Pilot’s skills benefit law mission

| May 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Jordan Clouse, deputy staff judge advocate, OSJA, 9th MSC, speaks to an air traffic controller after taking off for a flight over Oahu. Clouse, also a licensed pilot, combines his love for flying with his everyday job and uses the aircraft to carry out missions on other islands.

Lt. Col. Jordan Clouse, deputy staff judge advocate, OSJA, 9th MSC, speaks to an air traffic controller after taking off for a flight over Oahu. Clouse, also a licensed pilot, combines his love for flying with his everyday job and uses the aircraft to carry out missions on other islands.

Story and Photo by
Spc. Elizabeth Cole
9th Mission Support Command

HONOLULU — “Clear!” the pilot yelled, looking around.

He started the engine of the Cessna 172R, an airplane with a cockpit no larger than the inside of a sports car, in preparation for a short flight around the island of Oahu.

With his headphones secured tightly to his head, and the microphone kissing his lips, he looked down to read the preflight checklist in his lap.

Turning knobs and switching gauges, he was mentally checking one item off the list at a time.

Within minutes, the plane was soaring just below the clouds.

Being a licensed pilot and a practicing lawyer is all in a day’s work for Lt. Col. Jordan Clouse, deputy staff judge advocate, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 9th Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve.

Recently, Clouse found a way to combine his love for flying with his everyday job. He and a colleague were called to Maui to help provide powers of attorney, wills and legal consultations to Reserve Soldiers. Clouse saw the mission as a chance to put his skills to good use.

“We had battle assembly that weekend, so we went to first formation at 6:30 a.m. and left straight from there to Honolulu Airport. We were off the ground by 8:30 a.m.,” Clouse said. “We flew to Maui and were set up for work by 10:30 a.m. After we saw about 20 Soldiers, we were done by 1:30 p.m. and flew home.

The best part was, we still made it in plenty of time for our 4 p.m. final formation,” he added.

Clouse was able to support the mission about three-and-a-half hours faster and a lot cheaper than using commercial air — all in one duty day.

“I don’t think I did anything special,” Clouse said. “Basically, I saw a job that needed to get done, so I did it.”

Clouse began his lessons last June. By Sept. 2, 2010, he was on his first, supervised, solo flight.

He flew by himself for the first time, Sept. 11, 2010, and by Dec. 7, 2010, he was a licensed pilot.

“Those are very significant days in military history,” he said. “My supervised, solo (flight) was done on the anniversary of the end of World War II, Sept. 11 is the day we’ll never forget, and I was licensed on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. What better way to symbolize my experience?”

After more than 30 years in the Army, Clouse plans to retire no later than 2016. In the meantime, he is preparing for life after the military.

“I’m not sure what path I’m going to take after retirement,” Clouse said. “I have so many options. … We’ll see what the future holds.”

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