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, Na

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, Na

Operating as usual

Stole this from Ray Leong FB page.😎
09/05/2021

Stole this from Ray Leong FB page.😎

“ CDR Gordon “Gordo” Schriver, XO of the VAW 117 Wallbangers, took these photos of their E-2D Advance Hawkeyes with a sp...
08/19/2021

“ CDR Gordon “Gordo” Schriver, XO of the VAW 117 Wallbangers, took these photos of their E-2D Advance Hawkeyes with a spectacular Pt Mugu sunset as the background. Thanks XO Gordo for sharing these impressive photos.

The VAW/VRC Foundation is always looking for great E-2 and C-2 photos so any time you have great photos like the XO’s you’d like to share send them to [email protected].”

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https://news.usni.org/2021/08/03/navy-plans-upgrades-to-fly-e-2ds-into-the-2040s?utm_source=USNI+News&utm_campaign=5...
08/08/2021
Navy Plans Upgrades to Fly E-2Ds into the 2040s - USNI News

https://news.usni.org/2021/08/03/navy-plans-upgrades-to-fly-e-2ds-into-the-2040s?utm_source=USNI+News&utm_campaign=59960aec72-USNI_NEWS_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0dd4a1450b-59960aec72-230454925&ct=t(USNI_NEWS_DAILY)&mc_cid=59960aec72&mc_eid=2ff4293a1f

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — With production coming to an end in four years, the Navy is working out a plan to sustain the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye command-and-control aircraft for at least another 30. Upgrades include cockpit avionics and enhancements to mission systems, communication capabilities and cyb...

07/21/2021
We are sad to share that Howard “Wes” Westney, a longtime member of the VAW Community, has passed away. Wes served 10 ye...
07/15/2021

We are sad to share that Howard “Wes” Westney, a longtime member of the VAW Community, has passed away. Wes served 10 years active U.S. Navy followed by 27 years civil service with department of the Navy. During his time in civil service, he was a key member in testing the tactical software embedded in the E-2 Hawkeye mission computer. After retirement, Wes volunteered as the U.S.S. Midway Museum photographer from 2008-2017. He was also a volunteer contributing to the restoration of the VAW/VRC Ready Room exhibit onboard the Midway Museum.

A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, 19 July 2021, at Glen Abby Chapel of Roses, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902 at 10:00 a.m. His obituary can be found at:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bonita-ca/howard-westney-10249638

We are sad to share that Howard “Wes” Westney, a longtime member of the VAW Community, has passed away. Wes served 10 years active U.S. Navy followed by 27 years civil service with department of the Navy. During his time in civil service, he was a key member in testing the tactical software embedded in the E-2 Hawkeye mission computer. After retirement, Wes volunteered as the U.S.S. Midway Museum photographer from 2008-2017. He was also a volunteer contributing to the restoration of the VAW/VRC Ready Room exhibit onboard the Midway Museum.

A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, 19 July 2021, at Glen Abby Chapel of Roses, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902 at 10:00 a.m. His obituary can be found at:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bonita-ca/howard-westney-10249638

2021 VAW/VRC Merit Scholars
06/17/2021

2021 VAW/VRC Merit Scholars

Introducing Adam Beaver, a rising freshman at Virginia Military Institute! Adam is our 2021 LAB Realty Scholarship recipient. He will be majoring in Economics and Business. Good luck at VMI Adam!

At 1500 today all local times take a moment of silence for the brave that served.  Some of us came home,  some with woun...
05/31/2021

At 1500 today all local times take a moment of silence for the brave that served. Some of us came home, some with wounds, some in body bags, so many still living with nightmares I am greatful my son did not have a "Draft" hanging over him.
Just to remind all of the respect due this holiday. This is a gret read:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_casualties

At 1500 today all local times take a moment of silence for the brave that served. Some of us came home, some with wounds, some in body bags, so many still living with nightmares I am greatful my son did not have a "Draft" hanging over him.
Just to remind all of the respect due this holiday. This is a gret read:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_casualties

Thank you Mike Skelly
05/24/2021

Thank you Mike Skelly

Thank you Mike Skelly

Check out our latest Oral History Project interview on YouTube -- Intercepting the MS Achille Lauro Hijackers. This inte...
05/16/2021
VAW/VRC Foundation Oral History: Intercepting the MS Achille Lauro Hijackers.

Check out our latest Oral History Project interview on YouTube -- Intercepting the MS Achille Lauro Hijackers.

This interview describes the central role the VAW-125 Tigertails played in the successful intercept and forced landing of an Egypt Air 737 carrying the hijackers of MS Achille Lauro in October 1985. CAPT Ralph Zia, USN (Ret), then Commanding Officer of the Tigertails and Mission Commander of the intercept flight, tells how it happened, from the National Command level through the chain of command to the crew in the aircraft. One of the great stories in the fabled history of the VAW/VRC Community!

https://youtu.be/cqmELuWobf8

CAPT Ralph Zia, USN (Ret), VAW-125 Tigertails Commanding Officer, describes the successful intercept of the commercial airliner carrying the hijackers of the...

Subject: pls distro: ANA-TPP Panel webinar "DMO and the Carrier Airwing" on 25 May, 4-6 EDTRequest you give this info t...
05/16/2021
TPP/ANA Panel: DMO – the Carrier Air Wing – The Patuxent Partnership

Subject: pls distro: ANA-TPP Panel webinar "DMO and the Carrier Airwing" on 25 May, 4-6 EDT

Request you give this info the widest possible national and local distribution and posting within your respective organizations and networks (NHA, Tailhook, MPA, MCAA, VAW/VRC, AOC, Intruders, CGAA, TPS, NAMF….and others?)
V/R, Stick
Mark Converse

We have lined up another no-cost Panel webinar featuring senior Naval Aviation leadership on 25 May from 4-6pm EDT

Details and registration link are below
With thanks for your push, we had over 400 attendees from 26 states for our February webinar

https://paxpartnership.org/tpp-event/tpp-ana-panel-dmo-carrier-air-wing/

TPP & ANA are pleased to host VADM Jeffrey Hughes, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development, N7, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, as the keynote speaker on May 25th via Webex webinar.

Congratulations Skipper.
05/16/2021

Congratulations Skipper.

Congratulations Skipper.

Congratulations "Donger"
05/07/2021

Congratulations "Donger"

Capt. Jason Williamson will relieve Capt. Raymond Leung as Commanding Officer of Naval Station Great Lakes during a change of command ceremony tomorrow morning.

Capt. Leung capably led us through some rough seas the past three years! Under his #leadership, Great Lakes earned nominations from Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic for the 2021 Installation Excellence Award and the 2020 Chief of Naval Operations Shore Safety Award. And Capt. Leung received the Chicago Federal Executive Board 2020 John F. Kennedy Leadership Award.

More about the ceremony here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/395151/naval-station-great-lakes-change-command-2021

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

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

https://www.honakerforestlawn.com/obituary/james-jim-church?lud=08C761E0D7492E95483E497A40536ED0&fbclid=IwAR330Jwg3LtfSC...
03/10/2021
Obituary for James "Jim" Edward Church at Honaker Funeral Home

https://www.honakerforestlawn.com/obituary/james-jim-church?lud=08C761E0D7492E95483E497A40536ED0&fbclid=IwAR330Jwg3LtfSC5Hao2nGvFlle6jYrsk-BRbA_oecQ5Odnb2CcEGeXKg9Co

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

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Good morning Hawkeye / Greyhound bubbas! Wanted to know if anyone wanted to share a table at 'Hook for the Saturday night banquet. I know I'm boring as all get out, but if anyone needs a last resort I'm happy to oblige. 🤠
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.