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15 minutes ago, Hacker said:

So, I stand both corrected and impressed.  The sky-dick Growler aircrew apparently met their FNAEB a couple days ago as well as received their findings today.

Naval Aviation Leadership,

I know you are all familiar with the recent VAQ pilot incident with sky writing (drawing).  The Air Boss just finished the Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Boards (FNAEB).  He stated, it was clear their actions were impulsive and immature, but both were very forthright and remorseful for the embarrassment they caused Navy and Naval Aviation and for violating the trust we place in our aircrew.

Although all in the endorsing chain considered revocation of the right to wear their insignia, unanimously the COC recommendations were that both pilot and NFO be retained, but remain in a probationary flight status for a period of time.  Air Boss concurred with those recommendations and imposed the following remediations:

a. Probationary flight status for a period of six months.  Failure to satisfactorily complete b-d below, or any similar lapse of judgement in the air or on the ground, where their actions/behavior don't align with our core values or treating our people with anything less than dignity and respect, will be grounds for revocation of the right to wear their wings.

b. They will provide an introduction to each of the "Change the Culture" briefs scheduled for next week in Whidbey Island, addressing the event, the ramifications and embarrassment it caused, how it is counter to the culture we desire, and contrasting their actions with the excellence and discipline our aircrew exhibit daily in operations around the world with a full understanding of the strategic effects their actions might have.

c. They will present a more detailed brief to all junior officers (O-4 and below) at Whidbey Island covering same topics.

d. The pilot, with instructor orders to VT-9 in Meridian, will conduct the same presentation separately with both the instructor cadre in Training Wing One and the student naval aviators.

I ask that you discuss this situation with your O-5 leaders and aviators within your units.  This is one of those situations where the many can learn from the few.  Our actions can have significant consequence well beyond our units... especially with social media these days.  This event deserves some discussion time in the ready rooms to recage our aircrew professionalism.

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for what you do each day.

V/r,
Trigger

RADM Roy "Trigger" Kelley
Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic
 

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7 hours ago, BFM this said:

Que?

Exactly.

6 hours ago, RTB said:

Huh?  Did you see him somewhere?

Yep...on a DAL flight yesterday. Wearing a sage green Arctyrex/North Face jacket with name tag, Swamp Fox patch, and 2k hr viper patch.

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1 hour ago, Day Man said:

Exactly.

Yep...on a DAL flight yesterday. Wearing a sage green Arctyrex/North Face jacket with name tag, Swamp Fox patch, and 2k hr viper patch.

FOr f sake. Buy the guy a drink and have chat instead of ridiculing him online.

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That sage green jacket is not a civilian jacket, but a newer flight suit jacket.  He probably had a quick TDY and didn't want to bother with checking a bag.  Or dropped a jet off a depot and was flying back.  Might want to slow your frat roll down a bit.

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18 hours ago, Day Man said:

http://www.169fw.ang.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/870024/colonel-nicholas-a-gentile-jr/

Anyone know this guy? Just wondering (hoping) if he was wearing all his flight suit patches on his civilian jacket ironically or if he lost a bet or something...

He has 2 DFCs, should have bought him a drink a heard some good stories.

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