On VMI Founder's Day 2008, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, were Col. J. Marcus "Mark" Hicks, USAF, '86, left, and Lt. Col. Larry "Gray" Riddick Jr., USAF. At the time the photo was taken, Hicks was the commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component, and Riddick was his J3, operation director. Both have since redeployed. Hicks is the commander of the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan. Riddick is servin as a CV-22 Osprey instructor pilot and the direct of operations, 58th Training Squadron, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
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