CNATTU Oceana

CNATTU Oceana The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Oceana’s mission is to provide advanced technical training to Department of Defense personnel in direct support of genuine and emerging fleet requirements.

In June 2004, Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Detachment Oceana was renamed as the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Oceana (CNATTU, Oceana). CNATTU, Oceana, currently provides curricula for advanced technical training for the F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet, Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS), and other various Automated Test Equipment and aircraft maintenance training courses. A variety of Maintenance Training Units (MTUs) provide diversified training for students.

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Congratulations AOC Joe O'hara on your re-enlistment!  Thank you Chief Warrant Officer Hopper for doing the honors!  Thi...
10/08/2020

Congratulations AOC Joe O'hara on your re-enlistment! Thank you Chief Warrant Officer Hopper for doing the honors! This is a big moment for the O'hara family, the first re-enlistment they are able to attend and the last one for Chief O'hara's career. Thank you for your service Chief!

Congratulations to AT2 Laurence O'dell and his wife on his re-enlistment!  Thank you LT Bates and the CNATTU Oceana Tria...
10/08/2020

Congratulations to AT2 Laurence O'dell and his wife on his re-enlistment! Thank you LT Bates and the CNATTU Oceana Triad for all you did to help AT2 and his family make the PCS from Japan.

Sixteen Squadrons all "home" at once here at NAS Oceana!!!
09/21/2020

Sixteen Squadrons all "home" at once here at NAS Oceana!!!

Congratulations to CNATTU Oceana's newest Senior Chief Petty Officer's!  AOCS (AW/SW) Jon HeyerAECS (AW) John KopelakisA...
09/21/2020

Congratulations to CNATTU Oceana's newest Senior Chief Petty Officer's!

AOCS (AW/SW) Jon Heyer
AECS (AW) John Kopelakis
ATCS (AW) Fred Gamache

CNATTU Oceana will be adhering to all guidelines outlined in FRAGO 20-024, BLUF summarized below.
06/25/2020

CNATTU Oceana will be adhering to all guidelines outlined in FRAGO 20-024, BLUF summarized below.

Great news from CNATTU Oceana and their BURST course initiatives!  Check it out at the link below!
01/07/2020

Great news from CNATTU Oceana and their BURST course initiatives! Check it out at the link below!

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Within the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training's domain, we are always looking for ways to improve fleet-wide aviation maintenance through training.

One of the ways we do that is through Broad Unscheduled Rapid Support Training, or BURST.

Check out what the good Sailors and Marines like Chief Petty Officer Joshua Simmons (right) and Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Dods (left) at CNATT Unit Oceana are up to with BURST:

https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=111790

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Nathaniel Thomas Payne

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for June 09 through June 23, 2019CNATTU Oceana Change of Command & CDR Moore RetirementA...
06/27/2019

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for June 09 through June 23, 2019

CNATTU Oceana Change of Command & CDR Moore Retirement
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

June 13, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana says farewell to CDR David Moore after 18 months of his steadfast leadership and ushers in CDR Gary Shelley as our new Commanding Officer. We are looking forward to an exciting year and a half under CDR Shelley and are privileged to have him at the helm.

VOLUNTEER HOURS:

- Meals on Wheels – Seventeen volunteers spent a total of 68 hours delivering prepared meals for Sentara Norfolk Meals on Wheels to elderly and assisted living patrons.
- MWR Breakfast Sales – 24 volunteers spent a total of 48 hours to prepare and serve breakfast to staff and students on three occasions, profiting approximately $500.
- BB64 Wisconsin – Eight volunteers spent a total of 40 hours performing restoration efforts on the decommissioned BB64 Wisconsin.
- First Landing State Park – Six volunteers spent a total of 48 hours picking up trash and cleaning First Landing State Park.

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for May 24 through June 08, 2019CNATTU Oceana Awards QuartersATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Pa...
06/26/2019

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for
May 24 through June 08, 2019

CNATTU Oceana Awards Quarters
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 31, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana Commanding Officer David Moore recognizes the following Sailors and Marines for professional accomplishments.

AOC Matthew "Blake" Belflower (NA)
AD1 Corbin Dawkins (NA)
AE1 Andrew Taylor (NA)
SGT Javon Franklin (NA)
SGT Javon Franklin (NCOQ)
AE1 Edwin Ramos (IOQ)
SSGT Joshua Lancia (MOQ)
AO2 Zachary Zehner (JSOQ/MTS)
SGT Carlos Rivera (JIOQ)
AZ2 Amanda Tims (MOVSM)

CNATTU Oceana Staff & Student Frocking
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 31, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana Commanding Officer David Moore frocks the following Sailors to the next higher paygrade.

STAFF
AO1 Shaquana Jackson

STUDENTS
AT3 James Allen
AT3 Ashley Chupp
AT3 Kayla Kushnir
AT3 Triton McFeron
AT3 Michael Monohan
AT3 Angelique Lara
AT3 Zachary Wheeler
AT2 Christopher Clark
AO2 Nicole Martinez
AT2 Alicia Vigil

CNATTU Oceana Chief’s Mess Hail & Bail
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 23, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana Chief Petty Officer Association bids farewell to AZC Brandy “Lucky” Marshall and AOC Matthew “Blake” Belflower as they depart the pattern and move on to their next duty assignments.

CNATTU Oceana Promotes AMEC Rob Hill to Senior Chief!
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

June 03, 2019 – AMEC Rob Hill loses his “E” and trades up for an “S” as he was selected for advancement to Senior Chief Petty Officer and is now AMCS! Congratulations Senior Hill!

CNATTU Oceana Host Blood Drive
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

June 04, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana Staff and Students participate in a regular blood drive hosted on site by local corpsmen. Blood donated will be sent down range to directly benefit Sailors and Marines forward deployed in harm’s way.

CNATTU Oceana Honors the Battle of Midway
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

June 06, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana takes time to honor our past and show respect for those who have gone before us as we recognize the Battle of Midway. ATC Jonathan Blakney cuts the cake and the CPOA pose for a photo which will be gifted to the soon to depart CO David Moore.

VOLUNTEER HOURS:

- Meals on Wheels – Twenty volunteers spent a total of 80 hours delivering prepared meals for Sentara Norfolk Meals on Wheels to elderly and assisted living patrons.
- MWR Breakfast Sales – 24 volunteers spent a total of 48 hours to prepare and serve breakfast to staff and students on three occasions, profiting approximately $500.
- BB64 Wisconsin – Three volunteers spent a total of 18 hours performing a scrub-ex on main deck and restoration efforts on the decommissioned BB64 Wisconsin.
- First Landing State Park – Six volunteers spent a total of 48 hours picking up trash and cleaning First Landing State Park.

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for May 9 through May 23, 2019CNATTU Oceana POA Rehabs BEQ 419 Basketball CourtATC (AW/S...
06/24/2019

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for
May 9 through May 23, 2019

CNATTU Oceana POA Rehabs BEQ 419 Basketball Court
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 17, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana Petty Officer Association (POA) gave back to their junior Sailors and Marines by rehabilitating the outdoor basketball court near bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) building 419. AE1 Brandon Sexton, the POA President, received assistance from over 30 CNATTU Oceana Petty Officers in clearing debris, sweeping, and repainting lines on the court. The FRCMA POA is rehabbing the basketball goals and a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned when the goals go back up.

CNATTU Oceana Restores BB64 Wisconsin
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 20, 2019 – AD1 Cory Holliday and three other CNATTU Sailors volunteered 18 total hours performing a scrub-ex of the upper decks on the decommissioned BB64 Wisconsin as the ship is prepared for its 75th anniversary.

CNATTU Oceana Diversity/Multicultural Committee Potluck
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 21, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana Diversity/Multicultural Committee hosts a command potluck in recognition of Asian/American Heritage month. AT1 Tristan Policarpio spoke about his Asian/American heritage and the journey he has taken to be a part of the worlds’ finest Navy! CDR Shelley added his remarks and the command enjoyed a spread of delicious food brought in by everyone who attended.

CNATTU Oceana Officers Association Crawfish Boil
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 23, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana Officers Association provided a post safety stand-down authentic craw-fish boil for command staff. Special thanks to CWO3 Kevin Cleland and his bayou knowledge of how to season a real Louisiana boil!

VOLUNTEER HOURS:

- Meals on Wheels – Twenty volunteers spent a total of 80 hours delivering prepared meals for Sentara Norfolk Meals on Wheels to elderly and assisted living patrons.
- MWR Breakfast Sales – 24 volunteers spent a total of 48 hours to prepare and serve breakfast to staff and students on three occasions, profiting approximately $500.
- BB64 Wisconsin – Three volunteers spent a total of 18 hours performing a scrub-ex on main deck and restoration efforts on the decommissioned BB64 Wisconsin.
- First Landing State Park – Six volunteers spent a total of 48 hours picking up trash and cleaning First Landing State Park.

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for April 24 through May 8, 2019CNATTU Oceana Denim Day WalkATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Pay...
06/24/2019

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for April 24 through May 8, 2019

CNATTU Oceana Denim Day Walk
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

April 24, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana participates in the NAS Oceana’s seventh Annual Denim Day Walk. The denim day is a symbolic gesture originating from an Italian court, which overturned a rape conviction due to the High Court not believing that the victim had not consented to sexual contact. In their opinion, her jeans were so tight the perpetrator could not have gotten them off without her assistance.

Sounds outrageous, yet in Italy, and all over the world, victims of sexual assault continue to be disbelieved and accused of causing the assault due to their behavior or fashion sense.

CNATTU Oceana’s own Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Coordinator, ADC Craigory Mcneil, was proud to represent our command and coordinate our participation in this important event to raise awareness of this issue.

CNATTU Oceana Awards Quarters
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

April 26, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana Commanding Officer David Moore recognizes the following Sailors and Marines for professional accomplishments.

MGySgt David Winter
SSgt Ryan Davis
AD1 Bradley Ford
AM1 Samuel Guzzi
AM1 Nathaniel Toothman
Sgt Carlos Rivera

CNATTU Oceana Hosts Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

April 30, 2019 – Brian Hershman of BCG delivers a presentation to naval aviation maintenance commands senior leadership to discuss ways to improve aviation maintenance efficiencies and increase F/A-18 Super Hornet readiness through the Naval Sustainment System (NSS). A philosophy championed by RADM Michael Zarkowski, the Commander of Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC) is to “embrace the red.” It has often been standard practice in aviation maintenance to strive for “all green” across the board. This has cultivated a culture where truth in reporting of aircraft status may not always be accurate in an effort to please the higher ups with good report data. Senior leadership is advocating maintenance commands to be transparent with their gripes to better allocate resources to break down supply and engineering barriers to help improve aircraft readiness. No longer is red a bad thing but instead an indicator to where the focus needs to be. Commanding Officers at FRC’s and the BCG team are employing the NSS program and embracing the change to optimize turnaround time and maintenance.

CNATTU Oceana Hosts CNATT CO CAPT Schneider
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 01, 2019 – Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Commanding Officer CAPT Nathan Schneider visits CNATTU Oceana Sailors on the tail of a presentation about the Naval Sustainment System (NSS) delivered by Brian Hershman and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Schneider relayed the changes that are taking place in aviation maintenance processes and how CNATTU Oceana plays a vital role in the training process of future maintainers. A new tasking for CNATTU’s is the development of burst training videos designed to target the top ten down aircraft degraders which will be delivered directly to Fleet maintainers to train with on the flight line. CNATTU Oceana has already begun work on a burst training project focused on the fuel cell air decay test set and is working with CNATT headquarters to finalize the product.

CNATTU Oceana Rehabs BB64 Wisconsin
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 03, 2019 – Five CNATTU Sailors spent 30 total hours to set up scaffolding for the painting and restoration of Gun Turret 1 barrels during a comrel.

CNATTU Oceana Marine Visits Strawbridge Elementary
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

May 08, 2019 – Sgt. Javon Franklin visited Strawbridge Elementary school to have lunch with a 5th grade student who expressed interest in talking with someone in the U.S. Marine Corps. The visit was a huge success and had great impact on the student. The school’s Military Family Life Counselor had this to say about Franklin and his visit:

“Thank you so much for coordinating this and getting us a Marine to meet with our student. Sgt Franklin was very personable and open and hit it off immediately with the student. The student was nearly overcome with emotion on first seeing Sgt Franklin and was walking on air when he left. I have no doubt that this will be a life-long high point memory for this child. Thanks again to all involved!”

VOLUNTEER HOURS:

- Meals on Wheels – Five volunteers spent a total of 20 hours delivering prepared meals for Sentara Norfolk Meals on Wheels to elderly and assisted living patrons.
- MWR Breakfast Sales – 24 volunteers spent a total of 48 hours to prepare and serve breakfast to staff and students on three occasions, profiting approximately $500.
- BB64 Wisconsin – Four volunteers spent a total of 20 hours painting and performing restoration efforts on the decommissioned BB64 Wisconsin.
- First Landing State Park – Four volunteers spent a total of 48 hours picking up trash and cleaning First Landing State Park.

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for April 09 through April 23, 2019CNATTU Oceana Hosts Students from Kellam High School ...
06/24/2019

CNATTU Oceana Bi-Monthly Report for
April 09 through April 23, 2019

CNATTU Oceana Hosts Students from Kellam High School
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

April 9, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana hosts 40 students’ grades 9-12 from Kellam High school’s Power and Transportation course. The course teaches them how to disassemble and reassemble a simple L-Head and a single cylinder overhead valve engine. They also complete industry certification testing in: history, safety, two-stoke operation, four-stroke operation, compression, basic fuel systems, intermediate fuel, governor systems, parts look-up, cooling and lubrication, and ignition systems.

The Kellam High School Technology Education Department Power and Transportation course instructor, Tim Kennedy, said,

“The focus of all of my field trips and guest speakers is to expose the students to as many careers as possible. How do they know what they want to do if they do not know what the choices are? I really like when they can talk with the people involved in their careers and find out where they went to school, what training they received, why they picked the career that they did, what the best/worst parts are. I have found that the military is a great choice for most of my students and the trips expose them to people with similar stories as their own who are now the Olympians of their field.”

The tour highlighted CNATTU Oceana’s aviation maintenance training capabilities with focus on avionics trainers, the virtual paint trainer, environmental control systems, and the landing gear simulator. AMC Billy Pullen, AMC Dennis Demichiel, AOC Blake Belflower, and ATC Brian Halas guided the groups of students while AT1 Camilla Copeland, AT1 Anthony Burgess, AM1 Samuel Guzzi, AM1 Justin Epler, AM1 Jacob Weisel, and AME1 Scott Jackson acted as subject matter experts taking time to present their topics and answer any questions the students may have. Tours like this are important for these students to expose them to different career paths and may inspire some to join the Navy and pursue a career in aviation maintenance.

CNATTU Oceana MWR Bowling Tourney
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

April 10, 2019 – CNATTU Oceana MWR committee hosts Command Bowling Tournament for a group of 80 students and staff. A group of four students took the tournament trophy home.

CNATTU Oceana Attends Virtual Paint System (VPS) Demo in Norfolk
ATC (AW/SW/IW) Nathaniel Payne

April 17, 2019 – The VPS Demo provided to Norfolk & Oceana CNATTU’s demonstrated the new Paint/Finish Trainer which uses Virtual Reality. CNATTU instructors and subject matter experts were solicited for feedback to Naval Education Training Command (NETC) on the performance of the new trainer. Attended by AMC Robert Carrion, GYSGT Michael Strickland, AM1 Samuel Guzzi and AM1 Jonathan Pagoada.

VOLUNTEER HOURS:

- Meals on Wheels – Ten volunteers spent a total of 64 hours delivering prepared meals for Sentara Norfolk Meals on Wheels to elderly and assisted living patrons.
- MWR Breakfast Sales – 24 volunteers spent a total of 48 hours to prepare and serve breakfast to staff and students on three occasions, profiting approximately $500.
- BB64 Wisconsin – Four volunteers spent a total of 20 hours painting and performing restoration efforts on the decommissioned BB64 Wisconsin.
- First Landing State Park – Four volunteers spent a total of 48 hours picking up trash and cleaning First Landing State Park.

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