Alek Hoffman before his ship with Scoutmasters Larry and Pat Hale.
Alek Lane Hoffman of
celebrated graduation from Naval Aviator Helicopter Training on Jan. 10 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in
. Alek’s wife, Lisa, pinned his wings during the ceremony.
Ensign Hoffman has been assigned to Helicopter Military Strike Squadron,
and will fly an MH-60R airship. According to the commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Japan Public Affairs Office, this is one of the Navy’s newest and most capable helicopters.
Also in attendance for Hoffman’s big day were his sister, Daren, and her husband Ben George, of Apalachicola; his mother,
; his father and stepmother, Carl and Linda Hoffman, of
; and Alek’s Scoutmasters Larry and Patricia Hale, of
“We ‘his family’ are all very proud of Alek’s accomplishments,” said Patricia Hale. “He is truly an inspiration,”