“This was a tremendous honor and I was completely star-struck, it was a humbling experience,” said Barker-Figueroa. “I don’t want the awards to be about me, I want it to be a conduit for education and bringing awareness to current Native American issues.”
Category: Our Best: Military Women
One of the first enlisted women to serve aboard a Navy submarine earned her submarine qualification, or “dolphins,” on August 2nd and is preparing to deploy aboard USS Michigan (SSGN 727). Chief Culinary Specialist Dominique Saavedra, a native of Los Angeles, became the first female enlisted Sailor to earn her silver dolphins in a pinning ceremony held at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Tuesday.
Growing up near Tyndall Air Force Base as an Air Force “brat” wanting to follow in her Dad and Grandad’s footsteps to carry on family legacy she made the decision to become an Air Force Fighter Pilot. Maj. Ashley Rolfe is making history at the 104th Fighter Wing as the first female fighter pilot in the Wing’s seventy year history.