Ambassadors to the National Flight Academy ,Pensacola

Pensacola

Blue Wahoos vs Chattanooga Lookouts

What a night! We had a draw and Eoin was chosen to throw the first pitch at the Blue Wahoo game versus the Chattanooga Lookouts. He was representing the National Flight Academy.

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The Irish Ambassadors were asked to stand on the dugout to cheer on the Wahoos at the end of the fifth inning!
Here is the whole group out on the baseball field at the end! What an honour!

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Thanks to Kathy, Kevin, Teresa, Mark, Chip and Rob for organising such a special final night or us.

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Eoin on the wind-up!!

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National Flight Academy Graduation

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Chip Yarborough

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Vice Admiral Gerry Hoewing

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Vice Admiral Architzel

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AXP of the Week; Ruaidhrí Bleeker from Galway, Ireland. Well done Ruaidhrí, we are all very proud of you and what a fantastic speech!

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Chiefs and Facilitators

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Vice Admiral Hoewing (Retired), Vice Admiral Architzel, Captain Kevin Miller, Chip Yarborough, Maeve Clancy, Kate Murray, Paddy Clancy and the Aviators of the Future from Galway Education Centre, Ireland.

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With our hero, Kathy Denkler.

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Master Chief Mark Curley


All hands on deck

Relive the adventure! All hands!

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Final full day on Ambition

Today at 10:30 AM, the cruise liner Tropicale crashed into an oil tanker called Gulf Sunset on the gulf of Mexico. This triggered an alarm in Ambition in which all AXP’s ran to their battle stations to try and respond to this terrible disaster.

Although, it was a simulation it felt so real being involved in this disaster. The situation escalated when we found out that OPSO O’Rear’s parents were in the cruise ship when it was hit so emotions were running high.

We continually attempted to put out the fires that had risen from the debris that was left. We used WASPs (Water Activated Support package) which are really just baking powder. We also had to try to retrieve people from the choppy waters below as a low pressure anti-cyclone moved in from the west. It was very exciting but also very nerve-racking as we tried to save 2317 passengers from the two ships.

Eventually after 10 hours of hard work, we managed to recover all passengers. Only a few were seriously injured after some dodgy piloting by our Irish AXP’s (you know who you are). As we watched the final evening entertainment provided by the AXP’s who had lost their bags and had to dance to get them back (Irish included), we reminisced about the amazing week we have had here.

All the staff here have been so good to us, and so patient with our “translations” all week. All of our chiefs from the two squadrons, Chief Kerrigan (of Irish descent), Chief Thompson and Chief King have been wonderful and have kept spirits high the whole week. OPSO O’Rear and IO Laton have been fantastic giving us the skills needed to prepare for and complete our missions. We have successfully rocked the JOC every day and have flown brilliantly with the help of everyone here.

This was an experience none of us will ever forget and the friendships we have made here will last a lifetime. In my opinion, the friendships we have formed are the thing I will take away from this trip the most. And I think every other Irish AXP will say the same.

Evan Cannon


Pensacola Lighthouse Visit

Today we had an opportunity to visit the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum. You can read about it here: http://www.pensacolalighthouse.org/

We took some great photos both on the way up the 177 steps and of the beautiful view from the top.

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Shore Excursion: Rescue Swimmer School

Check out the Rescue Swimmer School here; http://www.netc.navy.mil/nascweb/aeats/arss/arss.htm

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Shore Excursion: Land Survival School with Master Chief Mark Curley

Shore Excursion: Land Survival School with Master Chief Mark Curley

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Blue Angels Showcase

Enjoy our photos from the Blue Angels Practice at NAS Pensacola.

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Visiting Historic Pensacola

Visit http://www.historicpensacola.org/ to learn more about historic Pensacola. What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon!

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Ryan our tour guide shows us the status symbol of sugar cane.

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Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

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Original plaster work in 1805 Lavelle House

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Outside Christ Church (1832)

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Beautiful reproduction stained glass windows. The originals are in St. Michael’s Church Pensacola.

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Outside Christchurch with our host; Mrs. Nancy Fetterman

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Outside Clara Barkley’s home; the Dorr House (1871)

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Informal entertaining took place in the hall

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Kerosene lit chandelier

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Hair art to occupy the ladies!

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St. Michael’s Church. Learn more about their cemetery restoration project here; http://www.stmichaelscemetery.org

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Stained glass windows