30 Nov '16, 6pm

Dream of flying, serving others inspire South Dakota Soldiers to become pilots:

Dream of flying, serving others inspire South Dakota Soldiers to become pilots:

RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakota Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Damon Lappe knew from an early age that he wanted to be a pilot. Growing up, he dreamed of attending the Air Force Academy to fly the planes he had seen in the skies over Ellsworth Air Force Base. Then one day, when he was 12 years old, Lappe saw several HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters fly over his house. The whirring of the blades, the stealthy shadows that swept across the ground and the sudden wind stirred his determination, and he decided he was going to do whatever it took to become a Black Hawk pilot. "I knew I wanted to fly," said Lappe. "I always dreamed of being like Tom Cruise in "Top Gun." Lappe wasn't the only one who was enchanted by the idea of becoming a pilot. Capt. Brittany Pearson, who was already enlisted in the SDARNG, was approached by a Reserve Officer Training Corps recruiter. ...

Full article: http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/1015523/dream-o...

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