Sullivan, Sean, SCPO

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Senior Chief Petty Officer
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8225-Vertical Onboard Delivery Aircrewman
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Aviation Warfare Systems Operator
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2008-Present, AW-0000, Helicopter Mine Counter Measures Squadron 15
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1991 - Present
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  1998-2001, Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT (HT-8) Eightballers

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 Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT (HT-8) Eightballers Details

Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT (HT-8) Eightballers

HT-8, along with its sister squadrons, HT-18 and HT-28, provides advanced helicopter flight instruction to all U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flight students as well as international students from several allied nations. Students who successfully complete the program earn the right to wear the coveted "Wings of Gold."
HT-8 flies the TH-57 Bell 206 JetRanger. The unit generally uses the call sign "Eight Ball" over the radio.

The three basic colors of HT-8�??s patch - red, white and blue - represent the colors of the U.S. flag, and are indicative of HT-8�??s nickname, "America's Squadron", created in the 1980s. The three colors also commemorate the universality of our squadron's students, instructors and staff hailing from all parts of the United States. The overall field is sectored into three equal portions to symbolize training for the three sea services of the US Navy, the US Marine Corps and the US Coast Guard.

A helicopter profile at the patch�??s center symbolizes advanced rotary training, and is orange to reflect the traditional color of orange on all Navy training aircraft. Interestingly, there are three versions of the tail rotor on the right side of the helicopter profile. The original version is a simple cross to indicate the blades of a tail rotor. Common lore is that a squadron commanding officer changed the tail rotor design during the Vietnam War to a peace sign, as a silent protest to the war. Then in the 1990s, another commanding officer devised yet a third design, a script-like 'S', this time reflecting the Sikorsky aircraft "S," probably reflecting his preference for Sikorsky aircraft - despite the fact that the squadron had by then transitioned to the TH-57 Sea Ranger, a Bell company product. All three versions of the patch are worn by squadron pilots to this day.

The cloud shape (some say it resembles the state of Georgia, backwards) and storm in the upper left quadrant are superimposed by helicopter turn needle and ball instruments, and indicate that students at HT-8 are trained in instrument flight. The orange helicopter profile is facing as if it is flying into the cloud, signifying the confidence HT-8's students have in their ability to fly in all weather conditions.

The 18 stars in the upper right quadrant - in the shape of an '8' - reflect the fact that advanced rotary flight students originally began their training at HT-8, completing only familiarization training (now known as 'contact' training) in this squadron. Following their fam solo at HT-8 the students would then transfer to HT-18 to complete the rest of their training (therefore HT-18 was "in the stars" for HT-8 students). In 1986 both HT-8 and HT-18 became "mirror image" squadrons, training students from contact flying through advanced tactics.

The gold wings in the lower quadrant symbolize the goal of all students who enter advanced rotary wing training at HT-8 - designation as an "unrestricted" naval aviator, or one who is uniquely qualified to fly both fixed wing and rotary wing naval aircraft.


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Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT (HT-8) Eightballers

Bell, Scott, CDR, (1984-2008) Lieutenant
Davitt, Scott, LCDR, (1987-2004) Lieutenant
Gendron, Patrick, LCDR, (1997-Present) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Jimenez, Raul David, LT, (1997-2006) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Leiby, Jeremy, LCDR, (1994-2008) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Raphael, Dan, LCDR, (1998-2008) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Rosen, Craig, LCDR, (1992-2007) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Smith, Wayne, LCDR, (1990-2007) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Varona, David, LCDR, (1994-2008) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Younce, Abraham, CAPT, (1993-Present) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Berberich, Lisa, LT, (1998-2007) Ensign
Burns, Matt, LT, (2000-Present) Ensign
Dulin, Robert, LCDR, (1990-Present) Ensign
Fossati, Ed, LCDR, (1994-2007) Ensign
Hartwell, George, LCDR, (1990-2007) Ensign
Hatcher, Pete, LT, (2000-2008) Ensign
HEMENWAY, RICHARD, LT, (1997-2007) Ensign
Monagle, Dennis, LCDR, (1998-Present) Ensign
Monell, Tony, LCDR, (1991-Present) Ensign
Moreno, Michael, CDR, (1999-Present) Ensign
Mutty, Thomas, LT, (1997-2007) Ensign
O'Neill, Michael, LT, (1998-2007) Ensign
Pizanti, Kimberly, LCDR, (1997-Present) Ensign
Richerson, John, LCDR, (1991-Present) Ensign
Testa, Dan, LT, (1997-2007) Ensign
Witherspoon, Shawn, LCDR, (1997-Present) Ensign
Tolbert, Kim, CWO4, (1985-2015) Chief Petty Officer
Whitworth, Scott, LT, (1991-2007) Petty Officer First Class
Brown, Kevin, LCDR, (1992-2017) Petty Officer Second Class
Cole, Matthew, CWO3, (1992-2001) Petty Officer Second Class
Butler, Dequerio, CPO, (1995-Present) Petty Officer Third Class
Beidler, Michael, CDR, (1992-2014) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Haltom, John, CDR, (1989-2008) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Hutchinson, Joseph, CDR, (1993-2014) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Sarvis, Heath, CDR, (1995-Present) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Walt, David, LCDR, (1993-2007) OFF 139X Lieutenant
Brynjelsen, Jacob, LCDR, (1991-2007) OFF 139X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Croninger, Chris, LT, (1996-2006) OFF 139X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Elortegui, Robert, LT OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Farlin, Jeff, LCDR, (1988-2008) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Mason, Ananda, LCDR, (1997-2007) OFF 139X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Matthias, Matt, LCDR, (1990-Present) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Oldmixon, Pete, LCDR, (1984-2008) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Wibe, Alex, LCDR, (1995-2007) OFF 139X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ashburn, Robert, LCDR, (1989-2007) OFF 131X Ensign
Betoni, Carmen, LT, (1996-2005) OFF 139X Ensign
Booker, DeWuan, CDR, (1996-Present) OFF 139X Ensign
Brackett, Enid, LCDR, (1997-2008) OFF 139X Ensign
Burkett, Greg, CDR, (2000-Present) OFF 139X Ensign
Colon, David, LT, (1986-2008) OFF 139X Ensign
Davis, Ray, LCDR, (1997-Present) OFF 139X Ensign
Frey, Jim, LCDR, (1989-2013) OFF 110X Ensign
Gerace, David, LCDR, (1998-Present) OFF 139X Ensign
Hasegawa, William, LCDR, (1986-Present) OFF 139X Ensign
Horr, Matthew, LCDR, (1997-Present) OFF 139X Ensign
Johnson, Donny, LCDR, (1997-2008) OFF 130X Ensign
Kidney, Christopher, LCDR OFF 139X Ensign
Kinnear, Josh, LCDR, (1993-2007) OFF 139X Ensign
Martin, Ron, LT, (1986-2008) OFF 139X Ensign

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