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The insignia adopted by VA-36 is a modification the Roadrunner
insignia used by the first VA-36 squadron. The old insignia had been Roadrunner
cartoon character, but the modification depicted a real bird with its
primary enemy clutched in its talons. Colors for the insignia are: blue
background and scrolls; silver and black bird with a red eye and tongue;
yellow snake with black markings; and red lettering in the scrolls. VA-36’s
insignia was tentatively approved by CNO on 6 April 1987.
30 Dec 1988: VA-36 deployed aboard Theodore Roosevelt
(CVN 71) for the carrier’s maiden cruise to the Mediterranean Sea.
20 Jan–28 Feb 1991: The squadron participated in
Operation Desert Storm, combat operations against Iraq.
Apr–Jun 1991: The squadron participated in Operation
Provide Comfort, a multi-national operation providing relief and aid for
Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq.
Mar–Sep 1993: The squadron, along with other units
of CVW-8, deployed aboard Roosevelt (CVN 71) in a new approach to joint
operations to test the Navy’s ability to project a wide range of
power and mobility from the sea. The composition on the carrier during
the deployment included the regular air wing, minus an F-14 and S-3 squadron,
and a Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force consisting of a Marine Corps
fixed-wing and helo squadron and a company of Marines. The mix of units
provided the carrier with the ability to project air and ground striking
power ashore from a single deck.
Jun 1993: The squadron, along with other units embarked
on Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), operated in the Red Sea in support of
a strike on the Iraqi Intelligence Service headquarters building in Baghdad
in response to Iraq’s attempt on the life of former President Bush
while on a visit to Kuwait in April. During this time, the squadron also
participated in Operation Southern Watch missions, enforcing the U.N.
no-fly zone within southern Iraq.
There have been a total of 6 Commanding Officers of The Roadrunners
as an A-6 squadron. The first, T. Lamar Willis served from March 6, 1987
to December 1, 1988. The last was Mark J. Himler. He served from September
23, 1993 until April 1, 1994.