Contributions as an F-105 Pilot
· Public Relations Officer - Created a multi-media campaign to highlight and inform the general public of the unit mission and training activities. Ongoing newspaper and television coverage was established that included reporters joining with daily unit operations on base and deployments away from the home base. This practice continues to this day.
· Hill Air Force Base Special Use Airspace Manager - Created several low level - high speed jet training routes to accompany others in existence throughout the rural areas northwest, west, and southwest of the Great Salt Lake. Designed and implemented an array of Military Operating Areas (MOA's) surrounding the existing flying training Restricted Areas in the same areas above the low level routes. The 388th Tactical Fighter Wing joined in the closing moments of the process. I was awarded the first of two Air Force Comendation Medals. The Hill Air Force Base aerial training ranges are among the finest air combat training environments in the United States and have contributed to Hill AFB remaining a primary jet fighter training base.
· Navy Fighter Weapons School - TopScope at Miramar Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA. After our unit was assigned a wartime mission to defend the shipping lanes in the North Atlantic, I was one of three pilots in our Fighter Wing assigned to provide weapons and tactics preparation to our squadons. This training included several weeks with the Navy Fighter Weapons School, San Diego, and additional training with the Navy Light Attack Fighter Weapons School at Lemoore Naval Air Station, Kings/Hanford Counties, CA. A take-away: Fighting ships are nasty things. Be careful and wise, and stay as far away as possible.
· Instrument Pilot Ground Training Instructor - A graduate of the US Air Force Instrument Pilot Instructor School (IPIS) at Randolph AFB, TX, I prepared comprehensiive annual training instruction for the squadron pilots that involved overseeing many pilots preparing and presenting varying elements of instrument flying rules, regulations, and practices. In addition, I am an F-105 Instructor Pilot School graduate from the in-residence F-105 school at McConnell AFB and a Flight Leader.
· US Air Force Red Flag aerial combat training exercises (12 in all) hosted by Nellis AFB, NV. As a Lieutenant, I led 60 aircraft and 120 aircrew as force commander for one of the daily combat exercises. Also contributed to the Canadien Air Force Maple Flag Aerial Combat Excercise at the Cold Lake Air Base and Range in Alberta, Canada. Deployed over water for training in Denmark, England, and Hawaii, in addition to routine and ongoing deployments throughout the United States.
· F-105 unit Top Gun for seven consecutive years in addition to graduating as Top Gun of my F-105 Combat Crew Training School class at McConnell AFB. For perspective, I learned from the greatest fighter pilots of the day, many were war heroes with 100 or more missions over North Viet Nam. Our unit Top Gun team subsequently won the US Air Force World Gunsmoke Gunnery Championship. Unfortunately for me, I was serving as a Presidential Management Intern at the time and not actively flying.
·In addition, Top Gun of our Fighter Wing competition in England with our British Fighter Wing hosts on their gunnery range in Scotland. Also one of the Top Gun's of the US Air Force Owyhee Round Up exercise at Mountain Home AFB, ID, that involved fighter aircraft from 14 U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and Navy fighter squadrons.