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Air Guard pilot Thorpe reaches aviation milestone

RENO -- Lt. Col. Jon Thorpe, a C-130H navigator with the Nevada Air Guard's 192nd Airlift Squadron here, surpassed the 8,500-flight hour mark while flying en-route to Puerto Rico in support of Operation Coronet Oak in October.

Thorpe has the most flying hours of anyone currently in the Nevada Air National Guard. Thorpe began his flying career in September 1989 at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. Since then, he has deployed numerous times with the Air Force, the Air Force Reserves and the Air National Guard.

The aviation milestone is set to be recognized in The Mobility Forum, the Air Mobility Command's Magazine. Flying milestones are recognized at 10,000 hours, 8,500 hours, 7,500 hours, 6,500 hours, 5,000 hours, 3,500 hours, 2,500 hours and 1,500 hours.

The majority of his flying hours were earned on more than 30 deployments in support of operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Joint Forge, Joint Guard, Coronet Oak, Restore Hope, Provide Promise, Provide Hope, Desert Storm and Desert Shield.