Nelson, Frank M., ATCS

Aviation Electronics Technician
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
AVCM-8300-Aviation Maintenance Material Control Master Chief
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1983-1986, AT-6673, COMPATWING 11 (CPW-11)
Previously Held NEC
AT-8306-E-2C Group II Organizational Systems Maintenance Technician
AT-6673-Field Calibration Activity Technician (Electrical/Electronic)
AT-8357-EA-3B Organizational Maintenance Technician
AT-8800-Aviation Electronics Technician Maintenance Control
Service Years
1972 - 1994
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Desert Storm
Cold War
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Shellback
Suez Canal
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993

Navy Chief Initiated Cold War Medal Blue Star Cold War Veteran

Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Branch 99TWS Living History TeamTWS Profile IntegrityNavy TWS Advisory Group (NTAG)
United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
  1999, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 99 (Member) (Virginia Beach, Virginia) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2012, TWS Living History Team [Verified]
  2014, TWS Profile Integrity [Verified]
  2015, Navy TWS Advisory Group (NTAG) [Verified]
  2019, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
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If you drop  in say hi and leave me a message.Good to hear from old shipmates.
Please visit this site, it is my youngest son's artistic video works as he tries to enter the video game industry. He has natural talent!

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 Remembrance Profiles -  16 Sailors Remembered
  • BANZET, ROBERT, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Bondgren, Jay, CPO, (1958-1979)
  • West, Randy, MCPO
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 Ribbon Bar
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1972, Recruit Training (Orlando, FL), 1737
 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffSchool Assignments - StaffAIMD NAS Norfolk, NAS NorfolkRVAW-120
USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)VAW-121 Bluetails/ GriffinsAIMD, NAVSTA Rota, SpainVAQ-33 Firebirds/Night Hawks
USS Saratoga (CV-60)VQ-2 RangersUSS America (CVA-66)USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
USS Independence (CV-62)COMPATWING 11 (CPW-11)VAW-120 Greyhawks/ HummersUSS Nimitz (CVN-68)
VAW-124 Bear AcesUSS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)NAVSTA Rota, SpainNAS Brunswick
  1972-1973, (AT) Aviation Electronics Technician A School
  1973-1973, (AT) Advanced First Term Avionics (AFTA) School
  1973-1974, AIMD NAS Norfolk, NAS Norfolk
  1973-1974, RVAW-120
  1974-1975, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
  1974-1976, AT-8306, VAW-121 Bluetails/ Griffins
  1976-1979, AT-6673, AIMD, NAVSTA Rota, Spain
  1979-1980, VAQ-33 Firebirds/Night Hawks
  1980-1980, AT-8357, USS Saratoga (CV-60)
  1980-1983, AT-8357, VQ-2 Rangers
  1981-1981, AT-8357, USS America (CVA-66)
  1982-1982, AT-8357, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
  1982-1982, AT-8357, USS Independence (CV-62)
  1983-1986, AT-6673, COMPATWING 11 (CPW-11)
  1986-1986, AT-8800, VAW-120 Greyhawks/ Hummers
  1986-1987, AT-8800, USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
  1986-1990, AT-8800, VAW-124 Bear Aces
  1987-1989, AT-8800, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
  1990-1994, AT-8800, AIMD, NAVSTA Rota, Spain
  1994-1994, NAS Brunswick
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1975-1975 Deployment - Mediterranean (MED) Cruise '75
  1979-1981 Iran Hostage Crisis
  1980-1980 Deployment - Mediterranean (MED) Cruise '80
  1981-1981 Deployment - Mediterranean (MED) Cruise '813
  1982-1982 Deployment - Mediterranean (MED) Cruise '82
  1982-1982 US Multinational Force Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission
  1986-1986 NASA Assisted Operations
  1986-1986 Northern Wedding Exercise Series
  1986-1986 Deployment - Mediterranean (MED) Cruise '86
  1988-1988 Deployment - Mediterranean (MED) Cruise '88
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
List the names of old friends you served with, at which locations, and recount what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Golden Gate UniversityCity University, Bellevue WashingtonCity Colleges of ChicagoSouthern New Hampshire University
Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA
  1975-1976, Golden Gate University
  1990-1990, City University, Bellevue Washington
  1993-1993, City Colleges of Chicago
  1994-1995, Southern New Hampshire University
  2000-2001, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA
  2002-2002, Madison University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 17, 2007, Happy Fathers Day 2007!!!1
  Jul 19, 2007, Willy en route to Iraq1
  Sep 04, 2007, Newest member of the Nelsons1
  May 04, 2008, For all the Madridistas out there1
  Jul 01, 2008, European Champions 20081
  Oct 20, 2008, Newest member of the Nelsons1
  Nov 08, 2008, Tularosa Basin3
  Jul 11, 2010, Congratulations Spain World Champions 2010!!!1
  Jul 11, 2010, World Cup Champions 20102
  May 22, 2012, General Photos149
  Feb 28, 2014, Forum Photos2
  Jan 02, 2020, Message Photos1
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