units to be selected twice, Hansen
The national competition is based
on total performance across the
board by units in each of the
NJROTC’s 11 areas. Each area manager designates one unit that is “Most
Outstanding in Area” and one that is
“Most Improved in Area.” These
units and their supporting documentation — which includes a report on
unit activities and training, achievements, school and community service projects, recruitment efforts, etc.
— are forwarded to NSTC headquarters in Pensacola for judging.
Morales was scheduled to assemble all the cadets in late September
during an inspection of the whole
unit. At that time, further recognition and accolades from community
leaders were to be made. This great
achievement and honor for Socorro
High School will be celebrated on
their behalf, and the El Paso Council
is pleased and honored to participate
and cheer them on, Hansen said.
St. Augustine Council
Visits Naval Aviation
Museum, Flight Academy
Thirty-four members of the St.
Augustine, Fla., Council traveled by
motor coach to the Naval Aviation
Museum in Pensacola on July 12 for
an overnight visit that included a
private tour of the National Flight
Academy (NFA) on the museum
campus. The St. Augustine members
also toured the Naval Aviation
Museum on July 12 and 13. For
many, it was the first time to see this
fabulous facility that houses the
Navy’s depository of naval aviation
history, according to National
Director Bill Dudley.
The NFA affords students from
the seventh through 11th grades a
week-long “camp” aboard USS Am-
bition, a 102,000 square-foot, four-
story virtual aircraft carrier. Students
live onboard in carrier bunkrooms,
eat in the carrier “chow-hall,” and
plan and execute (in simulated carri-
er aircraft) missions from the cur-
rent, real-world environment.
While no combat activity is part
of the curriculum, disaster relief,
search and rescue, emergency response and everyday (noncombat)
activities conducted by the U.S. aircraft carrier fleet provide the subjects. To ensure that the activity
adheres to established academic
standards, the program is monitored and evaluated by the University of West Florida.
Science, technology, engineering
and math are the core subjects that
the students use in planning, briefing, executing and evaluating the
missions. The emphasis is placed on
decision-making in an environment
of urgency while engaged in all of
the sights, sounds, smells and physical sensations of carrier flight operations, according to Dudley.
The NFA is privately funded and
maintained with the help of prominent sponsors such as Lockheed
Martin, Federal Express, Boeing, Delta Airlines, Northrop Grumman, etc.
As the program is aboard the world’s
only land-based virtual aircraft carrier, upon graduation the students are
awarded Ambition Experimental
Pilots Wings of Gold and an
embossed certificate of completion.
Another highlight of the trip was
the experience of dining at the Mus-tin Beach Officer’s Club on July
12. Members of the St. Augus-
tine Council were joined by 16 mem-
bers of the Pensacola Council for a
social hour at the Ready Room. Din-
ner followed with Pensacola Council
President A.J. Gallardo welcoming
the St. Augustine Council mem-
bers and St. Augustine Council Pre-
sident Mike Zollar stating how
pleased he and his council members
were to be there.
Welcomes USS Freedom
The Navy League’s Singapore Council helped welcome the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Freedom after it
arrived in April on its first Asia-Pacific deployment. In a Welcoming
Ceremony on May 10 attended by
Singapore Council President Ray
Corrigan and other council members, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said the United States is “putting
our most advanced assets into the
Pacific” as part of its rebalance to Asia
Pacific, and having Freedom in
Singapore is a tangible example of
American commitment to the region,
according to a report on the event by
Richard Hartung, the council’s vice
president of Education.
The goal of stationing Freedom
there, Mabus said, is to help ensure
freedom of navigation and freedom
of trade in the region.
“We look for new opportunities
for engagement,” he said, and noted
that “we are here to build trust and
cooperation.” With more than $5
trillion in trade flowing through the
Asia-Pacific waters every year, Mabus said this region is critical to the
entire globe. He also noted that
there is a long history of the U.S.
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A group of 34 St. Augustine, Fla., Council members and guests took part in an
overnight trip to the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, during which they toured
the National Flight Academy and were joined by members of the Pensacola Council.