JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Patrol Squadron (VP) 62 held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Dec. 3.
Cmdr. Gerald P. Dearie relieved Cmdr. Brian A. Carpenter as commanding officer. Capt. Trey Wheeler, commodore of Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11, presided over the ceremony.
With the charge "I relieve you, sir," Dearie became the 30th commanding officer of the Broadarrows of VP-62, one of two Reserve VP Squadrons under the operational control of CPRW-11. The squadron consists of 130 drilling Reservists and 119 active component and full-time support personnel. Broadarrow Reservists travel from seven states to train for operational missions in support of national defense.
Under the leadership of Carpenter, the squadron received the Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve Battle Efficiency Award for 2011 and the Retention Golden Anchor Award for 2010.
Carpenter also led the Broadarrows through the restablishment of their maintenance department. He guided the efforts which were comprised of 60 newly assigned full-time personnel, most without P-3 experience. During his term, the squadron passed three standup milestones: the CPRW-11 Maintenance Process assessment, the Commander, Naval Air Force Aviation Maintenance inspection and the Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency inspection. The maintenance department facilitated 375 sorties and 1,400 mishap-free flight hours, completing more than 4,000 maintenance actions and 19,055 accident-free maintenance man hours, resulting in a 93 percent fully mission capable rate and 97 percent mission completion rate.
And, during Carpenter's tenure the squadron detached to participate in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFX) off the coast of southern California - flying more than 70 hours in support of the exercise. The Broadarrows were also awarded the CPRW-11 Quarterly Anti-submarine Warfare Symposium Challenge trophy.
Carpenter has received orders to the office of the Chief of Naval Aviation.
Dearie, a second generation P-3 Orion pilot, is from Stone Mountain, Ga. He received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1992, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.
Following graduation, Dearie reported to Attack Squadron (VA) 205 at NAS Atlanta. He then completed primary and intermediary flight training with Training Squadron (VT) 27 and advanced flight training with VT-31 as NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. He was awarded his pilot wings in July 1995. After graduation from fleet replacement training at VP-30, Dearie reported to VP-45.
In August 1999, Dearie was selected for the Pilot Exchange Program and reported to Royal Australian Air Force 292 Squadron in south Australia.
Dearie left active duty in July 2002 and joined VP-62 as a drilling Reservist. He held several billets including training officer and operations officer. In 2010, while taking part in Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), Dearie led Crew 8 through the successful launch of a Harpoon (AGM-84) anti-ship missile - the first time a Reserve crew launched a harpoon in more than 10 years. His awards include the Air Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal.
He is currently a proficiency check airman in the Boeing 727, qualified to fly as both a first officer and flight engineer.
Cmdr. Jon R. Townsend assumed duty as the Broadarrow executive officer.
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