Daughter and Father Fly Together as Army National Guard Pilots for First Time

August 01, 2015

Daughter and Father Fly Together as Army National Guard Pilots for First Time

In cool military news, a daughter and father team made their first flight together as Army National Guard pilots. Both father and daughter are are UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilots, assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York.

This military family duo, Warrant Officer Meghan Polis and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen Polis, made their first UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flight together as pilots during the 42nd Aviation Brigade's annual training last week.

According to an Army news report, "They flew as pilot in command - dad and pilot - daughter - on a morale flight for the mechanics, fuelers, supply people and other support personnel, who keep the pilots of the 3-142nd in the air."

"A lot of family tradition is being created here," Stephen Polis said. "It was pretty prideful. Very rewarding. Extremely nice day for the family."

While this was the first time flying together as Army National Guard pilots, it was not their first time flying together on a helicopter. Father Stephen took his daughter Meghan, along with her mother, on a flight in a helicopter when she was 3 months old.

That flight started Warrant Officer Meghan Polis' long love affair for flying.


Daughter Follows in Military Family Footsteps

Serving their country is a family tradition for this father and daughter duo. Meghan is not only following in her father's footsteps, but also following in the footsteps of her grandfather who was also a warrant officer.

Stephen Polis, the father, started his National Guard career as a mechanic and went to flight school four years later. As an Army National Guard pilot, he moved from conducting test flights to air assault and medical evacuation missions. He piloted UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters while deployed in Iraq.

As the official Army website reported...

Meghan Polis followed in her father's footsteps and took the same route as her father when she enlisted in 2013 and served initially as a mechanic.
After a couple of years, she submitted her packet for flight school and completed the training on Fort Rucker, Alabama, in February.
"It's just kind of been a part of the Family, and I always felt like I could be a part of it," she said. "By the time I came around to making the decision to do it myself, the little bit of aviation background I had was exactly the route I wanted to go."
When his daughter graduated from flight school this year, Stephen Polis pinned aviator wings on her on the same stage on which his father pinned his wings on him many years ago.


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