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Gulf of Tonkin Incident Reunion

Fist of the Fleet Association was proud to sponsor the reunion of three former VA-144 naval aviators who last flew together on August 4 & 5, 1964 from USS Constellation, CV-64 in the Gulf of Tonkin. The event took place at NAS Lemoore, CA on September 16 & 17, 2019 and was hosted by the Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific and NAS Lemoore. The reunion was very memorable for all who attended and especially for the three honorees Capt John “Nick” Nicholson, CDR Everett Alvarez, Jr. and CDR Ron Boch.

LT Ron Boch, LTJG Everett Alvarez, Jr. and LCDR John “Nick” Nicholson 8/4/1964

Everett, “Nick” and Ron 9/16/2019 NASL

Latest Edition: Autumn 2019

Apparently no one informed the weather that’s it’s still Autumn. It snowed here on the 28th/29th, and is supposed to snow again on the 31st. Typically in early November we would have a brief “Indian Summer” with temps in the low to mid-50’s. Nah. Not gonna happen. It’s supposed to be 41 today, and that’s it until next Spring. So much for easing in to Winter.

If you haven’t heard the news Lincoln has been extended. Not due to any of the current conflicts or crises. No, it’s because Truman, the boat scheduled to relieve her isn’t ready to deploy. It should be a matter of weeks, however, and then Lincoln can transit the I.O. and begin the long journey east eventually reaching her new homeport of San Diego. In other news the Blues are looking for a few good men. The Navy posted a call for petty officers (E5 and E6) experienced with maintaining the F/A- 18E/F Super Hornets. The Navy has open billets for individuals with the aviation machinist’s mate, aviation electrician’s mate, aviation electronics technician and aircrew survival equipmentman ratings, according to a NAVADMIN posted earlier this summer. The Blues are expected to complete the transition to the “Super Hornets” by the end of 2021.

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