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Missouri Air National Guard pilot reaches 1500 flying hour mark in B-2 Stealth Bomber

Col. Matthew Calhoun, the 131st Bomb Wing vice commander, presented Lt. Col. Timothy B. Rezac, commander of the 110th Bomb Squadron, with a commemorative patch on July 2, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Rezac became the 14th ever B-2 Spirit pilot to reach 1500 flight hours in the stealth bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Adkins)

Col. Matthew Calhoun, the 131st Bomb Wing vice commander, presented Lt. Col. Timothy B. Rezac, commander of the 110th Bomb Squadron, with a commemorative patch on July 2, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Rezac became the 14th ever B-2 Spirit pilot to reach 1500 flight hours in the stealth bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Adkins)

Airmen greet Lt. Col. Timothy B. Rezac, commander of the 110th Bomb Squadron, on July 2, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Rezac became the 14th ever B-2 Spirit pilot to reach 1500 flight hours in the stealth bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Adkins)

Airmen greet Lt. Col. Timothy B. Rezac, commander of the 110th Bomb Squadron, on July 2, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Rezac became the 14th ever B-2 Spirit pilot to reach 1500 flight hours in the stealth bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Adkins)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --

Lt. Col. Timothy B. Rezac, commander of the Missouri Air National Guard's 110th Bomb Squadron, became the 14th ever B-2 Spirit pilot to reach 1500 flight hours in the stealth bomber on July 2, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. 

“I can’t think of a better way to break the 1500 hour mark in the B-2 than instructing an upgrade sortie as part of a three ship over the 4th of July week,” he said.

His Wingmen from throughout the 131st Bomb Wing and 110th BS stood ready to congratulate him. Col. Matthew Calhoun, the 131st BW vice commander, presented Rezac with a special 1500 hours patch to commemorate the achievement.

Rezac described the work it has taken to get reach this major milestone in a pilot’s career including deployments, long-duration missions and instructional flight time.He arrived at Whiteman in 2004 and transitioned from active duty to the Missouri Air National Guard  in 2009.  As a member of the B-2 program Total Force Integration Team, he has filled roles from student, to air craft commander, to instructor pilot.

Before flying the B-2, Rezac flew both the B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress air frames, logging combat hours in all three bombers.

“Each air frame has its own nuances but there is nothing like the B-2 because of the stealth aspect of the airframe and the strategic importance it brings to the fight,” he said.