NASNINaval Air Station, North Island (US Navy)
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SHC (SW) Delfin Perez, NASNI CDO, and MSC (SW) Eric Van Hofwegen, NASNI ACDO, provided exceptional leadership and management while taking full responsibility for setting up the NASNI gym evacuation shelter.
NASNI Galley, under the direction of CWO4 David Anspach, extended operational hours, providing 14 hour, non-stop, hot-meal service to over 1,000 military family evacuees and emergency personnel.
Nearly all the Navy families staying at NASNI CBH were allowed to return to their homes the following day as the fires subsided and were no longer a threat.
We entered the landing pattern with 15 minutes remaining to make several landings before returning to NASNI.
Passing 25,000 feet, I double-checked the F-18's flight-performance-advisory-system (FPAS) page, which showed me on deck at NASNI with 1,900 pounds of fuel.
Runway 36/18 was out of service at NASNI, so SoCal immediately gave me a vector for a PAR approach to runway 29.
The brakes checked fine, and we told NASNI tower the emergency was over, and no further assistance was needed.
At NASNI, we got gas and had the good folks at VRC-30 perform a tailhook inspection; we had dragged the hook on the runway for nearly 2,000 feet.
The harried controller replied NASNI tower was reporting 400 feet overcast with five-eighths-mile visibility in mist; they could not see the approach end of either runway, and visibility rapidly was degrading.
We checked in with the NASNI final controller for the straight-in GCA to runway 29.