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Red Flag Charge in Vegas

Blue Blazer Squadron at Red Flag

If you weren’t able to make the Second Annual Blue Blazer Charge, we’re officially saying that you didn’t miss anything special.  We spent most of the time watching Hubbard’s home movies and filling out “TPS reports” in a plainly decorated conference room at a modest hotel.

For the rest of you, here’s a quick recap of our weekend in Vegas!

 FRIDAY

The bus at Nellis AFBThose Blue Blazers who took the bus ride to Vegas met early at the Wigwam, and Bennett (aka “‘Mater” for his remarkable skill at driving the bus in reverse…and his occasional direction-related challenges) began the relatively quick drive to Vegas.  Spirits on the bus soared as the credits to “The Great Santini” rolled and as odors from the coach’s restroom wafted.

But the best was yet to come.  We met up with fellow Blue Blazers at the Walmart across from Nellis AFB, watched several fighters fly overhead, and restocked the coolers.  Next stop – Red Flag!

Col Jeff "Bart" WeedWe could not have had a better host than Col “Bart” Weed who rolled out the red carpet for the BBS.  He provided an excellent briefing on the history of Red Flag, how the exercise is conducted, and the difference Red Flag has made for our airmen and international partners.  He was joined by right-hand-man “Boomer” who would spend the balance of the day with us, as well.
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