The Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper was first flown in combat on June 23, 2017, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The aircrew flew a 16-hour sortie with a full payload of weapons, including GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Air Force photo by SrA. Christian Clausen.
In December 1996, Norbert Feist was hired for a full-time crew chief position with the Minnesota National Guard, and assigned to a brand-new C-130. Twenty-one years later, Feist is a master sergeant and still with aircraft 1004. And he’s not done yet: Feist will have served 23 years with the same plane by the time he retires. Jennifer Hlad spoke to Feist at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, where he’s currently deployed.
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