Arnal Cook

Profile Updated: September 24, 2023
Arnal Cook
Class Year: 1975
Residing In: Hawkinsville, GA USA
Spouse/Partner: Sharon (Cook) Cook
Occupation: Retired Navy and Electronics Design and Antenna Test Eng.
Military Service: USN (1980 to 2009)  
Children: Nahum 1986 (Navy LCDR)
Caitlan 1988 (5 yrs in Moscow to 2015. 2023: Med School)
Douglas More… 1994 (Non-Destructive Test Engr)
Arnal Cook


Yes! Attending Reunion

Navy pilot 1980 to 1988.
Crisis Action Team
Battle Watch Captain
(Retired Navy 2009)
2-Way Radio Design Engineer
DELPHI Automotive Electronics and Safety
Electronic Warfare Company Dept Head
Antenna Test Engineer
Retired 2021, built new house and moved to Middle GA 2023.

School Story:

Moved out 1973.
Graduated HS in Indiana 1975.
Indiana University 1980.

How often do you get back to Alexandria?

'Never', other than 3 years Recall to Active Duty 2006-2009 to the Pentagon.

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Lost touch with the few I had been in touch with.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

- A guy who got an honorable mention in Dear Abby!
- Sat the top Navy Watch Seat in the Pentagon 2006-2009 as "Battle Watch Captain" (BWC), senior officer on deck in the Global Navy Operations Center inside the National Military Command Center, Direct report to the Chief of Naval Operations. As BWC, also Navy Liaison Officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Deputy Director of Operations. Only four people sit the BWC seat on a 24-7 basis, no weekends, no holidays, two people share a four-day rotation, then the next two come in. Also Navy Crisis Action Team head.

What are your memories of high school (i.e. secret crush, embarrassing moment, funniest thing you did in high school, favorite high school hang out, favorite teachers)?

Crush on one or two, but had real girlfriends most of the time so I wasn't waiting on anybody. Serious about one, but then we moved away ('73).
- Shakey's Pizza on US-1. And Radio Shack, but no girls there!
- Mrs. Hall (Latin) and Miss Sader for Algebra II.
- Working for Mr. Manning (Athletic Director), we had his keys for just about every door (but two I was told) to FHHS!

Biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at high school?

I hit it pretty middle of the road for academics, activities and socially. Hardly mister cool, but neither had any real problems to overcome, other than 'age 14' nerdiness everyone else also had.

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Arnal Cook has left an In Memory comment for William Bryan Pramik.
Sep 24, 2023 at 3:25 PM

   I knew Bill from Cub Scouts up.  His Dad was an FBI Special Agent of the day.  That got us a good tour of the FBI Buiding and even to see the Shooting Range.  Stayed friends through Stephen Foster and FHHS until I moved away in '73.

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Jun 22, 2021 at 7:48 AM

Mr. Manning was good to work for after school as the Athletic Director.  Learned a lot about the many different things going on after school, their interactions, and the 'work behind the scenes' to make them happen.  He once took the Basketball Concession stand cash and put it in a cash box and handed it and his keys to me to take to his office.  I had never seen so much cash before.  But, I remember to this day analyzing any temptation as 'I didn't have it 10 minute ago, I won't have it 10 minutes from now.  And nothing will have changed.'  Since then, never had any problems being responsibile or accountable for any amount of funds.  Good life's lesson.     Good memories from the Class of '75

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Mar 26, 2021 at 6:38 AM

Happy birthday, Kay. Haven't heard from you in quite a while. Hope all continues to go well for you and yours. Sharon and I retired last year. We will move to GA later this year, buying half of Sharon's twin sister's acreage and building our own place there so the twins can be back together again. I'm calling the place DOUBLE TROUBLE!

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Aug 03, 2018 at 10:47 PM

Doubt if you would remember me since I moved away in '73, but your name jumped out at me as I scanned down the list. All for good and complimentary reasons. I don't remember too many names from FHHS. Hope life has been good to you.

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Oct 28, 2016 at 9:57 PM

Nice write up about you in Wikipedia. Congratulations on all you have accomplished. Cospas/Sarsat, huh? Funny story about that on an aircraft carrier. When an Emergency beacon went off and the "Electronic Warfare" (EW) guys (all done at the Top Secret level) couldn't find it*, I volunteered to find it with my own radio gear. #3 Officer on ship said to me "The entire US Navy can't find it, but you think you can. Go ahead." I returned 15 minutes later to his "See, they found it." I replied "No sir, I found it in 615 and turned it off myself." The following week, the head security clearance guru (and friend) asked me "Who did you piss off, and how? I've been ordered to re-investigate your Clearance!" Seems #3 thought I had too much personal "EW" capability of my own! As a pilot, my call sign of "Marconi" wasn't for nothing!
* I saw the receiver the EWs used in the Repair shop later that week, open on the bench, the Avionics Techs were working on with no luck. They said it worked. I looked inside and spotted the problem - seems the wire from the board to the antenna connector was never soldered and the wire was not making any contact, so the directional antenna the EWs used was never actually connected to the receiver!

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