John A. Ayuyu of Rota, who has a rank of warrant officer 1 in the U.S. Army, graduated from the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence last July 19, 2018, making him the first fixed wing aviator from the Marianas to do so.
Ayuyu, the son of Juan M. Ayuyu and Alvina A. Ayuyu, completed his training at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Ayuyu graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School in April 2017 and has completed the Overwater Survival Training and Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape courses.
This year, he set his sights higher, finishing at the top of his class in the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course flying UH-72 Lakota helicopters.
During his Advance Aircraft Selection, he selected the U.S. Army’s C-12 airplane. Ayuyu has completed the Army’s C-12 Initial Entry fixed Wing Course and is now current and qualified.
The U.S. Army has selected Ayuyu to attend the DHC-7 Aircraft Qualification Course this fall and ultimately will remain as his primary fixed wing aircraft.
Ayuyu will be stationed in South Korea and will soon be joined by his wife, Kristin P. Ayuyu, and their daughters, Sophia and Olivia. (PR)