In Memory of Capt. Leland T. Haun
Capt. Leland “Tim” Haun
Rescue HC-130 Navigator
who didn’t know Capt. Leland Haun would describe him as a quiet
person. But he was very well rounded according to his peers who describe
him as a Jokester, artist, comedian, ferocious reader of books, but
first and foremost as a family man. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in
Industrial Arts from Fresno State University in July 1989, and joined
the Air Force that some month.
first duty assignment was to the 41st Electronic Squadron at Davis
Monthan, Ariz., where he made quite a name for himself during a training
exercise, according to Johnson, then a loadmaster with the 41st.
the HC-130, we do a lot of radar jamming,” Johnson said. “During
this particular exercise, their objective was to knock out the
communication with the ground battle field. Instead of hitting the
battlefield, Haun cut the comm between the chow hail and the battle
line. Nobody got called for breakfast or lunch, so everything came to a
standstill. They got debriefed and told that certain frequencies
couldn’t be jammed anymore because people had gone 18 hours without
was known for those same types of antics at the 71st. He joined the
rescue squadron here in June 1994. He was credited with saving a life
when he participated in a rescue off of ship, 1,600 miles off of the
coast of Florida.
a former college volleyball player, distinguished himself in Saudi as
well. He received a ton of mail while deployed. “He always had mail
coming from his family. Constantly, and he always sent letters to them
too,” Kochis said. “He would get at least two letters every day!”
can I explain how great the guy was?” Jenson asked. “I mean, I know
how I feel, but I can’t describe it. There real!’ aren’t any
words. But that’s what he was...great.”
The above article was written by Lynda Valentine, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, Patrick AFB, FL.