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It’s official! I’ve retired from service.

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Concluding a Career

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I was given a most amazing opportunity last month and the timing of the opportunity could not have been more perfect! I was offered the chance to give the keynote address at the Peoria County Memorial Day Observance on Monday, … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the End

I’ve recently learned that my request to retire from active service this summer has been approved. Now I actually have to figure out once and for all what I want to be when I grow up! Valid (or at least … Continue reading

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Adding to the Absurdity

One of my frequent reads over at PJ Media is fellow (former) St Louisan Stephen Green at VodkaPundit (who “Covers the absurd in American politics,” and does it quite nicely from a libertarian frame of reference). I finally got a … Continue reading

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Praying for Boston

I feel compelled to share this photo today. I’m praying for Boston, I hope you will too. Twitter: #prayforboston. Follow me on Twitter: @CPenningroth

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Fabulous Firsts

The operational (training) F-22 and the F-35 flew together for the first time according to this story at NWF Daily (hat tip to Ace of Spades HQ).  Vandal, the 58th Fighter Squadron Commander flew the F-35 in the photos.  Vandal … Continue reading

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Something Old

I stumbled upon Traumahawk on Flickr; Traumahawk had a couple great photos of my old jet, tail number 833, at the 2002 Farnborough air show (being flown by a Lockheed Martin company test pilot, as I recall).  One of the … Continue reading

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Reactivating My Account

I’ve got just a nutshell’s worth of time to catch you up on everything since last June (my last blog entry). From June through October, there was nothing much going on but somehow I ended up being too busy to … Continue reading

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Fighting for Our Future

     The Air Force has been under considerable pressure from several different people for the past several years.  Some of these folks have actually called for the Air Force to be disbanded.  I penned a short apologetic piece which I posted … Continue reading

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Raptor Punks

     Congrats to the first F-22 B-course graduates!      (In our squadrons, we refer to the first-operational-assignment lieutenant pilots as "punks.")

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