VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ADAMS, AWCS(AW) Mike Retired yardmarker08@gmail.com "...I entered into VP aviation as a Julie/ECM operator as an AX3 in 1964. My first squadron was VP-42, Crew-8, basically flying in the "maintenance officer’s" crew (LCDR Ara Sarkisian and LCDR Marshall Martin). Leaving VP-42 with the disestablishment, I went to FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California as a TACCO ASA-16 Instructor. FAETUPAC moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1969. In 1970 I was transferred to VP-4 as an SS1. I flew until I had blood pressure problems which landed me in Schedules. I remained there until 1976, when I transferred to CNAP Natops. After a two year tour there, I was fortunate to fly with the Canadian Forces (CF) (VP-415 and VP-405). With the decommissioning of the ARGUS, the AW billet went away and was replaced by an NFO billet in the AROURA airframe. In July 1980 I landed in ASWOC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, ending up as the Senior Enlisted, Assistant Ops, Opcon, and Briefing/Debriefing Officer. In 1985 I came to Dam Neck as the ASWOC Watch Officer Instructor. While there, I incorporated Watch Officer "field trips" to NOPF Dam Neck, Bldg NH-95 Norfolk to "tie-in" NavFac, Command Watch Office, and the Command Center. I left this tour far a tour at ASWOC NSF Diego Garcia. Leaving there, I followed Harry Niestrath through the Senior Enlisted Academy, and then doing my twilight tour in FCDSSA Dam Neck, working on the op program for the ASWMOD’s on the carriers. I was fortunate to work on ALL the carriers active in 1992, except the USS Constellation and USS Enterprise which were in the yards. I retired as an AWCS(AW) August 01, 1992 and still live down the road from Dam Neck in Virginia Beach..." [25DEC2010]

LYONS, John jglyons15@hotmail.com "...I served on P2v7's from January 1958 until we converted to the Argus. 405 Canadian Forces (CF) Maritime Patrol Squadron Greenwood Nova Scotia Nice airplane for a backseater. Except the ECM position! Cheers gents..." [12APR2002]

RECK, CDR Tom Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...Commander Tom Reck was born in Southampton, Pennsylvania. A 1985 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Business Management. Following graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign through the NROTC program and reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida for flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in May 1987 at the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Commander Reck's first operational assignment was with the 'Proud Pegasus' of VP-11 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. With VP-11 from 1988-1991, he was designated a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Pilot. He served as the Schedules Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Training Officer during his 3 1/2 year tour. He completed 2 extended deployments, once to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and once to NAS Sigonella, Sicily participating in Operation Desert Shield. In June 1991, Commander Reck reported to 405 MP (Maritime Patrol) Squadron based in Greenwood, Nova Scotia Canada after being selected for the Personnel Exchange Program. Flying as a Canadian exchange pilot from 1991 to 1994, he was designated as an Aircraft Captain, on missions around the globe. In 1993 he led his crew in winning the O'Brien ASW Excellence Trophy for the Canadian Forces and participated as the Canadian Crew in the Commonwealth Fincastle ASW competition. In 1994 Commander Reck reported to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) while on deployment in the Persian Gulf. He served as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer (SHOOTER) and as an Air Department Division Officer while completing a six-month WESTPAC deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch. After his resignation from active duty in 1995, Commander Reck immediately affiliated with the 'Minutemen' of VP-92 at the NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts. He has been designated a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and NATOPS Instructor Pilot. Billet assignments at VP-92 have included Safety/NATOPS Officer, Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer and Executive Assistant..." [19JUN2005]

SORSDAHL, LAC Aubrey Raymond C/O His Son R. Lynn Sorsdahl lcanaska@telusplanet.net "...My Father, LAC Aubrey Raymond Sorsdahl, served with RCAF 149 Squadron "Sea Wolfs" from August 8, 1943 to February 14, 1944. He was a bomb Armourer stationed at Annette Isle, AK and Terrace, BC..." [15APR2003]

WILSON, John Suladen1@hotmail.com "...Flew the P2V7s in the RCAF far too many years ago. Rugged old brute but noisy as hell..." [22JUL2002]

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