UPT at Columbus AFB, Class 86-07
Lead-In Fighter Training 1986
F-15 FTU 550th Silver Eagles, Luke AFB 1986
122nd TFS, LA ANG, New Orleans, LA 1987-1990
302nd FS, USAFR Luke AFB, 1990-1992
120 FS, CO ANG, Denver CO 1990-2006
Memorable F-16 Aircraft
F-16 #86370 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Deployed to Balad AB, Iraq my good friend Craig "LOBO" Wolf was taxiing 86-370 (the jet with my name and crew chief, Mike Sawyer's name on it) and a mortar exploded sending shrapnel into the vertical stabilizer, tire and empennage. LOBO jumped in a spare and continued the night mission supporting ground forces with E-CAS. The tremendous maintenance team was able to get a new vertical stabilizer sent to Balad and I flew the aircraft back to Buckley AFB, Denver, CO in September 2004.
Having the unique opportunity to be the Squadron Commander of the finest group of warriors in the world was a true honor and the best experience of my professional life. The maintenance team was unparalleled and ensured we deployed 16 x F-16s to Operation Iraqi Freedom in Feb 2003 where we conducted non-stop 24/every day operations until the conflict's end on April 19, 2003.
#2091 on the 1K list
120th Fighter Squadron
"Cougars/Mile High Militia"