CAPT Tom Spink
The History of Moffett Field traces its history from the early '30s with Lighter Than Air, Army Air Corps Training Base in the late '30s. Navy blimp squadrons of the War years, transports during Korea, jets after Korea, and patrol planes starting in the mid-'60s through the late '90s. In addition, the 129th California Air National Guard Rescue Wing is stationed there. And come find out what Google is doing at Moffett.
Tom Spink graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Engineering. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, was selected for the Naval Flight Officer (NFO) program, trained at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, NAS Norfolk, Virginia, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and NAS Moffett Field, California. He flew the P-3B Anti-Submarine Patrol Plane as a Navigator and then Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), throughout the Pacific theater in VP-46. He was assigned as an instructor at the West Coast P-3 training squadron, VP-31. He left active duty and affiliated with the Naval Air Reserve in VP-91 at Moffett for 11 years, culminating in a command tour from 1986 to 1988.
CAPT Spink holds a MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He is on the Board of Directors at the Moffett Field Historical Society and Museum and is the Editor of the Sparrowhawk newsletter. Additionally, he is the C.O. of the San Francisco Bay Area Squadron of the Association of Naval Aviation (ANA) and the Regional VP for the Maritime Patrol Association (MPA) Chapter at Moffett Field.
PLAN OF THE DAY
1130 - Gather and Greet
1200 - Call to Order
· Pledge of Allegiance - CAPT Stan Ellexson
· Grace - Chaplain Art Curtis
· Introduction of Flag Officers – SF Commander
· Introduction of Guests - SF Companions
· Historians Report - Professor CAPT Ken Hagan
· Med Bay Report – Dr. CAPT Tom Snyder
· Membership Report - CAPT Kris Carlock
1215 - Announcements - SF Commander and Others
1220 - Joke Time (Have secret judge pre-set) – SF Commander
1225 - Lunch
1250 - Guest Speaker – CAPT Tom Spink USN (Ret.)
1315 - Q&A
1320 - Winning Joke – SF Commander (via secret judge) Raffle
1330 - Adjourn