Madeline Swegle: Meet US Navy's first 'Black' female fighter pilot
New Delhi : It was a historic moment for the US Navy as it welcomed Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle as its first Black female tactical fighter pilot.
Swegle has earned her wings as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and will receive her "Wings of Gold" in late July, according to a tweet posted on Thursday by the Chief of Naval Air Training.
"BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus," wrote the Chief of Naval Air Training. "Swegle is the @USNavy's first known Black female TACAIR pilot and will receive her Wings of Gold later this month. HOOYAH!"
The news comes almost after four decades when a women was first commissioned in to the Navy. Capt. Rosemary B. Mariner, the first woman to command an operational naval aviation squadron, earned her wings in 1974, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
Swegle, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is receiving an outpouring of praise and support for her achievement.
"Very proud of LTJG Swegle," wrote Rear Adm. Paula D. Dunn, the Navy's vice chief of information, via Twitter on Thursday. "Go forth and kick butt."
"Congratulations, LTJG Swegle!" tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday. "You make the @USNavy and our country stronger."