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The 454th Bombardment Wing reunion group gather around a B-52 Stratofortress static display April 21, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, during the 2018 Wings Over Columbus Open House and Air and Space Show. The group had veterans who worked on, with, or around the B-52 in different capacities for the 454th BW, and told each other stories of their experiences almost 50 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) 454th Bombardment Wing veterans reunite during Columbus AFB airshow
Members from the now inactive 454th Bombardment Wing met together at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 21, 2018, during the 2018 Wings Over Columbus Open House and Air and Space Show.
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Two students follow an instructor pilot to a T-1A Jayhawk, April 10, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The T-1 is the aircraft that ‘heavy’ pilots will train on before learning to fly anything from the C-5 Galaxy to the KC 135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) The 48th FTS makes a ‘heavy’ impact on student pilots every day
A high pitched whirring begins as three pilots prepare for their flight inside a T-1A Jayhawk on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.
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Lt. Col. Brent Green, 43rd FTS assistant director of operations, is sprayed with champagne and water by his family April 13, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. He is one of the original cadre in the Firebirds. It was shortly after the squadron expanded in 1999 from teaching only in the T-38C Talon to teaching all airframes that he was hired. Green has spent 22 years of his career in a full-time capacity learning or teaching in the T-37, T-38 and T-6A Texan II on Columbus AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) 43rd FTS instructor pilot dedicates 20 plus years of training to CAFB
The 43rd Flying Training Squadron started over 20 years ago as a flight dedicated to the pilot training mission here; within one year, the unit grew to a squadron with more than 100 positions total, attached to each of the five active-duty flying squadrons.
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Second lieutenants greet Col. Brandon Parker, 7th Bomb Wing Commander, before Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-07’s graduation ceremony April 6, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Parker spoke on many topics and acknowledged his pride for the newest graduates joining the elite military aviators in the world’s greatest Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Parker speaks about Air Force ‘wings’ during 18-07 graduation
The badge commonly referred to as wings, sits over the heart of all aircrew in the U.S. Air Force.
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Dr. Marcia Stewart, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program manager, states the SAPR proclamation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The Columbus SARC reporting hotline is (662) 364-0822 and their duty phone is (662) 434-1228. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Sexual assault awareness: “Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission”
There are a lot of observances that people recognize each year, and April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.
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Milton Rawl chips on the 8th hole March 26, 2018 at Lion Hills Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Mississippi. Rawl was participating in the Happy Irby Golf Tournament fundraiser, focused on helping donate items to children in need across the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Happy Irby Golf Tournament swings success
The annual Happy Irby Golf Tournament held this year at the Lion Hills Columbus Country Club, Mississippi, took place March 26, raising money through player participation and local sponsors.
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First Lt. Hannah Ferrarini, 14th Force Support Squadron officer in-charge of Career Development played soccer since she was a 6 year old. “People need a purpose, and you’ll find it if you work for something crazy,” said Ferrarini. (Courtesy photo) Goal-getter: Academy grad soccer player displays resiliency
From start to finish a marathon is 26.2 miles long, a 5k is roughly 3.1 miles long, and the average female step is only 2.2 feet in length. For 1st Lt. Hannah Ferrarini, 14th Force Support Squadron officer in-charge of Career Development here, taking life at 2.2 feet at a time was a necessity after having an intense skiing accident during spring break over five years ago.
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Airman 1st Class Jacob Davis, 14th Student Squadron aviation resource manager, helps a pilot with flying profile records March 20, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Aviation Resource Management specialists maintain flight records to validate aircrew safety requirements, making sure every mission is ready to go according to plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Airman drops weight to join, gains confidence
Not everyone trains like a warrior, not everyone hits the minimum standards to complete basic training, not everyone can give up their bad habits for a cause greater than themselves, but the few who do go to great lengths to sacrifice comfort end up where they want to be.
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Retired Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, former Vietnam War prisoner of war, speaks to Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-06’s graduation audience about the TAP code March 9, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. He spoke to the class about his time as a POW and recounted how his success throughout his life came from the same attributes the pilots have and will continue developed throughout their training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) “Smitty” Harris motivates 18-06 with his story
“It’s such a pleasure to be here today with you,” began retired Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, former Vietnam War prisoner of war. “One of the things I like most is to be with and talk to those folks in blue suits.”
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2018
Senior Airman Tavone Travers, 14th OSS weather forecaster studies weather patterns March 12, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Looking at previous storms and patterns airmen can learn about reoccurring weather that may help future forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Eyes on the skies: Weather Flight always on watch
Severe rainstorms, hail or tornadoes, the 14th Operations Support Squadron’s Weather Flight has seen it all on their radars, here.
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