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Naval Aviation News earned First Place in the 2007 CHINFO Merit Awards competition in the Magazine Format Publication category for the second consecutive year.
On 16 July Tarawa (LHA 1) received the Ship's Store Retail and Service Excellence Award for best in class throughout the Supply Management Certification.
On 19 August the Secretary of the Navy announced the 2008 Department of the Navy Safety Excellence Awards Winners included: 1st MAW, CVW-1, Enterprise (CVN 65), HMLA-269, HMLA-773, HSL-42, MCAS New River, N.C., VR-56, and VT-31.
On 25 August VAW-123, left, received the FY 2007 CNO Safety "S" award.
In July HS-10 surpassed 80,000 mishap free flight hours.
On 23 July VFA-213 XO Cdr. Walt Slaughter, completed his 1,000th carrier arrested landing on board Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
On 1 July elements from HSC-85 deployed to NAS Lemoore, Calif., to help contain wildfires from spreading throughout California. By 11 July the squadron, working with personnel and helicopters from HMH-465, HMMT- 164, and HMM-268, made a combined 574 air drops and delivered more than 217,000 gallons of water to combat the fires.
On 12 July the Navy reestablished U.S. 4th Fleet during a ceremony at NS Mayport, Fla. Fourth Fleet is responsible for Naval forces in the Caribbean and in the waters of Central and South America.
On 13 July Japanese SH-60J helicopters from the Japanese Self Defense Ship Haruna (DDH 141) landed on Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) for flight qualifications and to familiarize its pilots with U.S. Navy protocol.
From 14-15 July the U.S., Australia, Indonesia, and Canadia embarked forces on Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the Royal Australian Navy ship Tobruk (LSH 50) to participate in beach assault exercises at Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, Hawaii. The exercise is to build trust and cooperation between the participating countries and to protect maritime freedom in the Pacific Rim.
On 4 August the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced their identification of the remains of HM3 Manuel R. Denton. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on 7 August. On 8 October 1963 Denton and five other crewmen began a search and rescue mission over Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, when their UH-34D Choctaw helicopter came under intense enemy fire and crashed.
On 7 August VC-6 deactivated in a ceremony held at NS Norfolk, Va.
Between 13-27 August the U.S. military delivered more than 2.1 million pounds of food, water, bedding, and medical supplies to displaced persons in Georgia as part of Operation Assured Delivery. Navy C-9 Skytrain, C-40 Clipper, and C-130 Hercules aircraft joined Air Force aircraft in flying 55 sorties into Georgia from Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
The destroyer McFaul (DDG 74) pulled into the port of Bat'umi on 24 August with 155,000 pounds of humanitarian supplies, including baby food, bottled water and personal hygiene kits. The Marine Corps sent 8,000 cots on 26 August from prepositioned stockpiles located in storage caves in Norway. Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) arrived in Bat'umi on 5 September transporting another 17 tons of humanitarian relief supplies.
In August Commander, U.S. Naval Central Command directed the establishment
of a Maritime Security Patrol Area in the Gulf of Aden. The force of coalition ships and aircraft will patrol the area in support of the International Maritime Organization's efforts to counter destabilizing activities in the region.
On 8 September Kearsarge (LHD 3), along with HMH-464, assisted in humanitarian efforts in Haiti after tropical storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Hurricane Ike struck the island. CH-53 Super Stallions and MH-60S Seahawks from HSC-28 (see story page 8) distributed supplies from Port-au-Prince to various cities and villages throughout the country.
On the Move
On 18 July Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed NS Norfolk, Va., to host carrier qualifications with CVW-8 and the French navy.
On 31 July Bataan (LHD 5) returned to NS Norfolk, Va., after a 10-day underway period. On 2 September the ship got underway for a routine deployment.
On 6 August Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed NS Norfolk, Va., for a four-month deployment in support of Continuing Promise 2008, Caribbean phase.
On 21 August George Washington (CVN 73) departed NS San Diego, Calif., to begin its journey to Yokosuka, Japan, where it will replace Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.
On 22 August VT-86 participated in a sunset ceremony held for the T-2 Buckeye at NAS Pensacola, Fla. The ceremony marked the end of 50 years of service for the training plane.
From 26-30 August the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group--Iwo Jima (LHD 7) with embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Carter Hall (LSD 50), San Antonio (LPD 17), Vella Gulf (CG 72), Ramage (DDG 61), Roosevelt (DDG 80), and Hartford (SSN 768)--left their respective homeports in NS Norfolk, Va., Mayport, Fla., and Groton, Conn., for a routine deployment to the Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.
On 28 August the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group--Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked CVW-14 and DESRON-7, Chancellorsville (CG 62), Decatur (DDG 73), Gridley (DDG 101), Howard (DDG 83). Thach (FFG 43), and USNS Rainer (T-AOE 7)-- launched sorties into Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
On 2 September Kitty Hawk (CV 63) pulled into Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., to prepare for decommissioning.
On 3 September Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) with embarked CVW-2 departed the 5th Fleet area of operations.
On 21 August a search and rescue crew from NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., assisted in the rescue of two boys trapped under snow and ice on Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. The five-person crew launched from Whidbey Island in an MH-60S Seahawk and located the boys in a steep canyon. A corpsman rappelled into the canyon and secured the boys before they were hoisted into the helicopter and transported to a local medical facility.
From 10-11 July sailors from Carl Vinson (CVN 70) performed landscaping and building repairs to the Ruxton Health Center during a community relations project in Norfolk, Va.
On 21 July sailors from PCU George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) performed yard maintenance at St.. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Newport News, Va.
On 12 August sailors from Wasp (LHD 1) performed landscaping work at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, Va.
On 14 August sailors from Kearsarge (LHD 3)
assisted in building and repairing playground equipment and installed lights at a municipal park during a community relations project when the ship visited Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.
2008 SECNAV ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT AWARD
On 28 July Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) received the 2008 SECNAV Energy and Water Management Award for the large ship category. Other aviation commands recognized for energy conservation programs included:
Bataan (LHD 5)
MCAS Miramar San Diego, Calif.
NAF Atsugi, Japan
NAF El Centro, Calif.
NAS Fallon, Nev.
NAS Jacksonville, Fla.
NAS Key West, Fla.
NAS Lemoore, Calif.
NAS Oceana, Va.
NAS Patuxent River, Md.
NAS Pensacola, Fla.
NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.
NAS Whiting Field Milton, Fla.
NAS JRB Forth Worth, Texas
NAVAIRDEPOT North Island San Diego, Calif.
NAVAIRENGSTA Lakehurst, N.J.
NAVAIRWARCEN TRASYSDIV Orlando, Fla.
NAVAIRWPNSTA China Lake, Calif.
Tarawa (LHA 1)
CHANGE OF COMMAND
CNATTU Jacksonville, Fla.:
Cdr. Allen Crisp relieved Cdr. John Newcomer. 17 Jul.
CNATTU Whidbey Island, Wash.: Cdr. Terry W. Pulliam relieved Capt. Michael K. Price, 1 Aug.
CVW-3: Capt. Andrew Lewis relieved Capt. Rick Pawlowski, 28 Aug.
CVW-8: Capt. Kevin Kovacich relieved Capt. Dan Dixon, 1 Aug.
George Washington (CVN 73): Capt. J. R. Haley relieved Capt. David C. Dykhoff, 30 Jul.
HS-2: Cdr. Terence A. Hoeft relieved Cdr. Edward J. Iocco, 1 Jul.
HSC-3: Cdr. Robert H. Buckingham relieved Capt Peter J. Brennan, 14 Aug.
HSL-46: Cdr. Douglas R. Thompson relieved Cdr. Christopher J. Dennis, 14 Aug.
HSL-47: Cdr. Jack P. Olive relieved Cdr. Shawn P. Malone, 2 Jul.
MACS-24: Lt. Col. Arturo G. Hernandez relieved Lt. Col. Darin L. Powers, 2 Aug.
MATSG-33: Col. Newell B.
Day Jr. relieved Col. Jonathan D. Covington, 25 Jul.
NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pa.: Capt. David J. Opatz relieved Capt. Michael S. Remington, 25 Jul.
NAS Meridian, Miss.: Capt. Charles M. Gibson relieved Capt. Russell P. Knight, 25 Jul.
PATRECONWING 2: Capt. Rodney M. Urbano relieved Capt. Matthew J. Carter, 31 Jul.
TACRON-22: Cdr. Craig M. Dorrans relieved Cdr. James E. Boswell, 22 Aug.
Tactical Support Wing: Capt John A. Hefti relieved Capt. Bryan P. Cutchen, 12 Jul.
TRAWING-5: Col. J. Scott Walsh relieved Capt. David P. Maloney, 19 Sept.
VAQ-142: Cdr. Richard J. Meadows relieved Cdr. James G. Stoneman, 17 Jul.
VF-48: Cdr. James Mitchell relieved Cdr. Mark Samuels, 9 Aug.
VFA-27: Cdr. Gordon Cross relieved Cdr. Gregory Huffman, 2 Sept.
VFA-86: Cdr. Paul C. Spedero relieved Cdr. Geoffrey S. Gage, 7 Aug.
VFA-97: Cdr. Marc Preston relieved Cdr. Russell McCormack, 1 Aug.
VFA-103: Cdr. Brian Garrison relieved Cdr. Christopher Murdoch, 14 Aug.
VFA-154: Cdr. Clark O. Troyer relieved Cdr. Michael P. Donnelly, 1 Aug.
VFA-192: Cdr. John Enfield relieved Cdr. Greg McWherter, 22 Jul.
VP-62: Cdr. Scott Fuller relieved Cdr. Jack Monday, 28 Jun.
VR-1: Cdr. Lawrence J. Artman relieved Cdr. Robert E. T. Lee. 5 Sept.
VR-61: Cdr. Tami Ryley relieved Cdr. Darin Robison, 2 Aug.
VT-21: Cdr. William A. Bulis relieved Cdr. Charles C. Moore, 1 Aug.
VT-31: Cdr. Dennis R. Crews relieved Cdr. Joe C. Shipley. 4 Sept.
VX-9: Capt. Daniel Doster relieved Capt. Kent Aitcheson, 17 Jul.
VXS-1: Cdr. Darrell Vance relieved Cdr. Heidi Fleming, 24 Jul. 83),
Edited by MC1 Johnie Hickman and MC3 Julia A. Casper