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US Navy - An unforgettable experience in Naval Aviation - Part I

Updated on May 23, 2013
Official seal of the US Navy, celebrating their 233rd birthday
Official seal of the US Navy, celebrating their 233rd birthday | Source

Naval Training

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

Oh what a feeling that was
Oh what a feeling that was

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

Naval Aviation Technical Training Command - Military Base
Naval Aviation Technical Training Command - Military Base | Source

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!

Thanks for reading & viewing feel free to leave a comment especially if you've had military experience yourself and currently on veteran status, parents or children of a military member who served or have children who served or are serving.


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    • molometer profile image


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love flying too.

      Actually I like take off and landing as there is a lot going on.

      Your first experience was very memorable especially as it was a new chapter in life.

      The next part of the great adventure.

      This was an insight into the life of a naval aviator.

      The skills you learned are truly 21st century. Electronics is fascinating to me.

      It never ceases to amaze me, what we can do with those little electrons.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      not sure what happened WGQ, but for some reason I can't locate your profile & that's kinda weird, thanks anyhow whatever your message was saying.

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      6 years ago

      Don't forget to show old WGQ some love man. I miss working in the lab.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      I truly appreciate you taking out time in your day to give my writing a chance, thanks Femme.

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      6 years ago


      This is my first read of your work.

      One: I HATE flying, lol!

      Two: Big applause and sincere thanks for folks like you, who do what you do so well! Semper Fi!

      Three: Thanks much for keeping it blonde-friendly!

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks so much for the interest Jenubouka, I'll try to get out part two as soon as I can, part to is on the way.

      I would also like to thank Allen for sharing his son's story here, I just hope more people can find this info either useful, or somewhat of interest to them. Everyone is welcome to share some fraction of their story here too.

      Thanks Allen!!

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      6 years ago

      I love learning about your experience entering the Navy, such dedication. I look forward to part 2!

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      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      First of all, thank you for serving our country. It still means something to me. I appreciate your sacrifice to keep my butt and my family's butts safe.

      Good luck with the Electronics Field. My son wen to Lincoln Tech. for electronics and he is now working in a very good position designing and programing machinery at the company her works for. It is a good field to get into.

      I enjoyed reading this hub. Voted it up!


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