Congratulations to Melissa Dillard on her promotion to Commanding Officer of her Navy unit in Pensacola, Fl. The former Absegami Braves student is having a very successful Navy career.

Melissa Reichenbach Dillard, a Galloway native and a member of the graduating class of 1998 at Absegami High School was given the promotion during a change-of-command ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, March 5.

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According to the Navy's Chief of Naval Air Training, Dillard VT-4 unit is a "winging squadron' onboard the NAS Pensacola, that trains student Naval Flight officers.

Cmdr. Melissa “FASM” Dillard assumed command during the ceremony. VT-4 conducts undergraduate naval flight officer training for the Navy, Marine Corps, and select international military partners in preparation for follow-on training in the E-2 Hawkeye, E-6 Mercury, EP-3 Aries, and P-8 Poseidon aircraft communities.

The Navy announced the promotion  as part of their celebration of Women's History Month.

As we celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth, we recognize two women leading the way in #NavalAviation.

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Squadron Augment Unit. Cmdr. Melissa "FASM" Dillard assumed command of the unit Friday during a small ceremony at the

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VT-4 is our only squadron that exclusively uses state-of-the-art multi-crew simulators that combine fleet-derived sensors with realistic adversarial problem sets to develop highly skilled naval flight officers who will operate in E-2 Hawkeye, E-6 Mercury, EP-3 Aries, and P-8 Poseidon aircraft communities.

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