Lt. j.g. Sara "Goalie"Pilot/Navigator and Weapons' Officer F-14 Tomcat
Women pilots flying combat missions over Afghanistan with little or no fanfare
By Chris Tomlinson, AP, 10/23/01
Aboard The USS Roosevelt
After flying an attack mission on Afghanistan Tuesday, Lt. j.g. Sara said she didn't think she and other women pilots should be singled out for attention -- or that what she was doing was historic.
"I've never thought that it was a big deal that I was an aviator, I just go out there and do my job," Sara, the 25-year-old from Billings, Mont., said. "I don't like to see women singled out, basically."For security reasons she can only be identified by her first name -- and her call-sign, "Goalie." Sara, who was surprised by media requests to interview her, said she is proud of the example the United States has set by allowing her to fly combat missions. ...more