C-17 Final Flight Orders
Remembering those who served with us


by Brad Baker

When the last checklist's run and the bag drag is done,
I'll reminisce on the days I once knew,
I won't remember the oh-three-hundred alerts,
But only that I flew!

I will not remember the crew rest in tents,
Nor recall how cold Arctic winds blew,
And I'll try not to remember the times I got sick,
But only that I flew!

I will never forget when nature became angry,
To challenge my intrepid crew,
I'll always remember the fear I felt,
And the pride in knowing I flew.

I'll remember the sights my mortal eyes saw,
All colored in multiple hues,
Those beautiful lights on cold winter lights,
Seen only by those who flew.

God was extremely good to me,
He let me touch his face,
He saw my crew through war and peace,
And blessed us with His grace.

So when I stand at St. Peter's Gate,
And tell him that I'm new,
I know he'll smile and welcome me,
Because he knows


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NameRankCrew PositionDepartureComments
Cicardo, Thomas  SMSgt LM 07/28/2010 249th 
Freyholtz, Michael  Maj Pilot 07/28/2010 249th 
Hill, Jeffrey Hill  Capt Pilot 07/28/2010 517th 
Malone, Aaron (Zippy) Maj Pilot 07/28/2010 249th 
Kellim, James D.  Major General  Pilot 02/25/2010 Director of Field Services for the U.S. Air Force C-17, Globemaster III 
Marshall, Clark E.  Maj Pilot 06/07/2011 C-17 pilot simulator instructor. 
Mingus, Larry Dean  MSgt Life Support 01/17/2011 C-17 cold weather Operational Test & Evaluation program. 
Oehler, William Frank  Maj Nav 06/17/2009 Edwards AFB test projects manager for the C-17. 
Ramirez, Rudolph M. (RAM)   Civ 02/13/2012 Branch Chief in the C-17 SPM Division, Kelly AFB. 
Archer, Robert   Civ 01/09/2006 C-17 Fly by wire control system manager 
Singleton, Donald G.  MSgt Jet engine mechanic 08/26/2010 C-17 jet engine mechanic with 437th FMS. 
Wachsman, Casey A.  SSgt C-17 aircraft crew chief 09/06/2008 His two greatest passions in life were his family, and his service in the United States Air Force.  
Rudner, Michael J.   LM 05/22/2012 728th 
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