Members of the 149th Fighter Wing stand at attention while their family members stand with their hand over their heart during the playing of the national anthem on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Oct. 21, 2022. The 149th FW was celebrating the newest group of Air Force F-16 fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Derek Gutierrez)

The 149th Fighter Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland held an F-16 fighter pilot graduation ceremony Oct. 21.

The six pilots were Capts. David Lee and Nicholas Schultz, and 1st Lts. Christopher Brown, Jacob Hiers Matthew Medla, and Johnathon Slife, with the 182nd Fighter Squadron. The six pilots collectively have more than 1,000 hours of flight time in the F-16 fighter jet.

Col. Benjamin Schill, 149th Fighter Wing Operations Group commander, officiated the ceremony, while retired Col. Timothy Madden was the keynote speaker at the graduation.

The 149th Fighter Wing’s Operations Group is responsible for the unit’s F-16 student pilot training mission.

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