Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the officer who has overseen the Air Staff's intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance office (A2) since July 2006 and been the driving force behind the Air Force's ISR transformation, is retiring after 34 years in uniform, USAF officials announced June 3, 2010. Deptula was the principal attack planner for the Desert Storm air campaign. In the late 1990s, he served as joint task force commander for Operation Northern Watch and there flew 82 combat missions. He later ran the air operations center during the early air war against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 2001. Here, Deptula (l) shown during a visit to Southwest Asia to discuss ISR matters with commanders on the scene.
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Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.
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