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CWO3 (RET) Barry L. Stemler 2021 Association of Aviation Ordnancemen Hall of Fame Inductee

CWO3 (RET) Barry L. Stemler entered active duty as an Airman Recruit in September 1974 and attended boot camp at RTC San Diego, CA

His assignments include Aviation Ordnance ‘A” School NATTC Memphis, TN; USS Ranger (CV-61); USS Constellation (CV-64); VP-1 NAS Barbers Point; NATTC Memphis, TN; Navy Recruit Training Command San Diego, CA; USS Peleliu (LHA-5) NS San Diego: Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific (COMFAIRWESTPAC) Atsugi, JA; Senior Enlisted Academy @ Naval War College, Newport RI; USS Independence (CV-62) NS Yokosuka, JA; VF-11 and VF-101 NAS Miramar; and USS Essex (LHA-3) NS San Diego.

His military awards include: Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia); Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait); Southwest Asia Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal (2 Awards); Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 Awards), Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 Awards). During his Civil Service career he was recognized with the DON Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

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

• While assigned to USS Constellation’s G-4 Division he was the cornerstone contributor to 95% weapons elevator reliability during an 8 month deployment, including a major ordnance off load.

• As a Recruit Company Commander he led two Recruit Companies that were recognized as the “Color Company”, the highest recognition for a Recruit Company; was an Instructor of the Quarter and Sailor of the Quarter..

• Spearheaded the initial F-14D air-to-ground weapons certification for over 45 student aircrew and ordnance allowing the F-14 to expand into the BombCat role After retiring in 2001 he continued to support the Aviation Ordnance community as both a contractor and civil servant. He served as both Ordnance Technical Consultant and Ordnance Superintendent for Raytheon Technical Service operation of NAVMAG Guam. He began his civil service career in 2002 working for the Command Navy Region Southwest/Navy Munitions Command as the Explosive Safety Officer/Supervisor. Hi 2016 he was instrumental in the Navy Special Warfare Range Enterprise Transition from Naval Special Warfare Group ONE to COMNAVSPECWARCEN earning him the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

He is a stalwart supporter of the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen and has been actively involved with the Association since 1989. He is an active member of Chapter 8 and has served has Chapter 8’s Secretary/Treasurer since 2012. He is Life Member # 2865. His contributions to the association go far beyond the local chapter member meetings. He passionately promotes the history of LT John Finn. He is an adamant support of the Association’s scholarship program assisting by AAAO and Chapter in fund raising.