Eagle Country congratulates

the following members of the

3000 hours Club F-15A/B/C/D

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Scan donated by Col. Mark “CHIMP” Smith

No. Driver Unit  Date Based when reaching
Col. Matthew B. Copp 53 FS 1996 Spangdahlem AB, Germany
 .. Col. Jay T.”Opie” Denney 60 FS 2000

Eglin AFB, FL

20 Lt. Col. Brett A. Williams UNK 7 May 2001 UNK
.. Col. Jon “JB” Kelk 110 FS 2003 Lambert Field, MO
 .. Col. Rich “Peewee” Kelly 114 FS 2003 Klamath Falls, Oregon
.. Col. James C. Miller 114 FS 2003 Klamath Falls, Oregon
Terrence “SkinS” Fornof 422 TES 2003 Nellis AFB, NV
.. Col. Mark “CHIMP” Smith RSAFWS 14 June 2004 King Abdul-Aziz Air Base
.. Lt. Col. T.G. Kyrazis II 159 FS 2005 Jacksonville IAP, FL
Col. John Black 159 FS 2005 Jacksonville IAP, FL
Col Ken Wilsbach 33 OG 17 Februari 2006 Eglin AFB, FL
32 Col Billy Graham 325 FW 30 April 2008 Tyndall AFB, FL
33 Maj Randy Spear 325 OSS  30 April 2008 Tyndall AFB, FL
34 Lt. Col. Kevin “Fletch” Murray 2 FS 8 May 2008 Tyndall AFB, FL
35 Lt. Col. David Silva 325 OG 24 February 2009 Tyndall AFB, FL
Lt. Col. Matt “Bozz” Beals 199 FS UNK UNK
99 Col Adam “Khan” Sitler 123 FS 19 February 2016 Portland IAP, Oregon

3000 hours Club F-15E

No. Driver Unit  Date Based when reaching
 .. Col. Todd Boyd 4 OG 18 May 2007

Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C

.. Lt. Col. Dave Iverson 492 FS  2007 RAF Lakenheath, U.K.
16 Lt. Col. Houstoun Waring 48 OSS 31 October 2007 RAF Lakenheath, U.K.
20 Lt. Col. Scott Purdie 334 FS 18 January 2008 Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C
21 Col. Mark Kelly 4 FW 9 October 2009 Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C
.. Col. John Bunnell 494 FS 24 January 2010 RAF Lakenheath, U.K.
Col. Pete Lee 389 FS 18 November 2010 Mountain Home AFB, ID
Maj. Erin Pickel 4 TS 13 December 2011 Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C

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 Lt. Col. Christopher Bergstol presents Maj. Erin Pickel with a certificate for achieving 3,000 hours of flight in an F-15E Strike Eagle on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Dec. 13, 2011. Pickel’s 3,000 flight hours include 1,768 sorties and 300 combat hours. Bergstol is the 4th Training Squadron (TS) commander from Brooklyn, N.Y. and Pickel is the 4 TS chief of training devices from Bartonville, Ill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Whitney Stanfield)

 

Col. John Bunnell, 494 FS, 24th of January 2010

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Bunnell, 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, stands below tail “320” after completing his 3,000th flight hour in the F-15E Strike Eagle Jan. 24, 2010. Bunnell is a weapons system officer from Birmingham, Ala., and is deployed from the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Staff Sgt. Richard Williams)

Col. Todd Boyd, 4th Operations Group, 18th May 2007 Seymour-Johnson AFB

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Col. Todd Boyd, 4th Operations Group deputy commander, prepares to exit his F-15E Strike Eagle after his milestone 3,000th hour flight.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica Klingler)

Lt. Col. Dave Iverson, 492 Fighter Squadron, ?? RAF Lakenheath, U.K

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16. Lt. Col. Houstoun Waring, 48th OSS, 31 Oktober, 2007 RAF Lakenheath

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21. Col. Mark Kelly, 4 FW,  9 October  2009, Seymour-Johnson AFB

Colonel Kelly hits 3,000 Strike Eagle flight hours
by Airman 1st Class Rae Perry
4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

10/15/2009 – SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — Col. Mark Kelly, 4th Fighter Wing commander, is one of less than 20 pilots in the world to achieve the milestone of 3,000 hours in the F-15E Strike Eagle. He began his flying career immediately after being commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force in 1986. Colonel Kelly has flown the F-15E for more than 18 years and of his 3,000 plus flight hours, more than 400 of them have been in combat. In addition to the Strike Eagle, Colonel Kelly has also flown the F/A-18 Hornet while on exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Col. Mark Kelly, 4th Fighter Wing commander, and Maj. James Crider, 4th Aeromedical Dental Squadron flight medicine primary care physician, taxi under fire truck spray at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 9, 2009. Colonel Kelly has logged more than 5,000 flight hours during his military career, 3,000 of those in the F-15E Strike Eagle. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Rae Perry)

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Col. Mark Kelly, 4th Fighter Wing commander, poses with his wife Tanya after completing his 3,000th flight hour in the F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 9. The Strike Eagle is one of four aircraft Colonel Kelly has flown since receiving his commission in 1986. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Rae Perry)

Eagle Country congratulates

the following members of the

4000 hours Club F-15A/B/C/D

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scan donated by Lt. Col. Rich Kelly, via Lt. Victor “Chopper” Knill

No. Driver Unit  Date Based when reaching
 1 Col. Jon “JB” Kelk 110 FS 10 October 2006 Lambert Field, MO
 2 Col. Rich “Peewee” Kelly 114 FS 10 August 2007 Klamath Falls, Oregon
 3 Col. James C. Miller 114 FS 30 April 2009 Klamath Falls, Oregon

4000 hours Club F-15E

No. Driver Unit  Date Based when reaching
 1 Lt. Col. Dave Iverson 492 FS  27 January 2010 RAF Lakenheath, U.K.

Pilot sets record en route to Red Flag 10-2

by Tech. Sgt. Chris Stagner
Red Flag Public Affairs

1/27/2010 – NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Red Flag exercises bring a lot to the table. It’s the largest exercise of its kind in the world. Traditionally, Airmen leave Red Flag as better warfighters than they were when they arrived. One Airman will leave Red Flag with more than training and experience; he’ll leave it as a record holder.

Lt. Col. Dave Iverson, deployed to Red Flag from RAF Lakenheath, U.K., where he is the 492nd Fighter Squadron commander, became the only active duty F-15E Strike Eagle pilot to surpass the 4,000 flying hours mark while he was in transit to the exercise. That number increased as he continued to hone his ability to fly, fight and win.

17 years in the making, Lt. Col. David Iverson, 492nd Fighter Squadron commander, holds the 4,000 hours patch he can now wear after a 10.1 hour flight in an F-15 Strike Eagle from Royal Air Force Lakenheath to Kelly Field, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas on Jan 11, 2010. Boeing photo by Lance Cheung

17 years in the making, Lt. Col. David Iverson, 492nd Fighter Squadron commander, holds the 4,000 hours patch he can now wear after a 10.1 hour flight in an F-15 Strike Eagle from Royal Air Force Lakenheath to Kelly Field, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas on Jan 11, 2010. Boeing photo by Lance Cheung

His career in the F-15E started in 1993 when he graduated pilot training and arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The pilot couldn’t comprehend as a student at Luke that he’d one day spend almost half a year of his life in the cockpit of the Strike Eagle.

“At that point I was just trying to learn as much as I could, fly the plane as well as I could and be the best Airman I could,” Colonel Iverson said.

He’s since spent the last 17 years flying the F-15E, and those hours have ranged from training other pilots to fly the Strike Eagle to flying combat sorties in operations Northern and Southern Watch, Deny Flight and Enduring Freedom.

The diversity in Colonel Iverson’s flying career is mirrored in his career as an Airman.

“Colonel Iverson has made contributions to the F-15 community as a weapons officer, member of the test squadron, a director of operations and a commander,” said Col. John Quintas, Air Expeditionary Wing commander deployed from RAF Lakenheath where he is the 48th Operations Group commander. “While 4,000 flying hours in the airframe is impressive, it’s not nearly as impressive as the wide-ranging contributions he’s made to the Strike Eagle community as an Airman.”

Colonel Iverson’s passion might be flying, but it’s what he accomplishes when he’s in the air that brings it home for him.

“It’s a very gratifying experience to know you’re supporting the guys on the ground,” he said. “We help them achieve their objectives, or we help them get into a safe position if their objectives can’t be met.

“On the door leaving Life Support (at a base he was assigned to) in Afghanistan, when you step to the jet there’s a sign that says, ‘Your mission is the 18 year old with the rifle. Don’t you ever forget it’. I take that to heart when I think about our role [as Strike Eagle pilots] in supporting the men and women on the ground. It doesn’t matter if it’s an American or one of our coalition partners, when we fly the Strike Eagle we’re there to support the 18 year olds with rifles.”

As much as the commander loves that aspect of his job, it’s just a part of what makes him love being an Airman even more.

“The flying I’ve done is just hours,” the pilot said. “With our current overseas contingency responsibilities you’ll see a lot more people break the 4,000-hour mark. I’m just fortunate to be on the leading edge of it.

“When you first start flying it’s your main job. It’s still my job, but now I think it’s more important to me as a commander that I take care of my people and their families. If I’m taking care of them and enabling them to execute the mission, then we’ll always come out on top of our combat operations. I feel fortunate that flying allowed me to do this with the men and women of the 492nd Fighter Squadron.”