F-16 pilot clocks 1,000 combat hours

There are only four U.S. Air Force active duty fighter pilots ranked lieutenant colonel and below who have flown 1,000 combat hours in an F-16, Lt. Col. Craig Andrle is one of them.

Lt. Col. Craig Andrle, 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, taxis after a combat sortie March 20, 2017 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 79th EFS provides counterterrorism to support a successful train, advise, assist mission in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

Lt. Col. Craig Andrle, 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, taxis after a combat sortie March 20, 2017 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 79th EFS provides counterterrorism to support a successful train, advise, assist mission in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)


The 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander achieved this feat on Mar. 20 after a flight from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

The hours were clocked over a period of 17 years and four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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