Retired Admiral Addresses SLAC


              A-6 Intruder

Retired U. S. Navy Rear Admiral Symons  who commanded the USS Ronald

Reagan aircraft carrier will be guest speaker at the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC)

gathering Monday, December 19 at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room.

          The session begins with coffee and camaraderie at 6:30 p.m., followed

by the presentation at 7 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.

          James A. Symonds amassed 4,000 flight hours in the A-6 Intruder and more

than 1,000 carrier landings during his flying career.  He earned numerous Defense

Superior Service Medals, Legions of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals, Strike

Flight Metals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and Navy and

Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit and campaign citations.

Outside the cockpit, he served as Air Operations Officer,

US 6th Fleet in Gaeta, Italy and as Deputy Director of Operations for Counterdrug

Operations in the US Southern Command, Miami, Fla. 

Now in its 21st year, SLAC sponsors programs the third Monday of each

month November through April at the Sun Lakes Country Club. The programs

are open to all Sun Lakes residents and others interested in aviation.        More

 information on the club is available from Cannon Hill, 509-539-7857 or Gary

Vacin, 298-7017, or at the club’s web site,