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
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.
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!