Mr. Smith has been the only person who has actively helped me all throughout the USAFA and AFROTC application process. Ever since I had spoken to him about my interest in pursuing becoming an aviator for the military he has been nothing but helpful. Mr.Smith has opened my eyes and shown me the multiple different options and paths I can take to becoming a pilot. I am more than satisfied with what he has done for me, and Mr. Smith has become a person I know I can trust and always ask for advice. Very helpful and is a great person overall.
When I was in high school I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated. I went to college and realized college just truly was not for me. Thankfully, I had an amazing role model to look up to that gave me inspiration to join the military. Mr. Smith has been a long time family friend of mine that I’ve looked up to since I met him. He gave me the advice and resources I needed to help guide me in the right direction and I could not be more grateful. I decided to join the United States Coast Guard and with the help of Mr. Smith I am exactly where I want to be. He encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and pursue things I never thought I could. Mr. Smith is an amazing mentor and had the experience and advice to get me right where I need to be. Thank you Mr. Smith!
When it comes to aviation, especially military aviation, there is a plethora of information out there on the internet. But not all of it is easy to find, or concise, or even accurate in some cases. I have always had a passion for aviation at my core, but I was never sure if aviation was ever a viable career option until I met Mr. Smith. I met Mr. Smith through work, learned that he was a retired Air Force Reserve Pilot, and I took the opportunity to ask some of the questions I had always wondered about, questions that the answers to which would ultimately eliminate my self doubts and confirm my determination to join the military as an aviator. Mr. Smith has been instrumental in guiding me through the process of joining, and as a mentor he is extremely kind, encouraging, and I consider myself lucky to have been inspired by him.
You have mentored me for over 10 years. You are approachable, knowledgeable, and motivating to young individuals like myself that wanted to be in your shoes. We weren’t granted a silver spoon growing up and you showed me it’s possible to be a commissioned officer and airline pilot with just motivation and hard work. I greatly appreciate all the conversations, letters of recommendation, and putting your name on the line for me. It would be and honor and pleasure to be your First Officer one day! Thank You for being an inspiration for me!