I’m a lover, I’m a fighter. I’m an F-16 Viper Driver.
That’s an f-ing A, Fox-3, rifle, wpn away, single seat, single engine, supersonic defender of freedom fighter pilot.
Against me—you can run. There’s no valley too low, definitely no mountain too high. Because yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.
For I am Mach 1 at 40K feet...and climbing. Ever been in a knife fight in a phone booth? I have, at 20K feet and 500 knots pulling 9 Gs… And I won.
I’ll fly up my own smoke trail, just to send a sidewinder down yours. I drop LGBs, SDBs, BDUs, JDAMs on static, stationary, movers and maneuverers. And I Shack. And if I miss...expect 77 rounds of 20MM to shortly follow.
Anything in life worth doing, is worth over-doing. Moderation is for cowards. I wine, dine, intertwine and love the fine things in life that are divine.
So if you’re feeling like a fight, remember I’m a lover and a fighter. So watch your
step. And I can get you anytime,
anywhere. Land, sea, air, space,
But right now, let me be a lover.
And maybe even a drinker!
- Captain William H. “Pyro” DuBois Jr., DDMF
Honor this True American Hero
On December 1, 2014 the world lost a hero, a beloved son, husband, broth-er, uncle and friend to all who crossed his path. Will “Pyro” DuBois lived a life of adventure, travel, sports, love, and immense friendship in his short 30 years.
His youth was spent in constant motion: harassing his sister and participating in sports of all kinds from basketball, soccer, baseball, and swimming to eventing horses competing in the North American Young Riders Championship. While attending Rifle High School, Will was involved in choir, soccer, track, school plays and the National Honor Society. He was elected Senior class president.
The Air Force awarded Will a full ride ROTC scholarship in Aerospace Engineering which allowed him to graduate with honors from the University of Colorado in Boulder, including the Distinguished Graduate award from the 105th ROTC detachment unit. Although Will was dedicated to academics, leadership, and becoming the best Air Force officer, he found time to join the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Upon graduation he learned that he was accepted into an elite pilot training program, ENJEPT (Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training) at Sheppard Air Force base and proceeded on to F16 training at Luke AFB. DuBois had twice been named the top fighter pilot in his class and earned two top gun awards. He was also an F16 instructor pilot, flight lead, and combat commander. “That kind of officership at that young age is extremely rare,” said Col. Paul Murray, 20th Operations Group commander at Shaw Air Force Base.
His first assignment in 2011 was Kunsan, Korean where he proudly flew for the 35th fighter squadron, known as the Pantons, and earned the call sign “Pyro.” It was there that he met the love of his life, Ashley Jones. Just last year, he returned to the states with his bride to be and was based at Shaw AFB in the 77th fighter squadron, the Gamblers. Ashley and Will married just days before he was deployed to the middle-east to fight ISIS. His jet crashed as he was returning to the base assisting his wing man with a mechanical problem. He died as he lived, helping others.
He is survived by his beautiful wife, Ashley; his father and mother, Ham and Donna; his sister, Devon; his young nephew, Karsen; and his adorable lab, Delta.
Reads to the tune of the Joker