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ABBOTT, ADJ2 Kenneth kenabbott@att.net "...I served with VP-30 (1968-1970) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 2nd Shift in Maint Control and then Engine Shop and VP-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine (1970-1971) in Power Plants QA. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [01MAY2013]

ABRETSKE, AX1 Anthony I Retired aabret@juno.com "...From 1962 till 1979 I served in VP-7, VP-30, VP-5, VX-1, VP-24, and retired from VP-49 in Sept 1979. Most of my shore duty was at NAS Jacksonville, Florida AMD. I was a "Madman". These were the best years of my life..." [E-Mail Updated 18FEB2000 | 29JUL98]

ACEVEDO, Angel R. aecsace8251@hotmail.com "...Originally from Colton, CA. joined the Navy in August 1983. After AE "A" school, went to VP-31 and did my ground pounding tour from 84-87. Went to Flight Engineer school in 87 at NAS Moffett Field, California, EGO-101 was still being taught. Joined VP-6 Blue Sharks in NAS Adak, Alaska in the worst winter in 2000 years in December 87 with Raul Addoms, it was an FE open book exam every flight. Survived a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia in the summer of '89. Deployed again to NAS Adak, Alaska in the winter of '91 with Ron Wood, saw Thule and had a great time doing the Blue Nose initiation with Brad Baca. Went on to VPU-2 in '92 with the Whipped Dogs with Scotty Mensen, I was on the road ALOT, and the kangaroo courts are a fond tradition. Transferred to VP-30 as an FE Instructor from 95-98, did Fleet IUT and Fleet NATOPS with Rock, had a great time on the team. Joined VP-9 in 98 and deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, and then again to NAS Misawa, Japan in the winter of '99. I still love the Flying and travelling..." [Updated BIO/E-Mail 17DEC2000 | 04APR98]

ADRION, CAPT Robert J. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprfp.navy.mil/BioCommodore.asp "...CAPT Robert J. Adrion - CPRW-2 - Captain Robert J. Adrion was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised in Pine Bush, NY and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. Following designation as a Naval Aviator in February 1984, his first operational assignment was with VP-24. During this tour as a "Batman", he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily and served as the Pilot Training, Pilot NATOPS, and Safety/NATOPS Officer. In March 1988, Captain Adrion transferred to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 serving as Tactical Training Team Pilot, Aircraft Division Officer and Pilot Training Officer. His following sea duty was as the Operations Administration Officer aboard the USS SARATOGA where he qualified as an Officer of the Deck and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in support of NATO operations in Bosnia. In August 1993, Captain Adrion reported to the "Screaming Eagles" of VP-1 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as the Command Services and Maintenance Officer. During his tour, he deployed to the western Pacific and Indian Oceans in support of United Nations' sanctions against Iraq. Following his Department Head tour, Captain Adrion was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC to serve as the VP / VQ Combat Placement Officer. In July 1997, he was selected to attend the Marine Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA where he completed a Masters Degree in Military Science. Captain Adrion reported to NAS Brunswick, Maine in March of 1999, serving as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-26. From April 2001 to March 2003, he was Training Officer for Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic and from March 2003 to March 2005 he was assigned to the Joint Staff as the Deputy Division Chief and Division Chief for the J-3 Reconnaissance Operations Division..." [08DEC2005]

AILLS, Ken vanceaills@yahoo.com "...My Father, Ken Aills, retired from VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1974 he was a FE. He is now living in Tyler, Texas and would like to talk old times with any old VP-30 folks in or near area. Please contact me. Thanks Vance..." [01DEC2012]

AKIN, John M. jma@megalink.net "...I would like to hear from any old Shipmates. I served with VP-31, VP-17, VP-8, VP-10, VP-30, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and VT-3..." [Updated BIO/E-Mail 12APR99 | 00DEC96]

Memorial Picture "...ALBENZI, AT2 Angelo...To all who knew AT2 Angelo Albenzi who served with VP-24 as an IFT from 1977 to 1979 and was searching for those of the squadron that served with him. After avionics training at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee from 1975-1976, he went for additional training VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, 1976-1977 and became attached to VP-24 as IFT, AT2, from 1977-1979. From there to NADU, 1979-1981. Angelo fought a good fight, from the very beginning when he was diagnosed with cancer as a child. He managed to stay free from it almost until the end. Angelo went on after his service to obtain a B.A.in Accounting from PennState University and worked in the field until his late 30's. It was about that time that I think the cancer had probably started to come back, but he was unaware of ti until about 2 years prior to his death. Angelo died in June of 2003. I knew him for the past 13 years and would be happy to relate details of his life to any of his former crewmembers and comrades that are interested. I hope that some of you were able to contact him from his posting on this site prior to his death. God bless is soul and may he finally rest in peace...B. Brown bhayesbr@aol.com..." [24AUG2004]

ALBENZI, AT2 Angelo "Al" aalbenzi@magpage.com "...I served with VP-24 as an IFT from 1977 to 1979. I am searching for those of the squadron that served with me, especially those that flew with me into hostile airspace. To my fellow Shipmates, crewmembers, friends and comrades and to the best years of my life! After avionics training at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee from 1975-1976, I went for additional training VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, 1976-1977. I became attached to VP-24 as IFT, AT2, from 1977-1979. From there to Naval Air Development Center, 1979-1981. I would enjoy hearing from anyone that I served with..." [08JAN2002]

ALKIRE, Daniel E. danielalkire@ymail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1965-1968), VP-46 as a FE and QA Division Chief, VP-30 and VP-11. Presently reside in Payette, Idaho and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13OCT2014 | 23APR2014]

ALEXANDER, AZC John D. Retired davealex@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-30 from 1963 to 1966, VA-46, VF-171, VX-3, VA-16A, VA-155 and NAS Alameda, California. Carriers included USS Antietam, USS Valley Forge, USS Boxer, USS Roosevelt, USS Wasp, USS Shangri La, USS Lexington and the USS Forrestal. I retired with 22 years of Naval service in 1968..." [20JAN2010]

Memorial PictureShipmate Pix "...ALLEN, Gary Don (VP-4, VP-7 and VP-30) - Gary Don Allen, 74, of Brentwood, TN, passed away Feb. 28, 2012, in Tennessee State Veterans Home, Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was born Aug. 12, 1937, in Columbus, son of the late Don and Helen (Rotroff) Allen. His sister Karen Fastnaught, of Toledo, survives. Also surviving, his spouse Linda Mashburn Allen, of Brentwood. Gary was a member of Franklin First United Methodist Church, Franklin, Tenn., and past member of First Christian Church of Sandusky. He graduated from Findlay High School and attended John Carroll University in Cleveland and Findlay College in Findlay, Ohio. While living in Ohio, he belonged to many community clubs, including the Sandusky Yacht Club, Toastmasters, Power Squadron, and American Legion. Gary worked for Chef's Pantry and then for Stein, Inc. for many years as the director of Human Resources. He owned the photography studio "Images Unlimited" photographing weddings and portraits. Gary was proud to serve his country in the Army Reserves and then in the Navy. He was presented with a medal and citation from the U.S. Navy for meritorious achievement as an air crewman of a P-3 patrol aircraft during a special reconnaissance mission off the coast of South Korea for directly detecting and subsequent destruction of an enemy infiltrator surface craft. His efforts were instrumental in bringing his damaged aircraft safely to a landing at a friendly base. His skillful airmanship, courage and devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He was authorized to wear the combat "V". During his career he was presented with several other medals and citations. Gary served in various U.S. Navy Patrol Squadrons including: VP-30, VP-7 and VP-4. He was involved during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and as an air crewman aboard a VP-7 P2V Neptune aircraft assigned to aerial surveillance of Russian ships in route to the island of Cuba carrying missiles. One of the photos he took from aboard a VP-7 aircraft was the one shown during President Kennedy's news conference on national TV during his announcement of the Cuban Blockade. Gary was an amateur radio operator (HAM) with the call sign of KB8APU. He enjoyed his experiences operating from various locations. He worked with operators near home base locations to provide members of his squadron with the ability to contact their families via radio from the squadron's deployed locations. His operating included operations while aboard naval aircraft. He was not able to utilize his amateur radio hobby during the last few years as he would have liked to. The children with whom Gary shared his life and loved all survive him. They are Deb (Bob) Redmond, of Port Clinton, Don Allen, of Sandusky, and Dawn (Allan) Peterson, of Fremont, whose mother Sarah Crawfis Hartley, survives. Kim Fredrick, of Castalia, and Chuck (Lisa Rutger) from Vermilion, whose mother Viola Sommers Allen, preceded him in death and whose father Chuck Rutger survives. Christy Kaser-Geiger, of Franklin, whose mother Linda Mashburn Allen and father the Rev. Larry J. Kaser survive. Gary loved his grandchildren, all of whom survive. They are Greg Allen, of Toledo, Bryce and Breanne Fredrick, of Castalia, Andrea, Bethany, and Laura Rutger, of Vermilion, Noah, Evan, Corinne and Nathan Geiger, of Springhill, Tenn., and Brook and Brandi Peterson, of Fremont. He also loved his great-grandchildren, all of whom survive. They are Zack and Trenton Peterson, of Fremont. One nephew, Jeff Fastnaught, of Toledo, survives. One niece Chris Fastnaught is deceased. A memorial service facilitated by Woodfin Funeral Chapel and Ransom Funeral Home will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at First Christian Church on Hayes Avenue, Sandusky, with the Rev. Don Linn officiating. Burial will be at the Margaretta Township, Castalia Cemetery on Bardwell Road in Castalia, immediately following the memorial service. A time for visitation with the family at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall will be after the graveside service. Donations to your church or favorite charity are suggested by the family. A Special thank you is given to the administration, doctors, and staff of the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, for making the last year of Gary's life as enjoyable as possible. Their expertise and kindness surpassed all expectations..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [04JUL2012]

ALLEN, Gary D. allengaryd@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 (1960 to 1962) during transition from NAS Brunswick, Maine to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-30 (1962 to 1964) and VP-4 (1966 to 1969)..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAY2010 | E-Mail Updated 01APR2006 | 29OCT2000]

ALLEN, Joan Alderman joan.allen@parexel.com "...I served with VP-30 from 1974-1977. Became aircrew for the squadron and loved it. I also worked in Operations Department as Logs and Records Yeoman for enlisted crew. Anyone out there remember me? Would love to hear from you..." [11MAR2003]

ALLEN, Verona "Ronnie" Verona.Allen@med.va.gov "...I served with VP-30 from 1981 to 1985..." [25APR2003]

ALLEN, Joe W. jallen78@bellsouth.net "...I began my Naval career in June, 1955. My first VP tour was with VP-31 San Diego, CA as a student Radioman in the P5M Marlin. Next came VP-47, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We made a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines 1964 - 1965. This was truly an exciting tour. Remember Marie "T"s, Sonny's and San Miguel beer. I was sidetracked for 1965-1968 by Instructor Duty with NAMTRAGRU Det 1015 NAS Lemoore, California. I was one of the original new rate "AW"s changing from ATC to AWC in 1968. Soon after I received orders to VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California. This was the beginning of a very colorful and rewarding career. I served in VP-19 from 1968-1975 with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Iwakuni, Japan; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; Naha, Okinawa; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines again with detachments to NSF Diego Garcia and Utapao, Thailand. VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1975-1978; VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine 1978-1981; FASOTRAGRULANT Det. NAS Brunswick, Maine 1981-1984, rounded out my Navy career. I retired in 1984 and returned to my home state of LA. Great career, too many unforgetable Shipmates to mention and a lifetime of great memories I wouldn't trade for anything..." [12JAN2000]

ALLRED, AO John (Jack) captjackone@netscape.net "...Served with VP-4 1960-63 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. VP-17 from 1963-1964 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-4 from 1964-1963 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. VC-5 Det Bravo, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1964-1969. VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1976-79. I was an Aviation Ordnanceman. Would enjoy hearing from any Shipmate who may remember me..." [24FEB2002]

ALMAGUER, ANDY rj146@hotmail.com "...LOOKING FOR FRIENDS WHO SERVED IN VP-30, AIRFRAMES DEPT NAS Jacksonville, Florida FROM 1977-1980..." [10NOV2004]

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]

ANDARA, Ileana SILLYILLY@HOTMAIL.COM "...HI GUYS. I WAS AT NAS Moffett Field, California IN VP-47 AND THEN THEY DID A HOME PORT CHANGE TO NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. NOW I AM IN VQ-2 NS Rota, Spain. ENJOYING LIFE, EUROPE IS AWSOME!!!! I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON ORDERS. HOPEFULLY I'LL GET SOMETHING GOOD...I just bought a house in Jacksonville, Florida and now working at VP-30" [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04FEB2000 | 27MAY98]

ANDERSON, CAPTAIN Mary A. (Ness) MC co@namrl.navy.mil "...Served with VP-56 "Dragon Doctor" (Flight Surgeon) from 1981-1984 and VP-30 Flight Surgeon 1984-1985. Currently, Commanding Officer of the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, FL..." [06DEC2002]

ANDREWS, Bill bandrews59@yahoo.com "...AW '77-'89/LDO '89-'98. Retired 2/98. Served in VP-22(81-85), CPW2(85-88), VP-24(91-95), and VP-30(95-98). Let me know of any Reunion..." [E-Mail Updated 16AUG2001 | 07JUN98]

ALLENDER, CAPTAIN George R. Retired gallende@arinc.com "...Commanding Officer PATRON 23 (11/75 - 11/76)...other squadrons VP-10 1/60 -1/64; VP-30 Det A later VP-30 4/64 - 4/67; VP-56 (with the first Charlie) 11/69 - 5/72; joined VP-23 4/74..."

AUGUSTYN, AO1 Walter Retired waltaugustyn@juno.com "...I served with VP-26. The pictures of P2V Neptunes brings back memories. I flew on them in 1964 to 1965 till our squadron transitioned over to P-33B late in 1965. Flew with them (P-3's) till 1968 and was transfered to VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland till 1971 when I got off active duty. Finished out the next 17 years mostly in Minnesota with the Naval Reserve..." [27JAN2007]

AURIEMMA, John jboy@gwi.net "...I served with VP-45 from 1971-1975, VP-30 from 1975-1977, ComFairKef from 1979-1981, VP-10 from 1982-1984, VT-28 from 1984-1986, ComFairKEF from 1987-1989, and NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1989-1992..." [21NOV2002]

AUSTIN, GARY B. JAGSMAN@BELELSOUTH.NET "...I RETIRED IN OCT. 91 AND HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH MOST OF MY OLD FRIENDS. I SERVED IN VP-5, VP-30, VP-24, AND FASO DET MAYPORT. I MISS FLYING WITH MY CREW AND READING TO MESSAGE BOARDS AND REALLY KNOWING WHATS GOING ON AROUND THE GLOBE. I'AM NOW WORKING AS A DVOP IN THE ORANGE PARK JOBS & BENEFITS OFFICE IN ORANGE PARK, FL. 904-213-3060 EXT 111. IF YOU NEED HELP FINDING WORK CALL ME, I'LL HELP..." [23APR99]


BABCOX, NC1(AW/NAC) Robert Retired bobnancybabcox@aol.com "...I served with VP-30, VP-11 and retired from VP-46. I had some good times it is too bad we are disestablishing all these great Squardons and ships at the cost of our own freedom and to make a politician(s) feel better..." [15OCT2008]

BABICH, Jack iraqjack@gmail.com "...I served with VP-30 from September 1982 until July 1987..." [27JUL2009]

BACHMAN, AMCS(NAC) Dennis L. Retired dbach@bellsouth.net "...My duty stations included NAS Adak, Alaska (1962-1963), VA-196 (1963-1964), NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey (1965-1969), VA-22 (1969-1971), VP-9 (1971-1974), VP-30 (1974-1977), CVA-41 USS Midway (1977-1981), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1981-1985), NAF Misawa, Japan (1985-1988) and Naval Air Logistics Office NAS New Orleans, Louisiana (1988-1990). I retired and settled in Pensacola Fl. Old Shipmates drop a line (send email)..." [E-Mail Updated 10APR2006 | 21SEP1997]

BACON, David W. thislldo@wctel.net "...I served with VP-91, (1977 - 1979), VP-30 (1977), VS-22, VS-72, VS-73, VR-48, VR-58, NAS New Orleans, Louisiana (COMRESTACSUPWING) and XO Naval Air Reserve NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 14SEP2010 | E-Mail Updated 28OCT2001 | 31JUL98]

BAGBY, John (Bags) rebelbagby@aol.com "...I served in VP-30 APR75-AUG75, then VP-5 MAD FOXES AUG75-FEB79, VP-30 PROSNEST FEB79-DEC81, VP-62 BROADARROWS as a selres APR83-JUN90, as a TAR JUN90-JUL94, VP-65 TEAM TRIDENT 94-99. I am now attached to VP-62 again..." [BIO Updated 23JAN99 | 20APR98]

BAILEY, Scott fourx4play@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-11 from 95 to decom. I then went to VP-8 in the mass move. Left I-level to become an IFT. I am currently in VP-30 in training, desparately trying to get back to Maine. Anyone who wants to drop me a line..." [29FEB2000]

BAIRD, AMSC DAVID J. Retired BDAVE52@AOL.COM "...IT SURE DOES BRING BACK CRAZY (AND FUN) MEMORIES BACK TO LIFE SEEING ALL THE OLD FAMILIAR NAMES, DATES AND PLACES. I SERVED IN VP-6 BETWEEN AUG. 82 AND AUG. 85 WITH CREWS 6 AND 2. AH YES, THE CREW 2 ZOO, WHAT A BAND OF SUB FINDING SCURVY DOGS!! P.I, DIEGO, MIDWAY, PATIA BEACH, UDAPOA, HONG KONG SOMALIA, JIBUTI!! SINCE THEN I FLEW WITH VP-30, DID ATOUR IN RECRUITING COMMAND, TAUGHT ENGINEERS AND AM GROUND-POUNDERS AT NAMTRADET NAS Jacksonville, Florida, THEN RETIRED (AMSC) IN 1996. THE NAV STILL HAS'NT GOTTEN RID OF ME YET THO. NOW I'M A CERTIFIED SIDE-STEPPIN BEACH CREATURE AT NADEP TEACHING THE PAINT AND INSIGNIA COURSE TO ALL THE EAST COAST AM PAINT TYPES! HALIFE IS GOOD THERE ARE NO PROBLEM!!!GIMME AN "E" MAIL. SEEEYAA..." [14DEC2001]

BAKER, AD3 Michael mjbaker64@hotmail.com "...I proudly served in VP-10 from January 1987 til August 19 90 from there I went to the rag, VP-30 from August 1990 til September 1992. I should have stay put in VP-10. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. I'd like to hear from some of the people I served with in VP-10 200 lb club!..." [18MAY2006]

BAKKEN, ADR3(AC) John jbakken@frontier.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1960 to 1963 as a ADR3(AC). I was a2nd Mechanic with Crew-1 and took over Crew-1 as PC on Johnstion Island. Our Pilot was Grant Fuller and Copilot was LT(jg) Ostrom. I left VP-9 in September of 1963 and went to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 06FEB2010 | E-Mail Updated 09DEC2004 | 07JAN2000]

BAKKER, MCPO Denny Retired pecanguy@gmail.com "...I served with VP-44 (1967-1971), VP-30 (1971-1974), VQ-2 (1974-1977), VX-1 (1977-1979), Navy Military PersonnelCommand (NMPC) Detachment NAS Dallas, Texas (1979-1985), VP-24 (1985-1988) and VP-30 (1988-1991). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 08DEC2014 | E-Mail Updated 01OCT2000 | E-Mail Updated 03SEP99 | 09NOV97]

BALDRIDGE, Doug flyguy3@msn.com "...I was a FE and I served with VP-11, VP-17, VP-30, VP-31 and VP-46..." [03JUN2007]

BALL, AMS1 Denny papasetter@comcast.net "...In 1969 went to bootcamp at Orlando, FL, Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 1970 to July 1973, VXN-8 (Second Mech) from 1973 to 1976, AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 1976 to May 1979, VP-30 1979 and VP-5 (P-3 FE CAC-9) from December 1979 to October 1980. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04JUN2009]

BALTRIP, Rodney rodney.baltrip@wang.com "...I served with VP-45 and VP-30 as an AT3/CDI/SUPV. I was so happy to see a site where people like me can still re-live some of the best times of my life (Puerto Rico, Panama, and Honduras). FLY HIGH PELICANS!..." [21FEB99]

BARNEY, AT2 Norm biker99339@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1969), VA-42/VA-65 at NAS Oceana, Virginia (1970) and VA-65 aboard the USS Independence (CV-62) (1971-1972). I retired from the Georgia Pacific Inc. in July 2010..." [29MAR2012]

Memorial Picture "...BAXLEY, CMC Frank Shipmate Pix...Frank Baxley, 64, died Feb. 12th, 2006 at his home in Lexington Park, Md. Frank is the son of the late John Lester Baxley Sr and Marguerite Brown Baxley of Marion Sc. Frank has worked for the government since 1961 - first as active duty Navy, and then as a civil servant at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. He joined Navy in 1961 and went through boot camp in San Diego. He attended Anti-Submarine Warfare electronics technician, advanced electronics training in NAS Millington, Tennessee. Followed with flight crew operator training in NAS Norfolk, Virginia and P2V specific training in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Frank's I first duty station as an operator was with VP-56 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Deployments included NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and detachments in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Crete, Greece, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While assigned to VP-56 Frank logged 5000 flight hours in 5 years. I After his arduous duty with VP-56 during the Cuban missile crisis, Frank transferred to VP-30 to attend 16 weeks of factory training for computer and data processing systems. After returning to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland he attended In-Flight Technician (IFT) training at NAMTRADET, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. As an IFT with VP-24 he made four deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He was then assigned to NAMTRADET NAS Jacksonville, Florida as P-3C IFT and Weapon Systems Technician instructor. He also taught community college electronics theory and all related math necessary to get a First Class Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license. He then transferred to NAS Moffett Field, California VP-48 serving as the Maintenance/Material Control Senior Chief and Command Senior Chief when he retired from the NAVY. After retiring in 1982 from the NAVY he continued supporting the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft RM&S department for Naval Air Systems Command. In 1985 he then accepted his first Government Service position as Engineering Technician, Antisubmarine AlC Test Directorate for NATC serving as manager of the airborne advanced signal processor being developed for incorporation into the P-3 Update IV aircraft. With the initiation of the P-7A development in 1989, his duties expanded to include the oversight of concurrent integration of the Update IV avionics suite into the P-7A airframe design. 1993 he was promoted as an Engineering Technician, Force Warfare Aircraft Directorate, NAWCAD as the Technical Lead for the P-3C Anti-surface Warfare Improvement Program (AlP). He developed the groundbreaking acquisition strategy based on the extensive use of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf/Non-Development Items. He led the technical integrated program team through program concept definition, requirements and location to a successful ACAT II P-3C Update IV mission avionics upgrade program. I 1996 assisted the P-3 PMA office coordinating staffing of issues with Program Executive Offices and Financial Management offices. 1997 until his Government service retirement, September 2005 he managed the P-3 AlP, BMUP, FMS, and P-8A MMA , Mission System logistics. Frank was an active member of the Lion's Club of Lexingiton Park and enjoyed volunteering his time at historic St. Mary's City. Frank and his family call St Mary's County home since his retirement from the Navy in 1982...St. Mary's Today Sunday, February 19, 2006..." WebSite: St. Mary's Today http://www.stmarystoday.com/ [19FEB2006]

BELME, AD1 Richard richb76@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 (1981 to 1983), VP-47 (1983 to 1987) and back to VP-31 (1987 to 1991). Did some Naval Reserve time with VP-91(1991 to 1993 and 1995 to 1998). I went to FE School in 1984 and served in that capacity until 1998. Did all my time at NAS Moffett Field, California, unfortunately the only thing flying there now is the Spotted Owl. Lots of good memories and friends during my enlistment..." [02JUN2008]

BARBOUR, AECS Mike "Miguel" Retired mcgabell@md.metrocast.net "...I graduated from VP-30 VFE School in July 1978. Went to VQ-1 as a first tour FE that was a rude awakening. Left there in 1982 heading for NAMTD 1011 for a tour as a P-3 [20] AE and FE instructor. Also took over as the P-3C Electrical Course Manager. Left there in July 1985 and headed for VP-19 "The Big Red". Headed off for NAS Keflavik, Iceland in October 1988 as one of their station FE's. Left there in 1991 and headed to NAMO, where I retired from the USN in September 1994, as an AECS. Began working as a contract support analyst, with RBC - in 1998, for the P-3 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Training area for NAVAIR PMA-205 and stayed in that position for 8 years, then moved over to the P-3 Domestic Training Program (much less travel). Retired from RBC in Aug 05 but am still doing some limited part time work these days. Got married in 2005 and our daughter joined us in 2006. She started Kindergarten in Aug 11 (hence my semi-retirement), and I take her to/from the bus stop every school day. Am still living in Abell, MD - about 23 miles from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03NOV2011 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 08APR2009 | E-Mail Updated 14NOV2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 08JAN2000 | 31JUL98]

BARD, ADC(AW/NAC) Maurice J. Retired fitnessguy1986@windstream.net "...I served with VP-30 (1989 to 1993) as a FE with deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, with many other destinations. Will never forget the events and Shipmates who I served with at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts..." [06MAR2012]

BARGER, AD1 Barry Retired barry.e.barger@rolls-royce.com "...I'm very pleased to find a site where a close community can share stories that no one would understand if they hadn't been there. I was a ground pounder with VP-50 from 1978 to 1981, based in NAS Moffett Field, California. Like everyone else, went through VP-31 FRAMP, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan; NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska. Went on all the dets I could, to the PI, NSF Diego Garcia (Dodge City), all the inflight stops of Osan, Yakota, Singapore, Bangkok, etc. I then transfered to NRL-FSD and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. In 1981 met my wife and had a boy that has a Navy birth certificate. In 1983 transfered to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to pursue a career as a P-3 Flight Engineer. Made it through VP-30 and arrived at VP-56, also at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where I immediately was deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I succeeded in getting the quals by the time we returned home. In 1985 I was retired, but it hasn't held me back. I still work with T56 series engines at the OEM. It's been great to talk to guys I haven't heard from in such long time. Good health to all the VP'ers out there!..." [03OCT2003]

BERLETT, Paul bigtuna29@hotmail.com "...I WAS IN VP-8 FROM DEC-93 TO DEC-97, THEN VP-30 FROM JAN-98 TO JAN-00. I AM NOW IN VP-47 IN MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES LEAVE ME A NOTE..." [17APR2001]

BARNEY, AVCM Bruce Retired ibbarney@comcast.net "...Joined the Navy in 1969. After AW training and from 1970-1975, was stationed in VP-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until a homeport change that took the squadron to NAS Brunswick, Maine In 1975, I changed rate from AW2 to AX2 and was assigned to VP-30 as an Inflight Tech from 1975-1978. Then to VP-16 from 1978-1982 as a Inflight Tech where I made AXC. 1982-1984 was assigned to VP-30 Framp as an Inflight Tech Instructor where I made AXCS. Went to VP-24 from 1984-1986 as an Inflight Tech and Maintenance Control Supervisor and made AVCM. Final tour from 1986-1989 was COMPATWINGSLANT Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida Advanced Maritime Projects Office. Retired in Dec 89..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 05MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 21MAY99 | E-Mail Updated 23JAN99 | 14DEC97] [Updated ICQ# 277185191 | ICQ# 215446 215446]

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]

BASS, Roy bassx3@juno.com "...I was in VP-30 Avionics (AT2) from 82-86 and then to AIMD NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Please submit my name to the list of Shipmates..." [06JUN99]

BASS, AMEC Thomas Retired twodogs@stargate.net "...Was station VP-30 in 1970,71 and then transfered to VP-44 NAS Brunswick, Maine and made the 1971 deployment to NAS Bermuda. Was a ground pounder worked for Master Chief Hammersmith and AMEC Hassel in the check crew. Ended up retiring in 1989 as the COMRESUPWING C9B Maintenance Chief (AMEC Ret.) Currently living and working in Pittsburgh Pa for USAirways on the DC9/MD80 Tech Desk..VP-30 and VP-44 where two of the greatest learning experiences I had in the USN..." [17APR2001]

BATES, AM1(AW) Brian norm3007@yahoo.com "...I started out with VP-30 in 1996 after AMS A school in NAS Millington, Tennessee. VP-46 was the host squadron on a cross country det I was on in 1998, having been in a rag squadron it blew me away being greeted with a cooler full of beer on the flight line, I knew that's the squadron I needed to be stationed with on my next tour. I was with VP-46 from 1999 to 2003, the best four years of my life, wouldn't trade the experience for anything..." [16SEP2009]

BAUER, Clinton B. cbauer@mmfn.com "...I joined VP-62 at NAS Floyd Bennett, Brooklyn, NY in 69 and I hold a Plank Owner's certificate for VP-66. I was a Flight Crew Plane Captain on the P-2 and an FE on the P-3A. I also am a pilot and a 2LT. with the NJ Civil Air Patrol, Bayshore Composite Squadron. I also learned how to fly the P-3 with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 73. Are there any plans for Reunions?..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAR2002 | 19MAR98]

BAYLESS, REAR ADMIRAL Jon W. Jr. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/baylessjw.html "...Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1979 with a degree in Systems Engineering. He was designated a Naval Aviator in April of 1981 and completed Fleet Replacement training at VP-30 in November of that same year. From December 1981 to December 1984, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless was assigned to VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During his tour he was designated a Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander making deployments to NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. The "War Eagles" were recognized with a Battle E, the Golden Wrench, and three Meritorious Unit Commendations during this period. In January of 1985, he reported to VT-27 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as an Instructor Pilot in the T-34C Mentor. As a Flight Leader and solo check pilot, he instructed in Basic Familiarization, Radio Instruments, Night Navigation, and Precision Acrobatics. After affiliating with the Naval Reserve, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless reported to the "Executioners" of VP-93 in November of 1989 at NAF Detroit, Michigan. During this tour, he served as Department Head for Administration, Operations, and Maintenance. He led armed patrols in Operation Sharp Guard supporting UN sanctions against the former Yugoslav Republics and also flew sorties during Support Democracy and Able Manner supporting the UN sanctioned embargo of Haiti. With the disestablishment of VP-93, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless received orders in the spring of 1994 to VP-68 at NAF Andrews, Maryland. He served as an Executive Assistant and then as the Executive Officer of the "Black Hawks". While attached to VP-68, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless supported multiple operations throughout the Mediterranean and the Caribbean to include counter narcotics missions from Roosevelt Roads, Key West, and Howard AFB in Panama. In June of 1996, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless reported aboard VP-66 in NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, as the PCO and took command the following month. The "Liberty Bells" won the CNO Safety Award for 1996 and 1997 as well as the MPA International Symposium Competition for ASW Excellence during his tenure. In November of 1997, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless assumed the duties of Executive Officer NR CINCUSNAVEUR 513 (CNE 513) at Great Lakes, Ill. The command received the Leo V. Bilger Award for outstanding Surface Augment Unit that year. During this period, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless was selected to become the first East Coast Facilitator of the Navy's Culture Workshop process representing COMNAVAIRLANT. His next assignment was CO of NR Tactical Support Center 472 (TSC 472) from October 1998 to September of 1999. TSC 472 provided watch officers for NATO Operations Allied Force and Noble Anvil from TSC Sigonella in support of highly visible Balkan missions. Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless then commanded NR Battle Group Staff Eight (BGS-8) at Forest Park, Ill., from October 1999 to September 2001. While supporting COMCRUDESGRU EIGHT, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless deployed with IKEBATGRU and also served as the Deputy JFACC for Unified Endeavor. He subsequently took command of NR CINCUSNAVEUR Joint Task Force Contingency Unit 413 (CNE JTFCU 413) in October 2001. During this command tour, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless was recalled to active duty from April 2002 to March 2003 as Deputy Commander, Task Force Five Seven at NAVCENT NSA Bahrain in support of Enduring Freedom. He was nominated for Flag rank in February 2003. Among his awards are four Meritorious Service Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal. He has attended the National Defense University's NATO Staff Officer Course, the Reserve Components National Security Course, and CINCLANTFLT's Senior Officer Course. Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless is also the Vice President of the Detroit Metro Chapter of the Navy League and has sat on numerous promotion and selection boards. In his civilian occupation, he is an AIRBUS 320 Captain for Northwest Airlines..." [01JUN2003]

BAYNE, MACS John L. Retired baynej@westelcom.com "...I served with VP-11 (1956-1960), VP-30 (1960-1964), VP-21 (1964-1968) VT-1, VA-81, USS Forrestal, COMNAVACTSUK back to USS Forrestal and on to N.I.S. Norfolk. Glad to be a part of this VP community. Looking forward to a Reunion with VP-21 in Sept. 99..." [28FEB99]

BEESLEY, Howard L. (Beez) hbeesley@bellsouth.net"...Great to see so many old Shipmates again. Please add me to your lists. VP Background All P2's 1951 - 1953 VP-57 /931 Whidbey Isl Wash. 1953-1956 ATU-601/612 Hutchinson, Kansas 1956-1959 Grosse Ile Mich. (VP-Training) 1959-1961 VP-4 Okinawa 1961-1963 NAS Alameda, California (VP Training) 1966 VP-30 Jax 1966-1968 VP-42 Whidbey All great tours with wonderful people!!!!!..."

BELISLE, REAR ADMIRAL Kenneth C. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/belislekc.html "...Rear Admiral Kenneth C. Belisle, a native of Worcester, Mass., is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1968, he was designated a Naval Aviator and was assigned to VP-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. During his first tour, he participated in operational deployments to NAS Bermuda; NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada; NS Rota, Spain, and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, qualifying as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot in the P-3A Orion aircraft. In 1972, he was assigned to VP-30 as an Instructor Pilot. Rear Adm. Belisle was accepted into the TAR (Training and Administration of Reserves) Program in 1974 and was assigned to NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He subsequently transferred to VP-66 where he assumed the duties of Assistant Operations Officer. In 1978, he reported to VP-16, based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as NATOPS/Safety Officer, Training Officer, and Officer in Charge (OIC) of the squadron's South American detachment in support of UNITAS XX, a major multinational exercise involving nine South American nations. After release from active duty in 1980, he affiliated with Squadron Augment Unit VP-0516 where he served as Reserve P-3C Training Program Coordinator, directing a pilot program which led to the establishment of the VP Master Augment Units. In 1983, he transferred to VP-92 at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he assumed the duties of Executive Officer. In October 1984, he became the squadron's tenth Commanding Officer. Returning to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1985, he reported to VTU-7474, serving as Training Officer and Chief Staff Officer. In 1987, he became Commanding Officer of NR Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing 0174. He subsequently served as Commanding Officer of NR Mobile Maintenance Facility ALFA, NAS Jacksonville, Florida 0274, VTU-7474, and NR Carrier Group 0667 at NAS Atlanta, Georgia. From October 1995 to September 1997, he served as Chief of Staff, Logistics Task Force, Atlantic, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va. His flag assignments have included Deputy, Maritime Defense Forces, Atlantic, Deputy Commander, Patrol Wings, Atlantic and Commander, Naval Base Jacksonville. His military decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Rear Adm. Belisle is a commercial pilot employed by Northwest Airlines..." [14JUL2003]

BELL, AW1 James "Jim" bellacres48@windstream.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1978 to 1981 and VP-30 from 1981 to 1984. I flew with CAC-1 in VP-5. I started out with Chief Laslo, on the NAS Bermuda deployment. I got the crew when we returned to the states and for the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. Went to VP-30 after NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Ran AW Ground Phase for a year then moved over to Flight Phase. Got out in 1984 and went to work for Lockheed. Did production test flying till the P-3 line shut down transferred to Kennedy Space Center where I taught Space Shuttle Systems. Worked in Savannah for a Chemical company (first job I ever had that didn't have something to do with aircraft. Sure miss it.) and now working in Atlanta as a Safety Director for a large construction company. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 01MAR2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 13AUG2004 | E-Mail Updated 09MAY2002 | 26JUL99]

BENITEZ, Benny F. orionusn@yahoo.com "...I have been in the Navy both active and reserve for over 17 years. served with "The Swordsmen" of VF-32 at NAS Oceana from 1982-1985. Upon leaving active duty I found my calling within the VP community in 1991 when I affliated with Patron 64 at WG. In 1993 I went aircrew I have flown on P-3B's and currently on -C's and have close to 875 hours.I have flown with VP-8, VP-10, VP-30, VP-45, VP-92, and VP-66 since 1993. Being a 15 year veteran of the commerical airline industry, I am able to get around the country and offer my services to other TAR VP Sqd. that are short on (In-Flight) AO's. I have been selected for NATOPS "Blue Card" instructor by CNARF currently working toward that qual. I guess that about it, I hope this helps you. Should you have any other further questions please do not hesitate to contact me..." [22JAN2000]

BENNETT, John JBen32@aol.com "...I served with VP-30, VP-19, VP-31, VP-16, ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, ASWOC NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-10 and all the associated fun that went with them. Of course I can't say NSF Diego Garcia or NAS Adak, Alaska were all that much fun..." [19JUN2002]

BENNING, LCDR VJ (Ben) Retired c/o Cindy Bartlett bilcin5@aol.com "...I am the daugther of retired LT Commander VJ Benning (BEN). He served with VP-2, VP-8, VP-10, VP-17 and VP-30. I have fond memories of growing up in the Navy - and very proud of my father and his accompishments. If any of you have any fond memories of my father or good stories I would be happy to tell him. I am also interested in any Reunion that my be in the works..." [17JUL2005]

BERG, Captain Peter Retired rpbp3@yahoo.com "...Reported to VP-7 (NAS Brunswick, Maine) as an Ensign in 1959 and retired as the Commander of Patrol Wing 5 in 1984. Several more tours in NAS Brunswick, Maine - VP-10, Commander Fleet Air Wing 3, Commanding Officer VP-26, and Chief Staff Officer CPW-5. Instructor tours in VT-3 (T-28s) at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. And 3 years in Iceland as Chief Staff Officer for ComFairKeflavik (CFK). All tours involved flight ops (26 years) and finished with over 8000 pilot hours..." [Updated 07MAR2016 | 03MAR2016]

BIGNALL, Kerry R. (No Internet Access) "...My first duty station out of boot camp was on USS Hancock CVA-19, a Navy aircraft carrier, which was doing a six-month tour in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of South Vietnam. In February 1964 I was assigned to NATTC, Memphis, TN. In June 1964 I was transferred to VP-30 Det Alpha in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I arrived at NAS Moffett Field, California February 9,1966 and was immediately transferred to VR-8. From Feb 1967 to June 1967 I was in training (20 weeks total) at VP-31 Det Noris on P2V-5 aircraft. On 17th June 1967 I was transferred to VO-67 (OBSERVATION Squadron 67) Pacific Fleet Alameda..." WebSite: http://www.geocities.com/capecanaveral/runway/9601/vo67.html [06APR2002]

BIGGS, ABH James F. jbiggs01@aol.com "...I served with VP-30 (04/1970-05/1972) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [29MAY2012]

BILLINGER, ADCS Bill Retired #098;ill.billinger@navy.mil "...I started out in 1984 as the only guy in my company going from bootcamp (via a bus ride) straight to VP-30. My 1st tour was with VP-17 84-88. Seen a lot of places that today's Sailor probably won't. As an AD2 I did my "I" level tour at NAS Point Mugu, California IMA 88-90. Got a phone call to go work in Dallas with NMPC SDC (later redesignated BUPERS SDC) 90-94. What a time there. I didn't know one could travel so much. As an AD1 I made my way to NRL FSD at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Rich, Dean, Don and the rest of the Mess, Thanks. Went kicking and screaming to HM-15 out of NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 98-01. Turned out to be just what I needed. Nothing like jumping on an old ship (USS INCHON) and going straight into a combat zone (Kosovo). The USS TARAWA was much nicer. Or was that because I was no longer the Flight Deck coordinator? HA! My last tour brought me back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at NAVAIR only to ride a desk 01-05. I retired and now am working as a "Sand Crab"! (Silly Servant). Good seeing all the familiar names..." [28DEC2005]

BINKS, AMS2 Doug djbn53db@hotmail.com "...I joined VP-49 in May 1967 directly from Great Lakes and NAS Memphis, Tennessee. After a few months in the shop, and a tour through SERE school, I transferred to flight crew 9 as a FE in training. We immediately deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and flew Market Time missions from June 1968 till December 1968. The squadron that we replaced had lost two planes to enemy fire, but we were able to complete the deployment without major incident. Although there were more than a few "interesting" flights and extracurricular activities in the Philippines, Thailand and Japan. Upon return, I went through the FE training at VP-30, returning to VP-49 and crew 9 as a qualified FE. We transitioned to the P-3C and I became an instructor engineer before deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland from June 1970 till November 1970. We spent many hours tracking Russian nuclear subs out of the North Sea and had the opportunity to visit many interesting places in Iceland and Europe. Crew 9 was the NATOPS crew, I was the FE on nearly every check and test flight from 1969 till I got out in February 1971, to return to college. Many of those flights were memorable..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2010 | E-Mail Updated 16JAN2003 | 19NOV99]

BLACK, CDR Randal D. http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforCO.htm "...Commander Black graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following commissioning, he attended flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, earning his wings from VT-28 in March 1985. He attended P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron training with VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and remained in Jacksonville for his follow on assignment to the War Eagles of VP-16. While attached to VP-16, Commander Black deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda and conducted detached operations in Iceland, Scotland, Central Europe, South and Central America, the Azores and Eastern Mediterranean. In the summer of 1989, Commander Black was selected to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Upon graduation with Class 97, he reported to the Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate as a P-3 project officer. He was involved with P-3 avionics, ordnance and aircrew systems projects and was the primary project officer responsible for T-34C training and flight test. He earned a Master of Science degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee during this tour. In the fall of 1992, he reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Sea Duty Component, Dallas, Texas, and served as a Special Projects Officer. Commander Black was selected as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) in the fall of 1994 and reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Crystal City, Virginia as the AEDO Community Manager and Total Force Manpower Manager. During this tour, he worked jointly with the Bureau of Naval Personnel to implement the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act within NAVAIR for all military personnel. In November of 1997, Commander Black was assigned to the T-45/T-6A Program Office (PMA-273) and served as the Deputy Director for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) Integrated Test Team, responsible for the development and qualification of the T-6A aircraft. He served as the lead Navy representative on the U.S. Air Force-led program and had the privilege of teaming with the 418th Test Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, California, for this effort. He reported to VX-20, where he served as the Chief Test Pilot prior to assuming command in June 2002. Commander Black has over 3,700 hours in over 30 makes and models of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation and Meritorious Unit Commendation..." [17JUN2003]

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]

Memorial Picture "...BLAIR, AM1 Edward...Flight Engineer, Passed 22 Feb 07. He was in VP-30 with me in 1965, then transfered to Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1967. He will be missed. He is survived by his wife Mary, two sons and a daughter..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [07AUG2008]

BLALOCK, Loren loranblalock@msn.com "...I spent 12 years flying on P-3's as an Aircrew Ordnanceman in VP-46 out of NAS Moffett Field, California, then over to VP-30 as an aircrew instructor then up to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1980 to 1992. The best years of my life. As a former trident would say...TSOT..." [20FEB2002]

BLANCHARD, AE2 Jerry Beach38con@aol.com "...I would like to hear from anyone who served in VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1970-1973. I was an AE2..." [10APR2001]

BLANKENSHIP, Jim awchief@home.com "...Attatched to VP-31, VP-1, VP-30, VP-44, VP-23, and VP-26 over the years. I also did tours in AW "A" (instructor) and ASWOC/TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Retired in '86 after logging time in P5M's, P2V7's and P-3A/B/C(Update II)'s. Would like to hear from any "old" (we are all a bit older now) Shipmates from any of those squadrons..." [10NOV2000]

BLANKLEY, AWCS (AW/NAC) Bob Retired starchief13@yahoo.com "...I went to school in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (VP-30) in 1973, served in VP-56 (1973-1977), VP-6 (1982-1984), COMFAIRKEF (1989-1992). I was in Helo's the rest of the time..." [13MAY2001]

BLAYLOCK, AZCS Dennis W. Retired blaylo@att.net "...I served with VQ-2 (1972-1976), AIMD NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida (1976-1979), VP-5 (1979-1981), AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1982-1984), HS-1 Sea Detatchment (1984-1987), VP-30 FRAMP (1987-1990), VS-31 (1990-1993) and AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1993-1997). I am work at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a contractors and the world is still turning..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2011 | E-Mail Updated 12OCT2001 | 19MAY2000]

BLISS, Ray TFBNCC@AOL.COM "...I served in VP-56 75 thru 79, VP-30 80 & 81, VX-1 85 thru 90. If any old acquaintences are out there drop me an E-mail..." [18JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...BLUM, James Orville Jr. "Joe"...4/21/1935 - 6/3/2009 - Born in Saxon, SC to Florence & James Blum. Joe earned the rank of Eagle Scout, with Silver Palms. He joined the US Navy in 1953, and had a 20 year career in naval aviation which would take him all over the Pacific. He proudly served with VU-5 at NAS Atsugi, Japan from 1955 to 1959, VU-7 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and Brown Field in 1954, VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1962 to 1963, VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) and retired out of VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1973. He later worked at Ford Aerospace and the Kennedy Space Center in spacecraft electrical engineering. Joe's wife Dorothy preceded him in death just a few months ago. He leaves behind two children, John Blum (Diane) of San Jose, CA, and Nancy Wilson (Neil) of Lafayette, CA; three step-children, Stephanie Zimmerman (Dean) of Titusville, FL, Wendy Taylor (Bobby) of Duncan, SC, and Dwane Church (Kim) of Moore, SC; 15 grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Medlock of SC..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [14JUL2009]

BLUM, Joe joeblum@excite.com "...I served in VU-5( NAS Atsugi, Japan) during the period 1955-1959. I also served in VU-7 ( NAS North Island, San Diego, California and Brown Field) (1954), VP-4 (Okinawa and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), VP-30 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) and retired out of VP-50 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) in 1973..." [08MAY2002]

BOATRIGHT, Rudy rboatright@lsijax.com"...Served in VP-18 from 11/61 to 4/64, VP-23 from 7/69 to 12/72, VP-24 from 7/76 to 8/89, and VP-30 from 8/79 to 8/82. Saw some names who looked familiar, and will try and get in touch..."

BOOTHE, CAPTAIN Timothy E. http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/cocframe.htm "...A graduate of the University of Georgia, Captain Tim Boothe was commissioned in 1982 through Aviation Officer Candidate School and designated a Naval Aviator in 1983. His first assignment was in VP-40, NAS Moffett Field, California, where he was an Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander. From 1986 to 1990, Captain Boothe was assigned to VP-31, a Fleet Replacement Squadron, as an Instructor Pilot, Aviation Safety Officer and Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer. He then joined VPU-2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as an Aircraft Commander, Mission Commander, and Training and NATOPS Officer. In 1991, Captain Boothe returned to NAS Moffett Field, California as Aide for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Pacific. He then reported to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) as Operations Administration Officer. There he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and earned Surface Warfare Officer designation. In 1994 Captain Boothe joined VP-45, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer. He reported to the CNO Staff, Navy Special Programs Division (N89), Washington, DC, in 1995 as a Division Head and Requirements Officer. Captain Boothe returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, March 1998, as Executive Officer of VP-30, the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron with 30 aircraft and over 1,100 staff and students. From June 1999 to June 2001, he served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Boothe reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (VX-1), July 2001, as P-3 Assistant Program Manager, Logistics. In September 2003, he became the Deputy Program Manager, P-3 Update III Program for Program Management, Air (PMA) 290..." [14FEB2005]

BOSAK, Todd Tbosak@cccneb.edu "...I was in Patrol Squadron VP-30 from 1976 through 1979 as a Aviation Electrician and was wondering what happened to the rest of the crew. If anyone is out there that remembers me Send some E-mail. Were not getting any younger..." [E-Mail Updated 04MAY99 | 02JUN98]

BOUTLIER, AME2 Russell and YN3 Linda boutilierr@verizon.net "...AME2 Russell Boutilier and YN3 Linda Boutilier served in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, VC-8. Worked on the last 3 P2 Neptunes on active duty. The last P2 flight left NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for Arizona. Left PR went to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida then VP-5, The Mad Foxes on Sea duty. Then went to NAS Moffett Field, California VP-31. If anyone has served with us from 1978-79 in PR, it would be nice to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2009 | Updated E-Mail/BIO 13OCT2000 | 14JUN98]

BOWEN, CDR Kenneth J. II Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/cobio.html "...Commander Bowen, a native of South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 1986. He received his commission from AOCS in April 1987. Earning his wings as a Naval Aviator in June 1988, he was placed on the Commodore's List of Distinguished Graduates. Commander Bowen reported to VT-3 as a Selectively Retained Graduate (SERGRAD) Flight Instructor where he instructed students in primary and intermediate flight training. During his tour, he received every flight instructor qualification and received the coveted Red Max award for flight instructional excellence and earned his Masters Degree from Troy State University. From 1990 to 1993, Commander Bowen served with the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8. He completed a split site deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia flying missions in Desert Storm. His next deployment was in the Caribbean theater conducting counter-narcotic operations in support of JTF-4. In 1993, Commander Bowen reported to the Commander, Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as Flag Lieutenant and personal aide to Rear Admirals Granuzzo and Mobley. His next assignment was onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as V-2 Division Officer qualifying as Catapult/Arresting Gear Officer and Primary Flight Control Officer. He completed deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. Commander Bowen returned to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community joining VP-30 where he qualified as an FRS Instructor Pilot. There he served as the VP-30 Safety Officer and Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Fleet Safety Officer. In 1998, he reported to "Tridents" of VP-26 deploying to the Mediterranean theater. He flew missions in Operations Deliberate Guard and Deliberate Forge. In addition, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Patron NS Rota, Spain detachment. His second deployment with the "Tridents" was a split site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. He served as Officer-in-Charge of Patron NAS Keflavik, Iceland. His other assignments with the "Tridents" included CTG Operations Officer in Caribbean theater and the squadron Operations Officer. In 2000, Commander Bowen reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tennessee where he served as the VP Air Combat Placement Officer. In 2002, he reported to VP-30, the MPRA FRS, in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Executive Officer. In 2004, he reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 as Executive Officer. Commander Bowen's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign, service and unit awards..." [23APR2005]

BOYD, CDR Austin W. Retired austin.w.boyd@saic.com "...I served in VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from October 81 to May 84, as part of the Seahawk legacy ( NS Rota, Spain - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, 82, NAS Bermuda, 83, Grenada and ElSalvador, 83). Understand VP-23 went away eventually, like many others of my old squadrons. I showed up at VP-23 after a stint as an instructor at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, so I was one of a very few 3P LTs in the service for a while. From VP-23 on to the Postgraduate School for a masters in Space Engineering, and then via VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California to serve in NMPC Sea Duty Component and support the Dallas Det. After 3 years in the Dallas organization, and many trips to NAS Point Mugu, California, I shipped over to department head tour with VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida ( NS Rota, Spain - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 90, Desert Shield 90-91). From NAS Jacksonville, Florida, on to Washington to disappear into the Pentagon as a COmmander and run Navy SATCOM programs and space policy at Naval Space Command. Three trips through the RAG (VP-30, VP-31, VP-30), 10 squadrons counting RAG and instructing. Now retired and working for SAIC in Huntsville, AL, and enjoying the new life as an engineer..." [04FEB2002]

BOYINGTON, REAR ADMIRAL John E. Jr. https://www.cnatra.navy.mil/00.htm "...Commander, Navy Region South - A native of Pensacola, Fla, Rear Admiral John E. Boyington, Jr. began his military career as an Army warrant officer flying helicopter gunships during the Vietnam Conflict. He was commissioned via the Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School in January 1973 and received his "Wings of Gold" in December 1973. In October 2000, he assumed command as Chief of Naval Air Training and Commander, Navy Region South. His operational tours: First tour in VP-56 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland; Department Head tour with VP-4 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as Safety, Maintenance and Operations Officer deploying to NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Adak, Alaska; Executive Officer of VP-31. His command tours: Commanding Officer VP-50, CPW-1, Japan, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, SEVENTH Fleet (CTF 72) , Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force FIFTH Fleet (CTF 57), Commander, Iceland Defense Force (Joint Subunified Command) and Island Commander Iceland (NATO), Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic, and Commander, Mine Warfare Command. Shore and staff tours: P-3 flight instructor in VP-30, fixed and rotary wing test pilot and project officer for the E-2, S-3, P-3, UH-1 and C-12 aircraft, as well as NASA's QSRA and Tilt Rotor aircraft flight-test programs. His Washington, DC tours include, Chief Engineer for Maritime Patrol Aircraft Naval Air Systems Command and Maritime Patrol Requirements Officer staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (N88). Formal education: Bachelor's degree, University of West Florida, Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Management Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, Naval Test Pilot School, member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a designated Acquisition Professional. Rear Admiral Boyington has flown more than 600 armed combat missions in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, and Kosovo. He is rated as a Navy Jet, Helicopter, and Prop Aviator and has 8,000 flight hours in more than 80 types of aircraft. His decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star (combat "V"), Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Air Medal (25 strike devices), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), numerous service ribbons and the Commander's Cross with Star of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon presented by the President of Iceland..." [18JUN2003]

BRADSHAW, Horace A. hbradshaw1@charter.net "...I served with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from May 1966 to May 1968. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 30NOV2009 | 08FEB2001]

BRADSHAW, Mike mike@mbfamily.net "...I served with VP-30 from November to December 1974 (P-3C Aviation Ordinance Aircrewman School) and VX-1 from January 1975 to July 1977. I aircrewed on P-3A's, P-3B's and P-3C's. We tested the first Harpoon missiles and S3's before they deployed to the fleet..." [13SEP2008]

BRENNOCK, CAPTAIN Daniel J. http://www.nsnpt.navy.mil/Code00/011/news_releases/2001/May/Naval%20Education%20and%20Training%20Center%20to%20Change%20Command%20.htm "...Captain Daniel J. Brennock, USN, will relieve Captain Patricia A. Drislane, USN, as the Commanding Officer of Naval Education and Training Center on Friday, June 1 at 1 p.m. in Captain Howard Kay Hall. Captain Brennock, a native of Cohasset, Mass., attended Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He entered the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and was commissioned an ensign in May 1973. After designation as a Naval Aviator in June 1974, he reported to in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Brennock was then assigned to VP-30 where he served as an Instructor Pilot, Flight Engineer Division/Training Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. In 1981 he reported to VPU-1 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Captain Brennock attended the Naval Command and Staff College at the Naval War College from August 1983 through June 1984. Returning to NAS Brunswick, Maine in November 1984, he reported to VP-10 and served as Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer while deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his next deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Captain Brennock was the Officer in Charge of the Squadron's Azores detachment. In 1987, Captain Brennock served on the staff of CPW-5 as the Logistics/Maintenance Officer before reporting for his command tour with the "Skinny Dragons" of VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1988. Captain Brennock reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in 1990 as Branch Head for Antisubmarine Warfare Long Range Planning and Analysis and as the Joint Mission Area Analyst for Strategic Deterrence. Captain Brennock then returned to the Naval War College in Newport as the Deputy Dean for the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. In his capacity as Deputy Dean, he was Navy's course director for the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course. Captain Brennock most recently served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and Professor of Naval Science at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. In addition to his undergraduate degree in economics, Captain Brennock holds a Master of Arts degree in business from Central Michigan University and most recently earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College in 1994. Captain Brennock has earned three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and various other unit and individual awards. Captain Drislane, a native of Albany, N.Y., will assume duties as the Commander, Western Sector Military Entrance Processing Command in Denver, Col. A 1975 graduate of the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Captain Drislane has served as the Commanding Officer of NETC since April 1999, when she was promoted from the Executive Officer position. She also served as the 24th Director of the Officer Candidate School in Newport from January 1992 to September 1993..." [27JUN2003]

BRIGGS, Mike mvb_7@hotmail.com "...VP-22 from 1965-1967 & 1968-1970. Retired as a AWC in 1984. Flew for Chautauqua Airlines (US AIRWAYS EXPRESS) from 1984-1998, retired and live in Spring Hill, TN. (Home of the Saturn) Married with 3 children (21, 18, & 15)...I also served with VP-30 from 1970-1973..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAR2001 | 27APR99]

BRINDLEY, AX1 James C. Retired jiz@bellatlantic.net "...Served with VP-30 (70-74) WC-210, AMD NAS Keflavik, Iceland (74-77), AMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (77-80), USS JFK (80-84) ASWM, and ASWM school Dam Neck, VA (84-89)..." [06SEP98]

BRISTOW, AE2 Howard C. howard_bristow@yahoo.com "...Served with VP-30 from 66-69, as AC/ AE-2. Ran the 'grave' shift electrical maint. shop last 18 months of tour. Finished last year with VC-10 (F8's) NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I always look forward to hearing from old Shipmates and especially interested in any opportunity to get back on board a P-3 to show my son what it was all about..." [12JAN2006]

BROOKMAN, Ed BrookmanABFCS@aol.com "...It was great to see a few of my VP-30 Shipmates still around. I was in VP-30 from 87-90. I ran the line..." [24JUL2001]

BROOKS, Burt Burt_Brooks@jtif.webfld.navy.mil "...Did the VP-1 thing from 1983 to 1986. Flight Engineer training in VP-30. Retired AECS living at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland current a civil servant at the base..." [26AUG98]

BROOKS, AW1(AW/SW/NAC) Jesse M. Jr. Retired orangefan@bellsouth.net "...1980-1996, VP-5, VP-30, ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, USS George Washington (CVN-73), VP-30. Like to hear from all the guys..." [03OCT2006]

BROWN, AEC James Retired jim@rlpco.com "...Good to see so many old names from the VP Navy. Was in the following squadrons: VP-11 Aug 1962-Nov 1963, VP-2 Oct 64-May 66, VP-46 71-73, VP-30 74-76, VP-19 76-79, MAD operator in the P2's and flight Engineer on the P-3. Retired June 1979 as AEC. Many good memories of deployments and Ready Alert. Anyone that remembers me please contact me and we'll swap old stories. Froggie. Anyone rember the barf bag salids?..." [04FEB2002]

BRYAN, AWC Bill Retired goodroosterjunior@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (1961), VP-45 (1962 to 1964 - Decommissioned the last P5M on the East Coast), VP-8 (1964 to 1966), VP-30 (1966 to 1969 - made Chief in 1969), VP-48 (1969 to 1974), VP-31 (1974 to 1977), and retired October 1. 1977. Moved back to home state of Virginia and stayed there for one year, then to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I worked as a test tech for Rockwell International (the old Collins Radio Co - which was the primary HF radio used on P5's and P-3's). I got laid off from Rockwell in 1981, then worked as a Field Service Engineer for the Associated Press in Iowa for 7 years and back to Richmond, Virginia for one year. Left the AP in 1990 and did a variety of jobs for about 5 years, including a little woodworking shop where I made clocks for specialty orders and crafts shows. Moved to Tappahannock (on the Rappahannock River) in 1994, got divorced in 1999, remarried in 2001 and my wife and I live in Tappahannock, but not on the river anymore and we have a small business making custom caps and t-shirts. (We provide 5% of all orders from our VP-Navy web-site back to VP-Navy). Would love to hear from all former Shipmates. P5M's and P-3's were a big part of my life for many years..." WebSite: B & D Custom Caps & Tees http://www.vpnavy.org/luckydog.html [E-Mail Updated 04NOV2003 | BIO Updated 16JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2002 | E-Mail Updated 22MAY2002 | WebSite Updated 30DEC2000 | E-Mail Updated 11JAN99]

BROWN, Chris ironhill1@aol.com "...I've found many folks that I worked, ate, drank with this has brought many good memories. VP-5, CAC 4, 87-91 and VP-30 91-92..." [13MAR99]

BROWN, CDR Duane L. Retired Bzelbob@aol.com "...Completed PreFlt Nov '65. joined VP-45 Jan '67 remained thru Dec 69. All time spent in P-3A aircraft with deployments to NAS Bermuda Jul -Dec 67; NS Sangley Point, Philippines Dec '68 June '69. Was number two for departure behind the P-3A we left on NAS Adak, Alaska. Went on to VP-30 for NFO Instructor tour at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, tours in ASWOC/TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland and ASWOC/TSC NAS Jacksonville, Florida an Dept Head tour in Maint at VP-49 flying in P-3Cs. A really good plane. I was an aviator at heart. Got all my pilot certificates while still on active duty and since retirement have been employed as a Pilot Examiner by the FAA for the last 11 years. Conduct Private through ATP tests as well as a lot of different Rating exams in both single and multi eng aircraft.Look me up on the FAA WEB site PIlot Examiner listing if you need a pilot. Being a pilot is sure a lot easier than NFO work! Left the Navy with about 4500 NFO P-3 hours an since have 2000 Pilot hours in L-188s flying Cargo for the Military (Log Air) and now have conducted more than 2000 flight examinations, and have a Single Pilot Air Taxi Certificate, am cheif pilot for small FAR 141 flight school. Look forward to hearing from former Patron members..." [05OCT2001]

BROWN, AW2 Gary GatorBrain@aol.com"...1992 through 1995..."

BROWN, Glen gbrown@freewwweb.com "...I began my VP tour as a 2nd mech "AD3" with VP-44 in Feb. 1976 while they were in NAS Bermuda and trained in CAC-3 with "FE" AD1 Jim Snelgrove. After VP-30 & FE school in '78 I came back and eventually got the FE job with CAC-5. Was at VP-44 for the transition from the last P-3"A" to the first "Charlie Update II". It was great because we could do it the new computerized way or when that broke down we could do it the old way. Was on the Iceland deployment and the "West PAC" deployment before I was restationed at VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1980 to 1983. Left the VP Navy in 1983 to do 1 tour with VA-66 "Cecil Field" on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 before I ended up with limited duty and finally a "Medical" Discharge in 1987. I've since been to college for a "music education" degree and am a substitute teacher in Florida and a church music director. Love this site and miss the VP's. Does anyone know what happened to "Deke" Buchanan?..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2000 | E-Mail Updated 13JAN99 | 17MAR98]

BROWN, AT1(AW) Johnny P kc5wau@yahoo.com Shipmate Pix "...VP-30 January 1988 - June 1990. VP-8 June 1990 - October 1996. NRLFSD October 1996 - November 1999. VP-8November 1999..." WebSite: http://www.qsl.net/kc5wau [BIO Updated 20NOV99 | 11APR99]

BROWN, AOC Richard E. Retired RBP3ORION@aol.com "...Served in VP-30 '63 to '65, VP-56 in '53 to '56, and VP-8 in '58-'63. Would like to hear from anyone in these squadrons who remembers me at that time. Best wishes Shipmates..." [27FEB2000]

BROWNRIGG, Chuck Retired ckb1@starpower.net "...PATRON (VP)30 66-69 and 71-75, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR 62-64, Nav Basic Sub School 64, USS Independence (CVA-62) COD Crew (WestPac) 64-66, VAW-126 Aircrew (USS Forestall CVA59) 69-71, VA-176 A-6 Intruders (USS America CVA 66) 75-78, Strike Aircraft Test Directorate Pax River 78-81, and Ordnance Systems Division, now Air Vehicle Stores Compatibility Division, P-3 aircraft engineering and ordnance compatibility, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, 81 to present..." [13JUL2001]

BYRNE, Jerry (Byrnee) Retired fishboy13@hotmail.com "...I served with VA-37 (USS Forrestal), EEAP NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-30, VP-4, CPWP NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-47, and Security Force NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I am now retired to Gold Coast Australia..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 26JAN2004 | BIO Updated 07FEB99 | 16FEB98]

BUCHANAN, AMH3 Rick VP_23@webtv.net "...P-3 training NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1979 VP-30. Served with the VP-23 Seahawks, NAS Brunswick, Maine from 79-81 airframes dept. HCT-10 training NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Oceana ,Va. Two deploys to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Assigned to support crew for war game dets to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, for the first ever Harpoon test fire from a P-3. Those small dets to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Bermuda added to a great tour of duty..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 15APR2002 | 01OCT2000]

BUCKLEY, CDR James F. http://www.cpw5.navy.mil/vp8/xo.htm "...CDR Buckley was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He was commissioned an Ensign in November 1985 via Aviation Officer Candidate School. He began primary flight training in Milton, FL in January 1986 and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1986. Upon completion of training at the east coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, he reported to the "Dragons" of VP-56 in May 1987. While attached to VP-56, he qualified as an Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander making deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In October 1990, CDR Buckley reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. CDR Buckley was the Operational Test Director for the MK-50 Advanced Lightweight Torpedo and the AGM-65F Maverick Missile System. In February 1994, CDR Buckley reported aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), home-ported in San Diego CA. He served as a Catapult & Arresting Gear Officer ("Shooter") and Flight Deck Division Officer (V-1). Additionally, he qualified as a Conning Alongside and Command Duty Officer (Underway). 1996, he reported to VP-30, for FRS Instructor Pilot duty. He served as the Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer and Aviation Maintenance Officer. CDR Buckley next reported to VP-16 in July 1997. During his department head tour he served as Tactics Officer, CTG Operations Officer, Officer-in-Charge of squadron detachment to Panama, and Maintenance Officer. 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 2000, CDR Buckley reported to Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN where he served as the Special Assistant for Selection Board Matters. CDR Buckley reported as the Executive Officer, VP-8 in May 2003. His personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Four), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Three), and various other unit, service and campaign awards..." [19JUL2003]

BUCKLEY, John F. tigrathewarriorxxx@yahoo.com "...Enlisted July 1952. Boot caamp at Bainbridge, MD. Ordered to NAS Pensacola, Florida. Attached to O&R Department. Transfered to VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from July 1955 to June 1957. Transfered to ZX/VX-1 NAS Boca Chica, Florida. Transfered to VP-10NAS Brunswick, Maine with a TAD to VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Got to NAS Brunswick, Maine December 1959, in time for deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Transfered to NAS Brunswick, Maine 1963. Left NAS Brunswick, Maine 1967 for VP-56 NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Deployed to NS Rota, Spain in P2V-7. Transitioned to P-3C at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Took a sea duty to sea duty transfer to VP-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1970. Ordered to NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida 1972. Transfered to Fleet Reserve 1975..." [22JAN2007]

BUCKLEY, CDR Pat http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/foxes.htm "...Commander Buckley attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in May 1984. He commenced flight training in July 1984 and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1985. Following initial P-3C Orion training with VP-30, Commander Buckley joined the Proud Pegasus of VP-11 in March 1986, where he served as Airframes Branch Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer; deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Rota, Spain and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Additionally, he participated in numerous detachments to Thule, Greenland conduct Arctic antisubmarine warfare feasibility research over the polar ice cap. In October 1989 Commander Buckley reported to VP-30 as an Instructor Pilot. He also served as a COMPATWINGSLANT Tactical Training Team Instructor and Assistant Operations Officer. After attending Tactical Action Officer School in July 1992, he reported to Commander, Carrier Group SIX as the Flag Secretary. Qualifying as Flag Tactical Action Officer, he deployed to the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean aboard USS AMERICA (CV-66). In June 1994 he reported to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and graduated in June of 1995 having earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. After completing P-3C refresher training at VP-30 in March 1996, he joined the Mad Foxes of VP-5 where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer; Officer in Charge of Patrol Squadron Keflavik, a deployed detachment of 150 personnel and four Orion's during a tri-site deployment; and finally, as the squadron's Maintenance Officer. From June 1998 to March 2000 he served in BUPERS as the Assistant Washington Placement Officer. In April 2000 Commander Buckley reported to VP-30 prior to reporting as the "Mad foxes" XO in June 2001. He assumed command of VP-5 in May 2002..." [02JUN2003]

BUERSTER, AWC(AW) Jim "Punky" jbuerster@hotmail.com "...Currently stationed with VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida and preparing to make my final move to COMSEACONTWINGATL NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Jul '99) to finish out 22.5 yrs. '80 started out Training commands and VS-41 Shamrocks, '84 - USS Nimitz (CVN 68), '87 - FASO Cecil Field, FL, '90 - VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine, '93 - VP-30, '96 to present VP-5..." [23JAN99]

BURNS, AW2 Stephen M. hoverdub@charter.net "...After aircrew training with VP-30, I served proudly with VP-45 from late 1970 until mid-1972. I was an AW-3 Radar Operator with Alpha Crew 30. I took an early-out for school when VP-45 transitioned to P-3C's. During my tour, we deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and I logged just over 1000 hours in P-3A's. After leaving the squadron, I joined VP-92 in NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts as a weekend warrior and SP2H Aircrewnman until my discharge in early 1975 as an AW-2. I would like to hear from my former Shipmates. I'm in the corporate helicopter aviation business now but have a strong affection for the VP Navy and the aircraft we flew..." [10MAY2009]

BURSHULIAK, Paul Retired pdbursh@comcast.net "...Attended Boot Camp (05/1977) in Orlando, FL, "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, VP-30 (07/1977) P-3 FRAMP, VP-8 (10/1977-05/1982) at NAS Brunswick, Maine with a deployment to NAS Bermuda (01/1978), TAD to AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine Power Plants, VP-8 with deployment to NS Rota, Spain, AIMD NAS Pensacola, Florida in the J-85 Shop, VP-16 (1985) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, AIMD NAS Pensacola, Florida, T-34B NAVCRUITCOM (08/1989-03/1993), VS-31 (04/1993-03/1997)) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida with deployments aboard the USS George Washington (CVN-73) as squadron Safety Petty Officer (recieved the Naval Safety Center Award) and retired in March 1997 after 20 years of service..." [22SEP2012]


CAIN, ADJ Phillip M. Retired Bearsvws@aol.com "...I was in VF-161 (1958-62,) VP-49(1962-64), VP-30 (1964-69), VP-11 (1969-73), and VP-30 (1973-77). Enjoyed the whole time in the VP world as a FE. Does anyone rember me?..." [22NOV2001]

CALENDE, CDR John Retired usn21@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-24 from 1965 through 1968, VP-30 from 1968 through 1970, and VP-56 from 1970 through 1972. I flew P2V Neptunes, SP2H-P2v7 Neptunes, P-3A and P-3B Orions. I was one of the original seven pilots to go to Lockheed for P-3C Factory training..." [E-Mail Updated 11NOV2000 | 27OCT99]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...CALL, Larry William...My Dad, Larry William Call, passed away January 17th, 2013. Dad served in the United States Navy from 1955 until his retirement in 1974, in Squadrons VP-45 and VP-30. He served two tours in the Vietnam War. After his retirement from the Navy, Larry became a rail car electrician with the Washington DC Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, retiring after 21 years. He was a member of the Hughesville American Legion #238, the Waldorf VFW #8810, the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge #495 and the Lexington Park Fleet Reserve #093. Dad enjoyed long drives in the country and sitting down by the water, with one of his favorite spots being Point Lookout in Scotland, Maryland. He loved vintage cars and enjoyed going to Bert's Diner whenever they had a car show. He loved to listen to bluegrass, country, jazz and classical music, as well as listening to talk radio. One of his favorite pastimes was debating politics with his family and friends. Dad instilled his love of knowledge and reading to all his children, as well as the desire to stay current with world events and politics. He enjoyed taking a sailing class at St. Mary's College as he felt a "sailor should really learn how to sail a boat". Dad also had a fondness for practical jokes and was extremely witty. I would love to hear from any of Dad's former Shipmates..." Contributed by Lisa Montbriand lisamontbriand@verizon.net [23JAN2013]

CAMPBELL, AO2 Darryl dcampbell@seacove.net "...I served with VP-44 and VP-30 as an aviation Ordanceman AO2. After attending AO school in NAS Jacksonville, Florida I was assigned to VP-44 for sea duty and then to VP-30 for shore duty. I have often wondered where some of the folks that I served with have gone and what they are doing..." [09MAR2002]

CAMPBELL, AFCM James E. (Blackie) [Deceased] C/O His Wife Mrs. James E. Campbell ludashc@peoplepc.com "...I am the widow of AFCM James E. (Blackie) Campbell who was assigned to VW-15 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1956-1959, VP-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1963-1966, VP-46 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1969-1973, and finished his Navy Career after 30 years in VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I was truly a Navy wife and followed him to all assignments except for deployments overseas. We both made many dear friends and I would like to hear from anyone who remembers him. He is listed on the Navy Log webpage with picture if you care to refresh your memory. I miss him so and would like to share memories..." [16MAR2002]

CAMPBELL, AT1(NAC) Scott Retired BREDALBANE@aol.com "...Very nice site. My squadrons were VP-67, VP-45, VP-5 and VP-30. I have 4,611 hours of "wheels up, heels up"..." [14JAN98]

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]

CARDIN, AW2 JoCarl JCardin@aol.com"...June 91 - Dec 93..."

CARMAN, Jim jacdec@erols.com "...I was a junior officer pilot in VP-49 from 1978 to 1981; VP-30 flight instructor from 1981 to 1983; Maintenance Officer and Lajes OinC in VP-23 from 1986 to 1988; XO and CO of VP-10 from 1988 to 1990; and Commodore of Patrol Wing Ten in 1995 and 1996..." [18AUG98]

CARPENTER, CDR Bradley A. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprfp.navy.mil/BioCSO.asp "...Commander Bradley A. Carpenter was born in McCook, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in December of 1984. Following designation as a Naval Aviator in September of 1985, and completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron pilot training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Commander Carpenter joined VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. While assigned to VP-10 he served as Logs and Records Officer, Communications Material Security Officer, Special Weapons Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. He was designated a P-3C Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and NATOPS Instructor Pilot, and completed two split-site deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and one single-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In May of 1990, Commander Carpenter was selected for the Personnel Exchange Program and assigned to No. 11 Squadron at Edinburgh, South Australia, flying the Royal Australian Air Force P-3C Orion. The first exchange officer ever to be recognized by the Royal Australian Catalina Association for contributions made to pilot training, he was presented with the coveted Catalina Trophy. Following his tour with the Royal Australian Air Force, Commander Carpenter reported for duty aboard USS SARATOGA (CV-60) in June of 1993, serving as Assistant Air Operations and Air Transfer Officer. During this period, the Saratoga Battle Group deployed to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea areas of operation. In March of 1995, Commander Carpenter reported to VP-30 for Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot duty. He served as Training Director, VP-30 Safety Officer and Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic Force Safety Officer. In June of 1996, he reported to VP-1 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and served as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Contingency Operations Officer in Charge at Eielson, AFB, AK. He assumed the duties of the squadron Aircraft Maintenance Officer in December 1997, and completed deployments in support of Fifth and Seventh Fleets in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. Prior to reporting to VP-9 as the Executive Officer, he served on the staff of CPRW-1 / CTF72 in Kami Seya, Japan as the Maintenance and Logistics Officer. He served as the 53rd Commanding Officer of the VP-9 Golden Eagles from June 2002 until May 2003. He is now assigned to the staff of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Commander Carpenter's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (with one Gold Star), the Navy Commendation Medal (with two Gold Stars), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with three Gold Stars)..." [08DEC2005]

CARTER, AMCS Dave Retired truck72454@yahoo.com "...I served with VA-65 (1971-1975), Non-Destructive Inspection Lab (NDI) at NAS Oceana, VA (1975-1978), VP-30 (1979) FE School, VP-16 (1979-1983), VP-31, VT-26, VQ-1 (1983-1986), VP-49 (1986-1991), NAval DEPot (NADEP) (1991-1993), VQ-1 (1993-1995) and retired early 1995. I now live in NE Ohio..." [08MAR2013]

CARTER, CDR Ted W. http://www.naskef.navy.mil/template5.asp?pageid=103 "...Executive Officer NAS Keflavik, Iceland - Commander Ted W. Carter enlisted in the Navy in July 1975. Upon completion of MM "A" School he reported aboard USS John Paul Jones, DDG-32 and was subsequently selected to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School, Newport Rhode Island. He was commissioned in Ensign in May 1981 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography. Upon completion of flight training, Commander Carter was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1982. After completion of Fleet Replacement Squadron VP-30, he reported to VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Flying the P-3C he made deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. During his tour he served in a variety of assignments including Flight Division Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. His last operational tour was highlighted by missions in support of the SIXTH Fleet Operations in the vicinity of Libya. In October 1986, Commander Carter reported to the Naval Academy as a Physical Education Instructor and Head Coach of the Academy's collegiate pistol team. Following his tour Commander Carter joined Oceanographic Development Squadron EIGHT, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where he served as Aviation Safety Officer and Safety/NATOPS Department Head. He qualified in the RP-3A/D, P-3B Mod and UP-3A aircraft completing numerous worldwide detachments in support of the Oceanographer of the Navy. Upon completion of P-3 weapons system and tactical training in December 1992, Commander Carter reported to VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where he served as Safety/NATOPS Department Head, Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Interim Squadron Executive Officer. He deployed to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Restore Hope. Commander Carter reported to Joint Task Force Six, Ft Bliss, Texas in November 1994 where he served as Regional Plans and Operations Division Chief. During his tour, he supported various Federal, State and local counterdrug law enforcement agencies throughout the United States in planning and executing DOD missions supporting the President's National Drug Control Strategy. In February 1998, Commander Carter joined the Strategy, Policy and Plans Directorate, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida, where he served as Chief, Deliberate Plans Division and Deputy Director of Plans. He was responsible for the development, review and maintenance of all Concept and Functional Plans, as directed by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commander in Chief, U.S. Southern Command in order to meet national security objectives and support United States political/military policy for Central and South American and the Caribbean. CDR Carter's military awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and Various service related awards. He is also authorized to wear the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge and the Naval Parachutist Insignia..." [03JUL2003]

CASEY, Patrick pcasey11@cox.net "...I served with VP-16 from 1963 to 1967, VP-30 from 1967 to 1971, TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily and VP-5..." [E-Mail Updated 07AUG2010 | 16JAN2010]

CHILDERS, AT1 Dave Retired p3abcift@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 (Radio Operator School) 1971, VP-40 from May 1971 to August 1972, VP-8 from July 1976 to August 1978, VP-90 from January 1979 to April 1982, VP-92 from April 1982 to September 1983, VP-30 from September 1983 to May 1984 (IFT School P-3C), VP-MAU from May 1984 to May 1988, VP-92 from May 1988 to December 1992 and Retired December 31, 1992. I worked at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as a Senior Logistics Analyst on T-39N Program with KETRON and currently retired and living in St. Louis area. Who, out there, remembers making it rain in Okinawa- (1971/1972 Crew 5 BUNO 154586)?..." [BIO Updated 05FEB2007 | E-Mail Updated 05SEP2001 | E-Mail Updated 15OCT98]

CHURCH, AWCM Don don_church@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1987 to 1990, VP-30 from 1990 to 1993, USS Theodore Roosevelt from 1993 to 1997, NAVAIR from 1997 to 2000, VP-16 frm 2000 to 2003 and currently with COMPATRECONWING 11..." [13SEP2004]

CIRULLI, AMS3 James fireo@myway.com "...I served with VP-30 (1972-1975) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in Airframe Shop. I salute all my Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 14JUL2015 | 10OCT2013]

CLARDY, AZ2 Garrett mrgscottc@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VS-31 (1989-1992) with two Med cruises on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). I can still remember working in S2M Division during my first cruise, making rate twice before reenlisted and moving to VP-30 with a detachment to NAS Key West, Florida (twice) and a deployment to NAS Bermuda. I never made it to NAS Fallon, Nevada or NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I very few of my Shipmates from those days; however, here is a shout out some I do: AME2 Brown, AZC Blaylock, AZ2 Rodriguez, AZ1 Sabourine and AK2 Brown..." [14OCT2010]

CLARK, Bill GEGbunnies@aol.com "...VP-30 Aug-Dec 75. Sensor 3 operator on Charlie, UI, and UII. VX-1 76-79. Greg Lonnberg and I keep in touch and he keeps in touch with Greg Shultz. Had alot of fun flying out of Pax. Miss the old birds but have made one for FS5. Not a long and illustrious career, but alot of good times..."

CLARK, Greg gregsclark@worldnet.att.net "...Served as an NFO with VP-4 from 89-92. Currently assigned to VP-30. Like to say "Hi" to all former Skinny Dragons. Greg (trou)..." [07APR98]

CLARK, AEC James E. Jr. Retired aec1989@gmail.com "...I served with VP-10, VP-26, VP-11, VP-30 and VP-8. A long and wonderful career in the VP Community (1972-1992)..." [E-Mail Updated 12MAR2017 | E-Mail Updated 21MAR2006 | E-Mail Updated 29SEP2002 | E-Mail Updated 21MAR2000 | Updated 24JAN98]

CLARK, AXCS Monte Retired mrclark@arn.net "...I served in 3 different VP squadrons. I was an aircrewman with VP-45 from 1965 until the fall of 1970. I was a radio and radar operator, and all three sensor positions. I also served in VP-4 from Jul 75 until May 78 as Maint. CPO and Div. CPO. Then to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Maint. CPO until retirement 29 Feb 80. I also flew as an airborne CIC operator (scope dope) with AEWBarRonPac out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Then to AT school and VP-30 as radio operator on P2V's and P5M's. Would like to hear from any shipmates I served with during my career..." [E-Mail Updated 04DEC98 | 23JAN98]

CLARK, AXC Ralph Retired onust@wayxcable.com "...VP-30 1961, VP-42 1962, VP-48 1963, VP-31 1964, VP-9 1967, VP-56 1975. Taught at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee, NAMTG NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAMTG NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Flew every electronic position on SP5(A&B), and P-3(B&C). Retired in Jan 1982 and went to college. Taught Electronics, Electromechanical, Hydraulics, ETC. Would love to hear from anyone that I flew or taught with..." [21OCT2004]

CLARKE, CDR Tom Retired frederic.clarke@navy.mil "...Served as a pilot with VP-18, VP-24, VP-30, VP-45, and TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Broke ranks and flew Herks with VR-24 and NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Retired and flew a Convair 880 for a while and am now a contractor pilot flying C-130 and P-3 for Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Work as assistant Ops when not flying! C301-757-3317 or DSN 757-3317..." [E-Mail Updated 21SEP2004]

CLAUSS, AWC(AW) Fred p3cewo@mediaone.net "...VP-16 - 1984-1989...NADC/NAWC - 1989-1992...VP-24 - 1992-Decom..:( (1995)...VP-30 - 1995-1996...PWLD AMPO - 1996-present..."

CLEVELAND, AD1(AW) Roy L. Jr. bambjamin@aol.com "...I joined the Navy in 1984 following dads footsteps. We both share the same name. He was attached to VP-31, VP-4, VQ-1, VP-19 in the 1970's. He went back and forth between NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and Agana. I have been stationed with VP-5 and VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I am on my way to AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida where I will work T-56 I-level..." [27MAR2000]

CLOUSER, RMC(AC) Del Retired dclouser@cfl.rr.com "...Served with VP-30 and VP-10. Retired January 1985..." [21APR2001]

COKER, CWO-4 Mike Retired mikecoker11@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-56 from November 1977 to July 1982, VP-30 (AO Aircrew Instructor) from July 1982 July 1985 and VP-22 from September 1985 to September 1988. I stayed in the Navy for 30 years and retired as a CWO-4. I had a great Navy career and the VP days were some of the best - "Have Per Diem Will Travel!"..." [19JAN2009]

COKER, AW2 Will wcoker@gte.net "...I served in VP-30 and VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California from APR92 until JUL96. I am currently (19APR98) serving with VP65- at NAWS NAS Point Mugu, California. Would love to hear from any Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19AUG99 | 20APR98]

COLLEY, Mike mikecolley@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-30 from '78 to '80 as an ATAN/AT3 and transfer to VQ-1 in '80 to '84 as AT3/AT2. I hated to see the Q move because Guam as a nice place and Det's in the PI with the night life was FUN. I miss the guys that never made it back and the one that did, Bob Huff..." [24MAR99]

COMBS, Jerald D. aircrew@orion1.mfg.sgi.com "...I am formally a U.S. Naval Aircrewman (AW sensor3). I was in VP-9 and VP-48. Training command VP-30 at Moffett Field..."

CONNOR, CNOCM (AW/SW) Jim Retired james.connor@navy.mil "...I served with VP-30 (AWAA) NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from March 1974 to August 1974, VP-10 (CAC-7) from August 1974 to May 1978, VX-1, VS-31, VS-27, Naval Technical Training Unit (NTTU) Keesler Air Force, CMC of IDF/CFK, CMC of CVW-1 and retired as CMC of NAVAIR. Now working "VP of the future" in the PMA-262 BAMS office..." [22JUL2010]

COOK, AO2 Dave darho.cook@gmail.com "...I served with NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (09/1967-10/1969) I was an AO and made 2nd class while there. Those were two of the best years of my life. The duty was great and so were the people. I flew on P2 and was the crew ordnanceman on an EC-121 Super Constellation, BUNO 131388. It was a magnificent aircraft, configured with P-3 ASW systems. We did testing of sonobouys and other ASW gear. While there the Ordnance guys did extensive work with the civilians on the development of Air Delivered Seismic Intrusion Detector (ADSIDS) and other listening devices used in Operation "Igloo White" flown by VO-67 over the Ho Chi Min Trail. In October 1969 I was sent to VP-30 at NAS Moffett Field, California for P-3 training and then to VP-22 in January 1970 while they were on deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and flew with Crew-4. With an early out I left VP-22 and the Navy in October 1970. I have never regretted my Navy experience and have pictures and memorabilia on display in my home to remind me of those great times.If anyone out there remembers me I'd like to here from them..." [E-Mail Updated 19JUL2011 | E-Mail Updated 13NOV2005 | 02JUN99]

COOK, AME2 James C. jccook2871@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (1983-1987)..." [11JUL2016]

COOPER, Douglas G. "Doug" coop2911@msn.com "...I served with VP-56 from 1978 to 1981 (NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily), VP-30 TTT 1981 to 1984, ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal from 1984 to 1986, BUPERS running the officer promotion boards from 1986 to 1989, VP-22 from 1989 to 1991 (WestPac), SecDef's Deputy Executive Secretery from 1991 to 1993, XO/CO VC-6 from 1993 to 1996, Army War College from 1996 and 1997 and then retired from SACLANT as a POLAD in 1999. I currently working as a financial Advisor for Smith Barney in Boise, Idaho. Would love to correspond with shipmates and especially crewmembers from the Dragons, Pros and Blue Geese..." [28SEP2006]

CORRIGAN, Mike mike64@javanet.com "...Previous VP Commands: VP-9 (89-92) and VP-30 (93-96) and currently serving with VP-26..." [01JAN98]

CORSON, ADJC Arthur W. Jr. Retired ehcorson@osprey.smcm.edu "...NATC Flight Test 1959-63, VP-49 F/E 1963-67, VP-30 F/E Inst 1967-71, and retired June 30, 1971..." [06AUG2000]

COTTON, CDR John W. Retired john.w.cotton@lmco.com "...Commissioned January 1981 (AOCS 25-80), NFO Wings January 1982, VP-30, VP-24, USNA, USS Coral Sea CV-43 (shooter), USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 (shooter, V-2 Divo), CPW-5, VP-30, VP-23, CPWL (Flag Sec), ODC BELLUX, Nat'l Security Fellow (Harvard), Navy IPO, retired July 2002. God, I miss being a JO in the 1980's VPNavy..." [28FEB2009]

Memorial Picture "...COUGHLIN, Rear Admiral John T...Old time VP-ers are mourning the loss of Rear Admiral John T. Coughlin who died last week in Virginia Beach at the age of 84. Designated a Naval Aviator in 1952, John served in VW-3 at NAS Agana, Guam and commanded VP-22 and VP-30. He also served as Navigator in USS Princeton, as a Division Director in the Naval Electronics System Command and as Commandant of the Twelfth Naval District before retiring in 1980..." Contributed by McINTYRE, CAPTAIN John vqplank@columbus.rr.com [29JUN2011]

COULTAS, ADC Steven R. Retired stedeb@frontier.com "...I served with RTC, VT-21, VA-65, VP-30, VP-44, VX-1, VP-26 (SP), VPU-1, CPWL and retired..." [E-Mail Updated 06JUN2011 | 16MAR98]

COUTANT, Bob bcoutant@msn.com "...After attending FAM School at VP-30, I was assigned to VP-10 and flew with CAC5 from 1962-1965..." [10NOV2002]

COWPERTHWAIT, AME3 Arthur (SKIP) skippity5@hotmail.com "...I am looking for any of you stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland between Aug. of 72 till the squadron was deployed to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in Aug. 75 I was assigned to the AME shop for my tour can't seem to locate any of my old pals drop me a line thanks..." [02FEB2001]

COX, Eugene eugene.cox@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-45 NAS Bermuda from 1962 to 1966 (Boats Crew 10 with Less Duffield and P-3 Crew 8 with Mort Eckhouse) and VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Detachment A) from 1966 to 1967 until discharge on June 1967. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04JAN2009 | 15JUN2002]

COZAD, CDR Kyle J. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/cobio.html "...Commander Kyle J. Cozad is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, he was commissioned in May 1985. He commenced flight training in September 1985 and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1986. Following initial P-3 Orion training with VP-30, Commander Cozad joined VP-23 in July 1987, where he served as Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. During this tour, he was designated a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Update II aircraft; deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; and NAS Bermuda and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In February 1991, Commander Cozad reported to the 404th Maritime Patrol and Training (MP&T) Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada where he instructed in the CP-140 Aurora. While assigned as a Canadian FRS Instructor Pilot, Commander Cozad was designated an Instructor Pilot Team Leader and Canadian FRS Standards Check Pilot. After attending Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer training in June 1993, Commander Cozad reported to the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) where he served as Assistant V-2 Division Officer and Flight Deck Officer. During this tour, he completed one WESTPAC deployment in support of North Korean contingency operations and was awarded the Admiral Bringle Award for inspirational leadership. Following his disassociated sea tour, Commander Cozad reported to VP-30 in July of 1995. During his tour as an FRS Instructor Pilot, he served as FRS Assistant Training Officer and was dual-hatted as the VP-30 and Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Force Safety Officer. Upon completion of his FRS tour, he joined the Golden Eagles of VP-9 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his Department Head tour, Commander Cozad served as AIP Transition Officer; Masirah Detachment OIC, where he supervised FIFTH fleet operations for two detachments, 175 personnel and 6 aircraft; and finally, as the squadron Operations Officer. In additional, he served as VP-9's Senior Pilot. Following his department Head tour, Commander Cozad returned to VP-30, where he was assigned as the Weapons Tactics Unit (WTU) Officer until April 2002, when he joined the Fighting Marlins of VP-40..." [14JUN2003]

CRANDALL, LCDR Woodruff "Woody" M. Retired wcrandall@adaptivemethods.com Shipmate Pix "...I served with VP-22 from 1969 to 1972 as an AWN (my wife says I still Glow in the Dark sometimes!). Great experiences with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan with Detachments to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I left the Navy to finish College and returned via AOCS in 1975. After all the "Fun & Games" at AOCS I served with VT-10 ("FO" school), VT-29 (Loved those Convairs!!), VP-31 and arrived at VP-1 in 1977 for a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and a wonderful Detachment to NAS Agana, Guam. In 1980 headed East to VP-30 as NFO Instructor and Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) Czar. 1983 saw me disappear into the Strange World of NMPC Sea Duty Component Det Dallas where my mind was "altered" and fingerprints erased (only kidding-I think). When released from confinement in 1985 had my pay back tour in DC in OP-13. Escaped to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1987 for re-programming at VP-31 then assigned to VP-19 for my DH tour. I had a blast on our NAF Misawa, Japan deployment thanks to the Soviets and Spring Ex 1989. It was amazing to see that many subs in one Op Area and that many P-3s fighting for rights to be ONTOP. We needed an Air Traffic Controller to keep us out of each other's way! After that last great melee, I was shipped off to Armed Forces Staff College and then back to DC to baby sit the NATOPS and Air Tac-Man conferences and publications. Retired in late 1991 and began working for Summit Research Corporation (DOD Contractor) out of Gaithersburg, MD as a Program Manager and recently, Director of Corporate Development. After 8 great years there, moved around to various other contractors until joining Adaptive Methods, Inc in 2003 as a Program Manager for NAVSEA IWS 5 SSQ-89 programs and several others. Currently, serving as Corporate Facility Security Officer and Operations Manager overseeing our 5 office locations across the East Coast. Browsing through the other entries has been a trip into the past and makes me realize just how much I miss the Squadron environment, hard work and fun we all had. Would love to hear from more of my former Shipmates and try to track down some buddies that have vanished. I'm still trying to find that "Bucket of Prop Wash" AWC Gary Dunlap sent me searching for that first week I reported to VP-22! I've reconnected with a number of my VP-22 Shipmates from the 1968 to 1972 era. We live in Northern Virginia, just West of DC. Have 2 sons, one in the Marines and the other supporting the State Department..." [E-Mail/BIO/PIX Updated 14APR2010 | 16JUN98]

CRAWFORD, NCCS(AW) AL (Big Daddy) adc_al@hotmail.com "...I startee my P-3 tour with VP-30 STU, went to the Fighting Forty-Niners (W.F.W.P) VP-49 in January 1985. The next stop was AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida for a few, then went on to become a member of the Mad Foxes of VP-5 until January 1995 were I'm a Recruiter stationed in Motown. This site brought back a lot of smiles. Just remember guys, I'm still the President of the G.O.B.C. For you guys still on active duty hope to get with you in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in about a year...Well Shipmates - looks like I won't be going back anytime soon. I picked up the new rate as an NCCS(AW). So for now I am in charge the middle of Michigan to the Upper Penusula. Will see what happens next. Keep in touch..." [BIO Updated 23DEC2000 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB99 | 19DEC97]

CRAWFORD, AD1 Rick rickcrawford@juno.com "...I started out in VP-24, 78 to 81 then VP-30 from 81 to 84 working in the mech. shop (alot of good times). Then it was off to FE school and to my suprise all my FE friends were still nice to me when I was their student even after being their QAR. After school it was off to NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-47 from 85 to 89. There I got the true honor of bringing home Buno # 162776 from the factory in Palmdale (I even had to find the box with the gearpins before we landed). Then it was off to VP-31 from 89 to 92 where I truely had the best of times and the worst of times, but I would not change a thing. After VP-31 I left active service and finished up with VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California. My final flight as a P-3 Flight Engineer was taken with LCDR John Ujihara who I went through the training sylibus with in VP-47 (how fitting). I'm now working in Mountain View just a few miles from Hanger 1, someone has to keep an eye on the place so I figured it might as well be me. I'm now employed as a Controller for a company and enjoying the civilian life. Would like to hear from some of the old gang stop in any time. I've seen some names I know and I'll be in touch soon..." [E-Mail Updated 19JAN2001 | 10DEC98]

CREASEY, CDR Mark https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/xo_bio_creasey.htm "...Commander Mark Creasey is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for flight training and received his pilot wings in December, 1992. Upon completion of Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), Commander Creasey reported to the "Batmen" of Patrol Squadron TWENTY FOUR (VP-24) stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in December 1993, completing a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Following VP-24's decommissioning in April 1995, Commander Creasey reported to the "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5), where he completed two tri-site deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Panama, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He served as the Operations Plans Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot. He was selected as VP-5's nomination for the Association of Naval Aviation's (ANA) "Pilot of the Year" award in 1996. In October 1997 Commander Creasey reported to VP-30 for duty as an FRS Instructor Pilot. He served as the Human Resources Officer, Schedules Officer, and Flight Officer and was also selected as a Pilot Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor and Airshow Demonstration Team Leader. In February 2000 he reported aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in Norfolk, Virginia as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. He served as the V-3 Hangar Deck Officer, V-2 Catapult and Arresting Gear Division Officer, and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Inport). He deployed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In May 2002 Commander Creasey reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of Patrol Squadron FORTY (VP-40) in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for his operational department head tour. He completed a deployment to the Fifth Fleet AOR while serving as Safety / NATOPS Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Officer-in-Charge, NSF Diego Garcia detachment. In December 2003 he reported again to VP-30 for duty as Training Officer. He assumed the duties of VP-30 Executive Officer in 2005. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and unit and campaign decorations..." [27MAR2005]

CROCKER, Emmett emmettcrocker@msn.com "...I was an FE with VP-6 (1964-1967), VP-19 (1968-1971), VP-30 (1971-1975), VP-22 (1975-1979), VP-19 (1981-1985), and Range Ops NAS Point Mugu, California till I changed into civies in 1988. I'm still hanging around P-3s. "Wake me up if you get scared." Would love to hear from some old Shipmates. According to these guys I work with nowdays any Shipmate of mine would surely be "OLD"..." [E-Mail Updated 04AUG2002 | E-Mail Updated 28OCT2000 | 22MAR99]

CROCKETT, Todd (Sonny) sonny1c@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-10 from 1990 to 1995 then tours in VP-30, TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily and CVN-65. Now I'm back in the VP Navy with VP-30 again. Would love to hear from any old friends..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22NOV2003 | 19OCT2000]

CUNNINGHAM, AWCM William S. "Spence" awcspenc@bellsouth.net "...I spent just shy of 9 years on active duty with VP-45 from 1982 to 1987 and made the NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1982), NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1983-1984) and NAS Bermuda (1986) deployments. Also participated in the "Battle of Bermuda" exercise in 1985. After that I transferred to VP-30 for instructor duty, where I had a hand in 2F140 WST acceptance, cementing the Update III track in place, and working the ill-fated P-7 project! From there, I separated and joined the Naval Reserve in August 1990 with VP-62. The Reserves has been good to me as I have advanced from an AW1 in 1990 to AWCM in 2001. At VP-62, I serve in the CMC's office as the "Gold Wing SEA" and SS-1 on Combat Aircrew Eight. On the outside, I am with LSI providing curriculum support to VP-30. I would love to hear from old "airmates" (nod to Terry Snyder) from VP-45 and VP-30!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04DEC2003 | 00XX97]

CURRY, ADC Jim Retired jimkitcurry1@comcast.net "...I was a Flight Engineer with VP-45 from 1981 to 1986 (mostly on Crew 2), FE Instructor with VP-30 from 1986 to 1989 where I retired as ADC. Currently flying as Flight Engineer on NOAA 42 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft at MacDill AFB..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09NOV2003 | E-Mail Updated 22NOV99 | 27DEC98]

CURTIS, LT Jim Retired oldnfo@gmail.com "...I served aboard NAS Glynco, Georgia (1971-1973) a a Helo and Connie Crew, VP-4 (1974-1976) as SS1/3, VP-50 (1976-1978) as SS1/4, VP-30 (1978-1981) as Acoustic Instructor and Commander, Naval Air Force AtLantic (CNAL) Evaluator, VP-24 (1981-1982) as SS1/4, Commissioned (1982), VP-24 (1983-1987) as TACCO/MC, CPW-11 (1987-1988) Mission Control and Evaluation (MC&E) Officer and CPWP (1988-1992) Special Projects. After retirement - I worked for 4 years in DC supporting Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), University of South Carolina (managing telecommunications) and currently with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) managing the Littoral Warfare Advanced Development (LWAD) sea test program..." [E-Mail Updated 08AUG2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 04JAN2007 | BIO Updated 27NOV2001 | 25FEB98]

CUTTER, CDR David C. Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/xobio.html "...Commander Cutter graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. Following graduation, he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in NAS Pensacola, Florida. Completing AOCS as Regimental Commander, he earned a regular Navy commission under the Distinguished Naval Graduate program. Following commissioning, he attended flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida and Sacramento, California where he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in September 1988. After completing FRS training at VP-30, Commander Cutter began his first squadron tour with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Qualifying as an Instructor Tactical Coordinator and ISAR Radar Mission Commander, he made deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Panama. During this tour, he served as Asst. Tactics, NFO NATOPS, and Schedules Officer. In 1992, Commander Cutter reported for instructor duty at the Fleet Replacement Squadron VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While there, he served as NFO Training Officer, COMNAVAIRLANT NATOPS Evaluator and Public Affairs Officer during the VP FRS consolidation and the Republic of Korea Navy foreign military training program. Commander Cutter was next assigned as Operations Admin Officer aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in August 1995. Homeported in Bremerton, Washington, USS NIMITZ deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and later participated in the Strait of Taiwan crisis during April 1996. Qualifying as both Command Duty Officer Underway and Officer of the Deck Underway, Commander Cutter also earned his Surface Warfare designation aboard USS NIMITZ. In June 1997, he reported to the Secretary of the Navy's staff in Washington D.C. where he served as the Personal Aide to SECNAV. Following FRS refresher training, Commander Cutter reported to VP-16 in May 1999 for his department head tour. Serving as Tactics, Administration, and Operations Officer, VP-16 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. During his tour, VP-16 was awarded the Jay Isbell Award for ASW excellence and the CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award. Upon completion of his department head tour, he was assigned as Asst. Washington DC Placement Officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in June 2001. In January 2003, CDR Cutter enrolled in the Financial Management curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Earning a Masters of Business Administration, he graduated with distinction and was recognized as a Conrad Scholar for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Financial Management. Additionally, he was awarded the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Management, the Department of the Navy Award for Academic Excellence in Financial Management, and the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan Award for Academic Excellence in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. During this tour, CDR Cutter completed the Naval War College Command and Staff Course, also graduating with distinction. Before joining VP-40 as the Executive Officer, CDR Cutter most recently served as the Chief Staff Officer for CPRW-10 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. His awards include the Meritorious Service medal (2), Navy Commendation medal (3), Navy Achievement medal (3) and various campaign and operational awards..." [23APR2005]


DANIELS, Danny dansfarm@hotmail.com "...I became a VP'er right out of A-School in 1967. I was originally assigned to VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, until I joined the TAR program in 1972 while stationed with VP-62 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In 1976 I graduated from FE school and became an original plankower of VP-93 from 1976 to 1979. In 1979 I was transferred to VP-69 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. In 1982 I again was reassigned to VP-67 at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. From 1985 until my retirement in 1989 I was a VP-94 Crawfisher. I will always look fondly at my career in the squadrons and friends I was blessed to be associated with..." [E-Mail Updated 24JUN2009 | 03MAY99]

DANIELS, AOCM(AW/NAC) Jerry F. jdandmac@aol.com "...VP-44 Crew ONE from Jan 84 to Mar 87. Enlisted active duty Jan 80. Upon AO School graduation, assigned to VF-101 from 81-83. After completion of Aircrew and VP-30 did my first tour in P-3's. VP-44 NAS Brunswick, Maine 1984-87. Then on to VP-30 as an Instructor/NATOPS Evaluator form 88-91. From the Pro's Nest, I went to USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN 71 from 1991-94. Bomb Assemly and Fligt Deck Ordnance Chief proved to be some of the greatest years in my career. In 1994, I went to Washington DC. Pers-51 and started what became a very successful career in Navy Manpower. After only one year in DC, I went to Millington TN (1995-98) when our Code merged with NAVMAC out of Chesapeake. Left NAVMAC in 98, hit the Senior Enlisted Academy in route to VFA-86 "Sidewinders" in Cecil Field. After a year there as the CMC, I went to the USS George Washington, CVN 73 as Weapons Department LCPO. in 1999 I picked up CMC and heading to USS Mitscher, DDG 57 in April, 2000. My VP days were limited, but are cheerished just the same. I'd love to hear from any old Shipmates, especially CAC ONE Bubba's. God bless..." [15JAN2000]

DARWIN, Chuck prgreengo@yahoo.com "...Chuck Darwin here!!! and still kickin'. HS1, USS Intrepid, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, 1970 through 1974. VP-30, VP-24, VP-30, VP-24 1974 through 1986. AW "A" staff 1986 through 1989. NSF Diego Garcia, Oman, Desert Storm. NTSC Orlando till 1994 then retired as AWCM. Now Executive Director for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Puerto Rico. Looking for Shipmates that were in VP-24. Flew projects for awhile and learned to really enjoy NAS Keflavik, Iceland in the 70s. Let's here from you all..." [15DEC99]

DASHER, AT1 Rick rickdasher@yahoo.com "...I served with VQ-1 from 1984-1987 as a ground pounder AT. Went aircrew and served with VAQ-33 as an EP-3A/J IFT from 1988-1991. I transitioned to P-3C UIII and went to VP-45 from 1992-1995. I did an instructor tour at VP-30 from 1996-1999. Transfered to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii for a tour with VP-47 and will retire from there in 2003. Anybody who remembers me, drop me a line..." [03SEP2002]

DAVIS, AX2 John M. jmichaeldavis@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-16 as an IFT from 1984 to 1986 and VP-30 FRAMP as an IFT Instructor from 1987 to 1990. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04JAN2010]

DAVIS, CAPTAIN Robert "Bob" Retired r.w.davis828@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49, VP-30, VP-68 (1973-1980) and Commanding Officer VP-93 NAF Detroit, Michigan..." [17DEC2013]

DAVIS, Todd (Charley) chazjulie@home.com "...Pilot, VP-30, VQ-1, VQ-2 (USN), United States, 11/06/83, present, P-3A, P-3B, P-3C, EP-3E..." [E-Mail Updated 21FEB99 | 26MAR98]

DeBOLD, CDR James R. http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforXO.htm "...Commander DeBold attended the University of Missouri-Columbia on an NROTC scholarship. Earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he was commissioned in December 1986. Following Surface Warfare Officer training, Commander DeBold reported aboard the USS ELLIOT (DD-967), homeported in San Diego, in August 1987. During this tour, he served as Electrical Officer, Damage Control Assistant, First Lieutenant and earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation. Accepted for the Surface-to-Pilot Transition Program, Commander DeBold began flight training in January 1990 and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1991. Following initial P-3C ORION training with VP-30, Commander DeBold joined the WAR EAGLES of VP-16 in May 1992 where he served as Command Security Manager, Assistant Administration Officer, Assistant Training Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. While assigned to the WAR EAGLES, he deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone; and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Commander DeBold reported to the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in August 1995, where he was assigned duties as the Assistant Air Operations Officer. Qualifying as an Air Operations Watch Officer, he conducted numerous carrier qualification operations for initial student pilots from CNATRA Training Commands in addition to the F-14, F/A-18, and E-2C Fleet Replacement Squadrons. He deployed in 1997 to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of Task Force 60 and Task Force 50. After completing P-3C refresher training, he joined the MAD FOXES of VP-5 in September 1998, where he served as the Maintenance Officer. Additionally, he held billets as P-3 Liaison Officer for NATO Stabilization Forces (SFOR) in support of Operations DELIBERATE FORGE and DETERMINE FORGE, Safety/NATOPS Officer and Administrative Officer. Commander DeBold is currently serving as the Executive Officer, VX-20. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star..." [17JUN2003]

DECK, James A. goalie1958@AOL.com "...I'd just like to say it's good to be able to look back at all the squadron info and patches. I was a member of VP-56, VP-24, Beartrap, and two tours with staff of VP-30..." [05SEP99]

DeCROSTA, E. L. ED794@aol.com "...As a retired NFO TACCO, I want people to be aware of the valuable work done by our VP squadrons. I first was with VP-11 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, with the P2V-7. After Monterrey, an instructor with VP-30, det NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Later an exchange tour with the Canadians (Canadian Forces (CF)) in VP-449 at Greenwood in the Argus..." [21NOV98]

DEMPSKI, AMS2 Robert W. rdempski@centurytel.net "...I served with VC-8 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR from February 1967 to March 1968 and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from March 1968 to October 1969. I loved my time at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and really enjoyed the people I worked with. I would like to get in touch with Dick Weltzin and hear from any of my former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 06MAY2009 | 12JAN2007]

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]

DEVLIN, Tosha Branham toshabranham@yahoo.com "...I have served in 2 VP squadrons plus an E2/C2 squadron and a H46 squadron. I served in VP-5 from DEC 99 - MAY 02 and VP-30 from Sep 02 to FEB 03. I will be however transitioning to another VP squadron VP-8 at the end of the year..." [12APR2005]

DICKINSON, AOC Laurel Retired beanbely@mint.net "...I was assigned to VP-8 in February 1957 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, later in Chincoteage and then to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. June 1960 VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Plankowner), June 1962 VP-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine, February 1968 NAMTRADET 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-46 NAS Moffett Field, California, and then home to Maine in 1972. I would love to hear from any and all former Shipmates. I have been searching for information and whereabouts of Ray Starkey. He served on the line crew of VP-8 the late 50's..." [24AUG99]

DICKSON, AEC Dave Retired dicksondg@navair.navy.mil "...I was a career VP sailor, retiring as an AEC in January 1990. Starting in the VP-30 Electric Shop in 1970 and ending in the Maintenance Division of VP-16 in 1990. In between I was in VP-45, VX-1, VP-17, and Naval Air Development Center. The nine years in the electric shop was a great back ground for the P-3 and really helped me through flight engineer school in 1980. I'm currently working for Boeing on the F-18 Super Hornet program in the Maintenance Data Center as a Product Support Technician. I have many good memories of experiences and friends in the Navy and would like to hear from anyone who I was stationed with!..." [19DEC2000]

DIETRICH, CDR Stan W. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/xobio.html "...Commander Stan Dietrich graduated from Harvard University in 1985. Receiving his commission through ROTC, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida in July 1985 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1987. Following training at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-31) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Commander Dietrich reported to VP-48 also based at NAS Moffett Field, California. Qualifying as P-3C (Update III) Instructor Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander and Special Projects Mission Commander he participated in deployment operations to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; NAS Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NSF Diego Garcia; and Masirah, Oman. During his tour he served as Tactical Officer, NFO Training Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. Detaching from VP-48 in November 1990, his next assignment was as a FRS Instructor at PVP-31. During his tour he was selected by Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific to concurrently serve as the ASW Operations Officer for the CPWP Tactical Training Team. While at VP-31, he was selected for the Navy's Advanced Education Program. In July 1992, Commander Dietrich reported to George Washington University in Washington D.C. Graduating with honors in 1994, he received a Master's Degree in Security Policy Studies. Commander Dietrich was next assigned as Flag Secretary to Commander, Carrier Group THREE based in Alameda, California. Embarked aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN(CVN 72), he qualified as a Flag Tactical Action Officer and directed numerous missions in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Following refresher training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported in April 1997 to VP-46 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. While assigned to the "Grey Knights" he served as Assistant Training Officer, Administration Officer and Operations Officer during a tri-site deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. In May 1999 Commander Dietrich reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN. During this tour he served as Assistant Operations Officer, Tactical Support Center Director and Operations Officer, playing critical roles in Operation's PHANTOM MENACE, VALIANT RETURN and ENDURING FREEDOM. Commander Dietrich assumed duties as Executive Officer of VP-40 in March 2003..." [14JUN2003]

DiFIORE, AD1 John JOHNP3.difiore@netchannel.net "...I am currently with VP-62 as a recent graduate of flight enginner school.I served with VP-49 from 82-85 and in VP-30 from 85-89 I'd love to here from anybody who served with these squadrons..." [05JAN98]

DINGEE, AMSC Carroll R. Retired jeepdriver@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-11 (1965-1969) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was a shop type maintenance crewmember (flying minimum time on test flights) on the P2. In 1967 we transitioned to the P-3's having gone through the AM maintenance courses, I thouhgt I'd like to become a Flight Engineer. So, in August 1967 I departed for VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and made it through Ground Phase without a hitch. Unfortunately, I "flunked out" during the OFT and Performance Charts! I left VP-30 and rejoined VP-11 in disgrace. When my CO and I talked things over, I told him that up to this point in my life I did not know I needed glasses (can't work the charts if you can't see them clearly). So, to make a long story short, I got glasses, went back to VP-30 in 1968 and made it as a FE! To my knowledge I am the ONLY person to go through FE training a second time during the transition envelope for a squadron and succesfully complete the course. (VP-30 probably still would like to say no one ever did it, but go back and check the records---I did it). Thought you might find my 10 minutes of fame and glory interesting). I served with VP-23 (12/1970-07/1974) - best tour of sea duty I ever had in 22+ years of service! Spent most of my tour as FE on CAC-8. PPC C. C. Nute (he went on to be C.O. of a west coast VP Squadron.) My last contact with him (or any of our old crew) was in 1980 while serving with VF-143 aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in the Indian ocean. I also served with VX-1 (1974-1977) and spent most os my time on the Line Crew. My wife, Betty, was President of the Enlisted Wives Club while we were there. We both still have many fond memories of our tour there (anyone remember the Pig Roast?). I retired out of VF-43 NAS Oceana, Va. in 1984. I am now retired and living (with wife Betty and you guys said it would never last) in Ocala, Fl. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18MAR2013 | E-Mail Updated 07FEB2012 | E-Mail Updated 23JUN2009 | E-Mail Updated 01FEB2006 | E-Mail Updated 18MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 10DEC2002 | BIO Updated 24APR2002 | E-Mail Updated 21OCT2001 | BIO Updated 01OCT2001 | 29SEP2001]

DISHMAN, CDR Robert B. http://www.cpw5.navy.mil/vp8/co.htm "...Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Commander Robert B. Dishman attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering while playing varsity baseball. He commenced flight training and received his wings of gold in August 1987. His first operational assignment was to VP-5 stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-5, he achieved designation as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot and participated in deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, NAS Bermuda, and split site NS Rota, Spain / Souda Bay, Crete during Desert Storm. In 1991, Commander Dishman was selected for the Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program. After completing an accelerated Aeronautical Engineering Master's program at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, he reported to the Naval Test Pilot School in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. While assigned to Test Pilot School, he flew over 20 different aircraft and received recognition for his final project on the Mirage 2000. Commander Dishman reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20) in 1993 as a Project Officer, NATOPS Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. During this tour, he was selected as Test Pilot of the Year in 1995. He returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1996 for duty with VP-45. During his tenure as Maintenance Officer, the squadron received the "Golden Wrench" Award. In July, 1998, Commander Dishman reported aboard the USS Coronado (AGF-11) for duty on Commander, THIRD Fleet staff. During this tour, Commander Dishman qualified as Battle Watch Captain and assisted in the development of the Web Centric ASW Network. In February 2000, Commander Dishman reported to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville, Florida and assumed the duties as the P-3 Fleet NATOPS Evaluator. Commander Dishman was subsequently selected for operational command and reported as the Executive Officer for VP-8 in May 2001 and is now Commanding Officer of VP-8. Commander Dishman's awards include the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Naval and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and other unit citations..." [19JUL2003]

DIXON, Eugene tennisjock5@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (1980-1983). I made the Cermonial Cake when we sold Japan their first P-3. I would like to to find Andra Bolden, Frank, Spence and Dave..." [23MAR2012]

DIXON, Jim jimmy_d_dixon@yahoo.com "...I was in the Electric Shop in VP-26 from 1972-July 1975 and VP-30 from July 1975-August 1979. I sure would like to hear from any of the old gang..." [E-Mail Updated 21MAR2000 | 31JUL98]

DOBING, ADCS Frank Retired frank2700@gmail.com "...I served with VP-931, VP-57, VP-8, VP-30, VP-5, VT-29 and then I retired. I went on to a second very rewarding career as an Aviation Safety Inspector with the FAA (Flight Standards Division) and retired January 2001. There is quite a large number of VP retirees in this area of south central Texas..." [E-Mail Updated 18JAN2009 | Updated E-Mail/BIO 13MAR2001 | 18AUG98]

DODSON, AD1 Ronald "DOWN'EM" Retired busfe@yahoo.com "...I was a Flight Engineer with VP-23 from 1976-1982, VP-11 from 1982-1984, VP-30 as a FE Instructor from 1984-1988 and then back to VP-11 from 1988-1992. I would like to hear from past squadron mates..." [E-Mail Updated 02OCT2002 | 15AUG98]

DORAN, AMS1 Charles W. Jr. Retired alumni93@comcast.net "...I served with VP-30 (FE Training) from 1977 to 1978, VP-64/VP-66 at NAS Willow Grove from 1978 to 1986 and VP-93 until its Diestablishment in 1994. I currently publish a Newsletter and send to members of the Executioner family. I'm looking for any and all members of VP-93 so please send your address that I may keep our data base currrent..." {E-Mail Updated 16MAR2009 | 00XX97]

DOUCETTE, CSC (SW/AW/NAC) Barry J. barry.doucette@navy.mil "...I served aboard the USS Thorn (DD-988) (12/1990-02/1993), COMmander, CRUiser DEStroyer GRoUp (COMCRUDESGRU) II (02/1993-01/1995), NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (01/1995-12/1997), VFA-105 (12/1997-10/2001), Naval Aircrew Candidate School, VP-30/VR-Detachment (10/2001-03/2006) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Naval Hospital (03/2006-07/2008) at NAS Pensacola, Florida, VR-1 (07/2008-06/2011), Correctional Academy (07/2011-08/2011) and now serving at NAVal CONsolidated BRIG (NAVCONBRIG) at Joint Base Charleston - Hanahan, South Carolina..." [03JAN2014]

DOUGHER, Patrick "Buffy" BUFFNLES@AOL.COM "...I have had the honor of serving with many of you in VP-31 non-acoustic student (JUN-NOV 83), VP-40 (DEC 83-DEC 87), VP-31 staff (JAN 88-MAY 91), VP-50 (JUN 91-APR 92), VP-9 (APR 92-APR 95), VP-30 (MAY 95-APR 98), VP-99 double eagle (MAY 98-PRESENT). I would like to hear from any old Shipmates that are still out there. "What a long strange trip it's been."..." [04AUG2000]

DOWNS, TD1 Lee B. leebdowns@aol.com "...I served with FAETULANT at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Detachment "A" NAS Brunswick, Maine (1963 to 1967), VP-30 somewhere in those years and VQ-2 (1967 to 1970). I was known as "Top Dog" and taught "C" School. Now retired and living in Mineral Wells Texas. Wrote a book called "The Funny side of Death" about my 30 years in the funeral business after retiring from the Navy in 1975..." [BIO Updated 05OCT2010 | 30SEP2010]

DREHOFF, AOC(NAC/AW) Dan Retired aocretireddan94@hotmail.com "...I started flying P-3s in VX-1 (78-80), transfered to VP-24 (80-83), then Aircrew Ordnance instructor in VP-30 (83-86). Went back to sea duty in VP-45 (86-89). I flew with the best crews in the P-3 community and enjoyed working with some of the best AO's around. I stayed involved with the Patrol community as the LCPO of the Weapons Dept. at NAS Bermuda (89-92). Retired in 94 while attached to Naval Aviation Depot Operations Center (NADOC), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [06AUG2001]

DUEKER, CDR Scott http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/foxes.htm "...Commander Dueker graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Following flight training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in June 1987. Following P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training, Commander Dueker reported to VP-49, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in December 1987. During this tour he served as CMS Custodian, Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, Avionics/Armament Division Officer and Assistant Tactics Officer and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In April 1991, Commander Dueker reported to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor, TACCO and NFO Training Syllabus Coordinator, and Assistant Administrative Officer. In April 1994, Commander Dueker reported to USS AMERICA (CV 66), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the Communications Officer. During this tour he qualified as an Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway) and completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Following en route training, Commander Dueker reported to VP-9, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in December 1996. During this tour he served as Assistant Administrative Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer while completing two Indian Ocean/Arabian Gulf deployments. In April 1999, Commander Dueker reported to the Secretary of Defense Cable Divison, Washington DC. During this tour he served as the Deputy Chief for the Secretary of Defense's Communications and Watch Center. Commander Dueker assumed the duties of Executive Officer at VP-5 in May 2002. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal and various other unit and service awards..." [02JUN2003]

DUFFY, Greg chiefduffy@aol.com "...I served in VP-26 '86-'90, VP-30 '90-'94 as an IFT instructor, am now IFT with VP-47 CAC 7..." [23NOV2000]

DUMAS, Edward L. EDumas1568@aol.com "...First VP tour as an ENS was in VP-5 from 1971 until 1974. Returned to the VP community in VP-30 from 1979 until 1982. Last VP tour was in VP-45 from 1982 until 1984. Retired 1992..."

DUNCAN, Dave ddandtj@yahoo.com "...I served with VC-7 at NAS Miramar, California from 1976 to 1979, VP-30 (FE School), VP-17 from 1980 to 1984, Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC) at NAS Point Mugu, California from 1984 to 1987, VP-4 from 1987 to 1990, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWC/WPNS) at NAS Point Mugu, California from 1990 to 1993 and VP-45 from 1993 to 1995. I had a great time time in all of these commands. I miss my times as a FE and wish that I was still flying in the Mighty Orion. I am currently living in Abilen, Texas and every once in a while a P-3 will be in the pattern here and would love to know were they are from. I retired in 1995 and started working at American Eagle Airlines and have been here ever since. I would love to hear from anyone that were in these commands at the same time..." [27DEC2009]

DUNLAP, John jdunlap@amdiss1.dm.af.mil "...My best tour in the Navy was in VP-11 Oct 79 thru Dec 85. This was a once in a Navy carreer experience. Just a group of over-achiever's willing to make the squadron and the Navy look good. VP-30 FRAMP, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-44 Feb 73-Dec 76, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine Power Plants Dec 76-Oct 79. Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) Dec 85-May 89, VP-26 May 89-Feb 93, NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida Feb 93-Sep 96. Every one of these tours was great fun and hard work. My first flight as ai 2nd mech under training was with VP-11 in Buno: 153415, Sep 1980. My last flight in May 1996 was a delivery of an aircraft purchased by the Greek Navy. I took it from storage at Tucson to Waco, TX for overhaul. The BUNO was 153415. Here's to great friends and as many landings as takeoffs. Look forward to hearing from you..." [10FEB98]

DURKIN, CPO William T. bill@durkinsrealty.com "...Duty stations include FASRON-895 1951 NAS Sand Point, WA from there I transferred to mobile FASRON-113 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. My next duty station was VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Following a deployment from Japan I returned to the states and was discharged in 1955. I reentered the navy through the TAR program in 1956. I served at Staff Line until 1960. I reupped regular Navy and picked up VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. I transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1964 to Test Pilot school were I had a chance to become a F/E in the P-3's. I went to school at VP-30 and after graduating went to WST at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I then cancelled out my shore duty to transfer to VP-8, best move I ever made. I was assigned to Crew 12 and met some of the best men I ever flew with. I stayed with Crew 12 until the squadron was transferred to NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was assigned to VP-30 where I stayed until I retired in September 1973. I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates! Aircraft I flew with was PB4Y2's, PBY's, P2V's thru P2V7, R5D's, R4D8's, and the P-3's..." [25JAN2000]

DUSTRUD, Paul pdustrud@pond.net "...Was one of the first Utility Aircrew (observers) in VP-30 back in 1973-76 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. ADJ. Miss the old birds..." [21DEC98]

DUX, ATCS(AW) David A. Retired gusmcgil1@juno.com "...I sServed with VAQ-33 AT shop and Q/A June 1991 until Disestablishment, VP-16 from February 1994 February 1997 Maintenance Control and VP-30 Maintenance Control from February 1997 until August 2000 retirement. The VP Navy is the way to go. I served with a lot of great people..." [E-Mail Updated 09APR2004 | 28AUG2000]

DUXBURY, CAPTAIN Bill "Dux" dux@sprynet.com "...I was a pilot in VP-10 from March 1981 to March 1984 and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I spent most of my time with Crew 10 ("It's Hard To Be Humble When You Are 10's Ten!"). From there I went to VP-30 as an instructor pilot from March 1984 to December 1986. When I left active duty I joined VP-68. I stayed with VP-68 until it was disestablished in December 1996. After 18 years of flying and 4,500 pilot hours in the P-3 it was time to hang up my steel-toed flight boots. I now a Captain for American Airlines living in Charlottesville, Virginia, with my wife Laurie and my two kids..." [16SEP98]

DYE, AWCM (NAC/AW) Robert "Bob" r.dye@mchsi.com "...I served with VP-49 (1975-1980) on CAC-5 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda, VP-30 with TTT (1980-1981) then went to FJC (1981-1983) via Enlisted Education Advancement Program (Thanks CWB!), VP-17 (1983-1987) with deployments to the Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska, ASWOC NAS Bermuda (1987-1989), VQ-2 (1989-1991), CHSLW-2 (1991-1993), VP-16 (1993-1997), VP-30 (1997-2000), NATTC AW-A1 (2000-2003) and Center for Navy Aviation Technical Training Unit (5VM) 2003-2005. Retired in Pace, FL across the bay from NAS Pensacola, Florida..." [05SEP2011]

Memorial Picture "...DYER, Robert D...Please fly your flags at half-mast on Wednesday, July 1st in honor of my Father, Cdr. Robert D. Dyer, USN (Ret'd.) who passed away today (June 27th). Dad made the Navy his life and retired after 32 years of service. During his career he was with VP-5, VP-7, VP-30 and VP-49. I was, and still am, extremely proud of my Dad's service to our country and to all of you who have sacrificed so much in defense of this nation we call AMERICA. In true Navy fashion, his ashes will be cast upon the waters of the Atlantic if we can find a P-3 going on patrol that is willing. God bless you all!...Bobby Dyer decals@worldnet.att.net [28JUN98]

UPDATE "...Bobby has received numerous letters from former shipmates of his Dad. He has provided a link to one of many at http://griefnet.org/memorials/rddyer0798.html. He sends his thanks and appreciation for everyones thoughfulness..." [Link Updated 29JUL2000 | Link Updated 24MAY2000 | 19SEP98]

DYER, CDR Robert D. Retired cdrdyer@worldnet.att.net "...I served in five VP Squadrons. VP-5, VP-7, VP-49, VP-30, and VP-5 again. I've been on so many crews I have difficulty in remembering all of you, but I have lot's of memorabilia that could be of great interest to those of you who served with me. I just found your site this evening courtesy of Woody Woodruff, an ole Black Falcon buddy. I have some crew lists, squadron social rosters, and deployment orders for some of the squadrons and photos that may be of interest to some of you. Looking forward to talking to those of you who read this..." [04APR98]


EATON, David Retired dtn3558@cs.com "...I served in VP-4 from 75-81, VP-30 81-84, VP-45 84-85, a year off to rest up for part two 85-86, VP-44 86-90 (survived NAS Keflavik, Iceland), VP-8 90-92 then SERE 92-95 when I retired from active duty. Man I miss those crazy fun days and all the friends that are still out there somewhere. I would like to hear from you all..." [11JAN2001]

EBRON, CWO5 William R. Retired wmebron@aol.com "...I served with VP-44 (1977) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-30, VP-47, VP-31, VP-1, VP-16 (2002-2004) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and retired in 2008. I now live in Jacksonville, Florida and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 06APR2012 | 08OCT99]

Memorial Picture "...EDMONDS, AMS1 L. A...My Grandfather, AMS1 L. A. EDMONDS, passed away last Easter and he never talked much about his military carear. He was a FE and served with VP-24, VP-26, VP-30 and VP-44 from 1955 to 1975. I am looking for challenge coins from that time im trying to put together a memorial of his military service and just find out a lilte but more about my Grandfather. Ashlee fear_personfied@bellsouth.net..." [02APR2009]

ELLIOTT, Ernie JUMBOEE@AOL.COM "...I was an AT2 in VP-49 from May 1982 through July 1985. I went to VP-30, and later to VP-16. Currently in VPU-1. Really miss some of those old days. Please drop me a line..." [05DEC99]

ELLIS, Jack jellis1860@msn.com "...I served with VP-8 (1964-1966), VP-30 detA (1966-1968), VP-56 (1969-1971), and VP-6 (1982-1985)..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAY2004 | 19NOV98][ICQ# 22801569]

ELMORE, ATCS Dan Retired volfandan@att.net "...I served with VP-26 from June 1982 to July 1985, VP-30 from August 1985 to December 1988, VP-56 from December 1988 to June 1991, VP-5 from June 1991 to June 1992 and NAMTGD 1011 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from June 1992 until I retired as an ATCS in July 1995. I would like to hear from anyone I served with just to catch up on old times..." [E-Mail Updated 20FEB2009 | E-Mail Updated 01APR2002 | 15MAR99]

ELSTER, AOC Ed Retired kawrider@fair.net "...Spent two tours in VP-49. 63-65 in NAS Bermuda and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Transitioned from "boats" to the P-3A. Returned to VP-49 from 76 to 79 after a tour with VP-30. Had a great time in VP Navy. Sure as hell beat working on F4B's..." [E-Mail Updated 05NOV99 | 17MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...EMBACH, AWCS Chuck Retired...It's my sad duty to share the news about the death of one of our VP-17 Shipmates. I received the attached email from Linda Embach last night, regarding AWC Chuck Embach's sudden death Thursday October 18, 2007. I know we've always considered Chuck to be a good friend, valued Shipmate and bright spot in our memories of our VP-17. He always had a smile and cheerful words to share. If any of you don't exactly recall, AWC Chuck Embach worked in the Ops Dept and did his daily magic with our flight schedule during our '75-78 deployments. Most of us didn't see a lot of Chuck because he was constantly buried behind his desk, trying to figure out some way to make the tasking fit our assets. Chuck served with VP-17, VP-19, VP-30, VP-48, VP-50 and VX-1..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. (Ed) Retired edinsea@hotmail.com [22OCT2007]

UPDATE "...I was sorry to see the message about Chuck Embach passing away. He was a good friend and will be missed. He and his wife Linda attended many of the VP-48 Reunions..." COntributed by Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [24OCT2007]

EMBACH, AWCS Chuck Retired cwembach@gmpexpress.net "...I served with VP-50 (P5M Dec 64 - May 63), VP-48 (P5M Jul 63 - Dec 64), VX-1 (P2V, P-3A, P-3B Jan 65 - Dec 67), VP-19 (P-3B Jan 68 - Dec 70), VP-30 (P-3B, P-3C Jan 71 - Jul 74), VP-17 (P-3B Jul 74 - May 78), VX-1 (P-3C UP1, 2, 2.5 Oct 81 - May 85). Total of 11,500 flt hours as SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, Radio operator. Retired May 85 as AWCS..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2005 | 27JUL2000]

EMERSON, Matthew matthew.emerson@robins.af.mil "...I spent several grand years ground-pounding with VP-30 (September 1992 to April 1995), VP-11 (July 1995 to Disestablishment), and VP-8 (July 1996 to April 1999). Recognize a lot of names and remember a lot of good times..." [06DEC2003]

ERGLE, AEC H. E. (Gene) Retired erglegv@bellsouth.net "...I was an AE-1 stationed with VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and was transferred to VP-5 (NAS Jacksonville, Florida) when they transitioned to P-3 Aircraft in June 1966. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in May 1967, and came back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in November 1967. We had a split deployment to NS Rota, Spain in 1968, which was to be 2 six week deployments for each half of the squadron. I was with the first group to deploy. We spent too much money on Sonor Buoys and didn't have gas money back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida! So, we had to spend our second six weeks in tandem. I made Chief before we went to NS Rota, Spain, came back, and about 6 of us electricians were transferred to NATTC, NAS Jacksonville, Florida for Instructor duty. I went back to VP-5 in 1974, for about 6 months and retired on September 30, the day was deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Prior to my Patrol Navy I was in VW-11, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and AEWTU, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I now live in Orange Park, Fl..." [12AUG2003]

ESCARZAGA, Carlos A. CEscarzaga@msn.com "...I was in VP-30 from 1978 - 1982 and VP-49 from 1982 through 1985. I loved every minute of it and would like to say hi to all my ex-Shipmates. Please e-mail me if you were assigned to these squadrons at that time. Thanks..." [03AUG2001]

EUBANKS, AE1 John L. Retired JL_NJEUBANKS@msn.com "...VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland May 1970 - July 1973. I worked in W/C 220 and 040. I left in 73 did 2 yrs inactive reserve and got out. In August 1976 I reenlisted in the reserves and retired in 1994 as AE1 with 24 yrs..." [06APR2002]

EUBANKS, AECS John N. Retired fesa@leading.net "...I was in other VP Squadrons through out my career. My first VP squadron was VP-23 from Jan. of 1961 until Feb of 1964. Then came my VP-49 tour after which I went to VP-30 and worked in maint control in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until March of 1975 when I was the first and Senior Enlisted man to be assigned to the VP-30 det in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The VP30 det/ NAS Jacksonville, Florida OIC was Commander Chuck Picard until the entire squadron eventually moved into the spaces of hangar 1000 that had been previously occupied by the decommissioned VW-4. n February of 1976 I received orders to VP-56 where I flew and was Line Division Chief until assigned to be the squadron Maintenance Chief where I continued through until returning early from a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Icelandreturning the VP-56 NAS Jacksonville, Florida Det. in March of 1978 until I retired on August of 1978..." [17MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...EVANS, Douglas T...Douglas T. Evans, Master Chief, U.S. Navy, Retired., passed away Saturday January 3, 2004 in Jacksonville. He was born February 28, 1942 in Andalusia, AL, the son of Ernest W. Evans and Grace Taylor Evans. He retired from the U. S. Navy following 30 years of distinguished and decorated service and was employed with Raytheon Corp. For the past 12 years. Mr. Evans was a long time resident of Clay County, a member of the Baptist Faith, and member of the Green Cove Springs Lodge #116 F.&A.M. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Myra L. Evans; his daughter Angie Crutchfield; his sons Chris Evans and wife Sabrina, and Jeff Evans and wife Lisa; also 8 grandchildren, his mother Grace Evans, brother Gene Evans; and his many friends in the community and at Whitey's Fish Camp. Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday January 7, 2004 in the chapel of JACKSONVILLE MEMORY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park with Rev. David Tarking ton officiating. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Prayer at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Full military honors will be conferred..." Contributed by BARNEY, AVCM Bruce Retired ibbarney@comcast.net [18JAN2004]


Memorial Picture "...FAILS, AWCM Ron...Ron passed away on Aug 16 2007. He served with VP-8, VP-30, HSL-32, CV-62, CV-43, CPW-10, VP-4, CPW-2, CPWPAC, VP-47, VX-1, CPRWPAC, and CPRW-2..." Contributed by BARKOW, AW2 Dan danbarkow@cableone.net [08FEB2011]

FAILS, Ron mcpo9876@aol.com "...I served with VP-8, VP-30, HSL-32, CV-62, CV-43, CPW-10, VP-4, CPW-2, CPWPAC, VP-47, VX-1, CPRWPAC, and CPRW-2..." [20MAR2005]

FARNSWORTH, AOCM(AW/NAC) Edward A. Retired tadiespa@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 from September 1980 to October 1982 as an Aircrewman Ordnanceman. I was the Ordnance Branch CPO and also worked in QA. I deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily with the World Famous Woodpeckers (81/82 Dployment). I also served in VP-8 (1975 to 1978), VP-5 (1987 to 1993), VA-174 (1978 to 1980) and VFA-106 (1993 to 1996). I was ships company on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) (1968 to 1969), USS Saratoga (CV-60) (1970 to 1971) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) (1982 to 1984). I did shore tours in Weapons Departments at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1971 to 1974) and NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (1984 to 1987). I thank CDR Nash, CDR Minderline, AFCM Bob Foote and AVCM Jack Crabtree for helping make my tour in VP-49 enjoyable and successful. I retired from the Navy June 30, 1996 after 28 plus years of Naval Service. My Wife Deborah and I live in Orange Park, FL. I now work for DS/2 (Contractor) at VP-30 as QA Inspector for the VP-30 IMC (Phase) Workcenter. Still Serving the Navy!..." [18APR2009]

FARRELL, ATC Patrick Retired pddgm@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 (IFT) from April 1978 to August 1981. We made deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Rota, Spain. I've run into a few WFWP (World Famous Woodpeckers) from time to time as I still reside in Jacksonville. I did a tour in VP-45 and VP-30 as well as NS Rota, Spain. Retired in 1993. Techie is in my blood. I own a Computer Business in Jacksonville today. I've sent some emails to the names I recognize. Would love to hear from others I was stationed with..." [20JUN2009]

FEDERICE, JOHN JFEDERICE2@AOL.COM "...I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND ALOT OF MY OLD Shipmates THROUGH IT. I SERVED IN VP-24 FROM 7/75-7/77, NARF NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NOW KNOWN AS NADEP 7/77-7/80, VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine 10/80-10/83, VP-30 11/83-3/87, VP-44 4/87 UNTIL IT WAS DISSATABLISHED MAY 91. I WAS SEPARATED FROM THE VP COMMUNITY MY NEXT TWO TOURS. I SERVED AT CINCLTFLTAND NAPLES ITALY. MY FINAL TOUR WAS WITH COMPAT WING 11 HERE IN NAS Jacksonville, Florida. RETIRED 2-1-99 WITH 30 YEARS. I FLEW AS A FLIGHT ENGINEER FROM 7/77-12/90 WHEN THEY TOLD ME YOUR A MASTER CHIEF AND WE DON'T NEED YOU IN THE AIR ANYMORE. SURE DO MISS THOSE FLYING DAYS. I SERVED WITH THE BEST. SURE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ALL YOU Shipmates I WAS STATIONED WITH ESPECIALLY FROM FORMER GOLDEN PELICANS. ALL WILL BE ANSWERED. BEST OF LUCK FOR ALL WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THERE CAREERS AND TO THOSE THAT HAVE..." [19APR99]

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]

FERRARA, YN3 Andrea Bolin andrea.b.ferrara@delta.com "...I served with VP-30 from February 1981 until December 1985. Worked as a YN in Admin, Personnel, TTT and FRAMP. Looking to reconnect with some old Shipmates..." [04SEP2004]

FERRIE, Colleen irish_is@hotmail.com "...I'm looking for any Shipmates who served in VP-30 from '95-'97 look forward to hearing how everyone is doing!..." [01AUG99]

FIEGL, CAPTAIN Bob fieglr@bellsouth.net "...Former AMEC and P-3 flight engineer. Served in VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1970 to 1972, VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1972 to 1976, VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1979 to 1980, and VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Maint. Officer from 1997 to 2000. Commissioned in 1980 as an LDO. Follow on assignments in helos, AIMD, fighters, USS JFK/Forrestal/Eisenhower, LDO and CWO Detailer, CO NAMTRAU NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, Navy's LDO/CWO Community Manager, OpNav Washington, D.C. Will assume command of Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, FL in April 2005..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02DEC2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23OCT2003 | 14DEC2000]

Memorial Picture "...FIELDS, AFCM Charlie...Charles E. Fields was born in Kenova West VA on 2 August 1933 attended Forest Dale, a four-room school through the eighth grade, then attended Ironton High School in Ironton Ohio, graduating in 1952. He joined the Navy in Ashland KY in 1952 and served 30 years (VP-18, VP-23, VP-30 and VP-45) retiring as a Master Chief in 1982. He attended several colleges while in the navy and finally after his retirement from the Navy received an associate's degree in education in 1984. He held several positions while working at the Naval Aviation depot Jacksonville and retired from civil service in 1999. He was a member of the FRA and the American Legion. He was a board member of the Jacksonville Seminole Club and served on the board and also as President of the Seminole Club of Clay County. He was a member and elder of St. Giles Presbyterian Church. He is survived by a loving wife of 53+ years, Mary Jo Fields (Jodi); sons, Charles Fields & wife, Elana of Jacksonville and Tony Fields & wife, Virginia of Brunswick, Maine; daughters, Deborah & husband, Brian Jones of Jacksonville and Donna & husband, David Crenshaw of Jacksonville; ten grandchildren, Billy Green, Amanda Fields, Anthony Fields, Jennifer Green, Michael Jones, Taelor Jones, Kilea Jones, Sarah Fields, Andrew Fields, Anthony Logan and David Crenshaw; three great-grandchildren, Kaylin Crenshaw, Mason Deloach and Seth Fields. Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 8th at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 116 Foxridge Rd., Orange Park, FL with Pastor Roy C. Lewis officiating. Family and friends will gather prior at the church from 12:30-2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Riverside Memorial Park on Normandy Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of NE FL, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com..." Contributed by COLE, AVCM James E. "Jim" jamesecole@bellsouth.net [20SEP2010]

FIELDS, AFCM Charlie cefnole@aol.com "...First squadron VP-18 P2V-7A/C flew non stop from NAS Keflavik, Iceland to NAS Jacksonville, Florida with only one B/B tank installed. AW Howard was the plane Commander. Other tours in VP-30, VP-23, and my last squadron before retirement with 30 years service was VP-45 with P-3 A/C..." [13JUL2000]

FIORDILISO, ADAN D J (aka Haflett) djandf9@bellsouth.net "...I was with VP-56 as an ADAN when we were decomed. I then went to VP-5; then off to FE school were I was the 6th Female to graduate. Then I did a tour with VP-4. Now I am at VP-30 I still see some of you fellow Dragons every now and then. Sure do miss our Dragon Family..." [07NOV98]

FISHER, ADC(AW/NAC) Brad Retired bradley.s.fisher@lmco.com "...I was a P-3 Flight Engineer from 1977 to 1997. I started out at VP-31 (FE school) 1977 - 1978. From there I went to VP-1 (78 - 81) where I was on crews 6, 8, and 5, VX-1 (81 - 84), VP-47 crew 4 (84 - 87), FWATD (87 - 90), VP-5 (90 - 93), VP-30 (93 - 97) where I retired. I now work for Lockheed Martin developing CBT for C-130J maintenance. Life is good. I miss flying, but not the living around the flight schedule..." [04NOV99]

FISHER, Ron bayfish@dmv.com "...I served in VP-30 Detachment Alpha and VP-44 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. 1962 - 1965..." [27APR99]

FITZGERALD, CDR William A. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp-45/cofitz.htm "...Commander Will Fitzgerald graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He reported to VT-3 in NAS Pensacola, Florida for primary flight training and then to VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for intermediate and advanced flight training. In February 1987 he completed flight school on the Commodore's List with Distinction and was designated a Naval Aviator. In September 1987, he reported to the Red Lancers of VP-10 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour he earned his initial qualifications as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Formation Pilot in the P-3C Update II.5 aircraft and completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. He served as the Human Resources Officer, Phase/Corrosion Branch Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer. Commander Fitzgerald next reported to the FRS, VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in February 1991 for instructor pilot duty. During this tour he served as PR/AME Branch Officer, Pilot Tactics Officer, Assistant Fleet IUT Officer, Fleet Formation Instructor Pilot, and Pilot IUT & Standardization Officer. In February 1994, Commander Fitzgerald was assigned to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. During this tour he served as V-4 Division Officer, V-2 Division Officer, and Air Department Administrative Officer. While aboard, he earned designation as Officer of the Deck (In-Port), Helicopter Control Officer, and Conning Officer Alongside. Commander Fitzgerald next reported to the staff of the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet in April 1996. He served in the Plans and Policy Directorate (N5) as the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy for the North Atlantic, Western and Central Europe. In April 1997, Commander Fitzgerald reported to the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Operations Officer during a West Pac deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and the Arabian Gulf. In June of 1998, Commander Fitzgerald reported to the OPNAV staff at the Pentagon as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (N88). In July 2000, following his Pentagon tour, Commander Fitzgerald attended the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and received a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. In March 2002, he reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer. He assumed command of VP-45 in April 2003. Commander Fitzgerald is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal as well as various service and unit awards..." [15JUN2003]

FLEETWOOD, LT Mike "Sparky" mfleetwood@worldnet.att.net "...Started out in early '86 as an IFT in VP-24. Made the '86 NAS Sigonella, Sicily, the arduous '88 "World Tour" NAS Bermuda, and the first two months of the late '89 NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Rolled to VP-30 as a shop IFT and decided to "move-up-not-out" and spent my weekends going to SIU. Finally got picked up for as an NFO and went to AOCS in early '92. I spent the next two years in training commands. Received orders to VP-5 in mid '94 and served there until early '98. I did the tail end of the NAS Keflavik, Iceland then two back to back tri-sites spending the majority of the time in Panama. Currently, I'm serving as the SEI coordinator at Special Projects in Jacksonville..." [01JUL98]

FLOW, ADCS Ed Retired vinnfizz@aol.com "...Hi there to all of my fellow VP'ers. This site has really been a trip down memory lane and a name dropping episode. I served with VP-22 (73-76) as my first command as a 2nd Mech on Crew 11, a member of "Platt's Rats" for the infamous Hobie Cat raid on Diego Grcia and then went on to VP-31, where I graduated to full F.E. status and then went to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 (77-79). Has anyone heard anything out of AD1 Jim Crow lately? It was there that I had the unfortunate episode of ditching PD-2 in the bearing Sea flying out of NAS Adak, Alaska in Oct 78. From there I went to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment. Following a per diem laden tour there I transfered to the "World Famous Woodpeckers" of VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The school house at VP-30 captured me from 85-89 and then I did the "Batmen" of VP-24 as my last flying tour. I transfered from there back to VP-30 as the QA Supervisor during the transition/consolidation with VP-31 and moved into Maintenance Control before leaving to join the "Black Raven's " of VQ-6 and going to the boat for my first time in 24 years. I just retired after 26.5 years active and my VP days will always be the highlight of my career...It has brought back many memories and names that I had forgotten over the years. Please contact me if you want to relive some of the good old days or just catch up..." [28FEB99]

FLYNN, AEC(AW) Douglas FLYNNDL@mcmurdo.gov "...I was stationed with VP-30, VP-31, VP-48, BUPER SDC, and now with VXE-6 down in Mcmurdo Station Antarctic. Deep Freeze is still here! We are the last of the best. It would be nice to hear from the people of the past. Time flies too fast..." [06DEC98]

FOGLE, ATR2 W. T. "Frog" papafogle@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-56 (1965-1970). I flew as a Julie/Jezebel Operator on the P2 and a Inflight Electronics Technician and Radar/Electronics Technician aboard the P-3 and VP-30 (1970-1972) at NAS Moffett Field, California as an Inflight Instructor and Cypher Configuration Specialist..." [11JUL2017]

FORTIN, AWC Michael J. "Mike" Retired michael.j.fortin2@l-3com.com "...Hello Screaming Eagles & Blue Sharks of the past...Drop me a line. Well my last 10 days in the Navy was executing a 10 day fly profile in Guam (Valiant Shield) Over 780 hrs flown, 22 crews, 11 airplanes...99.9% mission completion rate. What a way to go out the door! Working in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland now as a test engineer and love every minute of it. I started out in VP-1 (1983 to 1987) then off to CRPW-5 NAS Brunswick, Maine, back to VP-6, 2 yrs on the big E out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia, a beautiful year in NSF Diego Garcia, NAS North Island, San Diego, California to VP-10, then down to sunny NAS Jacksonville, Florida at VP-30 followed by another tour in VP-10 and wrapped it up with a deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan...my first deployment site. I retired August 2007. Have a great year! Drop me a line when you can..." [BIO Updated 19MAR2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24OCT2006 | E-Mail Updated 21MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 12JAN2000 | 20AUG98]

FOWLER, Al alykat@erols.com "...After tours in VP-23, VJ-2, VW-4 during the fifties, I came back to sea duty in VP-5 in '61 to '63, then VP-30 and finally VP-7 from March 1965 to May 1967; skipper for the last year of that..." [28JUN98]

FOWLER, CAPTAIN Charles W. III http://www.nrl.navy.mil/content.php?P=IG "...CAPT Fowler reported to NRL in September 2002, from the Pentagon, where he served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and was commissioned an Ensign through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate program at Pensacola, Florida, in June 1980. He began flight training that same month and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1981. In November 1981, after completion of the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) syllabus at VP-30, CAPT Fowler reported to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, and subsequently completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and NAS Bermuda. During this tour, he was designated a Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Instructor TACCO, and Mission Commander. In February 1985, CAPT Fowler was ordered to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Joint Planning Staff for Space (JPS) and Office of the Director, Joint Staff as a JCS Intern and Action Officer. After completing the internship, he was assigned in March 1986 to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Staff in the Strategy, Plans, and Policy Division (OP-60), as the Air Warfare and Space Warfare Capabilities and Objectives Officer. In 1987, he reported to Commander, Carrier Group Three, homeported at NAS Alameda, California, as Aide and Flag Lieutenant. During this tour, he deployed with Battle Group CHARLIE to the North Arabian Sea aboard US Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation EARNEST WILL. CAPT Fowler received orders in July 1989 to serve as a P-3C Instructor TACCO/Mission Commander at VP-30, the east coast FRS, at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In 1991, he returned to sea duty as a Department Head and joined the "Batmen" of VP-24 on a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In May 1993, CAPT Fowler was selected to serve as the Deputy Executive Assistant for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO). After completing a 27-month tour in VCNO's ofice, he attended the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies as a selectee for the FY96 Pol/Mil Masters Program. In May 1996, he received a master's degree in International Public Policy. CAPT Fowler next reported as Executive Officer of the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and subsequently assumed command of the squadron in December 1997. During his tenure, VP-40 earned a Meritorious Unit Citation, COMNAVAIRPAC Batte "E," CNO Safety "S," the Golden Wrench, two consecutive Arnold J. Isbell Trophys for ASW Excellence from CNO, and deployed twice to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. While in the SEVENTHFLT area of responsibility, he served as Commander, Task Group 72.4. In August 1999, CAPT Fowler reported as a student to the National War College and graduated in June 2000 with a master's degree in National Security Studies. He subsequently was selected to serve as Special Assistant and Chief Speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the midst of this tour of duty, he was sent to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Operations Officer for Task Force 57, in NSA Bahrain, during November/December 2001..." [25JUN2003]

FRAME, Gene gframe2@raytheon.com "...Retired LT(USN) May 1998. Currently: Raytheon Electronics Systems, Software Quality Engineer. Flying tours include: VP-5 AW(76-81); VP-30 AW instructor(81-83); VP-24 NAV/TACCO (88-91); Maritime Proving & Evaluation Unit (MPEU) Canada (VX-1) TAC NAV(96-98). I encourage all VP crew past and present with 1500+ hours to join VP International. Email: vpihq@glinx.com Website: http://www.14wing.dnd.ca/vpi..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JUL2000 | 17SEP97

FRANKEN, LCDR James E. "Jim" Retired navyjim@hotmail.com "...Hello to all Shipmates from VP-44. I served as an AW2 from 1973 to 1977. I went on to serve a total of 33 years of active and reserve time including with VP-30, VP-1, VP-4, VP-65, VP-92, USS Blue Ridge and 36 months at the Pentagon. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29APR2009 | 19MAY2002]

FRANKLIN, AE2 Rod "Meyers" "Quaker" rodfrank2001@yahoo.com Shipmate Pix "...I served in VW-11 from January 1961 until July 1, 1962, came as an AEAN straight out of A School, left as an AE2. I flew the barrier from NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Remember the "tailess wonders" that they hid out back of Miami Hangar. I later deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in June of 1961. I stayed most of the time in Iceland after that. Anyone remember when Commander Baer took the two Air Force Nurses on the barrier patrol in Keflavik? How about when one of the Air Force's RC-121's taxied up to the hanger and collapsed its landing gear during the Berlin Buildup in 1962? Remember Commander Reddy, Maintenance Officer in VW-1, had an opportunity to assist his brother in Las Vegas when I was a police officer there. My twin brother Dick Franklin was a radio announcer at VOUS in Argentia - he was the one that got to kiss Jayne Mansfiled during Bob Hope's Xmas show in 1961. Went on to service with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine changed name to birth name of Franklin. After a short stint at VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and FAETULANT at NAS Breeze Point. I acquired the nickname "Quaker" since nobody had been around us "Mormons", was in Crew-3 for two months and then Crew-1. In VP-23 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, searched for the Mayflower II, Operated from NAF Recife, Brazil and NAF Belem, Brazil when they hijacked the Santa Maria cruise liner, again in Paramaribo, Suriname in search of the Venezuelan sulphur tanker, Anzoataquay. Also NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the gunrunners to Venezuela during the National Elections in 1963. Had some good times in Panama. Anyone remember when our Radioman, the "Bone", Gilbert took out the radio compartment hatch while in flight? Needless to say some day a fisherman will drag it up in a net between Cuba and Haiti. We laid a wreath at the site of the sinking of the attack submarine, USS Thresher on Memorial Day 1963, LJ-1 was the first plane to reach the search area and were so honored to assist with the ceremony performed by the Governor of Maine. Love to hear from old Shipmates..." WebPage: http://www.rodfranklin.com [E-Mail/BIO/URL/Pix Updated 11JUN2010 | E-Mail/URL Updated 02SEP2000 | 08FEB98]

FRANKS, Charlie crfranks35@gmail.com "...I served with VP-30 (1959-1960) for Aircrew training with the first P-3 delivered to the Navy, "A" School (1961) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-44 (1962-1964) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, "B" School (1965) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VX-1 (1966-1970) at NAS Key West, Florida and VP-50 (1971) at NAS Moffett Field, California..." [28MAY2016]

FRANZ, Ted RCMService@aol.com "...I joined VP-30 upon graduation from AFTA at NATTC, Memphis in November of '77. Yeah, I know, rent-a-crow. I completed WST/IFT training in May of '78. I met VP-45 in Sigonella that month, and returned to JAX with the squadron in July. I assumed the duties as CAC-5 IFT in August of '78 and remained with that crew until my departure from the squadron in May of '82. I did two more Sig deployments, as well as a stint to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan as part of a three aircraft detachment from October to December '80. Joined the rest of the squadron in Bermuda from December '80 to March '81. I was the squadron's IFT position NATOPS Instructor from February '81 to May '82. After VP-45, I spent three years at NATC, Pax River, MD with the Anti-Submarine Aircraft Test Directorate as a Master QAR. Departed the NAV in May of '85. I presently reside in South Florida and own a business dealing with the procurement of federal government contracts..." [Updated E-Mail 16JUN99 | 12NOV97]

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]

FROST, CDR Paul J. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~uscnrotc/Decades/d-1980/c1983bio/b83FRO.htm "...BS Business Administration Finance 1983. Warfare Specialty Flight Officer - Commissioned Ensign USN 13 May 1983 - Industrial College of the Armed Forces ICAP - National Defense University 2003 - Military History: Flight School: VT-10 / NATU Mather Airforce Base, Winged out October 1984, VP-30 - Student P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron - November 1984 - May 1985, VP-24 - Pilot - May 1985 - January 1989, VP-30 - Instructor - January 1989 - February 1992, CV-64 - Communications Officer - May 1992 - May 1994, VP-47 - Department Head - November 1994 - September 1996, CPRFL - Training Officer - October 1996 - May 1999, VP-30 - Executive Officer - May 1999 - Jun 2000, VP-5 - Executive Officer then Commanding Officer June 2000 - June 2002, and ICAF - Aug 2002 - Jun 2003..." [21JUN2003]

FRY, Michael H. Retired frymh@olg.com "...I served in VP-24 from 03JUN67 to 27JUL76, from ATRAN to AT1 and from Radioman on Bravos to Inflight Technician on P-3Cs. I went to AVIB and came back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to serve with VP-30 where I made Chief in 1978. In June 1979, I reported to ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. We lived through the earthquake in 1980 and I transferred to CPWL Topsham, ME in June 1982 as ASWOC Maintenance Coordinator. I went on the serve with VP-44 from July 1985 to October 1989 as a Inflight Technician and after I made Senior in 1986 as a Division Chief and finally the Operations Chief until transfer. I checked into VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and served until retirement August 1993. Strange thing is I started and finished my Navy career in the same Hangar, 306, and the same "Tron Shop." In fact, I still work directly across the street from it..." [07MAR2002]

FULLER, LCDR Scott Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...Lieutenant Commander Fuller, a native of Lockport, New York, graduated from the University of Rochester and was commissioned an Ensign in May of 1991. Following Flight Training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1993. Upon completion of Fleet Replacement Training at VP-30 in February 1994, Lieutenant Commander Fuller reported for his first operational tour with the "War Eagles" of VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Serving as ASW TACCO and NFO Training Officer, he deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. He was also designated a Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, Instructor TACCO and a NATOPS Instructor TACCO. In January of 1997, Lieutenant Commander Fuller returned to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 to serve as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor. While assigned to VP-30 he served as a member of the ASUW Improvement Program (AIP) Fleet Introduction Team (FIT), where he was responsible for the introduction of AIP aircraft throughout the P-3 community. After a year of serving on the FIT, he led the Fleet NATOPS Team as the Senior NFO Evaluator. Designations included FRS Instructor TACCO, Mission Commander, AIP FIT Instructor, Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor and Fleet NATOPS Evaluator. In January 1999, Lieutenant Commander Fuller was accepted into the Training and Administration of Reserve (TAR) Program and reported to the Reserve ASW Training Center (RATCEN) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where he served as the Training Officer, Block Modification Upgrade Program (BMUP) Transition Officer and Director of Training. While at RATCEN he developed and led the Naval Reserve through its transition from the P-3C Update II/II.5 to the most advanced ASW platform, the BMUP aircraft. After a rewarding tour at RATCEN, Lieutenant Commander Fuller reported back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in September 2002 where he served as the Training Officer and Maintenance Officer for the VP-62 "Broadarrows." While with the Broadarrows, Lieutenant Commander Fuller detached to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In November 2003, he screened for Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and was slated to be the OIC for the VP-92 "Minuteman," where he currently is serving...." [19JUN2005]


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]

GALE, AFCM Jack Retired jackgale@pacbell.net "...Retired AFCM in 1993 and have worked in Semiconductor Equipment and now at Genentech as Biotech project manager. Always happy to hear from old shipmates. Served as a Flight Engineer with VP-31, VP-50, VP-30 ASA, CPW-10, and retired as CPWP CMC in 1993 as current 8251 with a blue card. Still live in Mountain View, KC's is now a gay bar, the Chiefs Club is a Mars Resource Center, but they have repainted Hanger One and it looks great, and the golf shack is still open..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03JAN2003 | 21NOV97]

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]

GAMBILL, Edward go-gambill-go@juno.com "...ATC(AW) Ed Gambill (brother of ADCS Jerry Gambill, P-3 Flight Engineer retired): P-3 In-Flight Tech, VP-47 1987-91, VP-31 Instructor IFT 1991-93. When VP-31 decommissoned at NAS Moffett Field, California, I finished my shore tour in1994 ground pounding at VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Overseas at FMP MOCC MED NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1994-97. Lots of exciting detatchments to Bosnia, Africa and elsewhere. Back for more shore duty as of Dec 1997 in VP-30 instructing IFT's again. Would like to hear from Shipmates, friends and others..." [25MAY98]

GARDNER, Gary R. Retired ggardner5486@bellsouth.net "...Started out in VP-30 as a tron at NAS Jacksonville, Florida flying in P2V5s and P2V7s 62-65. Then went to VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, mostly worked in the tron locker on nights working on P-3As 65-68. From there, I went to VX-1 at NAS Key West flying on P-3s and working in Avionics and QA 68-72. From the warm waters of Key West I went to the cold north of NAS Brunswick, Maine for duty with VP-8. Made several deployments as the in-flight tech on crews 11 & 12. Had the Rod-man as TACCO with Dunbar Lawson as PPC for two years. (They could find them when no one else could.) I was there from 72 until 78. From NAS Brunswick, Maine I went to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and back to VX-1 until I retired in 80. Stayed in the Pax River area as a contractor and civil servent until 1994 when the government saw fit to move me to the Charleston, SC area and SPAWAR..." [E-Mail Updated 22AUG2007 | 03NOV2001]

GARDNER, Jack jacklily@charter.net "...I served with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland during 1969 and 1970. I was in the Maintenance Control group reporting to Master Chief Geroge Swem. He was quite a guy and I will always remember his wit and humor. He usually wore his tough guy game face but he was really a warm hearted nice guy. He used to give me fresh vegetables from his garden. Hon Discharge USN 1974..." [25JUL2007]

GAYDOS, Michael golfingmaster20022001@yahoo.com "...Attended AO "A" School (1968) in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-30 (1968-1969) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-45 (1970-1971) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Sigonella, Sicily flying with Crew-10. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [15AUG2017]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...GENNARINO, CPO Bernard...My Dad, CPO Bernard GENNARINO, served with FAETULANT (07/1951-10/1951) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit (NAESU) (10/1951-01/1954) at Washington, DC, VA-95 (01/1954-09/1954), AT "B" School at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VW-2 (04/1955-03/1958) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Airship Test & Development (AT&D) (03/1958-02/1960) at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, VW-1 02/1960-01/1961) at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, VP-8 (07/1961-04/1962) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-1 (01/1961-07/1961), AT "B" School at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and VP-30 (12/1962-02/1965) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Dad was improperly buried in a potters field (Dallas County Texas). We are having a party and some ceremonies to raise money to have him removed from there and placed in the new local vets cemetery. Please see my Facebook dedicated to Dad on The "Bernie Gennarino Memorial Trust Fund" 1st Annual Benefit @ Nolas BBQ..." Contributed by wingwrench@ymail.com [PIX Updated 12SEP2011 | 09SEP2011]

GIBBS, Mike Retired mgibbsretired@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1966-1968, AVI B School from 1968-1969, VP-21 from 1969 to Diestablishment, NAS Norfolk, Virginia AIMD from 1969-1971, VP-30 A/B Flt Tech school 1971, VP-44 from 1971-1977, NRL FSD from 1977-1979, VP-10 from 1979-84, VP-31 and CPWP from 1984-1987. Worked at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as contractor for a couple of years, then drove a truck until May 2002 when knees quite on me. Graduated from the University of South Carolina in December 2005 with a BS in Accounting, and from Gardner-Webb Graduate School of Business in August 2007 with a Masters of Accountancy. Serving at Spartanburg Community College and Spartanburg Methodist College as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting. Drop me a line when you get the chance..." [BIO Updated 10NOV2007 | 13MAY2003]

GILLETT, Robert J. Retired chief7@tds.net "...I attended Boot Camp at Bainbridge, Maryland, A&P School at NAS Norman, Oklahoma, ADA School at Millington, Tennessee, VS-31 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1953 to 1956, NAS Point Mugu, California from 1956 to 1958, ADB School at Millington, Tennessee in 1958, FASRON-107 NAS Keflavik, Iceland from January 1959 to January 1960, VU-4 NAS Oceana, Virginia from 1960 to 1962, Instructor School at Millington, Tennessee in 1962, NAMTRADET 2002 at NAS Sanford, Florida from 1962 to 1966, VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for Flight Engineer Training in 1966, VP-49 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1966 to1968, USS Yellowstone AD-27 DASH Program from 1968 to 1970, HT-8 and HT-18 NAAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola, Florida from 1970 to 1972, and retired from US Navy in 1972..." [27NOV2003]

GISH, Rick gish@thevillages.net "...VP-30, VP-16 SS1/2/4..." [05MAR2010]

Memorial Picture "...GOENS, Robert...On Tuesday 12 November 2002, Shipmate Robert Goens passed away in Shands Hospital, Jacksonville, FL. No services are scheduled. You can contact his brother Dean by telephone (904) 693-0179. Bob served in VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1960-1962. He also served in VP squadrons in NAS Brunswick, Maine and VA squadrons in NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida..." Contributed by HarryJudyH@aol.com [14NOV2002]

GOFF, Bryan bmgoff@sbcglobal.net "...USN 1986-90 P-3c USNR 1990-95 P-3b/c AW2 SS-1 - I was trained in VP-30 on the east coast but ended up in VP-19 on the west coast. I did a short "tour" in VP-44 as an observer while I was in VP-30. I had the time of my life in NAS Misawa, Japan in 89...saw NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, the NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Korea and got to play with REAL subs. I got out in 1990 and went to college but stayed in the reserves in VP-92 where I got to see some east coast ports like NS Rota, Spain and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Most of the real bad guys were gone by then but I still loved it. In 1995 the squadron moved to Maine a little too far for me. I got out and I miss it but at least I can still tell sea stories. I would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 13MAY2007 | E-Mail Updated 31JUL2002 | 26APR99]

GONYON, Tony QKSTNG@aol.com "...Served VP-56 from Feb83 to Oct88!! Known as Gizmo!! Then VP-30 from Oct88 to Dec91 then NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (TSC) from Mar-91 till Nov 92 then VP-45 from Nov92 till 96 then retired from VP-30 thanks to TERA! Miss everyone!!..." [25MAY99]

GOODWYN, CAPTAIN Richard W. http://www.nctskef.navy.mil/CFK/leaders.html "...Captain Richard W. Goodwyn graduated from the University of Delaware in 1979 with a degree in Biology. After working at DuPont for two years, he entered the Aviation Officer Candidate Program in Pensacola, Florida and was commissioned an Ensign on 2 July 1981. Captain Goodwyn entered flight training in August 1981 and after tours in VT-3 and VT-31 he was designated a Naval Aviator on 2 July 1982. After completing P-3 flight training at VP-30, he reported to VP-56 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. While in VP-56, he served as PR/AME branch officer, Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot Training Officer. In October 1986, he was selected for instructor duty at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), VP-30. During his tour, he served as Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer and CNAL NATOPS Evaluator. In 1989, he reported to the USS AMERICA (CV-66) as the Assistant Navigator and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Persian Gulf, in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. During this tour he earned his Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway) qualifications. His next duty station was at Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT), where he served as the Flag Lieutenant from December 1991 to January 1993. Following P-3 refresher training, Captain Goodwyn reported to VP-5, in July 1993 for his Department Head tour where he served as Command Services Officer and Maintenance Officer. He also completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In July 1995, Captain Goodwyn reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, in Washington DC, where he was the Carrier Placement Officer. While at BUPERS, he was selected for VP Operation Command. Following his tour at Bupers, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces receiving a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Management. In June 1998, Captain Goodwyn reported to VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine as the Executive Officer and then as Commanding Officer. During his tour, VP-10 completed a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and participated in Operations ALLIED FORCE and NOBLE ANVIL during the Kosovo Conflict, recieved the Navy Unit Commendation Award, the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle "E" award, the AVCM Donald M. Neal "Golden Wrench" award for maintenance excellence, the CINCLANTFLT "Golden Anchor" award for retention excellence, and the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for ASW excellence. Captain Goodwyn was next assigned to CPW/CPRW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as the Chief Staff Officer. Captain Goodwyn is currently assigned to Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik in Keflavik, Iceland, where he is the Chief of Staff..." [29JUN2003]

GORLOW, Tony tgor@mac.com "...I started flying P-3's (BUNO: 148883) in 1972 at NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania while also flying the NC-121K (BUNO: 148883). Went thru IFT training at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1973, then back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida (after VW-4, WC-121N's, 1968 -70)) and to VP-56 (lovely NAS Sigonella, Sicily!!!). Spent a couple of years there. Then to VP-30. I'm the IFT (and one of the first qualified in them (Update II's), on the pictures of BUNO: 160292 and all those pictures over Hgr 1000. At one time I was qualified in 4 types P-3A , P-3B,, P-3C (NUD and Update II) and P-3A. Then on to the CNO Support Detachment, flying BUNO: 149676. Spent 7 years there all over the world. Then on to NAVAIR where ultimately I was the P-3C Logistics Manager (helped managed the Update III program). Left there and on to a new career, still in aviation (program manager at the FAA). Loved the P-3, have beaucoup lot of hours and experiences. Wouldn't trade them for the world..." [24JUN2009]

GOSHORN, Don vprep@daccess.net "...VP-18 P2V7s 61-63, VP-30 IFT instructor 65-67 P-3A/B/C, VP-45 67-70 P-3A/B, VP-30 70-75 P-3C, WST/OFT Tech (civil service) 2F69D, 14B44, 2F87T, 14B35..NAESU Rep VP-5..VP-62 P-3C UDIII..presently with LSI on the P-3 AIP birds in tech pub creation..." [BIO Updated 15AUG98]

GOSS, Pete prgoss@gwi.net "...VP-10 66/69 Blackshoe RM - Switched to Aviation Wonderful (AW)in 68 - ASCAC NAS Sigonella, Sicily 69/70 - VP-30 71/76 - NAVFAC Eleuthera, Bahamas 76/78 - VP-8 78/80 - NavElexDet, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 78/80 - ComPatWing 1 det NSF Diego Garcia 82/83 - VP-10 83/85. Retired as an Aviation Wonderful (AW) chief but wish I was back deploying. Need some liberty..." [E-Mail Updated 21MAR2000 | 26NOV98]

GRAHAM, CAPTAIN Genie K. (Gene) Retired gene.graham@mchsi.com "...My first tour of duty after flight training was VW-11 (1960 to 1962), all on Crew 3. Started flying at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada but moved to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1961. Flew first operational flight out of NAS Keflavik, Iceland on July 1, 1961. Next came a tour with the "Flying Phantoms", VP-18 (1963 to 1965), Crew 3, 12, 5 and 9 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. After two years in Monterey, reported to VP-31 Det NORIS as Safety Officer (1967 to 1969). My tour in purgatory came on USS, Independence from 1969 to 1971 as Assistantt CIC and then CIC after boss was fired. On to the "Pelicans", VP-45, as ADMIN and OPS Officer (1972 to 1975) Crew 21. Finally made it into the P-3 community, brand new P-3C's by the way. A new airplane smells just like a new car. One year in DC at George Washington University for my MBA and back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as XO of VP-30 (1976 to 1977). Next stop with "World Famous Batmen", VP-24 as XO/CO (1977 to 1979). After four years on OPNAV and SECNAV staff, retired as Captain in 1983. Payback is HELL, my son was NROTC and stayed in Navy for 9 years. Seems that everywhere he was stationed, someone was waiting with a "Genie K story". Not all of those would I have chosen to share with my son! Happily, I can say, he was not tainted. Second career was with EDS and I enjoyed it very much. Jerry Lynn, bless her heart, has stayed with me for 44 years and counting, and we have retired to Fairhope, AL. Stay in touch!..." [08APR2004]

GRANADE, LT Bill bgranade@ozline.net "...I started my VP training with VP-30 RAG, NAS Jacksonville, Florida summer of 1967 P2V-7E. Next to VP-7 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, early fall of 67. Moved thru the Nav, Co-pilot & made PPC with VP-7 in the spring of 1969; also, got married 3-7-69. Transferred to VP-45 NAS Jacksonville, Florida and made the annual Unitas 10 Cruise to South America, June to Dec 69. On returning to NAS Jacksonville, Florida tranfered to the reserves VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. After 6 months of civilian life returned to active duty in NAS Pensacola, Florida in June 70 as a Flight Instructor flying RC45-J (Twin Beech) at the Navy Photo School (NATTU). Released from active duty in June of 72. Still married to Cathy after all these years, one daughter,Holly 27. Retired from Baxter Healthcare after 19 years in Jan. 1999. Gone fishing..." [22MAY2001]

GRAY, Bunn F. G4-DIVO@enterprise.navy.mil "...Flew with VP-49, Crew 7, then Crew 1(83-87), LCDR Punches was our PPC (Great Guy). Aircrew Instructor at VP-30 (87-91), at that time there were only 12 - AO aircrew instructors, and AW's had problems maintaining 4 hours a month, flight time?!! Moved on to VA-34 (A6 Bomber). Selected as an AOC in 92, Spent 1 year in NAS Brunswick, Maine Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5). Selected as an LDO (6362), and currently on board USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and do we have a great web page, check it out! LTJG Bunn F. Gray, Weapons Elevator Officer on the BIG "E."..." [23APR98]

GRAY, Danel Louis oronde.gray@us.army.mil "...I served with VP-30 from September 1969 to August 1971 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. My best memories are that of the still unbeleiveable basketball team. Rabbi (Barry Bernstein), Long John (Bruce Johnson), Sharecropper (William Johson), Sea Hound (Richard Collin), Popcorn (Louis Wilson), Heavy (Odell Horton), and Tony (husband of Amy). I love you guys but we need to write our story..." [26OCT2003]

GRAY, AFCM Richard W. "Dick" Retired dickgray@brooksendway.com "...I served with NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, VP-10, VP-11, VP-21, VP-23, VP-26, VP-30, VP-45, VQ-2, NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was an R4D and P2 Plane Captain, P-3 F/E, Maint. MCPO, and later did 5 CMC tours. The best to all my former Shipmates. Feel free to Email me..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08APR2006 | 19FEB2004]

GREELY, AO1 Bruce Retired alffer@aol.com "...I served with VP-30 (school) and then to VP-47 from 1975 to 1979, NAS Alameda, California Weapons station from 1979 to 1982, VP-44 from 1982 to 1985, Recruiting Command from 1985 to 1987, USS Roosevelt (CVN-71) on and off from 1985 to 1992. Now living in Montana..." [14JUN2004]

GREEN, CMCPO Dennis Shipmate Pix http://www.vp16.navy.mil/cmc.htm "...Command Master Chief Dennis H. Green was born on April 1961 in Batavia, New York.He graduated from Oakfield Alabama Central High School, and enlisted in the Navy on 26 January 1979. After completing recruit training at RTC Orlando, Florida, his first assignment was to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. After his first assignment he attended AW "A" school at NATTC Memphis Tennessee, graduating at the top of his class. Upon completion of "A" school, Master Chief Green completed Naval Aircrew Candidate School, NAS Pensacola, Florida, and VP-30 Fleet Replacement Training Jacksonville, FL as a P-3C update II acoustic operator. In June 1981, he reported as an AW3 to the "Seahawks" of VP-23, which had just commenced a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his tour with the "Seahawks" stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine, he made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. He transferred as an AW1 in November 1985 and attended Instructor Basic Training at NOB Norfolk, Virginia. Master Chief Green reported to Fleet Aviation Specialized Training Group Atlantic Fleet (FASO), Detachment NAS Jacksonville, Florida in December 1985. He taught Acoustic Analysis, Aural Listening, and Oceanography. While assigned, he earned the Instructor and Curriculum development NECs, Master Training Specialist (MTS), and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. His next assignment in July 1989 was to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he was the Communications Security and Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. During his tour with the "Mad Foxes" he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer, and made deployments to NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and Souda Bay, Crete in support of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and Provide Comfort. In May 1993 after completion of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Master Chief Green reported to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-30, he served as the Aircrew Training Leading Chief in charge of the Observer, Acoustic AW, Electronic Warfare Operator, In-flight Electronic Technician, In-flight Ordnance man, and Foreign Military Training tracks. He was advanced to Master Chief during his tour at the "Pro's Nest." Master Chief Green reported as Command Master Chief to the "Wildcats" of VFA-131 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida in October 1996 and deployed Around-the-World onboard the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), spending over five months in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Southern Watch and Deny Flight. Due to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) he transferred with the "Wildcats" to Oceana, Virginia in October 1998. In August 1999, Master Chief Green reported to Commander, Sea Control Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet as the Command Master Chief in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In April 2003 he reported to the "War Eagles" of VP-16 where he serves as the Command Master Chief. Master Chief Green is designated Enlisted Aviation Warfare, Naval Aircrew man, and Master Training Specialist. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various other service, campaign and unit awards..." [08AUG2005]

GREEN, AT1(NAC) Richard (Rich) J. Sr. Retired richard.j.green@lmco.com "...I started out with VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (I'm dating myself!) for aircrew training in late 1972/early 1973, joined VP-26 Crew 2 as a Flight Communications Operator in P-3Bs from 1973 to 1976, did a short (2 months) stint with NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, then on to VP-31 as an FCO Instructor in Bs and Bmods (Super Bees) from 1977 to 1979, went to NAS Pensacola, Florida for Aircrew Candidate School and ended up going into the Reserves! Joined VP-0810 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts then moved across the hall to VP-92 as an FCO/Instructor in P-3As and P-3Bmods from 1979 to 1985. Broke service for a few years then I then went to VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania as FCO/Instructor/IFT in P-3As again then P-3C Update 2s as IFT from 1989 to 1994, and finally down the hall to VP-66 in P-3C Update 2s and EP-3Js (we got them from VAQ-33 when they were distestablished) as IFT until I retired in July 1998. Didn't stop working on P-3s then, though, went to Lockheed Martin Greenville, SC for the next 5 1/2 years working on the P-3 AIP Mod program as an Avionics Post Mod tester until this last March, when I moved to Marietta, GA to work on the F/A-22 program. I will miss being around the old P-3. I've seen a lot of stuff from a lot of people I knew back when. Y'all keep in touch!..." [08JUL2004]

GREENE, AT/NAC John Retired commonkeeper2@juno.com "...I served with VQ-2 from (1972-1975), VP-10 (1980-1983), VP-30 (1983-1986) and VP-8 (1986-1989). I was medically retired in 1991 due to a heart attack..." [BIO Updated 01NOV2013 | E-Mail Updated 07NOV2003 | 30SEP99]

GRIFFITH, ADCS(AW) James W. scpo21@comcast.net "...I flew as a FE with VP-5, VP-56, VP-30, VP-11 and Naval Air Depot (NADEP) NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I am due to retire November 1998..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2009 | 14SEP98]

GRIFFITH, Thomas R. tomgriffith@mchsi.com "...Served with VP-9 1965-66, VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1966-70, VP-16 1971-1973, Namtd 1011 1975-78, Retired AFCM, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida 1984. Lots of good memories of P-3 days, I was F/E on first P-3C flew it to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from Burbank. Was Instructor F/E in VP-30. Was NATOPS F/E in VP-16, relieved Dan Adcock, deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda, and UNITAS. Was F/E with Cdr Ron Castle and brought the first VP-16 P-3C to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Retired in Milton, Fl. Love to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09FEB2009 | 11JUL99]

GROCKI, Tom tgrocki@zoo.uvm.edu "...I was an AE in VP-30 from 1982-86. Looking for anyone I used to hang out with..." [03APR2000]

GROTH, AVCM(AW) Carl vravcm@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-49 (1976 to 1979), VP-30 (1979 to 1982), HS-9 (1982 to 1984), VP-56 (1984 to 1988), NAS Bermuda (1988 to 1992) and FTC Mayport (1992 to 1993). I flew in VP as an IFT. I currently work for BellSouth Mobility. I am also in the Naval Reserve and drill with VR-54 as the Maintenance MCPO. I will always remember my years spent in VP and the people who made those times great..." [E-Mail Updated 20JAN2007 | 21MAY2000]

GULLEY, ADCS Larry G. larryg@sicily.navy.mil "...Was with WFWP's (VP-49) from 82-85, also VP-30 79-82. If any of you are wondering where Chip May is I can tell you he is in Memphis Tennessee. I am in VP-10 as of 1996 until I retire in May of 2000, we are presently in Sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily out on patrol watching the cruise missles being launched! Will be here in NAS Sigonella, Sicily until Aug 99..." [26MAR99]


Memorial Picture "...HAAG, Ernie...I received an E-mail yesterday that Ernie Haag passed away Sunday, July 28, 2002..." Contributed by AX2 Lee (Andy) Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [29JUL2002]

HAAG, E.V. "Ernie" ernie.haag@centigram.com "...Before leaving VP and the Navy in '87. I enjoyed tours in VP-48 (60-64), FAW-14 (67-69), VP-23 (69-72), VP-30 (72-74), and VP-40 (74-76). E-Mail will change after today, as I will be joining Lucent Technologies for my next "tour". I look forward to browsing often. As I perused the VP-40 site, and the many different logos, I was reminded of the Shipmate who (I believe) designed the first of the current model Marlins in about 1963-64, Lt. Bill Ross. Thanks for the memories..." [24APR98]

HAGAN, James k8edidhaga@aol.com "...I am a former personnelman assigned to VP-30 in 1967-1969..." [10SEP2000]

HAGEMANN, CWO2 Daryl HAGS31@hotmail.com "...I served with the MAD FOX's as a Instructor Flight Engineer from 92-94. I have also served in VP-16, VP-30, VP-46, and now going to VP-47. I'm glad to know that Lance Lewis and Ralph Torres are still alive. See ya in the fleet..." [22APR98]

HAGER, LCDR Carl Allen U. S. Naval Academy "...Graduated with a B.S. in May 1986 from the U.S. Naval Academy. Attended SWOS and EOOW schools from June 1986 to January 1987. Reported to the USS Miller (FF-1091) in February 1987 and assumed duties as the Gunnery Officer, Auxiliaries / Electrical Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant. Qualified as OOD underway, CICWO, EOOW, CDO and designated a Surface Warfare Officer. The command received the Battle Efficiency Award in 1987. Selected for a Lateral Transfer to become a Naval Flight Officer in October 1988. Reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida and completed Aviation Indoctrination Training in March 1989. Graduated with distinction from VT-10 and reported to NATU (Naval Air Training Unit) Mather AFB, Ca. for Undergraduate Navigator Training. Received NFO wings in May 1990 and awarded the William Mize Leadership Award. Reported to VP-30 (Fleet Replacement Squadron) in June 1990 and eventually to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in February of 1991. Assumed duties as Security Manager/Nuclear Safety Officer, AW Division Officer, Personnel Officer and NFO Training Officer. Participated in deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland with detachments to Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Norway and Crete. Qualified as Navigator/Communicator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. Awarded 1993 ANA "NFO of the Year". The "Mad Foxes" were awarded the Battle Efficiency Award in 1992. Reported to VP-30 as a "blue card" Fleet NATOPS Instructor from February 1994 to September of 1995. Held the collateral position of Special Projects Officer responsible for the Anti-Surface Improvement Program (AIP) implementation. Reported to Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in September 1995. Completed thesis titled "Modeling the Performance of the PT SUR Hydrophone Array in Localizing Blue Whales". Graduated from NPS with a Master's Degree in Physical Oceanography. Following graduation, reported to VP-30 for refresher training from October 1997 to April 1998. Reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 in May 1998 and assumed duties as the Tactics Officer, Training Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer. As Maintenance Officer, led a department of 290 personnel responsible for the upkeep of 10 P-3C Aircraft. Participated in a deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan with detachments to the Philippines, Okinawa and South Korea. The "Fighting Marlins" were awarded the Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency Award in March 2000. Detached in May 2000 with over 1400 cumulative flight hours. Reported to the Oceanography Department of the United States Naval Academy in May 2000..." [31MAY2003]

HAKEY, AECS David L. "Shakey" Retired david.hakey@navy.mil "...Attended Boot Camp (August 1965) at the NATC Great Lakes Chicago Il, VA-122 NAS Lemoore, California (1965-1966) AE Shop, AE "A" School (1966) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1966, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1966-1969) OMD Line Trouble-Shooter out of the AE shop, VP-31 (1969) at NAS Moffett Field, California FE completed training, VP-46 (1969-1972) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Rheam Field, Imperial Beach, CA (1972-1974) AIMD, VP-4 (1974-1977) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii FE Instructor and NATOPS Evaluator with deployments to NAS Agana, Guam. NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, VP-23 (1977-1980) at NAS Brunswick, Maine NATOPS and QA with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NSF Diego Garcia BIOT, VP-30 (1980-1983) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida FE (for both Domestic and Foreign students) and NATOPS Evaluator, FE CNAL Evaluator (1983-1984), VP-56 (1984-1987) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida Maintenance Control, FE Division and Operations Division with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Senior Enlisted Academy (1987) at Newport, RI (SEA), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1987-1990) Naval Aviation Maintenance Office and retired. I currently work for NAVAIR PMA209 Air Combat Electronics..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 18NOV2011 | E-Mail Updated 16JUL2001 | 09SEP98]

HALSEY, Sterling (Bull) Retired bull123@hughes.net "...I was first in the VP outfits: VP-8 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island 1956, VP-7 1959-1962, VP-30 1962-1965, some shore duty, VP-11 1965-1968 and VP-44 1970-1974. I have a lot of good memories a few bad that you can't forget. I would like to shoot the bull with any one that would like too. I started out an AD then to ADR and back to AD when I retired in 1974. I have been in contact with a few guys (Widdle and Gadeberg). I spent some time with Joe in Washington St. a while back. It's a place called Omak. I stop in and bother my old PPC Charlie Epps. He only lives 10 miles away quite often..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2007 | 26JAN2001]

HANKINS, CDR Doug Retired dhankin@exis.net "...VRC-50 (77-79), VP-45 (79-82), CVN-70 (82-84), VP-30 (85-87), VP-56 (87-89), NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Jacksonville, Florida OinC (89-91), CVN-65 (91-93). Hello to all Shipmates. Feel free to drop me a line..." [14MAY98]

HANSON, AX2 Mark hansondocks@citlink.net "...June 30, 1970 to September 6, 1973. seemed like forever. from the first days in 1st Lt. division, radio operator, tech, whatever. It's all a scarey thought that a bunch of punks were in charge. Thinking back to those days makes you think twice about what is going on today. May I include my thanks to "George the Crook" the man who knows everything. Anybody that ever went to Lajes had to have gone to his Bar. Back then a Rum and Coke was 14 cents, 20 for a double. Although I have never again found rum that dark or coke that tasted so much like cream soda. Whatever happened to Chief Pinney?? Did He retire to Guam? Ray Marotta. Al Preiska, JV Young, Bill Beck, Hector Jara, Mike Stiskin, James " Starky" Sturganagle, John Ragland, are any of you out there? I'm still here in Minnesota and still trave..." [02APR2002]

HARDIN, AMEC Mike "Mikey" ame1coonass@aol.com "...Hello fellow "PECKERS." I served with VP-49 from April 1990 to September 1993. From there I went to VP-30 and was there from September 1993 until December 1996. I'm now an AMEC currently serving with VP-45 here in sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I will be tranfering to VP-30 in Mar 2001. It would be great to here from some of my "WORLD FAMOUS WOODPECKER PER DIEM MATES" Thank you..." [02JAN2001]

HARMON, LCDR Dan dharmon@cwix.com "...Formerly VP-10 CAC's 11, 5 and 8 and LUCKY 7....followed by CTF67 in NAF Naples, Italy and OIC of Bosnia Det. Now Ops Admin on NIMITZ. Looking for former Lancers--Tom Maloney, Pat Shaffer, and Pete Muttel. Also seeking CDR Tony Barnes...Now down at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, assigned to VP-30 as an instructor..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 29MAY99 | 19SEP98]

HARRIS, AW1 Daniel harrisd27@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from December 1989 through February of 1994. There are lots of good memories of Shipmates and good times with this one of a kind squadron! Seahawks I salute you!! CAC-2 you know who you are!!! Then went to instructor duty at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida February 1994-February 1997. Reported to VP-8 February 1997-March 2001. GREEAATT tour with the Fighting Tigers of VP-8! CAC 3 and 6 thanks for the great memories!!! Mar 2001 - ? Teachin Nuggets at AW "A" School in NAS Pensacola, Florida! Great time and love the time off the flight schedule!!! Hope to see you guys in the fleet!..." [BIO Updated 04JUL2001 | 30MAY99]

HARRIS, ADCS(AW) DEAN H. hudsonharris@hotmail.com "...(VP-16) 4/81-4/85; (VP-30) 5/85-5/88; (VP-5) 5/88-4/92; (VP-16) 8/97-8/99. Presently stationed at CNAL, NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Dsn-564-3018/Comm-(757)444-3018. It would be great to hear from old friends..." [07JAN2001]

HARRIS, AZ3 Terry L. terryhar@localnet.com "...I served with VP-30 from January 1972 to March 1973. I was an Airman and I worked with 1st LT and ran the Coffee Mess for sometime until being assigned to Special Tool's and Test Equipment Shop. I also took my test for AZ3 on station..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02JUN2008 | 19DEC99]

HARRISON, LCDR Cecil A. "Harry" Retired p3-tacco@netdoor.com "...Enlisted 1955; VC-33/VA(AW)/VAW-33, 1956-1959; NAMDDU, 1960-61; NESEP (NC State Univ.), 1961-65; AOC/Pre-flight/BNAO/Nav School, 1965-66; VP-24, 1966-69 (SP2H and P-3B); VP-30, 1969-73 (P-3A/B); VP-11, 1973-75; NROTC Unit, Univ. of Mississippi, 1975-1979; Instructor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Univ. of Mississippi, 1979-1983; Professor of Engineering Technology, University of Southern Mississippi, 1983-present. I'd like to hear from any of my Shipmates, anytime..." [08APR2000]

HARRISON, AW1 Chuck chuck.harrison@ngc.com "...I joined the Navy in 1972 and spent 5 months at FASO and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was transferred to VP-5 in 1973 while VP-5 was on deployment to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I was promoted to AW1 just prior to leaving Active Duty in 1978. I spent a couple of years in the reserves at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland serving with other x-Madfoxes, Jim Rather and John Musgrove in ASWOC unit 965. In late 1996, my Customer (SPAWAR) moved to San Diego, CA, and like any good contractor, my company TRW, Inc. transfered too. If you remember me, please email!..." [E-Mail Updated 23MAY2007 | E-Mail Updated 20OCT2000 | 11OCT98]

HARRISON, AOC(AW/NAC) Terry L. Retired terrylharrison01@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from June to October 1982, VP-44 CAC-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1982 to 1985, NAVCRUITDIST San Antonio NRS Austin, TX from 1985 to 1987, NAVRES EEAP Austin, TX from 1987 to 1988, VP-19 CAC-11 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1988 to 1989, VP-50 (ground ordie!!) NAS Moffett Field, California from 1989 to 1991, CPW-10 NAS Moffett Field, California from February to June 1991, VP-30 NAS Moffett Field, California from June to October 1991, USS Abraham Lincoln G-3 DIV Alameda 1991-1992, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Weapons LPO from 1992 to 1995, VAQ-138 Yellowjackets NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1995 to 1999, HS-10 Warhawks NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1999 to 2002, and retired November 2002. I now work as a defense contractor for NAS North Island, San Diego, California Weapons AD&C..." [BIO Updated 15OCT2003 | 20FEB2000]

HARTSHORN, LCDR Steve burnman57@hotmail.com "...I served with VT-27, VT-28, VP-30, VP-8 from 1982-1985, VA-128 from 1985-1988, VP-93 from 1988-1992, NR NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1992-1994, and NAS Atlanta, Georgia 1994-1995. Left service as LCDR and took up job as Deputy Sheriff in Portland Oregon as to date. Miss the Navy, would like to hear from former squadron mates, and hi to all those I served with..." [21JUL2002]

HARVEY, AD1 Jim Retired jimharvey1@comcast.net "...Attached to NAS Brunswick, Maine from Apr 78 - Dec 81 working at AOMD. (Initially assigned to AIMD but Ops found out I was an ADR and they had a VERY sick C-1A & nobody to fix it!) Transferred to VP-45 in APR 82 catching up to them on deployment in NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Made another NAS Sigonella, Sicily and a NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment with them. Transferred to VP-30 in August 89 running the Power Plants shop & subsequently going to QA as the LPO..." [27APR2005]

HAYES, Billy "Will" ouch1344@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1980 to 1984, ASWOC NAS Bermuda from 1985 to 1988, USS Saratoga CV-60 (payback tour) from 1988 to 1990, VP-30 (Instructor tour) from 1990 to 1993, VP-49 from 1993 to 1994 (disestablishment), VP-45 from 1993 to 1996 VP-30 from 1996 to my retirement in 1999. The whole ball of wax as a SS-3, with a short but feeble attempt at the acoustic side, would love to hear from Shipmates I've had the pleasure to serve with along the way. I bounce between Jacksonville and South Carolina where I'm working with the railroad these days..." [10DEC2009]

HEADLEY, AXCS Dan Retired dheadley@hcstechnologies.com "...I served with VP-30 from 1970 to 1972 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-66 from 1976 to 1979 as an IFT, VP-62 from 1980 to 1985, VP-68 from 1985 to 1990, and the MMF at NAF Washington, D.C. from 1990 to 1992. Retired in 1992 to Reedsville, WV near Morgantown..." [15MAY2003]

HEALY, John jfhealy@fedex.com "...I was in VP-56 from 68 to 71, VP-30 from 71 to 75, and VP-40 from 78 to 80. Now with FedEx as a training advisor..." [30OCT2000]

HEARTHER, LT Bill "Heater" hearther@aol.com "...Hey Goldenswordsmen (VP-47)! I am currently the PPC of Combat Aircrew 10. We just returned from our NSF Diego Garcia Multi-Site Deployment (Nov'97-Jun'98). The squadron is currently "Ramping" up for RIMPAC'98. Personal History-USNA '92 Grad, Winged May'95, VP-30 Jun'95-Jan'96, VP-47 Feb'96-Present. Deployments-May'96-Nov'96; NAS Misawa, Japan/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; Crew 4, Nov'97-Jun'98; Diego/Arabian Gulf; Crews 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, and 10..." [22JUN98]

HEBERT, Brian p3aw11@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (1986-1994), VP-30 (1994-1998), VP-45 (1999-2002) with a wonderful year NSF Diego Garcia and the last 4 were spent at NAS Pensacola, Florida..." [21APR2010]

HEIMERLE, CAPTAIN Richard https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/capt_heimerle_bio.htm "...Captain Richard Heimerle was born and grew up in New York where he attended Albany University earning a degree in Business Education/Accounting. After coaching college football for two years, he reported to Aviation Officer Candidate School receiving a regular commission in March 1981. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1983. Operationally, Captain Heimerle served in VP-5 conducting Cold War deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. He served as Flag Secretary to Carrier Group Five/CTF-70 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. During Operation Desert Storm he was a Battle Watch Captain for the Arabian Gulf Battle Force, comprising 4 aircraft carriers and 60 coalition warships. As a department head with VP-23 he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Operation Deny Flight and Sharp Guard and served as CTG Operations and Operations Officer. He was the first Executive Officer of VPU-2 and subsequently Commanding Officer. Prior to reporting to VP-30 to assume duties as Commanding Officer, Captain Heimerle served as the Chief of Staff to Commander, Maritime, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force, EUROPE during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shore assignments include Bureau of Naval Personnel as Asst Carrier Placement Officer. VP-30 as an NFO instructor and leader of the Tactical Training Team where he was named VP-30 NFO of the Year for 1989. In OPNAV he served as the Asst P-3 Requirements Officer. After receiving a Master's Degree from the National War College, he reported to the Joint Staff serving as Chief of the Israel/Africa Political Military Affairs Branch in J-5. He was named Action Officer of the Year in 2000 for his work on the United Nations crisis in Sierra Leone..." [14FEB2005]

HELLER, AEC Paul Retired heller2828@bellsouth.net "...I am proud that I served aboard VP-21, VP-30, VP-10, VP-31, and VP-40..." [E-Mail Updated 22MAY2007 | 31DEC98]

HENDERSON, Sam Retired samsz@msn.com "...Served with VP-11 (Lovin Eleven) as an AMS2 from 1971 to July 1974. It was a great pleasure to work with the officers and men. The WestPac was great. I went into the navy reserves (VAW-78 and VP-30). Then moved to the Army National Guard to make some rank for retirement. Retired as an E8 after 21 Years. Say Hello!..." [07AUG2002]

HENDRICKSON, AT3 Len Sprky22@aol.com "...I started out in VP-30 94-98. I'm currently aboard VP-9, the Golden Eagles. Looking for any old Pro's Nesters. Drop me a line..." [25JUN98]

HENZE, CDR Roger H. http://www.cpw5.navy.mil/vp10/xo_bio.htm "...Executive Officer VP-10 - Commander Roger H. Henze was commissioned in May 1985 following completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School as a Distinguished Graduate. He graduated from Texas Christian University in May 1983 earning a degree in Finance. Upon completion of flight school he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1986 and was assigned in October that year to VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Commander Henze qualified as Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Instructor TACCO, Mission Commander and BEARTRAP TACCO and served as Assistant Tactics Officer, Electrical Branch Officer, NFO Training Officer and Tactics Officer during three deployments to the Mediterranean and Atlantic Theaters. In September 1990, Commander Henze reported to VP-30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the Patrol Aviation Community. Following qualification as FRS Instructor and Mission Commander and coincident with his designation as Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor and Assistant NATOPS Instructor, he served as Communications Officer, Communications Security Material Systems (CMS) Custodian, NFO Schedules Officer and NFO Training Officer. At the completion of his FRS tour in June 1993, he reported to Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group ONE, CONSTELLATION Battle Group, as Flag Secretary and Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration where he qualified as Flag Watch Officer and completed a Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployment. Following this sea tour, Commander Henze reported in July 1995 to Marine Corps University where he attended Command and Staff College earning Phase One Joint Professional Military Education credit. In March 1997 Commander Henze reported to VP-16 for his Department Head Tour, serving as Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Command Services Officer, PATRON Keflavik Officer-in-Charge and Operations Officer completing a North Atlantic and Caribbean deployment. At the completion of this tour, he reported in April 1999 to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic serving as Assistant Training Officer and in November 2000 reported to CPRW-5 as Operations Officer. Commander Henze's awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various theater and unit awards..." [20JUN2003]

HERRING, Paul pherring@woh.rr.com "...I served with VP-18 (1956-1960), VP-30 DetAlpha NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1962-1964), VP-49 (1962-1965), 6003RD Support Squadron Taiwan (1965-1967), VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1967-1968), Monterey Post Graduate School (1969-1970), VP-45 (1971-1973), Second Fleet Staff (1974-1976), and Retired 1976. Enjoyed all of my flying time in the VPNAVY..." [30MAY2003]

HICKEY, Bob Lcmbob@aol.com "...I served in VP-30 airframe shop from Jan. 73 to May 76. I then re-enlisted and went to VP-11 airframe shop as an AMS2. I participated in three deployments with VP-11: NAS Bermuda/Lajes 1976 (I was in Bermuda) NS Rota, Spain/Lajes 1977/1978 (I was in Rota) NS Rota, Spain/Lajes 1979 (I was in Lajes); Frocked AMS1 June 1 1979 Lajes, Azores. Positions Held at VP-11: A/F Superviser (nites), Corrosion Control Supervisor, Phase Crew Supervisor, A/F Det Supervisor (Lajes), CDI, QAR, Member VP-11 First Class Mess. In 1980 I departed the Navy for a civilian career in aviation. Currently I am a Logistic Element Manager at Boeing in St. Louis (formally McDonnell Douglas). Would like to hear from some of the old crew..." [22APR98]

HIGHAM, AMSC(AW) Ronald J. Retired highamrj@caewwl.spear.navy.mil "...I started my Navy career with VR-51 at the now disestablished NAS Glenview, Illinois. Joined the World Famous Woodpeckers of VP-49 in September 1981 and made two deployments, NAS Sigonella, Sicily (How did the Marines Bulldog get VP-49 shaved in it?) and NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (George Crook rest in peace)and transfered to VP-30. I was a member of the finest airframes workcenter from August 1985 to January 1989. (Thanks AMSC Marage for teaching me how an airframes workcenter should be ran). From there the tailhook Navy got me and have been there ever since. My first "hook" experience was with VFA-137 at old NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida from May 1989 to December 1992. Made deployments on USS Coral Sea and USS Forrestal. (yep I missed the P-3) From there I left aviation and went to the surface/Gator Navy at ACU-4 at NAB Little Creek. Working with the LCAC and the surface mentality was different but I did meet and work with some fine people. February 1996 I checked into VAW-125 where I picked up Chief. ( I have more than one person to thank for that. To the "kids" that worked for me in the line shack - THANKS AGAIN.) I made deployments on USS Enterprise and USS Eisenhower. I am now on the staff at COMAEWWINGLANT in Norfolk. I'll have 21 when this is over but I'm still having fun and my wife and kids still support me. I see another sea tour on the horizon. Besides someone has to get my girls through college. To everyone I've served with over the years - thanks for the memories...." [10JAN2001]

HILL, Jody jody_h38@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-30 and VP-40 from 93-97 as an AO2, got out for a few years and am now back in as a Helo crewman on MH-53's. Quite a different world. Miss all my buds that I used to fly with especially AW1 Bret (Biggin) Winters, AW1 J. C. Carroll, AW2 Harry Potter, Lt. Mike (Bossman) Mclintock, Lt.Kenny Rouser and Lt.Chuck Toledo. Any info on their whereabouts would be greatly appreciated. I will never forget my roots in naval aviation. The few short years I flew with VP-40 were some of the best times I've ever had. CAC 3 will be fondly remembered..." [20SEP2000]

HITT, CDR James R. Shipmate Pix http://www.vp16.navy.mil/xoh.htm "...While attending Santa Clara University (BS in Computer Science - Math) CDR Hitt attended NROTC functions at the UC Berkeley unit earning his commission in June 1987. Upon commissioning, he began primary flight training at VT-6, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. CDR Hitt was on the Commodore's List at his winging from VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in April 1989. He reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field for initial maritime patrol training. Upon graduation from the "Black Lightning" camp in September 1989, he joined VP-48 where he participated in a split site deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. After VP-48's decommissioning, CDR Hitt transferred to VP-40, joining the "Fighting Marlins" early in their 1991 NAF Misawa, Japan deployment. During his first tour he acted as Power Plants Branch Officer, Readiness Officer, Special Projects Officer (EWO), Schedules Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer as well as Instructor Pilot. Upon completion of his first sea tour in October 1992, he joined VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, the Atlantic Fleet's Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) completing detachments to Mildenhall, Rio de Janeiro, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Through FRS consolidation, CDR Hitt was assigned the duties of Aviation Electrical/ Instruments and Ordnance Branch Officer, Fleet Projects Officer, and CNAL Alternate Pilot Evaluator. CDR Hitt departed VP-30 in October 1995 and reported aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) at NAS North Island, San Diego as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer ("Shooter"). During this tour he also sailed with USS KITTY HAWK in support of their flight operations. While onboard CONSTELLATION, he served as Aviation Fuels Division (V-4) Officer and Catapult and Arresting Gear Division (V-2) Officer, and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Inport) and Assistant Command Duty Officer. He deployed with CONNIE to WESTPAC and the Arabian Gulf in April 1997. CDR Hitt detached from CONSTELLATION in April 1998 and reported to VP-30 for refresher training before arriving at VP-1 for his department head tour. While at VP-1, he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, and NSA Bahrain. He served as the Screaming Eagles' Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. In November 2000, he was assigned to CPRW-10 as Training Officer, Operations Officer and Chief Staff Officer. CDR Hitt reported to VP-16 as the XO in March of 2005..." [08AUG2005]

HIXSON, Fred fhixson@gate.net "...I served with VP-30 in 1971 and 1972. I would like to contact others who were in the AV-Arm Division at that time..." [07SEP98]

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]

HOFF, AT1 Dan Retired Home: dhoff2@yahoo.com Work: hoff@mail1.monmouth.army.mil "...Served with VP-40 in the SP5B's out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1965-1967 and with the P-3A's in VP-40 from 1969-1971 (Flight Communicator in both A/C). After a tour of shore duty at NAS Lakehurst, NJ went back to thew P-3 Navy in VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1976-1979. Final tour of shore duty with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, retiring from there on Dec. 31, 1982..." [01DEC98]

HOKANSON, LCDR Andy Retired andyhokanson@sprintmail.com "...VP-49 1958-59 ATAN-ATR2, NESEP 1959-63, VP-49 1964-66 LTJG-LT, VP-30 1966-68 LT, USS Bennington 1969 LT, USS Hornet 1970 LT, NAS Adak, Alaska 1971 LT, USNPGS 1971-72 LT, COMPATWINGSPAC 1973-74 LCDR, VP-47 1975-77 LCDR... I would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 23NOV2000 | 21NOV2000]

HOOKER, AVCM Harry G. Retired HarryJudyH@aol.com "...Served with VP(HM) 13 in NAS Chincoteague, Virginia in 1957 - 1960 as an AT3/AT2. Deployed to Malta and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Squadron redesignated as VP-24 and transferred to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Commissioned VP-30 in June 1960. 1962-Transferred to VP-45 (P5Ms) in Bermuda as an AT/AX1, deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Moved to NAS Jacksonville, Florida with P-3s in 1963. Deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada in 1964 (AXC). Reassigned to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1966. Transferred to VP-44 at Patuxent River in 1968 (AXCS). Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Squadron moved to NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1970, deployed to NAS Bermuda. Transferred to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1971, retired as AVCM in 1973. Currently live in Alachua, FL..." [23SEP2002]

HORSEFIELD, John E. honeyboops@cox.net "...I served two tours of duty with VP-23. I first reported aboard in June 1959 and spent 4 years in the squadron, deploying to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and many more. I was involved in the "Cuban Missle Crisis", Project Mercury and several other exciting world events. I left VP-23 in March 1963 and went to VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida where I was a RAG instructor for three years. I then went to carrier duty in WestPac aboard the USS Kitty Hawk and subsequently returned to VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine for another two year tour. I could go on and on but I know that anyone who reads this will understand the impact of the people I flew with in VP-23 have had on my life. It was, from day one, a fantastic ride and I would do it all over if given the chance..." [28AUG2004]

HORSMAN, John "Pony" jphorsman@aol.com "...I have served with VP-5 (76-79), VP-30 (79-83), VP-23 (87-89), and VP-11 (90-92). If they would let me I would go back and start over tomorrow -- it was always fun and the people I got to know made it memorable -- they were the best part. Thanks..." [05JAN99]

HOSTETLER, Barry boat321@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-44 (1972-1975) at NAS Brunswick, Maine as an IFT with CAC-1. We deployed to NAS Bermuda (1973/1974) and a split deployment to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1974/1975). I then reported to VP-30 (1976-1979) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as the NATOPS IFT Evaluator. Great times had by all..." [13DEC2010]

HOWDEN, Richard M. rm.howde@hotmail.com "...Attended "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee (1974), ASWOC (1975-1977) at NS Rota, Spain Rota Spain, VP-30 (Flight School), VP-44 (1977-1979) with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland flying with CAC-12. Got out in 1979 and moved to London for 6 months. Ended up back in the States and started working at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, Ca. in the Combat Systems Test team. Never spent more than a couple of hours on a ship the entire time in the Navy and ended up working on new construction FFG's. I found out what it was like to "walk the bulkheads" during heavy seas and the port and starboard 1990's that was done to check the ship. Knew right then that I was VERY thankful to have been in the P-3 community and "home every night." I did surveillance while in the Navy and I still do it as my business in Colorado. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15JAN2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 01NOV2013 | 24SEP99]

HOWELL, AWC Ken STOTAW2666@AOL.COM "...I served proudly with the Batmen (VP-24) from '81 to 85, then did time with VP-30, VP-45, RATCEN, VS-41 and now with FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida. "The worst day in the air is still better than the best day on the ground!"..." [26FEB99]

HOYT, AW2 TIM (LONEWOLF) Retired THOYT@AG-CHEM.COM "...SENIOR 2ND CLASS OF THE VP-26 80-83, VP-30 I PRETEND I WAS NEVER THERE IN 83, VP-10 87-90, VP-5 93-94. RETIRED PATWING ONE DET NSF Diego Garcia 86-87. HELLO LANCE'E POOH..." [02MAR98]

HUFFMAN, AWCM Edward J. Retired EHuff50971@aol.com "...I was stationed VT-3 from 70-74, VP-30, VP-26 74-78, NRS Pascagoula, Ms, 78-81, VP-1, 81-84, and NSWC Crane 84-89. The best time I had in the Navy was VP-1. The Screaming Eagles always had the flair for doing everything in STYLE..." [13FEB2000]

HUMPHREY, Dale humphrec@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-45 from 1963 to 1967, VP-30 (P2's)from 1967 to 1968, VP-16 from 1971 to 1975, VP-30 (Instructor FE from 1975 to 1978, VP-56 (NATOPS FE) from 1978 to 1981 and VP-30 (Instructor FE) from 1981 to 1984. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29OCT2006 | 00XX97]

HUNSINGER, Chris ca_hun@yahoo.com "...I served with VXN-8 (1989 to 1991), VP-10 (1992 to 1996), VP-30 (1996 to 1999), PEP DET Valkenburg, VSQ-320, The Netherlands (2000 to 2003), and currently assigned to VX-20. Good to see so many friends listed! Drop me a line..." [BIO Updated 01AUG2003 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 30MAY2001 | 09FEB98]

HUNTLEY, Richard Allan Jr. richard.huntley@ang.af.mil "...I served with VP-30 (05/1986-05/1990). I would be very interested in hearing about any Reunion's and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09MAR2012]

HUTCHISON, AOC (AW/NAC) Keith A. hutch_pro@yahoo.com "...I went through VP-31 from November 1989 to April 1990, VP-40 from April 1990 to May 1993, VP-30 for instructor duty from June 1993 to June 1996, and VP-62 from June 1996 to August 2001. I am going to be retiring after 25 years of service September 19th, 2004 (Sunday) at 14:00 at the NAS Jacksonville, Florida Base Theater. I hope that any of my old Shipmates and friends who can see this can come and be a part. Thanks to everyone for making my tenure and career in the Navy sooo great. I hope to see you at my retirement!..." [02SEP2004]


INGLE, CPO Darryl Retired ingle51@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-30 (01/1980-09/1982) as CNAL NATOPS Evaluator, VP-56 (10/1975-12/1979 and 10/1982-08/1987) and retired while assigned to CPRW-11 (1993). While serving with VP-56 I flew as a SS-3 on Crews 9, 10, and 12 (earned the Battle E during our 1986 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment). Left the Navy and worked for Duval County Schools and then Logistic Services International, Inc. (VP-30 Learning Center Administrator). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 06JAN2017 | 29JAN2000]


JABLONOWSKI, PR1 Raymond rayjablonowski@charter.net "...I served with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from April 1972 to February 1976 (TAD to AIMD most of the time) and VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from February 1976 to May 1979 (TAD to AIMD most of the time)..." [25APR2010]

JACKSON, CDR Guy D. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...CDR Guy D. Jackson, a native of Marietta, Georgia, received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. After basic aviation traing at NAS Pensacola and advanced navigator traing at Mather AFB, CA, he earned his Naval Flight Officer (NFO) wings in April 1989. He reported to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for Fleet replacement P-3C NFO training at VP-30; followed by his first Fleet tour with VP-45. At VP-45 he served as Assistant CMS Officer, Personnel Officer, AW Division Officer, NFO Training Officer, Instructor at the Navigator / Communicator (NAVCOMM) and Tactical Coordinator (TACCO) positions, and Training Department Head. Serving three years with VP-45, he deployed throughout the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Caribbean in the P-3C Update III. He returned to VP-30 as a Fleet Replacement Instructor in November 1992. While at "The Pro's Nest" he instructed in the P3C Update 2, Update 2.5 and Update 3. He also served as Aircrew Coordination Training (ACT) Officer, AE/AO Branch Officer and Instructor TACCO. In February 1995, CDR Jackson joined VP-62 leaving active duty service to pursue an MBA. He joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1996 working in the business assurance practice. In 1998 he took a position as Controller for a Caterpillar dealership. In 2001 he joined Southeast Atlantic Beverage as the Vice President of Finance and CFO. While serving in VP-62 he has held numerous billets including Assistant Operations Officer, AV/ARM Division Officer, Command Services Department Head, Administrative Officer, Maintenance Officer and Executive Assistant. In 1996, he was recognized by the Naval Reserve Association as the Jacksonville Area Naval Flight Officer of the Year. Commander Jackson has been designated Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, NAVCOMM Blue Card Evaluator, TACCO Blue Card Evaluator and Mission Commander. Commander Jackson was the Mission Commander for Combat Aircrew One, the first Reserve AIP crew and winner of the 2001 Liberty Bell ASW Excellence. He has participated in detachments to Iceland, Italy, Greece, Scotland, Australia, Panama, Ecuador, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Key West and Japan. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and various other personal and unit awards and citations..." [16JUN2005]

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]

JACKSON, YN3 Sharon Lee (Gilluly) lee_sharon2002@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 from approximately mid 1973 until Nov 1976 (seemed longer!) I started out at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with the Training Department and was under CAPTAIN Gross and LCDR Dyer (I think those were the names). I went to YN "A" school on Orlando, FL on a returnable quota and came back to Student Control. The Squadron then moved to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and I was sent to supervise the new site while coordinating the shutting down of the old dusta. I subsequently got out and then re-upped going to CINCPACFLT in Hawaii, became a YN1 and then put in for LN, became an LN1 after school in Newport, RI was stationed NAS Seattle, Washington, then Navy JAG Washington, DC. When I got out I was married and my name is Sharon L. Jackson. I've been trying to find a very dear old friend who was the wife of a Navy member in a squadron at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Does anyone know a Diane Irene Hamel who still lives in FLA I believe. She was originally from NJ and her maiden name was Polish, I can't remember it. It was SOOOO great to VP-30 in print, I have many good memories from my days with the Airdale Navy (and really didn't like being with the "Blackshoes" or Brownshoes depending on your time in the Navy). Thanks for letting me write in..." [07FEB2004]

JARRETT, AXCS Chris Retired bigredwing@hotmail.com "...I started my career in SH-3D Helo's back in 1969 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and did three years with the squadron on the USS Intrepid. Then I finally got smart and as an AX2 moved up to P-3C's and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. When the Squadron moved to NAS Jacksonville, Florida I worked the night shift at VP-30 until 1976 when I moved over to VP-45. As a VP-45 Pellican I was "homegrown" into a Flight Tech on Crew 1 and ultimately took over Crew 9 as the tech. My next move was to the ASWOC at NAS Jacksonville, Florida which was and still is a component of CPW-11. There I made AXC and ran the ASWOC Maintenance shop. With that experience I transfered overseas to ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and had probably the best tour of my career. In 1986 I went to the Senior Enlisted Academy as an AXCS and my final duty station was at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland / St. Inigoes Maryland with SPAWAR supporting the TSC and MOCC programs. In 1989 I retired and I'm still at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland supporting SPAWAR and am employed by Eagan McAllister Associates. I look forward to hearing from any of my old Shipmates..." [15FEB2007]

Memorial Picture "...JENKINS, AVCM William H...William H. Jenkins passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday, March 7th following a long battle with cancer. Harvey was born in Washington, DC August 12, 1938 but resided the last 33 years in Orange Park having retired from a 30 year Naval Career. He is survived by his devoted wife, Elbreta (Al) Jenkins; daughters: Wendy and Kelley Jenkins; son, William and his wife, Jill and their sons: Fenn, Jack and Will Jenkins and their daughter, Meredith "Meri" and her husband, Robert Pyle and their daughter Erin and son William Pyle. He is also survived by his cousin, Linda Martin. He was a past Master of Orange Park Lodge #267 F&AM, a past Patron of Orange Park OES #226, and a member of the Middleburg Presbyterian Church. A viewing will be held Thursday, 6-8 PM on March 9th and funeral services will be held Friday, 11 AM, March 10th at HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Rd, Middleburg. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to OP Lodge #267 F&AM and Middleburg Presbyterian Church. AWCM Jenkins, a native of Washington D.C., began his naval career in September 1955 with tours of duty in VP-622, NAS Anacostia, D.C., and later VP-861 at NAS New York. His next assignment included NAS Pensacola, Florida, at "A" and "B" schools at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee, and VP-8. He then served with the Federal German Naval Air Wing at FGNAS Nordholz, West Germany, where he earned designation as an ASW aircrewman in the BR-1150 Atlantic ASW aircraft. Following a tour with VP-30 he was transferred to the staff of Commander Fleet Air, Keflavik, Iceland, where he served as Tactical Support Center Watch Officer. He joined the USS Saratoga (CV-60) as ASW Watch Officer in 1974, following his tour with service on the staff of Commander Air ASW Wing One, Cecil Field, Florida. He reported to VP-24 in January 1980 and assumed the duties of Command Master Chief until June 1985 retiring with 30 years of Naval Service..." Contributed by Bruce Barney ibbarney@comcast.net [03APR2006]

JENNINGS, AWC STEVE JJENN20396@AOL.COM "...I WAS STATIONED WITH VP-4 FROM 83 TO 87. I AM CURRENTLY WITH VP-30. I NEED TO FIND AWC KEVIN L. BROOKS, USN RET. LAST KNOWN AT DAMNNECK, VA. I HAVE A WHOLE LIST OF PEOPLE I WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT ALL WHO WERE WITH ME IN "SKINNY DRAGON HEAVEN". LET ME GIVE YOU A SHORT LIST: CWO4 W. "SOUPY" CAMPBELL, LT. W. GAST (crw 6 'fo), AW1 Daryl Ackerman--"WERE OUT OF HERE", AW1 J C BLACK "I'M THE INDIAN", CDR. W."BULL" JOHNSON, AND FORMER "SKINNY TAPEWORM" WHO WILL BE IN THE JAX AREA ON 23 JULY. I WOULD BE HONORED TO HAVE YOU AT MY RETIREMENT CELEBRATING 22 YRS OF SERVICE. LET ME ADD MORE SKINNYS: AW1 CHRIS "BAD MOON RISIN'" MOON, AW1 TIM ROUSH, AT1 KEITH "HOWS YOUR DOG" ROGGENSIS, A01 PHILLIP "Z" ZAVODNY, AND AW1 RUSS "STINKY FEET JAKE" JACOBUS. I HOPE YOU CAN POSSIBLY MAKE IT ON 23 JULY OH, WE CANT FORGET AWC JOSEPH "P-3 JOE" FLANNERY. I KNOW ADR1 CECIL B "THE SNOOKER" HEATH, FE EXTRAODINARE ON CAC CREW 4 AND MOST RECENTLY WITH CAC 6 ALONG WITH CW04 BURL "UNCLE MILTIE" HAYNES ARE OUT THERE. I HOPE I DIDN'T LEAVE ANY ONE OUT. THANKS GUYS..." [24FEB99]

JOHNSON, ADR3 Bruce koty2@verizon.net "...I served with VP-30 Detachment NAS Jacksonville, Florida from May 1966 to October 1968. I worked in Powerplants Shop (ADR3), flew on the SP2H and worked at the BlueJackets Inn. I transfer'd to VS-30 NAS Key West, Florida from October 1968 to September 1969. I have many good memories of Jacksonville and Shipmates I served with..." [E-Mail Updated 03JAN2011 | 20JAN2004]

JOHNSON, AO1 (AC) David hover32@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-11 Jun '70 - Dec '75 was my first PCS orders after AO-A School and VP-30 aircrew training. I then went to AO-C school Jan-Jun '76 and then VT-86 Jul '76 - Aug '78. Discharged Aug '78. VP-94 (USNR) from Aug '78 - Apr '82. Active duty Apr '82, CV-67 (JFK) May '82 -May '86. Discharged '86. Reserves (drilling)'88 to '99 in CV-60 and CV-72 NRC Memphis. Currently in IRR (no drills) planning to retire in 2009..." [08JUN2001]

JOHNSON, Donnie johndaj@aol.com "...After serving 5 years in an A-7 Squadron, (VA-15) and making 4 cruises. I decided to try out this thing called VP. That was somewhat of a good decision on my part. I started out in VP-30 from December 1985 to June 1989. Then went to VP-24 from July 1989 to decom in May 1995. From there I went back to VP-30 from May 1995 till my retirement in October 1998. My current job still has me venturing through the hangars from time to time. I have a lot of good memories of the deployments I was on and can say I met a hell of a lot of good people I can call Friends and Shipmates. Drop me a line sometime..." [26OCT99]

JOHNSON, AT1 Lamont Retired lamont764@live.com "...I served with VP-30, VP-31, VP-48, VP-5, NSF Diego Garcia, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida and retired October 1998..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JUL2013 | 06AUG98]

JOHNSON, ADCS Mike MPJ77@msn.com "...P-3 F/E, VP-6 82 to 86, VP-31 86 to 90, VP-9 90 to 92, CNAP Evaluator 92 to 95, VP-30 VR-DET as CINC LANT Fleet Crew F/E, and now with VR-1 at Andrews AFB, MD..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05DEC2001]]

JONES, LT Buck P. Retired bpj1927@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-45 (April 1963 to February 1970 and April 1979 to September 1981), VP-49, VP-62, VT-7 and AIMD Meridian, MS. I attended Aviation "P" School in NAS Norman, Oklahoma, OK, AMS "A" and "B" School in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-30 P5M Plane Captain RAG, VP-30 Det "A" P-3 FE RAG, and Warrant Officer Academy NAS Pensacola, Florida. I retired in Sep 1981. I am currently President of the Patron Four Five Association (http://www.vp45association.org). The very best to all my former Shipmates..." [05FEB2010]

JONES, Jeremy bayou_boy1@excite.com "...I served with VP-11 from 1992-1996. I would love to get in touch with all my old Proud Pegasai buds. I am now with VP-10 after a grulling 2 years with VP-30..." [18SEP2002]

JONES, AKC St. Clair Retired st.clair.jones@navy.mil "...I served with VP-30 (1997-2000) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [10DEC2013]

JONG, Bert de bertdaan@zonnet.nl"...I was a PEP Flight Engineer from the Netherlands within the VP-30 Squadron at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an IFE and had a great time...I am back on the internet (160698) and the site is still looking great. I was in the VP-30 squadron from 1994 until 1997 where i served as a PEP instructor Flight Engineer. At the moment, I am back at the "home plate" in the Netherlands performing a "sea duty" tour in the 320 squadron at NAS Valkenburg. Just want to tell all my friends in the USA I am still here and maybe we'll meet again, so long guys...I am (we are) allmost done. The Dutch government killed the subkillers by selling our updated P-3's to Germany. They are blind to what we realy do such as druginterdiction-, coastguard-, fisherypatrol-, polution-, humanitarianflights, you name it. So now we have to teach the Germans how to fly P-3's, than go find an other job. Looking back to a great time in the P-3 community as a FE with over 6000 hours. I'm gonna miss it big time. Greatings from Holland. (VSQ-2, VSQ-320, VSQ-321, VP-30) Present Ops.O. on NAS Valkenburg. See ya and take care..." [E-Mail BIO Updated 14JAN2005 | Updated 19JUN98]

JOSEPH, ATC Charlie Retired Shipmate Pix1974! cjoseph@eagle1.eaglenet.com"...VP-30 (P3C In-flight Tech Instructor) and AIMD, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Retired in 1976..." Personal Homepage: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/5922/

JONES, Johnnie jajones4705@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-30 in 1980, VP-44 from 1980 to 1984, VX-1 from 1985 to 1989, CTF-67 from 1989 to 1992, USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) from 1992 to 1993, AfloatTraGruPac from 1994 to 1997 and TSC NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1997 to 1999 and transferred to Fleet Reserve 1999. I've enjoyed being in and around P-3's..." [E-Mail Updated 03AUG2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 02FEB2000 | 00JAN97]

JONES, CDR Scott D. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...Commander Scott Jones was born and raised in Sacramento, California. At 17 years old, Commander Jones quit high school and enlisted in the navy where he served 6 years as an Electronic Warfare Technician. He completed Western Pacific cruises aboard the USS O'Callahan (FF-1051) and the USS David R. Ray (DD-971). Commander Jones attended night school for most of his enlisted years and in October 1987 graduated from National University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He completed Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988 and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1989. After P-3 replacement training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported to VP-44 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. While attached to the Golden Pelicans he served as the Security Manager and Personnel Officer. Upon the disestablishment of VP-44 in 1991, he reported to the VP-8 Tigers assigned to Jeddah Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm. While assigned to VP-8, Commander Jones served in several positions including Plans and Readiness Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Pilot Natops Officer and Safety/ Natops Department Head. He qualified as a P-3C Patrol Plane Commander, Natops Instructor Pilot and Beartrap Mission Commander. During his tour with VP-8 he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR with detachments to Europe, Greenland, and NAS Bermuda. After completing his tour with VP-8, Commander Jones reported to VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas where he served as a Primary and Intermediate Flight Instructor. While attached to VT-27, he was qualified to instruct in Basic Familiarization, Basic Instruments, Precision Aerobatics, Radio Instruments, Night Familiarization, Airways Navigation, and Formation flight. He concurrently held positions as the Assistant Safety Officer and Flight Leader. In August 1995, upon his release from active duty, Commander Jones affiliated with the fighting Totems of VP-69. He has qualified as Mission Commander, Patrol Plane Commander and Natops Instructor Pilot while serving as a Totem. He has completed detachments to Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, the Pacific and the Caribbean. He served as Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, Pilot Standardization Officer and Executive Assistant prior to his recent selection as Executive Officer. His military decorations include Navy Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and various other personal and unit awards. In civilian life, Commander Jones is a 747-400 First Officer for United Airlines based in San Francisco, California..." [19JUN2005]

JONG, Bert de bertdaan@zonnet.nl"...I was a PEP Flight Engineer from the Netherlands within the VP-30 Squadron at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an IFE and had a great time...I am back on the internet (160698) and the site is still looking great. I was in the VP-30 squadron from 1994 until 1997 where i served as a PEP instructor Flight Engineer. At the moment, I am back at the "home plate" in the Netherlands performing a "sea duty" tour in the 320 squadron at NAS Valkenburg. Just want to tell all my friends in the USA I am still here and maybe we'll meet again, so long guys...I am (we are) allmost done. The Dutch government killed the subkillers by selling our updated P-3's to Germany. They are blind to what we realy do such as druginterdiction-, coastguard-, fisherypatrol-, polution-, humanitarianflights, you name it. So now we have to teach the Germans how to fly P-3's, than go find an other job. Looking back to a great time in the P-3 community as a FE with over 6000 hours. I'm gonna miss it big time. Greatings from Holland. (VSQ-2, VSQ-320, VSQ-321, VP-30) Present Ops.O. on NAS Valkenburg. See ya and take care..." [E-Mail BIO Updated 14JAN2005 | Updated 19JUN98]


KALETA, EAWC d Retired ekaleta@prb.net "...Commands, in reverse order, VX-1, USS Saratoga, ASWOC NAS Sigonella, Sicily, TSC NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-44, VP-8, VP-30, VS-34 , USS Randolph, USS Essex, VW-13. Current employment with PRB Associates near NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as part of the TSC, DIAC and FTAS Software Support Activity. Best wishes to all former Shipmates..." [13NOV98]

KAUFFMAN, George E. GEKAUFFMAN@AOL.COM "...I did one tour in VP-24 and VP-30 back in the 70s and retired in 1992 as an AOCM..." [19FEB2000]

KECK, Randy keck.randy@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 from 1979 to 1983, VP-56 from 1983 to 1987 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily and back to VP-30 from 1987 to 1991. Any chance to catch a Space A flight on a P-3 as a Navy Retiree..." [16JUN2010]

KEENAN, Harry Retired cplhenry@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-30 until January 1984, then in VP-16 until June 1989. Retired In Mayport in 1995 on USS Kennedy (CV-67). I thought about you guys every time a hot rod hit the flight deck. Thanks!..." [08FEB2002]

KELSO, AWC(AW) John kelsoj_98201@yahoo.com "...I was assigned to VP-5 as an Acoustic operator from July 1988 to September 1993. Instructed at VP-30 from November 1993 to April 1996. USS Abraham Lincoln from October 1996 to October 1999. Currently assigned to VP-46..." [E-Mail Updated 10NOV2001 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 13NOV99 | 13FEB98]

KENNEDY, CDR Craig M. http://www.unl.edu/nrotc/Instructors/instructors.htm "...Commander Kennedy received his commission in 1979 upon graduation from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather Air Force Base, earning his "Wings of Gold" in September 1980. Following initial training at VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Commander Kennedy reported to VP-5, where he served as Human Relations Officer, Personnel Officer and NFO Training Officer. During this tour, he deployed twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and completed a split deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. He then attended the Naval Postgraduate School where is received a Masters of Science in Systems Technology in September 1986. CDR Kennedy next served as Air Transfer Officer and Assistant Air Operations Officer onboard USS RANGER (CV-61), deploying to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. Following his disassociated sea tour, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), where he served as Training Officer and worked on several Operational Test and Evaluation (OTE) projects including the MK 50 Lightweight Torpedo. This tour was followed by his department head tour with VP-26, where he was OIC of the squadron's 3 plane, five crew drug interdiction detachment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and again deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. CDR Kennedy then reported to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in April 1993, where he was in charge of the command's two Automated Data Processing centers and three Special Communications Centers. After ONI's reorganization, CDR Kennedy become the Operations Officer for the Systems Directorate, ensuring the smooth daily operation of an organization of over 300 military and civilian workers. He then spent 18 months in training before reporting in January 1998 to the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria as U.S. Naval Attaché. He arrived as the Executive Officer of the NROTC Unit, University of Nebraska in February 2000. He became Commanding Officer in Aug 2002..." [13JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...KERR, AD1 Charles "Chuck"...AD1 Charles "Chuck" Kerr passed away in July, 2011. Chuck served in VP-24 (VA(HM)-13) (1956-1960) and commissioned VP-30 on July 1, 1960. He was an excellent Plane Captain/Flight Engineer and will be sorely missed..." Contributed by McCOMAS, AVCM Finis "Mac" Retired mcporet@newwavecomm.net [03OCT2011]

KERZNER, YN Amy D. anelson@defsup.com "...I served (1977-1981) with VP-31 (ADMIN and FRAMP) and VP-9 with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [31JAN2012]

KESLER, ATC(AW) Paul Retired keslerwp@yahoo.com "...I have completed 22 years with 5900 hours as In-Flight Technicnan in P-3 Aircraft. I served in VP-22 from 1984 to 1988 deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1984, 1985 - 1986) and NAS Adak, Alaska (1987); EEAP program at Leeward Community College from 1988 to 1990; VPU-2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1990 to 1993; VP-30 [Student] from 1993 to 1994; RATCEN NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from 1994 to 1997; VP-40 from 1997 to 2000, Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron renamed Air Test and Ebaluation Squadron Twenty VX-20, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 2001 to 2004, and retired in April 2004..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31MAR2004 | 23MAY98]

KIMMEY, AWC(NAC) Russ Retired RKimmeyP3C@aol.com "...Duty stations include: ASWOC/TSC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 1976 - 1977, VP-49 1978 - 1979, VP-30 1979 - 1983, VP-56 1983-1987, AW (A1) School NATTC Millington 1987 - 1992, Line of Duty Investigator & Physical Security Officer NATTC Millington 1992 - 1994. Now working for Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. Facilities Management Services..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 13OCT2001]

KING, Kirby UPNDN1@AOL.COM "...Stationed at VP-30 From 80 to Nov. 84 then transfered to VP-60 from NOV. 84 to Nov. 88. I became a civilian and still reside in the Chicago area. Would like to chat with anyone that may have crossed paths with me in that 8 year period..." [04DEC98]

Memorial Picture "...KIRBY, AE1 Ed...Sad news to report. AE1 Ed Kirby passed away this morning 14 June after fighting cancer the past few years. Ed served with VP-9, VP-30, VP-45 and VX-1..." Contributed by Steven Wolf wolf648@gmail.com [25JUL2017]

KIRBY, Ed edkirby@writeme.com "...AE1 (forever) Ed Kirby, VP-9 CAC-5 from April 85 - Sept 88, "The Black Hole" NMPC/BUPERS Dallas Tx., VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, & VP-45 here in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Hoping to go to 30 Sept 98 and retire behind the podium in VP-30 (Sept 2000). Since the next higher rank keeps eluding me. That's okay, it's been fun for the most part..." [28APR98]

KIRK, Doug dkirk@netease.net "...I served in VP-22 65-70, VP-24 71-75, VP-30 75-77. Did some time in VF101, NAS Chase Fld, TEX. USS IDEPENDENCE Retired AOC(AW) at Beeville Texas 1988. Would like to here from the BLUE GEESE Shipmates back in the mid and late 60's. Would like to find AT Steve Marshall, AO Dale Hood, and AT Billy Hicks..." [26OCT2000]

KIRKLAND, CDR Douglas I. Retired dikirkland@worldnet.att.net "...Waiting to hear from VP-23 (1974-1977), VP-30 (1977-1979), VP-93 (1981-1988) Shipmates! Let me know if you are headed to PCB and we'll hook up! SKULL/OX/MEGAPHONE MAN/HR..." [23AUG99]

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]

KNOTTS, John jknotts53@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (05/1972-06/1974) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and the USS Forrestal (CVA-59). I met my wife (she was attending St. Marys College) while serving with VP-30. We were married at the base chapel and we have been together ever since. I worked at Veterans Adminastration until retirement in 2008. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [05NOV2013]

KOIS, ADCS(AC) Robert "Bob" Retired p2vairdale@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 (1956-1960) CAC-6, VP-30 (1960-1964) PC Instructor P2 and P5M, VP-16 (1964-1967) P-3 FE and VP-44 (1971-1974) P-3 FE. I was a "plank owner" in VP-30 first assigned to VP-30 Det A, NAS Norfolk, Virginia flying P5M Seaplanes, moved in 1961 to NAS Jacksonville, Florida operating the seaplanes on the St. Johns River training the VP Seaplane crews from NAS Bermuda. When the P5M's were phased out I returned to the P2 flight line. I was in VP-30 when the squadron was ordered to "Operational Status" to participate in the Cuban Missle Crisis. Retired in 1978. Currently residing in SW Florida enjoying life..." [30OCT2010]

KOOY, Peter E. peterkooy@msn.com "...I served with VP-4, VP-5, VP-31, VP-16, VC-8, VP-30, and VP-31. I would like to give a shout out to all that served with me and to leave my E-Mail address. Out of all the squadrens I was in VP-5 was hands down the one I liked the best. Go Mad Fox Go!..." [11JAN2007]

KOSSELAK, Steve SKoszelak@cs.com "...Assigned to VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1974. Transferred to NAS Jacksonville, Florida with VP-30 homeport change. Lead PN in advanced party. Transferred in August 1976. Would like to hear from anyone in VP-30 at the time..." [10NOV2000]

KRUEGER, CDR Michael J. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...Commander Michael (Freddy) Krueger was born in Moorhead, MN and grew up in Bloomington, MN. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1985. Following P-3 fleet replacement training at VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported to VP-49, homeported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He held several positions at VP-49 including Aviation Electric Branch Officer, Power Plants Branch Officer, Personnel Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. He qualified as a P-3C Plane Commander and Instructor Pilot. During this tour he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, along with numerous detachments in Europe and the Caribbean. After leaving VP-49 in 1989, Commander Krueger served as a Primary and Intermediate Flight Instructor at Training Squadron Two, NAS Whiting Field. There he instructed in Basic Familiarization, Basic Instruments, Aerobatics, Radio Instruments, Night Familiarization, Airways Navigation, Visual Navigation and Intermediate Radio Instruments. Commander Krueger reported on board USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in January 1992 as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. He served as Arresting Gear Branch Officer, Waist Catapult Branch Officer, Bow Catapult Branch Officer and V-1 Division Officer during a deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. He qualified as a Helicopter Control Officer and Assistant Command Duty Officer. In January 1995, following release from active duty, Commander Krueger joined VP-69, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He has qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot. He completed detachments in the Pacific, Caribbean, South American and European theaters. He served as Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, Administration Officer, Executive Assistant and Executive Officer prior to his recent selection as Commanding Officer. His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and various other personal and unit awards. In civilian life, Commander Krueger is employed by Southwest Airlines as a B-737 First Officer based in Oakland, California. He is married to the former Jennifer Willey of Centralia, Washington, and they reside in Woodinville, Washington..." [19JUN2005]

KUKAHIKO, CW03 John "Kook" jkukahiko@verizon.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1984 to 1988, VP-31 from 1988 to 1991, VP-23 from 1992 to 1994, and VP-30 from 2001 to -2002. Would like to say "Hello" to all who remember me..." [E-Mail/Rank Updated 20JAN2006 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 16JUL2004 | 30DEC98]

KYZER, CDR Brad Retired brad@bradkyzer.com "...I served with VP-16 (1971-1974), VP-30 (1974-1977) and VP-62 (1978-1986). I live in Augusta, Georgia where I have been a State Farm agent for the past 32 years. Hope all my old Shipmates are doing well..." [03MAR2012]


LAIR, AWC(AW/NAC) Tim tlair@msa.attmil.ne.jp "...stationed with VP-4 80-83; CPW-2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 83-86; USS Ranger(CV-61) 86-89; VP-50 89-92; VP-31 92-93(Decommissioned); VP-30 93-95; VP-1 95; VP-40 95-Present. Currently selected for CWO2 with orders to PATWINGONE Det Misawa, Japan. 98-Present; have orders to FMP MOCC LANT Jacksonville in April 2000. Would like to hear from old Shipmates!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25NOV99]

LaJOICE, Stephen J. burnsbrp@freeway.net "...I did a two year tour with VP-30 in 1972 and 73 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as an ATAN. I was a Radio Operator and Inflight Avionics tech working out of the Avionics shop. Pull a little under a 1000 crew hour in that period. It was an exiting time. Lotsa flying, good crews and P-3 Orions. It dont get much better! I ran across a photo of a 95000 hour flight we did some time during that period. The crew was made up of Lt Jerry Kruger, plane commander; Ltjg R.K. Crowe; Ltjg J. Nelson; At3 Eric Gunderson, Radio Operator; I was the Aft Observer and ADRC Joseph Mayers was the Flight Engineer. Unfortunately, I don't have the details. This photo was published as a article in the Tester and was written by PH2 L.D. Albers. It shows Squadran Commander R.A. Martini congratulating the crew. If my memory serves me right, the bird was a hangar queen used to canabalize parts. Some one found out she was close to landmark hours. She was fixed up and we flew her until she reached that goal. If any one out there has the details of this flight I'd like to know. I have the Photo and would gladly share it. Thanks and keep flying..." [01JUL99]

LALLY, CDR Bob http://www.atsugi.navy.mil/cprw1/page4.html "...Commander Bob Lally graduated from Georgia Tech in 1982. Following flight training, he reported to the Dragons of VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in June 1984. CDR Lally deployed with VP-56 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NAS Sigonella, Sicily; and NAS Bermuda. Of significance, during the 1986 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment, VP-56 flew combat missions in support of combat operations against Libya (Operation EL DORADO CANYON). In December 1987, CDR Lally received orders as Flight Instructor to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California. In October 1989, he reported to Carrier Group SIX (CCG-6) at Mayport, Florida, to serve aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) as Flag Secretary/Flag Lieutenant. CCG 6 staff embarked on the missions of Operation DESERT SHIELD, Operation DESERT STORM, Operation PROVIDE COMFORT, and a variety of shipboard detachments to the Caribbean in support of Joint Task Force FOUR counter-narcotics operations. CDR Lally reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) in Washington, DC as the VP Sea/Shore Detailer and served as the Naval Aviation Shore Coordinator. Following refresher training at VP-30, CDR Lally was assigned to VP-56, "Grey Knights" in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. During the tour, he deployed to Central Command (CENTCOM)/5th Fleet and served as Operations Officer, Officer in Charge of Masirah, Oman, Cobra Gold 1995, and CARAT 1995 in Thailand and Malaysia. In November 1996, he reported to CPW-10 where he served as Operations Officer and Chief Staff Officer. In January 1997, he then reported to COMMANDER, PATROL WINGS PACIFIC as Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower. Additionally, he took on the role as Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Officer for the congressionally mandated closure of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and ultimate move to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Prior to reporting as Executive Officer of VP-9, he earned a Master of Science Degree in National Strategic Studies from National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. In July 2001, CDR Lally assumed command of the Golden Eagles of VP-9 while on a CENTCOM/5th Fleet deployment. During the squadron's combat deployment supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism, VP-9 flew more hours than any patrol squadron since the Vietnam era. While serving with VP-9, the squadron was recognized for its efforts as the Chief of Naval Operation's Battle E Patrol Squadron for 2001. Upon arrival home in December 2001, Association of Naval Aviators; Navy League; Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Pacific; and local community leaders recognized numerous Golden Eagles for their unselfish, dedicated individual efforts in support of combat operations. CDR Lally flew more than 30 combat missions which included more than 400 combat hours and the first strike missions by Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility. In July 2002, he reported to his current command, CPRW-1, Task Force 57/72. He initially served as Operations Officer and is now Chief Staff Officer. CDR Lally's awards include the Bronze Star, Air Medal (First strike/First flight), Meritorious Service Medal with one star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with five gold stars/with two combat distinguishing devices..." [29JUN2003]

LAMBERT, RAW/OTACS (NAC/IUSS) eynolds (LaDon) Retired mailhandlerbama@aol.com "...Served in VS-30 (76-79), VP-1 (80-83), VP-30 (83-86), VP-44 (86-88) Medical grounding in 88 converted to the OTA rating stationed at NOPF Ford Island Hi, NAVFAC Centerville Beach CA, NAVFAC NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NETPDC Saufley Field, Pensacola Florida as an OTA. Retired in NOV 98 Currently working for the U.S. Postal Service and living in Pace, Fla. Any old Shipmates please contact would love to talk about old times in the VP Navy..." [17JAN2001]

LANDERS, CDR James Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp-47/html/body_executive_officer.html "...A native of Caledonia, Mississippi, Commander Landers graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and was commissioned through the NROTC program in 1987. He began his Naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer serving as Gunnery Officer and Navigator aboard USS Vreeland (FF 1068) homeported in Mayport, FL. Completing Naval Flight Officer training in 1991, he reported to VP-45 where he qualified as P-3C UDIII Tactical Coordinator/Mission Commander and served as NFO Training Officer, Assistant Training Officer and Assistant Task Group Operations Officer. During this tour, he deployed with the Pelicans to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and led numerous detachments, including to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Operation Sharp Guard and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm. In 1995, he reported to VP-30 as a FRS Instructor, and was assigned to the CNO Fleet Projects Team where he performed duties as the first Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) Fleet Introduction Officer. In this capacity he was instrumental in establishing the VP community's solid foundation for the most advanced mission system upgrade in Maritime Patrol Aircraft history. For his efforts with AIP Fleet Introduction, he was awarded the Association of Naval Aviation (ANA) Outstanding Achievement Award for Maritime Patrol (1997). Returning to sea duty in 1998, he reported to the MAD FOXES of VP-5 as Tactics Officer. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, he led combat support surveillance missions over Bosnia, Herzegovina in support of Operation Deliberate Forge and Kosovo in support of Operation Eagle Eye. He served as Training Officer through a resource limited inter-deployment training cycle and as Operations and Task Group Operations Officer deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Reporting to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in 2000, he served as the Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Programs Officer in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Requirements Division (N74). In this capacity, he contributed to programming and planning for critical war fighting improvements to ASW platforms and sensors. Transferring to U.S. Pacific Command in 2002, Commander Landers served as the Deputy Chief of the Joint Interagency Coordination Group for Counter Terrorism (JIACG/CT) in the Operations Directorate (J3). Among the notable achievements while at PACOM, he led the development of the Pacific Command's Regional Maritime Security Program and Southeast Asia Maritime Security (SEAMS) Initiative. CDR Landers is currently XO of VP-47. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medal..." [20APR2005]

LARSON, JD jdlarson@srt.com "...I served with VAW-114 (1979-1982), NAS Miramar, California (1982-1985) AIMD Avionics, VP-49 (1986-1990), VP-30 (1990-1993), VS-24 (1993-1996) and NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (1996-1999)..." [27NOV2014]

LEARNARD, Gary learnard@comcast.net "...I served with VP-30 Air Frame School - Hanger 1000 WC 220 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [31AUG2011]

LEE, ATR2 Jerry jlee@cchc-mckinney.org "...I served with VP-30 from 1967 to 1970 as an ATR2. Worked in the maintenance group..." [19APR2006]

LEIGHTON, LCDR H. R. 'BERT' Retired bertl@lakegastoncc.org "...I served two tours in VP-24. 1965-1968 in P2V-7/SP2H and P-3B's and 1970-1972, in P-3C's, with a tour in VP-30 in between from 1968-1970, then as P-3C Training Director, FASOTRAGRULANT 1972-1975. VP TACCO for 10 years and enjoyed every minute and all the friends during those years. Retired 1975 and live on Lake Gaston, N.C. and at OLD PATUXENT FARM, Hollywood M.D. where sailing, golf, and fishing are tops at both places. Drop me a line and -come on down..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAY2002 | 17OCT99]

LENAGAR, AW1 DAVID slenagar@whidbey.net "...I am currently in VP-40 and have been VP my whole career. I have orders to VP-30 and leave in May to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While on deployment to Japan 5 months ago we parked our P-3C next to a Japanese P5M on the line at NAS Atsugi, Japan. That was a bad ass airplane....Must have been fun to fly..." [01APR98]

LECCO, ADCS(AW/NAC) ED Retired elecco@home.com "...After starting out my career on the "Connie" with shore-duty to follow, I saw the light! I completed initial P-3 Flight Engineer training at VP-30 in 1987. From there I headed west (and have stayed ever since) to VP-1 from 87 to 90. Next stop was Instructor duty in VP-31 (awesome duty...some of "the best" FE's in the Navy were in NAS Moffett Field, California at this time) where I resided until 93. Then it was back to Hawaii to the Skinny Dragons of VP-4 (another outstanding squadron!). I finished duty with VP-4 in 97 and transferred to CPWP as West Coast FE NATOPS Evaluator. I moved withCPWP (now called CPRFP) to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where I finally retired. I now reside in Pleasanton, CA,. The only thing I miss about the Navy are the people! Take care, and drop me a line..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21AUG2000 | E-Mail Updated 01FEB99 | 24DEC97]

LeCLAIR, vRick oft2f87@aol.com "...I would like to add a section concerning me to the Shipmates page. It is: I initially underwent P-3 Flight Engineer Training at VP-30 in 1986. My first FE tour was with the VP-1 Screaming Eagles (87-91) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. For Shore duty I then transferred to NAMTGD (91-93), NAS Moffett Field, California teaching the P-3 Flight Engineer Systems Familiarization Course. Back to "sea duty" with the VQ-1 World Watchers ('93-'96) Agana, Guam and homeport changed to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I am currently assigned to CPWP as the FE training SCPO. I look forward to hearing from those of you who knew and/or flew with me..." [21JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...LEE, Jack...Passed away on Monday, June 16, 2003 in Orange Park, FL. Jack was a 20 year resident of Orange Park and retired in 1991 from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief after 23 years service, serving as a flight engineer in the P-3 community. He was a member of F&AM, Cabul Lodge, Green Cove Springs, Fleet Reserve Branch 93, and an active member of the Clay County Gator Nation. Mr. Lee was currently employed by Nav Air. Survivors include his loving wife of 18 years, Cullene; daughter, Angela Fuller; mother, Corrine Gore; mother-in- law, Wilda Fuller; sisters, Amber Ka Lee, Mary Sue Nolte and Mona Pearl Constable; brother, James Guy Lee; numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2003, 10:00 AM in the chapel of JACKSONVILLE MEMORY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL. Inurnment of ashes will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Hospice of NE Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL: 32257 in Jacks memory, would be appreciated. Please sign the Guestbook at Jacksonville.com (Published in the Florida Times-Union from 6/18/2003 - 6/19/2003.) Jack served with VP-24, VP-30, VP-48, and VQ-2..." Contributed by Bruce Barney ibbarney@comcast.net [22JUN2003]

LEE, Jack [Passed away on Monday, June 16, 2003 in Orange Park, FL] "...I served in VP-48, VQ-2, VP-30 and VP-24. I retired in 1992 while serving at AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I'm now a support contractor for the P3 APML working PDM, SRP, and scheduled maintenance programs. If I could be of any help to anyone drop me a line. I would like to here from shipmates I served with..." [ICQ# 6133630] [15DEC97]

LEEP, ATCS(AW) Steven Retired p3rcm@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-23, VP-8, Force Warfare Aircraft Test (FWATD), VP-30 and Naval Air Maintenance TRAining GRoUp DETachment (NAMTRAGRUDET)..." [19OCT2014]

LEGGETT, AW1 Ray Retired rayleggett@bajabb.com "...I attended Boot Camp at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and CTR "A" School at NAS Pensacola, Florida. My first tour I had asked for "anywhere" in Europe and got NAS Keflavik, Iceland (I guess my detailer had a sense of humor!) and NS Rota, Spain. I requested a rate change from CTR to AW (1972) while attached to ASCAC NS Rota, Spain for OJT (Thanks AWC Kangas!) until I could get into AW "A" School. While at the ASCAC I was awarded a flight status. January 1973 I was TAD to Souda Bay, Crete during the Arab/Israeli conflict. Finally, in January 1974, I made it to AW "A" School. Next, I went to VP-31 for P-3C flight training and FASO at NAS Moffett Field, California. Following SERE and DWEST training at Warner Springs/San Diego, I joined VP-47 on deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska (09/1974-01/1975). Deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan (02/1976-07/1976). After ASWOC Operators training at Dam Neck I was assigned to ASWOC (11/1977-11/1979) NAS Agana, Guam, ASWOC (12/1979-12/1982) NAS North Island, San Diego, California, ASWOC (01/1983-12/1985) NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, VP-30 (01/1986-04/1986) P-3C UII Training, VP-26 (04/1986-08/1988) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (06/1986-11/1986) and NAS Keflavik, Iceland (12/1987-05/1988), Instructor Training (taught oceanography and gram analysis) at Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Atlantic (FASOTRAGRULANT) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and on September 30, 1990 - Fleet Reserve!..." [29JUL2011]

LEINHAUSER, AWC John Retired jleinhauser@earthlink.net "...VP-16, VP-30, CPWL TTT, VP-24, CPWL Special Projects..." [26FEB98]

LEMOIS, AW1(AW/NAC) Robert "Bob" robert.lemois@gmail.com "...I served with RATCEN, VP-92, VP-31, VP-6, VP-92, VP-30, COMRESPATWINGPAC, FMP MOCC EPAC, VP-62 and RESASWTRACEN. Hope to hear from old Shipmates..." [07AUG2009]

LEONARD, RMCS(SW) Leo Retired leonard01@mediaone.net "...I was stationed at VP-30 1993-1994. Great command and people. Treated this blackshoe great..." [05FEB2000]

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]

LIMBRICK, Bob rabrick@ix.netcom.com "...They say you only remember the good times...and good people. GREAT to see some old names still pingin'! I was in VP-30 for AW nuggget training in early 76, then to VP-49, SS3/CAC4 from Dec 76 - 79 - Made those damn deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Bermuuuuuda! Sure would love to hear from any of ya'll who remember me. And for those that do, NO, I haven't written the book yet, but it's never too late..." [03DEC98]

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

LITTLE, AO3 Jason jasonalittle@comcast.net "...Looking for Shipmates that were in VP-30 from 1991 to 1993. I was a Utility Aircrewman...AOAN. Then went to VP-23 where I served on CAC-9 as a AO3 inflight Ordie. Looking to get in contact with friends or people from the "junior crew" at VP-23!..." [E-Mail Updated 08JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 16MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 24MAY2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 10FEB99] [ICQ # 139844]

LLOYD-JONES, John T. john@jwlloydjones.com "...I served with VP-9 from April 1981 to April 1985, FASO Det NAS Moffett Field from June 1985 to September 1988, TSC USS Ranger CV-61 from March 1989 to March 1991, TSC USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 from April 1991 to March 1993, VP-30 from April 1993 to September 1995, and VP-40 1995- EWO all the way..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUL2004 | 05SEP97]

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. Retired 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-VILLARREAL, Jennifer vluvtrio@bellsouth.net "...I served VP-11 from May 1990-June 1994. Went through IFT track at VP-30, then transferred to VP-47 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I got out of the Navy in December 1998. Would love to hear what some of you are up to these days!..." [22MAY99]

LOVELLETTE, Stephen F. docgrubber@aol.com "...I was in VP-49 from 1961-1965, initially stationed in NAS Bermuda with P5M-2S type aircraft and transitioned through VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to P-3A type aircraft stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. The time-span was from 61-65. I was an aircrewmember and knew guys from Maine to Florida. I was aware that VP-49 was disestablished but am not aware of the details..." [30AUG2005]

LOVELY, AMHC Jim Retired jlovely1@houston.rr.com "...I served with VP-22 from April 1960 to August 1963 (P2V-5) VP-30, Detachment "A" from August 1963 to April 1967 (P-3V-1), VP-22 from April 1967 to April 1975 (P-3A ,B, DELTIC), VP-9 from June 1980- to November 1982 (P-3C), and retired November 1982 while deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, went to "Land of Enchantment". Would love to hear from any old Shipmates that are still around..." [E-Mail Updated 14APR2004 | E-Mail/WebSite Updated 19MAR2000 | 30JUL98]

LOZANO, Fred rapidfred@aol.com "...While deployed aboard the USS Ranger in 1981, I saw a P-3 for the first time. My supervisor "Clay" told me that I could be an Flight Engineer and fly! That day I had my request for FE school. One year late I reported to VP-31 for training. Since then I have served with VP-9, VP-30, VP-40, VP-30 and currently serving with VP-1 in Whidbey Island Washington. In May of 1998 I will tansfer to VP-16 in Jacksonville..."

LUDWIKOWSKI, CAPTAIN Joe Retired joelud@bellatlantic.net "...I was lucky enough to retire a Captain in 1999 after 24 great years. Even luckier to have been a part of the VP Navy. Served with some great leaders. My first C.O. was VADM Loftus. Many other good men all the way through. Started with VP-45. Became a TAR and served in VP-64, VP-92 and VP-30. Best two years of my career were spent as C.O. of RESASWTRACEN. All along, great enlisted sailors made the real difference. It was an honor to have served with them and to have been a part of the VP Navy!..." [16FEB2002]

LUNDBLAD, ATC Bryan brain@mediaone.net "...I served in VP-49 from 82-85 as an IFT. Transfered to VP-30 in 85 until 88. Then I started my VP-30 VR DET tour until 92 as a n Inflight Communicator. After many trips around the world I transfered to NAS Jacksonville, Florida AIMD fom 92-95. Then I received a second opportunity to serve this great Navy a VP-30 VR DET again. I've got a lot of stories Iwould like to share with some of my old friends..." [10FEB98]

LYNCH, Steve slynch@lsijax.com "...I served with VP-30 (75-78), VP-45 (78-81), ASWOC Bermuda (81-84), VP-1 (84-88). That was last official P-3 tour. I don't count Force Warfare Pax River Md, since I was the DLCPO (Command Senior Chief). After NAS Patuxent River, Maryland it was on to a different world of HELO's, HS-15 (transition from SH-3 to SH-60F) and HSL-44 for my final tour..." [17DEC97]

LYONS, AWCS(AW) Jack A. jackel@pioneernet.net "...VP-31 (student) JUL 77-DEC 77. "Big Red", VP-19 DEC 77-NOV 81, SS-1/2 on crew 8. Advanced AWAN to AW2. Deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, and NAF Misawa, Japan. VP-31/TTT NOV 81-DEC 84, this time as an instructor. Advanced to AW1. "The Wizards" of VPU-2 DEC 84-OCT 92, ACINT Operator and Crew Chief for crew 12 "The Whipped Dogs" and crew 14 "The Dark Forces". Several interesting "Road Trips" and detachments. The best tour of my Naval Career. Advanced to AWC, AWCS and became EAWS qualified. CPWP TAC D&E OCT 92-OCT 95. VP-30 (student) OCT 95-JUL 96. Reported to "The Screaming Eagles" of VP-1 AUG 96. Currently hold 7821, 7841, and 7861 NEC's..."

Memorial Picture "...LUCAS, AW1 Joseph Robert...Shipmate Pix went to VP-16 as an AWAN in August of 1983, and stayed six years. After serving in VP-30 and Fleet Air Wing, in 1993 he was ordered to the drydocked USS ENTERPRISE which was undergoing refitting. He worked with others on the design, efficacy, and function of the Combat Information Center. Joseph was killed in a car/truck accident February, 1995, before dawn in South Carolina. He was on his way to Jacksonville for flight time, and to visit his wife and four children...NOTE: Mr. Lucas latest book (dedicated to his son AW1 J. R. Lucas is entitled: "Earthbound Eagle"..." Contributed by Scott Lucas ScottLucas@prodigy.net [04DEC2000]

LUCAS, Steve steveluc3@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (1997 to 2000) and V5- (2000 to 2003). Best experience of my career..." [26AUG2008]

LUEKER, Denny Retired dlueker@capital.net "...Served in VP-18 67-68, VP-8 68-70, VP-30 70-73, VP-23 73-77, VP-10 77-80 and ASW Directorate NATC 80-84. Would enjoy hearing from any old shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUL99 | 00XXX97]

LUIGART, Craig B. cluigi@aol.com "...I was a naval aviator and completed VP-30 August 1977 to Dec 1977 just following my winging as an ENS. I was initially assigned to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine but upon reporting was reassigned to VP-11 as part of a replacement crew following their crash in the Canary Islands. I reported to VP-11 in late Jan 1978 as a 3P and remained with them until Dec 1980. I was the PPC and Mission Commander for CAC-2 from April 1980 till my departure. I later was (as an AEDO) the International Program Manager for P-3 at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) from May 1988 to June 1991, releaving CDR Rob Chase. I directed or was responsible for the Pakistani P-3 Program execution, the final delivery of the P-3CUIIIs to Norway and the sale of P-3s to Korea and Thiland..." [26AUG99]


MADGETT, SATC(AW) teve Retired BULLETT437@AOL.COM "...Served with VP-24 72-74, VP-45 77-80, 84-87, and VP-30 80-84. Saw some old friends here would like to see more..."

MAGALIS, CAPTAIN Rick Retired rmagalis@aol.com "...Enlisted 1963 to 1964, NAVCAD 1964 to 1965 (Commissioned and Winged December 1965), VP-24 from 1966 to 1968, Seaboard World Airlines 1968 to 1970, VP-30 1970 to 1974, USS Independence CV-62 ANav 1974 to 1976, Degree Completion Program 1976 to 1978, VP-44 1978 to 1981, PATWINGSLANT 1981, VT-31 1981 to 1983, COMFAIRKEF ASW Ops O 1983 to 1985, Naval War College 1985 to 1989, CO Rice University NROTC 1989 to 1991, Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., Royal Saudi Navy Program 1991 to present..." [30DEC98]

MAGEE, Tom tlmagee@aol.com or tlmagee@juno.com "...I was an instructor in VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 65-68. Came from AEWBarRonPac by way of a few months in AEWTULANT. would like to hear from some of the folks I flew with. Happy New Year..." [28DEC97]

MOLONEY, LCDR R. T. "Tim" Retired jmoloney@cox.net "...Enlisted in Sept. "60, Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Ill., RATCC, NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (Dec. 60-Sept. 61); received Training and Certification utilizing ECM to guide Aircraft, with no compass/NavAids, to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida for landing. AE "A" School, NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Sept. 61-Feb.62); Class Leader and Honorman. Advanced to AE3 upon completion of AE"A" School. VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida (Feb 62-Sept. 63); Qualified as Plane Captain and Post Maintenance Test Aircrewman in T-28 B/C Aircraft and advanced to AE2. AE "B" School, NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Sept. 63-Sept. 64); completed 17 of 32 week school and was hospitalized for 4 months. During my visit to the Hospital, the curriculum was changed to include Computers, so when I returned, I got to start over again with the new curriculum. Received orders to VP-5 upon completion of AE"B" School. Enroute training at NAMTD NAS Norfolk, Virginia ASW Training (Sept. 64-Dec. 64), VP-30 Air Crew Training ( Dec.64-Jan.65) VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Jan65-Aug68). Reported to VP-5 and assigned to Crew 4;as Julie/ECM Operator and Crew Electrician, deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily 5 days after reporting. Plane Commander R.J. Kurth, Plane Captain "Willie" Forrest Sutton, 1st Tech. "Andy" Anderson. Operated out of Malta, NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece and NAS Sigonella, Sicily when the barracks were 21 miles from the airfield. During one "Ready Alert" launch; prosecuted an ECM contact that we converted to obtain the 1st Jez Gram of a single operating Russian "Foxtrot" Submarine. The entire crew was awarded a weeks "Basket Leave" in Germany for obtaining this signature. Transistioned to P-3A "Orion" at NAMTD, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I was advanced to AE1, met my Bride to be Jo Ellen, and was assigned to Crew 8; Plane Commander Bob May, Flight Engineer "Willie" Forrest Sutton, and 1st Tech "Andy" Anderson. The following year, we deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines as the "Advance Crew ", and trained with VP-16 on Theater Operations. At the end of the deployment, we were "selected" to do the Turnover Training to our relieving squadron VP-26 causing us to fly enough Yankee Station Patrols to become the 1st VP Crew awarded the Air Medal for Viet Nam Service. Selected to Warrant Officer (WO1) in April 1968 breaking up an Enlisted Combat Ready Aircrew that had been together for over 3 years. Sutton and Anderson were selected to Chief Petty Officer at the same time as my advancement to WO1. VP-5 deployed to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and I was left behind as the O-in-C of Det. NAS Jacksonville, Florida, until my departure in August 68. Warrent Officer School, NAS Pensacola, Florida (Aug68-Oct68) AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California (Nov.68-Nov.71) GSE and MMCO Billets. High light of this tour was my Collateral Duty assignment as Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. Ringing the door bells was tough, but providing all of the assistance to the families was really gratifying nowing that if something happened to me-my Bride would be taken care of. Advanced to CWO2 and Lt(jg) during the NAS Moffett Field, California tour. USS Wasp CVS NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (Nov71-Feb72). The day I reported aboard as the Aircraft Division Officer, the ship received the message ordering Wasp's Decommissioning. Within one week I was the AMDO as the rest of the Officers detached with orders. With the help, Leadership and Guidance of the Chiefs we were able to turnover 120 spaces (out of 120 assigned spaces) to the INSURV Team on the first day of the INSURV Inspection. All of the AIMD "Kakhi" left the ship the following day. HS-11 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island / NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Feb 72-Dec 74) embarked on USS Intrepid CV11. My first relationship with Helicopters. Deployed as the MCO in the only 16 Helicopter (SH-3) to the North Atlantic. During that cruise, we went further North and further East than any US Navy ships had done since WWII. We went to the ASW Dreamland where the Russians trained and tested all of their subs before deploying. The Sun never set and we worked 3-5 Russian Submarine around the clock for weeks. It was so busy that the S-2's and the ASWOC couldn't keep up. With my VP-5 experience, I built 3 ARR-53. Receiver racks and was able to install them into the SH-3 enabling our squadron to drop sonobouys and relay the information to the S-2's and Intrepid. Later on we were able to put a Jez recorder into the rack and train our AW's as Jez Operators. AIMD/OMD NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (Feb 75-Aug 76) OMD Officer for 2 each S-2's, 4 each H-3's, and 3 each C-131 Aircraft. Advanced to LT VC-8, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. MCO for 4 each DP-2E (P2V-5), 4 each DP-2H (P2V-7), 1 each NP-2, last built P2V but never configured for ASW, 4 each H-3's and 6 each A4's. An exciting tour Launching, controlling and towing various Drones and Targets for Fleet Gunnery exercises. AIMD USS Guadalcanal LPH-7 (May 78-May 80), Qualified as OOD Underway and lost my LDO Designation. As AMDO, we won 3 consecutive Battle Efficiency "E"'s. In May 1980 I had a Heart Attack and although I was returned to "Full Duty" I was no longer eligible for additional shipboard duty. Advanced to LCDR during this tour. AMO RVAW-120 NAS Norfolk, Virginia (May 80-Jun 81) responsible for 11 E2A aircraft Training Replacement Aircrew and Maintenance personnel for Fleet Squadrons. During this period (Dec. 80-June 8) assigned TEMDU at ComNavSurfLant setting up Code N8, Aviation Maintenace Support Team to provide support and standarization to 40 fleet ships with embarked Aviation assets. Began Terminal Leave on 19 May 1981. In retrospect I can not think of a "Bad" Day while I was in the Navy. However, the days and hours spent as part of VP-5 Crews 4 and 8 are sitting at the top of the pedestal. Willie Sutton Gerry "Andy" Anderson, LCDR's Kurth and May along with the many many "Ground Pounders"; Lawrence, Drake, Martin, Cochran, Harper and so many more are names that are forever on my personal Wall-of-Heros. Thanks to all of you for your patience, guidance, razing, and support..." [22APR2009]

MALONEY, William "Boston" vp30aswan@hotmail.com "...I miss being in touch with my old VP-30 squadron when we we're in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Miss those days of waiting for SP to clear deer off of runway.....whhoooooah..." [25AUG2008]

MANEY, AD2(AW) Scott A. maniac66@bellsouth.net "...I'm currently attached to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [23APR2003]

MANN, AD1 Al Retired mannal@2mawcp.usmc.mil "...I served in VP-56 From 1983 to 1987 (VP-30 from 1979 to 1983). I worked in Power Plants my first year, then Maintenance Control. My tour in VP-56 has the best of all, I remenber that time as GOOD TIMES. I have worked for NAESU/NATEC sence 1992 to date. I am now a C-130/T56 Engine Rep. and the EA6B supervisor here at NAS Cherry Point NC..." [12JUN2001]

MAROTTA, AX2 (AC) Raymond r.j.marotta@worldnet.att.net "...I served with ASCAC NAS Adak, Alaska (1968 to 1969), VP-30 ASW Radio (1970 to 1972) and VP-10 CAC-3 Flt Comm 2nd Tech (1972 to 1974). Working as defense contractor for Air Force Space Command since leaving the Navy in 1974..." [06DEC2007]

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 NAF 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]

MARTIN, AEC Garry E. garry11mm@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-10, VP-30, and VP-47. I transfer back to NAS Brunswick, Maine in December 2002. Currently on deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan, 2 more months to go! Still VP and still loving it!..." [27SEP2002]

MARTELLO, CAPTAIN Charles P. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/cpw-10/commodores/martello.html "...Commodore CPW/CPRW-10 (Sept 2001 - Spring 2002) - Captain Charles P. Martello enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1973. Selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP), he attended the University of Missouri, earning degrees in Chemistry and Biological Science and was commissioned an Ensign upon graduation in December 1980. Upon completion of flight school he was designated a Naval Flight Officer and was assigned to VP-45 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He qualified as Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander and served as Assistant Communications Officer, Readiness Officer and Avionics Division Officer during deployments to the Mediterranean and Atlantic theaters. In July 1984, Captain Martello reported to VP-30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the Patrol Aviation community. Following qualification as an Instructor NFO, he was assigned to the Commander, Patrol Wing Atlantic Tactical Training Team (TTT) with responsibility for acoustics, ASW coordinated operations and battle group operations. Following his FRS tour, he reported to Commander Carrier Group FOUR in July 1987 as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Communications. He qualified as Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and served as a member of the ASW and Strike planning boards. Following this sea tour, Captain Martello attended the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, earning the degree of Master of Science in Financial Management. He returned to sea enroute to his Aviation Department Head tour serving aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during the Persian Gulf War. Assigned to the Combat Direction Center (CDC), he served as the Surface Module coordinator, ASW Module coordinator and Mine Countermeasures coordinator. In October 1991 he reported to VP-16 as a Department Head, serving as Training Officer and Operations Officer, and completing deployments to the North Atlantic and Caribbean. He reported to the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Special Programs Division, (OPNAV / N89) at the Pentagon in February 1994. Upon completion of this assignment he was selected for Joint Duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, supporting the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Space as the Deputy for Space Policy. Captain Martello reported to VP-16 as Executive Officer in March 1998 and assumed Command in February 1999. Under his Command, the squadron earned nominations for the Battle "E," CNO Aviation Safety Award and was the recipient of the Atlantic Fleet Arnold J. Isabel award for ASW excellence. Additionally, VP-16 was awarded the SIXTH Fleet "Hook'em" award for ASW performance during Operation TORCHLIGHT. Following squadron Command, Captain Martello was assigned to the Staff of the Secretary of the Navy in the Office of Program Appraisal. Captain Martello's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (3), and various theater and unit awards..." [30JUN2003]

MARTENS, LCDR Jim jmart123@aol.com "...was AX1 in VP-49 1976-1980 and at NAMTRA Jax 1980-1982. First tour VP-45 1984-1987=TACCO VP-30 1987-1989=NFO INST VP-16 1995-1997=DEPT HD..."

MASCIANGELO, CAPTAIN Peter "Mas" Retired masciangelo@je.jfcom.mil "...VP-5 1975-1978, VP-30 1978-1983, VP-11 1986-1988, and VP-10 1989-1991. Talk about fun - I have had more than my share of it...Retired from the Navy, Sept 1, 2001. Govt Contractor for Joint Forces Command..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 04FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 26OCT99 | 28MAY99]

MASSENBURG, REAR ADMIRAL Walter B. http://www.mid-atlantic-log.net/KeySpeaker.htm "...A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Rear Admiral Massenburg graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics and was commissioned in November 1970. He commenced flight training in January 1971 and was designated a Naval Aviator the following November. After recruiting duty at Naval District, Pittsburgh as part of Operation Feedback, Rear Admiral Massenburg was detailed to VP-45 from August 1972 until January 1976. He participated in one Atlantic and two Mediterranean deployments while assigned as Legal Officer, ASW Attack Officer, Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. From February 1976 to June 1978, he served in VX-1, participating in the operational evaluation of the P-3C Update II, Harpoon Missile System, DICASS Sonobuoy and numerous detachments in support of special operations. While at VX-1, he obtained a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. In August 1978, Rear Admiral Massenburg reported to Naval Facility, Antigua, West Indies, as the Executive Officer. Two years later, in October 1980, he was assigned to VP-30 as the Team Leader of the COMPATWINGSLANT Tactical Training Team. In January 1983, he again reported to VP-45. During his tenure as the Operations Officer he deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; the squadron was awarded the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle "E" award. Rear Admiral Massenburg was later selected as a member of the Chief of Naval Operations sponsored Antisubmarine Warfare Continuum (OP-113C) in the office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training. In February 1986, he was assigned to the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare) as the Antisubmarine Warfare Aircraft Inventory Coordinator (OP-508C2). He reported to VP-6 as the Executive Officer in March 1987. Rear Admiral Massenburg commanded VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from March 1988 until March 1989. During this time, the squadron deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and participated in RIMPAC 88. Rear Admiral Massenburg subsequently attended the Naval War College where he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, graduating with distinction in June 1990. He then served on the staff of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Branch Chief, Tactical Forces Branch in the Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate (J-8). Rear Admiral Massenburg was selected as a Material Professional in May 1992 and completed the Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Following his graduation, he reported to the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Program Office as Deputy Program Manager for the P-3 Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP). In April 1995 he assumed command of the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290), responsibilities included: the acquisition, support, engineering, and logistics for all P-3, S-3, EP-3, ES-3, VP Special Projects, and Foreign Military Sales of the P-3 aircraft for fifteen countries. Rear Admiral Massenburg assumed the leadership and management responsibility of the Assistant Commander for Logistics (AIR-3.0) on 22 February 1999. Rear Admiral Massenburg's Decorations include the Legion of Merit with one Gold Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars and numerous campaign and service awards..." [24JUN2003]

MAXWELL, CDR Pete Retired petermaxwell@cox.net "...I was in VP-22 from 1970-1973 and was very interested in Larry Forney's list of WestPac and Hawaii memories. I was in the right seat of the aircraft that did the emergency landing on Miyako Jima and share that and several other memories with him and others here at this great website. I was in VA-128, flying the TC-4's, 1976-1979, on the USS Midway 1979-1980, VP-30 as a flight instructor 1981-1982, VP-24 as the operations officer til mid 83, 2 years in the Pentagon, then took over VR-22, NS Rota, Spain, as a direct input CO in August 1985. My final tour was as the navigator on USS Eisenhower from late 1986 til 1988. My final 6 months in the Navy found me TAD to VA42 flying the TC-4C again so I could get current in the air again and become competative for an airline job. It worked-- I'm in my tenth year at Northwest Airlines flying the A-320 Airbus and loving life. I'll be in touch with several guys that I've found on this page. Would love to hear from some of my long lost Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25JUN2002 | 27NOV98]

MAY, CAPTAIN Robert C. Retired may@rivnet.net "...I joined VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1957. Designated NAO(S) number one (now called NFO). Plank owner in VP-30. Served at NAVFAC San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Served in VX-1 Key West FL followed by a tour in VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California before heading to Washington D.C.. Enjoyed the total VP Anti-Submarine adventure..." [03DEC2001]

MAYER, Steve flyn8251@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17, VP-4, VP-30, VP-9, Catbird ETD, VP-16 and NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [18MAY2013]

MCCANN, Thomas (T.J.) Retired papavwson@aol.com "...Retired 1991, started out in helos (HC-4, HSL-30, HSL-32). Then got smart and went to VP (VP-30, VP-17, VPU-1) with a tour of Service School Command and finished with a tour as a SERE instructor at NAS Brunswick, Maine (yes it was a lot of fun being an instructor, not the student part!!!!) Love to hear from fellow Shipmates I have served with..." [12AUG2004]

McCARTHY, Lou (Mac) papa@mich.com "...Served VP-30 Airframe shop 1974 thru 1977..." [07JAN99]

McCAUGHEY, Thom (Gopher) thom.mac@verizon.net "...I was in the last AX class at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in '68 before they temporarily closed down and tried to make us all AW's. I was then in the last class to go through P-2V training in VP-30 Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida in '68. After joining VP-21 flying P-2V7's in November '68, like many others I was forced to change to the AW rate in order to keep flying. I was the Julie/ECM operator on CAC-XIV and made the final NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment before they decomissioned us in November '69. I think the two worst things you could hear were "EXTEND PLE" and "WE'RE GOING TO SIG." I don't remember anyone pulling a WESTPAC deployment complaining as much as anyone that had been to Sicily. It seemed for a while that the best way to get decomissioned was to send me there. After the decomissioning, I was transferred to VP-26 already on a split deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland/Lajes. I converted to the P-3B RADAR/MAD position and later qualified in Accoustics. I made another trip to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and finished up with a NAS Bermuda deployment and a UNITAS trip in '71. I was a P-3C Sensor 3 ground phase and in-flight instructor with VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '72 until their move to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in '75. I spent my final 10 months back in NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-11 and separated from the Navy in July '76. Since then I have worked at NAWCAD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at the Chesapeake Test Range. It has kept me close to naval aviation and I get to see the latest and greatest of what is heading to the fleet. It's amazing how many old squadron mates still pass through here..." [E-Mail Updated 22DEC2004 | Updated 05FEB98]

McCLIMANS, AMH1 Paul B. paulmcclimans@gmail.com "...AMH1 P-3A/B/C Flight Engineer. I served with VP-47 from 1963 to 1967, COMFAIRWINGSPAC from 1967 to 1971, VP-19 from 1971 to 1975, and VP-30 from 1975 to 1977. I am currently working for Anheuser Busch making the stuff we all drank..." [E-Mail Updated 05APR2011 | E-Mail Updated 17MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 10MAR2002 | E-Mail Updated 12NOV2001 | E-Mail Updated 05JAN2001 | E-Mail Updated 02OCT2000 | 16OCT98]

MCCORMACK, AO1 Frederick Michael Retired mike93551@adelphia.net "...I'm a retired AO1, P-3A, P-3B and P-3C Naval Aircrewman. First P-3 squadron. I served with VP-60 NAS Glenview, Illinois (June 1977 to May 1980), VP-65 NARU NAS Point Mugu, California (June 1980 to October 1983), VP-92 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts (November 1983 to December 1988), 2nd tour with VP-60 NAS Glenview, Illinois (January 1989 to December 1992), Student at P-3C School with VP-30 NAS Moffett Field, California (January 1993 to May 1993) and 2nd tour with VP-65 NAS Point Mugu, California (June 1993 to December 1996), retired. Now work out at Edwards AFB Ca for Bomber/Weapons Department back shop support (I )level maintenance for B-52s, B-1s and B-2s. Looking to hear from any former Shipmates..." [29SEP2006]

McCORMACK, Patrick SPHR patrick@keyspeaker.com "...I was in the Personnel Office of VP-30, back in 1971, serving with Cmdr Chuck Harliss. Actually, I only spent that year with the ProsNest, but it was one of the best years. Can't I say I enjoyed the tarmac watches on the snowy Potomac, but NAS Patuxent River, Maryland was a hoot..." [22MAR2002]

McCOLLISTER, CDR John T. Shipmate Pix John@TheMcCollister.com "...I joined the ranks of VP Sailors in 1969 when I reported aboard VP-49 as the 3P for CAC 6. With VP-49, I participated in one of the first operational deployments of the "new" P-3C to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. After leaving VP-49, I accepted orders to VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, as an instructor pilot in the P-3. I left active duty in 1973, and finished my career serving with VP-68 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and VP-64, at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. A "legend in my own mind," I'm best known for my "VP Album", a collection of original Navy songs that ended up pressed onto vinyl in 1982. This album was stuffed into a SSQ-53 sonobuoy container and dropped aboard a Russian Victor-class submarine in 1982. It spread quickly throughout the Soviet Union, ultimately leading to the collapse of the "Evil Empire" in 1989. Best regards to all my Shipmates!..." [E-Mail Updated 06AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 16DEC99 | BIO Updated 21OCT98 | 05OCT98]

McCOMAS, AVCM Finis "Mac" Retired Shipmate Pix mcporet@newwavecomm.net "...Served with VA(HM)-13/VP-24 from 1957 to 1960 as ATAN, AT3, and AT2. Flew on Crew 1 with CDR Rau and LTjg Stan Harmon and then with Mr. Harmon with CDR Rau moved on. It's been a long time. Commissioned VP-30 1960 as an AT2 (and then AT1). I won the contest for designing the VP-30 patch (owls with mortarboards on and sub underneath), but the Walt Disney artists said it was too detailed to make a patch from. I won a $25 savings bond and a trip to St. Augustine with my wife and kids. I was a radar instructor for a lot of students that came through during the period of 1960-1963. I remember the two planes we lost (one with all hands and one with no casualties). Served in VP-5 as AX1 and AXC from late 1963 to 1967 and transitioned from P2's to P-3's. Definitely remember Chief's initiation for me set up by Chiefs Dietz and Warner. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1967. Mainly ran Night Check as Maintenance Control Chief...Served in VP-1 with 2 tours in Vietnam from 1971-74...Served as Maintenance Control Chief and Senior Enlisted Advisor in VP-1 as AVCM. Finished career as instructor in Aircraft Maintenance Officers School at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee. Retired in 1975..." [PIX added 24JUN2009 | E-Mail Updated 06SEP2007 | E-Mail Updated 21OCT2006 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29NOV2001 | BIO Updated 24OCT2000 | 21OCT2000]

McDONOUGH, AWCS Bill Jr. Retired wjmcdjr27@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 (1957-1960), VP-30 (1960-1962), VP-26 (1962-1969), VX-1- (1969-1972), VP-11 (1972-1977), CPW-5 (1977-1980) and Retired. I am looking for Mike Solley (AE) VP-26 from Alabama and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12AUG2012 | E-Mail Updated 26JUN2000 | 11JUL98]

McGILL, AX Tom oneof7n@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-56 as an AX from 1974-1978 and VP-30 from 1978-1980. 2 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments and 2 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [02AUG2002]

McGUIRE, Clarence D. pappymac@bellsouth.net "...I started out in Jan 1959 in San Diego. Joined VP-6 in March 1959. Started flying P-2V's as an AO. Transfer'd in Jan 64 to Fall Brook Cl., Seal Beach Annex. Out in Aug 64. Back in Oct 68 with the TARS in NAS Jacksonville, Florida then as a VP-62Plank Owner. Transfer'd Oct62 to VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania as an AW2. Then to HAS-30 to HSL-36 Mayport. Transfer'd to VP-30 as a AW1 instructer in non acustic P-3C II. RETIRED Aug 83 AWC. Would like to contact anyone who may have crossed paths with me. Also looking for those who participated in Operation Dominic Spring of 62..." [E-Mail Updated 24FEB99 | 17MAR98]

McKEE, AEC Homer R. Retired mckee_homer@bellsouth.net "...My first tour of duty VAH-3 Sanford Fl. after AE B school. I started VP duty with VP-49 NAS Bermuda from 1962-1964 (P-3 F/E school in 1963), VP-30 F/E Inst. from 1965-1967, TAR VP-68 from 1971-1974 NAS Glenview, Illinois, VP-90 from 1974-1977, VP-62 from 1977-1980, VP-60 from 1980-1981, and retired August 1981. I am still employed at NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a P-3 ASI..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 10AUG2002 | E-Mail Updated 25MAY2001 | 07SEP98]

McKEE, AEC Kent LKMCKEE@JUNO.COM "...I served with VP-30 from 1986-1989, VP-56 from 1989-1991 (DECOM), VP-24 from 1991-1993, and back to VP-30 from 1993-1996, BUPERS SDC Dallas, Tx, Commander Patrol and Reconnassaince Force Atlantic, Norfolk, VA. from December 1999 to August 2002, and currently onboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD3) Norfolk, VA as the lone P-3 Bubba. No perdiem here!..." [BIO Updated 01SEP2002 | 05MAY99]

McKENNA, CDR Tom "Mac" http://www.cs.usna.edu/~mckenna/ "...CDR Tom "Mac" McKenna, Instructor, Computer Science Department, U.S. Naval Academy, 572C Holloway Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402-5002. Commissioned in 1980 via NROTC . Earned "wings of gold" in 1981. Significant tours of duty include three P-3 squadrons (VP-5 twice and VP-30), Flight Instructor (VT-2), Navy Recruiting Command, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. European Command, U.S. Forces Azores, and U.S. Naval Academy. Education: B.S. Computer Science, University of South Carolina (1980); M.A. Business Administration, Webster University (1988); M.S. Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School (1996)..." [13JUL2003]

McKIERNAN, James Jr. jimackjr@hotmail.com "...I would like to hear from any old Shipmates. I served in VQ-2 60-62, VP-5 62-64, VP-30 64-68, VP-48 68-71, VP-31 71-75, and CPWP 75-79. Also worked as a civl. in supply NAS Moffett Field, California 79-89..." [20SEP2000]

McKINNEY, J. Michael mmckinne@navprgms.mar.lmco.com"...I'm a VP Sailor and a previous Lockheed P-3 Tech. Rep and I'm presently working in Lockheed Martin P-3 Engineering. My love of the P-3 began in 1973 when I got my first ride in one as an AT2. After that I received orders to VP-30 Pax River,MD to P-3B Weapons System Test (WST) school in 1974. Upon completion of Weapons System Test (WST) school I was assigned to VP-11 (1975)and starting working towards becoming an IFT. I was awarded my AC Wings after the 1975 Rota/Lajes deployment. I made the subsequent deployment in 1976 to Bermuda/Lajes. Nov.76 I was transferred to VP-30 for P-3C IFT school. I was then assigned to VP-45 in 1977 and deployed to Sicily in 1978, after which I got out of the Navy and went to work for Lockheed. As a Lockheed Tech. Rep.I was assigned to VP-46 (1979-1982), Royal Netherlands Navy (82-83) Royal Australian Air Force (84-86), VP-47 (86-87), VP-50 (87-88) Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) (88-92) CPW-11 (92-93) and worked on the Korean Navy P-3C aircraft on the Lockheed flight line. Old shipmates please drop a line..."

McKINNON, Michael J. michael.mckinnon@numidian5.com "...I have many fond memory's of my time with VP-23 where I was an AX in the "Tron Shop" Oct. 1980 through 1984 and also where I came to know every single inch of the P-3 Orion, Update II.5. During this time of the cold war, Soviet submarine and surface activity was near it's warmest, which seemed to coincide directly with Ronald Reagan becoming President. This elevated activity kept us all from getting into trouble because we were constantly on the move. I left Millington, TN directly for VP-23, and was sent to the Tron Shop to work for Chief Morris...whom kept me on a short leash for fear of my unskilled hands breaking expensive navy stuff. After a couple of months, I was sent to VP-30 for "O" level DIFAR school, and this is where I met the illustrious Jorge Paz, whom later spent most of his Naval career flying sofa's in the different AIMD's that VP-23 would deploy too. After a few months in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Jorge and I were sent to join back up with our squadron in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. It wouldn't be the first time we were sent from one extreme to another and then told to make P-3's fly. On our arrival in NAS Keflavik, Iceland we made our way to the BEQ where I met another life long friend...Matt Rowe...boy, how I could elaborate here. As time went on, and my understanding of the P-3 grew (Chief Jackson taught me how to determine if a particular aircraft was a boy or girl by having me run my hand across the aft left underbelly of the flight station pedestal), we cycled between various deployment and DET sites. In the summer of 1982, Chief Strong, and Chief Bowman sent me off to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to WST/IFT school where I summitted the Orion knowledge base and came into a sublime "oneness" with the platform. However tragedy struck when I returned to NAS Brunswick, Maine for our NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment and I attended a party where Dexter, Pimental, "Croncegaman" and others mixed "red stuff" in a trash can of which I drank prodigiously, and all the brain cells that held most of the information I learned was eradicated. I will never forget the sound of AX2 Harp sleeping on bubble wrap in the bunkroom in NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In 1983, we were sent to Bermuda, which is where I ran into Dan Golden. When I was first attached to the squadron in 1980, he used to make me laugh for hours on end...boy was he a funny dude...I hope he still is. I was in NAS Bermuda only for a short while when a group of us were suddenly detached to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Whilst basking in the winter sun, I received news that my Grandfather was dying, and that he had asked for me. To my amazement, the Navy authorized one of the P-3's to fly me back to NAS Brunswick, Maine so that I could attend him. After that I was flown to NAS Bermuda where the squadron was still deployed, and was again suddenly plucked (...from our brand new "Petty Officer Mess") to fly directly to Howard Airforce Base, Panama. After a few seedy weeks where we carried out "special missions" (officially we were counting gun runners that were sailing between Cuba and Nicaragua); we drove a yellow flight line van off of Howard Air Force Base, picked a local girl in the city, and brought her back to LJ-1 where she and one of my unnamed Shipmates spent a romantic evening. In the morning we backed the yellow van up to the ladder of the aircraft, off loader her, and brought her home. It is my understanding that these two participants are still in a relationship. There was one more incident at Howard that I want to mention for the history books. We had 3 aircraft in Panama, and at one point all three had bad RADAR systems (both fore and aft RADAR were Tango Uniform), which put us in a bad way since the pilots didn't want to take off due to the surrounding terrain. Late one evening, after everyone was asleep, I snuck out with a tool box and a ladder, removed a bad forward antenna azimuth drive servo from LJ-3, groped my way over to an Airforce C-130, popped the nose, and swapped out our bad servo with their good one. In the morning we pre-flighted LJ-3, and everything worked great! Fate didn't wait though...LJ-3 was launched the next morning after a successful pre-flight on the RADAR and was sent directly to Granada to cover the rescue of the American Students. In 1984, I received orders to AIMD at NAS Brunswick, Maine, where I spent the next 4 years working night check, and attending the University of Maine by day. In 1988 I graduated with a degree in Industrial Technology, and at the same time I switched over to the Navy reserves of which I was a card-carrying member till 1992. I started a Biotech business called Atlantic Sciences in 1991, which eventually had locations in Cambridge, Ma, Portsmouth, NH, and Palm Beach, Fl. I sold the business in 1997, and in 1998 I started my current company, TierOne Technologies, which is located in Kittery, Maine. I am 40 now, and I enjoy sailing my 35ft boat, "Orion" all over the coast of Maine, NH, and Mass. I welcome any of the hundreds of Shipmates I met during my tenure with VP-23 to email me. God Bless us all..." Personal WebSite: http://www.mckinnondane.org/ [E-Mail Updated 10AUG2007 | E-Mail/URL Updated 15FEB2002 | 08FEB2000]

McCLAIN, AE1 Robert J. robt.mcclain@att.net "...I served with VP-68 (1976-1977) and VP-30 FE training. I had just been discharged from the Marine Corps after 9.5 years of active service as a S/SGT with five years in grade. I had much flight crewmember experience in the Marines as a Crew Chief on both rotary and fixed wing transports, like CH-53A/B's and C-117D's Along the way, I used the G.I. Bill to get my civilian ratings, and pursued an airline pilot career which became possible largely because of my P-3 FE experience and background as a civilian pilot. I retired from Continental Airlines in November of 2008 and live in Manassas, VA. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [05MAY2013]

Memorial Picture "...McLANE, Jack L. (BEAR)...It is with deep regret that I am submitting this note to all of those who served with AEC Jack L.(BEAR) McLane (Ret April 1978.) He passed away on August 4, 2000 after a battle with a service connected heart condition. He spent 26 years in the Navy and was a flight engineer on the P-3. He served in VP-10, VP-49, VP-30, VXN-8 and ASW most of the squadrons shile stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." Contributed by Jeffrey L. McLane mclanejl4@olg.com [17OCT2000]

McMAHON, Marty moos16@aol.com "...I served as a pilot in VP-24 from 1988 - 1991, deploying to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I then served as an instructor at VP-30 until 1994. I completed my dept head tour in VP-16, deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland/Roosevelt Roads and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I reported to my current job as the Air Ops Officer in NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1997..." [23DEC97]

McMANUS, AW1 Brian F. mkahakai_kane@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 from January 1999 to August of 2003. I am now an instructor with VP-30. Any old friends, PLEASE drop me a line..." [Rank/BIO/E-Mail Updated 25MAY2004 | Rank/E-Mail Updated 02APR2002 | 26MAR99]

MENSEN, ADCS Scott Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 2001 porsche413@aol.com "...I joined the Naval Air Reserves in Dec 1972 on the delayed entry program. Just two weeks out of high school and after a short Reserve boot camp in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I completed T-56 "I" level repair training and was sent to AIMD NS Rota, Spain where I spent two years in the shop as well as at the jet test cell (and 6 mos in the crash crew), while in NS Rota, Spain I completed training for a Private Pilots License and flew all over southern Spain in the flying club's two Cherokees, 150's and the T-34. It was a great time for a young teenager living off base and touring around Spain. I spent many a weekend in Torremolinos, or at the various Ferias. I joined the Navy with the desire to fly and when my time was up in Spain I was given orders to Second Mech training at VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California and then across the runways to VP-46 where I deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 1976 ( back to ‘31 for FE trng.) and later NAS Misawa, Japan in 1979, both great deployments with a lot of flying and a lot of traveling to other countries, P.I., Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong , Australia, Indonesia, and many more. In 1980 I moved to the other coast with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and low and behold my next deployment took me back to the Pacific with the first 2 + months of the NAS Bermuda deployment in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and various points in that AOR. In 1982 I moved across the street to VP-30 as an FE Instructor doing Alt NATOPS and Fleet IUT. I missed WestPac though and in '85 transferred to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and to VP-6, my first deployment there in '86 to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, the pinnacle of deployments especially since I had become a CPO by that time. You can't top being a CPO in Cubi!! The next VP-6 deployment was to NAS Adak, Alaska and that was obviously the payback for a great NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment, it sucked really bad and the only good thing was the dets to Elmendorf for training flights, Chillkoots is da bomb!! In '88 I got my wish to go to Special Projects (VPU-2) and that is the best place to be as an FE! I spent the next 5 years there and felt like I was stationed in NAS Misawa, Japan and made frequent dets to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. We spent Christmas and New Years in NSA Bahrain during the Gulf war in 90/91. In '93 I left Hawaii for NAS Jacksonville, Florida again, this time in VP-30 as the FE Airlant Evaluator and then with the decommissioning of VP-31 we became the Fleet NATOPS Evaluation team, It was a great job and I really met a lot of people but I missed WestPac so at the end of the tour in NAS Jacksonville, Florida I moved back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VPU-2. Shortly after checking in I found myself at Entebbe, Uganda during the Ruwandan refugee crisis, followed the next year with a NAS Sigonella, Sicily det flying over Bosnia and then a year and a half later in NAS Sigonella, Sicily again for Kosovo, this time with the whole squadron! In between were many dets to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSA Bahrain and a lot of Utaphao Thailand stopovers. In Oct. 2000 I completed my last det and in May 2001 I flew my last P-3 flight which put me at 25 years to the day and 14,050 flight hours, and 28 years of Naval Service. During my terminal leave I accepted a position with Hawaiian Airlines in the pilot training department as a DC-10 ground school instructor. In late 2002 we transitioned to the B-767 and taught all of the various pilot ground school classes on that aircraft. In 2007 I moved to the Safety department at Hawaiian as a Flight Safety Analyst for which I manage the Flight Operations Quality Assurance Program (FOQA) and the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). My wife and I are still living in Kapolei, Hawaii. Any old squadron mates please drop me an email, I love to hear from old friends. Mahalo..." [BIO Updated 27JAN2014 | BIO/Pix Updated 04FEB2007 | BIO Updated 15OCT2001 | BIO Updated 10SEP2000 | 00XXX97]

MEUNIER, Darrell Retired demnav@aol.com "...I served with VP-8 from 1981 to 1985, instructor time with VP-30 from December 1985 to 1989, after that joyful experience served with VP-49 until just weeks before disestablishment, and COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Had a blast there, then moved further West and went to Japan (CV-62 and CV-63 Independence and Kitty Hawk respectively) in Yokosuka from 1997 to 1999, then Okinawa till I retired in 2002. Anyone want to get hold of me? Drop a line at my e-mail. Oh, now I'm a Harley mechanic. Weird world, huh?..." [12JAN2004]

MILANAK, DTP3 Jeanene Shipmate Pix angels_1_4_u@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (1980's) as a ASM3. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [12NOV2015]

MILBURTH, Robert J. Jr. rmilburth@aol.com "...I served with VP-56 (1982-1985) as a IFT (member of the Beartrap crew with Larry Ayers as Nav-com), VP-30 (Instructor and FRAMP), ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAMTD NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Instructor) where I left because of injuries sustained from a car accident. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [07OCT2010]

MILFORD, Frank jwilliams1001@comcast.net "...I served with VP-45 (1969-1978) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a FE and at the same tim I was a FE Flight Instructor with VP-30..." [21JUL2011]

MILLER, AMS1 Charles P. Retired MillerC150@AOL.com "...I served with VP-30 from 1960 to 1963 (plank owner). Served in VP-10, NAS Brunswick, Maine 1963 to 1966. Attended F4 Phantom maint school at NAS Miramar and then assigned to NAS Atsugi, Japan until 1970. Attended P-3 Flight Engineer school in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Assigned to VP-24 from 1970 to 1974. Because I was a short timer and VP-24 was deploying I transferred to VP-56 and retired from there. I would like to make a short comment about the outstanding job that VP-30 performs. While in VP-30 it was routine to repack landing gear struts and a daily chore changing tires. After being assinged to operational squadrons I cannot remember repacking a main landing gear strut, maby a nost strut once in a while, and tire changes were very few. I think this says it all for a training outfit..." [E-Mail Updated 26APR2003 | 16FEB2002]

MILLER, AME2 Ken ken6034@cox.net "...I served with VP-30 (1992-1994) working in the AME Shop for Joe Gonzales - remember hanging out with AD Greg Cerge? Still have a picture of us 3 with our new tattoos and then VXN-8 (1994-1996) with Dave Sankey, Kevin Wedwalt and Steve Carpenter. Remember London & Rota Spain? I am still working for the USPS and retiring in two years..." [09JUN2016]

MILLIMACI, Sam smillimaci@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 (SS3) from 1975 to 1978, VP-46 (SS1) from 1981 to 1984, VP-26 (SS1) from 1991 to 1993 FASO NAS Moffett Field, California from 1985 to 1988, VP-30 (SS3) from 1993 to 1996 as well as a tour aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Great times and memories..." [28MAY2009]

MINK, Bryan mink1953@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-30 (1972-1975) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on the flight line. I can remember Bill Outland, Ron Grodi, Jack McNeil and Bruce Lappen. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [19MAR2016]

MINNICH, LT Bill Retired bminnich@matc.tec.oh.us "...I served in VP-30, VP-68, VP-40 and VP-9. Also served with CPWL in early 80's. After making CWO-2 it was all sea duty, USS Carl Vinson, VAQ-34, VXE-6 (Brrrrrrr) and VF-24 (USS Nimitz). Retired in 93, now coordinating/instructing Auto Technology at Muskingum Tech here in Zanesville. Drop me a line anytime!..." [17FEB99]

MINNIS, CW04 Jessie C. Retired sueminnis@aol.com "...Served with VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine 10/63-10/66. Previously VP-16, Plank owner VP-30. After VP-10 served in AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Supporting the local VP's made W-1 there, followed by duty in VP-24. Later to HM-12 Then the Naval Safety Center and retired from VAW-126 as a CWO4. Have been retired since 01/01/82. Love it..." [29JAN2002]

Memorial Picture "...MIRISE, CAPTAIN Kerry W...Captain Kerry Winston Mirise passed away October 20, 2016. Captain Winston served with VP-16, VP-22, VP-28, VP-30, VP-31, Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia, CINCUSNAVEUR, USEUCOM and the Naval War College. His obituary was published in the Kitsap Sun: http://www.kitsapsun.com/obituaries/Kerry-W-Mirise-81-399925811.html We love him and we miss him. May he rest in peace..." Contributed by Kevin Mirise kmirise@hotmail.com [19NOV2016]

MIRISE, CAPTAIN Kerry W. Retired kwmirise16@hotmail.com "...member of AOC class 42-55, the last one to go all the way through basic training in the SNJ! After earning my wings at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, I served with VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1957-60 flying a P2V-5F. NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployment as PPC crew 9. Joined VP-31 as plank-owner flight instructor in 1960-63. Back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-28, 1966-68, as Asst OPS officer and PPC of crew 4. After transitioning to the P-3 with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, joined VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as CDR Jim Wetzel's XO in April 1972. I then had a delightful tour as CO of the Eagles, thanks to a wonderful complement of officers led by my XO, Ron Castle, and a simply superb squadron of crewmembers and "groundpounders". The E awards won by the Eagles are a testament to their professional skills and dedication to excellence. Served as CO, Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia, 1973-76, then went to London to join CINCUSNAVEUR Staff as a logistic planner, then to Stuttgart, Germany in 1980 as Chief, Logistics Plans Branch, HQ, USEUCOM. I joined the Naval War College faculty after 4 years in Germany and taught logistics until retiring in July, 1986..." [12AUG2003]

MISNER, AME2 Randy K. rkmisner@comcast.net "...I served with VP-30 (1970-1972) and VP-11 1972-1974) at NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [02OCT2014]

MITCHELL, LCDR Douglas M. (Pooh Bear) 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]

MITCHELL, Kenneth Retired ken@creativemindssacramento.com "...I served with VP-30 early in 1970, VP-8 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and later in NAS Brunswick, Maine) 1970-1974, VX-1 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) December 1974-May 1975, NESEP Program 1975-1979, VP-31 July 1980-January 1981, and VP-50 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) January 1981-December 1983. After that, I taught navigation at the joint service navigator school at Mather AFB, here in Sacramento, then a final tour as ASWOC Officer at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Retired in 1989..." WEBSITE: http://www.creativemindssacramento.com [WebSite Updated 30DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 20MAR2002]

MITCHELL, LT Ralph L. Retired rmitchell@esc5.net "...I came to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an AEAA spent my first six years in VP-49 from 1976-1982. Transferred to VP-30 as an AE1. Assigned to VP 30 from 1982-1986. Worked the AE shop, went to Material Control and later end my tour as Maintenance Control Day shift supervisor. Was selected to Chief in 1985 and selected to LDO in 1986. After Officer Indoc in Aug 1986, I was ordered to VP-56 as the Maintenance Control Officer and the Material Control Officer. After the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 1989, I transferred to AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida as the Support Equipment Officer. One year later I terminated shore duty for orders to VR-22 in NS Rota, Spain. Two years as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and one year as Department Head, we decommisioned VR-22 in the summer of 1993. My last tour took me to Meridian Mississippi as the Assistant Air operations Officer. For a squadron Maintenance Officer to be able to work at a NAS Base Operations was an enjoyable tour of duty. After 21 years and my selection to LCDR, I retired as a LT. That was a family decision to turn down LCDR and retire. I enjoyed the time that I spent in each duty station and all the good friends that I have remembered. My heart goes out to the families of lost friends and I look forward to hear from those whom with I served..." [11NOV2004]

MOBLEY, Scott R. scott3011@yahoo.com "...Served in VP-5 1991-94, also spent time underway with the USS Nimitz ASMOD 89-91, VP-30 94-98, ASWOC/TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily 98-01. Currently on my why to VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28JUN2001]

MOLINARI, James R. jmolinrnl@aol.com "...I served with AOCS Class 13-90 from May 9, 1990 to August 24, 1990, VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from August 90 to August 1991, VT-31 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from September 1991 to April 1992, Wings of Gold February 14, 1992, VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from May 1992 to September 1992, VP-24 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from October 1992 to March 1995, VP-40 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from March 1995 to October 1996, DLI Washington from October 1996 to May 1997; Dutch PEP tour with VSQ-320 and VSQ-321 from June 1997 to December 1999, VR-58 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from July 2000 to May 2002, American Eagle Airlines from March 2000 to November 2000, Delta Airlines from March 2001 to November 2001; and furloughed November 1, 2001. Returned to active duty (Air Force this time) from May 2002 to present (452nd Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, CA.)..." [BIO Updated 17MAY2004 | 15SEP2000]

MONCASTER, Chris Chrismoncaster@hotmail.com "...I completed a tour with VP-30 over the period April 1985 through April 1988 while on exchange from the Royal Air (RAF) Force. I'm trying to make contact with any members of the Squadron from that period. My time at the Pro's Nest was very rewarding. As a Nimrod navigator by trade I found the the transition to P-3 fairly straight forward except for NATOPS! The ASW missions were very similar except the transits seemed so much longer in the Orion..." [25DEC99]

MONTGOMERY, CAPTAIN David L. Commander Reserve Patrol Wing "...Commander Reserve Patrol Wing - Captain Montgomery hails from Cypress Inn, Tennessee, graduating from Collinwood High School in 1971. He attended the University of Maryland and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1976. In 1978, he entered Aviation Officer Candidate School at NAS Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November 1979. Upon completion of flight training, his first assignment was with VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In May 1983, he reported to VP-30 as an instructor for first and second tour Naval Flight Officers. In October 1985, he was selected for the Training and Administration of the Reserve (TAR) program and reported to Naval Air Reserve Memphis. Subsequent tours included VP-67 in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-65 in NAS Point Mugu, California and then in June 1992 back to VP-67 where he served as Officer-In-Charge. Following this tour, he reported to Commander, Naval Air Reserve Force, New Orleans, Louisiana, serving as NATOPS Officer then as the VP Program Manager. In August 1996, Commander Montgomery reported to VP-64 as the Executive Officer and in May 1997 assumed the position of Commanding Officer. After the completion of his command tour Captain Montgomery reported to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. He graduated from ICAF with a Master of Science Degree in "National Resource Strategy" in June 1999. Following ICAF, he served as the Head Coordinator Naval Air Reserve, for the Director Air Warfare, on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Warfare Requirements, and Assessments) from July 1999 to July 2001..." [18JUN2003]

MOORE, Herb hmoore1116@comcast.net "...I served with VP-5, VP-7, VP-19, VP-30, and NAMTD NAS Moffett Field, California..." [08NOV2012]

MORGAN, Rod ramorgan@mediaone.net "...I was in VP-16 from 1971-1975 (crew 6) then VP-30 until 1979 when I left the Navy. Interested in swapping e-mail with any old Shipmates..." [13MAR99]

MOORE, CDR Dick Retired moore_richard@bah.com "...I would like to say hello to all those old squadron mates that I pissed off at one time or another. VP-30 (RAG) NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Jan-Jun '71, VP-45 NAS Jacksonville, Florida Jun '71- Sep '75, VP-93 Selfridge Apr'76-Mar'81, VP-92 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts Mar'81-Nov'85, VP-68 Andrews AFB Nov'85-Mar'86, Navy Command Center NCC-106 Pentagon Mar'86-Jan'90, OP-06-106 Pentagon Jan'90-Aug'93. Recalled to Dessert Shield/Storm Aug'90-Jul'91 JCS Crisis Action Team..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2001 | E-Mail Updated 29JUN2000 | E-Mail Updated 18DEC98 | 03SEP98]

MOORE, Herb hmoore1116@comcast.net "...I served with VP-5, VP-7, VP-19, VP-30, and NAMTD NAS Moffett Field, California..." [08NOV2012]

MOORE, ADCS Randy Retired randall.w.moore@lmco.com "...Hi Y'all! I'm a career FE from 2nd mech beginnings in VP-5 (73-78), then VP-30 instructing (78-81), then VP-1, VP-31, VP-22, CPW-2, VP-47 and NADEP JAX for a closer. Retired 12/98 and life is good! Now with Lockheed Martin, still playing with the World's Greatest Airplane! Many great memories of the exciting traveling life and great Shipmates. Feel free to shoot me a line!..." [05AUG99]

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]

MORI, CDR Donald "Paul" Retired dmori1832@earthlink.net "...I served aboard NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (1964-1967), NROTC University of Nebraska (1967-1971), VP-8 (1972-1976), VP-30 (1976-1978), TSC (1978-1980) at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal , USNA (1980-1982), VP-11 (1983-1985), TSC (1985-1987) at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, CPWL (1987-1991) and retired (1991)..." [BIO Updated 24FEB2014 | E-Mail Updated 20SEP2000 | 06MAR2000]

MORIARTY, LCDR Thom tjmoriarty99@yahoo.com or moriartytj@aol.com "...formerly of VP-10, now serving at FCTCLANT, Dam Neck, Virginia as Combat Systems Officer. Can be reached by e-mail or by DSN at 492-7734. Currently reside in Virginia Beach with wife Debbie. Served in VP-10 from November 97 - October 99. Served in VP-22 from March 88 - June 91. From June 91 - June 94, served at TSC (formerly ASWOC) NS Rota, Spain from June 94 - June 97, served with TACRON 21 and deployed with USS GUAM with 22nd MEU/SOC embarked from Jan 96 - Jul 96. Participated in non-combatant evacuation operations (NEO) off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia. Would love to hear from old Shipmates, especially "Blue Geese."...[BIO Updated 26MAR2000 | E-Mail Updated 22FEB99 | 05APR98]

MOSES, AMS1(AC) Harvey J. Retired nightnurse377@yahoo.com "...Arrived in the VP Navy in May 1970 as an AMS2 to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Worked airframes for 3 months and started flying as 2ed Mech. FE school in 1971 with VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. VP 1971 to 1974, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1974 to 1975. South maint. and ASW there. Back to NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-10 1975 to 1980. Cross decked back to VP-11 1980 to 1983. NAS Brunswick, Maine 1983 to 1986. Retired in Lewiston Maine. Worked for Gates Corp. and went to school. Am now a RN and love it. See some of the old gang at the exchange every now and then. Love to hear from anyone..." [E-Mail Updated 23NOV2004 | 30NOV2001]

MOSK, CDR William F. https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil/ctw-4/vt-35/cmdsuite.shtm "...Commanding Officer VT-35 - Commander William F. Mosk is a native of Southern California and graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles, with a degree in Economics. Entering the Navy through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program, he was commissioned an Ensign in May 1985. Designated as a Naval Flight Officer in March 1986, his initial fleet assignment was to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While there he served as Phase/Corrosion Branch Officer, Tactics Branch Officer and NFO/Aircrew NATOPS Officer. As a Blue Shark, he flew the P-3B(Mod) achieving designation as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. His deployment sites were throughout the Pacific and Southeast Asia including NAS Misawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. In 1990 Commander Mosk was selected for the Pilot Transition program and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1991. After fleet replacement training at VP-30, he reported to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in March 1992. There he served as Command Services Officer and Tactics Officer and was designated Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander in the P-3C. With the World Famous Woodpeckers, he deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1993. Upon VP-49's disestablishment in 1993, Commander Mosk reported to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Serving as Quality Assurance Officer and Command Services Officer, he achieved designation as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Beartrap Pilot and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C. He deployed with the Mad Foxes to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1994. In January 1995, Commander Mosk was assigned to PCU JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in Norfolk, VA as Operations Administrative Officer and Officer of the Deck (underway). After the ship was commissioned in December 1995, he deployed for several Builders' and Acceptance trials as well as the initial shakedown cruise. Upon completion of refresher training at VP-30, Commander Mosk reported to Patrol Squadron TEN for his Department Head tour. While a Red Lancer, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer. His deployments included a split site to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1997 and to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1999. While deployed to the Mediterranean theater in 1999, Commander Mosk flew 44 combat missions in support of Operation Allied Forces. In August 1999, Commander Mosk reported to United States Atlantic Command in Norfolk, VA. Redesignated as United States Joint Forces Command in 2000, he served as C4I Systems Modernization Branch Chief and was responsible for the Theater Air Missile Defense Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration. Commander Mosk reported to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas on 1 November 2001 as Executive Officer of VT-35. Commander Mosk's military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal as well as numerous other unit and service decorations..." [02JUL2003]

MOTTERN, AW1 Carl Retired Shipmate Pix VP-8 1980 Shipmate Pix VP-93 1994 cfmottern@yahoo.com "...I was an SS-3 from 1979 to my retirement as a reserve AW1 in Febuary 1996. I garaduated from VP-30 as the last east coast BRAVO SS-3 student from where I went to VP-8 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Flew with CAC 1/2 from 79 to 11-81 when I transferred to NRD Buffalo s a recruiter. Bailed out from there and reupped as a reserve with VP-93 where I flew in some of VP-8s' old "B"s. When VP-93 decommed in in 1994 I went to VP-64 at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from where I retired in February 96. Prior to VP I had beemn a rotor head with HS-15 and a T.A.D. stint in HS-1. With HS-15 I deployed on board USS Ameica and Independence. Would love to hear from old friends in all old units..." [E-Mail Updated 01FEB2005 | PIX ADDED 26FEB2000 | 27OCT99]

MULKEY, ATCS "Sam" jsm_35@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (twice), VP-45, VP-8 and VQ-2. Retired out of VP-30 and I am currently enjoying life as a P-3 NATEC Tech Rep in sunny NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Love to hear from some old friends...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25SEP2010 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 16SEP2002 | 16JUN99]

MULLEN, Mike "Moon" michmull@erols.com "...Flew in VP-8 (62-65), VP-10 (65-67), VP-30 (69-72), VP-45 (72-76), VX-1 (76-78) and back to VP-8 (78-79). Love to hear from those who may remember me..." [22MAY98]

MULLEN, LCDR Steven W. Retired swmullen@fedex.com "...I served with VP-45 (1969-1972) as AWAN-AW2, VP-45 (1974-1976) as AW2, VP-30 (1976-1979) as AW2/AW1, VP-45 (1979-1982) as AW1/AWC/LDO, USS Saratoga (CVA-60) (1982-1984) as ASW Module Officer, COMOCEANSYSPAC (COSP) (1985-1988) as Current Ops Officer, COMPATWING TWO (1988-1990) as ASWOC Officer, USS Ranger (CV-61) (1990-1992) as ASW Module Officer, ASUW Module Watch Officer/CDC Watch Officer (Desert Storm), NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee TN AW 'A" School Officer/Avionics Department Head (1992-1995) and retired in 1995 after 25 years. Have been on corporate staff at FedEx Express past 18 years and retiring in June 2013. Moving to central Florida. Did 9 deployments during my 3 tours with VP-45 (exact dates escape me right now); NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily (5), NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Bermuda..." [13FEB2013]

MURPHY, CAPTAIN John F. "Murph" murfjfm@msn.com "...Currently the Deputy CoS at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Previously was assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. After being CO of Navy Recruiting District Portland attended the Naval War College. Have had more than my share fun in the VP Navy. Served with VP-49 (1984-1988) and then as an IP with VP-30 (1988-1990), VPU-1 (1990-1993) before switching to the PACFLT and serving with VP-4 as OPSO with a great bunch of folks and then as the last CNAP P-3 Evaluator in Hawaii (1995-1998) before starting to fly desks instead of airplanes with a great tour at RHQ SOUTHLANT in Portugal. Would be happy to hear from any old buds or Shipmates from either coast..." [BIO Updated 01DEC2010 | 06APR2002]

MUSCO, ANTHONY D. admchief@yahoo.com "...LOOKING FOR OLD Shipmates VQ-2 (1955-1960), NAS Kodiak, Alaska (1952-1954), AND VP-30 (1960-1963)..." [E-Mail Updated 14AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 11SEP99 | 03MAR99]

MYERS, AMS1 Mike Retired karaoksngr1@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-1 fron 1976 to 1979, VP-30 from 1980 to 1982, VP-5 from 1982 to 1989 and VP-24 1992 to 1995. I retired as an AMS-1 in August 1995. Would like to talk to any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25OCT2009 | 18FEB2001]


NANSTEEL, ADCS(AC) Robert L. "Pappy" Retired bobgert1@netins.net "...Shipmates (fellow Bat Men). AHOY from the "Original OLD BAT", and I have a big red easy chair to prove that title. I was best known as PAPPY NANSTEEL, my given name is Robert L. Nansteel ADCS(AC) U.S.N. Ret.. retired from VP-24 in May of '79 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. At retirement I had logged 12,000+ total flight hrs. 5,000+ hrs. in P-3B/C A/C,, 3,000+ hrs.in C-130E A/C, 2,200+ hrs. in P2V-7 A/C, 1,200+ hrs. in C-118 A/C, Instructor/Examiner qualified in all of them. The remainder of flight time in various naval aircraft (i.e, UF-1, AD-5W, F3D-2T2, R4D, JRF-4, SNB/JRB-5, etc.) and a few others I'd just as soon forget. All of them however were single wingers. My naval duties were as follows: Great Lakes Boot Co. # 389, OCT. '48--NAS Flight Operations, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. JAN.'49--VF-921/84 OCT.'51 with cruises on the U.S.S. Tarawa, Antietem, Lake Champlain, and Bennington.--O&R Flight Test NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island AUG. '54--Mobile FASRON-121 Chinco. VA. SEPT. '56--VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida APRIL '59--VR-6 McGuire AFB NJ. MAY '62--VR-3 McGuire AFB NJ. NOV.'62--VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland July '67--VP-24 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland & NAS Jacksonville, Florida until retirement in May '79--Retired in Hanger 1000 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Held Full Dress Inspection, piped over the side by ABH-1 Lanier, Side Boys ADCS Bayless, Burris, & Bell, AMCS Cannady, & Espinosa, AWCS Williams, AXCS Boatright, & ATCS Denny. Any names sound familiar? Thank you all for a very touching day. Fair winds and following seas to all. Hope to see some of you at E-Mail..." [E-Mail Updated 04JAN2005 | 19FEB2000]

NASH, CAPTAIN William P. U. S. Naval War College "...Captain Nash reported to the Joint Military Operations Department in July 2001 following a one year assignment as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, NY. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1978 and designated as a Naval Aviator in 1979. His sea duty assignments include tours of duty in VP-45 as Aircraft Division Officer and NATOPS Pilot between 1980 and 1983; in USS Enterprise as Operations Administration Officer and Tactical Action Officer between 1986 and 1988; in VP-45 as Operations Officer between 1991 and 1992; and in VP-16 as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer between 1995 and 1997. Ashore, he served in VP-30 as Instructor Pilot and Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Tactical Training Team Pilot between 1983 and 1986; attended the Naval War College between 1988 and 1989; served in the Office of Defense Cooperation, London UK as Navy Programs Manager between 1992 and 1994; and served at United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB IL, as Strategic Planning Team Chief between 1997 and 2000. He holds a B.S.C degree in Accounting from the University of Louisville, KY (1978), a M.S. degree in Management from Salve Regina University (1990) and a M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (1991)..." [31MAY2003]

NAU, John T. JTNau@ix.netcom.com "...Aloha to all my fellow BLUE GEESE. Recognized quite a few of the world famous, or at least Gordon Avenue infamous, "Broccoli Marauders". I was In VP-22 from 1972 until 1977. Undoubtably the best command I ever served in. I was an AO and retired as an AOCS with 23 years and a few days. Served in VP-31 from 1970-1972, VP-22 1972-1977, VP-56 1980-1984, VP-30 1984-1987, VP-23 1987-1990, VP-30 1990-1993. This is one great website. Hope to hear from a few of my old friends and maybe even a few enemies..." [25MAR98]

NEAL, AD1 ROB ROBN85@HOTMAIL.COM "...I SERVED IN VP-49 FROM JAN 90 TO JAN 94. WOODPECKERS SENT ME OFF TO ENGINEER SCHOOL AFTER THE NAS Keflavik, Iceland/ NAS Bermuda DEPLOYMENT. I RETURNED TO FINISH MY TOUR UP TO THE DECOMISSIONING. WENT OFF TO VP-30 FOR INSTRUCTOR DUTY AND TRANSFERED TO VP-10 IN JULY 97. I'M CURRENTLY IN SUNNY NAS Sigonella, Sicily DOING THE YUGOSLAVIA THING. (LOOKING TO BOMB SOME YUGO FACTORIES) HOPE TO HERE FROM MY OLD Shipmates!!!..." [30MAR99]

NELMS, ADCS Melvin E. (Gene) Retired skyhawk3@bellsouth.net "...I served in VP-16 (1975-78), VP-30 (1978-81), VP-24 (1981-84) and COMPATWING ELEVEN from 1984-88..." [26JUL98]

NELSON, CAPTAIN Bob Retired sudabay@aol.com "...I served with VP-21, VP-30, FAW-3, VP-11 and MARAIRMED (Maritime Air Forces Mediterranean) plus other duty stations..." Personal WebSite: http://members.aol.com/NAVCAD2555/index.html

NEUBAUER, B. F. "Bud" bneub@hctc.net "...I served with VP-24 (1969-1972), VP-5 (1973-1978), VP-30 (1978-1981) and retired. I went to work as a P-3 Resident Manager for Lockheed at Brunswick until retirement again. I now live in Texas..." [E-Mail Updated 26SEP2012 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 07OCT2000 | 26SEP97]

NOONAN, AD3 Robert rjn51440@gmail.com "...I served with VP-30 (1988-1991)..." [18MAY2016]

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'BRIEN, CDR J. L. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...CDR O'Brien was born on McCord AFB, Tacoma, Washington and was raised on various Air Force Bases. She attended ROTC at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, earning a BS in both Biology and Russian. She was commissioned in December 1988. CDR O'Brien's first tour of duty after commissioning was as a general unrestricted line officer assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC. She worked as Assistant VP Placement Officer and ACIP/ACP Officer until being selected for flight training in December 1989. After basic aviation training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and advanced navigator training at Mather AFB, CA, she earned her Naval Flight Officer wings in July 1991. She reported to Oceanographic Development Squadron EIGHT (VXN-8), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in September 1991. She qualified as Oceanographic Project Coordinator and participated in detachments around the globe. At VXN-88 she served as Assistant Admin Officer, Legal Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Communications Officer. Upon the opening of Patrol Squadrons to female aviators, CDR O'Brien detached VXN-8 in September 1993 and reported to Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) for Fleet replacement P3C NFO training. She reported aboard Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) in April 1994 where she qualified as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Mission Commander and primary NFO NATOPS instructor (blue card) for both Navigator/Communicator and Tactical Coordinator seat positions. She served as Personnel Officer, NAVCOM NATOPS Officer, Line Division Officer, TACCO NATOPS Officer, and NATOPS Division Officer. CDR O'Brien completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; Howard AFB, Panama; and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In 1997 CDR O'Brien reported as a Selected Reservist to Patrol Squadron SIX SIX (VP-66) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. There she qualified as TACCO, Mission Commander, and primary NFO NATOPS instructor. She has served as Assistant Operations Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Training Officer, Administration Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Tactics Officer. While in VP-66, CDR O'Brien has completed active duty periods in Lann Bihoue, France; Japan; Anchorage, Alaska; Hawaii; and the Caribbean. Her decorations include the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) and various other personal and unit awards and citations..." [18JUL2005]

ODOM, Steve Retired stephen1@frontiernet.net "...I served with VP-45 and VP-30 (1975-1978). Retired from navy in 1992 after 20 years..." [26SEP2012]

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]

OLIVER, AT1(AW) James "OLLIE" doubled@javanet.com "...Served with 1986-1989 different schools, VP-46 1989-1992, VP-30 1992-1993 decommend 1993, VP-31 1993-1995, VP-11 1995-1996 decommend 1996, and currently an IFT assigned to VP-8. Would like any old shipmates to look me up and get in touch..." [16JUL99]

ORMANOSKI, AW1 Jim aka SKI jormanoski@aol.com "...I served with VP-45 (87-91), VP-30 (91-93), VP-16 (93-99), and currently back with VP-30..." [19DEC99]

OSINOVSKY, AT2 Dmitry usnavy@email.com "...I served with VP-47 from September 2000 to September 2005. I had a great time. I am currently an In-Flight Technician (IFT). I have deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, NSA Bahrain and Japan. We participated in a mission against Soviet sub leaving Vladivostok. Funny when you think about it - since I was born in USSR and lived there are until I was fifteen. I might just be the first Russian born Shipmate allowed to join the P-3 fleet. A lot of people did not like that idea, but I showed and proved to them that they were wrong, and I am fighting for my country - USA! I am currently on instructor duty with VP-30 and just might come back to Hawaii next time around! I would like to hear from anyone and everyone!..." [03MAR2006]

OVERMAN, William J. Jr. "Jack" fourbranch@earthlink.net "...I served with ZP-1 (1956-1957) at NAS Elizabeth City, NC (Blimps), VP-44 (1957-1960), VP-30 (Establishment) Det "A" at NAS Norfolk, Virginia (RAG Detachment for the P5M (SP5A/B), VT-6 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, Chief of NAval Air BAsic TRAining (CNABATRA), VP-31 (1964) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California for retraining in the P5, VP-47 (1964-1967) flying as PPC of Crew-9. We were the first crew to achieved "Alpha" Status following transition to the P-3A Deltic configuration..." [E-Mail Updated 05FEB2013 | 05AUG98]


PACHUTA, Mark pachuta@erols.com "...Started flying P-3Bs as an NFO with VP-46 at NAS Moffett Field, California 1974 - 1977; served as an instructor and gedunk trip leader with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1977 - 1980; went to the Reserves with VP-66 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania 1980 - 1993 where we flew P-3As, P-3Bs and P-3B TACNAV Mods. Flew P-3C Update II, III and NUDs as a contractor with NAWC (NADC) Warminster until 1995. Had a great time with the best airplane and the greatest crews in the world. As a old retired VPer, I would love to hear from you guys and gals. Remember, the sea stories always get better and it was the VP Navy that won the cold war!..." [16FEB98]

PADILLA, Luis G. rico__padilla@hotmail.com "...I've served as a 8251 since 1989. I started my flying career at VP-31, graduated FE school and then move on to the VP-22 Blue Geese. After the Blue Geese closed their nest I moved on to The Pro's Nest VP-30 as an IFE, and then settled my feathers here at the Pelicans Nest VP-45. I still enjoy pushing those power levers and look forward to many more years to come. All fellow Blue Geese, Pro's Nest and Pelicans aircrew I send my salute. Long live the local 8251 association, we are few and proud and true professionals..." [14MAY99]

PAIGE, Kim "Patti" kimrpaige@yahoo.com "...I served (FE) with VP-23, VP-30, VPU-1, VX-1 and VP-26. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20MAR2012]

PALKOVICK, CDR Frederick A. II http://navyrotc.mit.edu/www/staff/xo.stm "...Executive Officer - MIT Harvard - Commander Palkovic, a native of Rhode Island, graduated from Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in May 1977. At Cornell, he was commissioned an Ensign, United States Navy through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather Air Force Base, California before earning his wings of gold in March 1979. He then attended initial training in the P-3C Orion aircraft at VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Commander Palkovic reported in July 1979 to VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine where he served as Educational Services Officer, Readiness Training Officer and NFO Naval Aviation Training and Operations Standardization (NATOPS) Officer. During this tour, he qualified as Instructor NFO, NATOPS evaluator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in the P-3C aircraft. He deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean in 1980; NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal in 1981; and NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Western Pacific in 1982. He then reported to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he served as NFO Training Officer. In this capacity, he supervised initial and refresher training of NFOs destined for duty with Atlantic Fleet P-3C squadrons. From 1985 to 1987, CDR Palkovic served as Assistant Air Operations Officer, Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. There, he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and Flag Command Duty Officer. He also participated in Operation Earnest Will, the protection of tankers during the Iran-Iraq war in 1987 as a member of Joint Task Force Middle East. He then attended the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, RI, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Planning. During this tour, he also attended Salve Regina University, earning a Master of Arts in International Relations. In 1989, he reported to VP-56, NAS Jacksonville, Florida for his department head tour, requalifying as Instructor NFO, Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. He served as Training Officer during the squadron's transition to the P-3C Update III aircraft, then as Administrative Officer and Operations Officer during a six month deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Following this deployment, he assisted with disestablishment of the squadron in 1991. Commander Palkovic reported to Commander, Patrol Wings, US Atlantic Fleet as Tactical Development and Evaluation officer. In this assignment, he oversaw Tactical Development programs for the East Coast P-3 squadrons and coordinated completion of numerous research projects supporting Anti-submarine and Anti-surface warfare. He also assumed the additional duties of Training Officer. From 1993 to 1996, Commander Palkovic served as Chief Staff Officer and Administrative Officer for the staff of CPW-1 and Commander Task Force SEVENTY-TWO, Kamiseya, Japan. Commander Palkovic served at United States Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska from 1996 to 1999 as Chief, War Plans Analysis Branch. He responsible for completion of analyses and studies relating to the effectiveness of United States nuclear war plans and the consequences of use of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He also served as Acting Chief, Force Assessments Division during the absence of the incumbent. Commander Palkovic reported onboard the Naval Reserve Officers Corps Unit, Boston Consortium in August 1999. Commander Palkovic's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal..." [17JUN2003]

PALMER, CDR Edward E. III Shipmate Pix http://www.vp16.navy.mil/cop.htm "...Commander Edward (Tad) Palmer is a native of Florence, Alabama. After graduating from the University of Alabama (BSEE), he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in 1987. From 1989 to 1992 he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland as a member of the VP-16 "War Eagles." He served the squadron as the Beartrap and Tactics Officer. In 1992 CDR Palmer reported to the VP-30 Pro's Nest for duty as a FRS Instructor. In that capacity he served as the Maintenance Administration Officer, NFO Schedules Officer and the CNAL P-3 NATOPS Evaluator. His next assignment was to the staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron FOURTEEN at Naval Station Mayport, Florida where he served as the Air Operations Officer and later the DESRON Operations Officer. While deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf, CDS-14 participated in Operation Noble Anvil and Southern Watch. Additionally, CDS-14 conducted exercises in both the Black Sea and Baltic as well as throughout the Mediterranean. In 1997 CDR Palmer was assigned to the Navy Staff's Strategy and Concepts Branch (N513) in the Pentagon. In 1998 he joined VPU-2 in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. While aboard VPU-2, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer and Maintenance Officer, flying missions in Operations ALLIED FORCE and DESERT FOX. In 2000 CDR Palmer returned to VP-30 as the Fleet Replacement Squadron Training Officer where he began mainstreaming the Aircraft Improvement Program into the FRS training. While assigned to VP-30 he was awarded the Political Military Masters Scholarship and was accepted to Harvard University for the 2002-2003 academic year. CDR Palmer received a Masters Degree in Public Administration (National Security Affairs) in June 2003. Following graduation, CDR Palmer was temporarily assigned CTF 57 forward operations in NSA Bahrain where he coordinated and prioritized US and Allied Patrol and Reconnaissance operations for both OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. In March 2004 CDR Palmer reported to the "War Eagles" of VP-16 as the Executive Officer. CDR Palmer's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards) and various other service, campaign and unit awards. ..." [08AUG2005]

PALMER, AE2 Stephen L. "Steve" slpalmer333@juno.com "...I served with VP-30 (08/1968-10/1968) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-5 (10/1968-06/69), VP-42 (06/1969-10/1969), VP-1 (10/1969-06/1971) and VP-69 (1971-1974) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I will be retiring from my job as an Engineering Designer after almost 40 years on November 27, 2013..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08NOV2013 | 1998]

PARIS, ADJ2 Roger rp39891@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-30 from 1968 to 1970 and the USS Independence (CV-62) from 1970 to 1971..." [05MAR2011]

PARISE, Ed eparise@cfw.com "...Started Pre-flight 10/59 and got out 8/69. Did the VP-30 RAG thing, then VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VC-8 RRPR, later a tour at NMC, NAS Point Mugu, California. Where else could you have done the things we did, in all those places, with all those great Shipmates..." [25APR99]

PARSONS, AW3 Erick parsonse_2003@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-30 until December 2002 and currently serving with VP-92 NAS Brunswick, Maine as the NATOPS LPO..." [27AUG2003]

PATTERSON, CDR Robert "Bob" Retired Shipmate PixCirca 1991 bpatters1950@verizon.net "...Attended Avionics School (for future ATs and AEs - I became an AT) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1968), HT-8 at NAS Pensacola, Florida, VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and was accepted to the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP). I attended the Naval Academy Prep school in Bainbridge, MD before attending NC State in Raleigh, NC (1971-1974), graduating with a BS in Computer Sciences, received my commission and completed NFO Flight School. I then served with VP-24 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments toNAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey where I obtained a MS in Systems Technology (1979-1982), ASWOC at NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1984), Instructor Duty (Math Dept) at the US Naval Academy (1986) and VP-24 with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. During the NAS Bermuda deployment my crew, with PPC Earl Byers, CDR (Ret) and Chris Ames ADM (Ret), was launched on a SAR effort in which they located a shipwrecked lady, Ms. BJ Watkins, several hundred miles north of the island. We were able to coordinate with a cargo ship, the Charolette Lyke, to have her spotted and rescued (SEE: VP-24 SAR Rescue of BJ Watkins 1988). Shortly after returning from NAS Bermuda in 1988 I received orders to the new US Transportation Command as Software Development Branch Chief until I retired in 1992. After leaving the Navy - I worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (20+ years) and now with Mantech, International Corp at Aberdeen Proving Grounds supporting the US Army's Software Engineering Center..." [05DEC2013]

PATTON, AE Jerry L. jlpatton@prodigy.net "...I EOD'd at VP-44 at NAS in March 1961 from AE "A" school at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Almost immediately I was sent to FAETULANT and was sent to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida for training as an AC. Shortly after returning to NAS Norfolk, Virginia VP-44 was getting rid of the P5M's for the P2V-5's. I was the AE for LM-11 in the P2's and was on the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. Upon moving the squadron from NAS Norfolk, Virginia to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland I was the AE on LM-10 flying with LT Shoemeyer, LT Thune, LT Estes, Ltjg Schugg, F/E John Warren, 2nd Mech Miller, AT's John Atkins, Dan Pennington, T J Woodward, Klecz and radioman Steve Gardner, and A) Bob Mackey. I also served for a while on Capt Serrell's Crew 1 for a period of time. While on duty in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada I received notice I was getting a month and 4 day early out for the convience of the gov't and left VP-44 in May 1964 as well as the USN. I enjoyed my time with VP-44 and would do it all over again. After leaving VP-44 I entered Western Carolina University and following my graduation joined the US Border Patrol and spent the next 30 years with the US Imm & Natz Svc as a Border Patrol agent and a criminal investigator. I hope to see a lot of old Shipmates at the VP-44 Reunion in Datona, FL in Aug 2001..." [19APR2001]

PAYNE, AVCM Bill Retired wap166@artelco.com "...I served with VP-28 (1968 to 1969), VP-23 (1975 to 1979), VP-26 (1982 to 1985), VP-30 (1985 to 1989) and VP-1 (1989 to 1992). I would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29DEC2008 | E-Mail Updated 03FEB2006 | E-Mail Updated 16MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 29MAR2003 | E-Mail Updated 22JUN2001 | 22FEB98]

PEET, Chris csp-123@att.net "...I served with VP-30 (FRAMP and AD "A" School), VP-10 (1983-1987) at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Oceana, VA (1987-1988) AIMD TF-30 CER..." [10NOV2013]

PENCE, AT1 KARL VAN kvp1961@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from March 1994 to January 1995, when they decomm'ed (got orders there from VP-22). I thought they were joking saying that VP-17 was going to be decomm'ed too. VP-17 was and still is the best VP squadron that I've been in. I have served with VP-30, VP-44, VP-30, VP-22, VP-17, VP-9 (TAD), VP-47, VP-30, and currently with VP-45. Lost touch with alot of good people. If anyone knows me, or remembers me, lets chat..." [20JAN2001]

PENDERGIST, Dennis dpendergist@comcast.net "...I served with VP-30 (Acoustic Operator) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1981 and VP-23 (Acoustic Operator) at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1982 to 1984 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and Detachments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was accepted to the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection (BOOST) Program and left for San Diego in early 1984. I ended up graduating from the University of Oklahoma and retired as an officer in 2004. I am trying to get in touch with old Shipmates in VP-11 and other squadrons: AW Bill Waldron and AW Mike Doherty..." [25MAY2010]

PERRIN, LT Don Retired dcp0515@yahoo.com "...I served with VQ-1 (1980-1984) as a AT2 (Radio Operator), VP-30 (1984-1987) as a AT1 (NATOPS Instructor) and retired in 1999..." [17NOV2012]

PETERSDORFF-REYNHART, Richard W. "Pete" Retired rnwplus3@qwest.net "...I started out with VP-30 from 1980 to 1982, VP-22 for some sun-n-fun in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1982 to 1985 and then the "real" fun began in VAQ-33. That had to have been the best damn duty a guy could get. I worked on the "Whale" for 8 great years, from 1986 to 1993 (disestablishment). Then on to NAS Jacksonville, Florida with VP-45, and a fun tour with Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Detachment (NAMTRAGRUDET) NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I retired from VP-45 in June 2000. I am currently working in Arizona for Intel, as a Indusrtial Waste Specialist. I would like to hear from my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23SEP2007 | 26OCT2001]

PETERSON, Phil <Kaverlvr@aol.com "...I was in VP-50 (Nifty Fifty) or something like that from January 1980 to June 1983. I was on (FTN9) Fine Time Crew Nine as a Flight Engineer. I can't believe Charley (BBC), Timmy Cates, Tony, and a lot of other names that ring a bell are still around! Of course I can't believe I'm still around. Anyhow I'm retired now after 26 years and 7500 hrs. Working for Lockheed Martin in Greenville, SC. I can't seem to get away from these airplanes. Anyone know where CDR. Quigley got off too? Drop me a line if you care too......I was in VP-5 from 1983 thru 1985. If I remember correctly I was on Crew 4. Made a couple of deployments and had a lot of good times. Then on to VP-30 for the manditory instructor tour. Left in 1988 for the PEP program and a tour with the Dutch. Now that was a good time. Left in 1993 for a non flying job which wasn't so bad. Finished up in VP-26 from 1996 to 1998 which wasn't a lot of fun. The PC monster had raised its ugly head by then. Did enjoy flying with Crew 8 and the deployment beers we shared. Retired now and enjoying life after the Navy. Drop me a line if we might of crossed paths..." [BIO Updated 04FEB2000 |29JAN2000]

PETERSON, CDR Roy "Pete" Retired rptrsn@yahoo.com "...I enlisted in 1968. I earned my AC wings at NAS Lemoore, California as a helicopter rescue crewman, fly rescue mission in the Sierra Nevada mountains. After two years of shore duty, I received orders to VP-11 as an AT-2. I went through VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland trained as in IFT, but when I arrived at the squadron I found out that if I wanted to fly I have to be a radioman. No problem let me fly. I made the short notice deploy to WesPac with VP-11 July-Nov 1972 operating from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. After a, very short stint as a civilian, I returned to active duty and changed my rate to AW. After AW "A" school and another pass throught the RAG, I reported to VP-44. Flying the oldest P-3A as SS2 then SS1 I made two deployment NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Bermuda between 1974-1977 making AW1 along the way. I followed that tour with two years at TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily, where I really learned acoustic analyis from some great AW's. AW1 Mike Stokes, AWC Al Cox, AWC Mike Cantor and AWC Mel Watkin a great acoustic analyist and one of the best leaders I had in my naval career. En route to shore duty at Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland by way of VP-30 I was selected for AWC and was intiated in 1979. A couple of weeks later, I found out I'd been select for an a commission as an Aviation Operations LDO Ensign. My shore duty was cut short and after knife and fork school, I to the USS Ranger, in NS Subic Bay, Philippines for an 8 month deployment to the Indian Ocean. Working in the ASW Module a was promoted to LT(jg) on my second deployment to the Indian Ocean. After 2 years 2 months and 1 day I departed USS Ranger to NAVAVSCHCOM NAS Pensacola, Florida for training as a Naval Flight Officer. VP-10 at NATU Mather Airforce Base, VP-31 and I found myself in Hawaii as an LT NavCom in VP-1, CAC-6. Under the leadership of LT Frank Dombrowski, I quickly qualified as a TC. After a split deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan / NAF Misawa, Japan I earned my Mission Commander designation and a JO crew. Select for the College Degree Program (CDP), with the help of the XO CDR Zambernardi, I made the very hard decision to forgo another VP-1 deployment and took orders to New Hampshire College. Completeing my BS degree in 9 months, transferred to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic (CPWL) where I was the Aircrew Training Officer. A great job in a great location 1987-1991. From there it was time for my fourth patrol squadron. After my 5th time through the RAG, I reported to VP-8 as a LCDR Department Head. Two deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and all the det sites, I stretched this tour as long as I could, knowing that as an AW/LDO this was my last active duty squadron. It was a good tour (Tiger, Tiger) and I flew with them from Oct 1991 until June 1995, picking up my P-3 5000 hour pin along the way. Shore duty followed as the Director of Training, Fleet Aviation Specialized Training Group Atlantic (FASO). It was a very interesting job with schools in NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Mayport, plus all the Marine air stations, not to mention SERE. We worked hard to keep up with all the changes in tmissions, new technology and the impacts on flight crew training. My last tour 1999-2002 was as XO of NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece where I retired with over 5500 hours in the P-3 and over 33 years active service. It was a great career. At my retirement ceremony, I was piped ashore then back aboard our 42' sloop Brilliant, where my bride Stephanie spent 5 years cruising the Med, crossing the Atlantic in 2006, the Caribbean, then the US East Coast until last year when we moved ashore in Florida..." [26MAY2015]

PETSCHONEK, AWC Raymond W. Retired wg6x@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-30, VP-56 at NAS Moffett Field, California and TSC at NAS Moffett Field, California. I retired from the Navy (09/1975) and now living in Pensacola, FL..." [11NOV2015]

PETTITT, Dan Dapetman@Webtv.net "...I hit the VP Navy in early 67 with school in VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and then on to VP-49 until August of 68 in the P.I. Was an AME-3 uder the "Comshaw King" Chief George Seachrest, worked in airframes on the P-3 A & B models, and probably had a better experience than I would ever admit to. Cussed the Navy the whole time I was in but would probably tatoo the Squadron insignia if I could find it. I see a few familiar names here and hope a few find mine too!!..." [28APR99]

PHILLIPS, AWCS David E. Retired wardendep@windstream.net "...I served with VP-16, VP-5, VP-30 and retired June 1985. I'm interested in hearing from any Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19AUG2009 | 29JAN99]

PICARD, AE1(AW/NAC) Jay C. jay.picard@navy.mil "...I served with VP-30, VP-44 and VP-45. I served in the Navy from August 1976 to December 1993 and was awarded the National Defense Medal, Navy Expiditionary Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Award with 3 Bronze stars. I enjoyed being an AE and fixing the hard gripes on aircraft and training my junior troops. I also enjoyed the people with a few exceptions, no real regrets and still in civil service 34 years as an AE and loving it. To all AE's "keep 'em flying" may God bless all that serve and will serve. Just remember this: "Treat folks the way you want to be treated" and "Be fair in all your judgments" and " keep "Jesus Christ" first in your life and HE wil never forsake or leave you. You only have this life and have Fun!"..." [14MAY2010]

PIERCE, AMS1 Greg Retired TrijetPFE1@aol.com "...AMS1(RET) Greg Pierce reporting on board. Would like to hear from any old Shipmates (VP-30/VP-66/VP-93/VP-69). I am currently plumbing on a B727 for American Trans Air..." [13APR99]

PIERCE, AWC Josh Retired pawpawpierce@charter.net "...I was a VP SAILOR for most of my 20 years. I served in VX-1, VP-18, VP-5, VP-30 and retired from VP-45. I started as an AT then AX,then AW and loved every minute of it. I retired as AWC in July 75 from VP-45 I would like to hear from Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28DEC2004 | 12FEB2001]

PIERSON, CAPTAIN Carl Retired crpierson@charter.net "...I served with VP-9 (NFO/TACCO) from 1975 to 1978, VP-30 (RAG Instructor) from 1978 to 1981, VP-1 (Training and Operations) from 1985 to 1987, Tactical Air Control SquadRON (TACRON) 21 (XO/CO) from 1990 to 1993, COMmander, Tactical Air Control GRoUp Two (COMTACGRU TWO) from 1995 to 1998 and the University of Missouri NROTC from June 1998 to July 2001. Lots of lifelong friends made in all the squadrons that I was lucky enough to serve in..." [03APR2010]

PLUSKOTA, ADC Dennis Retired dspluskota@att.net "...I served with VPU-1 (1981-1984), VP-9 (1985-1988) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska (1985) and NAF Misawa, Japan / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1986 and 1987), VQ-1 (1988-1991) at NAS Agana, Guam with deployments to NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Masirah, Oman and NSA Bahrain, Oman, VXN-8 (1991-1993) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-30 (1994-1997) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-47 (1998-2000) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and retired as an ADC...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22JUN2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 28NOV2003 | 00XXX97]

POPE, ADCS Billy J. Retired scporet@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-1 from October 1961 to October 1964 Crew 10 and 8), VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1966 (P2V5's for the special program), and VP-56 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1977 to 1980. I really had some good times..." [BIO Updated 18MAR2003 | 15MAR2003]

POSEY, CDR P. Steven http://www.naspensacola.navy.mil/trawing6/vt4/xo.html "...Commander Posey, a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was commissioned in April 1985 through the Aviation Officer Candidate program in Pensacola, Florida. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas, an M.S. in Information Systems from Naval Postgraduate School, and a Naval War College Diploma. Following his Primary training in Pensacola, he went on to receive his Naval Flight Officer wings in April 1986 from Naval Air Training Unit at Mather AFB, Sacramento, California. After completing his initial Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida he reported to the "Golden Pelicans " of VP-44, located in NAS Brunswick, Maine in September 1986. His billets included Assistant CMS Officer, Electronic Branch Officer, Tactics Officer, and AW Division Officer. He was qualified as an ASW Navigator/Communicator (NAVCOM), Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Mission Commander and Instructor NAVCOM and TACCO. He made two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and a split sight deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Following his first operational tour, he reported as a student at the Naval Postgraduate School in June 1990 were he received a Masters of Science Degree in Information Systems. In June 1992, he reported aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) home ported in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as the V-2 Training Officer, Bow Catapults Branch Officer, and Fire Watch Division Officer. He qualified as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and made a Mediterranean/Red Sea deployment in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE PROMISE, and SOUTHERN WATCH. In April 1994, he reported as an FRS instructor to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. His jobs included Assistant Maintenance Officer and Administrative Officer. He was qualified as an FRS ASW Navigator/Communicator and Tactical Coordinator Instructor. In August 1996, he reported to the world famous "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. His jobs included Assistant Training Officer, Tactics Officer, CTG 67.1 Operations Officer, and Squadron Operations Officer. He made a Mediterranean deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and supported Operations DECISIVE ENDEAVER/DELIBERATE GUARD and SILVER WAKE. In July 1998, he reported to the Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee where he served initially as the Branch Head, Officer Performance Branch (PERS-834), and then the Director, Personnel Performance, Security, and Separations Division (PERS-83). While there, he also completed the Naval War College Non-Resident Seminar Program and earned a Naval War College Diploma. Following his "BUPERS" tour, Commander Posey reported as a student to the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, were he completed the Joint and Combined Warfighting Course. He left Norfolk and arrived at NAS Pensacola, Florida with his current orders as the Executive Officer of the "Warbucks" of VR-4. Commander Posey has over 2400 flight hours. His personnel awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards..." [03JUL2003]

POSPESHIL, Donald dposp@webtv.net "...I served with FASRON-102 (1948-1949), VP-7 (1949-1952), NAOTS (1952-1954), VP-49 NAS Bermuda (1954-1958), NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1958-1961), VP-8 (1961-1963), NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (1963-1967), VP-30 (1967-1968), and retired and living the good life..." [20MAY2000]

POTTHOFF, Gerald Mitchell "Potsie" gmpotsie@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-44 70/73, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine 74/75, VP-16 76/81, VP-30 82/85 & SeaOpDet NAS Jacksonville, Florida serving USS Forrestal CV-59 until retiring Aug '89. I am currently working in Saudi Arabia teaching C-130's. I am also on Yahoo & AOL instant messenger, screen name "gmpotsie." I will reply to all received enquiries. Later..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAY2004 | 14OCT99]

POULSON, AW1 Tom Retired Hiburn8@aol.com "...Living in Ohio and now enlisted in the Postal Service as a Letter Carrier. I served with VP-4, VP-19, VP-30, VP-31 and VP-47. Had great times and I've got a lot of great memories of all the people that touched my life over the years. Sure would love to hear from some of you..." [BIO Updated 02FEB2006 | BIO Updated 19AUG2001 | 12MAY98]

PRAN ROIGER, Shawn roiger@mail.com "...I served with VP-30 from February 1993 through August 1996 in the PR shop. Since then, I have gotten out of the Navy and drilled with the Reserves. Upon completion of college I hope to return to active duty. I never got to see the inside of the new hangar and would like to visit sometime. If this is possible please let me know it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..." [05MAR2000]

PRATTON, CDR Samuel D. http://members.aol.com/StevenV113/VP-94/xo1.htm "...Commander Samuel D. Pratton received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1979. Following flight training in Pensacola, Florida and Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November 1980. After completing Replacement Air Group Training at VP-30, he was assigned to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While in VP-5, Commander Pratton deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Following his tour with VP-5, he was assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command at NAS Pensacola, Florida, as an Instructor Training Course instructor and a Systems Analyst. Upon release from active duty in 1987, he affiliated with VP-94 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. Commander Pratton holds a Bachelor's Degree in Operations Analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master's Degree in Systems Analysis from the University of West Florida. He is employed as a Systems Analyst with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Pensacola, Florida. During his career, Commander Pratton has been designated a Patrol Plane Mission Commander and Tactical Coordinator in P-3B TACNAVMOD and P-3C aircraft. His military decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Battle "E" Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal..." [05JUL2003]

PREVATT, CAPTAIN Richard M. III http://www.dcmilitary.com/navy/tester/6_14/local_news/6247-1.html "...April 5, 2001 - Naval officer ends 24-year career - On March 23, the commander of the Naval Air Systems Command and the Program Executive Officer for Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation bid farewell to Capt. Richard M. Prevatt III. Prevatt culminated his U.S. Navy career of over 24 years as he passed the lead of Naval Afloat Targeting and Cruise Missiles Command and Control Programs (PMA-281) to Capt. Michael A. Hecker. PMA-281 is chartered to develop, acquire, deploy and support Naval Afloat Targeting systems and Cruise Missile Command and Control Systems for the nation's warriors. Its roots date back to 1977 when the Joint Cruise Missiles Program Office was created. PMA-281 was formed in 1986 to provide mission planning capabilities for Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. Since that time, the command has evolved to support a wide variety of Navy weapons, provide imagery processing and exploitation systems, precision targeting systems, as well provide innovative approaches to conducting maritime power projection. In September 1997, Prevatt assumed command as program manager (PMA-281) for the nine major systems providing Command and Control, Imagery Processing, Precision Targeting and Mission Planning essential to fleet Tomahawk and Joint Precision Weapons. His team received multiple commendations for operational Tomahawk support during Operations Desert Fox and Allied Force/Noble Anvil and numerous Secretary of the Navy awards for Acquisition Innovation and Reform. Born in Stuttgart, West Germany, into a military family, he earned his bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and computer science, Summa Cum Laude, from Duke University in 1977. After commissioning in May, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida, for naval flight training in June 1977, and graduated with distinction. Prevatt completed P-3 replacement pilot training at VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1979, then reported to his first operational assignment with the "Pegasus" of VP-11, there completing two LANT deployments. After jet transition at NAS Kingsville, Texas, in 1982, he graduated with Class 84 of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in December 1983. He joined Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate at Naval Air Test Center NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to direct P-3 engine performance monitoring, defensive electronic countermeasures, and survivability and vulnerability developmental test. He then returned to TPS as an instructor. In 1986, he joined the "Wizards" of VPU-2 where he directed multiple WESTPAC deployments. Prevatt earned his master's degree with distinction in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in December 1990. After graduation, he completed the program manager's course at the Defense Systems Management College, then began his association with Tomahawk as director of Test and Evaluation for Program Executive Officer, Cruise Missile Project during both Desert Watch and Desert Storm and the accelerated fleet introduction of Block III. In April 1994, he was selected to be deputy program manager for Combat Identification and then for Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures for Program Executive Officer, Tactical Aircraft Programs (PEO(T)). In May 1997, he joined PEO(T) as operations officer and chief of staff. His service has included over 3,400 flight hours as a pilot in 41 types of Navy, Air Force, Army and Allied aircraft..." [15DEC2005]

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]

Memorial Picture "...PRIDGEN, TDC Harley...TDC Harley Pridgen passed away on August 7th, 2011 in Memphis, Tn. He served with VP-30 and VP-30 Detachment A (1959-1963) and FAETUANT. A good friend and my boss after TD "A" School..." Contributed by DOWNS, TD1 Lee B. leebdowns@aol.com [15AUG2011]

PRINDLE, CAPTAIN Brian Charles https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/capt_prindle_bio.htm "...Captain Prindle received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and was commissioned through the NROTC program in May 1979. He was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1980. In addition, Captain Prindle earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces in June 2001. Operationally, Captain Prindle served in VP-45, aboard the USS RANGER (CV61) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and V-2 Division Officer, as the Operations Officer in VP-11, ICEX 93 Officer-in-Charge for CPW-5, Chief Staff Officer for CPW-10, and commanded VP-46. Captain Prindle's shore assignments include VP-30 as an Instructor Pilot, and a second assignment serving as the Senior COMNAVAIRLANT NATOPS Evaluator and P-3C NATOPS Model Manager. Major Staff duty tours include Assistant for Officer Promotion Plans and Policy, and Special Assistant for Flag Matters, Bureau of Naval Personnel, and Program Analyst, Assessment Division (N81), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Additionally, Captain Prindle served on the Joint Staff (J8) as an Action Officer, CINC Liaison Office, Joint Requirements Division. While assigned to the Joint Staff, he completed the MIT Seminar XXI Fellow Program, Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest. In August 2001 he assumed his current position as Commanding Officer, VP-30. Captain Prindle has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other service awards..." [15JUN2003]

PRINSEN, ATCS(AW) Karl "Skip" Retired w7pn@rtconnect.net "...I served with VP-49 (1961 to 1964), VP-30 (1964 to 1967), VP-44 (1967 to 1970), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee AFTA School (1970 to 1974), VAW-113 (1975 to 1978), NAMTRA 1098 & 1013 (1978 to 1981), VF-213 (1981 to 1985), COMFITAEWWINGSPAC (1985 to 1988) a retired in June 1988. I miss the old days and have had many changes in my life. I finished my Masters Degree and am looking for a job that reflects my recent training..." [E-Mail Updated 16APR2009 | BIO and E-Mail Updated 30NOV98 | 24AUG98]

PUGH, Anthony "Tony" toeknee062@cox.net "...I served with VP-30 from 1987-1990, then went to NAS Brunswick, Maine joining VP-11 from 1990-1994. With VP-11 I did three deployments ( NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Sigonella, Sicily) with a great group of people. Then transferred back to VP-30 from 1994-1997. All through my Navy career I met a lot of great people and would like to get in touch with them. I'm out of the service now, working for ARINC as a contractor to NAVAIR in Cherry Point, NC. Any of my old shipmate's that see this, drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 24NOV2002 | 04JUN2002]

PULLIAM, LT Zane zane.pulliam@att.com "...AA, ATN AN, ATN3, ATN2, AT1, ENS, LTJG, LT (Avionics LDO) - NAS North Island, San Diego, California - Boot, VA-44 RAG, VA-81, VP-30 RAG, VP-46 (Active), VP-62, VP-0516, NRNS NS Rota, Spain (Reserve)..." [03FEB2009]

Memorial Picture "...PUNCHES, CAPTAIN Jack D. Jr...TOWER HILL -- Capt. Jack D. Punches Jr., 50, of Clifton, Va., retired from the Navy, died Sept. 11, 2001, in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Centreville United Methodist Church, Centreville, Va. Jack Punches was a native of Tower Hill and held a bachelor's degree from Missouri University, a master's degree in strategic studies from the Naval War College, and a master's degree from Salve Regina in international relations. Designated a Naval Aviator in 1975, Capt. Punches received orders to VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida flying the P-3C. He completed three deployments before reporting as an instructor pilot to the FRS (VP-30) in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In July 1982, Capt. Punches returned to sea duty when he reported to VPU-1 (Special Projects) in NAS Brunswick, Maine. After two years of intelligence collection duties, he reported to the Navy War College in November 1984. Upon graduation from Naval War College in November 1985, he returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, to VP-49 as the Maintenance Officer. After one operational deployment and a UNITAS deployment, he received orders as the OIC NAMTRAGRUDET JAX in July 1988. After an abbreviated tour, Capt. Punches joined the Lifting Eagles of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR-24) in NAS Sigonella, Sicily, as the Executive Officer in October 1989. He assumed command of VR-24 in January and then deployed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operations Desert Storm and Shield. In June 1992, he reported to the new Unified Command USSTRATCOM as Chief, Airborne Operations. In August 1995, he proceeded to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations as the Head of Navy Counterdrug and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Navy for Counterdrug Matters. In June 1996, he assumed duties of Deputy Director, Operations and Interagency Support Division under the newly assigned Coast Guard flag officer. Capt. Punches retired from the Navy in July 2000. From July until November 2000, Jack Punches served as Senior Consultant with Blue Stone Consulting of Alexandria, Va., with principal duties assigned as senior advisor for Commander, Naval Forces, Southern Command in Puerto Rico. In November 2000, Jack Punches returned to the Navy as a senior civilian employee when he was appointed as Deputy Head, Navy Interagency Support Branch in the Pentagon. In the Navy, Capt. Punches accumulated more than 7,000 flight hours and 50 carrier landings. His personal awards include Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation and various other service/campaign medals..." http://www.herald-review.com/rednews/2001/10/06/build/Obituaries/obits.php [22JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...PUNCHES, Jack...11SEP2001 (NYC World Trade Center/Pentagon) loss: Jack Punches, now a civilian employee, was a work at the Pentagon. He is listed among the missing. He flew with several VP squadrons including VP-30 and VP-49..." Contributed by HOWARD, Jerry SGT0614@aol.com [14SEP2001]


QUINN, ADCS Paul winbral@aol.com "...I served as a Flight engineer with VP-30 for school then VP-92 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, VP-04 NAS New Orleans, Louisiana (Stormin Norms F.E.) Then on to VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California (Flew Desert Storm in the Gulf with the Black Cats and part of my crew recieved Air Medals for strike flight over 120 combat hours flown with no missions lost or delayed) Then on to VR-54 NAS New Orleans, Louisiana as a C-130 F.E. 'Herc motors are upside down"..." [24JUN98]


RAMBO, Bud brambo@bellsouth.net "...I was an AX3 in VP-30 from June 1964 thru December 1967. Reading through this site creates a flood of memories...some good, some not so good (we lost a crew in a mid-air in Sept. '67.) Great site! I'll return often..." [12AUG99]

RAMMEL, Patrick pjrammel@charter.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1977-1980 as NAVCOMM/TC, VP-30 from 1980-1982 working on the JMSDF and Dutch FMS programs, and VP-17 from 1988-1989. Picked-up a MS in Financial Management at NPS in Monterey, CA. I received orders to NAS Lemoore, California as the Comptroller and Defender of the VP community. It was fun being the only VP type with a base of F/A 18 jet jocks. Just have to say per diem and watch their blood pressure rise..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAY2002 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR2001 | 08MAR98]

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]

RAMSDEN, CDR Christopher P. Shipmate Pix http://vp8.pub.ffc.navy.mil/?id=355 "...Currently XO of VP-8...In April of 1991, after FRS training at VP-30 Jacksonville, Florida he reported to VP-26 Brunswick, Maine and deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily supporting Operations DESERT CALM, SOUTHERN WATCH and SHARP GUARD. His assignments included Readiness/SORTS Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. In 1994 he was selected to fire the first Navy Maverick Missile (War-shot) launched from a fleet operational P-3C Orion. From October 1994 to August 1996 he was assigned to the staff of Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic/Task Force Eight Four in Norfolk, Virginia as Flag Lieutenant. During this tour he deployed from July to November 1995 to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with Joint Task Force ONE SIX ZERO during Operation SEA SIGNAL where he assumed the additional duties of Flag Secretary and Security Officer. In September 1996 he reported aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS where he served as Operations Administration Officer, Command Security Manager and Officer of the Deck, completing a six month Arabian Gulf deployment and home port change to San Diego, CA. In October 1998 upon transfer to VP-30, he qualified as a Fleet Replacement Squadron NFO Instructor and served as Fleet Training Officer in the newly established Weapons Tactics Unit. His duties included leadership of the AIP Fleet Introduction Team, the Combined Fleet Instructor Under Training Team, the Aircrew Coordination Training Model Manager and the Special Projects Team. From June 2000 to August 2002 he served as a Department Head in VP-5 and was assigned as CTG 84.1 Operations Officer, Tactics Officer, Training Officer, CTG 67.1 Operations Officer and Squadron Operations Officer. Following his department head tour, he reported to PMA-205/290 where he served as the Assistant Program Manager for Training Systems for the Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (P-8A) where he developed the training structure for the follow-on aircraft to the P-3C. CDR Ramsden has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Six Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other unit and individual awards. Additionally he is authorized to wear the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Submarine Warfare Insignia..." [05DEC2005]

RAMSEY, AFCM(AW) Dennis R. drams01@yahoo.com "...Hello Shipmates. Here is my career in a nut shell. To my friends I have made throughout my career, I send a hearty hello! AFEES/MEPPS NAS Oakland, California December 1979, RTC NB San Diego, California December 1979-February 1980, VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida March 1980-July 1980, VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii July 1980-April 1984, VA-122 NAS Lemoore, California April 1984-August 1984, ORD. MOD. DECOMM OF VA-122 DET. NAS Fallon, Nevada, OMD NAS Fallon, Nevada August 1984-December 1987, Broken service December 1987-August 1988, NAVET "U" NB San Diego, California August 1988, VP-9 NAS Moffett Field, California September 1988-September 1992, VX-5/VX-9 NAWC NAS China Lake, California September 1992-July 1996, VAW-113 NAS Miramar, California/NAWC NAS Point Mugu, California July 1996-December 1999, VQ-4 Tinker AFB, OK January 2000-February 2002, VQ-3 Tinker AFB, OK March 2002-January 2003, NAMTRAGRUDET/CNATT DET Tinker Tinker AFB, OK January 2003- December 2004, Retired January 2005, Currently working for Rockwell Collins as a Loggie (developing the Pubs, Training, Sparing, Depot Support etc. for the Electronics and Communications systems that we design and build)..." [BIO Updated 12MAR2007 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 12JUN2004 | E-Mail Updated 04AUG2002 | BIO Updated 05APR2002 | E-Mail Updated 25APR2001 | 01AUG99]

RANDALL, AGCM William "Bill" Retired truefast@aol.com "...22 Aug 74 Entered U.S. Navy as a "Ready Mariner" (4X10 selective reservist/SELRES). 26 Sep 74 Used "administrative option" in boot camp; converted to active reservist (TAR). 01 Nov 74 Graduated from basic training. 04 Nov 74 Entered (ASW) "AW-A" school (NAS Millington, Tennessee). 25 Mar 75 Graduated from AW-A school. 26 Mar 75 Arrived at HS-1 (active sonar/SAR Wetcrewman) school. 30 May 75 Passed sonar technical training; did not meet wetcrewman quals. Allowed to convert to patrol squadron (acoustic sensor) training. 22 Dec 75 Completed VP-30 (acoustic sensor) VP training; received orders to VP-23 (NAS Brunswick, Maine). 02 Jan 76 Arrived VP-23 ("Seahawks") two deployments (NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal) 1976-1978. Opted to exercise a "SCORE" conversion to Aerographer's Mate (from AW2 to AG2). 30 Dec 78 Transferred from VP-23 to Aerographer's Mate A-1 school. 29 Jan 79 Commenced AG-A school. 25 May 79 Graduated AG-A school (finished as honor graduate; asked to stay onboard as instructor). 28 May 79 Attended Instructor School (Chanute AFB, Rantoul IL). 29 Jun 79 Graduated Instructor School (AG-A school instructor through Apr 1982). 16 Dec 80 Frocked to AG1. 25 Apr 82 Attended AG-C7 Forecaster school. 28 Dec 82 Graduated Forecaster school. 02 Jan 83 Arrive USS America (CV 66) forecaster duty. 31 Oct 84 Transfer from USS America to NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. 16 Sep 85 Frocked to AGC. 3 Jan 86 Transfer to Naval Oceanography Command Center, NS Rota, Spain. 5 Jan 89 Transfer to Staff Duty (Commander, US Sixth Fleet) Gaeta Italy. 16 Apr 91 Frocked to AGCS. 12 Feb 92 Transfer to Naval Training Meteorology and Oceanography Center (NAS Pensacola, Florida). 16 Apr 95 Frocked to AGCM. 10 May 95 Transfer to Senior Enlisted Academy (Newport, RI). 10 Jul 95 Transfer to Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center (NS Rota, Spain). 15 Feb 98 Transfer to Recruit Training Command (Great Lakes IL). 1 Oct 00 Transfer to USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Command Master Chief). 31 Dec 01 Transfer to Fleet Reserve..." [08MAR2007]

RANKIN, AD3 Robbie robrankin@comcast.net "...I served with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-MAU at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I have been a HVAC Technician since 1989 and married for 21 years with three kids..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28FEB2012 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24MAY2005 | 07SEP98]

RASFELD, LT Joe Retired rasfeldj@verizon.net "...I served with VP-24 (1961-1963)as a AT Jez-Radio Operator. I applied (and was accepted in 1963) into the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP) and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. in 1967. I reported to VP-30 (1969) and learned about Jay R. Beasley and all the wonderful things he did for the men and the machine we flew. I then served with VP-17 (1969-1972) as a TACCO, ASWOC at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and retired December 1970. I am now retired again after working as engineer and inventor. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JAN2013 | 10MAR98]

RATHER, JAMES Ratherjj@aol.com "...Served in VP-24 from 1969-1972, VP-30 from 1972-1975, and VP-5 from 1976-1979. Was a TACCO and Instructor. I now am with NAVAIR in PMA205 as a Program Manager for International P-3 operators, such as Norway, Korea, Netherlands, Australia, etc. I have fond memories of the old days and the great friends from the past. I sure would like to hear from any of the old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25JUL99 | E-Mail Updated 02OCT98 | BIO Updated 03SEP98 | 27AUG98]

RAUCKHORST, Matt (ROCK) VICTOR191@AOL.COM "...GREAT SITE. I WAS IN VP-46 FROM 84-87 THEN VP-31 87-91 BACK TO VP-46 91-94 CROSSED COAST TO VP-45 94-96 NOW IN VP-30 A STHE FLEET NATOPS F/E EVALUATOR. CORRECTION TO THE BUNO OF THE VP-31 CROWS LANDING AIRCRAFT IT WAS 161762 A DAY I WILL NOT FORGET. I AM LOOKING FOR ALL THE PAST WEST COAST F/E EVALUATORS GOING BACK AS FOR AS POSSIBLE I WOULD APPERICATE ANY HELP IN THIS AREA. "FOR THE OPERATORS BY THE OPERATORS"..."

REDDING, DANIEL W. JR danredding@worldnet.att.net "...I was a ADR3 & 2 with VP-18, VP-30, VP-31, VC-8, and VS-32. I retired 15DEC77 as a AS1. The NAVY was what life was all a bout for all of us. There will not be anthing else like it in this life time. Looking forward to some E mail..." [E-Mail Updated 30JUN2001 | E-Mail Updated 26JUN99 | 30AUG98]

REED, AOC Marcus Retired MReed76841@aol.com "...I'm a long timer 1968 to 1971 and then 1975 to 1979. I was and AO2 through AOC with the (VP-44) Pelicans. I still have the Crew Pelican hanging in The Bar. I'll go through my flight bag and send a few "old Photo's" and articles I still have. It's good to see Our Place on the net. I saw Mike Kane in Brunswick last summer at a car meet and stayed with the Carl and Darlene Marcinak. I see quite a few Shipmates each year when I visit. I also saw AOC Larry Robinson who's retired and running the Club and Ed Lord who was visiting from Vegas. Anyone ever hear from LCDR Jim and Marty Larsen VP-44 Pilot who went to some staff command near Barbers Point. I was also in VP-30 from 1971 to 1975. I retired off the Big John CV 67 as the LCPO of G-3 Bomb and Missile Division after 1983 Med-Cruise off the coast of Beriut..." [05JAN98]

REES, Jeff lcdrrees@yahoo.com "...I served (flew the P-3) with VP-56, VP-45, VP-30, VP-8 and VT-27 (T-34 Instructor Pilot and as an A-Strike aboard USS Abraham Lincoln). I left active duty in 2000 for the airlines but was recalled 4 times after 9-11 serving at NORAD, HQ USSOUTHCOM and 4th Fleet. I retired from the Reserves in 2007..." [21JUN2012]

REES, Rick A. rickrar@aol.com "...Hi Shipmates! I served with several commands in the good old USN. Started out with VC-3 (1973), VF-124 Gunfighters & VF-2 Bounty Hunters (1974-1975), VP-31 (FE School in 1975), VP-56 (1976-1981), VP-30 (1982-1986), VP-5 (1986-1990), NAMO NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1990-1994), and finally HSL-42 Proud Warriors Mayport (1994-1998). Retired as an ADCS from HSL-42 in August 1998. I currently work for a contractor at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (ACS Government Solutions Group Inc) doing computer work. My P-3 days in the Navy were some of the best times of my life. Will always have fond memories of the good times, not the bad ones! Would love to hear from any old Shipmates from those days. Aloha!..." [06FEB99]

REICHENBACH, Carl carl_reichenbach@hotmail.com "...I was an AW from 1985-1994. Served with VP-47 (86-90), VP-30 (90-94). Currently an NCC at Cecil Field, Florida..." [29AUG98]

REIGLE, AX2 Jim jimreigle@verizon.net "..Duty Stations: USS Kearsarge, HS-6, USS Randolph, VS-27, VP-30.." [E-Mail Updated 02APR2005]

REYNOLDS, ATCS Larry L. Retired larryleereynolds@gmail.com "...I served with Naval Alcohol Rehabilitation Center (NAVALREHCEN) (1976-1978) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee AX/AT "A" Schools, VP-10 (1982-1985) at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Bermuda and NS Rota, Spain, VP-30 (1985-1990) Avionics Shop Supervisor, Maintenance Control Coordinator, VP-56 (1985-1990) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (IFT, Maintenance Control Coordinator and Special Projects) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. Best Chief's Mess in the Navy - Dusty Rhodes, Notso Quick, Mark VanReken, Bob Yearty, Frank Howard, Doug Evans, etc. Best team of go-getters I've ever seen. My final destination was NAVALREHCEN (1990-1994) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a Counselor. I retired January 1994..." [E-Mail Updated 01FEB2017 | E-Mail Updated 24NOV2009 | E-Mail Updated 24JAN2003 | 16MAY2001]

RHOADS, Bill G. BGR101@aol.com "...From June 1966 until Sept 1969 I was a Flight Communicator on LN8 (151354) VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I was one of the "Black shoe" " Radioman rate that flooded the VP squadrons during that time. I was a RM2, went to VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and on to VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 66. Received my wings in early 67 and aquired over 2400 hours as 1st tech and flight comm on LN8 and other aircraft. First PPC was LCDR R. W Steuben. and last PPC was LCDR Hollister. Flew with some really great people and a couple of not so great ones also. Deployed to BDA and Newfoundland. And NATO flight to Germany in 1967 and several "Q" flights to South America on single plane missions. Sadly I missed the VP-45 Reunion but hope to do the next one. I was a civilian pilot instructor when in squadron and flew out of the old Herlong Field. I also was lucky eneough to get lots of time as PIC on the P-3A and B and later was type rated in the L188 series aircraft. Bill G. Rhoads, President of Sparta Technical Security, LLC in Lexington, KY and Washington, DC. We do technical Surveillance Countermeasures work on a national basis..." [01DEC98]

RICKEL, AFCM Don Retired retp3fe@suscom-maine.net "...I served with VR-8 from 1964 to 1967, VP-31 Det Alpha in 1967, Crazy Cats in 1967, VP-30 in 1968, VP-101 from 1968 to 1972, NAS Brunswick, Maine AIMD from 1972 to 1975, VP-8 from 1975 to 1980, CPW-5 from 1980 to 1883: SEA in 1983, VP-11 from 1983 to 1985 and NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1985 to 1992. I can't seem to leave NAS Brunswick, Maine so starting working for Public Works in the Environmental Division in 1993. Nothing better then my years in the U.S. Navy especially the VP community..." [E-Mail Updated 24FEB2010 | 01DEC2000]

RIECK, CDR D. G. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/CO%20Picture.htm "...CDR Rieck was born and raised in Preston, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland (the home of the 2002 NCAA Champion "Terrapins"), in 1983 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. After completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida he was commissioned an Ensign in January 1986. After flight training, he reported to the VP-4 "Skinny Dragons" at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1988. He deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, and NSF Diego Garcia / Masirah, Oman, in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, where he was the Mission Commander for 16 combat missions, and was awarded the Air Medal for detecting and coordinating the destruction of two heavily armed Iraqi Patrol boats. He served as the Power Plants Branch Officer, Mine Warfare Officer, AV/ARM Division Officer, and Pilot Natops Officer. In 1991 he reported to VX-1, at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. He served as Communications/Telecommunications Officer, Project Analyst, and Operational Test Director (OTD). Projects assigned were Analyst for Global Positioning System (GPS) and P-3 Update IV, and OTD for Tactical Support Center (TSC) and Mobile Operations Control Center (MOCC). Commander Rieck reported to the USS Enterprise(CVN 65) in 1994. Serving as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, Hangar Deck Officer (V-3 Division), and Flight Deck Officer (V-1 Division), he helped return the USS Enterprise to sea after a four year Complex/Reactor Overhaul and conducted over 5000 safe aircraft launch and recoveries. In 1996 he reported to VP-30, and after completing the IUT syllabus, served as the Assistant Training Officer. He then reported to the VP-40 "Fighting Marlins" in July of 1997, completing two deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan. He served as the Command Services Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Maintenance Officer. In 1999, he reported to COMPATRECONWING ONE in Kamiseya, Japan. As the Exercise and Operational Plans Officer, he conducted 160 bi-lateral exercises with 33 countries in both FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets. Commander Rieck also served as the Maintenance Officer for all WESTPAC deployed P-3C and derivative aircraft. In April, 2001, he assisted in the return of 24 aircrew personnel from the stranded EP-3 in Hainan Island, PRC, following a mid-air collision with a PRC F-8, and later provided liaison, material, and logistical support for the dismantling and return of the aircraft to the United States. Additionally, following the September 11th terrorist attacks, he helped establish the MPRA theater infrastructure to support Combat Operations in the North Arabian Sea and overland Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In May 2002, he reported to VP-9 "Golden Eagles" MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he served as the Executive Officer. CDR Rieck's awards include the Air Medal (Individual Award), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Naval Achievement Medal (four awards) and other unit and service awards..." [14JUN2003]

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Memorial Picture "...RITTER, Robin "Tex"...Robin "Tex" Ritter passed away April 2008. Tex served with VP-5, VP-30 and VP-49..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [08AUG2008]

RIVERS, Daniel danielrivers@cox.net "...I enlisted in the Navy on July 31,1965. Did Boot Camp at Great Lakes,Illinois and from there I went to AMFU'A' School at NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee. After school I was assigned to VP-30 Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida in May of 1966. I had some really great experiences in that squadron. The P2 became my favorite aircraft to both to work on and to fly in as part of an aircrew. I mainly flew as forward observer and trained as FE. In 1967 tragedy struck our squadron when one of our planes was involved in a mid air collision (27SEP67) with an F-8 Crusader. Some of our training missions were pretty hairy too. Especially the time we were returning from NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and had to fly through a thunder storm. That will get your attention. In October of 1968 I was reassigned to VS-30 NAS Boca Chica, Florida. After serving with the Old Pros of VP-30 though, working with the S2 was kind of a let down even though I got some Carrier time aboard the "Wasp" and the"Midway". There was something about the "Neptune" that no other plane could match not even the bigger and faster P-3. I extended my enlistment in 1969 to take the test for ADR3. I didn't make it and in May of 1970 I was discharged due to a reduction in force order. If I could do it all over again I definitely would but I would want to serve all of my time in the SP2H (P2V-7). I think most airmen who served with the "Mighty Neptune" would agree with me..." [10DEC2007]

ROBBINS, AOCS Howell "Robbie" HROB3629@aol.com "...I was in VP-26 from 1956 to 1960, VP 30 1963, VP-10 1963 to 1967 (transition from P2'S to P3'S lots of good times), VP-31 1970 and VP-4 1970 to 1973..."

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...ROBERSON, AOC Felix James...VP-4 (1967-1970), VP-16 (1958), VP-28 and VP-30 - Felix James Roberson (Chief Robie) went to be with his Heavenly Father at the age of 77, on March 16, 2009. Robie was born August 29, 1931 in Wichita Falls, TX. He joined the Navy in 1951 and served for 20 years retiring as a Navy Chief. He served the Army for 15 years as a small arms repairman. He enjoyed bowling, muzzleloading and was an excellent pen craftsman. He attended numerous crafts shows with his wife around South Texas. He is preceded in death by his son Jamie Roberson, his parents Francis and Samuel Roberson, sister Frances Haney and nephew Kenny Whitaker. He is survived by his wife Anne of 44 years, daughters, Sandra Cook, Kim Rodriguez (husband Raul), Jane Mendoza (husband Mike), son John Roberson (Fiancé Mary), sister Donna Whitaker (husband Bill), ten grandchildren; Daniel, Ryan, Amanda, Fritz, Eric, Kayla, Evan, Ian, Matthew, and Corbin, 9 great grandchildren, nieces; Diane, Linda, and Karen, nephews; Michael, David, Jeffery, Billy and Steven. He was interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. A guest book is available at http://obit.memorialobituaries.com/wrapper_gb.php?id=649014&clientid=missionparks&listing=Found..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [16AUG2011]

ROBERSON, Felix J. Shipmate Pix CHIEFROBIE@aol.com "...Before I went to VP-16 in 1958 I was in a fighter training squadron in Corpus Christi. Before that I was in Fighter Squadron 52 on the west coast. During that time I was on the Boxer, Wasp and Lexington. After five glourious years in VP-16 I went up to VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. There I met and married my Dear wife Anne. We went to Hawaii in 1965 and I was in VP-28 and then in VP-4. I retired in 1970 and went to Gunsmith School in Denver Co. I came home to San Antonio in 1972, ran a civilian gun shop for about 7 years and then went to work as the Army gunsmith at Fort Sam Houston for 15 years. I retired from there in 1994 and am now a what we call a Pen Turner. I make pens, pencils etc. from deer antler, wood and acrylics and go to craft shows. I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates that are still around. Felix J. "ROBIE' Roberson, 7507 Sweet Valley, San Antonio, Texas 78242 Phone: (210)623-1328, Fax: (210)623-8917, or E-Mail..." [BIO Updated 20SEP98 | 19SEP98]

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]

ROHR, Bradford brohr56@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-30 (1963-1965) and VP-18 while they were deployed in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR..." [23DEC2013]

ROMANISKY, Andy G. 103626.44@compuserve.com "...I was active duty US NAVY...1965-1969...assigned to VP-30... NAS Jacksonville, Florida...aircrew on P2V-7 aircraft as AX2. We lost crew members in 1968 mid-air crash. Anyone from that time still around here? Now I just retired Air National Guard (E-7) in California (Reserve), 1996..." [02JAN99]

ROSE, Barry E. bearsden@iquest.net "...Served with VP-8, VP-26, and VP-30..." [22JUN98]

ROTUNDO, AVCM Bill Retired brotundo@comcast.net "...Tours of the good olde P-3 world included VP-49 (1973 to 1975), VX-1 (1975 to 1978), VP-24 (1978 to 1981), VP-30 (1981 to 1984), VP-24 (1984 to 1986), VS-28 (1986 to 1989), NAMTRA-1037 (1989 to 1991) and retired in 1991. It was a great career, would do it again in a heart beat. Now a contractor designing Flight Simulator mods for the S-3 program. Would love to hear from the old gang. Keep them safe..." [E-Mail Updated 03APR2006 | 16DEC99]

ROWE, AWC John B. Jr. "JB" jbrowe30@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-45 (1975 to 1981), VP-30 (1981 to 1986), VP-45 (1986 to 1990) and VP-30 (1990 to 1994). I loved my time in the Navy since the only ships I saw were from the air..." [08NOV2007]

ROWELL, Jackie qualkat14@aol.com "...Would like to here from old VF-121 or VP-30 Shipmates who I had the pleasure of serving with in 1978 - 1980. I was there as an AMS3 before leaving to VF-171. Still have several old photos of my buddies and still to this day miss them all..." [07JAN2005]

RUIZ, ADCS (AW/SW) Jose Rene renrealestate@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-26 (1979 to 1983), VQ-2 (1983 to 1986), VP-23 (1986 to 1990), RTC Orlando (1990 to 1993), USS Saratoga/VFA-81 (1993 to 1997), VP-16 (1997 to 2002), VC-8 2002-2003 and VP-30 (2003 to 2005)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27AUG2010 | 07APR2003]

RUSSELL, Kam Kamshaft@compuserve.com "...I was in VP-31 from '92 to '93 (decomm) then on to VP-30 from '93 to '96. I had some great times, and I would love to hear from some old friends. By the way, Ipo, it was great to see your message. I deviated off course and ended up a civilian......currently doing a tour at Embry-Riddle Aero U. in Daytona Bch..." [26OCT98]

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

RYAN, Terry ryanflbaptist@gmail.com "...I served with VP-11 from 1985 to 1988, BUPERS SDC from 1988 to 1992, VP-30 from 1992 to 1995, VP-30 VR DET from 1995 to present. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 24JUN2010 | 02NOV2000]


SAFRAN, Marcia marciajgs@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 from 1983 to 1987..." [10JAN2007]

SAIENNI, Dante (si) dantesi@bellsouth.net "...I started flying in VP-7 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in the early 60's with P2V5F's (never flew in 7's). From there I went VR-6 @ Mcguire AFB until decommissioning in 1963 or so. From there I went to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and flew as Plane Captain in P2V5F's and then transitioned to P-3A'sin 1966. Went to WestPac based out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines. In 1968 I was an Instructor Flight Engineer in VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was in VP-30 for about 4 years then retired from the Navy in VP-24 in 1974. I went to work for VP-30 as a civilian FRAMP Instructror and stayed in the FRAMP Department until 1986. I spent a total of 15 years in VP-30 active and as a civilian instructor. Nice talking to you all..." [29NOV99]

SALLEE, Kathy sallee007@insightbb.com "...I was in VP-30 from '75-'77. Hometown is Lexington, KY..." [05FEB2011]

SANDERS, Bill W. bsandwallsms@aol.com "...I served wtih VP-30 from 1962 to 1963. Also during that time I was also detached to FAW-11 for the Navy's first integrated shop format. If my memory serves me I was on the Doppler team. During this time VP-30 took possession of the first Electra version (P-3A) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. To show what a small world this really is my son was deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily during the same period I was consulting with an Oil Company in Tunis, Tunisia, needless to say I would carve out a week or two during each deployment to visit. In a conversation with his CO I mentioned the first P-3A story to him. The next day he called and asked me to meet on the flight line. He had gone through the records and discovered that very plane in his squadron..." [19AUG2004]

SATTERWHITE, Charlie charliesatterwhite@live.com "...I served with VP-30 (1960-1962) and VP-11 (1962-1963)..." [09MAY2012]

SAYLOR, Troy Home: SAYLOR@bigriver.net Work: troy.saylor@persnet.navy.mil "...started out in VP-5 82-93, then VP-30 as NATOPS/Alternate Fleet NATOPS Flight Engineer 93-96. Served with VP-40 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Currently serving with BUPERS Memphis as a P-3 Flight Engineer/E6 Reel Operator Detailer..." [Updated 12MAR98]

SCHATZ, John jschatz3@juno.com "...I started in OT div. on the USS RANGER 79 to 81 learning what AW'S actually did. Then to Aircrew Cchool in NAS Pensacola, Florida. Then on to Millington, TN to learn the AW trade. I enjoyed my time in VP-30. I was assigned to VP-49 from 82 to 84 when we were in the middle of our NS Rota, Spain deployment. We had a really great Crew "11" and a lot of good liberty times. I would like to hear from anyone on the crew or from the ship..." [11JAN2000]

SCHMIDT, ADCS Carl E. Retired carl4521@insightbb.com "...Stationed in VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Made the squadron move to NAS Jacksonville, Florida mid 70's? My hitch was July 1974 through July 1977. Worked with Peggy "Pitchlock" Backlin. Randy Affield ran the PP shop. Made engineer and crashed in the NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Many fond memories. Some sad. Finished as ADCS and transferred to the Fleet Reserve Apr 30, 1993..." [02MAR2005]

SCHNAUTZ, CWO3(AW) William A. (Bill) Retired bills@rosenet.net "...Served with VP-22 1/58 to 8/62 after "ATB" reported to VP-30 6/62 to 5/63 Then spent a year in NESEP and was dropped due to eye problems in 10/63. Reported to VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and spent until 10/67. Rest of career was VS and HS and retired as CWO3(AW) 1 July 1980. Would like to hear from anyone in the above during these long ago years..." [05NOV2001]

SCHNEIDER, Frank fjs98jax@aol.com "...I'm a Lieutenant from the German Navy; being in a PEP program since Mar 98 until Apr 2001. I got my wings of gold in Feb 94 with the US Navy at Randolph AFB; got operational on a Brequet Atlantic ( German Maritime Patrol Aircraft ) in Oct 94. I was detached to NAW 3, Squadron 2 at NAS Nordholz, Germany until Mar 98. Now, I am doing the P-3 training as an NFO-Instructor at VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I will stay there until Apr. 2001..." [13MAY98]

SCHORN, Linda A. (Silvis) FLTLINE23@aol.com "...Started out in VP-30 (1976-78). Moved to Crash Crew in NS Rota, Spain (1978-80). Then to VQ-2 from (1980-83). Transet Line NAS Moffett Field, California (1983-85). Finally completed a tour in VP-23 from (1985-88) Want to say hi to all my old friends. Drop me a line..." [25FEB98]

SCHROEDER, AX Harold jaxjayhawk59@gmail.com "...I checked in to VP-30 December 28, 1962 from AX A-school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Worked in Avionics shop. Qualified for A/C wings in 1965 with Radio operator as primary and Julie/Jez as my secondary on the P2V-2E & P2V-2H aircraft. Was on the squadron softball, football & basketball teams. Discharged from the Navy June 1966. Would like to contact former Shipmates..." [02AUG2009]

SCHUG, CAPTAIN Ronald J. Retired RonaldShor@AOL.COM "...I was in NAS Sigonella, Sicily on deployment with VP-44 at the time. Mike Lehay and I were roommates at NAS Jacksonville, Florida going through VP-30. He and I were the best of friends and he tossed me his copy of FATE IS THE HUNTER. I still remember almost every page. Never thought this could happen to US, but it did. We VP-44, wanted to go find them, but were locked in NAS Sigonella, Sicily. He was my best friend and SHIP-MATE. I still relate too those days as FATE is the hunter, and my hours in P5Ms, P2Vs (5's and 7's), P-3A, B, C and others at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Elseware, remind me of that book. By the way I met Ernie Gahn in Anocortes, WS, before he passed away..." [26MAR2002]

SCHULLER, CDR Jeff Retired Jeffrey.Schuller-contractor@bmdo.osd.mil "...I flew the last P-3As in VP-44 and transitioned to P-3Cs from '76-'79. Following VP-44, I instructed in VP-30 from '79-'81, and last flew P-3C Update IIs in VP-8. I retired in '94 and now work for Computer Sciences Corporation on the National Missile Defense contract..." [04FEB2002]

SCHUTT, CPO Richard richardschutt@gmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (1987-1992), VP-30 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VQ-1 where I was placed on Limit Duty for 18 months and out I went on my butt with a $40k check and a pat on the butt ("Thanks Chief for serving but you are unfit to continue"). No retirement and still fighting after 16 years of being let go in 1997. Do any of ya'll know where I can get help to fight the Navy?..." [01MAR2013]

SCOTT, AE1 Ricky J. w7psk@w7psk.net "...I served with VQ-1 (1973 to 1975), VP-31 FRAMP (1975 to 1978), VQ-2 (1979 to 1982), C-12 Aircrew NAS Brunswick (1982 to 1985), VP-30 FE School (1985), VP-11 (1985 to 1986) and Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) Brunswick (1986 to 1987)..." [E-Mail Updated 23AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 22OCT99 | E-Mail Updated 19APR99]

SCOTT, Thomas wyateerp1@aol.com "...Millington Tenn. to VP-30 then on to VP-56, Aug. 1976-Dec.1980. Any body out there that was in the Dragon's those years please feel free to e-mail me, Thank's..." [02SEP2000]

SCOTT, AMS2 Tom J. ts_voyager@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-30 from 1976 to 1979. I worked A/F, the squadron tool room, with Marie (Brown) Remels, and Charles Dennis. I supervised the Squadron C/C dept before transfering out. Looking for Gordy Schrader and Dan Eichen (worked the Corr. Control), Marie Remels and Charles Dennis (tool room and supply), and a 2nd class by the name of weired Harold in A/F. I have kept in contact with Mike "Griff" Griffin, Gary Webb, and Andy "Jr." Almaguer over the years. Any others that worked for me or with me I'd like to hear from you. Thanks...." [19DEC2002]

SCRIVNER, ATCS JAMES W. RETIRED jscrivner@websterengineering.com "...I WAS IN VP-21 FROM 55 TO 57 AND THEN WENT TO VP-30 FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AS A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR FOR FLIGHT TECHS. FROM THERE I WENT TO B SCHOOL AND INTO THE E2C (AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING). AFTER I GOT INTO THAT TYPE SQUADRON I COULD NOT GET AWAY FROM THE E2 COMMUNITY. WOULD ENJOY HEARING FROM ANY OLD Shipmates FROM VP-21..." [23JUL2001]

SEIDEL, Jim SEIDELNAVY@aol.com "...Currently Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Reserve ASW Training Center at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. As a TAR Served on: CNARF staff New Orleans, Officer in Charge of VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VP-68 NAF Wash. DC and VP-SAU Program Manager NAF Wash. DC. Active duty included VP-30 (1984-86) and VP-56 (1981-84). Please drop me a line anytime!..." [17JUN98]

SERIANNE, AE2(AW/NAC) David W. Superdave@ilnk.com "...Commands: VAQ-33, VP-49, VP-16, VP-45, and Presently at VP-30 as a FRS Flight Engineer Instructor. I would like here from others that I was stationed with..." [22APR98]

SELL, Jack jsell727@verizon.net "...Tours included VP-31 (Student) (July 1969 to November 1969), VP-23 (November 1969 to October 1972), VP-30 (Instructor) (October 1972 to August 1975) VP-26 (Special Projects - now VPU-1) (August 1975 to September 1977), CINCLNTFLT VP Air Ops (CTF84) (September 1977 to January 1980), VP-11 (July 1980 to September 1982), Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) (September 1982 to May 1985), Commander, Oceanographic System, Atlantic (COMOCEANSYSLANT) (May 1985 to August 1989) and retired in 1989. I retired from American Airlines February 2005..." [E-Mail Updated 19SEP2007 | 07MAR98]

SENTZ, TIM CMS007@AOL.COM "...DID TOURS WITH VP-30, VP-50 (84-88), VP-31-CNAP/NATOPS (88-91), MMFA ( NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-62, VP-68, CURRENTLY AN AOC IN VP-91..." [19MAR98]

SHANNON, Ralph C. Jr. "Skip" backfistone@gmail.com "...I joined the Navy in April 1976 and went to Great Lakes Recruit Training Center for boot. I moved on to NAS Memphis, Tennessee for AW "A" school. I slipped on down to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to the rag VP-30. I finally recieved orders to NAS Brunswick, Maine. I first arrived in VP-10 in March 1977. I stayed in VP-10 until June 1980. We left for my first deployment less than a week after arriving. We went to NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (March 1977 to October 1977). I was a Sensor 2 under AW2 Brad Bell. Where is Bad Brad? Last I knew was he had orders to Virginia Beach, Va. My next deployment was to sunny NAS Bermuda (Auguest 1978 to February 1979). It was my first deployment as Sensor 1. My Sensor 2 was AWAN Doug "Rookie" Nee, my Sensor 3 was AWAN Curt "Kid" Johnson. I had a Radioman and fellow Missourian AX3 Larry "Bones" Reynolds. I think Larry was from Kirksville, MO. Ordanceman AO1 Bob "Animal" Kish with my FE AMEC Bryan "Chief" Johnsen and second mechanic was AD2 Rich Troy. Our TACCO was LT Rick "Red" Miller, with Nav being LT(jg) Phil "Disco" Lanier. The guys who kept the bus in the air were: LCDR Labo or "Bossman" 2P LT Hikade or "Academy" and 3P LT(jg) Sullivan. Our in flight Tech was AT1 Margetts or "Mongo". This was CAC-2 for 1978 to 1979. My third and final cruise was back to NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (December 1979 to May 1980). The crew changed to CAC-9, but most of us stayed together with a few new faces. Like LT Ken "Rocky J" Willett as TACCO, LT. Benavage or "Savage" as Nav. While in VP-10 for 3 1/2 years I participated on the baseball, basketball, and football teams. I am back in Missouri and have been in contact with Curt Johnson. I would love to hear from any old crew or VP-10 members who were in at the same time! (March 1977 through May 1980)..." [E-Mail Updated 23FEB2008 | E-Mail Updated 01MAR2003 | 21MAR2000]

SHEA, AT1 Tom Retired TDShea@aol.com "...I started my Navy career in VP-16 from '77 to '79 back when they were just "The Eagles". From there I went to VP-9, '81 to '83. VP-30 was next where I had a great time, despite working for a few "E-7's." I wrote the first CNO approved P-3C IFT course, which I'm happy to say they are still teaching today. Had a great time as an instructor. From browsing your pages, I see some of those slugs are still flying!! After 30, spent a sunny year in ASWOC Diego Garica. I do miss the fishing there. My next tour was NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '88 to 91. That was a very interesting tour working with prototype equipment. To bad they shut down the Update IV program. In December of '91 was transfered to VP-49 until they were disestablished in '94. From there I went to VFA-87, the "Golden Warriors". They didn't really know what to do with a VP sailor, but with in 3 months I was running the IWT shop having a great time. My tour there was cut short when I blew my knee out on the Flight Deck. Back to VP's. This time VP-31 where I stayed until I retired in April of '96. Now I have to work for a living. Glad I spent so much time in VP "Wheels up, Heels up." Had to save my energy for civilan life!!!..." [30JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...SHEETS, AD1 Dennis "Good" and "Goodie"...(VP-30 and VP-5)Dennis was in the hospital recently, and was released within the last couple of days. Unfortunately, he was unable to fight his condition any longer and passed away today. The family is not having a ceremony or gathering but his wife requested that "everyone think of Dennis and what a great guy he was". She also requested that the word be passed among FEs. If you wish to send condolences, please use the following address: Sheets Family - 2020 Sunnyside Dr - Waycross GA 31501..." [23APR2010]

SHEW, Bobby L. blshew@cox.net "...I served with VP-28 (1957-1959), "A" School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NAS Miramar, California, VP-2 (1962-1966), VP-30 FE (1965-1970), VP-56 as NATOPS FE and retired December 1970. My brother, PR3 Willie Shew, passed away in 2006. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16APR2012 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29NOV99 | 13DEC97]

SHIELDS, AT2 William A. BillyBear@Alltel.net "...Joined the U.S. Navy in 1974 and served until 1980. I served on board the USS Saratoga, and then after the Sara, I served with VP outfits like VP-62, VP-30, and VP-5. I worked in the AT-Shop, and performed the duties of an IFT..." [16JUL2002]

SHINDEHITE, YN2 Gary gmbshin@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (Admin Yeoman) from October 1969 to November 1970. I was discharged in 1973..." [27JUL2009]

SHORT, Herb hshort@maine.rr.com "...I served with VP-30, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, attended schools in NAS Millington, Tennessee and later joined VP-56 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1968 through 1970) as an ASW aircrewman. I was assigned to Crew 6 ("Crew Grit"). We were the first squadron to receive the P-3C Orion with the Honeywell computer system. I remember weeks and weeks of classroom training on the new equipment. I was involved in deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and even got a trip to Stavanga, Norway. Only accumulated 700 flight hours but I enjoyed every minute of them. Took an early discharge and was temporarily attached to VP-31 when VP-56 deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [BIO Updated 22MAR2010 | E-Mail Updated 19MAR2010 | 10APR2003]

SIGRIST, BOBBY bobblue@sprintmail.com "...Hi there, I started with VP-49 (77-81); started flying in '81 with VP-30; Rolled to VP-45 (84-89), then did a tour in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with VX-1 (89-91). Changed coasts with VP-46 until '93, did the "BATMENS" last deployment and rolled back to VP-30 and will enter the ranks of the FLT RES. on 22 May 98. IT HAS BEEN A BLAST, I regret nothing!!!..."

SILVERMAN, CAPTAIN Dick Retired rsilverman@cfl.rr.com "...I entered the Navy in 1958 (OCS) as a blackshoe and started my VP career with VP-23 July 1964 to May 1966. Went to NAS Bermuda from 1966-1969 and ran the ASWOC, VP-24 from September 1969-July 1971, VP-30 Admin. Officer from August 1971-February 1975, VP-16 from February 1975-April 1977 XO/CO, XO of USS Iwo Jima, Chief of Staff Naval District Washington, Commander NTC Orlando for a few months and retired in June 1989. Went to work for Orange County Sheriff's Office and have been the Aviation Unit Commander for 10 years, having survived prostate cancer and 5 bypasses. Can't see retiring. Flying helicopters is still alot of fun..." [03OCT2002]

SIMS, Greg gsimsdds@juno.com "...I served with VP-26 from June 1986 to December 1989. Flew with CAC-9 the entire time (TACCO/MC). We deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal twice NAS Keflavik, Iceland during that timeframe. These were some great years for me and the Tridents. I then served with VP-30 from January 1990 to March 1992, then left active duty. Went back to school and became a dentist now practicing in Colorado. I would go VP all over again!..." [22MAR2003]

SIMS, Walter Retired vpift@military.com "...I served three tours with VP-30 (1979 to 1981) and VP-30 FRAMP (1986 to 1990) IFT Instructor my last tour with VP-30 (1992 to 1995) Avionics Supervisor. I served with VP-8 (1983 to 1986), VP-45 (Desert Shield/Desert Storm) (1990 to 1993) NATOPS IFT Evaluator. I logged over 4,000 hours in the P-3A, P-3B, P-3C, P-3U/D I, P-3II, and P-3 U/D III. Most memorable times were 1984 UNITAS Detachment to South American. I enjoyed it all. I have no regrets. I retired in 1995..." [13FEB2006]

SINES, AMS2 Chuck charlessines65@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (FE) on CDR Jerry Schroders Crew along with MCPO Jack McClain with two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, VP-62 and VP-30..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28MAR2012 | 21JAN2002]

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 U.S. 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]

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SMITH, CAPTAIN Barton L. Retired baco@northlink.com "...I was in VP-11 as a first tour after getting my Wings of Gold, and it could not have been better. Tour was Jan. 1957 to Jun 1960. That was followed by joining the commissoning group for VP-30, Jun 1960 to Feb 1962. My other Fleet VP tour was with VP-26, Jun 1964 to March 1966. Then followed a tour on the COMFLEETAIRWINGS Pacific Staff and I later changed designator to AEDO and was P-3 APML. Then followed tours as Naval Plant Rep, Burbank (P-3 Production) and Naval Air Depot, Alameda (P-3 Rework). In summary probably 80% of my career was in or in direct support of the VP Forces..." [14JUN99]

SMITH, ATC George E. Retired georges@digital.net "...VP-11 87-90; AIMD Brunswick, Me. 84-87; VP-10 80-84; VP-30 1980..."

SMITH, AXC James O. Retired jandi24@roadrunner.com "...I served aboard NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey (1958-1960), NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. (1960-1964), VP-18 (1964-1965), HS-2 (1966-1967), VP-30 (1968-1971), USS Wasp (1971-1972), USS Guam (1972-1975) and NSWC Dam Neck (1975-1977)..." [17APR2010]

SMITH, James W. "JW" c/o Ray Bliss, AW2 (ret) TFBNCC@aol.com "...The passing of a shipmate. AWC (ret) James W. Smith "JW", suffered a heart attack and died on the morning of 11 Feb 1998. Jim Smith was my friend and shipmate for 23 years, he will be very sorely missed. Jim had a varied career starting as a storekeeper stationed in Vietnam. His professional career as an AW saw him attached to VP-56, VP-30, VP-5, HS-1, HS-11 until his retirement in 1989 I believe..." [12FEB98]

SMITH, Jedd jtxjb@adelphia.net "...I served with VP-30 (Airframes) from February 1996 to March 1998..." [13OCT2009]

SMITH, Kevin G. KSSNFLY@compuserve.com "...I was in VP-8 from Dec-81 to Jun-91 serving as an F/E and Mechanic. I did tours in VP-31 and VP-30 as a FRS Instructor, and another sea duty tour in VP-4 from Jun-95 to Sep-98. Currently attached to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii flying with ETD..." [13OCT98]

SMITH, AD2 Michael mikesmitht56@gmail.com "...I served with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [23DEC2016]

SMITH, AW Michael mdatthe@yahoo.com "...I was in the VP Navy as an acoustic AW from 1968 thru 1978. I was initially assigned to VP-21 at NAS Brunswick, Maine but, was only there a short time before they were disestablished and I had to pick up my bags and walk across the ramp to VP-23. I was then in VP-30 from 1975 thru 1978. I would be glad to hear from any of my old Shipmates and I would especially like any information regarding our ordinanceman during 1969 through the early 70's, Brian Hammond..." [29JAN2006]

SMITH, Timothy W. gfeaster@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-7 ( NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-23 ( NAS Brunswick, Maine), VA-195 ( NAS Norfolk, Virginia), NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Hanford, CA., VP-9, VP-30, VP-5, VA-203 ( NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida), USS Bon Hommie Richard CVA-31, USS Independance CVA-63, USS Forastall CVA-59, VX-13 Ton Sunit Vietnam, and retired (1960-1989) USNR..." [22MAR2000]

SMYERS, CDR T. D. tdsmyers@comcast.net "...I served with VP-5 (March 1986 to February 1990) and VP-30 (February 1990 to October 1991) in the Fleet before becoming a TAR. Since adjusting my designator to 1327, I've served with RATCEN (November 1991 to May 1994), VP-64 (June 1994 to July 1997) at JRB NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-64 OIC at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, short tour on RADM McLaughlin's staff at CNARF (now CNAR), and now XO of VP-62. Life is good at VP-62!...I became Commanding Officer of VP-62 July 26th, 2003..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 28JUL2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29DEC2002 | E-Mail/BIO 27SEP99 | 07JUN98]

SNYDER, Bill bill.snyder@adelphia.com "...Was first stationed with P-3's at NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-8 in November of 1972. After working my way to the "Tron" shop, was allowed to go to "A" school in Millington, Tennessee,after graduation was assigned to VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for Radio Operator school. I was then assigned to VP-23, CAC 7, in NAS Brunswick, Maine till discharge in 1976. Was heavily recruited for reserves VP-66 in NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania as I was the only NATOPS qualified 8265 on the East coast. Unfortunately, I was uncomfortable flying with reserve pilots after flying with some of the best pilots in the world. Remember many 1 approach, 2 landings comments.... Did deployments to the usual, NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I have fond memories of sun rises in the straits of Gibralter. Would love to hear from any of the flight crew members. I still can recognize the sounds of those Allison engines..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2002 | 01JUN2000]

SNYDER, ATC Stuart "Duke" Retired ssnyder10@hotmail.com "...After Boot Camp in Bainbridge, MD, AN "P" school in NAS Norman, Oklahoma and AT "A" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I recieved orders to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey where I was assigne to AT&D and had the opportunity to fly as Radioman in several models of Blimps. In December 1957 I was ordered to VW-2 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until my release from active duty in September 1959. Reenlisted in November 1959 and was assigned to VW-15 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Transferred to NRL at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in March 1961 until September 1961 at which time I was again ordered back to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. Then on to AT "B" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee from March 1964 to November 1964. My next assignment was to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada from December 1964 to December 1965 and then on to VAW-33 in NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Served in VAW-33 from January 1966 to October 1967 at which time I reported for duty to VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until transferring to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine where I finished out my career in June 1976..." [BIO Updated 23MAR2006 | E-Mail Updated 08JUN2004 | 23FEB2000]

SNYDER, AW1(AW) Terry Retired sensorone@roadrunner.com "...Bitchmaster Lives. I served with VP-6 (1982 to 1987), VP-30 (1987-1990), Naval Oceanography Command Facility (NOCF) NAS Bermuda (1990 to 1993) and VP-11 (1993-1995). Retirement is bliss..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2008| E-Mail Updated 05MAY2002 | Updated 17JUL98 | 00XXX97] [ICQ# 2443136]

SODERHOLM, AZCS Roland J. Retired rollie@livenet.net or rollie5@juno.com "...Served in VP-24 from OCT '63 to DEC '66. Flew with crews 2 and 7. Came in an AOAA and departed an A03. Served with VP-30, USS Enterprise CVAN-65, USS GUADALCANAL LPH-7 and USS EISHENHOWER CVN-69. Had a two year break in service from '71 to '73. Changed rates in '73 and retired an AZCS in '86. Would like to hear from any of my former shipmates that I had served with..."

SPADACCINO, Martin spadman61@hotmail.com "...Started out in AE "A" school, NAS Millington, Tennessee, then on to P-3 FRAMP at VP-30, 1982. Assigned to VP-24, 1983-86, and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda. Next assigned to AIMD NAS Bermuda, 1986-90. Then VX-1, 1990-93. Move North to VP-26 , 1993-97, deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice and NAS Keflavik, Iceland again. Moved back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron, 1997-2000. Last trip North back to VP-26, and a last deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, again. Transferred to the Fleet Reserve Feb, 2002, and moved back home to Levittown, PA..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23APR2007 | 30JUN98]

SRALIK, ATN2 Mike mbsralik@msn.com "...I served with VP-49 (1962) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with a deployment NAS Bermuda and VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I served during the Cuban Crisis and also participated in the Mercury Space Shot Landing near Bermuda..." [29MAR2013]

STANLEY, AO3 Jim jnsmiami@aol.com "...I served as an AO3 in VP-30 from 1985 to 1987. Prior to that in VP-23 from 1983 to 1985. Any old friends out there, I would love to hear from you..." [21SEP2006]

STANLEY, Ricky G. Retired rickygstan@gmail.com "...I attended AT "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee in 1980, Aircrew Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands (ES-2D Radar Operator) from 1981 to 1985, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (P-3 Observer) from 1985 to 1988, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (C-12 Crewman) from 1988 to 1991, VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (P-3 Observer) from 1991 to 1994, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Non flight billet) from 1994 to 1995, EW School at Corry Station NAS Pensacola, Florida, VQ-2 (IFT) at NS Rota, Spain from 1996 to 1999, VQ-11 (Non flight billet) at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1999 to 2000 and retired August 1, 2000. Fair Winds to all my beloved Shipmates. I miss you all..." [30MAR2011]

Memorial Picture "...STATON, ADC(AW/NAC) Marvin W. Jr. "Rusty"...Rusty was a native of Dallas, Texas and raised by proud parents, Marvin and Shirley Staton. He attended Duncanville High School and was later awarded a GED from Waxahatchie High School in Dallas. On May 7, 1996 he would be awarded an Associate Degree from Florida Community College of Jacksonville, Florida. He joined the Navy on April 27, 1981 and after recruit training attended AD "A" School in NAS Millington, Tennessee, after which he attended Naval Aircrew Candidate School in NAS Pensacola, Florida. He then reported to his first duty station Naval Air Technical Training Center, NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. His duty stations during his 20 plus year career included; USS Lexington (Pensacola, Florida), ANTARTICDEVRON SIX, (VXC 6, NAS Point Mugu, California), Flight Engineer training at FASO and VP-31 (NAS Moffett Field, California), VP-9 (NAS Moffett Field, California), VP-30 (NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-9 (NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), and NAVFORAIRTESTRON (NAS Patuxent River, Maryland). His awards include: Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrewman Designation, Naval Commendation Medal, Naval Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5 awards), National Defense, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Antarctic Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon and numerous letters of commendations and appreciation. Rusty was a great Chief and admired by his superiors as well as those he trained and supervised. He was one of the few to have survived an air crash aboard a C-130 on an emergency landing at the South Pole. He was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet and would do absolutely anything to help out a shipmate in need. The people that know him will tell you he was always happy and full of life, a true optimist..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [08AUG2008]

STEIL, Tim TJSteil@aol.com "...Hitched up in 1980, AW(a) school in Millington late 80, Aircrew school Jan 81, VP-30 1981, and then on the VP-45. I was a SS1/SS2 in VP-45 from 1981-1984. Served on CAC1,6, and 10. Did two back to back NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments, went on the UNITAS tour to South America in between. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates -- especially AW's. What ever happened to Andy "The Gleeper" Breton, Frank ""400hz" Morris, Bill "The Weasel" McCoy, Mark McGinley, Mike "Moose" Ford, John Sorrels, Perry "Chilly" Bonds, and one of the hipper O's, Wes Gleason. Looking back, my P-3 days were some of the most formative years of my life. Only stayed for one tour, but still look back fondly today. In fact, just got my son a toy P-3 for Christmas. If anyone has an extra copy of the cruisebook from 83 -- the one I wrote the stupid poem in the beginning of (or was it the end?) Please contact me. Mine got stolen the day after they were delivered, and I would really like to be able to share some of this stuff with my kids. These days I'm in Chicago, making ends meet as a writer. Watch your Chicago Tribune for occassional articles, and my first book comes out at the end of the year. PS. If you e-mail, please stick something inthe subject line about VP-45 so I don't mistake it for spam and accidentally delete it..." [18FEB99]

STEWART, AW3 Sean SphiE@aol.com "...I just graduated from VP-30, heading out to VP-9 in barbers..."

STEYNE, Gene GeneSteyne@aol.com "...USNR (Feb 1957 - Jan 1958) US Naval Reserve Surface Division 953, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, RTC Great Lakes, Il (Dec 1957)...USN (Jan 1958 - May 1958) Recruit Training Center, San Diego, Ca...(May 1958 - Jun 1958) NATTC Norman, Ok, A/V Fundamentals: School on basic aviation mechanical systems maintenance...(Jun 1958 - Sep 1958) NATTC Memphis, Tn, AMH 'A': Schooling on aircraft Hydraulic, Flight Control, Landing Gear, Pneumatic systems...(Oct 1958 - Sep 1959) NATTC, Norman, Ok, Aircraft - 3 TC-45J(SNB), Aircraft Maintenance Division, Operations Support, (NATTC Norman closed Nov 1959)...(Sep 1959 - Dec 1960) ATU-501/Training Squadron 29, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Aircraft - 8 P2V-3/4/6, 6 P5M-1, 6 R4D-5(C-47), 4 C-117D, Airframes branch (Corrosion Control), AMH3 (E-4) 16 Jun 1959, AMH2 (E-5) 16 Nov 1960, (Jan 1961 - Mar 1961) VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, FRAMP: Training on P2V-5(SP2E) & P2V-7(SP-2H) AMH systems, (Apr 1961 - Mar 1964) VP-21, NAS Brunswick, Maine, Aircraft - P2V-7(SP-2H) ASW configured, Qualified as Combat Air Crewmember P2V-7(SP2H), CAC-3, Deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada/ NAS Keflavik, Iceland ('61), Cuban Missile Crisis ('62), Deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (Jan-Jun '63), NASA Project Mercury launch/recovery support (Canary Island area), USS Tallahatchee County (AVB-2) operations, Suda Bay, Crete...Apr 1964 - Apr 1967 Training Squadron 4, NAS Pensacola, Florida, Aircraft - 18 T-2A/B, Airframes Branch, AMH1 (E-6) 16 Apr 1969...(May 1967 - Jun 1970) NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Aircraft - 2 HU-16D, 2 C-54, C-117D, 3 UH-34J, Air Operations, Maintenance Control/Quality Assurance/SAR crewmember HU-16D...(Jul 1970 - Apr 1972) Helicopter Training Squadron 8, Ellyson Field, NAS Pensacola, Florida, aircraft - 12 TH-1L, 6 UH-1D, Airframes Branch...(May 1972 - Dec 1973) Associates Degree Completion Program, Pensacola Jr College, Pensacola, Fl, Full time student attaining an Associates Degree (Scientific Program)...(Dec 1973 - Feb 1976) NAS Pensacola, Florida, Aircraft - 3 T-39D, C-117D, C-131F, 3 T-28D, C-118, Air Operations, Aircraft Quality Assurance, AMHC (E-7) 16 Jul 1975...(Mar 1976 - Apr 1976) VS-41, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, Training on S-3A AMH systems...(May 1976 - Apr 1977) VS-28, NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, Aircraft - 6 S-3A, Aircraft Division CPO, Deployment on USS America CV-66 (Jun 1976 - Nov 1976), CWO2 (Temporary) 16 Apr 1977...(Apr 1977 - Jun 1977) NavAvScolsCom, NAS Pensacola, Florida, LDO/CWO Officer indoctrination...(Jul 1977 - Jul 1979) NavAviEngSerUnit Det, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Officer-in-Charge of the NAESU Det. coordinating fleet utilization of aerospace systems contract engineers. (Aug 1979 - Oct 1980) Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 15, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Aircraft - 6 SH-3H, Maintenance/Material Control Officer, Deployment on USS Independence CV-60 (Aug 1979 - Dec 1979), AFCM(E-9) 1 Apr 1980, (Retirement 31 Oct 1980, revert to AFCM)..." [31AUG2000]

STIFFLER, ADCS Bill Retired shipmate pix shipmate pix bstiff@mediaone.net "...STARTED MY FINE NAVAL CAREER AUGUST 1972 MY FIRST SQUADRON WAS VP-30 WHICH WAS STATIONED IN NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. REPORTED TO CUBA IN AUGUST 1974 WITH VC-10. MOVED BACK TO VP-30 ONE YEAR LATER, WHICH HAD MOVED TO NAS Jacksonville, Florida, THANK GOD. MANAGED TO GET ORDERS TO VP-49 IN FEB.84, THEN AGAIN STROLLED ACROSS HANGAR 1000 TO VP-30 FOR THE 3RD TIME. STROLLED BACK ACROSS HANGAR 1000 AGAIN IN 1990 TO VP-5. MANAGED TO RETURN TO VP-30 IN 1993 FOR THE 4TH TIME WHERE I RETIRED ON JANUARY 1997. MY VP TOURS WERE THE BEST OF MY NAVAL CAREER. FEEL FREE TO DROP ME A LINE ANYTIME. GO VP, WERE A DYING BREED!..." [19DEC97]

STIGGINS, Jesse jstiggins@bellsouth.net "...I joined VP-7 in 1962 while it was on deployment in NAS Sigonella, Sicily and left just prior to the deployment to NS Rota, Spain in 1964. I helped launch aircraft on the morning of October 23, 1962. At the time of the deployment to NS Rota, Spain I was an ASW operator on Crew-1. Before leaving the service I was aircrew with VS-27 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland but VP-7 gave me my wings..." [11APR2011]

STINESPRING, Winfred "Winnie" winstin@bellsouth.net "...Hey Shipmates. I would love to hear from you guys. I'm now retired in Jacksonville, Florida. I served with VP-1, VP-30, VP-56, VP-45, VP-30, VP-5 and retired out of Sea Control Wing. I went back to school and completed a Masters Degree. Lets hear from you guys..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02JUL2007 | 30AUG98]

STRAUSE, AW2 Shane cletch1@aol.com "...formerly a student of VP-30, five years with VP-91 and currently an instructor with the reserve ASW Training Center in Willow Grove, PA. Looking for a few shipmates from VP-30...John O. Edwards and AW2 Tom Pulson...."

STRINGER, AW1(AW) Kenneth W. Retired aloha5o@hotmail.com "...Retired in summer of 2005. Served with VP-6 Crew-2 from 1987 - 1991, FASO DET NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1991 - 1995, VP-16 Crew-3 from 1995 - 1999, VP-30 1999 - 2002, and VP-4 Crew 7 from 2002 until 2005. I racked up nearly 6000 hours upon retirement, with my final flight over central Iraq, and within 24 hours I was headed home to begin terminal leave. I will always miss the crews, flying, and comradely, but certainly not the office politics. I am currently working as a pilot for Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), flying the CRJ-200. I'm based out of Atlanta, but still living in Hawaii. Always interested in hearing from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 17OCT2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JUL2006 | E-Mail Updated 22NOV2004 | BIO Updated 18DEC2002 | BIO Updated 04DEC99 | E-Mail Updated 03OCT99 | E-Mail Updated 21AUG99 | 25AUG98]

STROYECK, Kevin R. decaturkev@verizon.net "...I served with VP-5 (1977-1980) as NAVCOMM and TACCO and VP-30 (1980-1984) P-3 RTS Instuctor working on the JMSDF and Dutch FMS programs..." [25JUN2010]

STRZALKA, ACC(AW) Jim Retired accusnret85@aol.com "...Brought back many memories from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, two tours, with all the VP's there. VP-30 was my favorite group. Got to fly with them alot. Was Tower Chief and would brief the group on area procedures etc. Spent a tour at NAS Keflavik, Iceland and worked with the VP's throught the GCA unit. Long hours but enjoyed being there for them..." [16DEC2000]

SUNZERE, AE3 Frank J. Fsunzere@aol.com "...I served with VP-30 from October 1986 to December 1998. I would like to get in touch with former Shipmates..." [16APR2003]

SUTTON JR., Forrest S. Retired shipmates pix...circa May 1967... papa@forrestsutton.com "...I started with the VP's in November 1956 when I was ordered to VP-45 in Bermuda. What a beautiful island. While I served with VP-45 as second wiper, I worked in Power Plants for Chief Ray Fussell. I left Bermuda in May of 1959 for Shore duty and the training command. I was assigned to VP-5 In 1964 after the rag at VP-30. I was second wiper during my training on Capt Pates Crew. Great bunch of guys there. I took over as PC on crew 4 and stayed with them till we transition to the P3. I was with Crew 8 then with Bob May as the PPC and Lt Williams as PP2P. 1st Tech Anderson. I left VP-5 in September 1968 and reported to VX-1 where I flew P3's and ran into old friends from my past squadrons...Namely CDR Agnue from VP-45 Bermuda and AW1 Josh Pierce from VP-5. Plus lots of others. After I left VX-1 I went to the Tail hook navy for a couple of years before retiring in June 1974...Golly been retired now for 23 years....LOL..." WebSite: http://www.forrestsutton.com [E-Mail/WebSite Updated 02JAN99 | ICQ# 3436552]

SWAIN, ATC (AW/NAC) Malcolm Retired sellsell59@comcast.net "...I served with VP-30, VP-48, VP-31, VP-40, and ASWOC/TSC, NS Rota, Spain between 1980-1993. Would like to hear from anyone. I am particularly interested in former VP-48 Crew-6 members circa 1980-1983. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Doug Higgins, former AW3, SS-3, VP-48 Crew-6. 1981..." [E-Mail Updated 16JAN2005 | E-Mail Updated 14JUN2003 | BIO Updated 15MAY2000 | 04JAN98]

SWALLEY, DAVE JETSDC10@AOL.COM "...I WENT TO GREAT LAKES THEN TO NAS Memphis, Tennessee NATTC FOR 'AM' TRAINING THEN VP-30 AND FINALLY TO VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I DEPLOYED WITH VP-5 THREE TIMES TWICE TO NAS Sigonella, Sicily AND ONCE TO NS Rota, Spain. WE STAYED STATE SIDE FOR ONE YEAR TO RECEIVE P-3C'S. I WAS IN CORROSION CONTROL AND THE 'AM' SHOP. I AM CURRENTLY WORKING FOR NORTHWEST AIRLINES AS AN AIRFRAME POWERPLANT AND ELECTIRCIAN LINE MAINTENANCE MECHANIC..." [05OCT98]

SYMONS, Larry l_symons@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-30 (1961-64) and in VP-56 (1965-68). I served on both P5M's and P2V's. VP'ing it was the only way to go as long as it was the piston engine A/C. I have memories of one flight in VP-56 that was 16.2 hrs long. I liked being able to open the after station hatches and let the air come in. We have a P2V on display at K-Bay now since NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii is closed..." [01NOV2000]

SZALKUS, AD2 Keith mechloveusa@netscape.net "...I was stationed with VC-10 in NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 1992. Active duty currently. Going to VP-30 for P-3 Flight Engineer School in Aug 1999..." [18JUN99]

SZOSTAK, CAPTAIN Michael J. http://reserves.navy.mil/NR/exeres/00001fe0fyushyqncqlcvtnq/WelcomeAboard_Default_ONLY_With+Navigation.asp?LGUID={D587BF65-B5E9-44FD-958F-9761F5B648CB}&NRMODE=Published&NRORIGINALURL=%2fReserves%2fPublic%2fStaff%2fCenters%2fAir%2fCenters%2fReserve%2bPatrol%2bWing%2fWelcomeAboard%2fExecutiveOfficer%2fdefault%2ehtm%3fLGUID%3d%7bD587BF65-B5E9-44FD-958F-9761F5B648CB%7d&NRNODEGUID=%7b8A20A74B-6538-4819-BFDE-D0FC511AE351%7d&NRQUERYTERMINATOR=1&bhcp=1 "...Captain Michael J. Szostak was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1957. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1979. After temporary duty at the Naval Air Engineering Center, Lakehurst NJ, he attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training, earning his wings in August 1980. CAPT Szostak's first operational assignment was with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He made three deployments during this tour and served as Electronic Warfare Officer, Public Affairs Officer, NFO Training Officer and Assistant Administration Officer. In April 1984, he reported to VP-30 and served as an instructor to the Royal Netherlands Navy 320 Squadron in Valkenberg, the Netherlands and with the Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Tactical Training Team. In October 1986, CAPT Szostak reported to Yokosuka, Japan as Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Naval Forces Japan. In January 1989, he enrolled in the Space Systems Engineering curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA earning a Master of Science Degree in Astronautical Engineering. Following P-3C refresher training at VP-30, CAPT Szostak reported to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in November 1991. He served as Command Services Officer and Operations Officer while deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. CAPT Szostak was then briefly assigned to CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as interim Wing Operations Officer. In November 1993, CAPT Szostak was assigned to the White House Military Office as a Presidential Emergency Plans Officer in the Contingency Programs Directorate. While in Washington DC, he also served as a Federal Executive Fellow at The Atlantic Council of the United States, a public policy center. In May 1996, CAPT Szostak returned to VP-5 as Executive Officer and in June 1997, became that squadron's 47th Commanding Officer. While in command, the squadron made a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and Panama. After his command tour, he reported to the National Reconnaissance Office in Washington, DC and served as Senior Operations Officer in the Operational Support Office and as Assistant Director for National Systems Support (J35A), Operations Directorate, The Joint Staff. He was most recently assigned as Chief of Staff, Commander Task Force 84. Captain Szostak is currently serving as Deputy, Reserve Patrol Wing. CAPT Szostak is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Presidential Service Badge..." [13JUN2003]


Memorial Picture "...TAULBEE, LCDR William H...(VP-16, VP-30 and VP-56) William H. Taulbee, 83, of Hanover, beloved husband of Willodene Taulbee, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, MD. Born on March 12, 1929 in Mary, KY, he was one of twelve children born to Luther M. and Leona F. Lawson Taulbee. He was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters as well as a daughter, Brenda Marie Taulbee and a granddaughter, Maggie Elizabeth Taulbee. He retired from the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, having served for 23 years. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Following his retirement, he worked for Rest Haven Cemetery. Active in the church, he was a deacon in the Baptist Church for twenty years and taught Sunday School for many years and currently held his membership at Crosswind Church of God in Westminster. In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by their children, Darlene K. McClenny and her husband, Donald of UT, Stanley L. Taulbee and his wife, Tricia of MO and William A. Taulbee and his wife, Joyce of Westminster; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ada Ruth Mackey and her husband, Doug of Lexington, KY and Bonnie Marcopolus of Virginia and many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc., 311 Broadway, Hanover with The Rev. David Sulcer officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery. The family will receive friends at viewings from 5 to 7 pm Thursday and Friday evenings at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. WebSite: http://www.panebakerfuneralhome.com/..." Contributed by Stan Taulbee stantaulbee@yahoo.com [07AUG2012]

TAULBEE, LCDR William H. Retired willtau@yahoo.com "...Of all the patrol aircraft I am familiar with, I think the old faithful P2 takes it all when it comes to ditching at sea. This I can attest to as during my training time with Patrol Squadron and specifically January 22, 1962, I was one of twelve personnel who were aboard when we experienced an uncontrollable fire and were forced to ditch approximately 20 miles off the coast at Jacksonville, Fla. Believe it or not, not one person was seriously injured, but I cannot say that no one was scared stiff. Thanks to the professional attitude of our Instructor PPC, calm was maintained throughout the entire procedure. After a tour in VP-16, where I transitioned to the P-3, I served a full tour with VP-30 as an instructor and finally made the first P-3C deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland with VP-56. VP-56 Commanding Officer, CDR. Meltzer was my crew PPC and had done a tremendous amount of work in the development of the P-3C. I retired from service January 1, 1971..." [14MAY99]

TAYLOR, AT1 Jerry W. jerry.taylor@lmco.com "...I served with VP-10 from May 1972 to Oct 1977 as an In-flight Technician for CAC-11, CAC-2 then CAC-1. I left the service in Nov 1979 after being stationed with VP-30 and went to work for Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin, in Houston Texas. Flew on the NASA C-130 for two years tillaircraft was transferred to California and have been working on Space Shuttle experiments or Space Station projects ever since. I still think about the people I served with and places I went all the time. Would like to hear form anyone I served with..." [07DEC2001]

TEETZ, AX1 Doral H. (Dutch) Retired DHTeetz@aol.com "...Hi Shipmates. I served with VP-26 from Aug 64 until sometime in 66 when I went to Avionics B school. I was part of the transition from SP2E's to P-3B's (the first in the fleet). From B school I went to VP-4 in Hawaii and made a deployment to Iwakuni with a couple of visits to Nam. From there, I went to NAMTG at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, then to VP-30, TAD to AIMD. I met my wife, Linda and got married. After a short tour in VA-83, I got orders to NAS Misawa, Japan (plankowner) for 3 1/2 years. From there to NAMTG 1012 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Retired in June 81 and moved to Orange Park, Fl for about a year and then to Gainesville, Fl. I'd like to hear from anyone I've served with over the years. Fair Winds and Following Seas to all..." [05NOV98]

TEMPEL, Dan tempeldg@yahoo.com "...I saw a few familar names. Bob Hickey but e-mail not current. I served with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from spring of 1971 till September 1975 that is when the squadron relocated to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I relocated back home but sure learned a lot and had a good tour with a great bunch of people. It was fun to pull up the photos & remember the events of years ago. Would like to hear from anyone. I had a pet racoon in the barracks so if you don't remember me right off you might remember "Rocky" he was like a mascot. Until the little shit went down to the head at night to play - think he scared the city slickers. LOL..." [20FEB2006]

Memorial Picture "...TESTA, Ronald F...Passing of Captain Ronald F. Testa (former VP-30 Skipper early 80s). Thought all that knew him would want to know about this. Paul Hulley told me about Ron's death this evening. Evidently, completely unexpected. Paul believes there is a service scheduled for Arlington on 15 Jul, but is still to be confirmed. Paul and I plan on attending. Please pass this on to anyone else you are still in contact with that knew Ron. I throughly enjoyed my time in VP-30 while Ron was Skipper..." Contributed by Woody Crandall wcrandall@adaptivemethods.com [27JUN98]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1998-06/25/240l-062598-idx.html
Thursday, June 25, 1998, Page D06, Roland F. Testa, Navy Captain. Roland F. Testa, 57, a Navy aviator who retired as a captain after serving as deputy chief of legislative affairs for the Navy, died of a heart attack June 21 at his home in Alexandria. Capt. Testa was born in Boston and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1963. His military career included assignments in Hawaii, Florida, Bermuda and Washington, and command of air patrol squadrons. He attended the National War College and served as commander of a patrol wing at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He settled in the Washington area in 1987 and retired in 1990. His decorations included a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal. In retirement, he founded ATSET Group Inc., a management consulting organization specializing in aviation business development. Survivors include his wife, Julie A. Testa, and his daughter, Pamela B. Testa, both of Alexandria.

THOMAS, CDR Harry F. Retired jethog@etcmail.com "...I served with VW-4 (1972-1975), VT-3 (1975-1977), VP-16 (1977-1980), VP-30 (1980-1983) as a Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic (CNAL) Evaluator, VP-24 (1983-1085), Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic (CPWL) (NATOPS) (1985-1987), VT-6 (1987-1988) as XO/CO, NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1988-1991) as XO and retired in 1991. Since retirement, I have been flying Gulfstreams and Lears out of Atlanta (KFTY). Still living the dream..." [25FEB2012]

THOMPSON, AXCS Fred Retired fthompsom0944@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-56 (AX) from 1964 to 1969 (Crew-6 - LQ-6 BUNO: 141235 and also 145915), VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1969 to 1971 (P-3A, P-3B and P-3C Technician) and VP-45 from 1977 to 1980 as a IFT and was the Avionics Division Chief. In between some of the VP tours I was at TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily, TSC NAS Brunswick, Maine and ASWOC NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I retired in December of 1981. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10JAN2010 | E-Mail Updated 06MAR2005 | 14JAN99]

THOMPSON, Mike j.m.thompson@usahq.unitedspacealliance.com "...Hello to all former squadron mates out there! Just discovered the web site and thought I would throw out a line and see what happened. I was in VP-30 from 89-91 assigned to aircrew training. Then went on to VP-22 for two WestPac deployments. One to NAS Misawa, Japan the other to Diego. Please let me hear from you if you remember me..." [16SEP98]

THORSEN, BRYCE A THORSENBA@AOL.COM "...RETIRED IN JUNE OF 87 AS A AMCS. FIRST HITCH WAS WITH TAIL-HOOKERS ALONG WITH A DEPLOYMENT ON THE U.S.S. KENNEDY (CVN-80). 70 TO 76 WAS ASSIGNED TO VP-23 (I DO KNOW THE VP-23 FIGHT SONG). SPENT THE REST OF MY CAREER AT NAS Jacksonville, Florida IN VP SQUADRONS VP-30 AND VP VP-49 THE WOODPECKERS. RETIRED FROM NAM TRA DET, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. RECOGNIZED ALOT OF OLD Shipmates..." [28JAN99]

THURSTON, Ben batatcret@bellsouth.net "...I served as a combat crew instructor in VP-30 1962 - 1965 in P2V NEPTUNEs and P5M MARLINS. I had the pleasure of crewing on the last operational flight of an SP5B from NIP to NAS Trinidad, British West Indies. Served at NRR during the Cuban Crisis (TDY from VP-30) where we set up and operated radios for the operations center. I am now retired from the FAA in Atlanta ARTC Center where I served as an air traffic controller (1967 - 2004). I would very much like to hear from my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20OCT2007 | E-Mail Updated 06JUN2003 | 05FEB99]

TIBBITS, CAPTAIN Timothy S. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/cpw-10/commbio.htm "...Commodore CPW/CPRW-10 - Captain Timothy S. Tibbits was born in Newark, Ohio on 14 August 1959. He attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Four-Year Scholarship Program. He graduated magna cum laude and was commissioned an Ensign in April 1981. Commencing flight training in September 1981,he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in October 1982. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Captain Tibbits joined the VP-16 "War Eagles" where he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NAS Bermuda. His groundassignments included Ordnance Branch Officer, NFO Training Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. In May 1986, he was selected for FRS instructor duty at VP-30 where he also served as Public Affairs Officer and NFO Training Officer. In December 1988, he reported to the Staff of Commander, Carrier Group EIGHT as Aide and Flag Secretary. During this tour he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), and made Atlantic detachments aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) and USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55)while qualifying as a Battle Group Watch Officer/Flag Tactical Action Officer. After two years aboard Carrier Group EIGHT, Captain Tibbits was assigned to the CNO's Staff in the Aviation Plans and Requirements Branch as Assistant P-3 Requirements Officer. Upon completing refresher training at VP-30, Captain Tibbits returned to VP-16 for department head duty in April 1993. During this tour he accompanied VP-16 on a split deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Howard AFB, Panama, and a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland while serving as Tactics Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. In March 1995, he reported as the Training Officer to VP-30 and later served as the Executive Officer. In June 1998, Captain Tibbits assumed duties as Executive Officer of the VP-5 "Mad Foxes." During this tour he deployed with the "Mad Foxes" to NAS Sigonella, Sicily on the first East Coast deployment of the P-3C Anti-surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP) aircraft, participating in successful operations in Bosnia/Herzegovina and Kosovo. He also participated in successful P-3 strike operations in Kosovo, and the squadron was awarded the Battle "E." He assumed command in June 1999, and led the "Mad Foxes" on a split-site deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He spearheaded introduction of the P-3C AIP aircraft into the North Atlantic sector and incorporation of USNR crews into Keflavik operations. Upon completion of command in June 2000, Captain Tibbits was ordered to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He graduated in June 2001 with a Master's Degree in National Resource Strategy. Upon graduation, Captain Tibbits remained in Washington, D.C. and again reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations where he served as Head, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Requirements (N780E1) on the staff of the Director, Air Warfare (N78). He was responsible for formulating and supporting requirements for the P-3 and EP-3 aircraft, and continuing development of their programmed replacement, the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA). His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, the Strike/Flight Air Medal (Numeral "1"), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, three Battle "E" Awards, five Meritorious Unit Commendations and various other unit and general awards..." [30JUN2003]

TITUS, AOAN Kevin kvntitus5@gmail.com "...I served with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VP-45 NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [10SEP2014]

TODD, AO2 Jette jetstarwoody@optonline.net "...I served with VP-31, VP-9 and aboard the USS Constellation..." [23NOV2011]

TOKER, Daniel dtoker@home.com "...Was with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 10/68 to 11/71. Started out as night shift maint chief, then transfered to AT shop. Filled out flight schedule for enlisteds (except flight engineers). Was one of first 5 P-3C in-flight techs..." [21AUG2001]

TOMKOVITCH, CDR John "Tomko" cdrtomko@aol.com "...TACCO in VP-50 78-81, VP-30 Instructor 81-84, CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan 84-87, Naval War College 87-88, VP-16 Dept hd 88-90, CPWL/CNAAB 90-94, CO NRD Omaha 94-96, USSTRATCOM 96-99, Recruiting Area 1 (North) Oct 99. I will PCS from Stratcom to Recruiting Area North in Oct 99..." [12SEP99]

TORREY, ROCK Richard.E.Torrey@noaa.gov "...After finishing FE school in 1980 checked in VP-49 WPWF and promptly left for Sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily for the first of two summer vacations, then it was off to NS Rota, Spain/Lajes for more sun and fun then in 1985 transfered to VP30- for a tour as an FE instructer until 1988. I retired and flew the L-188 Electra for few companies. Now I back where I belong on my butt flying the WP3D chasing Hurricanes and other Weather related projects, If you think 200 ft AGL is low, try 50' AGL over the Ice Packs in Alaska. Hope to hear from some old friends soon..." [13FEB98]

TRIPLETT, AVCM Thomas ttriplett2@aol.com "...Served with VP-1 1983-1987, VP-40 1987-1991, VP-31/VP-30 and then did a very challeging tour in HSL-42, followed by a tour at NSF Diego Garcia. I returned to VP-40 in November 2001 and am now the MMCPO. I am currently on my 7th NAS Misawa, Japan/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployment!..." [21MAY2002]

TURLINGTON, Jay jturlington@hotmail.com "...Currently in VQ-1, served in VP-30, VP-31, VP-40, VP-50, VP-9, VP-47 and one non-flying tour to recruiting (mistake). Looking to hear from folks from the past. Looking forward to retirement, time for a change! Let me hear from ya..." [11JUL99]

TURNER, CDR Mark L. http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp-45/home/pages/xobio.htm "...Commander Mark L. Turner was born in Greenwich, Connecticut. He graduated from Marquette University in May 1987 with a B.A. in Political Science. He received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in February 1999.

In September 1989, he reported to the "Golden Pelicans" of VP-44 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Flying the P-3C Update II Orions, he deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Upon the disestablishment of VP-44 he reported to the "Proud Pegasus" of VP-11 where he made a deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. During these tours he was designated an Instructor Tacco and Mission Commander and served as Conventional Weapons Officer, Communications Officer, and Readiness Officer.

Commander Turner then reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington D.C. in May 1992. He served as Assistant Patrol Aviation Placement Officer and Flight Student Placement Officer. During this time he earned is Masters Degree in Business Administration from Averett College, Danville, Virginia.

In May 1995, Commander Turner was assigned as Operations Administration Officer on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73). He qualified as Officer of the Deck, and earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation. He completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of operations JOINT ENDEAVOR and SOUTHERN WATCH.

Following his disassociated sea tour, Commander Turner reported to the P-3 Replacement Squadron, VP-30 for instructor duty where he served as Training Director.

In March 1998, Commander Turner reported to the "Golden Swordsmen" of VP-47 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour he served as Administration Officer, Training Officer, and Operations Officer and completed deployments to NSF Diego Garcia and NAF Misawa, Japan.

Commander Turner then reported to the CNO as the Assistant P-3 and Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) Requirements Officer in November 1999. Upon completion of the MMA Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), he was assigned to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Requirements, initiating development of a Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAV program.

In July 2002, Commander Turner reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems Directorate (J-6). He served as Informations Operations Action Officer until his transfer to the Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate (J-8) where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Director for the Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate. In March 2005, he reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer.

Commander Turner's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy-Marine Corps Commendation medals, Navy Achievement medal and various campaign and unit awards.

Commander Turner is married to the former Joanne Mosca of Westport, Connecticut..." [19MAR2005]

TURVOLD, CDR Wade D. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp4/xo/ExecutiveOfficer.htm "...Commander Wade D. Turvold was raised in Aiea, Hawaii. He attended the United States Naval Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in May 1989, graduating with Merit. After completing flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather AFB, California, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1990. Commander Turvold then completed initial P-3 training in VP-31, at NAS Moffett Field, California. Following this training, Commander Turvold reported to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in March 1991. He served as Public Affairs Officer and Legal Officer while attached to VP-6. During this tour, Commander Turvold deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Following the decommissioning of VP-6 in March, 1993, Commander Turvold reported to VP-9, also based at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While assigned to VP-9, Commander Turvold completed a NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Omandeployment, and served as Readiness Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. During this tour, he participated in peacekeeping operations in Somalia. In July 1994, Commander Turvold reported to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-30 he served as the NFO Schedules Officer, Fleet NATOPS Primary NFO Evaluator, and NFO Training Officer. Commander Turvold reported to the United States SIXTH Fleet Staff in July 1997, embarked in USS LASALLE (AGF 3), homeported in Gaeta, Italy. There he served as the Assistant Undersea Warfare Officer, Maritime Patrol Aircraft Operations Officer and Assistant Submarine Operations Officer while deployed to the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Commander Turvold also performed duties as Operations Division Officer, Admiral's Barge Officer, and served as Battle Watch Officer during the Kosovo conflict. Commander Turvold reported to the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in August 1999, graduating with Distinction in June 2000. There he earned a Masters Degree in National Defense and Security Affairs. Following this tour, he underwent P-3 refresher training at VP-30. In December 2000, Commander Turvold joined VP-47 based at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where he served as the Tactics Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. While at VP-47, he completed two deployments, one to NSF Diego Garcia, NSA Bahrain, and Oman, and the second to NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In February 2003, Commander Turvold became the Weapons Tactics Unit Officer in Charge for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, serving in VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In April 2005, Commander Turvold assumed the duties as Executive Officer, VP-4 while deployed to NSA Bahrain. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three Gold Stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with two Gold Stars), and numerous unit and campaign awards..." [19APR2005]

TUTEN, Kenneth ktuten1@tutencentral.com "...I served with VP-45 from 1980 where I joined the squadron on the NAS Bermuda deployment until 1985. I addition to that initial deployment I was also deployed on two NAS Sigonella, Sicily and one NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployments. I then transferred to VP-30 for Instructor duty. This tour ended my VP career as I was willingly transferred to LAMPS for the remainder of my career..." [23FEB2009]

TWARDY, Edward S. etwardy@earthlink.net "...Enlisted in 1957 on "kiddy cruise" and enjoyed bootcamp at Bainbridge, MD - Company 132. TAD to NAS Glynco, Georgia in late '57 then, in '58 to AE "A" school in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Served in VT-2 (1958-61) working on T28-C's and then transferred to VP Navy for 1st sea duty - VP-30 in late 61 and joined VP-7 in NAS Sigonella, Sicily on '62 deployment there. Flew with Crew 10 and then Crew 1 overseas and worked the AE shop when stateside. Enjoyed NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during blockade - I took a lot of pictures of Iron Curtain freighters during that little exercise while hanging in the afterstation of old LB 10 (BuNo 131431). Shipped to "B" school in '66 and then to NAS Norfolk, Virginia for shore duty until transfer to VRC-40. Stayed there with a good bunch of guys (lots of Roosy deployments) until '73, then NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania until transfer to Fleet Reserve in June '76. Earned MA and Ph.D from University of Virginia and spent from '79 - 03 as college professor and dean at Universities of Nebraska, Virgina and Vermont. Retired from academia in '03 and now serve as founder and president of a small research company working for the DoD. I still keep in touch with several Shipmates significant in my life...but think often about many others with whom I've lost touch. I'd like to hear from the guys with whom I worked - especially on the line at South Whiting Field, VP-7, VRC-40 and NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania. Best wishes to my old pals..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28DEC2007 | 09FEB2005]


URBANO, CDR R. M. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/XO%20Picture.htm "...Commander Urbano was born in Port Hueneme, CA. Being a son of a career U.S. Navy man, LCDR Urbano was raised in several locations around the United States and overseas. After graduating from high school in Rota, Spain, CDR Urbano attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with merit in May 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In May 1988, he received his "Wings of Gold" after completing Naval Flight Officer training at Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA. CDR Urbano reported to the West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31 for initial training in the P-3C aircraft in June 1988. Upon completion of training, he reported to the "Skinny Dragons" of VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in December 1988. During his first operational squadron tour, he made two deployments and qualified as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. From June to December 1989, VP-4 was deployed toNAS Adak, Alaska, and from November 1990 to May 1991, VP-4 deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Oman, flying missions in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In October 1991, CDR Urbano was selected for the Joint Staff Intern Program and transferred to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. for duty in Operational Plans and Interoperability Directorate, J-7, The Joint Staff. In November 1992, he reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel to serve as the Aviation Student Placement Officer in PERS-43. In August 1994, CDR Urbano was assigned to Staff, Commander, Carrier Group SEVEN as Flag Aide/Flag Secretary. During his tour he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and deployed on board the flagship USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in December 1995 to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific Ocean in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and contingency operations off the coast of Taiwan. Prior to reporting to his operational department head tour, CDR Urbano served in the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville, Florida, from November 1996 to September 1997 as the Administrative Officer and Naval Flight Officer Instructor/Patrol Plane Mission Commander. In September 1997, CDR Urbano reported to the "Pelicans" of Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE (VP-45) homeported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He made a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Operations DELIBERATE FORGE/GUARD and a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Howard AFB in support of North Atlantic operations and counter-drug operations in the Caribbean. His billets included Training Officer and Operations Officer. In September 1999, CDR Urbano was assigned to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer. In August 2001, CDR Urbano attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, under the Navy's Political-Military Scholarship Program, and was awarded a Masters Degree in Public Administration in June 2002. From August to November 2002, CDR Urbano served as the MPRA Liaison Officer in Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and SOUTHERN WATCH. In May 2003, he reported to "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 homeported in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, as the Executive Officer. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign medals and unit awards..." [03JUL2003]


VANDIVER, AT1 Dana Retired vandiver@dialnet.net "...I was and ADJ in VS-28 in 1973-76 I changed my rate to AX in 73 and was assigned to VP-11 as an IFT. I served in VP-11, VP-30, VP-44 NATTC Memphis as an AVA instructor and Then retired from VP-44 in 1993. I am interested in contacting any old (or new) shipmates. great sight I'll keep watching. Dana Vandiver, 2428 E. Bennett St., Springfield, MO. 65804 or e-mail..."

VanDIVER, AECS/(FE) Harold "Kris" Retired scpohv@aol.com "...I served with VPU-2 (05/1982-11/1985). Countless bear hunts and PE ops. Good times. Never quite mastered the 9 hole course on Midway. Goonies often in the way. Retired 1995 while assigned to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Now teach public school. National Board Certified Teacher since 2006. Still have, after all of these years, P-3 performance numbers in my head. Miss the flying and my Shipmates. In the landing pattern here in Jax. Will miss the purr of those dash-14's when the P-8 assumes the watch. I served with VP-44, VXN-8, VPU-2, VP-45, VP-30 and VP-26. Flew aboard the P-3A/B/C, RP-3A/D, EP-3 and UP-3A..." [BIO Updated 06SEP2011 | 10JUN98]

VanSIMAEYS, ADC Joe FLYUSN@MICHIGANNET.COM "...>Memories. I fell on to this just last night and have not stopped thinking about it since. I was a flight engineer with VP-64 stationed at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. When I checked in to the squadron after going through F/E school with VP-30 there was one P-3A sitting on the flight line and no one to fly it, this was August of 1973, the BUNO. was 151360, LU1. I was the third F/E to qualify in the P-3 at VP-64. A Mech. by the name of Lenny Humiston was the first and a Hammer Slammer by the name of Bob Kral (BK) was the second. The hanger was old and rickity at best, and was condemned before I left NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. If any one remembers the snow storm of "78" they know why it was condemned and the fun we had getting the planes out of the hanger. I was in Crew 8 and my PPC was Lt. Mike Holland, the designer of VP-64 squadron logo. My TACCO was LCdr. and eventually Captain, Kenny Wall, the BEST there was. I would really like to chat with my old Shipmates. My good buddy (BK) came out to visit a couple of years ago and after a few beers and a little Jack Daniel's we were sure we could still operate a P-3..." [13APR99]

VanPELT, Lonnie lkvan@theramp.net "...I was stationed at VP-30 from 1990 to 1993. I left the Navy in 1993..." [10SEP99]

VARILLA, Alex Alexnbabs@aol.com "...I served with the "Batmen" of VP-24 from 1977 - 1979, the "Pros Nest" of VP-30 from 1979 - 1981 and the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 from 1981 - 1985. I miss those days when the Navy was fun, we had a mission and an adversary..." [02JUN98]

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]

VAHSEN, CDR Steven S. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-1/skipper.htm "...Commander Steven S. Vahsen graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 and subsequently completed postgraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Rolla, earning a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. Upon flight school completion, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer and assigned to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. He qualified as Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander and served as Communications Officer, Readiness Officer, and Assistant Training Officer during deployments to the Mediterranean and Atlantic theaters. In October 1991, Commander Vahsen reported to VP-30, the Patrol Aviation Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). In addition to instructor duties, he served as Education Services Officer, FRS Consolidation Coordinator, and NFO Training Officer. Following his FRS tour, he reported to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as Assistant Navigator in 1994. During two Mediterranean Sea/Arabian Gulf deployments, he qualified as Officer of the Deck, Command Duty Officer (Underway), and earned designation as a Surface Warfare Officer. In December 1996, CDR Vahsen joined VP-8 as a Department Head. He served as Administrative Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer while deploying to the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Caribbean theaters. CDR Vahsen reported to the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Air Warfare Division, (OPNAV/N78) in December 1998. While assigned to the Pentagon, he served as the Training Requirements Officer for the VP, VQ, and VS communities and the Undergraduate NFO Resource Sponsor. CDR Vahsen's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), and Navy Achievement Medal (3)..." [02JUN2003]

VAUGHN, ATC CHRIS L. ORYNIFT@AOL.COM "...ASSIGNED VP-16, NAMTRA JAX, VP-16, AND CURRENTLY VP-30 AS INFLIGHT TECHNICIAN/ORD QUAL FLEET NATOPS EVALUATOR..."

VAWTER, AT2 Terry hcetreipoc@yahoo.com "...Attended Aviation Electronics School (1974) at NAS Millington, Tennessee, VP-30 (08/1974-08/1977) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland / NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Radio Operator), left Active Duty and went into the Reserves at NAS Dallas, Texas. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [14JUL2012]

VENCL, AWC Retired louisv@ime.net "...VP-5 (1974 - 1977), VP-30 (1977 - 1980), USS Forrestal CV-59 (1980 - 1982), VP-56 (1982 - 1985), FASO Jax (1985 - 1988), VP-11 (1988-1991) Retired at Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) in Oct 94. Currently working for Summit Research Corp. supporting the Beartrap guys up here in the winter wonder land of Brunswick, Maine..." [16JAN98]

VERNON, Rich rv2370@aol.com "...I started my Naval career in NAS Lemoore, California in 1971 with A-7's and joined the VP Navy at NAS Moffett Field, California (VP-30) in 1975. After completing a tour in the power plants shop, I went through FE School. From there I did tours with VP-46 (79-82), CPWP (82-85), VP-40 (85-88), and retired from CPW-10 in 1991 as a ADCS. After retiring I went to work for the T56 Engineering Group at NADEP NAS Alameda, California. When NAS Alameda, California closed I was moved to NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Still with the T56. I continue to run into lots of old Shipmates around NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I look forward to hearing from old Shipmates..." [16JUN99]

VESEY, AMS1 Dave dv4740@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 (Fighting Marlins) NAS Moffett Field, California (started my P-3 career) from 1988 to 1991, VP-31 (Black Lightning) NAS Moffett Field, California from 1991-1993, VP-47 (Golden Swordsmen) NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1993 to 1998, NRL NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1998 to 2001 and VP-5 (Mad Foxes) NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 2001 to 2004. Now fixin to go to shore duty with VP-30 (Pros Nest) NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Trust me I've done both East and West VP and the West is the BEST!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05AUG2004 | 23APR99]


WAEGHE, AFCM P. J. Retired pjwaeghe@bellsouth.net Shipmate Pix...Shipmate Pix "...Served with VP-16, VP-22, VP-30, VP-56, CNO, and ASWOC/TSC...Flying P-3's again for the U.S. Customs Service here in sunny Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2001 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 06NOV2000 | 00XXX96]

WAGNER, TSGT Gary D. USAF Retired gwagnavy@gmail.com "...Attended Boot Camp at NATC Great Lakes from June 1969 to August 1969, Service Schools at NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee from September 1969 to December 1969, VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from January 1970 to February 1970, VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from Febuary 1970 to March 1973 with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily from February to June 1970 (2nd P-3 squadon into NAS Sigonella, Sicily after VP-44), NS Rota, Spain from March to July 1971 (awarded the Battle "E") and NAS Sigonella, Sicily from March to August 1972 (we did a 9 plane formation fly-over for the base Change of Command). Seperated for Active duty March 1973 and was discharged 1975. Reenlisted Naval Reserve February 1979 and served with VP-68 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with deployments to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Bermuda and a detachment to Ascension Island in the south Atlantic. We won the Noel Davis Trophy in 1982 and 2 CNO safety awards. In January 1987 left Navy and joined Airforce 459th Cams Andrews AFB hydraulic tech. on C141B Cargo Aircraft. Retired May 1995..." [12JUN2010]

WALDEN, Wayne J. "Wally" seffner47@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from May 1966 to December 1968..." [15APR2010]

WALKER, AW1 (AW/NAC) Timothy M. Retired tmwalker@bellsouth.net "...I flew as a SS3 from 1975 until my retirement (against my will-damn high year tenure) in 1995. I started on A/B retrofits and ended with Charlie model Update llls. I flew as an instructor in VP-30 from 1975 to 1978, VP-24 from 1979 to 1985, VP-16 from 1989 to 1995 and FASO (EW Instructor) from 1985 to 1989. I retired with 9 deployments and 7000 hrs. I dont miss the BS but I do miss the flying and the friends. Any of y'all who want to, drop a line and we can re-live the old times, try and remember the stories, and end up telling a bunch of BIG lies..."

WALLING, LCDR Ken Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 1974... kewalling@verizon.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1961 to 1964 in P-5's and then P-3's. I was on Crew 3 most of the time. I left the squadron as an AT2 when I was selected for NESEP and attended North Carolina State University. I made AT1 while in school. I couldn't make Chief so I went up for Ensign. After commissioning I went through flight training (multi-engine) then plowed back as a Flight Instructor at VT-1 from 1969 to 1971. From there I went through VP-30 RAG then on to VP-23 from 1972 to 1975. I was the PPC of Crew 9. I then served a tour at COMOPTEVFOR and spent my last tour on the USS Saratoga as the EW Officer from 1977 until I retired in 1980 at the age of 37 as an LCDR..." [11FEB2008]

WALRATH, ATCS Kenneth W. Retired kwalrath@eagle1.eaglenet.com "...VP-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1970-72, VP-30 1972-1975 as a P-3A/B Radioman and Inflight Tech Instructor, and VP-68 1975-85..."

WALSH, AD1(AW) Ed fegod@compaq.net "...Served with VP-4 87-90, VQ-2 93-97, and currently with VP-30 as an FRS Flight Engineer instructor. Would like to here from any of my former crewmates or fellow FE's..." [21SEP99]

WALTON, CAPTAIN Pete Retired pete.walton@cox.net "...I served with VP-24 (PPC) with Bud Neubauer and Bill Wilson, VP-30 and VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Civilian life had me ending career as VP/CIO for Hess Corporation in NJ. Retired in 2008 to Surprise, AZ..." [20NOV2012]

WARD, AMHC Keith W. Retired sogbu6030@aol.com "...Served as a Flight Engineer with VP-45 Pelicans from 1976-1979, VP-30 as a FRS Flight Engineer Instructor from 1979-1981, VP-49 Woodpeckers from 1981-1986, VP-30 from 1986-1990 then retired. Sure miss Flying! Met alot of Hero's and made some friends. Working at NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida now and looking for old Shipmates I served with through out my short Naval career. More than proud to have been a part of the Flight Engineer family. Drop a line I would love to hear from everyone. "The Flying Circus Lives." Rock are ya out there?..." [E-Mail Updated 24OCT2003 | 26AUG2000]

WARDEN, AT1 James Retired Shortstop471@cs.com "...I started in VP-10 1974-76,then moved on to VP-31, from there I went to VP-50 1979-82 following up with Naval Air Development Center 1982-85, after that I went to VP-23 1985-90,and finishing my career in VP-40 1990-92. These were the best times in my life. I would love to hear from any and all Shipmates..." [28JAN2002]

WATERS, Roger rogor@gte.net "...I served in three VP squadrons on the east coast in the late 50's and early 60's. I was first assigned to VP-21 right out of AT-A school in 1957. I left early from the 1957 NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment to attend the very first J/J ASW Warfare class in November of 1957 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I flew with several VP-21 crews over the next two years, and was then reassigned to shore duty with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I am a plank holder with VP-30 and served as a flight crew instructor. I knew all of the people on the P2 that went down in Lake George, in fact I was almost aboard that flight. After that, I joined VP-5 in the midst of their NS Rota, Spain deployment and served out my tour with them. I participated in the Cuban Missile Blockade in October of 1962 with VP-5. I have many happy memories as a VP sailor, but have lost all contact with my crew mates. Does anyone out there remember me? Roger Waters AT-1 at discharge in Jan, 1963..." [02NOV98]

WEED, CDR Peter W. Retired (USNR) fireweed@cox.net "...I served with VP-24 (1967-1989), VP-30, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania, VP SAU NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VP-69, CNAVRES NAS New Orleans, Louisiana and retired out of NAVAIRES NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I reside in Virginia Beach, VA. I wish all former and current Shipmates. Good fortune and fair winds in this challenging world arena. Keep your wings level!..." [11OCT2010]

WEHLE, Mary Moarn mary.wehle@ang.af.mil "...I served with VP-30 from 1973 to 1976 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [07MAY2010]

WEISENBURGER, AWCS Joe "Mojo" Joe_W11@excite.com "...My tours of duty include: U.S. Joint Forces Command and Commander Reserve Patrol Wing NAS Norfolk, Virginia, the BlackHawks of VP-68 NAF Washington, D.C., SAU VP-0516 (later VP-0545) NAS Jacksonville, Florida, the Golden Eagles of VP-9 NAS Moffett Field, California and the Pro's Nest of VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Drop me a line..." [11JUL2002]

WELDEN, CMDMC (NAC/AW) Lawrence Thomas https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/cmc_weldon_bio.htm "...Master Chief Welden joined the Navy in July 1977. After completing recruit training in Orlando, FL, he reported to AD-A school in Millington, TN. In November 1977 he received his first orders to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, AIMD Power Plants. In September 1980, he received orders to VP-24 onboard NAS Jacksonville, Florida, assigned to Power Plants. While in VP-24 he became a P-3 Flight Engineer. He completed five deployments with VP-24 and was advanced to First Class Petty Officer. In November 1987, he reported to NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he was assigned to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate, Power Plants Division. He was selected for Chief Petty Officer during this tour. In October 1991, he received orders to VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. After reporting to VP-6, he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Upon his return from deployment with VP-6, he was instrumental with the decommissioning of the squadron. In March 1993, he reported to Executive Transport Department, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in support of CINCPACFLT. He was assigned as the Leading Chief Petty Officer and completed a successful tour. In April 1995, he returned to NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he was assigned to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate and served as the VS Division Officer in Charge. While serving this tour, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer. In November 1997, he accepted orders as Command Master Chief to VS-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He completed two successful cruises with the squadron. In September 1999 he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy in Rhode Island. He was awarded a citation from the Fleet Reserve Association for "Outstanding" Physical Readiness Training. In March 2001, he received orders to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he is currently the Command Master Chief. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with four gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit citations..." [15JUN2003]

WELLONS, AWC David H. Retired dave_wellons@att.net "...Served with VP-48 from 1979 to 1982, USS Nimitz (CVN-68) from 1982 to 1984, CPW-10 from 1985 to 1988, VP-48 from 1988 to 1991, CPW-10 from 1991 to 1993, PW-1 Det NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan from 1993 to 1996, and VP-30 from 1996 to 1999. Retired March 1999 as AWC from VP-30. Would like to here from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05NOV2010 | 21SEP2004]

WERTH, BOBBY Rroadforeman@aol.com "...I WAS IN VP-24 1979 TO 1985, VP-30 1985 TO 1989, VP-45 1989 TO 1992, AND VP-30 1992 TO 1995. I HAVE ALOT OF PEOPLE THAT I HAVE BEEN STATIONED WITH OVER THE YEARS. IT'S TIME TO GET IN TOUCH AGAIN. IF ANY OF MY OLD Shipmates GET A CHANCE TO CONTACT ME PLEASE DO IT..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAY2001 | 13JUN98]

WESOLOWSKI, John "Ski" jwesolowski@williamsonline.com "...I served with VP-30 (1973-1976) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in the Line Shack. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 24JAN2013 | 14NOV2001]

WHEATLEY, AO1 James M. Retired JWFLYP3@AOL.COM "...Served as an aircrew AO with VP-30, VP-45, and VP-11 from 1979-1988. Made many deployments including NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NS Rota, Spain. Now working for the Tampa VA Hospital. Would like to hear from any Shipmates out there..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01JUL2002 | 11OCT98]

WHISMAN, Michael mwhisman@1starnet.com "...I served in VXN-8 from 1970 to 1971 and was transferred to VP-30 from the fall of 1971 to April 1972. I was an ordnanceman and was always called "Whissy." In VXN-8 I flew aircrew, worked in the AE shop and the flightline. This was all at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [15FEB98]

WHITEHEAD, RM1 Alfred "B.L." alfredwhitehead@comcast.net "...I served with VP-30 (1976-1978). I was an RM2 and made RM1 just before I transferred to my next command. I remember flying a few times with LT Sinzie (hope I have that spelled correctly) and going out every day to plug the crypto units on the aircraft. I had a small boa constrictor that I kept in an aquarium in the communications office. Great tour of duty with VP-30..." [12DEC2010]

Memorial Picture "...WHITTLE, Edwin "Skip"...Services for Edwin “Skip” Whittle, Jr. will be held Friday, June 23, 2017 in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. Mr. Whittle passed away on Friday, June 16, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Skip was born to Edwin Sr. and Vivian Whittle on October 23, 1952, in Chandler, AZ. Being raised in an Air Force family, Skip was well-traveled, and lived in several countries as a child. In 1970, he joined the United States Navy, where he served for 14 years (VP-10 and VP-30). Upon completing his military service in 1984, he moved to Longview with his wife, Jacqueline, and family. He gained employment through the City of Longview as a water meter reader, and continued to work with the City for 30 years, eventually retiring in 2014, as the building official of Longview. Mr. Whittle was a member of the Masonic Lodge Post 1396, the American Legion Post 232, and the Shriners International. He was an avid reader and fisherman, enjoyed playing his guitar, woodworking, and gardening, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and grandkids. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Jacqueline; son Michael Whittle and wife, Amy of Hallsville; sons John Whittle and James Whittle of Longview; daughter, Sarah Clifton and her husband, Gary, of Gilmer; daughter Danielle Warren and her husband, Seth, of Longview; grandchildren Megan Clifton, Bonnie Clifton, Brodie Whittle and Kieran Warren; mother Vivian Whittle of Alexandria, LA; brother Jeff Whittle and wife Barbara, of Baton Rouge, LA; several nieces, nephews, loved ones, and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Edwin Whittle, Sr...." Contributed by FAUL, Mike mfaul@faul.net [27JUN2017]

WHITTLE, Edwin "Skip" swhi22@Yahoo.com "...I served with VP-10 (Batmen) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1970-1976, VP-30 from 1977-1979, and VP-10 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1980-1983 - CAC 5 Outlaws, what a bunch! (We caught the Oscar!) Never forget 'One Eye'd Jose's Last Chance Cafe' in Puerto Monte, Chile! PM, (Pat Elliot). If your out there, give me a shout!..." [26JAN2003]

WIDELL, AX1 Joseph D. Retired jdw22@ime.net "...Entered the Navy at Syracuse, New York On Sept. 1957 and proceeded to Boot Camp at Great Lakes,Ill. From there to Norman, Oklahoma for Fundamentals school till 1958. Then on to AT "A" School at NATTC, Memphis, TN. After graduating, requested 1st Naval Dist. any VP. Reported to VP-7 just prior to the Squadron deploying to NS Rota, Spain. We were left TAD to FASRON 108 to attend Radio Code School at Brunswick. We joined VP-7 in NS Rota, Spain after a short stay in Port Leaouty, Morocco en-route. Served in VP-7 as Radioman on Crew 1, with then CDR Ipser J. Gersik, a man whom I enjoyed every minute of flying with. He could "grease" any landing. Did NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and of course NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. We were relieved in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada on a split deployment by the ill-fated crew that crashed at sea in Dec.1959. We then, also crashed at NAS Brunswick, Maine a few weeks later in Jan.1960. Traveled to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for the homeport change which occured in Fall of 1961. Left VP-7 in Feb. 1962 for AT "B" School at Memphis. After "B" sent to NAS Cecil Field. There I spent 13 months in VF-174, a RAG F8U Crusader outfit. After spending a few weeks on the USS Independence CV-62 (my only shipboard duty and while on shore duty) I took advantage of the new AX rating and converted. Was then sent to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1963 to complete my tour of shore duty. After some hairy flighttime there I was transfered in 1964 back to Sea duty in VP-21 NAS Brunswick, Maine. Quit flying there and went TAD to NAS AIMD to work primarily MAD and ASW Systems. Left VP-21 in 1968 with orders to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to the "White Whale", a Mobile Unit. While there we were Decommisioned as a Shore duty assignment. While awaiting new orders, we participated in a video taping of a AX Seminar.While talking to the Detailers I was approached by a man who wanted out of orders to NAS Brunswick, Maine and VP-44. We made the change and I received orders to VP-44. Back to "Broomstick"-Yahoo!! Served as Electronics Shop night check Supervisor, then daycheck and finally on to Quality Control. Also, spent many hours working on the ill-fated P-3A that crashed in 1972 in the Med. Myself and another shop tech were supposed to fly with that crew to Sicily and then on to Crete for a Mini Det. We were very fortunate that the local VR Squadron was willing to take us as passengers. I remained in VP-44 till I retired in April 1977. Have had enough excitement to last a lifetime. But,I do miss it and so does the wife. After retirement I went to work at Bath Iron Works building and overhauling Naval Combatants. Retired from there,also. Took an early retirement in 1995. Took a year off, got bored and went to work at LL Bean in Freeport, Me where I live..." [05JAN99]

WHIGHAM, ATCS Shealy O. Retired swhigham@lsijax.com "...I was lucky enough to serve in four VP squadrons in my 20 year career. I started in VP-21 in 1962, flying with Crew 9 until 1967 when I was one of the Jez operators selected for a tour at a NavFac station. After two years at NavFac Barbados, I returned to VP-10 for an abbreviated tour. After "B" school and a tour of shore duty at NAAS Saufley Field, Florida. I joined VP-49 in NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1975. I went to VP-30 FRAMP Dept in 1978 and retired in 1981. Now living in the Jacksonville area and would love to hear from any Shipmates that remember me..." [16OCT2000]

WILCOX, AWCS Bob Retired vienna1420@gmail.com "...I served at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 64-66, VP-44 66-69, VP-30 69-71, TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland 71-73, VP-6 74-78, TSC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 78-79, VP-23 79-83 and Finally using all my P-3 experience I Instructed in S-3As at VS-41 83-86. I would do it all again but at almost 70 years old I don't think I'd pass the Aircrew physical. Great friends, Great memories."..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21JUN2015 | 26DEC2000]

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]

WILLIAMS, Vinny funandfit45@yahoo.com "...I served with CPW-2 (1984-1988), VP-17 (1988-1993), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training (FASO) (1993-1996), VP-47 (1996-2000), VP-30 (2000-2004) and Mobile Operations Control Center (2004-2006)..." [20JUL2013]

WILLIAMS, Wayne wlwilliams@juno.com "...I was a junior officer pilot with VP-49 May 1980 to May 1983, CAC 1. VP-30 Instructor Pilot from May 1983- November 1984. VR-56 NAS Norfolk, Virginia March 1985 to Sept 1985. VR-46 NAS Atlanta, Georgia Sept 1985-Jun 1995. Presently with Delta Air Lines, living in the Atlanta area. Would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [02FEB2001]

WILSON, LCDR Bill Retired bjwilson@fastransit.net "...Flew 1st Radioman on WV-2s in VW-11 as AT3/AT2, then as a radioman on DP2Vs (DP2e) in VU-8, then made NESEP at NC State U, graduated in 1967, to OCS, Newport, then NFO training at VT-10, went on to VP-24 as NAV/TACCO in P-3Bs on CDR Martini's crew with Al Buckowick in 1969, transitioned to P-3C's, first to qualify as TACCO in squadron. As BEARTRAP projrct officer flew with PPC Jerry Zelfer, Dave Stevens, Jim Rather, BK Webb, Bud Neubauer, deploying on both coasts on BEARTRAP flights. Also served as the AW Division officer and NATOPS evaluator. Selected for PG School Monterey in 1972, after graduation was lassoed by USNA and taught there for 4 years. Selected for the AEDO program and sent to VP-30 where I retired as LCDR in Training/Plans Officer Job in 1978. Taught at Univ of North Fla in Math/Computer Science for a while then went to work for BellSouth as Systems Analyst until retirement in 1996..." [E-Mail Updated 20FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 25JUN2002 | BIO Updated 24SEP2000 | 22SEP2000]

WILSON, AO2 Joseph W. josephwart@aol.com"...I served with VP-30 in 1971 and VP-1 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (AO2) Crew 9 from 1971 to 1973. We deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and others. Looking for members of Radigan and Truax's plane..." [28DEC2003]

WINN, Thomas "Mike" Retired tmwinn1@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16, VP-30, VP-45, VP-56, VT-27, VT-31, ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, VP-16, VAQ-33 and then retired. I am currently flying with DAL F/O 767-400..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2009 | 18FEB2007]

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]

WOLD, PAULA PJWOLD@AOL.COM "...WENT TO FRAMP AND NAMTRADET AT VP-31 FROM MAY 92-JAN 93, THEN TO AIRCREW SCHOOL. I WAS IN VP-30 AS A MAINTAINER (AT-TYPE) FOR A VERY SHORT STINT FROM MAY 93-MAY 93, THEN WENT TO FLIGHT PHASE. WENT TO VP-49 FROM JULY 93-DECOM AS AN IFT. ONTO VP-47 FROM MAR 94-FEB 97. NOW WORKING AS A SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR AT TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, HAWAII. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM FOLKS FROM THE PAST! HOPE TO SEE YOU AT A SOCIAL OCCASION, AND NOT AS ONE OF MY PATIENTS!..." [E-Mail Updated 17JAN2001 | 13NOV97]

WOLF, AVCM Ron Retired padutch@bellsouth.net "...Served in VP-2 from 1963-1966, on crews 1 and 2 as radioman. Looking for Tom Asmus (AX2) Jez operator on crew. I also served with VR-24 from 1959-1961, VP-30 from 1961-1962, VP-2 from 1963-1966, VP-8 from 1971-1974, and the USS Independence CV-62 from 1977-1978..." [16DEC2002]

WOLFE, AOCS Joe Retired Eaglvis@aol.com "...Enlisted 1971. AOA school NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1972 VP-30 1972 pipelined as a groundpounder AO for VP-11. Wound up in VP-44 after Moroco crash of VP-44 in 1972. Flew w/ CAC 9 from 1972 to 1976 and CAC 6 1976-1977. Orders to SERE Jan. 1978 to Oct. 1980 SERE Instructor, NAS Brunswick, Maine. Got out of Navy 1980. Re-enlisted 1981 and back to SERE NAS Brunswick, Maine till 1983 (thanks to AVCM Bob Frasch and ADMRL Mulloy). Went to VP-8 as a groundpounder AO 1983 to 1987. Returned to SERE NAS Brunswick, Maine, May, 1987 (thanks to Capt. John Evans aka. Little John, and CDR Tim Sullivan). Retired from active duty Oct. 1992 out of SERE. BS in Human Resourses, Associates, Microsoft Cert. Looking for any shipmates from the past email me. Also looking for any SERE Instructors to place on a new SERE Instructor Web site..." WebSite: http://members.tripod.com/~SERE_2/index.html [18FEB99]

WOLFE, ATCS Michael Retired mwolfe@lsijax.com "...VP-30 1971 to 1975, VP-45 1975 to 1979, AIMD JAX 1979 to 1982, AIMD NAF Lajes Field 1982 to 1986, NRD Columbus 1986 to 1989, AIMD SIG 1989 to 1994, NAMO 1994 to 1997. Worked "I" level ASW and DIFAR..."

WOOD, ADCS Gilbert E. Retired tax25@juno.com "...I would like to say hi to all the old friends of VP-48. I left in July, 1985 and went to VP-16. I retired as an ADCS after 26 years and am now teaching Flight Engineers here in NAS Jacksonville, Florida for VP-30 as a civilian contractor (What a great life). Drop me a E'mail Good Luck to all from Woody..." [BIO Updated 27JUL2001 | 12NOV2000]

WORD, F. B. BWord@austin.rr.com "...XO/CO VP-23 Sept 88-Oct 90...VP-44 73-77 & 84-87...VP-30 77-79 & 87-88...Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) 82-84 & 90-92...NMPC S/DC Dallas 80-82...CNATRA 92-94...USAF Education & Training Command 94-97...Retired in Austin, TX..." [Updated E-Mail 03DEC99]

WRIGHT, David uapilot@hotmail.com "...Trained in VT-27 circa 1985-1986, VT-28 circa 1986, and VP-30 RAG in 1987. Joined VP-11 in February 1987 and immediately was sent to that winter resort otherwise called SERE school by the training officer, LT Billy Barnes. Joined CAC-3 under Brian "Frog" McDonald who was replaced by Steve Culpepper a few months after I joined the crew. Mark "Bomber" Branstrom was my 2P, Dave "Lee Harvey" Oswald was my NAVCOM, Mike Leary my TACCO, Rob Webster my FE, AW Savage, Martinez, AO Larson....that is all I can remember. I then joined CAC-6 after my Rota/Lajes vacation in 1987-88 and served as 2P under Bomber. On CAC-6 Shemp crew, I was flying with Tom "golden boy" Reck, AD Mathy, AMS Latour, Dave Doxey and some guy as TACCO...I think he was OPSO too...as well as PPC Bomber Branstrom. Ascended to PPC of CAC-6 for a precious few months before being back stabbed out just before the drawdown "rightsizing" bloodbath in 1990 that left alot of fine people out in the cold at the hands of a few power seekers. (Hi Tony R. and Pete S....not Pete Scott). That bitter taste will never leave my mouth. Ground jobs were TAD Officer, CSM Officer (Adrienne marks where are you?), AE Branch and finally QAO. Left VP-11 in 1990 and became an instructor in VT-27...dodging death daily. Left the Navy in 1993 actively and 1996 reserve-wise. Now fly as a Captain with United Airlines on the illustrious 737 in Chicago's O'Hare and never looking back although there were alot of tremendous people, mostly enlisted, that I will remember forever. Cheers All!..." [06APR2001]


YAREMCHUK, PO1 Nick Jr. Retired nickyarem1725@yahoo.com "...I served aboard the USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) (1967-1968), A School (1968), VXN-8 (1968-1971), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland TAD AIMD, USS Guam (LPH-9) (1971-1972), B School (1972), VP-30 (1973-1976) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland / NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-45 (1976-1980) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, OMD (1980-1983) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, VP-44 (1983-1986) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VT-23 (1986-1987) at NAS Kingsville, Texas, Training Air Wing Four Contracts (1987-1989) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and retired November 1989..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2015 | E-Mail Updated 03MAY2015 | E-Mail Updated 23MAR2013 | E-Mail Updated 23SEP2011 | E-Mail Updated 21JUL2010 | 17MAY2009]

YASGAR, Jerry "YAZ" theyaz@lycos.com "...I was and PNSN with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Jacksonville, Florida from Dec.74-Nov. 76. If any of you former VP-30 personnel that I may have had the pleasure to serve with get a chance to drop a email -- Do so. Would love to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 16SEP2001 | 11NOV98]

YAW, CDR Perry D. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/co_bio.htm "...Commander Yaw was born in Binghampton, NY and was raised in Long Beach, NY. After graduating from Long Beach High School, Commander Yaw was accepted into the ROTC program at Auburn University where he graduated with honors in August 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. In February 1989, he received his "Wings of Gold" after completing training at NAS Meridian, Mississippi. CDR Yaw reported to the West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31 for initial training in the P-3C aircraft. Upon completion of training, he reported to the "World Famous Blue Sharks" of VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in May 1991. During his tour with the "Blue Sharks" he qualified as Patrol Plane Commander and made one deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan. Following the disestablishment of the "Blue Sharks" in 1993, CDR Yaw transferred to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 for the first time, where he qualified as Patrol Plane Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot. During his first tour with the Golden Eagles, he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Oman, flying missions in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. In October 1994, CDR Yaw was selected to attend FRS instructor training at the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30 enroute to the West Coast NATOPS evaluation team for Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPWP), at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He reported to CPWP in February 1995 and served as a NATOPS evaluation team member, Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot instructor, and Maverick Missile System Introduction lead Pilot. In February 1996, CDR Yaw reported to the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), in Norfolk, as the Operations Administration Officer. While aboard ENTERPRISE he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway and deployed to the Mediterranean, and Arabian Gulf. In May 1998, CDR Yaw returned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and reported once again to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9. During this tour at VP-9 CDR Yaw served as the Training Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Maintenance Officer. During this tour in VP-9, he completed a Tri-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman, and NSA Bahrain, and a dual-site deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. The 1998 tri-site deployment was the first ever deployment of the Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) variant of the P-3C aircraft. It was also during this tour that VP-9 completed its homeport change from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In July 2000, CDR Yaw reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, home ported at MCBH. CDR Yaw served as the Force Training Officer and Assistant Chief of Staff for Training. In May 2004 he reported, for the third time, to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 as the Executive Officer one month before their deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and NSA Bahrain in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and other FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet tasking. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign and unit awards..." [05DEC2005]

YEARTY, AVCM Bob Retired bobyeartymail@cox.net "...After 31 years I finally retired in Jan 2000 from NATTC in Pensacola where I now live and work for a contractor doing curriculum upgrades for most of the A schools. Spent a lot of time in the center seat with VP-46 (74-77), VP-31 (77-80), VPU-1 (80-83), VP-30 (83-86) and VP-56 (86-90). After making AVCM had to leave flying and went to AIMD NAS Keflavik, Iceland, IC followed by NS Rota, Spain (90-96) and finally finishing up as the Avionics Department LCPO at NATTC. Enjoyed reading about old squad mates. If you're in this area give a call..." [E-Mail Updated 21JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 15JUN2001 | 02SEP2000]


ZEISEL, CAPTAIN Dick Retired eldoz@msn.com "...I served (in chronological order) in the following squadrons: VP-47 (1951-53); VP-8 (1961-64); VP-30 (1964-67); VP-49 (XO/CO 1967-68); VP-31 (CO 1970-71)...Having been involved in the very first P3V-1 (P-3A) introduction in 1962 and still involved with the P-3 in 1970-71 (first west coast P-3C)..." [E-Mail Updated 05FEGB99]

ZALLNICK, LT Deidre http://iowa.rotc.rpi.edu/nrotc/meetbn/zallnick.html "...LT Zallnick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 with a BS in Ocean Engineering. Upon graduation she attended Initial Flight School Training NAS Pensacola, Florida. She completed Primary and Intermediate Flight Training in NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida with the VT-3 Red Knights. Upon completion, she went to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for Advanced Training with the VT-31 Wise Owls. There she received her Wings of Gold on 7 May 1999. Her next assignment was to the P-3 FRS, VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. From there she reported to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. While assigned to VP-26 she served as the Airframes Branch Officer, Indoctrination Officer, Plans Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. Her qualifications included Patrol Plane Pilot, Patrol Plane Commander, Functional Check Flight Pilot, and Mission Commander. She completed two six month deployments with the Tridents. The first was to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 2000. There she participated in Operation Joint Guardian over Kosovo and Operation Deliberate Force over Bosnia. She also participated in several allied exercises is the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea. Her second deployment was split between NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Ecuador, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Operations included support missions for the War on Drugs and Operation Enduring Freedom. LT Zallnick is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. LT Zallnick is authorized to wear the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle "E" Ribbon, National Defense Medal (Two awards), Armed Force Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Two awards), Pistol Marksmanship Medal and several campaign ribbons..." [17APR2004]

Memorial Picture "...ZIMMERMAN, AEC Zeke...Just to inform you and all Shipmates of the loss of AEC Zeke Zimmerman (FE) passed away in November 2016. Zeke served with VP-45 (1971-1974), VP-30 (1974-1978), VP-24 (1978-1979), VP-4 (1979-1981) and VP-17 (1984-1987)..." Contributed by RAMOS, SCPO Ysmael P. ysmael.ramos@suddenlink.net [06JAN2017]

ZIMMERMAN, Zeke emrzim@aol.com "...Was in VP-4 79-81 as a flight engineer. Don't remember which crew but definately had a good time as a flight engineer. Still doing the same thing but with the U. S. Customs. Plan on retiring again in 2005. Hello and fair winds to all my old Shipmates. VP-45 71-74, VP-30 74-78, VP-24 78-79, VP-4 79-81, and VP-17 84-87. Hope to hear from you'all..." [05MAR98]

ZINSMEISTER, Skip skipster@inteliport.com "...Was an AW2 at ASWOC/TSC NAS Bermuda from 79-82. went through the RAG (VP-30) in 78..." [28JUL2000]


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