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555th marks 1,000th Operation Allied Force combat sortie

May 28, 1999 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Even before "Spicoli, " a 555th Fighter Squadron pilot, brought his F-16CG aircraft to a complete stop in his unit's "Nickel Loop" May 27, he knew he couldn't escape the traditional hosing down after an aviation milestone.
That milestone was the 1, 000th combat sortie during NATO's Operation Allied Force for the "World Famous, Highly Respected" Triple Nickel squadron, from the 31st FW at Aviano AB.