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Just seven days left in the NMCRS Fund Drive!

Sailors and Marines from commands throughout NAS Patuxent River were on hand volunteering their services as hundreds of athletes competed at the annual Special Olympics St. Mary’s County Spring Games at Leonardtown High School April 20.

The Pax Sailors and Marines, who were thanked by NAS Commanding Officer Capt. Jason Hammond and Command Master Chief Kevin Guy, helped set up and maintain the venues, man the competitive events, encourage the athletes, run errands during the games and distribute medals to the winners.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for citizens with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

U.S. Navy photos by MC2 Victoria Kinney

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Congratulations to Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Jeff Giroir, on earning VX-1 Blue Jacket of the Quarter!

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NAS Patuxent River held its SAPR/Earth Day 5K run/walk to recognize both Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) 2018 and Earth Day 2018.

The event included a SAAPM proclamation signing by NAS Patuxent River Commanding Officer Capt. Jason Hammond as well as displays in the Beach House that reflect the Navy’s and Pax River’s commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship.

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Navy Spouse Survey 2018

We want to hear from you, Navy spouses!The 2018 Navy Spouse Survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and can be found via the Fleet and Family Support Program page or here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/h55l7nqLet your voices be heard! #SupportingtheFamily #NavySpouses

Posted by Commander, Navy Installations Command on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Don't forget: The Pax River SAPR/Earth Day 5K Run/3K Walk is this Thursday, April 19, at the Beach House!

Check in begins at 10 a.m., run begins at 11 a.m., walk begins at 11:15 a.m.

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St. Mary’s County Government and Naval Air Station Patuxent River signed a formal agreement formally coordinating the use of restricted airspace at the St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioners meeting April 10. The agreement documents the need to preserve the safety of all aircraft operating in the restricted airspace of NAS Patuxent River.

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UPDATE: Supersonic Flights in Atlantic Test Track April 23-April 27

Residents of communities along the Atlantic coast from Delaware to the Eastern Shore of Virginia are advised that four supersonic flights previously scheduled for April 13 to April 20 are now scheduled to take place between April 23 and April 27, 2018 within the Atlantic Test Track. These events could generate a loud booming noise that may be heard by nearby residents.

NAS Patuxent River is the U.S. Navy’s headquarters for the research, development, test and evaluation of all Navy aircraft, aircraft components and related systems needed to carry out their military mission. Among the tests occurring at NAS Patuxent River are evaluations of jets’ abilities to fly at the speed of sound or “supersonic.”

The Department of Defense manages a strip of airspace used for military testing that begins approximately three miles offshore, over the Atlantic Ocean. This airspace, called the “Test Track,” is designated for the performance of specific flight tests, including those that require supersonic speeds. Military aircraft from NAS Patuxent River and neighboring military installations visit the Test Track to fly supersonic on a routine basis. The area is located offshore, as to avoid overflight of populated land areas, but close enough for the safety of the aircraft and pilots, and to conserve on jet fuel to and from the test area. Although most sonic booms generated in this area are never felt or heard on land, occasionally a sonic boom will be felt or heard due to weather conditions or the details of the test flight.

As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information, call the toll-free noise hotline at 1-866-819-9028.

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Don't Forget: Pax River's Spring Base Clean Up is Friday, April 13!

All personnel at NAS Pax River are encouraged to take ownership of their base and participate in the clean up from 8 a.m. to noon April 13. Trash bags and latex gloves will be available from the NAS Patuxent River Quarterdeck in Building 409.

The base clean up serves to prevent clogs of storm drains, promote environmental stewardship, and improve base aesthetics.

Rain date for the clean up is April 20.

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Noise Advisory – Supersonic Flights in Atlantic Test Track April 13-April 20

Residents of communities along the Atlantic coast from Delaware to the Eastern Shore of Virginia are advised that four supersonic flights are scheduled to take place between April 13 and April 20, 2018 within the Atlantic Test Track. These events could generate a loud booming noise that may be heard by nearby residents.
NAS Patuxent River is the U.S. Navy’s headquarters for the research, development, test and evaluation of all Navy aircraft, aircraft components and related systems needed to carry out their military mission. Among the tests occurring at NAS Patuxent River are evaluations of jets’ abilities to fly at the speed of sound or “supersonic.”
The Department of Defense manages a strip of airspace used for military testing that begins approximately three miles offshore, over the Atlantic Ocean. This airspace, called the “Test Track,” is designated for the performance of specific flight tests, including those that require supersonic speeds. Military aircraft from NAS Patuxent River and neighboring military installations visit the Test Track to fly supersonic on a routine basis. The area is located offshore, as to avoid overflight of populated land areas, but close enough for the safety of the aircraft and pilots, and to conserve on jet fuel to and from the test area. Although most sonic booms generated in this area are never felt or heard on land, occasionally a sonic boom will be felt or heard due to weather conditions or the details of the test flight.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information, call the toll-free noise hotline at 1-866-819-9028.

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Naval Air Station Patuxent River celebrated 75 years of excellence in naval aviation with a ceremony on its parade field April 6.

NAS Patuxent River was founded April 1, 1943. During its commissioning ceremony, Rear Adm. John S. McCain, then Chief of the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics, called Pax River "the most needed station" in the Navy.

Rear Adm. Dean Peters, program executive officer for AIR ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs, PEO(A) and Capt. Jason Hammond, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer, spoke on the mission at Pax River over the past 75 years, as well as the notable people that made the installation into a center for Naval Aviation Excellence. Guests of the event included current and former personnel as well as several former commanding officers of NAS Patuxent River.

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AC1 Brandon Petherick, left, recites the Oath of Enlistment from Lt. Cmdr. Joel Castillo, NAS Patuxent River air space officer, at the Pax River Air Operations Building April 6.

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Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) needs your support during its active duty fund drive!

Patuxent River’s NMCRS office served 297 clients and provided more than $225,000 in financial assistance last year to active duty and retired members of the Navy and Marine Corps, qualifying family members, widows and survivors.

For more information on NMCRS services, to donate, or to find your command NMCRS representative, contact Maureen Farrell at 301-342-4739 or Maureen.Farrell@nmcrs.org. Donations can also be made online at http://www.nmcrs.org/.

Purple Up! for Military Kids Friday, April 13

Join Pax River in celebrating military kids by wearing purple on Friday, April 13 for "Purple Up!" day.

Purple symbolizes all beaches of the U.S. military. It combines Army green, Marine Corps red, and Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard blue. Purple Up! acts a visible way to how support for and thanks to our military children.

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Wayback Burgers now open at Pax River NEX

Wayback Burgers is now officially open at the NAS Patuxent River NEX. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Harper's Creek Bridge Repairs scheduled for April 16-30

Repairs to Harper's Creek Bridge are scheduled to begin April 16 and run through April 30. One lane will be open and flagmen will direct traffic during the repairs. Drivers can expect moderate delays when crossing Harper's Creek Bridge during this time.

Personnel will still be able to access the Beach House, base fishing areas, Hogs Point and Paradise Grove during these repairs.

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Don't forget to join us for the NAS Patuxent River 75th Anniversary Ceremony Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. on the NAS Patuxent River Parade Field (across from Admin Bldg. 409) to commemorate our 75 years of aviation excellence.

The event is free and open to all with base access.

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Chiefs, Senior Chies, and Master Chiefs from across NAS Patuxent River, NAVAIR, NAWCAD, and other commands at Pax River joined to celebrate the 125th birthday of the Chief Petty Officer April 3 at the Rear Adm. Moffett Building at Pax River.

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NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for April 2 – April 3

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating night-time testing events are scheduled to take place on April 2 and April 3, 2018 between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Pilots at NAS Patuxent River will be testing and training for realistic night flight scenarios that are essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information, call the toll-free noise hotline at 1-866-819- 9028.

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