LCDR (LDO) Doug “Pooh Bear” Mitchell, USN (ret)

Raised on a 127 acre farm in Loganville, GA, Doug enlisted in the Navy as an Airman Recruit following his senior year at Loganville High School. Joining 67 other class of ’64 high school graduates from all over Georgia, he was sworn in that July at the Georgia state capital building in Atlanta. Following his first flight in a Delta Airlines DC-8, he reported for Basic Training at Naval Training Center, San Diego. Completing Basic Training, he attended Aviation Familiarization “P” School and Aviation Structural Mechanic “A” School in Memphis, TN.

Doug’s first set of fleet orders took him to his first and last “tailhook” aviation squadron - VT-4 at NAS Pensacola, FL. There he worked maintaining T-2A and T-2B “Buckeye” jet training aircraft. In February 1968, he reenlisted to attend P-3 Flight Engineer School at VP-30 Patuxent River, MD. Following graduation in October 1968, he was assigned to his first operational squadron - VP-56 at Patuxent River, MD. Shortly thereafter, the squadron changed home port to NAS Jacksonville, FL. In April of ’72, he transferred to VP-45, also in Jax, and he spent 12 straight years in Fleet Air Wing ELEVEN’s Hangar 1000. Leaving VP-45 in 1975, Doug became an Instructor Flight Engineer at VP-30, the East Coast “RAG.” Returning to sea duty in April 1978, he joined VP-5 as Flight Engineer/Quality Assurance Supervisor.

In 1981 Doug received orders to (now) Patrol Wing ELEVEN staff and performed duties as the Wing Maintenance Senior Chief Petty Officer/Airframes/Corrosion Control and AvEquip Inspector. Accepted into the Warrant Officer Program, Doug was commissioned as a CWO-2 on 1 April 1983 and following Officer Indoctrination School in Pensacola, FL, was assigned to Commander Patrol Wing TWO at NAS Barbers PT, HI as staff Assistant Maintenance Officer. Immediately following selection to LDO in September 1985, Doug transferred to VP-22 as MMCO.

Rating shore duty in late 1988, he transferred to VP-30retired once again; this time as a LT/MMCO. On 1May 1991, he was ordered to an operational squadron, VP-49, and was assigned as MMCO. Three years later, he transferred yet again to Patrol Wing ELEVEN staff - his last tour in the Navy. After over 30 years of active duty, Doug retired as a LCDR (LDO) Aviation Maintenance Officer on 1 December 1994.

Following retirement from the Navy, Doug was employed by Lockheed Martin for two years as a Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for P-3 and C-130J scheduled maintenance programs. He worked as a “Homecare Technician” for aging parents for several years, and worked as the Origination Manager for Sterling Planet, Inc. from June 2006 - June 2013 before fully retiring.

Doug and his wife Victoria live in Fleming Island, Florida and Loganville, Georgia. Doug was elected President of the VP-45 Association in October 2012.

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