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Florida KA Selected to Army Flight School

chris-pate_florida_beta-zetaPate to Attend U.S. Army Flight School

Chris D. Pate (Beta Zeta–Florida ’14) was selected to attend flight school and become an Aviation Officer in the United States Army.

To be accepted to the Army Aviation School, you have to either be an Officer or an Army Warrant Officer. Chris will learn basic flying skills with many hours in the classroom studying and learning rotary-winged aircraft inside and out. In addition, he will learn basic flight physics, flight systems, emergency procedures, flight map reading, flight map drawing and more.

“Being accepted into flight school for the Army has been a dream of mine since I was three years old,” Chris said.

Chris comes from a long line of aviators and en even longer line of military persons.

“My father was an Army aviator for 26 years and my grandfather was a naval aviator many years earlier,” Chis commented. “Being able to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather and have a chance to become a 3rd generation aviator is a feeling that I cannot properly express with words. I will be the 5th generation military officer in my family and come from a strong military background of varying branches, mainly Navy and Army.”

Chris not only serves his country, but he also exercised his leadership skills as Number IX (Marshall) for Beta Zeta Chapter. In addition, he served as the Council of Honor and Crusade Commander for Beta Zeta Chapter.

“KA has been such a big part of my life throughout the past 4 years and there is no question that I would not have been able to be selected as an Aviation Officer without my brothers,” Chris said. “The chapter has given me a place to seek advice and mentorship and the relationships that I have formed at Beta Zeta are ones that are irreplaceable and will be with me for the rest of my life.”

Chris, a senior from Holmes Beach, Florida, is currently studying Business Management.

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