Eleven student pilots completed one stage of their training Thursday at Meridian Naval Air Station and received their wings of gold.
Those individuals are now officially naval aviators. One of them, Eric Holler, also received the Golden Stick Award for having the highest grade in his winging class.
"Graduation is a big deal for me. My grandfather was a fighter pilot in War World II for the Navy, which is where these wings came from actually," said Holler. "He died in March, so this is definitely nice, to
follow where he went."
Now that these pilots have finished a major milestone in their career, they will be going on to their next professional stage. The aviators will next train on a fleet aircraft.