WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Today was a terrific day for Rams quarterback Tyler Smith. He successfully completed The Sabalauski Air Assault School Class 08-21. He was among the graduates honored in a graduation ceremony that was broadcast via Facebook, Tuesday morning.
The graduation marked a tremendous accomplishment for Smith as the Sabalauski Air Assault School is one of the most difficult tactical schools in the United States Army. Smith was well prepared for his experience after getting his start at Winston-Salem State University. While spending the 2019 season as a member of the Rams football team, he also ranked among the top five in the of 65 cadets in the WSSU ROTC program.
The United States Army Air Assault School is a 10-day course designed to prepare soldiers for insertion, evacuation, and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters. The training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures, skills that involve intense concentration and a commitment to safety and preparation.
The graduation marks another tremendous achievement for Smith, who began his collegiate academic career on a high note when he was awarded a United States Army ROTC National Scholarship. The scholarship was one that thousands of students compete for annually. It was his scholastic, athletic, and leadership qualities that earned him the scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship are required to not only graduate from high school with at least a 2.50 grade-point average, but to also score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT and/or 19 on the ACT, as well as meeting a physical standard.
The graduation ceremony for Smith and the other graduates of the Sabalauski Air Assault School Class 08-21 was held, Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. Click HERE to view the ceremony.
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