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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]

ADAMS, AMHC(AW) Dean Retired d_adams65@hotmail.com "...Living in Milton FL and teaching at NAS Pensacola, Florida as a Civil Service instructor for AM "A" School. VX-1 77-81, VP-31 81-84, NMPC Sea Duty Det 84-88, pushed recruits at Great Lakes from 88-93, VP-11 93-96 and was a Training Officer for a school at NATTC NAS Pensacola, Florida from 96 till retirement in Jan, 99. Sure miss all the great friends over the years, especially the "Group-W Bench" in 11..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 06OCT2001 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 12OCT99 | 29MAY98]

ANDERSON, AE2 Carl J. carljanderson333@gmail.com "...I served with VX-1. I was and AE2 and was assigned to P-3B BUNO: 152169 from September 1966 to October 1969. I was approved as a Collateral Duty Inspector and had over 1,100 of crew flight hours. I personally flew to Europe, South America and Panama. Other places our other aircraft was to Christchurch, New Zealand. In addition to my assignment to P-3B BUNO: 152169 I also worked on the S2F, P2V7 and Sea King Helicopters. I was stationed at NAS Boca Chica, Florida. I am trying to find some of the original VX-1 Squadron which was AIRDEVRON 1 and also the AIRTEVRON 2 shoulder patches. I am also interested in getting some P-3B patches..." [E-Mail Updated 14JAN2012 | 26APR2011]

ASHLEY, Bob bolo@erols.com "...Hi Shipmates. I was a proud member of the Laging Handas [VP-40] from 1980 to 1983 and VX-1 from November 1983 to December 1984. I would love to hear from some old Shipmates..." [15OCT98]

ASPENGREN, Wayne E. carolaasp@gmail.com "...I served with VX-1 at NAS Key West, Florida from 1956 to 1958. Played basketball for the squadron..." [12FEB2011]

AVERY, Dennis dlavery@npgcable.com "...I served with VP-56 (Crew 11 JEZ operator) from 1967 to 1970, VX-1 from 1970 to 1974, VS-37 from 1974 to 1979, VS-41 from 1979 to 1981, VS-29 from 1981 and 1982 and ASW Base SD from 1982 to 1986..." [E-Mail Updated 07JUN2008 | 22SEP2000]


BABINS, SCPO Stuart A. Retired stu3558@gmail.com "...I served with VP-45 (1959-1961), VP-56 (1961-1963), VP-10 (1965-1968), VP-26 (1968-1970), VX-1 (1970-1973), VP-45 (1975-1978), VX-1 (1978-1982), FAW-1 Detachment NSF Diego Garcia (1982-1983) ASMOD and ASWOC..." [E-Mail Updated 01JAN2017 | E-Mail Updated 12AUG2011 | E-Mail Updated 04MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 23DEC2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 19MAY2004 | BIO Updated 28JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 21OCT2001 | E-Mail Updated 25MAY2000 | Updated 15FEB98]

BAILEY, CPO Herb Retired shbailey3@verizon.net "...I served with VX-1 (1962 to 1965), VP-10 (1965 to 1968), VP-11 (1973 to 1976), VXN-8 (1976 to 1979) and retired in1979. It was great duty and I'm enjoying retirement. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 26OCT2009 | 03MAR98]

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]

BARCLAY, AO2 Jeffrey G. "Lurch" lighthousejeff@hotmail.com "...I served in VX-1 (1967-1969) at NAS Key West, Florida. Started in Special Services, then the ordinance shop, and worked my way into an aircrew position on a P-3. I was transferred to VP-1 (1969-1971) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and helped the squadron transition from the P2V to the P-3B. My crew, Crew 5 "Dree’s Dragons", was the first in the squadron to make Alpha in the P-3. In 1970 we deployed (WesPac) to NAS Iwakuni, Japan with detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand with side trips to Okinawa, the Philippines and Taiwan. After the deployment we returned to a new home base at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where my crew took part in sub hunting detachments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska as well as NAS Midway Island..." [17MAY2012]

Memorial Picture "...BARNETT, CDR Gordon Richard Retired...BARNETT, CDR Gordon Richard USN (Ret) CO VP-4 1962 - 1963 passed away 28 Jan 2014. Gordon R. Barnett joined the Navy in 1942. After earning his wings and commissioning, he served as a pilot with VC-15, VT-97, VT-44 and VX-1. Later assignments included tours in VP-21 and VP-45. Graduation from General Line School at Newport was followed by a tour as an instructor at the Aerial Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Virginia. A tour on the staff of Commander Fleet Air Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as Aerial Mining Officer and Advanced Undersea Weapons Officer followed. After a tour at the training command at NAS Pensacola, Florida, he reported in 1957 to Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Allowance/Complement Officer for the Pacific Fleet. In March 1959 his career in ASW patrol plane aviation was renewed with a tour as Administrative Officer of VP-28 followed by a tour as Executive Officer of VP-31 and culminated by a tour as Commanding Officer of VP-4. He retired shortly after completing that tour. A celebration of his life was held at 10:00am on 8 Feb 2014 at the Alamo City Church, 6500 IH 35N, San Antonio, TX 78218..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [08APR2014]

BECKWITH, CAPTAIN Reynolds Retired http://boatcoach.tripod.com/flightline/id55.html "...Service dates: September, 1943 to September, 1975. Graduated USNA, 1949, USNPGS, MSEE (1953-1956) and Armed Forces Staff College. Aircraft flown: P4Y-2, P2V-3, SP2H, SNB, SH-3A/D, H-34, UH-1B (gunship) Squadrons: VP-871 / VP-19, VX-1, VP-24, HS-7, HS-10, and HA(L)-3. Commands: CO/XO HS-7, CO HS-10, and CO HA(L)-3. Served in Korean and Vietnam Wars; as Director, Air Division, OP-95; Operations Officer on USS Princeton (LPH-7). Awards: Legion of Merit (V), DFC, Air Medals, Vietnamese Navy DSO, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry..." [05JUL2003]

BERRIDGE, John P3Chief@aol.com "...I served in VP-31 from '85 to '89 then graduated from F.E. school and went to VP-22 from '89 to '93 flew the last active duty super "Bee" and then went to VX-1 from '93 to '96, currently onboard VP-47 crew 10..." [29JAN99]

BIEHLER, Jim jbferris@aol.com "...Just heard about this great site from Jay "Peedy" Pondy who I served with at VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '76 - '80. What a time we had and I'd like to add a few to the list Jay posted earlier. How about Matt "Pink" Floyd, or AT2 Rodney, Greg McIlroy, DPC Grey, Vick Lafluer, Steve Greene....There are so many as these memories rush in. I'd like to hear from anybody from 76-80. Jay found Bill Clark whom I'm calling after posting this. I also served 80-81 aboard the USS Tripoli (LPH-10) and would like to hear from any of you guys, too..." [19DEC98]

BIRCH, ADR3 Gene C. gummer@prodigy.net "...I joined the navy in 1960. After boot camp at Great Lakes (Company 435) I got orders to VS-36 NAS Norfolk, Virginia and the USS Randolph. I then went to VRC-40. In 1965 I was ordered to VX-1 NAS Key West. I was assigned FCPC on the last P2V7 if any one recalls the (fiberglass props). I was FCPC till it went to the bone yard. I refused to change rate to ADJ so Capt Lanny got me orders to VS-37 USS Hornet West packing in Vietnam. I took an early out in April 1970. I went USNR-TAR in 1972. I went to C118 Flight Simmulator at NAS Glenview, Illinois. I was ordered to VR-52 NAS Memphis, Tennessee and attended AMH A school in 1976. I was ordered to VR-54 NAS Atlanta, Ga in 1978. I was ordered to VR-53 NAF Detroit, Michigan. I was assinged Flight Engineer for Unitas XX. I sent the last C118 to the bone yard. I went TAD to VR-58 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I could see no challange to flying the C-9 so I retired in 1982..." [07JAN2001]

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]

BLIVEN, AT2 Frank H. fbliven@riconnect.com"...VX-1, Keywest, Fl., I was AT2, MAD Operator in VX-1 from 1957 through 1958. Is there any of the old Shipmates out there that was in this Squadron around this time? Thank You..." [11NOV2001]

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]

BOWLING, Charles J. "Bumble" Retired ehcampbell@worldnet.att.net"...Served in VP-45 from 82-88 when subs were our business and business was good, VX-1 from 88-91 and CV-67 ASMOD from 91-95. Doing the BIG RIG thing in Florida these days. Missing the flying!..."

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]

BROGDON, AWC(AW/NAC) Rob Retired rbrogdon@mindspring.com "...VP-49 (76-79); VP-1 (82-86); VP-44 (88-91); VP-23 (91-92); VX-1 (92-95). Mostly Non-Acoustic, P-3s: BMod SuperBEES, C Baseline; CMod, CUIII/IV. I could not ever speak of my career without attributing the credit to three very specific influences: AOCS Harold D. Connor (yeah, I know.. a bb stacker); AWC Don Perkins and AWCS Rod Pitts..." [ICQ# 8327021] [15JUL98]

BRONNEKANT, PR3 Roy sollyemfd@aol.com "...I served with VX-1 from March 1967 to March 1969. I was assigned to the parachute loft under PR1 Fergerson. I transferred to USS Constellation (CVA64) in March of 1969 at the rank of PR3..." [05JUN2002]

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 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]

BRUNER, C.T. N7119P@AOL.COM "...I SERVED IN VW-13 62 TO 63. F/E IN P-3 IN VP-4, 66 TO 69. NAMTRADET 1011, 69 TO 75. VX-1, 75 TO 78. VXN-8, 78 TO RETIREMENT IN 81. I NOW WORK AS A&P ON KING-AIR 100 AT NAVY TEST PILOT SCHOOL AT NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [07MAR98]

BRZEG, AW1 Victor vshoreline@netscape.net "...I served with VP-8 (1983-1988), VX-1 (1988-1991), VP-93 (1991-1993), VP-68 (1993-1995), VP-64 (1995-1999), and TSC-1173 (1999-2002). I was on LC-81 on 15FEB85 when it crashed in Rota Spain. I was in the starbord observer set when it crashed. A fellow Shipmate AW2 Philbrick was in the port observer seat. I could plainly see the #3 engine bounce over the wing.....what a ride. Drop a line some time..." [05DEC2002]

BUCK, E. Guy bbuck3@Juno.com "...I was in VP-26 when it moved from Patuxent to Brunswick in Winter '52. Bebe and I were to go up and find housing in Brunswick - There wasn't any so that was a bad mission!!! Cold Too. I also was in the P2V that crashed at Brunswick in April '52 and lost 6 of 10 with the old 3350-30W engine, ugh. As my son mentioned in the previous comments, we are kinda unique in that I started the project that resulted in the avionics suite for the P-3 while in BuAer and then we both served in VX-1 and VP-26. Small world. Guy Buck 7/97..."

BUCK, Sean S. bucks4@erols.com "...I AM CURRENTLY THE CARRIER PLACEMENT OFFICER AT BUPERS. I AM A FORMER MEMBER OF VP-40, THE FIGHTING MARLINS, STATIONED IN MOFFETT FIELD, CA ; VX-1, THE PIONEERS, IN 1989-91, AND A DEPARTMENT HEAD IN VP-26, THE TRIDENTS IN BRUNSWICK, ME. MY DAD AND I HAVE UNIQUE HISTORY IN THAT HE TO WAS IN VX-1 AND VP-26..."

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]

BUFFINGTON, H. E. "Hoppy" buff767@bellsouth.net "...Served with VP-17 from January 1983 - January 1986 and VX-1 from January 1986 - April 1987. Would like to hear from any squadron mates..." [E-Mail Updated 29SEP2002 | 15OCT97]

BURNS, Joe paburns@goinghot.com "...I served VP-46 (1966-1970), VX-1 (1970-1975), VP-49 (1975-1979), VC-1 (1979-1985), NAS Pensacola, Florida (1985-1987), VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1987-1990), and NADEP NAS Alameda, California (1990-1994)..." [25MAR2001]


CAMERON, Kerry D. cameronj@smartisp.com "...First tour with VP-45 (1970-1973), then to VX-1 (1973-1976). Did the ship thing on IKE (1977-1978), then to VP-31 (1979-1981), then VP-48 (1981-1983), then to ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska as OIC (1983-1986). Departed the VP Navy to work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff until retirement in 1991. Would appreciate any updates from past Shipmates. Question for you. Did you ever entertain the thought of developing an additional package that includes the ASWOCs? They were an important part of the VP way of life and would be an interesting package of folks if it could be done. Thanks..." [04FEB2000]

CARROLL, Tim carrolls@gt.com "...Served in VP-1 from 1979-1982, TAD tour with VP-4 during the same time frame. Was an In-flight Ordnance Crewman during both squadrons. Advanced from AOAN to AO2 prior to transferring to VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Currently an AOCM serving with NAMTRAGRUHQ Pensacola Fl. Would like to hear from old crew members / Pilots..." [03JUL98]

CATON, AFCM David Retired dcaton@worldnet.att.net "...flew for 18 years as a P-3 Flight Engineer (VP-31 schooled). . .VP-50 (76-79), VX-1 (79-82), served with the German Navy for 3 years flying the Atlantic in Nordholz, GE on the Personal Exchange Program (83-86), afterwards VXN-8 (86-90), and finally with VP-17 where I ended my career as the Maintenance Master Chief (90-94) with over 11,000 hrs. Hello to old Shipmates...drop a line..." [13FEB99]

CHRISTOFFERSON, AWCS Darrell J. Retired kg7mo@aboutmontana.net "...I flew with VP-56 from 1965-1970, VX-1 1970-1973, VP-16 1973-1977, then NISC Washington DC 1977-1980, USS Forrestal 1980-1982, and finally ASWOC/TSC NAS Bermuda 1982-1986. I have many great memories of flying in the P2's and P-3's and was one of the first qualified Sensor 3 operators on one of the "new" P-3C aircraft at VP-56 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Now living in NW Montana, my home, I hear and see the old P2 and occasionally P-3 aircraft fly over my house many days every summer (especially in 2000) on their way to drop fire retardant on forest fires. VPers are the best!..." [02APR2001]

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..."

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, Randy Seven randycook503@yahoo.com "...Began Flight Engineer training on CAC-1 Captain Robert Fey's (crew "Delta Captain on 767-400") as AD-1 Ron Dodson's trainee. He was my big bother and roomate and alternate Natops IFE for Brian Attara - Squadron Natops instructor Instructor. Lt Fey was the Natops IP. Brian eventually became CNAL avaluatot and Ron was his alternate. I was lead and inspired a taught by the very best Orion IFE's know to mankind. My second crew was withMike Albright - Great man = he was family to me and he was a Natops IP when I was on his crew. Eric Wieman - was my third crew leader and Natops pilot and I was his Natops IFE. No man was braver or charged harder then now Captain Wieman - Skipper Rocy Gmeiner was or USNTPS grad skipper. Flew many PPC check rides with him - caring for his men. Admiral Ryan was my first skipper in VP-11. He is the Preseident of the CCL - Center of Creative Leadership - Worlds finest leader on earth. VX-1 was my next command - served as Natops office LPO, for Jerry Hyde, Mike Braun, and Peter Gamble. I was a SMILS flight engineer for CDR Stephen Mulloy - His welfare is my miision in life!!! After 5 weeks of class 9010 EOD leader, I reported to VP-8 as ab IFE and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Jeddah. On weekends I was a artic weather sea urchin diver during winter months in Maine diving 5 tanks a day solo in 20 degrees weather wit ha lobsterman. Summer weekends was a lobsterman's mate. After LBP injury, I became a PAO rep in NAS Brunswick, Maine and participated in 33 airshows and a jamboree. Awarded Navy Commendation medal for VIP visits, and two POTUS events. Hosted 5,000 base guests and earned 25 LOA's and nominated for Joshua Chamberlain award. Last civilian jobs was at NRL, Force Warfare/VX-20, and USNTPS. Hooyah Shipand mates of the wing. AD-1, 8251, NAC, EAWS, SERE grad, A-7E Plane Captain, Troubleshooter final checker on USS America, and USS Kitty Hawk. Worn all colors of flt deck jersy's - Rainbow Man, - Man of the non-slid steel beach bird farm..." [09SEP2015]

COOPER, Don thecoopers@whiteserv.com "...I reported for duty at NAS Boca Chica, Florida, VX-1 in November, 1948, fresh out of the Great Lakes boot camp. I was sent to NATTC in NAS Memphis, Tennessee for a few months and became an Aviation Radioman. My entire tour was with VX-1 and I left for Bainbridge, Md in August, 1951, to spend my "Truman year" at the Univ of North Carolina..." [17NOV2004]

COTIER, Matthew exit135@excite.com "...I served in VP-44 from 88-decom then in VP-26 till 92 from there I went to VX-1 till 95 and then back to NAS Brunswick, Maine where I am currently stationed with VP-10..." [27MAR99]

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]

COWELL, Sam searay@mindless.com. "...Currently an active duty P-3 Flight engineer with Patrol Wing Ten at Whidbey Island Washington...I have been stationed with VP-6, VX-1, VXN-8, and VP-40..."

COWLEY, AECS Bobby D. Retired bp3fly@winning.com "...I was in VP-5 (62-65), VX-1 (66-69), VP-16 (69-74), VT-22 (74-77), HC-6(77-80), and VT-24 (80-84). I'm currently employed with Raytheon Aerospace on the US Customs Drug Interdiction Program at Corpus Christi, Tx. Would like to hear from past Shipmates..." [21APR2001]

COX, ATC(AC) Terry Retired Dude12840@aol.com "...I served in VP-22-63/66 as first tech in CAC-6 (QA6). Went to VP-Rag as an instructor and served in NAS Moffett Field, California and San Diego. Bailed out in 1967. Joined again in 1970 and up jumped the devil. I was ordered to VA-!2! After 48 months of haze gray I was under way to B school and VX-1 75-78. Finally got back to flying as IFT in P3-C. Next I was sent to VP-23. Then went to Force Warfare (ASW) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Four years later I went to VC-6 and retired (1988). God has it been that long? I guess it does'nt seem that long , because I am still doing Charlies' as a contractor..." [E-Mail Updated 06NOV99 | E-Mail Updated 17APR99 | Updated 19MAY98]

CRAWFORD, Barry b.crawford63@attbi.com "...I was in VX-1 from May of 1983 to May of 1985 then I was in VP-50 from Jun3 1985 until late 1989. I'm a Blue Dragon to the core I have too many memories to mention (and some that I can't remember, That's what two deployments to NSF Diego Garcia will get ya.) I was on CAC-5 and CAC-8 with some of the closest friends I've ever had! I was also an instructor at FASODETMOFFET until I took the early out in 1992. I couldn't resist. I hope to hear from any former Shipmates who care to talk about the good times. I'm presently living in Colorado, GO BRONCOS!..." [E-Mail Updated 31JUL2002 | E-Mail Updated 03SEP99 | E-Mail Updated 07JAN99 | 28AUG98]

CRAWFORD, Ed ed_see@yahoo.com "...Retired frm VP-40 91-93; VX-1 E6-A project,Command DAPA, 88-91; VP-9 Flt Eng, on almost every CAC at one time or another, Also QAFE. 85-88; AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California PowerPlants, TestCell, 83-85; VP-40 first qualed as Flt Eng, If anyone knows were John Kilroy, Steve Bryan, Terry Berg, Pete Condon, and all the others that gave me a helping hand please let me know, Flt Eng School, VP-31 79-80, made it by the skin of my teeth, ASW Test Directorate NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, ground pounder mech. 78-79; VP-46 ground pounder mech, 76-78, VQ-1, Mech ground pounder mech EP-3E/B's EA-3B plane capt. Phase mech. with Berry Penninger. Any and all Shipmates let me hear from you..." [15AUG99]

CREEL, Larry gaprailroad2010@yahoo.com "...I served with FASRON-106 NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (03/1957-12/1958). I worked on the line crew, fueling, and plane spotter. I have flown in Super Connies, P5M-2's, P2V-5F, Canadian Lancaster Mark 10, SNB-5, R5D-2, Twin Beach, C-119, C-130, and about 2 or 3 different kinds of seaplanes. Have a few pictures at different bases in Newfoundland. I also served with VF-32 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VX-3 NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey, VX-1 at NAS Key West, Florida (to phase out the Navy Blimps). I was discharged January 27, 1959 (wish I had of stayed in to retire)..." [E-Mail Updated 15AUG2011 | E-Mail Updated 16JUN2005 | E-Mail Updated 04APR2004 | E-Mail Updated 04JUN2002 | 15DEC2000]

CROZIER, Frank Retired fcrozier@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1960 to 1963, NARTU NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey from 1965 to 1966, USS Forrestal from 1966 to 1969, VX-1 from 1969 to 1973, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1974 to 1976, VAW-116 at NAS Miramar, California from 1976 to 1978, NAMTRA DET 1008 NAS Miramar, California from 1978 to 1981 and then I retired..." [23AUG2009]


DAVIES, AX2 Neal nealdavies@bellsouth.net "...I served VX-1 (AX2) from 1962 to 1964. After discharge, returned to college and got married. Began a 40-year banking career in 1968. I am ow living between Decatur, GA and Rabun County, GA and still working. Will work until I die..." Personal WebSite: http://www.nealdavies.com/ [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JUN2008 | 07MAR99]

DELANEY, AMHC Richard Retired richard.m.delaney@navy.mil "...I served with VP-49 from 1963 to 1965, VP-6 from 1965 to 1967, VT-27 from 1967 to 1970, Shore Duty from 1967 to 1970, VP-46 from 1970 to 1974, VX-1 from 1974 to 1977, and VXN-8 from 1977 to 1980. I sure miss bounce flights (especially the 35 T.O./LDG 4 Hour Type!). I am still here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (25 years now). I would like to hear from (old) Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2006 | 13APR99]

DELOACHE, CDR T. P. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...Commander DeLoache entered Naval service in 1984 as an Electrician's Mate (EM) in the Nuclear Power program. After Basic Electricity and Electronics School and EM "A" School, he completed Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL, and the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Windsor Locks, CT, qualifying as a Nuclear Plant Electrical Operator. After finishing nuclear power training, he was selected for Aviation Officer Candidate School in NAS Pensacola, Florida. He was commissioned as an Ensign in 1986. After flight training Commander DeLoache reported to VP-10 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. At VP-10 he qualified as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, primary NFO NATOPS instructor (blue card), and Commander Patrol Wing Five weapons system trainer (WST) instructor. His ground duties included Ground Safety, Educational Services, Ordnance, NFO Training, and NFO NATOPS Officer. Commander DeLoache completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. These deployments included operational detachments to Andoya, Norway; NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Naples, Italy; and Lann Bihue and Nimes Garon, France, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In 1991 Commander DeLoache reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. As an Operational Test Director, he directed the development and execution of operational test and evaluation of airborne weapons, sensor and software systems. In 1993 Commander DeLoache reported as a Selected Reservist to Patrol Squadron Six Eight (VP-68) at NAF Washington, D.C.. At VP-68 Commander DeLoache qualified as TACCO, Mission Commander, and primary NFO NATOPS instructor. He completed Active Duty for Training (AT) periods in NS Rota, Spain; NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In 1996 Commander DeLoache reported to Patrol Squadron Six Six (VP-66) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He qualified as TACCO, Mission Commander, and primary NATOPS instructor. He completed operational detachments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii; and NAF Misawa, Japan..." [18JUL2005]

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]

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]

DIXON, Richard theridixon@aol.com "...SMILS technician in VX-1 from 1972 to 1974, then BIS Trials in Burbank, CA at the Lockheed Factory (S3A Production). NAS Bermuda was great-Recife, Brazil was even better. Served with VX-6 from 1962 through 1965 and 1969 through 1970. What a great way to spend a carrer. Lots of great friends and memories..." [15NOV99]

DOMAGALSKI, Richard R. (Ski) Retired domagals2@aol.com "...I served with VTM-5 NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1946 to 1947, VX-1 Key West, Flordia from 1951 to 1952, ATU-10 and ATU-700 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from 1952 to 1955, VP-47 and VP-50 NAS Alameda, California from 1955 to 1959, AEW-12 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1960 to 1964, VR-7 NAS Moffett Field, California, and retired in 1965..." [E-MAIL/BIO Updated 06SEP2003 | 03APR99]

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]


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]

ELLIOTT, CWO3 Charles A. "Chuck" Retired charles@charlesaelliott.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-4, VX-1 and VQ-1. I flew as a P-3 FE from 1979-1987. My fondest Navy memories are from my VP days and look forward to hearing from former Shipmates..." Personal WebSite: http://www.charlesaelliott.com/ [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04FEB2012 | BIO Updated 10NOV2002 | E-Mail Updated 09MAR2002 | 17AUG98]


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]

FARRELL, Jerry jerryf@mail.ameritel.net "...I served in VP-19, 1968-69-70, VX-1, 1970, 74 and VP-45, 1974, 77..." [22JUN98]

FEELEY, Steve Feeley@SandiaResearch.com "...VP-44 Oct 76 - Jan 80, VX-1 Jan 80 - Feb 83, VP-11 Sep 87 - May 89, NAF Lajes Jun 89 - Jun 91, Team Leader, U.S. Navy Hot Air Balloon Team Aug 94 - Oct 95, retired in November 1995. Currently working on the Global Hilton World Balloon Flight Project as assistant program manager..." [E-Mail Updated 12APR2001 | 27NOV97]

FINLEY, Jeff jfinley@jetpro.net "...I served with VQ-1, VQ-2, VX-1 and Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division (NAWC-ADI). Looking for old VQ friends. I am living in Dallas Texas and loven it..." [23APR2009]

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, CAPTAIN Byron Retired BYRFISH@aol.com "...VP-45 (1976-79), VX-1 (1979-80), VP-4549 (SAU) (1980-83), VP-68 (1983-95). Former CO VP-68 (1993-95). Pilot, United Airlines, Washington, DC..." [E-Mail Updated 23MAR2002 | Updated 13SEP98 | 12MAR98]

FLEAGLE, AE2 Bill william.fleagle@ngc.com "...Went through P-3 school at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Served in VX-1 from 1977 to 1981, VP-68 from 1981 to 1983. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28AUG2003 | 11JAN99]

FOSSETT, Earl L ELFoss41@aol.com "...Served with VW-11 JAN63 - JUL64, VP-26 AUG64 - MAR66, DEC66 - NOV69, VX-1 DEC69 - JUN71, VP-26 JAN72 - OCT77, ASWOC NS Rota, Spain MAR78 - JUN81, and VP-11 JAN82 - DEC83. I would enjoy hearing from any old Shipmates..." [03SEP98]

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

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]

FREEMAN, TSGT Woody R. Retired patriot@gnt.net "...I enlisted in the US Navy in 1960. After a tour at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, I was assigned to VP-8, 29 Aug. 1962 through 23 Oct. 1963. I was a ADJ3 and worked on the line and engine shop. I remember sending the last P2V out and when the squadron got the first P-3A. I also remember the loss of the P-3 with the ORI Team aboard. Capt Cook was my CO. (Remember the VP-44 Pelican that got "hidden" in the CO's office. NO, I wasn't a part of it). I also participated in the Cuban Quarantine (flew as second Mech. with a Engineer named Sullivan) and still have my accomodation letters. I was also assigned to VX-1, NAS Key West from 20 May 1965 through 02 Oct. 1968. (My CO was Capt. J.S. Laney). I got out of the Navy in 1970. I was USNR for a year then in 1971 I enlisted in the USAF. I served in DaNang, RVN (37th ARRS) as a Flight Engineer on Jolly Green Giant (Combat Search & Rescue) Helicopters. I continued as a Instructor Flight Engineer through NKP, Thailand (1972-1975) 40th ARRS and retired from the 55th ARRS in Eglin, AFB, Fla. in 1982. I was a Civil Service Tech Rep from 1982 thru 1995. I worked on the USN/USMC UH-1N. I have been to NAS Brunswick, Maine several times as a Tech Rep working with the station UH-1N Huey's their. Un-fortunately I didn't have a chance to visit my old squadron. I'm sure it would have been a very enjoyable experience..." [E-Mail Updated 23OCT2001 | 03JAN99]

FRERICHMANN, Steven resrustrep@juno.com "...I was a P-3 Flight engineer on both the East and West coast from 1979 to 1992. I attended VP-31 Flight Engineer School in 1979. My first flight tour was with VP-40 (1980-1983), then it was off to VX-1 (1983-1986). My last flying tour was with VP-46 (1986-1992). After my retirement at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1994, I came to New orleans to work with the Navy as a NAESU Rep. Life is good here in New Orleans, great travel, great food, and even better fishing..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2003 | 10JUN98]

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]


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]

GEBERT, Thomas A. tgebert@cfl.rr.com "...I was assigned to VX-1 in Key West, FL from 1957-1959. I was a MAD operator on P2V-7 141251 and responsible for the MAD shack. I transfered to ship's company on the USS Valley Forge (CVS45) in late 1959. I would be interested in contacting any other VX-1 Shipmates who were in VX-1 in that time period..." [E-Mail Updated 06APR2002 | E-Mail Updated 02FEB2002 | 09NOV2000]

GILL, Christopher E. Retired chrisegill@mail.com "...I was stationed in VP-44 (1973 to 1976) and worked about a year in the TRON shop. I moved onto AIMD for the next 2 years. I do believe it was the best squadron I was ever served with. From there I went to VX-1 (1977 to 1980), left active duty for a year while serving with VP-68 as a TAR. Rejoined the Navy and was assigned to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1981 to 1984), NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee as an instructor (1984 to 1987), VQ-3 (1988 to 1990), VQ-4 (1990 to 1993) and then retired. I would like to say hi to all..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2007 | 19FEB99]

GILMORE, ADJ3 Clay clay@fop.net "...I served with VX-1 (October 1965 until September 1967) in the Line Division as an S-2 Tracker Plane Captain and was a 2nd Mechanic on a P2V Neptune for a short time. Transferred to VA-22 (A-4 Skyhawk) stationed at NAS Lemoore, California and made two WestPac cruises on the Ranger and Bonhomme Richard in the Gulf of Tonkin. Discharged in July of 1969..." [E-Mail Updated 02JUL2011 | 01JAN2002]

GOLDEN, AXC James A. Retired j1mgolden@comcast.net "...I enlisted in the Navy in July 1955, was in VF-21 and aboard the U.S.S. Bennington (CVA-20), after Boot Camp, AN-P School, AT-A School until May 1957, VX-6 from May 1957 until July 1959, VX-1 from May 1960 until May 1963, VP-10 from February 1964 until April 1967, FAETU Det NAS Brunswick, Mainek from April 1967 until 1970, NAVMACLANT from 1970 until 1972, VS-32 from 1972 until 1973 and NAMTD 1036 NAS North Island, San Diego, California until I retired in July 1975, as an AXC. That rating has since been retired, as well. November 16, 1966 was the highlight of my VP-10 career, when I got promoted to CPO, although being on P-3A CAC-11 offered more excitement..." [23MAY2009]

GOLDER, Tom tvgold1@msn.com "...I served with VP-45 (02/1965-02/1967) as PPC Crew-4 (Training Officer) and VX-1 (06/1970-11/1973) as RLDO, Admin Officer and Operations Officer..." [14JAN2015]

GORDON, Gene deegene@comcast.net "...I served with VX-1 (1949-1952) at NAS Boca Chica, Florida prior to discharge from the Navy. Is there anyone from that era who would be ready for a Reunion? Anyone who was a member of the squadron Basketball teams of l949-50, 1950-5l or 1951-52? I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [16OCT2010]

GORMAN, Jeffrey A. jaggcmi@juno.com "...VP-44: 1979-1982, VX-1 1982-1984, VP-93 1985-1994..." [10JAN2000]

GRAHAM, LCDR Dennis L. Retired denlingrah@aol.com "...I served with VP-28 (1957-1960), VX-1 (1961-1966), VP-47 (1966-1969), FAESUTRAGRP (1969-1972), FASO U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand (1972-1974), VP-40 (1974-1976), VP-31 (1976-1979) and ComPatWingsPac (1979-1981). My Naval Career included the following rates/ranks: HSAR-AXC, WO1-CWO-3, ENS-LCDR..." [01JUL2014]

GREEN, Pete (Pedro Verde) pgreen.paxr@veda.com "...Recently passed 5000 pilot hours and 19 continuous years in the mighty Orion, and survived over 12 years of P-3 project officers "keeping me young." JO tour with the best...VP-8 Tigers 1979-1983. VX-1 (SMILS Project Officer) 1983-1985. Veda, Inc. as a contractor Project Pilot / Systems Engineer at ASW / Force Test Directorates / Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron 1985-present. VP-68 Blackhawks famous CAC-6 1985-1993. Reserve AEDO 1993-present. Recent P-3 project work/test flying involvement at Orion Test includes: Extended Echo Ranging (EER), Counter Drug Upgrade (CDU), ASUW Improvement Program (AIP), Ring-Laser Inertial Navigation Unit (RINU), Flight Performance Advisory System (FPAS), and Electronic Flight Display System (EFDS) programs. Still alot of new life being pumped into the old horse! Great website... I'll pass the word around the P-3 T&E community! V/R, Pedro..." [18APR98]

GREEN, AT2 Rickie rcgreen@ptd.net "...I served with VX-1 (1978-1981) and VP-64 (1983-1991)..." [E-Mail Updated 23NOV2011 | 14SEP2001]

GRIFFIN, AO2 Skip EZGRIFFIN@AOL.COM "...I served with VX-1 from 1968-1970. I was assigned to Crew 2 flying the P-3. Looking for long lost friends..." [27FEB2000]

GUNTHER, William F. (Bill) Retired guntherwf@navair.navy.mil "...Served with VW-11 from 1962-1964. Worked EBU in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Sure wish I hadn't let that crusty old ADRC talk me out of becoming a "Scope Dope" those "Barrier Patrols" sounded like fun. Just the same I met my Bride Daphne Hann in St. Johns. Maybe someone out there rode the trip with me and my friend Leo Turchi. Thoes were good times. Served with VP-10 from 1971-1975. F/E on Crew 7 mostly. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily / NAS Bermuda with dets to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR chasing the "Johnney Express/ NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal & NAS Bermuda / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. "KEEP ON Truckin." Served with VX-11 from 1975-1978. F/E Those SMILS Dets were the best. 7 days "CREW REST" in Recife, Brazil or the Bermuda Castle Harbour. Served with VP-44 from 1978-1983. F/E CAC-9 (SO FINE). Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (Great Times in the PO1 Mess.) Deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan / Alongapo/ NSF Diego Garcia/ NAS Bermuda. Served with NRL/FSD 38-86 & retirement after 27 yrs and approx 8,900 P-3 flight hours (not a record). Deployd to the West Coast of south america including Easter Island & then the east coast and over to Gabon. Wasn't the COLD WAR fun!..." [BIO Updated 19JAN2002 | 18JAN2002]


HANSEN, Don Retired dnlh0501@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-8 from 1973 to 1976, NRD Boston 1977, VX-1 from 1977 to 1980, NMPC Sea Duty Detachment from 1980 to 1985, VXN-8 from 1985 to 1989 and retired out of VQ-4 in 1992..." [10JUL2004]

HANSEN, Mike hansenm@peoplepc.com "...Just a quick hello to those I served with: VX-1, 83-86; VQ-2, 86-90..." [E-Mail Updated 13DEC99 | 06MAR98]

HANSEN, AWC SKIP Retired hans@netquarters.net "...Served with VP-56 ('65-'68), VX-1 ('69-'72), KEF ('73), VP-11 ('73-'77), NADC Warminster ('78-'79)...There's a few more of us up here in BRUNSWICK..."

HARROD, James Edward Ccbbecky@aol.com "...I am looking for men who may have served with my father in VP-6, FAW-2 or VX-1 from 1958-1966. My dad was James Edward Harrod. He was called "Pappy" by some of the guys because he was older than they. He joined VP-6 in August 1958 and then transferred to Fleet Air Wing-2(FAW-2) in 1961. In 1964 he was again transferred to VX-1 in Key West Fl. Anyone who may have known him please contact me. I am particularly interested in hearing about his time in 1962 during Operation Dominic I on Johnston and Chrtistmas Islands. I can be contacted at Ccbbecky@aol.com or by snail mail at Becky Harrod Stringer, 10114-7 Arrowhead Dr., Jax, FL 32257. Any help you can be in helping to locate men who served with my dad would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Becky....." [00XXX96]

HAYES, CDR Peter S. K. "Pete" http://www.nafec.navy.mil/NAF_xo.htm "...Commander Peter S. K. "Pete" Hayes graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1982, where he was commissioned a Naval Officer. Upon completion of the Surface Warfare Officer School, Basic Course in New Port, Rhode Island, he was assigned to the USS AYLWIN (FF-1081) in October 1982. While aboard AYLWIN he completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, during which the AYLWIN was awarded the Battle "E." Commander Hayes entered flight training in June 1985 and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1986. Following initial training in the P-3C aircraft, Commander Hayes reported to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in January 1987. While attached to VP-49, Commander Hayes served as the Training Officer and completed deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and a split NAS Bermuda - NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his tour the squadron was awarded the Battle "E" twice and two Commander, SIXTH Fleet "Hookem" awards for Anti-Submarine Excellence. In October 1990 he transferred to VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he served as the Operations Officer. Commander Hayes reported to the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in August 1992 and completed the initial advanced "Air Campaign Course." Following graduation in June 1993, he transferred to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for refresher training in the P-3C aircraft. In February 1994, he reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Commander Hayes served as the Administrative Officer, deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and when the squadron disestablished in March 1995, transferred to VP-4. While in VP-4 he served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan and the squadron was awarded the Battle "E." Commander Hayes reported to the Plans and Policy Directorate for the Staff, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet in April 1996 where he was the Southeast Asia Political/Military Desk Officer. In August 1999 Commander Hayes reported to NAF El Centro, California as the Air Operations Officer. In June 2002 he assumed duties as the Executive Officer where he is currently assigned. Commander Hayes' personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Battle Efficiency "E" ribbon (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Media and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (sixth award)..." [19JUN2003]

HEMINGER, Steve sheminger@theglobalnet.net "...I served with VP-23 (1971-1978), VX-1, VP-4, AWA School, NSF Diego Garcia, VP-16, FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-49, VP-5 and retired after 26 years..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB2014 | 18SEP98]

HERNDON, AMHC JOHN D. Retired herndonjohn@hotmail.com "...Hola from Espana. Yes I'm back in VQ-2. VQ-2 1980 to 1991 A-3 Plane Captain flying and on the ground, Airframer, QAR, Maintenance Control CPO and many Aircraft Carriers, and EP-3E, VX-1 1991 to 1993, ES-3A Test team and S-B Tests, Maintenance Control CPO, 1993 to 1996 VC-8 PR TA-4J and UH-3H, Maintenance Control CPO, 1996 to Present VQ-2, EP-3E's Maintenance Control CPO. Long live the SANDEMAN'S...I retired in Nov99 worked at AMERICAN Airlines 2 years @DFW Presently An Aviation Airworthiness Safety Inspector for the FAA in charge of Inspecting Continental Airlines..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16NOV2001 | E-Mail Updated 15MAR2000 | E-Mail Updated 11DEC98 | 27FEB98]

HICKS, AMS3 Dobie (Blake) mrbreeze62@excite.com "...I served with VP-49 from February 1986 to October 1989 and VX-1 from 1989 to 1992. I am a manager with Union Pacific Railroad traveling the U.S..." [E-Mail Updated 07OCT2004 | 30SEP2002]

HIL, Edward W. ehill2275@aol.com "...Former member of VP-21, 66-67, VX-1, 67-71, VP-16, 71-74, VP-24, 76-79. Working for NAESU DET. JAX as a Tech Rep for the P3C. Love to hear from old VP friends..."

HILL, Edward hill2102@bellsouth.net "...I served with VS-26, VP-21, VX-1, VP-16, VP-24 and ended my Navy Active Duty with a tour instructing in AW School NAS Millington, Tennessee. I worked another 20 years with Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit (NAESU) / Naval Air Technical Data & Engineering Service Command (NATEC) as an electronics techrep for the P-3 aircraft. Settled down in Orange Park, FL..." [26FEB2010]

HILL, James R. JHILL63130@AOL.COM "...I served as an ASW crewmember on crew 5 & 6 (mostly Radio & power panel), in VP-48 from 1963 until 1967. I left VP-48 in June of '67 to serve with VX-1 (Air Test and Development Squadron-1) in Key West, FL. Prior to coming to VP-48, I spent 18 nonths at NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was assigned to Flight Radio shop of Weapon Systems Test..." [23NOV99]

HODGKISS, ADR3 James jkiss1945@bellsouth.net "...I served with VX-1 (1964-1966) at NAS Key West, Florida. I flew as a Plane Captain on S2-F BUNO: 133341 #10 and drove a yellow 1956 Chevy. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06DEC2015]

HOFFMAN, ATCS Gail Supertweet@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1989-1991, VP-31 from 1991-1993, VP-47 from 1993-1997, and am currently stationed at VX-1...I picked up ATCS in 2001 and I'm currently serving in tailhooks of all things. I'm now with VFA-15 out of Oceana. I definitely miss the VP life. I'm now stationed with VAW-120 NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [BIO Updated 10MAR2004 | BIO Updated 03MAY2002 | 18NOV98]

HOFFMAN, CAPTAIN Richard A. Retired dickdot@san.rr.com "...Graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and then served aboard the USS Dennis J. Buckley (DDR-808), VR-2, VP-892, VP-50, Naval Postgraduate School, VX-1, COMASWFORLANT, USNTPS, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-8, USS Austin (LPD-4), Naval Air Systems Command, U.S. Air Force War College, COMOCEANSYSPAC and retired in 1974. Worked for Martin Marietta Aerospace, Lockheed Aircraft and McDonnel Douglas Astronautics until complete retirement in 1992..." [BIO Updated 26APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 03JAN2001 | 03APR98]

HOLDEN, ATC Merlin Retired mholden16@tampabay.rr.com "...Served with VX-1 during the Cuban Blockade, moved VX-1 to NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and flew missions back around the Keys P2V tech, served 61-64..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAR2008 | 27NOV2001]

HOOVER, ADR3 James javehoo3@hotmail.com "...I served with VX-1 (06/1969-12/1972) at NAS Boca Chica, Florida and flew as Plane Captain aboard the S2F. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20MAY2013]

HUMPHREYS, CSC Tim umphrey@crosslink.net "...I served with HSL-30 NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1977 to 1978, VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1978 to 1980, and VP-4549 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1980-83. Six years of broken time, came back in Navy Reserves to VP-68 NAF Washington, D.C. from 1989 until the squadron was disestablished in 1996. Transfered to VR-48 in 1996 where I am currently stationed as the CSC..." [14MAR2004]


INGLE, Ken k.ingle@tx.rr.com "...Served VX-1 NAS Boca Chica, Florida from 1951-1953. If anyone knows whereabouts of P. A. Paul Goodman, please let me know. Paul transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1953. He was originally from Missouri, but also lived in Memphis, TN..." [E-Mail Updated 13JUN2007 | 08AUG2003]


JOHNSON, Ed ej@aiinc.com "...I was in VT-21 1975-1977, VT-23 1997-1979, VP-1 1980-1986, VX-1 1986-1989, VAQ-33 1989-1990, VPU-2 1990-1995, AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1995-1995, and retired from VFA-125 DET Fallon, 1995-31 Mar 1997. I am a retired Mech Chief, and was a P-3 Flight Engineer for 14 years, (VP-31 Class of 82)..." WebSite: http://www.AIINC.com/ [02JUN98]

JOHNSON, Ralph RJUSNRET@AOL.com "...I found some people I'd thought were lost for ever. Thanks a bunch. I was stationed with VX-1 from APril 1973 to November 1976. That's where I met my wife. That's right my Sea Bag came with a Sea Bag..." [01DEC99]

JOHNSON, AO1 Steven C. johnsos@ime.net "...Served in VP-11 from 1983-86, In VX-1 from 1986-89, VXN-8 from 1989-92, VP-11 again from 1992 until just prior to decomissioning 1995. Currently serving as a SERE Instructor with FASO in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Would like to hear from anyone..." [05NOV98]

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]

JOSLYN, AW1 Dave Retired dave1788@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9, VP-16, VX-1, CPRW-10, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) NAS Moffett Field, California and Commander Fleet Air Keflavik (CFK) NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [22MAR2011]


KALETA, AWC Ed 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]

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]

KESSLER, Bruce bddkessler@wcnet.org "...I from 1977 to 1981 with VX-1. I also served with VP-68 from 1981 to 1986. I worked at the Test Range till 1987..." [21MAR99]

KIENEL, Bob RKIENEL@peoplepc.com "...I served in the VX-1 Ordnance Shop from May 1969 through November 1970. I remember AO7 Howie from Michigan and AO2 Griffin from Georgia. Love to hear from some of the old crew. Smooth sailing and good health to all..." [07NOV2002]

KILLINGSWORTH, LCDR Ernie ernie@kairvals.com "...I served with VP-28 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VX-1 at NAS Key West, Florida and VP-65 at NAS Point Mugu, California..." [21APR2016]

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]

KNODLE, LCDR Edward M. http://ls.afit.edu/LSM/bios/ed_knodle.htm "...LCDR Knodle is an instructor for LOG 131 and LOG 262. Additionally, he teaches Naval Logistics in several other courses, and provides expert consultation on Naval operations, leadership, and aircraft maintenance. LCDR Knodle enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Oct 1978. Upon completion of recruit and technical training he reported to his first Fleet assignment in Sept 1980. In April 1990 he was advanced to the grade of Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8) and in March 1993 he received his commission under the Navy's Limited Duty Officer program. Instructor, Log 131 and Log 262, Applied Maintenance Management Concepts. 2001-present. USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67), NS Mayport FL. Avionics/Armament Division Officer. 1998-2001 Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai HI. Quality Assurance Officer, Asst Maintenance Officer, Maintenance Officer. 1995-1998 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115, NAS Atsugi Japan. Maintenance/ Material Control Officer. 1993-1995 Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 10, NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Line Division Leading Chief and Maintenance Control Supervisor. 1991-1993 USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) Philadelphia Naval Shipyard/NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Branch/Division/Department Leading Chief Petty Officer for Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department. 1987-1991 VX-1, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. In-flight Technician for P-3C Update III project and Avionics shop supervisor. 1985-1987 VP-47, NAS Moffett Field, California. In-flight Technician and Ground Maintenance for P-3C avionics systems. 1980-1983 Awards: LCDR Knodle is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (five awards), the Navy Sea Service Deployment ribbon (seven awards), the Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (three awards) plus other unit and campaign awards. Significant Achievements: Logged over 2400 flight hours as Naval Aircrewman aboard P-3C aircraft. Qualified as Naval Aircrewman, Enlisted Surface Warfare, and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist. Served over eight years aboard aircraft carriers in both Atlantic and Pacific Fleets..." [12JUL2003]

KOCIANIC, AKCS(AW) John akc2001@yahoo.com "...Currently retired after 21 years of active duty, working in the contractor world and enjoying life in Southern Maryland. Navy tours included VX-1, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1984-1989), Supply Department NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1989-1991), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, NS Norfolk, Virginia (1991-1993), NAS Jacksonville, Florida AIMD (1993-1996), Supply Department NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1996-1998), Commander Fleet Air (ASWOC) NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1998-2001), and NAVAIR (AIR-6.4.3), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (2001-2004). Would like to hear from anyone I served with...." [BIO Updated 19AUG2005 | Rate Updated 10MAY2003 | BIO Updated 04OCT2001 | E-Mail Updated 05MAY2000 | BIO Updated 28AUG98]

KUNCKEL, AMH Dale bigduck@buckeye-express.com "...Hello, to all my old Shipmates at VX-1 (1977-1980). I was an AMH assinged to the line division. S3-a plane capitan. I really miss those days and all the great times we had. I'd love to hear from anyone who served at "PAX" during my time there. I was known in those days as "KNUCKLES". I also was a maintance aircrewman on the S3-a. JA-16 and JA-17. Take care..." [04OCT2004]


LaBELLA, Albert "Al" abnada@aol.com "...I served with VP-45 (1984-1988) as Sensor Three with CAC-12 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, NAS Bermuda, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, VX-1 (1988-1990) and VP-62 (1990-1993). I am still in the Army after 18 1/2 years and may even retire sometime in the future. Currently stationed at Fort Bragg, NC in the 18th Airborne Corps. I would love to hear from an former Pelicans or Friend me on Facebook..." [BIO Updated 14MAR2013 | BIO Updated 01JAN2005 | BIO Updated 30DEC98 | BIO Updated 05APR98 | 23FEB98]

LARSON, YN2 Al alvinlarson@mac.com "...I served with VX-1 at NAS Key West, Florida from June 1959 to October 1962. I was in the Evaluation Dept and was a YN2 when I was discharged..." [12JUN2010]

LECHNER, AT Jay jaylech@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-10 (CAC 2 Radioman/Tech) 58-61, NATTC Millington 61-62, VP-7 (CAC 2 Tech) 62-63, VX-1 (P-3 Crew) 63-65, and VP-26 65-66..." [E-Mail Updated 13AUG2001 | 20JAN98]

LAIRD, Douglas (Mel) pg449laird@yahoo.com "...Started off as an AW3 in VX-1 in Key West 70-72, AW2 in VP-8 in NAS Brunswick, Maine 72-76, AW1 ASWOC NS Rota, Spain 76-79, AW1/YN1 VP-48 in NAS Moffett Field, California, retired as YNC in 93. Interested in hearing from anyone that was with me during these trying times. LMAO..." [19MAY99]

LAURIN, Lloyd (Coolie) dubblel@verizon.net "...I was stationed at NAS Boca Chica, Florida and VX-1 from 1951 to 1955. I served as a crewman and eventually Plane Captain on PBY #29, AD#4 and AD#5. I worked with ADC Jim Revere and AD2 Don Brice and AD2 Wynne Burford when I first checked in and they left later in 1952. I'd like to know if there are any of my fellow mechanics etc out there. If so, I would sure like to hear from them. It's been 50 years since I checked in. Let's hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 07NOV2004 | 11SEP2001]

LEMING, AT2 Steve sleming@quixnet.net "...Served with in VX-1 1971-1975. Made the big move from Key West to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Was in VP-40 1975 to 1978. IFT on the great Crew 4. After all these years I can finally stand the words "Good morning Marlins". Best group of people I have ever worked with. I am currently working for EDS. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31AUG99 | 13JUL98]

LINNELL, Mike mlinnell@rcn.com "...VP-8 75-78 Gotta love those NAS Bermuda deployments. Remember the Marines? LOL Who stole the fire truck and Jeff Dog dippin smelts in the pool. Many good times and good people. Next did 3 yrs at VX-1 as AX1 along with Jim Wilson and Double L. Gald to hear from any old shiprecks..." [15DEC2001]

LLOYD, CAPT Henry F. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=331 "...CAPT Henry F. Lloyd, USN - NFL Number: 331 - Date of Birth: 8/20/1915 - Date In: 1/1/1939 - Date Out: 1/1/1969 - City, State: St. Augustine, FL - School Attended: US Naval Academy - Aircraft Flown: P-3C, P2V-2, P2V-7, F2H-2, F3D-1, HO4S - Ship or Unit: USS Louisville VB-131 - VX-1, CO - Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: WWII, Vietnam - Associations/Service Organizations: USNA Alumni Assn Military Order of WW Assn of Nav Aviation Ret. Officers Assn Air Force Assn - Highest personal decoration or award: Legion of Merit - Significant Achievements: 13,000+ hours flight time. CO of VP-8, FAW-3, US Naval Postgraduate school, & NATTC Memphis, Tennessee. Involved w/the Rotary Club, the Navy League, USO, & United Way. In Memoriam? No..." [06DEC2005]

LOGAN, CAPTAIN Royal H. Retired royal07@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 from March 1996 to December 1970 (CAC 1 and 2 as TACCO the whole time), VX-1 (S3), VS-31, two year tour as maintenance advisor to Kuwait Air Force (A4, C-9, C-130) and retired in August 1991 in Tallahassee. Now working for Florida legislature as policy analyst. Would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 07JAN2006 | 13NOV98]

LUPO, Carl carlsept2000@yahoo.com "...I served with VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1979 to 1981 when NAS Patuxent River, Maryland was just a hole in the wall. We didn't even have a dial tone on our phone just a little buzz. I was just married while serving with VX-1. My first child was born and my second was due in 6 months when we left. I went to NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania with VP-64 from 1981 to 1985 and NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania Station Weapons where I remained until 1990 when I was discharged for medical reasons due to back problems. I am now teaching Preschool with Autism an loving it. Hope all is well..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09APR2004 | 28JAN2000]

LYONS, Francis chieffjlyons@comcast.net "...I served with VX-1 from 70-74. I moved from NAS Key West, Florida to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [07APR2007]


MACKEY, John xariahfer@aol.com "...spent time at the Volcano club of Ascension Island with VX-1 while I was flying as a radio operator on the EC-135's (ARIA) out of Wright-Patterson..." [31JAN98]

MADERA, MCPO David "Maddog" maderadj@vfa-87.navy.mil "...Stumbled across the VP pages and enjoyed reading up on VP blasts from the past. Mac Stuecklen of VXN-8 late eighties days, I AM still in the Navy and probably will be for life (you called it). I am a greyhead Mad Senior Chief now. I served with VP-44 from 1983-1985, VXN-8 from 1986-1989, VQ-2 EP-3Es from 1990-1992, VX-1 from 1993-1996, Tomcats and Hornets having been taking my blood for the past three squadrons. I am currently heading to sea on the TUSS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Retiring out of P-3's has a good ring. Incidently VXN-8ers, Master Chief Mike Smith (Smitty) of VXN-8 aircrew is the CAG 8 Master Blaster. Still a Hellcat. Young Lucky Lucien (ATAN of VXN-8) just checked in yesterday, a seasoned AT1 ready to take over things. Small World. CDR Gore, I still recall that dance under the mistletoe (does she?). Good VP days..." [18NOV2002]

MAJESKY, Ed emajesky@gmail.com "...I served with HSL-30, VP-49, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-23, VX-1 and out. Currently Mission Systems Test Lead on the P-8 Acoustic Subsystem..." [15APR2014]

MAROON, Charles cousinjack@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VX-1 (1972-1973) at NAS Key West, Florida. I worked in the Administrative Office..." [01DEC2015]

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, LT Jay M. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=1975 "...LT Jay M. Maxwell, USN - NFL Number: 1975 - Date of Birth: 12/25/1936 - Date In: 1/1/1959 - Date Out: 1/1/1967 - City, State: Peachtree City, GA - School Attended: Kansas University - Aircraft Flown: T-34, T-28, S2F, P2, P-3 - Ship or Unit: VP-5 and VX-1 - Pilot Desg.: Aircraft Commander - Significant Achievements: B.S. Aeronautical Engineering 3,500 Military flight hours Delta Airlines Captain - In Memoriam? No..." [29NOV2005]

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]

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]

McGRAW, Robbie rcmc777@aol.com "...Not long ago I heard and saw a P-3 low overhead here in Ohio - nothing else sounds like it. Washed and fueled P-3Bs and P-3Cs (and S-2F "Stoofs" and SH-3s) but never rode in one. Those big turboprops still sound great. Served in VX-1, late '60s, and in ship's company, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, early '70s..." [16FEB2002]

McLENDON, ADRC Charles R. Retired crmarm3587@aol.com "...I joined the Navy in 1951, boot camp at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, from there to schools at NAS Memphis, Tennessee and NAS Jacksonville, Florida before being assigned to FASRON-9 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. I joined VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in late 1954 or early 1955. While in VP-5, I became a Plane Captain trained by AD1 Goss who also pushed me to qualify for CAC wings. I was AD3 at the time. From there I went to NAS Kingsville, Texas and from there to VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I took my discharge in 1961 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and traveled to Birmingham where I re-enlisted and joined VP-5 again. I was in VP-5 in NS Rota, Spain on split deployment when we lost crew 3 in Iceland in 1962 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends...12JAN62). From there I went to NAS Key West, Florida for shore duty and then back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-7 and I think that was 1966. I left VP-7 in 1969 and went back to NAS Key West, Florida on CAG 50 staff. When the CAG was scheduled to deploy I had a retirement date so I was transfered to VX-1 in NAS Key West, Florida where I retired as ADRC in 1971. The best years of my life were those in the VPNavy..." [13JAN2012]

McVADON, REAR ADMIRAL Eric A. http://www.future-china.org/fcn-tw/200102/2001020608.htm "...Former U.S. Defense and Naval Attache at the American Embassy in Beijing. Currently a Consultant, Researcher, Writer and Speaker on Asia-Pacific security matters. Rear Admiral Mcvadon was the U.S. defense and naval attache at the American Embassy in Beijing until July 1992. He retired from the Navy and is consulting, researching, writing, and speaking in North America and the Far East on Asia-Pacific security matters, Chinese military and proliferation issues, and security matters involving China, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, and the Korean Peninsula. He works extensively with the U.S. policy and intelligence communities and the Department of Defense, directly and indirectly. Additionally, Admiral McVadon is part-time Director of Asia-Pacific Studies for National Security Planning Associates, Inc., a subsidiary of the lnstitute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.; Senior National Security Advisor for DynMeridian of Alexandria, Virginia; senior consultant for the Center for Naval Analyses, Arete Associates, and other organizations; and a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is a 1958 graduate of Tulane University and was designated a naval aviator in 1960. His writings appear in professional books, periodicals, and journals. Early in his almost-35-year Navy career, he served with three Pacific Fleet Patrol Squadrons flying P2 and P-3 antisubmarine aircraft and completing six deployments to the Far East and the Aleutians, including three deployments with the Seventh Fleet and air operations from NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He commanded VP-40 in 1975-76. As a junior officer in the 1960s, he was the P-3 aircraft project officer in VX-1 and assistant navigator of the attack carrier USS Shangri-La(CVA-38). In Washington, in mid-career, he held several policy and planning positions on the Navy Staff, was in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for international Security Affairs (1977-80), and was the Navy member of the Staff Group of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1980-82). As a flag officer he was Deputy Director of the Strategy, Plans, and Policy Division on the Navy Staff (1985) and Deputy Director of the Defense Mapping Agency (1985-86). Overseas, he commanded NAS Keflavik, Iceland from 1982 to 1984. He then returned there as Commander Iceland Defense force, the U.S. and NATO flag officer in Iceland, from 1986 to1989, prior to his final navy assignment in Beijing. Admiral McVadon is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval War College (command & Staff), and National War College; has a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University; and studied Icelandic and Chinese at the Foreign Service institute. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Superior Service medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit, Air Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal. The President of Iceland in 1989 conferred on him the Order of the Falcon..." [20JUN2003]

MEHRINGER, CAPTAIN Thomas R. http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/co1.htm "...Captain Thomas R. Mehringer was born in Waco, Texas in May 1958. A graduate of University of Oregon, he received his commission in 1981 through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program. Captain Mehringer completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1982. After transition training for the P-3 Orion, Captain Mehringer reported to VP-19 stationed in NAS Moffett Field, California in December 1982. He participated in VP-19 "Big Red" deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. In May 1985, Captain Mehringer transferred to VP-31 (West Coast P-3 FRS) where he served as the Pilot Training Officer and was qualified as an Instructor Pilot in all models of the P-3 aircraft. In January 1989, Captain Mehringer reported to VPU-1. While attached, VPU-1 completed numerous detachments in support of fleet operations including Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In July 1991, Captain Mehringer reported to Montgomery, Alabama, and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I at the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College. Following P-3 refresher training, Captain Mehringer reported to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine in January 1993. He served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In November 1994, Captain Mehringer was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Officer Performance Division (PERS-82). Captain Mehringer reported as Executive Officer on 20 June 1996 and assumed duties as Commanding Officer VT-31 on 30 May 1997. During his Command tour, VT-31 successfully integrated a new multi-engine training aircraft (TC-12B) and flew more than 43,600 mishap free hours. In March 1998, VT-31 was awarded the prestigious Chief of Naval Air Training, Training Excellence Award. After VT-31, Captain Mehringer reported to NAVAIR, PMA-290 as the Assistant Program Manager P-3 Logistics in June 1998 and transitioned to Deputy Program Manager P-3C Update III in March 2000. Captain Mehringer reported as Executive Officer VX-1 on 29 October 2001. On April 4, 2003, Captain Mehringer assumed command of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One. Captain Mehringer's awards include Meritorious Service Medals, a Strike/Flight Air Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievements and various other unit and national campaign awards..." [12JUN2003]

MELTON, AMH1 MELVIN KJZ@MYHOME.NET "...VX 1 1960 TO 63 P/C P2V7S , F/e P-3A, 148885.VP-28 1963 TO LATE 67 F-E P-3A 151395. a href="nassangley.html"> NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM FELLOW SQDN MEMBERS.Reunion..." [04OCT98]

MERRILL, Mike mikemerr2@cox.net "...I served with VP-22 (05/1962-07/1965) with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (2) and NS Sangley Point, Philippines, VP-44 (09/1969-07/1971) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain/ NAS Sigonella, Sicily / Souda Bay, NAS Bermuda and VX-1 (08/1971-08/1974)..."[E-Mail Updated 01OCT2013 | E-Mail Updated 23JUN2000 | 15DEC97]

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]

MONFORT, CWO3 Jim Retired monfortjr@earthlink.net "...Joined in August 1972. I served in VP-11 from 1973 to 1978. After a brief stint to learn the P-3C I was in VX-1 from 1978 to 1981 as both acoustic and non-acoustic operator. Back to NAS Brunswick, Maine and VP-23 from 1981 to 1984. Leaving VP-23 as AW Div CPO. Went to DC, OP-01 from 1984 to 1986. Couldn't take driving the beltway anymore so I terminated shore duty and went to the USS Coral Sea for 16 months between 1987 and 1988. Picked up CWO2 and went to CPRW-1 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Got there in September 1988 and left three years later, after Mt Penitubo. Did another three years in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with Force Warfare (now VX-20) from 1994 to 1997. Did my final tour at CPRW-5 at NAS Brunswick, Maine where I was involved in helping close down VP-11. 8 commands during my career, only three still around (and two of them have changed names)..." [17MAR2011]

MONROE, Paul D. papapdm@aol.com "...After basic training, Great Lakes, Ill., I went to FASRON-6 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida until it was decommsioned. I went to VX-1 at NAS Boca Chica, Florida for 26 months from 1959 to 1961. VX-1 had Air Ships (Blimps), HSS-1 and HSS-2 Helicopters, S2Fs, SNB Beach Craft, P5M Sea Planes and two P2 Neptune Aircraft. The P2V Neptunes were the pride of the Anti-Submarine Warfare. Events of the time was the Bay of Pigs invasion, 90 miles south, in Cuba and Hurricane Donna, which hit just north of NAS, Key West, destroying most structures and every bridge in it's path, up the overseas highway, US1 to the mainland, below Homestead, Fl. August 1961 I was transferred to the USS Mullinnix, out of Norfolk, Va., that then went to Key West with new electronics to train with VX-1, chasing submarines. My active duty ended in 1962 with an Honorable Discharge, at which time I went into the Naval Reserves in Greensboro, NC..." [22AUG2009]

MOSER, LT Andre R. Retired andre@phxaero.com "...I joined the Navy in 1983. AD "A" school in Millington and off to first duty station at NAS Alameda, California Operations Dept. Joined VP-19 as a 3rd Class in 1986 with the squardon just returning from NAF Misawa, Japan. Advanced to 2nd Class and then off to FE School (VP-31) in 1988 with returnable quota back to VP-19 until 1991. I went across the field to VP-31 as a FE Instructor, advanced to First Class. Squadron decommissioned in 1993 and I headed to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to joined VP-47 who just moved there from NAS Moffett Field, California. Advanced to Chief. Rolled to VX-1 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in late 1996. I was commissioned as an LDO Ensign in 1999 and headed off to HC-8 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia as a Det Maintenance Officer. Promoted to LT(jg) and headed back to VP-47 now over at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as Maintenance Material Control Officer. Promoted to LT. Left the Island for the las time in December 2005 and headed to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, FL. I retired in December 2008 with 25 years. Had a great time in the Navy and still miss it. It's different on the outside as I'm sure many of you have experienced first hand..." [14AUG2009]

MOULDEN, LT(jg) Bobby F. Retired bobbymoulden@icloud.com "...I served with VP-16 (1964-1966), VP-1 (1967), VX-1 (1968-1970), VP-47 (1970-1976), COMmander, PATrol WINGS PACific (COMPATWINGSPAC) Tactical Training Team (TTT) and Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GroUP, PACific Fleet (FASOTRAGRUPAC) until retirement. I would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 20MAY2015 | E-Mail Updated 14MAR2009 | 29SEP98]

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]

MURPHY, Roy jlmurphy7@gmail.com "...I served with VXN-8, from 1968 to 1971 (Super-Connies), VP-44from 1973 to 1976, VX-1 from 1977 to 1980, VP-4 from 1980 to 1982, Naval Air Development Center from 1988 to 1991 and retired in 1994. Playing the support contractor game to NAVAIR ever since, not as much fun, but it pays the bills..." [E-Mail Updated 25SEP2009 | 03AUG99]


NANCE, AWCM Bill Retired shipmate pix...circa 1984 "That's right, I'm a ..... AW!" nance@whidbey.net "...Served in VP-48 74-77, VP-415 (PEP Canada) 77-79, VP-31 79-82, VP-22 82-86, VX-1 86-90. Drop a line and let's swap lies..." WEBSITE: http://www2.whidbey.net/nance/NANCE.HTM

NASH, Al Snazipapa@cs.com "...I was assigned to VX-1 from December 1950 til September 1951, while I went to Air Sonar School and awaited assignment to a Blimp Squadron. My first flight in a helo was on a Piasecki HUP with the skin removed. A scary experiance, 30 feet over the water. Think I see it at the top of the picture of Various VX-1 aircraft of 1951. Sure would like a picture of it, if one exists..." [02NOV2001]

NEER, DP Bob rneer@kiva.net "...I was a DP in VX-1 from 1975 to 1978, then the reserves attached to ASWOC0966 from 1979 to 1989...Served in ASWOC/TSC 0966 as a DP from 78-90. Loved it, great people would love to hear from ya..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 27AUG 2001 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 02JAN2001 | 25MAR98]

NELSON, Frederick M. Jr. fredandsusan@att.net "...I attenended "A" School as a ATAN then went to VP-45 in NAS Bermuda then went to "B" School after NAS Key West, Florida (VX-1) after 2 1/2 years. Then went to AVIB7 then to VR-24 in NS Rota, Spain, after that I went to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, then to VQ-1, then quit the Navy..." [12APR2007]

NETTLES, Bullet Bob Shipmate PixCirca 1966 bulletbob_1@email.msn.com "...I started out in June of 1955 with VC-12 (VAW-12) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island flying in the AD-5's and AD-5W Guppy's. I remember many Good and Exciting Flight Hours with the likes of Ens.'s Stookey and Jiles, Ltjg McCloy and Lt. Paul Mounce. Trips over to Long Island for a Few Quick Stops and Many, Many hours of ASW Training around Block Island. In February of 1961 I went with the "Skyraiders" to VC-33 (VAW-33) for some additional training and Flight Hours in the AD-5Q's. I left the Composite Navy in April of 1962 for VX-1 at NAS Key West ( NAS Boca Chica, Florida), Florida. In addition to Rolling a Tool-Box, I flew as S2F, P2V and P-3A (148885 & 149668) Crewmember while attached to VX-1 until April of 1964. In April of 1964 I went West to the VP Navy after ADJ (B) School and P-3 Flight Engineers School. Flew as Flight Engineer with VP-9 from January 1965 to November 1969 and with VP-46 from August 1970 until April of 1974. From May 1974 until I retired in September of 1975 I had a very Plain Jane, Very Un-Interesting Job as an Instructor on Jet Engines at NAMTRADET 1008 at NAS Miramar, California. Except for the last year or so, I had One Damn Good Navy Career. Drop me an E-Mail if you have time..." [BIO Updated 05MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 01MAY2000 | 16APR2000]

Memorial Picture "...NORTHCRAFT, LCDR Zane...LCDR Zane Northcraft passed away on October 20, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Zane was the Assistant Maintenance Officer at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in 1968-69. While serving in VX-1 he conducted the pre-acceptance evaluation of the electronics on the P-3C. The VP community has lost a fine officer and man...Larry Monroe lmonroe41@aol.com..." [04NOV2007]

NOVAK, CAPTAIN Bob bnovak3478@gmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (February 1981 to February 1984), VX-1 (1988 to 1990), VP-44 (1990 to 1991), VP-26 (1991 to 1992) and NAVAIR and the test world since 1992. I will be closing out on 30 years in Naval Aviation -- retire 01 JUL 08. It has been a great ride..." [15APR2008]


O'BRYAN, ATCS Bob "OB" Retired bashfulbobus@yahoo.com "...Joined the Navy in 1942. Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Mech School at Navy Pier and Gunnery School at Yellowwater. Stayed a spell as instructor then went to Flight School in 1943. Washed out in 1944 and went to Flight Engineer School. Went to NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands and Okinawa with VH-6, Operated off several AVs and AVPs out of Chimu Wan flying ASR. After the war went to Shanghai and flew courier around the area, Trans to VPB-25 when VH-6 went back for decom. Squadron moved to Yokohama in early 1946 and continued courier out of there. Back to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and NAS Alameda, California for VPB-25 decom in summer of 1946. Mustered out of reserve in TI and reenlisted in Regular Navy, taking a bust from 1st to 3rd in so doing. Went to VR-5 in Sand Point and NAS Adak, Alaska working on check crews, loading crews, gas crew and flight orderly. Went to Radio Tech school at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and NAS Memphis, Tennessee then to an airgroup in Charleytown, RI in 1948. Went to AEW school at NAS Norfolk, Virginia then VX-1 and ZX-11 in NAS Boca Chica, Florida in 1949. Back to NAS Memphis, Tennessee to teach in AT School in 1951. Shipped over for VP-4 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1956. No more than checked in when we were moved to Okinawa. Rotated to VP-1 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1958. Went to R&T in Oppama and stayed until station decom in 1961. Back to TI to retire..." [28MAY2002]

O'DELL, Jim "Bob" toby@mwr.is "...I served with VP-17 (85-89), VP-1 (92-95), and VX-1 (95-present). I'd like to hear from any Shipmates to find out how they were doing. Hope everyone is OK..." [E-Mail Updated 29APR99 | 18MAY98][ICQ# 14369704]

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]

OSTROFF, Jeff Retired jeffostroff@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-31 in October 1974, VP-6 (IFT on Crew 3) from January 1975 through December 1976, VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine (Flying P-3Bs as an IFT and Radio Operator), and VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (Flew an EP-3A as IFT). I went civilian and got a job flying specially modified P-3As for General Offshoe Corp. out of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Re-entered acive duty in 1984 as a P-3C IFT student at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1985 to 1998, TAR with VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1988 to 1992, VP-68 NAF Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 1996, and VR-53 NAF Washington, D.C. until I retired October. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates. Thanx!..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2007 | E-Mail Updated 11JUN2006 | E-Mail Updated 21JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 08JUL2001 | 16AUG98]

OTT, Tony totter@pacbell.net "...I served as an AO Aircrewman with VX-1 at NAS Key West, FL, then with VP-47, at NAS Moffett Field, California. While serving in VX-1, I was fortunate to visit 52 countries and five continents in two years, testing and evaluating, what was then the new P-3C. The Navy even sent me to a, "Training School," at Lockheed, in Burbank, CA, just ten miles from my home in Pasadena. My parents and friends, began calling me, "The Admiral," as I returned to the Lockheed Aircraft facilities many times, during the two years I was assigned to VX-1. My fellow crew members (Crew 5) flew daily into the infamous, "Bermuda Triangle," with no problem. I was just a "punk kid" of 19 years-old and yet visited the top and bottom of the Earth, as well as virtiously every part of the world in between. While flying, I tested the binariy code of ASW warfare, and each of the sonobouy devices, one of which blew up in my face. It was quite an incident. The internal compression tube blew me off my feet, but with no injury. However, it threw a piece of shrapnel through the overhead bulking. The crew and Lockheed supervisors soon discovered the ejection round for the internal Sonobouy chute was too powerful (like placing a .45 bullet in a .38 pistol). Yes I loved every day I was there. I was then reassigned to VP-47 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I spent my last years in the Navy teaching the AO Shop about the P-3C. Our crew received the first, "E" (excellence) rating for an ASW P-3C aircraft. I took a flight home every weekend, to visit my girlfriend (my first wife) and parents. With just 11 months remaining, VP-47 was assigned to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I spent the next and my last year in the Navy, flying ASW tracts in the Tonkin Gulf. The squadron was then reassigned to the NAS in the Alutiaten Islands. Talk about a culture shock, and a physical shock. The squadron went from 100 degree and 100 degree huminity to 47 below zero in one week. I remember playing football in 21 below zero weather, thinking this was wonderful. Although these memories are nearly 40 years-old, I still recall each hour in the air, every crew member by name, every flight to another country, every bar, barracks and "belly load." For me, from 18 to 21 years-old, it was the time of my life. For America, it was a time of change. I am proud to say I was a part of the American Military and moreover, an Aviation Ordanance Aircrewman on the Lockeed P-3C. It was a time to remember..." [29JUN2004]


PALMUCCI, AX2 Carl Retired sputteringneeds@yahoo.com "...I served with VX-1 (1978-1982), VP-49 (1982-1983), ASWOC at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1983-1984), VP-91 (1986-1997) and retired 1997..." [07AUG2012]

PANTILIONE, Joe DelOrtoJoe@aol.com "...I served with VX-1 from 1977 to 1980. I would like to hear from anyone that remembers me or my blue harley..." [02MAY2002]

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

PARKHURST, Rick rcp@interserv.com"...drove P2V-7's with the VP-21 Blackjacks in Brunswick, Maine for 2 1/2 years prior to our decomissioning in 1969. After that I did a hitch with VX-1 in Key West, Fla. until April 1972..."

Memorial Picture "...PAZZELLI, ATCS Joseph J. "Crazy Joe"...I must sadly report that ATCS Joseph J. Pazzelli (Crazy Joe) passed away suddenly on 17 July 2015. Joe served with NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1970-1973), VP-45 (1973-1976), VX-1 (1976-1979), Naval Military Personnel Command (NMPC) S/D Det (1979-1982), VX-1 (1982-1985), VP-26 (1985-1989 and CIVLANT FLT-MIDWEST..." Contributed by GLENN, AT Allen E. aglenn@eaglesystemsinc.net [21JUL2015]

PAZZELLI, "CRAZY JOE" jjpazz@newflorence.com "...P-3C IFT all models. I served with NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 70-73, VP-45 73-76, VX-1 76-79 and 82-85, NMPC S/D Det 79-82, VP-26 85-89, CIVLANT FLT-MIDWEST- 89-PRESENT. Hello to all you VP'ers. I really don't miss the "adventure" just the people..." [26NOV99]

PETERSON, AO1 BRIAN (PETE) stanley011@centurytel.net "...VP-26 1982-85 AND 1988-91, VX-1 1979-82 AND 1985-88, S.E.R.E. HEY ALL YOU "ORDIES" ITS ME "AO EXTRAORDINAIRE" PETE. DROP ME A LINE SO WE CAN CATCH UP ON OLD TIMES..." [03NOV2004]

Memorial Picture "...PETERSEN, LCDR John S...I am sorry to have to write about this, but my Father, John S. Petersen, has passed away. Dad requested that we have no services or memorial for him. Dad served with FASRON-109 (1956 to 1959), VP-18 (1959 to 1961), VX-1 (1961 to 1963), VP-16 (1964 to 1970), NAS Bermuda (1970 to 1972), VP-23 (1972 to 1975), MATTC Memphis, Tennessee (AW School) (1975 to 1978), NFO Training (1978 to 1979), VP-10 (1980 to 1984) and PM-4/ASWMPG (1984 to 1986)..." Contributed by Elizabeth Petersen Boyd lizardson@hotmail.com [29JAN2009]

PETERSEN, LCDR John S. Retired mingo@clinic.net "...I served with FASRON-109 (1956 to 1959), VP-18 (1959 to 1961), VX-1 (1961 to 1963), VP-16 (1964 to 1970), NAS Bermuda (1970 to 1972), VP-23 (1972 to 1975), MATTC Memphis, Tennessee (AW School) (1975 to 1978), NFO Training (1978 to 1979), VP-10 (1980 to 1984) and PM-4/ASWMPG (1984 to 1986)..." [06DEC2007]

PFEIFFER, Bob bpfeiff@fuse.net "...I served with VS-20 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1961 to 1964, VS-22 aboard the USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) (we were part of the Cuban Blockade), VX-1 NAS Boca Chica, Florida, and VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida..." [21SEP2003]

PENNINGTON, Will pennie59@comcast.net "..."Hello fellow VP travelers. It has to end someday and for me that day is February 6th, 2006. I'm retiring after 27 years of VP fellowship. It's been a great honor to serve with so many fine people in such great squadrons: VP-8 (1977 to 1981), VP-6 (1982 to 1986), VX-1 (1986 to 1989), VP-11 (1989 to 1992), Force Warfare (1997 to 2000), VP-4 (2000 to 2003) and NAVAIR (2003 to 2006). The riches I've accumulated over the years cannot be measured in terms of per diem, but in memories. The people were the best part, the Orion the best aircraft in the Navy, and the deployment sites unbelievable: NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, PI, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NSF Diego Garcia, NAF Misawa, Japan and all the detachment sites. Some of the people I will never forget: STGS1 John Phillips; AWCS Mike Glenn, Red Phillips and Jim Piepkorn; Steve Velde, Dave Metzger, Rick Leitch (Rick e-mail me) and Bob Brown; Brian Fraser, Phil Seifert, and Glenn Atwell; Glenn Ford, CWO Baird, John Wolfe, and Bob Lishness; Mike Cherry; Jim (WO) Lee and Craig Springman; Heidi Davis, AT1 Hamelton and all the maintenance folks; and, of course, Tank. Thanks to Nevins Frankel for this GR8 VP website. Thanks to all my Skippers, esp. CDRs Riffle, Sikes, Miller, Hill, Horsman, Skinner and Hollyer, for their confidence and support. Most of all, thanks to AFCM Bud Leady and ABCM Sam (4.0) Underwood: they exemplified the type of Sailor I wanted to be. Fair winds and following seas..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22OCT2005 | E-Mail Updated 13OCT2000 | 07MAR99]

PEREZ, JOHNNY A. perezja@navair.navy.mil "...BEING A VP SAILOR WAS THE BEST PART OF MY 22YR NAVY CAREER. I SERVERED WITH VP-1, VX-1, VQ-2 AND MOSTLY WORKED ON P-3'S. I WENT ON GOOD DEPLOYMENTS AND DET SITES WITH THESE SQUADRONS. VP-1 71-74, VX-1 76-79, VQ-2 84-87. I WAS A MECH IN THESE SQADRONS. WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM ANYONE THAT REMEMBERS ME FROM THOSE TIMES..." [05JUL2001]

PERKINS, Don rooster4@gate.net "...VP-1 '63-'70, VX-1 '70-'74, VP-56 '75-'78, ASW TEST '78-'81, and VP-1 '81-'84. Look forward to hearing from everyone..." [02JAN99]

PETROUSKI, Thomas tompet1@hotmail.com "...I attended Basic Training NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1965), AME "A" School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee and VX-1 (1966-1969) at NAS Boca Chica, Florida. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [21JUL2011]

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]

PONDY, Jay jpondy@AugustaNewsprint.com "...Served with VX-1 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 75 to 78 in the Project Support Lab (PSL). Sure would like to hear from some of you if your out there! Bud Camp, Tom the Photographer, Reed, Waterman, Chief Brundage, Niebler, Regina, Chief Gayley, Steve Crawmer, Kevin in Graphics, Ziggy and so many more I can't remember. What a great time we had - I miss all of you!! Also served with VS-22 in Cecil Field from 78 to 80. Would like to hear from any of you as well. JC, Frenchy, Rudy, Ski, Big John from Philly and especially Chief Stiles. If anyone knows where he is I'd really like to know as he had a profound influence on me..." [18DEC98]


REED, AWC Troy E. (Search Power) Retired vp17cr2ss1@cox.net "...AW rate "Plank Owner" (AMS2 to AW2) ... flew S-2E Trackers in VS-24 (66-70) from USS Randolph (CVS-15) and USS Yorktown (CVS-10).... VX-1 YS2-G Opevals (70-73) at Key West and USS Intrepid (CVS-11) .... flew P-3B from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-17 "White Lightenings" Crew 2's SS1 for two tours (74-78) & (81-84), CPW-2 (78-81)..." [E-Mail Updated 15AUG2005 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 09JAN2005 | 04FEB2002]

RICH, CDR Brian C. Retired TIGGRICH@aol.com "...VP-45 was my first fleet squadron from 74-78. Did 2 NAS Sigonella, Sicily and a NAS Keflavik, Iceland - great flying and great crews. Tequila Two took all the top honors in Sig '78. Best two skippers - CDR Bill Pendley and CDR Steve Loftus - both later Admirals! Went to VX-1 from 78-79. Joined American Airlines in 79 while I was again flying P-3's for VP-66. Furlough by AA in '80 led me back into the Navy - flew LC-130 Hercs on the Ice from 82-84, then was the C-12 FRS Officer at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with VRC-30. Back to American in 1985, flew a few more hours in P-3's for VP-92 before moving onto Staff jobs. Made Captain with American in '90 - currently a Boeing 757/767 Captain flying Europe, South America & the Caribbean. Married another 0-5 in 1994 - CDR Janet Gandy USNR(ret)..." [06AUG98]

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]

ROBERTS, Robert H. (Bob "Squared") beachbm61@aol.com "...Hey to all the "Qer's". Past and present. I served in VQ-2 83-86, 89-93, VX-1 86-89, VQ-4 Det NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 93-96 and currently VQ-4 Tinker AFB. Soon to head to NRD Miami to sell Navy. I just wanted to say high to all. Fair winds..." [11AUG99]

ROSS, ATC(AC) Ford U. Retired zccaams@bellsouth.net "...I was transferred to NAF Weeksville, North Carolina for commissioning of ZP-4, as an AT-2, in May 1951. After making AT-1 I was transferred back to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1954. Then into ZW-1 at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. I served with VP-21 NAS Brunswick, Maine (1963 to 1966). VP-21 was the last squadron on the East Coast to convert from P2V-7's to P-3. I then served with VX-1 NAS Key West, Florida from 1966 to October 1967 (VX-1 had two P-3's, a P2V-7 and several other funny aircraft) until I Retired. I am a member of the Naval Airship Association. The Naval Airship Association is looking for more ex-enlisted L.T.A. people..." [BIO Updated 04APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 15FEB2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18SEP2000 | 21DEC98]

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]


SALMON, AW1 Gart H. Retired ultramed@colton.com "...I served with VT-2 NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1962 to 1966, AX School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in 1966, VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1967 to 1971, VX-1 NAS Key West, Florida and which was moved to Pax River Maryland from 1971 to 1974, VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1974 to 1979, and moved across the field to VP-31 from 1979 until I retired on November 1981..." [24JAN2003]

SCHAFFNER, AT1 Troy E. troy@schaffner.net "...I served with VX-1 when it was in Key West, during the first part of the 1970s. My next tour was with VP-5 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Those were the best days of my life. The P-3C was a way of life in addition to being a military system. I think about the people, the aircraft, and the missions often. They were the best!..." [10NOV2002]

SCOTT, Bill scotty6651@aol.com "...I was an AW with HSL-31 (74-75), HSL-33 (75-78), VX-1 (78-80), ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska (80-82), and VP-48 (82-84). I then took a break at NRD Cleveland (84-86). Disqual'd from flight and changed rate to STS and got to see ASW from the other side. SSN 663 87, SSN 667 87-89 and retired as an instructor at SubTraFac Norfolk 94. I married Cindy Secunde who was in VXN-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1980 and had two children. Don't miss the silent service, but sure do miss everyone in 12 years of flying. Would appreciate hearing from any squadron mates or friends. Cindy and I were just remembering how much fun it was to have ready alert crews from deployed VP squadrons over the house in NAS Adak, Alaska for holiday dinners. A guaranteed launch every time! All the best..." [04APR2002]

SHEPARD, MCPO Keith Retired kndshepard@gmail.com "...I served with VC-1 SAR (UH-34D & SH-3G) Helo Crewman at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1970 to 1973, P-3 FE School at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1974 to 1975, VP-9 FE at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1975 to 1978, Naval Air Maintenance Training Detachment (1012) at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1978 to 1981, VP-5 FE at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1981 to 1985, Defense Language Institute (DLI) Presidio of Monterey, Ca from 1985 to 1986, FE Exchange Program German Navy from 1986 to 1990 and VX-1 Maintenance Master Chief at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1990 to 1993..." [26MAY2010]

SHRYOCK, AT1 George deolslyfox@yahoo.com "...I served with VAW-11 (1964-1967) Det Delta aboard the USS Constellation, VX-1 (1968-1971) at NAS Key West, Florida, and flew as IFT on Crew-5 with Chief J. T. Strickland and ADJ1 Joe Logue, VP-49 (1971-1972) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I left the Navy and worked for Lockheed for nearly 26 years and now working at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on the E-6B program. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 05JUL2015 | 25APR2001]

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!!!..."

SIMMS, Marvin budsimms@yahoo.com "...I was transferred from VA-35 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island in November 1949 to VX-1 NAS Key West, Florida. In VX-1 there were 2 PB4Y-1 and 2 B29 (don't remember the Navy designation). I got to fly in the PB4Y-1 twice, taking vertical photos of an adjacent island out of the open bomb bay. Do not remember when the B29's and PB4Y-1's were removed from the squadron, but it was sometime before 1952. VX-1 was Air Development Squadron-1, at the NAS Boca Chica, Florida..." [09OCT2005]

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]

SMITH, CAPTAIN G. Steve http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/xo.htm "...Captain Smith was born into a Navy family at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in May 1981. He was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1982 and reported to the "Shooters" of VT-6 as a primary flight instructor under the Selective Return Graduate (SERGRAD) program. In August 1984, Captain Smith joined the "BATTLECATS" of HSL-43 as a commissioning plankowner and made deployments to the Indian Ocean as the Operations Officer of the first SH-60B detachment embarked in USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37) and as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) embarked in USS CURTS (FFG 38) as part of the USS MISSOURI BBBG. He also served as the squadron's Line Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and NATOPS Officer. In November 1988, Captain Smith received orders to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Financial Management. Captain Smith reported to HSL-45 in August 1991. During his tour with the "WOLFPACK" he served as the Safety Officer, Operations Officer, and was the OIC of a detachment deployed to the Persian Gulf in USS COWPENS (CG 63). During this cruise COWPENS participated in a Tomahawk cruise missile strike against Iraq and the detachment conducted cross deck flight operations with the Russian destroyer RNS TRIBUTS and its two Helix helicopters. From October 1993 to June 1996, Captain Smith was assigned to the CNO Staff as the Deputy Assistant for the Flying Hour Program under the Director, Naval Air Warfare (N88). He then reported to Maxwell AFB for studies in National Security Affairs at the Air War College. In November 1997, he assumed the duties as HSL-47's Executive Officer and took command of the "SABERHAWKS" in June 1999. During his tenure the squadron conducted their first Hellfire missile live fire exercise, deployed three (including their first) armed-helicopter detachments, and deployed the first LAMPS MkIII detachment embarked in an aircraft carrier for an extended deployment. In November 2000, he reported to Naval Air Systems Command as the Deputy for Operations on the staff of the Deputy Commander for Acquisition and Operations, (AIR-1.0). In February 2002, Captain Smith transferred to NAVAIR's Program Office for Aviation Training Systems, PMA 205, as the Executive Officer and program team leader for the Air Combat Training System. Captain Smith is currently XO of VX-1. Captain Smith has over 4500 flight hours of which 3500 are in the SH-60B. His decorations include the two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various service and unit awards..." [13JUN2003]

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]

SPRINGS, AK Grady C. Retired gstorehouse@aol.com "...I served with VX-1 from 1981 to 1986 and returned to VX-1 from 1989 to 1992. I worked in the Material Control office as a AK. I retired off the USS Wasp in 1997. Would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [10SEP2004]

SPRINKLE, Mike mdsprinkle@hotmail.com "...Started pushing powerlevers back in '78 with VP-10 then served with VX-1, VP-26, Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) back to VP-26. Currently in VP-10 as MMCPO. Got to love this stuff, still with my true love Cyndi (Smyrl) also of '78-80 VP-10 fame and having the time of my life. Would like to hear from some former Shipmates. The Red Lancer Camp Rocks the Sky tonight..." [25MAR99]

STEWART, ADR3 John Michael tomcat2722@aol.com "...I served with VX-1 (12/1969-10/1970) at NAS Boca Chica, Florida..." [18AUG2011]

STONESIFER, Ric Retired ricstonesifer@comcast.net "...I served with VX-1 from 1971-1974, VP-56 from 1974-1977, FASO Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1977-1980, VP-66 from 1980-1985, the notorious VTU from 1985-1988, CMSRF 6th Fleet from 1988-1991, and back to pergatory, ooops, I mean VTU-9393. Retired October 1996. Squadron mates where are you? Send me a comm check! S4JG de ????..." WebSite: http://rstonesifer.com/kris [E-Mail Updated 09DEC2002 | 23MAR98]

STOKES, George c/o Don Greene, E-8 USN Ret. black shoe kawkaw@simflex.com "...I have a Retired brown shoe Chief that lives 2 doors from me that served in VP-63 and other Squadrons. I am tryin to get him to get on the internet. I need some help to convince him. Former Shipmates or other VP person send me some e-mail and I'll pass on. His name is George Stokes. Thanks, A Retired Black Shoe Chief..." [01JUN98]
UPDATE "...I JOINED VP-63 JUNE 1944. THE SQUADRON WAS AT PORT LAYETTY, AFRICA. IN JANUARY 1945 WE WENT TO DUNKESWELL ENGLAND. AFTER VE DAY I RETURND TO AFRICA. THE SQUADRON DECOMMIONED AND I RETURNED TO THE USA ON AN LST, SLOW BUT WE MADE IT TO NEW YORK. I THEN WENT INTO THE TAIL HOOK NAVY. IN 53 I WENT TO VX-1 IN KEY WEST, FLA. MORE ASW WORK. I RETIRED IN 1964. VP-63 WILL HAVE IT'S Reunion IN BRANSON, MO. IN AUGUST 1998. THERE ARE A FEW OF US STILL ACTIVE I WOUD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO CAN STILL WRITE. MY HOME ADDRESS IS 720 SURFSIDE DR., EDENTON, NC 27932...GEORGE STOKES WWW.CIGAR.STOKES@SIMFLEX.COM..." [08JUN98]

STRACCIALINI, Moreno (Stracc Attack) stracc@comcast.net "...I served with VP-17 as a Flight Engineer from 1984 to 1990, too many Flight Crews to remember. In my twenty years of service I deployed to great places like NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and others. My best regards to all my Shipmates (Aircrew or Maint). I Also served with VX-1, VP-11, VP-23, and VP-8. Presently stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Force Aircraft Test Squadron where I will retire in OCT 1999 with over 6000 hrs in the Mighty Orion. I will be glad to hear from old Shipmates, so drop me a line!..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2007 | 05SEP99]

STRONG, Arthur art1320@yahoo.com "...Greetings to all my Shipmates from VR-30, VQ-2, VX-1, Coral Sea (CV-43) and VAQ-33. After 23 plus years, I retired in '91 in Northern Virginia, and am now working for Boeing on the P-8A Poseidon (formerly MMA)project out in Seattle. I feel extremely privileged to be here working with such a talented group of ASW professionals on this program. I look forward to getting back in touch with those I had the good fortune to serve with while on active duty..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21MAR2007 | 08APR99][ICQ #13210481]

STROTHER, John strohs@fls.infi.net "...Flew with VX-1 in the sixties on SMILS Ops. While employed at the Navy Sofar Station in Bermuda. Great trips, great times, great crew members. Would like to hear from anyone who is still kicking or remembers. [never got latrine duty]..." [28MAR2000]

STUBBS Chris "Stubby" stubbsac@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-19 from Dec '89- Aug '91. Participated in Big Red's final deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan and detatched to Operation Desert Storm. Upon decommissioning I was transferred to VP-40 where I did two more deployments. Moved with the squadron from NAS Moffett Field, California to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in December '93. In 1995 Transferred to VX-1 at NAWC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I served until '98. I am currently stationed at TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I have been very lucky with all of my tours, and have very few complaints, but my heart will always be truest to my first command.... VP-19, "Big Red". I would love to hear from any of my old flyin' buddies..." [14FEB2000]

SUTTON, ADJC Forrest S. Jr. 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...I just moved back to Beeville to retire. I November 1959 I arrived at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas and was assigned to ATU-203. I was there it became VT-24. I left VT-24 28 November 1963 and went to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I came to Chase as and AD3 and left as an ADJ1. I retired from the Navy on 10 June 1974..." WebSite: http://www.forrestsutton.com [BIO Updated 18MAY2005 | E-Mail/WebSite Updated 02JAN99]

SYLVESTER, John jsyl77@yahoo.com "...I served with VX-1 (12/1950-1952) at the NAS Key West, Florida and was assigned to the beach house to maintain the portable wheels for the PB4Y-1. I played on the base fast pitch softball team. I would like to hear from former Shipmates Billy Joe Phelps (Paducah, KY), Dick Buffmack and Joe Devitio (Bronx)..." [10JAN2012]


TRACY, AD1 Scott Retired tracy@whidbey.net "...My list starts at VX-1 77 to 80 ground pounding, VP-4 81 to 84, NAS Keflavik, Iceland (trash hauling) 84 to 87, PMTC 87 to 90, VQ-1 90 to 93, and VAQ-129..."

TRIMM, AW2 James H. (Jim) Retired jtrimm1@midsouth.rr.com "...I was with VX-1 from '68-'70. Crewed both S2-E's and P-3-B's Got really familar with APS 80 & 88, and especially MAD comps. In 70 is sent up to Quonset Point to spend a year with VS-24 Scouts and USS Intrepid CV/CVA/CVS-11. I was retired on disibility in Sept '71..." [27FEB99]


VALLONE, Phil pvallone@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-44 (November 1988 through June 1991), VP-26 (June 1991 through Auguest 1992), and VX-1 (August 1992 through December 1994). I am looking for some of my old Shipmates..." [18DEC99]

VanNESS, ADJ2 Robert vnness54@gmail.com "...I served with VX-1 from from 1973 to 1977 in the Power Plants Division. I was also assigned to the S-3A Viking (part of the squadron) and deployed with both the S-3`s and the Kaman H-2 SeaSprite. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06APR2010 | 04AUG98]

VAUGHN, Edla J. (Taitano) Vaughnej@Navair.navy.mil "...Hello anyone and everyone. I was thrilled to hear about the VP website. It reminded me of the best times in my carreer. If there is anyone out there who would like to contact me please do so. I am currently in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at VX-1 but will finally be returning to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in April 2000. There are a few people here at PAX with me, ADCS Doug Brock, ADCS Craig Springman, AME1 Ray, AE1 Terri Smith, Marriane (Bell) Roe is at Andrews AFB, AE1 Angela (Blaine) Jordan is at AIMD NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and ex AK2 Monica (Ortiz) Rodriquis (A civilian now) is at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland also. We would love to hear from you all. Take Care..." [19NOV99]

VIGUS, AWC(AW) Nolan Duane (Dewey) usnawc@hotmail.com "...VP-1 (Aug 76- Sep 79), VX-1 (Feb 80-Feb 83), VP-6 (Apr 83 - Nov 87), FASO NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Feb 88 - Mar 91), ASWOC/TSC NAS Adak, Alaska (May 91 - Feb 94), FASO NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (Mar 94 - Jun 97), SERE Instructor NAS Brunswick, Maine Jul 97 - Present). I retired from Maine in October 1999 and moved to Pilot Point Texas..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14JUL2000 | E-Mail Updated 13JUL2000 | 11MAY98]

VINAS, AMS1(AW) Robert R. Retired rrvinas1958@bigriver.net "...I served with VXE-6 (1977-1981), VX-1 (1981-1984), VXE-6 (1984-1989), VS-22 (1989-1994) and AIMD NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1994-1996) when I retired..." [28JUL2011]

VONTZ, Frank Franks_95@att.net "...I was stationed in VP-11 1970-1975 and VX-1 1975-1978. I have now gone Postal after working for Singer Link for 16 years I am now anb ET for the USPS in Gaithersburg MD..." [11AUG2001]

VOYTEK, CAPTAIN Rick Mongov@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1980-1982, VX-1 from 1982-1985, Comcargru TWO from 1986-1987, Naval War College 1988-1989, VP-40 1989-1991, CPW-10 1991-1992. I left active duty and transferred to the Reserve where I served with NR TSC-1080 from 1993-1994, then as CO of NR TSC-0887 from 1994-1996. Although I came to NAS Moffett Field, California screaming and kicking in 1989, since then I have never left. I would be interested in hearing from old Shipmates..." [31MAR2000]


WALL, ADCS W. Joe Retired jwallav@bellsouth.net "...I was in VC-5 / VAH-5 / RVAH-5 in 49-56, NAS Pensacola, Florida 56-59, VP-5 in 59-60, AD(B) School 60, VP-11 in 61, NAMT NAS Oceana and NAS Norfolk, Virginia 61-65, VP-44 in 65-67, and VX-1 67-70. I'm retired from the Navy and FAA but still active in aviation, conducting Aircraft Maintenance Seminars for FAA certificated A & P mechanics and I am an FAA Desiginated Airworthiness Represenative (DAR), certifying aircraft and aircraft parts for export, and recertificating aircraft on return to US from a foreign owner..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2010 | 01JAN2001]

WATERMAN, Robert Retired rwatermanjr@planters.net "...I started the VP portion of my Navy service with VP-11 from November 1972 to November 1974 at which time I elected to go to shore duty. I spent the next 3 years from November 1974 to February 1978 with VX-1 at good old NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. From there I went south to VP-5 from September 1978 to September 1981. My final tour was in VX-1 again from September 1981 to May 1985 at which time I transfered to permenant shore duty. To say I missed it after I retired, would be an understatement, but I have adjusted and moved on to the next phase of my life. The Shipmates I knew during those years have given me many hours of pleasureable memories to recollect about over the years. There were a lot of good times, which I think about often. It's easy to forget about the long very long days and nights we sometimes had to put in, but I wouldn't trade it for any other work. To those of you who remember me or even think you do I would welcome your contact, but to all, fair winds and following seas..." [01MAR2003]

WEBER, AO2 Bruce J stks@compuvision.net "...I served with VA-195 from 1965-67, VP-2 1967-68 deployment to Southeast Asia crew 3 "MADISON'S MISFITS", VX-1 1968-69, Brownwater Navy from November 1969 through March1970. I would love to hear from any former unit members. I was with the Naval Support Activity, on the Bassac River, Binh Thuy, South Vietnam, with the Brownwater Navy..." [E-Mail Updated 27JAN2001 | 01JAN2001]

WEINSTEIN, Frank David fdweinstein@netzero.net "...Would like to hear from old Shipmates. I was an NFO with VP-16 (1977 to 1980), VX-1 (1980 to 1983), ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1984 to 1985), VP-48 (1987 to 1988) and ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska (1991 to 1992)..." [20JAN2007]

WELTON, OSCM (SW/AW) Donald L. http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/cmc.htm "...Master Chief Welten was raised in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. He graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in May 1976 and enlisted in the Navy under the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) in July of the same year. Master Chief Welten completed recruit training and Operations Specialist Class "A" school in 1977. His first assignment was aboard USS BADGER (FF 1071) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He qualified as an Anti-Submarine Air Controller (ASAC) in 1981 and reported to a pre-commissioning unit, USS FAHRION (FFG 22), homeported in Mayport, Florida. After completing Anti-Submarine Air Tactical Control Operator (ATACO) training in 1986, he reported to another pre-commissioning unit, USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52), in San Diego, California. During this tour of duty, he was selected and advanced to Chief Petty Officer. Following a homeport shift and a two-year tour in Yokosuka, Japan, Master Chief Welten served as Air Safety Officer at AEGIS Combat Systems Center (ACSC), Wallops Island, Virginia. In 1992 he reported for duty aboard the pre-commissioning unit USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) in Mayport, Florida where he was selected for advancement to Senior Chief. During an instructor duty tour at AEGIS Training and Readiness Center Detachment (ATRCD), Wallops Island, Virginia, Master Chief Welten received his second star advancing to Master Chief Operations Specialists and was also selected for the Command Master Chief Program. He subsequently reported to the Strike Fighter Squadron 22 Fighting Redcocks in 1999 and assumed the duties of Command Master Chief. Master Chief Welten has completed six Western Pacific and two Mediterranean deployments. He has served in a wide range of duties including Divisional Leading Petty Officer and Leading Chief Petty Officer, Anti-Submarine Air Controller, Anti-Submarine Air Tactical Control Operator, Force Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator, and Senior Instructor at AEGIS Training and Readiness Center Detachment. Command Master Chief Welton is currently assigned to VX-1. His decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (5 awards), and numerous unit awards and citations..." [13JUN2003]

WILLIAMS, ATCS J. B. Retired jbwlms@attbi.com "...Served with VP-1, VX-1, and VP-6..." [E-Mail Updated 17JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 31JUL98]

WILLIAMSON, Jerry jewilly@aol.com "...Hello Shipmates. I didn't see any comments concerning VX-1 during the time I served there (ADRAN through ADR2) from Late 1958 until September 1960, after Hurricane Donna tore us up. I was assigned to the Stoof line, but still remember the P2V-7, sticking out of the hangar at Boca Chica "25 Eyesight on station". John Morgan, ADC, Irving C Luther, one of the first Navy Master Chiefs, Vern Luz, and Mo Adkins, AD1, who rescued me from the galley there. Would like to hear from some of the guys who are still around. There's LCDR Wilbur Longley, CDR C. C. Stamm, CDR Wescott, Lt Bill Greene, and lots of others. I retired as AFCM in June, 1985..." [20AUG98]

WILSON, Buzz stacey.a.wilson@boeing.com "...I've got over 5000 hrs in the greatest aircraft flying. Flew my first VQ-1 World Watchers (NAS Agana Guam) mission in the EC-121M as a CTT2 aircrewman, then went to the EP-3B, 149669; then went to the EP-3Es, 148887, etc. Flew in both the EP-3E Deepwell and AIRIES I's. I got a USN commission and went back to VQ-1 as a Senior Evaluator (SEVAL) NFO for more EP-3E time. A tour with VX-1 (Pioneers), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, with P-3 Update IIIs and then a tour with the now decomissioned VAQ-33 Firebirds flying as an EWO on the EP-3Js..." [23FEB2000]

WOOD, LCPO Ron w4woody@comcast.net "...Curently at BUPERS. Looking for Shipmates and FEs who served with VP-1 from 1982 to 1985, VP-6 from 1989 to 1992, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii ETD from 1992 to 1996, VX-1 from 1996 to 1999, AIMD NSF Diego Garcia from 1999 to 2000, and VP-47 from 2000 to 2003. Lets hook up just to tell some old sea stories. Later Folks!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01JUL2004 | BIO Updated 21APR2000 | 30DEC97]

WOODROW, AX2 Charles dunaif@zoho.com "...I served with VX-1 (1974-1976) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VP-0617 (1983-1985)..." [E-Mail Updated 08JAN2017 | BIO Updated 17OCT2014 | 16OCT2014]

WOODS, David woodsy@javanet.com"...I'm an IFT on the P-3C UIII in VP-10 right now. I've been with VP-6, VP-22, and VX-1..."


YARD, AMSC J. A. Retired jyard44@gmail.com "...I served with VS-38 (1963-1966), VP-50 (1969-1971), VP-68 (1978-1980), NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee (AMS Instructor Duty), VQ-1 (1985-1988), VX-1 (1988-1990) and retired at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1990)..." [01JUL2014]


ZINAVAGE, Wilfred wzinavaage@aol.com "...I served with VP-11 (1959-1961) Crew-5, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAF Naples, Italy, VP-56 P-3C, VX-1 and VA-176. I wrote a book entitled "Deployment" in 1992, didn't sell many because no one can believe that P2V's used Avgas for recips and jets..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAY2012 | 14SEP2000]

ZLOMKE, Mark zlomkem%am3@mr.nawcad.navy.mil "...I served in VP-11 from 88 to 91, VX-1 from 91 to 94, VP-64 from 94 to Present, Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron from 94 to 95 as a civilian NFO, and I have been back at VX-1 since 95..."


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