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NAS Whiting Field has 'rare' airborne change of command
MILTON -- As we told you earlier, the VT-2 training squadron at whiting field in Milton is under new leadership.
These T-6 Texan air crafts designated as Blackbird one and Blackbird two were used for the change of command in the air. As T-6 B Texan twos, flew in formation over Whiting Field students in Training Squadron Two, got to see a rare kind of ceremony, an airborne change of command. This was one of Jennifer Whereatt's last flights as Commander of VT-2 Squadron. Taking her place, incoming commander, Juan Lopez. A water cannon salute welcomed them both.
Commander Whereatt's career has seemingly come full circle. She once trained at Whiting during the 90s. Under her command... The Doer-Birds of training two squadron have logged more than 39,000 flight hours. More than 500 pilots completed flight training under her command. Whereatt says this ceremony is for them.
USN Commander Jennifer Whereatt said, “It's been a privilege and an honor to serve with them, and fly with them, and to be able to lead them over the last 15 months.”
Commander Juan Lopez brings 4,700 flight hours of experience, and has earned several medals over his career. Lopez said becoming commander, is something he's desired since he first put on the uniform 26 years ago. He knows he has big shoes to fill, but he's ready for the challenge.
USCG Commander Juan Lopez said, "Keep the right priorities in mind, you know, safety and make sure we are dedicated to doing what we do best which is proficiently train aviators and to have fun while we're doing it."
As part of the changing of command, eventually this placard will be replaced with one that reads Commander Lopez.