Sunset of the EA-6B Prowler
Thursday, July 25, 2019 14:00 -15:00 EDT
The EA-6B Prowler was the Navy and Marine Corps dedicated Electronic Attack platform for almost 50 years, performing in practically all of America’s military actions from Vietnam in 1972 through Syria in 2019. Through a process of upgrades and modifications, the Prowler kept up with a vast spectrum of threats, from individual radars to integrated air defenses to communication/network attacks until superseded in 2015 by the Navy’s EA-18G Growler. The 170 Prowlers built represent the largest production run of dedicated EW aircraft in history and the design’s remarkable flexibility allowed it to stay abreast the threat throughout its life.
This presentation begins with an introduction to the airplane and follows the developments and capability improvements through the years. This presentation will also discuss the EA-6B community, from Navy Airwings to Marine Corps utilization to shore-based expeditionary operations. Finally, the Prowler’s use in combat operations is discussed, including operations in Vietnam, Libya, Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
CAPT Doug Swoish USN (ret) has been in the Electronic Warfare/ Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) field for over 4 decades.
He is currently employed by the Northrop Grumman (NGC) Corporation, supporting many corporate technology initiatives.
He flew, logging over 4500 flight hours and over 1000 arrested landings, while receiving the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and numerous other personal and campaign medals/ribbons. In civilian life he has earned many recognitions to include the VADM Perry Award, AOC National Lifetime EW Achievement Award and the NGC IO/EA Lifetime Achievement award. He served on the national AOC board for 5 years / 3 as the National Treasurer, and is currently the President of the EA-6B Prowler Association.
He is a graduate of many educational programs at Muhlenberg College, Naval War College, Salve Regina, Syracuse University, and Defense Acquisition University.
RDML John P. Cryer USN (ret) currently works as a part-time independent Defense Consultant, working individually with Defense Corporations/Businesses. John began this business after retiring from Northrop Grumman Corporation in 2014.
John joined the Northrop Grumman Corporation in June, 2005 as Integrated Systems Director, Navy/Marine Corps/USCG programs and Naval Integrated Product Team Leader. In May 2007, John transferred to the Northrop Grumman Corporate offices as Corporate Director of Naval Air Programs. He was responsible for day-to-day oversight of Washington program management and business development activities for Northrop Grumman Corporation Naval Air activities.
John came to Northrop Grumman with extensive senior leadership experience in directing and operating large, complex defense organizations. His distinguished military career spanned 29 years, retiring from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral effective 1 May 2005. His last assignment on active duty was Commander, Naval Network and Space Operations Command, Dahlgren VA.
In prior assignments, John served as Commander, Naval Space Command; Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia; Combined Air Operations Center Director, Operation Enduring Freedom; Deputy Requirements Director, N81D OpNav Staff; and Commander, VAQ Wing Pacific Fleet. He accumulated 3,500 hours and 750 carrier arrested landings in the EA-6B Prowler. Among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit (4), Bronze Star, and Air Medal with Combat “V.”
John holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University, and master’s degrees from Salve Regina College, Naval War College and National War College. John is a current resident of Williamsburg, Virginia.
LCDR Rick Morgan USN (Ret) has been involved in the aviation business since 1978 and Electronic Warfare field since 1980. He currently works for the Boeing Company in St Louis, MO and is the historian for the Prowler Association.
- Almost 2700 hours in Navy and Air Force aircraft with over 2200 in the Grumman EA-6B Prowler.
- 451 ½ carrier arrested landings on eight different aircraft carriers.
- 41 combat missions in the EA-6B during Operation Desert Storm while assigned to VAQ-141.
- Four Naval Commendation Medals (two with “Combat V”); Two Strike-Flight Air Medals
- Author of five books and over 50 magazine articles on Naval Aviation and railroad History.
- Twice named “Top Contributor” for “The Hook”, the Journal of Naval Aviation.
- A member of the AOC National Board of Directors 2008 to 2010.
- Education: BA Political Science, University of Missouri, 1978. MBA University of Missouri, 2007.
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