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Hydraulic Failure
Standard procedure for the HAWKS during this timeframe was to have the First-Up ("Scramble") team look over their aircraft around 6 PM every evening, then go back to the barracks and get what they needed to spend the night in the "Ready Room" near the OPS building. Another crew... [Read More]
"Pucker Missions"
The missions I was involved with occurred on two separate days, about six days apart. One of the unusual things about these missions is our fire team on both days had three aircraft commanders and flight leads in the two aircraft. I have forgotten who performed as the flight lead; CW2 Fred... [Read More]
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
I don't remember our team being launched for any night scrambles while we were at Quang Tri. What I remember best was that it was very cold in the huts we stayed in. We did have heaters in the huts, but had no oil to burn in them. Being somewhat innovative (and cold) we did find some wood that we... [Read More]
Becoming a Hawk
Seems the 101st policy was to have every soldier (regardless of rank or MOS) assigned to the division undergo a week of infantry training. Had to march to the various training areas (in new boots which caused new blisters on our feet), do PT, undergo M-16 weapons qualification and familiarization... [Read More]
Bach Ma  April 8th, 2008
This occurred during a preplanned mission to insert troops into the Bach Ma area. Bach Ma was a former Viet Namese mountain resort located at somewhere around 5000 feet about thirty miles or so south of Phu Bai. The mission called for us to stage with about 20 Hueys in an area along Highway 1,... [Read More]

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