Happy Father’s Day Fighter Sweep community.

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce the new Assistant Editor for Fighter Sweep. We are incredibly excited to add someone with “Smokin” Joe Ruzicka’s experience and credentials.  Smokin is a former Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in the F-14 Tomcat and Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the F-18 D/F.  He was selected as the Legislative Fellow for Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in 2011. Smokin has accumulated over 2000 hours, holds a FAC(A) “Forward Air Controller Airborne” designation and was the Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) to fly the final F-14 Tomcat Demonstration in September 2005.  You can follow him on Twitter at @smokinjoe96 and contact him directly at [email protected].



As you can see by his first post, Smokin brings a wealth of experience from the Fleet and DC to his work here at Fighter Sweep.  We’re lucky to have him and excited to see what he brings.

Welcome Smokin Joe!

Two A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft fly a flight training mission March 16, 2010, over Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10C is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close-air support of ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Wiseman)
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Wiseman)

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