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Posted on: January 12, 2021

NAS Whiting Field Named Best Small Base in th Navy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Release # 21-02                 Jan. 12, 2021


NAS Whiting Field Named Best Small Base in the Navy


Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. - Commander, Navy Installations Command, Vice Adm. Yancy Lindsey, announced in a message Jan. 11 that Naval Air Station Whiting Field has been named recipient of the 2021 Installation Excellence Award.  The award lauds the top Navy commands at shore for their installation management, program excellence and community outreach. 


Installations are graded across a number of key areas including: facilities management, quality of life, environment, energy, property stewardship, communication, safety and health as well as many other categories.  Each entrant is judged on a write-up of accomplishments plus supporting documentation and photographs.


Commanding Officer Capt. Paul D. Bowdich was quick to praise his team for the accomplishment.


“I could not be more proud of the entire team here at NAS Whiting Field.  This award is truly a team effort of all hands on the base. It could not have been accomplished without all the hard work of everyone on the team. Congratulations, and well-deserved!” he said.


CNIC is the Navy command tasked with overseeing 70 U.S. Navy shore installations worldwide.  NAS Whiting Field was selected as the winner in the small base category.  


In his congratulatory message, Vice Adm. Lindsey praised the winners and emphasized the high level of professionalism evident in each of the nomination packages.


“Leaders from across the Navy Installations Command enterprise recently assembled to review nominations and select finalists for the 2021 Installation Excellence Award program, which recognized the top three installations, large and small category, for outstanding performance consistent with enterprise strategic goals. Nominations were highly competitive and it was very difficult to select only three finalists in each category, he said. “Thank you for your outstanding leadership and world-class support of the Fleet, fighter and family.” 


While NAS Whiting Field received the recognition, Bowdich said the honor couldn’t be achieved without a community that works hand-in-hand with the air station to accomplish the mission.  The award nomination package included citations emphasizing partnerships with Santa Rosa County toward achieving buffering initiatives to secure property around the base that prevents incompatible development; gaining grants to support infrastructure improvements; incorporating dozens of Military Family Life Counselors in area schools creating the most robust program in the country, and many, many more.


“To achieve this honor four times since 2015 is amazing and couldn’t be accomplished without the support of our local community.  Santa Rosa County and our many neighbors support our mission and ensure our families are taken care of in the local area,” Bowdich emphasized. 




Naval Air Station Whiting Field, home of Training Air Wing Five, is the backbone of Naval Aviation Training, supporting approximately 60 percent of all primary fixed-wing flight training and 100 percent of all initial helicopter training for the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. NAS Whiting Field is the busiest aviation complex in the world with roughly 1 million flight operations flown at the installation annually. It is comprised of two main airfields and 12 Navy Outlying Landing Fields across four counties in Southeast Alabama and Northwest Florida. Training Air Wing Five flies an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command's total flight time and more than 17 percent of Navy and Marine Corps' flight time worldwide. More than 1,200 personnel receive their essential flight training through TRAWING Five annually. 




Julie Ziegenhorn

Public Affairs Officer, NAS Whiting Field

Work: (850) 623-7341; Cell: (850) 501-0433

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