Rob Ewing, the Aviation Academy Director at Farragut, received the Alumni Service Award from Embry-Riddle on October 9, 2015, as a part of the Operation Bootstrap 2015 Homecoming event in Daytona Beach. The award is given to an individual who continuously demonstrates an extraordinary level of selfless commitment and endless enthusiasm for the university through, but not limited to, service, support, leadership and recruitment, according to the school’s website.
Ewing is responsible for the establishment of the Aviation Academy at Farragut in 2008, developing the curriculum for grades 8-12 and recently partnering with Embry-Riddle’s dual enrollment program.
“It was a great weekend,” said Ewing, who graduated from the Daytona Beach campus in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science and is currently enrolled in the Master of Aeronautical Science program at Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus. “It was nice to talk and interact with the Farragut alumni who are in the program at Embry.” Currently there are eight Farragut students studying there.
A week earlier, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. (retired) Chad Schwarm, who graduated from Farragut in 1992,received the Military Achievement Award during the Alumni Recognition Awards Banquet on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus, in Prescott, Arizona.
The award is given to an alumnus/a who has achieved outstanding success in the military, according to the school’s website.
Schwarm, who graduated from the Prescott campus in 1997, has flown over 2,300 military flight hours in five types of aircraft: T-37B Tweet, T-2C Buckeye, T-45C Goshawk, T-34C Turbo Mentor and the F/A-18 Hornet (A, A+, B, C & D variants). In his 17 years of service to his country, he flew more than 200 combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan and traveled to more than 40 foreign countries. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle. His personal decorations and awards include the Single Mission Air Medal with Combat “V” for Valor, 11 Strike Flight Air Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon. He retired from the military in 2014 and is currently a pilot for GoJet.