Rocking Rhode Island Air Show

I had the wonderful pleasure of participating in an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve event yesterday. This was my second ESGR event and once again, it reminded me about the amazing contributions of the men and women who comprise our military. It also gave me another great opportunity to see some of the end use products that benefit from the parts that Horst Engineering produces.

Boeing CH-47 Chinook takes off just after we walked out onto the runway.

ESGR conducts outreach events for business leaders in an effort to educate them about the challenges faced by the “citizen soldiers” of our volunteer military, especially when they are deployed during a time of war. Our group flew from the Army Aviation Support Facility at Bradley International Airport to the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, Rhode Island on a Boeing CH-47 Chinook. Two flight teams from the Connecticut National Guard got us safely to Quonset and back. We participated in an awards ceremony for RI businesses and organizations, who were being honored by ESGR for their support. Then, we watched rehearsals for the Rhode Island Air Show that officially started today. The highlight of the rehearsal was a practice performance by the vaunted Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels.

Five of the six Blue Angels fly in formation over Quonset Point, RI.

The flying skills of the Blue Angels and the other pilots we saw perform during the rehearsal are just amazing. It is also worth noting that it takes a great support team to keep six planes and pilots in the air. Watching the Blue Angels crew in action was just as exciting as watching the star performers/pilots. Mother Nature provided us with a couple other highlights for the day. One was an amazing downpour at Quonet and another was a downpour from the same weather system in Windsor Locks on the way back to Bradley.

A massive downpour was produced by this storm cloud viewed from the runway on Quonset Point.              A massive storm cloud rains down on Windsor Locks, CT, viewed from the Chinook.

This trip highlighted the importance of our volunteer military. Supporting the troops has nothing to do with whether or not you support the foreign policy of our government, whether you support the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, or whether you support funding for defense initiatives. Experiencing a bit of what they experience, albeit in a safe environment, was a rush. Flying over Eastern Connecticut was just awesome. Knowing that many of these reservists/guardsmen work at companies like Horst, compels me to support ESGR’s mission.  

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