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Chandler-Gilbert Community College Student Receives TB2 Aviation Scholarship

Scottsdale, AZ (March 22, 2022) – Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. (“TB2″) announced a 2022 Aviation Scholarship has been awarded to Lynn Burnett, a Chandler-Gilbert Community College (a Maricopa Community College) student earning an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Airway Science Technology with a flight emphasis. TB2 is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of aviation in Scottsdale, Arizona, honoring all military veterans, creating unique educational opportunities for Arizona students studying all aspects of aviation, and supporting Dogs4Vets.

Lynn Burnett comes from a military family; his father served in the U.S. Air Force and his grandfather, the U.S. Army. Like his grandfather, Mr. Burnett served in the U.S. Army for over 13 years as an infantryman, machine gunner, squad and platoon leader, and airborne ranger instructor. He earned the rank of staff sergeant and was a member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment. Lynn also earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree from Troy University. After being selected for Officers Candidate School, he graduated and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and rose to the rank of Captain. His military career included numerous missions and deployments to Latin and South America, including the DMZ in Korea. Lynn has received many distinguished military honors and awards and was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame on January 29, 2022. After the military, he worked in developing his own business enterprise, including mortgage broker and real estate agent. However, he never gave up his dream to become a pilot and he received his private pilot’s license in November 2021. Lynn’s goal is to continue his education in aviation, become a certified flight instructor, and help other people like him realize their dreams. 

Steve Ziomek, Chairman and President of TB2, stated, “Lynn continues to give back while pursuing a career in aviation. The skills that he learned and displayed in the U.S. Army and business are evident and will continue to guide him during this phase of his life and beyond.”

“The Foundation is proud to participate in the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial Aviation Scholarship Program,” said Brian Spicker, President and CEO, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. “The programs our colleges offer are best in class. Our partnership makes dreams come true and Lynn Burnett is just one example of someone reaching for the sky and succeeding because of this scholarship.”

Rudy R. Miller, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Scholarship Committee, remarked, “As a former member of the U.S Army, it is a privilege for me, in concert with TB2 President and veteran, Steve Ziomek, to present Lynn Burnett this prestigious aviation scholarship award. He now joins an elite group of exceptional recipients and been named a TB2 ambassador.”

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