Women Warriors

Ronaqua Russell, Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard

Lt. Ronaqua Russell is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and a 2012 Coast Guard Academy graduate. She’s also a member of the “Fab 5,” a group representing the only five African American female pilots in all of Coast Guard History– and she continued to make history by being awarded the Air Medal in 2019.  

During hurricane Harvey, Lt. Russell’s HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft was the first in the air following the Category 4 storm, hitting tropical storm force winds, zero visibility conditions and piloting landings onto partially flooded runways. Her and her crew delivered supplies and support personnel for the ongoing rescue and port recovery efforts. Lt. Russell also flew damage assessments and assisted on ground by then serving at the Incident Command Post for the Corpus Christi area 

A few days later, the Virgin Islands were hit with hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm. Lt. Russell’s family was unable to evacuate and lost communications but thankfully were safe taking shelter in their homes. Shortly after another storm, Hurricane Maria, began developing and again, Lt. Russell was called to assist evacuations and deliver supplies. 

Due to her admirable and heroic actions during these times of natural disaster, she became the first African-American female aviator in the Coast Guard to receive the Air Medal. The ceremonies to honor her achievement, reported by the Maritime Executive, took place at Tuskegee’s Moton Field, the location where the first African-American aviators in the U.S. military not only won the fight on racial inequalities to earn their wings, but also went on to fly heroic combat missions in WWII. 

 

Sources  

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/03/09/coast-guard-pilot-braved-hurricane-and-made-history-process.html  

https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/lt-ronaqua-russell-makes-history-in-the-sky 

Back To Blog
  • Need Assistance?

    Here to Serve You


    We understand the obstacles and unique challenges women veterans face and are here to assist you.

    Get Help
  • Other Inquiries

    Contact

  • Get News & Updates

    Subscribe

  • Happy 231st Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard! . . Happy 231st Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!
.
.
.
.
#UnitedStatesCoastGuard #USCoastGuard #USCG #CoastGuard #WomenInTheCoastGuard #Military #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #HappyBirthday #USCGBday #GoCoastGuard #SemperParatus #AlwaysReady
    Learn about the 19 members of the U.S. Armed Force Learn about the 19 members of the U.S. Armed Forces competing at the Tokyo Olympics.

"17 soldiers, a Marine & a Coast Guard member are vying for gold, while serving their country in more ways than one."

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/sports/meet-the-u-s-military-athletes-competing-at-the-tokyo-olympics/2668177/
.
.
.
.
#TokyoOlympic2020 #TokyoOlympics #Olympics #Military #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #ArmedForces #Veterans #WomenVeterans #Soldiers #Army #Marine #MarineCorps #CoastGuard #GoldMedal #GoForTheGold
    Just a few weeks before her 100th birthday, Dena H Just a few weeks before her 100th birthday, Dena Hutchins passed away. Dena joined the Women's Army Corps during World War II and continued to serve her country for a total of 30 years. 

"We salute and will always love her," her family wrote.

https://www.palmcoastobserver.com/article/american-legion-post-115-honors-dena-malissa-hutchins-of-the-us-women-army-corps
    Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, one of the first female d Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, one of the first female divers in the Navy and one of the first Filipino-Americans to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy has retired after 36 years in the Navy.

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/20/trailblazing-admiral-hall-of-fame-female-diver-retires-after-conquering-fear-of-the-sea
.
.
.
.
#UnitedStatesNavy #USNavy #Navy #WomenInTheNavy #NavalAcademy #NavyDiver #Diver #Military #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #FemaleVeterans #FemaleVeteran #SheServed #Retirement #WomenLeaders #WomenMakingHistory
    Have we told you how much we love our volunteers?! Have we told you how much we love our volunteers?!? Thanks to this morning’s awesome team, we’re completely moved into our expanded warehouse!
    Thank you Marines!! A huge thank you to the Marin Thank you Marines!!

A huge thank you to the Marines who helped us move all of our heavy furniture and equipment to our new warehouse! We are so grateful to have such amazing volunteers.
.
.
.
.
#UnitedStatesMarineCorps #USMarineCorps #MarineCorps #Marines #Marine #USMC #Volunteer #Volunteers #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #Nonprofit #MovingDay #TeamWork #Military #MilitarySupport #SupportVeterans
    Iris Spencer grew up during the Great Depression a Iris Spencer grew up during the Great Depression and straight out of high school she joined the Women's Army Corps. She served for several years, even during World War II, and rose to the rank of Sergeant Major. Now she is celebrating her 100th birthday.

Happy 100th Birthday Iris Spencer!

https://wkow.com/2021/07/26/wisconsin-army-veteran-celebrates-her-100th-birthday/
.
.
.
.
#UnitedStatesArmy #USArmy #Army #WomensArmyCorps #WomenInTheArmy #Military #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #Veterans #Veteran #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #FemaleVeteran #FemaleVeterans #WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #100years #HappyBirthday
    "History was made this month as Cmdr. Kelly Varonf "History was made this month as Cmdr. Kelly Varonfakis became the first-ever female Full-Time Support (FTS) Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) selected for the rank of Captain."

https://southernmarylandchronicle.com/2021/07/28/varonfakis-breaking-barriers-as-the-first-female-full-time-support-aerospace-maintenance-duty-officer-selected-for-captain/
.
.
.
.
#UnitedStatesNavy #USNavy #Navy #WomenInTheNavy #Captain #Military #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #BreakingBarriers #AerospaceMaintenanceDutyOfficer #WomenMakingHistory