I've logged about 550 hours back left seat as an enlisted Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Sensor Operator (SENSO) in S-3A Viking Navy aircraft carrier based jet aircraft. I was assigned to anti-submarine squadron VS-37 stationed at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California. I rose to the rank of AW2 (Petty Officer Second Class).
S-3A Viking proudly flying VS-37 squadron colors
The back seat in the Navy S-3A Viking. The SENSO position is the left seat.
The two back seat ejection seats in the Navy S-3A Viking.
Transparent view and armament capability of the S-3A Viking
Smiling 'cause I'm in training for carrier ops
My other uniform
Smiling 'cause I've been doing lots of carrier ops
I logged 63 carrier landings aboard the U.S.S. Ranger (CV-61) and 39 carrier landings aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65), for a total of 102 traps, qualifying me to become a Navy Centurion.
The patch I earned when I (finally) qualified as Navy aircraft carrier flight crew
U.S.S. Ranger, CV-61
U.S.S. Enterprise, CVN-65
Medals and Ribbons Earned
Navy Expeditionary Medal for operations against armed opposition while flying missions off the coast of Iran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis
Humanitarian Service Medal for search and rescue (SAR) operations of Vietnamese people that were floating in un-powered and over-loaded boats
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon for carrier flight operations (11 September 1980 to 5 May 1981). Highlights included mining operations, experience tracking a U.S.S.R. submarine, and even a secret mission. Ports of call included the Philippines, Kenya, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.
Aircrew Wings, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Medal, and Sea Service Ribbon
S-3A Viking Navy Four Ejection Seat Twin Engine Jet Aircraft
Military Honorable Discharge
Striking a pose with my High School students