Cherry Point Prowler squadron takes on new mission

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 01:50 PM.

“We’re making it more Marine Corps centric,” Flores said. “The students when they go to their operational squadrons will already have a lot of experience, whereas when they trained at Whidbey Island, Wash., there was a learning curve when they first shipped out to their operational squadrons here at Cherry Point.”

The squadron will grow from five Prowlers to six as part of the transition. The first training crews are expected to arrive at Cherry Point in about a month.

“It’s exciting. It’s a big responsibility,” Flores said. “We’re taking basic air crews and we’re training them to fly the EA-6B Prowler. It’s a big responsibility. We have to teach them to fly it safely and then how to employ it tactically in an operational squadron. It’s a big responsibility, but everyone’s excited.”  

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