Major General Gregory Feest, the commander of the 19th , was in Chicago representing the Air Force and acting as the senior military officer in attendance at the event. The 19th Air Force is tasked with providing flight and aircrew training to more than 25,000 US and Allied students annually and is comprised of more than 38,000 Total Force personnel across 17 wings and 3 training groups. They operate 1,720 aircraft including the T-1 Jayhawk, T-6A Texan II, and T-38 Talon.
A little background on the General, he has over 5,400 total flight hours and more than 800 combat hours. He’s flown a countless number of airframes including the F-111, the F-15C and E, and the F-117. General Feest holds a number of claims to aviation fame, he is the first person to ever reach 1,000 hours in the F-117 and the first person to fly that aircraft into combat. He is also purported to hold the most combat hours in the F-117 (more than 130 hours) having been the first person in Desert Storm to drop a bomb in Iraq from an F-117. (more…)