Rectenwald, Tracy, AFCM

Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
AFCM-8300-Aviation Maintenance Material Control Master Chief
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman
Primary Unit
2005-2010, AM-8300, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
Previously Held NEC
AM-0000-Aviation Structural Mechanic
NC-9585-Navy Recruiter Canvasser
AMS-0000-Aviation Structural Mechanic Structures
AM-8300-Aviation Maintenance Material Control Master Chief
Service Years
1980 - 2010
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US Navy Retired 30 Recruiter

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Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Navy Chief Initiated

Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Captain Arnold J. Isbell Award Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

 Military Association Memberships
Branch 93Armed Forces E9 AssociationPost 627
  1993, International Chief Petty Officers Association
  2007, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 93 (Member) (Patuxent River, Maryland) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2008, Armed Forces E9 Association [Verified]
  2010, American Legion, Post 627 (Member) (Cleveland, Ohio) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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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.

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VS-22 Checkmates

Buford, Clifton, MCPO, (1985-2014) AM AM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Moran, Danny, PO1, (1991-2007) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Stepaniak, Craig, PO1, (2000-2011) AM AM-8346 Petty Officer First Class
Vanloon, Jennifer, PO2, (2002-Present) AM AM-8346 Petty Officer Second Class
Kohlmann, Barry, PO2, (1998-2007) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Nash, Jonathan, PO3, (1996-2004) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Limon, Espiridion, CDR, (1986-Present) OFF 132X Lieutenant Commander
Hau, Oscar, LT, (2001-2007) OFF 131X Lieutenant
James, Jerin, LCDR, (1999-Present) OFF 131X Lieutenant
White, Bill, LT, (1987-2007) OFF 633X Lieutenant
Avery, Frederick, CWO4, (1978-2007) OFF 736X Chief Warrant Officer 4
Pennington, Doug, MCPO, (1981-2004) AZ AZ-8300 Master Chief Petty Officer
Bracewell, Cameron, CMC, (1981-2008) CMC 9580 Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Adkins, Ryan, SCPO, (1986-2007) 00 8800 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Bullard, Ronald Scott, SCPO, (1984-2008) AME AME-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Chisholm, Clay, MCPO, (1983-2008) AE AE-8800 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Fonner, Chris, SCPO, (1986-2008) 00 8800 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Loper, James, SCPO, (1983-2009) AE AE-8800 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Lopez, Rafael, MCPO, (1984-Present) 00 8800 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Schons, Matthew, SCPO, (1987-2015) AD AD-6418 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Wilson, Chad, SCPO, (1988-2007) 00 8347 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Arz, John, CPO, (1982-2006) AO AO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Attebury, John, MCPO, (1988-Present) 00 8347 Chief Petty Officer
Bryce, Dawn, CPO, (1989-2007) 00 8347 Chief Petty Officer
Mills, Patty, CPO, (1987-2007) 00 8847 Chief Petty Officer
Nelson, Blake, CPO, (1990-2011) 00 8347 Chief Petty Officer
Carnes, Roderick, PO1 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Chappell, Steven, PO1, (1988-2008) AT AT-6556 Petty Officer First Class
Crawford, Crystal, SCPO, (1993-Present) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hammock, James, CPO, (1987-2008) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Hannaman, Richard, CPO, (1993-2007) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Henry, Jeffrey, CPO, (2000-2012) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Herrera, Andrea, PO1, (1992-2008) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hughes, Matthew, PO1, (1995-Present) PR PR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Jarrels, Patrick, PO1, (1992-2007) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Jimenez, Cesar, PO1, (1991-Present) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Jones, Russell, PO1, (1995-2012) AME AME-9502 Petty Officer First Class
Jones, William, SCPO, (1989-2013) AD AD-8346 Petty Officer First Class
Key, Lindsay, PO1, (1994-2007) AE AE-8347 Petty Officer First Class
Key, Lindsay, CPO, (1994-Present) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Kitchen, Eric, CPO, (1987-Present) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Ledbetter, Daniel, CPO, (1987-2007) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Norman, Brandon, CPO, (1993-2013) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Pfoser, Edward, SCPO, (1991-Present) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Ramos, Jose, PO1, (1989-2009) PR PR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Reilly, Edward, PO1, (1986-2006) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Rewinkel, Robert, PO1, (1984-2004) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Rowan, Sean, PO1, (1992-2007) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
RUSSELL, OTIS, PO1, (1991-2007) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Sparks, Jeffrey, PO1, (1999-2007) AD AD-6421 Petty Officer First Class
Thrasher, Jodi, PO1, (1981-2002) 00 9595 Petty Officer First Class
Vasquez, Camanche, PO1, (1990-2010) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Wright, Michael, CPO, (1997-Present) 00 8347 Petty Officer First Class
Yarn, Lendell, CPO, (1988-2012) 00 8312 Petty Officer First Class
Andera, Aaron, PO2, (1999-Present) 00 8847 Petty Officer Second Class
Baker, Myron, PO1, (1998-Present) 00 00-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
BENJAMIN, CHAVIS, PO1, (1999-Present) AD AD-6421 Petty Officer Second Class
Bernard, Benjamin, PO1, (2001-Present) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Brown, Zack, PO2, (2000-2007) 00 00-0000 Petty Officer Second Class

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