Aviator Winging Ceremony at NAS

Seven U.S. and two Spanish naval aviators received their wings of gold at NAS Meridian.

The naval aviator ceremony marks the completion of nearly two years of specialized training to prepare pilots for the rigorous demands of aerial combat and carrier operations.

"The ceremony we just witnessed was over a year's worth of flight training for the student naval aviators, Marine Corps aviators, as well as our international partners," said Capt. Chris Moore. "And it culminates, obviously, with the designation of being an aviator and the wearing the wings."

Below is a list of the pilots who earned their wings:
Lt. j.g. Jose Aparicio Mendez, Spanish navy, carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 28. Aparicio Mendez completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine;

Lt. j.g. Mario Belizon Melero, Spanish navy, who earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training and carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 28. Belizon Melero completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine;

Lt. j.g. Brendan Buholzer, USN, who earned two Navy "E's" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training and carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 24. Buholzer completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven;

Lt. Allan Elsberry, USN, who was named to the Commodore's List during Primary Flight Training and earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on July 2. Elsberry completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven;

Lt. j.g. Noah Gray, USN, who earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training and carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 28. Gray completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine;

Lt. j.g. Robert Hallum, USN, who earned two Navy "E's" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training and carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 28. Hallum completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven;

Lt. j.g. Gavin MacGarva, USN, who was named to the Commodore's List during Primary Flight Training and earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 28, when he was named "Top Hook" for that carrier qualification evolution. MacGarva completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven;

Lt. j.g. Justin Reece, USN, who was named to the Commodore's List during Primary Flight Training and earned two Navy "E's" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 28. Reece completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven; and

Lt. j.g. Jerome Teer, USN, who earned three Navy "E's" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training and carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 24. Teer completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven.


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