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stelr
03-02-2004, 08:14 AM
Greetings Huggy! Wanted to respond to your well wishes for my impending retirement, but didn't want to bump that old worn-out OBL thread.

Thanks very much for the kind words. I'll drink a pint in your honor at the party. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

It's possible, assuming the timing was right, that I heard you on the radio at one time or another. We had the ASOC located right in our HQ to the left of the command deck, where the CG, G3 and I sat. I got involved in each request for air support and often monitored the traffic to determine time to TGT and time on station issues.

Not sure if you heard of the funny incident involving a coalition F-16 (Denmark, I think...can't remember). It was weathered out of it's home base, so had to RON at Bagram. Having never landed there before, he overshot and ran off the end of the runway into the soft sand. He ejected before the aircraft went up on its nose. What he wasn't aware of was that the entire area off the hardstand was an active minefield (old soviet mines). Our sappers had to probe to the A/C to help recover it. 5 AP mines were actually in the spoil around the A/C! Now the lucky part was that the pilot, after ejecting came down in the minefield, but landed, miraculously, on the small, one lane access road that went to the guard towers around the field! One lucky bastiage. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

But the best part was that in the ASOC all our USAF guys were openly kidding the european contingent about the landing skills of the pilot. At the next moring update brief to the CG, the Danish (?) AF LTC apologised for the pilot error that caused all the turmoil, but asked the CG for understanding in that he was a USAF pilot "attached" to the Danes in a normal exchange program. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/mockface.gif

Nothing was heard from the USAF guys at the ASOC desk after that. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif

Take care shipmate! Good luck in the rest of your career. I know I'll miss it.

v/r
Stel
AKA "Machek"

http://home.nc.rr.com/stel/LTCSTEL11.jpg

stelr
03-02-2004, 08:14 AM
Greetings Huggy! Wanted to respond to your well wishes for my impending retirement, but didn't want to bump that old worn-out OBL thread.

Thanks very much for the kind words. I'll drink a pint in your honor at the party. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

It's possible, assuming the timing was right, that I heard you on the radio at one time or another. We had the ASOC located right in our HQ to the left of the command deck, where the CG, G3 and I sat. I got involved in each request for air support and often monitored the traffic to determine time to TGT and time on station issues.

Not sure if you heard of the funny incident involving a coalition F-16 (Denmark, I think...can't remember). It was weathered out of it's home base, so had to RON at Bagram. Having never landed there before, he overshot and ran off the end of the runway into the soft sand. He ejected before the aircraft went up on its nose. What he wasn't aware of was that the entire area off the hardstand was an active minefield (old soviet mines). Our sappers had to probe to the A/C to help recover it. 5 AP mines were actually in the spoil around the A/C! Now the lucky part was that the pilot, after ejecting came down in the minefield, but landed, miraculously, on the small, one lane access road that went to the guard towers around the field! One lucky bastiage. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

But the best part was that in the ASOC all our USAF guys were openly kidding the european contingent about the landing skills of the pilot. At the next moring update brief to the CG, the Danish (?) AF LTC apologised for the pilot error that caused all the turmoil, but asked the CG for understanding in that he was a USAF pilot "attached" to the Danes in a normal exchange program. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/mockface.gif

Nothing was heard from the USAF guys at the ASOC desk after that. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif

Take care shipmate! Good luck in the rest of your career. I know I'll miss it.

v/r
Stel
AKA "Machek"

http://home.nc.rr.com/stel/LTCSTEL11.jpg

huggy87
03-03-2004, 11:40 PM
Hey Stelr,
Sorry for late response, I just happened to stumble upon this message system.

Funny story about the F-16. We Hornet types like to kid all the viper drivers with 'Flare to land, Squat to pee.'

I probably missed you over there, it sounds like you got back pretty recently. BTW- everyone over there has been doing great work from what little I can glean off the news. I was over there in October 2001 for only a couple of weeks. My squadron was on the Enterprise and on our way home from deployment to the Gulf and OSW when 9-11 happened. We turned around and the rest is history.

I don't suppose you ever made it down to Kandahar. Somewhere on that airfield was a mig I bombed on my first mission. The thing was probably decrepit and hadn't flown in 20 years.

Good luck in retirement. Any plans? Huggy