New Warfare Designator Making its Way to the Fleet


Story Number: NNS091208-06Release Date: 12/8/2009 8:35:00 AM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Nine officers at Navy Personnel Command were among the first Sailors Navy-wide to receive the Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer (PAMO) warfare designator during a ceremony Dec. 4.

"I think it signifies the commitment to excellence in our community. Aviation maintenance is our forte," said Cmdr. Bill Edge, the aerospace maintenance duty officer detailer at NPC, after receiving his PAMO warfare device.

The PAMO qualification recognizes the significant contributions made by aviation ground officers in support of the Navy's aviation mission and warfighting capabilities.

"We did not have a professional warfare designator before. This is our first opportunity, and it is pretty historic for the community," said Edge.

The actual warfare device is a gold and silver metal showing the silver eagle and shield superimposed over gold aviation wings with a gold banner depicting aero maintenance.

Officers must have significant experience and display a high level of knowledge in all aspects of aviation warfare support, complete a PAMO personnel qualification standard and pass an oral board. Requirements include a minimum of 24 months at both an organizational and intermediate-level maintenance activity while assigned in an aviation maintenance officer billet and one operational deployment of at least 90 days.

Commander Naval Air Forces, Aircraft Maintenance Policy Officer is the final approval authority for all PAMO designators. To date 365 officers have qualified to wear this new insignia.

The PAMO community is comprised of aerospace maintenance duty officers, aviation maintenance limited duty officers, and aviation maintenance chief warrant officers.

Complete eligibility requirements can be found in OPNAVINST. 1412.11.

For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.

STORY COMMENTS6 COMMENTS
12/14/2009 3:16:00 PM
As for warfare pins and the meaning behind them is definitely not having anything to do with killing the enemy. The place the warfare pin holds is a since of pride in your community that you are in Naval Construction Force, Surface, Aviation, Sub and Spec war. Have Pride first in the pin that you have earned. And Seabees have been a ground force since 1942 Hoorah! Can Do Seabee Pride

12/10/2009 2:16:00 PM
RSH, as a CEC LDO and prior Enlisted Seabee, I would argue that the Seabees are much closer to the fight than Space and Cyber. Besides SEALs and IAs, they have been the only ones on the ground for the past 8 years. BTW, the SCWS pin has been around for almost 20 years now...

12/9/2009 9:08:00 PM
Sorry RSH, you can include the chaplains too. They were approved earlier this year for a Religious Ministries Fleet Marine Corps Device.

12/9/2009 1:39:00 PM
Good for them. Yes, they aren't directly pulling the trigger, but they are making sure that the triggers work for the pilots.

12/9/2009 1:27:00 AM
Warfare pins are getting out of control. The 5 domains of warefare; Sea, Air, Land, Space and Cyber; should be used to define warfare quals. We seem to use communities to define warfare specialties. Civil Engineers have thier SCW pin, Supply Corps alone has 3 separate warfare quals, the medical, nurse, dental and medical service corps have nearly 9 separate quals. I think the only communities without a pin are Chaplains and Lawyers.

12/8/2009 8:28:00 PM
Warfare means beating the enemy, including killing him. Surface warriors use guns and missiles; aviation warriors use guns, bombs and missiles; submariners... well, we get the idea. This is the first time "maintenance" ever killed anybody on purpose. There are other ways to honor a person's commitment to excellence in the community. Come up with a ring or a bracelet, and leave the warfare badges to the warriors who pull the trigger. (I'm not from "Goergia", but I like the way you spelled it.)

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Nine officers assigned to Navy Personnel Command were among the first Sailors Navy-wide to receive the Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer (PAMO) warfare designator during a ceremony Dec. 4.
091204-N-0659H-002 MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Dec. 4, 2009) Nine officers assigned to Navy Personnel Command were among the first Sailors Navy-wide to receive the Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer (PAMO) warfare designator during a ceremony Dec. 4. The PAMO qualification recognizes the significant contributions made by aviation ground officers supporting the Navy's aviation mission and war fighting capabilities. The PAMO community is comprised of aerospace maintenance duty officers, aviation maintenance limited duty officers, and aviation maintenance chief warrant officers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class LaTunya Howard/Released)
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