Beckley, David, AK2

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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
AK-0000-Aviation Storekeeper
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Storekeeper
Primary Unit
1971-1971, AK-0000, USS Wasp (CVS-18)
Previously Held NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
Service Years
1967 - 1971
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Magellan
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 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club


 Military Association Memberships
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)Post 15
  2004, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 325 (Member) (Peace Dale, Rhode Island) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, American Legion, Post 15 (Member) (East Greenwich, Rhode Island) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired, fishing a lot when the weather is right. Always looking for a good fishing spot. Traveling when I can. Been to Mexico, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Bermuda. Going to see some of the U.S. now.
   
Other Comments:
Traveling to Northern Ireland and Scotland to visit friends, and see some of the sights it has to offer. Even got to stand on the Harlin&Wolff ways the Titanic was built on in Belfast, and stayed at the most bombed hotel in Belfast.
   
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  1970-1971, AK-0000, VS-22 Checkmates

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VS-22 Checkmates Unit Page

Rank
Petty Officer Second Class

NEC
AK-0000-Aviation Storekeeper

Location
NAS Quonset Point

Country/State
Rhode Island
 
 
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 VS-22 Checkmates Details

VS-22 Checkmates
disestablished Mar 08









 

Two distinct squadrons have been designated VS-22. The second of these is the main subject of this article. Officially, the US Navy does not recognize a direct lineage with disestablished squadrons if a new squadron is formed with the same designation[2]. Often, the new squadron will assume the nickname, insignia, and traditions of the earlier squadrons.

 

new anti-submarine squadron VS-22 was established at NAS Quonset Point,Rhode Island (USA), on 18 May 1960. From 1960 to 1976, the Checkmates flew the Grumman S-2 Tracker, better known as "Stoof" from its pre-1962 designation "S2F". VS-22 was assigned to Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 54 (CVSG-54) at NAS Quonset Point and operated from Essex-class anti-submarine carriers, mostly in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea:

USS Lake Champlain, June 1960 - May 1965;
USS Essex, June 1967 - August 1967;
USS Wasp, March 1969 - November 1971;
USS Intrepid, March 1972 (as part of CVSG-56).
 

Besides the typical submarine hunting role for which the aircraft was designed, the Checkmates held a significant role in the United States space program.Naval aviator Alan B. Shepard's Freedom 7 spacecraft, the United States' first manned spacecraft, was tracked and located by VS-22 on 5 May 1961. In August 1965, while embarked on USS Lake Champlain, VS-22 recoveredGemini 5 astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad. Finally, VS-22 was engaged in the recovery of Apollo 7 astronauts while deployed aboard USSEssex.

 

Jet transitions started in the summer of 1974 with pilots training in Rockwell T-2C Buckeyes and Douglas TA-4JSkyhawks at NAS Meridian, Mississippi, making VS-22 the first east coast based S-3A squadron. With the retirement of the anti-submarine carriers the anti-submarine squadrons were integrated into the former attack carrier air wings. From 1976 to 2001 VS-22 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3). Between 1976 and 1980 VS-22 made four deployments aboard the USS Saratoga. The squadron transitioned to the S-3B in 1987.
 

This was followed by seven cruises aboard USS John F. Kennedy, including participation in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in 1990/91. Operation "Desert Storm" commenced on 17 January 1991. VS-22 aircrews flew over 1100 combat hours and 324 combat sorties in direct support of the coalition forces.Target information gleaned by VS-22 aircraft played a major role in the suppression of enemy air defences during the first days of Desert Storm. From 22 January 1991 until the cease-fire on 28 February 1991, the Checkmates flew in every CVW-3 strike against Iraq . VS-22 was also employed in support of CJTF-4 counter narcotics operations during the last part of 1991 through the first part of 1992 earned the Checkmates the "Joint Meritorious Unit Award" for locating over 1500 contacts, confirming 50 as suspected offenders. After a long pre-deployment work-up schedule, VS-22 embarked on the carrier USS John F. Kennedy in October 1992.

Concentrating on multi-national Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea exercises during the first half of deployment, VS-22 provided initial in-flight refueling training for Egyptian Air Force Mirage 2000 pilots and practiced ASW skills while leading over 40 multi-national, integrated and air wing exercise strikes against NATO ships. Later VS-22 participated in Operations Provide Comfort and Provide Promise, providing radar locating and command and control information. In February 1994, VS-22 joined CVW-3 and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was at this time that United States Congress passed laws permitting the embarkation of women in combat units. VS-22 had the distinction of being the first S-3B command to be assigned female sailors. On 16 April 1995, VS-22 returned from their Mediterranean deployment onboard Dwight D. Eisenhower. On 26 November 1996, VS-22 deployed onboard USS Theodore Rooseveltto the Mediterranean and the North Persian Gulf. VS-22 participated in operations "Southern Watch" and "Decisive Endeavor" as well as numerous other joint exercises. On 21 April 1997, in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Checkmates became the first S-3B squadron to launch the AGM-65F Infrared Maverick missile. VS-22 next deployed onboard USS Enterprise. VS-22 participated in various exercises such as Operation Desert Fox,Juniper Stallion and Noble Anvil, mostly providing electronic warfare support.

 

In November 2000 VS-22 and CVW-3 embarked on USS Harry S. Truman's maiden deployment. On 16 February 2001, CVW-3 participated in strikes against Iraq as a part of Operation Southern Watch. The Checkmates deployed for a second time with the Truman in December 2002, this time participating in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, launching missions from the Eastern Mediterranean. October 2004 saw VS-22 deploying with CVW-3 andHarry S. Truman for the last time. VS-22 flew 1170 sorties and 3220 hours in support of "Operation Iraqi Freedom", patrolling the oil infrastructure in the Persian Gulf during "Operation Sea Dragon II" missions.


VS-22 deployed in 2006 on USS George Washington, being assigned to CVW-17. VS-22 last carrier embark was from 7 April to 27 May 2008, aboard George Washington for the transit from Norfolk around South America to San Diego,California. Less than a week after returning from GW, VS-22 was ordered to deploy to Iraq as a land based squadron. The squadron operated from Al Asad Air Base in Al Anbar Province until their return to NAS Jacksonville on 15 December 2008. VS-22 was the last squadron flying the Viking, and was disestablished on 29 January 2009.



Type
Air Units - Fixed Wing

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Fixed Wing

Strength
Air Squadron

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jun 7, 2010
   
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment
Meetin first wife in coffee shop. Our wedding.

Worst Moment
Being put on SNOW duty. Driving huge payloaders with 12 ft. plows and driving up and down runways to keep them open.

   
   
My Photos For This Duty Station
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14 Members Also There at Same Time
VS-22 Checkmates

Albertelly, Bruce, CPO, (1969-1994) AW AW-7825 Chief Petty Officer
Brooks, Ira Ray, SCPO, (1961-1981) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Eaton, Richard, SCPO, (1965-1985) AD AD-8346 Petty Officer First Class
Letzkus, Lawrence, PO1, (1965-1988) PR PR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Winter, Robert, SCPO, (1960-1981) AD ADR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Gorman, Michael, CPO, (1966-1987) AW AW-7821 Petty Officer Second Class
Kulha, John, PO2, (1967-1971) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McDonald, Robert, PO2, (1968-1974) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Stern, David, PO2, (1968-1972) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Tetle, Leon, MCPO, (1969-1999) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Fritsch, Bernie, PO3, (1967-1971) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Holeman, Richard, AN, (1969-1973) ADR ADR-0000 Airman
Wick, James, AN, (1971-1972) AN AN-0000 Airman
Davis, Richard L., PO1, (1960-1981) Petty Officer First Class

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