American Legion Post 50 SAL 50 New York USA
|May 11, 2012
WVOX 1460 AM WVOX.com
The Sons of the American Legion Report
Presented by Squadron 50 Pelham NY
Good Morning Westchester
hosted by Bob Marrone
with Ken Kraetzer
Rear Admiral Herman Shelanski
Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10
The "Sons of the American Legion Radio Report" can be heard live on WVOX
1460 AM in Westchester County and around the world on WVOX.com. The show is held
every Monday from 2:30 to 3:00 PM.
The host of the program is Kenneth G. Kraetzer, Commander of Sons of the American Legion
in Pelham, NY; Historian for Westchester County, and Vice Commander for New York State.
Please contact Ken at 914-450-9554 with any questions or comments about this radio and
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Contributing to the program are SAL 50 members John Chuhran and Jack McGuirk. Chris
Clark second from the left is the studio producer.
Good Morning Westchester Host Bob Marrone joins the program on holidays to host calls from
US service members deployed overseas.
In the college football season, SAL Radio conducts The West Point Football Report covering
the weekly highlights of Army coaches and interviews with West Point players, coaches, alumni
Rear Admiral Herman A. Shelanski
Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10
Rear Admiral Shelanski, from Wynnewood, Pa., was commissioned an ensign in July 1980 at
Aviation Officer Candidate School and earned his Naval Flight Officer (NFO) Wings in the E-2C
Hawkeye in 1982.
Shelanski served several tours and completed several deployments in the E-2C Hawkeye. His
first squadron, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, won two consecutive Chief
of Naval Operations (CNO) Battle E Awards, Safety Awards and the Airborne Early Warning
(AEW) Excellence Award. During this tour he was selected as the Hawkeye community’s 1985
Hawkeye of the Year.
He was the assistant navigator in the USS Independence (CV 62) and a Naval Flight Officer
flight instructor in the E-2C Training Command, VAW-110. He served as action officer on the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, J6 Directorate for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers in
Washington, D.C., and as the air operations officer for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central
Command/5th Fleet in Bahrain. He also served as the first executive officer aboard USS Ronald
Reagan (CVN 76). He was assigned as the executive assistant (EA) to the deputy commander
at U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) and then re-assigned as the EA to the commander
USJFCOM/NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation.
Shelanski has had several commands. He commanded VAW-121, the Bluetails on the USS John
C. Stennis (CVN 74) maiden deployment around the world and was awarded the CNO Battle E
Award, Safety Award and the AEW Excellence Award. He commanded and decommissioned the
6th Fleet’s fighting command ship, USS La Salle (AGF 3). He commanded USS Harry S. Truman
(CVN 75) for a seven-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom and maritime security operations. The ship was awarded the 2008 CNO Safety Award,
Battle E Award and the Secretary of Defense Large Category Maintenance Award. In June
2009, Shelanski reported to the OPNAV staff as director of the Navy’s Environmental Readiness
division, N45. Shelanski was then selected to be the deputy, Survey and Engagement Team on
the Comprehensive Review Working Group to study the effect on the military of the repeal of,
“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
Shelanski holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
from the University of Colorado. He earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
and Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School with membership in Eta
Kappa Nu, an international honor society for electrical and computer engineers. He has also
attended several executive-level leadership and business courses. He is a graduate of the
Armed Forces Staff College, the Navy Nuclear Power School and Prototype, the Naval Reactors
Commanding Officer Nuclear Engineer course, and the Naval War College CD distance
Shelanski amassed nearly 3,000 hours in the E-2C Hawkeye and over 500 carrier landings
during his flying career.