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Target Practice

April 26, 2019
WAVES shooting guns, Pensacola, FL.
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WAVES master the quirks of a .22 target pistol before advancing to larger guns at NATC in Pensacola, FL. Upon completion of the course, they will be assigned to teaching male gunners marksmanship with the aid of electrical synthetic guns.


Called to Serve, pt. 3

April 16, 2019
Espinosa is fitted for her first WAVES uniform.

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Seaman apprentice Maria Ramona Espinosa is being fitted for her first WAVE uniform in the above picture. Uniforms are expected to be impeccable at all times, the feeling of her first uniform fitting is one that Espinosa won’t soon forget. She’s trained to act the part, now it’s time to look it!

Called to Serve, pt. 2

April 12, 2019
Espinosa recites during training course.

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Continuing our story about Maria Ramona Espinosa, the boot recites excerpts from the WAVE training manual before her peers. Every WAVE is expected to know their manual cover to cover – a standard that Espinosa will not be allowed to forego this time around. 

Called to Serve, pt. 1

April 9, 2019
Espinosa in civilian clothes arrives for WAVES training, Hunter College.

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Maria Ramona Espinosa meets the Shore Patrolman at the gate of Hunter College in the Bronx, N.Y. She is here, eager to begin her WAVE journey! More on her journey in the coming days.

Post-ops not Post-mortems

April 5, 2019
Jump corrects Harrison's errors in flight plan.

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A coordinated flight plan could mean the difference between life and death for both a pilot and his crew. WAVE Emily Jump examines Ens. Charles Harrison’s course and points out his errors – while most students tend to rely on instinct, in combat rigorous training is necessary for survival.

A Fine-tooth Comb

April 2, 2019
Instructor inspects WAVES work, NATTC.

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An instructor surveys the work of one of the WAVES at the NATTC in Norman, Oklahoma. The utmost precision is expected of mechanics like the WAVE pictured – Nice work!

Field Test!

March 29, 2019
WAVES repair engine, Jacksonville, Florida.

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At the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, Mechanics Bernice Sansburg and Violet Falkum make quick work of a damaged engine. Both Sansburg and Falkum are alumni of the NATTC in Norman, Oklahoma.