After completion of Initial Entry Rotary Wing training on the TH-67 Creek helicopter, flight school students begin the final phase of their journey to become Army pilots. Students here follow one of several advanced aircraft tracks ranging from about 13 weeks for Black Hawk training to nearly 23 weeks of training for the Apache.
Getting to that point, however, takes hard work and dedication. It’s one of the greatest satisfactions any soldier can have, one normally complete by regular active duty male soldiers. This is what makes the recent graduation of the first female Apache pilot in the Mississippi Army National Guard, Warrant Officer Jessi McCormick, from the Advanced Aircraft Training in the AH-64D Apache Longbow the more remarkable. Kudos for a job well-done.
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