James Douglas Jr.
James Stuart Douglas Jr. popularly known as Rawhide Jimmy, was a Canadian-American businessman and mining executive. Douglas was the son of a Canadian mining engineer and executive. Born in Quebec, Jimmy Douglas grew up in Phoenixville, where his father managed the Chemical Copper Company. Douglas moved west to Manitoba, where he homesteaded. Suffering from asthma, he moved to the Arizona Territory, in the United States, in the hope that the drier climate might provide relief. After a year in Sulpher Springs Valley, where he cultivated strawberries, he moved to Bisbee at his father's request to work as an assayer for the Copper Queen Mine. In 1892 Douglas moved to Prescott to work for the Commercial Mining Company, an affiliate of the Phelps Dodge mining company. Eight years he was transferred to Sonora, Mexico, to manage the copper mine and smelter at Pilares and Nacozari. While at Pilares, he acquired his nickname, "Rawhide Jimmy", because of his technique of using rawhide to protect the rollers on mining equipment.
Afterward, he moved to Sonora, to manage the copper operations there. His tenure was marked by riots and labor problems. In 1912, Douglas returned to central Arizona, where he took an option on the United Verde Extension property, a speculative venture to find the down-faulted extension of the great "United Verde" ore body near Jerome, Arizona. In 1914, with funds near exhaustion, an exploration drift cut bonanza copper ore; the UVX became a profitable mine. During 1916 alone, the mine produced $10 million worth of copper and gold, of which $7.4 million was profit. The UVX paid $55 million in dividends during its life. In 1939, Douglas retired to Canada, where he died of heart failure in 1949. Douglas' Jerome mansion is open to the public as the Jerome State Historic Park. Douglas' son, Lewis W. Douglas, who entered the mining business, went on to a successful political career as a Congressman from 1927–33; the copper-roofed cottage on the hillside adjacent to the Douglas Mansion was built as a wedding present for Lewis.
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Secret Service code name
The United States Secret Service uses code names for U. S. presidents, first ladies, other prominent persons and locations. The use of such names was for security purposes and dates to a time when sensitive electronic communications were not encrypted; the Secret Service does not choose these names, however. The White House Communications Agency assigns them. WHCA was created as the White House Signal Detachment under Franklin Roosevelt; the WHCA, an agency of the White House Military Office, is headquartered at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and consists of six staff elements and seven organizational units. WHCA has supporting detachments in Washington, D. C. and various locations throughout the United States of America. According to established protocol, good codewords are unambiguous words that can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of their native language. Traditionally, all family members' code names start with the same letter.
The codenames change over time for security purposes, but are publicly known. For security, codenames are picked from a list of such'good' words, but avoiding the use of common words which could be intended to mean their normal definitions. Woodrow Wilson Edith Wilson – Grandma Franklin D. Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt – Rover Harry S. Truman – General or SuperviseBess Truman – Sunnyside Dwight Eisenhower – Scorecard or ProvidenceMamie Eisenhower – Springtime Julie Nixon Eisenhower – Sunbonnet David Eisenhower – Sahara John F. Kennedy – LancerJacqueline Kennedy – Lace Caroline Kennedy – Lyric John F. Kennedy, Jr. – Lark Rose Kennedy – Coppertone Ethel Kennedy – Sundance Lyndon Johnson – VolunteerLady Bird Johnson – Victoria Lynda Bird Johnson – Velvet Luci Baines Johnson – Venus Richard Nixon – SearchlightPat Nixon – Starlight Patricia Nixon Cox – Sugarfoot Edward F. Cox – Seminole Gerald Ford – Passkey or Pass KeyBetty Ford – Pinafore Susan Ford – Panda Michael Ford – Professor Jack Ford – Packman Jimmy Carter – Lock Master or DeaconRosalynn Carter – Lotus Petal or Dancer Amy Carter – Dynamo Chip Carter – Diamond Jack Carter – Derby Jeff Carter – Deckhand Ronald Reagan – RawhideNancy Reagan – Rainbow Maureen Reagan – Rhyme, Rosebud Michael Reagan – Riddler Patti Davis – Ribbon Ron Reagan – Reliant Doria Reagan – Radiant George H. W. Bush – TimberwolfBarbara Bush – Snowbank or Tranquility Marvin Bush – Tuner Neil Bush – Trapline Jeb Bush – Tripper Dorothy Bush – Tiller Bill Clinton – EagleHillary Clinton – Evergreen Chelsea Clinton – Energy George W. Bush – Tumbler TrailblazerLaura Bush – Tempo Barbara Bush – Turquoise Jenna Bush – Twinkle Barack Obama – RenegadeMichelle Obama – Renaissance Malia Obama – Radiance Sasha Obama – Rosebud Marian Shields Robinson – Raindance Donald Trump – MogulMelania Trump – Muse Donald Trump Jr. – Mountaineer Ivanka Trump – Marvel Eric Trump – Marksman Spiro Agnew – PathfinderJudy Agnew – Photograph Nelson Rockefeller – SandstormHappy Rockefeller – Shooting Star or Stardust Walter Mondale – Cavalier or DragonJoan Mondale – Cameo Ted Mondale – Centurion Eleanor Mondale – Calico William Mondale – Chessman Dan Quayle – Scorecard or SupervisorMarilyn Quayle – Sunshine Al Gore – Sundance or SawhorseTipper Gore – Skylark Karenna Gore – Smurfette Kristin Gore – Silhouette Sarah Gore – Screwdriver Albert Gore III – Shortstop Dick Cheney – AnglerLynne Cheney – Author Elizabeth Cheney – Apollo Mary Cheney – Alpine Joe Biden – CelticJill Biden – Capri Mike Pence – HoosierKaren Pence – Hummingbird U.
S. Secret Service codenames are given to high-profile political candidates, their respective families and spouses who are assigned U. S. Secret Service protection; these codenames differ from those held if they are elected or those from prior periods if they held positions needing codenames. Eugene McCarthy – Instructor George McGovern – Redwood Jimmy Carter – Dasher or Deacon Bob Dole – RamrodElizabeth Dole – Rainbow Morris Udall – Dashboard John B. Anderson – Miracle, Starburst or StardustKeke Anderson – Scarlet George H. W. Bush – Sheepskin Phil Crane – Swordfish Ted Kennedy – Sunburn Geraldine Ferraro – DusterJohn Zaccaro – N/A John Glenn – Iron Jesse Jackson – Thunder Walter Mondale – Dragon Lloyd Bentsen – Parthenon Michael Dukakis – PesoKitty Dukakis – Panda Jesse Jackson – Pontiac Gary Hart – Redwood Paul Simon – Scarlett Jack Kemp – ChampionJoanne Kemp – Cornerstone Joe Lieberman – LaserHadassah Lieberman – Liberty John Kerry – MinutemanTeresa Heinz Kerry – Mahogany John Edwards – Speedway Hillary Clinton – EvergreenBill Clinton – Eagle John McCain – PhoenixCindy McCain – Parasol Meghan McCain – Peter Sellers John Sidney McCain IV – Popeye Bridget McCain – Pebbles Sarah Palin – DenaliTodd Palin – Driller Mitt Romney – JavelinAnn Romney – Jockey Rick Santorum – Petrus Newt Gingrich – T-Rex Paul Ryan – BowhunterJanna Ryan – Buttercup Donald Trump - Mogul Ben Carson – Eli Hillary Clinton – EvergreenBill Clinton – Eagle Tim Kaine – Daredevil Bernie Sanders – Intrepid Kennedy Administration Cabinet Dean Rusk – Freedom Staff Rear Adm. George Burkley – Market General Chester Clifton – Watchman Andrew Hatcher – Winner Malcolm Kilduff – Warrior Evelyn Lincoln – Willow Godfrey McHugh – Wing Kenneth O'Donnell – Wand Captain Tazewell Shepard – Witness Lyndon Johnson Administration Staff Walter Jenkins – Vigilant Pierre Salinger – Wayside Nixon Administration Cabinet Henry Kissinger – WoodcutterNancy Kissinger – Woodlark Staff Ollie Atkins – Hawkeye James Baker – Fencing Master or Foxtail Dwight Chapin – Watchdo
Rawhide, Nevada was a town in Mineral County, Nevada 55 miles southeast of Fallon. The site of Rawhide has been dismantled by recent mining activity, with little or nothing remaining to be seen. In December 1906, prospector Jim Swanson made a discovery of a rich gold and silver deposit in the hills near what became Rawhide, he was soon joined by Charles B. Holman and Charles A. McLeod, who found sizeable deposits nearby on Hooligan Hill. McLeod had been ordered to cease prospecting around the nearby camp of Buckskin, bitter about this, he suggested the name of Rawhide for the new camp, as a play on the name of the Buckskin camp he held with contempt. Word spread, both Holman and McLeod sold their claims to investors and moved on to Stingaree Gulch in 1907, where they found yet another large deposit; the two men sold these claims for more money, left the area to prospect elsewhere. The frenzy that these claims created soon had Rawhide booming. Investors began selling stocks at a frenetic pace, the town soon had a population of about 5000, with three banks, four churches, a school, twelve hotels, twenty-eight restaurants, a theater, thirty-seven saloons.
While the original mines and claims did produce a decent profit in gold and silver, the fever created an amount of activity far in excess of what the mines could support. Stock swindlers like George Graham Rice, a flashy con-artist from Goldfield, plied their trade, creating a sense that Rawhide would be the next Virginia City, with untold riches to be had for the savvy folks who would just invest in his companies. Others, like businessman George "Tex" Rickard came to Rawhide to establish legitimate businesses, make money off the boom while it lasted. Rawhide’s hey-day was short-lived. In the short span of two years the town went from its peak population of 7000 people, to fewer than 500 people by the latter part of 1910. Helping push the decline of the town further along was a disastrous fire which swept through Rawhide in September 1908, along with a flood in September 1909, from which many people did not recover or rebuild. While the original mines worked out the last of the gold and silver from the veins first discovered by Swanson, McLeod, people began to leave the area, moving to the next “big thing”.
While there remained a few people eking out a life working in the mines, or processing the ore, or just working their own claims and prospecting, for all intents and purposes the town became a hollow shell of what it once was. By 1941 only a few hardy souls were left in Rawhide, the post office was closed. After that point and more of the few remaining residents of Rawhide began to drift away, by the 1960s Mrs. Anne Rechel was considered the only true resident of Rawhide, she continued living in Rawhide until circumstances forced her to leave in the late 1960s, at which point Rawhide languished becoming a ghost town. Visitors between the years of 1967 to the early 1980s could still find standing buildings in Rawhide, including Mrs. Rechel’s house, an old Lumber Store, several other standing buildings; the stone jail house of Rawhide was moved to Hawthorne for safekeeping, where it remains today. Additionally, a small cemetery was still visible near a mile north of town. However, new mining technologies for obtaining fine gold particles from ore deposits, an upswing in gold prices, brought renewed interest to the Rawhide area in the late 1980s.
A large mining operation, operated jointly by Kennecott Minerals and Pacific Rim Mining Corp. created a huge open pit mine, which over-ran the original site of Rawhide. The mine wound down operations in 2002-2003, the pit itself has been permitted for use as a landfill. Visitors to the area will find nothing remaining of; the location of Rawhide is 55 miles SE of Fallon, NV and 35 miles NE of Hawthorne, NV. As mentioned above, the Rawhide-Denton Mine has removed any trace of Rawhide, there is nothing of the town left to see. Rawhide was at 39°01′00″N 118°23′28″W, at an elevation of 5082 feet. List of ghost towns in Nevada Stanley W. Paher The Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps Illustrated Atlas, Volume 1: Northern Nevada: Reno, Austin and Points North. GhostTowns. Com: Rawhide, Nevada GenDisasters: Rawhide, NV Flood, August 1909 Rawhide on Google Maps
The Rawhide Kid is a fictional Old West cowboy appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A heroic gunfighter of the 19th-century American West, unjustly wanted as an outlaw, he is one of Marvel's most prolific Western characters, he and other Marvel western heroes have on rare occasions guest-starred through time travel in such contemporary titles as The Avengers and West Coast Avengers. In two mature-audience miniseries, in 2003 and 2010, he is depicted as gay; the Rawhide Kid debuted in a 16-issue series from Atlas Comics. Most of the covers from the series were produced by acclaimed artists either Joe Maneely or John Severin, but Russ Heath and Fred Kida. Interior art for the first five issues was with Dick Ayers at the reins thereafter. After a hiatus, the Rawhide Kid was revamped for what was now Marvel Comics by writer Stan Lee, penciler Jack Kirby and inker Ayers. Continuing the Atlas numbering with issue #17, the title now featured a diminutive yet confident, soft-spoken fast gun underestimated by bullying toughs, owlhoots, crooked saloon owners and other archetypes squeezed through the prism of Lee & Kirby's anarchic imagination.
As in the outsized, exuberantly exaggerated action of the later-to-come World War II series Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, The Rawhide Kid was now a freewheeling romp of energetic slapstick action across cattle ranches, horse troughs, corrals and swinging chandeliers. Stringently moral, the Kid showed a gleeful pride in his shooting and his acrobatic fight skills — never picking arguments but forced to surprise lummoxes far bigger than he. Through retcon, bits of and pieces of the Atlas and Silver Age characters' history meshed, so that the unnamed infant son of settlers the Clay family, orphaned by a Cheyenne raid, was raised by Texas Ranger Ben Bart on a ranch near Rawhide, Texas. Older brother Frank Clay, captured by Native Americans escaped and became a gambler, while eldest brother Joe Clay became sheriff of the town of Willow Flats. Shortly after Johnny's 18th birthday, Ben Bart was murdered. A misunderstanding between the Kid and a sheriff over a cattle rustler the Kid wounded in self-defense led to the hero's life as a fugitive.
Kirby continued as penciler through #32, while helping to launch the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and other iconic characters of the "Marvel revolution". He drew covers through issue #47. Issues #33-35 were drawn by EC Comics veteran Jack Davis — some of the last color comics he would draw before gaining fame at the black-and-white, satirical comics magazine Mad. After several issues by Ayers, followed by a single issue by long-time Kid Colt artist Jack Keller, Larry Lieber, Lee's writer brother, began his nine-year run as the series' writer-artist, which lasted over 75 issues from 1964–1973. Lieber said in 1999, I don't remember. I think. I didn't do enough of the superheroes to know. What I didn't prefer was the style, developing, it didn't appeal to me.... Maybe there was just too much humor in it, or too much something.... I remember, at the time, I wanted to make everything serious. I didn't want to give a light tone to it; when I did Rawhide Kid, I wanted people to cry as if they were watching High Noon or something....
I'm a little unclear about going to Rawhide Kid. I know that at the time I wanted — what's the expression? — a little space for myself or something, I wanted to do a little drawing again. Rawhide Kid's full name was revealed in issue # 60 in the Letter's Column as John Barton Clay. By 1973, as superheroes became ascendant, The Rawhide Kid became a reprint title, though bearing new covers by such prominent artists as Gene Colan, Gil Kane and Paul Gulacy, it ended publication with issue #151. This initial volume of the series included a single annual publication, cover-titled Rawhide Kid King-Size Special; as well, including many Jack Kirby-drawn stories, appeared in the 1968-1976 title The Mighty Marvel Western. The Rawhide Kid appeared as a middle-aged character in a four-issue miniseries, The Rawhide Kid vol. 2, by writer Bill Mantlo and penciler Herb Trimpe. The Rawhide Kid reappeared in the four-issue miniseries, Blaze of Glory, by writer John Ostrander and artist Leonardo Manco, a 2002 four-issue sequel, Apache Skies, by the same creative team.
In contrast to the character's depicted appearance — a small-statured, clean-cut redhead — these latter two series depicted him with shoulder-length dark hair, wearing a less stylized, more appropriate outfit than his classic one. A controversial five-issue miniseries, Rawhide Kid vol. 3, titled "Slap Leather" was published biweekly by Marvel's mature-audience MAX imprint. Here the character was depicted as homosexual, with a good portion of the dialogue dedicated to innuendo to this effect; the series, written by Ron Zimmerman, drawn by artist John Severin, was labeled with a "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" warning on the cover. Series editor Axel Alonso said, "We thought. Enigmatic cowboy rides into dusty little desert town victimized by desperadoes, saves the day, wins everyone's heart rides off into
Rawhide (1938 film)
Rawhide is a 1938 Western film starring Lou Gehrig and made by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. The movie was directed by Ray Taylor and produced by Sol Lesser from a screenplay by Jack Natteford and Daniel Jarrett; the cinematography was by Allen Q. Thompson; this is the only Hollywood movie in which baseball great Lou Gehrig made a screen appearance, playing himself as a vacationing ballplayer visiting his sister Peggy on a ranch in the fictional town of Rawhide, Montana. The film remains available on VHS formats; the storyline revolves around Lou Gehrig playing himself, who decides to give up baseball in New York for the life of a western cattle rancher. Once at the ranch, Gehrig encounters a protection racket preying on the ranchers by extortion and violence, he teams up with a crusading local attorney to fight the crooks and put them in jail. In the opening scene, Lou Gehrig is surrounded by a group of reporters at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, where he is about to take a train to his sister's ranch out west in Rawhide.
Proclaiming that he is "through with baseball", he tells the sceptical newsmen that he wants the "peace and quiet" of the cowboy life. Gehrig plays an easygoing dude rancher, whose self-deprecating humor is displayed the first time he attempts to ride a horse; as he timidly approaches his steed, a ranch hand urges, "Jus' walk right up to him like ya' wasn't afraid", to which Gehrig deadpans, "I couldn't be that deceitful". An unscrupulous interloper, Ed Saunders, his henchmen have seized control of the local "Ranchers Protective Association" by subterfuge and are using it as a front to extort outrageous "association fees" from the local ranchers, resorting to violence and bribery. After Gehrig refuses to pay, one of his ranch hands is shot by one of the crooks. Gehrig storms into the local saloon to confront his gang; when a barroom brawl ensues, the attorney joins in the fight as Gehrig hurls billiard balls at the criminals. The movie reaches a climax in the obligatory western film chase scene when Gehrig and the other ranchers form a posse to chase the fleeing Saunders gang and put them in jail.
The film has several musical interludes. Ballew sings. Other songs credited are Cowboy's Life by Charles Rosoff, Drifting by von Tilzer, That Old Washboard Band by Norman Phelps. Filming took place in January 1938 during the baseball off-season. Other actors in the film are Arthur Loft, who plays the villain Ed Saunders, Dick Curtis, his henchman, Cy Kendall, the corrupt sheriff. Rawhide premiered in March 1938 in St. Petersburg, Florida while the New York Yankees were in town for their annual spring training at Al Lang Field; the occasion was celebrated by a gala parade complete with local marching fireworks. Led by the Florida resort town's mayor and baseball booster, Al Lang, other parade participants included Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, Frankie Frisch, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals; the New York Times informed readers that when the parade reached the theater's lobby, "Two-Gun Lou and all, will be on the receiving line to shake the hands of distinguished guests".
The film was released in general distribution to movie theaters on April 8, 1938. The New York City-born Gehrig would joke that it was the first time he had been on a horse. Researchers presented a paper to the American Academy of Neurology in 2006, reporting on an analysis of Rawhide and photographs of Lou Gehrig from the 1937–39 period, to ascertain when Gehrig began to show visible symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease that would force his retirement from baseball in 1939 and claim his life in 1941, they concluded that while atrophy of hand muscles could be detected in 1939 photographs of Gehrig, no such abnormality was visible at the time the movie was made. "Examination of Rawhide showed that Gehrig functioned in January 1938", the report concluded. Pride of the Yankees Rawhide on IMDb Rawhide is available for free download at the Internet Archive Rawhide at AllMovie Rawhide at the TCM Movie Database
Rawhide (TV series)
Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood. The show aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959, to September 3, 1965, before moving to Tuesday nights from September 14, 1965, until January 4, 1966, with a total of 217 black-and-white episodes; the series was produced and sometimes directed by Charles Marquis Warren, who produced early episodes of Gunsmoke. Spanning seven and a half years, Rawhide was the sixth-longest-running American television Western, exceeded only by eight years of Wagon Train, nine years of The Virginian, fourteen years of Bonanza, eighteen years of Death Valley Days, twenty years of Gunsmoke. Set in the 1860s, Rawhide portrays the challenges faced by the drovers of a cattle drive. Most episodes are introduced with a monologue by trail boss. In a typical Rawhide story, the drovers come upon people on the trail and are drawn into solving whatever problem they present or confront. Sometimes, one or more of the crew venture into a nearby town and encounter some trouble from which they need to be rescued.
Rowdy Yates was young and at times impetuous in the earliest episodes, Favor had to keep a tight rein on him. Favor is a savvy and strong leader who always plays "square" with his fellow men - a tough customer who can handle the challenges and get the job done. Although Favor had the respect and loyalty of the men who worked for him, the people, including Yates, are insubordinate to him a few times, after working too hard or after receiving a tongue lashing. Favor has to fight at times and wins; some Rawhide stories were easy in production terms, but the peak form of the show was convincing and naturalistic, sometimes brutal. Its story lines ranged from parched plains to anthrax, ghostly riders to wolves, cattle raiding, bandits and others. A frequent story line was the constant need to find water for the cattle; the scout spent much of his time looking for water, sometimes finding that water holes and rivers had dried up. In some ways, the show was similar to the TV series Wagon Train, which had debuted on NBC on September 18, 1957.
Rawhide dealt with controversial topics. Robert Culp played an ex-soldier on the drive. Mexican drover Jesús faced racism at times. Several shows deal with the aftermath of the American Civil War; the "Poco Tiempo" episode reveals that Yates' father's name was Dan, that Yates' came from Southwestern Texas, that he joined the Confederate States Army at 16, that he was held in a federal prison camp. Favor served in the CSA as a captain. "Incident on the Edge of Madness" in season one, guest-starring Lon Chaney Jr. had Favor's old commanding officer attempting to enlist the aid of Favor and his men to start the "New Confederacy of Panama" much to Favor's dismay. In that same episode Favor and Nolan were revealed to have been in the Confederate forces up on Marye's Heights at the Battle of Fredericksburg, they "felt shamed" at killing so many Union soldiers; some American Indians demanded cattle as payment for going through their land. Rough characters were in the shows, in one episode Gil Favor is tortured by having his face held near a fire.
In "Incident of the Town in Terror," people think that a sick Yates has "the plague" and they enforce by gunpoint a quarantine of the cattle drovers outside the town. Cattle rustlers were around, including Commancheros. On occasions, Rawhide was eerily atmospheric. "Incident with an Executioner" featured a mysterious dark rider seen on the hillside following the herd, "Incident of the Haunted Hills" featured a sacred Indian burial ground, "Incident of the Druid Curse" and season two's "Incident of the Murder Steer". The series featured episodes with ghost towns, cattle with horns lit up by St. Elmo's fire at dusk, cowboys struck by lightning, plus a strange enclosed gypsy wagon steering itself turning up, all stand out as curiously "spooky" tales for a bustling dusty cattle drive. In episode 67, "Incident Near the Promised Land", the cattle drive reached Sedalia for the first time in the series. Unusually, episode 68 continues on from that, where the cattle have been sold and the men celebrate in town and decide on their futures with Favor thinking of leaving the business.
Instead of the usual ending, wherein Favor gives the command "Head'em up! Move'em out!" and the cattle move off, this episode had the end titles over a view of a Sedalia street. Episode 69 has Favor visiting his two daughters and Maggie, who live with their aunt Eleanor Bradley in Philadelphia. In episode 70, a number of the men are back together and heading back to San Antonio about 650 miles away, with a herd of horses instead of cattle. Episode 71 has a new cattle drive ready to go, but the owner of 1600 of the cattle wants to be in charge, so Favor reluctantly signs on as a ramrod, but after problems, Favor becomes boss again at the end of the show; these five episodes made up one storyline instead of the usual single-episode stories which could have been set anywhere in the West. Favor had many bad moments in the series, but none worse than the "Lost
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 known as the "Rawhides", is a United States Navy fleet logistics support squadron based at NS Norfolk. Commissioned in 1960, it is one of only two active fleet logistics squadrons in the Navy, the other being VRC-30. Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 was commissioned on 1 July 1960 and is tasked with providing Carrier onboard delivery services to the U. S. Navy's Second and Sixth Fleets. VRC-40, homeported at NS Norfolk, operates the Grumman C-2A Greyhound and reports to Commander, Airborne Early Warning Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. Maintaining and flying the squadron's 14 aircraft are nearly 320 enlisted personnel and 42 officers. Unlike most squadrons, VRC-40 does not deploy as a unit. Instead, it prepares five separate sea going detachments with a two-plane complement while maintaining ashore "Homeguard" to support local operational commitments. Based at remote forward logistics sites, the deployed detachments support multiple carrier strike groups that operate in the Second, Fourth and Sixth Fleets aboard deployed aircraft carriers providing continuous fleet support.
VRC-40 supports the fleet from ships and bases as far north as Norway, down the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast, throughout the Caribbean, in Central and South America, all over the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern theaters. VRC-40 played a vital role in support of combat missions during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and was selected as the Commander Naval Air Force Battle "E" winner for the 2010 calendar year. After flying the Grumman C-1A Trader aircraft for over 26 years, VRC-40 completed a transition to the C-2A in 1986, marking the end of the reciprocating engine era in Naval Aviation history. VRC-40's continuing mission is the efficient transportation of passengers and cargo to and from carriers at sea. While speed and efficiency are requisite to completion of the squadron's mission, safety is of paramount importance. Among VRC-40's many achievements and accomplishments, the "Rawhides" reached one of the highest honors in Aviation Safety by completing 25 years of class "A" mishap free flying.
Every year, VRC-40 carries over three million pounds of mail and cargo and effects over 1,000 arrested landings. Astronauts Alan Shepard and Scott Carpenter, sports icons including Tiger Woods, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. numerous Congressional and Cabinet members, business leaders, entertainers such as Bruce Willis, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Buffett, Halle Berry and Robin Williams have all flown with the "Rawhides". History of the United States Navy List of United States Navy aircraft squadrons VRC-40 Website VRC-40 @ Globalsecurity.org