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166th Airlift Wing welcomes World War II veteran

U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. (ret) Raymond Firmani, World War II B-17 pilot, meets with Delaware Air National Guard leadership at the conclusion of a Hangar Talk at New Castle Air National Guard Base Del., Aug. 10, 2019. The Hangar Talk event allowed Airmen to learn history in the profession of Arms as well as become more aware of the changing operations of the military. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Miller)

U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. (ret) Raymond Firmani, World War II B-17 pilot, meets with Delaware Air National Guard leadership at the conclusion of a Hangar Talk at New Castle Air National Guard Base Del., Aug. 10, 2019. The Hangar Talk event allowed Airmen to learn history in the profession of Arms as well as become more aware of the changing operations of the military. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Miller)

U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. (ret) Raymond Firmani, World War II B-17 pilot, left and Mr. Mitchell Topal, 166th Airlift Wing public affairs specialist, right, speak to the crowd during a Hangar Talk at New Castle Air National Guard Base Del., Aug. 10, 2019. Firmani served as a B-17 pilot and flew 25 combat missions during World War II in 1944 and 1945. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Miller)

U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. (ret) Raymond Firmani, World War II B-17 pilot, left and Mr. Mitchell Topal, 166th Airlift Wing public affairs specialist, right, speak to the crowd during a Hangar Talk at New Castle Air National Guard Base Del., Aug. 10, 2019. Firmani served as a B-17 pilot and flew 25 combat missions during World War II in 1944 and 1945. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Miller)

U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. (ret) Raymond Firmani, World War II B-17 pilot, visits the 166th Airlift Wing to conduct at Hangar Talk at New Castle Air National Guard Base Del., Aug. 10, 2019. During the event, Firmani shared stories from his time as a pilot, flying 25 combat missions during World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Miller)

U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. (ret) Raymond Firmani, World War II B-17 pilot, visits the 166th Airlift Wing to conduct at Hangar Talk at New Castle Air National Guard Base Del., Aug. 10, 2019. During the event, Firmani shared stories from his time as a pilot, flying 25 combat missions during World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Miller)

NEW CASTLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Del. --

The 166th Airlift Wing welcomed U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. (ret) Raymond Firmani as a guest speaker for a Hangar Talk, here, Aug. 10, 2019.

The event allowed Firmani to give a first-hand account of his experiences as a B-17 pilot during World War II. He spoke about the 25 combat missions he flew during his time in the Army Air Corps as well as lessons he learned and his experiences throughout his years in the service.

Before he began his presentation, Col. Carla Riner, 166th Airlift Wing commander, introduced Firmani and thanked him for the opportunity to host his visit.

“This young man, at the time, flew 25 combat missions in 1944 and 1945 resulting in saving the world in World War II from Nazi Germany and a distinguished flying cross for this gentleman from his efforts.” said Riner. “That’s big stuff.”

Events such as this allow Airmen to learn history in the profession of Arms as well as become more aware of the changing operations of the military.

“That’s the message I want bring our Airmen, as well,” said Riner. “We never what situation we’re going to be in when we’re called upon – we can save lives and we can make change.”