NAS Whiting Field is the busiest naval air station in the world, responsible for an estimated 46 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command’s total flight time and more than 11 percent of Navy and Marine Corps total flight time. Greater than 1,200 service personnel complete their essential flight training here yearly.
Known as the “canoe capital of Florida,” Milton, originally a trading post on the Blackwater River, was established in 1825. Eventually becoming the county seat in 1843, it was incorporated in 1844, the year before Florida became a state. Milton, named in honor of Gov. John Milton, has been known by many names throughout the years. Its most celebrated is Scratch Ankle; named for the briars on the riverbanks that visitors had to negotiate upon disembarking their vessels.
The Whiting Field and Milton area is noted for its pleasant overall quality of life and relaxed atmosphere. Within driving distance are national parks, historic sites and the sugar-white beaches along the famous Gulf shores of the Florida Panhandle.
A sincere and cordial “welcome aboard” is extended to you. This guide is primarily designed to acquaint you with the facilities and services available both on and off station in the Whiting Field, Milton and Pensacola areas. Be sure to visit the NAS Whiting Field home page at www.cnic.navy.mil/whitingfield.
NAS Whiting Field is approximately 30 miles (45 minutes) from Pensacola Regional Airport. Refer to the foldouts of this guide for a map to Whiting Field. It is located approximately 8 miles north of Milton, Florida.
Personnel reporting aboard NAS Whiting Field are advised to contact their sponsor in advance to arrange transportation to the installation from either the Pensacola Regional Airport or local bus station. If no transportation arrangements have been made, report to the USO Information Center, located on the second deck of the regional airport, for assistance.
While traveling through the central and northern parts of the county, you can observe many restored historic buildings that now serve as museums, residences, offices and businesses, many of which are open to the public. Although few original landmarks remain, the influence of the early settlers and local Indian tribes is still seen in names of streets and areas in Santa Rosa County.
Once known as the most industrialized county in Florida, Santa Rosa’s history is abundant with the lore of the logging, sawmill and shipbuilding industries around which life evolved. The area around Milton gained distinction as the site of the first cotton textile mill in the South. The Shortline Railroad was the primary hauler of the nation’s first paper-mill supply of logs, run by the Bagdad Land and Lumber Co., in operation from 1828 until 1939.
Five flags have flown over Santa Rosa County, the Spanish, French, British, Confederate and the United States. Local residents and visitors to Santa Rosa enjoy the cultural diversity of vastly unique communities each committed to providing its distinctive quality of life.
A climate with moderate year-round temperatures, unlimited business opportunity and one of the finest school systems in the state combine to provide an atmosphere that many people find enticing in their search for a new home. All of the conveniences of a cosmopolitan society can be found while enjoying the wealth of nature’s blessing in a relaxing environment.
All military and civilian personnel reporting aboard NAS Whiting Field report to Administration in Building 1401, on USS Essex Street, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All flight students and flight instructors reporting to Training Air Wing 5 should report to the Student Control Office in the first deck of Building 2943, on USS Enterprise Street, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. After normal working hours, all military personnel report to the Unaccompanied Housing front desk, Building 2942, on Lexington Circle and report on the next regular workday.
24-hour Housing Information: For transient reservations, please visit our website (www.dodlodging.net) Check out the Automated Housing Referral Network (www.ahrn.com). This website provides families with a Web-accessible home-finding tool. It is sponsored by the Department of Defense and all military branches. AHRN allows members to find suitable rental housing (both long-term and temporary housing) before they arrive at their new destination. Property managers and landlords list both long-term rentals (apartments, duplexes and single-family homes) and temporary housing units (corporate apartments and short-term units) at www.ahrn.com.
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites and Unaccompanied Housing
NAS Whiting Field
Buildings 2957 and 2958
The commanding officer, management and staff of Navy Gateway Inns & Suites and Unaccompanied Housing, NAS Whiting Field welcome you. We are located in lovely Milton, Florida, about 45 to 60 minutes away from NAS Pensacola. Excellence in quality of life and customer service is our goal. We strive to make sure your stay in the Pensacola area is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. NAS Whiting Field is home to transient personnel, permanent party personnel and aviation flight students. NGIS and UH NAS Whiting Field consist of 113 suites for transient guest use and 220 rooms for permanent party residents. Located within the complex is a lounge with a large-screen television and laundry facilities. The complex also has a MWR Navy Liberty Center, which has computers for guest use, movie rentals and a NEX mini-mart.
NGIS/UH Manager..................... 850-665-6218
NGIS/UH Front Desk
.. Supervisor.............................. 850-665-6217
NGIS/UH Front Desk................. 850-623-7605
NGIS/UH Fax............................. 850-623-7238
.. Department............................ 850-665-6215
NGIS Housekeeping................... 850-665-6216
Balfour Beatty Communities
Whiting Pines Navy Family Housing and Balfour Beatty Communities offices are located in the city of Milton, approximately 7 miles south of the naval air station. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Balfour Beatty Communities remains open until 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
Welcome to the Balfour Beatty Community, Whiting Pines, where quality meets convenience. Whiting Pines is nestled in wooded, peaceful beauty. It is close to shopping, NAS Whiting Field and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Leave your cares behind at Whiting Pines.
There is an on-site Navy Exchange, two tennis courts, basketball courts, a swimming pool, a splash park, two playgrounds and a paved, 1.7-mile running and jogging path. Please access www.naswhitingfieldhomes.com for assignment criteria, forms and management contact information.
Navy Family Housing Referral
Navy Family Housing Referral specialists are your first point of contact to locate community housing when relocating to NAS Whiting Field or to the surrounding Santa Rosa community. Visit the Housing Welcome Center before signing a lease to obtain personalized housing assistance, which includes lease reviews, verification of rental and sales listings, and identification of places of worship, schools, transportation and day care centers. Family Housing counselors will provide utility, phone and cable connection contacts.
There are many properties in Navy Family Housing’s Rental Partnership Program that offer special concessions when selected for residency. The Rental Partnership Program is designed to provide military personnel, enlisted and officers, with affordable off-base housing. RPP was implemented to ease the transition of military personnel and to help defray some of the costs incurred with moving.
The Automated Housing Referral Network website (www.ahrn.com) provides families with a Web-accessible home-finding tool. It is sponsored by the Department of Defense and all military branches. AHRN allows members to find suitable rental housing (both long-term and temporary) before they arrive at their new destination.
Please access www.cnic.navy.mil/whitingfield for additional information.
The administrative office is located in Building 1401, Room 104. The office serves as the initial check-in point for NAS Whiting Field personnel and assists with service record documentation, official correspondence, security clearances and more.
Pen Air Federal Credit Union
850-505-3200, ext. 7953
Pen Air Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving the military, civil service and their families, and over 500 other workforces in the community. Pen Air FCU is located at 7180 Langley St., Building 1417, and is open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended afternoon hours to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. ATMs are available at Whiting Field’s commissary, the golf pro shop, Bachelor’s Housing Welcome Building, in the parking lot next to the command building and at the Pen Air office. Other ATM locations are available throughout the local area. Free debit card, bill pay, Flex-Tone telephone service and Internet account access service are available for 24-hour access to funds. Pen Air also has two other full-service offices located in the Milton, Florida, area at 5056 Dogwood Drive, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, with Saturday drive-thru hours 9 a.m. until noon. The office in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center on Dogwood is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday. All offices can be reached at 850-505-3200 or 850-505-7811 (call center). Visit our website at www.penair.org.
The Command Religious Program is designed to provide religious ministries to the personnel aboard NAS Whiting Field and their families. Chaplains are available during regular working hours at the Chaplain’s Office in Room 117 in Building 1417. The chapel is located behind Building 1401 and next to the fitness center. After hours and on weekends, the chaplains may be contacted through the officer of the day. Call for information regarding religious services and information regarding faith groups in the local area.
The Whiting Field Commissary is located at 7180 USS Wasp St. next to the Navy Exchange. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday for your shopping convenience. It is closed Sunday and Monday. The facility is also open 8:30 to 9 a.m. for early bird or handicapped shopping using the self-checkouts.
Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC)
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Open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The FFSC should be the first place you visit when arriving on station or when you receive orders to your next duty station. NAS Whiting Field FFSC is a warm, inviting center with cordial staff prepared to help you obtain the assistance you need to get settled in and to maintain a healthy military lifestyle throughout your tour.
A well-stocked Loan Locker is on base to provide the basics until your household goods are delivered. Military personnel assigned to NAS Whiting Field may borrow items free for up to 30 days with a copy of military PCS orders. Items available include futons; TV and DVD players; microwaves; kitchen basics like pots, pans, dishes, glassware and flatware; all sorts of small appliances; folding tables and chairs; irons and ironing boards; and vacuums. We do not carry sheets, blankets, pillows or towels.
FFSC staff are very professional and knowledgeable about programs and services available on and off base to assist with challenges associated with all aspects of a military lifestyle.
Services include a wide array of programs that offer educational briefs, seminars and individual assistance designed to educate and assist active-duty and retired military personnel (regardless of branch of service) and family members. FFSC serves singles, married, married with children and single parents. Many of the services are also provided to civil service and contract employees. Examples include: base indoctrination, personal financial management, debt and credit counseling, consumer affairs, car buying, bank account management, investments, communication skills, cultural awareness, decision-making, deployments, personal and family readiness, retired military affairs and benefits, basic and quarterly ombudsman training, relocation assistance including outbound and overseas move preparation, Smooth Move, sponsor training and spouse orientation, clinical counseling, stress management, family advocacy, positive parenting, marriage enrichment, assertiveness, anger management, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR, formerly SAVI), suicide prevention, family member employment assistance and transition assistance, such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search and many others.
Naval Branch Health Clinic, NAS Whiting Field
The Naval Branch Health Clinic at NAS Whiting Field provides primary outpatient medical care, specialty referrals and health-related services to active-duty personnel and TRICARE Prime retirees and dependent family members. Other services available include immunizations, pharmacy, preventive and occupational medicine, active-duty dental care and a TRICARE health benefits adviser. The clinic operates on an appointment basis with all medical appointments made through a central telephone service. Clinic hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Central Appointments................ 850-505-7171
Dental Appointments........ 850-623-7626/7627
Clinic Directory................ 850-623-7508/7509
Our main store, located in Building 3044, 7160 USS Wasp St., offers a wide variety of merchandise and services. We recently completed a full-store remodel and have opened a full-line Package Store within the main exchange, making a one-stop, convenient shopping experience for our patrons.
We excel in meeting your needs in the Uniform/Tailor Shop. Name tapes, leather patches and medal mounting is available. We also have laundry and dry cleaning services, souvenirs items, a barbershop, Redbox DVD Rental and Subway. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and holidays.
NEX Autoport/Gas Station
The NEX Autoport/Gas Station (Building 2866) has an ASE-certified technician on the premises. We also have a tire and lube mechanic who is devoted to service for our customers. We sell tires, batteries and more. There are 24- hour pay-at-the-pump gas pumps. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The NEX barbershop is located next to the main exchange, Building 3044. We pride ourselves in having two extremely experienced barbers here to serve you. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
NEX Mini-Mart (CBQ)
Our mini-mart is located within the Combined Bachelor’s Quarters Complex, Building 2958. We carry of variety of products: food items, personal care items, beer, wine, spirits, magazines and more. Stop by and try our assortment of snacks and fresh sandwiches. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday.
Whiting Pines Mini-Mart
Our mini-mart is located within Base Housing (Building 573 off Berryhill Road, Milton). We carry a full array of products, including frozen food, beverages, wine and spirits, personal care items, sandwiches, milk, diapers and more.
We have coffee, cappuccino and novelty ice cream. We also carry Blue Rhino propane tanks and bagged ice. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
The only postal services available are through the Navy Exchange main store, Building 3044, where postage stamps may be purchased during normal hours of operation.
Region Legal Service Office Southeast Branch Office, NAS Whiting Field
Legal services aboard NAS Whiting Field are provided by the Navy Legal Service Office from NAS Pensacola. Powers of attorney and notary services are available at the legal office located in Building 1401, Room 122. This office is currently only manned every other Thursday by appointment. Please call 850-452-3733/3734 to make an appointment. Other services are available through the NAS Pensacola Legal Service Office.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation
850-623-7502, ext. 1
The Archery Range is located on USS Intrepid Street (Golf Course Road). The range has a covered shooting area with provisions to hang the bow and place the arrows into. The 2-D and 3-D targets are placed 10 to 60 yards. Patrons are required to read regulations, pass a safety test and be issued an authorization card before using the facility. Please call for more information.
Athletic Gear Issue Facility
850-623-7502, ext. 3
850-623-7670 (Outdoor Recreation)
The Athletic Gear Issue Facility issues equipment on a one-day loan basis. Equipment consists of tennis racquets, horseshoes, basketballs, soccer balls, footballs and volleyballs. Gear issue also provides enough softball gear to outfit one full team.
The Bowling Center, Building 1475, located on USS Saratoga Street, has 12 lanes and provides bowling balls, shoes and locker rental, as well as a retail pro shop. Lanes are equipped with AMF automatic pin spotting machines and an automatic scoring system. Inside the Bowling Center is a snack bar for your food and beverage needs.
Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday for bowling. Snack bar hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Child Development Center
The Child Development Center (CDC), Building 36, located at 7523 California St., offers enrichment and development programs for family members of active-duty military and NAS Whiting Field civilian employees. A weekly program is offered for those 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Drop-in care is provided on a space-available basis. This NAEYC-accredited program offers developmentally age-appropriate activities for infants, pre-toddlers, toddlers and preschoolers year-round. The CDC participates in the USDA Food Program, which serves breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. VPK is offered during the school year for 4- to 5-year-old eligible children. Call Resource and Referral at 850-452-6806 for information and to register for all programs.
Child Development Homes
The Child Development Home (CDH) Program certifies military spouses in Navy Housing and certifies with the state of Florida the active and retired military spouses who live off base in Santa Rosa County. The provider and their family’s backgrounds are screened. Providers participate in training and have their homes inspected by fire, safety and health departments. An inspection from the state of Florida is added to those homes that are off base, and the homes are visited unannounced on a monthly basis.
Child care is offered to children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Some homes offer drop-in, extended hour and evening care services. The Child Development Home Office is located in the Regional Child Development Program Office.
Located in Building 2998, this is our own little gourmet coffee shop. With big, comfy couches, free Wi-Fi, a library of military-orientated books, various snacks, breakfast sandwiches, and your favorite cold and hot drinks, this is the perfect place to relax and read or study. The Coffee Shop is also available for private parties. Give our Food & Beverage manager a call at 850-623-7311 for any party needs.
Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
Disc Golf Course
The Disc Golf Course is located by the nature trail just north of Whiting Fields’ West Gate. This wooded, nine-hole course is open sunrise to sunset daily. There is no fee to use the course. Discs are available for checkout at the Liberty Center.
Dog Park “Wiggly Field”
850-623-7502, ext. 1
Wiggly Filed is located at the corner Langley Avenue and Saratoga Street. The park is an acre of a fenced and secure grassy area for your dog to run and play. There is a watering station and shaded benches for sitting. Trash and waste receptacles are on-site to keep the park clean. Bring your dog out and enjoy.
Fitness Center and Gym
The Fitness Center, Building 3148, is located on the corner of Yorktown Street and Saratoga Street. This world-class facility hosts a complete line of free weights, plate-loaded machines, cardio machines, two racquetball courts, a structured activities room and a full-court gymnasium. The locker rooms are equipped with a sauna and steam room. Children ages 10 to 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Hours of operation are 5 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
The golf course, located in the northeast section of NAS Whiting Field on USS Intrepid Street, offers 18 championship holes with all the challenges a golfer needs for an exciting game, including mounding, water hazards and waste bunkers. Teeing areas, greens and fairways are hybrid Bermuda grass. The course boasts a complete golf program with a driving range, putting and chipping greens, and cart and club rental. The clubhouse includes a pro shop, locker rooms, a snack bar and Mulligan’s, the second-story lounge overlooking the beautiful ninth and 18th greens.
Hours of operation for the pro shop are sunrise to sunset. Snack bar hours are 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Intramural Sports Program
850-623-7502, ext. 3
The program conducts intramural activities in the following areas: basketball, table tennis, bowling, cross-country, five-on-five soccer, flag football, golf, horseshoes, softball, four-on-four beach volleyball, billiards, racquetball, tennis and indoor volleyball.
IT&T Ticket Services
IT&T is located inside Building 1417, Room 153. IT&T offers discount ticket sales for attractions such as Gulf Breeze Zoo, Big Kahuna’s, Orlando theme parks, cruises and European trips. Airline tickets and car rentals are available. See ITT for all your travel needs.
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Liberty Center and Library
The Liberty Center is located in Building 2958, Room 8253, on the second floor of the CBQ directly above the mini-mart. The Liberty Center features a game room with billiards, pingpong, foosball and a 60-inch TV where eligible patrons can play Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii video game systems. The center is home to the Navy Motion Picture Services and receives new feature films every month. Movies are offered daily in the theater room, which also features a high-definition satellite program on a 52-inch LCD TV. Other features offered include a computer lab with wireless Internet and printing services, a quiet room for studying and the McNaughton book collection, featuring hardback and audio books. Eligible patrons for the Liberty Center are active-duty military and geographical bachelors. The library is available for use for all authorized MWR patrons.
Hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Outdoor Recreation Program
Located in the Bowling Center, Building 1475, the Outdoor Recreation Program boasts a variety of outdoor recreation rentals, including camping gear, travel trailer campers, canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, and party event equipment like tents, tables and chairs.
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
RV Park — Clear Creek
The RV park is located adjacent to the base West Gate and Clear Creek Nature Trail. The 10-site RV park has 40-foot cement pads, 30- and 50-amp electrical service, water and sewer. A clean bathhouse with a coin-operated laundry facility is provided for convenience. Reservations can be made by calling Outdoor Recreation or through Navy Getaways by phone at 877-NAVY-BED (628-9233) or online at www.dodlodging.net.
850-623-7502, ext. 3
Whiting Field boasts an outdoor sports complex with two adjacent lighted softball fields, two tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, a beach volleyball pit, a six-lane running track, two horseshoe pits and a well-groomed football and soccer field. Playground equipment and a covered picnic area are located on-site. The nature trail is a 1.5-mile loop starting just north of Whiting Fields’ West Gate. Sandhill Pines Bike and Hike Trail, approximately 10.4 miles long, is a wood-chipped packed surface course, which circumnavigates Whiting Fields North and South Field perimeter roads.
Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
The Olympic-size pool, Building 1452A, is located on the corner of Yorktown Street and Saratoga Street and is attached to the Fitness Center. It is open to all authorized MWR patrons. There is a guest fee for others. The pool is open for training and family recreational swimming.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Information for Vehicle Storage is managed by the Outdoor Recreation (OREC) program. Vehicle and boat registration and payment is available during OREC regular business hours.
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Whiting Park is located off Whiting Field base, on the Blackwater River, east of downtown Milton. Whiting Park is a Navy water recreation and picnic park. The park is a family-orientated facility and offers many amenities, including sheltered picnic pavilions with barbecue grills, a wading area, a basketball court, a volleyball net and a playground. The park rents 19-foot Puma travel trailer campers, canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats, johnboats, bass boats and ski boats. A boater’s safety course is required prior to renting a power boat. A vehicle with an electrical brake towing package is required for the travel trailer campers.
Please call the facility as operating hours change depending on the season.
Training Air Wing 5
Training Air Wing 5 (TRAWING 5) consists of the commander, his staff and six training squadrons. The primary mission of TRAWING 5 is to administer, coordinate, and supervise the flight and academic training and support of student military aviators (SMAs) and flight students of allied nations as directed by the chief of naval air training (CNATRA). United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard instructors and students are assigned to TRAWING 5 and its squadrons. The TRAWING 5 staff implements the CNATRA-approved flight and academic syllabus, oversees the flight instructor standardization training program, coordinates squadron student load and assignments, oversees student production within the wing and monitors aircraft maintenance activities.
Naval Flight Training
It is a course unlike any other. Naval Flight Training is filled with constant challenges and is designed to test an individual’s stamina and ability to adapt to the flying environment. Every aspect of the training program has a purpose based on an understanding of what the flying environment may hold. The military aviator must know and master all the elements that will be encountered in combat. Mastery of the flying environment requires unceasing commitment and self-discipline. The school is about a dream, a vision of flight and a desire to wear the coveted “wings of gold.” After completing aviation indoctrination at Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, the next step is Primary Flight Training Ground School at NAS Whiting Field.
Ground School, conducted by the Academic Training Department of TRAWING 5, provides the core of knowledge upon which all simulator and aircraft instruction is based. Ground School consists of four weeks of intensive academic instruction in the fundamentals of the T-6B, including aircraft systems, aviation physiology, aircraft preflight inspection, aircraft egress and bailout, crew resource management, safety and emergency procedures. Before SMAs get into a plane, they practice engine startup, takeoff, landing, engine shutdown and the basics of radio communication in a simulator or training device. Immediately following completion of Primary Ground School students begin the flight phase of training.
Primary Flight Training
Primary is conducted here at Whiting Field under the direction of TRAWING 5 at one of our three primary squadrons: Training squadrons 2 (VT-2), 3 (VT-3) or 6 (VT-6). Student aviators complete a rigorous curriculum of primary flight instruction lasting 25 weeks in the T-6B Texan II trainer aircraft. This instruction provides a combination of actual and simulated flight experience for SMAs. With the exception of solo flights, all actual flights of the T-6B are conducted under the experienced eye of an instructor pilot, a designated military aviator. The first stage, contact or familiarization, consists of 13 flights in which the student learns to conduct a proper preflight inspection of the aircraft, techniques for takeoff and landing, basic air-work, radio communications, emergency procedures, spins and stall recoveries. During the basic instrument stage, the SMA learns how to control the aircraft by sole usage of the cockpit instrument panel. The student will begin instrument flying in a high-tech flight simulator and then take techniques learned to the aircraft. Precision aerobatics and formation flying are confidence builders and are considered by some to be the most enjoyable flights in primary. These flights further familiarize the student with the strengths and limitations of the aircraft and refine the student’s flying abilities. Students then go on to learn the basics of radio instruments. In this stage of the flight training, SMAs learn airways navigation and instrument approaches. It is during this stage that SMAs acquire the fundamental knowledge that will make them “all-weather” pilots. In the last phase of primary flight training, the student will exercise their newly acquired abilities to conduct VFR (visual flight rules) and instrument flights operations. Once a student has completed primary, they will select one of the advanced pipelines in which they will continue their flight training in their quest to earn their “wings of gold.”
After completing primary training, the student is selected for advanced training in jet, multiengine, tilt-rotor or helicopter pipelines. Selection is based on three factors: the needs of the service, flight and academic grades, and the individual’s preference. Students selected for the helicopter or tilt-rotor pipelines remain at Whiting Field for advanced training. Advanced rotary students will receive their “wings of gold” at Whiting Field, while tilt-rotor students will receive their wings of gold following completion of multiengine training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.
Students selected for the helicopter pipeline receive ground training and instruction in TH-57B/C Sea Ranger systems, helicopter aerodynamics and instrument navigation. Advanced flight training is conducted by Helicopter Training squadrons 8 (HT-8), 18 (HT-18) and 28 (HT-28). Additional synthetic flight support training is conducted in the helicopter cockpit procedures trainer. The familiarization stage consists of 15 flights, including one solo flight. After mastering such skills as hovering and auto-rotation, the SMA advances to the fully instrumented TH-57C to refine his or her instrument flying ability. The full-motion helicopter flight simulator is used in this stage. Finally, the student aviator reaches the helicopter tactics stage where they learn the fundamentals of formation flying, low-level navigation, search and rescue, and night vision goggle flight. The long hours of study, practice and evaluation pay off when another military aviator receives their coveted “wings of gold” and reports to a fleet replacement squadron and ultimately to a fleet squadron as a combat-ready helicopter pilot.
Training Squadron 2 (VT-2) “Doer Birds”
VT-2, the Navy’s oldest primary training squadron, was formed as part of Basic Training Group 2 and commissioned May 1, 1960, at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The squadron’s mission is to provide primary stage flight training to student aviators of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard and several allied nations. VT-2 is fully committed to providing every advanced training pipeline with the highest-caliber student aviators possible while striving to mentor the professional development and achievement of all personnel assigned.
VT-2 consistently sets the bar for dedication to mission and safety. VT-2’s safety record has been recognized through several safety awards through the years to include most recently being awarded the CNO Safety Award for calendar year 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Additionally, VT-2 graduated over 250 primary flight students in fiscal year 2012 — the highest number of primary flight training graduates since the end of the Cold War and 50 students greater than VT-2’s running yearly average of 210 primary graduates. VT-2 on average logs nearly 2,000 flight hours each month, has flown in excess of 1,800,000 total flight hours and trained more than 19,000 students since its commissioning. VT-2 commanding officers normally alternate between Navy and Coast Guard officers.
Training Squadron 3 (VT-3) “Red Knights”
While VT-3’s roots extend as far back as World War II, its current commission began May 1, 1960, at NAS Whiting Field. The squadron’s primary mission at that time was the instruction of student naval aviators in radio instruments, formation flying and air-to-air gunnery. At the height of the Vietnam War, the command reached a peak in size and consisted of 174 instructors, 494 students, 649 enlisted personnel and 162 T-28 aircraft. In April 1977, VT-3 began the transition from the T-28 Trojan to the T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft. In 1980, the Red Knights became the only Navy primary fixed-wing training squadron to be alternately commanded by a Navy and Marine Corps officer. In 1994, VT-3 was designated as the first and only Navy joint primary flight training squadron, instructing both student naval aviators and Air Force pilots. The era of joint Navy-Air Force pilot training came to an end in July 2013 when an Air Force student pilot landed his final flight. In 2010, VT-3 was the first at NASWF to transition from the T-34C to the Hawker Beechcraft T-6B Texan II. With this new advanced Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS), the VT-3 Red Knights continue to provide the highest-quality training to student naval aviators and pilots from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and several allied nations. Current instruction includes emphasis on day and night piloting familiarization, precision aerobatics, basic and radio instruments, and formation flying skills. VT-3 commanding officers normally are Navy officers.
Training Squadron 6 (VT-6) “Shooters”
VT-6 was first commissioned in May 1960 as the first phase of advanced training for students completing primary training designated for helicopter training. The squadron flew TC-45J (SNB) aircraft with the mission of providing Navy, Marine Corps and international students initial qualification in basic and radio instruments prior to entering helicopter training. As the needs of naval aviation training changed over the years, VT-6 became an initial flight training squadron, which it remains today. VT-6 alternates Navy and Marine Corps commanding officers.
Helicopter Training Squadron 8 (HT-8) “Eightballers”
HT-8, the Navy’s oldest helicopter squadron, provides primary and advanced helicopter training for Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and allied student aviators selected for rotary-wing designation. The squadron was initially established as Helicopter Training Unit 1 on Dec. 3, 1950, at NAS Ellyson Field in Pensacola, Florida. The squadron was redesignated Helicopter Training Group 1 in March 1957. In July 1960, it became the eighth squadron in the Naval Air Basic Training Command and was renamed Helicopter Training Squadron 8. In 1972, the squadron moved to South Whiting Field and was divided into two squadrons: HT-8 and HT-18.
Helicopter Training Squadron 18 (HT-18) “Vigilant Eagles”
HT-18, established in 1972, continues its in-depth training of student naval aviators, graduating professional naval officers and aviators who are “fleet-ready,” able to meet today’s real-world missions for the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The squadron also provides rotary-wing training and designation to selected members of various allied nations, refresher and transition training to fleet aviators, and indoctrination flights for midshipmen and flight surgeons. HT-18’s primary mission is to transition student aviators through basic and advanced rotary-wing pilot training. Basic training introduces and develops student skills in helicopter flight maneuvers as well as training in visual navigation and tactics. Advanced training completes an intensive curriculum of basic and radio instruments, advanced tactics and shipboard landings. The completion of this exacting training syllabus culminates in a highly trained and proficient all-weather aviator.
Helicopter Training Squadron 28 (HT-28) “Hellions”
HT-28, established May 25, 2007, is the newest addition to naval aviation helicopter training squadrons. HT-28’s primary mission is to transition student aviators through basic and advanced rotary-wing pilot training. Basic training introduces and develops student skills in helicopter flight maneuvers as well as training in visual navigation and tactics. Advanced training completes an intensive curriculum of basic and radio instruments, advanced tactics and shipboard landings. The completion of this exacting training syllabus culminates in a highly trained and proficient all-weather aviator. HT-28, along with its sister squadrons, HT-8 and HT-18, provides advanced helicopter flight instruction to all U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard helicopter flight students as well as international students from several allied nations.
Center for Aviation Technical Training Detachment Milton
The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Det chment Milton (CNATT Det. Milton) is comprised of two military training units (MTUs) encompassing six courses ranging from two to nine weeks in length. The areas of study include three levels of instruction for the Ordnance University (MTU-6005) and Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP) indoctrination and management courses (MTU-6010). CNATT Det. Milton students check in at the administration office, located in Building 2945, aboard NAS Whiting Field.
Aviation Maintenance Officer School (MTU-6010)
The Aviation Maintenance Officer School provides training to newly commissioned or designated aviation ground officers (Navy 1520/1525/1527/63XX/73XX and Marine Corps 6002/6004) who are prospective members of intermediate or organizational maintenance activities. Training is provided in technical information, managerial responsibilities and administrative aspects required to perform in aviation maintenance positions in various fleet aviation units. The school is divided into two separate courses of instruction, which are the Naval Aviation Maintenance Programs (NAMP) Indoctrination Course (nine weeks) and Naval Aviation Maintenance Programs Management Course (three weeks). The two courses of instruction encompass the entire spectrum of naval and Marine Corps aviation maintenance management as set forth in the NAMP, with particular emphasis on the intermediate (I Level) and organizational (O Level) maintenance activities, to include their interface with the supply system, as well as other related activities. The course of instruction includes aviation maintenance management, processes, operational readiness, organization and support, maintenance control, administration, personal correspondence, manpower management, the maintenance training program, material management, Navy supply system, support asset management, maintenance data system, forms and reports, flight deck safety, NAVOSH and hazardous materials, deployment and detachment planning, and aircraft weight and balance. The long course includes an additional hands-on lab to assist the students in understanding the planning, communications and internal aspects of managing both “I” and “O” Level maintenance functions, including I Level Production Control and
O Level Maintenance Control. This is a structured comprehensive training program to standardize and expand upon the level of expertise of officers, senior enlisted personnel and DOD civilians. This training is available to senior enlisted aviation maintenance personnel: Navy (E-7 through E-9) and senior Marine aviation enlisted (E-7 through E-9) personnel assigned to aviation squadrons, CV/CVN I-Level, MALS, FRC, NAVAIR staff and DOD civilians.
Aviation Ordnance Officer Course (MTU-6005)
The Aviation Ordnance Officer Career Progression Course creates a training path, which begins immediately following accession training and culminates in specialized training in preparation for increased levels of responsibility and authority associated with aviation ordnance management. The Ordnance University is divided into three levels of instruction. Level I training is a six-week course intended to build incrementally on previously acquired skills and to provide graduated educational and professional career paths for aviation ordnance officers and senior enlisted personnel. This is a structured comprehensive training program to standardize and expand upon the level of expertise of newly commissioned LDOs, CWOs and senior enlisted personnel. This course consists of technical, administrative and safety-oriented instruction, which will significantly enhance the professionalism of successful graduates. This instruction covers a wide range of topics designed to provide the student with general knowledge of various areas an aviation ordnance officer may manage in his or her career. Level II is a two-week course with instruction targeted at officers and senior enlisted personnel. Focus will be placed on job-related functions that are associated with assignments to ordnance management billets. This is a structured comprehensive training program to standardize and expand upon the level of expertise of officers, senior enlisted personnel and DOD civilians at their mid-career point. Level III is a two-week course with instruction intended for officers and senior enlisted personnel. Focus will be placed on job-related functions that are associated with assignments to senior ordnance management billets (i.e., TYCOMS, FLTCOMs, Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity, Naval Operational Logistics Support Center and Washington, D.C., area tours). This is a structured, comprehensive training program to standardize and expand upon the level of expertise of officers, senior enlisted personnel and DOD civilians at their upper career point. This training is available to senior enlisted aviation ordnance personnel: Navy (E-6 through E-9) assigned to aviation squadrons, LHA/LHD, AOE, CV/CVN, naval magazines, weapons stations, surface combatants, Navy EOD personnel (5336/5337); Marines (E-6 through E-9) with a 6531/6541/6591/2311/2336 MOS and DOD civilians.