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Lt. Col. (ret.) Thomas Byrd, former pilot, pins a pair of heritage wings to the chest of 2nd Lt. Colin Asbury at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May 18, 2018. Byrd, credited with more than 3,000 hours flying the F-4 Phantom and more than 1,000 hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon, passes his uncle’s wings to Asbury, who had dreamed about flying since he was a child. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin N. Valmoja) Phoenix wings: Tradition carries on through third aviator
The World War II era conjures visions of monochromatic film flickering in sync with the distinctive pop of a reel-to-reel projector, coupled with a monotone voice-over description of planes roaring overhead, gunfire whizzing back and forth and explosions dealing real death and destruction. Those jarring images of WWII have a more grave meaning to the Byrd family. And for 2nd Lt. Colin Asbury, 47th Flying Training Wing pilot, the wings he now wears on his chest are a vivid reminder and direct link to those WWII sights and sounds. Asbury, who recently graduated the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, had a pair of aviator’s wings pinned by Lt. Col. (ret.) Thomas Byrd May 18, 2018, as the third pilot to wear the set dating back to 1941. Air Force pilots inherently ground themselves with their tradition, as does the rest of the aviation community. And the passing of wings is a time-honored tradition focused on the pedigree of pride and honor.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Newest PACE video highlights team concept, contributions of Civilian employees
The Profession of Arms Center of Excellence unveiled “Teamwork,” Aug. 11th, which is the newest Heritage Today video. “Teamwork” highlights the importance of military and civilians working together; and the impact and value Air Force civilians bring to the fight.
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2017
In this artist’s heritage sketch, a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training student pilot prepares to fly a T-1A Jayhawk, the 48th Flying Training Squadron’s current aircraft with a P-38 Lightning reflected in a puddle on the ramp. This drawing represents the past, present and future of the 48th Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert) Know your heritage, live the mission: 100 years of 48th Squadron lineage
Along with the centennial commemoration of America’s entry into World War I, 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the 48th Squadron.
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2017
The 81st Training Support Squadron Military Training Leader School officially opens at the newly-relocated course center in Lott Hall, July 17, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The course recently moved locations from Allee Hall to Lott Hall, and now features its own dedicated classroom, CPR training room, conference room and instructor offices, as well as additional resources and career field heritage pieces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan McElroy) Keesler furthers MTL development with new building, resources
The 81st Training Support Squadron’s Military Training Leader Course schoolhouse has a new home in Lott Hall, where the first course in the new building began July 17.The instructors, formerly based in Allee Hall, only had a couple classrooms at their disposal. They now have access to a dedicated training area and resources.“The new space is
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2017
Three of the original Tuskegee Airmen from the Archer-Ragsdale Chapter salute a wreath placed at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park March 23, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. For the fourth year in a row, Luke commemorated the Tuskegee Airmen and their contributions to the Air Force and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel) The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen
The fourth Thursday in March has become a significant date in Arizona as a day to celebrate the famed Tuskegee Airmen who helped shape the diverse culture of the United States Air Force.Luke Thunderbolts, members of the Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen and community members came together to take part in the Fourth Annual Tuskegee
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2017
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