Bethel Native Receives “Wings of Gold” Graduating From Naval Flight School 

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Bethel Native Receives “Wings of Gold” Graduating From Naval Flight School 

By Lt. Veronica Bildzukewicz, Helicopter Training Squadron 18 Public Affairs Officer

A Bethel High School graduate and Bethel, Connecticut native recently completed naval flight school to receive the flight officer insignia known as “Wings of Gold” during a Winging Ceremony held at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. 

Ensign Matthew Correnty, a naval aviator, received his “Wings of Gold” serving with Helicopter Training (HT) Squadron 18, the “Vigilant Eagles,” a command with Training Air Wing Five (TW-5). This insignia is awarded to naval aviators who have qualified as naval flight officers based on successful flight training. Correnty will be flying the MH-60R, a Seahawk Helicopter, out of Jacksonville, Florida. 

HT-18`s primary mission is to transition student aviators through basic and advanced rotary wing pilot training. Basic training introduces and develops student skills in helicopter flight maneuvers as well as training in visual navigation and tactics. Advanced training completes an intensive curriculum of basic and radio instruments, advanced tactics and shipboard landings.

NAS Whiting Field is where the future of naval aviation begins. Their mission is to train the military’s best “Aviation Warfighter.” As the host of 21 tenant activities, they produce 1,200 pilots a year. 

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March 7, 2018

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