U.S Army Special Forces and SEALs on the ground in the northern Syrian province of Raqa, to aid and assist the Syrian Democratic Forces who are making its push for IS territory north of Raqa city. May 25, 2016.
Carl Maxie Brashear (1931 – 2006) was a United States Navy sailor. He was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver, rising to the position in 1970 despite also having an amputated left leg.
Making History in the Sky with Capt. Katie Higgins
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“#MyStory illustrates how a desire to serve one’s country can inspire someone to reach beyond their own preconceived notions about themselves.” —US Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins (@gearupflapsup), a 29-year-old third-generation military aviator and the first female Blue Angels pilot
“Being a female student at the US Naval Academy was the first time I was a minority simply because of my gender. When I was there, it was around 20 percent women. I learned a lot of valuable lessons on leadership, teamwork, perseverance and hard work. Most importantly, however, I learned the significance of pulling your own weight and earning respect versus demanding it. I always say the same thing to women who want to pursue any career let alone a nontraditional one: ‘Calm seas don’t make a skilled sailor.’ It’s not the easy times in your life that make you who you are. It’s the hard times, the obstacles, the rough seas that shape you as a person. My time in Afghanistan is the part of my life that I am the most proud of. I became a Marine to support those troops on the ground in every way possible. In Afghanistan, I felt like I was doing that every single day.”