This page is dedicated to those who answered the call of their country, (here)especially to the pilots who I had the pleasure to support. Their great courage will never be understood, "l'est we never forget!"

I thought this might make you smile. :-)

...conversation overheard on the VHF Guard(emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai.

Iranian Air Defense Site: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'

Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'

Air Defense Site: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'

Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!'

Air Defense Site: (... total silence)

God bless our troops. There is something about a Marine that makes other countries listen to reason.

And the American Soldier.

Many have died for your freedom.