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 TSgt. David "Huladeez" McCain (Ret.)

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Name TSgt. David McCain (Ret.)
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Unit 61st Fighter Squadron "Top Dogs"
Crewing F-16s from 1991 until 2002
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Arrived at my first duty station Spangdahlem A.B. Germany on 4 November 1991. Got through all the block/egress training stuff and was sent to E.O.R.. That experience was awesome! It allowed me to be around the F-4G's and 16's. What a sight to see! The F-4 and 16 flying Wild Weasel. After the 90 day rotation I finally got to crew the jet I was assigned to 87-1271. After awhile I was reassigned to the Wing Kings jet 86-1366. Who at the time was Brig. Gen Hawley. Spent most of the year of 93 at Incirlick, Turkey with some other TDY's here and there. In other words I was only home with enough time to wash my stuff and pack it up again. In 94 we started to transfer out our Block 30's to start accepting the new Block 50's in which I was assigned to 91-1407. Every shelter had like that new car smell, but it was the new jet smell. I finally PCS'd on 4 November 1994 to Luke A.F.B., Arizona. I was assigned to the 311 FS with Block 42's. We were a new unit still doing acceptance. 12 Jets total. In early January 95 we finally activated with our mission to train Japanese and Turkish pilots. The mission was then scrubbed and sent to Tucson to do, so we deactivated that same year. October I believe it was. I was then reassigned to the 62FS working Block 25's. July 97 I PCS'd out to the 80FS Kunsan A.B.. Did my year tour of a blur there and left the following year July 98. Once again I ended back at Luke A.F.B. this time with the 61FS TOP DOGS!!! I was assigned 83-1178. Best D model I have ever worked. She was supposed to have been the first Block 25 to reach the 5000hr mark and 6000, but don't know how it all came out. I went in front of a board to compete for the Certified Mechanic Certification and won. It made it somewhat nice to be able to sign off your own Red X's without a corrected by. IPI's and things out of my AFSC I could not sign off. I finally got a break and got to work Support as a Shift Supervisor on Swings. Just over a year I asked to return to the line. I returned to the Flightline as an Expediter. It was shocking to me being that I was only a Staff at the time. Nearly close to a year as an Expediter I received a phone call at home to come in for a piss test. My Pro-Super told me to wait in his office until the orderly room completed the paper work. About 15 minutes went by and I hear the building being called to attention. I peeked out the office and there was at the time Brig. Gen Breedlove. It was close to the Christmas holidays so he was briefing us to watch out for each other and DUI's. Gen. Breedlove then went on about someone doing a job that is not in a position of rank to do it. Everyone was looking around including myself. Then I hear my name called. One of the biggest shocks of my military career. I was STEP promoted to TSGT. Then told me that I was out of uniform. You bet I got them bad boys put on. Right at Ms. Kims right outside the base. A buddy of mine was also there getting his on, but he got MSGT. Awesome day that was!!! I spent the rest of my career at the 61st up to 22 November 2007 where I was retired. To which is my other biggest shock of my military career. The thought of it ending was just heartbreaking. I miss my Military Family and the F-16!!!

My Jets & Assignments

87271 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 23rd Fighter Squadron "Fighting Hawks" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1992
Current: 87271  USAF 100 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]
86366 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 23rd Fighter Squadron "Fighting Hawks" [Unit History]
Period 1992 - 1993
Current: 86366  USAF 119 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]
91407 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 23rd Fighter Squadron "Fighting Hawks" [Unit History]
Period 1993 - 1994
Current: 91407  USAF 480 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
89117 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit N/A
Period 1994 - 1995
Current: 89117  USAF 152 FS F-16C Block 42 [act]
89155 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit N/A
Period 1995 - 1995
Current: 89155  USAF 152 FS F-16D Block 42 [act]
83184 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 62nd Fighter Squadron "Spikes" [Unit History]
Period 1996 - 1997
Current: 83184  USAF 310 FS F-16D Block 25 [act]
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats" [History]
Period -
83178 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 61st Fighter Squadron "Top Dogs" [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 2002
Current: AAFG0730  USAF AMARC F-16D Block 25 [sto]

Visitor Comments

long time no hear
lewy, Jun 23, 2008 - 05:45 PM

hey man, just wanted to see how the heck you? how is the wife and kids?

How are you doing brother
mark233, Jul 29, 2008 - 06:15 AM

Did not know you retired, congrats on that...How is the back?

Mark

bdub01, Sep 26, 2013 - 04:18 AM

THE SENATOR!!!!! Once a SPIKE always a SPIKE!!!!!!!

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