photos by Master Sgt. Charles Vaughn and Capt. Jason Sanchez
Airmen and F-15s assigned to the Calif. Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing are conducting dissimilar aircraft combat training with the 3rd Wing’s 90th and 525th Fighter squadrons at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and testing their ability to backfill for the alert air defence mission within the region.
The training at JBER focuses on fighter integration training between fourth-generation F-15 Eagles and fifth-generation F-22 Raptors and their ability to interoperate seamlessly. The training began April 11, 2022 and will conclude in approximately three weeks.
The new 493rd Fighter Squadron Heritage Jet. In honor of the legacy of Aerial Dominance . Boasting an undefeated 45 years in the European Theatre. “Trust us, you’re dead”
First account of the youngest Eagle Driver during Operation Desert Storm
I am a huge fan of first-hand authored flying stories and autobiographies. I have read nearly every and any USAF and USN book you can find about the Vietnam Air War, Gulf War, Allied Force, etc. from Ed Razimus, Jack Broughton, Willy Driscoll to Dan Hampton and was really looking forward to start reading Wingman at War, but this time it was different. I personally witnessed everything from an outside perspective during Operation Desert Storm as a 15-year-old kid at the time, following everything I could about the F-15 Eagles during the air campaign of Operation Desert Storm. This incredible account took me right back to those amazing memories.
I couldn’t stop reading this incredible personal journal and read over 40% of the book in the first go. Simply put, it is the best air combat memoir I have ever read. It provides an incredible look into Combat Operations during Desert Storm through the eyes of a young fighter pilot. While reading Wingman at War I felt as if I was there, at Incirlik AB on the flightline watching Eagles launching and recovering. Boz’s thrilling portrayals of combat missions and life in a combat squadron kept me glued to the story.
The way it is written is extremely personal, virtually reliving the events Boz went through, and as much as possible for a civilian, experiencing the feelings he had in the moment. Through his book I discovered a lot of information and knowledge I never knew, even as a military aviation aficionado.
You can find it at Amazon click on this link Wingman at War
photos by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel
In June 2017 the 123rd Fighter Squadron “Redhawks” deployed for three weeks to Nellis AFB in support of the Weapons Instructor Course 2017. The Redhawks, provided as the ‘Red Team’ aggressors, taking the fight to the ‘Blue Team.