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"One hundred combat sorties after an 11 or 12 year campaign isn't totally unusual," Blake said. "What's unique for me is that my first combat sortie didn't start until I was well into my career nearly 10 years ago in 2004 at age 45. To have my last one here at age 55, for me it's a milestone. I can take that and put it away and maybe tell my grandkids about it someday, that's why it's unique."