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Lauletta Takes Command of VR-52

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Release Date: 3/30/2007 8:59:00 AM

From Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove Public Affairs Office

WILLOW GROVE, Pa. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Joseph C. Lauletta Jr. relieved Cmdr. Linda R. Wackerman as commanding officer of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 52 during a change of command ceremony Feb. 24.

The guest speaker was Capt. Peter R. Davenport, commander of Fleet Logistics Support Wing. Other distinguished guests included retired Army Brig. Gen. Samuel G. Cockerman, Capt. Michael S. Remington, commanding officer Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) Willow Grove, and several former VR-52 commanding officers.

Lauletta became the 25th commanding officer of the VR-52 "Taskmasters." This squadron is under the operational control of Commander, Fleet Logistics Support Wing and is comprised of 151 selected reserve and 143 full-time support personnel. Selected reservists commute from across the eastern United States to NAS JRB Willow Grove to support year-round domestic operations and detachments in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Western Pacific.

The squadron employs a Navy version of the venerable Douglas DC-9 Skytrain aircraft. The mission of VR-52 is to provide rapidly deployable air logistics support to Navy and Department of Defense operations throughout the world. Additionally, VR-52 performs humanitarian relief operations and medical evacuations worldwide.

Under Wackermans’ leadership, VR-52 flew over 5,974 mishap-free flight hours hauling over 19,750 passengers and 1,056,500 pounds of cargo and completed 20 overseas detachments. Additionally VR-52 completed two "Make a Wish" events.

Lauletta graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy as an ensign in May 1987. After receiving his wings in March 1989 he reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 in Jacksonville, Fla., where he qualified in the P-3C Orion aircraft. He then reported to VP-24, also in Jacksonville, in September 1989. He then received orders to Training Squadron (VT) 3 in Milton, Fla., for duty as a primary flight instructor flying the T-34C Mentor aircraft. In 1995, he was honored as VT-3’s Flight Instructor of the Year. He became a selected reservist and joined VR-52 in 1996.

He has flown more than 8,000 hours in his aviation career including more than 2,500 in the C-9B Skytrain while in VR-52.

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