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Mike Cullen

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  1. A Family History of Warfare

    Paternal grandfather served in 59th pioneer infantry, 1917,1918. 3 engagement bars on his WWI victory medal, wounded by gas in 1918, spent most of the rest of his life in VA hospitals, with what would be considered PTSD, died in late 58. My fathers brother drafted into USA and served in Europe, Sicily through V-E day. My father served in USN aboard USS Washington (BB-56) from North Atlantic (Murmansk) duty through operation magic carpet after VJ Day. 13 battle stars including sinking of IJN Kirashima at 3rd Savo Island. Died in 94. My little brother served USN- 83–87, M61 cannon tech- various VF/VA squadrons. Me- USN- 74-85, electronics, radio, radar, crypto, data link maintenance on DDG, CV, and various shore stations including Persian Gulf convoy duty in 79-80. We are a military family I suppose.
  2. My favorite plane of Gulf War 1

    Just prior to GW1 the NYANG 174th TFW received F16s to replace their A10s, the pilots were thrilled to be getting what was at the time the top of the line aircraft, but they also hated the idea of going to war for ground support missions in anything except the warthogs. The 30mm gun was “replaced” by adding a similar gun to the F16 as an add-on gun pod. They were used effectively by 2 ANG units, the aforementioned 174th, and a unit from South Carolina. The warthogs still had two advantages in a ground support role, loiter time over target and great armor. Regardless of their age, an avionics upgrade would keep this flying tank a valuable asset for many more years, even in a specific role as infantry support and tank/armor buster. Just the unique sound of the warthog brightens the day for the troops when they are in a rough situation and need a little help.
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