VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
VPNAVY Address

ShipmateVPU-1 ShipmatesShipmate

AIELLO, ATC Bob Retired bafalo@aol.com "...From 1963 to 1965 I served at the Midway Island Detachemnt of AEWBarRonPac. I was there for the disestablishment of the Barrier Squadrons. In 1972 after waiting for a year at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was assigned to FAW-5 Special Projects (original VPU-1). At that time Special Projects was made up of 3 Officers and 6 Enlisted. They were all stationed in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. In 1972 I joined them formally in FAW-5. Our aircraft were attached to VP-8 (3 of them). Duriong my tour of duty I was chosen to go to NAS Alameda, California to accept and design to new aircraft (1975). Our earlier a/c had been declared non-safe for military operations due to excessive corrosion. I and a Civil Service Engineer spent almost a year of rotationg in and out of NAS Alameda, California. We had a free hand in the designing of the internal electronics necessary for the operations of Special Projects. I was awarded a Naval Acheviement Medal for this accomplishemnt. A plague was installed on the bathroom door of our original aircraft P-3B BUNO 153450 with both our names on it. It was during 1975/76 that I came up with the name Old Buzzards which was adopted as the Special Projects name (spinoff of Old Crows). I hope someone reading this would try to contact me and invite me to the present squadron VPU-1. Both I and D. Moyers would be interested in touring the present aircraft used..." [18MAY2005]

BEVIS, AMSC Mark Retired mbevis@san.rr.com "...I served with VPU-1 (1977-1980), VXN-8 (1981 to 1984) and HSL squadrons at NAS North Island, San Diego, California until retirement..." [06JAN2011]

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]

BOUDREAU, AMS1(NAC/EAWS) Dennis R. "Bou" Retired kathyandbou@gwi.net "...I served with VP-10 (1968-1977), VP-23 (1977-1980), VP-44 (1980-1982), NAS Brunswick, Maine (1982-1983), VPU-1 (1983-1986) and retired. I went to work at NAS Brunswick, Maine and retired in 2009. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 22MAY2012 | E-Mail Updated 14NOV2004 | E-Mail Updated 11OCT99 | 30JUN98]

BOWERS, ATC Dale Retired Gdbowers1@aol.com "...Stationed at Naval Air Development Center 72-75, VP-23 IFT CAC-9 75-79, VPU-1 83-87 retired 90. My years as a flyer were the best. Will never forget the "Hurrivac to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal in 75. Would like to hear from any Shipmates..." [08APR2001]

BRADLEY, John "Breeze" johnmaryann7@verizon.net "...I served with VPU-1 (1978-1986). Bill Dickson was my mentor. Would like to hear from the old old Buzzards. I'd love to go flying again with Salty and Marvin and Marty and Scribes and Barry and Ivan and Rocky and all my groundpounders..." [E-Mail Updated 19JAN2015 | E-Mail Updated 09AUG2009 | 05JAN98]

BRENNOCK, CAPTAIN Daniel J. http://www.nsnpt.navy.mil/Code00/011/news_releases/2001/May/Naval%20Education%20and%20Training%20Center%20to%20Change%20Command%20.htm "...Captain Daniel J. Brennock, USN, will relieve Captain Patricia A. Drislane, USN, as the Commanding Officer of Naval Education and Training Center on Friday, June 1 at 1 p.m. in Captain Howard Kay Hall. Captain Brennock, a native of Cohasset, Mass., attended Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He entered the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and was commissioned an ensign in May 1973. After designation as a Naval Aviator in June 1974, he reported to in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Brennock was then assigned to VP-30 where he served as an Instructor Pilot, Flight Engineer Division/Training Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. In 1981 he reported to VPU-1 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Captain Brennock attended the Naval Command and Staff College at the Naval War College from August 1983 through June 1984. Returning to NAS Brunswick, Maine in November 1984, he reported to VP-10 and served as Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer while deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his next deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Captain Brennock was the Officer in Charge of the Squadron's Azores detachment. In 1987, Captain Brennock served on the staff of CPW-5 as the Logistics/Maintenance Officer before reporting for his command tour with the "Skinny Dragons" of VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1988. Captain Brennock reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in 1990 as Branch Head for Antisubmarine Warfare Long Range Planning and Analysis and as the Joint Mission Area Analyst for Strategic Deterrence. Captain Brennock then returned to the Naval War College in Newport as the Deputy Dean for the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. In his capacity as Deputy Dean, he was Navy's course director for the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course. Captain Brennock most recently served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and Professor of Naval Science at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. In addition to his undergraduate degree in economics, Captain Brennock holds a Master of Arts degree in business from Central Michigan University and most recently earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College in 1994. Captain Brennock has earned three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and various other unit and individual awards. Captain Drislane, a native of Albany, N.Y., will assume duties as the Commander, Western Sector Military Entrance Processing Command in Denver, Col. A 1975 graduate of the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Captain Drislane has served as the Commanding Officer of NETC since April 1999, when she was promoted from the Executive Officer position. She also served as the 24th Director of the Officer Candidate School in Newport from January 1992 to September 1993..." [27JUN2003]

BREWER, ATC(AW/NAC) Gary brew@javanet.com "...I served in VQ-1 from 82-85 and again from 88-91. Currently at VPU-1 but plan to transfer to NTTC Corry Station in JUL 98. Interested in hearing from fellow VQ'rs..." [11MAY98]

BYRNE, PH2 Jennifer jbyrne@vinson.navy.mil "...I served with VPU-1 from 1993-1994, then moved over to VP-23 from 1994-decom, and finally over to VP-10 from 1995-1998. I made some very good friends while in the VP community, unfortunatly have lost touch with alot of them. I am currently on board the USS Carl Vinson, and have just returned from the Arabian Gulf doing our part for Operation Enduring Freedom. It was a photographers dream! Hopefully I can get in touch with old friends, Justin Boden, Zo, Buffy, Kurt Evans, Dave Madsen, and anyone else that frequented Joshuas during that time frame..." [13APR2002]

CANNON, CDR Sean http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/front.htm "...Commander Cannon graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1986 and earned Naval Aviator designation in 1988. Following initial P-3C Orion training, he reported to VP-24 for Cold War anti-submarine warfare deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In 1995, Commander Cannon reported to Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group TWO embarked in USS George Washington (CVN 73). As Assistant Air Operations Officer and Flag Tactical Action Officer, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Commander Cannon joined VPU-1 in 1997, serving as Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer and leading operational detachments to each of the geographical combatant commanders' areas of responsibility in support of national and theater requirements. Ashore, Commander Cannon served as the alternate COMNAVAIRLANT P-3 NATOPS Evaluator as a lieutenant at VP-30. Following his Aviation Department Head tour, he earned a Master of Arts at the Naval War College with additional research and analysis as a CNO Strategic Studies Group Associate Fellow. Ordered to the Joint Staff in 2000, Commander Cannon served in the Reconnaissance Operations Division in the Operations Directorate (J-3) and in the Chairman's Strategic Planning Cell subsequent to the commencement of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following detachment from the Joint Staff in July 2002, Commander Cannon reported to CPRW-11 and served as Chief Staff Officer prior to joining VP-5 in May of 2003. Commander Cannon assumed command of VP-5 in April 2004..." [18MAR2005]

CHAMBERS, ATC (AW/NAC) Kevin krccham@ziplink.net "...First tour with VP-11 87-91 as an IFT, then to VPU-1 91-95. Currently attached to BUPERS SDC..." [28FEB98]

CLINGENPEEL, IS3 Kevin tkevinc@aol.com "...I served in VPU-1, NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1989 to 1991 as an Intelligence Specialist. Just wanted to let all the Old Buzzards know that I'm currently living in Charlotte, NC and my number is in the phone book. Anyone passing through feel free to give me a call if you need any help or just want to swap war stories..." [19NOV2004]

CORBETT, ATCS Kevin J. Shipmate Pix http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforCSC.htm "...After completing recruit training at Great Lakes, Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (Air Warfare/Naval Aircrewman) Kevin J. Corbett attended Avionics "A" school and the Advanced First Term Avionics Course at NATTC Millington, Tennessee where he was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. In May 1988, Senior Chief Corbett reported to NAS Pensacola, Floridaa where he completed the Naval Aircrewman Candidate School and Electronic Warfare "C" school. In November 1988, he completed SERE school in NAS Brunswick, Maine and proceeded to the Fleet. His first operational squadron was VQ-2 in NS Rota, Spain. While assigned to the "Rangers", he was designated a Naval Aircrewman and a "BIG LOOK" electronic warfare operator. He deployed to Athens, Greece; Souda Bay, Crete; and NSA Bahrain where he flew combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. He was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. In January 1992, it was back to Millington for the Navy's most challenging avionics school, AVI-C7 school. Upon graduation from C-7, he continued on to instructor school. After completing ten months of school in Millington, Senior Chief Corbett went back to NS Rota, Spain for another tour in VQ-2 this time as an instructor. During this tour he trained officers and enlisted in the highly specialized EP-3E reconnaissance mission. He also developed curriculum for, and helped stand up the VQ Fleet Operator School at FASODET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He was designated an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Master Training Specialist. He was advanced to Petty Officer First Class. Senior Chief Corbett's next sea duty assignment was with VPU-1. Shortly after reporting to the "The Old Buzzards," he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. He served as the Configurations CPO and as the AV/ARM Division CPO. He deployed to every operating region around the world. Once again flying combat missions both in the air campaign over Bosnia and in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. In August of 2002, Senior Chief Corbett transferred to VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he now serves as the Command Senior Chief. Senior Chief Corbett's military decorations include the Air Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit/campaign awards and service medals..." [19APR2005]

COULTAS, ADC Steven R. Retired stedeb@frontier.com "...I served with RTC, VT-21, VA-65, VP-30, VP-44, VX-1, VP-26 (SP), VPU-1, CPWL and retired..." [E-Mail Updated 06JUN2011 | 16MAR98]

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]

EAST, Don C. Retired creekstreefarms2@yahoo.com "...To VQ-2 for Junior Officer tour in 1968. Flew in EA-3B and EC-121M as EW Evaluator and ground job was EW Analysis DivOff with all the CTs. Spent lots of time at NS Rota, Spain and other sites with VQ folks from 1975-79 when I was OIC of VPU-1 (Spec. Proj.) based at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Went back to VQ-2 for X.O./C.O. tour in 1981 and departed in 1983. While in this tour, flew in Both EA-3B and EP-3E as EW Evaluator. Some of best troops in USN were in VQ business and it was the highlight of my 36 year Navy career to work with them. Wrote history of VQ-1 and VQ-2 for "The Hook" magazine in 1985 and is now on file at Naval History Museum at Navy Yard in D.C. Was always disappointed that we had to do the Navy's most important job with second hand equipment - but by God we still got the job done!..." [05NOV2002]

ELLIOTT, Ernie JUMBOEE@AOL.COM "...I was an AT2 in VP-49 from May 1982 through July 1985. I went to VP-30, and later to VP-16. Currently in VPU-1. Really miss some of those old days. Please drop me a line..." [05DEC99]

EMMONS, AK Sharon "Stewart" sharonlemmons@gmail.com "...I served with VPU-1 (10/1988-06/1992) and NAS Brunswick, Maine (06/1992-06/1994). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11AUG2016]

EUBANKS, Stephen (Cotton) sigmili123@yahoo.com.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1977 to 1981. I was a pround member of Crew 12 "World reknowned Dirt Balls" with Ray R. Davis, Pat Thinnes (FE), Randy Jones "Jonesie", PPC "Ski" Malanowski, AO Harry Walters, LT Jennings, and Buck Buckingham. I also served with Crew 4 "Wild Wild West Show" with Rex Wilde, Tim Cook, Marc (I can't remember his last name but remember his kick boxing lesson at NSF Diego Garcia). I remember the huts in NSF Diego Garcia, liberty in the PI and VP Alley. Coming down from Marilyns number 1 c********er with Billy Bowman and Rex Wilde in a jeepney and we paid the driver 5 pesos to get us to the main gate in 5 minutes. What a ride. I have my mumbles qual, balut qual and Crew 12 initiation. I remember CDR West saying after the Chiefs run up Gordon. "You know Eubanks I was doing pretty well until some SOB stepped on my knuckels." Well I could go on forever drop me a line if you remember me. Also served with PMTC 81-84, VPU-1 84-89 and NADC 89-93. Best times of my life were spent in the PI and Andoya. YOOOOo Adreinne! Would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 20MAR2005 | 02JUN2003]

FORD, AE3 Scot scotford6687@comcast.net "...I served with VT-4 (1980-1982), AE-A School at NAS Millington, Tennessee (1982-1983), P-3 Indoc School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VPU-1 (1983-1986). Attended Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (1986-1988), United Airlines (1988-1990) as an R&E Technician, USAirways (1990-2009) as a Avionics tech/mechanic, Federal Aviation Administration as a ATSS Specialists and retiring June 2023. I played hockey with from VP-23 and VP-8 from 1983-1986. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26DEC2022]

GRUMBOSKI, Jeff gumbi17@hotmail.com "...I was an FE in VP-26 from 1994-1998, I transfered from there to VPU-1..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUN2000 | 00DEC96]

HIGH, CAPTAIN R. http://www.ku.edu/~kunrotc/about/co.htm "...Captain High, originally from Plainville, Kansas, enlisted in the Navy's Nuclear Power Program in March 1971. Upon completion of nuclear training, he was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education program in April 1973. He received his commission in June 1976 following graduation from the University of Louisville, where he earned a B.S. in Mathematics. Upon completion of flight training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1977. In January 1978 he reported to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaiii, where he served as the Educational Assistance Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and the Pilot Training Officer, and made deployments to NAS Agana, Guam; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NSF Diego Garcia. Captain High qualified as Patrol Plane Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3B MOD aircraft. In March 1981 Captain High reported to the Naval Recruiting District in Denver, Colorado, and was assigned as the Nuclear Engineering Officer Programs Recruiter and T-34B demonstration pilot. While there, he was selected as Recruiting Area SEVEN's National Recruiter of the Year for FY 83 in January 1984. Captain High was assigned to VPU-1 NAS Brunswick, Maine, in July 1984 where he served as the Administrative Officer. In August 1986 he reported to the staff of CPW-5 as the Mission Control and Evaluation Officer. Captain High joined the Seahawks of VP-23 in July 1988. He served as the CTG 67.2 Operations Officer and Officer-in-Charge of the Lajes detachment during a deployment to NS Rota, Spain - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Following deployment, he was assigned as the Maintenance Officer, serving through the first simultaneous deployment to NAS Bermuda; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and UNITAS XXXI. Captain High then attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he received his Master's Degree. In May 1992 he reported to VP-8 as Executive Officer and served as Commanding Officer from June 1993 to June 1994. During this tour, VP-8 received the CINCLANTFLEET Golden Anchor Retention Award. Following his CO tour, Captain High completed a Joint Duty assignment at United States Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from July 1994 until May 1997. He was initially assigned as the Head of the Space Systems Branch for Space Launch, responsible for acquisition of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, within the Plans and Policy Directorate and completed this tour as the Navy Element Commander for the Manpower and Personnel Directorate. In June 1997, Captain High reported to CPRW-11 as the Chief Staff Officer. In June 2000, Captain High reported to NAF Misawa, Japan, as Commanding Officer. Captain High's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars, and Humanitarian Service Medal..." [14MAR2005]

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]

KELLY, JOHN "MEAT" AND MARY "IDLER" jfkiii@gateway.net "...SERVED VQ-1 (89-92) VPU-1 (93-96) STATIONED AT NAS OCEANA VA. VF-101. GIVE US A HOLLER! HARD CORE 34..." [23JUL98]

LANDIS, ATCS Kevin Retired kslandis@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-4 from October 1982 to April 1984, VP-6 from April 1984 to October 1985, Naval Air Development Center from September 1986 to December 1989, VPU-1 from January 1990 to September 1994, NAS Point Mugu, California from September 1994 to November 1997, got lost on the USS Nimitz from November 1997 to November 2000, and glad to say returned to flying at Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron NAS Point Mugu, California from December 2000 to December 2003. Seems I didn't have enough of P-3's, so now I'm retired and working as a contractor for PMA-290 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUN2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29APR2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 01MAR2001 | 29FEB2001]

LANGLEY, F. Michael (Mike) TLRGROUP@aol.com "...VP-23 1977-1980, VPU-1 1982-1984, and VP-68 1984-1991. Lovin life in South Florida. Playin lots of golf. PPC/MC of Crew 1 VP-23 CAPT USNR now. Retiring this year. Would love to hear from squadron mates anytime..." [30JUL99]

LAWSON, Richard G. rickandjen@kycom.net "...I served with VPU-1 Special Projects in NAS Brunswick, Maine. I read the article's about my old squadron, without going into any DETAILS we did alot of missions and had some very nervy situations. I would like to have my name listed on the Shipmates directory in case some of my "OLD BUZZARDS" would like to get in touch with me. BTW - I am now a SGT in the Harrodsburg Police Department (Harrodsburg, KY). Thank you..." [09SEP99]


LING, Brian addednu@gmail.com "...I served with VPU-1 (1992-1997) and currently serving with the Air Force Reserve as an Air Reserve Technician (ART) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah..." [29OCT2016]

LOVETT, AK1 Bruce ecurb54@twc.com "...I served with VPU-1 (1979-1985). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [17JUL2015]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...MACK, Donald F...It is with a heavy heart that I share the news from our family of Don Mack's passing this morning. He fought the hard battle of cancer to his last breath to win the fight and ring the victory bell. Riordan and I were at his bedside watching him be at peace with his going knowing bells were being rung as he was piped above for his final tour. Friend, Husband, Father, Grandfather Don leaves behind a legacy of pride with his two children daughter Briana and her husband Ryan, son Riordan and three grandchildren Keelan, Declan and Ashlan - our leap year baby born on Feb 29th. His love of adventure and serving in the Navy around the world on the P3 platform as aircrew EWOP with VP-4, VP-30, VP-22, VQ-2 and VPU-1 from 1974-1994 giving him what he always said was the best job anyone could have. Following Navy retirement, Don worked for the USPS for 24 years before retiring this past November due to his cancer. Always involved with anything Disney, poker games, coin collecting, puzzles/codes/cyphers, traveling and for the last 18 months remodeling his home in Venice while going through chemotherapy. He wanted me tell all the stubborn males reading this and you know who you are to get a colonoscopy once you hit 60 or earlier. Don't put it off your family will thank you for it..." Contributed by Debbie Mack and forwarded by Tim unclemtb@gmail.com [02APR2020]

MACK, Donald F. MAILMANMACK@MSN.COM "...I was a member of the Blue Goose Squadron (VP-22) Crew 12 the porkers from 1975 - 1977, also with the Sandiman (VQ-2) from 1982 - 1988 and 1991 - 1994, and with projects VPU-1. It was an enjoyable and rewarding time with the ORION..." [10OCT2002]

MAINS, Doug dmains@hsc.unt.edu "...I served with VP-26 Special Projects from 1976 to 1978 before it was desginated VPU-1 . I would like to hear from fellow "Old Buzzards" and swap some sea stories..." {E-Mail Updated 13JUL98]

MATTOX, ATC (AW/NAC/MTS) Ben "Zappa Jr." Retired bemattox@gmail.com "...I served with VP-22 (1977-1980), NAS Moffett Field, California AIMD (1980-1983), VAQ-33 (1983-1986) at NAS Key West, Florida (IFT), VPU-1 (1986-1989), VR-22 (1989-1992) at NS Rota, Spain and NAval Air Maintenance TRAining GRoup DETachment (NAMTRAGRUDET) (1992-1995) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida until Retirement. Check me out on Facebook-Ben Mattox and LinkedIn-Benjamin Mattox..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02DEC2013 | E-Mail Updated 03FEB99 | 07JUN98]

MCCANN, Thomas (T.J.) Retired papavwson@aol.com "...Retired 1991, started out in helos (HC-4, HSL-30, HSL-32). Then got smart and went to VP (VP-30, VP-17, VPU-1) with a tour of Service School Command and finished with a tour as a SERE instructor at NAS Brunswick, Maine (yes it was a lot of fun being an instructor, not the student part!!!!) Love to hear from fellow Shipmates I have served with..." [12AUG2004]

McDORR, AD1 Rose (Fleer) e6fltengineer@aol.com "...My best tour was serving with my fellow Shipmates at VPU-1. I am now a Flight Engineer on the E-6B Mercury at Tinker AFB. Great times and good fun, keep in touch!..." [19MAR2004]

Memorial Picture "...McINNIS, Rick D...With regret I pass on the following message: From: "McInnis, Rick D." RickM@CONDORSYS.com - To: "'clint epley'" <epley@gvtc.com - Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 2:22 PM - Subject: LCDR Ernie Harris Memorial Service - Hi Clint, I received a call this week end from Hugh Bailey and learned that Ernie Harris (VQ-2/VAQ/VPU-1) had recently passed away. His wife Sarah will be hosting a reception at Forest Methodist Church in Centerville, VA on 4 December from 7-9 PM. There will be a memorial service on 5 December, 1100 at Fort Myers, Old Post Chapel in Arlington, VA. You can reach Sarah at 703-715-9423 for more details. Ernie battled Alzheimer's disease the last few years while he was working at GRCI (now Titan) in McLean, VA. Please help pass the word to our VQ/VAQ and VPU community. Perhaps someone has the email address for Ernie's past skippers, Don East and Ivan Hughes. Thanks, Rick McInnis..." Contributed by Mel Davidow meldavidow@earthlink.net..." [03DEC2002]

McKAY, ATCS Jim jamesamckay@worldnet.att.net "...Was in VXN-8 from 1992 till decom in 1993. Served in VQ-1 (88-92) VXN-8 (92-93), VPU-1 (93-97), USNA Company Chief (97-99), and now out of Texas. Glad to see some names of some old Shipmates. Take care..." [12FEB2002]

McMASTER, Donald Retired dmcmaster@maine.rr.com "...I served with VP-8 (1974-1976), CPW-5 (1976-1978), VPU-1 (1978-1983), AW "A" School (1983-1986), VP-44 (1986-1990) where I retired. I still live in Maine with my wife and 4 year old daughter. Would like to hear from any old Shipmates that remember me and the good times..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 23MAR2006 | 08FEB2002]

MEHRINGER, CAPTAIN Thomas R. http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/co1.htm "...Captain Thomas R. Mehringer was born in Waco, Texas in May 1958. A graduate of University of Oregon, he received his commission in 1981 through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program. Captain Mehringer completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1982. After transition training for the P-3 Orion, Captain Mehringer reported to VP-19 stationed in NAS Moffett Field, California in December 1982. He participated in VP-19 "Big Red" deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. In May 1985, Captain Mehringer transferred to VP-31 (West Coast P-3 FRS) where he served as the Pilot Training Officer and was qualified as an Instructor Pilot in all models of the P-3 aircraft. In January 1989, Captain Mehringer reported to VPU-1. While attached, VPU-1 completed numerous detachments in support of fleet operations including Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In July 1991, Captain Mehringer reported to Montgomery, Alabama, and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I at the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College. Following P-3 refresher training, Captain Mehringer reported to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine in January 1993. He served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In November 1994, Captain Mehringer was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Officer Performance Division (PERS-82). Captain Mehringer reported as Executive Officer on 20 June 1996 and assumed duties as Commanding Officer VT-31 on 30 May 1997. During his Command tour, VT-31 successfully integrated a new multi-engine training aircraft (TC-12B) and flew more than 43,600 mishap free hours. In March 1998, VT-31 was awarded the prestigious Chief of Naval Air Training, Training Excellence Award. After VT-31, Captain Mehringer reported to NAVAIR, PMA-290 as the Assistant Program Manager P-3 Logistics in June 1998 and transitioned to Deputy Program Manager P-3C Update III in March 2000. Captain Mehringer reported as Executive Officer VX-1 on 29 October 2001. On April 4, 2003, Captain Mehringer assumed command of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One. Captain Mehringer's awards include Meritorious Service Medals, a Strike/Flight Air Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievements and various other unit and national campaign awards..." [12JUN2003]

MEYERS, Eric R. eric.r.meyers@gmail.com "...I served only in VPU-1 from June 1982 until May 1986. Following the AFTA schools and P-3 Orion IFT Training. I was the first junior aircrewman assigned to The Association of Old Buzzards. So I'm the first Young-Old Buzzard, along with Paul Yuknis who came in shortly after me. Following my enlistment, I went to Penn State University to get an Electrical Engineering degree and I'm now a Systems Engineer. I've worked on Airplanes, Torpedos, Submarines and Surface ships. And on Ras Tanura, a Saudi Arabian Oil Port, Port Control Center. In 2000, I became V.P. of IT Systems for a small business in Halifax, PA. I have two lovely young daughters who are doing great in church and in school. I now just do Research and Development of solutions with Linux-based Computer Systems for Home and Small Business purposes. God bless my Old Buzzard friends from way back..." [22DEC2009]

MOORE, ATCS(NAC) William F. "Bill" Retired oldwrestler@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-6 (December 1976 to July 1981), NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee AVA Instructor (October 1981 to October 1984), VPU-1 (November 1984 to October 1989), VP-31 (November 1989 to October 1992), VP-46 (Oceober 1992 to December 1995) and retired after returing from NSF Diego Garcia. I now reside in Monmouth, ME. I would like to hear from anyone who may have any pictures of my reitrement ceremony in November 1995 (no pictures were ever provide by the squadron). I would also like to hear from all Shipmates from any of the outfits I was stationed at. My oldest son is currently serving with VP-10 as NAVCOM LT(jg) and my youngest just completed ARMY MP school and is haeding to South Korea in February 2009..." [19JAN2009]

MOULIN, AWC "Dick" Retired rmoulin@ctel.net "...VP-18, VP-8, VPU-1, Special Projects, NATC ASW Test, CPWL, Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5), FAETUPAC NAS Whidbey Island, Washington-- Retired '80, 5600 P-3 Flight hrs, 2024 P2 Flight hrs. Qualified Aircrew P2/P3/WV-1/F3D/F4H -- and got 1 ride in a blimp just before it decomissioned. Duty Assignments: - NAS Glynco, Georgia/USNAVCIC Scol, '60-'62 - USS Saratoga, VA-36 Roadrunners, Cuban crisis ' '62, Med '63 - USS Enterprise, VA-66, Med '64, Operation Sea Orbit '64 - VP-18 Crew 7&1, (Roos Rds/ NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba/DOMREP), '65-'67 - FAETUPAC NAS Whidbey Island, Washington '68-'70 Weapons System Test (WST) & Non-Acoustic Instructor - VP-8 '70-'74, SS1, Crew 12, "The Tale of the Tiger" - Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) Special Projects (Old Buzzards), '74-'75. Senior Acoustic Inel Analyst/Operator - Naval Air Test Center, ASW Directorate, P-3 Test. Acoustic Projects Test Chief, P-3 Skeds Officer '75-'78...Tech Evals; AQA-7 (3V), P-3 Super B, P3C UD1, 2, 2.5, UYS-1, SLOT, SS Operator interactive displays. Flight Evals; Super B, UD 1, 2, 2.5, UYS-1, IRDS. Omega Nav, Interactive Displays, TSCCS, Link 11. Factory Acceptance: IRDS, UD 2.5, 14B44, UYS-1. (Yep, you can blame most of the things used in current P-3's on me and the other guys at NATC/ASW/P-3 Test in the late '70's). - Special Projects (Old Buzzards) Senior Acoustic Operator '78-'80 - Retired 1980 -Vitro Corp, SOS Bath, '80-'83, programmer FFG-7 project - Summit Research Corp, COMPATWINGSLANT '83-'94 Tactical Information Management System, Site Manager/ Technology Advisor/ AIRDAS Project Manager/ NATO MPA Data & Programming Standards Committee/CNO ISAR Data Base Manager - LL Bean, Freeport, Maine, '95-pres. Customer Service representative/newhire,rehire training. Comments: From a position of semi retirement I'll say that I throughly enjoyed my 34 years of association with the airdale Navy. Most enjoyable was my time as an aircrewmember, and as a civilian at CPWL. A number of us retired in the Brunswick area, so I still see a lot of old Shipmates from CPWL, VP-8 and Special Projects. I remain fairly current on VP issues through the VPI magazine, and my son-in-law, who is an active duty chief presently assigned to the "Buzzards". Good luck &, "keep flying 'em safe"..." [07APR98]

MURPHY, CAPTAIN John F. "Murph" murfjfm@msn.com "...Currently the Deputy CoS at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Previously was assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. After being CO of Navy Recruiting District Portland attended the Naval War College. Have had more than my share fun in the VP Navy. Served with VP-49 (1984-1988) and then as an IP with VP-30 (1988-1990), VPU-1 (1990-1993) before switching to the PACFLT and serving with VP-4 as OPSO with a great bunch of folks and then as the last CNAP P-3 Evaluator in Hawaii (1995-1998) before starting to fly desks instead of airplanes with a great tour at RHQ SOUTHLANT in Portugal. Would be happy to hear from any old buds or Shipmates from either coast..." [BIO Updated 01DEC2010 | 06APR2002]

NAINIGER, PH2(NAC) Kevin J. kevinj@nainiger.com "...I served with VPU-1 from November 1987 to August 1990. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [23NOV2009]

NEWMAN, Scott opticraft@yahoo.com "...I served with VPU-1 (1974-1978). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09APR2019 | E-Mail Updated 30APR2011 | E-Mail Updated 17JUN2005 | 00XXX97]

NINAS, Larry E. "Gunny" Retired pandapeeps@wirelesshometown.com "...I served with VPU-1 (November 1985-February 1989), VQ-1 (March 1989-May 1992) and VQ-2 (November 1994-November 1996). I was a lowly "Old Buzzard" PPTN from November 1985-February 1989. I avoided the Dark Side VP and transitioned to VQ. From PPTN to DIA defending the platform to the Joint Staff. You never know. I was in VPU- when Marty Rule had more hair (is that possible?). Sea Daddies like Salty don't come along often either. As Tommy Donovan always said, "if you ain't havin' fun, you ain't doin' it right." Hasta la vista!..." [E-Mail Updated 08FEB2008 | 00XX97]

OTT, Richard Jr. richjr69@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (1982-1985), VP-8 (1985-1990), VPU-1 (1990-1994), NAWC NAS Point Mugu, California (1994-1997), VP-26 (1997-2001) and then retired. I currently work at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) as a Quality Assurance Specialist..." [23DEC2017]

OYLER, Dan mardan@missouri.org "...Isn't it amazing the way the squadrons' home-ports have bounced around over the past thirty years. I'm sure some of the old-timers could write a book. I was in VP-4 from '66 to '69. Then VP-1 '69-'70 and '74-'77. It was always interesting trying to guess which squadrons were going to get decommissioned, and what those decisions were based upon. I'm happy my old squadron VP-4 has held on for so many years. They have a wonderful history and I'm proud to have been a part of it. I was also F/E Instructor in VP-31 '74-'77, VPU-1 '77-'80, DCASPRO Hayes Dothan, AL., and DCASPRO Aero Lake City, FL. Retired AECS 7-'87..." [14JAN99]

PAIGE, Kim "Patti" kimrpaige@yahoo.com "...I served (FE) with VP-23, VP-30, VPU-1, VX-1 and VP-26. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20MAR2012]

PETERSON, AZ3 Tod peterson7242@comcast.net "...I served with VPU-1 (01/1985-09/1987) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I lived off base (Lisbon Falls). I left the Navy and ended up in the Oregon Air Guard and attended the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) is a Navy-managed command, jointly staffed by Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps personnel. I retired in 2005 as an AF (ANG) Bomb Tech..." [01MAR2012]

PLUSKOTA, ADC Dennis Retired dspluskota@att.net "...I served with VPU-1 (1981-1984), VP-9 (1985-1988) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska (1985) and NAF Misawa, Japan / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1986 and 1987), VQ-1 (1988-1991) at NAS Agana, Guam with deployments to NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Masirah, Oman and NSA Bahrain, Oman, VXN-8 (1991-1993) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-30 (1994-1997) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-47 (1998-2000) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and retired as an ADC...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22JUN2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 28NOV2003 | 00XXX97]

Memorial Picture "...PUNCHES, CAPTAIN Jack D. Jr...TOWER HILL -- Capt. Jack D. Punches Jr., 50, of Clifton, Va., retired from the Navy, died Sept. 11, 2001, in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Centreville United Methodist Church, Centreville, Va. Jack Punches was a native of Tower Hill and held a bachelor's degree from Missouri University, a master's degree in strategic studies from the Naval War College, and a master's degree from Salve Regina in international relations. Designated a Naval Aviator in 1975, Capt. Punches received orders to VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida flying the P-3C. He completed three deployments before reporting as an instructor pilot to the FRS (VP-30) in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In July 1982, Capt. Punches returned to sea duty when he reported to VPU-1 (Special Projects) in NAS Brunswick, Maine. After two years of intelligence collection duties, he reported to the Navy War College in November 1984. Upon graduation from Naval War College in November 1985, he returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, to VP-49 as the Maintenance Officer. After one operational deployment and a UNITAS deployment, he received orders as the OIC NAMTRAGRUDET JAX in July 1988. After an abbreviated tour, Capt. Punches joined the Lifting Eagles of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR-24) in NAS Sigonella, Sicily, as the Executive Officer in October 1989. He assumed command of VR-24 in January and then deployed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operations Desert Storm and Shield. In June 1992, he reported to the new Unified Command USSTRATCOM as Chief, Airborne Operations. In August 1995, he proceeded to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations as the Head of Navy Counterdrug and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Navy for Counterdrug Matters. In June 1996, he assumed duties of Deputy Director, Operations and Interagency Support Division under the newly assigned Coast Guard flag officer. Capt. Punches retired from the Navy in July 2000. From July until November 2000, Jack Punches served as Senior Consultant with Blue Stone Consulting of Alexandria, Va., with principal duties assigned as senior advisor for Commander, Naval Forces, Southern Command in Puerto Rico. In November 2000, Jack Punches returned to the Navy as a senior civilian employee when he was appointed as Deputy Head, Navy Interagency Support Branch in the Pentagon. In the Navy, Capt. Punches accumulated more than 7,000 flight hours and 50 carrier landings. His personal awards include Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation and various other service/campaign medals..." http://www.herald-review.com/rednews/2001/10/06/build/Obituaries/obits.php [22JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...REKEN, Mark Henry Van...Mark died of lung cancer July 2006. Born in Nigera on June 28, 1953 - Departed on July 26, 2006 and resided in Lexington Park, MD. I knew Mark from our VPU-1 Special Projects days. SEE: http://obit.brinsfieldecholsfuneral.com/obit_display.cgi?id=329382&listing=Current..." Contributed by ATCS (AW/NAC) Dal Pettus, Retired dpettus@scires.com [07FEB2007]

RICKER, CDR Dave ricker@ime.net "...I am currently XO of VPU-1. I was attached to VP-19 83-86, VP-22 93, VP-47 94-95..."

RISBON, AZC(AW/SW) Bobbie A. "Lester/Yoakem" Retired byoakem@verizon.net "...I served with VP-24 (1984-1987), VFA-106 (1988-1992), VPU-1 (1992-1995), FASO Det NAS Brunswick, Maine (1995-1998), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) (1998-2001), VAW-120 (2001-2004) and the USS George Washington (CVN-73) (2004-2007)..." [02SEP2011]


SELL, Jack jsell727@verizon.net "...Tours included VP-31 (Student) (July 1969 to November 1969), VP-23 (November 1969 to October 1972), VP-30 (Instructor) (October 1972 to August 1975) VP-26 (Special Projects - now VPU-1) (August 1975 to September 1977), CINCLNTFLT VP Air Ops (CTF84) (September 1977 to January 1980), VP-11 (July 1980 to September 1982), Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) (September 1982 to May 1985), Commander, Oceanographic System, Atlantic (COMOCEANSYSLANT) (May 1985 to August 1989) and retired in 1989. I retired from American Airlines February 2005..." [E-Mail Updated 19SEP2007 | 07MAR98]

SMALT, Rod E. rod.smalt@gmail.com "...I served with VPU-1 (03/1983-02/1986 and 12/1989-07/1994) as an Acoustic Sensor Operator. My time with the Project was the best time of my Naval career..." [23APR2012]

SOUTH, Stacy L. Neher TwoCoolSouth@msn.com "...I served with VPU-1..." [17JUN2000]

STUBER, ATC Steve S2cpoUSN@aol.com"...VPU-1 93-97, Rota Spain 90-93, VP-16 86-90, NATTC Memphis 85-86, and VP-5 83-85..."

Memorial Picture "...SWANSON, ADCS (AW) Dennis...I'm the daughter of ADCS (AW) Dennis Swanson. My father passed away on August 5, 2008 from cancer, which was determined by the VA to be service-related. He is buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. He served with BC-10 (23JUL79-05AUG80) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, VP-30 (05SEP80-31OCT83) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-6 (07FEB84-15FFEB87) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-23 (13NOV90-15NOV94) at NAS Brunswick, Maine and VPU-1 (15NOV94-15OCT96) at NAS Brunswick, Maine..." Contributed by Amanda Dillon amanda.ce.dillon@gmail.com [21MAR2023]

TOMASCAK, CDR Pete Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...CDR Tomascak was born in Minneapolis , Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, he was commissioned an Ensign throught the NROTC program and reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida for flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1988 at the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon completion of the P-3CU-III FRS training syllabus at Patrol Squadron THRITY-ONE (VP-31), CDR Tomascak reported to the "Golden Swordsmen" of Patrol Squadron FORTY-SEVEN (VP-47) at NAS Moffett Field, California. During this tour form 1988-1992, CDR Tomascak completed three separate six-month deployments. The first was to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan followed by the second to NAS Adak, Alaska and the third, a split deployment between NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Misawa, Japan. During his time at VP-47, CDR served as Personnel Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. His qualifications included Mission Commander, NATOPS Instructor Pilot, Patrol Plane Commander and Maintenance Check Pilot. CDR Tomascak was then selected for the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) and reported to Number 11 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Edinburgh South Australia in December 1992. There he conducted maritime operations throughout the Pacific Rim and served as Pilot Training Officer, Mission Commander, Patrol Plane Check Captain, Patrol Plane Commander and Maintenance Check Pilot. In March of 1995 CDR Tomascak reported to the "Old Buzzards" of Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit One (VPU-1) NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer, Aviation Maintenance Office, and Operations Officer. His qualifications include Mission Commander, NATOPS Instructor Pilot, Patrol Plane Commander and Maintenance Check pilot. In 2000 CDR Tomascak and his crew won the esteemed "Liberty Bell" trophy for ASW excellence during an extremely competitive fleet-wide ASW competition. This was the first Liberty Bell award in the command's history. CDR Tomascak has amassed over 4500 pilot hours and over 6000 hours of total time in the P-3C aircraft. His personal decorations include the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various campaign and unit awards...." [19JUN2005]

TRIMMER, LT Bob BTrimmer@juno.com "...Former VP-10 "BULL" Ensign and LTJG PPC. Served in TEN from Apr89 to Apr 92. Flew on almost every crew but flew most with CAC's 2, 4, and 12 (Footlongers rule!) Will be reporting to VPU-1 in Jun 98..." [17MAY98]

UHDE, PH1 (NAC) Steve Retired uhdinator@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1984-87, USS E. S. Land AS-39 from 1987 to 1988, FLT Imaging NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1989 to 1991, VPU-1 from 1992 to 1995, FLT Imaging NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1996 to 1998 and VPU-1 from 1998 to 2003. Retired December 31st, 2003..." [31DEC2003]

Memorial Picture "...VanREKEN, AVCM Mark H...Mark H. VanReken, 53, of Lexington Park died July 26, 2006, in San Diego after a courageous battle with cancer. A retired master chief with 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy (VP-23, VP-26, VP-56 and VPU-1), he continued to serve his country as a defense department employee at NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Many of the family's closest friends came from his time in uniform. He took great pride in his career. His dedication was such that he continued to work a nearly full schedule as he fought the disease that ultimately cost him his life. An active church member, he enjoyed singing in the choir, playing church league softball and served in several church leadership positions over the years. He was a devoted Christian to his last days, and believed completely in God's purpose for him. He also served the community for many years as a Little League baseball coach and as a supporter of many programs at Great Mills High School. He had a special love and respect for life. He enjoyed outdoor activities, travel by RV, Red Sox baseball, country music, sharing his home with family and friends and eating ice cream. He is survived by Kris (DeJong), his wife of 33 years; three children with their spouses, Tim VanReken and Serena Chung of Longmont, Colo., Mike VanReken and DeeAnna Wales of Portland, Ore., and Sara and Aaron Niverba of San Diego; his father, Donald vanReken; and four sisters, Mary vanReken, Judy Herweyer, Donna Hoogendoorn and Peggy Nienhuis; his sisters-in-law, Beth DeJong and Gayle Schreiber; and brothers-in-law, James DeJong, Alan Herweyer, Andy Hoogendoorn and Calvin Taylor. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsa (deWind) vanReken. One of his greatest desires for his last year was accomplished in seeing the birth of his first grandchild, Jonathan Mark Niverba, six months ago. He made a positive impression on many and handled situations with a gentle, honest and loyal heart. He will be missed. A memorial service will be held Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. in Holland, Mich., at Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. A funeral service will be held Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at Leonardtown Baptist Church in Leonardtown. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown..." Contributed by VACEK, Glen glen.vacek@verizon.net [21SEP2010]

VanREKEN, AVCM Mark H. Retired mvanreken@hotmail.com "...P-3B(D) Radio operator, VP-23 76-79; P-3C UII IFT, VP-26 80-81; P-3B Sensor operator, VP-26 (VPU-1) Special Projects, 81-84; NAMTGD 1011 IFT/WST Instructor, 84-87; P-3C(NUD) IFT, VP-56 87-91. Retired in 93 as AVCM...." [E-Mail Updated 13SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 23MAY2000]

WAHL, AW1 Tim Retired timw@suscom-maine.net "...VP-5 (1981-1985), CPW-5 (1986-1989), VPU-1 (1989-1994), CPW-5 (1994-1997), VP-10 (1997-2000). Retired from VP-10 in APR 2000. Still living in Maine..." [12OCT2004]

WEBB, AD1 Stan Retired P3dude@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1980 to 1983, VP-19 from 1987 to 1990, and VPU-1 from 1993 to 1994. Took early 15 year retirement in 1994. Worked on P-3's again for Kay & Associates (Navy contractor) from 1994 to 1998 at NAS Point Mugu, California. Now I'm at Delta Airlines. Any old buds out there drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 12OCT2002 | 20MAY98]

WENTZ, Jon D. 4wentz@suddenlink.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1986 to 1990 and VPU-1 from 1990 to 1993..." [06JUL2007]

WOOD, AD Robert M. "WOODY" robertmwood@charter.net "...I served with VPU-1- from 1985 to 1988. I was an AD and was wondering if any of my old friends are still kicking about. I would like to get in touch with my old Shipmates to se how they are doing. Hope to hear from some of them. Roll Tide!..." [23FEB2004]

YARCK, AECS (AW/SW) Michael R. michael.yarck@navy.mil "...I served with VP-56 from 1984 to 1988, "A" School, VPU-1 from 1988 to 1990, Naval Aviation Maintenance Office (NAMO) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1990 to 1993, VP-26 from 1993 - 1998, NATTC NAS Pensacola, Florida (Instructor) from 1998 to 2001, VS-24 from 2001 to 2004, (2001 and 2003 deployments on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and TR respectively), CNATTU HQ NAS Pensacola, Florida from 2004 to 2007, VS-32 from 2007 to 2009 (2007 deployment on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and Disestablishment) and reported to VP-10 February 2009..." [12MAR2009]

YEARTY, AVCM Bob Retired bobyeartymail@cox.net "...After 31 years I finally retired in Jan 2000 from NATTC in Pensacola where I now live and work for a contractor doing curriculum upgrades for most of the A schools. Spent a lot of time in the center seat with VP-46 (74-77), VP-31 (77-80), VPU-1 (80-83), VP-30 (83-86) and VP-56 (86-90). After making AVCM had to leave flying and went to AIMD NAS Keflavik, Iceland, IC followed by NS Rota, Spain (90-96) and finally finishing up as the Avionics Department LCPO at NATTC. Enjoyed reading about old squad mates. If you're in this area give a call..." [E-Mail Updated 21JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 15JUN2001 | 02SEP2000]

ZUMBACK, Jackie (Ort) zumbackja@aimdjax.navy.mil "...I served with VP-26 from June 1987 to October 1989. I transfered to VPU-1 and stayed there until June 1992. I left the community then and have been trying to get back there ever since! I really do miss those big hunks of junk - lol. Actually, spending 4 years at an E-2/C-2 Rag outfit made me appreciate them. I've seen a few of the people who where there when I was, and I've been trying to locate a few more. So - if you served in either VP-26 or VPU-1 when I did and you remember me please e-mail me. I am currently serving with AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 08AUG2002 | 30MAR2000]

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