Former Blues Boss Retires

  • Jun 12, 2015 9:20am GMT

Special Message from Greg McWherter (6/12/15)

Greeting friends!

I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying the early weeks of summer! As is the trend for yours truly, my posts are few, far between, and long overdue. With that said, we have been quite busy over the past few months (like all of you I'm sure) and really wanted to take a short moment to update you on a couple of things.

First and foremost, THANKS SO MUCH for the very kind responses to my earlier post! We are humbled, yet again, by your heartfelt support and continue to feel so blessed to have folks like you in our corner!

As a few of you know, we were informed a few weeks ago that I would be retiring from the Navy. While this is a wonderful development for my family and I, both personally and professionally, the news certainly gives me a reason to reflect on the past 25 years. I would be lying if I said Carrier Aviation and the mission of our Naval Service weren't important to me...they were, are, and always will be. And yes, the flying was a blast. But my memories aren't filled with catapult launches, arrested landings, missions, and air shows. It's filled with faces and names...those people that I was privileged enough to meet, know, and work alongside over the course of two and a half decades. Women, men, civilian, military, officer and enlisted; just the most amazing collection of human beings who did much, asked for little, and taught me more than you can imagine every single day. We were blessed indeed with this opportunity and can't thank these people enough!

For those who may be interested, we will be having a retirement ceremony on 27 June (1 pm) at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola. I know this is short notice, but hopefully some of you will find yourselves in the local area in late June. Either way, all friends are invitation required.

I would like to close by asking you to keep a buddy of mine in your thoughts and prayers. Mike Webb, the indomitable "Vols Fan", was the epitome of all that is good in people...kind, humble, and giving. On my best day, I still fall short of the standard he set. Mike will be missed.

Regards, Boss McWherter

The attached video recognized Boss McWherter with the ICAS Special Achievement Award.