CUHS alum, 2nd Lieutenant Travis Griffitt earned his wings August 3rd as he graduated from Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training class 12-13 at the 479th Flying Training Group at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
The graduation marks the end of the 11-month program, which involves more than 620 hours of academics, nearly 100 hours in a flight simulator, and about 45 flight hours in both the T-6 Texan II and the T-1A Jayhawk Trainer aircraft. Each student began their flight training in Pueblo, CO at Initial Flight Screening. They flew 15 hours in the DA-20 Katana before transitioning to military aircraft.
The CSO program merges the navigator, weapons systems officer and electronic warfare officer career fields into one. Upon graduation from the program, each CSO is assignable to various aircraft platforms across the U.S. Air Force arsenal. The program graduates about 380 qualified CSOs each year.
Lieutenant Griffitt, a graduate of Pittsburg State University, will go on to serve as a CSO in the B-1B Lancer, at Dyess AFB, in Abilene, TX. Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1 is the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.
Lieutenant Griffitt and his wife Kayla and two children, Noah and Avery, will move to Abilene, Texas in mid-September. His parents are Kenneth and Linda Griffitt. Kayla’s parents are Don and Kay Holding. Grandparents are Raymond and Shirley Griffitt and Orlan Shanks, all of Columbus, Kansas.