Retired Air Force Colonel, Joe “Spoon” Rizzuto has had one of the most interesting careers a military pilot could have. The Air Force Academy grad started out flying C-130s in Alaska – something he wasn’t initially thrilled about, but he describes as extremely rewarding and beneficial as a young pilot. He would eventually go from the C-130 to flying both the A-10 and Reaper and Predator drone aircraft in combat. He was even one of the first to fly drones in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. Hear his powerful story – the highs and lows of flying close air support in combat, and the psychology around piloting drone aircraft engaged in combat from thousands of miles away from the battlefield, on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!

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