College Community had the opportunity to visit with Ely native Colonel Craig Andrle prior to departing back to his base. Colonel Andrle is a 1996 graduate of Prairie High School and is the Commander of the 388th Fighter Wing based at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Colonel Andrle lead the flyover of F-35A Lightning II’s before Saturday’s Hawkeye football game vs Minnesota.
Colonel Andrle is responsible for 2,000 personnel who maintain and operate F-35A aircraft across six squadrons. He is the command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, including over 1,000 combat hours over Iraq and Afghanistan.
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