Cuthbertson, James Marshall, Jr., AMS1

Aviation Structural Mechanic, Structures
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
AMS-8319-P-3 System Organizational Maintenance Tec
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Structural Mechanic, Structures
Primary Unit
1998-2001, 9595, VAQ-129 Vikings
Previously Held NEC
AM-8377-SH-3 Systems Organizational Career Maintenance Technician
MWD-0003-MWD - Patrol/Security
8331-A-6 System Organization Maintenance Technician
AM-9595-Hazardous Matgerial Control Management Technician
9595-Hazardous Matgerial Control Management Technician
Service Years
1981 - 2001
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Persian Excursion
AMS-Aviation Structural Mechanic, Structures
Five Hash Marks


 Ribbon Bar
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge

 

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Police (enlisted) US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon Persian Excursion

Cold War Veteran


 Military Association Memberships
Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)Chapter 47-National Rifle Association (NRA)
  1992, Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2001, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 47 (Member) (Oak Harbor, Washington) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, -National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

We are serving at Calvary Chapel South Anchorage, AK.
   
Other Comments:

Happily married to Ro for 31 years and have two great girls, Maeggan & Mirah Jo. Maeggan is married to a wonderful young man, Pastor Samuel Vargas. I AM a very happy POP (Grandpa) to Emmanuel James "EJ" Vargas. Maeggan, Samuel and EJ are living in Anchorage, AK. Mirah Jo is living in Texas as a licensed hair dresser (and has a natural talent for it). We are living in Anchorage, AK cause thats where EJ is and it's too hot in Texas!!!


   

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1981, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 0121
  1986, NAVVET (Prior Naval Service) (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Millington, TNVP-31 The Genies/Black LightningsNAS Moffett FieldVP-50 Blue Dragons
Naval Regional Medical Center,  Long Beach, CANMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)NAS North IslandNTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)HC-1 Pacific Fleet AngelsSchool Assignments - StaffNaval Air Facility Adak, AK
VA-128VA-196 Main BatteryUSS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14)
Naval Air Station Whidbey IslandVP-46 Grey KnightsProfessional Schools and CoursesNAVSUBASE Bangor/Trident Training Facility
VAQ-129 Vikings
  1981-1981, AMS-8319, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Millington, TN
  1981-1981, AMS-8319, VP-31 The Genies/Black Lightnings/FRAMP VP-31
  1981-1985, AMS-8319, NAS Moffett Field
  1981-1985, AMS-8319, VP-50 Blue Dragons
  1985-1985, AMS-8319, Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
  1985-1985, AMS-8319, NMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)
  1985-1986, AMS-8319, NAS North Island
  1986-1986, AMS-8319, NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego
  1986-1986, AM-8377, North Island (Faculty Staff)/NAMTRADET 1025 (Faculty Staff)
  1986-1989, AM-8377, NAS North Island
  1986-1989, AM-8377, HC-1 Pacific Fleet Angels
  1989-1989, MWD-0003, USAF Law Enforcement Specialist Course
  1990-1992, MWD-0003, Naval Air Facility Adak, AK
  1992-1992, 8331, VA-128
  1992-1994, 8331, VA-196 Main Battery
  1992-1994, 8331, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
  1992-1994, 8331, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14)
  1992-2001, AMS-8319, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
  1994-1998, AMS-8319, VP-46 Grey Knights
  1998-1998, 9595, Hazardous Material Control and Management Technician Course
  1998-1999, AM-9595, NAVSUBASE Bangor/Trident Training Facility
  1998-2001, 9595, VAQ-129 Vikings
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1975-2015 RIMPAC Exercise Series
  1980-2020 Counter Drug Operations
  1994-1994 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  1994-1994 Training Exercise - UNITAS '94
  1995-1995 Training Exercise - Cobra Gold '95
  1997-1997 Training Exercise - Cobra Gold '97
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Military Association Memberships
Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)Chapter 47-National Rifle Association (NRA)
  1992, Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2001, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 47 (Member) (Oak Harbor, Washington) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, -National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]


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Reflections on PO1 Cuthbertson's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY?
Two things influenced my joining the US Navy. First thing was that my Dad had been in the Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Second thing was getting fired! I was working for CF Consolidated Freightway (trucking outfit) right out of high school making very good money and my work ethic was zero. Before signing up I had never talked to or heard a recruiter. There was one about two miles down the road from my house. Drove by one day and just stopped by to see what they had to offer. The rest is history.
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?
On January 8 1981 I left for MEPS. From there we were off to RTC San Diego. AMS A School in Millington TN. VP-50 81-85, 1 year of medical hold till Jan 86. HC-1 86-89, NAS Adak 89-92, VA-196 92-94, VP-46 94-98 & VAQ-129 98-01. Retired March 31, 2001.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY.
No, my service time was mostly during the Cold War. Then during Operation Desert Storm I was stationed up in Adak AK.
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH ONE WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
VP-50, it was my first command. The people that I served with were like a family. I met my wife Ro who was our Squadron Corpsman while we were on deployment in Misawa Japan. I also met two of my best friends in VP-50. The best memories of my Navy time are from my tour with VP-50.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE SERVICE, INCLUDING COMBAT, DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL MEMORIES WHICH HAVE IMPACTED YOU MOST?
Meeting my wife in Misawa Japan while we were on deployment with VP-50 and the birth of our Daughters. The other was working on the flight deck on the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70. And, the proud feeling I had during my Retirement Ceremony.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR ANY OTHER MEMORABILIA, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH ARE THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
I think it was the MUC I got with VP-50. That was the best command and best group of people I served with.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
First person I think of was CDR Masters who was the XO with VP-50. He personally took me aside and encouraged me to strive to advance while I was in the Navy. Second person was CDR (Dr.) Joel Ray my Neurosurgeon at Balboa Naval Hospital. If it wasn't for the Lord using Dr. Ray, I would not be writing this.
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?
I was in Military Working Dog School and we were doing training in the field. I had wraps on and the dog that was doing the biting swung around so fast I could not keep the wrap between me and the dog. That sucker bit me on the butt and ripped my brand new BDU's.
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?
I became a school bus driver and an assistant pastor. Still doing both.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
NCOA & DAV. The DAV has been SO helpful with me receiving my VA disability benefits!
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?
I feel the Navy helped me develop a good Work Ethic and Professionalism. It also helped me learn to show and give Respect to others and my Country. And I learned what it meant to have Pride in myself and what I do.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE NAVY?
I would say, "Make the most of your time in the Navy and if there are any desires to do something special, Don't Hold Back - Go For It!"
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
James Marshall Cuthbertson, Jr. (Cut), AMS1 - In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
TWS and the US Navy
NTWS has made it possible for me to make contact with people I have not seen since high school. I have been able to keep in contact to some of the best Shipmates that I served with in the Navy. And NTWS has given me the opportunity to meet some new Shipmates. TWS is great and I really like that is for us military folks only!

*J*

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