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. More 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 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.
Visit the NAS Whiting Field home page at www.cnic.navy.mil/whitingfield for more information.
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 Native American 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 U.S. 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 to NAS Whiting Field staff should report to Administration, Building 1401, Room 112, between 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, USS Enterprise Street, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. After normal working hours, all military personnel must report to the Unaccompanied Housing front desk, Building 2942, Lexington Circle, and report on the next regular workday.
24-hour Housing Information: For transient reservations, visit www.dodlodging.net. Check out the new Homes.mil website (www.homes.mil). This website provides families with a Web-accessible home-finding tool. It is sponsored by the Department of Defense and all military branches. Homes.mil 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.home.mil.
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites and Unaccompanied Housing
NAS Whiting Field
The Commanding Officer, Management and Staff of Navy Gateway Inns & Suites and Unaccompanied Housing, NAS Whiting Field welcomes 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 Milton area is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. NAS Whiting Field is home to both transient and permanent party personnel. NGIS consists of 89 suites for transient guests and UH consists of 30 rooms for permanent party residents. Located within the complex is a lounge with a large-screen television and laundry facilities. The complex is near the NEX mini-mart as well as the MWR Navy Liberty Center, which has computers for guest use, and movies available for rent.
NGIS/UH Front Desk 850-623-7605
NGIS/UH Fax 850-623-7238
NGIS/UH Manager 850-665-6218
NGIS/UH Front DeskSupervisor 850-665-6217
NGIS/UH MaintenanceDepartment 850-665-6215
NGIS Housekeeping 850-665-6216
Balfour Beatty Communities
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.
Visit www.naswhitingfieldhomes.com for assignment criteria, forms and management contact information. 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, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Balfour Beatty Communities remains open until 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
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 (RPP) 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 (AHRN) website, www.ahrn.com, provides families with a Web-accessible home-finding tool. It is sponsored by the DOD and all military branches. AHRN allows members to find suitable rental housing (both long-term and temporary) before they arrive at their new destination. Visit www.cnic.navy.mil/whitingfield for additional information.
The administrative office is in Building 1401, Room 112. 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. 7950
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 Federal Credit Union, 7180 Langley St., Building 1417, is open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
ATMs are available at Whiting Field’s commissary, 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 1 p.m. The other facility is at 4586 Hwy 90 Pace, Florida, 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.
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 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 handicapped shopping.
Fleet & Family Support Center
Open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Fleet & Family Support Center (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; TVs 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. The FFSC does not carry sheets, blankets, pillows or towels.
FFSC staff is 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, behavioral health counseling, physical therapy, and active-duty dental care. A TRICARE health benefits adviser provides assistance with enrollment and answers referral or other benefits questions. The clinic operates on an appointment basis. Clinic hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Services are curtailed on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. for staff training.
Medical Home Appointments:
Primary Care (Family Medicine)850-623-7552/7551
Military Medicine (Sick Call) 850-665-6348
Aviation/Flight Medicine 850-623-7151/7152
Dental Appointments 850-623-7626/7627
TRICARE Health Benefits 850-623-7399
Clinic Directory 850-623-7508/7509
The main Navy Exchange (NEX), in Building 3044, 7160 USS Wasp St., offers a wide variety of merchandise and services. A full-store remodel was recently completed and there is now a full-line Package Store within the main exchange, making it a one-stop, convenient shopping experience.
The NEX excels in meeting your needs in the Uniform/Tailor Shop. Name tapes, leather patches and medal mounting is available. The store also offers laundry and dry cleaning services, souvenir items, a barbershop, Redbox Video Rental and Subway. Main exchange hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and holidays.
NEX Autoport/Gas Station
The NEX Autoport/Gas Station (Building 2866) has an ASE-certified technician on the premises. The station also has a tire and lube mechanic who is devoted to service for its customers. You can also purchase 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. Military Star Cards are accepted at the gas pumps.
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)
The NEX mini-mart is located within the Combined Bachelor’s Quarters (CBQ) Complex, Building 2958. The mini-mart carries a variety of products: food items, personal care items, beer, soda and more. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Whiting Pines Mini-Mart
The Whiting Pines mini-mart is within Base Housing (Building 573 off Berryhill Road, Milton). There are a full array of products to choose from, including frozen food, beverages, wine and spirits, personal care items, milk, diapers, coffee, cappuccino, novelty ice cream and more. The mini-mart carries Blue Rhino propane tanks and bagged ice. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Region Legal Service Office Southeast Branch Office, NAS Whiting Field
Legal services aboard NAS Whiting Field are provided by the Region Legal Service Office Southeast Branch Office. The legal office is in Building 1401, Room 122. Legal assistance is provided in the form of general advice and assistance on a variety of legal topics. Walk-in legal assistance for most topics is available from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. This is on a first-come, first-served basis. Powers of attorney and notary services are available 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 850-623-7231 for assistance.
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, and 2-D and 3-D targets placed from 10 to 60 yards in range. Patrons are required to read regulations, pass a safety test and be issued an authorization card by the MWR Administration Office before using the facility. No broad heads or crossbows are allowed at the archery range. Call for more information.
Bowling Center & Snack Bar
The Bowling Center, in Building 1475, consists of 12 synthetic lanes with wood approaches, AMF automatic scoring and AMF pin spotters. Located inside the Bowling Center are a Snack Bar and Pro Shop. The Bowling Center is equipped with a sound system and lighting effects to provide extreme/cosmic bowling capability. The Pro Shop program offers ball cleaning. Resale items are offered. For your food and beverage needs, the Bowling Center is home to a full-service snack bar open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Outdoor Recreation office is also in the Bowling Center (see Outdoor Recreation for details). Bowling Center hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The snack bar is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Child Development Center
The Child Development Center (CDC) is designed to meet the individual developmental needs of military children by offering quality child care. The CDC provides low adult-to-child ratios that support quality experiences for young children by onsite training and curriculum specialists.
The CDC offers full-day care and part-day care (on a space available basis) for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Hourly care is available. The CDC has worked with the State of Florida through Santa Rosa Early Learning Coalition to bring fall and summer voluntary pre-K to the center. The program is accredited by the NAEYC and meets the highest quality of early childhood program standards and criteria.
Child Development Home Program
The Child Development Home (CDH) program certifies, with the State of Florida, active and retired military spouses who live off base in Santa Rosa County. Providers and their family’s backgrounds are screened, 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 CDH Office is in the Regional Child Development Program Office.
Located in Building 2998, this gourmet coffee shop offers Starbucks-brand beverages. Relax on big, comfy couches; enjoy free Wi-Fi, study space and a library of military-oriented books. Snacks, breakfast sandwiches and your favorite cold and hot drinks are available. The Coffee Shop is also available for private parties and meetings. Contact the Food & Beverage manager at 850-623-7311 for booking.
The Coffee Shop is open 6 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
Disc Golf Course
The Disc Golf Course is by the Clear Creek RV Park and Nature Trail just north of Whiting Field’s West Gate, on Magda Village road. 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 Field, at the corner of Langley Avenue and Saratoga Street, is at the base of the water towers. 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. 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 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. Fitness programming and individual equipment orientation are available; as well as group classes in aerobics circuit training, spinning, high-intensity interval training and yoga. The locker rooms are equipped with a sauna and steam room. Children ages 10 to 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Fitness Center is open to all authorized MWR patrons, with a valid DOD ID card. There is a guest fee for others. The Fitness Center is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Food and Beverage Facilities
Whiting Field MWR features three snack bars, two large special event/meeting facilities (Sikes Hall and The Atrium), the Coffee Shop and Aces Pub.
The snack bars are at South Field in the HT-8/18 building, the Bowling Center and Mulligan’s Community Center. The South Field and Bowling Center snack bars offer a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Mulligan’s is open for lunch only. The Coffee Shop offers Starbucks-brand coffee, grab-and-go sandwiches and pastries. Aces bar is open on Friday afternoons and for special events.
Aces bar, the Coffee Shop and Mulligan’s Community Center are available for meetings, party rentals and command special events. Please call the Food and Beverage Manager at 850-623-7311 for facility rentals and reservations.
Hours of Operation:
6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily
6 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday
3 to 6 p.m. Friday (and special events)
Intramural Sports Program
The Intramural Sports Program conducts intramural activities in the following areas: basketball, table tennis, bowling, soccer, flag football, horseshoes, softball, beach volleyball, billiards, racquetball, tennis and indoor volleyball. Captain’s Cup events run concurrently with the Intramural Sports schedule.
Information, Tickets and Travel
850-623-7032 or 850-665-6250
Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) is inside Building 1417, next door to Pen Air. ITT offers discount ticket sales for local/regional attractions and theme parks such as Big Kahuna’s, Orlando area, Cruises, New Orleans area, and European trips. In addition, comprehensive travel assistance is provided for discount accommodations, transportation, and excursion at destinations around the world. Visit 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 and Library are in Building 2958, Room 8253, on the second floor of the CBQ directly above the NEX Mini-Mart. The Center offers a TV Room (60” HDTV), Navy Motion Picture Service in the theater room, billiards, pingpong, PlayStation 3, X-Box 360, Nintendo Wii, Navy Go Wi-Fi, DVD check-out, computer stations with scan/fax/printer access, Segways, study rooms and recreational lessons/classes. Off-base trips to local attractions and events are offered to meet the patron’s needs.
Library features offered include a conference table and whiteboards, CNO’s Reading List, and adult fiction titles from the McNaughton book collection featuring hardback and audio books. The study room also offers specific resources catered to the training needs of the local population.
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 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Outdoor Recreation Program
The Outdoor Recreation Program, in Building 1475 (inside the Bowling Center), offers all of the necessary equipment needed for a “go it alone” adventure! Rentals include: camping gear, travel trailer campers, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, mountain bikes and party event equipment like tents, tables and chairs.
Outdoor Recreation also issues equipment on a one-day loan basis to active-duty members. Equipment consists of horseshoes, basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs and enough softball gear to outfit one full team. 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 adjacent to the base’s West Gate and Clear Creek Nature Trail on Magda Village Road. The 10-site RV Park has 40-foot cement pads, 30/50-amp electrical service, water, and sewer. A two-restroom bathhouse with a coin-operated laundry facility is provided for convenience.
Patrons may visit or call Outdoor Recreation in the Bowling Center reserve their spot or make a payment. Nonlocal patrons may call Navy Getaways at 877-NAVY-BED (628-9233) or visit www.dodlodging.net.
For more detailed information and photos, visit http://get.dodlodging.net/propertys/Whiting-Field-Clear-Creek-RV-Park---FL.
Sports Complex, Parks and Pavilions
850-623-7670 or 850-623-7502, ext. 1
Whiting Field offers a variety of outdoor parks and pavilion areas. The sports complex is on Langley Street and features two adjacent lighted softball fields, two tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, beach volleyball pits, a six-lane running track, two horseshoe pits, and a well-groomed football and soccer field. Playground equipment and a covered picnic pavilion are on-site. Another pavilion and playground area is on Intrepid Street, just north of the catch-and-release fishing ponds. Parks and Pavilion reservations can be made through the MWR Admin Office by calling 850-623-7502, ext. 1.
Whiting Field also features many hiking and biking trails. The Clear Creek Nature Trail is a 1.5-mile loop starting just north of the RV Park. Sandhill Pines Bike and Hike Trail, approximately 10.4 miles long, is a wood-chipped packed surface course, that circumnavigates Whiting Fields North and South Field perimeter roads. Maps to the trails can be found at the Fitness Center.
Swimming Pool and Aquatics (Seasonal)
The Olympic-sized, heated saltwater pool is located on the corner of Yorktown Street and Saratoga Street and is attached to the Fitness Center. It is open for lap swimming, training, and recreational swimming to all authorized MWR patrons, with a valid DOD ID card, and there is a guest fee for others. The pool boasts slides for the young and the young at heart.
Group-led aqua aerobic classes are offered free to active duty, and are available for a fee for all others. Fee-based swim lessons are offered for ages 6 months and up. To schedule a PT session or inquire about renting the pool for an after-hours events, call the Fitness Center directly. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Information for Vehicle Storage is managed by the Outdoor Recreation program, in the Bowling Center. Vehicle and boat registration and payments are available during regular business hours.
Whiting Park is off-site on the Blackwater River near the downtown area of Milton, Florida, approximately 10 miles from NAS Whiting Field. This popular outdoor recreation facility offers sheltered pavilions with BBQ grills for picnics, a wading area, children’s playground, sand volleyball courts, horseshoes and basketball. Boat rentals include: pontoon, bass and jon boats, canoes, paddleboards, and kayaks. The park also offers camper trailers, large pull grills, trailers (flat bed and enclosed) for rent. There is a small store that sells snacks and beverages. Gasoline fuel is also offered for sale. Whiting Park is a pet-friendly facility.
A boater’s safety course is required prior to renting a power boat over 10 horsepower. Call for travel-trailer camper vehicle requirements. No glass containers are allowed in the park. 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 Naval Aviators (SNAs) and flight students of allied nations as directed by the CNATRA. U.S. 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 SNAs 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 Flight Training is conducted at Whiting Field under the direction of TRAWING 5 at one of 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 24 weeks in the T-6B Texan II trainer aircraft. This instruction provides a combination of actual and simulated flight experience for SNAs. 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 SNA 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, SNAs learn airways navigation and instrument approaches. It is during this stage that SNAs 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 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, multi-engine, 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 multi-engine 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 SNA 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 Two (VT-2) “Doer Birds”
Training Squadron Two (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, over 250 VT-2 primary flight students graduated in fiscal year 2014 — the highest number of primary flight training graduates since the end of the Cold War and nearly 50 more than VT-2’s running yearly average of 210 primary graduates. VT-2 on average logs nearly 1,800 flight hours each month, has flown in excess of 1,840,000 total flight hours and trained more than 19,500 students since its commissioning. VT-2 commanding officers normally alternate between Navy and Coast Guard officers.
Training Squadron Three (VT-3) “Red Knights”
While Training Squadron Three’s (VT-3) 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 NAS Whiting Field to transition from the T-34C to the Hawker Beechcraft T-6B Texan II. With this new advanced Joint Primary Aircraft Training System, 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 Six (VT-6) “Shooters”
Training Squadron Six (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”
Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (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 re-designated 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”
Helicopter Training Squadron 18 (HT-18), established in 1972, continues its in-depth training of student naval aviators, graduating professional naval officers and aviators who are “fleet-ready” and able to meet today’s real-world missions for the U.S. 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, intermediate Marine tilt-rotor pilot training, 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”
Helicopter Training Squadron 28 (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 Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment, Whiting Field
The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment (CNATT DET, Whiting Field) is comprised of two military training units (MTUs) encompassing seven 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 four courses of instruction for the Aviation Maintenance Training Unit (MTU-6010) that include the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP) Indoctrination and Management courses, Advanced Aviation Maintenance Manager (A2M2) Course facilitated online via NKO, and the Prospective Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Duty Officer (PAIMDO) course. CNATT DET, Whiting Field 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 6002/6004/6302) who are prospective members of intermediate or organizational maintenance activities. Training is provided to prepare students to perform in aviation maintenance leadership positions in various fleet aviation units. The school is divided into four separate courses of instruction with two resident courses conducted at CNATT DET, Whiting Field that include the NAMP Indoctrination Course (nine weeks) and Naval Aviation Maintenance Programs Management Course (three weeks). The two resident 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 curriculum contains a variety of topics ranging from aviation maintenance management to aircraft weight and balance. The Indoctrination Course also includes an additional hands-on lab to assist the students in understanding the planning, communication, and internal aspects of managing both “I” and “O” Level maintenance functions within an 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, 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) assigned to aviation squadrons, CV/CVN I-Level, MALS, Fleet Readiness Center (FRC), NAVAIR staff and DOD civilians. The A2M2 course facilitated online via NKO is designed to provide senior lieutenant/captains (USMC) (O-3) in zone for promotion and lieutenant commander/major (O-4) U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps maintenance officers (AMOs) the knowledge of logistics support and advanced managerial responsibilities, under conditions of readiness both ashore and afloat in preparation of assignment to senior staff positions at TYCOMs, Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMDs) and CVWs. Training is necessary to permit the AMO to transition to the senior position with prior knowledge of what is expected leading to more efficient individual performance earlier in the assignment period. The PAIMDO course is facilitated annually in San Diego or Norfolk and is designed for all Aviation Command Screen Board-slated AIMD officers, and the FRC officer-in-charge, and is equivalent to the Unrestricted Line community PCO course.
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 limited duty officers, chief warrant officers 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 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 and DOD civilians at their upper career point. This training is available to senior enlisted Aviation Ordnance Personnel: Navy (E-6, E-7, E-8 and 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, E-7, E-8, and E-9) with a 6531/6541/6591/2311/2336 MOS and DODcivilians.