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Citadel News Service
11 May 2016

Citadel alumni pilots deliver Maj. Gen. Livingston for commissioning ceremony

*Scroll down to meet more Citadel alumni aviators

The state of South Carolina's highest military official, Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, Jr., was personally delivered to assist with the commissioning of 105 of America's newest Army officers by two Black Hawk helicopters flown by two Citadel alumni. On May 6, CW2 Will Leineweber, '02 and CW2 Jim McCoy, '98 landed the helicopters on the college's WLI field where the general was greeted and escorted to Summerall Chapel for the ceremony. A total of 151 cadets commissioned in all branches of U.S. military service on that day.

The visiting alumni pilots are among the many Citadel graduates who are serving, or have served the country as aviators, combat systems officers, flight officers, navigators, medivac pilots, Apache and Black Hawk pilots, drone pilots, special operations liaison officers and in other avation supporting officer roles since the beginning of military flight. The Citadel Class of 2016 graduates who are new officers reporting in to train for similar roles include:

US Air Force

  • Brian Bilbo (Pilot/USAF) Named top USAF ROTC Cadet in the nation
  • Ryan Blagburn (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot/USAF)
  • Aaron Boudreau (Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program select Pilot/USAF)
  • Evan Maes (Pilot/USAF)
  • Kane McManus (Pilot/USAF)
  • Austin Brown (Combat Systems Officer- CSO/USAF)
  • Joshua Irvin (CSO/USAF)
  • Nicholas Maiolo (CSO/USAF)
  • Johnathan Mims (CSO/USAF)
  • Unnamed for protection (Air Liaison Officer leading TACP – Special Operations USAF)


US Navy

  • Meriel Robinson (Pilot/USN)
  • Taylor Scott (Pilot/USN)
  • Lance Cook (Naval Flight Officer/USN)


US Army

  • Ryan Malouff (Medivac Pilot/USA)
  • Tyler Treadaway (Medivac Pilot/USA)


South Carolina National Guard

  • Brian Kiefer (Apache Pilot)

 

 



CLICK TO MEET A GRAD WHO IS A FORMER NAVY PILOT TURNED PHYSICIAN, '02

CLICK TO MEET MAJ. MATTHEW MAYER, USAF, F35 PILOT,'04

CLICK TO MEET JONATHON "BOF" LANCE, FORMER NAVY PILOT TURNED RECRUITER AND FUNDRAISER, '04

CLICK TO MEET LT. GEN. JOHN W. ROSA (RETIRED), CITADEL PRESIDENT AND FORMER USAF COMMAND FIGHTER PILOT, '73

 


 

WATCH THE BLACK HAWK LANDING

CW2 Leinweber gives mascots Boo X and G2 a special tour of his Black Hawk

Citadel alumnus CW2 Leinweber gives tour of his Black Hawk to Citadel mascots

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