April 28, 2013
Dean Smith, assistant manager at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, poses with photos that chronicle his extensive career as a military pilot. Smith has clocked 26,000 hours in the cockpit and flew Apache helicopters on combat missions in Afghanistan in 2001.
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At age 60, the assistant manager of Yampa Valley Regional Airport glows when he talks about the service to his country that started at the advice of a judge when he was 17.