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D.C. Army National Guard welcomes first female African American pilot

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- The District of Columbia National Guard this week is celebrating the promotion of its first female African American pilot in its history.

Army 1st Lt. Demetria N. Elosiebo is the first African American female to earn her aviator's wings in the D.C. National Guard's history. (Photo: Spc. Melanie Avery)

Army 1st Lt. Dina Elosiebo earned her Army aviator wings after completing Initial Entry Rotary Wing Flight School at Fort Rucker, Ala., making her the first female African-American pilot in D.C. Army National Guard history to do so.

“This is an extraordinary, historical event for us,” said Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard. “We’re extremely proud of Lt. Elosiebo. She’s a fine officer, and now, Army aviator.”

Schwartz said every pilot who graduates from Fort Rucker’s rigorous aviator training course - male, or female, regardless of their race or ethnicity - has accomplished something special.

He added that the military has moved well past the days when such accomplishments were unusual.

“The diversity of our armed forces is what makes us strong," Schwartz said.

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