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Nightmare Scrapbook For August, 2001|
The Seventh Month of Command . . .
Yuma even looks hot from six thousand feet....
Air Combat Maneuvering...
With August came the air-to-air phase of the Nightmare Campaign Plan.
In an effort to orchestrate the most rapid possible training while
simultameously absorbing new radar aircraft, the Nightmares brought in well-known Air Combat
Tactics Instructors like "Butter" and "Ripper." "Ripper" came all the way from Norfolk, VA.
Congratulations to 'Steroid' and 'Cliffy' our newest
Air Combat Tactic Instructors (actually, 'Cliffy' was recertified--in the same week).
Below, Boeing test pilot Jackie Jackson, delivers the squadron's newest Radar Harrier from
the remanufacturing assembly line in St. Louis.
Dino and Cow found themselves again committed to two weeks of service at the Wing's Tactical Air
Command Center at Camp Elliot, CA (just east of Miramar). Dino served as Chief of the Deep
Battle Watch, while Cow served as Senior Watch Officer. No good deed goes unpunished!
This time, Chunks joined the fun as Dino and Cow augmented the higher
headquarter's staff at Miramar (Third Marine Aircraft Wing HQ). Being especially hard,
Chunks continued on to Camp Pendleton for his dose of "Ulchi
Focus Lens." Below, the CO of the 'Blacksheep' ("Santa") demonstrates his pick-up technique
at the austere soda mess.
Nightmares spent much of August accepting six new radar variant Harriers from
Boeing to augment the first two that were transferred from the VMA-311 "Tomcats" in July. This will
afford ample opportunity to properly welcome "Jones," (the pilot formerly known as 'Yo')
the newest Nightmare pilot and a superb addition to the team. Speaking
of new pilots, the Nightmares welcomed "Zak" back to the fleet at the end of August. Zak
and Cow were squadronmates in VMA-211 when Zak first became a Harrier pilot.
The Nightmares were surprised in late August to learn that two of their pilots were to be
transferred out. Dino will be assuming new duties as Executive Officer of Marine Wing
Support Squadron 371, and Vino will become Operations Officer of Cow's old squadron, the VMA-211
Wake Island Avengers. It is always difficult to lose officers serving
in key billets, but these two Nightmares will bloom wherever they are planted. Vino and Dino
were important parts of the Nightmare team persona and we sorely hate to see them go.