Lt. j.g. Ridgely Riggs
VP-5 Public Affairs
The "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 were honored to host the leadership of the New Hampshire Army National Guard, Brig. Gen. David Mikolaites, Brig. Gen. Shawn O'Brien and Brig. Gen. Laurie Farris Jan. 27.
Like many cities in the United States that have established foreign counterparts, Concord, New Hampshire has long been a sister city to Agua Caliente, El Salvador.
Following an informative brief of VP-5's actions in support of Operation Martillo, a counter illicit trafficking operation in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility, Combat Air Crew 10 was honored to give the distinguished visitors a full tour of the P-8A Poseidon, the U.S. Navy's premier long-range maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
A prior KC-135 pilot, Mikolaities was very impressed with the modern cockpit of the P-8A compared to the steam gauges of the KC-135.
"I really enjoyed getting to talk to Brig. Gen. Mikolaities about the KC-135. This next home cycle we will be starting to go through the air-to-air refueling syllabus and will be working with those aircraft a lot," said Lt. j.g. Carter Dennis.
"Talking to a pilot of one of those aircraft with a lot of experience was really beneficial to learn a little bit about what we have to look forward to."
The Mad Foxes are currently on a six-month deployment to the U.S. 4th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Their operations play a vital role in improving global maritime security.