Category Archives: Air Force

Keeping the fire burning …

Ever since Taj decided he wants to be a fighter pilot, I’ve been trying to do what I can to keep him exposed to aviation. It’s a bit of a challenge, as I’m not a pilot myself. So, I just … Continue reading

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Don’t hate on history (good or bad)

There are not a lot exciting things to do in Montgomery, Alabama. Sure, all cities have their standard options: food, bars, shopping, natural scenery, etc. Montgomery has a bit of that stuff. But as far as attractions, Montgomery leaves a … Continue reading

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My first (and probably last) Super Bowl

My education into football continues, this time with my attendance at Super Bowl XLIX. The USAF Thunderbirds were tapped to perform the flyover during the opening ceremony, so I drove to Glendale to help out with the media/PR piece. For … Continue reading

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The end of Thanksgiving?

Although the christmas shopping season has been creeping into Thanksgiving for several years now, this year marks the first year I’ve noticed retailers blatantly staying open through the main part of the holiday. I recall some stores opening at 11pm … Continue reading

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Barksdale, Travis, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the ROCK-N-ROLL HALL OF FAME!

Although I’ve travelled a lot during my military career. The Thunderbirds’ visit to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana marked my first time ever being in Louisiana. (I may have driven/flown through it a couple of times, but never spent more than a … Continue reading

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Luke, MacDill, Punta Gorda, Columbus and Davis-Monthan

Even though we performed the flyovers for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, the Daytona 500 and the Kobalt Tools 400, we hadn’t actually performed a traditional show until we performed at Luke Air Force Base, 15-16 March. For us, this … Continue reading

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The Thunderbirds at the 2014 Daytona 500

The Thunderbirds have a history of doing the opening flyover for NASCAR’s Daytona 500 race. 2014 marked the squadron’s 4th consecutive year doing it, but we’ve done it a few times prior to 2010 also. For me, it was my … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Timeless message

In 2012 I was deployed to the islands in the Southern Philippines, serving as a public affairs officer with the Joint Special Operations Task Force. During the MLK observance, I was asked to say a few words. While some of … Continue reading

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Pasadena for New Year’s Day

We performed the flyover for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Janurary 1 of 2014. I have family in Buena Park, so we just spent the night there prior to heading to the Pasadena hotel on New Year’s … Continue reading

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A Thunderbirds Christmas (by Darrick Lee)

‘Twas the night before Christmas; no snow could be seen Not an Airman was working, not even on “swings.” The Falcons were stored in the hangar with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The Thunderbirds were … Continue reading

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