Under Secretary of the Navy visits NAS-Corpus Christi
The under secretary of the Navy visited Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi to experience Project Avenger, a new program to train aviators better and faster to increase pilot availability.
Under Secretary Gregory J. Slavonic met with Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Admiral Robert Westendorff on Oct. 8 to tour Training Air Wing 4 facilities. Slavonic tried out the new virtual reality trainer device and flew the T-6B Texan II turboprop aircraft, the Navy’s primary flight trainer. He also spoke to instructor pilots and staff who returned to work at the facility after gaining fleet experience.
“It’s important that those who have been part of an air wing return to mentor and train the next generation,” he said to fleet aviators. “If the opportunity presents itself, we need you to come here, become part of this training pipeline, and, ultimately, use your valuable experiences to help train the next generation of naval aviators.”
Chief of Naval Air Training trains all Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviators, naval flight officers, and naval aircrewmen. It is spread across five air wings in Texas, Florida, and Mississippi. NAS-Corpus Christi is the headquarters.
“We are very fortunate to have young men and women who want a career in naval aviation,” Slavonic said. “We need young people to seek out opportunities like this and lean forward. It’s not only a job, it’s a great journey.”
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