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Terry L. Wilton

October 23, 1955 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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Obituary for Terry L. Wilton


Terry Wilton passed away peacefully at Gilchrist Hospice Care on January 15th, 2024.  A 1977 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, Terry entered flight training and then received his NFO wings in the spring of 1978.  Initially assigned to training in the A-6E Intruder at Attack Squadron VA-128 in Whidbey Island, WA, he requested and was granted a change of designator to Restricted Line - Special Duty Intelligence (1630).

Terry’s sea duty tours included two overseas deployments with Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron VAQ-134 aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) (including involvement in a movie called The Final Countdown, and the 1980 Operation Eagle Claw Iranian hostage rescue attempt), one partial deployment with VAQ-134 aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64), and two overseas deployments as the Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) Intelligence Officer aboard USS SARATOGA (CV-60).

His shore tours included 3 years on the Watch Floor at the Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office (NFOIO) in Suitland MD, one year at the then-Defense Intelligence College (at Bolling AFB in Washington, DC) getting a Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence, three years at the International Programs Office at Commander Naval Intelligence Command (COMNAVINTCOM) in Suitland MD, two years at the CIA (Liaison Officer at Project TSUNAMI), and a split tour in Pearl Harbor, HI as Officer-in-Charge of the Office of Naval Intelligence’s (ONI’s) Pacific Forward Support Team (PACFAST), and then as the Special Programs Manager in the N2 (Intelligence) Division at the headquarters of the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) in Pearl Harbor.

Upon retirement in 1994, Terry continued to support naval intelligence as a contractor at Suitland, supporting the Maritime Systems Program Management Office (MSPMO – ONI-34) for 14 years (1995 – 2009) as the Mission Planner, and then the Special Platforms Division (ONI-N312) from 2009 – 2022 as the Logistics Coordinator. 

Terry’s main hobby was Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling, which he learned during his two tours in Pearl Harbor.  Terry is survived by his ex-wife Sarah, his sons Matthew and Michael, and his granddaughters Grace and Riley.

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Memorial Service
January 29, 2024

11:00 AM
Everly Funeral Home
6161 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044

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