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Aviation Scholarship 2016 recipient

Connor Golden

Connor Golden

Louis Mancuso, Sr. Scholarship Fund


Among my earliest memories are fragments of a day that will always be sacred to our nation. I could not have been much older than three the day my Mother brought me and my brother into the living room telling us that she “loved us and that everything would be ok.” My family was in panic, except for I who at the time couldn’t grasp the severity of the situation. The dejected look on their faces worried me.

The day was September 11, 2001 and my mother was about to join up with other police officers from Nassau Country in an effort to assist the NYPD in calming the hectic disarray in New York City. I was one of the lucky ones; my mother returned to me after this devastating attack. It wasn’t until I grew a little older that I realized what had really transpired that day.

I began to grow a sense of duty to the military and The United States Air Force. I knew that when I became an adult I would do whatever it took to insure nothing like that would ever happened again. By consequence, I began becoming interested in becoming an Air Force pilot so that I could directly protect the skies and my Nation 14 years, to the day, after the events that inspired me to protect our skies I passed the written portion of my Private Pilot exam on September 11, 2015.

The week after on September 18, 2015 I became a licensed Private Pilot at the age of 17. Which by coincidence happens to be the Air Force’s birthday as well. I will be attending The United States Air Force Academy for the next 4 years, which will get me one step closer to my dream.