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Reservists go back to school

Trip to the Air Force Academy serves dual purpose

Lt. Col. Dave Mets, 97th Airlift Squadron, goes over the details pertaining to the operating system of a C-17 Globemaster III with an Air Force Academy cadet for a C-17 orientation. /Staff Sgt. Javier Cruz

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(446th AW PA) - Reservists from the 97th Airlift Squadron at McChord Field dropped members from the Wings of Blue parachute team over the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct.29-31.

The 12-person Wings of Blue team, which performs maneuvers in altitudes ranging from 4,500 to 11,000 feet, provided a pre-game show during the Air Force Academy Falcons game against the University of Utah Utes.

Members from the aircrew also provided an orientation flight for six cadets, one of whom was the son of Lt. Col. David Mets, the aircraft commander for the mission and Academy graduate.

"This experience gives the cadets a taste of what the operational Air Force is like," said the 21-year military veteran. "It also helps them make a more informed decision about their careers."

As a bonus, the aircrew, consisting of mainly Academy graduates, Maj. Mike Parker class of 2000, Maj. Jason Allen class of 2000, Maj. Jon Mosier class of 1989, and Colonel Mets Class of 1989 got the chance to visit their alma mater and to cheer for the Falcons.

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