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Former Livingston Resident Earns 'Wings of Gold,' Becomes Pilot in U.S. Navy

Credits: provided by Ensign David Emert
Credits: provided by Ensign David Emert

CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. – A tradition of U.S. military service continued on March 7, when Ensign David Emert, a 2008 graduate of Livingston High School, received his Wings of Gold during Training Air Wing FOUR’s winging ceremony at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

The ceremony marked the transition from student pilot to naval aviator for Emert, who underwent nearly two years of specialized training, and was one of 14 flight students to become a designated Naval or Marine aviator. He is carrying on a family legacy of military service that includes his grandfather, great uncle, and uncle.

Ensign Emert attended the United States Naval Academy where he graduated in 2012. He studied Primary Flight Training at NAS Whiting Field and then moved on to NAS Corpus Christi as part of Squadron VT-35, which flies the twin engine TC-12B Huron aircraft. With his initial studies behind him, he soon transferred to NAS Jacksonville, which is home to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), the Navy's largest aviation squadron.

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Next, Emert will be training on the Lockheed P-3 Orion, which is flown by the U.S. Navy and similar variants in various NATO and Allied navies and air forces.

Captain Rex Curtin, Commodore of TRAWING-4 stated that he was immensely proud of the achievements of all the aviators who earned their designation as the culmination of their training.

"You will remember this day as long as you live," he said to the students before they received their wings. He also noted that what they have gone through took an impressive amount of dedication and perseverance, that they are joining an incredible legacy that preceded them, and that they have earned their place beside them.

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