GREGG O. OWENS, CDR, USN
Gregg Owens '67
Date of birth: May 7, 1945
Date of death: November 8, 1983
From the 1967 Lucky Bag:
CDR Owens was taxing in an S-3A at Cecil Field Naval Air Station, FL, when his aircraft was struck by an A-7 in its takeoff roll on the night of November 8, 1983. His co-pilot and the A-7 pilot were also killed.
From the 1984 January/February issue of Shipmate:
Cdr. Gregg Ouray Owens USN was killed in an aircraft accident on 8 November at Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. A memorial service was held at the chapel at the Cecil Field naval air station on 14 November with interment in Schuykill Haven, Pennsylvania, after services at the First United Methodist Church.
Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Pennsylvania, he was graduated with the Class of 1967 and ordered to flight training, receiving his wings in November 1968, thereupon joining VS-28, flying the S-2E. In August 1971 he was ordered to the Naval Test Pilot School for training and after graduation reported to the flying qualities and performance branch of the flight test division. While on this assignment, Cdr. Owens flew twenty-eight types of aircraft with significant project work completed in the A-4 series, the OV-10, the EP-3A EMPASS modification, the C-2A, the E-2C, and the S-3A.
In 1975 Cdr. Owens was ordered to VS-41 for duty and in 1976 joined VS-38 as safety, administrative and maintenance officer, and he later served as fleet liasion officer in the S-3 A project office in the Naval Air Systems Command for duty as the fleet liasion officer in the S-3 project office, being appointed chairman of the S-3 software change review board and responsible for budget preparation and justification in all engineering proposals and Use modification. In March 1983 he reported to VS-24 as executive officer, the post in which he was serving when he was killed.
He had earned a master's degree in operations research at George Washington University, and he was a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a life member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.
He is survived by his widow Cheryl; his daughter Tara, and two sons. Kip and Jay; all residing at 388 Foxridge Road, Orange Park FL 32073; his parents and his grandmother.
John Harrington '67 was also in 33rd Company.