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Point Mugu-Based Squadron to Fly Over Malibu for Veterans Day Ceremony

The World Famous Black Eagles of VAW-113 have flown missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, as well as provided humanitarian support to Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.

The World Famous Black Eagles of VAW-113, a squadron that has flown missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, will fly over Malibu Sunday as part of a special Veterans Day ceremony.

The flyover is expected -- weather permitting -- during the ceremony, which is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Malibu Legacy Park on Civic Center Way.

The commanding officer of VAW-113, Cmdr. Kumar Atarthi, will be one of the speakers participating in the event, according to Capt. Todd Watkins, who is based at Point Mugu. Ararthi has spent more than 2,000 hours in the E-2C Hawkeye, according to his bio.

The Black Eagles of VAW-113 are one of four E-2C Hawkeye squadrons stationed at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. The VAW-113 is assigned to Carrier Air Wing TWO and the USS Ronald Reagan, Watkins said.

"Most recently, VAW-113 flew humanitarian assistance/disaster response missions over Japan, providing critically needed food, water, medicine, and shelter to over 30,000 displaced persons during Operation Tomodachi after a tragic earthquake, resultant tsunami, and nuclear reactor meltdown," Watkins said.

Other members of military of past and present wars will speak about their experiences, according to organizers.

Also, artwork created by David Schwartz of Malibu has been placed on T-shirts that will be for sale for $20. Schwartz used an American flag that flew over Malibu City Hall for the artwork.

The event is sponsored by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, Pepperdine University, the City of Malibu and the Malibu Times.

barbara Bassill November 09, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Can someone please let me know when (date) this will happen? It sounds like it is today, Friday the 9th, however I cannot see this on the post. Please kindly email me. Thanks, Barbara Bassill
nanci November 09, 2012 at 02:49 PM
If we can't attend the ceremony where can we buy the tees? Very well done!
Don Schmitz November 09, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Good morning everyone; Our Veteran's day ceremony will be this Sunday at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at legacy park. We hope to see you there to help us honor the brave men and women that have sacraficed so much for us.
M Stanley November 09, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Barbara Bassill - The event is this Sunday @ 11am in Legacy Park (11/11 @ 11 to make it easy to remember). Nanci - I'm forwarding your comment to the organizing committee, there are a limited number available but if we get enough interest it may prompt another order! Everyone! Come out and join the event on Sunday, roll it into the Farmer's Market while you're there and enjoy breakfast and/or lunch while you chat with neighbors and find plenty of opportunities to shake a hand and Thank A Veteran - there will be a lot of them in attendance!

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