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Area native Lt. Chamberlain hits military career milestone

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — First Lt. Aaron S. Chamberlain of the U.S. Air Force’s 319th Special Operations Squadron recently surpassed 1,000 combat hours during more than 190 sorties while deployed with his unit in Bagram, Afghanistan.



A 2004 Benjamin Logan High School graduate, he is a son of area residents Scott and Cheryl Chamberlain. He is currently stationed in Hurlburt Field in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., after arriving home from his fourth deployment in November. His next deployment is set for March.

“Chamberlain is an exceptional officer and sets the example for others to follow,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Daley, 319th SOS commander, in a military article about the officer.

“Other U-28 aircrew have done this in the past, but it is a very rare occurrence for aviators, especially a lieutenant. To put it in perspective, I also passed 1,000 combat hours this deployment, but after 17 years of service, compared to Aaron’s three years.

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