For the second time in as many years, Fisher College has "adopting" a Belmont-native serving in the armed forces in Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles Synnott, a flight instructor with the Massachusetts National Guard, was chosen by the school as part of its "Adopt-a-Solider" program, now in its fourth year, that pays tribute to active duty service members and veterans.
Last year, the school adopted US Army First Lt. Elizabeth Connors, a Black Hawk pilot stationed at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
“Of all the initiatives we offer at Fisher College, our Adopt-a-Soldier program is one I hold in special regard,” said Dr. Tom McGovern, president of Fisher College, an accredited four-year college located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood with instructional site locations in Boston, Brockton, New Bedford and North Attleborough.
“As a former veteran of the U.S. Army myself, I recognize and believe firsthand in the value our military serves our country. Synnott’s appointment as our next adopted soldier was deliberate; he’s demonstrated to us his commitment to protecting and serving our country,” said McGovern.
All of the soldiers who benefit from the program have a personal connection to the College, i.e. a former student, family friend, etc. The Adopt-a-Soldier program began through a suggestion of Mike Wall, former Admissions Counselor, who is currently serving in the National Guard.
Synnott has been a full-time instructor pilot with the National Guard for the last few years. In 2010, he was deployed to Iraq and this summer he was deployed to Bagram.
Fisher College held a collection drive for Synnott in December where three large boxes of gifts were sent to him in Afghanistan where he was stationed through the holidays.