5th Company, U.S. Naval Academy Class of ’82
Bates, Andre Yannick
Buss, Stephen Lloyd
Delvalle, Bryan Keith
Depetris, Steven John
Ferrell, Theodore Jerome
Hackett, Edward Gerard – – (Company e-mail representative) Joe DiRenzo E-mail 03/16/99: Just two weeks ago, while embarked on CONSTELLATION, Joe ran into Ed Hackett who is flying F/A-18s for the Corps.
Harter, Edward Warren
Iborg, Steven Jeffrey
Klunder, Matthew Lewis
Moore, Robert Lynn, Jr.
Mosier, Louis Scott–5/12/12–I graduated with my BS degree (English major) and, after a few months working NROTC Recruiting in the SF Bay Area, went to Pensacola for flight training. I earned my pilot wings in April 1984 and completed Fleet Replacement Squadron training in P-3Cs at VP-30 in Moffett Field (Sunnyvale), CA.
I served my first squadron tour in Patrol Squadron Fifty at Moffett Field, where I was designated a patrol plane commander (PPC) and mission commander (MC) and led my aircrew through two Indian Ocean/Middle East deployments out of Diego Garcia. The second deployment involved numerous sorties in support of Operation Earnest Will, escorting reflagged Kuwaiti tankers during the Iran-Iraq War. Although Diego Garcia wasn’t such a bad place–palm trees and white sand beaches along a deep blue lagoon filled with colorful reef fish (and the occasional hammerhead and white tip reef shark)–it was small and isolated, thus it was nice to get away for detachments. Some locations were exotic and exciting, e.g. Thailand, Sri Lanka and Oman, while other sites weren’t so great, like Mogadishu (Somalia) and Djibouti.
I next attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where I graduated with distinction and earned an MS in Applied Science (Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Systems Technology major) in September 1990. For being the top ranked graduate in my curriculum, I received the Chief of Naval Operation’s Award for ASW Excellence. Following graduation, I was assigned to the ASW Operations Center in Adak, Alaska (2/3 of the way out the Aleutian Island chain), where I served as Task Group Operations Officer. At Adak I planned and executed ASW operations against patrolling Soviet submarines, as well as naval operational exercises, experiments and sea trials, and was designated a Proven Sub-specialist in ASW (4044Q/R). Adak was an isolated location but offered great outdoor recreation (hunting for ptarmigan and caribou, fishing for salmon and halibut, hiking and birdwatching, etc) as well as being an exciting place from which to track the Russkies. After a brief stint serving as Fleet Services Officer for Patrol Wing Ten at Moffett Field, I completed P-3 refresher training and was assigned to Patrol Squadron Nine at Barbers Point, Hawaii. There I led my aircrew through a deployment out of Diego Garcia in support of Operations Southern Watch (Persian Gulf) and Restore Hope (Somalia). I served as Admin Officer, Training Officer, and Detachment Officer-in-Charge.
I was next assigned to Naval Air Station, Barbers Point where I served initially as Weapons Officer and then Air Operations Officer. When the Naval Air Station was selected for base closure, I helped transfer the operational forces (P-3s, SH-60 helicopters, etc.) to Marine Corps Base, Hawaii, decommission the Air Station, and turn over the Barbers Point airfield to the State of Hawaii as an operating civilian airfield. My ohana (family) and I loved the laid-back Hawaiian lifestyle and felt like kama’aina (natives), but after six straight years on Oahu–living in paradise–the Navy decided I needed a change of climate and sent me to Iceland. In Iceland I served on the staff of Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik, as Communications Systems Officer, Mission Control and Evaluations Officer, and Tactics Officer, where I controlled and analyzed real-world air ASW prosecutions and numerous NATO exercises/ experiments. My family and I actually loved Iceland. It was a wonderful place to live–despite the dark winters–with beautiful glaciers and waterfalls, fresh air and deep blue ocean, and lots of daylight in the summer. (Also the best fish and lamb I’ve ever eaten.) We also took advantage of the relatively cheap flights into the rest of Europe; visiting Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Austria, Spain, Denmark and the Czech Republic during our 3 year stay in Iceland.
I retired from active duty as a naval aviator upon completing my tour in Iceland in May 2002. Following my “retirement” from the Navy, I joined Purvis Systems, Inc., as a defense contractor and served for two years in the US Navy Surface Warfare Development Group’s SHAREM program as Air ASW Analyst. I participated in 5 SHAREM and three other major ASW exercises/ experiments, travelling to such places as Korea, Japan, Iceland (again!), Guam and Italy, and was Team Leader for the post-exercise reconstruction and analysis of SHAREM 146.
I then joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), working in the Joint Experimentation, Exercises and Assessment division of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation. I served as NATO lead analyst in Effects-Based Operations for Multinational Experiment 4 (which sent me for 5 weeks to Istanbul, Turkey) and its numerous limited objective experiments (which included trips to Canada, England and Germany). In April, 2006,
I rejoined the US Navy in the ASW field, this time as a civilian in the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, Detachment Norfolk, where I serve as a specialist in operational-level ASW doctrine and integrated tactics. In 2008 I earned, as a civilian, my diploma from the College of Naval Command and Staff. In 2010, my efforts as an ASW Doctrine Developer were acknowledged with my receipt of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service award.
I am married to the former Patricia Kelly and have two children, Daniel (22) and Leslie (19). Patty (a Cal State Hayward grad) and I got married in Hayward in 1987. My son Danny was born in Monterey, CA, while I was at postgrad school. My daughter Leslie was born in Adak, Alaska. [My daughter can say that for the first ten years of her life, she lived on remote volcanic islands.] We now live in Chesapeake, Virginia, which is near Norfolk and Virginia Beach. My wife teaches first grade at a local elementary school and is nearing completion on her certification for teaching English as a second language. My son graduated in 2012 from the College of William & Mary with his BA, double majoring in English and Anthropology. He was the news editor for the university’s journal and worked one summer on an archaeological excavation in Colonial Williamsburg. My daughter finished her sophomore year at Belmont University in Nashville, where she is majoring in Music Business and participating in sorority life with Kappa Alpha Theta. She’s also a budding singer/songwriter who released an EP in March 2010 and a full-length album in May 2011 (catch her music on iTunes).
Outside of work, I have kept busy being a Dad; I was a Cub and Boy Scout leader (my son is an Eagle Scout), a Marching Band Head Chaperone (my kids’ high school had one of the top marching bands in Virginia), have helped at the schools, took kids to various events and lessons, etc. Now, as an empty-nester, I’m looking forward to more personal pursuits as well as spending more time with my wife. I enjoy travel (having visited 33 countries), reading (especially military and Civil War history) and the occasional ale or single malt.
Reed, Eric Paul
Reese, Everett French
Rennie, Michael Alan
Righter, James Rayman, Jr.– – 8/12/05 I left COMINEWARCOM in September 2004 and reported to NSTC Officer Development as the NROTC Nuclear Programs Manager. I was relieved August 10th and will be staying in Pensacola doing projects for the Division while on LIMDU. Barbara (Nester) Righter (27th) is here playing chauffer to the kids.
After completing Nuclear Power School and the Submarine Officer Basic Course, his first submarine assignment was on board USS QUEENFISH (SSN 651) where he served in various Division Officer billets and as the Combat Systems Officer until August 1987. During his tour, QUEENFISH completed a Western Pacific Deployment and was awarded the Submarine Squadron One Battle Efficiency “E” and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Captain Righter’s next assignment was to the Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific as an instructor for Tactics, Tomahawk Employment, and the CCS-MKI Fire Control System.
In May 1990, Captain Righter was assigned as Engineer Officer on USS CAVALLA (SSN 684), serving until May 1993. During this tour he completed a second deployment to the Western Pacific. His next assignment was to the staff of the U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska, where he worked in the Emergency Actions Procedures Branch until August, 1995.
In October 1995, Captain Righter reported as Executive Officer on USS MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL (SSN-708). During this tour, the ship completed two independent submarine operations to the North Atlantic and was awarded the Squadron Six Battle Efficiency “E” and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
From November of 1997 until September 1999, Captain Righter served as the Force Nuclear Power Officer for the Atlantic Submarine Force.
Captain Righter commanded USS NORFOLK (SSN-714) from June 2000 until August 2002. Under his command the ship completed a Mediterranean Deployment and conducted the first nuclear powered ship visit to Koper, Slovenia.
Captain Righter is currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Expeditionary Warfare for Commander Mine Warfare Command.
Captain Righter is entitled to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal.
He is married to LCDR (ret) Barbara (Nester) Righter of Severna Park, Maryland. They and their two children, Brenda and Stephen, reside in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Sansone, Rodman Dwight
Watkins, Timothy Lane
Yamashita, Craig Tsuneo