From the Naval Operational Medicine Institute:
NOMI Detachment Central hosted CNN Anchor and Correspondent Kyra Phillips aboard NAS Pensacola from 17-19 December as she participated in two days of aviation survival training. The survival training was in preparation for an upcoming S-3B Viking flight aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) currently operating in the Arabian Sea. [...] Ms. Phillips is no stranger to naval aviation or survival training having participated in naval aviation survival training once before prior to flying in an F/A-18D with TOPGUN. During her recent survival training aboard NAS Pensacola, Ms. Phillips was introduced to LT Scott Kartvedt, Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron opposing solo this past year. Ms. Phillips may get to continue her association with naval aviation via the "Blue Angels" in the future.And from her bio on CNN:
In 2002, Phillips became the first female journalist to fly in an F-14 air-to-air combat training mission over the Persian Gulf. For a full month Phillips produced exclusive reports on the U.S. Navy's reconnaissance missions from the P-3 aircraft and maritime interdiction operations from the USS Paul Hamilton. For the first time ever, television audiences got a look inside the training of Naval Special Warfare, the Navy's Special Operations Command. Phillips also observed Navy SEALS and Special Warfare Combatant Crewman training for a possible conflict with Iraq. Phillips has extensive police, SWAT and weapons training. She also has reported on and participated in specialized aviation training with the Navy's elite TOPGUN School.Now, I may be naive, but I would think a journalist would have to be pretty tight with the Pentagon to have that kind of privilege. Fair and balanced reporting? Sounds like a conflict of interest to me.