Lt. Col. Adam Markel, left, an F-16 fighter pilot, and Capt. Richard Bergeron, an Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals instructor pilot, pose for a photo at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 18, 2020. Bergeron applied to be in a rated field 29, which exceeded the age requirement to begin his career in a rated field. On his third attempt to be selected for a pilot slot, having a recommendation from a general officer in addition to the service commitment waiver, Bergeron was selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Okla. (Courtesy photo)
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