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Making History in the Sky with Capt. Katie Higgins

#MyStory is a series that spotlights inspiring women in the Instagram community. Join the conversation by sharing your own story. To see what life is like for the Blue Angels, follow @gearupflapsup on Instagram.

“#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.”