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"God Father":

The Enlisted B/N Program played an important part in Naval Aviation history. He was the "God Father" of the current NFO Program and played an important role in the Navy's development of nuclear weapons delivery procudures.

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The NEBNA was formed in October 2000.

NEBNA Logo

The NEBNA Logo was designed by John Bailey's daughter and was approved in February 2003.

About Us

Traditionally, the Naval Aviator, i.e. Pilots, Navigators and Bombardiers have been Naval Officers. During times of war, with the shortage of Naval Officers, Enlisted Men were called upon to volunteer for positions of Pilots, Navigators and Bombardiers. Other positions for aircrew men, i.e. mechanics, radiomen, electronic technicians, etc were held by enlisted men.

The Naval Enlisted Bombardier Navigator position was never officially sanctioned by the Bureau of Naval Personal (BUPERS).
However, 123 Enlisted Men have been trained and assigned to the position of a Bombardier Navigator (B/N) from different squadrons and their parent commands. Many of the enlisted bombardier navigators did get promoted to Officer rank.

The Enlisted Bombardier Navigator has flown in many different Naval Aircraft. The primary aircraft has been the P2V Neptune, the AJ2 Savage, the A3D Skywarrior and the A5A or RA5C Vigilante.

The initial organizational meeting of the Naval Enlisted Bombardier Navigator Association (NEBNA) was held at the Gator Landing on the St Johns River, in Sanford, Florida in 2000. There were ten ex-enlisted Bombardier Navigators present. After some discussion, the group agreed on the following wording as the objective for the association: "To establish our place in Naval Aviation history." Although there are many other classes of enlisted air crew, it was decided that only those enlisted men who actually served as Bombardier/Navigators in Heavy Attack while enlisted would be considered qualified for this unique organization. No additional qualifications were considered necessary.

The ten ex-enlisted men present at the initial meeting were:

  • Anderson, James
  • Arrington, Clark
  • Bailey, John
  • Campbell, A M
  • King, Hal
  • Pierce, Don
  • Rankin, Bob
  • Skelly, Rick
  • Stokes, Mel
  • Templin, Chuck