"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Iraqi air chief sees son graduate U.S. Air Force pilot training

Over the last few years there have been so many negative stories about what is happening in Iraq that this caught my eye when I read the Tinker Take Off newspaper from Tinker AFB.  It gives a whole new vision as to what is actually taking place in Iraq from the military side.  Their Air Force will be flying the F-16's which will not make Iran happy.  To actually have the United States thanked for bringing democracy to Iraq should be on the front page of every newspaper in the Country as well as the broadcast media.
We need more of this type information instead of always concentrating on what is going wrong but then that doesn't fit the narrative of many of the mainstream media who don't want to admit that President George W Bush was right to go into Iraq and to Sadaam and bring freedom to the Iraqi people.  Never forget that first election in Iraq where the Iraqi Men and Women were so happy to show everyone those purple fingers to show they had voted.  They appreciated they were voting with more than one person on the ballot.

The Air Force has been training foreign pilots for years which shows what good pilot training programs the USAF has for not only our pilots but those from friendly nations.  There is a contingent of foreign officers at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, who are part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) which last year as of July totaled $30B in foreign sales.  That figure looks to increase in the years ahead with the F-22 and the new tanker along with more F-16's and someday the F-35 will be added to the list.

Congratulations to the Iraqi Air Force Chief and the recent graduates who will become their new Air Force of Iraq.

Iraqi Air Force Commander pins pilot wings on son
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Iraqi Air Force Commander Staff Lt. Gen. Anwer Hamad Amen Ahmed pins pilot wings on his son, Capt. Mohammed Hama Ameen, after graduating from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training here March 9. Upon graduating, Hama will be the first Iraqi pilot from Laughlin to attend the Iraqi Air Force F-16 program. Laughlin’s International Student Program currently hosts 28 students from nine different countries. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Scott Saldukas)

Iraqi air chief sees son graduate U.S. Air Force pilot training

Posted 3/10/2012 Updated 3/10/2012

by 2nd Lt. Angela Martin
47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

3/10/2012 - LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The top generals from the U.S. Air Force and Iraq Air Force united here March 9 to award silver wings to 23 of the countries' newest pilots.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Iraqi Air Force Commander Staff Lt. Gen. Anwer Hamad Amin Ahmad were the keynote speakers at the graduation ceremony for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 12-06, which included one Iraqi officer -Anwer's son Capt. Mohammed Hama Ameen.

"I am proud of him today because he is new," said Anwer, who presented Hama his wings. "He is of the new Iraqi group from a new generation who will do his best to play a great role to build his country."

As part of this new generation, Hama will transition to Iraq as Laughlin's first SUPT graduate for the Iraqi Air Force F-16 program.

His father currently serves as commander of the Iraqi Air Force and is responsible for organizing, training and equipping Iraq's air force. As a decorated pilot, Anwer has 4,500 flying hours in a variety of aircraft.

During his keynote speech, Anwer expressed great appreciation for everyone at Laughlin, and to the U.S. military for its assistance in building a new, democratic Iraq. Schwartz reciprocated Anwer's appreciation of American servicemembers in his keynote speech.

"You have every reason to be proud of the accomplishments of your noble country and certainly your son, who will receive his well-deserved wings from you in just a few moments," said Schwartz. "We are honored to consider you both fellow airmen."

Schwartz, who graduated from SUPT here in 1974, was making his second return to Laughlin since receiving his wings. Schwartz offered words of encouragement to the new pilots preparing to embark on their next journey.

"No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but this is most assuredly an exciting time to enter the ranks of Air Force pilots," Schwartz said. "You must be ready to serve a nation that depends on its Air Force, and Air Force capabilities and skills that you have developed here."

Schwartz concluded by reflecting on the unique nature of military service.

"Commitment to military service is distinct from all other forms of commitment in other professions for it is unqualified and it is unlimited," Schwartz said. "This level of commitment is not to be taken lightly but rather deliberately, and with clear mind and heart." 
 Source:  Tinker Take Off

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