Observations from the New Girl

  This week marked a new chapter in my life.  Following 21 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, I began my first of what I hope are many trips as a Boeing 747 First Officer with UPS. To say I began with a bit of anxiety would be an understatement.  Not about myContinue reading “Observations from the New Girl”

Fran Bera “Record-Breaking Aviator”

Who is Fran Bera? I recently learned about her from a NYT headline: Fran Bera, Competitive, Record-Breaking Aviator, Is Dead at 93.   So of course I read the article and began an internet search.  This is what I learned:   She saved money to start her flight lessons at the age of 16 byContinue reading “Fran Bera “Record-Breaking Aviator””

“Here am I. Send me!”

US Army Major Marie Rossi-Cayton was a CH-47D pilot serving in the First Gulf War.   She died on March 1, 1991, when the helicopter she was piloting flew into an unlit microwave tower the day after the Operation Desert Storm ceasefire had come into effect.  What most do not know about her, nor can youContinue reading ““Here am I. Send me!””

Thank you, Veterans.

  Thank you.  All of you.  Women have been serving in support of our nation since before we were even a nation.  Our service can be traced back to 1775 during the Revolutionary War and we were finally recognized as Veteran’s in the 1970s.  In 1976, women were finally admitted into the U.S. Service AcademiesContinue reading “Thank you, Veterans.”

Failure also brings a lesson

The original quote is “Tragedy also brings a gift.”  Army MSgt Cedric King is a warrior and an inspiration.  Not only in his military accomplishments, but also in his knowledge that tragedy and failure can be a gift.  He was gravely wounded in combat, ultimately losing both of his legs and suffering damage to hisContinue reading “Failure also brings a lesson”

Re-finding your “Why”

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? I’m pretty sure I changed my mind a few times, trying to decide whether I should be a doctor, a teacher, or Donnie and Marie Osmond’s back-up singer (seriously, my parents have pictures of me and my sister using the backyard picnic tableContinue reading “Re-finding your “Why””

“The stripes don’t mean flight attendant”

I came across this article while reminiscing about the most fun I had ever had in an airplane.  My friend Jessica and I earned our commercial single engine sea rating at Kenmore Air in 2010.  When we were there, I witnessed a young woman effortlessly push a de Havilland Beaver off the dock, jump ontoContinue reading ““The stripes don’t mean flight attendant””