Wreath Laying Ceremony, 5k Run Honor NAS Pensacola Terrorist Attack Victims On Three-year Anniversary

07 December 2022

From MC2 Zachary Melvin

Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) held a memorial service honoring the victims of the Dec. 6, 2019 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, Dec. 6, 2022.
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Melvin

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) held a memorial service honoring the victims of the Dec. 6, 2019 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, Dec. 6, 2022.

The memorial service included a wreath laying ceremony in NASC’s Area of Remembrance and marked the three-year anniversary of the terrorist attack that left three U.S. Navy Sailors killed and eight personnel injured. Naval Aircrewman Mechanical 3rd Class Mohammed Haitham, Naval Aircrewman Mechanical 3rd Class Cameron Walters and Lt.  j.g. Joshua Watson lost their lives when an aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom building at NAS Pensacola. Portraits of the three Sailors and the Navy Flyer’s Creed are displayed in the Area of Remembrance as a quiet place of reflection.

“What happened here three years ago was both terrible and tragic,” said Capt. Edgardo Moreno, NASC’s commanding officer. “I hope and pray that we can continue to heal together as we remain more united here than ever. It is with our actions that we can repay the fallen.”

The ceremony also recognized those who were wounded during the attack – Ensign Kristy Lehmer, Ensign Brianna Thomas, Airman Ryan Blackwell, Airman George Johnson, Jessica Pickett, Capt. Charles Hogue, Deputy Matthew Tinch and Deputy Jonathan Glass.

Capt. Edgardo Moreno, right, Naval Aviation Schools Command’s (NASC) commanding officer, and Cmdr. Brandy McNabb, center, NASC's executive officer, lay a wreath at a remembrance
ceremony for the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, in the NASC Area of Remembrance, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and
eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership
to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right
numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Harison Stevens)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day Capt. Edgardo Moreno, right, Naval Aviation Schools Command’s (NASC) commanding officer, and Cmdr. Brandy McNabb, center, NASC's executive officer, lay a wreath at a remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, in the NASC Area of Remembrance, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Harison Stevens)
Capt. Edgardo Moreno, center, Naval Aviation Schools Command’s (NASC) commanding officer, and Cmdr. Brandy McNabb, left, NASC's executive officer, prepare to lay a wreath at a
remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, in the NASC Area of Remembrance, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Harison Stevens)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day Capt. Edgardo Moreno, center, Naval Aviation Schools Command’s (NASC) commanding officer, and Cmdr. Brandy McNabb, left, NASC's executive officer, prepare to lay a wreath at a remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, in the NASC Area of Remembrance, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Harison Stevens)
Personnel assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Naval Education and Training Command and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola participate in a Dec. 6 memorial 5k run in remembrance of the victims of the Dec. 6 NAS Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. John Spreng)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day Personnel assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Naval Education and Training Command and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola participate in a Dec. 6 memorial 5k run in remembrance of the victims of the Dec. 6 NAS Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. John Spreng)
Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, center-left, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), and Capt. Edgardo Moreno, center-right, Naval Aviation Schools Command’s (NASC) commanding officer, lead a Dec. 6 memorial 5k run in remembrance of the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training,
character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. John Spreng)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, center-left, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), and Capt. Edgardo Moreno, center-right, Naval Aviation Schools Command’s (NASC) commanding officer, lead a Dec. 6 memorial 5k run in remembrance of the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. John Spreng)
Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, center, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), speaks to Sailors in front of Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) headquarters prior to a
Dec. 6 memorial 5k run in remembrance of the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. John Spreng)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, center, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), speaks to Sailors in front of Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) headquarters prior to a Dec. 6 memorial 5k run in remembrance of the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. John Spreng)
Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola dedicates this portion of base as a "Reflection Area" honoring the victims of the Dec. 6 NAS Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left four U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Melvin)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola dedicates this portion of base as a "Reflection Area" honoring the victims of the Dec. 6 NAS Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left four U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Melvin)
As part of the memorial services honoring the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, a “reflection area” was introduced outside of Naval Aviation Schools
Command (NASC), Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational
foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be
combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class Zachary Melvin)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day As part of the memorial services honoring the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, a “reflection area” was introduced outside of Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Melvin)
Sailors assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Naval Education and Training Command and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola pay respects after laying a wreath at a
remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Dec. 6 NAS Pensacola terrorist attack, in the NASC Area of Remembrance, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and
eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership
to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right
numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Melvin)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day Sailors assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Naval Education and Training Command and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola pay respects after laying a wreath at a remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Dec. 6 NAS Pensacola terrorist attack, in the NASC Area of Remembrance, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Melvin)
Capt. Edgardo Moreno, center, Naval Aviation Schools Command’s (NASC) commanding officer, and Cmdr. Brandy McNabb, left, NASC's executive officer, prepare to lay a wreath at a
remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, in the NASC Area of Remembrance, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S.
Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Melvin)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day Capt. Edgardo Moreno, center, Naval Aviation Schools Command’s (NASC) commanding officer, and Cmdr. Brandy McNabb, left, NASC's executive officer, prepare to lay a wreath at a remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Dec. 6 Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola terrorist attack, in the NASC Area of Remembrance, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Melvin)
Personnel assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Naval Education and Training Command and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola pose for a photograph after participating in a Dec. 6 memorial 5k run in remembrance of the victims of the Dec. 6 NAS Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. John Spreng)
SLIDESHOW | 0 images | Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day Personnel assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Naval Education and Training Command and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola pose for a photograph after participating in a Dec. 6 memorial 5k run in remembrance of the victims of the Dec. 6 NAS Pensacola terrorist attack, onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2022. The attack left three U.S. Navy Sailors dead and eight other personnel injured onboard NAS Pensacola, Dec. 6, 2019. NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals, and deliver them at the right time, in the right numbers, to be the forces their nation needs. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. John Spreng)


The NAS Pensacola community also gathered during the early morning hours of Dec. 6 for a 5k run in remembrance of the tragic events on that day in 2019.

“Three years ago, three of our shipmates answered a higher calling,” said Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). “They made a deep commitment to our nation, knowing that they may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. These young men fulfilled their oath to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign or domestic. We can never repay their sacrifice, but we can remember and honor them by keeping their memory alive. They must never be forgotten as they represent the best in each of us.”

Students who participated in the memorial run reflected on the importance of honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Dec. 6, 2019. “It felt good to see everyone who attended the run united and motivated,” said Airman Zachary Hablas, from Fort Worth, Texas, assigned to NASC as an aircrew candidate. “It meant a lot for me to be able to participate. Tragedies such as this can be very detrimental to a community so to be able to be a part of remembering them and honoring them was very special.”


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