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Instructor of the Week: 1st Lt. Hanigan

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1st Lt. Kevin Hanigan, 89th Flying Training Squadron T-6 instructor pilot and native of Broadview Heights, Ohio, has been in the Air Force for four years and is the Instructor of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of Nov. 8-14, 2016.


Most significant accomplishments:

“I graduated from the prestigious Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program in June, 2014, and was selected by my future peers to follow on as a T-6 first assignment instructor pilot,” Hanigan said. “I was selected as the 89th FTS Instructor Pilot of the Quarter for April, 2015, and the 89th FTS Company Grade Officer of the Quarter for July, 2016. Additionally, I received 23rd overall in the 2012 U.S. Air Force Marathon out of 3,000 runners.”

Airman’s story:

“Some of my fondest memories are when I was younger going to the Cleveland airshow every year with my brother, dad, and grandfather,” he said. “Experiencing the sights and sounds of aviation there gave me the dream of someday being able to pilot the jets I watched with my family. I took a step towards that dream when I started to study at the Ohio State University by participating in the Air Force ROTC program on campus. After graduating college, I moved to Sheppard Air Force Base for pilot training and ultimately stayed as a T-6 instructor pilot. Instructing has been awesome, as well as having the opportunity to go back to a few airshows and share experiences with others interested in flying.”


Supervisor comments:


“Lieutenant Hanigan’s in-depth knowledge of the program and its operations makes him indispensable to the flight,” said Capt. Michael Sydney, T-6 student flight commander. “As my assistant flight commander, he assists with the execution of the ENJJPT syllabus for 26 student pilots annually. Additionally, he manages the instructor development program for our six flight instructor pilots, ensuring the highest possible quality of our instructor force. Finally, his skill, experience, and professionalism as a T-6 instructor pilot and leader make him a tremendous asset to our flight and set the example for the Air Force officers.”