“Secret Squirrel” crewmembers reunite 25 years later

John Beard, the mission commander of Operation Senior Surprise, aka “Secret Squirrel,” speaks with a local news reporter on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. on Jan. 15, 2016. Beard reunited with his fellow Airmen for the 25th anniversary of the mission that kicked off Operation Desert Storm. During the 35-hour long mission, 35 cruise missiles were launched from seven B-52s targeting strategic and tactical targets in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

PHOTO BY: Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville
VIRIN: 160115-F-QG461-095.JPG
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