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ArlingtonNew recruit finds a home in naval aviation

New recruit finds a home in naval aviation

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by LT. OMARI FAULKNER, U.S. Navy Office of Community Outreach

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Airman Apprentice Amelia Butler, a native of Arlington, is serving the U.S. Navy at Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC).

As a student at NASC, Butler is serving among sailors, Marines and guardsmen developing the skills needed to be combat-ready aviation professionals.

Located in Pensacola, NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development and professional leadership. Students at NASC are taught the requirements and skills needed to be successful in their new careers.

Butler joined the Navy four months ago.

“I was inspired to join the Navy to become empowered,” she said. “Being an aircrewman is not an easy job, so I want to prove to myself.”

According to Butler, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Arlington.

“In my hometown I learned that there is no ‘I’ in a team,” said Butler.
NASC is comprised of four schoolhouses: Aviation Training School (ATS), Aviation Enlisted Aircrew Training (AEATS), Aviation Rescue Swimmer School (ARSS) and Aviation Water Survival School (AWS), which provide instruction in 14 different curricula. In fiscal 2021, ATS staff conducted 2,250 hours of classroom instruction and 17,095 hours of flight instruction; graduated 1,140 pilots and 217 Naval Flight Officers. AEATS graduated 1,237 students, ARSS graduated 245 students and AWS, including Detachment Swim Sites Norfolk and Pearl Harbor provided training for 6,479 students.

“The Navy contributes to national security by preserving freedom of the seas,” said Butler.

Butler and the sailors she serves with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“I am most proud of graduating from Aircrew Candidate School,” said Butler. “It was the most mentally and physically challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

“Being a sailor allows me to serve my county and see the world, which will provide unlimited opportunities for my future,” she added.

The Naval Education and Training Command is the U.S. Navy’s largest shore command. Through its “Street to Fleet” focus, Naval Education and Training Command recruits civilians and transforms them into skilled warfighters ready to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Navy.

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