HAL/HCS News on Alumni
April 17, 2018 at 12:23 pm #295April 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm #297
In Charleston, SC at the Enlisted Combat Roll of Honor Ceremony aboard the USS Yorktown, three HCS aircrewman are being inducted. Waylon Carlson, Paul Picotte, and Troy Palmer are being recognized for their courage and selfless service while engaged in combat operations in the Iraq theater. I believe I speak for all of us when I offer my congratulations and recognition of their extended service to the nation.July 7, 2018 at 8:09 am #322
From: Doug Schoen
I retired last month and am moving to Switzerland for a new job. If anyone on this distro is ever on a Euro vacation and wants to get to the Geneva area, let me know. We have room for guests. Mike Mansfield and I are also going to start a Swiss alumni chapter.
All the best,
DougJuly 20, 2018 at 7:53 am #324
From: CDR Mike Brattland, USN (Ret.)
LCDR Chris Thomas USN (Ret), HA(L)-3 1969-70 passed away on Friday evening, 11 May 2018, in a hospital near Blue Bell, PA., after a brief illness.
Raised in Cudahy, Wisconsin, Chris would go on to become a Naval Aviator after graduating from the United States Naval Academy Class of 1960. He served our country in Vietnam earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses with Combat V, a Bronze Star with Combat V, 19 Combat Air Medals with Combat V and the Purple Heart. He retired after 20 years of distinguished service. Being a Naval Aviator was, “…the best job [he] ever had.”
Chris was a creative man who did not tolerate ignorance and pursued learning in all corners. Growing up, his favorite place was the library. Known for his colorful language and incredible vocabulary, he was never without a book. Whenever we needed to know something, we turned to him. He always dispensed learning with generosity and often a touch of sarcasm.
He was a talented aviator who worked hard at his craft. He flew helicopter gunships in Vietnam and flew off numerous aircraft carriers including the first Around the World Cruise on the USS Enterprise CVN-65. As evidence of his ability, he was the first helicopter pilot to complete a full auto-rotation onto a carrier deck at night. However, he was also a modest man and few people knew this about him.
He enjoyed spending time with family, working on his house or his car, or helping his kids with their various projects. These activities gave him a peaceful, easy feeling. His only regret was not achieving his dream of owning a shrubbery with not one or two but three shrubberies, creating a terraced effect, with a path down the middle. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, and three children, Chris Jr. of San Diego, Rebecca Thomas Audet and husband Rejean of New Castle, NH, and Michael Patrick McLaughlin and wife Stephanie of Manassas, VA; his four grandchildren Claire and Teddy of New Castle and Fiona and Maeve of Manassas; his brothers Bill of Madison, Wis., Gary of Milwaukee, Wis., and his sister Pat of Anchorage, AK. Chris was predeceased by his father, Raymond, stepmother, Penny, and his mother Polly Findley.
A memorial service will be held at the Naval Academy Columbarium on 14 August 2018 at 1400. In lieu of flowers, Chris would have loved it if you would hug your kids, eat some Skittles, or make a donation to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund or Angel Flight East.
CDR Mike Brattland, USN (Ret.)
Signal Charlie, NHANovember 13, 2018 at 8:35 am #336
From: Sean Butcher
This is the first of two emails. This first email regards the horrific mass shooting at Thousand Oaks, CA last week. I wanted to give it full attention on this first email.
First off, some sad news to pass regarding the recent shooting in California. I have cut and pasted a message from the Navy Special Warfare Commander (NAVSPECWARCOM) RADM Colin Green addressing this tragic news. Some of you have worked with Captain Roger Meeks, a Navy SEAL Captain who was planning to retire this month after 30 years of service to the nation. Both of his adult children were working at the bar that was targeted by the lone gunman. His daughter escaped with no physical harm but his son, Justin, was one of the 12 victims. We ask that you keep the Meeks family in your prayers as they grapple with an unimaginable tragedy.
Will pass more info if we receive something regarding a memorial service or contributions.
NSW Force and Families,
Today we are devastated to learn that one of the lives tragically lost last night in Thousand Oaks, CA, was Justin Meek, son of our teammate, CAPT Roger Meek. It’s been said Justin was heroically shielding and helping others to escape the Borderline Bar and Grill. Of this we have no doubt.
There are no words that can truly comfort the Meek family at this time. They continue to have the love and support of our NSW community, some of you who have travelled to San Diego for what should have been a joyful weekend recognizing Roger’s almost 40 years of service.
Our hope is that Roger, Laura Lynn, their daughter, Victoria Rose, and all those who loved Justin, will eventually find healing in knowing that this young, brave man passed away while making the ultimate sacrifice for others. There is no higher purpose.
Please keep the Meek family in your thoughts and prayers.
Collin and Alyssa
RADM Collin Green
Commander, Naval Special Warfare CommandDecember 12, 2018 at 9:33 am #347
From: Sean Butcher
Tom Dougherty would like to nominate Marc Orgain, HCS-4 alumni and former Maritime Support Wing (MSW) Commodore for recognition for his longtime commitment to the community and Navy over a 25+ year career. Marc is not on this distro so feel free to respond using this email.
Marc was part of the initial cadre of Redwolves to deploy to Iraq in 2003 in support of Joint Special Operations and later deployed as the Officer in Charge of the HCS-4 four ship detachment attached to SOCCENT. Although Marc had to leave the community for several tours, he returned during a critical time for the community as the MSW Commodore. The MSW was the ADCON for Navy reserve helicopters and P-3 squadrons. The US Navy made the decision to dis-establish both Navy SOF squadrons (HSC-84 and 85) and had written them off beginning in 2015.
An ugly chapter as well, Marc went head to head with the active component wing commodores to ensure proper representation of the HCS community with discussions at Naval Air Forces and Echelon I and II commands as well. Let’s just say that a false and inaccurate narrative was being presented by many in the active component leadership and Marc took great risk to make sure that not only was he offered a chop on all briefs going up to leadership but that reserve leadership was included as well. Marc’s perseverance and leadership had a great effect in helping ensure HSC-85 survived the community’s darkest hour. What is not known by many, is that Marc went to battle against Officers he considered friends, people whom he had a 20+ year relationship.
We know that Marc does not want much in the form of recognition but the thought is that we present him a personalized knife. The cost of this is relatively small, $80-$100 so I request all those in favor please respond to the folks in the cc line. No need to respond in the negative. If we have a quorum, we will move ahead to purchase the knife and prepare it for February. Based on the number of yeas, will then reach for a small donation to pay for the gift.
Thanks again gents,
ButchOctober 26, 2019 at 8:47 am #420
Fall update for you regarding a variety of topics that will need your attention and input.
To start off, a few milestones to touch on regarding some members:
CAPT Mike Steffen, recently pinned on his first star in Norfolk, VA. Mike has served many years in both HCS-4 and HCS-5 and was Commanding Officer of HSM-60 in Jacksonville. He recently served as the EA for the Chief of Navy Reserve, VADM Luke McCollum. This is the third member of our organization that has achieved Flag rank in the last decade. Well Done Mike.
Speaking of the HCS Flags, RADM Russ Allen, former HCS-5 CO will be retiring soon. Once I get some details, will certainly share but want to thank RADM Allen for all of his support through the years and congratulations to a most impressive career.
Senior Chief Logan Warner retired October 4th as an HSC-85 Firehawk in San Diego. Warner is one of the most decorated crewman in the HCS/84-85 community and that says a lot concerning the company he is in. Enshrined in the Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor on the USS Yorktown, congratulations Logan on an amazing career and best of luck on the next chapter.
Running a little late but hoping there is enough interest to have another social event this coming winter where we can enjoy each other’s company once again. These events seem to get bigger each year and I for one certainly look forward to it.
Would there be some interest to have this affair in another location, somewhere in the mid-Atlantic again? Perhaps Washington DC, Richmond, Williamsburg or Norfolk/ Virginia Beach? Will send out an email this coming week to iron out dates and location.
Please pass to the folks in the cc line your primary and secondary preference for location.
Perhaps late February or March would be amenable…………….
Please pass to the folks in the cc line your primary and secondary wish for weekend
Chris Sillman is working on an electronic survey questionnaire that will go out to all of you to help us shape where we want to go with this organization. Is a social dinner club enough or is there a desire for a more structured organization?
Our website is up and running, firewolf-association.org
Please take a look, this is first edition and will only improve with input.
We are in need of any members who have experience in building/ maintaining a website and managing social media;
please contact me directly and I can fill you in on where we are and what we need.
This website was originally built to support the legislative pillar of this organization to lobby and support the squadrons on Capitol Hill.
THE US Navy, once again, is planning on shuttering HSC-85 in 2021. We will be asking for your help starting soon to support our lobbying effort as we engage with key members of congress and their staffs to help save the only remaining Navy squadron dedicated to NSW/SOF support.
To help spread the word, we would be interested in meeting and interviewing with journalists and publications that might find this topic interesting and would like more information on the topic. We are ready to engage.
Thanks for your time and attention, standby for more info.
In short order…. Due outs for you guys:
1- Primary and Secondary location for winter social.
2- Primary and Secondary date for winter social.
3- Volunteers to help run our website/ social media
3- Please complete survey when delivered.
cell: (757) 576-6417
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