Wednesday, January 7, 2015
MILTON, Fla. -- Commander Naval Installations Command selected Naval Air Station Whiting Field as the top shore installation in the Navy in its respective category Jan. 5. The award lauds the top Navy commands at shore for their installation management, program excellence and community outreach. CNIC oversees 11 regions comprising 69 installations worldwide, and the award recognizes a base's ability to meet CNIC and Department of Defense strategic initiatives. NAS Whiting Field competed in the less than 500 personnel category. The award comes with $170,000 award which the base can use to improve existing facilities. The award completes a sweep of the Navy-wide awards for Pensacola area Navy bases. NAS Pensacola earned top honors for entry in the category for more than 500 personnel. (Source: NNS, 01/07/15) Whiting Field is one of the Navy's two primary pilot training bases. The other is in Corpus Christi, Texas. It provides training for Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and Air Force pilots, as well as those of allied nations. It's the busiest air station in the world.