I'm going to present a steady diet of news from 2008 to the present...just cuz. The article below was published in Feb 2011, the event took place on March 5, 2011.
New Journal & Guide: Marines’ First Black Female Pilot To Speak for Military Women’s Luncheon
The Greater Hampton Roads Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Black Military Women will present its 3rd Annual “Nothing More To Prove” luncheon on March 5, 2011. The event will be held at the Marriott Chesapeake at 11 a.m. and celebrates Women’s History Month.
Vernice Armour, the Marine Corps’ first African American female combat pilot, will be the guest speaker. Armour was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1998 and began her journey to flight school. When she earned her wings in 2001, she ranked No. 1 out of her class of 12.
In the beginning of the Iraqi war in 2003, Armour was one of 1,500 female Marines in the Persian Gulf who fought to dismantle the regime of Saddam Hussein. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, she flew above the deserts of Iraq in her missile-equipped attack helicopter. She completed two combat tours of duty in the Gulf.
Armour departed the Marine Corps in 2007, and currently writes and speaks to professional organizations, businesses, and schools.
WTKR-TV personality Bianca Martinez will serve as the mistress of ceremony.