Welcome to episode thirty-seven of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast, part seven of Operation Anaconda and the Battle of Roberts Ridge series!
Retired Air Force Colonel James “Spanky” Dennis began his flying career as a Weapons System Operator in the F-4E Phantom II. The first WSO to command a Seymour Johnson F-15E Strike Eagle squadron, he’d assumed command of the 335th Fighter Squadron “Chiefs” a month before on 9/11, and began flying defensive missions over Washington DC and New York City that morning. Colonel Dennis had to care for and feed a Strike Eagle unit fighting at home and deployed to Kuwait for Operation Anaconda and Qatar for Iraqi Freedom while in command. While at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, he led the air group assigned to a very secret special operations unit called Task Force 20, The Wolverines!
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On next week’s podcast, you will hear from a 97-year-old MiG Killer whose story of the 38-minute engagement was kept secret for fifty years!
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