Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Oct. 23, 2019

Rivals Turned Wingmen Take Flight

By Capt. Veronica Perez 15th Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL-HARBOR, Hawaii -- The skies aligned for two pilots and former college football players who were able to support their alma maters in a once-in-a-lifetime way on game day. Maj. Britton Komine, 204th Airlift Squadron, and Capt. Nathaniel Dreslinski, 535th Airlift Squadron, flew the C-17 Globemaster III over Aloha Stadium Saturday, Oct. 19, to demonstrate the power of the Air Force’s most flexible cargo aircraft at the U.S. Air Force Academy versus the University of Hawaii football game.

It has been 15 years since Komine played as wide receiver for the Rainbow Warriors and four years since Dreslinski played for the Falcons as a tight end. As former players, the pilots appreciate the significance of their time on the field and the duties they perform around the globe.

“I took a lot of lessons learned from playing at the University of Hawaii, went through a lot of trials and tribulations and was able to get here and have a good career so far flying this awesome aircraft,” said Komine. “Part of our mission is empowering whoever we can fit in the back of our aircraft—whether it’s for humanitarian relief or airborne troops from the Army, Navy Seals, or cargo and personnel, we can deliver them anywhere in the world.”

Komine is assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard 154th Wing, while Dreslinski is active-duty in the 15th Wing. The units seamlessly and routinely work together to accomplish the global airlift mission in the Indo-Pacific theater. Leveraging capabilities and honing interoperability to fully integrate Guard and Reserve personnel strengthens mission sets across the Air Force.

Dreslinski called it when asked who he thought would win the game before taking off for the flight, modestly choosing his USAFA Falcons. For him, flying over the game was an accomplishment for the entire TFI aircrew that shows how the Guard and active duty are on one team.

“It was truly an incredible experience to be fortunate enough to fly this line with such an incredible team,” he said. “The total force integration we have as airlift squadrons is a key part in the success of our mission.”

The Falcons defeated the Rainbow Warriors with a final score of 56-26, but for Dreslinski and Kommine, the real victory is being able to fly along with Airmen in the world’s greatest Air Force.


Like Us
Follow Us



U.S. INDOPACOM announces establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill
220630-N-BD629-1009 CAMP H.M. Smith, Hawaii (June 30, 2022) Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. John C. Aquilino addresses members of the media during a press conference announcing the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill. JTF Red Hill, in close coordination with the State of Hawaii, will oversee the safe and expeditious defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, demonstrating DoD’s commitment to remove fuel as quickly as possible, in a safe and informed manner, and with full transparency to regulators, intergovernmental partners, and with the people of Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon M. Smith/Released)
July 1, 2022 - CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii – Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, announced the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF Red Hill) on June 30.The Secretary of Defense directed the standup of JTF...

Rim of the Pacific 2022 Officially Begins
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 participants network at the Southern California opening ceremony. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Navy -- Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will train and operate in and around the...

Chief of Naval Operations, Japanese Chief of Staff Meet to Discuss Maritime Security
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai during an office call at the Pentagon, June 28. The two leaders discussed maritime security and ongoing efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
June 30, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday hosted the Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai in Washington, D.C., for an office visit, June 28.The two leaders discussed...

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022
Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh -- Good afternoon, everyone! And thank you for joining us for this celebration of the 246th anniversary of U.S. independence. Independence Day in America is a day of red, white, and blue; a day of...

The U.S. Provides Immediate Assistance to Respond to Drought in Kiribati
US $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across Kiribati
June 30, 2022 - SUVA, U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu -- The U.S., through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing US$500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across...