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Saint Leonard Native, U.S. Navy Pilot Serving Alongside French Navy

By Ethan Carter, Navy Office of Community Outreach – Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Hobbs, a native of Saint Leonard, Maryland, is currently serving on an exchange with the French Marine Nationale as a part of the Personnel Exchange Program. Hobbs is a U.S. Navy pilot who’s been responsible for flying the MH-60S operationally and the T-6B as an instructor. “I am currently flying the AS-65 Dauphin with the French Navy,” added Hobbs. Hobbs is a 1999 Saint Mary’s Ryken high school graduate and 2007 University of Maryland graduate, who joined the Navy 18 years ago, shortly after 9/11. “Growing up close to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, I remember seeing naval aircraft everywhere and thinking about how cool it would be to do that for a job,” Hobbs said. “Somewhere along the way I decided to take a swing at it, and fortunately, I was able to realize my goals.” The Personnel Exchange Program provides one-for-one exchanges between the U.S. Navy and personnel from other military services, including foreign services. The objective of the program is to integrate participants into the host organization as though they belonged to the service to which they are assigned. “I’m currently on an exchange with […]

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