STRATCOM commander visits Beale

Gen. Kevin Chilton, commander, U.S. Strategic Command, poses for a photo with a U-2 instructor pilot and 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen after his high flight in the U-2 Dragon Lady. The U-2 is high altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft that can fly at 70,000 feet, and the pilots have to wear a special pressure suit to protect themselves from the extreme high altitudes. General Chilton visited Beale Air Force Base, Sept. 9-11. During his visit, the general was a guest speaker for a reunion of current and a former U-2 pilots, maintainers and support staff associated with the U-2 program. In addition to being a guest speaker at the reunion, He he saw firsthand how the remotely piloted aircraft RQ-4 Global Hawk provides high altitude intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance to forward deployed warfighters. “The U-2 and Global Hawk continue to make significant contributions today in forward operating areas, such as U.S. Central Command and provide surge capability to support combatant commanders around the world,” said General Chilton.

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