The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NAVAL PHOTOGRAPHY

was formed by and for persons associated at any time with NAVAL PHOTOGRAPHY.
We associate ourselves together for the following purposes:

  • To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
  • To support a strong military defense posture of the United States of America.
  • To preserve the memories and incidents that were a part of our personal lives and professional associations.
  • To promote fraternalism and camaraderie within the active and retired Naval Photographic community.
  • To sponsor educational seminars for members and active duty photographers in cooperation with photographic manufacturers and vendors, in order to advance knowledge of new photographic techniques and equipment.

This organization was established as a non-political organization and will remain so throughout its existence.

 

Board of Directors of the National Association Naval Photography

Officers 2016:

Jerry Billings: President, Executive Committee Member: Term: December 31, 2016.

jerry_billingsJerry is a retired Navy Photographic Officer and now works at the Defense Media Activity at Fort Meade as a Supervisory A/V Production Specialist. He enlisted in the Navy in 1978 after earning his AAS in commercial photography from Colo Mtn College in Glenwood Springs, Co. He served 12 years as an enlisted Photographer’s Mate and advanced to Chief Petty Officer before being commissioned in 1991 during his tour at the White House. He served another 20 years in a variety of assignments including the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Joint Intelligence Center, HI; USS MT WHITNEY, Fleet Combat Camera Atlantic, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, Office of Naval Intelligence, CHINFO, and US Central Command. His final tour took him to San Diego where he served as the last Photographic Officer to Command the Fleet Imaging Command Pacific. He retired in 2010 after serving 32 years and moved to Florida to be with his wife, Sheila, in their retirement home. He then earned his Master’s degree in Management and Leadership. In 2012 after 2 years of college, tennis, and golf, he started to miss working in his beloved field along the active duty troops, so returned to the media production community in a civilian role. He is a life-long member of NANP and one of his primary hobbies it to hunt at estate sales and flea markets for rare and vintage cameras.

Nora Filos: 1st VP:

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Nora enlisted in the Navy September 1986. She is a graduate of Photo “A” and Motion Picture “C” Schools in Pensacola, Florida.  Her first duty station was Fleet Imaging Command Atlantic, Detachment Sigonella. Following 2 1/2 years in Sigonella, she received orders to a variety of assignments to include the USS Frank Cable (AS-40), Defense Information Systems Agency at the Pentagon and Fleet Imaging Command Atlantic, Combat Camera.   She was commissioned in April 2000 during her tour at ComCam.  Her first Photo Officer assignment was to the Fighter Squadron 102 Diamondbacks as TARPS Officer.  The Tomcat squadron deployed with the USS Theodore Roosevelt Battlegroup in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, one week after the September 11th attacks. Following deployment, Nora reported for duty aboard the USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) as Division Officer. Finally, attached to Fleet Public Affairs Center, Atlantic she retired in July 2008.   Using her GI Bill benefits, Nora earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Visual Communications and Graphic Design.  She is now living the dream in New Orleans with her husband, Rob Madsen and son, (dog) Carson.

 

W.R. (Sammy) Solt:  2nd VP:

Sammy-SoltSammy is a Charter Member of the NANP and has been actively involved in the roundup/conventions since 1984. Sammy enlisted in late 1961 with his first duty station being NAS Quonset Point where he worked in the Crash Crew as a firefighter. From there to the USS FDR (CVA-42) where he went to work in the Photo Lab. Sammy trained at NATTU Pensacola and completed PH “A”, “B” and “C”(MOPIC) schools throughout the course of his career. Other duty stations as a Naval Photographer included HU-2/HC-2 at NAS Lakehurst, RVAH-3, RVAH-11 (USS Forrestal (CVA-59), USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)), CRAW-1, FAPL Sanford, FAPL Albany, NADC Warminster and finally retiring from the USS America (CVA-66). Sammy worked in the transportation industry for many years as a general manager in the Orlando, Pensacola, San Diego, and Norfolk areas before retiring in 2011.

John White; Treasurer/Secretary:

johnwhiteJohn W. White, a Life Member of the National Association of Naval Photographers, enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1965 and spent 11 ½ years as an enlisted Photographer’s Mate deploying twice to Viet Nam. Commissioned as a Photographic Officer in 1977, he spent the next 17 years in a variety of assignments culminating in a tour as Commanding Officer of the Fleet Imaging Command Pacific headquartered in San Diego, CA. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a CDR in 1994. John earned an Associate of Arts in Business, with honors, from Pensacola Junior College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, with honors, from the University of the State of New York and a Masters Degree in Contract Administration from the American Graduate University. He is married to the former Mary Kathryn Massenkeil of Scranton, PA.

Director: John Hudson

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Director: Art Jorgensen

arjArt Jorgensen, Enlisted 31 July 1958 as a non-designated Airman Apprentice. and started his Naval life at (ATU) 213 as a (plane washer). I trained at the Ops Photo Lab at night and was transferred to the Photo Lab.  Advanced to PH3 November 1960. In 1960 at NS Adak, AK he qualified as an Air-crewman. after relisting attended B School and Advanced to PH2 November 1961.   Stationed on USS Yosemite (AD-19), Newport, RI. and Fleet Airborne Electronics Training Unit Atlantic, Brunswick, ME, as a (SERE) instructor.  Advanced to PH1 November 1966.  Graduated from PHES (Electronics) School, Serial Frame Camera Intermediate Maintenance School, Panoramic Camera Intermediate Maintenance School and Miniature Component Repair School.  Then assigned RVAH-11, deployed to multiple Med cruise and  WestPac’s.  In 1974 – NAMTD 1002 as an instructor, Photo Recon Line, Serial Frame Camera (SFC) Intermediate Maintenance and Panoramic Camera Intermediate Maintenance courses.  In 1977 – USS Proteus (AS-19), Agana, where I advanced to PHC in 1978.  In 1980 at ComSubGru II (SSEP), assigned to maintain and support specialized submarine photographic equipment, where I advanced to PHCS.  In August of 1988 – Retired 30 years active service.  Presently volunteering with the Hillsborough County FL, Sheriff’s Office, as a Volunteer Citizen Patrol Team Leader. We relieve deputies of non-law enforcement duties such as traffic direction,  parking citations, and minor traffic crashes. As a team leader, I conduct field training of new VCPs after their classroom training.

Director: Marilyn Lynch

nanp_logo_smallMarilyn Wilkerson-Lynch, Navy Photographers Mate First Class Petty Officer retired, enlisted into the Navy as a Seaman on October 30, 1977, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She reported to recruit-training, Orlando, Florida.  Duty stations includes,  Pearl Harbor Hawaii Boat Coxswain/ Harbor Patrol and tour guide and Boat captain on the USS Arizona Memorial, Naval Photographic Center, Washington DC, Naval Intelligence Support Center, Suitland, MD as Darkroom and Copy work technician,  Naval Audiovisual Center/Naval Imaging Command Atlantic Washington DC, as a  Black & White Printing Technician . She was sent to her hometown to become a recruiter in Philadelphia Pa.  and later was sent to the Naval Media Center, Washington DC, USS Lawrence York Spear AS-36 Norfolk, VA and finally Combat Camera Group East Coast.   She is presently working in Washington DC at the Metropolitan Police Department, as an Audio Visual Production Specialist Team Lead, providing essential training films and videotaping high-profile events throughout the city,  serving a workforce of over 3,000 members of the department.

Tim Timmerman: Life Time Director

tim_timmerman  Tim, a native of Greenville, SC, enlisted in the Navy in 1952. He is a graduate of Navy Schools of Photography, “A” and Motion Picture “C” in Pensacola, FL; Army Motion Picture School at FT. Monmouth, NJ; Disney Studios Cinemascope Motion Picture Course and USC Cinema Program. Duty stations include Naval Photographic Center (1953-55, 1959-62), Staff Antarctic Support Forces (1955-1959), Atlantic Fleet Combat Camera Group (1962-66, 1969-72), NAF El Centro and CHINFO Film Production Unit (1966-69). Retiring from active duty in 1972, Tim attended the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, majoring in education and after returning to the US in 1973 continued studies at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach and Norfolk State majoring in Mass Communications. Tim returned to the Navy in 1974 as a civilian Audiovisual Specialist and worked 21 years with the Chief of Naval Training at Dam Neck, VA., completing a total of 43 years of Naval Service in 1996. He currently resides with his wife, Judy, in Ellenton, FL.

Appointed Positions

Database Managers: Ralph Lewis and Todd Beveridge

RalphLewisLCDR Ralph LEWIS USN(Ret): –   Born Sept 1932, in Concordia Kansas, Graduating HS in 1951, Worked for the FBI in Washington, then returned home and Married Shirley my High School Sweet Heart. Joined the Navy in March 1953; Boot Camp in San Diego. After Airman ”P” and Photo “A” School, First Duty station was 18 months at NAS Whidbey Island Washington State, then transferred to the Photo Center in Washington D.C for a 3 year tour in Film editing; Then after PH”B” and Mopic “C” schools ordered to the Mediterranean for a tour with FASRON 201 in Malta. in ’59 They decommissioned the FASRON and moved us to the new Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily (where there was no Photo Lab planned). Got the permission & $25,000 to build one and spent 18 months before returning to CONUS in ’61 as an Instructor at Pensacola Photo Schools where I made Chief then left early in ’62 Selected for special 1 year USC Cinema course in LA; After graduation, received Commission as ENS (LDO Photo) and reported to USS Midway CVA-41 as Photo Officer, After 2 years during startup bombing in Vietnam, then to 2 yrs duty as OIC of Combat Camera Det. in Newport RI; Back to the Photo Center as Head of Editorial and Camera & Stage; Had tour in ’72-’74 as Staff Photo Officer for Operation Deep-freeze in New Zealand and Antarctica; Then back to Photo Center as Head of Photo R&D; My final tour was 3 years as CO of Atlantic Fleet AV Command and additional duty as Photo Officer for COMNAVAIRLANT and CINCLANTFLT in Norfolk retiring in June ’80. I now live in Bath Maine enjoying an additional career. For 18 years I was with an Apple Computer dealer in Portland Maine doing sales, service and support for Macintosh Computers. I then “Retired again” and continued the Mac service and support from my home in Bath. Still having fun. I have been a member of NANP since it was formed and have served as Secretary 3 times and now as Database format Manager and helping NANP where I can.

Mickey Strand: Web Master / Blogger

mickey_head_100_120Mickey Strand, Navy Photographers Mate Chief Petty Officer retired, is a working Photographer & instructor living in San Diego, Ca. He is enjoying his second career after 24 years of active service, traveling and shooting with occasional teaching stops for ACME educational, Maine Media Workshops, Madeline Island School of the Arts. Mickey enlisted in the Navy in 1985 at a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game with an all-Wisconsin recruit company.  and served aboard the USS Ranger (CV 61),  NAS Mirimar, USS Long Beach (CGN9), USS Constellation (CV-64), DINFOS Fort Meade, MD,  Fleet Imaging Command Pacific Training Department and Combat Camera Group Pacific.  In 2009 Mickey retired now enjoying working as an artiest, instructor and a continuing student of our craft.

Greg Mc Creash: Convention Committee Co-Chairman, Merchandise Chairman:

greg_mccreashGreg Joined the Navy in 1986 and attended Photo School in Pensacola, FL. His first assignment was VF-194 and VF-154 in Miramar, CA. After TARPS he went to Fleet Imaging Center, Oceana, VA, where he ran the Norfolk Detachment at Naval Base Norfolk. Next he attended Naval Aircrew School and moved to Fleet Imaging Command, Combat Camera, Atlantic, deploying to Bosinia twice. Greg attended Syracuse Motion Media studies during 1998-99 and had a follow on tour aboard USS Eisenhower, CVN-69, as the OP LCPO. His final tour was at Fleet Combat Camera, Atlantic, where he was the Operations LCPO, Training LCPO and Video Department LCPO. He retired in 2006 and now is employed by General Dynamics Information Technology where he designs, builds and outfits Naval Media Departments onboard CVN, LHD, LHA and shore based imaging facilities.

Johnny Bivera: Communication Chairman:

johnny_biveraJohnny is a freelance photographer in the DC area who transitioned into the fleet reserve in October 2006. His naval career spanned two tours with Combat Camera Atlantic, White House Television, Fleet Intelligence Center Europe Atlantic and photographer to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark and Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen in the Pentagon. He is an active member of the National Press Photographers Association, American Society of Magazine Photographers, Editorial Photographers and a member of the Education Committee and Executive Board for the White House News Photographers Association.

Jennifer Miller: Newsletter Chair:

nanp_logo_smallJennifer Joined the Navy in 1984 and attended Photo School in Pensacola, FL. Her first assignment was at Fleet Imaging Center Pacific, NAS Agama Guam, after leaving Guam she was assigned to the Fleet Imaging Center NAS Oceana. Her following tours included VP-45 out of Jacksonville, VF-101 on board NAS Oceana, Fleet Imaging Center Roosey Roads PR, and VP-26 in Brunswick. In her final assignment she served as the LPO for the NAS Brunswick Photo Lab. She retired in 2004 and spent time in the real estate industry before joining the Florida Park Service in 2006 as the manager of the FPS sign shop. In 2013 she moved to her current position as the Assistant Park Manager of five state parks along the Suwannee River in North Florida.

Art Giberson: Historian:

art_gibersonPHC Art Giberson, a native of Bluefield, WV, retired from the Navy in May 1977 after 22 years of active service. He is a graduate of the Naval Schools of Photography, Navy Motion Picture School, and the Navy sponsored Photojournalism program at Syracuse University. After release from active military service he worked as managing editor of the Navy’s weekly Navy newspaper Gosport until 2003. Art has authored 10 books and continues to work as a freelance writer and photojournalist. During his Navy career, he served on two aircraft carriers: USS Lake Champlain and USS Oriskany; the submarine tender USS Orion, the destroyer USS Zellars and the Atlantic Fleet Combat Camera Group. Shore duty assignments included the Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut; Mine Defense Laboratory, Panama City Florida; and two tours of duty with the Naval Schools of Photography, NAS Pensacola. Art is married to the former Miss Stella Jean Pool of Bastian, VA.

Todd Beveridge: Historian.

todd_beveridgeTodd Beveridge is the owner of Dragonfly Film & Video, a full service video production company in Charlotte NC. He has experience as a Producer, Director, and Cameraman on numerous feature films, video projects and sporting events. His clients range from Coca-Cola to the U.S. Navy. He is also a retired Navy photographer/ photographic officer (LDO) with active duty and reserve experience. His Navy duty stations include: (in chronological order) HQ, NAVDIST Washington, D.C./FLTAVCOMLANT (Combat Camera Group)/ Patrol Squadron 93/ FLTIMAGCOMPAC (Combat Camera Group)/ USACOM PSYOPS AV Unit, NAS Norfolk/ CHINFO Public Affairs Det. NAS Atlanta/ Fleet Combat Camera Atlantic. His schools include: Navy Photo “A” School-1982/ Navy Motion Picture “C” School-1985 /USMC Infantry School, Camp Lejeune-1985/ University of Southern California Cinema -1986-87/ Navy Aircrew School-1987/ Naval Officer-LDO Course-2000/ DINFOS Public Affairs Officer Course-2004

Regional Chapter Presidents

Ron Mathews: Pacific Southwest Regional President

ron_mathewsRon enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1972 just 12 hours after graduating high school and made the first of three trips to Pensacola. Graduated from the USC Cinema program in 1985 before returning to Combat Camera Group, Pacific for the second of three tours. After receiving a commission as a W1 in 1988, he became the Reconnaissance Officer and later the Assistant Maintenance Officer for VF-213, spending 52 months in the squadron before returning to Combat Camera as the Assistant Operations Officer and Supply Officer for Fleet Imaging Command, Pacific. In 1995 he was ordered to the USS Carl Vinson for his fifth consecutive sea duty tour before retiring as a W4 in 1997. Following retirement he worked for an advertising agency for three years before joining D.P. Associates as a Writer / Director / Producer / Editor; producing Crew Resource Management videos for Navy and Marine Corps Aviation. Ron is now the Managing Partner of Interactive Video Training where they focus on teaching “Soft Skills” to high school and college students throughout Southern California.

Bennie J. Davis: Naval District Washington Chapter President.

davis_bennie_tnBennie J. Davis IIIis a Technical Sergeant in the U. S. Air Force as a photojournalist working on his sixteenth year of photographing the Air Force story. Davis believes that photography is one of the most powerful mediums in the world, a visual language that connects all mankind. Davis got his start in photography by training at Defense Photography School, Cory Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fl., where his association with naval photographers began. In 2007, he continued to further his education in photojournalism at Syracuse University, graduating at the top of his class and was assigned to the flagship publication of the U.S. Air Force, Airman Magazine, with AF News service in San Antonio, Texas. From the beginning, his dedication and love for photography has taken him worldwide to the countries of S. Korea, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Honduras, Belize, Uruguay and Paraguay using his camera to capture vital Air Force missions. Davis’ passion for storytelling and imagery has garnered numerous Air Force and Department of Defense Awards, earning nine top honors of first place in Military Photographer of the Year categories. His work has appeared in numerous major media publications including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times. Davis has attended the DC Shoot Off since 2007 and is the current floor producer and regional chapter NANP president for Naval District Washington. He is currently at Defense Information School as a photojournalism instructor following a tour with Airman Magazine at Defense Media Activity, Fort Meade, Md.