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IronMike last won the day on March 22

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  • Birthday 09/10/1981

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  1. Congratulations! Well deserved! Honor. Excellence. Integrity. S!
  2. Today is a very special day for the 104th Phoenix. After almost 10 years of long lasting and outstanding leadership, we get to say thank you to 104th_Maverick for being our CO and Squadron Leader, with a drive, dedication and commitment unparalled in the community. Not only did he contribute to the 104th as an institution among DCS squadrons, he also relentlessly kept working to make the DCS Multiplayer Community grow, extending a helping hand to many squadrons, new servers and players that came with and after us. Today 104th_Maverick stood down and handed the 104th Phoenix Virtual Fighter Bomber Squadron off to a new generation, to lead the squadron to even newer and greener pastures, as well as new hights and challenges. He remains with us as a member, and we wish him to enjoy the fruits of his labor in flying DCS once again free of responsibility and duty towards the Squadron and the DCS community. Few have contributed as much to this community as you did, Maverick, we shall be forever grateful to you. Three cheers for the skipper leaving the ship! *****Thank you Maverick! S!***** At the same time we take great pleasure in promoting 104th_Blaze as the new Squadron CO. He has proven himself in commitment and leadership and we are sure that the Squadron will be in excellent hands, while it will continue to grow and look for new ways to expand the playground in DCS we care so much about. Three cheers for the skipper coming aboard! Congratulations Blaze! S! We are also happy to announce that 104th_Fallen will be supporting 104th_Blaze as Squadron XO, like Blaze Fallen showed great commitment and leadership in the squadron and we believe together the two can keep the powerhouse 104th afloat, weathering any storm on the horizon. Congratulations Fallen! S! Last but not least we take great pleasure in promiting 104th_Tiger to the position of information officer, and 104th_Bullet to the position of Flight Instructor. While Tiger is an essential keyplayer in the organization of our events, Bullet's extensive expertise in real life flight makes him the perfect fit for the role of an instructor. Congratulations Tiger! S! Congratulations Bullet! S! We thank all of you who have contributed, present and past, your deeds will never be forgotten. You've taken the 104th up and beyond. On behalf of the 104th Command. Remember guys, we will always be there for you! S! On behalf of all members, we shall always do our best to support you as we can! S!
  4. We are extremely honored and blessed with so many applications. Thus, also from my side, a massive thank you for your huge interest. We could not appreciate it more! Thank you also for your patience, I know the wait was very long. To choose is never easy, however we have to restrict our pick on a maximum of 4 cadets, in order to be able to provide sufficient amounts of training to each and everyone. Thank you for understanding that, those, who have not been picked this time to have a go at the UPTs - we would very much like to get to know you better and see your application again in the next round. Please fly as much as you can with us on Teamspeak, this lets us choose best and please do not think the decision was in any way personal. Each and everyone of you seems to be a great fit in general and someone we would like to spend more time with. So please stick around and simply spend more time with us. :-) This round we would like to clear for the UPTs: Bullet Streetsharken TheLawSE and 069_Specter The rest of you - again, thank you so much. I will send each one of you a private message, if you have questions or would like to discuss anything further, I would be very happy to set a date to meet up on teamspeak. Please understand that we would like to keep discussions/ explanations out of this thread. For those 4 who have been cleared: If you have any questions regarding the UPTs, feel free to contact me any time. You can also contact 104th_Stuge and if none of the instructors is available any fully winged member or 104th cadet. We will all be happy to guide you to a successful submission of the UPTs, please bear in mind, they are designed to frustrate and demand a significat amount of repetition (and time) to get right, also for the seasoned pilot. Attention to detail, as always - is paramount. In doubt, please always contact me personally. Some of the documents show discrepancies, please also watch the videos, and knowing that they build up on each other, follow the logic applicable from the previous ones. (Or simply ask :-P) That said, we are very much looking forward to the next training round and we wish you all GOOD LUCK! Honor. Excellence. Integrity. S! ~IronMike
  5. *****CONGRATULATIONS**** to 104th_Dozer and 104th_Tiger, who today have passed their Carrier Qualification, the final exam in a 104th cadet's training programm. While showing mastery of their aircraft they passed with flying colors! It has been a long time in the making and well deserved! Welcome to the family, Dozer and Tiger, we hope you both will feel at home! Never forget: Honor. Excellence. Integrity. ;-) This was also a special Carrier Qualificaton for the 104th Phoenix VFBS, as it was the last time that we used the Su-33 for it (we will show you pictures of our farewell in the next post). In the future it will be done of course in either the Hornet or the Tomcat. We say thank you to the beautiful swan, that helped cadets for over 12 years to get their wings in the 104th Phoenix VFBS. Fare well, Su-33! S!
  6. Dear members, dear friends, dear Community! On behalf of the entire 104th Phoenix Virtual Fighter Bomber Squadron we would like to wish you and your families a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BLESSED AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope you will enjoy a well deserved time off flying a lot! Fly safe and always check six, Yours 104th Phoenix VFBS
  7. Congratulations to 104cdt_Fallen who upon passing his 3 UPTs earned his right to enter the 104th cadet wing. In his flight he excelled with great talent and persistency to work on his mistakes and perform at highest standards, which is always what we are looking for! We hope that you feel right at home with us and enjoy the training and welcome you to the family. Best of luck, S! IronMike
  8. Thank you for applying, Jared. Cleared for UPTs.
  9. Thank you Ed, you are very kind and your words and trust are greatly appreciated! S!
  10. Thank you guys, I will give it my all and everything! S!
  11. Dear Squad members, dear friends, dear community! For the past time every day felt already as the happiest day in my life, but now it is official - since yesterday really every day is definately the happiest day in my life, so please let me share: I started working for Heatblur Simulations - and an incredible dream has come true! I can now help creating simulations for such magnificent aircraft as the F-14 Tomcat, which as you all know we are working on atm. My contribution in light of the extremely talented team is of course very humble, but I couldn't feel more honored to work in such an exceptional environment. I couldn't feel happier with the tasks I am given and I couldn't feel more proud to do what I do. I can now finally put all my creative skills that I learned in the past years to use for something I adore above all: flying, and namely: flying jets in a simulated environment (since they won’t let me in real life hehe). Wish me luck that I will perform always at my best and help – even if modestly - to give to this wonderful flight sim community what it deserves: the best possible experience in modern air combat simulation. Thank you all and above all a thousand thanks to Heatblur Simulations for giving me this incredible opportunity. It is very humbling indeed! I wasn’t that happy in a very long time The video below is me saying thank you while doing a victory curve in the AJS-37 Viggen, the aircraft module previously developed by Heatblur Simulations. Thank you again to everyone who came along so far! I couldn't feel anymore blessed! S! ~Yours 104th_IronMike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfspBEPTEQY PS: Please give a bit time to settle in, before you bombard me with questions, I will also reveal what I will be doing at a bit later point. First things first, but rest assured that you and your sim experience will as always be at the core of my undertakings, as this community has always been and always will be for me!
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