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Upon checking in at Ubon, I learned
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three of us) could change to and fly in
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be able to "see" the world from the otherwise enclosed booth, I immediately
volunteered to be TV. I wouldn't be doing the electronic warfare job for which
I had been trained at Hurlburt, but so
be it.

It was a good move. I could directly
see and fight the war beneath me. And,
one hell of a war it was - and totally different from combat in a fighter.
Specifically, the gunships orbited
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sets) the warfighting beneath them. In
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2018

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor - DOD Rolls Out $686 Billion FY2019 Budget
World Report - Russia Developing More Sophisticated Approach to EW
The Domain of the Tube – Millimeter Wave and Beyond
A Wild Weasel EWO Kills a SAM – from an AC-130E Gunship
Resilient and Ready: NATO JEWCS in Transition
EW 101
2018 AOC Industry & Institute/ University Member Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - March 2018 - intro
JED - March 2018 - cover1
JED - March 2018 - cover2
JED - March 2018 - 3
JED - March 2018 - 4
JED - March 2018 - 5
JED - March 2018 - The View From Here
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JED - March 2018 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - March 2018 - Courses Calendar
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JED - March 2018 - From the President
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JED - March 2018 - The Monitor - DOD Rolls Out $686 Billion FY2019 Budget
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JED - March 2018 - World Report - Russia Developing More Sophisticated Approach to EW
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JED - March 2018 - The Domain of the Tube – Millimeter Wave and Beyond
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JED - March 2018 - A Wild Weasel EWO Kills a SAM – from an AC-130E Gunship
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JED - March 2018 - Resilient and Ready: NATO JEWCS in Transition
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