Nassau (LHA 4) - Naval Cruise Book

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VMTZCQ 2 'wifi , 1- Captain Robert P Lucas United States Navy Captain Robert P Lucas was born in New York City New York He served in the Norwegian and United States Mer chant Marine before attending the New York State Maritime College at Fort Scnuyler He graduated in 1958 and is a licensed Master Mariner Captain Lucas reported to the icebreaker USS Glacier AGB 45 in September 1958 as navigator and deployed to both the Arctic and Antarctic He then volunteered for Conger CSS 4775 USS Trumpetfish CSS 4255 and USS Darter SS 5765 and is qualified for command of submarines He also served as Director of Tactics at the FBM Submarine Training Center at Charleston and on the staff of the Com mander Submarine Force United States Atlantic Fleet In May 1967 Captain Lucas attended the United States Naval War College and completed advanced studies at George Washington University and graduated with a Master of Science degree in International Affairs 531 Commanding Officer Uss N ssAU LHA 45 In May 1972 Captain Lucas was assigned as Executive Officer, USS Nashville CLPD 135 until May 1974 when he assumed command of USS Portland CLSD 375. He subse- quently served as Chief Staff Officer for Amphibious Squad- ron EIGHT and Chief Staff Officer for Amphibious Squad- ron ONE. In 1978 he assumed command of USS Fresno CLST 1182 until December 1979 when he was assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff for operations for Commander Amphibious of Staff to the Commander Amphibious Forces, United States Seventh Fleet, homeported in Okinawa, japan, until September 1982 when he assumed command of the Naval Amphibious School Little Creek. In january 1985 Captain Lucas assumed command of USS Ponce CLPD 155 until October 1986. He has been in command of USS NASSAU LHA 45 since january 6, 1987. Captain Lucas is married to the former joan Mary McGrath of Glen Ridge, NJ. They have one daughter, Kathleen Darvishian, and two sons, Lt. C j.g.5 Michael Kevin Lucas CSC5 USNR and john joseph Lucas. C . 0 4 . n D submarine duty and served in 'Uss Odax CSS 4845, USS Group THREE. In May 1981 Captain Lucas served as Chief I n u 1 . C - Executive Officer SS ASSAU LHA 4 Captain Vion was born in Nesconset, New York. He graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1965 and was commissioned in the grade of Ensign upon graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1966. Following commissioning, Captain Vion was assigned to USS Westchester County CLST 1167j Yokosuka, japan, as Damage Control Officer and Engineer Officer. He was reas- signed in 1969 as an InstructorfDepartment Head at the Naval Damage Control Training Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following an assignment as Assistant Opera- tions Officer on USS Julius A. Furer CFFG 6j, he attended U.S. Naval Destroyer School and subsequently reported for duty in 1972 as Engineer Officer, USS john King CDDG 3b. Captain Vion next served as Academic Director at Surface Warfare Officer's School in Newport, Rhode Island. During this tour, he earned his MED degree from Providence Col- lege in january of 1978 and was designated as an Education and Training Subspecialist. After attending the Armed Forces Staff College, Captain Vion was assigned as Executive Officer USS Barney CDDG Captam Charles P. Won United States Navy 6j. In june of 1980, he reported for duty as Chief Staff Officer, Commander Destroyer Squadron Twenty-six. Fol- lowing this tour, he served as Executive Officer, Fleet Com- posite Operational Readiness Group Two. From january 1985 to February 1987, Captain Vion served as Commanding Offi- cer, USS Manitowoc CLST 11805 before reporting to USS NASSAU CLHA 45 as Executive Officer. In addition to the Bronze Star Q wf Combat Devicej, Meri- torious Service Medal CwfGold Starj, Navy Commendation Medal CwfTwo Gold Starsj, and Navy Achievement Medal Qwf Combat Devicej, Captain Vion is also authorized to wear Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit and Meritorious Unit Commendations, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry wf device, Na- tional Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cam- paign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal C14 Starsj, Navy Ribbon and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon C 5 Starsj. Captain Vion is married to the former Carol Annjohanson of Long Island, New York. They have two daughters, Chris- tine and Cheryl, and a son, Charles, all presently residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia. PNCM Bruce E. Rowe United States Navy Master Chief Rowe's career in both the Navy's air and surface communities began with his graduation from Great Lakes RTC and assignment aboard USS Kretchmer CDER 329D in 1962. Subsequent assignments included USS Courtney QDE 1021j and Patrol Squadron 23 before his first tour of shore duty at NAS Quonset Point, R.I., in 1968. Master Chief Rowe returned to the fleet with an assignment to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Seven before returning to shore duty with Naval Security Group Activity, Winter Harbor, ME., in 1973. Command Master Chief SS ASSAU LHA 4 In 1977 Master Chief Rowe, then a Petty Officer First Class, returend to sea duty with a string of commands which included a tour as Command Career Counselor at VAW-121 at NAS Norfolk and Assistant Personnel Officer on both the USS Charleston CLKA 113D and USS Barney CDDG 65 before returning to shore duty as Personnel Officer at Per- sonnel Support Detachment, Norfolk, VA. In 1986, Master Chief Rowe marked his third return to sea duty when he reported aboard USS NASSAU QLHA 4? where, after a brief assignment as Assistant Personnel Officer, he became the Command Master Chief in 1987. W1 J E y z 1902 A Time For Leaving ri September 29, 1987 was a date everyone knew was coming but somehow wished wouldn't hap- pen. But arrive it did, bright and clear. All the preparations were behind us, all the PHIBREF- TRA's, onloads of everything from milk to clean- ing supplies and spare parts, Blue! Green workups and all the rest. Everyone had attended deploy- ment briefings and put all their personal affairs in order. But even with all the care that had been put into the preparation for our deployment, it all came down to saying good-bye. For many this is a repeat occurance, for others it may be the first time to be away from friends and family. But for all, it is an emotional moment. 6 . . ., Beginning the copntdown to homecoming. n- -.1 """"?i1Y- v I 44 But once the ship is away from the pier and well on her way toward her job in the Mediterranean, everyone, both on ship and at home, begins to think of the homecoming which is only 180 days away. Tomorrow it'11 be 179, the next day 178. The count- down to homecoming has begun. 7 A 1 N X N 1 Y 1 i ,,-..,... '13 ' . A, , A i "" """' ' I l W I 1 w 1 i i N 4 A J 3 l 5 x A T I f I 1 I I l i Y I V 4 , E , 4 , , 1 f 1 i V I 1 8 Bidi W - -Lf il Life at sea during the Atlantic crossing was an array of images, both hectic and slow-paced. Clockwise, from left: Flight deck activity continues no matter how far from land we may be, Captain Lucas takes a short breather, one of the many beautiful sunsets we enjoyed in the mid-Atlantic, our fire controlmen worked hard to keep our Close-In Weapons System QCIWSD in top-notch working order, the crew gathered with the Executive Officer and Commander, Amphibious Squadron TWO, Captain Cash, and the Commanding Officer of 22 MEU, Colonel Bartels, to celebrate the Navy's Birthday, and Marine helicopters stand ready as we approach the Strait of Gibraltar. iivwfyf 75' V fjff 1 The Strait Gf Gibraltar Land At Last! All during the transit across the Atlantic, NAS- SAU has been a busy place to be. A large amount of time was spent indoctrinating our Marine shipmates in the basics of shipboard life such as basic damage control and firefighting techniques and generally get- ting acquainted with shipboard routine. Combat Systems Department was busy as well during the transit. Because this was the first time a carrier battle group had crossed with an amphibious group, it was an excellent opportunity to conduct various combined exercises and cross-decking of our AV-8B aircraft on Coral Sea. An historical first was achieved as well when Ma- rine lst Lt. McCluskey of VMA 231 made the 30,000th safe landing aboard NASSAU in AV-8B 354. As we approached the Strait of Gibraltar on the morning of the 11th of October, anticipation was high. Only someone who has spent several weeks out of sight of land can know how welcome the sight of land, any land, can be. All hands had been tracking the ship's progress across the Atlantic with maps on the Mess Decks and outside the AIMD offices and, when word was passed we were nearing the Strait of Gibraltar, everyone made plans to get out and get some shots of "the Rock." At two in the afternoon we passed through the strait. Anyone who was not involved in the naviga- tion detail was encouraged to go topside and take in the beautiful weather and stirring sight of two conti- nents, one on either side of the bow. The straits behind us, it was time to head for turnover and "assume the watch." ,Aff l '4 9 T 1 I l 1 1 I 8 4 9 5 1 ,ix After a few weeks at sea, land, any land at all begins to look awfully inviting. While some go to great lengths for a striking view, others go along for a well-deserved catnap. Pian De Spille, Italy Land The Landing Force! 1 G v 3 s 4 9 u I Marines Go To Work After almost three weeks of being cooped up aboard NASSAU, the embarked Marines were more than willing to get ashore when we reached the amphibious training area known as Pian de Spille, Italy, on the 19th of October. The pre-dawn L and H-hours on the morning of the zofh go off flawlessly and the first operational test of MARG 4-87 Marines as Landing Force Sixth Fleet is an unqualified success. We also received visits from VIP's in the Pian de Spille area when the Chief of Police, Base Commander and Area Commander toured NASSAU. The backload also came off without a hitch as we spent hours washing caked mud off all the vehicles before stowing them below once more. But once all the gear was re-stowed, we were once more on our way for a similar exercise off the coast of Sicily and France before we get to our first port of call of the cruise, Toulon, France. 5 I + H 5 lu As a multi-purpose ship, NASSAU can bring ordnance to bear on targets near and far. At left, AV-8B Harriers can provide a variety of combat support missions while, below, tanks from NASSAU can provide a more "person- al" touch. ,f l I I . 2 i Q If I A f . A , , E , r 1.4 f 'Lv' ,A ' 'Y ' -. , f .k J-FV?"-f-f.., .. W Q M. . . The Beachhead Pian de Spille offered the Marines of MARG 4-87 an excellent opportunity to flex their operational muscles and get their "land legs" back. But the exercise also offered a chance to see some of Italy and meet some of the locals on their territory. Many Marines enjoyed the chance to get back out into the field and get away from shipboard life. Many others took advantage of this interaction between the American military forces and local civil authorities to learn a bit about the Italian culture and maybe a little bit of Italian. But the bottom line in all the planning and execution of the various phases of amphibious assaults in foreign lands is the good will engendered by the friendly interaction of American and NATO forces, both civilian and military. And the sailors and Marines of MARG 4-87 were shining examples of ambassadors in uniform. The beach can be a very busy place. Clockwise, from left: A truck leaves a Marine "expressway," courtesy of USS Manitowocg the colors are proudly displayedg home is wherever you find it when you're in the fieldg the local law stops by to satisfy their curiosity. 16 i-.-""-'-- Toulon, France . . . A Chance To Unwind Alot To Do, Plenty To See. Our first glimpse of Southern France as we went out to man the rails on our arrival in Toulon was Mount Faron, which dominates the skyline of the port city. This impressive hillside played an integral role during our stay here as well. Tours were popular. NASSAU'S Chaplain, CDR Roger Pierce, helped arrange tours included a wine-tasting tour to the ancient city of Avignon, sightseeing in Monaco and along the French Riviera, the resort villages of Bandol and Cassis, a tour of the French Foreign Legion museum, the city of Marseille and even several-day trips to the city of Paris and skiing trips. Community relations projects took NASSAU sailors and Marines all over the city of Toulon. The most impressive was the replanting of nearly 7,000 trees atop Mt. Faron which had been decimated by a forest fire. Other projects included repainting a charitable nursing facility, hosting a tour for orphans of NASSAU'S working spaces and attending various banquets and receptions held in NASSAUS honor. ,Q-..f-s... I 4. - J it l QS :N sr With most of Southern France within reach, NASSAU sailors and Marines made the most of their liberty. Clockwise, from left: NASSAU sailors celebrate landfallg sailors and Marines explore the streets of Toulong signs that look confusing because they're in Frenchg the view from atop Mt. Farong the street mural outside the USO. W andol A S mbol 7 as of Franco - American Friendship The United States and France have shared their friend- ship for hundreds of years. This mutual respect was exhib- ited when the city of Bandol "adopted" the U.S. Sixth Fleet, with USS NASSAU acting as a representative for the fleet. Captain Lucas and the mayor of Bandol signed a treaty of friendship between the city of Bandol and the Sixth Fleet. "It was an honor to participate in this ceremony sym- bolizing the bonds of friendship between our two coun- tries," the Captain said. After the document was signed, the mayor led 50 NASSAU crewmembers to the town's war memorial where a wreath was laid in honor of those who fought in the World Wars and the Indochina War. Tangier, Morocco Our port visit to Tangier was a short one, but was nevertheless memorable. Perhaps more memorable than the sights we took in while we were in Morocco was the experience of climbing into a liberty boat to get there. Large, rolling waves made the trip to the beach almost half the fun. But, in the short time we ran boats to and from the shore, there were no safety-related accidents . . . a true measure of the skill of NASSAU coxswains and boat crews. Tours during this visit included the mountain villages of Teutouan and Chechouan, a shopping tour of the CasbahfOld City section of Tangier and a tour to Casablanca Cthough no one seemed to know how to get to the Cafe Americainej. With the sights and sounds of North Africa added to our scrapbook of memories, we hauled up the anchor once more and set sail for "Exercise African Eagle." l-I - 4 id' x ye Above, and right: Moroccans were both curious and friendly. I , H rs 1-.- -V Q' A typical Tangier street scene. 5 l 4 i QARGC 1 3 i l E l l 24 5 f eaeimeasa meme me l Exercise African Eagle A Harrier approaches in-4 . . . and makes another safe landing. A flat sea made for a smooth, safe landing. 115 0 lb ll ll W O C ll 0 N lub la lv i gl Above: The Navy decides to take the tourist role while the Marine Corps takes a decidedly relaxed method. From the 13th through the 17th of December, NASSAU and the other ships of MARG 4-87 were off the coast of Al Hoceima, Morocco, taking part in "Exercise African Eagle." Also participating in the exercise was the destroyer USS Thorn and the RMN L.C. Erhamani, a Moroccan frigate. While an amphibious assault using helicopters and landing craft raced toward the beach, USS Thorn and RMN L.C. Erhamani simulated Naval Gunfire Support CNGESQ. Elsewhere, an HC-130 dropped flares to illuminate the landing objective. Overall, the L and H-hours, aided by perfectly calm seas and light winds, came off precisely on time and the landing was flawless. VIP visits were also a part of Exercise African Eagle. NASSAU was visited and toured by the Commander of the Royal Moroccan Navy and the Commander of The Royal Moroccan Infantry School. Both officials observed the amphibious assault and commented favorably on the joint exercise. While not a high- profile operation, Exercise African Eagle proved beyond a doubt how well American Navy and Marine Forces interface with their contemporaries of for- eign nations. Undoubtedly members of both forces learned something new from the other. When the exercise was over and the backload complete, everyone involved in the landing came away very secure in knowing they have gone a little further down the road to complete cooperation between all our allies in the Medi- terranean. gr, Q I 1 i 1 N fa . L I i I 1 apvillf 3. x f ww . km, -M, 'lblmv if If fjwm, If .,7,A, 4, I , wane 26 - f v- ,,L-,,. -sm h v 545552: Exercise African Eagle was many things to many people, but for most it was a welcome break from shipboard routine. .1-,17, Christmas In Palma cle Mallorca l 28 ,L ll U. III A x Q X, N I f wg -5 Q, , 2 gb 5 N N Q. + . 'g A 'A ' .5 md P' w s. 1 A ' 5 ws A-v rs 45' Q 'xx xc, S 'NX 1 N 12' X A f '., , - .X -' H ,L x 'f"" xc- .u P' Vx XX Q wx wx ,, .Nw JN .hx x B x x Xx , x N ,A X .. -xx ,Y x NN - K A .ill 'SYEFF , ,J His A knights' parade. A Medieval Banquet The weather was beautiful the entire time we were in Palma. Many crewmembers had their wives flown Over to enjoy the Christmas holidays in this resort town. And, again, tours proved to be a very popular item, One of the most popular was the Medieval Banquet tour in which crewmembers participated in a genuine lousting tournament. The inport period was somewhat disrupted by a bombing incident at the USO in Barcelona, Spain, in which one USS Thorn crewmember was killed. Security was tightened around and onboard the ship, liberty was restricted and the USO in Palma was closed for several days, but the balance of the port visit went without any incidents and was thoroughly enjoyed by crewmembers and their families. The island of Palma seemed also to offer anything a vacationer could desire. A long, sandy shoreline beckoned the sun-worshippers, while the bustling nightclub scene enticed the more adventurous souls. In all, there was something for everyone in Palma. i!f.,fV "You're sure this isn't BURGER KING?" l A Helping Hand Community relations projects were also very popular during the Palma inport period, the most obvious being the new record set by sailors and Marines of NASSAU for pints of blood donated to the Spanish Red Cross QCruz Rojaj by a Navy ship in one day. Crewmembers and embarked Marines donated a total of 150 units of blood for use at a time when the need for blood is often critical. - Other community relations projects included two separate Christmas parties for orphans from local orphanages, complete with gifts for each child and the appearance of a Spanish-speaking Santa Claus. At times it became hard to tell who enjoyed the parties more, the children or the crewmembers who were involved. Waiting for a chance to help. 31 2 'mm' - 'TV-4-, . ,ff , , N , -5zr1-- .11 . .W .f'- -, eg.. ' ,. il nf' 1. gd' Y? V ' ., 1 L Z ..,.. , ' QRS? Gallery V 'Q ww Nuff' vw fwmaww "-will if V ,,fi, ,I as , Who can forget the incredible steps up Mt. Carmel? Our visit to Haifa, Israel, was educational for both the sailors and Marines of NASSAU and MARG 4-87 and the citizens of Israel. For our sailors and Marines, tours were offered to such historic landmarks as Masada, Acco, Galilee and limited touring of jerusalem. Groups of sailors and Marines were invited out to sample life on a kibbutz. Many were impressed at the efficiency of communal life. Also during the touring, special opportunities were presented for baptisms in the river jordan. All in all, everyone took advantage of this chance to learn more about one of America's closest allies in the Middle East. On the flip side, the presence of NASSAU and the other ships of the MARG was providing an educational experience for the military and civilian populace of Haifa. On one day of open house visiting, NASSAU alone hosted more than 1,400 curious Israelis who poured aboard the ship eager to learn more about the ship and the men aboard. VIP's who visited during this port visit included many high ranking members of the Israeli military, the American Ambassador to Israel and the actor Lou Gossett, jr., who was in Haifa filming scenes for his new motion picture "Iron Eagle II." 35 A highlight of our Haifa port visit was an evening of song and dance performed for the sailors and Marines of NASSAU by the dancers of the folk dance troupe "Kiryat Motzkinf' These talented youngsters, taken from every aspect of Israeli culture and from around the country and taught the intricacies of the many types of folk dance native to Israel, performed a more than two-hour show to the delight of the several hundred crewmembers and embarked Marines. The show also included several sing-along segments and, again, NASSAU crewmembers were quick to join in on the fun. Smiles spread through the crowd far more quickly than did the proper pronunciation of Hebrew lyrics sung to unfamiliar tunes. But soon, both Israeli and American were singing in unison, if not harmony. The evenings entertainment concluded with what an American might call a "hoe down" as the lithe young dancers went into the crowd and invited crewmembers to join in the dance. Captain and Mrs. Lucas were seen to be joining in on the fun as was NASSAU'S Executive Officer, Captain Vion Crightj. We all learned a great deal about Israel in the short time we were there. We found it was a country full of contrasts and contradictions, yet somehow in harmony with its surroundings. Somehow it didn't seem strange to be in the midst of an ultramodern city one moment and 3,000-year-old ruins just a short drive away. And the inhabitants of both the city and desert are equally proud to show you around their home with the zeal of a possessed real estate agent. These were people who would go out of their way to make you feel at home or that you should make Israel your new home. And the style of living was sometimes so radically different from what we know as familiar. Many of NASSAU'S sailors and Marines took this opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal view of life in an Israeli kibbutz. Many came away with a new respect for what they may have previously thought a less than comfortable way to live. Many found friendships and new acquaintances on these communes and, undoubtedly, some will return at a later date to expand upon the foundation which was laid during our brief visit in Israel. x X , X K V M - , . , ' .W 'i M '-pixgxz , t . -fs . K K , -I 1 ,, ,Q '- , ....N...f . qt. X , in -, iwgfzaiifxtr wg 4 . .,,......n Marseille Our visit to Marseille in February was all the more comfortable due to our earlier port visit in the nearby port city of Toulon, so many of the sailors and Marines from the ships of MARG 4-87 felt right at home in no time at all. Many of the tours offered while we were in Marseille were repeats of those offered in Toulon, but even this was turned to advantage as those who regretted not taking a particular tour in Toulon were given yet another chance to see the sights of the French Riviera or experience a wine-tasting tour of the local wineries. Meanwhile, the shops of Marseille offered excellent opportunities for NASSAU sailors and Marines to grab up an extra souvenir or two from this, our last port call in France. ' 1,42 S 5. E E fag ,, 2 W r 4 1 51 1 2 V Z ,3?:r,. ' V X- 5 1 Clockwise, from upper left: Marseille by nightg an orange juice vendorg an upscale pizzeriag a reminder we're not far from Toulong the French "gen- darmerie" visit and compare notesg a bit of color on a Marseille sidestreet. The Return Of NBC The sailors and Marines of MARG 4-87 gained national attention during our Thanksgiving port visit to Toulon when a film crew from the NBC "Today Show" ,1' W 'fa t ' , 1 , 1 "Today Show" ., . ' my taped some of our community relations projects for the show they were broadcasting from nearby Cannes. What caught the imagination of "Today's" viewers was the friendship between DP3 Danny Brennenstuhl and a young French orphan named Ludovic. And, with the help of USO representatives in Toulon and Marseille, the NBC film crew returned when we arrived in Marseille to film the reunion of these two friends. Reports from the NBC segment producer said that both segments drew more viewer response that any segment in recent memory. But, more important than the media attention, some young boys in a home for abused and abandoned children received some much needed companionship. 3 5 J l ,4 r ,,1x,11- Q , ,,rg1fA Y- lf, . ' J"?If1X-. mf 225 Q51 , X x, V V 5 ' Q w, , in 3: 1:-:XJ-MQ ' Ai x -x I h 'J' ni RYE' , -H , N.. 5 , . , A4 .MQ 'C- Q V, -r! ,, V ms L vs Yagi' V' wsw -- '1 I fa, 1.-gf X , 'wav f' f af. ", 4 xi, ,f'?3',"i,f'1i.fT .,,'fVf Sh., : if Q Q , f ,111 V -'gf' 2,1 .v ' l: ,,."f f .1 I fiw, ,,iif"' ' I nv., ,Q -sf .1 . yu .,,, -V , 'LY , , Q--., fa' , fi .,,1M,.im .-,.,, A. r 1-A,w,,1,,..K , Vi MQ.-J, ,. - . ,- 'lu ww' luv . F1732 ' ":"i31'1- , v , - -pr,-fr-X if A Shutterbugis Paradise Lisbon and its environs proved to be an amateur photographers dream. Here there were ancient buildings to explore and photograph, smooth beaches populated by fishermen intent on earning their daily wage from the bounty of the sea and a modern, bustling city chock full of people from almost every European nation. It didn't take a skilled eye to spot the good picture. "Picture postcard" shots leaped into view at every turn. Friendly, open people made picture taking even easier. These pictures are but a sampling of the sights that were Lisbon. , . ,NWN fx " 2 ,RN i Vx, ,fx . ,Q fx fi if ,. , . u, 3,1-. RQ 'S V 'lla z ji, 'Wits' Q "'S-v' Q. 5, , S x Marines In The Field Marines from a shipboard sailor's point of view are always underfoot. Marines aboard ship are equally frustrated by the situation. It's been said that the only place a Marine is truly at home is in the field. And the Marines of Landing Force Sixth Fleet were no exception. Whether it was at Pian de Spille, Pian de Monaco, Sete or Al Hoceima, our Marines were only happy when they were bivouaced under the stars somewhere. And, by the time they returned to NASSAU, even the sailors were glad to have them back. i i Marines have to be entirely self-sufficient while in the field 46 2 ? - 6 Z -Q i af Above: Standing room only. Below: Time to hit the beach. Six Months f Activity When the end of September rolled around in 1987, we all knew we were in for a busy six months, so there were few surprised faces around the shop when any new wrinkle appeared in any of our evolutions. But it still seemed that, whatever we worked hardest at to prepare for, something else would come along, requiring us to adapt and adjust. And the men of MARG 4-87 adapted well. With each short-notice UNREP or unscheduled event, NASSAU sailors and Marines dropped what they were doing and focused their attention on doing the best job they possibly could. If the situation called for work late into the night, you could be sure that NASSAU crewman could be depended upon to do the job safely and efficiently. Yes, this was a hard-working, dedicated group of men who made up the crew and embarked Marines of USS NASSAU during MARG 4-87. ,nn ' my If But, as hard as we worked while at sea, we also worked hard while off -duty. In almost every port we visited, we invited children on board - special chil- dren who brought joy to us. They spoke French, Hebrew and Spanish, but they had those things in common which all children share. They laughed and hugged and wept when they had to leave.iSome of us did, too. They came aboard excitedly to see a huge ship and aircraft that had only been pictures in books to them. But about halfway through each visit, each child would be holding a sailor's hand and there was a new bond of friendship that suddenly seemed as important as the ship around them. Maybe we filled their days with a little excitement and joy - they certainly filled ours with happiness. When they left they went back to orphanages and shelters, some because their families had thrown them away and didn't want them anymore. But they looked just like our children at home, and the world belongs to them, too. There is no question we came back from the Med better professionals because of our training. But we also came back better men because we reached out to the world. The irony is that we received so much more than we were able to give. 49 Rota, Spain Time To Go Home Rota was a long-anticipated port call for one simple reason - it would be our last port call in the Med before heading home. Our relief, USS Iwo Jima, was on the way and due in any day. Then, our job done, it would be time to go home. And, even though liberty was limited to the confines of the naval station, there were still plenty of recreational opportunities. Softball and soccer games abounded, divisional picnics were held and everyone took the opportunity to visit the Navy Exchange and Stars 8: Stripes bookstore. Naval Station Rota even offered those amenities many sailors and Marines would consider necessary for survival - a pizzeria serving American-style pizza and a Baskin Robbins ice cream parlor that delivers! At right: LT Calloway CRD and ENS Welch take a break in the well deck. 7 l o 4 50 Above: Nassau sailors and Marines look on as the Iow Jima pulls in for turnover. At left: Sailors looked to the west once the turnover in Rota was complete. Photo Gallery ., " ..,m jf r y' ' ' Tp wiygp- . M. K ,f ,E n.wwM0'f"" X' .. i A L Q5 gs. 1 . -If X 1 I . p--i pn-Z pi-Im, .Aw .yx 1 1 pi 1 dl QZMJQQ A. ' ff W :sf 1 ,Z ,4 fwg, 2:-mm? - wail, 294' W fsfffvf' nm 1 sw, -an "HI ww, "Kline--. .illhup f ,M ii g 1 I vwglf ,,., W' , -W ,P - 2 T , , , W1 IJ 34, . Q Q-V f! " " ,Q ,lf- I . 1 -M. 1- 14, .MW J ,ax fw :Vw gf 1 0. ia in N A-an ru- Q uw f.. .if .. V, ,ww Sz: V, T379 1 iiifligat Q ww . f 1X,af,... w NASSAU arrives right on time. Everywhere you looked on this homecoming day, people were waving. Waving to loved ones above them, be- low them or across the pier from them. And slowly, too slowly, the crowd came down the pier and came aboard. Never had the ramps between the well deck and hangar deck seemed so long as sailors waited Cimpatientlyj for the families to enter the reception area. Then the moment of looking through the crowd for the face of the people you've gotten letters from the past six months. People you've loved and looked forward to seeing for every day of the cruise. But the reunions are warm and brief. It seems everyone wants to get home as soon as possible on this day of home- coming. No one wonders why. LEFT: Daddy's almost home. Above: Never a livelier linehandling party ,s-gk: y- My MM w 'Aw 1? V. ffix-,dui 'ifa3'1i+'.-wt . AH. .Aff wx, '.w,,zfLgfHw: ,- Qififwfdiiwx :IMGWQ -'vafLaaf'.:k.E 'vzfzmil'-.VJ w.awfg,N - 1,fxfL1b::."4f ,,fm,,.3w: N-W W, .nn , 'W :www ndwiv-11234 ,,X-mgqw, 4' 3 A' -w A Z' ff 'V' N Q K X Ms fl 1, ,' , , I , f' 1 , , Q S -nv' 55" 31" 'Wh 1 52 M Q wn-L, ,fw- ,,! 4 .fm X N X Nwffix X N ,f x f, ,f X xxx .wixgws , N A Q f V - X W SQ f My W W f if ff fn, f A f W 'h W? my . W M44Y , , ii -35 cgi is 'if I I l 1 Captam Roy Cash, jr. United States Navy Captain Cash became the thirty-sixth commander of Am- phibious Squadron TWO on 27 April 1987 after twenty-four years of naval service. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Captain Cash graduated from Memphis State University in 1962 and was commissioned in May 1963 after completion of Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. Captain Cash first reported to Pensacola, Fla., for Naval Aviation Observer C N AOD training, which was followed by a ten-month tour in VF-41. Captain Cash was then ordered back to Pensacola to begin flight training, becoming the first F-4 RIO to "retread" and earn his pilot wings. During the Vietnam conflict, Captain Cash served with the "Tarsiers" of VF-33 and the "Black Lions" of VF-213, flying over 300 combat missions. On 10 july 1968 he was credited with downing a MiG-21, the first MiG kill of the Vietnam conflict by an AIRLANT F -4 squadron. Captain Cash has served in various tours including VF- 121, the Naval War College, the Systems Analysis Division C OP- 96D of OPNAV and an exchange tour in the 58th Tactical Fighter Wing with the U.S. Air Force. a Commander Amphibious Squadron T O Captain Cash's command tours have included: VF-31, Navy Fighter Weapons School CTOPGUND, Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN aboard the USS Coral Sea KCV 43l, Fighter Wing ONE at NAS Oceana and USS El Paso CLKA 1171. Captain Cash's military awards include the Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 18 Air Medals, both the Navy and Air Force Commendation Medals, various Navy and Air Force unit, campaign afld service awards and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Wlfh Gold Star. He has accumulated 4,700 flight hours and OVC! 1,200 carrier-arrested landings. Captain Cash is married to the former Billie Hall of Mem- phis, Tenn. They have a daughter, Kellye, who reignedlas "Miss America" in 1987, and a son, Carey, a senior at BayS1de High School. Captain Cash and his family reside in Virginia Beach, VA. ,if Captain john R. Busch United States Navy BTCM Allen Furt United States Navy Chief Staff fficer Amphibious Squadron Two Captain john R. Busch was born in Champaign, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a Eine Arts Degree. He was commis- sioned through the Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island, in December 1964 and proceeded to his initial duty station on board USS Vireo CMSC 2055 homeported in Sasebo, japan where he served as Operations Officer. Subsequent sea tours include Combat Information Center Officer and Communications Officer onboard USS Charles S. Speery CDD 6975, Engi- neering Officer, USS Strong CDD 7585, Executive Officer, USS Dupont CDD 9415 and Executive Officer, USS Austin CLPD 45. Prior to assuming his current position as Chief Staff Officer, Amphibious Squadron Two, Captain Busch was Commanding Officer of USS La Moure County CLST 11945. Captain Busch has served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., and on the staffs of the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic and Commander Second Fleet. He is a graduate of both the Command and Staff Course and the Integrated Warfare Course at the Naval War College, New- port, Rhode Island. Command Master Chief Amphibious Squadron Two Boiler Technician Master Chief CSurface Warfare5 Allen Furr reported to Amphibious Squadron TWO in january 1986. His nineteen years of naval service include tours aboard USS Hull CDD 9455, homeported in San Diego CA., USS Somers CDDG 345, homeported at Pearl Harbor, HI., and Fleet Maintenance Group, Pearl Harbor, HI. Master Chief Furr served a second tour aboard Somers and an assignment aboard USS Barney CDDG 65, homeported in Norfolk, VA., and a tour at Ship Intermediate Maintenance Activity, Little Creek., prior to reporting aboard Amphibious Squadron TWO. Master Chief CSW5 Furr's 'awards include the Navy Commendation Medal and three Navy Achievement Medals. He has additionally been qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Master Chief CSW5 Furr is from Alexandria, VA., and is married to the former Sheri Scott of Norwalk, CA. They presently live in Virginia Beach VA., with their three children, Allen III, Rachel and Lauren. -,gl wfgl Colonel William E. Bartels jr. Commanding Officer 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit Lt. Col. William T. Tucker Executive Officer, 22d MEU Sgt Maj Lawrence R. Cromwell Command Sgt. Maj., 22d MEU -A .Q ... .X . Q, ,L A- MA. , 4?5mz',M.s . 'S -.,..-A . x W v- YE wg. .. Fbngs f- Wy . .N Lt. Col. SJ. Bathurst Maj. j.D. Mackensie Sgt. Maj. j.H. 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But whether it was of a special tour taken in France or an amphibious landing that went off without a hitch, it all came down to one thingy our deployment was a success on both personal and professional levels. In addition to the daily tasking as the sole Mediterranean Amphibious Readiness Group on an individual and collective basis, sailors and Ma- rines were spending their precious spare time do- ing charitable work at orphanages and nursing homes as American ambassadors of good will and taking special computer-based college night courses to increase their personal and professional abilities. But, no matter what special memory each man takes home with him, the memories we left with our allies in the Mediterranean are as important as the work we have done. And, judging from the level of pride sailors and Marines of NASSAU have put into their work, the legacy of our deploy- ment will be the positive effect we have made on the hearts and minds of those we have met on the way. 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H l fi ll ll lil 5 S 3 -W-.,,..,.,,,,,.... f ai bnq1nunvlv1l1 5nulvH"""'Y Am-vvvf' Nassau crewmembers add a fresh coat of ' ' ' pamt to a home m Toulon, France, durm one of the c 't ro'ects conducted m the Med. 8 many Ommum Y P 1 H 'Q -- Q -fi ,? e yf M Sailors and Marines from Nassau pose in front of a marker erected to commemorate their tree-planting project on Mt. Faron in Toulon, France. CAPT Lucas donates needed medical supplies in Marseille, France, as part of Project Handclasp. . N- ADMI is 5 S if f 'fm , M i MAA Division MA1 Powell greets Archbishop justin Rigali in the hangar bay. The Archbishop from the Vatican held a mass on Nassau while in Marseille. Master At Arms Force Keeps Nassau Secure Men of the Master at Arms Division are charged with helping to maintain good order and discipline among their shipmates. Also known as Security Division, the MAA force is headed by a division officer whose primary duty is security officer. His collateral duties include brig officer and OIC of the Ship's Self Defense Force. Maintaining good order and discipline includes investigating violations of Navy Regulations, the UCMJ and the ship's in- structions. Members of the MAA force roam Nassau 24 hours a day, and when necessary, write deficiency slips for safety and uniform violations. AE2 McCain patrols the passageways of Nassau making sure things are going along as they should be. 77 MAA MAC Ron Blevins MA1 Bruce Hannan MA1james Hoover MA1 Lubnert Nicolas r MA1 Hannan takes an inventory of weapons. MA1 john Powell AE2 Michael McCain ABF2 Stephen Williams SR Michael M h urp y e at 714- EN1 George Lamb AS1 Brett Tucker ENFN Thomas Reed . i. X Division The Print Shop gang poses in front of one of their presses. From left, they are LISN Rob Light, SN Will Hairston, Lance Cpl. Nickolas, SN Greg Curtis, LI1 EJ. Terrell, DM2 Luis Santi. X Marks The Spot For A Lot Of Activity In comparison with other divisions onboard, X Clixecutiveb Division is probably the most diverse. The ship's secretary is the X Division officer and works out of the Captains Office. Serving under him are a wide variety of personnel performing a wide variety of tasks. The journalists handle public affairs, the religious program specialists coordinate the commands worship services, the yeoman handle administrative tasks, personnelmen are in charge of service records, the postal clerks tackle the monumental task of mail service, the commands career coun- selor helps crewmembers with their career paths, and the guys in the print shop take care of numerous types of printing requests. Also in X are the legal officer and the ship's 3-M coordinator. Things never slow down in X Division, but these sailors are up to the challenge. X X RP1 Martin types away on another project. 79 -3 h ' SN h Sh LISN Rob Light SN Charles Oswald SN Robert Sc mrtt g jo n ell l 1 ,, SN Carl Tielking SN Larry Wilson l 102 Stillings works on a Familygram in the Print Shop. PC3 Peters handles mail in flight deck triage. wr Q W N Q AIMD AIMD Qfficers -Q1 LCDR Robert Gumprighf ENS Kent Ferguson R XX X X LCDR Gumpright CLD verifies information in the AIMD office with ASC Allen. 'r ..,. l I I I AQ IMGI Division A AZ3 Bill Quiroga keeps things going in Quality Assurance. IM O1 Is The Staff Division That AIMD Depends On The staff division of AIMD includes Production Control, Material Control, Quality Assurance, Aviation 3M Analysis and Maintenance Administration. This is the "brain" of the depart- ment and coordinates the workload flow with personnel and material requirements. Maintenance of a quality product deliv- ered in an expeditious manner at a minimal cost is the goal of all personnel assigned. Success is measured by the readiness of the embarked squadron and its capability to complete assigned missions. AMH1 Gregg Klotz goes over some figures concerning supplies. Division AD3 Carlson CLD and AMSC Howard make repairs on Nassau's Penthouse 838 helicopter. IM O2 Provides Repairs For Many Components Aircraft Division rovides re air ca abilities for aircraft ow- . P P P .P er plants, hydraulic and structural components, and aircrew survival equipment. Non-destructive testing is accomplished utilizing onboard.X-Ray equipment operated by specially trained NQVYXMZIIHC technicians. The addition of a portable engine test cell will significantly enhance onboard engine repair capabilities. LCPL Kennedy adjusts a rotor head IMO PRAN Charles Handy AA john Lawson ADAN Anil Malhotra AMSAN Paul Vernon AMW? X W W Colors are raised on USS Iwo Jima as she relieves Nassau Cforegroundj in Rota, Spain. IMO Division I While painting at an orphanage in Toulon, France, AZC Dudo is interviewed by NBC News Paris. Avionics Drvrsion Supports Many Areas USS Nassau's Avionics Division encompasses six distinct workcenters. Repairs are accomplished on complex electroni- cfelectrical components by highly skilled NavyfMarine techni- cians. Specific areas supported are communicationfnavigation systems, electrical instumentation, aircraft batteries, calibration, and weapon systems. A separate facility has been installed in vans supporting the AV-8B Harrier aircraft. A Type III calibra- tion lab provides support for other workcenters in addition to the embarked squadron. AE3 Lewis "tweaks" a piece of gear in the calibration lab. -ii M IMO4 Division ASE3 Ishmael makes an adjustment to a piece of equipment in the hangar bay. The Men Of IMO4 Give Equipment Support Support Equipment Division provides the "yellow gear" re- quried to complete every mission. Their efforts are required from the flight deck to the cargo holds. Maintaining and repairing equipment for maximum readiness is their total mis- sion. This professional NavyfMarine team exhibits a "Can Do" spirit and consistently meets all demands placed upon them. Over 160 items of assorted equipment are maintained in maxi- mum readiness throughout the ship. 6 'f , : f Z its X ff' wg. f 9 f 4 1 ASM3 Chavez adds just the right amount of oil to keep the yellow gear performing at its peak. K N 'E 'J Q X X f Vf' fi f, f f W W XX ax ,X , Air fficers eff f 5 1 A g Z K 1 25 2.157 ,W V , CDR Larry Wood LT RaYm0f1d Higgins LT Michael Wassik sag. I LCDR John Lewis LT Bill Wilcox ENS Norris Danzey - 1 Division The Crash and Salvage Team hopes that it will be an uneventful day for them on the flight deck. V-1 Takes Charge Of The Flight Deck V-1 is the largest division in Air Department and one of the largest on Nassau with nearly 50 officers, chiefs, and enlisted personnel assigned. V-1 Division's primary mission is the safe movement of aircraft about the flight deck, including launch- ing, recovering and towing helicopters, and launching and taxi- ing AV-8B Harrier jets. They are also responsible for continuously manning the flight deck with fire fighting personnel and crash and salvage crew- men in the event of an aircraft accident. Through the course of MARG 4-87, over 11,000 take-offs and landings were logged on Nassau's flight deck and over 6,000 aircraft were moved - all without a single accident or major incident. This deployment also marked the first time that AV-8B's have operated at night aboard ship. Nassau also became the first ship to deploy to the Med with a combined air wing of helicopters and Harriers. Members of V-1 blow out padeyes on the flight deck. 1 F 3 5 5 f I . f , f ing Y V-1 T AN Darryl Long AA Russeil McAu1ey AN John MCNQUY ABHAN Em MOON x, AN Dave Mowry AA Craig Noble AN james Nozzi AN Rocco Howard N A N V R r so AA Michael Stoddard ABHAN john Troxler AN james Vidrine AR Mark Watson SA AN Clyde Wilhiff AN Benjamin Williams ABHAN Everett Williams AN Leslie Wright V-3 , , I P W 'VW' " 'ff' mn mawwwwcw AA Doug Young A member of the flight deck crew signals to a helicopter pilot ABH1 Persutti keeps a watchful eye on things happening on the flight deck. V - 3 Division ABH3 Bolton QLD and ABH2 Nelson air a minor disagreement in the hangar bay. Keep It Movin, In The Hangar Ba V-3 Division is responsible for safe movement of aircraft, cargo and support equipment on the hangar deck. They are also the primary fire party for any aircraft fires on the hangar deck. V-3 maintains qualified directorsfLSEs CLanding, Signal Enlist- edj, blue shirts and crash and salvage members to assist the flight deck with high-tempo operations, They are also responsible for safe and expeditious movement of Marine supplies and vehicles to the flight deck for air transport to the beach. 41 ,ks Q ..,, ., V, ,E 1 , 'ini 1 g 5 f " 2 Q A I" 1' X i 'SIA X ABP2 Si s s a Q i gnore operates the deck edge elevator K I 1 T P AN David Seguinot AN Sheldon Stratman AA Daniel Mason AN Howard MeYef , ndee x d N you ' f1fg .,, f4fwwf4,fff by 5 d nd fe ' ff0sZ,f4xf '-fw , f if f ,7 "' f X W f fmfw fw , 4 , ff M Z , I Y 1 X X 4 X X7 f W X 2 ., We 4 -4, e ? ' ? Z f , 5 4 V 7 1 .- WV 6 W' ' 4 V 4,212 he V I 1 Q , Q 1 an I e F, ,R S mmm an-...Xe . 'K K V I ,,', f 1, ' of my I z ff 41, ,,A.W.xW ? y K Q fyyyff, W- , , f MV L LW, ,if ,,,, W H A fe , K e x ,,,. ,,,,, 411 , e ,ed V I ? W, W g ,Mr f,,, , WWMW ,M ,,, 7:7 Im Q V N1 . ,...i.N..,Ned ge NN.. .... I 4 fy , , X N. xxxx. Q - www ABHC Vaughn keeps an eye on the hangar bay from hangar deck control. V -4 Division i,,, .. fx s E.. p vm: 'WLT '!l"""' Members of V-4 refuel a helicopter on Nassau's flight deck. V- 4 D1'v1's1'on Helps Keep Aircraft Fueled They're called "grapes" because of the purple shirts they wear on the flight deck. For the men of Aviation Fuels Division CV- 4j, the nickname is a compliment. Aviation boatswain's mates Cfuelsj and their Marine counter- parts are the only ones who wear purple shirts. This distin- guishes them from other people wearing different colors and manning different specialties on the flight deck. The division is responsible for fuel, from the time it comes aboard from an oiler during UNREP until it's pumped into whatever type of craft or vehicle that uses it. To insure that fuel meets or exceeds purity standards, V-4 runs several types of tests, some on a daily basis. Before fuel is transferred from storage tanks to service tanks, it passes through a centrifugal purifier which removes both water and sediment. The fuel also passes through filters and other purifying processes before it is pumped into an aircraft. 'Ill T' AN Ken Estes takes a fuel sample to make sure it meets purity standards. I R K ! k , , A 1 T . AA Worth AA Tommy Williams ABFAN Doug Wise Jay AN Tenner Kimbro mans the phones during a fueling operation. W.,-wwwawf-f4..0fwww.NM.N, MARX f ,wp..,,,, ,, X x f X NWQQXNN ! v ' . , - - . ' ' 1 CA Division Aviation ordnancemen work on bomb-building in the shipis hangar bay. AOS Kept Busy During MARC? 4-87 The aviation ordancemen on Nassau were extremely busy during MARG 4-87. The division was tasked with providing ordnance for the various exercises. Often they had little or no prior notice. Despite this, CA Division provided the necessary ordnance without fail. They maintained perfect record keeping and accountability. Ibunng an inventory of ordnance and ordnance records 100 percent accuracy was found in CA Division's records. This surpasses COMNAVSURFLANTS goal of 99.5 percent accuracy. Slviition ordancemen relax during a lull in the action on the flight ec . ,f CA in-.H in i 5' X ,G I AOAN Rubin Hyman AOAN Donar Kenner AOAN Rich Linton AOAN Thomas Miner AOAN David Ray AOAN jamie Wheatley AO1 Smith fforegroundj demonstrates ordnance techniques to members of CA Division. , CD Division x 4 DSC Stolze enters an address into the Keyset Central Multiplexer. DSS Help Computers A I Stay On Line CD Division is made up of data systems technicians. The DSS have seven computer systems under their cognizance. During MARG 4-87, five of these systems had an "up time" of 100 percent and the other two were up 97 percent of the time. Three of the DSS attained their Enlisted Surface Warfare Qualification during the cruise. CD's LPG performed so admi- rably that he was nominated for the Navy Achievement Medal. CD's CPO was selected for a commission in the Navy's LDO P1'Og1'8f1'1. DS3 Barrett troubleshoots the UYA-5 controller. 114 I ,, . ' ,SLP F 4 'T - H If CE Division -Wi ET3 Bogue finds the problem that's been causing the equipment to malfunction. E Ts Are Impressive While Troubleshooting The electronics technicians of the Combat System's Depart- ment's Electronics Division are primarily "fixers" of equipment. Because of the gear they maintain, CE Division works closely with other divisions and departments. In addition to keeping gear operated by radiomen in CR Division working, they main- tain the hand-held MOMS Cman on the movej sets used by the MAA force, Deck, Air and Engineering Departments. E sf J vf , ,uno sg' 1-, H uf K ,,-.--'W' ET2 Gehrt keeps busy in the ET shop. Q , , - .ning P F i v I E 4 Qt w ' L l ET3 Scott Poston ET5 Manual Powell ET3 Chris Rafanello ET3 Keith Wallace ET3 Gary Wood ET3 Grady fseatedj, ETI Frankhouser fbackj and ET2 Gehrt review ma intenance cards in the ET shop. -i A CF Division FC2 Gagnier works on maintenance schedules for the MK-86 gunfire control system. FCS Keep CIWS Running Smoothly During MARG 4-87, Fire Control Division achieved an aver- age equipment up-time of 95-100 percent, far exceeding the fleet average. Gnly careful, daily attention to PMS, constant monitoring of equipment functions and superior troubleshoot- ing and repair skills could account for such high rates. In addition, CF Division conducted numerous successful live-fire exercises with the MK-15 CIWS, and the division directly contributed to a score of 95 percentfOutstanding dur- ing a SELEX anti-air gunnery exercise using the Nassau's 5" 54 guns. FC5 Schlag QLD and FC2 Dargan perform maintenance on a CIWS. F FCS Brian Hicks FC5 LCC Kryszewski FC3 Wade Sampson FC3 Cary Sapp FC3 Kirk Smith FC3 jeff Sponsel X w Za WWW av f ,, WMM lk SY X ' f WN ,L -,f7'W7 A, 2 ,,jg!,,4WW,,, ,f. . ., , f, ff 'Y Lf, v , 5 VW ff, fWf'WfwN,, , A ,, , , ylkfvw ,QM s N! 5 3' Q 2 CD O D Z rs U3 SD an C FY nv Vx" rn CD E. 3 ro I3 Q.. :D "1 rn fn , Z! W ff , f MM..,,,,,..,, .J X W f 57 ff X f ff f aj! fy? f -,54.,Qy.9cQ,,ff gp f ' zz K, , f fgfya , , fff,, V, 7 ff? wx fly, f f 5,7 , ,, , f ' J . 0 2 4 Z? Z' 2 f , ,, , , wb gf , My .hh 121 'Y i ,,Mp ,ppAp..g ,,.,, pp,:,.v., ,,,,, , S p.:, I a,... Q. 0 I CI Division LCDR Devonchik CLD gives advice to, from left, OS3 Yargeau, OSSN Oberherm and OS2 Pnereschi in the Combat Information Center OSS Run Combat Informa tion Center During MARG 4-87, CI Division, which is manned by Oper- ations Specialists, provided the command and control of six highly successful amphibious landings, along with providing over 150 hours of air intercept control. While we were deployed, the following personnel decided to continue their Naval career: OS1 Craig, OS1 King, OS2 Martin, OS2 Allen, OS2 Donaldson, OS2 King, and 082 Venable. The hours were long, the work sometimes tedious, but we returned home a combat-ready CIC team. N x OSC j.T. O'Donnell OS1 Maurice King OS1 Jerry McKee OS2 Joe Allen OS2 Ron Campbell OS2 David King OS'3 Paul Chandler OS2 Harvey Crayton OS2 Robert Donaldson OS2 Michael Kaszuba OS2 Charles Martin OS2 Alex Piereschi OS2 William Temme K C l OS3 William Dunham O53 Daniel Foster OS3 Mark Husong I -i O83 Wesley Jackson 7i6S3 Jerry MCGH1 OS3 Roger Rancourt OS3 james Redmon OS3 Greg Simpson OS3 David Yargeau O33 General Venable OSSA Norman Ashcraft OSSA Todd Barger OSSA Mike Crowell OSSA Greg Dockery OSSA George Hendrickl OSSN Bruce jackson OSSN Kenneth joseph 0 l SSN Leonard Keyser OSSA Ronald Lackey 41 OSSA Tom McLerran OSSN jeff Shawlee OSSN Maurice Murrill OSSA Jerome Smith F f- l ,uf lJ l la OSSN Andrew Oberheim OSSA Thomas Ward we ,X w . OSSN Murrill Cpointingj helps give a tour while Nassau is in Haifa, Israel. OSSA Jeff Provance OSSA Douglas Warman 7? 2 2? OSSA Chris Wilson CG Division GMG2 Rivera replaces one of the 5i' 54 projectiles in the rack. Safety Is The Key ,WWW ..- , l Q' ,fr For Gunners Mates 2 During MARG 4-87, gunner's mates conducted 10 successful 5" 54 gun shoots, firing a total of 230 rounds, 120 from mount 51 and 110 from mount 52. They conducted several ammunition breakouts for SEAL Team Four and EOD Det. 56, thus provid- ing support crucial to these embarked detachments. They maintained the 5" 54 guns in immaculate condition, Zero Casreps were needed during MARG 4-87 as a result of dedication and attention to detail. The gunners conducted a flawless precision 21 gun salute upon entering the port of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Most important of all, CO had a 100 percent safety record during the Med cruise. , , 4 var.-4,37 K. ,....,-.-,,,..- g f I I GMQSN Whistler makes sure everything is in workin d ' S Of Cr in the gun mount. 1 -X f ly fy C t GMCS RuSSCl McGuire GMG1 Hal Vickers GMG2 Kenneth Bonney GMG2 Ronald Landry GMG2 Gil Rivera GMG2 Wayne Stadelmeyer GMG3 Eric Coakley GMG3 Kerry Drager GMG3 James Estes GMG3 Ben Wallace GMGSN Bill Chambliss GMGSN Steve Jackman SN Kenneth Tressler GMGSA Robert Whistler n i . CW iv sion fri EW3 Richey QLD and EW3 Graves perform PMS on a piece of their gear. There 's No Task EWS Can? Handle The Electronic Warfare Division is a highly trained and skilled technical team that operates and maintains Nassau's countermeasure warfare systems. The purpose of these techni- cians is to defend the ship from anti-ship cruise missile attacks and torpedo attacks. The majority of this task is accomplished through monitor- ing emissions Cradars and equipmentsj from ships, aircraft and landbased sites. Once an emitter has been identified as hostile, EW technicians have a wide array of countermeasures available for neutralization of the threat. ff -,fini-aff'-"""f""""W""i V Sutton CLD and EW3 Conley help each other out in working on a piece of equipment on a weather deck. l I A I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I: ' a 5. I I rw I I I I 1 P I 4 r I r I I I I I I I I I 1 I 1 I 4 Recreation Y Q I I CWM. X f Life at Sea im all wofkollgggbfc-55 l play. NASSAU crewmembegsffoimdl Q time for recreation,whether kgigga o pickup basketball game inffhebfifigafl c lb o bay, or a command -orgabizedjgjfglem c o show or tournament. 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During the six-month cruise, the "shack" handled over 125,000 incoming messages and over 15,000 outgoing mes- sages, which equates to more than 1.5 million message copies reproduced and distributed throughout the ship. The 33 radiomen on board received plenty of "hands on" training and hope never to hear the phrase "port and starboard" again. CR Division can be proud of the reputation they earned as a legitimate "floating communications station." OSSN Smith Cfrontj visits OS2 jackson in the Combat Information Center. CR -i V C X ,W ,f f RMCM Jerry Lilly GYSGT David Hall RMC john Herron RM1 Carmen DePaulo RM1 Douglas Donley RM1 Richard Q Goldberg RM1 jerry Lucky RM1 Tony Stout l ff ,ffm I ,W M W W ,WW W' RM2 Bill Mulligan RM2 Daryl Stubblefield .ri Q- , N X r -4 1 i RM3 Curt Harris RM3 ,l0hf1f1Y Jones X. RM3 Michael R655 RM3 Gregory Williams l RMSA Robert Anderson RMSN David Bffbenan ? CR ,J L S RMSN David Boyer RMSN Paul Bundy RMSA Charles Butler RMSN Rick Cross S K RMSA Dietrick Haley RMSN Eric Isom RMSN Sedwrick jones RMSN Kevin McCartney RMSN Tim Perry RMSN Steve Santa Maria RMSN Duncan Shepard RMSA Samuel 5ifl1S RMSA Ward Smith RMSA jeff Stone RMSA Eric Upton RMSN Ben Washington CS Division -i n, , SM2 jones takes a look through the "big eyes" on the signal bridge. CS Division Signals From The Top Nassau's Signal Gang was very busy during MARG 4-87. From routine underway watches to "silent" amphibious land- ings, flashing lights, semaphore, and flaghoist communications, these guys did it all from the perch high atop Nassau on the O8 level. With true professionalism, the signalmen processed over 500 visual messages, maintained a vigilant visual watch and identi- fied numerous military and merchant surface contacts. 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M QQ MW M N mf-ffff.-,,,,,,, H , ,,h..,, ' ,V Lkxywm W if hlff M ,.x., ,-, wwwwwmww ,f ..,, A .,,m.M,,,,,mMm ' 'WMI-ff...,,.,..,,,Q"w- ,J-f. ' " ana.,-. K 1-fMw,,.W,,,,,M,m' , ""' 'Nw'-wf,M.,,,.,3g.,,, ragga! www ' ,gfwp-,M f New "K 3 "' f Z' WWA-4, Mwfww M,,,,,., Wmwwm, 3390 Q , Mn, I I- Wagga awww- W-W-M --...M -'fi 1 9 K X 'gag g - a my 1, nw . frm-v mf MWMX '-'W ,aww .-.Q Wm' In X .,.-cf! 4 'a MWZZ1. ,,.,. Ji Z7 af 1 . ,X 334,41 14 1 'M' "' za, . ' 'M' f ZZl -V. -W.,.,...,, .,.. ,WWWMVA H M N-an-dm Wmlwm- 'N-vm-,-an W...4,..,, ,ff--,..,.. ,V-w .- W, -naughty 2. -....,,-.1 F i Deck fficers LT Chris Chace 8' LT Bo Calloway CWO2 Wilbert Smith l K i I , . LTjG jim Sarafolean ENS David Welch "Boatswain's Mates - one of a kind. These guys are the most hard-working professionals I've ever had the privilege of working with." - LT Chace "Nassau's Deck Department has excelled in every evolution they have been involved in during the cruise. I'm proud to be a member of this fine crew." - LT Calloway Lt Chace CRD greets General Al Gr C . - , 'ssau aY, Ommandant of the Marine Corps, as he arrnes O0 N3 1st Division The UNREP team of IST Division takes a break to pose for the camera. 1 st D1'v1's1'on R esponsjbl e For Many Tasks The 22 men who make up Nassau's 1ST Division have various duties and responsibilities. They are responsible for maintenance of 50 spaces, 118 lifeboats, 2,000 CO2 lifejackets, and both boat davits. In addition, they operate the trash burn room Cfor the destruction of classified materialj, the forecastle Cfor anchoring evolutionsl, the forward and flight deck refuel- ing stations, and assist in the movement of boats during well deck evolutions. 1ST Division also supplies petty officers and seamen to stand Boatswain's Mate of the Watch, Helmsman, Lee Helmsman, and Lookout watches on the bridge. They also supervise line handling working parties. Their work is vital to ensuring Nassau's high state of contin- ued readiness. BMC Wilson gives ALF a stern reprimand in the hangar bay. 'I41 lst SN William Fitch SN Steven Haney sl SA John jones SN Patrick Kelly SN Daniel Kemper SA Mike Kingsley SR jim Lenahan AN Charles Metzger Members of IST Division make sure the fueling probe is seated correctly. SN jim Smolarz SN Russell Taylor SN Lee Walden SN Kevin Walters -,. ai 2nd ivision BM2 Adkison receives his Good Conduct Medal from CAPT Lucas. Znd Djvilsjon Is Full Of Hard Chargers ' Many of the men in ZND Division are non-rated, relatively new to the Navy and Nassau. The manning level of the division varies greatly because many people come to one of Deck's divisions before striking for a rating other than boatswain's mate. Those who choose to become boatswain's mates find variety and challenge in the work assigned to the division. Responsibil- ities include maintenance and preservation of the well deck, all vehicle stowage spaces, the after refueling station, and the boat and aircraft crane on the flight deck. ZND Division rigs and mans the after refueling station during underway replenishment and handles lines during wet well operations and sea and anchor QT detail. Z,- The men of 2ND put in long hours and perform what is 7 fiff potentially dangerous work. Yet their efforts are vital in main- taining Nassau's high level of readiness. BM1 Sansom QLD and BM1 McComas QRD watch LUG Sarafoleafl do some typing in the Deck office. 4.4 I v I P I 4 1 'I 1 L 3rd Division ABH3 Hodge gives Nassau a new exterior coat of paint. 3rd Is Small But Does A Lot The 3RD Division officer is the ship's Bos'n, and as such, the senior technical advisor to the command for deckfmarlinspike seamanship. 3RD Division is the smallest in Deck Department consisting of the LPO, 7 petty officers and 7 non-rated men. Their number may be small, but their duties are anything but that. 3RD is in charge of issuing gear from the Bos'n's Locker, Paint Locker, and cleaning gear issue for the entire ship. Members of 3RD also maintain and operate the ship's Sail Loft, where articles of canvas and fabric are sewn. In addition, the division is responsible for maintaining and operating all the ship's boats. Nassau has six boats, two LCM-6 landing craft and four LCPL MK-12 boats Cpersonnel launchj. BM3 Levasseur pipes a message over the IMC from the bridge. P I Q . 1' Q 1 NG fl 1? 2,54 L, A 4' Z 70 f fy Vf ,Lf ig W 4 - X X f aff 4 lc ow 0 sv f ,W , f, 1 ,. wf, , nf ,,d,,'s. 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X ,xi ,X l Division MM3 Boyd CLD and MM3 Deaguiar take readings on a reefer. A D1'v1's1'on Takes On Diverse jobs A Division has the most diverse number of jobs in any of Engineering's divisions. They work closely with Electrical Divi- sion on many types of equipment for which the divisions have overlapping responsibilities. Both A and E divisions, for exam- ple, work on Winches, galley equipment and laundry gear. In another instance, R Division assists A Division with cutting and welding work. During the cruise, Nassau's A Gang performed much of their work at night because the equipment they maintain was in heavy demand during working hours. For them, night life involved the hum of machinery. MR2 Morris operates a lathe I 1 ! P f 1 n A 1 -r w L AS ivision MM2 Snyder operates a monorail in the well deck during 1-Alpha. Assa ul t DI.VI'SI.OU Is Small But Mighty Assault Division maintains and operates Nassau's equipment for water-borne operations such as ballasting and deballasting, cargo handling gear Cincluding five cargo weapons elevators, the well deck vehicle stowage conveyor, nine diesel-driven monorails and the well deck overhead, various hoists, Winches and associated gearj, and the 90-ton stern gate. Unlike other amphibious ship classes, LHAs can land Marines both by water and air. Once the Marines get ashore, AS Division's job is not over, the division supports people from Combat Cargo in get- ting additional supplies and equipment ashore. 154 7771 2 Prueher operates the stern gate to begin 1-Alpha 0Pemti If Y P 3 1 A 1 E I TlC " . FN Chuck Summers FN Thomas West A tank from Nassau arrives on land to begin an exercise, I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I E Division we-,,.u-ll M.,,,..- EM2 james Madison gives an orphan in Toulon, France, an idea of what the U.S. Navy is all about. E D1'v1's1'on Works All Over The Ship The electrician's mates and interior communications electri- cians of E Division go virtually anyplace there is electrical equipment. The EMS are responsible for all 110 and 440-volt power on the ship. They provide power and maintenance for motors that operate such diverse equipment as winches, laundry machinery and the main engine room where pumps distribute fuel and water around Nassau. In addition, EMS repair electrical parts on turbine and diesel generators. The ICs maintain and repair the ship's entertainment system, the ship's television system, the IVCS phone system, the sound- powered communications system, and the MC systems. The IMC is the general announcing system while the 2MC, 3MC and SMC serve the engine room, welldeck and the flightfhanger decks. I M M' e ' tau li Y-I EMC Catbagan CLD and EMC Dineros rewind a motor in E Division's Rewind Shop. .ll- 7 . f Y ' K: r I K i s v 5 P 6 A 1 .ui ,..,f 1 l ICFN Dominick Brogden ICFN Kurt Mesdag ICFN james Morgan ICFA Luis Navedo 1 EMFN Kurt Shampine EMFN Kevin Simmons EMFN Tim Stimson ICFN Michael Thornton ICB CGeedunkj Smith's Christmas tree allows E Division members to celebrate the season in their berthing. EMFA Gaylon Williams FA Robert Womack , , I LCDR Santos QLD and his crew in Main Control keep things running smoothly M am Propulsion D1,V1.SI.OHS Get Nassau There Safely Main Propulsion Divisions 1 and 2, respectively, run Nassau's forward and after engine rooms. They are comprised of boiler technicians and machinist's mates. Other equipment operated and maintained by the MP Divi- sions includes main circulation pumps that pump 19,500 gallons of sea water per minute, four forced draft blowers that push 87,000 cubic feet of air through each boiler per minute, four fresh water pumps, fuel oil pumps and bilge tank stripping pumps. It isn't unusual for a man to stand a four-hour watch that begins before reveille, then "turn to" for a normal work day, followed by another four-hour watch before hitting the rack. For men in the MP Divisions, holiday routine means only an eight-hour day. BT1jame Gohr CLD gives instruction to Brewington QCD and FN john Lawrence. FN james - 1 MP - 2 Divisions E x 1 P r i 1 14 MZ K I Y -pg MP-2 BTFA Duane Grimes FN Steven Hermance FA Brian Hutchinson BTFA Lester Liston 7 MMFA james Malone FA Willie Watkins FA james Westover FN Kenneth Rice adjusts a piece of equipment in the engine room. R Division ig, , 'RH I ff Aff' ',,..-- t 'Z , Reparr Djvrsion Works Hard To Improve Lrfe Onboard Nassau's Repair Division performs a variety of functions in its three shops, Pipe, Metal and Damage Control. They serve to improve the quality of life for everyone onboard. Among the functions performed by them: maintain all Damage Control equipment, repair structural damage to Nassau, maintain all plumbing, make habitability and other improvements, train and sign-off damage control PQS for shipmates and provide people to fill leading positions in most repair lockers during general quarters. They also provide about 90 percent of the Flying Squad, Nassau's elite firefighting unit. 166 i 1 2 if We T if yf 1- 1 'tii D' A 9 V HTC Czadzeck QLD gives training to HT3 Steedle QCD and HT3 Leuthe. w ,r I. hi 6 O v 4 4 Q 0 J A 1 1 1 3- Medical f Dental 0ffiC6f5 LT Paul Shick LT Wilford Gibson LT Chris Sacash Dr. Gibson gives 053 Yargeau his pre-seperation physical. I M6CliC2d Department HMCS Miller gives an innoculation to a less-than-enthusiastic HTFN Bradt. Corpsmen Keep Nassau Healthy And Fit H Division's main responsibility is to maintain the crew's health through treatment and prevention. The latter method includes daily sanitation inspections of messing facilities and water samples Cfor pollution and proper chemical balancejg running the hearing conservation and weight control programs, inspecting stores, checking sewage holding tanks where waste is treated before dumping, and running the heat stress program. In addition to their other duties, the corpsmen clean and maintain 82 spaces. Among those spaces are four operating rooms, a laboratory, a pharmacy, an x-ray room, blood bank, physiotherapy room, medical supply storerooms, and a 69-bed ward which includes full intensive care facilities. Nassau has the capability of being turned into a 300-bed hospital if necessary. Nassau has the distinction of having the largest medical facility afloat on a warship. HM1 Lorrain examines a culture in sickbay X-c Medical HN Wir1Sf0H Floyd HN Daniel Friedel HN Thomas Hozey HN Daniel Myer 'Ya if .,, ff! 1 Corpsmen take an injured sailor from a helicopter into flight deck triage. V W , , r..r.. I.. ,... ,.. -W f 4 Dental Department r J l l Q25 Q3 , r 5? S 5 ,Xxx fi "' " DT3 Stabel fLj explains the proper way to brush teeth to SHSN Montez. Dental Techs Keep Nassau Smiling Nassau's Dental Department had an extremel rewardin Y S ' cruise. The rapport we established early on with the Medical f ' Department and embarked units was phenomenal. Our four- I. ' i man department was responsible for the dental needs and sup- port of the nearly 2,500 sailors and Marines on board Nassau i plus hundreds more from various ships and stations throughout the Med. During the deployment, we did thousands of fillings, 'W cleanings and root canals. We even had the opportunity to wire s I a sailor's jaw together in the Medical Department's operating -S Wi room because he had broken his lower jaw Trul an incredible - Y amount was accomplished in such a short period of time - and all done painlessly! I t 1 l DT2 Chaney greets patients with a smile. 174 ,J Dental DT2 Andre Cheney DN Dennis Estes DN Lewis Stable DN Estes x-rays a crew member's teeth. . ff' 4 wx fm W ff' ,W ff 'Wx 'W ff , W, Z! f ff fx MW! V ,M 7 X X WQW W wf,M J W off ff! ww f' ff ,ffw 1 W if ax , QW! w W WJZWW fz ff ' WW 5 ff mf, WW M My M, M ff W M if f ,W W 1 fw M W J X ff ff ,Q M 'I XYZ M fwf W MQ! , ,JIM M ,W mf MQW V X4 ff Wyw, f M! XM, ' ,ff M Qi, ff 5 ff , A4 ,lf ,X Qwff ffkff f f ff ff, X MMM '77 ff ff ffff V ff ,ff fff , ' W Nw, '? e ' w Y 4 D - 2 FV . H Q R5 i . Y xi, V: n. E, avigation Department 1 l 6 I Quartermasters chart Nassau's course on the bridge. Nassau's Course Charted by QMS According to the quartermasters, "You can trust your keel to the man who wears the wheel." The men of Navigation execut- ed numerous precision anchorages at such exotic places as Sierra de Retin, Tangier, Galera and Onslow Bay. Having safely navigated the nearly 18,000 nautical miles of the cruise, their main concern was to make sure they steered a straight course and made it back home to loved ones "on time." Navigation can say, "We made it happen!" 78 QM3 Madden steers a steady course for Nassau in the pilot house. A A E K A f X M , f Qwe xux , X, f f f f , i 61 hbor f 'g f wax ff? f 1 A-0 f 2,4 f f W MA Qwx, ,XWX TW M, pw f W I WQ ff W X Nw ff f ff f if if f f ,g, f nf X .Wi f f X, f f y w Wf fx, M Wy Nw WX W M f M5 o. M f W ,f X , '--. K 'XWx t W aug Q, f, M f f W wif f' fx QW yg? X , f 9 NMS w ,M ff W Wd IXWW W WW IW ,XWISW W, Q W -WN WW SWA.. 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K l M MAJ Anthony Sweets LT john Brown h h h K N. 'X' -N .Q W fx + ff . ' K x I xx Q S A Na, o :byxnx x M X' f f h 'P 'sh-N . lfxg, , y . ow J Q X X X x L... N X ,tw . Xoon X 4 - L x- X ,Q 1 X . LT Bob Kiser LUG Scott White Lt Brown shops for rugs in Tangier. MOYOCCO' Division LT Kiser ffrontj holds training in the Weather Office with the AGS. OA Is Nassau's Weather Channel Aviation platforms such as LHAs, LPHs and CVs have mete- orological units because weather is such a critical factor for flying. Gut well deckfsmall boat operations are also affected by weather, which can change rapidly and dramatically. Although Nassau has some sophisticated equipment for forecasting weather, some things are still done manually to achieve greater accuracy. At-sea forecasting, for example, benefits from hand plotting of surface weather mapsg ashore the maps are comput- er- generated and are less accurate. OA's job is a continuous process and the same effort is required whether the weather is good or bad. Their goal is to maximize our understanding of the weather for safety, mission success and tactical advantage. AG1 Zimmerman QLD and AG3 Foote discuss a weather chart. --1-L I V AGQ Don Hart AG1 Mark Zimmerman AG3 Mike Davis AG3 Todd Widergren AGAN john Foote AGAA Pete Miller AA Scott Peterson AGAA Charles Roediger AGAA Miller takes weather readings on the 08 level. -I 1 9 I f I t . I I I I f. CK Division AC3 Caron CLD and AC1 Rotenberry plan the next day's flight operations. Arr Con troll ers Provjd e For Frjen dl y Skies The air controllers of OC Division direct all aircraft bound for Nassau between five and 50 miles from the ship. Under five miles, the aircraft are controlled by the Air Boss from the tovver. They are also in charge of all airborne assaults, getting aircraft to landing zones on the beach and back to Nassau. OC Division conducts pilot's briefts, makes up and distributes the daily air plan and maintains flight log books for all ship's company pilots. Air controlmen must attend school and become Federal Aviation Administration-certified before they can control air- craft. AC3 Reynolds CLD gets some assistance from ACC Ferguson. GC f ,fs M ff' ff , f M, ffm, ,fo , Xl ,W ,W Z, , ACC David Ferguson AC1 Randall Carter AC1 Daniel Rotenberry AC2 Axel Seda l C AC3 Shaun Butterworth AC3 Todd Reynolds ACAN Glenn Caron ACAN Adam Marshall ,X Major Sweets Qsecond from leftj gives guidance to AC3 Caron CRD, AC3 Butterworth QU and AC? Reynolds in HDC QP Division PHAN More examines a color print of the ship. Photographers Mates Are Always Clicking Although it doesr1't take up the most time or material, intelligence photography is the most important job of the photo lab. In addition to tal-ring public affairs photography, the lab does reenlistments, official portraits and documentary photog- raphy. The latter involves such diverse areas as investigations to shots of the crew at work and play for the cruisebook. The lab also supports many embarked units and other ships with less or no photographic capabilities. PH2 DeAugustine CRD and PHAN More look over negatives in the photo lab. U, l GP f l C l Y C ff D A stine PH2 Kevin Graves PH3 L.R. johnson PHC james Cocklin PH2 je e ugu W. W fn , ' I 5 1 1 PHAN Harry Collins 4 f Ni i . . ' A 4- nw M 4 If PHAN Bob Keefer PHC ' ' - - PHAN Jim More C0Ck11f1 CR? g1VCS PHAN Collms advxce on how to use a telephoto lens. E l OZ Division 5 E ' Www, NSW mv ,aw-,wma A is MDW bww s C - A NN, as s t WWNDY ,,,, Q W. aims 5 M 5 5 5 ,C S ,sw-mv ,W-wwwfr-Q .,f,s.wvar DP3 Brennenstuhl CLQ and IS1 Allan enjoy some ice cream during Nassau's outchop in Rota, Spain. OZ Division Provides In tellrlgen ce Da ta "Away the Snoopy Team, Away" was an announcement that frequently blared over Nassau's IMC during MARG 4-87. What did it mean? For the men of OZ Division who man the joint Intelligence Center UICD, the phrase signified that the OOD had spotted a Soviet or unidentified ship or aircraft. When that happened, a member of OZ division rushed to the signal bridge and identi- fied the ship or aircraft in question. A ship's photographer also responded to the call, recording the ship or aircraft on film. .IIC also provides intelligence for the ship and embarked staff, provides intelligence support for Marines ashore and basically handles anything having to do with classified or sensitive mate- rial as it pertains to security. ISSN Taylor entertains an orphan in Palma, Spain. The children were aboard Nassau for a Christmas party. 5 l 4, IS1 Ray Allan DP3 Dan Brennenstuhl A03 Brian M0565 IS3 Blake Taylor ISSN Randy Gilmore , if X , -...........x Mechanics converge on a Harrier jet as it sits on the flight deck. fvw Q 4 gpg.. ii' sy ' xv-v-P N.. Gly ""' 5 'RK ff -wvmm 4 W . ,. f .3 vi' ' ' le 'vi X C Q x .f+.,,, M ,I , " '4 2 " - X' 1 5 1- W W 1 5 , ,Q N , Y Z f 1 X sf 'ww Qi! 5 4' 'F 1 f "fag, 4, 1 'My if ,QVC Q in xf 4 xx 4 fx f f Q 4' f ,, F Wi Q-L, win gf 'f . f f X ff X g.ef,,5t Wx 5 I y - g, 1 , m fvyy.. X 'af 7551 'Q' -Q ,ily b ' " '- M x.. Q ,254 Z ,, Q-.uwfv-Iuka. wa...-w A-. M S -1 Division SK1 Richard Harris takes stock of supplies in S-1. S - 1 Takes Care , Q Of Ship s S uppljes The S-1 CStoresD Division is broken into two sections - Main Issue and the Supply Support Center. Goods ranging from toilet paper to cleaning gear are dispatched by Main Issue. One of S-1's biggest customers is S-2. They go through a lot of plastic bags, cleaning gear and paper hats on the mess decks. S-1, in fact, handles all breakout, issue and storage for Nassau except for those specific aviation items carried by S-6. ssri XXX' :ss-:N Q .553-: X 5 SK2 Rick Hastings finishes up his paperwork for the day. S-1 . B P SK1 A die Stanfill SK2 Rick Hastmgs SKSN en age Ll ,M P W , ami Z ? Z , W W 7 f X, Wy? GJ M f , SKCS Davenport concentrates on su 1 pp y matters in Main Issue. w t S - 2 Division MS2 Rhodes CLD and MSSA Lindsay cook up some burgers for the noon meal. S-2 Serves Up Deljcjo us Chow S-2 is a 24-hour-a-day operation. Duty cooks get up at about 0400 to start preparing for breakfast, which starts at 0530. Lunch is served from 1030 to 1300 on the mess decks. The evening meal runs from 1530 to 1830. The pace settles down at about 2000 when quarters are held before the night shift takes over and the day shift secures. Midrats are served from 2230 to 2345. Although the shipls private messes obtain some of their provisions independently, the majority of the food they serve is purchased from S-2. S-2 helps keep the crew's morale high by serving only the best on the mess decks. 'N W' The mess decks gang prepares another taste tempting meal in the galley. ,t Us S3 Division SH3 Tony Collins QRQ checks out another satisfied customer in the ship's store. S-3 Takes Care Of Sales On Nassau S-3, the sales and services division, handles the ship's store, laundry, three barber shops, vending machines and dry cleaning. In addition to the 19 ship's servicemen, 30 Marines assisted in keeping clothes clean, soda machines filled and the never- ending struggle to keep the ship's store full. The unofficial motto, "Our prices are insane," was heard throughout the ship in February when everything from ashtrays to stereos was reduced below cost and offered to the crew on the hangar bay. Most of the work in this division goes on behind the scenes and after hours. The standard operating procedure for liberty call is to muster in the storeroom and stock the store or move merchandise from the pier to various storerooms. Open seven days a week, S-3's official motto, "Service to the crew," was in force and appreciated by all concerned. E . SN Tim Seagle gives another fine haircut in the crew's barber shop. l i l' l 197 s-5 SHSR Stephen Shapiro OS3 David Yargeau picks up a few snack items in the ship's store SHC Hugh Grubbs QLD directs incoming supplies to their proper destination. S -4 ivision t l Keeping a watchful eye on the money are these disbursing experts: from left, they are DK2 Gullick, DK2 Avilles, LTJG St. john and DK3 Hussey. Takmg Care Of Money Is Their Business Whether it was francs, shekels, dirhams or pesetas, the dis- bursing personnel were there to make sure Nassau's crew had an ample supply of the local currency. They often worked long past liberty call paying dealer's bills, travel claims and shore patrol expenses, but still found enough time for a rate training program that produced 100 percent successful advancement on each man in S-4 who took the Navy-wide competitive examina- tions. 200 DK S I l, 2 Avilles rounds the bases during a softball game ovel' S635 ! I U I 1 4 4 1 4 i A F ..4 - ivision MSSN Terry slices and dices in the wardroom galley. S-5 Keeps Wrdroom 0fHcers Well Fed Nassau's Wardroom Mess caterer doesn't exaggerate when he calls S-5 Division "a 24-hour hotel and restaurant." S-5 some- times feeds and provides rooms for guests on short notice. That's one reason why someone mans the wardroom galley and is cleaning S-5 spaces around the clock at sea. S-5 Division is responsible for cleaning about half of the 02 level. Between frames 40 and 92, S-5 has 219 spaces, which includes 106 staterooms, the wardroom, wardroom galley, two lounges, three heads and numerous passageways 202 MSSN Bro wardroom galley's bowls, wn stirs up a meal in one of the . MSC Wilfredo Frias MS2 john Meyer MS3 Johnny jones MSSA Robert Tolan MSC Alan Hardy MS1 Sonny Rosales MS2 Chris Hamiltgn MS3 Rudy Dowdy MS3 Kevin Jamison MS3 Eddie jones MS3 jerry Manrique MS3 Rodney Spivey M53 Oliver Trinidad MSSN Anthony Brown MSSN Staten Zook -6 Division I-gunman: 'Ui' "'-lr----an W Q Qi.. Q WN- X X3 fait. AKC Yaggie double checks some supply figures. S -6 Handles Avia tion Supply Aviation Supply CS-65 Division provided aviation logistics to the embarked air squadron, AIMD and Nassau's UH-1N heli- copter. The availability of parts determines aircraft readiness and material condition. To insure ready access, S-6 puts in many long hours. All the protective clothing for aviation is supplied by S-6, including cranials, jerseys, life vests, safety shoes, flight suits, etc. During the cruise, S-6 was absorbed into the S-1 Division. 204 S-6 AK1 Coleman Hillman AK2 Richard Bozeman AK2 Michael Capuano AK2 Serafin Ilao AK2 Paul Loveless AKAN Paul Amaral CAPT Lucas helps serve up chow on the mess decks. S - 7 Division ---1w mu.. CWO3 Mikovits QLD and DP2 Gleason review SNAP data. Good Orgamka tion: It's A SNAP! The SNAP system - what's that? Well, when all went well, nobody noticed usg when crisis management took over, every- one did. SNAP I: The producers of paychecksg Watch, Quarter and Station Billsg the ship's CSMP and .ISN logsg SUDAPS support for SMI. We guard your personal data and provide access to your "tube." S-7 Division has had requests from six different areas with everyone having the highest priority. Miraculously, we survived - even liberty. 206 DP2 Campbell replaces a tape reel on the SNAP system. A A - ivision -, mi AK2 Bozeman types up a stock order in the S-8 office. S - 8 Dl.Vl.Sl.OH Takes Con trol Cf Stock Stock Control Division is responsible for financial transac- tions and reports as they relate to divisional OPTARS and Navy stock accounts. We validate and update all outstanding material orders and assure proper billing and accounting. S-8 works directly with ADP and the SNAP system. We also order material for stock based on AVCAL and COSAIQ require- ments, and based on repetitive demand on high usage items placed by each division onboard Nassau. 208 ix AK3 Reynolds inventories forms in Stock Control. w l l 44-A S-8 SKC jim Hendricks AKC William Riley SK3 Bryan Dreckman AK3 Kevin Reynolds AKAN Mike Callahan AKAN Rick Hernandez AN Winfred Kessler SA uan Moscol 71 AKAN Hernandez places a supply order J 209 22d .2.1 Marine Expeditionar Unit The 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit CMEUD, as the former 22d Marine Amphibious Unit CMAUD, came into being on December 15, 1982 as a result. of the redesignation of the 32d MAU.MThe'rifl22d' History MEU, and its sister units, the 24th and-26th' MEUs,1 ff' 1 7 serve on a rotational basis as the iof the United States' Sixth Fleet-jfoii operatifiins pri.-X marily in the Mediterraneanlf i While deployed as tlfiej Farce Sixth Fleet CLF6Fj 1-83 fromifebruaryfiito Zpp 1983, 22d MAU was ordered aslfiore to segvefas the 'United States' contingent to lYIult'iglEat1onal,Force, Lebanon. The 22d severiallkey operations includingfthe rescuegof Lebanese ians snowbound in pgrr. mountains north andlfeast of Beirut, and the gresfcueelandfsalvage operations following the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on April 18? 1983. The 22d MAU returned to the United States june 26, 1983 after completingjjgi yy a short training exercise in Key West, Fla. ,ir,,,,, 'btr after embarkatiorr, ,sir the abruptly changed course for the isiandfffof,5'Gfenada. After several barked for a Med float as 1-84. Several daysii perxp On july 26, 1984 the 22d MAU deployed from Camp Lejeune and relieved the 24th MAU on August 8, 1984. As LF6F 3-84, the 22d MAU SOC received, many accolades for its outstanding per- formance in training exercises in Italy, Turkey, Turrisia, Spain and Morocco, and for its impressive record during port visits throughout the Mediter- ranean Sea. The 22d MAU was relieved as LF6F on February 7,1985 and returned home to Camp Lejeune on February 19, 1985. On july 3, 1985 the MAUi'reassumed the LF6F commitment and was deployed as LF6F .2-85 until December 19, 1985. The 22d MAU participated in Exercise Ocean Venture '86 and embarked on August 19, 1986 in preparation for NATO exercises Northern Wed- ding Qand Bold Guard ,in-.'Northern Europe. The LF6F 1-87 commitment was reassumed on Octo- ber19, 1986, and the MAU returned from the Med february 22, 1987. On May 5, 1987 the MAU embarked naval shipping and served as the landing On October 18, 1983 the 22d MAU again i iiii iiii iforce for Phase II of Solid Shield '87 in Honduras returning to the United States May 20, 1987. , affflmmediately following that exercise the 22d a 7,5 ,X .if 5 days of fighting, the.,VllEtofri,ous 'Marines backload iiii ed and again sailed 'eastward for,jthef7Mediterra,2'f iii' nean. The 22d MAU ecommencedfa detetmirfed effort to improve securityfarrangementsgin Leflja.. non while supporting ongoirfg,.pU,S. efforts. Despite numerous these missions were executed with proficieyncy and professionalism. In late February 1984 the Marines MAU commenced preparing forits SOCEX C Spe- Cial Operations Capable 941-Exercisel before another float, the 22d MAU K 3 ,Lk. fa' - I redeployed to Navy shipping off the coast off iiii 8 Lebanon, except for a small detachment left to provide embassy security. The 22d MAU was re- lieved as LF6F on April 9, 1984 and returned to Camp Lejeune, N.C. on May 1, 1984. SOC steamed for the Mediterranean to relieve the Augusta Bay,'Sicily to serve as LF6F On February 1, 1988 the 22d MAU redesiggigated"'as a Marine Expeditionary Unit t.he22d SOC. Relieved on March 14, bythe 26th MEU SOC in Rota, Spain as the LF6F, the 22d MEU SOC and returned to the United States March 27, 1988, having conducted seven landings, five exercises, numerous training evolutions and twelve Community Relations Pro- JCQTS - many of these 22d MEU activities were "f1rsts" in the Med. MA frm mind. 22d MEU Commanding fficer col. WE. BARTELS, JR. MEU Commander is briefed in the field Colonel William E. Bartels, jr., was born in Quincy, Mass., and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, in 1964 following his graduation from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Following his completion of the Basic School, he entered flight training in january 1965 and was designated a Naval Aviator in june 1966. Colonel Bartels' aviation assignments have included Schedules Officer, VMA CAWD-225, Quality Assurance Officer, VMA CAWD-242, Air Liai- son Officer, lst Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in support of the First Brigade, Republic of Korea Marine Corps, Flight Instructor, VT-22, Assistant Operations Officer, H8cMS-14, and Commanding Officer, VMA CAWD-332. Staff assignments for Colonel Bartels have been All-Weather Attack Instructor, Marine Air Weapons Training Unit Cduring which time he consolidated the A-6 program for Marine Air Weapons Training Squadron Onelg Marine Corps Representative at Nuclear Weapons Training Group, Atlantic, and the Assistant Fleet Marine Officer! Fleet Exercise Officer for the Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet. Besides the Basic School, he has attended the following military schools: the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., and the College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College, Newport, R.I. In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State, Colonel Barrels holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Salve Regina College. Colonel Bartels' personal decorations are the Defense Meritorious Ser- vice Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Air Medal Gold Numeral 1 and Bronze Numeral 18, the Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He and his wife, Connie, live in Morehead City, N.C. and have three grown daughters Amie, Beth and Lori. . . . leads staff meeting and operational planning . . . . , , and entertains a variety of VIPS! 22d MEU Executive Officer Lieutenant Colonel William T. Tucker was born on August 28, 1946 in Troy, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in june 1968. He attended the Basic School Class 1.69 graduating in December 1968 and WHS Ordered to the Republic of Vietnam the following month. In Vietnam LtCol Tucker served as a Platoon Commander with Company A, 1st Military Police Battalion, Force Logistics Command, FMF Pacific. Returning to the United States in February 1970, he served as the Embarkation Officer, S-4 Officer and Commanding Officer for Company K, 3d Battalion, 6th Marine Regi. ment, 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C. In September 1972 he transfered to the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, to serve as an Embarkation Instructor at Landing Force Training Command, Atlantic. Reporting to the 9th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division in january 1975, he was assigned to Headquarters 3, Service Company, 2d Battalion. He served first as the S-2 Officer and later as the S-4 Officer. While with Battalion Landing Team 2f9 he participated in the SS Mayaguez recovery operation. In October he assumed command of Company F, BLT 279. LtCol Tucker attended the Amphibious Warfare School in 1976 and in 1977 was assigned as Executive Officer of Company C, Marine Security Guard Battalion at the American Consulate General in Hong Kong. He became the Commanding Officer of Company C, MSGB in june 1979. Returning to the United States in 1980, he reported to H815 Company, Headquarters Battalion as Executive Officer. In june 1983 he was ordered to the field grade officers Air 8c Ground Exchange Program with the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, N.C., where he served as the G-3 Plans Officer. He joined the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit as Executive Officer in january 1986. LtCol Tucker's personal decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, with combat "V", the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, with bronze star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal, with four campaign stars. He is married to the former Lucy Harkins. They have two sons, William and Matthew, and a daughter, Rebecca. . . . and fights - and wins - the Paper WM! .l 22d MEU Sergeant Major Sgt Maj L.R. CROMWELL MBU SgtMaj . . . . joins the "2 for special Moroccan chow ,f V, W, ,ff , W . . . is ready to talk - after his coffee! "in the field" . . . Sergeant Major Lawrence R. Cromwell joined the Marine Corps january 1954. After four years of service aboard the USS Iowa CBB-61D and Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Va., he was released from active duty and returned to his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, working as a police officer with the Baltimore City Police Department. In january 1968, he returned to the United States Marine Corps, 10 years after he was first discharged. Sergeant Major Cromwell attended Advanced Infantry Training, Reconnaissance School and Vietnamese Language School, before serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Sergenat Major Cromwell was a team leader, scoutfsniper and interpreter with 'E' Company, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion in Quang-Tri Province. Returning from Vietnam in September 1969, he served as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, S.C., and later as a Platoon Sergeant at Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Va. He was also an instructor at the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Quantico, Va. Prior to reporting to the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit in March 1987, the Sergeant Major saw service with the joint Casualty Resolution Center, Thailand, and as Company Gunnery Sergeant and First Sergeant for 'K' Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines and 'D' Company, 3d Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Brigade, Kaneohe, Hawaii. SgtMaj Cromwell has also served as Squadron Sergeant Major of Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, Camp Pendleton, Calif., In- spector-Instructor 'E' Company, 2d Battalion, 25th Marines, Harrisburg, Penn., Squadron Sergeant Major of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 36, Okinawa, and Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Detroit, Mich. His decorations include: the joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Commendation CArmyj, the Good Conduct Medal seventh award, the National Defense Service Medal with star, the Meritorious Unit Citation with two stars, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Sergeant Major Cromwell is a graduate of Baltimore City College, and is married to the former Patricia Carlson of Baltimore, Maryland. The Cromwell's have four children and three grandchildren. . . . and enjoys the age! privileges of rank - an Sgt EM Young Cpl D.A. Williams LCpl B Shannon Pfc A. Nails Command Element Cornmandant LCpl W.F. Morris fi? .,.. Chaplarh "Chaplain, he says even though this is a Mass Casualty Drill . . . you LCDR R.O. Weimer should give him wine!" RP1 CSWD L.L Montesino Medical "It's DOI like IIS... LT R.L. Parry LT. R.W. Cason HM1 L.T. Chapman Stafffudge Advocate Capt P.F. Roche LCpl O.A. Pacheco . . . at the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune Pu bljc Affairs OfHcer "You would like some prints? . . . . . , sure, just find me aboard the ship!" GySgt Gladkowski S - 2 Intelligence Maj WA. King Counter - 1 Capt M.H. Schoelwer SSgt D.M. Androshuk "Why won't someone 'beam me up'?! - Sgt V.E. Bell It's tiring . . . all day watching TV! Sgt E. Vargas Photo not available: GySgt -LW. Dorsett Intell1 gence I A ,xx A , 5' .457-. SQ , , Sub - Team 1stLt F.R. Lichty Ssgt DK Wilson l Sgt B.D. Carlson .5 X. C X -QQ.m'wM- S oesn't 'Top' know I'm an LDO?!" K l i r WD' I Interrogator Q . . Jackson t ranslator Team ' 2 x N SSgt B.A. Messier Mixing photo processing F Ssgt J'.L. Stubbs cheihicais.. . .' - Sure you. are" ' Imagery Interpretation Ufllt Topo graph GySgt ,I.L. Clarr SSgt A.G. Bates GySgt FJ. Jessie Cpl AJ. Platt 9 l N "Honest, Gunny 'they said' this shot would not be used!" "Come on guys, who was chewing on . . . the Major's cigar!" hui... , S - 3 Gperations I Capt james Capt CW. Schmitt Capt B.E. Danielson Maj F.G. Duggan Capt T.B. McClelland 1stLt S.G. Beukema "Have I ever jumped?! - Are you kidding me!?" x 4 QR "Hello, Club Med . . . May I take your reservations?!" Us b we Omffwhere . . . in here . . . is the name and address of that . . . uh, du went to . . . last night!" is ii Cpl D.F. Favors GySgt MJ. Hill SSgt F.A. Adorno LCp1j.L. jalomo LCpl TJ. Warner "Hombres, I tell ju - don't mez . . . dez club . . . uh . . . dez LZ at 2230 tu-night! W 4, V, f "Field-day the Acclime Room Gunny? . . . We know who could be in-charge!" Z G C. . . the heavy hand of fate falls . . . on . . . "Why me, Lord?!,'j f-wi S -4 Logistics Maj D.B. Sayers Y 1stLt RJ. Correll 1stLt S.B. Smith 1stLt W.R. Strickland SSgt M. Gattuso 5 1 "Man, these Med floats "Sgt Zawatski told you we could order what?!" i l l U . i Yep, everything . . . you ever wanted to order . . . is right here - in my inventory!" i . . . don't get much more exciting than this!" i was X 5 x Q vs X Q1 SX "Who's going to fell i 1355 Cpl WK. Sanders A Cpl D.F. Combs Cpl GJ. Knoble I 2 'H f af f 1 I H-f Y ,ww -f , Cpl .I H Prosser tough reading . . . LCplj.R. Aguilar LCpl B.M. Bailey LCpl C.M. Brown .. Some 1iked digging into . . . others found reading tough . . M. LCpl R.M. Buchanan ---ug l nl.. ff B and still others asked . . . themselves, why . . . they weren't LCpl j.A. Gates invited . . . LCpl Thomas Photo not availflblei to be in . . . the official Group Picturel? Sgt C. Zawatski Cpl P.V. Holden LCpl M.T. Montgomery the XOW, "'til I see yora money, don'ta toucha da briefcase!" l ! V, ,. r... . ,.,.r.,, l Communications -, Capt T.D. Olson GySgt E. Lindsay SSgt WJ. Varnold Cpl Neira Cpl B.C. Rich Photo not available: SSgt R. Simmons . Nun ..i.l wk . :Z-V115 , - i B MW, 13 8 t -as if I Sgt T.M. Blanton Cpl M. Rogers Cpl H.S. Rucker l l I i F l l Cpl M.D. Henson Cpl P. Romano l Cpl j.A. Schmidt ' "Ball scores?!! . . . - You gotta to "Doc said my thumb would be fine, if . . . I just wrapped it every day!" be kidding me!" "At this hour, Brannon, no- prob-leem! -just for you, I'll call the home of . . . your girl friend!" Look operator, I'm SONY 44 19' Y Q LCpl j.A. Acosta LCpl CW. Brannon LCp1j.R. Catron LCpl R.E. Delano LCpl H.D. Helmer LCpl P.G. Perkins LCpl D.A. Plotz LCpl M.V. Riggins LCpl D.L. Roys LCpl D.S. Symonds LCpl DJ. Stelianou LCpl M.A. Vanhorn LCpl T. Dickson LCpl R.E. Enders LCpl B. Robinson LCpl W.D. Rogers ,,,,, ,,f ,,y1 1 l A r "Now, just one more time - How will you answer . . . when the President calls?!" A "Now do we look like . . . we have an 'outside' long distance line?!" OK, OK, we'll guess: You're f 'signing'? . . . No! - You're giving weak 'high fives'?! 5,-f k .X but we really don't know - - - this phone's number!" ,, .mf Forecon -. Det Force Reconnaissance ' Detachment X fa f ,f if W Front row: Cpl Stimson, SgtMaj Cromwell, Col Bartels, Cpl Morrison, Cpl Gentry, Back row: Capt Mosher, SSgt Goodnoh, HM2 Coleman, Sgt Glembin, Cpl Orse, Sgt Gardner, Cpl Butts, Cpl Thomas, Cpl Miller, 1stLt Hedequist, Cpl Schanz, SSgt O'Meara, Photo not available: Sgt Burns, Cpl Labarge, Cpl Harsh. Cpl Caldwell, Cpl Sims. l Capt A.S. Mosher u Special Ops are tough, but someone . . .!" ,A v Anglico Det Air And aval Gunfire Liaison Compan Detachment LT 1.11. Levin "Your Navy-Marine Corps team sends its greetings!" 1stLt Spears Front row: Cpl Clayton, LCpl Lane, LCp1 Seals, LCpl Oneal, LCpl Simons, Back row: SSgt Williams, LCp1 Anderson, LCpl Warner, Cpl Garcia, Cpl Wyville, Cpl Davidson. Photo not available: LCp1 Locke 3 adhn Det C adio Battalion Detachment Front row: Sgt Hayden, Cpl Stark, Cpl Mackey, LCpl Donohue, LCpl Graham, SSgt Neese, Cpl Spivey, LCpl Phelps, Cpl Wright, Middle row: Sgt McCleary, LCpl Webb, Sgt Canipe, Cpl Hastings, Cpl Gifford, Cpl York, LCpl Schisler, SSgt Snyder, Back row: Sgt Delahunty, Lt Meredith, Sgt Mashny, Cpl Seignous, GySgt Rhoads, Cpl Dawson, Cpl Harkins, Sgt Boner, Cpl Smith, LCpl Freburg, 1stLt Williams. l l is x gx .lx 1. Kgkxigs Q ifgfg I , A s.x..I4fi5 1stLr W.E. Meredith H655 did yOu Say: 'Hold the cheese and extra anchovies' - Or viCC versa?!" LY! QIQHI ' MSS 1stLt D.A. Stopp LT MB. Lyle-S G-22 uDetn Personnel Aboard Uss Nassau Support Group Q Marine Service .st .t Wx r., .nt S V at Front row: LCp1 Hamilton, Sgt Newcom, LCpl Gilchrist, Cpl Bonene, LCpl Draper, LCpl Lane, LCpl Defy, Middle row: SSgt Elliss, SSgt Harper, LT Lyles, 1stLt Stopp, GySgt Bussman, SSgt Howard, Back row: HN Mitchel, Cpl Harville, LCpl Abbott, LCp1 Wise, LCpl Daddario, PFC Macaulay, Cpl Holliday, LCpl Betlach, LCpl Godwin, PFC McGovern, Cpl Evans, DN Brown, LCpl Hays. Photo not available: LCpl Moore I Al-'T BNI? "There were so many - at times, we just lost track - of mail piles and teeth pulled!" , 224 MBU Soc X x f ix yi, .V 'Bak . 'NBL imJ 5, ',.V ,I 'A ""5..r ""' Ah 5 -3 2 gag V ?7- fl, ,'.. , 1 It .1 ' ' 'I '1 f f-ff! , . . t W H R A IM K h 5' .,., V , V 22 1 W -Q' -, ' ' R' 'L '- ,.y' tl 12.3 5, mcjfgka fi M!! 4' 1 Q 5 ,, S vt ' ,if V fs f I 2 , , f . r f " , zz" 1 f 61 Q f ,f Q 1 1 , k V' L 4 , 4 I ,. A Band Of Brothers Fam1Yy Unity ' Q 1 10 4- Fli Q., Ou tstandrhg E .5 xg .V r Na- , L-1 WI. QU gx 22' 4 -Pv-- . e-e ,f ft J 'V' N X 'Q X 5- X Worlcrhg Together . . . The Navy-Marrhe Corps ., N wi, Q -Y, fv X 4 fail Command Element Lea d ershlp :aff 'MAQWES NU? ,i5,nunm Q, -I7 3251? 1 ga Ili H A Team! Comm unlty Relations We!! Deuce, 224 WZZZH' .599 t CIC ZIC YWICC here are those stead of see WD I Llnil Commanding OfHCer, BLT 2X6 Ltcoi SJ. BATHURST While our deployment as the Ground Command Element of Twenty-Second Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operation Capable began on 30 September 1987 as we embarked aboard the ships of Amphibious Squadrons 2, we actually became a Battalion Landing Team in late March 1987. And as a BLT we accomplished much during our thirteen months together. Our work-up was both demanding and challenging, for each of us was required to make many personal sacrifices and push our bodies and minds to the limits we may not have thought possible. I also realize that some may have thought these activities unnecessary, for there is nothing short of war itself that can verify one's ability to survive and win. While BLT 2f6 was not put to the ultimate test, I believe we had our mettle tested through a rigorous training syllabus, aided by an extensive physical training program that included much humping, and of course, that ever present "2f6 weather factor". You have, on many occasions, endured the unendurable. I have seen, first hand, some of the finest Marines and Corpsmen our society has ever produced. I have witnessed NCO leadership at a level never before experienced in my career. I have seen SNCO's that would challenge the best the Corps has to offer, and I have served alongside officers like none other with which I have had the pleasure. Throughout our association as a Battalion Landing Team I found myself constantly asking the question: Where did we find men of such caliber, of such integrity, of such talent and of eagerness to learn and grow? Each of you has every right to be extremely proud of this BLT's accomplishments - for you were the BLT. You may have thoguht it was I who was leading you on to those unending miles of humping, but it wasn't, it was you pushing me. You have proven to be some of the finest Marines and Corpsmen that ever laced up a pair of combat boots. As you puruse the following pages, remember the closeness you felt with your fellow Marines and Corpsmen, remember the tough times, remember what it was like to belong to something that was good, something that was proud, something that you may never again experience in your lifetime. To all of you, the "Few Good Men" of Battalion Landing Team 2f6, you have my sincere and very deep appreciation for providing me the opportunity and the distinct pleasure to have been one of you for a short period of time. No matter what your future holds, I wish each and every one of you the very best that life has to offer. Keep Humpin'. if 1 Never ask a Marine what he does, if he is a GUNFIGHER, he will tell you, if not, why embarrass him? Executive Ofzqcef, BL T 2X 6 Maj JD. MACKENZIE "If ir airft broke . . . Don'r fix ir!,' SgtMa j SMITH - Wm -V SX-K f . , , A ' ,, , . 'v - Sergeant Major, BLT 2f6 -.... -. A V- P A , . A ' ' N. K A ,PN ' bk . Q i -. K Lf' gg ' is ' 2 Vg. ' Q-'wg ,. J. , I A A .- ,. Win 352 f fi, ix 4.4 C955 'J vi ,, BLT S-1 4 M9W"x Although in a small cubicle of an office, the S-1 . belied it's assigned space by spilling forth huge volumes of paperwork in characteristic S-1 style and supporting the Commanders' administratively so they could better accomplish their mission. The S-1 Marines included: long-time member of 2f6, Cpl Thibodeau, the BLT Legal Clerk who kept our legal work flowing, LCpl Hickman who provided virtually all of the correspondence for the BLT with his skillful typing, LCpl Felker who kept all of our files current and, with LCpl Myers, who provided entertaining cartoons for the BLT 2f6 "Bull Sheet", LCpl Talasco who was the "keeper of the book" carefully kept track of the classified messages and the always disappearing messages boards, LCpl Yancey reigned over his empire of CMS gear and made sure that no classified material escaped the ship by destroying massive amounts of secret documents, LCpl Myers, the BLT Postal Clerk who helped to shorten the cruise by sorting and distributing tons of mail, and Sgt Castleberry, "The Dream Weaver", the BLT Career Planner kept our Marines' hopes alive with promises of reenlistment bonuses and outstanding duty stations. Directing this menagerie of talent was the ever-smiling SSgt jackson, Administrative Chief Extraordinaire. Last, but not least, was the Adjutant, 1stLt Corson, last of the 0180's in Infantry Battalions. All this comprised the BLT S-1, a tight-knit group that exemplified the term "Gung-ho" The BLT S-1: "Proud to Serve." 1stLt Corson, SSgt jackson, Sgt Castleberry, Cpl Thibo- deau, LCpl Hickman, LCpl Felker, LCpl Myers, LCpl Yancey, LCpl Talasco . BLT Admihrstra tion Center "'N f A---t-an -X . Ss at R QT? The BLT Administration Center is the shop that serves the BLT in many unseen ways. Our mission is to see that all pay and allowances for each Marine are in order and are monitored accordingly. We take care of the countless problems before the individual Marine even knows a problem exists. We serve the Marines of the BLT by providing ID cards, SRB maintenance, travel claims, and general input into the ,IUMPSXMMS system via the Unit Diary. On July 11, 1987 we attached 319 Marines to the BLT which put an extraordinary burden on the section without any additional manpower, yet we still handled the situation in the usual professional manner. There have been many highlights on this cruise that will always be remembered. SSgt Hudson, after fiv tries, had a son this time, born on 11 jan 88, weighing 7 lbs 13 ozs. Rumor has it that he was born in a pair of high-top Nikes with a ten-year no-cut contract with the 76er's. CWO-2 Sauber has been stressing out the troops throughout the float, but not with push-ups or 16 hour work days. Instead, he plays Madonna and Beach Boys tapes causing hate and discontent throughout the office. Overall, it gives us great pleasure to serve the finest BLT in the Corps and to be an exclusive part of "Tested Mettle". SEMPER FI!!! C l n 'Til Back Row: SSgt Hudson, LCpl Brennan, LCpl Burris, LCpl Cook, LCpl Byerly 2nd Row: LCpl Shorter, Sgt Halbert, LCpl Maccracken, Cpl Becker, LCpl Walters, LCpl Brazier, LCpl Dinnan Front Row: Sgt Sanchez, CWO-2 Sauber, LCpl Garro, Cpl Neilson T921 ' r , yzf H ' . , " 0 0 ve' S 5 S E F l I 3 i 5 5 l The BLT Intelligence CS-2D Section is responsible for providing the BLT Commander with accurate, timely and up-to-date information concerning the enemy, terrain and weather. Working in conjunction with the intelligence assets of the MEU, the BLT S-2 consolidates the information provided by the various external agencies in order to "paint a picture of the battlefield" for the Commanders. We believe that this is one of the finest, if not the finest intelligence sections ever to serve in the FMF. Where does the Corps get such men? SSgt Kerr, Sgt Tavarone, LCpl Curtin, Capt Gensic W W t f 27 ff j f , --f' ff . if J WW 1 G-am mtwm W MMM . , a im V fa ing, ,W.,,WmW -wa, fwmwyflk Mi My MW 1 ,f 7, f., ""'w-.waijfa f M, f 4 ff X yy? smaaa., ,,s,,Mf"' L .. 5 "-VQPU, f 4, ' , WW' ,' T' ' X Y " 1 '07 . , I , few f J ,sa,,,ga,,, 0. , Www.-W 5, fs 7 X y , ,, f- ,,,wffmjWf-ag W , , , ,, My W Vw ,, Survedlan ce And Target Acquisition KS TA j Pla toon This is a photo of the STA Platoon. At least we think it is. No one knows what they do or even if they really exist. If they do exist you couldn't find them anyhow. STA Platoon is able to disappear individually, or as a group. Their Platoon Commander doesn't see them for weeks at a time . . . even when they are aboard the ship. These Marines are especially good at hiding out when it comes time to form working parties or get immunizations. lt's been said that you might get a glance at one of these creatures if you put a hamburger and a cold beer on a tree stump and hide out until nightfall. You must be very quiet and patient though. And by the way . . . this doesn't work if you are a First Sergeant. Back Row: Cpl Mazoyer, LCpl Freeman, LCpl Ashton, Sgt Ginnever, Cpl Parks 2nd Row: LCpl Faryniarz, LCpl Marlow, LCpl Courneya, LCpl Andrews, T.B., LCpl Guard, Cpl McDaniel, SSgt Owens Front Row: LCpl McCoy, LCpl Andrews, M.D., Cpl Phillips, Cpl Hinderliter, Cpl Bertapelle J 3' BLT S-3 Top: Sgt Lafieur, LCpl Benavidez, LCpl Norfleet, Cpl Acock Mid: Capt Supchak, Capt Houlihan, Maj Sposato, Capt Kunhardt, Cpl Mujsce Back: GySgt O'Neil, CWO-2 Phelps, GySgt Gerrard, Capt Dowdy The S-3 COPERATIONSD section of the BLT is primarily responsible for matters pertaining to operations and training. The Section is made up of Marines with various backgrounds and MOS's to include: infantry, aviation, NBC, drafting, and administration. The S-3 is no ordinary staff section. As the float progresses they are each seen in herculean struggles trying to accomplish the truly worthy personal goals they have set for themselves: The Boguemaster is refining his oratory skills in order to, in the telling of one story, achieve the perfect transition from Beirut to Ranger School to Recruiting. Skyler, utilizing the lightning reflexes of a fighter pilot, attempts to break "62" at St. Andrews. Raven and Dozo, with magnifying glass in-hand search for "special slides" for a helo egress class or officers' school. Two figures concealed in the shadows, predatory senses ever-alert, reconning their objective, they make one final check of their "packages", and advance like grim-reapers into the night. The W.O. and Gunny are in search of a utopian liberty port or the ultimate MORP 5 and a 4,000 foot jump respectively. RJ. strives to perfect his linguistic skills for the betterment of the Corps while trying to assume the billet of duty "sacred cow". Benni-Hanna works diligently to meet the demands which tax his skills as a cartographer to limits behond human endurance. In the interest of man-kind, Gontri and Gator try to convince anyone who will listen of the benefits of a pre- emptive first strike. As the remaining days grow short we see Fleet wandering, dazed, asking what sort of insane asylum he's been committed to. Amidst it all, a solitary figure stands, the Major. As the red-headed stranger slips by in the passageway, the Major's heard to utter those immortal words, "Hey Lieutenant, aren't you on duty section tonight?" In the final analysis, looking into the steely-eyes of these life- takers and heart-breakers, one can only wonder if they can find the courage to face the post-deployment routine without their daily MORP? THE STRONG SURVIVE, THE WEAK FALL BY THE WAYSIDE. - TBRITS Air OfHce As part of the S-3 Section, the Air Office's stated purpose is to effect coordination between the BLT and supporting air agencies, utilize the experience of its members to advise the Commander in all matters dealing with air and to contribute to more effective planning. To the Aviators, this translates to obtainin a higher level of appreciation of civilized living by exposing them to the g experience of "wallowing in the mud"! They must also learn to beat their heads against the wall in frustration on numerous occasions while trying to deal with creatures of lower intelligence. Occasionally, the Air Office is known as the Tactical Air Control Party CTACPD. It is comprised of three Aviators and twelve communicators from the Comm Platoon. The senior Aviator is the Air Officer and is responsible for planning, coordinating and advising the Battalion Commander on air matters. The other Aviators serve as the Forward Air Controllers and together with a team of three communicators function to control all air at the company level. Lastly, the TACP is there to offer training in all Aviation matters. They also serve as examples to the BLT as to what happens to a Marine when he gets to heaven. There is nothing more demoralizing to the enemy or motivating to the Marines on the ground than a section of aircraft, loaded with ordinance, rolling in with a "Mark in sight . . . CLEARED HOT!" Capt Houlihan Capt Supchak Capt Kunhardt fUI1kI1OWI1, but it SOL1r1dS gooclj "DOZO" "SKYLER" "RAVEN" FRIDAY PRA-:HA-l5iiB.'lVKL-F--Inin-I -Q-IEUEOEEAY Dillfl N' 4 A 77 SATURDAYQANI O'6A00 -W' foaoo .- ' c L" '- ottue 5 0 '66 f ,f sl GO . mm .0 f so 22 O soloist! 961563, 'gg' fill Q f , Q 55, tw Qffwv ' 54 sk Q ,f f ff:-Eff II W l if -'W H P f A I' I U no s- C "TQ - --in-N l ' :iii i 16 Q. I! ' L7 v A K 'dx Nl I 5' .-a ff 4 'lf 'u f 23 f 75,5 of N ' is A e e "1 A -9 e 5421 X . C L, ,162 NBC Section After watching the OIC of the NBC Defense Section throughout the deployment, one might " think that NBC stands for Nocturnal Broad Chaser. Actually it stands for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense. Our job is to , , , eh 0 D . ah . . . hummm, well we can't tell you because if we did somebody would probably make us do it. If that happened it would interfere with important things like sleeping, eating or other important stuff. The section consists of an OIC, CWO-2 Phelps, NCOIC Cpl Mujsce and a clerk, LCpl "The Beef' ' i Acock. We don't locate, close with and destroy we ust n k ' i 1 u e em and let God sort them out. l X at t CWO-2 Phelps, CPL Mulsce, LCpl Acock A QW' BLT S -4fArmoryfEmbark To the acclaim of thousands, the BLT S-4 CLogisticsD Section provided never ending and much publicized logistical support to the battle-weary Marines of BLT 2f6 during the last year and in particular, those last six months on float. The S-4 Office is responsible for all the , logistical support to the BLT to include supply, maintenance, transportation, embarkation, ordnance, food service, weapons repair and financial management matters. The best way to think of the S-4 shop is to think of the Marines who coordinate the procurement and movement of beans, bullets and bandages to the field in the quickest manner possible while tracking maintenance on the delivery vehicles and the money to pay for it all. Fearless, brave and untiring during all tactical operations, the hard- charging S-4 Marines were always eager to charge ashore to provide the combat service support that they trained long and hard for! Consisting of steely-eyed "ammunition techs" who in the blink of an eye could produce thousands of rounds of ammunition to the cunning "maintenance management specialists" always looking for goodie boxes, to the embarkation Marines willing to off-load the ship in the dead of the night, to the "Mr. Fix-it" armorers always looking for a damaged weapon of war to repair. The logisticians were always ready to provide total support to the infantrymen up front. Back Row: Sgt Harden, LCpl Cavalier, LCpl Tiner, LCpl Sullivan, 1stLt Phelps Front Row: SSgt Caraker, Capt Attaway, SSgt Watson 'YW Sgt Downing, LCpl Fletcher, SSgt McKenna, LCpl Weaver 1 I I ey ii ' rl i T E 5 ,H S UPPIY The mission of Supply is to keep the grunts prepared to "locate, close with and destroy the enemy . . . Every piece of gear that is humped to the field finds its roots in the Supply WarehO11SC- ThiS includes everything from "bug juice" to cold weather underwear. It is our goal to see that every Marine and Sailor in the BLT goes into combat with the best gear that the government can buy and to ensure that additional gear is readily available. During the predeployment phase, supply was "under the gun." Everything focused on the ability of the section to provide the BLT superb supply support. The professionalism displayed by all members of the section was the underlying factor that contributed to the success of the mission. Whatever isn't nailed down is mine and whatever I can pry loose, isn't nailed down." - Collis P. Huntington Back Row: LCpl Barbee, Sgt Martin, B.F., LCpl William, LCpl Glispie 2nd Row: Sgt Martin, F.G., SSgr Setters, LCpl Atwater, 1stLt Fegan Front Row: LCpl English, Sgt Maricic, LCpl Frutchey Food Service Opera tion Back Row: Sgt Garmon, SSgt Pope, Cpl Walton The preparation of hot chow, fresh bread and 2nd Row: LCpl Dudley, LCpl Kuhn, LCpl Gibbs, LCpl Rose, LCpl james, pastry for the 1800 Marines and SailO1'S aboard the LCpl Reynolds, PFC Lineberger USS Nassau was the combined efforts of the USS Front Row: GySgt Ward, Sgt Frey, LCpl Miller, Pvt Tourangeau, LCpl Nassau Sailors and BLT 2f6 Food Service Marines. McPherson, LCpl Patterson When requested, the Food Service Marines provided the necessary support to the ship and field exercises for every occasion that required its use. During all the A training evolutions ashore the Food Service Marines ffl J proved to be an extremely professional organization by S1 :T A providing hot meals as required. The cooks of BLT 216 will always be ready and willing to support the ,. fighting Marines and Sailors anywhere in the world, in any conditions, to ensure the health and welfare Of the finest fighting unit in the FMF. And we will always be there to "serve", ,rr if 'E 240 I QL Headquarters And Service Company Back Row: LCpl Dominguez, LCpl Werner, Sgt Bledson Front Row: LCpl Silveira, 1stLt Walker, GySgt Brooks, LCpl'Boltin Need any non-combat support? If so, H 8z S Company does it all. Need a machinegun repaired? How about an administrative action request? Do you have a pay problem that needs correcting? Want motor transport support? How about some 782 gear? OK, no more 782 gear but one out of five isn't too bad! In fact, anything that the Battalion or the Companies do require H 8: S Company participation and support. Our Cooks have the ability to prepare a seven course Marine cuisine meal and our Corpsmen have the expertise necessary to "heal,' you afterwards. Our Special Services section ensures that you always get beer rations and entertainment and our religious support section provides you with the forgiveness for partaking. Our Headquarters Element or Battalion Staff is the "brains" of the organization and after spending a day with one of the staff sections, such as the Intelligence Officer, you will see that not all the "brains" possess intelligence. During the LF6F deployment we were also privileged to have a platoon from 2d Recon Battalion, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, 2d Tank Battalion and a section from Anti- Tank Company. These combat support attachments maintained a very fast-paced "training" schedule. They could never be found and were always at "training". We know that they were onboard the ship, however, because they all signed the liberty log. Thus with such stalwart means as these, H 81 S Company "guided" BLT 216 around the Mediterranean. Capt jackson 1stSgt Rubenstein Motor Transport The mission of the BLT Motor Transport Section is to provide tactical and logistical motorized transportation in support of the BLT. The MT section is also responsible for the second echelon maintenance of all vehicles. There are eleven vehicle operators, five mechanics, one MIMMS clerk, one MT chief and one MTO in the section. Motor T is capable of most field expedient repairs and small vehicle recoveries. Contact teams are either dispatched to the location of any vehicle and driver in need of assis- tance or attached to separate units. THE PRIDE DON'T RIDE WITHOUT MOTOR T -Q Back Row: LCpl Coates, LCpl Rockhold, Cpl Lyles, LCpl Wilson, LCpl Perez 3rdVRow: Cpl Pollock, LCpl Nicholas, LCpl Mosier, Cpl Small, LCpl Radtke 1 2nd Row: LCpl'Baker, LCpl Blocken, LCpl Nethers, PFC Hoover Front Row: 1stLt Waigand, GySgt Lech K 44 Comm umca tions Pla toon The Communications Platoon provides the Commander with the means to exert personal influence in the exercise of command and control of the assigned forces, supporting fires and combat service support over larger areas than would otherwise be possible. In order to accomplish this task, the platoon is organized into four sections: Headquarters, Radio, Wire and Maintenance. These sections combine to establish a communications system that is reliable, secure, flexible and meets the needs of the Commander in the tactical situation. "Communications dominate warg broadly considered they are the most important single element in strategy, political or military." - Admiral Mahan Ba ttalion Aid Sta tion ju Ugg,-,,,,,,.. ww, ,,W,,. - f Back Row: HN Barrett, HM3 Emerson, HN Breedlove, HN Jennings, HN Hodges, HM2 Kollins, HM3 Newbill, HM3 Williams, HN McKenzie, HM3 Cash, HN Roberts 4th Row: HMC Schmahl, HM1 Scott, HM3 Horne, HN Brownlee, HN Raymer, HM1jenks, HM3 Dixon, HM3 Hayes, HM2 Anderson, HM2 Lambert, HN Terhall, LT Liberman 3rd Row: HM3 Buczek, HM2 Staples, HM3 Rang, HM3 Hall, HN Stenwall, HM3 Foster, HN Rotunda, HM3 Deshazor 2nd Row: HN Tasto, HN Rupert, HM3 Snow, HM3 Cicarelli, HM3 Teaver, HN Gonzalez, HN Rodriguez, HM2 Gonzalez, HM3 Smith Front Row: HM3 Herron, HM3 Shenberger, HM3 Orman, HM2 Burris, HN Mitchell, HM3 Spriggs, HN Thayer Marine-hating Sailors, who will go through the very depths of Hell to save a Marine Semper Fi 4.4 l I Cha plains Office LT-IG johnston The BLT Chaplain is concerned with the spiritual welfare and morale of the troops. This concern is realized through the Command Religious Program. The CRP includes provision of Divine Services, special events, seminars, counseling, Bible studies and creative ministry designed to promote the well-being of every Marine and Sailor in the organization and support the overall mission of the BLT. Chaplain M.R. Johnston and RPSN Friar enjoy the special challenges of their assignment with BLT 2f6 and anticipate continued success in maintaining the high standards of excellence that earmark the Marines and Sailors of "Tested Mettle". God Bless You! l ,Ami ,' . X ,,... , , ,....u, ' - Llfil-lglffi is 2 i 4 2. ,a E Y 1 jp 4,....... , 1 ,. I Ifk ew-M A A , , 'li -.0-r-lfgjx :Da A sfo 1 a- X :inf i--W is ' 41 I' sf- ' ", f 'Vi li vw"-Q ' -A i is 1 x r f 1, Iwi . , ' lx If f 0,0251 . ', 'Ali Q . .5 eq? n ff i' ggipiiff as f fy i 5 , 4' , , M li ' Ar 1 1 gf' gi., gil aw W 1 fa, ,. ,.. '. ' . f. 5, L 4 5 jf we 3,-,cw VJ. , 'HQ W" ,JZVZ fl,,,.:f if .f ,ykw f 1 FH 'f 'Q V' . f " - . . lj , H " 3 law 93,42 Ik, 4. ., 4V,.f,?'f,.4J,,Mm6',,,,V-6 if f v--, a w ,,,, 4 , n'r1"m,zof4 RWJZN57 'fear-4 l ECHO Company Known throughout the Landing Force as the Big Characterized by an aggressive can-do spirit, the Big "E lists dependability of mission accomplishment, small unit leadership and teamwork as its hallmarks. Since locking- on in April 87, Echo has participated in diverse, special- ized training to include rubber boat operations and exten- sive cliff assault training. We conducted the largest rubber boat raid operation to have been conducted in the Camp Lejeune area in recent years. Deploying with LF6F, Echo Company Officers and SNCO billets were manned fully and the company was reinforced with combat ser- vice land supporting arms attachments. An aggressive deployment schedule ensured continued training and fur- ther development of advanced infantry skills and special operations capabilities. In recognition of the importance of small unit leadership, emphasis was placed on squad leader training during the deployment. As with other companies of the BLT, the Big has a cadre of dedicated NCO's who ensure the combat readiness of the unit. Proven and tested, Big stands ready at the tip of the whip of American military power in the Mediterra- 116811. wa ff if Z f fi , 5, mf if ,, fV.,, ,l 4 f .1 ff ji " Q, w A f n, Y ,nl , 0, , f r 'nf , f f 1 H., , - 57 2 J, A ,ff W.. uf-if W f 5 ff, ,f f- f ,:,,1, '.f V- 7 ly , . " A . of? w '. 'if K WW.: fl!!! ,f f ' W 5 if afvf 7 17- .V if if V Hy,-1 f ,f ,gf if f V z f. Z my '- J I Q .y yilfh W tjflglazg If fu, f "fZ' a,f ' I ff , :ia . i ' fi? . .1 f ' if, .4 , 4 5' yfffvir " ,' ff, f X 5, ,ir x .,.,, ,, . , W, 'W' fn., , We U'-wwf z,.,,.,. .,,,,f. ' f . xi..,...,,,,L,.. .,,, . ,.,.,...s,,., . Mme -mm ,w ! ffffliylyf G+ vffve -hpyofffie wf1f,a,,, ii Capt Gartrell Kill ii' Frrst Platoon, Company E First Platoon - dedicated to its mission - constantly testing its mettle and honing its warfighting skills. If luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, then First Platoon is waiting for an opportunity. Live-fire cross training with the Lagunari in Northern Italy was our training highlight in the Mediterranean. We're just thirty- three "GRUNTS" out here on the tip of the whip doing our best for God, Corps, and Country. Semper Fidelis! Second Platoon, Company E Second Platoon IS known as the Mountain Warriors One look at the platoon will show you what fighting spirit is The highlight of their cruise was the independent cross training they received with the Italian Alpini Bn Tolmezzo Their endurance was tested in cold wet mountainous terrain conditions in the Italian Alps Emphasis was placed on the ability to survive move and frght as is expected of the small unit leader Although ropes and rubber boats may take them to their objective it is their fundamental infantry skills which will let them take it Third Platoon, Company E Third Platoon has yet to be tested, but is ready to accept all challenges. It assumes the role of the raid force assault element and has the responsibility for conducting platoon-sized rubber boat operations. Training is directed ' " ' d ' e inde endent towards promoting and encouraging initiative an aggressiv , p action at all levels. Thus far, training efforts have been concentrated on developing tactical skills and leadership. Unlike Caesar's Legions, Rommel's Panzers and countless Leathernecks, we have yet to earn the fame and glory. May God help those who shall test us. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6 L Weapons Platoon, Company E .During LF6F, Weapons Platoon has met many challenges beginning with live-fire exercises in Monte Romano, Italy. Elements then trained in the tugged Alps with the Italian Alpini Bn. "Tolmezzo". Also cross training with the elite "Lagunari of Venice" proved to be another high- Our mettlewas tested at Sierra de Retin, Spain in rubber boat and mei ppger opirations. Morocco provided the opportunity for night live- quic -kill courses. Honed by extensive training and hardened with Esprit de Corps, Wea ons Pl t d ' to face any challenge. p a oon stan s at the cutting edge ready l l .A TU! A f lx? Q f, .C Z 72 fm, 5 W ,vu F Y E ,vp .,.., A ,ff 0 v f ,., T EN 4 X95 .,, W Fox Company Back Row: Cpl Douthett, Sgt Daniels, LCpl Brennan, Cpl Laiche, LCpl Coraci, LCpl Chandler jr. 2nd Row: LCpl Schneider, LCpl Laughlin, LCpl Whitsell, LCpl Graham, LCpl Cresta, GySgt Zayas Front Row: Capt Kusch,,Capt Houlihan, LstLt Earle 7 l I Capt Kusch These are the GRUNTS of BLT 2f6's mechanized rifle company. "Fighting Fox" and the AAV Platoon, in con- junction with the substantial assets of the Dragons, the FAC, the arty FO, the 81 FO, the Naval Gunfire Spot team, the tanks and TOW's become a guantlet of mutual- ly supporting combat power. The heart and soul of any organization, however, is the men, these are young men who have voluntarily chosen a Marine's world of rain, mud, long nights and endless hikes. These are men who are willing to sacrifice their lives, not so much for ideals of God, Country or Corps, but for the men on their left and right. Beside these men you will always find the Navy Corpsman, equally tired, muddy and dedicated to his trade. These are men on which the burden of victory will finally and ultimately rest and of which legends are made. As you thumb through the next few pages, look at these men. Look at their faces and into their eyes. Remember their look because they are different now from when they first left their parents. Remember this look because in the future they will be different after they return from war. Remember this look because, most importantly, they are the Marines and Sailors of "Fighting Fox Company" . . . the GUNFIGHTERS. 1stSgt Pruitt First Pla to l Back Row: SSgt Marone, LCpl Hines, LCpl Pee, LCpl Wyche, LCpl Lafferty 2nd Row: LCpl Smith, LCpl Shacklette, LCpl Villa, LCpl McCabe, Cpl Paige, 2ndLt Goodman Front Row: LCpl Wallace, LCpl Hayes, LCpl Moore, LCpl McAplin, LCpl Hough Y on, Compan F The Marines of First Platoon will always be able to look back with pride and distinction knowing they constantly strived to be the best damned platoon in the Corps. Camaraderie was what allowed the "Bad Boys" to become the Hnest run and gun club around. Let us introduce you to a group of men, none finer that form the team, G-man, Mr. Wieder, Haiji Big Daddy, Sgt. Major, Leadbelly, Buster, Blue Mad Dog, Gravey Base, Love, TA, Hurricane Hoot, Mixed Connection, Pink Panther, Six. , nine, Mergatroid, Big Gensic, General, Noid, Golden Child, Light Bulb, Jacque, Baby Boy, Shack, Possum, Paper Doll, Sandman, Mandango, Turkey Neck, Padia and Eggo, Semper Fi. 2ndLt Goodman, Ssgt Marone A Second Platoon, Company F The mission of 2nd Platoon is to locate and destroy the enemy by whatever means available. The tenacity and determination of the Devildogs that built this unit, continues to prevail within 2nd Platoon. They defeat their fears, draw their strength and overcome their foe through the camaraderie known only to the GRUNTS. Therefore, the best description of this platoon's character isg Chesty, Harry, Holly, Doc Fats, Gungi, Cpl Mac, Mandaugo, Squirrel, Granddog, Shan, Harpo, Riggo, Nads, T.C., Precious, Penguin, Papa Biggs, Salty, Mumms the word, Eggie Rockman, Farmdog, Westerdog, Buckey, Nasty, Mickey "C", Tex Mex, Sir Nose, . . . and most importantly MARINES. Back Row: LCpl Scott, LCpl McCarty, Cpl McCray, LCpl Shanley, Cpl Miller LCpl McKnight 3rd Row: Cpl McLemore, LCpl Grandioun, LCpl Biggs, LCpl Hollier, LCpl Eggleston, LCpl Gist 2nd Row: Cpl Westerman, LCpl Hills, LCpl Hale, LCpl Ridges, LCpl Davison Hn Stenwall 2ndLt Tolley Front Row: SSgt Galow, LCpl Guerrero, Sgt Harrison, Cpl Goins, LCpl Farmer HN Brownlee, 2ndLt Tolley 'Y il... ....... - , W I :Ib Third Platoon, Company F ,, . --.-. .., ..- mp-as Back Row: LCpl Durham, LCpl Green, LCpl McGhee, LCpl Lyons, LCpl Sheehan, LCpl Shumard 2nd Row: HN Tasto, LCpl Hugo, LCpl Henderson, R.D., LCpl Norman, LCpl Brophy, LCpl Henderson, T.L. Front Row: LCpl Ford, LCpl King, LCpl Werner, 2ndLt Mendenhall, LCpl Thompson, LCpl Barbon, Cpl Lee No matter how technologically advanced war becomes, when the dust settles, the final issue will not be settled by the pilot, artilleryman, or the amtracker, but by the Infantryman. In Third Platoon, the training centered on settling issues on the ground at close range. Third Platoon has distinguished itself as a highly-motivated combat unit that will do whatever it takes to impose its will on the enemy. From the fire and maneuver orchestrated by the Team Leaders to the close-in lighting that the individual Devil Dog thirsts for, everything evolves towards inflicting the maximum of Hell, Death and Destruction on our opponents. 2ndLt Mendenhall M..-l Tl' Weapons Platoon, Company F In the chilly half-lit dawn of some disputed battlefield, assault gunners tensely charge their high explosive rounds and jerk open their LAAW rockets. Mortarmen make a last check at their luminescent aiming posts and prime their cold green shells. Machine gunners snug up tightly to the butt- stocks of their M6O's. All await the signal that will unleash an impenetrable wall of flying steel and copper-jacketed death. Such is the mission of the Weapons Platoon. These Marines have fired tens of thousands of rounds and strug- gled under their heavy weapons for countless miles in prepa- ration for this. They only await the signal. fl'!'f1T"n.7 Back Row: LCpl Persinger, LCpl Tront, LCpl Schmilla, LCpl Wrighter, LCpl Sullivan, LCpl McGhee, LCpl Dively, LCpl McMore 2nd Row: LCpl Woodworth, Sgt Barttells, Cpl Peters, Cpl Trias, LCpl Edwards, LCpl Brice, LCpl Meadows, LCpl Cause, LCpl Daniely, LCpl Hughes, HN Rymer, SSgt Denecke Front Row: Cpl Davis, Cpl WinterBorne, Cpl Lambert, LCpl Miller, LCpl Bethea, 2ndLt Owens, LCpl Whitehead, LCpl Lewis, Cpl Raposo l 'ff Qfrrirsfeigg ' a.m.,...e 2ndLt Owens . , S ,fxfi ,ff ffif' 7 M' g 2 Golf Company During the six month work-up and the LF6F deployment, Golf Co. held fast to its mission as the BLT's heliborne force. To execute a helicopter mission requires the highest standard of military proficiency and warrior spirit by both junior and senior Marines alike. The Marines of Golf should not soon forget their own courage for seizing that difficult baton and carrying it proudly for the Corps. The heart and soul of the company was 1stSgt. john Clark. Having served the Company enthusiasti- cally for two floats, he will likely always be remembered as "Big Dog". In likewise fashion, the Executive Officer, 1stLt. R. Kimbrell, provided an experienced foundation to guide the training of the Company and the fire to succeed to all the Marines, especially his beloved "sponges". The Company Gun- ny, GySgt. W.R. Nixon, kept the Marines going and communi- cating regardless of the situation. HM2 Anderson provided both fine medical care for the Marines and a solid leadership example to his subordinate corpsmen. It is not clear yet whether the Marines of Golf Co. have achieved the high standard of those honored men in the Corps' past who have earned the title "Marine" for us. It's nearly impossible to measure up with the circumstance of war. However, the Marines of Company "G" are indeed a special breed who gave it all in a worthy cause and shall therefore always hold an honored place for those privi- leged to lead them. LCpl Edwards LCpl McKenzie, 1stLt Kimbrell, LCpl Reed, 1stSgt Clark, Cpl Williams GySgt Nixon, LCpl Carpenter, LCpl Beauregard ,JY First Pla toon, Company G Back Row: 2ndLt Monroe, Cpl Wallace, Cpl Pickard, Cpl Freeman, PFC Dabney, LCpl Klaus, LCpl Muratore, LCpl Stewart, LCpl Vincinzi, HN3 Teaver, LCpl Wilkinson, LCpl Rice, SSgt Lauer, LCpl jackson, LCpl Fergeson, LCpl Liegeber, HN3 Cicarelli, LCpl Thompson Front Row: Sgt Clark, LCpl Adams, Cpl Pierce, LCpl Lockhart, LCpl Binder, LCpl Hall, LCpl Phillips, LCpl Dacey, LCpl johnson Second Platoon, Company G First Platoon is commanded by 2ndLt. D.M. Monroe of Brooklyn, N.Y. The Platoon Sgt, SSgt. S.V. Lauer, has been an instructor at Squad Leader School and is in his third year in the Company. Sgt. Clark and Cpl. Wallace are the Platoonls Squad Leaders. Both have years of experience and provide excellent small unit leadership to their squads. Having ended a comprehensive work-up at Camp Lejeune, First Platoon eagerly accepted it's duties as part of MARG 4-87. Numerous live-fire exercises, many hours of helicopter operations, long conditioning hikes and fast roping are examples of the training that were successfully accomplished. First Platoon is always willing and able to take on any mission that should arise. After all, "War is our business". 2ndLt Monroe 2ndLT Schlotzhauer A Second Platoon is commanded by 2ndLt K.D. Schlotzhauer from Lancaster, PA. Sgt D.G. Frazer, aka "Worlds Deadliest Weapon", out of Port Huron, MI holds the exalted billet of Platoon Sergeant. Second Platoon's mission, like that of all Marine Rifle Platoons, is to "locate and close with . . . However, 2d Platoon prides itself on another mission . . . To set the standard as the "Premier" Rifle Platoon in the Company. Overseeing these missions is the backbone of the Platoon, the formidable Squad Leaders, Sgt A.H. Arnold jr., Cpl B.M. joles and Cpl GJ. Schlaufman. These Squad Leaders have in their midst the deadliest, steely-eyed killers the world has ever known. Frazer Back Row: LCpl Allen, LCpl Rivera, LCpl Rosarivera, LCpl Taylor, LCpl Smith, LCpl Webb, LCpl Davis, Cpl, Hall, Cpl Foyles, HN Spriggs Middle Row: 2ndLt Schlotzhauer, Cpl joles, LCpl Whitelocke, LCpl Ochoa, LCpl Castle, LCpl Martinez, LCpl Watkins, LCpl Green, LCpl Pierce, LCpl Rose, Sgt Front Row: Cpl Schlaufman, Sgt Arnold, Cpl Harris, Cpl Riazzi, LCpl Unhoch, LCpl Martinez, LCpl Mundy, LCpl Medlock, LCpl Kuczynski, LCpl Gaddy I - -Q Third Platoon, Company G H num -' I Back Row: LCpl Gates, LCpl Henderson, LCpl Fidelman, PFC Webb, LCpl Adams, LCpl Hargrove, LCpl Lincoln, HM3 Williams, LCpl Cook, LCpl Peterson Middle Row: 1stLt Kirwin, LCpl Daffern, Cpl Denton, LCpl Lanterman, LCpl Lopez, LCpl Hopkins, LCpl Douglas, LCpl Kemp, LCpl Vinke, SSgt Moore Front Row: Cpl Scallsa, Sgt Kitchen, LCpl Tugade, Cpl Diazk, LCpl Goodson, LCpl Martin, Cpl Kyle Weapons Platoon, Company G GySgt Epps K Weapons Platoon set a standard that will not easily be approached by those who follow. Our M6OE3 Machine Gun Section, under SSgt j.H. Faulk and his Squad Leaderes Cpl j.A. Gipson and LCpl R.D. Griffin, have developed a unit with the foundation being expertise, endurance and teamwork. The 60mm Mortar Section, led by Sgt. K.E. Oakes with Squad Leaders, Cpl JJ. Simpson, Cplj.R.Allen and LCpl M.R. Miller give new meaning to the phrase Company Commanders "Hip Pocket Artillery". As the undisputed finest Mortar Section in the Division, their motivation, technical knowledge and brotherhood allows Golf to attack knowing that rounds are on the target. As we recall the tough and the fun times of the float, remember the pride that you felt being a member of Weapons Platoon. The men of Third Platoon are able to look back upon their tour of duty as Part of LF6F with pride. They met head-on the challenges of the deployment to the "Med" with the traditional Marine spirit of hard work. If it's possible to summarize the activities and events of this deployment in one word, it would be "TEAMWORK". The Marines and Sailors of this platoon learned how vital each is to the accomplishment of the mission. As we move on to future assignments, let us not forget the individual of our responsibility to the mission. 2ndLt Kirwin ' lllllll 'W' f 1 fa MZ, F Back Row: GySgt Epps, Cpl Smith, LCpl Harrison, LCpl Lakis, LCpl Griffin, LCP1 H0f10SkY, Lcpl Hagemann, LCpl Sanson, LCpl Sanders, LCpl Smart, LCpl Newell, PFC Df1ViS., Lcpl Sippiah, LCpl Miller, SSgt Faulk Front Row: Cpl Gipson, Cpl Allen, LCpl Andrews, LCpl jackson, LCpl Williams, LCPI V01b1'CFl'1f, LCpl Weiss, Sgt Oakes, LCpl Huffstutler, Cpl Holtzclaw, LCpl Perez, Cpl Simpson, LCpl Mellett, HM3 Orman fy' , -Q .4 fm, l 1 ,, V F TY' ' Weapons Company "We Got It Alli' It is within Weapons Company that the Battalion Commander finds the force multiplier to turn the tide of battle decisively in his favor. Whether in general or direct support or attached to the line companies, the awesome desructive firepower of crew-served weapons opens the gap in the enemy's defense that allows the infantry to pour in to close with and destroy the enemy. The 81mm Mortar Platoon stands ready to put accurate, responsive indirect fire support three miles ahead of the Battalion. Light and mobile, they are often just behind the infantry as they rush forward, ready to assist in the attack with high explosive rounds, white phospherous, and battlefield illumination. When the going is particularly tough, they mark the target for destruction by aircraft. Darting about the battlefield in "Ninja" jeeps, the Heavy Machinegun Platoon adds the weight of the .50 cal. machinegun and 40mm grenade launcher to the fight. A modern version of the "Rat Patrol", these men can reach out and touch the enemy over a mile to their front, destroying lightly armored vehicles and personnel that stand in the way of the infantrys' advance. Frequently attached out to the infantry, the Anti- Armor Platoon or "Dragons", offers medium range protection from the enemy armor. While they have lighly armored vehicle support available to them, most often they are with the infantry on foot, ready to engage that tank which suddenly interferes with the company's advance. Day and night capable, the Dragons are in the mud at the ready. Highly qualified, highly capable, the professionals of Weapons Company provide the BLT the firepower necessary to meet the mission of closing with and destroying the enemy. Knowledgeable and proficient in practically every weapon used in an infantry battalion, crew-served or personal, the Company "has it all" - firepower, mobility and esprit! Capt Schuster 25 '1 Back Row: 1stLt Black, Hm2 Collins, 1st Sgt Warner 2nd Row: LCpl Sandoval, LCpljackson, Cpl Rotz Front Row: LCpl Tindall, Cpl Rhodes, Cpl Browning, MSgt Campbell 3 81MM Mortar Platoon Winners of the 1987 Division Crew-served Weapons Competition, the professionals of "81's" provide close and continuous support to the BLT. Having fired more rounds in six months than most units fire in a year and having more field time than any other Division 81mm Mortar Platoon, they have honed the cutting edge of the LF613 sword. The platoon further sharpened their skills in the mud of Italy, the rains of Spain and the snow of France. Further improving not only their mortar gunnery skills, they tested their mettle on the M60 machineguns and the M203 grenade launchers. On "quick-kill" courses with personal weapons in France and Morocco they became as proficient in close-in destruction as they are in reaching out to find the enemy with "hip pocket artillery". Ready, willing and proven able, 81's are waiting for the call. Back Row, 2nd Lt Ellithorpe, Sgt Dejesus, Cpl Vertti, LCpl Maguire, PFC Garcia, PFC Scott, PFC Simmons, Pvt Lewis, LCpl Andress, LCpl Whitaker, LCpl Kins, Cpl Lee, Cpl Rudolph, GySgt Claussen 3rd Row: SSgt Noriega, Cpl Summers, LCpl Carpenter, LCpl Guzman, LCpl Johnson, LCpl Christian, LCpl Roark, LCpl Biddle, LCpl Midkiff, LCpl Edgington, LCpl Thar, LCpl Harrington, LCLpl Avery 11817 77 S .l ,- ff f 0 2nd Row: Cpl Ellars, Cpl Golder, LCpl Dopart, LCpl Brown, LCpl Marino, LCpl Williams, LCpl Erazo, LCpl Brock, LCpl Hardy, LCpl Simmons, PFC Eisenberg, HN Rupert, LCpl Marsh Front Row: SSgt Barnes, Sgt Stevens, Cpl Gagnow, LCpl Degarmo, LCpl Rodrguez, LCpl Mendel, HM3 Snow, Lcpl Rheome, LCpl Tsosie, LCpl Meshefski, LCpl Barberena Front Row: SSgt Barnes, Sgt Stevens, Cpl Gagnow, LCpl Degarmo, LCpl Rodrguez, LCpl Mendel, HM3 Snow, LCpl Rheome, LCpl Tsosie, LCpl Meshefski, LCpl Barberena 44 Heavy Machine Gun Platoon "Heavy Metal" The awesome firepower and high mobility of the Heavy Machine Gun Platoon makes it one of the most lethal weapons in the BLT. Though one of the smallest platoons in the organization, with six M-2 .50 cal machine guns, six MK-19 40mm grenade launchers and six special operations "ninja" jeeps, they are indeed "Heavy Metal". Winners of the 1987 Regimental Crew- served Weapons Competition, they have continued to earn their reputation for rounds on target in all conditions and terrain. A new concept, with new weapons and new vehicles, the "Heavy Guns" have rewritten traditional doctrine. Ready and capable, the Platoon is blazing a path to the future. Back Row: 1stLt Brock, LCpl Fischer, Cpl Valenzuela, Cpl Frick, Cpl Swanner, Cpl Dana, LCpl Finley, LCpl Tyler, LCpl Woodfork, GySgt Miciotto 2nd Row: HN Emerson, Sgt Richey, LCpl Triano, LCpl jenkins, LCpl Eddy, LCpl McMillon, HN Jennings, Cpl Morvec 1st Row: LCpl Swanchez, LCpl Kollarik, LCpl Coon, LCpl Zamunio, Sgt Morton, LCpl Lancaster, LCpl Paris W ,U W Anti- Armor Platoon Q! Dedicated to provide medium range anti-armor support for the BLT, we accomplish our mission by employing our Dragon missiles to engage and destroy tanks and other armored vehicles in both offensive and defensive combat. If armored targets are absent from the battlefield, we engage other point targets such as non- armored vehicles, crew-served weapons and bunkers. We are also trained in the use of demolitions. We are organized into a Headquarters and three Sections consisting of thirteen Marines, each a bold, daring, young soldier of the sea . . . FIRE MISSION . . . PREPARE TO FIRE . . . TANK , . . ENGAGED . . . DEAD TANK!!! A Back Row: Cpl Armstrong, LCpl Hayes, LCpl Tasonis, LCpl Bradshaw, LCpl Huddleston, LCpl Lambrei, LCpl Laveronie, LCpl Willcocks, LCpl Mulvihill, LCpl Supulski, LCpl Dehlin, LCpl Vicor, LCpl Moore, HN Breedlove 2nd Row: SSgt Bondi, HN Terhall, LCpl Vlery, LCpl Burrel, LCpl Cole, LCpl Herndon, LCpl Hollinger, LCpl Desilva, Cpl Whiting, LCpl McFarland, PFC Massimilla, LCpl McCormick, Cpl Eckendorf, Cpl Ridall, LCpl Mills, Cpl Holmes, LCpl Anderson Front Row: Sgt Washington, Cpl Donald, LCpl Smith, LCpl Blalock, LCpl Deimling, LCpl Herin, LCpl Rock, LCpl Bundy, LCpl Roy, LCpl Spurgeon, LCpl Taylor, Cpl Whitehead i IQ 3 9 'Yi--X-n-Ll wi Echo Battery Capt Barile, 1stSgt Howell, 2ndLt Hull, GySgt Patterson The mission of Battery E entails shooting, moving and communicating as a direct support artillery battery for BLT 2f6. Battery E, commanded by Captain David Barile of Bound Brook, Nj, consists of eight howitzersg four light, M101A1 105mm "Beast" howitzers of Second Platoon. Battery E is supported by its Headquarters Platoon, which provides radio operators, wiremen, motor transport drivers and mechanics, artillery mechanics, small arms repairmen, engineers, scout observers, naval gunfire spotters, and FSC liaison personnel. Battery E uses the "Eyes, Brains, and Muscle" method of employment. The forward observers fthe eyesj locate the target for the infantrymen, call to the fire direction center fthe brainsj, located with the Battery, to calculate the data necessary for the cannoneers on the gun fthe musclej to maximize effect on the target. Working closely with the Battery Commander, the Battery First Sergeant, 1stSgt Kevin B. Howell of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, maintains responsibility as the senior enlisted Marine of the Battery in regard to the health, well-being and discipline of the Marines. The Battery Executive Officer, 1stLt Michael P. Hull of Springfield, VA and the Battery Field Artillery Chief, GySgt Rodney S. Patterson of Upland, IN, work closely with the Battery Commander, the Battery First Sergeant and the separate Platoon Commanders to ensure continuity of training towards mission accomplishment. Overall, the "Animals" of Battery E provide BLT 2f6 with accurate and timely "Death from a Distance" artillery fires. In summation, it is important to remember that, artillery is the "King of Battle" and to "Party with Arty" is to party with the best. Headquarters Platoon, Battery E Battery E's Headquarters Platoon is commanded by the Liaison Officer, 1stLt David W. "Slam" Duncan of Cleveland Heights, OH, and guided by its Platoon Sergeant, also the Liaison Chief, SSgt Wilse J. Sample of Pickens, MS. The Headquarters Platoon consists of all the support elements necessary to keep the Battery talking, not balking, riding, not walking, and repaired, not impaired. The two largest sections of the Platoon are the wrench turning "Bastards" of the Motor Transport Section, led by the Motor Transport Chief, GySgt David "Rod" Rodriquez of Ontario, Canada, and the "Mangy Modulators" of the communications section, led by SSgt Stephen W. Hare of Dundee, IL. Without the hard working men of the Headquarters Platoon, Battery E would have a tough time shootin', movin' and communicating. Back Row: R. Owens, B. Mathis, T. Stahl, G. Vanvleet 2nd Row: W. Sample - LNC, D. Duncan - LND, M. Wilson, K. Macicek, J. Pritchard, C. Nelson - NGLO Front Row: L. Taylor, G. Moran, J. Oltmanns Comm Section Back Row: S. Hare, F. Brown, S. Neff, M. Cardinale, V. Puzycki, W. Segers, B. Bates, S. Dalmer 2nd Row: Crowe, F. Brown, L. Killmeier, R. Ooten, E. English Front Row: T. Clark, G. Williams, T. Stevenson, S. Wilde, D. Davis Liason and Naval Gunfire CSFCPJ Motor Tf Engineers f Ordanance Back Row: K. Kern, R. McCammon, J. Jablouski, N. Como, J. Spence, Coffield, C. Hughes 3rd Row: C. Smith, J. Castro, B. Rothenberger, M. Vanhuss, A. Alexander, W. Bacon 2nd Row: D. Rodriguez - Motor T Chief, M. Wilson, L. Leon, C. Albano, C. Felton - Motor T Officer Front Row: D. Legg, R. Maxwell, T. Adair 4 KVI First Platoon, Battery Gun 1 and Gun 2 Gun 3 and Gun 4 Back Row: M. Vredenburgh, T. Bister, T. Meador, T. Lewis, T. Clayton 2nd Row: M. Burnette, D. Subject, P. Horn, G. johnson, W. Quarry Front Row: T. Tekesky, I. Bench, M. Loviska, H. Hasse1l,j. Moore, K. Parsons, M. Copsey The First Platoon is commanded by 1stLt Gary W. "Cub" Cubbage of Stanley, VA and the Platoon Sergeant Gysgt William H. Whitehurst of Denison, TX. First Platoon are the proud owners of the M101A1 105mm light, towed howitzer. Howitzers number one through four, commanded by Sgt Russel Bowers, Cpl Todd J. Tekesky, Cpl Mark A. Copsey and Cpl Vince Rosseti, have the ability to be helo-lifted by virtually any Marine Corps cargo helicopter. Consequently, First Platoon found itself conducting many heliborne operations. Requiring detailed planning and rehearsals, First Platoon mastered the concept of the "friggin' " artillery raid using the light M101A1 howitzer. First Platoon's FDO, 1stLt Carl "Sidney" Felton of jacksonville, FL, and the Operations Chief, SSgt john "Rat" Racine of Springfield, MA, rounded out the First Platoon's Team of excellence. First Platoon lived by its motto, "If they haven't crapped their jeans by round number three, then we'll load with round four and give them some more." Back row: R. Bowers, S. Castaneda, W. Bacon, K. Lemaster, T. Askeland 2nd Row: W. Whitehurstf- PltSgt, V. Rossetti, V. Goin, Logg, M. Carmon, G. Cubbage - PltCmdr Front Row: A. Chaidez, B. Gilliland, D. Medina, T. Garner, E. Schultz "Y yum H--.,,'--ffrf--W ,-- --V--1 If 53:1-1 -f v -Yf' 7 Second Platoon, -5 1 Battery E The Second Platoon is commanded by 1stLt William E. "Wildman" Noel of Newport News, VA and Platoon Sergeant, SSgt johnny L. Norward of Moody, TX. Second Platoon owns the Marine Corps' newest artillery piece, the M198 155mm towed howitzer. An extremely accurate weapon, made so even more by Section Chiefs of guns five through eight, Cpl. Jeffery P. Geringer, Sgt Bobby G. Extrom, respectively. Second Platoon is called upon time and again, to wreak havoc from the skies. Second Platoon's Fire Direction Center was led by FDO, GySgt james R. Loreman of Milton, PA and the Operations Chief, Sgt Richard C. "Sgt Carter" from Plater of Alpena, MI. Second Platoon left no doubt in the minds of BLT 2f6 that when a "Big Bang" was needed - "Death and Destruction" was only a radio call away. Gun 5 and Gun 6 Back Row: W. Wood, R. jefferson, M. Cover, Haltinner 2nd Row: P. Binger, M. Gerbounka, Mcallen, S. Childs, Norwood - PltSgt Front Row: Geringer, W. Smith, G. Graham, D. Legg, G. Arteaga Gun 7 and Gun 8 Back Row: T. Poitra, D. Hamilton, M. johnson, S. Hall, T. Bell, W. Noel - PltCmdr 2nd Row: T. Chandler, M. Hagen, Benavidez, B. Extrom, T. Hines Front Row: Comfort, J. Bowling, R. Blake, E. Leman, M. Hall FDC 1 and FDC 2 - Back Row: j. Baumegartner, J. Bukoski, E. Carlson, R. Stoehr 2nd Row: Connelly, C. H0gafd, Racine - OpsChief, J. Loreman - FDO, C. Felton - FDO Front Row: F. Warrington, Hozey, A- Lanceta, A. Mong A Kill 'Y luv.- Third Platoon, Company D, Second AAV BN AMTRACS, workhorse of the amphibious assault. Their mission is to land the surface elements of the landing force and their equipment in single lift from amphibious operations to inland objectives, to conduct mechanized operations and related combat support in subsequent operations ashore. The AAV7A1 is a fully tracked, aluminum armored, diesel powered amphibian. It mounts an M85 50 cal. machine gun, smoke grendade launchers and a smoke generation system. Capable of ten foot plunging surf, it can operate easily on land and sea without modification. It is our goal that every crewman learn proper maintenance, operation, navigation and employment of their AAV. This includes proper terrain driving, immediate action drills, emergency procedures and firing the 50 cal. We got saggerdances, turret watch, mass casualty drills, armor piercing chaulk, Cobra fights, volleyball, boxing, engineer vehicles, the palace, the Sete cookoff, Montpielier liberty, cheese and rice, flowergirls and not enough repair parts. Now listen up gents: 35, how about taking the laundry off the antenna, 32, how far on the hardball, Let 37 lead, My feet don't hurt . . . your feet hurt?, No brains, no headaches, It's not my pole, Do you want some cheese to go with that wine? Tractor rats: Coonass, Bobo, Rod, Chief, Lud, Frank, LZ, Surfrat, Chaz, Chill-will, Mouth, Teddy Ruxpin, Spud, Bouncy, Wally, Hawkman, Mooch and the rest of the third herd. YAYTAS. "The rest of the world has swimmers, the Marine Corps has Surfers." Gen. Gray Second Platoon, Company D, SeC0Ud Tank BN Q As the Tank Platoon for the BLT, our mission is to provide support through firepower, mobility and shock effect. This is done through five M6OA1 RISE Passive Tanks. These fifty-six ton beasts are manned by four- man crews who are capable of inflicting more damage on the enemy in ten minutes than an infantry company can do all day. After fording up to eight feet of water, the platoon can support the infantry attack from up to 2500 meters away, or can lead the attack with bullets and shrapnel merely bouncing off. Those not paralyzed by our advance would turn and run only to be destroyed by our one shot, one kill gunnery. Five 105mm cannons, five 50 caliber machine guns and five 7.62mm maching guns blaze a trail for the rest of the BLT to follow. The training goals are: to achieve a level of gunnery and tactical proficiency unmatched by any other in the Corps and to maintain the vehicles in superior condition so that we can thunder across the battlefield and then past the BLT as they hike home after watching the tanks perform feats of tactical excellence. All this, provided 2-3 isn't stuck, 2-2 isn't broken, 2-4 isn't off listening to rock-n- roll and 2-5, . . . Oh well he just "Don't rightly know." "And that's a fact." C ,, , .-f,,fa-, ,-,, Lt Phoebus Back Row: LCpl Rockwell, LCpl Tucker, LCpl Sgambellone 2nd Row: SSgt Schaefer, SSgt Eul, Cpl Shelly, LCpl Hillyer, LCpl Whittington, LCpl Brock, LCpl Vetetoe, LCpl Mayer, LCpl Hammond, Sgt Czubinski, LCpl Houk, Cpl Schneifer, Sgt Brandel, LCpl Todd, Cpl Dobbs, Cpl Rose, 1stLt Pheobus Front Row: LCpl Grabowski, LCpl Cohen, Sgt Mize SSgt Schaefer 'Ur' Third Platoon, Company B, Team 1 Back Row Cpl Foy LCpl Prrdemore Front Row Cpljestel Cpl Larkins 1stLt Kroh Second Reconnaissance Battalion Team 2 Cpl Keller LCpl Pettersen LCpl Miller LCpl Martinez SWIFT SILENT DEADLY The trademarks of Recon Our mission is to conduct ground reconnaissance and surveillance in support of the BLT We seek out and destroy the enemy through directed artillery naval gunfire and close air support A highly skilled four man recon team armed with a radio and handset can wreak havoc and send the enemy screaming back to the homeland These well camouflaged steely eyed killers can penetrate deep into enemy territory vanquish the enemy reduce his city to ashes clandestinely withdraw and still make it home in time to pop a cold one before dinner Recon is the eyes and the ears of the BLT that allow the fist to hammer the enemy out of action To the enemy we reign death and destruction from the sky Airborne sea Scuba and the ground ARS jungle warfare Commie STFB"' Team 3 Team 4 Back Row LCpl Moller Cpl Thompson LCpl Harrison LCpl Barry Cpl Brown Cpl Norman Front Row Cpl Brown Cpl DeBeau 7 7 7 . , 9 , , 1. n u . - 7 ' 7 I - , - 0 , ' 7 7 ' ' Y! I! ' ' . K1 ' D! 7 7 ' l C ' D C D C ' D , 1 1 Q , 7 7 7 I 7 QQ.. --W ---- 45531 - ,-f - - -V - W ' " ' KT' ' A c"" Y "lv " 'A-Amin 'V 2d Platoon, Company B, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion Combat Engineers are tasked with a broad and difficult mission: to provide the BLT with the mobility, counter-mobility, survivability and general engineering skills. An engineer squad is capable of destroying enemy obstacles and breaching minefields to give the tactical commander the desired rates of advance. Engineers can construct obstacles and emplace minefields to channelize the enemy. Engineers are tasked with building bunkers and hardening areas so the BLT can survive the enemy onslaught unscathed. General engineering skills include: water production, electrical power production and carpentry. The hardest part of our mission is communicating with the infantry. The "grunt talk", as we fondly call it, of BLT 2f6 changes with geographic location. The following are examples of the mindless dribble that the engineers have had to try to work with. The list could go on, but as "they" would probably take too long to read it, here are a few: ITALY "Individual units will bivouac in their training areas" CFind a spot clear of cow "dip" and sleepy FRANCE "Engineers are going to De Garrigues for training" CGO to De Garrigues, but end up at Brignoles . . . for unscheduled trainingj SPAIN "Provide COC security" CGO up into the mountains, protect us against goat attacks . . . Back Row: Cpl Reed, Cpl Eldridge, LCpl Reed, Cpl Moran, LCpl Goodson, 3rd Row: 1stLt Eller, Sgt Vanpelt, Sgt Tucker, LCpljohns, Cpl Wickline, LCpl Kersey, LCpl Tyler, LCpl Waters, LCpl Derr, LCpl Lee, LCpl McKisic, LCpl Miller, LCpl Mallozzi, LCpl Steinmetz, LCpl johnson, SSgt Roberts 2nd Row: Sgt Gipson, LCpl Sherwood, HM3 Rushing, LCpl Wurtsbaugh, LCpl Beachy, LCpl Flinchbaugh, LCpl Kemp Front Row: Sgt Dillon, Cpl Schneider then we'll displace and leave youj MOROCCO "Engineers, order materials and build a bunker" CFind whatever you can to build a bunker . . . Take your Tonka Toy dozer . . . and dig some crappersj l V Q , f H, 44d .L Second Section, Third Platoon, A-T QTOWD Company, 2D Tank BA Talion Back Row: LCpl Snow, LCpl Conner, Cpl Gallagher, LCpl Gizowski, Cpl Fraser, Sgt Alexander 3rd Row: LCpl Perser, Cpl Hubbart, LCpl Wilkes, LCpl Darnell, SSgt Mulkey, LCpl Kalloch 2nd Row: LCpl Vernon, Cpl Varela, LCpl Plurien, Cpl Collins, Cpl Samples Front Row: LCpl Pardo, LCpl Spence, Cpl Barrios, LCpl Hinson A -A -e "Et T.O.W. . . . That elite band of brothers, forceful yet dynamic, whose soul purpose in life is to put metal-on- metal. The long range of the T.O.W. provides new meaning to Ma Bell's phrase, "Reach out and touch someone." What is a T.O.W.? Could it be as our fellow Marines refer to us as "Tired of Walkingn? No, actually it is an Anti-Tank section comprised of a rogue gallery of Marines. As we look over the Section, our eyes are drawn to the central figures. The Section Leader, SSgt "Mulk Monster" Mulkey, that irrepressible man set on developing pain with his "death runs" while the growing rumble of regurgitated breakfast echos in our minds. To help in his relentless pursuit, he has his henchmen, the Squad Leaders, Sgt "Big Al" Alexander with 1st Squad, "Highcenter Crew", notorious for finding every hole where a HUMMV can get stuck. Sgt "Coop the Scoop" Cooper with 2d Squad, "The Searchers", a map and compass in hand, riding off into the sunset, never actually knowing where they will turn up. Sgt "Bust Ass" Batchelor with the 3d Squad, "The Schemers", always ready with their "Zulu Mikes" and other fast moves. Finally, Cpl "Bum Scoop" Barrios with the 4th Squad, famed for flying the "friendly skies" yet forced to eat someone else's dust. This is T.O.W. Section, the leading edge of death and destruction that is guaranteed to blow your mind . . . 1 3 I i Ti SSgt Mulkey JULY 1987 1-5 6-8 8-9 10 14-19 27-31 AUGUST 1987 5 10-13 15 17-27 29 SEPTEMBER 1987 20 21-24 30 OCTOBER 1987 1 -11 14-16 20 21 -23 24-25 30 NOVEMBER 1987 4- 5 6-8 10 11-20 12-19 18 19 23 29 30 Training Highlights Verona Loop 1913. SOC and live-fire training. All at- tachments onboard. ' Crew-served Weapons Evaluation. n BLT Staff participated in 22d MAU TWSEAS exercise. 40km MCCRES -forced march. Field Exercise at Camp Lejeune. Embarked aboard shipping and subsequent MCCRES evaluation. Staff Exercise at CAST Trainer with BLT SNCO's fill- ing key billets. Crew-served Weapons Competition. Family Day aboard USS Nassau. Embarked aboard Amphibious Squadron 2 for Blue- Green Water work-up. Predeployment leave began. Predeployment leave ended. Anti-Terrorism training and final embarkation prepara- tions. Embarked aboard Amphibious Squadron 2 at More- head City. Sailed for the Mediterranean Sea. TransLant. Conducted SACCEX Training. Turn-over in Augusta Bay, Sicily. Surface assault at Pian de Spille and heliborne assault at Monte Romano, Italy. Small unit and live-fire training at Monte Romano and Pian de Spille. Conducted 26km hike from Monte Romano to Pian de Spille and backloaded. Conducted NCO School ashore at Piano Monaco, Sici- ly. Attached 70 French Infantry Lt's and conducted am- phibious assault in Sete, France with cross training. Arrived Toulon, France for port visit. Established Camps at De Garrigues and Brignoles, France. BLT participated in Armistice Day. Company-level training at De Garrigues and Brignoles, France. Tank Platoon trained with 1st Saphis Regiment. Static display and airshow at French School of Infantry, Montpellier, France. Company F cross trained with French Foreign Legion Company. Departed Toulon, France. Attached Spanish Naval Infantry Rifle Company for cross training. Company E conducted pre-assault rubber boat raid at Sierra de Retin, Spain. ...di Q.-X,,Qa hs .A I r I F l 'D' ' DECEMBER 1987 1-3 3 4-5 5-9 10 12 13-14 14-17 15 16 17-21 21-31 JANUARY 1988 3-8 8-27 28 FEBRUARY 1988 2 2-21 22-26 27 MARC 4-6 6-11 13-16 16-27 28 ll 1988 Training Highlights Combined surface and heliborne assault with force-on- force, free-play with Spanish at Sierra de Retin, Spain. Battery E and Weapons Company conducted live-fire training and BLT conducted 15km hike. Backloaded aboard shipping. Arrived Tangier, Morocco for port visit and joint plan- ning with Royal Moroccan Armed Forces. Attached Royal Moroccan Naval Infantry Company. Conducted rehearsal landing 25km East of A1 Hoceima, Morocco. Surface assault by Company E and Moroccan Naval Infantry Company 40km East of Al Hoceima in support of African Eagle 88. General offload of BLT 25km East of Al Hoceima and conducted small unit training, live-fire and cross train- ing. Battery E conducted artillery raid at Al Hoceima Air- field for Moroccan VIPs. Company G conducted heliborne destruction raid vi- cinity of base camp. Backloaced aboard shipping. Port visits in Palma de Mallorca and Valencia, Spain. Departed ports of call and proceeded to Haifa, Israel Training ashore 15km East of Tel Aviv, 15km hike and Physical Readiness Training. Departed Haifa, Israel. Arrived Marseilles, France. Conducted offload and proceeded to Camp de la Cour- tine, France for live-fire training. Backloaded aboard shipping. Arrived Lisbon, Portugal and staged equipment for Desnailing in preparation for TransLant. Departed Lisbon and proceeded to operating area for Galera 88. Combined surface and heliborne assault with the Por- tugese Infantry and conducted cross-training in sup- port of Galera 88. Turnover in Rota, Spain and completed preparations for TransLant. Outchopped from Rota and TransLant. Disembarked from Amphibious Squadron 2 at More- head City. WE'RE HOME! 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Gne more Coke, then its off to the barber shop for me. Friday night at Movie Six. I miss my teddy bear. - aw 1 V T0daY'5 EUGSY Dj - Lt Timberlake - Yes sir this is my actual height. 4 4 A That does if, them? Hghfing Words- If says ... Place Rod A into Shaft B. F R "The Pepsi Generation!" 'rw- 1 It say s here "Open other end" what do you suppose they mean by that? r-v,.Yv Doc said he wanted a realistic mass casulaty drill. 4-D-C Oh no, 6 months worth of beef parties. I will be your host for the next six months. We may be ugly, but we're intellegent intellijont smart. . , , Next hump, I'm wearin my boots. l . Q - r -M nv Thanks for the beer money, see Office Hours can be rewarding. 1, Some day all this will be mine. What . . . me worry? Xv, Who used the MOGAS to start their campfire? SgtMaj do you think the troops want to really Lo Righta Lay EE 9 Marines we re looking for a few good A1f's . . U . 7 n w . g - L-V V v W V i P iA M K -M-W-M V - Y V 7 V Hr A ,,,- b-,,,-,.-,, ,.- -7 - Next try to make a smiley face. Yup, that's why they call it a French Tickler. .clam Rust tesr. The Recruiter told me I'd have my own apartment. X fi ff W f 7 0 Y f an J' M ' I ff' ,,,,,, ,, W ,,,, ,f,,,, .- ov If f Y QS f Z cf f gwfm, , , www! W an-.W If Sarge thinks I'm gonna sit on his window sill again, he's HLIIZS. aww , , mfs-AW ,M M, M . K f 'gaze W 1 W , .a..-,f 4 , -w qw. Wf, Vvv f 1 4 M a a ive .a e 3rd Platoon airplane. flys their new radio control I? f The Dentist said brush for 4 minutes daily, thats why I got this watch. We heard theres a party here. Well now - that makes a better mustache. Time for a package check. The beach is that a way. The high bid goes to H8cS Co fm w.y,,a f 1 U4 in ii i No wonder he has headaches. EENIE, MEENIE, MINIE, MOE. Its a shame the Enlisted Mess Deck isn't this nice. Is this where they're holding the punk rock tryouts? We're humping across the nation to raise money for the W ll I d h Th' b b the Whatzis and T B k l M F d e , connecte t e rngama o to ammy a er Oves armes UH ' now it does 0-60 in 4 seconds. Qi. HJ!! A if aw , f y A 1 l , Vs. 1 M Zvi ' L I Push the Plunge' d0Wf1 and the CP It says here . . . "the first step in a Should d15aPPeaf- High Five is to raise your hands". L 1: fin: ,. ,. 4 Q ,5""'-. Told you I could balance this rack on my , 'W ,, self, 'Q ,ff "f "fl-1. W ,. JAM ,,, .. in fwvw Af V--f 4 I U 4 rr, g K ,, 'I I , V all ,uk , , , as 'fra 'wwf swf' , , ' ,- af ' ' 4 , S- s I W , N 3 ,aff ' , , M - ,, f- f M27 ' , " may my--V 1 L , , Ili ff , gd: 5 5 "V "l,',,.f 'f- ,A fl' A ,4s:1K115'f, 'K if ' Qi gms-f -1 ,f 2 y ef-wf 1. ,i I i5Z'f2Y'4f ' , -f' W. . M Zlf a, all .-1 They said this was a small country, but this is rediculous What a great magazine The Arty ea Update h d. " rf ff OK next Song will be --home on the range'-G You know, it really is easier to take apart. Q f..-r ' -- 1 .WW W ' 4 Sorry Wilson, but your going to retake the road wheel assembly test. l 1 1 4 I . l 1 i E 1 4 I l l r F 4 4 Okay, who's got the Lt's helmet? We're taking up a collection for homeless Eskimos. Here comes the Lt. ' h l b k in. I time IO Put I C EQIP l1gS HC l l l WL iv- -w'-fw..W- Of course we trust the pilots, why do you ask? He say's he's got a daughter he really wants me to meet. You broke your legll Doc says to Gunny if you didnt use your hands 5hQ0t you YOU Cl be fflllfe 1 M . . ' It sa s "I ma have alread won a million dollars" what do you mean its time for my rCCtH1, YOU fe H0 Y ' Y Y doctor!!! Come On Lucky 7. We're making big bucks selling this stuff on board ship. Now where did I put that can of grunt repellant. Honey, have you cleaned this lately? This new cami paint is great, and its edible. WW' When EF Hutton talks . . . l i I l I x 1 1 I 4 Hr Hey, knock off the "Big Dog" imitations here comes the lst Sgt. This little piggy went to market, and . . . E-tool Qual, doesn't mean hit me! Check out the size of that fin coming this way. ust climb in the old man will never know we were gone g J.., . , 'hr,.iiQ a .,. The Plane, The Plane! ! It says here . . . "Made by Mattel" Where did Dorothy and Toto go? If I only had a brain. 20 more mikes and then I'm outta here. I 1 I Then you squeeze here and the targets fall down. I J K+ hr . . . And if elected there will be no more MRES. Down 24 Set i . i hut D i u hu All right what w1se guy put super glue The elbows connected to the wrist on my finger bone Learned that in Med School. Instant credit for E-1's and up. just bring in your LES. He A D ' It jumped back into the Pan -- No rain in the forcast! So they said. Dear Penthouse, I never thought something like this could happen to me We use this to shoot sodas to grunts. When he blows the whistle, take the Ref. I l 4 I ff 4 S Q I 4 Q i 2 3 I a 3 Q , 2 K Q r l f 2 1 I i M MK' 4 Come out, Come out wherever you are. y This signal means you need to change deodorants. C 29 gf 5 Then the wall jumped out in front of the HMMWV. Gunny'll never buy it. Beam me up Scotty' Wimwlfkwy W .ff .aww 'vfwff ff' 4 l - l I even packed a lunch for this deployment. l Sir, "Platoon Atten-Hut" didn't seem to get their attention, whats next? F y A X I 313 is hw- . ini--v -- -f,.- ,A, N.. .-1 --- '-- ---e-J --'p- f --""' "W" ' ' ' ' -'V 4 L In If you find a pork patty, I Want it' And now direct from Las Vegas Hi little girl, wanna buy some candy? Q 1 o , 1 5 te'Qn i I . i .3 ,7 fi -- ,- ff. -'-1 aff, " -3 : f , ' 1 fc.: I ,, .1 'W 't V Q "f ,fr 4 'inf , :QT , . 7 -g, vi-I-E, f , ' ' Q' 4 M--... x V, ,, , . A ,X , , pf' I. ' f 4 fafffiaeff ' . ' '--.- ,, -, 'L ..., ff 5' , , ' 1" - W ""'.'r' , A A-ww """'.px I. KX I . Y-,,,.,A.,-nvfrrv -" " M ' Hr. A ' Haw' - ' - .. No smoking back there 3rd herd. KOYIX an-Q., l Good cammi job Marine. 1 l l L l 4l A. in 1 , r .. I W ll Man, you should see the babe standing Try it again in B'Hatj and fhis time Over there. follow the sheet music . . . and make sure Santa gets this list before Christmas This is what we Call --Organized pjfj' My friend would you like to buy some fine Moroccan leather? For you a special price I said smile, now smile dammit!! l I i Gunny said "Watch the rifles", they haven't moved yer. If this guy goes any lower you can buy my witness to whatever happens. Bad monkey, bad monkey. Would you trust these animals with your daughter. Y If , V3 ,N ea I'm short. 1 gl hr At Ease Comm unity Relzz tions 3" I A 4 - ., W bv- . Mud 4 .,, , 4 'W In Dedication To A Manne Who Ga ve H13 Lnfe For H119 Country. He May Be Gone, But He's Not Forgotten. M29 1 KKN m HMM - 264 Squadron Histor The Black Knights of HMM-264 were activated on 30 June 1959. The squadron was originally named Marine Helicopter Transportation Squadron CLightj 264. In February 1962 it was redesignated to it's present title, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264. HMM-264 has been a leader in helicopter tactics, being the first squadron to develop the doctrine of vertical envelopment, while aboard the USS BOXER LPH-4. A modern day example of this tactic was the heliborne landing of U.S. Marines on the island of Grenada in October 1983. The Black Knights, in the fall of 1961, were called upon to assist kin evacuating and resupplying the unfortunate victims of Hurricane Carla which devastated portions of Texas and Louisiana. Also assisted were the victims of Hurricane Hattie which hit British Honduras Qnow Belizej. Humanitarian service has been a part of the Squadron's history to this day. The Squadron has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards. One of the more memorable awards was the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, earned during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis in which the Black Knights played a key role. 28 April 1965 was another special date in Black Knight history. On this date, from the deck of the USS BOXER, HMM-264 launched the first ever all helicopter nighttime assault under actual combat conditions into an unsecure landing zone. The place was Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This marked the first landing of U.S. Marines on Dominican soil since the early 1930's. It was also the first time that a helo assault had been made over the beach without supporting units ashore. The results of this effort accounted for over 1750 American Embassy personnel being evacuated from the war-torn Santo Domingo. Shortly thereafter, in May 1965, the Black Knights were distinguished as the first Marine helicopter squadron to fly 25,000 accident-free hours. The squadron continued this pace, logging milestones of 30,000, 40,000 and 50,000 accident-free hours. In 1968 the aging UH-34 was retired and the new Boeing-Vertol CH-46 was received. Undergoing numerous improvements over the years, this aircraft proved to be the workhorse of the Squadron during the Vietnam War. ' Through the 1970's to the present the squadron made numerous cruises from the warm Caribbean Islands to the icy waters of the North Atlantic and on the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean. In keeping with Squadron tradition, the Black Knights served with the Multi- National Peace Keeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. Due in part to the heroic rescue of snow-stranded Lebanese civilians in the Chauf Mountains, the Squadron was awarded the Defense Transporation Award of the National Defense Transporatation Association, the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, the Navy unit Commendation and the 1983 Commander of Naval Operations Safety Award. In October 1983 the Black Knights were at sea again, this time to Central America and an important exercise, AHAUS TARA II in Honduras. This was the first joint Honduran-U.S. Marine amphibious assault on the northern coast of Honduras. In addition to tactical maneuvers, the Squadron conducted humanitarian services as well, transporting food and medical services to impoverished inhabitants of inland villages. Injuly 1984, the Black Knights embarked aboard the USS INCHON LPH-4 as the Aviation Combat Element of the 22d MAU. This would be the first deployment of a Marine Amphibious Unit since 1982 that would not transit directly to Beirut. Without the benefit of the normal turnover information from the outgoing Squadron, the Black knights planned and executed no less than five shore basings in over four countries and seven exercises in six different locales, to include Display Determination. LF6F 3-84 ended 19 February 1985 after the successful completion of two major PHIBLEX's. During April and May of 1985 HMM-264, just one month back in CONUS, redeployed to Atlantic Field for participation in Bold Strike 1 -85. Showing their flexibility and readiness, the Black Knights flew in support of Solid Shield 1-85 immediately following Bold Strike. The remainder of 1985 found HMM-264 beginning the intensive training build up prior to the rapidly approaching Mediterranean deployment, in May of 1986. During the early months of 1986, HMM-264 was hard at work putting the finishing touches on six months of heavy training evolutions in which the goal ws to become a special operations capable squadron in support of the 24th MAU CSOCD. LF6F 2-86 began 8 MAY 1986. HMM- 264 met all challenges required of the special operation capable MAU. Exercise included: Spanish PHIBLEX at Sierra de Retin, Tridente I 8: II at Capo Teulada, National Week at Brindisi, Italy, and Display Determination '86 at Capo Teulada and Saros Bay, Turkey. A very successful six month cruise ended on 2 November 1986, as the Black Knights returned to MCAS New River to prepare for another deployment to the Mediterranean in nine months. Once again, 1987 found the Black Knights preparing for another deployment tothe Mediterranean. In only five months HMM-264 went composite again to include not only the helicopter portion of the ACE but also the AV-8B and elements from LAAD and DASC. A complete composite squadron wasa feat never performed before by an East Coast Marine Helicopter squadron. All the while HMM-264 was still receiving and analyzing the new SR8cM CH-46E and deploying to many areas to receive specialized training. just six months after being composite the Black Knights departed CONUS for the Mediterranean on 30 September 1987. While serving as part of LF6F 4-87 in Spain, Italy, France, and North Africa HMM-264 has constantly set the precedent in innovative ideas for helicopter operations li- Lieutenant Colonel R. arner HMM-264 Commanding fficer Originally from Maryland, Lieutenant Colonel Robert D. Garner was commissioned in 1969 following graduationfrom the U-5- Naval Academy. Upon completion of the Basic School, he reported to NAS Pensacola to begin flight training. He received his wrngs in February. 1971- First Lieutenant Garner reported to HMT-402 in March 1971 to undergo CH-46 training and was subsequently assigned to HMM-261 mjuly of that year. While a member of '261, Lieutenant Garner served as Flight Line Officer and as AvionicsfOrdnance Officer and completed fW0 Mediterranean Sea deployments. In March 1973, Lieutenant Garner was reassigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. At MCAS Futenma, Okinawa he was assigned duties aS aircraft division officer with HMM-164 and was promoted to Captain in November 1973. Upon completion of his WESTPAC tour, CaPfam Garner reported to NAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Fla. for duty as a primary flight instructor with VT-5. He served there as Operations Officer and was selected as VT-5 instructor of the Year for 1976. Upon deactivation of NAS Saufley Field, Captain Garner was reassigned to NAS Whiting Field where he instructed Aerodynamics and Engines in ground school. He was also a flight instructor with HT-8, flying TH-57's. Ca ' G ' f ptain arner s next tour o duty was with 2d ANGLICO at Camp Lejeune, N.C. His duties there included Air Liaison Officer and Motor Transport Officer. Injuly 1978, Captain Garner reported again to HMM-261 as the Flight Line Officer. Following a six month Mediterranean Sea deployment, he was assi ned d t A ' O ' f ' ' ' g u y as ssrstant peratrons O frcer. He completed the Weaspons and Tactics Instructor course in March 1979 and was promoted to Major rn November. Upon completion of LF6F injanuary of 1980 Major Garner was temporarily assi ned to HMM-263 as Logistics Officer ' 8 for Caribbean Operations. Upon his return he was reassigned to MAG-26 headquarters as the Assistant Operations OfficerfWTI. In Au ust 1981 Ma'or Garner d h M ' ' ' ' g j reporte to t e arrne Corps Command and Staff College Upon graduation rn 1982 Major Garner reported to Naval Air Systems Command as Marine Deputy. In conjuction with this assignment, he attended the Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir, Va. Major Garner assumed duties as Executive Officer of H MM-264 in july 1985 and was promoted to his present rank on ljune 1936- He assumed command of '264 in january 1987. HL.. l 1 i l l l l l 1 i 1 I i Major art l . Rasmussen Executive Officer, HMM-264 Major Rasmussen joined the Marine Corps in September 1971 under the Aviation Officer Candidate fScholarshipj program. He reported to Pensacola, Florida, for flight training in january 1972 and received his designation as a Naval Aviator in March 1973 Reporting to HMT-204 at MCAS New River in April 1973, he was designated a CH-53D Copilot in September 1973 and reported to HMH-461 where he was promoted to First Lieutenant. He served as Legal Officer at HMH-461 until transferred to HMM-264 in july 1976 where he was promoted to Captain. Before leaving HMM-264 in November 1978, he completed two Mediterranean deployments while serving first as the CH-53 NATOPS officer and subsequently as the Quality Assurance Officer in the Maintenance Department Attending Brigham Young University from December 1979 to june 1980 under the Degree Completion Program, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management before receiving orders to report to MCAS Futenma, Okinawa. He served as the Administrative Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Futenma. While at Futenmac he earned a Masters of Science Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and was promoted to Major Reporting to the G-3 Section at 6th Marine Amphibious Birgade in july 1983, Major Rasmussen participated in the standup of the first maritime Prepositioning Ships CMPSD Brigade. He also was assigned as the Air Officer of 26th Marine Amphibious Unit February through june 1984. Returning to HMM-264 in November 1985, Major Rasmussen served as the Director of Safety and Standardization during his third Mediterranean cruise as a Black Knight. He assumed the duties of Executive Officer injanuary 1987 before departing on a fourth Mediterranean cruise as a member of HMM-264 in September 1987 Major Rasmussen is married to the former Kathy McDonald of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and they are the parents of seven children Sergeant Major jose D. Ibarra r., USMC Born on 22 March 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, Sergeant Major Ibarra enlisted in the Marine Corps upon graduationfrom high school in june 1964. After completing recruit training at MCRD San Diego, Private First Class Ibarra was assigned to Communications 8c Electronics School Battalion, MCRD San Diego and attended the Radio Telegraph Operaor's Course. In 1965, he was assigned to the 3rd Tank Battalion, III Marine Amphibious Force, in the Republic of Vietnam as a radio telegraph operator and tank crewman. Injuly of 1966, Lance Corporal Ibarra returned to the United States and transferred to the 2nd Marine Division where he served with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment as a radio operator in the Forward Air Control Team. His next assignment was with the 2nd Marine Regiment as NCOIC of Tactical Air Control Party. In October 1968, Sergeant Ibarra attended the Marine Aviation Operations Clerk Course at Memphis, Tennessee and upon completion was assigned Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 at MCAS E1 Toro, California, as ANCOIC of the Operations Department. In August 1969, his next assignment was again in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing where he served as the Operations Chief with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542 at DaNang Air Base. With the withdrawal of U.S. Forces in Vietnam, he returned to the U.S. with VMFA-542 in the Marine Corps biggest-ever trans- pacific flight from DaNang to MCAS El Toro injanuary 1970. After the deactivation of VMFA-542, March 1970, he was transferred to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing where he served as the Operations Chief of Marine Training Squadron 203 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina until February 1973. In March 1973, Staff Sergeant Ibarra was transferred to the lst Marine Aircraft Wing and served as the Operations Chief of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 12 at MCAS Iwakuni,Japan. He was temporarily assigned to the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade Staff Nucleus aboard the USS Blue Ridge during May -june 1973. On returning to the U.S., he was transferred to MCAS New River, North Carolina and served with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron as Station Flight Clearance Chief, Station Training Chief and NCOIC of the station S-3. In March 1978 Gunnery Sergeant Ibarra was transferred to Parris Island, South Carolina, where he attended Drill Instructor School and served as a Drill Instructor, Series Gunnery Sergeant and Chief Drill Instructor with the Second Recruit Training Battalion. In August 1981, he attended Marine Security Guard School and upon completion, First Sergeant Selectee Ibarra was reassigned to Parris Island. In October 1981, he attended First Sergeant's School and upon completion he waS transferred to Okinawa where he served with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion as the First Sergeant of "A" Company- In January 1983, he returned to MCAS New River th H d ' ' November 1986. Sergeant Major Ibarra assumed the duties as the Sergeant major of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 on 1 December 1986. as e ea quarters and Headquarters Squadron First Sergeant until Q HMM - 264 CRUISE PATCH i Y 1 1 X 4 I 4 i. A 3 Q v 1 - x l - l I 1 'l 1 1stLt SONNY INGLE 1stLt "CREASE" WALLACE mu "WILDMAN" WATKA cwoa DON CHAPMAN CWO2 CARMINE BORRELLI WO GEORGE WHITTEN "MAN, ALL THIS FOR ONE ZIPPO" T R : I A 1 XR t 1 ' r. ,X I bl 1 X, , gk x 'F M N, HLATCHKE " .. Y KIDS IN FRANCE LORD, STENCH AGAIN? ARE YOU SURE?" - i 1 will 1 "WHO'S SPIT CUP IS THAT?" "ANYONE SEEN MY DAD? iv-f fwgjiww i HOW TO PARTY WITH PANCHO" "WHAT DO YoU MEAN NO TAD? "A BULKHEAD IN THE MAKING" S-1 LEFT TO RIGHT: CAPT RICHARDS, LCPL RICKELS, CAPT HEDELUND, LCPL TEASDALE, LCPL SNIDER, CPL CRAWFORD, SSGT WILBER, CPL FRYE, LCPL BERRAZUETA, LCPL WIMMER, CPL UMICHELETTI, PFC DAVIDSON, WO WHITTEN, LCPL RODRIQUEZ, 1stLt FANCHER, 1stLt DEIERLING, 1stLt STAUTBERG, CAPT ROTHENBERGER, 1stLt LARA, MAJ GOODMAN 1stLt HINDS S-2 GYSGT GLASER, CAPT MCMILLAN, 1stLt FRANKLIN, SGT GALLAGHER W!! A hr- S- 3 OPERATIONS STANDING CL-RQ SSGT CONDRA, CAPT SMITH, CAPT CLARK, CAPT WASHINGTON, CAPT JUSTICE, MAJ THEISSEN, ABDULE RASSULLI CFOREIGN EXCHANGE OFFICERJ, HOLDING "LITTLE BUDDHA" CAPT MCCLUSKEY, CAPT READ, 1stLt EVANS, CAPT BANN, CAPT HUDSON KNEELING CL-RQ CAPT FROSLEE, CAPT SCHATZ, CAPT BARLEY, 1stLt WESTMAN SITTING QL-RD CPL PONDER, LCPL MAY, CPL PENDERGRAPH, SSGT GREEN, LCPL FOWLER, CPL SMIELWSKI S-4 1st ROW QL-RJ LCPL MILLS, LCPL HAWKINS, LCPL EREIGENZER, LCPL FAVORS, SGT HOLMES end ROW CL-RJ LCPL MEMOL1, LCPL PALS, LCPL GERACI, LCPL DAY, LCPL DAY, CPL CORMIER, CPL DOUGLAS, 1SfLf WOOLLEY STANDING: CL-RJ MAJ PERRY, LCPL GEASLAND, CPL GOULD, 1stLt BELONGIA, 1stLt ORANTHAM, SSGT RIVERS, CPL LERMA, LCPL WHITE, LCPL HUNTER, CAPT FLOHR, CPL CONRATH, LCPL TOLLENS CAPT TANNER S-5 CL-RD CAPT RICKERT, CAPT ROTHENBERGER, 1stLt STAUTBERG, 1stLt HINDS DSSN COCHRAN 1stLt SALTZIEDER AVIATION MEDICAL DEPARTMENT QL-RD HM3 WARNER, HM2 BODINE, LT GOYINS, HM3 RIVERA, HM2 PECK KNEELING CL-RD CAPT FRIEDRICH, MAJ CURTIS, CAPT HALE STANDING qL-R5 mu SHAYNE, CAPT REALE, CAPT STUVER, CAPT 4.-A LAAD V . , I FRONT ROW CL-RD CPL HARRIS, CPL HARDNETT, LCPL COSS, CPL JOEHNIG, LCPL HADDOCK, CPL MAYHUGH CENTER ROW CL-RD CPL CRUZ, CAPT VILLALBA BACK ROW CL-RQ SSGT SMITH, CPL THOMAS, SGT SHERMAN, SGT SMITH, PFC WILLIS, SGT STATHAM, CPL STOCKTON ff CARPLAN GYSGT FORD :. rg, 1143! 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