SEATTLE, May 30, 2012--On June 9, Lt. Col. Sarah Deal, the first woman to fly as a U.S. Marine Corps aviator, will talk about the centennial of Marine Corps aviation, her place in this history, and her personal story as a military pilot and a mother. The presentation is at 2 p.m. and is free with admission to the Museum.
Trained as a helicopter pilot, then 1st Lt. Sarah Deal was winged as a Naval Aviator and became the first female Marine Corps Aviator on April 21, 1995. In 2002-2003 Deal served 15 months in the Middle East for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning from the war in July 2003, then Maj. Deal was assigned as the Executive Officer of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 at MCAS Miramar, Calif. After 12 years on active duty, Deal transferred to the Marine Corps Reserves in June 2004. In 2008 Deal left for a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, where she flew over 300 combat hours. Deal is married to airline pilot Philip Burrow, and the couple has twin sons.
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