VA-82 Circa 1972
Reunion Roster


(Updated February 19th, 2020)



Under Construction
I have entered my information as an example. In some cases., I have entered pictures I have as a starting point. Please send me an email with the pictures you want to use, your contact information and a write up for the two sections:
 Experience prior to VA-82 and Since VA-82



Pilots

Commanding Officer: Tom Scott  Capt USN Ret.
Relieved as CO at a Change of Command in September 1972


CDR Tom Scott



Contact Information: 
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
VA-195  (1965)  USS Bonhome Richard * Vietnam
VA-113  (1966-1967)  USS Kittyhawk  * Vietnam 
CTF-77   (1969-1970)  USS Constellation/USS Kittyhawk * Vietnam
Since VA-82:
CAG 17  USS Forrestal  (1974-1979)
USS Coranado  LPFD-11 CO  (1977-1979)
USS Peleliu  LHA-5  CO (1979-1982



Executive Officer/Commanding Officer: CDR Don Sumner
Became CO in September 1972


CDR Don Sumner


Contact Information: 
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:



Executive Officer: Jerry Breast RADM USN Ret
Checked in as Executive Officer in September 1972


CDR Jerry Breast


Contact Information: 
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
VA-66  (1959-1963), USS Intrepid and USS Enterprise- two deployments each
VX-5 China Lake  (1964-1967)  Walleye test
VSA-163  USS Oriskany (1967) A4D  * Vietnam ;    USS Oriskany (1968-1970)  *Vietnam
Navy Test Pilot Patuxent River  (1969-1972)
Since VA-82:
USS America OPS/XO  (1975-1977)
USS Savannah  OR-4  CO  (1979-1981)
USS Independence  CV-62  CO  (1981-1983)
Commander Carrier Group 2  USS Coral Sea  (1985-1987)
US Space Command   Operations  (1987-1990)

Post Navy-

Operations Officer: Leighton "Snuffy" Smith ADM USN Ret
Snuffy was the Operations Officer for the entire deployment


 LCDR"Snuffy" Smith

 Admiral"Snuffy" Smith and Dottie

Contact Information:  email: Lsmith9811@aol.com
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
VA-81    (1965-1966)   *Vietnam
VA-22  (1966-1968)  *Vietnam
NAVPRO Dallas, Production Test Piloot  A7C/D/E  (1968-1970)
Since VA-82:
VA-86  CO  (1975-1977)
CAG-15  (1977-1978)
Commander Light Attack Wing One  (1980-1981)
USS Kalamazoo  AOR-6  CO  (1983-1984)
USS America CV-66  CO  (1984-1985)
Commander Battle Group Six  (1988-1989)
CINCUSNAVEUR/CINCAVSOUTH  (1994-1995)- Directed NATO air strikes in support of UN forces in Bosnia
COMINFOR (1995-1996)- Planned and led NATO's first ever out of area ground operations as
                                       Commander Implementation Force (COMINFOR)


Post Navy:



Maintenance Officer: Robert S. "Bo" Smith  Capt USN Ret.
Departed in early December for change of duty at the Royal Air Force Staff College in Bracknell, England


Bo Smith

Now-  Bo and Diana

Contact Information:  Email: bo_smith@bellsouth.net  IPhone: (904) 708-9186
Address:  2484 Egrets Glade Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82: 1966 VA-15 (A4), 1967 VA-15 (A4) 203 combat missions, USAF Exchange AT-33/F-105 Instructor Pilot (23rd Tactical Fighter Wing, McConnell AFB, Wichita, Kansas
Since VA-82: Royal Air Force Staff College, Bracknell England; COMNAVAIRLANT (A7 Class Desk and Aide and Flag Lt), XO/CO VA-15 (A7E) USS America Med cruise, COMTHIRDFLT (Hawaii); CO VA-174 (500th trap USS America), Interim CO FACSFACJAX, XO USS Saratoga CV-60, Med cruise, CO USS Austin (LPD-4) two Med deployments, one North Atlantic/Exercise Northern Wedding deployment, Chief of Staff COMCRUDESGRUTWELVE USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) Med deployment, Operations Officer CONFAIRWESTPAC (TAD Desert Shield) Retired July 31st, 1991

Post Navy- Science Educator, Earth/Space Science, Oceanography Grant Projects: Satellite Meteorology with FSU; Project CERES with Montana State Univ (Mars science activities); Program Manager, Protein Crystals in Space (Space Shuttle/Space Station), Florida Space Research Institute (Aerospace Mentor); Retired 5/2007

Owner/Operator, Bo's Mine Tours (Blue Ridge Mountains) and Bo's Jewelry (Jacksonville); Bo's Website



Al Miller


Al Miller
(on the right front)


Contact Information: 
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:



Frank Gerwe


Frank Gerwe

Frank and Nancy


Contact Information:  email:  gerwe@bellsouth.net      Phone: Mobile (904) 391-0504;  Home (904) 264-2269
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:  INI Realty Investments




Bruce Page


Bruce Page


Contact Information: 
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:



Safety Officer: Charlie Sapp Capt USN Ret.
Charlie checked in after a tour flying the OV-10 in VAL-4 in the Mekong Delta


Charlie Sapp



Contact Information:  email: charsapp43@gmail.com
Pensacola, FL
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Charlie received his "Wings of Gold" in March, 1967.  He was "plowed back" to VT-3 at Whiting Field as a formation instructor in the T-28. He submitted a request for jet transition in July, 1968 which was denied but he was recommended for and accepted orders as a "plank owner" in VAL-4 flying the OV-10 in the Mekong Delta. He flew his first combat flight on April 11th, 1969; his last on November 27th, 1969 having flown 211 combat missions. After this tour, he was accepted for jet transition and completed A7 transition training at VA-174. He reported to VA-82 during the 1971 cruise to the Med.
Since VA-82:



Dan Ryder (CAG 8 LSO)





Contact Information:  email: captdan@sailchannelislands.com
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:



Craig "Crash" Landon  Capt  USN Ret


 (Deceased 2019)

Gary Tabbert






Contact Information: 
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:


Bob Corey



(Deceased-Arlington)



Ron Brooks



Ron Brooks


Ron Brooks and Jacki


Contact Information: email: rbbroks36@gmailk.com      Mobile (610) 563-0496
26315 Stonewall Lane   Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:



Ray Thomas Capt USN Ret.


Ray Thomas

Ray and Debbie


Contact Information:  Email: dcag14@verizon.net    Mobile Phone:  (703) 407-7724
5251 Tallulah Lake Ct   Jacksonville, FL  32224
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82: Training Command; Wings March 1980- Beeville, TX
VA-174 June 1970-November 1970
Since VA-82: USAF Exchange pilot Myrtle Beach AFB South Carolina, A7D September 1973-September 1975;
Catapult/Arresting Gear Officer and V2 Division Officer USS Forrestal (CV-59), C-1A Command Pilot, December 19785-December 1977; VA-174, Instructor Pilot/Weapons Training Phase Head, January 1978-June 1980; VA-82 Department Head (OPS)- 2 Med deployments USS Nimitz (CVN-68/CAG 8), USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Caribbean deployment (maiden cruise) July 1980-June 1983; Naval War College (student), Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. August 1983-May 1984, (screened for squadron command-slated to form new squadron VFA-137); F/A 18 Transition NAS Lemoore, CA June 1984-February 1985; Pre-establishment activities NAS Cecil Field-March 1985-July 1985, CO VFA-137, NAS Cecil Field, USS Coral Sea (CV-43) July 1985 to August 1987;  COMNAVAIRLANT,
A-7 Readiness Officer- October 1987-December 1989 (screened for Deputy CAG); Replacement Pilot Training: F/A 18 VFA-106, F-14A VF-101, A-6E VA-42, E-2C VAW 121,  July 1989-December 1989;  DCAG CVW 7/USS Eisenhower (CVN-69)- February 1980-January 1981; Senior Naval Representative Operation Desert Storm, Composite Wing One, Incirlik AB, Turkey January 1991-March 1991;  COMAVAIRLANT, Executive Assistant (VADMS Jack Ready and Tony Less) April 1991-April 1992 (screened for Senior CAG June 1991;  Retired April 1992 Captain USN

Post Navy: Science Applications International Corporation, northern Virginia (various locations) October 1992-April 2013, various project management., line management, business development positions.

Masters Degree in Engineering Management, George Washington University, 2002



Jim "Rock" Yeager


Jim "Rock" Yeager




Contact Information:  email:  jamesyeager46@gmail.com        Mobile   (703) 638-9121
13860 Athens Drive, Jacksonville,  FL 32223
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:



Terry Ede

Contact Information: 
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:



Jim Kuzmick


Jim Kuzmick

Jim and Judy

Contact Information:  email:  jim.kuzmick@gmail.com
Great Falls, VA
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:



Marv Baldwin


Marv Baldwin

Marv and Jean

Contact Information:  email  captmarvin@gmail.com                      mobile phone: (720) 339-3329
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82: First tour pilot. Joined VA-82 December 1971
Since VA-82: After completing the VA-82 Med cruise from January to August 1974
August 1974-February 1977- VA-174 Instructor/LSO
February 1977-July 1978- CVW-1 LSO on USS Eisenhower and Kennedy flying with VA-146
August 1978- Resigned from the Navy

Post Navy: Joined Continental Airlines flying 727, DC9, MD80, 737NG. Was based in Dallas, Newark, Denver, and Houston  Captain Marvin retired from Continental in August 2005




Jim Brister




Contact Information:  mobile phone: (719) 859-4218
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82:
Since VA-82:


Lt. Tom Weiland 



(POW December 1972-March 1973) (Deceased 1986)

 
Ltjg Steve Musselman



(KIA September 10th, 1972)



Ground Officers

Phil Morris (Maintenance Control Officer)


Phil Morris


Donnell "Nick" Nickens  (Maintenance Material Control Officer)


Nick Nickens

Nick and Lila
Does anyone have abetter picture of Nick (in his green shirt if possible) ?


Contact Information:  email  nickandlila6@gmail.com                mobile phone: (225) 313-0763
Experience Prior to Reporting to VA-82: Enlisted for 10 years prior to commissioning: AT "A" School; Aviation Electronics Technician in VP_11, Brunswick, Maine; AIMD, NAS Jacksonville; elected for NESEP (Nava;l Enlisted Scientific and Education Program); Naval Prep School in San Diego, CA; University of Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree, Commissioned as an Ensign; Aviation Maintenance Officer's School, Millington, Tenn; VA-174 (FRAMP)
Since VA-82: AIMD Jacksonville; Maintenance Officer, VRC-50 NAS Cubi Point; Maintenance Officer, VP 30, NAS Jacksonville; Retired May 1981

Post Navy: Adjutant DAV Department of Louisiana; Board of Directors of several corporations; Elected Parish councilman; Owned and operated several businesses and still owns a small beef cattle ranch



Hal Garrett  CWO 2 (Avionics Officer)


Hal Garrett



John Young  WO1 (Ordnance Officer  "Gunner")



John Young
Deceased


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