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  • Nigerian Air Force leadership visits Columbus AFB, views pilot training program

    Columbus Air Force Base’s Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program produces some of the world’s greatest aviators for the U.S., but also helps develop aviators of our international partners. Air Vice-Marshal Aliyu Bello, director of training for the Nigerian Air Force, and other members of the Nigerian Air Force visited Columbus AFB, Mississippi, Jan. 24 to get a firsthand view of the SUPT training program and check on a Nigerian student who is currently in class.
  • Thunderbird commander reminds graduated pilots teamwork is critical

    Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron commander/leader, spoke at Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class’s 19-04/05 graduation Jan. 25, in the Kaye Auditorium.
  • Airmen gain new way of connecting with local community

    Members of the local community welcomed Airmen, friends and family members to the first Enlisted Partnership dinner Jan. 24 at Thai by Thai in Columbus, Mississippi. The Enlisted Partnership Program helps connect enlisted personnel with civic leaders from the Columbus-Lowndes community and provide new Airmen with a home away from home.
  • What’s a 1Charlie?

    Student and instructor pilots line the step desk as they organize their first flights for the day; through the window, the Mississippi sun can be seen casting a golden glow on aircraft as maintainers inspect and prepare them for launch.
  • VCSAF makes stop at Columbus AFB to retire former PA chief

    Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson visited Columbus Air Force Base Jan. 25 to officiate the retirement ceremony of Richard “Sonic” Johnson, the former 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs chief.
  • Iraq Defense Attaché visit to Columbus AFB helps strengthen international relations

    Iraq Staff Brig. Gen. Mustafa Al Bayati, Iraq Defense Attaché, spoke with instructor pilots, Airmen and senior leaders Jan. 18 on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.
  • Columbus AFB, local community honors MLK

    Members of the local community and Columbus Air Force Base attended a Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Breakfast at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus, Mississippi, Jan. 21. To kick off the commemoration breakfast the Columbus AFB Honor Guard presented the colors as Capt. Alisha Foster, 14th Flying Training Wing Equal Opportunity director, sang the national anthem.
  • Retired pilot, Columbus native climbs back into T-38 sim one more time

    Retired Lt. Col. James Cole, former T-38 Talon pilot and Columbus, Mississippi, native, was able to climb back into a T-38 simulator one more time during a visit to Columbus Air Force Base Jan. 16. Cole, now 85, met members of the 14th Operations Group and reminisced about his time as a pilot. He flew a variety of aircraft during his military career, but the T-38 is one in which he was also an instructor pilot for. After 23 years of service in the military, he retired and went on to work with American Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Innovation leads to connection with Keesler AFB

    The Columbus Air Force Base Spark Cell is designed to be a creative hub for innovative minds to cultivate ideas. The need of innovation at Columbus AFB led to a partnership with the 333rd Training Squadron at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, to create new processes and contribute different concepts.
  • Palmer Home for Children visits Columbus AFB

    About 40 children and volunteers from the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, Mississippi, visited Columbus Air Force Base Jan. 4. The visit, hosted by the 49th Fighter Training Squadron, began with a military working dog demonstration at the kennels on base. Afterward, the visitors continued to the 49th FTS where they all were welcomed by Lt. Col. John Macasek, the 49 FTS commander.
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