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34 Years of Service to the Fleet
29 March 1960 - 05 January 1995

POMFLANT Alumni Newsletter

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March 2008 - Issue 1

Special Interest Items

Breakfast Club - The POMFLANT Alumni Breakfast Club meets in the back room at the Perkins Family Restaurant, on Rivers Avenue adjacent to Ashley Phosphate Road, every Wednesday at 0930 for a breakfast gathering. See all of you there!

Website Addition - I have added a link to a downloadable and or printable version of the newsletter. It is located at the top of the website newsletter and under the title “POMFLANT Alumni Newsletter.” It is in Acrobat format and will require the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Which can be downloaded from:

Adobe Acrobat Reader Webpage

Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) – SSP now has a public website with all programmatic history and facts about SSP, the Fleet Ballistic Missile Program and current initiatives (Click Here).

POMFLANT Patches – I have been receiving a lot of requests for patches. I originally purchased 100 patches for those interested and had a few left over. But over the years they have been sold to others in the Alumni. I have written Vanguard where I purchased the patches from and have not received any answers. I have written them again today. I will let you know what the outcome is. Thank you for your patience. For information on original order (Click Here).

Request - We have been getting a lot of E-Mail returned from the domain mailing list as undeliverable for numerous reasons. We have lost touch with some of our friends. So, I would like to request the following things of you.

1. Please verify that the following E-Mail addresses are in your allow list and not blocked by your E-Mail Program or Internet service provider: E-Mail 1 and E-Mail 2..

2. I would like all of your snail mail addresses, if you have not already sent them to me. This will allow us to keep in touch with you if your E-Mail address changes or has other problems. We do not release this information to anyone outside of this association. Thank you for your support.

3. For those members using their work E-Mail address from Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin is rejecting E-mails from the mailing list, with an error message of “556 5.7.1 Message refused by Lockheed Martin due to content or security policy violation.”  I will need another non-LMCO e-mail address or a snail mail address if you wish further updates from the POMFLANT Remembered Website.  Please respond with your name an alternate E-Mail or Snail Mail address to Thunderer.  I am sorry for this inconvenience.

4. AOL and CompuServe (cs.com) have now started blocking my mailing list as SPAM on some AOL and CompuServe accounts. For those AOL and CompuServe members please read item 1 above. Your names will be removed from the e-mail list. You may try contacting AOL customer service and see if they will unblock the e-mails from my domain. I am sorry for this inconvenience.

5. Comcast is now blocking the POMFLANT update e-mails as SPAM. Please resolve this issue with your provider or I will be forced to remove your address from the e-mail update lists. I might suggest that you get a Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail account for the newsletter and website update E-Mails.

News from our Members:

Joyce Aveyard – Just wanted to let you know that I retired from SPAWAR Charleston on 30 September 2007 after 34 plus years of federal service.  I transferred to SPAWAR from POMFLANT in December of 1993. I have recently relocated to Madison, Alabama, just outside of Huntsville.  Please update my email and snail mail addresses. My new email address is (Click Here). My new mailing address is:  4095 Lawson's Ridge Dr., Apt. 1606, Madison, Al 35757.
Joel & Libby Singletary - After over a year of being disconnected, Libby and I want to let our POMFLANT friends know how to communicate. In May 2006 we relocated from Brevard, NC to the Sumter, SC area to be close to our son and his family. Here is all the info on how to reach us. And please include us in your future email communications and gatherings. Our new address is: 2560 Autumn Terrace, Dalzell, SC 29040 and E-Mail: (Click Here).

We are both truly retired now, and stay very busy in our church, and in our hobbies. I am operating a small Photography/Framing business at home, and Libby des high tech sewing with two computerized machines. In spite of low water in our lakes, I'm learning where to fish and really get into that and hunting with the grandsons. I hope all is well with your family at this Christmas season, and we do look forward to joining in any future gatherings of the old POMFLANT gang.

Paul C. Godbout - I just found your site, and saw a few navy and marines I served with. I would like to be added to your list please, LCPL Paul C. Godbout, (1st platoon) 85 - 88. I am still living in the area, and I work for Stokes Kia (when I am not 50 miles offshore catching grouper and snapper).
Gary M. & Barbara Trammell - Like I said in my last e-mail, we had a great vacation in Alaska.  However, we were not back long until I had to have surgery.  Yep, had to have the old gallbladder removed.  Thankfully, they were able to use the laparoscopic procedure on me instead of having to lay me open.  Ended up with just 4 small cuts in my abdomen, all 3/4 of an inch or less.  Recovery was fast.  Only three weeks between surgery and my return to the golf course.  For some reason or another surgery didn't improve my golf game one bit.  Oh well, I still enjoy the game.  This week I am a spotter on one of the holes for the Robert Landers Senior Southland Tour that is being played on our local golf course.  I got to play in the Pro-Am portion of last year's event, but I was about a week shy of being well enough to play this year.   So the next best thing was to be a spotter.  The Pro-Am portion starts tomorrow, and the Senior Pro portion runs Wednesday through Friday.  I have known the Senior Pro Robert Landers for well over 25 years.  Before he became a golfing pro he was the manager of a clothing store in Azle, Texas called Mitchell's.  I used to buy my kids school clothes at that place.  That is how I came to know Robert Landers.  He is a terrific guy.  He runs a kids clinic here each Wednesday.  Spends a lot of his own money buying the less fortunate kids pieces of golfing equipment.  The golf course now holds an annual Robert Landers Tournament to raise funds to help out his children's clinic.  Just lots of fun all around.  

Well, due to my surgery, and Barbara having back problems, our trip to Charleston has been delayed until late November or early December.  So, we still plan on firing up the old motor home and heading that way.  Hope to see some folks from the past.  Hard to believe that I have been retired from the navy for 27 years.  I never thought age 21 would get here, and then I turn around and “wham” there is age 65 sitting on your driver's license. Cheers to all, and all take care.

Shortly after adding this to the draft of the March 2008 Newsletter I received this E-Mail from Gary's son Gary Jr., informing me that my dear friend and shipmate had passed away on 27 October 2007.

“Hello, Thanks again for everything. It's been one day shy of two months now and I am still hurting. Wow never thought it would be like this. Anyway, I had a dream about Dad sending a last update to go on the News from members section of the POMFLANT newsletter. Below I have included a rough draft. Please feel free to edit this anyway you would like. I would like you to include it in your next newsletter.” Thanks Again.

Gary M. Trammell Jr.
Pro Rodeo Announcer & Moncks Corner Computers LLC
E-Mail: (Click Here)

Gary M. Trammell, Sr. LT (JG) USN Retired

Well, as of 27 October 2007 I have received new orders. Orders came Via NAVPERS HEAVEN, delivered by the Ultimate Commander and Chief himself. I was so excited that day. I was piped onboard on Saturday morning the 27th day of October 2007. Ding; ding Gary Mack Trammell arriving ding. Once reporting I was given no duty. I got to meet the First Plank Owner, Jesus. Wow all I can say is I can't wait to see the rest of my shipmates to report aboard. Boy, I sure am glad this is not a 3 month patrol but an eternal one! Oh, by the way, wearing the Navy whites prepared me for my eternal uniform so don't forget to keep yours pressed. Well, until I see you guys cross the quarter deck someday, I will say farewell. Remember, I have been assigned the best duty station ever so, don't cry for me. So long, see you soon.

Knowing Gary since 1970, I feel that this would have been his words. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Gary's family. Fair winds and following seas my dear friend.

Paul Fitzgerald - Thank you for expressing your sympathy for the loss of Rachel. I appreciate it. Rachel originally worked in Data Processing. Later she transferred to Accounting where she worked for many years where she reached the position of Accounting Officer. Rachel retired in 1988 and we moved to Savannah. When Paul retired in 1990 they moved into their RV for eleven years. She worked considerable volunteer hours with Georgia State Parks and Historic sites. She was an avid bowler and travelled to Las Vegas several times where she bowled in the Ladies National Queens Tournament. In 2001 they purchased a mobile home in Kissimmee Fl. She continued to perform volunteer work at the parks until last year. She passed away in Kissimmee on 24 February 2008. We had been married for almost 52 years. We have three children, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Ron and Nancy Thomas - We celebrated our 21st anniversary in June. Nancy, who retired in January was asked to come back to work at SWFLANT to help train the new Quality Assurance Specialists that were being hired. So, she accepted a temporary rehire for a year until May 2008. They made her an offer she could not refuse as an annuitant.

I have been building a two story workshop and remodeling our kitchen which has been taking most of my time so as usual, I am late getting this newsletter out. Our youngest Grandson started college this fall at the University of North Florida. I guess we are starting to get old.

Our side business, Southeastern Synthetics, will continue to sponsor the website and the newsletter at no cost whatsoever to the Alumni Association. This includes the web, newsletter materials and any applicable postage costs.

New Members:

Walter C. Reid
E-Mail: Click Here!
Carletta J. Smiley
E-Mail: Click Here!
James Ray
E-Mail: Click Here!
David Evans
E-Mail: Click Here!
Paul C. Godbout
E-Mail: Click Here!
Robert P. Allen
E-Mail: Click Here!
Jesse Quarrels
E-Mail: Click Here!

E-Mail Address Changes:

James T. Moore
E-Mail: Click Here!
Don Graham
E-Mail: Click Here!
Robert J. Wallace
E-Mail: Click Here!
Johnny D. Brown
E-Mail: Click Here!
Joyce Aveyard
E-Mail: Click Here!
Stan Vernon
E-Mail: Click Here!
Chuck F. VanHaelst
E-Mail: Click Here!
Jack Dean
E-Mail: Click Here!
Joel Singletary
E-Mail: Click Here!
Parker Morgan
E-Mail: Click Here!
Joel Tootill
E-Mail: Click Here!

Full Mailboxes, Over Quota, and Bad E-Mail Addresses:

Full Mailboxes, Over Quota, and Bad E-Mail Addresses File

Snail Mail Address Changes and Bad Addrssses

Snail Mail Address File

Our Sad News:

Since our last newsletter, I have received information that the following co-workers, co-workers family members and friends have died:

LT Leroy L. Hill (USN Retired) – Military, Passed 21 June 2007.

LT (JG) Gary M. Trammell, Sr. (USN Retired) – Military, Passed 27 October 2007.

Joseph F. Darby – Lockheed, Passed 24 December 2007.

Philip C. Rogerson – Lockheed, Passed 29 January 2008.

Rachel D. Fitzgerald (Paul Fitzgerald's wife) – Civilian, Passed 24 February 2008.

Our Deepest Sympathy goes to those and their families who have lost their loved ones.

Please keep us informed of any news about our POMFLANT family. We welcome any and all inputs for upcoming newsletters. Any inputs can be sent to the below E-Mail address at anytime and will get into the latest newsletter. Without your input we have little to write about.

Please keep Ron Thomas and John Maney up to date on your e-mail addresses and or your current snail mail address and telephone number changes.

Take Care,
Ron and Nancy

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