The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Air Guard has graduated its first helicopter pilot from the US Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
The US Embassy made the announcement via Facebook.
The Embassy said Flight Lieutenant Jerrell Alexander received his aviator wings on June 24 and has the distinction of being the first TTDF officer to graduate from the US Army’s Aviation School, a rigorous program which trains United States and international students to become helicopter pilots.
FLT LT Jerrell, who also holds the distinction of being a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, trained alongside 49 US Army officers for nine months (Sept 2016 – June 2017).
COL Claudia Carrizales, the Chief of the US Military Liaison Office at the US Embassy in Port of Spain stated: “I am deeply honoured and privileged to be part of this historic moment and pin these aviator wings on the chest of this young officer. Jerrell is just one example of the high calibre of officers and enlisted personnel that make up the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
“Training shoulder to shoulder with our US aviators means that our militaries will continue to strengthen the already strong bonds that exist and allows our young officers to build personal relationships that will grow as they progress through the ranks. Having an understanding of our aviation doctrine is beneficial, especially at a time when countries find themselves working together in all corners of the world. I commend Minister Dillon and the TTDF leadership, especially the TTDF-AG CDR, for having the vision and commitment to expose their officers to these opportunities. An investment in them is an investment in the future of the Defense Force and in the security of the citizens of the great Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,” she said.”