Nelson, Dean, AB1

Aviation Boatswain's Mate
 
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
ABF-7022-Aviation and Automotive Fuels Handler
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1994-1997, ABF-7022, Commander Naval Forces Japan/Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo
Previously Held NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
AB-0000-Aviation Boatswain's Mate
Service Years
1984 - 1997
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
AB-Aviation Boatswain's Mate
Three Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Police (enlisted)


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association (ABMA)
  2009, Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association (ABMA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
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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:
Oct 6, 2009
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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