Monthly Dinner Special Guest Speaker
LTC Paul Oyler, USNR
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Lieutenant Commander Paul “CJ” Oyler is a Navy Reservist. He serves with Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122) at Naval Air Station Lemoore (NAS), California as an instructor pilot. Outside of the Navy, Paul teaches pre-algebra to eighth grade students at Flamson Middle School.
Paul was born and raised on the central coast of California. Through most of his childhood, Paul’s family lived in a house just a few miles from the Paso Robles Municipal Airport. Paul caught the flying bug early. His uncle, a Lockheed engineer, built a Skybolt biplane from a kit and took Paul for rides every once in a while. Paul spent countless afternoons as a boy riding his bike around the hangars, watching pilots, planes and skydivers. He graduated from Paso Robles High School, where he met his future wife, in 1998.
Paul attended the United States Naval Academy and competed on the midshipmen’s varsity lightweight crew team. He majored in economics and minored in Spanish. He was commissioned in May 2002.
Paul received orders to flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida. His first formal flying instruction was conducted in T-34C Turbomentor aircraft at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. After primary flight training, he completed advanced training in the T-45 Goshawk at NAS Kingsville, Texas. Paul earned his Navy wings of gold in 2004.
Following flight school, then LTJG Oyler learned to fly the F/A-18 Hornet with VFA-125 at NAS Lemoore. He reported to the “Gunslingers” of VFA-105 at NAS Oceana, Virginia. As a Gunslinger, Paul transitioned from the Hornet (F/A-18C) to the Super Hornet (F/A-18E) and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75).
Paul was selected to attend the Navy’s TOPGUN school and earned his Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) qualification in September 2008. He then served as an instructor at Strike Fighter Weapons School, Pacific, where he flew every variant of the F/A-18, the T-34C and E/A-18G and led a team of 24 tactical experts.
Paul was subsequently ordered to join the Golden Dragons of VFA-192, who had recently been reassigned to NAS Lemoore. Paul completed one and a half deployments with VFA-192 aboard USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) flying the F/A-18C Hornet in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Paul and his wife, Elizabeth, returned to Paso Robles after leaving active duty service. They have two sons.
View pictures from August dinner click here.
Dinner is catered and open to the public ($17/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either On-line HERE or call 805 296-1935 (New Number).
RF-8G Restoration Progresses
Some of you may not recognize this aircraft, but if you look closer, it is the RF-8G that has been languishing unrestored as a static display for the past 8-10 years! No, its not a new plane, this is just a sneak preview of what our most excellent volunteer restoration crew has been doing this summer. Stay tuned and stop by to watch completion and relocation of this beautiful artifact! Congratulations to everyone who had anything to do with this restoration over the past many years. For more information, check out the RF-8G page.
New in the Woodland Auto Display Building!
Several vehicles were added this past month to the auto display including this very finely restored and rare 1948 Crosley Pickup. Crosley was a common name during the 1940's and 1950's, whether it be in refrigerators, radios or a myriad of types of inexpensive, high mpg vehicles.
You will find more information on this pickup in the automotive section. Better yet! If you haven't been to the museum lately, come on down and take a look at the new displays!
Museum Docents Make it all Happen!
Estrella Warbirds Museum relies on an outstanding cast of volunteer docents to help run the museum, the gift shop, the automobile display.
It's a great place to make new friends and meet people from all over the world that stop by Paso Robles to visit the museum!
If you would like to volunteers a few hours each month, or week, let us know. We would love to meet you! Stop by the museum or find more information here.