His first operational tour was with the "Scorpions" of VAQ-132, making deployments on USS Constellation and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower where he held positions as Schedules Officer, Aircraft Division Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In 1981 Rear Adm. Cronk reported to Commander 25th NORAD, McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Wash., for a joint tour as Staff Plans and Liaison Officer.
Rear Adm. Cronk left active duty in August 1983 to pursue a civilian career. Immediately affiliating with the Reserves, he reported to Naval Air Reserve, Whidbey Island, Wash., serving as Training Officer and Flag Secretary for MATWING 289. He had brief tours at North Island, Calif., as Engineering Division Officer for USS Rangerís Reserve Augment Unit and as a Staff Intelligence Officer for AIRPAC OPINTEL 0194.
In 1986 Rear Adm. Cronk returned to flying as the Avionics Division Officer for the "Jockeys" of VAK-208, Alameda, Calif. October 1987 found him back in the Electronic Warfare community flying EA-6As and EA-6Bs for the "Axmen" of VAQ-309 where he served as Maintenance Officer, Electronic Warfare Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. During his tour as Commanding Officer, the Axmen won the Battle "E", Safety "S" and the CVWR-30 Golden Hook Awards.
Subsequent commands have included NR USS Constellation CV-64 Detachment 0294 from October 1994 to October 1996, NR CARGRU 0589, Commander Carrier Group Fiveís augment unit, from October 1996 to October 1998, and NR Naval Air Force Pacific 1094 from October 1998 to October 2000. His follow-on assignment was to NR AADC Pacific as the J3. During his assignment at AADC Pacific, Rear Adm. Cronk was recalled to active duty as Commander Third Fleetís representative to the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) in support of Noble Eagle. He then served as Deputy Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific. His current assignment is Deputy Commander Navy Region Southwest.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from California State University Pomona and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Rear Adm. Cronk is the Vice President, Missile Programs for ATK Missile Systems Company.
Updated: 9 January 2005