Cougars Who Serve: Honoring Alumni Who Serve Our Country


On this Veteran’s Day, we are proud to honor the Cougars who fight and have fought for our freedom. Below, meet three alumni who bravely put their lives on the line to serve our country.

Robert Adams - ArmyRobert Adams ’07 – Air Force

Q: What was your motivation regarding choosing to serve our country in the military?

A: My motivation to serve in the military is multifaceted. It started with inspiration from my grandfather and uncle, who both served in the military. Having been close to both, I wanted to do something similar. I also wanted to be a part of something larger than myself and contribute my abilities on a larger scale by serving our country. My desire to continue serving in the military stems from being able to provide for my family and having unique experiences I would never have the opportunity to take advantage of otherwise.

 

Q: Were there any influences while you were at Cannon that encouraged you to take this path in life, such as a teacher or experience?

A: As I started to consider my college plans, a senior retreat to the mountains gave me time to reflect on my life goals. I began to solidify my aspiration for military service while there.

 

Q: What is your specific role/duty currently and/or previously in the military?

A: My current role is a Flight Surgeon functioning as the Squadron Medical Element for the 69th Bomb Squadron in Minot ND. In Flight Medicine, I specialize in all things associated with aerospace medicine. This includes diagnosing, preventing, and managing emergent, acute, and chronic medical issues associated with the conditions that pilots, missileers, air traffic controllers, and other aircrew members encounter while in air or space. I also function as a clinic team member or clinic Officer-in-Charge within the Medical Group. Here, I execute aeromedical decisions for all matters associated with military members in the PRAP and/or flying, missile operator duty, or air traffic controller programs.

 

Q: Reflecting on your time in the military, are there any moments or experiences that stand out that you could share? If so, what can you tell us about it?

A: The experiences from my time in the military that stand out the most are being able to fly. I have gotten to fly in multiple aircraft including helicopters and bombers and have gotten to see things I would never otherwise get to witness. I have watched a B-52H Stratofortress bomber refuel in air, drop live ammunition, and fly in formation. I have been hoisted in and out of a Bell UH-1N helicopter during medical training simulations, and experienced flying in search patterns and performing evasive maneuvers.

 

I have also gotten to take care of a unique patient population, consisting of military members from all different branches and duty status. This experience has been extremely rewarding and offers a great deal of career satisfaction.

Sam Camut '11 - Marines

Sam Camut ’11 – Marines

Q: What was your motivation regarding choosing to serve our country in the military?

A: I wanted to continue my family tradition. Every generation of my family has served since my great-great grandfather emigrated from Sicily. Secondly, I really wanted toserve and help people. Lastly, I was never the type to sit quietly at my desk.  Thank you to all my teachers for being so patient.

Q: Were there any influences while you were at Cannon that encouraged you to take this path in life, such as a teacher or experience?

A: An essential part of the Cannon Community while I was there was the dedication to service. I was and continue to be inspired by the remarkable community service projects my peers participated in and organized. There are way too many to mention.  I thought by joining the military I could play a small part in continuing that tradition. I should note, nothing I have done since even comes close to the unbelievable events many of my Cannon classmates organized during high school. It is simply amazing the scope and influence they had as high schoolers.

Q: Reflecting on your time in the military, are there any moments or experiences that stand out that you could share? If so, what can you tell us about it?

A: On my most recent deployment, I got to go to many parts of the world, such as the Middle East and Asia. While in Dubai, I met a cousin of mine from Sicily –whom I’d never met before. He has his own restaurant called Camuti Ristorante.  Still, no memory beats returning home and reuniting with my wife.

Tyler Haritan - Navy

Tyler Haritan ’15 – Navy

 

Q:  What was your motivation in regards to choosing to serve our country

in the military?

A: I knew I wanted to begin flying when Chesley Sullenberger landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River. I read his book, Highest Duty, and learned about the military and military aviation. Ever since then I made it my goal to serve as a pilot in the US Navy.

Q: Were there any influences while you were at Cannon that encouraged you to take this path in life – perhaps a teacher, experience, etc.?

A: Although I don’t have any specific experiences that I can recall, I do believe that the Cannon environment helped tremendously by breaking down any barriers that popped up along my journey. The support is incredible at Cannon. “A rising tide lifts all boats.” This is the Cannon mentality. Everyone tries to help each other achieve their goals.

Q: What is your specific role/duty currently and/or previously in the military?

A: Currently I am attending the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. I am on course to receive my MBA in Financial Management next year and then I will attend flight school in Pensacola, Florida, the cradle of naval aviation.

Q: Reflecting on your time in the military, are there any moments or experiences that stand out that you’d be willing to share? If so, what can you tell us about it?

A: The moment that stands out for me is when I was accepted to attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). I had my orders to report to flight school and a week before my commissioning ceremony, where I received my commission as a naval officer, I received the news that NPS had accepted me to attend and receive my MBA. I decided two days before commissioning that I would head to NPS and delay flight school for 18 months. NPS has been a great experience so far and I look forward to many more during my time in the fleet.