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Circa 2012

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly NewsletterVQ-2 History "...VQ-2 Closes for Business After 57 Years - Disestablishment... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 2..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [05JAN2013]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VQ-2 Diestablishment Brochure. Other's photograph's are also available on https://picasaweb.google.com/herndonjohn/VQ2DecommisioningTripMay2012..." Contributed by HERNDON, AMHC John D. Retired herndonjohn@hotmail.com [21MAY2012]

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Circa 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Top official: Optimal manning ‘went too far' By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer - Posted : Sunday Feb 6, 2011 8:23:24 EST... WebSite: NavyTimes http://www.navytimes.com/ [08FEB2011]

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Circa 2010 - 2011

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation SquadronsVP-4, VPU-1 and VQ-2 History "...VPU-1, VQ-2, VP-4 Win Coveted "Battle E" Award from October 2010 to September 2011... Maritime Patrol Association Planeside Quarterly Newsletter - 2012: Issue 1..." WebSite: Maritime Patrol Association [04JAN2013]
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Circa 2010

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Command of VQ-2 Changes By LT(jg) William Couts - Thursday, April 29, 2010..." WebSite: NorthWest Navigator http://www.northwestnavigator.com/ [30APR2010]

Cmdr. Bryan Durkee relieved Cmdr. Brett Coffey as commanding officer of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2, in a ceremony, April 23 at 11 a.m. on NAS Whidbey Island.

Under Coffey's leadership, VQ-2 flew more than 580 missions encompassing more than 5,560 hours, serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Nomad Shadow, Reliant Mermaid, Inca Gold, Plan Patriota, Celestial Balance, and numerous fleet exercises.

During his tenure as commanding officer, and in addition to executing over 15,500 mishap-free flight hours, VQ-2 won the 2009 Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety "S" Award and the Medical Blue "M" Award.

Coffey, a 1992 Naval Academy graduate, will now head east to pursue a master's degree at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces located in Washington, D.C.

A native of Billings, Okla., Durkee reported to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Oklahoma in August of 1989. Graduating with a bachelor's degree in political science in June 1993, he reported for primary flight training in Pensacola, Fla. and in June 1997, was designated a Naval Aviator at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.

Durkee attended Joint Aviation Electronic Warfare School, NTTC Corry Station, Fla. and initial EP-3 flight training with VP-31 at NAS Jacksonville, Fla. Upon completion, he reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2 in Rota, Spain where he led multiple detachments throughout the European theater, qualifying as Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot.

He has flow combat missions in support of Operation Allied Force in Kosovo and Operation Northern Watch in Incirlik, Turkey.

Durkee reported to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., graduating in June 2004. He reported to VP-30 for EP-3 refresher training, then headed to VQ-1 at NAS Whidbey Island, serving various department head assignments, flying missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and serving as the Commander Task Group 72.5 Officer in Charge at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

In December 2006, Durkee reported to U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. where he served as the Maritime Plans Officer for Theater Security Cooperation. In preparation for Executive Officer duties with VQ-2, he reported to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 in March 2009.

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VQ-2 Reaches Out to Anacortes Senior Citizens By LT(jg) Will Couts - Thursday, March 11, 2010..." WebSite: NorthWest Navigator http://www.northwestnavigator.com/ [12MAR2010]

The Rangers of Fleet Air Reconnaissance (VQ) 2 recently reached out to Anacortes senior citizens by volunteering for the March for Meals spaghetti feed kickoff, one of Skagit County Meals on Wheels' annual events.

Lending a hand at the Anacortes Senior Center, Sailors and spouses helped serve the seniors in attendance, acting as hosts, servers, and busing tables.

"We were able to help out the seniors who couldn't stand in line by asking them what they needed and bringing them dinner," said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Tom Yang.

They also swapped sea stories with the numerous World War II and Korean War veterans in attendance and bringing them up to date about the day to day life of a modern Sailor.

In addition to serving the seniors, VQ-2 brought a great new dynamic to the Senior Center.

"The Anacortes seniors don't get to interact with military personnel, so it was a good time for them to get to know us," said Yeoman 2nd Class Tony Uribe.

Electronics Technician 1st Class Adrian Chastang and Yang were eager to explain to the senior veterans all the details of the Navy's new tan and black enlisted service uniform.

"The older generation is unfamiliar with the Navy's new uniforms," said Chastang. "The recurring question of the evening was ‘what are these uniforms?"

Chastang and Uribe coordinated the volunteer effort because they noticed many of their command community relations events seldom occurred outside of the North Whidbey area.

"We realized that most people in the command live in Anacortes, but the majority of volunteer efforts are spent in Oak Harbor," said Chastang.. "So we looked at how best to reach out to Anacortes. Through the Anacortes Senior Center web site we found the opportunity to work with Meals on Wheels."

The volunteer event was organized by the Sailors living in the Anacortes area vice the normal structure of a command sponsored event.

Meals on Wheels delivers hot and prepared meals to seniors over the age of 60 who have difficulty leaving their homes unassisted or are otherwise unable to prepare their own meals. The Meals on Wheels program has grown considerably in the last 30 years. Their goal is to end senior hunger by 2020. To that end, the Skagit County Meals on Wheels program expects to serve 130,000 meals to over 2,500 seniors this year.

For those interested in volunteering or more information about this program please contact the Skagit County Meals on Wheels directly at (360) 757-2545.

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