Tailhook Association Officers

Return to Home Page

CHAIRMAN VADM EVAN "STREAK" CHANIK, USN (Ret) -Term Fall 2015
  • Source United States Naval Academy
  • Designated Naval Aviator 1985
  • Fighter Squadron One (VF-1), Naval Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), VF 24 "Fighting Renegades, (VX) 4 Evaluators, Naval Fighter Weapons School, attached to Nellis Air Force Base as part of the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron, CO VF 84 "Jolly Rogers" XO USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), CO USS Camden (AOE 2), CO USS Enterprise, CNO (OPNAV) staff as Head, Aviation Plans and Requirements (N780), Carrier Group 3 as the USS Carl Vinson Battle Group Commander, Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Carl Vinson Strike Group, Director, Programming Division (N80), Director, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J8)
  • Hours/Traps: 4,800/850
  • Residence: Virginia
  • Other: Tailhook Association's "West Coast Fighter Pilot of the Year." Tailhook Association's 1999 "Tailhooker of the Year."

CAPT Gregory McWherter - PRESIDENT
  • Source: NROTC, The Citadel
  • Designation: Naval Aviator 1992
  • Assignments: VFA-131, “Wildcats,” LSO, TOPGUN, VFA-34, United States Joint Forces Command, CO VFA-192 “World Famous Golden Dragons, CO Blue Angels, NSTC, CO Blue Angels.
  • Hours/Traps: 5,300/950
  • Residence: Coronado CA
  • Present Empl: PCO NAB Coronado
  • Other:  Decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals (Strike Flight), two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards.
Stiffy

PAST PRESIDENT - CAPT STERLING G. GILLIAM, USN

  • Source: Aviation Officer Candidate School
  • Designation: Naval Aviator, 1985
  • Assignments: VAQ-129 FRS instructor; CVW-9 LSO; ComNavAirPac LSO; Joint Staff J-33; CO of VAQ-141; EA-18G/EA-6B Requirements Officer; OPNAV N78, CO of VAQ-129, Commander of CVW-9, National War College. OPNAV N8F,
  • Hours/Traps: 4,800 / 1,307
  • Residence: Alexandria VA
  • Present Empl: CO of Navy ROTC George Washington University
  • Other: Combat Missions in Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS RADM THOMAS F. BROWN III, USN (RET)
  • Source: OCS
  • Designation: Naval Aviator, 1956
  • Assignments: VA-153, VA-125 (three tours), VA-164, Ops Cag-15, XO VA-44, XO/CO VA-37, Cag-19, CO USS Caloosahatchee, CO USS Midway, CDR MEPCom, ComCarGruOne, ComCarGruFive/CTF-77, Dir. Strike and Amphibious Warfare
  • Hours/Traps: 4842/1017
  • Residence: San Francisco, CA
  • Present Employment: Retired
  • Other: 343 combat missions Vietnam, Mt. St. Mary's Univ. (BA 1954, PhD
  • 2000) Univ. of Calif. - Berkeley (MA, 1963), National War College (1974), San Fran. State Univ. (Teaching Credential 1987), Past Chairman of the Board - The Tailhook Association, Member of The Early and Pioneer Naval Aviators' Association (The Golden Eagles)

PAST CHAIRMAN RADM JAY “RABBIT” CAMPBELL, USN RET
  • Source: NROTC
  • Designation: Naval Aviator, 1968
  • Assignments: VF-191, VF-124, VF-14, VX-4, VF-213, XO Fighter Weapons School (Topgun), XO/CO VF-2, CO VF-101 ComCVW-2, COS Commander 6th Fleet, EA OpNav N8, Deputy Director, Plans and Policy Directorate, HQ U.S. European Command, CCG 7, Deputy Director, Plans and Policy Directorate U.S. Central Command
  • Hours/Traps: 5,500/1,250
  • Residence: Encinitas, Calif.
  • Present Empl: Consultant, Intergraph, SYS Tech. ATSI

TREASURER and CFO CDR JIM OLIVER, USN (RET)

  • Source: AVROC
  • Designation: Naval Aviator: 1968
  • Assignments: VA-55, VA-147, BUPERS (Twice) CVW-11, XO/CO VA-147
  • Hours/Traps: 3,400/950
  • Residence: San Diego CA
  • Present Empl: Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney

SECRETARY CDR NEIL ZERBE, USN (RET)

VP - LEGAL MATTERS MR. CARL M. SMITH

  • Source: NROTC, University of Virginia, 1970
  • Designated: Naval Aviator, October 1971
  • Assignments: VA-72, VA-174 (IP), VA-206, VMFA-321
  • Hours/Traps: 3700/270
  • Residence: Alexandria, VA
  • Present Employment: McGovern & Smith, LLC
  • Other: Former Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Senate Armed Services Committee

 

GENERAL COUNSEL CAPT PETER L. FAGAN, JAGC USN (RET)

 

EXECUTIVE VP EMERITUS CAPT W.D. KNUTSON, USN (RET)

  • Source: United States Naval Academy, 1952
  • Designated: Naval Aviator 2/1954
  • Assignments: VC-3, VF(AW)-3, Test Pilot School, Service Test, VF-101, CarAirWing-6 Landing Signal Officer, VF-84, XO/CO VF-33, Coin CarAirWing-7, ComFitWingOne, CO NAS Oceana.
  • Hours/traps: 5,560 hours/ 966 traps
  • Residence: Pauma Valley, California
  • Present Employer: Board of Directors, San Diego County Water Authority
  • Other: Flew 76 different makes/models of aircraft,130 combat missions Vietnam, George Washington University, (MBA) 1964, National War College 1970, ComCarDiv-9, ComNavAirLant, Past Chairman and President, The Tailhook Association, Member of The Early and Pioneer Naval Aviators Association (The Golden Eagles)

VP - CORP. DEVELOPMENT LCDR JAMES D. GROSS, USNR

 
VP - CORP DEVELOPMENT - CDR ROBERT WOOD, JR. USN (RET)  

VP - CORP DEVELOPMENT - CAPT JERRY PALMER, USN (RET)

  • Source: NAVCAD
  • Designation: Naval Aviator, 1965
  • Assignments: VA-192, VA-125 Instructor, VA-122 Instructor, VA-113, CO VA-22, OPSO – CSFWP – F/A-18 Fit Team, OPNAV 506C5 F/A-18 Requirements Officer, OPNAV 506 A/C Requirements, CO VFA-125, CO NAS Lemoore.
  • Hours/Traps: 5200/1242
  • Residence: Lemoore, CA
  • Present Employment: Retired, Former MACAIR/Boeing F/A-18 Site Manager NAS Lemoore
  • Other: Tailhook Association Lifetime Achievement Award 2005, B.S. California State University, Fresno
 

VP - CORP DEVELOPMENT - CAPT MARK DRAKE, USNR

VP - USMC AFFAIRS COL MARVIN T. GARRISON, USMC (RET)

 

VP - USNR AVIATION MATTERS CDR JIM DIMATTEO, USN

VP- USNR AVIATION MATTERS - CDR BETH CREIGHTON USNR  

VP- CIVILIAN AFFAIRS - ANGIE KNAPPENBERGER

  • Education: BS Aeronautical Engineering, Purdue. MS Mechanical Engineering, UCLA
  • Designation: GS-15 Civil servant
  • Assignments: 1992-1999 Aerospace Engineer, Edwards Air Force Base Flight Test Center. Worked on X-35, F-117, C-130, F-15 ACTIVE, F-16, C-17. 1999-2009 Aerospace Engineer, Naval Air Systems Command--Structural Dynamics Lead Engineer for F-35 and P-8. Structural Dynamics Flight Clearance responsibility for F-35, P-8A, KC-130J, EA-6B, X-32, X-35, X-31. 2009-2011 Director, Air Warfare, N88--Deputy Joint Strike Fighter Requirements officer.
  • Residence: Springfield, VA
  • Present Empl: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Air) Staff
  • Other: 2008-2009, Legislative Fellow for Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

PRESIDENT EMERITUS CAPT LONNY McCLUNG, USN (RET)

  • Source: U of Illinois NROTC
  • Designated: Jan 1964
  • Assignments: VAW-11; USAF Exchange Edwards AFB, Test Pilot School Class 68B; VF121; VF-92 Ops/Maintenance; M.S. Admin Science, Naval PG School Monterey; VF51 XO/CO; BuPers 22; TOPGUN CO; CO VF-124; CARGRU 7 ACOS Ops; CRUDESGRU 3 COS; COMTRAWING 2; OP-74, Director Strike/Amphibious Warfare; COMSECON FLEET COS.
  • Hour: 7,000 military/5000 civil. 1069 Traps
  • Residence: 1327 E. Le Marche, Phoenix, AZ 85022
  • Present Employment: EAGLE Aviation Consultants, LLC. Contract instructor pilot Eclipse Jet and Grumman Albatross. Contract Test Pilot/Instructor A-4 Skyhawk.
  • Other: Society of Experimental Test Pilots; Golden Eagles

VP - LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS CAPT LOU KRISER, USN (RET)

  • Source: V-5, AvCad, Flying Midshipman
  • Designation: Naval Aviator, 1947
  • Assignments: VA-10A, VA-95, VF-92, IBTU Pensacola, VF-74, VF-73, VAP-62, CO VRF-31
  • Hours/Traps: 4435/327 (Straight Deck)
  • Residence: Arlington, VA
  • Present Empl: Kriser Enterprises, LLC
  • Other: Naval Justice School, Naval War College, Aide/Flag LT. CNAP, Stanford Univ. (International Relations), USNA Instructor, Naval Photo School, Air Boss - USS Independence, OLA Navy, U of Maryland - Masters Degree - Public Administration/Public Policy, U.S. House of Representatives - AA Rep. Craig Hosmer (R-CA), Professional Staff, House Armed Services Committee - Seapower Subcommittee.

VP - LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS CAPT KEVIN MILLER, USN (RET)
  • Source: NROTC University of Mississippi
  • Designation: Naval Aviator, 1983
  • Assignments: VA-174, VA-82, VFA-106 FRS Instructor, CVW-7 LSO, VFA-131, 1AF/Continental NORAD Region, CO VFA-105, Naval War College, OPNAV N51 Strategy and Policy, SECNAV Legislative Affairs
  • Hours/Traps: 3,610/1,004
  • Residence: Fairfax, VA
  • Present Empl: Flagship Government Relations
  • Other: Florida State University (MSM 2000), DC Battle of Midway Commemoration Steering Group

VP STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS - CAPT RODGER WELCH, USN (RET)

  • Source: USNA 1978
  • Designation: Naval Aviator, NAS Beeville Texas, September 26, 1980
  • Assignments: VS-33, VC-7, VT-3, VT-26, VT-25, VA-122, VA/ VFA-113, VFA-125, CVW-8, VFA-87, VFA-86, VMFAT-101 (XO), VFA-25 (XO/CO), National War College/ NDU, OPNAV N8, CVW-17 (DCAG/ CAG), PACOM
  • Hours/Traps: 6500+, 1400+
    Residence: Kaneohe HI
  • Present Empl:   
    • National Security Consultant [Maritime, Port & Border Security in Asia & the Pacific Rim]
    • Director of Operations & Sales; Kane Garden & DelRay Surfboards Hawaii
  • Other: As former Director of Joint Interagency Coordination Group for Counter Terrorism/ Counter Transnational Crimes at USPACOM (JIACG/CT) from 2002-2008, awarded Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State & similar awards from the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Justice (DOJ) & the Federaal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Treasury (DoTres), & the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Also awarded the Outstanding Achievement Medal (OAM) from the Government of Republic of the Philippines. Also, plank owner & graduate of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism course founded by the FBI; still providing panel membership/ mentorship to this semi-annual FBI led interagency course.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CAPT J.R. DAVIS, USN (RET)
  • Source: AVROC, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, BS
  • Designation: Naval Aviator, 1972
  • Assignments: VF-151, VT-25 LSO, VF-213, CVW-11 LSO, CNAP LSO, VF-51, Naval War College, XO VF-191, XO/CO VF-114, Command Center - Crisis Response USCINCPAC
  • Hours/Traps: 4250/1009
  • Residence: San Diego, CA
  • Present Empl: The Tailhook Association
  • Other: Webster College, MA, Naval War College, MA

Return to the Top

Return to Home Page