Just noticed I missed 68 , so this is 70 , but can be 68 if you like?
Life in San Diego in the 1984 while I was an aviation electrician on The H-2 Helicopters @NAS Northland was much like 2 different climates. While the weather in San Diego was mild , A short drive to the mountains to temporarily see the snow , without the daily hassle of the ice! Being a Floridian I was no fan of the cold , but savored the fact that I could just see the snow for a short time , then get home to the warmth! What a convenience ! Getting home to Coronado and changing back to shorts was good too!
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist
The Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) insignia is a military badge of the United States Navy which was created in March 1980. The insignia recognizes those members of the Navy’s enlisted force who have acquired the specific professional skills, knowledge, and military experience that result in qualification for service in the aviation activities of the Navy. This includes most personnel who are trained flight deck personnel onboard aircraft carriers, or maintenance personnel at an Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment or Department or aircraft squadron.
1 Prerequisite for EAWS
2 Qualification process
3 See also
Prerequisite for EAWS
The basic prerequisite for the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia is that a service member be assigned in a sea-duty status to a deployable naval aviation unit or aviation capable ship. Most service members earning this insignia hold an enlisted rating designated in aviation (though a non-aviation rating is still eligible), or a support rating; in the 21st century Navy the ratings that are eligible include:
AB: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate
AC: Air Traffic Controller
AD: Aviation Machinist’s Mate
AE: Aviation Electrician’s Mate
AG: Aerographer’s Mate
AM: Aviation Structural Mechanic
AME: Aviation Structural Mechanic Safety Equipmentman
AO: Aviation Ordnanceman (IYAOYAS)
AS: Aviation Support Equipment Technician
AT: Aviation Electronics Technician
AWF: Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical)
AWO: Naval Aircrewman (Operator)
AWR: Naval Aircrewman (Tactical)
AWS: Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter)
AWV: Naval Aircrewman (Avionics)
AZ: Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
BM: Boatswain’s Mate
CS: Culinary Specialist
CT: Cryptologic Technician
ET: Electronics Technician
FC: Fire Controlman
GM: Gunner’s Mate
HM: Hospital Corpsman
IC: Interior Communications Electrician
LS: Logistics Specialist
IS: Intelligence Specialist
IT: Information Systems Technician
MC: Mass Communication Specialist
NC: Navy Counselor
OS: Operations Specialist
PR: Aircrew Survival Equipmentman
PS: Personnel Specialist
SH: Ship’s Serviceman
The non-designated striker rates[jargon] of Airman, Airman Apprentice, and Airman Recruit are also eligible to receive the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia. However, due to the time involved in the qualification procedure, most service members obtain at least a Petty Officer Third Class rating before earning the EAWS insignia. Sailors outside the aviation community are eligible to attain EAWS designation; however they must first complete the warfare specialist qualification for their community.
The qualification process to obtain the insignia begins with the Enlisted Aviation Personal Qualification Standards, also known as PQS. There are two PQS for the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia. The first is the Common Core which consists of concepts, policies, and tasks that are common throughout Naval aviation and provide a foundation for the sailor’s knowledge. The second is a platform-specific PQS which consists of several training tasks and other practical experience on-the-job exercises relevant to the particular aviation community the sailor is currently serving in, for example an F/A-18 squadron or a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The entire Enlisted Aviation PQS normally takes approximately one year to complete from the point of entering the enlisted aviation community though it can be completed much earlier with much dedication and effort.
Those completing the Enlisted Aviation PQS must then pass a written examination and a review board conducted by senior enlisted aviation personnel, normally the rank of Chief Petty Officer or above. Upon passing both the examination and the oral board, the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia may be presented. The sailor is then authorized to add the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist designator (AW) after his or her rate.
Upon transfer to the sailor’s next aviation command, he or she is required to complete an abbreviated re-qualification process to familiarize the sailor with the differences between various aviation platforms. This process must be completed within 12 months of reporting aboard or the sailor loses the right to wear the EAWS insignia.
The Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia is not required for continued advancement in the Navy, however for those in aviation rates the insignia must be obtained by three years as a Petty Officer Second Class. Those failing to obtain the insignia may be ineligible for advancement to Petty Officer First Class, reenlistment in their current rate or may be restricted to shore assignments.
The Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia is considered one of three primary warfare badges available to the Navy’s enlisted force. The other two aforementioned badges are the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Badge and the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Badge. The gold Aircrew Badge or Naval Aircrew Wings (NAC) are a similar badge available to select enlisted personnel of the U.S. Navy aviation community. NAC are authorized for personnel who have undergone extensive training in flight operations of naval aircraft. Such training includes weapons management, electronic warfare, and water survival. Contrary to most other services, naval aircrewmen do not receive their wings after aircrew school. Rather, they receive their wings only after completing their platform respective Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS) (roughly 1 year past the completion of training).
The Aircrew Badge is a separate badge from the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge, and qualified service members are eligible to wear both badges simultaneously. Additionally the Fleet Marine Force Insignia is reserved for Hospital Corpsmen and Religious Program Specialists assigned to Marine Corps units. Sailors receiving this designator are authorized to wear it above any other designator while assigned to FMF units.
Back to pre-naval-days. After high school in 1981 I had several jobs (some better than others!)until 1983 when I enlisted in the Navy. Since the Military contract was “delayed entry” I was still an assistant manager @ burger king for the 9 months until I traveled to Orlando RTC(recruit training command). I rode a greyhound bus and Amtrak to get there , and then spent a few weeks getting ready for my training to begin when there was enough of us to fill up the class , so in the time we waited we were tested , vaccinated , and got a shaved head . So when we formed our class we had plenty of “Practice?” for what was to come
This blog is a break of sorts from the usual Military stuff. This just a test of sorts , to share one of our many newport news Virginia stories. One Saturday Chris and I were doing our routine errands when we saw a sign for a Nissan expo at the Hampton Colosseum , we stopped in just to check it out , and ended up buying a new car , which is quite a step up for us ,our Suzuki Swift was rather small , just 2 door , and stick shift , which was good enough for us , so getting a new Altima , was different for sure, 4 door A/C and Automatic was great , and cruise control was a nice change too! Wow what a welcomed change!
Next blog will get back to the Naval stuff , so in Military terms , carry on!
Yesterday was 14 years since the “terrorist acts” , so in the words of my Naval-Superiors “carry on” , so I’ll stick to a lighter note , just my experiences , and no editorial opinion ! Back to my deployment to Naples Italy , Touring some of Europe was great , But on my time off we toured many local sites. Rome was just a few hours away , so there was lots of history to see , The colosseum was massive , and must have been quite the spectacle many centuries ago. We used the High Speed Train to get around , and as an english speaker and reader , it was quite the adventure to get around , and asking for directions was a gamble for sure . Pompeii was a somber reminder of just how nature really has the last say. We were there to maintain the 1 H-3 helicopter ,it had many missions , as a Nato tool and the transport for the admiral there , he was in charge of all the US Navy in the area , so when he went to sea on his command ship in the Mediterranean every month or so , we saw lots of Europe. The H-3 is rather large and is usually towed around by tow tractors , so when we were deployed , we moved it on the flight deck/hangar it was done by hand , so a task for sure.
More next time
While I was stationed at HC-2 in Virginia , My second 9 month deployment was to Naples Italy , Our 1 H-3 was there as a support for the 6th fleet commander there (An executive transport for the Admiral there , and other various uses to support the USS’s in Europe and also part of the Nato force in Europe too) as the Bosnian conflict kept us rather busy , and our helicopter was replaced by a newer H-3 , which was quite a task for sure. The cargo area had to be converted for executive transport , but that mission was only made once in a while , so the VIP furnishings had to be portable(Fancy carpet , Seats , etc.). So my job as aviation electrician was much like my duties in Va. , but much different for sure. We were based at a local base , and we lived in hi rise overlooking the runway , so we were close to work , and had a front row view of the many military planes that landed for a rest at the tiny airport. The area was overshadowed by Vesuvius , that once showed Pompeii just how lethal it could be! I Deployed there in cold weather for a few months , then spring showed me a much different Italy , The Command ship for the Admiral traveled the Adriatic Sea , and when he went aboard , we were deployed as a tool for him , so we visited many European ports , so as a tourist , the warmer weather was far better for us! And as warm blooded Floridian I especially appreciated spring!
The autostrada may be the home of road rage , but renting a fiat gave them another reason to hate me and other Americans, so plenty more next time…
Just a Break from the regularly scheduled stuff ! I was more than Proud to be a dad for my 2 Kids , and no 1 event is better than any other , but my Mr. Mom title was the most memorable for me. When I was stationed at N.A.T.T.C.(Naval Air Technical Training Command) Millington as an Instructor at The Basic Aviation-Electrical Maintenance , My Son Christopher came to live with me when he was 5 years Old. And being subject to Lots of Moving every 4 years , I Bought a single wide Trailer . And as an added benefit , when we moved to a new base we always had a familiar home! So getting used to a new town when we moved , we had 1 less thing to adjust to!
Mobile Home part 2 next time…
My second 9 month Deployment there , was a different place , as the Navy Built a new barracks for us , it was near the military ASU(Auxiliary Support Unit) , a compound for all the military in the area , It was full of mobile home like buildings for the Headquarters , and though I could Bike there in years past , I could get there quicker , not an all day affair like it once was. We were fed @ our living Quarters , so we rarely had to eat out , Maybe we are a bit spoiled? But food safety in foreign lands is always a gamble! This time I bought a bike , just like the locals , so I’m sure the american on 1 of their bicycles turned a few heads!? The bike was made in Pakistan , And was rather heavy , as it was made of steel , and it was quite a chore to lug it to and from my room. Luckily the elevators rarely broke down (Like years past!) so that helped. When i first deployed there , we were closer to the airport , and further away from ASU.
This post will definitely have a 61.2 , so more to come
The Island in the Persian Gulf was a very busy port , as the Navy Ships use the area to get around the World from Indian Ocean and The Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean (Sort of , in a roundabout sort of way!?). So Living there was quite a shock for any American , as their laws are much different from ours , to say the least! While I was assigned to HC-2 in Virginia , I was deployed there twice for 6 months each time , and had a bicycle to get around. Great for sightseeing , but rather challenging on the Roads! We think we have crazy drivers? They surely have us beat on that one! Most roads use lots of Roundabouts , as they do in Europe , but they keep the traffic flowing , but are based on you trusting the other drivers. Is the car in the far lane going to get off on the next road , as he should? There are many lanes , and you have to know how it works. When I first was Deployed there our barracks were in town , and the hi-rise was on a corner overlooking a traffic circle , so we had a front row seat to watch the mishaps. The Middle East has always been a dangerous place for Americans , we were always forbid to display any sort of American Markings on our clothes. So when we went to work at the airport , we all wore civilian clothes , and changed into our Military Clothes just at work. We had camouflage Pants and Either a Tan Or Desert Green T shirt , we also had a Blouse for when we were going to an official Base , But since the desert climate is rather dry and hot , we worked on the Black Top Tarmac at the Civilian Airport , and the Hot Jet Blast only added to the heat! The 4 H3 Helicopters were there to support the Admiral There , but also brought mail and cargo to The Navy Ships Passing through the Gulf.
More to come…