CPO Rob Carleen

CPO Rob Carleen

Dates of Service: Feb 1965 - Feb 1989
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Navy brat. Joined the Navy to avoid the Army joining me (draft) and to get out of Minnesota and back into warmer climates. I filled out 24 years. Retired in Pensacola, widowed three years later. Finished my college via the gi bill. Worked at the Naval Aviation Museum. Lost another wife to cancer. Volunteer two days/wk at the museum in the aircraft maintenance department.

Military Experiences

Feb 1965 - Feb 1989
Aviation structural mechanic
Aircraft structural mechanic, flight deck troubleshooter, airframes supervisor, quality assurance rep., maintenance chief, Aircraft division chief, command career counselor, line chief, acting command master chief (6 months), LMET instructor and division LCPO. Worked on F-4, F-9, T-2, A-7, A-4, C-130 and P-3 aircraft. Flew on TFO’s for two years in TF-9J Cougars.


(20 years, 1 month)
Sep 1965 - Sep 1985
Too many to count. Westpac’s, Med cruises, 6 weeks to Roosevelt Roads , Fallon, Yuma, Adak, traveled for 3 1/2 years with the Blue Angels.
Served on the Franklin D Roosevelt ( so did Dad), Kennedy, Intrepid, Lexington, Oriskany, and Nimitz. Flew on and off every one at least once. Toured with Blue Angels did air shows in nearly every one of the lower 48, plus shows in England, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Iran. CAG 8 maintenance CPO for the corrosion det in Sigonella.

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees

University of West Florida

Bachelor's Degree

Personal Information

Current Location
Home Town
restoring aircraft at the national museum of naval aviation restoring vintage cars.