General history '74 to '79
Arrived for NFO training in RVAH-3 after spending ten years as an AT in the VP community. Served in RVAH-9 as legal officer, Line Div Officer, and even Avionics Officer for a while until its decommissioning.
Chief Mclaughlin was my Line Chief, Tom Meyers was my pilot, Frank Minich was my friend (and a many others across the board), Dottie was my wife.
I reported to RVAH-9 as the Bull Ensign. This title was bestowed on me by the squadron Chiefs who presented me with a special bright green cruise box painted to include the title to assure they properly embarrassed me.
These Recce years were good years, we were all young then. We were living life in one of the most beautiful places on earth; serving our country, raising families, enjoying the the gulf waters. There were only a few periods in my life that I felt were both memorable and important, and those years were one of those periods.