National Naval Aviation Museum hosts Mutts With a Mission

by Katie King |

National Naval Aviation Museum Hosts Meet and Greet with Mutts With a Mission, Featuring Service Dog Introduction

Pensacola, FL – April 15, 2024 – The National Naval Aviation Museum is proud to announce a special meet and greet event in collaboration with Mutts With a Mission (MWAM), a distinguished 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to training service dogs for disabled veterans, first responders, and law enforcement.

On Tuesday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m., the museum will welcome two exceptional service dogs in training, Rudder and Catalina, along with their dedicated MWAM trainers, Brooke Columbo and Jen Pollard.

The highlight of this event will be the introduction of Catalina, a spirited young female yellow Labrador retriever, to the esteemed WWII veteran, Ret. U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Cash Barber.

Named in honor of the legendary amphibious aircraft (PBY-5) that Lt. Cmdr. Barber flew during WWII, Catalina symbolizes MWAM’s commitment to honoring veterans through their service dog program.

At 99 years old, Lt. Cmdr. Barber continues to actively provide tours of his amphibious aircraft at NNAM. At approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Barber will finally meet the namesake of his beloved aircraft at the airplane’s exhibit.

Mutts With a Mission, renowned for their exceptional dedication, previously trained Sage, who served aboard the USS Gerald Ford during a recent deployment. Beyond individual recipients, MWAM introduces service dogs to various units in the Tidewater area, aiming to reduce workplace stress for sailors assigned to duty.

This meet and greet promises a heartwarming convergence of history, service, and compassion. Rudder and Catalina will be in training around the museum throughout the day, providing guests with a unique opportunity to observe their progress.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: National Naval Aviation Museum


Media Note: For more information about the National Naval Aviation Museum or Foundation, contact Hannah Pennell at (850) 308-8936 or


About Mutts With a Mission:

Mutts With a Mission (MWAM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Norfolk, dedicated to training Service Dogs for disabled Veterans, First Responders, and Law Enforcement. MWAM’s mission is to provide these specially trained dogs to individuals in need at no cost, thereby enhancing their quality of life and promoting independence. For more information, visit

About the National Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Be sure to visit Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post-WWII era including the presidential helicopter, Marine One. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling HD flight simulators. Don’t miss the drama and power of the new laser-powered Giant Screen digital theater. The Cubi Bar Café offers a unique dining experience, and the Flight Deck Store is the perfect place to find a souvenir that captures the spirit of Naval Aviation. Museum admission is FREE.



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