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United States Naval Test Pilot School Welcomes 50th Commander

Cmdr. Jeremy “Silas” DeBons took command of United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) from Lt. Col. Rory “Pikey” Feely during an airborne change of command ceremony at Pax River, July 15, 2021. Col. Richard E. Marigliano, Commodore of Naval Test Wing Atlantic, presided over the ceremony. “USNTPS is the foundation of all we do in flight test and Lt. Col. Feely passionately led this organization who champions the school at every turn,” said Marigliano. “Cmdr. DeBons is ready to take the reins and will continue to train the students at USNTPS to be ready for the toughest of challenges.” DeBons, who served as USNTPS’ executive officer for the last 18 months, is the first commanding officer of USNTPS that did not graduate from the school. He participated in an exchange program with the French Test Pilot School (EPNER), another one of the four major test pilot schools around the world. “I remember the constant repetition of “travail en equipe” or as we would say in English – teamwork,” said DeBons. “Flight test is not a one person show, it is a collaborative effort because no one person has the answers, and that is foundational to all that we teach […]

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