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Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association!

Established in 1974 as the professional working organization of the Navy's finest Sailors, Aviation Boatswain's Mates,  in order to collectively identify, and develop corrective action to the problems that plague our Sailors, our Equipment, and Naval Aviation Safety. 

Since our founding we have been extraordinarily successful in providing numerous improvements in the areas of aircraft launch and recovery, refueling, aircraft handling, and more effective fire fighting procedures. 

The Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association continues to have an annual Professional Working Group where old friendships can be renewed, and new friendships formed, but most importantly a place where AB's can gather and have their voices head as they join an excellent forum for problem resolution. The Professional Working Groups "workshops" are professionally oriented and are attended by shipboard fleet and shore based personnel along with system command level technical specialist, in-service engineering agents, and manpower management directors. 

Workshop results are then forwarded to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations for review and future correction. No other group enjoys this "avenue to the top brass" as does the AB community. 

A message from our National President

Fellow Aviation Boatswain’s Mate,


I’m excited to announce and invite you to the 52nd Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Professional Working Group at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach, 5655 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach, on July 24-28, 2023. We carefully considered the location and dates. There is no perfect date or location, but we tried to get as close as possible. We will release a flyer with more information next week.


Please support your Tidewater ABMA Chapter elected officials. Your president, BOSN Harris from CVN-79, Vice President, BOSN Robinson from CVN-74, secretary, ABF1 Johnson from LHD 3, and many others are dedicated to doing great things for Tidewater Chapter and National ABMA. Professional Working Group takes a lot of work, and the team will need help setting up, advertising, arranging vendors, selling merchandise, and cleaning up. You can help by volunteering your time and/or finances.


The ABMA was created to benefit our rate, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate. It can only be successful by involving most junior enlisted, CPO Mess, CWO, LDO, and veterans. Different points of view provide different objectives and solutions. Please provide your valuable honest input during the Working Group. Together we can do great things for our Association.


Very respectfully,

CWO5 Sang Lee

ABMA National President

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