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Brig. Gen. Thomas Owens II, Assistant Adjutant General of Air New York National Guard, Latham, New York and his son, 2nd Lt. Thomas Owens III, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 17-10 graduate pose for a photo June 9, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Owens III will be the third generation of pilots in a row in the family and his father pinned the pilot wings on him during the ceremony.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Owens reminds Class 17-10 to remain engaged
Brig. Gen. Thomas Owens II, Assistant Adjutant General of Air New York National Guard, Latham, New York visited Columbus Air Force Base, to speak at Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 17-10’s graduation here June 9, 2017.Owens is the primary advisor on all Guard matters to the Adjutant General. He assists the commander to ensuring
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Staff Sgt. Juliana White, 14th Comptroller Squadron Financial
Manager, poses for a photo June 13, 2017, inside the Fitness Center on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Weight lifting has been a part of White’s life since she was a high school athlete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

AETC First Faces: Staff Sgt. Juliana White
A clank of metal against metal followed by the slick sound of the large plate sliding toward the center of the bar. The bar is pushed through the air and held still for a moment. Slowly being lowered, the bar now hovers above White. Sweat building with each repetition.Staff Sgt. Juliana White, 14th Comptroller Squadron Financial Manager, has used
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Airman 1st Class Alan Elkins, 14th Operation Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller, practices a position in the Radar Approach Control room May 31, 2017, on Columbus
Air Force Base, Mississippi. The RAPCON is where Air Traffic Controllers direct and coordinate flight paths for aircraft in flight.U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Airmen, pilots bring a new atmosphere to communication
A room is illuminated by greens, whites and blues filled with the chatter of Airmen and civilians alike. Seemingly random words are paired with numbers creating sounds almost like another language. Hands waving and pointing to screens that resemble an 80’s arcade game, then writing on strips of paper with a swiftness only extreme repetition can
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Mike Orzel, driver, takes a turn on the flightline track June 10, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Some cones were placed sideways to indicate to the drivers which side to turn around. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Drivers compete at Autocross
Mike Orzel, driver, takes a turn on the flightline track June 10, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Some cones were placed sideways to indicate to the drivers which side to turn around. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)
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Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts pre-flight checks on Doc, a restored B-29 Superfortress, June 9, 2017, on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Tibbets’ grandfather, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., piloted the ‘Enola Gay,’ during WWII and dropped the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht) Grandson of Enola Gay pilot flies refurbished B-29
Wichita’s beloved B-29 Superfortress, Doc, took to the skies yet again June 9, 2017, from McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an added aspect of historical significance and Air Force heritage. Sitting in the co-pilot seat was Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing commander. Taking control of the aircraft means he has now flown the only two currently operational B-29s, Doc and Fifi.
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The hero shots of retired Maj. Ernest Curtis “Curt” Hughes, retired Lt. Col. Curtis “Custis” Hughes and 2nd Lt. Curtis Hunter Hughes, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 17-10 graduate, are displayed proudly by the Hughes family. Hunter’s graduation June 9, 2017, makes him the third in a family of fighter pilots. (Courtesy photo) Third generation pilot graduates at CAFB
When one SUPT Class 17-10 graduate pins on his Air Force wings, June 9, 2017, he will become the third generation of Air Force fighter pilots.Second Lt. Curtis Hunter Hughes is following in the footsteps of his father, and his grandfather before him.Hunter grew up in Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Colorado State University in 2013.“I grew up
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Col. Douglas Gosney, 14th Flying Training Wing Commander, hands the 14th Comptroller Squadron guidon to Maj. Randi Ludington at the 14th CPTS Change of Command ceremony June 8, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Ludington was previously assigned as the Executive Officer to the Director, United States Air Forces in Europe-United Kingdom, RAF Mildenhall, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Melissa Doublin) 14th CPTS command changes hands
Col. Douglas Gosney, 14th Flying Training Wing Commander, hands the 14th Comptroller Squadron guidon to Maj. Randi Ludington at the 14th CPTS Change of Command ceremony June 8, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Ludington was previously assigned as the Executive Officer to the Director, United States Air Forces in Europe-United Kingdom,
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Default Air Force Logo PFAD exposes ill children to Air Force
The Columbus Air Force Base Pilot for a Day program was established in 2001 for the purpose of inviting seriously ill children and their families to the base for a day of fun and relaxation.Due to their illnesses, many children spend large amounts of time thinking about doctors, hospitals, needles and other unpleasant aspects of their daily
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Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, is presented with the 24th annual Tree City USA Award and Growth Award June 5, 2017. Columbus AFB is one of only 45 cities in the state qualifying for this award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sharon Ybarra) CAFB receives Tree City award
The 24th annual Tree City USA Award and Growth Award was presented to Columbus Air Force Base June 5, 2017. This is the 24th year that Columbus AFB has received the title of Tree City. Tree City USA is awarded to those sites that fulfill four requirements. These include an established tree board or forestry department, a tree ordinance, an urban
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Senior Airman Garrett Jacobs, 14th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment Apprentice, received the Blaze 5/6 Leadership Highlight award from Staff Sgt. Whitney Felder, Blaze 5/6 Council President June 5, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. This award recognized Jacobs’ outstanding leadership capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sharon Ybarra) BLAZE 5/6 recognizes leadership
Senior Airman Garrett Jacobs, 14th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment Apprentice, received the Blaze 5/6 Leadership Highlight award from Staff Sgt. Whitney Felder, Blaze 5/6 Council President June 5, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. This award recognized Jacobs’ outstanding leadership capabilities. (U.S. Air Force
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