I’m 29 years old, married and
we have a three-month-old
I’m originally from East Side,
N.Y., on Long Island. I went to Florida Tech for college. While there, I
got a bachelor’s degree in aviation
management and also worked on
my civilian flying licenses. I was a
civilian flight instructor.
Flying was something when I was
a young kid I wanted to do. My high
school had a two-year program
where you cut out some of the electives and went to the airport, learned
how to fly and did all the ground
training, and after two years you
basically got your private pilot’s certificate. From there, I knew I wanted
to fly professionally. I was a single-engine and multi-engine fixed-wing
Before I got a commission with
the Marine Corps, I had the option
to fly commercial as a civilian pilot,
but I also looked at the opportunity
to fly for the military.
Once I graduated from college, I
joined the Navy Reserves and was
stationed for drill periods at NAS
[Naval Air Station] Jacksonville, Fla.,
as a parachute rigger.
I got a master’s degree in human
factors and accepted a commission in
the Marine Corps in May 2009. After
OCS [Officer Candidate School], I
was commissioned Aug. 8, 2009,
then went to The Basic School.
There was a bit of a delay
between Basic School and flight
training, and I was an assistant
staff platoon commander for the
Leatherneck program, for [Naval
Academy] midshipmen who are
trying for commission in the
Marine Corps. I also was enrolled
in a language program where I
learned Portuguese. At one point, I
was fluent in Portuguese.
In the spring of 2011, I started
my flight training in Pensacola.
Since I am an Osprey pilot, I did primary flight training in the T- 6 at
NAS North Whiting Field. I did
intermediate flight training in helicopters at NAS South Whiting.
From there I went to NAS Corpus
Christi, Texas, where I flew a TC- 12.
I winged Sept. 28, 2012, and
shortly after, I proceeded to MCAS
New River, N.C., where the [Osprey]
fleet replacement squadron is. I
checked into MCAS Miramar April 2
In VMM-163, my collateral duties
include being the legal officer, and
the squadron adjutant as well as
being an Osprey pilot. The squadron
is deploying with MEU [Marine Expeditionary Unit] 11 next summer.
After primary, we did have a
choice on what aircraft we would
fly — Ospreys, helicopters, jets,
C-130s. The Osprey was one of my
top choices, because at the time I
thought it was a very versatile aircraft and I felt I would enjoy flying it
in the many roles it can fulfill.
I absolutely love the aircraft,
being that it’s a very capable platform in the fact that it can take off
and land like a helicopter, or like an
airplane. It gives you a lot of
options, the ability to think about
how to accomplish the mission.
After the new year , we’ll
begin our work-ups for the deployment. Before that, we just continue
training, basically refining our skills
as Osprey pilots. I have not yet qualified as an aircraft commander. I
would expect that in about one year’s
time I would satisfy the requirement
to be aircraft commander.
For Osprey pilots, the service
obligation is six years. For the future,
I would like to continue a little
longer. So far, I’ve enjoyed my career
in the military. I don’t have much of
a desire to work in the civilian sector
yet. But I have five more years
for me to change my mind.
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Capt Christopher Healy
MV- 22 OSPREY PILOT
MARINE MEDIUM TILTROTOR SQUADRON 163 (VMM-163)
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION (MCAS) MIRAMAR, CALIF.
PROFILES IN SERVICE