A pilot’s dedication

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Skill and precision are vital to the U.S. Air Force, which employs some of the world’s most advanced aircraft. Maj. Jerrod Ebner, 351st Air Refueling Squadron chief pilot, has flown since 2002– bringing in over 5,000 hours of flying experience with multiple aircraft.

The 100th Air Refueling Wing is RAF Mildenhall's current host wing and the only permanent U.S. air refueling wing in the European theater.

As the wing provides the critical air refueling “bridge” to the expeditionary Air Force; chief pilots provide the critical bridge of leadership and instruction to new pilots, equipping each generation of pilots with the required skills,  efficiently fortifying the mission.


“He has a wealth of knowledge and his experience is extremely valuable to the instruction and upbringing of future pilots,” said Master Sgt. Marcus Hudson, 351st ARS flight chief. “He has flown on multiple aircraft throughout his career; his breadth of experience contributes to being in that position.”

Ebner currently operates 100th ARW KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, supplying aerial refueling capabilities to NATO allies and partners in Europe and Africa.

Ebner recently celebrated his birthday on a temporary duty assignment to Rovianiemi, Finland, where the 351st ARS refueled all Finnish F-15 Eagle aircraft during a biannual refueling exercise.

"Being Squared Away means being organized, confident and accountable," said Ebner.