Warrant Officer 1 Devend Cruz was recognized as the Distinguished Honor Graduate after successfully completing the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, also known as Army Flight School, on Friday, October 25, 2019, at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Cruz had to first complete the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School, also at Fort Rucker, Alabama, before attending 14-months of training in Basic Rotary Wing Skills (BRWS), Basic Instrument Skills, Advanced RW Skills (ARWS), Basic Tactical Navigation (BTN), and Day and Night Basic Warfighter Skills (BWS) in the UH-72A “Lakota” aircraft at Fort Rucker Alabama. The final phase of flight training consisted of flight qualification in the UH-60 A/L Army Blackhawk Helicopter.
He is now the newest Pilot for the Guam Army National Guard’s Detachment 2, Delta Company, 1st-224th Aviation Regiment (Medevac) Unit.
The primary mission of the Aviation unit focuses on medevac operations and support for homeland security and natural disasters. The UH-72A Lakota helicopter is also capable of land search and rescue support missions for the island and the nation’s needs.