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 MSgt. Jim Blake

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Name MSgt. Jim Blake
Country
Unit 56th Fighter Wing
Crewing F-16s
Contact JimmieB75 Send me a private message
Website
Been to a lot of fun places, met and partied hard with some great people. I've always had a temper issue since I can remember, it's gotten me in trouble from time to time. I think by far my worst assignment is Aviano, not fun. I enjoyed being at Shaw, one day I'll go back there, I like small towns.

Current or Favourite assignment

It doesn't snow here at Luke, too freakin hot!

Deployments

I've deployed to Incirlik for ONW and to Balad for OIF. Balad sucks, too many mortars

My Jets & Assignments

87292 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 14th Fighter Squadron "Samurais" [Unit History]
Period 1994 - 1998
Current: 87292  USAF 121 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]
My very first assigned F-16, it was the Squadron Flagship so I did a lot of cleaning, got used to it after a while. I was the ADCC
90812 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 14th Fighter Squadron "Samurais" [Unit History]
Period 1994 - 1998
Current: 90812  USAF 14 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
I recovered this jet when it first landed here, this was my first Block-50, it had 200 hours when it arrived at Misawa. It became the new Squadron Flagship and I was the ADCC.
90824 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 14th Fighter Squadron "Samurais" [Unit History]
Period 1994 - 1998
Current: 90824  USAF 14 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
This was the first jet I was a DCC on. Damn good jet
84217 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 62nd Fighter Squadron "Spikes" [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 2000
Current: AAFG0616  USAF AMARC F-16C Block 25 [sto]
Not a bad jet, had a few issues while I had it.
86309 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 35th Fighter Squadron "Pantons" [Unit History]
Period 2000 - 2001
Current: 86309  USAF 119 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]
Only crewed this jet for about 3 mnths, not a bad jet while I was on it.
Unit 8th OG
Period 2000 - 2001
I PCA'd from the 35th FS to be the ICT instructor. Not a bad job for the better part of a year.
94044 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 77th Fighter Squadron "Gamblers" [Unit History]
Period 2001 - 2003
Current: 94044  USAF 77 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
Good jet while assigned to it. Once while I was on leave it started shootin sparks from the left wheel well, they got it fixed up and flying before I got back
Unit 8th MOS
Period 2003 - 2004
I had the easiest job this time at the Kun. I went right into being EOR super. Not a bad way to spend a year.
88529 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 510th Fighter Squadron "Buzzards" [Unit History]
Period 2004 - 2007
Current: 88529  USAF 510 FS F-16C Block 40 [w/o]
When I first got here this jet was at SABCA gettin a new paint job and other crap done to it. When it came back it was a good jet, lost count of the code-1's it tallied up while I was on it.
88541 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 510th Fighter Squadron "Buzzards" [Unit History]
Period 2004 - 2007
Current: 88541  USAF 510 FS F-16C Block 40 [act]
Good jet, flew pretty good while I was on it.
Other aircraft/assignments Currently stationed back here at good ol Luke AFB, AZ. Got here in July 2007 and worked in the 61st as a Flightline expeditor and did a stint in the office as Asst Flightchief, all that till Dec 2009. I PCA's to the 56 EMS where I spent a year as Dock Chief in Phase and now i'm the NCOIC of that same dock, i love this job, don't know what took me so long to get here. My plan is to retire out of this place, not sure when that will be though, need to make MSgt first.

Update...
Made MSgt in 2011 and moved to Inspection Section NCOIC until 2013 when I moved up to EMS Production Super. Did that until 2014 when I was moved because of my lack of a CCAF, ended up as the MXG Facilities Program Manager. Needless to say that this is no job for a Crew Chief, dropped my paperwork and I'm retiring 1 Sept 2015. Its been a great ride, cant wait to be a retiree!

Visitor Comments

Damm Yankees!
adam.macintosh@pw.utc.com, Oct 22, 2008 - 03:05 AM

What's up Jim. It's been a long time. Glad to see your doing well. I always new you'd be a lifer! I retired from the AF when I left Misawa. We had one of the best Damm parties the place had ever seen when I left for the states...do you remember that? I sure do. I'm no longer swinging wrenches. I'm a F135 Customer Support Engineer for Pratt Whitney in East Hartford, CT. If your ever going to be up in the North East drop me a line. I'd love to have a beer and chat about the good ole days at Colurs!

Yo Jim Blake its me Vinny Doria
Anonymous, Apr 02, 2010 - 05:57 AM

Hey Jim, hows it going? Just cruising around the net here and seen your name. I was like holy sh%t! So your at Luke and at phase, cool. Ive had my fair share of phase :) Left Osan about 10 months ago and stationed here at Eielson. Off to Nellis now, got picked up for the T-birds. I own a house near Luke in Surprise so when i stop in one day to check on it I hope to meet up with you. Look me up on the global here at Eielson and we'll catch up some more.

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