FlashBack Friday: Naval Aviation Observer Wings

This goes waaaay back, folks. Many of you have asked what exactly I did while I was in the Navy. Remember, it was in the last century and I was um, not as “seasoned.” I like that. Yes, I’m getting spicier as the years fly by!

Anyhow, I dug up this report of when I earned Naval Aviation Observer Wings. When I found it I had to giggle as I remembered my squadron mates putting stickies on the original hard-print of this article. “Nice make-up job, Krotow” was one of them. The photos were done for the news release, not during an actual mission when I would not have bothered with makeup and been more worried about the mission than what I looked like. In reality it’s the aircrew that earned me my wings–the patient Senior Chief who held my head in the garbage can while I puked during a rocky flight over the Bermuda Triangle during a storm, the dedicated weapons and radar experts who made sure I didn’t pull on the wrong circuit breaker during drills. The full story is on pages 18-19 of Naval Aviation News from May-June 1990.

Naval Aviation News May-June 1990

Have you ever found an old clipping, photo, or story from your past that makes you believe you lived a different life back then?

4 Comments on “FlashBack Friday: Naval Aviation Observer Wings

  1. You were an integral part of our VP-5 Mad Fox ASW team. Great memories from JMOTS in Macrahanish!

  2. Very impressive, Geri, and nice comment – and kudos – above. I enjoyed zipping through the article – AND the issue of Naval Aviation. Thank you for your service.

    P.S. As to serving in another century, I resemble that remark 🙂

  3. Lou, thanks. That was a special time we had in Scotland. We were all so young yet so ready to fight the Cold War! Heather, you know I took that line from you, about the last century. We’re antiques, I mean, really special! Suzie, thanks. It didn’t feel so cute at the time but I”m so grateful I got to serve our country in uniform. Something to tell the grandkids…

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