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Stuart Contant, age 46

Currently Resides:  Enterprise, AL
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Birthplace:  Fort Lauderdale, FL
Formerly Stationed: Ft Rucker, AL, home of Army Aviation

I am so grateful to be alive and able to do what I can. Life is short, so don’t hesitate.” – Stuart Contant

Retired Army pilot Stuart Contant is a bit nervous about whether he will be able to finish the Sea to Shining Sea ride because, he says, “I’m not an athlete.”  But, since surviving a near-fatal plane crash in Afghanistan in 2002, his approach to life is to take advantage of every opportunity.

That’s why he’s riding and also why he is planning to send out a note about the ride to all of his Facebook friends, hoping to see them along the route.

Stuart joined the Army in 1984, and became a Warrant Officer in 1992.  He flew the UH-! Huey, then the OH-58 Kiowa and, later, the AH-64 Apache.  In addition to flying, he served as Aviation Safety Officer and an Instructor,

Stuart deployed to Afghanistan with Charlie Company, 101st Aviation Battalion for Operation Enduring Freedom and in April 2002, barely survived an horrific crash that damaged his head and spinal cord.

After years of painful treatment, he took medical retirement in September 2009, and spends his time enjoying bike rides, camping and other activities with his wife, Jacque and his daughters, three-year-old Vivian and two-year-old Violet.

Reader Comments (21)

Stuart - are you riding Townie? I believe we spoke briefly today as you pass Lake Solano on your way to Davis. You're looking good, it was a pleasure to meeet you. Dana (in Benicia Bicycle Club jersey today).

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

My husband (Patriot Guard) and I welcomed you to Davis this afternoon. I see you reside in Enterprise, AL. When you get back to Enterprise visit the "Boldly Going" coffee shop located on Rucker Blvd in the Ellis Plaza. My daughter and son-in-law own it. My son-in-law was in the Army stationed at Ft. Bragg. My grandson is now stationed at Ft. Bragg, he's a combat medic, 82nd Airborne. We wish you well and pray that this ride will be a rewarding experience for you. Thank you so much for your service!!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Townsend

Stu, I hope you're doing well. I'm very proud of all you've accomplished. Let me know how you're doing. We'll get together when you back in Boca. All the best. Bill

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam_cappeller

Stuart, thank you for all that you have done for our country! I look forward to shaking your hand in Gettysburg, PA

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStevehorning

Stuart, you made it back to Colorado! Look forward to seeing you this afternoon at Iron Horse Park at Fort Carson. Colorado Springs has changed quite a bit since you left here but of course it is nothing like Boca Raton. Carmen

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen McFall

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