VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ADAMS, DK1(SW) Mark azbullwinkle@cox.net "...I served my first tour of duty with VP-16 from 1982 to 1985. I made deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda. VP-16 was a very strong influence to my career and I would not trade my memories for anything..." [E_Mail Updated 10OCT2008 | 22DEC99]

AGARD, AW2 Dale dagard64@outlook.com "...I served with VP-16 (1980's) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda..." [E-Mail Updated 29JUN2019 | 13JUN2012]

AIKEN, Joel joelaiken@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1972-1976) as a pilot with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and Souda Bay. Flew with Ron Bobo, Steve Hilley, Brick Mason, JP4 John Powell, Ken Reightler (the astronaut), "Jimmy the K" Kessler, Nickel Rocket Sam Mellar, Rob DeAntonio, Scott Krajnik, Norm Ray, Don Gentry, Ken Peters, Bennie Bunn, Arnie Queen, Jay Beasley, Ron Testa, Ron Castle, Larry Maloy, Charlie Pease, and Dick Silverman. The names bring back such memories!..." [E-Mail Updated 01JUL2012 | 06JUL98]

ALLEN, ATCS John Retired john.allen@titan.com "...I first check'd into VP-16 in early 1973 as a I level tech for radar and LLLTV. When we deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily that changed and I started flying. I kept on flying the rest of my life in the Navy. I left VP-16 early 1979 (my ancient eagle still has a place in my heart). I retired as an ATCS in 1988..." [10MAR2003]

ALLEN, AOC(NAC/AW) Steve (Snuffy) Retired SaSteveCPO@aol.com "...Hello FELLOW Shipmates. I have some outstanding memories of numerous deployments with some of the most outstanding people in the world - P-3 SAILORS. Served with VP-49 1979-82, VP-16 1982-85, VP-1 1985-88, VP-17 1993-95, and CPWP 1995-98. Never under-estimate the usefulness of ordnance!!!!!!..." [E-Mail Updated 29SEP99 | 13JUL98]

ALTHAUSER, Laura L. Laura.Althauser@NOAA.gov "...I was an AT at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal from 1991 to decommissioning. It was a great place....and I DO remember George from Praia. His place was the "Anchor" wasn't it? I remember sitting up on the balcony and watching the little mini bull runs on the beach. I had too much fun in that place. I was also breifly in VP-16 in 1993. I got medevaced from Puerto Rico and never came back. I wish I would have had more time. It was a blast to be in Puerto Rico, even though it was long hours. I still work for the government, only now I am a fishery biologist..." [20JUL2000]

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]

ARNETT, ADJ3 Gary oldtimer-arnett@live.com "...I served with VP-16 from August 1972 to September 1973 working in the Jet Shop. I currently live in North Carolina and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20FEB2011]

AUGUSTUS, CDR Jim Retired saug@cei.net "...Did tours in VP-8 from 1971 to 1974 and VP-16 from 1982 to 1984. I was a Pilot and retired in November 1992. I have just published a site dedicated to the PB4Y aircraft. I can use images to display if you have them! http://www.navylib.com. Will definitely add your site to my links page! Keep up the good work here!..." WebSite: http://www.navylib.com [18NOV99]

BACHELLER, AD1 Ken Retired KTABACH@MSN.com "...I was a P-3 Flight Engineer with VP-16, VP-24, and VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [07APR2003]

BACHRACH, AT1(AW/NAC) Jay jrbachrach@yahoo.com "...VC-5 non-rate 81-83; VQ-1 EWOP 84-87; VP-16 IFT 88-92; NAWCAD Warminster IFT 92-95; VQ-2 EWOP/ground pounder 95-97; NAMTRAGRUDET NAS North Island, San Diego, California ES-3A instructor. E-mail me if you know me..." [19FEB98]

BAIN, ASCM James "Jim" A. Retired jimbain@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-16 (1976-1979) and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01JUL2012 | 31DEC2000]

BARNEY, AVCM Bruce Retired ibbarney@comcast.net "...Joined the Navy in 1969. After AW training and from 1970-1975, was stationed in VP-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until a homeport change that took the squadron to NAS Brunswick, Maine In 1975, I changed rate from AW2 to AX2 and was assigned to VP-30 as an Inflight Tech from 1975-1978. Then to VP-16 from 1978-1982 as a Inflight Tech where I made AXC. 1982-1984 was assigned to VP-30 Framp as an Inflight Tech Instructor where I made AXCS. Went to VP-24 from 1984-1986 as an Inflight Tech and Maintenance Control Supervisor and made AVCM. Final tour from 1986-1989 was COMPATWINGSLANT Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida Advanced Maritime Projects Office. Retired in Dec 89..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 05MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 21MAY99 | E-Mail Updated 23JAN99 | 14DEC97] [Updated ICQ# 277185191 | ICQ# 215446 215446]

BARRIS, AWCS(AW) Bill wbarris@juno.com "...I served in HSL-36 from 1976-1979, FASOTRAGRULANT Det Jax from 1979-1982 VP-16 from 1982-1986, CPW-11 from 1986-1989, VP-56 from 1989-Disestablishment, VP-5 from 1991-1993, TSC NS Rota, Spain from 1993-1996, VP-30 1996-present...brings back lots of memories both good and bad. Mostly good..." [01NOV2001 | 07JUN98]

BARTLETT, PN2 Wayne "Bart" wgbart@frontier.com "...I served with VP-16 (09/1964-09/1966) in the Personnel Office. I was Duty Yeoman (29JUL65) when we lost Spangle 8 in Bermuda. A day I shall never forget. I was responsible for the Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO) and continued that duty all the time in the Navy. We think about the families of our fallen comrades always..." [E-Mail Updated 25JUL2011 | 19OCT97]

BASS, George T. Gbass38998@aol.com "...I was in VP-16 from 6/76 until 8/77. I've been with VP-66 until I resigned unceremoniously in March 2000 after 25 years and 4000 hours..." [BIO Updated 16AUG2001 | 10NOV98]

BAYLESS, Rear Admiral Jon W. Jr. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/baylessjw.html "...Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1979 with a degree in Systems Engineering. He was designated a Naval Aviator in April of 1981 and completed Fleet Replacement training at VP-30 in November of that same year. From December 1981 to December 1984, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless was assigned to VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During his tour he was designated a Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander making deployments to NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. The "War Eagles" were recognized with a Battle E, the Golden Wrench, and three Meritorious Unit Commendations during this period. In January of 1985, he reported to VT-27 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as an Instructor Pilot in the T-34C Mentor. As a Flight Leader and solo check pilot, he instructed in Basic Familiarization, Radio Instruments, Night Navigation, and Precision Acrobatics. After affiliating with the Naval Reserve, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless reported to the "Executioners" of VP-93 in November of 1989 at NAF Detroit, Michigan. During this tour, he served as Department Head for Administration, Operations, and Maintenance. He led armed patrols in Operation Sharp Guard supporting UN sanctions against the former Yugoslav Republics and also flew sorties during Support Democracy and Able Manner supporting the UN sanctioned embargo of Haiti. With the disestablishment of VP-93, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless received orders in the spring of 1994 to VP-68 at NAF Andrews, Maryland. He served as an Executive Assistant and then as the Executive Officer of the "Black Hawks". While attached to VP-68, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless supported multiple operations throughout the Mediterranean and the Caribbean to include counter narcotics missions from Roosevelt Roads, Key West, and Howard AFB in Panama. In June of 1996, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless reported aboard VP-66 in NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, as the PCO and took command the following month. The "Liberty Bells" won the CNO Safety Award for 1996 and 1997 as well as the MPA International Symposium Competition for ASW Excellence during his tenure. In November of 1997, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless assumed the duties of Executive Officer NR CINCUSNAVEUR 513 (CNE 513) at Great Lakes, Ill. The command received the Leo V. Bilger Award for outstanding Surface Augment Unit that year. During this period, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless was selected to become the first East Coast Facilitator of the Navy's Culture Workshop process representing COMNAVAIRLANT. His next assignment was CO of NR Tactical Support Center 472 (TSC 472) from October 1998 to September of 1999. TSC 472 provided watch officers for NATO Operations Allied Force and Noble Anvil from TSC Sigonella in support of highly visible Balkan missions. Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless then commanded NR Battle Group Staff Eight (BGS-8) at Forest Park, Ill., from October 1999 to September 2001. While supporting COMCRUDESGRU EIGHT, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless deployed with IKEBATGRU and also served as the Deputy JFACC for Unified Endeavor. He subsequently took command of NR CINCUSNAVEUR Joint Task Force Contingency Unit 413 (CNE JTFCU 413) in October 2001. During this command tour, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless was recalled to active duty from April 2002 to March 2003 as Deputy Commander, Task Force Five Seven at NAVCENT NSA Bahrain in support of Enduring Freedom. He was nominated for Flag rank in February 2003. Among his awards are four Meritorious Service Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal. He has attended the National Defense University's NATO Staff Officer Course, the Reserve Components National Security Course, and CINCLANTFLT's Senior Officer Course. Rear Adm. (Sel.) Bayless is also the Vice President of the Detroit Metro Chapter of the Navy League and has sat on numerous promotion and selection boards. In his civilian occupation, he is an AIRBUS 320 Captain for Northwest Airlines..." [01JUN2003]

BEASLEY, ATC(AW) Dave Retired meraptor@mindspring.com "...I was the Lockheed Squadron Representative for VP-44 during the transition to the P-3C UII from 1978-1980. I went on deployment with the Pelicans to Iceland for their first operational deployment in the new aircraft. Was in VP-16 from 1971 thru 1975. I made one NAS Bermuda, one NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and one Iceland deployment with the squadron. In 1980-1982 returned to Sixteen in my civilian capacity as a Squadron Training and Readiness Team Representative for the Lockheed California Company. Maintain contact with a couple of other of Shipmates (Jim Brink to mention one) from that same era..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN2000 | E-Mail Updated 02JUL98]

BEAUMONT, Ken sharbo@bulloch.com "...I served in VP-5 and VP-16 during the 1950's and 1960's. Those years were the greatest times of my life. By the bye, there's a B-66 (P2V-7} on display at the Air Force Museum at Warner Robins Airforce Base near Macon Georgia..." [21JAN2000]

BEDFORD, Wayne wbedford@meridian.msstate.edu "...I was a member of crew 7 from '66 to '68 (P-3A). We made a WestPac cruise to NS Sangley Point, Philippines - 66/67. We earned Air Medals for flying a lot of hours. My crew was selected to go to a NATO school in Northern Ireland - Aug 67. We made a Med cruise 67-68 to NS Rota, Spain..." Website: http://www2.msstate.edu/~wbedford/[29JUN98]

BELISLE, REAR ADMIRAL Kenneth C. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/belislekc.html "...Rear Admiral Kenneth C. Belisle, a native of Worcester, Mass., is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1968, he was designated a Naval Aviator and was assigned to VP-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. During his first tour, he participated in operational deployments to NAS Bermuda; NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada; NS Rota, Spain, and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, qualifying as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot in the P-3A Orion aircraft. In 1972, he was assigned to VP-30 as an Instructor Pilot. Rear Adm. Belisle was accepted into the TAR (Training and Administration of Reserves) Program in 1974 and was assigned to NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He subsequently transferred to VP-66 where he assumed the duties of Assistant Operations Officer. In 1978, he reported to VP-16, based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as NATOPS/Safety Officer, Training Officer, and Officer in Charge (OIC) of the squadron's South American detachment in support of UNITAS XX, a major multinational exercise involving nine South American nations. After release from active duty in 1980, he affiliated with Squadron Augment Unit VP-0516 where he served as Reserve P-3C Training Program Coordinator, directing a pilot program which led to the establishment of the VP Master Augment Units. In 1983, he transferred to VP-92 at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he assumed the duties of Executive Officer. In October 1984, he became the squadron's tenth Commanding Officer. Returning to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1985, he reported to VTU-7474, serving as Training Officer and Chief Staff Officer. In 1987, he became Commanding Officer of NR Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing 0174. He subsequently served as Commanding Officer of NR Mobile Maintenance Facility ALFA, NAS Jacksonville, Florida 0274, VTU-7474, and NR Carrier Group 0667 at NAS Atlanta, Georgia. From October 1995 to September 1997, he served as Chief of Staff, Logistics Task Force, Atlantic, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va. His flag assignments have included Deputy, Maritime Defense Forces, Atlantic, Deputy Commander, Patrol Wings, Atlantic and Commander, Naval Base Jacksonville. His military decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Rear Adm. Belisle is a commercial pilot employed by Northwest Airlines..." [14JUL2003]

BENNETT, John JBen32@aol.com "...I served with VP-30, VP-19, VP-31, VP-16, ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, ASWOC NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-10 and all the associated fun that went with them. Of course I can't say NSF Diego Garcia or NAS Adak, Alaska were all that much fun..." [19JUN2002]

BENZLER, ADCS Richard A. Retired rbenzler@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (1974-1977), NAS Moffett Field, California (1977-1980) AIMD Prop Shop, VP-22 (1980-1984) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Philippines (1984-1988) and the Tailhook Navy for the next 6 years before retiring in 1994. If I had it to do all over again I wouldn't change a thing. Currently drive Charter tour Buses. Now I'm the captain of my own ship..." [05DEC2010]

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

BLACKSTON, CMC Charles Shipmate Pix http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/index.php?id=31&secid=8 "...Master Chief Blackston enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1977, and attended Recruit Training at Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida. After the completion of AE Class "A" School in Millington, TN, he was assigned to Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7), NAS Meridian, MS. Released from active duty in December 1980, he re-enlisted in the Navy in February 1984. Upon reentering the Navy, he attended AE Class "C" School, NAS Millington, Tennessee. Afterwards, he attended Naval Aircrewman Candidate School, Pensacola and P-3 Flight Engineer School, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. His next assignment was to VP-49, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He served as primary NATOPS instructor for the flight engineer position and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda, and back to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Following his first VP tour, he was selected for assignment to the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Here he served as classroom instructor, Fleet IUT (Instructor Under Training) Instructor, Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Instructor, VP-30 primary NATOPS/Alternate CNAL evaluator, and primary CNAL evaluator. During this demanding tour, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. His next posting was to VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned, he advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and served as the Line Division CPO, QA Division SCPO, and Safety/NATOPS Department SCPO. Here he completed a tri-site deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Panama as well as a Mediterranean deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In May of 1997, he reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (Force Warfare), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Initially assigned as the VP Maintenance Division SCPO, he assumed the role of CMC after being advanced to Master Chief in April of 1998. Following his tour at Force Warfare, he was selectively assigned to the Bureau of Personnel, Sea Duty Component, Dallas, TX, where he served as the Command Master Chief. In April 2002, he reported to VP-8, NAS Brunswick, Maine as the Command Master Chief. VP-8 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily from February to August 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, VP-8 deployed to Japan from December 2004 to June 2005, a first for an east coast VP squadron since the mid 1980's. Master Chief Blackston started his current assignment as Command Master Chief of CPRW-11 in August 2005. Master Chief Blackston is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (April 2000). He is a recipient of the 2003 Commander Naval Air Forces Leadership Award. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation (4 gold stars), and the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and campaign awards..." [12NOV2005]

BLEVINS, Jeffrey waverider4u@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (09/1976-04/1979) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I worked on the line under PO1 Jim Bain..." [22MAY2012]

BOLIN, LCDR Jim jim.bolin@navy.mil "...I served with VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California as an IFT in 1986, VP-48 from 1987 to 1991, a short stay at BUPERS SDC and then to OCS. Commissioned by CDR Deon Harkey in 1994. After the NFO pipeline I went TACAMO (E-6A) with VQ-3 from 1996 to 1997. I transitioned back to VP in 1997 and went to VP-16. I am now in VX-20 Air Test and Evaluation squadron NAS Patuxent River, Maryland DSN 757-9886 COMM 301-757-9886. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [11JUN2004]

BRADFORD, E. Michael (aka MICHAEL MICHAEL) adirondack_mts@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-16 as a sensor one operator on CAC3 from late '79 through April of 1981. I would like to hear from any of you if you care to drop me a note. Lastly, I have looked all over for my great squadron friend Jeffery R. Boian - any clues? The Huffer is clear, all clear aft-lets go flyin'!..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAY2001 | E-Mail Updated 22JUN99 | 16JUN99]

BRABO, Tim Tbrabo8743@aol.com "...I was thinking about NAS Jacksonville, Florida lately because of the football playoffs. I wanted to know if I could find out any imformation about my old squadron VP-16. I think I hit the jackpot. I served proudly with the "Eagels " from August 1982 till April 1986. Great memories. I am still reviewing past guestbook entries to try and contact old friends. If anyone remembers me, I would love to here from you and share stories. P.S. I left the squadron shortly after we arrived back from NAS Bermuda in 1986 and never made arrangements to obtain a cruise book. If anyone can help me obtain one, please let me know. My days with VP-16 were the most memorable in my life and I still have dreams about them to this very day..." [16JAN2000]

BRANDENBURG, AW1 Phil Retired pbrandy@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-56 from 1980-1985, NAS Memphis, Tennessee from 1985-1989, ASMOD USS Eisenhower from 1989-1991, VP-16 from 1991-1996, and CPW-11 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1996-1999. I would like to hear from some old squadron mates..." [16FEB2002]

BRAY, AMSC(AW) Dave Retired brayoviedo@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-16 (1971-1972) with a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I left the service then but came back in 1977 til my retirement in 1994..." [07OCT2011]

BREEDLOVE, AEC Robert Retired dbobdi@bellsouth.net "...My first tour of duty was with VP-16 from 1970-1973 as an AEAN with deployments to NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I also had a tour fo duty with VP-56 from 1983-1986 as an AE1. I now am a retired AEC. Please contact me for Reunions, etc...." [04OCT2002]

BREESE, CDR Jack Retired jbreesewheaton@earthlink.net "...Retired 1989. jbreesewheaton@earthlink.net. Started at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in VP-16 with tours at VP-19 and two at VP-31. The last assignment was CNAP Evaluator with "the" best guys in the fleet. After retirement I was lucky enough to be hired by American Airlines and just rtired as a Captain on the Fokker F-100. Fellow subchasers contact me anytime and we'll get together for some golf. I still have travel privileges with the airline!..." [03MAY2005]

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]

BREWSTER, CPO Brian Retired ezduzitinmaine@verizon.net "...I was a brand new AMSAA checking aboard VP-16 in July '64. I am Brian Brewster and we had P2's that kept dropping screws and fasteners every flight. We transitioned to P-3A's and did BDA a couple of times then on to the PI.I wound up in a Quonset hut in Okinawa for three months as check crew. I left 16 may 67 to go to NAS Brunswick, Maine then B school 72. Then I went to VP-24 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to move to NAS Jacksonville, Florida again. Back to NAS Brunswick, Maine VP-26 73-75. NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal alot..next as a AMS1 went to NAF Washington, D.C. 76-79 Maintaining PFP for the Pentagon. Sea Duty Brand new CPO Attack Squadron 35 USS Nimitz ( they caught me ...) and Carl Vinson ...Two Med/Indian oceans back to back worked hard and played some.. Left haze grey for inst duty Millington.PD KING Where are you ? 82-85 Retired back to Brunswick.. Oh! Point worth mentioning became a friend of BILL W Oct 78..this helped me see parts of the world that I surely would of missed just like the first 13 years of my journey. I could list many people that helped me throughout my time but they know who they are and I say Thank you... I certainly appreciate you.. Civilian life was diff finally fell into a job with Lockheed spar cap work BORING. Worked as a contractor for power company and got into sales...So if you need a new Buick,Pontiac or GMC truck give me a ring.. Life is good...." [18NOV2004]

BRINK, Jim Retired pbjaurco@aol.com "...I started P-3's when they were P-3V-1 with VP-9 in '64--'68, with two WestPac and one NAS Adak, Alaska deployments. Was with VP-16 from '71-'74 in Sunny Sig and Wet NAS Bermuda. I have fond memories with this aircarft, starting with 50 weeks of school in Burbank when the Navy finally signed the first contract for 16 aircraft. I worked for Lockheed in Marietta when the final P-3 came off the line for Korea, so I have really seen them grow. Would like to hear from other Old Timers, especially Skip Lutz, who was FE on one of the most unusual P-3's----that I think is still a classified project..." [17MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...BROULLIARD, Donald C...Donald C. Broulliard died after a long arduous battle with cancer Nov. 21, 2003, at Careage of Whidbey. He was born Sept. 14, 1930, to Charles A. and Jennie M. (Amundsen) Brouillard in Big Lake, Minn. Don graduated from St. Cloud College in Minnesota before joining the Navy in 1954. Don graduated from Navy Flight School, in NAS Pensacola, Florida, as a naval aviator. He served in weather patrol squadrons VP-4 and VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In 1960 he married Theresa M. Cullen of Toledo, Ohio. Back to NAS Pensacola, Florida, and Naval Flight School to teach for three years before joining VW-1 stationed on NAS Agana, Guam, with a tour of sea duty aboard the carrier USS Kearsarge while living in Cypress, Calif. Then onto NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, serving in operations as a LCDR until his retirement in 1974. Don began a second career settling with Artistic Fence Company until 2001. He enjoyed skiing, hunting, bridge, cribbage and bowling. Don was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and Past Grand Knight in Oak Harbor and was a bingo manager for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Terry; son, Douglas J. Brouillard of Everett; daughter Jennie M. Fuller (David) of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren, Zachary James and Sydney Mae Fuller of Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Jean L. Brouillard (Rita) of San Benito, Texas; sister, Mary L. Brouillard of St. Paul, Minn. Viewing will begin at 5 p.m. in St. Augustine's Catholic Church Friday, Nov 28. Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. at the church. A reception will follow the Mass. Arrangements under the direction of Burley Funeral Chapel - Saturday, 22 Nov 2003 Whidbey News Times Whidbey WA..." WebSite: Whidbey News Times http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/portals-code/obits.cgi?paper=84&submit=&name=&skip=690 [02NOV2005]

BROWN, AWC Vernal Retired vernalbrn@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 (11/1964-08/1964) as a ATN3 Radioman on Crew-4, VP-62 and VP-60..." [09NOV2011]

BUCKLEY, CDR James F. http://www.cpw5.navy.mil/vp8/xo.htm "...CDR Buckley was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He was commissioned an Ensign in November 1985 via Aviation Officer Candidate School. He began primary flight training in Milton, FL in January 1986 and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1986. Upon completion of training at the east coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, he reported to the "Dragons" of VP-56 in May 1987. While attached to VP-56, he qualified as an Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander making deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In October 1990, CDR Buckley reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. CDR Buckley was the Operational Test Director for the MK-50 Advanced Lightweight Torpedo and the AGM-65F Maverick Missile System. In February 1994, CDR Buckley reported aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), home-ported in San Diego CA. He served as a Catapult & Arresting Gear Officer ("Shooter") and Flight Deck Division Officer (V-1). Additionally, he qualified as a Conning Alongside and Command Duty Officer (Underway). 1996, he reported to VP-30, for FRS Instructor Pilot duty. He served as the Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer and Aviation Maintenance Officer. CDR Buckley next reported to VP-16 in July 1997. During his department head tour he served as Tactics Officer, CTG Operations Officer, Officer-in-Charge of squadron detachment to Panama, and Maintenance Officer. He completed a tri-site deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Panama as well as a Mediterranean deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In May 2000, CDR Buckley reported to Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN where he served as the Special Assistant for Selection Board Matters. CDR Buckley reported as the Executive Officer, VP-8 in May 2003. His personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Four), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Three), and various other unit, service and campaign awards..." [19JUL2003]

BURNS, AO1 Barnie ao1p3fe@yahoo.com "...I have been in VP aviation from July 1973 to April 1988 doing inflight Ord duties out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Had alot of fun with VP's VP-24, VP-16, VP-5, VP-45, VP-56, and VP-49. Then out for 8 years and sure missed the flying. Returned in August 1988 to fly with VP-62, still in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Went Flight Engineer in 1999 and now am attached to VP-94 here in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. Couldn't begin to describe the times (both good and bad) I had in the trusty P-3. She always brought me home, sometimes with less than 4 engines, but still brought me home. Wouldn't trade pratforms for anything! Am looking forward to swapping sea stories with old Shipmates. Remember...IYAOYAS!..." [05MAR2003]

BUTTERFIELD, Walt Butter1942@aol.com "...I served in VP-84 from Dec 1941 to Oct 1943. I was serving in VP-16. My only other VP experience in VP's was in VP-8, from 48 to 50. The rest of my 20 was sent on "bird farms". I retired in Jan 59. I would really like to hear from anyone from those days who I might know..." [13FEB98]

BYRNE, AW3 Paul F. byrnenup@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1986-1990) as a Sensor Station One Operator - Bear Trap Crew. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [30JUN2017]

CANTIN, Mike charlton_fc@juno.com "...Served with VP-16 from 1964-1966. Made 2 deployments to NAS Bermuda. Infact am still married to a British nurse I met there. Nothing but good memories of good friends and good liberties..." [07MAY2003]

CAPPER, Richard rncapper@aaamichigan.com "...I served with VP-16 from late 1967 until January 1970. I was an AK, I worked for AK 1st class Jim Ivey. I was on deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Bermuda and twice to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during 1968. Would like to hear from anyone who served with me at the time..." [29OCT2003]

CARLSON, ADR3 Carl M. carlmcarlson@hotmail.com "...To you VP-16'ers 1956-1959 NAS Jacksonville, Florida - NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Jacksonville, Florida - NAS Keflavik, Iceland anyone still kicking out there?..." [16FEB2005]

Memorial Picture "...CARLSON, Lorne C...9/22/2009 4:05:39 PM - ROCHESTER -- Lorne Clifford Carlson, 77, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, in Rochester. Lorne's military experience included three years in the Thirty-second Division of the Wisconsin National Guard and four years in the U.S. Navy. He became a flight crew member in VP-16. Naval Aviation brought him to many parts of the world. The Squadron was based in England, Iceland, and French Morocco. His duties also sent him to Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Malta, Spain and Belgium. He received his Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy on June 1, 1956. Memorial services for Lorne C. Carlson will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Ave. N.W., in Rochester. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, with military honors. http://www.postbulletin.com/..." [23SEP2009]

CARTER, AMCS Dave Retired truck72454@yahoo.com "...I served with VA-65 (1971-1975), Non-Destructive Inspection Lab (NDI) at NAS Oceana, VA (1975-1978), VP-30 (1979) FE School, VP-16 (1979-1983), VP-31, VT-26, VQ-1 (1983-1986), VP-49 (1986-1991), NAval DEPot (NADEP) (1991-1993), VQ-1 (1993-1995) and retired early 1995. I now live in NE Ohio..." [08MAR2013]

CASEY, Patrick pcasey11@cox.net "...I served with VP-16 from 1963 to 1967, VP-30 from 1967 to 1971, TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily and VP-5..." [E-Mail Updated 07AUG2010 | 16JAN2010]

CASWELL, Rex rexcaswell@msn.com "...I served with VP-16 April 1971 until 1975. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda with the Eagles. Looking for some of my shipmates during that time. In particular, AO2 Doug Slaughter or Chief Dick Dunn..." [27OCT2001]

CATES, Kenneth W. pikegilao@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-16 from January 1985 to January 1988. I deployed to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Some of you guys from that era may remember some of the parody songs I wrote and performed for you like: Hotel Sigonella, Lookin For Subs In All The Wrong Places, and who could forget Squdron Tradition? Anyway if any of my old buddys see this, drop me a line and let me know how and where you are, and any news about the others. I heard about Joe Lucas it was quite a blow. I was really fond of that guy. Anyway let me hear from you soon!..." [18MAR2000]

CAVANARY, Kraig CAVANARYKS@KENNEDY.NAVY.MIL "...I was stationed in VP-56 from 1990 to decommission and then went on to VP-16 until 1994. Would like to hear from some old per deim types. Tim Walker where are the pictures from the wedding?..." [30APR2000]

CEYNOWA, Ray rayandsueceynowa@msn.com "...I was with VP-16 from 1955 to 1958. Made one deployment to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco and two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Would like to hear from anyone from that period especially from the Airframes Division..." [16FEB2002]

CHENAULT, AW Ellis B. ellis@chenaultstudios.com "...I served with VP-16 as an AW (acoustic) from 1970 through 1973. Serving with THE EAGLES has given me some of the best memories I have ... deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Bermuda, South America with UNITAS and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I am trying to locate a crewmate Jack White who was an AO during the same time. I would love to come to any VP-16 Reunion..." [18MAR2002]

CHITWOOD, Wallace wjameschitwood@outlook.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1969-1970. I cooked and cleaned the barricks while deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I would like to hear from anyone that remembers me plus anyone that was in Project 112..." [E-Mail Updated 26APR2019 | 10FEB2003]

CHRISTOFFERSON, AWCS Darrell J. Retired kg7mo@aboutmontana.net "...I flew with VP-56 from 1965-1970, VX-1 1970-1973, VP-16 1973-1977, then NISC Washington DC 1977-1980, USS Forrestal 1980-1982, and finally ASWOC/TSC NAS Bermuda 1982-1986. I have many great memories of flying in the P2's and P-3's and was one of the first qualified Sensor 3 operators on one of the "new" P-3C aircraft at VP-56 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Now living in NW Montana, my home, I hear and see the old P2 and occasionally P-3 aircraft fly over my house many days every summer (especially in 2000) on their way to drop fire retardant on forest fires. VPers are the best!..." [02APR2001]

CHURCH, AWCM Don don_church@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1987 to 1990, VP-30 from 1990 to 1993, USS Theodore Roosevelt from 1993 to 1997, NAVAIR from 1997 to 2000, VP-16 frm 2000 to 2003 and currently with COMPATRECONWING 11..." [13SEP2004]

CLARKE, LCDR Bob Retired roclarke@cisco.com "...I served with VP-16 between May 1984 and May 1987, on CAC-8 and 10. Really miss late nighters with Squirrel and Wags, and love to get the tape of the Sigonella band that Mac Bollman, Scott Pierce and I cranked up from Coop, our recording and sub-sniffing tech. We had a ball -- nothing like that deployment to Bermuda which included golf at Castle Harbour for SIX bucks. All hail, War Eagles -- check three down and locked!! Regards..." [07AUG2000]

CLOPEIN, Anthony C/O His Daughter Heather Quinn (Clopein) ELKTONZOO@AOL.COM "...My Father, Anthony Clopein, served VP-44 Crew 11 around 1962 as a radio operator. I am helping him get any information on former Shipmates..." [24MAY2003]

COBB, AN Douglas E. smokeybonefan@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1980 to 1984. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [Rate Updated 17FEB2012 | E-Mail Updated 05APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 03JAN2007 | E-Mail Updated 22DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 28SEP2001 | 11JUL98]

COFFEY, John Retired jlcoffey1@msn.com "...I was stationed at "C" Maintenance Tire Shop at Chase Field in 1959. I was transfered to ATU 204 (VT-25) in 1960. I started and worked in Seat Shop made E/7 in January 1963 on to "B" school in 1965 then VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Instructor duty at NAS Memphis, Tennessee to 1969 then on to VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Retired in 1963 went to work with a small airline FEDEX as a AandP mech retired 22 years later as a senior aircraft maintenance program planner for boeing and airbus aircraft. Chase Field is now a Texas prison. Brown Jug long gone (I was page 35 in MR jessies credit book) fish and travel now with wife of 45 years. Hello to all you F9F people out their..." [10AUG2004]

Memorial Picture "...COLEMAN, PO1 James M...My Father, PO1 James M. Coleman, passed April 2007. Dad served with VP-16 during his Navy career. I'm trying to piece together his Navy career through the units he was in and would like to hear from any of his former Shipmates...Gwen (Coleman) Menz gwe@madisontelco.com..." [04JAN2009]

COLLINS, PH3 Lance lcollins@cswnet.com"...Hey if any of you are out there and remember me please contact me. I was the PAO\ISO photographer. It would be great to hear from some of you!..."

COOLEDGE, CDR Scott P. Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-46/co.html "...Commander Cooledge is a native of Portland Maine and a 1985 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science and his United States Coast Guard Mates License Unlimited Tonnage all Oceans. After a year of working in the merchant fleet CDR Cooledge attended Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in July of 1986. He then attended flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in September 1987 and later a Naval Aviator in August 1991. His first sea going assignment was with VP-11 where he served as an Instructor Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander and the Squadron Tactics Officer, deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Following his first sea tour as a Naval Flight Officer CDR Cooledge was selected for a pilot transition and returned to the training command in September 1990, earning his pilot wings in August of 1991. He completed his next sea tour in VP-16 where he served as an Instructor Pilot, Mission Commander and the Squadron Pilot NATOPS Officer, deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and Panama. His next assignment was aboard the USS John F. Kennedy where he served as a Catapult and Arresting gear Officer and the ships V-2 Divison Officer, deploying to the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. CDR Cooledge then completed his Dept Head tour with VP-45 where he served as the Squadron Operations Officer, Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander, deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Panama. CDR Cooledge's most recent assignment was a three-year tour serving as the Aircraft Carrier Placement Officer at the Naval Personnel Command in Millington TN where he was responsible for manning the 2200 plus officer billets aboard the US Navy's Aircraft Carriers. While attached to the Bureau of Personnel CDR Cooledge earned a Masters of Science Degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego. CDR Cooledge has logged over 4000 hours in the P-3 as both a Pilot and an NFO. He is the recipient of 3 Navy Commendation Medals as well as numerous unit commendations and awards..." [24APR2005]

COUCH, Bill [W4VY] billcouch@sprintmail.com "...VP-49 (60/63 AEAN-AE2 Radioman Crew 3), VP-16 (63/64), VP-21 (64/65), FAETUJAX( 65/67), VXN-8 (67/70), ADCOP (70/71) VXE-6 (72/75) CWO, Choctaw(75/78), VR-24 Det NS Rota, Spain (78/81), CTW-5 (81/84), USS Midway CV 41 & VA-93 (84/87), CTW-5 (87/90), USS ESSEX (LHD 2) (90/93 - CDR USN Ret 5/93), UNC Aviation Services, Inc. until 5/96 Where and how is everyone???..." [18AUG98]

COWLEY, AECS Bobby D. Retired bp3fly@winning.com "...I was in VP-5 (62-65), VX-1 (66-69), VP-16 (69-74), VT-22 (74-77), HC-6(77-80), and VT-24 (80-84). I'm currently employed with Raytheon Aerospace on the US Customs Drug Interdiction Program at Corpus Christi, Tx. Would like to hear from past Shipmates..." [21APR2001]

COX, AT2 Charlie charlie_c0756@yahoo.com "...It's amazing to see all the names of guys I served with in VP-16 in the mid 1980's. We deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and those amazing trips to Amsterdam. What about those wonderful maids in NAS Keflavik, Iceland? I've talked to Tim Brabo and Dave Pressley. I'd really like to hear from J. P. Morgan, Dave Malcolm, and the rest of the guys who sang "The VP-16 Keflavik Iceland Horizontal Snowstorm Blues". You know who you are. Email me, I'll get back to you..." [10MAY2003]

CROY, PHAN Kenneth P. kc1262@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 from May 1977 to July 1978. Alot of good men to work with and work for..." [06OCT2009]

CROZIER, Frank Retired fcrozier@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1960 to 1963, NARTU NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey from 1965 to 1966, USS Forrestal from 1966 to 1969, VX-1 from 1969 to 1973, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1974 to 1976, VAW-116 at NAS Miramar, California from 1976 to 1978, NAMTRA DET 1008 NAS Miramar, California from 1978 to 1981 and then I retired..." [23AUG2009]

CUTTER, CDR David C. Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/xobio.html "...Commander Cutter graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. Following graduation, he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in NAS Pensacola, Florida. Completing AOCS as Regimental Commander, he earned a regular Navy commission under the Distinguished Naval Graduate program. Following commissioning, he attended flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida and Sacramento, California where he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in September 1988. After completing FRS training at VP-30, Commander Cutter began his first squadron tour with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Qualifying as an Instructor Tactical Coordinator and ISAR Radar Mission Commander, he made deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Panama. During this tour, he served as Asst. Tactics, NFO NATOPS, and Schedules Officer. In 1992, Commander Cutter reported for instructor duty at the Fleet Replacement Squadron VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While there, he served as NFO Training Officer, COMNAVAIRLANT NATOPS Evaluator and Public Affairs Officer during the VP FRS consolidation and the Republic of Korea Navy foreign military training program. Commander Cutter was next assigned as Operations Admin Officer aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in August 1995. Homeported in Bremerton, Washington, USS NIMITZ deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and later participated in the Strait of Taiwan crisis during April 1996. Qualifying as both Command Duty Officer Underway and Officer of the Deck Underway, Commander Cutter also earned his Surface Warfare designation aboard USS NIMITZ. In June 1997, he reported to the Secretary of the Navy's staff in Washington D.C. where he served as the Personal Aide to SECNAV. Following FRS refresher training, Commander Cutter reported to VP-16 in May 1999 for his department head tour. Serving as Tactics, Administration, and Operations Officer, VP-16 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. During his tour, VP-16 was awarded the Jay Isbell Award for ASW excellence and the CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award. Upon completion of his department head tour, he was assigned as Asst. Washington DC Placement Officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in June 2001. In January 2003, CDR Cutter enrolled in the Financial Management curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Earning a Masters of Business Administration, he graduated with distinction and was recognized as a Conrad Scholar for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Financial Management. Additionally, he was awarded the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Management, the Department of the Navy Award for Academic Excellence in Financial Management, and the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan Award for Academic Excellence in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. During this tour, CDR Cutter completed the Naval War College Command and Staff Course, also graduating with distinction. Before joining VP-40 as the Executive Officer, CDR Cutter most recently served as the Chief Staff Officer for CPRW-10 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. His awards include the Meritorious Service medal (2), Navy Commendation medal (3), Navy Achievement medal (3) and various campaign and operational awards..." [23APR2005]

DANIEL, LCDR Steve Retired sjdaniel@cox.net "...I served with VP-31 from 1966-1968 (AX-3) flying P2E, P2F, and P5M, VP-16 from 1968-1973 flying the P-3A and C (changed rate to AW), and ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland as an Analysis and Beartrap CPO. Commissioned via LDO(6322), then ASWOC's Pacific then NFO school, graduating July 1982. I then served withVP-11 from 1983-1986 as NFO, TACCO and Mission Commander in P-3-C UII. PMA 205, Washington after that. Finally FASOTRAGRULANT XO at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, then O-in-C of Rescue Swimmer School, NAS Pensacola, Florida. Now retired after 30 years and having success with a financial career, but sorely miss chasing and tracking Soviet submarines..." [E-Mail Updated 01MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 28FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 19FEB2000 | 25NOV98]

DAVIS, AX2 John M. jmichaeldavis@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-16 as an IFT from 1984 to 1986 and VP-30 FRAMP as an IFT Instructor from 1987 to 1990. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04JAN2010]

DEATON, PO1 Joe jsdeaton@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (1991-1995) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I now live in Gastonia, NC and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [16MAY2014]

DeBOLD, CDR James R. http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforXO.htm "...Commander DeBold attended the University of Missouri-Columbia on an NROTC scholarship. Earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he was commissioned in December 1986. Following Surface Warfare Officer training, Commander DeBold reported aboard the USS ELLIOT (DD-967), homeported in San Diego, in August 1987. During this tour, he served as Electrical Officer, Damage Control Assistant, First Lieutenant and earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation. Accepted for the Surface-to-Pilot Transition Program, Commander DeBold began flight training in January 1990 and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1991. Following initial P-3C ORION training with VP-30, Commander DeBold joined the WAR EAGLES of VP-16 in May 1992 where he served as Command Security Manager, Assistant Administration Officer, Assistant Training Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. While assigned to the WAR EAGLES, he deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone; and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Commander DeBold reported to the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in August 1995, where he was assigned duties as the Assistant Air Operations Officer. Qualifying as an Air Operations Watch Officer, he conducted numerous carrier qualification operations for initial student pilots from CNATRA Training Commands in addition to the F-14, F/A-18, and E-2C Fleet Replacement Squadrons. He deployed in 1997 to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of Task Force 60 and Task Force 50. After completing P-3C refresher training, he joined the MAD FOXES of VP-5 in September 1998, where he served as the Maintenance Officer. Additionally, he held billets as P-3 Liaison Officer for NATO Stabilization Forces (SFOR) in support of Operations DELIBERATE FORGE and DETERMINE FORGE, Safety/NATOPS Officer and Administrative Officer. Commander DeBold is currently serving as the Executive Officer, VX-20. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star..." [17JUN2003]

DECKER, Richard E. richedecker@msn.com "...I worked on the VP-16 line crew with R. J. Miller. Joined the squadron in late 1969 til 1971. Went on deployments to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Does anyone know whatever happened to RJ? Sure was a great guy..." [16NOV2007]

DEES, CDR Andy Retired frade34@aol.com "...I served (Active Duty) with VP-16 (1980-1983) and Reserve with VP-66, VP-67 (1990-1995), TSC-1079 (Plank Owner), Technical Projects Officer for Commander In Chief United States Pacific Command (USCINCPAC) War Gaming/Simulation Facility and retired from the United States Navy Reserve after serving as the Surveillance and Warning Tactical Applications Officer assigned to United States Space Command, Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, Colorado..." [31JAN2012]

DELOUGHERY, Michael J. mjd5513@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1978-1981), VP-0516 (1982-1984) and VP-94 (1984-1995) and retired. I was hired by Delta Air Lines (1985) and took an early retirement in 2005. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/PIX Removed 12AUG2014 | PIX Added 30DEC2005 | 21DEC2005]

DEUTSCH, REAR ADMIRAL (Select) Kenneth William http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/deutschkw.html "...Rear Admiral (Select) Kenneth William Deutsch is a native of Burlington, Ill. He attended Illinois State University, graduating in June 1978, and received his commission in August 1978 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate (AVROC) Program. In July 1979 Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch was designated a Naval Flight Officer. In February of 1980, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-16 and completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Bermuda / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported in July 1983 to VP-30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he served as Communications Officer, Tactical Training Team (TTT) Instructor, and NFO Training Officer. In July 1986, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet/Commander, Carrier Group Five, homeported in Cubi Point, R.P., where he served as Flag Secretary and Flag Lieutenant. While on board the staff, he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and served on several flagships, including USS Midway (CV 41) and USS Ranger (CV 61). In September 1987 the Carrier Group Five staff became the first Joint Task Force Middle East staff. During this tour, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch served as Flag Lieutenant for the Commander, completing a six month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean on board USS Long Beach (CGN 9) and USS Iowa (BB 61) during the Iran/Iraq War and Operation Earnest Will. Following his tour in the Philippines, he was assigned in August 1988 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., where he served as the VP Shore and then Sea Detailer in the Aviation Assignment Branch. In November 1990, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-5 where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer, completing a NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment. Upon completion of this tour in February 1992, he reported to CPW-11 as Operations Officer until January, 1994. In April 1994, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to VP-24 as the Executive Officer, completing a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, prior to the squadron's decommissioning in May 1995. He then reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In June 1997 he reported to the Commander of Task Force Sixty Seven, homeported in NAF Naples, Italy, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch assumed command of CRPW-5, homeported in NAS Brunswick, Maine, in May 1999. As Commodore, he directed the training and operations of four Patrol and Reconnaissance squadrons until his Change of Command in October, 2000. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to The Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2000 where he served as the Chief, Communications and Computer Networks Division, J6T, in the C4 Systems Directorate, J6. Following his selection for promotion to Rear Admiral (Lower Half), he reported to the OPNAV staff in October 2002 where he is currently serving as the Deputy for Resources and Requirements in the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Division, CNO N-61..." [22JUN2003]

DEVINE, John andydevine@earthlink.net "...Served my last 2 years with VP-16 1968 to May 1970 (Power Plants)..." [23DEC2001]

DICKSON, AEC Dave Retired dicksondg@navair.navy.mil "...I was a career VP sailor, retiring as an AEC in January 1990. Starting in the VP-30 Electric Shop in 1970 and ending in the Maintenance Division of VP-16 in 1990. In between I was in VP-45, VX-1, VP-17, and Naval Air Development Center. The nine years in the electric shop was a great back ground for the P-3 and really helped me through flight engineer school in 1980. I'm currently working for Boeing on the F-18 Super Hornet program in the Maintenance Data Center as a Product Support Technician. I have many good memories of experiences and friends in the Navy and would like to hear from anyone who I was stationed with!..." [19DEC2000]

DIETZEN, CAPTAIN (sel) John jdietzen@juno.com "...I graduated from Auburn University, Auburn, AL, where he received my commission through the NROTC program. I earned my naval flight officer wings in May 1985. In April 1986 I reported to VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where I qualified as Navigator/Communicator, Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, and Instructor Tactical Coordinator onboard the P-3CUII.5 aircraft. I completed two overseas deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. My following shore tour was as a CPW-11 staff officer. During this tour, I served as an Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Center (ASWOC) watch officer, a Weapons System Trainer (WST) instructor, and the Mission Control & Evaluation (MC & E) Officer. I earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida in 1991. I transferred to the Naval Reserve in August 1991, affiliating with VP-62. During my tenure at VP-62, I held positions as Training Officer, assistant Admin Officer, Tactics Officer, Maintenance Admin Officer, and Executive Assistant. My aircrew duties include Navigator/Communicator, Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Mission Commander, alternate TACCO NATOPS Instructor and TACCO PQS instructor onboard the P-3CUIII aircraft. In 1998, I graduated "with distinction" from the Naval War College Non-Resident Seminar Program. In October 1999, I affiliated with Patrol Wing 1174 as a Weapons System Trainer (WST) instructor and was selected to be the unit's Executive Officer in September 2000. In October 2002, he assumed command of NAS Jacksonville, Florida 0274. I am the Vice President of Commercial Relationships for CenterBank in Jacksonville and reside in Orange Park, FL, with my wife, Carol, & daughter, Laura..." [26AUG2004]

DISHMAN, CDR Robert B. http://www.cpw5.navy.mil/vp8/co.htm "...Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Commander Robert B. Dishman attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering while playing varsity baseball. He commenced flight training and received his wings of gold in August 1987. His first operational assignment was to VP-5 stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-5, he achieved designation as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot and participated in deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, NAS Bermuda, and split site NS Rota, Spain / Souda Bay, Crete during Desert Storm. In 1991, Commander Dishman was selected for the Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program. After completing an accelerated Aeronautical Engineering Master's program at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, he reported to the Naval Test Pilot School in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. While assigned to Test Pilot School, he flew over 20 different aircraft and received recognition for his final project on the Mirage 2000. Commander Dishman reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20) in 1993 as a Project Officer, NATOPS Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. During this tour, he was selected as Test Pilot of the Year in 1995. He returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1996 for duty with VP-45. During his tenure as Maintenance Officer, the squadron received the "Golden Wrench" Award. In July, 1998, Commander Dishman reported aboard the USS Coronado (AGF-11) for duty on Commander, THIRD Fleet staff. During this tour, Commander Dishman qualified as Battle Watch Captain and assisted in the development of the Web Centric ASW Network. In February 2000, Commander Dishman reported to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville, Florida and assumed the duties as the P-3 Fleet NATOPS Evaluator. Commander Dishman was subsequently selected for operational command and reported as the Executive Officer for VP-8 in May 2001 and is now Commanding Officer of VP-8. Commander Dishman's awards include the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Naval and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and other unit citations..." [19JUL2003]

DOUDNA, AWC Ralph F. Retired ralphdoudna@aol.com "...I am from Maxwell, Nebraska and enlisted in the Navy in Feb 1958 went through boot camp at San Diego, "P" school Norman, ATA school NAS Memphis, Tennessee, was assigned to VP-47 at NAS Alameda, California and flew as an aircrewmen in P5Ms 1&2. VP-47 deployed to Japan 1959-1960 than relocated to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in mid 1960. Also served in VP-16 (P-3As) NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an AT1 from 1966 to 1967 did a deployment to the NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Vietnam. Served in VP-47 again from 1968 to Dec 1969 (this time flying in P-3B aircraft) durning which time We did another NS Sangley Point, Philippines/Vietnam deployment. Served in the Reserves at NAS Moffett Field, California from Dec 1969 to Nov 1981. Went back on active duty in 1981 and served in VP-4, FASOTRAGRUPAC and VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Retired from VP-1 as an AWC in July 1994..." [06AUG2000]

DUNCAN, AW Deral derale@hotmail.com "...Was AW in VP-16 '78-81. Just found this web site and was glad to see that the sub hunters were being represented well. Keep up the good work. Tail winds to you all!..." [12APR2007]

DUNCAN, John johnd@southeast.net "...I was in VP-16 from 81 through 84, AEC, Flight Engineer. Made deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In VP-5 from 87 through 91. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and UNITAS XXX. Did two tours at NAMTGD 1011, NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a P-3 Maintenance and Flight Engineer Instructor. Retired in 1991. Sometimes I even miss the smell of JP5..." [19DEC97]

DUNGAN, AOF2 John JOHNDUNGAN3@aol.com "...I joined VP-741 in May of 1948 as a seaman recruit. Was called to active duty in March 1951 with VP-741. VP-741 became VP-16 on Feb. 4, 1953. I was mustered out with a complete discharge as AOF-2 on Feb. 27, 1953..." [26JAN2002]

DURHAM, Jimmy D. falcon22@flash.net "...I served in VP-4 72-75 as an In-Flight Technician. Was a member of crew 8 transfered to NAMTD NAS Alameda, California but finished tour at NAS Moffett Field, California. I retired in 1983 following tours at NAS Misawa, Japan and VP-16..." [16JAN99]

DUX, ATCS(AW) David A. Retired gusmcgil1@juno.com "...I sServed with VAQ-33 AT shop and Q/A June 1991 until Disestablishment, VP-16 from February 1994 February 1997 Maintenance Control and VP-30 Maintenance Control from February 1997 until August 2000 retirement. The VP Navy is the way to go. I served with a lot of great people..." [E-Mail Updated 09APR2004 | 28AUG2000]

DYE, AWCM (NAC/AW) Robert "Bob" r.dye@mchsi.com "...I served with VP-49 (1975-1980) on CAC-5 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda, VP-30 with TTT (1980-1981) then went to FJC (1981-1983) via Enlisted Education Advancement Program (Thanks CWB!), VP-17 (1983-1987) with deployments to the Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska, ASWOC NAS Bermuda (1987-1989), VQ-2 (1989-1991), CHSLW-2 (1991-1993), VP-16 (1993-1997), VP-30 (1997-2000), NATTC AW-A1 (2000-2003) and Center for Navy Aviation Technical Training Unit (5VM) 2003-2005. Retired in Pace, FL across the bay from NAS Pensacola, Florida..." [05SEP2011]

EBRON, CWO5 William R. Retired wmebron@aol.com "...I served with VP-44 (1977) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-30, VP-47, VP-31, VP-1, VP-16 (2002-2004) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and retired in 2008. I now live in Jacksonville, Florida and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 06APR2012 | 08OCT99]

EBY, AD2 Steven DRIPPAN_AD2@aol.com "...I was in VP-16 from 11/94-10/98. I am now part of NRD Michigan recruiting in the U.P..." [26JAN2000]

ELGERSMA, AO2 Kenneth Stinkytoe2@aol.com "...VP-16 6/66 to 10/69. A lot of fun was had in a lot of different places..." [01MAY2001]

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]

ENGLISH, FLOYD f1english@aol.com "...One VP tour, VP-16, Jan. 72 to Feb 75, flew with crew 6, P-3A then P-3C. Was AO1 then, had FUN! Still on active duty. Great site. Invite all AOs and former AOs to visit the ORDIE web site at http://www.aaordies.org. Association of Aviation Ordnancemen convention will be June 25-28 at Don Laughlin's Riverside Hotel and Casino, Laughlin, Nv. See web site for details..." [19MAR98]


FARRELL, HMC Elaine Carey (formerly Athey) Retired ecfarr@ptd.net "...Was the squadron corpsman for VP-49 (WFWP!) (1986-1990) and VP-16 (1992 -1996). Best time in my Naval career. Miss my Woodpecker Shipmates. Hope to hear from anyone who served with me. Any other squadron HMs or Flight Surgeons out there?..." [04MAY2006]

FEDOR, Joyce joycefedor@aol.com "...I served with the VP Navy from 1982-1995. VP-30, VP-49, VP-16, and ended the career with CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I would love to hear from any squadron mates and friends. Take care and be safe..." [23OCT2000]

FEHNEL, ADCS(AW) Gary Retired garyf7193@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (1975-1979), AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1979-1982), VP-24 (1982-1985), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1985-1989) Instructor, VP-19 (1989-1991) and Recruit Training Center, Orlando, FL (1991-1993). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23NOV2011 | 01MAY2004]

FELTS, Jeremy ZODIAC_31775@aol.com "...I have recently picked orders for VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. This is my experience with P-3's, I am an AO. I've heard nothing but great things about P-3's..." [12MAR2000]

FINLEY, David R. finavtron007@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 (1983-1989) and VP-10 (1989-1991)..." [25OCT2014]

FISHPAW, AT3 Duane dvfishpaw@frontier.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1973 to 1976. I roomed with Crew-5, Prather, Sullivan, Blanko, and another ground pounder named Cline. Those were some great times in sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I am currently serving as Chief of the Ashland Fire Department in Ashland, Ohio..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAY2011 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 08JUN2010 | 07FEB2002]

FOLSE, Ronald starrron1@bellsouth.net "...I served with VS-822 from 1958 to 1961, COMM 7.61 (ROC) Wings December 1962, VP-42 from 1964 to 1966 at (SP5/SP2E/SP2H) with deployments to JAPAN/ NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam/ NAS Whidbey Island, Washington/Cold Bay, VT-6 from 1966 to 1969, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) from 1969 to 1971, AFSC 72, VP-16 with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, MMCO/MO VT 2EX CO DIR AOCS from 1980 to 1981. Retired in Pensacola. Love it!..." [E-Mail Updated 10JAN2010 | 07JUL2000]

FONNER, ADC(AW) Chris ledhed@bellsouth.net "...Served with VP-16 from January 1987 until September 1993. Currently in HS-15 NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [29OCT99]

FORD, AW2 Glenn glennf@netside.com"...1976 through 1979...

FOSTER, RM3 Lloyd lloyd0444@msn.com "...I served with VP-16 (1966-1969) on Crew-1. I would Love to hear from Sal (FE) and Rich Russel (Radarman) or any other Shipmates that were involved at the time. They were the greatest years of my 6 year naval career..." [14SEP2011]

FOX, AW2 "Jim" fox1001@verizon.net "...I served with VP-16 (1976-1980) and flew (SS1-2) with Crew-11..." [18AUG2012]

FRAZEUR, PHC(AC) W. Scott Retired sfrazeur@globalphotos.com "...I don't remember the VP squadrons I flew with from NS Rota, Spain. They were East Coast rotating squadrons. I do remember the long hours of flight time. This happened from 61-63 and during part of that time I spent many hours in the plastic nose of your P2V's shooting photos of the Russian ships after they came out of the Straits of Gebralter and into the Atlantic. Many of the photos in the newpaper of the rockets on the decks were mine. I could even spot the ships on a clear day faster than radar -). You guys brought me home everyday from those rides. Thanks! I remember the pilot chewing my butt out because I fell asleep in the alleyway and landed that way. Food was great. One day we even mapped the top of the Rock of Gebralter using a rope as the inboard part of the 9" camera mount and the releaf tube for ventury to suck the film onto the platinum. Great day. After leaving NS Rota, Spain I transferred to P5M's in VP-31 out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California. What a glide path that plane had...I flew with VP-16, NS Rota, Spain Detachment during Cuban Missile Crises and was attached to VP-31 in 63..." WebSite: http://www.globalphotos.com/ [BIO Updated 10JUN2001 | E-Mail/URL Updated 09JUN2001 | 18JAN2000]

FREITAG, COMMANDER William F. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/index.php?id=30&secid=8 "...Commander Freitag was born in Washington, DC. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1983. Completing flight training in March 1985, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Commander Freitag joined VP-56 in November 1985. While assigned to the "Dragons", he served as Avionics Division Officer, Assistant Tactics Officer and NFO Training Officer and completed deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In September 1989, Commander Freitag reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California as an instructor NFO. He served as the Student Control Officer, Aircrew Training Officer and NFO Training Officer. In July 1992, Commander Freitag reported to Commander, Carrier Group Four, where he served as Assistant Air Operations Officer. During his tour he served on every Atlantic-based aircraft carrier for Composite Training Unit Exercises. Following this tour, he was assigned in June 1994 to CPW-11 where he was assigned as a TSC Watch Officer. Following P-3 refresher training, he reported to the "War Eagles" of VP-16 for department head duty in July 1995. During this tour he served as Command Services Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In May 1997, Commander Freitag reported to Commander, Task Force Eighty-Four in Norfolk, VA where he served as the Force Requirements Officer. In September 2000, Commander Freitag reported to USS Nimitz as Weapons Officer and Force Protection Officer, completing an Atlantic to Pacific inter-fleet transfer while onboard. In May 2002, Commander Freitag reported to Supreme, Allied Commander Atlantic, where he became lead NATO Strategic Exercise planner. During his tour this headquarters transitioned to Supreme, Allied Command for Transformation where he became the NATO Senior Mentor coordinator. Commander Freitag's personal awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and other service awards..." [12NOV2005]

FRICKE, CDR Joe fricke@cnauk.navy.mil "...I served with VP-16 from 1985 to 1989, VP-31 from 1989 to 1991, VP-60 from 1991 to 1993, and finally VP-66 from 1993 to 2005. I am now serving as the Transition Officer assigned to US Naval Activities United Kingdom as the Command moves toward closure by SEP07..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 17NOV2006 | 24SEP98]

Memorial Picture "...FROEHLICH, CDR Edward William Retired...Excerpt from Pensacola Newspaper Obituary Sunday 27JUN2004: "Edward William Froehlich was born November 12, 1910 in Fletcher, Illinois, the son of Charles L. and Elizabeth T. Kerber Froehlich. In 1913 he and his family relocated to a farm in Wesley, Iowa where he grew up, graduating from Wesley High School in 1929. He served in the United States Navy for thirty years from 1932 to 1962. He resided in Pensacola, Florida since 1935 when not traveling with the U.S. Navy seeing combat action in World War II in the Thousand Mile War in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands campaign as a Plane Captain on Catalina Flying Boats with VP-41." Uncle Ed served with VP-16 and VP-40. There entries on VPNAVY using the alternate spelling of Froelich. Ed was a pilot prior to enlisting in the Navy in 1932, but defective eyesight prevented him from being a USN pilot - he was ACCM-1 during the Aleutian Campaign, and retired as CDR in 1962. Survivors include my mom, age 97, and sister, age 99...Chuck Huber cerebralhush@gmail.com..." [29JUN2004]

FROELICH, CDR Ed Retired [Deceased] c/o His Nephew Chuck Huber cerebralhush@gmail.com "...My uncle, Ed Froelich (USN CDR RET.) flew in PBY-3s and P2Y-2s in VP-16 and VP-41 in late 1930s and early 1940's. VP-16 and a number of other seaplane patrol squadrons, then based at the NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington were shortly re-designated numerically into the VP-40 series. VP-16, one of the five patrol squadrons at Sand Point, became VP-41, flying PBY-3 aircraft. Two of the patrol squadrons flew PBY-3s, and the other three flew the predecessor aircraft, P2Y-2s. He was ACCM1 flight engineer (Plane Captain), later commissioned, retiring as CDR. His son, Ed Froelich, Jr. is retired CAPT USN. Ed flew with pilot LT. Paul Ramsey (later CINCPAC) and RM1 Lee B. Napoli in A/C #41P2 (PBY-3) in the Aleutians in 1941, and was on the first flight that discovered the first (and only) Japanese landing on U.S. soil. Ed lives in Pensacola, Fl., but does not have internet access. He was a pilot prior to joining the Navy in 1937, but because he wore glasses flew as crew..." [Deceased Update 29JUN2004 | 04APR2002]

FRYMAN, AT2 Ryan rfryman@ieee.org "...I was in VP-16 from '87 to '90. I was on CAC-9 most of my time there. I did NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments. I've been out of the Navy since '90 and I am working in Jacksonville now. I would like to reestablish contact with any of the guys from VP-16 that remember me..." [25JUL2001]

FULLER, LCDR Scott Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...Lieutenant Commander Fuller, a native of Lockport, New York, graduated from the University of Rochester and was commissioned an Ensign in May of 1991. Following Flight Training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1993. Upon completion of Fleet Replacement Training at VP-30 in February 1994, Lieutenant Commander Fuller reported for his first operational tour with the "War Eagles" of VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Serving as ASW TACCO and NFO Training Officer, he deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. He was also designated a Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, Instructor TACCO and a NATOPS Instructor TACCO. In January of 1997, Lieutenant Commander Fuller returned to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 to serve as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor. While assigned to VP-30 he served as a member of the ASUW Improvement Program (AIP) Fleet Introduction Team (FIT), where he was responsible for the introduction of AIP aircraft throughout the P-3 community. After a year of serving on the FIT, he led the Fleet NATOPS Team as the Senior NFO Evaluator. Designations included FRS Instructor TACCO, Mission Commander, AIP FIT Instructor, Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor and Fleet NATOPS Evaluator. In January 1999, Lieutenant Commander Fuller was accepted into the Training and Administration of Reserve (TAR) Program and reported to the Reserve ASW Training Center (RATCEN) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where he served as the Training Officer, Block Modification Upgrade Program (BMUP) Transition Officer and Director of Training. While at RATCEN he developed and led the Naval Reserve through its transition from the P-3C Update II/II.5 to the most advanced ASW platform, the BMUP aircraft. After a rewarding tour at RATCEN, Lieutenant Commander Fuller reported back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in September 2002 where he served as the Training Officer and Maintenance Officer for the VP-62 "Broadarrows." While with the Broadarrows, Lieutenant Commander Fuller detached to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In November 2003, he screened for Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and was slated to be the OIC for the VP-92 "Minuteman," where he currently is serving...." [19JUN2005]

FUTCH, Ralph F. rfutch21@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1982 - 1985 with some of the most terrific people I have ever gotten to know. Sure miss those times! They all still hold a special place in my heart. Sara, Lee, Jed, Crack, Wade, Chuckie, Kitty, and the rest. Just finished tours with VP-45 and VP-16. Love that VP Navy! I am now stationed at AIMD NS Mayport, Florida. Getting close to the end of my Navy days. Hope to hear from ya'll..." [12JUL2002]

GADOMSKI, AO3 Rich AOCUSNRET@AOL.COM "...I was Lt. Dale Rowlands tailgunner on Crew 6. Perry Young found me. I want to thank everyone involved in the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas/VAH-21 Reunion for the fine job that they did. Take Care and looking forward to Pensacola. Served with VP-9, VP-16, VP-19, and VP-31 along with VAH-21..." [BIO Updated 06OCT2001 | 03JUN2000]

GANTT, CAPTAIN Jerry L. Retired jerry.gantt@maxwell.af.mil "...I joined VP-16 in February 1969 along with four other "War Eagles" from Auburn University. There I completed qualifications for Mission Commander in the P-3A "Orion" aircraft and held collateral duties as Public Affairs Officer. Our operational deployments included NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, tracking the first Soviet nuclear submarine detected in the Gulf of Mexico; NATO Maritime Patrol School in Londonderry, Northern Ireland; NATO exercises in Norway; and routine ASW missions from NAS Bermuda, the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was released from active duty in December 1971 and affiliated with the Naval Air Reserve and was assigned to VP-62. In addition to leading a top-rated aircrew, I held ground positions in every department, including three department head assignments, to round out more than 13 years in the reserve squadron. I was transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve where he held command of the Naval Air Facility Mayport, Fla., reserve augment unit (NAF-0174) and Volunteer Training Unit 7474 (VTU-7474). I also performed active duty for training (ADT) assignments in the Pentagon, Naval War College, Navy Postgraduate School, Air University and National Defense University. I was recalled to active duty in 1991 and designated Project RESTAR (Reserve Transition and Recognition) Officer for Naval Air Reserve NAS Jacksonville, Florida responsible for the welfare and recognition of more than 400 reservists mobilized during the Gulf War. I was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal and Letters of Commendation as "the architect of an innovative, effective and extremely successful (public affairs) program." I remained affiliated with the Naval Air Reserve until his retirement in 1997 with the grade of Captain (O-6) and 30 years of commissioned service. My military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5 awards), National Defense Medal with bronze star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with two bronze stars, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization device and silver hour glass. I returned to my hometown as a public affairs instructor at the Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL..." [20AUG2004]

GEORGE, David (Deceased) c/o His Daughter Diana Padgett hotwheels62@webtv.net "...My Dad served with VP-16 . He was killed Mishap July 27, 1965 at NAS Bermuda BUNO: 151380. I was wonderig how to a hold of his medical records relating to his death. His name is David George. Please if there is a way to get any info let me know. Thank you for taking the time to read this!..." [22JAN2003]

GEBHART, AZ2 Patrick gebhart45@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1966 to 1969. Had many fun deployments and miss everyone I worked with. I left the Navy in November 1969..." [27AUG2009]

GERALD, Peter Gerald c/o his daughter Sue Hummel Shipmate Pix Circa 1951 swtcitysue@aol.com "...My father, Peter Gerald Lee served from 1951-1955 at with VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He is very interested in any scheduled Reunion...We deployed to Port Leyote, French Morrocco in 1953, Iceland 1954. I was discharged Feb 1955, hard to believe that was 45 yrs ago. I would like to hear from my old pals Rube Gardner, Joe Fields, Tom Mayton, George Piper, and Ray Sutherland. I would also like to hear from Pat Struve of Cedar Rapids, Iowa or K.U. Wall of East St Louis, Ill. or Jim Hollingsworth of Ohio and anyone else from VP-16 from 1951 to 1955..." [BIO Updated 08JUL99 | 20APR99]

GILL, Tom GillRealty@msn.com "...I served in VP-16 from 1971 through 1974, deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice and NAS Bermuda once. I was an AW3. Flew on crews with CDR Mirise, Castle, and Maloy, J.O.'s Rick Baugh, Bill Carriero, Benny Bunn, TACO's Bob White, John Raiford,, FE's Mike Moritz, Theo Bryant, AW Div Chief Hollweg, Fugate, and AW WO1 Bill Altman. Can't remember them all anymore. Have lots of fond memories and occasional nightmares..." [30MAY2000]

GISH, Rick gish@thevillages.net "...VP-30, VP-16 SS1/2/4..." [05MAR2010]

GIVENS, AE2 Wayne wayne.givens@jmfamily.com "...I served in VP-16 from October 1969 through August 1972. Was an AE2, with deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada..." [04OCT2001]

GINN, AT2 Graham gsginn@mac.com "...Loyal and devout member of the mighty War Eagles. I miss my squadron. I miss what we accomplished together. There was so many good times and so many tough times but we all seemed to make it through. I miss laughing over ridiculous things and I miss AD2 Strickland's golf swing at St. Andrew's. We were so very lucky. I wish the best for my Shipmates or anyone who wants to get a hold of me. You guys were the best. Life is a wonderful thing. I hope everyone realizes it. Your Shipmate for life..." [24SEP2004]

GNUSCHKE, AW David drgnuschke@gmail.com "...I went into the U.S. Navy on January 4, 1971. I went to boot in San Diego, Company 15. My first rate was a PR. After "A" school in Lakehurst, NJ. I was assigned to VT-4 in NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1971 - 1975. I changed rates to AW after school in NAS Millington, Tennessee. I was assigned to VP-16 from 1976 to 1980. I was assigned to CAC 5. I transferred to NATTC Millington, Tennessee as an Instructor and then on VP-50 and on to drydock. My greatest memories of the Navy came while assigned to VP-16. The three deployments to sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily. The deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. The UNITAS trip to Lima. Does anybody remember the Capetown trip? Whatever happened to AO-1 Chuck Hatcher? Commander Joe Harford? AWC Gary Johnson? Greg Block? Steve Bull? Danny Phipps? Bobby Plyler after Kef? Curt Arnett? These names are just a few that I remember when I look back in my 76' scrap book of the first NAS Sigonella, Sicily trip..." [E-Mail Updated 04JUL2007 | 26FEB2005]

GOODWIN, AMS3 William R. wgoodwin9278@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1986-1989) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda..." [20NOV2010]

GRIFFIN, ATN2 Don "Griff" dongriff@centurytel.net "...I served with VP-16 (1959-1962) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2013 | 14MAR99]

GRIFFITH, Thomas R. tomgriffith@mchsi.com "...Served with VP-9 1965-66, VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1966-70, VP-16 1971-1973, Namtd 1011 1975-78, Retired AFCM, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida 1984. Lots of good memories of P-3 days, I was F/E on first P-3C flew it to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from Burbank. Was Instructor F/E in VP-30. Was NATOPS F/E in VP-16, relieved Dan Adcock, deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda, and UNITAS. Was F/E with Cdr Ron Castle and brought the first VP-16 P-3C to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Retired in Milton, Fl. Love to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09FEB2009 | 11JUL99]

GUNNIN, AXCS Emery Retired emery@gunnin.net "...1960-1963 VP-23 Aircrew on LJ3 Tripple nickel six. 1965-1968 VP-44. 68-71 NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee. 71-75 NAS Bermuda. 75-79 NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. 79-80 VP-16..." [14FEB2001]

HAGEMANN, CWO2 Daryl HAGS31@hotmail.com "...I served with the MAD FOX's as a Instructor Flight Engineer from 92-94. I have also served in VP-16, VP-30, VP-46, and now going to VP-47. I'm glad to know that Lance Lewis and Ralph Torres are still alive. See ya in the fleet..." [22APR98]

HAIR, AE1 Donald dlh234@nefcom.net "...I served with VP-16 (1952-1956) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and North Africa (06/1955-12/1955). I flew with Crew-10..." [BIO Updated 29MAY2013 | 30APR2013]

HARMON, CDR Frank Retired fharmon@equitycp.com "...I served with VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1972 to 1975 and VP-0516 RTU at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1975 to 1985..." [12JUL2009]

HARRIS, ADCS(AW) H. hudsonharris@hotmail.com "...(VP-16) 4/81-4/85; (VP-30) 5/85-5/88; (VP-5) 5/88-4/92; (VP-16) 8/97-8/99. Presently stationed at CNAL, NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Dsn-564-3018/Comm-(757)444-3018. It would be great to hear from old friends..." [07JAN2001]

HEBERT, Brian p3aw11@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (1986-1994), VP-30 (1994-1998), VP-45 (1999-2002) with a wonderful year NSF Diego Garcia and the last 4 were spent at NAS Pensacola, Florida..." [21APR2010]

HEMBY, AT2 Ray rhemby@connecti.com"...I was with VP-16 from 1959 to 1961 flying on LF-10 as a radioman/ecm operator..Most of the time in Jacksonville,Puerto Rico, Sigonella Sicily,and Iceland, Anyone out there from the old LF-10 crew? Does anyone know of a reunion planned?..

HEMINGER, Steve sheminger@theglobalnet.net "...I served with VP-23 (1971-1978), VX-1, VP-4, AWA School, NSF Diego Garcia, VP-16, FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-49, VP-5 and retired after 26 years..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB2014 | 18SEP98]

HENSEL, Francis O. fohensel@udata.com "...I served VP-16 from 1956 to 1959. I made two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and one to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I was a crew member of LF-5 operating the APS-20 radar on P2V-5F BUNO: 131505 and BUNO: 131510..." [30JAN2004]

HENSON, James MHENSONM@aol.com "...I served in VP-16 from 71-75. I was an ADJ-2, Second Mechanic. We deployed to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. We carried the crew to Burbank to pick up the first P-3C. I was a member of crew 7. Those were great years..." [23DEC99]

HENZE, CDR Roger H. http://www.cpw5.navy.mil/vp10/xo_bio.htm "...Executive Officer VP-10 - Commander Roger H. Henze was commissioned in May 1985 following completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School as a Distinguished Graduate. He graduated from Texas Christian University in May 1983 earning a degree in Finance. Upon completion of flight school he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1986 and was assigned in October that year to VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Commander Henze qualified as Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Instructor TACCO, Mission Commander and BEARTRAP TACCO and served as Assistant Tactics Officer, Electrical Branch Officer, NFO Training Officer and Tactics Officer during three deployments to the Mediterranean and Atlantic Theaters. In September 1990, Commander Henze reported to VP-30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the Patrol Aviation Community. Following qualification as FRS Instructor and Mission Commander and coincident with his designation as Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor and Assistant NATOPS Instructor, he served as Communications Officer, Communications Security Material Systems (CMS) Custodian, NFO Schedules Officer and NFO Training Officer. At the completion of his FRS tour in June 1993, he reported to Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group ONE, CONSTELLATION Battle Group, as Flag Secretary and Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration where he qualified as Flag Watch Officer and completed a Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployment. Following this sea tour, Commander Henze reported in July 1995 to Marine Corps University where he attended Command and Staff College earning Phase One Joint Professional Military Education credit. In March 1997 Commander Henze reported to VP-16 for his Department Head Tour, serving as Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Command Services Officer, PATRON Keflavik Officer-in-Charge and Operations Officer completing a North Atlantic and Caribbean deployment. At the completion of this tour, he reported in April 1999 to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic serving as Assistant Training Officer and in November 2000 reported to CPRW-5 as Operations Officer. Commander Henze's awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various theater and unit awards..." [20JUN2003]

HESCOCK, ADJ2 M. F. "Bud" bud_hescock@yahoo.com "...I would like to get in touch with others from VP-16 from 1966 thru November 1969. I entered the squadron as a snotty nosed apprentice right out of P-3 Ad maintenance school, and graduated the youngest flight engineer in the US Navy (at that time, first tour) of my own crew at the ripe old age of 22. The knowledge and training I had acquired in VP-16, has allowed me to continue my aviation career, as a 767 captain with, 18 years of service with United and 35 years in aviation. If it had not been for the oppertunities allowed me by the Squadron Commander and Officers, I would have probably not have had as a successful career in aviation. Anyone knowing the where abouts of Ret Capt. Bob Westlake, Lt. Jim Shimmel, F/E Dan Adcock, F/E Sal Molley, F/E Bob Reddy, F/E L. S. Rhymes, and F/E E. R Brennan, please drop me a line of their where abouts..." [E-Mail Updated 28APR2010 | 01AUG2001]

HEWITT, AE1 Carl N. ceendee9@cs.com "...I spent 10 years in the Navy from 1955-1965. I was an AE up to PO-1. I was assigned to NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. following A School. I then served with VP-16 from 1957 to 1960, NADU NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts from 1960 to 1962 until it was distestablished, Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and VP-46. I would like to hear from anyone that shared duty with me..." [E-Mail Updated 25OCT2003 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 28DEC2002 | BIO Updated 13NOV2002 | BIO Updated 18DEC2000 | 03DEC2000]

HILL, Edward W. edwardhill1@bellsouth.net "...I served with VS-26, VP-21 (1966-1967), VX-1 (1967-1971), VP-16 (1971-1974), VP-24 (1976-1979) and ended my Navy Active Duty with a tour instructing in AW School NAS Millington, Tennessee. I worked another 20 years with Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit (NAESU) / Naval Air Technical Data & Engineering Service Command (NATEC) as an Electronics Tech Rep for the P-3 aircraft. Settled down in Orange Park, FL. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2017 | BIO Upated 26FEB2010 | 25SEP1997]

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]

HOLMES, CDR Francis M. (Frank) Shipmate Pix2005 Shipmate Pix1966 Shipmate Pix1947 Shipmate Pix1945 Shipmate Pix1942 fholmes101@aol.com "...Frank Holmes was called to active duty in the US Navy on August 1942 as a V5 Aviation Cadet and completed Primary Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) at Quincy, Illinois; Secondary (CPT) at Iowa City, Iowa; USN Preflight School at Iowa City, Iowa and Primary Flight Training at NAS Glenview, Illinois. He completed all other phases of Flight Training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and was commissioned as Ens USNR on April 8, 1944 with operational qualifications in OS2U aircraft. His first assignment, following some leave and travel, was with Scouting Squadron 48 (VS-48), flying OS2Us, doing inshore patrol in Southeastern Alaska. VS-48 soon moved to NAS Attu, Alaska where they continued inshore patrol and flew air sea rescue for the Navy squadrons on bombing missions against the Kurile Islands. In a few months VS-48 was split into detachments and moved to other areas in the Aleutians, one of which was Dutch Harbor. Although he had only been commissioned a few months, he drew the assignment as Senior Aviator (Officer-in-Charge) of VS-48 Detachment Dutch Harbor. At Dutch Harbor they soon transitioned from OS2Us to SBD-5s and continued their mission of inshore patrol. The Aleutian challenge was the weather, seldom good and always unpredictable. As a squadron, VS-48 lost five aircraft; three due to weather and two because of mechanical malfunctions. Ens Holmes lost one of the five -- when the engine quit, he ditched in the bay off Dutch Harbor. His crew member and he survived with minor injuries -- the only surviving crew from the five who were lost. In June 1945 he returned to the states for reassignment and operational training in TBMs at NAS Ft Lauderdale, Florida. When World War II ended he sought release from active duty and was granted same. Caryl and Frank were married in Ft Lauderdale and lived there for a few months before returning to the Chicago area where they lived with her parents as they struggled with what to do with their lives. Frank wanted to return to college but colleges were crowded and worst of all housing was practically non-existent and by now they were expecting. All this was settled for them when Frank received an invitation from the Navy for a change in status from USNR to USN and an immediate return to active duty. He returned to active duty Dec 13, 1946. Following years included duty with: VA22a - TBM Operational Training Squadron at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Carrier Qualification), VA12a - TBM Squadron in Air Group 11 aboard the USS Valley Forge, FASRON-11 - NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Oahu and Yokuska Japan, NAVAL AIR TECHNICAL TRAINING UNIT - NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey (PC R4D), VR-1 - R5D & R7V Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (PC R5D & PC R7V), USN Post Graduate School Monterey, CA -- Line School, NROTC Tulane -- College Refresher, Naval Preflight School Pensecola - Military Science Instructor USN Post Graduate School Monterey CA -- Engineering School (BS Aeronautical Eng), NROTC Ames Iowa (MS Nuclear Engineering), VP-16 -- P2V squadron at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (PPC P2V), BUWEPS -- Project Manager Navy Navigation Satellite System at Washington D.C., NAS Point Mugu, California - Operations Officer Navy Astronautics Group where upon completion of his assignment there Frank retired from active naval service on July 1, 1966 as a Commander. Frank believes that his greatest contribution to Aviation and Space programs came during the six years that he spent as Project Manager of the Navy Navigation Satellite System (TRANSIT) during its development at BUWEPS and subsequently as Operations Officer at the Navy Astronautics Group during its initial operational deployment. After completing 24 years in the Navy, Frank started a second career with TRW Systems in Redondo Beach, California where he was to complete another 24 years in a wide variety of interesting and challenging assignments in the world of Aerospace systems and Computer related mission applications. In 1968, he completed the requirements for and received a Master of Engineering degree from UCLA. He managed the first study of what is now the Global Positioning System (GPS) that has become so widely used today. Among other interesting assignments, Caryl accompanied him to: Australia where he served at the US/Australia Joint Defence Research Facility and, Italy where he led a multinational team of engineers in the development of command and control computer system requirements for Commander Naval Forces South (NATO). On July 1, 1990 he left employment for pay and started working on his next 24 year tour as a volunteer with: AARP Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE) program as a Local Coordinator; The Retired Activities Office (NRAO) at Naval Station Long Beach/ Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach as Assistant Director; The WWII USN Scouting Squadron's Association as Vice President; and St Paul's Lutheran Church as Men's Group Leader..." [07DEC2005]

HOLT, CDR Fred C. Retired fredholt1@knology.net "...I served as an Aviator with VP-16 from 19958 to 1962, VP-6 from 1966 to 1968, and Commanding Officer with VXE-6 from 1973 to 1976. Flew the P2V-5, P3A, and LC-130F/R..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2003]

HONAKER, CDR Carl Retired carl.honaker@rda.sccgov.org "...After FRS training in VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California, I was in VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from August 1977 - Sept 1980, crews 4 and 10, and made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (two). I was also on a beartrap crew and participated in Project Unitas with trips to Peru and Brazil (great time!)...I had two interesting tours between P-3 squadrons, first as a DLA test pilot buying new C-12s and T-34Cs at the Beechcraft factory in Wichita Kansas from '80 - '83, and then as a C-12 instructor, CNAP Natops evaluator and department head for VRC-30 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California from '83 - '86...After a one year tour at the Naval War College, I came back to NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-9. I was a dept head from Sept 1987 - Oct 1989, crew 3 (Rude Dogs), and made a multi-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia with 2 dets to Dharhan Saudi Arabia in support of Earnest Will, and finished the deployment flying ISAR and special ops between NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Misawa, Japan (Turkey Day in the Desert and Christmas in the snow!)...From there I went on to be the Base Ops Officer at NAS Moffett Field, California and then on to be the XO of the base from 1990 til closure in 1994. I retired from the Navy in '95 and went to work for NASA Ames Research Center to help them manage "Moffett Federal Airfield" as a shared federal facility, and was part of the team that created another concept for reuse of the base called the NASA Research Park (http://researchpark.arc.nasa.gov/). I also worked on creating the California Air and Space Center which is now called Space World Hangar One (http://casc.arc.nasa.gov/inside.html). I worked with NASA until 2000 when I got the chance to be the Director of Facilities for The Tech Museum in San Jose (http://www.TheTech.org). After only 18 months of fun with this wonderful non-profit museum I was offered a chance to get back into airport management and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. After a short one year stint as the Assistant Director, I am now the Director of County Airports for Santa Clara County (http://www.countyairports.org). We manage the three GA airports in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, Reid-Hillview and South County/San Martin airports). With over 1400 based aircraft and nearly 500,000 operations per year at the three airports we keep pretty busy. Since retirement I've been involved with Navy League (past president of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter), the Moffett Field Historical Society (second president) (http://www.moffettfieldmuseum.org), the Aero Club of Northern California, the San Jose International Airport Commission and various other aviation/veterans organizations. If you are ever in San Jose look me up..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19MAY2005]

HORNE, Seldon Jay "Chuck" thorne@optidynamic.com "...I served with VP-16, VP-28, VAH-8 and VAH-2. I am looking for Micheal Rafferty, Selfe and Lord from Florida..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23AUG2006 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24JAN2000 | 16MAR99]

Memorial Picture "...HUBER, LCDR Don...LCDR Don Huber, VP-16 pilot, from 1966 to 1968, passed away at his home in Apollo Beach, FL January 24,2001. He retired from the Navy in 1983 and flew a P-3 in the Caribbean after retirement! Submitted by his wife, Barb Huber barbhuber@earthlink.net..." [20NOV2005]

HUMPHREY, Dale humphrec@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-45 from 1963 to 1967, VP-30 (P2's)from 1967 to 1968, VP-16 from 1971 to 1975, VP-30 (Instructor FE from 1975 to 1978, VP-56 (NATOPS FE) from 1978 to 1981 and VP-30 (Instructor FE) from 1981 to 1984. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29OCT2006 | 00XX97]

HUNTRESS, CAPTAIN Clay CLAYHUNTRESS@MSN.COM "...I served with VP-16 1965-1967, VS-33 1970-1972, and VRC 50-Danang detachment 1972. I would to hear from some old (Like Me) Shipmates..." [30AUG2001]

ICKES, John ginger@tusco.net "...Was in VP-16 from 1966-1968. Was AO on crews 1 and 12. Was in NS Sangley Point, Philippines-1967 and NS Rota, Spain-1968..." [30JUL98]

Memorial Picture "...IRION, Eugene "Gene"...Shipmate Pix...Eugene "Gene" Irion, 75, Fargo, N.D., died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at his home. Mr. Irion was born Oct. 31, 1932, in Fredonia, N.D., the son of Otto and Anna (Haag) Irion. He graduated from Kulm (N.D.) High School in 1950. He taught elementary school for a year in the Holland School District and a year in the Lautt School District. He moved to Jamestown and worked as a bookkeeper for Nasch Finch Co. before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Great Lakes, Ill. and New Port, R.I. He married Viola Wolf on March 24, 1954, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Fredonia. Four days later, he boarded the carrier ship Bennington, as a member of VP-16. He was stationed in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, North Africa, ZP-2 Brunswick, Ga., NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Portsmith Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, USS Wasp Homeport, Boston, Mass., and Epdoconus, Bainbridge, Md. He retired from the Navy in 1971. They moved to Fredonia, and farmed for nine years. In 1980 they moved to Kulm and he began working for Kulm State Bank as the Fredonia Branch manager. They also owned and operated the Kulm Hotel from 1980 to 1995. During the summers of 1977 to 1980, they served as caretakers of Whitestone Hill Battlefield Historic Site. He retired in 1995 and they moved to Fargo. He was a member of Fredonia American Legion, Lions Club, Fleet Reserve Association, Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Fredonia, Zion Lutheran Church, Kulm, and Peace Lutheran Church, Fargo. He enjoyed playing board games, watching baseball, dining out, playing cards and telling stories..." WebSite: The Jamestown Sun http://www.jamestownsun.com/..." [16AUG2008]


JEMISON, AM2 Jim bigdaddyss@cox.net "...Served with VP-16 1955-1956, Deployed to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco 1955 and NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1956. Would like to hear from any old Shipmates. Also served with VC-35 1950-1952. VC-35 has a great Association and has a Reunion every year. Anyone interested may contact me at my email address..." [E-Mail Updated 28FEB2002 | BIO Updated 19OCT2001 | E-Mail Updated 12JUN99 | 20MAY98]

Memorial Picture "...JOBES, Raymond "Ray"...On November 27, 2010 at age 75. He is survived by his wife Joan (Krause) Jobes; their children, Timothy (Darlene) Jobes, David (Clarinda) Jobes & Brenda (Jeff) Jobes; brother, Jeffrey (Barbara) Jobes; sister, Gloria (Jack) VanDusen; grandchildren, Melissa, Theresa & Jeremie Jobes, Clayton Knowlton, Morgan (Jim) Bischoff, Shawntel & Paul Gasser; 2 great grandchildren; brothers & sisters-in-law, Lois Reese, Edward (Dorothy) Krause, Robert (Michele) Krause & Ruth Jobes; many nieces, nephews & cousins A Veteran of the U.S. Navy who worked in the burglar & fire alarm business for over 40 years. Ray served with VP-16 (1955-1958), is a life member of the Kiwanis Club; an avid ham radio operator (WB2AFQ), who also enjoyed camping & photography. Ray was a licensed pilot and most recently was active volunteering with the Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby. Family and friends are invited to call on WEDNESDAY, 2-4 & 7-9 PM at Miller Funeral Homes (3325 Winton Road So.) Funeral services will be celebrated in the Interfaith Chapel at the funeral home on THURSDAY, 10 AM. Interment, Honeoye Falls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in his memory (Rochester Democrat And Chronicle (November 29, 2010)..." Contributed by Debbie Jobes jobes@voicenet.com [02FEB2014]

JOBES, Ray Shipmate Pix Circa 1954 RAYJOBES@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-16 stationed in NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1955 TO 1958. I do have many pictures of our activities in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, French Marroco, NS Rota, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Gibralter, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Oslo Norway (we lost a plane) and many other sites that most of us go to..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 07DEC99 | 16DEC98]

JOHNSON, Casey Retired oldhip603@aol.com "...I am a retired HMC and was the squadron corpsman for VP-5 and VP-16 in the late 60's and early 70's. Even with all the ragging from the tailhook Navy, I am still convinced that VP's were the best sea duty in the Navy..."

JOHNSON, R. C. (Clint) Jr. cjohnson@tecinfo.com "...I served in VP-16 as Personnel Officer and Plane Commander of HH-9 from June of 1953 until January of 1956. I had many happy and memorable experiences in VP-16 and made lifetime friends. We had 2 deployments, NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1954 and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco in 1955. We also had Atlantic Fleet Volleyball Championship team in 1954. I attended the Reunion in Jacksonville in May of 2000 and enjoyed it greatly. I had hoped that some of my office staff or some of my flight crew would come but none did. I did get the address lists and hope to reestablish some contacts. I would be delighted to hear from anyone that remembers those good old days..." [13NOV2000]

JONES, Brantley H. brantleyhjones@webtv.net "...I was in VP-16 in 59 & 60 made NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and they were getting ready for NS Rota, Spain when I got out. If anybody remembers me please answer. I was 2nd mech under a PO1 Bivens from Hillsboro, NC. Also pilots named at the time were LT. Nunnally and Brown also a Navigator named Tatem. I would like to write to them. Thank You. The plane LF-7..." [03MAY2001]

JONES, AW2 Larry J. ljjones@frontiernet.net "...I served with VP-16 from 1967 to 1969. I was first technician on Crew 10 (Captains' Crew). Flew in operations out of NAS Keflavik, Iceland during the year when the squadron earned the meritorious unit commendation. Also during large NATO exercises out of Bodo Norway. If anyone on my old Crew 10 reads this please send me an e-mail..." [03AUG2004]

JOSLYN, AW1 Dave Retired dave1788@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9, VP-16, VX-1, CPRW-10, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) NAS Moffett Field, California and Commander Fleet Air Keflavik (CFK) NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [22MAR2011]

JOYNER, Ronald M. ronjoyner2@cs.com "...I served with VP-16 (1963-1966), VP-5 (1969-1972) and VP-11 (1974-1977). I would love to here from old Navy buddys..." [05MAY2000]

Memorial Picture "...JUDD, CPO Lawrence Lane...Lawrence Lane Judd, 51, passed away June 24, 2007. Born in Ocala, FL, he lived most of his life in Jacksonville, FL. He retired, with multiple commendations, as a Chief Petty Officer after 24 years of duty with the US Navy, serving with VP-5 (1977 to 1981), VP-45 (1984 to 1990) and VP-16 (1993 to 1996) as a P-3C IFT at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He was preceded in death by Grandparents Bob & Edith Walker of Ocala, FL & Elic and Ethel Buchanan of El Paso, TX. He was a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He is survived by; wife of 2 years, Cynthia B. Judd; parents, Margaret Belle Baker of Ocala, FL and Marvin Lawrence Judd & his wife Carol Judd of Keizer, OR; , aunt, Andree (Frank) Meyers of Lockport NY, uncles Jim (Dot) Buchanan of Holly Hill, FL and Darrell Buchanan of El Paso, TX. Brothers, Mitchell (Kathy) Judd of Lufkin, TX & Dane (Karen) Judd of Chile; Judi Judd, mother of daughters, Miranda Witkowski & Jessica (Brennan) Perkins of Jacksonville, FL., step-daughters, Alyson & Jessica; granddaughter, Victoria; grandsons, Jackson, Tristan, and step grandson Evan; and numerous other relatives and close friends. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held, with full military honors, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 29th in the chapel of Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St. Johns Bluff Rd. Jacksonville, FL..." Contributed by Bruce Barney ibbarney@comcast.net [30JUN2007]

JUDD, Lane (Deceased 24JUN2007) lljudd@freewwweb.com "...P-3C In Flight Tech for 23 years at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. VP-5 from '77 to '81, VP-45 from '84 to '90, VP-16 from '93 to '96. Three tours at NAMTRADET NAS Jacksonville, Florida then retired May '99. 6000 flight hours is enough, but it was a great job with great people. To all the crewmates over the years (and there were many) I salute you and wish you well. What we shared both in the air and on liberty, few would believe!..." [21APR99]

KALE, ABH Bill wrkale@tecoenergy.com "...I served with VP-16 from late 1977 to 1981 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and a short relief at NAS Bermuda. I was an ABH and loved the flight line. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02DEC2009]

KARLIN, LT(jg) Daniel I. linepal@comcast.net "...I served with VP-16 (1954-1957) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco and NAS Keflavik, Iceland flying the P2V-5. I became PPC qualified and had approximately 1200 hours as both PPC or Crew..." [E-Mail Updated 05JUL2016 | E-Mail Updated 08NOV2002 | E-Mail Updated 10AUG2001 | 02APR2001]

KEEFE, AD1(AW) Robert RobsZR2@hotmail.com"...I am currently with VP-46 as an AD1 Flight Engineer. I served with VP-11 from January 1995 until decommission and with VP-16 from January 1997 until January 2000..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19MAY2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14JAN2000]

KEENAN, Harry Retired cplhenry@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-30 until January 1984, then in VP-16 until June 1989. Retired In Mayport in 1995 on USS Kennedy (CV-67). I thought about you guys every time a hot rod hit the flight deck. Thanks!..." [08FEB2002]

KERNS, Kevin upnatm@hotmail.com "...How cool to see guys names from the old days (Chaz, George, Glenn, Bob, Maynard G. among others....YOU WILD AND CRAZY GUYS!!). I was a SS-1 with VP-16 during the glory days of ASW from '74-'80. There are tons of stories to remember and lies to be told if anyone is interested. (Drop me a line and I'll let you know what REALLY happens after one long ring on the bail-out bell!). Here's a few noteworthy's to remember besides the guys already signed up: Mike Craven, Julio Vierra, Red Rocket Haley, James VanSickle, Jack Punches, Bill Rainwater (it was a tough job training those j.o's but we got them through it!), Rock Prather, Pete Swyers, Greg Block, Curt Arnett, Geoff "the medicated Sensor 3" Beinhardt, Mike Winn, that kid Ben who in-flight emptied the pisser with the ash-tray sucker and rearranged the tail art on LF-6 (yea...I'm sure it was LF-6. The mainenance chief had us strip it to parade rest for about 6 months), Don Beggs, Fred Travers, Don Read, Brian Sesh Gail, Kevin Doyle. I bet we could name a few more. Stay in contact...there's still that rumor that they'll need to use AW's in the astronaut program someday! (I'll require just a little assistance...that nomex suit of mine has shrunk in the closet!)..." [13AUG2001]

KILGUS, Donald E. dkilgus@earthlink.net "...I was in VP-741, and we became VP-16, home port in Florida, at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1951 to 1955. What a time that was, now I have to hurry back to the site and see what,s all in it. Thankyou so much for your wonerful info and any one out there from the squadron, send me a message, please!..." [07APR2001]

KILLGORE, AZ Jim jimluc02@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from December 1968 to June 1973. We flew theP-3A and made deployments in NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Dets to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I was an AZ and worked in Maintenance Control. I can still remember all the BUNO's. Still support the P-3 at present as an eng tech at NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAR2009 | 11AUG2000]

Memorial Picture "...KINNEY, Benjamin "Ben" "BW"...I am currently looking for any information and/or anyone who served with my father inlaw "Benjamin Kinney" also known as "Ben and BW." He passed away in Landshuhl, Germany in April 1967. He was stationed in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and lastly stationed in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. All I know right now is he served with VP-16 (1958-1967), VA-81 and was aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59). I would like to hear from his former Shipmates..." Contributed by Meagan Kinney kinneygators@hotmail.com [08JAN2012]

KLEBER, Mike michaels@fwa.cioe.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1974-77 as a photographer. I did TAD at the base photo labs and was not around the squadron much but would like to hear from any of the photomates from any of the squadrons that were TAD with me in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. PS I have alot of old black squadron photos plus some photos of the Kiev when she left the black sea for the first time..." [13JUL99]

KNAPP, John john.knapp@nokia.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1971 to 1974 as a "Regular". Then again, as a reservist with VP-62 from 1979 to 1983. Ran into American AL Captain Rish Lavoy at DFW last week. Would be glad to hear from any former Squadron-mates. Jan and I have been in Tampa since 1994..." [16JUN2003]

KNECHTGES, CDR Paul L. Retired plknechtges@suddenlink.net "...I served with VP-16 (1974-1977). I left the Navy and joined the Army Reserve National Guard while attending college (1977-1981) and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from East Carolina University, a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from George Washington University, and a PhD in Environmental Biology and Public Policy from George Mason University. I was then commissioned in the Navy as a Medical Service Corps Officer and retired as a CDR in 1999. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina..." [26NOV2013]

KOIS, ADCS(AC) Robert "Bob" Retired p2vairdale@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 (1956-1960) CAC-6, VP-30 (1960-1964) PC Instructor P2 and P5M, VP-16 (1964-1967) P-3 FE and VP-44 (1971-1974) P-3 FE. I was a "plank owner" in VP-30 first assigned to VP-30 Det A, NAS Norfolk, Virginia flying P5M Seaplanes, moved in 1961 to NAS Jacksonville, Florida operating the seaplanes on the St. Johns River training the VP Seaplane crews from NAS Bermuda. When the P5M's were phased out I returned to the P2 flight line. I was in VP-30 when the squadron was ordered to "Operational Status" to participate in the Cuban Missle Crisis. Retired in 1978. Currently residing in SW Florida enjoying life..." [30OCT2010]

KONOS, Mark (Nick The Greek) Shipmate Pix Circa 1959 akula87@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 (Crew 6) flying the P-2V5F from 1959 to 1963. I would like to hear from all of my LF-6 Shipmates and VP-16 buddies..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 10MAR2005 | Updated ICQ 14AUG98 | 31MAR98] [ICQ# 9439117]

KOOY, Peter E. peterkooy@msn.com "...I served with VP-4, VP-5, VP-31, VP-16, VC-8, VP-30, and VP-31. I would like to give a shout out to all that served with me and to leave my E-Mail address. Out of all the squadrens I was in VP-5 was hands down the one I liked the best. Go Mad Fox Go!..." [11JAN2007]

KREBS, Maynard restart1@bellsouth.net"...AD2 1825 Farm Way Middleburg Fl 32068 P-3 "Fright Injun-Ear", VP-16 (74-80), VP-64 (80-84), RESASWTRACEN, CNARF P-3 Natops (84-88), VP-62 (88-92)..." [E-Mail Updated 22SEP2001]

KYZER, CDR Brad Retired brad@bradkyzer.com "...I served with VP-16 (1971-1974), VP-30 (1974-1977) and VP-62 (1978-1986). I live in Augusta, Georgia where I have been a State Farm agent for the past 32 years. Hope all my old Shipmates are doing well..." [03MAR2012]

LARSENV, AE1 Matthew L. mlarsen@lookingglass.net "...VP-16 1993 TO 1996. I had the privledge to fly and serve with the finest team in the ASW world. May your journeys be free of incident and enlightening. GO WAR EAGLES!!..." [19MAR98]

LARSON, AD3 Tom tom270at55@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1988-1992. Also served at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Force Warfare from 1992-1995. If you were in VP-16 these years get back to me..." [02JUL2002]

LaVOY, Rich richlavoy@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1972-1976) with Crew 7 as 2P, 3P and PPC. I recently ran into John Knapp walking through the airport at DFW. We had a short visit and recalled a few names and a couple of adventures including Moose-ex 2. One moose bagged outside Nenana Alaska and flown in the bomb bay back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Senator Proxmire must be rolling over on his Golden Fleece award. I was recently in email contact with the 'Second Wrench' Jim Henson. The legendary Leo Lorenzo was 1st FE. We served together on CAC-7 during my entire tour. Jim shared with me that during a college course he was taking he related to the class a typical P-3 deployment story --- an Army wife accused him of "making it up". "Things like that just don't happen in the military". Jim just smiled. My advice Jim is don't try to explain this stuff to civilians - especially Army wives..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JAN2011 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 30SEP2003 | 07JAN2000]

LAWRENCE, CAPTAIN Andy alawre@dcc.edu "...I served in VP-16 (1966-1969), NAS Glenview, Illinois VP program office (1969-1970), VP-90 (1970-1973), VP-67 (1978-1979), and COMRESPATWINGPAC (1980-1983). Fond memories fm all of my VP assignments. My last tour of duty was as CO of NAVSUPPACT New Orleans, Louisiana (1989-1991). I'm now teaching in a Community College here in New Orleans..." [01AUG2002]

Memorial Picture "...LAWRENCE, AWC Ronny (Red)...Regretfully I must tell you that I was just informed by Barbara Lawrence that our old shipmate Red (served with: VP-5, VP-7 and VP-16) passed on this morning. She asked me to notify as many of his military friends that I could and I solicit your help in passing this unfortunate information to his many friends via email or telephone. She told me he had been hospitalized for about four weeks after undergoing a triple heart bypass. Apparently his lungs were not strong enough to allow him to recover from the effects of this invasive surgery. Red will be resting at the : BRUMMITT FUNERAL HOME, 321 Magnolia Ave W., in McKenzie, TN 38201-2159. Telephone number: 731-352-2222, Mr. Hays Brummitt will be in charge. This is his old home town and he will be buried in McKenzie on the site of their old homeplace on Monday. The services that she told me about are as follows: All will take place at the Brummitt Funeral Home noted above. Viewing: 4-7 PM on Sunday, Oct 23rd. Service: 11 AM Monday Oct 24th - Barbara said it would be a Military style funeral and that those arrangements had been made. I join you in a prayer for our fallen friend and shipmate. Red was a caring and reliable friend whose word was always true and honest. I will miss him greatly. John E Pierson..." Forwarded by Nick Mulich nicknjax@gmail.com [23OCT2005]

LAWRENCE, AWC Ronny (Red) Retired Chiefrojo81@aol.com "...I was in three VP squadrons during my 22 years in the Navy. I served with VP-16 from 1960 to 1963 (deployment to "sunny" NAS Sigonella, Sicily and a very dark NAS Keflavik, Iceland), VP-7 from 1966 to 1969 (deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily back-to-back because we were only one of the three squadrons still flying the P2V's), and VP-5 from 1972 to 1976 (started out in the P-3A(D) and we transistioned to the P-3C in 1974). I retired in 1981 as an AWC. Shortly after that I went to work for the Navy Contract Program and have work for three different colleges teaching Navy and Marine Corp students at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee now NATTC NAS Pensacola, Florida teaching at AV "A" school. Would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 23APR2001 | 10JUN99]

LEAK, Clay cleak@mindspring.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1976-1978..." [10APR2002]

LEE, James jlee418735@aol.com "...I initally served in the second PBM squadron commission, VP-56 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia in 1941. The squardron was later transferred to NAS Banana River, Florida and was changed to TTSA. After seving there for three years I wa assigned to NAAS Harvey Point, North Carolina and was later assigned to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I joined squadron VP-16 and served a tour of duty in the Pacific arriving at Saipan at the time of its invasion. Upon returning to the states I was reassigned to NAS Banana River, Florida again until I left the Navy in 1947..." [17MAR2001]

LEE, Peter G. PeteandPat7@comcast.net "...Looking forward to the VP-16 Reunion May 5-7 in Orange Park Fl. Would like to hear from Dan Clancy Ray Sutherland Fred Freidenberger from 1951-1955 era. Thanks..." [13MAR2006]

LEINHAUSER, AWC John Retired jleinhauser@earthlink.net "...VP-16, VP-30, CPWL TTT, VP-24, CPWL Special Projects..." [26FEB98]

LEWIS, AWCS Lance A. llewis@lsijax.com "...Flew with VP-16 from1981-85, VP-30 from 1987-91, VP-5 from 1991-94, and CPW-11 from 1994-97. Retired November 7, 1997 in Orange Park, Fl. Give me a holler, (anyone but AW1 Timothy M. Walker). Just kidding Tim..." [24FEB98]

LEY, AW3 Ed ko4wt@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (Crew 1 with CDR Castle) from 1971 to 1974. I am now living in Southeast Tennessee. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26AUG2006]

LIEN, Mike maslien@charter.net "...I served with VP-16 from July 1964 through August 1967. Deployed to Kindley AFB Bermuda 64-65-66, 6 week NATO Norway OPS August through September 1966, NS Sangley Point, Philippines November 1966 to June 67. Would like to hear from anyone else who served with VP-16 at that time..." [01MAY2003]

LILE, Robert Lily65@webtv.net "...Served in VP-16 in 1956 and 1957, made NAS Keflavik, Iceland in November 1956 and Scotland around September 1957 for 2 week operation. Prior to serving in VP-16 I was in the NAS Norfolk, Virginia crash crew and VS-26 before going to VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I would enjoy hearing from any of my old Shipmates. It was 4 great years even if i didn't know it at the time..." [24FEB2000]

LINDSEY, Ronald lind446@dixie-net.com "...I served as radar operator for VP-16 1956-58. I would like to hear from anyone who is knowlegable about a crash of a P2V Neptune in 1957 or 1958 at the airfield in Oslo, Norway..." [28AUG99]

LOCKETT, James Jr. poppyusn@optonline.net "...I served in VP-16 (1960) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 28NOV2012 | 27SEP2001]

Memorial Picture "...LORD, Ralph Waldo Jr (Judge and Jud)...R. W. Lord, Jr. (USN. Ret) passed away at home November 8, 2017. Judge or Jud as he was better known, was born in Orlando, FL January 1, 1935 to R.W. Lord, Sr. & Maree Lord. He was in the last graduating class of OHS (his father was in the first class). He joined the Navy and retired after 20 years to start a second career at WSVW and Tom Bush. For 10 years starting in 1999, he and his wife enjoyed hosting squadron reunions for the VP-16 “Eagles”, reuniting with old shipmates, and meeting new “Eagles”. He is survived by his sister Kathy Lord (Carol Goss), his wife of over 44 years, Ann Lord, his 4 children Jeff, Julie, Jamie, Janet and their families. Also, his 3 step-children, Kim Brown and her son Dylan, Tom Spence and Tim Spence. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael V. Sharpe and his staff, Allegiant Home care and Heatland Hospice for their loving care. As per his wishes, there will be no viewing or formal funeral, and he will be interred in a private ceremony at a later date in Jacksonville National Cemetery..." Forwarded by SELDON, Louis llseldon@verizon.net [11NOV2017]

LOVERUD, Marlin MLoverud@aol.com "...I served as plane commander during the period 1953 thru 1956. Deployed to Keflavik, NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco, and the rest of the usual stops for this Jacksonville squadron. Will be at the reunion in Clearwater, fla, the end of Oct...."

LYNCH, R E bandw@fibernet.com "...I was in VP-16 and VW-15..." [09MAY98]

Memorial Picture "...LUCAS, AE3 Charles "Chuck"...Charles "Chuck" Lucas passed away October 6, 2010 in Texas. My brother served with VP-16 (1970-1971) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." Contributed by Paul Lucas paul.lucas@sdh.k12.fl.us [11NOV2010]

LUCAS, Charles "Chuck" cklinabq@earthlink.net "...Shipmates. Served as ground pounding A.E. in VP-16 1970 - 1971. Summered in NAS Bermuda (took over for the A.F. and made it NAS Bermuda that summer) and did a long tour in "Sunny Sigonella" the next year. Was inflight tech for the A.E. shop. Got to go on a lot of RON's - had a lot of fun. Fond memories of the P-3A's.....SKIDMARKS IN THE SKY!..." [01JAN2001]

Memorial Picture "...LUCAS, AW1 Joseph Robert...Shipmate Pix went to VP-16 as an AWAN in August of 1983, and stayed six years. After serving in VP-30 and Fleet Air Wing, in 1993 he was ordered to the drydocked USS ENTERPRISE which was undergoing refitting. He worked with others on the design, efficacy, and function of the Combat Information Center. Joseph was killed in a car/truck accident February, 1995, before dawn in South Carolina. He was on his way to Jacksonville for flight time, and to visit his wife and four children...NOTE: Mr. Lucas latest book (dedicated to his son AW1 J. R. Lucas) is entitled: "Earthbound Eagle"..." Contributed by Scott Lucas ScottLucas@prodigy.net [04DEC2000]

LUCAS, Scott scottlucas@prodigy.net "...I joined the Navy in mid - 1955 and went aboard VP-16 in January of 1956 as an AOAN. I joined Crew 3 very shortly thereafter, and we deployed. I stayed in VP-16 on Crew 3 until I left in September of 1958, returning to school at the University of Michigan. I have done many other things in my life, but I have been writing regularly since my first trip to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, when I took an essay course (Modern European History) from the University of Maryland's USAFI course list. My flying and working in VP-16 and my close association with the other men in the squadron was probably the single most character building and value forming experience of my life. I still miss it...NOTE: Mr. Lucas latest book (dedicated to his son AW1 J. R. Lucas) is entitled: "Earthbound Eagle"..." [29NOV2000]

MOLONEY, LCDR R. T. "Tim" Retired jmoloney@cox.net "...Enlisted in Sept. "60, Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Ill., RATCC, NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (Dec. 60-Sept. 61); received Training and Certification utilizing ECM to guide Aircraft, with no compass/NavAids, to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida for landing. AE "A" School, NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Sept. 61-Feb.62); Class Leader and Honorman. Advanced to AE3 upon completion of AE"A" School. VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida (Feb 62-Sept. 63); Qualified as Plane Captain and Post Maintenance Test Aircrewman in T-28 B/C Aircraft and advanced to AE2. AE "B" School, NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Sept. 63-Sept. 64); completed 17 of 32 week school and was hospitalized for 4 months. During my visit to the Hospital, the curriculum was changed to include Computers, so when I returned, I got to start over again with the new curriculum. Received orders to VP-5 upon completion of AE"B" School. Enroute training at NAMTD NAS Norfolk, Virginia ASW Training (Sept. 64-Dec. 64), VP-30 Air Crew Training ( Dec.64-Jan.65) VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Jan65-Aug68). Reported to VP-5 and assigned to Crew 4;as Julie/ECM Operator and Crew Electrician, deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily 5 days after reporting. Plane Commander R.J. Kurth, Plane Captain "Willie" Forrest Sutton, 1st Tech. "Andy" Anderson. Operated out of Malta, NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece and NAS Sigonella, Sicily when the barracks were 21 miles from the airfield. During one "Ready Alert" launch; prosecuted an ECM contact that we converted to obtain the 1st Jez Gram of a single operating Russian "Foxtrot" Submarine. The entire crew was awarded a weeks "Basket Leave" in Germany for obtaining this signature. Transistioned to P-3A "Orion" at NAMTD, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I was advanced to AE1, met my Bride to be Jo Ellen, and was assigned to Crew 8; Plane Commander Bob May, Flight Engineer "Willie" Forrest Sutton, and 1st Tech "Andy" Anderson. The following year, we deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines as the "Advance Crew ", and trained with VP-16 on Theater Operations. At the end of the deployment, we were "selected" to do the Turnover Training to our relieving squadron VP-26 causing us to fly enough Yankee Station Patrols to become the 1st VP Crew awarded the Air Medal for Viet Nam Service. Selected to Warrant Officer (WO1) in April 1968 breaking up an Enlisted Combat Ready Aircrew that had been together for over 3 years. Sutton and Anderson were selected to Chief Petty Officer at the same time as my advancement to WO1. VP-5 deployed to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and I was left behind as the O-in-C of Det. NAS Jacksonville, Florida, until my departure in August 68. Warrent Officer School, NAS Pensacola, Florida (Aug68-Oct68) AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California (Nov.68-Nov.71) GSE and MMCO Billets. High light of this tour was my Collateral Duty assignment as Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. Ringing the door bells was tough, but providing all of the assistance to the families was really gratifying nowing that if something happened to me-my Bride would be taken care of. Advanced to CWO2 and Lt(jg) during the NAS Moffett Field, California tour. USS Wasp CVS NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (Nov71-Feb72). The day I reported aboard as the Aircraft Division Officer, the ship received the message ordering Wasp's Decommissioning. Within one week I was the AMDO as the rest of the Officers detached with orders. With the help, Leadership and Guidance of the Chiefs we were able to turnover 120 spaces (out of 120 assigned spaces) to the INSURV Team on the first day of the INSURV Inspection. All of the AIMD "Kakhi" left the ship the following day. HS-11 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island / NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Feb 72-Dec 74) embarked on USS Intrepid CV11. My first relationship with Helicopters. Deployed as the MCO in the only 16 Helicopter (SH-3) to the North Atlantic. During that cruise, we went further North and further East than any US Navy ships had done since WWII. We went to the ASW Dreamland where the Russians trained and tested all of their subs before deploying. The Sun never set and we worked 3-5 Russian Submarine around the clock for weeks. It was so busy that the S-2's and the ASWOC couldn't keep up. With my VP-5 experience, I built 3 ARR-53. Receiver racks and was able to install them into the SH-3 enabling our squadron to drop sonobouys and relay the information to the S-2's and Intrepid. Later on we were able to put a Jez recorder into the rack and train our AW's as Jez Operators. AIMD/OMD NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (Feb 75-Aug 76) OMD Officer for 2 each S-2's, 4 each H-3's, and 3 each C-131 Aircraft. Advanced to LT VC-8, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. MCO for 4 each DP-2E (P2V-5), 4 each DP-2H (P2V-7), 1 each NP-2, last built P2V but never configured for ASW, 4 each H-3's and 6 each A4's. An exciting tour Launching, controlling and towing various Drones and Targets for Fleet Gunnery exercises. AIMD USS Guadalcanal LPH-7 (May 78-May 80), Qualified as OOD Underway and lost my LDO Designation. As AMDO, we won 3 consecutive Battle Efficiency "E"'s. In May 1980 I had a Heart Attack and although I was returned to "Full Duty" I was no longer eligible for additional shipboard duty. Advanced to LCDR during this tour. AMO RVAW-120 NAS Norfolk, Virginia (May 80-Jun 81) responsible for 11 E2A aircraft Training Replacement Aircrew and Maintenance personnel for Fleet Squadrons. During this period (Dec. 80-June 8) assigned TEMDU at ComNavSurfLant setting up Code N8, Aviation Maintenace Support Team to provide support and standarization to 40 fleet ships with embarked Aviation assets. Began Terminal Leave on 19 May 1981. In retrospect I can not think of a "Bad" Day while I was in the Navy. However, the days and hours spent as part of VP-5 Crews 4 and 8 are sitting at the top of the pedestal. Willie Sutton Gerry "Andy" Anderson, LCDR's Kurth and May along with the many many "Ground Pounders"; Lawrence, Drake, Martin, Cochran, Harper and so many more are names that are forever on my personal Wall-of-Heros. Thanks to all of you for your patience, guidance, razing, and support..." [22APR2009]

MANN, ADC Mark A. Retired mmann1@yahoo.com "...I joined VP-5 in April, 1972 as an ADJAN. VP-5 was on deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily at the time. I was first assigned the duties of Duty Driver. In those months, I met many of the aircrew when I delivered food, coffee, and water to the flights. That led me to riding along on a tactical flight one day and I thought that was the neatest thing since sliced bread. Then I heard about the second mech program and started lobbying to be allowed to enter that program. I was allowed and when the squadron next deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, I was there as a NATOPS qualified second mech. Another deployment back to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and then I was up for orders. Wanting to continue flying, I reported to VP-31 for FE school, where I finished #1 in my class. My next assignment was VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. From there, I went back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and taught ground pounders at NAMTD1011. My next assignment was VP-30 FE refresher followed by VP-45. While at VP-45, my wife got really sick and I took a humanitarian transfer to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Fortunately, she recovered quickly and I terminated my humanitarian status and reported to VP-16. When that tour ended, I reported to RTC Orlando and pushed boots for 3 years. After RTC, I went back west to VP-31 for another FE refresher course and on to VP-47. I retired from the Navy in 1993 and went to work for United Technologies Corporation's Pratt & Whitney Division and then on to their Hamilton Sunstrand (formerly Hamilton Standard) Division. I retired from there in 2013 and currently live in the Charlotte, NC area. I loved the VP community and everyone in it, and I loved flying the greatest airplane ever built...." [28FEB2019]

MANN, ADC Tom Retired trmann@web-access.net "...Good to see familiar names. I served with VW-1 from 1968-1971 as a ground pounding ADR3, VP-16 from 1973-1977 as a 2nd Mech/Flight Engineer, VQ-1 from 1977-1978 as a Flight Engineer, VP-4 from 1978-1984 as a Flight Engineer, NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field from 1984-1987 as a Instructor, VP-50 87-90 Maintenance, NAESU DET NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1990-1992 AOIC, and NAESU Camp Pendleton from 1992 to retirement OIC..." [E-Mail Updated 11JAN2003 | E-Mail Updated 18MAY99 | 14NOV97]

MARITN, Bobby Gene (deseased) c/o his son Terry Maritn nitram4@juno.com "...My father was in VP-16 (Bobby Gene Maritn) 1957-1958. I appreciate the site. VPNAVY has already helped me find some info on aircraft that he might have flown. I have all of his old log books. Now I can put pictures with the numbers. He would have enjoyed this so much. But he was killed in a private jet crash in 1981. Again thanks so much..." [25FEB2000]

MARRIOTT, CAPTAIN Bill http://www.naswi.navy.mil/cpw-10/commodores/marriottbio.htm "...Commodore CPW/CPRW-10 (May 2000 - Aug 2001) - Captain Bill Marriott graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1979. He was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1980. After completing training at VP-30 in 1981, Captain Marriott reported to VP-16. During this assignment he qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Update II.5 aircraft and made deployments to NAS Bermuda / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In August 1984, Captain Marriott reported to VP-30 for instructor duty. During this tour he served as the Communications Officer and Pilot Training Officer. In February 1987, Captain Marriott reported for duty aboard the staff of Commander Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces Sixth Fleet in NAF Naples, Italy as Flag Lieutenant. In July 1989, Captain Marriott joined the staff of CPW/CPRW-11 as Safety/NATOPS Officer. After refresher training in VP-30, Captain Marriott reported to VP-5 in March 1991. As a "Mad Fox", he completed a deployment to the Mediterranean and served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Maintenance Officer. In October 1992, Captain Marriott reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, Virginia as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel for Selection Board Matters. In October 1993 he was selected by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Shalikashvilli to become his senior aide-de-camp. Upon completion of his tour on the Joint Staff, Captain Marriott was selected for a Federal Executive Fellowship. He reported to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy as the Navy Fellow in August 1995. During this tour, Captain Marriott served as the Project Director for the Commission on Future Defenses, a bipartisan commission tasked to develop future military force structure alternatives. Leaving Washington, D.C., Captain Marriott reported to the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk for phase II JPME. Upon graduation, he entered the PCO pipeline, completing training in February 1997. Captain Marriott reported to VP-16 as Executive Officer in March 1997. In March 1998, he assumed command and served in that capacity until February 1999. In March 1999, Captain Marriott reported for duty on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy, in the Office of Program Appraisal. During this tour he was selected for Major Aviation Command..." [30JUN2003]

MARTELLO, CAPTAIN Charles P. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/cpw-10/commodores/martello.html "...Commodore CPW/CPRW-10 - Captain Charles P. Martello enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1973. Selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP), he attended the University of Missouri, earning degrees in Chemistry and Biological Science and was commissioned an Ensign upon graduation in December 1980. Upon completion of flight school he was designated a Naval Flight Officer and was assigned to VP-45 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He qualified as Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander and served as Assistant Communications Officer, Readiness Officer and Avionics Division Officer during deployments to the Mediterranean and Atlantic theaters. In July 1984, Captain Martello reported to VP-30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the Patrol Aviation community. Following qualification as an Instructor NFO, he was assigned to the Commander, Patrol Wing Atlantic Tactical Training Team (TTT) with responsibility for acoustics, ASW coordinated operations and battle group operations. Following his FRS tour, he reported to Commander Carrier Group FOUR in July 1987 as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Communications. He qualified as Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and served as a member of the ASW and Strike planning boards. Following this sea tour, Captain Martello attended the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, earning the degree of Master of Science in Financial Management. He returned to sea enroute to his Aviation Department Head tour serving aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during the Persian Gulf War. Assigned to the Combat Direction Center (CDC), he served as the Surface Module coordinator, ASW Module coordinator and Mine Countermeasures coordinator. In October 1991 he reported to VP-16 as a Department Head, serving as Training Officer and Operations Officer, and completing deployments to the North Atlantic and Caribbean. He reported to the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Special Programs Division, (OPNAV / N89) at the Pentagon in February 1994. Upon completion of this assignment he was selected for Joint Duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, supporting the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Space as the Deputy for Space Policy. Captain Martello reported to VP-16 as Executive Officer in March 1998 and assumed Command in February 1999. Under his Command, the squadron earned nominations for the Battle "E," CNO Aviation Safety Award and was the recipient of the Atlantic Fleet Arnold J. Isabel award for ASW excellence. Additionally, VP-16 was awarded the SIXTH Fleet "Hook'em" award for ASW performance during Operation TORCHLIGHT. Following squadron Command, Captain Martello was assigned to the Staff of the Secretary of the Navy in the Office of Program Appraisal. Captain Martello's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (3), and various theater and unit awards..." [30JUN2003]

MARTENS, LCDR Jim jmart123@aol.com "...was AX1 in VP-49 1976-1980 and at NAMTRA Jax 1980-1982. First tour VP-45 1984-1987=TACCO VP-30 1987-1989=NFO INST VP-16 1995-1997=DEPT HD..."

MAXIMO, AD2 Steve "Mad Max" rig_pig_1@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-16 6/78 to 11/81 I worked AIMD and in the squadron mech shop. VP-16 was one great squadron and I met allot of great people there and had some great times. I found it one night looking for a picture of a P-3 and saw some familiar names. As for me: After I got out I lived in Pennsylvania for 2 years then moved to California for 11 years, working offshore oil rigs for Shell, I then transferred down to New Orleans in 1995 and now live about 35 miles north of the big easy and continue to work for Shell Oil Co. in in their Deepwater Division on Platform Auger. I hope to hear from some of the old buds..." [06JUL99]

MAYER, Steve flyn8251@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17, VP-4, VP-30, VP-9, Catbird ETD, VP-16 and NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [18MAY2013]

McCOY, John johnmccoy@erols.com "...I was a romping stomping AO3 in VP-7 from March 1968 until decom. I would like to find a model of the P-2 if anyone has a location please let me know. I also was in VP-16, VP-31, and VP-17..." [24APR98]

McCULLOUGH, David pincherfly@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 on aircraft LF 30, Crew 30 in the early 70's as a Radar and Active Sonar Operator. PPC LCDR Jenkins and tactical commander LCDR "Hawk" Miller..." [13JAN2013]

McFADDEN, AW3 Edgar edmcf602@gmail.com "...I joined VP-16 on 11/27/67 as an AX. First flight in 16 was on 1/15/68. Last flight was 2/21/70. Deployed 3 months to Rota and 6 months split between NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NAS Bermuda. Shorter visits to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Had a truly great PPC who was really good at getting us into good situations. For example, we were at thirty thousand feet directly off Cape Canaveral when Apollo 12 launched. I have been fortunate enough to have done some wonderful things and I consider my time in the US Navy to be one of them..." [03JUL2018]

McMAHON, Marty moos16@aol.com "...I served as a pilot in VP-24 from 1988 - 1991, deploying to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I then served as an instructor at VP-30 until 1994. I completed my dept head tour in VP-16, deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland/Roosevelt Roads and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I reported to my current job as the Air Ops Officer in NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1997..." [23DEC97]

MEADE, Jamie jvm60@yahoo.com "...I was an AW2 in VP-16 from 79-82. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and the a split deployment to NAS Bermuda and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Would like to hear from any old Shipmates that would like to correspond. I have stayed in contact with a few over the last 18 years. I live in Sarasota, Fl. If anyone is close, get in touch and let's down a few!..." [19FEB2000]

MEADOWS, AMSC Gerald Retired gmoody9@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 (Plane Captain aboard the P2V-5F and flew with Ed Whitcraft), FE School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-56 (flew with Bill Baker, Larry Woods, Doug Mitchel and the Wild Bunch), AIMD at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a FE and VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and retired in 2002. I loved every minute of it..." [07AUG2012]

MESSER, Randall S. rmesser@lsijax.com "...I served with AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine (1983 to 1985), VP-26 (1985 to 1988), VXN-8 (1988 to 1991), VP-24 (1992 to 1995), VQ-1 (1995 to 1997), Naval Research Lab (1998 to 2000) and VP-16 (2000 to 2002). I am now retired and working with LSI as a P-3 Enlisted Aircrew/Maintenance SME..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 15AUG2001 | 22OCT98]

MEYER, Stephen T. "Steve" smeyer46@msn.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1967 to 1969 as a Communications Yeoman and on a flight crew as a radio operator. Retired Commercial Banker (39-years)..." [13SEP2010]

MILITELLO, AO2 Peter orionpete@aol.com "...I reported to VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida right out of AO A School. I served with VP-16 for entire enlistment from 1965 to 1969. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, NAS Bermuda and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. It was the best time of my life with the men of Crew 9..." [07JAN2009]

MILLER, EOC(SCW) Milton D. mdmill@wt.net "...I served with VP-16 (ADJ3) from March 1966 to October 1969. We deployed to NAS Bermuda, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Souda Bay Crete, and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I served with James Melton on Flightline crew for about 15 months, Powerplants, and on the Nightcheck crew with Jim Grey. I often think of those wonderful and challenging days. I am now in the twilight time of my current tour with the Navy Seabees (Naval Mobile Construction Battalion TWENTY TWO) as a USNR..." [02FEB2003]

MINN, AWC (AW/SW) Michael P. Retired mminn@hotmail.com "...PATWING-1 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 1979-1981, VP-16 Crew 6, SS-3, 1981-1987, VP-31 1988-1991, USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 1991-1994, COMPATWINGSPAC, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1994-1997. Living in Cupertino, California (Near Moffett Field, California). Drop me a line you old War Eagles..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 13MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 03FEB2000 | 08JUL98]

MINER, Jimmy popngram@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 from June 1957 thru June 1959 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Participated in a split deployment Iceland Port Lyauty Mor. and went to Morocco that trip. Anybody around from that time? We did St. Johns Newfoundland, NS Rota, Spain for GCA Lisbon Portugal R&R. Hope to hear from you..." [08AUG99]

MINNIS, CW04 Jessie C. Retired sueminnis@aol.com "...Served with VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine 10/63-10/66. Previously VP-16, Plank owner VP-30. After VP-10 served in AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Supporting the local VP's made W-1 there, followed by duty in VP-24. Later to HM-12 Then the Naval Safety Center and retired from VAW-126as a CWO4. Have been retired since 01/01/82. Love it..." [29JAN2002]

Memorial Picture "...MIRISE, CAPTAIN Kerry W...Captain Kerry Winston Mirise passed away October 20, 2016. Captain Mirise served with VP-16, VP-22, VP-28, VP-30, VP-31, Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia, CINCUSNAVEUR, USEUCOM and the Naval War College. His obituary was published in the Kitsap Sun: http://www.kitsapsun.com/obituaries/Kerry-W-Mirise-81-399925811.html We love him and we miss him. May he rest in peace..." Contributed by Kevin Mirise kmirise@hotmail.com [19NOV2016]

MIRISE, CAPTAIN Kerry W. Retired kwmirise16@hotmail.com "...member of AOC class 42-55, the last one to go all the way through basic training in the SNJ! After earning my wings at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, I served with VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1957-60 flying a P2V-5F. NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployment as PPC crew 9. Joined VP-31 as plank-owner flight instructor in 1960-63. Back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-28, 1966-68, as Asst OPS officer and PPC of crew 4. After transitioning to the P-3 with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, joined VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as CDR Jim Wetzel's XO in April 1972. I then had a delightful tour as CO of the Eagles, thanks to a wonderful complement of officers led by my XO, Ron Castle, and a simply superb squadron of crewmembers and "groundpounders". The E awards won by the Eagles are a testament to their professional skills and dedication to excellence. Served as CO, Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia, 1973-76, then went to London to join CINCUSNAVEUR Staff as a logistic planner, then to Stuttgart, Germany in 1980 as Chief, Logistics Plans Branch, HQ, USEUCOM. I joined the Naval War College faculty after 4 years in Germany and taught logistics until retiring in July, 1986..." [12AUG2003]

MONIZ, IS2 Kenneth stanleycupcanes@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (1977-1980) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily..." [BIO Updated 25NOV2013 | 17FEB2013]

MONROE, Frank fmon@erols.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1965 through 1967 then VP-18 until they were deactivated in September 1968. Then Flight Test Divison of NARF Norfolk, Virginia to test fly P-3's and a couple of P2's after overhaul..." [17JAN2002]

MORGAN, Rod ramorgan@mediaone.net "...I was in VP-16 from 1971-1975 (crew 6) then VP-30 until 1979 when I left the Navy. Interested in swapping e-mail with any old Shipmates..." [13MAR99]

MOULDEN, LT(jg) Bobby F. Retired bobbymoulden@icloud.com "...I served with VP-16 (1964-1966), VP-1 (1967), VX-1 (1968-1970), VP-47 (1970-1976), COMmander, PATrol WINGS PACific (COMPATWINGSPAC) Tactical Training Team (TTT) and Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GroUP, PACific Fleet (FASOTRAGRUPAC) until retirement. I would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 20MAY2015 | E-Mail Updated 14MAR2009 | 29SEP98]

MUIR, CDR Greg "Big Daddy" gmuir@cox.net "...I began my VP career after serving as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS Estocin (FFG-15) and USS Lexington (AVT-16). I completed tours in VP-24, CPW-11, and VP-16. I am currently the Senior Naval Advisor to the Commander of HQ NORAD Western Sector at McChord AFB, WA. I am slated for the Safety Officer job onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). I report to Carl Vinson in May 99...Currently am completing assignment as Safety Officer in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Will report to next assignment, Naval Safety Center, in May 2001. VP was the best, Smakum-Yakum! - Completed my tour at the Naval Safety Center in June 04...transferred to CTF-84 in June 04 and am now serving as the N5...back in ASW, my new job has me running the Atlantic Fleet ASW Exercise Smart Search..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 20JAN2005 | BIO Updated 02FEB2001 | 22MAY98]

MUZQUIZ, Phillip "DOC" III Pmuzquiz@AOL.Com "...BZ to the best squadron in the NAVY! Being the winner of the Golden Wrench Award in 1983 for P-3C conversions for the NAS Keflavik, Iceland deplyment, I would like to welcome all the NEW EAGLES (VP-16) to our SQUADRON. All due respects to all officers and senior enlisted personnel. It is nice to know that our squadron still follows the tradition of sticking together, hell I really miss the command, thought I'd never say that. Well, I guess this is all for now and "Hook'em in the _SS" while you can..." [14FEB97]

NANK, PR2 Dave bpdret12@cox.net "...Served with VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1961 to summer of 1964. We deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland during Cuban missile crisis, in and out of NS Roosevelt Roads, PR several times. Was Parachute Rigger second class..." [23NOV2007]

NARDI, Mike "Polar Bear" bigmikebronx@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1977-1980) in the Ordnance Shop..." [19FEB2013]

NASH, CAPTAIN William P. U. S. Naval War College "...Captain Nash reported to the Joint Military Operations Department in July 2001 following a one year assignment as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, NY. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1978 and designated as a Naval Aviator in 1979. His sea duty assignments include tours of duty in VP-45 as Aircraft Division Officer and NATOPS Pilot between 1980 and 1983; in USS Enterprise as Operations Administration Officer and Tactical Action Officer between 1986 and 1988; in VP-45 as Operations Officer between 1991 and 1992; and in VP-16 as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer between 1995 and 1997. Ashore, he served in VP-30 as Instructor Pilot and Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Tactical Training Team Pilot between 1983 and 1986; attended the Naval War College between 1988 and 1989; served in the Office of Defense Cooperation, London UK as Navy Programs Manager between 1992 and 1994; and served at United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB IL, as Strategic Planning Team Chief between 1997 and 2000. He holds a B.S.C degree in Accounting from the University of Louisville, KY (1978), a M.S. degree in Management from Salve Regina University (1990) and a M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (1991)..." [31MAY2003]

NATHAN, Donald pastrychef69@hotmail.com "...I was attached to VP16 from August '82 to January '85..." [11MAY99]

NELMS, ADCS Melvin E.(Gene) Retired skyhawk3@bellsouth.net "...I served in VP-16 (1975-78), VP-30 (1978-81), VP-24 (1981-84) and COMPATWING ELEVEN from 1984-88..." [26JUL98]

NICHOLS, AW Bob newhorizons17@hotmail.com "...Looking for Bill Rainwater's whereabouts? Hi Chas! I served with VP-16 from 1977-1981..." [E-Mail Updated 22MAY2003 | 31JAN98]

NORDTVEDT, CAPTAIN Ernie Retired orion828@aol.com "...CO/XO VP-16 Eagles, April 69-April 71, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. VP-1 1955-58 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and VP-22 Blue Goose 1962-65, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Became an academic, serving 15 years on College of Business Administraion Faculty, Loyola University, New Orleans, and 3 years on College of Busienss Faculty, Christian Brothers University, Memphis. Have now retired for the fourth time -- hope I have it right this time..." [12OCT98]

O'BRIEN, George gobrien@eaest.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1992 to 1994. Flew both P2s and P-3s. Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, South Africa, and NAS Bermuda. Was copilot for Bad Bob Lemon and later had my own crew. Many good memories..." [17AUG2003]

O'BRIEN, CDR J. L. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...CDR O'Brien was born on McCord AFB, Tacoma, Washington and was raised on various Air Force Bases. She attended ROTC at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, earning a BS in both Biology and Russian. She was commissioned in December 1988. CDR O'Brien's first tour of duty after commissioning was as a general unrestricted line officer assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC. She worked as Assistant VP Placement Officer and ACIP/ACP Officer until being selected for flight training in December 1989. After basic aviation training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and advanced navigator training at Mather AFB, CA, she earned her Naval Flight Officer wings in July 1991. She reported to Oceanographic Development Squadron EIGHT (VXN-8), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in September 1991. She qualified as Oceanographic Project Coordinator and participated in detachments around the globe. At VXN-88 she served as Assistant Admin Officer, Legal Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Communications Officer. Upon the opening of Patrol Squadrons to female aviators, CDR O'Brien detached VXN-8 in September 1993 and reported to Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) for Fleet replacement P3C NFO training. She reported aboard Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) in April 1994 where she qualified as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Mission Commander and primary NFO NATOPS instructor (blue card) for both Navigator/Communicator and Tactical Coordinator seat positions. She served as Personnel Officer, NAVCOM NATOPS Officer, Line Division Officer, TACCO NATOPS Officer, and NATOPS Division Officer. CDR O'Brien completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; Howard AFB, Panama; and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In 1997 CDR O'Brien reported as a Selected Reservist to Patrol Squadron SIX SIX (VP-66) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. There she qualified as TACCO, Mission Commander, and primary NFO NATOPS instructor. She has served as Assistant Operations Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Training Officer, Administration Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Tactics Officer. While in VP-66, CDR O'Brien has completed active duty periods in Lann Bihoue, France; Japan; Anchorage, Alaska; Hawaii; and the Caribbean. Her decorations include the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) and various other personal and unit awards and citations..." [18JUL2005]

O'CONNOR, David david.oconnor@dhs.gov "...I was stationed with VP-23 from 1975 to 1979. I worked in the Air Intelligence Office (AIO) with LTjg Hankner and later LT Bruce LaPointe. Dave Andreasen and Brian Levengood were the other IS's in the office. I joined the Navy in 1967 and went to boot camp at Great Lakes and then to "A" School at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. My first permanent duty station was at the Intel Center at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (FICPACFAC). From there I went to VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida before going to NAF Naples, Italy working at the Air Navigation Office/Naval Branch Oceanographic Office/ Defense Mapping Agency. After that tour I went on to VP-23 and then to FASO at NAS Bermuda at the SERE school for two tours. In between those tours I went to COMFAIRKEF. I ended up for my last tour at the Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility Western Pacific (FOSIF WESTPAC) in Kamiseya, Japan for my last tour. Does anyone out there know where Harry "Pete" Peterson or John Martoncik migrated to?..." [23OCT2004]

O'LEARY, Mike moleary@coj.net "...I served with VX-1 (1974-1978), VP-56 (1978-1983), VP-30 (1983-1986), VP-16 (1986-1990), and CPW-11 (1990-1993). It was something that only those who were there could understand. Anyone else would think you a liar..." [01JUN2000]

O'LEARY, Sean MD11Fr8Dog@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 from 88-92 as a pilot, PPC/MC of CAC 6 and half of the notorious Meat and Sven show. I did deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, where I ran the Brass Nut as CINCNUT! I left active duty in 93 and drilled with Reserve Patrol Wing Atlantic for a year, and then VP-68 from 94-96. I am currently an airline pilot with FedEx..." [E-Mail Updated 23JUL2001 | 22JUN98]

ORMANOSKI, AW1 Jim (SKI) jormanoski@aol.com "...I served with VP-45 (87-91), VP-30 (91-93), VP-16 (93-99), and currently back with VP-30..." [19DEC99]

OSTHEIMER, AX2 Richard W. "Ozzie" ozzss396@msn.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1973 to 1979 with two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and and one to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I would like to hear from AT1 John Allen and Tim Nagoven..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13MAY2009 | 17APR99]

PAGE, George "Peach" bucky122@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-16 CAC-22 in 1970 and 1971. Looking for any former Shipmates..." [15FEB2005]

PALARDY, AE4 Howard F. (Howie) hpalardy@worldnet.att.net "...Served NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1965 to 1977 Flight Test. Served VP-16 1967 to 1970..." [07MAR98]

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

PAONE, AX2 Dan (Dano) danothemano1@comcast.net "...I served in VP-16 from September 1964 through June 1967. I was a crew member on Crew 5 (P-3A BUNO: 151389), stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. When I reported to the squadron, we were flying P2V-7s and in the process of transitioning to P-3As. I was an AX2, and my primary crew position was Radio Operator. Crew 5 served in many Atlantic Fleet operations, including detachments to NAS Bermuda, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Norway, the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Rota, Spain. Crew 5 also served in WestPac (Vietnam) from November 1966 through June 1967. The Crew 5 patch at the time was Snoopy with his doghouse and the inscription read "Non Persperatus" (No Sweat). I have many items of memorabilia that I can relate to former Shipmates, along with a listing of all crews and photos of aircraft, as listed in the squadron cruise book published in 1967. Unfortunately none of this material is in digital format..." [15MAR2005]

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PARISE, Ed eparise@cfw.com "...Started Pre-flight 10/59 and got out 8/69. Did the VP-30 RAG thing, then VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VC-8 RRPR, later a tour at NMC, NAS Point Mugu, California. Where else could you have done the things we did, in all those places, with all those great Shipmates..." [25APR99]

PARKER, ADR2 Herman Jackson hermanjparker@peoplepc.com "...I served in VP-16 from September 1961 until September 1963 with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NS Rota, Spain. I served as Parts Petty Officer for the squadron shop..." [02MAY2010]

PATZMANN, Bruce R. patzmann@msn.com "...I was in VP-16 from September 1962 to July 1967. I was a junior pilot at the time, just out of flight school. The new guys did not go thru the RAG pilot training. We only did the NAV training at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and we all hated it. Our flight training was done in the squadron. It was when the squadron got the first P-3A aicraft, weapon system, without APU's and the two speed gearbox on #4. We deployed to NAS Bermuda twice, Norway with NATO, and to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam during my tour of duty..." [02MAY2002]

PEKNIK, Don fastlilpig@netzero.com "...Does anyone remember the infamous "Battle E" Eagles from 1973 through 1976? Or what we used to do on the golf course in NAS Sigonella, Sicily besides golf? Those were the days, if you can remember them. I was attached to the Engine Shop and also to the AIMD Test Cell facility at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. It would be great to hear from any of the old crew from VP-16 during those years. Thanks for the memories! Hope you all are as well as can be! Special thanks to CDR Picard!..." [15AUG2005 | 15MAR2002]

Memorial Picture "...PETERSEN, LCDR John S...I am sorry to have to write about this, but my Father, John S. Petersen, has passed away. Dad requested that we have no services or memorial for him. Dad served with FASRON-109 (1956 to 1959), VP-18 (1959 to 1961), VX-1 (1961 to 1963), VP-16 (1964 to 1970), NAS Bermuda (1970 to 1972), VP-23 (1972 to 1975), MATTC Memphis, Tennessee (AW School) (1975 to 1978), NFO Training (1978 to 1979), VP-10 (1980 to 1984) and PM-4/ASWMPG (1984 to 1986)..." Contributed by Elizabeth Petersen Boyd lizardson@hotmail.com [29JAN2009]

PETERSEN, LCDR John S. Retired mingo@clinic.net "...I served with FASRON-109 (1956 to 1959), VP-18 (1959 to 1961), VX-1 (1961 to 1963), VP-16 (1964 to 1970), NAS Bermuda (1970 to 1972), VP-23 (1972 to 1975), MATTC Memphis, Tennessee (AW School) (1975 to 1978), NFO Training (1978 to 1979), VP-10 (1980 to 1984) and PM-4/ASWMPG (1984 to 1986)..." [06DEC2007]

PHILLIPS, AWCS David E. Retired wardendep@windstream.net "...I served with VP-16, VP-5, VP-30 and retired June 1985. I'm interested in hearing from any Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19AUG2009 | 29JAN99]

Memorial PictureShipmate Pix "...PHIPPS, AWC James Daniel "Danny"...My Father, AWC James Daniel "Danny" Phipps, was born 11 November 1933 Gambrills, Maryland, deceased 23 January 2002 Jacksonville, Florida. Danny began his career at NTC Bainbridge, MD in August 1952. His duty stations included: NAS Jacksonville, Florida NARF; VP-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland; he served two tours each with VP-16 and CPW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and retired 30 April 1985 serving VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Danny earned many medals and ribbons during his career. Danny may be best known for his great love of bluegrass and country/western music. He loved playing the mandolin and while serving in VP-16 was a member of the squadron group "The Etna Mountain Boys". Danny loved his country and was proud to serve in the US Navy...Information submitted by his eldest daughter, Cynthia Phipps-Prince beyondbelief58@comcast.net..." [01JUL2009]

PLEASANT, AT1(AW/NAC) Paul D. p3orion_ift@yahoo.com "...I was a P-3 and A-3 EWOP in VQ-2 from 1984-1987. I then did a five year stint flying on C-130's in VQ-4 and VR-22 before returning to VQ-2 as a Radio Op from 1992-1994. After the last Aries 1 plane (Ranger 24) quit flying I became an IFT on the Aries 2 birds until 1997. I am currently an IFT at VP-16. If any of the old whalers want EA-3B pictures, I have the ones of Ranger 17 I took in 1986 while flying aboard the USS Kennedy. I have them scanned onto my computer and can e-mail them to whoever wants them. Drop me a line anytime..." [16JAN2001]

POTTHOFF, Gerald Mitchell "Potsie" gmpotsie@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-44 70/73, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine 74/75, VP-16 76/81, VP-30 82/85 & SeaOpDet NAS Jacksonville, Florida serving USS Forrestal CV-59 until retiring Aug '89. I am currently working in Saudi Arabia teaching C-130's. I am also on Yahoo & AOL instant messenger, screen name "gmpotsie." I will reply to all received enquiries. Later..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAY2004 | 14OCT99]

PRATHER, Dick rprather@pacbell.net "...I would like to say Hi to the many friends I served with in the squadrons and units I was assigned to during my 24 year stint that ended in August 1980. Those who care to reminisce please feel free to email me at home or work. I flew as either enlisted aircrew, navigator, or ASW TACCO in the following squadrons: VS-32, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island + USS TARAWA CVS-40 (AUG - NOV '57); VR-24, NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco (DEC 57 - OCT 60); VW-15, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NOV 60 - APR 61); NARTU, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (JUN 61 - OCT 61); VP-741, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (OCT 61 - AUG 62); VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine (AUG 62 - AUG 64); NFO Traing (AUG 64 - OCT 65); VR-22, NAS Moffett Field, California (OCT 65 - MAY 67); VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California (MAY 67 - OCT 69); VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (DEC 69 - DEC 71); NAVFAC, Cape Hatteras, NC (Dec 71 - DEC 73); VS-21, NAS North Island, San Diego, California + USS KENNEDY CV-67 + USS CONSTELLATION CV-64 (JAN 74 - JUL 77); ASWOC NAS North Island, San Diego, California (AUG 77 - AUG 80)> retirement..." [E-Mail Updated 02NOV2000 | 23NOV98]

PRATHER, AW1 Richard "Rick" "Rick the Rock" rprather@4wall.com "...I served with VP-30 (1972-1973) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-16 (1973-1978), NADC (1978-1980) and VPU-2 (1981-1984). I served 12 awesome years in the U S Navy as a Naval Aircrewman aboard the P-3 Aircraft. Started my worldwide adventures in VP-16 and then went on up to NADC. These two commands sent me to most of the free world accessible from the East Coast. Finished my enlistment off while assigned to VPU-2. Was able to see almost all areas of WEST-PAC while stationed with VPU-2. To all of the people I served with, thank you..." [25JUN2019]

PRESSLY, DAVE SPRE100854@AOL.COM "...JUST WANTED TO SAY HEY TO ALL THE VP-16'ERS OUT THERE. BIG DAVE IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL. HEY JAMIE, DOC, AND LANCE C. VP-16 1982-1985: NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal IN'83 and NAS Keflavik, Iceland IN '84..." [13JAN99]

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

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]

RAMOS, AW1(AW) Paul A picaso7617@hotmail.com "...I was stationed in VP-56 (1983-1988) upon entering the navy, and it was the best squadron I've been in during my 17 1/2 yrs in the Navy, after leaving I became an SS-3 instructor in VP-30, then left to do the ASWOC/TSC duties (aircraft dogers) at ASWOC/TSC NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. After sunny PR I came back to Florida assigned to CPW-11, and am now in ASWOC/TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Iceland. I just got orders back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to VP-16 where I plan to retire after 2 1/2 yrs. Would love to hear from you dragons...Navy's changed alot, but good friends never change...they always stay in touch..." [23JUN2000]

REDDING, YN2 Jeff jeffredding@comcast.net "...I served with VP-16 from October 1977 to May 1980 (six month deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily) and VP-60 from October 1980 to October 1983 (had a lot of fun during the month at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and a couple of trips to Hawaii). From November 1983 to APril 1984 I was at the RIPO Office NAS Atlanta, Georgia. From May 1984 to November 1986 I was back at NAS Glenview, Illinois (which is also my home town). From December 1986 to April 1989 I was at NRC Rome and NRC Syracuse, NY. I was medically discharged in Apr 89 following back surgery..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05JUN2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 27APR2002 | 25APR98]

REIGHTLER, CDR Kenneth S. Jr. http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/sts-48/sts-48-press-kit.txt "...SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION - STS-48 PRESS KIT - SEPTEMBER 1991 - STS-48 CREW BIOGRAPHIES - Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr., 40, Cmdr., USN, will serve as pilot. Selected as an astronaut in June 1987, Reightler considers Virginia Beach, Va., his hometown and will be making his first space flight. He graduated from Bayside High School in Virginia Beach in 1969; received a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the Naval Academy in 1973; and received a masters of science in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a masters in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1984. Reightler was designated a naval aviator at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1973, and then served as Mission Commander and Patrol Plane Commander to VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Reightler graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School in 1978, and he served as a senior airborne systems instructor pilot and later as a chief flight instructor there until his selection by NASA..." [18APR2004]

ROBERTS, Charles B. tinbender1@comcast.net "...I served with VP-16 (1974 to 1978), VP-49 (1978 to 1980), VQ-2 (1968 to 1970) and VAQ-33 with the "whales" and last C-121 on active duty (1980 to 1983). Throw in tours inbetween in VF-13, VF-162, VC-2, VS-22 and HS-1 you end up with an enjoyable 30 year career..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2009]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...ROBERSON, AOC Felix James...VP-4 (1967-1970), VP-16 (1958), VP-28 and VP-30 - Felix James Roberson (Chief Robie) went to be with his Heavenly Father at the age of 77, on March 16, 2009. Robie was born August 29, 1931 in Wichita Falls, TX. He joined the Navy in 1951 and served for 20 years retiring as a Navy Chief. He served the Army for 15 years as a small arms repairman. He enjoyed bowling, muzzleloading and was an excellent pen craftsman. He attended numerous crafts shows with his wife around South Texas. He is preceded in death by his son Jamie Roberson, his parents Francis and Samuel Roberson, sister Frances Haney and nephew Kenny Whitaker. He is survived by his wife Anne of 44 years, daughters, Sandra Cook, Kim Rodriguez (husband Raul), Jane Mendoza (husband Mike), son John Roberson (Fiancé Mary), sister Donna Whitaker (husband Bill), ten grandchildren; Daniel, Ryan, Amanda, Fritz, Eric, Kayla, Evan, Ian, Matthew, and Corbin, 9 great grandchildren, nieces; Diane, Linda, and Karen, nephews; Michael, David, Jeffery, Billy and Steven. He was interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. A guest book is available at http://obit.memorialobituaries.com/wrapper_gb.php?id=649014&clientid=missionparks&listing=Found..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [16AUG2011]

ROBERSON, Felix J. Shipmate Pix CHIEFROBIE@aol.com "...Before I went to VP-16 in 1958 I was in a fighter training squadron in Corpus Christi. Before that I was in Fighter Squadron 52 on the west coast. During that time I was on the Boxer, Wasp and Lexington. After five glourious years in VP-16 I went up to VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. There I met and married my Dear wife Anne. We went to Hawaii in 1965 and I was in VP-28 and then in VP-4. I retired in 1970 and went to Gunsmith School in Denver Co. I came home to San Antonio in 1972, ran a civilian gun shop for about 7 years and then went to work as the Army gunsmith at Fort Sam Houston for 15 years. I retired from there in 1994 and am now a what we call a Pen Turner. I make pens, pencils etc. from deer antler, wood and acrylics and go to craft shows. I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates that are still around. Felix J. "ROBIE' Roberson, 7507 Sweet Valley, San Antonio, Texas 78242 Phone: (210)623-1328, Fax: (210)623-8917, or E-Mail..." [BIO Updated 20SEP98 | 19SEP98]

ROGERS, AT1 Russ AT1Rogers@aol.com "...I'm currently serving in VP-16, My first Squadron was in VP-1 as an IFT from 89 to 93, then went to CPWP for shore duty as the west coast IFT NATOPS Evaluator 93-96. Would like to hear from all Shipmates that I once knew..." [18AUG98]

ROWLANDS, LCDR (NFO) James Retired jimrowlands@mindspring.com "...I served with VP-46 from 1985 to 1989 and VP-16 from 1995 to 1996. I am currently flying as a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines..." [03MAY2009]

ROSE, Gene gr9545@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1965-1966 (AE Shop, Flight Crew...sonar). Would like to hear from any Shipmates..." [23NOV2002]

ROSENBERG, Leo lechro@yahoo.com "...My VP tours were in VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1959-1963, VP-6, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1967-1969, VP-44, NAS Brunswick 1974-1977 and CPW-11, NAS JAX 1977-1980. I would enjoy hearing from some of my old Shipmates...I served in ATU-614, Hutchinson, Kansas. I worked in the Elecric shop, working on P2V-4,s. As a civilian I have worked the last fifteen years on the staff of Commander, Sea Control Wing, Atlantic at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and now NAS Jacksonville, Florida" [BIO Updated 25APR2000 | 24AUG98]

ROSS, Al II alross2@aol.com "...Nice to see a website for VPs. When my first squadron (VA-36 Roadrunners) was decommissioned in June 1970 I was tranferred to VP-16 from July 70 to March 71. I was a YN3 at the time and about the only person I remember was Tom Lawler..." [25JAN99]

ROUSSEAU, Ken kenrousseau@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1966 to 1970. If you look in our 1967 Vietnam Tour yearbook, you will notice a picture of a hole in the wing of one of our aircraft that I believe was the result of enemy fire. If so, that should be in the squadron history. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-MAIL Updated 16OCT2010 | 17JUL2001]

RUIZ, ADCS (AW/SW) Jose Rene renrealestate@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-26 (1979 to 1983), VQ-2 (1983 to 1986), VP-23 (1986 to 1990), RTC Orlando (1990 to 1993), USS Saratoga/VFA-81 (1993 to 1997), VP-16 (1997 to 2002), VC-8 2002-2003 and VP-30 (2003 to 2005)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27AUG2010 | 07APR2003]

RUPP, ATC Glenn E. Retired glnrup@aol.com "...I served in VP-16 from '61-64. Was radioman aboard LF1. Cdr. Boute, pilot, Lt Fell co-pilot, Nick Galleta, Plane Captain, and others. We transitioned to P-3's in '63. I went TAD to teach radioschool at COMFAIRJAX. Retired in '80. Would like to hear from you. Am designing a radio-controlled model of the SP2E BUNO 131528. I welcome any inputs..." [17AUG99]

RUSTMANN, ATCS (AC/AWS) Henry Robert "Bob" Retired Shipmate PixCirca 1964 rustmannhenry@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-7 (04/1964-03/1967), VP-24 (01/1973-06/1978) and VP-16 (01/1982-03/1985)..." [E-Mail Updated 10AUG2014 | PIX Added 19FEB2012 | 18FEB2012]

SABOL, AMH3 Nicholas E. tnsabol@outlook.com "...I served with VP-16 (1958-1960) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAY2017 | E-Mail Updated 14JUN2016 | 31DEC2015]

SEIBERLING, CPO B. H. (Lee) [Deceased] c/o His Son David Seiberling diddybop63@hotmail.com "...My dad (now deceased) first served in VP-8 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1961 through 1964. (I was born in Lexington Park during that tour.) I've always heard the slogan "First with the Orion" about VP-8. All squadron members were given a model of the P-3 Orion by the factory. Then he served in VP-16 twice - I've lost track of the dates - but I do remember he was there in NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1969 to 1971. He made chief during that tour. He is now deceased - but my brother, John R. Seiberling, is trying to get orders to VP-16 for his next tour of sea duty. My father was B. H. (Lee) Seiberling. He flew as radioman on the crew s - deploying to NAS Bermuda, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. He retired in 1974 - passed away in July 1994. Didn't VP-16 leave NAS Jacksonville, Florida for a short time? The West Coast I think. But I am glad it is back in NAS Jacksonville, Florida so that my brother will be close to home when he retires..." [13FEB2002]

SELBY, AME1 C. R. scrselby777@live.com "...I served with VP-16 (1965-1968). Looking for Shipmates J. R. Martin, R. E. Sword "Swingbelly", R. W. Ripley and J. A. Osborne..." [08DEC2013]

SELDON, Louis llseldon@verizon.net "...I served with VP-16 (Pilot) from 1967 to 1970. I flew with Green & Westlake crews-went to Panama (15th ND), Canal Zone May 1970 for first UNITAS operation (with P-3's) planning conference but didn't go because my tour at VP-16 ended before the deployment on UNITAS. My understanding is those that went had a good time! My NAVCAD preflight Class was 29-65 in Pensacola and I was in the reserve squadron VP-94 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana from 1972 to 1975. I am now living in the DFW, TX area (Keller), I found Curry Lawler living in the area, he flew F-8s after VP-16 & retired from AAL. I retired from the FAA May 1998 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL & worked as a B737 & MD-80 simulator instructor at American Airlines until I retired from AAL in Sept 2008..." [BIO Updated 07SEP2016 | E-Mail Updated 16MAR2010 | BIO Updated 25APR2006 | BIO Updated 24DEC2001 | Updated BIO 04MAR99 | 24FEB99]

SERIANNE, AE2(AW/NAC) David W. Superdave@ilnk.com "...Commands: VAQ-33, VP-49, VP-16, VP-45, and Presently at VP-30 as a FRS Flight Engineer Instructor. I would like here from others that I was stationed with..." [22APR98]

SHEA, AT1 Tom Retired TDShea@aol.com "...I started my Navy career in VP-16 from '77 to '79 back when they were just "The Eagles". From there I went to VP-9, '81 to '83. VP-30 was next where I had a great time, despite working for a few "E-7's." I wrote the first CNO approved P-3C IFT course, which I'm happy to say they are still teaching today. Had a great time as an instructor. From browsing your pages, I see some of those slugs are still flying!! After 30, spent a sunny year in ASWOC Diego Garica. I do miss the fishing there. My next tour was NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '88 to 91. That was a very interesting tour working with prototype equipment. To bad they shut down the Update IV program. In December of '91 was transfered to VP-49 until they were disestablished in '94. From there I went to VFA-87, the "Golden Warriors". They didn't really know what to do with a VP sailor, but with in 3 months I was running the IWT shop having a great time. My tour there was cut short when I blew my knee out on the Flight Deck. Back to VP's. This time VP-31 where I stayed until I retired in April of '96. Now I have to work for a living. Glad I spent so much time in VP "Wheels up, Heels up." Had to save my energy for civilan life!!!..." [30JAN98]

SIEGEL, PO3 Ira IKE21@aol.com "...I served from April 1963 through April 1965 with VP-16, The War Eagles. We were in NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and a few other short stays, like the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal for fun. I left in April with the rate of a Third Class Petty Officer. I really enjoyed my time served and I am proud to say that I served my country..." [23JUL2002]

SIENER, Nicholas nsiener@charter.net "...I served with VP-16 (1969-1973) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with seveal deployments to the Med and two UNITAS Detachments to South America. I flew with Crew-22 and Crew-30. I am currently living in Mandeville, LA. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [27MAY2012]

SILVERMAN, CAPTAIN Dick Retired rsilverman@cfl.rr.com "...I entered the Navy in 1958 (OCS) as a blackshoe and started my VP career with VP-23 July 1964 to May 1966. Went to NAS Bermuda from 1966-1969 and ran the ASWOC, VP-24 from September 1969-July 1971, VP-30 Admin. Officer from August 1971-February 1975, VP-16 from February 1975-April 1977 XO/CO, XO of USS Iwo Jima, Chief of Staff Naval District Washington, Commander NTC Orlando for a few months and retired in June 1989. Went to work for Orange County Sheriff's Office and have been the Aviation Unit Commander for 10 years, having survived prostate cancer and 5 bypasses. Can't see retiring. Flying helicopters is still alot of fun..." [03OCT2002]

SILVESTRI, ABH3 Sal silvestrisal@ymail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1979-1981) for CDR Skip MOYER and PO1 FILLIPELLI. I would like to hear from formr Shipmates..." [14FEB2013]

SIMONS, AT2 Darwin lauteylat7599@gmail.com "...I reported to VP-16 detachment at NAS Jacksonville, Florida early February 1953. Squadron had departed for NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco a week or so earlier. I joined HH-9 crew when they returned 5 months later. I spent those months going to even more schools, Radio operator, ARC-27 maintenance, ECM etc. I served as radioman during NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment 1954 and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco 1955. LCDR Austin Campbell was my pilot, but LT(jg) done most of the flying with me in 1953, 1954 and 1955. I was discharged December 20, 1955. Spent 31 years with IBM Corp as a Computer Technician and 16 years in my own computer business after IBM. I was told by AE1 Donald Hair a life long friend that VP-16 was to have a Reunion in September 2013, but I haven't seen anything about it. Keep them flying..." [19SEP2013]

SMITH, Charles L. avcmsmith@email.msn.com "...Served with: VP-28, CAC 7, 1961-63 AE3 VP-45, Maintenance, 1977-79 AECS VP-24, Maintenance, 1982-85 AVCM VP-16, Maintenance, 1985-87 AVCM Retired in 1990..." [17JAN99]

SMITH, Dan danielsmith@excite.com "...I was a member ofVP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, from 1969 - 1972 including a Unitas Tour and a stint in NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Would love to hear from any Shipmates from that era..." [03JAN98]

SPLETTER, Wayne doughnut@wctc.net "...I served with VP-16 from March 1961 until August 1963 with a deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [18FEB2011]

SPOENTGEN, Neil sponge@mediaone.net "...I'm an IFT currently in VP-16 since Jan 96. Started in VP-47 88 thru 93, with a stop at NAWC Warminster (93-96) before they moved to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. E-mail me if u know me..." [17JUN99]

STANLEY, ATR3 Bill blackhawk6x@webtv.net "...I served with FASRON-201 from October 1958 until shortly after we moved to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. My hut mates in Malta were (as well as I can remember): "Hut Mother", "Big Jim" Burkhart, Bill Gwodz(Gavoosh)(?), Paul Riddenbach, Al Leatherwood, Bill Bigalow, (?) White, "Bennie" Benford, and Spence Rohrlick(?). Would like to hear from anyone else who remembers me...I served with VP-16 from 1959 to 1961 as Radar/Jezabel operator on LF10. Original crew was: PPC LT Hank Dickson (We later both became Army Aviators flying helicopters in the late'60s - a good story for the next Reunion), CP LT Wally Jeager, Navigator LTJG Dick Kruppa, PC "Wild Bill" Oats, Mechanic "Tex" Harris, Rad/ECM Ray Hemby and Dwight"Johnny" Johnson, MAD Joe Shotko, and Ord Leroy "Maxie" Carter. Later crew members during my tenure were LT Willis, LT Holt, LT Barton, LTJG Wingate, AD2 Everett, Bill Faint(ord), ? Barth(MAD), "Dan" Daniel (rad/ECM) and Leon Stoltz (ord). I look forward to seeing many of these folks at our next Reunion..." [BIO Updated 15AUG2002 | 14AUG2002]

STEVERSON, Gerald H. (Steve) gopherman@earthlink.net "...I'll be forever grateful to my old VU-8 DP-2E 128401 Flight Engineer buddy Red Batson for putting me onto it. I served with VP-9 in the late 50's as an AE2/AE1 and MAD/ECM/RADAR operator on the Skipper's crew (CDR V. Deitchman). AEC Rodney Kaiser was my Shop Chief, and I remember that we had an AE1 Shop P.O. who wouldn't talk to lower rates except in the line of duty. Got out in 59 after my initial (kiddie) cruise. Got married and went to work as an electrician at an aircraft overhaul outfit in Dothan, AL making the humongous sum of $1.25 per hour! Re-enlisted in mid-60 and joined Red Batson on the DP-2E crew dropping KDAs and Q2Cs in VU-8 (1960-1963). Later served in VP-16 (AEC - 1968) with one deployment to NS Rota, Spain, but made Warrant and had to leave the squadron. Later supported VPs at NAFSIG as Avionics/GSE/Ass't AIMD Officer (1970-74) including a period when deployed VP had to operate from Catania airport while NAFSIG runways were closed for resurfacing. Retired in late 77. Ah, the memories this website brings back!!! Gerald H. (Steve) Steverson, 5713 Gardenia Ave., Milton, FL 32570..." [02AUG98]

STOLZ, Leon Retired leonstolz@aol.com "...Was stationed with VP-16, 60/61 on Crew #10 as a AO3/2. I then spent a lot of time aboard ships before I retired in 75. I got a couple of degrees, taught school, (and just about starved!) and then went to work for Exxon, in production. I'm a free agent now so I can retire anytime I wish. I would like to invite all the AOs that do not belong to The Association of Aviation Ordnancemen to check out the web site at http://www.aaordies.org. We plan on having Reunion in Laughlin, Nv. June 24-26, 1999. See you there..." [21JAN99]

STREU, James GolferFla@aol.com "...I served with the War Eagles from 1959 through 1961. Just wanted to to tell you I just returned from our 40th year Reunion today. We had a great time NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I looking for a few more names from that period like Bob Venello and Ted West. Try an attend our next Reunion in October 2002..." [15OCT2000]

STRINGER, AW1(AW) Kenneth W. Retired ken.stringer@outlook.com "...Retired in summer of 2005. Served with VP-6 Crew-2 from 1987 - 1991, FASO DET NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1991 - 1995, VP-16 Crew-3 from 1995 - 1999, VP-30 1999 - 2002, and VP-4 Crew 7 from 2002 until 2005. I racked up nearly 6000 hours upon retirement, with my final flight over central Iraq, and within 24 hours I was headed home to begin terminal leave. I will always miss the crews, flying, and comradely, but certainly not the office politics. I am currently working as a pilot for Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), flying the CRJ-200. I'm based out of Atlanta, but still living in Hawaii. Always interested in hearing from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JAN2024 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 17OCT2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JUL2006 | E-Mail Updated 22NOV2004 | BIO Updated 18DEC2002 | BIO Updated 04DEC99 | E-Mail Updated 03OCT99 | E-Mail Updated 21AUG99 | 25AUG98]

STROTHER, AD3 Chet E. bozstraw@yahoo.com "...I served aboard NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-16 (1953-1955) with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1954). I recall the rough landing at "Sodacracker" Auxillary Field, and the fuselage patch installed by squadron tin benders. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21JUN2012 | 05MAY99]


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..."

SWAIN, Albert L. alswai9@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 (1966-1967) with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. My PPC was LCDR Holle and FE was Salvatore Molle. On a Yankee Patrol we landed in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. We were on the ground for an hour or so. How do I get conformation of this?..." [01AUG2015]

SWINK, Gregory greg022754@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-56 (FE) from 1980 to 1989 and I served with VP-16 (FE) from 1989 to 1993..." [30JAN2010]


TATE, Jack jlctsr@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1956) with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and aboard the USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39)..." [04APR2014]

Memorial Picture "...TAULBEE, LCDR William H...(VP-16, VP-30 and VP-56) William H. Taulbee, 83, of Hanover, beloved husband of Willodene Taulbee, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, MD. Born on March 12, 1929 in Mary, KY, he was one of twelve children born to Luther M. and Leona F. Lawson Taulbee. He was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters as well as a daughter, Brenda Marie Taulbee and a granddaughter, Maggie Elizabeth Taulbee. He retired from the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, having served for 23 years. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Following his retirement, he worked for Rest Haven Cemetery. Active in the church, he was a deacon in the Baptist Church for twenty years and taught Sunday School for many years and currently held his membership at Crosswind Church of God in Westminster. In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by their children, Darlene K. McClenny and her husband, Donald of UT, Stanley L. Taulbee and his wife, Tricia of MO and William A. Taulbee and his wife, Joyce of Westminster; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ada Ruth Mackey and her husband, Doug of Lexington, KY and Bonnie Marcopolus of Virginia and many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc., 311 Broadway, Hanover with The Rev. David Sulcer officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery. The family will receive friends at viewings from 5 to 7 pm Thursday and Friday evenings at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. WebSite: http://www.panebakerfuneralhome.com/..." Contributed by Stan Taulbee stantaulbee@yahoo.com [07AUG2012]

TAULBEE, LCDR William H. Retired willtau@yahoo.com "...Of all the patrol aircraft I am familiar with, I think the old faithful P2 takes it all when it comes to ditching at sea. This I can attest to as during my training time with Patrol Squadron and specifically January 22, 1962, I was one of twelve personnel who were aboard when we experienced an uncontrollable fire and were forced to ditch approximately 20 miles off the coast at Jacksonville, Fla. Believe it or not, not one person was seriously injured, but I cannot say that no one was scared stiff. Thanks to the professional attitude of our Instructor PPC, calm was maintained throughout the entire procedure. After a tour in VP-16, where I transitioned to the P-3, I served a full tour with VP-30 as an instructor and finally made the first P-3C deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland with VP-56. VP-56 Commanding Officer, CDR. Meltzer was my crew PPC and had done a tremendous amount of work in the development of the P-3C. I retired from service January 1, 1971..." [14MAY99]

TAYLOR, ADC James M. Jr. chiefjimmy01@msn.com "...I served with VP-44 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAS Pensacola, Florida (shore duty), NAS Memphis, Tennessee (B-School in 1968) and VF-32 flying F-4's. I am retired now in living in Pensacola, Florida, I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03OCT2010 | 29MAR2000]

TAYLOR, James S. "Zack" jtaylor352@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (Naval Fight Officer) from December 1962 to February 1966. I served as the Photo/Assistant Intelligence Officer and Training Officer for the transation from the P2V5 to the P-3A. I was supply Officer for a while before being tranferred to VT-1 at NAS Pensacola, Florida..." [18JUN2011]

TENER, Dick dicktener@cs.com "...I flew P-3's from 1968 til 1981. Started in VP-26 where I went TAR. I left VP-26 for VP-66 where I helped transition them from the P2 to P-3. Next to VP-94 for another transition. Them out to VP-91, and finally a department head tour in VP-16. Spent time at NAS Jacksonville, Florida the NRPC. Retired in 1988 as instructor at VT-10. Still flying commercially, but never a day goes by that I don't recall life in the Orion. I would have flown it til I died of old age if the Navy had been smart enough to let me. Those were the best days with the best people. Would love to hear from squadron mates, crew members, and friends..." [28APR2001]

Memorial Picture "...TESTA, Ron...I finally tracked down the info on the passing of Captain Ron Testa and got the following reply from Bill Broadwell. Came as a real surprise to me that it happened that long ago. If anyone is interested in a memorial the info is below. Carl==============Ron died the end of June last year; funeral was mid July since Julie had to wait for a time period for Ron to be interned at Arlington National Cemetery. Julie's address is: 8604 Buckboard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308; phone is 703-780-7544...Ron Testa suffered a heart attack after getting up from a short nap one Sunday afternoon. Julie said it was all over in about 45 minutes. As far as anybody knows, there were no warning indications. The funeral was at the Fort Meyer chapel. Ralph Stowell gave an outstanding eulogy. The Chapel was packed! Julie asked that donations in Ron's memory be sent to the United States Naval Academy Foundation, 25 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21401-8001..." Contributed by Carl Honaker, Cdr USN (Ret) carl.honaker@rda.sccgov.org [13FEB99]

THOMAS, CDR Harry F. Retired jethog@etcmail.com "...I served with VW-4 (1972-1975), VT-3 (1975-1977), VP-16 (1977-1980), VP-30 (1980-1983) as a Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic (CNAL) Evaluator, VP-24 (1983-1085), Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic (CPWL) (NATOPS) (1985-1987), VT-6 (1987-1988) as XO/CO, NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1988-1991) as XO and retired in 1991. Since retirement, I have been flying Gulfstreams and Lears out of Atlanta (KFTY). Still living the dream..." [25FEB2012]

THORP, AMS1 Russell B. Retired rthorp3899@aol.com "...I served in VP-16 from March 1990 to September 1994. I would like to hear from other former Shipmates during that era. You are more than welcome to e-mail me anytime..." [11SEP99]

TIBBETTS, ACRM James G. Retired sparks@fea.net "...Have been looking for years for a Shipmate who was with me in VPB-16 during 1944 in the central pacific. He is G.E. Shehane. ACRM VP-16 (PBM's) is having a Reunion in May 99. Believe he is from Georgia. Thanks much...Started out in PBMs at TTSA NAS Banana River, Florida. Went to VP-212, then to the forming of VP-16. Stayed with VP-16 from start to finish. Started in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, then to NAAS Harvey Point, North Carolina, Eagle Mountain Lake near Forth Worth, San Diego, San Francisco, Hawaii, NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands, Paulau and back to NAS Banana River, Florida to disband. Later VP-49 for my last tour in PBMs. Rate was ACRM throughout. Retired in 1956..." [BIO Updated 10DEC2001 | 28MAR99]

TIBBITS, CAPTAIN Timothy S. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/cpw-10/commbio.htm "...Commodore CPW/CPRW-10 - Captain Timothy S. Tibbits was born in Newark, Ohio on 14 August 1959. He attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Four-Year Scholarship Program. He graduated magna cum laude and was commissioned an Ensign in April 1981. Commencing flight training in September 1981,he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in October 1982. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Captain Tibbits joined the VP-16 "War Eagles" where he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NAS Bermuda. His groundassignments included Ordnance Branch Officer, NFO Training Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. In May 1986, he was selected for FRS instructor duty at VP-30 where he also served as Public Affairs Officer and NFO Training Officer. In December 1988, he reported to the Staff of Commander, Carrier Group EIGHT as Aide and Flag Secretary. During this tour he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), and made Atlantic detachments aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) and USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55)while qualifying as a Battle Group Watch Officer/Flag Tactical Action Officer. After two years aboard Carrier Group EIGHT, Captain Tibbits was assigned to the CNO's Staff in the Aviation Plans and Requirements Branch as Assistant P-3 Requirements Officer. Upon completing refresher training at VP-30, Captain Tibbits returned to VP-16 for department head duty in April 1993. During this tour he accompanied VP-16 on a split deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Howard AFB, Panama, and a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland while serving as Tactics Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. In March 1995, he reported as the Training Officer to VP-30 and later served as the Executive Officer. In June 1998, Captain Tibbits assumed duties as Executive Officer of the VP-5 "Mad Foxes." During this tour he deployed with the "Mad Foxes" to NAS Sigonella, Sicily on the first East Coast deployment of the P-3C Anti-surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP) aircraft, participating in successful operations in Bosnia/Herzegovina and Kosovo. He also participated in successful P-3 strike operations in Kosovo, and the squadron was awarded the Battle "E." He assumed command in June 1999, and led the "Mad Foxes" on a split-site deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He spearheaded introduction of the P-3C AIP aircraft into the North Atlantic sector and incorporation of USNR crews into Keflavik operations. Upon completion of command in June 2000, Captain Tibbits was ordered to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He graduated in June 2001 with a Master's Degree in National Resource Strategy. Upon graduation, Captain Tibbits remained in Washington, D.C. and again reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations where he served as Head, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Requirements (N780E1) on the staff of the Director, Air Warfare (N78). He was responsible for formulating and supporting requirements for the P-3 and EP-3 aircraft, and continuing development of their programmed replacement, the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA). His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, the Strike/Flight Air Medal (Numeral "1"), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, three Battle "E" Awards, five Meritorious Unit Commendations and various other unit and general awards..." [30JUN2003]

TIRINO, AZ2 Frank P. fptirino@ptdprolog.net "...Noticed some pictures of my old VP-16 planes when we were deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1984. It got me feeling a bit nostalgic so I thought I drop a note and invite anyone who was in VP-16 from 1984 - 1986 to wave a hand hello. Would love to hear from you..." [30JAN2000]

TOMKOVITCH, CDR John "Tomko" cdrtomko@aol.com "...TACCO in VP-50 78-81, VP-30 Instructor 81-84, CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan 84-87, Naval War College 87-88, VP-16 Dept hd 88-90, CPWL/CNAAB 90-94, CO NRD Omaha 94-96, USSTRATCOM 96-99, Recruiting Area 1 (North) Oct 99. I will PCS from Stratcom to Recruiting Area North in Oct 99..." [12SEP99]

TOOMEY, John B. JBTOOMEY@AOL.COM "...I was a pilot with VP-16 flying the PBM-3D and CO of VP-662. Glad to beaboard..." [16SEP99]

Memorial Picture "...TRUAX, Bob...Bob quietly passed away on Sept 1, 2013 in Homosassa, Fl. He was an inspiration to his family and friends alike, and all were proud of his military and civilian careers. He enlisted in the Navy in 1959 and subsequently became an aviator where he served with VP-16 from 1960 to 1964. Deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Africa, Med, Caribbean, and Central America in the P2(5F). 1969 to 1972 toured same places with VP-11 in the P-3B. Retired in DC in 1979 and then did contract work for NAVAIR until 1995 doing the training plans for Netherlands, Japan and Aussie P-3 buys. He is survived by his 2 children and 5 grandchildren. In his retirement years he was active in community efforts such as Knights of Columbus, MOAA, American Legion and Naval Aviator’s Association. All fun years...residing in Inverness, Fl and enjoying the retired life. He is inurned at Arlington National Cemetery with his wife. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association."..." Contributed by Scott Truax struax@tidalwave.net [12APR2014]

TRUAX, Bob bobt4@mindspring.com " "...I served with VP-16 from 1960 to 1964. Deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Africa, Med, Caribbean, and Central America in the P-2 (5F). 1969 to 1972 toured same places with VP-11 in the P-3B. Retired in DC in 1979 and then did contract work for NAVAIR until 1995 doing the training plans for Netherlands, Japan and Aussie P-3 buys. All fun years...Presently residing in Inverness, Fl and enjoying the retired life..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21SEP2002 | 19MAR98]

TYLER, James Rene renet@prodigy.net "...I was assigned to VP-5 from October 1984 through July 1993. Started out a ground pounder in the mech shop for one deployment and then off to Flight Engineer school and have been flying ever since and love it. NAMTRA July 1993 through July 1996, VP-16 July 1996 through February 1999. I'm currently in VP-30 VR DET flying CINCLANTFLT around the world and enjoying life, what a job!..." [17JUN99]

ULLOA, ABH3 Moisés "Moy" moises03883@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (1984-1986) in the Line Division with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Bermuda..." [04SEP2011]

URODA, AMS3 Lee luroda@socal.rr.com "...I served with Air/Ops (Navy School of Photography) at (NATTU) NAS Pensacola, Florida, VP-16 while they were on deployment in NS Rota, Spain (10/1962). A few of my "Eagles" Shipmates and myself spent Christmas of 1963 on a deployment to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I have way to many great memories from my experiences as an "airborne anchor clanker"..." [08AUG2011]

VanLEER, AE2 Barry L. barryoke@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1972 to 1975. Have a lot of great memories. Would like to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 01AUG2010 | 29JAN99]


VERSLUYS, Gary garyver@aol.com "...I was in VP-16 from 1966 thru 1968. Tech on crew 1 and 2..." [31JUL98]

WAEGHE, AFCM P. J. Retired pjwaeghe@bellsouth.net Shipmate Pix...Shipmate Pix "...Served with VP-16, VP-22, VP-30, VP-56, CNO, and ASWOC/TSC...Flying P-3's again for the U.S. Customs Service here in sunny Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2001 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 06NOV2000 | 00XXX96]

WALKER, AW1 (AW/NAC) Timothy M. Retired tmwalker@bellsouth.net "...I flew as a SS3 from 1975 until my retirement (against my will-damn high year tenure) in 1995. I started on A/B retrofits and ended with Charlie model Update llls. I flew as an instructor in VP-30 from 1975 to 1978, VP-24 from 1979 to 1985, VP-16 from 1989 to 1995 and FASO (EW Instructor) from 1985 to 1989. I retired with 9 deployments and 7000 hrs. I dont miss the BS but I do miss the flying and the friends. Any of y'all who want to, drop a line and we can re-live the old times, try and remember the stories, and end up telling a bunch of BIG lies..."

WEARE, Michael R. mweare@oakharbor.net "...I served with VP-16 from May of 1973 to November 1979. I can honestly say that I did the majority of my adult growing up with that squadron. I am now a Civil Servant and still serving..." [18MAR2003]

WEAVER, AW1/EW1 Reid rcwjobsearch@yahoo.com "...I served with VS-30 VP-16 (flying with CAC-4 and CAC-8 and a qualified SS1, SS2, SS3 and SS4), CPW-11, ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, USS Forrestal, and ASCAC NS Roosevelt Roads, PR during my naval career (1972-1988)..." [BIO Updated 25MAY2016 | 24MAY2016]

WEINSTEIN, Frank David fdweinstein@netzero.net "...Would like to hear from old Shipmates. I was an NFO with VP-16 (1977 to 1980), VX-1 (1980 to 1983), ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1984 to 1985), VP-48 (1987 to 1988) and ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska (1991 to 1992)..." [20JAN2007]

WESTLEY, James jamesorlavita@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1981 through 1983. CDR Oliver was CO at the time. I would like to find any Shipmates that served with me at that time. It was the best group in the world..." [01FEB2001]

WHITE, Bob rdwhite1717@att.net "...I maintained, as well as taught ASW tactics from 1961-1964 while assigned to FAETU DET II. I trained P2V-5, P2V-7 and P5M flight crews on ASW tactics next to the seawall at NAS Jacksonville, Florida supporting VP-30 as a Tradevman (TD). I received a commission through the NESEP Program (Purdue U, BSEE in 1968). I was in VP-16 from 1969 - 1973 with deployments/dets to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In 1974-1977, I was assigned to CPW-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and am a plankowner of the ASWOC. After a stint on USS Ranger (CV-61), I was in VP-22 (1982-1984) with deployments/dets to NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NAS Adak, Alaska. I was at CPW-2 from 1984-1985. Then I was in VP-17 as the XO/CO from 1985 - 1987 with deployments/dets to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, Utapao, NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Misawa, Japan. From 1987-1990, I was at CTF-12 (COMASWFORPAC) responsible for the operations of VP squadrons in the Eastern Pacific. I was a Plankowner there as well. In 1991-1993, I was CO of NAF Misawa, Japan, a base for P-3 operations in Northern Japan (with the USAF and the JMSDF). I have flown ASW/Surveillance missions from NSF Diego Garcia, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Misawa, Japan, Osan, NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, Shemya, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Midway, Iwo Jima, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Eilsson, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Key West, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Brunswick, Maine, Barbados, Eleuthera, NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Rota, Spain, Torrejon, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Naples, Corfu, Souda Bay, and Valkenberg, - to name just a few. After 35 years in the Navy, I am now retired enjoying computers, tennis, grandchildren, traveling, climbing, biking, sailing, etc, etc...I flew in the P-3A, P-3B, P-3B (Mod), P3C, and P-3C (Mod) models..." [E-Mail Updated 02SEP2007 | E-Mail Updated 27JAN2006 | 23AUG99]

WHITE, Lydia wiliam_x@questinternet.net "...I was with VP-16 and got out in November of 98..." [15JAN2000]

WHITE, YN Patrick patjackie@att.net "...I served with VP-16 (1964-1965) as Communications Yeomen and Admirals Staff of ComCarDivSix. Some of my fondest memories were VP-16 fellow Shipmates and officers..." [04FEB2020]

WICKELL, AM1 Glen "Huck" Retired glenhuckwickell@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1981-1985), HC-16 (1985-1989), USS Lexington (1990-1991, VAW-116 aboard the USS Ranger (1991), NRC NAS Pensacola, Florida (1991-1992), VP-94 (1996-2004) and VR-54 (2004-2007)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29JAN2018 | 29JUL2003]

Memorial Picture "...WIGGINS, LCDR Jack...(ATU-10, VP-HL-2, VP-16, VP-22, VP-48, and VP-50) With deepest heartfelt sorrow, I tell you that my Dad, Jack Wiggins passed away January 30, 2006 at home surrounded by his loving family. Sharon (Wiggins) Rogers..." Forwarded by ANDERSON, AX2 Lee (Andy) vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [11FEB2006]

WIGGINS, LCDR Jack Retired (Deceased) wigginsjack@worldnet.att.net "...10/47-6/49 VP-HL-2 Redesignated VP-22 PB4Y-2s, Guam & Hawaii (AD3), 8/49-3/53 ATU-10 PBM-5, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas ( AD1), 4/53-6/55 VP-50 PBM-5 NAS Alameda, California & NAS Iwakuni, Japan (AD1), 6/55-12/59 AD"B" Schools Instructor NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (AD1), 1/60-3/60 L.D.O Indoctrination Newport, R.I (ENS), 4/60/5/63 VP-48 P5M1/2, NAS North Island, San Diego, California (LTJG), 5/60-6/66 NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (LT) I was project Officer for setting up the first P-3A Maintenance Facilities in WESTPAC at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 6/66-6-69 Training Officer AD"B" Schools NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (LCDR) , 6/69-1/71 VP-16 P-3A, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and Retired 1/1/71..." [Deceased 11FEB2006 | 25JAN2001]

WILLIS, CDR Arthur A. Jr. Retired arturo_bj@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (10/1957-10/1961), VC-3 (05/1966-05/1968) flying DP2E drone launchers, Atlantic Fleet Mine Force (1968-1974) at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, SC, Plans, Capture Rep Atl, Pac, Med, Chairman Helocopter Mine Sweeping Board and Retired as Public Affairs Officer while mine sweeping ops were going on in Vietman. I also belonged to the Canadion Neptune Soc (2000 hours)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19NOV2014 | 05NOV2001]

WILSON, AT Craig C. wilson.craig51@yahoo.com "...I served VP-16 (1975-1978) and NAS Jacksonville, Florida AIMD (W/C 610 and 640). Pitched on the squadron "B" team in NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1976 when we went to the base championship..." [09OCT2018]

WINGATE, AWF1 Joshua josh.wingate@navy.mil "...I served with VQ-4 (IFT) from 1997 to 2002), Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Detachment (NAMTRAGRUDET) now known as Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU). I am currently serving with VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a P-3 FE (yep, crossed over to the other side). Getting ready to transfer and go to VP-30 as an Instructor. (Times 2 Shipmate!)..." [16NOV2009]

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]

WINBURN, AO1 Roy M. gray2long@aol.com "...VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-67 NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-66 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania..."

WINTHER, ATC(AW/NAC) David S. david@winthernet.net Shipmate Pix "...Served with VP-19, VP-31, and VP-16, RTC Great Lakes, and now serving with VP-1. Drop me a line!..." Personal WebSite: http://www.winthernet.net [BIO/E-Mail Updated 13JUN2003 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 29NOV2000 | BIO Updated/URL Removed | Updated 27JUN98]

WONDERS, Cecil c/o Wayne Bloschichak imoctar@aol.com "...My girlfriends father CECIL WONDERS, served with VP-16 during the Korean War, but was stationed in Europe. His Radio Call was 4 Dog 65 and his Pilot was Cmdr. Epperson. Mr. Wonders was a radioman in the European theatre during WWII on a P2V-2. I was hoping there was someone who had either flown with him or remembers him. I would apppreciate any correspondence on this matter, as I know Cecil would as well. Thank you and God Bless..." [09JUL99]

WOOD, ADCS Gilbert E. Retired tax25@juno.com "...I would like to say hi to all the old friends of VP-48. I left in July, 1985 and went to VP-16. I retired as an ADCS after 26 years and am now teaching Flight Engineers here in NAS Jacksonville, Florida for VP-30 as a civilian contractor (What a great life). Drop me a E'mail Good Luck to all from Woody..." [BIO Updated 27JUL2001 | 12NOV2000]

WOOTEN, Tony twooten39@sbcglobal.net "...I was an Aircrew Ordnanceman in VP-48 from 1984 to 1997 (deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and then to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines). I then got out for a year, then went back in the Navy. I was sent to VP-56 (1988-Disestablishment) and went almost straight to NAS Sigonella, Sicily after a year back at NAS Jacksonville, Florida went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Upon return to the states they disestablished VP-56 and I went to VP-16 from 1990 to 1993 and went right back to NAS Adak, Alaska. I got out in 1993. I hope to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 26AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 16MAR2001 | E-Mail Updated 02SEP2000 | E-Mail Updated 04JUN2000 | 08JUL99]

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