Alek Lane Hoffman of St. George Island celebrated graduation from Naval Aviator Helicopter Training on Jan. 10 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton. Alek’s wife, Lisa, pinned his wings during the ceremony.

Ensign Hoffman has been assigned to Helicopter Military Strike Squadron, Atsugi, Japan 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, Barbara Lane, of Capitola, Calif.; his father and stepmother, Carl and Linda Hoffman, of Panama City; and Alek’s Scoutmasters Larry and Patricia Hale, of St. George Island.

“We ‘his family’ are all very proud of Alek’s accomplishments,” said Patricia Hale. “He is truly an inspiration,”