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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Matthew Ladd (left) and Master Sgt. Careen Lewis (right), 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight superintendent, perform pre-flight checks and remove pins on a Cessna 182T aircraft during a Rated Preparatory Program event in Denton, Texas, March 31, 2023. The Rated Preparatory Program is an opportunity for active-duty Air Force officers and enlisted personnel interested in becoming rated officers to develop basic aviation skills, enhance their aviation knowledge through developmental modules and acquire invaluable flying experience at no cost. The Air Force partners with Civil Air Patrol to provide primary flight familiarization along with ground school and formal aviation academic instruction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Keith James)
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