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About NHA Historical Society

The Naval Helicopter Association Historical Society (NHAHS) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit public benefit, charitable corporation currently headquartered at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), San Diego, CA. Established May 12, 1997 the organization was formed to collect, preserve and showcase the legacy of Naval Helicopter Aviation. Currently NHAHS occupies Ready Room Two (2) on board the USS MIDWAY Museum and our artifacts and organizational library are at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in majestic Balboa Park. NHAHS collects artifacts, written documents, squadron histories, personal biographies, sea stories, and video thumbnails. Many of these items are currently displayed electronically on this website now!

NHAHS Organization

NHAHS Officers/Board of Directors (BOD):

  • Chairman RADM Patrick McGrath, USN (Ret.)
  • President: CAPT Bill Personius, USN (Ret.)
  • Secretary: CDR Joe Skrzypek, USNR (Ret.)
  • Treasurer: CDR Chris Fitzgerald, USN (Ret.)
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum/Executive Director, NHA: CAPT Jim Gillcrist, USN (Ret.)
  • USS MIDWAY Museum: CDR Chris Fitzgerald, USN (Ret.)/CAPT Emory Chenoweth, USN (Ret.)
  • NHAHS Librarian: Vacant-Looking for a Volunteer 
  • Webmaster: CDR Mike Brattland, USN (Ret.)
  • NHA BOD: CAPT Dennis DuBard, USN (Ret.)
  • Directors:  CAPT Mike Reber, USN (Ret.), CAPT Arne Nelson, USN (Ret.), CAPT JIm Gillcrist, USN (Ret.), CAPT Dennis Dubard, USN (Ret.), CDR John Ball USN (Ret.), CDR Mike Brattland, USN (Ret.), CDR Chris Fitzgerald, USN (Ret.)/CAPT Emory Chenoweth, USN (Ret.)  

Directors Emeritus:

Lloyd Parthemer, President Emeritus
George Cagle
Paul Caine
Reid Paul Carleton
Donald J. Hayes
John Leach
Walt Lester
Roger P. McTigue
Alfred E. Monahan
Charles B. Smiley
George E. Smith

Joe Peluso, Treasurer Emeritus