In honor of International Women’s Day and leveraging the excitement around “Captain Marvel”, the first Marvel Studios superhero movie led by a woman, Oscar-winner Brie Larson, who plays the iconic role of Carol Danvers, an Air Force officer who gains superpowers, the U.S. Air Force has released this powerful new video to encourage more female recruits by celebrating the origin stories of the heroic women who currently serve (click image above to play).
Brig. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt, the U.S. Air Force’s first female fighter pilot (1993), who is currently the Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service, helped spearhead the 30-second spot, assembling over 80 female pilots of almost every rank up through general. Among them are fighter pilots, bomber pilots, mobility pilots and weapons systems officers. You can see each of their inspiring origin stories here.
What You Should Know About Brig. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt
Via the U.S. Air Force, “Brig. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt is the Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The Air Force Recruiting Service comprises more than 2,470 Airmen and civilians in more than 1,200 recruiting offices across the U.S. and abroad. She is responsible for all enlisted accessions and a variety of officer accession programs. AFRS also manages all strategic marketing for the U.S. Air Force.
“General Leavitt entered the Air Force in 1992 after earning her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas and her master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. She earned her commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Gen. Leavitt has served in a variety of flying, staff and command assignments and has commanded at the flight, squadron and wing level. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours. Her operational experiences include Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
“Prior to her current assignment she served as the 57th Wing Commander, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., the Air Force’s most diverse flying wing comprised of 37 squadrons at 13 installations with a variety of more than 130 aircraft.”