3:27 | Gene Carter remembers his upbringing in a military family and explains the events that occurred that led him to flying C-130s.
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Gene Carter faced a number of challenges as a C-138 pilot over Bosnia. A complication with some freight inside the plane made one mission particularly dicey.
Gene Carter talks about his transition into flying C-17s and describes how much of a privilege it was to fly such an outstanding aircraft.
Gene Carter tells of his time on the ground after Kuwait is invaded. Carter and his squadron are forced to face the trials of life in the desert and blistering heat of Oman.
Gene Carter reminisces on some shenanigans that his 40th Airlift Squadron got into while stationed in Oman. High spirits helped them stay positive through the desert sands & high heat.
Gene Carter tells of his harrowing experience in the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and right near his wing of the Pentagon. His proximity to explosion reignited some of his fight or flight instincts that he had as a soldier.
Justice details a too-close-for-comfort interaction with a vehicle-borne IED. The IED came as a complete surprise and the entire F.O.B. fell into what Justice could only describe as “chaos” immediately following the explosion. She suffered several injuries and had to work with the nurses back in Bagram and depend on the friendship of comrade Colonel Ellison to come back from the injuries.
He entered the Army with an ROTC commission and a journalism degree. During college, he was in the Pershing Rifles, who enjoyed firing a blank round during their drill routine to get everyone's attention. At Fort Benning, he moved right through the basic course, jump school and Ranger school.
Owen Ditchfield was a brand new infantry officer when he was sent to an infantry battalion in the 1st Armored Division. He was immediately sent on maneuvers, which didn't go so well. His unit was activated during the Cuban missile crisis and sent to Fort Stewart in Georgia to prepare for action. What they really prepared for was a visit by the President.
He was the smallest guy in his Ranger class, so he got the heaviest loads. Owen Ditchfield found out how long he could go without sleep, food and water and still keep going. The testing was as much psychological as physical, as he found out when he was summoned to the front of the column in the middle of the night.
Chris Valentine remembers the types of projects that they did for the Baghdad police force that needed help in the area. He also recalls the private security firms such as Blackwater that he came across while stationed in Iraq.
In 1964, Owen Ditchfield was sent to Communications Zone Headquarters in France as a staff officer. The hours and tourism were great, but he knew he needed line company experience to advance so he transferred to a mechanized Airborne unit. Their vehicles were in disrepair but they had an ace in the hole.
Chris Valentine recalls the procurement process that he and his team had to go through to get arms equipment to the Iraqi government. Because of the Congressional approval required, there was often bureaucracy that needed to be cleared in order for things to happen.
Mark Zambon recalls some of the robotic technology that he and his bomb unit had at their disposal while clearing IEDs. Mark remembers the sacrifice that his colleagues made and, in particular, remembers his friend and teammate Mike that he lost and how the memory of him still sticks with him to this day.
Mark Zambon talks about day-to-day life for his Bomb Disposal Squad as they came across various types of IEDs across all types of terrain in Iraq. He remembers a particularly close call that happened with an explosive device right near where his squad had set up camp for the night.