Congratulations to Toni Checchio on receipt of the Aegis Excellence Award.
Toni has been contributing to the success of the Admiral’s ships for over 30 years. As the Gas Turbine Generator subject matter expert, she was deeply involved with the precomm crew training and preparations for fleet introduction of the generator at the Land Based Engineering Site. The original industry design proved somewhat challenging, and she could be found many times aboard ship sitting in a generator module with the Sailors troubleshooting, correcting planned maintenance documentation, and improving parts provisioning, and eventually contributing to an updated generator design. She has continued as a technical expert on the class electrical plant as the design evolved from 440 to 4160 volts to support the higher power requirements in the Flight IIIs.
Her continued dedication to success of the class makes her a true Destroyer Leader.
The October issue of the Destroyerman is posted. Lots of 31st pictures and participation instructions for the annual membership meeting on Oct 27th.
Petty Officer Stalder passed on September 12, 2022. The funeral will be held October 1, 2022, in Marlton NJ. Additional information here.
See Discussion on Plank Owner FB Group (must be member)
This is so sad. He was such an easy going sailor. Always smiling. Fair wind and following seas brother!Bruce Fields
We’ll said Bruce. RIP shipmateJIm Smith
Sorry to hear it. I don’t have any stories but remember him fondly.Glen Blevins
So sorry to hear shipmateJan Melford
Always smiling and quick witted. He was in CSMC when I dropped 400hz on board. He took my tail chewing. This world will miss you brother. RIPGdunn Farms
Godspeed Stalder. Smart, capable, irreverant as hell. From Dahlgren, to CSEDS, BIW, and the ship we were friends. Now, now I’m feeling old.Russell Therrien
Wow. Ran into him in Cherry Hill NJ in 2000 or so. God Bless . He was a great, funny guy.Scott Miller
October 27, 2022
1930 – 2015 Eastern Daylight Time
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Meeting ID: 884 4637 7823
National Museum of the Surface Navy at Battleship Iowa
U.S. Navy Releases Name of Deceased Arleigh Burke Sailor – US Navy Press Release – August 4, 2022
Seaman Recruit David L. Spearman was lost at sea on August 1, 2022.
“This bright, young man made an oversized positive impact on Arleigh Burke. My entire crew’s thoughts and prayers are with Seaman Recruit Spearman’s family and friends. We offer our most sincere condolences for their loss.”CDR. Pete Flynn, Commanding Officer, USS Arleigh Burke
“Thank you to the Swedish and German navies, the U.S. Air Force, and the Sailors from Arleigh Burke for their extensive efforts to search for our shipmate.”
Spearman, of North Carolina, enlisted on Nov. 10, 2021. He reported to Arleigh Burke on April 21, 2022 after his training at Great Lakes, Ill.
Arleigh Burke In Memoriam Page
Sea Trials Captain at BIW from 1984 to 2016
Obituary – Portland Press Herald – July 24, 2022
At 80, shipyard skipper to step back after Zumwalt trials – David Sharp – Seattle Times – May 22, 2016
Ballcaps and Coins are still available.
31st anniversary hats and coins are still available. These hats are available in coyote brown and have the DESRON 23 Little Beaver on one side and our anniversary slogan “Fast and Feared for Over 30 Years” on the other. “Built to Fight is embroidered on the back above the arch.
Crew ballcaps: $20
O5/06/Flag ballcaps: $25
In addition to our 31st anniversary memorabilia we are continuing to offer reduced pricing of our remining 25th anniversary T-shirts: now only $5. Crew ball caps ($20) with 25th anniversary marking are also available
You may send a check, or receive an invoice from the Association on PayPal.
Either way, fill out the desired items below, and you will receive the address for a check or PayPal invoice. Depending on the order, shipping and PayPal fees may be added.
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