The attached photo is of Staff Sgt. Matthew Hanlon, 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron air adviser and aerial gunner, scanning terrain for possible threats over Logar province, Afghanistan, during a coalition mission July 29, 2013.
Hanlon, hailing from Temecula, and deployed from the 6th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., says he loves the opportunities he’s been given over the years as aircrew.
“Once your helicopter leaves the ground the thrill of flight begins,” says Hanlon. “The trust and bond developed between aviators from multiple countries is unparalleled.” -- U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ben Bloker