Meet the African American Veteran Who Made History

Christina Hopper Is The First African American Female Fighter Pilot To See Combat

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Andre has over 10 years of experience in Tech and Start-ups ranging from the advanced tech in the US Air Force to building his own educational software company Live 2 Learn Differently. His is a proud graduate of Morris Brown College and Cornell University.
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Much of the talk surrounding this year’s Veteran’s Day has been overshadowed by the election and its outcome.

 

The election, of course, will affect all citizens veterans included, as it has been decided that Donald Trump will be America’s Commander-And-Chief. His philosophies and outlook will determine the future of our military personnel across the world.

 

He will have the responsibility of not only dealing with the Joint Chiefs but also appointing and dealing with those who run our Veteran’s Administration, which has been shrouded in controversy due to mishaps for the past few years.

 

The culture and demographic of the military is changing, more minorities are joining, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed, and women are entering into ground combat roles.

 

Women have fought gallantly and died for our country since it’s inception, but were rarely recognized in an official capacity or even allowed to take prestigious combat jobs.

 

This is important because these jobs, typically have faster and higher promotion rates than most jobs throughout the military. It is quite often questioned how well women will perform in combat as a comparison to men, but that question has been answered time and time again by women like Christina Hopper.

 

As an Air Force vet myself, I must say that her career is the stuff of legends. She grew up in a military family, both of her parents were in the U.S. Air Force. She knew from an early age that she wanted to consider the Air Force.

 

At the time when she flew, there were only 50 female fighter pilots and only 2 of them were African American. Major Christina Hopper of the U.S. Air Force has mastered balancing life in a way that many of us wish we could.

 

She is a military spouse, a mother of three and also an F-16 Falcon Fighter Pilot. She flew 50 combat missions in Iraq, received the Aerial Achievement Medal for her bravery and 4 Air Medals.

 

Her actions were groundbreaking and are forever cemented in history, as she is the first African-American female fighter pilot to fight in combat.She left active duty in 2008; she is now a T-38 pilot instructor in the reserves.

 

To all of our veterans, Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you for your service!

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