Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Elizabeth Burke
The Immersion lab was the idea of the 438th Vice Wing Commander, Col. Creig Rice.
“These guys had been told they were going to go to pilot training three or four different times. It hadn’t happened and now we are delaying again because of our acquisition process. The looks on their faces showed that they were losing hope and I wanted to change the game a little bit and give them something new and different to look forward to and the Thunder Lab was it.” Rice said.
The Thunder Lab concept is based on the immersion lab at the Defense Language Institute.