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Help Veteran Buy back his Army Helicopter
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I am a Veteran Flight Engineer who has been deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. I left the military in 2008 and am an avid pilot. I have over 500 flight hours in combat crewing My aircraft 88-00097 "Beast of Burden". Now it is being ... More ...

I joined the Army is 2003, I can remember all I wanted to do was fly. I had grown up around airplanes my whole life and my father was a pilot. I was sent overseas right out of trainning to Gremany followed by Afghanistan where I worked maintaining the helicopters. Finally in late 2006 I was given orders to return stateside: Ft. Riley Kansas. A lot of people probably do not know but B company started in a little back room with Capt. Utzig, SFC Powers  and about 5 more of us. It turned into one of the best units I have ever been apart of, I am still connected with many from those days. Every time I look at pictures I am taken back and can tell a story or two out here in the civilian world with a smile. 097 was my Aircraft while assigned to B company from 2006 to 2008. In Iraq it was all about Being mission ready and eliminating down time, 097  the "Beast of Burden" as we named her had one of the highest rediness standards. A lot of people can relate to the bond between man and machine however it is hard to explain the connection between the people in the unit, the Beast o Burden, and myself. I to this day still have the two flags (American, POW) that were flown during every mission throughout OIF. I used to joke around saying they (the Govt) should just sell it to, well now they are. I never thought I would see the day, I knew I had to do something so here is my attempt in the very short amount of time that is left. When I saw her picture online last night I could hardly sleep the memories just kept flowing, this morning I am still smiling from being able to see her. Thanks to all of you who made those memories great, you know who you are. In the end it doesnt matter where you are; its who you are with.

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