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ACEVEDO, Angel R. aecsace8251@hotmail.com "...Originally from Colton, CA. joined the Navy in August 1983. After AE "A" school, went to VP-31 and did my ground pounding tour from 84-87. Went to Flight Engineer school in 87 at NAS Moffett Field, California, EGO-101 was still being taught. Joined VP-6 Blue Sharks in NAS Adak, Alaska in the worst winter in 2000 years in December 87 with Raul Addoms, it was an FE open book exam every flight. Survived a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia in the summer of '89. Deployed again to NAS Adak, Alaska in the winter of '91 with Ron Wood, saw Thule and had a great time doing the Blue Nose initiation with Brad Baca. Went on to VPU-2 in '92 with the Whipped Dogs with Scotty Mensen, I was on the road ALOT, and the kangaroo courts are a fond tradition. Transferred to VP-30 as an FE Instructor from 95-98, did Fleet IUT and Fleet NATOPS with Rock, had a great time on the team. Joined VP-9 in 98 and deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, and then again to NAS Misawa, Japan in the winter of '99. I still love the Flying and travelling..." [Updated BIO/E-Mail 17DEC2000 | 04APR98]

AGONOY, GREGORY S. gagonoy@concentric.net "...VP-6 was my first squadron Aug 88 to Mar 93. Since than I've been to NAWC AD Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. April 93 to Aug 96. I'm now with VPU-2..." [17APR98]

ALLARDYCE, AMS1 Bill william.allardyce@gmail.com"...I served with VR-21 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from May 1973 to June 1975 after a year at the Fuel Farm I went to A/F WC 120, VP-6 from 1977 to 1980 and VPU-2 from 1982 to 1985. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 08AUG2010]

ALLEN, PO2 Jim jwa5309@yahoo.com "...I served with VPU-2 from 1991 to 1996. Flew mostly with Crew 14 but flew alot with all the rest and remember many good times in Pattaya Beach, Kadena and Mombasa with SC Stayrook and "Loppy" Lopilato. Learned from Chief Ed Johnson the ol' moniker "What goes on the road, stays on the road...Now pass me a beer, junior!" Good seeing all these familar names like Don Quinlan,& Showalter, etc. Just finished up my Masters degree at FSU and plan to teach at the college level and pursue a career in Academic Affairs. Drop an email and say hello!..." [19JAN2004]

ALLRED, CTTCM (NAC) Mike Retired MDALLRED@AOL.COM "...I was a VQ-2 sailor from May 74 to Dec 78. Spent many, many hours at Bennie's and lots of days TAD to Athens on ground det. Oh for the days of Bobby's Bar. Left the Q and went to VPU-2 Old Buzzards as their first CTT on staff. Great tour as a real airdale. Lots of good dets to places better left unmentioned. Working for Don East and Ivan Hughes was some of the best ever. Left NAS Brunswick, Maine in 82 and went back to the Q in NS Rota, Spain. I guess I was a real glutton for punishment but I got to work for the Buzzard again so it was worth it. Especially when he pinned on my anchors in 82. Left the Q community for good in 85 and did lots of other fun CT stuff and finally retired in July 95 as CMC at Naval Security Station Washington DC. Currently a full-time college student hoping to graduate in Dec98 with a degree in Natural Science and teach General Science. Hi to all my old Shipmates, (and I do mean old). Hope to hear from some of you. Stay Navy!!!..." [03MAY98]

ANDERSON, Jeffrey A. AWC jaanders@lava.net "...Served in VP-6 (Jun84-Jun89), FASO NAS Moffett Field, California (Jul89-Aug92), VPU-2 (Sep92-Nov96), CPWP (Present)..." [28JAN98]

AVERY, Joe HAWAIIJOE3@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-93 till 1994 and loved it. Then went to VPU-2 here in Hawaii where I stayed when I got out. Just selling Hawaii on ebay now:) Hay.. any old buds please drop me a line ok. Mahalo..." [06NOV2001]


BALLINGER, Ben omartee@hotmail.com "...I was attached to VP-4 Special Projects as a civilian techrep off and on between 1975 and 1981. I understand the unit designator was changed to VPU-2. Could anyone please point me in the direction of a website? I would also like to obtain a photo of a P-3B in flight. Much Aloha..." [18JAN2001]

BISHOP, LCDR Don OPS@rcoh.spear.navy.mil "...VT-27 SERGRAD (89-91); VP-47 (91-94); VPU-2 (94-97);and currently a shooter on USS NIMITZ "Stalag 68" with a prospective parole date of Dec 98 headed to VPU-1 as a Dept Head (lobotomy not included). Looking for former Swordsmen and Wizards..." [11OCT98]

BOOTHE, CAPTAIN Timothy E. http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/cocframe.htm "...A graduate of the University of Georgia, Captain Tim Boothe was commissioned in 1982 through Aviation Officer Candidate School and designated a Naval Aviator in 1983. His first assignment was in VP-40, NAS Moffett Field, California, where he was an Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander. From 1986 to 1990, Captain Boothe was assigned to VP-31, a Fleet Replacement Squadron, as an Instructor Pilot, Aviation Safety Officer and Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer. He then joined VPU-2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as an Aircraft Commander, Mission Commander, and Training and NATOPS Officer. In 1991, Captain Boothe returned to NAS Moffett Field, California as Aide for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Pacific. He then reported to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) as Operations Administration Officer. There he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and earned Surface Warfare Officer designation. In 1994 Captain Boothe joined VP-45, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer. He reported to the CNO Staff, Navy Special Programs Division (N89), Washington, DC, in 1995 as a Division Head and Requirements Officer. Captain Boothe returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, March 1998, as Executive Officer of VP-30, the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron with 30 aircraft and over 1,100 staff and students. From June 1999 to June 2001, he served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Boothe reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (VX-1), July 2001, as P-3 Assistant Program Manager, Logistics. In September 2003, he became the Deputy Program Manager, P-3 Update III Program for Program Management, Air (PMA) 290..." [14FEB2005]

BRINK, Larry M lbrink@semcor.com "...I spent 21 years in the old USN as as AW. Ten years in P-3's (VP-17, NADC and VP-4 / VPU-2 ) and 11 in direct support (ASWOC / TSC) or training (FCTC LANT) at Dam Neck..."

BURKHOLDER, ATC (NAC) Jerry A. Retired burkholderja@msn.com "...Interesting seeing some familiar names. I retired July 1994 after 20 years, 6 months, 3 days. Started out with VP-17 from 1975 to 1978, PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California from 1978 to 1981, and VP-4 Detachment Special Projects from 1981 to 1988 (that's what VPU-2 was called before establishment). That's right Boys and Girls - 8 years. If you haven't figured it out - I am a Plankholder. I finished my career at the Executive Transport Department NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1988 to 1994. I would have to say that the best tour I had was with VPU-2. It was the first command that i was able to truely reach my potential. I was on Crew 12, The Whipped Dogs, for 7 years and don't remember any bad crew members or Detachments (even the 3 months I spent in Masirah). VPU-2 made you feel like you were really contributing something important. Last thought - Jack Lyons and Mike Griffen if you see this E-Mail me. It would be great to hear from you. Aloha..." [01SEP2004]


CALVERLEY, ATC (AW/NAC) Ron ronc@lava.net "...Served as a Radio Operator with VP-22 crew 1 from Mar 89 thru Aug 90, VPU-2 crew 11 and 14 from Aug 90 thru Oct 93, and currently fly CINCPACFLT with Executive Transport Department NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [ICQ# 1565124][Updated 14FEB98]

CARPENTER, CDR John H. "Carp" Retired carpentj@georgetown.edu "...I served with VP-56 from (06/1975-06/1978, VP-4 Detachment Special Projects / VPU-2 (07/1981-07/1983) (Plankholder), VP-45 (08/1985-11/1987), NAS Sigonella, Sicily (07/1990-05/1993) and retired in July 1994..." [E-Mail Updated 21MAR2014 | E-Mail Updated 17JUN2010 | 17JUN98]

CARRUTHERS, Doug HERCDAWG@AOL.COM "...Stationed VP-4 79-83 Radio Operator, Crew 4 and 2, VPU-2 86-90 Radio Operator, Crew 13 "The Chosen" but flew with the "Whining Dogs" and "The Dark Feces" on a few occasions. Retired 96 but still think of y'all and the times we had..." [27DEC97]

CLARK, ATCS(NAC) Marlon K. marlon@cccomm.net "...I served with VP-22 from 1976-1979, AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VPU-2, NAMTRA NAS Moffett Field, California, and my last VP service was with VP-46. A lot of good memories and great friends. Retired in January 1996 out of NAS Fallon VFA-106/125 Det, ouch..." [E-Mail Updated 13DEC2002 | 15AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...COLLETT, CMDCM Charles Edward...CMDCM Charles Edward COLLETT, 65, of Pensacola died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. During his service years of 1962 - 1992, Chuck was a Flight Engineer in VP-17 (71-74) and VP-4 (77-81). He served as Command Senior Chief in VPU-2 (84-86) and as Command Master Chief in VRC-50 (87-92). For those wishing to post a remembrance for CMDCM Charles E. "Chuck" Collett there is a guestbook at http://www.webfh.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=331574&fh_id=10966..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [22OCT2010]

CONDELLA, Phil Condella pcondella@hotmail.com "...Nice to see many familiar names and places, truly the VP community was a great experience. The community seemed to attract excellent people in all department and divisions. Of course, AdubaU's were the best (in our own minds) until the FE had us fuel the A/C or do plugs/covers during the most crappy weather to put us in our place…..as for me I spent all my operational time on the west coast/west-pac other than a few training TAD's on the east coast. So I've pretty much seen everything from the western U.S to Africa. Served in VP-1, NATTC, CV-64 (great people, but no per-diem…a VP'ers worst nightmare), VPU-2 (definitely the best tour one could hope for…great people and work…plus plenty of per-diem), NAVSTAD, and then early retirement under the TERA program in 1995…..went back to college and got an MBA and I'm now the Assistant Head of Procurement for the Naval Medical Center San Diego..." [31MAY2001]

COTA, AMS2 Vince air2mex@aol.com "...I served with VPU-2 as an AMS2 in 1991. I had a good time in VPU-2. I served with pride and patriotic. I am now working on aircraft in the private sector. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates that can remember the good times (even drunk ones) with me (especially Chad, Gilbert Garcia and Mr. Lee)..." [20NOV2005]

CULP, AE Tim culpster1@hotmail.com "...I served with VPU-2 from 1991 to 1993 and did a short run for a couple of months with VP-30 to get my feet wet in 1990. Worked as an AE ground pounder during that time with Ace, Dawn, Dan, Crites' (both of them), and Stelzig. Usually deployed with Crew 12 but hit all crews, but none could rank up there with the Whipped Dogs. Would like to hear from a lot of you, and been trying to get a hold of most of you. I have set up a Forum (http://www.chatarea.com/VPU2Forums) that former VPU-22er's can go and get in touch with one another and maybe plan a get-together or Reunion. Check out the forums and shoot me an e-mail. WHIPPED DOGS RULE!..." [01JAN2004]

CURRY, NCC Paul Retired curryp1@bellsouth.net "...I served with VPU-2 from 1990 to 1993. I served as the Command Career Counselor where I had the fortune of serving with some wonderful people and great sailors. I wish all of my Shipmates Fair Winds and Following Seas..." [16JUL2010]


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]

DAVIS, Brent espinel@ata.attmil.ne.jp "...Served with VP-4 and VPU-2 ..." WebSite: http://members.xoom.com/BNDavis/ [Updated E-Mail and WebSite 23FEB2000]

DONOVAN, Bill BillDeeJr@AOL.COM"...I'm an east coast VP'er, spent eleven years with VP-26 out of Brunswick, Me. I was there from '76-'91 (with 3 years a Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) for good behavior) If I served with you or you just wanna say howdy, give me a holler. I'm currently with VPU-2 and am more than ready to be put out to pasture. TSOT!..."


ELLIOTT, Marc A. melliott@fccj.org "...I was attached to VPU-2 before it was called anything other than just Special Projects, VP-4, Association of Old Buzzards and eventually VPU-2. I was one of two maintenance techs in the airframes /corrosion shop. I worked for AMSC Ggonzales. I was an AMS2 at the time. Projects was by far the best command I was attached to while serving on active duty. From 1979 to 1982 we had a one room space that encompassed all the shops. It was a very tight knit group of guys. I will never forget all the fun and adventures experienced during that short three years. My decision to retire from the Navy was guaranteed after my tour. Hope to heart from others who may remember me..." [26MAR2000]

ENSTROM, T1(NAC) Robert renstrom@juno.com "...Previously served with VP-6 Blue Sharks - 1/90 to 3/93 and VPU-2 Wizards - 3/93 to 4/96. Presently a part of Executive Transport Department/Detatchment recently relocated to MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Eight days from now on 01 July 99, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii will close. I feel sad to lose her with all the potential she still has as a VP base. BRAC, just like a woman, is one of those things you can't figure out logically. We are trading a perfectly suitable climate and location for a base that just doesn't measure up to the P-3 community needs. We're giving up 3 runways for one. At least the bounce pattern is more interesting! The only concilations I have are that Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii is located in one of the most scenic parts of the island and that it was once a VP post. Most of the sailors I discuss this with agree, but we will all adopt the Marine attitude to "Adapt and Overcome" and contine to make history in the best way we can. Fair Winds to all!..." [24JUN99]

ETHRIDGE, SCPO Robert "Bob" Retired themechanicbob56@aol.com "...I served with VPU-2 (1986-1990). Best tour I had in the Navy. I reported as an ADC and took the Aircraft Division - made Senior and went to Command Senior Chief. Very fond memories..." [03AUG2013]


FESSLER, ATC fesslerj@enterprise.navy.mil "...In-Flight-Tech for Crew 9 with VP-1 from 1981 through 1983. PMTC Pt. Mugu "Range Aircrew" 1984-1987, In-Flight-Tech with VPU-2, Crew 13 from 1987-1991. They had to drag me away from those DIFCREW orders and now I'm doing Hornet stuff at NAS Lemoore..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAR2000 | 17OCT97]

FISHER, AMHC Don Retired dusty32109@yahoo.com "...I was attached to VP-46 as ground pounder and as a Flight Engineer in VP-50, VP-17 and the best tour of all which was with VPU-2. Retired in 1997 and have since moved to Thailand. Couldn't get enough of Thailand. I am looking for information on Dennis Gabe from VPU-2..." [20OCT2005]

FISHER, Ray ray_c_fisher@yahoo.com "...Served in VPU-2 from Dec-1987 thru Sept-1990 as a ground pounding AE the off to A school and ended up in the fixed wing jet community at VFA-125 at NAS Fallon, Nevada. As we said as Wizards "Anytime Anywhere"..." [10MAR2010]

FONTENOT, AD1(AW) Rickie J. Retired rjfdube@cox.net "...I served at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Sea Op Det), VP-6, VPU-2, NATTC NAS Pensacola, Florida, VFA-37 and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). I am looking for ADC Patrick MILLER. I am now retired and living in Pensacola, FL..." [BIO Updated 08JAN2011 | 02JAN2011]

FORD, Alvin ACFord1999@aol.com "...I joined in 1979, and served in Squadrons VC-5, VQ-1, VPU-2, and VC-1. I took an early retirement, and I'am now with U.S. Customs in Detroit..." [06JUL99]

FORD, ATCS(AW) Tony fordac@navair.navy.mil "...I checked into the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron in July of 1997 and am currently the Command Master Chief. Prior to reporting here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland I was in VPU-2 1994-1997, NAWC Warminster/ Naval Air Development Center 1991-1994, AIMD NAS Bermuda 1988-1991, and VP-6 1982-1987. Love it here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland wish I could stay..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 18MAR2000 | 10SEP97]

FREY, Jeff "Ace" p3superb@aol.com "...I'm a career Hawaii P-3 Airframer. I served with VPU-2 (1988 to 1992), VP-30 VR CINCPACFLT Executive Transport (1992 to 1995), VP-47 (1995 to 2000), VPU-2 (2000 to 2002), VP-30 VR COMPACFLT Executive Transport (2002 to Present)..." [BIO Updated 09APR2004 | 19FEB2000]


GACILAN, ADCS(AW) Henry G. Retired henry.gacilan.ctr@navy.mil "...I served with VP-47 (04/1983-04/1988) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-40 (03/1991-03/1993) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-40 (03/1993-04/1997) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-4 (11/2000-11/2004) at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and VPU-2 (11/2004-07/2007) at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Deployments included NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAF Misawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia, BIOT, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, NSA Bahrain, Oman, Kandahar and Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Detachments included Australia, La Reunion, Jehdda,,Singapore, India, Masihra, Thailand, Kenya, Key West and Panama Canal..." [BIO Updated 25MAY2012 | 24MAY2012]

GILLET, AFCM Douglass C. Dcgillet@aol.com "...I served in VP-22 from May 67 - July 90. I flew as a P3 Second Mech from Jan 69 - May 76 and then as a P-3 Flight Engineer from May 76 - July 90. From July 90 - Mar 93, I served with VPU-2 as a Flight Engineer. I went into the Command Master Chief Program in Mar 93 and went back to VP-22 to serve as the last Command Master Chief of the Command Mar 93 - Mar 94. I went on to VP-17 to serve once again as their last Command Master Chief, April 94 - Mar 95. In Sept 95 I went to VP-4 to serve as Command Master Chief and retired from VP-4 and the Navy in Sept of 98 after 32 years of service. I am now back into flying as a DC10-30F Flight Engineer with Gemini Air Cargo and am doing cargo runs world wide, what a great job to have after retirment. To all my Shipmates and Friend both past and present, a warm Aloha and Mahalo from a former Blue Goose, Wizard, White Lightning and Skinny Dragon of the Rainbow Fleet..." [BIO Updates 26AUG2001 | 24APR98]

GILMORE, AMS1 Pat Retired patgil@tctwest.net "...I was in VP-17 from 79-82 and VPU-2 from 85-88 and had some good times then. Drop me a line if you were Shipmates! Enjoy and smile..." [11MAR2000]


HALE, ATCS(AW/NAC) Richard mcguyver@hawaii.rr.com "...Currently with the Fighting Marlins (VP-40) 94-present, IFT/IFO; NAWCWPNSDIV 90-93, Radar/IFT; Wizards (VPU-2) 86-90, IFT/SSO, Best damn tour I've had!; Skinny Dragons (VP-4) 81-84. Have served in numerous ground support jobs both in maintenance and operations/training. Lots of great memories..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAR2009 | 07APR98]

HALSEY, ADC(AW) TOM jthalsey@swbell.net "...VQ-3 Jan 96 -Dec 98. VFA-94 Oct 93-Dec95. VQ-1 83-85 & 91-93. VPU-2 85-88. VT-27 80-82. OMD C.C. Tex. AIMD Kingsville TX...Currently working for Raytheon Aerospace on the U. S. Customs Service P-3's in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27NOV2001 | Updated 15APR98]

HEIMERLE, CAPTAIN Richard https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/capt_heimerle_bio.htm "...Captain Richard Heimerle was born and grew up in New York where he attended Albany University earning a degree in Business Education/Accounting. After coaching college football for two years, he reported to Aviation Officer Candidate School receiving a regular commission in March 1981. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1983. Operationally, Captain Heimerle served in VP-5 conducting Cold War deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. He served as Flag Secretary to Carrier Group Five/CTF-70 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. During Operation Desert Storm he was a Battle Watch Captain for the Arabian Gulf Battle Force, comprising 4 aircraft carriers and 60 coalition warships. As a department head with VP-23 he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Operation Deny Flight and Sharp Guard and served as CTG Operations and Operations Officer. He was the first Executive Officer of VPU-2 and subsequently Commanding Officer. Prior to reporting to VP-30 to assume duties as Commanding Officer, Captain Heimerle served as the Chief of Staff to Commander, Maritime, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force, EUROPE during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shore assignments include Bureau of Naval Personnel as Asst Carrier Placement Officer. VP-30 as an NFO instructor and leader of the Tactical Training Team where he was named VP-30 NFO of the Year for 1989. In OPNAV he served as the Asst P-3 Requirements Officer. After receiving a Master's Degree from the National War College, he reported to the Joint Staff serving as Chief of the Israel/Africa Political Military Affairs Branch in J-5. He was named Action Officer of the Year in 2000 for his work on the United Nations crisis in Sierra Leone..." [14FEB2005]

HEIN, ATC Jeff HeinJH@pax.nawcad.navy.mil "...Was in VP-66 from 86-89, NRL from 89 to 93, VPU-2 from 93 to 97. Presently assigned to Force Aircraft Test Squadron, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland...." [02FEB98]

HOLZHUETER, Karl KHolzhuete@aol.com "...I was with VPU-2 from 88-90 new to the patrol squadrons after my first tour with a fighter squadron out of NAS Miramar. I got to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii thinking the F-14's were where it was at, but left knowing I had the best experience a person could ask for..." [18MAR98]

HUTTON, PH Jeff efhutton2009@gmail.com "...I served with VPU-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1985 to 1990. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [30OCT2009]


Memorial Picture "...IRWIN, AVCM Richard M...I am sorry to report that Rich passed away October 31, 2010 in Hawaii. Rich served with VP-4, VP-19, VPU-2 and ASATD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, ..." Contributed by KUSMIERZ, CWO4 Richard T. Retired kusi555@hotmail.com [21JAN2011]

IRWIN, AVCM Richard M. Retired aloharich@gmail.com "...I served with VP-19 from 1971 to 1979, ASATD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1979 to 1982, VP-4 Special Projects in 1982; VPU-2 Plankowner from 1982 to 1989 (Crew 14 Dark Forces) and September 1989 to present double-dipping sandcrab at Pacific Missile Range, Barking Sands, Kauai. Would like to hear from VP-19 Admin Officer LT Johnson; VPU-2 Jim Riley..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08FEB2006]


JAROCKI, John J. john_jarocki_2000@yahoo.com "...I served with VPU-2 from November 1998 until March of 2000. Most of the time was fun, but working in ops had its moments, after CDR Simpson left. I changed jobs and went to become a SeaBee. One of the better things I had done. Currently I'm attending school working on a American History Degree with a minor in Political Science along with a Secondary Education Degree. I'm a Warrent in the National Guard in charge of the motorpool..." [17NOV2003]

JENSON, Randall branrandjens@yahoo.com "...I served with VQ-1 from Mar 90 to Dec 94 and am currently stationed on NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I sure enjoyed my tour with the Q and am looking forward to giving it supply support again, hopefully soon. Known by most Maintenance Chiefs as "God Damn Jensen". And yes, my moto is still, "If it ain't tied down, there's an empty spot where it was." - You know, Mission before madness. Also worked with a few VQ-2/VPU-1/VPU-2 during DS/DS. Would like to hear from fellow "Q" mates..." [07DEC98]

JOHNSON, Ed ej@aiinc.com "...I was in VT-21 1975-1977, VT-23 1997-1979, VP-1 1980-1986, VX-1 1986-1989, VAQ-33 1989-1990, VPU-2 1990-1995, AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1995-1995, and retired from VFA-125 DET Fallon, 1995-31 Mar 1997. I am a retired Mech Chief, and was a P-3 Flight Engineer for 14 years, (VP-31 Class of 82)..." WebSite: http://www.AIINC.com/ [02JUN98]

JOHNSON, AT1(AC)(AW) Willie J. "Chilly Willie" Retired popps5@olemiss.edu "...I served in the Magazine Area (08/1969) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VF-53 (1972-1974) at NAS Miramar, California with a WESTPAC deployments aboard CVA-31, VA-87 (1973-1974) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, VQ-1 (05/1983-05/1986) at NAS Agana, Guam, HT-18 (05/1986-05/1990) at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, VPU-2 (06/90-1993) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Key West, Florida (06/1993-05/1997) with Security Police and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..." [25MAR2015]


KASE, AMC(AW) Steve skase@cox.net "...Hello to all my former Shipmates. VPU-2 was my first duty station (1985 to 1990) and to this day still my favorite. After leaving I moved on to the following duty stations: AIMD NAS Fallon, Nevada (1990 to 1993), VF-111 CAG-15 USS Kitty Hawk (1993 to 1995), HSL-47 Det-6 USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) (1995 to 1996), VQ-5 (1996 to 1999), VS-29 CAG-11 USS Carl Vinson/USS Nimtiz (1999 to 2002) and currently a Readiness Advisor with Sea Control Wing Pacific in sunny NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I can be reached through the NMCI global list..." [11MAR2004]

KEATING, Michael keatsdude@cox.net "...I served with CPRW, VP-4, VP-9 and VPU-2..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUL2009 | 08MAY2008]

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 Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. 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]

KESLER, ATC(AW) Paul Retired keslerwp@yahoo.com "...I have completed 22 years with 5900 hours as In-Flight Technicnan in P-3 Aircraft. I served in VP-22 from 1984 to 1988 deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1984, 1985 - 1986) and NAS Adak, Alaska (1987); EEAP program at Leeward Community College from 1988 to 1990; VPU-2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1990 to 1993; VP-30 [Student] from 1993 to 1994; RATCEN NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from 1994 to 1997; VP-40 from 1997 to 2000, Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron renamed Air Test and Ebaluation Squadron Twenty VX-20, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 2001 to 2004, and retired in April 2004..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31MAR2004 | 23MAY98]

KRUSE, Mark (Baby Huey) mkruse74@yahoo.com "...Enlisted August 1974, VQ-2 - Crew 23/AE shop 75-78, VXN-8 AE shop/Utility Aircrew 79-82, AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 82-84, VPU-2 AE shop/Crew 12 'Whipped Dogs' 84-87, NATTC Millington AE School Instructor 87-91, & various others until retirement in 1994..." [03JUN2000]

KRUYNE, Jim Retired em729@erols.com "...P-3 Flight Engineer in VP-1 from 80-84, taught engineer school at VP-31 from 84-87, Crew 14 VPU-2 from 87-92 and was the FE detailer from 92 to 95. (Sorry I had to hose so many of ya, just doin' my job) Retired as of July 97. Drop me a line..."


LYONS, AWCS(AW) Jack A. jackel@pioneernet.net "...VP-31 (student) JUL 77-DEC 77. "Big Red", VP-19 DEC 77-NOV 81, SS-1/2 on crew 8. Advanced AWAN to AW2. Deployments to Kadena, Adak, and Misawa. VP-31/TTT NOV 81-DEC 84, this time as an instructor. Advanced to AW1. "The Wizards" of VPU-2 DEC 84-OCT 92, ACINT Operator and Crew Chief for crew 12 "The Whipped Dogs" and crew 14 "The Dark Forces". Several interesting "Road Trips" and detachments. The best tour of my Naval Career. Advanced to AWC, AWCS and became EAWS qualified. CPWP TAC D&E OCT 92-OCT 95. VP-30 (student) OCT 95-JUL 96. Reported to "The Screaming Eagles" of VP-1 AUG 96. Currently hold 7821, 7841, and 7861 NEC's..."


MARSH, Jeffrey R. jeffmarsh67@aol.com "...I served with VPU-2 (1985-1988) in the AD Shop. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28NOV2013]

MARTIN, AE1 Todd 802home@gmail.com "...I served with VPU-2 (1983-1989) and VP-17 (1989-1993)..." [E-Mail Updated 23APR2013 | E-Mail Updated 04FEB2000 | 12JAN99]

MATTINGLY, AT1(NAC/AW) Jim Retired karbiz2004@yahoo.com "...I served with RVAH-11, RVAH-9, VP-23, HT-18, VAQ-33, VP-31 and VPU-2. I retired in 1993..." [03FEB2018]

MENSEN, ADCS Scott Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 2001 porsche413@aol.com "...I joined the Naval Air Reserves in Dec 1972 on the delayed entry program. Just two weeks out of high school and after a short Reserve boot camp in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I completed T-56 "I" level repair training and was sent to AIMD NS Rota, Spain where I spent two years in the shop as well as at the jet test cell (and 6 mos in the crash crew), while in NS Rota, Spain I completed training for a Private Pilots License and flew all over southern Spain in the flying club's two Cherokees, 150's and the T-34. It was a great time for a young teenager living off base and touring around Spain. I spent many a weekend in Torremolinos, or at the various Ferias. I joined the Navy with the desire to fly and when my time was up in Spain I was given orders to Second Mech training at VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California and then across the runways to VP-46 where I deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 1976 ( back to ‘31 for FE trng.) and later NAS Misawa, Japan in 1979, both great deployments with a lot of flying and a lot of traveling to other countries, P.I., Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong , Australia, Indonesia, and many more. In 1980 I moved to the other coast with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and low and behold my next deployment took me back to the Pacific with the first 2 + months of the NAS Bermuda deployment in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and various points in that AOR. In 1982 I moved across the street to VP-30 as an FE Instructor doing Alt NATOPS and Fleet IUT. I missed WestPac though and in '85 transferred to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and to VP-6, my first deployment there in '86 to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, the pinnacle of deployments especially since I had become a CPO by that time. You can't top being a CPO in Cubi!! The next VP-6 deployment was to NAS Adak, Alaska and that was obviously the payback for a great NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment, it sucked really bad and the only good thing was the dets to Elmendorf for training flights, Chillkoots is da bomb!! In '88 I got my wish to go to Special Projects (VPU-2) and that is the best place to be as an FE! I spent the next 5 years there and felt like I was stationed in NAS Misawa, Japan and made frequent dets to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. We spent Christmas and New Years in NSA Bahrain during the Gulf war in 90/91. In '93 I left Hawaii for NAS Jacksonville, Florida again, this time in VP-30 as the FE Airlant Evaluator and then with the decommissioning of VP-31 we became the Fleet NATOPS Evaluation team, It was a great job and I really met a lot of people but I missed WestPac so at the end of the tour in NAS Jacksonville, Florida I moved back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VPU-2. Shortly after checking in I found myself at Entebbe, Uganda during the Ruwandan refugee crisis, followed the next year with a NAS Sigonella, Sicily det flying over Bosnia and then a year and a half later in NAS Sigonella, Sicily again for Kosovo, this time with the whole squadron! In between were many dets to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSA Bahrain and a lot of Utaphao Thailand stopovers. In Oct. 2000 I completed my last det and in May 2001 I flew my last P-3 flight which put me at 25 years to the day and 14,050 flight hours, and 28 years of Naval Service. During my terminal leave I accepted a position with Hawaiian Airlines in the pilot training department as a DC-10 ground school instructor. In late 2002 we transitioned to the B-767 and taught all of the various pilot ground school classes on that aircraft. In 2007 I moved to the Safety department at Hawaiian as a Flight Safety Analyst for which I manage the Flight Operations Quality Assurance Program (FOQA) and the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). My wife and I are still living in Kapolei, Hawaii. Any old squadron mates please drop me an email, I love to hear from old friends. Mahalo..." [BIO Updated 27JAN2014 | BIO/Pix Updated 04FEB2007 | BIO Updated 15OCT2001 | BIO Updated 10SEP2000 | 00XXX97]

MILLER, PHCS Mahlon K. mkwsmiller@cox.net "...Did two tours with VPU-2 (1986-1989/1990-1993) with a tour at VX-5 in between. After I left Projects in 1993 I did a tour at NAS Miramar, California, then on to USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). I'm currently a PHCS at Fleet Imaging Command Pacific in San Diego. Love to hear from any of the old "Dark Forces" crews, especially Jack Lyons, Kenny Johnson or Mike Castunguay..." [07JUN2003]

MITCHELL, Angela angelamitchell111@yahoo.com "...I served with VPU-2 from 1989 to 1993..." [21MAY2011]

HOLMES, Maria "Rose" votreamitoujours@yahoo.com "...I served with VPU-2 and fod walkdowns in the morning. I just did a fod walkdown on the range and it brought back memories. I am just 7 months from retirement and can't wait! I am at Naval Station Mayport, FL now until April 2011. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [29SEP2010]

MORRILL, AME1(AW) James E. skippy5361@aol.com "...I'm retired now and am presently working for United Airlines. I served in VA-97 (80-83), AIMD NAS LeMOORE, California (83-86), VP-4 (86-89), VC-5 (89-92), VP-17 (92-95), VPU-2 (95-98), and completed my career in VP-9 back in July of 1999. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates that I had the honor of serving with. I would really like to hear from my old friend PR1 Myron Arnold. If anyone knows his where abouts please let him know my address..." [BIO Updated 31DEC2000 | BIO Updated 17SEP2000 | 15SEP2000]

MURPHY, AW1 (AW) Mark Retired mdmliberty@comcast.net "...I started out in the Navy in April 1983 and went to basic at San Diego CA. What a difference for a teenager from Iowa. I went on to NAS Miramar, California and went to work at AIMD Power Plants, as ADAA and worked on TF-30's, J79's, J-52's, and eventually was a AD2 night check test cell Sup. 1987 I got out of the Navy after my 4 years. That was a mistake as I went right back in 6 months later. I went to NAS Pensacola, Florida to Aircrew training and then off to NAS Millington, Tennessee to AW "A" School. 1988 now a AW-2 after completion I was off to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for more in depth training, 1989 I went to NAS Moffett Field, California to VP-47 my favorite tour and first taste of a deployment was NAS Adak, Alaska what a dissapointment. 1990 my next deployment was a crew rotation to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan also going to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines what a experience!!. 1991 I was a AW1 and now worked in Operation's at home but did a split tour between NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and again to vist many places NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, It was due to close and this was a sad fact my last flight over NAS Cubi Point, Philippines our AFCM actually cried. 1993 I was now off to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to FASOTRAGRUPACDET HI as a FASO AW Instructor a nice laid back enjoyable tour, Can't beat Hawaii for a duty station. 1996 I stayed in Hawaii and down the road to the hangar VPU-2, this tour was my most fustrating tour as a AW although we did go to many places some hot some cold I'm sure you have seen coverage on CNN. I worked in Operation's again! It was a good ground job untill a certin NFO LCDR phycio took over and I went to A/C Training as a Aircrew Instructor. I left NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and went to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF) for short, my worst possible tour ever, Weather is well crappy most off the time, and the job at NOPF is mind numbing. DEC 2003 I retired and had a illness that placed me on TDRL for 5 years or untill I get better or if is resolved or other. I say Hello to all I have served a most import the ones I flew with and shared a lot of good and difficult times with. I didn't say how many flight hours I had but was just short of 4500..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13NOV2006 | 21DEC2003]

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


NICHOLSON, ATC(AW/NAC) Randy Retired annette@syix.com "...(81-84) (VP-4) Skinny Dragon, (84-87) FASO, NAS Moffett Field, California, (87-90) VPU-2/Crew 14/Radio Op, and (90-94) NAMTGD NAS Moffett Field, California. Last tour in tailhooks at NAS Lemoore, California. Retired in July 97. My best years by far were in the VP Navy. I sure would love to get in touch and talk over old times. Looking at the Shipmates list causes some major flashbacks..." [13MAR98]

NOS, Scott P. sgnos@worldnet.att.net "...VP-6 1989-1992, TSC Iceland 1992-1994, USS Kitty Hawk 1994-1996, VPU-2 1996-1997, OIC FASO Det NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1997-NOW. Getting ready to get out! Married to Mo Vargas' Sister Gianna and one great son!..." [21APR98]


OLSON, Scott spice@gfherald.infi.net "...Retired AT1 (formerly AX), VP-47, 1972-74, VP-65, 78-80, VP-9, 80-84, VP-31 (FRAMP), 85-88, One year in Dodge, VPU-2, 90-93. Sure miss Cubi, visited two years ago. Still a slug, but love to hear from former squadronmates..."


PALMER, CDR Edward E. III Shipmate Pix http://www.vp16.navy.mil/cop.htm "...Commander Edward (Tad) Palmer is a native of Florence, Alabama. After graduating from the University of Alabama (BSEE), he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in 1987. From 1989 to 1992 he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland as a member of the VP-16 "War Eagles." He served the squadron as the Beartrap and Tactics Officer. In 1992 CDR Palmer reported to the VP-30 Pro's Nest for duty as a FRS Instructor. In that capacity he served as the Maintenance Administration Officer, NFO Schedules Officer and the CNAL P-3 NATOPS Evaluator. His next assignment was to the staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron FOURTEEN at Naval Station Mayport, Florida where he served as the Air Operations Officer and later the DESRON Operations Officer. While deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf, CDS-14 participated in Operation Noble Anvil and Southern Watch. Additionally, CDS-14 conducted exercises in both the Black Sea and Baltic as well as throughout the Mediterranean. In 1997 CDR Palmer was assigned to the Navy Staff's Strategy and Concepts Branch (N513) in the Pentagon. In 1998 he joined VPU-2 in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. While aboard VPU-2, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer and Maintenance Officer, flying missions in Operations ALLIED FORCE and DESERT FOX. In 2000 CDR Palmer returned to VP-30 as the Fleet Replacement Squadron Training Officer where he began mainstreaming the Aircraft Improvement Program into the FRS training. While assigned to VP-30 he was awarded the Political Military Masters Scholarship and was accepted to Harvard University for the 2002-2003 academic year. CDR Palmer received a Masters Degree in Public Administration (National Security Affairs) in June 2003. Following graduation, CDR Palmer was temporarily assigned CTF 57 forward operations in NSA Bahrain where he coordinated and prioritized US and Allied Patrol and Reconnaissance operations for both OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. In March 2004 CDR Palmer reported to the "War Eagles" of VP-16 as the Executive Officer. CDR Palmer's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards) and various other service, campaign and unit awards. ..." [08AUG2005]

PASQUINELLY, Chris chrispnelly@live.com "...I served (EWOP/BRIGAND/RADAR) with VQ-2 (1980-1983), VPU-2 (1984-1987), VAQ-33 (1989-1992) and VP-66 (1992-1995). I met the best people and had the best time in my life. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [23JUN2011]

PATTERSON, Mike "Shark" heels83_96@yahoo.com "...VP-40 NFO 1986-90. Fond memories of three WestPac deployments. From VP-40 went to NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and managed PACFLT Counternarcotics operations. Late 1992 moved across the island to VPU-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Had a blast there. Left the Navy in 1994 to attend 'B' school back at the University of NC, Chapel Hill. From there returned to the West Cost to work for Intel Corporation on several internet marketing teams at the Folsom, CA campus. Took a quick break from Folsom and returned to Tokyo as an expatriate for Intel for 18 months beginning January 2000. (Managed several Japanese websites) Quite a difference living in Ginza ($6600/month) and working next to the Imperial Palace and living in the Kadena BOQ or Misawa Inn ($180/month). Both had their advantages. Back at Intel in Folsom now (November 2002) and would really enjoy hearing from old squadron mates..." [08NOV2002]

PETERSON, BRYAN FLAMINPETEY@HOTMAIL.COM "...I WAS IN VP-6 FROM "89" TO IT'S DECOM. FINISHED MY TIME IN VP-4 UNTIL JUNE "94". WAS IN VPU-2 FROM "94" TO FEB "99." I AM CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE DALLAS AREA. LOVE TO HERE FROM SOME OF YOU OLD BLUE SHARKS..." [22MAR99]

PREVATT, CAPTAIN Richard M. III http://www.dcmilitary.com/navy/tester/6_14/local_news/6247-1.html "...April 5, 2001 - Naval officer ends 24-year career - On March 23, the commander of the Naval Air Systems Command and the Program Executive Officer for Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation bid farewell to Capt. Richard M. Prevatt III. Prevatt culminated his U.S. Navy career of over 24 years as he passed the lead of Naval Afloat Targeting and Cruise Missiles Command and Control Programs (PMA-281) to Capt. Michael A. Hecker. PMA-281 is chartered to develop, acquire, deploy and support Naval Afloat Targeting systems and Cruise Missile Command and Control Systems for the nation's warriors. Its roots date back to 1977 when the Joint Cruise Missiles Program Office was created. PMA-281 was formed in 1986 to provide mission planning capabilities for Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. Since that time, the command has evolved to support a wide variety of Navy weapons, provide imagery processing and exploitation systems, precision targeting systems, as well provide innovative approaches to conducting maritime power projection. In September 1997, Prevatt assumed command as program manager (PMA-281) for the nine major systems providing Command and Control, Imagery Processing, Precision Targeting and Mission Planning essential to fleet Tomahawk and Joint Precision Weapons. His team received multiple commendations for operational Tomahawk support during Operations Desert Fox and Allied Force/Noble Anvil and numerous Secretary of the Navy awards for Acquisition Innovation and Reform. Born in Stuttgart, West Germany, into a military family, he earned his bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and computer science, Summa Cum Laude, from Duke University in 1977. After commissioning in May, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida, for naval flight training in June 1977, and graduated with distinction. Prevatt completed P-3 replacement pilot training at VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1979, then reported to his first operational assignment with the "Pegasus" of VP-11, there completing two LANT deployments. After jet transition at NAS Kingsville, Texas, in 1982, he graduated with Class 84 of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in December 1983. He joined Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate at Naval Air Test Center NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to direct P-3 engine performance monitoring, defensive electronic countermeasures, and survivability and vulnerability developmental test. He then returned to TPS as an instructor. In 1986, he joined the "Wizards" of VPU-2 where he directed multiple WESTPAC deployments. Prevatt earned his master's degree with distinction in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in December 1990. After graduation, he completed the program manager's course at the Defense Systems Management College, then began his association with Tomahawk as director of Test and Evaluation for Program Executive Officer, Cruise Missile Project during both Desert Watch and Desert Storm and the accelerated fleet introduction of Block III. In April 1994, he was selected to be deputy program manager for Combat Identification and then for Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures for Program Executive Officer, Tactical Aircraft Programs (PEO(T)). In May 1997, he joined PEO(T) as operations officer and chief of staff. His service has included over 3,400 flight hours as a pilot in 41 types of Navy, Air Force, Army and Allied aircraft..." [15DEC2005]


QUINLAN, AT1(NAC) Donald J. donq@pioneernet.net "...I've been in VP-22, VPU-2 and now VQ-1 ..."


REYNOLDS, Duane greynoldsc@gmail.com "...I served with VPU-2 (1981). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26MAR2012]

RUDDEN, AT1 (AW) Michele "Misha" ruddenmfmu@hotmail.com "...I served with VQ-2 (1992-1996) in W/C 210, Naval Air Maintenance TRAining GRouP DETachment (NAMTRAGRPDET) (1996-1998) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a Instructor, VPU-2 (1998-1999) and Marine Aviation Logistics Support Element Kaneohe (MALSEK) (1999-2000) at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I would like to hear from former Shipmates. Jeff Torres are you out there?..." [02DEC2016]

RUSSELL, IS Richard rtradar1077@yahoo.com "...I served with VPU-2 (2000-2001)as an Intelligence Specialists..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20OCT2010 | 05JUN2008]


SALMON, LCDR Tony lovescockers@msn.com "...Hey Shipmates. After pilot training command and while on active duty, I served in VP-40 from 1983-86, VT-6 from '86-'89, VPU-2 from '89-'93. After getting off active duty in Feb. '93, I eventually ended up at VP-94 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, and I am still there today..." [21DEC98]

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]

SCHULTZ, CAPTAIN Hank F. Retired hankschu@charter.net "...I served as Mission Coordinator with VP-4 Special Projects (VPU-2) from 1971 to 1973. One of three Special Projects Officers (Others were LCDR Tom Joyner and LT Al Duva. I was the short one with the big mouth!). I was ordered to VP-4 for stand up of VP Special Projects in PAC. Great assignment! Loved the job! Still have my cruise book from 1972 deployment to PI. Fondly remember great trips and some not so great trips..." [16FEB2004]

SCOTT, AT2 John W. jwscott99@hotmail.com "...Originally from Decatur, Illinois. Joined the Navy in 1980. After AT "A" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee I went on to "B" school - AFTA - Advanced First Term Avionics. When I completed AFTA I received AT3 (rent-a-crow). I then transferred to VP-31 for framp school in NAS Moffett Field, California. I took the AT2 test in NAS Moffett Field, California, passed, and was a 2nd class before transferring to the fleet. In 1982 I transferred to VPU-2 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and served as a ground pounder electronics tech in 640. I had a great time in many deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NSF Diego Garcia and NAF Misawa, Japan. Special Projects was definitely the high point of my naval service. I transferred to NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1986 and was a micro-miniature electronics repair supervisor until I got out of the navy in 1987..." [07FEB2007]

SHOWALTER, Robert "Rob" robertsh@aplsnet.com "...I was attached to VP-11 from '89-'92 I was an IFT on CAC-1 for the whole tour and VPU-2 from '92-'93..." [01JUN98]

SMALL, Jim jimandkellysmall@gmpexpress.net "...Served in VP-9 80-83. It was a great experience due to the people I flew with. Bill Blackburn, Doyle McEwen, Mark Machin, KC Stangl, Vic Ristvedt, Mick Kohler, Dan Kuper, "Hutch," Wayne Roberts, Dave Jackson, and Luis Rivera come immediately to mind from the crew. Hit NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Adak, Alaska, & NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Went to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for the "NFO at Test Pilot School" thing and then flew P-3 avionics/weapons test projects for 2 years. Served in VPU-2 86-89. It was my best tour, hands down, because of the people I flew with. Joel Walker, John Orem, Mark Ackerman, Rob Leeds, Dwight Shepherd, Rick Fridley & Crew 13. Went on to Monterey, aero, & AEDO. Still on active duty and set to retire this summer. Life's a ride and VPU was a high point. I still have about 98 of the world famous "WARNING - DAY VFR ONLY" stickers since mamasan would not make less than 100 with "#1 special glue." Stuff like that was almost as fun as kicking commie butt. Post facto apologies to Pappy and the boys from VP-50. You were good to us and didn't deserve the heat but I trust there was an up-side in there somewhere. Gotta love covert ops. Cheers to all..." [02MAR2005]

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]

SNODGRASS, AT2 Mark crazy-al611@bresnan.net "...Good to see some names on here that I recognize and would love to hear from you. I was assigned to VPU-2 from November 1995 to October 1999. Went from ATAA to AT2 during that time. In early 1996 I went TAD to AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and worked in 610, 61D, and 690. Made the big move over to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 1999 and spent the little time I had left there. After getting out I moved back home to Montana and joined the Air Guard as a traditional guardsman. I am now a full time Avionics Technician with the 120 Fighter Wing MTANG working on the F-16C Falcon. I will always have a place in my heart for the sound of 4 turbo-prop engines though. So drop me a line anytime if you are in the area..." [05FEB2004]

SNOKE, Christopher christopher.snoke@navy.mil "...I served with VP-9 (01/1975-12/1980) FE/Mechanic and VPU-2 (11/1984-02/1988) Mechanic..." [02JUL2013]


THOMPSON, AE1 Dawn N. thompson8909@yahoo.com "...I served with VPU-2 and VP-9..." [12MAY2013]


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


WILLIAMSON, ADCS(AW) Lenny reanne536@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-11 (1995-1996), VP-8 (1996-1999), VPU-2 (2002-2006) and BUPERS SDC (2006-2010)..." [BIO Updated 17JAN2013 | BIO Updated 25OCT2003 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 05MAR2002 | 11FEB98]

WILLIAMSON, CDR Mark R. http://www.brigmiramar.navy.mil/cowebbio.htm "...Commander Mark R. Williamson was born in East Patchogue, New York and raised on the eastern end of Long Island, New York in the small town of Cutchogue. He attended the State University of New York at Brockport and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in May of 1983. Following four months of training at Aviation Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as an Ensign in January of 1985. In February of 1985, he reported to VT-10 in NAS Pensacola, Florida and was ultimately designated a Naval Flight Officer in January, 1986, following the successful completion of Advanced Navigation training at Mather AFB in Sacramento, California. Commander Williamson's initial fleet assignment was to VQ-1, NAS Agana, Guam. During this tour, he completed over 20 deployments throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean from the Bering Strait to the Gulf of Oman. During these deployments he supported such operations as Praying Mantis, Earnest Will, Coyote, Shooting Star, Team Spirit and WESTPAC 89. While in VQ-1, he served as Legal Officer, Assistant Electronic Warfare Officer, Brigand Officer, and Assistant Training Officer, as well as achieving the operational designation of EP-3E Electronic Warfare Mission Commander; a designation rarely achieved by first tour Aviators. In 1989, Commander Williamson was selected to attend the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. While at USNTPS, he flew over 26 different types of aircraft, including every type of operational naval aircraft. He graduated from USNTPS in December of 1990, and was designated a Naval Test Flight Officer. Following USNTPS, Commander Williamson reported to the former Naval Air Test Center (NATC), renamed in 1992 the Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division, also located at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. While at NATC, he served primarily as the Project Officer in the developmental testing of the ES-3A "Shadow" aircraft. During this time he uncovered, documented, and reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) over 1,000 aircraft deficiencies, and ensured that contractor and government engineers worked together to design and implement corrections to the more serious of these deficiencies. Additionally, he "branched out" and worked on the developmental testing of other aircraft such as the F-14D, EA-6B and the EP-3E ARIES II. Commander Williamson joined the "Ravens" of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Six (VQ-6) in July of 1993. While at VQ-6, he completed a full deployment and "workups" with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) EIGHT (USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT) as well as workups with two additional Air Wings: CVW-17 (USS SARATOGA) and CVW-3 (USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER). Significant operations and exercises he participated in included Adriatic Operations such as Combat Support flights during "Deliberate Force" (resulting in the Dayton Peace Accords), "Deny Flight", and "Sharp Guard", as well as Middle East Operations such as Operation "Southern Watch" overland Iraq. Additionally, he participated in "Desert Rescue" in February 1994 and the Joint Air Defense Organization/Joint Engagement Zone (JADO/JEZ) Nearland Test in March 1994. Finally, he served as the Assistance Training Officer, Safety Officer, and Electronic Warfare/Intelligence Officer, as well as the VQ-6 Detachment Delta Assistant Officer in Charge (AOIC). In November 1996, Commander Williamson reported to Sea Control Squadron VS-41, the S-3A/B and ES-3A Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). As the senior ES-3A instructor training Pilots, Naval Flight Officers and Aircrewman earmarked for the Fleet VQ Squadrons, he served as the Assistant FRS Training Officer and ES-3A Department Head, while achieving designations as a Carrier Suitability and ES-3A Flight Instructor. Additionally, he became a qualified Ground Instructor on ES-3A "AOR Requirements", "Differences", and Mission Avionics System Trainer (MAST) courses. Most significantly, while at VS-41 he established a "stand-alone" ES-3A Department as well as procured funding and brought a new trainer "on-line" to enhance ES-3A FRS training. Following VS-41, Commander Williamson joined the "Wizards" of VPU-2 in July 1997. While at VPU-2 he completed four 60-day deployments to the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR) as a Detachment OIC and Mission Commander. Additionally, significant operations and exercises he participated in included Javelin Maker, Bantam Runner, Ellipse's Alpha and Charlie, Kernal Blitz, RIMPAC 98, Fowl Eagle, and Operation Southern Watch. Finally, he served as the Operations and Training Officer, successfully leading two very large and critical departments. In 1999, Commander Williamson was selected to attend the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), Newport, Rhode Island. He completed the National Security Decision Making, Strategy and Policy, and Joint Maritime Operations syllabuses and was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in March of 2000. Additionally, he matriculated in the Master of Business Administration Program at Salve Regina University. Commander Williamson reported to the Joint US Military Affairs Group-Korea in April of 2000. Assigned as the Navy/Marine Corps Aviation Program Manager, Commander Williamson was responsible for all US-ROK Navy/Marine Corps Aviation Security Assistance and Foreign Military Sales, and maintained very close relationships with ROK Navy organizations including: NAVSEASYSCOM (Taejon), Airwing-SIX (Pohang), Ministry of National Defense (Seoul), as well as various US and Korean Defense industry companies. Commander Williamson joined the professionals at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in May of 2002, and assumed the duties of the Executive Officer. In June he took Command and is currently the Commanding Officer of NAVCONBRIG NAS Miramar, California. Operationally, Commander Williamson has accumulated both land-based and seaborne flight experience with over 3,700 flight hours and 300 carrier landings. His decorations include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards, one with the Combat "V" decoration), Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and numerous other campaign and service awards..." [27JUN2003]

WOODS, John "Woody" wood7382@bellsouth.net "...Flying for UPS now on the 757/767. Going to the same destinations Doug Gillette goes probably (Latin America). Miss flying with people like Scotty Mensen. I served with VP-10 from 1983 to 1986, VT-27 from 1986 to 1988, VPU-2 from 1989 to 1992, VP-10 from 1992 to 1994, NAVSAFECEN from 1994 to 1997 and got out in 1997. Nothing else looked enjoyable! The timing was good. VPU-2 was certainly a highlight of my career in the Navy. We need a Reunion!..." [03JAN2003]


VanDIVER, AECS/(FE) Harold "Kris" Retired scpohv@aol.com "...I served with VPU-2 (05/1982-11/1985). Countless bear hunts and PE ops. Good times. Never quite mastered the 9 hole course on Midway. Goonies often in the way. Retired 1995 while assigned to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Now teach public school. National Board Certified Teacher since 2006. Still have, after all of these years, P-3 performance numbers in my head. Miss the flying and my Shipmates. In the landing pattern here in Jax. Will miss the purr of those dash-14's when the P-8 assumes the watch. I served with VP-44, VXN-8, VPU-2, VP-45, VP-30 and VP-26. Flew aboard the P-3A/B/C, RP-3A/D, EP-3 and UP-3A..." [BIO Updated 06SEP2011 | 10JUN98]


YUDELL, LT Todd A. navyaviator@bigfoot.com "...I must say I am proud to have served on active duty for ten years as a Naval Aviator. I had a sense of fellowship that will never die, god bless to those whom I have served and lead. VP-17 from 1988-92, Executive Transport Dept., NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1992-95, and VPU-2 from 1995-97, currently a SELRES at VP-65. Please write, I would love to talk story..." [08APR98]


ZAGORODNEY, David david_zag@hotmail.com "...From 80-83 I was in VP-1, I then went to PMTC Point Mugu for three years. From 87 until 91 I was attached to VPU-2 Crews 12 and 14. My final P-3 time was back at NAWC Pt Mugu,CA where I left in 94. Like I said "I almost couldn't believe it when they told me we wouldn't be getting per diem the first time I got to Thailand on the ship". What kind of Navy is that surface Navy..."


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