Bier honored at Air Force Weapons School graduation

Joel Beir receives an award at graduation.

Capt. Joel “Won” Bier graduated from US Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV June 12.

During the ceremony, Bier was honored by receiving the top academic award in his squadron of A-10 pilots. He, along with four other A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots, was selected to participate in the very intensive six month training program.

The mission of the United States Air Force Weapons School is to teach graduate-level instructor courses, which provide the world’s most advanced training in weapons and tactics employment to officers of the combat air forces.

The A-10 Thunderbolt (commonly referred to as “Warthog”) is a single seat, twin engine fighter attack jet aircraft designed in the early 1970s. It is the first aircraft exclusively designed for the US Air Force to provide close air support for ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets.

Read the full story in the July 15, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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