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Joe and Deb Gladden - VR SAM
Joe and Debbie loved the military life, culture, and most importantly, the people. They cherish the lifetime friends they made in their 25 years of Naval service, and those they continue to make in “retirement.”
Debbie is a Missouri native, and a true expert in the military family “experience.” She has “logged” eleven different geographic locations from Boston, MA, to Southern California, and 21 different houses, ranging from a rented mobile home to a pop up camper, base housing, numerous rentals, and the purchase of five different homes. Along the way, she managed a household of three active children, participated in a host of Navy spouse/family events, and managed a highly successful secretarial career culminating in senior executive secretary at George Mason University. As with most military spouses, she had to contend with the numerous and lengthy deployments inherent in military service.
Joe is also a Missouri native and alumni of University of Missouri with a business degree, class of 1974. He received his commission from Navy ROTC and entered flight training, earning his wings in 1976. He was initially assigned to a P-3 squadron, VP-8 in Brunswick, Maine. Subsequent tours included: Corpus Christi as aT-44 instructor; department head tours in P-3 squadrons at Memphis and Glenview; Reserve P-3 Wing staff, Moffett Field; Officer-in Charge of a Reserve Patrol Squadron at Point Mugu; resident course at the Naval War College, Newport, RI; Commanding Officer of a Reserve Patrol Squadron at South Weymouth, MA; Executive Officer of NAS South Weymouth, MA; Program Manager on the Director of Naval Reserve staff, Pentagon; and a final tour as the Commander, Reserve Patrol Wing, Norfolk.
Joe and Debbie have been married for 30 years and are blessed with three grown children who they proudly consider their best friends!