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A Navy Life – Commissioning

First salute as a commission officer went to Gunnery Sergeant Jim Washington, USMC, my Aviation Officer Candidate drill instructor on 22 Feb, 1985. As was the time-honored tradition, I gave him a silver dollar. 25 years later, as I left … Continue reading

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A Navy Life – Years

Retirement photo from late 1999. 10 years active duty, 15 years reserve, 1200+ hours in about 10 naval aircraft, the vast majority (1000 hrs) in Tomcats. 200 traps. My dad retired from the Navy when I was 18, so adding … Continue reading

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A Navy Life – Aircraft Carriers

My last Naval Reserve active duty stint was 3 weeks on board CVN-75, USS Harry S Truman during the the summer of 2009. It was an absolute kick in the pants to get back out in that environment and for … Continue reading

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Touchstones

At my Dad’s memorial this past weekend brother Tom gave me a box with something in it. He had acquired this coffee mug at some point over the years from Dad and he passed it on to me, knowing my … Continue reading

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Photog Offerings

Sometimes its not ALWAYS about Tomcats or airplanes!  (although it mostly is :P) Here are a few shots taken at Patuxent River, Maryland a few years ago while we were there for an airshow. It was early morning sunrise time … Continue reading

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The Pinchettes!

Kate and Sarah, known the world round as Pinchette #1 and Pinchette #2.  Facebook told me this photo was from 8 years ago which sounds about right. Sarah (r) was headed off to a school dance (in her senior year … Continue reading

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The Hangardeck Podcast

That aviation podcast I did a few weeks ago is out now.  Pitchlock Pete Bruno from The Hanagrdeck Podcast and I sat down for a telephone chat about the F-14, fighter squadron life, a bit about my Dad and a … Continue reading

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Goods and Others

In the sometimes wild and woolly world of Naval Aviation, the verbiage of the business can sometimes get interesting. You’ve all heard of the phrase “goods and bads”, denoting the, well, good things about something and the, well, bad things.  … Continue reading

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The Hangardeck

I met up on Facebook recently with Pete Bruno who runs the great aviation site The Hngardeck   One thing led to another and I sent him one of my photobooks.  He enjoyed it and asked if I could come on his … Continue reading

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D.C. City Councilman Trayon White Makes Troubling Remarks at Holocaust Museum | National Review

THIS is a very clear – crystal clear – reason why I cannot *wait* to get out of this area. Away from Washington DC.  These sorts of people…”politicians”…make up who runs DC and they keep getting elected and re-elected.  From … Continue reading

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