US Navy has relished a remarkable moment after welcoming Madeline Swegle as the first black woman Tactical Aircraft Pilot.
Lt.j.g. Madeline Swegle has completed naval flight school and is to get the flight officer insignia called “Wings of Gold” at the end of July said Chief of Naval Air Training while praising the lady on microblogging site, Twitter.
He mentioned, “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!”
According to ABC News, “BJ” or “Bravo Zulu” is a naval term for “well done”.
“MAKING HISTORY!”, tweeted the U.S. Navy in response to Chief’s comments. RDML Paula Dunn, Elizabeth Warren, and many others retweeted it to congratulate and praise the woman.
Such a moment has gained attention more than 45 years after Rosemary B. Mariner became the first woman fighter pilot to command an operational naval aviation squadron in 1974, reported New York Times.
According to ABC News, Brenda Robinson was the first black woman graduate from the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School to earn her wings in 1980.
Swegle, a US Naval Academy Graduate 2017 hails from Burke, Virginia, and is assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas, said New York Times.
As per the report of CNBC, the Navy on June 30, 2020, has announced the creation of a task force to “address the issues of racism, sexism and other destructive biases and their impact on naval readiness.”
Swegle has marked a new chapter in the history amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the country. These protests against racial injustice, persecution, and police brutality faced by African Americans or Black People in the U.S. were incited after the brutal killing of George Floyd by a white cop in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, 2020.