For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
After a couple tours in Tonkin Gulf with "5" I received orders to NAS Albany. LCDR Rich Martin was AIMD Dept head and he sent me to Work Study school at Naval Station, Norfolk for 3 months before I reported aboard (I later used that training to design the avionics shops at Key West). I was assigned to the Avionics office for several months and then reassigned as AIMD Production Control CPO and worked in that capacity until NAS Albany closed and I was one of the last to leave.
I flew to Key West several times to meet the various shop supervisors. I was invited to a meeting of the Key West CPOs with their commanding officer and the following discussion took place during that meeting:
CPO: Captain, we need another fishing barge.
CO: Chief, that shouldn't be a problem as all of you have your own private boats.
CPO: Sir, when the weather is nice it seems like that's when we work, when we're off it seems the weather is always too bad for our small boats.
CO: Chief, that's not a problem, go fishing when the weather is good !!!!!!!!!
I formed the opinion that the place had a "country club" atmosphere so I requested and received orders to NAS Cecil Field instead.
I would like to hear from some of the AIMD CPOs.