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3: CDR Aaron M Cadena is a native of Corpus Christi, TX.He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Following graduation from the Naval Academy CDR Cadena's first assignment was to the USS IINGRAHAM (FFG-61). He reported in January of 1991 and while onboard the USS INGRAHAM he served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and the Navigator. He made two deployments and earned his Surface Warfare Officer Qualifications. In January of 1994 he transferred to the Anti-Submarine Warfare Base in San Diego, CA as an instructor. During that assignment he was selected for lateral transition to Naval Flight Officer. He began flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola in May of 1995.He earned his wings and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August of 1996. CDR Cadena then reported to the EA-6B Prowler Fleet Replacement Squadron, VAQ-129 in December of 1995. After 10 months of training he was assigned to his first squadron, Electronic attack Squadron One Three Nine (VAQ-139) in October of 1997. He was deployed in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH with VAQ-139 while embarked aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). CDR Cadena transferred to Training Squadron Eighty Six (VT-86) where he served as an instructor from Feb. 2000 to Feb. 2002. During this tour he also served as the squadron Safety Officer. | Following his instructor tour, CDR Cadena was assigned to electronic Attack Squadron One Two Eight (VAQ-128) for his department head tour in May of 2002. During this tour he served as Tactics Officer, Safety Officer, and Maintenance Officer. He deployed with the squadron to Incirlik , Turkey in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH and Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation IRAQUI FREEDOM. He also participated in the disestablishment of VAQ-128 in May of 2004. CDR Cadena reported to the United States Pacific Command forJoint Duty in July of 2004 as a Capabilities and Requirements Officer. He initially worked within the J5 Strategic Policy and Planning Directorate and then helped stand up the J8 Resources and Assessment Capabilities Directorate within the command. In October of 2007, he returned to sea duty on board the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) as the Strike Operations Officer. During this tour he was deployed with the ship in support of IRAQUI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. In February of 2010, he reported to Chief of Naval Air Training Staff where he is currently serving as the Aviation Training and Standardization Officer. CDR Cadena has accumulated more than 2,100 flight hours including more than 1,000 hours in tactical jet aircraft. CDR Cadena's individual military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).

4: USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, Texas

6: Operation Northern Watch

7: Uncle Russell | USS Abraham Lincoln Tiger Cruise

8: USS Abraham Lincoln | Last Flight Corpus Christi Naval Air Station 3-8-2013

10: Last Flight Hosedown

11: background USS Abraham Lincoln

16: CDR Aaron Cadena

17: RDML Mark Leavitt

20: National Anthem

22: Father James Stembler | RDML Mark Leavitt | Master of

23: Ceremonies CDR Randy Green

26: Aaron escorts family to stage for award presentations

31: Linda named Yellow Rose of Texas By Governor Perry

32: Admiral presents certificate to Jacob

34: Madelyn receives certificate

37: Admiral awards Aaron Meritorious Service Medal and pins it on him

39: Aaron Receiving Awards

41: Aaron's commendation from The State of Texas signed by Governor Perry | Texas Flag

42: Passing of the Flag

43: Performed in slow motion while "My Name is Old Glory" was recited. Each serviceman represented one of the ranks held by Aaron. The final pass was made to Aaron who then presented the flag to his wife, Linda.

44: Original Poem By Howard Schnauber

59: Aaron's Retiree Remarks

62: "It only takes a second to say "ILove You' but a lifetime to show it" Theresa Collins | Aaron's speech expressed his love for God, his family, friends, and especially for his wife. Linda and children, Jacob and Madelyn. He also mentioned by name many who were here to celebrate with him

64: Relieving of the Watch

66: Never stop exploring

68: Flowers presented to Aaron's wife Linda & his Mom, Patricia

69: Corsage presented to Madelyn

70: Benediction

71: Joining together for Final Piping ashore

75: Jacob was fascinated by the Boatswain and stopped to give him a long look!

76: Anchors Aweigh

77: Boatswain & Bell ringer

79: Happiness is Cherished Family

81: Ian Cadena& James Beach-Joe & Yolanda Sanchez,-Janet & Russell Klug-Aaron, Linda, Jacob & Madelyn Cadena,-Elias & Patricia Cadena-Gina Ramon- Mary & Robert Briones

85: It's the little moments that make life big.

90: Reception

91: Being together is the best gift of all.

93: Madelyn cuddles with her godfather, Russell

95: Cake Cutting

96: 2013 | Anchors Aweigh

97: Not knowing your destination is half the fun!

98: Visiting with Family

101: Our Family Dinner at Mom & Dad's House

103: Relaxing at Aaron & Linda's Home

104: Shortly before retirement Aaron's dad accompanied him to meet Gene Kranz Apollo 13 Flight Director A cousin by marriage

106: Wishing you Fair Winds & Following Seas!

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