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AURIEMMA, John jboy@gwi.net "...I served with VP-45 from 1971-1975, VP-30 from 1975-1977, ComFairKef from 1979-1981, VP-10 from 1982-1984, VT-28 from 1984-1986, ComFairKEF from 1987-1989, and NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1989-1992..." [21NOV2002]


BLACK, CDR Randal D. http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforCO.htm "...Commander Black graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following commissioning, he attended flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, earning his wings from VT-28 in March 1985. He attended P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron training with VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and remained in Jacksonville for his follow on assignment to the War Eagles of VP-16. While attached to VP-16, Commander Black deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda and conducted detached operations in Iceland, Scotland, Central Europe, South and Central America, the Azores and Eastern Mediterranean. In the summer of 1989, Commander Black was selected to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Upon graduation with Class 97, he reported to the Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate as a P-3 project officer. He was involved with P-3 avionics, ordnance and aircrew systems projects and was the primary project officer responsible for T-34C training and flight test. He earned a Master of Science degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee during this tour. In the fall of 1992, he reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Sea Duty Component, Dallas, Texas, and served as a Special Projects Officer. Commander Black was selected as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) in the fall of 1994 and reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Crystal City, Virginia as the AEDO Community Manager and Total Force Manpower Manager. During this tour, he worked jointly with the Bureau of Naval Personnel to implement the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act within NAVAIR for all military personnel. In November of 1997, Commander Black was assigned to the T-45/T-6A Program Office (PMA-273) and served as the Deputy Director for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) Integrated Test Team, responsible for the development and qualification of the T-6A aircraft. He served as the lead Navy representative on the U.S. Air Force-led program and had the privilege of teaming with the 418th Test Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, California, for this effort. He reported to VX-20, where he served as the Chief Test Pilot prior to assuming command in June 2002. Commander Black has over 3,700 hours in over 30 makes and models of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation and Meritorious Unit Commendation..." [17JUN2003]

BRUMMETT, CDR Joseph D. Jr. joebrumm@bellsouth.net Shipmate Pix "...I served with VT-28 (1971-1973) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, VP-47 (1973-1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California flying the P-3 with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan and NAS Agana, Guam, Officer Recruiter (1976-1979) at Navy Recruiting District Pittsburgh, PA and rransfered to Naval Reserves. Flew for Braniff for 18 months as a B727 Flight Engineer before layoff. December of 1980 hired by Eastern Airlines and flew B727 in addition to Flight Engineer on B727, L1011 and the A300 Airbus. In 1989 hired by American Airlines and again started out as a Flight Engineer ont he B727 but after six months transitioned to co-pilot on the B767/757 and later the B777. Flew International for the next 14 years. Finally made Captain on the B737 and retired May 2007. Currently playing a lot of golf in South Florida waiting for Grand Children from any of three children..." [PIX Updated 24MAR2014 | 03APR2013]


Memorial Picture "...CANTLEY, Aubrey...A very good friend of mine, Aubrey Cantley has his name posted on your website requesting buddies to get in contact with him. He was killed in a motorcycle accident on 5/16/2005, unfortunately. Blessings, Will Carson will.carson@rocketmail.com..." [20MAY2005]

CANTLEY, Aubrey (Deceased 16MAY2005) acantley@mindspring.com "...I served with VT-28 from October, 1967 to October 1969 in the Ordnance Shop. I would very much like to hear from anyone who served with VT-28 during this time..." [18FEB2004]

CONDREY, ADR3 Nathan W. nwcondre@aol.com "...Served with VP-23 from November 1967 to February 1970 then went to VT-28 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Remember, Bill Meyers, Jodi Arrington, Bob Hull and Billy Jo Brown. How about the fight song? Did two deployements to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and twice to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for "fun in the sun". Fond memories of LTjg Reynolds (Legal Officer). Didn't realize it then but the best time of my life. If any of you people still exist let me hear from you. I remember a lot more of you guys I just can't think of your names, but I can see your faces..." [15JUN2006]


Memorial Picture "...DAMISCH, LCDR Mark...Loss of a Shipmate - This is a short fused notice regarding the death on Sunday, October 12th, 2003 of Mark Damisch, LCDR, USNR. Mark had been practicing for an upcoming aeorbatic competition planned for next week in Warrenton, VA. No further reports regarding the cause of the crash. Mark's first tour was in a VP squadron from NAS Brunswick, Maine. He then reported to VT-28 as a flight instructor in 1992 where I first met him as the Commanding Officer of VT-28. He was an outstanding IP, first class gentlemen and sharp as a tack especially in software development and IT, which is the line of work he chose to pursue after leaving active duty. He worked for a small company here in the DC area. Mark was not married. Following active duty Mark affiliated with a VP reserve squadron up at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania but I am not sure which squadron. I am asking for any assistance one can provide me concerning getting the word out to some of his old Shipmates from NAS Brunswick, Maine, CCTX or the NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. I am particulary interested in anyone who might know a John Shannon (LT/LCDR not sure) who drilled with Mark up at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Please drop me an email if you can help. Thanks...CAPTAIN Tom Donovan, Retired tdonovan@caci.com [13OCT2003]

UPDATE "...A memorial service for Mark who formerly served in VP-10, VT-28 and VP-64 between the 1993-2003 timeframe will be held at the Navy Memorial on Penssylvania, Ave. on Saturday, 8 November 2003. Memorial will begin at 1100 EST. If you plan on attending please drop me an email so I can coordinate. Thanks...CAPTAIN Tom Donovan, Retired tdonovan@caci.com..." [22OCT2003]

DONOVAN, CAPTAIN Tom Retired tdorionp3@gmail.com "...I served with VT-1, VT-2 (1976-1978), VP-56 (1978-1981), VP-30 (1981-1984) deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and UNITAS, VPU-1 (1984-1986) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-6 (1986-1988) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Naval War College (1988-1990), United States Forces Japan 1990-1992) at Yakota AFB, VT-28 (1992-1994) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as XO and CO, CNO Staff in the Pentagon, Washington, DC (1994-1999) and retired. Currently working at the Autodesk, Inc. in Arlington VA..." [22FEB2015]


HARTSHORN, LCDR Steve burnman57@hotmail.com "...I served with VT-27, VT-28, VP-30, VP-8 from 1982-1985, VA-128 from 1985-1988, VP-93 from 1988-1992, NR NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1992-1994, and NAS Atlanta, Georgia 1994-1995. Left service as LCDR and took up job as Deputy Sheriff in Portland Oregon as to date. Miss the Navy, would like to hear from former squadron mates, and hi to all those I served with..." [21JUL2002]

HEILMAN, REAR ADMIRAL (Sel) Steve http://www.amdo.org/heilman.html "...Captain Heilman was born in Defiance, Ohio, and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He joined the Navy in 1969 after earning his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Drake University. He reported to Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida in April, 1970, and was commissioned #1 in his Class on 24 July, 1970. Following 16 weeks of additional training at the Aviation Maintenance Officers' School, NATTC Memphis, Tennessee, Captain Heilman reported to VP-56, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where he participated in the fleet introduction of the P-3C aircraft. After a squadron change of home port from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Captain Heilman accompanied VP-56 on deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In May, 1974, Captain Heilman was transferred to VT-28, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas where he managed the maintenance support effort for 47 TS-2A aircraft. In late 1975, the Navy introduced its new T-44A turboprop aircraft into the Training Command inventory. Captain Heilman assisted Training Airwing FOUR shift from a full organic support program on the TS-2A to full contract maintenance on the T-44A. From July, 1977 to September, 1979, Captain Heilman was assigned to Attack Squadron FIFTY-TWO, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He made two WESTPAC deployments with VA-52, embarked both times in USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). In October, 1979, Captain Heilman received orders to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Washington, D.C. He served as the first Assistant Program Manager (Logistics) for the Navy's new Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) Automatic Test Equipment. In December, 1982, Captain Heilman transferred to USS Ranger (CV-61) in San Diego, California as the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Production Officer. Eighteen months later he was selected for promotion into the CV-61 AIMD Officer Department Head billet. Captain Heilman made his third WESTPAC deployment with Ranger, and took his AIMD through a Complex Overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington. During his 42-month tour with the ship, Ranger's AIMD was awarded two consecutive COMNAVAIRPAC Black "E" Battle Efficiency Awards. In July, 1986, Captain Heilman reported to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C. for graduate-level training in Joint and Combined logistics operations and industrial mobilization planning. After graduation, he returned to NAVAIR to serve as Deputy Director of the Support Equipment Engineering Division. In November, 1988, Captain Heilman was nominated to be the Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) Detailer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, a position he held until October, 1990. On 15 October 1990 Captain Heilman returned for his third tour in NAVAIR, this time as the Deputy Director, Aviation Depot Business Planning Division (AIR-431). He left AIR-43 in April, 1992 moving up to serve as NAVAIR's Executive Director for Logistics and Fleet Support (AIR-04B). During this period, Captain Heilman was selected for a major command assignment. He received orders to the Naval Aviation Depot, Alameda, California in December, 1992 to serve as Executive Officer. Captain Heilman became Commanding Officer of NADEP Alameda in July, 1994. In 1995, NADEP Alameda was presented with the President's Federal Quality Award for Leadership and Management Excellence. Captain Heilman detached from NADEP Alameda in January, 1996 and reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head of Naval Aviation Maintenance Programs and Policy (N881), a position he held until October, 1997. In October, 1997 he left the CNO Staff to return, once again, to the Naval Air Systems Command where he currently serves as the Executive Director for Aviation Industrial Operations. Captain Heilman wears the Legion of Merit Award, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal and various unit awards and campaign ribbons..." [29JUN2003]

HENTZ, Jerry Retired janjer2@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VW-3 NAS Agana, Guam from 1952 to 1972, VP-4 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan) - VR-7 and VR-8 NAS Moffett Field, California, AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VT-28 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2 SD.CA./Vietnam). Retired from NAS North Island, San Diego, California (AIMD) 1972. I had a lot of great friends for that 20 years and only stayed in touch with a few. I would love to talk to any and all former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 07JUN2004 | Bio Updated 25MAY98 | 27FEB98]


KELLY, Bob bkelly@brokersys.com "...I served in VP-2 from September 1966 to July 1969. I joined the squadron on deployment in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and three days later went to Saigon to join Crew 11, Fred Miller was plane commander and Pete Soffman was co-pilot. I eventually served in the training comand as Instructor pilot in VT-28. Went from there to P.G. School and then to the USS Coral Sea CVA-43 first as Asst. Flight Deck Officer, then Hangar Deck Office, and after Port Call in Sasbo, Japan, Flight Deck Officer. I then served at the Human Resources Management Detachment at NAS Alameda, California, the Naval War College, VP-9 and finally NAS Moffett Field, California. I retired in October 1983. If any of you know the whereabouts of any of the VP-2 Shipmates contact me..." [15DEC99]


McLAUGHLIN, AT David Shipmate Pix...Circa 1995... skow1az2@qwest.net "...I served with ZX-11 (1957 to 1958), VW-13 (1959), VW-11 (1960 to 1961), VP-11 (1962 to 1963) and VT-28 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas (February 1963 to April 1966). I was an aircreman AT. I would like to hear from anyone who may remember serving with me..." [BIO/PIX Updated 23OCT2006 | 22OCT2006]

MILES, AE2 David L. woodworkerdave43@yahoo.com "...I attended AE "A" School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1961, VT-30 and VT-28 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas until 1965..." [31OCT2010]

MORALES, ADR3 Julio C. juliojolene@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-28 (02/1975-02/1978) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas..." [25SEP2011]


PETERSON, AEC Robert A. "Pete" (Alias "Chief Pete") Retired rappeterson@attbi.com "...Started my career in July 1965; VT-28 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, then on to VA-65, VA Beach. Spent 7 Months in the Tonkin Gulf in 1969 on board the USS Kitty Hawk. Moved on to greener pastures until November. 1974 and re-joined the Navy. Shipped out to VQ-2 in January 1975. Picked up for flight crew in June 1975. Was the first to be ELINT qualified in both the EA-3B and EP-3E. Crew 25 Mad Dogs, Riders of the sky! I gave up the back end for the front end in January 1979. FE school at NAS Jacksonville, Florida then on to Lovin Eleven (VP-11) in June 1980. Crew 5 with Jack Sell and then Jeff Langer. Geo Meeker, Charlie Dixon, Victor Barr, and Pat Dewitt were on that infamous crew. Moved on to ASW in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in December 1982. Back to VQ-2 April 1986; Finally, back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Force Warfare from 1989-1992, where I retired. Would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 21DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 10DEC2002 | 24JUN98]

POINDEXTER, Glenn D. gdpsr42@yahoo.com "...I served aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA34) between 1964-1966. I was in V-1 divison. I also served with VT-28 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas between 1962-1964..." [08JAN2003]

PRICE, CDR Dave R. https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil/vt-28/front.htm "...CDR Dave Price, a native of San Jose, CA, is a 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Following primary flight training in Pensacola, FL, and advanced maritime training with the Rangers of VT-28 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1987. He then reported to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida for patrol plane pilot training in the P-3C Orion. CDR Price's operational flying tours include as a junior officer with the VP-16 War Eagles in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, from 1987-1990 where he qualified as a Patrol Plane Mission Commander and instructor pilot, and as a department head with the VP-5 Mad Foxes from 1996-98, also NAS Jacksonville, Florida. His department head tour included duty as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, detachment officer-in-charge in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He has made VP deployments throughout the Atlantic and European theaters including: NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; and NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. CDR Price served in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN from 1993-95 as a Tactical Action Officer and Anti-Surface Warfare Officer, and finished his afloat tour as the Combat Direction Center Officer. He deployed twice to the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf with the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Battle Group in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch. CDR Price's shore assignments include duty as the Maintenance/Logistics Officer on the staff of CPRW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and a short tour as the Public Affairs Officer of NAS Alameda, California. The remainder of his ashore time included student tours at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He holds an MS in Astronautical Engineering and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies. While a student at NPS, he was selected as a research associate in the Systems Analysis Branch at NASA's Ames Research Center where he designed a hypersonic deck-launched interceptor. He is a designated subspecialist in space systems engineering. CDR Price's awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (3) and Navy Achievement Medal (2) in addition to various service and unit awards..." [05JUL2003]


RAGONE, Daniel ragone767@aol.com "...I served VP-50 from mid 1990 till early 1992. I was the Public Affairs Officer, and Assistant Training Officer and most proudly 3p, 2p and finally PPC of various crews. I started off with CAC-7 which unfortunately was involved in the midair off the coast of San Diego with CAC-2 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). As one of the newest members of the crew, I was being alternated in on various missions with different crews, and missed the fateful mission on that day. I often think of my lost comrades, and regret their passing. From VP-50, I was assigned to VP-47 where I served as PPC/MC on CAC-3 with the best crew a pilot could wish to have. In VP-47 I was initially assigned as First Lt. Div officer, then as Quality Assurance Division Officer. From there I instructed with VT-28, and finally with the Instructor Training Unit in Wing Four, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. I have since separated from the Navy, and now fly the friendly skies with United Airlines as first officer on the 767/757 aircraft based in Los Angeles, Ca. I recognize a few names from the list of participants on this web site, and am happy to see you are all doing well. Take Care..." [14MAR2002]

RAY, Jeff jray23@compuserve.com "...VP-5 crews 3, 9, and 1 from Jul 89 to Jul 92. VT-31 for 10 months in T-44s. Not enough flying to suit my needs so I switched to VT-28 and banged out enough FAM hops to land my current job at United Airlines. Been here since APR 95. Currently flying the French "Fifi-jet," aka Airbus A319s and A320s. Sorry folks, but this beats the hell out of OREs, PLEs and MREs anyday. However, the best layovers in the world can be had on DET anytime. I'll never forget them. Thanks, guys. E-mail me..." [02NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...ROGERS, George A. Jr...George A. Rogers Jr. passed away on July 12, 2009 after a valiant 6 month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was preceded in death by Roma, his wife of 51 years, in November, 2008. He is survived by his 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Mike (Lynn) of Jacksonville, Steve (Wendy) of Tallahassee and Doug (Anne) of Pensacola and 7 grandchildren. In addition he will be missed by his brother, Chuck and sister, Joanna, his Aunt Bonnie, and sisters-in-law, Sandra, Sylvia and Wanda.George Rogers was born on March 2, 1936 in Genoa, Nebraska the oldest child of George and Virginia Rogers. Raised in Lincoln, he played the sousaphone and bass in high school and earned recognition as an Eagle Scout. He married his best friend and sweetheart, Roma, in November, 1957 thus beginning a lifelong adventure together. In 1958 he graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a commission as an Ensign in the US Navy. After flight school, where he earned his wings as a naval aviator, he served his country for 26 years earning numerous personal commendations including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, along with numerous unit commendations. His career included tours with VP-4 (1961-64) and VP-19, an instructor tour with VT-28 and assignments onboard the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Saratoga with deployments to Vietnam, Japan and the Mediterranean. Following a final assignment to the Chief of Naval Education and Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida he retired from the Navy in 1984. He than began a 15 year second career with the City of Pensacola as the Administrator of the Inspections Services Department ensuring public safety through code enforcement, licensing and building inspections. He was appointed by Florida Governor Lawton Chiles to the Governor's board for code enforcement, development and training. For many years he served on the board, and as the President, of the Building Officials Association of Florida. Up until his illness he served as a continuing education instructor throughout the state of Florida. Following retirement from the city he couldn't sit still and began working for the University of Florida as an agent of the local extension office where he developed a passion for windstorm mitigation, green building and emergency preparedness. His work has been instrumental in the development of BRACE, a preparedness program that was recently briefed to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Administration for possible national implementation. In addition to his many career interests George was a general aviation pilot and passionate golfer. He was a member and officer in many local civic and professional organizations including Pensacola Kiwanis Club, Pensacola Navy Flying Club, Order of Daedalians, Children's Home Society, Toastmasters International, Community Emergency Response Team and the Boy's Club of America. As a resident of Pensacola for over 30 years he loved the area and its people and wanted to be remembered for his contributions to the community and its citizens. He has directed the establishment of an Eagle Scout College Scholarship in his name to be awarded annually to a deserving college bound high school senior. A memorial service in his honor will be held onboard NAS Pensacola at the Naval Aviation Chapel on July 20th at 2:00pm. A reception will follow at the A.C. Read Golf Course Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in his name to Covenant Hospice of Northwest Florida (http://www.covenanthospice.org/) or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (http://www.pancan.org/)..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [19JUL2009]


SESSOMS, AMHAN Thomas tessoms@comcast.com "...I served with VT-28 (August 1969 to December 1970)..." [04JUL2011]

SPAULDING, CAPTAIN Gerry Retired gerkar@comcast.net "...I served with VT-3 from 1969 to 1971, VP-17 from 1972 to 1975 (has a pretty good informal comm network established), VP-23 from 1980 to 1982 (have heard little from Shipmates), VT-28 from 1983 to 1985 (would love to hear from any of the guys and gals who made life so pleasant for me when I was XO/CO). Looking forwarding to hearing from anyone interested in catching up..." Personal WebSite: http://ghspaulding.com/VP-17homepage.htm [E-Mail Updated 29JAN2010 | Updated 03JAN2003 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC2001 | 14JAN2000]

STEEN, Jack jsteen@wzrd.com "...I was at ATU-611 from October 1958 then VT-28 left August 1960. Interested to hear from old squadron mates..." [21AUG99]


THELEN, Kent C. KAThelen@peoplepc.com "...I completed pilot training with VT-27 and VT-31, went through the rag at VP-31. I joined VP-22 as they began their deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in November of 85. I served 3 full deployments (two to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and one in NAS Adak, Alaska I served on many crews, but the most memorable were CAC 6, in 85-86 as 3P (I learned a lot about the Navy from PPC/MC Rusty Cottrell & 2P Kirk Pointer) and CAC acey-deucey as PPC/MC during the 88/89 deployment. I'd love to hear from any Shipmates!..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2000 | BIO Updated 24JUL2000 | 03MAY98]


VISNAW, AK Bill onontda@comcast.net "...I served with ATU-611 through it redesignation to VT-28 from 1959 to 1962. I worked as a AK in supply and a part time crew member..." [05NOV2009]


WRIGHT, David uapilot@hotmail.com "...Trained in VT-27 circa 1985-1986, VT-28 circa 1986, and VP-30 RAG in 1987. Joined VP-11 in February 1987 and immediately was sent to that winter resort otherwise called SERE school by the training officer, LT Billy Barnes. Joined CAC-3 under Brian "Frog" McDonald who was replaced by Steve Culpepper a few months after I joined the crew. Mark "Bomber" Branstrom was my 2P, Dave "Lee Harvey" Oswald was my NAVCOM, Mike Leary my TACCO, Rob Webster my FE, AW Savage, Martinez, AO Larson....that is all I can remember. I then joined CAC-6 after my Rota/Lajes vacation in 1987-88 and served as 2P under Bomber. On CAC-6 Shemp crew, I was flying with Tom "golden boy" Reck, AD Mathy, AMS Latour, Dave Doxey and some guy as TACCO...I think he was OPSO too...as well as PPC Bomber Branstrom. Ascended to PPC of CAC-6 for a precious few months before being back stabbed out just before the drawdown "rightsizing" bloodbath in 1990 that left alot of fine people out in the cold at the hands of a few power seekers. (Hi Tony R. and Pete S....not Pete Scott). That bitter taste will never leave my mouth. Ground jobs were TAD Officer, CSM Officer (Adrienne marks where are you?), AE Branch and finally QAO. Left VP-11 in 1990 and became an instructor in VT-27...dodging death daily. Left the Navy in 1993 actively and 1996 reserve-wise. Now fly as a Captain with United Airlines on the illustrious 737 in Chicago's O'Hare and never looking back although there were alot of tremendous people, mostly enlisted, that I will remember forever. Cheers All!..." [06APR2001]


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