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8th Fighter Squadron 19-CBF graduation

Holloman graduates newest combat-ready pilots

1st Lt Colin Ruane, 8th Fighter Squadron Basic Course graduate, accepts the Daedalian award during the graduation of B-Course Class 19-CBF, Dec. 14, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. 11 B-Course students graduated and will be reassigned to operational flying units throughout the combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Groening)

Holloman graduates newest combat-ready pilots

1st Lt Austin Gillis, 8th Fighter Squadron Basic Course graduate, accepts the River Rat award during the graduation of B-Course Class 19-CBF, Dec.14, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. 11 B-Course students graduated and will be reassigned to operational flying units throughout the combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Groening)

Holloman graduates newest combat-ready pilots

1st Lt Colin Ruane, 8th Fighter Squadron Basic Course graduate, accepts the Academic award during the graduation of B-Course Class 19-CBF, Dec. 14, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. 11 B-Course students graduated and will be reassigned to operational flying units throughout the combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Groening)

Holloman graduates newest combat-ready pilots

1st Lt Michael Kelvin, 8th Fighter Squadron Basic Course graduate, accepts the Academic award during the graduation of B-Course Class 19-CBF, Dec. 14, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. 11 B-Course students graduated and will be reassigned to operational flying units throughout the combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Groening)

Holloman graduates newest combat-ready pilots

1st Lt Seth Bolon, 8th Fighter Squadron Basic Course graduate, accepts the Air-to-Air award during the graduation of B-Course Class 19-CBF, Dec. 14, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. 11 B-Course students graduated and will be reassigned to operational flying units throughout the combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Groening)

Holloman graduates newest combat-ready pilots

1st Lt Seth Bolon, 8th Fighter Squadron Basic Course graduate, accepts the Air-to-Ground award during the graduation of B-Course Class 19-CBF, Dec. 14, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. 11 B-Course students graduated and will be reassigned to operational flying units throughout the combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Groening)

Holloman graduates newest combat-ready pilots

1st Lt Domenick Stumpo, 8th Fighter Squadron Basic Course graduate, accepts the Distinguished Graduate award during the graduation of B-Course Class 19-CBF, Dec. 14, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. 11 B-Course students graduated and will be reassigned to operational flying units throughout the combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Groening)

Holloman graduates newest combat-ready pilots

1st Lt Seth Bolon, 8th Fighter Squadron Basic Course graduate, accepts the Distinguished Graduate award during the graduation of B-Course Class 19-CBF, Dec. 14, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. 11 B-Course students graduated and will be reassigned to operational flying units throughout the combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Groening)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

11 F-16 Viper student pilots graduated from the 8th Fighter Squadron’s F-16 Basic Course, during a ceremony at Club Holloman, December 14th, 2019, here.

The F-16 B-Course is a 37-week long course required for all student pilots. On average, B-Course students log 70 hours of flying time over 59 sorties in addition to roughly 245-hours of academic training and 69-hours of flight simulator training.

The 49th Wing is the Air Force’s premiere F-16 and MQ-9 Reaper aircrew training wing. Graduates of the F-16 B-course will be reassigned to operational flying units throughout the combat Air Force.

Congratulations to the graduates of Class 19-CBF:

Capt. Justin Goar

1st Lt. Seth Bolon

1st Lt. Alexander Drakoulakis

1st Lt. Austin Gillis

1st Lt. Michael Kelvin

1st Lt. Tyler Olson

1st Lt. Colin Ruane

1st Lt. Landon Santori

1st Lt. David Schmitz

1st Lt. Domenick Stumpo

1st Lt. Zachary Tarbox