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


AustraliaBahrainHong KongBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryIraqJapanKorea, SouthKuwaitMexicoPhilippinesSaudi ArabiaSingaporeThailandUnited States



Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
Start Year
1992
End Year
2003

Description
Operation Southern Watch was an air-centric military operation conducted by the United States Department of Defense from Summer 1992 to Spring 2003.

United States Central Command's Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA) had the mission of monitoring and controlling the airspace south of the 32nd Parallel (extended to the 33rd Parallel in 1996) in southern and south-central Iraq during the period following the end of the 1991 Gulf War until the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Operation Southern Watch began on 27 August 1992 with the stated purpose of ensuring Iraqi compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 (UNSCR 688) of 5 April 1991, which demanded that Iraq "immediately end this repression and express the hope in the same context that an open dialogue will take place to ensure that the human and political rights of all Iraqi citizens are respected." Nothing in the resolution spelled out the Iraqi no-fly zones or Operation Southern Watch.

Iraqi bombing and strafing attacks against the Shi’ite Muslims in Southern Iraq during the remainder of 1991 and during 1992 indicated Saddam Hussein chose not to comply with the resolution. Forces from Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France participated in Operation Southern Watch. The commander of JTF-SWA, an aeronautically rated United States Air Force (USAF) Major General, assisted by an aeronautically designated United States Navy (USN) Rear Admiral, reported directly to the Commander, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM).

Military engagements in Southern Watch occurred with regularity, with Coalition aircraft routinely being shot at by Iraqi air defense forces, though they were usually only reported in the Western press occasionally. An intensification was noted prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, though it was said at the time to just be in response to increasing activity by Iraqi air-defense forces. It is now known that this increased activity occurred during an operation known as Operation Southern Focus.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1993
To Year
1997
 
Last Updated:
Jul 6, 2009
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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