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Lessons Learned
Have you ever had to stand before the commander and explain yourself and/or your decisions? Just prior to that conversation, did you say, “Self, there had to be a better way to execute that mission.” Once in the commander’s office, did you feel like the only thing you could say would begin with, “Sir, no one was more surprised than I when …”
Time to Call it a Day

I still talk to the crews of the flight about our near tragedy. It was a hard lesson to learn and, as strange as it might sound, I am glad I was put in that position. I often discuss the flight during crew briefs, and I am sure the other pilots involved do the same.

  • 1 October 2014
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The Preventable Wreck
A buddy of mine, Sgt. Jones, volunteered to be one of the drivers for the company’s M35 two-and-a-half-ton truck. Jones was looking forward to getting out of Iraq for a couple of days and taking advantage of the swimming pool at Camp Arifjan, a logistics base in Kuwait. He wouldn’t make it, though, thanks to some poor decision-making.
  • 1 October 2014
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The Bad Hand
Four months into my second deployment, I found myself thinking that this tour was much different than the last. Although it was still just as hot and gritty, the flying tempo was definitely at a higher pace and we were doing a lot more with a lot less.
  • 1 September 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Know Your Options
Late winter of 2012 found me on a four-day mission flying a UC-35 to transport distinguished visitor passengers to various locations throughout Europe. The second day of the mission had us departing Byrdgosz, Poland, at mid-morning, refueling in Bucharest, Romania, then continuing to Ankara, Turkey.
  • 1 September 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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