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Anthony "Torben" Russo *** U.S.Air Force*** 1994-1998
In November 1994, Torben enlisted into the U.S. Air Force. Basic training being held at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas and then shipped to Shepard AFB, Texas for training as a 2W101 Weapons Loader Specialist in 1995. Weapons Specialist training included the loading and arming of laser guided 250 & 500 lb bombs, AIM-7, 9 or 120, Air to air Interceptor Missiles and the aircraft's 20mm, M62A1 mini-gun that could fire at the rate of 2-4,K rounds per minute. Aircraft supported consisted of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 "Phantom", F-15 "Eagle", Boeing 52 'StratoFortress" and the Fairchild A-10 "Thunderbolt II" and "Warthog."Stationed at from 1995 to 1998 at Edwards AFB, California with the 412th Weapons Testing Squadron where pilots and navigators experienced live fire and evaluation. After a honorable discharge in 1998, he served an additional year with the Massachusetts 104th Fighter Wing, Air National Guard.
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