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.

Operating as usual

The Oral History project has just posted a new interview on our YouTube channel. We sat down with CDR Don Boothe, USN (R...
05/04/2021
CDR Don Boothe, USN (Ret) - last Commanding Officer of the VRC 50 "Foo Dogs"

The Oral History project has just posted a new interview on our YouTube channel. We sat down with CDR Don Boothe, USN (Ret), the last Commanding Officer of the World Famous "Foo Dogs", VRC-50. Don regales us with some great stories of his time in the VRC community.

Check it out here!

https://youtu.be/LEBhXkYToSg

An enlightening and entertaining interview with the last Commanding Officer of VRC 50 before it was disestablished. CDR Don Boothe provides a a look into th...

Hummer guy continues to move up the ranksRear Adm. Karl Thomas, currently the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations...
04/17/2021

Hummer guy continues to move up the ranks

Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, currently the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy, N3/N5B, has been tapped to lead Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet, succeeding current commander Vice Adm. Bill Merz. Merz has led the command since Sept. 12, 2019. Merz’ next position is not clear. Thomas is a career aviator and commanded USS Mount Whitney(LCC-20), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

Hummer guy continues to move up the ranks

Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, currently the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy, N3/N5B, has been tapped to lead Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet, succeeding current commander Vice Adm. Bill Merz. Merz has led the command since Sept. 12, 2019. Merz’ next position is not clear. Thomas is a career aviator and commanded USS Mount Whitney(LCC-20), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

Hello Wonderful Spouses of the VAW/VRC Community,Whew, what a year it has been with COIVD-19! With the ball being virtua...
04/13/2021

Hello Wonderful Spouses of the VAW/VRC Community,

Whew, what a year it has been with COIVD-19! With the ball being virtual last year, and the uncertainty of what's to come, VVOSA is working on adding a few events to the calendar to help increase fundraising and awareness of our organization. With that being said, one of our first events of the year is coming up!

April is the Month of the Military Child! On the weekend of April 16th-18th, VVOSA is hosting a virtual 5k and 1-mile run fundraiser in honor of our military children. Please share/pass on the following information to your spouse groups, FRG and squadrons, really to anyone who likes to run and support a good cause! Please encourage friendly competition amongst each other or better yet against squadrons! We want this to be a fun family event and a way to bring our community together even though we are apart.

Below you will see race details and attached is a PDF that can be displayed/used as needed for advertising.

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The VAW/VRC Memorial and Merit Scholarship Fund along with VVOSA is honoring our military children with a virtual 5k and 1-mile fun run April 16th-18th!

Each participant will receive a digital race bib and a t-shirt that will be mailed to the address provided at registration. The cost is $35 and all proceeds go towards the VAW/VRC Memorial and Merit Scholarship fund- so all proceeds stay within our community! This event is open to anyone! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to participate!

Please use the like below to register for the virtual race:

https://www.goneforarun.com/virtual-race-vaw-vrc-merit-and-memorial-scholarship-fun-run-2021/vaw-0001.html?cgid=gfar-30381

or the QR code:

Don't forget to upload your race time and pictures on race weekend! We will share these via our page as well! Prizes will be awarded after the event, with more information coming soon!

For more information on our organization please visit www.VVOSA.org. Thank you for your participation and for supporting our community!

Have a great day!
Lauren Beaton
VVOSA, VP Fundraising

Hello Wonderful Spouses of the VAW/VRC Community,

Whew, what a year it has been with COIVD-19! With the ball being virtual last year, and the uncertainty of what's to come, VVOSA is working on adding a few events to the calendar to help increase fundraising and awareness of our organization. With that being said, one of our first events of the year is coming up!

April is the Month of the Military Child! On the weekend of April 16th-18th, VVOSA is hosting a virtual 5k and 1-mile run fundraiser in honor of our military children. Please share/pass on the following information to your spouse groups, FRG and squadrons, really to anyone who likes to run and support a good cause! Please encourage friendly competition amongst each other or better yet against squadrons! We want this to be a fun family event and a way to bring our community together even though we are apart.

Below you will see race details and attached is a PDF that can be displayed/used as needed for advertising.

*****************************************************

The VAW/VRC Memorial and Merit Scholarship Fund along with VVOSA is honoring our military children with a virtual 5k and 1-mile fun run April 16th-18th!

Each participant will receive a digital race bib and a t-shirt that will be mailed to the address provided at registration. The cost is $35 and all proceeds go towards the VAW/VRC Memorial and Merit Scholarship fund- so all proceeds stay within our community! This event is open to anyone! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to participate!

Please use the like below to register for the virtual race:

https://www.goneforarun.com/virtual-race-vaw-vrc-merit-and-memorial-scholarship-fun-run-2021/vaw-0001.html?cgid=gfar-30381

or the QR code:

Don't forget to upload your race time and pictures on race weekend! We will share these via our page as well! Prizes will be awarded after the event, with more information coming soon!

For more information on our organization please visit www.VVOSA.org. Thank you for your participation and for supporting our community!

Have a great day!
Lauren Beaton
VVOSA, VP Fundraising

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03/21/2021
Navy Plans Aircraft Mission Tech Contract Award to Northrop for Manned-Unmanned Teaming Demo

https://blog.executivebiz.com/2021/03/navy-plans-aircraft-mission-tech-contract-award-to-northrop-for-manned-unmanned-teaming-demo/

Naval Air Systems Command has indicated its intent to award Northrop Grumman a sole-source contract to develop mission computer and display software for the U.S. Navy's E-2D tactical airborne early warning and control aircraft. The proposed cost-plus-fixed-fee contract will include software desi

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03/10/2021
Obituary for James "Jim" Edward Church at Honaker Funeral Home

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CW4 James Jim Edward Church, U.S. Navy, Retired, age 78, a resident of Lacombe, La., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 5, 2021. Jim was married to Paulette Grinage Church for 57 years wonderful years. They were married in Slidell, LA in 1963 at Calvary Baptist

03/02/2021
Dark Facts from Dark5

Dark Facts from Dark5

With a wingspan of 132-feet, few could imagine that the C-130 would be able to operate off of a flight deck only 1,017-feet long and approximately 250-feet wide. Given the considerable uncertainty around the experiment, plans were made to toss the aircraft overboard with a crane should it prove unable to take off again...

So many of our VVF members contribute their time and talents to making the "Midway Magic Tour" Trip Advisor's number one...
12/07/2020
2020 Volunteer Appreciation Video

So many of our VVF members contribute their time and talents to making the "Midway Magic Tour" Trip Advisor's number one attraction in San Diego. That includes our Foundations Ready Room Showcase. Please enjoy this video singling out new milestones for these volunteers. Also please visit our website and give us a "like".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66twMlVcIVI&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=3+-+Volunteer+List&utm_campaign=81c8269f38-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_12_05_10_59&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7287e2d1ec-81c8269f38-68028173

https://www.vaw-vrcreadyroom.org/

Thank you for being a valued volunteer of the USS Midway Museum. Enjoy this video as a special thank you for your volunteer service and dedication to the Mid...

It is with great sadness we bring you the news that Captain Jason “Chud” Chuderewicz has passed away after a short battl...
11/23/2020

It is with great sadness we bring you the news that Captain Jason “Chud” Chuderewicz has passed away after a short battle with cancer. CAPT Chuderewicz had taken over as Commodore of Training Wing 6 in Pensacola only a short time before receiving the cancer diagnosis in September. He had an exemplary career as a Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer and was a former Skipper of VAW 123.



The viewing will be Tuesday 11/24 from 1400-2000 at the Holloman Brown funeral home, 3445 Princess Anne Rd in Virginia Beach.



The funeral is at 1100 on Wed 11/25 at St John the Apostle church, 1968 Sandbridge Rd, in Virginia Beach. Pending CNAL approval, his funeral will be supported by an E-2 flyover tentatively scheduled for Noon and led by his squadron the VAW-123 Screwtops.



Details will be available at www.caringbridge.org. With an account set up you will be able to search for updates under “Jason Chuderwicz.”



We do not have any information yet on COVID-19 restrictions for the viewing and funeral.



Chud leaves an incredible legacy as a father and as a leader of many in our community. He will be missed.



Your thoughts and prayers are welcome for all.



Thank you for all that you do to support our community.

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

VAW-VRC Memorial Scholarship Fund - BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction
11/06/2020
VAW-VRC Memorial Scholarship Fund - BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction

VAW-VRC Memorial Scholarship Fund - BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction

Starting on November 4, 2020, VAW-VRC Memorial Scholarship Fund will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization - and the more items we have the more money we can raise, so we're asking for your help. Show your support by clicking on the Donate I...

VAW/VRC Foundation Members and Industry partners, I would like to extend a formal invitation for you to join us – virtua...
11/06/2020
VAWVRC Foundation

VAW/VRC Foundation Members and Industry partners,
I would like to extend a formal invitation for you to join us – virtually – for our Hawkeye / Greyhound / Stingray Community and Awards Presentation on Friday, Nov 6th at 1150PST/1450EST to 1330PST/750EST on the VAW/VRC Foundation’s website: https://www.vaw-vrcreadyroom.org. This is a single live event, hosted in lieu of the regular East and West Coast Hawkeye/Greyhound Balls.
The event will be broadcast from the VAW/VRC Foundation website. No applications (Zoom, MS Teams, etc) are required to view it.
I’d like to thank CAPT (Ret.) “Bubba” Bannister, VAW/VRC Foundation President, Chris “Fender” Biggins, Media Developer and web designer for the Tailhook Association, our Industry Partners, Julie Swanson, VAW/VRC Officer Spouses Association President, and the talents of LCDR “Siri” Bonner and LT “MAW” Pilipchuck for putting this event together!
We’ll celebrate our achievements over the past year, including Fleet Aerial Refueling Transitions, IOC of significant additional warfighting capabilities, MQ-25A T1 first flight, extended deployments in multiple Areas of Responsibility, effective logistics support in a COVID-19 environment, and the individual talents of our team. We will formally recognize our Hawkeye/ Greyhound Pilot and NFO of the Year, Maintainers of the year, and C-2A aircrew of the year during the event, and we’ll have a great round up of cruise videos- new and old.
Although it is hard to replace the in person camaraderie from our East Coast and West Coast live events, and it is unfortunate that we can’t celebrate the milestone of 60 years of the service of the E2 Hawkeye in person, I am confident that you’ll enjoy this event.
Thank you for all that you do to support our Community!
Very Respectfully,
CAPT Michael “Fancy” France
Commodore
Airborne Command & Control and Logistics WING

​National Flight Academy Ambition Experience 2020 ​ The National Flight Academy notified the VAW VRC Foundation that they are cancelling their summer program for 2020 due to the ongoing...

https://sldinfo.com/2020/11/the-advanced-hawkeye-in-the-integratable-airwing-the-perspective-of-cdr-neil-fletcher/
11/03/2020
The Advanced Hawkeye in the Integratable Airwing: The Perspective of CDR Neil Fletcher - Second Line of Defense

https://sldinfo.com/2020/11/the-advanced-hawkeye-in-the-integratable-airwing-the-perspective-of-cdr-neil-fletcher/

By Robbin Laird Recently I had a chance to discuss with the CO of VAW 121 about the way ahead with coming of air refuelability for the squadron’s Advanced Hawkeyes. I was able to do so after CDR Neil Fletcher had spent a good part of his early day on October 21, 2020 talking with […]

https://sldinfo.com/2020/10/60th-anniversary-of-first-e-2-flight-looking-back-and-shaping-a-way-ahed/
11/02/2020
60th Anniversary of First E-2 Flight: Looking Back and Shaping a Way Ahead - Second Line of Defense

https://sldinfo.com/2020/10/60th-anniversary-of-first-e-2-flight-looking-back-and-shaping-a-way-ahed/

By Robbin Laird This week the Navy’s Airborne Command and Control Community celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first E-2 flight. According to a story released by the public affairs team from Naval Air Force Atlantic: “While the U.S. Navy celebrated its 245th birthday this October, the Airbor...

Dear Squadron-mates -- Since 2006 the VAW-VRC Foundation (http://vaw-vrcreadyroom.org/) has been building a Data Base on...
11/02/2020
VAWVRC Foundation

Dear Squadron-mates -- Since 2006 the VAW-VRC Foundation (http://vaw-vrcreadyroom.org/) has been building a Data Base on personnel in our community: names, your squadron history, and points of contact.

The purpose is twofold; history is important and we want to get it in the books before much of it is forgotten and second to keep you informed of community events like reunions.

We attempted to contact many of you (about 800 originally), and was successful with perhaps three-fourths of the list. Currently we have established communication with 3000+

Some people we were unable to contact, some on our list had moved or passed away.
Many were Navy.mil or Corporate email address. Through retirements and transfers many of these were no longer valid.

The good news; your name is still in our records and unless you specify otherwise it will remain there.

Please support our efforts by subscribing to the quarterly newsletter as well.

Please contact Mike Maurer ([email protected]) if you want to know more or to be included and he will send you a form. I might suggest you use a ( personal email ) so as to avoid falling into one of the above categories.
If you have not been getting the 1MC (approx. quarterly) you might have fallen into this category so please update your email as well as your address. .

Comment: “If you have a historical story about your life in the community we want to get it recorded … Forwarded it to us or send it to me to post on Facebook.

​National Flight Academy Ambition Experience 2020 ​ The National Flight Academy notified the VAW VRC Foundation that they are cancelling their summer program for 2020 due to the ongoing...

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Just found your page and plan to follow. Are you interested in Cruise Book photos from days gone by?
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.