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D i £ •j-tt- Type of Vessel ; Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Builder : Newport News Shipbuilding Company Contract Date : December 27, 1982 Keel Laid : August 25, 1986 Christened : July 21, 1990 Commissioned : July 4, 1992 Propulsion : Two nuclear reactors that permit the ship to steam for approximatley 25 years before refueling Speed : More than 30 knots Length of the Flight Deck : 1,092 feet Width of Flight Deck : 257 feet fl M ML Height (keel to mast) : 244 feet Flight Deck area : 4.5 acres Combat Load Displacement : 97,000 tons Number of aircraft with embarked Airwing : about 75 Aircraft Elevators : Four, each 3,880 square feet Number of Catapults : Four Number of Propellers : Four, each 22 feet in diameter, brass, five-blade and weighing 66,200 pounds each Number of Anchors : Two, each weighing 30 tons Crew accommodations : 6,250 Meals served daily : 18,000 Number of Compartments and Spaces : 3,360 Number of Telephones : 2000 Capacity of Air Conditioning System : 3,267 tons Daily capacity of Fresh Water Distilling Plants : 400,000 gallons, enough to supply 2000 homes Light Fixtures : 30,000 Length of Wiring and Cable : more than 1400 miles Tons of Structural Steel : 60,000 jl GEM PLANNED AVAILABIMTY I K £ ?! v m w + ' ■» mi « r. r % vX W A wy m 1 wh A VAk m A HL W A IJ i MB 1 ici BbsJn - M«£ ste? - I TmKHEap te . - ij ' iC ' " " tf n . js .j A ; « ? ■ V- BH M .. f A 1 1 1 ' 1 4 Al I L ■H«s i-£ m ■ " H Lt ' ; HMW - i . . .. ™ iM S- rt T v t I ■ An r-t • . • • r i ! V J, m 4fc . •▼ ; A3 ' »» ? xt s 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 J - ' , - -- ■ - T i n rUiCH i, »u jfp lr 1M Lni IF If Kill AM1H IJ(SA ? J r- • 41 BUTHv — J. . • » - £ B •- A Taste @fS t« Wiaatffcm il ft 1 if :|p v A APRIL 26, 2006 ■•• ' it-Si ■ ' ■■-WtM. ,-tatj S - : « n« t -MM, m J.K K3 £ a y __ ■ ,™-.- _ THBi:] 4 V VJ • Lr ' r - -- m ■ COLOM BI5l9t m X t ., t ' yfj ii I j • ' » K » I ( mi " in nimii ra mnni unm.ii mi: _ , ' ,, % .llM ' M mm ?jLt I VL 0 » Jk " -• ' v- ' If, uJUJJd ) m suEMPdi fc smsssassz ' Rear Admiral Joseph F. Kilkenny, a native of Philadelphia, Pa. graduated from the Citadel in 1977 and received his Naval Flight Officer wings in December 1978. Upon completion of A-6 Intruder training with VA-42, Rear Adm Kilkenny reported to VA-176 in July 1979 and made three deployments aboard USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). In September 1982, he reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command as an Aviation Officer Candidate Class Officer. In 1985, he reported to USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and made a Mediterranean deployment, which included the Libyan str ike. He reported again to VA-42 as an instructor in March 1987. He reported to VA-75 in April 1989 where he served as Maintenance Officer. Deploying aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), he was assigned to the staff of Carrier Air Wing Three and flew in the first night strike of DESERT STORM. In April 1991, Rear Adm Kilkenny joined Medium Attack Wing One as Readiness Officer and in October 1991 reported to U.S. Atlantic Command for assignment in the Operations Directorate. After A-6 refresher training with VA-128, he reported to VA-196 as XO CO in September 1993, deploying aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). In October 1995, he joined the staff of ier GroupTwo as Air Operations Officer and made one •yment aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY. He reported to ctical Training Group Atlantic in September 1997 as Head of the Strike Warfare Directorate. After F-14 EA-6B I fresher training Rear Adm. Kilken ny reported to Carrier ir Wing Three as Deputy Commander, foward deployed oard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in April 1999. He sumed command in September 2000 and deployed in November 2000 aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) • on her maiden deployment. In August 2001 Rear Adm. Blkenny reported to the Bureau of Personnel as the Head of iation Officer Distribution (PERS43). In June 2003 he reported to OPNAV as Director, Aviation Plans and Requirements ( In August 2004 he reported to Commander Naval Air Forces as his Special Assistant for Naval Aviation ' s Human Capital Strategy. In April 2005 he assumed command of Carrier Strike Group TEN, HARRY S. TRUMAN Strike Group and recently served as the Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander for Hurricane Katrina and Rita Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief. In December 2005 he embarked and assumed command of the GEORGE WASHINGTON Strike Group Rear Adm Kilkenny ' s awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Various campaign, service and unit awards. Commander, Carrier Strike Group TEN ' s mission is to plan, train and command Navy and Marine forces conducting joint and combined naval operations in support of Combatant Commander Requirements and national policy objectives as directed by higher authority. Lead by Rear Admiral Joseph " Killer " Kilkenny, the approximately 70 member staff is tasked with all aspects of strike group administration, intelligence, operations, logistics and communications for the three staffs, five ships, and seven squadrons participating in the US SOUTHCOM Partnership of the Americas deployment. Uxf tzsbft Idbez-=£ : eoDamzmsud 5 £dE£mgoS GIfflja •rfi wjf ' ij LWvjvSv ii Captain Snyder was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1982. Before attending Basic Surface Warfare Officer ' s School (SWOS) he was assigned to Destroyer Squadron Thirteen as the Administration Officer. After SWOS Basic, he was assigned to the Pre-Commisioning crew of USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41) as the Ordnance Officer. His second Division Officer assignment was as the Fire Control Officer for tne rre-commissiom JACINTO (CG 56). After this tour Captain Snyder was released from active duty in 1988 and affiliated with the Naval Reserve serving with Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 206 at Little Creek, VA. Recalled to active duty in 1989, Captain Snyder was assigned as the Combat Systems Officer in USS MAHLON S. TISDALE (FFG 27). His second Department Head tour was as Operations Officer in USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37). He was then assigned to the staff of Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Region Ten, New Orleans serving as the Manpower Officer, Readiness Officer, and Mobilization Officer and was assigned the additional duties as Commanding Officer Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Tulsa, OK. Captain Snyder ' s Executive Officer assignment was in USS YORKTOWN (CG 48). Following this tour he served as the Surface Junior Officer DetaUer and Placement Officer for the training and Administration of Reserves (TAR) Program. Captain Snyder then completed the Naval War College in Newport, RI. Captain Snyder was assigned as the Commanding Officer, USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) in 2001. During this tour he completed a deployment with NATO ' s Standing Naval Force Atlantic, which included NATO exercises in the Atlantic Ocean and NATO operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of the Global War on Terror. Following his command tour Captain Snyder was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC in the Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N76). During this tour he also completed a six-month augmentation assignment to Commander, Naval Forces Central Command as the Liaison Officer to the Multi-National Division, Southeast (MND-SE), Basra, Iraq. Captain Snyder is married to Bernice Perez-Snyder and they have one daughter Jackie wlioMs a student and in Naval ROTC at MIT. COMDESRON 40 estroyer Squadron 28 (Naval Reserve Force) was commissioned in Newport, Rhode Island, on 1 December 1971 and was comprised often Naval Reserve Force destroyers. It was redesignated Surface Squadron Two (SURFRON TWO) on 1 June 1980, when Regular Navy ships began to return to Newport. On 24 November 1981, the Chief of Naval Operations established Commander, Naval Surface Group FOUR. The new command assimilated all elements of SURFRON TWO, the Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activities (SIMA), and Atlantic Fleet Engineering Training School Ship at Newport. In February 1993, Commander, Naval Surface Group FOUR was redesignated as Commander, Destroyer Squadron SIX (COMDESRON SIX). The Squadron consisted of seven Naval Reserve Force ships in three homeports, Norfolk, VA; Mayport, FL; and Pensacola, FL. In April 1994, COMDESRON SIX changed homeport to Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was simultaneously given the title of Commander, Naval Surface Group Pascagoula. In January 1996, as a result of Atlantic Fleet Reorganization, Commander Naval Surface Group Pascagoula was renamed Commander, Regional Support Group Pascagoula. In April of 1998, as a result of another Atlantic Fleet Reorganization, COMDESRON SIX shifted operational control to Commander, Western Hemisphere Group, and was redesignated as a Tactical Squadron. In December of 1999, COMDESRON SDC was redesignated as a Tactical Readiness Squadron under the operational control of Commander, Naval Surface Group TWO. In March of 2006, COMDESRON SIX changed homeport to Mayport, Florida, and was renamed as Commander, Destroyer Squadron FOUR ZERO (COMDESRON FOUR ZERO) under the operational control of Commander, United States Naval Forces, South (COMUSNAVSO). The Mission of COMDESRON FOUR ZERO is to put combat ready ships to sea to support COMUSNAVSO operations emphasizing counter-narcoterrorism efforts and partnership operations in the SOUTHCOM AOR. HI COM I N¥ JL.- n ws m iseagwa Utica, NY was raised in the suburb of New Hartford, where he graduated from New Hartford High School in June 1973. After attending the State University of New York, he was awarded a bachelor of Science Degree in May 1977. Captain White participated in Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Training in 1976 and received his commission on February 10, 1978. In March 1978, Captain White entered flight training in Pensacola, Florida and received his " Wings of Gold " in November 1979 in Meridian, Mississippi. From January to August 1980 he was a member of the A-7E Corsair Replacement Group, VA-122, in Lemoore California. After assignment to the " World Famous Golden Dragons " of VA-192 in August of 1980, he deployed on USS AMERICA (CV 66) and USS RANGER (CV 61). Upon reassignment to the " Cyclons " of VA-127 in August 1983, Captain White served as the COMNAVAIRPAC NATOPS Evaluator, flying the A-4 Skyhawk. After attending Naval Fighter Weapons School, " TOPGUN " in 1984 he was designated an Advesary Instructor. In 1986, Captain White underwent A-7 refresher training prior to assignment in the " Blue Diamonds " of VA-146. While serving as Safety Officer, Administrative Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer from September 1986 to May 1989 he completed an around the world cruise onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63)and a western Pacific Indian Ocean deployment on USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). In 1989 Captain White was selected to be the Officer-in-Charge of the VFA-125 Detachment in Fallon, Nevada. After F A-18 transition training with the " Rough Raiders " of VFA-125, he took charge of the " Desert Raiders " in July 1989. In February 1991 Captain White was selected as AIDE to CINSOUTH CINCUSNAVEUR and served in the NATO Headquarters, Naples Italy and the U.S. Navy Headquarters in London, England. t « t Ma During this tour he was selected for Operational Command and after undergoing F A-18 refresher training, he reported to the " Stingers " of Strike Fighter Squadron 113 in July 1993 and assumed Command on August 25, 1994. Deploying aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) to the Pacific Indian Oceans and the Arabian Gulf; Captain White participated in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH in Iraq, contingency planning in support of the International Atomic Energy Federation negotiations with Korea, was the OIC for Exercise INSPIRED ALERT in Pakistan, and was the Senior Battle Group Liaison Officer to Australia. Captain White relinquished Command of the " Stingers " on October 26, 1995 and was assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, DC under the Chief of Naval Operations, CINC Liaison Divison, OPNAV N-83. In January 1997 Captain White commenced Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training and in November 1998 was assigned as Executive Officer of USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). While deployed from June - October 2000 in the Arabian Gulf Mediterranean Sea, the GEORGE WASHINGTON was involved in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, and combat operations against Iraq. Upon detaching from USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Captain White reported to USS ARCTIC (AOE-8) in November 2000 as Commanding Officer. In April 2001 ARCTIC deployed to the Mediterranean North Seas and the Arabian Gulf as part of the ENTERPRISE Battle Group. Under Captain White ' s command, ARCTIC provided logistics support for the Second Sixth Fifth Fleets in addition to leading Maritime Intercept Operations, boarding and towing United Nations Sanction violating vessels, and providing armed escort for other U.S. Vessels. On September 11th 2001, ARCTIC was the first warship on station in the Northern Indian Ocean and part of the initial response to the terrorist attacks and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. After relinquishing command on 14 June 2002, Captain White served as Chief of Staff, Commander Second Fleet Striking Fleet Atlantic from July 2002 to February 2004. He was selected for CVN command in October 2002 and reported to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON in August 2004. • V Captain Kent u. vvnaien, is a native o Grand Blanc, Michigan and is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Acadamy. He received his wings in 1986 in Meridian, Mississippi. He reported to VA-147 at Cecil Field, Florida for A-7 FRS training and upon completion was ordered to VA-37 " Bulls " aboard USS FORRESTAL. While with VA-37 he made two deployments, which included participation in Operation EARNEST WILL in the Persian Gulf. His assignment with the Bulls included Legal Officer, Aviation and Armament Division Officer, Weapons Training Officer, and Training Officer. He was awarded the squadron ' s F.J. Davis Memorial Award for junior officer leadership in 1990. Captain Whalen reported to VFA-106 at Cecil Field in June of 1990 for transition training in the F A-18 Hornet and follow on duty as a FRS Instructor pilot. He first served as the squadron ' s Aviation Safety Officer and then as the Strike Phase Head. He was one of the first FRS ' s initial NVG instructor ' s and standardized the syllabus for high and low altitude NVG training. In 1994 Captain Whalen was selected to serve as Flag Lieutenant and Aide to the Deputy Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia. In 1995 he was ordred to VFA-86 at Cecil Field as a Department Head. During his tour with the Sidewinders he served as Safety Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer. While aboard USS AMERICA in 1996 he participated in Operation DELIBERATE FORCE in Bosnia-Herzegovina and flew in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH in Iraq. In 1997 Captain Whalen attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island receiving a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. From 1998 until February 2000 he was assigned to the Director of Intelligence, United States Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While there he worked in the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center as an Intelligence Watch Team Commander and then as Chief Combined Intelligence Watch for NORAD USSPACECOM. He earned subspecialties in Space Operations and Operational Intelligence. In 1999 he attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. Captain Whalen was assigned to VFA-34 " Blue Blasters " at NAS Oceana, Virginia in 2000 and assumed command of the squadron in 2001. While the CO of the Blasters the squadron participated in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. He reported for Navy Nuclear Power Training in Charleston, South Carolina in 2003. Captain Whalen reported as Executive Officer onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON ' CVN-73) in May 2005. He has made six deployments and accumulated iver 3400 flight hours and 775 carrier landings. His decorations include a loint Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two ht Air Medals, Two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals. ssaaap ?63B@ S?E© Command Master Chief David A. Rudd entered active duty service in February 1983. After completing recruit training, he graduated from Machinist Mate " A " school in Great Lakes, j Illinois and then attended Second Class Dive School in Coronado, Califorina. Master Chief Rudd ' s first assignment was aboard USS SIERRA (AD 18) homeported n Charleston, S.C. He then transferred to First Class Dive School in Panama City, Florida, and upon graduation reported aboard USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40) in Charleston S.C. During this tour he qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Master Chief ' s first shore duty assignment was in 1989, at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity in Charleston, where he was the Dive Locker Leading Petty Officer and in 1991 COMNAVAURFLANT Shore Sailor of the Year finalist. In 1992 he was reassigned to USS HOLLAND (AS 32) in Agana, Guam. After being advanced to Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief served as the Dive Locker Leading Chief and R-6 Division Leading Chief. After three years in Guam, he transferred to Trident Refit Facility in Kings Bay, Georgia, where he served as Dive Locker Leading Chief and advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. In 1997 he reported aboard USS SAFEGUARD (ARS 50) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he served as the Quality Assurance Officer and Dive Locker Leading Chief. In 1998, he advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and was selected for the Command Master Chief Progra— Since graduating from the Senior Enlisted Academy ( ' 85 Blue) in Mai of 1999, he has served CMC tours aboard USS TORTUGA (LSD 46), USS VELLA GULF (CG 72) and Nava Amphibious Base, Little Creek. In Ma; 2005, Master Chief Rudd assumed the duties as the Command Master Chief aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTO (CVN 73). .■ V ■ rgiMMHHSTP -ecords to Personnel j the service records of artme Sailors strong, this group of men and women strive to be the epitome of service. Made up of four divisions, " Team Admin " is responsible for everything from Yeomen (X-1) who handle off r Specialist (X-2) who enter new college credit: Sailors who earned them from courses administered by the Educational Service Office (X-3) to the hard-charging executive assistants who work for the Captain and the Executive officer (X-A). During the 2006 " Partnership of the Americas " deployment, the results of Admin ' s efforts spoke for themselves. Sailors who were cared for by this group of professionals knew they were in good hands. Sailors in X A perform a v an i ty O J q " ' «tr at ive tasks. From processing award: and security clearances to producing the Plan of the Day and negotiating orders to dmfnistering the ship ' s drug and alcohol program, XA ' s yeoman are the ship ' s secretary ' s right hand. The Ship ' s Secretary is responsible for the smooth operatidn;pf he command security program. In addition to the yeoman and the ship ' s secretary, XA 8s also home to the command career counselor, drug and alcohol program ad visor and the equal opportunity advisor. It is also the ce site for awards, ranging from the Spirit Award to Navy Achievement Medals. XA processed more than 70 ]medais, awards and citat f i cer ' s personal cor iverse and talented division, consisting of several ratinj with a variety of services. X1 ' s Yeomen aid in sending o and provide support to the Commanding officer and his • maintain officer service records and coordinate the officer sponsor The Commanding officer ' s Culinary Specialists plan and prepare three daily meals, along with hundreds of special meals for the Captain ' s distinguished visitor ' s over the course of the deployment. he personnel office provides a wide range off services to the ship ' s crew. Personnelmen address Sailors concerns and questions regarding pay and en transfers, seperations and re-enlistments by providing quality customer serv. the deployment, X2 processed more than 3000 ID cards, 5000 personnel documents, 500 receipts and 800 transfers. X2 also manages the manpower requirements for the ship ' s company. This responsibility is vital ° maintaining proper training levels so the ship and crew can operate at their maximum capacity. 3(SW) Va Camacho ) Albert PS3(SW AW) Arceli PS3 Oneal Coo lark Collins to help Sailors further their studic reers by offering a large selection sses and distance learning courses the w can take while at sea. X3 has helped ment computer-based college and instructor-taught courses, tantly updating educational ualification standards and aintaining the crew ' .nformation. In addition ional efforts is- ligible f ent verify their id e advancement rksheets, and they dminister the tl h4 i ■ ' ■t. GP T LCPO mas Ansloan The mission of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) is to provide maximum support to the Strike Group, Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN, and the ship. Our superbly skilled and highly-trained technicians strive to produce the highest quality iroduct possible. Our management team is proactively involved in the repair cycle, ontinually seeking ways to enhance the mission capability of the combat aircraft operated by our customer. AIMD ' s capabilties range from micro-miniature repair of electronic components to third-degree repair of jet engines. AIMD provides physical, dimensional, mechanical and electronic calibration services for the entire strike group. From maintaining support equipment to coordinating the repair of escorting ships mder the Battle Force Intermediate Maintenance Activity umbrella, AIMD provides nparalleled support for sustained combat operations. The Officers and Chief Petty ifficers of AIMD have the privilege of serving with more than 300 sailors of nearly very aviation rate, not only ship ' s company, but technicians from Sea Operational Stations Jacksonville, Norfolk, and Oceana. This diverse eshed during deployment in support of the artnership of the Americas to form a fine-tuned machine. From the beginning, the focus has been getting air wing aircraft airborne in a fully combat ready status. Our sailors have demonstrated exceptional ingenuity and have proven theydeserve recognition as " The Finest AIMD in the Fleet " . Production Control, Quality Assurance, Maintenance Administration, Mat Control, Individual Material Readiness List, Damage Control, Aeronautical Material Screening Unit, ajwi AtRSpeed. Production Control is the central point of the eritin maintenance effort for AIMD. The maintenance: managers and administrators of Production Control coordinate the repair of all parts received, manage the schedul of inspections to be completed, and verify that all maintenance is completed. The technical experts of Qual ity Assurance continual I y seek to eli m inate the ©eCurren of defects through training and work center monitoring. .Maintenance Administration processes the administrative paperwork. individual Materia List manages the acceptance and transfer of support equipment. Material Control ensures technicians have everything to t providing supportto CVW-t7. The Aeronautical Material Screening Unit ensures components requiring repair are correctly routed to the appropriate work center. The Damage Md h maiir tBms the battle readiness of AIMD spaces. AlRSpeed ' s mission is to implement cost-wis solutions for Naval Aviation while creating | a rlclcai standard that aligns with gTobr ' performance. PR1 (SW AW) James Adams Bennett (AW SW) Bart Dubois AM1 Bret Humphi ivision d of " IS rj jPJa.iitSj 7 Airfi . The expert mechanics of the and Aviation Life Support Systems (ALSS) Power PlaMshraTCh engines as well as run performance tests in the Jet Engine Test Cell. The Airframes Branch is divvied into four areas: Airframes, Hydraulics, Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI), and Aircraft -Tire and Wheel Repair. Airframes performs aircraft structural repairs ratkl modifications. Hydraulics repairs various aircraft actuators arid fabricates hoses and tubes. NDI performs critical inspections to detect stress cracks in aircraft components. Tire and Wheel builds up and repairs aircraft tir and wheel assemblies for all aircraft on board. The ALSS branch inspects, repa maintains, and packs parachutes, oxygen breathing devices, seat survival kits, firefighting equipmen ' - A ' :-■ = mamei airing all avionics a. fiv ichael Corrig ' ra£T3iTiiT i EyFTHr£i onal IM3 also operates the calibratio, suring exacting tolerances lg from precision multi-met installed in reactor spaces. The Armament Branch _ for all intermediate maintenance on aircraft luipment. Their services range from inspecti and missile launchers to the repair and main gun systems Chamberlain Church enaldo AT 2 (AW) Christop rley (AW) Timothy Davis ii wM riliJ M tiili Dewald AE2 (AW) William Earnest AT2 (AW Euler ) Darrick Marshall AT2 (AW) Christopher AT2 (SW) Ngbandu AT2 (AW) Dorrette AT2 (AW) Ronald AT2 Eric Ouseley Par tain ertso AT3 Carlos Barbosa Wright AE3 (AW SW) Jacob Barrett " ll BSr l - - r W i i--_ f . —i — — l - - „-._ : _ _ ' . _ ■a ;- - :- ; . . k WF4 M |:]w " 1 k j x: A B_- ' ' ( 1 " ■ " ■ " - ™ ' " — " - TT 5 ! — s ■__■ 1 — —£ i : , sc ' . ' . " - Jachymows ' » ' " •» " " »»lw T3 Derek Lugen AT3 Troy Mattingly AT3 Will. ichard gemann AE3 Nathaniel Stone AE3 (AW) Matthew TaylorrT bES. TAN Christopher ostein ATAN Matthew Wetherhold AEAN David Woods AZ AN Alexis Wri Whitney You The IM4 Support Equipm ieces of support equipment and fur.. el low gear " used for aircraft handling, servicing, main _ nd fire fighting. Additionally, they maintain all the material andiing equipment vital to moving stores and equipment durin underway replenishments. The Aviation Support Equipment Technicians of IM4 are constantly at work inspecting and maintaining their gear for maximum readiness and even provl services to the ships of the George Washington Strike Group under the Battle Force Intermediate Maintenance Activity umbrella. Weir pride of workmanship is on display every da osnowski elicia " fristan- .ael Ford ASAA (AW) Francisco Zevallosmonge 3fc m LjI2Bm ! u $ » liiMifcis m j£i£i ENT LCP nfusing. Red, blue, yellow, green, purple and white »„Jm, " ZiI, " ., " r 1 T erseys shift around the flight deck. To the initiated ABCM(AW SW) Samuel Dowden eye, the movement displays a coordinated flight deck under control. With more than 700 personnel, the Air Department is the largest department onboard. From the 7th deck fuel pump rooms to Primary Flight Control nested in the O-10 level, Air Department works around the clock to ensure our aircraft are launched and recovered safely and effectively. The blue and yellow shirts of V-1 defy the elements on the flight deck while shifting and moving aircraft hundreds of times each day. Their award-winning Crash and Salvage Team keeps a constant watchful eye to ensure safety and address emergencies. The green shirts of V-2 put meaning to the term " elbow grease " as they maintain four steam catapults and four arresting gear systems, as well as flight deck electrical and lighting systems. They won accolades from AIRLANT for the efficiency of launching and recovering aircraft and prove daily that hard work pays off. If an aircraft needs repairs, V-3 will make sure it has a spot in the hangar bay and a way to get there. You will never find an empty fuel tank on the flight deck while the " Grapes " of V-4 are on the ship. JP-5 jet fuel is in constant demand for embarked aircraft and V-4 works tirelessly to ensure that clean, clear, and bright fuel is pumped from the bottom of the ship to the aircraft ' s tanks. The white shirts of V-0 assure Air Department takes care of its own. Handling administrative requirements for more than 700 personnel is not an easy task, but they exceed in making sure individual needs are met. Additionally, division personnel man vital flight deck and tower watch positions during flight ops. Terrorism has attempted to fill America with uncertainty and fear. The Air Department has committed itself to protecting the freedom and hope of our great country. On the pages to follow, you will find heroes who work long, hard hours, ensuring the deck is ready to launch and recover aircraft in support of national objectives. S- t The record-breaking performance of V-1 played a key role In :he success of the deployment. Operations in the Carribean Sea included more than 36,000 aircraft moves in support of the Partnership of the Americas. V-1 provided a crucial link leading to CVW-1 7 ' s impressive s benchmark in Flight Deck board. Many of V-1 ' s young men and women left Norfolk on April 2006 as inexperienced but excited Sailors, who were eager to ■gjltheir jobs, make a difference and see the world. In retrospect, that is exactly what they did! They came, they saw and they CONQUERED! ABH3 Wooda Pridgen ierreSalas ABH3 Robert ABH3 Jeremy Schneider Shanafelt 11 Haskell Ingram istopher Gibson AR Clifton Golden III AR Phillip Harris 2 (AW) Luke IC2 (SW) Darrett ABE3 Juan Acevedo ABE3 Benjamin Super W hitefield Adams Thomas Appleby Nathan Davis ABE3 Billy Decker ABE3Cyle Evans ABE3 Barry Fields I raci.yrrcigT.Tga E3 (AW SW) David McMaster ABE3 (AW) Nathan Mefford Mercadomontoya ABE3 Ga Steinlicht Thomas N Jason ernandez 4K. here mere inches is " f lives the world ' s finest aviatio.. ■s. The hard-charging motivated ABH ' s of the teep their work tight, because they must make tight moves. They are the embodiment of ore values- Honor, Courage and Commitment, ' - Division- Keepin ' in tight, doin ' it right. 23H 1315 AR Lance Nelson AR Michael Nelson AR Jamison Parrish AR Willie Sma : 5j 1 ■ -„ m ±MZl Sj V-4 amassed some impressive numoers aurmg hg receipt of more than 18 million gallons of fuel ant than 17 million gallons to embarked aircraft. The Quality was responsible for taking thousands of fuel samples each month, total of more than 30,000 during the deployment. During an average perations, 140 to 150 birds were refueled for a total of more than .t during cruise. Not only did V-4 ' s " Grapes " pump fuel to aircraft j led aviation lube oil to the catapults and JP-5 to yellow gear, liberty emergency diesel generators. ABF1 (AW) Sean ABF1 (AW SW) Angel ABF1 (AW SW) William Mosier Pomalescay Tomb ABF2 Douglas Bradley SW) Jonathan Dozier s by Gibson AN (AW SW) Mellisa AN Reginald AN Kyle Huneke AN Heriberto AN Simeon Jackson AN Ketwanna Jenkins AN Zachary Combat Systems Department Combat Systems Department provides connection to the outside world. Under the directionof the Combat Systems Officer (CSO) there are two functional areas of responsibility. The Combat Systems Maintenance Officer (CSMO) leads the Maintenance Branch which maintains all RADAR, communication, navigation, and weapons systems. The Combat Systems Information Officer (CISO) is responsible for the Information Branch, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all computer systems, information security, message processing and exterior communications. omoat systems Administration division (CSX) is responsible for therday to day operations of the department and management of all shipboar classified material. CSX assists the Combat Systems Officer and Department Leading Chief Petty Officer with the overall %mM management and administration needs for more than 220 highly skilled technical personnel in seven divisions. m 1 W. icky Mcl KNOT commun. ail voice, video ley route, m; They provide connec systeriaHl rd all naval message jggg p y. g £? — j JL- _! _J p f. ■ n Security Division the computer networks. .aiBtartri the integrity of lTormation and protect local area networks from outside infiltration. Brian Collette ET3 Stacey Oliver rx. ■» d m i ET3 Charles ET3 Steven Scott ET3 Nikolas Wood ard Anti-Ship Cruise Missile manage and maintain Advance Combe [Section System equipment which ga information from RADAR and in, systems and displays tactical d Command icat ions Maintenance na in tains all ations and video I i They provide satellite service to the crew, I k opiers and perforjjje micro-miniature component level repairs on all electronic systems. T m ° miJi 1 ' L KW ■ avid Nealon ETC (SW) Brian Eddington - ; ; : . -.-;•. era flfftfS 1 (SW AW) Er. HBrJwson iiilffW ' i . . % T1 (SW) Joseph ET1 (SW AW) Erik ET1 (SW AW) J " —■---»- Gates :-:» -III •flkoi " Wfi®; J il r v Mi low ; Nathaniel Pace t l » Wfy " TOIHH ' i%r»i C2 (SW) Jason ET2 (SW AW) Schmi J V , „1 I,hB T| | L ' iS 1 3 Dustin Breaux IC3 Jeremy Brewer IC3 Lynne B Brandyburg OMMAND CHAPL CDR Robert Williams or concerns. This work is done by three GW Chaplains, the Airwing Chaplain from Carrier Air Wing 17, one Chief Religious Program Specialist, four staff Religious Program Specialists, TAD personnel, and designated command lay leaders representing a variety of religious traditions. At sea, CRMD is responsible for more than 50 religious programs a week, providing thousands of acts of ministry over the course of a cruise. The chaplains counsel hundreds of shipmates on a wide variety of issues, ranging from religious matters to personal problems. Evening prayer over the 1 MC, as well as other prayers offered from medical to the brig, to flight deck control, punctuate life at sea for many who serve aboard GW. CRMD assisted in leading the Community Relations (COMREL) Program designed to promote goodwill with our neighbors and demonstrate our willingness to partner with local citizens and agencies in humanitarian assistance projects. Additionally, CRMD provides extensive family readiness programming, to include: Life Skills Classes, Return and Reunion volutions, as well as assistance from the American Red Cross and the Navy-Marine Corps telief Society. CRMD also operates the ship ' s Learning Media Resource Center that serves js many as 700 sailors a day, and each day more than 400 check their email on CRMD computers. Each shipmate is a VIP to CRMD. From divine worship, to email services, from pastoral care and counseling to pre- and post- deployment preparations, CRMD provides for the needs of those with whom we serve- and their families! This is what the GW spirit is all about. lV £f l« V f ™ " 5 ' 1 of three divisions whosuppor ,to L ft,m!w a " » ' Wmj with hi 9 hIv motivated, property trained and professional Sailors mo are skilled in marlinespike seamanship, small boat handling surface rescue operations tud n vi ' n for ;ho dUCt i n V heSe CritiCa ' functions the V can b « found earning warfare qualifications, studying for the next advancement or attending college courses. Their outstanding efforts have contributed immeasurably to promoting The Spirit of Freedom! " V p of the ship ' s ceremonial quarterdeck, starboard life boat, ship ' s stern dock, various underway replenishment stations, small boats including the Captain ' s Gig, boat and aircraft (B A) crane and Admiral ' s accomodation ladder. One of the most important jobs of Second Division is rigging the stern dock and launch recovery of boats used for the crew ' s liberty. 1 m I M iw " $fr 1 kholz SN Travis Bohn SN Aaron Finnie maud SA Kimberly Tol avis Johnson ■v ision (aiso reterr r issue of the ship ' s cleaning gear supplies and mainta os ' n locker. They ateo maintain the First Lieutenant ' s | ay and actively contribute to small boat handling and associated exercises, sea anchor detail, underway replenishment and the jnderway watch team. mm PZEffl C -J _l flfSffi MMiiiiiSi! The Dental Department provides quality, modern dent WASHINGTON and Carrier Air Wing 17. Our mission is to prov and ensure all personnel maintain oral health. Dental services onboard include annual examinations, preventative treatments, oral surgery and all phases of restorative care, from fillings and crowns t o dentures. The clinic and laboratory are fully equipped with the latest in dental equipment, in order to provide the best dental care possible. Additionally, the Dental Department augments the medical team in mass casualty scenarios. ftMSMM© MlPi ™™ (in pJ lughes ngineering Department is one of the largest and most diverse deo SBffm m sed of over 350 personnel in nine divisions. Led by the Chief Engineer (CHENG), with the aid of the talented Principle Assistants and technicians, the Engineering . gm Department isresponsible for the operation, maintenance and upkeep of a wide range of equipment and systemsthroughout the ship. These systems directly impact the primary mission, the ability to launch and recover aircraft, as well as maintain a high standard of shipboard quality of life. This team of professionals has an extensive impact throughout the ship and is responsible for providing necessary services, such as " leating, air conditioning, fresh water, and electricity. The Engineering Department also naintains a wide range of service systems, including sanitation, galley, laundry, and waste processing. Mission essential equipment includes 4 aircraft elevators, 4 catapults, and damage control equipment as well as support equipment for weapon and communication systems. The Engineers are also the primary response team to combat any casualty such as fire or flooding on the ship. The department also ccomplishes an immeasurable amount of repairs throughout the ship from propulsion 9 galley equipment to support underway operations. In addition, the department is the fe cycle manager of the ship by planning all major upkeep periods and depot-level availabilities to ensure the ship ' s life span of 50 years. the functional hub epartment. This team of professionals provides unequ customer service and administration support for more than 351 officer and enlisted personnel the division ensures all evaluations, awards correspondence, directives, reave a- designations are drafted, smoothed, tracked and procesi expeditiously. Anchoring the division is the Engineering leadi y officer, who provides experience, leadership and to the department ' s enlisted personnel and offers insightful guidance to the Chief Engineer, his Officers and Chit Petty Officers. aintenance Support Center (MSC) provides Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) ? to more than 150 work centers among all departments. MSC maintains a ce library of technical manuals, drawings and numerous other publications, assist in locating parts, provide technical information concer equipment, and identify suppliers for items not carried in the Navy nn||y, MSC maintains a list of all equipment on board and validate n procedures to ensure the correct technical documentation i: raining is the focal point for all qualifications jd training within the Engineering Department. An objective training environment is provided for all newly-reported personnel, as well as long- range, off-ship school managment. Training -concentrates on helping new personnel complete basic fundamentals of engineering systems and adjustment toshipboard life. Each " hand-picked " staff member is well versed in all aspects of teaching engineering and damage control foi systems and fundamentals qualific LTJG Matthew Isenhower r,i:r»if.-v. ' : Tii Marshall M1 (SW AW) Jason MM1 (SW) Tommy Littleton Smith el Loggins Sulman ality Assurance is responsible for the administration of the Quality Assurance Program. This program is designed to ensure controlled maintenance is correct completed the first time, preventing unnecessary rework or wasted efforts. II. addition, QA reviews work procedures, checks material status and confirms testing procedures for compliance with technical references. These practices guarantee personnel safety and help properly preserve i_:_ — «.-, «- «:onal asset we know as uton. HTC fSW AW) Daniel Cleveland ■ ' . ' The rfydrauBcs Shop maintains anchor windlasses, aire ra elevators, deck edge doors, hangar bay divisional doors, st gear and the Doaf and aircraft cranes The Ste maintains galley and laundry equipment, pre-he -convection and water heaters. The Air Conditio. Refrigeration Shop maintain the air conditioning units and refrigeration plants. Outside Repair maintains fire pumps and potable water distribution system. The Environmental and Shipboard Waste Processing Shop proces lsalite,; The Smal p maintains small boats, barges and rigid hull inflatable boats. Catapult Shop maintains steam systems and machinery. The s Shop maintains two Q2N2 plants, which produce pure Viloria Hoyles McDonald Nieves Richard 3 Courtney EN3 Justin Davila MM3 Adam Denney MM3 Nathan Deveaux Figueroa-Delgado MMFN Tom Monroe MMFN Dior Oliver MMFN Quadrell Rolle MMFN Branon Sneed MMFN Jaton Treadaway m p jr T--- V the materials or attack. The ore of the fire detriment the At-Sea Fire Party is always on call " to preserve the ship ' s safety. Damage Control i also responsibte-for operating and tnaintainlng vital firefighting and damage control systems throughout the it i; :vSJ reels, aqueous potassium carbonate systems, aqu as well as the ship ' s firemain and list control syste. Providing shipwJde niitg and techn« iro« functions performed by Damage Conti Joshua Berry FN Erica Duncan FN Jarryl Gatling DCFA Stephanie Jeffcoat fectriealblSvision pr ide mere ffian 5,000 crew members, embarked squadrons and air wing personnel with electricity and communications. The electrician ' s mates perform maintenance on the ship ' s 440 VAC and 120 VAC electrical distribution system, ship ' s laundry and galley equipment, hangar bay divisional and deck edge doors, aircraft elevators and various other electrical circuits throughout the ship. The interior communications electricians perform maintenance on alarm and warning circuits, the ship ' s steering control console, rudder control systems, the general announcing system and amplified voice Circuits. Effectively maintaining electrical equipment and protecting shipmates from the hazards of electrical shock. ie Hunt EM2 Richard Keitz EM2 (SW A Miller hillip Sanzano EM3 Derek A Repair is comprised of five work centers TJielhl maintehance technicians and machinery repair pipe, machining, structural and locksmith and aesthetic sheet metal, carpentry and engraving services. The SMpTFttter Shop performs pipe and plate welding. The sheet metal workers assemble ventilation syste- and; perform mefarservtees The Carpenter Shop ' s handiwork is visibl throughout the ship, on departmental picture boards, plaques, pod i urns and flag presentation boxes. The Pipe Shop repairsfhe Collection Holding and Transfer System, including piping, valves and four sewage pumps. The Machine Shop is HT1 (SW) Th empf ' „ Floyd MR2(SW A Francis Jagc " ■ .. William Neault Payne r I fflS. U£ +m ••.sw HT3 (SW AW) J Rodriguez L_» EL WPAITLtv T ■A 4 i i p ' s Signals Exploitation Space (SSES) is ised of four of the seven cryptologic ratings. - responsible for providing Indication s BtB l I support to the tactical watch standers ke group planners. SSES fjrovides real-ti 19 and ftsMfl fion of time-sensitive ts to national and tactical-level decisio male i throughout the region, fieet, and globe. m 1 Ri iT»l rf-rs iTtj mvi 1 4 tM ' 14 iI lMliiC JiiL IH 1 1 Divisions, OS Pivisi fflft nsures USS GEORG HINGTON i; --.ri ..... mtm ission capab CTRC (SW) Kyle CTR4 (SW) Rannie GTR1 (SWAVI) OW Division is cbmprosed of Cryptologic Technicians (Technical) (CTT) rating working in Supplementary Plot (SUPPLOT) and the Electronic Warfare (EW) Module. SUPPLOT personnel fuse national electronic support (ES) data with the current tactical picture for battle space awareness. The EW Module ' s main system is the AN SLQ-32 Anti-Ship Missle Defense system. EW Module personnel are trained to intercept, identify, and disseminate real-time tactical ES to the Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and SUPPLOT. Through collaboration with other Intelligence Divisions, OW Division ensures USS GEORGE WASHINGTON is on station, on time and fully mission capable. Ortiz Simpson CTTSN (S Senseney a of ship ' s Intelligence Specialists, who work in the Carrier Intelligence Center (CVIC), Supplementary Plot, Strike Planning Cell, and Multi-Sensor Interpretation (MSI) % 1 Cell. Our job i» to update aircrews, tactical watch standers and- warfare commanders on various threat capabilities, tactics, and intentions. Through collaboration with Intelligence Divisions, OZ Division ensures USS GEORGE WASHINGTON is on station, Z m on time and fully mission capaf MMK»5 a 1 r ) The GEORGE WASHINGTON Legal Department is one of a few Navy Carrier legal offices that provides full legal services to embarked crewmembers. The Legal Department places a high priority on crew service and has chosen to dedicate a portion of its scarce resources to provide these services, which includes power of attorney, notaries, and legal counseling on a broad range of personal issues. The Naval CrimihaHnvestigative Service worksrclosely with Legal and Security to conduct felony criminal investigations and provide counter-intelligence counter-terrorism force protection support through local contacts (local police departments) and through international channels. The Legal Department also offers a significant tax preparation assistance program for the crew under the auspices of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, including full electronic capability for federal income taxes. The Legal Department provides timely, accurate and complete legal services to the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, the crew of the ship, flag staff, and embarked Airwing. Our primary services include ensuring personnel readiness through the fair, prompt and efficient administration of military justices, the provision of timely and well-researched legal advice to the command on administrative and other legal matters, support of the command ' s operational mission through on-scene advice on maritime and operational law, and the provision of legal assistance to all embarked personnel, supporting their personal needs as a method of boosting morale and reducing obstacles to crew member effectiveness. r - ' F j . i . -id PHOiO EL ; P -■ • I , M -X ■. SMMM01OT W ; PHC(AW SW) Craig Byers edia Department is to " Tell the Navy ' s Story " and record Navy Histoi gh photography, motion media and illustrations. During the US SOUTHCOM Partnership of the Americas deployment, GW ' s Media Department produced several live Admiral ' s calls, Captain ' s calls, port briefs, safety stand-downs and bingo games on SITE-TV, the ship ' s closed circuit television system. The department also marketed hundreds of photos and feature articles to a variety of civilian and military publications around the world. From writing articles for the ship ' s newspaper, The Guardian, " printing port guides, photographing reenlistments and coordinating all media and Distinguished Visitors embarks to mounting prints and posters for ship ' s company and embarked strike group and air wing. Media Department does it all in the midst of merging into one rate. The Journalists, Photographer ' s Mates, Lithographers and Illustrator Draftsmen will become Mass Communication Specialists (MCs) as of July 1 2006. Sailors from each rating have been cross training in the different work centers of Media Department in order to become effective MCs. : -jj bg j I y ■H i yx jflB- ---- W JBjpi; r " " " j||jl «4» " 1 V • i ' 1 • H miLMllMM The Medical Department provides the highest quality medical care available in the fleet. Medical is engaged in a multitude of responsibilities ranging from military sick call, preventive medicine, emergency care, women ' s health care, inpatient care, physical exams, aviation medicine, critical care nursing and health promotions. Ancillary services include X-ray, pharmacy, laboratory, medical repair and optical services. Our Medical Department provides specialized medical services including surgery, physical therapy and psychological services. The Medical Department, with 10 officers and 41 hospital corpsman, provides health care for approximately 5,500 crew members and support the strike group of more than 7,000. The senior medical officer provides guidance to the commanding officer in areas of shipwide sanitation, personal hygiene, radiation health and medical evacuations and environmental and industrial health. He is also the strike group ' s senior medical officer when deployed. Snaza 1(SW Cart ,-- Jr ... PRIDE... DUTY.. .HONOR. ..COU nership of the Americas, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON sailed over 10,000 nautical miles, conducted 7 Underway Replenishments, and 4 restricted water transits. These accomplishments are much more than statistics placed on award certificates. They are a direct reflection of the professionalism and dedication of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Navigation Department. Although one of the smallest departments on the ship, we carry the weight of keeping every member of GW safe. We are responsible for coordinating the operation and safe navigation of the most powerful weapon system in the world. While the Partnership of the Americas will always bring fond memories of port visits to sunny and beautiful St. Maarten and Antigua, the dedicate Quartermasters of Navigation Department will take pride in knowing their personal efforts and hard work have directly contributed to the ideals that make this nation without equal. w a am L«K " - • ' t HRjMKtHMSJfi OPERATIONS OF CDR Peter Jefferson J V LCPO nkley Quinn Jssion is to ensure USS GEORGE WASHINGTON meets or lirements vital to the accomplishment of the ship ' s mission as the centerpiece of the George Washington Strike Group. The nearly three hundred officers and crewmembers in the Operations Department ' s five divisions are responsible for diverse responsibilities, from meteorological analysis and electronics warfare to defending the ship utilizing all of the available weapons onboard. Personnel in the Operations Department plan and coordinate nearly all ship ' s evolutions. The Carrier Air Traffic Control Center and Combat Direction Center serves as the nexus for all warfare and flight-related events on and around the ship. The Operations Department is also responsible for primary liaison and consultation with the embarked staffs and air wing scheduling and Air Resource Allocation. e Operations Administrative team, the strike ope. officer and the leading chief petty of f ice The yeomen; provjde uppertfo the operations officer and the entire Operations Department. We process several of the stoip logistic reports and ail departmental administrative correspondence Strike Ops is responsible for long-range planning and Coo r dination. Strike Ops --; — ates from OA. METR rking toward the ef nderway operations, •out the weaftwr S- i recasting environmental changes ; systems is the job of the mmonly known, contains f environment, safety of - Battle Group safe arfiLS aily flight plan, filing of fligl ilots and navigation teams i ked wii .ng aircraft. jWe stand re ssisfr tets in their safe return nsl bl fi Jlie scheduling o he dep catk ing condition to help the s f e Control „ t in training manning critical stations in 1 Surface Warfare Module, I the Tactical Operations P. rection Center. These stations include ule is responsible for detecting, ed) contag ft i n ffiBTr»aifiKrfTl il I TO ' Ifc, OS3 (SW AW) Nicholas Head tic r -fw . « OS3 Davis £ ; W OS3 Robert Joseph ■I elle Reid OS3 John Robertson OS3 Jonathan Sheddy 0S3 David Shlavin 0S3 ( ■1 Module T and dissen frat rsonnet iaM3k faP p= anous s " Sea Combat- perations in support of Unit on Operations. tteCV-TSC is al S-T-W-J =? ir " -=5 -O r TTJ 4-ri Ti ! U4 ftVM rdination ceH for the strike grottp suppor] as well as surface a gajflfime Leadership Rescue xecution o. ' S-IU = £ii SM ' i ■-. Pratt LTJG Rich S Michael NT AW34AW SW L Davis C Michel imeyer • « • , - - • ■ " •bk. t " «- on is the ships self defense security division. The Divis sonnet trained to use the 9mm pistol, M240B machine gun, M «, and the Ml 6 rifle. Security personnel are trained to protect terrorist attacks, swimmer attacks, intruders, hostage situations, te improvised explosive devices, suicide bombers and various other In addition, there are two quick response teams able to react to any ■ ( 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in five minutes or les s. These personnel receive additional training at the advanced sentry training school. Security assists the Executive Officer in maintaining good order and discipline throughout the ship ' s crew. 1 MACM (SW AW) James Schellenberger MAC (SW) Rodney MAC (SW AW) Todd MAC (SW) David Valeros SK1 (SW) Guad Beltran MA2 (SW AW) Reg i Turner AW)Roshonia IT2 (SW) Demond AC2 Valentine : Williams Williai f237 m »n yr HSHI f- •• I The mission of the Reactor Department encompasses rour oasic princi ights, water, and steam to the roof. To accomplish this mission, more tha._ rained personnel operate two A4W type pressurized water reactors to exact in standards. Reactor Department provides the means to propel the ship from the shores f the United States to any point in the world. Along the way, Reactor Department irovides the steam necessary to launch aircraft and generates and regulates all electrical tasks. Reactor Department is manned by a combination of nuclear and conventionally trained Sailors from four diverse ratings: Electrician ' s Mates, Electronics Technicians, Machinist ' s Mates, and Engineman. Yeoman also serve to maintain the paperwork to take care of the seven divisions within the department. Our mantra for this cruise: " no fission, no fun. " 31= KJ Jf »vl_P actor AdL nor qu por£ - " a. n " i-;=- r is responsible for provid service to a department , confidential local area networks, this division is an integral part of the re personnel. From processing genera iHllilKj ' " ' — J r jartment Sailors statu II propulsion plant spaces. Comprised of energetic, s sormel from every Reactor Department division, we have the fa wide array of experienced and specialized personnel. Our ► provide tOO percent reliability of damage control gear in the % C02 bottles to watertight battle hatches, Reactor DC is responsibl ing, repairing, and preserving our war-fighting readine iftaddif " i in the damage control realm, we stay engaged with parent division ' s trainings qualifying and standing watch in the plant. The responsibi to our shipmate ' s safety is a large one, but Reactor DC is up to the task! Worthing! Reactor Auxiliaries Division is made up of 22 d edicated Enginernan perform maintenance on four 16 cylinder 2000 KW Emergency Diesel Generators and associated equipment. They provide a continuous safety net for the ship. Wnen a casualty or drill brings down normal ship ' s distribution, Reactor Auxiliaries is fast on the scene, pumping out emergency pov rH elbm and control am propulsion plant recovery. er=pr of s ET1 (SW) Christopher ET1 (SW) Jere. Parsons Podloski Phommasack Reese Rodby Rodrig tes of RE provide for th generation and distribution of the shi p cisg W g lectrical demands, often : compared to that of a small city. From performing maintenance on the ship ' s 4160-volt distribution system to stand watches as load dispatcher and electrical operator, RE ensures there is continuous p ower to USS George Washington ' s many vital war-fighting systems. --In support Reactor Department ' s mission of Propulsion, Water, Lights, Steam to the Roof " during Partnership of th America ' s, RE has " kept the lights o r+ Prince Schuchha (SW)E © - - - 2J L A F -» ». it i w I -1 1 : r»g- ' Fernandez rlowers beth Tillman EM3 (SW) Chad Tschida Vauthrin RL provides the chemistry controls needed to Keep the reactors healthy and strong. Specially trained machinist ' s nwtesserying as f r lneering laboratory technicians (ELTs) provide this service. We minimize the corrosion of plant materials, using chemical controls, thus increasing the life of the power plant: W£ts provide more than just longevity, we accept the responsibility of monitoring alt radiological controls for the ship. Throughout our endless efforts, we ensure radiation and contamination stay but of the personnel spaces. The ELTs ensure GW continues to provide the United States with distinguished service for years " ants it was built with. propulsion pi systems, the men a mmo n Number Two ReaLc rfA settle technical and administrative support f rem tfre Turn and women of RM stand ready to answer an a d H jW _, examples of the sf|Wf|iiB||| Naval Nuclear Power Pro a " 255J Reactor Departme ar reactors into th ervice steam and potable water. In a division comprised of mventional trained machinist ' s mates, we work hand fit hand t services that make hot showers, drinking water and electrical powe .Diet Though our work is challenging, we remain committed to the mission knowing anonymity is our measure of success. _v J - I k checks. xpertise " g goals, writing schedules, cooi-dinating gy s sion plant drills administering watch station qualification exams, intaining detaUed personnel training records, and perhaps most import- rinating newly-reported personnel in basic nuclear systems and opMf »r Training is comprised of senior-in-rate petty officers from each of th tor Department divisions to form a nucleus of highly motivated an " sz Hand-pickf i : 1 r ated !e i sb ew Sailors and r. £ t ,-..-, • - ' .- - s Sf 5 H Jonath is a small group of dedicated professionals involved in olutions on board USS GEORGE WASHINGTON. We have responsibility for the y of every Sailor, whether they are on or off duty. we can observe and monitor their compliance to safety standards; once they depart the ship, we have to rely on the many forms of training we provide to keep them safe. Since Sailors are our most vital asset, we do not take this responsibility lightly. The challenge is always finding a way to reach those Sailors that think " it won ' t happen to me. " We provide the knowledge and tools Sailors need to make the right choices and then have to hopethe right decisions are made when it counts. One of the best tools we provide is Operational Risk Management, a tool Sailors can use on and off the job to ensure their success. When broken down, it asks Sailors to identify what can hurt them and find ways to prevent that from happening by removing the hazard or putting controls in place to mitigate the hazards. Keeping our Sailors safe is the number one priority and we welcome the challenge. ™JT: r M I DEPARTMENT fcCPO— SKCM(SW AW) Cris Cristobal Supply Department provides material support to maintain j " | ' til Eh lli g Hag maximum state of readiness, as well as services that contribute to the comfort, moral rew. This enormous job is completed W0M sonnel assigned when the Air Wing is embarked. We manage an inventory or more than 95,000 line items of repair parts and consumable supplies valued at 300 million dollars. We prepare and serve 20,000 delicious meals daily. Th crew can select merchandise from two stud ' s stores, get their clothes cleaned in the dry cleaning and laundry plants and get their hair cut at our barbershop ' s. We run a first class hotel service for chiefs and officers and provide them with five star chow. MWR operates five gyms and coordinates events for the crew both at sea and in port. We order, receive, stow, issue and account for repair parts and consumable ma ' and move more than 100,000 pounds of mail for the Strike Group monthly. ipal Assistant for ng support, a le Group logistics pipeline and leads three parts: Supp jTnTfxiiili li 1 1 rJfidmtmmT ' fu m lffift - ' leads three food s Postal Division, and ck Control consists of nTej Jajajor work areas, Financi g ||»lw i iO " t , •er Service and Inventory Management. The Inventory Management bran ponsible for managing more than 95,000 line items valued in excessji§|||_ ion; Financial Management maintains the Ship ' s Operating Target Accounts support of GW and Air Wing Seventeen, Port visit service arrangements requir extensive research, negotiations and forceful tactics. Services obtained include water taxis, tents, supply unloads, barges, and water supply. An advance repre- sentative was flown to each of the ports to coordinate required services, This advance liaison, coupled with " behind the scenes " efforts, ensures successful port visits and enables the crew to enjoy their well-deserved food ser- vice team of the enlisted mess was an indispensable part of each Sailor ' s day. The seven serving lines include the sub sand which and chili bars and frufj||L. are always available. In addition to normal operations, GW ' s food service team offered a wide range of extra services too, including specialty cakes ethnic menus, ice cream socials, steel beach picnics, and high profile dinii 4 a_ CS2(SW AW) Calhoun V w L J k 1 4fey 1 1 1 CS2Sh (SW AW) Dheshia Scott CS2 Tiara zr Benton Bratten £ R Samuel CSSR Dondra Frazier " T " i The Barbershop, La unary, venaing, nn are ail run by thi credible hard working division. The crew purchases toiletries, CDs, DVI clothing, food items and other snacks in the USS George Washington Mi Mall store. The combined retain outlet averages $400,000 in sale per — Another important function of the ship ' s store is to ge Welfare, and " Recreation. Through the retail outlets sales concession stand sales, ' ' midnight madness " sales and AT T Phone Card sales, the Ship ' s Store contributes $250,000 to the MWR Fund during deployment. Processing 8,000 to 12,000 " " " « «f laundrv and orovidina 200 haircSSiBHe day weBRfecets of the Shi Fellows Sydney Lopez Dobson Forbes cers and dis tMjtfBh ed guests daily. Numerous special events and the., als in support of the 2006 cruise were spectacularly Iroom personnel clearly provided7 xceptional, _ service. Squadron Commanding Officers regu called upon S-5 to prepare and provide services for changes of command a L special squadron meals. S-5 personnel are true professionals who are dedicated to excellence and who always project a winning attitude towa their duties and customers. A via sgoacte gjili nd the Aircraft Intermedi bWrt stock control, customer service c storerooms. S-6 Division r engine cHhratriges. Rotatabl alsforCVW-1 artment. With J arch unit a includ and engine cnanges». nuwwuic r « i ■ ■■«•...•. ....-- ■ -- ■ — « - cent depth of high use components, contributing to 93 percent issue effe tiveness rate. Hi addition, issue ««betivbnes for bltpiece parts, such j washers and gaskets, averaged 94 percent. S-6 Division ensured the ngh p a r«« u oro r.»rriPd on board and qot the ones that ware Imi w T.ii W a| a AS Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, S-7 countless ways of maintaining crew morale. The rjyi booth is where sailors can rent the latest movies, chec. . out a board or electronic game, and even a Play Station L sat BvK. George ' s Gym holds a full tine of hami strength equipment, while the Aft Gym has free weij equipment and dumbbells. In addition there are 100 machine ' s, ranging from treadmills and elliptical f " stationary bikes. •j i ' V- ' :: ti, ' B : •■ ■, .!, " . ii :: and i ovides SHIP BOAHD USi: APPROVED HVqTgP en Supply of upk ew was jpHt d teamWork are the I of damage control readiness throughout the department. This rf sj tiSP d the ship ' s maintenance the comfort and safety of the ere v !nt--!i!it-i =3a sistance to all divisions in process improvement based on antitative data gathered through internal audits. The afessionats of S-10 help identic problem areas and recommer riely corrective action with quality training. We represent the new generation of quality assurance, making our Supply Department the finest in the fleet. Winners of the 2001 COMNAVAIRLANT Best CPO Mess and Berthing Award, the 3-1 1 staff provides five star meals around the clock. The CPO CS ' s and FSA sare most proud of the special dinners and superb Halfway Brunch event the CPO Pizza Night. Their extemporary quality of service professionalism and great home style cooking is second to none. This Chief ' s Mess is the cohesive backbone of the ship and air wing in no small part because of the superior «MJ liT= about the written lail call, Mail " call. " received, sol idify the link between our family and friends. This is t customer service that we really enjoy. We like to see the smiles on people ' s fac when they receive a letter or packad Mhat makes this jo f great. It is almost like Christmas, everyday Throughout the year and through the Partnership of the America ' s cruise, Postal Clerks received and delivered i than 100,000 pounds of mail for our 5,500 shipmates, including the tfik roi e are on the roof rain of shines loading and unloading the Helos and C ?st if ing our letters and packages from home to the ship and we don ' t stop, until th vmam xA Si MIEMMMIIMl r3 gakl Mil deployment. The main fo direction of the XO, to ensure t. in preparation for TSTA and sea small cadre of exceptional prof Systems, Engineering, Intel, and made all the arrangements and wi partment has been alive with activity this coordinating the efforts of the ITT, under the m integration of shipboard training evoluti The Training Department is comprised of a from Admin, Air, AIMD, Combat ients. The Training Department also and No Cost TAD orders for our TAD TAR budget of over 1-2 million. They also provide an introduction to life on GW through the " School of Ship " program followed by Basic Damage Control training for every new sailor reporting aboard. In addition to their everyday efforts during this deployment, Training Department also served as Ambassadors to the Colombian Navy, which came aboard to study our integrated training process. Their hope is to set up a similar successful training regime in Colombia. W A1D VJi AK U imp wmmmm i l l ai Jl N l III It e ratings as Aviation Ordnancemen, Gunner ' s Mate, Torpedoman ' s Mate, Machinist ' s Mate, ctrician ' s Mate, Aviation Maintenance Adminstrationman, and Yoeman, who are -ible for providing ordnance and support to the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing EEN, embarked SEAL teams, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachments as well as providing an armed Ship ' s Self-Defense Force. The Sailors of the Weapons Department came together as a winning team during the 2006 Partnership of the Americas deployment, manning Force Protection watches, providing small arms training to over 2500 shipmates, and during numerous replenishments at sea, the men and f the Weapons Department met every challenge and succeeded. to move s Suppi d efficient movement of ordnance Three work the readiness nrr iJi.S.a fcIiJFE33L ed all the mamtena kids, carts, an _ on the flight deck and is received McLaughlin stopher Pellegrino AOAN(AW) Jennifer Pinkston LL=iij.i :- p ' s company on eight differe ce Protection for ail mooring and underway repler ir Wing, operations, maatlie O catiber ense hi i ' alTlPor Pr ec ' 6% ' t«iiisits, ' con ' . lockers and test, mainta ored and maintained » 4 3=2= — := -- r -- " . ' ■ ■■ ■, • ' : . k jQ 1 175 ;? ' 3 .- ' 1 1 S E| " - ti — f «£«k H B J ' -r l iBK I«liL Hl road " as I support to the Air Wing. All missiles and bombs, unguided to laser guided, from 500 pounds to 2,000 pounds, are led and prepared for deliveery to the squadrons per the daily requirements. Working through the night in 44 magazines over seven decks, these ordnance experts follow exact guidelines to ' ensure ordnance requirements are met on time with 100 percent effectiveness. II RM : m:T a ■. . r -T-; the Weapons De tern is responsible fo accurate accounting of all assigned ardnance. this involved the tracki and ordering more than 880 unique items, totaling close to 1 of ordnance. Aviation Ordnance Control Center " center that Interacts with all other departments,, and Staffs for any ordnance-related matter. They report to the Ordnance Handling Off icer for the execution of the daily ordnance load plan. Ouali assurance, maintenance, career counselor and admin provide techical a » . • .? fl ». • ' . . I - Itf, , IV rt H mm @ £2£fifi SSu Captain Massey, a native of Gallantin, Tennessee, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980. He entered Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in April 1981. He was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1982. After initial F-14 training, Captain Massey was assigned to the " SLUGGERS " of VF-103 in 1983 and made two deployments onboard USS SARATOGA (CV 60). In 1986, he was assigned to VF-101 as an FRS instructor and LSO. Following his tour as an FRS instructor, he was selected as an Air Wing LSO for Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) aboard SARATOGA and participated in DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In February 1991, Captain Massey reported to Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlanic as the Force LSO. In May 1992, Captain Massey reported to VF-32 and deployed aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) to the Mediterranean Sea, operating in the Adriatic Sea. He then reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. In September 1995, he reported to VF-24 as the Executive Officer and deployed onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). Upon the disestablishment of VF-24 in August 1996, Captain Massey reported to VF-101 as the Executive Officer. In July 1997, Captain Massey reported to the " JOLLY ROGERS " of VF-103 as the Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer deploying aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). Following his command tour, Captain Massey was assigned to the Naval Personnel Command as the Head, Aviation Junior Officer Placement and Detailer. Captain Massey then reported as the Deputy Commander of Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN in July 2003. He assumed command of Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN in February 2005. He is a DESERT STORM and IRAQI FREEDOM veteran with over 4,200 flight hours and more than 1,280 carrier landings in the F-14 " TOMCAT " and F A-18 " HORNET " . His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), 5 Air Medals, 6 Navy Commendation Medals and numerous unit, campaign and service medals. Captain Massey is married to the former Ruth Martindale of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. They have a daughter, Ryan and a son, Will. St. Petersburg Florida, graduated with mors from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering. After he was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1984, Captain Shoemaker reported to VA-174 at Cecil Field, Florida for A-7E replacement pilot training. In April 1985, Captain Shoemaker was assigned to the " Gunslingers " of VA-105 and made two Mediterranean deployments aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59). In October 1988, he reported to VA-122 in Lemoore, California as an A-7E Instructor Pilot and Landing Signal Officer. Captain Shoemaker returned to Cecil Field in March 1991 and transitioned to the F A-18 with VFA-106. He subsequently joined CVW-3 as a staff Landing Signal Officer. Captain Shoemaker received orders back to the " Gunslingers " of VFA-105 in September 1992 for his department head tour and made two Mediterranean Arabian Gulf deployments aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) and USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). In August 1995, he was selected to serve as the Aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and in February 1996 was assigned to the US PACCOM in Hawaii as the Naval Aide to the Commander. Following this assignment and F A-18 refresher training, Captain Shoemaker reported for his third tour as a " Gunslinger " in Aug 1998, this time as the XO, and participated in Operation Desert Fox during an Arabian Gulf deployment aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). He assumed command of VFA-105 in November 1999 and deployed a year later aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) on her maiden deployment. In April 2001, Captain Shoemaker reported to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee, where he served as the Head Aviation Placement Officer (PERS-433). Captian Shoemaker was next assigned to VFA-106, the East Coast F A-18 Replacement Squadron, where he served as the " Gladiators " Commanding Officer from October 2002 until March 2004. From April to July 2004 he served as Deputy Director, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In February 2005, he reported to Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN as the Deputy Commander. Captain Shoemaker assumed command of CVW-17 in May 2006. Captain Shoemaker ' s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Medals (one individual award with combat " V " and two strike flight awards), two Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals and various unit, campaign and service ribbons. He has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours and 1,000 carrier landings. Captain Shoemaker is married to the former Peggy Golden of Bloomington, Minnesota. They have two young daughters, Lucy and Grace, and reside in Virginia Beach. KEOEBaU ' B.g ZEBEnlR aptain Szarleta was commissione through the NROTC program at Purdue University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After completing Naval Flight Officer school in 1985, he was assigned to VAQ- 140 as an EA-6B ECMO, homeported at NAS Whidbey Island for deployments with the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) and USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) Battlegroups in the Mediterranean Theater. In 1988, Captain Szarleta was selected for the NFO to Pilot Transition program where he received his Naval Aviator designation and subsequent orders to the Hornet community. Assigned to VFA-136, he completed workup and deployment cycles with CVW-7 aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) throughout the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf and North Atlantic AOR ' s. In 1994, he reported to the U.S. Army ' s Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for JPME Phase One training. After FRS refresher training, he reported to the Dambusters of VFA-195, homeported in Atsugi, Japan, with CVW-5 aboard the USS INDEPENDENCE (CVA 62). Serving as Safety, Maintenance, and Operations Officer, he completed several deployments throughout Korea, the Persian Gulf, and Pacific theaters. In 1997, Captain Szarleta reported to VFA-106, the east coast F A-18 FRS for duties as assistant Training, Training, and Operations Officers during the BRAC closing of NAS Cecil Field, Florida, and subsequent relocation to NAS Oceana, Virginia. Captain Szarleta reported to the Bulls of VFA-37 as Executive Officer in March 2000 and deployed with CVW-3 and the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 74) Battlegroup in the Arabian Gulf. After his command tour at VFA-37, Captian Szarleta reported to the Navy Military Personnel Command in Millington, Tennesse as Head, Air Combat Placement (PERS-433) and the Bureau ' s Naval Aviation Production Team Representative. In November 2003, Captain Szarleta assumed command of the Rough Raiders of VFA-125. In May 2006, he assumed the duties as Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17). 3J _tive of Miami, Florida, joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1980. After attending recruit training in Orlando, Florida, he served two consecutive sea tours aboard USS PIEDMONT (AD 17), and USS SCOTT (DDG 995). While aboard USS SCOTT he was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer the Grenada campaign. Upon completion of sea duty, he was assigned to Naval Technical Training center, Pensacola, Florida, in which he served as Command Investigator and Evidence Custodian. He returned to sea duty in 1986, and was assigned to USS O ' BANNON (DD 987) as Leading Petty Officer of Deck Department. During this assignment he was meritoriously advanced to First Class Petty Officer. Again doing back-to-back sea assignments he transferred to Commander, Submarine Squadron FOUR (SUBRON FOUR) aboard the Submarine Tender USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40) as Division Officer for second division and subsequently advanced to Chief Petty Officer. In October 1991, he transferred to Naval Station Rota, Spain for shore duty with follow on orders to Assault Craft Unit TWO, Little Creek, Virginia in December 1994. He qualified as Craft Master and Officer in Charge of Landing Craft Utility (LCU 1656) a 200 ton, 135 ft, category " A " Vessel and 13 person crew. During this tour he supported various Joint Task Force operations including OPERATION ASSURED RESPONSE. By 1998 he was assigned to Waterfront Support Maintenance Department, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. After his advancement he was assigned to Port Operations as Leading Chief Petty Officer responsible for logistics support of all assigned units to include the Arizona Memorial and Ceremonial guard units at Ford Island. Completing his tour in Hawaii, he was selected to attend the Senior Enlisted Academy and graduated in March 2001. Upon graduation, he was advanced to his present grade of Master Chief Petty Officer and assigned to Commander, Amphibious Group TWO (COMPHIBGRU TWO) aboard the USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44). During this assignment, he completed UNITAS deployment 42-01 and was selected as a Command Master Chief. In 2002 Master Chief Kellam served as CMC in VAW-125 aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), VAW-120 in 2003, and in March 2005 he was selected for his current position as Command Master Chief of Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN where he is responsible to the CAG Commander in matters concerning mission accomplishment, good order and discipline, command climate, planning boards, family advocacy, and Regional Navy Issues for eight squadrons. Master Chief ' s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal with three gold stars, and numerous campaign and unit awards. He is M arried to the former Diane Laney and has two sons, Jeffrey and Steven. They reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Air Group that would come to be known as Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN, C Group EIGHTY TWO, was created during World War II on 1 April 1944 in Atlantic City. Air Group EIGHTY TWO deployed for one of the last combat tours of the war onboard USS BENNINGTON (CV 20) as the first air group to operate from her decks. The Air Group operated in the pacific for the remainder of the war supporting the assault on two Jima and the Japanese home islands. During the battle for Okinawa, the Air Group was the first to attack the Japane super battleship YAMATO in the action that resulted in that ship ' s sinking. Following the war, the Air Group was redesignated Carrier Air Group SEVENTEEN (CVAG- 17) and redeployed to the East Coast in 1946. Until the Air Group was deactivated in September 1958, Air Group SEVENTEEN operated with tbe Atlantic Fleet and deployed to the Mediterranean and North Atlantic onboard USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, USS WASP, and USS CORAL SEA. Air Group SEVENTEEN was reactivated in November 1966 as Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) and assigned to the USS FORRESTAL (CV 59). Just 6 l ljnonths after re-forming, the Air Wing deployed to the Tonkin Gulf aboard FORRESTAL. CVW-17 flew its first combat missions into Vietnam on 25 July 1967. On the fff iday M cpmlsat bperaMbns, a Zuni rocket was accidentally ally controlled theilamesV but ©! before 134 and 21 aircraft were destroyed. Thro from NAS Oceana to NAS Cecil Field in 1980. Wfte n gj gRj STAimtttered a three-year Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) in November 1982, CVW-17 crossdWked to the USS SARATOGA (CV60). The ' 85- 86 Med Cruise founttheSARATOGA C VW-17 Ieam in the thick of the action, intercepting the Egyptian air ejf contaii ducting strikes against LibyawM arch 1 CVW-17 and SARATOGA were immedi During Operation DESERT 1 SHIELD, C Red Sea while preparing for combat. C o hijackers on 10 October 1985 and con- raq ' s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, patched from a Med deployment to the Red Sea. md SA rT)GA maintained sea control in the lunched its first combat strikb hto Iraq at 3:00 a.m. on 17 January 1991 and continued tOrStrike targets almost continuously over the next 43 days during Operation DESERT STORM. CVW-17 aircraft delivered over four million pounds of ord- nance during DESERT STORM, returning home on 28 March 1991. In November 1992, CVW-17 and SARATOGA completed yet another record setting deployment to the Mediterranean, logging over 22,500 flight hours and over 9,500 arrested landings. CVW-17 and SARATOGA were the first Carrier Battle Group to take station in the Adriatic off the coast of Yugoslavia in support of Operation PROVIDE PROMISE. In addition to supporting United Nations forces, CVW-17 participated in NATO and other exercises with eleven littoral Mediterranean countries, In June 1994 CVW-17 was transferred to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) homeported in Norfolk, VA. In September 1994. CVW-17 moved its headquarters back to NAS Oceana, VA. Upon a successful 1996 deployment in ENTERPRISE, CVW-17 was transferred to USS EISENHOWER (CVN 69), also homeported in Norfolk, Va. In the summer of 1998, CVW-17 and EISENHOWER patrolled the Adriatic in an effort to keep peace in Yogoslavia. Following the 1998 Mediterranean cruise, CVW-17 was transferred to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), homeported in Norfolk VA. During " TEAM 90 ' s " (CVN 73 + CVW-17) combat deployment to the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean in 2000 CVW-17 broke numerous operational and positive safety records flyrag 9300 sorties, 18,000 flight hours and logging 9,200 arrested landings. As a result of a banner de- ployment and unmatched operational excellence and teamwork, the CVW-17 CVN 73 team gar- nered 52 awards in 2000 including 6 Battle " E " s, four Safety " S " s, the RADM McCluskey and RADM Clifton awards, and the first ever RADM Ramage award for operational excellence. pH prt, Florida. Air Wing r wha veald feaera six-and-a-half ' QI FREEDOM. Together, North Arabian Sea off the coast of Pakistan. In support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM sgpsW alS fteondulESed strike ag ns MS»an and al Qa a Bp Hanislta Aper returning from the six-month deployment on GEORGE WASHINGTON, CVW-17 was reas- signed to the TJSS JOHN F. KENNEDYi(CY 67)| yS fifpff M ft t,Florida. Air SEVENTEEN o nlnvert on the " Bie John " itt J month deploymi m MtM CVW-17 flew ,296 sort deployment. Of that total, 4,396 sorties and 11,607 flight hours were in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. CVW-17 aircraft dropped over?54 ppounds of ordnance in t flying over six4i £M ,DY played role] ia supporting Coalition ground forces durir operations in Fallu jah, Iraq in November 2004. As coalition forces swept through the ci clearing it of insurgents, CVW-17 joinepA c a Marine Corps aircraft in striking key uthern Command (USSOUTHCOM) objectives of " ' counter narcotics trafficking. again teamed tthJthe L _ Partnership of thi ft ricas to pron enhancedJFe o li ility, maritim arrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN is currently composed of VFA-11 flying the F A-Jpl HORNET, VFA-34 and VFA-81 flying the F A-18C HORNET, VAW-121 flyingthe E-2C HAWKEYE,A AQ-I32 flying the EA-6B(IGAP II) PROWLER, VS-22 flying the S-3B VIKING M OHiSEAHAWK. EiSSiS _. . A " m !«Rs «v f 4 —• . (I9 s 7 | 3? fl ti ., ss ' .♦ ( V JA i i VV KBD KILTIE OMMAND MASTER CHIEF CMDCM(SW) Roger Barber The WORLD FAMOUS RED RIPPERS were corr - oned 1927 as VF-5S flying the Curtis F6C-3 HAWK. The squadron served in both theaters of World War II flying the Grumman WILDCAT and HELLCAT. In 1948, the RIPPERS were redesignated Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) and since then have flown the McDonnell F2H-1 BANSHEE, the Chance- Vought F-8 CRUSADER, the F-4B PHANTOM II and the F-1 4 TOMCAT in conflicts including the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Operations PROVIDE COMFORT, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2005, the squadron was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VFA-1 1 ) and is currently employing the F A-18F Rhino " SUPERHORNET " . Today, VFA-1 1 exercises the full gamut of day and night strike-fighter missions, including Air and Maritime Superiority, Strike, Foward Air Control (Airborne), and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR). After almost 80 years of continuous service in 26 different fighter aircraft, and aboard 24 different aircraft carriers, over 275 RED RIPPER Sailors and aircrew proudly carry on the honor of being the Navy ' s oldest continuously active fighter squadron. HHRBS HV HIT AE2(AW) Ja Noble E2(AW SW) Richard Schuck ua Olaiz — -: z. --i — : .;— : — - _: ' r — : 2S||gS| w fl m. 4 -_ : — -1 1 W A ' x ■ i AN James Bailey III AEAN Andrew " ingham Breault i •©» AN Mar AN Antonio Thorpe AMEAN John Tosco AN Thomas Turner Jr. WA u 03 w L KDMB™ 5 »f .o« LIN f« ' « IKQSn »E ft p A COMMAND MASTER CHIEF EIGHT ONE CMDCM(AW SW) Robert Bostic . Fighter - 1955. Fighter Squadron EIGHT ONE was an all weather the Grumman F9F-8 " Cougar " . Originally named the s. Foltowi ..of the squadron changed during a transition to the The SUNL (VFA-81) wc Squadron fighter intercept squadr the squa A4D-2 " SKYHAWK " in March 1959. After becomingAttack Squadron EIGHT ONE (VA-81), they made multiple deployments with Second and Sixth Fleet aboard USS SHANGRI - LA (CVA 38) and USS FORRESTAL (CV 59), During this time, the orange " Supersonic Nothing " adorned the zer of three types of A-4 ' s. In 1963 the squadron adopted the name SUNLINERS, vertical stabilizer of three types of A-4 ' s. In 196 and the motto " Anytime, Anyplace " . In February 1970, the SUNLINERS won the coveted Navy Battle " E " for East Coast A-4 squadrons and were selected to be the first East Coast squadron to receive the Navy ' s newest attack aircraft, the A-7E CORSAIR II. The SUNLINERS took their new aircraft aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) with Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) in January 1971 on their twelfth Mediterranean deployment. By the end of the 1974 competitive cycle, the orange tailed " ZAPPERS " had demonstrated sustained excellence " Light Attack Wing ONE bombing derbies and a second Navy Battle " E " . A total of thirteen cruises were made to the Mediterranean with the A-7E. During the last Corsair cruise, the SUNLINERS won the CVW-17 Top Tail Hook Award and the Air Wing Bombing Derby. The highlight of 1987 was the squadron receiving its third Battle " E " as the top East Coast A- 7 squadron. Following the cruise, the SUNLINERS transitioned from the venerable A-7E to the Navy ' s newest Fighter Attack aircraft, the F A-18C " Hornet " . The squadron was redesignated Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT ONE (VFA-81) on 4 February 1988. ertr Dn 7 August lor their first F A-1 invaded Kuwait, and VBI II rliclpatecf i te ration DESERT SHIELD and BE STORM as part of the Red Sea Battle Force. Before the war ' s end, the SUNLINERS scored the Navy ' s only two serial victories l op|In]gl w© returned to NAS eclT Field on 27 March 1991, following the swift coalition victory. JAfter returning home the squadron fo Fm mm QP A CV 60 gtZT squadron participated in several NATO exercises before returjnflng home on 6 November 1992- supporting United N a tions flf) resolutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the last deployment of USS SARATOGA £CV 60 . This wa A-81 ' s third HornefcfM e I the " «rst AHanti deployment with tbeA«RAAMmissle. lA glthencruised on the USS ENTERPRISE in 1996 for their 26th Mediterranean Cru eT e UNLINERS P a jP a t ed hi Pe J SOUTHERN WATCH and made the first carrw. I to Bahrain. The USS DWIGH1 d VFA-81 again in the Operatio cf the new Joint ; Stand-f ..exceptional safety reco t C JJpoTte turriing home from FORCE in the EISENHOWER (CVN 69) cruise began 10 June . SOUTHERN WATCH arena. ThiS ' was the firsf st Weapon (JSOW), a long range, glide and cluster be the squadron was awarded the safety " S " f orllfrtWrn fc pem turnin home from deployment, the SUNLINERS were relocated to NAS Oceana. This was part of the Base ReaUgnmentand Closure (BRAC)tha well-known, proud tradition, the SUNLINERS supported Operations Adriatic and SOUTHER»WATCH in the Persian Gulf. Following the darkest hours tragedies of 11 September 2001, VFA-81 sprang into action to answer the call of squadron departed the 2001 MAP £FJLAGexercisfcift Canada to quickly deploy aboard t USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) tor Operation NOBLE EAGLE. In the days immediately followtng ptember 1 t tf SUNLINERS fle combat air patrols over the eastern seaboard to defend the United States against the imminent threat of terrorism. Just a few months later, the SUNLINERS eployei again aboard the USS GEORGEmSHINGTON (CVN 73 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. An outstanding sortie completion rate over the skies in Iraq earned the SUNLINERS the Gotdif. Wren lfepthe 2002 CY. ypition, the squadron brought home tne Airwing i op nuon w «u ■«■ ww c. .«...», — — r - th e beginning of 2003, the SUNLINERS certified the flight decjwrfth Navy ' s newest carri€ the USS RONALD roEAGASt eVN 76). A few months later, the work-up cycle began on 07 June 2004 the squadron deployed aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 76). ■ " S support of deration IRAQI FREEDQM,flws SUNLINERS won their fourth Battle E the McClusky Award, as well as the Estbc« Award, Presently, the SUNLINERS are asfioi stationed at tlAS QcveanaS Con ahder Mic 44th Commanding Officer « VFA-81 . The command consists of 25 officers and 241 enlisted r M " v V I 0 tfQJ sA tsJ .. Fitzgerald Hanrahan :: .._ — : ;- j.T sfe HGB94 m J " flSSM Cummens J AT3 David Hooshmandi VAW - 121 BLPETAILS W wSi 2Jf rly War Carrier Miroorne cany war... ..__ - - rWHW MEpflHteHS ) traces its origin to Project C adttttB T i MiqM jjg Sigi rfTI ,s B t2 to develop airborne radar relay platforms. By June 1945, the first group of modified Carrier Airborne Early Warning (AEW) TBM-3 Avengers was conducting trials with USS RANGER. Unfortunately, the war ended before the AEW units could see action. Following World War II, Fleet Aviation Electronics Training Units (FAETUs) were established on both coasts and continued to train pilots, operators and maintenance personnel on AEW equipment. In 1948 VAW-1 on the West Coast and VAW-2 at NAS Norfolk, were formed to replace the FAETUs. Within a year VAW-2 was redesignated VC-12 and JajjjCpte d to Quonset Point, Rl, where the TBM-3W was repla cla pH i J y gljsaW fi Hfl H S t " » ER. During the Korean War, VC-12 detachments deployed aboard carriers for combat operations. VC-12 operated ah improved version to the SKYRAIDER, the AD-5W, until 19160 when the new WF TRACER and in 1962 moved from Quonset Point back to NAS Norfolk, VA. In 1966 the East Coast ' s first E-2A arrived, and in 1967, the Chief of Naval Operations, directed the formation of separate squadrons and a functional AIRWING. On April 1, 1967, Carrier Airborne Early Warning WING TWELVE, including VAW-1 21 (previously VAW-1 2, Det. 1) was established. VAW-1 21 was commissioned as the GRIFFINS with the tactical call sign " PALMETTOS. " The new E-2As were flown by all squadrons, except VAW-1 21, who had operated aboard USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA 42), as the sole remaining fleet E-1B squadron from 1973 to 1975. In 1975, VAW-1 21 transitioned to the E-2C, the latest model HAWKEYE. During a compressed Interim Deployment Readiness Cycle (IDRC), the BLUETAILS aggresively managed money, aircraft and aircrew commitments and ensured flawless execution in every endeavor. After a successful deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, the BLUETAILS transited to the new HAWKEYE 200 and continue to maintain their position at the forefront of Airborne Early Warning Command and Control. ) Yunior MA? Christopher AW) Ben Thomas N Raymond ADAN(AW) Rohan AN Nathan Watson AEAN Jeremy well Virgo Weber fl fl J M fldlgjg EfCEy R IVE OFFICER " Sheahan OMMAND MASTER CHIEF CMDCM(AW NAC) James Vaughn Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Seven was originally established in April 1956 at Naval AirStation Norfolk, VA, for the mission of harbor defense. HS-7 was later assigned the role of Anti-Submarine Warfare in support of fleet units. HS-7 served on board the USS VALLEY FORGE (CVS 45) while flying the Sikorsky HSS-1 helicopter. The squadron was disestablished on May 31,1966 but later re-established at Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rl, on December 15, 1969. During the 1970 ' s the HS-7 SHAMROCKS " Shamrocks " being the squadron ' s original name-deployed to a variety of locations, including the coast of Vietnam and the Mediterranean Sea. In 1973 HS-7 joinedCarrier Air Wing THREE, changed homeports to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL, and transitioned to the venera- ble SH-3H SEA KING helicopter. From 1981 to 1993, the Shamrocks deployed numeroust- imes on board the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), to include deployments in support of OperationsDESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In December 1993 the Shamrocks and Carrier Air Wing THREE shifted to the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). In 1994 the Shamrocks became the first HS squadron on the East Coast to be assigned female Sailors and Officers. In September 1994 HS-7tasked to support " IKE " and the US Army ' s 10th Mountain Division off the coast of Haiti during Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY. Later that same year HS-7 supported the IKE CVW 3 team in the Adriatic Sea during Op- erations DENY FLIGHT and PROVIDE PROMISE. After returning from deployment in 1995, the Shamrocks retired the Navy ' s last carrier-based SH-3H helicopters and transitioned to the Sikorsky SH-60F and HH-60H. The squadron completed its first deployment fly- ingthese new aircraft from the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in May 1997. : mm DELIBERATE FORGE while embarked in the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). The squadron completed the maiden deployment of the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), returning home in June 2001. From December 2002 until April 2005, HS-T fepJgyed twice more with the Truman. During the first deployment it served in the Mediterranean imd Adriatic Seas in support of Operations NORTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM. After changing the squadron name to reflect its long standing call sign, the newly designated " DUSTY DOGS " returned to the Truman in late 2004. While deployed to the Arabian Gulf the Dusty Dogs detached aircraft and personnel to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; between Novemfc jp jl5jBBg|j bfiigry 2305 HS-7 flew Naval Special Warfare support and Air Reconnaissance mfssijjBs oj gf jbrtro IrJao protect coalition forces, Iraqi civilians, and critical infrastructure. M W=k % WS Jk " " -Hi After returning to NBp la c fcj ffl itfl tf MBfa ir i I 200j5Wl il i fflH ||d numerous times to support pilot Carrier Qualification operations. Sp RS ■■ « B mejhl g iron kept readiness at peak levelsin support of an eight-month Sustainment period. In August 2005 the Dusty Dogs were directed to provide relief to the citizens o|J 0 ON ea n s and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Dusty Dogs rescued over 200 people from the flooded areas of New Orleans and evacuated 300 more to medical facilities or areas clear of the devastation. In April 2006 the squadron briefly joined Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN and the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON(CVN 73) fO a r tnership fjhe Americas deployment, during which HS-7 participated in combined military ip ercises to improve mnrjtjjnrTyrnrity and foster relations with nations in the Caribbean and South America. ■ yp- - . P HS-7 proudly answers to thecal I sJ j t l|j8Partd |7 i4nTi s the Navy with the fleet ' s finest Sea Combat and Strike Warfare c LT Victor Feal LT Gary Jenkins LT Ashley Morgan AMKAW SW) Linda AM1 (AW) Oaniei if 1 AW) Stacey =:-- ' ■-- :---?---.sfi.- c .«_««» Thinn Wilkam Weatherford I l fc} - p AM3 Brad Rollinson « Ashley Cpnnors AR Dustin Coo Boatman-atwood . «_i . : L- I | 1 UaP i» . k 1 -1 H W k rTr- i »«» o MHH ii 1 - | :- 1 £4 1 ■ ATAR Cory Lyons ADARMIchpla - . . _ ■- - v f COMMAND MASTER CHIEF CMDCM(SW AW) Katherine Moore VS-22 was established on May 18, 1960 at Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, Rhode i¥og»H JJ JlT. H fTTI •] 1 1 KI i I iT W ' I At l J. II .« 3 3! FOUR. Since the squadron ' s inception, the Checkmates have operated form the decks of legendary carriers: Essex, Intrepid, Randolph, Wasp, Oriskany, Lake Champlain, Saratoga, Independence, Kitty Hawk, Enterprise, America, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry S.Truman, and George Washington. From 1960 until 1974, VS-22 flew the venerable Grumman S-2 " Tracker " best known as the " Stoof. Transitioning to the S-3A, the squadron continued to operate throughout the world. The squadron now flies the sophisticated S-3B " Viking " aircraft built by Lockheed. The Checkmates have routinely been at the forefront of naval aviation operations and setting VS community standards. The highlight of 1961 was the recovery of America ' s first astronaut, Alan B. Shepard, after his pioneering space flight on May 5 of that year. In August 1965, VS-22 embarked in USS Lake Champlain for another space capsule recovery, this time Gemini 5 with astronauts Gordon Cooper and " Pete " Conrad. Returning to USS Essex, VS-22 participated in the recovery of Apollo 7 with astronauts Shirra, Eisele, and Cunningham. In 1970, VS-22 ASW operations provided more data and tactical experience in hunting nuclear submarines than had ever been done before. On April 1, Atlantic Fleet. On November 8, VS-22 transferred to NAS Cecil Fi training in T-2s and A-4s at N squadron. On January 6, 197j8| the subsequent closure of NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, la. Jet transitions started in the summer of 1974 with pilots W l« MT H fFfjiuajttifcg VS-22 the first east coast based S-3 „jrs of flying the S-2 Tracker, VS-22 sailed from NAS Mayport, Florida to the Mediterranean Sea onboard USS Saratoga as the first deployed S-3a Viking squadron. In August 1990, due to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the JFK With a no-notice deployment to the Red Sea. Checkmate aircrews flew the first ever Commander, Battle Force Red Sea, Iraqi border surveillance TJiand signals collection flights. Operation Desert Storm commenced the liberation of Kuwait on January 17, 1991. Checkmate aircrews flew over 1100 combat hours and 324 combat sorties in direct support of coalition forces. Target information gleaned by VS-22 aircraft played a major role in the si during the first days of Desert Storm. From January 22, 1991 until the flljjjjHlis ebruary 28, 1991, the Checkmat pCf wnS gol ry CVW-3 strike against Iraq. VS-22 tactical inno- vation did not end with the war. Support of CJTF-4 Counter Narcotics Operations during the last part of 1991 through the first-part of 1992 earned the Checkmates the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for lo- - ltf ' i ' " s §j aMjg||iBiBISa ntacts, confirming 50 as suspected offenders. After a long pre-deployment work- up schedule, VS-22 deployed on MED 1-93 embarked in USS John F. Kennedy in October 1992. Concen- trating on multi-national Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea exercises during the first half of deployment, VS-22 provided initial in-flight refueling trainin g Egyptian Mirage 2000 pilots and practiced ASUW skills while leading over 40 multinational, integrated and air wing exercise strikes against NATO ships. Operations Provide Comfort and Provide Promise brought a shift in VS-22 ' s role as, once again, the S-3B Viking ' s electronic support systems became the Battle Group Commander ' s eyes and ears in yet another potentially hostile environment. While conducting afr Wing proficiency operations during Pro- vide Promise, the Checkmates provided invaluable radar locating and Command and Control informa- tion while the U..S.. Air Force assets dropped relief supplies throughout a dense electronic warfare environment. Additionally, VS-22 contributed to the U..S,. Navy ' s evolving focus on " From the Sea... " with near-land ESM, ISAR, and CCC 4§jssions. In February of 1994, VS-22 joined CVW-3 and the crew of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was afpfiis time that Congress passed laws permitting the embarkation of women in combat units. VS-22 hatrthe distinction of being the first S-3B command to be assigned female sailors. On April 16, 1995 VS-22 returned from their Mediterranean deployment onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. On November 26, 1996, the Checkmates deployed with CVW-3 onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt to the Mediterranean North Arabian Gulf. VS-22 participated in Operations South- ern Watch and Decisive Endeavor as well as numerous other joint exercises. On April 21, 1997 in the EasternMediterranean, the Checkmates became the first S-3B squadron to launch the AGIT Infrared Maverick missile. VS-22 next deployed onboard USS Enterprise. During JTG 99-1, the Check- mates distinguished themselves in Operation Desert Fox. Over the northern Arabian Gulf an Kuwait, VS-22 excelled as a critical strike support asset, as Naval Air Forces dominated the Iraqi skies from the deck of Enterprise. During Operation Jupiter Stallion, VS-22 became the first S-3B squadron to fire a live AGM-65F Maverick missile against a land target, scoring a direct hit. Operating in the Adriatic, VS-22 participated in Operation Noble Anvil providing critical EW support. In November 2000 VS-22 and CVW-3 embarked on the USS Harry S. Truman ' s maiden depl oyment. On February 16, 2001, CVW-3 par- ticipated in strikes against Iraq as part of Operation Southern Watch. The Checkmates deployed for a second time with CVN 75 in December 2002, this time participating in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Launching missions from the EasternMediterranean, CVW-3 strike assets played a pivotal role in support of ground forces and the Checkmates were critical to the air wing ' s ability to ex- ecute those missions. October 2004 saw VS-22 deploying with CVW-3 and the USS Harry S. Truman for the last time. VS-22 flew 1170 sorties and 3220 hours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, patrolling the oil infrastructure in the Arabian Gulf during Operation Sea Dragon II missions. VS-22 recently joined CVW-17 for the Partnership of the Americas deployment onboard USS George Washington. VS-22 will be part of CVW-17 until 2009, when the command will be disestablished, the Checkmates will be the last S-3B squadron in the fleet. The Checkmates have won nine Battle Efficiency awards. The 1981 award made VS-22 the first East coast S-3A squadron to win back to back Battle " E " s. Other Squadron awards include fiveCOMNAVAIRLANT Aviation Safety awards, five Captain Arnold J. Isbell Trophies for ASW Excellence, three Navy Unit Commendations, five Meritorious Unit Commendations. Over the past 2 years VS-22 has won several Golden Wrench awards for excellence in maintenance performance as well as back to back Command Retention awards. 1(AW SW) Vern Tima A02( AW) Tlmoth Hixs ' " •Win Jaclyn AD 3 J ■•■m iA , Skidmore 382 „ fir i L - m WC I M -|L l: -• I B S w jp . . , : -vr «atar : -- it ._£. - — -- - - .. - ? ' t fi. x ■ -J -: - i ■ - V . -.4- . ■ . .-. »■■» ¥ ■ :■. ' = -:- ' ---- r ; --. - .. Vfr«v l v A I i- - ' ' — t- ' - - 5 " ■ IWt o v AMERON T PRATT 1 1 F- PT. 2, 1971 = JUNE 9, 2006 EN3 TESSE L FRANKLIN TR a " A ,,: lUNE 16, 1984 - JUNE 20, 2006 j,-:- - f ■ RD, BE WITH THOSE WHO MUST GO FIGHT, AND SAIL THE SEAS BOTH DAT AND NIGHT. WHETHERLOST AT SEA OR ON THE IAND, OME THEM HOME, WITH YOUR LOVING HANDS. " : -PH2FETERD. BLAIR . SH3(SW AW) CANDICEY. SHAHID EM3 NICHOLAS R. 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