NOTICE: "...Being that the NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania CPOA will disestablish in April 2011, we're trying to determine the year it was actually established. Our current records don't have that information. I'm looking for plankowners from VP-64, VP-66, VP-1123 or VP-2493 to possibly help us. Any and all help will be appreciated, even if you can just point us in the direction of who else might know. Thanks..." Contributed by GENSCH, Mike email@example.com [14MAR2010]
Disestablishment of Commander Reserve Patrol Wing
NOTICE: "...Disestablishment of Commander Reserve Patrol Wing (SEE: OPNAVNOTE 3111)..." Contributed by Merrill Kruse firstname.lastname@example.org [03FEB2007]
This invitation is extended to ALL personnel active duty, FTS/TAR & SelRes who served in any Reserve VP Squadron (VP-60, VP-62, VP-64, VP-65, VP-66, VP-67, VP-68, VP-69, VP-90, VP-91, VP-92, VP-93, VP-94, VP-MAU, VP-SAU/SRU), any Reserve VP Training Command (RATCEN, RESASWTAC, RESASWTAC East/RESASWTAC West) or any Reserve VP Support Unit (TSC units, MOCC units).
On 23 June 2007, following the Change of Command for Capt. Ken Lewko (VP-92,VP-66, CO RATCEN, Wing CSO, etc.) there will be a "celebration" of sorts, to commemorate Commander Reserve Patrol Wing (formerly COMRESPATWINGLANT & COMRESPATWINGPAC) at its Disestablishment. It is thought that this would be the best "Last Chance" for those that have served in the Reserve Force Maritime Patrol Aviation community across the years to get together one last time and remember the long and proud heritage of which each of us is a part.
Plans are underway, with a major question being "how many will attend?" If you plan on attending please send an email response to:
You should then receive an evite invitation which will provide additional details and costs. You must return the evite with payment in order to ensure access to the event.
Date: 23 June 2007
Place: NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
NOTICE: "...VP-66 Reunion / Distablishment Ceremony..." Contributed by Merrill Kruse email@example.com [11JAN2006]
VP-66 Reunion / Distablishment Ceremony
When: 10-11 February 2006
Where: NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
All past and present "Liberty Bells" are invited to attend
Distablishment Ceremony at 1500, 11 Feb 06 in the VP-66 Hangar
For more information contact:
LCDR Sprinkle - (215) 443-6607
CMCDM Galloway - (215) 443-6619
AWCS (Ret) Dave Williams - (267) 377-5610
AWCS (Ret) Merrill Kruse - (267) 446-8141
AWCS (Ret) Merrill Kruse - (267) 446-8141
VP-66 Diestablishment Program (PDF File 774 KB) "...Attached you will find the 'Disestablishment of Command Patrol Squadron 66 - Liberty Bells - 11 February 2006 - Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania - Program..." Contributed by Merrill Kruse firstname.lastname@example.org [10FEB2006]
NOTICE: P2V Tour Information "...Damsel in Distress - Last A.S.W. Equipped Flying P2V Neptune is in need of restoration! A Gallant Lady who is the last ASW equipped flying P2V-7 Neptune needs our help. Would you believe there is only one, yes only one, ASW equipped P2V-7 still flying.
The P2 is located at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading Pa. We open the P2V for tours (this year - June 4th through the 6th, 2004) during selected airshows. This equates to thousands of viewers each year. Besides drawing former P2V crewmen, we also attract people who have no idea of what we went through. Remember this the Last of the Gallant ladies that is A.S.W. equipped and still flying (thanks to the Mid Atlantic Air Museum).
Bureau number 145915 was placed in service in 1954 and served in VP-7, VP-18, VP-21, VP-23, VP-30, VP-56, VP-66, VP-67, VP-92, or VP-94.
This Neptune is our last link to a grand and glorious period in Naval history. We draw thousands of people each year to view this aircraft. Our P2V is shown at the Museum and on tours. In order to continue to tour this aircraft it needs repairs.
For further information, please contact Jack Steventon email@example.com..." Contributed by Jack Steventon firstname.lastname@example.org [10APR2003]
"...P2V Neptune will be open for tours June 6th through the 8th, 2003 at Reading, Pa. See Flyer: P2V Tour Information..." Contributed by Jack Steventon email@example.com [11APR2004]
"...P2V Neptune will be open for tours June 4th through the 6th, 2004 at Reading, Pa. See Flyer: P2V Tour Information..." Contributed by Jack Steventon firstname.lastname@example.org [07APR2003]
"...P2V Neptune will be open for tours June 7th through the 9th, 2002 at Reading, Pa. See Flyer: P2V Tour Information..." Contributed by Jack Steventon email@example.com [22JAN2002]
"...P2V Neptune will be open for tours June 8th through the 10th, 2001 at Reading, Pa. See Flyer: P2V Tour Information..." Contributed by Jack Steventon firstname.lastname@example.org
"...P2V Neptune will be open for tours June 2th through the 4th, 2000 at Reading, Pa. See Flyer: P2V Tour Information..." Contributed by Jack Steventon email@example.com [25FEB2000]
"...Fund Raiser entry removed - see Update above..." [Updated 16SEP2002 | 11JAN99]
"...Fund Raiser entry removed - see Update above..." [Updated 16SEP2002 | 14DEC98]
NOTICE: "...Navy Establishing Augment Units For All FRS's Including VP-30..." Contributed by LCDR Robert J. Cable firstname.lastname@example.org [03DEC2003]
The Navy is scheduling the establishment of a Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) attached to VP-30 for 1 October, 2004. Final numbers have yet to be released, but the SAU is likely to total near 150 personnel composed of Officer and Enlisted instructors and maintenance personnel. The SAU has begun recruiting the advance party of 20 maintainers in the AD, AE, AT, AM, and AME rates. If you are interested in serving as a Selected Reservist in VP-30 SAU, have P-3 NEC's and P-3 experience within the last 6 years, and are within drilling distance of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, please call Naval Reserve Recruiting Area SE at 904-542-3320 ext 490 or the SAU OIC at 904-542-0990.
NOTICE: "...I have been told the following is the schedule for the Reserve Patrol Squadrons to disestablish over the next 6 years..." Contributed by James Turnbull email@example.com [19SEP2003]
2004 - No units will disestablish.
2005 - VP-64 and VP-92 will disestablish.
2006 - VP-62 and VP-66 will disestablish.
2007 - VP-65 and VP-69 will disestablish.
2008 - VP-94 will disestablish
NOTICE: "...I was hoping someone could help me locate ex-CDR John R. Thompson. CO San Nicolas Island and also NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He was a Georgia resident but I don't know where he and Carol settles. I think he may also have been OIC of VP-66...Neal P. Hesser firstname.lastname@example.org..." [Updated 16MAR2000 | 14MAR2000]
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