Veteran Cal Guard helicopter pilot flies into retirement

Twelve UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, lift off from Los Alamitos Army Airfield for a formation training flight, July 31, 2020, at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. The flight was led by U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Metoyer as his final flight with the unit and as the culminating flight of the battalion’s annual training period. Metoyer is retiring with more than three decades of military service. (California State Guard photo by Col. Richard Lalor)
Twelve UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, lift off from Los Alamitos Army Airfield for a formation training flight, July 31, 2020, at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. The flight was led by U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Metoyer as his final flight with the unit and as the culminating flight of the battalion’s annual training period. Metoyer is retiring with more than three decades of military service. (California State Guard photo by Col. Richard Lalor)

Twelve UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, lift off from Los Alamitos Army Airfield for a formation training flight, July 31, 2020, at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. The flight was led by U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Metoyer as his final flight with the unit and as the culminating flight of the battalion’s annual training period. Metoyer is retiring with more than three decades of military service. (California State Guard photo by Col. Richard Lalor)

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Metoyer, a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter pilot with the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, right, gets a handshake from Sgt. Michael Beatty after returning from a training flight, July 31, 2020, at Los Alamitos Army Airfield on Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. Metoyer led a multiship formation training flight of twelve Black Hawks as his final flight with the unit and as the culminating flight of the battalion’s annual training period. Metoyer retires with more than three decades of military service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman)
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Metoyer, a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter pilot with the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, right, gets a handshake from Sgt. Michael Beatty after returning from a training flight, July 31, 2020, at Los Alamitos Army Airfield on Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. Metoyer led a multiship formation training flight of twelve Black Hawks as his final flight with the unit and as the culminating flight of the battalion’s annual training period. Metoyer retires with more than three decades of military service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman)

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Metoyer, a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter pilot with the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, prepares for a flight, July 31, 2020, at Los Alamitos Army Airfield on Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. Metoyer led a multiship formation training flight of twelve Black Hawks as his final flight with the unit and as the culminating flight of the battalion’s annual training period. Metoyer retires with more than three decades of military service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman)

Twelve UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, lift off from Los Alamitos Army Airfield for a formation training flight, July 31, 2020, at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California. The flight was led by U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Metoyer as his final flight with the unit and as the culminating flight of the battalion’s annual training period. Metoyer is retiring with more than three decades of military service. (California State Guard photo by Col. Richard Lalor)

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