US Navy - An unforgettable experience in Naval Aviation - Part I
After leaving bootcamp like most military recruits if your issued a job that consists of a specific skill set requiring a school, you must attend a trade school (A-school), or training school of some sort. This was what I had been committed to in my first year or so of military duties, military training school located in Pensacola Florida during the year of 2009, beginning in the early winter in mid February, it was very cold when I had left that Chicago - Great Lakes Michigan Military Base, and I was ready for some intense studies for sure.
High Above The Clouds
The Flight Plan
Arriving at the Pensacola Florida base after taking my first airplane flight ever in the year 1999 had become a truly eye opening experience. Just briefly prior to that I was so trilled & overanxious to finally get off the ground, and when we first took lift off into the clouds my virginity of being a grounded individual, had finally been taken away for good sort of speak, and I was highly elated, over joyed and truly high on life at that point literally.
I had never seen such beauty before, as I had admired the tapestry of the surroundings we began to leave behind, and never ever felt so relieved to finally be up in the air floating on a heaven sent metal bird. Don't get me wrong though, I wasn't all that trilled, because my stomach felt really funny from lifting off the ground so suddenly in that American 747 that day, & into a sustaining high altitude of over 10,000 feet if I do recall, we also had experience some turbulence, but I prayed for a safe return to the blessed soil & pavement that I had left temporarily.
The landing was very rough, but thank god it was a safe one after about 3 hours or so from Michigan to Florida. I never closed my eyes, or fell asleep because I was so excited to see so many things I've only imagined experiencing in years past. Like the cloud cover, the wings of the plane & looking at the ground in a whole new perspective viewpoint. I wish I had a good camera to store the imagery I'm sure many others have also experienced, that I speak of. There's really nothing like the first time witnessing anything in life, and this one I truly cherished.
Training Command Location
The School where it all began
Like I said previously Pensacola Florida was my final destination for naval training, and it was titled Naval Air Technical Training Center or NATTC Pensacola. The work detail I had been called to learn there was technical in its specification, I was going to what they called an A-school for Naval Aviation Electronics, or AT aka Aviation Electronics Technician, and I was now considered a specialist in training.
This job detail consisted of supporting Navy military Aircraft Squadrons worldwide where ever I was deployed to, supporting marine helicopter squadrons, support of Naval Aircraft Carriers, the testing, maintenance & repairing of aircraft parts, and ground support communications missions or commands in need of highly advanced electronics technical support.
The main units of study in the technical school for AT's, in terms of course materials were Radar communications, Radio communications, and Ship Board Communications. We were expected by our Navy training instructors, to first learn the basics, and fundamentals of electronics to be well equipped and knowledgeable enough to tackle each new found complexity there after, and then to be able to apply this knowledge in successive lab exercises.
I was also detailed to go to an I-level training A-school (Intermediate Level training A-school), which is focused primarily on the studies of electronics on the component circuit board level, which consisted of a much longer training school then the O-level A-school (Organizational Level training school), or physical electrical parts test & check maintenance level technician school. The O-level was primarily a job function for a technician to remove, any and all parts scheduled for maintenance or pointed out for repairs on the squadron level, painting and cleaning of all aircraft, and a various assortment of squadron duties and work detail activities. The I-level technician performed advanced circuitry repairs.
I was in for a great load of knowledge to be absorbed in the matter of a 9 months intensive technical training course, since I already had previous exposure to such knowledge of as a Civil Engineering student years back, it had gave me a sort of upper hand in dealing with such highly sought out technical subjects of specific reference & highly technical military skill type.
Electronics was actually one of my best elective courses I had taken in college, so this may have been the very reason why my exam scores at the MEPS (Military Entry Processing Command) location had previously scored me so high, eventually it landed me such this complex career job in the Navy. Exam taking and scoring prior to any job placement is something many people haven't a clue prior to their entry into the military, but all branches of the US Military actually test their recruit to place them prior to even getting accepted in. The class I had taken as one of my Civil Engineering courses was called Electrical Systems 101.
Look out for the next Hub Part II
Coming soon on Part II of this new hub collection
First Duty Station
& loads more of raw life US Naval Aviation experiences from yours truly.
Also some hot Juicy stories about meeting interesting people coming soon!
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