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Nightmare Scrapbook For May, 2001|
The Fourth Month of Command . . .
A Very Busy Month, and Two Command Changes!
In May, the Nightmares competed in the Marine Aircraft Group Thirteen Bombing Derby,
with Nightmare pilots "Critter" and "Vino" taking first and second place in the competition.
The eight pilots representing the Nightmares were "Waldo," "Vino," "Critter," "Torch,"
"Screech," "Chunks," "Steroid," and "Cow." At the end of the competition, the famous
"Wake Island Avengers" earned the honor of treating the Tomcats, Blacksheep, and Nightmares
to refreshments at the subsequent party in the Sonoran Pueblo Club. The month was mostly
dedicated to 'night systems' block training and Nightmare pilots returned to their
legacy of flying by night and sleeping by day.
Pursuant to the Harrier Community's master plan for long-term combat readiness and support to
Fleet Marine Forces worldwide, the Nightmares began accepting the newest variants of the
AV-8B Harrier. The first was transferred to the Nightmares from the VMA-311 Tomcats,
who live in the hangar next-door. The Nightmares have authored a plan to achieve core
competency with the new sensor six months prior to its next scheduled deployment, allowing
for subsequent graduate-level advanced training tailored to the mission of the Marine
In the last week of May, the Cow and thirty-three of his Marines spent a week on the parade
field, drilling with their weapons in advance of the 1 June MAG-13 Change of Command. Four
of MAG-13's squadrons and their commanders similarly paraded before the 3rd Marine Aircraft
Wing's Commanding General, as "Snake" transferred the reins of power to "Ragu."
(Please be reminded that flight call-signs are always used in place of real names.) The
subsequent joint Snake-Ragu party was held at the "Snake Ranch" and it was as wonderful
as every party that Snake and Peggy host. We will miss them.
Finally, the Nightmares threw their first "Hail and Farewell" party under Cow's command.
It was held at "Screech's Hacienda" and it was a blast, despite the difficulty
of saying goodbye to "Waldo," "Rabbit," "Heed," and "Cherry." Screech's maintenance Department
scored high marks in the Pre-AME inspection and the squadron exceeded both operational
and maintenance goals for the month. The Cow directed that the squadron's Marines receive
a three-day weekend over Mother's Day to reward them (and their wives) for superior performance.
It was with great pleasure that the Cow welcomed "Santa" as the new CO of Marine Attack Squadron
214, the "Blacksheep." "Santa" and Cow have been cross-country partners since they were Captains
and it will be great working and flying with him as a fellow commander.