Randolph graduates earn pilot wings

558th Flying Training Squadron holds first winging ceremony for RPA pilots


SAN ANTONIO – The 558th Flying Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base held their first winging ceremony on Friday for graduates that have trained to use remotely piloted aircraft. 

The graduates were presented with a pair of pilot wings, also known as career field badges. 

Lt Col Scott Cerone, commander of the 558th Training Squadron, said RPA can be controlled remotely from any location, meaning graduates will use their skills around the globe.

"Remotely piloted aircraft have been used in combat operations, in Iraq, Afghanistan, in Libya," said Cerone. "But also, when you look at the humanitarian side, we've seen how remotely piloted aircraft have been able to do great things to help other nations, especially in times of humanitarian need."

Randolph's RPA program began in 2010, making it the Air Force's only undergraduate program of its kind.

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