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10/11/09 — Col. Mark Kelly reaches 3,000 flight hour mark

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Col. Mark Kelly reaches 3,000 flight hour mark

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on October 11, 2009 2:00 AM

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4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mark Kelly, left, is greeted by 4th Operations Group Commander Col. John Hruby after landing the Spirit of Goldsboro at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday afternoon. A crowd of airmen and Military Affairs Committee members -- and Kelly's wife, Tanya -- were gathered to honor the colonel for reaching 3,000 flying hours in the F-15E, a milestone only a handful of Strike Eagle aviators have reached.

Mark Kelly didn't ask that a crowd of people stand waiting for him on the flight line when his F-15E touched down Friday afternoon. He wasn't expecting a cake or standing ovation. But the men and women who serve under...

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