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Future pilots graduate B-Course

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Eighteen pilots graduated from the F-15E Basic Course here Feb 15. 

The course, which began in June, covers approximately 190 hours of lectures, 44 hours of computer-based training, 15 academic tests, aircraft egress training, mission planning system training, 20 avionics trainer missions, 34 aircraft simulator missions, and 41 aircraft sorties at approximately 69 flying hours. 

The mission of Air Combat Command, the 4th Fighter Wing's major command, is to develop trained Airmen who are ready to deploy and fight wherever, whenever and however they are needed. The Basic Course supports that mission by providing pilots capable of delivering global attack on target and on time for America. 

"They receive the finest fundamental flying and weapon-system training in the world - and that is not an exaggeration," said Major Jonathan Taylor, a flight commander in charge of the basic course. 

Congratulations to the following graduates: Capt. Jason Heard, 1st Lt. Mark Thompson, 1st Lt. August Korn, 1st Lt. Jacob Anderson, Capt. Jeremy Verbout, 1st Lt. Jared Laliberte, 1st Lt. Roderick James, 1st Lt. Scott Crowell, 1st Lt. Timothy Swierzbin, Capt. Shannon Lippert, 1st Lt. Michal Polidor, 1st Lt. George Grkovic, 1st Lt. Justin Estes, 1st Lt. Leigh Larkin, 1st. Lt. Nathan White, 1st Lt. Michael Unruh, 1st Lt. Jack Rose, and 1st Lt. Gregory Hunger.
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