Capt. Byron Joseph remembers vividly one night when his Navy training paid off. He was working as a San Diego police officer and was shot in the shoulder while trying to arrest a suspect.
Flying was in Ross Davis' blood. His father was a pilot in the Army Air Corps, and his mother and sister were flight attendants. But despite this foundation for flight, Davis did not consider it a real possibility until college.
During Lin Walton's first check flight at Naval Air Station Pensacola, he said his instructor did something that made him throw his hands in the air.
Editor's note: In honor of the centennial celebration of naval aviation, The Daily Transcript will be running a series of articles focusing on naval aviators and their leadership and management skills. The following is another article in the series.
When Capt. Mike Warriner first joined the military, he thought it would be a fun thing to do for a few years after college. Twenty-eight years later, he is still a Navy man.
A small naval organization based in San Diego has worked to change the Navy's culture from one of consumption to one of conservation, according to current and former leaders.
When Rear Adm. Russ Penniman, the reserve deputy commander and chief of staff for U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke last year to a business class at Norfolk State University, he told them the nation's financial community should have adhered to the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment. If people in real estate and on Wall Street behaved in the ways Navy men and women did, he said, things would be a lot different today.
When Jack Ensch retired from the U.S. Navy, he applied his military skills to a somewhat unexpected field: baseball.
During his tenure in the U.S. Navy, Bruce Boland, rear admiral (Ret.), served in locations around the world. Since his retirement in 1987, he’s applied his military skills to supporting San Diego, from the private, to government, to community sectors.
For much of his career as a naval aviator, Capt. John Pettitt (Ret.) had to rely largely on himself. He flew single-seat jets, like A-4s, A-7s and F-18s, making him not quite a lone wolf, but hyperaware of his own surroundings and responsibilities.
Rear Adm. Tom “T.C.” Cropper now serves as commander of Strike Force Training Pacific, which means overseeing a staff of 70 and coordinating joint training exercises involving thousands of people.
Henry J. "Jim" Bedinger likes to serve those who serve. Whether it's through his work at Navy Federal Credit Union, or with about a half-dozen military-oriented nonprofit groups, he tries to make life easier for soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.
The following is a compilation of military aviation museums in the region.
While skills and experiences learned in the Navy enhance servicemen and women's civilian careers, the gap between military and private sector jobs can feel cavernous, a panel of naval aviators said last week.