Retired Col. Martha McSally: A Real Life Role Model

I wish I could have met, in person, my new hero, Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally.  Fortunately, I sat next to her campaign manager on my flight home from Arizona on Monday.  Because of that encounter, I learned who Martha McSally is, what she is doing, and how much she has accomplished.   If you don’t know, like I didn’t, Martha is running for Congress of the United States to represent Southern Arizona, filling the position vacated by Gabby Giffords.

We all know of the bravery and persistence of Retired Congresswoman Giffords, or Gabby, as everyone calls her, now I am so proud to share about Martha McSally.  What a courageous woman she is too! Martha is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history.  Also in 2001-2002, Martha earned national recognition for successfully overturning a military policy requiring all U.S. servicewomen to wear a Muslim Abaya and headscarf when off base in Saudi Arabia.

As most anyone who has read my blog posts knows, my daughter is also an Air Force pilot.  She flew C-130s in Operation Iraqi Freedom.   From a proud mother’s perspective, I understand just how much effort and commitment goes in to the flight training and military leadership process and what is required of a commander of troops.   For sure I know that Martha has chutzpa, intellect, experience and leadership!  

Martha is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and earned her Masters Degree, in Public Policy, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. The Freedom Forum named Martha as one of three national winners of the 2002 Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award.  

Before resigning to run for office, Martha was Professor of National Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany where she taught and mentored senior government officials from all over the world in international and national security issues.

A while back, I posted a blog titled:  No Periods For U.S. PRESIDENTS.  Within that post, I linked to an article on about leadership, titled, “The Weaker Sex, Yeah Right”.  The article addresses some myths that have kids believing that girls are not as strong emotionally, psychologically or intellectually as boys.  Of course they are and the article provides facts that support that.  Martha McSally is living proof about the strength and capability that can be part of being a woman.

One point in the article that supports my belief about how crazy it is that the U.S. Presidency has been an all boys club thus far is that:  “Girls outnumber boys in student government, honor societies, school newspapers and debating clubs. They feel closer to their families, have higher aspirations and for the first time are documented as having better assertiveness skills.”  In other words, girls can be leaders too and have the capability if they desire to do just that.  Learn more about Martha McSally, if you have any doubts.  While running for Congress, at this time, she has the potential to be the first woman president of the USA.  

Of couse, one should only vote for the person who represents their interest in the best way possible no matter the gender or the race of the candidate.  However, when it comes to Martha McSally, if I lived in her district, she would have my vote.  Guess I will just have to wait until Martha runs for President.  Go MARTHA!

Check out Martha McSally’s bio to learn more about her amazing accomplishments:


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