Susquenita & CPAVTS ALUMNI - Captain Marty Erdossy, U. S. Navy Retired
(ARTICLE CREDIT- Mr. John Rubisch)
Marty Erdossy was raised in Marysville where he spent his teen years working in his family’s service station. Before graduating from
Susquenita High School in 1971,
he spilt his school day between the college preparatory curriculum and the inaugural class of the Cumberland and Perry Area Vocational Technical School’s Automotive Technology course. Marty attributes his professional success to this perfect blend of the rigor of academics and practical hands-on vocational experience.
He began his Navy career as an enlisted Aviation Machinist Mate performing maintenance on various jet aircraft in Training Squadron Ten in Pensacola, Florida. After a few years, he was selected for the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program where he attended the University of Louisville attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Commission as a U. S Navy Ensign in 1978. He then earned his Naval Aviator “Wings of Gold” and became an E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning aircraft pilot and spent much of the next fifteen years flying from the decks of our Navy’s aircraft carriers during the Cold War and several combat operations in the middle east. Marty was also trained as a test pilot at Patuxent River, Maryland. After learning the science and engineering necessary to evaluate an aircraft’s flying qualities and performance, he conducted a variety of flight test and carrier suitability projects for various Navy aircraft.
His responsibilities continued to grow and in 1992, he became the Commanding Officer of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Fifteen (VAW-115) onboard the USS Independence home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. In 1995, he was selected for the Naval Nuclear Power program which included two years of master’s degree level education in mathematics, physics, chemistry and reactor operations. This training is a prerequisite for assignment as Commanding Officer of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Upon completion he was assigned as the Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 73). He then served as Commanding Officer of the Fast Combat Support Ship, USS Arctic (AOE-8). Captain Erdossy’s ultimate responsibility and his greatest reward was serving as the Commanding Officer of the USS George Washington (CVN 73). Responsible for every aspect of the operation of the ship and its two nuclear reactors, he guided over 5000 ship and air wing personnel through two very successful deployments in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Staff assignments included Pentagon tours serving as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Director of Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection, the Requirements Officer for Aircraft Carrier Programs, and the Requirements Officer for Naval Tactical Data Links. After ten cruises and over five thousand flight hours in over thirty different types of aircraft, he retired from the U. S. Navy in November of 2005. During his career Captain Erdossy was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal along with numerous other unit and campaign awards.
After leaving the Naval Service, Marty has continued to support the Navy’s aircraft carrier programs as a contractor and most recently as the Director of Aircraft Carrier Program Customer Relations for Huntington Ingalls Industries. Marty and his wife of nearly 50 years, Joyce live in Northern Virginia. The Erdossy’s have two incredible sons and four grandchildren.