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AL UDEID AIRBASE, Qatar (AFNS) — It all started in 1996. One kid from Prattville, Alabama, and another from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, took a bus to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. They were both a little scared and excited to become the U.S. Air Force’s newest Airmen. Though they grew up about 400 miles apart and spent six weeks together in the same flight at Basic Military Training, their Air Force journeys separated them after graduation by thousands of miles and trips around the world.

Twenty-one years later, the Air Force brought them together again at the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron.

Maj. Nick Hardeman, the distribution flight commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Nathan McCoy, the chief enlisted manager, currently work together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Hardeman vividly remembers sitting in the day room on their first day of BMT with his flight mates as the military training instructors asked for volunteers for dorm chief and element leaders. Most trainees are too scared to speak up at first as they were told, “don’t volunteer for anything,” before leaving for BMT.

“What I remember about Nate is that he was the first one, raised his hand, stood proud, stood tall and said he was the team captain for his basketball team,” Hardeman said. “Since day one, he’s always been the one to stand up and take the lead.”

Their flight was affectionately called the Bad News Bears and the two agreed they were out of the running of being honor flight graduates within the first week. Read more

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AL UDEID AIRBASE, Qatar (AFNS) — It all started in 1996. One kid from Prattville, Alabama, and another from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, took a bus to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. They were both a little scared and excited to become the U.S. Air Force’s newest Airmen. Though they grew up about 400 miles apart and spent six weeks together in the same flight at Basic Military Training, their Air Force journeys separated them after graduation by thousands of miles and trips around the world.

Twenty-one years later, the Air Force brought them together again at the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron.

Maj. Nick Hardeman, the distribution flight commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Nathan McCoy, the chief enlisted manager, currently work together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. 

Hardeman vividly remembers sitting in the day room on their first day of BMT with his flight mates as the military training instructors asked for volunteers for dorm chief and element leaders. Most trainees are too scared to speak up at first as they were told, “don’t volunteer for anything,” before leaving for BMT.

“What I remember about Nate is that he was the first one, raised his hand, stood proud, stood tall and said he was the team captain for his basketball team,” Hardeman said. “Since day one, he’s always been the one to stand up and take the lead.”

Their flight was affectionately called the Bad News Bears and the two agreed they were out of the running of being honor flight graduates within the first week.