Stories of Honor: Navy “plane captain” Jeff Kindrick aboard USS Enterprise’s 63-times at seas | Local

Navy veteran Jeff Kindrick made two WESTPAC cruises with Attack Squadron VA-97 and Carrier Air Wing CVW 14 aboard the nuclear plane carrier USS Business, from 1971-72 and 1972-73. These stints incorporated a document-setting 63 days at sea.

When the Air Wing 14 squadrons flew the last beat sorties of the Vietnam War, on January 27, 1973, Kindrick was serving at CVW-14 Seaside Detachment, Naval Air Station at Cubi Place, Subic Bay, Philippines.

A effectively-acknowledged Helena title, Kindrick Legion Area is named in honor of Jeff’s late father, WWII veteran and longtime Senators baseball advocate Ace Kindrick.

Soon after graduating from Helena Large in 1969, Kindrick adopted in his Dad’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Navy that August. On December 15, alongside with his buddy Greg Hoffer, he flew down to San Diego’s Recruit Schooling Center.

Upon completion of boot camp, he described to the Naval Air Technological Schooling Centre at Millington, Tennessee, for Avionics A College.

In August 1970, Kindrick attended VA-122 schooling squadron at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California. The 11-week class consisted of fundamentals necessary for operating with the A-7E Corsair II gentle assault plane.

“At that time, the A-7E was the Navy’s most recent floor assault jet with the most advanced laptop or computer integrated flight, navigation and weapons methods handle in the planet,” Kindrick, 70, connected. “I then transferred to VA-97, the squadron that would be my dwelling for the relaxation of my enlistment.”

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