Vaw-Vrc Foundation

Vaw-Vrc Foundation Mission: To promote VAW/VRC as an integral part of Naval Aviation. To promote community awareness and serve as a historical museum for all Command and Control and Early Warning as well as Carrier Onboard Delivery warfare specialties.
Vision: To honor those that have flown, maintained and championed the VAW/VRC community. Our vision is that the USS Midway VAW/VRC Ready Room will represent all VAW/VRC personnel by honoring both those who have served and those currently serving. The USS Midway VAW/VRC Ready Room will stand as a motivational tool to excite future generations of Naval Aviators, specifically VAW/VRC maintainers, Naval Flight Officers, and Pilots, and will educate the general public concerning the long tradition of excellence and achievement of the VAW/VRC community. In addition, the ready room will support Navy families by providing insight into squadron life during long separations at sea.

If you are in DC on 6 April make your way over to National Harbor for this great event.
03/09/2020

If you are in DC on 6 April make your way over to National Harbor for this great event.

REMINDER...The application period for the VAW/VRC Foundation scholarships to the National Flight Academy summer camp end...
02/28/2020
Welcome Aboard - National Flight Academy

REMINDER...

The application period for the VAW/VRC Foundation scholarships to the National Flight Academy summer camp ends next Friday, 6 March. There was an issue with the link to the on line application earlier this week so if you tried to apply and experienced problems please try again.

The scholarship covers the tuition for the camp as well as travel to and from Pensacola. The National Flight Academy is a Naval Aviation Museum program and is held in a facility on the base at NAS Pensacola. It is a great opportunity for your child or grandchild to experience carrier aviation while receiving instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics.
See the information below for details.
( From January 28 Facebook post)

Now Accepting Applications for
VAW/VRC Foundation
National Flight Academy Scholarship Program

How would you like for your child or grandchild to have the experience of living on an aircraft carrier, sleeping in staterooms, coordinating aviation missions and executing them, all before they graduate high school? This is the experience students can have at the National Flight Academy (NFA). Through the NFA’s immersive, interactive and hands-on programs, students become familiar with the world of aviation while simultaneously building science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)skills they can apply in their everyday lives.

The NFA, a subsidiary of the National Naval Aviation Museum and located near the museum on NAS Pensacola, Florida, offers an exciting learning experience designed to educate and inspire students through an aviation-themed adventure. “Deployments,” the flagship program of the National Flight Academy, is a week-long program for students in 7th-12th grades. The students are stationed on the world’s largest virtual aircraft carrier, the AMBITION (CVT-11). Students live in a multi-story facility for six days, where they are designated Ambition eXperimental Pilots (AXPs), experience theme park-like thrills and become familiar with advanced technology.

Attendees, or AXPs, live aboard AMBITION, a state-of-the art program housed onboard the 102,000-square-foot virtual aircraft carrier. The aviation-based adventure weaves STEM learning objectives with important 21st century skills including critical thinking, problem solving, leadership development and effective communication. AXPs plan missions with modern, advanced technology as well as learn to fly in networked aircraft, eat on mess decks, sleep in staterooms and receive mission briefings in six fully-electronic ready rooms. Additionally, they experience different areas aboard the virtual carrier, including the Mess Deck, Join Intelligence Center, Joint Operations Center, Berthing Spaces and Hangar Bay. Further information on the NFA can be found on their website at www.nationalflightacademy.com.

The VAW/VRC Foundation initiated a scholarship program in 2019 to provide a full scholarship and travel expenses to the NFA six-day Deployment Program for selected children or grandchildren of members of the VAW/VRC Community. In the inaugural year the Foundation provided two scholarships.
For the Summer of 2020 we are providing 4 scholarships and are now accepting applications until 6 March. Selections for this year’s scholarships will be made by the middle class of March. To make application got to our website (https://www.vaw-vrcreadyroom.org/)

Candidates must be in the 7th-12th grade and must be the children or grandchildren of someone who currently serves or has served in the VAW/VRC Community. We require confirmation of service. The Foundation pays the Deployment Program tuition and for airfare to and from Pensacola. This is a superb program and a great opportunity to show your child or grandchild a little of what you do or did in your Navy career while providing them further education in the critical disciplines of STEM. If you have someone in your family who you would like to have this experience we look forward to receiving your application.

Randy “Bubba” Bannister
President, VAW/VRC Foundation, Inc.

https://www.nationalflightacademy.com/?fbclid=IwAR1lp9tJnQyxFHAWTq4m3zBjujXGs61mGhf5p9JD-1OAcQGXv5z1KWD2_Ls

Experience one of the most exciting and immersive learning adventures in the world aboard the world's largest simulated aircraft carrier.

VAW-120 held their Change of Command ceremony on February 20th, with Commander Scott Wastak handing over the squadron to...
02/22/2020

VAW-120 held their Change of Command ceremony on February 20th, with Commander Scott Wastak handing over the squadron to Commander Aaron Rybar. Now called Airborne Command & Control Squadron ONE TWO ZERO, the Hawkeye Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) is deep into the transitioning the Hawkeye Fleet squadrons into the Advanced Hawkeye (E-2D) aircraft, while supporting the sun-down of the Greyhound (C-2A) community. Skipper Wastak has overseen 34 E-2C, E-2D and C-2A aircraft on his flight line, completing over 4700 sorties, 12,000 flight hours and 8 Carrier Qualification evolutions. This number aircraft at VAW-120 will go up for Skipper Rybar as the Hawkeye community continues to transition fleet squadrons to the E-2D airframe and introduce the Air Refueling capability into the fleet (note: aircraft 640 has the air-refueling probe installed and VAW-120 has qualified 6 Instructor Pilots in air-refueling over the past year). This will be accomplished during normal FRS production of CAT 1 pilots and NFOs to the fleet. Skipper Wastak is heading over to a AIRLANT position, while Skipper Rybar is coming to VAW-120 after being the Commanding Officer of VAW-113 and a tour at the Air War College at Maxwell AFB.

Bell-Boeing Delivers First CMV-22B to Navy for COD Mission - USNI News
02/09/2020
Bell-Boeing Delivers First CMV-22B to Navy for COD Mission - USNI News

Bell-Boeing Delivers First CMV-22B to Navy for COD Mission - USNI News

The first of a new generation of carrier onboard delivery aircraft delivered to the Navy, the service announced on Friday. Manufacturer Bell-Boeing turned over a CMV-22B Osprey to the Navy in a ceremony at its Texas assembly facility after four years of design and production. “There is nothing mor...

Now Accepting ApplicationsforVAW/VRC FoundationNational Flight Academy Scholarship Program How would you like for your c...
01/28/2020
Welcome Aboard - National Flight Academy

Now Accepting Applications
for
VAW/VRC Foundation
National Flight Academy Scholarship Program

How would you like for your child or grandchild to have the experience of living on an aircraft carrier, sleeping in staterooms, coordinating aviation missions and executing them, all before they graduate high school? This is the experience students can have at the National Flight Academy (NFA). Through the NFA’s immersive, interactive and hands-on programs, students become familiar with the world of aviation while simultaneously building science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)skills they can apply in their everyday lives.

The NFA, a subsidiary of the National Naval Aviation Museum and located near the museum on NAS Pensacola, Florida, offers an exciting learning experience designed to educate and inspire students through an aviation-themed adventure. “Deployments,” the flagship program of the National Flight Academy, is a week-long program for students in 7th-12th grades. The students are stationed on the world’s largest virtual aircraft carrier, the AMBITION (CVT-11). Students live in a multi-story facility for six days, where they are designated Ambition eXperimental Pilots (AXPs), experience theme park-like thrills and become familiar with advanced technology.

Attendees, or AXPs, live aboard AMBITION, a state-of-the art program housed onboard the 102,000-square-foot virtual aircraft carrier. The aviation-based adventure weaves STEM learning objectives with important 21st century skills including critical thinking, problem solving, leadership development and effective communication. AXPs plan missions with modern, advanced technology as well as learn to fly in networked aircraft, eat on mess decks, sleep in staterooms and receive mission briefings in six fully-electronic ready rooms. Additionally, they experience different areas aboard the virtual carrier, including the Mess Deck, Join Intelligence Center, Joint Operations Center, Berthing Spaces and Hangar Bay. Further information on the NFA can be found on their website at www.nationalflightacademy.com.

The VAW/VRC Foundation initiated a scholarship program in 2019 to provide a full scholarship and travel expenses to the NFA six-day Deployment Program for selected children or grandchildren of members of the VAW/VRC Community. In the inaugural year the Foundation provided two scholarships.
For the Summer of 2020 we are providing 4 scholarships and are now accepting applications until 6 March. Selections for this year’s scholarships will be made by the middle class of March. To make application got to our website (https://www.vaw-vrcreadyroom.org/)

Candidates must be in the 7th-12th grade and must be the children or grandchildren of someone who currently serves or has served in the VAW/VRC Community. We require confirmation of service. The Foundation pays the Deployment Program tuition and for airfare to and from Pensacola. This is a superb program and a great opportunity to show your child or grandchild a little of what you do or did in your Navy career while providing them further education in the critical disciplines of STEM. If you have someone in your family who you would like to have this experience we look forward to receiving your application.

Randy “Bubba” Bannister
President, VAW/VRC Foundation, Inc.

Experience one of the most exciting and immersive learning adventures in the world aboard the world's largest simulated aircraft carrier.

French Carrier Strike Group Begins 'Foch' Deployment - Naval News
01/23/2020
French Carrier Strike Group Begins 'Foch' Deployment - Naval News

French Carrier Strike Group Begins 'Foch' Deployment - Naval News

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) Carrier Strike Group set sail yesterday for a long operational deployment named "Foch". Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle and its escort set course to the Eastern Mediterranean before sailing for the Northern Atlantic area.

VFA-103, VFA-143 and VAW-121 Returns from Deployment
01/20/2020
VFA-103, VFA-143 and VAW-121 Returns from Deployment

VFA-103, VFA-143 and VAW-121 Returns from Deployment

More than 100 U.S. Navy aviators returned to their home bases at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., and Norfolk Naval Station (NNS) in Norfolk, Va., on Jan. 19 following their nearly ten-month deployment as part of Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) assigned aboard the nuclear powere...

Expected around  August 2020.
01/10/2020
USS Carl Vinson To Make San Diego Home, Again

Expected around
August 2020.

Aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, is anticipated to be coming back to San Diego, according to U.S. Navy sources. However, official word and details from the U.S. Navy is anticipated within the next few days.

VVOSA & the VAW/VRC Memorial Scholarship Fund
01/10/2020

VVOSA & the VAW/VRC Memorial Scholarship Fund

Our 2020 Merit Scholarship application process is currently open and accepting applications. The pre-qualification deadline is coming up fast- February 1st. Make sure all information needed is up to date and submitted. The link to apply is: https://wingsoveramerica.us/scholarships/administered
⚓️And for more information about the process please check out our new website https://vvosa.org/scholarships/

Vaw-Vrc Foundation's cover photo
01/07/2020

Vaw-Vrc Foundation's cover photo

Thanks Julius
12/26/2019

Thanks Julius

Thanks Randy.
12/26/2019

Thanks Randy.

Once again we wish to share to all our community, members and friends the warm and loving spirit of the holiday season. ...
12/24/2019

Once again we wish to share to all our community, members and friends the warm and loving spirit of the holiday season. Jobs and hobbies come and go but friends are forever.

Once again we wish to share to all our community, members and friends the warm and loving spirit of the holiday season. Jobs and hobbies come and go but friends are forever.

Vaw-Vrc Foundation
12/24/2019

Vaw-Vrc Foundation

The VAW-VRC Foundation wishes you, your family, and friends a Merry Christmas and the best for the new year.

12/14/2019

Additional information for Capt. Thomas Amantea's funeral, who passed away on Nov 30th after an extended illness. He will be buried in the Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Dr., San Diego, on Monday December 16th at 1330. Plan to arrive no later than 1315. Upon entering cemetery, veer right to where the building is. Line up in lane #2 behind funeral cortege. At 1330 the horse-drawn caisson comes out and leads all the cars down to a parking area adjacent to the ceremonial structure.
A reception follows at Italianissimo Trattoria Restaurant, 323 Third Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910.

· Sad news to pass: CAPT Tom Amantea, USN (Ret), Commanding Officer of VAW-114 1976-1977, passed away on Nov 30th after ...
12/12/2019

· Sad news to pass: CAPT Tom Amantea, USN (Ret), Commanding Officer of VAW-114 1976-1977, passed away on Nov 30th after an extended illness. He will be buried in the Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Dr., San Diego, on Monday December 16th at 1330.

Tom was among the founding fathers of the VAW-VRC Foundation and established us as a Charitable Org and explained the tax laws to us.

From the SD Union Trib.
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sandiegouniontribune/obituary.aspx?n=-thomas-richard-amantea&pid=194685002

Thomas Richard Amantea, Esq. January 4, 1937 - November 30, 2019 San Diego Longtime Bonita resident and attorney, Captain Thomas Amantea, U.S. Navy (Ret.) passed away peacefully on Nov. 30th after a long and valiant battle with complications from surgery to repair an aneurism. He was 82. Captain Amantea was born Jan. 4, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, to Ignatius and Concetta (Caruso) Amantea. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and graduated from the City University of New York with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Besides his family, to whom he was devoted, Tom had three passions: naval aviation, law, and fishing. Upon graduation from college, he joined the Navy and completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida. In April of 1960, he was commissioned an Ensign through the Aviation Officer Candidate program and embarked upon a distinguished, 26-year career as a Naval Flight Officer. He rose to command Airborne Early Warning (VAW) Squadron 114, composed of carrier-based E2B (Hawkeye) aircraft. Captain Amantea was a Vietnam War veteran. Among his numerous sea and shore assignments, he served as Flag Secretary to Commander Carrier Division Three based in Alameda, California, and as Comptroller on the staff of Commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific Fleet. His medals and decorations include the Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with Silver Star), Vietnamese Air Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with palm device) and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.While in the Navy, Tom attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, graduating with a Master of Science degree in Economics and Systems Analysis in 1966. He also attended the National War College, graduating in 1978. After retiring from the Navy, he took up another of his passions and enrolled in law school, graduating from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He then passed the California Bar exam and opened his own private practice in Bonita, focusing on estate planning and tax law.Tom was an avid sports fan, and he particularly loved baseball and fishing. He enjoyed fishing for lake trout from his boat with his fishing buddies and camping with family members. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Tom had a wide circle of friends who greatly appreciated his keen sense of humor and his legal counsel. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marianne, a retired psychiatric nurse and Director of Outpatient Services; their three children, Lisa (Jeff) Jarvis, Thomas (Angelica) Amantea, Jr., and Jason Amantea and grandchildren, Christopher, Sophie, Samantha and Michael. He is also survived by two siblings, Richard (Lisa) Amantea and Angela Ferrando and many nieces and nephews.Burial with military honors will be at Miramar National Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 16, at 1:30 PM.

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VAW-VRC READY ROOM FOUNDATION Public Affairs Office VAW-VRC Foundation 9696 Businesspark Ave
San Diego, CA
92131

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CAPT Skip Braden pinning my EAWS wings, 1991. He was CO of VAW-120 and I was an AMS1 and a C-2A Aircrewman FRS Instructor at the time.
There was a 3 part SciFi mini-series that aired in 2005 called "The Triangle". In part 2 and 3, a very dirty E2 aircraft is shown flying with markings on the side "METEORLOGICAL SURVEY" and the number 021'. I realize this is fiction and this is a movie prop but is anyone aware of the E2 aircraft being used for anything other than military purposes?
Happy Thanksgiving!
September's 1MC newsletter contains an article I had to share here. I was the first VAW-115 Avionics Division Officer on Midway when she first deployed with the E-2B's to WestPac 1970-71. I only regret I have too many commitments to be able to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on October 18th. "- Ribbon Cutting for the VAW 115 Avionics Shop on the Museum Ship Midway: Ken Borchik, a VAW 115 alumnus, has been the prime mover in turning the space that was the VAW 115 avionics shop on Midway into a remarkably accurate display of what a working avionic shop would have looked like. The avionics shop is joining Ready Room 4 as a space on Midway supported by the Foundation. The ribbon cutting to open the shop will be on 18 October. Attendees will meet on the pier adjacent to Midway at 0830 to be escorted aboard the ship." I look forward to seeing pictures of the restoration and ribbon cutting event.
"Thank you for your service" 50+ years of it.
After the B.I.S. trials at Patuxent, we spent the next 18 months in Norfolk incorporating minor updates to the first production delivery. The team of 13 artisans from Bethpage worked closely with VAW-123 and 125 to train the flight and maintenance crews and ready the first two deployments of the "C". Their successful deployment was a remarkable milestone.