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PLYMOUTH â€” Thomas A. Flynn, son of Tom and Kelsey Flynn, received his Wings of Gold in a pinning ceremony at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Tex., Aug. 23.
Tom, 25, graduated from Plymouth High School in 2006, and ventured off to Annapolis, Md., to attend the United States Naval Academy.
After four years, Tom graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in May of 2010, and received highly coveted orders to Pensacola, Fla. to begin Aviation Preflight Indoctrination after which he moved to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, for Primary Flight Training. He was in the last group of future Naval aviators to fly the venerable T-34C Turbo-mentor with the VT-28 Rangers.
Upon completion of Primary Flight training, he was selected for the Tailhook pipelines, which are carrier-based squadrons of pilots.
Tom moved to Kingsville, Texas, and was assigned to the VT-22 Golden Eagles, Training Air Wing Two, to complete the Intermediate and Advanced Strike pipelines.
After completing a two-week Search and Rescue course in San Diego, Tom has orders to report to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia, where he will be trained to fly the Super Hornet, F-18, the newest and fastest carrier-based aircraft in the world.
Tomâ€™s parents, brother Daniel, Aunt Susan Nichter, family friend Brian Dietz , grandmother, Ida, and grandfather, Eugene Chipman, himself a Naval aviator, who Tom said sparked a passion for Naval aviation when he was a child , attended the winging ceremony and the week-long celebrations that followed.
Eugene, who was winged himself 60 years ago in Pensacola, Fla., proudly pinned on Tomâ€™s â€śWings of Gold.â€ť
The ceremony concluded with the Navy Flierâ€™s Creed, the last stanza which reads:
â€śI am a United States Navy and Marine Corps flyer. I have dedicated myself to my country, with its many millions of all races, colors and creeds. They and their way of life are worthy of my greatest protective effort.â€ť
â€śI ask the help of God in making that effort great enough.â€ť