America Strikes Back!
Captain Ed Sumangil
Weapons System Officer
34th Bomb Squadron
Greetings from Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory.
Although the 34th is the lead squadron, the 37th
Squadron is also here operating along side of us bringing together
memories of past exploits by these two squadrons.
I'll tell you why. If I remember my history correctly, The Doolittle
Raid was the first time that the US was able to strike at the Japanese
during World War two. Well, we were also one of the first to strike at
Believe it or not, we first lived in tents but then moved to ships
before we started our first strikes. It's not exactly an aircraft
carrier like the Doolittle Raiders took off from but it sure does bring
to mind some similarities between the two.
The pace and intensity of our ongoing combat operations which began
in early October, is rigorous, with long missions and short rest
periods. Sorties, or individual missions, are running 10 to 14 hours.
A lot of praise goes to the ground support crews, who have kept up with the hectic pace.
Please rest assured that we are doing what we can to make certain
that we carry on the past traditions of the 34th Bomb Squadron.