1st Lt. Benjamin Kent Hovies, United States Marine Corps, son of Tom and Alicia Hovies, recently earned his wings as a helicopter pilot.
Hovies, his wife and twin babies will be stationed at New River, N.C., where he will begin flying the CH-53E Super Stallion heavy transport helicopter. In the 70 years of Naval Aviation, Hovies is pilot No. 32523.
Proud relatives include his sister, Mary Beth Kappel; grandparents, Al and Nancy Kent and Tom and Teresa Oduor and family. Benjamin is the younger brother of the late Joshua Wayne Hovies, 1st Lt. USAF, who died in South Korea April 19, 2013.