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VP-66 - PATROL SQUADRON 66
Comission Place: NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

PATROL SQUADRON 66 HISTORY

Patrol Squadron 66 (VP-66) was commissioned on 1 November 1970 at Naval Air Station, Willow Grove Pennsylvania, as part of the Naval Air Reserve. Initially composed of units relocated from NAS New York, VP-66 began with three active duty officers, 50 active duty enlisted personnel and approximately 300 selected reservists. In less than a year, the squadron’s combat readiness increased from last to first place among all Atlantic Fleet Reserve VP Squadrons, resulting in a special commendation from the Commander, Reserve Patrol Wing Atlantic. Although the squadron was originally known as the BOXCARS, in celebration of our Nation’s 200th anniversary and in recognition of the unit’s proximity to Philadelphia, VP-66 was renamed the LIBERTY BELLS in 1976.

Patrol Squadron 66 flew the Lockheed SP-2H Neptune aircraft until 1973, when the squadron transitioned to the Lockheed P-3A Orion. Since then, the Liberty Bells have flown the P-3B, the P-3C Update II, and completed transition to the P-3C Block Modification Upgrade Program (BMUP) aircraft in September of 2003. This weapons platform, with its dramatically increased Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) and ocean-surveillance capabilities, enabled squadron aircrews to maintain a level of expertise and operational readiness equal to their active component counterparts.

VP-66 proudly achieved a major milestone on 17 November 1999. On that day, the squadron surpassed 100,000 mishap free flight hours during the course of its 29 years. A six-time recipient of the CNO Safety “S” Award, the squadron earned this honor in 1980, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2001. In 1993, VP-66 was the recipient of the Noel Davis Battle “E” Award. The unit also received the 1984 and 1992 AVCM Donald M. Neal (Golden Wrench) Maintenance Award, the 1986 Retention Excellence Award and the 1988 Administrative Excellence Award. Additionally, VP-66 was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation in 1996 and won the 1997 International Maritime Patrol Aircraft Symposium Trophy for ASW excellence while competing against crews from five NATO nations and representatives from every active duty and reserve U.S. Navy P-3C squadron. VP-66 was also awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal (24 October-14 December 1996), and the Joint Meritorious Service Commendation for 1 January-31 December 1998. Among the more cherished accolades earned (because of its name), VP-66 brought home the Commander, Reserve Patrol Wing “Liberty Bell” Trophy for Tactical Excellence in October 2003, besting the six other reserve VP squadrons in a head-to-head tactical competition.

More recently, Annual Training found the Liberty Bells detached to El-Salvador, Ecuador, and Curacao in support of JIATF-South Counter Narcotic Operations during 2005. During that timeframe, several VP-66 crews were credited with locating drug-running vessels that were ultimately seized by authorities resulting in the seizure of 7.91 metric tons of cocaine with a street value of roughly $150 million. Also in that year, VP-66 was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal for contributing support to the Fleet. Selective Reservists provided 7500 hours of Operational Support Drills to the Fleet during 2004-2005.

Over the years, the citizen-Sailors of VP-66 were far more than weekend warriors. Squadron personnel operated and maintained as many as seven P-3C aircraft on a full-time basis, flying over 3000 hours annually in recent years. The squadron’s aircraft and 10 flight crews deployed worldwide with minimal advance notice. To enable the squadron to carry out missions around the clock, seven officers and 110 enlisted personnel were assigned full-time to the command. This permanent active duty cadre provided the training and administration for 50 officers and 136 enlisted personnel who made up the Selected Reserve segment of the squadron. The immensely successful efforts of the officers and sailors culminated in 111,854 Mishap-free flight hours over the life of the squadron.

On February 11, 2006, the squadron held a ceremony marking its disestablishment, which became effective 31 March 2006. This closure is in compliance with the Active Reserve Integration (ARI) plan. In CY 05, P-3 aircraft fatigue issues required the grounding of 30 aircraft necessitating an accelerated disestablishment plan to recapitalize scarce aircraft resources across the Maritime Patrol community. VP-66 transferred its complement of P-3C aircraft to fleet concentration areas in Florida, Maine and Washington. These transfers permitted significant enhancements to ARI and provided aircraft needed to continue flight training and overseas detachments. Along with the aircraft, VP-66 transferred many top quality people to the front lines of Naval service. The men and women of VP-66 will proudly carry the Liberty Bell legacy of excellence and service with them into the future through continued support to the fleet, their communities and families.

 

Last Name

First Name

Rank

Position

Call sign

Dates of Service

Deloache

Tim

CDR

CO

1996-2005

Jones

Tom

CAPT

CO

McMahon

Donald

C

CAPT

CO

1993-2003

Mitchell

David

M

CAPT

CO

1994-1999

O'Brien

Bill

CAPT

CO

1978-1990

Sloan

Steve

CAPT

CO

1993-2004

Timmerman

Claude

CAPT

CO

1983-1993

Wadkins

James

CAPT

CO

1980-1994

Anderson

William

ATCS (AW)

 

Andy

1994-2003

Andrews

Mary Anne

LCDR

Moonbeam

2005-2006

Aragon

Gino'

AECS

P3FE

1997-2006

Armstrong

Thomas

W

AOCS (AW/NAC) (RET)

 

1970-1994

Aronsson

RW

LCDR

Bill

Barney

Kirk

LCDR

2002-2006

Bass

George

T

AWC (RET)

1980-2000

Beauman

James

AMC (AW/SS)

1997-2006

Beck

Tom

CDR

1996-2000

Belaus

Anthony

V

MS1

Plank owner

Benton

John

N

AT1 (AW/NAC)

CAC-14

1985-1988

Boer

Robert

AD2

P3FE

Sunshine

1975-1979

Boutcher

Walter

AW3

1970-1976

Boyt

Jim

LT

2004-2006

Branner

Keith

CDR

PPC

Opie

2002-2006

Briggman Jr.

Thomas

Jr.

MSgt (RET)

USAFR

 

Brown

W. Shannon

CDR

OIC

2002-2004

Brunner

Robert

Bruno

Pete

AEC

P3FE

2000-2005

Buckwalter

Jerry

M

AECS, Deceased

Buyok

Jeremy

AM1(AW)

1999-2004

Casanova, Jr.

Louis

AT2 (NAC)

1984-2001

Case

Raymond

E

AO1

Really Old Man

1996-2001

Cawi

Steven

AT1(AW/NAC)

Cesare

Pat

ADC

Plane Captain, Plank owner

1970-1973

Cohn

Garry

L

MS1

1971-1988

Cook

Benjamin

D

AO2(AW/NAC)

Crandell

Frank

CWO4

Last SelRes MMCO

2003-2005

Croyle

Don

AK2, Deceased

Curran

Gordon

Custer

Jim

CDR

2005-2006

Deangeles

Anthony

CS1

1994-2006

Deeney III

John

J

ADCS

DeMaio

William

AWCM(AW/NAC)

2004-2006

Desai

Mark

R

CDR

2002-2006

Di Stefano Jr.

Vince

CDR

2004-2006

Donahey

Landon

H

AWC

1996-2006

Eastabrooks

Mark

AOC

1993-97, 2004-06

Eaton

Keith

AW2(AW)

1997-2001

Erdman

James

AWCS (NAC)

Jim

1971-1981

Evans

Joseph

ADR1

1970-1975

Faragasso

Keith

AM1(AW)

1990-2006

Fields

Glenn

L

AW1(AW/NAC)

1993-2002

Firmbach

Gregory

A

LCDR

PPC/PPIP/MC

Swamp Fox

1978-1986

Foster

Glen

R

CDR

TACCO

1979-1985

Furia

Joe

LCDR

Speedo

1994-1998

Furtner

Thomas

F

CDR

1993-2000

Galloway

Earl

CMDCM

2005-2006

Gillen

Alfred

J

AMS2

BIG AL

1970-1975

Giordano

Isabel

R

CWO4

Intel Officer

1985-1989

Goodwin

Charles

AWC(NAC)

Charlie

1996-2006

Goul

Steve

AW1(AW/NAC)

1991-2006

Hable

Dan

CDR

FIXO

1994-2005

Haloburdo

Donald

CDR

 

1997-2006

Harring

Gerald

G

AT1 (SS)

1980-1998

Hawley

Neil

T

CDR

1994-2004

Heim

Todd

CDR

TACCO

2000-2006

Hoerning

Brian

D

CDR

1997-2005

Hoover

Don

AW2(NAC)

Jez

2001-2006

Howard

Glenn

AECS (RET)

QA

Retired

1984-1988

Hudak

Stephen

AFCM

CMDCM

1979-2006

Hughes

Robert

W

AD2

Hugo

1980-1993

Hunt

J.J.

J

AOC

CAC-1

Ianiro

Frank

ENS

IFT

Juicy

1996-2006

Jackstis

Richard

LCDR

2000-2006

Jennings

Doug

AME1

2003-2006

Johannsen

Chris

CDR

1996-2003

Johnson

Daniel

LT

2005-2006

Johnson

Keith

AMEC

Elvis

1987-1991

Johnson

Richard

E

CDR

 

1996-2006

Junius

Levarne

M

AMCS

FE

JR

1988-1994; 1997-2001

Kalamaris

John

AW2

Quest

1994-1999

Kane

Jed

LCDR

PPC

Haywood

2004-2006

Klosowski

Bernie

CDR

CAC-1

Slots

1994-2000

Kovacs

Stephen

J

CS1

2002-2006

Kowalski

Eric

CDR

PPC

1994-2006

Lemelin

Stephan

M

LCDR

Steve

1995-2001

Lemire

William

J

AW1 (AW/NAC)

SS3

Billy

1989-2006

Leverich

Richard

W

LCDR

Dick

1976-1997

Levy

Dave

LT

2005-2006

Lewko

Ken

CAPT

OIC

1996-1997

Louridas

Chris

AWCS (AW/NAC)

1973-2004

Lowerre

Michael

AOC

Mansfield

Stephen

AD1 (RET)

Plank owner

1970-1989

Marchese

Chris

LCDR

2001-2006

Mason

Aaron

W

AEC (AW/NAC)

P3FE

1985-1990

Mathers

Sara

AW2

 

McDonnell

Ron

PHC

McGurty, Jr

John

A

Capt

Flight Surgeon

Witchdoctor

McNeill

Chuck

AT2 (NAC)

Plank owner

1970-1993

Mergen

Lynn

A

AZ1 (AW)

Mom

1981-2000

Mergen

David

T

AMS1

Stretch

1974-1986

Merker

David

S

CDR

1998-2005

Miller

Morgan

LCDR

Cap'n

2004-2006

Mills

Brian

ADC (AW/NAC)

FE

Milmant

A.J.

ADC

Plank owner

1970-1983

Mordente

Samuel

P

AOC

Plank owner

1970-1992

Morelli

Lou

P

AW1 (AW/NAC)

1991-2006

Murawski

Ken

ADCS

1982-1986; 1991-2001

Myers

Frank

H

CDR

TACCO

Psycho

1996-2003

Nelson

Chris

CDR

CAC-10

1997-2006

Nelson

Daniel

A

AT1 (AW)

Noe

Scott

CDR

Dr. No

1994-2006

Nolan

Lawrence

CDR

Nuzzi

Joseph

M

AFCM

Plank owner

1970-1989

Nystrom

Robert

R

AMSC

Nasty

1989-1993

O'Brien, Jr.

Patrick

J

AT1(AW)

2001-2006

Opett

Robert

A

AMCS

Plank owner

Opie

1970-1975

Ortiz

Robert

AT1(AW/NAC)

Tito

1993-2005

Pachuta

Mark

T

CAPT

Gesundheit

1980-1992

Palm

Andy

F

LCDR

2003-2005

Peralta

Mike

AME1

1998-2005

Perdue

Bruce

AW1(AW/NAC)

1988-1992; 1996-2000

Pico

Walt

AMC

2000-2004

Pierson

James

E

MSCS, Deceased

Cookie

Plesh

Pat

CDR

2004-2006

Potts

Philip

AVCM

CMC

Phil

1996-1999

Quigley

Jack

CDR

Quigs

1986-1999

Ranalli

Robert

AEC(AW)

1993-2005

Ratliff

Robin

CS2(AW)

Richardson

Rexford

J

AO1

Doc

1982-1984

Rocuba

Bruno

AM1

1991-2005

Roldan

Marcus

AW2(AW/NAC)

2001-2006

Rose

Kenneth

W

AKCM (AW) (RET)

CMDCM

1983-2000

Rosene

Richard

H

LCDR

Rich

1993-1996

Rowe

Tim

CDR

2004-2006

Salamy

Paul

S

CDR

2004-2006

Sandeno

Tim

CDR

1998-2006

Schwartz

William

F

AT1

1971-1991

Sciscio

Steve

AOC

1983-2006

Seamen

Trent

S

LCDR

Spooge

1994-2000

Sherman

John

AE2

Simmermon

John

C

AWCS (NAC)

Jack

1974-1989

Sloan

Lawrence

E

AWCM(AW/NAC)

1973-1989

Smith

Don

AMH1

1992-2000

Spigler

Brian

W

AW1

Spig

1996-2004

Sprinkle

Randall

LCDR

Sprink

2004-2006

Stacy

David

R

CDR

Stace

1981-1992

Stoneburg

Terisa

AO2

2002-2005

Stonesifer

Ric

CAPT

TACCO

1980-1985

Stroud

Gary

PR1

2003-2006

Sundheim

Ed

LCDR

1971-1987

Szivos, Jr.

Tibor

AW1 (AW/NAC)

Gulash

1990-1995; 1999-2004

Temple

Charles

AO2

2000-2006

Tonnessen

Pete

LCDR

Una-pilot

1990-1999

Torres

Raymond

AW2

Triol

John

C

CDR

1989-1995

Turnvall

Shawn

M

AE1 (AW/NAC)

FE

Turbo

Van de Water

Matt

CDR

2000-2006

Walker

Pat

LCDR

2002-2006

Wallace

Jeff

AD1

Jiffy

2002-2006

Welham

Rich

LCDR

PPC

2003-2006

Welling

Glenn

F

AWCS (AW/NAC)

1994-2006

Wernham

G. Andrew

CDR

Andy

1981-1989

Wilson (Hoffrichter)

Katherine

AX3

1976-1978

Windstein

Jack

ATC, Deceased

Wojtanik

John

A

AEC

Wojo

1975-1996

Zulkowsky

Eric

1985-2004

Zulkowsky

Iris

1985-2004

 








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