Swegle was named a naval aviator and awarded her golden naval aviator wings with 25 classmates during a small ceremony at the Kingsville Naval Air Nation in Texas, according to the Navy
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to work harder and fly high-performance aircraft in the fleet,” Swegle said. “It would have been great to see someone who looked like me in this role; I never wanted to be the first. I hope he’s an animator for other people.”
Swegle became the Navy’s first female strike pilot after completing tactical strike training at NAS Kingsville on July 7th. A strike pilot flies Navy planes, including fighter jets such as the F / A-18 Super Hornet and the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter. or EA-18G Growler electronic warplanes.
“Judge Swegle has proven to be a brave trainer,” said Deputy Administrator DeWolfe “Bullet” Miller III, the commander of the Naval Air Force. “He has joined a select group of people who won Wings of Gold and responded to the call to defend our nation from the air. The diversity of this group – with differences in background, skill and thinking – it makes us a stronger fighting force. “
Swegle’s historic milestone follows in the footsteps of other innovative women and minorities in the U.S. Navy, such as Rosemary Mariner, who became the first female pilot in 1974, and Brenda Robinson, the first black woman to convert. is an instructor, evaluator and VIP transport of the Navy. pilot in the 1980s, according to the nonprofit Women in Aviation International
“I think representation is important because we are a very diverse nation,” Swegle told video
released by the Navy earlier this week. “I would like everyone to believe that he can get everything he wants to do.”
Swegle graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017 and completed the initial screening of flights at NAS Pensacola. He completed primary flight training at NAS Corpus Christi and completed advanced strike training at NAS Kingsville. On May 20, he completed his qualifications as an aircraft carrier on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.
Swegle will now report to Electronic Attack Squadron 129
at NAS Whidbey Island in Washington to begin training as an EA-18G cultivator pilot. The squadron trains new naval aviators, naval flight officers and naval aeronautics in electronic warfare tactics, techniques and procedures in preparation for their fleet tasks, according to the Navy.
The E-18G Growler is an electronic warplane
, a specialized version of the F / A-18F two-seater Super Hornet fighter jet, which is based on American aircraft carriers.