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    Air Force vet finds joy while training to be a commercial pilot

    March 11, 2016

    WASHINGTON – Jason Holden’s reasons for joining the Air Force in 1991 were simple — he wanted to leave his home state of Indiana, he couldn’t afford to go to college and he loved airplanes. Now retired, the former master sergeant still maintains his love of flight as he works toward his commercial pilot certificate at Clover Park Technical College’s South Hill campus in Puyallup. “I always loved airplanes and felt I wanted to be a pilot, but I couldn’t afford college,” Holden said. “Through Civil Air Patrol, I met a couple of guys who were at Clover Park (Technical College). One was an instructor and the other was a student. They told me about using my G.I. Bill to get the flight training that I wanted.” Now a captain with CAP, Holden serves in the Washington Wing’s Mount Rainier Composite Squadron as he pursues his dream.
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