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.

Military Photo: Hawkeye Coming InArchivesPosted: 05/26/2020PHILIPPINE SEA (May 26, 2020) U.S. Sailors watch an E-2C Hawk...
05/28/2020

Military Photo: Hawkeye Coming In
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Posted: 05/26/2020
PHILIPPINE SEA (May 26, 2020) U.S. Sailors watch an E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Liberty Bells” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 115, approach the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) May 26, 2020. Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting carrier qualifications during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Wheeler)

San Diego honors our fallen on this Memorial Day. Please fast forward (35 minutes) through the countdown in the lower le...
05/25/2020
Memorial Day Live - USS Midway Museum

San Diego honors our fallen on this Memorial Day. Please fast forward (35 minutes) through the countdown in the lower left of the video.

https://www.midway.org/memorialdaylive/?fbclid=IwAR1SNbRAbMk1SzFpaykQEiGyOKAJd4AaIKNvYZv8rjUlw5PQcNGpGAE-OZc

DAYS LEFT 2020/05/25 09:00:00San Diego Memorial Day LIVE Virtual Simulcast Commemoration Tune in for our first ever LIVE virtual simulcast commemoration. This will be a joint virtual event featuring four iconic San Diego locations: USS Midway Museum, Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, Mt. Soledad Nati...

https://defence-blog.com/news/capt-william-reed-completes-5000-flight-hours-in-an-e-2d-advanced-hawkeye.htmlReed’s previ...
05/24/2020
Capt. William Reed completes 5,000 flight hours in an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

https://defence-blog.com/news/capt-william-reed-completes-5000-flight-hours-in-an-e-2d-advanced-hawkeye.html

Reed’s previous assignments include Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 (VAW-124), Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120), Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9) as the Carrier Air Wing Landing Signals Officer (LSO), commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) LSO at NAS Oceana as the LSO School Officer in Charge, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and as commanding officer of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 (VAW-117).

On 19 May, Capt. William Reed, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 Commander has completed his 5,000th flight hour in an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, according to a recent U.S. Navy’s news release. Capt. Will…

From the unpublished archives: "A group of Desert Storm era VAW-115 Liberty Bells held a joyful “mini-reunion” in San Di...
05/13/2020

From the unpublished archives:

"A group of Desert Storm era VAW-115 Liberty Bells held a joyful “mini-reunion” in San Diego August 23-25. Activities included social gatherings such as the Tailhook Mixer at the World Famous NAS North Island I-Bar, and other get-togethers at some of San Diego’s finest restaurants/breweries; an evening at Petco Park watching the San Diego Padres vs. the Boston Red Sox, and a reminiscent morning touring the Midway Museum, their former home in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Hosted by Pence Parsons and Ken Borchik, they began their Midway trip down memory lane with a meet and greet in the VAW/VRC Ready Room #4, where acquaintances were renewed, some going back 30 years. Terry Jobe, former CO of the Liberty Bells, gave the rousing pep talk that he would have given were he the CO during Desert Storm (he was XO at that time). Following this were pictures and sea story contests in the ready room, as well as a visit next door to the original Liberty Bell ready room #3. Ken Borchik then gave the group a personalized tour of the VAW-115 AT/AE shop that he and his team are restoring for eventual public display. The rest of the time aboard the Midway was spent visiting old haunts, and they were even able to talk safety into letting them into the infamous BK (bunkroom) 29!

All agreed that the reunion was a great success and are making plans for a squadron level reunion on board the Midway in January 2021 in remembrance of the 30thAnniversary of OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/STORM."

In the picture:

Front row: Darlene Larson, Heather Kerning, Brian "Stealth" Jacobs, Jane Miklaski, Dave "Hulk" Daugherty, Kevin "Elvis" Elmore, Brian "Rude Asian" Carlson, Brian "Whiz" Whisenant, Jim "Palmer" Laingen, Mike "Spoko" Sopko.

Back row: John "FIL" Larson, Terry "Skipper" Jobe, Joe "Schnake" Colloca, Dan "Vinnie" Kerning, Mike "FOG" Miklaski, Dave "Roaster" Oster, Jim "Fatboy" Peters, Tom "Rainman" Frieder, Brian "Shorty" Brethen, Pat "NAFOD" Haller

Readying Fleet Aviators: Ford Prepares Pilots for Deployment
04/12/2020
Readying Fleet Aviators: Ford Prepares Pilots for Deployment

Readying Fleet Aviators: Ford Prepares Pilots for Deployment

The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) concluded its first-ever Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ) for Naval aviators while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, April 4.

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.

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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.