Monday, September 14, 2020

HT-8 changes leadership

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8) welcomed its new leader on Sept. 10 during an in-flight change-of-command ceremony here. Cmdr. Lena C. Kaman relinquished command to Cmdr. Patrick C. O’Neill after she served fifteen months at the helm. O’Neill assumes command of the Navy’s oldest active helicopter training squadron, the “Eightballers.” Designted a naval aviator in March 2005, O'Neill's first operational tour began in January 2006 with the “Warlords” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Five One (HSL) in Atsugi, Japan. He reported as the executive officer, HT-8, at NAS Whiting Field in June 2019. Kaman will be transferring to Washington D.C. (Source: HT-8 public affairs, 09/14/20)