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TCVA Vice President - Elect

TACAMO Community Veterans Association is pleased to announce Dennis “Coach” Warren as the vice president-elect. Coach will be replacing Jim Gallagher upon Jim's retirement at the Charleston reunion in November. Read more about Jim's departure by clicking on this text.

Coach retired as a Captain and former CO of VQ-7. A pilot of many Navy aircraft, but the E-6 is his favorite. Currently, he's a pilot for Southwest Airlines and a member of the Commemorative Air Force. His lovely bride, Cheri adds a wonderful dimension to our team.

In his new role with TACAMO Community Veterans Association, Coach will continue to serve as TCVA’s director of historic preservation. He is presently involved with getting BuNo 151891 (past Blue Angel plane Fat Albert) recognized as a TACAMO aircraft at the National Naval Aviation Museum with a display inside the museum and under the wing of BuNo 151891.


Director of Historic Preservation - Dennis "Coach" Warren

Captain Dennis J. Warren, USN (Ret) Captain Dennis “Coach” Warren, a native of Kenosha, WI, graduated from Tremper High school in 1980 and Gateway Technical College in 1986. He enlisted in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program and graduated from AOCS in January 1988. He entered Primary flight training in Pensacola, Florida in March 1988 and was concurrently commissioned an ensign and winged in Beeville, TX in November 1989, and selected to fly the S-3A Viking. Captain Warren reported to VS 41 in San Diego, CA for S-3A anti-submarine warfare training. In 1991, he transferred overseas to VRC 50, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, flying the US-3A, completing multiple detachments in support of six deployed carriers throughout the Western Pacific Theater. Due to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and the closure of Cubi Point, VRC 50 changed homeport to Anderson AFB, Guam in 1992. Upon transition to the ES-3A Shadow in 1993, Captain Warren reported to VQ 6 in Jacksonville, FL. He deployed with DET Delta in the Mediterranean/Persian Gulf in 1995 with CVW 8 and 1996/97 with CVW3 onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). There he flew reconnaissance missions over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq during DENY FLIGHT, SOUTHERN WATCH, DELIBERATE GUARD, and DELIBERATE FORCE. And earned his B.S. in Aeronautics at ERAU. In July 1997, Captain Warren returned to South Texas to train advanced jet pilots in the T-45A Goshawk in VT 21. Due to the decommissioning of the ES-3A squadrons, he transitioned to the E-6 Mercury. In March 1999, Captain Warren reported to NTSU at Tinker AFB, OK, for E-6 training, joining VQ 4 in August 1999 deploying throughout the U.S. and Europe. In addition, he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Command and Staff War College. In 2001, he transferred to VQ 3 serving as the Safety/NATOPS Department Head earning the CNO Safety “S” Award in 2001, and served as the Maintenance Department Head. In November 2003, he reported to the Navy Personnel Command as the VQ Community Detailer, fleeting up to VQ/VT (Maritime) Placement Officer and SEA/SHORE Coordinator. Concurrently, he graduated from ERAU with MS in Aerospace Operations and Aerospace Management. Captain Warren assumed duties as Executive Officer of the VQ 7 Roughnecks on 8 June 2006 and assumed Command as “Roughneck One” on 12 June 2007. He qualified as E-6B and Boeing 737NG Instructor/Check Pilot. While commanding VQ 7, he flew communications missions over Iraq during IRAQI FREEDOM and brought in the Level D E-6B Flight Simulator and E-6B Weapons System trainer. VQ 7 earned the Commander THEODORE G. ELLYSON Aviator Production Excellence Award for 2007 and the CNO Safety “S” Award for 2007. Recipient of the 2007 Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award. In August 2008, Captain Warren assumed the duties of Navigator on USS John C. Stennis, CVN 74. He completed a six month 2009 WESTPAC deployment. Navigation Department earned the “Navigation White Ship’s Wheel” COMNAVAIRFOR Battle Efficiency Award for two years in a row for navigation excellence. In addition, Captain Warren was recipient of the 2009 USS John C Stennis “Straight Furrow” Leadership Award, from the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership. In August 2010, Captain Warren reported onboard USSTRATCOM in the J8 Directorate in the following positions: J863, as Chief, National and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Capabilities branch; May 2011, J85A Deputy Division Chief, Missile Defense and Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction; April 2012, J84 Division Chief, Global ISR and Space Capabilities. In January 2013, he transferred to the J3 Directorate, as CDR USSTRATCOMs direct representative to our nation’s senior leaders as Battle Watch Commander in the Global Operations Center. Concurrently, he graduated from the Navy’s Post Graduate School with a Masters Certificate in Space Systems. Captain Warren’s awards include Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Air Medal (Flight/Strike) (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) as well as numerous campaign and unit awards. He has flown over 5000 flight hours in 19 different aircraft, NATOPS evaluator in five different aircraft, and has accumulated 389 arrested landings on 10 aircraft carriers. Captain Warren married his wife Chéri in 1989 and they have three children Tara, Alec and Madeleine.

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