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Old 03-25-2006, 11:43 AM
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This is an article that was recently published about my brother..
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Gordon England, gave a great
tribute to ATCS David Armer of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) on Oct. 12.
After 20 years serving in the Navy, Armer pledged to re-enlist in the Navy with
Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center in Seattle as a backdrop.
With a deep sense of pride, Armer took the oath of reenlistment from
the SECNAV on the birthday of the
Navy and at his 20-year mark.
The oath carries with it a commitment to serve and Armer is certainly
no stranger to commitment. He has honorably served with VQ-1 for his
entire career.
After Advanced First Term Avionics (AFTA) training for his AT rating in
Millington, Armer received orders to VQ-1. He finished Air Crew School
in Pensacola and Aviation Electronic Warfare Operator training at Corey
Station before heading out to Guam. From 1986-1991, Armer flew EA-3Bs and
EP-3Es and learned various positions of the aircraft. Armer also met his wife
Angela, a VQ-1 airframer, in Guam. At this time he built the ARIES II on a
nine-month detachment and delivered the first aircraft to hit the fleet.
He then moved back to Florida for an instructor billet at Corey Station from
1991-1994.Armer returned to VQ-1 in Guam for two weeks only to turn
back stateside for the homeport change to NAS Whidbey Island (’94-’97).
From December 1997 to January 2001, he taught at the Naval Aviation
Maintenance Training Unit (NAMTRAU) in Whidbey Island as the EP-3E lead
instructor. Since then, Armer has been reassigned to VQ-1 setting an
outstanding example of success.
“Wherever we are, we do it and we do it great,” he said.
Armer debated retirement at 20 years, but his goals in the Navy and
VQ-1 had not been met.
“VQ-1 was my first and only squadron command. I feel ownership to it,”
he said. “Now as a Maintenance Control Supervisor, I have more
well-rounded knowledge of the inner workings of the squadron."
Armer has re-enlisted for three more years and will attend the Senior Enlisted Academy in
Newport, Rhode Island for six weeks in January after which he will then return
to work at VQ-1.
Armer, who is a great candidate for Master Chief in the spring, has the
potential to achieve his ultimate goal.
“We’ll see where the Navy takes me,” he said. “If I come back to VQ-1
as Command Master Chief (CMDCM), it will be a complete stint in the Navy.”
Senior Chief Armer did have a difficult time deciding on who should
re-enlist him.
Lt. Brian Atwood, a senior pilot with VQ-1, is a leader and coworker of
Armer.
“It was really tough for me,” Armer said. “I have great respect for his
leadership style and demeanor.” But Armer could not pass up a chance
to meet England.
“Twenty years, the Navy Birthday, meeting the Secretary of the Navy, it
couldn’t be better!”
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Old 03-25-2006, 02:13 PM
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Great achievements, I would be VERY proud too
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Old 03-25-2006, 02:16 PM
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congrats. My brother has been a Marine for 23 years and is now a Lt Col and will be starting a command in Japan for 3 years.
He just received a bronze star for his time(s) in Iraq
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Very nice, Krissy.
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Old 03-25-2006, 04:19 PM
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Krissy, thanks so much for posting the article....it is just another reminder of what makes America the greatest country on the planet, people like your brother

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Awesome!! Thank you for sharing!!!
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Wow, you must be so proud of him!!!
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Very Nice! I know you are very proud.
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Please tell him we send our thanks, without men like him, we would be in a real jam. We all need to say thank you for a job well done above and beyond the call of duty. You should be very proud!
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I come from a navy family, father-in-law(destroyer - Dunlap -Pacific Theater - WWll), 4 cousins (all career), uncle (Destroyer - Korean War), and now my godson is a communications specialist on the sub Memphis. Thank your brother for me!
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