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Mass-Casualty Drill Six Weeks Before Amtrak Train Crash Helped Emergency Responders Sharpen Their Skills

By Jennifer Burton

About a month before a truck crashed into an Amtrak train outside of Fallon, killing six people, emergency responders in Churchill County staged a mass-casualty drill at Churchill County High School to help hone the skills and coordination efforts of local, regional, state and federal agencies.
Officials dubbed the plan Operation ARCO (Aircraft Mishap Full Scale [...]

Will There be Another Top Gun Movie?

By Jennifer Burton

I heard some movie folks from Paramount Pictures were visiting NAS Fallon this week doing research for a new movie about Top Gun.  It's been 25 years since the original Top Gun movie filled the big screen– and it was a huge box office hit.  People loved the flying scenes, many of which were actually [...]

PNN Meets Blue Angel Number One

By Jennifer Burton

What does it take to be the Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels, the Navy's premier Flight Demonstration team?  For Commander Greg McWherter, it takes guts, incredible focus and a sense of humor.
I caught up with Blue Angel Number One recently at the Officers' Club at NAS Fallon.  Even surrounded by some of the best [...]

Navy Bomb Squad Practices for Fallon Air Show

By Jennifer Burton

Usually when you want to say thanks to people, you don't blow things up.  If you're the Navy, sometimes you do. Monday, I watched as the Explosive Ordinance Disposal squad detonated some charges as practice for the upcoming air show at NAS Fallon.  The September 11th show is a way for the base to say [...]

We Lost a Good One

By Jennifer Burton

Commander Luther "Meat" Hook was meant to have girls, and he had seven of them.  This Memorial Day weekend we lost this father, military man and community leader along with three of his daughters from his first marriage.  As with many weekends, Luther had flown down to Fresno in his private plane to pick up [...]