Vice President


AD1 Joe Bretton, USN (ret)

Joe Bretton was born and raised in Pascagoula, MS and graduated from Our Lady of Victory High School in 1964.  He decided to join the Navy because Viet Nam was going strong and that’s what young men were supposed to do.

His first tour of duty in the Navy after “A” school was a three year tour in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam and Cubi Point, R.P. on the flight line; rotating every three months between sites.

After transferring from Southeast Asia, Joe received ordersretired to VP 45 at NAS Jacksonville, and stayed on eight years of continuous sea duty as a P-3 Flight Engineer with various crews. While in the squadron in 1975, he won a spot in the All Navy Decathlon Championships held in Little Creek, VA and finished the competition 17th overall. That same year Joe was picked by the NAS Pensacola softball team and participated with them at the All Navy Softball Championships where his team finished in second place.

Following VP-45, his next three years of shore duty were as the Recruiter-in Charge of a five man recruiting station in Toledo, OH.   Rotating back to sea duty, Joe was transferred to VP 22 in Barbers Point, HI for a three year tour.

Joe finished his Navy career with a final tour of duty at the Naval Research and Development Center in Warminster, PA as the NATOPS Engineer.

After retirement from the Navy in 1986, Joe returned to Ohio and enrolled at the University of Toledo where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in Economics.

Upon graduation from college, he began his second career in Ann Arbor, MI as the Quality Supervisor for a Tier-1supplier to the auto industry. In 1999 he resigned from the company as the Director of Quality and moved back South…with dreams, he says, “…of never seeing snow again.”

After helping his aunt rebuild her home in Pascagoula, MS, that sustained sever damage during hurricane Georges, Joe was hired by AZZ retiredCorporation out of Dallas, TX to implement the certification of their 25 companies to the ISO 9000 Standards. He was based at one of their 8 electrical installations in Jackson, MS that designed, manufactured, installed and serviced electrical power plants. Joe fully retired in 2009 as the Installation Manager.

His days are now spent in Gautier, MS where he spends a lot of time on the golf course at the local country club.  Rumor has it that most everybody there has heard his lie about the 80 foot birdie he once made on the 18th hole during an incredible thunderstorm which caused severe turbulence, distracting lightning flashes, reduced visibility and 45  knot green-level crosswinds.

Joe was elected Vice President of the Patrol Squadron Forty-Five Association at the 2014 Reunion in Jacksonville, FL.

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