First pipeline class of F-35 crew chiefs graduates at Eglin

82nd Training Wing Public Affairs // August 08, 2014

EGLIN AFB, Fla. -- Nine Airmen became the first Air Force recruits to graduate initial skills technical training as F-35 Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready Airmen training here Aug. 7.

"The opportunity to be the first of something so important means a lot. I know many people are looking at us to be the best - it's a big honor," said Airman 1st Class Saovada Pum.

"To be among the first to earn my 3-Level as an F-35 Crew Chief is a feeling of responsibility and also a significant measure of pride," said Airman 1st Class Gideon R. Burris. "It's special because the F-35 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the air."

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