BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq, Nov. 28, 2006 — Lt. Col. Russ Limke, 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron operations officer, and his son, Senior Airman Andrew Limke, 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, deployed together as Air National Guardsmen from Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S.D.
The younger Limke is responsible for the take-off and recovery of F-16s, which means he occasionally has the privilege of getting his father off the ground or taxiing him in from a completed mission.
"I can't be more proud of my son for enlisting," said the colonel. "He turned out to be a damn fine F-16 crew chief. I'll take his jet into combat any day."