15th Company, U.S. Naval Academy Class of ’82
Canoll, Timothy Garwood.
Cheniae, Michael George
Colasito, James Glen
Hord, Eldridge III
Kenna, John J.
Madden, Joseph Patrick, Jr.
McDonnell, John P. Jr.
Moran, Terrence Blair
Palmer, David Keith
Reno, Pactrick Andrew
Somnitz, Stephen J. – – 12/5/03–My wife, Kathy, and I celebrated our 14th anniversary 11/11/03 and we have two boys: Nathan (5) and Christopher (3). On the day before Thanksgiving (11/26/03), I had my ticket punched for Reserve retirement with 20+ “good” years. A few years back I missed getting retirement credit for one year, so it took me 21 years to become eligible! I am now a Senior Buyer in North American Procurement for Symantec Corp. (www.symantec.com) in Springfield, Oregon. We’ve lived in Eugene, Oregon for almost 5 years this time around, after a 3-year stint in the early-90’s while I got my MBA at the Univ. of Oregon. We are also very active in Worldwide Marriage Encounter (www.wwme.org) in our local area as well as the Northwest region. And, I am a Blue & Gold Officer, keeping an eye on the quality of the USNA candidates applying from the Eugene area.
Spear, John Gerard—8/11/07–Living in Virginia Beach with Mary (married 24 years) and two children, Sarah 21, and John T. 19, both of whom are in college. Day job working as 757/767 First Officer (Co-Pilot) for Delta Air Lines (now 10 years) and other job as Navy Reserve Captain with Commander, Strike Forces Training Atlantic 0486 in Norfolk, VA.
Enjoying life, but have few breaks with demands of both jobs. Most likely will attend 25th Reunion. Looking forward to seeing 15th company gang and many others who have been friends throughout the years afloat and ashore!!
Vergelli, John Carl
Wilhelm, Kevin Thomas—5/12/02–Commander Kevin Wilhelm, born in Brooklyn, NY, received his commission through the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Following designation as a Naval Flight Officer, Commander Wilhelm reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Four (VQ-4) in Patuxent River, MD, flying as an Airborne Communications Officer and Mission Commander in EC-130G/Q aircraft. At the completion of his tour in VQ-4, Commander Wilhelm remained at NAS Patuxent River where he attended the United States Naval Test Pilot School. Following graduation in 1987, he served as the E-6A and High Power Transmit Set (HPTS) Developmental Test Project Officer at Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate.
Commander Wilhelm was selected as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) in 1991 while attending the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Later that year, Commander Wilhelm attended the Program Manager’s Course at the Defense Systems Management College. Commander Wilhelm then reported to Program Executive Office, Air ASW, Assault, and Special Mission Functions (PEO(A)) (PMA271), where he held the position of Deputy Program Manager for the HPTS Program from 1991 to 1994.
In Oct 1994, Commander Wilhelm returned to NAS Patuxent River, MD and reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1). He served as both the Department Head for Special Missions Aircraft/Systems and as the Evaluation Director in charge of operational test and evaluation for Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR). Accepting orders back to PEO(A) in Jun 1997, Commander Wilhelm took on the responsibility for the T-45C Digital Cockpit modification as the Deputy and Integrated Program Team Lead for T-45 Avionics.
Commander Wilhelm served as the Executive Assistant and Deputy for Acquisition and Operations on the AIR 1.0 Staff for one year prior to beginning his current assignment in Nov 1999 as Deputy Program Manager, Training Systems, for the Joint Strike Fighter and R&D Programs in PMA205.
His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation (Bronze Star in lieu of second award), Navy “E” Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and Expert Pistol Shot Medal.
Commander Wilhelm is married to the former Kim Komisarcik of Reston, VA. They reside in Leonardtown, MD with their four children; Andrew, Michael, Robert, and Jeffrey.
Wilson, Andrew Hamilton – – (Company e-mail representative) 4/16/02: Been living in Coronado for about 10 years ever since I left active duty. Had been in a Reserve P-3 squadron based out of Point Mugu for a number of years, and am now on Active Duty at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command here in San Diego. First worked as a Contractor, and am now on recall and ADSW with the Navy here working systems acquistion. Just recently got engaged, and will be married in October