FLY GIRL: First Lt. Dina Elosiebo Makes History As DC National Guard’s First Black Female Aviator


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First Lt. Dina Elosiebo took the motivational phrase, « reach for the stars, » to all new heights this month after making military history.

After completing Initial Entry Rotary Wing Flight School at Fort Rucker, Ala. and earning her Army aviator wings, Elosiebo became the first African-American female pilot to graduate from The District of Columbia National Guard.

« This is an extraordinary, historical event for us, » said Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard.

« We’re extremely proud of Lt. Elosiebo. She’s a fine officer, and now, an Army aviator. »

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Even as a civilian, Elosiebo had her sights set on the sky. She had already earned her FAA commercial pilots license and become a certified flight instructor prior to joining the army.

The oldest child, Elosiebo developed leadership skills and a strong sense of…

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