Congratulations to First Lt. Demetria Elosiebo on becoming the District of Columbia National Guard’s first black female pilot in February.
First Lt. Elosiebo earned the honor after completing Initial Rotary Wing Flight School at Fort Rucker, Ala. Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, said, “This is an extraordinary, historical event for us.””We’re extremely proud of Lt. Elosiebo. She’s a fine officer, and now, an Army aviator.” He added, “The diversity of our Armed Forces is what makes us strong.”
First Lt. Demetria Elosiebo previously earned her FAA commercial pilot’s license and became a certified flight instructor during her civilian career.
This is an achievement in the tradition of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, the first black fighter pilots. Elosiebo has a strong connection to the Tuskegee Airmen. She received one her her many scholarships from one of their association chapters. She also mentored by Herbert Jones, who created the first black-owned airline in the U.S.
Read more about First Lt. Demetria Elosiebo’s achievement at goodblacknews.org