The head of the Iraqi air force recently pinned silver pilot wings onto his son, who is one of the first Iraqi pilots to graduate from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
Iraqi Air Force Commander Staff Lt. Gen. Anwer Hamad Amin Ahmad was one of the keynote speakers at the March 9 graduation ceremony along with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, an Air Force news story reported.
“I am proud of him today because he is new,” Anwer said at the graduation. “He is of the new Iraqi group from a new generation who will do his best to play a great role to build his country.”
His son, Capt. Mohammed Hama Ameen, will now train in Iraq on how to fly F-16s.
Schwartz praised father and son during his graduation speech.
“You have every reason to be proud of the accomplishments of your noble country and certainly your son, who will receive his well-deserved wings from you in just a few moments,” Schwartz said. “We are honored to consider you both fellow airmen.”