Tuesday, December 18, 2007
We've lost a friend in the US Air Force
A close friend went down today, crashing into a heap of flames and twisted metal. This friend protected thousands of Coalition forces on the ground. It located countless IEDs before they could kill US and Iraqi forces and civilians. It sought after and located insurgents, leading to countless arrests and lives saved. When troops in the AOR slept at night, it stood guard and kept a protective eye open, never whining or complaining about the cold and dark nights.
A close friend was lost today, and many more will follow. Will they be missed? Will anyone remember their service or sacrifice?
Probably not, but this only means that our friend's mission was a success. Loved ones returned to the U.S., civilians returned home to their loved ones, and Iraq was left a little more secure then before because this friend did its job. Few will ever know they had a close friend watching over them. Fewer will ever know this friend is gone.
Thankfully we have more friends watching over us.
Keep up the good work Air Force.
posted by El Capitan at 12:22 PM
Most true heroes go unnoticed. I, for one, appreciate the USAF. As a radarman on a Tin Can, I saw many USAF fighters working with the Naval Aviators. Met a few while I was in the service and have a family member who made the Force a thirty three year career. Also one of my best friends in high school retired from the Force. And if you want some true war tales, I worked with a couple of guys who were in Saigon during the Tet. One was almost cut in half with a machine gun and lived only because he pulled a dead buddy on top of him. I know what you can do.12:41 AM
I *heart* the predator. They crash all the time. Or did. When I was HQAF AFOG -- Current Ops/Intel it was once a week, seemingly, those bad boyz would go down....2:06 PM