Her name is Capt. Kelsey Casey and she is the United States Marine Corps’ only female AV-8B Harrier jet pilot. She is going to give you a tour of the AV-8B Harrier and fill you in on what it takes to become a Marine Officer and attack jet pilot.
Casey says that she has wanted to be a pilot since she was 9 years old. But, ironically, as a kid she hated roller-coasters. The swift drops especially scared her. So what did she do? She went onto every roller-coaster she could find to face her fear and to overcome it.
Well, it appears she not only overcame her fears but told them to take a hike. Her call sign is “PUG,” and though she doesn’t tell us why, I think we can figure it out.
Listen to her response to the question of why she chose to become a Marine and and officer and what she had to do to accomplish those things. As a Marine Corps officer, even though she was a pilot, she had to go through the Infantry, platoon and rifle training like every other Marine. Like all Marines, she is a Marine rifleman first, then a pilot. She did that training at Marine Base, Quantico, VA.
She will also reveal all of the other training she had to go through as a pilot to get to where she is right now as the only female AV-8B Harrier pilot in the Marine Corps. Casey will tell you why she loves the Harrier too. It is a true attack jet designed for deep and close air support and strike missions.
In the making of this video, she was preparing for a deployment to the Middle East to fly combat missions for Operation Inherent Resolve.
I think you will find her both a confident, intelligent, dedicated Marine pilot with one heck of a personality.
The Veterans Site sends its thanks and respect to Capt. Kelsey Casey. We wish her great success in her career as a Marine and as an incredible Harrier attack jet pilot. Semper Fi, Capt. Casey! OoRah!
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.