La’Shanda Holmes, first black female Coast Guard copter pilot flying high

Where "Eagles Soar High" - Coast Guard Lt. JG La'Shonda Holmes
Where "Eagles Soar High" - Coast Guard Lt. JG La'Shonda Holmes
Lt. JG La’Shanda Holmes’ claims that she “didn’t grow up with a silver spoon” is an incredible understatement. Raised in foster care with more than 12 siblings after her mother’s suicide, the ambitious aviator is rising above all expectations as the pilot of MH-65 Dolphins, making Holmes the first black female helicopter pilot in U.S. Coast Guard history.
Holmes, from Fayetteville, N.C., is the first female African-American helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard.
Holmes, from Fayetteville, N.C., is the first female African-American helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard.
Of the 1,200 pilots in the U.S. Coast Guard, only 85 are female, but these odds didn’t slow Holmes’s ascension to her wings. After two years of aviation, La’Shanda Holmes was pinned with her set of aviator wings, on April 9, 2010, by her mentor Lt. Jeanine Menze, who holds the distinction of being the U.S. Coast Guard’s first African-American female aviator.
Lt. J.G. Lashanda Holmes stands in front of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at Air Station Los Angeles, Aug. 17, 2010.
Lt. J.G. Lashanda Holmes stands in front of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at Air Station Los Angeles, Aug. 17, 2010.
Although Holmes is quick to downplay the significance of her achievements, emphasizing that she is still a junior pilot with much to learn, she’s already gained national attention with profiles in Jet Magazine and theGrio. Her position with USCG Search and Rescue may inspire the next generation of women to follow in her flight pattern. What’s next for La’Shanda? Holmes recently transferred to Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles, where she will pilot missions to protect the maritime economy, environment and national boarders, while responding to emergency situations where boaters’ and other individuals’ lives are in peril.
Spelman alumna Lieutenant La'Shanda Holmes, the U.S. Coast Guard's first African-American female helicopter pilot.
Spelman alumna Lieutenant La'Shanda Holmes, the U.S. Coast Guard's first African-American female helicopter pilot.

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