VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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APADACCINO, Martin Martyspad@aol.com "...I'm still here annoying everyone after tours in VP-24, deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda. AIMD NAS Bermuda 86-90. VX-1 90-93. VP-26 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily x2 and NAS Keflavik, Iceland again. Now I'm back in Pax River MD. with Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron. Drop me a line..." [30JUN98]

ASHER, David C. ltdcasher@erols.com "...I was at VP-5 until October of 1997. Now I've moved on to Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I'm the Opso here and I fly P-3's and C-130's..." [Updated 02APR98]


BAILEY, AT1 Deanna deesnow412@aol.com "...I was with VP-11 from 1991 to 1995, Force Aircraft Test Squadron in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1995 to 1998, VP-1 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1998 to 2002 and for my final duty did a Corrections tour at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, SC. I am currently an Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator at a gear manufacturing plant in Charleston. Would love to hear from anyone I was stationed with..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29NOV2006 | 08JAN99]

BARKER, AECS Paul Retired pbarker@chartertn.net "...I have served at AIMD, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, 78-79; OMD NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, 79-81; HM-14, NAS Norfolk, Virginia 82-85; VP-44 86-91; NRL Flt Sup Det. 91-94; NAS Keflavik, Iceland, IC Station UP-3A (OMD) 94-97; Force Aircraft Test Squadron 97-2000.." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 25JAN2002]

BARKER, AT3 WILLIAM WJB8769@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-44 from 1990 til decom and VP-23 from 1990 to 1993. I'd welcome e-mail from some of my former Shipmates and friends..." [14APR99]

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

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

BOLIN, LCDR Jim jim.bolin@navy.mil "...I served with VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California as an IFT in 1986, VP-48 from 1987 to 1991, a short stay at BUPERS SDC and then to OCS. Commissioned by CDR Deon Harkey in 1994. After the NFO pipeline I went TACAMO (E-6A) with VQ-3 from 1996 to 1997. I transitioned back to VP in 1997 and went to VP-16. I am now in VX-20 Air Test and Evaluation squadron NAS Patuxent River, Maryland DSN 757-9886 COMM 301-757-9886. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [11JUN2004]

BONENFANT, AMCS (AW/NAC) Raymond P. Retired Shipmate PixCirca 2003 raymondpb@aol.com "...RTC Great Lakes August 1980 company 264. After a sea tour in VS-22 and a shore tour in VA-174 both at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, I received orders to VP-5 home ported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where I served from 1987 to 1993 as an Airframes CDI, QAR and Instructor FE. In 1993 I was transferred across the street to NAMTRADET MTU 1011 and taught P-3 Airframes and FE Systems. In 1996 I transferred back across the street to hanger 1000 again but this time to VP-45 where I had the privilege of being advanced to Chief Petty Officer. I continued serving as an Instructor FE, Airframes QAR and as the Airframes Branch CPO while also obtaining my first Maintenance Control Safe for Flight qualification. In 1999 I transferred to Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I became multiple platform Safe for Flight qualified while continuing to stay current as a P-3 FE. In 2001 I transferred to the Naval Test Wings Atlantic where I served as a Wing Maintenance Logistics Chief until I transfer to VP-46 home ported out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 2003. I finished my 26 year career serving as a FE, Maintenance Control Supervisor, QA Supervisor and Line Division LCPO..." [02MAR2010]

BRADEN, ADC Howard Retired hbraden@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-50 from April 1981 to July 1984. Was on Crew 7 in 81 as the 2nd FE after graduating FE school from VP-31. Served as Alternate NATOPS then Primary NATOPS FE during my tour. Left VP-50 and went to ASW at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Left ASW in Aug 1987 and transfered to VXN-8 also at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, served as power plants supervisor and Primary NATOPS FE. After my tour there I transfered back to ASW by then Force Warfare in Dec 1990. Ran the VAW division as shop chief and Division Officer until Oct 91 when I moved to the reliability maintainability and supportability P-3 branch until I retired in Nov 1993 as an ADC. Anyone wishing to contact me please feel free..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2008 | E-Mail Updated 02JAN2001 | 07SEP97]


CLARK, ATCS David J. http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforCSC.htm "...After completing recruit training at Great Lakes , Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (Air Warfare/Naval Aircrewman) David J. Clark attended Avionics "A" school and the Advanced First Term Avionics Course in Millington, Tennessee where he was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. In December 1981 he proceeded to NAS Pensacola, Florida where he completed the Naval Aircrewman Candidate School at the top of his class. In February 1982 he completed SERE school in San Diego, California and proceeded to the Fleet Replacement Squadron at NAS Moffett Field, California to attend the P-3C Integrated Avionics Maintenance/In-Flight Technician Course at VP-31's "Black Lightning Camp". His first operational squadron was VP-40. While assigned to the "Fighting Marlins", he was designated a Naval Aircrewman and primary IFT NATOPS instructor. He deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Misawa, Japan where he participated in the KAL-007 Search and Rescue/Salvage Operations. He was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. In October 1985, it was back to VP-31 for a challenging assignment as an IFT/DACM instructor. During this tour he trained over 80 IFT students, and 35 Maritime Patrol Aircrews in Defensive Air Combat Maneuvers. He was also the CNAP P-3C IFT Evaluator and was designated an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. He was advanced to Petty Officer First Class. Senior Chief Clark's next sea duty assignment was with VP-19. While in "Big Red", he was the command DAPA and was twice selected as Aircrewman of the Year. He deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia, The Philippines, and Misira Oman where he participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After VP-19 disestablished in May of 1991, he moved to BUPERS Sea Duty Component, Dallas, Texas where he served as the Quality Assurance Officer and Training Officer. Shortly after his arrival, he was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer. In October of 1994 he transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where he was the Contract Field Team Project Officer at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, and the senior Research, Development, Test and Evaluation QAR at VX-20. He reported to VP-26 in October 1997 and deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily where he flew combat missions over Bosnia. During his tour with "Team Trident", he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and served as the AV/ARM Division CPO and Command Master Chief. In October 2000, Senior Chief Clark transferred to VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he now serves as the Command Senior Chief. Senior Chief Clark's military decorations include the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit/campaign awards and service medals..." [17JUN2003]

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

COLBY, Jon jonathan.colby@lmco.com "...Served in VP-62 from 1978 to 1982 then moved to VP-94 until 1987 then back to VP-62 for transition to P-3CIII. Since retiring from VP-62 in 89 and working with Jim Hewitt in Thailand, then to Greece for a year then back to Thailand for (Lockheed Martin) with a new Thai Wife and daughter. Back in the US for tour at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in VX-20 Flight Test. Now a C130J Avionics FSR for Lockheed Martin at Little Rock..." [03FEB2005]

COLLINS, AT Paul pacdog@comcast.net "...I did twelve years in the Orion community. VP-23 in Maine, Force Warfare (formally ASW) Directorate in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and AIMD, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as an AT. I'm still doing very well in my present Posistion as a Contractor for the Water and Sewer Authority in Washington, DC. I would like to hear from any fellow squadron Shipmates in the DC area..." [E-Mail Updated 24DEC2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14SEP2000 | 00XXX97]

COLTRAIN, AVCM James "Chooch" Retired jseatrain@gmail.com "...I served with VP-11 (1977-1981) as a IFT aboard Crew-11 (Zoo Crew), VAQ, Force Warfare, Special Projects at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and retired AVCM in 1999..." [26MAR2015]

COLVERT, CAPTAIN Bob 'Buoyking' Retired buoyking@mminternet.com "...I stumbled across this site and recognized many names from VP-47, VP-45 and NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was in VP-47 from 1970-73 making deployments to NAHA Okinawa, NAS Adak, Alaska, and split to NAS Adak, Alaska/ NAS Agana, Guam. Testpilot school for NFO's at NATC and a tour 73-77 at WST/ASW Directorate then ConseventhFLT staff aboard the flagship got me up to 1979 when I joined VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. We made deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I build trainers in Orlando for a while then did another tour at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at Force Warfare. Washington in NAVAIR and five years as PMA -264 finished me off. I'm now in Seal Beach CA working for Boeing. Any Shipmates who have time can drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 16DEC99 | 24OCT99]

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]

CORBETT, ATCS Kevin J. Shipmate Pix http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforCSC.htm "...After completing recruit training at Great Lakes, Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (Air Warfare/Naval Aircrewman) Kevin J. Corbett attended Avionics "A" school and the Advanced First Term Avionics Course at NATTC Millington, Tennessee where he was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. In May 1988, Senior Chief Corbett reported to NAS Pensacola, Floridaa where he completed the Naval Aircrewman Candidate School and Electronic Warfare "C" school. In November 1988, he completed SERE school in NAS Brunswick, Maine and proceeded to the Fleet. His first operational squadron was VQ-2 in NS Rota, Spain. While assigned to the "Rangers", he was designated a Naval Aircrewman and a "BIG LOOK" electronic warfare operator. He deployed to Athens, Greece; Souda Bay, Crete; and NSA Bahrain where he flew combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. He was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. In January 1992, it was back to Millington for the Navy's most challenging avionics school, AVI-C7 school. Upon graduation from C-7, he continued on to instructor school. After completing ten months of school in Millington, Senior Chief Corbett went back to NS Rota, Spain for another tour in VQ-2 this time as an instructor. During this tour he trained officers and enlisted in the highly specialized EP-3E reconnaissance mission. He also developed curriculum for, and helped stand up the VQ Fleet Operator School at FASODET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He was designated an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Master Training Specialist. He was advanced to Petty Officer First Class. Senior Chief Corbett's next sea duty assignment was with VPU-1. Shortly after reporting to the "The Old Buzzards," he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. He served as the Configurations CPO and as the AV/ARM Division CPO. He deployed to every operating region around the world. Once again flying combat missions both in the air campaign over Bosnia and in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. In August of 2002, Senior Chief Corbett transferred to VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he now serves as the Command Senior Chief. Senior Chief Corbett's military decorations include the Air Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit/campaign awards and service medals..." [19APR2005]

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]

CROMWELL, AT1 Nick Retired tncro@yahoo.com "...Served as an IFT in VP/VQ from 1989 to 2002. VP-31, VP-40, VQ-1, and Force Warfare/VX-20. Old Shipmates, please feel free to drop me a line or two..." [29APR2002]


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

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


FASCI, ADC Daniel Retired fascid@rbcinc.com "...Served with Naval Air Development Center from 1983 to 1986, VP-17 from 1986 to 1990, VP-31 from 1990 to 1993, VP-11 from 1993 to 1996 and Force Warfare from 1996 to retirement in 1999. Currently working contractor support at NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [27JAN2003]

FIEDOROWICZ, Tim tfcissp@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from February 1992 to July 1996 and Force Aircraft Test Squadron from July 1996 to June of 1998. I left the Navy and moved New York where I spent 3 years working in Manhattan as a Information Security Consultant. I moved back to the NAS Patuxent River, Maryland area and now work as an Information Assurance Analyst at Eagan, McAllister Associates in Lexington Park. I currently live in Harrisburg, NC right outside of Charlotte (though still working in MD!). I would love to hear from Shipmates and hope all are doing well in your lives..." [E-Mail Updated 09SEP2008 | BIO Updated 30JUN2005 | BIO Updated 12DEC2001 | E-Mail Updated 26FEB2001 | 03NOV98]

FORD, ATCS(AW) Tony fordac@navair.navy.mil "...I checked into the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron in July of 1997 and am currently the Command Master Chief. Prior to reporting here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland I was in VPU-2 1994-1997, NAWC Warminster/ Naval Air Development Center 1991-1994, AIMD NAS Bermuda 1988-1991, and VP-6 1982-1987. Love it here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland wish I could stay..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 18MAR2000 | 10SEP97]


GORMAN, ATC Paul Retired vw55@gmpexpress.net "...I was an IFT with VP-47 Crew 8 from 1982 to 1985, IFT Instructor and CNAP Evaluator with VP-31 from 1986 to 1989, IFT with VP-4 Crew 11 from 1990 to 1993 and retired as ATC with Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1997. I have been working as a System Safety Engineer on the V-22 and H-1 Upgrades programs. Would love to hear from fellow Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12JUL2004 | 05JAN2002]

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, AO1 Tim Retired tvsnet@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1981 to 1985 in WC230, VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NSF Diego Garcia WPNS Department, Recuriting at 12th and G and Silver Springs, VP-6, NAS Sigonella, Sicily WPNS Department and then retired. I worked at Interum Technology, ABC Tech Support, Time Inc and NOC Technology. I am preparing to start my own businesses in a few years..." [13APR2011]

GREENE, LCDR Tom Retired stgreene@bellatlantic.net "...I discovered your site while searching for the USNA Flying Club. Your site looks great thanks. I was a proud member of the Fighting Marlins or Laging Handa VP-40, from November 1979 to November 1982. I then was transferred to the Naval Air Test Center to the ASW Test Directorate (now called Force Warfare) as a fleet input pilot fying all the different models of the P-3, A's, B's and C's from Update 1 to 3. I was at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from November 1982 to November 1985. I then left active duty for the airlines, where I now work for Continental Airlines. I affliated with VP-68 at NAF Washington, D.C. flying P-3C's. I retired in 1994. I look forward to hearing from old shipmates both enlisted and officers..." [06APR2000]


HARMON, Michael harmonmd@navair.navy.mil "...I served with VP-11 as an In-Rlight Technician for CAC-9 from 1992 to 1996, Force Warfare from 1996 to 1998, Civilian Lockheed-Martin P-3 AIP Field Representative from 1998 to 2000, and presently working as a Fleet Support Team Engineer at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC on the V-22 Osprey ..." [E-Mail Updated 14NOV2003 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 26APR2000 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 05AUG98 | 04JAN98]

HEIN, ATC Jeff HeinJH@pax.nawcad.navy.mil "...Was in VP-66 from 86-89, NRL from 89 to 93, VPU-2 from 93 to 97. Presently assigned to Force Aircraft Test Squadron, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland...." [02FEB98]

HERRINGTON, CDR John Bennett http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/herringt.html "...Born September 14, 1958 in Wetumka, Oklahoma. He grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Riverton, Wyoming, and Plano, Texas. Married to the former Debra Ann Farmer of Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have two children. He enjoys rock climbing, snow skiing, running, cycling. Graduated from Plano Senior High School, Plano, Texas, in 1976; received a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, in 1983, and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1995. Distinguished Naval Graduate from Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida, in 1984. Awarded Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbons (3), and various other service awards. Herrington received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in March 1984 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1985. He reported to VP-31 at the NAS Moffett Field, California for initial training in the P-3C Orion. His first operational assignment was with VP-48 where he made three operational deployments, two to the Northern Pacific based from NAS Adak, Alaska and one to the Western Pacific based from the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. While assigned to VP-48, Herrington was designated a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot. Following completion of his first operational tour, Herrington then returned to VP-31 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. While assigned to VP-31 he was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in January 1990. After graduation in December, 1990, he reported to the Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate as a project test pilot for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System. Herrington conducted additional flight test assignments flying numerous variants of the P-3 Orion as well as the T-34C and the DeHavilland Dash 7. Following his selection as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer, Herrington reported to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he completed a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering in June 1995. Herrington was assigned as a special projects officer to the Bureau of Naval Personnel Sea Duty Component when selected for the astronaut program. He has logged over 3,300 flight hours in over 30 different types of aircraft. Selected by NASA in April 1996, Herrington reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. He completed two years of training and evaluation, and is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Herrington was assigned to the Flight Support Branch of the Astronaut Office where he served as a member of the Astronaut Support Personnel team responsible for Shuttle launch preparations and post-landing operations. Most recently, he flew on STS-113 logging over 330 hours in space, including 3 EVAs totaling 19 hours and 55 minutes. STS-113 Endeavour (November 23-Dec 7, 2002) was the sixteenth Shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Mission accomplishments included the delivery of the Expedition-Six crew, the delivery, installation and activation of the P1 Truss, and the transfer of cargo from Shuttle to the Station. During the mission Herrington performed three EVAs totaling 19 hours and 55 minutes. STS-113 brought home the Expedition-Five crew from their 6-month stay aboard the Station. Mission duration 13 days, 18 hours and 47 minutes - DECEMBER 2002..." [17JUN2003]

HORNBARGER, Dawn amvmom_76@yahoo.com "...I served with Force Warfare from 1996 to 1998 and VQ-11 from 1998 to 2000. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [18JUN2004]

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


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

KUNIECKI, AMH2 Pamela A. Retired amhr@erols.com "...I was attached to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, from March of 1986 to September of 1989, when I transferred to VQ-2 in NS Rota, Spain. While at VP-17 I worked in the Airframes Shop and at VQ-2 I worked in Corrosion Control. From there I went to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where I was assigned to the Reliability and Maintainability Division. I was medically retired due to Rheumatoid Arthritis in April of 1996 and I am currently attending college in Southern Maryland..." [03JAN99]


LARSON, AD3 Tom tom270at55@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1988-1992. Also served at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Force Warfare from 1992-1995. If you were in VP-16 these years get back to me..." [02JUL2002]

LEACH, Donald "Myrl" Retired myrl13@juno.com "...VP Alumni- ASW, which is now VX-20 (1981 to 1984), VP-40 (1984 to 1987), VP-68 (1987 to 1993), and VP-66 (1993 to 1996). Member of Union, Local 8251 Chapter! Retired in November 1996 and live in Southern Maryland now. Worked on P-3s with DynCORP for nearly 3 years at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland after getting out, and currently work for Eagle Systems at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland doing logistics work for the NAVAIR community. Miss the flying, dets, and comraderie. Feel free to get in touch with me..." [E-Mail Updated 15JAN2004 | 18DEC98]

LOTZ, Paul pslotz@earthlink.net "...Haven't been in a P-3 since 1994. How many squadrons are we down to now? Served in VP-48 (1987-1990), Force Warfare (1990-1993), VP-23 (1993-Decom 1994). Grew a tailhook in 1995 and went to VS-21 off the Indy. Finishing up a tour as Weps LCPO in El Centro, heading for the Connie in November. Love to hear from any Boomers, Seahawks or Update IV lab rats. Lotto Sends..." [13JUL2000]

LYSAGHT, AT1(AW/NAC) Walter Retired augustbug@ev1.net "...I served with VQ-3 TACAMO from 1975-1981 (NAC), then went to VQ-2 from 1981-1984 as shore duty Aircrew flying EP-3A and EP-3B (Deepwell and Aeries I). I started in Special Projects and when they converted my billet to sea duty, I was transferred into the EP-3 Avionics Shop. Talk about a small world. AT1 Bruce Colby was my instructor for my previous TACAMO school, and ATCS Bruce Colby (same guy) gives me my AES checkride while we're flying out of Greece. NOTE: The Reserves were flying PP-3's by 1981. I also was there when the Seawing bird (EA3) went off to the boneyard after getting a flight waiver. Plane was older than the guys flying it! From VQ-2 I went to VQ-4 TACAMO (NAC) 1984-1989, and onto NATC Force Warfare Aircraft Division in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1989-1992. And what do I see in the hanger, but an Aeries II!!!! VQ is finally getting new planes and with new equipment inside as well! Made my heart glad to see that. You guys in VQ-1 and VQ-2 had done so much with so little, for so long that they expected you to do everything with nothing, forever. I didn't get to work on the Aeries II, I was in the R&M Department working with the E-6A that was to replace the EC-130Q's that I flew in TACAMO. After that, it was one last tour in VQ-4 with a homeport change tossed in the middle of the tour (all while the squadron is flying 24/7 coverage with no standown) just to make it interesting. I really enjoyed VQ-2 (maybe not some of the mickey mouse), but the people were great and so was Spain. I was able to see a lot of Europe. VQ-2's official / un-official OPS Motto will serve you well. "Plan on Yes…. maybe No…. I'll let you know in an hour"!..." [14JUN2003]


MARTINEZ, Ricardo A. "Marty" ramart51@aol.com "...I served with VP-6, VP-9, VX-20 and VX-30. Working as a Maintenance Manager (LAWTFC Fueling Operations) at Los Angeles International Airport since retirement in 2004..." [05MAY2017]

MESSNER, Jeff jeffrey.messner@navy.mil "...I served with VP-31, VP-50, VP-1, NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-46, and VX-20..." [06MAY2004]

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]

MOORE, Craig A. camoore@mail.tqci.net "...Flight Engineer with VP-1, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, MD, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Looking for old friends that were attached to VP-1 or Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, MD. Give me a jingle..." [22MAY98]


PEREIRA, AD Jason beechjetmech@hotmail.com "...I served with Force Warfare Aircraft Test NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1989 to 1991. I was a AD working on the S3 (BUNO: 736), S3B (BUNO: 742 and 770) and the first ES-3 BUNO: 993. I went to Great Lakes for basic training in 1988. From there I went to Millington TN, NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and VS-27 for F.R.A.M.P. school..." [03DEC2003]

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]

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


ROBERTS, AW2 John kaylin@erols.com "...Served with VP-10 from Aug '91 through Feb '96. Currently attached to Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron, VP Projects, at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [01FEB98]


SKINNER, Rear Admiral W. Mark http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/skinnerwm.html "...Rear Admiral W. Mark Skinner - Commander - Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division - NAS China Lake, California and NAS Point Mugu, California - Rear Admiral Mark Skinner is a native of Houston, Texas, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1977. He completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1979. He reported first to VP-23. He then served as an FRS Instructor Pilot aboard VP-31 until 1984. After graduating from Test Pilot School in 1985, he reported to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate where he was recognized as Directorate Test Pilot of the Year in 1986. He served as the Communications Officer in USS Ranger and then went to VP-6 as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, then Maintenance Officer. In 1991, Rear Adm Skinner joined the staff of CPW-2, serving as Current Operations Officer. He served as Executive Officer for VP-47 and subsequently took command in 1994. He then reported to Combined Task Force 72/57 as Operations Officer, directing VP forces participating in Operations Vigilant Sentinel and Southern Watch, and PRC-Taiwan Contingency Operations. After graduating from Naval Postgraduate School as a Conrad Scholar, he was awarded the Department of the Navy award for excellence in financial management, and the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan award for excellence in administrative sciences. After completing the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager Course, he joined Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron as Chief Test Pilot in 1996. As Commanding Officer of Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in 1998, he was later selected as Program Manager for a Chief of Naval Operations Special Project. He served as the Acting Deputy Program Executive Officer for Air ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs until February 2002. Rear Adm. Skinner assumed command of NAVAIR Weapons Division in August 2004 with responsibility for Navy weapons and systems RDT&E and fleet support capabilities at NAS China Lake, California and NAS Point Mugu, California. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and other unit deployment citations and ribbons..." [20MAR2005]

SOUCI, Damon R. Sans Damon.R.SansSouci@NOAA.GOV "...AT3. Served in VXN-8 from '87 - '91 Avionics shop . Will never forget all those wild VXN-8 parties at the "House of Ill Repute!" If anybody has any good photos of those parties, would love to see a few! Ended enlistment and worked at Force Warfare as a civilian on the P-3's and the Convair 880 from '91 - '92. From '92 to present, work for the NOAA Hurricane Hunters at MacDill AFB, FL. as Avionics Manager and IFT/Radio Operator on the WP-3D's..." [12OCT99]

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]

STONEY, Bob bob.stoney@comcast.net "...Served in VP-9 1981-85, then went to Test Pilot School. Served at Force Warfare (they call it VX-20 now, I think) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and multiple tours at TPS, including CO. Been with the FAA as a Test Pilot since retiring in 2002--first in Wichita and now in Seattle. Love the job! Family (wife + 3) doing great..." [17NOV2005]

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]


THIBEAULT, AMS1(FE) Robert tbolt@oakharbor.net "...I was in VP-24 from Feb 88 to Aug 92. I flew with CAC 4 briefly, CAC 2 and worked in airframes. Went on to push "Boots" at Great Lakes and then to VQ-1 in beautiful NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Being in 24 was my most enjoyable tour so far. I miss the good times in airframes and with the aircrews. I have fond memories of the Icelandic prison camp (the barracks), arduous Ready duty at the beach in Bermuda and my 3P's (Ens. Squeaky) infamous ditch (crew prank) at the North Pole. I'm transfering in Sep 99 to Force Warfare in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, possibly my last tour before retirement..." [14JUL99]


VACEK, Glen glen.vacek@verizon.net "...I served with VP-6 (flight technician) from 1988 to 1992 and Force Warfare/VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1993 to 1997. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 22SEP2010]

VATTER, AMEC Tom Retired tfvatter@us.hsanet.net "...I served a P-3 Flight Engineer from 1963 - 1989. I was pleased with to do the P-3 flying in Squadrons like VP-8, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland WST, VP-19, VP-30, VP-50, VP-31, VXN-8, NATC ASW then Force Warfare, VXN-8 until retirement. During those years Logged a few hours I think it was 15,575 but who was counting. Looking to hear from any old Shipmates. Drop a line. I am now working as a support contractor for the P-3 Retrofits and Special Projects group at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [18MAR99]


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

WHEELER, Timothy P. wheelz6869@aol.com "...I was stationed in Force Aircraft Test Squadron back in 96. I am looking for an old Shipmate. His name is David Kulibert. He is or was an AD1 I think that he went to VP-8 any help locating him would be appreciated..." [E-Mail Updated 06SEP2001 | 05MAY99]

WIGHT, ATC Dennis W. Retired dennis.wight@navy.mil "...I served with VP-9 from 1981 to 1984, VP-49 from 1984 to 1987, Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1987 to 1991, VP-11 from 1991 to 1995 and then back to Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland till I retired in July 1999. I had an absolute blast in every command I was in and flying with the Navy's finest aircrewman. I spent the last 10 years working in Maintenance Control watching the worlds best maintenance personnel keeping those Orion's in the air. As a civilian, I'm still supporting the VP Navy as a Project Specialist with the P-3 Retrofits and Special Projects Group at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would love to hear from my fellow Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 26MAY2011 | 10DEC99]

WILLIAMS, Daryl Retired darylw1952@aol.com "...I served with VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida from November 1970 til December 1973, VXN-8 from April 1974 til December 1978 and February 1982 til Feb 1986, NRL from January 1979 til February 1982 and from February 1986 until May 1990 when I retired. I now work for the Project Liaison Office, Force Aircraft Test Squadron (now VX-20) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUN2005 | E-Mail Updated 21FEB2004 | 08SEP99]

WOLTERS, LT James (Doogie) jwolters@worldnet.att.net "...I'm currently stationed at DESRON 26 (NOB Norfolk, VA). I flew with VP-9 from 90-92, and was at Force Warfare ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) from 94-96 after graduating from TPS..." [31MAR98]


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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