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Madeline Swegle becomes US Navy's first Black female fighter pilot in its 110-year history


"Madeline Swegle made history by becoming the U.S. Navy's first Black female tactical fighter pilot.

The chief of Naval Air Training congratulated Swegle Thursday on Facebook for completing her training and said she will receivLe her "Wings of Gold" this month.

"BZ to Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus," the post read, using the abbreviation for Bravo Zulu, which means "well done."

Swegle also earned praise from Rear Adm. Paula Dunn, the Navy’s vice chief of information, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and tennis legend Billie Jean King.

"Very proud of LTJG Swegle," Dunn tweeted. "Go forth and kick butt."

Swegle graduated the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017 and is assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas, according to the Navy Times.

The news of Swegle's achievement came the same day a female soldier graduated from the Army's elite Special Forces course, becoming the first woman to join a Green Beret team."

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