I guess it’s easy to let expectations exceed reality.
I spent many years serving in the Navy Reserve and the active duty Navy. During that time, I saw many things progress. I saw female officers command ships. I served with and under a number of female officers.
I was surprised to find out that it has taken the Navy until now to have its first Black female fighter pilot.
I have three things to say:
- LT (j.g.) Madeline Swegle – Bravo Zulu! You, and you alone, earned this. Feel free to be proud of yourself.
- The next generation of tactical pilots will look to you for inspiration.
- And to my beloved Navy–it’s about damn time.
Change comes far too slow far too often. However, when positive change finally occurs, it’s a wonderful thing.