Welcome to VAW-120, home of the Greyhawks. As you join the Fleet Replacement Squadron, you are entering the final phase of training on your way to the fleet. Whether you will be piloting a carrier based airplane, commanding and controlling the latest generation of joint airpower, or hauling mail, personnel, and equipment to forward deployed forces, you will soon be an important cog in the American military machine.
The road ahead is not easy. Each of the curricula are designed to challenge the student to not only learn the systems, tactics, techniques, and procedures, but also practice the core values of the Navy and to establish continuing habits of success. Hard work and cooperation have proven to be a successful formula.
You are now part of the Hawkeye-Greyhound Community. Whether you are an Aircrewman, Pilot or Naval flight Officer, you belong to a dedicated team of professionals. The personal and professional relationships you build here be the foundation of not only your future, but our future.
As a Naval Flight Officer, you will become intimately familiar with the systems in the Hawkeye. From the engines to the Tactical Data Links, you will invest hours in the classroom and simulator in order to master safe and effective use of the complex equipment. The ultimate goal is to develop the skills and fundamental knowledge base in order to use the systems in tactical mission based scenarios. You will be introduced to constructively planning and executing defense of the Strike Group, Strike Operations, Command and Control while supporting troops on the ground, Combat Search and Rescue, and Maritime Employment.
Whether you select the E-2 or C-2, you will learn to fly and ultimately Carrier Qualify one of the most challenging aircraft to fly in the current U.S. military inventory. Ground school initially introduces systems and procedures to the student. Simulators are then used to reinforce and practice systems knowledge and procedures. Students then get a chance to fly the aircraft in Familiarization, Instrument, Night, Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP), and Carrier Qualification (CQ).
As enlisted aircrew, you will embrace every aspect of the aircraft and its employment. You will be directly responsible for detection and troubleshooting of faults for maintenance. Additionally, you will train to logistically support not only your own detachment of aircraft, but also balance the priority of cargo enroute to recipients onboard the carrier. Our instructors demand the highest levels of dedication in the aircraft and classroom.