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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Langley based F-22s headed to Japan

From my friend Hugh Lessig, military reporter at the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia.

The 94th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base has deployed the F-22 Raptor for the first time.

A dozen of the planes, Hugh reports, left Langley this week to spend four months at Kadena Air Base in Japan.

In Japan, the pilots will train with and against F-15 Eagles based there, plus the Japan Air Self Defense Force and the Navy's F/A-18 Super Hornets.

Check out Hugh's military blog at Hampton Roads Military.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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