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Employment History

Children's Craniofacial Association


LoudCitizen Inc


Hagel & Company

Adviser and Military Liaison

St. John Lutheran Church




University of Nebraska

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Goodbye Shitfuck - Failures - Hainan Island Incident [cached]

Shane Osborn, the pilot of the EP-3 was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for brilliant maneuvering which undoubtedly saved his life and that of the crew members.
Osborn deserves a great deal of credit for his initial action. Subsequently, however, he landed the plane on a Chinese air base on Hainan, instead of ditching the plane on water.

Shane Osborn, the pilot of the EP-3, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

In that instance, Chinese pilot Wang Wei was described by the EP-3 pilot, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Shane Osborn, as engaging in harassment: flying too close to the EP-3, within three to five feet,and making gestures at his American counterparts.31 Following that incident, senior MND officials privately expressed anxiety to their American counterparts about the danger of a similar accident between Taiwanese and Chinese forces.

The War Room - China Update - 'We were always confident' [cached]

Shane Osborn, the EP-3's pilot, said at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor, Wash. "We were always confident we would get home."Harrowing landingOsborn, a high school football star, used every ounce of his strength to muscle the plane out of a steep nose dive and bring it down to a safe landing on Hainan.At first, he and his crew did not think they were going to make it.Amidst a maelstrom of noise - the beeps and clangs of warning devices, the howling of wind through the plane's pierced fuselage - Osborn could hear Senior Chief Petty Officer Nick Mellos shouting, "Get control of it."As Lt. j.g. Jeffery Vignery helped him at the controls, Osborn pulled the plane out of its dive.In the cockpit, Osborn and the navigators were trying to figure whether they could make land.Osborn executed a 270-degree turn over the airbase to signal his intention to land, and brought the plane down for what crewmembers described as a surprisingly smooth landing.The plane was quickly surrounded by a waiting crowd of Chinese troops.That led the Americans to suspect their "mayday" calls had been heard after all.Some of the Chinese carried weapons, but the Americans said they were never pointed at them.Emergency destruct planOsborn, who told reporters that "we activated the emergency destruct plan well offshore," stalled for more time so the crew could try to destroy highly sensitive material they were trained to keep out of enemy hands.He let hot turbines cool down before shutting down the engines, then asked the Chinese if he could get off the plane by himself to call the U.S. ambassador in Beijing."The Chinese said they would take care of that, and we needed to get off the airplane," he said."They were the best barracks they had on the base but by American standards poor," Osborn said."Hot, lots of bugs, mosquitoes, but livable."Later they were moved to a military hotel in the capital of Haikou.Osborn was kept separate.

VPNAVY - VQ-1 History Summary Page - VP Patrol Squadron [cached]

Shane Osborn, pilot of the EP-3E, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Meritorious Service Medal; Aviation Machinist's Mate Senior Chief Nicholas Mellos, a flight engineer aboard the EP-3E and the senior enlisted crewman, received the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal; and the remainder of the crew each received the Air Medal.Osborn described the events of and following the mid-air collision in international waters over the South China Sea on March 31, when the Chinese F-8 fighter hit the Navy EP-3E.Lt. Osborn stated that, "contrary to some releases," his aircraft was flying straight and level, on autopilot and heading away from Hainan Island in international airspace when it was subjected to harassment from the Chinese fighter.He said that the Chinese jet came within three to five feet of his own aircraft twice, and on the third time, the Chinese pilot apparently misjudged and the F-8's vertical stabilizer, where it meets the fuselage, contacted the EP-3E's number one propeller. Osborn said the EP-3E was almost upside down and he could look up through the windshield and see the ocean.He stated the EP-3E's left turn as described by the People's Republic of China as causing the accident actually was caused by the Chinese F-8 running into the Navy plane, putting the EP-3E in the out-of-control dive.Senior Chief Mellos described the moments following the collision as "mayhem."He described the crew yelling over the noise of the wind and vibration caused by the loss of pieces of the propellers and the nose cone.He said it was the training that allowed them to gain control over the situation."Thank God for the training that we practice every day," he said.Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld had provided most of the details on the collision to a Pentagon briefing April 13."It is clear," the Secretary said, "the (Chinese) pilot intended to harass the (U.S.) crew."He further stated that this was not the first time that a U.S. reconnaissance flight was subjected to "that type of aggressive contact from interceptors."

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