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!Whizzco