March 23, 2018
The ma’am behind the mustache
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN —
In the dark of night in Afghanistan, a pilot gathers all the gear required for an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter training mission: medical kit, survival vest, night-vision goggles, and sidearm. Excitement fills the air as the engines start, but the crew maintains their focus as they hurriedly finish loading their gear onto the aircraft and run through their preflight checklists. Adrenaline courses as the pilot settles into the combat mission mindset.