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BETHKE, CDR Steven G. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp4/co/CommandingOfficer.htm "...A native of Los Angeles, California, Commander Steven G. Bethke graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He entered the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School and received a commission in January 1988. After designation as Naval Flight Officer and fleet replacement training in the P-3C (MOD) aircraft at VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California, he reported to VP-17, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in June 1989. Commander Bethke made one deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and a tri-site deployment during Operation DESERT STORM to NSF Diego Garcia; Masirah, Omanand NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. He served as the Electronic Branch Officer, Training Plans Officer and Command Services Officer. Commander Bethke reported to VP-31, NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor NFO in June 1992 where he served as the Community Services Officer, Assistant Safety Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. During this tour he attended Webster University earning a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management. Reporting back to sea duty, Commander Bethke checked into USS KITTY HAWK air department in March 1995 where he qualified as Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway). Following this, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School from June 1997 to December 1998 receiving a Masters of Art degree in National Security Affairs with regional specialty in the Far East. He reported to VP-47, MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in June 1999 for his department head tour. Commander Bethke served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, Tactics Officer and Operations Officer completing 2 multi-site deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia / Masirah, Oman/ NSA Bahrain. In August 2001 he reported to CPRW-1, Kami Seya Japan where he served as Current Operations Officer for Commander Task Forces 57 and 72 spending equal time in Japan and NSA Bahrain. During this tour he participated in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Moving back to Hawaii, Commander Bethke reported to VP-4 in April 2004 as executive officer. Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit awards and campaign medals..." [19APR2005]

BOYINGTON, REAR ADMIRAL John E. Jr. https://www.cnatra.navy.mil/00.htm "...Commander, Navy Region South - A native of Pensacola, Fla, Rear Admiral John E. Boyington, Jr. began his military career as an Army warrant officer flying helicopter gunships during the Vietnam Conflict. He was commissioned via the Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School in January 1973 and received his "Wings of Gold" in December 1973. In October 2000, he assumed command as Chief of Naval Air Training and Commander, Navy Region South. His operational tours: First tour in VP-56 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland; Department Head tour with VP-4 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as Safety, Maintenance and Operations Officer deploying to NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Adak, Alaska; Executive Officer of VP-31. His command tours: Commanding Officer VP-50, CPW-1, Japan, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, SEVENTH Fleet (CTF 72) , Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force FIFTH Fleet (CTF 57), Commander, Iceland Defense Force (Joint Subunified Command) and Island Commander Iceland (NATO), Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic, and Commander, Mine Warfare Command. Shore and staff tours: P-3 flight instructor in VP-30, fixed and rotary wing test pilot and project officer for the E-2, S-3, P-3, UH-1 and C-12 aircraft, as well as NASA's QSRA and Tilt Rotor aircraft flight-test programs. His Washington, DC tours include, Chief Engineer for Maritime Patrol Aircraft Naval Air Systems Command and Maritime Patrol Requirements Officer staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (N88). Formal education: Bachelor's degree, University of West Florida, Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Management Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, Naval Test Pilot School, member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a designated Acquisition Professional. Rear Admiral Boyington has flown more than 600 armed combat missions in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, and Kosovo. He is rated as a Navy Jet, Helicopter, and Prop Aviator and has 8,000 flight hours in more than 80 types of aircraft. His decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star (combat "V"), Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Air Medal (25 strike devices), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), numerous service ribbons and the Commander's Cross with Star of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon presented by the President of Iceland..." [18JUN2003]


CARPENTER, CDR Bradley A. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprfp.navy.mil/BioCSO.asp "...Commander Bradley A. Carpenter was born in McCook, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in December of 1984. Following designation as a Naval Aviator in September of 1985, and completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron pilot training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Commander Carpenter joined VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. While assigned to VP-10 he served as Logs and Records Officer, Communications Material Security Officer, Special Weapons Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. He was designated a P-3C Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and NATOPS Instructor Pilot, and completed two split-site deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and one single-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In May of 1990, Commander Carpenter was selected for the Personnel Exchange Program and assigned to No. 11 Squadron at Edinburgh, South Australia, flying the Royal Australian Air Force P-3C Orion. The first exchange officer ever to be recognized by the Royal Australian Catalina Association for contributions made to pilot training, he was presented with the coveted Catalina Trophy. Following his tour with the Royal Australian Air Force, Commander Carpenter reported for duty aboard USS SARATOGA (CV-60) in June of 1993, serving as Assistant Air Operations and Air transferred Officer. During this period, the Saratoga Battle Group deployed to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea areas of operation. In March of 1995, Commander Carpenter reported to VP-30 for Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot duty. He served as Training Director, VP-30 Safety Officer and Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic Force Safety Officer. In June of 1996, he reported to VP-1 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and served as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Contingency Operations Officer in Charge at Eielson, AFB, AK. He assumed the duties of the squadron Aircraft Maintenance Officer in December 1997, and completed deployments in support of Fifth and Seventh Fleets in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. Prior to reporting to VP-9 as the Executive Officer, he served on the staff of CPRW-1 / CTF72 in Kami Seya, Japan as the Maintenance and Logistics Officer. He served as the 53rd Commanding Officer of the VP-9 Golden Eagles from June 2002 until May 2003. He is now assigned to the staff of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Commander Carpenter's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (with one Gold Star), the Navy Commendation Medal (with two Gold Stars), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with three Gold Stars)..." [08DEC2005]

CLAY, AT1(NAC) Tom "Staypuff" Retired tomkat83@alltel.net "...My first squadron was VP-50 (8/85-4-89). I was an IFT on Crew 9 and Crew 6 doing 2 NSF Diego Garcia/ NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments and 1 NAS Misawa, Japan deployment. I saw several names on your list already from those days. From VP-50, I went to Naval Air Development Center Warminster (6/89-1/92) for shore duty (I was on det 1 month of every 3!) then to CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan (1/92-5/95), VP-40 (7/95-3/97) for a NSF Diego Garcia/Jeddah/Masirah/any where sandy deployment, CPW-10 (3/97-10/98) on LIMDU, and now I'm back in VP-40 but grounded. I would love to hear from any Shipmates, especially from the "Tromba's Trojans" Crew 6 days...I retired out of NRL in July '03 and moved back to Georgia. I graduated with a BS in Physics and a BA in History in May 2006 and a Master's in Military History in June 2008..." [BIO Updated 10OCT2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 18AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 01MAY2000 | 29OCT99]


HASKINS, Vice Admiral Michael D. Retired U. S. Naval Academy "...Vice Admiral Michael D. Haskins was born in Angels Camp, California. He graduated first in his class from the Naval Academy in June 1966 and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study history at the University of LaPlata, Argentina. Following his studies in Argentina and flight training, he received his wings in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, in September 1968. Vice Admiral Haskins reported to VP-49 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and deployed twice to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In July 1972, he was assigned to the Naval Academy, where he taught History of Seapower. In July 1973, he was selected as a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Scholar. He attended Oxford University, England, where he received a Masters Degree in international relations and international economics. In December 1975 Vice Admiral Haskins reported to the staff of Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group TWELVE in Mayport, Florida, as Assistant Plans/Operations Officer. In July 1978, he was assigned to VP-45 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During the period, VP-45 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Bermuda. Vice Admiral Haskins reported to CPW-2 staff as Training Officer in July 1980 and joined VP-22 as Executive Officer in May 1981. He served as Commanding Officer from May 1982 until June 1983. During this period, VP-22 deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and conducted detachment operations from NAS Agana, Guam. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for special operations. In June 1983, Vice Admiral Haskins assumed command of VP-1 where he served until May 1984. The squadron deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and was awarded the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for Anti-Submarine Warfare excellence. In June 1984, he was assigned to the staff of Commander THIRD Fleet, where he served as the Current Operations Officer. In June 1985, he assumed command of VP-31, the West Coast P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, and served until July 1986. During this period, the squadron was awarded the CNO Safety Award. From August 1986 to March 1988, he was Deputy Director of the CNO Executive Panel (OP-00K) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. From June 1988 to July 1990, he was CPW-1 and Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet. IN August 1990, he reported to the National War College and in December 1990, he became the 74th Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. From August 1992 to August 1994 Vice Admiral Haskins served as Commander, Iceland Defense Force; Commander, Fleet Air, Keflavik; Island Commander, Iceland; and Commander, Iceland Anti-Submarine Warfare Group. While serving in Iceland, he was presented with the Order of the Falcon, Commander's Cross, by the President of Iceland. In October 1994, he assumed the position of Commander, Patrol Wings U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Commander, Task Force EIGHT FOUR. In addition to this assignment, he deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from July to November 1995 as Commander, Joint Task Force ONE SIX ZERO in charge of Cuban and Haitian migrant operations. From June 1996 to July 1998, Vice Admiral Haskins served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan. He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver, by the Emperor of Japan. In August 1998, he reported to London, England, for duty as the Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe. During his tenure, he additionally served as Deputy to Commander, Joint Task Force NOBLE ANVIL from March to July 1999 directing operations in the Kosovo conflict. From March to June 1999 he also served as COMFAIRMED/CTF 67. He reported to Washington, DC in July 2000 where he served as the Naval Inspector General until January 2003. He is currently the Distinguished Chair of Leadership at the United States Naval Academy. Vice Admiral Haskins' awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, Meritorious Service Medal with Three Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendations, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and NATO Medal..." [31MAY2003]

HENDERSON, Chic ch@chichenderson.com "...I served with VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I was a member of the original installation crew for the ASWOC aboard the USS Nimitz. I also served with CPRW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, CPRW-1 at NAF Misawa, Japan and USS Saratoga..." [31AUG2011]

HOBGOOD, CDR Bill Retired Shipmate PixCirca 1950 Shipmate PixCirca 1990 Shipmate PixCirca 2008hobgood.bill@gmail.com "...Son of a Pearl Harbor survivor and career Naval Officer, I graduated from Texas A&M (Corps of Cadets) and was commissioned via the AVROC program in November 1969. Following Flight Training in VT-10, VT-29, VP-30, VP-45 for DIFOPS (remember that?) from 1971-1974, PPTC on Crew 13, RPS Custodian and ASW Training Officer. Staff duty with FAW-11 (later CPW-11) as ASW Officer followed. I worked for two of the finest officers I've known: CAPT Charlie Prindle and CDR Lynn Grafel. After "Black Shoe" training at CIC/TAO school at FCTCL Dam Neck in 1977, reported for Sea Duty with COMCRUDESGRU-8 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. As Battle Group Air ASW Officer and TAO under RADMs Thor Hanson and Bob Walters, deployed on USS Biddle, USS Eisenhower and USS Independence. Graduated from Naval War College in 1980 and received orders to PACFLT at CPW-2 Hawaii from 80-81. Met, later to be VADM, Mike Haskins and worked for him in the Training Department until taking over Wing Admin. Dept Head tour followed with VP-6 (Ops Officer) 83-84. Next was another staff tour at CPW-1/CTF-72 in Japan as Current Ops under CDR John Brockley. I later took over the job of Task Force Operations Officer from 85-86. Finally got to come back the mainland for a brief tour in NAS Pensacola, Florida as ASO for TRAWING-SIX. How nice it was to have weekends off for a change. Then the BEST tour any NFO can have: CO/XO of VT-10 1988-1990. My final tour was as XO of NAS Moffett Field, California 90-91 under CAPT Tim Quigley. I am now living in the Cedar Park, Texas area (retired between jobs) and enjoying not having to go anywhere each day.first time since I was 5 years old. Would like old Shipmates to drop me a line. Especially looking for Bob Simril, Jim Shaddix, Curt Griffith, Bob Miles et al...DIRLAUTH..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAR2011 | BIO Updated 11JAN2010 | BIO/PIX Updated 16APR2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 17JAN2007 | BIO Updated 01NOV2005 | BIO/Pix Updated 28MAR2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JAN2000 | 18SEP97]


JACKSON, AWC Ken Retired Ken@score.com Shipmate Pix ...Circa 1964... "...ATS/AX/AW. VP-40 P5M2's 62-65, FAETUPAC Noris 66-69, VP-50 P3's 70-75, ASWOC/TSC Noris 75-78 COMASWWINGPAC, Navfac NAS Agana, Guam 78-80, TSC NAS Agana, Guam 80-83 CPW-1 Det Guam, ASWOC/TSC Noris 83-87 (Tad to CNAP as Asst CVASWM Mod Mgr) COMASWWINGPAC, Ret in 1987. Currently work at SoCal Offshore Range (SCORE) as Ops Analyst. Would like to hear from anyone remembering me..." [BIO Updated 23NOV2000 | 00XXX97]


LALLY, CDR Bob http://www.atsugi.navy.mil/cprw1/page4.html "...Commander Bob Lally graduated from Georgia Tech in 1982. Following flight training, he reported to the Dragons of VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in June 1984. CDR Lally deployed with VP-56 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NAS Sigonella, Sicily; and NAS Bermuda. Of significance, during the 1986 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment, VP-56 flew combat missions in support of combat operations against Libya (Operation EL DORADO CANYON). In December 1987, CDR Lally received orders as Flight Instructor to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California. In October 1989, he reported to Carrier Group SIX (CCG-6) at Mayport, Florida, to serve aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) as Flag Secretary/Flag Lieutenant. CCG 6 staff embarked on the missions of Operation DESERT SHIELD, Operation DESERT STORM, Operation PROVIDE COMFORT, and a variety of shipboard detachments to the Caribbean in support of Joint Task Force FOUR counter-narcotics operations. CDR Lally reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) in Washington, DC as the VP Sea/Shore Detailer and served as the Naval Aviation Shore Coordinator. Following refresher training at VP-30, CDR Lally was assigned to VP-56, "Grey Knights" in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. During the tour, he deployed to Central Command (CENTCOM)/5th Fleet and served as Operations Officer, Officer in Charge of Masirah, Oman, Cobra Gold 1995, and CARAT 1995 in Thailand and Malaysia. In November 1996, he reported to CPW-10 where he served as Operations Officer and Chief Staff Officer. In January 1997, he then reported to COMMANDER, PATROL WINGS PACIFIC as Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower. Additionally, he took on the role as Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Officer for the congressionally mandated closure of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and ultimate move to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Prior to reporting as Executive Officer of VP-9, he earned a Master of Science Degree in National Strategic Studies from National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. In July 2001, CDR Lally assumed command of the Golden Eagles of VP-9 while on a CENTCOM/5th Fleet deployment. During the squadron's combat deployment supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism, VP-9 flew more hours than any patrol squadron since the Vietnam era. While serving with VP-9, the squadron was recognized for its efforts as the Chief of Naval Operation's Battle E Patrol Squadron for 2001. Upon arrival home in December 2001, Association of Naval Aviators; Navy League; Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Pacific; and local community leaders recognized numerous Golden Eagles for their unselfish, dedicated individual efforts in support of combat operations. CDR Lally flew more than 30 combat missions which included more than 400 combat hours and the first strike missions by Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility. In July 2002, he reported to his current command, CPRW-1, Task Force 57/72. He initially served as Operations Officer and is now Chief Staff Officer. CDR Lally's awards include the Bronze Star, Air Medal (First strike/First flight), Meritorious Service Medal with one star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with five gold stars/with two combat distinguishing devices..." [29JUN2003]

LANGNER, Barney J. c/o His Grandaughter Heather A. Williams wms@cei.net "...My grandfather, Barney J. Langner, served with CPW-1 7 December 1941 (Kaneohe Klippers). I was honored to be in attendance with him, our family and the others at the 60th Anniversary, 7 December 2001 at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. What a sacrifice that was made by our men and women 61 years ago today. My thoughts and prayers go out to all our men and women today. I'll always 'Remember Pearl Harbor' and let's 'Keep America Alert'!..." [07DEC2002]

UPDATE "...I regret to inform you that he passed away, January 2, 2003 at the age of 81. We were so fortunate to have some of the Bay Area PHSA Chapter 2 Members there to honor and remember my dear grandfather...Heather A. Williams wms@cei.net..." [11JAN2003]

LITTLEFORD, Mike mjlittleford@hotmail.com "...I was involved VP-23 (1991-02/1995), multiple tours in CPRW-5 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, CPRW-1 Det NSF Diego Garcia, VP-26, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) (took the last shop of AW's on deployment as there LPO/Acting CPO before we were replace on the ships after that deployment by OS's and STG's), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GroUp AtLANTic (FASOTRAGRULANT) to being decom'ed and swallowed up by CNATTU where I finally retired in 2010 on a Medical retirement..." [29APR2012]

LONG, Ron L. Sr. m886s@aol.com "...Started my career as an AW at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee AW "A" School, in the summer of 1972, with fellow student AW Roger Schorr. Attended FASOLant and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Anyone remember the mexican food place outside Lexington Park?? Heard it burned down, to bad great food. Roger Schorr went to NAS Brunswick, Maine, thank goodness LOL and I transferredred to VP-24 at their home base at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, while the squadron was finishing it's NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment which started at NAS Norfolk, Virginia as I recall. From 73 to 78, I was with VP-24 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and numerous deployments to various sites; NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and other assorted sites. Next duty station was CPW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, not so exciting as VP flight hours and on top sub time, just many long shifts and office politics. My next tour was a real eye opener, HS1 FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida and training in the H3 ASW Helo which sets one for up for HS duty or in my case ASW Module duty onboard USS Kitty Hawk at San Diego. Remained onboard the Hawk for three years and one direct submarine contact with a Victor III in the Sea of Japan. The prop blade left in the Hawk's starboard bow revealed lots of data, until WO Walker's deal with the enemy. In January 86, it was off to CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan. It was my last duty station in the Navy, retirement followed in January of 1989. It's hard to believe that I used to do HF radio check in NAS Keflavik, Iceland with some Air Force Electronics HF site, go figure? Met lots wonderful people both Es and Os,learned lots and remember many happy times..." [BIO Updated 29JUN99 | 30JUN98]


MINN, AWC (AW/SW) Michael P. Retired mminn@hotmail.com "...PATWING-1 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 1979-1981, VP-16 Crew 6, SS-3, 1981-1987, VP-31 1988-1991, USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 1991-1994, COMPATWINGSPAC, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1994-1997. Living in Cupertino, California (Near Moffett Field, California). Drop me a line you old War Eagles..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 13MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 03FEB2000 | 08JUL98]

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]

MONZON, CDR Vic Retired vmonzon@comcast.net "...Hi. I entered the VP Navy as an NFO via NESEP. I joined VP-47 in November 1978 and deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan the following month. This deployment included a detachment to NSF Diego Garcia. On returning to NAS Moffett Field, California, I was sent to Corry Station for training to assume squadron EWO responsibilities. Also while on the home cycle, I completed two 3-week NAS Adak, Alaska detachments. I qualified as TACCO and (a LTjg) Mission Commander prior to our January 1981 NAS Misawa, Japan deployment, which included two NAS Cubi Point, Philippines detachments. After successfully getting the VP-47 NFO's thru the CNAP NATOPS eval, I transferredred to VP-31 Staff. I immediately enrolled in the USC Sytems Management master's program. During the RAG quailification process, I was reassigned to assume the VP-31 NFO NATOPS billet, which included IUT coordinator, and StanBoard chairman responsibilities beyond the usual instructor duties. I then completed my final 18 months as CNAP evaluator. In 1985, with a CARGRU staff unavailable in NAS Alameda, California, I volunteered for a 1 year tour as MC&E(OPS) with CPW-1 det NSF Diego Garcia. With detailers only offering CPWP staff options (4), I joined the staff as Tactics Officer, handling Tactical Development and Evaluation, and AIR Effectiveness Measurement program. This was one of my more successful tours, where I was influential in advancing Force readiness with PTA Attack Criteria, LASER threat guidelines, Acoustic Sensor enhancements, ALR-66 deficiency corrections, and MK-50 initial tactics. Heading to Big Red (VP-19) in 1989 for a 2nd tour, I caught their full NAS Misawa, Japan deployment. On return, I was able to participate in ICEX out of Greenland. With perfect timing, I received Outlaw Hunter training just before our 2nd NAS Misawa, Japan deployment, which coincided with Saddam's invasion of Kuwait. Hence, I took Outlaw Hunter to the Gulf and was there every month of Desert Shield and into Desert Storm. As luck would have it, during Desert Storm, we were notified of our impending disestablishment and rotated home. On promoting to CDR, I rotated to FASO as Training DH and led the design, development, and introduction of the Tactical Training Course. Upon retirement of the OINC in 1991, I relieved him as the final FASO det OINC. In 1994, I transitioned to the civilian world via the Semiconductor Industry. With the recent meltdown of the Asian financial world, I have moved on to the Telecommunications industry. I made a lot of friends during my 16 years at NAS Moffett Field, California, and I would truly enjoy the opportunity to reconnect with those with whom I have lost touch. A couple in particular are Don McLaughlin (East Coast) and Charley Bess (VP-47)..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 12JAN2001 | 07SEP98]

MOSIER, CDR Jonathan D. http://www.cnrc.navy.mil/regionwest/sandiego/cobio.htm "...Commander Jonathan Dean Mosier received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1975 and a Master's Degree in Communications in 1978 from Clarion State College. Commander Mosier was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in May of 1982 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in November of 1984. Following initial P-3 NFO training, Commander Mosier reported in August of 1985 for his initial fleet assignment to VP-47 at NAS Moffett Field, California. During his tour he served as Line Branch Officer, Aviation Warfare Division Officer, Operations Plans Officer and Squadron Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer. While attached to VP-47 Commander Mosier was designated as a P-3 Mission Commander, Instructor Naval Flight Officer, and Squadron NFO NATOPS Evaluator. During his tour he completed two deployments, one to NSF Diego Garcia and a second to NAS Misawa, Japan. In April of 1989, Commander Mosier reported to VP-31 for duty as an Instructor NFO in the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). In addition to instructor duties, Commander Mosier served as the Command Security Manager, Assistant Administrative Officer and Human Resources Department Head. during his tenure at VP-31. Following the FRS instructor tour, he reported for duty in June of 1991 to CPW-1 One Detachment, Diego Garcia. While assigned to CPW-1, Commander Mosier served as the Tactical Support Center (TSC) Director, Officer-in Charge of the PATWING One Detachment Masirah, Omanand finally as PATWING One Detachment Diego Garcia Operations Officer. During this tour Commander Mosier was responsible for planning and coordinating P-3 operations throughout the Indian Ocean and Southwest Asia. Commander Mosier returned to the United States in July of 1992, reporting to the Naval Postgraduate School. He was awarded a Master's Degree in National Security Affairs and a subspecialty in Foreign Affairs (Far East) in December of 1993 was awarded. Following refresher P-3 training, Commander Mosier reported in August of 1994 to VP-9, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his tour he served as Tactics Officer, Administrative Officer, Officer-in-Charge, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Detachment, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and as squadron Aircraft Maintenance Officer. During his tenure at VP-9, the squadron completed a split deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and was awarded the 1995 Pacific Fleet Battle "E" for superior performance and combat readiness. In June of 1996 Commander Mosier was assigned to the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Force, United States Pacific Fleet as the Aircraft Inventory Manager and Depot Maintenance Coordinator. In this capacity he was responsible for the budgeting and execution of all Pacific Fleet aircraft depot maintenance, a program valued at over a quarter of a billion dollars annually. During his tour, the backlog of aircraft awaiting maintenance was reduced from over two hundred to zero, dramatically improving fleet readiness. In May of 1999, Commander Mosier reported to the USS Constellation as the ship's Safety Officer. During his tour "Connie" completed a record-breaking deployment to the Western Pacific and Southwest Asia, recording over 10,000 arrested landings without a major mishap during the cruise. Following her return from deployment, USS Constellation was awarded the 1999 Pacific Fleet Battle "E." CDR Mosier then reported to Navy Recruiting District San Diego in August 2000 as Executive Officer, subsequently taking command of NRD San Diego on March 8, 2002. Commander Mosier's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal and various service and unit awards..." [01JUN2003]

MUSE, (AW/NAC) Keith M. KMUSE@MSN.COM "...I was a VP sailor my entire career. I startedout in FAW/CPW-1 DET NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 73-75, then on to VP-9 75-79, VP-31 80-83, VPU-2 83-86, CPW-1 Kamiseya 86-90 and finished up my career with VP-1 90-93. I spent all my time on the West Coast and would like to hear from anyone of my old buds..." [16AUG2000]


NUTE, CAPTAIN Charles Carter Retired ccnute@cox.net "...I served VP-21 (01/196512/1967) flying the P2 Neptune, VP-23 (04/1971-06/1973) flying the P-3 Orion, VP-31 (08/1974-06/1977), CO Naval Facility Guam (07/1978-10/1979), XO/CO VP-9 (03/1979-05/1981), Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) (06/1981-06/1984), Head, East Asia/Pacific Plans and Policy Branch (OP-6l2) (07/1985-05/1986), Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet (CTF-72)/CPW-1 (06/1986-06/1988) at Kamiseya, Japan, Deputy Director ASW Division (OP-7lB) (07/1988-06/1990), Deputy Commander ASW Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMASWFORPAC) (06/1990-05/1992) and Director, Naval Command College (NCC) (06/1992-07/1994) at the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, RI and retired. I worked at my alma mater, Valley Forge Military Academy and College, as Director of Alumni Affairs (08/1994-12/2001). Fully retired grandparents and volunteer workers in our community and church, we reside in Gainesville, Florida. We have a son, a daughter and six grandchildren..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16MAY2015 | 10SEP2003]


PALKOVICK, CDR Frederick A. II http://navyrotc.mit.edu/www/staff/xo.stm "...Executive Officer - MIT Harvard - Commander Palkovic, a native of Rhode Island, graduated from Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in May 1977. At Cornell, he was commissioned an Ensign, United States Navy through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather Air Force Base, California before earning his wings of gold in March 1979. He then attended initial training in the P-3C Orion aircraft at VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Commander Palkovic reported in July 1979 to VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine where he served as Educational Services Officer, Readiness Training Officer and NFO Naval Aviation Training and Operations Standardization (NATOPS) Officer. During this tour, he qualified as Instructor NFO, NATOPS evaluator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in the P-3C aircraft. He deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean in 1980; NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal in 1981; and NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Western Pacific in 1982. He then reported to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he served as NFO Training Officer. In this capacity, he supervised initial and refresher training of NFOs destined for duty with Atlantic Fleet P-3C squadrons. From 1985 to 1987, CDR Palkovic served as Assistant Air Operations Officer, Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. There, he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and Flag Command Duty Officer. He also participated in Operation Earnest Will, the protection of tankers during the Iran-Iraq war in 1987 as a member of Joint Task Force Middle East. He then attended the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, RI, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Planning. During this tour, he also attended Salve Regina University, earning a Master of Arts in International Relations. In 1989, he reported to VP-56, NAS Jacksonville, Florida for his department head tour, requalifying as Instructor NFO, Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. He served as Training Officer during the squadron's transition to the P-3C Update III aircraft, then as Administrative Officer and Operations Officer during a six month deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Following this deployment, he assisted with disestablishment of the squadron in 1991. Commander Palkovic reported to Commander, Patrol Wings, US Atlantic Fleet as Tactical Development and Evaluation officer. In this assignment, he oversaw Tactical Development programs for the East Coast P-3 squadrons and coordinated completion of numerous research projects supporting Anti-submarine and Anti-surface warfare. He also assumed the additional duties of Training Officer. From 1993 to 1996, Commander Palkovic served as Chief Staff Officer and Administrative Officer for the staff of CPW-1 and Commander Task Force SEVENTY-TWO, Kamiseya, Japan. Commander Palkovic served at United States Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska from 1996 to 1999 as Chief, War Plans Analysis Branch. He responsible for completion of analyses and studies relating to the effectiveness of United States nuclear war plans and the consequences of use of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He also served as Acting Chief, Force Assessments Division during the absence of the incumbent. Commander Palkovic reported onboard the Naval Reserve Officers Corps Unit, Boston Consortium in August 1999. Commander Palkovic's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal..." [17JUN2003]

PETTY, Douglas douglasptty@yahoo.com "...I served with CPRW-1/CTF-72 (1973-1974) at Naval Support Facility Kamiseya, Japan. Does anyone know where I can purchase a Command Patch?..." [14AUG2012]


Memorial Picture "...SCHULLER, Gordon Joseph...From The Virginian-Pilot - 6 June 2002 - VIRGINIA BEACH -- Retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gordon Joseph Schuller, 74, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002. He commanded VP-9 in NAS Moffett Field, California, CPW-2 in Hawaii, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet/Task Force Seventy-Two/Patrol Wing ONE and Fleet Air Western Pacific, Japan..." http://www.usna.com/classes/class51/TAPSa4.htm [24FEB2003]


TOMKOVITCH, CDR John "Tomko" cdrtomko@aol.com "...TACCO in VP-50 78-81, VP-30 Instructor 81-84, CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan 84-87, Naval War College 87-88, VP-16 Dept hd 88-90, CPWL/CNAAB 90-94, CO NRD Omaha 94-96, USSTRATCOM 96-99, Recruiting Area 1 (North) Oct 99. I will PCS from Stratcom to Recruiting Area North in Oct 99..." [12SEP99]

TUROK, Mike mjturok@picusnet.com "...Brought back a lot of fond memories of CPW-1 Det Agana 79-81 and COMFAIRKEF staff 89-91. Living just outside the back gate of NAS Norfolk, Virginia I have the privilege to see a P-3 flyover occasionally. Truly does bring back fond memories of on-tops of Delta IVs and Victor IIIs in the North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea and those wonderful MAP flights out of Guam..." [17JAN2000]


VARNER, Bill bill.varner@gmail.com "...I served with with CPW-1 Detachment NAF Misawa, Japan, VP-50 "Fine Time" Crew-9 as SS1/2, VP-31 Instructor Duty, VPU-2 Crew-11 and ASWOC/TSC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California where I retired under the TERA program. I currently reside in San Diego and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24AUG2011 | 31AUG2000]


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