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 TSgt. John "Doc" Lanier

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Name TSgt. John Lanier
Unit 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Squids"
Crewing F-16s from 1985 until 1999
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Website Website dedicated to Torrejon Air Base Spain
I was an F-16 Crew Chief my entire career. I was lucky enough to get assigned as an airman to Torrejon AB in Spain. What a great way to kick of my AF career. I spent plenty of time in Turkey being assigned to the 613th AMU, but I also got to do TDY's to Aviano-Italy, Monte Real AB-Portugal, Orange AB France and a couple of TDY's to Vegas. While I was in the 613th I was also the Wing Commanders Assistant Crew Chief - my DCC's were Mark Avra and Rich Tirado. During Desert Storm I was a moblity NCO and helped plan and deploy the 612th and 614th to Qatar and Turkey. After I left Spain I spent 3 years at Spangdahlem AB, then I got orders to Shaw AFB to the 78th FS. I stayed there for roughly 2 years and I was off to the "Kun" (97-98). When I left the "Kun" I was assigned to the 79th FS at Shaw for a short while and transitioned to the 77th where I was an expeditor. In 1999 I applied and was accepted to the 9th AF F-16 Demo Team as the Assistant Team Cheif - best F-16 gig I ever had....doing airshows almost every weekend you cant beat that. I am now out of the Air Force and working for a company called NetJets, where I work as a New Aircraft Delivery and Resale Manager. If you remember me drop me a line@ (

Current or Favourite assignment

Looking back on Spain, Torrejon was one of the best kept secrets in the Air Force. Being 21 and getting to go live in Europe what more could you ask for. Spain was such a great county with so much history and not to mention the Spanish women. It was busy assignment but we worked hard and played even harder - be it in Alcala, Madrid, Aviano or Turkey. We always had a good time!!!

My Jets & Assignments

82941 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Squids" [Unit History]
Period 1985 - 1987
Current: 1602  FAR Esc 53 F-16A Block 20 MLU [act]
This was my first aircraft. It always had alot of JFS problems....But a good aircraft over all.
86341 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Squids" [Unit History]
Period 1987 - 1989
Current: 86341  USAF 100 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]
While assigned to this aircraft, it was picked to be the first C-Model Wing Commanders aircraft. My DCC's were Mark Avra and Rich Tirado. Very good aircraft.
92906 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 78th Fighter Squadron "Bushmasters" [Unit History]
Period 1995 - 1997
Current: 92906  USAF 79 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
I loved the block 50's!!!! Just put gas in them and go!!!
88407 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 35th Fighter Squadron "Pantons" [Unit History]
Period 1997 - 1998
Current: 88407  USAF 119 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]
Not a bad aircraft considering she had a new owner every year... :-)

Visitor Comments

F-16 crew chiefs
Msgt jaime r leon ret., Jul 08, 2012 - 10:10 PM

John I knew you in Spain we were the many hands of manitence..I was Gen Harpes crew chief remember o342...before it was the conquistador

78 FS Bushmasters
Alan LeBlanc, Nov 13, 2013 - 02:09 AM

John, I was with you in the 78 in1995-1996. You were a heck of a crewchief one hell of a guy.I am glad to see that things went well. Later Al

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