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Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program's Capt. Will "Boar" Graeff, 88th Flying Training Squadron executive officer, is selected to be Thunderbird 2 for the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron for the 2018-2019 showseasons. As a Thunderbird, Graeff will be traveling approximately 200 days out of the year for two years, performing and executing maneuvers exhibiting the capabilities of the Air Force’s high-performance aircraft and the degree of skill required to operate them.
He will demonstrate to spectators the abilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon with maneuvers like the Diamond, a legendary formation used by the team where Thunderbirds 1-4 fly their aircraft as close as 18 inches apart at speeds of roughly 500 miles per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Brittany Curry)
ENJJPT pilot selected to fly with Thunderbirds
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds select Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training’s Capt Will “Boar” Graeff, to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon in the Thunderbird 2 demonstration pilot slot. Graeff, currently serving as 88th Flying Training Squadron executive officer, will join the ranks of the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron as an Ambassador in Blue for the 2018-2019 show season.
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2017
A team of four U.S. Airmen, overseen by their instructor, work together to remove the accessory drive gearbox from an F-16CM Fighting Falcon engine during training at the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 202 F-16 Field Training Detachment (FTD) at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 25, 2017. The FTD is responsible for training not only active duty maintenance Airmen, but also Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen, and those preparing for a permanent change of station to the Pacific Air Forces area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelsey Tucker) Building basics: FTD forms maintenance professionals
Armed with wrenches, protective gear and iPads stocked with technical orders and schematics, these Air Force maintenance professionals are ready to go back to school. The school isn’t a normal college or university; these Airmen are attending the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 202 F-16 Field Training Detachment, a geographically separated unit from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
0 6/29
2017
Airmen from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, participate as spectators, flag bearers, and demonstration squadrons for the Nighthawks military appreciation football game at the Kay Yeager Coliseum in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, May 20, 2017. The game was close, but the Nighthawks lost with a final score of 47 to 50 against the Iowa Barnstormers. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jacqueline Jastrzebski) Nighthawks show appreciation for U.S. military
The Wichita Falls, Texas, Nighthawks showed their appreciation for the U.S. military with a football game. During the game, Airmen participated as spectators, flag bearers, and demonstration squadrons for the opening of the game and half-time show.
0 5/22
2017
More than 250 female Airmen fill the Community Activity Center for the first ever 82nd Training Wing Female Airmen Forum, May 16, 2017. Five NCO’s and the base’s director of Military Equal Opportunity led an open discussion about being a female in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jacqueline Jastrzebski) 82nd TRW Holds Female Airmen Forum
More than 250 female Airmen filed into the Community Activity Center for the first ever 82nd Training Wing Female Airmen Forum. Five NCO’s and the base’s director of Military Equal Opportunity stood at the head of the auditorium ready to lead an honest conversation about being a female in a male dominated career.
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Staff Sgt. Jessica Keys, 367th Training Support Squadron, configures her camera equipment to capture video of a C-17 Globemaster at Travis Air Force Base, California, for a Foreign Object Damage and Dropped Object Prevention Program (FOD/DOPP) training video. (U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Rudy Gonzales) Make training great again!
No, this isn’t a new political campaign slogan; it’s the unofficial motto of the 367th Training Support Squadron.
0 5/18
2017
Wichita Falls, Texas, Chief of Police Manuel Borrego, provides closing remarks during the National Police Week proclamation ceremony, May 15, 2017. National Police Week honors both current and former law enforcement officers as well as officers who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle E. Gese) Commentary: Not just cops
Air Force Security Forces Airmen aren’t just cops; they’re heroes. A commentary by Staff Sgt. Kyle E. Gese.
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2017
Former film producer, now 2nd Lt. Aaron Doyle, finds new success as a student pilot in the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, April 10, 2017. Student pilots with diverse backgrounds help our Air Force adapt to any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Brittany Curry) Film to flying: Former producer finds new success in the sky
Then Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah James, announced in 2016 that the Air Force could be short roughly 1,000 pilots over the next few years. When the buzz circulated to former film producer, now 2nd Lt. Aaron Doyle, he knew it was his time to serve.
0 4/11
2017
Default Air Force Logo Instructor of the Week: SSgt. Parker
Staff Sgt. Dawson Parker, 364th Training Squadron aircraft electrical and environmental instructor and native of Lakeland, Florida, has been in the Air Force for six years and is the Instructor of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of April 11-17, 2017.
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Default Air Force Logo Support Airman of the Week: SrA McIlrath
Senior Airman Robert L. McIlrath, 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs photojournalist and native of Savannah, Georgia, has been in the Air Force for four years and is the Support Airman of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of April 11-17, 2017.
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2017
Airmen from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, listen to Michael Brown from the Airman and Family Readiness Center share his story about how he has seen the Air Force Assistance Fund impact the lives of fellow wingmen, April 10, 2017. The AFAF will run until May 19, 2017, which supports four affiliate charities: Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation, Lemay Foundation and the Air Force Enlisted Village. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle E. Gese) From the Airmen, for the Airmen
While there are many ways to care for our fellow Airmen, the Air Force Assistance Fund continues to be a way through which Airmen are contributing to a community of support.
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