Georgia Air National Guard prepares to deploy its first black female pilot
Air Force Times
By: Kyle Rempfer
54 minutes ago
The Georgia Air National Guard is about to deploy its first black female pilot, Guard officials announced this week.
1st Lt. Andrea Lewis, an E-8C Joint STARS copilot with the 116th Air Control Wing, is already the first black female pilot in the history of the Georgia ANG.
1st Lt. Andrea Lewis, an E-8C Joint STARS pilot, already serves as the first black female pilot in the history of the Georgia Air National Guard. (Georgia ANG)
Soon, she’ll also be the first to deploy, said 2nd. Lt. Dustin Cole, a Guard spokesman, in a statement provided to Air Force Times.
Joint STARS use side-looking radar to locate and track moving objects behind enemy lines.
It is the Air Force’s only operational airborne platform that can maintain real-time surveillance over a corps-sized area of the battlefield, according to the service. And the 116th Air Control Wing, Lewis’ unit, is the only one that operates the E-8C and the Joint STARS mission.
Cole said he wasn’t able to release where Lewis’ deployment is taking her, due to operational security concerns.
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