The skies above Pittsburg were a crystal clear blue. It was a perfect day for ROTC cadets to take their first ride in an Army Blackhawk helicopter.

“Riding on a Blackhawk for the first time, combined with the contracting ceremony makes this a day these young men and women won’t forget,” said Lt. Col. Chris Lambert. He added that it was an early and important milestone in each cadet’s life.

The Blackhawks flew to Pittsburg from the Kansas Army National Guard’s 108th Aviation Battalion in Topeka. One of the pilots was Maj. Josh Urban, a 2004 PSU grad who has participated in previous training missions at his alma mater.

“It is always enjoyable to come back and work with the young cadets,” Urban said.

“I remember what it’s like.”