The TAILHOOK ASSOCIATION

Hook '17:

61st Tailhook Convention

7 - 10 September 2017
Nugget Casino Resort - Reno/Sparks, Nevada




The Tailhook Association
Board of Directors 2017 Elections

Membership,
We have four positions on our Board of Directors that have reached their term, and we will be voting for the next term. The following abbreviated bios for our five nominees are listed below, and we are asking you to be a proactive member by casting your vote online (Regular Members Only). Please vote for four nominees.


ADM William “Shortney” Gortney, USN (Ret)

  • A-7E, F/A-18
  • VA-82
  • Instructor VFA-125, VFA-87, VFA-132
  • Commanding Officer, VFA-106 and VFA-15
  • Naval War College
  • Commander, Carrier Air Wing 7
  • Chief, Naval Amphibious Liaison Element to CFACC
  • Commander Carrier Strike Group 10
  • Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
  • Director, Joint Staff
  • Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command
  • Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom

CAPT Scott “Topper” Farr, USN, Incumbent

  • EA-6B, EA-18G
  • VAQ-139
  • Instructor, VAQ-129
  • NSAWC
  • Army Command and General Staff College
  • VAQ-134
  • Navy Personnel Command
  • IA, IRAQ
  • Commanding Officer, VAQ-140
  • JOINT STAFF J3
  • Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • Navy Office of Legislative Affairs
  • Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom

CDR Stephen “Dirt” Callaghan, USN (Ret), Incumbent

  • F-14, F/A-18
  • VF-31 Tomcatters
  • TOPGUN Instructor
  • VF-103 Sluggers
  • Naval War College
  • Joint Staff, J3
  • Commanding Officer, VFA-82
  • Navy Office of Legislative Affairs
  • Desert Shield, Desert Storm

LCDR Kristen “Dragon” Hansen, USN

  • F/A-18
  • VFA-151 Vigilantes
  • TOPGUN Class 03-10
  • SFWSP GPS Weapons SME
  • VFA-146 Training Officer
  • VFA-113 Department Head
  • NAWDC Asst. Air Wing Training Officer, 2016-present
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Inherent Resolve

LT Josh “Posh” Raymond

  • F/A-18
  • VFA-22
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • FAC(A) qualified
  • Operation Inherent Resolve
  • Instructor VT-86
  • Attaching to Dev Group - July 2017

Results will be announced at our Annual Membership Meeting on 09 September (1340-1400) during Hook 17 in Reno.


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Tailhook Reunion 2017

September 7-10
The Nugget Hotel - Reno, NV

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Hotel Reservations

September 7-10
The Nugget Hotel - Reno, NV

Toll Free Number: 800-648-1177
Tailhook Code: GTAIL17
Active Duty Code: GTAILA7

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Tailhook Banquet 2017

September 9th
1930 - 2200

The Nugget Hotel
Reno/Sparks, Nevada
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61st Tailhook Convention Schedule and Events

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Reno Air Races Tailhook VIP Tour

54th Annual National Championship Air Races

Sunday, 10 September 2017
1200-1600

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Jessica Sanders Walker - Tour Guide

The Tailhook Reno Air Races VIP Tour leaves the Nugget at 1200 and travels to Stead Airport - located in “The Valley of Speed” which is home to the World’s Fastest Motorsport. Upon leaving the Nugget, your tour guide will transport you back to the origins of air racing over the past 50 years plus in Northern Nevada. You will learn about the different types of race planes, the race courses they fly and who is crazy enough to pilot these planes.

Tour participants will be introduced to and briefed by pylon race pilots from all six classes of aircraft - Unlimited, Jet, T6, Sport, Formula One and Biplane.

A viewing tent will allow you to watch the pilots push their planes to the limits to prepare for qualification that will determine their position within each race class group.

On the tour, you will see technical inspections of the T6 race planes, witness a practice pilot extraction procedure by the Air Race Crash Fire Rescue Team, and enjoy a local wine tasting from Nevada’s premier Estate Distillery and Winery. The tour comes to an end with a briefing from the Air Race Boss Greg “Shifty” Peairs (lifetime member of Tailhook) and other air racing officials.


About your Tour Guide Jessica Sanders Walker…

Jessica has been responsible for coordinating logistics for the Big Red (T6) Crew since 2004. Coming from a strong aviation background, (soloed at 16 years of age) Jessica immediately fell in love with the air races and became a fixture in the T6 pits. Whether she is hosting a pit party, turning a wrench or making breakfast for all of the pilots and their crew, Stead Airport is where she calls home each year in September.

While earning her undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama, she worked with the 117th ARW in Birmingham, Alabama, to fight BRAC from closing the base where her father once flew F-4 Phantoms. After undergrad, she produced USO type shows at military installations across the country, then returned to academia to complete her Master’s Degree. Upon graduation, Jessica moved to Bogota, Colombia, and taught Thesis and Dissertation Research at UNICA.

Jessica married LT William Walker in 2014 and currently lives at NAS Fallon where her husband flies the F/A-18 and F-16. They welcomed their first child, William Joseph Walker, IV into the world this year!

She is currently the Military Liaison and Sponsorship Coordinator for the Reno Air Racing Association. This is Jessica’s 3rd year to lead the Tailhook VIP Tour.


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About Us

The Tailhook Association is an independent, fraternal, nonprofit organization internationally recognized as the premier supporter of the aircraft carrier and other sea-based aviation. The purposes of the Association are: to foster, encourage, develop, study, and support the aircraft carrier, sea-based aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, and aircrews of the United States of America; and to educate and inform the public in the appropriate role of the aircraft carrier and carrier aviation in the nation's defense system.

Educational Foundation:

The Foundation scholarship program awards over 100 scholarships annually. These grants assist the children and grandchildren of former and current naval aviators and aircrewmen as well as aircraft carrier based personnel studying in the many fields of College undergraduate education. Another part of our Foundation’s ongoing educational program is to fund sending over 1000 quarterly copies of the The Hook magazine to high schools and colleges throughout the United States; most of these magazines go to NROTC and NJROTC units. We need your help to further expand The Hook magazine’s distribution to more high schools and colleges. Please visit the Hook to School Link and support a high school or college in your area or, just ask the Tailhook Educational Foundation staff assign your Hook to School donation to a school not currently supported.

History:

The genesis of the current Tailhook Association was the first Tailhook Reunion held at Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Republic of Mexico, in 1956. From this small gathering, our annual reunions and the Association have grown in size and professional stature.

Membership:

Regular Tailhook Association membership is open to anyone who has made a carrier landing. Additionally, Associate Membership is open to anyone who has the desire to support U.S. Naval Carrier Aviation and the goals of the Tailhook Association. Associate Members have all privileges of regular members with the exception of voting rights. Regular and Associate life memberships are available. The same provisions and benefits of Regular and Associate Annual Memberships apply.

Vision Statement:

It is the vision of the Tailhook Association to be internationally recognized as the premier organization for support of carrier and other sea-based aviation.

" ... to foster, encourage, develop, study, and support the aircraft carrier, sea-based aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, and aircrews of the United States of America; and to educate and inform the public in the appropriate role of the aircraft carrier and carrier aviation in the nation's defense system."

The objectives of the Tailhook Association in implementation of the stated purposes are:

  • Expand the membership base, with continued focus on active duty. Honor the service and sacrifices of all those who are, or have been a part of, carrier-based aviation.
  • Educate the public on the importance of carrier and other sea-based aviation and contribute to improved communications among civilian and military communities regarding carrier aviation matters.
  • Promote the Tailhook Educational Foundation in its mission of providing higher educational scholarship assistance.
  • Provide an interactive forum for fleet aviator thought and opinion on carrier aviation matters, particularly those of junior aviators.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of professionalism, camaraderie and morale among carrier and other sea-based aviators.
  • Honor and give special recognition to those who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of carrier-based Naval Aviation.
  • Uphold a commitment to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct.