Second Lieutenant Njoya Chomilo

Njoya Lloyd Chomilo was born in Minneapolis, MN on August 8th 1985. Both his parents were born in Cameroon, Africa.  His father came to the U.S. in 1977 and achieved a PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. His Mom, of Minnesota Norwegian background, returned to the U.S. to pursue a nursing profession. They met here. He is named for his great grand-father, who was a Sultan and innovator in his time. The meaning of his name is that of a leader with foresight. Njoya is the middle child, having an older brother and a younger sister both currently living in the Minneapolis area. He graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2003 and was soon accepted to the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.

 

The military had always fascinated Njoya as a child but it would not be until he was more than half way through his college career before it became a realistic and viable course for his future. After showing interest in the ROTC program in the Fall of 2006, Njoya began taking classes in early January 2007, during the interim period . Since Njoya joined the ROTC program late in his college career he was placed on the accelerated 2 year plan. This entailed attending the Leaders Training Course in Fort Knox, KY which Njoya did in the summer of 2007. Njoya had the unique opportunity to participate in the Cadet Troop Leading Training (CTLT), in which Cadets shadow a new lieutenant for three weeks to with the 1-227 AV Regiment. This experience, along with a desire to challenge himself mentally as well physically, led Njoya to choose Aviation as his first choice.

 

Njoya's desire to fly was in line with the needs of the Army and he was selected to serve as an Officer in the Aviation branch. After commissioning on December 17th 2008, 2nd LT Chomilo served a brief stint as assistant Recruiting officer for the UW-La Crosse Military Science department before leaving for the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sill, OK, followed by Dunker, SERE, and Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training(IERW) all based out of the home of Army Aviation, Fort Rucker, AL. Njoya is still in the IERW course and is scheduled to finish in April 2010. Although Njoya has not selected his advanced aircraft yet his top two choices are the UH-60 Blackhawk and the OH-58 Kiowa.