November 06, 2014 3:15PM
Cpt. Justin Dillow knew just what the Pittsburg State University ROTC cadets preparing for their first ride on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter were feeling, Thursday. Dillow, a 2010 PSU grad originally from Chanute, Kan., was a pilot on one of the three massive machines.
Dillow said he remembers when he first knew he wanted to become a helicopter pilot.
“I was in fifth grade in Galesburg, Kan. “The National Guard flew down and let everyone crawl in and look around,” Dillow said. “That’s when I knew.”
Today, Dillow serves in Ft. Riley with Bravo Company, 3rd battalion, first combat aviation brigade. He said it was an honor to be able to fly a mission to his alma mater to help train the young cadets.
“It is tremendous to come back and see these guys doing what I did four to five years ago,” Dillow said. “It’s great knowing that these cadets are going to go places and farther than they could ever imagine.”
For more information on PSU ROTC, contact the Department of Military Science, 620-235-4859.