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SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Left to right CMSgt Clifton Harmon, Lt Col Thomas Gilster, and Lt Col Tom Crimmins spray water on newly awarded command Pilot Col Ronald J. Celentano. Col Celentano surpassed the 3000 flying hour milestone on Friday, 23 Mar 07 to earn his command pilot wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Edward D. Holzapfel) (Released)
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386 EOG Commander awarded Command Pilot Rating

Posted 3/24/2007   Updated 3/24/2007 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Ian Carrier
386 AEW/PA

3/24/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Col. Ronald Celentano, 386th Expeditionary Operations Group Commander, logged his 3,000th flying hour on March 23 rd, 2007. "I'm glad to have the opportunity to fly again after a five-year hiatus," said Col. Celentano. "This was a personal goal of mine." The Command Pilot Rating is the highest aviation rating in the United States Air Force. Col. Celentano was the Ops Group commander in Dec. 2006 when the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing posted a record 99.4% Mission Effective Rate, a feat the Operations Group played a large part in. "I am grateful to be here, to have a chance to command the finest Operations Group in the AOR," the Colonel said.

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