Significant Military Achievements

Lieutenant (j.g.) Madeline Swegle has completed the United States Navy Tactical Air (Strike) training to become the Navy’s first black female Tactical Aircraft pilot.  She will pin on her Wings of Gold at a ceremony later this month (7/20).  LTJG Swegle is a native of Virginia and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. The Navy’s Vice Chief of Information, Rear Admiral Paula Dunn, wrote a congratulatory text to her, saying “Very proud of LTJG Swegle. Go forth and kick butt.”

And the Army has now graduated, this month, its first female Green Beret. With identity not revealed, for standard force and family protection, she completed the lengthy, rigorous Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, NC.  Chances are excellent that this outstanding soldier, like LTJG Swegle, will go forth and kick some very serious butt!

To close with a brief, but impactful poem, especially pertinent to the time we are in as a nation.  After recently visiting the Great Lakes Military Cemetery in Oakland County, Michigan, a young man’s reflections, upon viewing the countless tomb stones of our fallen military members, and on the current national controversy, resulted in these very pertinent words:

“I don’t see any color here,

The headstones look the same,

No black, no brown, no white skin tone,

There’s no one here to blame.

These soldiers fought and died for you,

Their color you can’t see,

Your rights are still protected,

Here’s the place to take a knee.


Eternal thanks to all of America’s courageous military members, those who’ve served or still do, and those who’ve perished during or following service, in the uniform of our magnificent nation.  Almighty God has blessed us with you all.


(Swegle info via, Michael Ruiz, 7-9-20; Female Green Beret info via, Sophie Mann, 7-10-20; Poem via unidentified author, 7-14-20).