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Veterans in arms at Operation Cherrybend

This year’s week-long event invited 14 veterans to relax and enjoy food, fishing, clay target shooting, and good music at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm. This year they added a fishing tournament and tandem skydiving to their list of activities.

FDVG event raises over $60,000 for veterans

The Flight Deck Veterans Group and Cherrybend Pheasant Farm, in partnership with R+L Carriers, hosted the 2016 Operation Cherrybend event which raised over $60,000 on Saturday, Oct. 8.

F-14 Restoration Project DONE! Unveiling Set!

On Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. volunteers with the United States Navy Flight Deck Veterans Group (FDVG), will host a brief ceremony to unveil the work they’ve done to restore the F-14 Tomcat currently displayed at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Since...

Progress continues!

The Carolina's Chapter has made amazing progress despite rainy weather and high winds. They are fast becoming the FDVG’s most promising state chapter. This past weekend they started the process of erecting a tent in preparation of painting the F-14 Tomcat. Surface...

Flight Deck Veteran BREWing big things in Little Rock Arkansas

Most people in Little Rock haven’t even heard of Joe Mains or Leap of Faith. And that’s to be expected; Leap of Faith doesn’t have a taproom or even a brewery to call home right now. But that doesn’t mean that Mains isn’t important to Little Rock’s beer scene. Indeed,...

Once again, the VA turns down Navy vets for Agent Orange benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has once again turned down an effort by Navy veterans to get compensation for possible exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. In a document released Friday, the VA said it would continue to limit benefits related to...

USS Yorktown Gives The Green Light!

The Board of Directors for the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, a floating museum which sits at Patriots Point in Charleston SC has given FDVG the green light to adopt and restore the very weathered F-14 Tom Cat which currently sits on the flight deck. These retired...

Pukin Dogs it is!

If you served with (VFA-143) at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virgina, you are in luck! The USS Yorktown, it's Board of Directors and the FDVG have decided on the paint scheme for the F-14 restoration project to take place in the coming months, Pukin Dogs is the lucky...

Carolinas Chapter small gesture does big things for area veterans!

'We are just a few veterans who care, We are veterans serving veterans! Say's Bill Parks; Commanding Officer of the duel state Carolinas Chapter. Special thanks to FDVG member and coordinator Michael Moss who oversaw this project, Christmas came a little early for...

CO John Lunsford Retires, XO Chris Wills Takes Helm!

Plankowners share the unique experience of watching their ship transition from a PCU (Pre-Commissioning Unit) to a USS (United States Ship). One captain might lead the commissioning of the ship before turning over command to another shortly thereafter. Similarly, John...

FDVG Launches Fraternal Organization!

Flight deck veterans across the nation will experience the birth of the U.S. Navy Flight Deck Veterans Group—a national fraternal organization—on July 4, 2015.

FDVG to host first charity event April 3rd & 4th!

Operation Cherrybend, A Hero's Hunt! A very special event taking place at Cherrybend Pheasant Farm in Wilmington Ohio. Cherrybend, a family owned business owned by Matt and Beth Ellis is one of the most beautiful pheasant hunting preserves in the world. FDVG and it's...

FLIGHT DECK VET RELEASES NOVEL

Darren Sapp released his novel, Fire on the Flight Deck, November 22 on Amazon, NOOK, iBooks, and limited bookstores. The story follows eighteen-year-old Brian Donley from boot camp to the aircraft carrier USS William Halsey, whose crew calls her The Bull. While the...

Flight Deck Veteran Designs New FDVG T-Shirt

Navy Chief (Ret) and Graphic Artist Jeff Hobrath’s unique artistic style is unmistakable and evident in everything he creates, whether it’s illustrations, technical drawings, web sites, page layout, cartoons, or logos. 30+ years experience as a leader and senior...

FDVG HONORS ONE OF THEIR OWN!

Cindy Kirby, a Veteran U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswains Mate- Fuels, Aviation Maintenanceman and Navy Career Counselor, has distinguished herself with actions above and beyond what is expected in her performance as a Therapeutic Recreational Specialist, working with...