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Modified: Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2013

KINGSVILLE, Texas - Navy Lt. j. g. Ian R. Book, son of Debra and Robert Book of Compton, earned his coveted "Wings of Gold" recently while serving with Training Squadron 22, Naval Air Station, Kingsville, Texas. Book completed advanced Jet/Strike training with Training Squadron 22 (VT-22) flying the Boeing T-45A Goshawk.

Jet/Strike training at NAS Kingsville is broken down into two phases over a 53-week period. During phase one, students receive ground school training in instrument flying, and T-45 flight simulator training in formation flying, day formation flying, and airways navigation. In phase two, students are trained in night flying, low altitude flying, air-to-ground training, tactical formation flying, air combat maneuvering, and air-to-ground weapons in the T-45 Goshawk. The final evolution of the training syllabus takes the students out to an active aircraft carrier for carrier landing qualifications, where they will actually make 10 landings and six traps on board the ship.

Once students successfully complete the Jet/Strike syllabus, they are designated as Naval Aviators and presented their coveted "Wings of Gold."

Book's next assignment will be with strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Six (VFA-122), at NAS Lemoore, Calif., flying the F/A 18 Super Hornet.

Book is a 2006 graduate of Rochelle Township High School and joined the Navy in January 2011. He is a graduate of University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa with a BS degree.

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