Our second reunion is now less than one month away! This newsletter will
focus exclusively on this event! The reunion will be held June 12-15, 2003
in San Diego. Many
registrations have already come in and we should have a great event. Though
registrations were to be in by May 12, 2003, there is still time if you
hurry!!! Do not take a chance that you'll miss the opportunity to attend the
reunion and be with your friends! Get
your registration in now!
the whole event, USS England hats will make us stand out! MilitaryGifts.com
has great hats! You'll need this, order now and ask them to rush!
preparations are now underway. This is going to be a fun reunion and our
chance to plan for the future! For those who will be at the Friday night
Western BBQ, please pack your Western Wear! You want to look the
big event of the reunion is the banquet on Saturday evening. Coats and
ties are suggested for this more formal affair and for those still in
uniform, please put on your best! We have great speakers and this will the
the event everyone attends, so you'll be able to find your shipmates here!
also sign in as On
Line Crew so we can keep you up to date!
SPEAKERS FOR 2003
We have a great line up of speakers for this years reunion. I want to thank
each of them for participating and assisting with this event.
At both of our reunions thus far we’ve been honored to have the
people who’ve stepped up and assisted as speakers or to bring flags and
ensure our protocols we correct. We
continue to get great participation in this area.
Hugh L. Webster, USN
A graduate of the Naval Academy class of 1955 and member of the football
team there, COMMANDING OFFICER USS SOMERS (DD-947), 11 Apr 69 - 19 Dec 70,
RADM Webster's father was Engineering officer on USS Somers, DD-301 from
1928-1929.) U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND, Director for Logistics
29 Dec 86-10 Feb 89 and many, many other posts during is long career.
He currently serves on the boards of numerous number of organizations and
lives in San Diego with his wife Peggy.
He spoke eloquently at the 2001 reunion and is a major supporter of
(ret) Peter J. Gaskin
Captain Gaskin served on numerous ships during his career and served on
board USS ENGLAND (CG 22) for three tours as OPS, XO, and CO.
In Vietnam, Captain Gaskin was Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese River
Patrol (PBR) Division 62 and the Advance Tactical Support Base at Phouc
Xuyen. Ashore, Captain Gaskin
served in Washington as a Financial Manager in BUPERS Officer Distribution
Branch (PERS 4) and in the office of Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
Captain Gaskin lives in San Diego with his wife Marilyn. He spoke at our
last reunion and will undoubtedly be a great addition this year,
MICHAEL R. FIERRO
Commander Mike Fierro is a new speaker for this year so his full bio is
included here. Commander Mike
Fierro is a native of Port Chester, New York and a 1982 graduate of the
United States Naval Academy. His
initial assignment was in USS TOWERS (DDG 9), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan,
where he served as Boilers Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Gunnery
Officer from March 1983 through November 1985.
In December 1985, he reported to the Pacific Fleet Propulsion
Examining Board as a Steam Examiner and served there until October 1988 when
he attended Department Head School in Newport, Rhode Island.
His Department Head tours were as Engineer Officer in USS WHITE
PLAINS (AFS 4), homeported in Guam, from June 1989 to December 1990,
including deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield, and Engineer
Officer in USS ENGLAND (CG 22), homeported in San Diego, from December 1990
to October 1992. From November
1994 through February 1996, he served as Executive Officer in USS O’BRIEN
(DD 975), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, deploying to the Arabian Gulf in
support of Maritime Interception and Strike Operations.
Taking command of USS KINKAID (DD 965) in January 2000, he deployed
to the Arabian Gulf with the CONSTELLATION Battle Group in March 2001
performing Maritime Interception Operations and contingency strike
operations. Upon being relieved
in August 2001, he reported to Commander, Carrier Group Seven, JOHN C
STENNIS Battle Group, as the Surface Operations Officer, deploying to the
North Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
he served as an Instructor and Course Coordinator in the Engineering
Department at Surface Warfare Officers School Command in Newport, RI and in
the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Surface Distribution Division as both a
Placement Officer and Detailer. He
is currently serving as the Surface Warfare Syndicate Lead at Tactical
Training Group, Pacific.
attended the Naval War College in Newport in March 1996 and was awarded a
Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
is married to Commander Cynthia M. Thebaud who is currently commanding USS
DECATUR (DDG 73).
George P. Evans (USN, Ret.)
his career as an FT striker on board USS Harry E. Hubbard (DD-748) and after
numerous other ships he Gunner Evans attended Warrant Officers' Orientation
School (Charm School) at Newport, RI and was assigned to the
Pre-Commissioning Detail for USS Harry E. Yarnell (DLG/CG-24).
He served in USS England as Assistant Fire Control Officer and Fire
Control Officer from 1977 until 1983. He retired from active duty 01 FEB
1983. From 1983 until 1992, he worked for RCA/General Electric as
an AEGIS Combat Systems Instructor. George
and his wife, Demetra F. Collier of Toledo, OH were married in 1966.
They live in Cherry Hill, NJ, near Philadelphia, PA.
They have one son, Richard, who is an E-6 on active duty in the US
Army George works for TRW as a Computer Consultant specializing in Unix and
NT/Windows Systems. Gunner spoke at our last reunion also and was defiantly
entertaining and informative.
We’ve been a little slow getting our reunion registrations in. in theory
they were to be in by May 12, 2003. I know many of you missed that date. To
be honest I did also. In 2001
we had many, many late registration. I know there are a lot of you who’ve
not registered this year and I cannot stress enough the importance of doing
so immediately. The following names are officially registered as of this
writing: Lonny Abbott,
Pamela Ammerman, Otto Berg, David Bond, Phillip Michael Bowers, Robert
Briggs, Marty Carson, Earl
Copeland, Takashi Curda, John Davidson, Dave Davis, Richard Deisher, Wren
Goodwine, James Goudreau, Tom Gray, Scott Groll, Richard Harrison, Jeff
Hatcliff, Ronald Hazlewood, Joseph Heller, Dan Hoolihan, Edward Hubbard,
Mary Hubble, Stephen Joyce, Harold Keith, Darrel Keller, Toby Kessler, Louis
Kleis, Stephen Leene, Tommy Moala, Allan Morgan, Harry Nelson, Gerald Nowlin,
Dennis O'Brien, Lee Packer,
Theodore Rainey, Raymond Smid, Joe Speer, Ashby Thompson, David True,
Gilbert Usher, Hugh Webster, Charles Wenig, David Whalen, John Yancy.
you have sent in your registration packet and do not see your name listed
above, call 828-256-6008
and square things away. Keep in mind that this newsletter was posted May 26,
there are many people that have strongly indicated they are coming but they’re
not listed above. you folks must get your reservation packet in immediately.
registration is in Portable Document Format (PDF). To view, download a
copy of Adobe
By Paul Celli
crewmembers who were aboard the ENGLAND for IRAQ PAC 90 from 02 AUG 90 to 03
NOV 90 are eligible to wear the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait). The reason
why the medal does not and will not appear for the ENGLAND, is the CNO
accepted it in 1995 and the ENGLAND was decommissioned in 1994. I have
proven this to our Administration and they agree.
The instruction is SECNAVINST
1650.1G and the pertinent section is on page 17 (http://neds.nebt.daps.mil/Directives/1650/seven.pdf):
c. Kuwait Liberation Medal
(1) Established by the Government of Kuwait and accepted by the Deputy
SECDEF on 7 August 1995.
(2) Eligibility Requirements. The Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) is
awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who
participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm between 2 August
1990 and 31 August 1993 in 1 or more of the following areas: Arabian
Gulf; Red Sea; Gulf of Oman; that portion of the Arabian Sea north of 10
degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude; the Gulf
of Aden; or the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman,
Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. Armed Forces
personnel qualify for the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) under one or
more of the following conditions:
(a) attached to or regularly serving for 1 or more days with an
organization participating in ground/shore operations; or
(b) attached to or regularly serving for 1 or more days on board a
naval vessel directly supporting military operations; or
(c) actually participating as a crew member in 1 or more aerial
flights supporting military operations in areas designated above; or
d) serving on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days during the period
2 August 1990 to 31 August 1993 under any of the criteria in (a), (b),
or (c) above. This time limit may be waived for personnel
participating in actual combat operations.
REUNION TRAVEL DATA:
A number of questions have come up regarding transportation to the hotel. The
hotel does not operate an airport shuttle.
Nine Shuttle which can be found outside baggage claim at Lindbergh Field
(SAN). Reservations & Information: inside San Diego County
1-800-974-8885 for outside San Diego County 858-974-8885. Shared Ride
service is $7.50 per passenger. Exclusive Shuttle (just you) is
$37.50. Classic Caddy Exclusive $29.00. Classic Limo Exclusive $39.00.
You can make a reservation on line at http://www.cloud9shuttle.com/.
are available outside baggage claim at Lindbergh Field (SAN). The cost
will be from $12.00 to $15.00 to the hotel.
Handlery Hotel & Resort
950 Hotel Circle
San Diego, CA 92108
Freeways 805,163 and 15
8 West to Hotel Circle North
left at stop sign
right into the Handlery Hotel and Resort parking
Freeway 5(San Diego International/Lindbergh Field)
8 East to 2nd Hotel Circle North Exit
left at stop sign
road back under freeway to North Side
through two signals and one stop sign
right into the Handlery Hotel and Resort parking
163 North to I-8 West
the Hotel Circle exit and veer left at the stop sign
ABOUT THE NEXT REUNION?
There will be a business meeting at this reunion where we will decide the
future of our efforts, just as we did in 2001. We'll be deciding when our
next reunion will take place and where that will be! Will we meet next year
or continue the two-year sequence? Will we meet in San Francisco, Orlando,
Albany, Norfolk or some other location? To be a part of those decisions you
must be present at that meeting. This is one reason why your attendance at
the reunion is so important!
you have ideas for future locations please e-mail Dennis O'Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with all the details. Please include possible tours and sites that make your
suggested location a good fit for our group. We'll have this information
available in San Diego and we'll vote based on it at the business meeting.