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Second lieutenants greet Col. Brandon Parker, 7th Bomb Wing Commander, before Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-07’s graduation ceremony April 6, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Parker spoke on many topics and acknowledged his pride for the newest graduates joining the elite military aviators in the world’s greatest Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Parker speaks about Air Force ‘wings’ during 18-07 graduation
The badge commonly referred to as wings, sits over the heart of all aircrew in the U.S. Air Force.
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Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith, former 50th Flying Training Squadron Commander, holds a prisoner of war bracelet Oct. 17, 2017. The date Smith was shot down, Oct. 25, 1967, is inscribed on the bracelet, along with his rank and name. The bracelets help keep the memory of POWs and those missing in action. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert) POW recalls mission that led to capture 50 years ago
On Oct. 25, 1967, now retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith and his wingmen had orders to bomb the Paul Doumer Bridge in North Vietnam; the bridge was a mile long and one of the most heavily defended positions in Southeast Asia.
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