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The NAVY LEAGUE is citizens in support of the sea services.  It is a service-minded promoter of the Maritime Services and sponsor of the Santa Rosa Partnership with the NAS Whiting Field and the Maritime Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine).  Specific objectives include SUPPORTING the men and women of the Maritime Services and EDUCATING the American people and their elected leaders about the critical importance of sea power for their economic and national security.

The NAVY LEAGUE depends on individuals like you to carry forward our education and support missions.  Councils “adopt” ships and shore commands (ours is NAS Whiting Field), reward and honor enlisted personnel, host luncheons, dinners, and celebrations for military personnel.  Our new Community Support Program is to provide support for Individual Augmentees (IA) and their families. IAs are military members who receive individual orders to transfer to Iraq or Afghanistan for duty on extremely short notice – leaving a spouse and family behind in the community with a minimum or no preparation time.


Membership Inquiries - Walt Reese - 623-9808




Navy League Santa Rosa Council

P.O. Box 3893

Milton, Florida 32572-3893


*The Navy League is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with federal laws.






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New Navy League Mug for Sale!
$10 minimum donation. Please contact Walt Reese at 623-9808 for more details.

New Navy League Mugs for Sale!

Please contact Walt Reese at 623-9808 to purchase a Navy League Coffee Mug. Minimum Donation - $10.

Congratulations to our own Walt Reese!




Navy League National Director CAPT Walt Reese, USN (Ret) was inducted into Navy Strategic Communications Wing ONE / TACAMO Hall of Fame, on 2 June 2012, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, OK.  This date is recognized as the 50th Anniversary of  TACAMO.


In 1962 Walt was serving as the Project Flight Support Coordinator at the Naval Air Development Center, Johnsville, Pennsylvania.  (Post Office address later changed to Warminster, PA.).  USS NAUTILUS (the first nuclear powered submarine) had reported, “Underway on nuclear power”. It was determined that she  had to be refueled every thirteen years, and the crew could remain deep-submerged for sixty days.  We need to recall that during World War II, submarines had to surface to periscope/antenna/ exhaust depth daily so they could light-off their diesel-fueled generators to recharge their batteries so they could operate submerged for the next 24 hours.  Submerged submarines could not be contacted, and communication was possible only once a day during that surfaced period.


In 1962 the Chief of Naval Operations assigned to the Naval Air Development Center the Navy’s #1 Priority Project ….. “Develop a system to communicate with deep submerged submarines”, with guidance to “Take Charge and Move Out”!


My prior tour of duty just before NavAirDevCen had been with the Airborne Early Warning Wing Pacific, flying Super Radar Constellation  (WV-2/EC-121) aircraft.  We knew there was a Super Radar Connie on the back line at NAS Patuxent River with horrible fuel leaks, probably never to fly again.  The aircraft was well suited for flight support of this project with all of its workspace and more than enough electrical power with 6 DC generators and 2 AC alternators.  For the Navy’s top priority project, funding was readily available to make necessary repairs and slight modification of the aircraft.


WV-2/EC-121 BUNO 137889 was pulled off the back line, fuel leaks repaired, and transferred to NAS JOHNSVILLE (later renamed NAF Warminster).  NAVAIRDEVCEN was also in the towed target development business, and a 30,000 feet tow cable became our 5 mile antenna.  All normal electronics equipments were removed from the rear cabin, a hawse pipe was attached to the belly of the aircraft,   a large winch was installed to handle the antenna, with a “guillotine” component to cut off and immediately get rid of the antenna if necessary.  (The antenna was about ¼ inch in diameter, big and heavy).


Flight support of the project also started in 1962.  Flights were interesting ….. initially in the Atlantic Air Space Reservations.  One of the first lessons learned was that a horizontally arrayed antenna would not do the job.  It was fun working with Navy Chincoteague, VA radar and telemetry equipment to determine the angle of bank and air speed needed to give the required 1,000 feet of verticality of the antenna.  We managed to dip the bright orange drogue at the end of the antenna in the water several times before establishing that slightly less than a 30 degree bank provided the required verticality.


Several incidents kept the development flights interesting ….. :


(1)  For one development flight we properly arranged for a moving Air Space Reservation from 15,000 feet down to 5,000 feet, to Bermuda and return.  Commander Second Fleet was very unhappy when 2nd Fleet was underway, and couldn’t do their planned operations in the area reserved for us.  (One young aviator was very thankful this had been properly arranged and communicated) !


(2)  On another flight returning from Bermuda with the antenna deployed, it was necessary to pass through a cold front.  Almost without warning the antenna seemed to become a “lightning rod”, and it was necessary to exercise the guillotine and get rid of the antenna ASAP !


We were proud to have developed a good working system to pass to Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River for test and evaluation!  And even more pleased when tests and evaluations were successful


Two TACAMO Squadrons  were established 1n 1966 flying C-130 aircraft.

VQ-3 operating in the Pacific and VQ-4 operating in the Atlantic.  With two aircraft airborne, deep-submerged nuclear powered submarines can be communicated with any where in the world!  Today there are three TACAMO Squadrons ….. VQ-7, the TACAMO Training Squadron has been added at Tinker AFB.


Today’s TACAMO aircraft is the E-6 Mercury aircraft  (Extremely aerodynamically clean, and with ultra state-of-the-art Communications Equipment).


Walt has two observations ….. (1) “I’m certainly pleased and honored by my induction in the TACAMO HALL OF FAME”, and (2) “Look out.  What you do today might come back to bless you, or haunt you ….. in 50 years”.


Mr. Walt Reese Reveiving Award

Walt Reese

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