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BRANNEN, Michael mbrannen@gmail.com "...Served in VQ-2 from late 89 to late 92. Now that I look back on it I had way too much fun. Left VQ-2 and went to VQ-6 from 93 - 96. Spent two cruises on the GW (CVN-73. Good time all around. I'm now back home in NC. Please email..." [10FEB2007]

DANEKO, Chuck danekoworks@worldnet.att.net "...Assigned to VP-46 from 93 to 96. I worked Maint. Admin and Maint Control. Left VP-46 in 96 and went to VQ-6 BLACK RAVENS at NAS Cecil Field and than NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Made senior in 97 and retired in Oct 98..." [08FEB99]

FLOW, ADCS Ed Retired vinnfizz@aol.com "...Hi there to all of my fellow VP'ers. This site has really been a trip down memory lane and a name dropping episode. I served with VP-22 (73-76) as my first command as a 2nd Mech on Crew 11, a member of "Platt's Rats" for the infamous Hobie Cat raid on Diego Grcia and then went on to VP-31, where I graduated to full F.E. status and then went to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 (77-79). Has anyone heard anything out of AD1 Jim Crow lately? It was there that I had the unfortunate episode of ditching PD-2 in the bearing Sea flying out of NAS Adak, Alaska in Oct 78. From there I went to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment. Following a per diem laden tour there I transfered to the "World Famous Woodpeckers" of VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The school house at VP-30 captured me from 85-89 and then I did the "Batmen" of VP-24 as my last flying tour. I transfered from there back to VP-30 as the QA Supervisor during the transition/consolidation with VP-31 and moved into Maintenance Control before leaving to join the "Black Raven's " of VQ-6 and going to the boat for my first time in 24 years. I just retired after 26.5 years active and my VP days will always be the highlight of my career...It has brought back many memories and names that I had forgotten over the years. Please contact me if you want to relive some of the good old days or just catch up..." [28FEB99]

GRIFFIN, AKC(AW) Carrie (Reynolds/Nicholson) Retired carriegriffin@bellsouth.net "...I served with the Naval Air Maintenance TRAining Group (NAMTRA) at NAS Oceana, Virginia, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), VQ-6 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, Naval Aviation Maintenance Office (NAMO) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-10 from 1987 to 1991 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain, AIMD at NAS Oceana, Virginia, ASD at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, ASD NAS Oceana, Virginia and Retired June 1999. I am currently working for the USDA Forest Service to present. Hi to all former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 25MAY2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24DEC2004 | 26JUL98]

RONES, Gerald astarte76@hotmail.com "...I served with VQ-1, VQ-2, VQ-6, VQ-3, VQ-4 and Commander Strategic Communications Wing ONE (STRACOMWINGONE) at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, OKAT1 ground pounder..." [06SEP2010]

WARNECKE, James warnjg@bellsouth.net "...I started my P-3 career with VQ-1 as a Radio Op (back in the day when we were in Guam) from '88-'91, and then on to Key West from '91-'93 as a Radio and Radar Op in AMU-4. Did the first TEMPEST tests on GD-01 (EP-3J) after it came out of Waco. Moved to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) from '93-'96 and picked up "Vacation 8"'s missions worldwide. Finalized my Navy career in VQ-6 and CAG-8 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida from '96-'98. Currently working as an AT on P-3AEW aircraft for U. S. Customs Service in Jacksonville, Florida. Would enjoy hearing from anyone from these previous commands. "Anytime, anywhere..baby. For perdiem."..." [10NOV2000]

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]

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