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Cross Country Flight Welcomes Dr. Keenan

Barnes Air National Guard Base, 104 Fighter Wing - Westfield, Mass -- Maj. Joe Keenan's remarkable career has spanned many decades, and recently several states. He accompanied Lt. Col. Ken Fedora in an F-15 during a recent cross country flight. The flight was required to deliver the F-15 to the Oregon ANG.

After departing Westfield, they made stops in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Mountain View AFB in Idaho before arriving at the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamouth Falls, Oregon.

For Maj. Keenan, a member of the Wing for six months, it was his first flight as a flight surgeon. The experience had an impact on the accomplished doctor who joined the Wing at a stage in life when many are preparing to retire.

"It was a thrill and the views over the Rockies were spectacular," said Keenan, an experienced pilot. "We had some instrument conditions and some headwind, but other parts were very clear. Some areas, you could see for a 100 miles," he recalled.

Lt. Col. Fedora enjoyed the company and was pleased to show the new member aspects of flying an F-15. "Maj. Keenan is a super guy and we are lucky to have him as a member of the Wing," said Fedora.

Keenan observed, "It was a great trip - I feel very honored to be a member of the 104th."