Tuesday, December 14, 2010

U.S. Air Force Weapons School graduates 87 officers

Nellis Public Affairs

12/6/2010 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The U.S. Air Force Weapons School will graduate 87 officers during ceremonies at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Dec. 11.

The Weapons School provides the world's most advanced training in weapons and tactics employment, and every six months, produces a new class of graduates who are expert instructors on weapons, weapons systems and air and space integration. Upon completing the course, graduates return to their home stations, taking the latest tactics, techniques and procedures for air-to-air and air-to-ground combat to their respective units.

The Weapons School traces its roots to the Aircraft Gunnery School established in 1949 at Las Vegas Air Force Base, which became Nellis Air Force Base in 1950. This organization brought together a cadre of World War II combat veterans dedicated to teaching the next generation of pilots. The Gunnery School converted to combat crew training to meet the needs of the Korean War.

Today's Weapons School encompasses 17 squadrons, teaching 22 combat specialties at eight locations. Only 30 percent of today's students come from the classic fighter specialties which built the initial reputation of the "patch." The 60-year tradition of excellence associated with the Weapons School continues as today's graduates go to units worldwide to focus on the integration challenges of tomorrow.

Class 10-B graduates include:

(The following list is an excerpt of A-10 pilots, extracted by me)

66 WPS (A-10) Nellis AFB, Nev.

Capt. Joseph D. Beal
Capt. Travis T. Elliott
Capt. Grady L. Green (ANG)
Capt. Josh L. Long
Capt. Barry V. McKeown
Capt. Thomas E. Parker

66 WPS (A-10) Nellis AFB, Nev.

Capt. Ruston C. Traynham

Note: I don't have any idea why Capt. Ruston C. Traynham has been separated.


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