I was a member of the 1995 East Coast Viper Demo Team, 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB SC. Stationed there from June 1994 till I left active duty May 1997.
I was also a MOCC cooridantor 51st FW Osan AB ROK, from June 1993 till June 1994.
I started crewing F-16's at Eglin AFB Florida in 1990. I was stationed there from January 1990 till June 1993. My jet 81-761 was first jet to track and launch muliple AMRAMM missles while live fire testing at Holloman AFB, NM.
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77th Fighter Squadron was the Best! The guys crewing the jets, the supervision, and even the pilots were a great group to hang with. I leared so much from SSgt. Rich Davis and Tsgt Bill Sweeny. Tsgt Craig Weiser was a blast to be on the road with during the Airshow season. Capt Pat "Scrounger" Hanlon, Capt Tod "Popeye" Fingal, Capt Grant "Beavis Rutlin, Capt Tom "ZZip" McCloskey, and Capt Tim Hassel were the best viper drivers in the business!
Operation Southern Watch February/April 1996
Combat Hammer Eglin AFB FL 1996
Maple Flag 1997 Cold Lake CAFB Alberta
Long Shot 1996 Nellis AFB NV
Saw a lot of weapons and configurations that were not yet in Air Force inventory. I was the crew chief on A/C 81-761 while deployed to Holloman AFB, NM. It was the first F-16 to track, and launch the "new" AMMRAM at multiple targets.
Not to many peolple get an incentive ride in the back seat of the F-16. Not only did I get mine in the backset of my own jet, but I got 2! One while deployed to Saudi, thanks "Beavis". and one in SC! Thanks "Scrounger"!
There are so many stories...I don't know where to begin. The highlight of my career has to be being a member of the 1995 Viper East Coast Demo Team. I was selected 1996 20th Fighter Wing Maintenance Professional of the Year. I was the 77th FS "High Roller" 3 months in a row. 359 flew a three month span Code 1 no write-ups. She is a great lady. I hope they have taken care of her!
Crewed this jet while deployed for OSW Feb-Apr 96. Good jet. We left just two weeks before Khobar towers was bombed by terorists. 19 brave airmen were lost and 100's of others were injured. God bless them all.
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