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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
Airman 1st Class Ndirangu Njambi and Airman Weston Milan, 364th Training Squadron hydraulic systems apprentice students, operate a portable hydraulic test stand provider at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. This provides external hydraulic power to the aircraft, allowing hydraulic systems to operate without running the engines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robert L. McIlrath) Sheppard in Photos
The training and inspiring never stops at Sheppard Air Force Base. Check out this week's happenings through photos.
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2017
Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, passes the ceremonial guidon to Col. Andrea Themely, incoming 80th Flying Training Wing commander, during the 80th Flying Training Wing Change of Command ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, May 25, 2017. Themely previously served at Sheppard as commander of the 89th Flying Training Squadron from 2012 to 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle E. Gese) Col. Themely assumes command of the 80 FTW
Col. Gregory Keeton relinquished command of the 80th Flying Training Wing, home of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, to Col. Andrea Themely May 25, 2017
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2017
Identical twins 2nd Lt. Traverse Garvin and 2nd Lt. Dillon Garvin approach the end of their time at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, March 3, 2017. Their healthy sibling rivalry has helped them achieve their dream of becoming U.S. Air Force fighter pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jacqueline Jastrzebski)
Twin brothers off to a flying start
Identical twins 2nd Lt. Traverse Garvin and 2nd Lt. Dillon Garvin approach the end of their time at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, March 3, 2017. The brothers will continue their careers by learning to fly the F-22 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
0 5/08
2017
Default Air Force Logo German Air Force honors 50th anniversary at Sheppard
The inspekteur der luftwaffe, equivalent to the chief of staff of the German Air Force, marked the 50th anniversary of German pilot training here during a special roll call Sept. 23, 2016.
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2016
Capt. Matt Stein, 80th Flying Training Wing Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals student pilot, graduated from the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 12, 2016. Stein is a former Special Operations Forces Medical Flight Element flight surgeon and served with the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida. After his nine-week Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals course at ENJJPT, Stein will report to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, for his F-16 follow-on course—also known as ‘B’ Course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Robert McIlrath)
Special Operations flight surgeon earns second set of wings
For Capt. Matt Stein, earning his pilot wings from the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program was not the first time he donned a set of wings. Prior to arriving for Undergraduate Pilot Training at ENJJPT, Stein was a Special Operations Forces Medical Element flight surgeon for the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida.
0 8/23
2016
80th Flying Training Wing commander, Col. Gregory Keeton, officiates the 80th Operations Group change of command ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 6, 2016. Italian Air Force Col. Paolo Baldoasso, 80th Operations Group commander, relingquished his command to German Air Force Col. Bernhard Hey. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Elizabeth Colunga)
80th Operations Group change of command
80th Flying Training Wing commander, Col. Gregory Keeton, officiated the 80th Operations Group change of command ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base on July 6, 2016.Italian Air Force Col. Paolo Baldasso, 80th Operations Group commander, relinquished command to German Air Force Col. Bernhard Hey. Baldasso was the first Italian Air Force commander to lead the 80th Operations Group in the 35-year history of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.
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2016
Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks at an all call at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, June 29, 2016. Roberson shared his leadership philosophy with more than five thousand Airmen in Training and personnel within the 82nd Training Wing; highlighting the importance leadership has on the mission and the individual. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese) AETC leadership visits Sheppard
Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command and Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, AETC command chief, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, took a quick three-day trip to visit Team Sheppard June 28 – 30. The two top AETC leaders received mission briefings, participated in round table discussions and met with community leaders. The general, who graduated from pilot training at Sheppard in 1984, also held an all call in Hangar 1045.
0 7/07
2016
Virginia Rhone, T Square Crew Shuttle Driver and considered a second mom to many of the undergraduate pilots attending ENJJPT, retires after 31 years with the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. A T-37 Crew Chief for 21 years, Virginia took on shuttling pilot crews for the last 10 years on the flight line. "They are out here learning to protect us, we need to take care of them," she said. "I have loved and been proud to be a part of the ENJJPT family."  Crews will long remember her, as Crew Bus 1 now has her name.
Virginia Rhone: More than just a shuttle driver
Almost 6,300 NATO fighter pilots were trained during the 31 years that Mrs. Virginia Rhone has been part of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program at Sheppard.
0 5/16
2016
Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training student pilots fly in formation in the T-38 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. As part of their training, ENJJPT student pilots learn various skills and maneuvers in both the T-6 and T-38 aircrafts, as well as in flight simulators. (U.S. Air Force photo/82nd Training Wing Public Affairs) Pilot program remains laser-focused in the face of an Air Force pilot shortage
Officials with the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program remain laser-focused on maximizing training production as the Air Force faces a growing pilot shortage. “The Air Force is currently about 500 pilots short of requirements,” Col. Paul Moga, 80th Flying Training Wing vice commander, said. “And that number is projected to reach 800 by 2022.”
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2016
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