Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Bryant Fontenot by a UH--60 Black Hawk helicopter. Fontenot is a Eunice native and a leading pilot and leader in the Army. (Submitted photo)
Bryant Fontenot graduated in 1980 from St. Edmund High School with the desire to become a pilot and not just any kind of aviator.
Fontenot, 56, remembers getting hooked on the helicopter scenes in the classic Vietnam War movie, “Apocalypse Now” at the Liberty Theater.
The son of Virgil and Eve Fontenot of Eunice was working after school when an Army recruiter called his house. His mother answered and told the recruiter her son was not interested in the Army because he wanted to fly.
“We can put him in flight school,” the recruiter said.