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    VMAQT-1 hosts inaugural Prowler Day

    VMAQT-1 hosts inaugural Prowler Day

    Photo By Sgt. J. R. Heins | Service members from all the EA-6B Prowler squadrons at Marine Corps Air Station...... read more read more

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, UNITED STATES

    11.18.2014

    Story by Cpl. J. R. Heins 

    II Marine Expeditionary Force

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - The Marine tactical electronic warfare community at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., hosted the inaugural Prowler Day Nov. 7, recognizing several Marines for outstanding leadership from within its ranks.

    Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron 1, VMAQ-2 and VMAQ-3 paused for a day to honor the achievements of VMAQT-1’s Instructor Pilot of the Year; Student Pilot of the Year; Instructor Electronic Counter-Measures Officer of the Year and Student Electronic Counter-Measures Officer of the Year.

    According to Maj. Julian Flores, the operations officer for VMAQT-1, Prowler Day originated from Electronic Attack Squadron 129’s Prowler Week at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., before the Navy began transitioning to the EA-18G Growler.

    “We wanted to start a new tradition here at Cherry Point,” said Flores, a native of San Antonio. “With the addition of VMAQT-1, we felt that it would be a great idea to host a day where all the Marine Prowler squadrons could come together and get to know one another.”

    The event began at the Sound of Freedom Golf Course, where 22 four-person teams played a round of super-ball format, playing the best lie among each team.

    The event was open to all officers and staff noncommissioned officers of the three Prowler squadrons, said Flores. The intent behind the event was to build ties among the squadrons and recognize outstanding individual achievements of Marines assigned to VMAQT-1, which is a fleet replacement squadron for the Corps’ electronic warfare community.

    At the end of play, Capt. Lee R. Jones, Master Sgt. Bryan J. Rupple, Gunnery Sgt. Eric J. Queen and 1st Lt. Vincent Gonzalez won the tournament with a score of 55, hitting 17 strokes under par.

    After the tournament, participants made their way to Hancock Lodge here for the presentation of VMAQT-1’s four achievement awards.

    Capt. Jon C. Banks, a native of Princeton, N.J., was awarded Instructor of the Year; Capt. Andrew M. MacDonald was awarded Student Pilot of the Year; Capt. Alexander S. Kappes was awarded Instructor Electronic Counter-Measures Officer of the Year; and 1st Lt. Daniel C. Hupp was awarded the Student ECMO of the Year.

    “I am honored to be selected for such an award,” said Banks. “I believe I was selected for the award because of my love to teach. Besides flying, my favorite part of the job is standing in front of a group of pilots to teach.”

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    Date Taken: 11.18.2014
    Date Posted: 11.18.2014 11:45
    Story ID: 148143
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, US 

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