Aviation Professional Development goes VirtualJust as academics and other aspects of cadet life have gone virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the professional development program designed to prepare first class cadets to transition to the aviation branch has had to adjust this semester.

Led by the branch representative CPT Jonathan Lunde, Department of Military Instruction, and supported by the President of the Black Knights chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), COL Rich Melnyk, the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the branch has and will conduct several virtual events to support cadet development.

The first event was a discussion led by 1LT Alaina Kappner, Class of 2017. Kappner is a fixed-wing aviator and currently deployed leading an intelligence task force. She spoke about the career path of a fixed-wing aviator in the Army and opportunities in the intelligence community.

The next meeting was led by MAJ Matt Brown and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Zealand Shouse, both experimental test pilots at Redstone Arsenal in the Army’s Test and Evaluation Command.

They spoke and answered questions about the Naval Test Pilot school and opportunities in the Acquisition Corps as a test pilot. Read more.

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