NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA OCTOBER 2004
In the space of a few minutes, Air Force Captain Catherine Platt says she makes a surreal trip from a pitched battle over Iraq to the choreographed musical fountains in front of the luxurious Bellagio Casino on the Las Vegas strip.
The six-year veteran intelligence officer flies into combat zones half way around the world without ever leaving the ground at her Nevada air base, “You definitely feel that you … Continue Reading »
OVER NEW YORK CITY–The crisp blue sky over New York City resembled the day that dawned on September 11, 2001 three years ago. Ground zero could be clearly seen from the cockpit of F-15 fighters circling above Manhattan Island at twenty-three thousand feet.
That was my vantage point from the back seat of an F-15 of the 71st Fighter Squadron known as the “Ironmen” during a combat air patrol that protected the President.
It’s hours of boredom punctuated by seconds … Continue Reading »