All of those cases boil down to the traditional oath being administered by an officer who is standing right in front of the person re-upping for some additional time. But in a video made by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, that tradition was upended by the oath being recited over the radio in flight.
“You are an excellent leader on our team and I really appreciate that, and it is an honor as the F-35 Demo Team commander to reenlist you today,” said Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson to Tech Sgt. Michael Couture on Feb. 28, while flying alongside Couture in the backseat of an F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Originally from Burlington, Vermont, Couture first joined the Air Force in December 2011, and was first assigned to maintain the F-16C for the Vermont Air National Guard in his hometown, according to an official bio. He switched to working on the F-35A Lightning in 2016.
Zoomies, man. They get to wear those aviator glasses and do barrel rolls before they reenlist.