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On 5 November 2008 the Air Traffic Control Association named Bataan (LIID 5) sailor ET3 (SWIAW) Zachary W. Reeves its Airway Transportation Systems Specialist of the Year.

On 4 December 2008 Naval Air Engineering Station, Lakehurst, N.J., earned the New Jersey Governor's 2008 Environmental Excellence Award for proactive efforts at collaborative planning, compatible development, and land conservation in the central New Jersey region.

On 23 December 2008 Enterprise (CVN 65) received the 2008 Golden Anchor award for retention excellence.

Milestones

On 6 November 2008 NAS Oceana, Va., CO Capt. Mark R. Hunter reached his 5,000th flight hour.

On 19 November 2008 HSC-28 celebrated 10 mishapfree years. HSC-28 has accumulated more than 56,000 mishap-free flight hours.

On 19 November 2008 HSL-47 surpassed 47,000 mishap-free flight hours.

Scan Pattern

On 21 October 2008 the commander of Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) landed the unit's first F/A-18F Super Hornet at its new home at NAS Fallon, Nev., as the home of TOPGUN began its upgrade of strike fighter aircraft. RAdm. Mark T. Emerson took custody of the two-seat Super Hornet from the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 at NAS Lemoore, Calif., and flew the aircraft back to its new home.

NSAWC currently has 23 A-D series F/A-18s. NSAWCs first Super Hornet will be joined by six more F/A-18Fs this year as the command upgrades its aircraft to better train pilots from the fleet. In addition to a training center, NSAWC is responsible for tactics and weapons development.

NSAWC also received two E-2C Hawkeyes from VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Md., in 2008 and made the transition from SH-60F Seahawks to MH-60S helicopters.

On 2 December 2008 Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) with embarked HSL-60 Det 2 recovered 41 bales of cocaine weighing more than a ton floating in the water after pursuing a boat into Panamanian waters. The actions came while Roberts and HSL-60 were deployed in the eastern Pacific partnering with the Coast Guard and the Joint Interagency Task Force-South in counter-illicit trafficking operations.

On 11 December 2008 the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, visited Nimitz (CVN 68) underway in the 5th Fleet area of operations. President Karzai toured the flight deck; observed flight operations; and visited the bridge, a squadron ready room, and the ship's combat direction center.

On 8 January the Combined Maritime Forces established Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 for counterpiracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and the Red Sea.

On the Move

On 29 October 2008 HSC-25 returned to Guam after completing a nine-month deployment in support of the 7th Fleet in the western Pacific Ocean.

On 25 November 2008 the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group--Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked CVW-14, Chancellorsville (CG 62), Decatur (DDG 73), Gridley (DDG (01), and Thach (FFG 43)--returned to San Diego, Calif., following a six-month deployment in which the group supported combat operations in Afghanistan and carried out humanitarian assistance following a typhoon in the Philippines.

On 1 December 2008 VP-16 returned to NAS Jacksonville, Fla., after a six-month deployment.

On 2 December 2008 HSC-28 Det 5 returned to Norfolk, Va., after a 4-month deployment with Kearsarge (LHD 3) in support of the humanitarian and civic assistance mission Continuing Promise 2008.

On 10 December 2008 VP-46 returned to NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., after a 6-month deployment to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The squadron surpassed 305,000 mishap-free hours during the deployment.

On 9 January the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group--Boxer (LHD 4) with embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, New Orleans (LPD 18), Comstock (LSD 45), Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719), Lake Champlain (CG 57), and HSC-21--left San Diego, Calif., for a western Pacific deployment.

Rescues

On 18 November 2008 pilots from HMH-464 embarked aboard Kearsarge (LHD 3) performed an emergency airlift of a 15-year-old girl suffering a ruptured appendix in Santa Rosa, Guyana. The girl was transferred to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown where she received emergency surgery.

On 13 December 2008 Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) assisted in a medical evacuation of an injured merchant seaman from the Liberian-flagged ship Marie Rickmers nearly 300 miles off southern California. Lincoln received the assistance call from Coast Guard Station, San Diego, Calif, and was positioned halfway between the merchant ship and the mainland. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dauphin picked up a doctor and corpsman from Lincoln before refueling and heading to Marie Rickmers. The helicopter crew retrieved the injured seaman and returned him to Lincoln for treatment. He was transferred to a San Diego hospital the next day.

Two George Washington (CVN 73) sailors rescued a Japanese citizen who had fallen from a train station platform in Yokosuka on 19 December 2008. The sailors were changing trains when they saw a man fall onto the tracks. AT1 Henry Caballero jumped onto the tracks followed by AT1 James Brice. The two helped the man back onto the platform just as a train was approaching the station.

Outreach

On 31 October 2008 more than 20 volunteers from PCU George H. W. Bush assisted a fellow sailor whose home was destroyed by a tornado on 28 April 2008. AB1 (AW) Brian Miless was en route to Japan aboard George Washington (CVN 73) when a tornado struck his Suffolk, Va., home. The Navy allowed Miless to transfer to Carl Vinson (CVN 70) so he could take care of his damaged home and family. Volunteers salvaged what they could, then helped rebuild the home bigger than the original. Construction was completed by Christmas.

On 6 November 2008 Bataan (LHD 5) sailors made improvements to the Institute for Community Living, Borden Avenue Veterans Residence in New York, N.Y. Volunteers performed maintenance, painted, and helped clean the grounds of the facility that houses homeless veterans.

FLIGHTBAG

Reunions

Mariner/Marlin Association (MMA), 23-25 April 2009, Tucson, Ariz. POC Arnold Zaharia, 623-934-2100. arnold@printcenteraz.com.

NAS Chase Field, 24-26 April 2009, Beeville, Texas. POC Mark Webb, 951-278-8812. npc@jps.net.

Tarawa (CV/CVA/CVS 40/LHA 1), 30 April-3 May 2009, Buffalo, NY. POC Cliff Gardner, 401-539-1149 or Malcolm A. Lanham 304-965-5916.

Hornet (CV 8/CV/CVA/CVS 12), 16-20 September 2009, Buffalo/Niagra Falls, N.Y. POC Carl and Sandy Burket, 814-224-5063. hornetcva@aol.com.

RELATED ARTICLE: CHANGE OF COMMAND

ACCLW: Cdr. Kevin R. Anderson relieved Capt. Paul G. O'Conner, 4 Dec 08.

CNATTU: Cdr. John Wood relieved Cdr. Michael J. Singleton, 5 Dec 08.

HS-7: Cdr. Sean Mordhorst relieved Cdr. Kevin Lenox, 12 Dec 08.

HSL-44: Cdr. Richard Davis relieved Cdr. Michael Patterson, Nov 08.

HSL-45: Cdr. Wayne Baze relieved Cdr. Larry Vasquez, 9 Dec 08.

HSL-51: Cdr. Stephen D. McKone relieved Cdr. David W. Bouve, 4 Dec 08.

NAVAIRLANT: RAdm. Richard J. O'Hanlon relieved RAdm. John W. Goodwin, 13 Jan.

TRAWING 2 (RC): Cdr. Lowen B. Loftin relieved Cdr. William S. Johnson, 14 Nov 08.

VAW-120: Cdr. Donald A. Basden relieved Capt. Jeffery L. Trent, 26 Nov 08.

VAW-125: Cdr. C. Wesley Bannister relieved Cdr. David L. Tidwell, 23 Oct 08.

VFA-11: Cdr. J. J. Cummings relieved Cdr. Anthony T. DeSmet, 13 Nov 08.

VFA-15: Cdr. Fredrick R. Luchtman relieved Cdr. Keith W. Hoskins, 25 Oct 08.

VFA-131: Cdr. Thomas David Bush Jr. relieved Cdr. Mark A. Johnson, 12 Dec 08.

VT-6: Lt. Col. Javier Ball relieved Cdr. John Considine, 19 Dec 08.

VT-21 (RC): Cdr. Robert T. Carretta relieved Cdr. Richard A. Foley, 14 Nov 08.

VX-23: Cdr. Beau V. Duarte relieved Capt. Michael L. Peoples, 16 Jan.

Edited by MC3 Julia A. Casper
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