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SSG Michael Medellin, left, TSgt Kevin Mroczko, center, and SFC Michael Wiggins, right. Mroczko recently joined the U.S. Army on May 25, to become a warrant officer in the Warrant Officer Flight Training Program.

TSgt Kevin Mroczko joined the U.S. Army May 25, 2010, to become a warrant officer in the Warrant Officer Flight Training Program. 

He left for training June 1. His dream has always been to be a pilot in the military. Because he didn’t have a four-year degree, he did not qualify to be a pilot in the Air Force.  

He first joined the Air Force in September 2000 as an aircraft hydraulics systems specialist. He has been stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida; Royal Air Force Base, Mildenhall, UK; Kirtland Air Force Base, NM; and then Moody Air Force Base. 

TSgt Mroczko reclassified in November 2007, as a HH-60G Pavehawk flight engineer. 

He has been deployed seven times in 10 years.  He has been deployed to Afghanistan, Africa, Kuwait and Iraq.

To make Mroczko's dream become reality, he went online to the U.S. Army USAREC Web site and filled out the application under warrant officer recruiting. He submitted his packet online, even though he does not have a four-year degree, and in no time he was selected.

Many people do not know that during this period of ‘right sizing’ the Air Force and Navy, the Army recognizes the need for our Armed Forces to retain highly-qualified men and women in our ranks. Operation Blue to Green offers airmen and sailors an alternative to civilian life. Operation Blue to Green allows airmen and sailors to continue to serve their country, to maintain the benefits of military service, and to expand their horizons by gaining new training and trying new things. It facilitates the transfer of qualified Air Force and Navy individuals to active duty in the Army, depending on their service's willingness to release airmen and sailors from their current active service obligation. Selected members of the U.S. Marine Corp or Coast Guard, who are otherwise qualified, may be eligible for opportunities in the Army. However, Marines and Coast Guard will be required to complete their current term of active service.

For more information about the Blue to Green program, call the Valdosta U.S. Army Recruiting Station at 229-242-3808 or stop by at 1525 Baytree Road, Valdosta.

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