OSU students earn spots in distinguished pilot program


CORVALLIS - Two Oregon State University students have earned spots in one of the world's premier pilot training programs.

Jon Giuletti of McKenzie Bridge, and Gregory Young of St. Helens, both OSU Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets, have earned one of 46 spots in the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program.

Young and Giuletti will train with allies from several countries. About 80 percent of the students who graduate from the intense, fast-paced program will be given choice assignments in top Air Force fighter jet groups.

Giuletti will graduate in June with a bachelor's degree in management information systems. He is vice president of the Oregon State Flying Club and is former commander of the OSU Air Force ROTC Cadet Wing.

Young graduates this month (December) with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He is a private pilot and a member of OSU's senior honor society, Mortar Board.

Last year, Grants Pass resident John Cunningham, an OSU master's candidate in animal nutrition, was selected for training.

Students enrolled in OSU's Air Force ROTC program can qualify for financial aid and commissions as second lieutenants while completing studies for undergraduate or graduate degrees. The university is one of 33 in the country offering education for all military departments - Air Force, Army and Navy.