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01/09/14 — Into the wild blue yonder

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Into the wild blue yonder

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on January 9, 2014 1:46 PM

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Photo courtesy of 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Airman 1st Class Brittain Crolley

4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Jeannie Leavitt signals her crew chief before taking flight at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base July 17. After standing down for more than three months, the 336th Fighter Squadron was finally given the green light to resume flying hours and return to combat mission ready status and their leader took them skyward.

An Air Force colonel cracks a smile as she pins one of the nation's oldest military decorations on the chest of one the young men under her command. "To be able to ... pin the Purple Heart on him was...

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