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B-52 Pilot Takes on Fuel from Little Sisterís Plane over Afghanistan (Siblings Reunite in midair!)
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| Master Sgt. Scott King
Posted on 04/12/2006 4:34:19 PM PDT by SandRat
U.S. Air Force
Capt. Jeremy Holmes
1st Lt. Jordan Holmes
|B-52 Pilot Takes on Fuel from Little Sisters Plane over Afghanistan
|By Master Sgt. Scott King
40th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs
|OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, April 12, 2006 — Over the skies of Afghanistan, during a combat mission, one B-52 pilot got a surprise of a lifetime – “hooking” up with family.
“I was surprised to hear her voice,” said Capt. Jeremy Holmes, 40th Air Expeditionary Group B-52 aircraft commander. “To make absolutely sure it was her, without throwing out any names over the radio, I asked if there were any Packers fans on the jet tonight. Right away the boom operator said, ‘yeah, the co-pilot is a Packers fan.’ then I knew for sure it was her.”
After flying six hours, the captain positioned his B-52 to take on fuel from the KC-135, his sister, 1st Lt. Jordan Holmes, was co-piloting.
“I thought wow; this is going to be a story to tell the parents,” Jeremy said. “I was proud of her. My kid sister, who I used to laugh and joke around with and never took seriously, is now providing our bomber the gas to get the mission done.”
The B-52s Jeremy flies here support Operation Enduring Freedom by providing close air support for U.S. and coalition troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The KC-135s Jordan flies are assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling located at another forward operation location.
The mid-air rendezvous was completely coincidental.
“I wasn't even sure it was him, until I heard him over the radio say, ‘So are there any Packer fans onboard tonight?’ That's when I knew he was on that jet,” Jordan said. “For the most part, the KC-135s at my location support Operation Iraqi Freedom, and this was an OEF mission. I know the B-52 community is pretty small, so I thought I may hear him out there one night. This mission in particular was special because I know I had an impact on my brother completing what he had to do for the night.”
|U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeremy Holmes, a B-52 pilot operating from a forward operating location, received mid-air fuel during a combat mission over Afghanistan from his sister, the co-pilot of a KC-135. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer
|U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jordan Holmes, a KC-135 pilot operating from a forward operating location refueled a B-52 her brother piloted during a combat mission over Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force courtesy photo
|Even though the two were just a planes-length away from each other during refueling, it was still all business.
“I exchanged simple ‘hellos’ and ‘how’s it goings’ with Jordan, then went on to hooking up and getting my gas,” Jeremy said. “After that, I thanked their crew for the ‘drink’ and wished them a safe flight back home.
“Talking with her afterward, we both wanted to say more to each other on the radio, but knew we were there for a reason much more important than a family reunion.”
Service to country is deeply routed through their entire family. Their grandfather served in the Navy during World War II and their father was a KC-135 boom operator.
“I think it is kind of cool how us kids ended up serving our Air Force and based within three states of each other,” Jordan said. “Jeremy is a B-52 pilot and his wife is an electronic warfare officer on B-52s. Josh, our brother, joined after college and is a B-52 radar navigator. Jared, our youngest brother is in security forces, and I'm flying KC-135s. We are all really close, so it's nice we get to see each other quite a bit - even halfway around the globe.”
Brother and sister are combat veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with more than 300 combat flying hours combined.
“I’m privileged to be serving my country in the global war on terror, and it’s unique to serve alongside my brothers and sister,” Jeremy said. “Two countries now have the chance for freedom. As it is said, freedom is not free. It’s paid for by deployments, family separation, and in the worst case, blood. For our generation and future generations across the world to grow up free, without fear of their government or fear of a neighboring government, it is worth the price.
“As for this particular mission,” he said. “The common cause of defending freedom and democracy brought my sister and me together over the skies of Afghanistan that night – it’s a night I will never forget.”
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; b52; fuel; mysisterpassesgas; pilot; plane; pullmyfingerbro; sisters; takes
posted on 04/12/2006 4:34:22 PM PDT
To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..
Family reunion in mid-air over Afghanistan.
posted on 04/12/2006 4:34:50 PM PDT
(Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
Now that's what I call "Family Values."
"Just as long as you don't take it all."
posted on 04/12/2006 4:36:32 PM PDT
(Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
What a great story! God Bless them all, for everything they do for us. I'd gladly buy any one of them a beer.
posted on 04/12/2006 4:37:58 PM PDT
("One man with a gun can control 100 without one." - Lenin / Molwn Labe!)
Amazing! Thanks to this remarkable family for their unselfish service to the nation!
Their parents have a right to be mighty proud.
posted on 04/12/2006 4:39:29 PM PDT
("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
Buffy and Jody are comin' for you, Osama!
(Where's Mr. French? He surrendered.)
Since no one has yet stooped to this level I will. ["Yes" I am kidding and "no"am not a troll recently escaped from the DU]:
Is this a form of incest?
posted on 04/12/2006 5:11:39 PM PDT
by R W Reactionairy
("Everyone is entitled to their own opinion ... but not to their own facts" Daniel Patrick Monihan)
posted on 04/12/2006 5:13:21 PM PDT
(NASA needs one more moon rock, its in Mecca.)
posted on 04/12/2006 5:31:26 PM PDT
((3rd Armored Division -- Spearhead))
Neat story! Great family! Thanks for the ping.
posted on 04/12/2006 7:03:54 PM PDT
(GWB -- four more years!)
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posted on 04/12/2006 7:48:55 PM PDT
([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
posted on 04/13/2006 3:22:15 AM PDT
posted on 04/13/2006 3:26:52 AM PDT
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Very nice story. Thanks for the ping!
posted on 04/13/2006 4:22:14 AM PDT
(Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
Great story.. I am a dirty old man, but it brought tears to my eyes.
posted on 04/13/2006 4:31:37 AM PDT
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This is a cool ping. When I was active duty I got 2 rides on re fueler, I got to watch my A10's get refueled, that was neat. I got to nap in the Boomers (he was actually the guy in the back that waits for the planes to mate up to the re fueler,then fuels them) bunk while we were flying around. He was nice........ I do have pics of that.
posted on 04/21/2006 11:03:10 PM PDT
(Pray for our Warriors...they are the greatest there are............)
The Boomer's bunk......LOL
posted on 04/21/2006 11:04:42 PM PDT
(Pray for our Warriors...they are the greatest there are............)
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