'Green Ink': Reflections of a Naval Fighter Pilot

U.S. Navy jet taking off from flight deck

Join Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely (U.S. Navy, retired) as he discusses his time as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War and with the U.S. Navy’s elite Blue Angels. The author of “Green Ink: Memoirs of a Fighter Pilot,” Wisely had a distinguished, decorated career in the U.S. Navy that began in 1961. 

His assignments, too many to list individually, included 350 combat missions over Vietnam from the USS Kitty Hawk as a fighter pilot in the VF-114; he commanded fighter squadron 151 aboard the USS Midway and captained the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy. He was chief of staff, commander of the Sixth Fleet during the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and the last Bush-Gorbachev summit in Malta.

H. Denny Wisely was raised in Wayne, New Jersey, and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University prior to entering the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1961. He attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and received a degree in government and international relations. He retired from the U.S. Navy in October 1994 as a rear admiral. As a civilian, he developed and ran an international business for Motorola in Scottsdale, Arizona. His military honors include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit (6), Distinguished Flying Cross (2), Air Medal (29) and Purple Heart.

Part of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts' Aviation Speaker Series.

Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication
Valerie Adams
Peralta Hall 145
Polytechnic campus

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