Prince Harry coming to America for military helicopter training
The United Kingdom's Prince Harry is preparing to spend at least two months in the United States to take part in helicopter training, which will be conducted by the UK's Defense Ministry and consists of environmental training, live firing and tactical exercises.
The young royal will arrive in the next few days and will perform a majority of his training in El Centro, California and the trip will also include some time at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona and a trip to Las Vegas.
Prince Harry, who is known as "Captain Wales" in the army, also completed an eight-month helicopter training course that began in July 2010. He will join an Apache unit in Britain, when he returns home in December.
Harry had also visited the country in June 2010 and met with U.S. cadets. His brother William and his new wife Kate traveled to the United States and Canada in July.
Prince Harry recently spent his 27th birthday on September 15 at a Royal Air Force airfield to continuing his Apache helicopter training. Harry, an Army Air Corps captain, spent his 26th birthday in the same manner.
Harry is the younger son of the late Princess Diana, brother of Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and third in line to the British throne. Harry was born at 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 15, 1984 and began his military training in 2005 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, according to his official biography.
Harry spent two months of his British Army service in Afghanistan, where he served on the front lines and was a Forward Air Controller for NATO forces. He directed jets bombing Taliban positions in Helmand province.
The prince began a two-and-a-half year training course to become an Army Air Corps helicopter pilot in January 2009. He is now undergoing "conversion to role" training, which is set to end early next year.
Harry's squadron is set to return to Afghanistan in 2012 and the prince has said that he has hopes of going back to serve in the war-torn country.
Like many royals, Harry also spends time promoting his charities and taking part in other fundraising efforts.
In September, he attended the BGC Charity Trading Day, an annual event created to commemorate the company's 658 employees who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York. Prince Harry broke the world record for the largest foreign currency trade. He closed a $24.8 billion foreign exchange deal, between the UK bank Barclays London and a European counter-party, via telephone.
The Prince attended the event on behalf of Sentebale, the charity he co-founded to support vulnerable children and orphans in the southern African country of Lesotho, his office said.