Air Force

May 24, 2013

Pilot for a day

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Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s Pilot for a Day program invites children in the local community who have catastrophic illnesses to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of Davis-Monthans flying squadrons for an entire day. On May 16, the 79th Rescue Squadron hosted Abrium Reyes, a 10-year-old Tucsonan recovering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, as an honorary pilot.

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Abrium operates a camera in the navigation seat of a HC-130J Combat King II during his tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base May 16 as part of the Pilot for a Day program. Each honorary pilot receives souvenirs, memories and a flight suit, complete with patches, to help sustain them in the face of their personal challenges.

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1st Lt. Jessica Wyble, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, teaches Abrium how to fly an A-10 in a simulator. Abrium and his family spent the day touring the 79th Rescue Squadron, visiting two static aircraft and an A-10 simulator

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Lt. Col. Michael Guischard, 79th Rescue Squadron commander, gives Abrium souvenirs during the Pilot for a Day program. The goal of the program is to give each child a special day and a break from whatever physical and mental challenges they may face.

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Tech. Sgt. Corie Hudson, 355th Maintenance Operations Squadron weapons standardization lead crew, gives Abrium and his family a certificate making them an honorary load crew. Abrium visited an aircraft hangar and learned about weapons used on an A-10 Thunderbolt II.

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Abrium operates a camera in the navigation seat of a HC-130J Combat King II during his tour of Davis-Monthan. Each honorary pilot receives souvenirs, memories and a flight suit, complete with patches, to help sustain them in the face of their personal challenges.

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Lt. Col. Michael Guischard, 79th Rescue Squadron commander, swears in 10-year-old Abrium Reyes as part of the Pilot for a Day program May 16. Abrium is recovering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.




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