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Happy July 4th

The Fourth of July is upon us and with that comes fireworks, crowds and injuries, oh my! There is no doubt that this 4th may look a bit different from previous years. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many counties and cities to cancel their fireworks displays to keep large crowds from gathering in one place. Though some shows are still on, it is important to be very careful when it comes to social distancing and remembering the Combat Veterans. Below is how you can help ease the stress of Fireworks on Combat Veterans. Have a safe 4th of July! Easing the stress of Fireworks on Combat Veterans Every year we celebrate our Nations Independence Day and many citizens choose to celebrate with the

TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Lance Aikins

1948 - 2017 Lance T. Aikins Age 69, died on Friday, September 29th, 2017, from injuries sustained in an aviation accident, outside of Brinnon, WA. Lance was born June 1st, 1948, in Tacoma, WA. He was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of Puyallup High School Class of '67. He first worked as a pilot in the U.S. Navy and then as a Captain with United Airlines for 34 years, before recently retiring in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Debi Aikins; his four children, Luke Aikins and wife Monica, Joshua Aikins and wife Angela; Nicholas Aikins and wife Michaela, and Abigail Aikins; grandsons, Logan, Ender and Revel; granddaughters Julia and Madeline; sister Jessie Farrington and brother Max A


June 21st On this day, TCVA recognizes the passing all TACAMO Shipmates & TACAMOPAC Crew 4.  TACAMO Fallen - There is a memorial stone located in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii. On this day 43 years ago, TACAMOPAC Crew 4 was lost off Wake Island in 1977.  In June of 2017, TCVA celebrated Crew 4 with a memorial service at the Punchbowl with active duty VQ-3".  Video Link:

Trailing Wire Newsletter

2020 Summer News Trailing Wire Newsletter Highlights Large File, Give it time to Download TACAMO Memorial Day June 21 Saying Goodbye PEP Boys TACAMO Active Duty Leaders 2020 TACAMO Reunion postponed to 2021 Heritage Center Museum Donations Southwest Raffle Tickets Drawing Membership Drive & Photos Ball Caps License Plates Lockheed Martin 1000, 2000 Pins Job Posting Boneyard Safari - TACAMO Prints Mug Shots posted on FB Chat Veterans Benefits Links Did You Know? VQ-3 TACAMO Museum Display Must Move TACAMO Fallen Click here to read the 2020 TACAMO Trailing Wire Newsletter

TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Kevin Ward

Update: Interment is Saturday July, 11 @ 1300 in Livingston. A memorial event is being planned in Montana, Contact Buff and Mungo for more info. ??-2020 Kevin Ward is all the way on the right – standing. Kris Strance, Danno (kneeling center), Ron Friddle, John Phillips, Pud, Dan Shore and others. Many thanks to Dan Seesholtz for the photo. Kevin Ward – call sign “Bubba”, who served in VQ-3 in the early 80’s, passed away last Tuesday 9 June.  He is survived by his wife Debra and their children; Sarah, Maddie and Jake. Services are planned for June 27th in the Walnut Creek, CA area with internment in Livingston Montana to follow around 17 July

Update TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Jody Millard Griffin

AUGUST 13, 1969 – MAY 18, 2020 Play Tribute Movie Jody Millard Griffin was born August 13, 1969 in Greenville, Mississippi to parents Carl and Laura (Garrett) Griffin. He graduated from Washington High School and received a full-ride scholarship to play baseball at Mississippi State College. He spent two years there as a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon before transferring to Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Aviation in 1992. His career started at L&L Flyer Service where he was an Ag Pilot. In 1995, he began his career in the military commissioning in the Navy, achieving the rank of Lieutenant before transferring into the Air Force, fi

NEW Dates for 2020 TACAMO Reunion

Update Your Calendars 2021 “May 28 - June 2” 2021 TCVA's Board of Directors met last week and we decided to postpone until May 2021. We have no confidence in the airline or hotel industry for 2020. Let's make it a safe and fun reunion as we have done in the past. Hotel Reservations If you have reservation with the Hyatt, please reach out to them and re-book for 2021. If you have reservation with the Fairfield Pax River, the GM has sent you an email regarding the change and has re-booked you for 2021. Thank you for understanding, see you in 2021!!! TACAMO Community Board of Directors, >>Vern Lochausen, President (Hall of Fame Inductee) >>Dennis "Coach" Warren, Vice Presi

TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Raymond "Ray" A. Gabay

1946-2020 May 20, 2020 After a hard-fought battle with an aggressive cancer, Raymond "Ray" A. Gabay, passed away peacefully at his home in Fincastle, Va., surrounded by his family on May 20, 2020, at the age of 74. Ray was born in Blue Island, Illinois on March 26, 1946. He was the son of Raymond Joseph Gabay and Evelyn Burmeister Gabay who predeceased him. Ray grew up in a large, loving family being the oldest of nine with four brothers and four sisters. Ray was a decorated United States Navy Veteran, dedicating over 28 years of honorable and distinguished service. He was a passionate and forward-thinking active member of the VFW, in Daleville, Va. and served as the Commander of th

TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Howard Terry Wininger

1944-2020 Howard Terry Wininger, age 76 of Phil Campbell, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at his residence. Terry proudly served in the Navy for 21 years.  He then was a technical writer for the civil service for 26 years, he was a hardware counter employee at Walmart for eight years, and for a few years, enjoyed being a red kettle volunteer for the Salvation Army.  He was kind, generous, and has always been a hard worker and a good provider.   He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.  Terry loved his family and he loved his co-workers at Walmart. A memorial service will be held at a later date by the family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Howard Win

2020 TACAMO Reunion Date

Due to the rapidly changing developments related to the coronavirus COVID-19 it became abundantly clear that for the health, safety and well-being of our membership and the community, we must make a decision on when to hold the 2020 TACAMO Reunion originally scheduled in September, 2020. TCVA is working closely with the staff of the Hyatt Regency Fairfax and Fairfield PAX River on dates to hold the reunion.  They have given us dates for November, 2020 and Memorial Day weekend 2021. If you plan on attending, please provide TCVA with your input. Go to and let us know. Thank you TACAMO COMMUNITY VETERANS ASSOCIATION Board of Directors

VQ-3 HERC to MERC Transition 1989-90

Skipper Mike Davidson brought the first operational MERC from Boeing and the next week was change of command, bringing Skipper Vern Lochausen in as CO. Hercs slowly started retiring and year later they were all gone and the line was full of MERCs. With over 700 Sailors and Boeing folks assigned at the highest point, it was truly an ALL HANDS ON DECK effort. The idea that a completely new aircraft model, logo, and way of operating warranted plankowner status for all those hands as contributing members of the new Ironman Squadron. The MCPON and senior commands were consulted and agreed. The Gedunk flourished and so funded the effort and CMC Carl Stillwagon (a surface warfare Master Chief) supe

Update: TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Phil Miller, 2018 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductee

February 5, 1949 - May 4, 2020 Phil Miller passed away on May 4, 2020 at the age of 71 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Phil was born on February 5, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Bob and Norma Miller who preceded him in death. Phil was baptized in May 1949 at Ruskin Heights Lutheran Church, and confirmed on June 2, 1963 at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Phil married Billie Marie Almes on August 21, 1971 and together they enjoyed 48 years of marriage. Phil is survived by his wife, Billie, son Jeff (and wife Erin), son John, and three grandchildren (Andy, Stephen, and Robin). He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Helen Almes, sister Vicki McGraw (and husband Bob), brother Dave M

TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Phil Miller, 2018 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductee

Message from Vern Lochausen It is with great sadness that I advise that today the community lost Phil Miller, founder of Long Wave Inc. My history with him is long and happy.  If you like the MAS trainers we have, those were Phil’s first big win, as a Rockwell-Collins engineer.  The APM-T, Gale Matthews caught me by phone as I was passing thru DFW and introduced me to Phil and his crazy idea of creating a trainer using aircraft components but not in aircraft racks.  That was maybe 1982 or so.  He left Collins and started his own company when I was post-command working at CNAF. As the Commodore, I was able to get VLF and HF propagation tools from his little company and some good techn

2020 TACAMO Reunion "Survey"

Survey ends midnight May 5th. TCVA would like your input regarding the 2020 TACAMO Reunion in November. Go to to answer 4 question to help us access the amount of attendees and your safety concerns.

TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Conn Berkshire, VQ-3

1965 - 2020 Conn L. Berkshire, 55, of Peru, passed away on Feb. 14, 2020 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He is survived by his children, Adrienne Berkshire, Nicholas Berkshire and Jesse Berkshire. No services are planned at this time. Message from Zeke Taney "Not sure why I didn't see this earlier, but I stumbled across this last night. I wasn't aware that Conn had passed. Conn and I were barracks roommates and friends at NAS Barbers Point in Hawaii. We played music together all the time, went to concerts, hung out on the beach.. He was one of my best friends back then. We went to see one of the most amazing Rush shows I can recall together. We pitched in together to buy the red '68 Do

TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Bruce Ernest Davidson, VQ-4

1942 - 2016 Bruce Ernest Davidson, Commander, United States Navy, (Retired), 73, of California, MD, died suddenly at his home on November 2, 2016. Born on Dec. 7, 1942, in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Alfred Bolden Davidson and Charlotte Anderson Davidson. Bruce graduated from the United States Naval Academy in the Class of 1965. After graduation, Bruce served as a naval aviator flying P-3s out of Moffett Field in California and later 130 aircraft at VQ-4 at Pax River. He also served in Vietnam and aboard the USS Constellation. He earned a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California in 1972 while stationed in San Diego, CA. Bruce proudly served in the United States Navy until

TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Luther Bryant, VQ-3

1936 - April 17, 2020 Luther Bryant died April 17, 2020 at home surrounded by those he loved. Preceded in death by his parents and older brother he is survived by his wife Mary Lee, sister Nell Rudd, niece, nephews, and cousins, his caregivers and extended family Delvinia, Kesha, Anna, Dee-Dee and his devoted Oskar and Maxx. After leaving the Navy he joined Collins Radio aka Rockwell Collins in 1962 and retired in 1996. Former member of Lakewood Country Club and Park Cities Club he loved cruising on smaller ships and splitting his time between Dallas and his weekend retreats Holly Lake Ranch and later Crystal Sands Estates on Lake Hawkins. Visitation will be held at Restland Funeral Home Apr

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