HOWARD UNIVERSITY ALUMNA BECOMES FIRST BLACK FEMALE OFFICER IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS
Courtesy of NBC News – A Howard University grad is making history, becoming the first African American woman officer in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
Captain Remoshay Nelson has served in the Air Force for the last eight years, primarily overseas. This is Nelson’s first season with the Air Force Thunderbirds squadron, an elite group of flyers who have only had 332 officers since its founding in 1953. Nelson’s rank as officer makes her the first Black woman with the title and only one of 12 with the position. A Georgia native, she credits her parents’ support and her time at Howard University with her desire to actually live the life she imagined.
“Even when people tell you no to your face, but your work shows where you should be, I think if you continue to work hard and go after what it is you want, you will achieve your dream. To be around people who look like me and instill a self-confidence in who I am, and walk into the world knowing where I come from and where my people come from, and where we can go, is invaluable,” Nelson said.