Flomaton native loves being squadron helicopter mechanic

As a member of the newest Maritime Strike Squadron helicopter squadron, Airman Apprentice Jack Coppenger is continuing a tradition while also creating a new legacy. Coppenger is an aviation machinist’s mate who is responsible for helicopter mechanic work and making sure everything is maintained and ready to go for the pilots serving with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 which supports the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

“My favorite part about my job is learning mechanic work,” said Coppenger. “I have always been interested in that for my future career.”

Coppenger is a 2016 Floma...