Thompson, Bruce, AMSC

Aviation Structural Mechanic, Structures
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
AMS-0000-Aviation Structural Mechanic Structures
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Structural Mechanic, Structures
Primary Unit
1994-1997, 8241, NAVSTA Rota, Spain
Previously Held NEC
AM-8305-E2/C2 System Organizational Maintenance Technician
AM-7232-Structural Repair IMA Technician
8331-A-6 System Organization Maintenance Technician
8276-P-3 Orion Second Mechanic (Assistant Flight Engineer)
8201-Naval Aircrewman Candidate
8279-C-2 Aircraft Loadmaster
8241-C-12/ C 26 Air Transport Crewman
Service Years
1978 - 1997
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Domain of the Emperor Penguin
Order of the Antarctic Circle
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Penguin
Order of the Emerald Shellback
Society of the South Pole
AMS-Aviation Structural Mechanic, Structures
Four Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Domain of the Emperor Penguin Navy Chief Initiated Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

Order of the Emerald Shellback Bagel Station Peace Keeping Force C-130 Hercules 1000 Hour Cold War Veteran


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Tailhook AssociationOld Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA)Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Intruder Association
  1989, Tailhook Association - Assoc. Page
  1993, Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1997, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, Intruder Association [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Took an early retirement under TERA in 1997 (19 yrs), after which I have worked as a government aircraft maintenance contractor.  I hold FAA Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) with Inspection Authorization (IA) certificates; in addition to an FCC General Radiotelephone Operator's License (GROL) (w/ Radar) License.  I also hold a FAA Commercial Pilot's certificate with Instrument and Single/Multi Engine ratings.

We moved around almost as much as we did when I was on active duty; working at: RAF Mildenhall, UK, NAF El Centro, CA, Kirtland AFB, NM, NAS North Island, CA, Imperial, CA, Sierra Vista, AZ, Webster Field, MD, JB Andrews, MD, and MCAS Yuma, AZ.

Gabrielle got out of the Navy in 1991 as a YN2 and has worked for the US Government (GS) ever since.  She is a GS-13 and will retire in 2022 with 30 years of military/federal service.

We have settled in Yuma, AZ for the moment, who knows where we'll end up after her retirement.
Other Comments:
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 Countries Deployed To or Visited

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Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge
Air Crew Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1979, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 123
  1985, Prior Naval Service (NAVET) (Orlando, FL)
  1991, Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) (Pensacola, FL), 09-91
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Navy Recruiting Region West, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CASchool Assignments - StaffVAW-110 Firebirds
VR-24Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) NAS SigonellaVA-128VA-52 Knightriders
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)Naval Reserve Forces CommandNaval Air Station Whidbey IslandVAQ-309 Axemen
VP-69 Fighting TotemsNaval Aircrewman Candidate School (NACCS)Formal Schools and Training CoursesNCTC Det Sheppard AFB
VR-24School Assignments - StaffVAW-120 Greyhawks/ HummersSurvival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Course
VR-22VXE-6 Ice Pirates/Puckered PenguinsVRC-30 ProvidersNAVSTA Rota, Spain
  1978-1979, Navy Recruiting Region West, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1979-1979, HQ, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1979-1979, AMS-0000, AMS A School
  1979-1980, AMS-0000, VAW-110 Firebirds
  1980-1980, AM-8305, VR-24
  1980-1981, AM-7232, Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) NAS Sigonella
  1981-1981, AMS-0000, VA-128
  1981-1983, 8331, VA-52 Knightriders
  1982-1983, 8331, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
  1983-1983, AMS-0000, Standby Reserve - Inactive
  1983-1983, AM-7232, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
  1983-1984, 8331, VAQ-309 Axemen
  1984-1985, 8276, VP-69 Fighting Totems
  1985-1985, 8201, Naval Aircrewman Candidate School (NACCS)
  1985-1985, Leadership and Management Education and Training for Leading Petty Officers (LMET) Course
  1985-1985, AMS-8278, NCTC Det Sheppard AFB
  1985-1988, 8279, VR-24
  1988-1988, AM-9502, Instructors Training School
  1988-1991, AM-9502, VAW-120 Greyhawks/ Hummers
  1991-1991, Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) (Staff)
  1991-1991, AMS-0000, Naval Aircrewman Candidate School (NACCS)
  1991-1991, AMS-8278, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Course
  1991-1993, AMS-8278, VR-22
  1993-1994, AMS-8278, VXE-6 Ice Pirates/Puckered Penguins
  1994-1994, 8241, VRC-30 Providers
  1994-1997, 8241, NAVSTA Rota, Spain
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1979-1981 Iran Hostage Crisis
  1985-1985 TWA 847 Hijack Incident (Lebanon)
  1986-1986 Operation Northern Wedding 1986
  1986-1986 Operation Attain Document III (Libya)
  1986-1986 Operation El Dorado Canyon (Libya)
  1991-1991 Operation Provide Comfort (Iraq)
  1992-1995 Southwest Asia Ceasefire (Iraq)
  1992-1996 Operation Provide Promise (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  1993-1994 Operation Deep Freeze
 Colleges Attended 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityUniversity of Maryland, European DivisionSaint Leo University
  1986-1990, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  1987-1987, University of Maryland, European Division
  1988-1990, Saint Leo University
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