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VA-155 SILVER FOXES
Established as Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE (VA-155)
on 1 September 1987. Disestablished on 30 April 1993. The third squadron
to be assigned the VA-155 designation.
Squadron Insignia and Nickname
The squadron’s insignia was approved by CNO on
24 July 1987. Colors for the Silver Fox insignia are as follows: the circular
design is outlined in silver with the upper background black and lower
background blue with light blue highlights; yellow star, lightning bolt,
moon, and wolf’s pupils; silver wolf with black markings and outlined
in white; and a silver scroll, outlined in black with black lettering.
Nickname: Silver Foxes, 1987–1993.
Chronology of Significant Events
15 August–8 October 1988: Independence
(CV 62),with VA-155 embarked, conducted a change of homeport transit from
Norfolk to San Diego via Cape Horn. During the transit numerous air power
demonstrations were conducted for dignitaries from various South American
17 Jan 1991: The squadron conducted its first combat operations. VA-155’s
commanding officer, Commander Sweigart, led Air Wing Two’s aircraft
in its first strike against Iraq.
18 Jan 1991: The squadron suffered its first and only loss during the
war with Iraq when one of its A-6E Intruders was shot down while on a
mining sortie by the Um Qasr Naval Base in Iraq.
28 Feb 1991: Ranger’s last combat strike of the Gulf War
was launched and led by a VA-155 aircraft. During the 43 day Gulf War
the squadron flew 1,388.4 hours, a total of 635 sorties, and delivered
2,289,940 pounds of ordnance on Iraqi military targets.
Sep–Dec 1992: Squadron aircraft flew sorties in support of Operation
Southern Watch, flights over southern Iraq south of the 32nd parallel
to ensure Iraq was adhering to United Nations sanctions.
Dec 1992: The squadron participated in Operation Restore Hope, flying
sorties in support of the humanitarian relief effort in Somalia.
There have been a total of 4 Commanding Officers of The Silver
Foxes as an A-6 squadron. The first was CDR Jack Samar in 1987
and the last was CDR Larry Munns in 1991.
Fun was had by all at VA-155 the Silver Foxes dedication and reunion.
So much so, that a few will return to crew the Intruder at Airshow 2001
and beyond! Standing left to right: Crewman Jim Madero, CO/BN Frank Sweigart,
Plane Captain Mark Fajardin Sr., LT/Pilot Jim "Zorch" Canfield,
LT/Pilot Rob "Levi" Paredes, LT/Pilot Kevin "Dizzy"
Carlton, Kneeling; Crewman Mike Houghton, CO/Pilot Larry Munns, LCDR/BN
Mike "Snake" Novak, and LCDR/Pilot John "Lick" Mawhinney.
Pacific Coast Air Museum
Santa Rosa, CA