For Captain Alex Galat, growing up with his father being a pilot to present day as a pilot in the Ohio Air National Guard himself, aviation has always been a part of his life.
“Growing up with my dad being a pilot here at the 179th, I was exposed to aviation at a very young age,” said Galat, C-130 Pilot with the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. “I would fly around with him in Cessna’s, that really planted the seed in me for being interested in flying.”
After not really knowing what he wanted to do after high school, Galat joined the 179th Airlift Wing as a loadmaster in 2006, and worked in that position while attending Ohio State University. Once he graduated college, Galat was selected for a pilot position in 2013.