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Part II: Ship X Airwing
Part III: Work ups
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Iillpllllll liwing was Cll'S1gIl2llt'Kl il naval aviator i11 1966 and
1'l'lltll'll'I1 lor llllll' with '1'r.1i11i11g Squadron THREE as a basic
llighl lIlNl1'lll'lUI'. Alter' ll tour ol' duty at Naval Air Station
JAIQIIIIUKIQI, 1I.1lilo1'11i.1, 111- was assigin-cl to A-4F training at Attack
Sqtiaclroii 125 in I,l'1l1UU1't', IIalil'o1'11ia. 111 August 1969, he
111-por11'1l loAllA1l'lx Squaclron 164. H1' niacle two COIIIDZII deploy-
11101115 .1l1o.11'cl USS HANCOCK 1CVA 191 and flew more than
I'i1'Ulll 1971 to 19721, 111' was assigned as Laser Systems and
'1'l1l'K'All Missile 1,l'Q1L'I'1 Olilicci' at the Pacific Missile Test Center,
Point Nlugu. Iialilornia, Wlll'l't' he was recognized as the Navy
1.1'a1g111- -luuior Officer ol' the Year. Following completion of
'11-sl Pilot School i11 Slay 197-l, 111' served with Flight Test and
Strike .'A11'I'1'Lll'1 1Jll'l'l'1Ol'ilIt' at Naval Air Test Pilot Center Patux-
t'lll Riu-r, x11l1'YlLlIlfl. Among his prcjects were the YT-34C, TA-
-IF a11d XA-7E. He test flew the TAV-8A Harrier carrier certifica-
tion and INSERV trials, making the first night shipboard
l21llllCl1 a11d recovery aboard USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
QCV 421 i11 june 1976. In October 1976, he joined Attack
Squadron 86, deploying aboard USS NIMITZ QCVN 681. In
july 1979, he reported as Executive Officer and later assumed
command of Attack Squadron 66 aboard USS DWIGHT D.
EISENHOWER QCVN 695. His squadron completed the his-
toric 11ine-month Indian Ocean deployment during the Iranian
hostage crisis, on line for 156 days. In May 1982, he reported to
the staff of U.S. Sixth Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, as Strike Warfare
Officer and temporary assignments as Special Assistant to the
Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe in Naples. He
then commanded Carrier Air Wing 17 aboard USS SARATO-
GA CCV 601 from March 1984 to August 1985, followed by
assignment as Tactical Air Analyst in the Office of the Secretary
of the Navy. He commanded USS SYLVANIA QAFS 21 from
October 1987 until May 1989. Prior to assuming command of
USS AMERICA fCV 661 in February 1991, he served as Assis-
tant Chief of Staff for Readiness on the staff of Commander
Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Captain Ewing's awards include the Legion of Merit, the
Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, 15 Air
Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, the joint Service
Commendation Medal and numerous unit and foreign cam-
paign awards. He has flown more than 6,000 flight hours dur-
ing his career, with more than 1,150 carrier landings.
Captain Ewing is married to the former Ann Graves of
Colton, California. They have two children, Alexis and Taylor.
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9january 1991 - 27 March 1992
Captain james Andrew Bolcar was born
on 2 lanuarv 19-19 and raised in Vander-
grift. Pennsylvania. He graduated from the
l'nited States Naval Academy in june 1971
and began commissioned service on USS
WORDEN QDLG 181 as First Division Offi-
cer in -lulv 1971. Captain Bolcar began
flight training in Xlarch 1972. and was des-
ignated a Naval Aviator in October 1973.
After completing his initial aviation
assignment as a flight instructor in Training
Squadron TWICNTY-ONE in -lune 1975,
Captain Bolcarhjoined Fleet Composite
Squadron SliV1iN in july 1975. He began
A-fi transition training with Attack
Squadron FORTYTWO in September 1976,
and reported to Attack Squadron EIGHTY
FIYli for his first fleet tour of duty in April
1977. ln December 1979, he reported to
Attack Squadron FORTYTWO for duty as
an instructor pilot. Returning to Attack
Squadron 1ilGl-ITY-FIVE in April 1982, he
served as Safetv Officer and Operations
Oflicer until October 1984, when he joined
the staff' of' Cotnmander Medium Attack
Wing ONE as Readiness Officer.
Captain Bolcar was selected for post-com-
inand assignments with Commander, SEC-
OND Fleet where he served as Air and
Strike Operations Officer from October
l9S9 until hlulv 1990. He was selected for
assignment as an aircraft carrier executive
officer in the spring of' 1990 and reported
to USS AMERICA fCV 661 in November
1990. lle is now assigned to Supreme Head-
quarters, Allied Powers, Europe.
Captain BoIcar's personal awards include
the Meritorious Service Medal, the joint
Service Connnendation Nfedal, two Naw
Cotnmendation Nfedals and the Navi'
Achievement Nledal. i
Captain llolcar is married to the former
Sandra lililabeth Dvke. 'lihev reside in Vir-
ginia Beach with their daughters Christine
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Vietnam Service Medal, and various deployment
and campaign ribbons.
He is married to the former Tommie Yevette
Winborne of Portsmouth, V
sons, Brian and Brandon.
irginia. They have two
AMERICA s MISSICH
Iht tx iclition il mission of the Lnited States
N in is to control thc st is Without this control
Amt in in loitts lbio id could suffer from lack of
support and industry it home could decline or
hilt lor lick of thc i us mateiiils that must e
clt lm it cl xi 1 tht se 1 routes ofthe uorld
lht coming of the nuclear age has not
th mgttl this btsic concept In fact it has broad
Only tht inciaft carrier can proyide the mobility
uid tus itihtx needed to ensure that this control
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AMERICA is a completely equipped naval air
sl ation But instead of being a fixed point on the
in ip th it can be targeted by ballistic missiles
AMERICA c in range the oceans of the world
th urging her position by hundreds of miles in a
singlt cl ix
AMERICA and her sister carriers of the fleet
illou tht L nitcd States to qulcklv assemble great
tonctntritions of Hrepouer whereyer it may be
nt t cltcl to tnsuie global stability This was accom
plishtcl un cffectnely during Operation Desert
Storm And unlike bases oyerseas carriers are not
dependent on the political temperament of for
eign goyernments for their CXISICDCC
Versatile and mobile AMERICA can be used
alternately or simultaneously against submarines
surface ships aircraft or shore f3C1llIICS She can
also support amphiblous land and air operations
In brush fire conflicts AMERICA can move
qulckly to apply the required amount of offensive
of total war she represents a hard to find base
from which retaliatory strikes can be launched
agamst enemy targets
Finally the recognlzed offenslve and defenslve
capabilities of AMERICA provide a powerful
deterrent to conflict and a force for peace
around the world
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The F-14A Tomcat is a two-seat, twin-engine all-
weather aircraft capable of flying twice the speed of
sound. Its mission is to intercept and destroy enemy
aircraft in order to establish and maintain local air
superiority. The Tomcat can carry long-range Phoenix
missiles in addition to Sparrow and Sidewinder mis-
siles, and can engage multiple targets simultaneously.
Fighter squadrons VF-33 and VF-102, based at NAS
Oceana, Virginia, fly the F-l-1 from AMERICA.
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Length - 49.5'
Span - 69'
Speed 400 Kts
The EA-6B Prowler is a four-seat, all-weather aircraft with
the primary mission of providing electronic warfare sup-
port to the fleet by detecting and jamming enemy radar
signals. Modern anti-air defense systems, whether they
use missiles, gunfire or fighter interceptors, rely heavily
on radar for tracking and guidance. By denying the
enemy the use of his radars, the Prowler can effectively
screen friendly strike aircraft and neutralize enemy
weapon systems. Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
VAQ,-137, based at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington,
flies the EA-6B from AMERICA.
The S-3B Viking is the first completely computerized, car-
rier-based, anti-submarine jet aircraft. It has the all-weath-
er capability to search for, localize and destroy enemy
submarines. It is designed to carry an array of ordnance,
including homing torpedoes, mines, depth charges, rock-
ets and missiles. Equipped with the latest ASW sensors, it
is capable of searching large areas of ocean and detect-
ing modern nuclear submarines. The Viking is flown
from AMERICA by Air Anti-Submarine Warfare
Squadron VS-32, based at NAS Cecil Field, Florida.
Like a well-choreographed ballet, aircraft operations on
the flight deck of an aircraft carrier require precision and
coordination between the perfomiers. More than 200 men
respond to the call to flight quarters and move to the skill-
fully orchestrated ballet of man and machine. In what
appears to be total chaos to an observer, the men, who are
identified by their various colored jerseys, perform their jobs
professionally, rapidly and safely. Airplanes move at the
direction of the yellow shirts, and weapons are loaded by the
red-shirted ordnancemen. Green shirts maintain the cata-
pults and arresting gear, blue shirts chock and chain the air-
craft, and the purple-shirted 'grapes' provide JP-5 fuel to
the aircraft. Safety checks on aircraft prior to launch are
done by the white shirts.
In order to land on the pitching flight deck of an aircraft
carrier, the pilot must bring his aircraft in at an exact prede-
termined speed, altitude and angle. One of four arresting
cables on the flight deck brings the plane to a stop from 150
mph within a distance of about 350 feet. A catapult launch
from one of AMERICA's four catapults sends a 22-ton air-
craft 260 feet from zero to 180 mph in two seconds. The
tempo of operations can be exhausting, with a launch as
often as every minute, and a recovery as often as every 45
Day and night, underway in all weather conditions, the
men of AMERICA and CVW-1 respond to the challenge of
the world's most dangerousjob.
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Repleni hment at Sea
Rt-plenislunent .tt stni IR.-X81 i'eliei's to the trzuisfer ol' fuel,
munitions, supplies .incl personnel from one vessel to another
ishilt- timleiwnn, Dtirinig World W.u' ll, replenishment :it sea
w.is tleielopecl In .i line .irt of setinituisliip which today is
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RAS mn he .tttotriplislit-ti in two ways. Uiiclerwzn' Replen-
ishinent tl NREIN tukes place with both the replenishment
ship .ind the ship ht-ing replenished stezuning side bv side on
p.u.illel courses .it .1 predetermined speed. During IINREP,
the tiistsint- lx-nwen AMERICA and the supply ship may be
.is little .is l00 feet. Onte in position, AMERICA tires shot
lines to the replenishment ship. These lines are used to haul
.itross the ht-.iw spain wires. Once these are properly
.itt.u'lierl, the profess oi' passing cargo begins. In the Case of
rt-lui-ling, fuel hoses ride across the span wires to couple with
rt-ceners on AMERICA. lt is not uncommon for AMERICA to
receive hundreds of tons of cargo. more Lhan 11 million gal-
lons of luel, or both during at single UNREP.
Vt-rtiml Replenishment CVERTREPJ permits AMERICA to
rcin.un on station in combat formation. eliminating the need
to teuiporzirilx' iinmohilize itself by going alongside another
ship. As ai supply ship steams in company with AMERICA,
helicopters transfer supplies from helicopter platforms on the
it-plcuishnu-nt ship to AMERICA's fhght deck.
Both LNKI-IP and VERTREP require a tremendous amount
of coordination and skill from all concerned. It is a total team
effort thzu allows AMERICA to resupply safely and efficiently
while underway anywhere in the world.
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huilding the tactic .il surlat e .intl .ur picture.
luiiiting loreign airt ialt and launching sim-
ulated weapons. lilet ironic and anti-suhma-
rine warlare skills were also tested. While
our pilots llew missions in support of carrier
delense, they also sharpened their high
speed skills gunning and homhing weapon
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fare module were kept busy hy countering
the suh-surlace threat with every asset avail-
ahle to them. The radiomen were chal-
lenged with a coiniminications exercise that
involved an extremely high volume of mes-
sage trallic and frequency changes. Deck
personnel rigged numerous underway
replenishments. Navigators plotted courses
through unique and restricted operating
areas, and the intelligence analysts worked
around-the-clock monitoring scopes and
screens to provide the early warnings to
alert the Air Boss when to launch planes
into action. 'l'he list ol work centers that
tackled increased commitments during the
exercise ran from how to stern.
On I5 September, AMERICA entered the
coastal conlines ol' northern Norway and
operated in some of the long, narrow,
mountain-ringed waterways known as the
Yestljiord region of the country ta good
place lor ships to hide and avoid satellite
As the Captain said. "lf we can operate
successlullv here in the Arctic Circle where
the environment challenges both men and
equipment - we can operate anywhere."
And operate in this region ol' the world
we must. The Soviet lleet must exit the
waters ol northern Norway and, not surpris-
inglv, the Pentagon warns that they are
redistributing lormer Soviet Air Force assets
and creating nine new Soviet Naval Aviation
tactical air regiments in the region in order
to avoid heing "hottled up" in their own
hack vard. A
"Across the spectrum ol' naval warfare."
said Rear Admiral l.ewis, Commander flar-
'tivl' Uwllii 'txt-a. wilt- AMERICA Biarri-
llroup performed ahsolutelv superhlv and
exceeded mv highest expectations. l'm very,
vers proud ol' their perlorinance."
Realm of the Arctic: Circle
"Know ull invn hi' thc-sc presents: and to all wail-
rus, hnskics, foxes, wolves, polar hears, whales,
nizlru-ns, rciliclc'c'r, Caribou and all othcr living
dcnizcns ol' the frozen northern wastes, know ye,
that thc frcw oi' thc' good ship USS AMERICA
QCV 661 with nn' royal conscnt passed thc gutcwzn'
lo thc lop of thc world hi' crossing thc' Arctic Cir-
cle. llc it furthe-r understood: than thvy vntercd
thu land ol'ic'ic'l1's, hliunrds, williwuws and niyriud
snowllgikcs on lsl SL'IJlt'llllJCl' 1991 an 009 Dcgrccs
I'1I'r.7' F longilndc. Than l, Borczis Rex, Rnlvr ol' the
North Wind and sou-wigii of gill thc fwfr-11 l'L'Lll'll-
cs il lonrhcs, do lN'l'l'lll' flm-clam' wich hot hloodcd
Nl-oplmvtc' to nn royal doinnin lo hm- ll ll'llt' Lind
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Portsrnouth, England, proved to be a very
exciting and enjoyable port visit for all of the
crew. Special Services, combined with the lNel-
fare and Recreation staff, provided entertain-
ment and relaxation by means of tours and
sporting events. One of the tours was an
overnight trip to London in which the crew
was able to sample English history and hospi-
tality. lt included a guided tour of many land-
marks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben,
Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
The evening was spent in deluxe accommoda-
tions and free time enough to enjoy the
nightlife. A one-day tour of London was also
offered, and included many of the same sights
as the overnighters. A trip to Stonehenge, was
also enjoyed by many. It included a relaxing
bus ride through the beautiful countryside to
Bath, England. There, crewmembers enjoyed a
self-guided excursion through the streets for
shopping and a look at the Roman hot springs
which gave Bath its name. Many shipmates
ventured out to Canterbury where the classic
"Canterbury Tales" were derived. They were
guided through the historic city with a stop at
Sporting events were numerous in
Portsmouth. AMERICA's basketball team
played the Solent Stars, a British semi-profes-
sional team, and the ship's soccer team kept
busy with a game against the Royal Navy's best.
During a scheduled sports day softball, foot-
ball, soccer, volleyball and rugby contests were
played. AMERICA also responded to a sailing
challenge regatta, The Reed Cup, with four
two-rnan teams. This event is a tradition
between the British and United States navies.
The Royal Navy Chiefs' Association played
host to AMERICA's CPO community with an
evening of events every night at their CPO
club. Activities ranged from a disco to horse
racing to a country-western night. The Royal
Navy CPO's also assisted in providing a loca-
tion and refreshments for the newly selected
AMERICA CPO's "wetting down." British hos-
pitality was certainlv a highlight of the port
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On 28 August while conducting flight
operations off the coast of the U.S. prior IO
steaming to the North Atlantic to head up
the battle group for "North Star '9l,"
AMERICA received a call from a Coast
Guard C-130 to assist in the rescue of three
people adrift in a raft 150 miles off the
coast of North Carolina.
The three, two men and a six-month
pregnant woman, had been drifting for 10
days after their 38-foot sailboat was sunk by
the remnants of Hurricane Bob.
As it turned out the three had run out of
fresh water and food and were drinking lim-
ited amounts of salt water three days prior
to their rescue.
Within an hour of the Coast C-uard's call
an SH-3H Sea King helicopter from HS-11
was hovering over the raft. "I knew as soon
as l saw a U.S. Navy helicopter, we'd be
alright," said the captain of the sailboat.
The crew had battled the weather for
more than a day when they decided to
abandon their craft. Minutes later it sank.
The days spent drifting were arduous. "The
seas capsized our raft 10-15 times," the cap-
tain said, "I lost count."
AW3 Steve Doerner of HS-11 was the res-
cue swimmer that day. 'KI saw six to eight
sharks less than 10 feet from the raft," he
recalled. "But I couldn't think about them.
I had to stay focused on myjobf'
The HS-ll crew was able to hoist the cap-
tain into the helicopter, but the other two
were too weak to hold on, and one fell in
the water after the attempt. Doerner went
into action, jumping in the shark-infested
water to attach the line and get him and the
woman hoisted to safety. ,
The three received medical attention
aboard AMERICA and were pronounced
' '... in good shape, despite being severely
dehydrated." bv our senior medical officer,
GXPT jerry Rogers.
wing's humanitarian efforts when he said,
'AWe are delighted to, again, be instrumen-
tal in saving lives. We're always aware that
we share the seas with thousands of others H
Thanks to the reactive work by the ship's and we're proud to do what we can to help
.journalists and photographers, the rescue our fellow mariners."
mission received national media attention
and provided the Navy with a great story to
Deja ui struck again at the end of Octo-
ber when two Coast Guard helicopters land-
ed on AMERICA with nine sailors who had
lost their sailboat in a SIOFIU associated with
Hurricane Grace 100 miles off the Virginia X 1
coast. Thev were treated bv AMERICA's X X
medical team and given hot showers, hgt -. --.W W, by wh--H nd,
coffee and dn' clothes before being flown 'xii A Si, df
ashore bv the Coast Guard. I X64
The Skipper summed up the ship and air-
The R ssizzn are Confung,
Un Friclny, 8 Noveinher 1991,
AMERICA was visited hy several high-
iuniking iiuxzil oflic'c1's of the Soviet
l'nion. .-Xcliniinl Ylztdiinii' Climiiziviii,
UJillIll2lllClL'll-Ill-L'lIlCl'Oil the SovietNz1W,
z1c'c'oii1pii1iit'cl hy othvi' scniot' officers
twill on hogntcl lillll lviuilalizist :incl at tout'
ol' thc ship hostccl hy Aclinirzil P. D.
Nlillt-ip CQINCII..-XN'llFlfl', zincl AMERI-
CA's skippcip Ckiptniii licnt Ewing. Fol-
lowing liituikliist in thc flag mess. tht'
otliciail ptntx' totirccl thc iizivigzition
hiticlgv, pi'iingn'x flight control zincl thc
flight clcck. .'Xi'l4'II posing for at photo-
giniph in front of the islttnfl with ADM
Nlillei' and CI.Xl"l' Ewing, thc niost
st-nioi' Smit-is wt-rc pitsc-iitctcl with
AMERICA hgilluips and Yll' hooklt-ts.
A-Xt cgicli loctition on tht-ii' toni thtt
Soviets wcrtt gi't't'tt-cl ht' AMERICA
Cicwinen who pi'ox'iclticl tht' visitors
with gin vxplgiiitttioii of' opt-izttioiis and
p1'ot't-cli1i't-N in with giiui.
hange of Command
CAPT Paul D. Cash relieved CAPT
Michael L. Bowman as Commander,
Carrier Air Wing ONE CCVW-lj in a
pier-side ceremony on board AMER-
ICA in Norfolk, November 13.
CAPT Bowman commanded
CVW-l since September 1990. He
led the wing in the Gulf War as it
logged 3,008 combat sorties on both
sides of the conflict in the Red Sea
and Persian Gulf.
CAPT Bowman detached CVW-l
to become Director, Aviation Officer
Distribution in Washington, D.C.
CAPT Cash reported from duty as
Deputy Director, Program Resource
Appraisal Division COP-815. Previ-
ously he served as Deputy CAG of
Carrier Air Wing THIRTEEN.
Departure: MED 1-92
2 December 1991
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Pope hlohn Paul presided over the service inside
that magnificent Renaissance-era cathedral.
Christmas Dav was a bit disappointing. The winds
picked np, and the liberty boats were secured for
the erew's saiietv. But the timely receipt of the
"llello Daddv" video from home helped to lift
everyones spirits. That evening Big Bucks Bingo,
which had heroine a popular pastime at sea, pro-
vicletl welcomed enlertaimnent and something to
Nlanv line tonrs were offered by Special Ser-
vices. lrips to Rome and the Vatican, Sorrento,
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l'sing lllQllt'l'l.llN supplied hv the ship, 77 civic-
niinded sailors painted and plastered for two
dats. 'lihe gralelnl nnns provided line home
cooked meals. 'lihe project was a great wav for the
crew to legne their niarla in Naples and represent
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Uni hlgiiitiziri' li. Iwo Spgiiiish .-Xriiiziclai Harriers lztnclecl on
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oii :iii ,Xiiit'i'ic'tiii giii't'rzil't tutrricr.
.Xll Sptiiiish pilots zirt' i'eqttirecl to tiiiclergo their flight
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Rt-gitrcliiig the Spniiisli pilots, CIAPT Paul Cash, Comman-
clvr. uirricr .-Xir Wing One, sziicl, "these three pilots have
hot-ii super to work with. They are very prol'essioiizil people."
During their two-clay stay, the pilots flew their Harriers in
trtiiiiiiig sorties with QIYW-l F-Hs :incl FKA-l8s. They also got
thc' rliztiitc to lh' zihozircl :iii .-X-6 Intruder and an F-14 Tom-
till, allowing tht-iii to experience catapult lziunches, forma-
tioii lliglit atiicl rzirrier zwrestmeiit with CVM'-1 pilots.
Ont- ol' thc- Spziiiish pilots, LCIDR-lose Pz1lomi1io,sz1id, "We
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the ship, men interrupt their normal workday to don gas masks, life pre-
servers and battle gear. Adrenalin flows as repair party personnel bolt to
their assigned general quarters stations.
The IMC barks out, "General Quarters. General Quarters. All hands man
your battle stations. Up and forward on the starboard side, down and aft on
the port side." Traffic patters develop as personnel move to repair lockers.
As personnel arrive at their lockers, the on-scene leader calls the rolls
and zone setters report, "Zebra is set." Firefighters don fire fighting ensem-
bles and oxygen breathing apparatuses. Investigators patrol their designat-
ed areas for any fires or flooding.
Other members of the team stand by their damage control equipment
ready for any emergency that might occur. Repair locker officers muster all
hands and relay reports that zebra has been set in under 12 minutes. All
unnecessary traffic throughout the ship come to a halt.
As the IMC is keyed, all hands listen for further word from the bridge on
the casualty at hand. This time, its just a drill, but the Damage Control
Training Teams CDCTTJ have placed simulated casualties for the locker
personnel to handle as if they were real.
An investigating team returns and reports an "Alpha" fire in compart-
ment 1-97-2-Q. Fire fighting teams consisting of on-scene leader, nozzlemen
and hose handlers are dispatched to the scene. Locker leaders report the
location and the of fire to Damage Control Central CDCCJ. Boundary men
are sent out to set primary and secondary boundaries to keep the iire from
spreading. Their job is to keep bulkheads, surrounding overheads and
decks cool, and remove all flammable materials form hot areas.
At the scene of the fire, the on-scene leader sends a messenger back to
the repair locker for an electrician. Once power to the area has been
secured, the team is ready to enter the space. The access man is called for.
He tests the door with the back of his hand for heat and reports the condi-
Upon entering the space and finding the location of the fire, Hose Team
Number One attacks the scorching flames. Meanwhile, Number Two Hose
Team keeps a light fog of water on Number One Hose Team to prevent
injury to shipmates. When the fire is out, messages are sent back to the
repair locker to be forwarded to DC. When the burning material has been
overhauled and a reflash watch set, word is passed, 'Secure from fire in
compartment l-97-2-Q. Restow all gear."
With the drill complete, locker leaders and DCTT members evaluate the
day's training with the repair party teams.
When "Set Materialo Condition Yoke' is passed on the IMC, zone Setters
are dispatched to open zebra fittings and retum the ship to normal. When
this is complete and they have reported to the on-scene leader, DCC is noti-
fied by a phone talker.
When all repair oliicers have reported that yoke is set, DCC secures from
General Quarters and the ship's routine continues. DCT T members gather
for a meeting, give the Damage Control Officer results of the drill and plan
for the next GQ.
All members of the crew prepare for the next general quarters and pray
the training they have received today will never be used in a real situation.
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When AMERICA anchored in the Saronic Gulf off
the coast of Athens. she was the first carrier in more
than five years to visit that historic city. lt was a
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During AMERlCA's 2 l-26 January visit, the
crew took part in special services tours around Athens
and the Greek countryside. Many spent their time
shopping in the markets of' Monastiraki, in the shad-
short. inexpensive train ride from fleet landing in the
port city of Piraeus to downtown Athens. The crew
eagerly took advantage of the chance to experience
the historical heritage of ancient Greece. From the
world-famous Acropolis to the ancient sites of Delphi,
Corinth and Mycenae, the crew was able to enjoy
both the ancient and modern day culture of the
The capital of Greece since I834. Athens is home
to around four million people, about a third of the
population of Greece. It is a modern concrete city that
covers about ISO square miles of the surrounding
plain from the sea to the encircling mountains.
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dining opportunities and an abundance of
AMERlCA'S visit to Greece was a
several ways. lt gave the crew a
discover a unique and important
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While anchored in one of the
world's most ancient and picturesque
harbors, the USS AMERICA was the
location of a very special ceremony.
On Saturday, 25 January, off the coast
of Athens, LT Michael Kirkpatrick of
VS-32 and Amy Simpson of Atlanta
exchanged their wedding vows on
AMERlCA's bridge. LT Gerald Bailey,
AMERlCA's Protestant chaplain,
penormed the ceremony.
The two met as members of an
Atlanta jogging club, and Amy would
Michael proposed just prior to
AMERlCA's departure for the
Mediterranean deployment. The
couple's idea of a shipboard wedding
in Athens was beset by numerous
bureaucratic complications, but love
conquers all, and the ceremony took
place as planned.
ln Greece, the couple
honeymooned in Corinth, Hydra,
Aegina and Athens.
goto a local night club to watch
Michael perform as a drummer in a
local band. He was later
commissioned an Ensign after
completing ROTC at Georgia Techg
and, although the Navy took him far
from Atlanta, he and Amy kept their
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Rising SIE feet above the Attic
plain. the Acropolis is the heart of
the city of Athens. The upper
plateau is 984 feet in length and
492 feet wide. With fresh water
springs and caves at its foot, precip-
itous on three sides and accessible
only from the west. the Acropolis
provided the ancient Athenians with
a citadel capable of defending itself.
Excavations have confirmed that
the Acropolis and the slopes around
it were inhabited since Neolithic
times l28OO B.C.l. The first great
palaces were built circa l9OO -
I 580 B.C.
The entire city and the structures
on the Acropolis were almost com-
pletely destroyed by Persian
invaders in the summer of 480 B.C.
But after the Greek victories at
Salamis and Plataea, the Athenians
began to rebuild. The general and
statesman Pericles employed the
best artists and craftsmen of the
time to create the architectural mar-
vels we see in ruins today. Con-
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20 years later.
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ancient theaters. ln the theater of
Dionysus. rebuilt in the fourth cen-
tury B.C. to hold I7,000 specta-
tors. the plays of the greatest
ancient dramatists were first per-
formed. The temple of Herodes Atti-
cus was built about IGO A.D. dur-
ing the Roman period.
Today. the most serious danger
threatening the monuments of the
Acropolis is not Persian invaders but
modern pollution. The corrosive
action of atmospheric sulphur and
other pollutants has caused crack-
ing and splitting of the marble.
Efforts are being taken to ensure
that these important monuments of
antiquity are preserved for the
enioyment of future generations.
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Un March 12, 1992, the USS AMERICA transited the Strait of Hormuz
and entered the Persian Gulf. A little more than a year earlier, midway
through Operation Desert Storni, AMERICA had departed the Red Sea and
joined three other carriers operating in the Gulf. Airwing One aircraft flew
a total ol' 3008 sorties in support of both the air and ground phases ofthe
war, On Nlarch sl, 1991. four days after the cease fire, AMERICA departed
the Gulf. She had earned her place in history as the only carrier to fight the
war lironi both sides ol' the Arabian peninsula. Her performance had been
second to none.
.-Xnd so the hero ship was back in the waters of the war. On 13 March,
while at anchor oil' the coast ol' Bahrain, AMERICA was visited by RADM R.
.-X. li. 'I'ai'lor. llonunander L'. S. Naval Forces Central Command. RADM
'1'at'lor welconied AMERICA to the Gull' and spoke to the crew concerning
their iniportant role in the current Gulf situation. On 17 March, the crew
enjoyed re1'reslunents and recreation during a steel beach picnic, again at
anchor o1l'Pmahrain. 1,ater that month. AMERICA hosted numerous distin-
guished visitors, including Clongressinan john P. Nlurtha, D-PAL and VADNI
.Xnthonv 1.ess, Clonnnander 1'. S. Naval .-Xir Forces Atlantic. On 29 March,
the crew was treated to a hangar bay USO rock concert featuring Christian
Scarborougli. ln preparation for upcoming liberty calls in the United Arab
1-Iinirates. a sunnner whites inspectionfaward ceremony was conducted 30
During Desert Stortn. AMERICA had sailed into harnrs wax' and done
her ioh as onlx an aircraft carrier can. She had proven her ability to fight
and win a war in one ol' the niost remote corners ol' the world. As an instru-
tuent ol' .Xinerican loreign policy. her retttrn to the Gull sent a clear signal
to Iraq and Iran, Once again, AMERICA was on station in the Gulf.
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PN2 Jonathan Poff
PN3 Jeff Burt
PN3 Rogelio Cacho
PN3 Charles Dow
PN3 Michael Levy
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AMSI Gary Hardnett
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ATC Donnie Nichols
ATC William Reese
ATC Gregory Trace
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ATC Grant Wallace
MR Tim Eaton
ATI Robert Banner
ATI Jeffrey Blonigan
ATI Beverly Cole
ATI Randy Coleman
ATI Vincent Dively
ATI James Farris
ATIIAWJ Joe Garcia
ATI John Gellett
AEI Leonard Golay
AEI Pete House
ATI Jon Jayroe
ATI James Jenner-man
ATI Rauel Lively
ATI Mark Lussier
ATI Ronald Malone
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ATAN Rodney Schmitt
ATAN Cary Scott
ATAN Spencer Shropshire
ATAN Charles Smith
ATAN J uvernia Smith
AEAN Kenneth Smith
ATAN Scott Traylor
AEAN Travis Traynham
ATAN Terrence Treat
ATAN Russell Weissman
AN Steve Wehterington
ATAN William Wood
ATAA Brian Bram
ATAA Matthew Breneisen
AEAA Ken Brud
ATAA Sean Cueny
ATAA John Eckley
ATAA Lloyd Frank
AEAA Michael Legris
AO3 Frank Rock
AS3 Joaquim Rosa
AS3 Stephen Soika
AO3 Allan T ondreau
AS3 Trini Watts
ASAN Quyen Dang
ASAN Jonathan DeLuna
ASAN Dunston George
AN John Harrill
ASAN James Harris
ASAN Robert Lindsey
ASAN Garry Robinson
ASAN Glenn Rodgers
ASAN Phillip Taraddei
ASAN Jorge Valdez
ASAN St. Michael Wilkinson
ASAA Theodise Alexander
ASAA Christopher Davis
ASAA Troy Gomes
AOAA Kevin Kennedy
V-X DIVISION: The "Dirty Dozen" of the Air Department are a team of pro-
fessionals who assist the Air Boss and Mini Boss in the Control Tower with
every phase of launch and recovery of airwing aircraft. They may work "behind
the scenes" but their demanding tasks are essential to the safety of all aircraft
onboard AMERICA . Whether "spotting', aircraft to ensure proper configura-
tion, maintaining accurate status boards and logs or assisting the Landing Sig-
nal Officer CLSOJ in recovering aircraft, they can be counted on to do it right
every time with remarkable attention to detail. During our recent deployment,
the men ofV-X were responsible for the safe launch and recovery of over 7,000
aircraft for the AMERICAXCVW-1 team.
The Air Boss and Mini Boss demand only the best! Every evolution depends
on V-X division to be at the top of their game, and they have proven equal to
every challenge on this action packed, high pressure deployment.
V-l Division: Working in what has been called "the most dangerousjob envi-
ronment in the world," the men of the flight deck proudly display a special tal-
ent and skill that all who view cannot help but admire. Day and night, during
fast-paced, high tempo flight operations, these fearless sailors are the hinge pin
around which successful aircraft launch and recovery operations revolve. In a
beautifully synchronized effort, they coordinate the movement of over 50 air-
craft in all directions, "feeding" AMERICA 's four catapults and pulling aircraft
clear of the arresting gear once they've been "trapped" Identified by the color
of their clothing, the "Yellow Shirts" are the aircraft directors who are the
supervisors of all movement on 4.57 acres of flight deck surface. The "Blue
Shirts" are tractor drivers and aircraft handlers responsible for safely towing,
securing or preparing aircraft for movement. The K'Red Shirts" are the flight
deck special fire fighting unit who are also responsible for rescuing crew mem-
bers in the event of a crash. Combined under the leadership of the flight deck
officers and chiefs, this thoroughly trained team, possessing an inherent ability
to improvise, is often the deciding factor between smooth operation and mis-
sion threatening delays. With imminent danger lurking at every turn, these
K'Roof Rats" unite in a special brotherhood to watch over all hands on deck, to
protect their shipmates against the occasional physical or mental error that
could spell disaster. Forever at the mercy of Mother Nature, from the pitching,
rolling decks and perilous seas of the North Atlantic where the freezing W1r1dS
often exceed 50 mph, to the hot, humid waters of the Red Sea and Arablall
Gulf, where unseen danger from unfriendly countries is a constant threat,
these incomparable professionals called Aviation Boatswainis Mates keep thC1f
mind focused on the task at hand. They are a highly dedicated team, standing
poised and ready to help USS AMERICA fulfill her mission. l
V-2 Division: The 'KPrimary" Mission" division of an aircraft carrier: V-2 QCHVS
the responsibility for the safe launch and recovery of all mission aircraft. With a
green beacon primary passes the word - "stand clear of the catwalks and sh0l
lines, launching aircraft" - then the men of V-2 take over. At the push of a but-
ton, the K'Cat Crews" accelerate 70,000-pound F-14's to over 140 miles per hourf
Under the roaring intakes of engines, topside petty officers ensure the safety gl
aircraft hookups, while below deck console operators verify that the a1rcraftWl
receive its minimum flying speed, plus that little bit of gravy called excess. DUT'
ing recovery operations, the "Gear Dogs" tailor four arresting gchar ffngmes EO
the weight of each aircraft and set the ready deck. Each AKG erlglfle 15 Capab C
of absorbing the up to 50-million foot-pounds of kinetic energy generated Q15 3
tailhook snatches the wire off the deck. After each plane slams to halt lf? lust
320 feet, topside and below deck crews rapidly prepare for the next, prowdlflg
a ready deck in less than 35 seconds. The Gear Dogs also maintain the ever-
ready barricade for that one time a pilot may need just a little more help
"PlatfLens" maintains the pilot's primary landing reference, affectionalg Y
called "The Ball" and constantly records all events across the flight deck Of
safety and debriefing. After a grueling day on the flight deck, these same m6f1
then perform maintenance all night long, guaranteeing availability of four cat-
apults and four wires for the next day's operation. V-2's guarantee: "Four CMS,
four wires, barricade and Plat!Lens: ALL UP," .
V-3 Division: Three stories and nearly 73,000 square feet make up the Maui
Deck which is the Hangar Deck of the USS AMERICA. Working the hangar bay
requires a special individual whose mind is sharp and skills are strong' Th?
handling and spotting of multi-million dollar aircraft is a duty taken VCIY Ssfl'
ously by 69 of the hardest working men of the AMERICA . It's quite a trick
moving aircraft in and out ol' thc tight spaces on the hangar deck, but the SIX
CDR Gary Evans
LT Vincent Natale
ABCM Stephen Miller
ABFC Richard Bailey
YN1 Gary Lee
ABE1 Larry Wainscott
YN2 Donald Brown
ABH2 Gary Jones
ABH3 Charles Woodrum
AN Joseph Garner
AN Cole Kinstrey
AN Todd Kloga
AN Kent Scarbrough
AN Darren Thain
YNSN Randal Vetter
AA Timothy Baggett
AN Kenneth Ford
AN Derrick Fountain
AN Aaron Gentner
ABHAN Dewayne Gibson
AN Anthony Gilbert
ABHAN Rodger Gingco
AN Johnny Henry
AN Steven Highbaugh, Jr.
AN John Howard
AN Scott Immel
AN Rodney Johnson
AN Roger Jones
AN Kenneth Lowe
AN Samuel Mayberry
AN Eric McCray
AN Jimmy Mitchell
AN Larry Moore
AN Sean Morris
AN Windsor Nared
AA Jeffrey Pearson
AA E. Pomeroy
AA John Porterfield
AA Carlos Quintanilla
ABHAA Lindsay Simon
AA Fric Staples
AA Rafael Valtierra
AA David Wilson
AA Eric Withers
AR Billy Collins
AR Mitchell Gonzales
AR Don Johnson
AR Chris Jones
AR Shelton Like
AR Kenneth Main
AR John Miller
AR Steven Palmer
AR Kevin Peterson
AR Ralph Pickinpaugh
AR John Pratl
ABE2 Jorge Cardona
ABE2 Andrew Chinloy
ABE2 Rafael Corral
ABE2 Will Davis
ABE2 Glynn Doyle
ABE2 Matthew French
lC2 David Garner
ABE2 Karl Haler
ABE2 William Hall
ABE2 David Hunter
ABE2 Samuel Jenkins
ABE2 Ronald Locke
ABE2 Thomas Locke
IC2 John Marcum
ABE2 Steven Mercer
ABE2 Kent Montford
ABE2 Kenneth Noel
ABE2 Sesky Paul
ABE2 Byron Payne
ABE3 Roderick Aquino
lC3 Michael Beasley
ABE3 Scott Bogart
ABE3 Willie Brown
ABE3 Troy Clyne
ABE3 David DeWeese
ABE3 Jeffrey Doolittle
ABE3 Paul Edmeade
IC3 Todd Gerbers
ABE3 Michael Gordon
ABE3 Tod Hamilton
ABE3 Tony Henderson
IC3 Gerald Hesselman
ABE3 William Hill
ABE3 Byron Howard
ABE3 Michael Hudson
ABE3 D'Angelo Inman
ABE3 Brian Katanick
lC3 David Kellenberger
ABE3 Brian Kuipers
ABE3 Hoshea Lester
ABI-33 Mark Lyons
ABE3 Reginald Mack
ABE3 Kevin Matthews
AN Hubert Chambers
AN Ruben Cortez
AN Dick Cowan
ABEAN Lamont Devane
ABEAN Steven Dobyns
AN Oswald Farrell
ABEAN Stewart Fisher
AN Tim Fisher
AN John Frandsen
AN Gilbert Garza
AN Gerald Gurule
ABEAN Garry Haas
AN Pamell Harvin
AN Phalla Seng
AN Bryant Soonier
AN Shawn Townsend
AN Larry Vincent
ICFN Todd Weise
ABEAN George Whisenant
FN Ron Wright
AN Frank Zanazaro
AA Matthew Allenbrand
ABEAA Juan Andrade
AA Bryan Andrews
AA Dowovan Ashley
AA James Babcock
ABEAA Devin Baker
AA Tim Benton
AA Jason Berry
AA Luis Castillo
A Mario Chamorro
AA Brian Clawson
ABEAA Steve Cuny
AA Bradley Schultz
ICFA Kevin Stilwell
AA Alberto Villa
AA Christopher Wilch
AA David Wllliams
AA Nicholas Young
AA Jonathan Zdanis
AR Angel Amicay
AR Michael Collins
AR Francisco Gines, III
AR Arturo Gonzalez
AR Maurice Knox
AR Jorge Meza
ABEAR Richard Morris
AR Timothy Ryan
AR Bobby Seiler
AR Daniel Smelser
ABEAR Robert Todd
ABEAR Edwin Villacorte
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AN Walter Tootle
AA Lance Bryant
AA Jesus Caro
AA Josh Collins
AA Richard Ford
AA Patrick Harris
AA Dwight Miller
AA Robert Norwood
AA Harold Rowald
AA Gary Shaw
AA Gordon True
AA Sean Wilkie
AR Bryan Darling
AR Charles Dickerson
AR Kenneth Keller
AR David McPherson
AR Miguel Patino
AR J oe Prosser
AR Garrett VanHuizen
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LTJG Duncan Watson
CWO3 Dale Thompson
RMCMISWJ Robert Anderson, III
RIVICS John Transue
RMCISWJ David Hobbs
RMC Ricky Mclver
RMCISWJ Charles Perry
RMI Stephen Armstrong
RMI Franklin Beech
RMI Leonard Conway
RMI Bradford Parsons
RMI Esteban Rosado
RIVI 1 KSWJ Michael Taulbee
RM2 William Drewer
RM2 Joseph Erskine
RM2 Robert Holden
RM2 Robert LaCascio
RM2 Darryl Lambright
RM2 Steven Morales
RM2 Sam Ritenour
RM2 Victor Roberson
RM3 Eric Brown
RM3 Darrell Darling
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RMSN Timothy Moody
RMSN Joshua Redden
RMSN Matthew Sias
RMSN David Stroud
RMSN Michael Wagner
RMSN Marcel Washington
RMSN David Vkfhitaker
RMSN Richy Wissinger
RMSN Franklin Young
RMSA John Carlson
RMSA Danny Creekbaum
RMSA Clint Dspain
RMSA Jeffrey Jernigan
RNISA Todd Ludwig
RMSA Larry Lyon
RMSA Donald Smith
RMSA Stanford Sylvia
RMSA Robert Ward
RMSA Travis Westcott
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This deployment was challenging for AMERICA 's
Boatswainls Mates and deck seamen. Both undeiway
and inport, the deck department was gainfully
employed with never a dull moment.
Underway the deck crew stood lookout watches,
drove the ship and handled the ship's general
announcing system. They also conducted over fifty
mishap free alongside replenishment evolutions. In
addition, they also spray painted ship's spaces, issued
cleaning supplies, conducted routine maintenance
and found a few hours of sleep when they could.
The men of Deck did spectacular work while safely
anchoring and handling lines to moor the ship in vari-
ous liberty ports. Once inport the men stood 24 hour
shifts every other day to run the shipls small boats,
ensuring their shipmates enjoyed maximum liberty.
When the sea states permitted, everybody in deck
chipped in to clean and paint the sides - always an
enjoyable day of box lunches, sun and fun.
Deck Department does it all, and did it all on this
cruise. They were taken to task and proved they could
meet every challenge.
LCDR Timothy J. Willmott ' l ,aff T
LTJ G Robert McBumey
LTJG Jeff Starecheski
CWO4 Robert Haskell
BMCSISWJ Danny Hensley
BM1 Robert Abels
BMI Anthony Antonelly
BM1 George Jarvis
BM2 Cesar Gelle
BM2 Scott Kittleld
BM3 Dennis Arnundson
BM3 Kerry Asberry
BM3 Raymond Coats
LTJ G Todd Owlett
BM1 Gary Hampton
BM1 William Hooper
BMI Russell Roeder
BM2 James Barnes
BM2 Michael Howard
BM2 Kelvin Moore
BM3 Rafael Martinez
BM3 Marc Pradier
BM3 Martin Williams
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The Engineering Department is
the heart and blood of AMERICA .
From the anchor windlass in the
bow to the after-steering machinery
rooms in the stern, and from the
fire pumps and massive boilers
deep below the waterline to the
steam driven whistles high above
the flight deck, Engineering is
responsible for the ship's smooth
operation. Without the men of
Engineering, there would be no
steam to power the catapults and
engines of AMERICA .
The Engineering Log Room,
Engineering Administrative, or EX
Division, is one of the smallest divi-
sions in Engineering. lt is made up
of all Principal Assistants, Quality
Assurance Officer, Engineering
Department Leading Chief Petty
Officer, Departmental Career
Counselor, Department 3M Coordi-
nator and administrative personnel.
It is responsible for administrative
and clerical functions within the
Auxiliaries Division, or A Divi-
sion, is responsible for the mainte-
nance of the shipls hydraulics, air-
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24 May 89 - ll jan 92
craft elevators, galley equipment,
emergency diesel generators, and
air-conditioning and refrigeration
Electrical Division, or E Division,
is responsible for every aspect of
the ship's electrical supply and dis-
tribution. This includes ship's light-
ing systems, flight deck lighting,
implementing the shipls electrical
safety program, repair and mainte-
nance of ship's ventilation systems
and electrical motors, maintenance
of the ship's service turbine genera-
tors and main electrical switch-
boards, and installation, mainte-
nance and repair of the ship's
internal communications and
The Fire Department is responsi-
ble for the initial rapid response to
fire on board AMERICA . The men
of this division are experts in the
dangerous job of combatting fires
at sea. They are also responsible for
the maintenance of all fire stations,
firefighting equipment, and ballis-
tic doors and hatches on board
Main Propulsion Division, or MP,
is responsible for operating alld
maintaining the eight massive main
propulsion boilers. These b0ilCfS
drive the ship's giant propell6fS,
generating the 200,000-plus horse-
power needed to move the Ship
through the water. In addition, MP
provides the low-pressure steam
needed to heat water for bathing,
cooking food, and washing laundry-
MP also runs the ship's distilling
plants capable of making 380,000
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ICFN Casey Demiard
ICFN Daxicl Dill
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ICFX Matthew Fitch
EMFX Morris Guienclou
EMFN Paul Hannigan
ICFX James Holt
EMFN Donal Schauer
ICFN Larry Schideman
ICFN Thomas Stephenson
ICFN Charles Summers
EMFN Allen Vanasse
EMFN Michael Whitehead
EMFN Kevin Whittlesey
EMFA Rodger Bunte
EMFA Marquis Clinkscales
EMFA Sheldon Cummings
EMFA Brian Gagnon
FA Michael Gray
ICFA Jerry Hyman
ICFA John J ablonski
EMFA William Maher
EMFA John McGill
FA Brett Seebeck
EMFA Anthony Smith
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FA David Stroud
LCDR Allan Berke
LT John Rinkacs
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BTCM Charles Erler
MMCMLSWJ James Jacobs
BTCSQSWJ Marvin Hummer
MMC Robert Borowski
BTC Steve Connell
BTCtSWb Jerry l-Iaueter
MMCQSWJ Rahn Herrick
BTC Kenneth Marchant
BTC Lee Noriega
MMCLSWJ Michael Ridler
BTC Roy Wright
MMI Brent Bailey. Jr.
MMl Kenneth Campbell
BTl Wayne Doman
MM l QSWJ Robert Dranberg
BTMSWJ Walter Hamilton
BTZCSWJ Jeffrey Boyden
BT2 Cody Butler
BT2 Steven Carter
MMZCSWJ Nathan Clarke
BT2 Bruce Daugheny, Sr.
MM2 Clinton Deemer
MM2 Brian Faulkner
MM2 Melvin Greenlee
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MM3 Eric Dorr
MM3 Ronnie Evans
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BT3 Michael Fisher
BT3 Scott Fisher
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FA Orlando Villarreal
FA James Wade
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FA Bobby Young
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ABE3 Francisco Garcia
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SGT Kevin Conboy
SGT Robert Eberhardt
SGT Dennis Zemla
CPL Edward Brown
CPL Jimmy Clark
CPL Stephen Crews
CPL Greg Gervais
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LCPL Michael Humphrey
LCPL Randall Jamison
LCPL Brad Jones
LCPL Joel Kinney
LCPL Casey Mahr
LCPL Timothy Miller
LCPL Kevin Moody
LCPL Teny Nashwinter
LCPL Larry Olivares
LCPL Joseph Pagano
LCPL Luis Partida
LCPL Danny Pilgrim
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The Medical Department aboard USS AMERICA
has a staff and state of the art equipment to accommo
date a small city with a population of 5000. AMERICA's
Medical Department consists of a Senior Medical Offi-
cer, Medical Administration Officer, General Surgeon,
Anesthesiologist, General Medical Officer, Physician's
Assistant, Registered Nurse, two Flight Surgeons with
the embarked airwing, and 37 hospital corpsmen.
Services available include: military sickcall, emergen-
cy room treatment, major and minor surgery, physical
examinations, pharmacy, laboratory, X-ray, physical
therapy, inpatient hospital care, preventive medicine,
medical equipment repair, and medical administrative
services. As always, the Medical Department is standing
by to assist AMERICA 's Battle Group to "Keep iEm
CAPT Jerry R. Rogers
The Navigation Department is manned by approximately fourteen enlisted personnel
and three officers.
The primary responsibility of the avigation p
ment of AMERICA . The traditional skills associated with taking a ship to sea, namely
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the art and science of navigation, are those of the quartermaster CQ J e qua
master's duties include ordering, maintaining and correcting all charts and publications
required for sailing the world's waterways. Quartermasters also compute tides, currents,
sunrise, sunset, moonrise a
N ' ' De artment is the safe and timely move-
nd moonset for the area of the world in which AMERICA is
Although the art of navigation has seen many technological advances which assist the
seaman in determining his position on the seas, AMERICA 's quartermasters maintain
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their proficiency in the traditional art of celestial navigation. They are as com orta
using a sextant to fix AMERICA ,s position as they are using electronic systems. Special
evolutions such as transiting restricted waters, anchoring, mooring and replenishment
at sea are particularly demanding and require the involvement and undivided attention
of every man in the department. During these evolutions, a few select quartermasters,
designated as master helmsmen, expertly steer AMERICA under some of the most
demanding and intense underway steaming conditions imaginable. These individuals
and the entire team of AMERICA 's quartermasters are the finest in the fleet.
During MED! Arabian Gulf '92, the professionalism and dedication of quartermasters
enabled AMERICA to sail thousands of miles including the Suez Canal, Straits of Hor-
muz, and the farthest north any carrier has operated in the Persian Gulf, truly a history
making deployment in support of Operation Desert Storm X Provide Comfort.
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QMCM Roger Crabill
QM1 Clifford Clausen
QM1 Robert Darron
QM2 ISWJ Jerris Bennett
QM2 J effory Campbell
YN3 LaMont Adams
QM3 Benjamin Hays
QM3 Rodrick Hill
QM3 William Nordell
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The Operations Department controls or influences virtually every 39PeCt
of AMERICA 's many missions. Its 13 divisions are .responsible for the plan'
ning of AMERICA 's operational and training m1SS10YlS, C00fd1f13Ung The
offensive and defensive employment of the ship's weapons systems, the col-
lection and analysis of intelligence, the maintenance and repair of AMER!-'
CA is electronic equipment, the control of AMERICA 'S HIYCY3-ft, HS WCB 35
the monitoring and forecasting of the weather for AMERICA and her battle
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The Combat Direction Center, or 4'Cornbat", is the nerve center for war-
f h urs a da while
fighting aboard AMERICA . Fully manned twenty- our o Y
underway, the men who work here maintain a watchful eye for any threat to
the battle group from the air, surface, or subsurface. Combat ts composed
of OX Division - Anti'Submarine Warfare QASWY M0d1l1C, OW Dmslon '
Electronic Warfare LEW! Module, and OI Division - the Surface Module,
which monitors surfaceitrafiic near AMERICA and coordinates the ann-sun
face warfare QASUWH prosecution of surface targets both near and far.
t Theillecufonic Materials Office is responsible for the maintenance and
repair of all installed electronics and ocombatwrelated systems aboard AMER-
ICA . OEC Divisions repairs and maintains communication equipment,
including portabie radios. OED is responsible for data systems' which
inciudes all computers, copiers and typewriters. OEM repairs, maintains,
and operates AMERXCA 's defensive weapons systems, such as the NATO
Seasparrow Anti-Aircraft Missile System, and the ship's Close-In Weapons
System QCIWSJ - Vuicantcannons that defend against cruise missiles. OER's
responsibilitiesare the radar systems which guide AMERICA 's aircraft and
detect pairborneand surface threats to the ship.
Air Ops forms the hub fromgwhich daily flight operations are directed.
Air Operations servesas they coordinating center between the aircraft, Com-
bat, QControlTowerJ, Fiight Deck Control, and the bridge. They
are responsible forornaintaining updated information on individual flights,
controlling airborne tankers, and executing the daily airplan. The Carrier
Air Trams: Qontrol Center QCATCCJ provides air traffic control services to
flights, oinclliding departure and approach control, as well as precision
approaches at night andjduring inclement weather.
"Strike Ops" is the planning and scheduling center for the ship. They
plan and conduct exercises while on deployment, as well as operations in
support of national tasking. At home, they are responsible for designing a
turnaround training plan to hone the AMERICAXGVW-I teamfs fighting
skills to a razors edge. Strike also publishes the daily airplan, the schedule
of AMERICA 's air assets, and the 'Green Sheetv, which schedules the
ship's other training and operational evolutions. In short, Strike combines
available aircraft, ship weapons assets to develop cohesive training and
operational plans. r r A
Meterology providesfdetailed meterological and oceanogaphic and relat-
edyservicesnecessaryffor the safe and effective operation of the ship, air-
wing and battle gronpl 'Ifhis includes weather observation! forecasts as well
as thefvarious acoustic and refractive predictions that aid the sensor plat-
form operators inevaluating eneirlpmatics.
01985 is responsible for all the incoming and outgoing correspon-
dence in the Operations Department. In addition to the departmental
paperwork, evaluations and awardsnzhe Gps Admin ofiice also coordinates
the departmental Maintenance Material management 13MB effort, provides
career counseling services for departmental personnel, coordinates depart-
mental berthing assignments, reports the shipis readiness levels to the
chain of command, and coordinates the submission of requests for suppiies
and services for AMERICA is port visits.
The' Carrier Intelligence Center CCVICJ coordinates the intelligence
gathering effort, and is divided into five work centers, each with its own
area of responsibility. In addition, CVIC is supported by two intelligence-
related divisions. SUPPLOT is AMERICA 's long-range indications and
wlaimxng celii and also produces daily intelligence briefings. MSI provides
p otographac mterpretatxons. The Drafting Ship provides artistic and
graphic illustrations for both intelligence and non-intelligence tasking.
Storage and Retrieval maintains AMERICA 's intelligence database. CVIC
Admin provides for the administrative and security functions as well as
maintaining the intelligence publications library.
OS Division, better known as "Spook Central' is the home of the crypto-
logic technicians. They would love to say what they do for a living behind
their vaulted doors, but they cannot They provide critical support to the
ship and battle group.
The Photo Lab provides operational, intelligence, reconnaissance and
administrative photographic imaging support to the ship, air wing and bat-
tle group. The lab can deliver time-critical black and white or color pho-
tographs to the customer in minutes. Op Division also provides videotaping'
in support of operational and administrative requirements.
LCDR Tim Sheridan
AGCISWXAVVJ Andrew Jakubowski
AGI Thomas ALlinder
AGIKAWJ Michael French
AGI Robert Hollenbach
AG2 Glenn Newton
AG3 Robert Heard
AGAN Dallas Siddens
AGAA Lonny Spencer
ET2 Keith Daye
ET2 Alfred Harmon
ET2 Dean Schamore
ET2 James Schlesser
ET2 Grayson Stubbs
ET2 Richard Wickliff
ET3 Raymond Bell
ET3 Joseph Chatiield
ET3 Stephen Cozad
ET3 Theodore Douglas
ET3 Paul Millar
ET3 Charles Oprisko
ET3 Jeffery Richards
ET3 Joseph Swango
DS2 Brian Patterson
DS2 Ronald Smith
DS3 Mark Bedell
DS3 Mark Bozak
DS3 Derrick Burnell
DS3 Joseph Cimijotti
D53 Brent Geck
DS3 Jance Hamrick
DS3 Roxy Lyons
DS3 Timothy Watters
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ET3 Thomas Duchemin
ET3 Peter Flavin
FC3 Robert Galletta
ET3 David Hawkins
ET3 Jeff Mars
ET3 Jimmie McLeroy
ET3 Deon O'Bryant
ET3 Ernest Rogers
ET3 Christopher Sormie
ET3 Craig Veatch
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OSSN Fabian Fowler
OSSN John Jackson
OSSN Kevin Mathews
OSSN James McGrath
OSSN Damien Patton
OSSN Henry Phillips
OSSN Dexter Prater
OSSN Israel Reyna
OSSN Christopher Saunders
OSSN Bennie Watson
OSSN James Wight
OSSA Kevin Caldwell
OSSA Melvin Jensen
OSSA David Perryman
OSSR Gregory Patchen
LT Chris Miller
CTRC Daniel Cosgrove
CTO1 Mark Fletcher
CTA1 Daniel Jackson
CTM1 Howell Rasor
CT MZISWJ Joseph Authement
CTO3 Michael Austin
CTO3 Shawn Bowman
CTO3 Noel Garcia
CTO3 Joseph Kahney
CT M3 Scott Milliman
CTOSR Neal Bracewell
EW2 Stephen Stoy
EW2 William Striebel
EW3 Daniel Aszmann
EW3 William Chase
EW3 Daniel Inman
EW3 Jason Simpson
EWSN Neal Dieterle
EWSN Douglas Ebbink
EWSN Edwin Rhodes
EWSN Michael Woodward
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b winnin the Ney Award for the Navyas best food service operation
in the CV category. Providing the best possible supply support to the
AMERICAfCarrier Airwing ONE team, the Supply Department
ensured parts were there to keep aircraft flying and the ship
operating, as well as guaranteeing all USA crew members receive
primary morale services. Comprised of 675 personnel, many of
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airwing, the Supply Department's eleven divisions order, receive,
and issue repair part and consummablesg feed the crew over 18,000
meals a day, operate the ship store, laundryfdry cleaning, and
barber shops, pay the crew, and operate all non-tactical data
ln addition to providing onboard supply services, the supply team
ensured maximum battle group readiness by exercising logistics
coordination through the battle force staff, the combat logistics
force ships, and the supporting combatants. USA received over
5,000 pallets of supplies during the deployment which included
those received by replenishment at sea, and inport by barge and
logistics helicopters. Managing a budget of over 330 million, the
Supply Department ensured the "right stuff" made it to the right
The sales division enjoyed a record setting deployment with sales
of 32.7 million which generated over S5400,000 in profits to the
AMERICA Welfare and Recreation fund. Other notable service
accomplishments include the disbursing division's average payday of
over 31 million, the food service operations' food consumed each
month of 3600,000g and the wardroom and CPO messes hotel
management accommodating over 800 officers and chief petty
officers while also feeding them in grand style. The food service
operation was also responsible for the impressive hangar bay
reception in Athens, Greece, in addition to baking and decorating
over 10 ceremonial cakes per day. Finally, the data processing
division entered over l million aviation maintenance documents in
the computer that required over 3 billion keystrokes.
CDR Robert M. Russell
CWO2 John Collins
CWO2 Michael Waters
SKCM Mariano Dionela
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SK3 Francis Bernard
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A01 Robert Schofield
A01 Willie Tetterton
A02 Scott Belanger
A02 Billy DeLee
A02 Carl LeMaster
A02 Daren 0'B1'ian
A02 Mack Patterson
A02 Lawrence Swartz
A02 Robert Thacker
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AOCSIAWJ Robert Schackmuth
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A01 Donald Brown
AO1 James Carter
AO1 Ervin Faison
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AO1 Linwood Holden
AOIIAWJ John Kitchen
Aol Donald Wilson
A01 Stephen Wright
A02 James Scott, Jr.
A03 William Spells
AO3 Antonio Thompson
AO3 Lee Wyre
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AOAN Phillip Beville
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AOAN Robert Backwood
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AOAN Troy Carr
AOAN Kenneth Copeland
AOAN Norm Turner
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AOAN Marc Zaleski
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AOAA Pere Brown
AOAA Kendric Creely
AOAA Darl McGee
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WTC William Bailey
WTC Kent Barnes
WTCISWJ Daniel Willis
WT1 Randy Daniel
WT1 Eric Roach
WT1 Gene Shannon
WT1 Gary Spevak
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WT3 Derrick Clauson
WT3 Richard Crook
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LCDR Gary Sandala
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LT Tod Harbach
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Fighter Squadron Thirty Three's
mission is air superiority. Addition-
ally, as part of the aircraft carriel-'S
primary role of power projection, the
fighter's mission is to protect the strike
element against any airborne threat,
In the maritime environment, the fight-
ers provide long range defense for all
fleet forces in support of national
policy. During the deployment, the
Starfighters continually trained for
their offensive and defensive
responsibilities. In the "real world"
environment of the Persian Gulf, the
'Fighters have provided constant
combat air patrol protection, ready to
respond to any threat. Even on deck
they maintain alert status capable of
launching fighters in minutes. The
officers and men of VF-33 stand ready.
We are proud to serve this mighty
carrier, our Navy, and this nation.
Anytime. Anywhere. We'll be there!
AMS2 Miehael Bradshaw
AO2 Timothy Brown
AK2 Eliseo Bundoe
AE2 Adam Chappell
AE2 Steven Cobb
MS2 Charles Deveto
AMI-I2 Kevin Dow
AMS2 Dwayne Eneoleman
DK2 Robert Ewelish
AT2 David Flack
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PR3 Miehael Sehneier
AR3 Jose Torres
AOI3 Jonathan Waid
AK3 Chad Weisinger
AD3 Chad Zimmerman
MSSN James Alexander
ADAN John Allison
AMSAN Traus Andrews
AKAN Matthew Baudry
PNSN Arthur Bernal
-XNIHAN Stephen Bernard
ATAN Terry Bevis
AKAXN Kirk Braun
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AEAN Rafael Colon
ADAN Robert Coueh
AMSAN Douglas Crouse
AN William Cunningham
AN Clayton Hindman
AEAN John Hofman
AN Lawrence Horton
AN Gary Keturakat
ATAN Robert Kneaul
AN Brian Knipes
AMHAN Lawrence Kohus
AMSAN Jacques Lirette
AQAN Eric Lucero
AN Ricardo Malia
AN Charles Secord
ATAN Stark Brad
SN Michael Tarth
AMSAN James Taylor
AEAN Carl Thomas
AKAN Daxid Titus
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AN William Wagner
AN Chris Wilkinson
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The Fighter Squadron 102 Diamondbacks
are AMERICA's premier fighter and
reconnaissance squadron. T hirty-five officers
and 220 enlisted men - working together in
maintenance, administration, safety, and op-
erations - collectively set a goal to keep the
squadron F- 14A Tomcats fully mission capable
and combat-ready. Diamondback pride runs
deep. You can feel it in the squadron spaces and
work centers, and see it in the faces of the men
as they go about the work at hand. Established
on July 1, 1955, in Jacksonville, Fl., the Dia-
mondbacks have a history of excellence. VF-
102 has participated in combat operations in
Vietnam, Libya, and Iraq. With numerous
Battle Grand Slam trophies, and other
meritorious accolades to their credit, the Dia-
mondbacks have earned a reputation for being
at the forefront of the F-14 commnity. The
squadron has flown numerous aircraft since it
was established, including the F -2H Banshee,
the F-4D Skyray, and the F-4B Phantom before
transitioning to the F-14A Tomcat in 1981. In
today's Navy arsenal, the Tomcat is still the
Fleet's most formidable aircraft for air defense
and superiority. The AWG-9 radar and Phoenix
missile system allow enable the air crews to
launch missiles simultaneously at up to six
different targets, while tracking 18 others. The
Sparrow and Sidewinders missiles, along with
the six-barrelled 20mm Vulcan cannon, fill out
the Tomcat's weapons suite. Diamondback
Tomcats also carry the Tactical Air
Reconnaissance Pod System ITARPSJ for gain-
ing valuable photographic reconnaissance
information for the battle group and other
intelligence commands. After a stellar combat
deployment and numerous other exercises that
kept the squadron away from their home base
at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., for 10 months
during 199 1, the Diamondbacks are not resting
on their laurels. The 1991-'92 Mediterranean 1
Arabian Gulf deployment provided the Dia-
mondbacks the opportunity to demonstrate
their desire to answer the call of duty, and to live
up to the Diamondback-Tomcat motto:
LCDR David Pine
LCDR Michael Sottung
LT Robert Dreher
LT Mark Dunham
LT Kyle Engel
LCDR Richard McKee
LCDR Luke Parent
LCDR Nels Petersen
LTJ G Chris J oas
LT J G Gerald Leekey
LTJ G Adrian Marengo-Rowe
LTJ G William Marple
LTJ G Scott Raveling
LTJG Howard Woods
ENS David Harris
ENS Jerry Rice
CWO4 Charles Williamson
CWO2 Thomas Poore
ASCM Melvin Allen
AVCM David Jones
YNCSIAWJ William Janke
ATCS Stephen Modzelewski
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ONE with the most versatile aircraft in the
world, the F X A- 18C Hornet. During the Persian
Gulf war, both the FIA-18 and VFA-82 proved
themselves in combat. After returning from
their highly successful Desert Storm cruise, the
Marauders enjoyed a brief, three-month turn-
around before beginning preparations for the
next deployment. In May of 1991, CDR E.L.
Standridge assumed command of VFA-82, with
CDR L.D. Childress as executive officer. Prepa-
rations for deployment began soon thereafter in
July 1991, when the Marauders took part in
REFTRA aboard AIVIERICA. Immediately after
return from REFTRA, the squadron departed
for Fallon, Nevada, for air wing strike training.
Three weeks after returning from Fallon, the
squadron again deployed for the North Star
Exercise in the North Atlantic. Shortly thereaf-
ter, the Marauders flew with FIA-18s of the
Canadian air force, with U.S. Air Force F- 155 Off
Iceland, and participated in a joint sea sh-ike
exercise with a British task force. The highlight
of North Star came when VFA-82 flew with the
Norwegian air force, including numerous sor-
ties flown through the Qords of Norway, provid-
ing excellent training for all involved. The end
of October and all of November found the men
of VFA-82 back home at NAS Cecil Field before
deploying again to the Mediterranean on board
AMERICA in early December. Not long after
moving into the northern part of the Persian
Gulf, the pilots of VFA-82 re-entered the skies
over Kuwait. Throughout the stay in the Gulf,
the squadron flew numerous simulated strikes
with the U.S. Air Force, and participated in joint
training with the Kuwaiti air force. Throughout
the cruise, every Marauder's performance was
superb, once again serving with pride at the "tip
of the spear."
LCDR Martin Paulaitis
LCDR Terry Rains
LT James Cusick
LT James Harris
LT Carter Harrison
LT Tom Hole
LT Kurt Honbarrier
LT Milton Merritt
LT Michael Peoples
Lt Patrick Quigley
LT Robert Simeone
LT John Wiegel
LTJ G Ken Hutchings
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AD2 Pedro Amaro
AK2 Donald Bay
AO2 Christopher Barlow
AO2 Ralph Bohlmann
AD2 Raymond Bradley
AMS2 Robert Briscoe
AZ2 Samuel Coleman
AD2 Jim Cunningham
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LCDR Dennis Fitzpatrick
LCDR Stephen Laukaitis
LCDR Rodger Welch
LT Thomas Bacon
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The Sidewinders of Strike-
Fighter Squadron EIGHTY-SIX
proudly j oined the USS America I
Air Wing ONE team for their sec-
ond major deployment of 1991.
America deployed Dec. 2nd for
the Mediterranean, following a
short, eight-month turnaround
after the historic Operation Desert
Storm cruise. VVhile operating in
the Mediterranean, Sidewinder j ets
participated in freedom of
navigation exercises in Libyan
waters, and saw frequent overland
operations in Turkey. In Febru-
ary, America transitted the Suez
Canal, once again enroute to the
Persian Gulf. The second part of
the deployment included Side-
winder Hornets flying exercises
with French forces from Djibouti,
Saudi-based U.S. Air Force units,
and Kuwaiti Air Force units. Side-
winder pilots also won the Air Wing
ONE Bombing Derby, the Strafe
Award, and the Tailhook Award
for carrier landing competition.
Such displays of naval aviation
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excellence were possible only
through the superb training and
readiness program established and
wholeheartedly supported by the
VFA-86 maintenance team. Side-
winder maintenance personnel
continuously provided fully
mission-capable aircraft, which are
critical to overall operational
readiness. Squadron maintenance
and support personnel logged
hundreds of hours of professional
training during the deployment,
evidenced by more than 20 neW
sets of Enlisted Aviation Warfare
Specialist IEAWSJ wings being
earned by squadron personnel-
Even so, Sidewinder sailors still
found time to participate in
community relations projeCtS,
such as painting and refurbishing
an Italian homeless shelter during
the ship's visit to that country-
Meanwhile, VFA-86 SidewinderS
continue to maintain their high
level of battle readiness, and The
squadron ranks among the best Of
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MS2 George Erwin
AMS2 Kevin Everung
AMSZIAWJ David Gonsalyes
AD2 Mike Gonzales
AO2 Michael Hurley
AO2 Charles Jinright
AE2 David Kinsey
PR2 Kenneth Kiriazes
AZ2 James Laughlin
AME2 Thomas Lee
AMS3 Mikeal Jensen
AMH3 Louis Johnston
AME3 Wayne Lawrence
AT3 Joseph McKenzie
AD3 Harold lVlims
AME3 William Moore
AME3 James Noland
AO3 Pete Padron
AMS3 John Picrcc
AK3 Paul Provenzano
YN3 Richard Pugh
PN3 Kirk Rauch
AMH3 Randy Smith
AO3 Steven Snay
A03 Kenneth Thornton
AOAN Richard Ackerman
AN Alvin Baker
AN Jefferson Barnette, IV
AIVIHAN Ron Betts
AOAN Kevin Hinson
AEAN Craig Hurt
PRAN Undrey Jones
AZAN JOseph Kennedy
ADAN Eric Lee
AN Tommy Lee
AOAN Russell Mann
ADAN Merdzie Paulite
AOAN Clinton Pennell
AMSAN Ernest Raemer
AMEAN Rex Raffelson
AN Dominic Rakvin
AMEAN Steve Remer
AEAN Roberto Rivera
AN Jason Roozemond
AEAN Roberto Silva
AOAN Jeff Sughrle
AN Kevin Smith
AEAN Sean Stevens
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Attack Squadron EIGHTY-FIVE's Black
Falcons have been an integral part of the
USS AMERICA !Air Wing ONE team since
January 1988. The all-weather, medium
attack squadron flies the A-6 Intruder, and
its 10 A-6E TRAM lTarget Recognition At-
tack Multi-sensorl bombers can carry up to
eight and a half tons of ordnance. Along
with the Intruder's multi-mode radar, each
aircraft is also equipped with the Forward
Looking Infra-red Radar IFLIRJ. Such ad-
vanced technology aboard each aircraft
enables the pilot and bombardier-navigator
to detect, classify, and attack - with pin-
point accuracy - virtually any target in any
weather, using a variety of weapons. The
Intruder's arsenal includes "iron bombs"
weighing up to a ton, mines, rockets, laser-
guided bombs, cluster munitions, and
Harpoon anti-ship missiles. In addition to
the bombers, VA-85 airplanes include four
KA-6D aerial refueling aircraft, adding flex-
ibility to VA-85's muscle. In 1991, the Black
Falcons again showed their stamina by vig-
orously preparing for an early summer work-
up cycle, following their return from Opera-
tion Desert Storm. In August, the squadron
flew aboard AMERICA for advanced phase I
F LEETEX! North Star'91. Around-the-clock
operations were commonplace as AMERICA
and her air wing steamed eastward to greet
NATO compatriots. The Black Falcons
conducted long-range "strikes" against
British naval forces and thus again gave
notice that the Intruder was a force to be
reckoned with, and stood ready to meet any
challenge. This two-month at-sea period
also included low level flights and training
over Iceland, Scotland, and Norway, which
highlighted an extremely busy but suc-
cessful work-up cycle. In December 1991.
VA-85 again pulled up chocks, this time
embarking upon MediterraneanfArabian
Gulf 1-92. During the first months of the
six-month deployment, squadron air crews
aggressively pursued search radar terrain
clearance X night vision goggle qualifications
with low-level flights into Sardinia, Sicily
and in Greece and Turkey. The squadron
also honed its bombing skills at multi-
national targets, and demonstrated addi-
tional prowess when successfully firing six
AGM-123A tSkipper Ill and two AIM-9H
lSidewinderJ missiles. As such, the squad-
ron was able to sustain maximum combat
readiness. Halfway into the deployment,
AMERICA was once again in familiar posi-
tion: preparing to transit the Suez Canal.
While the ship steamed from the Red Sea
into the Arabian Gulf, VA-85 maintained
an unrelenting operational pace which
inspired the entire embarked air wing.
Interdiction exercises in Oman and Saudi
Arabia were highlighted by VA-85-led,joint
strikes with the U.S. Air Force. Overland
training was once again maximized in the
Kuwait theater of operations, when air crews
flew "opposed" strikes against the Kuwaiti
air force - these sorties often included
aerial combat engagements and were the
most recent addition to the Black Falcon
bag of tricks. None of this could have
happend were it not for the 120 Black
Falcon men who Mkept their birds flying'
Through their untiring efforts, 150
maintenance personnel enabled VA-85's
36 air crews to break countless operational
records. thus giving the Black Falcons the
combat edge so critical in today's turbulent
world. The squadron amassed 1600 sorties
and delivered 4200 weapons during the
Dec.2, 1991 -June 6. 1992 deployment. As
Med 1-92 drew to a close, the AMERICA
battle group steamed westward to waiting
loved ones. Wherever the ship sailed, rest
assured VA-85 was there in force, ready at
a moment's notice to deliver the Intruder's
offensive punch at the "Spearhead of the
LCDR Philip Blair
LCDR Michael Hayes
LCDR Paul Lynch
LT Matthew Aaron
LT Andrew Caldera
LT Robert Carey, Jr.
LT Tony Fox
LT Douglas Franks
LT Barry Hackett
LT Patrick Heye
LT Tod Hickerson
LT Richard LaBranche
LT Russell Lindsey
LT Douglas Minion
LT James Nesheim
AOAN Boris l-Iarris
AEAN Anthony l-lart
AMHAN Frank Hendrickson
AN Julio Herrera
AN Johnny Hull
AKAN Michael Jackson
AN Granville Jeffrey
AN Michael Kappler
AN Dave Kesvormas
ADAN Joe Knilans
AN Brian Tyson
ATAN John Wyatt
AOAN Justin Wysock
ATAA Travids Albertson
AMSAA Brian Bakke
AMEAA Mark Clayton
AA Ty Dion
AA James Dotson
AA Flint Faulkner
AMSAA Jerry Fenn
AMEAA Travis Haragan
AA Antoine Harris
AA Michael Klinner
AMSAA Christopher Kulik
AA Marvin Jester
AA Stephen Lake
ATAN Keith McAdams
AA Mark McMonamon
AA Craig Samanske
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Throughout North Star '91, and
the Mediterranean-Arabian Gulf de-
ployment of 1991-'92, the world fa-
mous VS-32 Maulers led the way.
Tireless, dedicated, hard working, and
their commitment to excellence
ensured the Maulers would meet and
surpass every challenge placed before
them. As the fleet steamed from the
Arctic circle to the deserts ofthe Middle
East, the Maulers set the pace. As the
first S-3B squadron to deploy with
only six aircraft, VS-32 achieved
unparalleled success in every mission
area. On-target bombs, exceptional
surface surveillance and protection,
unsurpassed electronic support, and
anti-submarine excellence were as-
sured when the Maulers demonstrated
their versatility by passing over
400,000 pounds of fuel to the air wing,
including the first-ever Spanish
Harrier!S-3B in-flight refueling op-
eration. The Maulers were integral
members of multiple war-at-sea exer-
cises, providing vital targeting data to
other air wing aircraft for the powerful
punch of their own Harpoon missiles.
North Star '91 was a proving ground
for the S-3B. Tasked with continuous
24-hour- a-day operations in the harsh
environs of the North Atlantic, the
Maulers excelled in every facet of their
operations. Working closely with NATO
allies, VS-32 honed their skills and
shared their expertise through
continuous training missions and
interactions with allied and U.S. as-
sets. The squadron's maintenance
crew was awarded the coveted "Golden
Wrench," signifying the best
maintenance record in the air wing
during the at-sea period. Cruising the
high seas on the 1991-'92 Med!
Arabian Gulf deployment, VS-32
Maulers demonstrated their S-3Bs'
multi-mission capabilities by
conducting low level operations over
Kuwait, anti-surface surveillance,
over-the-horizon targeting, live and
inert ordnance drops, and mining ex-
ercises. In cooperation with British
and Turkish allies, the Maulers led
numerous anti-subarmine warfare
IASWJ exercises, with squadron
members "crossdecking" to involved
submarines to get a feel for being
among the hunted, rather than being
the hunter. Other highlights included
bombing runs north of Kuwait City on
the Udari bombing range, gulf surface
search missions, and precision mining.
Throughout this arduous time, VS-32
Maulers maintained an exceptionally
high state of readiness, along with
high morale. These are the world
famous VS-32 Maulers, the ASW
leaders of the Fleet.
LCDR Brule Bole
LCDR Raymond Davis
LCDR Jeffrey Ellwood
LCDR Frank Gianino
LCDR Bradley Smith
LT Mark Bayly
LT Jeff Britton
LT David Bush
LT William Crawford
LT Darrell Edwards
AVCM Douglas Howell
ATCS Terry Hayes
AECS David Hughey
ADCS Douglas Jeffrey
ATCS Walter Morrison
AECS Rodolfo Santiago
ATCS Gary Woodhams
YNC Robert Ball
AMHC Mark Billings
ATCIAWJ David Carroll
AOC Pablo Cotto
AMEC Jon Ely
AMEC William Frazier
AMHC Michael Michell
AWC David Polanco
AMI-IC Kenneth Ravenscroft
AWC Steven White
AMH 1 IAWJ Russell Anderson, Jr.
AMS1 Andrew Bogacki
AT1 Charles Corley
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THE VAQ-137 "Rocks" are the electronic
warfare experts aboard USS AMERICA ICV-661.
They are the only West Coast squadron at-
tached to Carrier Air Wing ONE, and have been
part of the CV-66fCVW-1 Team since 1987.
Homeported in the Northwest's Puget Sound at
NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, the ROOKS
have been providing the fleet with state-of-the-
art electronic warfare, flying the EA-6B Prowler
since their commissioning in 1973. The EA-
6B's electronic countermeasures CECMJ system
degrades the capabilities of hostile air defense
networks, while its high speed, anti-radiation
missile tHARMl targets specific enemy radars
for destruction. The squadron has five EA-6B
ICAP-2 aircraft assigned, and is commanded by
CDR Ken Krech. VAQ- 137 was recently awarded
the 1991 CNAL Battle Efficiency for excel-
lence in electronic warfare, and a 1991 CNO
Safety "S" for completing its mission with an
outstanding safety program. The maintenance
department is the largest within VAQ- 137. Re-
sponsible for the upkeep of the squadrons five
Prowlers, the maintenance crews work long
hours to make sure all aircraft systems are up
and ready for any situation. The effort and
expertise ofthe ROOK maintenance team make
ROOK jets the finest EA-6Bs in the fleet. The
operations department handles the "big pic-
ture" through optimum use of squadron assets,
air crew, and aircraft. By keeping an even tempo
and making sure all squadron and air wing
requirements are satisfied, operations ensures
the ROOKs will be where they are needed to
achieve both their mission and the air wing
mission. The folks in the electronic warfare
department are the undisputed EW experts in
VAQ-137. The EW team ensures the correct
tactics for the employment of the EA-6B sys-
tems are provided to air crew. By making sure
updated intelligence and effective radar jam-
ming techniques, and HARM tactics, are always
available, the EW department keeps the ROOK5
and Carrier Air Wing ONE one step ahead ofany
enemy. The administrative department pro-
vides the paperwork 'backbone' of the ROOK
team. Since the key to VAQ-l37's organiza-
tional excellence is the communication link
between its parts, the admin department is
central to the ROOKS success. Last and eer-
tainly not least is the ROOK safety department,
Safety is truly "JOB ln with the ROOKS because
no program could be considered successful ifits
members get hurt. The ROOK safety depart-
ment has taken on a large responsibility. Not
only do they monitor shipboard and aircraft
maintenance safety, they also ensure air crew
follow correct operating procedures and use
their aircraft in the best. safest way possible,
LCDR Roy Smith
LCDR Doug Terry
LT Burton Anderson
LT Allen Assel
LT Timothy Biller
LCDR Stephen Hassett
LCDR John Lockler
LCDR Michael McNellis
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ATl John Wangelin
AMSl James Williams
AT1 Jeff Yoder
AMS2 Wendell Bacon
AZ2 Paul Barnett
AD2 Eogar Bernardo
YN2 Jose Capellan
AD2 Alfredo deLaGarza
AT2 Michael Fleury
ISZIAWJ Jere Gates
AK2 Edwin Goins
ATZIAVVJ Joseph Hurley
AME2 David Hendrickson
AMS2 Edward Lane
AE2 James Lasalle
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AMHAN Mark Hougen
ATAN Jeff Howard
AMSAN Mario J ones
AMSAN Donald LaGrone
AN Robert Mayo
AEAN David Noble
AN Jose Ramirez
AMSAN Christopher Realme
AN Jose Rodriguez
ATAN Bryant Rowe
ATAN Patrick Sheeks
AKAN Christopher Smith
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LCDR Christopher Gregerson
LT Glen Ackermann
LT Michael Carambas
LT Alan Carlson
LT David Greer
LCDR John Bowser
LCDR Martin Church
LCDR Larry Etter
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The Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early
Warning Squadron 123, also known as VAW-
123, provide the AMERICA battle group with
airborne early warning IAEWJ, command,
control, and communications and battle
management. Using powerful sensors, the
squadron's E-2C Hawkeye aircraft extends the
battle group detection ranges far beyond
shipboard ranges, and assists the battle group
commander with tactical planning. During the
recent deployment, the squadron provided
numerous services to the battle group, including
AEW, close air control when in the Arabian
Gulf s constricted waters, and guarding against
possible attack when AMERICA and her accom-
panying ships were in the Gulf. Highly trained
and skilled Screwtop squadron members also
played key roles in the success of numerous
exercises the battle group engaged in throu h
out the deployment. Despite the dedication of
the air crews flying the Hawkeye, the aircraft
doesn't launch from AMERlCA's deck without
many skilled professionals who comprise the
squadron. The avionics division maintains and
repairs critical electronics systems: the aircraft
division maintains the mechanical systems
necessary to keep the 53,000-pound E-2C safely
airborne. Line division "rats" handle aircraft
during critical launch and recovery evolutions,
while quality assurance division certifies that
all work meets the highest standards possible.
Material control provides the numerous parts
and supplies for the squadron, while
maintenance control orchestrates and priori-
tizes all production so the Screwtops can meet
all their commitments. The administrative di-
vision provides for all the personal needs of the
squadron, ranging from the always-welCOIHC
mail call, to the cleaning of squadron spaces.
Overall, the Screwtops run smoothly because of
the dedication of every member of the VAW-123
team, from the commanding officer to the
youngest airman. The squadron consists of 36
officers and 122 enlisted men. Through all
hands' efforts, the Screwtops remain the finest
ASW squadron in the world, as exddenced by its
earning the 1991 Battle Efliciency Award.
and earning the 1991 ChiefofNaval Operati0I1S
Safety "S" Award: both awards are proudly
displayed on each of thc squadrons aircraft.
AMERICA stays strong because the Screwtops
AF CM Robert Reed
AZCS Jack Bryant
ADCS Kenneth Dalton, Jr.
ATCSIAWJ David Huber
AMCS Barry King
AMHC Allan Beane
ADCIAWJ Leonard Dunlap
AMHC Roger Harrison
AEC Ronald Lanham
AXCIAWJ Richard Sheffield
ATC William Weiss
AEC Durward Womack
YNCIAWJ Mike Young
AE1 John Bales
AZ1 Frank Bass
AT1 David Brown
AT1 Sean Brown
ATI Trent Buckner
AMH1 Scott Fick
AE1 David George
AZ2 David Warman
AE2 Walter Williams
AE2 Joe Woods
PNQISWJ David Yavin
AK3 Ramon Amarines
PR3 Robert Bartlett
AT3 Derek Brown
AD3 John Chuba
AD3 Corey Coon
AT3 Matthew Edgin
AME3 Glenn Cawley
HM3 Donald Gaines
AT3 Dion Hansen
AMS3 David Hendrix
AZ3 Michael Johnson
AZ3 Roger Kleber
MS3 Ronald Leavell
AK3 Jeffrey Leiner
AMS3 David McCollum
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AMSAN Timothy Frazee
ADAN Richard Fredley
ATAN Thomas Fuller
ATAN Blaine Gleason
ADAN Santos Guzman
AZAN Travis Hackney
AKAN Sean Hall
AMEAN Fred Hemme
AN Robert Hook, III
ATAN Marvin Hollingsworth
AMEAN Thomas Kreinheder
AN Robert Krug
YNSN Anthony Moore
AN Craig Osborne
ADAN William Packan
AMSAN Edward Peck
AEAN John Ralicki
ATAN Donal Ranney
AMEAN Kelvin Rogers
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LT Joe Cabriera
LT Edward D'Angelo
LT Edward Donohoe
LT Matthew Hemple
LT Joseph King
HS-11's Dragonslayers fly the SH-3H Sea
King helicopter to perform a variety of missions,
even though the helicopter's primary mission
is all-weather, anti-submarine warfare IASVVJ
since it was the first helo develped specifically
for ASW. The Sea King was also the first
helicopter to have a coupler system, which
enables it to change from forward flight to a 40-
foot hover above the water so it can lower a
dipping sonar to locate and track submarines.
Along with the dipping sonar, the SH-3H can
tow magnetic anomaly detection IMADJ equip-
ment, and can process and relay acoustical
data from sonobuoys back to the aircraft carrier.
Once a submarine is detected and classified,
the Sea King can attack it with hover-launched
torpedoes. Along with ASW, the Dragonslayers
provide avalued search-and-rescue ISARJ plat-
form for the carrier battle group. During North
Star '91 and MedfArabian Cruise 1991-'92,
the Dragonslayers performed an unprecedented
seven rescues, and numerous other lifesaving
medical evacuations. The most prominent
rescue was that of three civilians who were
shipwrecked at sea for 10 days as a result of
Hurricane Bob. Initially spotted by a U.S.
Coast Guard C-130, the civilians were ulti-
mately rescued from shark-infested waters by
a Dragonslayer helicopter and its crew. They
were then evacuated to New York City, where
their rescue was covered by the national press.
Meanwhile, the SH-3H Sea King helicopter is
also a vital logistics platfonn because of its
ability to operate from a variety of platforms,
including cruisers, destroyers, and frigates.
One important Sea King capability is that of
being able to hover over any ship for personnel
and logistics transfer, and to recieve fuel while
hovering above specially configured combatants
through helicopter in-flight refueling IHIFRJ,
which greatly extends the endurance and
range ofthe Sea King during extended ASW and
SAR missions. North Star '91 and Advanced
Phase gave the Dragonslayers a considerable
amount of training with NATO allies, including
British, Spanish, and German forces. This was
highlighted by a 10-day, 'round-the-clock ASW
exercise during which submarines tested their
skills against the carrier and its ASW capabilities.
While some submaiines were able to penetrate
the carrier's outer screen, when they attempted
to move into the optimum firing position, HS- 1 1
Dragonslayers would detect them. There were
thus no successful attacks against the carrier,
thanks thanks the Dragonslayers' ASW exper-
tise. Med '92 also afforded the squadron rare
opportunities to work on ASW training with
British and Turkish diesel-powered subma-
rines, at one point being surprised when a
submarine was discovered threateningly close
to the carrier. While the submarine had been
ordered to "shoot" the carrier, HS- 1 1 was there,
thwarting the attempt. Along with ASW train-
ing, the Dragonslayers were also afforded the
opportunity to practice low level training flights
in Greece and Kuwait. Kuwait also presented
the opportunity for Dragonslayers air crews to
use some advanced tCCl"Ll'10lOg7 in conjunction
with their daily combat search-and-rescue
missions. They used night vision goggles, a
new "down air crew" locating system, and the
global position system to locate simulated
downed aviators in the Kuwaiti desert. Arabian
Gulf operations also enable Dragonslayer crews
to hone their newest skill: counter-mine detec-
tion. During these missions, HS-1 1 crews
worked with AMERICA's Explosive Ordnance
Disposal IEODJ team in simulating a complete
mine-detection scenario. Throughout it all, HS-
1 1 Dragonslayers had a 100-percent completion
rate, thus remaining, "Double One, Second to
LCDR Ronnie Burton
LCDR John Langmead
LCDR Jonathan Winters
ADCS Bruce Martindale
AECS Robert Williams
AMHC John Braun
YNC Garry Coston
AMSC Darrell Garner
AECIAWJ Kenneth Hicks
ATC Anthony Parks
AWCIAWJ David Peters
AMSCIAVVJ Patrick Porter
ADC Miguel Sanchez
AXC Timothy Williams
AMSI Robert Armstrong
AEI David Aube
PR1 Robert Baker
ATI William Bland
PN IKSWJ William Brown
ADl Delbert Cody
ASI Lawrence Dieter
AEIIAWJ Timothy Frantzen
AZl Ray Holder
AZ2 Charlie Goodin
AZ2 Terry Gore
AE2 Joseph Helsley
AW2 Andrew Hughes
AW2 William Johnson
AMH2 Alfredo Martinez
YN2 Brian Moore
MS2 Ricky Osborne
AE2 Socorro Pereira
AW2 Bobby Powell
A02 Dean Robinson
AE2 Robert Salerno, IV
CDR Maurice Gallagher
CDR Scott Kee
CDR Philip Puckett
CDR Robert Russell
LCDR Donald Calloway
LCDR Carlos Del Toro
LCDR Ernest Dobson
LCDR Stephen Foster
LCDR Anthony Galanides
LCDR Michael Mulcahy
LCDR Gregory Nosal
LCDR Robert Ryan
LCDR Eugene Valendo
LCDR James Wirwille
LT Christopher Gallagher
LT Julio Gonzalez
LT John Livingston, Jr.
LT Norbert Melnick
LTJ G Carl Hoy
LTJG James Parker
CWO2 James Gipson
ABCM Philip Duby
AVCM Nelson Evans
AZCMCAWJ Gene Jette
Sl-ICM Rolando Salvanera
IS1 Joseph Winfreyi
SK2 Kendrick Alfred
AT2 Jeffrey Althof
AO2 Jay Blakeslee
CTO2 Lawrence Channel
AT2 Tom Crawford
AK2 Joseph Elliot
MM2 Robert Galante
PH2 Jeff McConnell
AO2 Lawrence McElroy
PC2 Roger Northwood
DP2 Richard Orr
AS2 Eric Purainen
AW2 Troy Rankin
MM2 Israel Santillan
AE2 Jon Smith
AT2 John Stoughton
AT2 Ross Walls
AO2 James Watkins
RM2 Rodney Welch
WTSN Michael Danko
LCPL Willard Dickey
RMSN Donnell Edwards
EMFN Marvin Heath
AN Gregory Jones, Jr.
ISSN Charles McMillan
AKAN Dedrick Middleton
RMSN Jean Roberts
AEAN Bernabe Rosario
SMSN Timothy Turner
RMSA Michael Arbuckle
RMSA Binie Blick
AKAA Kenneth Bousquet
ATAA Jonathan Cassidy
PFC William Clark
WTSA Michael Colton
RMSA Shawn Cutting
ASAA Roy Fajutrao
DA Robert Kyres, Jr.
FA Anthony Landingham
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Leo M. Blake
Stephen D. Dugan
Reynaldo M. Marin
Christopher L. Rick
Marty A. Oakley
Robert D. Borowski
Mark B. McNeill
Kenneth R. Marchant
Lee A. Noriega
Kevin M. Sheerin
Stanley M. Thomas
David P. Stanton
Gary L. Hardnett
Larry M. Pitzer
James R. Vaughan
Kenneth L. Richmond
William P. Hooper
Howard A. Shiver
Timothy M. Duncan
John O. Gibson
Daniel G. Waymack
Winfred T. Robinson
Steven G. Sorenson
Paul N. Nadeau
Cesar R. Gelle
James E. Schuermann
Virgil G. Cataldi
Quincy L. Baker
Spencer E. Martin
Lawrence H. Alder
Keith M. Daye
Robert D. Griffith
Robert E. Miller
Brian L. Patterson
Craig S. Rotarius
Dean A. Schamore
Herman A. Frazier
Eric B. Baker
Kirk R. Rauch
Dustin W. Weist
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