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What Commands/Squadrons were you with? *Notes* only choose RVAH-3 if you were squadron personnel, all others there for training select the RAG/FRAMP option, IF YOU SELECTED "OTHER" THEN YOU MUST ANSWER ONE OF THE QUESTIONS BELOW. BE SPECIFIC

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At 5:27am on September 14, 2018, CDR Bryan Leese said…


I agree this seems like the right place. Based on your book, I sought out and spoke to CDR Ron Pollard by phone earlier this year. During the 1973 crisis, CDR Pollard remembered that they spent most of that cruise in Rota and only sent two planes at a time, for only two weeks at a time, to the carrier. The mixed-wing concept, strike and ASW missions, was employed and there just was not room for a full RA-5C deployment. I am looking to talk to others from both 1967 and 1973 Arab Crisis periods which can describe the organic airborne collection from the carriers and how supported commander decision making afloat. I am also looking to talk to the Squadron Intelligence Officers from those times to ask: how did the afloat collection and the intelligence organization support developing battlespace awareness and prevented entering into an escalation spiral with the Soviets?  Sea stories illustrating the crisis, collection operations, and decision making are welcomed!!  

At 5:44am on September 13, 2018, CDR Bryan Leese said…

I am researching the IOIC system associated with the RA-5C. I am looking to talk to PH/PTs who worked on the RA-5C onboard systems as well as the IOIC within CVIC. While I am specifically looking at the Mediterranean deployments of the SARATOGA/RVAH-9 and AMERICA/RVAH-5 in 1967 (Six-Day War) and the JF KENNEDY/RVAH-11 and INDEPENDENCE/RVAH-14 in 1973 (Yom Kippur War), I want to talk to anyone who can describe the system's incorporation into the overall intelligence fusion and support to operations. I would like to speak to any intelligence officers or PH/PT that made those deployments.

CDR Bryan Leese

National Intelligence University, Bethesda, MD



At 12:34am on September 19, 2016, Stanley J. Gudmundson said…

Seems to me that I remember you as Boog not Boom Boom.  Enjoyed your book about the RA5C and find the articles you write in aviation magazines to be very interesting.  Thank-you.  I was in the Ops Division working for Cdr Ream on the 70-71 cruise.

At 9:09pm on August 18, 2012, peter c derose said…

Glad to see another R-6 ER with us, Happy Birthday!! & Nice pix !!

At 11:50am on September 9, 2010, Carl Holland said…
Good to see you again. Rember the Chicken Hawk almost sinking off Guam? Have you ever heard from CAPT Quist USAF? I am in Millington TN just north of Memphis. If you ever get south this way give me a call perhaps we can talk about the greatest bunch of shipmates i ever had O and E . Hope all is well with you and yours.
Carl Holland GSLC, DAWIA Level III
Information Assurance Manager
Information Assurance Department Head
BUPERS, Millington, TN
Comm (901) 874-4160 DSN 882-4160
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At 8:11pm on April 27, 2010, gary gonterman said…
hi boom you did not mention how that viggi was lost at sea on the 67 connie cruise h12 parked aft of stbd aft elevator by the terrier missel battery i was in h12 and worked in ima decm shop i was also cq mcpo on the coral sea cq we allmost left one guy behind on the left coast when we headedback to albany who was that aviator gary gonterman???
At 9:07pm on January 28, 2010, ALTON L. WILLIAMS said…
At 11:13am on December 25, 2009, Steven Allen Manchook said…
Good to see some RVAH-6 folks are still out there. I was a photographer on the 74 and 75 cruises. I believe we called you "Boom Boom" Powell. Although my stint was a quick four years I had many memorable experiences. The RVAH-6 crowd is exceptional. Hope you are well and happy...sir,
At 7:21am on July 23, 2009, Steven R. Ewing said…
Shouldn't we call you Boomski? :)
At 8:13pm on July 20, 2009, Don F Bailey said…
Welcome aboard!!!

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