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Fall 2004 The Hook : Journal of Carrier Aviation - Tailhook Association

Fall 2004 The Hook : Journal of Carrier Aviation - Tailhook Association

Cover: Carrier Air Wing Three landing signal officers grade a recovery on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), 12 Feb '03, following an Operation Enduring Freedom mission. From left: LTs Rob Roy (VF-32), Jeffrey Hart (VF-32), Geoff Bowman (VFA-37); LTJG Tim James (VS-22) and Capt Scott Sitterle (VMFA-115).
USN photo by PHAN Ryan O'Connor, USN, via CHINFO

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VOLUME 32 NUMBER 3 FALL 2004 ©2004, all rights reserved ISSN: 0736-9220

EDITOR
CAPT Steve Millikin, USN(Ret)
MANAGING EDITOR
CDR Jan C. Jacobs, USNR(Ret)
ASSOCIATE EDITORS
CAPT Wynn F. Foster, USN(Ret)
Barrett Tillman
Carmelle Carter
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
Hal Andrews
LCDR Richard R. Burgess, USN(Ret)
CDR Doug Siegfried, USN(Ret)
Mike Weeks
CDR Jack D. Woodul, USNR(Ret)
CONTRIBUTING
PHOTOGRAPHERS
Rick Llinares
Jose M. Ramos
CDR Chris Buhlmann, USNR
Printing by Neyenesch Printers
San Diego, Calif.

THE HOOK, Fall 2004

Table of Contents

BRIEF

  • Manning the 21st Century From a Position of Strength
    VADM Gerald L. Hoewing, USN
    Chief of Naval Personnel
  • Naval Aviation on the Move
    RADM Mark P. Fitzgerald, USN
    Director, Air Warfare (N78)
  • From the President: Tailhook Update
    CAPT David A. "Roy" Rogers, USN
  • From the Executive Director: The Tailhook Strike Force
    CAPT J.R. Davis, USN(Ret)
  • Reflection on the Naval War College
    CDR Matthew J. Faletti, USN

TAILHOOK EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

FROM THE CATWALK

  • From the Catwalk
    conducted by CAPT Hook
  • When Is a Squadron Not a Squadron?
    The Curious Case of VAQ-143

    LCDR Rick Morgan, USN(Ret)
  • The Further Adventures of Youthly Puresome: Dances With Wimmins
    CDR Jack D. WoOdul, USNR(Ret), artwork by Carl SnOw
  • Naval Aviation Over Fallon, Whidbey and the Gulf
    photo essay by CDR Chris Buhlmann, USNR, and Tieme Festner

LAUNCH

  • Midway Magic in the Northern Pacific
    Rick Berg
  • EA-18G: Airborne Electronic Attack for the Future
    Rick Morgan
  • Tailhook Aircraft From Mr. Grumman's Iron Works:
    Part Seven — A Two-Taled Tomcat and the Death of An Eagle

    Bob Lawson with LCDR Dave "Hey Joe" Parsons, USN(Ret)

AT MARSHAL

  • Command Changes
  • Air Wing and Squadron Reports

RESPOT

  • Hook '04: The Tenth Return to Reno
    Barrett Tillman with Mark Morgan

RECOVERY

  • Washington Report: So Many Studies, So Much Confusion
    Sandra I. Erwin

WAVEOFFS & BOLTERS

  • The Redtails Retreat Into History
    CDR Doug Siegfried, USN(Ret)

IBC PATCH PAGE

  • VS-21: From World War II to 2005

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