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Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, opened its gates to the public in celebration of Independence Day, July 4, 2017. Thousands of Texomans filled the base to enjoy Freedom Fest; a free event which featured three live bands, aircraft displays, food trucks galore, and an extravagant firework display to cap off the evening. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle E. Gese/Released) Sheppard hosts 4th of July open house
Team Sheppard opened its gates to the public in celebration of Independence Day, July 4, 2017.
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2017
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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Air Education and Training Command leadership held the Spring 2017 Senior Leader Conference at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, March 6-20, 2017. Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, AETC commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Dave Staton, AETC command chief, along with over one hundred senior officer, enlisted and civilian leadership, came together for critical discussions on significant issues as part of a biannual conference focused on bettering the command’s mission, Airmen and capabilities. While at Sheppard, Roberson and his team of senior leaders participated in events such as a dinner hosted by the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee, the AETC 2016 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Banquet, and an 82nd Training Wing Drill Down.
AETC holds Senior Leader Conference
Air Education and Training Command leadership held the Spring 2017 Senior Leader Conference this week at Sheppard. Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, AETC commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Dave Staton, AETC command chief, along with over one hundred senior officer, enlisted and civilian leadership, came together for critical discussions on significant issues as part of a biannual conference focused on bettering the command’s mission, Airmen and capabilities.
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Congressman Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Arms Services Committee, and his wife, Mrs. Sally Thornberry, visited with both the 82nd Training Wing and 80th Flying Training Wing to interact with base leadership and view the mission, Airmen and capabilities of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, February 23, 2017. Thornberry is the first Texan, of either party, to hold the position of Chairman on the committee. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Robert McIlrath) Congressman Thornberry visits Sheppard
Congressman Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and his wife, Mrs. Sally Thornberry, visited with both the 82nd Training Wing and 80th Flying Training Wing to interact with base leadership and view the mission, Airmen and capabilities of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, February 23, 2017. Thornberry is the first Texan, of either party, to hold the position of Chairman on the committee.
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An Air Force Senior Advisor for Military Professionalism presented sessions on “Professionalism: Enhancing Human Capital” on behalf of the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence to Team Sheppard Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2017. Lt. Col. Kevin Basik presented portions of PACE’s course to members of both the 82nd Training Wing and 80th Flying Training Wing, as well as base leadership. Injecting his own flare of anecdotes and lessons from life and career experiences, Basik set out to help Airmen and leadership realize the importance of staying “tuned in” to what motivates and fuels others because “the mission happens through the people.” (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Brittany Curry)
Set the PACE, Enhance Human Capital
An Air Force Senior Advisor for Military Professionalism presented sessions on “Professionalism: Enhancing Human Capital” on behalf of the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence to Team Sheppard Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2017. Lt. Col. Kevin Basik presented portions of PACE’s course to members of both the 82nd Training Wing and 80th Flying Training Wing, as well as base leadership.
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It is important for base residents and local community members to understand the Sheppard Air Force Base Instruction 13-204, which states remotely operated aircraft operations are not authorized on or near Sheppard. The airspace used by the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program, is one of the busiest airspaces in the nation. Drones not only pose a risk to the manned flight operations of the military, commercial and civilian aircraft, but also to the individuals on the ground.
Droning On: Drone use prohibited at Sheppard
As the holiday season comes to a close, Sheppard reminds base and community members who have an unmanned aircraft, or drone, to remember the rules and safety measures when flying.It is important for base residents and local community members to understand the Sheppard Air Force Base Instruction 13-204, which states remotely operated aircraft
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Maj. Gen. Robert Labrutta, 2nd Air Force commander, visits with Airman 1st Class Kristyn Widger, 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron aerospace physiology technician, for a tour of their spatial disorientation trainer at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2016. The 82nd AMDS Airmen also shared other teaching methods they use to prepare student pilots for training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese) Second to none: 2nd Air Force commander visits Sheppard
Maj. Gen. Robert Labrutta, 2nd Air Force commander, visited the 82nd Training Wing and the 80th Flying Training Wing for an immersion tour of Sheppard, Oct. 3-5, 2016.
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2016
The results following the Inspector General inspections highlight 120 top performers. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Brittany Curry) Inspector General UEI results highlight 120 top performers
Sheppard’s office of the Inspector General named 120 Airmen and civilians as top performers in April’s Capstone Unit Effectiveness Inspection.
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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.
0 7/08
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.
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