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 MSgt. Michael Regan

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Name MSgt. Michael Regan
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Unit 17th Fighter Squadron "Hooters"
Crewing F-16s from 1989 until 2004
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Well...I was a lateral cross train from the B-52 world in the old SAC days...for you youngsters...The Russians were the bad guy's and it was called the Cold War. I was assigned to the 17th FS in December of 1989, this was probably one of my favorite F-16 Assignments...with in 8 months the 17FS was on its way to Desert Shield/Abu Dabi/UAE...my first 16 I crewed as a Buck Seargent was 84-257...I left Shaw in July of 1993 as part of a cadre team to no hope Pope AFB to be part of the 74th FS Flying Tigers and McPeaks Folley; A Composite Wing...slow moving 130's fast moving F-16's just did'nt quite work.....The best part of this assignment was the great Supervision and outstanding maintainers...this is were I learned the bulk of my F-16 mechanics...Thanks Kevin, Rob and Jim...After no hope Pope...I was off to Kunsan AFB in Feb 93, enough said...After my road trip to Korea...I landed in beautiful Sumter S.C. in 1996...Were I had assignments in the 79FS 78FS, 55FS and 77FS...In 1998 I seperated from active duty and became an AGR as part of a test program for the AF Reserve's at Shaw AFB. It was called the FRATP Fighter Reserve Assc Test Program. Intergrating Reservists with active duty was unherd of in the fighter world...we had 4 pilots and 4 maintainers when we started in the 78th FS Bushmasters...currently you will find several of ours in each Fighter Squadron and maintaners as well....Knowing that Fighter Assc Programs are popping up through out the Air Force and I was on the ground floor of this project for the reserve's has been the most rewarding in my career...

Current or Favourite assignment

The 17FS will always be my favorite assignment for a few reasons...1st..We deployed to the Persian Gulf War as crew chiefs this is what its all about doing your job for real...2nd...We had a great time working together it seemed we had a collective group of characters...even on the OP's side of the house and the Friday burger burns with OP's and Maintenace having a beer was the best...3rd..Who could hate working at a squadron know as the Hooters...

Deployments

17FS-August 1990-March 1991 Desert Shield and Desert Storm...74FS-1994 Desert Fox, We launched our jets out Friday afternoon for Las Vegas and had 10 to 15 people left behind...Saturday morning we were recalled and began preparing our stuff to go to the Middle East...by Tuesday we were bound for Saudi Arabi...This earned our Squadron an Outstanding Unit Award...79FS 1997 Operation Southern Watch...78FS 1999 Kosovo Operations Badurma,Turkey (Operation Allied Vacation) we did'nt turn a sortie for 31 days...but really enjoyed the Tuborg Red and the fine food...55FS Sept 11th 2002-Dec 2002 Operation Northern Watch...

My Jets & Assignments

84257 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 17th Fighter Squadron "Hooters" [Unit History]
Period 1989 - 1993
Current: AAFG0601  USAF AMARC F-16C Block 25 [sto]
This was my first F-16 as a Dedicated Crew Chief...Block 25's.....I was also on the Block 42's but can't remember my tail number..It was the 1st time I was the 1st Crew Chief on a jet...
88429 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 74th Fighter Squadron "Flying Tigers" [Unit History]
Period 1993 - 1996
Current: 88429  USAF 8 FS F-16C Block 40 [act]
Anything and Everything you would want to learn about fuel spills was learned on this jet...I think we trained the Fire Dept on ground Emergency's with fuel spills; my crew chief Kevin called this pig Puddles....I worked mids servicing crew for a year and when I came off that shift I requested to work swing shift...My first night on shift he handed me the key's to 429...and said "it's yours I've worked it lomg enough"
94047 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 79th Fighter Squadron "Tigers" [Unit History]
Period 1997 - 1998
Current: 94047  USAF 77 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
This was the 2nd time in my career that I was the 1st Crew Chief on a jet...I literally launched it out from the factory in Dallas....This jet had a Tiger Tail paint scheme on it...for Tiger meet in 1997......Later on 4047 and my self were the crew chief and jet for General Hal Hornburg....
91390 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 78th Fighter Squadron "Bushmasters" [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 2002
Current: 91390  USAF 55 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
This was one of my favorite Squadrons..graet supervision and a lot of good people...and a lot of good maintenance folks...
98003 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 55th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fifty Fifth" [Unit History]
Period 2002 - 2004
Current: 98003  USAF 55 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
This was the 3rd time in my F-16 career that I was the 1st crew chief on a jet...Now this jet started off in a bad way when it arrived at Shaw...it sat on the ground for 4 months while we had to change the right wing...because sheet metal was fixing rivets because of fuel leaks and punch a rivet thru the station 7 wiring conduit which by the way runs thru the right wing fuel cell...After all was said and done...it Flew Code 1 after being down for nearly 5 months...

Visitor Comments

Corey Gray, Nov 30, 2007 - 01:29 AM

Hey its good to hear that you are doing good.I haven't heard from anyone since i got out in 2000,anyway keep up the good work and take care.

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