In short, it was pretty awesome. Being in the airwing was like working a fulltime job. Wake up, go to the flightline, fix shit all day, go back to the barracks, relax/party/whatever, do it all again the next day.
Deployments were fun for the most part too, and all of the stupid shit that you hate when you're in, is forgotten about when you get out. Even now, I'll laugh at the things I thought sucked so bad back then.