Thursday, June 02, 2005
Recent U.S. and Iraqi Air Force Losses
Because of the Air Force's limited supporting role in post-invasion Iraq, our losses have been very small in numbers. Sadly, on Monday the list of U.S. casualties grew by four.
U.S. Air Force-
Maj William Downs, 40, a pilot, of Winchester, Va.;
Capt Jeremy Fresques, 26, Special Tactics Officer, of Clarkdale, Ariz.
Capt Derek Argel, 28, Special Tactics Officer, of Lompoc, Calif.,
SSgt. Casey Crate, 26, a combat controller, of Spanaway, Wash.
Iraqi Air Force-
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
posted by El Capitan at 7:27 AM