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Pulled from the sea, The Citadel’s, Matt Bowden’s week at ATC Mobile makes a lasting impact

posted Aug 29, 2012, 7:43 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 1, 2012, 8:43 AM by Andrew Welch ]
Matt Bowden, AUP Class of 2013 at The Citadel, reflects on his week training at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile as a part of his summer 2012 internship assignment.
Bowden AUP ATC Mobile
Throughout the week at ATC Mobile, I was constantly reminded of the willingness to help others from everyone there. I was fortunate enough to have this opportunity that allowed me to see into the aviation community and solidify my desire to be a pilot.  While at ATC Mobile, I was able to ride in the MH-60T, HC-144A, and C-37A – certainly exposed to all types of aircraft. 

Pictured Left: Mr. Bowden riding in an MH-60T out of ATC Mobile

My flight in the MH-60T was the most memorable because it was my first time riding in a helicopter, and one that I believe defines my future career goals. We traveled to Pensacola Naval Air Station, where we were dropped in the water and hoisted to an MH-60T. This experience was one that I will remember forever because, though it was only for practice, I could not help but try to feel how it would to be hoisted in an actual SAR case.

I want to thank everyone at ATC Mobile, the Auxiliary University Program, Mr. Jake Shaw, and especially Petty Officer Domingo Mercado for making this experience possible.