Wednesday, June 8, 2011

7 June, 2011 -- Thanks, guys, for everything you do

John signals the big-un Blackhawk to come on in for lunch! John lost his hat.

Jet Ranger escort helicopters getting fuel.

While the choppers slurp up the jet fuel,
the crews slurp up burgers and brats, cooked up by our friend Jerry P.
Thanks for the help, Jerry, now I can go take pictures!

NOTICE the blank wall behind the soldiers. It is really important.
R & R.
Naaa, I didn't get to take it up.
Yaaa, he Nail-ed it.

So long, guys.
They departed Mtn. Grove on their next leg of the journey from Ft. Carson, Colorado
to Ft. Bragg, NC, home base; next stop Ft. Campbell, KY.
Here's where the story gets important, so LISTEN UP!
This morning, before arriving at Mtn. Grove Airport from an overnight stay in Wichita, KS the flight circled the Joplin tornado site and before landing at JLN for fuel, towed several large United States Flags around in tribute to the folks in the disaster area.
In thanks for our hospitality in providing lunch for the crews, each crew member signed one of the flags that they had just towed over Joplin, and gave it to us for our pilot lounge. "Don't you think you ought to give this to Joplin?" "They got the first one!" "OK! We've got number 2!"
How great is that?

Lloyd carefully pinned the flag to that wall. Sarge Forrester had made note of the frayed bottom right corner, like the frayed south part of Joplin that was torn apart on May 22.

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