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Alan D. Dean


  CAPT (RET) Alan D. Dean entered active duty as an Airman Recruit in January 1979 and attended boot camp at RTC San Diego, CA

  His assignments include Aviation Ordnance ‘A” School NATTC Memphis, TN; VA-66; VT-24; VA-72; VFA-27; NAS Pensacola, FL, CVW-3, Atlantic Ordnance Command Det Sewell’s Point; USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76); Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic; Navy Safety Center; Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Oceana, VA; Naval Air Systems Command; Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, FL; and Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity, Indian Head Maryland.

  His military awards include: Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait); Southwest Asia Service Medal; NATO Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (7); Armed Forces Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal (3); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Navy Expeditionary Medal (2); Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4); Meritorious Service Medal (4); and Legion of Merit (2).

Some of his specific contributions, special achievements, and superior performance while on active duty include:

     •While assigned as CVW-3 Ordnance Officer his unparalleled leadership and experience was the cornerstone for the safe arming/dearming of 297 aircraft and expenditure of 345 tons of ordnance during airstrikes against targets in Irag.

     •As Commanding Officer of CNATTU Oceana he led staff of 178 personnel teaching 63 course that graduated 5,990 Fleet ready technician to support F/A-18 aircraft and intermediate level maintenance.

     •While serving as NAVAIRSYCOM Fleet Liaison Officer he sponsored the development and subsequent funding of 30 issue sheets resulting in weapons and UAV programs receiving $200M to ensure combat readiness.

     •He commanded more than 880 Navy, Marine Corps, civil service, & contractor personnel in the instruction of 94 different aviation technical courses graduating more than 17,450 Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, Coast Guard, and international military students.

  He is a stalwart supporter of the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen and has been actively involved with the Association since 1980.  He is life member 6002 and has been a member of or officer in Chapters One, Four, Eight, Twenty-Two, Thirty-Four, and CVN-76. He is a known leader and mentor to Chapter 4. His contributions to the Association go far beyond the local chapters as he is currently a National Board of Director who stays involved with the various committees of the Association. 

CDR Mike Gramolini USN, Ret.: Text
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