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"Iron Mike"

"Iron Mike," the mascot of the 317th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, prior to its deactivation in late 1969, is a classic example of Air Force esprit de corps. He was considered "fair game" by rival USAF units, and as such, was frequently abducted from Alaska, to reappear mysteriously at some other USAF base, ranging from Greenland to South Vietnam where, it was reported, he was taken to gain some combat experience. It was usually necessary for the 317th to arrange for its own raiding party to re-kidnap him for return to Alaska.

Iron Mike is now in a retired status as USAF historical property, having served the Air Force well. All USAF personnel are cautioned that he is no longer considered "fair game."

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