12Service Before SelfLend a Wing to Help Others Fly

AS A PILOT in the 79th Fighter Squadron “Tigers” at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, I was assigned to be chief of training and life support. Every fighter pilot in a fighter squadron has an additional duty other than flying, and this was mine. I was responsible for ensuring that the squadron’s fifty pilots were up to speed with all facets of their training and that their equipment functioned perfectly. Since we were the most widely deployed squadron in the Air Force at the time, this was a critical and extremely demanding job. Fortunately, I had a wingman. His name was Sgt. Roy Summers, and I was his boss.

A technical sergeant with approximately fifteen years of service, Sergeant Summers ...

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