Prince Harry Arrives in the US for Military Training
Prepare yourself, America: Prince Harry is here!
A palace rep confirmed to Us Weekly that the 27-year-old royal had arrived in the United States for his military training on Thursday. Harry is taking part in Exercise Crimson Eagle, the final part of his Apache training.
Harry will take part in live-firing exercises for the first time as he flies over the military ranges of southern California and Arizona. For the next two months, he will be based at Naval Air Facility El Centro, one of the locations used in Tom Cruise's 1986 flick Top Gun.
When he finishes the course he will be assigned to an Apache squadron with 16 Air Assault Brigade and await deployment to Afghanistan.
An El Centro, Calif. local told The Telegraph that Harry would "get bored" in the town. "We don't have places for him to cruise around," Jesus Gonzalez said.
Fortunately for the party-loving prince, Las Vegas and San Diego are both accessible. Last month a military source told the Daily Mail that Harry and his fellow pilots would spent a wild 48 hours in Sin City, and that the bender is a "traditional" breather for Apache trainees. "The course doesn't have much downtime," the source said. "It's pretty intense. This is a chance for pilots to let their hair down, kick back and enjoy themselves."