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Nightmare Scrapbook For June, 2001


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The Fifth Month of Command . . .

On the road to New Orleans



ESCAPING THE HEAT


On June 1st, the Nightmares interrupted their night systems phase of block training in order to march in the new Group Commander's change of command ceremony. 'Ragu' was only able to transmit his commander's guidance for a week before embarking upon a two week quest to move his family west from Virginia. During that time, the Cow served as acting Group Commander, carved his initials into the boss's desk, and pretended to be King. (It's good to be King.)

On June 14, General Bolden held his quarterly commander's conference at MCAS Miramar CA. In recognition of Flag Day, the General grabbed a microphone and sang 'Proud To Be An American.' The General need do nothing more to prove his bravery to the Cow.

The Nightmares qualified Jolly, Screech, Critter and Torch in Night Systems and recertified Cow and Cliffy as Night Systems Instructors. Taking a break from night flying, 50 Nightmares climbed aboard a KC-130 which was assigned to aerial refuel Waldo and Cow en route to New Orleans. Unfortunately, a stationary tropical storm settled over the destination, with flooding that killed 21 people all told. The Nightmares decided to divert to San Antonio for a night on the River Walk before retreating to (too) sunny Yuma. The Nightmares sent a signed lithograph to the "Raiders" of VMGR-352 in appreciation for their superior support, and the following images are dedicated to them.



The 'Raider' KC-130 extends
it's hoses as Waldo waits in the starboard reform

A view from above

With the refueling hoses retracted

One last look at the Gas Station

Preflight inspections are serious business

Speaking of snakes, here are Critter and Screech in San Antonio

Don't let your daughters date these Attack Pilots

Tex gave Cow his Night Systems Recertification checkride

Waldo had his last flight in the squadron on 22 June

Headed home from San Antonio

VMAT-203 Detachment jets landing at Delta taxiway in Yuma

Top becomes a Master Gunnery Sergeant!

Awards in the Cow's office

Bravo Zulu--a job well done!

A new Lance Corporal, 7 new Corporals and a new Sergeant were promoted 30 June.



Aircraft two, on an off day


This is the same bird flying at the top of the page, sans wing and engine


Nightmare Quality Assurance Inspectors are so competent, that Nightmare
pilots sleep soundly at night (when they're not flying).  Thanks Gunny!


The engine bay


Embarking upon the challenge of leading by example...



...and ready for the responsibility


Farewell Waldo!

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