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New 9/11 Judge After Newest One Quits After 2 Weeks
"Of judges overseeing the 9 11 case of Guantanamo Bay and new judge has been named as NPR's Sasha Fiver reports. The latest judges, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Matthew McCall. His predecessor at Guantanamo, quit after two weeks on the job before that, a caretaker judge temporarily oversaw the case after the previous judge abruptly retired after less than a year on the bench. Six judges total have now overseeing the 9 11 case in roughly the past two years that frequent personnel turnover reflects how dysfunctional the cases it's been mired in pre trial hearings for years, and at this point, a trial of the five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 terror attacks. Is unlikely to begin before the 20th anniversary of that day. Sasha Pfeiffer NPR news
Fresh "Us Air Force" from Frank Beckmann
"Show News Talk 7 60 W. J. R. And welcome back into the show, Everybody we're going to be taking a lot of your phone calls this our 808 590957 1st of all, though I want Teo want to talk to you about something some sad news quite frankly, that I got right after the show yesterday. I got an email about this and and was stunned to hear about it because let's face it. We all thought this man was was pretty much invincible. He was one of our proud military heroes from here in Michigan. His name was Donald Odell. Donald E. Odell, Better known as Digger Odell and Digger was a hero. Hey was an airport Air Force pilot training school leader. Instructor. Pilot there, back in the 19 fifties, served in Vietnam was was in the the fight in Europe from 16 59 to 62. And then in Vietnam. He was he was shut down after less than three months. Honest deployment. They're shot down near Hanoi, The North Vietnamese captured Digger Odell. I don't know if you know the whole story, but They broke his neck while he was in captivity. They hit him in the back of the neck with a rifle butt and broke his neck. You can imagine what he went through in the end the time afterwards. But at any rate digger Odell finally was freed after being listed in action for two years and two months on And yesterday we got word that Digger O'Dell had had passed away, Born and reared, as I said in Pontiac. Enlisted in the air Force in 1952 originally and remember that the Michigan Heroes Museum as one of our great American heroes from here in our state, that's where they celebrated. You've heard us broadcast from that location in Frankenmuth, and I'm proud to serve on their on their borders and honorary member and the man who is vice president of the Heroes Museum. Joins us again now none other than Ronnie Sarris. Ronnie, How are you, My friend. I am sad today, but also celebrating the life of my friend Digger Odell, And it's a It's a It's a moment for reflection. Ah, but I'm doing well, Frank. Thank you. Well, I know how difficult this is for. Ah, for everybody who admires what these men did. And you know what was it about Digger Odell. I mean, you hear the story about how they broke his neck. With the butt end of a rifle. I mean, are you kidding me? This is this is a fellow who spent 5.5 years is a captive in Vietnam. And somehow you had never really heard any bitterness out of a moderate digit No. And it was 2.5 years before his family even knew that he was alive due to a letter that had gotten back to the family and digger spent the next 5.5 years, of course, at the Hanley Hilton with Senator John McCain. They were released on the same day and Frank I love telling the story of how my friendship began with Digger because veterans have this beautiful relationship. That digger was 86. I'm 49. We still could talk to each other and hang out with each other like we were 17 year old. Quiet. I'm throwing a flag on that 49, by the way, okay, because I know I look older than that. But it's only for the mine. But the very first time I met bigger. This gave me everything. Every bit of information I need to know about him is a man and I'd love to share it with the audience and Digger Digger was running a little bit late. We had a broadcast at the museum. We had some special things going on and bigger showed up about 15 minutes early, and we were having dinner with you that evening at the vendors and Frankenmuth and he was worried about being a few minutes late, and I said, Sir, you're 15 minutes early. Actually, he says, Well, he said, my wife put my suitcase in my car, and I took the wrong car got all the way to our Maeda had to turn around and go back to Harrison Township. And that's why I'm running late. And I was trying to get him off of the niceties of feeling that he was being late because we were just so happy to have him there. And And as I was thinking about him dragon in his car, the 14 year old boy came out in the end. I asked him the question, and I said, sir, and he says, Call me digger because if you call me, sir, I think I'm in trouble, you know? And I said, Well, Digger, I said, Do you ever just still after all these years? Get in your car. Turn the ignition on. Put your hands on the steering wheel. Put it in drive and think to yourself. I'm I'm free today. And he looked at me and he stopped and paused for not half a second. Put that gentle, strong hand on my shoulder, and he said son He said. Some days are better than others. But I haven't had a bad day in 47 years and Frank the perspective of what he went through in those 5.5 years, and the opportunity for me not only meet my hero that night because he had been a hero of mine forever I'd known about him since the nineties. And but to develop. That was the start of our friendship. We got to go fishing together. We got to watch sunsets together. We got to go honor him at Ford Field where 60,000 people stood on them on their feet to to celebrate his service in his life and digger never considered himself a hero. Matter of fact, he was humbled by it. And for digger to have that kind of perspective is to me second to none. I don't know if I will ever meet another man. Like him, and I am just honored and privileged to celebrate his life. Um, I've been honored to have been asked by the family, Teo to officiate the funeral, and we're working on the plans right now, and I'm actually with his family. And we're just so grateful in the family. It's just so thankful to everyone who sent their love and support and we're just is sad as we are. We're just is honored to celebrate the life of Donald Digger. Go down. I will have our father, our our our brother. Write A and I know you'll Ah, you'll pass along. Ah regards and condolences of all the members of our audience to his family when you're when you're with them. Thank you so very much for remembering Digger Odell, one of America's greats. US Air Force and member of the Michigan Heroes Museum, and I tell you what the best place people could go to find out a whole lot more to pay tribute to Digger Odell, and all that he did in his 77 years is.
How An Airline Worker Honors Fallen Military Members
"It's time now for story course Military Voices Initiative, which amplifies stories about service members and their families. Today. We'll hear from Brian McConnell. He's been an airline worker for almost four decades. Much of that time he's worked on the ramp. The area where aircraft refueled, boarded and loaded. But Taking on other responsibilities, ones that weren't in his original drop description. Ryan McConnell runs the Delta Honor Guard, a group of volunteers at the Atlanta airport who greet every plane that carries the remains of a fallen military member. That story. Cory sat down with his wife, Nora. To talk about it. How did you get involved with the honor Guard driving across the ramp? One day doing my job. I witnessed some guy's taking care of a fallen soldier, Hannah blue cart with all the logo's from all the military branches. And it should all gave some some gave all And I am and pull over and collect myself as I thought. It was just amazing that total strangers could take care of our military fallen. Can you tell me what you go through to honor these soldiers while the procedures are once I get a notification, I'll notify everybody on the Honor Guard. We have folks who come from all over the airport from the bag points from the gates from maintenance. And even the pilots group. Sometimes there's 20 of us there. Sometimes there's two of us there. But there's always at least someone to meet every fallen that comes into the Atlanta airport. We'll cover the casket with the flag. And as they brought out of the aircraft, the honor guard will march up with flags from each branch of the service. In which time I go to the escort, usually someone from their squadron. Present them with a card, a coin and a prayer to give to the next of kin. What makes you so dedicated to do what you do for all of these soldiers and their families? The number one reason is the right thing to do. These folks have made the ultimate sacrifice and the least we could do is take care of him. My father served 21 years in the air force with a tour of Vietnam. Course you know her son is active in the Air Force, and it's served two deployments to Afghanistan. And heaven forbid, if something ever happened to our son, I would hope that whoever's carrying for him went here for him with the love and respect. And the honor that I will care for their sons and daughters meeting You've always been a staunch supporter of me with the honor guard and I know sometimes it gets trying when you're sitting in the cell phone lot for three hours past my shift or coming in early. We're coming in on days off. But I have never watch. Heard you complain and ah Actually appreciate that. Some people say they have a calling in life. I guess I found mine. Although I have never served. I tell people this is my way of serving.
Biggest WWII bomb found in Poland explodes while divers try to defuse it
"Nobody has heard after the largest world War. Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded underwater Navy divers were attempting to defuse the Tallboy bomb Tuesday, but we're outside of the danger zone when it just blew Reuters says Hundreds of people were evacuated from the area before the explosion. It weighed nearly £12,000. It was found in a canal near Poland's border with Germany. The bomb was used by Britain's Royal Air Force during an attack in 1945 on a German cruiser.
Women in combat wear armor designed for men, that's finally changing in 2020
"Another sign of women making their mark in the military. It's been five years since women have been allowed combat jobs in the military, but accomplishing it in armor designed for men wasn't easy. In recent years, the military has been issuing gear they need to better fit their bodies. The army is using helmets to accommodate a hair bun, smaller bomb suits and female urinary diversion devices. The Marines have added more sizes to their body armor vests and the army, Air Force and Navy are delivering new combat flight suits for women aviators this month Lease Matteo CBS News.
WW2 'earthquake' bomb explodes in Poland during attempt to defuse it
"And what the Polish navy says is a first. A delicate operation is underway in northwest Poland, where authorities are trying to defuse the largest unexploded World war two bomb ever found in the region. The Tallboy, also known as an earthquake bomb was dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force in an attack on a Nazi warship in 1945. It was designed to explode next to a target, triggering destructive shockwaves. Authorities aren't taking any chances. They've moved 750 people from nearby homes. Yes, assume this. I'm not scared. I'd like to stay. But my wife is more scared, says this man job. I'm fearful that it might explode, she says. Divers will use a remote control device to burn the explosive charge without detonating the bomb. The operation is expected to last until the end of the week. Correspondent Riley Carlson
Richard McSpadden from AOPA on how he got into aviation
"Where did your first interest in aviation start off? Yeah. It came really from my dad when my dad turned it was roughly in in his forties early forties. My mom gave him a present of a flight lesson off and he took that I was about high school college at the time. And he immediately took to it. He just loved it as my mom knew he would and I watched him go through that and saw the planning at the kitchen table and all that and I thought man that that looks like a lot of fun and he encouraged me through the years kind of nudge me to look at flying you thought I would enjoy it thought I would you know be good at it and I'm really thankful that he did that's kind of where it came a little bit late for me in life. But that's kind of where it came from that is a little bit later than most people we talked about. I one of my good friends in college that he was the same way. He entered ROTC with me and his whole goal was I think he wanted to be a lawyer in the Air Force song You Had a scholarship in for like English or something cuz you did really well in school and he decided that he thought this flying thing would be super cool. So 18 plus years later. He still find fighters on active duty package. So I think maybe there's something to it for those of you who are trying to go that route maybe delay that passion. I gotta do this. I gotta do this you won't put as much pressure on yourself and wage. Actually grow into a little bit better and next thing, you know, you're the you're the lead of the of the Thunderbirds. So we've us through just how you're active duty career piece together to get you to kind of where you are, New Jersey. Yeah. So I was ROTC like you were and came out of University of Georgia and went to Advanced Air Force Base in Enid Oklahoma and back that time, you know, you everybody flew to 37th and then everybody Flutie 38 sand somewhere in there. They would decide they had to be far qualified and they would take like whatever persuasion they would make that far qualified and if you made that cut you were able to choose what you want to go fly next. I think they do a lot differently now, but and then it was it was a pretty brutal process everybody knew your rank order of the class and that was publicized well known and they would put the airplanes up that were available and you know pilot number one in the class. What do you want and need to look at the list of all the classes and birth Take whatever class he wanted and our our airplane and then you know on the number two number two, what do you want? Right so through that process. I got very fortunate and I flew the F-15. That's the place. I really wanted to fly. And from there. I flew and kadena and came back and did Holloman Air Force Base for a long time was the F-15 demo pilot for a while really enjoyed that bath and then moved to the ranks. Like a lot of people went back to the schoolhouse top there in the F fifteen for a while fluid Langley for a while and then moved onto the Thousand Birds, you know about about the time. I I think I was an Ops officer at Tyndall and release came out about okay. It's time to hire a new round of Thunderbird pilots. And one of them this year's team lead position. If you're an operations officer and you meet all these calls and you're interested, you know, put your package in and so that's kind of you know in short where my career went. I did have that middle stint. You know when you're on active duty job. Want you to do the career broadening thing. Oh, yeah, and so, you know rightfully so my boss was really trying to look out for my career and he was pushing me to go to the Pentagon and take a staff to her and just thought he didn't want to do that. So I went and found my my own little assignment flying King airs in the Philippines and just had a ball doing that my wife and I went we were I was an assistant at a shame that we had three King airs in the Philippines at the time. So my job was to sort of manage that Fleet and be the chief sort of instructor of you know, the 06 has and the other people that would apply to King air bag and that was just an absolute ball. I just I can't say enough about the king you are and what a fantastic airplane that is you say stuff like that and that makes me go. Yeah, I I've had friends who've done similar type jobs, right and I always say man. I just I learned about all these things the day after I make a decision and go for something else. It's like every significant wage Yeah,
Philadelphia company teams with Air Force for mental health initiative
"Is turning into a Philadelphia company for a little bit of help their mission assist pilots. The deal with mental health issues as we hear from K wide over the usual undead can suicide rates and the military are up 20% over last year, according to Chris Malaria, Oh CEO of neuro Flow of Old City. So keeping members of the US Air Force healthy and ready for combat is the goal of this program being rolled out at 11 bases across the country. Anybody at that credentials will be ableto downloaded or logged into an account that anonymous and secured the account takes them through kind of a non boarding process, school setting and we'll take a survey based on his answers, and the person will then delivered that unique, customized content to them, he says. It's essential to identify those at high or rising risk. Of depression, loneliness and anxiety and to quickly get them the help they need while ensuring their privacy. Lin Adkins K Y. W News
Hurricane Delta steams across Gulf of Mexico
"We are following a developing story out of the Gulf of Mexico region. As Hurricane Delta takes aim over there you can see by the map let's get right to CNBC's shepard. Smith with the latest airship, it does look like it could be terrible for the folks out there in Louisiana, and Mississippi not going to be good not at all the the latest is five o'clock. Update five eastern we just got that bring it to you. I, if you look at the top edge of this, it's so close to land. It's incredible. It looks like that is going to go over parts of Lake Charles and points east. A lot of rain has happened already Jackson Mississippi over the last twenty, four hours. They're estimating ten inches seven to eight inches around Lake Charles and if. You look at the cone. For this thing, it's not just a coast storm. This thing is going to go inland and rain and rain and rain I want to show you the cone of uncertainty if you will for this storm and there it is category too when it comes to shore and then it will weaken very quickly still be a tropical system, but not a hurricane as it moves. UPS skirts along Nashes Mississippi into the Jackson Mississippi area. Jackson. Mississippi. GonNa have reigned for at least the next twenty, four hours. This storm has weakened a little bit but not since the last report, the new update from the National Hurricane. Center has the central pressure at nine hundred and sixty six bars, which is up, and that means the storm is weakening. You look at go back to that last. Loop. You can see at the bottom the is breaking up on the bottom. That's sheer. The I is falling apart a little bit not a moment too soon let's go to Lafayette Louisiana Embassies Jay. Grazed Air Force. Wow He's getting wet you Jay. Yup. Well, conditions really intensifying over the last thirty, forty, five minutes the rain picking up a wind as well. We've got up the tropical fun print. Don't want to walk you down to the Million River and this is what you. Got All this. It's already over banks here. That's going to be a big problem. We've got sick maybe seven of these conditions left to go we're going to see sheets of rain continues to fall in the Lafayette area we could see up to a foot of rain before Paul said. And Wind Gusts better go be over hurricane strength again it for you be a real rough ride here for the next six or seven. And as you were talking about, this is an area here like Charles just to the West that's already been dealing with the effects of Laura category four storm. So they've been working for six weeks now worried that that works going to be walked away by this storm of move in mighty tough Jay gray one of four correspondence we have in the either storm. What is show you the storm surge in exactly what that's going to be like he said, vermillion, they're expecting up to eleven feet of. Storm surge there much less over by new. Orleans. Mouth of the Mississippi two to four feet lake pontchartrain one to three feet. So it's not going to be horrible near new. Orleans. But on the west side of Louisiana Lake Charles, we've just got battered at the end of August. They still don't have roofs on most of their houses that place is about to get hit
What can Houston area expect from Hurricane Delta?
"From from the the Louisiana Louisiana Coast Coast is is some some of of the the outer outer bands bands or or bringing bringing rain. rain. To To the the east east of of the the east east tax tax in in our our area area and and then then east east of of the the Gulf Gulf Freeway Freeway in in the the Houston Houston area, area, so so pulling pulling up up the the radar radar right right now now looking looking looking at at at it. it. it. You You You know know know how how how radar radar radar is is is you you you get get get those those those big big big red red red areas. areas. areas. We We We don't don't don't have have have that that that everything everything everything is is in in the the green green and and the the yellow yellow and and along along the the East East Tex Tex Freeway, Freeway, you're you're kind kind of of in in the the green, green, but but it it doesn't doesn't look look like like you're you're going to really hit much rainfall until you get past. Let's say Cleveland and then if you are on the Gulf Freeway might see a little bit of rain around Pasadena. Perhaps round League City. Caroline Looks like you've got a pop up shower That's half If you're on the West side, you're really not seeing much rain at all. Today's commemorative Air Force
Marine Corps assistant commandant tests positive for coronavirus
"Of the Marine Corps, the latest to test positive for Corona virus, days after he and members of the joint chiefs were in a Pentagon meeting with a Coast Guard leader who was infected with the virus of the Marine Corps says a general Gary Thomas, tested positive for covert 19 attended a meeting of the Joint Chiefs Friday. U. S officials say none of the other top military leaders in the meeting, including General Mark Milley, Chair of the Joint Chiefs have so far tested positive. Still, His positive test, of course, raises worrying questions about the health of the others at the meeting, including the Chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force Space Force and a national guard. Now talk about our
Mike Pence arrives in Utah ahead of vice-presidential debate
"Vice President Mike Pence, doing his final round of debate preparation in Utah Air Force two landed at Salt Lake City International. Last night, Pense met briefly with Utah Governor Gary Herbert. California Senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris arrived in Salt Lake City over the weekend. The debate is being held Wednesday at the University of Utah.
Trump leaves Washington, DC hospital for White House
"President Trump left Walter Reed Medical Center and has returned to the White House and he did it all live on TV in dramatic fashion, these back in the White House to continue his recovery. The president walking confidently out the front door of the hospitals around 6:39 P.m., wearing a suit and a mass, giving a raised fist and then thumbs up later to the press gathered outside the president climb into the back of a black SUV for the short drive to Marine one on the Hella pad and then took the quick 10 minute flight to the South Lawn of the White House, where he then climbed the Stairs to the terrorists outside his living quarters, removed his mask and saluted Air Force one the president tweeted feeling really good. Don't be afraid of Cove. It don't let it dominate your life. Doctors say the president will get 1/5 does of Rome disappear at the White House, and we'll continue on a treatment of steroids there, and if his condition remains the same or improves, they'll take a quote. Final deep sigh of relief Break Leventhal reporting.
Timeline of Trump's medical treatment for COVID-19
"Going to begin tonight with that extraordinary moment that played out just a short time ago president trump has left Walter Reed Medical Center after being taken there Friday night he has now returned to the White House tonight where he continues to battle corona virus this was the scene. Moments ago in Bethesda Maryland the president walking down the steps six, thirty, eight PM, eastern wearing a mask something we did not see him often do before being diagnosed at times he did. But now wearing that mask as he waved to the cameras, a thumbs up to the cameras you heard him say at one point. Thank you very much. He did not take any questions. Then the extraordinary moment the motorcade driving him to Marine One. Obviously, we have never seen this before this country deals with the pandemic marine one waiting for him as the president. Now for coronavirus to experimental treatments at Walter Reed also a powerful steroid supplemental oxygen, and then that Short flight on marine one that took him across from pathetic Maryland back to Washington D. C. to the White House where they will pay close watch doctors acknowledging today that they will be on guard at least through. Next weekend given. The course of this earlier today is medical team coming before the cameras they treated the president aggressively with variety of medications as I mentioned some experimental along with powerful steroid and the president's Dr confirming that the president did receive that oxygen twice testing positive for covert the president's doctors saying late today, he may not be entirely out of the woods yet. In fact, the doctor said we won't know for several days from now truly how the president is faring given the normal. Course of the virus that we have seen millions of Americans fight tonight the president back at the white. House at this hour and this evening, the number growing at least eighteen people now connected to the president of tested positive eleven of them at that. Rose Garden event including introducing judge. Amy. Coney. Barrett, not have corona virus from this but several people who were at the Rose Garden have come down with it among them. Top aide whole picks, Kellyanne Conway Governor. Chris. Christie three. Senators just. Today we learn more. We learn the press secretary Kalia Canadian to members of her staff in the West Wing have now tested positive the president tweeting today about leaving Walter Reed telling the American people don't be afraid of Covid, don't let it dominate your life it true outrage from many who point out this country just today hit two, hundred, ten, thousand lives lost, and at the president received the best healthcare in the world. Those experimental treatments many upset with him saying don't be afraid of COVID. We begin with our chief. White House correspondent. Jonathan Karl tonight with the breaking. News. After receiving some of the most advanced medical care in the world for three nights including experimental treatments usually reserved for the most serious covert cases. President Trump tweeted today that he is heading back to the White House, telling Americans don't be afraid of Covid don't let it dominate your life. He added I feel better than I did twenty years ago. Presidents. Doctor says he gave the all clear to go home though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet. The team I agree that all our evaluations and most importantly his clinical status support the president's safe return home. We're he'll be surrounded by World Class Medical Care Twenty, four seven. So how is the president really doing? It's been nearly impossible to discern amidst a series of false or conflicting statements from the White House and the president's physician Dr Shawn Conley over the past four days. Once again, today Dr Conley refused to answer basic questions about the President's health inflammation long at all. So we we've done routine standard imaging. I'm just not at liberty discuss on Saturday, Dr Conley insisted the president was doing justifying this morning. The president is doing very well the team and I are extremely happy with the progress. The president has made he falsely told reporters the president had been given oxygen one. In fact, he had been given it twice yesterday today he was not on oxygen none of this moment and yesterday with the team while we were all here, he was not on oxygen minutes after that briefing ended White House. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows pulled reporters off to the side. With, of young, getaway. Meadows then directly contradicted the doctor saying quote, the President's vitals over the last twenty four hours were very concerning and the next forty eight hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery. Sunday as meadows looked on his head in his hands Dr Conley admitted he had not told the truth about whether the president had been given oxygen. He acknowledged he was putting a positive spin on everything to please the patient I was trying to reflect the the the upbeat attitude that the. Team the President of course of illness had Didn't want to give any Any information might steer the course of illness in another direction and in doing. So you know came off that we trying to hide something twas necessarily true. And so have. Over the course of his hospitalization, the president staged a series of photo ops designed to project strength and to prove he was still on the job. In this photo, the president appears to be signing his name to a blank piece of paper. Yesterday the president had the secret service, drive him outside the hospital. So he could wave to the cameras and to his supporters possibly exposing the agents riding along with him to the virus the move outraged Dr, James Phillips and attending doctorate Walter Reed, who tweeted all those agents must now quarantine adding they might get sick they might die for political theater commanded by trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity Dr Phillips appeared today on. I don't know what the benefits of this political stunt were but I do know what the risks were and my concern is perhaps the secret service agents that were inside. Don't know the full risk of what they were up against there and what the real threats were. Tonight, the President returns to a White House thrown into chaos by Kobe one, thousand, nine, hundred each day more staffers getting sick today press secretary Kelly mcenaney announced. She to as tested positive for the virus for day, she has been speaking to Reporters without wearing a mask even though she has had extensive contact with both the president and with hope Hicks who tested positive last Thursday to of Macanese aides in the white. House. Press Office have also tested positive in total eighteen people who were around the White House and president trump now have covert one, thousand, nine, hundred eleven of them attended the. Garden ceremony where the President announced his Supreme Court pick others including Hicks former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and trump campaign manager bill Stepien attended a debate prep meeting. At the White House the President's daughter Ivanka trump has tested negative at the debate. In Cleveland, she didn't wear a mask over the weekend she was recorded by the Daily Mail jogging with her husband Jared Kushner in their Washington neighborhood both now wearing face coverings multiple sources. Tell ABC News. There is now what one person close to the president called a full blown freak out among the White House staff New York Times reporter. Michael share who tested positive after flying on. Air Force One a week ago Saturday says, no one has reached out to him to trace his possible contacts nobody from the white. House has said Abu and asked anything about where I was or who I, who I talked to or. Who Else I might infect it. They're also serious questions about why the president traveled to a fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday after learning hope Hicks had the virus New Jersey officials are now tracing the contacts of more than two hundred people who were there with the president sources tell ABC. News. The president tested positive shortly after he returned from that trip but hours later he told Sean Hannity he was still waiting on results so. I just went for a test and we'll see what happens I mean who knows today his Dr refused to say when the president last tested negative for the virus? I. I don't WanNa go backwards s for the president seven months into a crisis that has unfolded on his watch. He now says personal experience has taught him a lot about a disease that has killed more than two hundred and ten thousand Americans it's been very interesting journey I learned a lot about Kovin. I learned it by really going to school this is the real school. This isn't the let's read the book school and I get it I understand it and it's Very, interesting thing, and I'm going to be letting you know about it.
NFL Weekly Update
"Chase Young, who leads all rookie defenders in total pressures out with a groin injury. The Patriots Chiefs game will be played either Monday or Tuesday, pending the results of further covert testing. Pro football talks Mike Florio reporting that one Saints player fullback Michael Burton, tested positive Following the team's flight to Detroit Saturday night. The team is retesting star Running back Calvin Come era after he sat next to Burton on the plane. College Football. Virginia, losing two top ranked Clemson, 41 to 23. Virginia Tech. Getting past dupe 38 to 31 Navy Crushed by Air Force 42 7 Soccer DC United worked by Atlanta for nail and it was the Washington Spirit over Sky Blue FC one new at Pimlico for the first time in over a decade of Philly winning the Preakness Stakes. As Swiss skydiver edged Kentucky Derby winner authentic in a photo finish, and finally the Nationals cutting ties with pitching coach Paul Menhart, who was with the organization for 15 years. I'm Christiane. W T o p sports
2 Navy Super Hornets Catch Fire, Make Emergency Landings Within Weeks at Oceana
"To Navy Super Hornets catch fire make -mergency landings within weeks at Oceana. the from military dot com. a Navy F A eighteen Super Hornet experience an engine fire was forced to land at Naval Air Station Oceana. Virginia on Monday less than two weeks after a nearly identical mishap at the same air station according to the naval. Safety. Center. The two seater aircraft made safe arrested landing at the Virginia Beach Air Station. Commander Jennifer Crag a Naval Air Force Atlantic spokeswoman. A naval air force. Never heard of referred to that to it. That way anyway that the emergency landing took place around noon and involved a super hornet from. Strike Fighter Squadron the FA eleven the incident took place while training over the Virginia capes she said the aircraft landed safely at NASA. Or without incident aviation mishap investigation has been determined. Or initiated to determine the cause of the accident. There were no injuries. The navy is still investigating a September ten mishap involving a different F, a eighteen f Super Hornet also based at Oceana that aircraft attached to the F. One or three experienced an engine fire also in the Virginia capes region. I guess it must be hot and Virginia Capes were. GonNa say this the common denominator? Same Airplane and same region I don't know. Yeah. But two and two together. I. Anyway so At this point according to spokesperson Craig. At, this point it's too early to speculate the causal factors for the invite engine fire with both BFA. One three in via a eleven, but an investigation will determine the contributing factors. She added that ongoing training has so far not been affected by the incidence. It's also the third engine fire mishap involving the Marine Corps aircraft this month. On September Third Ach fifty-three, Super Stallion assigned to Marine Corps Air Station. New River North Carolina made an emergency landing in the Virginia Capes now, I'm just getting. From the base following in-flight fire that began shortly after the heavy lift helicopter took off all four Marines aboard at the at the time or safe and. injured. And that's also under best by the safety investigators are find themselves very busy all of a sudden. Security Yup
Trump, first lady positive for virus; he has 'mild symptoms'
"The White House is facing questions about why president trump continued traveling after a top aide tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday hope Hicks started feeling mild symptoms on Air Force One Wednesday and was isolated from the president and other passengers she was diagnosed with the virus yesterday we discovered that right as the marine one was taking off the first leg of the president's trip to a New Jersey fundraiser while some senior staffers were pulled off the trip the president kept going chief of staff mark meadows did not say why the president still made the trip nor why the crowd there was not told the president had been exposed to covert nineteen Sager mag ani Washington
Testing Positive: Coronavirus Contact Tracing at the White House
"Have some breaking news this morning just. President trump and first lady melania trump testing positive for the corona virus the president tweeting just before one am that he and the first lady will begin their quarantine and recovery process. Immediately, we got a lot more on the next steps for the White House and testing others who may have been exposed from Dr Scott Gottlieb. But before we do that, I want to get straight to image Jabar's. In Washington, who has been working this story all night and has the latest for us. Amen. This news began to unfold last night with a report that hope Hicks. One of the president's closest aides on his campaign had tested positive for the coronavirus. Then there was a period of time where we did not know what the president status was but hope. is obviously a close personal. Contact with the president on a regular basis, and in fact, she's been in close personal contact with a number of senior administration officials over just over the past week traveling with him out to venues into the presidential debate take a look at this list that NBC News is put together of all of the people inside the White House who had been in contact with hope. Hicks just this week on this travel more than twenty officials here who've been seen with hope. Hicks. Not necessarily always wearing a mask touching some of the same handles as they go up the stairs to air, Force One obviously on. The plane moving around all of those people will now have to be contact traced and tested, and you can imagine the scale of the effort that is unfolding inside the White House. This morning as they try to figure out who has been exposed, who has covid where this is all going to land meanwhile, the president defending himself earlier in the week remember that debate on Tuesday, the president was asked about his decision to continue holding large in-person rallies a lot of these rallies where the the people in attendance did not wear masks. The president said he simply had to continue on the campaign trail. Here's that moment. In any case why you holding the big rallies y you not? For her because people want to hear what I have to say well so far we have had no problem whatsoever it's outside that's a big difference according to the experts we do them outside. We have tremendous crowds as you see, I mean every and literally in twenty four hours notice and Joe does the circles and has three people someplace. And now we're getting international reaction rolling in guys as well. Take a look at this tweet. This is from who sesion. Here's the editor of Global Times in China and viewed as somebody who is very close with the Chinese government in Beijing. Often tweets reflections of their views on the world. He is tweeting this morning president trump and the first lady have paid the price. For his gamble to play down the covid nineteen, the news shows the severity of the US is pandemic situation. It will impose a negative impact on the image of trump and the US and may also negatively affect his reelection. So many unanswered questions here guys in terms of the campaign, the stimulus, the battle for the supreme. Court. All of those ongoing right now clearly, campaigning activities will not. Be Able to continue on the president's side as normal for some weeks. Now, no word yet from the Biden campaign about what their plans are in terms of the stimulus it's sort of an unknown at this point how this will affect those negotiations which are ongoing as we speak, and then in terms of the Supreme Court, it's likely that Congress will still continue to push forward but. Everybody involved in that process will also have to be contact traced and tested as well to make sure that anyone who has come in contact with the president over the past week including amy, Coney Barrett herself. The president's nominee for the Supreme Court gets a negative test before moving forward guy. So a lot of moving parts of this morning aiming before you go, let's just walk through. The contact tracing and what the circle might look like in terms of who has been in contact with the president. Obviously, the Biden campaign given the debate You mentioned the Supreme Court nominee how big a circle are we talking about here? Well, it's been a limited circle in recent months. They have made efforts to keep the president out of contact with as many people as possible but. It's still you know dozens of people who come in contact with the president on on a regular basis you know there's a hundred people are more flying on Air Force One at any given time including all the staff aides, military folks and everybody else involved in that process, and we've seen the president on Air Force One, a couple of times just this week and hope Hicks we know. was on Air Force One without a mask this week as well. So it's a large number of people I would imagine there are hundreds of people here who are going to be implicated. There's a lot of detail here to be gone through and you can imagine health officials the secret service capital police a whole range of other authorities in Washington are scrambling aggressively this morning to figure. Out what the damages and to contain it as best as possible,
US president has mild Coronavirus symptoms
"Has repeatedly tried to convince Americans that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. The president himself and the first lady have now tested positive for the Corona virus. They're staying at the White House with an election on Ly a month away to talk about how this all unfolded overnight and where we stand at this point. We have NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith with a site. Um, Good morning. I guess the first question how the president first lady doing Do we know the White House position? Put out a memo saying they are both well at this time, and that he and others on the medical team will maintain a vigilant watch, he added. Quote. Rest, rest assured, I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption. And that is important because that means vice president Pence doesn't have to step in at this point. A spokesman tells us that both the vice president and second lady Karen Pence were tested this morning and were negative. As for the president and the first lady, they are staying at home at the White House, and an official tells me that the president was in good spirits and that the doctor is optimistic. Corona virus. So is an unpredictable disease. For some people, it can be terrible and deadly. For others. There are no symptoms at all. And we have no way of knowing how it will affect the first lady or president Trump. But at 74 years old, he is in a high risk group and certainly not out of the woods. I mean, as we've seen, people can develop symptoms, you know, days after getting a positive test, so we'll have to be watching. Of course, do it. You have any idea what happened here? I mean, how how the president First lady might have been exposed to a virus. We don't know the chain there. But we did learn last night that a close aide to the President hope Hicks had tested positive. She has been traveling with the president a lot, including flying with him on Air Force one to his campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday at around 9 30. Last night, Trump called into Sean Hannity show on Fox News and said that he had been tested and was awaiting results. Then About 1 A.m. president Trump tweeted that he and the first lady had gotten those results and that they both tested positive. A White House official tells me that they're working to figure out how to keep conducting the business of the presidency, with the president having to stay at home. And the person said that the president is going to want to be engaged. He told me quote. He's not one to sit still, that is something we know. I mean, he has not been sitting. Still, he has been out on the campaign trail very active and as many people have noted at rallies So many of them outdoors airplane hangars, But you know a lot of people without mass. It's going to lead a lot of people to wonder. Was he taking enough precautions? Was the White House doing enough to prevent this? President? Trump has been taking risks every single day. People who are in his close proximity do get tested regularly. He is tested regularly. But the White House leaned heavily on those tests and arguably let their guard down. Trump has been holding as you say these big rallies a couple of them indoors. Just yesterday, he held a fundraiser at his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey. And you know Trump and those around him don't regularly wear masks in public or in private at the White House or on Air Force One and it Tuesday night's debate. President Trump even mocked his opponent, Joe Biden, for his frequent mask wearing one needed. I wear mess, OK, let me ask. I don't have. I don't wear mess like him. Every time you see him, he's got a mess. He could be speaking. 200 ft away from him. He shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen, and we have now heard from Joe Biden. He sent a tweet, saying that he and his wife, Jill, are praying for the health and safety of the president and his family and hoping for a swift recovery. We don't know. Yet if Biden's campaign will be changing anything as a result of this, it's just stunning to think about this moment. We have a presidential election four weeks away. We're still in the middle of a pandemic and now the president of the United States in the midst of running for re election. Has tested positive for a very dangerous virus. I mean, what does this totally changed The entire last phases campaign? Yes, absolutely. President. Trump has staked his reelection on the idea that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. For months, He has created a bubble around himself where there was this image that cove. It wasn't a concern that everything was back to normal. The chairs were close together. There were no masks. But this development completely undermines that. I mean, the president of the United States has the virus. This is going to bring the danger home to people and underscores That anyone can get it even if you're the leader of the free world. All right. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith, We're going to keep following this story, obviously very closely as the hours and days. Go on. Thank you. So much for sharing reporting town.
"us air force" Discussed on Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast
"I'm wondering if you can kind of go back and tell us what is next generation air dominance, , and where did that program emerged from? ? How did we get from nowhere to a demonstrator because didn't just happen like that. . Well, , it it. . It seemed to I. . Mean You know when? ? Roper is Dr over the essence secretary of the Air Force Brat Position Technology Logistics. . Announced very abruptly yesterday during his speech that <hes> this flight demonstrator had flown I. think . that everybody by surprise I wasn't expecting that kind of announcement <hes> during his speech today and <hes>. . It's exciting I mean I. . I can't be as as an aviation aerospace journalist with an interest in military aviation I mean this that's the that's as good as it gets a secret of flight demonstrator for new fighter that <hes> you. . You hear about the first time it's confirmed that there's nothing more exciting except for actually seeing it, which , I hope we see when they but <hes> it turns out. . I. Mean . there there is a paper trail there's a, , there's a little <hes> breadcrumbs that have been sprinkled. . Along the path of public comments, , I air force leaders over the past couple years leading to this, , and some of them have only become sensible in retrospect now that we know that this thing really does exist. . But in some ways are actually quite explicit and I think I'd point <hes> initially to an exchange ahead with journal Goldfine who just retired a month ago but <hes> a year ago at the same event even though it wasn't virtual at the time, , it was in Bersin. . Gerald goldfine chief of staff had a press conference I was asking about next generation air dominance in my big question was about the propulsion side of it congress at the time was was expressing quite a bit of frustration with the air force because it's been <unk> billions of dollars on adapted cycle propulsion, , and there was no publicly available roadmap to use it, , and so they're saying. . Why are you still asking for this money? ? We have no place to put it. . You know. So . tell us where you're going to put A. . I, , put that question to many explain what you know. . It's it's bit difficult because there's a live classification while tennis and so there's only so much. . We can say they said L. L. Region his exact quote he said he's here's our. . Strategy. . We have five key technologies that were investing in that we don't intend to have all come together on a single. . To be able to do the mission. . In the future, , we expect these technologies to be adaptable to existing platforms, , and we expect these technologies to come forward into a family. . I, , know use family assistance a lot but really, , and truly that's the next generation dominance. . So as a so our intent is to keep these joint technologies moving aggressively and have them come together. . They will all mature in accelerate at different paces as they become ready. . You'll see US adapting them on existing platforms, , sensors, , and weapons, , and also looking at new platforms sensors. . So that was what he said and then I I didn't understand what really what he was getting out. . I just didn't he didn't answer my question. . So I repeated my question. . What is the you know? When ? are we going to see a roadmap for adaptive cycle propulsion? ? And he his answer was there has to be a test article to be able to take some of those technologies to mature. . That's probably about as far as I can go in quote right so what he was saying they're in retrospect is we have five technologies. . We're GONNA put on in Gad. . He didn't say but sounds like adaptive cycle propulsion is one of them <hes> and <hes>. . You know they need a test article, , a flight test demonstrator in other words. . To validate the majority of the technologies in-flight. . So. . That was almost as explicit as the air force has been about that. . But really there was a time when. . The Department of Defense was even more explicit about the the plans to actually use flight demonstrators for next generation are dominant and it goes back Congressional testimony in twenty sixteen at the time Frank Kendall who was the Under Secretary of defense for Acquisition and technology a acquisition technology in the justice. . It has written testimony. . <hes> included this written test, , the House of Representatives. . <hes> twenty. . This was actually in calendar year twenty fourteen and it was going to launch a program in. . Fiscal year. . Twenty fifty. . and. . It was the aerospace innovation initiative that would be managed by the defensive ends. . <UNK> agency Darpa. . Anna says the A I- Aerospace Innovation Initiative includes a new program to demonstrate advanced aircraft technologies in explains. . As, , well, , as the ongoing previously mentioned advanced engine technology, , which is adapted cycle. . A. . I is goals include strengthening. . The critically important design teams in the defense industrial base reducing lead. . Time. . For Feature Systems <hes>, , the explains will not be engineering. . Development Prototypes for have residual operational capabilities. . The results successful the development and demonstration explain program will inform future aircraft <unk> acquisitions. . So that gives you a sort of the background on how these. . <hes> flight demonstrators came into existence and what their purpose walls. . We know from Rocha's comments that the flight demonstrator that he's referring to be called a full-scale flight demonstrator so as a subscale or Even, , a large aircraft that is meant to extrapolate the flying qualities of even of an even larger aircraft. . So <hes>. . You know but there's still a lot we we don't know about it <hes>, , but that's generally the gist of how we got
"us air force" Discussed on Mentors for Military Podcast
"Was zero concept of anything in the most awful living conditions you can imagine, but still manage to to lead people to take care of your people to meet the objectives you know complete the mission, and then to move onto the next, and I think there's a lot to be said about the Army Ranger School when it develops its leaders it. It's truly a great course I learned a lot out about myself personally, but but really like what might potential is what my capabilities are knowing that. Under those environments or those those conditions I can still be. People can still make decisions ness what it comes down to. What would you say to those individuals who Look Tak? P., R. J. Tax and you know they're thinking about coming into the air force and going around that career path because of what they see with the cool guy photos and all that good stuff. What kind of bit of advice would you give? Those individuals who are thinking about coming into the pipeline? Well, I would say that For one don't believe everything you see Believe believe nothing you here in half you see if you will I hate to say that because you are listening to a podcast, but in there's all these cool guy photos that are out there. All these cool photos. All these guys wearing high-speed gear doing whatever that's literally a sliver of what really happens most. If not I would, I would say it's a very. Very high percentage of what we do is in the planning and preparation phase of anything that we go through. The execution is a very small portion, and that's what most people see unfortunately attack. He is a planner prepare. were constantly thinking about third and fourth order effects of every decision that we make in a you know it, so it's like I'm not. GonNa just go call this airstrike in. In. Think about everything else that happens before you say cleared hot because there is a lot goes on. There's a lot to take into consideration So you know it's just for one. Be Humble. Be approachable You take take. Take your training seriously in realize that dumb. It's not always sexy. It's not always the cool Guy Stuff But that's where we make our money. That's where we prove ourselves. Value or worth is attack. The isn't that planning preparation phase of of everything that we're involved in to what's next for you? A great question. How many years active do you have? Now? my tap. Phones total active federal military services about nine years. Believe it or not I've been in seventeen and a half years total, so I. I'm a guardsman Which I think is interesting to note to. You is everything that I've accomplished as a guardsman I. Think People Overlook that national guardsmen are part of the service of times. I'll tell you right now that most of the taxes Ford. Our National Guardsmen and will work in with a lot of really good dudes out there, but for me. Personally you know I just returned from overseas. Deployment Overseas. I'm going through the reintegration acclimation phase right now. I've got a pretty good setup with my National Guard unit as far as. Maintaining a position there, but I don't know I think at this point. You know I'm getting older slowed down a little bit. I'll be honest. My knees crack in a little bit more than they should be. But I really want to help develop the young guys in the career field, and I WANNA see them. You know accomplished a lot of what I've accomplished in a whole lot more. The tax victory field has got a lot of potential and the guys in the career field have a lot of potential and I want them to see that and I. WanNa see want them to to progress a really wanna be a part of the shaping of of how tack pees are utilized and how the training is. Is developed to these guys. Yeah, that's awesome. Man, course I, wish you nothing, but the best, and you know all your your military career Sabean career. Whatever direction you end up going here in the future for sure and you know I think you ought to keep continuing on since you're still use graduated ranger school last year, so I mean I think you ought to reach for the next. Maybe it Scuba Halo something like that, you know. I'm not done. Okay. Okay, okay, all right. I'M GONNA. Ride this wave as much as long as I can and I I have this addictive personality where like go to the tacky pipeline major ranger school. What is next and I'm all about pushing the envelope and I'm kind of an Adrenalin junky. So I. Really Don't know what I WANNA do next I. Just gotTa. Sit Down and figure it out. Yeah, well best of luck to you on that brother. Robert has been great I appreciate it..
"us air force" Discussed on Mentors for Military Podcast
"Experience. More knowledge is going to help you the next time. Another situation comes up. Up and also you know at times. Hopefully gives you a little bit more clarity. If you open your mind to it in the same thing I, think is true in the military's. You start changing pcs in new units, and you've got the same thing all over again. It's really one of those things that you've got a grasp grasping. Understand as you grow. Older you know. There's I don't know there's a there's an interesting theory about You know you're being cultured if you will. Anything a lot, of. People. Aren't culture. I can't speak for everybody, but I definitely feel like there is a significant lack of dislike. Cultural experience in that could be across the board, traveling the world and going to different countries, but also just experiences in jobs you know living in different states for crying out loud but. The more you see, the more you do, the more you get yourself involved with the like the well roundedness comes to be you know a really significant item. I don't know a lot of people that I need in in the corporate world during the civilian sector, the kind of lacked at perspective. This pandemic is a perfect example. You know I've I've been all over the world I have hurry up and waited my entire life and I've been sitting in boxes or sleeping in holes, or whatever, and then all the sudden these people are. Shut down in their homes for two or three months or four months. They gotta wear face masks in. They're losing their damn minds. And you know what? Like for as much as I like I feel bad for them. It's like I. had no sympathy because I've done this for seventeen and a half years I have been through enacting justice me. There's a lot of people in the military. They're like this is just another day in the life like who cares we'll, we'll get through this. Now coming back to the other side of with a Ranger Tab. How was that received or the people really even notice especially since you've well I. Think no one long after that actually got deployed. Yeah I deployed about six or seven months after I graduated but coming back, it was I got treated very differently I'll be totally honest before I left. There was a lot of people that probably didn't believe in me. That didn't think I was GONNA make it. Certainly didn't think I was GONNA make it through without recycling. But. I came back. A lot of people congratulated me. Of course. A lot of handshakes in a lot of praise. which that's not what I was doing it, but I got all that out of it really the end of the day. I got more respect out of the army counterparts did I support you know there are like all right cool. We got this airforce guy that works for us. You just graduated Ranger School. This is a big deal so that in its own was worth losing thirty pounds of being sleep deprived malnourished I sixty five days. It was pretty good, but then to come back and be like a army. What's so hard about the schools? Air Force guys this..
"us air force" Discussed on Mentors for Military Podcast
"The team that we have been working with that we have worked on. We have absolutely proved our worth in our value for sure. Yeah, well, and you get afforded a lot of different schools as well so you wind up gum going up the airborne, school. I actually have not been the airborne okay. The tax plan has changed over the years. They've adopted the basic airborne school static line jump course benning whereas when I went through. which really wasn't very long ago? It was not an option and being kind of an old hat, older guy and the squadron They didn't seem. Really Interested in sending me to airborne, which is fine I will eventually hopefully get to go, but but yes. Airborne is part of the pipeline. Now you know along with your sear school, survival, evasion, resistance, escape, school, and then there are a variety of other schools that we can go to provided funding provided in need provided. is essential for the mission, so let's talk about one of those that you're are one of. Of a a recent graduate of or not that long ago, I should say and that was ranger school, so you ended up applying a lot of people that listen to this show. may not be familiar or some people may not be familiar that you can actually go through ranger school from any branch of the service. You don't have to be Army so you. You came over from the Air Force I was that what was your? What did you? Look! When. It was a it was an experience a moment life that I will never forget absolutely, but I was presented with the opportunity on applying going to ranger school, and you know again being the type of person that I am was like. Will I made it through the tax pi-pipeline else. Can I do with let's give. This shot is just jump into this head I would happens. Again give it a shot if I don't make it. Hey, at least I can say I tried it but I get I. Get approved to go and get my date for. Our tax, which is ranger training assessment course. It's a two week prerequisite if you will for ranger school in that's also held at Fort Benning and get my date for that. I don't actually even have a ranger school date on. It was like yet. Get through our tax, and then we'll figure out if you have ranger school slot cigarette. Cool retirement years that. Where we laugh January. Who? Nineteen I go to our tack, and the the cold in boise during January is a dry cold. The cold in Fort Benning in January is disgusting wet humid cold. It. Cuts through very quickly and boy did. I learned that very quickly? But. So I, get the Fort Benning And you know there's a lot of the requirements for day. One is far as your uniform crap. all your bags, and all that and so on everything stripped off your uniforms, except for your name takes in the Air Force has spice Brown whereas the army has black. And there was one hundred twenty of us. It started our tack and I'm the only one in Spice Brown name tapes in right away like I stuck out like a sore thumb. I wouldn't think that I would but I did immediately and So of course. Everybody's like what what the fuck is the Air Force doing here? What is this airman who like what's going on and I'm like Oh. Now here we go. And it was like the pipeline with tacky schoolhouse, getting shit for being the old guy now ranger school get shift for being in the Air Force. This is never ending. This is a dog. Eat Dog, world man. But again it was like bestow. The old guy I I was by far this point thirty five years old. and. In I'm surrounded by a bunch of eighteen nineteen twenty year, old kids, private first classes or corporal staffs orders whatever. in unlike all right well here I go. I gotta prove myself once again. but I didn't I didn't let the Air Force thing. Like getting the way, or at least I try not to but The first day first couple days it was a lot of running around a few people notice, but really didn't stand out until we took our on ranger. Fitness test. Everybody showed up in PT. Close and everybody's wearing black and gold's in. I'm wearing earplugs, blueberries and really stood out and and that's wind floodgates open announced when everybody was giving me shed. And okay well I'll just got to deal with it and suck it up and move on kind of a motivating factor like being the old man again, though right? Yeah, yeah, absolutely one hundred percent, but. In in the back of my mind, I'm like this is. This is an army school. It can't be that hard. Of. Thanks appreciate that. I'm totally joking when I say that I obviously had been through ranger school I can tell you that it was the hardest hardest two and a half months of my life while the fact that you survived that I go round is quite impressive in his of itself. You know two and a half. Yet, the the washout rated R.. Tack was about sixty percent so just about fifty of US graduated attack. graduated on Thursday. In the next ranger school started in an update on Sunday. And they're like. Hey, you don't have the seat, but you can go to the school house and see if they'll take a walk on those Guy I'm I'm here? I'm obviously going to go. So I show up Sunday morning, Broadway bushy tailed, and trying to recover from our tax, experience and I. Get selected to a walk on for Ranger School. Just like that all right here, I am. Let's go. And hit the ground. Running literally didn't look back didn't have time to look back and. You know it was Right away. I was like okay. This this is gonNA. Be An interesting experience, but but my I thought the first thing that I had was. Historically seventy five, or whatever the percentages wash out of the school or they recycle. Just don't be one of those statistics. Don't be one of those numbers like just make it through one event at a time. and Luckily I had gone through the tack pi-pipeline in that whole schoolhouse process in learned about going from event to event to event in not focusing on what's happening next, but what's happening right now I, think that was a huge difference for me versus a lot of the other guys didn't make it. You know they get. They get their minds wrapped around. What's going to happen next? You can't think about what happens next. You have to think about the president in what you're doing at that moment in time and everything from tying your boots to put in your pants on. That's all individual vent. If you can get through one event at a time, you can get through everything. And so you literally have to break it down that much. And that's how I applied myself to Ranger School inevitably ended up working out for me so. There was like. has a how many tack pees have gone through Ranger School. Let's say even. History of the Air Force Diva No. Or is it so I? Don't know that number of tack pees per se What ranger school started in nineteen, fifty, five I believe. On the air, force has a whole since nineteen fifty five. There's been approximately three hundred twenty five. Maybe thirty airman graduated Sorry, the ranger schoolhouse So you know what is that seventy something seventy five years there's only been three hundred thirty air force members that have graduated Rangers. Will which if you think about it? You know there's a range of graduation course every two months or so, and they graduate about one, hundred, twenty or two hundred people. Every class as a lot of ranger graduates each year over the last seventy something years right? So the Air Force has said that they only have three hundred thirty. I'm part of a very small percentage of people. Yeah. You definitely are in the fact that you didn't recycle. You went through it, but you also get some really good life lessons right there because I think people even in a daily life you know he's talked about resiliency, and we talk about attitude in your mental approach to things in going over one hurdle. Sometimes you know people make the transition. Transition even out of the military and they have to just to the private sector and understand that. Maybe they have to take a job that they don't necessarily want. Maybe they've gotta do something. They don't necessarily want to do for the time being. Maybe they have to live in an area that they don't really want to go back to in live at. At the moment because that's where families at that can give them the the support or friends or something like that, but those are all just stepping stones and Sophie live in the moment you you take. Those hurdles wanted to time. You have the opportunity then to gain more.
"us air force" Discussed on Mentors for Military Podcast
"I'm not trying to be arrogant when I say that I'm just speaking to the facts like. Legitimately our number, one job and So that's that's. THAT'S J. It is our primary focus. Yeah, that's a great point because you know spend us. Army special forces into accented a lot of their people through J deck training in, so you know you see that you also seen within the air force and I think it's a very valid point so when you see that that doesn't mean that's their primary as their primary skill. What they focus on all the time You Sea Tac p. that is what you guys do all the time. Hundred percent yeah a critical factor because I think you know. Getting back to your earlier point. Because you're having to learn all these ammunitions, different aircraft, these different scenarios and situations, because on any given moment moment in a combat situation. You don't know what Arsenal is at the disposal based on weather based on conditions based on where they're gonNA, come from. You know in Saudi and everything so when you call that in you find out what's available there. That's when you've got to know all of the data and information to compile it to be able to give the education to the people that you're supporting as to what the capabilities are. And you know as a tack P I would guess that you probably have a lot more experienced knowledge. Training and everything be able to understand that a lot faster than say somebody who just may be J. Tack. In maybe stepping on toes, myself but I've met I've met a lot of J. tax. Aren't tack pees and They're they're great dudes they they know the job and you can have a conversation about being ajay tack But but yeah, really at the end of the day. Off you kind of real quick scenario. I was recently down range and I met A C., who is J. Tack and out? We were doing some training together, and I was the primary J. Tack in this scenario and He was acting as my aircraft for me again training Stereo. Just stop and say what a C.! Because now, people were hearing this acronym. You know maybe for the first time go ahead. You're for air. Force Combat Controller Okay and how do they differ from t ACP? From Jj right so CCT's speed everything that they do because I don't WanNa. I don't WanNA butcher would CCT's do. Only worked with a couple of them but I know that they are. They're very very capable individuals on. Their about seizing airfields, doing airfield surveys, austere environments, their controllers They talked to a lot of aircraft. Lot aircraft and they are very good at what they do. Some of them have been fortunate enough to go through J. Tech qualification course in earned their Jay tack which by all means is great in again. It makes them a enabler four fourth multiplier at the same time, so I get that I totally understand it. And so yeah, so this CCT was played aircraft for me. and I just went into you. What I do is attack. Be Controlling aircraft. You you go through. It's called your twelve step cash flow and. Your routing and safety for aircraft in your in your building, your game plans near nine lines closer to support and in the way I do it through all of my training experience in education, is a very interesting technique, but I front load a lot of my cast nine lines as quickly as possible I may not have to strike targets. But I'm going to give him the the airplanes as much information possible, because maybe I wanNA strike it maybe I don't who knows and. GOING, towards the end of the scenario, we're doing a little after action. Review together US like man I've you're just throwing nine lines at me? Left and right, and I was like yeah, and use the leading strike any of them and I was like I don't understand. The problem is like I've never heard a J. tack do that before. Unlike what do you mean you've never heard Jay tack you that before? He was like it was just blew my mind. You just firing off nine lines. And then we just never struck in grandma's like. Yeah, but it's not a matter of if but wind, and maybe I needed to strike him later, but I'm GonNa front-load as much information to the aircraft or the pilots as I can in the event that we need to strike something, and so it's just interesting again. There's a lot of technique in being a Ajay Tech but this goes back to like. This is our primary job. This is how we operated function. This is how we've been trained for so long and to me. ME. It was very natural into him very unnatural, so it was just an interesting dynamic now, but it's a good point again. Because what is it that we have so many different vary overlapping situations like this within not just the air force, but we create it Because maybe the army also wants to have J. TAT qualified people that they they go through the training. So that means well. We don't need you know Tak p guys anymore. So why do you think that kind of came about own? It's probably an ego, thing or probably. You, know I can't. I can't speak to that. I don't know why decision makers do that. I have no idea you have this incredible resource at your disposal, and we are often overlooked because we're not on team with somebody. We don't integrate work with these guys all the time and they don't trust you know the. In, this is just me speaking off off the customer, but maybe they don't trust bringing in a new guy right away in rely on the guys that they've already been working with, and this is really been doing well on team. We're going to send him to Tak. We're going to send them the J. Tag call or whatever? So that's probably what it comes down to But I'm hoping that changes on hoping over the last. You would think after fifteen years of being in conflict. The proven their worth and. It's an interesting situation. I can't speak to it. I wish you all the answers about it, but. Somehow someway. Taxis have been overlooked for a long time, but you.
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"Talk got to learn how to negotiate our network. You're almost a car salesman. Really if you think about it, 'cause you're selling a lot of your capabilities to a lot of other agencies a lot other people that you're working with. And I think people really underestimate that portion of being attacked. He in that is probably. The most significant or the most that we do is is talking to people as opposed to like. Don't get me wrong. Shooting a gun in being a polar is very important, but. There's something have been said about. You know conflicting in mission, planning and preparation and assessing executing. There's a lot about that that I think people overlook that is attack. Your guys are attached to a lot of different types of units and so I think it's so important like you're saying you've got to understand who you're supporting. You know what the culture of that unit per se may be or the activity. The mission set the whole bet because you may be the only air force guys on that team. That is going to present the case. Yeah, we. I picked up this philosophy though I say this to a lot of my younger guys. We don't typically deploy as a team. We usually deployed as a three or four man. That gets you know, outsource two teams, and we we work. Independently on these teams, but We go anywhere at anytime with anyone, and that is the baseline of how we operate a as attack. Be You know they? They really pushed team. Philosophy team oriented working concepts. which is Great. Because you have to be able to work on a team. You have to understand team. Philosophy understand goal oriented objectives, but You know we have to be semper Gumby all the time because you never know who gonna be with where you're going to be in what you're going to be doing. You might have an idea, but you really don't ever know. There's a lot of these eighteens. These soft groups NS W guys. They've been working together training together for a long time, and then they go to pull together somewhere and they all know each other. Guys from my unit just recently, they were overseas working with some guys since you're one dudes. They literally only had maybe a month or two training with before their deployment if they were lucky. They got thrown down down range with these guys and just expected to perform so there's a lot of pressure for tactic. Especially young tack P. That doesn't have the mental fortitude to make that happen. So there's a lot to be said about being integrated with a different team or a different group of guys that you'd never worked with before making it happen. So tickets to the life you, could you kind of highlight a little bit about the complexity of this? Though thing, so take through a day in the life of. I would say. That's kind of an interesting question. There's. There's some misconception than boot and believe it or not. There's a lot of people that have no idea what attack be is or what they do. They have may have heard of them. They may have like seen somebody somewhere attack Pete Patrick j tack patch in their like I. Think I know what that guy does, but really into the day they have no clue. So a typical day, you know this? One it, it's very. Physically demanding it really is so you're you're constantly. PT Your You're expected to to carry a lot of geared equipment to perform your job, so you have to maintain your physical fitness at all levels at all time But so you'RE PT in you're studying up on a lot of our publications in our doctrine. There's a lot of academics in a lot of reading because you're working with. Every air asset fixed-wing rotary-wing, every piece of ordinance. That's out there, and you have to know all of this at the drop of a hat. When you go work with somebody, there's not going to be time to go back through the pages. Read a book when you're calling in an airstrike knowing that they know the risk estimated distance of GB thirty eight. You'RE NOT GONNA have time to look at A. So not that I had everything memorized, but there's a lot dedicated to studying a lot dedicated to You know reading academics So not only are. We physically fit individuals, but were mentally fit in the sense that we have to be smart. We have to intelligent. We have to make sound decisions in. You have to think about risks all the time. So. Throughout the day PT studying You know your and then the other side of it is. You're constantly bouncing ideas in scenarios. OPPA guys at work all the time. Guys that you work with potentially work with. In, that's the best way to learn. Sometimes STU experiences, so we have a lot of training with other agencies and other guys to one get their perspective on things, and then to just kind of like shape everything that we do. The situation that we could be presented with you. Know are things that you can't necessarily trained to, so you have to really like. Reach out talk to people. So the so the days are. There, long is Fars like in my day to day stuff, but It's all for a good purpose in the end of the day. All you're working to to be capable Keep saying enabler because that's who we are. We are all about We are full force multipliers and so is a lot to it. It's the Best Anthony I've ever done military career I. Absolutely love what I do. is nothing else like it? I wouldn't change it for the world, but you know I've been exposed to a lot on a great people Seen if I had never done this I've met. A lot of great people have done a lot of great training and experiences throughout this entire process things I would never been exposed to had not gone this rob. So it's It's kind of what you what you make of it. At the same time. There's a lot of hate to say this. A lot of taxi buddies would get pissed off of me. There's a lot of lazy tack pees out there that the don't understand like being proactive that understand being productive, being progressive, leaning forward and getting stuff done but then there are really really good taxis out there. That are proactive that are progressive on, so it's. It's it is what you make of. It to a certain extent, but at the end of the day. You'RE GONNA be by yourself working on a team, and these guys are GonNa. Be Relying on you, so it's really whatever you put into it that the other guy's GonNa. Get Out of it, and that's what you got to start thinking about. When you become attack, be you mission tack P, but you also mentioned Jay tax so that you mentioned both of those. If somebody's listening to this and they've seen both those patches on the arm was the difference. So taxi is straight up my AFSC in the Air Force Tactical Air Control, party and then the J. Tack would joint terminal attack. Controller is our certification that we strive to become now I'm probably going to Piss off a lot of people I'd say this. But. Taxis are the best jay tax out there Why is that because it is our primary duty? It is our number one job. It's the only thing that we strive to become There's a lot of contention out there between. The different services and a lot of different tier lund groups in a lot of different. Whatever out there that I'm Jay tack. It's your tertiary your secondary duty, but like this is our primary job, and I'm not trying to be arrogant when I say that I'm just speaking to the facts like. Legitimately our number, one job and So that's that's..
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"He has so, what rank were you at this time for him? Then when you go back in two thousand fifteen, so doesn't fifteen I was A. I was a tech Sergeant Australian. Tacky so you the only NCO? That was going through the training at that time frame. Now there was there was a handful of others we started with about fifty to sixty guys, and there was a number of five. To six, but there was a number of other fives there, and within you know the first couple of weeks to wash out rate was just significant, and we went from fifty two down to twenty or twenty five, or whatever less pretty quickly, and and I was for sure the the ranking guy and one of the oldest. There was a two guys that older than me. Believe it or not, but I was thirty two now through, so it gives you an idea, hell. The other guys were but. It was pretty funny. So all right, so you start off the training and tickets through the pipeline because I don't know that maybe a lot of the listeners really understand what it takes to go through to become a part of Tak Knapsack. Shirt, so the the I will start off by saying attack pi-pipeline. This changed significantly over the last five or six years chair. There's been a lot of the positive changes for the pipeline. But when I went through, it was You know you start off with your first week of ultra what they call prep week or like you're in dock phase if you will, it's just kind of an assessment kind of like A. A feeler on what is going to be for the next four or five six months of the pipeline, and the first five days or smoker in A. Break you down pretty good, and that moment in time I was like wow did I did i. make the right decision in my going. You know this is a trip, but. Every morning I woke up. It was just like it was another craving for more and I really enjoyed it. But. It was You know five thirty five o'clock in the morning until six or seven, o'clock at night is nonstop of. Very vigorous. Serie Intense Physical training sessions. A lot of teams stuff. In this was very heavy in the P. T. was very heavy in the first portion of schoolhouse, where it was a lot of smoke sessions, a lot of push ups Olov Burke's rocking and Got Some of the guys. Just they struggled with that, but they didn't have the right mindset to, and it wasn't really about who can do. The most number pushups who can do the most number of pull ups. It wasn't about that. It was really about your mental fortitude and toughness about I can do one more. I can do one more I can keep going. Don't quit, and that's what they wanted to see what they wanted to focus on. I think that holds true today at two today with the the mindset from schoolhouse but Yeah it was, it was a it was a test of physical ability your patience, your mental strength and toughness. It was something different for sure well, that's that way pretty much in every school and we'll get down some of the stuff that you've done and stuff outside of just going through your your regular training but I mean most of the schools that you go to. That are more advanced whether it be ranger score. If you're going to go to, you know, go mar, sock, route or force RECON, or do SF and sap, yes, or Whatever the case may be through a selection. It's all about never quitting. It's it's about getting the right mindset and understanding that you know you're going to be going through hell every damn day and I think we recently talked about this a podcast where guests actually said he and a buddy a decision that they would quit that morning. They'd say well. We'll quit at lunchtime and then lunchtime. They say we'll at dinner and an indoor effort. People talk about it in ways of all right when I get to the next you know when I'm on this long rock, and so when I. When I get to the next telephone pole, you know or the next tree or the next you know different terrain setting. Whatever the case may be I'm I'll quit then. And then they that was the way that they could psychologically push themselves beyond the limit because you don't normally do that in the Sabine side, you don't normally even in the military for that matter. See how far you can go mentally and physically because it's. It's really hard to do without somebody being there beside you maybe to push you to that level. Yeah I would say that resiliency is very under appreciated undervalued mental capacity. And that's something you learned quickly about yourself and about your teammates going through this whole process, right? It's like all right I've made it this far. Can I do something else. What else can I do? What's my potential? You Know Megan hit a breaking point but every hurdle every obstacle you come up to you, you find a way to either get over it rounded, or through it or whatever the case may be, and then there's this all of the sudden. There's this this overwhelming sense of like internal. Fire, you're like all right. I've made it. You know through this event now get to get through the next event. Whatever that is I. Don't know what it is, but try it out. If it doesn't work then. Maybe I'll call it quits or whatever. But for me, being being the type of person that I am in how I grew up playing a lot of sports, being very competitive nature nature. Having a lot of buddies that were probably better immune most of my life, but it was like I gotTa. Keep up with these guys. I gotTa let them know that on capable that I'm able To. Yeah. That that didn't help I mean heard any. Every every day I got from the instructors. Even the students like I'm on old man. Go. Let's go like all right cool. I'm the old guy here. Let's screw you guys I'm GonNa I'M GONNA? Show you WANNA to prove you wrong. And that's kind of weird. The motivation kicked in for me was like. You keep up with these young guys. I am a young man's career field. One hundred percent and young guys rely on you. They depend on me. They expect a certain performance out me and so so to me. It was like not only like proving to myself, but proving the guys that I could potentially work with indoor lead knowing the future like that I'm just as capable as they are. So what happened after you went through this initial segment of the training and smoke sess-. You go through. The academics you go a lot of the education on kind of like what's attack p revealed is all about. Learning a lot of your radios. You're in Tennessee radio frequencies. You're learning how to be a naval in full force multiplier if you will. The tactic field. The first thing people think is like all you drop bombs on stuff you blow shit up. You Kill People at eight tenths man. I seen yet. And that's it right in. To the tens, and they think of these great airstrikes, which yeah sure that is a portion of the job but really the end of the day. It's You know our primary weapon system is not an influence on a nine. It's radio and if you can't use your radio, your very ineffective. You're just another rifleman in a squatter, a group or whatever and You know. So. You really gotTA learn a lot more than just being able to pull the trigger you gotTA learn..
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"The mentors for military podcasts. Let's start at the beginning. Where is it that you came from originally so? Originally came from. From the California Oklahoma's where your hail from. From the East better in. Your decided this? This military path about my senior year junior high school with. A friend of mine that enlisted and now trying to figure out my lights and what I wanted to do, I'll be honest. I tried to call drought. Right at a high school. I went down to school in San Diego. And as playing soccer having a great time, but got really caught up in the in the beach, life in the college lies in the soccer lies safety. Who wouldn is the I move down there seventeen and boy did dead grabbed me by the horns, and took a hold of me and. I ended up spending more time in the sand, and I did behind the books and done early got myself in trouble, so I needed to find a way out and six months later I joined the Air Force and to save my life. I'll be totally honest. I imagined yes. Oh, wait Why not you're right down there. Navy country you know seals the whole bit so air force. Why not go the Navy route? So. The navy was actually kind of an option at first Also in old high school buddy by one of my best friends from high school ended up joining the navy. And he was like dude. You gotta come with me. We can do this buddy program and by the way I'm GonNa be on a submarine house like nope can't do that. I'm claustrophobic as it is like getting a bathtub skirmish right right so so like not on L. Man, let's Let me think about it. And then I talked to a friend of mine that was in the airforce, and heard nothing, but great things at least from their experience. and. I'm going to go to the air. Force Rob. It sounds sounds better for me. Personally at the time so I did, and that's how I ended up into the air force. So will you went down there? What was it that you requested when you went down to the maps? The military insists processing station. The that you have now or was it. Something else generally went into. So. Back in the day I am always had this passionate about being a police officer, so I went in with the mindset that I wanted to go into security forces and military police type work so that I could kind of prepare myself when I got out of the military for a job in law enforcement. But I went through maps, Boob, or not I was not suitable, or I didn't pass the physical, or whatever it was the color vision test to go into security forces. And so I was like okay. Whatever what am I operations? And they gave me a list. Options in of them was military intelligence signals intelligence. and. SOUNDS COOL! Let's go do some Intel work so actually win in is an Intel. Morse code operator believe it or not. Oh, wow, old school! Yeah, it was my first AFC, and but with funny is how I learned about tack. P was basic training and you know they're tacky. Recruiter came down and showed us always rate videos in the first Gulf, war, you know doing. Laser guided bombs and blowing up tanks. All this stuff and I was sold right than a narrows like this is what I wanNA, do and Win took a pass the test at the basic training. And passed it. Everything was great. Went to go do my reenlistment paper works at basic training and happened to be sick that day. I military training instructor was like sorry. You'RE NOT GONNA. Sign your paperwork. And I was like really so I'm the opportunity to cross train while his in basic training. No big deal ended up working out for me. I did active duty on the Intel side for a little bit at a great time at a lot of really good people guys and Gals at I'll never forget some still friends with to this day, and but of always had this passionate about going back in the tacky and. Going through my career. There was a lot that went on, but I always thought if I never gave it a shot that I would have always read it. You know kind of a dance. And, eventually over a lot of. I don't know how to describe it. Would do a lot between getting out of active duty and being in the reserves and. While life things happening in finally opportunity came back to itself back to me, and like I'm going to try to stack these thing, so you know in two thousand fifteen is when I decided to go. Give it a shot and see what happens. And, that's how I ended up becoming a attack, so you back down to the recruiter then again and had to go through the whole thing. So I was wondering about that. I was wondering if you were going to look at you, know trying to make an mos change while you were still on active duty, or you know if that's how you told me that you were going to make the transition through reenlistment, but instead you got out for a period of time, and then decided to come back in. Yeah so I got out in two thousand five from active duty oh much of a break. While, so I went right into the reserves, and they made the cross training again probably due to light my you know being naive or ignorant to the whole thing, and the recruiters taking advantage of their numbers or whatever they're like. Hey, if you WANNA, get out of active duty, these are the only career fields that you're eligible for and and they weren't very. You know They weren't very like exciting. but I went into a vehicle operations in the air force, and believe it or not. I got to deploy three times back to back to back doing vehicle operations in convoys in Iraq, so got a lot of great experience at did that for eight years. and. Decided that I wanted to do something more. And that's when you know with life opportunities and things one door shutting another one opening is i. Pushed after went after the p route in two thousand fifteen, so I went from military until two logistics, intact p., and let's kind of long story short, but that's how I ended up here..
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"I went on this journey. Where's IT written down laws? It policy long story short. Even though everybody thought it was part of a status-of-forces agreement comes down to a two star generals policy the local dress in personal appearance regulation. When I finally actually told the two stars I was getting ready over five years later to go to Saudi Arabia. I've been trying to change this thing for those women. 'cause they didn't have the voice that I heard and he said there's not that I can do about it. It's above my pay. Grade is his policy handed down to him by his predecessors. The State Department wasn't doing it. They would not have advised so it's a classic case in when I grow bureaucratic policy creed were one thing. Just gets more ridiculous over time and everybody. Disorder defends it without knowing the origin but I was able to unravel it and with persistence and creativity and support from others. In the end I filed a lawsuit. Martin Mix ally versus Donald Rumsfeld. Not An easy decision to wake up in the morning as an active duty officer saying I'M GONNA see the secondary defense today but I know we have three branches of the government. I gave one branch opportunity to fix it. They did it. And that's why we know the other two branches in the end I I'm GONNA one woman. Lobbying campaign and I got legislation passed unanimously and signed into law to overturn IT AND LAST YEAR. I was driving a car in restaurant close. It was great closure to this whole battle. I was convicted at the time of the person of fade when I reached out for advice about the story of Esther in the Old Testament and I'll let people read it themselves but there is a sign in there as I was struggling. Do I stand up for these women or do just do? It's easier for me in lying as can be that you put in this position for such a time as this and that just really gripped me. That could it be that I was given this opportunity to be an officer to be a fighter pilot in order to have this moment site for these young enlisted women that are putting up these ridiculous medieval restrictions. And that's what motivated me through the whole journey each time and it was tough. You point out. The hypocrisy of the male members of the military could walk around and Polo shirts and shorts and I think they had to claim you as their wife out in public right. Yes the Policy. Got So ridiculous. Our top core value in the air force is integrity. I all the other services integrity and honor and our values and we literally had a policy saying if stopped by the religious beliefs. In order to comply with Sharia law that the male servicemembers declaim me as their wife instead of their commander or there are whatever their fellow servicemember was ridiculous. It was so against our values it was so against even why we serve and I look we if you know if we go somewhere and be sensitive to their culture. Don't shake with your left hand or show the bottom of your feet. That's one thing but this was a ridiculous extreme of taking their Neva policies in a banning our values as Americans in in the military and it just gone too far and in a way it was nine eleven that provided some additional momentum because as you mentioned in the book did Laura Bush and others out there saying you know freedoms on the way these women are in burqas. And that's terrible and Afghanistan. And here you are having to to follow that SORTA dress code in..
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"The open. The door doors for women I on the Fifteen. Sixteen fifteen eleven or eight ten and I remember my finger on the moment but as I studied the different missions I just thought the ten is beautiful ugly down and dirty plain its mission is to show up on the front lines than Americans are on the ground under fire in. They need air support in order to stay alive and I just thought it just matched. My personality is gritty mission. It's very there's risk obviously with being right down there but it's an incredibly survivable plane. Which again is a little bit of a metaphor for my life. Saving going through things and discontinuing take keypad digging Playing you Gloria is they have. They built the thirty meter millimeter gun and they went to the engineers instead. Figure out a fly that gun single seat models no simulators so at the time I first light was so low never flown before so take us to that day. You're over in the Gulf now. It's Operation Southern Watch. Which is the fancy name for. Patrolling the no-fly zones following the Gulf War And you find out that you're gonNA meet this moment in history are going to be the first woman to fly combat mission. What's it like? Yeah I know I didn't know that at the time I was very focused on just being the best eight ten pilot that I could be. I just finished my training. It's not six months of training to get checked out the Warthog in the very quickly. Saddam Hussein was threatening to come south again so they deployed one eight hundred squadron. In ninety days later we went back to this bare bones base Al Jabber to replace them and so we deployed just barely got out. Was New Squadron. Redeployed over there still in the books trying to be a good wingman and then took off on my first mission. Every time we clause even in we cross over into enemy territory. We do what's called a fence Jack Fence in turn off our amid as we turn on the light everything up and I remember looking down at the Bir below crossing between Kuwait and Iraq. And even though it was you'll fly zone patrolling if you had an issue if they were still Overtime they're getting more hostile. But if you had an issue and you had to inject you know you are now at serious risk of becoming a prisoner of war in in having to get out of hostile territory so the risks were really even. It was a very weird geopolitical situation. and yeah. I was definitely nervous. I was like all right. I hope I'll state attention class right to be a good wingman a slide. A jet Attention look out for the threat. Support my slightly do it. They don't me to do and then over time. Of course you know I. I became a flight lead. New Gain more..
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"The road is difficult tour. Attaining what you want. As far as vocation is concerned don't despair and pursue a course of excellence As far as your studies are concerned. Don't don't grab hold of the Lesser Studies that you have there be proficient in your math and your sciences and Be Able to communicate. Learn your communication skills very well and that type of thing and and go out into the neighborhood and present yourself and Sure that You'll get just rewards for that. You always hope that would get respected. You everything you'd be revered no no I didn't. I thought that that was a passing phase in my life there as far as the war was concerned. Tuskegee airman exploits and I didn't for one woman think that we would get to see some of the accolades and some of the responses to the performance that we had in later years every half already anything like to answer no. That's that's about it as you know I can say that you know. It's been a blessing for for me. As far as my life is concerned ninety. Four years old now and I wouldn't have changed any of it for for anything. It's been a beautiful digital odyssey. You travel for me through life and as I said I wouldn't change. Also it's an honor to meet you. Thank you for your service to our country and thank you for your time with us here today. Thank you very much. Us Army Air Corps and Air Force. Colonel Harry Stuart World War Two veteran and member of the famous Kiki Greg Arabas. This is veterans chronicles. Hey I'm andy if you don't know me it's probably because I'm not famous but I did start a men's grooming company called Harry's the idea for Harry's came out of a frustrating experience I had buying razor blades. Most brands were overpriced over designed and out of touch. At Harry's our approach is simple. Here's our secret. We make sharp durable blades and sell them at honest prices for as low as two dollars. Each we care about quality so much that we do some crazy things like by a world class German blade factory obsessing over every detail means we're confident and offering one hundred percent quality guarantee. Millions of guys have already made the switch to Harry's so thank you if you're one of them and if you're not we hope you give us a try with this special offer get a Harry starter. Set with a five Blade Razor waited handle shave gel and a travel cover offered just three bucks plus free shipping go to Harrys DOT COM and enter five thousand at checkout. That's Harrys Dot com code five thousand enjoy..
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"Contract award and they said that they think that they will do that. By evaluating each offer independently against the evaluation criteria based on the merits of its own proposal. So we don't really know what that looks like though right right but that's just that's maybe it's not gonna be a huge rewrite. Maybe they'll just take out that section on comparative it was a comparative. Maybe I'm saying it wrong. But in the bids together to choose the two as a team rather than one than the other what. What about timing? So the Air Force says it's going to stay on track. Does the timing of this competition advantage or disadvantage any of the competitors are the rockets in essence. Going to be ready on time in SPACEX obviously has the Falcon nine in the Falcon heavy. Those are operating reading right now but what about UCLA is still building. It's Falk and blue origin is still building. Its New Glenn rocket and Well well Northrop is hasn't well mega in its current incantation. It's you said it was operating already. But it's not the Omega rocket all those components is it. No it's still all three of those. Companies rockets are still in development and They'd ostensibly are on track for their twenty twenty one flight tests. UCLA has announced customers for the first two Balkan rockets that will qualify it for the national security market. If there's a a substantial delay it theoretically could help any of those companies that have more time to bring their systems Into a more mature state but obviously from one of the claims that blue origin lost geo is they were really hoping for for for more they were really one of their one of their protests was that they felt that are in competition favored the incumbents which Of course I'm sure it does. Since they're the ones that have systems that are more mature. But it's not really the government's the job two time when it wants to buy launch is based on when other companies might be ready to To have them available although I think one of the other things that was in the blue origin protest as they had asked for a smaller initial by and then in a chance to get in on some of the military business later on which tactic that space successfully. You use back in two thousand fourteen when they sued the air force over the E. L. E. L. V. blocked by two United Added Launch Alliance. That was too many missions awarded at one time and really kind of cut them out. So there's certainly a lot of moving parts to this. Yeah certainly and the new space companies SPACEX and blue origin. Have not been hesitant to to take a litigious pitches path. I guess the space x has also turned to the courts more than once and trying to get business from the air force. Could you enlighten enlighten us about that. Well they initially sued back in two thousand fourteen over the existing contract that the government mint had with United Launch Alliance and they did withdraw that after getting some concessions from the air force. That more payloads would it'd be available for competition and that all is now In the history book spacex of course has been flying national security payloads for or quite a while has another GPS launch coming up at the beginning of the year they also filed a suit which was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction and. We're not sure what the status of that is in. Space X filed it or not but that was in protest has to over the initial the transaction agreement contracts that went to blue origin and the United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman for Development. Work on the What would become the ls a phase two offerings SPACEX protesting that saying that the one part of its bid that was development work was Unfairly ranked act of riskier than all the other companies even though they had no offerings that were currently flying so The the merits of that have not yet been hurt or ruled on in court. So as far as I know well it's certainly going to be interesting to see this unfold Lee of a sense for when they'll put up the new are of course I'm not sure when they'll issue the Mendon Indi- solicitation but they still reiterated that they will award the contract and the third quarter fiscal year twenty twenty. That's all they would say all all right well so next. September we'll be waiting and watching Stay tuned next week for another edition of check six Thanks for listening..
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"That happens number twos obviously that's our life-blood and I looked at it and it started taking down and it's possible that the the leak was somewhere between the number one engine and the fuel lines so that when we started feeding number two it started leaking so so we had to face the reality of we're GONNA have to land in this dramatic story. You're losing fuel. They've already lost on side your dramatically losing it on the other what happen next so now. We're faced with one of the worst options as rescue pilot. Is We have to put the aircraft down in the middle of the desert in the middle of bad guy territory with no so security perimeter. It's pretty unheard of to do and then it's also embarrassing because we're a rescue platform and now all of a sudden we become the survivor and we have to put other rescue forces lives at risk to come rescue us so it's it's not what we want to be in. We have patients on board that we're trying to protect so we made it about one point eight miles away from the convoy before we had to to put the aircraft down my aircraft computer. Put it down beautifully saved. All of our lives hydraulic off. It's like driving eighteen wheeler with no power steering did like a light crash heavy hard landing as the aircraft was wanting down. We executed emergency. Shutdown rotors were starting to slow it on and who is starting to slow down as I jumped out of my seat you know pulled out my rifle started walking backwards hit the wheel that was protruding treating so that wasn't all that graceful backed up to the cabin looked inside saw that my patients didn't have body armor on so I looked around and took what what I perceived as the heaviest threat and turn my body armor to place that between the threat and patients onto continue protecting my patients while we read it for exfiltration. PJ's special forces guys for Special Forces guys I felt him on my shoulder on my left shoulder and looked and it was still too loud really really talk and he nodded and he said you watched that car quadrant. I got sixty nine to twelve and looked at I was protecting patients in nodded added like yeah keep doing that for a while until he determined that we were taking more fire from that side of the aircraft than the guys we decided but not that side of the aircraft shut the door. The door was providing more ballistic protection for the patients and so we did that climbed inside tried to help defend the perimeter from the other other side and about this time we're wondering why are sistership is only That's why we go everywhere to ship because you're supposed to land pretty immediately. Get everybody on board with with the enemies lies to what you're doing but they were still circling so we're twenty minutes in now wondering why they're not landing and the Kiowa pilot Sir also this is just my version of the story. I'm sure they having different version. This is for microfracture Kyle. Pilots are also wondering why they're not landing. They come over the radio and they say the worst thing that we've ever heard we're Pedro. They were sharing across radio and they say payer one five shipments straight five is Bingo fuel Emma Emma. We're going to have to leave that. We'll be back. They knew and we knew we wouldn't be there. They were the only things keeping the enemy back so you we've deflated and then they said well. We've got crazy idea and we're like yeah. We'll take whatever it is. They said well we'll next to you. Hopefully we'll show your sister ship that saved had and you guys can put the patients on your sister. Ship could the crew to just hang onto to the asset. Kyla and Governor Schwarzenegger was our community chief at the time in California National Guard and so somebody said get to the job blood Karan out to the Kinda was and you know stood on the skid on swing my leg over on squeezed the on the mountain that goes from the fuselage to the rocket pod between my knees and pushed my against fuselage braced my rifle on the rocket pod in as I did that turn and I looked and I saw that my flight engineer was like a brother to me who was running out to the coyotes had turned around and gone back to the crash site because he saw one of the PJ struggling with one full dose and the end our sistership did land but they lied about a football field away so he knew they were in a really hard time getting the patients there at and I couldn't jump off aircraft it was too late it starting to get what we call light but I turned left and saw the enemy who had been dug in all day not getting the point of origin so he couldn't fire on them. You can't just spray bracelets where you think that they were emboldened by the fact that we were getting espe- traded out so they abandoned their doug position started encroaching and give me a point of Britain written now. They're firing at us. I consider muzzle flashes. So I start returning fire. I turn back and look I'm really just trying to get the attention of the guys on the ground and saying hey they're. They're coming in on radio or anything like that so I start firing across starts to take off and I have to stop firing one of the hardest things that did because now now I don't know if the other aircrafts about to swing around in my line of fire if you're not in fun calms you shouldn't be pulling the trigger so I had to stop pulling the trigger. I turned and looked one last time in still saw my in my brother's struggling with the patience and the enemy encroaching on their position that's lesson SA longest ten minutes of my life that that trip hanging onto the outside of that helicopter getting four printing base where they could refuel rearm soon as they landed I stepped off the bird and started heading toward the Tactical Operation Center and I'm walking with purpose and you have to picture. I've got my you know flights you tight around my waist. I've got covered in gas covered in blood but I have body her on. I have my helmet on my visor down and heavily armed and this poor young army private runs up to me and says Sir Sir. I need to check out your wins. It was clear somebody had radioed the head and said we're bringing in the wounded pilot. He was a medic starting to check out your way. I'll come find you in a minute but I had to go find out what happened. After last. I'm looking for a vehicle to hot wire to back out there and and he's like I. I understand sir. I have to check you out and I said look you can see my arm is stop bleeding leading. I'm fine. I'll I'll combined. You admit it is like Sir. He's running backwards because I'm not stopping music. I must insist I have to check out your leg. I'm fine so I did my flight suit and I put it down. See it's fine needle off the record on that. Ford Operating Base what what's the big deal and I look down and I was wearing hello kitty underwear and I'm trying to be all tough and there's Katie anticipating. What was a woman pulled. Oh my back to the talk and found out that everybody got out OK. It was a miracle the crash site later they went out to cargo sling the crash site out and they were cutting off the rotor blades and a spark from cutting blade ignited the whole thing and lit on fire and I just don't understand how we didn't have more people hit. We didn't get lit on fire with the fire. Taking nobody had an peachy. I mean it's pretty amazing that we all got out. That day came home after that. Yes you got married so that's a good thing and then he wanted to go back well. I wanted to go back before I got married hit the ground but I it was medically disqualified from flying after that I messed up my back pretty pretty bad struggling with a knee injury my whole career which was why I didn't get get a pilot flat out of RTC so it was really more a question of I stopped fighting all physical injuries that I that I was racking up but there was a job that I would have been perfect for called special tactics officer where you go in with army and you coordinate their support you call them. Their airstrikes. Call takes a couple of really unique skills to be good job. You have to have composure under fire 'cause you when you it means they're under fire composure. A good radio radio voice panic on radio sit will make everybody panicked not good a good understanding of three the airspace and you have to speak pilot which is like a whole language. I was perfect uh-huh job. I couldn't apply so. I didn't think I'm GONNA fight this. I thought well that's a real cheap for the military that I love. I Love Lucy me as an asset because now that I can't fly. I can't go back to it as job. out or I was about to when I got a phone call from the saying hey we think the ground combat exclusion policy is outdated and I was like what there's a policy that women combat didn't do anything for me of they said exactly we're trying to gather stories of women who excel in in ground combat to show people what women can do and to repeal policy elsie and it really wasn't it shouldn't have become an argument about whether or not women concerned combat because we were already doing it not just me and the defensive situation but there were women in offensive combat roles that were marine female engagement teams or going in kicking in doors and you know they can. They needed women on those teams so that they could pat down the women that were there are. There's plenty of reasons. They needed women in combat. It just didn't didn't reflect the reality of the battleground or battlefield and it was time the hands of the papers in the field so we filed a lawsuit technically it was Hagar at all Panetta which the secretary Panetta but it really wasn't an adverse military thing the joint chiefs of staff all unanimously recommended to the Secretary of Defense. He repeal policy they they knew that it was bad for the military also and it was really more of Alabi. Give Secretary More collateral reason to repeal policy like I know he wants to you repeal the policy quickly but then the real fight started you know Jeff sessions who senator from Alabama at the time said that he was going to legislate the policy back in place so I co founded the integration initiative with Colonel Kerry and that was really code for like forty really pissed off female combat vets and we started the hill and talk to you know Congressmen and women and Senators and more importantly their staffers like where the real work is done and just did everything we could to keep that legislation from coming out and we when we were so far we're successful with female if injury officer. Reentry officer and couple limit has have have gone through part of the navy seal training and washed out that there's a very high washout rate for men to so I'm excited to see that it's progressing. We WanNA keep the standards high. Just want anyone who can meet those standards to have the opportunity to compete for a position yeah well since there is as long as papers offers are appropriately job specific in mind arbitrarily hide it specifically battle group of people. I've heard the well you have to be able to pull a two hundred pound rain out of Birmingham burning them rap. Okay then and put a tour down the unit and see who can drag them out. You can't say thirty one equates to pulling the Marina. That just doesn't make sense. There's more for two it senator gravity your by mass and things like that so so. Did this actually lead to you getting the job you wanted them. No unfortunately did not by the time. All jobs were open. I was already on my way out. I had met my soul mate. I actually met that. It didn't realize that he was my soulmate. re-met myself and got married started on kids getting older at this point. I didn't even know if I can physically take rigors of being a special tactics officer and I was already in a civilian the job and so it was pretty much too late for me. What was your reaction. When Secretary Panetta celebration but cautious optimism we knew we still had.
"us air force" Discussed on Veterans Chronicles
"Helmet and I could feel that if you know that my wet hair dripping down the back you know and all the dust was like just congealed on me because I was raised straight shower and I think I love Lucy High Aww I jumped in the aircraft does very excited. We had a a arm gunshot wounds and I've just eager to rescue underway and jumped in the helicopter headed that way and we were about five minutes out and the ground team called and asked if we brought blood with us and we kind of looked at each other like why would we know it didn't bring blood and at this point we can't around because we're five minutes out but it made us all go wait a minute. We thought we had like a an arm and it was but it went inside the chest county it also and the was under fire not supposed to land under fire was supposed to wait till they suppress the threat but you know when you're not supposed to make decisions. It's like this but the reality is we're human going in to pick up a American special forces troops who needs blood so we're gonNA land so we laid it under fire. The ground team is returning fire trying to suppress the threat long enough to get the wounded soldier on board We got him on board my medic in the back. started working on him. We'd be lined back to turn cow. We actually left wing man which is really dangerous for them and for us but we just pulled the guts out the aircraft and we had a stronger faster aircraft which left them behind beyond for the hospital didn't fly tactically or anything like that got him there and he expired expired on the surgical table in that was horrifying to me and I tell that story kind of as Penance to myself for being excited excited about going because pilot. Will you get the call they've been other. Times are really bad day. That guy had an eight year old little little girl at home and I remember cleaning out the you know the blood and the dust from the back of the helicopter with bleach and just beating myself up over how could doc gotten the excited and really grew up as a pilot that day never again. I wished for emission. I was like this isn't about me and filling my adrenaline dream. This is about saving people's lives so dirty called. It wasn't never again. It's the art anyway. Dust off is not we are. We're combat search and rescue do not carry the Red Cross and that actually one of my favorite things to do is surprise enemy who thinks they have an easy target because they're trying to take take down or a dust off bird who I feel very protective of our desktop brothers and sisters one of my closest friends is a dust pilot and I take it personal that I choose to shoot it down because it's safer 'cause. They're not shooting back so I like to surprise them with our teeth. You know and be like you know you thought that was an easy target as returned fire and maybe meet them the twice about firing on desktop not only is the Medevac dust off mission heroin for the person being rescued of course can't be harrowing obviously obviously for the people doing the rescuing. That's exactly what happened. In the summer of two thousand nine explain the situation we launched on a medivac for convoy that had hit tonight there were three urgent American casualties and when we got on scene there were two army coyotes of providing cover support. Kai was beautiful a little. Oh recon helicopters to cedars it got skins underneath them which unlike skis and they're heavily armed with rockets and machine guns and beautiful little support helicopters they seem providing support for Conway we came in to ship our standard operating procedure is two layered. I deeply in our special forces guys. PJ's period Parazynski Jumpers they jump out and deal with the patient while we have for a split second they jump fountain takeoff because if we stay in the zone vulnerable but it also kicks up a lot of dust in a lot of noise that makes their job harder so as we landed landed that split second that we landed and took off I took around through the copilot's windshield that fragmented into several pieces so I I see see that I got shrapnel wounds. I don't see that I got chocolate because when you say gunshot when you picture like a Hollywood GonNa win you know but it was probably a Soviet era bullet so it just kind of fragmented minted into pieces and got into my right arm and leg which unfortunately caused a lot of blood but not a lot of damage. It was all superficial. The initial looked bad to my crew but I knew immediately that I was fine so as we were circling in waiting to pick up the patients McCreary was having the discussion on whether or not to return base whether or not we were disabled enough to return to base because on that aircraft everything is redundant. We have two hydraulic systems fuel systems two engines two pilots you know in this one one of those things down you have to return to base because if if I was incapacitated and the pilot hit and what happened to the group so we determined that I was fine and uh we circled around landed to pick up our patients and unfortunately unbeknownst to us the light fire that they had been taking under ambush. Sean was actually what we call our trip. That was what we call that holiday holiday they had one hundred and fifty five hours in the area just specifically to down a bird. They wanted to injure American. They knew would send in helicopter. They went down helicopter so now knowing we're going to win because we leave it. At the first time they had repositioned a heavy belt fed machine guns so now instead of a single guy with a Soviet-era rifle now it's like a crew served weapon with seven six to larger rounds so we landed and immediately started taking fire from the tail to the nose but very slowly because it's hard to maneuver weapon like that and as the patients were being loaded we were losing so many systems that one of the systems is a horizontal stabiliser and that me the horrid start going off in our intercom so we couldn't talk to each other other. There is a button you can silence to make the horn stop but everything was happening so fast and we just you know we weren't we weren't thinking about that so I was getting a hand signal to the other the private to stay on the ground. He actually living in country for two weeks. I because I was volunteering for deployments. I actually have the most combat hours of any pilot in rescue community. It's a small community at the time but they partner the more experienced people with the less experienced people on purpose so he was listening to me and you you know keeping the aircraft on the ground which I highlight because I think that's amazing. He couldn't see I couldn't tell him why I was saying stay on the ground against his survival instincts for himself but also he's aircraft communities responsible for everyone's lives and the aircraft and he just stayed on ground so how'd he lifted would hurt or killed someone who was loading people the aircraft raft as soon as they were finished given the go ahead and he picked up. We barely cleared train as it was it was hot. We were heavy. you know at high altitude not necessarily the highest bit. We were barely clearing the train. The aircraft was very hobbled. We'd lost hydraulics cautioned piano the bucket Christmas in street lights everywhere. I was trying to prioritize what systems to take care of my flight engineer in the back said. Hey we've got fuel so I immediately looked at the fuel gauge and there's two fuel systems. each one feeds the engine so the number one fuel system fees number one number two number two and I looked down the number one was completely empty not taking down not leaking completely empty and my aircrafts investigation training kicked in and I thought well well. I don't want them to find me causal when they analyze crash site so I'm going to move the fuel selector across which feeds off the same tank so that when the analyze is a crush the you know I'm not I'm not causal. I was already there and I must have looked at it right. When it extinguished because Miracle Miracles we kept line fine but now we had a leak in the number two so when.
"us air force" Discussed on Veterans Chronicles
"Our guest this week on veterans chronicles is Major. Mary Jennings Hagar Air Force veteran of the war in Afghanistan where she served as a Medevac helicopter pilot she also played a key role in changing military policy for women in combat and Jay. Thanks very much for being with Saint Hugh grant beyond thanks. Let's start with the beginning of your story. Where were you born and raised. I was born in Connecticut but moved to Texas it is I could talk enough to commit. My Mom. Texas raised in Texas. Since since I was about seven years old went to the University of Texas at Austin. Yes burnt orange a little better this year yeah so. When did you join the airforce. And why did you choose the airforce I went through. ROTC UT Austin and then I joined the air force because I would like to be able to say that it was because I was super patriotic and wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and those things were there for sure but really it was because I wanted to be on solo flying. Millennium Pocket in Australia thought that was cool and I was looking for the job closest to that helicopter pilots in combat sounded candidate but it does sound good. So when did you graduate from Youtube Ninety nine taking me now here before nine eleven right and so. What are you thinking when you see that so? I wasn't aircraft maintenance officer. I I have is stationed in Japan but I was back at Curtin in New Mexico. During nine eleven at the aircraft mishap investigators school learning how to analyze analyzed crash sites for causal purposes nine eleven happened in that was horrifying just like it was for everybody but it definitely renewed my resolve off that that kind of how I've always responded to threats intimidation or bullying or attempts to coerce I've always it always just solidifies my resolve to to be you know to fight those types of powers even harder how much work you have at this point. I had been private license or actually it was just about to get my private licence so I actually really got my private license to try to be more attractive candidate to be picked up by the military for piloting and I got my license end of right after that class in the post the indy weeks like the very close post nine eleven environment which was really interesting because they had shut down all the schools so that just opened put him up. There were all these restrictions and it was a crazy time to get your license. Did you know you want it to be a medivac pilots different ideas or did you not really care you know actually i. I wanted to be a pilot my whole career. I thought that the maneuverability in the fact that the aircraft was built around the gun the ground support for element of the H. Hand was what attracted me like most people near foresight wasn't even really all that familiar with the helicopter missions so I applied to a few different units and when I got got picked up by an eight ten and a payback unit. I had to make a choice and I thought well that's no choice. I'll go with the ten of course have always wanted to do but I got a call from their commander helicopter after unit commander but he made the point that the tens are training training training and they only get to use their skill set in combat whereas if I went to Pave Hawk created I would do training and then I'm GonNa be using my real world mission during peacetime you know doing search and rescue getting people off bodes eradicating marijuana putting out wildfires wires all sorts of things that you could do during peacetime in that. That's all being also just the bucket. You wanted you that much I think he did. He became a mentor of mine and later on he was the first female pilot in that unit. I think he was trying to you know it was kind of good old. Boys Club up in New York on Long Island as you could imagine invention really great guys work with a lot of them are my heroes but there's a culture up there with the New York Police Department fire firefighters and there's definitely a culture up there. That's not that diverse. So how were you welcomed to your unit people with openers. I I feel like the more interesting and more informative to the narrative. Parts are times. I got discriminated against but unfortunately the boring more welcoming camaraderie three times. Don't make it into the story. Really majority of them are amazing great guys. I had a lot of respect for here's my actually ask from the perfect storm mission and did that manifest itself how to manifest itself. Let's I spent some time at that unit before I went to pilot training and I was very aware that I was walking the halls with heroes and that when I went off to pilot training I was determined to earn my among them. After pilot training we went tap Dan. Understand and I had a governor. tell me he didn't want to fly with me because I was a woman and that he didn't think I could hold my own invasion scenario and I said well all right. Let's let's figure this out right now. Dropped down to the pitcher position starting to come on come on chief you know he got mad at. I walked away. There were a couple of people that had to win over the end up your yes begrudgingly I don't. I don't count him as one of the people I won over the pretty comfortable if he wants to get see what he's. I don't think he ever saw me invasion scenario. You know I mean later later later in the story. I did get shot down and I did my own so I was wondering if I get a phone call from him saying House Ron. I'm still waiting when we first deployed to Afghanistan two thousand seven what Area Kantar to her that tour was four. Actually I did two tours in place so oh the airforce so I did three towards an Arcane of stand into the army. That sounds like I lived there for four years in the air force and especially in the guard. We do like forty thirty six month deployments in the guard. If you have enough people you can split that up into A and B rotation so I did my first deployment within the Air National Guard EPI rotation and and then I was just having so much fun that I not just fun but also felt like I was doing good and rescuing people and trying to make you know trying to do some good in such a horrifying place like a worse I felt very lucky that we were rescued platform so I actually leave volunteered to stay in place. When my unit went home I had heard that one of the guys coming in to replace us his wife was about half a baby so I said I would stay and do his tour so that he could that's part of the reason I take a lot of unbridged with the argument about women in combat because you know we'll have to replace them when they get pregnant right and things like that is ridiculous because I replaced the guy. Whose wife was pregnant? It's just we're all family and we cover for each other. It shouldn't be about who's actually carrying the kid yeah. That was my second. Tour was in place with Cadena third tour that we're going to get to the poster about what was the the first motorbike mission life for you as very excited. I went straight from trading in fact training short and said be not Guinness Dan which was not standard. I heard I felt like when I got to New York and started doing the local orientation. They told me early on. I wasn't GonNa make the deployment I would still be doing training but then I was proving myself. Selfishness said Okay we'll take you early which was great but because of that I was one of the only people who didn't have a rescue under my belt ray and there's some crass terms for that then I won't use here but I was eager to get that you know shine off the apple kind of being and become a real rusty pilot so I was in Afghanistan. I was Eh on alert. In a place called tear cal. We were forward deployed supporting some special forces guys and the radio went off. I was taking a shower or something radio radio. An often I got all decided I ran across these big rocks which is stupid twisted an ankle and by uniform and put on my.
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"For the the B fifty two which will talk about in a minute. That's still a plane. That's still circulation today. How surprised are you that that's still up and running and mm tells me my God. That's older nine. Yes I checked downloaded. The fourth were never built the first be moral the first three were Tan. NBC Dean like the B Forty seven and the first be moral were side by side. It's hard to believe now that was it's quite an era of rapid evolution because we didn't even have jets during World War Two and then just a few years later the B fifty two's or flying and all all these other jets are in the air. I was stationed at Eglin. Air Force Base and I be forty seven came in never forget I looked up and said of God Luke Maye fly that plane over complaint of anything give an idea. What was it like the first time you got behind that kind of power. Fantastic antastic people have asked me. What airplane is your favorite? My answer is I don't have one. That's favorite. They're all the same you push the stick forward. The buildings get bigger. If you pull it back. They get smaller the two flights that I'll never forget as I mentioned I started golfing. Bombers B twenty nine b seventeen. I worked around was asked to check out the P. Fifty one always said afterward. I was glad I came from West. Virginia was laid goal or they'll or because I'd never never felt torque like that before my flying career and that of maize Mary that the acceleration Torque and everything the other flight. I remember my first flight in one. Oh Four. I was the Colorado Test Pilot School Edwards. I was going through. Five thousand feet on takeoff from brain was still on the runway. I never felt acceleration life in my life. Was it exhilarating very much so yes took it up a mock one. Let's talk about some of your other work as a test pilot and that was gauging the effect of nuclear weapons on pilots. Explain the program in your role in it. I think it was a first test. I started where narrow Zona with B twenty nine and the nuclear tests they were doing there. I did too of the tests at Anna we talk one is co pollen. The B forty seven and any other Colpo fifty show our purpose was to take the B fifty two and fly out from the the blast and mood Beijing the effect upon the airplane when a at various angles and such normally going with pilot dropped then four. They once did a nice little drop one back. You're just free sleep. People were talking about belt atomic tests to check my flight records. I've been through thirty eight nuclear tests. They're concerned about radiation or anything anything like that and we were airborne for white from far away from the radiation blast was the one we were concerned primarily well and we did that was a B. fifty to be that had been estimated for stress during the flight test program of the fifty two on major well the effects of blast and then later at radiation the wasn't affect what kind of impacted the blast have on your ability to navigate and maneuver none none at all you felt velit it was a real bomb and the brightness was considerable. We had blankets over the window goggles on them. When the blast went off the cockpit just let a black was nothing there I sat set on on the ground during one of the tales and then we talk and from Bikini where the bomb was but the distance from I think Washington The New York everyone that had Anna we talk where we were sure. It was really quite an experience. I've alone had a philosophy if we get into a war and they shoot a thousand or way and we shoot fifteen hundred they're way whatever he wants to do is go out and watch it. Because of the most exhilarating site you've ever seen and then pray to God that you dis three minutes later our guest. This week is retired. US Air Force Colonel Eugene Dietrich Junior. You're also a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and so let's talk about Vietnam now you actually volunteered to go to Vietnam. Y Grajales go to West Point. The purpose of it is divide for your country. I spent five years being an executive officer. four-star general role who was commander of maps at the time decided that if I go to fill my pledged to be AH warrior I had to volunteer to go to the alone before it and that's all I did you initially had a desire to fly and F one zero four but you were given different. Advice wanted to play of one hundred's desk general lasts to try to get me into it by chance chance one day I was in the Pentagon run into general pediatric versus an old test pilot at Edwards nine known quite well. He asked me what I was was doing are totally mud. Volunteer gave me some advice he said one. You've never been intact and investors. Get you India four hundred dollars. I can assure you you'll probably spend you're whole tour inside gone behind the dais because you never been intact and my advice as is you volunteer for a one was no respectable fighter pilot would be caught am but if you can get through a year successfully with that you can get into tack and do what you WanNa do so that's what I dated one home. I didn't know one one was I'll never forget the assignment went through we moved from among Scott Air Force Base ball a house in La my wife and my son they are during my tour. I called Friend Down Doug. Listen I said. Can you get Daesh one on May one so I know what the devil I'm going to be. Flying said we'll do better than that will fly up to the navy base for the station and see so. He flew me me up there. We let him the first thing I saw was the one with thirty three sixty engine on it. I thought my God volunteered for the role airplane because because same engine we have to be twenty nine fortunately things changed and we never lost engine while I was over there but that's how we started the ones you ended up flying four hundred to combat missions untold talk about your there is such a thing as a typical mission but were you primarily engaging targets or other enemy crowder ours who's primarily a close air support mission. I found out the early part of I was there. We we didn't have surface air personal weapons and you could almost hang over an end engagement at fifteen eighteen hundred feet and be there. The second thing is we had endured so we could spend five hours and they are whereas of one oh four one hundred or f four came in they had to drop the bombs gotten the home before they ran out of fuel so it was very very good almost as good as the tab right now. July have nineteen sixty six is perhaps the moment your most remembered for and that's the rescue of Navy Lieutenant Dealer Denver who had been taken prisoner for about six months and he had escaped from his captors. What happened then we own nation one day? I am Wightman and we started to tax out. One airplane had problems who want back got a thick served out and the airplane headed problem them personally. I was squadron. Commander was going to get a mation and they said we got a nation and it was the go into northern Laos us and it was a free zone anything you saw look like an enemy could be bombed one. We got up there. who were? I had him high so we can stay in touch with denying and we'd know where we were and I was about a hundred feet and as we approach or a mountain range and front of us and a river coming coming in and fortunately from my perspective but when left everything worked out because if I go on right I probably wouldn't ever seen dealer over the right today. A one E was a two seat airplane so right but blinked out when you went right cut to the thing maybe my bank and there was a big Rothko and.
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"Or prevent any disease our guest this week on veterans chronicles is retired. US Air Force Colonel Eugene Dietrich Junior. He's also a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and Colonel Dietrich. Thank you very much for your time with us today. Sir Thank you for having me. So where were you born and raised. I'm not sure the city Pittsburgh's some were Inara there and then my parents were professors of West Virginia University and we moved there soon as I was born. It's been my my home so growing up. You were there morgantown. Your mom taught chemistry. Your Dad taught agriculture so from a you came from a very academic home Tom. How did that influence you throughout your career. The made me very brilliant. No they came there in one thousand nine hundred twenty two cool and I guess about three or four families came that way as single people got married in the Middle Mental Thirties the state published the law of the two people in the same family could not be on the faculty mother's whole life was teaching aging. DAD had a friend down here in Washington. DC who was with the Bureau of Standards and he had a job he came down here in nineteen thirty eight when I was starting to high school mother made the decision that I should come. I'm down be with my father for a while and also the schools were better here here than back in West Virginia that was quite to our left with four as and ended up the first year with four days to see Joe is reminding me of general one time said I was cold and for the course said I see you gotta see and one of our courses said yes. I spent too much time on that a course but went to high school here and then was appointed to West Point. I wasn't back to West Virginia for one year and and then wanted to Westport in nineteen forty three. We'll get to west point in just a moment. was there any previous history in your family of military service. My father was was a chemical engineer during World War Two so you're seventeen years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the US entered the war. Do you remember how you reacted. was that when you decided. You definitely wanted to be in the service. No I'm really know what to one to be at probably a teacher or something something. When Pearl Harbor happened I was ice skating on the Lincoln memorial tool and I was living at seventeen seventeen and then st up there Dupont circle. I started home in my couldn't understand all the sirens and running around was I was living in days fraternity house. He receives another job when they the open the dupont plant back in Morgantown and the leads in the fraternity house where we normally aide said they would keep me until I graduated for the last year. I was like everyone else whereas Pearl Harbor but but that's how everyone I was in the collect core here. I was a regimental captain. My mother once said my son will never go to war. He will go to Leavenworth I when I return for the first year and was Virginia University mother said if you ever thought of West Point as it was shot man I said no bowel old about was his point is that they beat Navy every year football the head of the PMS and T- there was colonel she asked me if I go over and speak to him. He had two sons one was in west point and the other was going and then adopt a classmate of mine but he talked to me and it sounded good and so I said I'd like to go. We had fortunately fortunately no political connections but ahead of the local newspaper. There had a penalty for the My parents and Jennings Rail Golf Man was Virginia Genu- and I think he's assisted a great deal of my getting the appointment now you made a couple of famous friends there from what I'm told sons of very famous military men George Junior and James doolittle junior has how did you become friends with them and what was that not like well always remember story of George Patton to I came aim to a class reunion one time and he was just leaving the Keller Leo once you've always remember the Godson of George. Let's see Scott of general sons there that come because of the war or or in my class Jim do ally were in joining companies at West Point and in our second year where we could go home for Christmas. I couldn't make it home and back in the short time we have all so John or or Jimmy come down with him to his mother's place here in Washington. She had a small apartment. I'll on Connecticut Avenue. We ended up with the older son's down his wife and their child who is now what we call triple junior lazy California and Joel the myself. I'll never forget what thank most famous women and Oliver no her enjoying to me was breakfasts is at eight o'clock. You're asleep sleep on the kitchen floor and if you don't want breakfast just sleep in will step over you. It was rather packed apartment but after that John I became very close and eventually I was accepted into the family. I'll never forget after about the year I wanted to mess. Do this is doolittle. I have a problem. She said what's that I said well. I'm too young to call you Josephine but I'm getting damn tired of calling you MRS doolittle. She said we console that quickly. Ted About a year ago. Jim was made Duke and England and I wrote him a letter and said if you're Duke Luke must be a duchess and so she in my mind acquired the term duchess nights all the way L. so is route road. My remember the great story this story. I always tell I want to thank the fiftieth wedding adversary the Air Force Association of Los Angeles and put it all and I had a table and they they had to walk walk by as I went up to the podium someone remarked. Aren't they a lovely couple all like if it weren't for her there would be a talk about your time at West Point most of the time you were there. We're in the midst of World War Two. So what's the atmosphere like there. I think it was like any other year. We knew the war was going on. was point kept us very busy and outside of that the really wasn't wasn't much association in my judgment with concern so the war of the we felt like every other American citizen we WANNA win. Got It over with and way as we were the first three hour the lyles three year class and the war just before we graduated quarrel disappointed that we weren't the L. A. Clear from what I understand that you became fascinated with flying know. How did you become interested in flow. Pardon pardon me yes definitely play beer September. We started we wore maneuvers up in Auburn Burner your and on a rather dismal day we were all over March and a t six airplane in came by on simulated strafing run and as he want bio sewing wave and it it was in the made up my mind if I ever go to war. That's the way to go and work toward that. They're on and they gave you the choice there about out. Being at that time you could join the air corps does so then you were commissioned to the Air Corps in Nineteen forty-six and and where did you go that when to Enid Oklahoma when we got our ways we we were one of the classes to got our wings when we graduated we finished pilot training one to eight hundred and to transition A and B twenty five's and for for their about seventeen does want to make dill field and the B twenty nine bomb wing there. We're speaking with retired. US Air Force Colonel Eugene Dietrich Junior. He's a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. You're listening to veterans chronicles articles. I'm Greg Columbus. Our guest today retired Air Force Colonel Eugene Dietrich Junior. He's also a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War you had just been commissioned and in the US Army Air Corps from West Point you had then been transferred to Oklahoma to do flying there but shortly thereafter in addition to being a test has pilot.