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9th AF commander provides 3rd level of certification for ACC F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, communicates with an Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 20, 2017, as part of a certification process. The process showcases the upcoming year’s demonstration, as well as certifies the new demo team pilot on the maneuvers used. The team exhibits the F-16CM Fighting Falcon’s qualities as a highly maneuverable, multi-role fighter aircraft that provides air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack capabilities, including suppression of enemy air defenses and close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, communicates with an Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 20, 2017, as part of a certification process. The process showcases the upcoming year’s demonstration, as well as certifies the new demo team pilot on the maneuvers used. The team exhibits the F-16CM Fighting Falcon’s qualities as a highly maneuverable, multi-role fighter aircraft that provides air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack capabilities, including suppression of enemy air defenses and close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

The Air Combat Command’s F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot participates in the third level of certification by Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander. The process involves four levels of certification (group commander, wing commander, numbered air force and ACC commander) and showcases the upcoming year’s demonstration, as well as certifies the new demo team pilot on the maneuvers. The team exhibits the F-16CM Fighting Falcon’s qualities as a multi-role fighter aircraft that is highly maneuverable and provides air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack capabilities to the U.S. and Allied nations. The F-16 also conducts a variety of missions including suppression of enemy air defense, offensive and defense counter air and close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Cossaboom)

The Air Combat Command’s F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot participates in the third level of certification by Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander. The process involves four levels of certification (group commander, wing commander, numbered air force and ACC commander) and showcases the upcoming year’s demonstration, as well as certifies the new demo team pilot on the maneuvers. The team exhibits the F-16CM Fighting Falcon’s qualities as a multi-role fighter aircraft that is highly maneuverable and provides air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack capabilities to the U.S. and Allied nations. The F-16 also conducts a variety of missions including suppression of enemy air defense, offensive and defense counter air and close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Cossaboom)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist(right), 9th Air Force commander, speaks with Maj. Craig Baker(left), former F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot, during the third level of certification at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 20, 2017. The process involves four levels of certification (group commander, wing commander, numbered air force and ACC commander) and showcases the upcoming year’s demonstration, as well as certifies the new demo team pilot on the maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist(right), 9th Air Force commander, speaks with Maj. Craig Baker(left), former F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot, during the third level of certification at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 20, 2017. The process involves four levels of certification (group commander, wing commander, numbered air force and ACC commander) and showcases the upcoming year’s demonstration, as well as certifies the new demo team pilot on the maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

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Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, provided the third level of certification for Air Combat Command's F-16 Viper Demonstration Team incoming pilot at Shaw AFB Jan. 20. The process involves four levels of certification (group commander, wing commander, numbered air force and ACC commander) and showcases the upcoming year’s demonstration, as well as certifies the new demo team pilot on the maneuvers.

The team exhibits the F-16CM Fighting Falcon’s qualities as a multi-role fighter aircraft that is highly maneuverable and provides air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack capabilities to the U.S. and Allied nations. The F-16 also conducts a variety of missions including suppression of enemy air defense, offensive and defense counter air and close air support.