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US Navy’s First Black Female Fighter Pilot

The Chief of Naval Air Training just got better, because he has an amazing woman as part of the team. They celebrated the officer’s achievement on Twitter, writing: “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!”

Swegle, a 2017 US Naval Academy graduate, follows in the footsteps of other remarkable women in the armed forces. Her historic accomplishment comes as the Navy takes a hard look at discrimination amid growing nationwide concern about racial injustice and works to, as Navy leaders said last month, “identify and remove racial barriers and improve inclusion within our Navy.”

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