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ADRION, CAPT Robert J. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprfp.navy.mil/BioCommodore.asp "...CAPT Robert J. Adrion - CPRW-2 - Captain Robert J. Adrion was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised in Pine Bush, NY and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. Following designation as a Naval Aviator in February 1984, his first operational assignment was with VP-24. During this tour as a "Batman", he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily and served as the Pilot Training, Pilot NATOPS, and Safety/NATOPS Officer. In March 1988, Captain Adrion transferredred to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 serving as Tactical Training Team Pilot, Aircraft Division Officer and Pilot Training Officer. His following sea duty was as the Operations Administration Officer aboard the USS SARATOGA where he qualified as an Officer of the Deck and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in support of NATO operations in Bosnia. In August 1993, Captain Adrion reported to the "Screaming Eagles" of VP-1 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as the Command Services and Maintenance Officer. During his tour, he deployed to the western Pacific and Indian Oceans in support of United Nations' sanctions against Iraq. Following his Department Head tour, Captain Adrion was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC to serve as the VP / VQ Combat Placement Officer. In July 1997, he was selected to attend the Marine Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA where he completed a Masters Degree in Military Science. Captain Adrion reported to NAS Brunswick, Maine in March of 1999, serving as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-26. From April 2001 to March 2003, he was Training Officer for Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic and from March 2003 to March 2005 he was assigned to the Joint Staff as the Deputy Division Chief and Division Chief for the J-3 Reconnaissance Operations Division..." [08DEC2005]

ARBITRARIO, Phillip G. Retired arbitrarp001@hawaii.rr.com "...I served in the Army (82nd Airborne Division) from 1967 to 1970. I then move over to the Navy and served with VA-128 from 1973 to 1975, VP-22 (FE) from 1976 to 1980, Naval Air Maintenace TRAining DETachment (NAMTRADET) 1011 Instructor from 1981 to 1984, VP-22 from 1984 to 1987, CPRW-2 from 1987 to 1991 until retirement. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAR2011 | 29MAY98]


BICKERS, AW1 Brad bradley.bickers@navy.mil "...I'm currently serving with COMPATRECONWING-2 at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I started out in VP-11 from 07/94-10/96, then went on to VP-4 from 96-99 when I went to TSC 1294 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I came back to VP-4 for round 2 in 2001. In 2005 I left for a short 1 year tour to VP-40 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Now after 7 deployments and 13 years, I'm finally doing a full shore tour at CPRW-2. Back in da'islands..." [04OCT2006]


Memorial Picture "...CALCUTT, AWCM Jim...For anyone who knew AWCM (ret) Jim Calcutt, we received word that he passed away 9 sep 07. His last duty station was at CPRW-2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Here is his obituary. James Helon Calcutt, 70, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. Born in Pamplico, S.C., he was the son of the late George and Getha Poston Calcutt. James retired from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief in 1988. He worked for Unisys Corp. for several years; worked at Greenway Ford in Orlando, Fla., for 12 years; retired and moved to Franklin. He attended Bethel United Methodist Church; was active in the Old Bones Softball League; was an avid sports fan and loved riding his Harley. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Pelkey Calcutt; daughter, Joan Calcutt of Orlando, Fla.; one granddaughter, Jennifer Hamel; and his extended family. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m., at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Al Beck officiating. Burial will be in the Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences are available by visiting http://www.maconfuneralhome.com. Jim MacHaffie machaffie@roadrunner.com..." [16SEP2007]

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]


DAUGHERTY, Alan D. DAUGHEAD@CPRFP.NAVY.MIL "...I served in VPU-2 from May 1986 to April 1990, CPW-2, 1990-1993 and VPU-2 again (Glutton for punishment) from 1993 to 1998. Currently attached to Executive Transport Detachment (VIP Transport, P-3/UP-3) at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. To all past and present VP Shipmates, Aloha..." [29DEC99]

DEGONISH, AW2 Paul pdegonish@yahoo.com "...I served with CPW-2 Tactical Support Center (09/1974-1977) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [21JAN2012]

DYE, CAPTAIN Gary B. https://www.cnet.navy.mil/netpdtc/co.html "...Commanding Officer - Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center - Gary Bryan Dye was born in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He attended the University of Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he received a regular commission in the United States Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). After commissioning, Ensign Dye reported to Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, for Naval Flight Officer Training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November 1980. In 1981, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Dye reported to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he qualified as a Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander flying the P-3B Orion. He also served as Tactics Officer, Avionics and Armament Division Officer, and Line Division Officer. His squadron completed multiple deployments throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. In June 1984, Lieutenant Dye reported to the NROTC Unit, University of Nebraska, where he instructed midshipmen in Marine Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Naval Operations, and Naval History. In May 1987, Lieutenant Commander Dye reported to Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean, NAF Naples, Italy, for duty as Flag Secretary and Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower and Administration (N1). In May 1989, Lieutenant Commander Dye was assigned to CPW-2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as the Current Operations Officer and as Task Group Officer in Charge of JCS tasked "Pony Express" Operations. In August 1990, Lieutenant Commander Dye reported to VP-22, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, for Department Head Duty, flying the P-3C Update II. He served as Squadron Operations Officer, Detachment Officer in Charge, and Task Group Operations Officer while deployed to Misawa AB, Japan. In August 1992, Lieutenant Commander Dye reported to the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, as a student in Manpower, Personnel, and Training Analysis Curriculum. In June 1994, he graduated with distinction and was awarded a Masters of Science Degree in Systems Management. In July 1994, Commander Dye was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., where he served as the Navy's Manpower Accountant (PERS-522). In January 1995, he was reassigned as Branch Head for Battle Forces Manpower in the newly established OPNAV (N122). In October 1996, Commander Dye assumed Command of Navy Recruiting District, Michigan. Two years later Captain Dye reported to the Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, VA, as Deputy Director for Manpower and Personnel and, later, as Deputy Inspector General. On July 14, 2000, Captain Dye assumed Command of Enlisted Placement Management Center (EPMAC), New Orleans, LA. On December 21, 2001, Captain Dye assumed Command of Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC), Pensacola, FL. Captain Dye's awards include the Legion of Merit, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of fourth award), the Navy Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), the Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service ribbons..." [26JUN2003]


Memorial Picture "...FAILS, AWCM Ron...Ron passed away on Aug 16 2007. He served with VP-8, VP-30, HSL-32, CV-62, CV-43, CPW-10, VP-4, CPW-2, CPWPAC, VP-47, VX-1, CPRWPAC, and CPRW-2..." Contributed by BARKOW, AW2 Dan danbarkow@cableone.net [08FEB2011]

FAILS, Ron mcpo9876@aol.com "...I served with VP-8, VP-30, HSL-32, CV-62, CV-43, CPW-10, VP-4, CPW-2, CPWPAC, VP-47, VX-1, CPRWPAC, and CPRW-2..." [20MAR2005]

FALLON, AOCS Bob Retired bfallon@quik.com "...I served in VP-19 1982-85, VP-31 1985-88, VP-48 1988-91, CPW-2/CPWP 1991-94 and retired from VS-38 in 1998. If there any former, Shipmates out there that would like to get in touch send an email..." [13OCT2001]

FLOYD, AW1 Tom Retired floydtomt@netscape.net "...I served with VP-56, VP-48, CPW-2, TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, CV-64, FASO NAS Moffett Field, California, and TSC NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Retired in 1996. Nice to see some old Shipmates here. Drop me a line!..." [17AUG2004]

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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]

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]


ISABELL, Jeff "IZZY" orion-ewo@excite.com "...I served with VP-46 from 85-89 (COMEDY AIRCLUB 10) and also CPW-2 Trainer facility. Had too many good times, and friends to count. I miss it all! P-3's for ever!..." [01JUL99]


KELLY, Michael H. mhkelly@bresnan.net "...COMPATWINGSPAC Det. NAS Adak, Alaska 77-78, VP-6, Crews 1 & 3 IFC 78-81, CPW-2 82-85..." [05FEB2006]

KLAPKA, CDR Ted "TK" ted@klapka.com "...I served aboard NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-49 (1983-1986), VP-4 (1991-1993) (First Gulf War), BUPERS Sea Duty Component DC (1996-2000), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and CPW-2..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14AUG2012]


LAIR, AWC(AW/NAC) Tim tlair@msa.attmil.ne.jp "...stationed with VP-4 80-83; CPW-2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 83-86; USS Ranger(CV-61) 86-89; VP-50 89-92; VP-31 92-93(Decommissioned); VP-30 93-95; VP-1 95; VP-40 95-Present. Currently selected for CWO2 with orders to PATWINGONE Det Misawa, Japan. 98-Present; have orders to FMP MOCC LANT Jacksonville in April 2000. Would like to hear from old Shipmates!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25NOV99]

LATTA, CAPTAIN Stephen B. U. S. Naval Academy "...Captain Stephen B. Latta was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of a Naval Aviator. He entered the United States Naval Academy in July 1974 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in June 1978 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1980. After initial assignments to Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17), and Patrol Squadron THIRTY-ONE (VP-31) as a FRS Instructor, Captain Latta reported to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet embarked on the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan. There, he served as ASW Plans Officer and Aide to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet. After tours to the BUPERS as a Rating Assignment Officer, and Patrol Squadron Six (VP-6) as a Department Head, Captain Latta reported to CPW-2 as Operations Officer in August 1992. After disestablishment of CPW-2 in June 1993, he joined Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Current Operations Officer. Captain Latta joined Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17) as Executive Officer in June 1994. While there, the squadron deployed to Diego Garcia, BIOT. During this deployment, VP-17 assumed detachment responsibilities for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from LANTFLT, thus becoming the first quad-site deployed VP squadron. Upon completion of deployment, the squadron was disestablished in March 1995. Captain Latta served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer in Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) from April 1995 to April 1997. While assigned, the squadron deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan and supported dual Battlegroup operation during the China-Taiwan crisis. The squadron was also recognized as the Battle "E" winner twice, the AVCM Donald M. Neal "Golden Wrench" winner for maintenance excellence, and CNO Safety Award winner twice. Captain Latta reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in May 1997 where he headed a DoD review of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 as the Assistant Director for Joint Officer Management. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy (DASD(MPP)). In August 1999, Captain Latta reported to Commander, Maritime and Surveillance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet as the Chief of Staff. Almost immediately, he oversaw the first real world ASW prosecution in the Mediterranean in nearly 10 years, initial Maritime Patrol support to Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, and the integration of new technologies to Mediterranean operations. In June 2002, Captain Latta reported to USNA as Director of Admissions. Captain Latta's awards include, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Naval Commendation Medals, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation as well as various service awards..." [31MAY2003]


MASTERS, CDR David R. Retired dmasters@comline.com "...A native of Phoenix, Arizona, with 2 years 8 months in the United Stated Marine Corps reserves CDR Masters graduated from Phoenix College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Aeronautics. He entered flight training as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) in 1958 and was commissioned Ensign USNR and designated a Naval Aviator in October 1959. Initial operational assignment was flying the P2V-5FS in VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Nov 1959 to Jan 1963. Participated in 3 Western Pacific deployments while assigned as Navigation Officer, Classified Material Control Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Patrol Plane Commander and augmented to USN. His next assignment was VT-29 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as Navigation Flight Instructor and Power Plants Division Officer and he attained Aircraft Commander Designation in the C-117, C-118 and T-29 aircraft. Selected for USNPS, Monterey, California in 1963 CDR Masters attained Aircraft Commander Designation in S-2 type Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft and completed college courses in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Warfare and Industrial Safety and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree May 1966. CDR MASTERS next received orders to the Aircraft Carrier U.S. Ranger CVA-61 as Ships Assistant Navigator in 1966 to 1968. During this tour CDR MASTERS qualified as Navigator, Deep Draft Command, Officer of the Deck in-Port and Underway, Boating Officer, Command Duty Officer and Conning alongside during Underway Replenishment. He also undertook the development and the rewriting of all boating, ships control, duty officer and emergency ship handling books for the U.S. Ranger. During this tour he completed several deployments to the South China Sea operating from Yankee Station in combat support of U.S. Forces in Vietnam. In 1968 CDR MASTERS next received orders to the ARMED FORCES SENIOR STAFF COLLEGE, Norfolk, VA completing studies in World affairs, Political assessment, Major Staff Warfare planning and War Plans Development. CDR MASTERS next tour of duty was with the NAVAL AVIATION SAFETY CENTER as assistant editor of Naval Safety publications for Surface Ships, Submarines and Aircraft from 1968 to 1969. CDR MASTERS then began his second tour with VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1969 to 1972. Prior to reporting to VP-6 in November, 1968 as Maintenance Officer, CDR MASTERS attended P-3 Orion aircraft transition training in VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California earning Patrol Plane Commander designation. He served as Aviation Safety Officer, Maintenance Department Head and Patrol Plane Commander in the P-3A Orion aircraft. During this assignment CDR MASTERS completed several deployments to Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. He served as Officer-In-Charge of Naval Air Forces Vietnam at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. He then received orders to COMPATWINGTWO as staff Maintenance officer achieving the highest levels of Pacific Fleet Operational Readiness and Full Systems Capability for all assigned Patrol Squadrons. For his final career assignment CDR MASTERS received orders to NAS Lemoore, California to implement a new method of Weapons System Development (FIT) for the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter. The F/A-18 Hornet was developed to replace the former F-4 Phantom fighter and the A-7E attack aircraft. As a result of the Maintainability and Reliability improvement of the F/A-18 strike fighter, maintenance man-hours per flight hour were reduced by over 80%. After completing this most satisfying assignment CDR MASTERS retired with 25 years of military service. Since his retirement CDR MASTERS had participated in many entrepreneurial endeavors in which he obtained US patents for some of them. He enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife Diana..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JUL2007 | 07DEC2001]

MAY, AWCM Mike MAYM@CNRF.NAVY.MIL "...Spent some time with CPW-2 from 1977-1979, VP-91 from 1980-1983, VP-90 from 1983-1987, CRPWP from 1987-1990, and VP-69 from 1990-1995..." [E-Mail Updated 31JUL2002 |07SEP97 ]

McDANIELS, Jim "Mongo" jimmcdan@aol.com "...I was in VP-45 from '84 to '89 and had 2 NAS Bermuda and 1 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. We transitioned from P-3C baselines to P-3C Update III's and were the first East-coast squadron to deploy with Update III's. From VP-45 I went to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and CPW-2. While on this shore-duty, I was named OINC of the MOCC. Soon after that, thanks to Saddam Hussein, I got to go to Desert Shield. After leaving CPW-2, I jumped coasts again and went aboard the boat, USS George Washington (CVN-73). I was there for the last part of her construction, sea-trials, commissioning and deployment work-ups. After that I transitioned to CIVLANT and now own my own Professional Employer Organization (Employee Leasing). GREETINGS TO ALL VP'ers AND FORMER VP'ers!..." [E-Mail Updated 01DEC2001 | 23MAR98]

McMACKEN, Patrick patrick.mcmacken@gte.net "...Received Wings September 1970, first tour at Pacific Missile Test Center. Served with VP-47 April 1973 - January 1976 as a pilot and PPC followed by tour at Comnavmarianas as Admiral's Aide then on to USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as Electronic Warfare Officer. Went to the Reserves at NAS Moffett Field, California then to CPW-2 1981 - 1982 then my department head tour with VP-22, June 1982 - July 1985, PPMC with the Blues Crew. Left VP-22 and spent the next five years in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas at VT-27 and Trawing 4. Retired in 1990. Now working in Municipal Government as the Emergency Management Director for the City of Irving Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys and also serve as the President of the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) http://www.emat-tx.org..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02JUN2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14JAN2001 | 12OCT98]

MITCHELL, LCDR Douglas M. (Pooh Bear) Retired poobearmit@aol.com "...Flight Engineer and CWO/LDO Maintenance Officer. I served as a F/E with VP-56 from 1968-1971, VP-45 from 1972-1975, VP-30 instructor from 1975-1978, VP-5 from 1978-1981, and CPW-11 from 1981-1983 when I was selected to CWO-2. I was assigned to CPW-2 from 1983-1985, got selected for LDO and transferredred to VP-22 from 1985-1988. I returned to VP-30 as MMCO from 1988-1991, was assigned to VP-49 from 1991-1994 and retired from CPW-11 on 1 December 1994. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the VP-Navy Shipmates summary and would love to hear from past crewmembers and maintenance personnel. Twenty-seven years in the P-3 Navy was definitely the highlight of my Thirty year career!!..." [19FEB99]

MONROE, REAR ADMIRAL Jack Pendleton Retired http://www.usstarawavets.org/CV-40%20pages/monroe.bio.htm "...Jack Pendleton Monroe was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on June 19, 1904, son of Jack P. and Florence Bowman Monroe. He attended Shaw High School in Cleveland, Ohio, before entering the U.S. Naval Academy from Ohio on August 2, 1923. As a Midshipman he was a member of the 150 pound crew and played class football. Graduated and commissioned Ensign on June 2, 1927, he subsequently progressed in rank to that of Rear Admiral, his date of rank July 1, 1956. After graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1927, he served for two years aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee, and in 1929 reported for flight training at the NAS Pensacola, Florida. Designated Naval Aviator in January 1930, he was assigned to Scouting Squadron 9-S, aviation unit of the U.S.S. Northampton. A year later he was transferredred to Observation Squadron 3-B, attached to the U.S.S. Nevada. During a two-year period in 1932-34 he had shore duty at the NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he commanded the Utility Unit of that station, and served in VP-4. From 1934 through 1937 he was attached to Bombing Squadron 3 based first on the U.S.S. Ranger, later on the U.S.S. Lexington. Returning to the NAS Pensacola, Florida, he served for one year as Planning Officer in the Assembly and Repair Department, and a second year as Aide to the Commandant. In the summer of 1939 he assumed command of the U.S.S. Gannet, and a year later was assigned to the Staff of CPW-2, based at NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1941 he joined the Staff of Commander Carrier Division One as Aide and Flag Lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He was serving in that assignment when the United States entered World War II in December 1941. He received a Letter of Commendation with Ribbon from the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, for "outstanding performance of duty in the line of his profession as Flag Lieutenant and Signal Officer on the Staff of the Air Task Group Commander in preparation for, during, and after the successful engagements with the enemy in the Coral Sea on May 7 and 8, 1942...". Monroe was ordered next to the U.S.S. Bogue and was aboard that carrier escort when she participated in escort and anti-submarine operations in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater in early 1943. Upon his return to the United States in 1943 he was ordered to the Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. He received a Letter of Commendation, with authority to wear the Bronze Star on his Commendation Ribbon, from the Secretary of the Navy, as follows: "As head of the Armament Branch of the Engineering Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics from October 1943 to December 1944, you performed duties of vital importance with extraordinary foresight and efficiency in developing advanced aircraft armament, and in effecting sound armament installations in all types of Naval Aircraft...". In January 1945 he assumed command of the U.S.S. Kadashan Bay (CVE-76). "For meritorious service as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Kadashan Bay, operating as a unit of the Carrier Transport Squadron, Pacific Fleet, from February 6 to September 2, 1945..." he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. The citation states that he "successfully delivered large quantities of critically needed combat aircraft, aviation material and replacement pilots, ground and aircrewmen to bases in the forward area of the Pacific╝and contributed to the success of our forces". Detached from the Kadashan Bay after the the Japanese surrender he reported as commanding officer of the NS Sangley Point, Philippines, where he remained throughout 1946. In March 1947, he was ordered to the staff of Commander Air Force, Pacific Fleet, as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and two years later was transferredred to duty at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, Inyokern, California. He reported on 8 January 1951 to Commander Operational Development Force, Atlantic, and served as Chief of Staff and Aide until August 1952. On 8 August 1952 he assumed command of the U.S.S. Tarawa CV-40 and remained in command of that carrier until August 1953. He was in command during the ship's 1953 Mediterranean Cruise. He next commanded the NAS Pensacola, Florida, from September 1953 to June 1955. For the next year he was Chief, Naval Air Base Training, Pensacola, following which he trained as a helicopter pilot, earning his wings in June 1956. He then spent a year as Director of Operation 53 in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department. In July 1956 he was promoted to Rear Admiral. At that time he became Commander, Middle East Force, until August 1957. On October 26, 1957 he reported as Commander Naval Air Missile Test Center, NAS Point Mugu, California, and from July 1958 was assigned additional duty as Commander Pacific Missile Test Range, NAS Point Mugu, California; in December 1958 this additional duty became his primary assignment until September 1961. He then became Director of the newly established Development Facilities, Astronautics and Ranges Division, Operation 76, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. On March 7, 1963 he reported as Commander Naval Forces, Philippines; Commander in Chief, Pacific Representative, Philippines; and from January 15, 1964 to January 1, 1965 had additional duty as Commander Naval Air Bases, Philippines. On July 1, 1966 he was transferredred to the Retired List of the U.S. Navy. "For exceptionally meritorious service...as Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Philippines, and Commander in Chief, Pacific Representative, Philippines, from March 1963 to June 1966..." he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. The citation further states in part: "Exercising outstanding leadership, sound judgment, and keen foresight in coordinating military requirements throughout the area of his command, Rear Admiral Monroe, through persuasive negotiation, effectively promoted intercountry relations and established and nurtured effective channels for liason where none previously existed, thereby furthering United States prestige and good will with foreign nations. "In addition to successfully meeting the monumental challenge of coordinating and providing logistic support to forces engaged in combat in Southeast Asia, he greatly facilitated increased communications capabilities by formulating and expediting communications improvements in shore stations under his command. As a result, these installations were advanced well ahead of original plans, thereby enabling timely direction of forces in sensitive politico-military operations...". Shortly after arriving aboard the Tarawa in 1952, Admiral Monroe married Mrs. Phyllis G. Sandvig of Windsor, North Carolina. In 1998, Admiral Monroe was living in retirement in Pensacola, Florida..." [23JUN2003]

MOORE, ADCS Randy Retired randall.w.moore@lmco.com "...Hi Y'all! I'm a career FE from 2nd mech beginnings in VP-5 (73-78), then VP-30 instructing (78-81), then VP-1, VP-31, VP-22, CPW-2, VP-47 and NADEP JAX for a closer. Retired 12/98 and life is good! Now with Lockheed Martin, still playing with the World's Greatest Airplane! Many great memories of the exciting traveling life and great Shipmates. Feel free to shoot me a line!..." [05AUG99]

MORAN, CAPTAIN William F. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprfp.navy.mil/BioCommodore.asp "...Captain William F. Moran was born in Nyack, New York and raised just north of New York City in a small town called Walden where he attended Valley Central High School. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in English. Captain Moran reported to VP-44 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in May 1982 where he served as an Instructor Pilot, Educational Services Officer, Power Plants Branch Officer and Pilot Training Officer. After deployments of NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, he reported to VP-30 in March 1986 for Instructor Duty. At VP-30, Captain Moran served as the Fleet Projects Officer and Pilot Training Officer, before taking orders to Commander Carrier Group SIX (CCG-6), Mayport, Florida as Flag Lieutenant. While on the Staff, he qualified as a Battle Group Tactical Watch Officer and completed a Mediterranean deployment aboard USS FORESTALL (CV-59) and a subsequent deployment to the Caribbean aboard numerous cruisers as part of the first deployment Staff in support of Counter Narcotics Operations (CTG-4.1). In January 1991, Captain Moran reported to CPW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida to serve as the Safety Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer. In the summer of 1992, he reported to VP-45 for his Department Head tour deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland / NAS Sigonella, Sicily and serving as Safety/NATOPS and Operations Officer. In the spring of 1994, Captain Moran reported to VP-30 to assume duties as the Senior AIRLANT Evaluator and Model Manager for Maritime Patrol Aviation. Captain Moran reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington DC in May 1995 to begin a two year tour as Assistant Washington Placement Officer before assuming duties as the Assistant Flag Detailer for a third and final year of duty at BUPERS. In May 1998, Captain Moran reported to VP-46 as Executive Officer and immediately deployed with the squadron to NAF Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. As Commanding Officer, he led the squadron on a deployment to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman, and NSA Bahrain that included numerous detachments throughout FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets. The squadron was recognized for its support for contingency operations, and its work with SLAM and Maverick Missile systems, mission planning, target folders and Maritime Interdiction Operations. Captain Moran served as Deputy Executive Assistant and Executive Assistant to Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii from July 2000 to July 2003, before returning to VP-30 for refresher training and follow-on duty as CPRW-2. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and Navy Commendation Medal (five awards)..." [20APR2005]


PADILLA, CMDCM Leo Retired vp47cmc@aol.com "...Yo Shipmates, finally removed my khakis after 33 years of service 1 June 03. My last tour was with NSAWC in NAS Fallon, Nevada, sadly not with a P-3 command. Twenty-seven years with P2Vs and P-3A/B/Cs, I was like a fish out of water in Fallon. Luckily, Shipmates at K-Bay persuaded me to do a retirement ceremony there with my community. Mahalo to CMDCM Mo Radke and YNCM Larry Box. The finishing touch to the day was some painted label San Miguel and Red Horse, compliments from AECS Ron Wood, mahalo Mate. I'm now a college student working towards a degree in Golf Course and Sports Turf Management and a househusband. Life is GREAT, and transition has been smooth. My only hang-up is missing the great times and sea stories with the gang. I'd love to hear from friends during tours in VP-4, VP-6, VP-22, VP-31, VP-46, VP-47, VP-48, CPW-2, CPWP, CPRFP, VQ-3, and PMTC, NAS Point Mugu, California. Final destination is Mesquite, NV, but temporarily in San Diego for school..." [BIO Updated 24OCT2003 | BIO Updated 18APR2000 | 22OCT98]


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

RYAN, VICE ADMIRAL Norbert R. Retired Shipmate Pix "...Reported to the VP-5 Mad Foxes December 1981 as Executive Officer and assumed command in December 1982...Rear Admiral, Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific...A native of Mountain Home, Pennsylvania, Rear Admiral Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1967. He began flight training in August 1967 and was designated a naval aviator in October 1968. Assigned to VP-8 from 1969 to 1972, Rear Admiral Ryan participated in three Atlantic Deployments as well as several detachments to the Mediterranean and Pacific in support of special operations. Rear Admiral Ryan was assigned to the Officer of the Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1972 to 1975. During this tour, he received a Master of Science Degree in Personnel Management from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He reported to Commander, Carrier Group SIX in September 1975, serving as Flag Secretary and aide while the staff was embarked on six different carriers for deployments, exercises and carrier workups. In October 1977, he was ordered to VP-30 where he was a familiarization stage instructor pilot and served as Assistant Training Officer and Administrative Officer until he reported to VP-56 in October 1979. Rear Admiral Ryan held the Safety and Maintenance Department billets with the squadron during deployments to the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In December 1981, he reported to VP-5 as Executive Officer and assumed command in December 1982. The squadron completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Azores. In April 1984, Rear Admiral Ryan was assigned to CPW-11 as Operation Officer and in August 1985, he reported to Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic as the Force Operations Officer. On 1 August 1986, Rear Admiral Ryan became Deputy Executive Assistant/Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, serving until 23 December 1988. En route to COMPATWING TWO, he attended the Senior Officials in National Security Program at Harvard university's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In June 1989, Rear Admiral Ryan became Commander, CPW-2 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In February 1991, he reported for duties as Executive Assistant to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served until July 1993. Rear Admiral Ryan served as the Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Total Force Programming and Manpower (Pers-5); and as the Director, Total Force Programming and Manpower Division (N12) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations from September to November 1993. From November 1993 to June 1995, he served as Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Distribution (Pers-4), the Navy's "Head Detailer." Rear Admiral Ryan assumed duties as Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet on 2 August 1995. Rear Admiral Ryan is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars; Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars; the Navy Commendation Medal with one Gold Star; Navy Achievement Medal with one Gold Star; the Joint Meritorious Unit Award; and a number of other service awards..." http://www.cpf.navy.mil/ctf12bio.htm


SALOMON, CAPTAIN Ferdinand L. FerdSalomon@mchsi.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1980-1983. I joined the squadron in NAS Jacksonville, Florida right after the NAS Bermuda deployment and then made back-to-back NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments with the Mad Foxes. My brother, Gate was also in VP-5 from 1981-1984 (I think) and I had the opportunity to fly with his crew on week-long det to NS Rota, Spain (I was the PPC and MC, he was the TACCO!! Lots of fun). I then served with VT-6 from 1983-1986, VPU-2 from 1986-1989, VP-6 as Ops Officer from 1990-1991 (deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska during that time and had to watch Desert Storm on CNN with everyone else), CPW-2 from 1991-1993, VRC-30 from 1993-1996 XO/CO CODs (81 traps), NATO (London!) from 1996-1999, and NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida 1999-2001 Base XO. I am still active, now the Chief of Staff for Chief of Naval Education and Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, probably retire in 2004. Would be interested to hear from any Shipmates I served with!..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 27JAN2003 | 02DEC2002]

SCHULLER, RADM Gordon J. Retired C/O His Son SCHULLER, CDR Jeff Retired Jeffrey.Schuller-contractor@bmdo.osd.mil "...My dad flew P2Vs with VP-8 and VP-5 in the '50s and 'early 60s and later P-3As as CO of VP-9 in the late '60s. From there he was CPW-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and then Commander Fleet Air West Pac. He retired from the Navy in the early '80..." [04FEB2002]

SHARP, CDR Keith (Rusty) USNR-Retired rustysharp_downsouth@yahoo.com "...I was an AW (SS3 type) with VP-1 from November 1976-February 1981 (2 full deployments to Westpac, along with 2 NAS Agana, Guam Dets), then was with VP-65 from April 1981-October 1985 while going thru college. After a stop at AOCS in NAS Pensacola, Florida to earn a commission, I did the NFO pipeline and was winged in September 1987 at Mather AFB. I served with VP-10 from April 1988-June 1991 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NS Rota, Spain, NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I followed that with a staff tour at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with CPW-2 / CPWP from July 1991-July 1994, primarily as the WST Team Leader at the Trainer Facility, and as a Briefing Officer/Debriefing Office, and Watch Officer at the TSC. I served with VP-69 from February 1995 - August 2004, and retired from service in May 2005. I live in the Seattle area, and I'm presently employed with Boeing, working in Flight Training and Technical Publications. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 02OCT2005 | Promoted 28MAR2003 | E-Mail Updated 18JUL2001]

SJOSTROM, Ric FSjostrom@pclient.ml.com "...I served with VP-56 from Spring '87 to late summer of '90. Was a NFO...followed that with a shore tour at COMPATWING 2 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii...was there from fall of '90 to fall of '93...great memories of the people and flying!..." WebSite: http://fc.ml.com/Ric_Sjostrom [02APR2002]

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

SMITH, RADM Phillip D. (P.D.) http://www.anahq.org/about/smith_bio.htm "...PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF NAVAL AVIATION - P.D. Smith retired from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral in July, 1993. During his Navy career he was a specialist in maritime patrol surveillance and anti-submarine warfare as well as political-military planning and strategy. He was a pilot, and commanded VP-44 NAS Brunswick, Maine, CPW-2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and the Patrol Wings of the U. S. Pacific Fleet from NAS Moffett Field, California. In this latter capacity he was in charge of the 13 Navy maritime patrol squadrons stationed from California, through the Pacific region to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. From 1967-68 he was the Communications Officer aboard USS HANCOCK (CVA-19) and made two deployments to the Tonkin Gulf for operations in Viet Nam. Rear Admiral Smith was Director of Navy Strategy, Plans and Policy (OP-60) in the Pentagon from 1989 to 1991. His duties included representing the Navy's position to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His final active duty assignment was as the Director, Plans and Policy, U.S. Central Command. In that job he was involved in directing the draw-down of military forces in the Arabian Gulf Region following Operation Desert Storm. He traveled extensively in the Middle East and gained an insight into the customs and traditions of the region. (Chronology of duty assignments on page 2.) Following retirement, P.D. was a consultant to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta, Georgia from 1993-97, advising on the sale of maritime patrol aircraft to the Gulf Region. He joined the company full-time in late 1997 as the Director of Near East Business Development, directing a staff responsible for marketing in Greece, Turkey, Jordan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. In 1999 he became the Director of Maritime Requirements for the company. In that capacity he was responsible for the sales and marketing of LMAC built aircraft to naval forces. His staff marketed the P-3 Orion and S-3 Viking aircraft world-wide and the C-130J Hercules to the US Marine Corps and the US Coast Guard. He retired from Lockheed Martin in December 2000. RADM Smith is a native of Huntington, West Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Duke University and a Master of Science Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. He attended both the Naval War College and the Navy School of Command and Staff. He is a life-time member of the Association of Naval Aviation and during 2000 served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Council, Navy League of the United States. P.D. is married to the former Mary Evelyn Spencer of Milton, Florida. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia and have three children and two grandchildren, all living in northern Florida..." [17APR2004]

SNELL, Troy snelldog2004@yahoo.com "...I became a VP-17 White Lightning in 1988, where I spent the next six years doing WESPAC and NAS Adak, Alaska deployments. Just a fresh faced 18 year old from Ohio on the mean streets of Olongapo (the horror, the horror). NAS Adak, Alaska was cold, but I managed to meet an AE in my command that I later married. With NAS Adak, Alaska & PI closed, we switched deployments to NSF Diego Garcia, and Japan and soon after I divorced the afore mentioned AE. A boring tour at the TSC at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii point followed. I became one of "Jerry's Kids" with VPU-2 where I had a blast for another five years. By now we had moved from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, so I thought I'd try another TSC tour. It was as boring as before with the added bonus of all the Admiral's staff BS. I did manage to snag me an awesome little hula girl, whom I married, and puts up with me to this day. After 16 years in Hawaii, my streak was destined to come to an end and I now find myself basking in the paradise of NSA Bahrain. My year of exile will be over next month (Jul 05), and will be headed back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to try a tour at the MOCC. Unless the Navy does something crazy, like make me a Chief, I'll retire out in 2006. Good times... good times..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 27JUN2005 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 21FEB2003 | 03AUG98]

STERNER, AW2 Bob rmsterner@hotmail.com "...I served in CPW-2 (77-80) as an AW2 with the ASWOC/TSC - if anybody was there send me an e-mail and say Hello..." [27SEP2001]


WERTZ, AWC Gary R. Retired airprof@comcast.net "...I served with VR-883 and AWS-88L (1963-1965) at NAS Olathe, Kansas 1975 did a short tour on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) (1976), AW "A" School, VP-6 (1977-1980) with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1978) and NAS Agana, Guam (1979), ASWOC CPRW-2 (1980-1983), VP-1 (1983-1987) with deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan/NAF Misawa, Japan, CPRW-2 at TRAFAC and retired in June 1991. I taught for Embry Riddle (1983-2002) both in Hawaii and Washington State and recently retired as a Department of the Army Civilian in December 2012. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 09SEP2013 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 22FEB2004 | 00XX97]

WHITE, Bob rdwhite1717@att.net "...I maintained, as well as taught ASW tactics from 1961-1964 while assigned to FAETU DET II. I trained P2V-5, P2V-7 and P5M flight crews on ASW tactics next to the seawall at NAS Jacksonville, Florida supporting VP-30 as a Tradevman (TD). I received a commission through the NESEP Program (Purdue U, BSEE in 1968). I was in VP-16 from 1969 - 1973 with deployments/dets to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In 1974-1977, I was assigned to CPW-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and am a plankowner of the ASWOC. After a stint on USS Ranger (CV-61), I was in VP-22 (1982-1984) with deployments/dets to NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NAS Adak, Alaska. I was at CPW-2 from 1984-1985. Then I was in VP-17 as the XO/CO from 1985 - 1987 with deployments/dets to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, Utapao, NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Misawa, Japan. From 1987-1990, I was at CTF-12 (COMASWFORPAC) responsible for the operations of VP squadrons in the Eastern Pacific. I was a Plankowner there as well. In 1991-1993, I was CO of NAF Misawa, Japan, a base for P-3 operations in Northern Japan (with the USAF and the JMSDF). I have flown ASW/Surveillance missions from NSF Diego Garcia, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Misawa, Japan, Osan, NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, Shemya, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Midway, Iwo Jima, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Eilsson, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Key West, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Brunswick, Maine, Barbados, Eleuthera, NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Rota, Spain, Torrejon, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Naples, Corfu, Souda Bay, and Valkenberg, - to name just a few. After 35 years in the Navy, I am now retired enjoying computers, tennis, grandchildren, traveling, climbing, biking, sailing, etc, etc...I flew in the P-3A, P-3B, P-3B (Mod), P3C, and P-3C (Mod) models..." [E-Mail Updated 02SEP2007 | E-Mail Updated 27JAN2006 | 23AUG99]

WHITE, CDR Scott R. http://www.patronsix.com/html/white_vp-6.html "...A native of Milton, Florida, Commander Scott R. White graduated from the University of West Florida in June 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his commission through NROTC. He commenced flight training in August 1975 and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1976. Commander White reported to VP-44 homebased at NAS Brunswick, Maine in February 1977. He completed two deployments to the North Atlantic and qualified as a P-3C Update II Patrol Plane Commander, Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander. His billets in VP-44 included Pilot Training Officer, Schedules Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. In March 1980, Commander White reported aboard VT-2 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida where he qualified as a Primary and Intermediate stage flight instructor in the T-34C aircraft. He taught student naval aviators radio instrument and precision aerobatic flying until July 1982. Assigned to USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) in November 1982, Commander White qualified as a Tactical Action Officer and made a Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment with Battle Group BRAVO. From November 1984 to November 1985 he was a student at the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He concurrently earned a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Salve Regina College in November 1985. Reporting to CPW-2 in December 1985, Commander White served as the Administration Officer and as Officer in Charge of an extended joint service detachment to Midway Island. Following refresher training, Commander White reported to VP-22, homebased at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where he served as the Operations Officer, Executive Assistant and Quality Assurance Officer. With VP-22, he deployed in P-3B (MOD) aircraft to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. In June 1989, Commander White reported to the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he served as Assistant for International Security Affairs and Assistant for Command Relations. On March 15, 1991, Commander White reported aboard VP-6 as the Executive Officer and assumed the command on March 27, 1992. Commander White's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal,National Defense Service Medal and other unit and deployment citations and ribbons..." [17APR2004]

WILLIAMS, Vinny funandfit45@yahoo.com "...I served with CPW-2 (1984-1988), VP-17 (1988-1993), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training (FASO) (1993-1996), VP-47 (1996-2000), VP-30 (2000-2004) and Mobile Operations Control Center (2004-2006)..." [20JUL2013]


ZIMMERMAN, Jim orwinjim@aol.com "...Would like to hear from members of Crew 4 VP-17 70-74. Shire, Murphy, Nickleson, Moran, Demsphy, Thompson, Stagner. I served in VT-2, VT-3, VT-6, METG 6 VAH-1, RVAH-1 and finally I got it right, VP-17, VP-1, VP-6, CPW-2 and finally VP-1..." [24OCT2000]


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