The 56th Fighter Wing is (amongst other things) responsible for the training of pilots instructors and engineers. The 56th Fighter Wing has 135 F-16s. Each year 400 fighter pilots graduate from its fighter pilot training programme.
Commandant Michael "Mickey" Artiges joined the Belgian Air Force in 1993 and became an accomplished F-16 pilot. Mr. Artiges stayed in the USA for 9 months in 1996 where he worked for the Arizona National Guard in Tucson.
He will be going to the United States this time as part of a military exchange programme.