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Fisher College 'Adopts' Second Belmont Solider In As Many Years

Charles Synnott is a flight instructor with the Massachusetts National Guard in Afghanistan.

Fisher College 'Adopts' Second Belmont Solider In As Many Years

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.

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