Constellation (CV 64) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1980

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Edney commanded CVW-2 on board the USS RANGER. He commanded the USS PONCHATOULA (AO 148) from June 1976 to May 1977 during which the ship earned the Arleigh Burke Trophy signifying the most improvement in Battle Efficiency. Capt. Edney was chief of Staff for Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Five from Aug. 1977 to July 1979. Capt. Edney has accumulated over 5500 flight hours and over 1000 carrier landings in his aviation career. Among the decorations he is authorized to wear are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Single Action Xir Medal, StrikeFlight Air Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Meilal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commentation Medal, Vietnamese Honor Medal,and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Capt. Edney is married to the former Margon Beck of Hastings, Nebraska. They have two daughters, Merrie and Jamie.

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CAPTAIN LEON A. EDNEY COMMANDING OFFICER USS CONSTELLATION Capt. Edney was born in Haverhill Mass. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1957. He then attended flight training in Pensacola, FL and was designated a naval aviator in Sept. 1958. His first flying duty was with VS-27 and VS-24 in Norfolk, VA, from 1958 to 1962. in 1963 Capt. Edney received his Master ' s in Public Administration from Harvard. He then became Special Asst. to the Deputy CNO for Research and Development. in 1965 Capt. Edney changed to jet attack flying, and was assigned to VA-164 and fle^ over 220 combat missions from the deck of the USS Oriskany. He then became an instructor pilot in VA-122. He returned to Wash, in 1970 as the Western Hemisphere Plans Officer, for the CNO, in the Political Military Plans Div. In Sept. 1970 Capt. Edney was selected as a White House Fellow and served as Special Asst. to the Sec. of Transportation. He returned to Lemoore as XO of VA-27 in Dec. 1971, and assumed command of VA-27 from Dec. 1972 to |an. 1974. During which he recorded an additional 130 combat missions off the USS ENTERPRISE. From Oct. 1974 to Jan. 1976 Capt.



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EXECUTIVE OFFICER U.S.S. CONSTELLATION CAPTAIN B.W. CHURCHILL Bruce W. Churchill, " Connie ' s " spirited Executive Officer has given his all to make WESTPAC ' 80 a rewarding and enjoyable experience for the crew of CONSTELLA TION. Joining the ship in March of 1980, he has brought his enthusiasm and organizational skills into the forefront by heading the variety of committees and organizations a carrier XO must handle. He relieved his predecessor Captain Dennis Taft (pictured below) as the " Connie " headed outbound of the United States and towards a long and difficult deployment. After graduating the U.S. Naval Academy in 1961, he completed flight training and underwent Fleet Replacement Pilot training in ASW Squadron Thirty. In May of 1963 he flew in VS-36 aboard the USS RANDOLPH. Following another sea tour as ASW Training Officer in VS-41, he earned a Master Degree in Operations Research at the Postgraduate School in Monterey. After completing a tour on the USS KITTY HAWK ยป% Assistant CIC Officer, he participated in the CNO ' s Professional Development Program by working for six months with the Lockheed California company in the S-3A Systems Engineering Depart- ment, in September of 1972, he was assigned to the S-3A Fleet Introduction Team while being attached to VS-41. From August 1974 to September 1975 he was the director of the S-3A Tactical Support Center at NAS North Island. He became XO and subsequently CO of VS-33 aboard the USS KITTY HAWK before a short tour in the Operations Department at the Naval War College.

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