Grateful for Air Force service
I thank my brothers and sisters in blue for everything they do. I have been on the needing end of close air support and have appreciated the Air Force’s effort.
I don’t care what the system is that delivers it. I couldn’t care less where the pilot is or the support crew. I think these letters in reference to "The War Room" (article, Oct. 27) are tragic on the part of the Army.
I have been to combat four times. I don’t like to deploy and I am not upset that the Air Force has figured out a way to prevent that.
I do not have to bring work with me when I come home from deployment, though. I spend a year here, I do the job, and I forget about everything I did as soon as I leave.
However, Air Force Predator pilots and mission support crew don’t have that luxury. We ask them to conduct war from the States. We tell them it’s a secret, we make them watch the destruction we ask for, then we send them home. They have to transition daily and pretend like nothing bothers them when they get home. I can see how that could stress some folks out.
Imagine being a rifleman in the desert and having a random noncommissioned officer point to a guy by the side of the road and tell you to shoot him. No other information. You don’t have to verify bad-guy activity; someone else has already done it. Just shoot.
Think about that before you start telling them what an easy job they have.
I don’t find the Army better because we have managed to find a way to make deployments suck for so long. I applaud the Air Force for figuring out how not to burn their force out.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas CapozziMosul, Iraq