Stories of Honor: Navy “Aircraft Captain” Jeff Kindrick aboard the USS Enterprise’s 63 Days at Sea |

Navy veteran Jeff Kindrick completed two WESTPAC cruises with the VA-97 Attack Squadron and CVW 14 Carrier Air Wing aboard the nuclear submarine USS Enterprise, 1971-72 and 1972-73. These relays included a record 63 days at sea.

When Air Wing 14 squadrons conducted the final combat sorties of the Vietnam War on January 27, 1973, Kindrick was serving with CVW-14 Beach Detachment, Naval Air Station at Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines.

Helena’s well-known name, Kindrick Legion Field is named after Jeff’s late father, WWII veteran and longtime Senators baseball defenseman Ace Kindrick.

After graduating from Helena High in 1969, Kindrick followed in her father’s footsteps and enlisted in the United States Navy in August. On December 15, along with his pal Greg Hoffer, he flew to the San Diego Recruit Training Center.

At the end of training camp, he reported to the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Millington, Tennessee, for the Avionics A School.

In August 1970, Kindrick participated in the VA-122 training squadron at Naval Air Station (NAS) in Lemoore, California. The 11-week course included the basics needed to work with the A-7E Corsair II light attack aircraft.

“At that time, the A-7E was the Navy’s newest ground attack jet with the world’s most advanced computer-based control of flight, navigation and weapons systems,” Kindrick said. , 70 years. “I was then transferred to VA-97, the squadron that would be my home for the remainder of my enlistment. “

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