FORT RUCKER, Ala. – An Alabama woman has the history as the first black female pilot in the state of the National Guard of the history.
News media report that the 2nd Lt. Kayla Freeman, a graduate of Fort Rucker’s Army Aviation School last month, following her 2016 graduation from Tuskegee University, where she was enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
Freeman’s aviator’s wings were pinned on by retired Colonel Christine Knighton, the second black woman in the Department of Defense to earn aviator wings and the first in Georgia. Freeman says Knighton is a source of inspiration since college and “it was only right” for her to do on the pins.
Freeman is currently at Fort Hood in Texas, where she is preparing to deploy to the Middle East as a platoon leader in the Alabama National Guard’s 1-169th Aviation Battalion.