PACIFIC OCEAN — Two naval aviators aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) joined an elite group after achieving a major career milestone when they completed their 1,000th arrested landing on the aircraft carrier, Jan. 18.
“I hope that they recognize that getting 1,000 traps isn’t just me,” said Hutcherson, a naval flight officer. “It’s the ship, it’s the maintainers, and it’s all the supporters that we have as aviators.”
Since naval aviation began in 1911, more than 180,000 pilots have earned their wings, but less than 360 pilots and 120 NFOs have achieved the milestone of 1,000 traps. After Hutcherson joined the elite group of NFOs, he said he understood the honor wasn’t earned alone.
“It was great to see everybody from my squadron and the air wing up on the flight deck,” said Hutcherson. “I was a department head of VFA 2 a couple of years ago and then to come back as the XO, and now as CO, and to get 1,000 traps with the same squadron, it’s been pretty rewarding.” XO is Navy slang for executive officer, a unit’s second-in-command.
Barber said he was honored to complete the historic flight with Hutcherson and thanked the squadron and Hutcherson for allowing him to fly their aircraft named “Bullet 100.”
“It was very special that two people were able to fly and reach this milestone together,” said Barber. “This would not have been possible if it wasn’t for all the hard work of the Sailors of Carrier Air Wing 2 and USS Carl Vinson. Thank you.”
For many who witnessed the 1,000th trap, the feat meant more than just an impressive number.
“I think it’s reassuring to know that we are being led with experience,” said Lt. John Cushing, a pilot with VFA 2. “Especially moving forward into this deployment, it helps to know the guys leading the way have literally done it a thousand times before.”
The Carl Vinson Strike Group is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific. The strike group includes Carl Vinson, CVW 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), and guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) from Destroyer Squadron 1.
The strike group’s deployment marks the second time it is operating in the Indo-Pacific region under U.S. 3rd Fleet’s command and control. U.S. 3rd Fleet’s control of ships and aircraft across the Western Pacific and beyond the international dateline to India enables U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet to operate together across a broad spectrum of maritime missions in region.
SICK: Keith Olbermann Calls for President Trump to Receive “Death Penalty”
Former MSNBC commentator turned deranged liberal fanatic Keith Olbermann called for the killing of President Donald Trump in the latest of his YouTube rants on Tuesday, stating that the President should receive the death penalty for every “charge” of Americans who have died of coronavirus.
This would add up to 200,000 unique death penalties.
Olbermann made the demand in a charged rant- his exclusive mode of communication in recent years- in which he exclusively blamed the President for the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) October 20, 2020
Twitter has previously said that it would ban or suspend those that call for the President’s death in the context of his coronavirus diagnosis. Olbermann is taking it a step further- actively calling for his execution- but as of Tuesday night, his verified Twitter account appears wholly funcitonal and unimpeded.
As Olbermann specifically blames President Trump for the impact of the global disease, he seems to be ignoring the reality that daily coronavirus deaths in Europe are now rising above those in the United States, and that it’s more than likely the “progressive” European Union will incur more coronavirus deaths per capita than the US has.
For those who think this is irrelevant because these are just “cases,” below deaths – which always lag cases by 6-8 weeks pic.twitter.com/SmSfxMuINU
— Bruno Maçães (@MacaesBruno) October 18, 2020
The President, or any political leader, is not God, and the ultimate effects of a novel viral disease are determined by variables largely outside of human control. Olbermann has descended into the hysteria of the bizarre “believe science” liberal religion, while largely ignoring the scientific reality on the capabilities of world leaders to simply “turn off” the coronavirus disease.
It’s generally poor form to speculate on the mental faculties of public figures- including partisan political personalities- but this kind of vengeful sentiment may indicate a personality disorder on the one that expresses it.
There’s no word as to a potential Secret Service investigation into the hysterical MSNBC alumni as of yet.
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