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AMES, REAR ADMIRAL Christopher Conlan http://www.transcom.mil/bios/tcames.pdf "...Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Christopher Conlan Ames is the director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Prior to reporting to USTRANSCOM, the admiral was commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE. During his 26-year career, the admiral was the assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV 66); Commanding Officer, VP-16; Commanding Officer, Amphibious Assault Ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1); and deputy for operations, United States Pacific Command. He is a Naval aviator with more than 2,000 hours in the P-3C aircraft. EDUCATION: 1976 Bachelor of science, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. 1991 Masters in public administration, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. ASSIGNMENTS: 1. June 1976 August 1976, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Fla. 2. August 1976 February 1977, student, VT-2, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. 3. February 1977 February 1977, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 4. February 1977 July 1977, student, VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 5. July 1977 November 1977, student, VP-31, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 6. November 1977 January 1981, instructor pilot/senior NATOPS pilot evaluator, VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California. 7. February 1981 March 1982, Joint Chief of Staff intern, Strategic Planner, J5 Strategy Division, Plans and Policy Directorate, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 8. April 1982 October 1982, aide and administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations, OP-06, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 9. October 1982 December 1983, flag lieutenant, Third Fleet, Pacific 10. December 1983 April 1986, assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV-66), aircraft carrier, Atlantic 11. April 1986 May 1989, maintenance officer, VP-30, then operations officer, VP-24, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 12. May 1989 July 1990, assistant Washington placement, Naval Military Personnel Command, Washington, D.C. 13. July 1990 June 1991, student, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 14. July 1991 February 1994, executive officer, then Commanding Officer, VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 15. February 1994 May 1994, executive assistant to the commander, CPW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 16. May 1994 August 1994, under instruction, Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course, Newport Naval Station, R.I. 17. August 1994 December 1997, executive officer, then commanding officer, USS TARAWA (LHA 1), Amphibious Assault Ship, Pacific 18. December 1997 July 2000, deputy for Operations, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii 19. August 2000 April 2002, commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE, San Diego, Calif. 20. April 2002 present, director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill..." [24JUN2003]

DERMODY, Ray J. rjva66@aol.com "...Served with VT-31 from February 1964 to November 1965 on the line, also as air crewman..." [14FEB2002]

DRAKE, CDR John "Charlie Duck" / "Harvy Mallard" Retired jdra45@icloud.com "...I served with VP-49 (06/1971-08/1974 and 06/1980-03/1982). It was during this last tour that Jay R. Beasley stuck me with the moniker "Charlie Duck." Prior to that, I was often referred to as "Harvy Mallard", courtesy of Joe Harford ;). I also had tours at VT-31 as an Instructor Pilot, FASO as an ASW Instructor and 2F87 instructor. My last VP Tour was 1982 to 1984 as the CPW-11 Admin O. I left NAS Jacksonville, Florida for DC and Navy Recruiting Command (CRUITCOM) where I retired in 1988. I see some VP- guys locally from time to time but would love to hear from old Shipmates. I am currently retired living in Lakewood Ranch, Fl with my beautiful Wife, Carole..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20FEB2018 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 03AUG2011 | 09APR2007]

EDMUNDS, John founderC@aol.com "...Spent a lot of time in VT-31 (P2 and P5 training sqd) 1961 to 1964. Most fleet time however was in the VW community with VW-1 55-57, VW-1 59-61, and VW-11 64-65. Been enjoying the various nostalgia throughout the VP/VW sites even found some names I remember!..." [12NOV98]

EICHELBERGER, John Retired ichelbod@undata.com "...I joined the Navy in 1957. My first squadron was VW-4 Hurricane Hunters with WC121N's. We were homeported in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and then NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In 63 I went to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas with VT-30 in A1H's & T28's.Decomm. VT-30 and went to VT-31 and S2F's. Then to NAS North Island, San Diego, California and VP-40 with P5M's. Deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam then turn in the last P5M. and Tx. to NAS Moffett Field, California and transitioned to P-3B's. Went to F/E school and deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Returned to NAS Moffett Field, California and transferred to VT-3 in NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Decommisioned the T28's and finished my tour in VT-6 and T34's. TX. to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and back to P-3 F/E school and on to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Deployed to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and back home to Retire to my home in Boonville Mo. Went to work for the Mo State Dept. of Corrections. I just retired from there as a Captain..." [BIO Updated 31MAR2005 | 06DEC2004]

FITZGERALD, CDR William A. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp-45/cofitz.htm "...Commander Will Fitzgerald graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He reported to VT-3 in NAS Pensacola, Florida for primary flight training and then to VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for intermediate and advanced flight training. In February 1987 he completed flight school on the Commodore's List with Distinction and was designated a Naval Aviator. In September 1987, he reported to the Red Lancers of VP-10 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour he earned his initial qualifications as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Formation Pilot in the P-3C Update II.5 aircraft and completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. He served as the Human Resources Officer, Phase/Corrosion Branch Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer. Commander Fitzgerald next reported to the FRS, VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in February 1991 for instructor pilot duty. During this tour he served as PR/AME Branch Officer, Pilot Tactics Officer, Assistant Fleet IUT Officer, Fleet Formation Instructor Pilot, and Pilot IUT & Standardization Officer. In February 1994, Commander Fitzgerald was assigned to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. During this tour he served as V-4 Division Officer, V-2 Division Officer, and Air Department Administrative Officer. While aboard, he earned designation as Officer of the Deck (In-Port), Helicopter Control Officer, and Conning Officer Alongside. Commander Fitzgerald next reported to the staff of the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet in April 1996. He served in the Plans and Policy Directorate (N5) as the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy for the North Atlantic, Western and Central Europe. In April 1997, Commander Fitzgerald reported to the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Operations Officer during a West Pac deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and the Arabian Gulf. In June of 1998, Commander Fitzgerald reported to the OPNAV staff at the Pentagon as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (N88). In July 2000, following his Pentagon tour, Commander Fitzgerald attended the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and received a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. In March 2002, he reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer. He assumed command of VP-45 in April 2003. Commander Fitzgerald is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal as well as various service and unit awards..." [15JUN2003]

GAY, AE1 Ken D. audreygay2@aol.com "...I served with ATU-601 and then VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from 1958 to 1962. We flew the P2V and P5M as part of the Pilot Traning for the fleet. Next job was at NAS Dallas, Texas to support Reserve's from 1962 to 1966. We had F8U..." [16JUN2011]

GOODWYN, CAPTAIN Richard W. http://www.nctskef.navy.mil/CFK/leaders.html "...Captain Richard W. Goodwyn graduated from the University of Delaware in 1979 with a degree in Biology. After working at DuPont for two years, he entered the Aviation Officer Candidate Program in Pensacola, Florida and was commissioned an Ensign on 2 July 1981. Captain Goodwyn entered flight training in August 1981 and after tours in VT-3 and VT-31 he was designated a Naval Aviator on 2 July 1982. After completing P-3 flight training at VP-30, he reported to VP-56 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. While in VP-56, he served as PR/AME branch officer, Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot Training Officer. In October 1986, he was selected for instructor duty at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), VP-30. During his tour, he served as Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer and CNAL NATOPS Evaluator. In 1989, he reported to the USS AMERICA (CV-66) as the Assistant Navigator and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Persian Gulf, in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. During this tour he earned his Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway) qualifications. His next duty station was at Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT), where he served as the Flag Lieutenant from December 1991 to January 1993. Following P-3 refresher training, Captain Goodwyn reported to VP-5, in July 1993 for his Department Head tour where he served as Command Services Officer and Maintenance Officer. He also completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In July 1995, Captain Goodwyn reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, in Washington DC, where he was the Carrier Placement Officer. While at BUPERS, he was selected for VP Operation Command. Following his tour at Bupers, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces receiving a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Management. In June 1998, Captain Goodwyn reported to VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine as the Executive Officer and then as Commanding Officer. During his tour, VP-10 completed a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and participated in Operations ALLIED FORCE and NOBLE ANVIL during the Kosovo Conflict, recieved the Navy Unit Commendation Award, the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle "E" award, the AVCM Donald M. Neal "Golden Wrench" award for maintenance excellence, the CINCLANTFLT "Golden Anchor" award for retention excellence, and the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for ASW excellence. Captain Goodwyn was next assigned to CPW/CPRW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as the Chief Staff Officer. Captain Goodwyn is currently assigned to Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik in Keflavik, Iceland, where he is the Chief of Staff..." [29JUN2003]

GOSA, AMCS Johnny M. "Mike" Retired jmgosa@hotmail.com "...I served with AIMD at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1967), VP-45 (1970-1971), VP-48 (1971-1973) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-19 (1984-1987), VT-23, VT-24, VT-31, VR-24, VRC-30, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, CTW3 Staff at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas and retired in 1991..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAY2013 | 20JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...HARRINGTON, Charles Barry...My Father, Charles Barry Harrington, served with VT-31, VW-15, VPB-125, VS-42 and others. Please feel free to contact me if you knew my Dad or have pictures of him. Thanks..." Contributed by Roger Harrington rkharrington@gmail.com [27DEC2011]

HITT, CDR James R. Shipmate Pix http://www.vp16.navy.mil/xoh.htm "...While attending Santa Clara University (BS in Computer Science - Math) CDR Hitt attended NROTC functions at the UC Berkeley unit earning his commission in June 1987. Upon commissioning, he began primary flight training at VT-6, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. CDR Hitt was on the Commodore's List at his winging from VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in April 1989. He reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field for initial maritime patrol training. Upon graduation from the "Black Lightning" camp in September 1989, he joined VP-48 where he participated in a split site deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. After VP-48's decommissioning, CDR Hitt transferred to VP-40, joining the "Fighting Marlins" early in their 1991 NAF Misawa, Japan deployment. During his first tour he acted as Power Plants Branch Officer, Readiness Officer, Special Projects Officer (EWO), Schedules Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer as well as Instructor Pilot. Upon completion of his first sea tour in October 1992, he joined VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, the Atlantic Fleet's Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) completing detachments to Mildenhall, Rio de Janeiro, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Through FRS consolidation, CDR Hitt was assigned the duties of Aviation Electrical/ Instruments and Ordnance Branch Officer, Fleet Projects Officer, and CNAL Alternate Pilot Evaluator. CDR Hitt departed VP-30 in October 1995 and reported aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) at NAS North Island, San Diego as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer ("Shooter"). During this tour he also sailed with USS KITTY HAWK in support of their flight operations. While onboard CONSTELLATION, he served as Aviation Fuels Division (V-4) Officer and Catapult and Arresting Gear Division (V-2) Officer, and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Inport) and Assistant Command Duty Officer. He deployed with CONNIE to WESTPAC and the Arabian Gulf in April 1997. CDR Hitt detached from CONSTELLATION in April 1998 and reported to VP-30 for refresher training before arriving at VP-1 for his department head tour. While at VP-1, he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, and NSA Bahrain. He served as the Screaming Eagles' Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. In November 2000, he was assigned to CPRW-10 as Training Officer, Operations Officer and Chief Staff Officer. CDR Hitt reported to VP-16 as the XO in March of 2005..." [08AUG2005]

JAMES, ADR1(AC) Tedder Retired oilking30276@aol.com "...I started my Navy life with VT-31 Line Division Training PO and flying P/C. Sure would like to find AD2 Johnny Jett and thanks to ADR1 Washington for my start..." [27JAN2002]

JOHNSON, ADR2 Lee K. lkkgjohn@traverse.net "...I served with VT-31 from the fall of 1966 to August of 1969..." [20SEP2001]

JORDAN, Mike MJor767@aol.com "...Does anyone know the whereabouts of LT Ray Read? I believe he was an instructor in VT-31 sometime in the late '60s. We were flying partners in VT-31 as students in 1964. Drop me a line. Thanks..." [14AUG2001]

KASER, CAPTAIN Robert Dale Jr. http://www.marquette.edu/rotc/navy/command.htm "...Captain Dale Kaser was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and entered the Navy through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program after graduating from the University of Cincinnati in June 1974. Upon completion of naval flight training he was designated a naval aviator in September 1975. Initial operational tour was with VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. There he served as line division and NATOPS officer. In 1979 he reported for instructor duty to VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1981 he received a Master of Arts degree with a management major from Webster University. In 1982 he reported aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) as Assistant Navigator. Captain Kaser served as the Carrier Placement Officer assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command and in November 1986 reported to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During this tour he served as Training Officer and Maintenance Department Head. He was then assigned to CPW-11 as Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. Selected for operational command he served as Executive Officer of VP-44 until disestablished and Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Graduating from the Naval War College in 1994, he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He then reported to the Staff of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in Casteau, Belgium where he served as the Section Coordinator for NATO Maritime Requirements. Additionally, from December 1995 to May 1996 he was temporarily assigned to the Implementation Forces (IFOR) in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Joint Operation Center Shift Director. In July 1997 he reported to CINCPACFLT as Deputy Director for Operations. In August 2000 he became the Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit at Marquette University. Captain Kaser has been awarded numerous personal, unit, campaign and service awards..." [13JUN2003]

LALLI, Jacob J. jjlfish@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (1965-1970), VP-31, VA-113 and VT-31..." [05JUL2013]

MALONEY, LT Tom TMALONEY@worldnet.att.net"...I'm a former "Bull" Ensign from VP-10 and really appreciated seeing a portion of your page dedicated to Irv Glick. My shipmates and I pulled many a prank in his name while I was in the squadron. I am currently an instructor pilot in VT-31 in Corpus Christi, Texas..."

MAGALIS, CAPTAIN Rick Retired rmagalis@aol.com "...Enlisted 1963 to 1964, NAVCAD 1964 to 1965 (Commissioned and Winged December 1965), VP-24 from 1966 to 1968, Seaboard World Airlines 1968 to 1970, VP-30 1970 to 1974, USS Independence CV-62 ANav 1974 to 1976, Degree Completion Program 1976 to 1978, VP-44 1978 to 1981, PATWINGSLANT 1981, VT-31 1981 to 1983, COMFAIRKEF ASW Ops O 1983 to 1985, Naval War College 1985 to 1989, CO Rice University NROTC 1989 to 1991, Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., Royal Saudi Navy Program 1991 to present..." [30DEC98]

MAYER, AE3 Tom caddisfly2@hotmail.com "...I served with VT-31 (08/1970-08/1973) on the flight line for Ray Henan(sp) in the Electricans Shop. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [14NOV2015]

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]

MENGHINI, Fabio menghins@inwind.it "...I took the flight training VT-2, VT-31, and HT-18 as Itn Officer in from 1988 to 1989. I had a great time..." [03APR2003]

MOLINARI, James R. jmolinrnl@aol.com "...I served with AOCS Class 13-90 from May 9, 1990 to August 24, 1990, VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from August 90 to August 1991, VT-31 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from September 1991 to April 1992, Wings of Gold February 14, 1992, VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from May 1992 to September 1992, VP-24 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from October 1992 to March 1995, VP-40 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from March 1995 to October 1996, DLI Washington from October 1996 to May 1997; Dutch PEP tour with VSQ-320 and VSQ-321 from June 1997 to December 1999, VR-58 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from July 2000 to May 2002, American Eagle Airlines from March 2000 to November 2000, Delta Airlines from March 2001 to November 2001; and furloughed November 1, 2001. Returned to active duty (Air Force this time) from May 2002 to present (452nd Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, CA.)..." [BIO Updated 17MAY2004 | 15SEP2000]

MOORE, Bob bmoore@dpiweb.com "...I served in VT-31 1962-1964 as one of the first Navy AZ ratings. During my tour with VT-31 I was crewman on S2F's. My last two years were on board the USS Valley Forge in the South China sea. I would enjoy hearing from any members of VT-31 during 62-64..." [07SEP2000]

NELSON, Walter L. nnelson2@swbell.net "...My first squadron was VP-28 in 1959 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In those days we flew P2V-5F's and deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. My first deployment was as 2nd radio on crew 5 with Robert E. Lightbody AT2 as first radio. The second deployment was with crew 6 as first radio. I did a lot of motorcycle racing while in Japan at Iwakuni. I left VP-28 as an ATN3 at the end of our NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment in 1962 for VT-31 NAAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Specifically looking for running buddies such as Jesse F. Knight AE3, Macon, Ga., Johnny W. Parkerson AE3, Wills Point, Tx, and Robert M. Mark AT2, Aurora, Co..." [30DEC2001]

NYBERG, CDR Gerald L. https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil/ctw-4/vt-31/cmdsuite.shtm "...Commanding Officer VT-31 - Commander Nyberg was born in Moses Lake, WA and grew up in Kalamazoo, MI. He is a 1984 graduate of Western Michigan University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned in January 1985 and received his Wings in November 1985. Following FRS training, CDR Nyberg reported in May 1986 to the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour, he served as Pilot NATOPS Instructor and Pilot Training Officer. He deployed once to NS Rota, Spain, and twice to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In January 1990, CDR Nyberg reported to the Pro's Nest, VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as FRS Instructor Pilot. His duties included Fleet Formation Instructor Pilot and Fleet IUT Instructor Pilot. In April 1993, CDR Nyberg reported to USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Serving in the Air Department as V-2 Division Officer and Shooter, he completed a WESTPAC deployment in 1994. In May 1995, CDR Nyberg was assigned to Air Command Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL. During this tour, he completed JPME phase I and earned his Master's Degree from Troy State University. Following refresher training, CDR Nyberg reported in December 1996 to his operational Department Head tour with the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. He deployed once to NAS Sigonella, Sicily supporting Operation DELIBERATE GUARD; and completed a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and Howard AFB, Panama. During this tour he served as COMFIVEATAF Liaison Officer in Vicenza, Italy, Safety/Natops Officer and Maintenance Officer. In May 1999, CDR Nyberg reported to Commander Western Hemisphere Group/CTF 40 at NS Mayport, FL, as the Air Operations Officer. During his tour to oversaw the transfer of CTF 40 to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In May 2000, CDR Nyberg reported to CPW/CPRW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as the Maintenance and Logistics Officer. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation (three awards), Battle Efficiency Award (two awards) and various other campaign medals and service awards..." [02JUL2003]

PAGE, LCDR E. T. III etpage@cotullaairport.com "...I served in VP-22 from 74-77 (Crew 4 initially, then Crew 12). The people and experiences during these years were the best ever, and enriched my life beyond description. The places we went and the things we did are almost surreal as I look back on them, but we know they really happened and we were a part of history in the making. On the lighter side, I still enjoy remembering back to those "man-eating crabs" on Diego Garcia, as Time magazine described them, and so many other things that the media was so clueless about that we did and experienced on a regular basis. My fondest memories include being a part of Crew 12; what a great crew. What I learned during this tour has served me well throughout my life. After leaving VP-22, I instructed in T-28's in VT-31 (77-78) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas which was FUN as well as rewarding. Later, I was able to fly in the Reserves (VP-67, NAS Memphis, Tennessee) a few years, but unfortunately I got too busy to stay in. I'm still spending my time managing an airport business in South Texas these days. It would be nice to touch base with former squadron mates if you are so inclined. A heartfelt thank you to all of you, and I hope you are doing well..." [12SEP2013]

PILCHER, LCDR Howard G. Retired hgpilcher@pcola.gulf.net "...My first contact with the P2V was when I was assigned to the Advanced training Command as a NAVCAD at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas. I arrived just as they were phasing the PB4Y2 out of the Navigation phase of advanced training. I was one of the first NAVCADS chosen to solo the P2V as a student pilot. I am not sure how many were chosen but I think it was just a few since it was sort of an experiment. We were flying the P2V-2, P2V-3 and I think they had a P2V-4 (I am not real sure about that). My next encounter was with VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California from Nov 1955-Dec 1958. Nine had just returned from deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska (They lost a P2V5-F that was shot down by MIGS) and had just transitioned into the new P2V-7's. I made two deployments with VP-9, one to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and one to NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Then I was assigned to ATU-501 (1959-1962) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. I started flying the SNB (bug smasher) but soon the squadron changed from ATU-501 to VT-31 and the P2V's were reactivated along with the P5M Marlins. They had P2V-5F and P2V-6's. My next assignment was with VU-7 1962-1965 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California flying the JD-1 and was soon transitioned into the US2C (modified to drag a rag). Later the squadron split and the jet portion moved to NAS Miramar and the rest of us went to VU-3 where we kept flying the US2C and also the Drone equipped P2V5-F. Finally I was assaigned to VP-7 from 1967-1969 as Ops. Officer. We were supposed to transition to P-3's after our return from NAS Sigonella, Sicily but it turned out that the XO from VP-23 had done his homework and convinced the powers that be to transition them instead of VP-7. I do not remember if I ever flew the P2V-4 at Hutch or not but if I did, I think I have flown all models of the P2. I tried to verify this but I have misplaced my early years log book. I have been in contact with some of the names that I recognize in the web site and I am most anxious to hear from any of my Shipmates that can recall being the same places that I have..." [20SEP2000]

PRUSS, Terry course180-x@yahoo.com "...I was an ATN in VT-31 from late 1961 January 1965. Had "Flight Skins" and crewed S2Fs, P2Vs, and P5Ms. Mostly flew Radio position, but was designated ECM. I was mostly "nights" in the Avionic's Shop. TACAN and RADAR (APS-20) specialty. I ended up in charge of the shop nights after making E-5. I also was in charge of "Avionis Supply" for a while on days. I was active duty only 4 years (January 1961 - January 1965). No one ever brought me in for a reup talk and I went to 2 years reserve from January 1965 - January 1967. I probably appeared "gung-ho" enough that they assumed I was a lifer. Looking back though, I can say those were the best years of my life. I had applied for the NAVCAD program, but was turned down because of slight color defiency. The airlines were highering like gang-busters and I decided that I would go the civilian route to become an airline pilot. It took me 4 years to put myself through flight school and build time as a charter/demo/CFI pilot to the point I was hired by an airline in late 1969 with just over 3000 hours. I flew for them for just under 33 years and retired in late 2002. Great times, but those young and carefree years in VT-31 were the best of all..." [19DEC2006]

QUIGLEY, Jack MASTERNAV@aol.com "...Commissioned 14AUG81 AOCS class 19-81. VT-6, VT-31, and VP-66 1985 to 1999. Naval War College Staff June 1999 to?..." [06JUN99]

RADIEL, ADJC Harold "Ed" Retired Flighted@aol.com "...VP-42, VP-22, VP-17, VP-31 & VT31. From P5M's to P2V'S as Plane Captain to P-3's as Flight Engineer. Served from 1954 to 1974 when I retired. VP-42 56 to 61, VT 31 61 to 65, VP-22 65 to 69, VP-17 69 to 72. Would sure like to here from old Shipmates..." [07JUL98]

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]

RIPOLL, AT1 James "Rip" Retired jmripoll@comcast.net "...Aviation Electronics Technician: Served as aircrew member in VP-7 from 01/56 until 10/58. Deployments included NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in 1956 and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada in 1957/58. Discharged in 1958. Reenlisted, shipped to VR-3 at McGuire AFB in 1958 flying MATS C-118 aircraft as radio operator. Transfered to VP-11, 8/61 until 7/64. Deployments included NS Rota, Spain in 1963 and short tours at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Participated in "Cuban Missle Crisis" with VP-11. Transfered to shore duty, VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in 1964. Back to sea duty in 1966 with VP-18 in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for one year as a "Ground Pounder". Next, got my sea legs on DD-694, USS Ingraham for a year and a half in DASH program. Transfered to NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania for a year in 1969. Then back to NAS Brunswick, Maine for shore duty with OMD in 1971. Retired in 1973. Living in Florida and would enjoy hearing from Shipmates who served with me in the VP Navy, especially in VP-7 and VP-11. "Indeed, the time of my life!"..." [E-Mail Updated 20APR2007 | BIO Updated 11MAR2007 | E-Mail Updated 09MAR2007 | E-Mail Updated 29SEP99 | 27JUL98 Updated BIO 30JUL98]

RUOTI, CAPTAIN Anthony Joseph Jr. http://www.nwc.navy.mil/jmo/Faculty/bios/ruoti.htm "...CAPT Anthony Joseph Ruoti Jr. - JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT - Chairman, JMO Department - CAPTAIN ANTHONY J. RUOTI, JR., USN, reported to the Joint Military Operations Department as chairman in August 2002, following a tour as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (N3) for Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces Europe. Captain Ruoti graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975 and the Naval War College in 1993, receiving a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. His shore tours include VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Commander Patrol Wing ELEVEN, Executive Officer of the West Coast's P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31, The Joint Staff, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate (J6), Architecture and Integration Division. Following this Washington tour he reported to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic/Commander Task Force EIGHTY-FOUR as operations officer and subsequently as Chief of Staff. Captain Ruoti's sea tours were VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida serving as Aircraft Division Officer, Training Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer holding P-3 "Orion" Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot designations, deploying to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, with detachments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Crete, NS Rota, Spain, the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Senegal, working closely with allied naval forces throughout the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, USS FORRESTAL as Communications Officer, deploying to the Mediterranean, VP-19 as Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer, deploying to NSF Diego Garcia, BIOT detaching to Daharan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, Okinawa and NAS Misawa, Japan. He commanded VP-9, during this tour his squadron was awarded the Battle "E", deploying to NAS Misawa, Japan and detaching to NAS Adak, Alaska and Panama. Captain Ruoti assumed command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE, preparing, training and certifying Patrol and Special Project Squadrons for forward deployed operations..." [15APR2004]

SAFER, ATR2 Donald L. dlsafer@juno.com "...I reported to VT-31 after boot camp. I was with the line crew, December '62 until May '63 while waiting for an opening at NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee for avionics training. While with the line crew I got to jump in Corpus Christi Bay to assist in launch and recovery of P5 Marlins. I also walked wings and rode brakes on P2 Neptunes. I got to wash both types of aircraft. I was also responsible for maintaining proper air pressure in the P5 wheel mounts. NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee radar "A" school June '63 until January '64. I arrived at VAW-11, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, in February '64 a week or two after the first E-2A Hawkeye (Super Fudd). Since I was a highly trained radar technician, I was assigned to the radio shop. The first E-2A did not deploy until October '65 with me in Det C aboard the Kitty Hawk. We returned to San Diego in June '66. I secured from active duty in September as an ATR2. A few months later I joined VP-873, a P2 reserve squadron at NAS Alameda, California until September '68. This is the short version. More can be found on my web site http://www.donsafer.com/..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JUL2010 | 13MAR2000]

SHAW, Bob bshaw@uwf.edu "...Served with VP-24 (69-72), ASWOC/TSC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (75-78), CPWP - NAS Moffett Field, California (78-80), VP-19 (80-82), VT-31 (83-85). Retired from CNET - NROTC/NJROTC in 93. Now at the University of West Florida in Pensacola..." [02DEC2000]

SINNETT, CAPTAIN (COMMODORE) Dennis J. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/index.php?id=29&secid=8 "...Captain Sinnett is a native of Annapolis, MD, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1982, where he received his commission. Following flight training at VT-2 in Milton, FL, and VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, he was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1984. Upon completion of FRS training with VP-30, Captain Sinnett joined VP-10 in September 1984. While attached to the "Red Lancers," he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and a split-site deployment to NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Captain Sinnett reported for duty to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in May 1988, where he served as Quality Assurance Division Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Operational Test Director for various P-3C and H-60 projects. In August 1990, Captain Sinnett reported for duty onboard the USS SARATOGA (CV 60) based at Naval Station Mayport, FL, where he was assigned as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer/V-2 Division Officer. While attached to SARATOGA, he participated in several fleet exercises, two Mediterranean deployments, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In September 1992, Captain Sinnett reported for temporary duty on the staff of CPW-11, where he worked as Watch Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In November 1993, Captain Sinnett reported to VP-46 for his Department Head tour. While assigned to the "Grey Knights," he made deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, and NSF Diego Garcia. During his tour, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. While attached to VP-46, he was selected as the Association of Naval Aviation's Pacific Fleet Maritime Patrol Aviator of the Year. In September 1995, Captain Sinnett reported for duty at CPW-11, where he served as Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. In March 1999, Captain Sinnett reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer and assumed command of the squadron in March 2000. While Commanding Officer, the squadron completed a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, participating in operations in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Captain Sinnett reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, TN, in March 2001 where he served as the VP / VQ Commander detailer. In October 2002, Captain Sinnett reported to Commander, Naval Air Force, San Diego, CA, where he served as Executive Assistant to VADM Michael D. Malone until detaching in August 2004. He assumed command of CPRW-11 on 5 November 2004. He is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Strike/Flight Air Medal (numeral 1), Navy Commendation Medal with five gold stars and the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various other unit, service and campaign decorations..." [12NOV2005]

SPAIN, CW03 William H. Jr. Retired spain-wh@redstone.army.mil "...Reference to WV-2/EC-121K, 145931 of VW-1. I was Flight Crewchief of TE-5 (Rainproof Five) prior to my departure for shore duty at VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in November 1967. When I left TE-5 had a life size painting of Andy Capp on the left hand side of the aircraft, he was holding a bottle of San Miguel beer in one hand. There was also four or five small propellers under the pilots side window representing engine changes, we kept getting engines from overhaul that started making metal on initial start-up. The APS-45 radome had large painted letters (RFI) on the left hand side toward the rear. We had made a set of wheel covers for the nose wheels (a white star with a red ball center on a field of blue) and used them for awhile until the powers that be forced us to remove them, they looked really good. We operated out of " Mary T's " when deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Chu Lia MCAS when in RVN (Our first deployments to RVN we operated along with VQ-1 at DeNang)..." [17DEC2001]

SUTTIE, CAPTAIN Richard Retired rinavy@aol.com "...I served in VP-46 (1981-1983), VP-31 (1984-1987), VP-9 (1990-1992), Executive Officer VP-31 (1993-1994) and Commanding Officer VT-31 (1996), American Embassy in London and then completed a one year fellowship at Harvard University, 11 years on staff at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI and retired from active duty in 2006. I now live in Los Angeles, CA and working in the education field. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 13MAR2013 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24FEB2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18JAN2001 | 24FEB98]

VanCLEAVE, AMS1 Forrest L. Retired vancleave.forrest@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-31 (1964-1965), VP-31 (11/1965-07/1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VW-1 (1968-1970) at NAS Agana, Guam, VP-5 (06/1970-07/1971) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VT-21 (08/1970-12/1974), VQ-4 (12/1974-11/1978) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, USS Saipan (CVL-48) (02/1979-10/1981), NAS Oceana, VA (11/1981-08/1984) and retired (08/1984)..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAY2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JUN2013 | 27DEC99]

VANDEPELS, AEC Rich Retired richardvandepels@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-31 (1966-1968), VC-10 at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, VC-4 at NAS Oceana, Va and HS-85 at NAS Alameda, California. I left the Navy and enlisted in the Coast Guard where I was stationed at the CGAS Travers City, Mi, CGAS North Bend, Or, Recruiting Office Spokane, Wa, CGAS Los Angeles, Aviation Repair and Supply Center Elizabeth City, NC and Dessert Storm. While at VC-10 I worked in the AE shop under AE1 Dekker. Worked with Jerry Adair, Gary Kittle, AE1 I.D. Neff and Vern Kesweder. I remember Joe Case, Woody Woodward, Stormquist, AT Ernie Lamb, AD Ray Melton, AN Bensavage, Ed Shows, Gene Sayers, Jerry Whitehead, Ted Zieja, CDR Conrad, LT Mansfield, John Lord and Nick Smith. Had a GREAT tour there! Now teach 8th grade science in FT. Myers, Fl and coach varsity basketball and fast pitch softball..." [15DEC2010]

WALLACE, Jack jnkswall@comcast.net"...I served with VP-40 from March 1986 until August 1989. Was PPC of Crew 9 and deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Misawa, Japan. From VP-40 transferred to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and VT-31 as an multi-engine Instructor pilot flying T-44A Kingair turboprops. After two years became a TAR and was assigned to VP-68 at NAF Andrews, Maryland (Andrews AFB, Maryland). From VP-68 I transitioned to VR and flew the Navy C-130T Hercules with VR-53 while remaining at NAF Andrews, Maryland. Left active duty after 14 years but drilled with the Naval Reserve and initially served in the Navy Command Center at the Pentagon for almost two years. Got command of Navy Central Command detachment 0861 at Navy & Marine Corps Reserve center West Palm Beach, Florida. Retired out of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) in 2012. Logged over 3600 Navy pilot hours! Live in Annapolis and am a captain with Delta Air Lines..." [BIO Updated 03NOV2020 | 07NOV2003]

WALSH, PN3 John F. johnuclano1@centurylink.net "...I served with VT-31 (03/1963-02/1965) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7) (03/1965-1966)..." [BIO Updated 12NOV2015 | 03SEP2013]

WEBB, ADR1 Robert D. "Bob" Retired gagrip@earthlink.net "...I was stationed at NAS Point Mugu, California from 1958 to 1962 with the Line Division flying SNB-5, R5Ds and HUP2s. I served with VR-7 from July 1962 to 1967 where I started FE School on the Connie's (C-121) and did not finish. All C-121s were transferred to the Air National Guard and we started receiving Air Force C-130Es when I was about half way through the FE School. I flew MAC flights all over the world and was some of the best duty in the Navy, as some Shipmates started as Airman and left as a Chief Petty Officers. I then served with VT-31 NAAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida from 1967 to 1971. We had T28 aircraft with a tailhooks and qualified student pilots in carrier landings. I next reported to VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California in 1971 and attended FE School. I served with VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1972 to 1975 on Crew 4 (FE). VP-19 was one of the better tours as we got to see a lot of South East Asia all the way to Iran. I then served with VT-31 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and was assigned to Power Plants and Quality Assurance. I retired from VT-31 on June 20, 1977 as an ADR1. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [22SEP2008]

WHITAKER, James Jr. jwjr1943@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-31 (05/1963-03/1964) working with P2V, PRM and S2F and VU-6 (04/1964-03/1965) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20JUN2017 | 28MAR2000]

WINN, Thomas "Mike" Retired tmwinn1@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16, VP-30, VP-45, VP-56, VT-27, VT-31, ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, VP-16, VAQ-33 and then retired. I am currently flying with DAL F/O 767-400..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2009 | 18FEB2007]

WOODWARD, PO3 Norman "Woody" nwoodward1@triad.rr.com "...Arrived in CRP, VT-31 in May 1964 from A school in Memphis. Worked in airframes shop under Chief Turck. Moved to line maint. about a year later under LTjg Sheaffer. Had a ball in Texas. Made PO3 and went to night check under Ron Bubeck Otto Lassen and Chief Backlin. We were flying the TS2A AC. Played fast pitch softball and football. We were 8th Naval district champs in both 1966 and 1967. Our coaches were AT Ripoll in 65 BM Pucker and AT Bill Stromquist in softball. LT Bobby Mansfield was our coach and QB in football. I have pictures of both teams if anyone out there wants one and knows who I am talking about. I'm going to drop some names and if you are out there email me. AM Ron Bubeck, AM Tom Scroggins, Naval Officer Steve Crawford, I got his money on his first salute, 1967. He was from Ohio, I think. I have Mike J. Collins AMH3 email if someone out there is wondering about him. I'll stop rambling. That was the best time of my life. Write..." [E-Mail Updated 07FEB2010 | E-Mail Updated 27JAN2006 | E-Mail Updated 14MAR2002 | 26NOV2000]

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