TRARON-6 to host change of command Oct. 3

Published on October 01, 2013 with No Comments

Training Squadron SIX (VT-6) will observe a change of the helm Thursday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Naval Air Station Whiting Field Atrium as Cmdr. Donald Jamiola will cede command of the unit to Lt. Col. Kevin Digman.

Following the change of command, Jamiola will depart for Norfolk, Va. where he will assume the duties of Air Boss aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3).

Jamiola, a 1995 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was designated a Naval aviator in 1997 at NAS Corpus Christi.  As a P-3 pilot he had tours in both VP-26 and VPU-1 in Brunswick, Maine.  Jamiola also served onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) as the assistant air operations officer and operations administration officer.  Jamiola completed his Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College in 2009 before reporting toVT-6.

He served as executive and commanding officer of VT-6 from June 2011 to October 2013.  Under his leadership, the “Shooters” of VT-6 flew over 11,550 mishap free flight hours, including over 10,700 instructional hours.  In 2012 and 2013, VT-6 produced over 285 students for follow on advanced training pipelines to provide the next generation of Naval Aviators to the fleet.

The “Shooters” were highly lauded during Jamiola’s tenure, earning a grade of ”Outstanding” during the 2012 CNATRA Standardization and Evaluation inspection.  VT-6 instructors were also recognized for their “Outstanding” performance on the 2012 and 2013 NATOPS unit evaluations.  Additionally, VT-6 instructors were recognized for their superior performance with awards from CNATRA, TAW-5, and multiple civilian organizations to include:  2012 CNATRA Reserve Instructor of the Year, 2012 AUSN Outstanding Junior Officer, 2012 Lions Club Flight Instructor of the Year, 2012 Training Wing FIVE Reserve Instructor of the Year, and 2012 Reserve Instructor of the Quarter.

Digman graduated from Ball State University in 1996 and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1999 at NAS Whiting Field.  He served as a CH-43E pilot for HMM 364.  Next he attended Tactical Air Contol Party School where he was designated a Forward Air Controller; then, he reported to MAGTF Training Center, Twenty Nine Palms, Cal. where he served as the Assault Support Representative.  In 2006, he reported to MATSG-21 at NAS Pensacola as an instructor pilot in VT-6.  Prior to completing the Instructor Under Training syllabus, he volunteered for an individual augment billet with II Marine Expeditionary Force.  In 2007, he reported back to MATSG-21 as the assistant operations officer.  He then attended Air Command Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base earning a Master of Military Operational Art and Science. Digman was then ordered to Marine Aircraft Group 16 in Miramar, Cal.,where he was assigned to HMM-163.  In 2012, he received orders to VT-6 to be the Executive Officer.

Cmdr. Wade Iverson will become the new Executive Officer.  The guest speaker for the event will be Capt.James Fisher, Commodore Training Air Wing FIVE.

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