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 MSgt. (ret) David "Batman" Batterson

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Name MSgt. (ret) David Batterson
Country
Unit 1st Wing "Falcon"
Crewing F-16s from 1998 until 2018
Contact Batman Send me a private message
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Joined the USAF in January 1998, first duty assignment was Luke AFB, AZ 308th FS. Spent 3 and 1/2 years in what I would call "one of the best around," hard to compare each place to what I experienced with the Emerald Knights. Then it was off to Korea, Osan AB and the 36th FS "Fighting Fiends." Had the opportunity to work in a phase dock at the time was deemed "best seen to date!" Had a blast there as well. Then it was off to Italy, home of the Triple Nickel 555th FS, "Once Green Always Green." Traveled the world while stationed in Italy. All my hard work paid off and I was accepted to the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, the "Thunderbirds." Started out on swing shift in 2004, Phase dock in 2005, #3 DCC for Major Nicole Malachowski the first female demonstration pilot in armed forces history in 2006, back to swing shift for 2007, and 2008 I earned the right to wear the coveted 8 Load Meatball as one of very few fighter crew chiefs that can call the back seat of their D model just that, theirs. Logging hours in the back of my jet is a dream come true, a testimony to hard work and dedication, once in a lifetime and highly recommended! PCS's to Spang Quentin Germany, expedited for the 23AMU for almost 2 years, best job in the AF and I helped transfer 21 F-16's and shut down the 22 and 23 and open the 480th....currently an F-16/A-10 QA inspector for the 52nd FW. // Update, Spend 3 years on the U-2 at Beale, WOW. Now I'm back on my baby as a Pro Super on the ROK, Whoooooo daaaaat? Juuuuuuuvat "CRUSHEM" Left Kunsan back to my family at Beale and retired as the QA Chief Inspector, 20 and done, Feb 2018! Now I'm an Aircraft Planner at AFMC, Depot, Robins AFB, GA.

Current or Favourite assignment

52nd MXG QA Inspector.....You Can't Police the Police....Ha Ha!

2006 #3 DCC, Major Nicole Malachowski becomes the first female demonstration pilot in armed forces history.

2008 #8 DCC, Logging hours with Major Tony "Split" Mulhare in the back seat of block 32/52 F-16s.

Deployments

Deployed as a Super with the U-2, truly the tip of the spear! Got the only Expediter Medal out of 158 days in Iraq....that place sucks! Doors slamming still gest my blood pumpin, 50 meters away from a mortar is too close for me!

My Jets & Assignments

90732 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 308th Fighter Squadron "Emerald Knights" [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 2001
Current: 90732  USAF 314 FS F-16C Block 42 [act]
This jet was the heat of the fleet, SrA, now MSgt Andy Vasquez taught me the ropes!
88493 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 308th Fighter Squadron "Emerald Knights" [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 2001
Current: 88493  USAF 310 FS F-16C Block 42 [act]
My First DCC assignment when I put on SrA, Nettie let me take care of her baby!
Unit 36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" [History]
Period 2001 - 2002
All the jets were mine this year, Phase dock!
89026 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 555th Fighter Squadron "Triple Nickel" [Unit History]
Period 2002 - 2004
Current: 89026  USAF 510 FS F-16C Block 40 [act]
Turned a pile into a champ!
88532 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 555th Fighter Squadron "Triple Nickel" [Unit History]
Period 2002 - 2004
Current: 88532  USAF 555 FS F-16C Block 40 [act]
Good Jet! Helped me get selected for the TEAM.
87325 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit USAF - Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" [Unit History]
Period 2005 - 2006
Current: 87325   F-16C Block 32 [scr]
3 Load for 2006, probably one of the best jets I've crewed!
86039 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit USAF - Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" [Unit History]
Period 2007 - 2008
Current: 86039  USAF 82 TRW F-16D Block 32 [i/a]
8A for 2008, backseater for a year, hell yeah! I've come full circle, my first jet was Andy"s and my current jet was Andy's, could be the last one I crew, who knows? Update....it was the last one I crewed!
Unit 23rd Fighter Squadron "Fighting Hawks" [History]
Period 2008 - 2010
Flightline Expediter the the 23 AMU, Falcon 2/3 GO! Best job in the AF for a Crew Chief.
Unit 52nd Fighter Wing [History]
Period 2010 - 2012
52 FW QA Inspector F-16/A-10 W&B Qualified.
Unit 99 AMU Beale AFB California
Period 2012 - 2015
Flight Chief and Pro Super on the mighty Dragon Lady // Got blasted with an assignment on the U-2, learned a lot!
Other aircraft/assignments Kunsan AB, ROK 2015-2016 Pro Super 80th AMU Juvats
Beale AFB, CA 2016-2018 QA Chief Inspector 9th MXG
RETIRED FEB 2018!

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