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The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)  August 23rd, 2007
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)   Gary Dombroski "Hawk 21" Posted: August 13th, 2005 @ 6:34pm   I dont remember our team being launched for any night scrambles while we were at Quang Tri. What I remember best was that it was very cold in the huts we stayed in. We did have heaters in the huts, but had no oil to burn in them. Being somewhat innovative (and cold) we did find... [Read More]
"Pucker Missions"  August 23rd, 2007
"Pucker Missions"   Gary Dombroski "Hawk 21"  Posted: August 13th, 2005 @ 6:37pm   The missions I was involved with occurred on two separate days, about six days apart. One of the unusual things about these missions is our fire team on both days had three aircraft commanders and flight leads in the two aircraft. I have forgotten who performed as the... [Read More]
Hydraulic Failure  August 23rd, 2007
Hydraulic Failure   Gary Dombroski "Hawk 21"  Posted: August 13th, 2005 @ 6:36pm   Standard procedure for the HAWKS during this timeframe was to have the First-Up (Scramble) team look over their aircraft around 6 PM every evening, then go back to the barracks and get what they needed to spend the night in the Ready Room near the OPS building. Another crew would... [Read More]
Becoming a Hawk  August 23rd, 2007
Becoming a Hawk   By Gary Dombroski, Hawk 21 Posted: August 13th, 2005 @ 6:32pm    Seems the 101st policy was to have every soldier (regardless of rank or MOS) assigned to the division undergo a week of infantry training. Had to march to the various training areas (in new boots which caused new blisters on our feet), do PT, undergo M-16 weapons qualification and... [Read More]
Bach Ma  August 23rd, 2007
Bach Ma   Gary Dombroski Hawk 21 Posted: August 13th, 2005 @ 6:31pm   This occurred during a preplanned mission to insert troops into the Bach Ma area. Bach Ma was a former Viet Namese mountain resort located at somewhere around 5000 feet about thirty miles or so south of Phu Bai. The mission called for us to stage with about 20 Hueys in an area along Highway 1, climb to... [Read More]

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