Three-star general addresses
“The only war the
Lt. Gen. Vern M. “Rusty” Findley II
That’s how Lt. Gen. Vern M. “Rusty” Findley II (ret.) described his role in
the conflict over Kosovo in 1999 during a presentation to the Sun Lakes
Aero Club (SLAC) gathering April 21. General Findley commanded the 92nd
Air Expeditionary Wing, then based in
“Enemy opposition in the air was virtually non-existent,” he said. “We were more afraid of mid-air collisions than the enemy.” The conflict lasted three and one-half months, he said.
Gen. Findley also described his role during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, where commanded the 437th Airlift Wing. Flying 200 missions at night, the unit’s C-17 transport aircraft dropped 35,000 packets of humanitarian daily rations over the war-torn country. He showed his audience one of the packets signed by crewmembers from one of the aircraft he commanded during one of the flights.
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