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 Mr. John "GERB" Gerbas III

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Name Mr. John Gerbas III
Unit 22nd Fighter Squadron "Stingers"
Crewing F-16s from 1998 until 2009
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Miami Beach, FL
Trier, Germany

98-98 Shepperd, Texas (school)
99-99 Luke, Arizona (school)
99-01 Spangdahlem, Germany 22FS
01-03 Edwards, California 416th "Projects"
03-04 Osan, Korea 36FS
04-04 Shaw, South Carolina 79th FS
05-08 Volkel, The Netherlands (RNLAF) 312th Tactical Sqn
08-08 Bodø, Norway (RNoAF) 331st FS
08-09 Volkel, The Netherlands (RNLAF) 313th Reaction Force Sqn
09-09 Volkel, The Netherlands (RNLAF) 312th "Strike" Tactical Sqn

Started In 1998, fun time in school! Was then sent to Spangdahlem and had a blast. From there I got sent to Edwards where I worked SP and met some good guys..then I put in for Osan as my number was about up, golf and lots of drinking good times! Anyways from there it was on to Shaw to finish my 6 year stint. I had a good laugh at the commander there when he asked why I would not stay. So the day after I got out I started my new job as a flight mechanic (Cv-580's) and worked my way up to RII and had a blast. I then got a job offer a year later working on 747's for a large cargo airline. I stayed until I landed a job with the Dutch Air Force with the 312th Tac Sqn. It was a great time and all good things must come to and end so after 3 years with them I left for the Norwegian Air Force and was assigned to the 331st. My wife informed me after being in Norway for 9 months that we would be having a baby boy so... Back to The Netherlands, where I landed a job with the 313th Reaction Force Squadron. Tiger Tiger!
Late 2009 Volkel AB switched to two Squadrons, Once again back to Strike and countless hours sitting on alert... After being bounced around and seeing the BS pile up higher then me during deployments (and my boy getting sick, someone needed to stay at home with him) so I quit. Hill 2009 pre-party was a train wreck, great group of guys.. horrible planning and typical excuses. Anyways I had enough crap...No more 16's.
October 09 RETIRED from crewing jets.

Current or Favourite assignment

The beatings will continue until moral improves!


'00 Red Flag (Nellis AFB)
'01 Site 53 (Israel)
'02 Luke (Arizona)
'03 Suwon (South Korea)
'06 Maple Flag (Canada)
'06 FWIT (Leeuwarden AB,NL)
'06 FWIT (Orland MAS,Norway)
'07 Hill (Mormon country)
'07 Dugway Recovery Team ;) x2 (UFO central)
'07 Bangor Staging Steak Fest (Maine)
'07 TLP (Florennes AB,Belguim)
'09 TLP (Florennes AB,Belguim)
'09 Hill (Utah)

My Jets & Assignments

91339 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 22nd Fighter Squadron "Stingers" [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 2001
Current: 91339  USAF 179 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
While I crewed 339 it was the squadron photo jet and was featured in the Q1 2001 issue of Code One and was used as the Airshow bird. Along with being the Transitioning commanders jet. The place is great and I was there with a GREAT group of guys! Yes..Cold tap in my kitchen and BB next door to BBQ! What more could you want?
83120 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 416th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
Period 2001 - 2003
Current: 83120  USAF 416 FLTS F-16C Block 25 [act]
1120 was a testbed for various mods... mostly engine. "Projects" Engine fitted (long pointed feathers, Direct BYPA, More Fuel...more go) Spin chute jet Conformal mounts still installed
Unit 416th Flight Test Squadron [History]
Period 2001 - 2003
88531 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" [Unit History]
Period 2003 - 2004
Current: 88531  USAF 36 FS F-16C Block 40 [act]
The jet flew well. Thats about all I can say for the jet... Korea sucks... Some good guys..some bad. Another feeding ground for spine less flight chiefs. Ah the golf... The Rum... My nice big room :) Dorm Daddy FTW
00220 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 79th Fighter Squadron "Tigers" [Unit History]
Period 2004 - 2004
Current: 00220  USAF 79 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
Nice new jet.... Good group of guys. Track was close... will never forget dave crashing his first day out.
J-637 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 312th squadron "Bonzo" [Unit History]
Period 2005 - 2008
Current: 239  RJAF 2 sqn F-16A Block 20 MLU [act]
Was assigned this aircraft in late 2006..only saw it now and then until I left in Jan 08. How a squadron should be! Great group of Crew Chiefs! Jets are junk thou :( American Crew Chief on a Dutch jet...nice! Many after hours drinking the turkey!
Unit 331st skvadron "Lion" [History]
Period 2008 - 2008
Cold Burrr.... Crew Chiefs here are jet whores.. you crew them all. Great place, great folks... very nice.
Unit 313th squadron "Tiger" [History]
Period 2008 - 2009
Crewing for the 313th now! QRA extraordinaire...Thank God for the PS3 Tiger Tiger
Unit 312th squadron "Bonzo" [History]
Period 2009 - 2009
Back to "STRIKE". end of story
Other aircraft/assignments CV-440 - Flight Mech/Line Mech
CV-580- Flight Mech/RII/Lead Mech
747F classic freighter- Line Mech/Flight Mech

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