A BIT OF HISTORY: VP-40 History "...Fighting Marlins Take Part In Under Sea Warfare Eexercise by LT(jg) Jason Dietz VP-40 - Thursday, March 26, 2009 (Squadrons Mentioned: VP-5, VP-8, VP-9, VP-40, VP-47 and maintainers from CMO-2, CMO-10, CMO-11 and CPRW-2..." WebSite: Northwest Navigator http://www.northwestnavigator.com/ [27MAR2009]Circa 2008
Photograph Caption: The Fighting Marlins of VP-40 recently participated in take part in an under sea warfare exercise with the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group off the coast of Okinawa.The Fighting Marlins of VP-40 recently took part in the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group Under Sea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) out of NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan.
One of the largest exercises in recent years, the exercise was conducted overseas in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The event took place off the coast of Okinawa and included participants from the Stennis strike group, forward deployed naval forces from CTF-70, maritime patrol forces from CTF-72, three surface ships, three submarines as well as three P-3 aircrews from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
The Fighting Marlins, along with VP-5, VP-8, VP-9, VP-47 and maintainers from CMO-2, CMO-10 and CMO-11, formed a combined detachment under the leadership of Commander, CPRW-2, encompassing sixteen combat aircrews and eight P-3s. They provided continuous 24-hour operational support to the Strike Group throughout the exercise and stood ready alerts able to react to any potential real world events.
The exercise spanned over five days of around-the-clock operations including several weeks of joint planning with the Strike Group, who was en-route to their six-month Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment.
With an average of three planes airborne at any given time during the exercise, the maintainers tirelessly worked to have aircraft available for real world events including the numerous scheduled exercise events. As expected, they answered the challenge, launching fifty-one sorties of the fifty-two scheduled over the course of the exercise.
For the Combat aircrews from VP-40 the exercise provided invaluable "real world" experience in a dynamic and fast paced environment.
The crews successfully balanced the high operational demands and minimum turn-around times without missing a beat. In the condensed time span of the exercise, the detachment amassed just over three hundred flight hours.
The four Marlin aircrews flew over one hundred hours during sixteen events, which accounted for one-third of the total flight time. They were directly responsible for seven of the fifteen simulated submarine kills by maritime patrol forces during the exercise, highlighting the ASW operational capabilities of the VP Community.
The success of the strike group laid the foundation for future major exercises within 7th Fleet.
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A BIT OF HISTORY: CMO-11 History "...Mission Aaccomplished - Hundreds Gather for CMO-11 Sunset - By Clark Pierce, Editor - VOL. 67 • NO. 10 • NAS JACKSONVILLE, FLA - Thursday, March 12, 2009..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [14MAR2009]
In preparation for transition from the P-3 Orion to the P-8 Poseidon, Consolidated Maintenance Organization 11 was disestablished March 6 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida Hangar 1000.
Guest speaker Capt. Kyle Cozad, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, told the large audience, "Wing Eleven was at the forefront of change in naval aviation in October 2006 when we combined four squadron-level maintenance departments into a single unit of maintainers – established as Consolidated Maintenance Organization 11. From the very start, the ‘Black Tips' embraced change and set the example for our maritime patrol and reconnaissance community.
CMO-11 History (From left) Capt. Kyle Cozad, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, looks on as CMO-11 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Pat McCormick and CMDCM Gary Dryer display the framed commissioning pennant that was ceremoniously "hauled down" at the conclusion of the CMO-11 Disestablishment Ceremony March 6 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
Today, the change that you led has come full circle. "Although the reasons for wing-level maintenance were sound, our return to organic, squadron-level maintenance is consistent with how we intend to operate the P-8 Poseidon in the near future. Today, I want to focus on the enduring qualities that ensured success at CMO-11. The glue that holds every organization together is leadership. When Cmdr. Pat McCormick assumed command of CMO-11 in March 2008, I urged him to let his officers and chiefs focus on fixing airplanes – while he focused on his people. As a result, his priorities of professionalism and putting Sailors first permeated the hangar bays.
People saw he was sincere and genuine in his concern for Sailors who work hard to keep P-3s flying safely. In fact, he had the CMO-11 motto painted on the hangar wall for all to see," said Cozad.
According to Cozad, McCormick's professionalism never faltered when the return to squadronlevel maintenance was announced last fall. He accepted it as another challenge and kept his focus on his Sailors. McCormick also worked with the wing's VP squadron skippers to create a seamless process that worked safely and effectively – while continuing to fly hundreds of missions locally and around the world.
"I want to thank everyoneeveryone who has been part of the Black Tip organization since its inception in 2006. Our community owes you a debt of gratitude for accepting the challenge to create such a professional operation. Rear Adm. Bill Moran, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, asked me to convey the following message," said Cozad.
"I know how difficult disestablishment is for the Black Tips. I want to recognize your leadership for its commitment to making CMO-11 a success, and for your everlasting faith in your Sailors' devotion to do the job right during their CMO journey."
McCormick told the audience that Black Tips detachments are still deployed to safely and effectively support global P-3 operations.
"Just this week , I received a Bravo - Zulu from Commodore Moore in Sigonella, Italy for the Black Tips' support of a multi-national exercise. Simultaneously, halfway around the world, we still have Black Tips supporting counter-drug missions in Central America, as well as supporting anti-submarine missions deployed from Japan," said McCormick.
"Regardless of how our units are configured, what we do matters because our long range anti-submarine aircraft are vital to the fleet and critical to the Navy's operational strategy. Our fine men and women did their job proudly prior to and during their tours with CMO-11. I have no doubt they will continue to serve honorably as "Mad Foxes," "Broadarrows , " "War Eagles" and "Pelicans."
I will certainly miss the unique opportunity of working together as Black Tips, and I wish each of you the best throughout your Navy careers," concluded McCormick.
CMO-11 History (From left) Capt. Kyle Cozad, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, looks on as CMO-11 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Pat McCormick and CMDCM Gary Dryer display the framed commissioning pennant that was ceremoniously "hauled down" at the conclusion of the CMO-11 Disestablishment Ceremony March 6 at NAS Jacksonville.
A BIT OF HISTORY: CMO-11 History "...CMO-11 "Black Tips" to Disestablish - By Clark Pierce, Editor - Originally created Thursday, March 5, 2009..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [05MAR2009]
Photograph Caption: During a recent tour of the flight line near Hangar 1000, CMO-11 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Pat McCormick observes AD2 Thomas Bacon and ADAN Jeffrey Chidester as they perform scheduled maintenance on a P-3C turboprop engine. (Photo by Clark Pierce)
The era of wing-level maintenance ownership of P-3 Orion aircraft at NAS Jacksonville, Florida ends tomorrow with the disestablishment of Consolidated Maintenance Organization (CMO) 11.
Cmdr. Pat McCormick, CMO-11 commanding officer, recently discussed the short history of the organization that was established in October 2006.
"In preparation for the P-8A Poseidon (the P-3C replacement) transition, the Navy combined the P-3 squadrons' maintenance departments at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; NAS Whidbey Island, Washington; and NAS Jacksonville, Florida into CMO-2, CMO-10 and CMO-11 respectively to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
"The CMO concept divided the command into maintenance deployment teams that were paired with squadrons - in our case, VP-5, VP-16, VP-45 and VP-62. When a VP squadron deployed, the CMO sent a maintenance detachment to accompany the squadron to ensure mission-capable aircraft," said McCormick.
"Leadership intended the CMO to mirror the new P-8 organization of 2012 that would be flown by Navy aircrew and maintained by contractor logistics support. The only Navy maintainers involved would be ordnance support. The idea was to focus solely on transitioning flyers to the P-8 without simultaneously transitioning maintainers," McCormick explained.
"Things changed in November 2008 when patrol and reconnaissance leadership decided to revert back to legacy maintenance departments at the squadron level. This was not a negative reflection of CMO performance. It was simply determined that there is better synergy by deploying as a single unit, rather than two separate units of flyers and maintainers," continued McCormick. "With the advent of P-8, leadership believes traditional, squadron-level maintenance will maximize our expeditionary capabilities. So, we can go anywhere, any time - with flyers and maintainers operating as one unit."
At its height, CMO-11 mustered 680 officer and enlisted personnel.
"Our maintainers will all revert to VP squadrons. And junior officers will once again hone their leadership skills as branch officers in charge of the various maintenance shops. The only people losing their jobs are me, my XO and my command master chief," said McCormick.
The CMO-11 Disestablishment Ceremony is scheduled for March 6 at 10 a.m. in Hangar 1000.
A BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 History "...VP-16 Around The Clock by LT Kevin Johnston COM-11 PAO - Thursday, December 11, 2008..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [12DEC2008]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...'War Eagles,' 'Black Tips' Homecoming - HOMECOMING: VP-16 Returns from Six-month Deployment by LT(jg) Kevin Harrington, VP-16 PAO - Thursday, December 11, 2008..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [12DEC2008]
The first combat aircrews of VP-16 "War Eagles" and maintainers of Consolidated Maintenance Organization Eleven (CMO-11) "Black Tips" Maintenance Detachment Team B (MDT-B) returned Dec. 1 to an emotional reunion with family and friends at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
VP-16 History PHoto by Kaylee LaRocque VP-16 Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. David McMullen. gets sprayed down by his co-workers after returning home and flying his last flight with the squadron Dec. 4.
During deployment, VP-16 was tasked with covering an area of responsibility (AOR) that encompassed nearly half of the globe. "I have never seen a squadron spread over such a large area and accomplish everything as well as we have. The total dedication to each other and the mission was humbling to watch. To be a part of this superb group of warriors is the highlight of my Navy career," remarked VP-16 Executive Officer Cmdr. Anthony Corapi.
VP-16 History Glad-to-be-home Lt. Cmdr. Shannon Clark said he had a lot of catching up to do with his wife, Sheila, and daughters Avree (5) and Makenna (2).
In June, VP-16 assumed command as Commander, Task Group 72.2/72.4 at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan while simultaneously deploying four combat aircrews (CAC), maintenance personnel and a command element to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Commander, Task Force 67.
VP-16 History A member of the CMO-11's Detachment B Black Tip team washes down one of the VP-16 aircraft while on deployment.
From Japan, VP-16 launched a forward detachment of one aircraft, one combat aircrew and maintenance personnel to execute global war on terror missions at Clark Air Base, Philippines. In October, VP-16 assumed command as Commander, Task Group 67.1 in Sigonella and dispatched two combat aircrews to the Fourth Fleet AOR to carry out counter-drug operations from Comalapa Forward Operating Location, El Salvador.
VP-16 History CS3 Nick Lohnes of VP-16 is introduced to his 1-month-old daughter, Wendy, by his wife, Sarah, and son, Jackson.
This extraordinary deployment for VP-16 demonstrated the global reach of the War Eagles and showcased exceptional mission accomplishments. Operating simultaneously from three AORs, VP-16 executed more than 600 sorties and flew over 2,900 flight hours with better than a 92 percent mission completion rate. VP-16 Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Dimmock noted, "This high operational tempo is a true testament to each individual Sailor's dedication to the team and mission."
VP-16 History AO1 Justin McCray, of Naval Munitions Command Jax, celebrates the homecoming of his wife, AM2 Anna McCray of VP-16. "We're looking forward to being a couple for at least the next eight months. Even with deployments, the Navy has been good for us."
Historic achievements include the first-ever airborne acoustic intelligence and imagery collection against a foreign diesel submarine on an out-of-area patrol in the Pacific Command (PACOM) AOR.
In October, VP-16 carried out unprecedented simultaneous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) prosecutions within European Command and PACOM, achieving 39 hours of on-top time and over 54 hours of total deployment contact time on foreign submarine forces. This led the War Eagles to record the first "sector kill" in the North Atlantic in over nine years. Shortly after arriving in El Salvador, VP-16 combat aircrews located a suspected drug runner during a high-visibility maritime interdiction mission, resulting in the seizure of more than 1.2 million metric tons of illegal drugs. VP-16 executed 25 detachments across the globe to include most of Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, South and Central America and Europe. These detachments were vital in supporting over 35 theater security cooperation engagements, humanitarian missions, allied exercises, real-world ASW operations and fleet support missions with over 28 different countries.
VP-16 History After waiting over two hours at Hangar 117, Jolene Carlton and her children got what they came for -- daddy! (Also known as AE2 Christopher Carlton)
VP-16's successful six-month deployment to support the commanders of Fourth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleets made 2008 one of the most extraordinary years in VP-16's maritime patrol and reconnaissance history. The performance of every member of the War Eagle and Black Tip team made this deployment one for the record books.
"This was a total team effort. My hat is off to the maintainers from CMO-11 Det Team B. I've never seen such a quality maintenance effort. They allowed us to excel on station and support the theater commanders," stated VP-16 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Mark Creasey.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Squadron Comes Home to NAS Jax - Posted By: Dave Wax Created: 12/9/2008 2:59:11 PM - Updated: 12/9/2008 4:19:02 PM..." WebSite: FirstCoastNews http://www.firstcoastnews.com/ [10DEC2008]
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The War Eagles are back at home.
After a six-month deployment overseas, the 400 sailors of VP-16 and 174 sailors from COM-11 celebrated their homecoming Tuesday afternoon at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
The sailors in VP-16 flew more than 2,900 hours during the deployment supporting the global war on terror.
While based out of Japan, they were involved in detachments in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Eastern Pacific, and the Caribbean.
While on deployment, they achieved the first ever acoustic and imagery collections of a foreign diesel submarine in the Western Pacific.
A BIT OF HISTORY: CMO-11 History "...Award-Winning Restoration By Clark Pierce, Editor - Originally created Thursday, November 13, 2008..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [13NOV2008]
Photograph Caption: From left: Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Capt. Kyle Kozad presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal to AM1 James Agner, AM2 Jason Shariest, AD3 Zachary Barnett, AM3 Jeff Bergevin, AM3 Daville Hawkins, AT3 Heather Johnson, AM3 Christopher Merrill and ADAN Dustin Childress. Not pictured: AM2 Barnes, AO3 Dale, AMAN Lotz, AMAN Lowe and AMAN Pena. Photos by Clark Pierce
Members of the CMO-11 Tiger Team were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Nov. 5 by Capt. Kyle Kozad, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 for their professional achievement.
According to CMO-11 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Patrick McCormick, the team planned and executed the exterior restoration of NAS Jacksonville, Florida's static P-3C Orion display aircraft located near the main gate - in only three weeks.
"This volunteer team overcame equipment problems, supplier shipping delays, hornet nests and challenging weather conditions to complete the pressure washing, sanding, repairing, repainting and detailing of the aircraft," explained McCormick. "Team leader AM1 James Agner and his volunteers worked all hours of the day and night, including weekends, in order to get the job done prior to the 2008 NAS Jacksonville, Florida Air Show. Additionally, his team volunteered another entire week following the air show on fine detailing to ensure the accuracy and durability of their work."
CMO-11 History The Orion's vertical stabilizer (rudder) now displays the insignia of CPRW-11, CMO-11 and all the VP squadrons homeported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
The aircraft's vertical stabilizer (rudder) is now emblazoned with the squadron insignia of VP-5, VP-16, VP-45 and VP-62, in addition to CPRW-11 and CMO-11.
CMO-11 Executive Officer Cmdr. Ivan Carlson said the prep and sanding was critical. "It took two weeks of pressure washing and sanding to get the aircraft ready for paint, which included primer and finish coats."
An environmental challenge was removing numerous hornet nests.
"Some crew took a few stings for the team," said Carlson. "They also set up lights for volunteers who worked after sunset. Work also proceeded on weekends in order to meet the deadline."
Agner expressed his thanks to motorists who drove by the project for keeping his team's morale high. "Drivers were yelling, honking, waving and giving our team the thumbs-up. We're glad to share our Navy pride with the rest of NAS Jacksonville, Florida," said Agner.
A BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16/CMO-11 History "...Flexibility Gets VP-16 Over The Hump By LT(jg) Kevin Harrington - VP-16 Public Affairs Officer - Thursday, October 2, 2008..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [03OCT2008]
A BIT OF HISTORY: CMO-11 Ellie Teevan "...A Way To Say "Thanks" - Navy Ombudsmen Recognized for Their Contributions By Kaylee LaRocque - NAS Jax Deputy PAO - Thursday, September 25, 2008..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [25SEP2008]
Photograph Caption: NAS Jax Commanding Officer Captain Jack Scorby Jr. presents Consolidated Maintenance Organization Eleven's Ombudsman Ellie Teevan with a letter of appreciation at the lunchion. Photo by Kaylee LaRocque
A BIT OF HISTORY: CPO Selectees "...CPO SELECTEES (VP-5, VP-30, VP-62, CPRW-11 and CMO-11) - Thursday, September 4, 2008..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [04SEP2008]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...CMO-11 BLACK TIPS On Deployment "S"..." WebSite: CMO-11 http://www.cmo11.navy.mil/ [28JUL2008]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...CMO-11 BLACK TIPS AT WORK ON THE HOME FRONT..." WebSite: CMO-11 http://www.cmo11.navy.mil/ [28JUL2008]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...CMO-11's Mission Statement..." WebSite: CMO-11 http://www.cmo11.navy.mil/ [27JUL2008]Circa 2007
In defense of our great nation, Consolidated Maintenance Organization ELEVEN's mission is to provide ready for tasking aircraft and qualified maintenance teams capable of supporting Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance operations and training objectives worldwide.
A BIT OF HISTORY: CDR Patrick J. McCormick "...Biography - COMMANDER - PATRICK J. MCCORMICK..." WebSite: CMO-11 http://www.cmo11.navy.mil/ [27JUL2008]
Commander Patrick J. McCormick, from Vero Beach, Florida, began his Naval career in 1987 as a Seaman Recruit. Upon completion of Basic Training and the BOOST Officer training program at Recruit Training Command San Diego, California, he attended Jacksonville University in Florida. In 1992 he graduated with a B.S. in Geography and was commissioned an Ensign through the NROTC program.
Completing Naval Flight Officer training in 1993, he reported to the RED LANCERS of VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine. While attached to VP-10 he served during three deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Panama and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, flying missions in support of Operations SHARP GUARD, DENY FLIGHT and LASER STRIKE. He served as Logs and Records Officer, Tactical Publicans Librarian, Avionics Branch Officer, Readiness Officer, and AV/ARM Division Officer. He qualified as P-3C UDIII Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander and Instructor Tactical Coordinator.
In 1998 he reported as an FRS instructor to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, serving as Assistant Student Control Officer, Fleet IUT Instructor, and NFO Training Officer. While at VP-30, he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida.
In March of 2001 he reported aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in Mayport, Florida, as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. He deployed to the North Arabian Sea in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He served as V-4 and V-2 Division Officer and qualified as Helicopter Control Officer and Assistant Air Officer.
Following refresher training at VP-30, in August of 2003 Commander McCormick reported to the GOLDEN SWORDSMEN of VP-47 MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, as the Administrative Officer deploying to NSF Diego Garcia, NSA Bahrain, Oman, Djibouti and Afghanistan in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. He finished this tour as the squadron's Operations Officer.
In February of 2006 Commander McCormick reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Air Warfare Directorate as the Deputy P-3/P-8 Requirements Officer and also served as the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Requirements Officer.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike Flight), three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Biography - COMMANDER WILLIAM FILAN..." WebSite: CMO-11 http://www.cmo11.navy.mil/ [27JUL2008]
Commander Filan was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1989. Upon completion of flight training and designation as a Naval Aviator, he was assigned in February of 1992 to the "Batmen" of VP-24 NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
While attached to the "Batmen", Commander Filan made two deployments, first to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and then to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He served as the Corrosion Branch Officer, General Safety Officer, Aircraft Division Officer and the Training Department Head and qualified as an Instructor Pilot, Formation Intercept Pilot, Maintenance Check Pilot and Mission Commander/Plane Commander for a Special Projects crew.
Following his first squadron assignment, Commander Filan was selected for instructor duty at the United States Naval Academy and reported to Annapolis, Maryland in April of 1995. While at the Naval Academy he served as Ethics Advisor to the Commandant of Midshipmen and as 22nd Company Officer prior to transferring to sea duty in February of 1998.
Commander Filan completed Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer School in Lakehurst, New Jersey, and reported aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) in February of 1998. He served as the Air Department Training Officer, V-3 Division Officer, V-5 Division Officer and V-2 Division Officer. Commander Filan completed the ship's maiden ‘around the world' cruise from Norfolk, Virginia to her new homeport of San Diego, California as well as two months of a second deployment to the Arabian Gulf.
Upon completion of refresher flight training, Commander Filan reported to VP-47 MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in August of 2000 for his squadron department head tour. He was assigned as the Safety/NATOPS Department Head and was the Officer in Charge of detachments in Masirah, Oman and Ali al Salem, Kuwait during an Arabian Gulf deployment. Subsequently he was selected to serve as the squadron's Maintenance Officer and Officer in Charge of the squadron's main detachment site in NAF Misawa, Japan while on a multi-site deployment to the Far East AOR in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In November 2002, Commander Filan reported as the Aviation Enlisted Community Manager for the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. He assumed responsibility for directing all aspects of career planning for 56,500 enlisted Sailors and was the manager of the Navy's Perform to Serve reenlistment program as well as the military liaison for the Fleet Ride development and introduction team.
In August 2004, Commander Filan transferred to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), as the Fleet Simulator Requirements Officer where he was responsible for all Fleet training requirements and oversight of more than 500 million dollars.
Commander Filan assumed his present position as the Executive Officer of Consolidated Maintenance Organization ELEVEN in August 2006.
Commander Filan has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and various campaign and service medals.
A BIT OF HISTORY: CMDCM(AW/SW) Gary Dryer "...Biography - CMDCM(AW/SW) GARY DRYER..." WebSite: CMO-11 http://www.cmo11.navy.mil/ [27JUL2008]
Master Chief Dryer enlisted in the United States Navy in July of 1979. After completing Basic Training in Great lakes, Ill he attended Aviation Ordnance "A" School in NAS Millington, Tennessee.
Master Chief Dryer's first sea tour was USS Midway, home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. While onboard he advanced to Aviation Ordnanceman second Class. His next assignment was at Naval Magazine NS Subic Bay, Philippines. While assigned to NAVMAG he lead 75 Philippine Nationals in the first wall to wall inventory of NAVMAG since pre- Vietnam Era. His next sea tour was aboard PCU Theodore Roosevelt which was later commissioned as USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) home ported in Norfolk, Va. where he was advanced to First Class petty officer and served as the G-1 Division LPO. While onboard the TR he was hand picked by AIRLANT to lead a team of Aviation Ordnancemen on a Persian Gulf deployment onboard the USS Trenton (LPD-14).
He transferred from the TR to Attack Squadron 41 to learn how to be an A-6 Ordy. He then Transferred to Attack Squadron 75 "The Sunday Punchers" where he deployed onboard the USS John F Kennedy in support of Operation Desert Storm. VA-75 is where he was selected for Chief Petty Officer. He then transferred to NAS Key West, Florida where he was the LCPO for weapons department and was selected to Senior Chief. This led to follow on orders as the ordnance specialist on the CTF-63 staff home ported in Naples, Italy where he handled all ammunition movements within the Mediterranean AOR. He then transferred to the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) home ported in San Diego, Ca where he was the Combat Systems Department LCPO. On board the Tarawa he made two deployments to the Arabian Gulf. He was then assigned to NAF Mildenhall, England as the SEA and was selected to Master Chief. His tour in England was cut short and he was transferred to NSA LaMaddaleana Italy as the CMC. His other CMC tours include USS O'Brien home ported in Yokosuka Japan, VP-30 home ported in NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
Master Chief Dryer is currently serving as Command Master Chief, Consolidated Maintenance Organization Eleven, NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
Master Chief Dryer is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon along with various other personal and group commendations. He is Enlisted Aviation Warfare and Enlisted Surface Warfare qualified.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Welcome to CMO-11 - Message From the Skipper..." WebSite: CMO-11 http://www.cmo11.navy.mil/ [27JUL2008]
Greetings from the "Blacktip" team of Consolidated Maintenance Organization ELEVEN. We are looking forward to hosting you and your families here at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL., and it is our intention to make your move as smooth as possible. We are certain you will find your tour professionally rewarding as well as challenging. Our Sponsorship Team will assign all new personnel a sponsor who will be in touch with you prior to your arrival at CMO-11. If you have not yet heard from your sponsor, please contact our Duty Office. The sponsor's sole goal is to aid in your smooth transition to Jacksonville. I'm looking forward to welcoming you aboard in person in sunny and warm Florida. Welcome Aboard!
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP CMOs from Rick Burgess..." Forwarded by Marco P.J. Borst http://p3orion.nl/ [23JUL2008]
As stated in an interview in the Spring 2008 Wings of Gold magazine, the Navy has taken the unusual step of separating aircraft ownership and maintenance personnel from VP squadrons and created Consolidated Maintenance Organizations (CMOs). At each of three patrol reconnaissance wings (2 (MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii), 10 (Whidbey), and 11 (NAS Jacksonville, Florida), one CMO with a designation that matches the wing (i.e., CMO-11 at CPRW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida) will own all of the P-3 aircraft and the maintenance personnel at the base. The VP squadrons will consist of the aircrews and a handful of admin personnel. When a VP squadron deploys, the CMO will send a maintenance detachment to accompany the squadron at the deployment site.
This situation has been necessitated by the critical shortage of P-3s in the fleet. This also is why tail codes have been deleted from fleet VP aircraft. I do not yet know if the change affects VP-30, which is not part of a wing. I have heard nothing yet about wings adopting wing-wide tail codes.
This situation is unprecedented in U.S. naval aviation history, at least in modern times, to my limited knowledge. The old MATS Navy C-121 and C-130E squadrons had a separate squadron dedicated to maintenance, as did AEWBarRonPac having a separate maintenance unit for its EC-121s. I would be interested in hearing about other exceptions.
Ironically, this move comes as the USAF, which had wing-level aircraft ownership and maintenance at many units, is trending toward squadron ownership and maintenance.
CMO establishment dates (from Naval Aviation News Jul-Aug 2008):
CMO-11 22 Oct 2007
CMO-2 27 Dec 2007
CMO-10 27 Dec 2007
There will be no CMO at NAS Brunswick, Maine because the base is being closed and its squadrons relocated to NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
A BIT OF HISTORY: 070906-N-8590G-003 COMALAPA AIR BASE, El Salvador (Sept. 6, 2007) "...Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Kevin Gruters, assigned to Consolidated Maintenance Organization in support of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, the "Pelicans," salutes the pilot of a P3C returning to base after completion of a mission. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger, Jr. (RELEASED)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [20JUN2008]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-45 Returns Home By Lt. Edward Fong, VP-45 PAO - Thursday, December 13th, 2007. (VP-45 and CMO-11)..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [13DEC2007]
VP-45 History IS3 Charles Coddington hugs his wife, Shawna, after returning home from a six-month deployment. VP-45 deployed to Sigonella, Italy, Comalapa, El Salvador and Djibouti, Africa. Photos by MC2 (AW/NAC) Kaitlyn Patterson.
The final group of Sailors from VP-45 and CMO-11, returned home to NAS Jacksonville last week, bringing to an end an exciting and historic deployment.
The VP-45 "Pelicans" began their tri-site deployment in May. Throughout the deployment, the squadron maintained six crews and approximately 100 personnel in Sigonella, Italy, four crews and 100 personnel in Comalapa, El Salvador and two crews and 50 personnel at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Operations from these sites supported counter-drug operations as well as the global war on terrorism. From hunting down and intercepting shipments of illegal narcotics to supporting coalition troops engaged in combat operations, the Pelicans carried out their tasks with extreme proficiency, accuracy, and professionalism.
During the deployment, VP-45 flew more than 4,900 mishap-free flight hours across four continents. In El Salvador, the Pelicans were directly involved in seizing over 55 metric tons of illegal narcotics with a street value of over $2 billion. Highlights of these operations included the seizure of a self-propelled semi-submersible which was featured on several national media outlets.
VP-45 History Jonathan Baiza jumps in the inflatable bouncer that was set up for the children who awaited their family member's return Dec. 4. He was waiting for his stepdad, AW2 Jonathan Castano from VP-45 to come home.
In Africa, squadron personnel flew missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, providing valuable intelligence and direct support to coalition forces on the ground. They also performed a critical role in monitoring and deterring piracy along the African coast.
In Sigonella, VP-45 operations focused on traditional maritime patrol and reconnaissance missions. VP-45 crews constantly monitored the shipping traffic in the Mediterranean Sea in support of NATO Operation Active Endeavor and numerous overland missions were flown in the Balkans.
While on deployment, the Pelicans had the opportunity to participate in detachments to 15 countries, providing humanitarian support, establishing foreign relations and refining their joint combat capabilities. Among the most notable of these detachments was Exercise Indunduma flown from Cape Town, South Africa. While in South Africa, squadron personnel flew in support of Task Group 60.5, which is tasked with maintaining the maritime picture along the Indian Ocean coastline of Africa. These operations focused on general military training with the South African Air Force and Navy in order to improve interoperability while maintaining stability in the region and advancing multinational interests in South and East Africa.
VP-45 History Navy family member Amanda Hartley offered face painting for the children who awaited their family member's return Dec. 4. Here, she paints the face of her little brother, Owen, as they waited for their father, AT2 Chad Hartley's plane to arrive.
The numerous missions, detachments and mishap-free hours would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of a truly exceptional maintenance team. VP-45 was the first squadron to fully deploy under the CMO structure. This concept, which was implemented in October 2006, was designed to improve maintenance services for the P-3 community. Working together, VP-45 and CMO-11 have implemented this concept flawlessly across three
VP-45 returns homedeployment sites. While on deployment with VP-45, the CMO personnel have maintained the highest level of aircraft availability for mission completion in the harshest of conditions.
VP-45 History A VP-45 Sailor kisses his wife after returning home.
The last six months were truly an adventure for the men and women of VP-45 and CMO-11, providing them with unique opportunities to see the world and interact with different cultures. Many Sailors took advantage of the squadron's deployment to visit cities throughout Europe, while others were able to take a jungle-canopy tour in the Kakum National Rainforest during a detachment to Accra, Ghana. "This deployment has shown me first-hand, the role we perform in the defense of our country and I am honored at having the privilege to serve," remarked IT3 Miguel Bonilla Roman, reflecting on his first deployment.
VP-45 History AZ2 Jamie Waycaster from VP-45 hugs Abigail Batson after returning home from a six month deployment.
VP-45 was relieved in Sigonella by surge crews from NAS Brunswick and NAS Jacksonville, led by VP-5. In El Salvador, they were relieved by crews from MCAS Kanehoe Bay, Hawaii and NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. led by VP-9.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Naval Station Ingleside - NAVSTA Ingleside Welcomes New Commanding Officer..." WebSite: Naval Station Ingleside www.nsi.navy.mil/ [13DEC2007]
Command of Naval Station Ingleside will change hands Thursday, April 10, during a traditional change of command ceremony on the Naval Station waterfront. Capt. Tim Watkins will turn over command to Capt. Leland "BT" D. Taylor. Rear Adm. Michael C. Vitale, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, will be the keynote speaker. Musical selections will be provided by the Calallen Middle School Honors Band.
Capt. Taylor reports to Naval Station Ingleside from Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11) in Jacksonville, Fla. At CPRW-11, he was the first Commanding Officer of Consolidated Maintenance Organization ELEVEN where he combined the maintenance departments and aircraft from three active-duty VP squadrons and one Reserve squadron into a single command that consisted of over 700 maintenance personnel and 24 P-3C aircraft.
Taylor entered the U.S. Navy in 1976, after serving a four-year tour in the U.S. Air Force as a crew chief on the F-4C Phantom and C-130 Hercules aircraft at Luke AFB, Ariz., from 1972 to 1976.
After OSVET (Other Service Veteran) training in 1976 at NTC Great Lakes, Ill., Taylor attended Aviation Structural Mechanic (Hydraulics) AMH "A" School in Memphis, Tenn., and F-4 FRAMP at VF-121 at NAS Miramar, California. In May of 1977, he reported to his first Fleet squadron, VF-191, on board USS CORAL SEA (CV 43), where he served as plane captain and flight deck troubleshooter, and completed a Western Pacific deployment. After VF-191 decommissioned in November 1977, Taylor transferred to the Black Knights of VF-154, NAS Miramar, California, and completed two more Western Pacific deployments on board USS RANGER (CV 61) as the line and troubleshooter.
From January 1981 to March 1984, Taylor was assigned to the United States Blue Angels as the solo crew chief on the number six and five aircraft and a diamond crew chief on the number three aircraft. Taylor attended FA-18 Hydraulics "C" School from March through November 1984, at NAS Lemoore, California, and the Instructor Training Course at Naval Training Center, San Diego, in preparation as a "C" school instructor from November 1984 to June 1986, where he was designated as a Master Training Specialist.
While assigned as an FA-18 "C" school instructor, Taylor was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in June 1986 through the Limited Duty Officer Program. His first assignment as a commissioned officer was in VFA-25 from October 1986 to June 1989, where he was the Maintenance Material Control Officer. As MMCO, he completed two Western Pacific deployments on board USS CONSTELLATION (CVA 64). From July 1989 to August 1991, Taylor was attached to VFA-151, Atsugi, Japan, as the Maintenance Material Control Officer on board USS MIDWAY (CV 41) where he completed two more Western Pacific deployments to include Operation Desert Shield/Storm from December 1990 to April 1991.
From August 1991 to October 1994, Taylor was assigned as the Maintenance Officer at VFA-127 located at NAS Fallon, Nevada. From October 1994 to August 1996, he was assigned as the IM3 Division Officer on board USS CONSTELLATION and later transferred to Commander, Naval Air Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC) as the NALCOMIS (Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management Information System) Program Officer from August 1996 to October 1997. Additionally, he was assigned as the COMHELTAC (Command Helicopter Tactical Maintenance Officer for five months due to an unplanned loss. In October 1997, Taylor transferred to Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE (COMCARAIRWING FIVE), Atsugi, Japan, as the Carrier Air Group Maintenance Officer (CAGMO). During his 25-month tour on CAG staff, he cross-decked the AIRWING from USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) to the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and completed two no-notice Persian Gulf deployments. In November 1999, Taylor transferred to Commander, Helicopter Squadron Wing, Pacific (COMHSWINGPAC) at NAS North Island, Calif., where he served as the Wing Maintenance Officer. Following his selection for command, in August 2002 he transferred to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jacksonville, Fla., as the Commanding Officer until December 2004. His next tour of duty was in Naval Support Activity Millington, Tenn., as the Head Aviation (Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer) LDO/CWO Detailer and community manager until July 2006.
From July 2006 to March 2008, Taylor was assigned to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11) in Jacksonville, as the first Commanding Officer of Consolidated Maintenance Organization.
Taylor's personal awards and decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, eight Navy Commendation Medals, four Navy Achievement Medals, and numerous campaign medals and ribbons.
Capt. Watkins will move to Pakistan, where he will serve as a naval attaché. Watkins assumed command of Naval Station Ingleside in June 2005. Under his leadership the base has earned numerous awards including: Ingleside's Galley receiving the Ney Award for Food Service Excellence in 2005 and 2006; the Combined Bachelor Housing earning Five-Star Accreditation in Fiscal Year 2006; and the Fire Department being named the Navy's best in 2005.
Naval Station Ingleside's mission is to provide logistics and base support services to 27 tenant commands, including 9 ships of the mine warfare fleet, and to the 2,540 personnel that make up the mine warfare force.
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