Baxla, Rick, AOC

Aviation Ordnanceman
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
9505-Survival, Evasion, Resistance, & Escape (SERE) Instructor
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Ordnanceman
Primary Unit
1999-2001, AO-0000, NAS North Island/H60R/S Fleet Introduction Team
Previously Held NEC
AN-0000-Airman
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
AO-8319-P-3 System Organizational Maintenance Tech
AO-8377-SH-3 System Organizational Maintenance Technician
AO-0000-Aviation Ordnanceman
AO-8378-H-60 Systems Organizational Career Maintenance Technician
8286-AO-SP2-E Aviation Ordnanceman
Service Years
1981 - 2001
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Decommissioning
Order of the Golden Dragon
Persian Excursion
AO-Aviation Ordnanceman
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

Sikorsky Winged S US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Shellback

Navy Chief Initiated Captain Arnold J. Isbell Award Order of the Golden Dragon Persian Excursion

Cold War Veteran SERE


 Military Association Memberships
Association of Aviation OrdnancemenDisabled American Veterans (DAV)Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
  1987, Association of Aviation Ordnancemen [Verified]
  2001, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2001, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Countries Deployed To or Visited

World Travels

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria


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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:
Jul 6, 2009
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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