November 10, 2023 – Scottsdale, AZ
Lift Alumni Magazine
The Blue Angels recruited Christopher Awes for Embry-Riddle, at least indirectly. Years later, a Vietnam-era veteran delivered a scholarship and continuing mentorship that helped turn this early dream into a career for the U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
When Awes (’19) watched the Navy and Marine Corps pilots at an air show as a child, he was thrilled. He then got serious about an aviation career in the Marine Corps. His reporting officer was a former F-18 pilot who recommended Embry-Riddle. In the military, he also met an American Airlines pilot, Bob Dunning, who has encouraged him over the years.
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