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Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic

VAW-120 holds Change of Command

by U.S. Navy Story by Lt. Josh Reyes
14 December 2022 NORFOLK, VA. – The “Greyhawks” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, stationed aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, held a change of command ceremony, Dec 7, to mark the transition of command leadership.
Four Sailors performing as color guard
SLIDESHOW | 7 images | VAW-120 Change of Command NORFOLK, VA (DEC. 09, 2022) Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120 Color Guard presents the colors to begin the Change of Command ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class Richard Warren)

During the change of command event, Cmdr. David L. Wiltshire, of Midlothian, Virginia, assumed all duties and responsibilities as the VAW-120 commanding officer from Martin N. Fentress Jr., of Norfolk, Virginia.

During his time at VAW-120, the “Greyhawks” flew over 7,329 flight hours over 2,556 sorties qualifying 55 replacement Naval Aviators, 68 Air Battle Managers, and 15 Naval Aircrewmen. They successfully completed the transition of 2 fleet squadrons to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and the expansion of aerial refueling to the E-2 community.

“This has been a busy year for the Greyhawks,” said Fentress. “We’ve delivered time and again the best trained men and women to operate and maintain two of the most highly demanded airframes across the Naval Aviation Enterprise. Those men and women have arrived at locations, around the world, supporting Joint, NATO, and coalition missions. The Navy could not have chosen a better replacement as CO.”

Wiltshire expressed his gratitude to Fentress.

“You’re going to do great things at CVW-7, and I look forward to leading this awesome team that you’ve shaped over the past year,” said Wiltshire.

Additionally, Wiltshire also spoke about his goals as VAW-120’s new commanding officer.

“With the challenges facing our military today, and the near peer threat ever looming, I assure you that I do not take my responsibility to train the next generation of ABMs, Pilots, Aircrew, and maintainers lightly,” said Wiltshire “My goal as your Commanding Officer is to continue the Greyhawk legacy of leading the community with a culture of professionalism, character, and teamwork. I’m happy to be here, and it is my great honor to be your Commanding Officer.”

The mission of VAW-120 is to fly and train naval aviators, naval flight officers, and naval aircrewmen to safely and effectively operate E-2 and C-2 aircraft, preparing them to join the fleet.


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