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LCDR Chas Koeber USN

Charles (Charlie) Koeber
LCDR, USN (Ret)


Commander. Koeber graduated from the Naval Academy in 1962, and started flight training after temporary duty aboard the USS Saratoga.  He received his wings in April, 1964 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and remained aboard as an indoctrination pilot for midshipmen, during the summer.
 
He reported to Airborne Early Warning Squadron One (VW-1), NAS Agana, Guam in October, 1964 and flew the EC-121 (Super Constellation) on both Tonkin Gulf surveillance missions and typhoon tracking flights. He was an aircraft commander.   Ground duties were power plants officer and avionic division officer.

In October 1966, he was assigned to Air Antisubmarine Squadron 21 (VS-21) at NAS North Island, CA and reported aboard in March 1967, after completing replacement pilot training.  He served as personnel officer and Avionics Division Officer and was an S2E carrier aircraft plane commander.  The squadron deployed aboard USS Kearsarge in 1967-68, in the Western Pacific and Tonkin Gulf.

In 1969, he entered Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, and received an MS degree in aerospace physics in 1971.  He then returned to VS-21 with duties as Training Officer and Administrative Department Head.  The squadron deployed on USS Ticonderoga during 1972, in support of Viet Nam war activities.

In 1974, he reported to the Naval Production Office at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, CA.  Duties included Ground Support Equipment project officer for avionics test equipment, S-3 project officer, and S-3 Acceptance pilot.

From August 1976 to June 1979, Commander Koeber was assigned to Naval Aircraft Rework Facility, Alameda, CA.   He held the positions of P-3 Analysis Center Officer, Aviation Engineering Department Head, and Administrative Services Officer and Comptroller.
His final tour, from June 1979 to June 1983, was at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines where he was the Fleet Air Western Pacific Repair Activity (FAWPRA) Officer assigned to Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific, Detachment Cubi Point.  The activity performed airframe and mechanical repairs on deployed aircraft and was staffed by military, civilian and foreign nationals.  He also flew station aircraft on logistics missions.

After retirement in 1983, he received an MBA from University of California Berkeley in 1984.  He worked at Equitec Securities Company from 1984 to 1986, as Manager of Securities Processing and Director of Client Services Reporting. 

He joined Dynamac Corporation in 1986, as Manager of the Alameda Office which provided support to the S-3 program at Naval Aviation Depot, Alameda.  In 1989, he continued his employment with Dynamac in Sonora, CA acting as the Designated Person in charge of Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Programs, in eighteen area school districts.

In 1992, he left Dynamac and continued his association with the school districts as a self-employed Certified Asbestos Consultant and Registered Environmental Assessor.  He finally retired in 2006.

Other activities included serving as a member and president of his church parish council.  He is currently treasurer and was controller for a number of years. 
He is on the Board of Directors and has served as Chairperson for Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging, where he also volunteers.  He has been a member of CCC-MOAA since 1989 and is the Scholarship Committee Chairperson.

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