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New F-22 Raptor pilots graduate

Airman receives certificate.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nichole Stillwell, 43rd Fighter Squadron Basic Course student, receives her certificate of completion during a graduation ceremony at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., March 2, 2018. The new F-22 Raptor pilots completed a vigorous course of instruction that included academic events, examinations, sorties and simulator missions. The B-Course entails emergency procedures, instrument tasks, and day and night air-to-air refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah J. Soliz/Released)

Several copies of the book, “Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds,” are stacked on a table during the 43rd Fighter Squadron’s F-22 Raptor Basic Course graduation at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., March 2, 2018. The 43rd FS gave a copy of the book to each of the graduates. After completion of the B-Course, the graduates are now prepared to begin mission qualification training in their combat unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah J. Soliz/Released)

Several copies of the book, “Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds,” are stacked on a table during the 43rd Fighter Squadron’s F-22 Raptor Basic Course graduation at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., March 2, 2018. The 43rd FS gave a copy of the book to each of the graduates. After completion of the B-Course, the graduates are now prepared to begin mission qualification training in their combat unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah J. Soliz/Released)

Stack of patches.

Flight suit patches are stacked on a table during the 43rd Fighter Squadron’s F-22 Raptor Basic Course graduation at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., March 2, 2018. With completion of the course the new F-22 pilots are now prepared to begin mission qualification training in their combat unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah J. Soliz/Released)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The 43rd Fighter Squadron graduated 13 F-22 Raptor Basic Course students during a ceremony March 2, 2018.

The students completed a vigorous course of instruction that included academics events, examinations, sorties and simulator missions. The B-Course entails emergency procedures, instrument tasks, and day and night air-to-air refueling. The students are also educated on air-to-air employment, air-to-ground employment, basic low altitude employment and night-vision goggle and night employment.

At course completion, students have flown approximately 40 hours and are prepared to begin mission qualification training in their combat unit. Once they complete MQT, these pilots will be fully qualified to employ the F-22 Raptor in an air dominance role.

Congratulations to the following graduates:

Capt. Jared Becker

Capt. Nichole Stillwell

Capt. Jordan Rutledge

Capt. Matthew Carey

Capt. Matthew Serfling

Capt. Brennan Sweeney

Capt. Greg Hermack

1st Lt. Karl Schroeder

1st Lt. Samuel Larson

1st Lt. Traverse Garvin

1st Lt. Dillon Garvin

1st Lt. Connor Howard

1st Lt. Wes Dean