UPDATED: Navy Seeing Success Collecting Data on Physiological Episodes; Taps Former Air Wing Commander to Lead Effort

THE PENTAGON — The Navy has appointed former commander of Carrier Air Wing 3 and F/A-18 Hornet pilot Capt. Sara Joyner to lead the service’s effort to research and prevent physiological episodes in its fixed-wing aircraft, amid progress this summer collecting data to help understand the root cause of these PE events, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran told USNI News on Wednesday.

Joyner, who was also selected for promotion to rear admiral, will fill a position recommended in the June 12 “Comprehensive Review of the T-45 and FA-18 Physiological Episodes” report conducted by U.S. Pacific Fleet Command commander Adm. Scott Swift. That report states “there is no single, dedicated entity leading PE resolution efforts” and therefore no unity in correction and mitigation efforts. The report recommended establishing a new organization to lead all naval efforts to resolve PEs, which would not be a permanent organization but would rather last a year or two until the Navy had gotten the PE problem under control, USNI News previously reported.




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