Army Aviation

Making Dreams Come True – Pilot for a Day

Army Aviation Spotlight

On Oct 4, 2012, 7 year old Richard Culliver from Lexington, SC was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor which greatly impacts his motor skills. Recently, the tumor is apparently shrinking and he is beginning to regain some of his mobility and speech. He has always dreamed of being a Soldier and the men and women of the South Carolina National Guard were determined to make his dream a reality.


114 pilot dayRichard Culliver from Lexington, SC, sits in the cockpit of a U.S. Army LUH-72 with CW4 Steven M. Salinas, 2nd Bn. (Security & Support), 151st Avn. Regt., South Carolina Army National Guard, during his visit to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Dec. 4th, 2013.

On Dec. 4, Richard received his orders at Ft. Jackson, SC as a drill sergeant, given a personalized Army battle dress uniform and then headed to McEntire Joint National Guard Base where members of the 1st Battalion (Attack/Reconnaisance), and 2nd Battalion (Security & Support) of the 151st Aviation Regiment took him into the cockpits of an AH-64, UH-60, and LUH-72 and helped him to “fly” the Apache simulator. At the end of the day, Richard was awarded his own aviator wings, flight jacket and a flag that was flown on the unit’s last mission in Iraq. His mother said this is something he will never forget.