New Nation Interested in Joining the ENJJPT Program at SAFB

- For nearly 33 years, pilots from Euro-NATO countries  have trained at Sheppard Air Force Base to be fighter pilots.

And as Mechell Dixon found out, base officials say the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, also know as ENJJPT, will continue at least another decade.

The ENJJPT steering committee  has the draft "memorandum of understanding" from the 11 active member to member nations that would extend the program at Sheppard from 2016 to 2026.

And that program could soon see a new member nation.

Colonel Lance Bunch commands the 80th Flying Training Wing, which conducts the ENJJPT program at Sheppard Air Force Base.

He says since the program started in October 1981 it has produced 6,800 fighter pilots for the NATO alliance.

Col. Bunch also says the program's success now has the country of Romania interested in joining.

"The Romanians will send a delegation to come and look at the facilities, see our syllabus, see how we go about training our pilots and to see if that will meet the needs of the Romanian Air Force," says Col. Bunch.

Colonel Bunch says next month Romanian delegates will be at Sheppard to check out the program and the community.

However, he says there is no deadline for the country to decide if it will actually join.

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