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Pilot thanks students for cards, treats
Arizona Daily Star ^ | Alexis Huicochea

Posted on 03/26/2010 6:53:46 PM PDT by SandRat

After months of sending cards and cookies, a group of second-graders at Lyons Elementary School received a special visit from their pen pal, Air Force Capt. Mark Uberuaga.

Uberuaga, a combat search-and-rescue pilot, spent three months in Afghanistan before returning Feb. 4.

He stopped by Elizabeth Wiley's classroom Thursday to thank the children for their support and to fill them in on his trip.

As he told students that he piloted a HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft, one student had to make sure he heard Captain Mark - as the kids referred to him - correctly.

"Wait, did you say you fly a helicopter?" the student asked.

Second-grader George Lucas was equally impressed.

"I think he is a great guy," George said of Uberuaga. "I would love to be in a helicopter."

Uberuaga also took time to pass around some of his equipment and explain the patches he had on his uniform.

Setah Smith, 7, enjoyed the story Uberuaga told about the first life he saved upon arriving in Afghanistan - that of a little boy who fell off of a roof and hit his head.

This was Uberuaga's first tour of Afghanistan but has been deployed to Iraq three times.

"Your letters were super sweet," he told the children as he arrived. "It was encouraging to know you all supported us."

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at 573-4175 or ahuicochea@azstarnet.com


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: cards; children; pilot; treats
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JAMES GREGG / ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Air Force Capt. Mark Uberuaga visited second-graders Thursday at Lyons Elementary School. The class "adopted" him when he was in Afghanistan.

1 posted on 03/26/2010 6:53:46 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Thanks for posting this!


2 posted on 03/26/2010 7:08:31 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: SandRat

As an aside I was in the Atlanta airport this week. Delta airlines announced 2 guys returning from the war. Everyone nearby started clapping to welcome them home.


3 posted on 03/26/2010 7:33:54 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SandRat
Today my husband and I attended the funeral of one of his elderly cousins. Her grandson was here on leave from Afghanistan and I met him for the first time. As we were leaving the church, I stopped and said “Thank you for protecting American”. He grabbed me in a bear hug and said it was his honor to do so. He is leaving this Sunday, going back over there. What a great young man.
4 posted on 03/26/2010 8:49:19 PM PDT by native texan ("don't tread on me")
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To: SandRat

THanks for posting!

SeeSar (CSaR) angels over the battlefield


5 posted on 03/26/2010 10:12:43 PM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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