AMTSociety Mx Logs Update

AMTSociety is delighted to announce the winners of its 2012 scholarship programs.

U.S. Military Scholarship: Petty Officer First Class Thomas J. King, United States Coast Guard. Petty Officer King is an aviation maintenance instructor at the Coast Guard Technician Training Center in Elizabeth City, NC. King earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Aerospace Management. He has more than 2,000 hours as HU-25 Guardian Dropmaster, instructor, and maintenance technician. As a flight crewmember, Petty Officer King is directly credited with saving 11 lives. King plans to continue his military service and advance into the Coast Guard Warrant Officer ranks.

AMFA Scholarship: Brian W. Gallagher, Crimson Technical College, Inglewood, CA. Aviation has always been Gallagher's first passion. He was introduced to airplanes in the second grade. A friend had built a balsa wood glider and they took it out for its maiden flight. From then on he was obsessed with aircraft. As a young teen he joined the Civil Air Patrol and earned the rank of First Lieutenant. He was Cadet Squadron Commander and attended several encampments at Air Force bases all over the country. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a UH-1H (HUEY) crew chief and mechanic. He obtained his private pilot license in 1990. He is married with two teenage children. Despite the financial strain of returning to school, he has completed one-third of the courses and holds a 4.0 grade point average. He is a two-time President's Award (100 percent grade, 100 percent attendance) and four-time AAA (Attitude, Academics, Attendance) Award recipient. 

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