Flinn, William, ATCS

Aviation Electronics Technician
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
AT-8345-F-14 System Aircraft Organizational Maintenance Technician
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1996-1996, AT-8345, NAS Alameda
Previously Held NEC
AT-0000-Aviation Electronics Technician
AT-6611-Aircraft UHF Communications, ADF and ICS Equipment IMA Technician
AT-6612-Aircraft Tacan/Radio Navigation Equipment IMA Technician
AT-9502-Instructor
638X-Limited Duty Officer - Aviation Avionics
Service Years
1976 - 1996
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Military Customs Inspector
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Shellback
Persian Excursion
Plank Owner
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician
Four Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
Department of ColoradoPost 1781, Rocky Mountain PostBranch 49Association of Naval Aviation
  2009, American Legion, Department of Colorado (Member) (Denver, Colorado) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 1781, Rocky Mountain Post (Member) (Fort Collins, Colorado) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 49 (Member) (Denver, Colorado) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, Association of Naval Aviation - Assoc. Page


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Operation Earnest Will (Iran)
Start Year
1987
End Year
1988

Description
Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987 – 26 September 1988) was the American military protection of Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988, three years into the Tanker War phase of the Iran–Iraq War. It was the largest naval convoy operation since World War II.

The U.S. Navy warships that escorted the tankers, part of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, were the operations' most visible part, but U.S. Air Force AWACS radar planes provided surveillance and U.S. Army special-operations helicopters hunted for possible attackers.

Other U.S. Navy vessels participated in Operation Earnest Will. They were then under the command of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet which had primary responsibility for combat operations in the Persian Gulf region. The numerous ships used in Operation Earnest Will mostly consisted of Battleship Battle Groups, Carrier Battle Groups, Surface Action Groups and ships from the Pacific's Third and Seventh Fleets and the Mediterranean-based Sixth Fleet. They generally operated in and near the Gulf for parts of their normal six-month deployments.

This was the first tactical operation of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) that involved Navy SEALs, Special Boat Units, and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) ("Nightstalkers") aviators all working together.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1987
To Year
1988
 
Last Updated:
Jan 27, 2017
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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