Class 19-25 to graduate 26 pilots today

Lt. Gen. Thomas Sharpy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development, Headquarters Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Va. (Photo provided)

Specialized Under­grad­uate Pilot Training Class 19-25 is set to graduate 26 junior officers during a 10 a.m. graduation ceremony today, at the Vance Air Force Base Auditorium.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Sharpy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development, Headquarters Allied Com­m­and Transformation, Norfolk, Va., is scheduled to address the class during the graduation ceremony.

A 1987 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Sharpy completed his undergraduate pilot training in 1988 at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. In his current role, he is responsible for developing operational and strategic capability requirements on behalf of 29 NATO nations.

Sharpy’s career has involved numer­ous supervisory and leadership positions at wing, major command and Air Staff levels, according to his official biography.

He also served in a number of joint assignments, including: senior military aide to the vice president of the United States, Washington, D.C.; director of Plans, Programs and Analyses for Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; vice commander, 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; and director, Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB.

Sharpy is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flight hours in T-37, T-38, KC-135, C-5 and C-17 aircraft.

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