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Melody O'Sullivan and Chaplain (Lt. Col.) William O'Sullivan, 82nd Training Wing chaplain, plate their food, provided by Mike Winslow, Air Force Association Gen. Charles L. Donnelly Chapter 284 president, at the Key Spouse Dinner at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2016. The O'Sullivan enjoy their first Key Spouse Dinner after recently arriving at Sheppard. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Brittany Curry) Key Spouse dinner reiterates importance of program
Commanders, spouses and community members reiterated the importance of the Key Spouse Program at the Key Spouse Dinner here May 24. Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 82nd Training Wing commander, along with wing leadership, focused on bringing the Key Spouses together in fellowship to not only let them know how important they are to the commanders, but also to highlight the Key Spouses’ successes and present leadership with any challenges they face.
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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.
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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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