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AMES, REAR ADMIRAL Christopher Conlan http://www.transcom.mil/bios/tcames.pdf "...Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Christopher Conlan Ames is the director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Prior to reporting to USTRANSCOM, the admiral was commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE. During his 26-year career, the admiral was the assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV 66); Commanding Officer, VP-16; Commanding Officer, Amphibious Assault Ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1); and deputy for operations, United States Pacific Command. He is a Naval aviator with more than 2,000 hours in the P-3C aircraft. EDUCATION: 1976 Bachelor of science, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. 1991 Masters in public administration, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. ASSIGNMENTS: 1. June 1976 August 1976, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Fla. 2. August 1976 February 1977, student, VT-2, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. 3. February 1977 February 1977, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 4. February 1977 July 1977, student, VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 5. July 1977 November 1977, student, VP-31, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 6. November 1977 January 1981, instructor pilot/senior NATOPS pilot evaluator, VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California. 7. February 1981 March 1982, Joint Chief of Staff intern, Strategic Planner, J5 Strategy Division, Plans and Policy Directorate, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 8. April 1982 October 1982, aide and administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations, OP-06, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 9. October 1982 December 1983, flag lieutenant, Third Fleet, Pacific 10. December 1983 April 1986, assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV-66), aircraft carrier, Atlantic 11. April 1986 May 1989, maintenance officer, VP-30, then operations officer, VP-24, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 12. May 1989 July 1990, assistant Washington placement, Naval Military Personnel Command, Washington, D.C. 13. July 1990 June 1991, student, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 14. July 1991 February 1994, executive officer, then Commanding Officer, VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 15. February 1994 May 1994, executive assistant to the commander, CPW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 16. May 1994 August 1994, under instruction, Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course, Newport Naval Station, R.I. 17. August 1994 December 1997, executive officer, then commanding officer, USS TARAWA (LHA 1), Amphibious Assault Ship, Pacific 18. December 1997 July 2000, deputy for Operations, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii 19. August 2000 April 2002, commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE, San Diego, Calif. 20. April 2002 present, director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill..." [24JUN2003]

ANDERSON, LCDR Milt Retired wtfo230@aol.com "...Howdy to all the P-3 Bubbas out there! I served in VP Squadrons most of my 21 years in the Navy. Started out with VP-4, VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (per diem heaven!), VP-44, VP-10, and CPW-11. I'm a Mustang LCDR that started out as a Radio Operator in P-3A's. Enjoying retirement but miss those 12-hr ASW's, getting some kills and bringing the crew safely home to toss back a few..." [21JUN2002]


BARRIS, AWCS(AW) Bill wbarris@juno.com "...I served in HSL-36 from 1976-1979, FASOTRAGRULANT Det Jax from 1979-1982 VP-16 from 1982-1986, CPW-11 from 1986-1989, VP-56 from 1989-Disestablishment, VP-5 from 1991-1993, TSC NS Rota, Spain from 1993-1996, VP-30 1996-present...brings back lots of memories both good and bad. Mostly good..." [01NOV2001 | 07JUN98]

BIXBY, AW1 Rob Retired scubabix@mediaone.net "...Served with VP-31 (81-84) and CPW-11(95-97)..."

BLACKSTON, CMC Charles Shipmate Pix http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/index.php?id=31&secid=8 "...Master Chief Blackston enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1977, and attended Recruit Training at Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida. After the completion of AE Class "A" School in Millington, TN, he was assigned to Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7), NAS Meridian, MS. Released from active duty in December 1980, he re-enlisted in the Navy in February 1984. Upon reentering the Navy, he attended AE Class "C" School, NAS Millington, Tennessee. Afterwards, he attended Naval Aircrewman Candidate School, Pensacola and P-3 Flight Engineer School, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. His next assignment was to VP-49, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He served as primary NATOPS instructor for the flight engineer position and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda, and back to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Following his first VP tour, he was selected for assignment to the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Here he served as classroom instructor, Fleet IUT (Instructor Under Training) Instructor, Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Instructor, VP-30 primary NATOPS/Alternate CNAL evaluator, and primary CNAL evaluator. During this demanding tour, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. His next posting was to VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned, he advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and served as the Line Division CPO, QA Division SCPO, and Safety/NATOPS Department SCPO. Here he completed a tri-site deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Panama as well as a Mediterranean deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In May of 1997, he reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (Force Warfare), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Initially assigned as the VP Maintenance Division SCPO, he assumed the role of CMC after being advanced to Master Chief in April of 1998. Following his tour at Force Warfare, he was selectively assigned to the Bureau of Personnel, Sea Duty Component, Dallas, TX, where he served as the Command Master Chief. In April 2002, he reported to VP-8, NAS Brunswick, Maine as the Command Master Chief. VP-8 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily from February to August 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, VP-8 deployed to Japan from December 2004 to June 2005, a first for an east coast VP squadron since the mid 1980's. Master Chief Blackston started his current assignment as Command Master Chief of CPRW-11 in August 2005. Master Chief Blackston is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (April 2000). He is a recipient of the 2003 Commander Naval Air Forces Leadership Award. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation (4 gold stars), and the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and campaign awards..." [12NOV2005]

BRANDENBURG, AW1 Phil Retired pbrandy@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-56 from 1980-1985, NAS Memphis, Tennessee from 1985-1989, ASMOD USS Eisenhower from 1989-1991, VP-16 from 1991-1996, and CPW-11 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1996-1999. I would like to hear from some old squadron mates..." [16FEB2002]


CAMPBELL, Dan Retired dfwthebold@mchsi.com "...Was a "homesteader" in Hawaii for 14+ years. I served with VP-17 from 1979-1983, ASWOC/TSC at CPW-11 from 1983 to 1987, VP-4 from 1987-1990, and the weather office at Pearl (with a bunch of crybaby AGs) from 1990 to retirement in 1994. Had a brush with death after retirement in June of 1998. Now, suffer from Central Pontine Myelinolysis (thanks to a hospital in Iowa). Miss the squadron life, at times and miss Hawaii (especially during these Iowa winters)..." [E-Mail Updated 13JAN2003 | 01AUG2000]

CANNON, CDR Sean http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/front.htm "...Commander Cannon graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1986 and earned Naval Aviator designation in 1988. Following initial P-3C Orion training, he reported to VP-24 for Cold War anti-submarine warfare deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In 1995, Commander Cannon reported to Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group TWO embarked in USS George Washington (CVN 73). As Assistant Air Operations Officer and Flag Tactical Action Officer, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Commander Cannon joined VPU-1 in 1997, serving as Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer and leading operational detachments to each of the geographical combatant commanders' areas of responsibility in support of national and theater requirements. Ashore, Commander Cannon served as the alternate COMNAVAIRLANT P-3 NATOPS Evaluator as a lieutenant at VP-30. Following his Aviation Department Head tour, he earned a Master of Arts at the Naval War College with additional research and analysis as a CNO Strategic Studies Group Associate Fellow. Ordered to the Joint Staff in 2000, Commander Cannon served in the Reconnaissance Operations Division in the Operations Directorate (J-3) and in the Chairman's Strategic Planning Cell subsequent to the commencement of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following detachment from the Joint Staff in July 2002, Commander Cannon reported to CPRW-11 and served as Chief Staff Officer prior to joining VP-5 in May of 2003. Commander Cannon assumed command of VP-5 in April 2004..." [18MAR2005]

CAPLINGER, J.B. jcap@email.com "...VP-23 (1982 through 1986) was my first duty station. I checked in as AXAA and left AX3. I was TAD to AIMD. I made the 1983 NAS Bermuda and the 1984-1985 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments. From VP-23 I went to the ASWOC at CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and had AX1 Rowe as an instructor in Dam Neck, VA on the way there. Love to hear from any of you! Still have the cruise books! Personal WebSite: http://www.jacksonville.net/~jcap/..." [ICQ# 6833814] [30OCT99]

CHAVEZ, CAPTAIN Carlos M. http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/Commodore.html "...Upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 Captain Chavez completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Flight Officer. From 1983 to 1986 he was assigned to VP-1 home-ported in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While with the Screaming Eagles he completed two WESTPAC deployments to Okinawa and NAS Misawa, Japan. He served as the Command Security Manager, NFO Training Officer, and AW Division Officer. Captain Chavez' next assignment was to the West Coast FRS, VP-31, in NAS Moffett Field, California. There he served as the P-3C (Update III) Transition Coordinator, NFO Training Officer and P-3B (MOD) AIRPAC NATOPS Instructor/Evaluator. Following this tour he was assigned as the Assistant Navigator in USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). There he qualified as Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway and completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf where USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT joined coalition forces in support of DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In January 1992, Captain Chavez reported to PVP-47, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan. In March 1992, he was assigned temporary duty to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command where he served as the Air Operations Officer. He returned to VP-47 in August 1992 and served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer. Following his Aviation Department Head tour, Captain Chavez reported to the Naval Postgraduate School. Upon completing his Master's degree in Information Technology Management he was assigned as the Systems Management Curricular Officer. In December 1997, Captain Chavez reported to VP-40 as Executive Officer and assumed command in February 1999. While with the Fighting Marlins he completed a WESTPAC deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. From 2000 to 2002, Captain Chavez was assigned to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as the ship's Navigator. In October 2001, the USS CARL VINSON was on-station in the North Arabian Sea and had the distinction of launching the first air strikes into Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Captain Chavez assumed command of CPRW-11 on 29 January 2003..." [29JUN2003]

CURTIS, LT Jim Retired jim.curtis.va@cox.net "...Retired in 1992 after 21 1/2 years. NAS Glynco, Georgia 71-73 Helo and Connie Crew, VP-4 SS1/3 1974-1976, VP-50 76-78 SS1/4, VP-30 78-81 Acoustic instructor and CNAL evaluator, VP-24 SS1/4 81-82 commissioned in 82, VP-24 TACCO/MC 83-87, CPW-11 87-88 MC&E, CPWP 88-92 Special Projects. Had about 10,000 hours when I retired, over 7500 in P-3's. I will always remember the projects crews I was a memeber of, the teamwork and fun was exceptional, plus some rather unusual flying. I worked for 4 years in DC supporting NAVAIR and SPAWAR, but got smart and left DC. Went to Columbia, South Carolina, managing telecommunications for the University of South Carolina until 2003 now back working for ONR in DC managing the LWAD program (at sea testing) So I still get to work with the folks in the field..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04JAN2007 | BIO Updated 27NOV2001 | 25FEB98]


DEUTSCH, REAR ADMIRAL (Select) Kenneth William http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/deutschkw.html "...Rear Admiral (Select) Kenneth William Deutsch is a native of Burlington, Ill. He attended Illinois State University, graduating in June 1978, and received his commission in August 1978 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate (AVROC) Program. In July 1979 Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch was designated a Naval Flight Officer. In February of 1980, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-16 and completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Bermuda / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported in July 1983 to VP-30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he served as Communications Officer, Tactical Training Team (TTT) Instructor, and NFO Training Officer. In July 1986, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet/Commander, Carrier Group Five, homeported in Cubi Point, R.P., where he served as Flag Secretary and Flag Lieutenant. While on board the staff, he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and served on several flagships, including USS Midway (CV 41) and USS Ranger (CV 61). In September 1987 the Carrier Group Five staff became the first Joint Task Force Middle East staff. During this tour, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch served as Flag Lieutenant for the Commander, completing a six month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean on board USS Long Beach (CGN 9) and USS Iowa (BB 61) during the Iran/Iraq War and Operation Earnest Will. Following his tour in the Philippines, he was assigned in August 1988 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., where he served as the VP Shore and then Sea Detailer in the Aviation Assignment Branch. In November 1990, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-5 where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer, completing a NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment. Upon completion of this tour in February 1992, he reported to CPW-11 as Operations Officer until January, 1994. In April 1994, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to VP-24 as the Executive Officer, completing a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, prior to the squadron's decommissioning in May 1995. He then reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In June 1997 he reported to the Commander of Task Force Sixty Seven, homeported in NAF Naples, Italy, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch assumed command of CRPW-5, homeported in NAS Brunswick, Maine, in May 1999. As Commodore, he directed the training and operations of four Patrol and Reconnaissance squadrons until his Change of Command in October, 2000. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to The Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2000 where he served as the Chief, Communications and Computer Networks Division, J6T, in the C4 Systems Directorate, J6. Following his selection for promotion to Rear Admiral (Lower Half), he reported to the OPNAV staff in October 2002 where he is currently serving as the Deputy for Resources and Requirements in the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Division, CNO N-61..." [22JUN2003]

DIETZEN, CAPTAIN (sel) John jdietzen@juno.com "...I graduated from Auburn University, Auburn, AL, where he received my commission through the NROTC program. I earned my naval flight officer wings in May 1985. In April 1986 I reported to VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where I qualified as Navigator/Communicator, Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, and Instructor Tactical Coordinator onboard the P-3CUII.5 aircraft. I completed two overseas deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. My following shore tour was as a CPW-11 staff officer. During this tour, I served as an Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Center (ASWOC) watch officer, a Weapons System Trainer (WST) instructor, and the Mission Control & Evaluation (MC & E) Officer. I earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida in 1991. I transferred to the Naval Reserve in August 1991, affiliating with VP-62. During my tenure at VP-62, I held positions as Training Officer, assistant Admin Officer, Tactics Officer, Maintenance Admin Officer, and Executive Assistant. My aircrew duties include Navigator/Communicator, Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Mission Commander, alternate TACCO NATOPS Instructor and TACCO PQS instructor onboard the P-3CUIII aircraft. In 1998, I graduated "with distinction" from the Naval War College Non-Resident Seminar Program. In October 1999, I affiliated with Patrol Wing 1174 as a Weapons System Trainer (WST) instructor and was selected to be the unit's Executive Officer in September 2000. In October 2002, he assumed command of NAS Jacksonville, Florida 0274. I am the Vice President of Commercial Relationships for CenterBank in Jacksonville and reside in Orange Park, FL, with my wife, Carol, & daughter, Laura..." [26AUG2004]

DRAKE, CDR John "Charlie Duck" / "Harvy Mallard" Retired johnodrake@triad.rr.com "...I served two tours in VP-49 (06/1971-08/1974 and 06/1980-03/1982). It was during this last tour that Jay R. Beasley stuck me with the moniker "Charlie Duck." Prior to that, I was often referred to as "Harvy Mallard", courtesy of Joe Harford ;). I also had tours at VT-31 as an Instructor Pilot, FASO as an ASW Instructor and 2F87 instructor. My last VP Tour was 1982 to 1984 as the CPW-11 Admin O. I left NAS Jacksonville, Florida for DC and Navy Recruiting Command (CRUITCOM) where I retired in 1988. I see some VP- guys locally from time to time but would love to hear from old Shipmates. I am currently retired living in Stokesdale, NC..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03AUG2011 | 09APR2007]


EVANS, ADCS Al Retired lae2412@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 as an ADJ1 Flight Engineer from 1966-1967. After a tour of instructor duty I returned to VP-49 in 1971 as an ADCS Flight Engineer and also worked as Maintenance Control CPO until 1975 . Moved upstairs to CPW-11 until I retired in 1977..." [E-Mail Updated 02OCT2002 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB2001 | E-Mail Updated 18APR2000 | 12MAR98]


FEDOR, Joyce joycefedor@aol.com "...I served with the VP Navy from 1982-1995. VP-30, VP-49, VP-16, and ended the career with CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I would love to hear from any squadron mates and friends. Take care and be safe..." [23OCT2000]

FREITAG, COMMANDER William F. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/index.php?id=30&secid=8 "...Commander Freitag was born in Washington, DC. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1983. Completing flight training in March 1985, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Commander Freitag joined VP-56 in November 1985. While assigned to the "Dragons", he served as Avionics Division Officer, Assistant Tactics Officer and NFO Training Officer and completed deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In September 1989, Commander Freitag reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California as an instructor NFO. He served as the Student Control Officer, Aircrew Training Officer and NFO Training Officer. In July 1992, Commander Freitag reported to Commander, Carrier Group Four, where he served as Assistant Air Operations Officer. During his tour he served on every Atlantic-based aircraft carrier for Composite Training Unit Exercises. Following this tour, he was assigned in June 1994 to CPW-11 where he was assigned as a TSC Watch Officer. Following P-3 refresher training, he reported to the "War Eagles" of VP-16 for department head duty in July 1995. During this tour he served as Command Services Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In May 1997, Commander Freitag reported to Commander, Task Force Eighty-Four in Norfolk, VA where he served as the Force Requirements Officer. In September 2000, Commander Freitag reported to USS Nimitz as Weapons Officer and Force Protection Officer, completing an Atlantic to Pacific inter-fleet transfer while onboard. In May 2002, Commander Freitag reported to Supreme, Allied Commander Atlantic, where he became lead NATO Strategic Exercise planner. During his tour this headquarters transitioned to Supreme, Allied Command for Transformation where he became the NATO Senior Mentor coordinator. Commander Freitag's personal awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and other service awards..." [12NOV2005]

FRYE, CWO4 Dock Retired dockfrye@comcast.net "...I served with VW-1 (1964 to 1966), VP-19 (1966 to 1969), VP-91 (1971 to 1973), VP-50 (1973 to 1977), TSC NAS Agana, Guam (1977 to 1979), ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1979 to 1982); ASWOC NS Rota, Spain (1982 to 1985), HS-1 (1985 to 1989), Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) (1989 to 1992) and CPW-11 (1992 to 1993). I couldn't get it right so I gave up and retired in 1993. I'd be happy to hear from..." [E-Mail Updated 28AUG2008 | 19JAN98]


GABRIEL, Captain Andy Retired Shipmate Pix gabrielcharles@bellsouth.net "...Served with VP-8 from 1974-1978 as TACCO and 1983-1986 as XO/CO. Other tours with VP-49 "World Famous Woodpeckers", VP-30 as Team Leader of "TTT", OPS O at Wing Eleven under Jake Tobin and first tour in VQ-4. Other tours at Pentagon working for a black shoe I would just as soon forget. Retired 1994 as CO Naval Media Center..." [PIX Added 14MAY2008 | E-Mail Updated 14NOV2006 | 18NOV2002]

GALLO, REAR ADMIRAL S. Frank http://www.sunymaritimealumni.org/HallOfFame/Resume_FrankGallo.cfm "...Rear Admiral Gallo attended SUNY Maritime College and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering in addition to a Third Engineer's Merchant Marine License in Steam and Diesels. He was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in November 1958. His first assignment was aboard the USS Estes (AGC-12) home ported in San Diego, California where he served as Main Propulsion Assistant until July 1960. Rear Admiral Gallo commenced flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1961. After designation, he reported to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine, flying the P2V Neptune, serving there until June 1965. He then reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he received a Master's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (AeE) in June 1968. His next assignment was as Communications Officer on the staff of Commander Carrier Division TWENTY, initially aboard USS ESSEX and later aboard USS INTREPID. After the decommissioning of CARDIV TWENTY, Admiral Gallo reported as Communications Officer to the staff of COMCARDIV FOURTEEN aboard USS WASP where he served until January l971. Rear Admiral Gallo next reported to VP-30 for transition to the P-3 Orion en route VP-11 in NAS Brunswick, Maine, where he served as Safety Officer and Operations Officer. In 1973, Rear Admiral Gallo attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, designated as a Distinguished Graduate. After refresher training at VP-30, he reported to VP-24 as Executive Officer and subsequently Commanding Officer, serving until December 1976. He then reported to the staff of CPW-5 as Operations Officer, serving until February 1979. His next assignment was to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C., as P-3 Program Coordinator until April 1980 when he became the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare) until June 1981. He was then ordered as CPW-11 from July 1981 to August 1982. Following his tour with CPW-11, he served as Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic; Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command; and Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet until June 1985 when he was promoted to flag rank and assigned as Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Brunswick, Maine. Rear Admiral Gallo assumed command of Fleet Air Mediterranean, Maritime Air Forces Mediterranean and Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet (CTF-67) in July 1987 in NAF Naples, Italy. He returned to Washington, D.C. in January 1990 as Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel in which position he served until his retirement from the Navy in September 1993. He became the National Executive Director of the Armed Services YMCA in December 1994 and currently holds that position..." [18JUL2003]

GOSS, AWC Tom Retired jtgoss@aol.com "...On 03/31/98, I completed 25 years of "VP" Naval Service. Started out with VP-24, then on to CPW-11, VP-45, FASO NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-46, CPWP, and VP-4. To all the men and women who I have served with and met throughout my career, I would just like to say thank you for your support, professionalism, and friendship. If your ever in Reno or just want to chat, drop me an e-mail and we can talk about old times. Best of luck to all and fly safe!..." [19APR98]

GRINENKO, OSC(SW) Alex M. Retired alexgrin@excite.com "...I was stationed at CPW-11 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1979-1981. I was an OS2 then. If anybody remembers standing watch with me at the OPCON, drop me a line. I'd love to remember the fun times and get reacquainted. Aaaaahhh those Ramblin' Raft Races..." [12JUL2000]

GUY, YN1 Pamela K. "Mitch" (Mitchell) Retired vannah@adelphia.net "...I was secretary to the Commodore at CPW-11 from 1981 thru 1985. I arrived when Captain Smith was there, departed when it was Captain Testa (had Captain's Geck and Vincent in between). Wasn't in a squadron but flew with them on several "cross countries" and went with VP-6 on a VIP WesPac trip. Made many, many friends in the Aloha state, both officers and enlisteds. (Captain Haskins (VP-22), Capt Flint (OPS Boss), CDR White (VP-22), LCDR Meurer (VP-6), CDR Hobgood (CPW-11 Admin Officer -- Godfather to my daughter, Andrea), NC1 Vinnie Elston, DPC Doug Good, AT2 Julie Pincumbe, etc. to name just a few. Had THE BEST Mixed League Softball Team to ever play for the Wing. Met and eventually married AX Lee Guy (ASWOCer). Retired in February 1993 - live in my hometown in Virginia. Life is good - would love to hear from any wingmates or VPers..." [E-Mail Updated 14FEB2004 | 22MAR2003]


HENDERSON, Chic ch@chichenderson.com "...I served with VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I was a member of the original installation crew for the ASWOC aboard the USS Nimitz. I also served with CPRW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, CPRW-1 at NAF Misawa, Japan and USS Saratoga..." [31AUG2011]

HOBGOOD, CDR Bill Retired Shipmate PixCirca 1950 Shipmate PixCirca 1990 Shipmate PixCirca 2008hobgood.bill@gmail.com "...Son of a Pearl Harbor survivor and career Naval Officer, I graduated from Texas A&M (Corps of Cadets) and was commissioned via the AVROC program in November 1969. Following Flight Training in VT-10, VT-29, VP-30, VP-45 for DIFOPS (remember that?) from 1971-1974, PPTC on Crew 13, RPS Custodian and ASW Training Officer. Staff duty with FAW-11 (later CPW-11) as ASW Officer followed. I worked for two of the finest officers I've known: CAPT Charlie Prindle and CDR Lynn Grafel. After "Black Shoe" training at CIC/TAO school at FCTCL Dam Neck in 1977, reported for Sea Duty with COMCRUDESGRU-8 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. As Battle Group Air ASW Officer and TAO under RADMs Thor Hanson and Bob Walters, deployed on USS Biddle, USS Eisenhower and USS Independence. Graduated from Naval War College in 1980 and received orders to PACFLT at CPW-2 Hawaii from 80-81. Met, later to be VADM, Mike Haskins and worked for him in the Training Department until taking over Wing Admin. Dept Head tour followed with VP-6 (Ops Officer) 83-84. Next was another staff tour at CPW-1/CTF-72 in Japan as Current Ops under CDR John Brockley. I later took over the job of Task Force Operations Officer from 85-86. Finally got to come back the mainland for a brief tour in NAS Pensacola, Florida as ASO for TRAWING-SIX. How nice it was to have weekends off for a change. Then the BEST tour any NFO can have: CO/XO of VT-10 1988-1990. My final tour was as XO of NAS Moffett Field, California 90-91 under CAPT Tim Quigley. I am now living in the Cedar Park, Texas area (retired between jobs) and enjoying not having to go anywhere each day.first time since I was 5 years old. Would like old Shipmates to drop me a line. Especially looking for Bob Simril, Jim Shaddix, Curt Griffith, Bob Miles et al...DIRLAUTH..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAR2011 | BIO Updated 11JAN2010 | BIO/PIX Updated 16APR2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 17JAN2007 | BIO Updated 01NOV2005 | BIO/Pix Updated 28MAR2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JAN2000 | 18SEP97]


INGLE, Darryl ingle@mediaone.net "...I served twice in VP-56, the first time from October 1975 to December 1979 and again in October 1982 until August 1987. I flew as a SS-3 on Crews 9, 10, and 12. We earned the Battle E during our NAS Sigonella, Sicily 86 deployment. Really had fun as CNAL NATOPS Evaluator in VP-30 from January 1980 until September 1982. Finally retired from CPW-11 when the draft-dodger became the Commander-in-Heat. Sorry to see the VP Navy shrink. I had the pleasure doing the AIP training program for the P-3 Update, really neat radar and display package. Glad to hear from any Shipmates from that time period..." [29JAN2000]

INGRAM, AZ1(AW) Cecil Retired cecil_ingram@hotmail.com "...I had the pleasure to serve in VP-22 twice, May 1975 to June 1978, and February 1982 to May 1985. Most of my career was in the P-3 community starting with Weather Reconn Squadron Four (VW-4) February 1973 to April 1975, VP-22 May 1975 to June 1978, NAS Atsugi, Japan July 1978 to January 1982, VP-22 February 1982 to May 1985, CPW-11 MMFA June 1985 to March 1989, and USS Saratoga (CV-60) June 1989 to January 1993 my retirement. During the time that I was in the "Blue Goose" squadron. I met a lot of good friends and to this day I remember the good and crazy times that we had on deployment. Most of you won't know of the tail of the "Broccoli Marauders" of the 1975 NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployment what a time that was and works display that we put on for the Air Farce when we were leaving. I have a hard time telling these stories to the Navy people that I work with today. Never again will there be such a group of true professionals and party animals in one command. So any of you old "Blue Geese" want to talk about the good old days drop me a line. "THE BLUE GEESE LEAD THE WAY"!..." [03FEB2000]

INNES, Scott innesm@verizon.net "...It was good to see some old names that brought back some lasting memories. I served with VP-45 from 1986 to 1989, CPW-11 from 1989 to 1992, CV-66 from 1992 to 1996, CPW-11 from 1996 to 1999, TSC NS Roosevelt Roads, PR from 1999 to 2002, and CVN-69 2002 until retirement. Hope to hear form some old Shipmates one day..." [22SEP2004]


HIGH, CAPTAIN R. http://www.ku.edu/~kunrotc/about/co.htm "...Captain High, originally from Plainville, Kansas, enlisted in the Navy's Nuclear Power Program in March 1971. Upon completion of nuclear training, he was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education program in April 1973. He received his commission in June 1976 following graduation from the University of Louisville, where he earned a B.S. in Mathematics. Upon completion of flight training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1977. In January 1978 he reported to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaiii, where he served as the Educational Assistance Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and the Pilot Training Officer, and made deployments to NAS Agana, Guam; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NSF Diego Garcia. Captain High qualified as Patrol Plane Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3B MOD aircraft. In March 1981 Captain High reported to the Naval Recruiting District in Denver, Colorado, and was assigned as the Nuclear Engineering Officer Programs Recruiter and T-34B demonstration pilot. While there, he was selected as Recruiting Area SEVEN's National Recruiter of the Year for FY 83 in January 1984. Captain High was assigned to VPU-1 NAS Brunswick, Maine, in July 1984 where he served as the Administrative Officer. In August 1986 he reported to the staff of CPW-5 as the Mission Control and Evaluation Officer. Captain High joined the Seahawks of VP-23 in July 1988. He served as the CTG 67.2 Operations Officer and Officer-in-Charge of the Lajes detachment during a deployment to NS Rota, Spain - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Following deployment, he was assigned as the Maintenance Officer, serving through the first simultaneous deployment to NAS Bermuda; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and UNITAS XXXI. Captain High then attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he received his Master's Degree. In May 1992 he reported to VP-8 as Executive Officer and served as Commanding Officer from June 1993 to June 1994. During this tour, VP-8 received the CINCLANTFLEET Golden Anchor Retention Award. Following his CO tour, Captain High completed a Joint Duty assignment at United States Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from July 1994 until May 1997. He was initially assigned as the Head of the Space Systems Branch for Space Launch, responsible for acquisition of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, within the Plans and Policy Directorate and completed this tour as the Navy Element Commander for the Manpower and Personnel Directorate. In June 1997, Captain High reported to CPRW-11 as the Chief Staff Officer. In June 2000, Captain High reported to NAF Misawa, Japan, as Commanding Officer. Captain High's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars, and Humanitarian Service Medal..." [14MAR2005]


JACKSON, ATC Ken Retired P3TRON@AOL.COM "...Did 20 years in P-3's VP-9 (64-66), VP-47 (68-69), VP-45 (70-74), VP-30 (75-76), VP-40 (77-80), and CPW-11(80-83). Retired in 83 as an ATC with over 7000 hours. Then played Tech Rep(TEX-REP) For VP-92, VP-94, VP-60, and VP-90. Love those P-3's. No greater feeling in the world than flying around with two spare engines. Love to Here from ya-all..." [13MAR98]


KASER, CAPTAIN Robert Dale Jr. http://www.marquette.edu/rotc/navy/command.htm "...Captain Dale Kaser was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and entered the Navy through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program after graduating from the University of Cincinnati in June 1974. Upon completion of naval flight training he was designated a naval aviator in September 1975. Initial operational tour was with VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. There he served as line division and NATOPS officer. In 1979 he reported for instructor duty to VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1981 he received a Master of Arts degree with a management major from Webster University. In 1982 he reported aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) as Assistant Navigator. Captain Kaser served as the Carrier Placement Officer assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command and in November 1986 reported to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During this tour he served as Training Officer and Maintenance Department Head. He was then assigned to CPW-11 as Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. Selected for operational command he served as Executive Officer of VP-44 until disestablished and Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Graduating from the Naval War College in 1994, he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He then reported to the Staff of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in Casteau, Belgium where he served as the Section Coordinator for NATO Maritime Requirements. Additionally, from December 1995 to May 1996 he was temporarily assigned to the Implementation Forces (IFOR) in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Joint Operation Center Shift Director. In July 1997 he reported to CINCPACFLT as Deputy Director for Operations. In August 2000 he became the Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit at Marquette University. Captain Kaser has been awarded numerous personal, unit, campaign and service awards..." [13JUN2003]

KIRKLAND, Richard G. http://www.nato.int/docu/conf/2003/030718_bxl/cv-kirkland.htm "...Richard G. Kirkland - Vice President, Corporate International Business Development - Richard Kirkland was named to the position of Vice President, Corporate International Business Development for Lockheed Martin Corporation in May 2002 from his previous position of Vice President, International Programs. This newly formed CIBD organization supports the Lockheed Martin business units' international pursuits by developing and implementing strategies for U. S. Government advocacy, technology transfer and Congressional notifications of pending military sales. These activities will be fully coordinated with the Washington Operations office. He is also responsible for the Corporation's export licensing and compliance programs, consultant services and corporate trade show management. He will maintain close contact with U.S. Government international policy makers, and is responsible for coordinating Washington meetings between Lockheed Martin personnel and U. S. and foreign government personnel and foreign industrial representatives. Mr. Kirkland was Vice President for Business Development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems since May 1996. He was responsible for existing customers and new business from U. S. and foreign governments and developed closely related commercial markets for the company's aeronautical products. Before joining Lockheed Martin, he served as Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Legislative Affairs where he used experience gained as Director, Senate Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Navy. A Career Naval Officer, selected for Flag rank, he is both a designated Naval Aviator and a Surface Warfare Officer. His extensive contact with patrol aviation includes tours of duty as Commander, Patrol Wing ELEVEN (CPW-11), Commanding Officer of both Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) and Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) and Test Director, P-3C/S-3A HARPOON Weapons System. Selected as Chief of Naval Operations Fellow for Strategic Studies Group IX, he also holds a master's degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida and a bachelor's degree from the United States Naval Academy..." [21MAR2005]


LEMKE, AW1(NAC) Dennis A. Retired urnotgonzo@hotmail.com "...I served with VS-30, VS-37, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), VP-31, VP-48, CPW-11 from 1981 to 1984, VP-50 from 1984 to 1987, VP-31 from 1987 to 1991 and VP-47 from 1991 to 1994..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 07JUN2011 | E-Mail Updated 07AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 27OCT2003 | E-Mail Updated 13FEB2001 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV99 | 28JUL98]

LEWIS, AWCS Lance A. llewis@lsijax.com "...Flew with VP-16 from1981-85, VP-30 from 1987-91, VP-5 from 1991-94, and CPW-11 from 1994-97. Retired November 7, 1997 in Orange Park, Fl. Give me a holler, (anyone but AW1 Timothy M. Walker). Just kidding Tim..." [24FEB98]

LINDNER, Max lindner3@worldnet.att.net "...Served with VP-5, VP-30, VP-49, VP-56, and CPW-11..." [04FEB2002]

LONG, Ron L. Sr. m886s@aol.com "...Started my career as an AW at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee AW "A" School, in the summer of 1972, with fellow student AW Roger Schorr. Attended FASOLant and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Anyone remember the mexican food place outside Lexington Park?? Heard it burned down, to bad great food. Roger Schorr went to NAS Brunswick, Maine, thank goodness LOL and I transferred to VP-24 at their home base at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, while the squadron was finishing it's NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment which started at NAS Norfolk, Virginia as I recall. From 73 to 78, I was with VP-24 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and numerous deployments to various sites; NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and other assorted sites. Next duty station was CPW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, not so exciting as VP flight hours and on top sub time, just many long shifts and office politics. My next tour was a real eye opener, HS1 FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida and training in the H3 ASW Helo which sets one for up for HS duty or in my case ASW Module duty onboard USS Kitty Hawk at San Diego. Remained onboard the Hawk for three years and one direct submarine contact with a Victor III in the Sea of Japan. The prop blade left in the Hawk's starboard bow revealed lots of data, until WO Walker's deal with the enemy. In January 86, it was off to CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan. It was my last duty station in the Navy, retirement followed in January of 1989. It's hard to believe that I used to do HF radio check in NAS Keflavik, Iceland with some Air Force Electronics HF site, go figure? Met lots wonderful people both Es and Os,learned lots and remember many happy times..." [BIO Updated 29JUN99 | 30JUN98]

LORENTZ, AWC/AEC Scott S. SSLORENTZ@AOL.COM "...I served in the following squadrons: VP-30 1969 , VP-24 1969-1972, VP-30 1975-1979, VP-49 1979-1984, and also CPW-11 1984-1986. I started out as an MSR (Mad/Sniffer/Radar) operator, and cross trained as a Julie/ECM operator, and a Jezebel operator in the P-3B platform. After the P-3C was introduced I was a SS-3 (Non-Acoustic) operator and crosstrained again as a SS-1 (Acoustic) operator. I was an instructor at VP-30 and the AirLant NATOPS evalutaor for both P-3B and P-3C Non-Acoustics. I made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (2), NAS Bermuda (2), and Sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily (2), as well as numerous Dets to the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and other fine places. I truly miss the excitement of flying and mostly the many friends I made over the years. I was forced to change rate to AEC due to knee injury and was permanently grounded in 1986. I completed my last few years as a Recruiter (Pennsylvania) and at AIMD NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. For those I left behind I send my regards, and those that have followed since I wish them the Best of Luck and Safe Flying..." [12AUG99]

LOVE, CAPTAIN Craig R. Shipmate Pix http://reserves.navy.mil/ Public/ Staff/ Centers/ Forces+Command/Centers/ Naval+Air+Reserves/ Centers/ NAR+Jacksonville/ WelcomeAboard/ CommandingOfficer/ default.htm "...Captain Craig R. Love was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania in 1953. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Technical University and a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University. Prior to commissioning in 1980, he was enlisted in both the Air Force and later in the Navy. During his enlisted Navy career he was attached to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as a non-acoustic operator on the P-3C aircraft. After graduating from Aviation Officer Candidate School and Naval Flight Officer training, he reported to VP-24. In August 1984, he was selected for the Training and Administration of Reserves (TAR) program. From 1985 to 1988, Captain Love was assigned to TSC NAS Bermuda. He served as Mission Control and Evaluation Officer responsible for the effective tactical employment of assigned U.S. and allied air and surfaces assets. In April 1988, Captain Love reported to Naval Air Reserve Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a program manager and as the Deputy Reserve Program Director. He joined VP-62 in February 1989. While attached to VP-62, he was designated as a Naval Air Reserve Force P-3C UIII NATOPS evaluator and was selected by the Association of Naval Aviation as the 1990 Jacksonville Reserve Naval Flight Officer of the Year. Captain Love detached from VP-62 in May 1991 to join the staff of Commander, Reserve Patrol Wing Pacific. While attached to the wing he served as Operations Officer. It was during this tour he was selected to serve as a squadron Officer-in-Charge. He reported to VP-69 in July 1993 where he served as Officer-in-Charge from October 1993 to July 1995. In August 1995, he reported to CPW-11 as the Operational Support Officer. In July 1997, he reported to the staff of Commander, Naval Air Reserve Force where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations responsible for 19,000 Naval Air Reservists and over 250 aircraft. In September 1999, he was assigned as Executive Officer of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth. Captain Love reported back to the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve in September 2001 where he was assigned as Chief of Staff. Captain Love has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with gold star, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and various unit awards. Captain Love assumed command of Naval Air Reserve Jacksonville on June 12, 2004..." [25APR2005]


MARRIOTT, CAPTAIN Bill http://www.naswi.navy.mil/cpw-10/commodores/marriottbio.htm "...Commodore CPW/CPRW-10 (May 2000 - Aug 2001) - Captain Bill Marriott graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1979. He was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1980. After completing training at VP-30 in 1981, Captain Marriott reported to VP-16. During this assignment he qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Update II.5 aircraft and made deployments to NAS Bermuda / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In August 1984, Captain Marriott reported to VP-30 for instructor duty. During this tour he served as the Communications Officer and Pilot Training Officer. In February 1987, Captain Marriott reported for duty aboard the staff of Commander Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy as Flag Lieutenant. In July 1989, Captain Marriott joined the staff of CPW/CPRW-11 as Safety/NATOPS Officer. After refresher training in VP-30, Captain Marriott reported to VP-5 in March 1991. As a "Mad Fox", he completed a deployment to the Mediterranean and served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Maintenance Officer. In October 1992, Captain Marriott reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, Virginia as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel for Selection Board Matters. In October 1993 he was selected by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Shalikashvilli to become his senior aide-de-camp. Upon completion of his tour on the Joint Staff, Captain Marriott was selected for a Federal Executive Fellowship. He reported to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy as the Navy Fellow in August 1995. During this tour, Captain Marriott served as the Project Director for the Commission on Future Defenses, a bipartisan commission tasked to develop future military force structure alternatives. Leaving Washington, D.C., Captain Marriott reported to the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk for phase II JPME. Upon graduation, he entered the PCO pipeline, completing training in February 1997. Captain Marriott reported to VP-16 as Executive Officer in March 1997. In March 1998, he assumed command and served in that capacity until February 1999. In March 1999, Captain Marriott reported for duty on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy, in the Office of Program Appraisal. During this tour he was selected for Major Aviation Command..." [30JUN2003]

MITCHELL, LCDR Douglas M. (Pooh Bear) Retired poobearmit@aol.com "...Flight Engineer and CWO/LDO Maintenance Officer. I served as a F/E with VP-56 from 1968-1971, VP-45 from 1972-1975, VP-30 instructor from 1975-1978, VP-5 from 1978-1981, and CPW-11 from 1981-1983 when I was selected to CWO-2. I was assigned to CPW-2 from 1983-1985, got selected for LDO and transferred to VP-22 from 1985-1988. I returned to VP-30 as MMCO from 1988-1991, was assigned to VP-49 from 1991-1994 and retired from CPW-11 on 1 December 1994. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the VP-Navy Shipmates summary and would love to hear from past crewmembers and maintenance personnel. Twenty-seven years in the P-3 Navy was definitely the highlight of my Thirty year career!!..." [19FEB99]

MORAN, CAPTAIN William F. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprfp.navy.mil/BioCommodore.asp "...Captain William F. Moran was born in Nyack, New York and raised just north of New York City in a small town called Walden where he attended Valley Central High School. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in English. Captain Moran reported to VP-44 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in May 1982 where he served as an Instructor Pilot, Educational Services Officer, Power Plants Branch Officer and Pilot Training Officer. After deployments of NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, he reported to VP-30 in March 1986 for Instructor Duty. At VP-30, Captain Moran served as the Fleet Projects Officer and Pilot Training Officer, before taking orders to Commander Carrier Group SIX (CCG-6), Mayport, Florida as Flag Lieutenant. While on the Staff, he qualified as a Battle Group Tactical Watch Officer and completed a Mediterranean deployment aboard USS FORESTALL (CV-59) and a subsequent deployment to the Caribbean aboard numerous cruisers as part of the first deployment Staff in support of Counter Narcotics Operations (CTG-4.1). In January 1991, Captain Moran reported to CPW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida to serve as the Safety Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer. In the summer of 1992, he reported to VP-45 for his Department Head tour deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland / NAS Sigonella, Sicily and serving as Safety/NATOPS and Operations Officer. In the spring of 1994, Captain Moran reported to VP-30 to assume duties as the Senior AIRLANT Evaluator and Model Manager for Maritime Patrol Aviation. Captain Moran reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington DC in May 1995 to begin a two year tour as Assistant Washington Placement Officer before assuming duties as the Assistant Flag Detailer for a third and final year of duty at BUPERS. In May 1998, Captain Moran reported to VP-46 as Executive Officer and immediately deployed with the squadron to NAF Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. As Commanding Officer, he led the squadron on a deployment to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman, and NSA Bahrain that included numerous detachments throughout FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets. The squadron was recognized for its support for contingency operations, and its work with SLAM and Maverick Missile systems, mission planning, target folders and Maritime Interdiction Operations. Captain Moran served as Deputy Executive Assistant and Executive Assistant to Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii from July 2000 to July 2003, before returning to VP-30 for refresher training and follow-on duty as CPRW-2. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and Navy Commendation Medal (five awards)..." [20APR2005]

MUIR, CDR Greg "Big Daddy" gmuir@cox.net "...I began my VP career after serving as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS Estocin (FFG-15) and USS Lexington (AVT-16). I completed tours in VP-24, CPW-11, and VP-16. I am currently the Senior Naval Advisor to the Commander of HQ NORAD Western Sector at McChord AFB, WA. I am slated for the Safety Officer job onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). I report to Carl Vinson in May 99...Currently am completing assignment as Safety Officer in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Will report to next assignment, Naval Safety Center, in May 2001. VP was the best, Smakum-Yakum! - Completed my tour at the Naval Safety Center in June 04...transferred to CTF-84 in June 04 and am now serving as the N5...back in ASW, my new job has me running the Atlantic Fleet ASW Exercise Smart Search..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 20JAN2005 | BIO Updated 02FEB2001 | 22MAY98]


NYBERG, CDR Gerald L. https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil/ctw-4/vt-31/cmdsuite.shtm "...Commanding Officer VT-31 - Commander Nyberg was born in Moses Lake, WA and grew up in Kalamazoo, MI. He is a 1984 graduate of Western Michigan University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned in January 1985 and received his Wings in November 1985. Following FRS training, CDR Nyberg reported in May 1986 to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour, he served as Pilot NATOPS Instructor and Pilot Training Officer. He deployed once to NS Rota, Spain, and twice to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In January 1990, CDR Nyberg reported to the Pro's Nest, VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as FRS Instructor Pilot. His duties included Fleet Formation Instructor Pilot and Fleet IUT Instructor Pilot. In April 1993, CDR Nyberg reported to USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Serving in the Air Department as V-2 Division Officer and Shooter, he completed a WESTPAC deployment in 1994. In May 1995, CDR Nyberg was assigned to Air Command Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL. During this tour, he completed JPME phase I and earned his Master's Degree from Troy State University. Following refresher training, CDR Nyberg reported in December 1996 to his operational Department Head tour with the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. He deployed once to NAS Sigonella, Sicily supporting Operation DELIBERATE GUARD; and completed a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and Howard AFB, Panama. During this tour he served as COMFIVEATAF Liaison Officer in Vicenza, Italy, Safety/Natops Officer and Maintenance Officer. In May 1999, CDR Nyberg reported to Commander Western Hemisphere Group/CTF 40 at NS Mayport, FL, as the Air Operations Officer. During his tour to oversaw the transfer of CTF 40 to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In May 2000, CDR Nyberg reported to CPW/CPRW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as the Maintenance and Logistics Officer. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation (three awards), Battle Efficiency Award (two awards) and various other campaign medals and service awards..." [02JUL2003]


O'LEARY, Mike moleary@coj.net "...I served with VX-1 (1974-1978), VP-56 (1978-1983), VP-30 (1983-1986), VP-16 (1986-1990), and CPW-11 (1990-1993). It was something that only those who were there could understand. Anyone else would think you a liar..." [01JUN2000]


PARAMORE, AWCS Thomas G. Retired tgparamore40@msn.com"...I served with VP-5 from 1967 to 1971, CPW-11 from 1971 to 1975, VP-56 from 1975 to 1978, CPW-11 from 1978 to 1980, LANTFAST NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1981 to 1983, FASODETJAX from 1984 until retiring in 1988. Retired as AWCS. I worked for General Physics six months before beginning work with Alabama Aviation and Technical College in Ozark, Al. I am an Avionics instructor..." [28DEC2003]

PARKER, AW Paul "Void" Retired paulvparker@spherion.com "...I an AW with VP-9, 79 - 81; VX-1, 81 - 85; ASWOC/TSC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, 85 - 88; SPAWARSYSCOM, Washington, 88 - 91; ASWOC/TSC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, 91 - 93; MOCC NAS Jacksonville, Florida, 93 - 95; CPW-11, 95 - 98. Retired in Jacksonville. Recently relocated to Ft Lauderdale. Would like to hear from former VP Shipmates. We did it right, the Cold War ended..." [19APR2001]

Memorial PictureShipmate Pix "...PHIPPS, AWC James Daniel "Danny"...My Father, AWC James Daniel "Danny" Phipps, was born 11 November 1933 Gambrills, Maryland, deceased 23 January 2002 Jacksonville, Florida. Danny began his career at NTC Bainbridge, MD in August 1952. His duty stations included: NAS Jacksonville, Florida NARF; VP-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland; he served two tours each with VP-16 and CPW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and retired 30 April 1985 serving VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Danny earned many medals and ribbons during his career. Danny may be best known for his great love of bluegrass and country/western music. He loved playing the mandolin and while serving in VP-16 was a member of the squadron group "The Etna Mountain Boys". Danny loved his country and was proud to serve in the US Navy...Information submitted by his eldest daughter, Cynthia Phipps-Prince beyondbelief58@comcast.net..." [01JUL2009]

PLANK, AWCS Chuck (CW) Retired cwp47@yahoo.com "...Served in VP-6 in 1956; ASWOC/TSC NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily; CPW-11. Retired in sunny Fla in 92. Have lost contact with almost everyone and would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [22MAR2005]

PRESLEY, NCCS Terry Retired tpresley@garberautomall.com "...I served with VP-49 from April 1974 to 1976, VP-24 from 1986 to 1988, and CPRW-11 April 1988 to June 1992 retired as a NCCS..." [24SEP2006]

PRICE, CDR Dave R. https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil/vt-28/front.htm "...CDR Dave Price, a native of San Jose, CA, is a 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Following primary flight training in Pensacola, FL, and advanced maritime training with the Rangers of VT-28 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1987. He then reported to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida for patrol plane pilot training in the P-3C Orion. CDR Price's operational flying tours include as a junior officer with the VP-16 War Eagles in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, from 1987-1990 where he qualified as a Patrol Plane Mission Commander and instructor pilot, and as a department head with the VP-5 Mad Foxes from 1996-98, also NAS Jacksonville, Florida. His department head tour included duty as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, detachment officer-in-charge in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He has made VP deployments throughout the Atlantic and European theaters including: NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; and NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. CDR Price served in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN from 1993-95 as a Tactical Action Officer and Anti-Surface Warfare Officer, and finished his afloat tour as the Combat Direction Center Officer. He deployed twice to the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf with the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Battle Group in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch. CDR Price's shore assignments include duty as the Maintenance/Logistics Officer on the staff of CPRW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and a short tour as the Public Affairs Officer of NAS Alameda, California. The remainder of his ashore time included student tours at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He holds an MS in Astronautical Engineering and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies. While a student at NPS, he was selected as a research associate in the Systems Analysis Branch at NASA's Ames Research Center where he designed a hypersonic deck-launched interceptor. He is a designated subspecialist in space systems engineering. CDR Price's awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (3) and Navy Achievement Medal (2) in addition to various service and unit awards..." [05JUL2003]


RAMOS, AW1(AW) Paul A picaso7617@hotmail.com "...i was stationed in VP-56 (1983-1988) upon entering the navy, and it was the best squadron I've been in during my 17 1/2 yrs in the Navy, after leaving I became an SS-3 instructor in VP-30, then left to do the ASWOC/TSC duties (aircraft dogers) at ASWOC/TSC NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. After sunny PR I came back to Florida assigned to CPW-11, and am now in ASWOC/TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Iceland. I just got orders back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to VP-16 where I plan to retire after 2 1/2 yrs. Would love to hear from you dragons...Navy's changed alot, but good friends never change...they always stay in touch..." [23JUN2000]

RICKS, Richard (Rick) Retired rlricks0107@yahoo.com "...I served from Jan 1978 until Jan 2000. I was VA-122 DET NAS Fallon, Nevada from 1978 to 1982, VP-10 from 1984 to 1989, CPW-11 from 1989 to 1992, USS Saratoga from 1992 to 1994, VP-5 from 1994 to 1997, and CPRW-11 from 1997 to 2000. I retired out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida in January of 2000 and now live in Utah. I would like to hear from some of the old gang..." [16FEB2007 | 07JAN2004]

RODGERS, Mark (Buck) mrodgers@crosslink.net "...I joined VP-24 in November 1983 in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I made two more deployments, one each to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily before transfering to CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I was a TSC (ASWOC) Watch Officer for 9 months, then took over as Weapons Officer. Harpoon was new back then and we had long before lost Bullpup. I got to bring 5" Zuni rockets, MK-20 Rockeye clusterbombs, and Mk-82 GP bombs back into the inventory. I left CPW-11 for my P-3 appreciation tour aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY, and was qualified Tactical Action Officer in time to launch the first strikes of DESERT STORM. I completed the course at the Naval War College and did my Department Head tour in VP-26 ( NAS Brunswick, Maine). I was Safety, Training, and Admin and deployed twice more to NAS Sigonella, Sicily before detaching for Naval Space Command. I just retired on 31 July, and now have to find one of those "Jobs!" ..." [01SEP98]

RODGERS, Dick drodgers@livingstongroupdc.com "...Served in VP-24 '72-'76 ( NAS Keflavik, Iceland 2 times and NAS Sigonella, Sicily), VP-30 '76'-'79, USS NIMITZ '79-'81, BUPERS '81-'83, VP-49 '83-'85 ( NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal), CPW-11 '85-'86, VP-24 XO/CO '86-'88 ( NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda), Office of the Secretary of Defense '88 -'91, SECNAV Staff '91- '93, Commander, CPW-10 '93-'95, and CNO & SECNAV Staff '95-'00. Retired Feb 1 2000. What a great ride! Working now as a DC lobbyist. Miss all of you. Would love to trade stories..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2005 | 11DEC2000]

ROSENBERG, Leo lechro@yahoo.com "...My VP tours were in VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1959-1963, VP-6, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1967-1969, VP-44, NAS Brunswick 1974-1977 and CPW-11, NAS JAX 1977-1980. I would enjoy hearing from some of my old Shipmates...I served in ATU-614, Hutchinson, Kansas. I worked in the Elecric shop, working on P2V-4,s. As a civilian I have worked the last fifteen years on the staff of Commander, Sea Control Wing, Atlantic at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and now NAS Jacksonville, Florida" [BIO Updated 25APR2000 | 24AUG98]

ROWBACK, AECS John E. Retired jonrowb@aol.com "...My VP tours were in VP-49 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1972-1975 and CPW-11 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1975-1978. I am still serving VP as a Land Based, Side Stepping Contractor Crab at CPW-11 NAS JAX 1978- Present. Would enjoy hearing from some of my old Shipmates..." [07APR99]

RUCKER, DS2 Jeff jeffrucker@bellsouth.net "...Stationed at ASWOC/TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 7/89 until 7/92. Many MOCC MED deployments. Then on to CPW-11 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 92 till 1995. Got out on my birthday in 95 and went to work for a software company, currently in wireless telecommunications industry..." [07MAR2007]

RUOTI, CAPTAIN Anthony Joseph Jr. http://www.nwc.navy.mil/jmo/Faculty/bios/ruoti.htm "...CAPT Anthony Joseph Ruoti Jr. - JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT - Chairman, JMO Department - CAPTAIN ANTHONY J. RUOTI, JR., USN, reported to the Joint Military Operations Department as chairman in August 2002, following a tour as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (N3) for Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces Europe. Captain Ruoti graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975 and the Naval War College in 1993, receiving a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. His shore tours include VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Commander Patrol Wing ELEVEN, Executive Officer of the West Coast's P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31, The Joint Staff, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate (J6), Architecture and Integration Division. Following this Washington tour he reported to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic/Commander Task Force EIGHTY-FOUR as operations officer and subsequently as Chief of Staff. Captain Ruoti's sea tours were VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida serving as Aircraft Division Officer, Training Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer holding P-3 "Orion" Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot designations, deploying to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, with detachments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Crete, NS Rota, Spain, the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Senegal, working closely with allied naval forces throughout the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, USS FORRESTAL as Communications Officer, deploying to the Mediterranean, VP-19 as Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer, deploying to NSF Diego Garcia, BIOT detaching to Daharan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, Okinawa and NAS Misawa, Japan. He commanded VP-9, during this tour his squadron was awarded the Battle "E", deploying to NAS Misawa, Japan and detaching to NAS Adak, Alaska and Panama. Captain Ruoti assumed command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE, preparing, training and certifying Patrol and Special Project Squadrons for forward deployed operations..." [15APR2004]

RYAN, VICE ADMIRAL Norbert R. Retired Shipmate Pix "...Reported to the VP-5 Mad Foxes December 1981 as Executive Officer and assumed command in December 1982...Rear Admiral, Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific...A native of Mountain Home, Pennsylvania, Rear Admiral Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1967. He began flight training in August 1967 and was designated a naval aviator in October 1968. Assigned to VP-8 from 1969 to 1972, Rear Admiral Ryan participated in three Atlantic Deployments as well as several detachments to the Mediterranean and Pacific in support of special operations. Rear Admiral Ryan was assigned to the Officer of the Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1972 to 1975. During this tour, he received a Master of Science Degree in Personnel Management from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He reported to Commander, Carrier Group SIX in September 1975, serving as Flag Secretary and aide while the staff was embarked on six different carriers for deployments, exercises and carrier workups. In October 1977, he was ordered to VP-30 where he was a familiarization stage instructor pilot and served as Assistant Training Officer and Administrative Officer until he reported to VP-56 in October 1979. Rear Admiral Ryan held the Safety and Maintenance Department billets with the squadron during deployments to the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In December 1981, he reported to VP-5 as Executive Officer and assumed command in December 1982. The squadron completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Azores. In April 1984, Rear Admiral Ryan was assigned to CPW-11 as Operation Officer and in August 1985, he reported to Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic as the Force Operations Officer. On 1 August 1986, Rear Admiral Ryan became Deputy Executive Assistant/Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, serving until 23 December 1988. En route to COMPATWING TWO, he attended the Senior Officials in National Security Program at Harvard university's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In June 1989, Rear Admiral Ryan became Commander, CPW-2 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In February 1991, he reported for duties as Executive Assistant to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served until July 1993. Rear Admiral Ryan served as the Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Total Force Programming and Manpower (Pers-5); and as the Director, Total Force Programming and Manpower Division (N12) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations from September to November 1993. From November 1993 to June 1995, he served as Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Distribution (Pers-4), the Navy's "Head Detailer." Rear Admiral Ryan assumed duties as Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet on 2 August 1995. Rear Admiral Ryan is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars; Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars; the Navy Commendation Medal with one Gold Star; Navy Achievement Medal with one Gold Star; the Joint Meritorious Unit Award; and a number of other service awards..." http://www.cpf.navy.mil/ctf12bio.htm


SMITH, IS1 Todd chrys@viaduct.custom.net "...I was stationed at CPW-11 from 83 - 87, VP-44 from 89 - the decom, VP-10 till 92 and then bounced around for six months between VP-23 and Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) till I was medically discharged. I was in VP most of my ten years and loved every minute of it. I am looking for AW1 "Red" Roden and AW1 Tom Blankenship. I am also searching for LT Sarah Smith/VP-44 AIO, 1990. I would appreciate any information on the whereabouts of these Shipmates!!!..." [17SEP98]

SHOVER, Jim (Spanky) jshover@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-11 from Sept 80 to Dec 86 as Acoustic Sensor Operator. CPW-11 Special Projects, HSL-40,42, COMHSLWINGLANT. Retired 1995. Leaving in Jacksonville. Working as a contractor in support of CNO Project BEARTRAP. Give me an email. Lovin Eleven, the best P-3 squadron ever..." [05FEB98]

SINNETT, CAPTAIN (COMMODORE) Dennis J. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/index.php?id=29&secid=8 "...Captain Sinnett is a native of Annapolis, MD, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1982, where he received his commission. Following flight training at VT-2 in Milton, FL, and VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, he was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1984. Upon completion of FRS training with VP-30, Captain Sinnett joined VP-10 in September 1984. While attached to the "Red Lancers," he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and a split-site deployment to NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Captain Sinnett reported for duty to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in May 1988, where he served as Quality Assurance Division Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Operational Test Director for various P-3C and H-60 projects. In August 1990, Captain Sinnett reported for duty onboard the USS SARATOGA (CV 60) based at Naval Station Mayport, FL, where he was assigned as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer/V-2 Division Officer. While attached to SARATOGA, he participated in several fleet exercises, two Mediterranean deployments, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In September 1992, Captain Sinnett reported for temporary duty on the staff of CPW-11, where he worked as Watch Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In November 1993, Captain Sinnett reported to VP-46 for his Department Head tour. While assigned to the "Grey Knights," he made deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, and NSF Diego Garcia. During his tour, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. While attached to VP-46, he was selected as the Association of Naval Aviation's Pacific Fleet Maritime Patrol Aviator of the Year. In September 1995, Captain Sinnett reported for duty at CPW-11, where he served as Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. In March 1999, Captain Sinnett reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer and assumed command of the squadron in March 2000. While Commanding Officer, the squadron completed a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, participating in operations in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Captain Sinnett reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, TN, in March 2001 where he served as the VP / VQ Commander detailer. In October 2002, Captain Sinnett reported to Commander, Naval Air Force, San Diego, CA, where he served as Executive Assistant to VADM Michael D. Malone until detaching in August 2004. He assumed command of CPRW-11 on 5 November 2004. He is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Strike/Flight Air Medal (numeral 1), Navy Commendation Medal with five gold stars and the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various other unit, service and campaign decorations..." [12NOV2005]

SITARSKI, CDR Chuck http://www.cpw5.navy.mil/vp10/co_bio.htm "...Commander Chuck Sitarski graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1983. Prior to reporting to Flight School, he was assigned to CTG 168.4 in Munich, Germany as a German language translator. CDR Sitarski earned his wings in May of 1985 and reported to VP-56 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In 1989, he commenced a tour at the VP-30 "Pro's Nest" and then reported to Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, NSA Bahrain aboard the Flagship USS LaSalle (AGF-3) for duty as the Flag Secretary. After two years as the CPW-11 Safety/NATOPS Officer, he reported to VP-5 in 1995. In July, 1997, CDR Sitarski reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, VA where he served on the PERS-83 Staff. He then reported to the US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he was assigned to the Operations Directorate as Command Director and as Head OPS Branch Air Cell until December, 2000. He is currently Commanding Officer VP-10. He has flown over 3300 hours in the P-3 and his awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Navy Commendation Medal (four)..." [20JUN2003]


TUCKER, AW2 Joseph (Mike) jmtss3@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-50 from 90-92. Now stationed at VP-5. Would like to hear from squadronmates. Also served aboard the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, FASODETMOFFETT, CPW-11, and hope to soon be back at CPW-11 Weapons System Test (WST) Team for a much needed break from 4 and 1/2 years of sea duty in VP-5..." [19MAY99]


VASSILAKIS, CDR George J. http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/CSOtext.htm "...CDR George J. Vassilakis - United States Navy - Chief Staff Officer - Central Patrol and Reconaissance Wing Eleven. Commander Vassilakis was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1988. Completing flight training in October 1989, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Commander Vassilakis joined VP-24 in March 1990. While assigned to the "Batmen", he served as Personnel Officer, Readiness Officer and Tactics/CNO Special Projects Officer and completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Commander Vassilakis reported to Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic (CPWL) in December 1992, where he served as Flag Lieutenant. Following the disestablishment of CPWL he reported to Commander, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet and served as Flag Lieutenant from July 1993 to March 1995. In May 1995, Commander Vassilakis reported to USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) as Assistant Navigator, completing a Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment. During this tour, he earned a Surface Warfare Officer designation. Following this tour, he was assigned in February 1997 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC where he served as VP Aviation Assignments Officer for shore and sea detailing. He coordinated the homeport shift of the Aviation Assignments Branch to Millington, Tennessee in June 1998. Following P-3 refresher training, he reported to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 for department head duty in July 1999. During this tour he served as Command Services Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In November 2001, Commander Vassilakis reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as the Operations Officer. He currently serves as the Chief Staff Officer and has been selected for VP Operational Command. Commander Vassilakis' personal awards include Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and other service awards..." [22MAR2005]


WAUGH, CWO4 Don Retired warrantwo@aol.com "...Served as a Flight Eng in VP-1, VP-31, VP-50, F/E Detailer, NMPC SDC NAS Point Mugu, California, MMCO in VP-45 and retired as MMCO OF CPW-11 Jacksonville, Fl. Would love to hear from past Shipmates..." [13JUL98]

WEAVER, CAPTAIN Keith T. http://www.moaa.org/about/Board2008.asp "...Captain Weaver graduated from the Naval Academy and earned master's degrees in management and international relations from Salve Regina College and the Naval War College. As a patrol plane tactical coordinator he deployed to NS Rota, Spain and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, was a flag lieutenant, served as assistant combat direction center officer and tactical action officer aboard USS Coral Sea, was a training requirements officer on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, commanded VP-23, and was the Navy military assistant for the Secretary of Defense. He commanded CPW/CPRW-11, and retired in 2000 as special assistant for acquisition policy to the assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs. He currently works for UBS Paine Webber, a financial services firm, and makes his home in Stuart, FL. MOAA Committee: Finance Committee, Publications Committee..." [04JUL2003]

WILLIAMS, Greg Retired willms@koyote.com "...Did VP-22 from 79 to 82, VP-45 from 82 to 85, VP-30 from 85 to 89 and VP-49 from 89 to 92. Retired from CPW-11 in 95. Stuck out here in "injun" country with Raytheon E-Systems and the P-3 SRP contract. Give us a shout !!..."

WILLIAMS, CMDCM (AW) Jerry http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/foxes.htm "...A native of Aiken, South Carolina and a graduate of Aiken High School, Master Chief Williams enlisted in the Navy on 4 November 1975. Upon graduation from Basic Training in Orlando, Florida, he transferred to Millington, Tennessee for Aviation Ordnanceman "A" School. In August 1976, he commenced his first sea assignment onboard VP-5. He completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In December 1979, he reported for shore duty to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 as the Ordnance Night Check Supervisor. After completion of Aircrew Candidate School, Master Chief Williams earned his Naval Aircrew wings in November of 1982. He later transferred to the "Batmen" of VP-24 as an in-flight ordnanceman. While there he was selected as a Squadron Ordnance NATOPS Evaluator. Master Chief Williams's next assignment was as a Recruit Company Commander at Great Lakes, Illinois, from July 1985 to January 1989. He successfully trained five Rifle Companies, four Ceremonial Units, and 15 Ceremonial Drill Team Units (three earning the coveted "Hall of Fame" Award). He was twice selected as the distinguished leader of the graduating companies, and subsequently selected as the Recruit Training Command and Naval Training Center 1987 Sailor of the Year. In January 1989, Master Chief Williams received orders to the "Pelicans" of VP-45 as the Ordnance Branch Chief Petty Officer. After a successful sea tour with the "Pelicans" he reported to CPW-11 as Assistant Weapons Officer and Training Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. Master Chief Williams received orders in May 1995 to the Pre-commissioning Unit for USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) serving as the Weapons Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. In November 1996, he assumed duties as Command Master Chief of the World Famous BULLS of VFA-37 and deployed to the Mediterranean aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). In November 1998, Master Chief Williams reported as the Command Master Chief of Commander Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. In July 2001, Master Chief Williams was selected as Command Master Chief for the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5. He has earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare specialist, Naval Aircrew Wings, Master Training Specialist badge and is a Graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, class 87. Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Four Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations and service medals..." [02JUN2003]

WILSON, Don wilsondo@essex.navy.mil "...I was stationed at CPRW-11 from 1996-1999 and had the opportunity to det with the Pelicans of VP-45 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I also participated in the training phase of the A.I.P. before removing those 3 letters from my vocabulary. I would like to here from anyone that was stationed there during that time. I am now stationed onboard the USS Essex (Iron Gator), homeported in Sasebo, Japan..." [21JUN2001]

WINNS, Rear Admiral Anthony L. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/winnsal.html "...Rear Admiral Winns is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. He graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in June 1978. He completed initial flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and advanced navigator training at Mather AFB, Calif., where he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1980. Following initial P-3 training at VP-31, Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in July 1980. Flying the P-3B MOD aircraft, he served as Legal Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. He completed two deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and detachments throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In January 1984, Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command in Washington, D.C. During his tour, he served in the Aviation Junior Officer Assignment Branch as Fixed Wing Initial Assignment Officer and VP Community Shore Duty Detailer. In April 1986, Rear Adm. Winns reported aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), homeported in Mayport, Fla., as Operations Administration Officer. He qualified as Fleet Officer of the Deck Underway and Tactical Action Officer, and deployed to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, and the North Atlantic Ocean. Following this tour, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. He graduated with distinction in December 1989, earning a Master of Science Degree in Financial Management. After refresher training in VP-30, Rear Adm. Winns reported to VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Floridae in June 1990. During this assignment, he served as Special Projects Officer and Administrative Officer, and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He then reported to CPW-11, as CNO Special Projects Officer. Rear Adm. Winns served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-11 from August 1992 to July 1994. During his tour as Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Eleven deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and participated in Bosnian Sharp Guard/Sharp Edge and Caribbean Drug operations. During the Sigonella deployment, the squadron became the first patrol squadron to employ the Maverick Missile System. During his command tour, VP-11 was awarded the coveted Battle "E", Golden Wrench Award for aircraft maintenance (4th consecutive), and numerous unit awards. From August 1994 to March 1995 Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to the Roles and Missions Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. He served as Executive Officer aboard USS Guam (LPH 9) from August 1995 to December 1996 and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. He reported aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) in December 1996 as the ship's Executive Officer and assumed command as Commanding Officer in May 1997. During his tour as Commanding Officer, Essex was awarded the Battle "E" and deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Southern Watch. Rear Adm. Winns was then assigned as the Policy Division Chief, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. He became the first officer in his Naval Academy class to select for Flag rank in May 2000. He assumed duties as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Pacific and Commander Task Force 32 on 22 June 2001. Rear Adm. Winns has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards..." [01JUN2003]

WIRTH, LT John L. http://www.acepilots.com/usn_wirth.html "...John Louis Wirth was born in North Vernon, Indiana, on April 25, 1917, son of Stanley and Adele Marie (Langenhurst) Wirth. He attended Horace Mann High School, Gary, Indiana, and on September 18, 1934 enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He was appointed Machinist on May 7, 1941 and after flight training was designated Naval Aviator on March 21, 1942. He vas commissioned Ensign on June 15, 1942 and subsequently advanced in rank to that of Lieutenant, to date from July 1, 1944. After flight training, he was assigned from May until September 1942 to VP-83. The next month he joined Headquarters Squadron, CPW-11 (designation changed to FAW-11 in November 1942) and while serving with that unit participated in the North-African Campaign. In June 1943 he was detached for duty with Fighting Squadron THIRTY ONE. For outstanding services while attached to that squadron, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal with Gold Star in lieu of the Second Silver Star Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Gold Stars in lieu of the Second and Third Air Medal..." [01JUN2003]

WREN, Butch butch.wren@navy.mil "...I served with VP-5 (1978to 1980), Reserve ASW Training Center (1981 to 1985), VP-64 (1986 to 1989), VP-62 (1989 to 1993), and CRPWL/CPW-11 Training (1993 to 1996) and Retired. After retirement I worked for AverStar (Formally PACER), Systems Engineer - EP-3E, Avionics Systems Project Officer for VPU (NAVAIR) PMA-290, NAVAIR Deputy Science & Technology for AIR 4.5 Avionics Dept. (Present)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19DEC2007 | 02JUL98]


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