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4th AS Pilot for a Day brings smiles

Jerry Connolly (right), pilot for a day, and 1st Lt. Brian Ray, 4th Airlift Squadron pilot, prepare for takeoff in a C-17 Globemaster III simulator July 14, 2014 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. With the assistance of Ray, Connolly was allowed to fly the C-17 attempting various maneuvers and landing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly (right), pilot for a day, and 1st Lt. Brian Ray, 4th Airlift Squadron pilot, prepare for takeoff in a C-17 Globemaster III simulator July 14, 2014 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. With the assistance of Ray, Connolly was allowed to fly the C-17 attempting various maneuvers and landing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly(left), pilot for a day, and Master Sgt. Josh Piper, 4th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, flip a floor board on a C-17 Globemaster III, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. To conclude his special day, Connolly and his family were given a tour of a C-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly(left), pilot for a day, and Master Sgt. Josh Piper, 4th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, flip a floor board on a C-17 Globemaster III, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. To conclude his special day, Connolly and his family were given a tour of a C-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly, pilot for a day, watches a C-17 Globemaster III perform a combat off-load from McChord Field’s air traffic control tower July 14, 2014 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Connolly and his family were given a tour of the tower and briefed on tower operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly, pilot for a day, watches a C-17 Globemaster III perform a combat off-load from McChord Field’s air traffic control tower July 14, 2014 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Connolly and his family were given a tour of the tower and briefed on tower operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly(left), 4th Airlift Squadron’s pilot for a day, operates an explosive ordnance disposal robot with Senior Airman Mark Stafford, 627th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD technician, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. While visiting EOD, Connolly got to pull the trigger to detonate explosives on the EOD range. (U. S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly(left), 4th Airlift Squadron’s pilot for a day, operates an explosive ordnance disposal robot with Senior Airman Mark Stafford, 627th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD technician, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. While visiting EOD, Connolly got to pull the trigger to detonate explosives on the EOD range. (U. S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Tech. Sgt. Logan Davis (left), 62nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, and Staff. Sgt. Kevin Randall (far right), 62nd OSS SERE specialist, strap Jerry Connolly, pilot for a day, into a parachuting simulator July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. Prior to simulating parachuting, Connolly was given instructions on parachuting safety. (U. S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Tech. Sgt. Logan Davis (left), 62nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, and Staff. Sgt. Kevin Randall (far right), 62nd OSS SERE specialist, strap Jerry Connolly, pilot for a day, into a parachuting simulator July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. Prior to simulating parachuting, Connolly was given instructions on parachuting safety. (U. S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly(left), pilot for a day, aims a machine gun while riding in an all-terrain vehicle driven by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Kistler, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron director of current operations, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Connolly has a rare inoperable brain cancer and was selected by the McChord Air Force Association to participate in the 4th Airlift Squadron’s pilot for a day program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly(left), pilot for a day, aims a machine gun while riding in an all-terrain vehicle driven by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Kistler, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron director of current operations, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Connolly has a rare inoperable brain cancer and was selected by the McChord Air Force Association to participate in the 4th Airlift Squadron’s pilot for a day program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly(left), pilot for a day, simulates controlling a parachute during a jump using a parachuting simulator under the supervision of Tech. Sgt. Logan Davis, 62nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialist, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Connolly simulated parachuting and landing on an aircraft carrier. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly(left), pilot for a day, simulates controlling a parachute during a jump using a parachuting simulator under the supervision of Tech. Sgt. Logan Davis, 62nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialist, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Connolly simulated parachuting and landing on an aircraft carrier. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly (right), pilot for a day, inquires with Lt. Col. Matt Anderson, 4th Airlift Squadron commander, about a secret squirrel mission during a pre-mission briefing July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Connolly was given an in-depth briefing on his special mission before going to the C-17 Globemaster III simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly (right), pilot for a day, inquires with Lt. Col. Matt Anderson, 4th Airlift Squadron commander, about a secret squirrel mission during a pre-mission briefing July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Connolly was given an in-depth briefing on his special mission before going to the C-17 Globemaster III simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Lt. Col. Matt Anderson(left), 4th Airlift Squadron commander, and Jerry Connolly(center), pilot for a day, tell Col. Ethan Griffin, 62nd Airlift Wing vice commander, about the events that took place during the pilot for a day July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Griffin presented Connolly with a commander’s coin during his farewell party put on by the 4th AS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Lt. Col. Matt Anderson(left), 4th Airlift Squadron commander, and Jerry Connolly(center), pilot for a day, tell Col. Ethan Griffin, 62nd Airlift Wing vice commander, about the events that took place during the pilot for a day July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Griffin presented Connolly with a commander’s coin during his farewell party put on by the 4th AS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

Jerry Connolly(left), pilot for a day, stares through the lens of a scope under the instruction of Senior Master Sgt. Mark Kistler, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron director of current operations, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. While visiting the 22nd STS Connolly was able to throw smoke grenades, take a ride in Humvee and was presented with a certificate as the squadron’s honorary commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)
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Jerry Connolly(left), pilot for a day, stares through the lens of a scope under the instruction of Senior Master Sgt. Mark Kistler, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron director of current operations, July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. While visiting the 22nd STS Connolly was able to throw smoke grenades, take a ride in Humvee and was presented with a certificate as the squadron’s honorary commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez)

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