Dual Carrier Operations Give Brothers Chance to Take to the Sky Together[/b]
Story Number: NNS090903-03
Release Date: 9/3/2009 6:47:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman (SW) Amara R. Timberlake, USS Nimitz Public Affairs
USS NIMITZ, At Sea – (NNS) –– Lieutenants Lee and Travis Amerine, the Amerine brothers, knew they wanted to fly from an early age.
"There was an F-4 Phantom squadron near our hometown in Paris, Ark. We would watch them take off from the end of the runway," said Travis, assigned to the "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 of Carrier Air Wing (CAW) 5 embarked on George Washington. "It didn't take much more than one afterburner takeoff to convince us that we wanted to go do that."
Lee blazed the trail for Travis and their younger brother Denver, by graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 2003. Travis and Denver are also Naval Academy graduates.
"We all got the idea at the same time when we were kids," said Lee, assigned to the "Tophatters" of VFA-14 of CVW 11 embarked on Nimitz. "I was just the first one who was able to pursue it."
Since the brothers are assigned to two different air wings on different carriers, the opportunity they had to fly together was very rare.
"I didn't think it was going to happen," said Lee.
"The chances of us being up there at the same time were slim. It is still hard to believe that we got airborne together, in the same cycle from two separate flight decks with all the possibilities that could have canceled us," said Travis.
Both pilots are thankful for the once in a lifetime opportunity and the chance they have to serve their country everyday.
"We're both loving what we're doing," said Lee.
"It was incredible," said Travis. "I just hope to keep serving my country both in and out of the cockpit, and to never forget that every sortie is a gift."
Wednesday, the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) concluded routine air and surface operations with the forward deployed George Washington Carrier Strike Group in support of the maritime strategy.
Nimitz CSG, commanded by Rear Adm. John W. Miller, Commander, CSG 11, is comprised of USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the guided-missile destroyers USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and USS Sampson (DDG 102) of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chosin (CG 55) from Commander, Naval Surface Group, Mid Pacific and the Perry-class frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) from DESRON 1. Squadrons from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 include the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, the "Tophatters" of VFA 14, the "Warhawks" of VFA 97, the "Sidewinders" of VFA 86, the "Indians" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 6, the "Black Ravens" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135, the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 and the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 117. Detachments from the "Easy Riders" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37, the "Battle Cats" of HSL 43, the "Wolfpack" of HSL 45 and the "Scorpions" of HSL 49. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 and the USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10) embarking the "Wildcards" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 also accompany Nimitz CSG.
Its Old News, but Im slow, these kids are from my home town...
These three guys are out doing it right...and making us Proud.
I saw a pic of them somewhere and Im trying to locate it...
Currently Lee Amerine is with the Nimitz strike group. –– The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) relieved the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group as Commander, Task Force 50 and launched its first sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan Sept. 18, 2009
enjoyed reading that,thanks for sharing
God Bless our men and women serving.
What a Awesome feeling, 2 brothers flying together fighting for their country
What more could you ask for.
Watching each others Back
Im sure they are waiting for they day they can meet up and fly with their youngest brother Denver, he is also a Naval Aviator, although Im not sure if he is in a Hornet... Yet?
On another Note: Travis was the Naval Academy Brigade Commander, putting him in charge of all of the other students while he was there (this means he led approx. 4000 others)
All three boys were also Eagle Scouts in the Boy Scouts, and graduates of Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, AR