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Aviation Ratings and Insignia

VP-40 avaition electronics technicianAT: Aviation Electronics Technician vp-40 AT: Aviation Electronics Technician
Aviation electronics technicians AKA "Tweets" or "Tweety Birds" troubleshoot and repair a number of complex electronics systems. Employing all the latest test equipment and procedures, AT's put that training to use repairing systems such as communications, navigation, infrared detection, radar, electronics, digital computers installing field changes, alterations and modifications to avionics systems. AT's can also be aircrew  "IFT" or In Flight Technicians who troubleshoot and repair aircraft equipment during mission flights.

   VP-40 Fignting Marlins AT Chief

AX: Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician vp-40 AX: Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician
Electronic technicians specializing in repair of equipment designed to find and track submarines.
AE:  Aviation Electrician's Mate VP-40    AE:  Aviation Electrician's Mate VP-40 AE:  Aviation Electrician's Mate
Perform line and shop maintenance; repair, adjust, and install aircraft electrical equipment and aircraft instruments.

AQ:  Aviation Fire Control Technician VP-40 AQ:  Aviation Fire Control Technician
Maintain, test, adjust, and install aviation fire-control equipment.
AW: Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator VP-40    AW: Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator VP-40 AW: Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator
Before and after flights aircrewmen perform pre-flight planning and equipment checks and post-flight maintenance associated with their assigned source ratings or mission specialty. The duties performed by aircrewmen include in-flight functions such as: operating tactical weapons, sensors, and communication equipment; performing in-flight maintenance of aircraft electrical and mechanical gear; working with pilots to operate and control aircraft systems.
AO:  Aviation Ordnanceman VP-40    AO:  Aviation Ordnanceman VP-40 AO:  Aviation Ordnanceman
Operate, install repair, and service all aviation ordnance equipment.
AD:  Aviation Machinist's Mate VP-40 AD:  Aviation Machinist's Mate
Maintain, service, adjust, and replace aircraft engines and accessories.

AM: Aviation Structural Mechanic VP-40    AM: Aviation Structural Mechanic VP-40 AM: Aviation Structural Mechanic
Maintain, repair, and align aircraft surfaces and air frame structures; maintain, repair, and replace aircraft hydraulic systems; maintain ejection seats, mechanical components of aircraft cabin pressurization, and air conditioning systems.
AS: Aviation Support Equipment Technician VP-40   AS: Aviation Support Equipment Technician VP-40 AS: Aviation Support Equipment Technician
Operate, maintain, repair and test automotive electrical systems in ground equipment, gasoline and diesel systems, and associated automotive, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. They also maintain gas turbine compressor units, ground air-conditioning units, perform metal fabrication, repair and painting of tow tractors and other aircraft servicing units.
PR: Parachute Rigger VP-40    PR: Parachute Rigger VP-40 PR: Parachute Rigger
Operate, maintain, and repair aviation survival equipment and flight clothing; instruct in operation of equipment and in aviation survival techniques.

AB: Aviation Boatswain's Mate VP-40    AB: Aviation Boatswain's Mate VP-40 AB: Aviation Boatswain's Mate
Operate, maintain, and repair aircraft catapults, arresting gear, and gasoline and oil transfer systems; handle aircraft on carriers, seaplane ramps, and in anchorages; perform deck seamanship.
AZ:  Aviation Maintenance Administrationman VP-40 AZ:  Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
Aviation maintenance administrationmen perform a variety of clerical, administrative, and managerial duties necessary to keep aircraft maintenance activities running efficiently. The rating requires close communication with all other aviation maintenance ratings.
AK:  Aviation Storekeeper VP-40 AK:  Aviation Storekeeper
Procure, receive, identify, check, stow, preserve, and issue aircraft and aeronautical equipment; maintain required records.

Sources: Wikipedia, About.com, Bluejacket Manual, Bernicky scans