51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs spotlights A-10C pilot First Lieutenant Ian Osterreicher from the 25th Fighter Squadron:
First Lieutenant Ian Osterreicher, 25th Figther Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Sara Greco) Hi-res
from Staff Reports 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/16/2011 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Name: First Lieutenant Ian Osterreicher
Unit: 25th Fighter Squadron
Job title: A-10C Attack Pilot; Weapons Tracking Officer; Squadron Duty Officer
Job description and its impact on the overall mission:
- CMR A-10 pilot; maintains readiness for day, night & adverse weather CAS, CSAR & air interdiction combat msns
- Trains to conduct air strikes in support of United Nations ground forces in critical airspace near Demilitarized Zone
- Responsible for processing/tracking/validating all weapons deliveries to ensure CMR status for 51 FW A-10 pilots
- Squadron Duty Officer; problem-solving liaison between operations and maintenance ensuring the success of up to 52 daily sorties
Time in the military: 3+ years
Time at Osan: 8 Months
DEROS: September 2012
Hometown: East Amherst, NY
Hobbies: Activities, lots of them ... biking, hiking, snowboarding, hockey, exploring Korea and learning the language.
Why did you join the military? To serve my country
Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? Still flying the A-10C supporting our ground troops!
What do you do for fun here? The current Draggin LPA and I enjoy traveling to a new city in Korea every chance we get.
What's your favorite Air Force memory or story? Red Flag Alaska 11-2; shooting the gun, mavericks and dropping bombs then flying LATNs through the Alaskan mountain ranges.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Flying the A-10C
Who are your role models? My father and Robin Olds
Please note: On October 19, 2011, Ian's father told me via e-mail: Sooner or later I knew you'd get a photo of him. Thanks for posting. At least he can't blame me for his own base PR. Once again thanks for all you do to keep the A-10 community updated, I greatly appreciate it. (By the way: I'm in personal contact with Ian's father since a couple of months)