Lt. Col. Brian Moles, a 1982 graduate of Nebraska City High School, is leading a newly activated Air Force squadron to integrate remotely piloted aircraft.

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Lt. Col. Brian Moles, a 1982 graduate of Nebraska City High School and commander of the 44th Fighter Group at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, is leading a newly activated remotely piloted aircraft squadron.

The 429th Air Combat Training Squadron, which provided flight training beginning in 1917, was assigned to anti-submarine duty after the bombing at Pearl Harbor and operated out of Italy during the final days of World War II.

It was deactivated under the Kennedy Administration in 1962 and re-activated in 2010 to provide combat ready airmen for (RPA) drone aircraft.

Moles, the son of Carline Moles of Nebraska City, commissioned into the Air Force in 1988. He is a command pilot with experience flying F15 jets and other military aircraft.

He earned a bachelor of journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was named commander of the fighter group at Holloman in 2011.

He has earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksman ribbon and Kuwait Liberation medals from both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

“I'm humbled to lead a such a talented group of airmen,” said Lt. Col. Moles during an activation ceremony Nov 19. “They are experts and what they do, and will no doubt continue to forge the way for RPA operations here,” he said.