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Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Henry P. Krienke USN (Ret) VP-4 1962 – 1964

Henry Krienke served as PPC on Crew 3 and as ASW Tactical Officer in 1964.
Henry Paul Krienke, 84, of Spring Valley, California, passed away on April 13, 2018, following a brief stay at Scripps Mercy Hospital.
A military service will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Miramar National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Featheringill Mortuary.
Henry was born in South Bend, Indiana, on January 13, 1934. He graduated as Valedictorian from Central High School and continued on to the University of Notre Dame where he was enrolled in the NROTC program. In 1955 he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. On April 15, 1956, Henry married Christin Swaim. From this union, he was blessed with 3 sons. On December 24, 1969, Henry remarried. Marlene Alice Clifton brought the blessing of 3 children from a previous marriage into their union of 48 years. Henry loved to sing! He was a member of Skyline Church where he had the joy of singing with the Skyline Chorale for many years.
Henry, a Naval officer, and pilot retired as a Commander after 23½ years of service. He flew multi-engine airplanes and participated in carrier operations in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War.
Returning to the States, he served as an instructor in operations and navigation at Alameda Naval Air Station and San Diego North Island Naval Air Station.
Henry is survived by his wife, Marlene Krienke, and six children: Kai Krienke, Kristopher Krienke, Kieron Krienke (Manuela), David Clifton (Phuc), Tamra Line, and Shari Moreno (Mario). Also surviving are 7
grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and his brother, Loren Krienke (Carol). Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Henry William and Pauline Caroline Krienke of South Bend, Indiana.
In saying goodbye to Henry, the family rests in the certainty of “Absent from the body…present with the Lord.” (II Cor. 5:8)
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Orval Butcher Ministries,
11980 Woodside Ave.
Suite 1, Lakeside, CA 92040.
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Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Donald C. Klein VP-4 1962 – 1965

Don Klein served as PP3P on Crew 12 and as 1st Lieutenant in 1962.  He was PPC on Crew 11 and Assistant Standardization Officer in 1964-65.
Donald Craig Klein
April 16, 1937 – November 14, 2018
Donald “Don” C. Klein, 81, of Orange Park passed away November 14, 2018, at Orange Park Medical Center. Don was born on April 16, 1937, in Oak Park, Ill to the late William and Mildred Klein.
Don graduated from York Community High School, Elmhurst, IL 1955 and continued his education at the University of Miami (FL) where he received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration 1960. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy where he was a naval aviator and retired as a Commander with 20 years honorable service (P-3 maritime patrol aircraft pilot).
Don enjoyed playing bridge and Texas hold ’em, classic cars, playing guitar, friends & family, and traveling (especially world cruises). He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Foxridge HOA president, and Big Orange Chorus.
Don lives on in the hearts of his wife of nearly 60 years, Carol; children, Kerrie and Jason Bernardo, Lindsay and Chris Henderson, Craig Klein, Ken (predeceased) and Sandy Klein, 10 grandchildren and 3 and 1/2 great-grandchildren and sister, Shirley Hoover.
A Celebration of Don’s life will be at 11:00 a.m. December 28, 2018, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery 4083 Lannie Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32218. A reception will follow (Fleming Island, FL location TBD)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the City Rescue Mission (426 McDuff Ave. South, Jacksonville, FL 32254) or Quigley House (PO box 142, Orange Park, FL 32067-0142).
Condolences may be left at:

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet AW2 Jerry L. Few VP-4 1968 – 1971

It is with great sadness that the family of Jerry Lee Few of Dickson, Tennessee announces his sudden passing on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at the age of 70 years. Jerry will be lovingly remembered by his son Joey, sister Norma Wall, extended family, and countless friends. Jerry was born in February of 1948 to James and Elizabeth Few in Dickson, Tennessee. Jerry proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and attended college at the University of Tennessee. Jerry treasured his extensive music collection, was a great dancer and an avid football fan.

His friends and family are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at the Pond Church of Christ – 650 Pond Road, Dickson, TN 37055.

Condolences may be left at

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet AVCM Carl L. Barber III USN (Ret) VP-4 1966 – 1969

Ray Frazer, VP-4 66-69, passed me this sad news.

BARBER, Carl L. III, US Navy, Master Chief (Ret.) 79, passed Oct. 13, 2018. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. We love you and we miss you. Cremations of Greater Tampa Bay
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 17, 2018

AVCM Carl L. Barber III served as the Avionics Chief in VP-4 during his tour from 8/66 to 2/69.

His career included the following tours.

VAHM-13/VP-24 8/57-9/60
VW-15/VW-13 1/61-7/62
NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 3/63-3/66
VP-4 8/66-2/69
NAMTD12 NAS Moffett Field, California 3/69-5/72
CPWP 5/72-10/76
NAMTRAGRU NAS Memphis, Tennessee 10/76-11/79

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet LT Richard F. Keller VP-4 1982 – 1985

LT Richard F. Keller VP-4 1982 – 1985

Rick Keller served as 3P on Crew 3 in 1983/84. In 1985 he worked in AW Training and flew on Crew 3.

Richard F. Keller, age 55, of New Paltz, NY, died Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Richard was born on May 15, 1958, in Queens, NY. Richard was the son of the late Richard J. and the late Mary (McElroy) Keller.

At the time of his death, Richard was employed as an airline pilot for American Airlines.

“Our father was a wonderful man who loved each of us immensely and unconditionally. He was an amazing Dad and friend who left us too soon. We will miss him tremendously.”

Surviving are a daughter & son-in-law, Kristen & Ryan Auchmoody of Ulster Park, NY and two sons, Eric Keller of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Adam Keller of Pleasant Valley, NY.

Friends and relatives may call on Thursday, August 15, 2013, from 4pm to 7pm at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY. The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013, at 10:00 am, at the gravesite, at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery, 81 Plains Road, New Paltz, NY 12561.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Veteran LCDR Roger A. Lammers VP-4 1971 – 1974

Another VP-4 vet has passed away. Roger Lammers passed away February 15, 2016. His wife, Christine, passed away December 25, 2017.

Roger served as Crew 8 Navigator in 1971, Crew 8 3P in 1972 and as the Assistant Admin Officer in 1974.

December 07, 1946 ~ February 15, 2016

Roger Anthony Lammers was born in Findlay, Ohio on December 7th, 1946 as the first of five children to Robert Sylvester Lammers & Nora Stella Yates Lammers. Raised in Northern Ohio, Roger was a standout student & athlete earning the Northern Ohio “Football Player of the Year” in 1964. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968 with a major in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, Roger assisted in coaching football and recruiting players for the Naval Academy. He then trained as a pilot in Pensacola, Florida. He flew P3 Orions during three Vietnam War tours. He later received an MBA from Wharton.

Roger and Christine “Tina” Alexandra Winiarz Lammers met at a party in Washington, D.C. while Roger was at the Naval Academy. When Roger was away for Pilot Training in Pensacola, Tina came for a visit. He handed her his laundry bag full of dirty laundry and told her there was something in there for her. She discovered a big, sparkling engagement ring and couldn’t possibly say “no”. They were married on Labor Day in 1969 at a beautiful campus chapel in Annapolis. Roger shared Tina’s father’s love for history and the two of them enjoyed many lively conversations. Roger and Tina were married 47 years and raised three wonderful children. Andy, Becky, and Natalie have brought them much happiness and are a source of great pride. Roger leaves behind their three lovely and bright granddaughters, Megan, Aubrey, and Ella, who have proven to share his love of learning and athleticism.

Roger’s career was in Industry & Consulting where he led a group to the acquisition of existing companies for 10 years. More recently, he has been an independent consulting & investor.

You cannot describe Roger Lammers without using the word “optimist”. He had a great vision for the business and couldn’t resist pepping his conversations with words “millions and billions”. Coming up with ways to grow a business came as a natural to him as living and breathing.

Roger was always interested in people and made a point of asking them how their life was going. “How are you doing?” “How are your kids?” “How is the job going?” Roger always took time to listen and offer encouragement.

We will all miss this joyful, larger-than-life man who left us far too soon. Rest in peace, Roger.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet LCDR Theodore A. Santuae USN (Ret) VP-4 1954 – 1957

Fallen ShipmateThis sad news was received by Pete Bernardin, VP-4 55-58, who passed it to Bob Davis, VP-4 62-63, of the P2V Officers group. Bob forwarded it to me so I could send it to others who may have known Ted Santuae. A quick research found that Ted became a pilot through the NAVCAD program and he served in VP-4 as an Ensign and LTJG.
Dear Friends’

Yesterday, I got a call from Ted’s daughter Ann Marie, advising me that Ted passed away on Monday. Not entirely unexpected; he has been dealing with a number of serious health issues these past few years. Nonetheless, a very sad piece of news….he was 88.

The details of his memorial follow:

September 16th
Rosary 5PM-7PM
Crist Mortuary
3395 Penrose Place
Boulder,CO 80301

September 17th
Funeral Service 10AM
St. Martin Catholic Church
330 Table Mesa Dr.
Boulder CO 80305

September 18th
Burial 9AM
Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Ave
Denver CO 80236

The Bernardins will send flowers from “His Old Shipmates at Patrol Squadron Four (VP 4) USN”.

Sorry to be the bearer of such sad tidings…..very best, Pete and Barbara Bernardin.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet Robert E. Morrow VP-4 1956 – 1957

Robert E. Morrow VP-4 1956 – 1957

Robert E. Morrow, Sr., age 81 of West View, on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Beloved husband for 59 years of Norma (Hunter) Morrow; father of Kimberly (Thomas) Dering and Robert E. (Sonja) Morrow, Jr.; grandfather of Christopher (Rachel), Shannon, Kara Dering, Casey and John Morrow; brother of John W. (Jace) Morrow, Sr., the late Hazel Karwoski and Velois Lemmon.

Robert was born and raised in Kittanning, PA, a graduate of Kittanning High School, and Cambria-Rowe Business College of Johnstown, PA. He served in the US Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman where he was a Flight Crewman in a Blimp training squadron in Brunswick, GA and also served as a Flight Crewman in Patrol Squadron VP-4 in Okinawa. He worked for United States Steel Corporation, USS Chemical, and Aristech Chemical Corporation for over 35 years until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the North Hills Community Baptist Church. Robert enjoyed fishing and was an avid reader but mostly loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, brother, and sister.

No Viewing. Friends invited to memorial service in North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Road, Pittsburgh 15237 on August 25, 2018, at 2 p.m. Arrangements by Schellhaas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. (West View).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Corwin A. Olds USN (Ret) VP-4 1958 – 1960

CDR Corwin A. Olds USN (Ret) VP-4 1958 – 1960

Corwin Anson Olds, M.D., Commander USN Ret., 92, husband of Patricia Allen Olds, died on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Sussman House in Rockport. A complete obituary will be published later. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM, Friday, July 6, 2018, at the First Congregational Church, UCC, 55 Elm Street, Camden, with the Rev. Dr. Deb Jenks officiating. Condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.

In 1958 LCDR Olds served as Gunnery Officer in VP-4. Later he served as the ASW Officer and PPC of Crew 3

Passing of VP-4 Vet CAPT William Jerry Fogle, USN (Ret.) VP-4 1962 – 1965

CAPT William Jerry Fogle USN (Ret) who served as a TACCO in VP-4 from 1962 to 1965.

Capt. William Jerry Fogle, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was born October 12, 1936, in Aurora, Missouri. He was the son of Arthur A. and Marjorie Fogle. As he frequently told people, he proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy for 31 years, 8 months and 4 days, and retired as a Captain on March 31, 1989. He Jerry served on the USS Kitty Hawk, USS Coral Sea, and defended our country in Vietnam, where he received numerous medals, including a Bronze Star with Combat V and a Purple Heart. During his career, he was stationed in many places throughout the world, including Okinawa, Hawaii, Iceland, and England. He retired in Portland, Tennessee, and was very active as a community volunteer, and worked with the youth athletic soccer network as a referee for many years. He loved living in Portland and enjoyed his wide many friends in the community.

Jerry is survived by his five sons: Barry Fogle, (and his wife Angie) of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Brett Fogle (and his wife Debbie) of White House, Tennessee, Eric Fogle of Nashville, Tennessee, Sgt. Lance Fogle (and his wife Sara), currently stationed in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, and LCDR Corey Fogle, USN, (and his wife Katie), currently stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also is survived by 8 eight grandchildren: Drew, Kara, Niki, Brock, Logan, Bella, Ryder and McClane. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon many years ago and, more recently, by his wife Maureen.

The family would like to thank the staff at NHC Place, Sumner in Gallatin, Tennessee, who took such wonderful care of Jerry in his final days.

Visitation will be at Austin and Bell Funeral Funeral Home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, He will receive a Full Honors Military Funeral at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, located at 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN, at 1 p.m. on July 31.

You may view the obituary or offer your Condolences online at The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN. 615-822-4442.


Passing of V-4 Vet CDR Samuel Bruce Walker USN (Ret) VP-4 1961 – 1963

Samuel Bruce Walker was born on December 15, 1930, in the town of Andrews, Cherokee County, North Carolina. He was the oldest child of Gerald Benjamin Walker and Margaret Everett Walker, and brother to William Hudson Walker (b.  1933), and Kathryn Louise Walker Scott (b. 1935, d. 1969). He was raised in the Presbyterian Church.

By the time he was five, Sam had decided he wanted to be a minister on Sundays who ran a filling station and garage during the week. Then one day he saw a large, single-engine biplane pass overhead carrying airmail, and the ministry gave way to the flying bug. While building stick-and-tissue flying models, Sam decided at a young age the only way he was going to be able to fly was to join the service, preferably the Navy. At some point, Sam built a crystal set radio which added an interest in electronics to his fascination with aviation.

The family moved to Savannah, Georgia for better work opportunities for Sam’s father, and it was in Savannah that Sam attended elementary through high school, graduating from Savannah High in 1947. It was also in Savannah where Phyllis Epperson, then 14 and visiting family in Savannah, first saw her future husband, then age 16, emerging from a chicken coop after cleaning it.

Sam applied for appointment to the US Naval Academy and was chosen as an alternate. At seventeen, not convinced an appointment would come through, his parents signed for him to enlist. Sam used to tell of getting on the train in Savannah that winter, wearing a light coat that that was fine for Georgia weather, and his shock at getting off the train in an Illinois winter for the last part of his trip to Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Depending on when he told the story, the snow was anywhere from ankle deep to knee deep.

While at Great Lakes, Sam received his appointment and proceeded to Annapolis by way of the Naval Academy Preparatory School at Bainbridge, Maryland. He graduated in the Class of 1952. Sam and Phyllis dated throughout his four years at the Naval Academy, marrying in 1953. USS Coral Sea, Pensacola, Jacksonville (VP-5), Monterey (Naval Postgraduate School), Washington DC, North Island, Okinawa (VP-4), North Island again, Annapolis, Norfolk, and Philadelphia. It was a Navy life. Sam and Phyllis’ son, Scott, was born in 1955, in Jacksonville. Sam’s favorite duty station was Annapolis, where he taught classes and coached the Shields sailing team.

After twenty-two years in the Navy, he retired with the rank of Commander in 1974, and Sam and Phyllis returned to Coronado. Out of the Navy, Sam worked in the computer industry at SAIC and Cubic Corporation. He became a long-time member of the Optimist Club of Coronado and volunteered as a tax preparer on Coronado and at Naval Base San Diego. Sam retired from Cubic in 1995 and he and Phyllis took the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, Alaska, the American Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Sam’s love of airplanes took them to the EAA airshow in Oshkosh several times. In 2000, their son Scott married Nancy Freeman, and in 2005 Sam and Phyllis’ granddaughter Cecelia was born. Phyllis Walker passed away in 2013, and in 2015 Sam moved from Coronado to Evanston, Illinois to be closer to his Son’s family. Sam died on March 31, 2018, after a long illness.

Sam’s family will remember him for his wide-ranging interests, voracious reading, and a rye sense of humor. He is survived by his brother Bill, son Scott, daughter-in-law Nancy, and granddaughter Cecelia. Donations in Sam’s name may be made to Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society through their website.

Visitation was at Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113 on April 12, 2018, and the funeral service was at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122 on April 13, 2018.

Samuel Bruce Walker


1988 VP-4 Squadron Roster


No Name Rank Photos on Page(s) Position
Commanding Officers
1 Bryan, Timothy R. CDR 2 C.O. 9 May 1987 – 18 May 1988
2 Schmidt, Charles R. CDR 4 X.O. C.O. 18 May 1988 – 27 Apr 1989
1 Acalin, Steven LT 16, 41 Crew 4 PPC/MC SAFETY/NATOPS
2 All, William LT 14, 35, 40 Crew 3 PPC/MC Admin Legal
3 Avila, Mark LT 28 Crew 10 PPC
4 Barnette, David LCDR 39 Medical
5 Bolen, Keith LTJG 30, 33, 40 Crew 11 NC Duty Office Training
6 Brobst, Ted LTJG 14, 43 Crew 3 PPC OPS/SCHEDS
7 Brueck, David LCDR 26 Crew 9 TC/MC
8 Caldwell, Robert LTJG 52 Quality Assurance
9 Cole, Jeffrey LTJG 24, 45 Crew 8 NC NAV
10 Corrigan, Dennis LCDR 22, 34 Crew 7 PPC/MC Admin
11 Crabtree, Gregory LT 24, 46 Crew 8 TC/MC AW’s
12 Currie,Iain LT 12, 36 Crew 2 PPC/MC Personnel
13 Denham, Tom LCDR 28 Crew 10 PPC/MC
14 Dillenbeck LT 28 Crew 10 PPC
15 Donevant, Carlyle LTJG 28, 41 Crew 10 NP SAFETY/NATOPS
16 Donoher, Paul LT 26 Crew 9 PPC/MC
17 Dukes, Curtis LT 10, 34, 40 Crew 1 PPC Admin Legal
18 Dyer, Daniel LTJG 20 Crew 6 NC
19 Eguchi, David LT 30, 43 Crew 11 TC OPS/SCHEDS
20 Evans, Kenneth LT 22, 37 Crew 7 2P Human Services
21 Fink LCDR 14, 43 Crew 3 TC/MC OPS/SCHEDS
22 Foldy, Mark LTJG 12, 44 Crew 2 NC TACTICS
23 Fox, Sheila LT 50 Maintenance Admin
24 Glaeser, Karl LTJG 12, 37, 95 Crew 2 TC Public Affairs
25 Goodwin, Joseph LT 10 Crew 1 PPC/MC
26 Goodwin, Raymond LTJG 10 Crew 1 3P
27 Grace, Alan LT 30, 40 Crew 11 PPC/MC Training
28 Hugh, Ernest LTJG 16, 22, 45 Crew 4 Crew 7 NC COMM/CMS
29 Humble, Jeffrey LT 22, 26, 45 Crew 7 Crew 9 PPC/MC COMM/CMS
30 Johnson LT 24 Crew 8 TC/MC
31 Keating, Michael LT 28, 44 Crew 10 TC/MC TACTICS
32 Keilty, Kevin LT 26, 51, 53 Crew 9 PPC Maintenance Training Line
33 Kuenhle, Donald LCDR 20, 50 Crew 6 PPC/MC Maintenance Admin
34 Laning, James LTJG 28, 38 Crew 10 NC PRT/REC
35 Lauer, Michael LT 20, 40, 44 Crew 6 TC/MC Training TACTICS
36 Lawler, Gregory LT 26, 51 Crew 9 TC/MC Maintenance Training
37 Lopez, Pete LTJG 10, 54 Crew1 NC Phase/Corrosion
38 Luhrman LCDR 16 Crew 4 TC/MC
39 Makovitch, Victor LT 14 Crew 3 TC/MC
40 McMaken, Glen LT 28, 45 Crew 10 TC/MC SMO
41 Merriman, Richard LTJG 16, 38 Crew 4 3P Sponsor Officer
42 Moore, Beth Ann LT 44 AIO
43 Mullins, Paul LTJG 18, 45 Crew 5 NC NAV
44 Murray, K.P. LT 50 Maintenance Admin
45 Newnham, Joe LTJG 26, 51 Crew 9 PPC Maintenance Training
46 Nichols, Jeffrey LT 18, 41 Crew 5 TC/MC SAFETY/NATOPS
47 Oakes, Michael LT 30 Crew 11 PPC
48 Olson, Eric LTJG 22 Crew 7 NC
49 Ortiz LT 16 Crew 4 TC
50 Osborn, Brian LTJG 18 Crew 5 3P
51 Perez, Arnold CWO2
52 Perry, Douglas LTJG 24 Crew 8 3P
53 Pierce, Randall LT 12 Crew 2 PPC
54 Platamone, Stephen LT 24, 52 Crew 8 PPC/MC Quality Assurance
55 Pytel, Dennis LTJG 26, 40 Crew 9 NC Training
56 Reid, Randall LTJG 20 Crew 6 3P
57 Rieck, Dan LTJG 20, 56 Crew 6 NP Power Plants
58 Rogers, Michael LT 22 Crew 7 TC/MC
59 Roof, Robert LTJG 14, 43 Crew 3 NC OPS/SCHEDS
60 Sanderson, Alfred LT 10, 43, 44 Crew1 TC OPS/SCHEDS TACTICS
61 Schulte, Steven LT 18, 41 Crew 5 PPC/MC SAFETY/NATOPS
62 Tappan, William LTJG 14, 59 Crew 3 3P 1st LT
63 Tarquinio, Thomas LT 20, 51 Crew 6 PPC/MC Maintenance Training
64 Tatomer, William LTJG 30 Crew 11 3P
65 Thackaberry, Brian LTJG 22 Crew 7 3P
66 Waldrip, Randall LCDR 18, 41 Crew 5 PPC/MC SAFETY/NATOPS
67 Wagner, Wayne LCDR 10, 44 Crew1 TC/MC TACTICS
68 Wolf, John LTJG 16 Crew 4 PPC
69 Yates, John LCDR 24, 37 Crew 8 PPC/MC Human Services
70 Young, Gregory LCDR 16, 35 Crew 4 TC Admin
71 Zumstein, Edward LCDR 13, 40 Crew 2 PPC/MC Training
1 Amerman, James AWC 12, 44 Crew 2 SS2 TACTICS
2 Best, John ADC 26, 53 Crew 9 FE Line
3 Bomberger, Gary AMHC 49 Maintenance Control
4 Bruns ADC 47 FE’s
5 Cheyney, David ADC 49 Maintenance Control
6 Fields, Nicholas AWC 43 OPS/SCHEDS
7 Givens, Sammie ADC 49 Maintenance Control
8 Groves, Janet AECS 52 Quality Assurance
9 Harnish, James ADCS 16, 51 Crew 4 FE
10 Haynes, Burl AMCS 10, 47 Crew1 FE FE’s Maintenance Training
11 Hough, Gilbert PCCM 6 Command Master Chief
12 Lauser, Paul AFCM 26, 47, 49 Crew 9 FE FE’s Maintenance Control
13 Mossor, Howard AMSC 49 Maintenance Control
14 Murdoch, Lynn AMCS 37 Human Services
15 Perrett, Robert AWC 26, 46 Crew 9 SS1 AW’s
16 Russell, Arthur AWC 14, 46 Crew 3 SS2 AW’s
17 Sanchez, Manuel ATC
18 Shaw, Gary AXC 62 AT’s
19 Smith, Paula YNC 34, 35 Admin
20 Spencer, Standlee ATC 51 Maintenance Training
1 Agnew, John AO2 30 Crew 11 ORD
2 Albright, Tony AN 64 Ordnance
3 Alston, Kelyn AN 53 Line
4 Amano, Jonathon AO2 64 Ordnance
5 Arbelo, Antonio AO2 59 1st LT
6 Archer, Rusty AK2 57 Material
7 Armstrong, Dennis AZ2 49 Maintenance Control
8 Arnold, Myron PR1 58 PR’s/AME’s
9 Atkinson, Patrick AT1 24 Crew 8 IFT
10 Baldado, Bimanthony AN 63 Tool Room
11 Baldwin, Anthony YN2 34, 35 Admin
12 Barkow, Raymond AWAN 10, 46 Crew1 SS2 AW’s
13 Barnes, Edwin AKAN
14 Baugh, Stephen PRAA 58 PR’s/AME’s
15 Beatty, Russell AD1 28, 47 Crew 10 FE FE’s
16 Berry, Elisa AME3 59 1st LT
17 Bigham AW2 28 Crew 10 SS3
18 Bitzelberger, Michael AW2 14, 46 Crew 3 SS3 AW’s
19 Bodnar, Dennis AWAN 30, 46 Crew 11 SS2 AW’s
20 Boggs, Robert AT2
21 Bomil, Victor AN
22 Bomkamp, Robert AKAN
23 Bracciodieta, Randy AT2 60 AIMD
24 Branch, Yolanda PN3 36 Personnel
25 Brandau, Dennis AW3 20, 46 Crew 6 SS2 AW’s
26 Brazell, Marilyn AD1 56 Power Plants
27 Breha, George AMS2 12 Crew 2 FE
28 Briggs, Robert AO2 12, 64 Crew 2 ORD Ordnance
29 Brillman, James AMS2 66 Airframes
30 Brink, John AMS3 66 Airframes
31 Browm, Charles NC1 38 Career Counselor
32 Bromn, Michael AZ2 52 Quality Assurance
33 Brunner, John AW3 12, 46 Crew 2 SS3 AW’s
34 Buchanan. Charles AW1 26, 44, 46 Crew 9 SS3 TACTICS AW’s
35 Buckley, Kenneth AX1 62 AT’s
36 Burkett, Brian AE2 60 AIMD
37 Burns, Gregory AWAN
38 Bush, Gary MSSN 59 1st LT
39 Camba, Robert AE2 61 AIMD
40 Cameron, Rod PN1 36 Personnel
41 Campbell, Daniel AW1 18. 43 Crew 5 SS2 OPS/SCHEDS
42 Cappella, William AD2 56 Power Plants
43 Carden, Michael AMS3 54 Phase/Corrosion
44 Carr, Susan AMS2 54 Phase/Corrosion
45 Carter, Timothy AE3 54 Phase/Corrosion
46 Cavanaugh, Scott AW2 12, 43 Crew 2 SS1 OPS/SCHEDS
47 Chapman, Ray AMH2
48 Chapman, Sara AMS2
49 Chavez, Daniel AME1 45 COMM/CMS
50 Chepko, James MS3
51 Chiado, Rocco AO3 22, 64 Crew 7 ORD Ordnance
52 Clark, Bryan AW2 18, 40, 46 Crew 5 SS1 Training AW’s
53 Clayton, Craig AT1 60 AIMD
54 Coffee, Paul AOAN 28, 64 Crew 10 ORD Ordnance
55 Cook, Neal AMS3
56 Cook, Robert AT1 10 Crew1 IFT
57 Corson, Benjamin AT1 52 Quality Assurance
58 Craig, John AOAN 18, 64 Crew 5 ORD Ordnance
59 Crook, Thomas AE1 14 Crew 3 FE
60 Cunningham, Michael AD3
61 Cusher, Jon AWAN 22, 46 Crew 7 SS2 AW’s
62 Cusick, Michael ISSA 44 AIO
63 Davis, Brent AMS2
64 Davis, Bruce AT1 45 COMM/CMS
65 Davis, Raymond AO3 64 Ordnance
66 Dean, Mark PR3 58 PR’s/AME’s
67 Despopoulos, Stephen AT2 62 AT’s
68 Dietrich, Bobby AME1 58 PR’s/AME’s
69 Diorio, Hoseph MS1 59 1st LT
70 Downs, Nicole ABH1
71 Doyle, Shawn AX2 62 AT’s
72 Duncan, David AD1 22, 47 Crew 7 FE FE’s
73 Durante, Kenneth AWAN 18, 46 Crew 5 SS2 AW’s
74 Eatmon-Ponciano, Lita AO2 59 1st LT
75 Edgington, Judith AKAN 57 Material
76 Fair, Charles AMS2 66 Airframes
77 Farnick, William AOAN 26, 64 Crew 9 ORD Ordnance
78 Feldman, Kenneth AWAN 16 Crew 4 SS2
79 Feuchtwanger, James AMEAN 58 PR’s/AME’s
80 Fidler, Shari AZ3 53 Line
81 Flinn, Brian AO2 10, 41 Crew1 ORD SAFETY/NATOPS
82 Foxx, Tsresha AZ3 50 Maintenance Admin
83 Frankiewicz, Edward AMS1
84 Friedeck, Daniel AMSAN 66 Airframes
85 Gari, Gilbert AN 33 Duty Office
86 Garrison, Sondra MS2 59 1st LT
87 Gascon, Richard AD1 56 Power Plants
88 Gaydos, William AW3 28 Crew 10 SS2
89 Gonsalves, Anthony AO2 16 Crew 4 ORD
90 Gooden, Angelique YNSA 35 Admin
91 Graham, William AO3
92 Grandas, Ronald AME3 58 PR’s/AME’s
93 Graves, John AK2 57 Material
94 Grayum, Ronald AW1 28, 46 Crew 10 SS1 AW’s
95 Green, Gail PN1 36 Personnel
96 Griffin, William AS1 53 Line
97 Grizzard, Monica PC3 59 1st LT
98 Gruwell, Denny AD1
99 Haleamau, Karl AO3 24, 64 Crew 8 ORD Ordnance
100 Hall, William AO1 64 Ordnance
101 Halsell, Johnnie AT3
102 Harrell, Sean AT2 60 AIMD
103 Heath, Cecil AD1 20, 47 Crew 6 FE FE’s
104 Heck, John PR1 58 PR’s/AME’s
105 Henderson, Paul ATAN 60 AIMD
106 Hermann, Brian AMS2 66 Airframes
107 Hicks, Michael AN 33 Duty Office
108 Hogan, Shaun AO2 20, 64 Crew 6 ORD Ordnance
109 Holley, Karen AT3
110 Homier, David AW2 16, 41, 46 SS3 Crew 4 SAFETY/NATOPS AW’s
111 Horst, James PH1 33, 37, 44, 95 Duty Office Public Affairs AIO
112 Hoyer, Melinda AZ2 49 Maintenance Control
113 Hudson, Rock AT3 IFT Crew 3
114 Hunter, Leonard YN2
115 Ignacio AD1 63 Tool Room
116 Jackson, Duane AE1 52 Quality Assurance
117 Jackson AMS3 66 Airframes
118 Javier, Samuel AD2 54 Phase/Corrosion
119 Jennings, Kevin AN 53 Line
120 Jensen, Brian PRAN
121 Jewell, Kevin AW3 20 Crew 6 SS3
122 Johnson, George AN 63 Tool Room
123 Johnson, Richard AW3 24, 46 Crew 8 SS2 AW’s
124 Jones, Cedric ATAN
125 Jones, Dana YN3 45 SMO
126 Jones, Richard AMS1 66 Airframes
127 Jordan, Redric AWAN 16, 46 Crew 4 SS3 AW’s
128 Kertiss, Kelley HN 39 Medical
129 Kieffer, Michael AW2 22, 43, 46 Crew 7 SS3 OPS/SCHEDS AW’s
130 Kinzer, Richard AD1 54 Phase/Corrosion
131 Kirchoff, Christopher AW3 16 Crew 4 SS2
132 Kish, Kevin AD1 30 Crew 11 FE
133 Kissel, Michael AMH2 14, 47 Crew 3 FE FE’s
134 Laguitan, Sunity AS1 53, 63 Line Tool Room
135 Lambdin AT2 22, 41 Crew 7 IFT SAFETY/NATOPS
136 Lamothe, Eric AD1 56 Power Plants
137 Lance, Lester AWAN 12, 46 Crew 2 SS2 AW’s
138 Land, Richard AX1 60 AIMD
139 Laslo, Keith AT3 30 Crew 11 IFT
140 Lawrence, Daniel AW3 30 Crew 11 SS3
141 Ledbetter, Michael AT3 60 AIMD
142 Lee, Creva AZ1 50 Maintenance Admin
143 Lee, Thomas AD2 56 Power Plants
144 Leece, Mark IS2 44 AIO
145 Letsch, Daniel AT2 54 Phase/Corrosion
146 Lewis, Donald AD2 54 Phase/Corrosion
147 Lewis, Roy AW2 10, 43, 46 Crew1 SS3 OPS/SCHEDS AW’s
148 Lohnes, Guy AT3 60 AIMD
149 Lopez, Ysela AE3
150 Lyons, Brian AE2 62 AE’s
151 Magtanong, Rodrigo AD1 52 Quality Assurance
152 Maham, Russell PR1 41, 45 SAFETY/NATOPS COMM/CMS
153 Manley, Doug AMH3 66 Airframes
154 Margetta, Kevin AO2
155 Mariage, James AWAN 18, 46 Crew 5 SS3 AW’s
156 Martinez, Anthony AT3 62 AT’s
157 Martinez, Carlos MS2 59 1st LT
158 Martinez, Guadalupe AMH3
159 Marty, Bradley AWAN 10, 46 Crew1 SS2 AW’s
160 Masecar, Brent AW2 22 Crew 7 SS3
161 Mayville, John AN
162 McGill, Charles AW1 24, 46 Crew 8 SS1 AW’s
163 McLean, Frank AMH1 54 Phase/Corrosion
164 McLean, Mark AR
165 McNeil, Marvin AMH3 66 Airframes
166 Melkonian, Michael AD2
167 Meraglio, Robert AW2 30, 46 Crew 11 SS1 AW’s
168 Miles, Terrence AO1 64 Ordnance
169 Miley, Andrew AMS3
170 Mitchell, Tracy AX3 62 AT’s
171 Moore, Jerry AX2 26, 62 Crew 9 IFT AT’s
172 Moore, William AWAN 26, 46 Crew 9 SS2 AW’s
173 Morgan, Robert AT3 62 AT’s
174 Morrill, James AME2 58 PR’s/AME’s
175 Moses, Issac HM3 39 Medical
176 Moulen, Rita AK1 57 Material
177 Nagel, Stephen AD3 53, 54 Line Phase/Corrosion
178 Nast, Bruce AME1 20, 41,47 Crew 6 FE SAFETY/NATOPS FE’s
179 Nendze, Joseph AN 59 1st LT
180 Nuemiller, Glenn AKAN 57 Material
181 Newton, Andrew AE1 62 AE’s
182 Newton, Kennetk AW1 16, 41 Crew 4 SS1 SAFETY/NATOPS
183 Noles, Janet AN 53 Line
184 Noonan, Ruth DK1 34 Admin
185 Norbeck, Maria PN2 36 Personnel
186 Norquist, Ernie PH2
187 Oldenberg, Rodney AD1 22, 52 Crew 7 FE Quality Assurance
188 Olson, Gary AW1 10, 46 Crew1 SS1 AW’s
189 Orcutt, James AT1 62 AT’s
190 Ortiz, Carmen AMH3 61 AIMD
191 Osborne, Mark AT2 62 AT’s
192 Padilla, Jose AN 59 1st LT
193 Pearson YN2 34 Admin
194 Pebsworth, Rodney AKAN
195 Penfold, David AW3 26 Crew 9 SS2
196 Peralta, Raleigh AD3 56 Power Plants
197 Perez, Benito AE1 10, 47, 62 Crew1 FE FE’s AE’s
198 Pierce, Carrie YN3 35 Admin
199 Pineda, Michael AD1 30, 47 Crew 11 FE FE’s
200 Plummer, Guy AMS1
201 Punciano, Patrick AO2
202 Price, James ADAN 63 Tool Room
203 Prince, Robert AWAN 28, 46 Crew 10 SS3 AW’s
204 Quiroga, Luis AE3 62 AE’s
205 Radomski, Craig AX2 12 Crew 2 IFT
206 Rawley, Juanita AD2 56 Power Plants
207 Redden, Van AT2 60 AIMD
208 Reeves, Mitchell AMS3 54 Phase/Corrosion
209 Reimer, Dennis AT3 28 Crew 10 IFT
210 Reyes, Noemi MS2 59 1st LT
211 Rezek AN 63 Tool Room
212 Rice, Ronald AW2 18, 43, 46 Crew 5 SS3 OPS/SCHEDS AW’s
213 Richardson, Michael AD2 56 Power Plants
214 Roberson, Darrell YNSN 43 OPS/SCHEDS
215 Rooker, Christopher ADAN
216 Rooney, Jon AX2 16 Crew 4 IFT
217 Ross, John AZ1 52 Quality Assurance
218 Rubert, Ryan AN
219 Salyer, Jeffrey AOAN 64 Ordnance
220 Santana, John AD3 54 Phase/Corrosion
221 Sattesahn, Kevin AN 53 Line
222 Schifsky, Anne AMS2 66 Airframes
223 Schoellkopf, Steven AME2 28, 47 Crew 10 FE FE’s
224 Schultz, Brian AN 59 1st LT
225 Schultz, Rickt AW2 14, 46 Crew 3 SS1 AW’s
226 Schultz, Robert YNSN 34, 45 Admin COMM/CMS
227 Schumm, Robert AT2 18 Crew 5 IFT
228 Scott AMS1 18 Crew 5 FE
229 Scott, Harvey AW1 24, 46 Crew 8 SS3 AW’s
230 Seeley, Dennis ADAN
231 Serrano, Edward AE3
232 Shoemaker PR3 58 PR’s/AME’s
233 Smith, Joel AT2 20 Crew 6 IFT
234 Smith, Wayne ADAN 56 Power Plants
235 South AW3 28, 46 Crew 10 SS2 AW’s
236 Stringer, Timothy AE1 12 Crew 2 FE
237 Struckman, Michael AW2 22, 44, 46 Crew 7 SS1 TACTICS AW’s
238 Swaby, Maurice AD3 56 Power Plants
239 Tabieros, Daniel AD2
240 Taylor, David AN 53 Line
241 Taylor, Jerry AE2
242 Taylor, Robert AMH1 24, 47 Crew 8 FE FE’s
243 Thaxton, Darrell AD2
244 Thomas, Bennie AE1 62 AE’s
245 Tilliach, Thomas AO1 14, 64 Crew 3 ORD Ordnance
246 Tillman, Terry AE1 18, 40, 47 Crew 5 FE Training FE’s
247 Tilson, Daniel AE1 16, 47 Crew 4 FE FE’s
248 Tran, John AE2
249 Tyskewicz, Donald MSSN
250 Urquhart, Benjamin AMEAN 58 PR’s/AME’s
251 Van Redden, Erskin AT2
252 Vazquez, Wanda AE3
253 Velasquez, Richard PNSN 36 Personnel
254 Vella, Charles AN
255 Visaya, Jaime DK3 34 Admin
256 Walker, Cheryl AN 49 Maintenance Control
257 Wallace, Orlando AMS3 61 AIMD
258 Walsh, Edward AD2 24, 47 Crew 8 FE FE’s
259 Walters, Keith AX2 60 AIMD
260 Weaver, Bonnie AK2 57 Material
261 Weaver, Christopher AD3 54 Phase/Corrosion
262 Weidman, Randall PH2 33, 44 Duty Office AIO
263 West, Floyd AZ1 49 Maintenance Control
264 Westling, Carol AMS3 54 Phase/Corrosion
265 White, Charles AEAN 54 Phase/Corrosion
266 Wilkinson, Keith PN2 36 Personnel
267 Williams, Daron ADAN
268 Williams, Frederick AW2 20, 46 Crew 6 SS1 AW’s
269 Williams, Linda AMS1 52 Quality Assurance
270 Wood, Steven AT3 62 AT’s
271 Wunder, Keith AWAN 14, 46 Crew 3 SS2 AW’s
272 Wyman, Jeffrey AO3 53, 64 Line Ordnance
273 Yaskovic, Joseph AN 53 Line
274 Zettek, James AMH2 18, 47 Crew 5 FE FE’s
275 Zewinski, Christopher AN
276 Zorn, Francis AW3 14, 46 Crew 3 SS3 AW’s

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Message from the Chair, VP-4 Association Board of Directors.

VP-4 Shipmates
I address you on behalf of the VP-4 Association Board of Directors in regards to the 2017 Association reunion in Washington DC. In planning and preparation for this reunion, we used historical attendance from previous events results from the July 2016 survey, as well as communicating directly with the Board.
We are reaching a critical juncture at this point, not only in the success of this years reunion, but any future reunions, as the smaller number of attendees, will be making decisions for future reunions, and the attendance, as it stands now, will have a great impact on future events. Because of our small committed response, there will be a serious impact on the treasury. Please see if it is not too late for you to include us in your plans. This is where our next and future reunions will be planned/determined.

If you are not registered on the reunion website at please register soon. For those of you that have registered, I look forward to seeing you in August.

Thank you,
Michael B. Adams
Chair, VP-4 Association Board of Directors

Last of the Orions are leaving Hawaii

As first reported by Hawaii News Now  on Monday, February 27th, 2017, 7:05 pm PST
Original Article with video and pictures posted HERE

Article By Jim Mendoza, Reporter

KALAELOA (HawaiiNewsNow) –
After more than 50 years in Hawaii, a fleet of planes that were once considered workhorses for naval surveillance operations will soon be flown for the final time over the islands.

Starting in 1964, dozens of P-3 Orion aircraft were stationed across Oahu, first at Barbers Point and then at the Kaneohe Marine base.

“It did a number of missions,” said retired Navy flight engineer Doug Gillette. “From anti-submarine warfare, shipping surveillance, sea and air rescue, VIP runs.”

In addition to its surveillance duties, the aircraft also carried weapons. Gillette, for example, spent 24 years flying on the [turboprop] planes, including combat missions over Vietnam and in the first Gulf War.

During the Cold War, P-3’s scoured the oceans for Soviet subs.

“Besides the submarines out of Pearl Harbor and destroyers looking for them, P-3 Orion guys were out there looking for them as well,” said Brad Sekigawa, a historian at the Naval Air Museum Barbers Point.

Despite their storied history, the Navy says it is phasing out Orions for a more modern jet aircraft.

“Parts will be sold to foreign nations that still operate the P-3, and the rest will probably be mothballed and then probably later scrapped,” Sekigawa said.

At their peak, there were about 50 P-3’s stationed in Hawaii. A year ago, 1,000 personnel were attached to Hawaii’s remaining three P-3 squadrons.

The last squadron leaves Thursday[2 Mar 2017], taking 300 sailors and the final four Orion aircraft with it.

“It is sad because when you talk about availability and what it can do, it’s a great airplane,” Gillette said.

“It did its job very well,” Sekigawa added.

After the Navy’s P-3 Orions leave Hawaii for the last time you’ll still be able to see the planes. Two decommissioned P-3s are already on display at Barber’s Point Naval Air museum.

To view more photos of the P-3 Orion fleet on your mobile device, click here.

Copyright 2017 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Passing of VP-4 Vet YN2 Leland R. Glasscock VP-4 1982 – 1985

glasscock-leland-r-2 YN2 Leland R. Glasscock VP-4 1982 – 1985

Leland Randall Glasscock of Mountain View, Missouri was born November 28, 1962 in Catania, Italy and went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at his home in Mountain View. He was the son of Leland Rosco and Ruby Christine (Mullenax) Glasscock, who precede him in death.

He was united in marriage to Thresa Ann Moores on May 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Two children were born to this union, Leland Andrew and Christine Lynn.

He is survived by his wife, Thresa Ann; one son, Leland Andrew Glasscock and wife, Chelsea, of Mountain View; one daughter, Christine Lynn Kimbrough and husband, Cody, of Birch Tree, Missouri; one brother, Steve Glasscock of Washington; and one grandson, Remington Duke Kimbrough, on the way.

Leland grew up in Alabama, where he entered service in the U.S. Navy in 1982. After serving his country for five years, he was honorably discharged having received the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two Bronze Stars.

Leland was a Boy Scout Leader for his son’s troop and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #637. He was currently the manager of RNR Tire Express in West Plains, Missouri. He loved just about anything that had to do with the outdoors including golfing, camping, and woodworking.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 25, 2016 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Masonic funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made Masonic Lodge #637. Condolences may be expressed at

Passing of VP-4 Vet AEC Emmette R. Zimmerman Jr. VP-4 1979 – 1981

zimmerman-emmetteEmmette Zimmerman Jr. was an AE1 Flight Engineer flying with Crew 8 during the 1979 – 1980 VP-4 deployment.

Emmette Ray Zimmerman, Jr. (Zeke), age 73, passed away November 11, 2016. He was born on July 2, 1943 to Emmette R. Zimmerman Sr. and Mary B. Zimmerman in Salisbury, NC. He was raised in North Carolina. He graduated from James A. Gray High School in 1960. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1960-1987. He was ranked as an E7, received the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.

He was married to his wife of 35 years on April 25, 1981. He enjoyed participation in good times and fishing.

Emmette Ray Zimmerman, Jr. is preceded in death by: his father, Emmette Ray Zimmerman, Sr.; mother, Mary Mina Zimmerman; sister, Judy Z. Byerly. He is survived by: his wife, Felicitas Frago Zimmerman; siblings, Brenda Z. Leonard, Sherry Zimmerman, Debbie Z. Tant, Ronald Zimmerman and Benny Zimmerman; grandchildren, Jacqueline, Alexandra and Scott. He is also survived by his pets Keisha and Nache Zimmerman.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-9:00PM, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30AM, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Coastal Bend Veterans Memorial Cemetery.!/TributeWall

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Patrol Squadron FOUR Returns from Aloha Deployment

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Washington – The first wave of “Skinny” Dragons from Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 returned home Thursday, Sept. 1 from a demanding, yet highly successful trisite deployment.

For the first time since 1964, that return home was not made to Hawaii, but instead to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island.

In the midst of deployment, the Skinny Dragons executed a permanent duty station change (PDSC) from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii to Whidbey Island, Wash., with many families moving in advance of the squadron’s return. Despite the challenges that come with executing a move, VP-4 personnel committed each day to ensuring that their last P-3C Orion deployment was a resounding success.

The VP-4 “P-3 Sundown” or “Aloha Deployment” as it became known, involved the Skinny Dragons operating out of 12 different countries in three vastly diverse areas of responsibility (AORs). In fact, on June 13 VP-4 launched six P-3C aircraft from five different detachment sites to six different missions within 24 hours.

According to Cmdr. Christopher Smith, VP-4’s commanding officer, the commitment from aircrew, maintenance and support personnel were astounding throughout the entire deployment.

“The Skinny Dragons are finishing a very successful deployment that saw us deployed to several locations around the world. This deployment was a significant milestone for our squadron as 2016 marks 50 years of flying the P-3C Orion for Patrol Squadron 4,” remarked Smith. “This summer was a great opportunity to honor the fine heritage of our squadron and the history of the mighty P-3C Orion.”

Those already in Whidbey Island eagerly await the arrival of the rest of their squadron who will trickle home in waves over the next two weeks.

Smith commented that it is certainly bittersweet to leave the island paradise of Oahu, but the Skinny Dragons are excited for the move to the Pacific Northwest and are enthusiastic to join Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 10. In addition, he added that the local community and sponsors from CPRW- 10 have been instrumental and the PDSC undoubtedly would not have been possible without their help.

“VP-4 is extremely excited to join the Whidbey Team and we have been welcomed with open arms at every step of our transition,” expressed Smith. “The local community, on and off base, has been aware of our arrival for over a year and has continuously worked to make our transition a seamless one. I am overwhelmed with the support we have been given and I am very grateful.”

The next step for VP-4 is a transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon. As the first of the three Hawaii-based Orion squadrons to transition, VP-4 is focused on a successful integration into CPRW-10 and continues their standard of excellence in maritime aviation throughout the transition.

The Skinny Dragons will begin the first portion of P-8A training in October with the “Pro’s Nest” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), who will provide a detachment of personnel to NAS Whidbey Island. After the New Year, VP-4 personnel will travel to the FRS in Jacksonville, Florida to complete the rest of their training.

Thankful for the support of CPRW-10 and the Whidbey Island community, VP-4 looks forward to bringing the Aloha spirit to the Pacific Northwest and their next chapter in maritime aviation.
By LTJG Matthew Johnston, VP-4 Public Affairs

Original  article with images is located here:


Help bring back rating titles

Hello shipmates!

As you may be aware the SECNAV has ordered the removal of all of then 91 enlisted ratings titles. This means that sailors will no longer be identified by their job title, say, Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Joe Sailor, effective immediately. Instead, that would be Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Sailor.

Sailors past and present have longstanding and deep love of the titles that have defined their Navy lives. All of these now belong to the history books, but you can do something to help possibly change that.

Follow this link to sign a White House petition that asks the President to restore or at least comment on this horrible plan: 

Please share this with every sailor you know and help push the petition 100,000 votes before October 31st 2016.

Links to articles about the new rule from SECNAV:

And finally I think personally think this plan would have been much better in the long run:


Thanks for taking the time to read this, share this, and for signing the petition.

Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class Chad Derrington

Passing of VP-4 Vet AWCM Donald C. Hoosier USN (Ret) VP-4 1973 – 1976

hoosier-donald-c-2Donald Carl Hoosier, 71, passed away April 24, 2016, in San Jose, California. Don was born in Ohio and went to first and second grades in Sterling, moving to Tucson, Arizona, where he was raised. After high school graduation the family moved back to Ohio. Shortly afterward he enlisted in the Navy to pursue his interest in technology.

A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, Don retired as a master chief petty officer after proudly serving twenty-two years. His Navy career took him around the world, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Diego Garcia, Adak, Alaska and Hawaii. In his civilian life he was a systems engineer, avid gardener, 10k race runner, indoor arena football fan (San Jose Sabercats), and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are daughters, Donnalyn (Craig) Zarzeczny and two grandchildren, and Jessica Hoosier, of San Jose, California; his mother, Ruth Hoosier of Sterling; a brother, Tom (Kathy) Hoosier of Anchorage, Alaska; and his former spouse, Linda Hoosier of San Jose, California.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Hoosier.

Private burial service will be in San Joaquin National Cemetery.

Published in the Daily Record.


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