July 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy acknowledged that Lt. Madeline Swegle completed training and will become its first black female tactical jet pilot in a July 31 ceremony.
"BZ [the congratulatory 'Bravo Zulu'] to Lt. j.g.Madeline Swegle on completing the Tactical Air (Strike) aviator syllabus," the Navy's Chief of Naval Air Training Public Affairs Office said Thursday on Twitter. "Swegle is the US Navy's first known Black female TACAIR pilot and will receive her Wings of Gold later this month."
Swegle, a Virginia native, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017, and completed her tactical air pilot training syllabus at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, this week, qualifying her to fly F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, among others.