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Reserve F-22 pilot receives first Raptor 1,000 hour patch

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Lt. Col. David Piffarerio, 302nd Fighter Squadron commander, was presented with Lockheed-Martin's first Raptor 1,000 hour patch by Jeff Babione, vice president and F-22 program manager during a ceremony here Nov. 7. The ceremony was attended by members of Lockheed-Martin's F-22 program team and active duty and Reserve pilots and maintainers.
"The most important part of the ceremony was recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of our maintainers," said Piffarerio. "We have the best rates and statistics in the combat Air Force entirely due to the active duty and Reserve professionals working on the flight line. None of this would have been possible without the phenomenal contributions of our entire maintenance team."

Piffarerio's routine sortie Nov. 4 turned extraordinary when on that flight he surpassed 1000 flying hours.

For more information or photos of the ceremony, visit http://www.477fg.afrc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123279258 or call the 477th Fighter Group Public Affairs office at 907-551-0477 or after hours 907-382-4777.

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