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1954 - Furstenfeldbruck. USAF begins training program for German Air Force. 1954 - Secretly for NATO Defense of Europe, USAFE jets trained civilian-clad World War II Luftwaffe Aces who will form nucleus of new West German Air Force. 1962 - German Air Force F-84 jets provided by US military assistance stand guard in Southern Germany. 1962 - Colonel Gerhard Barkhorn, Commander of Norvenich AB. Framed World War II ace credited with 3 of confirmed victories of 1104 sorties. Flew world's first production jet in combat, ME-262 for Luftwaffe. March 1962 - Norvenich AB new F-104G Starfighter Jets are delivered to first NATO assigned German base. September 1962 - German General Truman A. Landon, Commander-in-Chief USAF in Europe receives German pilots' wings from General Josef Kammhuber, Chief of the new German Air Force: From the Flying men of the Luftwaffe with abiding respect admiration and affection to a great commander in the NATO community, theres wings are presented as an award of honor for the first time in Luftwaffe history." August 1962 - Webb Air Force Base, Texas, First T-38 Talon jet class of German pilots graduates. 1957 - German Technicians and pilots learn the F-84. 1962 - Norvenich AB, USAFE F-104G stand alert on NATO assignment. USAF pilots are welcomed by the Boelke Fighter-Bomber Squadron named for World War I teacher - Ace of Von Richthofen."