation, Basic Jet Navigation, Airborne Electronic Warfare and Airborne Tactical Data Systems. Training was conducted in aircraft assigned to and supported by NATTC until February 1973, when the squadron accepted 24 T-39, 20 A-4C, two E-121K and 12 TS-2A aircraft and approximately 350 enlisted personnel from Naval Air Station Glynco. After receiving the aircraft and personnel the squadron’s mission was expanded to include airborne support for Air Intercept Control and Ground Controlled Approach training functions. In September 2008, VT-86 retired the T-2C Buckeye and transitioned to training students in the T-45 Goshawk.
In March 1974, a Sabrehawk detachment was established at NAS Pensacola. On June 1, 1974, the squadron commenced flight operations at NAS Pensacola under operational command of Commander, Training Air Wing 6, and began training NFOs for carrier-based aircraft.
In 1994, VT-86’s role was expanded to include the training of U.S. Air Force weapon systems officers (WSO). The first U.S. Air Force (USAF) winging took place in May 1995. USAF WSOs were assigned to the F-15E Strike Eagle or the B-1 Lancer. In fiscal year 2010 VT-86 graduated its last class of USAF WSOs as the USAF implemented its combat systems officer syllabus.
Additionally, the squadron trains international students, including officers from Saudi Arabia, Italy, Singapore and Germany. The first international students received their wings in September 1996. After graduating from VT-86, German and Italian WSOs fly the PA-200 Tornado. Saudi Arabian students fly the F-15E Strike Eagle, and Singaporean students fly either the F-15E Strike Eagle or the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Today, the squadron trains over 150 students annually. To date, VT-86 has provided the U.S. military and allied forces with over 8,000 NFOs and WSOs flying various tactical aircraft worldwide. Upon completion of the program, students undergo further training at their respective fleet replacement squadrons. U.S. Navy graduates are assigned to fly either the EA-18G Growler or the F/A-18F Super Hornet, and USMC graduates are assigned to fly the EA-6B Prowler or the F/A-18D Hornet.
Since its establishment, VT- 86 has received numerous awards to include Meritorious Unit Citations, the Training Effectiveness Award from the CNATRA, the CNATRA Retention Award, the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and 23 CNATRA Safety awards for accident-free operations. The squadron received the 1995 Admiral John H. Towers Safety Award and the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Shore/Technical Training Excellence Award. In 2003, the squadron was awarded the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation for its outstanding performance. The squadron has amassed more than 253,000 flight hours over the past 30 years.
VT-86 is revamping the advanced NFO training syllabus which will be renamed the Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) program. The new syllabus more accurately represents the complexity and capability of current fleet missions and aircraft. The flight syllabus will all be conducted in the T-45C aircraft equipped with the VMTS package. VMTS incorporates simulated radar and air and ground threat presentations in the cockpit, as well as dynamic updates transmitted from an Instructor Ground Station (IGS).
Training Squadron 86 is staffed by 70 Navy and Marine Corps officers and supported by 11 civilian professionals. With the ever-changing strategy of our nation’s defense, the squadron will continue to train over 100 Navy, Marine Corps and international officers annually in preparation for flying the world’s most advanced and complex aircraft.
SECOND GERMAN AIR FORCE TRAINING SQUADRON (2GAFTS)
The German air force and navy have had a continuous joint training presence in the U.S. since 1981. First-class American aviation experience, outstanding facilities and superb weather conditions are among the reasons that make the U.S. the ideal country from which to purchase aviation training. The German squadron’s first operation was located at Mather AFB, Sacramento, California, and was subsequently transferred to Randolph AFB, Texas. In conjunction with the establishment of a joint program, the training of the “backseaters” and navigators was moved to NAS Pensacola.
On June 5, 1996, the squadron was officially installed at Training Air Wing 6. The German staff handles all student administrative affairs and helps them, as well as their families, adjust to life in Florida, more than 5,000 miles away from home. The three flying officers of the squadron participate as associate instructors in Wing 6 training activities and instruct not only German students but also American and other international students.
The 2GAFTS is responsible for the basic training of the Luftwaffe’s future Tornado WSO. In addition, since 2005 the squadron has been responsible for administrative support of German navy students under conversion training as pilots, in-flight technicians and flight engineers for the P-3 Orion in NASJacksonville.
Squadron Office 850-452-2693
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479TH FLYING TRAINING GROUP
The 479th Flying Training Group (479th FTG) traces its lineage to World War II. In September 1943, Lt. Col. Leo Dusard began selecting key personnel from the 329th Fighter Group to form a new one. Dusard sent these individuals to the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics at Orlando, Florida, to learn the latest information and methods of operation for fighter groups in combat. This new group, the 479th Fighter Group, activated on Oct. 15 1943, with the mission of providing high-altitude, long-range escort for Eighth Air Force’s bombers.
In November, Dusard was reassigned to the Southwest Pacific and Lt. Col. William F. Dyess arrived at Grand Central Air Station in Burbank, California, where the group had set up operations. Dyess had survived the brutal Bataan Death March before escaping Japanese captivity. Tragically, prior to accepting command of the 479 FG, his P-38 Lightning caught fire while on a training mission. He refused to bail out over a populated area and died while guiding the burning fighter into a vacant lot. Lt. Col. Kyle Riddle, commander of the 328th Fighter Group at Hamilton Field, assumed command of the group, which would become known as “Riddle’s Raiders.”
By early February 1944, the group’s three squadrons had relocated to various airfields in California to more effectively train for their overseas deployment. The 434th Fighter Squadron (FS) relocated to Lomita; the 435 FS relocated to Oxnard, and the 436 FS relocated to Palmdale, California. Along with training for their deployment, the squadrons provided coastal defense by patrolling the western coast and adjoining waters of the Pacific Ocean.
On April 16, 1944, 145 officers and 910 enlisted men boarded trains for their cross-country trip to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, and 12 days later they boarded the USS Argentina for their cross-Atlantic journey to Greenock, Scotland. Immediately after disembarking, the group transferred to troop trains for the switching yards at New Market, England, and then traveled by truck to their new home at Wattisham Royal Air Station near the village of Ipswich. Only 11 days after arriving at Wattisham, the 479th Fighter Group participated in its first combat mission. Maj. John H. Lowell led 34 P-38 Lightnings on a sweep over Holland and Belgium. On May 31, Capt. Frank Keller of the 435 FS recorded the group’s first kill by destroying a Junkers Ju-88 Zerstorer on the ground near Humfield, France. On July 29, Capt. Arthur Jeffery recorded the group’s first aerial victory and became the first pilot in the world to shoot down a rocket propelled aircraft, a Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet over Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The group escorted heavy bombers during operations against targets on the European Continent, strafed targets of opportunity, and flew fighter-bomber, counter-air and area patrol sorties.
During the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944, the 479th patrolled the beachhead from dawn until well after dark. While on escort or fighter-bomber sorties during summer and fall 1944, they strafed and dive-bombed enemy troops, bridges, locomotives, railway cars, barges, vehicles, airfields, gun emplacements, flak towers, ammunition dumps, power stations and radar sites. Later, the group flew area patrols to support the July 1944 breakthrough at St. Lo and the airborne attack (Operation Market Garden) on Holland in September 1944. The unit received a Distinguished Unit Citation for the destruction of numerous aircraft on airfields in France on Aug. 18 and Sept. 5 and during an aerial battle near Munster on Sept. 26. They continued escort and fighter-bomber activities from October to mid-December 1944. The 479th participated in the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944 to January 1945) by escorting bombers and transport aircraft to and from targets in the battle area and by strafing transportation targets while on escort duty. The 479th flew escort sorties from February to April 1945 and also provided area patrols to support the airborne assault across the Rhine River in March 1945. Beginning in August 1944, the group began trading in its P-38 aircraft for the North American P-51 Mustang.
On Aug. 10, 1944, while on a mission over France, Riddle’s plane was hit by flak. Noticing damage to the left engine, he reduced airspeed and was able to belly the aircraft into a small grain field. After scrambling from the downed aircraft, a French farmer working in his field motioned for Riddle to follow him to a small town where he was met by members of the French Resistance. Riddle changed out of his flight gear; and after hiding for a week, he began his return trip back to England, led by the French farmer’s eight-year old son. They took a bicycle ride to a small town south of Paris where Riddle was transferred into a car and was able to join the advancing portion of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third U.S. Army. Four days later he found himself back at Wattisham.
During Riddle’s absence, Col. Hubert “Hub” Zemke, commander of the 56th Fighter Group, assumed command of the 479th. He soon led the group on one of its largest attacks against the airdromes at Nancy and Essey in France, destroying 43 enemy planes and damaging 28. But on Oct. 30, 1944, over Hamburg, Germany, Colonel Zemke’s aircraft was damaged. He was able to parachute to safety but was immediately captured by the Germans. The colonel spent the rest of the war as a prisoner.
Recently promoted, Riddle resumed command after Zemke’s capture and remained the commander throughout the remainder of the war. On April 25, 1945, 1st Lt. Hilton Thompson recorded the last German plane destroyed by the Eighth Air Force. This plane was a jet propelled aircraft, the Arado 234. During the 479th FTG’s 11 months of combat flying, it participated in 351 missions and was credited with 155 enemy aircraft destroyed and 38 damaged in aerial victories, along with 442 aircraft destroyed and another 167 damaged on the ground. On Thanksgiving 1945, the group boarded transport back to the U.S. where the 479th FTG was inactivated on Dec. 1, 1945, at Camp Kilmer. The 479th FTG was awarded World War II Air Offensive Citation, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat and European Theater awards. The unit was also decorated with the Distinguished Unit Citation, Aug. 18 to Sept. 26, 1944; and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm.
Seven years to the date after its inactivation, the group was reactivated with the F-51 Mustang, and redesignated the 479th Fighter-Bomber Group at George AFB, California. It flew the F-51 Mustang aircraft until June 1953 when it phased into the North American F-86F Sabre. After only one year, the group made another switch to the F-100A Super Sabre, becoming the first unit qualified in a century series fighter. But once again, the 479th was soon inactivated. After 34 years of inactivity, the 479th was activated and redesignated the 479th Fighter Group on July 26, 1991 stationed at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, where its pilots conducted “basic training” for fighter pilots, known as Lead-in Fighter Training. Training remained constant until mid-November 1991 when the unit was again inactivated. Nine years later, the 479th was re-activated once again at Moody AFB, Georgia, where it provided Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (JSUPT) and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals. The 479th was the first to provide JSUPT training in the new Raytheon T-6A Texan II. But once again, after only a few years, the 479th was inactivated on June 21, 2007. However, 21 months later, the 2005 Base Realignment Commission, ordered the Air Force to move its navigator training from Randolph AFB in Texas to NAS Pensacola. On Oct. 2, 2009, Air Education and Training Command (AETC) reactivated the 479th FTG to create a new training program, which combined the old Navigator, Weapon System Officers and Electronic Warfare Officers to produce a Combat Systems Officer.
479TH OPERATIONAL SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 479th Operational Support Squadron (OSS) also had a long history. The squadron was constituted as the 479th School Squadron, and activated Aug. 1, 1941. It was redesignated as the 479th School Squadron (Special) on Dec. 29, 1941, and performed the training of aerial gunners. As such, it was again redesignated as the 479th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron on Oct. 15, 1942. The squadron was disbanded April 30, 1944, and then reconstituted and redesignated as the 479th Training Support Squadron on June 13, 2001. Activated July 9, 2001, the squadron was again inactivated Sept. 30, 2007, only to be reborn as the 479th Operational Support Squadron in 2009.
The 479th OSS received the World War II American Theater service streamer for its work in WWII. They also received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: Jan. 1, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2002, and Oct. 1, 2005, to Sept. 30, 2007.
The 479th OSS had 346 members: 70 permanent party, 41 civilians and 235 casual students. The squadron’s mission was to support the 479th FTG training combat systems officers (CSOs) under a five-pillar philosophy, including resource management, communications and training support functions that were important to the OSS operations. The squadron was also responsible for medical and advanced electronic warfare training. Among other courses, squadron members taught several Special Courses and Training (SPECTRA) courses to 171 advanced electronic warfare (EW) officers and noncommissioned officers for joint and coalition duty from 14 different nations. They also revamped the Non-Traditional Electronic Warfare Applications Course (NEWAC), cutting it down from two weeks to one week, enabling deploying personnel to spend extra time with their families and reducing the “spin-up” time by two weeks.
The move of the unit intelligence flight from the group back to the 479th OSS improved the intelligence flight’s standardization and evaluation programs. Personnel also created the first-ever visual reconnaissance course, which trained 132 students in aircraft recognition, mitigating the threat of combat aircraft misidentification.
The squadron also was the entity responsible for making sure students had the proper equipment, i.e., flight suits, boots, gloves, etc. This was a challenge for squadron personnel when only a short time between Officer Training School graduation and the students’ arrival at Initial Flight Screening (IFS) existed. Since AETC occasionally sent Officer Training School graduates straight from Maxwell AFB to the IFS in Pueblo, Colorado, it risked the students not having the proper equipment when they arrived. The squadron authored an equipment maintenance and quality assurance database to solve this problem. That database became the Air Force standard.
The 479th OSS also managed the aerospace physiology training. Members coordinated with the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland AFB in Texas to compile individual flight data for an Air Force research study. They also established a database for U-2 pilot physiology while implementing student courseware with electronic testing. In addition, they participated in a working group involving the reduced oxygen breathing device and reduced oxygen breathing environment in April. These projects revolutionized hypoxia awareness training for the entire Air Force. Overall, the 479th OSS completed over 250 altitude chamber flights while maintaining the safest record in AETC.
Furthermore, the 479th OSS was the major student manager for the 479th FTG. In fiscal year 2012 it processed 364 new students, while out-processing 297 students. Squadron personnel also facilitated 1,045 training temporary duty (TDYs) and graduated 343 new CSOs for the U.S. Air Force.
451ST FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON (FTS)
The 451st Bombardment Squadron, Medium, was constituted June 19, 1942, and activated July 17, 1942. It was inactivated Dec. 11, 1945. The squadron was redesignated as the 451st Bombardment Squadron, Light, on July 3, 1947 and activated in the U.S. Air Force Reserve on Aug. 9, 1947. It was again inactivated June 27, 1949. The unit was redesignated as the 451st Fighter-Day Squadron on March 24, 1954, and activated July 1, 1954. It was again inactivated Nov. 18, 1957, and again redesignated as the 451st Flying Training Squadron on July 28, 1972, and activated April 1, 1973. The squadron was again inactivated Jan. 15, 1992, before being reborn as the 451st Flying Training Squadron assigned to the 479th Flying Training Group effective Oct. 2, 2009.
The unit earned the following honors: seven World War II campaigns — Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; and Air Combat, EAME Theater. The unit also received the Distinguished Unit Citation, European Theater of Operations, July 17, 1943, to July 24, 1944, as well as the Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards for April 1 to Dec. 31, 1973; Jan. 1, 1976, to Feb. 28, 1977; Jan. 1, 1978, to April 30, 1979; and Jan. 1, 1980, to April 30, 1981.
455TH FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON
The 455th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) was activated as the 455th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on Aug. 4, 1942, at Columbia Army Air Base, South Carolina. It deployed to the European theater of operations in World War II and flew B-26 bombers during the war. It was inactivated Dec. 12, 1945. The unit reactivated in the Reserves on June 27, 1949, at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, as the 455th Bombardment Squadron (Light), flying the T-6, T-11 and B-26. It was inactivated in March 1951. It was redesignated the 455th Fighter-Bomber Squadron and activated Aug. 8, 1955, at Eielson AFB, Alaska, and then moved to Bunker Hill AFB, Idaho, in November, flying the F-86 and F-100. The unit went inactive again Sept. 1, 1957, but later stood up as the 455th Flying Training Squadron on April 1, 1973, at Mather AFB, California, conducting undergraduate navigator training until deactivation in the early 1990s. Among its honors are seven World War II campaign streamers, a Distinguished Unit Citation and four Air Force Outstanding Unit awards. The squadron was reactivated Oct. 2, 2009, as the 455th Flying Training Squadron and serves as a tenet unit to the 479th Flying Training Group in NAS Pensacola, Florida.
U.S. Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard has been a prominent part of Pensacola since 1885. The original U.S. Lifesaving Service, manned by a crew of seven, was located on Santa Rosa Island.
In 1915, the Lifesaving Service was combined with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the U.S. Coast Guard. On April 1, 1967, after nearly 177 years in the Treasury Department, the Coast Guard was transferred to the newly created Department of Transportation. The Coast Guard transferred again March 1, 2003, to the Department of Homeland Security.
From 1885 to 1979, Station Pensacola was located on Santa Rosa Island. But after twice being nearly destroyed by hurricanes — in 1906 and 1979 — the station was finally forced to move off the island. After Hurricane Frederick devastated the island in 1979, Coast Guard Station Pensacola relocated on Big Lagoon, west of Pensacola Pass.
The present site of Station Pensacola was dedicated July 18, 1987. The multimission station brings enhanced search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, and safety and marine environment coverage to the Florida Panhandle area.
The station, which runs approximately 350 search and rescue and law enforcement cases each year, now provides improved response time to most incidents because of its present location aboard NAS Pensacola. The station is home to more than 49 personnel and three Coast Guard units: Station Pensacola, Aids to Navigation Team Pensacola and the Coast Guard Cutter Bonito.
The new facility has approximately 12,000 square feet of living and working areas, complete with an operations center, administrative offices, crew’s quarters, recreation decks, and machine repair and electrical workshops. The mooring hold two 45-foot response boats, and one 29-foot response boat and provides room for visiting Coast Guard cutters. Coast Guard Station Pensacola is a subunit of Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Alabama, and is under the jurisdiction of the 8th Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Coast Guard Cutter Bonito 850-455-3115
Coast Guard Liaison Officer 850-452-2749
Coast Guard Station Pensacola Nonemergency Number 850-453-8282
Station Emergency Number 850-453-8187
Aids to Navigation Team Pensacola 850-455-2354