Of course you did. Happy for you both.
As for military aviation.. well... you fly the way the company tells you or you don't keep the job. I do not miss flying w/a helmet.
Aviation is serious (and so is driving). If you are really that intimidated to fly, then perhaps you shouldn't act as PIC.
I own two aircraft, one of which I built. I also commute to work in my aircraft (which requires transit across a MOA and Class B, rain or shine). No drama.
It is hard for me to believe that a camera flash was so disorienting they couldn't maintain straight and level until the spots went away. Don't they teach you "danger rangers" how to trim an airplane? I rarely engage the autopilot, half my flight to work is hands off and drinking coffee.
You can now return to your FBO lounge bull session on the merits of checklists and other "real pilot" circle jerking.