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(This is a reprint from THE FORT STOCKTON PIONEER, Thursday, November 28, 2002)
Local named commander
of US aircraft carrier

By Alma Carrino
Pioneer staff writer

Captain Kendall Card

   The eldest son of Dennis and Joyce Card recently took on the prestigious position of Captain aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Kendall L. Card was made Captain of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a change of command ceremony that was held November 5th.
   Captain Card is a native of Fort Stockton and a 1973 Fort Stockton High School graduate. After graduation Card received a ROTC Scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1976. In February 1978 he reported for flight training and was designated A flight aviator in July' 1979. After completing three deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean, Card served as, an instructor pilot. Following selection to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, he reported to the Naval Air Test Center in Maryland, as a member of
the Class of 86. After graduation Card served as a project officer and test pilot in the Sea Control Branch of Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Directorate and as an instructor pilot at Test Pilot School. From April 1987 to April 1989 Card served as the ASW 

Operations Officer and Safety Officer in Carrier Air Wing ONE. Card flew the SH-3H and S-3A aircraft and departed for deployment in the USS America (CV66) to the North Atlantic Ocean.
   In 1989 Card served as the Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort. In August 1991, Card transferred to the U.S. Naval War College where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security
and Strategic Studies. Following graduation, Card completed his joint education by, attending joint Professional Military Education, Phase II at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. In March 1993 Card reported on board HS-15 as the Executive Officer. He then took command of the HS-15 Red Lions from September 1994 until September 1995. During this tour HS-15 completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea embarked the USS Saratoga (CV-60) and embarke4 in USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Card served as the Helicopter Assignments Officer and Sea Assignment Coordinator for the Aviation Branch of the Bureau of Naval Personnel. It was during this assignment that Card was selected for the Nuclear Power program in Orlando, Florida.
   After completing training in August 1998 Card reported as the, Executive Officer of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) until December 1999. in February of 2000 until August of 2001 Card served as Commanding Officer of USS Rainer (AOE 7), which deployed to the Arabian Gulf as part of USS Constellation Battle Group.

   Card is currently aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln somewhere in the Persian Gulf. Sitting at the "tip of the spear", Card is navigating the great ship and supporting the United Nations Sanction by enforcing the no fly zone. Card and his crew of over 5,000 Sailors are launching and recovering aircraft everyday. "War is tough but I have trained hard for 25 years. I'm ready to execute whatever mission the President has for us," Card said.
   Card's parents are very supportive of their son and the career he has chosen. They understand he is ensuring their freedom. "We're very excited and happy for him. This is something he has worked hard for. He is well trained and we have all the faith in the world that he will take care of his crew as he's been trained to do. The military is capable of handling any task that is given, they're up to the test. They are well equipped and trained. There will be casualties but the right decisions will be made at the right time," Card's mother stated.
   Card has received an abundance of support from not only his family in Fort Stockton but from his friends as well. "I appreciate all the mail and thoughts and care that Fort Stockton has given me" Card said. Card recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary to his high school sweetheart, Becky Broyles, also a native of Fort Stockton.  Broyles grew up right next door to the Card family.  Card and his wife have two children, Kathryn and Jonathan.  Card is no stranger to the sea, having already spent over seven years of his 25 years in uniform, out at sea.  Card is only the fifth helicopter pilot to command a nuclear-powered carrier.  Not bad for a boy from Fort Stockton.

This article appeared in THE ODESSA AMERICAN
Wednesday, February 5, 2003 - Page 3A

2003 Dock Sewell.  Contact me at:  dock@grandecom.net