March 19, 2014
Guest Speaker: PCAM's Charley Taylor on being a Catapult & Arresting Gear Officer
About Our Guest Speaker
Join us on March 19, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. to hear PCAM's Guest Speaker Coordinator as he shares his stories about his tour as a Catapult & Arresting Gear Officer aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). He will be talking about the equipment that made up the meat and potatoes for launching and recovering aboard the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier. Charley will also include photos from that era as well as sea stories about his experiences shooting and trapping an estimated 6500 aircraft including Tomcats, Phantom IIs, Intruders, Corsair IIs, Vigilantes, Crusaders, Vikings, Sky Warriors, Hawkeyes, Grayhounds, Traders, Australian Skyhawks and Sea Knights. .
Born in Kansas, Charley was an Air Force "brat" who moved around the country with his family and graduated from Arizona State University, joining the U.S. Navy prior to graduation. After earning his commission as an Ensign at Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola and receiving his Navy wings sixteen months later, he made two combat deployments aboard USS Enterprise flying the A-6 Intruder with VA-196 (featured in the book and movie Flight of the Intruder). He eventually served 25 years in the Navy and retired as a Commander. He has spent the last 21 years working in the public sector in the Human Resources field. He and his wife Charlene came back to the Bay Area in 2000 to be near their twin daughters and three grandchildren. Now semi-retired, Charley divides his time between his family, PCAM, the "Mentor Me" program in Petaluma schools, training HR staff in Contra Costa County, and writing.
Location:Mesa Beverage Company, Inc.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA
Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Mesa building is located on the left side of the street a couple hundred yards past the museum.