May 2019 Change of Command
Strike Fighter Squadron 131 (VFA-131), also known as the "Wildcats", is a United States Navy F/A-18C Hornet fighter squadron stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana. Their radio call sign is "Cat" and their aircraft tail code is AG.
May 2019 Change of Command
🇺🇸🛩⚓️🐆Good Afternoon Wildcat Families & Friends. The threat of severe weather in the Hampton Roads area is imminent. Your sailors are aware of this weather event.
Please prepare yourselves for the severe weather. We had 2 tornadoes touch down locally last week. Keep your eye on the local weather channels and listen to the alerts via cellphone regarding tornado warnings!
** Keep your phone charged for emergencies!!
I will post some tips and information for Severe Weather.
Stay safe tonight Wildcat families!
- Your Wildcat Ombudsman
🇺🇸⚓️🛩APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD🌾
Let's celebrate the resilience of our wonderful "Wildcat" military children. They are stronger tomorrow because of their obstacles today.
Enjoy this his poem of the Military Child!
(Written by Anonymous)
-🐆🇺🇸⚓️🛩Your Command Family Ombudsman
April is the MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD.
Show your military child that they are appreciated!
Print off your official month of the military certificate and tell your military kiddo how awesome they are :)
🐣Looking for an Easter activity?🐰
I have two locations for you to enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt🐣;
⚓️JEB Little Creek Base Youth Center/JEB Little Creek
Number for more info: 757-462-8718
⚓️NAS Oceana Chapel/NAS Oceana✝🛩
Number for more info: 757-433-2871
🎄🎅🇺🇸🛩🎁VFA-131 "Wildcats" would like to send a big Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from overseas! 🎉
⚓️Thank you for your continued support back at home!
🎄Tree Lighting Event @NAS Oceana 🛩;
December 2, 2016☃
-Cookies & Cotton Candy🍭🍪
Happy ThanksGiving from the VFA-131 Wildcats & Your Command Family Ombudsman, Desiree! 🇺🇸⚓️🛩🐆
Just wanted to share a little article from AP to show you all how Thanksgiving goes aboard the USS Eisenhower & our squadrons⚓️🍗🍞;
AP Article -- US Navy serves up turkey alongside sorties on Thanksgiving
US Navy serves up turkey alongside sorties on Thanksgiving (AP 23 NOV 16)...Sam McNeil and Petr David Josek
ABOARD THE USS EISENHOWER (AP) - While millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with family and home-cooked meals, the 5,200 sailors aboard the USS Eisenhower are busy launching fighter jets to strike Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.
The crew is spending their second Thanksgiving on duty, and will be carving their own roasted turkeys when their duties aboard the thousand-foot long American aircraft carrier allow. Some will spend part of the day flying over the Middle East, dropping precision munitions on IS militants.
"It's not going to stop us from having a great Thanksgiving meal," Capt. Paul C. Spedero, Jr. said. "We're going to watch football when we can. It'll probably be a little bit time-delayed but we're going to do all the things that we can do and what we can expect to do with our families back home," he said.
He estimates the carrier's fighters have dropped nearly 1,100 bombs in the fight against IS since June, when the Eisenhower began operating in the Persian Gulf. Last Thanksgiving it was deployed off the coast of Virginia.
Rear Admiral James Malloy, commander of the Eisenhower strike group, says his forces are increasingly using precision munitions as IS militants hide and fight among civilians, including in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
"They're actually using civilians in military capacity to shield them, knowing that that would stay the hand of the coalition," he said. "The power of the precision, responsive airstrikes that we provide is even more critical than before."
Lt. Jennifer Sandifer, a 27-year old fighter pilot from Austin, Texas, plans to eat her turkey midmorning before donning a flight suit labeled with her call sign, "Fur."
She'll then climb up a metal ladder and make her way across the bustling flight deck, where engines roar and the air is thick with exhaust fumes. Mechanics and a ground crew there maintain jets for 17 pilots, including her single-seat F/A-18E Super Hornet.
She'll taxi to the launch point where a catapult will connect to the fighter jet. A sailor known as a shooter will signal Sandifer when the catapult is ready and then she'll give a final salute before roaring off the carrier going 0 to 145 mph in 2.5 seconds.
On Thanksgiving, as on any other day, she'll fly 6-9 hours and strike targets identified by ground forces, perhaps in Mosul or the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group's self-styled caliphate.
Back on the Eisenhower, culinary specialist and petty officer first class Antonio Brown is organizing a feast consisting of 4,950 pounds of turkey, 1,050 pounds of ham, 1,200 pounds of beef, 648 pounds of shrimp, 7,000 portions of mashed potatoes, 400 pies, and 200 cheese cakes.
Brown is setting up carving stations for sailors and serving his take on standard Navy recipes, like adding marshmallows to the sweet potatoes. Brown said Thanksgiving is the most important day of the year for the carrier's cooks and kitchen staff.
"It's like the Super Bowl. We care about Christmas, yes indeed, but Thanksgiving we try to show out," Brown said. "When everybody is able to sit down and eat a nice, healthy, nutritious meal and everything, it's like it takes them back."
The carrier's chaplain, Cmdr. Ted Williams, said sailors would celebrate in small groups across the carrier's hold on Thanksgiving.
"That bond, that shared experience of being away and being deployed, also brings us together, and that is what we'll use to draw strength during the day while we're apart from our families back at home," he said outside the carrier's interfaith chapel.
After the Thanksgiving airstrikes and a full day flying, Sandifer will land in the pitch black at night. It's a feat she calls a "controlled crash" and "one of the most terrifying things I've ever done."
"There's no horizon, there's no moon, you can't really see the stars because there's just this haze and all you see is this rectangle of lights with a center line in the middle that's lit up," she said.
🇺🇸Thank you Veterans, past & present. ⚓🛩🇺🇸
Don't forget Daylight Savings Time Ends...
NAS Oceana Aerotheater presents "Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them"
Nov 13, 2016
HAPPY 241st Birthday U.S. Navy🇺🇸⚓️🛩🛳
Attention Wildcat fanatics & Families!
Get out to the NAS Oceana Air Show this weekend & support your VFA-131 Wildcats!
Stop by our Tent & Get your Wildcat gear** Friday-Sunday, Sept 9-11, 2016
**Sidenote: Merchandise not available for sale online. Please purchase in person. Thank you!
"Wildcats" On Deck
Are you looking for a night out? JEB Little Creek base is hosting a Caribbean Night, Friday 5August.
Party by the Pool from 7:30pm-9:30Pm.
*Live Steel Drum Performers
*Fun interactive Games
*DJ & Dancing
Open to ages 21 & older. Casual island attire is welcome. Purchase tickets at Gator Water park.
$20 per couple( 2 friends or 2 family members can be a couple)
Call 757-462-7173 or 757-462-2399 for more info
Hello Wildcat Families!
NAS Oceana is hosting Career week. 15Aug-19Aug.
This opportunity is available to military dependents. Learn how to land that career you've always wanted!
Call Fleet & Family Support Center @ 757-433-2912
Have A great day Families!
-Your Wildcat Ombudsman :-)
Good Afternoon Wildcat Families. Fleet & Family Support Center Oceana is proud to host a sensory friendly movie July 20th. EFMP Family members are encouraged to join in on the feature.
Have a wonderful weekend Wildcat Families!
Ombudsman, VFA-131 "Wildcats"
Cmdr Jeffrey Farmer relieved Cmdr Brad Freeman in airborne Change of Command 🇺🇸⚓️🛩
Cmdr Jeffrey Farmer relieved Cmdr Brad Freeman in airborne Change of Command 🇺🇸⚓️🛩
VFA-131 Wildcats would like to wish everyone a Safe & Happy Independence Day!
WE'RE STILL HERE!!!!
Despite the fact that you haven't heard from me in a bit...We're still here!!! Wow...When we told you all that communications were going to be challenging at times, I bet nobody thought that I meant it would be THIS difficult!!!
Hopefully all of you are getting communication for your Sailors as it becomes available, but as you can tell...Facebook has been challenging for me as well!
I want to make sure everyone is aware of the "Deployment Brief" that's being set up by our FRG and OMBUDSMAN on the 20th of June... If you need details, please don't hesitate to contact either of them and they'll get you the info! It should be a great time... They have even arranged for Child Care on sight to ensure max participation.
We'll all be enjoying a bit of rest for a couple of days, and we'll all get back to the task at hand... "Puttin' Warheads on Foreheads"...as we call it!!! I hope all is well at home... Always remember... You are not alone!!! Call on eachother...that's what family is there for!!!
OK...First of all...take a deep breath! This is what we've been preparing for! We're on our way to do what we're getting paid to do! Trust me when I tell you, the feeling that we are all experiencing out here is Bitter Sweet, to say the Least. As excited as we are to finally be on our way...the feeling of having to leave our loved ones behind is heartbreaking. But this is what we all signed on for...and never forget, that there is no way that we can do what we do...without all of you at home!
So that being said...make sure you all keep in touch with your OMBUDSMAN and FRG if you need ANYTHING!!! Wildcats take care of Wildcats! We have a saying around here that you will need to remember while we're gone..."ONE TEAM...ONE FIGHT....WILDCATS"!!!!! Don't try to handle things alone...make the call! We're all in this together.
Keep an eye on this page, and we'll keep you as up to date as possible. Remember that there WILL be communication outages...but we're still here! Remember that we are all part of the same big family now...lean on eachother, and support eachother!
Hang tight and we'll be home before you know it! The FRG will be reaching out soon to let you all know the details for the next "Deployment Brief"... You're in charge now... We can't do this without you!!!
Good Evening Wildcat Families,
It seems the ship is having some email issues. Emails may be delayed or undeliverable temporarily. We do understand your need to stay in communication with your sailor, however, issues with emails are very common. Service may seem slow. Please be patient as they are trying to reslove these issues.
Your Wildcat Ombudsman
Activities for Wildcat Families in June
Activities for Wildcat Families in June
GOOD EVENING WILDCAT FAMILIES,
Are you looking for some fun? The Family Fest is back!
Live Entertainment featuring "Tidewater Drive"
Balloon artist, Carnival games, Live DJ, Face painter, Hayrides, Inflatables, Laser Tag, Magician, Prizes, & a Rock climbing wall.
Join the fun,
Thursday, May 19, 2016
3:30 to 7:30 @ Main Gate Park
For more info, please call (757)433-3301
Hope you have a wonderful evening!
Your Command Family Ombudsman,
Good Morning WILDCATS!!!
We are proud to announce that one of our own was selected as the IKE Sailor of the Day on 09 March 2016! Way to go AM2 Minter!!!!
Although EVERY one of Sailors is out here doing great things EVERY day... Today was AM2 Minter's Day! He got the opportunity to head up to the Bridge of the Mighty IKE and be King for a Day! Chillin' in the Captain's Chair...Driving and Aircraft Carrier around the Ocean...and he even got to invite a few friends!
Not a bad way to spend your day!!!! Way to go Shipmate...!
Sensory Friendly Movie showing of "Zootopia!"
Aeropines theater on NAS Oceana is hosting a sensory friendly movie for EFMP families. You may also bring diet restricted snacks For those with allergies to foods. This movie will have special lighting and sounds for those who are sensitive to these features. Accommodations will be made for special needs children especially.
Please feel free to bring toddlers who won't still or sit quietly.
Dancing, singing, & any other moving around is welcome!
Come out and watch "Zootopia" on April 13th at the AEROPINES Theater @ NAS Oceaan!
Have a wonderful Day Wildcat Families!
I know, as do you all, that being accustomed to "instant communication" will make brief periods of "zero communication" even more difficult...but hang in there!
Think of it as a History Lesson...like back in the day when the only means of communication with our families was "Snail Mail" (and we would actually "number" the envelopes to ensure they were opened in the order they were sent! God bless the USPS!)
This portion of our training can often times prove difficult, but I assure you that your Sailors are doing great things out here and making all of you very proud!!!
Please don't forget that I also have an actual FB Page that you are welcome to send a Friend Request to (Wildcat CMC). When you do...make sure you message me as well and let me know who your Sailor is!!! Once I confirm your identity...I'll accept your request! You can never be too careful! The good thing about that page, it that I am able to share more pictures and event items than we can on our "Organization" page... But fear not... We will continue to update here!
I appreciate the support that each of you provide to your Sailors EVERY DAY... They are all doing amazing things out here!!!
Good Afternoon Wildcat Families!
If you're looking for something fun to do on April 20th, NAS Oceana is hosting a "Paint & Sit."
Join them for a night of painting & fun.
See the flyer for more details.
Good Evening Wildcat Families…
Our time at sea continues to be extremely productive. All your Sailors are happy and healthy, but miss you every day! Always remember that we have put a support system in place back on the beach to ensure all of the Wildcat Families are taken care of while we are gone… None of you are alone!
There are going to be times while we are gone that we will not be able to get communications off the ship, but you have to understand that it is not always because we don’t want to…TRUST ME! You will just have to rely on your support systems back at home and trust that we are all out here taking care of each other…and wishing we could be home taking care of you!
Desiree, Katy, and the entire FRG Team are standing by and ready to help when the need arises…so don’t be afraid to make the call. You can contact them on Facebook or via phone and e-mail…so if you need them…contact them!
We will be home before you know it, following the successful completion of the next phase… Keep us in your thoughts and prayers, as you are in ours every night! Talk to you soon…
Good Evening Wildcat Families, here is your April 2016 Family Connection Newsletter. The link is posted below.
In This Edition:
* April is the Month of the Military Child
* The Heart of the SAPR Program
* "Children Thrive When Supervised, Safe and Sound"
* Gold Star Wives Day
* Saving on a Tight Budget - 10 Tips
* Key to Success for Special Needs Families
* PCS: What's the Next Step?
* USDA Wants You!
* Booking Your Summer Vacation
* National Take Back Day
* Stress Awareness Month
Good Evening WILDCAT FAMILIES... I wanted to take a minute and let everyone know that we're more than half way home and everyone is doing AWESOME. All are healthy (barring some sporadic "boat crud" of course!) and working hard! I know communication with your Sailors have been VERY CHALLENGING during this trip, to say the least, but I can assure you that they are doing their best with what they have!
Always remember...If you ever have any questions you are always welcome to get in touch with your OMBUDSMAN Desiree... She is doing a great job back at home and always willing to lend a hand!
And...Katy and company are doing a great job with our Wildcat Family Readiness Group...check out their page! If you are new to the command and you don't have your points of contact set up yet...just post a note here and somebody will reach out!
Well...I assure you that everyone is doing great things out here and making your all proud! We're all looking forward to getting home and having some time to spend with our families...
We all appreciate all that you do back home, to ensure that we can all do what we do!!
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