Sackett graduated from Euro-NATTO Joint Jet Pilot Training

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Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Lonnie J. Sackett has graduated from the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program conducted by the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.
The 55-week training program, sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is designed to produce pilots qualified for assignment to military fighter aircraft as part of NATO's flying force.  The multinational program trains approximately 250 undergraduate pilots from the U.S. and 13 participating NATO nations each year.  
The student pilots receive 256 hours of flight training in T-37 and T-38 aircraft, and 537 hours of ground training in academics, officer development, physical training, and other required subjects. Specific hours are used to achieve special skills needed to prepare the student pilot for follow-on training in fighter aircraft and acclimate pilots to adverse weather conditions and restricted airspace as experienced in Europe.
    Sackett is a fighter pilot assigned to the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.  The second lieutenant has served in the military for two years.  He is a resident of Wichita Falls, Texas.  When not on active duty, Sackett is a financial analyst for IBM.
    He is the son of Franklin and Deborah Sackett, Zimmerman, and grandson of Leonard Johnson of  Big Lake.
Sackett graduated in 2006 from Elk River High School, and received a bachelor of science in 2010 from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


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