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

Front of Program

Inside Program page 1 of 2

Inside Program page 1 of 2

Inside Program page 2 of 2

Inside Program page 2 of 2

Program back page with Signatures

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.

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Vought F4U Corsair

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.

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

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MER on a Grumman A-7 Intruder.

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This MER’s are Analog. Note the Step/OFF/Homing switch.IMG_4760With what is left of a “Remove Before Flight” flagIMG_4761

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

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This Ejector Rack (EU) needs Overhaul

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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 http://www.santaclaritacentury.com . 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!” http://www.FredArnold.com . 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 McKeonJobIdeas@mail.house.gov 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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Years that end in “1”

Early in my career I worked with a former Northrop Grumman employee named Tom Roth. Tom was at least 10 years my senior and had worked in the Aerospace industry for most of his life. He was opinionated about many things. He believed Corn Husker hand cream was the best ever, alfalfa supplements kept him health, and that “Bad things” happen in Aerospace in years that end in “1”.

Well Tom I’m now I am a believer!

December 2011 my career at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics ended in lay off. I was one of 1,500 jobs that were lost in the Aeronautics company at all three main sites and feeder plants. Not all the jobs were affected by lay off as I was, many open requisitions were cancelled, volunteer lay offs where offered, retirees were not replaced.

Life for the past two months has been filled with my new career, finding a career!

Check back as I update the developments of finding that new career.

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