44 episodes

Welcome to the "Safe on Deck" podcast! In the fleet I flew the MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter, and these days I instruct the next generation of Naval Flight Officers in the T-6A "Texan II". Throughout my incredibly short time in aviation I have been fortunate to meet a wide cross-section of aviators. Along the way I have done my best to document each and every flying memory, but eventually I came to realize that even the sharpest photo or the highest-quality video can only really capture so much.. Everyone I have met has a unique story to tell, and "Safe on Deck" is my humble attempt to capture as many of those exciting and inspiring aviation stories as possible.

** The views and opinions presented on “Safe on Deck” are my own and those of my guests and do not represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or its components. **

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Welcome to the "Safe on Deck" podcast! In the fleet I flew the MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter, and these days I instruct the next generation of Naval Flight Officers in the T-6A "Texan II". Throughout my incredibly short time in aviation I have been fortunate to meet a wide cross-section of aviators. Along the way I have done my best to document each and every flying memory, but eventually I came to realize that even the sharpest photo or the highest-quality video can only really capture so much.. Everyone I have met has a unique story to tell, and "Safe on Deck" is my humble attempt to capture as many of those exciting and inspiring aviation stories as possible.

** The views and opinions presented on “Safe on Deck” are my own and those of my guests and do not represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or its components. **

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    Episode 45: Rich Peace (F-16, F-35)

    Episode 45: Rich Peace (F-16, F-35)

    For episode forty-five I sat down with LtCol Rich “Sheriff” Peace at the 100th Fighter Squadron in Montgomery, Alabama. LtCol Peace joined the Air Force Reserve in April 2002, and after being selected to train as a C-130H “Hercules” pilot at Maxwell Air Force Base he executed an exceptionally-rare Air Force Reserve to Air National Guard unit transfer to fly the F-16C+ “Fighting Falcon” at the 187th Fighter Wing. LtCol Peace has executed five combat deployments, flying missions over Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. On December 5th 2023, LtCol Peace delivered one of the first three Alabama-assigned F-35A “Lightning II” jets to Dannelly Field, marking a major step forward in the 100th Fighter Squadron’s long-awaited unit conversion to the new fifth-generation stealth fighter. LtCol Peace currently serves as the 187th Fighter Wing Operations Group Deputy Commander. LtCol Peace is a Command Pilot who has logged more than 3000 hours in the F-16C+ and the F-35A and he is a Boeing 757/ 767 captain and instructor at a major US airline. LtCol Peace is a founding board member of the Red Tail Flight Academy and the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation, dedicated to advancing aerospace career opportunities for minority and under resourced high school and college students to help continue the storied legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

    Alabama Air National Guard
    https://al.ng.mil

    “Alabama’s 100th in Afghanistan”
    https://youtu.be/ooBYnf42g5w?si=PdGDlAdx4XU6-ejQ

    Red Tail Flight Academy
    www.rtfa.org

    Thank you for taking the time to listen. In the future, I plan to continue to share similar interviews with both current and retired military aviators. If you have a question or a suggestion for a future interview, please reach out directly at safeondeck@gmail.com. “Safe on Deck” episode forty-five, with LtCol Rich “Sheriff” Peace. Enjoy!

    ** The views and opinions presented on “Safe on Deck” are my own and those of my guests and do not represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or its components. **

    Episode 44: J.J. Cummings (F-14, F-18, CVN 78)

    Episode 44: J.J. Cummings (F-14, F-18, CVN 78)

    For episode forty-four I sat down with CAPT J.J. “Yank” Cummings in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1987, CAPT Cummings joined the Navy Reserve as an Enlisted Hospital Corpsman, and after earning his degree and his commission he was selected to fly the legendary F-14 “Tomcat”. CAPT Cummings deployed to the Middle East nine days after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and he was among the first Naval Aviators to strike Taliban targets across Afghanistan. Next, CAPT Cummings served as the maintenance officer in Fighter Squadron 143 where he helped sunset the Grumman F-14B “Tomcat” and transition the squadron to the Boeing F/A-18E “Super Hornet”. Following a tour at NATO, CAPT Cummings was chosen to command Strike Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VFA-11) flying the F/A-18F “Super Hornet” based aboard NAS Oceana. Upon graduation from Navy Nuclear Power School, CAPT Cummings served as Executive Officer aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) where he was second in command of the Navy’s oldest nuclear aircraft carrier for a nine-month deployment as well as the first F-35C “Lightning II” carrier suitability test. Next, CAPT Cummings served as commanding officer of the brand-new $2 billion USS Anchorage (LPD 23) before working as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Aircraft Carrier Suitability at Naval Air Forces. While at North Island, CAPT Cummings was chosen to be the first of three Naval Aviation technical advisors working closely with Paramount Pictures on the script of the internationally-acclaimed film “TOPGUN: Maverick”. In 2018, CAPT Cummings was selected to command the $13.4 billion, 100,000-ton nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), and during his time at the helm he led the crew through the COVID pandemic during a period of intense maintenance work both afloat and ashore. CAPT Cummings retired from the Navy in September 2022 with over 36 years of distinguished service, and he currently works at Boeing Defense in customer and field engagement for Navy programs in addition to acting as a keynote speaker, guest lecturer, and mentor at J.J. Cummings Leadership.

    J.J. Cummings Leadership
    https://jjcummingsleadership.com

    Tailhook Educational Foundation
    https://www.tailhook.net/tef

    Thank you for taking the time to listen. In the future, I plan to continue to share similar interviews with both current and retired military aviators. If you have a question or a suggestion for a future interview, please reach out directly at safeondeck@gmail.com. “Safe on Deck” episode forty-four, with CAPT J.J. “Yank” Cummings. Enjoy!

    ** The views and opinions presented on “Safe on Deck” are my own and those of my guests and do not represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or its components. **

    Episode 43: Andy Phelps (F-18, F-35)

    Episode 43: Andy Phelps (F-18, F-35)

    For episode forty-three I sat down with LCDR Andy “Bernie” Phelps at his home in Fairhope, Alabama. After earning his commission via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), LCDR Phelps completed Primary and Advanced flight training before being selected to fly the F/A-18F “Super Hornet” at Strike Fighter Squadron 211 (VFA-211) the “Fighting Checkmates” aboard NAS Oceana. Next, LCDR Phelps was hand-picked to transition to the F-35C “Lightning II” where he served as an operational test pilot at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron NINE (VX-9) Det Edwards, working to expand the jets weapons capabilities and integration into the Naval Aviation Enterprise. In 2023, LCDR Phelps joined into the Navy Reserves where he flies the T-45C “Goshawk” instructing the next-generation of Navy and Marine Corps tailhook aviators.

    Thank you for taking the time to listen. In the future, I plan to continue to share similar interviews with both current and retired military aviators. If you have a question or a suggestion for a future interview, please reach out directly at safeondeck@gmail.com. “Safe on Deck” episode forty-three, with LCDR Andy “Bernie” Phelps. Enjoy!

    ** The views and opinions presented on “Safe on Deck” are my own and those of my guests and do not represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or its components. **

    Episode 42: Tim White (MH-60)

    Episode 42: Tim White (MH-60)

    For episode forty-two I sat down with CDR Tim “Sheriff” White in Pensacola, Florida. CDR White earned his commission via the United States Naval Academy in May of 2002, and following completion of Navy flight training he went on to fly the then brand-new MH-60S “Knighthawk” helicopter at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWENTY-FIVE (HSC-25) on the island of Guam. Following multiple detachments and overseas deployments while at HSC-25, CDR White returned to the skies over Pensacola as a T-34C “Turbo Mentor” instructor pilot at Training Squadron THREE (VT-3) before serving as a boat detachment Officer in Charge at MSRON-7. Next, CDR White transitioned into the Navy Reserve and returned to NAS Whiting Field as an instructor flying the T-6B “Texan II” before being chosen to command the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. On the morning of July 16 2015, a self-radicalized lone-wolf Muslim extremist rammed the gate of NOSC Chattanooga before opening fire on the sailors and Marines inside, and in an act contrary to Navy regulations, CDR White opened fire on the attacker utilizing his personal firearm. CDR White went on to serve in a variety of leadership roles in the Navy Reserve including as the Operational Support Officer for Navy Reserve Integration at Naval Education Training Command (NETC) and as Commanding Officer of Navy Reserve Center El Paso. On May 5 2022, CDR White retired from the US Navy with over 20 years of distinguished service and he currently serves as the founder of “Tier Zulu” where he teaches real-world force protection and antiterrorism response skills to the next generation of Aviation, Surface Warfare, Submarine, Recruiting Command, and Reserve commanding officers.

    Thank you for taking the time to listen. In the future, I plan to continue to share similar interviews with both current and retired military aviators. If you have a question or a suggestion for a future interview, please reach out directly at safeondeck@gmail.com. “Safe on Deck” episode forty-two, with CDR Tim “Sheriff” White. Enjoy!

    Tier Zulu
    https://tierzulu.com

    Tim and Franicia
    https://www.timandfranicia.com

    ** The views and opinions presented on “Safe on Deck” are my own and those of my guests and do not represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or its components. **

    Episode 40: Jeff Spencer (MH-53)

    Episode 40: Jeff Spencer (MH-53)

    For episode forty I sat down with CDR Jeff "Silver Fox" Spencer at his home in Portsmouth, Virginia. CDR Spencer enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18 and after earning his dolphins as a submariner serving aboard USS Greeneville (SSN-772) he completed multiple operational deployments in the Western Pacific, the Eastern Pacific, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, Central America, Canada, and Alaska. After being selected for a highly-competitive slot in the Seaman to Admiral program (STA-21), CDR Spencer graduated as class valedictorian with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York Maritime College. CDR Spencer earned his Wings of Gold in 2008 before going on to fly the MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter, where he has spent a now-unheard of seventeen years in the cockpit all on active duty. Over his time in the Helicopter Mine Countermeasures (HM) community, CDR Spencer has served in a wide variety of flying and leadership roles including as a Fleet Replenishment Squadron Instructor Pilot, CNAL MH-53E NATOPS Evaluator, and MH-53E Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI). CDR Spencer currently serves as the Executive Officer of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWELVE (HM-12). CDR Spencer has logged an impressive 2800 hours and counting flying the "Sea Dragon", including over 300 hours of AMCM tow time, 400 hours of NVD time, and he has attained and instructed in every single instructor qualification in the MH-53E training syllabus.

    Thank you for taking the time to listen. In the future, I plan to continue to share similar interviews with both current and retired military aviators. If you have a question or a suggestion for a future interview, please reach out directly at safeondeck@gmail.com. “Safe on Deck” episode forty, with CDR Jeff "Silver Fox" Spencer. Enjoy!

    ** The views and opinions presented on “Safe on Deck” are my own and those of my guests and do not represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or its components. **

    Episode 39: Chuck Magill (F-18, F-15)

    Episode 39: Chuck Magill (F-18, F-15)

    For episode thirty-nine I sat down with LtCol Chuck “Sly” Magill in Pensacola, Florida. After earning his commission in the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant, Sly was hand-picked to serve as a SERGRAD instructing in the TA-4J “Skyhawk” before transitioning into the fleet flying the then brand-new F/A-18 “Hornet”. Following multiple overseas deployments and tours at Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) and United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), Sly was chosen for a coveted exchange tour with the United States Air Force flying the F-15C “Eagle” at the 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base. On the morning of January 17th 1991, while leading an offensive counter-air package of sixteen Eagles, Sly was credited with an aerial victory against an Iraqi Air Force MiG-29 “Fulcrum”. After transitioning into the reserves as an F/A-18 pilot, Sly went on to serve as pilot, vice president of flight operations, and chief pilot at a major US airline. Sly has logged more than 15000 hours of flight time including over 2500 hours in tactical fighters and 48 combat missions during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

    Thank you for taking the time to listen. In the future, I plan to continue to share similar interviews with both current and retired military aviators. If you have a question or a suggestion for a future interview, please reach out directly at safeondeck@gmail.com. “Safe on Deck” episode thirty-nine, with LtCol Chuck “Sly” Magill. Enjoy!

    ** The views and opinions presented on “Safe on Deck” are my own and those of my guests and do not represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or its components. **

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