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The Passing of Rich Hauben, Founder of Baseops.net

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In very nonspecific terms, after Luttrell's team ran into difficulties, Rich and his crew flew DAY and night sorties when no other AFSOC transport would dropping bundles of radio batteries/water/food at low level in the valleys around the survivor. They threw out leaflets soliciting help and promising rewards for his team's safe return. When the village elder sent for help, the villager was carrying one of the leaflets. You can read about the difficulties Luttrell's team ran into and get s flavor for the terrain/threat Rich and his crew contended with by reading Luttrell's book; but you won 't see any mention of the flights because Luttrell couldn't have that awareness given what was going on around him.

LG Wurster pinned on the DFC in a quiet ceremony at Richard's unit.

Still can't believe Rich is gone.

Wow. BAMF.

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RIP brother...his impact on my career through this site was outstanding. Him him!

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Damn. Godspeed BHB.

Dude built a climbing wall in his Q room in UPT. Not sure why that was the first thing I thought of...

Thanks for this bro.

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In very nonspecific terms, after Luttrell's team ran into difficulties, Rich and his crew flew DAY and night sorties when no other AFSOC transport would dropping bundles of radio batteries/water/food at low level in the valleys around the survivor. They threw out leaflets soliciting help and promising rewards for his team's safe return. When the village elder sent for help, the villager was carrying one of the leaflets. You can read about the difficulties Luttrell's team ran into and get s flavor for the terrain/threat Rich and his crew contended with by reading Luttrell's book; but you won 't see any mention of the flights because Luttrell couldn't have that awareness given what was going on around him.

LG Wurster pinned on the DFC in a quiet ceremony at Richard's unit.

Still can't believe Rich is gone.

Damn...

:salut::flag_waving:

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when no other AFSOC transport would

Are you saying that someone/some organization was tasked to do this, and they refused? And that Hauben's squadron/airframe/crew/whatnot heard this, and decided they'd go do it?

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Are you saying that someone/some organization was tasked to do this, and they refused? And that Hauben's squadron/airframe/crew/whatnot heard this, and decided they'd go do it?

It might be a little embellished, but who cares? Let it ride.

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This site has been wonderful since the first time I was told about it years ago. Sir, you created a great website. RIP.

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I had no idea Rich was so young...a sincere thankyou for everything that BO.net was intended to be and everything it has become.

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A hero among heroes! :beer:

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Today would have been Rich's 40th birthday!

We miss ya, brother! :beer::salut:

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There probably wasn't enough room at the bottom for all the accolades he deserved, such as great friend to so many, a mentor to all met, a shining example of a leader in today's Air Force and obviously founder of BaseOps.

I hope whoever took that photo paid proper respects to him.

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Today would have been Rich's 42nd birthday.

We still miss you, brother! :beer:

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Three years on and you are still very much missed, Rich.  We raise a glass in your honor, brother! :drinking:

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Today would have been Rich's 43rd birthday.  Raise a glass to a warrior and great man, gentlemen...:beer:

'Till Valhalla, my friend!

Cheers!  M2

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