Branham, Kenneth, CAPT

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152X-Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer AMD
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1991-1995, 152X, VFA-86 Sidewinders
Service Years
1983 - 2007
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Order of the Shellback Persian Gulf Yacht Club Cold War Medal Persian Excursion

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District 5Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Post 4084, Lloyd E. Frost Ship
  1995, Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), District 5 (Washington, DC, District Of Columbia) [Verified]
  2007, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 4084, Lloyd E. Frost Ship (Member) (Ridgecrest, California) - Chap. Page

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VFA-86 Sidewinders

Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT SIX (VFA-86) traces its origins to Fighter Squadron (VF) 921, based at Naval Air Station (NAS) St. Louis, Missouri, during the Korean War in February 1951. In February 1953, the squadron was redesignated VF-84 while deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, onboard USS ANTIETAM (CV 36). In July 1955, the squadron was redesignated Attack Squadron(VA) 86 Sidewinders.
From 1955 to 1987, the Sidewinders flew the F4-U "Corsair," F8F-2 "Bearcat," F9F-5 "Panther," F7U-3M "Cutlass," also known as the "Ensign Eater," A4D-1 "Skyhawk," and A-7A/C/E "Corsair." During these transitions, the Sidewinders made numerous deployments to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, the North Atlantic, the Western Pacific, and the Indian Oceans onboard various aircraft carriers

In September 1969, the Sidewinders made an emergency sortie onboard USS AMERICA for a ten month combat deployment to Southeast Asia. The squadron was once again on "Yankee Station" in the Tonkin Gulf when the Paris Peace Accords were signed, and our Prisoners of War finally returned home. This was the squadron's fourth combat deployment to Southeast Asia, more than any other East Coast attack squadron. During that deployment, the Sidewinders participated in the most intense air combat encountered throughout their extensive Southeast Asian involvement, earning the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, as a part of the NIMITZ team, the Sidewinders made numerous deployments to the Mediterranean and North Atlantic. The Sidewinders were awarded the 1982 Commander, Naval Air Forces, U. S. Atlantic Fleet Battle "E," denoting the best A-7E squadron on the East Coast. The Sidewinders were awarded the 1985 Admiral Wade McClusky Award, signifying the best attack squadron in the Navy. In June of 1987, after a cameo appearance in the Hollywood film Final Countdown, the Sidewinders departed NIMITZ, transitioned to the FA-18C Hornet, and were redesignated VFA-86. Deployed with the Navy's premier strike fighter, in 1989 Sidewinders spent eight months with the Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1) "TARBOX" team onboard USS AMERICA.

As the Cold War ended, the 1990s nevertheless brought threats to U.S. and allied interests throughout the world. In 1991, the Sidewinders took to the skies to liberate Kuwait during Operation DESERT STORM. The Sidewinders delivered over 1.2 million pounds of ordnance with zero combat losses. In late 1995, Sidewinders again faced combat, this time in Operation DELIBERATE FORCE over the embattled former Yugoslavia. During that decade's sustained Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, hundreds of combat sorties and precision strikes were flown over Iraq, employing weapons against radar installations and anti-aircraft artillery emplacements that violated United Nations Security Council resolutions. While proving their lethality in the 90s, Sidewinders underscored their professionalism by taking home the CNO's Safety "S" Award in 1995 and the Battle "E" in 1998.


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VFA-86 Sidewinders

Beer, Jim, LCDR, (1981-2006) OFF 152X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Nelson, Robert, LCDR, (1964-1991) OFF 638X Lieutenant Commander
Ray, Mike, LT, (1972-1996) OFF 633X Lieutenant
Austin, Needham, LCDR, (1977-2008) OFF 638X Lieutenant Junior Grade
DAIRY, ROBERT, MCPO, (1969-1993) 00 8332 Master Chief Petty Officer
Rodela Jr, Gene, MCPO, (1972-1998) AM AM-8300 Master Chief Petty Officer
Kline, Rita, CMC, (1978-2008) ET ET-1589 Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Huling, Terry, SCPO, (1976-1996) AM AM-8342 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Shuster, Mark, SCPO, (1974-2001) AM AM-8300 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Calo, Jeffrey, MCPO, (1984-2007) PN PN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Hullum, Mitchell, CPO, (1979-2000) AO AO-8342 Chief Petty Officer
Butler, Tawakoni, CPO, (1987-2011) 00 8342 Petty Officer First Class
Christie, Ralph, PO1, (1978-1998) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Decosier, David, PO1, (1980-1993) AK AK-8012 Petty Officer First Class
Dorris, David, CWO3, (1981-2007) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Garcia, Dennis, PO1, (1977-1997) AZ AZ-6301 Petty Officer First Class
Matthews, Norman, PO1, (1972-1993) AZ AZ-6313 Petty Officer First Class
McRee, Tim, SCPO, (1981-2002) AE AE-8342 Petty Officer First Class
Moore, David, CDR, (1986-Present) 00 8342 Petty Officer First Class
Reece, Randy, CPO, (1980-2005) AMS AMS-8319 Petty Officer First Class
Stewart, James, PO1, (1971-1993) PN PN-2612 Petty Officer First Class
Wooten, Greg, MCPO, (1984-2007) AM AM-8342 Petty Officer First Class
Yost, William, PO1, (1984-2004) DK DK-2905 Petty Officer First Class
Ackerman, Dave, PO2, (1988-2003) AT AT-8342 Petty Officer Second Class
Ackerman, David, PO2, (1988-2003) AT AT-8342 Petty Officer Second Class
Chinn, James, PO1, (1987-2007) AD AD-8342 Petty Officer Second Class
Doherty, James, CPO, (1993-Present) AT AT-8342 Petty Officer Second Class
Gilbreth, Neal, CPO, (1984-2007) AM AM-8342 Petty Officer Second Class
Gillaspie, Mark, CDR, (1989-Present) AM AMS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Gonzales, Mike, SCPO, (1986-2007) 00 8342 Petty Officer Second Class
Lyles, Johnny, CPO, (1987-2007) AE AE-8342 Petty Officer Second Class
Parent, Joseph, CPO, (1991-2015) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ratliff, Paul, PO1, (1987-2007) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Richards, Gordon, PO1, (1993-2013) 00 00E Petty Officer Second Class
Schmink, Mike, CPO, (1986-2007) 00 8342 Petty Officer Second Class
Slatton, Don, PO2, (1974-1994) HM HM-8406 Petty Officer Second Class
Snyder, Delbert, PO2, (1982-1993) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Visnic, Steve, PO2, (1979-1999) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Webb, Steven, PO2, (1987-2003) YN YN-2526 Petty Officer Second Class
Wynn, Kenneth, PO1, (1989-2009) IS IS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Zellner, Brian, LCDR, (1989-Present) AO AO-8842 Petty Officer Second Class
Acevedo, Jeffrey, CPO, (1994-Present) AT AT-8342 Petty Officer Third Class
Bowen, Marcus, PO1, (1989-2009) MS MS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Burke, Lloyd, CPO, (1992-2008) 00 8342 Petty Officer Third Class
Clark, John, PO3, (1989-1995) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Devine, Arthur, PO1, (1988-2008) AD AD-8342 Petty Officer Third Class
Johansen, Timothy, PO3, (1993-1997) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Johnston, Louis, PO3, (1989-1993) AMH AMH-8327 Petty Officer Third Class
Leech, Christopher, CPO, (1987-2007) AM AM-8342 Petty Officer Third Class
Murr, James, PO1, (1986-2002) 00 8342 Petty Officer Third Class
Patterson, David, PO3, (1992-1996) AMH AM-8345 Petty Officer Third Class
Patterson, David, PO3, (1992-1996) AMH AMH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Petroski, Peter, CPO, (1991-2015) PR PR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Raffelson, Rex, PO3, (1990-1994) AME AME-8342 Petty Officer Third Class
Shinn, Disun, PO1, (1991-2007) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Snay, Chris, PO3, (1989-1993) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Stolp, Vincent, PO1, (1993-Present) AD AD-8342 Petty Officer Third Class
Webb, John, PO2, (1993-2000) 00 8342 Petty Officer Third Class
Wright, Lonnie, PO3, (1986-1991) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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