Strike Eagle Crewman Hits Milestone

Lt. Col. John Bunnell, an F-15E weapon system officer, on Jan. 24 reached his 3,000th flight hour in the backseat of a Strike Eagle during a four-hour mission from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. “This is a nice milestone for me,” said Bunnell, a native of Birmingham, Ala., who is deployed from RAF Lakenheath, Britain, as commander of Bagram’s 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. This unit comprises a contingent of F-15Es and airmen deployed to Afghanistan from Lakenheath’s 494th Fighter Squadron. Bunnel has been flying in F-15Es since 1990 and has now completed 120 combat sorties. More than 370 of his 3,000 flight hours have been in combat. (Bagram report by SSgt. Richard Williams)