Lt. Jeremy S. Robben was awarded the coveted wings of silver at a graduation ceremony held Dec.13, at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. His proud parents, Ed and Janet, and sisters, Annie and Becca, were in attendance.
His year-long journey began on October 25, 2012 as Lt. Robben reported to the 14th Student Squadron to begin his first day of United States Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT).
With a great desire to earn the Air Force wings of silver, Robben began the first of the 3 phases of pilot training
Phase I was five weeks in duration and involved many hours of classroom instruction and computer based training in T-6 systems and operations, life support, parasailing and altitude chamber training.
During the five months of Phase II, Lt Robben got his first taste of flying the SUPT training aircraft, the Texan T-6, under the watchful eyes of the instructor pilots.
Some days were spent double or triple-turning flights, other days he faced tough rounds of emergency procedure quizzes, simulators, and stump the dummy knowledge sessions.
Aerobatics training, instrument training, and formation training eventually gave way to solo flight of the mighty Texan.
The next five weeks of Phase III were spent back in the classroom learning the complex systems of the T-38, also known as the “Talon.”
Many hours of instruction, tests and simulator flights led to dual rides with instructors and eventually onto solo flight. Training continued with the contact phase of patterns, landings, and aerobatics.
This gave way to the formation phase. Once all the checkrides were completed, it was on to more “real world” flying as Lt. Robben ventured out of the Columbus, MS area, flying to other locations throughout the Southeast.
After a long year of adrenaline, exhaustion, struggle, heart-break, perseverance, and triumph, Lt. Jeremy S. Robben earned the privilege of wearing the United States Air Force wings of silver.
For his next assignment, Robben will report to Hurlburt Field, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Hurlburt is the home to the headquarters of Air Force Special Operations Command.
There he will train on the U-28A, a manned fixed wing with on-call/surge capability for Improved Tactical Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) in support of Special Operations Forces.
Lt. Robben is the 2008 valedictorian of Harrison High School where he excelled in academics, athletics, and music. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 2012.
He is the son of Ed and Janet Robben of Cleves and the grandson of Tony and Florence Robben and Harold and Roberta Rengering, all Harrison residents.