AVIATION SUPPORT DIVISION
A division of Fleet Readiness Center
Mid Atlantic Det. New Orleans
The Aviation Support Division (ASD) is the single point of contact for aviation maintenance activities requiring direct supply support. The specific mission of ASD New Orleans is to provide world-class supply support to Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Det. New Orleans and the local Navy and Marine Corps squadrons stationed at NAS JRB New Orleans along with filling fleet requisition referrals from around the world.
ASD New Orleans processes more than 28,000 requisitions and issues more than 24,000 repair parts from stock each year. In addition, it maintains an inventory of more than 12,000 parts valued in excess of $189 million. ASD New Orleans understands that “you can’t fly without supply” and strives to provide the best supply support possible to allow Navy and Marine Corps air forces to meet their mission.
FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER JACKSONVILLE
The mission of Navy Supply Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville (FLCJ) in New Orleans is to deliver sustained global logistics capabilities to the Navy and Joint Warfighter. FLCJ manages supply chains that provide material for Navy aircraft, surface ships, submarines and their associated weapons systems. The center also provides a wide range of base operating and waterfront logistics support services, coordinating material deliveries, micro-purchasing for supplies and services and furnishing material management, HAZMAT management, official mail services, fuel services and household goods/personal property shipping and warehousing services.
FLEET READINESS CENTER MID-ATLANTIC DET.
The mission of the Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA) Det. New Orleans is to produce relevant quality airframes, engines, components and services to meet the Navy’s aircraft-ready-for-training entitlements at improved efficiency and reduced costs.
Formerly known as the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), the Navy transformed naval aviation maintenance in February 2006 by forming Fleet Readiness Centers, which integrated Naval Air Depots and the continental United States AIMDs into a consolidated organization for shore-based, off-flight-line maintenance.
On Aug. 1, 2006, the Office of the Secretary of Defense approved the FRC business plan, and AIMD New Orleans became Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Site New Orleans. The implementation of FRCs is one of the Navy’s strategies to support the warfighter and achieve cost-wise readiness in the 21st century.
Navy aircraft are designed to fly hard, fast and in the worst conditions. Squadron technicians work hard to ensure that they perform at 100 percent. When the components of those aircraft need repair or maintenance, FRC brings intermediate-level maintenance expertise to the flight line and directly supports one F/A-18 Hornet squadron, one C-130T Hercules squadron and one Marine Corps squadron composed of UH-1Y Hueys and AH-1W Cobras. The FRCMA Det. New Orleans is a large maintenance operation with more than 160 Sailors, Marines and civil service employees working to keep the aircraft it supports up and flying.
FRCMA Det. New Orleans has 58 work centers in eight divisions: personnel, supply, avionics, power plants, airframes, life support equipment, armament and support equipment. On average, more than 876 aircraft parts per month run through FRCMA Det. New Orleans.
Responding to the unique challenges of supporting four types or models of aircraft that routinely operate in support of the global war on terrorism, no other ashore FRC Det. this size has responded as effectively to meet or exceed all Navy and Marine Corps mission and fleet support expectations. FRCMA Det. New Orleans has met 100 percent of its commitments with unmatched success, leading other FRCs in key metrics of maintenance and logistics support, planeside performance, production and production resources.
The unit processed 34,779 maintenance actions in fiscal year 2015, maintaining an average ready-for-issue rate of 98.3 percent, an impressive metric for any intermediate repair facility. Whether it is through outstanding maintenance support, stellar customer service, emergency response or Lean Six Sigma initiatives, FRCMA Det. New Orleans sets the standard for others to follow.
FLEET READINESS CENTER SUPPORT EQUIPMENT SITE
The Fleet Readiness Center Support Equipment Site is the only nonorganic, or contracted, depot-level rework facility assigned the repair and rework responsibility for avionics support equipment end items and aircraft electronic test equipment. This designated repair point provides incidental and emergent repair and rework, corrosion control (including blasting and painting of SE containers, or “Cans”), precision measurement equipment repair and field team support to DOD activities.
The FRC Support Equipment Site shares a facility with Navy Calibration Lab New Orleans.
JOINT RESERVE INTELLIGENCE CENTER
The Joint Reserve Intelligence Center New Orleans (JRIC NOLA) is an integral part of Commander, Naval Information Forces Reserve Command (CNIFRC) and Naval Information Forces Region Southeast’s (NIFR REG SE) mission, vision and intent. JRIC NOLA provides reliable facilities for strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence training and production for all Intelligence Community (IC) and Active and Reserve Information Warfare (IW) personnel. JRIC NOLA also provides critical information systems for Navy Reserve Information Warfare and joint reserve intelligence personnel to prepare and train for mobilizations; while concurrently fulfilling operational requirements in support of Navy, Joint, and Unified commands. JRIC NOLA provides administrative support to 11 Navy Reserve Information Warfare Community (IWC) units; comprising of more than 500 IWC personnel across Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND
The personnel assigned to Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ship Inspection Branch New Orleans perform ship material condition and operational readiness inspections for MSC vessels worldwide.
Formerly a MSC Office/Ship Surge Detachment, the MSC was previously located at the old Naval Support Activity (NSA) on the eastbank of New Orleans. In October 2007 the MSC Ship Surge Detachment was disestablished and personnel were absorbed by Military Sealift Command Ship Inspection Branch N752, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia.
After the closure of NSA New Orleans, the MSC N752 ship inspection personnel were relocated to NAS JRB New Orleans.
NAVY AIR LOGISTICS OFFICE
The Navy Air Logistics Office (NALO) was established in 1980, and the chief of Naval Reserve was appointed Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) executive agent for airlift. NALO is an Echelon IV aviation major command with a staff of more than 50 personnel. NALO schedules airlifts and tasking for 14 squadrons and 42 aircraft and has carried more than 4.5 million passengers and 925 million pounds of cargo since being established. NALO validates, prioritizes and schedules worldwide unique Navy fleet-essential airlift missions supporting combatant commander, fleet response and DOD requirements.
The command formulates worldwide airlift policy change recommendations and operates a data collection and analysis system for airlift asset management and aircraft acquisition justification for the CNO.
NAVY CALIBRATION LABORATORY NEW ORLEANS
The primary mission of Navy Calibration Laboratory New Orleans is to provide in-lab and on-site depot calibration services to Naval Air Systems Command customers in the Gulf South Region. The lab is a government-owned contractor-operated facility with higher headquarters at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
A major part of the mission is to provide calibration services for depot-reworked aviation support equipment and oxygen servicing equipment cleaning and calibration. The lab has been in New Orleans for more than 10 years, providing regionalized calibration support to the naval aviation warfighter.
NAVY MUNITIONS COMMAND (NMCLANT) DET. NEW ORLEANS
Navy Munitions Command Atlantic, Det. New Orleans provides top notch ordnance support to Navy and joint customers onboard NAS JRB New Orleans. It is responsible for the safe and secure storage of ordnance in 12 weapons magazines. Services include ordnance issue, receipt and assembly for all Navy, Marine, Army and Coast Guard commands. The detachment also performs maintenance on and provides commands with needed armament weapons support equipment.
NAVY OPERATIONAL SUPPORT CENTER
The Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) New Orleans was formed in October 2004 with the merger of Navy Air Reserve New Orleans and Naval Reserve Center New Orleans. Originally located in several buildings across the base, the main elements of the command have operated out of the Frank J. Uddo Armed Forces Reserve Center (Building 492) since January 2005.
The command’s primary mission is to generate mobilization readiness by providing administrative services, training support and world-class customer service to Reserve personnel in support of surge and operational requirements for the Navy, Marine Corps and Joint Force team. NOSC New Orleans also serves as a Tier 1 EKMS program manager, generating and distributing electronic key material for communications security equipment at area tenant commands. The command staff includes four officers, four chief petty officers, 12 enlisted and four civilians. They support more than 250 Selective Reservists in 22 Reserve units.
NAVY RESERVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Navy Reserve Professional Development Center (NRPDC) is the sole training command that impacts the entire Navy Reserve. NRPDC is composed of a staff of 36 instructors, facilitators and support personnel and is committed to developing a smarter, better-educated Reserve Force through training available to anyone, anytime, anywhere. There are two civilians assigned to the staff serving as the director of training and learning management and quota control coordinator. The command has nine departments: administrative, personnel, training/operations, supply, automated information systems, quota control, learning standards office, computer-based training and medical.
Courses offered at the center are designed to provide comprehensive instruction to active-duty, full-time support and Reserve Sailors and civilian personnel in areas critical to Navy Reserve activities, whether on-site or as mobile training teams. Some of the courses offered are Reserve Senior Enlisted Management, Reserve Career Information, Reserve Medical Administration, Reserve Supply and Fiscal Support, Reserve Pay and Personnel Management, Navy Reserve Order Writing System/Reserve Defense Travel System and World Class Customer Service. NRPDC also manages a detachment in Little Creek, Virginia, that facilitates Navy Operational Support Center Commanding Officer, Navy Reserve Unit Management and Operational Support Officer courses. For more information, call 504-678-9251 or 877-568-9518.
NAVY TALENT ACQUISITION GROUP NEW ORLEANS
The mission of Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) New Orleans (formerly Navy Recruiting District) is to recruit the best-qualified men and women for active-duty and Reserve enlisted and officer service for America’s Navy to accomplish today’s missions and meet tomorrow’s challenges. Affectionately known as “Powerhouse” among its assigned Sailors and DOD civilian employees, NTAG’s scope of responsibility encompasses recruiting efforts throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. While recruiting men and women to replenish the fleet is a primary responsibility of NTAG New Orleans, its team of professional Sailors is also charged with being ambassadors of good will who shape a positive image of the Navy in their local communities.
To find a recruiter nearest you, visit www.navy.com/local or call 800-588-2033.
SQUADRON (VFA) 204
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 204, the River Rattlers, was originally commissioned July 1, 1970, as Attack Squadron (VA) 204, flying A-4C Skyhawks at Naval Air Station Memphis, Tennessee. A transition to the A-4E Skyhawk took place in 1971, and shortly thereafter the squadron deployed for two weeks with Carrier Air Wing Reserve (CVWR) 29, embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). That deployment marked a Naval Reserve first. VA-204 went on to win back-to-back CVWR-20 Bombing Derbies in 1971 and 1972, foreshadowing a long list of tactical accomplishments.
VA-204 received its first CNO Safety Award in 1973. The award represented more than 5,000 hours of accident-free flying that year. In 1975, the River Rattlers won the coveted F. Trubee Davison Award as the “Best Tailhook Squadron in the Naval Reserves.”
In March 1978, the squadron moved from NAS Memphis to NAS New Orleans and simultaneously began transitioning to the A-7B aircraft. The operational tempo increased in 1980 with numerous detachments ranging from NAS Bermuda to NAS Fallon and nearly everywhere in between. VA-204’s selection as the winner of the CNO Safety Award for 1980 was a proud end to a busy year.
The squadron also earned CNO Safety Awards in 1982 and 1983 and in 1984 won the CVWR-20 Golden Wrench Award and the Battle “E.”
In 1986, VA-204 transitioned to the A-7E Corsair II, and in 1990 earned its fifth CNO Safety Award.
On Jan. 28, 1991, the squadron celebrated 10 years of operations with no foreign-object damage and was ordered to transition to the Navy’s newest strike fighter, the F/A-18A Hornet. VA-204 officially redesignated to Strike Fighter Squadron 204 (VFA-204) on April 1, 1991, with the acceptance of its first Hornet. Just one year after the transition, VFA-204 received its sixth CNO Safety Award, marking a monumental 13 years and 50,000 Class “A” Mishap Free flight hours.
In 1994 and 1995, the River Rattlers received their second F. Trubee Davison Award and a meritorious unit commendation. The squadron again earned the F. Trubee Davison Award in 1998 and the next year earned the Battle “E” and Golden Wrench awards.
By 2000, the squadron had racked up 20 years and nearly 70,000 flight hours of Class “A” mishap-free operation. In 2001, the squadron maintained adversary support with five detachments and a historic “Around the Horn” embarkation on board USS Nimitz (CVN 68). As the events of 9/11 rocked the world, the River Rattlers set sail to offer fleet protection and training as Nimitz transited around South America, changing its homeport from Norfolk, Virginia, to San Diego. In 2003, the squadron again earned the CNO Safety Award.
The A-plus upgrade to the Rattlers’ Hornet aircraft arrived, providing “smart weapon” and “launch and leave” capabilities and putting VFA-204 back on the cutting edge of war-fighting capabilities. In 2004, the River Rattlers took 10 jets to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, for Exercise Cope Thunder, demonstrating versatility that greatly impressed local Air Force units; the Rattlers employed precision weapons, established air superiority and also provided professional adversary services in a complete warfare training environment.
Flying more than 193 sorties, the squadron delivered more than 174,000 pounds of live ordnance and provided counter-air protection and interdiction during a complete war scenario.
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina presented unprecedented challenges for the River Rattlers. With less than 48 hours’ notice, the squadron evacuated New Orleans to NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas. The squadron was able to quickly reconstitute and return to NAS JRB New Orleans without any loss of life or damage to valuable Navy assets. The squadron was, once again, recognized with the CNO Safety Award for 2005.
The following year, the River Rattlers passed the 26-year mark and 87,000 hours of Class “A” mishap-free operations and received another CNO Safety Award. In 2007, they once more provided professional adversary support on a worldwide stage and were again awarded the Battle “E.” The River Rattlers excelled as both an adversary and strike fighter squadron in 2008. During a strike detachment supporting Exercise Northern Edge, the squadron completed 964.4 flight hours and 672 sorties with a 98 percent overall sortie completion rate in support of fleet requirements.
In 2009, VFA-204 surpassed 29 years and 95,363 Class “A” mishap-free flight hours while flying 2,016 sorties and 2,915 flight hours.
The Rattlers flew 264 sorties and 464 hours in support of the global war on terrorism, providing critical air-to-ground training sorties for students going through the Joint Terminal Air Controller course. The Rattlers conducted nine detachments in 2009, including four supporting fleet replacement squadrons, three composite training unit exercises, one Joint Task Force Exercise and a detachment supporting VFA-136’s air-to-air training, earning them the Battle “E,” Golden Wrench and Retention Excellence awards.
In 2010, the Rattlers completed eight detachments, executing 1,715 sorties and 2,532 flight hours without a single Class “A,” “B” or “C” mishap. In doing so, the River Rattlers celebrated a 30-year, 97,895 Class “A” mishap-free milestone.
The highlight of 2011 was the N’Awlins Air Show, held May 7 and 8 at NAS JRB New Orleans. On May 8, River Rattler aircraft took to the skies over Southern Louisiana exactly 100 years from the day naval aviation was born. In addition to participating in the Centennial of Naval Aviation, the River Rattlers conducted eight detachments in support of fleet training.
The year 2012 culminated in a highly successful detachment in which the squadron expended nearly 100,000 pounds of live air-to-ground ordnance and 10 air-to-air missiles. As a result of VFA-204’s spectacular performance over the course of the year, the command was awarded the 2012 Battle “E,” Golden Wrench and Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve Squadron of the Year honors.
In 2013, the River Rattlers were able to refocus on the fundamentals of F/A-18 air-to-air and air-to-ground employment in a way that had not been possible for several years. This “re-blue” culminated in an entire squadron carrier qualification detachment to Oceana, Virginia, in the late summer.
VFA-204 transitioned to the F/A-18C in 2018, further enhancing its warfighting capabilities with an advanced combat systems and avionics suite. The River Rattlers continue to set the bar high, proving that the experience and expertise in this Naval Reserve squadron rival those of any unit, anywhere, anytime.
FLEET LOGISTICS SUPPORT SQUADRON (VR) 54
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 54 was commissioned as a Naval Reserve Force Squadron on June 1, 1991. Located at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, VR-54 was the first Navy Reserve squadron to fly the Lockheed C-130T “Hercules.” The squadron operates four C-130T aircraft with a normal maximum takeoff weight of 165,500 pounds, able to carry any combination of up to 92 passengers and 40,000 pounds of palletized cargo, heavy trucks or light armored vehicles. Due to the diverse capabilities, VR-54’s mission includes everything from transporting a deploying carrier air wing to flying supplies to remote corners of the world. Nicknamed The Revelers, the squadron bears the colors purple, green and gold, symbolic of the official colors of Mardi Gras.
The squadron’s mission is to operate Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift aircraft and to provide responsive, flexible and rapidly deployable air logistics support required to maintain combat operations at sea and meet combatant commanders’ logistical requirements. Also the squadron provides peacetime air logistics support for all Navy commands and quality training for all fleet logistics support squadron personnel. Year-round, highly skilled and motivated aircrews, maintenance and support personnel provide worldwide logistics support to the fleet in a constantly changing arena of operations.
The Revelers are composed of both active-duty and Reserve personnel working together to meet the squadron’s mission. There are more than 200 highly trained and motivated aircrew, maintenance and support personnel who make up the squadron. The majority of the skilled professionals are on active duty, while approximately 40 percent are drilling Reservists who commute from numerous states to New Orleans to meet a commitment to train and operate at least one weekend each month and for one two-week detachment per year. For aircrews, this commitment is often much more. These “Citizen Sailors” come from all walks of life including educators, attorneys, doctors, businessmen and businesswomen, airline pilots, engineers, police officers, college students, farmers and carpenters. All of these elements combine smoothly into a team with tremendous ability, experience and motivation.
Commissioned June 1, 1991, the squadron received its first aircraft “762” in August of that year and now operates four Lockheed C-130T Hercules aircraft.
VR-54 is actually the rebirth of a previous squadron of the same designation that was also stationed aboard NAS JRB New Orleans. The original VR-54 flew the C-118 Liftmaster transport aircraft and was decommissioned in the early 1980s when the Navy introduced the C-9 Skytrain. The members of VR-54 log upward of 2,000 flight hours annually supporting worldwide (hence “World Famous”) logistics mission. Any given year VR-54 provides six to eight months of air logistics detachment support to the European Command, Pacific Command and Central Command; in fiscal 2017, the squadron supported 1,768,642 pounds of cargo and 808 passengers while conducting 120 missions and 163 lifts worldwide.