Dynamic Duo: This Air Force Female Pilot Became a C-17 Driver Just Like Her Mother

Dynamic Duo: This Air Force Female Pilot Became a C-17 Driver Just Like Her Mother

Dario Leone

Security, Americas

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Crushing it.

“Not every little girl grows up dreaming to be a pilot,” LaRivee said. “It’s not a common perception for women to be in flying in general, let alone for women to be in the military.”

Capt. Jamie LaRivee, a 21st Airlift Squadron (AS) C-17 Globemaster III pilot at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), saw her mother as a role model, and watched her excel in an Air Force career, making LaRivee certain she would follow in her mother’s boot steps, told Senior Airman Sam Salopek, 349th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs in the article Female pilot follows in mother’s boot steps.

“She was in the first class of women at the Air Force Academy,” said LaRivee. “That was a big piece of her life that shaped her completely, but it was also a big piece of my life too.”

LaRivee, after having graduated high school, mirrored her mother and attended the Air Force Academy where she majored in operations research and minored in German.

As her mother was a rarity as a female cadet in 1976, today LaRivee’s career field is manned with just over 5 percent women.

“Not every little girl grows up dreaming to be a pilot,” LaRivee said. “It’s not a common perception for women to be in flying in general, let alone for women to be in the military.”

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