The Medical/Dental spouses had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go out onto the flight line WITH our cameras and get IN AN F-15! We also were able to check out night vision goggles (they are heavy!) and see some of the training that a pilot and crew have to endure to be prepared for "anything." It was humbling. I came away with a greater respect for the behind the scenes servicemen and women as well as the pilots.
Remember when you have gone to an air show and it is so loud that you wish you had ear plugs? Well, our living room often seems to be right in the center of a daily air show ( we can see the pilots in the F-15s as they fly past our apartment). On days that the decibel level is just a bit much for me to keep my sanity, Dana kindly reminds me of a phrase one of his commanders told him, "Hear that? It's the sound of freedom!" As silly as it sounds that actually helps to pacify the anxiety...for the moment. :)