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By Matthew Hipolito
UW News Lab 

'Blessed and surprised': Ex-fighter pilot finds community in faith and friendship


Last updated 12/23/2021 at 2:52pm

Photo courtesy of Paul White

Paul White plays the 12-string guitar with his bluegrass band Ezekiel's Bones.

It was a cold and wet November 1980 in the Colville National Forest, and Lt. Paul K. White, a newly-minted instructor pilot from Hobart, Okla., was not enjoying his first time in Washington.

As part of the U.S. Air Force's Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school, White spent a week trudging about the forests near Fairchild Air Force Base outside Spokane, frequently tripping over his one-size-fits-all poncho. White, who goes by his initials, P.K., was relieved when he left the Evergreen State later that week, shuttling off to the blissfully sunny Florida coast for more training.


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