Thursday, March 12, 2009

Support from the Sky

(Released today on 455th Air Expeditionary Wing's public website)

3/12/2009 - Lt. Col. Sam Milam, 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, and Capt. Jozsef Jonas, a 75th EFS pilot, pose for a photo after completing a close air support mission that helped save lives of coalition troops in southern Afghanistan on February 20th, 2009. The 75th EFS was deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, to provide close air support to ground troops and convoys as they tried to improve the quality of life for the Afghan people. Captain Jonas, a Hungarian immigrant who is the son of a Soviet tank driver, flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II "tank killer" for the U.S. Air Force. Colonel Milam also flies the A-10 and recently completed a mission that logged more than 10,000 combat flight hours - a historic milestone for the unit deployed here since last fall. The two pilots, who were deployed here from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, returned home this week after the 75th EFS completed its six-month rotation. The unit was replaced by its sister squadron, the 74th Fighter Squadron, which is also from Moody AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo) Hi-res


Loadout notes: SUU-25 Flare Dispenser (for night operations) on station 3, LAU-68/131 rocked pod on station 2.

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