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Combat Story


Feb 24, 2024

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Today we hear Round 1 of a two part Combat Story from seasoned fighter pilot Tom “Gunny” Moser who flew the F-15E Strike Eagle, served as a Squadron and Wing Weapons Officer, was a Fighter Weapons School graduate (akin to the Navy’s Top Gun), commanded a Squadron, and more. 

In this episode, we follow Gunny’s circuitous route into the military first as a Marine 0311 (Infantryman), followed by a stint as a Police Officer, followed by a very decorated career in the Air Force. 

Since retirement, Gunny has gone on to a career flying for the commercial airlines which we should all be grateful to know that we’ve got this seasoned combat aviator at the controls on our regular domestic flights!

Special thanks to former guest Ryan “Stinger” Fishel for helping us find Gunny!

And with that, please enjoy this first round discussion with someone who found his way to his dream job.

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👇 Show Notes:
00:00 - Introduction
00:59 - Guest Profile: Tom Moser
01:57 - Start of Interview
02:26 - Callsign 'Gunny'
04:02 - Growing Up
04:55 - Path to Military
11:26 - Love of Flying
12:25 - Choosing Enlistment Route
16:46 - Exiting the Marines
20:40 - Law Enforcement Career
23:02 - Path to Aviation
28:52 - Law Enforcement to Pilot Experience
31:08 - Family Life
35:09 - Close Calls
39:00 - Mindset during Dangerous Jobs
41:29 - Flight School
47:25 - Getting Assigned Strike Eagle
51:52 - Responsibility as an Aviator
57:40 -  Strike Eagle Mission Set
01:02:05 - Weapon Loadout for F-15
01:08:53 - Hazing Stories
01:12:11 - Schedule for Pilots
01:14:24 - Weapons Officer
01:21:06 - Why Not Marine Corps.
01:22:17 - First Unit
01:26:58 - First Deployment
01:30:30 - First Flying Operation
01:38:49 - Listener Feedback