Longtime airman bids goodbye to wild blue yonder

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Longtime airman bids goodbye to wild blue yonder

David Carey collected nearly 10,000 flight hours during 38-year career
Chief Master Sgt. David Carey performs preflight checks on his C-130 before the last flight of his 38-year Air Force career at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on Aug. 23. Before retiring last week, Carey was the most senior flight crewman in the Pikes Peak region.
From left, Janelle Carey, Master Sgt. Dan Landers and Bryce Carey spray Chief Master Sgt. David Carey with fire extinguishers and a bottle of root beer, Carey’s favorite beverage, following the flight crewman’s last flight on Aug. 23. Carey said the highlight of his career was flying missions to quell the Hayman fire in 2002, Waldo Canyon in 2012 and Black Forest in 2013 because they were for his community.
Chief Master Sgt. David Carey walks down the runway for the last flight of his 38-year Air Force career at Peterson Air Force Base on Aug. 23. Carey’s daughter, Janelle, gave him the Spongebob lunch box and told him he wasn’t a man unless he brought it with him on missions.

Longtime airman bids goodbye to wild blue yonder

Chief Master Sgt. David Carey performs preflight checks on his C-130 before the last flight of his 38-year Air Force career at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on Aug. 23. Before retiring last week, Carey was the most senior flight crewman in the Pikes Peak region.
From left, Janelle Carey, Master Sgt. Dan Landers and Bryce Carey spray Chief Master Sgt. David Carey with fire extinguishers and a bottle of root beer, Carey’s favorite beverage, following the flight crewman’s last flight on Aug. 23. Carey said the highlight of his career was flying missions to quell the Hayman fire in 2002, Waldo Canyon in 2012 and Black Forest in 2013 because they were for his community.
Chief Master Sgt. David Carey walks down the runway for the last flight of his 38-year Air Force career at Peterson Air Force Base on Aug. 23. Carey’s daughter, Janelle, gave him the Spongebob lunch box and told him he wasn’t a man unless he brought it with him on missions.
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