Local

March 27, 2012

Wild Ducks fly east for spring training

1st Lt. Ryan Decamp
Christopher Cokeing
An F-16 from the 309th Fighter Squadron stands by for maintenance March 12 while an F-22 Raptor from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., taxis on the flightline. Pilots and maintainers from the 309th helped the 43rd FS train with and against the squadron's F-22s.

Ducks may not have teeth, but try telling them they can’t bite. The Air Force version of the Grapefruit league’s best got to see what their Cactus League brothers had to offer on the Florida panhandle last week.

Almost 90 Airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron and aircraft maintenance unit’s Wild Ducks headed to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., to help one of the base’s fighter squadrons with training March 4 to 15.

“We were primarily out there to help support the 43rd FS, flying with and against the F-22s,” said Capt. Patrick Kennedy, 309th FS weapons and tactics chief who, along with Capt. Jen Wade, 309th FS, organized the mission from the fighter squadron’s side. “The majority of the missions were just showing them different presentations. We simulated enemy tactics. We also got to fight BFM with them, or basic fighter maneuvers ““ one on one dog fighting.”

The Ducks brought eight F-16s with them and flew just shy of 100 flights. Kennedy had great things to say about the AMU that made the 96 sorties happen.

“The maintainers (309th AMU) were awesome down there and their support was unbelievable,” he said. “From planning to the execution, they were top notch. The crew chiefs were hustling every day to launch all the jets. They were always there when we needed them.”

The base recognized that effort prior to heading to Tyndall. The Wild Ducks’ AMU falls under the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and earned the title of ‘AMU of the Year’ at the Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet March 3.

“The people who gained the most from the TDY were our supply and support Airmen, the people that bring all the tools and test




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Airman 1st Class 
PEDRO MOTA

MMA ramps up combat training

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat T...
 
 

DUI in Arizona: You can’t afford it

Arizona has some of the toughest drunken driving laws in the United States. The average overall cost of a DUI in the state of Arizona is around $10,000. Crazy, right? Ten thousand dollars may seem hard to swallow at first, but first time offenders often find themselves paying considerable unforeseen expenses throughout the course of...
 
 

Is being good, good enough?

In today’s Air Force can you settle with just being good? I say, “No.” With the Air Force executing the deepest force cuts since the end of the cold war with programs such as the Quality Force Review Board and the Enlisted Retention Board, what you do and how well you do it matters more...
 

 

Your career – as easy as 1, 2, 3

Oftentimes at retirements we hear the phrase, “This is one chapter in my life.” No matter what our goal is, whether it is to serve for four years or 20 years, each of us will leave the Air Force at some point. This leads to the question, “What does it take to have an Air...
 
 
Tech. Sgt.
LOUIS VEGA, Jr.

Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Marti...
 
 

News Briefs July 18, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin