Hello from the Desert

Via e-mail to Curtis Keim, Dennis Glew,
Janet Loengard, and John Reynolds

I just wanted to say hello to all of you. I’m here in Saudi Arabia as a part of Operation Southern Watch. OSW is the mission that enforces the southern no-fly zone over Iraq. I guess all of you know that I passed the New York and New Jersey bar after graduating from Fordham and joined the Air Force JAG. I was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, (B-52s) for about two years, and then I came to Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for a 90-day deployment. At PSAB I do what the Air Force calls operations law. Primarily, I brief all combat air crews on the rules of engagement (ROE). I can’t get into the details, but I basically tell them when they can use their weapons. My roommate is an F-15C pilot (air-to-air), and we get into these huge debates over the ROE. We have occasional issues involving the Geneva Convention and its protocols. Well, I have to get going. I just wanted to say hello and let you know a little about the life you helped shape.

Douglas M. Miller, Capt., USAF
Friday, February 22, 2002

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