Lt. J.G. Madeline Swegle Biography Wiki
Lt. J.G. Madeline Swegle made history by becoming the United States Navy’s first black tactical fighter pilot.
BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus. Swegle is the @USNavy’s first known Black female TACAIR pilot and will receive her Wings of Gold later this month. HOOYAH! @FlyNavy @NASKPAO #ForgedByTheSea #CNATRA #CNATRAgrads pic.twitter.com/FKSlURWQhJ
— Naval Air Training (@CNATRA) July 9, 2020
Head of naval aviation training praised Swegle on Facebook
The head of naval aviation training praised Swegle on Facebook for completing her training on Thursday and said she will receive her “golden wings” this month.
“BZ to Lt. Chief Madeline Swegle at the end of the Tactical Air (Strike) aviation program,” reads the post, using the abbreviation of Bravo Zulu, which means “well done”.
Swegle also received praise from Rear Admiral Paula Dunn
Swegle also received praise from Rear Admiral Paula Dunn, Deputy Navy Chief Information Officer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., And tennis legend Billie Jean King.
“Very proud of LTJG Swegle,” tweeted Dunn. “Go ahead and kick.
Swegle graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017 and is assigned to the Redhawks Training and Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, according to the Navy Times.
The news of Swegle’s success came the same day that a soldier graduated from the elite Army Special Forces course, becoming the first woman to join a team of green berets.
Swegle’s landmark comes more than 45 years after Rosemary Mariner became the first woman to fly a tactical fighter jet in 1974, the Associated Press reported. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Brenda Robinson became the first African American woman to earn her golden wings and become a flight instructor, appraiser and VIP transport pilot in the Navy, according to Women in Aviation International.
2018 survey by Military.com
A 2018 survey by Military.com found that of 1,404 F / A-18 Hornet pilots, only 26 were black and 33 were women. Less than 2% of all pilots assigned to jet aircraft platforms were black, the agency said.
First woman in green beret: soldier becomes the first woman to join the green beret after graduating from special forces training
Last month, the Navy announced the formation of Task Force One Navy to address issues of “racism, sexism and other destructive prejudices and their impact on navy readiness”.
“As a navy – uniform and civil, active and reservist – we cannot tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind. We must work to identify and eliminate individual and systemic racism within our strength,” said Chief of Naval Operations Michael Gilday in a communicated.