An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
April 5, 2003 - Issue 84
Lazare enjoys Career as Navy Flight Instructor
by Greg Horn - The Eastern Door
credits: photo - Lazare flying over the Caribbean Sea.
spent almost half his life in the U.S. Navy and is a pilot and flight
instructor. Lieutenant Corey Lazare enlisted in the Navy after graduating
from Centennial Academy in 1986. He first worked in Aviation Maintenance
Hydraulics until 1990 when he got out of the Navy as a Second Class Petty
September 1990 Lazare attended Dawson College and then transferred to
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1991.
He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Aeronautics.
He then decided to head back to the Navy.
applied and was accepted into the Navy's Officer Program for a pilot slot.
He attended the Navy's Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida
in May 1995 and was commissioned in August 1995. Shortly after he was
commissioned Lazare began pre-flight indoctrination.
always wanted to fly and I believe that Navy pilots are the best trained
because they have to land on aircraft carriers," Lazare told The
started primary flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whitting Field,
Florida in January 1996. At that time he flew a T-34 Mentor. After completing
primary training Lazare began intermediate flight training on a T-2 Buckeye
at NAS Meridian, Mississippi. He began advanced flight training on the
TA-4J Skyhawk in February 1997. Lazare received his wings in February
1998 and now flies an S-3 Viking.
I was six or seven I always wanted to be a Navy pilot," Lazare said.
to the U.S. Navy an S-3 Viking is an all-weather, carrier-based jet aircraft.
It provides protection against hostile surface combatants while also functioning
as the Carrier Battle Groups' primary overhear/mission tanker. It is extremely
versatile and is equipped for many missions, including day and night surveillance,
electronic countermeasures, command/control/communications warfare as
well as search and rescue. The S-3 Viking also carries the Harpoon Anti-Ship
Missile, the Maverick guided missile as well as conventional bombs and
S-3 Viking costs $27 million US, has a 68-foot wingspan and a top speed
of 828.8 km/h. It is powered by two General Electric turbofan engines
giving 9,275 pounds of thrust each. The S-3 Viking has a crew of two to
33-year-old Lazare is married to his wife Shannon and is currently serving
as a flight instructor in San Diego, California. He says that one of the
worst things about being in the military is being away from his family.
He only makes it back to Kahnawake about once a year. His parents are
Leroy Lazare and Gayla Ouimet and his stepmother is Annie Lazare and stepfather
is Noel Ouimet. He also has two brothers; Brennen Lazare and Mark Ouimet.
does he like about being in the military?
challenges, the people, the responsibility, there are too many to list,"
Lazare said. "But where else can you get to hang around with a bunch
of guys very similar to you, go fly, drop bombs, see the world and get
paid for it?"
of seeing the world, during his Navy career Lazare has been to more than
15 countries and 31 cities around the world. He has also been to about
35 different states within the U.S. He's been to places like Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil; Marseille, France; London, England; Rome, Italy; Cairo, Egypt;
Jerusalem, Israel; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
think that it is a great lifestyle," Lazare said. "I would encourage
anyone who is thinking of enlisting to get a college degree and then join
the military as an Officer. There are better opportunities, better chances
to lead and more money.
someone's not ready to go to college, then enlisting in the military may
be a good way to see the world and wait a few years until you're ready
for school," Lazare continued. "If someone enlists or is already
enlisted, then I would encourage them to check into the Officer Programs
that they may be eligible for."
military has programs where they will pay the student's salary as well
as tuition and book costs.
May, Lazare will be transferring to the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Once there he will be changing to an E-6 Mercy, which is a Boeing 707.
He is eligible for retirement from the Navy in 2011 and would like to
fly for an airline or an air freight company.
With a war with Iraq looming and the possibility of more problems in North Korea, where does Lazare fit into it all? He says that he will probably not get deployed into the Middle East or anywhere else.
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