May retires from Navy after 27 years

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By The Staff

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Navy Capt. Neil May, son of Glenn May of Tell City, recently retired after 27 years of active duty while serving his final tour as assistant chief of staff for Third Fleet Training and Readiness in San Diego.

May graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and was commissioned January 1983. He  attended the Naval War College and received a master’s degree in  national security and strategic studies in November 1997.

May served as the operations and plans officer for Commander Strike Force Training Pacific, Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., nine years as a  landing signal officer aboard Navy aircraft carriers, eight years of sea duty, logging more than 5,000 flight hours and 588 days and night carrier-arrested landings in various jet turboprop aircraft and flew various combat missions over Iraq.

May’s accomplishments include being selected twice as an Instructor Pilot-of-the-Year and awarded 10 Top Tailhook awards for carrier landing excellence, three Legions of Merit and five Meritorious Service Medals.

May is a 1977 graduate of Tell City High School and  joined the Navy in July 1982.