Army veterans and PSA First Officers Matthew Gerlitzki, JR Lynch Jr., and Glenn Tupper all came to PSA as longtime friends and fellow aviators. After meeting in 2006 in army flight school, each would go on to spend time in Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
We ask them what it’s like transitioning to PSA, what keeps them passionate about flying, and their thoughts on this Veteran’s Day.
What’s it like transitioning from the military life to working at PSA?
“It’s exciting but intimidating. Flying an airplane is flying an airplane but they’re different cultures, different environments. As for training, Army training is top notch. It really prepares you to be an aviator… They’re all about putting in 100%” – JR Lynch Jr. (center)
What influences you or drives you to succeed now that you are here at PSA?
“The passion for aviation. The military paid for me to learn to fly for free- well I paid for it with those 7 years- But now, it’s like you’re free to do what you’ve always wanted to do: fly.” – Glenn Tupper (right)
“Flying was my dream as a child. My uncle is a retired Continental pilot. I guess you could say he was my inspiration. And he’s the one that took me flying for the first time.” – Matthew Gerlitzki (left)
What’s Veteran’s Day about to you?
“It’s not about us. It’s about those that aren’t here anymore. Our military time is done and, we’re not going back. But people- friends of ours even- that would probably want to be where we are right now, doing what we’re doing, and can’t- those are who it is about.”