US Navy’s first Black female tactical jet pilot gets her ‘wings of gold’
first Black female strike pilot after completing tactical strike training on July 7
Lt. j.g. Swegle received her wings along with 25 classmates in a small ceremony at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas
on July 31 a moment the Navy said marked “a significant milestone for Naval Aviation.”
according to the Navy. Commanding officer Cmdr. Matthew Maher presented “Wings of Gold” to each
of his graduates during the ceremony.
The recognition marks an aviator’s official completion of basic helicopter training in naval flight school.
Instructors and students completed the training during the coronavirus pandemic by periodically
sterilizing surfaces, wearing masks, and social distancing when practical.
Despite these challenges, the Navy graduated its largest class of strike aviators in almost a decade.