They joked about the dog’s size and pony rides.

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The jokes were a cover for awkward silence.

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The over-sized poodle and was sedate and impressive.

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The owner with leash in hand seemed friendly and known to the rest of the group.

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The Army aviation wings pinned on the dog’s blue vest.

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I asked the owner: pilot or crew chief?  Crew chief.

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We talked; our path’s crossed in 2007 at Balad, Iraq

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His Medivac chopper flew directly over my building.

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My building was on the flight path to the base hospital.

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Only the worst wounded were Medivac’ed.

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He saw and experienced bad things.

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His Standard Poodle is a ‘working-dog’.

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