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Circa 2009

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...CPRW-5's VP-10, VP-26 and FSU-5 move to CPRW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." Forwarded by SAVIEO, AT3 Gene gsavieo@gmail.com [26DEC2009]

CPRW-5 Sends:

All,

Last Friday we formally shifted control of VP-10, VP-26 and FSU-5 to CPRW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. With that, CPRW-5 is out of the operational business. By every measure, the difficult process of moving our squadrons and units while continuing to prepare them for deployments set a new standard for how to do it right while always taking care of our Sailors. There is no doubt that every organization on this great base played a key role in that, and I want to personally thank you. Throughout our history, our squadrons have always been able to raise the bar in deployment performance, just as VP-10 did on their last one.

I am often asked why that is, and the one thing I can point to is the amazing team approach that the base has always had. Each and every one of you understand the importance of what our Sailors do, and bend over backwards to ensure that they and their families are fully supported and always taken care of. I am humbled and honored to have had the chance to serve with each and everyone of you (many through multiple tours), and again want to express my sincere appreciation for all you have done for this Wing.

All the best and Happy Holidays. V/r, Jim

Captain Jim Hoke
Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE
5 Jay Beasley Circle
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 921-2424 DSN 476-2424

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...CLAY: NAVFAC Alone Contributes As Much As $482 Million - Friday, October 15, 200 - (Mentioned: VP-5 and CPRW-11)..." WebSite: JaxNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [17OCT2009]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Kozad hands CPRW-11 Reins to Turner By LT Jason Mays CPRW-11 Public Affairs Officer - Thursday, July 30, 2009..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [02AUG2009]

Capt. Mark Turner will assume command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11) during the change of command ceremony tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Hangar 511. Turner relieves Capt. Kyle Cozad, who has commanded CPRW-11 since September 2007. Rear Adm. Bill Moran, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, will be the guest speaker.

Turner, a native of Greenwich, Conn., graduated from Marquette University in 1987 with a B.A. in political science. He received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1989.

In September 1989, he reported to the VP-44 "Golden Pelicans" at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Flying the P-3C Update II Orion, he deployed to Keflavik, Iceland. Upon the disestablishment of VP-44, he reported to the VP-11 "Proud Pegasus" and deployed to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. During these tours, he was designated a TACCO instructor and mission commander. He also served as conventional weapons officer, communications officer, and readiness officer.

Turner then reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington D.C. in 1992. He served as assistant patrol aviation placement officer and flight student placement officer. During this time he earned his master's degree in business administration from Averett College, Danville, Virginia.

In 1995, Turner was assigned as operations administration officer on the USS George Washington (CVN-73). He qualified as officer of the deck and earned his surface warfare officer designation. He completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of operations Joint Endeavor and Southern Watch.

Following his disassociated sea tour, Turner reported to the P-3 fleet replacement squadron VP-30 for instructor duty where he served as training director.

In 1998, he reported to the VP-47 "Golden Swordsmen" at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as administration officer, training officer and operations officer. He completed deployments to NSF Diego Garcia and NAF Misawa, Japan.

Turner then reported to the Chief of Naval Operations in 1999 as the assistant P-3 and multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA) requirements officer in November 1999. Upon completion of the MMA Analysis of Alternatives, he was assigned to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Requirements, initiating development of a Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAV program.

In 2002, Turner reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems Directorate (J-6). He served as information operations action officer until his transferred to the Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate (J-8) where he served as the executive assistant to the vice director for the Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate.

In March 2005, he reported to VP-45 as the executive officer and in May 2006 he took command of the "Pelicans." As CO, he oversaw squadron combat operations throughout the Fifth and Seventh Fleets in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. VP-45 was awarded the Battle "E" in 2007.

In May 2007, Turner reported to the Chief of Naval Operations staff where he served as the P-3 & P-8 requirements officer until June 2009.

As Commodore, Capt. Cozad's leadership and warfighting vision placed his command's four patrol squadrons in the naval aviation spotlight as a force multiplier second to none, as evident in over 19,258 hours of mishap-free flying. His tireless dedication guided Wing 11 to levels of combat readiness that were reflected in operational successes throughout the EUCOM, SOUTHCOM, CENTCOM and PACOM theaters in support of the Global War on Terror. He managed asset allocation of four configurations of P-3C aircraft to ensure flawless support for all forward-deployed operational commanders. Additionally, he implemented stringent training measures to ensure assigned squadrons attained the necessary level of anti-submarine warfare and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance readiness in order to be an effective force multiplier while deployed worldwide.

As the lead wing for sensors initiatives and the driving force behind Improved Extended Echo Ranging (IEER) introduction across the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF), he streamlined the fleet introduction by training eight aircrews on eight local IEER flights and seven IEER flights in Seventh Fleet.

Cozad was actively involved in the $128.5 million construction of Hangar 511, the largest hangar in the Navy and the $41.7 million refurbishment of Hangar 1000. His careful planning and coordination between NAS Jacksonville, Florida facilities, NAS Brunswick, Maine BRAC commands, contractors, FRCSE, VR-58 and CPRW-11 squadron's have been instrumental in minimizing impact to operational tempo and ensuring quality of life for sailors and their families.

Captain Cozad has consistently guided four VP squadrons and the 1,350 people that comprise Wing Eleven to unprecedented levels of readiness and success in times of scarce resources and increasing operational demands.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera090218-N-2491R-023 COMALAPA, El Salvador (Feb. 18, 2009) "...Capt. Kyle Cozad, Commodore of CPRW-11, speaks to Sailors assigned to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 during an all-hands Captain's Call. Cozad is on a visit to deliver a "Bravo Zulu" to VP-5 and CPRW-11 support personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Harry J. Rucker III/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [21FEB2009]


Circa 2008

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-30/CPRW-11 History "...VP-30 Hosts Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (VP-30 and CPRW-11) - Thursday, October 9, 2008..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [09OCT2008]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...A conversation with Capt. Sean Buck - By Jeff Brumley, The Times-Union - Last modified 8/13/2007 - 6:50 am..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [29SEP2008]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCPO 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/ [29AUG2008]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Wings of Gold Thumbnail "...Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Group - RADM Brian C. Prindle, USN. Wings of Gold - Spring 2008 - Page 6-8. (Squadrons/Wings Referenced: VP-62, VP-69, VQ-1, VQ-2, VPU-1, VPU-2, VP-1, VP-4, VP-5, VP-8, VP-9, VP-10, VP-16, VP-26, VP-30, VP-40, VP-45, VP-46, VP-47, CPRW-2, CPRW-5, CPRW-10 and CPRW-11..." WebSite: Association of Naval Aviation http://www.anahq.org/index.htm [23APR2008]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCPRW-11 History "...CPRW-11 Reaches Out To The Local Community..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [15MAR2008]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraYNC Robert Torres "...CPRW-1 Sailor Supports Operation Iraqi Freedom - Thursday, January 17th, 2008..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [19JAN2008]


Circa 2007

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCPRW-11 History "...CPRW-11 Change of Command - Thursday, September 13th, 2007..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [14SEP2007]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera070813-N-2491R-018 JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Aug. 13, 2007) "...Sailors assigned to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing CPRW-11 inspect the flight line of Naval Air Station NAS Jacksonville, Florida for foreign object debris (FOD). CPRW-11 is comprised of three operational squadrons, VP-5, VP-16, and VP-45, with 38 maritime patrol aircraft deployable worldwide. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Harry J. Rucker III (RELEASED)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=49510 [15AUG2007]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...A conversation with Capt. Sean Buck - The Times-Union - 8/13/2007 - 6:50 am..." WebSite: Florida Times-Union http://www.jacksonville.com/ tu-online/ stories/ 081307/ met_190903389.shtml [14AUG2007]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraSailors Of The Quarter "...Sailors Of The Quarter - CPRW-11, VP-5, VP-16 and VP-30 - Thursday, August 9th, 2007..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [10AUG2007]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraSailor Of The Quarter "...Sailor Of The Quarter - Menitoned: VP-4, VP-16, VP-30, VP-45 and CPRW-11 - Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 Vol. 65 - No. 18..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [04MAY2007]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCaptain Sean Buck, CO CPRW-11 "...Warfare Development: A New Paradigm. By Lt.j.g. Scott Greer - VP-45 PAO. Squadrons Mentioned: CPRW-11, VP-5 and VP-45. Thursday, January 4th, 2007..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [05JAN2007]

Photograph Caption: Captain Sean Buck, Commanding Officer of CPRW-11 and Rear Admiral Brian Prindle, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, cut the ribbon to the new Warfare Development Center

On Oct. 1, the P-3 squadrons of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11) unified their maintenance departments into single a Consolidated Maintenance Organization (CMO). With a renewed focus on warfare primacy, professional development, and leadership excellence, the resulting squadrons were completely restructured.

Central to the new construct was the creation of a transformational Warfare Development Department (WDD) charged with positional training along with tactical standardization and innovation.

Three department heads supported by nine junior officer instructor pilots and tactical coordinators lead the new department. Tactics are developed or refined through close coordination with VP-30 and CPRW-11's Weapons Training Units, detailed postmission reconstruction/analysis, and feedback of lessons learned to aircrew.

Training is managed through the creation of positional warfare development tracks.

Enlisted aircrew remain in their respective training tracks until qualified whereas junior officers serve in either an intermediate or advanced training track. Intermediate training occurs during the first three months a junior officer is in a squadron. Advanced training is conducted after the first year culminating in a demanding oral review board and in-flight evaluation.

On Sept. 22, Rear Adm. Brian Prindle, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, Capt. Sean Buck, commanding officer (CO) of CPRW-11, Cmdr. Mark Turner, CO of VP-45 and Cmdr. Brent Klavon CO of VP-5 dedicated an innovative Warfare Development Center (WDC).

The WDC is a state-of-the-art facility comprised of 75 computers, cutting edge software, and the latest presentation technologies. In 2007, the WDC will also allow worldwide video teleconferencing and SIPRNET access. The new facility was created to support the WDD Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycles charter by providing a central location where aircrew undergo a rigorous syllabus of computer-based training, systems/tactics lectures, development: a new snow lectures, and professional/leadership seminars. At the end of the training, participants are expected to be a consummate war-fighter and leader.

Every detail, including the layout of the WDC, was planned in detail to reinforce the worldwide readiness of P-3 squadrons. Consisting of two classrooms, designated the Campaign and warrior rooms, aircrew can view the flags and campaign streamers for the locations and operations that patrol squadron have operated in since World War II. More poignantly, all of the Navy personnel lost on Sept. 11, 2001 and the global war on terrorism are memorialized.

Prindle heralded the warfare development model as "the way of the future" and how the P-3 community will "make the step from the P-3 to multi-mission maritime aircraft without missing a step."

A quote from Sir Winston Churchill is on the wall of the warrior room that reads, "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." The officers and Sailors of CPRW-11, VP-45 and VP-5 are doing just that for the entire P-3 community.


Circa 2006

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...P-8A mobile demo trailer visits NAS Jacksonville, Florida By Lt. Steve Bradfield, VP-30 PAO - Thursday, August 24, 2006 (Squadrons Mentioned: VP-30, VP-45 and CPRW-11)..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/ [25AUG2006]

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce Lt. Cmdr. Dan Parilla of , evaluates the P-8A flight controls during his simulated sortie Aug. 11.

The Boeing Corporation's P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) demonstration trailer made a stop at NAS Jacksonville Aug. 11 as part of their nine-week cross-country tour.

The P-8A is a military derivative of the next generation 737-800 commercial aircraft and is the Navy's replacement platform for the P-3C. The state-of-the-art demonstration trailer provided a first-hand look into the latest technology being incorporated into the new weapon system. The demonstration trailer included a high fidelity cockpit flight simulation linked with three mission operator consoles and simulated sensors.

More than 300 aircrew and Sailors had the opportunity to participate in guided demonstrations of the 21st century workstations and operational mission software, and participated in simulated test flights experiencing some of the mission qualities the P-8A aircraft will bring to the fleet. The demonstration trailer also included high bandwidth satellite connectivity enabling distributed simulations and network-centric demonstrations between the trailer and other Boeing Integration Centers across the country.

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce Boeing's P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) mobile demonstration trailer is on a nine-week, cross-country tour to give P-3 pilots and workstation operators a hands-on experience with the new aircraft.

The day prior to the tours, a combined team from Boeing and Naval Air Systems Command, provided Sailors from VP-30 and squadrons assigned to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven a thorough brief on the MMA program and detailed information about the open architecture mission system. ''It's is great to get out and see the fleet, our customer in this development effort, and see them walk away excited about the product we plan on delivering to them in the coming years,'' said Egan Greenstein of the Boeing Corporation. ''The trailer enables us to provide a more exciting, more realistic, demonstration of the P-8A's capabilities.''

Capt. Tim Brewer, commanding officer of VP-30, after receiving a tour said, ''I wish I was 15 years younger so I could get the chance to fly this aircraft. The Boeing-NAVAIR team, combined with input from the fleet, is obviously on track to deliver a weapon system that will bring with it a huge leap forward in anti-submarine warfare technology.''

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto by Clark Pierce Boeing's Carrie Ann Hrastich stands by as AWAN Marvelous Salters of VP-45, evaluates the workstation software capabilities.

The Boeing-led P-8A team, which includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Smiths Aerospace will produce five test aircraft during the program's system development and demonstration phase. The Navy plans to purchase up to 108 aircraft to replace its aging fleet of P-3 aircraft. The first aircraft will be delivered for flight test in 2009 and initial operational capability is slated for 2013.

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto courtesy of VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Tim Brewer operates a P-8A Mission System console on board the P-8A demonstration trailer.

History ThumbnailCameraPhoto courtesy of VP-30 Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven Capt. Sean Buck (center) and his Chief Staff Officer Cmdr. Jim Debold (right) discuss P-8A capabilities with Egan Greenstein of the Boeing Corporation.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCAPTAIN Sinnett and Buck "...CPRW-11 To Hold Change Of Command - By Lt. Tony Walters - CPRW-11 PAO - JaxAirNews Thursday May 18, 2006..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [19MAY2006]

Capt. Sean Buck will assume command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11) during a change of command ceremony today at Hangar 116. Buck relieves Capt. Dennis Sinnett, who has commanded CPRW-11 since November 2004. Retired Navy Capt. Keith Weaver, a former CPRW-11 commander, will be the guest speaker.

Buck is a native of Indianapolis, Ind. and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983, where he received his commission.

A P-3C naval flight officer, Buck's at-sea operational tours include a division officer tour in VP-40, a department head tour in VP-26, where he served as the safety/NATOPS officer and maintenance officer and a disassociated sea tour on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN- 71) as the V-2 catapult and arresting gear division officer.

His shore and staff assignments include VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, the Bureau of Naval Personnel as aircraft carrier placement officer, the Joint Staff as an air operations officer in the Joint Reconnaissance Operations Division and the Chief of Naval Operation's (CNO) staff as executive assistant to the deputy CNO for Warfare Requirements and Programs.

In March 2001, Buck reported to the "Tridents" of VP-26 as executive officer and assumed command of the squadron in March 2002. During his tour as commanding officer, the squadron completed a split deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, and the Caribbean supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Buck's most recent assignment has been with the National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va. serving as the deputy director of the Naval NRO Coordination Group.

Sinnett assumed command of CPRW-11 on Nov. 5, 2004 and has been an inspirational leader and warfighter. His vision placed VP-5, VP-16, VP-45, VP-62, VQ-2, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment Jacksonville and Aviation Support Detachment Jacksonville in the naval aviation spotlight and showcased maritime patrol and reconnaissance (MPR) as a force multiplier second to none.

As commodore, Sinnett guided the wing to unprecedented levels of combat readiness that were reflected in numerous operational successes throughout the European Command, Southern Command, Central Command and Pacific Command theaters in support of the global war on terrorism.

Sinnett was also the driving force behind the MPR community's participation in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Additionally, he creatively employed wing assets and staff personnel in response to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to provide near real time surveillance and assessment to Joint Task Force Katrina and other federal agencies.

Sinnett improved maintenance production through Lean Six Sigma and O-level AIRSpeed implementation, ensuring resources and support were available and properly apportioned to all forward deployed operational commanders. Under his guidance and influence, the notion of a consolidated maintenance organization was developed, planned and put into motion, laying the groundwork for the eventual transition to the P-8A multi-mission aircraft. His drive and inspiration as the sensor wing leader enabled new technologies and warfighting capabilities, such as improved extended echo ranging, to be effectively introduced to the MPRA force.

Sinnett's next assignment will be to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraSports and Standings "...Sports and Standings - JaxAirNews Thursday February 2, 2006. Squadrons Mentioned: VP-5, VP-16, VP-30, VP-45, VP-62, VS-22, and CPRW-11..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://adserver1.harvestadsdepot.com/jaxairnews/ss/jaxairnews/ [09FEB2006]

There will be several softball meetings Feb. 15 in the Building 850 conference room. The season will begin in March. The following are the times of the meetings:

Greybeard 11:30 a.m. Open to active duty, selective reservists and command Department of Defense personnel age 30 and up.

Intramural noon - Open to active duty, selective reservists and command Department of Defense personnel.

Women's league - 12:30 p.m. - Open to active duty, selective reservists, military dependents over 18 and Department of Defense employees.

Commands having their athletic officer or designated representative attend the meeting will receive five captain's cup points. All interested personnel should attend the meeting to discuss rules and to get the required paperwork to join the league.

Open softball meeting planned

An open softball meeting will be held Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. at Mulligans. This league is open to NAVAIR and Department of Defense employees, active duty, military dependents over 18 and selective reservists. Rules as well as days of the week and times for the games will be discussed at the meeting.

Racquetball tourney

An open racquetball tournament will be held Feb. 28 through March 3 each night at 5 p.m. at the NAS Jax Gymnasium. The tournament is free and is open to all NAS Jax authorized men and women. There is a competitive division and a recreational division. Awards will be given to the winners of each division. Call 542-3239 to sign up by Feb. 22.

Sports officials and scorekeepers needed

The North Florida Military Officials Association is looking for individuals to officiate soccer, softball, football and volleyball at NAS Jax. Scorekeepers are also needed for basketball. Experience is not required. If interested, contact Jesse Beach at 771-1333.

Navy Southeast Regional Running and Triathlon Team

Attention competition runners. Represent U.S. Navy in 5K, 10K, marathons and/or triathlons? The U.S. Navy will showcase elite active duty men and women in regional races. Uniforms are provided as well as transportation, entry fees, and lodging costs. Interested runners must compete in a sanctioned (USA Track and Field, USA Triathlon Association, or Roadrunners Clubs of America) race and your time must be one of top 10 regional qualifying times.

If you have run in a sanctioned race and your time meets the regional qualifying time, contact your base athletic director.


Circa 2005

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraCPRW-11 History "...CPRW-11 program: Don't mix alcohol, driving - By LT Tony Walters - CPRW-11 PAO - Thursday, December 15, 2005 - VOL 63 - NO 49 - NAS Jacksonville, FLA...(Mentioned: VP-5)..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://pub.jaxairnews.com/Sections.aspx?sec=16837 [16DEC2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-30 History "...CPRW-11 Continues Leadership Seminar Series - By LT Tony Walters - CPRW-11 PAO - Thursday, October 27, 2005..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://pub.jaxairnews.com/Sections.aspx?sec=15815 [28OCT2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP History ThumbnailCameraHomes Visits "...Rear Adm. Michael Holmes, Commander, Patrol Reconnaissance Group, visits members of Commander Patrol Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11) and VP-30 during his brief stop at NAS Jacksonville, Florida August 4. From left, Capt. Dennis Sinnett, CPRW-11, Holmes and VP-30 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Richard Heimerle. During his visit, Holmes addressed the members of CPRW-11 and VP-30 on the future of the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community..." WebSite: JaxAirNews http://pub.jaxairnews.com/Sections.aspx?sec=14408 [11AUG2005]


Circa 2004

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...CPRW-11 change of command tomorrow - From CPRW-11 - From CPRW-11 - Last modified at 3:52 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2004..." JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/stories/110404/mil_cprwcoc001.shtml [06APR2005]

 History ThumbnailCameraCapt. Dennis Sinnett

Capt. Dennis Sinnett assumes command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (CPRW-11) during a change of command ceremony tomorrow at Hanger 1000, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Sinnett relieves Capt. Carlos Chavez, who has commanded CPRW-11 since January 2003. Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Rear Adm. Michael Holmes will be the guest speaker.

Sinnett is a native of Annapolis, Md., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1982, where he received his commission. Following flight training at VT-2 in Milton, Fla., and VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, he was designated a naval aviator in March 1984.

Upon completion of FRS training with VP-30, Sinnett joined VP-10 in September 1984. While attached to the ''Red Lan-cers,'' he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and a split-site deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal.

Sinnett reported for duty to VX-1, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in May 1988, where he served as quality assurance division officer, assistant maintenance officer and operational test director for various P-3C and H-60 projects.

 History ThumbnailCameraCapt. Carlos Chavez

In August 1990, Sinnett reported for duty on board USS Saratoga (CV-60) based at NS Mayport, where he was assigned as catapult and arresting gear officer/V-2 division officer. While attached to Saratoga, he participated in several fleet exercises, two Mediter-ranean deployments and Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

In September 1992, Sinnett reported for temporary duty on the staff of CPRW-11, where he worked as watch officer and assistant operations officer. In November 1993, Sinnett reported to VP-46 for his department head tour. While assigned to the ''Grey Knights,'' he made deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, and NSF Diego Garcia. During his tour, he served as safety/NATOPS officer, aircraft maintenance officer and operations officer. While attached to VP-46, he was selected as the Association of Naval Aviation's Pacific Fleet Maritime Patrol Aviator of the Year.

In September 1995, Sinnett reported for duty at CPRW-11, where he served as maintenance officer and operations officer.

In March 1999, Sinnett reported to VP-45 as the executive officer and assumed command of the squadron in March 2000. While commanding officer, the squadron completed a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, participating in operations in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Sinnett reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tenn., in March 2001 where he served as the VP / VQ commander detailer.

In October 2002, Sinnett reported to Commander, Naval Air Force, San Diego, Calif., where he served as executive assistant to Vice Adm. Michael Malone.

He is married to the former Suzanne Biess of Annapolis, Md., and has two daughters, Lindsey and Samantha.

Sinnett takes over a command marked by profound change under Chavez's distinguished tenure from January 2003 to November 2004. In his time at CPRW-11, Chavez provided direction and insight essential in leading the maritime community in sensor development, the incorporation of business disciplines as a part of the naval aviation enterprise, and realigning the maritime patrol and reconnaissance (MPR) force to reflect an aging fleet and new global priorities. As a leader in the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community, Chavez spearheaded the improvement of multistatic acoustic tactics, techniques and proficiency. His direction in the development of a community-wide Naval Aviation Readiness Integration Improvement Program relational database resulted in methods and improvement that are now fleet standards. Chavez has led the MPR community in the implementation of full active reserve force integration and has developed the first ever Wing Weapons Tactics Unit.

Upon being relieved, Chavez will report to U.S. Northern Command as chief of staff for integration.


Circa 2003

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraIEER System "...March 6, 2003 - Fleet supports NAVAIR flight test - by Derrill Thompson - SPECIAL TO THE TESTER. Mentioned (CPRW-11, VP-45 and VX-20)..." WebSite: DC Military - Tester http://www.dcmilitary.com/navy/tester/8_09/features/21891-1.html [16DEC2005]

Photograph Caption: Lt. Jim Bolin, right, VX-20 AIP project officer, points out the capabilities of the IEER system to Lt. Jeff Hartsell of VP-45 during preflight.

Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 and the "Fighting Pelicans" of VP-45 hosted a combined military, civil service, and contractor team from NAVAIR Jacksonville in support of continued developmental test of the Improved Extended Echo Ranging system. The NAVAIR team, led by Lt. Jim Bolin, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 IEER project officer, consisted of active-duty military from VX-20, civil service engineers and contractor employees from Veridian and Titan.

The IEER system is an improved multi-static active sensor which employs a new sonobuoy coupled with improved processing algorithms to extend the EER deep-water search capability into the shallow waters of the littoral. The IEER is currently undergoing software qualification testing leading up to a transition to the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, for an operational assessment. Fleet release of IEER is scheduled next year following a successful operational evaluation.

The IEER system was developed by the PEO(A) for Antisubmarine Warfare, Air Assault, and Special Missions, PMA-264, in response to the fleet need for a large-area search capability against small submarines operating in littoral waters. The system combines a new sensor, the AN/SSQ-101 Air Deployed Active Receiver sonobuoy with improved software in the P-3C UIII Anti-surface Warfare Improvement aircraft.

The ADAR sonobuoy employs a multi-element planar hydrophone array to improve detection in shallow littoral waters. This improved sensor, when coupled with AIP's powerful acoustic post-processor, the USQ-78A, will provide Maritime ASW aircrews with the tools necessary to effectively prosecute the difficult task of ASW search in littoral waters.


Circa 2002

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Commander honored for heroic actions - From ComPatReconWing 11 - Thursday, May 16, 2002..." JaxAirNews http://www.jaxairnews.com/stories/051602/mil_stubbs001.shtml [06APR2005]

 History ThumbnailCameraCmdr. Curtis Stubbs, Tactical Support Center director.

Picture: Cmdr. Curtis Stubbs, Tactical Support Center director at ComPatReconWing 11 is presented a Navy Commendation Medal signed by the Secretary of the Navy from Commodore Mark Ensor, commander, ComPatReconWing 11 for saving a woman's life during an event at Alltel Stadium. Photo courtesy of ComPatReconWing 11.

Cmdr. Curtis Stubbs, Tactical Support Center director of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven (ComPat ReconWing 11) was recently honored for his heroic actions in saving a woman's life during his promotion ceremony to Navy commander.

After being sworn in, Stubbs was presented with a Navy Commendation Medal signed by the Secretary of the Navy from Commodore Mark Ensor, commander, ComPatRecon Wing 11 in recognition of his heroic efforts.

''While attending an event at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Cmdr. Stubbs heard a loud crash and scream behind him. A large lighting component weighing 35 pounds fell 30 feet and hit a woman on her head causing a life-threatening injury. The light also struck her 10-year-old son, cutting his face. While the surrounding crowd stood by, Stubbs took immediate action using towels he brought and administered first aid to suppress the bleeding. He treated the woman and her son until emergency personnel arrived 10 minutes later.

His actions taken without regard to personal risk, potentially saved her life. Stubbs' distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance and steadfast devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service,'' reads the citation.

Stubbs is a graduate of Orange Park High School. Before enlisting in the Navy, he was a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

He enlisted in the Navy in Aug. 1982 and began his naval career as an aviation anti-submarine warfare operator, achieving the rank of AW2. In November 1985, Stubbs graduated from the State University of New York and was accepted into AOCS where he was commissioned an ensign in June 1986. After completion of flight training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1987.

Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-31, Stubbs joined VP-17.

In May 1991, he was selected for Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. where he graduated with a master's of science degree in information technology.

In late 1993, he reported to Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik, Iceland as Staff/ Watch officer for CTG84.

Additionally, he earned dual masters degrees from Webster University in business administration and human resource development and training.

In May 1995, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1,) in Patuxent River, Md. During this tour, he served as the Navy's First AIREM officer, responsible for evaluating deployed aircraft systems, and as Safety/NATOPS department head, earning back-to-back CNO Safety awards.

Upon completion of refresher training at VP-30, Stubbs joined VP-10 for his department head tour in 1998.

As the training officer, he helped coordinate the transition to the AIP aircraft and participated in a historic deployment to Sigonella, Sicily, becoming the first P-3 squadron to conduct Standoff Land-Attack Missile launches in a wartime setting.

In February 2000, he took over as operations officer and deployed split-site to Keflavik, Iceland and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

During his tenure he conducted the first-ever VP operations out of El Salva-dor in support of JIATF-East including the record-breaking seizure of more than 20 metric tons of narcotics for a deployed squad-ron.

In December 2000, he reported aboard ComPatReconWing 11 as Tactical Support Director.


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