Wednesday, January 17, 2007

This is the TAO speaking...Brace for impact...HUNTERS DISESTABLISHING!!

The squadron that I am leaving to work in Iraq is VFA-201..The "HUNTERS". The Hunters are based at NAS Fort Worth JRB, TX. They are a Navy Reserve Squadron with a few active duty members (Me being one). The squadron's primary role is Adversary support for the fleet and fleet training. VFA-201 has had one hell of a history...from operating the F-4 Phantom, F-14 Tomcat and now, the F/A-18 Hornet. They are by far the best squadron in the Navy Reserve Force, if not the entire Navy. In fact in 2003, the squadron became the first reserve squadron to be mobilized and deploy since The Korean War. That is no small feat. They were instrumental in the initial attacks in Iraq at the start of the war. They quickly became the Airwing's "go-to-guys". The accolades from Washington on down were overflowing. Well, just last year, the squadron was informed that it was being disestablished....WTF!!! Go ahead, ask me why. The answer: I have no clue...I'm not sure anyone really does. The "higher ups" made a decision and we received our marching orders. The squadron will cease to exist on paper and inventory by this summer. Unbelievable really!

Well, the inevitable is at hand. How are we gonna react to this?? A giant Friggin party...that's how!! This spring the VFA-201 Hunters will host a Disestablishment Party/Ceremony/take over the Navy fling. That last part is just wishful thinking.

The point to all this is that I plan on posting as much information about the ceremonies as possible. This includes an invitation to all former Hunters for the festivities. Once the information comes in and the situation is finalized, I will post contact info, dates, times and event schedules. Hopefully I will have some links as well to other pertinent info, such as hotels, gun shops, liquor know all the necessities.

For those of you whom this disestablishment upsets can contact your local congressman or senator about this issue. Since I'm an active duty military member, I can't make statements like the previous I let my 14 year old daughter write that one. Yeah!!! Right!!! What are they gonna do....send me to Iraq?!?!

1 comment:

obgirl042 said...

Glad to see your sense of humor is still in's good to read another Navy blogger. God bless and thank you for your service!