New recruits enlisted by Air Force hero

Brigadier Gen. (Ret.) Steve Ritchie swore in new reservists before the U.S. Air Force Academy football game at San Diego State University. What made this a unique event was that it was held during Navy Fleet Week. Each October, Air Force Reserve Command recruiting asks its wings to perform a mass enlistment ceremony at some unique location. Brigadier Gen. (Ret.) Ritchie, then a captain, shot down his fifth MiG-21 on Aug. 28, 1972, making him the only U.S. Air Force pilot ace in the Vietnam War, but his most thrilling aerial dogfight took place nearly two months earlier, when he shot down two MiGs with three missiles in 1 minute, 29 seconds.(U.S. Air Force photo)

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