Kling to assume command of TRAWING-5

Published on September 19, 2014 with No Comments

Capt. James Fisher stepped down as Commodore Training Air Wing FIVE on Friday, Sept. 19 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum.

Fisher will turn over his command of the Navy’s largest training wing to Col. Gary Kling, deputy commandant TRAWING-5. This tour will culminate Fisher’s 28 years of service.

Fisher is a 1987 Naval Academy graduate who was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1989.  This is his third tour at NAS Whiting Field, where he earned his wings and served as a flight instructor from 1992 to 1995, being recognized as the 1994 Chief of Naval Air Training Instructor of the Year.  He has flown with Anti-Submarine Squadrons HSL-36, HSL-40, and HSL-42, as well as serving as the Airboss on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6).  Fisher also earned his master’s degree at the Naval War College, was the Commanding Officer of Training Squadron TWENTY-EIGHT in Corpus Christi, Tex., and served two tours at the Pentagon – the last as the Warfighting Support Branch Head before returning to Milton, Fla.

During his leadership of three Primary Flight Training squadrons, over 1,500 Student Naval Aviators (SNAs) graduated from the three Primary Flight Squadrons under his command. His oversight of three Primary Flight Squadrons and three TH-57B/C Advanced Rotary Training squadrons culminated in the execution of over 123,000 sorties and 195,000 flight hours producing over 765 airborne warriors for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and eleven allied nations.

Capt. James Fisher

Capt. James Fisher

Fisher successfully negotiated contract and programs increases to meet student mission demand in his pursuit for training excellence, reflected in the CNATRA 2013 Standardization Evaluation where TRAWING-5’s Training and Standardization departments received an overall grade of OUTSTANDING and the inspection team recognized 34 best practices at TRAWING FIVE. The Commodore established a Multi-Service Mid Air Collision Avoidance group that lowered the operational risk and increased the operational success of TRAWING FIVE and additional military partners. Fisher was also responsible for the first T-6B Detachment that led to a productive, safe, efficient, and innovative detachment that maximized the value of a nearly $1.1 million budget. The detachment established long-lasting goodwill between the military and the population of Roswell, blazing the trail for future detachments.


Col. Gary Kling

Col. Gary Kling

Kling graduated from Arizona State University in 1987 and was an honor graduate at The Basic School. He was designated a Naval Aviator in the spring of 1990. He is a graduate of Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1). Kling served as a F/A Instructor pilot at MAWTS-1 in 1995. He has flown with VMFA-232, VMFA-134 and MAG-11. In Apr. 2004 Kling served as the Division Air Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Following a tour at the Pentagon, Kling assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Iwakuna, Japan. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College and served in numerous staff assignments including the Deputy Chief of Staff to Joint Forces Command and as the Deputy Branch Head of HQMC Aviation Plans and Policy.

Kling will assume command of the Navy’s largest Training Air Wing in the Naval Air Training Command, which is responsible for an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command’s total flight time and over 11 percent of Navy and Marine Corps’ flight time world-wide. Over 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training through TRAWING -5 annually. Capt. Mark Murray will become the new Deputy Commandant.

The guest speaker for the event will be Brigadier Gen. Matthew Glavy, USMC, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation.

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