Air Wing Deputy Commander Traps Major Milestone


Story Number: NNS110418-08Release Date: 4/18/2011 12:14:00 PM
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By By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Josh Cassatt, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 reached a major naval aviation milestone April 18 on board the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Capt. Kevin "Nix" Mannix tallied his 1,000th arrested landing with the trap of his F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 on the flight deck of the Ronald Reagan.

"One thousand traps is a milestone in naval aviation," Mannix said. "It just shows I've been around naval aviation a long time. Naval aviation is an unforgiving environment that demands your best every day."

Mannix joins the ranks of the '1,000 Trap Club', and his name will appear on a special plaque at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., where those who have reached this significant accomplishment are honored.

"Today's milestone is a tribute to his airmanship and professionalism," said Capt. Hamlin Ortiz-Marty, Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14. "He's achieved a goal that others can only dream of reaching in today's Navy."

Mannix attributed his career achievement to the hard work of the Sailors who helped him over the years.

"There is nothing but professionals in this line of work," Mannix said. "The men and women on the flight deck, the maintainers, I've worked with nothing but absolute professionals."

Mannix said he has come a long way since his first arrested landing Dec. 6, 1987, on board USS Lexington (CV 16).

"It's so surreal," Mannix said. "It seems like just yesterday I started this adventure in naval aviation. I love what I do."

The squadrons of CVW 14 include the "Black Knights" of VFA 154, the "Argonauts" of VFA-147, the "Blue Diamonds" of VFA-146, the "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, the "Black Eagles" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139, the "Providers" of Carrier Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 and the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4.

Ronald Reagan departed from its homeport in San Diego Feb. 2, for a training exercise and its deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Ronald Regan's last deployment to 7th Fleet was in 2009.

For more news from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ronald Reagan Strike Group, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/cvn76 or visit the Official USS Ronald Reagan Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ussronaldreagan.

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Capt. Capt. Kevin Mannix, deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, lands an F/A-18 Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to complete his 1,000th arrested carrier landing.
110418-N-1004S-979 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 18, 2011) Capt. Capt. Kevin Mannix, deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, lands an F/A-18 Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to complete his 1,000th arrested carrier landing. Ronald Reagan is operating in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawn Stewart/Released)
April 18, 2011
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