6/15/07 - Something going down in Iraq?

I am most definitely *not* a gossip type person but I thought I would share something with you.

Disclaimer!
Now this is completely supposition on my part so if nothing comes from it .. well dont blame me

As some of you might remember my brother is a fighter pilot (did a post a long time ago about him graduating from Sheppard and how I learned I'm not destined to fly) and he is currently stationed in Iraq. This is his 3rd tour there (with a couple tours in Afghanistan in between).

To make a long story short, he is a rather non-communicative sort of person. Him and I can go 6 months w/out talking to each other w/out a hitch and he rarely communicates with our sister while on tour accept for the occasional "Hey, I'm alive... I'll write more later" (and he favors her a lot more than me :P).

Anyway, both my sister and I recieved the following email this morning at exactly 7:02am PST:

Just want to let you know, whatever you hear on the news, i am doing just fine.

And thats it.

Now we have never gotten anything like this from him before. And to quote my sister:

This is very different than anything I've received before, so I'm sure something "big" happened. I'll let you know more when I find something out.

Anyway... if this turns out to be something (and lets hope its nothing) lets pray that our troops are ok out there.

PAR

Yes I remember your story well. About him becoming a fighter pilot and your hometown hero, and you not making the cut.

Sound chilly indeed. I hope he and all of our people there don't have to go though something much worse than it is now before it begin getting any better.

Any chance maybe someone with a similar name was hurt or something?

It appears that Green Zone was bombarded

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/...

Let's hope that's all it is. If he's stationed outside the Green Zone, that would be worse, and indicate perhaps coordinated assaults, but we'll know more in the next few days.

When I saw the title of the thread, my first thought was "when is something NOT going down in Iraq?"

Funkenpants wrote:
When I saw the title of the thread, my first thought was "when is something NOT going down in Iraq?"

Buildings and bombs seem to be falling all the time. Isn't the bigger news when things go up?

An F-16 went down yesterday, that may be what he's referring to.

Robear wrote:
An F-16 went down yesterday, that may be what he's referring to.

Did it? Yea thats probably it. Do you have a link bro?

PAR

It just hit the wires shortly before 1600, ET. Just go to Google News and enter "F-16". it was from Toledo. 180th Wing, Ohio Air National Guard.

Thanks Ro... my brothers roommate at Sheppard flew for the OANG.

PAR

Hope he's okay.

Isn't it weird that I have to find out what happened in Iraq w/ one of our F-16s from a Chinese and Canadian website (no info on any of the major news sites before 5pm MST)?

I just dont get it.

And no Ive heard nothing back from him...

PAR

par wrote:
Isn't it weird that I have to find out what happened in Iraq w/ one of our F-16s from a Chinese and Canadian website (no info on any of the major news sites before 5pm MST)?

I just dont get it.

And no Ive heard nothing back from him...

PAR

Yea. American News is just another way for people to make money, not necessarily report the news.

Well, Robear was correct. It was about that F16 and its pretty sad.

Here is an email I got from my bro early this morning.


> hope you are having a good summer, steph says its hot by you, i'm not giving
> her too much sympathy though cause its like 115 here. i've been escaping it
> though since i'm mostly a night guy.
>
> about the accident, everything has been released to the press including
> names and stuff so i'll elaborate a little more. It was one of the toledo
> jets out of the 3 squadrons of f-16 that are here (i actually was the last
> guy to land the jet earlier that day). "Sonny" as we called him took off
> as #2 at night and crashed less than 10 nm from the base. he did not
> eject. there will be extensive investigations utilizing the "black box"
> to determine the cause of the crash but most things point to
> disorientation. it is very dark out there and we do some pretty
> aggressive take offs to get us out of the threats quickly. this is
> something that is not uncommon and usually happens once a year, the fact
> that it was in iraq is just circumstantial. Everyone is pretty numb, we
> started flying later that day and we are back to normal now, less one guy.
> As in a standard guard unit, some people are taking it pretty hard since
> sonny had been around here for a while and almost everyone knew him. As
> for the pilots, we are just doing our job, i think most of us are
> compartmentalizing it and will deal with it later. As for me, its weird,
> right before he stepped to fly, we were sitting on the couch watching tv
> and poking fun at each other, he was a funny guy and good for a laugh. I
> had only known him for as long as i've been working with toledo, but i
> keep thinking if this was our unit and it was one of the guys i've known
> for years, it would be much harder. Thus I can sympathize with the guys
> around here and give them cudos for continuing to do the job. I guess if
> you're in this business long enough, something like this is bound to
> happen.

PAR

Wow, that's gotta suck. Glad your brother's okay, par, but I feel bad for Sonny's family.

Not something I'm happy to be right about.

As sad and tragic as it is, at least it's a singular incident and not something horrendous on a huge scale as par was thought it may be.