Miami-Based Pilot Earns Coast Guard Air Medal

Miami-Based Pilot Earns Coast Guard Air Medal


THESE GUYS. HE SAYS THE CASE LED TO CHANGES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING, TACTIC, AND THE FIREARMS USED BY THE FBI. AND MIAMI-BASED COAST GUARD PILOT MAKES HISTORY THANKS TO HEROIC EFFORTS. WHILE SHE WAS HELPING OTHERS HER OWN FAMILY’S HOME WAS HIT BY ANOTHER CATASTROPHE. Reporter: THE LIEUTENANT IS BASED OUT OF COAST GUARD AIR STATION MIAMI, BUT ON AUGUST 25, 2017 SHE WAS BASED OUT OF CORPUS CHRISTI WHEN HURRICANE HARVEY HIT THE MIDDLE TEXAS COAST. HER AIRCRAFT WAS THE VERY FIRST IN THE SKY FOLLOWING THE STORMS DESTRUCTIVE TRACK. THE WEATHER WAS A BIG IMPACT. THE VISIBILITY WAS BAD. IT WAS VERY STRONG RAIN. SHE AND HER TEAM DELIVER CRITICAL SUPPLIES AND PERSONNEL. WHILE HELPING HARVEY VICTIMS ANOTHER STORM HIT HER FAMILY’S HOME IN ST. THOMAS. NO ONE WAS HEARING FROM THAT PART OF THE ISLAND. IT WAS DEFINITELY TOUCH AND GO. WHEN SHE KNEW THAT HER FAMILY WAS SAFE SHE WAS BACK IN THE AIR AGAIN, THIS TIME RUNNING RELIEF TO PUERTO RICO AFTER MARIA. YOU CAN FEEL THE SENSE OF RELIEF TO BE EVACUATED OUT. FOR HER EFFORTS LIEUTENANT RUSSELL RECEIVED THE AIR MEDAL, BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN- AMERICAN FEMALE AVIATOR TO WIN THE AWARD. I AM VERY FORTUNATE. THE IMPACT, PEOPLE COMING UP BEHIND ME CAN LOOK IT BE LIKE WOW, A LITTLE GIRL FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS HAS COME AND CAN DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. SHE SAYS SHE WAS SIMPLY DOING HER JOB. LIEUTENANT RUSSELL RECEIVED THE MATTER AT A SPECIAL CEREMONY AT

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