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Fleet AW Association
        The Fleet AW Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of interest in the Naval Aircrewman community (AWs; formerly known as Aviation Warfare Systems Operators and as Antisubmarine Warfare Operators); the advancement of Naval Aircrewman systems operations; the dissemination of technical, educational and scientific information relating to Naval Aircrewman systems operations; and furtherance of the public welfare.
In 2008, the AW rating was re-named the Naval Aircrewman rating and all enlisted naval aircrew were consolidated into this rating as AWs. This added several speciality ratings: AWR (Tactical ASW Helicopter), AWS (Tactical AMCM/Utility Helicopter), AWO (Operator), AWF (Mechanical), and AWV (Avionics)

We will locate your faintest your slightest movements.....gaze upon the heat of your body.....we will hear your pounding heart in the deepest oceans.....and when you finally become aware of our presence.....we will have already begun your departure.....forever!

What's New??

  • TAPS:Please forward any tributes/photos of our fallen comrades to Devo

    Plankholder AWC (Ret.) Thomas F. “Tobe” Terrell III died July 17, 2009 at age 67. "Tobe" was born Aug. 8, 1941 in Pocatello, ID. "Tobe" was originally a VP/VS AX1 who converted over to AW1. He is survived by his daughter Charlotte Smith and son David Terrell.
    AW1 (Ret.) Matthew "Bishlash" Bishop died December 1, 2009 at age 35. Matt died from massive heart attack while at home in Everett, WA. Matt is survived by his wife Amy, daughters Leiah and Evelyn. Matt was a SS3 and an original JCCS-1 Plankowner. He was also an operator for Project Night Eagle with SAIC here in IRAQ.
    Plankholder AWCS (Ret.) Jimmy D. Moreau died December 17, 2009 at age 68. Jim died from pancreatic cancer in Jacksonville, FL. Jim was originally a VP/VS AX1 who converted over to AW1.
    AWCM Andrew "Drew" Helber died November 17, 2009; killed by a drunk driver in Pensacola. Drew was riding his motorcycle when a drunk driver lost control of his car on a curve and spun out of control right into Drew's lane. He is survived by his wife, Donna June Helber and daughter, Amanda Tipton, of Virginia.

  • 786 Members Strong and Counting!
    Let's shoot for 800 by the end of 2009!

    Welcome aboard to:
    • AW (Ret.) Johnny Birchfield, AWFC Paul E. "Lutzy" Lutz, AW (Ret.) Robin East, AWC (Ret.) Keith "Pritch" Pritchard, Jeremy Nance, AW (Ret.) Chris "Dibs or Doc" Dibble, Kurt "Schu" Schuster, AW (Ret.) David "Biscuit" Kresge, Robert "Rock" Rock-Klotz, Tim Weldon, Jeff "Pugs or Solly" Solomon, Chris "Mag" Magan, Erik Duesler (Dec 22, 2009)

    Directory updates:
    • Frank Morris (Dec 28, 2009)
    • Bill Berry, Keith Van Sickle, Ed Ginder, Pete Meier, Christopher "Boo" DuPree, Mike Tilrico, Patrick Pero, Jeff Thacker, Tom Stevens (Dec 22, 2009)
    • 1st Gen Pages: Al Bentley (Dec 22, 2009)
  • For the Facebook members among us, you can join the US Navy Aviation Warfare Systems Operators and US Navy Aviation Warfare Systems Operators groups.
  • For the LinkedIn gang among us, you can join the Fleet AW Association.

    Contact AW1 (Ret.) Rob Bixby at
    Last Updated: December 28, 2009

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