San Diego Reunion of USS Midway Sailors

Michael Steward and wife Mary meet Michael Angulo and Kathleen in San Diego. The featured event was to Visit the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.

The day of our visit was the the return of COVID-19 Restrictions. This limited access to the museum exhibits we could visit and only the Hanger Bay and Flight Deck were open to the visitors. We were approached by a Blue Shirt Restoration Volunteer at the beginning of our visit. He gave us a personal tour of our old berthing area below the Focsle. This area is maintained and used regularly we learned whenever the Scouts visit for overnight stays. So our old racks are still being used.

My old bunk
Large Tube connects to the Anchor locker below.

Elks Lodge 2379 Volunteer of the Year 2019-2020

I was honored on Monday 03/09/2020 at the Annual Lodge Awards Night by Gary Keener our current Exalted Ruler (ER). Gary’s motto as our ER for this past year has been “Elks Inspire”. I was selected as the Volunteer of the Year due to filling in for the normal breakfast chef Jaime so he could support his daughter on Sunday mornings. I had assisted Jaime several times and he is a great teacher. He prepared be for what needed to be prepared for each breakfast service and how to make the special green chili on the grill. I guess Gary Inspired me to be the right person for the job as fill in chef Jaime during this past year. See full list of all Award Winners in the April Nugget starting on page 4.

Latest Visit To USS Midway Museum

Visited the USS Midway Museum with Rick and Darcel Valenta today; 26 August 2018. Great friends that enjoyed the experience with me tell stories about my time aboard so many years ago during my first enlistment. This visit was most rewarding when I learned that my old work center AIMD IM-3 Division W/C 650 has been converted into a learning center just below the Flight Deck. I was able to have one of the Ship’s Safety Officers provide us a quick tour of this recently opened space just below the fight deck and overhanging the bay. I stopped at the information area as we left the the ship and have contact information for the head of Safety. I will try to arrange for a more complete tour of my old work center in the future. The best part was seeing the passageway that I had to clean often that spanned from Port to Starboard on the 03 Deck. It is the site of the forward expansion joint.

My Good Friends Rick and Darcel


Rick and I in E-2 Cockpit

Why I am an Aerospace Professional

In 1971 the Blue Angels came to Salinas Municipal Airport and preformed. I was  only nine years old and the Blue Angels were celebrating “25 Years of Precision Flying” . This early exposure to Naval Aviation was one of the catalyst that inspired my enlistment and eight year career as an Aviation Electronic Technician, My ongoing professional existence finds me at The Marvin Group as a Quality Engineer supporting the Marvin Engineering Company Depot that overhauls, refurbishes, and repairs Bomb Racks and Missiles Launchers. I hope you enjoy the scans of the program from the Blue Angels show with signatures from the pilots. This is one of my prized memories.

Front of Program

Inside Program page 1 of 2

Inside Program page 2 of 2

Program back page with Signatures

10th Year Celebration of USS Midway Museum

August 24th Visit

This is my best friend and Lover. Many of you call her Kathleen. We spent about two hours visiting my old home. Long lines for the Island Tour. We have been there before and decided to spend more time checking out the aircraft on the Flight Deck. They have many new aircraft added since the last visit. See below some pictures of the products I now work with in my role as a Quality Engineer in the Maintenance, Refurbishment and Overhaul department at Marvin Engineering Co.

A little disappointed that they have not opened any new spaces. They promised to have the “Midway Theater” and “Combat Information Center (CIC)” opened soon. The Museum was very busy with many visitors, many speaking in their native tongue. That is a good thing for this important Museum of Aircraft Carrier Life. It is one of the most popular destinations in the San Diego harbor.

Some Marvin Engineering Company products were found!

Very rusty BRU-14 holding a torpedo in the internal bomb bay of a Lockheed S-3. It could use some refurbishment.

Here we see LAU-7A/3 on McDonald Douglas F-4 Phantom Pylon

MER (Multi Ejection Rack) on a Grumman A-7 Intruder.

This MER’s are Analog. Note the Step/OFF/Homing switch.With what is left of a “Remove Before Flight” flag

Not sure what type of 30″ rack is holding the MER

This Ejector Rack (EU) needs Overhaul

Thanks Fred Arnold!

Life it great when you know how to appreciate it. Kathleen and myself have been caught volunteering again. This April 7th was the second year I helped with the Santa Clarita Century . We were asked to show up at a Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting to plug the event to other chamber members that would be present. We showed up with my Road Bike and wearing matching event T-shirts from a past year’s event. We talked to anyone that would listen about the event and how it benefited the Santa Clarita Child and Family Center that was hosting the mixer. At the end of our hip about the event the typical question was “What do you do?”. Being unemployed I talked about my Technical Services business and handed out business cards.

I handed one to Fred Arnold of American Family Funding and was told when I meet him by someone near by “You need to know Fred Arnold!” . A couple of days later I receive an email from Fred asking if I would like to be interviewed at his next radio show on KHTS AM-1220 – Your Hometown Station – Santa Clarita Radio. A couple of weeks later I receive another email with the time and date of the show and was asked for a bio and a couple of questions I would be prepared to answer. Follow is the result of Fred Arnold’s show “The SCV Chamber Business Spotlight”

Thanks Fred Arnold for believing in me!

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One More Job, It would really turn things around!

I am receiving many emails at this time as the politicians in the Republican Party try to differentiate themselves and win the Presidential nomination for the party. I read some, not all as I find they are full of rhetoric and opinions that I do not necessarily agree with. We need actions and vision to create plans to address the problems that are affecting all of us. Measure the results and make adjustments. Plan, do, check, and adjust works in business, why not try it to reshape our Nation and put Americans back to work?

Unemployment is a real problem that is crippling our Country and affecting Kathleen and I directly. We look almost every day for new opportunities that have been posted. We apply for any listings that are even close to what we believe we are able to be successful based on our training and experience. I have a list that is three pages long of companies that have listed jobs that fall into my area of expertise and check them often. Most require setting up a profile that requires a unique user ID and password. You can be your email address and many different requirements for developing a secure password. And this is why it is now three pages tracking all these different and unique user ID’s and passwords.

We are the fortunate ones at this point, having enough money saved to be able to weather this storm for several months and still have Internet service at home and food in the cupboards and refrigerator. The Internet is how you located work today, much cheaper in the long run than driving to companies making cold calls hoping they have a position you may be suited for with gas prices well above $4.00 a gallon.

If you don’t have Internet at home there are some options, like visiting a local WiFi hotspot, but you have to have a computer to make that work. I have visited our local library a couple of times in the last two week to use their computers to support my job search as my laptop was down. It is depressing to see how many others in Canyon Country residents are there doing the same thing, looking for work while limited to 120 minutes and 10 black and white sheets from the printer each day.

I was inspired when I received a message from Buck McKeon United States Congressman of the 25th District of California on February 26thabout the new initiative he has started. He wrote “For over two years now, our nation’s unemployment rate has been at or above 8%. In the 25th Congressional district, where I serve you, the unemployment rate is much higher.” Buck’s district includes all the layoffs from Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing that happened due to the end of the F-22 program and delays to the F-35 program and other cuts to defense spending that fueled the aerospace business of the Antelope and Santa Clarita Valleys.

“Everyone is aware of these statistics, and all of us know someone who is unemployed and desperately seeking employment. To make matters worse, dysfunctional leadership in our nation’s capitol and crippling budget deficits are creating an environment of uncertainty for many companies who want to hire people, but are afraid to do so.”

He had just spoken at the 40th Annual Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, where over 1,000 business and community leaders gathered to discuss industry growth in California’s 25th District.

He went on to describe “a new initiative called “One More Job.” We are seeking out businesses in our community to find out what they could do to hire just one more employee.”

How do we get behind this initiative and start moving it beyond just the 25th district of California? Why only in Buck McKeon’s district, if successful we need to broaden this across California and the Nation. Buck asked that we Email him at to give me our ideas.

This is what I can do at this time, share with you that unemployment is not a vacation, and it is a real job that I am taking seriously. By sharing this Initiative with you I am hoping those of you that are employed can start asking your employers and district congressman what they willing to do to add “One More Job” to the businesses and in their district to solve our nation’s ongoing concern of record unemployment.

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