Skelly, Michael, CWO3

Chief Warrant Officer
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Current/Last Service Branch
Aviation Electronic Technician
Current/Last Primary NEC
738X-Warrant Officer - Aviation Electronics Technician
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Chief Warrant Officer
Primary Unit
1995-1999, 738X, Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing Pacific (COMAEWWINGPAC)
Previously Held NEC
AT-6709-E-2C Group II AEW System Maintenance Technician
AT-8264-E-2C AEW Flight Tech
AT-8306-E-2C Group II Organizational Systems Maintenance Technician
734X-Warrant Officer - Aviation Maintenance Technician
Service Years
1978 - 1999
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Desert Storm
Cold War
Panama Canal
Persian Excursion
Tailhook
Aviation Electronic Technician
Chief Warrant Officer 3


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Air Crew Wings
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge
Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge

 

 Official Badges 

Master Training Specialist US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Shellback Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Navy Chief Initiated Cold War Medal Persian Gulf Yacht Club

LDO/CWO


 Military Association Memberships
Navy Mustang AssociationPost 2632, Patuxent River Naval Air Station PostPatriot Guard RidersRolling Thunder
Tailhook AssociationUnited States Navy Memorial Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)Navy League of the United States
  1992, Navy Mustang Association [Verified]
  2004, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2632, Patuxent River Naval Air Station Post (Member) (California, Maryland) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2005, Patriot Guard Riders
  2005, Rolling Thunder [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Tailhook Association
  2007, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Patriot Guard Riders
  2009, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
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 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1978, Recruit Training (Orlando, FL), 227
 Duty Stations
NATTC (Faculty Staff) Millington, TN, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)School Assignments - StaffVAW-110 FirebirdsUSS Midway (CV-41)
Commander Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5), Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS)VAW-115 Liberty BellsNATTC (Faculty Staff)  Memphis, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)VAW-114 Hormel HawgsCommander Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15)USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)LDO/CWO Indoctrination School (Faculty Staff)VAW-113 Black EaglesCommander Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14)
Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing Pacific (COMAEWWINGPAC)
  1978-1979, NATTC (Faculty Staff) Millington, TN, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)
  1979-1979, AT-6709, Naval Aircrew School
  1980-1982, VAW-110 Firebirds
  1982-1985, USS Midway (CV-41)
  1982-1985, Commander Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5), Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1982-1985, USS Midway (CV-41)
  1982-1985, Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS)
  1983-1985, AT-8264, VAW-115 Liberty Bells
  1985-1986, NATTC (Faculty Staff) Memphis, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)
  1986-1989, Navy Technical Training Units Only
  1989-1992, VAW-114 Hormel Hawgs
  1989-1992, Commander Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15)
  1989-1992, AT-8306, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
  1991-1992, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
  1992-1992, LDO/CWO Indoctrination School (Faculty Staff)
  1992-1992, 738X, CWO Chief Warrant Officer School (Faculty Staff)
  1992-1995, 734X, VAW-113 Black Eagles
  1992-1995, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
  1992-1995, Commander Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14)
  1995-1999, 738X, Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing Pacific (COMAEWWINGPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1975-2015 RIMPAC Exercise Series
  1982-1982 READEX 82
  1982-1982 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '82
  1983-1983 Cold War Incident - KAL Flight 007 Shootdown (Sea of Japan)
  1984-1984 FLEETEX 85
  1985-1985 Training Exercise - UNITAS '85
  1987-1987 Operation Earnest Will (Iran)
  1989-1989 Operation Just Cause (Panama)
  1989-1989 Operation Just Cause (Panama)9
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  1993-1993 Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) '93
 Military Association Memberships
Navy Mustang AssociationPost 2632, Patuxent River Naval Air Station PostPatriot Guard RidersRolling Thunder
Tailhook AssociationUnited States Navy Memorial Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)Navy League of the United States
  1992, Navy Mustang Association [Verified]
  2004, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2632, Patuxent River Naval Air Station Post (Member) (California, Maryland) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2005, Patriot Guard Riders
  2005, Rolling Thunder [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Tailhook Association
  2007, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Patriot Guard Riders
  2009, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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Reflections on CWO3 Skelly's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY.
CWO3 Michael Skelly - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy.
For me, there was really no decision to be made. As Jimmy Buffett put it so well, I AM the "Son of a Son of a Sailor". I grew up listening to sea stories that all begin with "This is no shit", stories of exotic ports all over the western pacific, stories of courage and friendship and the occasional toast to a fallen shipment. Although my HS grades where good enough to more than likely get into a decent school somewhere, I was already enlisted into the Navy in the delayed entry program even before my senior year of HS started! The thought of college never entered my mind! My dad on the left and his brother on the right. When the two of them got together the stories were those of legends!
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
CWO3 Michael Skelly - Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
Boot camp, July 1978, RTC Orlando, FL (Sadly Baldwin Park now); Aviation Electronics "A" School, Millington, TN - 1978-79 (E-3/4); NAS Pensacola, FL. - Naval Aircrewman School - 1979 (E-4); RVAW-110, NAS Miramar, San Diego, CA - E-2B Flight Tech Training 1980-1982 (E-4/5); VAW-115, USS Midway, Atsugi Japan - E-2B Aircrewman, "AT" Shop Supervisor 82-85 (E-5/6); Aviation Electronics "C" School - Instructor Basic School 85-86 (E-6); NAS Miramar; NAMTD 1025 Instructor/Master Training Specialist 86-89 (E-6/7); VAW-114 Line/Avionics/Maintenance CPO - Flight Deck Coordinator USS Carl; Vinson, USS Kitty Hawk, NB Panama Canal. 89-92 (E-7 -CWO2); VAW-113 Maintenance Material Control Officer 92-95, USS Carl Vinson (CWO2/3) COMAWEWINGPAC (Now COMACCLOGWING) Maintenance Readiness Officer. Began at NAS Miramar, relocated to NAS Point Mugu. 95-99. Retired March 1, 1999

IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY?
The Cold war with the USSR was actually a bunch of fun and the stories I could tell about flight operations in the Sea Of Japan with the Ruskies ghosting us all over the place. :) Those were some fun and interesting flights! Ever see a Russian Tupolev TU-95 "Bear" Bomber enter final on an aircraft carrier? I have! This was probably the most significant time in my career since it was my first operational tour and EVERYTHING I did, saw, heard was always a first! Flew cover for search and rescue operations in Northern Japan after the shoot down of KAL 007 shot down by Soviet interceptors on 9/1/1983, over the Sea of Japan, near Moneron Island just west of Sakhalin island. Flew missions in support of "Tanker Wars" in the early 80's in the Persian Gulf (Gulf of Oman). On the USS Carl Vision at the time when IRAQi solders invaded Kuwait and Operation Desert Shield begun in 1990. On USS Carl Vinson and Kitty Hawk for Operation Desert Storm between 1990-1995 during multiple deployments. Multiple deployments to Howard AF Base, Panama and NAS Roosevelt Roads, PR for counter narcotic operations between 1989-1995.
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
All my tours were terrific! RVAW-110 - FRIENDS! This was in the early 80 and I have friends I maintain to this date and two God Daughters to show for it. VAW-115 - First Operational Tour, over 1500 flight hours and close to 300 carrier landings on the USS Midway. NAMTD-1025 - made Chief in the command and still a close friendship with many of my shipmates. VAW-114 - The HAWGS! Bets damn squadron in the Westpac.. PERIOD! VAW-113 - First tour as a CWO. COMAEWWINGPAC- Shore Duty!!! many great friends!
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
It's got to be when our squadron went to Panama for 4-5 months or so and got into the base softball league and kicked the ever living shit out of every team on or around the base! What a blast that was!
WHAT PROFESSIONAL AND ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER?
Nope. Got a small basket full of metal but no "V"'s.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR OTHER MEMORABILIA, WHICH ONE IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
My Third Navy Commendation medal for being named E-2/C-2 Maintainer of the Year in 1994 while assigned to VAW-113. A true reflection of a great maintenance team. I was just the lucky one to get recognized.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
CWO3 Michael Skelly - Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
AVCM William Pete Mitchell, AKA "Mitch". Why? I can only say if you want to know more check back often and I'll add to this answer but it would take me a lifetime to explain why. For all those that knew Mitch, this explanation is enough for those of you that didn't, sorry you never did. RIP My friend.
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE, WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
While attached to NAMTD-1025, NAS Miramar. Sept 16, 1987, the day before I was to "Put on Chief" my fellow First Class Petty Officers and "Friends" jumped me, cut off my uniform, duct taped me to a rolling office chair leaving my with only my tighty whities and boots on. Rolled me into the middle of the parking lot in broad day light and ran like hell! Then someone who I though was going to be a good Samaritan rolled me under a hazmat body wash station and turned it on! There I sat until I gnawed the duct tape off my wrists and was able to get out of the chair!
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
Stayed in the E-2 Community from 1999 until 2009 working this Veridian. Engineering (Now Wyle Labs) and Northop Grumman. I now work in Research park, E. Orlando for a simulation company.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
VFW, Central Florida Navy League, Moose Lodge and Fleet Reserve.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
Absolutely! Work ethic you get from the military, for those that chose to embrace it will stay with you forever! The kids I see these days just out of college couldn't work their way our of a paper bag!
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE NAVY?
CWO3 Michael Skelly - Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
Give it hell! Drill like you fight, fight like you drill! Thank you for serving, I wished I still could!
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
CWO3 Michael Skelly - In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
TWS and the US Navy
It's obvious! The number of shipmates I've found due to TWS is amazing!

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