Story by LT Michelle Tucker on 01/26/2019Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Reserve Component held a change of command ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, Jan. 25.
Capt. William L. "Wilbur" Angermann relieved Capt. Robert T. "Sideshow" Carretta as commanding officer during the ceremony and CNATRA Rear Adm. Gregory "Hyfi" Harris served as the guest speaker.
Harris congratulated Carretta on a job well done and credited him with leading a team focused on providing the fleet the very best naval aviators and flight officers. According to Harris, Carretta led the charge to increase Reserve component instructor pilot billets by more than 10 percent, enabling CNATRA to meet fleet manning requirements.
Harris also underscored the value of leveraging the knowledge and experience of Reserve component Sailors and Marines, calling them the "lifeblood" of the command.
"You look at the bios for both Sideshow and Wilbur, and it is what the Reserve component is all about," said Harris. "It is not a set path. It is not just one way to get to where you're going. It is an incredible, rich diversity, that makes the active component significantly better."
Colleagues, friends and family watched as the traditional change-of-command ceremony took place, marking the transfer of leadership. Carretta, a native of Fair Oaks, California, served two years with CNATRA. He has been reassigned as the commanding officer of NATO Allied Command Transformation Detachment Washington, D.C. In his civilian career, he is a former congressional staff member for the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Carretta first arrived at CNATRA in 1999 as an instructor pilot and, aside from one or two short absences, has been part of the CNATRA family for 19 years.
"It has been an honor to train the next generation," said Carretta. "I'm glad to hand it over to Wilbur' and the new team to carry it on. It's been great to bring in new students and watch them train in the T-45; to go from not knowing much about that aircraft, and year or so later to be a carrier qualified, winged Naval Aviator, and then get out to fleet to support the fight."
Ready to take the helm, Angermann has accumulated more than 6,000 flight hours and 3,000 student sorties during his time as an active duty, then Navy Reserve aviator. He has completed multiple worldwide deployments and most recently served as chief staff officer of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk. A native of New Hope, Pennsylvania, Angermann is a commercial airline pilot in his civilian life based out of Houston.
CNATRA, headquartered in Corpus Christi, trains the world's finest combat quality aviation professionals, delivering them at the right time, in the right numbers, and at the right cost to a naval force that is where it matters, when it matters.