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BELISLE, REAR ADMIRAL Kenneth C. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/belislekc.html "...Rear Admiral Kenneth C. Belisle, a native of Worcester, Mass., is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1968, he was designated a Naval Aviator and was assigned to VP-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. During his first tour, he participated in operational deployments to NAS Bermuda; NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada; NS Rota, Spain, and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, qualifying as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot in the P-3A Orion aircraft. In 1972, he was assigned to VP-30 as an Instructor Pilot. Rear Adm. Belisle was accepted into the TAR (Training and Administration of Reserves) Program in 1974 and was assigned to NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He subsequently transferredred to VP-66 where he assumed the duties of Assistant Operations Officer. In 1978, he reported to VP-16, based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as NATOPS/Safety Officer, Training Officer, and Officer in Charge (OIC) of the squadron's South American detachment in support of UNITAS XX, a major multinational exercise involving nine South American nations. After release from active duty in 1980, he affiliated with Squadron Augment Unit VP-0516 where he served as Reserve P-3C Training Program Coordinator, directing a pilot program which led to the establishment of the VP Master Augment Units. In 1983, he transferredred to VP-92 at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he assumed the duties of Executive Officer. In October 1984, he became the squadron's tenth Commanding Officer. Returning to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1985, he reported to VTU-7474, serving as Training Officer and Chief Staff Officer. In 1987, he became Commanding Officer of NR Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing 0174. He subsequently served as Commanding Officer of NR Mobile Maintenance Facility ALFA, NAS Jacksonville, Florida 0274, VTU-7474, and NR Carrier Group 0667 at NAS Atlanta, Georgia. From October 1995 to September 1997, he served as Chief of Staff, Logistics Task Force, Atlantic, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va. His flag assignments have included Deputy, Maritime Defense Forces, Atlantic, Deputy CPW Atlantic and Commander, Naval Base Jacksonville. His military decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Rear Adm. Belisle is a commercial pilot employed by Northwest Airlines..." [14JUL2003]

BACON, CDR Leon R. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-1/xo.htm "...CDR Bacon graduated from the University of Phoenix in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in March of 1986 and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1988. Upon completion of Fleet replacement training at NAS Moffett Field, California, he reported to VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1988. After the decommissioning of VP-48, he transferredred to VP-40 also at NAS Moffett Field, California. While assigned to VP-48 and VP-40, CDR Bacon served as the Operations Schedules Officer, Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. He received his warfare designation as a Patrol Plane Commander, Patrol Plane Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C UIII. He completed deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NAS Misawa, Japan. After completion of his first operational tour, CDR Bacon reported to VP-31, at NAS Moffett Field, California, where he served as an FRS staff instructor pilot and the Operations Flight Officer. In July 1992, he was selected to serve as Assistant NATOPS Evaluator for CPW Pacific Fleet stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In July 1995, CDR Bacon reported to USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) as an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer. In May 1996, the USS CARL VINSON deployed to FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet AORs in support of Operations DESERT STORM and SOUTHERN WATCH. The crew of the USS CARL VINSON was awarded the Battle Efficiency for 1996. In December 1997, CDR Bacon reported to VP-4 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. In December 1998, VP-4 deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, BIOT, and to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations DESERT STORM and SOUTHERN WATCH. In December 1998, CDR Bacon flew multiple combat missions in support of Operation DESERT FOX. In November 1999, CDR Bacon reported to the OPNAV staff at the Pentagon where he worked in the Strategy and Policy Divisions (N51), and was subsequently chosen to serve on the Navy's Quadrennial Defense Review team. In October 2001, CDR Bacon reported to BUPERS Sea Duty Component, Arlington, VA. CDR Bacon has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy, Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and Meritorious Service Medal..." [02JUN2003]

BOWEN, CDR Kenneth J. II Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/cobio.html "...Commander Bowen, a native of South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 1986. He received his commission from AOCS in April 1987. Earning his wings as a Naval Aviator in June 1988, he was placed on the Commodore's List of Distinguished Graduates. Commander Bowen reported to VT-3 as a Selectively Retained Graduate (SERGRAD) Flight Instructor where he instructed students in primary and intermediate flight training. During his tour, he received every flight instructor qualification and received the coveted Red Max award for flight instructional excellence and earned his Masters Degree from Troy State University. From 1990 to 1993, Commander Bowen served with the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8. He completed a split site deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia flying missions in Desert Storm. His next deployment was in the Caribbean theater conducting counter-narcotic operations in support of JTF-4. In 1993, Commander Bowen reported to the Commander, Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as Flag Lieutenant and personal aide to Rear Admirals Granuzzo and Mobley. His next assignment was onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as V-2 Division Officer qualifying as Catapult/Arresting Gear Officer and Primary Flight Control Officer. He completed deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. Commander Bowen returned to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community joining VP-30 where he qualified as an FRS Instructor Pilot. There he served as the VP-30 Safety Officer and CPW Atlantic Fleet Safety Officer. In 1998, he reported to "Tridents" of VP-26 deploying to the Mediterranean theater. He flew missions in Operations Deliberate Guard and Deliberate Forge. In addition, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Patron NS Rota, Spain detachment. His second deployment with the "Tridents" was a split site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. He served as Officer-in-Charge of Patron NAS Keflavik, Iceland. His other assignments with the "Tridents" included CTG Operations Officer in Caribbean theater and the squadron Operations Officer. In 2000, Commander Bowen reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tennessee where he served as the VP Air Combat Placement Officer. In 2002, he reported to VP-30, the MPRA FRS, in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Executive Officer. In 2004, he reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 as Executive Officer. Commander Bowen's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign, service and unit awards..." [23APR2005]

Memorial Picture "...BRENNAN, NCCS Eugene "Skip"...I was the resident NCC on the staff of CPW Atlantic/Pacific in NAS Moffett Field, California from 10/92 - 1/96 and had the pleasure to serve with the crews and staff of VP-60, VP-65, VP-67, VP69-, VP-90, VP-91 and VP-94. I just want to post here that one of our CRPWP/VP-91/NARCEN NAS Moffett Field, California former sailor, NCCS Eugene 'Skip' Brennan, has passed away this morning at around 0800 Pacific. He is survived by his wife, Belen, daughter Dusty and son Philip. Please join me in prayers.I'm not sure of the funeral arrangements, contact point person with Skip's family but will post it again on this site once I have that information. Thanks. NCC Sam Cajudo, USNR-TAR - Retired sam@nationwide-pr.com..." [29MAR2010]

BRENNAN, NCCS(AW) Eugene "Skip" Retired brennan123@aol.com "...Assigned to VP-1 from 71 to 74 as AMH2. VP-91, COMRESPATWINGPAC, NARCEN NAS Moffett Field, California, PSD NAS Moffett Field, California, REDCOM 11 NAS Dallas, Texas..." [11FEB99]

BRITTINGHAM, CAPTAIN Mike Retired captemb@gmail.com "...I served with VP-11 (1963-1966) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, VP-49 (1970-1972) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Commander Fleet Air Wings - Atlantic (1972-1975), Commander Task Force Sixty-Seven (1975-1976) at NAF Naples, Italy and retired October 15th, 1985..." WebSite: http://www.aswpress.com/ [BIO Updated 13MAR2015 | E-Mail Updated 12MAR2015 | E-Mail Updated 14MAR2007 | 22SEP99]


CLOUGH, LCDR Richard F. Retired cloughrf@aol.com "...I served (enlisted) with VP-6, VP-47, VQ-1, VP-91, CPW Atlantic/Pacific, CWO/LDO Program 2002, Strategic Communications Wing ONE at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Mobile Maintenance Facility-Charlie (MMF-C)..." [18SEP2014]

COTTON, CAPTAIN Lawrence S. Jr. http://www.cnrse.navy.mil/Leadership/cnrse_chief_of_staff.htm "...Captain Lawrence S. Cotton, Jr., was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1977. Captain Cotton reported for duty to VP-8 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, in January 1978, deploying to NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NS Rota, Spain. In January 1981, he reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he was the Action Officer responsible for Northern Europe and the United Kingdom. Captain Cotton attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, from January 1983 to June 1984, where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs. He reported to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) in September 1984, as the Operations Administrative officer, serving also as a Tactical Action Officer (TAO), and deploying to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea. Captain Cotton reported to the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, in November 1986, where he attended the College of Naval Command and Staff and was the U.S. student at the Naval Staff College, graduating with distinction in December 1987. Reported to VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in June 1988, and served as the Tactics Officer and Operations Officer, deploying to NAS Bermuda for the first deployment of the P-3C Update III aircraft in the Atlantic theater. Reported to the staff of CPW Atlantic, as the Tactics Officer in May 1990. Reported to VP-5 as the Executive Officer in July 1991, and assumed the duties of Commanding Officer in July 1992. During his tenure, the squadron deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and earned the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for Antisubmarine Warfare Excellence and the Battle Efficiency Award. Captain Cotton reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, in July 1993, as the Country Director for Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. He served as the Chief of Staff, Commander Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces U.S. SIXTHFLT (CTF-67) from July 1997 to August 1999 and participated in Operations NOBLE ANVIL and ALLIED FORCE, Kosovo operations. Subsequently, he reported to Commander, Task Force 84 as the Chief of Staff where he served from September 1999 to June 2000, and then guided NAS Key West, Florida as that installation's commanding officer from July 2000 through July 2003. In August 2003 he reported as Chief of Staff for Commander, Navy Region Southeast. Captain Cotton's awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and various unit ribbons..." [14FEB2005]

COZAD, CDR Kyle J. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/cobio.html "...Commander Kyle J. Cozad is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, he was commissioned in May 1985. He commenced flight training in September 1985 and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1986. Following initial P-3 Orion training with VP-30, Commander Cozad joined VP-23 in July 1987, where he served as Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. During this tour, he was designated a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Update II aircraft; deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; and NAS Bermuda and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In February 1991, Commander Cozad reported to the 404th Maritime Patrol and Training (MP&T) Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada where he instructed in the CP-140 Aurora. While assigned as a Canadian FRS Instructor Pilot, Commander Cozad was designated an Instructor Pilot Team Leader and Canadian FRS Standards Check Pilot. After attending Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer training in June 1993, Commander Cozad reported to the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) where he served as Assistant V-2 Division Officer and Flight Deck Officer. During this tour, he completed one WESTPAC deployment in support of North Korean contingency operations and was awarded the Admiral Bringle Award for inspirational leadership. Following his disassociated sea tour, Commander Cozad reported to VP-30 in July of 1995. During his tour as an FRS Instructor Pilot, he served as FRS Assistant Training Officer and was dual-hatted as the VP-30 and CPW Atlantic Force Safety Officer. Upon completion of his FRS tour, he joined the Golden Eagles of VP-9 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his Department Head tour, Commander Cozad served as AIP Transition Officer; Masirah Detachment OIC, where he supervised FIFTH fleet operations for two detachments, 175 personnel and 6 aircraft; and finally, as the squadron Operations Officer. In additional, he served as VP-9's Senior Pilot. Following his department Head tour, Commander Cozad returned to VP-30, where he was assigned as the Weapons Tactics Unit (WTU) Officer until April 2002, when he joined the Fighting Marlins of VP-40..." [14JUN2003]


DIETRICH, CDR Stan W. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/xobio.html "...Commander Stan Dietrich graduated from Harvard University in 1985. Receiving his commission through ROTC, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida in July 1985 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1987. Following training at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-31) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Commander Dietrich reported to VP-48 also based at NAS Moffett Field, California. Qualifying as P-3C (Update III) Instructor Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander and Special Projects Mission Commander he participated in deployment operations to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; NAS Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NSF Diego Garcia; and Masirah, Oman. During his tour he served as Tactical Officer, NFO Training Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. Detaching from VP-48 in November 1990, his next assignment was as a FRS Instructor at PVP-31. During his tour he was selected by CPW Pacific to concurrently serve as the ASW Operations Officer for the CPWP Tactical Training Team. While at VP-31, he was selected for the Navy's Advanced Education Program. In July 1992, Commander Dietrich reported to George Washington University in Washington D.C. Graduating with honors in 1994, he received a Master's Degree in Security Policy Studies. Commander Dietrich was next assigned as Flag Secretary to Commander, Carrier Group THREE based in Alameda, California. Embarked aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN(CVN 72), he qualified as a Flag Tactical Action Officer and directed numerous missions in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Following refresher training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported in April 1997 to VP-46 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. While assigned to the "Grey Knights" he served as Assistant Training Officer, Administration Officer and Operations Officer during a tri-site deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. In May 1999 Commander Dietrich reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN. During this tour he served as Assistant Operations Officer, Tactical Support Center Director and Operations Officer, playing critical roles in Operation's PHANTOM MENACE, VALIANT RETURN and ENDURING FREEDOM. Commander Dietrich assumed duties as Executive Officer of VP-40 in March 2003..." [14JUN2003]


FAIRCHILD, AWCS Gary Retired glfairchild@comcast.net "...VPer from 1975-1996, Retired AWCS VP-4 1975-78, CPRWPacific Det 1978-82, VP-69 1982-86, CPRWAtlantic 1986-90, CNARF 1990-94, VP-94 1994-96. Live in Portland, OR. Work for Intel as mechanic..." [13FEB2009]

FITE, CDR Richard T. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp-45/xofite.htm "...Commander Richard T. Fite was born in Washington D.C. the son of a career Air Force pilot. He graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio with a Bachelor of Administration degree in Political Science. Commander Fite received his commission in December 1985 through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in April 1987. In October 1987, he reported to the "Golden Pelicans" of VP-44 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Flying the P-3C Update II Orions, he deployed to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During this tour he was designated as an Instructor Tacco and Mission Commander and served as Command Security Manager, Readiness Officer, NFO Training and Assistant Operations Officer. Commander Fite then reported to Navy Recruiting District, Columbus, Ohio in February 1991. He served as the Officer Programs Officer and was the 1992 "Officer Recruiter of the Year." In March 1993, Commander Fite was assigned as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two. He qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of operations DENY FLIGHT, SHARP GUARD, VIGILANT WARRIOR and SOUTHERN WATCH. Following his disassociated sea tour, Commander Fite reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington D.C. in the Aviation Assignment Division as the VP Shore and Sea Detailer in March 1995. In July 1997, Commander Fite reported to the "Golden Swordsmen" of VP-47 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour he served as Tactics Officer, Administrative Officer, and Operations Officer and completed a quad site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia. Commander Fite then reported to CPW Pacific as Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower in February, 1999. Additionally, he took on the role as Assistant Chief of Staff for Naval Activities upon the congressionally mandated closure of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and the staff's homeport shift to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In November 2000, Commander Fite was temporarily assigned in the Aviation Budget and Requirements Office on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations during the Quadrennial Defense Review assessment. In August 2001, he reported to the National War College at Ft McNair, Washington D.C. Upon graduation, he received a Masters of Science Degree in National Security Strategy. In April 2003, he reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer. Commander Fite's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and various campaign and unit awards..." [15JUN2003]

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 CPW 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]


Memorial Picture "...ISBELL, CAPTAIN Arnold Jay...http://www.ranger95.com/navy/navy_ship/combat_ship/destroyers/background/arnold_j_isbell_dd_869_bak.htm Arnold J. Isbell—born on 22 September 1899 in Quimby, Iowa—entered the Naval Academy on 24 July 1917 and graduated on 3 June 1920 (a year ahead of schedule due to acceleration of midshipman training during World War I) with class 21A of the Class of 1921. Isbell then served successive tours of duty in Melville (AD-2), Bath (AK-4), and the fast minelayers Ingraham (DM-9) and Burns (DM-11) before beginning flight instruction at the NAS Pensacola, Florida, on 30 June 1923. He then briefly served as an instructor there before reporting to Observation Squadron 1, based in the minelayer Aroostook (CM-3) which was then serving as an aircraft tender in November 1924. In March of the following year, he was transferredred to the aviation unit of the battleship Tennessee (BB-43). Following two years of postgraduate work in ordnance back at the Naval Academy between the summers of 1926 and 1928, he received further flight instruction at Washington, D.C., under the supervision of the post graduate school, before going to sea with Torpedo Squadron IB in aircraft carrier Lexington (CV—2)...Isbell then served in the Aviation Ordnance Section of the Bureau of Ordnance (BuOrd) in Washington before reporting to Newport News, Va., on 16 September 1933 to participate in the fitting out of the Navy's first aircraft carrier to be built as such from the keel up, Ranger (CV-4). Following a brief tour of duty in that ship, he served from 6 June 1934 to 9 June 1936 in carrier Saratoga (CV-3) as gunnery officer on the staff of Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Henry V. Butler, Commander, Aircraft, Battle Force...Isbell subsequently flew as executive officer of VP-7F based in aircraft tender USS Wright (AV-1) from 9 June 1936 to 1 June 1937 before commanding one of the five squadrons of the Aviation Training Department at NAS Pensacola, Florida, VN-4D8. While at Pensacola, he won the coveted Schiff Trophy, "emblematic of maximum safety in aircraft operation."...In the early summer of 1939, Lt. Comdr. Isbell assumed command of VP-11 (later redesignated VP-54). The German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 found VP-54 based at NAS Norfolk, Virginia; engaged in biennial maintenance of its dozen PBY—2 flying boats. Eight days later, a detachment of six planes departed NAS Norfolk, Virginia and arrived at Newport, R.I., their assigned base, that same day. The entire squadron resumed operations on NAS Norfolk, Virginia on 14 November 1939, relieving VP-53 on the Middle Atlantic Patrol...During one of the flights his squadron conducted in the initial selection and survey of Army and Navy base sites in Newfoundland in the autumn of 1940—sites obtained in the "destroyers-for-bases" deal of the summer before—Isbell found himself in the path of a hurricane. In an attempt to evade the storm, Isbell skillfully maneuvered his aircraft in the murk until exceptionally strong headwinds forced him to make an emergency night landing on Prince Edward Island. Isbell took off before daybreak, despite fog and violent winds, and reached his destination without mishap. After completing his inspection over uninhabited regions and seacoast areas, Isbell returned to Newfoundland to carry out an aerial survey of Argentina, a place soon to become famous as the site of the "Atlantic Charter" conference. Isbell's expert airmanship and tenacious devotion to completing his mission resulted in his receiving the air medal...Relieved of command of VP-54 on 15 April 1941, Isbell then served successive tours of duty in a staff capacity—first for Commander, Patrol Wing, Support Force (16 April-2 October 1941) as that command's planes escorted North Atlantic convoys; then as chief of staff and aide for Rear Admirals E. D. McWhorter and A. D. Bernhard, CPW Atlantic Fleet (3 October 1941-11 June 1942)—before assuming command of NAS, Sitka, Alaska, on 5 June 1942. Promoted to captain during his time in the Aleutians, Isbell then served briefly in BuOrd before assuming command of the escort carrier Card (CVE-11) on 17 April 1943...For the next year, Card ranged the essential lifeline across the Atlantic to North Africa, earning together with her escorting destroyers, a Presidential Unit Citation under the resourceful "Buster" Isbell, who believed firmly in the potential of the CVE, maintaining that such a ship, together with her escorts, "could most effectively whip the submarine menace—as an independent offensive group rather than as a mere tag-along protector of a single convoy." Isbell used the year he commanded Card wisely to vindicate his belief. As antisubmarine task group commander between 27 July and 9 November 1943, Isbell developed his escort carrier-destroyer unit into a powerful combat force, refining tactics to meet the operational demands imposed by a wily and tenacious foe and wresting the initiative from his hands. Card sought out the enemy undersea craft with relentless determination m a vigorous offensive and struck with a devastating coordinated action that destroyed eight U-boats between 7 August and 31 October 1943...Detached from Card on 9 March 1944, Isbell—who had been awarded a Legion of Merit for his important work in Card—took his intimate knowledge of combatting U-boats to Washington, where he served in the 10th Fleet—a shipless "fleet" set up to research and develop tactics for antisubmarine warfare. Following this tour of shore duty—which lasted into 1945—Isbell was slated to receive command of a fast carrier. On 26 February 1945, he was ordered to the Pacific for temporary duty in Franklin (CV-13). On 13 March 1945, further orders directed him to relieve Capt. Thomas S. Combs as commanding officer of Yorktovm (CV-10). However, Capt. Isbell perished when a Japanese plane scored two bomb hits that touched off a conflagration in Franklin—the carrier in which he was embarked as a passenger—off Kyushu on 19 March 1945..." [26MAR2005]


KELEDEI, CDR Raymond F. Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-46/xo.html "...Commander Keledei received his commission as an Ensign through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at University of California, Berkeley in June of 1986. After attending flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather AFB in Sacramento, California, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer. After completing Fleet Replacement training at VP-31, CDR Keledei reported to VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as Legal Officer, Tactics Officer and NATOPS Officer and deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; NSF Diego Garcia and the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD. In September 1991 CDR Keledei joined the Royal Navy as an exchange officer. Upon completion of Advanced and Operational Flying Training in Sea King helicopters, he received his wings as an Observer (Naval Flight Officer) and reported to 819 Naval Air Squadron in Prestwick, Scotland. There he served as the ASW Officer and Deputy Ops Officer, qualifying as Aircraft Commander in both the ASW and SAR missions. CDR Keledei was next assigned to the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN at NAS Alameda, California where he served as the Operations Administration Officer and Tactical Action Officer, deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and VIGILENT SENTINEL. He next reported to CPW Pacific Fleet at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as Tactical Support Center Operations Officer prior to his Department Head tour in VPU-2 where he served as detachment OIC, Administration Officer, Maintenance Officer, and CTG Operations Officer, deploying in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ALLIED FORCE. From August 1999 through June 2002, CDR Keledei served in the Pentagon on the Chief of Naval Operations' staff. His assignment in the Operations and Plans Directorate included scheduling the Navy's Carrier Battle Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups, air expeditionary, and reconnaissance forces. He was also one of the principle action officers for planning Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. His most recent assignment was Current Operations and Plans Officer at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / FIFTH Fleet in NSA Bahrain for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and the execution of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. CDR Keledei's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Flight Strike Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (6 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as unit commendations and awards..." [24APR2005]


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 CPW 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]

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 CPW 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]


McGOVERN, CDR Tom http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp-47/html/body_executive_officer.html "...Commander Tom McGovern, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1986 with a B.S. in Mathematics (Operational Analysis). He was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1988. In September 1988, Commander McGovern joined his first operational command, VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California. He served as Public Affairs, AO Branch, AV/ARM Division, Assistant Operations and Pilot Training Officer. He was next assigned to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California in October 1991 as an Instructor Pilot and Assistant Pilot Training/Schedules. In September 1992, he was selected as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the CPW Pacific and Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In October 1993, he reported aboard the USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. Besides a Western Pacific and Persian Gulf deployment on the CONSTELLATION, he served for four months on the USS SARATOGA (CV 60) in support of Operation DENY FLIGHT. In 1995, he reported to the Operations, Readiness and Mobilization Directorate of the Army Operations Center, Pentagon. During this joint assignment, he was an Operations Officer for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. He also completed the Air Command and Staff College (JPME I), and the Armed Forces Staff College (JPME II) educational programs and was designated as a Joint Specialty Officer. In March 1998, he reported to VP-1 where he served as Safety/NATOPS, Assistant Operations, and Operations Officer. During this assignment, Commander McGovern was responsible for flight operations encompassing NSA Bahrain, Masirah, NSF Diego Garcia, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and Japan while concurrently serving as the Command's Senior Pilot. In February 2000, Commander McGovern reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel as the Aviation Enlisted Community Manager. Commander McGovern holds a M.B.A. from George Washington University. His awards include a Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various other service awards..." [19JUN2003]


NASH, CAPTAIN William P. U. S. Naval War College "...Captain Nash reported to the Joint Military Operations Department in July 2001 following a one year assignment as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, NY. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1978 and designated as a Naval Aviator in 1979. His sea duty assignments include tours of duty in VP-45 as Aircraft Division Officer and NATOPS Pilot between 1980 and 1983; in USS Enterprise as Operations Administration Officer and Tactical Action Officer between 1986 and 1988; in VP-45 as Operations Officer between 1991 and 1992; and in VP-16 as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer between 1995 and 1997. Ashore, he served in VP-30 as Instructor Pilot and CPW Atlantic Tactical Training Team Pilot between 1983 and 1986; attended the Naval War College between 1988 and 1989; served in the Office of Defense Cooperation, London UK as Navy Programs Manager between 1992 and 1994; and served at United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB IL, as Strategic Planning Team Chief between 1997 and 2000. He holds a B.S.C degree in Accounting from the University of Louisville, KY (1978), a M.S. degree in Management from Salve Regina University (1990) and a M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (1991)..." [31MAY2003]


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 CPW 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]


RAMSDEN, CDR Christopher P. Shipmate Pix http://vp8.pub.ffc.navy.mil/?id=355 "...In April of 1991, after FRS training at VP-30 Jacksonville, Florida he reported to VP-26 Brunswick, Maine and deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily supporting Operations DESERT CALM, SOUTHERN WATCH and SHARP GUARD. His assignments included Readiness/SORTS Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. In 1994 he was selected to fire the first Navy Maverick Missile (War-shot) launched from a fleet operational P-3C Orion. From October 1994 to August 1996 he was assigned to the staff of CPW Atlantic/Task Force Eight Four in Norfolk, Virginia as Flag Lieutenant. During this tour he deployed from July to November 1995 to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with Joint Task Force ONE SIX ZERO during Operation SEA SIGNAL where he assumed the additional duties of Flag Secretary and Security Officer. In September 1996 he reported aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS where he served as Operations Administration Officer, Command Security Manager and Officer of the Deck, completing a six month Arabian Gulf deployment and home port change to San Diego, CA. In October 1998 upon transferred to VP-30, he qualified as a Fleet Replacement Squadron NFO Instructor and served as Fleet Training Officer in the newly established Weapons Tactics Unit. His duties included leadership of the AIP Fleet Introduction Team, the Combined Fleet Instructor Under Training Team, the Aircrew Coordination Training Model Manager and the Special Projects Team. From June 2000 to August 2002 he served as a Department Head in VP-5 and was assigned as CTG 84.1 Operations Officer, Tactics Officer, Training Officer, CTG 67.1 Operations Officer and Squadron Operations Officer. Following his department head tour, he reported to PMA-205/290 where he served as the Assistant Program Manager for Training Systems for the Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (P-8A) where he developed the training structure for the follow-on aircraft to the P-3C. CDR Ramsden has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Six Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other unit and individual awards. Additionally he is authorized to wear the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Submarine Warfare Insignia..." [05DEC2005]

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, CPW 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


SCHORR, AW1/AZ1 Roger Retired Shipmate Pix zztop926@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (1974-1977), VP-90 (1978-1984) and SELRES/TAR) (1988-1991), CRPWP Detachment NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (1984-1988), VR-54 (1991-1994) and retired. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 05JUN2012 | E-Mail Updated 03MAR2000 | E-Mail Updated 03SEP99 | Updated 11JUN98][ICQ #13843490]

SZOSTAK, CAPTAIN Michael J. http://reserves.navy.mil/NR/exeres/00001fe0fyushyqncqlcvtnq/WelcomeAboard_Default_ONLY_With+Navigation.asp?LGUID={D587BF65-B5E9-44FD-958F-9761F5B648CB}&NRMODE=Published&NRORIGINALURL=%2fReserves%2fPublic%2fStaff%2fCenters%2fAir%2fCenters%2fReserve%2bPatrol%2bWing%2fWelcomeAboard%2fExecutiveOfficer%2fdefault%2ehtm%3fLGUID%3d%7bD587BF65-B5E9-44FD-958F-9761F5B648CB%7d&NRNODEGUID=%7b8A20A74B-6538-4819-BFDE-D0FC511AE351%7d&NRQUERYTERMINATOR=1&bhcp=1 "...Captain Michael J. Szostak was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1957. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1979. After temporary duty at the Naval Air Engineering Center, Lakehurst NJ, he attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training, earning his wings in August 1980. CAPT Szostak's first operational assignment was with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He made three deployments during this tour and served as Electronic Warfare Officer, Public Affairs Officer, NFO Training Officer and Assistant Administration Officer. In April 1984, he reported to VP-30 and served as an instructor to the Royal Netherlands Navy 320 Squadron in Valkenberg, the Netherlands and with the CPW Atlantic Tactical Training Team. In October 1986, CAPT Szostak reported to Yokosuka, Japan as Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Naval Forces Japan. In January 1989, he enrolled in the Space Systems Engineering curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA earning a Master of Science Degree in Astronautical Engineering. Following P-3C refresher training at VP-30, CAPT Szostak reported to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in November 1991. He served as Command Services Officer and Operations Officer while deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. CAPT Szostak was then briefly assigned to CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as interim Wing Operations Officer. In November 1993, CAPT Szostak was assigned to the White House Military Office as a Presidential Emergency Plans Officer in the Contingency Programs Directorate. While in Washington DC, he also served as a Federal Executive Fellow at The Atlantic Council of the United States, a public policy center. In May 1996, CAPT Szostak returned to VP-5 as Executive Officer and in June 1997, became that squadron's 47th Commanding Officer. While in command, the squadron made a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and Panama. After his command tour, he reported to the National Reconnaissance Office in Washington, DC and served as Senior Operations Officer in the Operational Support Office and as Assistant Director for National Systems Support (J35A), Operations Directorate, The Joint Staff. He was most recently assigned as Chief of Staff, Commander Task Force 84. Captain Szostak is currently serving as Deputy, Reserve Patrol Wing. CAPT Szostak is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Presidential Service Badge..." [13JUN2003]


THORNTON, RM3 Steven smthornton@sbcglobal.net "...I served aboard the SS Proteus (AS-19) (03/1973-07/1974) and CPW Pacific (07/1974-08/1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California. I worked in the Tactical Support Center but actually worked in the ASCOMM or anti-submarine warfare communications inside the TSC. I also interviewed the Comm officers from the P-3s concerning if they had any Comm issues..." [10FEB2012]


WINNEG, CAPTAIN Robert S. http://www.nasb.navy.mil/nasb_co.htm "...Captain Robert S. Winneg, a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, was commissioned an Ensign upon graduation from the University of Rochester in May 1980. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in July 1981. In May 1982, Captain Winneg joined VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California, where he served as Legal Officer, Electronic Warfare Officer, and NFO Training Officer. During this tour, he qualified as a Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Patrol Plane Mission Commander, and Instructor Tactical Coordinator, and completed deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia. In May 1985, Captain Winneg reported to CPW-10, serving as a Weapons Systems Trainer Instructor as well as the Test Team Leader for the prototype 2F140(T) Fleet Project Team. Assigned to USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) from December 1987 to January 1990 as the Operations Administrative Assistant, he qualified as Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway, General Quarters OOD, and Sea and Anchor Detail OOD, and completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. In January 1990, Captain Winneg reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., where he was the Assistant Director of Officer Promotions and Enlisted Advancements. In May 1992, he reported to VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California. He served as Tactics Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Detachment Officer in Charge of the squadron's Panama Detachment. Following his return from Panama, Captain Winneg completed a change of homeport with the squadron to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In June 1993, Captain Winneg joined the staff of the CPW, U.S. Pacific Fleet, serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower/Personnel. Captain Winneg received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in June 1996. Following graduation, he joined VP-1 on deployment in NSF Diego Garcia, as the Executive Officer. In May 1997, he assumed command of the squadron, deploying to NAS Misawa, Japan with detachments to Okinawa and NSA Bahrain. While deployed, he served concurrently as Commander, Task Group 72.4. In August 1998, Captain Winneg reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he served as the Deputy Director for Plans and Support for the Secretary of Defense's Drug Enforcement Policy and Support Directorate. In June 2001, he assumed the duties as Chief of Staff to the Commander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet (CTF 67) based in NAF Naples, Italy. Captain Winneg is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and service awards..." [15JUN2003]


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