Class 22-08 achieves aeronautical rating

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie
  • 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Eighteen officers from Class 22-08 graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Apr. 15, 2022, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.

U.S. Air Force Col. Samuel Martin, retired, delivered the graduation speech.

During his time in service, Martin received numerous awards and decorations including the Silver Star with three oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with five oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal with 18 oak leaf clusters.

“My expectations are high for these pilots,” said Martin. “They have just received the best training you can get in the world. I have great expectations that they will perform just as their predecessors had in the history of pilots in our country.”

Over the span of the 52-week training program, each student completed nearly 200 flying hours in the T-6A Texan II and T-1A Jayhawk or T-38C Talon.

“I feel personally very proud and humble as well as a sense of satisfaction and pride like the families and friends here,” said Martin. “It energizes me again, as a troubled world, to know that we are on top of agendas. It is really great to be among the best of the best.”

Class 22-08 recognized two distinguished graduates, 1st Lt. Ronald Kolodziejczyk and 2nd Lt. Brian Duhaime, for their outstanding performance in academics, officer qualities and flying abilities.

“You are amazing individuals to have accomplished what you just did,” said Martin. “I wish you all the luck in the world. I wish you well, happiness, and a long career in the Air Force.”

Since they have graduated SUPT, the new aviators will move onward in training in their respective aircrafts.