Salutes & Awards

January 24, 2014

44 captains, lieutenants selected for TPS

TPS
Forty-four Air Force captains and first lieutenants have been selected as primary or alternate U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School program attendees, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Jan. 17.

“Officers selected will fill classes beginning in July this year, said Maj. Miles Middleton, AFPC special assignments branch.

The program exists to develop specially trained pilots, combat systems officers, flight test engineers and remotely piloted aircraft pilots to monitor, manage, and perform flight tests on research, experimental or production-type aerospace vehicles and weapon systems.

USAF TPS at Edwards AFB is where the Air Force’s top pilots, navigators and engineers learn how to conduct flight tests and generate the data needed to carry out test missions. Human lives and millions of dollars depend upon how carefully a test mission is planned and flown. The comprehensive curriculum of TPS is fundamental to the success of flight test and evaluation.

“Program graduates have profound strategic impact on future combat capabilities, so selection is highly competitive,” Middleton said. “Graduates are future senior leaders who will help shape our national security and identifying the right people for this opportunity was critical.”

Congratulations to the newest future test pilots.

 

Class 14B starting July 7, 2014

Fighter Pilot Category

Capt. Justin Elliot, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron

Capt. Timothy Fulkerson, 79th Fighter Squadron

Capt. Joseph Schenkel, 77th Fighter Squadron

Capt. David Schmitt, 1st Fighter Wing

Capt. Robert Waller, 333rd Fighter Squadron

 

Multi Engine Pilot Category

Capt. Mason Hubbard, 48th Airlift Squadron

Capt. Robert Jeffrey, 20th Bomb Squadron

Capt. Timothy Lau, 23rd Bomb Squadron

Capt. Scott Pontzer, 28th Bomb Squadron

 

Combat Systems/Weapons System/Electronic Warfare/Officer Category

Capt. Stephen Gary, 96th Bomb Squadron

Capt. James McDonald, 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron

 

Remotely Piloted Vehicle Category

Capt. Matthew Rowan, 30th Reconnaissance Squadron

 

Flight Test Engineer Category

1st Lt. Margaret Blackstun, Air Force Materiel Command

Capt. Jennifer Fuka, 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron

1st Lt. Donald Koeniguer, U.S.A.F. Test Pilot School

1st Lt. Shawn Stephens, 445th Flight Test Squadron

Capt. Brett Tillman, Air Force Institute of Technology

 

Class 15A starting Jan. 5, 2015

Fighter Pilot Category

Capt. Bryan Kelly, 393rd Bomb Squadron

Capt. Glenn Meleen, 492nd Fighter Squadron

Capt. Robert Waller, 333rd Fighter Squadron

 

Multi Engine Pilot Category

Capt. Russell Neice, 317th Operations Support Squadron

Capt. Uri Shanske, 99th Reconnaissance Squadron

Capt. Joshua Strafaccia, 5th Operations Support Squadron

 

Combat Systems/Weapons System/Electronic Warfare/Officer Category

Capt. Justin Wilson, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron

 

Remotely Piloted Vehicle Category

Capt. Daniel Fredberg, 42nd Attack Squadron

 

Flight Test Engineer Category

Civilian Matthew Alsleben, 586th Flight Test Squadron

Capt. John Beilstein, 76th Space Control Squadron

Capt. Brian Davis, Air Force Materiel Command

1st. Lt. Michael O’Connor, Space and Missile Systems Center

Capt. Bryan Snyder, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Capt. John Tekell, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron

Capt. Phillip Woodhull, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron

 

US Naval Test Pilot School Selects

Capt. Esther Anderson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Capt. James Berninghausen, 56th Rescue Squadron

 




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