Astros Not the Only Team in Houston Flying High
October 24, 2019
Plenty of Houston locals have been flying high recently!
Air Force One was not the only military aircraft visiting
Houston’s Ellington Field on Sunday Sept. 23. Parked alongside President
Trump’s C-52 was a local service member, who also showed that he is an
“Officer and a Gentlemen” and has the “Right Stuff.” Navy Lieutenant Jeremy
Jenkins, a native of the Houston Area, flew to Ellington in style in his Navy
F/A-18 E Super Hornet Jet a few days earlier. LT Jenkins is a member of
the VFA-136 Knighthawks and goes by the call sign of “Sugas”. LT
Derrick deGraaf, call sign “TK” also flew a Super Hornet with him, in Visual
formation from Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, where they are stationed.
Both LT Jenkins and LT deGraaf are examples of what happens when Preparation
and Dedication meets Opportunity.
Another, excellent example out of the Houston (Clear Lake
High School) area is F/A-18 Pilot, and now Commander Winston “Stoner” Scott
(i.e., Son of Former Astronaut Winston E. Scott and Marilyn Scott). CDR
Scott is the current Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron One
Two Two (VFA-122), the Flying Eagles, which is the west coast Fleet Replacement
Squadron, also based at NAS Lemoore.
Still another great example out of the Houston area is
F/A-18 Hornet Pilot and Blue Angles Commander Captain Eric Doyle from Clear
Creek High School. https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/
LT Jenkins started flying when he was about fourteen years
of age and was inspired and mentored by many people and organizations who
recognized his talent and love for flying. He attended Sterling High
school, was a member of the Flying Tigers, as well as a student in the Summer
Flight Academy, which was hosted by the Houston local flying club – The Bronze
Eagles of Texas. Many other organizations support the Summer Flight
Academy such as the main Sponsor BPA, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Brazos Avionics, ERC, Raytheon, Signature Fixed Base Operations
(FBO) at Ellington Field, Ellington Field Air Traffic Controllers and the Model
Aircraft Association. LT Jenkins continued his pursuit for greatness,
attending and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis,
A host of family, friends and mentors came by Ellington on
Sunday to provide a well-deserved send off for two of the Navy’s Finest, who
are providing service to our great country.
Both LT Jenkins and LT deGraaf – received a model of the
NASA Orion Spacecraft and a Model of the Space Launch System (SLS) just in case
they decide later to venture out to the Moon and Mars (Artemis Missions). Keep
an eye out for LT Jeremy Jenkins – he may appear somewhere else in the near