"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2016

Ryno's Retirement & the Decomissioning of the PYB Blog

Yesterday was my retirement ceremony.  It was a small gathering.  This was fitting both because of the location, where fewer special operations forces provide superior quality effects, and also because my service has never been conventional or popular.

It was a special occasion attended by special people.  I was honored to have the best commander I have known give the invocation, an outstanding NCO who understands the meaning of public service narrate the proceedings, and the small audience included people I look up to for their defense of this nation.  It was necessarily a small yet elite group of public servants.

It was officiated by my wife who started her career protecting me and my crew in a time of war as our intelligence officer, and who has continued to help keep me survivable against the many threat rings from domestic enemies as well.  We have gone to war together both figuratively and literally and there is no other officer more worthy to stand by my side as my career was concluded.

There is no reason to recite her comments or my own in this final blog post.  The posts here have done that for years.

This blog began years ago at the request of the Air Force inviting airmen to be its voice in the blogosphere.  As my service has now concluded, so also has this blog.

May God bless and restore the United States of America.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

An Exceptional Shadow Box For an Exceptional Career

Thanks to the anonymous AFCAF person for producing the quote that formed the central display in my shadow box.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Leaving the Dream - In 360 Video Virtual Reality

Final sortie of Rick "Ryno" Rynearson - founder of WantsCheck.Com and your humble blogger.

"Ryno 81" flight:

00:00 - Leisurely departs NAS Pensacola
05:54 - Enters Gator MOA
08:08 - Begins formation maneuvering
16:50 - Fighting Wing ET3
21:44 - Leaves MOA with style

26:00 - Requests permission of the Great Spirits to transit airspace

29:45 - Transit request granted, begins descent into Tallahassee through weather
40:52 - Pays respects to Detachment 145 and The Tribe
44:40 - Proceeds to initial for overhead and individual pattern work
52:55 - Rejoins for wing landing -- military aviation career complete

Click here for the video in 360 degree 4K.  This video is best viewed using Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR devices.  The experience of this video is absolutely stunning using a virtual reality device.  Be sure to look straight up at 26:30.

Lyrics, music choice, etc do not reflect the views or opinions of the United States Air Force, Department of Defense, or U.S. government.  This video was made for personal not public use and was recorded in compliance with all applicable guidance and directives.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ryno's Final Landing - Full Stop Where It All Started

Yesterday I finished my military aviation career, landing on the wing in Tallahassee, Florida where my flying career began at Detachment 145 at Florida State University.

A fitting way to finish twenty years of military aviation.  Thanks fellas of Ryno 81 flight for leading me back to the land of the Noles and clearing me off.

Great litho Hawks of the Night.  It's a keeper.  Especially that paragraph from Sea Bass.  Touching.

I really enjoyed my final solo flight, but this sortie was even better.  Out!