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Taylor Shirey, 5, gives a salute at the Artesia Municipal Airport. Grace Miller - Daily Press
Taylor Shirey, 5, gives a salute at the Artesia Municipal Airport. Grace Miller – Daily Press

By GRACE MILLER
Daily Press Staff Writer
One afternoon in March, a little boy named Taylor Shirey, a kindergartener at Grand Heights Early Childhood Center, was playing outside with his father, Jason Shirey, when an Air Force Special Operations training program sent a MC-130J training flight class to practice air drops and aerial formations at the Artesia Municipal Airport.
Through the eyes of this 5-year-old, the military exercises were not only successful but planted a seed in the heart and mind of a young man now aspiring to be a future pilot. The operational squadron flew over Shirey’s home near the airport, making vibrations he will never forget. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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