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Brig Gen Tom Fleming | 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron - Air Force

6:30   |   After a short stop in the Philippines for survival training, Tom Fleming flew to Cam Ranh Bay to get his assignment as a forward air controller. He found out he would be based in Thailand and flying missions over Laos. The goal was to disrupt traffic on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

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  • Brig Gen Tom Fleming  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  9:24

    From the beginning, Tom Fleming wanted to be a fighter pilot. He settled for a tour as a forward air controller in Vietnam and, after that, his quest for fighters continued as he embarked on a lengthy Air Force career. That career took him to Turkey, Germany, many stateside bases and the Pentagon, but it was Hawaii that was most satisfactory.

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