All 24 aircrew, including Phil, survived this crash landing. The first flag officer in Phil’s chain of command wrote: “In the days following the squadron’s 1997 Class A aircraft mishap, it was apparent their training programs required fundamental reform. I directed several immediate corrective actions including the by-name assignment of LCDR Ehr as Training Officer … . I knew LCDR Ehr would apply uncompromising integrity to hold squadron aviators to professional aviation standards. He accomplished the difficult mission of transforming the culture of [the squadron] in an often-recalcitrant command environment. During this timeframe, the Training Department was far more important to the health and effectiveness of the squadron than [other departments]. [The squadron’s] widely acclaimed success in Operations ALLIED FORCE, NORTHERN and SOUTHERN WATCH are the result of combat readiness directly attributable to LCDR Ehr’s leadership in a uniquely challenging department head tour. The most revealing measure of the squadron’s internal transformation, also directly attributable to LCDR Ehr’s leadership, are the series of Navy awards earned by [the squadron] in 1999, just over one year after the mishap—the Safety “S”, the Battle “E”, the Golden Wrench—and the honor of representing [Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic] in the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy competition to determine the ‘greatest improved’ unit in the Navy.” Candor. Resiliency. Teamwork.*
U.S. Government. The flag officer’s quote is a matter of record from 1999 and does not imply an endorsement of this political campaign.