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The TACAMO Hall of Fame was instituted in 2012.  It was long overdue to recognize outstanding and enduring people that helped to develop, execute and sustain the TACAMO mission.   TCVA categories of TACAMO Sailor, Industry Partner, Government Support, Posthumous, or Community Service. 


In the Summer of 2011, Commodore Chocko Baker, a true baseball fan, asked TCVA if we could create something to honor the best of the best in TACAMO. He had been to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ohio and seen how the greats’ careers had been summarized and plaque or other display captured the information. Chocko, Buff Crowell and Vern Lochausen spent several hours in a conference determining what could done.
The list started with the Pioneers like, Walt Reese and Ron Carlson and extended past our beginnings to several other pioneers like our first Naval Air Systems Command Program Manager, Ed Hampshire and first Commodore Andy Riddile. Then the team decided a must to include TACAMOPAC Crew 4, who gave all for TACAMO. At the end of our planning, a list and plan to start the TACAMO Hall of Fame at the upcoming 2012 TACAMO Reunion in OKC was completed. At the reunion there were 29 inducted, 16 of them were TACAMOPAC Crew 4 into the TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductees.
Additionally, a Selection Panel was formed with the first lead, Jay Gallamore. The TACAMO Hall of Fame is now handled by Jim Meppelink.
Today there are now 86 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductees.

Nominations can be Submitted Year Round  

Presentation of TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductees will be held at the Reunion banquet.  When there is no Reunion, HOF Inductees are announced November 11th of that year.  Awards will be presented at the next Reunion.

Criteria for Induction

Guidelines for TCVA Hall of Fame induction:

  • Minimum 2 tours in TACAMO

  • Contributed to the mission/aircraft/morale/good reputation of TACAMO

  • Technical/professional/personal leadership - a mentor

  • Performed task or event that shaped the TACAMO mission

  • Community service

  • Generally recognized as deserving of this award


  • TACAMO Sailor 

  • Industry Partner

  • Government Support

  • Posthumous


 Hall of Fame Inductees 

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