Juvats, Headhunters and Friends
In the early dawn hours of the last day reunion our fearless leader, Muskrat, let it be known that it was time to pass the touch as Headhunter 01. Although eager to do it for the previous decade, he had grown weary of the constant request of ‘songs for hire’ and stories of when ‘we roamed pacific skies’. I, with DT’s and bloodshot eyeballs, figured it was time for the younger generation to go dark visor down and wade into the fray.
As you can see it’s taken me a little over six months to get my feces coagulated and solve range, plane, and lead. With that I say I’m sorry it’s taken so long to address the crowd; I’ll suck less tomorrow. A quick bio for those that don’t know me: I’m an ‘04 grad from the Zoo (AF Academy), spent a few years flying T-38’s around the plains of Oklahoma, taught Iraqi pilot training at Kirkuk AB in ‘08, then Vipers at Misawa (WOOD!), Kunsan (WiG?), and Luke (QQMF). I have been in the ANG in South Carolina since ‘16 (Semper Primus) as well as a 75/76/777 pilot at FedEx.
During my time at the Kun I had the honor and privilege of being AJ, Rocky (late night eatery/breakfast burrito extraordinaire for those unfamiliar), finally JBC Lead. It was in the JBC lead roll that I truly began to appreciate the tradition and history of our great organization. After attending my first reunion it became apparent how important it is to keep our traditions and history alive. I have giant shoes to fill following Muskrat and the greats that came before him and I don’t know that I can express how grateful I am to be trusted with this honor. I won’t be alone in this endeavor as Jason ‘Scar’ Pukalo has graciously volunteered to be my #2 and we are looking forward to continuing to ‘Take the fight north’.
I’d like to give a huge shoutout to Bob ‘Muskrat’ McNeese, Chris ‘Lude’ Kibble, and Tom ‘NOGAS’ Reichert for the handoff and countless hours dealing with my ignorance of how to keep the shiny side up. In the near future look for a rollout of our updated website as we transition software programs to attempt to make the Headhunter site more user friendly and interactive. If you’ve made it this far I applaud you, HH1 out.
Bryan ‘Cage’ Zumbro